CAVEAT EMPTOR: This column is not calling for violence, but for the capacity for violence, for righteous indignation, for the means to defend the unalienable rights that were enumerated by our fathers, passed down by our Holy Father, and now stand in jeopardy.
“Yours is the party that ‘hates’ government,” responded a rather animated critic to one of my recent lectures. “No, I don’t hate government,” I wrote in response, “I love it. I love the government that the founder’s dreamed, planted and brought to fruition. What I hate is government that is intrusive beyond its bounds and abusive above its charter. I hate government that calls good “evil” and evil “good,” and that would punish the righteous and bless the wicked. It’s quite simple friend: I hate tyranny.”
Imagine sitting on the floor of your living room watching your older brother trying to tune the Grundig into the big station from Berlin when the static breaks and you hear the serious, slightly animated voice of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Your brother turns to you and says, “Get Dad!” A moment later the whole family rushes into the room and each one takes their place around the radio. Things have been dark lately, you can tell by the talk at the dinner table. Your father has a heavy heart, your mother smiles frequently to hide her concern, but Sundays after church are different, Dietrich is on.
The one voice that is unafraid. The one that stands like Gibraltar, unwavering against the momentum of the tide that is sweeping across Germany. And then he’s gone, cut off in mid sentence. You look to your father, everyone in the room, looks to him. He bows his head, he walks to the radio as the approved voice rattles inanities and he turns the knob to off. The looming darkness has enveloped the motherland. Now you know for sure, tyranny is the new normal.
When the above scenario plays out in America, you will know, too. Oh, there will still be “conservative” shows on the air and many churches will go on just as they did yesterday. Krauthammer and Kristol will still be on the panel, Medved still on the air, Osteen and Warren still appearing on The View, but when Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are off the air and you can’t find ClashDaily.com, you’ll know where you are, but will you know what to do?
It’s time that Americans made some tough decisions? How do you know if you’re attending the right church or supporting the right ministry? Would they still be open or allowed to operate under tyranny? If they aren’t speaking now, if they don’t “bother” with “politics,” then you’ll be just fine; you just might have to sing a little louder when the trains roll by.
In a panel discussion on religious freedom and the Supreme Court at the Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Austin, Texas, Eric Teetsal remarked in an opening statement,
Religious freedom is the right to ask questions of ultimate significance, and live in light of the answers. It consists of an unconstrained mind and unconstrained body: the freedom of orthodoxy, belief consistent with doctrine, and of orthopraxy, behavior that conforms with ones beliefs.
Conforming mind and body to ones most deeply held religious beliefs is a basic human right, worthy of utmost protection.
For this reason, religious freedom is America’s “first freedom”. Enshrined in the free exercise and establishment clauses that make up the first part of the First Amendment, freedom for religion is the foundation of all that comes after. After all, if the State can tell you what to believe, or deny your ability to live in accordance with your beliefs, what can’t it do? What’s to stop it from telling you what to read? Or what to write?
Since Obama took office we’ve witnessed open hostility to all things sacred. The U.S. Air Force, as just one example, is now openly promoting Wicca and proselytizing homosexuality while at the same time driving out Christians and breathing out threats and destruction to those that don’t conform.
It’s shocking to me just how many otherwise intelligent people are openly mocking the Affordable Care Act as a failure. Friends, Obamacare is not a failure. It is doing exactly what it was meant to do just as a stick that is plunged into the spoke of a wheel will always have a conspicuous consequence. And the bad news is that we’ve just flown over the handlebars. The issue is not the poor implementation of the Affordable Care Act; the issue is the nearly flawless implementation of Cloward/Piven.
This country is moving at warp speed toward the tyranny and tragedy that up until now was only experienced by Americans as they read history or watched international news. Few are calling it for what it is, and even fewer are preparing to derail the train – “for the shepherds have become brutish and their flocks, scattered.”
How did we get here? We have forgotten God and we’ve forsaken our own history. Agnosticism and amnesia are a toxic combination.
The founders too once hoped that relief would come from votes in their Parliament, but there came a time when they realized that the parliament was a dead end and that they’d have to secure their own path to freedom. That time is fast approaching, again.
The best hope would be that Washington, Hollywood and New York reject their worldview and turn again to the inspiration of freedom anywhere in the world but I’m really not holding my breath for a religious revival and Ninevah like repentance from the likes of Obama, Pelosi and Reid. The next best hope is that Americans flex their freedom and continue to arm themselves to the teeth. Buy so much ammo that it makes the DHS look like Handgun Control, Inc.
Let them “count the cost” of what it will take to herd the 300 into the cattle cars or let them come and take them. “When the strong man fully armed guards his own house, his goods are in peace.”
My advice to the Tea Party? – Save your breath, we’re beyond the time for petition and remonstrance. Order a custom made guillotine, made in America by Americans for Amerikans. Every Tea-Party group in the country should order one and take a group picture around it and then send it to your Cenataurs and Reprehensibles for inspiration.
Throw in a Bible and a copy of The Federalist Papers and let them contemplate their destiny.