A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Long before the Progressives got hold to our Public Education system, here in the United States, educators used to actually teach history. Those days, however, are long, long, gone.
Knowledge of one’s history is integral to the character of a person, of a people and of a nation. History is OUR story. It is the record of our victories and our failures. It tells us where we have been and tells us how we got here. It forms the basic foundation for any plans we formulate for where we intend to go in our collective future. History is vital.
For history to yield a true course into the future it is absolutely necessary that the records be absolutely complete. That means history should always tell the whole story -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- ALL of it. The records should always include those events of which we are justly proud and justly ashamed. For without the entire record, studying our history would be akin to reading a newspaper from which articles of critical importance have been cut out and discarded.
A scholar attempting to study our history would never get the entire story, the entire record, and any decisions made, or actions taken, based on his study of recorded history would, of necessity, be flawed. But the scholar would never know those decisions and actions were indeed, flawed, because his own studies were, to put it mildly, incomplete.
Insufficient knowledge often referred to (commonly) as ignorance, has been the root cause of the downfall of many nations. And it now appears it has become the root cause of the downfall of The United States of America.
Today, America faces one of its worst crises ever. A Constitutional Crisis looms on America’s horizon as the current government seeks to expand its powers into areas where it has no constitutional authority. The Democrat’s healthcare plan, referred to as “ObamaCare,” crosses the constitutional lines and into legislative territory held sacrosanct, by the constitution, for the states and/or the people… not the federal government.
Nullification laws used by the southern states prior to the American Civil War to try to warn Congress they were “out of bounds” are being dusted off and returned to use by several states while a host of states are actively considering them. There is also a movement afoot to have all the states join together and nullify ObamaCare the moment it is signed into law by the President.
How did we come to this? National Ignorance. I contend that had it not been for ignorance of the constitution, ignorance of America’s collective history, ignorance of the history of western civilization, the current government of the US would not be in power today. There is simply no way, short of rebellion, for a leadership so bent on transforming America from a constitutional republic into a socialist/communist nation, to have ever come to power.
Americans are a “breed apart.” Unlike our European cousins we tend to abhor government intrusion and intervention in our lives. We fought a war against a world superpower when we were only 13 colonies stuck on the eastern seaboard of a vast mostly unknown, and certainly unconquered, continent, to break free from the shackles of a government which resembles, far too closely, the government we have today in our nation’s capital. It is a vital part of our story -- of our history.
But ignorance has taken a toll, a horrible toll, on America. A generation, or more, of Americans do not know who they are. They don’t know that Americans fought a war to free themselves from a tyrannical government like the one the Obama Regime and the democrats have crafted in Washington, DC, today. Too, they are ignorant of their rights, which were granted by God and the US Constitution. It is THIS ignorance that has brought America to the precipice to which she desperately clings today.
America’s current national leadership is only the tip of an iceberg. It is just the tip a movement that has been toiling, for nearly a century, behind the scenes to bring about this transformation of America into some sort of collectivist state, a socialist/communist state, if you will. If they are finally successful they will install an all powerful central government which will impose it’s will on every American at a whim. Representative government will be gone. “Consent of the Governed” will have no meaning, whatsoever. It will, effectively, re-impose slavery in America – and this time – we will ALL be slaves.
Even today the powerful Obama Regime has extended its tentacles into many, many, aspects of our lives. What is truly frightening, however, is this: If ObamaCare is passed into law; forging of the bonds that will enslave every American and tether us to the government, as slaves, forever will be complete.
J. D. Longstreet