One of the lessons of Good Friday is that even the most well-meaning people can be seduced into acts of profound cruelty.
The tale of the Passion of the Christ can be broken down simply: God sent His only son to redeem mankind and turn us from our sinful ways. Our response was to mock, torture and execute him. The Gospel pretty much tells you all you need to know about human nature. It resonates thousands of years later because it is repeated constantly.
The Left likes to imagine that mankind is perfectible and that Original Sin is merely a superstition peddled by an oppressive and backward patriarchy. Tolerant, thoughtful people with the proper education and beliefs are beyond the reach of such antiquated notions.
Boromir epitomised the progressive mentality when he asked Frodo for the One Ring, explaining: “Truehearted men, they cannot be corrupted.”
Immediately thereafter he attempted to take the Ring by brute force.
This week they once again proved themselves wrong.
If the corporate CEOs and media outlets served as the Pharisees in our modern Passion Play, the Republican establishment played the role of Pontius Pilate, washing their hands of the thing. They have other things to think about, and anyway these social issues are awfully messy. It’s a losing cause, it will alienate voters and distract us from the real problems affecting the country. If a few small businesses/corporate CEOs/little people get tossed to the mob, so be it.
Ace has been rather annoying to read of late, particularly his “take my marbles and go home” attitude (which he also blends with a “join the other side out of spite” argument, but here he is dead on. If the GOP leadership cannot rouse itself to defend an innocent small business, what good are they?
Meanwhile, the Right has responded to hate with love. This is what sets people of good will apart from the mob: they tear down, while we rebuild.
Yes, it is better to stop the destruction in the first place, but failing that, offering healing also offers hope and sends a clear message to others who may face the fury of the mob: “You are not alone. Stand fast and we will help. The Left offers hate but we will sacrifice our own finances to make you whole.”
As for changing the GOP, it is a work of years, not single elections. If you hate the leadership, you have to methodically chop into it as you would a vineyard that has gone to waste. The weeds have had decades to bury their roots – one or two elections is not enough to dig them out. Some areas may have be burned over in order to be reclaimed. Useless tools like Boehner can be hit in a primary and if that fails, then openly sacrifice the seat to crush him in the general. The thing is, be rational about it.
It is also important to look at the local scene – the county party leadership, the state leadership committee. This is where the levers are pulled. This is where all that energy does the most good.
All that being said, we live in a fallen world. Expecting it to be otherwise is unrealistic and can also lead to even greater suffering. Every effort to build paradise on earth leads to mass graves. Every. One.
Sometimes the best we can hope for is to keep the candle of faith burning through another day.