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Chuck Moss

Death to Unum

May 19, 2017

Okay, so Bill O’Reilly’s been canned from Fox, after a firestorm of protest. These angry folks besieged advertisers in the name of propriety, demanding O’Reilly be fired. Why? Accusations of sexual hanky-panky and unwanted attention to the ladies. This cannot be tolerated in a civilized society, and is a gross insult to all Womankind, thundered the protesters.  Fair enough. Then what about Bill Clinton?

WHAT!!! Said the protesters. THAT’S DIFFERENT!

Ahh—how so? If anything, Bill Clinton was worse. Why? Hello…duh…he was the President, for starters.. Most importantly he lied about it under oath—the crime of perjury. But that’s not what was different and exonerated him. What was? “Bill Clinton is our guy.”

Our guy. Feminists were silent. Not a single peep from the opponents of Patriarchy, from the colleges, civil libertarians, from the media. All closed ranks around Our Guy. Today, unfunny ‘comic’ Stephen Colbert unleashes a tirade of filth against President Trump. Were it against Obama, his job would be rightly gone, but today? No worries, because he’s on Our Side. Martha Stewart gives the finger to the President’s picture; what a clever gal! Black clad fascist thugs terrorize peaceful college audiences, and college Red Guards shut down debate. Outrage? Not really, because they’re fighting Hate. The definition of ‘Hate?’ Stuff we don’t agree with. The Other Side.

Following the election of President Trump, the Democratic Party declared itself the Resistance. Not the ‘Opposition.’ The Resistance. Now understand, the term ‘Resistance’ has a certain historical meaning. “The Resistance” meant the people who fought the Nazi occupation in World War II. It means people who are fighting an illegitimate occupation, not a freely elected government. It means they are fighting Nazis, a bunch that have no moral standing, and against whom all tactics are allowed. The WWII Resistance killed Nazis, and rightfully so. When your opponents are Nazis, most everything is permitted.

Those who call themselves the “Resistance” are making no bones about it: they do not recognize President Trump or the majority Republican Congress as a legitimate bunch of fellow Americans with whom they disagree. No, they declare their independence as a separate tribe, and have declared war on those not of their tribe. Much of the media has been there for years. The foul outburst of Stephen Colbert on CBS is not just excused, but applauded, because it’s done by Our Guy, Our Tribe, against the Enemy and all is permitted. For Us, everything, for Them, nothing: that is the whole of the law. Death to Unum. Call it the Pluribus-ization of America.

After a half century, the mass of Americans against whom these tribes seceded, and against whom the tribes declared war seem to be deciding that they, too are a tribe. The election of 2016 stunned a lot of people, because so many Americans voted for someone who spoke to their tribal interests. The only surprise is that it took so long. When “white” and “male” are routinely used as insults is it any wonder the targets began to fight back? After 50 years.

So with the Unum gone, then what? Well, examples from around the world are not encouraging. When the Unum is gone, the tribal rules. Our nation, our legal system, and our civilization is based on the individual, each of whom have individual rights. With that gone, we revert to a legal system where what matters is status: what tribe are you from? The wrong tribe has no rights that must be observed. Want to express yourself? Which tribe are you from? Wrong one? You will be punished and silenced. Want to freely assemble? Black clad storm troopers will violently stop you. Get out of line? Twitter mobs will cost you your job. Win an election? You will be Resisted by any means necessary.

The Resistance doesn’t seem to understand, or care, that they are engendering a resistance to them. Black clad Stormtroopers are starting to meet Alt-right street fighters. The pushback is already here. In other countries, where the tribal overcame the Unum, nations have been torn apart. Look at Lebanon, Yugoslavia, and the ghastly Rwanda.  The tribal genie is a bloody one, and once it’s out of the bottle, it rarely goes back.

So to those who are discarding the old and honorable role of Opposition, and future Majority, in favor of Resistance: understand what you’re destroying. You may find your tribe isn’t strong enough to rule by force forever. And when you’ve destroyed E Pluribus Unum, you may find it’s not just our society you’ve fundamentally transformed: you’ve also trashed the only thing that protected you.

Chuck Moss teaches Political Science at Oakland University and serves on the Board of the Regional Transportation Authority. He was elected to represent the 40th District in the Michigan House and was appointed Chairman of the all-important Appropriations Committee, responsible for the entire state budget. Prior to politics, Chuck was political columnist for the DETROIT NEWS, and has hosted talk shows for radio and television.

May 18, 2017 · Filed under Chuck Moss

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mary // May 19, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Thought provoking article! Wish this was required reading for all those progressives who are trying to legitimize “resistance” and silence anyone who doesn’t share their opinion.

  • 2 Anagnorisis // May 19, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Clannishness is always with us. Primarily the university allows us levity from these boundaries, though the farmer in his fields and barns, Thoreau in his cabin, may also find transcendent thought. Taciturnity can lead to hardening of the metaphorical arteries whereas pedantry and auto-didacticism wage the metaphysical battle for dominance. Postulation of law and politics to smooth the rough routes is presumptuous and dictated by force, not logic. D. Trump has lowered the limbo bar on debate so anything goes now.

  • 3 Steve Purdy // May 19, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Chuck, you point out the central, crippling problem of our political system – gratuitous partisanship. When one side points out the unconscionable hypocrisy of the other side it fuels the ongoing feud and nothing gets done. It will be our downfall if we don’t find ways to move both sides to the center.

  • 4 David Waymire // May 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    What goes around…

    McConnell raised the stakes, right from the start…and let’s be clear: Absent gerrymandering, Congress looks very different.

  • 5 Jean Kozek // May 20, 2017 at 8:16 am

    The day Obama became President, Republicans in Washington met and decided to oppose any legislation he supported. They bragged openly that would be their position. Resistance?

    Yup, Clinton lied about sexual encounters with Monica Lewinsky, his willing partner. She wrote a book about their affair and gave speaking engagements and made lots of money. In the case of O’Reilly and Ailes, there were sexual threats that implied the females would lose their jobs, their incomes, if they didn’t comply. In both examples, men behaved immorally. But, the women were not willing partners in these cases. This is a MAJOR difference.

    There can be no compromise if one group insists on only benefiting the wealthy at the expense of regular wage earners. In Michigan, for example, Republicans raised taxes on wage earners and retirees while giving tax cuts to selective campaign donors. The result is that additional taxes did NOT improve the budget for roads or schools or lessen college costs. My taxes simply were used to counter the tax dollars cut from the wealthy.

    You claim that those who support only the wealthy are protecting ME? I want a democratic government, the politicians, to protect my interests too, but right now that doesn’t seem to be the case.

  • 6 Mrs A // May 21, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Brava Jean Kozek! I was feeling slightly sick after wallowing through all that macho BS being dumped by Moss and his clacquers, so imagine how wonderful it felt to encounter the cool reason and resounding truth of your response. I like the way you think. Run for office will you?

  • 7 Greg Thrasher // May 26, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Yawn … Same tiresome rant from AWM nothing has changed with Chuck stuck on stupid. Years ago I was racially profiled in Birmingham near my neighborhood when I complained about it of course I got the usual ‘tribal ‘ reactionary response from Chuck.

    Pitiful how so many Whites in our nation are unable to evolve and mature on Race .


  • 8 Joe Ross // May 26, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Trump’s words are very aggressive but the actions of his conservative base have not done millions of dollars in “protest-property-damage” to to cities and universities. I’m guessing moderates (R&D) see the mob mentality of the tribal-left and view them as being the bigger bully. I’ve voted for Dems and Reps over the years. But the radical left is casting a dark shadow over the moderate Dems that I agree with.



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