The worlds of politics, business, religion and morality are all difficult to sort out. On these issues, we seem to have either too much information, or a plethora of disinformation. I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust any politician, any newspaper or the media in general. I get the impression that politicians, business leaders, and the media, are all equally corrupt. And television “ministries” aren’t far behind.
As I see it, it’s all about money, perks and power and little else. Politicians want, more than anything, to get reelected so they can continue their power trip on the gravy train. The current batch certainly doesn’t want to adopt the same monstrous health care system it wishes to impose on us. Many of them seem not to care much about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or the values of the founding fathers. They see them as “living documents” to be fiddled with at their political will. Nor do they seem to care if our once-great nation descends into a European-style welfare state. They are either trying to make it happen, or they’re letting it happen. I don’t know how many times lately that I’ve read that our President is deliberately wrecking the economy so that he can rebuild it along Marxist lines. I hope that’s not true, but the picture doesn’t look hopeful. Does this administration really believe in free market capitalism? I don’t think so – hope I’m wrong.
A political evil that seems to be advancing relentlessly these days is Progressivism. One politician recently called for the formation of a Progressive Party. This mentality repudiates the Constitution and embraces the welfare state: “The welfare-state politics of the twentieth and now twenty-first century are built upon a direct and conscious rejection of the original principles of the American Constitution,” (American Progressivismedited by Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto, p. 1). It isn’t doom saying or chickenlittleism to say that the Constitution is in real danger of being abandoned by the current generation of political jackasses – no matter how much lip service they pay to it.
If you want to know what the current Administration is doing, and how it is doing it, read Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky. It will help you to understand the mentality of the “community organizer.” You’ll also get some impression of what we’re going to face in the next national election process. It is liable to be an ugly show orchestrated and manipulated by thugs and leftist lawyers. I’m not sure the currently feckless Republicans are up for the battle.
You might also wish to Google the term “communitarian” and find out what that’s all about. It’s a term we may be hearing a lot more of in the months and years ahead.
We’ll see how it turns out. I hope I’m wrong. I’d rather be a “paranoid right wing reactionary” who’s wrong, than a prescient pundit. Be that as it may. Let’s turn to the world of Christianity. Maybe we shouldn’t – it too is a mess on several levels. It has often been said that the Greeks Hellenized (paganized) Christianity – that is, “spoiled” it through philosophy (cf. Col. 2:8), that the Romans politicized it (i.e. Constantine and successors), and that the Americans commercialized it. Today, television preachers are often shameless fund raisers more than they are preachers. Every creative manipulation imaginable is pressed into service in the name of filling the coffers. The “prosperity” gospel stands at the head of the parade. Sacrificial “faith” or “seed” giving is encouraged — complete with promises of blessings untold if we’ll “sow into” this or that ministry. The best fund raisers are always in demand as speakers at conferences.
In contrast, this ministry – ACD – is under-supported to the extent that it is not self-sustaining. It has to be subsidized to remain afloat. Ken Westby, its president, has an understandable aversion to appealing for funds – as do I. We do what we do mainly for the love of it, and because we feel called to it. For me, it’s sort of a “positive addiction” – an attempt to produce some fruit for the Kingdom.
On a purely human level, I’d rather be doing other things like painting pictures or writing about art, herbs, natural health, and other positive subjects. Yet the toxic spirit of the times encroaches on my heart, mind and time. As this great nation lurches leftward, I feel compelled – even with my pathetically small voice – to address at least some of the issues of the day – but to what end? How could an organization as small, diversified and underfunded as ACD possibly have any affect on the massive Tsunami of left-wing propaganda and indoctrination that is rolling across the American landscape?
The current leaders of the United States are incrementally, yet rapidly, abandoning the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Judeo-Christian ethic, and conservative or traditional values in general. Senator Jim Inhofe (R, Oklahoma) said recently, “I never dreamed I would see an administration try to disavow all the things that have made this country different from all others,” Tulsa World, Sept. 2, 2009. He followed that with, “I have never seen so many things happening at one time so disheartening to America.” And, “Every institution that has made this country the greatest nation in the world is under attack.” Inhofe is right. We are a nation under siege – from the Trojan horse within! Our leaders, under the mantras of “hope” and “change” have become traditional America’s worst enemies.
One wonders if the young, idealistic people who helped elect this deadly administration will one day wake up, come to themselves, and ask themselves, “What have we done?” Will they realize they’ve created a Frankenstein, or will they blithely march on into a dark, socialist “utopia” that will result in the mismicromanagement of every aspect of American life? (Yes, you read it here first – I coined a word: “mismicromanagement.”)
Some will label me a doomsayer or an alarmist for writing the above words. I don’t think so. The current national debt picture – even if Obama put an immediate halt on spending – is a disaster. The CIA has been demoralized and emasculated. The attorney general is on a witch hunt for Bush era offenders. The drive for nationalized health care is a train wreck waiting to happen.
For those of us who are aging, the prospect of any form of government-run universal healthcare is frightening. Anything the government funds (using our money) it controls. Look what happened to the companies that were bailed out. Do I want to place my life and well-being in the hands of a bunch of socialist (or Progressive, or communitarian) bureaucrats? No way. But things are headed that way. Do I want to submit my health care to union bosses? I don’t think so. Yet Mark Mix stated in the Wall Street Journal (9/10/09) that “the provisions of various bills in congress…will help bring about the forced unionization of the health care industry.” This possibility opens the door for union bosses to “…shut down medical facilities with sick-outs and strikes; force doctors, nurses and in-home providers to abandon their patients; dictate terms and conditions of employment; and employ a failed Detroit-style management model for the whole health-care field, (ibid.) – a frightening prospect, to say the least.
Arguing with the Left
Have you ever tried to argue with a leftist about anything? It typically goes no where. It’s all about feelings, emotion, demagoguery, name calling, talking-over and ideology – form over substance. At some point, conservatives are inevitably marginalized and labeled as “stupid.” Reagan was stupid. Bush was stupid. Palin is stupid. Rush and Hannity and Beck are all stupid. We are expected to capitulate to what Thomas Sowell calls “the vision on the anointed.” As Sowell wrote in 1995, “…those who disagree with the prevailing vision are seen as being not merely in error, but in sin. For those who have this vision of the world, the anointed and the benighted do not argue on the same moral plane or play by the same cold rules of logic and evidence,” The Vision of the Anointed, p.3. In other words, to disagree with the Left is to be not only stupid, but morally deficient.
Then there’s always the race card. Ex-President Jimmy Carter, Maureen Dowd and others have accused those who disagree with the President’s policies of racism – without evidence I might add. This is an absurd and inflammatory charge. President Obama was duly elected by the American people. He’s our President – not our “black President.” His office should be honored and he should be prayed for. But any citizen should feel free to disagree with his policies without being intimidated by the bogus charge of racism.
The leftists believe that they have captured the moral high ground. Some of them worship the Earth (sometimes called “Gaia”), instead of the God who created it. They seem to value the planet and its animal population more than human beings. Minnows must be preserved even at the cost of major human food crops, while people may be allowed or “helped” to die prematurely or be euthanized. In the vision of the anointed Mankind has been devalued. The God of our fathers has been all but eliminated from serious public discourse, along with the Bible. We are living in a humanistic post-Christian era – at least as far as the government is concerned. Most Americans still consider themselves Christians. This reality sets up a natural tension between traditionalists and the Progressives who currently wield power. True patriots are losing the culture war at the moment at least to some degree because they’ve forgotten how to fight. The left has gained the upper hand. Leftists are all about gaining, extending and consolidating power – and little else. Nothing is more important to them than wielding power in every minute aspect of American life. They are moving rapidly ahead on all fronts.
The Republican Party, in its present state of disarray, is no alternative to the gang that’s currently running the show. It can be as “communitarian” as the next guy. It has no vision. If the GOP could reunite around just three basic pillars – small government, free market capitalism and a strong military – it would have in place the basics. It would have to restore integrity to the often corrupt electoral process; integrity to politics (good luck!) and respect for the God in whom we allegedly trust. Is it up to the task? I doubt it. Republican pols are often as compromised as leftist ones. Political corruption is ubiquitous in today’s America.
Both parties have been intent on growing government. Remember this: the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. As government power grows, the individual’s power shrinks. The corridors of power at all levels of government stand in need of a massive cleanup. State and city governments are as lacking in integrity as the Feds. Let’s hope the elections in 2010 clean out some of the more corrupt, pork-gorging, arrogant, out-of-touch-with-the-people, career politicians. At the same time, the various manifestations of the Christian Church also need a housecleaning. The true faith is not a business, it’s a high calling to preach the Gospel and feed the flock of God. We Christians need to reverse the process that began after the death of the original apostles. We need to purge the Body of Hellenistic paganism, false doctrine and philosophy (Colossians 2:8). We need a new, more far-reaching, Reformation.
We need to get government out of the Christian faith (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech…”) On the basis of the first and second Amendments, Christians ought to be free to “cling to their guns and their Bibles.” We ought also to have freedom of both religious and political speech, and the right to assemble. Attempts by the government to intimidate dissenting conservatives, Christians or patriots, needs to stop. Fairness in speech comes from freedom of speech, not speech legislation and “fairness” doctrines.
In our complex times, when virtually every issue of life is politicized, sifting and sorting is more challenging. No matter what position we take on anything, someone’s “interests” are not being served – so we can expect them to strike back in order to advance those interests. In other words, if we’re going to take a stand, we’ve got to decide which hill we’re willing to die on.