Millennials: They’re Not Hopeless

Millennials have been characterized as selfish narcissists whose enormous egos are exceeded only by their microscopic attention spans and deficient critical thinking skills.  Although it’s hard to argue with the accuracy of this broad-brush characterization, my personal belief is that millennials are not inherently dumb.  Rather, I see them as victims of snake-oil hucksters who have swindled them of a REAL education by filling their minds with leftist nostrums and such New Age nonsense as perfect soulmates, frustration-free dream jobs, and something-for-nothing fantasies.

Like it or not, this generation represents America’s future.  The news is not all bad, however.  The good news is that its members can break free from their leftist programming.  What their programmers fear most is that, like all human beings, millennials are hard-wired to seek out Truth.

These programmers realize that the light and heat produced by even a nano-second of independent, objective thought can destroy decades of indoctrination.  They know it takes only a moment to awaken in their victims the realization that they’ve been lied to throughout their lives.  They also know this recognition will predispose them to heed Socrates’ advice to question everything they’ve heretofore accepted as unchallenged gospel.

Those millennials who remove the shackles from their minds will soon enough separate themselves from their clueless contemporaries.  In the end, I am cautiously optimistic that these mavericks will come to the common sense conclusion that trading the INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY provided by democratic capitalism for the COERCIVE CONFORMITY guaranteed by socialism is the mother of all bad deals.

Ultimately, those of us who still believe that our admittedly-imperfect nation remains “the last best hope of man on earth” must pray that a critical mass of millennials acquire the wisdom to see that rejecting capitalism and embracing socialism is the equivalent of trading rare and precious gems for trinkets.  Of one thing we can be certain.  America will not survive as the land of the free and the home of the brave if it is populated by herds of mindless rubes who would willingly make this deal (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

Tiberius, Caligula And The Future Of The American Republic

Lately, I find myself pondering the implications of the lives of two, first-century Roman emperors, Tiberius and Caligula, for America’s future.  Historians have categorized the former as depraved and soulless for his legendary abuse of power by sexually exploiting women and men, girls and boys, both citizens and slaves.  With regard to the latter, they have judged him insane for declaring himself a god and for appointing his horse to the Roman Senate.

In light of the breathtakingly-shameless behavior of elected officials and public servants in our federal government’s legislative, judicial and executive branches during the past half-century or so, the reigns of Tiberius and Caligula no longer seem as aberrant, immoral and irrational.  Rather, their excesses are illustrative of what ALWAYS happens when mere mortals are permitted to wield unconstrained power for prolonged periods over the lives of others.  Previously-unimaginable monstrosities have a way of becoming the norm under these circumstances.

If what little remains of our original American republic is to avoid Rome’s dark fate, we the people must metaphorically purge the morally-corrupt elite comprising our wannabe ruling class in Washington, D.C.  Only in doing so can we ensure America’s survival 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).

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.

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).