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Parsing the politics of tyranny

Why conservatives and liberals repeatedly underestimate the revolutionaries

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Parsing the politics of tyranny
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Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and dean of World Journalism Institute. He joined WORLD in 1992 and has also been a university professor and provost. He has written more than 20 books: His latest is Abortion at the Crossroads. Marvin resides with his wife, Susan, in Austin, Texas.



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The last line "powerful political leaders out of touch with reality" seems to define elements of the Democratic party who seem bent on anger and destroying Republicans while ignoring that close to 50% of the people voted for Trump.  Republicans seem to have lost touch with the poor and middle class and are aimlessly seeking some reason, some cause to stay in power.

Earlier there was another line. "We’re all decent people, no one would really do anything like that”—but they’re wrong.  Both lines are true."  Unfortunately, I heard a political commentator complaining that politicians are moderate at home but are captured by extremism in Washington.  Republicans now are facing the results of supporting Trump and suddenly seeing some crazy members of their power base attacking the Capital.  I loved the political cartoon that had the line. "Let's destroy Congress to keep the Democrats from destroying Congress." Both sides have lost touch with the suffering and mistaken beliefs that fill the poor. 

The War on Poverty has become the War on the Family.  Fathers are temporary, parenthood a casualty of the urge for a career or for self-realization.   The old cry it takes a village to raise a family ignored the reality that in the village there were many men willing to be father figures. The War on the Family leads to hedonism and anarchy and fewer and fewer children. 

We need repentance.  Viva Responsibility!  Ok, it lacks the dramatic punch of "Freedom now!" but without it and commitment, we cannot have freedom.  We need God!

Terry Little

Very insightful and his read on Jefferson's hypocrisy helped with balance. Honesty about our founder's does not preclude their contribution to liberty! 


The more I learn about the founding of this great country the more I realize that A) they did have to compromise on slavery to get the Southern states to sign on and B) Baked into the cake were the seeds to end slavery. I just think that point needs to be highlighted as well.