America’s Enemies, Hiding in Plain Sight
Cross-posting Gary Wickert’s 6 Jan, 2011 article, “Hiding in Plain Sight” at Pajamas Media. This is an excellent summary of the slow but deliberate slide into Communism currently underway in the United States.
It may seem like it is happening all at once, but the march to collectivism – playing on the vulnerability and weaknesses of human nature – has been gradual. First, Americans were dumbed down through political correctness and an education system obsessed with xenocentrism, multiculturalism, and a politically correct brand of social consciousness rather than American history and the classics. Then our faith was attacked and our churches liberalized, as our government banned and struck down public references to the very God Almighty who inspired and motivated our founding fathers.
Next, we were inundated with the specious argument behind giving people something for nothing – the feel-good utopian notion that we can eradicate poverty, pain, sickness, and hunger with unearned government handouts. To fund these giveaway programs, the assets of gentle citizens were quietly confiscated in the name of the collective good. Still, far too many of us failed to recognize or believe what was happening.
Our president’s policies track something called the “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” first proposed in 1966 by Columbia University sociologists Richard Cloward and Frances Piven. It seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading government with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse. With each government solution in search of a problem there is the perceived need for yet another nanny law protecting us and controlling the details of our lives. Cloward and Piven promoted using welfare to weaken the poor and create reliance on government. Our current administration knows all too well that when government becomes our parent, we become its children…
…I remember the shock and surprise of many Democrats some years ago when they learned that the Communist Party was supporting Democrat candidates instead of running their own. Last month Joe Sims, co-editor of the Communist Party USA online magazine Peoples World, stated among other things “the possibility that the communists may be able to ‘capture‘ the Democratic Party entirely.” Sims admitted something that most conservatives already knew: U.S. Communists are using the Democrat Party to accomplish their goals.
The idea of a Marxist society can be alluring. The idea of “economic and social justice” and the illusion of everyone being made “equal” through redistribution appears sympathetic, caring, and even Christian in nature. However, the deficit in Marxism is obvious. Putting aside the tyranny it inevitably leads to, it doesn’t work because it is dependent on a type of human nature that is extremely rare. To succeed, there must be very little greed and jealousy and people must be willing to work hard for the good of others – even those who do no work at all.
On the other hand, capitalism, while not perfect, rewards work ethic and the moral maturity to cooperate and develop productive skills, at the same time punishing the self-interested seeking merely to benefit from the hard work of others. The free market system some say isn’t fair is precisely and uniquely fair.
We have no more right to expect our government to provide health care – another form of welfare – than we do food, housing, or education. These are not rights, they are rations of slavery; hay and a barn for human cattle. And with each comes an incremental loss of freedom. As Thomas Sowell put it, “If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us.” Where are today’s leaders unafraid to point out that from little ACORNs, mighty Marxists grow?
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