By: J. D. Longstreet
It is a painful time for Americans of my age. We have the memories of an America, glorious and honorable in her past… a past, which has been forgotten and erased, in many cases, from the history books of America’s students. Above all things our America was honorable. A young American today would be hard pressed to define “honor.” To define “dishonorable” is much easier. One has only to turn one’s attention to the actions of the American Congress, ruled by the American Left, for a real-time view of dishonor.
As we Americans view ourselves in that inner mirror, we can know that even today, America can be defeated… only by herself. And that is the shameful path we have chosen.
One of our Founding Fathers and President, John Adams, once said: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
I did not watch the President make his speech before the joint session of Congress. I knew that I would be looking for the strings attached to his arms during his performance, and I would not be able to concentrate on his words. Not that his words mattered much. If we have learned anything about the American people during the just recently closed presidential campaign it is that Americans don’t care what a candidate says. They care about HOW the candidate says it. Same thing applies now that Obama is President.
Americans of my generation, who still recognize a republic, when we see one, also recognize when that republic is gone. The American republic is gone … replaced by a socialist government… complete with Central Planning.
You see, the new socialist government in America has grasped the American economic system, and by doing so, it now has absolute power over the American people. It will now rapidly proceed to destroy our liberty. Indeed, it has already begun.
There are a few basic, fundamental truths people who live in a republic know. Truths, which we Americans, have forgotten because our horrible public education system failed to educate our children over the past two generations. They are truths which all people who want to live free know. Now, I am not referring to living free under a socialist government and in a socialist society as we have now chosen. These are truths FREE MEN and FREE Women (like we used to be) know.
William Boetcker, an outspoken political conservative and Presbyterian minister is perhaps best remembered for his authorship of a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots. In that pamphlet he summed up so much of what modern day Americans have forgotten. Some the most applicable “cannots” which would apply today, especially after Obama’s speech to Congress and, I’m sure, after his budget is sent up to Congress, are summed up in the few lines which follow. Please read them and pay careful attention to what the Rev. Boetcker is saying.
“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
The good reverend NAILED it! But our elite intelligentsia in the US Congress and in the White House doesn’t get it. Voltaire captured the current US Congress a very long time ago when he said: "In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other."
Even C. S. Lewis, who I have never been particularly fond of, actually said something I agree with. He said: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
One of our Founding Fathers, one the Democrats, in particular say they love with highest esteem would be completely flabbergasted at the co duct of our current democratic government. Thomas Jefferson would notice immediately the deep stain of socialism on the fabric of the American Republic were he to see it today under democratic Party control. Jefferson said: "To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, 'the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.”
“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” Thomas Sowell said that. Sowell also said: “One of the consequences of such notions as "entitlements" is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”
And finally, this from Richard John Neuhaus: “Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion”
So why do I bring up the anti-socialism expressions of these of these very public thinkers? Because, dear reader, the current socialist government under the Democrats WILL FAIL. It has NEVER succeeded before in history and, I repeat, it WILL fail this time. However, the other great downside to socialism is that in it’s failure it does great damage to the country and to the people of the country who were foolish enough to try it.
It is important for us all to know that when the Democrats begin making excuses, as they surely will, for the failure of their brand of socialism in America, understand that they knew , going in, that it would fail. They knew going in, that they were about to do great, I mean, immense harm to this nation… and they did it anyway! They did it out of greed for power and dominance of the government of a people they cared so little about they were willing enslave them in the bonds of a form of government with it’s birthing cradle in the deepest, hottest, part of hell itself.
They will break this country, they will bankrupt this country, and they will enslave our souls if we allow them.
I’m not a prophet. I’m an old country boy who grew up on a steady of diet of common sense with a family that drilled into me the importance of freedom to the individual no matter his station in life.
If President Obama has said anything approaching truth in his meteoric rise to the Office of President it is the words he uttered declaring that things will get a whole worse before they get better. That is true. Right up until the country collapses, of the weight of its government, things are going to decline. Look at the stock market. The socialists come out, hold news conferences, and the stock market plunges. The true movers and shakers of America understand what is happening and they are getting out. They are seeking cover until after the collapse. Then they hope to, once again, try to build an America from the wreckage left by the socialists masquerading as democrats in charge of our government today.
Yes, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off. For the next few years were are left to stumble about in the darkness of socialism on our own. For, you see, my fellow American, we got ourselves in to this mess and it is up to us to get ourselves out of it.
J. D. Longstreet