Going Somewhere Dangerous

GoingSomewhereby Deana Chadwell    2/28/14
In a little over 200 days we’ll be knee deep in what is quite likely the most important midterm election in United States history. If the makeup of the Senate doesn’t move decisively and dramatically to the right we may have lost everything this country has ever been. It will be a do-or-die election – I have no sense that a presidential election will happen again if we don’t clarify the issues facing us.

What are those issues? The economy. National defense. Tax reform. Education. Health care. Family stability. Religious freedom. Immigration. A long list, but not really a daunting one. It’s not like mankind has never faced these issues before. It’s not like we don’t know what to do to fix them. We know what works. Just as there are scientific laws that govern the natural world, there are economic and social laws that govern human society. We just need to follow those laws.[pullquote]We know what works. Just as there are scientific laws that govern the natural world, there are economic and social laws that govern human society.[/pullquote]

But we can’t do that by imitating those who want to repeat failed, illogical social experiments. Establishment Republicans want to embrace illegal immigrants, expand the government’s regulatory power, accept the nonsense of global warming, and increase the federal budget ad infinitum. They seem ready to just take it when the president issues his papal bulls, brazenly flipping off the Constitution. “Now-now, “they fuss. “We can’t seem too extreme, too right wing, too Christian. We have to appeal to the middle-of-the-road voters.”

Nonsense. We’ve tried that and it’s been a resounding failure – Dole, McCain, Romney. We’ve tried the Brooks Brothers, Karl Rove, country-club approach. We tried acting like King George’s redcoats – marching in rigid lines wearing big white X’s on our chests and refusing to break ranks and fight the guerilla war raging all around us. We’re being attacked on all sides and all we appear to be doing about it is inviting the other side over for tea.

Our mistake has been to pretend that a middle ground exists on which both the left and right could meet and agree. I would say that is pure fairytale thinking, but even fairytales have good guys and bad guys and no one in between. Even in fairytales we don’t expect that the evil queen is going to meet Prince Charming half way, or that Saint George will be able to negotiate with the dragon.

This pretense has, in the first place, lost us our schools; somehow we thought there could be a neutral position from which to teach history, culture, science. We forgot that either the United States is a force for good or for evil, that either we use art and music and drama to celebrate the good or the bad, that you either believe God created the world or you don’t; that we either teach kids the truth or we lie to them. I was once told that I had to teach Paradise Lost without reference to Genesis. Really? As Aldous Huxley said in his introduction to Brave New World, “Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects… totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.” I hate it that he was right.

Because we’ve lost the schools, we’ve lost the media – journalists aren’t so biased as they are completely ignorant of the truth, completely uninterested in truth, convinced it doesn’t exist, convinced that their function is one of advocacy not of truth telling.

And, as a result, we, everyday Americans, have lost control over our government. We are going to have to fight – head on, duty-is-mine-consequences-belong-to-God, unflinching. We can no longer play parlor games. Either we’re right or we’re wrong. If we’re right, eventually we’ll win. If we’re wrong and the world is now going to be a one-world collectivist, poverty-ridden dictatorship, then we don’t want to be part of it anyway.

Millions of us all across this country are praying for God’s help with this, because we’re going to need it. We’ve been driving on a flat tire now for so long that the car has listed clear to the left and we’re now traveling down a very dark, ugly road – one that will end, as this road always has, in a frightening kingdom where everyone but the king, and his over-dressed wife, is poor and vulnerable.

We must risk over-correcting; talking nicely to this drunk driver isn’t going to get us back on the all-American highway. So what if we veer off to the right and have to do a little off-roading to fix this? Our Constitution allows for that. It may cause some upheaval to audit the Federal Reserve, dismantle the IRS, balance the budget, close down intrusive government agencies, build a fence at the border, and stop the intrusion of Sharia law; it’s not going to be easy to undo Obamacare. Those are drastic measures, but we have to take them and we need gutsy leadership to do that.

I can’t say that our state representative – Greg Walden — has done badly in Congress – he voted against raising the debt ceiling, but he hasn’t taken any of this mess by the throat, he hasn’t stepped forward and taken a strong stand. I’m going to be voting for someone who will. I don’t want people who think we have to “reach across the aisle.” For over two hundred years we’ve maintained this carefully balanced marriage between the right and the left, but we have come to a breaking point; there have been too many infidelities for compromise, for forgiveness. It’s no longer a matter of who’s going to do the dishes and who’s going to take out the trash. Evil has entered the equation and even if it doesn’t win, it will leave a stain.

I think we can hope. Such leadership is stepping up and we can measure the strength of the Cruz-Lee-Paul-Gowdy guys by the stridency of the opposition to them, from both Republican and Democratic lairs. These guys will need our support for they are indeed “some men with guns going somewhere to do something dangerous.”* We must ride with them.

Swarthout, Glendon. Bless the Beasts and Children. New York. Doubleday. 1970.

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Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com. • (1646 views)

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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 Going Somewhere Dangerous

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I just wanted to thank Dee for contributing this extraordinary article. When I read something like this, it makes all the behind-the-scenes work worthwhile. I swear, this sounds like Reagan in a dress. This is not your namby-pamby conservative. Well stated, Dee. There is really not much I can add. And for verbose me, I can think of no higher compliment. 🙂

  2. Brad — thanks. I’ll live on that compliment for quite a spell.

  3. steve lancaster says:

    Deana,
    Written with the passion that we all wish existed in the mainline GOP. I am willing to bend in some places for a candidate with real passion. I am not talking about anger, although with the current administration there is a lot to be angry about. I am talking about saying no to power, even when you know full well that you do not have the votes to change a policy. The RINO’S in congress are so afraid of losing that they never want to take a chance on winning.

  4. Timothy Lane says:

    I can understand your concern, and personally think it’s too late, though we may hold off the Deluge for our lifetimes (particularly since I’m 62 and not in great health, even if most of the people I know are even worse off). Few Republicans are willing to see that while one can compromise with genuine liberals because they aren’t so different in their general vision (they differ mainly in means and priorities), no compromise is possible with leftists because they have a thoroughly evil vision. But voting for a minor candidate instead of a Republican can only help the Enemy (i.e., Satan, which means “adversary”), the Democratic Party.

  5. steve lancaster says:

    At my age, 66 I either stand for something I believe in or I stand for nothing. I will not support another Romney or McCain no more compromises with well-intended democrat lite. I would rather go down standing on my feet than on bended knee.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I’ve had my fill of McCains as well. Still, if it comes down to voting for either a RINO or a Marxist, I’ll choose the RINO. I won’t sit out an election. But I will work to try to make sure it doesn’t come down to that.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Yes, if nothing else, voting for a weak Republican might delay the Deluge, whereas letting a Democrat win definitely won’t. On the other hand, how likely is one vote to make a difference? It’s all Hobson’s Choice — take it or leave it. The “take it” is voting for a Republican; the “leave it” is not voting (or the equivalent).

  6. Out-Voted says:

    I completely agree with this article.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s any chance of Republicans winning the White House in the next 12 years, for the following reasons, at least: (1) Most Americans have accepted the liberal agenda, at least to the point of believing they can’t “impose” their own beliefs on others, (2) the vast majority of the media will continue to brazenly lie or hide the truth in order to protect their own (the Democrat party / liberals), and (3) due to the rampant Democrat voter fraud in this country, it would take 55% of voters to vote Republican just to reach the 51% needed to win the White House (in my opinion, based on what I’ve seen and experienced).

    What we need quickly is voter reform, but the Democrat powers that be will not allow it. Also, in Democrat-controlled States, they are not interested in voter reform.

    We’re up against a real tyranny.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Great points, Out-Voted. And I agree that this is an outstanding article. It shows the pluck and verve needed to solve these problems.

      Another major factor is that all people (even conservatives) have a stake in the welfare state. How do you really cut back the Federal government when there is consistent resistance to cutting two of the biggest hogs — Social Security and Medicare?

      • Out-Voted says:

        That’s a great point. I’ll add it to my list “Conservative challenges to ever again winning the White House.”

  7. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    In yesterday’s Texas primaries, conservatives/Tea Party types, did well. They either won their primaries outright or will be in run-off elections in May.

    Perhaps the most important race will be for the Lt. Governorship. Our establishment Republican Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, who lost the Rep senatorial primary a couple of years back to Ted Cruz, was forced into a run-off against Dan Patrick. Contrary to what everyone had expected, Patrick received something like 10% more votes than Dewhurst. And this after a smear campaign against him by Dewhurst and the other two candidates running in the Rep. primary.

    In the State of Texas, the Lt. Governor is very important, (in fact more powerful that the Governor) as he controls the legislative agenda in the Texas Legislature. He can make or break pretty much any bill. So if Patrick wins in May, he will more than likely be the next Lt. Governor. And that alone should push Texas a bit further to the right.

    As it is, the Tea Party types have organized themselves very well in Texas, thus pushing the Texas Republican party to the right. There will still be the fight against the establishment Reps, but I think much is being accomplished. Then, it is on to crushing the Left.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      And as I noted elsewhere, Wendy Davis got embarrassed in the Democratic primary, though not enough for her synoptic media cheerleaders to mention.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I noticed a blogger responding to Matt Lewis in the Daily Caller who pointed out that Ted Cruz endorsees had a great day in the Texas primary. This also reflects what you’re reporting (and what happened to Abortion Barbie).

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