Donald J. Trump @Donald J. Trump recently tweeted:
“In politics, and in life, ignorance is not a virtue.” This is a primary reason that President Obama is the worst president in U.S. history!
Trump’s tweet echoes the words of two conservative icons.
Ronald Reagan said, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”
Trump’s tweet also reminded me of what presidential nominee Barry Goldwater said in 1964 during his acceptance speech at the 28th Republican Convention:
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Both Reagan and Goldwater understood that liberals, progressives, Socialists and Democrats cling to knowledge that just isn’t so. Because of this ignorance they implement policies that weaken liberty and selectively apply justice for political gain.
Goldwater, Reagan and now Trump understand the role of the Republican Party. Trump’s tweet echoes what Goldwater and Reagan said in less than 140 characters. Trump has clearly identified the Republican Party’s ideological opponent. Trump understands that he is speaking to and for the “silent majority” of Americans. What Trump tweeted is not new, it has been said many times before. What is new is the emergence of social media to convey the message.
Trump, like Goldwater, is being called an extremist. But is he?
In 1964 Goldwater warned his fellow Republicans:
Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
Fellow Republicans, it is the cause of Republicanism to resist concentrations of power, private or public, which enforce such conformity and inflict such despotism. It is the cause of Republicanism to ensure that power remains in the hands of the people. And, so help us God, that is exactly what a Republican president will do with the help of a Republican Congress.
I published a column titled New Democrat Party: The Red-Green-Rainbow Troika. I used the term Democrat because the party no longer embraces the Jeffersonian form of democracy. Rather it believes in the concentration of power to create its “own version of heaven and earth”, a utopia. Utopia is defined as “an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.”
The definition of ignorance is a lack of knowledge or information. Believing “things that aren’t so”, is part of the Democrat Party’s Utopian narrative. Democrats believe that defending liberty is a vice and pursuing justice is evil. In its utopia everything is perfect so long as everyone agrees, by force if necessary.
Democrats believe that liberty is a fools errand and the needs of the many outweigh that of the few. They believe that some lives matter and others do not. They believe what they believe regardless of the facts and overwhelming data available. They are ignorant, which is no virtue.
This is what is at stake in 2016. This is why Republicans must unite and fight for liberty and justice for all Americans. Not to do so will see a repeat of 1964.
I remind Republicans of their duty with these words from Barry Goldwater acceptance speech:
The beauty of the very system we Republicans are pledged to restore and revitalize, the beauty of this Federal system of ours is in its reconciliation of diversity with unity. We must not see malice in honest differences of opinion, and no matter how great, so long as they are not inconsistent with the pledges we have given to each other in and through our Constitution. Our Republican cause is not to level out the world or make its people conform in computer regimented sameness. Our Republican cause is to free our people and light the way for liberty throughout the world.
Ours is a very human cause for very humane goals.
Let the general election for the heart and soul of America begin.