At one time, we Americans were part of a society noted for its self-evaluation and correction. That time is long past; we have now morphed into a society that readily accepts such abhorrent behaviors as totalitarianism, thought policing, and identity politics. We no longer value individual integrity, responsibility, or accountability. No longer do we have the capacity to look upon others as individuals with value, or judge them according to their character. We instead give latitude according to skin color, ethnic identity, or sexual idiosyncrasy; and should we not succumb to these superficial aspects of the human condition, then we must be castigated and labeled ourselves as miscreants.
So, here we are just over one-hundred years since the Russian revolution. The revolution was a momentous occasion that led to the formation of the Soviet Union, which in turn became responsible for the murder of over one-hundred million people. Today, we have citizens who tell us that they would rather live in a communist country than in the land of the free, which is America. Our young people idolize the murdering thug Che Guevara, the man who served as Fidel Castro’s chief executioner. Joseph Stalin has become a hero to some of our young people —he orchestrated the murder of 20 million people. Prominent members of the Obama administration elevated Mao Zedong to hero status, a man who killed 45-million people in just four years. What is the attraction to our younger generations of these totalitarian regimes?
The answer is that such nonsense is what many of our people were taught in public schools and at universities by their ideological teachers and professors. It is also a matter of what they choose to believe about our nation’s history. But idolizing totalitarian leaders simply isn’t who we are as a people. Our nation was founded on principles that every human being is entitled to certain unalienable rights, which include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We live in a constitutional republic that guarantees these rights to our citizens. We have institutionalized separation of powers in government, restricting government so that we may more fully realize the merit of individual liberty. Despite these guarantees, including the freedom of expression, Americans today have become all-to-willing to destroy the Republic in order to protect themselves from views they disagree with, and/or shield themselves from opinions that may hurt their feelings.
Here is where we are today: the American left have been busy little bees laying the ground-work for popular ignorance. They employ a rather sophisticated propaganda campaign that transforms disinformation, distortions, and outright lies into facts. A lie repeated often enough will eventually become a verifiable truth, a notion set forth by none other than Vladimir Lenin. The left is also busy agitating the masses along racial/ethnic lines, their socio-economic status, or their differences in gender. Part of their success for this is that today, most of America’s important institutions are controlled by the American left —the hippies of the 1960s now control Congress, the judiciary, and over the past eight years, the White House. Finally, leftist media now perpetuates coerced conformity, and if one does not want to conform to leftist ideology, they become “–phobes” of one kind or another.
President Ronald Reagan once told us, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” We are closer to that extinction today than at any other time in our entire history —not from a foreign enemy that threatens our liberty, but from a domestic enemy that seeks to replace our republican form government with one founded on foreign ideology: Marxism, which appears to us in several forms.
A free civilization will seek to create and maintain the kinds of institutions that lead us toward an energetic society, or for a better description, one in which free people freely exchange ideas. Totalitarian societies seek to control ideas, where government institutes mechanisms to monitor and control its conventions. In second-world nations, all institutions must serve the state, not the people. Take families, for example. Who should raise children: their parents, or state agencies? In America today, leftist governments have systematically undermined family unity, and it seeks to mediate such other institutions as churches and voluntary civic groups. Is this because the government can address these tasks better, or more efficiently —or is it because government seeks to control every facet of our increasingly populous society?
Return here again next week and I’ll pull the curtain back a little further. Thank you for reading Thoughts From Afar.