Next year marks the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the longest Civil War in world history, the war between the American Socialists and the American Conservatives. Make no mistake about it; we are in the midst of a Civil War, although most Americans do not recognize it and most refuse to accept its reality. Although its conduct resembles the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union more than it does the Civil War between the states, the dangers to the future of America are every bit as threatening as either of those.
The first serious battle of our second Civil War was launched in the Presidential campaign of 1912 when four political parties vied for the office of President. All four nominated progressive (American Socialist) candidates. The party platforms on which the candidates ran were all slightly different, but all contained the basic elements of the then defunct Peoples Party; a graduated national income tax; popular election of Senators; and protective tariffs, among other things. In 1913, the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments were ratified, paving the way for the Socialist’s primary goals of income redistribution and a consolidated national government through annulment of the Tenth Amendment.
Eugene Debs was nominated by the Socialist Party, Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt by the Progressive Party, Woodrow Wilson by the Democratic Party and William Howard Taft by the Republican Party. Taft and Roosevelt split the Republican vote giving the Presidency to Woodrow Wilson. Since that time a succession of Progressive Presidents and Congresses have waged a relentless attack on the institutions of American Society. It is only since the election of socialist Barack Obama and the rise of the patriot movement, known collectively as the Tea Party Movement, that many Americans have become aware of the nature of the struggle and the possible devastating consequences of its outcome.
The identity of a nation is determined by the nature of its three primary components, its form of government, its common culture, and its economic system. In America, the form of government is drawn from the principles set forth in its Declaration of Independence and codified in its Constitution. The Constitution contains the rules and limitations placed on the federal government, but deals only tangentially with the culture and the economy. The American Socialists are determined to destroy all three components of American society and replace them with the institutions of socialism. For the most part, they have been successful in shredding the Constitution, corrupting our culture and dismantling our economic system outside the conscious awareness of the American people.
Our culture is built on the foundation of its Christian principles. I am not talking about the denominational doctrines quibbled about among America’s 900 Christian denominations, but the principles behind those doctrines, as contained in the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. Despite the Constitution’s prohibition against the federal government’s involvement in religious matters, not a day goes by but what some atheist group or some government agency attempts to interfere with the religious expressions of citizens and communities; from monuments to the Ten Commandments in local courthouses, to prayers being offered at public events to reminders of Christ in Christmas celebrations.
The Founders recognized the importance of a religious foundation for our culture in order for the Constitution to fulfill the purpose for which it was created. John Adams, our second President, said,
“our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
George Washington reminded America about the importance of religious principles in his farewell address,
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.”
“Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Along with the efforts of American Socialists to purge Christianity from our culture, we have witnessed a steady decline in the moral foundation of our politics and economy as well. We marvel at the equanimity of our elected officials as they look directly into the lens of the TV camera and lie to us with a sanguine belief that the American people will believe their fabricated assertions in spite of the evidence of experience and common sense.
Our economic system rests on the centuries old principles of free market capitalism where individuals make their own economic decisions based on their perception as to what is in their own and their family’s best interest. The system worked fine in the days when “a man’s word was his bond”, and deals were sealed with a handshake. However, the corrupting influence of continuous incremental successes of American Socialism has replaced free market capitalism with “crony capitalism” and is moving us ever closer to the centrally planned economy coveted by socialists the world over.
Both our political and economic well-being are dependent on the moral character of the culture that gave it birth. As Benjamin Franklin Observed on the final day of the Philadelphia Convention,
“I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”
As America prepares for the deciding battle in our second Civil War next year, it is time for a decision; everyone must decide which course they wish follow. One leads to a return to liberty and prosperity, the other to poverty, misery and servitude to the state. There can be no middle ground. One cannot compromise with an enemy whose objective is to destroy your way of life. It must be defeated. Have we, as Franklin mused, become so corrupt as a nation that we can only be ruled by despotism? Are we so lacking in character that we prefer the false security promised by American Socialists, or are we willing to take the risk proposed by the American Conservatives and battle for liberty, freedom and the blessings of God, settling for nothing less?