Is it me, or has it seemed as though the elites of the Republican Party have made it their mission to steer the Party of Lincoln as far away from anything slightly resembling cultural and social issues of America since Goldwater’s defeat of 1964? Reagan was the last U.S President to make America’s social ills a point of contention and attention. When was the last time that you can remember a Presidential candidate running on shinning a light on the pressing social or cultural issues such as the restoration of Biblical principles amongst the youth and the public schools since him? Or the absence of morality in the culture? Or just the reverence for American capitalism versus Socialism/Communism?… I’ll wait.
Sun Tzu, Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher of the 500 BC era, said once, “Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.” Even though it was the Republican Party who once laid claim to the field of the winning side of the most important and relevant social issue of this nation, Slavery, and the oppression of the Black man in America, they have since surrendered that field of still the most important social and cultural issue of America and nearly every substantive and relevant moral issue of it’s kind. And now the field of social and cultural issues are in the clenched grasps of the Democrat Party daring the Republicans to step onto their field of entrenched land mines, traps, obstacles, and the support of their National Media allies. For us who cheer for the Republicans we’re exhausted waiting on them to even attemp to seriously engage the Democrats on the very field that they not so long ago dominated.
Goldwater was the last Republican presidential candidate to vociferously warn of the “Government Paternalism” and the “Nanny State”, where he warned against the American people’s growing dependence on the government for their very lifestyle and existence. To the point when we would become no longer self-sufficient, and therefore no longer self-governing. At the same time, he clearly illustrated the ideological difference between the Democrat Party and the Republican Party. He said in his 1964 Republican Presidential acceptance speech, “This is the Republican Party, a Party for free men, not for blind followers, and not for conformists”… “We Republicans seek a government that attends to its inherent responsibilities of maintaining a stable monetary and fiscal climate, encouraging a free and competitive economy and enforcing law and order.” … “I know the road to freedom is a long and a challenging road. I know also that some men may walk away from it, that some men resist challenge, accepting the false security of government paternalism.”
The American people had to wait some 15 years before another man sternly grasp the Republican flag and unapologetically and boldly championed Americanism over Socialism/Communism, moralism, and cultural integrity, where the people were strong and the government weak, when it came to the personal lives of the people. And that courageous man was Ronald Reagan. He had a steadfast and fervent belief of at least three things: That the federal government should be unintrusive in the lives of the American people and that Socialism/Communism were repugnant to the ideals of individual freedom and liberty, i.e., American Capitalism, and that America needed to keep hold to its traditional sense of morality and Biblical beliefs that have guided the nation since it’s creation.
Reagan said once of politics and morality, “Politics and morality are inseparable. And as morality’s foundation is religion, religion and politics are necessarily related. We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect, and our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they’re sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive.” He said that the ideological difference between Republicans and Dems were that “Republicans believe the best way to assure prosperity is to generate more jobs. The Democrats believe in more welfare.” Reagan recognized that the free world looked toward America for guidance, “A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and – above all – responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.”
Where oh where have these voices and themes gone to from the once great Party of Lincoln? The GOP has left the political field of morality and social conduct defenseless and naked to be prostituted and abused. And the Democrat Party has taken no prisoners in occupying the high ground, launching salvos at even the slightest provocation by any member of the Republican Party, and cloaking their true intentions from the people to exile God not only from the public square, but to make it culturally unacceptable and toxic to even mention God’s name in any way or manner. As well their desire to rewrite and recreate America’s history as one not of heroism, a miracle experiment that has greatly benefited the world, and to remove from our consciousness’ that the promise expressed in the Declaration of Independence, “That all Men are Created Equal”, though not yet today realized, that the principle upon which those words were form is still attainable.
For me, there are two main issues that are critically ailing America at her core. One is the total surrender of personal responsibility by too many of the citizenry to the government in the nation today of the supposed free and the self-governed. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson’s wet dream becoming realized via the “War on Poverty’ and the “Great Society”, when he got American hooked on the welfare drug, now has many looking for the government for their fix, in particularly the federal government, for one’s daily living and subsistence. This was literally unheard of prior. Before ’64 abled-bodied Americans would look for government life subsistence as a last resort measure. Our Judeo-Christian teachings taught of the benefit of working for one’s meal and reaping what one sows for himself. In 2 Thessalonians 3:10, it says, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” The citizens walked by the words of Lincoln’s view of the government, “[the government] is to do for the community of people [you and I], whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves-in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.” Personal independence and self-responsibility was just the way of being and living in America, prior to 1964. The most neediest and infirmed would look for family, then the church, and only then look for the government for assistance. Our educational system hadn’t begun indoctrinating kids into believing that credit is wealth, that you can have a life where your problems and life ills are caused by someone else or the responsibility of someone else to fix, and that depending on the government for your basic existence is a “right”, i.e., socialism, as they have since, along with the Democrat accomplices in Hollywood and the Establishment Media.
As reported in cncnews.com in 2014, on an HHS [Health & Human Services] report, “23.1 percent of Americans were recipients of welfare in 2011. Since 1993, the earliest year covered by the report, that is the highest percentage of Americans reported to be receiving welfare….A startling 38 percent of all children 5 and under in the United States were welfare recipients in 2011, according to the report.” But when you combine the “means-tested group” [such as Medicaid, “other cash assistance” programs, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program as well as beneficiaries of TANF, SSI and SNAP] with the “non-means tested group” [such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, and veterans benefits] the percentage shoots up to over 49% of the total American population. When you willfully surrender your very existence and means of livelihood over to someone, whether it be your neighbor, your parents, your boss, or the government, they now have control of your life. They determine your level of success and your quality of life, or the length thereof. Eric Hoffer, an American moral and social philosopher, said once of responsibility, “To the frustrated, freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint. They are eager to barter their independence for relief from the burdens of willing, deciding and being responsible for inevitable failure. They willingly abdicate the directing of their lives to those who want to plan, command and shoulder all responsibility.” When one relinquishes self-responsibility they believe it is ok to have children that they cannot afford to raise and provide for. They believe that its ok to not financially plan for their life. And they believe that they have a right to the fruits of others who were more responsible via the powers of the government. This is the crutch of socialistic economies and societies. It assumes responsibility for the lives of its people. The government is the parent, ruler, sovereign, and the people are the children, subjects, and chattel.
There can be little rational argument that the most fundamental decision ever enacted by the government, via the Judicial Branch, that forever negatively altered the social terrain of the nation was that which was brought by the 1962 Supreme Court case Engel v. Vitale. This ruling, controlled by liberal activist, generally outlawed any kind of prayer, instituted by public school districts, particularly that of Judeo-Christianity, is unconstitutional government “sponsorship of religion”. The Dems and Secularist have expanded that ruling to lead to the total abolishment of the Bible and all inference of it’s principle and tenets. This nation has been of strong Biblical grounding, has always been the bedrock of Republicanism since the nation’s founding, for good reason. Founder Benjamin Rush prophetically warned, “Contemplating merely the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism… By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime.” Take a good look around your neighborhood, your city, your country, and tell me if he was lying.
I don’t believe that one has to be religious to see that the ideology of the Bible is the recipe of social order and self-governance. Even the most passive observer can see that Christendom and Socialism/Communism are fundamental irreparable opposites. The teachings of a God outside of man has no place in a Socialist or Communist environment. It is the tenets and principles of the Christian Bible that have been the one constant that the guided this nation to its greatness and Divine Providence since its creation. And it is whose fruit we have grown fat and lethargic today. The leaders and influencers of the Democrat Party were, and are fully aware of the nexus between this nation’s survival and success and the Christian Bible. Our Constitution and Declaration of Independence could not have been so magnificently written if not guided by the teachings of the Christian Bible. The Founders understood that it was Biblical teaching and principles that would keep our society bonded together and strong and our culture resilient. So it is no surprise that the Democrats and the haters of Americanism have, and are still today, doing everything that can be done to remove Christendom from the very consciousness of the American field of society. Every social ill of American today arguably can be traced to the abolishment of Biblical teachings. The bizarre and inexplicable are the actions and posture of surrender from even in the shadow of the battlefield from so many of those who call themselves to be the Party of Lincoln, Republicans unwilling to vigorously take the field with the nation’s posterity’s soul at risk.
Awesome! So very well stated! As a nation we all have grown weary in keeping our moral compass putting the correct direction! And every step away from Bible principles are moved us closer to the demise of our schools, moral character and a society based on selfish acts and choices.
I am always saddened to see people recording acts of violence or someone in need of help instead of stepping up and giving the needed assistance to save another human from harm.