My flesh calls out to Gingrich’s common sense. When in the past has America been better off not fighting its enemies? America prosecuted Nazis and Communists when it was at war with Nazis and Communists. America interned Japanese after Pearl Harbor because it was believed they would stay loyal to their ancestral homeland. Is it outlandish to believe Japanese would stay loyal to Japan? The assumption was they would; that’s why the naturalization oath of allegiance says “I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.” If you believe Japanese are loyal to Japan, to do nothing when enemy agents are operating within your borders is suicidal.
It’s as C. S. Lewis noted about witch burning: If you believe in witches, it’s a given that you kill them. They are the devil’s agents on earth! The only uncertainty is how to best find them.
Liberalism has done much to erase the ordinariness of the illiberal past, and has only permitted its remembrance in the form of cautionary tales like anti-Communist hero/liberal bogeyman Joseph McCarthy. In McCarthy’s time fundamental differences of nationality and religion were less tolerated because multiculturalism was seen as a preface to disunion and civil war. This intolerance, a dirty word now, was the scorching fire of the once effective melting pot.
Now the post-war liberal consensus is unraveling, as ISIS sympathizers overstretch the credibility of the diversity project, eroding the preconditions for social trust, and as liberalism’s former proponents suppress the truth in pursuit of blatant falsehoods. The times increasingly call for the enemies of truth and peace in the Lord to be fought and defeated—peacefully, insofar as it can be.