Free The People: A Short Course on America’s Form of Government

3 06 2018

Democracies are Doomed to Failure

The following video is simply THE BEST 10 minutes spent by ANYONE who wants to know what is unique about America, is even the slightest bit interested in American History, or just needs to be educated on the issue.

This video showed up on my Facebook feed, and actually has a “Warning” screen covering it, giving the impression there is some vile or offensive content that people may not want to see.  Well, it may be offensive to those who want the American People to remain ignorant of their own history, and continue in the current progression toward an Oligarchical system.  We’ve already seen, just in the last 20 years, and more specifically in the previous administration, how anarchism is used to initiate the “democracy” minded agents (better known as “the mob”, or as Lenin called them, “Useful Idiots”) to then demand the further exchange of power to the Oligarchy.

This is an excellent tool that perfectly destroys confusion and misconceptions about who the “Right” and the “Left” really are, and the accurate differences.  Throughout history, those who seek to destroy must demonize their opposition.  This has been successfully orchestrated in the United States by using media, academia, and bureaucracy to indoctrinate, embarrass and manipulate the gullible masses.

Please, take a few minutes, watch it and then share it!

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Syrian Chemical Attack Now In Question

31 08 2013

Many of us have been questioning the U. S. Government’s “intel” on the Syrian Chemical attacks which had supposedly been perpetrated by the Assad Regime.  One thing that didn’t make sense was the nagging question, what would Assad hope to gain from an attack sure to gain international media attention, and would only serve to harden Obama’s case against the Assad Government.   Assad already has the support of Russia, Iran, and Turkey, and even European nations are slow to support the rebellion, which has obviously been co-opted by Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda type Islamists.

My opinion is still against US intervention, as I previously posted, Obama’s foreign policy has been, and continues to be a disaster:

The now laughable “Red Line” threat to Syria and ensuing policy there has led to further erosion of American standing in the Middle East.  Now the US Government (including Dem/Rep Congress) is on record as supporting and arming Islamist radicals who butcher their foes like pigs and eat their organs raw, and beheading others including a Catholic Priest.  Not sure how we got to the point that the Russian President Vladimer Putin is questioning the American choice to support such barbarism, giving our arch-rival the high moral ground on the global stage.  I do not advocate supporting Assad but since we waited so long to see where the Muslim Brotherhood was going to be on Syria, can’t we just stay the hell out of one of these?  Israel can take care of itself, and would probably feel much more secure with out this Administration constantly creating “situations” for them.

The latest revelation that the chemical “attacks” were a result of untrained rebels mishandling and accidentally releasing the agent, caused the disaster which has accounted for over 1300 dead, mostly civilians.  My speculation was the Islamist rebels had actually launched the attack on the civilian population in order to frame the Assad Regime and bring the US into the fray, helping to topple the dictator.  (This is not an uncommon tactic by Islamist extremists, from the Intifada against Israel to sectarian violence in Iraq.)  The United States government has been more than willing to get involved during and since the “Arab Spring” and help bring chaos to other countries, so why not take out the last standing dictator in the region.  After all, if the Muslim Brotherhood wants us involved, by all means, let’s do it!

The breaking news posted on Examiner.com is a startling epiphany in the face of an Obama administration trying to rally support for a strike on the Syrian government.  The President is finding few friends in the international community these days and multilateral support is becoming an unlikely premise, and justification for even a “surgical strike” against Assad is leaking like a sieve.  The following excerpt is from the Examiner.com story:

The story is from AP reporter and Middle Eastern journalist Dale Gavlak and appears on the Mint Press News, which is affiliated with AP.

This news should deflate the accusations, against theAssad regime, coming from the U.S., Britain, and France as well as the Arab League.

Since the chemical attacks last week, the Assad government was immediately blamed. On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said: That Assad’s guilt was “a judgment already clear to the world,” according

Image published by Examiner.com

to theguardian.com.

As a result of Assad’s government being blamed for the chemical attacks, five U.S. warships are now stationed off Syria‘s coast. These destroyers are poised to deliver cruise missiles in a strike that is due to begin any time now. According to the report on Mint Press there have been several interviews conducted with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital.

The interviews conducted of residents, rebels and their families in Damascus and Ghouta are painting a different picture of what actually happened. Many believe that rebels received chemical weapons provided through the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. It’s being reported that these weapons are responsible for last week’s gas attack.

To view the rest of the Examiner article click here.

Whether the weapons came from the Saudi’s or were part of a cache taken by the rebels from the Syrian military, an accidental use seems to make the most sense.  If the Saudi’s indeed supplied the weapons, which I am doubtful, but as much as the Saudi’s fear Iran, plausible, then the theater expands even further.

It will be interesting to see how this story develops over the weekend, and we will publish updates when possible if more information comes available.





The Coming Revolution

8 02 2012

I have said for 15 years that the next American Revolution or Civil War will be started by the Left.  Today, more than ever, that belief has solidified and is fast becoming apparent.  I will go further and say this, February of 2012: In my opinion, the next elected President will either be George Washington or Joseph Stalin.  In surveying the field of candidates at this point, I see no George Washington.  However, “Joe” could already be in office and consolidating his power.

The Bolsheviks are inside the gates and the near objective is the death of “capitalism”.  Occupy Wall Streeter’s (OWS) are chanting for the death of capitalism.  (Heck, they’re chanting for the deaths of CEO’s, cops, and tea partiers, with some of them advocating the return of the guillotine.)  However, history proved the Bolsheviks to be mere pawns in the eventuality of Stalin’s rise to power against even Lenin’s wishes.  Although Lenin was a Marxist Bolshevik, he was not the authoritarian figure that Stalin sought to be and became after Lenin’s health declined.

Collectivism

There is an ideology that has been around in America for a long time now, but has never had the momentum and support from our institutions that it currently enjoys. That ideology is collectivism. It has existed in varying degrees around the world in political movements like socialism, communism, and fascism.  In its mild form it opposes capitalism, seeks to redistribute wealth, limit private property ownership, all through government regulation.    (“Social Justice” is another term that is frequently used by collectivists.) This is “social democracy”.  We are becoming very close to that now, if not already there.

Collectivism always puts the group needs before the needs/rights of the individual.  The ultimate in a secular collectivist society is Communism, where the government owns or controls everything from food production to education.  It manages information flow through news media, the arts, and academia.  The duty of each citizen is to the state. The natural result of this philosophy is the weak perish, and the middle class disappears. The ultimate goal of total equality is nearly met, and for all the rhetoric of “social justice”, well…everyone lives in poverty except the ruling elite.

Islam is another collectivist society in which the rights/needs of the individual are not important, but demands each citizen serve the collective in order to maintain it. The only practical difference between Islam and Communism is that Islam is a Theocracy, in which all aspects of life and society are controlled by the ideology, dispensed upon the collective, by the collective, if a theocratic government is not available. In Islam, once again, the ideal governmental system is a Theocracy in which the authoritarian government is Islam. Again, the middle class is virtually none existent, while the ruling elite prosper.

America, conversely, was never set up to be collectivist in its ideology.  The founding documents, The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were designed to protect the rights of the individual from the state.  The stark difference from America and the rest of the world is that our Declaration points out that “all men are created equal” and are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers  in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” [Emphasis added]

See, America was never intended to be a “Top Down” authoritarian government. It is not a Democracy, where the mob rules, but a Representative Republic, governed by law instituted by the People, and Representatives of their own choosing.  In the words of Lincoln, “government of the People, by the People, and for the People.”

America has always been about the Liberty of Mankind to choose his own destiny, his responsibility to his God, and his duty to preserve these things for his descendants and his fellow citizens.  It has proven that the success of the collective depends upon the liberty of the individual. When the individual is allowed to prosper and flourish, the community prospers together.  That was the difference between the early Colonies of Jamestown and Plymouth. Jamestown had been a “collectivist” or communal endeavor in which all property was held in common and all needs came from the common purse, or storehouse.  This leads to the “freeloaders” who contribute little or nothing and consume as much as everyone else. Jamestown died.  Plymouth began as such but William Bradford recognized the flawed system and allotted a parcel of land to each family to provide for their own needs and any surplus could be sold or given to a neighbor.  Capitalism.

It is commonly misunderstood among the OWS crowd and many average Americans, that charity is squelched by capitalism.  Quite the contrary, capitalism begets charity, especially when the prosperous citizen believes in his Creator and therefore has a sense of duty to his fellow man which always results in a higher rate of contribution to community than an over reaching government taking from the prosperous and “redistributing the wealth” (as Mr. Obama would say) because the government requires its cut for inefficient administrative bureaucracy.

An authoritarian government can never create a benevolent citizenry.  It can only dispossess its citizens to meet its own needs.  A benevolent citizenry is created by allowing that society to prosper from within, to the point of plenty, when then by the dictates of conscience, not government, each person may choose charity, thereby raising the standard of living for all.  William Bradford proved it out.

The argument could easily be made that “Godless Capitalism” is evil.  I would not disagree; but would remind you that “Godless anything” is evil, including Godless Government, Godless Politicians, Godless Education, Godless Finance, and Godless Media.  But the striking thing here is this: Those who are decrying the evils of “Godless Capitalism” are of the very persuasion that ejected God from our institutions!!

Revolution Requires Chaos

If you haven’t picked up Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” by now, you simply must read it, although it will nearly be a review of the last 3 years.  Professor Barack Obama, our Chief Community Organizer taught Alinsky’s methods to his students.  Alinsky’s fundamental premise is found on page 116, “The first step in community organization is community disorganization. The disruption of the present organization is the first step towards community organization.”  He then advises the organizer, When you are labeled an “an agitator, they are completely correct, for that is, in one word, your function—to agitate to the point of conflict.”(p. 117)

Alinsky only left out one piece of the puzzle. What to do with what you break.  Breaking the targeted system is easy; rebuilding something that is productive isn’t.  But his acknowledgment at the beginning of the book should have given us a clue.  To: “…the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer.”

Speaking of Amahdinejad, the President of Iran has agreed with Alinsky that chaos is the way to get things done and he plans to instigate enough chaos to wake up the 12th Imam, so that Islam can enter its global glory.  Striking similarities here, if you ask me.

America stands at the most pivotal point in her history since the Kansas-Nebraska Act (which resulted in the Civil War).  We are polarized.  We are factionalized.  Our history has been rewritten to minimalize the importance of our Judeo-Christian foundation. Our institutions have been purged of morality that comes from that foundation. Our language is adulterated with vulgarities which are most commonplace in our youth.  Our youth have been hijacked by powers that redefine what family is and strip them of any faith in God that was instilled as a child, and replaced with a collectivist philosophy, “from each according to ability, to each according to need”. That’s Karl Marx, by the way.  It’s also most of the leadership in the current American Democrat Party, unions, our education system, and the media.

Chaos? I fear there will be more than anyone wants to see very soon.

Yes, Mr. Obama, I believe you have “fundamentally transformed America”. Made good on that campaign promise, “yes you did”, but you can’t take all the credit yourself. It’s been in the works for a long time.

The Historic lesson?  Collectivist revolutions always take you farther than you want to go.

The Spiritual lesson?  Godless revolutions always lead straight to Hell….

Where are you George?





New Khilafah!

30 03 2011

Make way for the “New Caliphate” that is currently being set up right before our very eyes! If you have been living in the Outback somewhere and haven’t yet learned the term “Caliphate”, just think of it as an Islamic Pope which not only rules the religion but all Islamic politics as well. It is a complete governing system by which the successors of the “Prophet Muhammad” went forth conquering and then ruling in the name of Allah, “The Compassionate, the Merciful”.

In past articles we have discussed how the Muslim Brotherhood is moving to accomplish this goal. Just one more time I will briefly review:

The last Caliphate was seated in Istanbul, Turkey for 400 years during the Ottoman Empire, until just after World War 1 when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk led the Turkish Revolution and abolished the highest Islamic clerical position in the world in 1924. He desired to strip Islam of the political stranglehold it had on the Muslim people, specifically the Turks, in order to bring his new civilized Republic roaring into the 20th Century. He reformed everything from government and education, to women’s rights and fashion, promoting modern Western style clothing as a means to modernize the psyche of the people. His success was magnificent, although not un-opposed. There was even an assassination attempt on him. Undaunted, Kemal continued his policy of denying Islam a political seat at the table of government. This division remained successful until the Islamist Movement within and from outside Turkey succeeded in getting a toehold in government once again with the formation in 2001 of the AKP (party) which has been steadily gaining in elections ever since. In fact, the two top officers in government, the President, Abdullah Gul, and the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogen are both members of the AK Party.

Recent events in Egypt have initiated talks between Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Turks. In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood have been in talks with many groups in many states throughout the region. The Brotherhood’s long and patient, growing presence in Egypt and neighboring countries is beginning to pay dividends for those Islamic Revolutionaries who have long dreamed of re-establishing the Caliphate.

Anyone who has walking around sense has been aware that if the Brotherhood was not completely responsible for the Egyptian revolt, they were certainly in support and cunningly working into position to co-opt the movement. All the West was touting the successful toppling of the dictator Mubarak, and completely oblivious to the designs of the Brotherhood. Most still are.

So to dispel any doubt that my cynicism is unfounded, take a look at this article in the Jerusalem Post quoting the new Egyptian Foreign Minister as saying that Iran should not be regarded by Egypt as an enemy state. He went on to add that Hezbollah is part of the political fabric of Lebanon and that communication between Hezbollah and Egypt is welcomed. For the first time in history you have Sunni Islam working with Shia Islam for a common objective!

Hamas in the “Palestinian” West Bank of Israel is also a Muslim Brotherhood group. In fact, during those years of every Egyptian President since Nassar, the Brotherhood members pursued by government for sedition found safe haven in Gaza and West Bank where they continued their jihad.

So what about Tunisia, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Bahrain? One by one these nation states are being re-organized. Why? Simply this: In order for these Islamic states to be “united”, or pulled together in an Islamic Federation, their irreligious authoritarian style governments must be broken down. What kind of Federation? Khalifa, of course.

The Caliphate is a requirement of Islam, particularly as we draw closer to the “coming of the Mahdi”. (Shia Islam calls him the Twelfth Imam.) This “Messianic” figure in Islamic theology will come to Earth during a time of unprecedented chaos, which must be brought about by a final push of Islamic domination of the entire world. The Mahdi will come and establish his position and go forth conquering the Earth for Islam, stamping out all other religions. In fact, Isa, the Muslim “Jesus” according to Hadith and Islamic scholars, will return and actually kill the Jews and Christians who refuse to follow the Mahdi. Isa will be, essentially the greatest military general in Islamic history. The Mahdi, upon his appearance, will lead a great army of Muslims on Jerusalem and set up his government from the Temple Mount, which of course used to be the site of the Jewish Temple and is now occupied by two mosque’s: The Al Aqsa Masjid and the more recognized Dome of the Rock. The Mahdi will appear riding upon a white horse and Islamic scholars insist the prophecy of Revelation 6:2 (yes, of the New Testament, no less!) is of the Mahdi himself.

Well, my Muslim Bible scholar friends, this prophecy is of the coming of a major figure indeed. However, this fellow is…well…the Antichrist! [There are many Islamic prophecies that line up perfectly with the Bible, only the characters are exactly the opposite. Walid Shoebat has done a lot of work on this topic and a book by Joel Richardson entitled “Islamic Antichrist” will pull it all into context for anyone interested.]

So you see, both Shia (Iran) and Sunni Islam share a common belief in the coming of a great “Messianic” character which will be the greatest leader the world has ever seen. He will complete the unification of the Islamic world and lead the extermination of Judaism and Christianity, paganism, and atheism for ever and finally, Allah’s religion will reign supreme, as the Koran calls for. The final Khalifate.

What’s that? You say you don’t believe in prophecy? Well, no matter…the Muslims do…





Of Mosques and Men: Flight 93 Memorial Mosque

27 08 2010

Flight 93 Memorial Mosque

While America groggily arises from the slumber of Islamic ignorance, mosques are springing up nationwide. And although the Cordoba House Islamic Center (commonly known as the Ground Zero Mosque or GZM) in Lower Manhattan very near WTC has recently been the focal point of media pundits left and right across the networks and airwaves, the quiet steady work of “dawa” continues across America. It’s nothing new in context of the 24/7 news cycle, but when you consider the history of the United States, established 1776 by declaration, this phenomena of “dawa” is fairly young. In fact, when you take into account that prior to 1900 there was not a single designated mosque in the United States, it is startling to discover the oldest standing mosque in America was built in 1934 in, of all places, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

For the Western mind, “dawa” is somewhat the Islamic version of “missions”. It includes everything from active proselytizing to building schools, cultural centers, hospitals, and universities. It seems very benign at the onset, and every Western Culture in the world has permitted it openly. If Islam were simply another religious option in the realm of world religions, as looked upon by most societies, there would be no harm in allowing Islam to compete in the arena of theological discussion and philosophy. To our detriment, this has been the attitude of a pluralistic American psyche. Islam cannot be considered or classified as simply a “religion”. It is a socio-political ideology with a religious element.

When Islam penetrates a culture, it has no intention of co-existence. The purpose is to remake the entire host society in the image of Islam. Therefore, the comparison to “missionary work” is quite insufficient to capture the overall objective. More accurately, the term “Colonization” seems to encompass the goals of Islam. The goal, as established in Islam itself, through its founding documents (Koran and Hadith) is world domination by Islam, and nothing less. Islam works toward this goal through various methods including jihad, colonization, infiltration and subversion, propaganda, litigation, politics, education, business, and the list goes on. While the West has its eye on the “Jihad Machine” and the “Terror Network”, the real work of “dawa” is taking and securing ground quietly and with little or no opposition. In this way, terrorism is a strategic diversion, allowing the complacent and complicit media to “reveal” a markedly stark contrast in the methods of “moderate” Islam.

In 1994 there were only about 500,000 Muslims attending Mosque in America. Today there are approximately 3 million [this is a conservative figure, some estimates are higher]. In 2000, just prior to the 911 attacks, there were about 1200 mosques in the United States and most of those had been built in the 1990’s. Today there are 3000 at best estimate, with many under construction. The GZM will make about twenty on Manhattan Island alone.

The Islamic Revolution of 1979 marked the beginning of the “Third Jihad”, a revival of Islamic Fundamentalism lamented for by Seyyid Qutb in his book “Milestones”, which exploded onto the world scene with the attacks on American Embassies in Pakistan and Iran (Iran Hostage Crisis) and the seizure of the Grand Mosque at Mecca by Wahabbi rebels, which were not to be outdone by the following Lebanese civil war, the assassination of Anwar Sadat, as well as uprisings and rioting throughout the Islamic world.

November 20, 1979 was the 1st of Muharram the year 1400 on the Islamic calendar. This new century, the 15th, is to be the Islamic Century, when Islam finally subdues the entire Earth. We are now 31 years into that century. One virtue you have to acknowledge of Islam; it is very patient. And it appears to be running on schedule.

In this age of instant global communication and information, it is virtually impossible to militarily invade the enemy and subdue him by the sword as was done during the 1st Century of Islam (620-720AD). The United States in particular is too strong militarily for that tactic to work, but our soft underbelly is our open and free society, and this is where Islam has struck. Couple this with our own willingness to shrug off our own spiritual heritage of Judeo-Christian origin, and two to three generations of Americans have no identifiable foundation to base our own worldview upon, while accepting every vain philosophy and belief system as at least equal, if not superior, to our own.

Regardless, every once in a while something like the Cordoba Initiative (GZM) awakens us momentarily and we groggily protest and may even come to our feet in opposition and shout, “That’s just wrong!”… but for the life us, we can’t remember why. And if we could remember why it’s wrong, we can’t say exactly what the “right” thing is.

So while the debate rages on over the Cordoba Initiative at Park 51, the National Park Service carries out the planned design for the massive Crescent Memorial being built in the field at Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This huge crescent, composed of carefully selected trees (most look like Maple which will be fiery red in the Fall) and shrubbery, will be about a half mile across at the open end of which is the crash site of Flight 93, the fourth plane hijacked on 911 that was crashed during an on board battle between American passengers unwilling to allow themselves to be used to destroy more American lives and landmarks, and their Muslim adversaries who had slashed the throats of flight attendants and the pilots, intending to destroy either the White House or the US Capital. The orientation of this crescent design is pointed almost exactly to “Qibla”, the shortest direction to Mecca, and seems to create a huge “mihrab”, the rounded out niche indicating qibla in many mosques around the world.

In addition, amid another interlocking series of arbor crescents, there is a 93 feet high tower (also crescent shaped) from which is suspended forty large tubes which act as wind chimes, emitting low, never ending moans. Forty is the number of passengers and crew on board, which are buried here. I surmise these forty souls must never know peace and quiet, perhaps because they are infidels languishing in hell.

Another note of interest: The crash site and memorial wall are located at the place between the points of the crescent where the star would be located on some Islamic flags. Another victory mosque, designed, built, and funded by the victims own countrymen?

Oh, there have been some modifications to be sure: most notably another, shorter, semi-circle of trees adjacent to and facing the open end of the crescent but not closing it into a circle. And the name has been changed from the “Crescent of Embrace” to the “Circle of Embrace”. This design was selected out of one thousand entries nominated for this project, and was created by Paul and Milena Murdoch, architects from Los Angeles. Paul Murdoch was quoted as saying of the “Crescent of Embrace”, it is “to be a gesture of healing and bonding.” One of the benefactors who funded the design competition was Heinz Foundations (Theresa Heinz, married to John Kerry).

The tragedy of 911 will forever live in the minds of those of us who, via live television feed, witnessed the second plane smash into the second tower at WTC, then in horror watched the people jump to their deaths rather than burn alive. We will forever replay the sequence of the crumbling towers disintegrating upon people and buildings, turning Lower Manhattan into a surreal moonscape of gray images of devastation as the cloud of dust and debris enveloped everything and everyone in its path like a famished demon creature from hell. The unspeakable helplessness consumed everyone who saw it. The compassion felt for those who lost family members on that day, not only at Ground Zero, but at the Pentagon and on Flight 93, lingers yet. The day saw American blood soaked into American soil on a scale not seen since the American Civil War. We were all stunned.

Now, as we approach the 9th anniversary of that dreadful day, we remember those who died and reflect upon our fellow citizens who committed selfless acts of bravery, duty, and compassion for their fellow man. We consider those military personnel who willingly put themselves in the line of fire in service to our country, seeking justice for those innocents who perished at the hands of the 19 Sons of Hell on September 11.

On September 11, 2011, the “Circle of Embrace”, formerly known as the “Crescent of Embrace” will be dedicated. Not a single thing has been altered from the original basic design, just a few additions to try and placate the “protesters” by disguising it.

A new name, add some trees here and there, it’s still the crescent. The symbol of Islam. The Moon; according to the Bible, the Ruler of the Darkness (Genesis 1:16-17).

I am feeling ill…

Post Script: Author Alec Rawls has written a book entitled “Crescent of Betrayal” and is on my blogroll listing as “ErrorTheory”. Alec has done a tremendous amount of research on this memorial and I recommend my readers to visit his site and get the book. He also placed an ad in the Somerset Daily American in which he diagrams the entire memorial site, detailing all the “coincidences” the memorial happens to contain that seem to memorialize Islam and the terrorists on board the plane. (Most of the memorial information can also be verified on the NPS website and Wikipedia.)

Post Post Script: Alec has asked me to post related material concerning this Memorial. I have added a page that will be designated for these and any other postings not written by “Defining the Narrative”. Please visit the page by clicking the “Crescent Memorial: Flight 93 Page” on the right sidebar. There are videos and more on that page posted by Alec.





Euramerika: Part ll; The Matrix

14 03 2010

There have been, in the course of American History, different periods of development; an “evolution” or “progression” if you will, of our society. Today’s American citizenry would not recognize the Founders’ America any clearer than those American Founders would recognize today’s society. We exist on the same Continental soil, but beyond that, pitiful little have we in common.

Those periods of societal evolution can be traced, in large part, to a few historical events that had prodigious effects on American society, both politically and culturally. We shall explore only the most obvious of those in the next two installments for the sake of brevity.

Of course, to begin at the beginning, we must precede the beginning.

The Colonial Period:  The Mayflower Compact was the first document in the New World which set forth and outlined the commitment to rule of law and self governance for the good of society, in the absence of a ruling power. (While they agreed to status of “loyal subjects of the King” of Britain, the Pilgrims were on their own, as there was no pre-existing structure of government and law enforcement.) Only the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” would be enforceable in this wilderness settlement for several years, until the Colony became established. Survival was the immediate goal; all else would become secondary. Self governance of the individual would become the key to the survival of the community.

This principle carried through the entire colonial period and served to galvanize the American culture as the frontier was settled. As the Colonies became more prosperous, the British Crown exacted more governance, the end of which was the eight year long American Revolutionary War and subsequent independence.

Post Revolution: The ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights emphasized those same principles of self governance, delineating the limitations of Federal government, and charging the Federal and State governments with protecting and preserving the rights of the individual. Continuing the American tradition of “Rule of Law”, the individual citizen continues to recognize the importance of self control and the intrinsic value of citizenship. Not “citizenship” as in simply “born in America” therefore due an equal portion, but citizenship as in exercising ones God given rights,  not to mention ones duty, in civil matters as well as socially. The cooperation of responsible individuals makes for responsible communities.  Likewise, the responsible community holds the individual accountable, and the personal accountability is rooted in belief and faith in a Supreme Deity which is the ultimate Judge and Lawgiver. In Western civilization, that faith foundation is and has been for Millennia, Judeo-Christian.

James Madison, Member of the 1st Congress and 4th President of the United States said this concerning self governance: “The future of America lies not in the Constitution, or anything but our ability to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”  That sentiment is echoed in the words of former Speaker of the House (1847-1849) Robert Winthrop: “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.

John Adams, the 2nd President had this to say, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate to the governance of any other.” This was not an uncommon sentiment in early America. In fact, it had so saturated American culture that in 1838 the New York State Legislature issued this statement:

With us it is wisely ordered that no one religion shall be established by law, but that all persons shall be left free in their choice and in their mode of worship. Still, this is a Christian nation. Ninety-nine hundredths, if not a larger proportion, of our whole population, believe in the general doctrines of the Christian religion. Our Government depends for its being on the virtue of the people, — on that virtue that has its foundation in the morality of the Christian religion; and that religion is the common and prevailing faith of the people. “[Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States, Developed in the Official and Historical Annals of the Republic, 1864, B.F. Morris]

Can you imagine any governing body today, let alone a state legislature, issuing such a statement?!

This was the period (early to mid-1800’s) known as the “Second Great Awakening”; when Christian Revival swept across the land. It lasted up into the Civil War years. (“The Great Awakening” was 100 years earlier, fostered by missionaries and itinerate preachers like Charles Finney and David Brainerd.)

The Civil War/War Between the States: The war that divided America was a particularly horrendous event, which if Europe had not been previously devastated by war itself, could very well have been used by European nations to regain the entire North American Continent.  This time in American history has always been a point of fascination for me personally.

The technological advances of weaponry during the Civil War were so rapid that the antiquated tactics of massing forces to take a battlefield resulted in massive bloodshed. Casualties would mount into the tens of thousands during a single battle. Three days of fighting at Gettysburg in 100 degree July heat would result in 51,000 casualties; dead, wounded, or missing from both sides. “The Bloodiest Day” at Antietam Creek saw 26,000 Americans dead or wounded. Sometimes it took weeks to bury the dead.

This was the most horrendous 4 years in American history. Over 600,000 American soldiers, North and South, died during this time. That is more than all the subsequent wars fought since, combined.

The newest journalistic tool in 1862 was the camera. Matthew Brady exposed hundreds of plates burnishing the images of bloated dead American men, many where he found them on the field, into the minds of civilians who never heard a shot fired. These images haunt us yet today.  Find them. Study them.

I once heard a historian say that the Civil War defined us as a people. I disagree. I believe this was a tragedy of such magnitude that America became shell shocked and never fully understood who she was afterward. This war was not fought on some remote field in another land; it happened on our front lawns, our corn fields, and in our living rooms. We witnessed it first hand; saw our sons butchered in muddy ditches that drained into creeks thickened with their blood. We picked up their severed body parts from among our dead livestock. Our brothers returned maimed for life, and many of our fathers and husbands simply never came home.  Hunger and disease took its toll on civilians across the land. America never recovered from this emotional trauma. [Note: The Civil War was a politically complicated affair and had the Confederacy gained its independence as a sovereign nation, there would certainly have been another war (over western expansion) that could very well have been much worse than what was.]

The economic destruction from the war was no less debilitating if not crippling. Politically, a sea change had occurred as a result of the Civil War. A stronger and much more centralized Federal government sprang forth from the ashes and was fertilized by the stench of death. Perhaps most importantly, the spiritual breath had been knocked out of American society.  The faith of the American people had been shaken; their resolve and purpose brought into question, and answers were in short supply.

As a result, for the next 3 decades, many Americans trying to put the war years behind them, turned westward.  Whatever happened in Washington or the East was of little or no concern to a war weary population.  Homestead land allotments offered many Americans their first taste of government subsidization. The taste was sweet. The promise of a new start was even sweeter in “your America”.








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