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The United States of America was founded based on the enshrining of those core philosophical principles
All modern jurisprudence recognizes this.
Our Constitution is written specifically to help protect the individual from this.
This is not simply a nice-to-have feature. It is the very essence of what protects an individual from the expediency of "mob rule" dispensing "justice" upon them.
That creates outrage at times.
These ignore people's fundamental individuality.
It is fundamentally unjust to allow outrage to falsely condemn the innocent.
We have an adversarial system to help us test those accusations, rather than just accept them at face value in order to appease the outrage of the accuser.
The accuser might be doing it maliciously. They might mis-remember events, or just sincerely believe something that is not true.
That happens to all of us.
That's why we test accusations, and look for corroborating evidence to distinguish things.
This fundamentally denies the individuality of people, and even their humanity itself.
And evil begins therein.
And sometimes it really will.
It gets worse, and metastasizes.
We try to teach our children not to do this... that it is wrong.
They will recognize that playing upon these prejudices can be used as a weapon in order to further their own political agendas. They can stoke fears and resentments, and create strife.
They will often expand the scope of wrongdoing attributed to that group.
And then spring the trap.
Since people now "know" that the group in question is "evil", and "the enemy"... clearly, the group's MEMBERS are, too.
Someone. has. to. pay.
The "group" committed harm, and so the "group" must rightfully be punished.
The group is just... its members.
This is the mentality of the mob, activated.
And the mob wants blood.
Members of that group have done wrong, and therefore any given action against ANY member of it is somehow... justified.
And how that imbalance NEEDS to change.
They are taking innocent people, making them guilty BY ATTRIBUTE, and then punishing them. That's unjust.
After all, SOMEONE has to *pay* for it.
The only standard that is sustainable, is that the ONLY person who should EVER "pay" for a crime... is the individual who actually committed that crime.
People. Are. Not. Fungible. Units.
If you believe it's OK to do so, to collectively transfer guilt to a group, and thereby transfer it again to a DIFFERENT individual... you have lost your way, friend, and you need to sit down and re-evaluate your life. That idea is simply monstrous.
No group commits any act of any kind.
Only individuals act.
A group cannot commit a crime.
Only its individual members can.
Each individual committed it.
A grouping of humans is an *idea*... and ideas cannot act. Only people can act.
It is not some kind of bucket into which you can pour the guilt of some members of it, and then pour it out again over all the other members of the group.
The Social Contract needs its participants to use reason.
Our society will end.
"I saw Goody Proctor with the Devil!" is not an animating principle here.
You need to look elsewhere.
You leave them alone, vice versa.
Others saw it as a "course correction", a response.
It was bad enough in 1994 to lead to the "Republican revolution", which was a response to Clinton attempting & failing to ram socialized medicine through.
And they could not be reasoned with. They became irrational.
People started talking about how GWB "lied us into war", with Michael Moore throwing gas on the fire.
Through "Chimpy BusHitler" being hurled at a fundamentally good man, who had different ideas about how to lead us.
Through the mainstream media character assassination of Sarah Palin in the run-up to 2008, & the financial collapse.
Now they had an Alinsky disciple in office ready and willing to make the Right pay.
And the political rhetoric continued to heat up, through all 8 years of Obama.
And the Left fully lost their minds.
They cannot let it go, and their rage has spiraled out of control.
Then the Kavanaugh circus happened.
This puts us on the edge of a shooting civil war.
They seem immune to reason.
We have one chance to fix it, IMO.
Those of us who still believe in the principles of America can act to stop that, peacefully, the way we have for generations.
At the ballot box.
We tell them all it's intolerable.
This cannot wait, at all.
They have been consumed by rage for almost two years now.
THEY WILL ACT.
So long as they behave like this, they cannot be permitted, under any circumstances, to have their hands on the levers of power. We can pray that they recognize this as a wake-up call.
We cannot rely on anyone else. Every single one of us must get everyone they care about to the polls.
I beg you.
Save this country.
Turn them out, every last one. And pray that they see the light, before it's too late.