Of Political Fanatics, Leftist Cults, and Totalitarianism

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Unlike many German Christians, someone in America read Mein Kampf

A desperate, anti-American totalitarianism has all but made bankrupt our political, judicial, and educational institutions. Hitler, Marx, Stalin were political fanatics of this kind. Jefferson, Washington, and Lincoln were leaders.

The first group put political ideology above truth and the human life. The second group willingly offered their lives to stand for what was right. The first group secretly amassed fortunes using their movements as fronts. The second group pledged their fortunes for what they believed in.

In America the new totalitarians hate their neighbor because of his or her personal thoughts.

Americans persuade; the new fanatics persecute.

And, no, both political parties are not equally guilty of this fanatic commitment to control the thoughts of their neighbors.  To make light of what is really a very dark state of affairs, the new American totalitarians have become so self-righteous that even God isn’t good enough for their party platform.

Totalitarianism is: “a political system in which the state holds total control over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever possible (Conquest  74).” While every definition of totalitarianism is secular, recognizing the relationship between ‘political fanaticism’ and ‘religious fanaticism’ shows why the idea of America has, for so long, immunized the United States from the ravages of twentieth century megalomaniacs. Comparing the “passions” of the godless to the religious fanaticism America was designed to guard against shows how and why the principles of America still work.

Almost every in-depth discussion of totalitarianism ultimately touches on thought control. A totalitarian state, for some reason, wants more than a citizen’s tax dollars. It wants the citizen’s very soul. In the twentieth century the wars against totalitarianism have often been fought by those of personal religious conviction. Interestingly, the main opponents of medieval, church-influenced, ‘thought-control’ monarchies were also those of profound personal faith. In antiquity, totalitarian empires made no bones about the desire for citizens to bow before the emperor or Pharaoh as before a living god.

The American idea, in guarding against the historic evils, has been a saving balm against the lethal expression of both religious and political totalitarian regimes. Our founding documents, designed to frustrate tyrants, really infuriate totalitarians. William Penn is an example of American prescience. For real Americans, the ends never justify the means. Marxist politics would have had no chance in Pennsylvania while Penn taught. Not teaching the truths of real life in the schools and in the public square, as Penn once did, allows leftist cults to fester.

The well-weighed but often abused checks and balances in our legal system are only an expression of the American idea, and it’s thepenn idea that has protected us for so long. The founding precept of the American idea is a deep and abiding respect for truth, honesty, and for one’s neighbor’s political, social, and religious convictions. If we lose the heart of the American idea, our Constitution is no stronger than paper.

Americans now must decide what to do about neighbors who have rejected the American idea of respect, discourse, persuasion and constitutional processes to determine law. For many of their neighbors now reject the rule of law, the law of conscience and respect for the right of others to have a different idea. Many Americans are faced with neighbors for whom the idolatry of their political cause is enough to justify, hypocritically, democratically enacted laws and ordinances. An unapologetic, raw hatred motivates far too many to justify their unethical and illegal actions because of the “rightness” of their noble “goals.”

The definitions of totalitarianism are secular because all of the totalitarian regimes that have arisen in the twentieth century, with one exception, have been godless. If we would insist on the American idea of religious tolerance in all of our foreign policies and demand that tolerance at home, we could identify the totalitarian, cult-like elements of Radical Islam, engage them, and defeat them.

In the United States, hating the people who hold differing ideas began as a Leftist revolutionary tactic, but it has metastasized through a guilt-ridden, godless, and desperate culture into a fierce fury against any with ‘incorrect’ thoughts. This hatred is seething in every arena of American life and culture.

Marxists believed that their ideology was so noble that the ends justified the means, no matter how violent or how deceitful those tactics were. This proud Leftist lie then became a means of corruption so that no Marxist movement was ever “pure Communism.” How could one be?

meme2From this Leftist root has sprung many branches. Radical environmentalists place the life of “Mother Earth” above human life, and all who disagree are enemies. If coal workers become impoverished over CO2 emissions or if California farmers are ruined over a minnow, it’s all in a day’s work. These honest, hard-working Americans are acceptable sacrifices at the Left’s altar of earth worship. A compassionless, un-American hatred of all not fully committed to the cult dominates the ‘green’ movements.

The Left’s cult-like hatred of their neighbor simply for his thoughts has poisoned even our educational systems. This is apparent from anecdotal evidence of bias against conservative students and professors at virtually every public campus. That the root is poisoned is also tragically evident from the fruit.  Many incoherent articulations have become dogma in the ivory towers of learning. Such include: “the Darwin theory has now become fact!” or “Climate change is now settled science.” These bandwagon catch phrases for the uninformed are travesties of genuine academic knowledge. These aren’t the words of honest scientists. They’re designed to shut down conversation. Those who espouse such rhetoric demonstrate no respect for the ideas of others.

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A recent survey found only a single Delta Smelt left in the wild. Countless farmers were ruined for one minnow.

Even worse, such rhetoric often appears to be the power-plays of guilt-ridden swindlers shilling for a Leftist educational power base of soulless men. A theory never evolves into a fact. Such is an absurdity on its face that convinces only when coupled with a bullying emotional appeal. And any science that is “settled” is simply not science at all. Science is the mathematics and art of questioning everything all the time. Scientists delight in the questions and ideas of others. Only religious dogmas must be accepted as “settled.” And there it is: the plain connection between Leftist hatred of others over their ideas and a religious, dogmatic fanaticism about their own views.

Western academic freedom has been brought to a horrid low. Many of our academics are simply a disgrace to humanity.

Is there time to speak of the institutionalized lack of respect for the ideas of others that has resulted in a judicial arrogance, a fanatical corruption of justice, that  claims it is right to fine a couple $150,000 dollars for not making a cupcake? Or of booing God in a national assembly? Or of bullying a presidential candidate for saying “all lives matter”? Is there time to review the history of an anti-war movement founded in a profound Christian ethic to one now based on cowardice and acrimony? No, there’s no time. We’re out of time America.

America was never built for the hateful, and no land can have liberty that is without a reverence and love for truth and for one another. Good will toward all, not the pureness of one’s ideology, is character.

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Democrats booing a motion to include God in the party platform.

The judgmental are often hypocritical. Their accusations against others are a defense mechanism meant to distract from their own personal failings. Under an exterior of whitewash are dead men’s bones.

Of course this is a sword that could cut both ways. Those who believe in free enterprise could have a lawless hatred of anyone professing anything resembling communism. Sadly, and it’s approaching tragically, many of those who hold traditional American views of dialogue have assumed that they were discoursing with others with the same foundation. The Right has not awakened to the fratricidal hatred raging on the Left, at least not fully, at least not yet. When the Right fully awakens, no one can tell whether the response will be lawful or lawless, but the odds are, if they are still American, it will be a Godly response.

 

The Eclipse of the American Idea

The legacy of the Declaration of Independence is well over two hundred years old, but the American idea has never been in greater danger.

First, the idea that the individual has been endowed by his Creator with the sovereign right to a government that works for him has been eroded by a hundred years of creeping socialism, but recently matters have become much worse. The most enduring legacy of our Constitution, a liberty that has stood unscathed, suddenly lies in smoking ruin. America’s religious liberties are gone. Their light has been eclipsed.

In deciding to make homosexual marriage the law of the land, the Supreme Court has, for all practical purposes, made homosexuality a protected civil rights class like race, religion, and gender. They have done so without a constitutional amendment or any attempt to solicit the will of the people. That they could do this shows how far gone our Constitutional liberties already were, but the court has made matters much worse.

The proof that the Supreme Court of the United States has unlawfully rewritten the United States Constitution is that our religious liberties are no more. The self-evident proof that our religious liberties are gone is in the desperate and pathetic attempts of some conservatives to produce bills downloadprotecting what has now been ripped, in practice, from the U.S. Constitution.

Our laws protecting religious liberty from government, a model that has spread world wide, have been twisted into a weapon to affect the very persecutions they were once written to end. For instance, as a Christian, I may not agree with other Christian florists and bakers who refuse to participate in a homosexual wedding. Indeed, I might make points about Christian charity and its power to change lives. Nevertheless, my brothers and sisters are under no legal obligation to agree with me. That’s the American way. That’s freedom of religion and of speech.

When the courts add homosexuality as a protected class, the American tradition of no government involvement in religion is utterly undermined. In practical effect, a church that espouses Christian charity for bakers, tailors, photographers, and florists is favored by government while Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or Jewish religions that begin to perform marriages for same sex couples would be even more highly favored. Ultimately, churches that refuse to self-edit their Bibles concerning homosexuality will come in conflict with the force of anti-discrimination laws once written to protect their liberties. Whether they use this authority or not, our government has now been granted the ability to establish a religion or to persecute a religion over its views on homosexuality. Oh, by the way, you can bet they’ll use it.

constantine swordThe sword Constantine the Great drew in the house of God, Thomas Jefferson sheathed in our founding documents. Constantine did not mark the birth of Christianity, but he marked the birth of Christendom in the West. From that day until our founders took their stand, by special endowment or by the use of military force, European governments sponsored teachings and leaders in Christian organizations. More blood ran from Constantine’s sword over the course of European history than from the Black Plague. Once the New World was discovered, courageous people couldn’t get away from Europe fast enough. The Supreme Court has drawn the sword of Constantine again. America’s Copernican shift in the view of the relationship between good people and their government has been shrouded in medievalism.

A Tyranny of Judicial Madness Continues in Oklahoma

Recently, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court ruled that a statue of the Ten Commandments on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was contrary to the Oklahoma Constitution because, the court held, the Ten Commandments jack-nicholson-the-shiningbenefited a religion. Which religion it was that benefited from the monument is apparently a somewhat abstract concept to the Oklahoma court. Nevertheless, even though the monument doesn’t benefit any certain religion, it must be damned because it is part of Jewish and Christian faiths. Logic is blind to its assumptions. In Oklahoma insane assumptions about religion have led to a judicial tyranny that history will characterize as madness.

Simply, a faith is not necessarily a religion. One may have a faith in a Just and Orderly Creator and seek Him by way of a variety of religions. One may even believe in the Christian Messiah and seek him in by way of variety of Christian denominations. Indeed, this last scenario was the one that the founding fathers were most concerned about. The great variety of Christian faiths that arose after the Protestant Reformation were welcomed without governmental judgment in the New World. Jefferson sheathed the sword first wielded among Christians by Constantine the Great.

A lie believed is a tyranny of the soul. A lie enforced by a government is grounds for its abolition. Legislators in Oklahoma are calling for the impeachment of all seven justices who can’t see beyond their highly elevated noses. That’s not enough. The Oklahoma legislators are also calling for judicial reformation, a reformation that bars the state bar from monopolizing judicial appointments. That might go far enough, but it’s still an open question. Attorney General Scott Pruitt spent far too much time emphasizing that the monument was historical in nature.

Arguing that the Ten Commandments are of historic importance to our legal system, a systemTen-Commandments-statue-JPG that has now ‘evolved,’ is simply inadequate to reformation. Tell the truth: the monuments to the Ten Commandments are a symbol of our common faith that a Just God rules; that from Him all justice proceeds and before Him all our human justice will be judged. This is not a religion. Catholicism is a religion. Classical Reform Judaism is a religion.

For a century, Americans and their justices have been fed on the fat of the lie that governments can exist without a soul and, like the dust beneath our feet, continue objectively on. It’s just not true. If our government loses its soul, its humanity, we, as a nation, lose ours. Every key idea from how the value of humanity contrasts with the animal kingdom, to the meaning of nature’s voice in the relationship between the genders in marriage requires a primary axiom for logical conclusions to foster laws. All of these matters require and depend on a faith that a just Creator, the God of Nature, is out there somewhere. This is not a religion. When it concerns matters of jurisprudence, it’s a philosophy. The founders called their version of this philosophy Deism.

The Deism of some of the founders was an Enlightenment view of the Divine Right of the individual and of the Creator’s limits on the rights of collective society, of government. When this faith or belief that a Just Creator is ‘out there somewhere’ changes into a belief about how people should seek Him, the faith can be named religious. Otherwise, a faith that a Just Creator reigns is the philosophic foundation for the panoply of all religions. (When Deism moves from its rational, philosophic, intelligent design ideas to worship of some sort, it, too, can be called religious; however, it is generally too disorganized to make it as a formal religion.)

For instance, apparently, the highly intelligent and well-educated Oklahoma justices ignored the claim Islam makes on the Ten Commandments. The claim is somewhat tenuous and is perhaps made by some for less than forthright TJFlag-ForceCannotDisjoinreasons, but, because of the claim on the commandments made by others in Islam, it can be fairly argued that also among Muslims, the role of the Creator as a lawgiver, One Who governs in the affairs of all people, is understood.

Apparently, a satanic church, in the firm belief that equality of outcomes is the same thing as justice, petitioned to have an idol placed along side the monument to the Ten Commandments. That idol is a summons to worship while the Ten Commandments forbid anyone from worshiping any stone monument. Hence, as a summons to worship, it does profit a religious viewpoint. Most importantly, a free people dedicated to laws and justice has no need to give equal time to a self-proclaimed god of lawlessness and evil.

Likewise, a Hindu group also wanted to place a symbol of its worship on the capitol’s grounds. If that symbol is not a call to worship, and if it is a symbol of the belief that a Creator somewhere rules and gives laws to people, put it to a vote. The Ten Commandments are genuinely elegant in appearance, eloquent in letter, and inspiring in content. Those are plenty of reasons for the electorate to favor one monument and not another. In any case, put it to the public, not to un-elected, poorly educated, elitist, shriveled heads with gavels for brains.

To make a long story short: A Hindu, a satanist, and an American walked before the bar. None got justice, but they all heard the insane laughter of evil men howling as they butchered a free nation.