Skip to comments.November 6, 2012: A Day That Will Live in Infamy
Posted on 11/07/2012 7:52:37 AM PST by joanie-f
If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide" ... Abraham Lincoln
One of the most powerful results of the radical sixties was the determination by American leftists to incrementally take over decision-making positions in American public and higher education, the mainstream media, and, as a result, the three branches of government. That particularly incendiary goal had been alive and well in America since the turn of the twentieth century, but it received a major shot in the arm with the supposed 'age of enlightenment' offered by the left-leaning sixties and the winding down of the war in Vietnam.
With the blessed exception of the Reagan years, that subversive movement has gained strength and power in direct proportion to the degree of ignorance (of America's foundations and those concepts that our Founders held dear) and apathy of the American electorate.
With each succeeding generation, our public and higher education systems are turning out young people who have no familiarity with the magnificent vision of our Founders, who recognized God's omnipotence and acknowledged His blessings, and who, painstakingly and through incredible personal sacrifice, laid out a blueprint for governance that defined individual liberty as the basis for the most prosperous and moral civilization in the history of mankind. Our indoctrinary education systems are turning out young people who have been taught what to think rather than how to think, blank slates where media propaganda finds fertile ground, and the ability to analyze and seek out alternative opinions and explanations has been buried under a mountain of soundbite 'facts' that inevitably paint America, and her noble history, with a black brush while providing easy answers to complex questions.
The American mainstream media now wield more power than any body of elected leaders, and its highest level decision-makers consistently make sure that the public sees and hears only those 'news' stories that further the leftist agenda. Stories that are virtually screaming for the public's attention are left buried, while fluff pieces that focus our attention on celebrity and other forms of bread and circuses flood our airwaves and cover our television screens.
As a result of all of the above, in 2008 we elected a president who despises our Founders' vision, a man whose childhood and young adulthood were spent immersed in a sea of leftist indoctrination. A man whose parents and grandparents, and whose major personal mentors, directed him toward a virulently anti-American, pro-Marxist mindset.
As a result, this president has spent four years attempting to make America pay for her capitalist/colonialist 'sins', by amassing a debt that we can never hope to repay, dramatically increasing our energy dependence and handing over many of our energy sources to our ideological enemies, systematically destroying our healthcare system and our access to what is left of it, de-stabilizing governments in the Middle East, emboldening our enemies, gutting our military and defense systems, punishing and demonizing those who succeed, and instilling in America's national conscience a sense of guilt for our power and prosperity.
Billions of 'stimulus' dollars that were earmarked to spur the American economy have found their way into leftist causes, be they 'green energy' programs, global initiatives, or simply the pockets of political supporters.
Oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy production has been handcuffed, resulting in a huge, and potentially irreversible, increase in our dependence on foreign energy supply, not to mention hundreds of thousands of lost American jobs.
Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, and virtually every ideological enemy of America has been emboldened, and often supported, by this American administration. Barack Obama has offered more support, both moral and financial, to the leadership of Russia than he has offered to the citizenry of the country he leads.
Without the advice and consent of congress, this president effectively declared war on Egypt and Libya, deposing their leadership and leaving a leadership vacuum that has systematically found itself filled by radical, violent, anti-American Islamic forces that believe their destiny includes the annihilation of both Israel and the western world.
The most excellent, compassionate and innovative healthcare system in the history of mankind is being systematically dismantled and replaced by a government bureaucracy that will dictate who will receive medical care and how much of the ever-decreasing government treasury will be devoted to maintaining the health and lives of its citizens. The innate desire to serve humanity that has always sat at the core of the practice of American medicine will find itself smothered under a mountain of bureaucratic regulations and life and death decisions based on dwindling funding and the whims of small groups of un-elected, elitist government decision-makers and bureaucrats.
The funding of the American military is soon to be cut to a point at which all reliable military experts predict unavoidable impotence. Our new priorities have now declared American military might to be a secondary consideration, with social and entitlement priorities taking center stage. Our missile defense shield, which was decades and tens of billions of dollars in the making, has been virtually dismantled at a time when our enemies' ability to pose a major, deadly threat is rapidly expanding. Our allies no longer believe that we can be trusted, and our enemies are gaining in power and adherents.
The incomparable work ethic, initiative and inventiveness that caused America to rise from an upstart colony to the most prosperous country in the history of mankind is being consistently suppressed by the punitive hand of government regulation and taxation. This president despises American exceptionalism, and, since his first day in office, has attempted to oppress those who strive to accomplish without government largesse, and demonize those who succeed. 'The rich' have become pariahs, and the masses want, even demand, what they have. The president has encouraged that kind of entitlement mentality, with the result being a major increase in the number of Americans who are now dependent on food stamps, disability payments, unemployment compensation, and all manner of government 'handouts'. The workers and doers find themselves in chains while the majority of the citizenry has been programmed to see themselves as victims of an unjust social order.
Last night's election results represent nothing less than a resounding betrayal of the divinely-inspired vision of our Founding Fathers, a betrayal of the sanctity of individual liberty for which ten generations of Americans have sacrificed. The American electorate has chosen dependence, weakness and mediocrity over independence, individual liberty, work ethic, and personal responsibility.
Nearly 1.5 million Americans have died in wars since we declared our independence 200+ years ago, and nearly every one of those lives was offered as a willing sacrifice in order to obtain or insure freedom for other human beings, be they fellow Americans or oppressed people somewhere else on the globe. The magnitude of that American sacrifice lends powerful meaning to the belief that a man shows no greater love than through his willingness to lay down his life for another. Keeping that powerful concept in mind, it somehow defies any rational concept of justice that, a mere sixty-five years after the Greatest Generation of Americans sacrificed so dearly to obtain freedom from the oppression and expansionism of Nazi Germany, we have decided that that kind of freedom is now not worth fighting for, even from the comfort of the ballot box.
I am sixty-five years old. I have been an observer of, and an active participant in, American politics for nearly forty years, having voted in every election, primary or general, since coming of age, having run for office, marched on Washington, circulated and presented petitions, picketed in front of the Capitol, delivered speeches in small community gatherings and on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, written speeches for others more powerful than I, campaigned door-to-door, and written countless political commentaries and letters to the editor. As of last night, my days of political involvement are over. As these eyes see it, the dimming light at the end of the tunnel has flickered out. If the Lord wills it, I suspect that I may have ten or fifteen years left to enjoy my life, and I intend to do just that. I see future involvement in anything political as not adding to that enjoyment, but detracting from it, as a terrible exercise in futility and frustration.
I have nothing but boundless respect for those, mostly younger, more energetic and idealistic than I, who see last night's election results as a clarion call to re-group and re-define the battle lines. America has always deserved that kind of dauntless determination, and she deserves it no less today than she did yesterday, a week ago, or two centuries past. Those who still believe that good and honest men and women can someday, once again, attain the highest offices in the land, and that America's moral compass can once again read true, represent not only the hope of our beloved republic, but the hope of human liberty and dignity across the globe. Without a free and prosperous America the world will gradually find itself bathed in a black cloud of violence, despair and decay.
Hoping you all survived last night intact.
I think of Ronald Reagan great speech, a Time for Choosing. In spite of “his side” getting blown out in the 1964 election, he kept fighting the good fight and went on in 1980-1988 to win and win big!
However, please take the time to reflect, meditate and pray about your second to last paragraph. Don't give up. Don't ever give up. 65 is the new 45! You are one of those of whom you speak of in your last paragraph ... whom you have nothing but boundless respect for.
Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and the Muslim Brotherhood expended a lot of ammo in “happy fire” exercises last night, no doubt.
Last night was rough but not as rough as the next four
years+ are going to be.
I pray for you and yours and mine too.
They are going to need all the help they can get
just to survive the changes that are coming and
coming they are if Obama is to “transform” our
great nation into some socialist utopia.
I’m 67 and have only a few years left, socialism
will not be kind to us, it’s not in the plan.
I have no offspring although my sister does and
I struggle to convey to them what this is going
to mean for them but they are a product of the
times and do not listen.
I’ve moved out into the country, not as far as I
would have liked but enough so that maybe I can
live a few years without coming in contact with
overbearing government, an impossibility I realize
but one still has dreams of a comfortable future
even if unrealized.
My best to you, I have always been inspired by
your sharp intellect and ability to put those
thoughts into writing. Never stop, it may mean
all the difference to someone.
Your F3 or FFF Freeper Friend Forever as they say.
Stay in touch we have miles to go yet.
I wholly agree with Ronald Reagan's insight that we will be either a nation under God or a nation going under. It is very clear to me that we are being set up for the latter.
Our divide-and-conquer Community Organizer in Chief very likely holds in contempt the wisdom of Marcus Tullius Cicero, which the Framers held in the highest respect:
...True law is right reason, consonant with nature, spread through all people. It is constant and eternal; it summons to duty by its orders, it deters from crime by its prohibitions. Its orders and prohibitions to good people are never given in vain; but it does not move the wicked by these orders and prohibitions. It is wrong to pass laws obviating this law; it is not permitted to abrogate any of it; it cannot be totally repealed. We cannot be released from this law by the senate or the people, and it needs no exegete or interpreter.... There will not be one law at Rome and another at Athens, one now and another later; but all nations at all times will be bound by this one eternal and unchangeable law, and the god will be the one common master and general (so to speak) of all people. [God] is the author, expounder, and mover of this law; and the person who does not obey it will be in exile from himself. Insofar as he scorns his nature as a human being, by this very fact he will pay the greatest penalty, even if he escapes all the other things that are generally recognized as punishments.... [emphasis added]Progressive thinkers in government, the universities, and the mass media do not even believe that man has a "nature." They believe whatever man is, he is the product of evolution, ever changing, and presumably getting "better" the more he and his social systems "evolve."
The reason We the People rejected the King was because "we" already had one: God Himself. It is the idea that we are "under God" that makes the people sovereign under our constitutional system. Get rid of God and one loses the unalienable rights that our Creator vested in us. For without the Creator, it is "self-evident" that our natural, unalienable rights have no foundation, no guarantor.
This has been the common understanding of some ten generations of Americans, up to now. But today, does the "average" American even understand this anymore? We send our kids off to college for a very costly education in total ignorance; they are cultivated in irrationality; they leave school wholly unable to think rationally, systematically; and they are taught to scorn any idea of a universal moral law or even a universal natural law, because as the atheists well know, such universal laws can only be grounded in God, Whom they despise.
I am heartsick to see my beloved country systematically destroy herself.
Thank you so very much, dear sister in Christ, for your deeply moving essay/post.
May God's Will be done in all things.
Wow! Just Wow! It’s as if you sat down with me, got a brain dump from me on my every political thought and theory, then put them down into a word essay! You touched on EVERY point that I go over in my mind about what is wrong with our country and it’s slavery to progressive ideology.
Thanks so much. I am going to cut and paste this into a word document to keep for reference, and I may quote you from it, it that is okay with you.
Brilliant and spot on as always, joanie.
Exceptional article. Well said.
No, I did not survive last night and neither did the America our Founders gave to us.
America in the form it has been pre 1950 just ceased to exist. The American experiment is over. We are beyond the tipping point of 50 percent parasites, and the host is in the process of dying off. It will be a lingering death, but a certain one.
We are becoming socialist Britain on our way to socialist Italy, eventually ending at communist China. If we ever see freedom again, it will only come after a long, long gestation.
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependency back into bondage.
As always, a great big THANK YOU to all of the principled Conservatives who sat out the election or voted 3rd party, handing Obama the slim win. A Pox on all of you curs for getting Obama re-elected.
We have been zooming through “apathy” and over the next 4 years, the US populace will be solidly in “dependency”. At 54 years old I had been praying I would be spared seeing the “bondage” phase. I no longer have any illusions I will be spared bondage. It is going to be here much faster than I ever expected.
The day Obamacare was rammed down our throats at midnight on a Saturday night, it was as if the communist onslaught was on full throttle. Last night, they shifted into overdrive. Bondage will be coming very quickly now.
The last two paragraphs describe my feelings, too. As a Christian I must believe this is all part of God’s plan. So I’m gonna’ stay out of His way.
I am not 'giving up'. I am simply choosing to focus on family, friends and work responsibilities, and allowing politics to take a back seat. I will never stop talking with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers in an effort to 'educate' people about the foundations of our beloved republic, and the blessings we have so cavalierly taken for granted, especially over the last fifty years. And I will speak out when afforded the opportunity to do so. My days of political activism are over, though. Our life on earth is a one-time gift, and spending the last years of that life expending significant time and energy in what one finally perceives to be a losing battle is, to put it bluntly, foolish and wasteful.
Best to you and yours in these troubling times ...
It was hearing that Reagan speech as a teenager that originally got me interested in politics, and Ronald Reagan in particular. Oh, how we could use a magnificent man like Reagan now!
God bless you!
In enduring friendship ...
A sad (beyond description) 'Amen'.
I agree. And I intend to do the same.
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