By Donald R. McConnell, J.D.

The whole idea of voting is that we count heads instead of bashing them in to decide disputes within our republic. As John Locke pointed out, we give up violent individual self-help, except in immediate emergencies, in exchange for a government that will maintain order in our stead.[1] Unhappily, there have always been people who were not willing to abide by this arrangement.

Because human beings are far from perfect, our societies and our governments are always far from perfect. We should always be working to improve both society and government, and to restrain human evil, through scholarly discourse, political discourse, modifications to human laws, voting, preaching, and Christ-centered living. Sometimes a bad government or a bad society bans these avenues. Then first, non-violent, and later, violent force may become necessary. Our own nation fought a revolution, a civil war, and two world wars when faced with just such internal and external injustice. All of these were just uses of force. Today, a new revolution is afoot. Is it as noble as our past conflicts?

Certainly, there are just and unjust conflicts in the pages of history. Usually, both sides in any conflict have some legitimate grievances or legitimate objections to the solutions proposed by the aggrieved. And, time is of the essence in such conflicts. Delays to justice are an injustice themselves, as the common law and our legal system acknowledge. But the moral law of God, revealed specifically in the Bible and more generally, but consistently, through God’s natural law, should be the deciding factor in restoring a just balance in a just way. The usual human way of dealing with social problems is to take revenge so terrible it creates a whole new set of justifiable grievances. Often, the “new society” is worse than the old one. The French revolution comes to mind.

Sometimes though, a society has injustices, but is very much willing to change. Yet some people leverage fading grievances into power. The Russian revolution comes to mind here. The Czar ended serfdom, liberal thought was everywhere in Russia, popular Russian literature effectively critiqued the brutality of many public and private Russian social mores. Change was occurring about as fast as it could. But many were still not happy. So revolutionaries first de-stabilized the old government and then overthrew it. They used all human means to not only change society, but to attempt to change human nature. And they failed miserably.

The Russian revolution not only failed to change human nature, but it resulted, over time, in the premature deaths of at least 80 million people. The Soviet Socialists imposed a centralized economic system that could not even produce panty-hose. Massive shortages were endemic. Poverty was universal apart from communist party officials. To cover-up this failure the Soviet Socialists used massive deception and propaganda on a global scale.

But the zeal of the Russian revolutionaries and their international converts knew no bounds. They spread their false materialist gospel to the whole world. Even non-communists, influenced by the socialist’s worldview, embraced the postmodern philosophy spun by the men of the left. These efforts were so successful that their ideology now dominates our universities and media outlets. They spread discontent and Marxist fervor, in part, by leveraging legitimate grievances about racism, misogyny, and pharisaism. Not everything they said was false. After all, how can you catch any mice without some cheese in your mousetrap? But much of what they said was rank poison for the mind. They created new grievances by popularizing deviant sexual practices as persecuted and immutable identities. They tried to co-opt and ally themselves with legitimate social leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., though King’s ideas were far more akin to those of Thomas Aquinas than Saul Alinski. During the cold war, the Russians even spent money and ran agents to affect teaching in American seminaries. Today, international socialist millionaires like George Soros continue the Soviet tradition. This zeal, and the popular indoctrination of youth with international socialist ideology cloaked in real and perceived grievances is now raising up the specter of a new revolution in America. For exhibit 1, I submit the recent hearing for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Watching the hearings for Kavanagh’s Supreme Court nomination was discouraging. Kavanaugh is no blatant conservative ideologue. He might well be the next Anthony Kennedy to hear his remarks on the courts and how they work. In the hearing, Kavanuagh was articulating traditional American judicial values: equal justice for all, respect for precedent and written law, courts deciding real disputes and controversies, judicial independence, judicial openness, avoiding prejudice, etc. These ideas should not be controversial. At the same time, demonstrators continually interrupted the hearing. Over two hundred people forcefully interrupted the proceedings by shouting slogans that had nothing to do with what Kavanaugh was saying. It later appeared they were paid to do so by political organizers. Meanwhile, many Senators of the minority party tried their best to prevent the progress of the hearing and tried to distort public perception of Kavanaugh. In public discussion of the hearings, anti-Kavanaugh activists have gone so far as to claim he is a white supremacist because one of his former clerks, of Hispanic/Jewish decent, made an “OK” sign with her fingers during the hearing that they claim is a white supremacist sign.

Then came all the non-credible claims of sexual assault timed to delay the confirmation. If we accept the paradigm of the left, they can now derail any nomination to any office requiring Senate confirmation with a mere accusation even if it is inadequate to support a civil court case. At the same time, Democrats continue to ignore powerful evidence of serious crimes by their own officeholders.

This was not normal American politics. This was the sort of attempted destabilization used in pre-revolutionary France and pre-revolutionary Russia. The Kavanaugh hearings are but one recent example of this in our nation.

[1] John Locke, First Treatise on Civil Government, 2.7.89, Works 4:389.