Wednesday, June 19, 2019

 

Elements of Patriotism



Love of Country Without Conditions

A Love That Comes from the Heart

Our Constitution That Has Held Up for Over 230 Years: 2019 -1789

The Declaration of Independence: 1776

Freedoms We Cherish: Speech; Religion; Assembly; Movement

Inalienable Rights Conferred on Us

Tradition, Looking Back At A History of Patriotism

Obligation, Looking Forward: Keep Building That Shining City on a Hill

Thankfulness To be Born in America

Pride in All We Have Accomplished

Countless Graves of Patriots, Real Heroes, Here and Overseas

They Are An Unwritten Debt That Can Never be Repaid












Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

A Brief Outline of Secularism or the Secular Humanism World View



Today we are seeing a rising interest in variations of socialism that are not quite the full bore version, but are much further down the road than we are now. Yes, we do spend over 65% of our government revenue on various forms of entitlements and social benefits to groups is some particular need, but we have not proceeded to nationalize our private industries or any major part of them as required by socialistic theory and practice.

There are, however, significant segments of society that are flirting with how to go well beyond the current 65% and are pressing towards a minimum salary for everyone, along with reparations(!) and, if you follow the green plan. more trains and less cars and airplanes among the inexplicable and unaffordable excesses that are supposed to help cure the CO2 menace forthwith. This is like trying to shoot ducks with a 16-inch battleship cannon---a maximum effort for almost no return.

One of the systems the Democrats are flirting with is called Secular Humanism (SM), and it generally satisfies its adherents that they have found Nirvana, and their rewards are substantial, at least until the money runs out (which it inevitably will!). We need to understand just what SM adherents want for a world view, since many forces are aligned to attempt to bring some of these goodies to the public, however watered down they end up being.

The Secular part immediately implies the demise of religion as a driving force in society, and the Humanist approach harkens back to "Man is the measure of all things, especially in society." There went our Constitution! The Rule of Man would replace the Rule of Law.

Used here is a relatively well-known outline of the major aspects for a world view championed by Meyers and Noebel*. The simple World View of Secular Humanism is as follows:


Theology ==>                         Atheism

Philosophy ==>                      Materialism or Naturalism

Ethics ==>                             Moral Relativism or Utilitarianism

Biology ==>                            New Darwinism

Psychology ==>                      Self Actualization

Sociology ==>                        Personal Autonomy

Law ==>                                 Legal Positivism (morality ignored)

Politics ==>                            Progressivism

Economics ==>                      Economic Interventionism or "Socialism Light"

History ==>                            Social Progress



If one really understands the elements of this world view, which should be satisfactorily defined by the reader for himself, you can reach several conclusions:

1. Under this Utopian scheme, all of Christianity and its moral absolutes would be ignored.

2. The entitlements would expand enormously, perhaps as far as 80%, paid for by nationalizing key industries.

3.  The predilection of Democrats to tax and spend would have free reign.

4. This would be a waypoint to full Socialism and eventually Communism.

5. America as we know it would disappear as would the American Dream.

6. So would our automobiles, and planes disappear, and who knows what else?

7. The idea that children should be raised separately from their parents in order to brainwash them into good little Humanists or Socialists is part of the thinking of Secular Humanists. This idea was removed from their Manifesto, but remains in their game plan.

8. There would be three classes of citizens: the Elite; the Military; and the rest of us.

The Democrats are serious about SM, especially as it comes close to Socialism, although they cannot lay it out as has been done here.











*From "Understanding The Times" by Jeff Meyers and David A. Noebel, Summit Ministries, 2015.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

 

One View of Atheism




Some time ago, as I developed my worldview in diagrammatic form, I realized that the belief system I was creating based upon my view of God, very clearly separated that Godly belief from a belief in various forms of morality, virtue, right reason, truth, freedom, and just about everything having to do with The American Way; in short, it included atheism. What was left out, of course, was the belief in the Bible, the life and death of Jesus, resurrection, salvation, and heaven after death.


What this could mean for atheists then is the view that this life was all there is, and there is nothing to look forward to in an afterlife. The mark they leave on the nation, good or bad, and the world too, is the only possible legacy of their lives.

Of the many ways an atheist could express himself, I selected three obvious possible types:


Type 1) He merges into the general public virtually indistinguishable from all others, except he doesn't go to church and he tends to socialize with his kindred spirits on the Left and likely accepts some form of Natural Law. He does not represent a threat to the nation;


Type 2) He very loudly proclaims his atheism and argues incessantly with Christians and others over the issues he holds against religion, but he is a true American despite his lack of belief in God and his left-thinking. A very annoying sort, but not a threat to the nation;


Type 3)  He is not only an atheist, he readily turns to support various forms of Leftward Collectivity, such as Progressivism, Socialism or Communism, quite largely in the belief that he and his kind are more intelligent, more attuned to the world, and better able to direct the lives of the rest of us than under our so-called outdated and rickety Constitution, our economic system, and our wildly unpredictable political system. His mindset has been shaped by outside influences to believe he is most definitely in the right and the most rational of people.


He, too, is destined to argue not only against our American way of life, but also our government, our political system, our economic system, and our Christian religion. Most probably he hates Trump and most other rich people with a passion.

He downplays the many outstanding historical failures of atheistic Collectivism, attributing the failures to the vagaries of mankind that he and his compatriots would be able to master if only they had the power. Then too, they believe they are smart enough to run the complex economy we have using computers for the better good of the citizens.


Finally, he believes in shaping the mindset of our citizens to become adherents to the new Collective way over time. This type is indeed a threat to the nation. Some radicals of this type champion the Marxist idea of destruction of the nation in order to rebuild it in the Communist way.


Do these types resonate with any of the denizens we know? It would be wise to identify very carefully the 3rd types in our society and keep them in clear view, as well as recognizing their small and large efforts to convert our citizens to their way of thinking.


Thursday, May 09, 2019

 

Our turmoil has a basis in collectivity


Man tthe Battlements



To me, the unimaginable has been taking place for over two generations of Americans.

Witness:

 1. The dumbed down, brain-washed, and biased products of our progressive and liberal school systems throughout the nation, decade by decade!

2. The unprecedented rise of socialistic thought at every turn including many of our Congressmen who should know that socialism inevitably leads to communism, and then totalitarianism, and ultimately failure, with massive loss of life in the long process. A government with elite intellectuals and communist credentials in all positions of power, together with the military in support, would indeed lord it over we peons. A centrally planned economy will inevitably fail to serve its citizens properly, but it will serve the master class superlatively just as it did in the USSR.

3. Our nation has been kept in a continual state of conflict, with the Left attacking virtually all facets of our government, our governing philosophy, our freedoms, our religious preferences, especially for Christianity, and the men and women that support our American way of life.  The Constitution is under direct attack daily, piece by piece.

4. This is not what I want my children and grandchildren to inherit. The next two elections will determine our fate, whether we will be forever free, or a member of the slavish class of underlings of a dictatorial and evil  government.

5. These truly evil operators have several identifiable traits:

         a. Anti-American critiques

         b. Anti-Christian efforts

         c. Well known techniques for converting a nation to their liking, such      as:

                   1) Cloward-Piven methodology

                   2) Saul Alinsky schemes

                   3) Progressivism ideology

                   4) Socialistic thought

                   5) Communist objectives

            6) Gramsci plans and steps

Over a number of years, Cloward-Piven, Alinsky, and Gramsci developed the Rules for Radicals designed to turn any state into a collective:

(From Wikipedia)

1.    Healthcare– Control healthcare and you control the people.

2.    Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3.    Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4.    Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state

5.    Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives. (Food, Housing, and Income)

6.    Education – Take control of what people read and listen to; take control of what children learn in school.

7.    Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8.    Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

(It would be beneficial if all true Americans looked up these collective and atheistic ideologies, and then identify such actions taking place in our nation.)

6. In the 2016 election, had Hillary Clinton won, the nation would be well on its way to some form of collectivity, and eventually a totalitarian dictatorship.  The Deep State has shown its colors ever since, including the media. We were extremely lucky to have Trump as President, and to have him poised to dismantle the conspiracy,






Saturday, April 27, 2019

 

An American Culture?




Multiple Cultures and Factions Prevail.

Our culture is sliced up into many pieces or factions; so much so that the common elements are very few. Consider the following slices and dices among many:

Rich Man/ Poor Man

Democrat/Republican

Democrat/Conservative

Democrat/Progressive

Liberal/Conservative

Liberal/Progressive

Republican/Conservative

Republican/Progressive


Democratic/Libertarian

Republican/Libertarian

Radical Right/Radical Left

Educated/Uneducated

White collar/Blue Collar

Religion I/Religion II/Etc.

Religious/Non-Religious

Christian/Atheist

Christian/Non-Christian

Truth Teller/Habitual Liar

Patriot/Non-Patriot

Elite/Non-Elite

Givers/Takers

Ethical/Unethical

Moral/Immoral

Cultural Snob/Cultural Boor

Pro-America/Anti-America

Intelligent/Unintelligent

Strong/Weak

Military Experience/No Military Experience

Pride in Birth Area 1/Pride in Area 2,3...n

Ordinary Citizen/ Elite Citizen

Ordinary Citizen/Politician

Ordinary Citizen/Congressman

Ordinary Citizen/ Entrepreneur 

Leader/Follower

Statist/Federalist

Federated Republican/Collectivist, or Humanist, or Socialist or Communist (who adopted the term "Progressive" to disguise their affiliation, which is becoming more and more obvious every day!)

Management/Workers

Business Man/Others

Citizen Today/Citizen Past/Citizen Tomorrow

Lawyer/Citizen

Fluent in English/Not Fluent in English

Born American/Immigrant/Illegal Immigrant

Upstanding Citizen/Criminal

And all shades in between, with many gradations and combinations!


It is little wonder that we continuously have serious conflicts, clashes in beliefs, and ultimately nasty invective between opposing views, particularly when beliefs run so strongly, often challenging deeply held religious, emotional, inherited or reasoned beliefs! Many times the opposition uses unfair tactics to shut the citizen up and denigrate him, hoping to send him away.

We are a multicultural hodge-podge living our separate very uniquely human lives, and many, many different lifestyles, but held together socially by at least eight or so very strong beliefs and common goals:

The value of strength in numbers;

the rule of law;

the joys of our freedoms;

The economic system;

the best place to raise our children;

the opportunities for betterment,

a compelling work ethic, and in,

the love of this country. (There are more reasons, of course…)

All of our diverse cultural components contribute to a peculiar synthesis one might call an “American Culture,” but if examined closely, it quickly dissolves into some or even all of its constituent or factional parts, and even harkens back to quite different historical origins and allegiances. I suppose that if there must be such factions, it is a real blessing to have so many factions that their opinions and strengths tend to cancel each other out!

How many discussions or arguments between two people have been completely biased by their opposing factional belief systems, preventing any mutual understandings? For that matter, do we know all of the factions and ideologies our adversaries hold close? Most likely not!

The remarkable thing is that this federated, democratic, republican form of national government, with its written Constitution as the Law of the Land, has successfully held together for nearly 240 years, despite many sweeping ideological differences along the way. The differences have persisted to this day and have again become a serious divisive force in the nation.

It is time for those who believe in America, its Constitution, its common laws and its founding principles to stand up and fight for them!













Saturday, March 09, 2019

 

My Creed:



                                                               March 9, 2019

A Short List of What I Believe In:

God the Trinity

Man's Fallen Nature

Salvation through Jesus Christ

Moral Absolutes

Natural Law

Right Reason; Truth; Facts; and Objectivity

The Constitution, Read Plainly and in Conformance to Natural Law

The Rule of Law

Freedom and Liberty for All

Specifically, Freedom of Speech, Religion, Association, and Movement

The Right to Property

Family Responsibility

Strong Defense of the Nation

Limited Government

Equal Justice Under the Law

Trial by Jury

Capitalism and Fair Markets

Freedom of Enterprise

Equal Opportunity for All

Fiscal and Social Conservatism

International Cooperation, Mutual Defense, and Trade

Aid to Those in Need: Especially Veterans; the Disabled; Old; and Ill




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