Wednesday, February 02, 2005
We Need to Pay Attention
We Need to Pay Attention
Americans are Destroying America
During the State of the Union Address to the Nation, February 2, 2005, many interesting and important topics were highlighted. I will not attempt to share my thoughts on the entire address; limiting my focus to one area of that speech. After extolling the need to restructure Social Security, which I will leave alone for now, President Bush stated,
“Our second great responsibility to our children and grandchildren is to honor and to pass along the values that sustain a free society. So many of my generation, after a long journey, have come home to family and faith, and are determined to bring up responsible, moral children. Government is not the source of these values, but government should never undermine them.”
In his next sentence he continued,
“Because marriage is a sacred institution and the foundation of society, it should not be re-defined by activist judges. For the good of families, children, and society, I support a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage.”
This one part of the State of the Union Address is worthy of more than two sentences. I intend to expand those ideas. President Bush opened the door and the “loyal opposition” was given a chance to voice their message afterwards.
Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the new Democratic leader in the United States Senate in the Democratic Response to President Bush’s Address remarked,
“It's important that we succeed. It's time that America's government lived by the same values as America's families. It's time we invested in America's future and made sure our people have the skills to compete and thrive in a 21st century economy. That's what Democrats believe. That's where we stand. That's what we'll fight for.”
Senator Reid brought up the issue of morality and how it is perceived by our nation, its leaders and by the court system. There is a wide margin between what the “Liberal Left” has called “a family” and what the “Conservative “Right” calls a “family”. Senator Reid went on to tell a story,
“We were sitting down in a booth, when a young boy, about 10-years-old, named Devon walked up to us. Carrying a skateboard under his arm, he said, "Senator Reid, when I grow up I want to be just like you. Well, the truth is Devon could probably do a lot better. But the point still holds and it is this: no one ever had to tell young Devon to dream big dreams, no one ever had to teach him that America is a place of possibility. He knows those things because they are born deep in all Americans.”
I’m afraid that Senator Reid is missing the point, Little Devon does NOT know these things because they are NOT born deep in all Americans, and his line that no one ever had to teach him that America is a place of possibility is also off the mark.
Quoting Ezra Taft Benson, former Secretary of Agriculture, in a speech which was entered into the Congressional Record on April 22, 1968,
“If America is destroyed, it may be by Americans who salute the flag, sing the national anthem, march in patriotic parades, cheer Fourth of July speakers—normally good Americans, but Americans who fail to comprehend what is required to keep our country strong and free—Americans who have been lulled away into a false security."
"Morality, integrity, law and order and other cherished principles of our great heritage are battling for survival in many communities today. They are under constant attack from degrading and corrupting influences which, if not halted, will sweep away every vestige of decency and order remaining in our society."
In other words, our children must be taught, line up line and precept upon precept until they come to a full knowledge of their heritage, their responsibilities and their own individual possibilities. There is no chromosome that can transfer American History from one generation to another or impress upon our youth the sacred nature of our founding documents, our Christian foundations; these have to be taught. The process of passing along common values has been entrusted to us as parents; however, I cannot overlook the fact that most children attend public schools which is where a large percentage of general “knowledge” is given them.
Ezra Taft Benson continued to elaborate on the state of chaos which has been introduced,
"These men of power, prestige, and great influence in the political structure of America have permitted the concept of `freedom of speech' to be expanded to include subversion, intimidation, sedition, and incitement to riot; they have condoned the distortion of `academic freedom' to encompass the adulteration of young minds with Communist doctrine and the disintegration of a well-disciplined educational system; they have allowed `freedom of assembly' to mushroom into disruption of peaceful activity, mob rule, riot, and insurrection.
"Unless those in authority in the United States can be influenced to abandon the suicidal course on which they have embarked—or unless they can be replaced by men who will—we cannot hope to restore in our nation the kind of domestic peace and order which has made our many generations proud to be Americans . . . living in a land of freedom, security, opportunity, and justice under law.
While Ezra Taft Benson’s talk is quite lengthy, it does have at least a couple of more worthy quotes,
“We can never survive unless our young people understand and appreciate our American system, which has given more of the good things of life than any other system in the world—unless they have a dedication that exceeds the dedication of the enemy. Character must become important in this country again. The old essentials of honesty, self-respect, loyalty, and support for law and order must be taught the younger generation.”
Fast forward to the present and what is being taught to our children and to the future, what will be taught to them and it becomes painfully clear that our country is at a cross roads in time. Will our children be taught about the history as it actually happened, complete with reference to God and the importance of faith to our Founding Fathers or will it continue to erode into a Cliff Notes version that glosses over those important reasons for action. Will the concept of the “natural” family, a male husband married to a female wife with children born into a home be the rule or will it be perverted to include the “new tolerance” toward homosexual unions? These concepts are taught in schools to our children; exactly who is in charge of determining the content of what is being taught?
The answer to all the above is that there are enough Activist Judges already in high places who have no intention of following the Constitution or the ideology which our Founding Fathers had intended. The original documentation of what our Founding Fathers wrote and thought about is a matter of record; except that with each passing day, those records are being pushed further away from the light of day.
Quoting from, Alexander Hamilton and the Founding of the Nation, p. 462,
“Our priceless heritage is threatened today as never before in our lifetime: from without by the forces of Godless Communism, and at home by our complacency and by the insidious forces of the Socialist-Communist conspiracy, with the help of those who would abandon the ancient landmarks set by our fathers and take us down the road to destruction. It was Alexander Hamilton who warned that "nothing is more common than for a free people, in times of heat and violence, to gratify momentary passions, by letting into the government, principles and precedents which afterwards prove fatal to themselves."
It’s a shame that Senator Reid’s Democratic Party has abandoned him. I truly believe that he is an honorable man; unfortunately for us all, the Democratic Party is only a name that is used to hide the agenda of the New Socialist/Communist Party. Think about what is called tolerable; “Woman’s Choice which is another name for murder, Sexual Preference which is nothing more than denying the perverse activity between homosexuals, “Separation of Church and State” which is a perversion of the true nature of the original wording never intended to eliminate God or our dependence upon Him from government, falsifying history in order to minimize to the point of eliminating any and all reference to God and Faith in any social setting and the list keeps growing.
I will close and take as my own, the same words that Ezra Taft Benson used,
“As American citizens who love freedom, we must return to a respect for national morality—respect for law and order. There is no other way of safety for us and our posterity. The hour is late; the time is short. We must begin now, in earnest, and invite God's blessings on our efforts.
The United States should be a bastion of real freedom. We should not support the world's greatest evil, the Godless, Socialist-Communist conspiracy that seeks to destroy all we hold dear as a great Christian nation and to promote insidiously the breakdown of law and order and the erosion of our morality.
With God's help we must return to those basic concepts, those eternal verities, the rule of law and order upon which this nation was established. With an aroused citizenry and the help of Almighty God it can be accomplished. God grant it may be so, I humbly pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Posted by T. F. Stern at 11:47 PM