It is way past time we all understood that ‘The Slippery Slope’ is not always a fallacy. Sometimes, it is a very real threat. Case in point: the Patriot Act has come back to bite many of us — just like we were warned it would.
‘Slippery Slope‘ can be a fallacy, but it doesn’t have to be. Some times, the threat is very real. In those cases, Slippery Slope is not only valid, it is a warranted warning. The Patriot Act is the perfect example. After the 9/11 attacks, few people questioned the broad and sweeping powers granted to the government by the Patriot Act. Fewer still bothered to speak out against the stripping of any and all Constitutional protections for anyone who might find themselves labeled a ‘terrorist.’
Fast forward twenty years and look at what has happened: a ‘terrorist’ is no longer someone who attacks the United States, it isn’t even someone who uses terror to further their political agenda. No, today, a terrorist is anyone who dares to even question those who have seized control over this nation. Since this is primarily the white, Christian heterosexual, ‘They’ label whites as terrorists. But this is the cloaking of evil behind the veil of opposing racism: in this case, ‘white supremacism,’ or ‘white nationalism.’ Sadly, the People go right along with it. They either tell themselves they are not the ‘terrorists’ the government is speaking about or they stay silent for fear of speaking up and being labeled a racist terrorist for their troubles. These people never even stop to realize that the same evil actors declaring whites to be terrorists simply because they are white are the same evil actors telling them that all whites are racists simply because they are white. There is no escaping this sort of thinking: you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t, but this is by design — so you will remain in the shadows, cowering in fear and posing no threat to their power.
This nation is currently witnessing the danger of ‘Slippery Slope:’ first, you allow a clear violation of principle because of some perceived threat or emergency that justifies lawlessness on an emotional level, then, when things get out of control, that same fear forces you to remain silent as more and more innocent people are devoured by the growing evil you unleashed. And yes, you unleashed — as did I. Do not think you are innocent in this, because you’re not. In a nominally free nation such as this, to sit idly by and watch this sort of evil metastasize and grow while doing nothing for fear of what might happen to you is to give silent support to that evil. No, I’m afraid that, unless we have been jailed or murdered by this growing evil for having stood against it, we are guilty of supporting it.
In this specific case, the nation agreed that the threat of Islamic terrorism justified the clear violations of both our Constitution and foundational principles as espoused in the Declaration of Independence. We comforted ourselves by saying it was justified by the threat, and by thinking that it would never go any farther than the Muslims. Well, today, it has become painfully clear that it has not only grown, but it has gotten totally out of hand. A terrorist is now defined as anyone and everyone who the American Left deems to be a threat to its power. Still, many people will continue to cower in the shadows and tell themselves that the government’s definition of terrorism will never include them.
Dear Reader, if you are one of those who believes you are magically exempt from this evil, you do not understand the threat. There is a very well known and absolutely brilliant illustration of the slippery slope down which the United States has fallen, and by which it is now being devoured. Here, I’ll remind you of how it goes: