A Nation Gone Mad with Righteousness
Close your eyes and imagine a nation in which huge segments of the media, political, educational and religious (among others) establishment decided that they must be more righteousness than the common folk. Over time this goal becomes a compulsion to be the most righteous. Finally, they embrace what can only be called a new cult that demands perfect righteousness as defined by an ever changing standard. Hard to imagine? Not really. Simply open your eyes and look around at the chaos and wreckage at work in our contemporary society.
What we are witnessing is a collective nervous breakdown by a group that viewed themselves as the perfect-righteous; confronting the cataclysmic reality that over sixty-million citizens disagreed enough to elect their polar opposite to the Presidency. In fact, enough citizens in states that had for decades voted reliably for the “righteous” politicians turned traitor to righteousness and voted for an “unrighteous bigot.” This outcome has launched the elite perfect-righteous into a state of mind-shattering cognitive dissonance from which escape will be at the very least painful and difficult.
What has emerged is a group of people who occupy powerful positions in our nation whose personalities have disintegrated and been reconstituted as seemingly undifferentiated components of a massive social justice mob. They will believe anything, say anything and do anything, in collectivist unison, to destroy the source of this atrocity committed against their sense of perfect-righteousness.
The alternative is too horrible to contemplate, that being they are not perfectly, most or even more righteous than their fellow countrymen. The thought of descending from their perches of perfect righteousness to join the rest of us is anathema.
After all, didn’t everyone they know (or at least who count) agree that their Progressive ideology should from 2008 until the next century at least win every Presidential election? Wasn’t it agreed by all that the revenue (IRS), justice (department, including the FBI) and intelligence services (CIA, NSA) should be weaponized to ensure that the American electorate always voted the “righteous” way? Wasn’t it unanimous in their circles that with the victory of gay marriage all Christian conscience to the slightest contrary should be snuffed out?
They wonder, who but utter moral degenerates would find fault with support of abortion up to delivery and infanticide after? Only the irredeemably evil, they reason, could oppose the creation of a totalitarian green-state. What kind of morons would question the idea that Conservative speech is illegal violence but Progressive violence is protected free speech? And surely only the already guilty would oppose transition to a system of justice based on guilty until proven innocent (and Progressives never guilty of anything as long as their hearts are in the right place)?
How could the smelly rabble have failed to recognize their moral, intellectual and spiritual inferiority? After all, hadn’t the high-priestess of the perfect-righteous put them in their place during the 2016 Presidential campaign? How dare these deplorable everything-phobes/ists reject that which their betters had deigned to offer them — membership in a second or third-level quasi-caste?
It is impossible to predict just where this belief system and consequent behavior will lead. But let there be no doubt, the forces that led so many supposedly educated, responsible, powerful people to join the thoughtless, ranting social justice mob have not yet run their course. A Conservative self-righteous counter-attack will only push us further down the road to perdition. Our nation will either reform and recover or descend into a Weimar Republic-like state, possibly on its way to something much worse.
This is the consequence of an insane pursuit of self-righteousness. Without the Church reforming itself and reinserting a Christian understanding of righteousness, sin and redemption into this nation’s moral life we may well be lost for the foreseeable future.