America’s Deadly Sins

by Deana Chadwell8/10/17
Most Americans are sick of self-righteous, breast-beating leftists moaning about the shame they bear for being American. They claim we have become wealthy “on the backs” of the “oppressed” – as if no American ever worked for anything himself. They whine that America has treated its women badly, its natives even worse, and that the poor are still poor, and the rich, heaven forbid, are still rich. Shame on us. Really? Let’s take score.

In our brief history from the early European colonization efforts until now, Western society in North America has only existed a little over 500 years, and as a nation we’ve only been in business for 241 years – about which the average college student knows very little. However, said students seem certain that we do not measure up to some unstated scale they have set for national behavior, and, in spite of their lack of historical expertise, they seem sure that our sins were mostly buried in our deep, dark past.

Slavery, of course, comes to mind. Though the average liberal seems unaware that only 1.4% of Americans ever owned slaves, that only about 250,000 ever arrived in North America. In fact, in 1860 when the slave population was at its highest there were under 4 million slaves – 20,000 of whom were owned by other blacks. None of which mitigates the fact of slavery, but to hear a leftist tell the story you’d think our entire economy was built on the forced labor of a quarter of a million blacks. And the left ignores the fact that 620,000 Union soldiers were either killed, wounded, or imprisoned trying to stop slavery. That number tops the total number of casualties in all our other wars combined. The number is also over twice the number slaves brought here to begin with; one could say reparations have been paid.

But even before slavery we were awful. When Columbus and subsequent explorers landed in the New World, they brought with them small pox and other diseases for which the natives had no immunity. That they didn’t do this on purpose seems not to alleviate our white, privileged, European guilt.

Some historical events do sully our history – the Salem Witch Trials, the Trail of Tears, the massacre at Wounded Knee, and the desecration the Great Plains bison herds. There was both carelessness and evil in those events, but most were perpetrated as isolated incidents and none were stated policy of the majority of the people of the United States.

It is true that in our free enterprise economic system some people become very rich and others remain poor. Which, to a conservative, seems better than everyone being poor, but to a leftist it is a situation most dire. That our poor have hot and cold running water, electricity, heat and air conditioning, TVs, phones, cars, and access to food from all over the world doesn’t seem to matter. That we all have an opportunity of climb out of poverty is also of little importance.

All of these indictments are:

1. So far in the past that we can do nothing to change them;

2. No worse than the general muddle human beings have been making of history since the dawn of time; and

3. Mostly the result of a cherry-picking, Marxist twisting of history. But what is really disturbing is that the things this country is guilty of right now – things that land squarely in the leftwing lap – are what we should be concerned about.

You see, we are alive now and can do something about our current national sins, but instead, half of this country seems just fine about it all.

It doesn’t bother liberals that cities like Detroit, and Baltimore, and New Orleans – once powerful, prosperous cities – are now, after decades of Democrat rule, fiscal and moral disasters, mere ruins of their former selves.

No one seems particularly worried about what has happened to the black family. Fuss and moan and complain about what happened over 200 years ago, but not a word about today. Over 70% of black babies are born out of wedlock. That’s over two-thirds of black males growing up without fathers, who no longer need to be there for their families because the government has taken over their responsibility for supporting their children. Black youth are gunning each other down in their own neighborhoods because they have never been taught not to. America did this to these people when Johnson’s War on Poverty swooped in to make dependents out of a vital portion of America. Therefore, the inner-city blacks are still slaves but we’ve taken from them the dignity of work. That we should feel guilty about; it happened on our watch.

We’ve further trapped the poor in this nation by forcing them into failing schools. It’s hard these days for the average middle-class white kid to get a really good education, but these inner-city kids don’t have a chance, and yet liberals fight tooth and nail to keep at bay efforts to free them with school vouchers and charter schools. Teachers in their unions care more about their jobs than they do about educating children. There’s some remorse to chew on.

We have promoted, both with governmental policy and by cultural rot, a broad-spectrum of sexual immoralities, which have further destroyed the family and the stability and prosperity that strong families bring to a society.

During the Obama administration –with his sanction and involvement – we left the Iraqis high and dry for Iran and ISIS to set up shop in. We destroyed civilization in Libya, and aided and abetted Syrian rebels, who turned out to be ISIS. Twenty million people in the Middle East have been displaced and 500,000 Christians, Jews and Yazidis have been brutally murdered. Rape and the taking of sex slaves is endemic, and the world has not seen the current level of brutality in a thousand years. Crucifixion is back, as are beheadings and immolation.  In turn Europe has been inundated with these Middle Eastern refugees and will never again be Europe as we have known it.  All this on our watch.

In the name of Mother Earth, our new goddess, and a demi-god called the snail darter, we have destroyed the economy and the hard work of generations of Americans by cutting off the water supply to family farms. Drive through the dead orchards of the San Joaquin Valley in California and see the devastation. We can be blamed for letting this happen.

But none of those national sins come even close to the lives we’ve taken (using taxpayer money) before they even got started. Most estimates put the number of aborted babies since the Roe v. Wade took effect in 1973 at some 60,000,000 children. Sixty million.  Who would those tiny people have become? What gifts would they have brought with them? What effect has this had on the black community, which has been hit especially hard by the presence of Planned Parenthood in black neighborhoods.  I have been complicit in this, coming late into the realization of the demographic devastation. The hard-hearted selling of baby parts and the cruelty of the methods used makes my stomach turn. We allowed this to happen.

We have driven God out of our schools, allowed drugs to be brought across our borders, and sexualized our children. We have much to atone for and much that can be fixed, that can be stopped. But before we do that we have to stop wallowing in a pit of pointless guilt that can help no one, and get on with undoing the damage we ourselves have done and making things as right as we can for those who have suffered under our stupidity.

Deana Chadwell blogs at She is also an adjunct professor at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. She teaches writing and public speaking.
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About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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13 Responses to America’s Deadly Sins

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Note that there were no more actual witch hunts (other than metaphorical ones) after the Salem trials, which eventually ended with a more-or-less exoneration of the remaining accused witches on theological grounds raised by Increase Mather (father of Cotton). In addition, the Confederates had two black militia regiments from New Orleans (free colored men, no doubt including some slave owners), though they never activated them. (Ben Butler used them as the basis for black regiments after taking over the city.)

  2. pstmct says:

    Excellent post Deana, I cannot disagree with this at all, save one item and that is the Salem Witch Trials. I consider them something to take pride in. Not pride that they happened, but pride in how our fore fathers handled a bad situation. I do not remember the details completely, but the Salem Witch Trials, as with slavery, as you pointed out, was the norm at the time. They get way too much attention because they are used as a reason Christianity is so bad, (frequently a leftist component in the “Separation of Church and State” mantra). The problem is or was that in the American Colonies, it was the regular church going Christian citizens that stopped the trails by challenging the pastors. They,(the trails), stopped after a very short period, (30 years as I remember, with less than one so called witch killed per year), while they continued on in Europe for hundreds of years, and thousands of so called witches killed. Our European cousins had no such courage.
    So instead of being ashamed, we, or the past “we”, had the courage to stand up to the formidable powers of the Church leadership and bring the practice to an end, we should be proud of what they did. Just as I take pride in what “we” did to end slavery. The modern “we”, cannot seem to muster the courage to stand up to the leftist leadership and stop abortion, slow the environazis, protect innocent women and children in rest rooms, or any number of leftist cultist’s causes.
    I am not the writer I would like to be, but I have been saying this almost every chance I get, and the more I do, the more I am looked at like I was an alien or I have three eyes or something. Brad can attest to this, I have also said that until “we” feel the pain of those actions that are going to destroy us, we will do nothing. We are chained down to our comfort, drowning in our delusions, and lulled to sleep by our lies. Will we wake in time to save this nation? Not in our life time, but we had better leave some big bread crumbs for the future generations to find. Lord knows they will not get it from the leftist indoctrination centers we send them to.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      The Salem Witch Trials lasted for a few months, and led to about 20 executions (including Giles Corey, pressed to death to force him to accept trial). After that, Increase Mather was able to persuade the authorities that the devil could imitate god-fearing people as well as his followers, thus eliminating the value of spectral evidence. The trials continued as a formality, leading to not-guilty verdicts.

      • pstmct says:

        Thanks for the correction Timothy, as I said I did not remember the details, but I was way off in the actual numbers. I will stand by my sentiment though, that “we” as a citizenry, could see right and wrong and call out the leaders back then, but not so much today. We have become a nation of sheeple.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          What’s interesting is that the rejection of spectral evidence came from people who believed that the devil was indeed afflicting those children in human guises. But they claimed that this wasn’t proof of harm, or even devil worship, by those in whose guise he appeared.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      we had better leave some big bread crumbs for the future generations to find

      Well said, Pat. And I know I owe you a phone call. I’ve just been waiting until some suitable subject material arises.

    • I really appreciate that perspective. I suspect that it may be an American trait to see our own sins in neon and never notice what other societies are up to. The last I read about the trials was a wonderful novel — The Heretic’s Daughter written by a great, great, great ++++ granddaughter of one of the accused. It was quite an education.

  3. David Ray says:

    Well said Deana about college students knowing little of our 241 year past. Just a thought, but I put that to a test over 10 years ago.

    Taking a prompt from Ann Coulter, I asked several future flunkies the simple question: In which century was our civil war?
    Three in a row got it wrong. Many more “social science” grads sailed on into that reef of ignorance.
    (All conservative students/workers/military got it right – many even knowing the exact days & months.)

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Another acute article by Theodore Dalrymple which lays bare the dishonesty behind the “I’m sorry” political racket.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      An interesting article, especially pointing out that apologies for past sins committed by someone else are really nothing but virtue signaling. People love to apologize for past misdeeds they had nothing to do with, but they never demand thanks for past good deeds. (As a first cousin five times removed of Abe Lincoln, I naturally can think of some people who owe my family thanks on that basis.)

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        People love to apologize for past misdeeds they had nothing to do with

        Try getting them to admit to, much less apologize for, wrongs they have actually committed and see where that gets you.

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