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Amerika: Where Men Were Once Free


There was a time when all Americans valued freedom, even when they couldn't agree on much else. This has changed, and now we are on a road towards a completely collective society. Can we stop this?

The Capital is mirrored in the Capital Reflecting Pool on Capitol Hill in Washington early Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

By Mike De Luca, for TheBlaze

This election season has served to expose a horrible truth: That our days are numbered.

Over a century into an ever more progressive America has us both accepting and voting for people whose ideology and actions oppose constitutional principles. Where we once rejected nobility we now have an entire political class. How we once demanded a voice for all, we now silence all voices that disagree with progressivism.

In a “free market” economy, it is perverse that the federal government is the nation’s largest employer with 3.2 million people, who are the support structure to professional government representatives. The sole purpose of these officials, seemingly, is to infer executive involvement into every aspect of our nation. It is as Mark Levin calls it, a “leviathan government.”

This monstrous government has become uncontrollable and is at the cusp of being unsustainable. It feasts upon tax dollars coerced from its citizenry because of the 16th Amendment, meanwhile the workforce participation rate is shrinking as a percentage of the population every year. This means more money will be needed from the shrinking number of people forfeiting it to the system.

The Capital is mirrored in the Capital Reflecting Pool on Capitol Hill in Washington early Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) The Capital is mirrored in the Capital Reflecting Pool on Capitol Hill in Washington early Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

That is not a partisan statement as the government growth that is part of the progressive agenda is advanced by both sides of our two-party system. If this is true, that both sides have progressives, than why is it a problem? Weren’t they elected because they represent their constituents?

One of the underlying issues is that people are misinformed by media bias. Another is that many people who identify themselves as progressive are politically uninvolved, so they simply believe that a progressive is a person who gets things done rather than becoming mired in partisanship.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Progressivism is the vanguard of collectivism. It is the political philosophy that government must be involved in the solution to every problem, the answer to every question. It is the antithesis of free market principles and the opposite of constitutional republicanism. It is the proverbial “gateway drug” which leads to the inevitable increase in size and scope of government upon its accepted use.

Outside of places like Zomia in Southeast Asia where they reject statehood, we are, one and all, laboriously toiling on tax revenue plantations. Our degrees of freedom may vary but only because we mostly live in varying degrees of fascist or socialist/communist combinations, globally speaking.

These collectivist models are common in that none of their subjects are allowed to say “No thanks!” and opt out. Those who try encounter a system of institutionalized violence from the state. Even here in these United States our rights are limited to our willingness to pay our taxes in a timely manner. If you do not believe so, try not paying your “fair share” and find out how fragile the illusion of your liberty is.

Here in America, it wasn’t always this way, so how did things get this far? Well… we had a vote and a dream. Not our own dream, but the dream of an eloquent man on a podium.

The problem with the dreams of magnanimous men who speak loudly, loftily and ambiguously can best be summed up by the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” in the scene where Lord Feisal identifies Lt. Lawrence as a visionary… the type of visionary that could look at a desolate landscape and see the glory of a civilization yet to come.

Using T.E. Lawrence’s own words in the script, taken from his autobiographical accounts “Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph” he said:

“All men dream equally. Those that dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day and find that it was in vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.”

People have a tendency to vote for the dream, but not for the actions required to create the reality. Most people envision a world where no person wants for lack of food, clothing, and shelter. Americans line up in droves for the promise of the hope and change that will give life to such a vision. Never once though, no matter how many times such dreamers stand and speak life into their vision with hellish consequences, do people consider that the dream is a nightmare… the wrongs they must surrender to and pretend to sleep through to get to this imaginary land that only exists in the dreams of dangerous men.

More reality based is the scene in “The Matrix” where it is explained that humans are simply batteries… the energy supply to the machinations of power. But unlike the movie where it is physio-electric energy the power humans supply comes as revenue and labor. It is taken not by tubes attached to their bodies but by coercion, selective breeding, patronization and positive reinforcement to insure the propagation of the lowest common denominator: Lenin’s “Useful Tools”… the collectivist’s dream crop.

When discussing politics and history in the current political-ideological environment the willing acceptance this new generation has for collectivism is disturbingly apparent. Thus we have the rise of extreme leftist candidates in our elections.

Americans are being raised to believe that individual success is a symbol of selfishness and greed, while group effort is the only means of honest success. Children are taught since kindergarten that everyone is a winner, not because they worked hard but simply because they were present.

Our youth have been made to believe that an achievement for the one is a victory for the whole whereas an individual who takes pride in a victory earned from honest effort is arrogant. The collectivist mindset is teaching our children to be subservient and non-competitive.

Vladimir Lenin said: “Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

Allowing the social engineering of America’s children is to allow their enslavement. Not initially of their physical bodies, but of their minds, hearts, actions and futures. In an effort to combat this we must explore and acknowledge the historical accounts of collectivist horrors: the Killing Fields in Cambodia, the Laogai of China, the purges of the Soviets, the Nazi death camps, the ever-expanding list of strong-arming and inhuman brutality of every statist regime to exist in the last century alone. Even worse is that we are seeing it in our own time, with Venezuela instituting forced labor camps.

While in the care of our school system children and young adults are taught of the existence of these atrocities but are never clued in to the one aspect they all share:

These horrors were committed, one and all, by the adherents of the various forms of collectivism.

These crimes were the only possible consequence of such an ideology. Klas-Goran Karlsson, in his review of “Crimes against humanity under communist regimes” wrote that:

“Ideologies are systems of ideas which cannot commit crimes independently. However individuals, collectives, and states that have defined themselves as communist have committed crimes in the name of communist ideology.”

The allure of collectivism is undeniable. All are equal, all are fed and sheltered, everything is stable and everyone has a purpose… in theory.

Today’s youth are not adequately taught, nor do they have a frame of reference by which to judge the events of history. As such they also do not have a frame of reference by which to consider the events unfolding around them. Instead, they are taught about the intentions of collectivism throughout history, not the results.

They have been introduced to, and indoctrinated with statist fantasy and taught its merit by partisan educators who never saw a failure that couldn't be rationalized, morally relativized or blamed on ideological opposites.

Youth must be taught to understand history so as to see it in context when held in comparison to current events. Were this to occur they might see that one of the major problems stems from the fact that collectivism is akin to a pyramid scheme. It requires a constant stream of contributors so that all who take from its (appearance of) bounty can continue to do so. Collectivism demonstrates signs of success early in its implementation but has always led to tyranny, oppression, ideological suppression, financial collapse and finally bloodshed.

If America continues to turn its back on her founding principles, what is sown will someday place us on the losing side of a major global conflict, the wrong side of history. This nation will be “The Axis,” that is, unless we can impress upon our children the dangers of collective ideology.

It is not enough to hope your child’s teachers will oppose the white-washing of history, as they were also children taught by the system. As a parent you can utilize tools and lessons from the National Constitution Center. As well, learn more about civics and then spend time discussing the topic with your child, and lastly consider homeschooling.

Ronald Reagan said:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Until we are willing to take back our responsibilities as parents we will need to accept what our children shall become. The effect they shall have on America and their impact on the world will have ramifications for generations to come.

Can you accept that?

Michael De Luca works in Medical Dosimetry and freelances as a writer. You may contact him at delucam@yahoo.com

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