The US mid-terms this year are very important for the future prosperity of America and the world. Think I’m wrong? Persuade me otherwise. The victory of the Republicans is important not only for the effect it will have on power and control, but as a symbol of the perseverance and existence of conservative, “normal” people in the USA and the Western world. This is not to say that one should always vote Republican or that all Democrats are unprincipled (or all Republicans virtuous). Nevertheless, the stark contrasts between the two halves of American society and the need to preserve the Republic that was handed down by the Founders require voters to make a tactical choice to defend themselves and the future of their descendants.
The Democrats in their espousal of leftist causes have drifted away from their roots: 18th and 19th century politicians would not recognise them, nor indeed would early 20th century Democrats. Were some of the latter alive today, they would probably be Republicans or Independents. The threat that this leftism poses is grave and affects the following areas:
- Civil order;
- Free speech;
- Economic progress;
- Public health;
- International security;
- Freedom of conscience;
- Integrity of the family; and
- The sanctity of life.
The consequences of failure in these areas will affect not only America, but the world as a whole. A weak America allows unscrupulous foreign governments to exploit not only their own citizens, but the peoples of other nations. The comforts that we take for granted in the West today are all powered by one means or another and until the day when we are weaned off foreign oil and foreign uranium, policing of the seas will remain an important issue. Should some exploitative nation take the mantle of “World’s Policeman” from America, the oil will still flow, but it will cost us all more – and not only in comfort. The generosity of America and her allies, an imperfect but persevering hegemony, allows us all a greater deal of freedom in our political choices than we might enjoy under the aegis of a tyrannical nation. One has only to look at the history of nations dominated by the USSR to see the consequences of an American eclipse.
Education is, to a great extent, in the hands of the government, Federal and State. Even in non-state schools of various stripes, the requirements of the government are seen in the form of strict curriculum rules. These rules in the hands of an extremist leftist government could compel schools to teach revisionist versions of history, non-gendered versions of biology and psychology, and anti-Christian versions of civics and religious instruction. These musings are no longer the province of the “reds under the beds” brigade; they are no longer the vapours of paranoia. Such controls are introduced by increments – and have already been introduced – until a point when a sufficient mass has accumulated to empower a final push to eliminate all forms of conservative, traditionalist, and classical liberal thought. Teachers who espouse such views will be frightened to speak in classrooms for fear of criminal prosecution or dismissal. In a world dominated by leftists, employment law would be altered to permit “fair dismissal on grounds of hate speech, etc”.
It is not for the teachers that I fear, however – important though their plight is. It is for children and parents. A continuing leftist trend will make it hard for many children to learn to think independently and for parents to support them. Imagine a world where children are taken from their parents by social services on grounds of religious or political brainwashing. Think it will never happen? In the UK, people who foster children have had their applications scrutinised because of their traditional view about homosexuality (https://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/fostering/eunice-and-owen-johns-council-reinstate-application). From such beginnings, worse things can grow.
Education is vitally important: it affects all areas of life. As the state continues to grow, it will continue to erode the possibility of home-schooling one’s children, while opposition to vouchers and interference in Christian faith-schools could blunt their outreach to poorer families. This is not to say that people cannot break from the propaganda: the phrase “taking the red pill” (a reference to The Matrix and Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” in his Republic) is popular all over the internet. Nevertheless, for people who are not accustomed to thinking for themselves, shifting out of the leftist narrative is difficult. An education system that denies children counterpoints to its ideology will keep many in the dark, and increased censorship on social media and other parts of the internet could make access to independent material harder.
The brief space of a post prohibits a greater discussion of this matter, but I invite comments and subsequent posts exploring the other areas affected by our current political strife. The mid-terms will not resolve everything in a day, but they are crucial as a step to prevent any more expansions by a hostile state. The work of the President to reduce the “Deep State”, and bureaucracy and legalism in general, requires co-operation from the legislature on some matters. It is important to vote for candidates who will protect the liberties of American citizens.
Indeed the problem has become critical. We have, in our optimism of the early 20th century, given more and more authority to the State. The government now looks like a multi-armed monster of incredible reach and authority. We have given up our liberty and our independence to a growing megalithic, over-bearing beast that was never imagined by the founders of the U.S. We either take it back and whittle their authority down to something we can handle and get them out of all these auxiliary aspects of our lives that were never envisioned and which they are not fit to control or regulate. It has created an elite class of our politicians and they show no intention to reign in this giant and growing monstrous beast. What does it mean for our future? Orwellian control or worse would be my first guess . . . and we are already seeing it in many aspects of our country. These next few elections must reiterate that the people will now take this lack of control of their lives to succumb to the values of an elite political class largely made up of rich authority hungry narcissists. It won’t go away on its own. We each have to do our part to clean house as best we can during the elections to come or we will see us held captive by those we despise having given up our liberty and freedoms for a bowl of pottage. I for one don’t want to be satisfied with the scraps that the political elite want to throw to me for my vote. No country can survive when they make their entire people reliant upon the favor of their lords and masters. A sow only has so many teats and we all won’t be able to feed on her especially when the old sow is dried up. Wake up America. The sow is out of free milk. She’s been sucked dried by all the programs that the liberals have launched over the years. Your future is in your hand. Take personal responsibility for your lives and take it away from some bureaucrat that is only looking to enslave you by your dependence: they remind me of drug dealers. The first shot is free and in time you end up selling your soul for a hit of dope.
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Absolutely: the state’s tentacles can be seen in education, marriage, taxation, corporate transactions, online speech, and the list goes on. If the people do not take control back at the ballot then things will get a lot worse. If we have not passed the point of no return, then we are perilously close.
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Concur with you both, which you both already know. I would say that the light has turned green but opposing traffic has still blocked (occupied, maybe 😉) the intersection.
It is time, and past time, to begin clearing the undergrowth that has come from the emanations and penumbras that have distorted and nearly destroyed the constitution. It’s going to be a long hard fight, and I would not preclude violence from it, because many rice bowls will be destroyed, and should be, to return to what the Republic was meant to be,
The only thing where I would disagree with Nicholas is the time frame of the contagion, it started in earnest with Woodrow Wilson a bit more than a hundred years ago, when the seventeenth amendment took the voice of the states themselves out of the discourse in Washington. The real rot set in with FDR and has ratcheted to the left since then.
Can it be done, or have we passed the tipping point? Well, my answer continues to be, This is America where, under God, all things are possible. The beacon on the hill must be and shall be, restored. Perhaps not in this generation, but restored it shall be.
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Bravo Zulu. Here’s to the health of the Republic: Fight on for victory!
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Not quite yet, the exercise will conclude for a few weeks tomorrow night. Wish us luck, and sense.
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