By Alisa Craddock
I remember when I was in grade school, the itinerant music teacher came through and taught us all this little ditty called "Revolutionary Tea." And it was a parody, of course, of the Boston Tea Party, mean to teach little kids who don't necessarily understand the finer points of politics and "taxation without representation" how avarice and elitism lead to injustice (even if we didn't know what avarice and elitism are).
Now our nation is once again faced with that elitism and avarice. This time, though, it is our own government that is robbing us, like the bad boy bully who pins the shoulders of the "good kid" (the one who does his homework and behaves respectably) to steal his lunch money—because he can, and you can't do a thing to stop him.
I have no idea how well attended the Tax Day TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party here in my town was. I could not attend. The place where I work scheduled a mandatory meeting for that day, and I couldn't help but wonder if it was scheduled at that time that day and made mandatory to keep people from taking time off to attend the TEA Party. So I showed my support in absentia—by hanging a large tea bag on the outside of my cubicle.
I was thrilled to learn that protesters across the country were planning another TEA Party for July 4. I'd be off that day, and the day before (July 3), so I would be able to attend. But, no, they're planning it for July 2. Well, I will probably take a day or two extra anyway so I can attend, but as of this date, there is not one person who has RSVP'd the event. Which brings me to the point of this column.
Apathy. Apathy brought about by helplessness. The President has his agenda, and he is putting unelected "czars" in various Obama created cabinets to oversee his "remaking" of America, his complete dismantling of our American way of life. Even a Russian commentator, Stanislav Mishin, writing in Pravda (the former official voice of the Soviet Union) writes about the breathtaking speed with which we are descending into Marxism. He writes of how this was accomplished, first by dumbing down the population through our education system (which, in a cruel twist of irony, was modeled after the Soviet education system, detailed at length in Charlotte Iserbyt's book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America). Then our faith in God was destroyed. Funny—we are considered the most Christian nation in the world. I've read the same thing about Germany prior to the rise of Adolf Hitler. How could the most Christian nation in Europe have spawned the bloody Holocaust? How, indeed. It is not widely known that Germany was also the most sexually depraved country in Europe (read Germany's National Vice by Samuel Igra, and if you can't find that, read The Pink Swastika by Lively and Abrams. Our own "Christian" nation has allowed its Christian faith to be perverted into something that hardly resembles the mighty and trustworthy Truth given to the Apostles and handed down though the early Church Fathers. We would do well to look closely at what happened in Germany and who was behind the Nazi atrocities, because it could well be happening here.
And yet, there is a feeling of inevitability, and of helplessness, in the face of our increasing enslavement. Obama's reaction to the tax day TEA Parties was that he wasn't aware of them. Of course he was aware of them, they are just irrelevant to him. He has the power, and he is going to now shore up that power as quickly as he can. And nothing is going to stop him. He is supremely arrogant. The only body that could possibly stop him is the Supreme Court. They could insist upon seeing his birth certificate and the proof of his eligibility to serve as our President, but they won't, because they won't unseat an elected black president and risk a civil uprising. They could have ruled against the Chrysler/Fiat merger terms. They took a pass. They could rule that the creation of unaccountable "czars" is creating a shadow government, and is a violation of the Constitution (or has no one brought this before the courts?).
Every night I hear Glenn Beck telling us the American people need to "do something". What can we do, Mr. Beck? Those with the power to do something are either unwilling or unable. George Soros and other internationalists are pulling the strings of our destiny. The government is now a "global" entity, and the "global government" is our future. The people have no say. Our choices are dictated for us. A true American patriot doesn't stand a chance, because there is too much money behind the "acceptable" candidates, the ones who represent the progressive version of Republicanism. We've been told that the way Americans protest is with their vote. But even the voting system has been compromised. And by the time Obama's cronies have gerrymandered the entire country, collected intimate information on every American via the census and our medical records, pandered to every liberal group in the country (illegal aliens, union bosses and their members, minorities, gays, feminists, all the carefully cultivated "angry" people, and with the Department of Homeland Security acting as storm troopers to protect the country from "right wing zealots", he will probably win re-election even without ACORN's fraud and the Black Panthers' threats, and all the underhanded tricks that the Left is so good at.
Conservatives are law and order people. We believe in God-given rights and individual freedom, and that there is such a thing as good and evil. We believe in America as it was intended by our Founding Fathers, freedom, self-reliance, personal responsibility, God, family, and a God-blessed free republic. There's nothing archaic about it. It is the folly of democracy that it will inevitably descend into despotism. Even Plato knew that. Or, as G. K. Chesterton said (and I have oft quoted), "…absolute sovereignty is something not merely ancient but rather relatively modern, and it is at the end of the path called progress that men return to the king." We Americans don't like kings. We never have. That's why no American President has ever bowed to a king. Oh, except Pres. Obama, but we suspect that has more to do with his religion than a breach of protocol (and perhaps just to rub the faces of the American people in yet another nose-thumbing at their traditions).
So what are we going to do? America is stressing to the point of breaking over these unwanted changes to our way of life. It is not surprising that as people become more stressed out over the economy, their livelihoods, their dwindling pension funds, their loss of liberty, some are wigging out, and going "postal". It's a symptom. A symptom of helplessness, like the bullied teens who come to school and blow away their classmates. Obama is our bully boy, and he's got an army of followers to help him strip us of our God-given rights, our heritage, and our way of life.
There are a few things we can do. We can write letters—lots of letters. And not emails only, but letters sent through the mail.
We can refuse to buy a car from a company engineered by the government. Buy a Ford or a Toyota, but not a GM or Chrysler.
We can bank with local bankers.
We can spend our money at locally owned businesses. We can refuse to bankroll the big shots.
We can grow our own food.
We can become an island of one, and interface with the government and its minions as little as possible.
We can tell our doctors that we want our medical records kept private. We can fight it legally in court.
We can refuse to buy from or do business with any business that has received TARP money.
We can homeschool our children (until Obama outlaws it, which will be soon, then we can find other ways to teach them).
We can communicate with each other, tell our friends and neighbors what is going on and help them see that this is not in their best interest.
We can pressure our pastors to speak more about what it truly means to be a Christian, about good and evil, and to be specific about the nature of sin, and how it destroys people and cultures. We can pressure them to demand more of their flocks.
We can come together at the community level to help our neighbors and fellow parishioners who have lost their jobs.
We can pray. This is most important of all. St. Paul tells us, "We wrestle not against flesh and blood or human enemies, but against principalities and powers, the rulers of darkness of this wicked world and all their followers." (Ephesians 6:12). We must come back to our faith. We must give up narcissism and apathy, and be willing to accept the Lord's yoke. We must rely, as our Founding Fathers did, with a "firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence". Because, as Thomas Jefferson said, "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever." Let justice be our cause, and faith our armor. God bless America.
Alisa Craddock is a columnist and activist in the culture war, a convert to Catholicism, and describes herself as a Christian Libertarian. She may be contacted at email@example.com.
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