Does Pacifism Work?

by drclarkjensen on February 23, 2012

After promising the Senate to strengthen our nuclear arsenal if they ratified the New START treaty,  Obama is now taking the pacifist approach.  He is talking about reducing our nuclear arsenal voluntarily and unilaterally.

What is pacifism?  Pacifism is the belief held by many liberals that weakness can defeat strength.   It is the belief that if we disarm, the enemy will disarm also.  It is the belief behind the liberal misconception that we deserved to be attacked on 9-11 because we were too strong.  So, my questions to liberals are, “Is pacifism effective?  Does it work?  Can you give us an example where pacifism has caused the disarmament of an enemy?”

Let’s think about this a little bit.

Has pacifism towards violent criminals worked?  Will it work to use greater pacifism with criminals?  Liberals want us to give up our guns.  They think if we give up our guns we will be safer.  Is that true?  Will we be safer?  Not really!

If we throw away our guns at home, are me more likely or less likely to be a victim of a crime?  If you want to get rid of your guns, be my guest, but I feel much safer having the means to protect my family, if push comes to shove.  Statistics show that states with less restrictive gun laws had lower crime rates as well.

Think about it.  If we let all the violent criminals out of prison will they be nice?  Should we try that?  Do you think it would work?  I am a little nervous about that aren’t you?

Okay, not such a good idea.  But how about the next time someone pulls a gun on you, what if you give him a big hug to show him you mean him no harm.  Do you think he will immediately disarm and walk away or are you more likely to take a bullet if you do that?   Sorry, that is a dumb idea too.

Alright, how about we take all the violent criminals and get them in a group and tell them how much we love them.  Do you think they will reform then?

You go first!

Well, if pacifism doesn’t work with criminals, how well does it work with kids in school?

Who gets picked on and beat up at school, the weak kid or the tough kid?

Why is the weak kid picked on?

We don’t like it.  It isn’t  a good thing that weak kids get picked on, but that’s the reality.

How well does pacifism work in nature?

Do the wolves go after the strong or the weak?

Bunnies are at the bottom of the food chain in the forest, not the wolves and bears.

Would you rather be a bunny or a bear?

There must be someplace where pacifism works, don’t you think?

In the NFL, in college football, in high school football or midget league football even, do the strong teams feel sorry for the weak teams and let them win the game just to be fair and nice?  No, that doesn’t happen.

Occasionally a team will let another team score as long as they don’t lose the game over it, but they won’t lose on purpose just to be nice (even with the pee-wees).

Does pacifism work in business?  No!

Do the weak businesses prosper? No!

Can you think of a time or place where showing weakness causes the other person to be nice too?

Someone might feel sorry for you if you show weakness, short-term, but are they going to pay your mortgage, let you win the ball game or allow you to disarm them, long-term?  Not a chance.

So if pacifism doesn’t work with criminals, with kids at school, with wolves and bears in nature, in sports or business, what makes the liberals think we are safer if we get rid of our nuclear weapon and weaken our military?

Can you name one war where getting rid of weapons and reducing military strength was a good strategy?  You can’t think of a one?  Dang it, I can’t either.

Pacifism makes no sense.  It is absurd.  No place in the real word do we see a place where pacifism brings safety or victory.

Pacifism is not the philosophy of winners, it is the philosophy of losers.

Guess what Obama want’s for the United States?  He wants us to lose.

Is that what you want?

Then vote him out of office.

I don’t want to be a bunny.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Osama Bin Laden February 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Excellent post! Your comparison of the food chain and football to pacifism is particularly convincing! While pacifism isn’t actually defined as “weak,” you definitely made a strong argument if it did.

I think any dictionary will say something along the lines of “opposition to war and violence” under the term “pacifism.” So, while you make some pretty bulletproof arguments, I think you’re just misunderstanding what the terms actually mean.

On the topic of “weakness,” Paul says some interesting things in 2 Corinthians 12:10:

“That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

You make weakness out to be a bad thing, when Paul says he takes pleasure in it, because he knows that Christ uses a humble, submissive person to carry out his Kingdom work.

You say that pacifism is the philosophy of losers. Is America a “winner” when we use unmanned drone strikes to kill innocent people? I find it hard to believe that killing makes anyone into a “winner.”

You ask the question “Can you give us an example where pacifism has caused the disarmament of an enemy?” I can think of one big one.

Jesus Christ had the “strength” to prevent his torturous death, but instead he became “weak” and humbled himself to a death on a cross. By doing so, “He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” (Colossians 3:14,15).

So to answer your question, yes. Satan (the ruler of the world, see John 12:31) was disarmed by the use of nonviolence.


BOB TOBIN March 2, 2013 at 10:22 am

living a life that is uncceptable to God will result in going to h e l l..Kinda of a warning of violence if you dont do the right things on earth..hell is a violent consequence.
Jesus never died..he lives forever…he was cucified and the result was him going back to his rightful place with his father..So why would Jesus do anything if it meant going “home” where he wanted to be ?


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