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, March 3, 2012

Coming at the speed of night

Has anyone else noticed how little America today resembles America of say, 40 years ago? 

Oh, I realize that the vast majority of young people won't know what I mean. After all, they've grown up with cellphones, cable TV, the internet, high prices for everything (if you think they're high now, just wait a short while), and America being the world's boogey-man.  They won't recognize how foreign it is having to parse your words for fear of the PC-police (I'm talking to the saner people, of course; the nitwits, half-wits and "sue-its" never get bothered by them). But I and my fellow codgers (and our elders moreso) can recall a time when a person could speak their mind, could speak to their religious values without persecution or fear of lawsuit, could start a business and have a fair chance at success, and could buy a gun to defend themselves, hunt or go target-shooting without fear of police harrassment or arrest. We could board a plane without having to become a virtually stripper or street frisk. Oh, and our nation had plenty of energy because we provided most of our own (nuclear, coal and oil), we helped feed and clothe half the world, other people loved and envied Americans, our allies trusted us and our enemies at least respected us.

Well; we've certainly fallen through the wormhole now. This is not your grandfather's America. Even though things may look rosy if you pin it down to what you see from where you are standing, a closer look at the things going on behind the scenes points to what appear to be a coalescing into a major paradigm shift. In simpler terms, our world is about to be "rocked" in a way most of us won't like.

I have come to believe we have all but passed the 'tipping point.'  Our culture has been turned into a 21st-century version of ancient Rome's 'bread and circuses.' Between the faux-machismo of ESPN, the shallowness of all the "Idol" clones, and the downright psycho-political manipulation of "Glee," Americans have become high on the list among the most ignorant societies on Earth - and that is saying something. But the facts bear me out; most college-level Americans have virtually no knowledge of even fairly recent important history, they don't know even the most basic geography, have no real conception of the various political and religious systems that influence the affairs of men, many are marginal readers, and most haven't even the interest to watch or read a news report, let alone objectively look at both sides of the issues. We cannot trust what our leaders tell us, because they are politicians instead of statesmen, and their stories change with the political winds.

We weren't pushed into ignorance; we were led there by the Pied-Pipers of Fabian Socialism and their Marxist cousins.  They have followed a clear agenda for the better part of a century; slowly,  incrementally robbing us of our heritage, our values (including our Judeo-Christian respect for human life, our collective wisdom, our faith, our soviergnty, our resources, and of course, our liberties. They have done all this with all the subtlety of the proverbial frog in the pot. And each successive generation gets dumber, on every appreciable level.

Some presumeably wise leaders thought they had a valid reason for committing this monumental crime against this nation and its people. They thought by exposing us to a "thousand points of light" and introducing us to a New World Order through which they were preparing us for the needs of an advanced, (post-?)industrial society; producing a society of worker drones with just enough intelligence to operate the machines of production, while keeping them ignorant and entertained enough to deter them from concerning themselves with politics and upsetting the delicate status quo. 

Unfortunately, the elites who changed the culture weren't watching the 'other hand,' which was slowly moving production overseas because the unions had destroyed the competitive edge of American industry in our own country. That left us with tens of millions of purposely under-educated people (and I'll go so far as to include myself in that group) ill-equipped to go toe-to-toe with the bureaucratic interference with the formerly-free enterprise system that had made America the industrial giant that once amazed the world. The 'great unwashed' masses' primary source of (mis)information about the world comes in the form of carefully-edited sound-bites that are typically light on actual information and heavy on propaganda.

Where is all this leading? The future, of course. Start looking around you with open eyes and an open mind. The most obvious perception may not be the truth. Leave the slogans and party line statements behind, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

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