I recently received an inquiry from a patriot who had concerns after the kerfuffle on the Capitol. I wrote him back, and then decided to share my response with you. (The names have been deleted.)
I think that the issue may be the real question behind the questions you have asked:
“How do we know that we’re the good guys?”
Or to state it another way, “what gives us the right to impose our agenda on them?”
In order to make a judgement about anything, you have to hear and weigh the evidence. The evidence about socialism, for example, is vast. It doesn’t take much searching to discover that socialism results in death and destruction of property and wealth. So that’s bad. They are bad. And we’re good.
The evidence about perversion is equally available. Homosexuality, Transgenderism, and similar perversions result in misery and death. So that’s bad. And they’re bad. And we’re good.
Etc. Etc. Etc.
The measuring line should include a measurement of freedom. Even in spiritual things. Jesus charged the Pharisees (who thought they were the good guys, but were not) with binding ” heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers” (Matt 23.4) And in his inaugural address he said that “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me … to set at liberty them that are bruised,” (Luke 4.18) And Paul, speaking of the life of the Spirit, says “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5.1)
And although those are spiritual things, it’s the same in the natural world. In fact Paul encouraged slaves with: “Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so.” (1 Cor 7.21)
So, we measure any idea by the standard of freedom consistent with the rule of law. (The rule of law is a rule, agreed upon by all, which has been written down previously, and to which ALL are subject, including the rulers.) Under that standard, WE are the good guys. And therefore we have the right to impose our ideas on the bad guys.
Notice the description of good government found in Romans: For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Romans 13.3-4
But, you ask, what about excesses on our side? Shouldn’t we be ashamed of them?
However, Barry Goldwater, who was accused by the press of being an extremist when he ran for president in 1964 said, “moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” and “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!”
Amen. (And AWoman, as they say.)
Think about this, and it will become clear to you. Hang in there, Patriot.