But there is a second set of rules with which we must comply if we want to live peaceably in a society. These rules are based on the nature of man, and we are taught them by our parents and in Sunday school. Thou shalt not lie. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
These rules of conduct compose the skeleton of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's 1762 social contract, under which "everyone will be free because they all forfeit the same amount of rights and impose the same duties on all." In order to enjoy the security and advantages of living together with others, Rousseau advises us, we must each respect the rights and expect the civility of every other member of the society.
This concept is the bedrock of a republic. Rousseau extends the social contract concept to government by positing two essential elements in a society: the sovereign, which is the people; and the government, which is necessary only to carry out functions beyond the abilities of the sovereign, such as national defense – and the government is subject to the sovereign and may be dissolved by the sovereign for insubordination to their will. These ideas were echoed 16 years later in the Declaration of Independence and 25 years later in the Constitution of the United States.
The American republic, then, is the codification in a Constitution of the basic rules of conduct necessary to a civilized society – respect, self-reliance, and personal responsibility.
Civilization today is under attack, and with it the rules of civilized conduct and the Constitution of the United States. Not only are decapitating barbarians running rampant in the Middle East, barbarism is rampant right here at home in the forms of Islamic invasion and indoctrination, the insidious corruption of moral relativism, and the creeping threat of Washington Fascism.
Fascism is the reinstitution of feudalism, moral relativism is the renunciation of personal responsibility to the other members of one's society, and Islam is the repository of pure barbarism. Together these three pose a real and continuing threat to our civilization.
The barbarians are no longer at the gate – they have invaded the heartland of our nation, and they are eroding the structures and institutions that guarantee our civilized way of life. The Constitution, the churches, common decency, and civil civility are all under attack by the barbarians of Mecca, Washington, and San Francisco.
And worst of all, we are assaulted with the subtle anarchy of "Political Correctness," which seeks to mask these atavistic threats under the pretenses of tolerance, expediency, and Democracy.
As free men and women, we must constantly and vigorously fight back against the barbarian onslaught. We must protect and preserve the institutions of civilization – respect for the rights of others, morality, responsibility for our actions and for the wellbeing of our fellow citizens, and adherence to and defense of the Constitution of the United States.
The barbarians, in one form or another, will always be there, and civilized men and women will always have the job of destroying them. That's part of what being civilized means.