The Case Against Hyphens

One of the great social tragedies in my lifetime is the proliferation of the “hyphenated-American” phenomenon.  No doubt with the very best of intentions, the U.S. Supreme Court catalyzed its spread by legitimizing the use of preferences (aka reverse discrimination) in hiring practices, university admissions, and other forms of favoritism to benefit members of favored demographic groups.  The simple wisdom of the aphorism “two wrongs don’t make a right” was arrogantly dismissed by judicial fiat.

The Court’s unspoken goal was to replace the sublime American ideal of equality of opportunity for every citizen–regardless of race, color, or creed–with the Marxist fantasy of equality of results for everyone.  Over the past few decades, its related rulings have succeeded in very little besides fanning the once-dying embers of bigotry and discrimination in America.

What some of us have learned from this experience is that well-intentioned social engineering rarely works out well when implemented with the coercive power of government.  We’ve come to realize that “us versus them” is a universal formula for social disintegration and human misery.

If the American republic is to survive as “the last best hope of man on earth,” we the people must rediscover the common-sense truth that “united we stand, divided we fall.”  We must reject the hyphen and disavow all who advocate its use.  In short, we must define ourselves not as Native-Americans, African-Americans, Latin-Americans, European-Americans or Anglo-Americans, but as humble human beings struggling to fulfill our admittedly-imperfect nation’s founding promise of equal justice for all.

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Global Warming/Climate Change: Act II Of The Socially-Engineered Fall Of Western Civilization?

Today’s headlines proclaim, “Greta Thunberg Tells The U.N. ‘You Have Stolen My Dreams And My Childhood’.”  The global warming/climate change melodrama being played out before our eyes constitutes Act II of an unfinished script bearing the working title, The Socially-Engineered Fall of Western Civilization.

Its first act was performed in Western Europe under the banner of the nuclear freeze movement during the 1980s.  Your guess is as good as mine as to the nature of the hoax which its globalist authors will invent for Act III.  Of one thing we can be certain, however.  They envision a final act which celebrates their triumphant destruction of Western civilization.

Spoiler alert.  These leftist ideologues are probably unaware that the seeds of a sequel to their progressive production are being sown at this very moment.  The sequel will take place among the Godless, joyless ruins of the West’s once great nations during an emerging, new Dark Age.  Its plot will explore the deadly ramifications for humanity of foolishly entrusting our health and safety to unaccountable government bureaucrats, self-serving politicians, politicized lawyers posing as impartial judges, and a hysterical, exploited child from a socialist country.

We must pray that the sequel remains a work of fiction.  Should it become a reality, we the living and generations yet unborn will suffer greatly in a wasteland of our own making.  We will learn from bitter experience the timeless truth that “predators rule when the law of the jungle replaces the rule of law” (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

The Devil Made Them Do It: Why A Hyper-politicized, Wannabe Ruling Class Elite Betrayed Their Once-Esteemed And Trusted Professions.

Faithfulness to Sacred Scripture is rarely found in those who make deals with the devil.  This timeless truth is especially evident among hyper-politicized religious progressives in 21st century America.

These zealots have rejected the soul-enriching wisdom of the Old and New Testaments.  In its place they have substituted the spiritually-barren deceptions of the social justice, liberation theology and secular humanism movements.  Their treachery has infected our faith communities with atheistic, cultural Marxist dogmas for the past half-century.

During this same period, a significant segment of our nation’s scientific, academic, media and entertainment communities made its own Faustian bargain.  They traded their professed commitment to honesty, ethics and objective truth for tax-funded grants and ego-gratifying positions of authority and prominence.  In the process, they became proponents of the self-serving notion that every personal, societal and planetary problem can be solved by the “expert” application of unconstrained, centralized government power.

These unscrupulous apostles of the religion of the state have no qualms about using lies and deception to convince us, the irredeemable masses, that they can be trusted to use the power of government to create heaven on earth.  They are equally untroubled by the prospect of using this power to punish unbelievers who oppose their coercive schemes to improve our lives whether we like it or not.  Good intentions, it would seem, are a miracle salve for their atrophied consciences.

Strange thing, though.  For all their celebrations of critical thinking based upon facts and  evidence, these self-proclaimed “best and brightest” among us are oblivious to the historical proof that bad things invariably happen when mortals play God with the lives of others.

This lethal blind spot renders them untrustworthy as sources of reliable, factual information.  It also makes them dangerously unqualified to exercise political power in a democratic republic founded upon the principles of freedom of conscience, equal justice, individual liberty, and limited, consensual government.

The rise of this wannabe, ruling-class elite has obvious, existential implications for America’s survival as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around.”  The news is not all bad, however.  A simple solution is readily at hand.  All that’s needed is the emergence of a non-partisan, grassroots movement of clergy, scientists, academics, journalists, lawyers and performers with the courage to purge the politicized idolators, hacks and charlatans who have betrayed their once-esteemed and trusted professions (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

Mass Shootings: Root Causes And Failed Remedies

Clear thinking is a moral imperative.  That was the belief of Blaise Pascal, the seventeenth century French mathematician, scientist, inventor and theologian.  From Pascal’s perspective, the endless, reflexive repetition of tried-and-failed gun control measures in response to mass shootings can be seen as an immoral waste of time and effort.

The misguided focus upon these measures validates the classic definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  It also comports with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s observation that thinking is the hardest thing in the world to do, which is why so few people do it.

During the past several decades, our nation has experienced a spate of mass killings from Columbine to Fort Hood to El Paso to Dayton (as well as in Chicago, Baltimore and L.A. on a daily basis).  Anyone willing to pause, take a deep breath, and patiently ponder these events will eventually see that the problem is not the guns–or knives, explosives, or motor vehicles–used by the amoral perpetrators of such atrocities.

The source of the problem is to be found elsewhere.  In my opinion, it’s that too many members of my generation of Baby Boomers failed to plant the seeds of gratitude, personal responsibility and respect for all human life in our children.  To our shame, too many of us foolishly entrusted this vital duty to self-serving politicians, hyper-politicized judges, and unaccountable bureaucrats laboring in unconstitutional, federal regulatory agencies.

This cabal of cultural subversives subsequently betrayed our trust.  They set about  demolishing our nation’s foundational principles of personal responsibility and free will by promoting the fiction that our lives and actions are dictated entirely by our genes.  They attacked core cultural traits by prohibiting voluntary prayer in K-12 public schools, by fabricating a constitutional right to abortion, and by removing God from the public square.  Their efforts succeeded in cheapening the value of human life and fostering a culture of death in America.

In addition, they repeatedly stole powers nowhere granted them in the U.S. Constitution.  They justified their lawlessness with the fantasy that the federal government would use its power to cure every personal and societal problem in America.

With the aid of drug-dispensing mental health experts and meddlesome social welfare workers, these outlaws perpetrated perhaps the greatest hoax in human history.  They persuaded their gullible victims that frustration and disappointment are not inherent to the human condition.  They did so by concocting an alternate, fake reality in which perfect soulmates, dream jobs and eternal youth were available to everyone.

These dangerously-infantile fantasies proved particularly appealing to a generation conditioned to believe in the superiority of feelings over reasoned thought.  This trait enabled them to overlook the fact that even the most well-intentioned and carefully-planned social-engineering schemes administered by government invariably produced  undeniably negative results.

Seeds of ingratitude, dependence and resentment soon sprouted in our nation’s youth.  In time, these seeds produced a bumper crop of broken marriages, broken families and broken hearts.  As a result of this toxic harvest, America now finds itself in the throes of a prolonged, spiritual famine.

The famine’s root cause is the chronic politicization of our families, churches, K-12 schools, universities, and other life-sustaining organs of our cultural immune system.  The good news is these essential organs have not shut down entirely.  At least not yet.

If our nation is ever again to reap a harvest of domestic tranquility and the blessings of liberty, Americans must drive the purveyors of political poison from our homes, houses of worship, and centers of learning.  These personal sanctuaries must forever after be deemed off-limits to the federal government and its agents.

More than this is required of us, however.  If we are to recover from the dysfunction in our personal lives, our families, and our communities, we must drive the government back inside the confining cage constructed for it by the Framers of the Constitution.  Because of their addiction to power and love of controlling the lives of others, its agents won’t leave of their own volition.  Of that we can be certain.

Removing them will require a non-partisan, grassroots movement of law-abiding and liberty-loving Americans to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience–both small and large, symbolic and substantive.  Every such act represents a grain of sand thrown into the gears of the finely-tuned, liberty-destroying machine which our government has become.  In time these grains will assuredly disable the machine.

We must then stand perpetual guard to ensure that our government never again escapes from its confinement.  It must never again be allowed to breach the wall of separation between the constitutionally-limited places where Uncle Sam can legitimately command our consent and the spacious, private places where we the people are free to pursue our own happiness and worship our Creator without interference from the idolatrous apostles of the religion of Ever Bigger Government (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

Reversing America’s Decades-Long Harvest Of Personal, Familial And Societal Dysfunction

There’s a reason “we’re from the government and we’re here to help” remain the nine scariest words in any language.  Permitting self-serving professional politicians, hyper-politicized lawyers posing as impartial judges, and unaccountable bureaucrats to play God with the lives of others never works out well for the intended beneficiaries.

The Good Book tells us that we reap what we sow.  For several decades now America has reaped a harvest of personal, familial and social dysfunction.  Why?  Because we the people have foolishly outsourced the sowing to these so-called public servants, who have responded by planting weeds in our magnificently-fertile soil.

In plain English, we have permitted them to seize control over our families, churches, K-12 schools, private businesses and other personal sanctuaries historically deemed off-limits to the federal government.  It matters not whether they acted out of malice, ambition or simple incompetence.  All that matters is that the results have been catastrophic.

What we are witnessing at present is the socially-engineered decline and approaching fall of the American republic.  All is not lost, however, not if we the people re-assume personal responsibility for ourselves, our families and our local communities by forcing the federal government back within the strict constraints imposed upon it by the U.S. Constitution.

The bottom line?  Unless a non-violent, non-partisan, grassroots movement of liberty-loving citizen CEOs (Constitution Enforcement Officers) arises in defiance of the illegitimate, wannabe ruling class occupying Washington, D.C., America will not survive for future generations as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around” (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

Open Borders: A Modest Proposal

In order to prove that they are not just virtue signaling, open borders proponents must put up or shut up.  I can think of no better way to do that than by their support for decriminalizing the actions of anyone–whether illegal immigrant, citizen or lawful alien resident–who trespasses upon or physically occupies a private residence, commercial building or government facility.  It would be appropriate for these compassionate souls to immediately petition their elected representatives to introduce legislation to enact this policy.

Such legislation must explicitly acknowledge that enforceable private property boundaries are antithetical to open borders.  To be meaningful, it must include an individual mandate assessing fines, penalties, taxes, asset forfeitures and/or prison sentences upon anyone who fails to (1) demolish the gates and walls surrounding their property, (2) remove the locks from their doors, and (3) dismiss their private or government-provided security guards.  This will conclusively demonstrate their principled belief that what’s good for the deplorable goose is also good for the Progressive gander.

Call me cynical, but I won’t be holding my breath awaiting calls for this legislation from open borders proponents in Hollywood, academia or the media.  Hypocrisy, much? (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com)

From Two-Party Political System To Anti-Democratic Cartel: Progress Or Decline?

America’s two-party system has evolved into an anti-democratic cartel over the past several decades.  The cartel can no longer be relied upon to fulfill its precursor’s role of forming a ruling political majority committed to the proper functioning of a federal government instituted by the sovereign states in 1787 for the purpose of securing their citizens’ God-given rights.  It exists for an entirely different purpose now.

The cartel consists of a unified party perpetually advocating for highly-centralized, ever-increasing government power.  The hyper-politicized judges, know-it-all professional politicians and self-serving bureaucrats comprising its membership seek this power in order to expand their control over our families, churches, schools, community organizations and other personal sanctuaries.

Towards this end, these worshippers at the altar of government power have repeatedly violated the strict constraints imposed upon them by the Constitution.  They have ignored its separation of powers provisions by investing armies of unaccountable busy-bodies populating innumerable regulatory agencies with non-delegable executive, legislative and judicial powers.  Like home-grown terrorists, they have undermined our nation’s Judeo-Christian foundation by laboring to replace it with a Godless, de facto religion of the state.

These political gangsters have fundamentally transformed the Constitution from a security pact among the states–as intended by its Framers–into an instrument of surrender to an unconstrained federal government.  As a result of their lawlessness, the government has forfeited its legitimate authority over we the people of the United States.

Today, July 4, 2019, is the 243rd anniversary of our nation’s declaration of independence from an English king who had similarly forfeited his authority over the American colonies.  Only a non-partisan, grassroots movement of citizen CEOs (Constitution Enforcement Officers) willing to emulate the Founding Fathers’ courageous defiance of their tyrannical ruler can restore the rule of law and limited, consensual government.

This goal cannot be attained through the electoral process alone.  It will require acts of non-violent civil disobedience against the cartel.  Citizens must find imaginative ways–both large and small–to throw sand into the gears of the monstrous, liberty-grinding machine which it has built in Washington, D.C.  Only in doing so can we atone for our shameful failure to act as the ultimate guardians of our freedom and as trustees of the blessings of liberty for future generations.

The strategy for victory over the cartel is simplicity itself:  We win, they lose.  Failure is not an option.  Victory alone will save America from becoming a one-party socialist hellhole.  Victory alone will ensure America’s survival for generations yet unborn as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around” (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).