The Weaponization of Compassion

It has been said that the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled off was convincing people that he doesn’t exist. What is often overlooked in that statement is that his existence does not require our consent.

In a similar vein, one of the greatest tricks progressive, liberal democrats have managed to pull off was the perception that they care about the “little” guy, the oppressed, the poor etc. To pull this misdeed off they turned to one of the oldest tricks in the book. They weaponized our compassion against us.

Nowhere has this concept been more conclusively demonstrated that here in my home state of Utah.

Over the last two years we have been assaulted with “medical” pot, medicare expansion beyond the states ability to pay for it and more “hate” crimes legislation.

I have already written at some length about the fallacy and tragedy of “medical” pot. The medicare expansion is nothing more than an attempt to crash the system to make single payer seem more palatable to a state full of public education victims. In any case, neither of these travesties of “compassion” are the subject of today’s effort on my part.

Today I want to talk about the misguided expansion of so called hate crimes laws.

To be clear, I view all crime as an expression of hate. Such would seem self evident. Never the less, in a desperate (and destined to fail) attempt to please our states vocal minority of “victims” republicans have sponsored an expansion of hate crimes protections. It is the sort of feel good measure that political correctness demands. After you abandon reason of course.

Under the law as I understood it for my 50 plus years, we were all equal. That seemed easy enough to understand. Now it seems, in what is clearly nothing more than political posturing, some people are to be more equal than others. My Constitutional right to be equal before the law is to be squandered in a vain attempt to get certain lobbies and their supporters to like you. This is beyond tragic, it is malfeasance of the highest order. Never mind that the groups you are attempting to win favor with will never like you, no matter how many times you surrender.

The hard fact is that the elimination of “hate” requires a change of heart. If the Ten Commandments cannot accomplish that change what do you expect to accomplish with a feel good, paper decree?However sincerely offered, such a law cannot have the desired effect of changing a persons heart.

The best and possibly most effective course to combat hate is to affirm in undeniable terms the equality of everyone under the law. Leave the moral posturing to the street preacher warning us about the end of the world. Once you start legislating who is deserving of “special” treatment our equality before the law becomes yet another commodity to be bartered about for the political gain of the legislator seeking to trade our rights for his purposes.

Speaking of the devil, after the last two years I can’t help but wonder if he simply traded his horns for a three piece suit, a fancy title and a nice office in a building made of marble.

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