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Question–if you knew there was a terrorist like Bin Laden about to carry out 9/11-style or even nuclear attacks on the U.S., would you order a drone strike to take him out? I’m guessing the vast majority of Americans would say yes. Would your answer change if you knew a dozen civilians would be killed? How about if he was hiding in a daycare filled with children? How about if you had to take out several city blocks that would likely kill thousands of innocent civilians? You’re talking about saving thousands of American lives, maybe millions in the event of a nuclear attack? Would you torture several captured individuals to find a more precise location on that terrorist?
Answers would likely vary by person, but what if I told you later that intelligence was mistaken identity and the man killed had zero terrorist ties? The point is that ends-justify-the-means thinking has motivated you to take actions that you normally would never support. Even if the terrorist info was correct, each of us usually has an acceptable “collateral damage” threshold.
Consider how this relates to today’s events. Imagine you’re a leftist who sees a President in office that represents everything you stand against. You’ve bought into propaganda hysteria that the world may end soon if drastic actions aren’t taken to fight climate change. That President threatens to destroy the health care system, possibly costing millions of uninsured lives. He’s racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, fascist, and will destroy America if you don’t stop him. What actions would you take to get him out of office? Would you use lies, made-up anonymous sources, or distorted reporting? Would you censor stories that may help him get re-elected, even true and professionally sourced ones? Would you rig voting blocks in key swing states? Would you politicize a deadly virus that may kill millions of people? Would you spread Covid hysteria and suppress voices of scientific reasoning? Would you withhold vaccines and treatments until after the election?
One of the most instructive movie scenes comes from Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back. Yoda is training Luke Skywalker to be a Jedi, a force for good in the world. One of his final tests is to enter a mysterious virtual cave. Yoda tells Luke he won’t need his weapons. Luke takes them anyway, and he soon comes up against Darth Vader, the evil Sith Lord that represents everything against which he is fighting. Luke takes out his light saber. Summoning all his anger and hate, he strikes down Vader, cutting off his head. As Vader lays on the ground dying, his helmet explodes. Luke looks down to see the face behind the helmet is his own. In his quest to destroy Vader, he himself has become exactly what he is fighting.
You see this type of behavior in today’s Left. In their quest to destroy Trump, they’ve played politics with a virus that will cost millions of lives. They’ve used looting, rioting, and violent intimidation tactics. They’ve thrown away 1st Amendment freedoms, voting system integrity, and so much of the foundations of American democracy. They have become what, in their minds, they were trying to destroy. If you ever wondered how people could become so evil, look inside their minds and see how easily they can justify their own behavior.
As the Left gets set to assume power in 2021, the only way to avoid becoming like them is to stick to your values and principles no matter what. Never let ends-justify-the-means thinking turn you into something you never thought you could become.
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