Is Democracy on the way down?
Consider a few of the issues that have convulsed our country in recent months. White cops. The NFL players' protests. Desecration and removal of statues of Columbus, Lee, Jackson. The Charlottesville battle of antifa versus the "alt-right." The "s---hole countries" crack of the president. The weeklong TV tirade of rants against the "racist" Trump.
Are they not all really issues of race, culture and identity?
On campuses, leftist students and faculty protest the presence of right-wing speakers, whom they identify as fascists, racists and homophobes. To radicals, there is no right to preach hate, as they see it, for to permit that is to ensure that hate spreads and flourishes.
What the left is saying is this. Our idea of a moral society is one of maximum ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, and, in the burying of the old wicked America, and the creation of a new better America, we will not accord evil ideas equal rights.
In the old rendering, "Error has no rights!"
That fifth of mankind that is Islamic follows a similar logic.
As there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet, why would we allow inside our societies and nations the propagation of false faiths like Christianity that must inevitably lead to the damnation of many of our children?
"The best test of truth," said Oliver Wendell Holmes, "is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market."
But in our world, more and more people believe, and rightly so, that truth exists independent of whether people accept or reject it.
And there are matters, like the preservation of a unique people and nation, that are too important to be left to temporary majorities to decide.
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever." To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.Copyright 2018 Creators Syndicate Inc.