With Hillary Clinton in the White House, Christians Would Be in a Fight for Civil Survival
With the new legal fight in Iowa over the free speech of Christian pastors, we must face a brutal fact: The position of Christians in America is more endangered now than it has been since the Pilgrims’ “starving time” of 1620. We are threatened by a relentless social, economic, cultural and political elite that finds our basic beliefs intolerable — in the literal sense.
Our ruling class will not tolerate Biblical moral norms that go back thousands of years, which humanized Western civilization. Billions of dollars of government action, corporate influence and media persuasion are being mustered day by day to silence those who resist Multicultural Hedonism — from pastors to sports announcers, from small business owners to college teachers. We fail to defend them, and one by one they fall.
There are many grave reasons to fear that a Hillary Clinton administration would threaten the safety of our country, even apart from her policies. Yesterday the director of the FBI laid out a grim list of crimes committed by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, accusing her of recklessly, willfully sending classified information about military and strategic matters on servers less secure than Gmail, which Russia, China, North Korea (and perhaps even ISIS) have likely pilfered and are already using against us.
Our allies, sources and agents in dangerous places might lose their lives, just as our embassy staff in Benghazi did on Hillary Clinton’s watch. We don’t know with whom Hillary Clinton met as secretary of state, because she burned her daily schedules — according to her top aide and constant companion Huma Abedin, whose last job before the White House was at a radical Islamist journal funded by Saudi Arabia.
The FBI director also noted that Mrs. Clinton crassly lied about her abuse of government secrets, repeatedly and publicly, to investigators and to voters. It seems that she also perjured herself by lying to Congress while under oath.
And yet, in the wake of a private meeting between the Attorney General and the candidate’s husband — a former president — the FBI will not prosecute her. As National Review rightly notes, this is the kind of thing that happens in banana republics, as the last few trappings of democratic governance are stripped away to reveal the raw face of Power.
Hillary Clinton, whose actions were more destructive than Edward Snowden’s, might squeak her way into our country’s seat of supreme power, which she has just learned she may abuse without any consequences. If so, she has promised her Planned Parenthood financial backers to pack the nation’s courts with the likes of Mark Tushnet, the Harvard law professor who in May proclaimed that the “culture wars” are over, and that Christians and other conservatives ought to be treated as the Allies did the defeated Nazis and Japanese.
Not since the Soviet dupe Vice President Henry Wallace was a heartbeat (and FDR’s fading heartbeat) away from the presidency in 1945 has the Republic been in such danger. The mainstream left in this country used to be just an opponent — a movement that shared our basic premises about civic order and common decency, but differed on how best to guide the economy, on the wisest foreign policy, on how much to tax and where to spend.
That is no longer even remotely true. Now the left is threatening to tax our churches, close our colleges, force our doctors to sexually mutilate mentally ill patients, and make our pharmacists hand out abortion pills. The people of Massachusetts have just been told that they may not even vote on whether the multiculturalist, dumbed-down Common Core curriculum will be imposed upon their children.
The leaders of our elite universities will not defend the teaching of basic texts of Western civilization, while the unhinged hysterical “snowflakes” whom they diploma-fy after four years of pricey coddling are screaming for their loans to be paid off by the taxpayer. So Walmart workers without college degrees would foot the bill for the next Lena Dunham’s M.A. in Women’s Studies.
Meanwhile our government proposes to spend our tax money providing sex change surgeries for soldiers and importing unvettable Muslim refugees all the way here from their safe havens in Turkey, while leaving local Christians to die.
A Supreme Court that Hillary Clinton has not yet had the chance to pack has tossed out basic safety laws that briefly made Texas abortion clinics less dangerous to women than Kermit Gosnell’s butcher shop, perhaps undoing similar laws in many other states — the fruit of decades of patient, scrupulous incremental work by the pro-life movement through the democratic process. All tossed in the trash. The icy contempt which British elites expressed for that nation’s voters after Brexit is reflected perfectly here, as the Citizens of International Business Class unite to repress the “racist,” “xenophobic” masses.
The left has made itself not our opponent but our enemy. While its partisans are still our fellow citizens and deserve basic Christian charity, they do not deserve our trust. We are long past the time when it was possible to compromise with the left in view of some agreed-upon common good. They have blasted it into No Man’s Land.
We are locked in a Hobbesean conflict for mere civic survival.
John Zmirak is author, most recently, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism.