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

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Loving us to death

Is there a point where love becomes just too much; where it becomes unwanted, even to the point of leaving that "loving embrace" and suffering the tribulations of life on your own rather than endure the suffocating grasp of that "lover"?  You know; the sort that does everything for you, "protect"s you from everything, and stifles every joy of life by giving you all your immediate needs but refusing all your wants. What about an all-embracing, all-controlling, cradle-to-grave "nanny-State" government that not only wants to direct every single aspect of your life, but has the power to end it as well?

The United States government was once a defender of our freedoms, and while it was always understood (by those who bothered to pay attention) to be a sleeping dragon that must be constantly restrained, it has always had the general support and respect of the American people. However, our government has now been all but loosed from its bonds, and has reared its ugly head as a gargantuan monster that will tame all who will submit, and crush all that resist. And it is performing this metamorphosis under the guise of beneficence.
The majority of conservative Americans still revere our national flag, not for what it is but what it represents. The vestiges of American greatness are what we cling to; our history, our achievements, our generalized altruism (at least in the public perception) over the past century. Now, the enemy within the gates is capitalizing on our connection to those things by hollowing out our hallowed cultural institutions and creating a mindwashed army dedicated to a personality instead of an ideal. This is exemplified by the likes of congresswoman Shirley Jackson Lee (D-TX), who recently used a single and rare occurence to point the finger of government blame for the ills of society on "Christian militants." With all the social turmoil that is happening today, the Leftist blamestream media nevertheless lets no opportunity to polarize public opinion against conservatives to slip by. That should tell you something about their agenda.

Ironically - or it would be, if it weren't coordinated and being done deliberately - this massive betrayal by our own government is happening at the very same time all the cultural barriers are breaking down.

As noted in a previous edition of this tacky little blog, we are seeing an increasing frequency of rampant "wildings" taking place. Some appear to be racially-oriented, some seem sexually-driven (either hetero- or homosexually-based), while others seem completely random "targets of opportunity." Sparring matches between individuals has become a common theme on YouTube uploads. I've also noted the new spectacle of "flash-robs," gangs who enter stores and attempt to steal everything they can carry, leaving the employees and customers agape at the audacity. It has gotten to the low point that people are fistfighting over who gets in to wacth the trial of a young mother wh.   

Honestly and civil restraint are becoming the quaint ideals of a vanishing culture. And as with other social phenomena, the occurrences will only increase as  we struggle with the dual provocations of the marginalization of morality and the de facto glorification of such acts - at least in the minds of those most prone to them - by the media. Constant exposure and repetition is certain to make the most callous of behavior attractive to those who have never been taught personal and social responsibility or self-discipline.

Culture is an important aspect of any society. Think of it as a "trademark" of sorts. Culture is what makes a society recognizable as different from other societies. It may be a single symbolic identifier, such as an Indian Sikh's distinctive turban and beard, or the "tell" may be a pattern of actions, like traditional Japanese who bow in a sign of respect for another person. Americans, although being a hodgepodge of various foreign cultures, have also developed our own unique cultural distinctives which are almost instantly recognizable to most other cultures.

Americans, on average, tend to display a natural curiosity, blended with a touch of self-confidence that is often (but not always) mistaken for arrogance.The most blatant trait is that we tend to think of our freedoms as universal, when in fact only a relatively meager portion of all the world's population has known anything even approaching what Americans have taken for granted for more than two centuries. 

I think that combination of traits has been taken advantage of by those who want to lead us to ruin. Our tendency to believe that things won't get much worse, or that we can't be fooled, make us prime candidates for conversion; and that conversion includes robbing us of our most prized trait - our penchant and addiction to personal liberty. The belief that "it can't happen here" blinds us to the fact that it really is happening, before our eyes; but it is being done so slowly and subtly that most folks don't even notice until it becomes too glaringly obvious to ignore.

Even now, folks over twenty can point out freedoms lost. For instance, they will remember a time when you didn't have to submit to gross indignities merely to travel cross-country. Those of us a couple of decades older can recall when it was easy to walk into a local gun shop and buy a legal weapon for legal purposes. But while there were criminals even then, we didn't allow them to rob the society as a whole of its freedoms. Now, we have fallen flat against the warning of that wise "old white guy" Ben Franklin, who once famously noted that those who are willing to give up freedom for security will certainly wind up with neither. 

Unfortunately, unless we wake up soon, the illusion of our singular sign of true, historical greatness will vanish, possibly forever. In its place will be a society, if you want to call it that, consisting of fearful and subserveient slaves, dominated by a ruling elite, cowed by an overbearing and virtually unrestrained military/police system, robbed of intellectual potential by a bankrupt educational system, and lied to by a complicit newspeak media.

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