by Brad Nelson 7/3/15
Your republic has grown up and become a “social democracy.” We have clowns to the left. Jokers to the right. If you don’t go with the flow of the latest absurdity you are a “hater.” George Orwell would very much recognize the place.
Government is no longer asked to protect our basic rights, foster commerce, and ensure civil order. It’s asked to be the state cathedral for the most easily offended, vulgar, dishonest, and/or radical. If the Left ever did honor a true separation of church and state, 99% of their policies and laws would be gone.
So where does that leave us this Independence Day? Not in very good shape. As a nation, despite all the “Smiles, everyone, smiles” good vibes of “niceness” coming from all quarters, we are headed for the fate of Greece, economically and morally. I won’t argue the point further. If it’s not obvious to you, then you’re part of the problem.
My friend, Pat, says his favorites words from the Declaration of Independence, penned by Jefferson, are:
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
These words have nearly become a sad parody. The one coming closest to putting anything on the line in support of rebuking the Left is the showman, Donald Trump. That should tell you something. The GOP, as a party, is no longer a friend of liberty, the Constitution, limited government, or even something as plain as the rule of law. With only a few notable exceptions, they are either stupid, cowardly, or collaborators with the Left…sometimes all three.
I enjoy writing so I won’t say that doing this site was any kind of pledge or risk. I’d make a poor martyr, which is probably why I’m not a libtard. But unless every one of you out there takes a principled stand for the ideas behind the founding of our country, we are lost. We will become that stain on history known as a “social democracy” which is neither particularly social nor a democracy.
Frank truths don’t sell very well these day. They probably haven’t in any days. What we can be thankful for are the sacrifices our Founders bore in order to create and build this nation. Only fairly recently have we lost faith with them. And that poisonous doctrine that comes with the false smile is Leftism, the insane utopian cult of victims who willfully tear down the good on their destructive road to perfection — or, more often, their dark desire just to vandalize the good.
That is what we are up against. And do not expect even Donald Trump to state this truth.
As my friend, Pat, would no doubt say if I could stuff some words into his mouth, “Brad, everything you say is true. But do not forget the ‘Divine Providence’ aspect of that last line from the Declaration. If America was created for a mighty purpose, it will not so easily be dissolved by the miscreants. Have faith, but keep your powder dry.”
Pat is ever the optimist. And the above words are much like he would say. Still, this Independence Day I somewhat grieve for my country — the one being vandalized by the adult children we collectively call “The Left” or “Progressives.” It is not easy to watch someone splatter paint on a work of art. And such ugly strokes come daily now, and the tattered flag of red, white, and blue sometimes barely shows through from behind the muck.
Have a blessed, meaningful, and loud Independence Day. Have a hot dog. Light a firecracker. Play a little baseball if it isn’t too hot. And take at least a moment to pray for your country. And then pledge something. Pledge to take a risk, no matter how small, to face up to the barbarians-with-the-smile who are inside our gates.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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