~ Where the Sun Will Never Set on Our liberty ~
Once upon a time America was a homogeneous culture. That didn’t mean that we always got along, as evidenced by the Civil War. But it meant that we had certain commonalities, we shared the same values and beliefs. We were Americans, and proud of it. But somewhere along the way things began to change. What started as a small cultural divide has blossomed into a deep chasm of two competing worldviews.
Events in recent days have highlighted this widening rift between Americans. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her family were booted from a restaurant simple because of her political and religious beliefs. Her family continued to be harassed as they relocated to a nearby restaurant. Likewise, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was harassed from a restaurant. Ironically, one of her harassers actually works for the Justice Department. And in Florida, attorney general Pam Bondi was harassed at a movie theater. To fan the flames, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters has called for even more harassment of Trump administration officials. These are but a few examples of the increasingly intolerant Left.
At its core it is a Tale of Two Americas. In one America are people who are patriotic, and believe the United States to be inherently good. They believe in the principles of the Constitution, and revere the wisdom of the Founding Fathers. They believe in moral absolutes, and that life is sacred. They believe in limited government, with separation of powers. They believe in immigration, but not illegal immigration. And most importantly, they believe in freedom.
In the other America are people who want to fundamentally change the country. They see America as inherently evil and the Founders as racists and bigots. They believe that the Constitution is a living document that should change with the times. They believe in moral relativism, and that abortion is a right. They believe in big government, and the concentration of powers. They believe in open borders, and are against securing it. And most importantly, they believe in control.
In these two Americas are two groups of people, with two diverging points of view, who want to take the country in two very different directions. We no longer are a united nation, but a nation that is increasingly antagonistic toward itself. How did we get to this point? The seeds of this cultural divide were sown more than a century ago by Leftist Progressives.
As with all bad ideas, it began with Marx. In the aftermath of World War 1, the Marxist revolution prophesied by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels never materialized. The Marxist intelligentsia came up with a new strategy… cultural Marxism. In the words of the late great Andrew Bartbreit, “Politics is downstream from culture”. Andrew understood the power of the culture in shaping not only politics, but everything else. The cultural Marxists understood this too, and have used it to great effect.
The goal of cultural Marxism is the same as classical Marxism, to undermine Western culture. This is done by denigrating the West and undermining traditional (Christian) values. Their first great success came with the counterculture movement of the 1960s, the effects of which we are still living with today. In the 1990s a brand of cultural Marxism, Political Correctness, began to take root. The goals of Political Correctness are the same as cultural Marxism, but with an additional target: non-liberal white people, in particular white males. Increasing, PC culture has infected every institution and facet of our lives.
Cultural Marxism and its offspring, Political Correctness, represent the greatest threat of our generation. Author William S. Lind stated it this way: “For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word [considered] offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.... [Unless it is defeated, Political Correctness] will eventually destroy everything that we have ever defined as our freedom and our culture.”
Roman statesman and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero warned us long ago of the threat of the enemy within: “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
Similar words were echoed by Abraham Lincoln nearly two thousand years later: “How then shall we perform it?--At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?-- Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!--All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. 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's Lyceum Address, 1838.”
The Tale of Two Americas is really a story about the Sons of Liberty and the Sons of Marx, fighting for the heart and soul of America. At stake is our very way of life, and the future of our children and their children. Coming back from this precipice won’t be easy, nor will it happen instantly. We didn’t get to this point overnight, and it isn’t going to change overnight. But it is a fight worth fighting. It’s not a war fought with guns and bullets, but with ideas and it begins in the home teaching our values to the next generation. In the words of Ronald Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Remember his words well as you celebrate this Fourth of July.
For more information on this topic, refer to A Brief History of Cultural Marxism and Political Correctness by Je....