To have a functioning society, we expect the government to provide a framework allowing us to go about our everyday lives without fear for the safety of our families, property, or ourselves and protect the vast majority from those seeking to threaten or restrict us.
In our Republic, we’re supposed to let the majority rule on most things while protecting minorities or individuals from the “tyranny of the majority.” The fear of even transitory majorities taking advantage of others led to the promise of history’s first written protections even against the majority to gain acceptance of our Constitution—the first ten amendments, known as the” Bill of Rights,” allayed fears. These protections are a large part of the genius of our constitutional government.
Minorities take over our streets, making many parts of our cities disastrous. Minorities commit crimes with small or no price. Too much of a good thing can make you sick. In many cases today, the tail wags the dog.
How did our protection of minorities and even individuals morph into a “tyranny of the minority”? In his book “Rules for Radicals, ” community organizer Saul Alinsky proposed a rule that makes “the enemy live up to their own rules.” This rule has meant appealing to the majority’s best nature to lure the majority to bend to your will.Continue reading