Whose Side Are They On?


by Michael Peroutka, the Institute on the Constitution

So you’re the football coach and I am your new starting quarterback. On the very first series of downs, I throw a pass directly to the linebacker, who intercepts and takes the ball to the end zone.

Well, now we’re down seven to zip, but you pat me on the back and encourage me as I trot back out to the huddle. On first and ten, you see me take the snap, and then take a knee for a three-yard loss. You call a timeout and ask me why I did that. I explain to you that this is an away game and the great majority of the fans in the stadium are cheering for the other team. I tell you that I am just trying to make sure that our team is well liked.

Next time we get the ball, you watch in horror as I actually hand the ball off to a defensive lineman as he passes through our backfield, on the way to another touchdown—for our opponents. Moreover, you realize that nobody on our team seriously tried to stop him.

At some point, aren’t you going to wonder whether I’m really on your side? And aren’t you going to eventually question the real motivation of our team? If, time after time, our actions indicate that we are helping the opponent’s cause, won’t you eventually conclude that we are not on your side?

In the same way, when Republican conservatives only half-heartedly oppose the unconstitutional, immoral actions of Democrat liberals, do you start to wonder where their commitment really lies? Does conservatism really amount to nothing more than handing the ball to the other team and purposely losing the game?

If we want to advance the cause of liberty, should we keep supporting players like these, or should we stop depending on players who run the wrong way?