In a 2011 Wall Street Journal op-ed, James Taranto describes the growing bloodlust of the progressive left: "America's liberal left is preoccupied with salacious fantasies of political violence. These take two forms: dreams of leftist insurrection, and nightmares of reactionary bloodshed."
Taranto goes on to report that a sympathetic mainstream media suppresses and/or whitewashes the former type of fantasy while treating the latter as if it reflects reality. (The Politics of Bloodlust, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 27, 2011)
"Evil people exploit good people by persuading them that it is wrong to call evil by its' name." (Persuasive Wickedness & What We Must Say About It, James Hitchcock)
A compliant media and academia rationalize every kind of evil---from 9/11 and the murder of Terri Schiavo to pernicious slander and character destruction, to black violence against white, and even theft and murder as politically or racially motivated, due to chemical imbalances, mental illness (politically incorrect thoughts), religiously-motivated intolerance toward "gay" behaviors, or perhaps as sociological pressures. In fact, anything at all that will offer a seemingly plausible explanation is proffered in order to persuade good, decent Americans that it is wrong to call evil by its' name.
We cannot make sense of the pathological lying, the cold-blooded envy and the insane bloodlust fueling America's progressive "elites" (i.e., media, Hollywood, academic, jurists and political insiders) anymore than we can make sense of the evil which fueled the Columbine murderers, the mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik, and the Dark Knight killer unless we return to the concept of sin---human moral evil:
"The Fall released human moral evil into the cosmos, and every single human being is a sinner, tempted by a full range of sinfulness." (Dr. Albert Mohler, The Dark Night in Denver---Groping for Answers, July 20, 2012, AlbertMohler.com)
The prophet Jeremiah spoke of human moral evil when he lamented,
â€œThe heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick, who can understand it?â€ (Jeremiah 17:9)
All men are compound mixtures of strengths and weaknesses, good and evil. They are both kindly Dr. Jekyll and evil Mr. Hyde.
Virtuous people are those who, over time and with great self-sacrifice, personal suffering, and perseverance, have learned â€” however imperfectly â€” to restrain their Mr. Hyde appetites. In attainment of self-control, virtuous people are by consequence capable of self-governance. This means that they are able to live and work within an atmosphere of limited government, or just enough government to protect liberty, rights, and property but not too little that anarchy ensues. Without self-control and virtue, liberty degenerates into the grotesque moral evil that now characterizes America and the West:
"What is liberty without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils...madness without restraint. Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites." (Edmund Burke, 1791 at the National Assembly, http://www.earstohear.net/Separation/warnings.html)
The majority of Westerners and Americans have fallen into a comfortable forgetfulness of their own proclivity for evil. They like hearing that their wrongdoing is not their fault but rather the fault of something or someone else. But when we close our minds and eyes to our own moral evils we find ourselves having to do the same for other evil-doers.
Truth is often bitter tasting, and in this case it speaks of the reality of unspeakable moral evils committed by humans over and across the vast sweep of history. In the last century men murdered over 200,000,000 of their own kind....men, women, children, and babies.
Grotesque human moral evil is destroying the West and America. For example, in this century alone Americans have snuffed out the lives of more than 60,000,000 unborn thus far. If rationalizing the killing of the unborn is OK then we should not be shocked when the Unabomer, Jim Jones, and the Dark Knight killer rationalize the murder of the already-born. And of our babies we allow to live, large numbers are sacrificed at an older age on the altars of hedonism and the deities of Sodom and Gommorah by morally evil self-centered, pleasure seeking parents.
Dr. Mohler writes that though we are shocked by such grotesque moral evil we cannot afford to be. For when humans commit moral evil, it tells us the truth about unbridled human sin.
Christians must not deny the reality of sin and evil nor the horror of its outworkings. If the fullness of human sin was set loose, humanity would destroy itself, said Mohler, thus we are reminded that evil can be answered only by a cross:
â€œEvil is conquered as evil because God turns it back upon itself. He makes the supreme crime, the murder of the only righteous person, the very operation that abolishes sin. The maneuver is utterly unprecedented. No more complete victory could be imagined. God responds in the indirect way that is perfectly suited to the ambiguity of evil. He entraps the deceiver in his own wiles. Evil, like a judoist, takes advantage of the power of good, which it perverts; the Lord, like a supreme champion, replies by using the very grip of the opponent.â€ (Theologian Henri Blocher , cited by Dr. Mohler)