As we approach the mid-term 2018 elections where many U.S citizens and Citizens of the States will be exercising their franshised right to vote on who shall they trust best to uphold their Constitutionally protected rights at the city, State and federal levels. The unfortunate thing is that many of them will be voting on everything other than someone who ensures that their rights are protected, but how much of the government’s benefits and treasure they can get for their personal benefit.
The great 1800’s German author and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once stated, “Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action”. I do believe that he would be more than deeply sadden at the political and social culture present in today’s America. We have two political parties who at the top seemingly differ little in ideology. Unfortunately that ideology goes counter to the fundamental principles of the Founders of the nation; that of limit government led by Judeo-Christain principles. Coupled with a populace that appears to be more engaged with what is going on with the Kardashians than what’s going with the Clinton’s, the Trumps, or the Obama’s, things look to become more worrisome for the nation.
We have become too numb to late night comedians and commentary analyst doing street surveys of the average citizens knowledge on basic American history and civics, from who won the Revolutionary War to who is the President of the United States, and barely 4% knowing the correct answers. And to many it is a joke, a laughing matter. I dare say that only a couple of generations ago this would have been shameful and embarrassing. Its become acceptable and cool to not know consequential or non-frivolous matters today. The traditional American drive to be exceptional, to be the best, and to be knowledgeable of the most basics of the nation’s history and civics, has been all but marginalize as though it were vinyl records or family dinners at the table. We are being dumbed down as a nation. Standards throughout our society and culture are being lowered to the lowest decibel. The reverence for our culture has too diminished greatly. It starts with the government educational system placing more emphasis on protecting esteem, via political correctness, and indoctrinating cultural secularism, rather than teaching the 7 sciences and American civics.
The Citizens of the United States have twice elected a man who was never publicly pressed on his affiliation with Marxist/Socialist persons, such as Frank Marshal Davis and Saul Alinsky, or his preference to Marxist ideology that he openly expressed in his own books and speeches. Not to mention his being less than honest in his presentation of his agenda establishing single-payer healthcare, via Obamacare, and “fundamentally transforming” this nation. But, he speaks well. He is young and hip. And lets not forget that he is the first true African-U. S Citizen to become President. What else could matter? We really need to get down to the truth about Tom Brady and that deflated football, eh!
Out of the entire Democrat Party it could only get an unapologetic Socialist, Barney Sanders, and another Alinsky disciple Hillary Clinton, who too has demonstrated a severe aversion to the truth; regarding her “lost papers” at Rhodes Law Firm, her public Benghazi Attack narrative, of it being due to a little known YouTube video, and with her unlawful “private” email system as Secretary of State, to run for the Presidency. Really?! Can it be little wonder that the Democrat Party has strategically scheduled few debates to showcase their prime candidates and placed them on the weekends? During the debates they can only argue which one can grant the citizenry more tokens from the treasury, that will have to be borrowed from our enemies. Thus leaving the nation as a whole more financially destitute and unsafe. But hey, the government can print more money. Right? It’s all about me and mine today. No worries. Right?
And as for the Republican side, they have a twenty-time billionaire TV personality with an extreme inferiority complex, much like Mr. O, to head line it’s Party’s Presidential Candidates line, Donald Trump. And like Mr. O, he presents a catchy campaign line, “I’ll Make America Great Again!” He’s extremely vague on policy specifics-the how. When challenged, he seeks to personally attack and destroy the challenger, rather than defend his position on the substance or merit. And he too has developed a massive cult-like following of enablers, defenders, and people who just want to be a part of the show. Kinda Alinsky-like,hmm?. The issue of character, moral governance, or whether of not one can actually govern as mandated by the Constitution, and is qualified to be the representative of the people of America is seemingly irrelevant to too many of the populace today. We do not care. Trump is hip, vociferously demonstrative as he says what many feel has gone publicly unspoken within politics. And he has good hair. What else does one need to be the President of the United States today? Right?
Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because thou hast rejected knowledge,…” Too many of us no longer want to know anything, but that which is easily understandable, frivolous, convenient, superficial, or trivial and most important fun. One can leave a stack a books related to politics, finances, history, and religion on the streets of many of America today and it would be untouched next week. While arguably 75% of the population is financially illiterate, do not know the proper functions of the 3 Branches of the U.S government, can not tell you who fought in the War of 1812, and believe that religion is measured on moral equivalency. Confining learning between the school walls is cool today. This has become acceptable. But this phenomena doesn’t just happen. Where people wantingly begets wanting knowledge. It starts in the educational system. It is edified through the Entertainment and Establishment Media complex. And then it is enabled in the homes and churches.
Founding Father Benjamin Franklin prophetically warned, “A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”
If we as a nation wantingly continue to only be knowledgeable of matters of triviality, thus surrendering knowledge of matters of importance and consequence, and the responsibility that comes, to someone else, or the government, we can not expect to free.
The most recent scandal of the Obama reign regarding the growing humanitarian crisis that is developing on the nation’s southern borders with the unprecedented surge of illegal South American youths, as well the release of 5 high-level Taliban officers from the Guantanamo Bay prison for a captured U.S soldier, after being rejected twice by Congress, must be put in a proper perspective in order to be clearly understood. These and other inexplicable actions by Mr. Obama and his accomplices are not by accident, but an another orchestrated play to dramatically denigrate America’s status and position on every level – politically, socially, internationally, militarily, and most importantly economically – before he vacates the Office.
It should be noted in relation to the Administration’s release of the Taliban prisoners back to return to the battle field is not new, it’s not the first time. It has done so in 2012 and 2013. It was all done quietly by the Administration and without much of a peep from the Establishment Media. But the most recent unlawful release of the 5 of the most dangerous Taliban prisoners for a suspected U.S military deserter, Prvt. Bowe Bergdahl, maybe most disturbing due to the way the Administration’s brazen and extraordinary overt manner in which it chose to execute it. First, it was with a grandiose Rose Garden announcement and production, with hugs, kisses, and tears, while a Marine sits in a Mexican jail and other Americans remain captive in foreign jails unmentioned by Mr. O. Then, the Administration follows that assault of the American people’s sanity with feeble attempts to manipulate and distort the truth with promotions of the exchange being due on moral grounds, for the health of the U.S serviceman, that the 5 Taliban members will not pose any threat to U.S security. Blah, blah, blah, lie, lie, lie. The Administration repeats its pattern of truth deformation, intellectual dishonesty, and blatantly working against the interest of the American people. Then he looks for the Establishment Media for cover. Just as it has done with the Benghazi scandal, the Veterans Administration scandal, the IRS scandal, and other scandals. And the Media is too eager to oblige him with cover and distraction.
Mr. O is in his last term, with a totally submissive, duplicitous, and complicitous Congress, and a largely apathetic and politically disengaged American populace. It seems as though the only thing standing in the way of his, and his handlers, fulfillment of sending this nation to 4th-world status and social dysfunction is time, when his term ends.
Even as the most passive spectator looks at the wake of Mr. Obama’s reign in the seat of the Presidency of the United States, he sees a implicit pattern of destruction and decimation of America’s once great foundation and status – here at home and abroad. Obvious proof of his astonishing lack of a positive record of his Administration is how there was not one true accomplishment that he himself ran on in his re-election, and none that any Democrat candidate is running on for their re-election. And things are looking to get a lot worst, even after the Republicans regain control of the Congress. Mr. O has made obvious his disdain for Constitutional restraints and his utter contempt for the powers of the Legislative and Judicial Branches of the government. He doesn’t like his plans to be challenged on their merits, via the people’s Representatives. He prefers to rule by pen – Executive Orders and or regulations – like a dictator or king.
The scandal over the Bergdahl exchange for 5 high-level enemy combatants is just the latest atrocity that if one were just dropped from outer space, and witnessed the federal government’s actions over the past 5 plus years, he would think that there had undoubtedly been a coup de tah. A very good argument can be made that this Administration has done little to nothing for the benefit of America or the American people. But with the clock ticking on his dream of fundamental transforming and remaking of this republic, Mr. O seems to be kicking up his efforts up more than a couple notches to do even more damage to the nation.
After years of tickling us with opening our nation’s southern borders and allowing a flood of largely low-skilled and uneducated immigrants to enter and stay for the past 4 years, he is now setting the nation a blaze with a purposeful orchestrated assault of hundreds of young immigrants on our nation’s southern border. Due to Mr. O’s Executive Order that allows illegal youths to be free from deportation, its unlikely any of these children being returned to their home. Instead their parents will be sought to join them here. Never-mind if the parents are illegal themselves. Can you say AMNESTY. This naked defilement of the nation’s immigration laws will only add to the already over-whelmed social system due to the need of not only the millions of illegal immigrants here already straining the national economy, via the health system, the penal system, the education system, and the welfare system, but of those legally here. The situation at the border is so serious and grave that the Administration dare not let their actions be known by too many Americans that they’ve placed a gag order over the government agents on the border. With the nation’s labor participation rate for American youths at all-time lows, with 2 out of 3 jobs going to immigrants – legal and illegal -, and Obamacare set to increase the list of the medically uninsured, how can any of this be good for the nation? It can not! Oh as for the youths of the of 90% of the political demographic who so stubbornly voted for “Mr. First African-American President”, twice, the Black-American community, the labor participation rate amongst it’s youth is at a historic low under this Administration. But, according to Mr. O the future of this nation depends on Latin children who are in the nation illegally. To his credit, he does not say that we will have a prosperous nation.
But his disastrous policies to reform America into an unexceptional, lack-luster, dependent nation will have effects that we and the world will be feeling for generations to come. He has saddled us with Himalayan mountain size regulations that retards and disincentivises economic growth and expansion. He’s crippling the primary source of energy of the nation, coal, with his granting the EPA with extraordinary powers to increase regulations on the energy industry that can only end up hitting us in the pockets, at a time that they are feeling lighter and lighter already.
He has long sought to redefine and reconstitute the U.S military, as evidence of his now infamous “apology tour” after his first inauguration. He wants to shrink the nation’s military to pre-WW 2 levels, vacate the role of world military leader, particularly in the Middle East. At the same time Russia are joining forces with Communist China and increasing their fighting capabilities and capacity.
This Administration’s actions has undermined the trust of the American people unlike any since Nixon with its unjustified and dissonant scandals such as the IRS targeting of Americans simply due to political affiliation that seemingly lead right to the steps of 1600 Penn Avenue.
Mr. Obama has without true cause greatly fractured us as a nation. And in so doing is seen as not trustworthy by a majority of the American people. This is the President of the United States the we are talking about folks! We are not just talking about the man who currently occupies the Office, but the cherished and historically exalted institution that is the Presidency of the United States.
But it is not the fault of Mr. O being who and what he is. He is what he is and has always been. He is someone who has an extreme degree of psychological discomfort with America – how it was founded, its dominant position in the world, and, most importantly, its Republican-Constitutional form of government. It would be extremely apparent if more of us would plow ourselves from the TV programing and just listened to what he was, and is, actually saying and watch his true actions beyond the distraction of the award-winning Media production of “the United States’ First African-American President” that has been played before us and the world. The demise of America has been planned by our enemies since our inception. But it has come to this place and time when there are so many citizens woefully and willfully ignorant of our nation’s history and reason for being that we are like an orphaned infant passing to bosom to bosom blindly being led further and further from its original creation, heritage, and identity.
Just as Ben Franklin remarked after signing the Constitution, “We have a Republic, if we can keep it.” Mr. O has repeatedly remarked things such as transforming or remaking America. But, in order to remake or transform anything it has to be first destroyed or torn down. But it is not Mr. Obama’s duty to keep this republic or this nation as it was rightfully constituted. It is not the duty of the Congress. It is inevitably the duty and responsibility of we the people to do so and to be eternally vigilant over the actions of those entrusted to represent us to see that our wishes are properly adhered to; to hold them accountable. After all that is said and done, we have the very government that we want.
The lightening quick resignation/firing of newly hired Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich is only the latest disturbing sign of the Progressive Liberal’s publicly execution of anyone who dares to claim opposition to their point of view. What was the crime that meant that his head should be put on display to forewarn any others who dare to come down his path of free expression? He contributed $1000 to California Proposition 8, that dared to declare that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman. Shut da front door!! Oh by the way, the measure passed overwhelming, and was only rejected by a grossly overreaching Federal Circuit Court declaring that the voices of the people does not matter regarding matters that it [the government] wants to promote.
But this is not the first time in history in which the government sought to silence descending or opposing points of view. Remember throughout Nazi Germany, with the SS Brown Shirts, and totalitarian/communist nations, such as China and North Korea, where friends, family members, and coworkers are literally turned into government informants, and the citizens are conditioned to self-sensor their actions and words so as not to appear out of step with the conformist population and suffer the wrath of the government. To the point that hardly anyone dares to speak publicly against the actions or motives of the government or whatever the current politically correct attitude is of the time. Even in the Bible, the story of King Nebuchadnezzar and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, where the king mandated everyone bow down and willfully submit to his wishes and to be blindly worshiped, or violators would be cast in a burning furnace. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego openly refused his demands, they were arrested and thrown into the burning furnace for all others to take notice if they too dared disobey the kings demands or wishes.
History has shown us that one of the first things that a tyrant, or a government that seeks to rule of its citizens, is to suppress and or control speech and the flow of communication amongst the people. And the Founders of this great nation were all too conscious of such tragic episodes in history. So they placed the freedom of speech as the very first Amendment to the Constitution for the united States of America. Ironically, it was placed right along with restraining the government from interfering in the free exercise of a citizen’s religious. At the end of the day, the free expression of religion, particularly that of Christendom, is what all of this dust up is about. Just as in the Phil Robertson’s, of the A & E Duck Dynasty Reality TV show, brouhaha over his personal belief that marriage is defined in the Bible as being between a man and a woman. Period! We are supposed to be fruitful and multiply, i.e., to procreate according to the Bible. And though I’m not a biology whiz by any measure, two men nor two women can procreate. But since the end game is to fundamentally transform this nation into something that it was never designed to become, to detach it, and it’s people, from its Christian foundation, any semblance or representation of Christendom has to abolished from public view and of any relevance.
In order to carry out this grand deception, freedom of speech has to be contorted, suppressed, manipulated, and or extracted, except when it promotes the governments needs,and the truth to made into a lie. If the government says that a woman can correctly raise a child absent a man, than anyone else who says otherwise is now wrong. If the government says that the Negro people are inferior to Caucasians and should be made subservient to them, anyone who says otherwise is wrong. If the government says that Christendom should be detached from the lives of the citizenry for the sake of not “offending” someone, than anyone else who says otherwise is wrong. And if the government mandates that marriage shall now be defined openly to include those of the same sex, than anyone who does not bow to that way of thinking is now wrong. And the best way to infuse compliance throughout the population is a public lynching, execution, or burning in a furnace for the populace to be warned of the consequences of noncompliance. It does not matter of what political party’s affiliation that prescribes such policy. It only matter if such policy is designed to encourage more freedom, or less freedom.
Tyranny does not have to come via direct brute force, but by gentle coercion and the redefining of truth and right. Today truth and right is being redefined under the guise of “tolerance”. Particularly during the past 6 years or so, to publicly show favor of anything traditionally American, whether it be our language, our history, our flag, our laws, customs, values, or religious principles, has been redefined as being intolerable in defense of that of anothers. Conservative political commentator Erick Erickson truthfully stated, “Evil Preaches Tolerance Until It Is Dominant, Then Seeks to Silence Good.”
True freedom is defined, “The quality or state of being free: as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” The Founders knew all too well the crucial importance of the people being able to speak freely amongst each other, to be able to disseminate information without fear of government reprisals, manipulation, coercion, or intimidation. That is why a free and unadulterated press was also placed in the first Amendment.
If we began to self-censor what we say or how we communicate to each other to the point that we only publicly display actions or say things simply because its what others want to see or hear, it stifles freedom and opens the way for government to come off its leash. 1700’s French author and writer, Voltaire, famously said, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” The freedom of speech does not shield you from being offended or having bad things said to you. I remember back in the day, there was a saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, words will never hurt me.” As an individual though I may not like what you say or do, or the manner by which chose to act, I can not stop you by force for speaking nor acting in any way. But, the government can, whether it be directly, via standing near you with his hand on his gun, or indirectly, via public policy enactments, laws, or decrees. So long as one is not infringing upon another’s right to his of her life, liberty, or property/pursuit of happiness, it should not manner. We have gotten to a disturbing point in this country that we a self-censoring our thoughts so as not to commit a crime. Founder Ben Franklin so warned us, “Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”
The choice is ours.
Late former President Ronald Reagan prophetically said that, ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” My only fear is that we may have already reached that point, if not passed it. We have created too many orphans to the very concept of freedom – of Americanism.
To me Americanism includes first, the love of God, love and respect of father and mother, love and respect of American culture and history, and last, but not less, love and respect of America’s founding principles – the Constitution for the united states of America and the Declaration of Independence, and with the innate drive to be independent and self-governing. But one must have the knowledge of their existence for any of the principles and concepts to have any relevance. The common thread that binds all of these concepts is a high degree of moral standards, via Biblical philosophy and principles.
Ever since the Supreme Court’s mis-application of Jefferson’s “separation of church and state” reference the federal government, particularly those of the liberal/progressive political persuasion, have been hell-bent on abolishing any presence of Christianity and God from public view to the point that many Americans view themselves as not only being not Christian, but of no particular religious foundation at all. The popular acceptance of secular religions and intuitively counter Christian philosophies to include even that of Islam is running rampant throughout our society, aided by the federal government, at the expense of our nation’s traditional religious beliefs and philosophies.
The explosion of single-parent households coupled with the politically redefining of marriage to include pairings of same-sexed persons have rattled the once solid foundation of the nuclear family, that of one man and one woman, to it’s core. And has disturbed and confused the building and structuring pillars that once raised a child to adulthood to clearly know and understand right from wrong actions, and to have a clear sense of the hierarchical nature of a civil society, rather than a society of few absolutes, less defined roles of behavior, absent defined boundaries, and a gross detached sense of personal responsibility with little or no fear of consequences. The self-evident negative consequences that actions such as having a child as a single parent and raising as child in a homosexual household is having on our society has been a generation or more children growing up without true guidance or structure from home as in past generations, grossly deficient in critical social skills, and eternally lacking moral and ethical integrity amongst not only our youth, but our society as a whole.
And as for the results of a grossly politically and civically detached American populous, it can not be described as anything but tragic! A September 2011 USA Today article reported on some findings from an Annenberg Public Policy Center survey that should make anyone who loves this great nation serious concern:
- Just 38% of the poll’s respondents can name all three branches of the U.S. government (executive, legislative and judicial) One-third are unable to correctly name any of the branches.
- 15% correctly say John Roberts is chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, but almost twice as many respondents (27%) correctly named Randy Jackson as a judge on TV’s American Idol.
- A majority of people (55%) incorrectly believe the Constitution was signed in 1776. That’s the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The Constitution was signed Sept. 17, 1787.
As former Justice Sandra O’Connor said, “If we don’t know what makes this country special and worth saving, how will we know how to safeguard its promise of freedom and opportunity.”
It is my belief that when someone speaks of changing a person or a nation fundamentally they can only be talking of changing him or it from its core. Changing his or it’s belief structure. Changing his or its culture. And changing his or its self perception. Tearing him or it down in order rebuild it in an different manner. America from its inception has always been stubbornly masculine in personality, a independent-minded cultured nation, and grounded in and guided by Judeo-Christian principles. But more importantly, a politically engaged and educated people were always to be the most critical component for the nation’s survival as a free nation. Remember what Ben Franklin said after the first Constitutional Convention, we have a republic, IF WE CAN KEEP IT. But with the slow incremental introduction of collectivism, more and more personal responsibility being transferred to the government, and just the abandonment of the fundamental principles and beliefs that has made this nation the envy of the world for over 200 years, we find ourselves now with the federal government in control of nearly 10% of the nation’s economy and able to micro-manage the lives of nearly every U. S and American citizen with the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, i.e., Obamacare, and more Americans dependent on the U.S government for their very survival. Coupled with a frightful number of Americans lacking any knowledge or understanding of this nation’s founding principles, heritage, or the reason that makes this nation truly exceptional holds even more worrisome prospect for the nation’s future as one of a free-minded people. A CNN July 4th, 2013 article reported that, “A shocking 85% of Americans cannot correctly describe the “rule of law,” as bedrock a principle as we have. A similar percentage cannot identify the Constitution as the “supreme law of the land.” How can one defend something that they know nothing about or falsely indentify?
History tells us that you can not have freedom absent a high degree of morality and personal responsibility. And whether one chooses to admit it, the Christian Bible has been the cornerstone of America’s miraculous success. If one were to place Biblical principles next to the Constitution one would clearly recognize the connection between the two. The question I have to ask, if our Christian principles and fundamental values are to be removed from our society, what would we have to replace it with that would benefit us as much? What other’s nation’s successful principles would we adapt?
The importance of Christendom to our nation’s existence can not be questioned, but by one unlearned in our history. Congress in 1854 rejected a petition to separate Christian principles from government. Congress resolved, “Had the people during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle.” It is the next generation of American’s relationship to freedom and morality and the nation’s traditional Biblical principles and history that has served this nation well that is of extreme concern. Without the bounds of principles that has guided their forefathers and this nation to the prosperity that they have become too accustomed the future does appear to be problematic if this nation is to remain in any resemblance to what we were given.
The next time that you see one of those segments on TV where random citizens are asked the most basic of questions such as, What year was the nation’s Declaration of Independence was signed? and they express their blatant ignorance, or when you witness youths express no interest in American traditional religious values or history, or when you see a woman who has 10 plus children, with no financial means, and no job skills, unremorsefully speaks of how others, i.e., you and I, the government, should help pay for her and her children needs, to the degree that it makes you cringe intensely, just remember what G.W, [George Washington] said in 1796,“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. . . . And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle”.
And as Mr. Reagan prophetically said, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth” The choice is ours.