Squaring the Culture




"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

11/05/2008 (9:40 am)

They Have Buried Us

When I was small, Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union from 1953 – 1964, was famously quoted as declaring to the Free West, “We will bury you.” It was taken as a grave threat in those days. I remember it being played in a commercial on TV. As a young liberal, I was fond of pointing out that Khrushchev was simply talking about the natural outcome of history from the Marxist viewpoint; he explained later, “Of course we will not bury you with a shovel; your own working class will bury you.” It never occurred to me that this was hardly less threatening, especially given the fact that our own working class was getting help from the Soviet Union’s political operative class. I suppose it’s not surprising that the actual work of burying the US was accomplished, not by the working class, but by the intellectuals; this is common for Marxism, which has appeal only to those who are pathologically detached from society.

Last night, the American people elected the equivalent of Hugo Chavez to be President of the United States. He lied about what he stood for, but he was permitted to do so by the press, which is supposed to protect us from such attacks. Even so, his lies were transparent to those of us possessing enough education and independence to do our homework; but there were too few of us, and too far removed from the centers of power.

And so, just over 50 years after Khrushchev uttered his threat, the American voting population announced to the world that we no longer believe in the capitalism that produced more creativity, energy, courage, and wealth than the world thought possible, that we’re going to join the ranks of World Socialism, that we’re going to hand our productive power to the government we once properly distrusted, that we prefer craven dependence to stalwart independence. As we turn the responsibility for our destinies over to Mommy Government, the world’s last, stubborn foil to the tyrannical advance of Marxist domination has just been removed. “Social justice,” the crippling of the effective to satisfy the envy of the ineffective, will commence at a greater pace, and be given the force of arms. The world is in for a very dark time, full of poverty, oppression, and violence.

We allowed it by permitting leftists to infiltrate and distort education, entertainment, law, and news. For at least 80 years, the children of those influenced by their thinking have targeted these arenas, creating protected enclaves into which they refuse to permit any competing ideas. Their control of these areas is nearly complete, and friends of liberty are forming no coherent strategy to break their hold, only the occasional foray into the Dark World. Home schooling chips away at the edges, alternative media permit chatter under the radar, but the centers of control remain in leftist hands, and they don’t believe in fair play or free speech. Expect those holes to be plugged very soon. President Obama (I cringe to type it) and his Democratic minions in Congress will quickly see to it that home schooling is illegal in practice, if not explicitly (probably by requiring teacher certification), that conservative speech is crippled, and that the free exchange of ideas cannot take place without government oversight and intrusion. Be assured that no discussion that has any force that might endanger their domination will be permitted for long.

Oh, and expect to be permitted to worship Christ only so long as it does not impair your cooperation with the Junta’s social agenda. That’s coming soon, too; in fact, it’s been coming for a few decades already, and is now upon us.

Will conservatives get another shot two years from now, in the public’s reaction to two years of Democratic domination? Maybe; probably not. It hardly matters. We have now raised two generations of Americans on a form of public education and a flood of popular film and music that is so thoroughly saturated with statist and world socialist ideals that no general election is going to produce a lasting victory for conservative principles. The masses in America think of capitalism as “greed,” of the robust and free expansion of the economy by individuals as “destroying the planet,” and when they say “we,” they mean “the government.”

The American experiment in self-government is over.

Ultimately, America has not rejected capitalism, it’s rejected Christ. The foundation of liberty is, and has always been, devotion to the living Christ. Liberty entered the world through the ministry of Christ, and is leaving now that we’ve jettisoned Him as our Master. As God told the prophet Samuel when Israel demanded that he appoint them a king like all the other nations had, “They have not rejected you, but they’ve rejected Me from being king over them.” (See I Samuel 8).

Sure, there are Christians among the leftists in America, and a number of them are sincere; but they no longer believe they owe their conscience directly to God, but instead to God through His appointed regents, the State. This is the indirection that America’s founders rejected when they wrote the US Constitution; in their construction, men owed their conscience to God, not to God’s anointed sovereign, the King. It’s no mistake, no accident or coincidence, that America rejected capitalism in favor of a leader who declared with messianic overtones his destiny to rule. In God we no longer trust; instead, we trust in Government. We’ve rejected God from being King over us.

American liberty can be rebuilt, but it must be rebuilt from the ground up. It has to start with the proper education of our children to believe in God, in individual responsibility before God, and in individual achievement as a form of service to God and family. It has to be constructed on a foundation of properly defined morals, and on a world-view that remembers that Man does not serve himself.

I’m not going to retreat from politics; I’m still a citizen of the United States of America, however misguided she may be. My strategy, however, for rebuilding a prosperous, felicitous nation friendly to safe families and appropriate personal achievement is to win converts to Christianity; and not just any Christianity, but a Christianity that encourages sound and sober thinking, that understands man’s place in the universe, that can articulate clearly its purpose for living and its reasons to believe.

We are entering very dark times. America’s economic dominance will end very soon, and her military dominance will not be far behind. Obama plans to make us “good citizens of the world,” meaning that our national choices will become subject to the opinions of tinpot dictators and corrupt, demented representatives from third-world nations. They will plunder us, and we will be stripped bare.

But I know how the story ends, and Christ wins. The rock formed without hands crushes all the mountains, and becomes a mountain that fills the whole earth (Daniel 2). The Son of Man is given dominion, that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language might serve Him, and His dominion is everlasting (Daniel 7). If we proclaim the truth of Christ faithfully, men will experience liberty again. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Spiritual liberty is not unconnected with political liberty; they’re the same thing. One does not exist without the other; and political liberty always results where the Spirit rules.

They have buried us, but we will rise again.

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16 Comments »

November 5, 2008 @ 12:16 pm #

Sad day indeed…
Hello to the US of (Maxist) A
I still love America, but am bitterly disapointed and ashamed of where this country is headed.

Surprisingly (maybe not) the California central valley maintained it’s conservative roots (yes, there is a conservative bone in CA) and elected a strong conservative Mayor and Assemblyman in spite of the harsh rhetoric and lies of the left. Even more amazing, Prop 8, defining mariage as between 1 man and 1 woman only, passed. I wonder how long untill the courts try to overthrow it or the new federal government shoves it’s nose in.
Thank you Phil, keep writting.

(Author notes: thanks for the encouragement.)

November 5, 2008 @ 1:41 pm #

This was really more appropriate when Reagan was elected, or W selected. Not that facts should get in the way of your hatred and ignorance, but America always does better, and is safer, under Democratic leadership. sorry about that, I know it’s intolerable for you, but you’ve spent your life being wrong, and where has it gotten you?

November 5, 2008 @ 1:43 pm #

This was really more appropriate when Reagan was elected, or W selected.

How so? Defend your conclusion. Or, are unsupportable conclusions all you’re capable of? That would be typical of progressives; they’re good at making up sound bites, but can’t defend an argument as well as your average 8th grader.

November 5, 2008 @ 3:04 pm #

I pray that you are guilty of hyperbole, but I will not say that it is certain. I do not disagree with your central point, that the United States has broken its covenant with the living God, and will now reap the whirlwind of its sins.

November 5, 2008 @ 5:06 pm #

Good post Phil, though I am not quite as pessimistic as you at present. Obama hasn’t done anything yet. Based on his past he appears malleable. Special interests, read Big Money will oppose some of the dem initiatives. Blue Dog Dems may not march lock step to the left wing agenda. In 1992 when Clinton came to power he had overwhelming majorities in both houses and couldn’t pass either a carbon tax or national health care. There is hope, though my expectations are low.

November 5, 2008 @ 6:08 pm #

I hope your fears about homeschooling being eliminated are somewhat overblown. Even in the worst case scenario you describe: Teacher certification in most states is truly at about a Sixth grade level. Most homeschooling parents I know could pass the tests with flying colors without cracking any more books than they are currently using with their own darling, bright children! There is already a groundswell of children who are being lovingly reared and classically educated well under the radar. And many are part of rather large homeschooling groups.

November 5, 2008 @ 6:19 pm #

To all my readers: like you, I hope I’m Eeyore Squared, and that things are only 1/10 as bad as I’m saying. My behavior will be the same regardless: stand for what’s right, declare the truth, win people to Christ.

Re home schooling, Marybel, the issue with teacher certification is not the ability of the parents to pass subject matter requirements, but for them to obtain the necessary expertise credits. Teacher cert requires a college degree and several credits in specific, professional courses dealing with developmental psychology and educational theory; most home schooling parents would need a year or two additional college to meet the requirements. This is how the left’s edifice enforces uniformity of leftist educational theory — they all have to take the same courses.

It’s the theory that’s at fault in the decline of American education, in my humble opinion; teachers are paid plenty, and they’re not all dunces, they’re just stuck teaching curricula that are based on theories of learning that are laughably wrong, and are aimed at producing good radicals rather than sound, thinking citizens. Thank John Dewey.

November 5, 2008 @ 6:38 pm #

Phil,

I am just as unhappy as you with this election result. But we survived Jimmy Carter, and we will survive Barry Hussein. Bob Novak usually has a pretty good take on things, his column is worth a read:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/novak/1260688,CST-NWS-novak05.article

November 5, 2008 @ 8:46 pm #

I am just as unhappy as you with this election result. But we survived Jimmy Carter, and we will survive Barry Hussein.

I appreciate the encouragement, and welcome the discussion.

A) I’m not so sure we survived Carter. The CRA that lay under the recent mortgage collapse was Carter-era legislation.

B) Barry Obama is going to cede US sovereignty to the UN on several fronts, and it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get that back. Expect treaties committing us to drug prices set by foreign governments, international carbon caps, international meddling in gender and race quotas, a World Court with jurisdiction over at the very least US military personnel, and I would not be the least bit surprised to see UN troops on American soil, policing our elections.

C) The Carter years ended with the rise of Ronald Reagan, who really was a gift to the nation, forestalling the slide into socialism for 2 decades and aggressively reversing many Carter errors. I don’t foresee anyone of his caliber rising to take the limp reins out of Obama’s weak hands. Recall that Bush following Clinton did not attempt to reverse Clinton policies the way Reagan reversed Carter policies.

D) The patterns that caused this election swing are not likely to change unless we make inroads into education. The time to make vouchers work was ’94 through ’06, but it did not get done.

We need to start selling conservatism to the Hispanics and the blacks. There are natural agreements with social conservatism in both camps. But even with that, I don’t see stopping the slide unless we get control of primary, secondary, and college education. Without them, we’re fighting uphill every election, and at best slowing the slide, never reversing it.

November 5, 2008 @ 11:22 pm #

Phil,

I’m afraid I echo your sentiments and your pessimism. My first thought upon turning on the radio last night and hearing Obama had won was, “the Great American Experiment is over.” When I saw nearly the same words today in your post above, as sad as I was, it brought me some comfort to know that at least one other oerson had come to the exact same conclusion.

Most of all, I’m disappointed that Americans — far from going kicking and screaming into this new socialist “utopia” — are instead lacing their roller skates and giddy with anticipation. They positively can’t wait to get there.

We are truly getting what we want as a nation, but what I find so alarming is that “what we want” is so astronomically far from what our Founding Fathers intended for us.

You’re exactly right. It wasn’t the USSR that was the real threat. It was ourselves.

November 6, 2008 @ 9:20 am #

Phil,

I, too, uttered those somewhat fatalistic words, ‘the great experiment is over,’ upon hearing Obama had won.
I take comfort in this, though: No authority is in place that God has not ordained.
If this is a turn towards the fulfillment of end-times prophecy, then praise God, we are only that much closer to going home.
If He tarries, then we may have to face some hard choices as we move forward.
Either way, pray for the King. God can save anyone.

(Webmaster’s note: Welcome, Bobby. Good to see you.)

November 6, 2008 @ 9:35 am #

AWOL Civilization had a post that was similar to this. Called ‘Of scribes and buffoons’, he lays out the story of Jacob and Esau and how his bithright was sold for a bowl of pottage. To paraphrase the post, Americans have sold their birthright, liberty, in exchange for the Government feeding and clothing them.

(Webmaster’s note: here’s the link to the article feeblemind refers to. I’d never heard of that site before. Thanks for the reference.)

November 6, 2008 @ 2:21 pm #

The following are some rambling reactions to the election after having a day to think about it. Not all are right on point as to your thread, but they seem to fit the template of reacting generally to the election. At least that was how I interpreted the thread.

-I was far more pessimistic than you about the outcome of the election, but am less pessimistic about what he can and will do to the country now that he has been elected and has clear majorities. I think most of the country tilts moderately right, and he won by shifting to a centrist platform in the general election campaign. I have to think the hard left was enraged by some of his more moderate statements and ads during the general campaign, and that the only reason we did not read about inner party turmoil is because the media perceived it might harm his campaign and thus deemed it not newsworthy.

As I said before, he will be like a man walking a tightrope between his instincts and the promises he made to the left on one side, and the knowledge that if the Dems lurch leftward too much he risks an implosion from the right side who he told that he would govern as a centrist. I am more concerned about a gradual chipping away and erosion of the non-socialist state than about wholesale immediate changes.

-I do believe we are headed almost inexorably toward at least a European socialism “light” society right now. While I am saddened and disgusted by this, I’m also 56 years old. I’m financially secure and I don’t know that my day to day life will change dramatically over the next couple of decades. I believe that most of the time people get the government they deserve, and it appears most people either want a socialist type nanny state or are too lazy to figure out what that means. Well, so be it. It is cynical to say so, but hey, this is what you rock the vote people wanted, now deal with it the rest of your lives. When the stuff really hits the fan down the road, the chickens come home to roost, and you are realizing what you have wrought, I’ll be ‘oudda here’. I do have some concerns about my son. He has many conservative instincts, but the feel good, Obama platform he sees is more enticing right now to a 14 year old whose peers are overwhelmingly liberal. I do what I can to make him a good person, with good instincts who thinks before acting, but there is only so much one can do. He will have to make his own decisions and live with the consequences.

-I think our leftist cultural, educational, and media institutions are far too powerful and entrenched for the relative handful of conservative activists to prevail. When I say handful, I mean that although most of the people of this country live their lives in a relatively conservative manner, there are only a relative few people who really think about these issues in any type of informed manner such as you are trying to encourage on your blog. Even fewer go on to do something about it outside the context of their immediate families. Many are probably people like me. I think these issues out. I have core beliefs. I act on them and work hard all the time to be a good example to my family. But apart from that my real concerns are earning a living, taking care of my family, and living a good and productive life. I think people like me are concerned about where we are headed but are too immersed with our families day to day to become culture warriors. And I say that with all the respect in the world and absolutely no negative implications whatsoever. I don’t know where we would be if not for people like you who are waging this battle. And in candor, our side lacks the seething hatred that animates much of the left.

-Agreed that education is the real long term key, but I am very pessimistic here. I believe it is a losing battle.

-A few other observations. I’m somewhat numbed by the fawning coverage after the election but I did perk up in irritation when I heard someone praising Katie Couric along the lines of: “You are really the one who exposed Sarah Palin. Before you interviewed her she was rolling along, but your interview made her very uncomfortable and you were the one who brought her weaknesses into the light.” Katie’s response: A heartfelt “Thank you!” As if she had exposed Hitler or unmasked the public face of an evil dictator. Good job, Katie. You are a credit, along with the rest of the media, for presenting the American people with an objective and balanced portrait of both the candidates. You tirelessly did your work with dedication and without fear or favor. You and your brethren should be proud of your service and I am sure you all are. You did it.

-I can see the media “template” already developing. Any harsh or substantive criticism of Obama is off limits and will be labeled as partisan or racist. The honeymoon will last as long as he is in office. Any problems that occur or develop on his watch will summarily considered without further thought as a hangover from the despised and incompetent “W”. Barack is to be praised at all times as the one trying to clean up the mess Bush left for him and given as much time and slack as he needs to do his good works.

-At this point, the man is our President. At the risk of being naïve, I am going to give the guy a chance and take him at face value as he presented himself when it was clear he had won. But I’m not sure Rahm Emmanuel is really a centrist appointment. Hopefully things will go better from here. I’m sure there will be more later as things develop.

-Please keep writing. In spite of my cynicism, what you do is more important than ever.

November 6, 2008 @ 3:27 pm #

One more observation. For 8 years the left and the Dems have savaged George Bush both personally and politically with the willing assistance of the media. Admittedly imperfect, he has done his best to protect the country. We may not have liked many of the things he did (or did not do) but I think we knew what we were getting when we elected him. In return he has been subjected to unending vitriol and hatred by the Dems. There has been absolutely no presumption of goodwill.

And now, after 8 years of that unceasing drumbeat of insult and rage from the left, now when their guy is elected, now we are supposed to “unite” with them and move forward for the good of all, without rancor.
You sometimes just have to chuckle at the wonder of it all.

November 6, 2008 @ 11:24 pm #

Phil,

I must say your response to my “we survived Carter” optimism has got me worried there may be no silver lining after all.

I find myself in line with your sentiments as well as RM’s fine posts on this thread.

A few comments:

“The CRA that lay under the recent mortgage collapse was Carter-era legislation.”

… I wasn’t aware of that, and point well taken. Of course the Dems will no more accept the historic culpability you have alluded to than they will shoulder the blame for more recently preventing safety regulation being applied to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

“Barry Obama is going to cede US sovereignty to the UN on several fronts,…”

… I think this will be attempted, but the Republicans may be able to minimize the damage by selling the pro sovereignty idea to the public. I also don’t see why this area can’t be reversed by a Ronald Reaganesque type president (we may get one, you never know).

“I don’t see stopping the slide unless we get control of primary, secondary, and college education. Without them, we’re fighting uphill every election, and at best slowing the slide, never reversing it…”

… Here, sadly, I share your pessimism. We have an entrenched leftist academia teaching in a manner designed to maintain their America hating, multi culturalist, pc view of the world. As an aside, I tried to impress upon my nephew, who entered college this fall, the grave threat we face from the global jihad, and all he is concerned about is global warming … like arguing with Al Gore Jr.

December 1, 2008 @ 11:26 am #

We lost our country – America, the last best place on Earth – in 2008 to a dangerous group of radicals who despise the very philosophical, moral and ethical foundations of America. Make no mistake about it – they also hate and despise you if you believe in and uphold a philosophy of individual liberty.

Who Hates You?
So how did we arrive at this state of affairs? There are those who mean well, but who are too mentally or spiritually lazy to consider the consequences of their misplaced ‘compassion’ and egalitarianism. There are those whose irrationality and self-hatred are projected outwards onto the rest of us – they seek destruction for destructions’ sake. It’s the all-consuming irrational hatred of those who seek to destroy what they cannot understand. It’s the manifestation of unbridled envy. It’s the hatred of the good for being good.

Then there are those who cynically employ the others I’ve described here in the service of tyranny – for power at any price. These are the truly evil ones, for they know exactly what they are doing, and there is no limit to their lust for dominion over every sphere of human existence and endeavor. What makes them so evil is that they are not content with the ‘management’ of our economic lives. They demand the submission of our innermost selves – and they also demand that we applaud them for enslaving us. And they despise us when we reject their ideas and the premises behind them.

Why Are You Hated?
Why are you who believe in liberty so hated by the Left? If you believe that your life belongs to you, then you’re in the way of the Utopian extremists who wish to remake Man to suit their sick fantasies of absolute power and control. If you believe that you are entitled to the fruits of your labors, then you’re mean-spirited and greedy by the lights of our new rulers. If you believe that the judgment of your conscience should not be trumped by government coercion, then you’re a criminal in the minds of Obama and his supporters. If you dare to disagree with our new minders, then you’re guilty of hate speech.

Where Does it Lead?

There are things worse than death, and I fully expect that many of our countrymen will soon discover this truth in full rich detail. And if history is any indicator, the future of those of us who believe in freedom isn’t good, as witness the track record of the entire twentieth century – over 260 million – let’s say that again – over 260 million people killed not by war but by their own governments.

How can we understand all this killing? For it is communism that has been responsible for the murder of millions and the impoverishment and slavery of millions more. It is the marriage of an absolutist ideology with absolute power. Like modern American liberals, Communists believed that they knew the truth, absolutely. They believed that they knew through Marxism what would bring about the greatest human welfare and happiness. And they believed that power, absolute power, must be used to tear down the old feudal or capitalist order and rebuild society and culture to realize this utopia. Nothing must stand in the way of its achievement. Government–the Communist Party–was thus above any law. All institutions, cultural norms, traditions, and sentiments were expendable. And people under communist rule were nothing more than lumber and bricks, fungible assets, to be used in building the new world.

Constructing this communist/socialist utopia was seen as a war on poverty, exploitation, imperialism, and inequality. And for the greater good, as in a real war, people are killed. And thus, this war for the communist utopia had its necessary enemy casualties: the clergy, bourgeoisie, capitalists, so-called ‘wreckers’, counterrevolutionaries, rightists, tyrants, rich, landlords, and noncombatants who simply got caught in the battle. In a war millions may die, but the cause may be well justified, as witness the defeat of Hitler, an utterly racist Nazism and the brutal Japanese Empire. And to many communists, the cause of a communist utopia was such as to justify all the deaths. Eric Hobsbawm, British Marxist historian said as much – in an interview with Canadian author and politician Michael Ignatieff on British television in 1994, Hobsbawm responded to the question of whether 20 million deaths [in the old Soviet Union] may have been justified if the proposed communist utopia had been created as a consequence by saying “yes.”

The irony of this is that communism in practice, even after decades of total control in many places throughout the world, did not improve the lot of the average person, but always made their living conditions worse than before the revolution. Contrary to the assertions of its believers that it has never been really tried – it has been tried – over and over again with the same horrible result. It has been said that the definition of insanity is precisely that: doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result.

You Now Have a Choice to Make
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author of the landmark Gulag Archipelago has said that we can tolerate a physical tyranny and still retain some sense of our inner, or spiritual sovereignty. But when we surrender our inmost selves to the lies these monsters preach, we can no longer call ourselves human. Solzhenitsyn knew – and lived – what virtually no American understands – yet. He knew the price of moral and spiritual surrender, having seen it first hand in his fellow man, having seen men turn into monsters and animals in the old Soviet gulags. You might want to look up Solzhenitsyn’s address to the 1978 graduating class of Harvard. That now-famous speech is widely known as A World Split Apart.

You now have a choice to make and you cannot evade it. As Ayn Rand says in her 1941 letter, To All Innocent Fifth Columnists, “There is no personal neutrality in the world today.” In other words, you can’t sit this one out; you can’t choose not to take sides; you can’t sit on the fence; you can’t pretend to be Switzerland.

So you have but two choices: surrender and submit to Obama and those behind him, or resist by every art, with any means and with every ounce of will and determination that you possess. Atlas must not only shrug – he must also pick up a gun

And for those of you think that freedom is passé or over-rated, just wait until you see what your new masters replace it with.

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