Wish I'd said that!

In recent decades, the ACLU has used its so-called "wall" to fight tooth and nail to prevent government sponsorship of the Pledge of Allegiance, memorial crosses, Ten Commandments displays, nativity scenes, Bible displays, and virtually every other acknowdgement of America's religious heritage.

At the same time, it is worthwhile to note that there have been some instances in which the ACLU has endorsed public displays of religion. For example, When New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani threatened to cut taxpayer funding from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying a painting of the Virgin Mary with cow dung and pictures of female sexual organs pasted all over her body, the ACLU was first in line to defend the display. U.S. District Court Judge Nina Gershon ruled that New York City's elected officials were not allowed to place conditions on the museum's funding.

In another instance, the ACLU offered its support to the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts, after the agency sponsored an art show featuring "Piss Christ" - an exhibit consisting of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

In the ACLU's myopic world, it appears that the only permissible publicly-funded displays of religion are those which blatantly mock or disparage the Christian faith.

-- Indefensible: 10 Ways the ACLU is Destroying America, Sam Kastensmidt, 2006

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ignorance Must Not Be An Excuse

Wherever you turn these days, the talk is how America is turning into a socialist nation. I agree with that general assessment. However, my biggest bone to pick is how and why this turn seems to be having so much success in only the past few months. Our new President - carrying a long history of socialist manipulation masked as "community activism", along with a Congress which appears intent on turning into the new Politburo, seems to be steamrolling us into a new (and equally unsuccessful) model of the old Soviet system. And while we may for the moment - out of mere habit - resist the more totalitarian urges of such a system, we fool ourselves by repeating the mantra, "It can't happen here."

How did we get here? It's a long story, and I'll admit I'm not the most knowledgeable person on the topic. But here's a bit of what I do know.

According to history, when the the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, they at first tried a socialistic form of government in which food and possessions were communally shared. Of course, they didn't call it socialism. Communalism would have been a more comfortable term to them. They soon discovered that the slackers among them felt no urge to contribute to the labor, because they had their needs attended to by the rest of the community. After that first devastating winter wherein nearly half of the colony died, they decided to try a more capitalistic (or at least, individualistic) approach in which each family got a parcel of land, and had to provide for themselves. In a situation where you work or you starve, most decided to learn farming. Go figure. Maybe it was partly because of those pesky biblical invectives such as, "If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat" (2 Thess. 3:8).

Later groups such as the Shakers tried socialism again, only to fail as well. Then in 1848 Karl Marx and Frederick Engels published their Manifesto of the Communist Party, the faux-egalitarian appeal took hold in many young intellectuals (it always seems to find the most loyal adherents among those who think - wrongly - that they know more than everyone else (which is as good an argument against modern liberal education - with its emphasis on social engineering, moral relativism and ego-coddling - as I've seen so far). The real lesson here is that intellect isn't necessarily the same as wisdom.

Several groups were founded in the United States during the 1880-1890s. From among these groups came men and women committed to changing America from a land of freedom and opportunity to a drab place which inhibits liberty, stifles opportunity and threatens to make every citizen a prisoner and debt-slave in their own land. An essential part of their long-term strategy was to infiltrate teaching universities, realizing that the way to conquer a society is to teach the teachers what to teach. In this way, generations are indoctrinated into thinking socialism is the only way to go, although they may not know it by that name.

In 1963, Rep. A. S. Herlong, Jr. of Florida entered into the Congressional Record a list of Communist Party Goals. Among these stated goals are the following:

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

The rest of the list also seems to cover all of modern American life.

Perhaps you've noticed - especially if you're old enough to recall the difference - that all these goals have been accomplished, and so has nearly all the other 44 points of their agenda.

Unfortunately, younger folks probably won't recognize this because all they have learned is in fact their 'norm'; their view of the world. That's why it is so difficult to get them to understand what's happened to America, and why we seem like the aliens to them. Real history isn't taught in schools, only selective and subjectively presented revisionist history that fits their agenda (which, in a nutshell, is "America [i.e., capitalism, individualism, Christianity] is bad, socialism [aka 'globalism'] is good). And that makes the battle to regain their minds so much more difficult and frustrating; now is their paradigm.

Glenn Beck recently war-gamed current and projected events to present possible scenarios for the America of 2014. He had several prominent experts (in-the-field types, not the scholarly think-tank wonks generally trotted out to impress the public) participate in the exercise. The general consensus was that, barring dramatic improvements in the social, political and economic scenes, it is highly likely that civil unrest - ranging from non-violent protests to all-out armed rebellion - will be the result, leading to draconian government measures to suppress and repress opposition. (Remember what I wrote recently about H.R. 645, the proposal to create 'emergency camps'.)

While most of us would like to believe that in the event of such a rebellion, American troops would not fire upon their countrymen, I suggest you keep the following in mind:

  • Typically, governments who send national troops in to quell revolt will select troops from other parts of the country. Less likely to be facing their own neighbors and relatives, it is easier for the troops to remain relatively impassive, and less likely to hesitate in following their orders.
  • Virtually all these troops would be young, trained to be obedient to command, and products of the educational system mentioned above. That being the case, they would not have the sense of nationalism, Judeo-Christian morality and historical context of older Americans. This is very reminiscent of the Hitler Youth movement, and could easily lead to a series of bloodbaths against armed resistance.
  • Local police, already being alienated from the general population due to their role of enforcing ever more severe measures, would likely already have an "us against them" attitude. Also, in an atmosphere of widespread joblessness, they would not want to endanger their own privileged employment.

Add to this recent events in the world, such as Iran's launch of a satellite, which means they will soon be able to lauch the nuclear warheads they will also probably soon have. It has been estimated that a single medium-sized nuclear detonation 200 miles above Kansas could potentially fry every unprotected electronic circuit in the mainland U.S. with a powerful electromagnetic pulse (EMP ), including the power grid. Think about that during the next severe winter storm. And let's not forget North Korea's continued missile development.

All this leads to some very uneasy conclusions. Unless things improve radically (like the government getting out of the way and allowing things to settle themselves, we're in for a hell of a ride. Our present leadership is either seriously incompetent (likely) or deeply deceitful (possible).

Despite what some people will tell you, this isn't Y2K redux. At its worst, that could have been a major inconvenience. What may be coming could potentially be a global cataclysm and holocaust. We each will have to make decisions that may affect our life and the lives of those we love. As such we will have it in our power to rebuild or destroy this nation, this ideal, this last bastion of liberty. We can choose to make the easy decisions now (like getting prepared), to better prepare ourselves for the difficult decisions that may lie ahead. Or we can continue with our heads buried in the sands of ignorance and apathy. What will you tell your children when they ask, "What did you do?"

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