Civil society is based upon the single premise that everyone plays according to the rules. If everyone abides by the same laws, rules, and standards, justice and fairplay result. Injustices arise when some people fail to play by the same rules the rest of society lives by. They violate the social contract. Some social contracts need to be broken; like discrimination against Blacks prior to the 1960s and afterward.For the most part, the American social contract is based upon the ideas of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Our laws are built around protecting and securing those values insofar as they don’t overlap onto someone else’s rights. In general, they work pretty well and we enjoy a peaceful existence.
The problem comes in when people don’t play by the rules. Things we all agree on, mean nothing when everyone doesn’t have the same values and standards. On a basic level, most people agree that it is wrong to steal. When someone steals, they aren’t playing by the rules and they disrespect other people’s right to their own property. It was yours, now it’s theirs. You had it, they got it.
We once had a society that was more open and trusting. We could go to the airport and wait at the gates to greet or say goodbye to loved ones. That is a thing of the past. Because some people decided not to play by the rules, only ticketed passengers can get to the gates. Even then, ticketed passengers must go through intensive screening procedures and at times submit to intrusive invasions of personal privacy.
There was a time when we could express ourselves without fear of recrimination by others. Now, if I simply wear a kipah in public, I have to worry that some anti-Semite might do me bodily harm.
As people increasingly ignore the rules of our society, the government will have to increasingly create rules and regulations to protect society, and our freedoms will be diminished. I’m all for personal liberty. But personal liberties stop when society’s freedoms fade away.
Our politically correct culture bends over backward to protect the followers of Islam. Why is that? Radical Islamic followers live in our society, but their behavior threatens it. People a quick to point out that not all Moslems are extremist, and that is true, but they are doing nothing to curb the radical elements among them. During 9/11, when the towers fell, Moslem neighborhoods in New York were partying. They didn’t share our sadness. They should be turning their radical brothers over to the authorities. Instead, we are protecting the people who are protecting the ones who threaten us. We don’t want to be accused of profiling. Profiling is exactly what we should do. Who are the terrorists? They aren’t Catholics. They aren’t Protestants, and they aren’t Jews. While we are so busy protecting the Moslems from profiling, their more radical brothers are terrorizing the rest of our population. As a result, we have to live in lock down mode whenever there is a potential terrorist attack. Why should we have to live in fear? This doesn’t make sense to me.
We need to stop pretending that everyone is playing by the same rules. We are not. Jews and Christians have been playing by the same rules for civil society for centuries. We respect one another’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Moslems play by a different set of rules. They believe it is acceptable to lie to non-Moslems. They believe non-Moslems are second class people. They believe it is acceptable to murder non-Moslems. Those who don’t agree with me will say that its only a small minority that feels this way. Maybe so, maybe not. Why isn’t the alleged majority of Moslems who supposedly play by our rules turn in the minority that doesn’t? They don’t. Instead, they use our laws of and open and free society against us. More important than that question is this one: When will we stop pretending that everyone is playing by the same rules?