The term "culture war" blasted upon the American consciousness in 1992 at the Republican National Convention. Pat Buchanan made an address to the GOP that year, and defined this relatively new phrase as a "war for the nation's soul." That year marked the time our nation recognized it was fighting something from within — a pervasive secularism that threatened to create a government of socialism.
Seventeen years later, we have an America with significant social change, and a drastically weakened economy. Our status of creditor nation has been delivered to China.
To start with, there are major signs of socialism in our politics and media. Consider this quote from U.S. Rep. Bob Latta of Ohio, when asked by the Toledo Blade if America could consider itself a socialist country: "We might not be quite there yet, but when magazines are talking about socialism, I think it's time for Americans to look at the Constitution and say, 'Is this what we were handed by our forefathers in September of 1787?' and I think not," Mr. Latta said. "I think America is a much better country than what we're doing now."
Our forefathers fought for freedom as defined by the U.S. Constitution, but that included laws specifying personal responsibility. Yes, this inherited freedom includes free speech and a host of other rights. Yet, at some point, all of these mentioned rights can cross the line of responsible behavior. All freedom has a price, and that involves holding all of us accountable. The ideology that framed our country's constitution doesn't appeal to a people who wish for a "big brother" state. For anything else other than what we now have entails that individuals yield their freedom, in order that they be cared for by the state.
Freedom of religion, as defined by the First Amendment, comes to mind. The price to practice this freedom demands us to respect the religion of others. The right does not allow a religion that wishes to see the destruction of another people and their beliefs!
When Obama came into the national spotlight a few years ago, those who bought into the Obama "Hope and Change" message were those who view government as a caretaker. Obama's speeches contained the message of 'No need to think, we will do it for you!' Perhaps this is why when one questioned an Obama supporter with what Obama planned to change, the hypnotic response came back as 'I don't know, he is going to change things.' Some of us know the price for government caretaking. The childlike need expressed by this mentality is now manifested in the so called "Stimulus Bill". Unfortunately, we are just beginning the journey to grasp what this bill will require, what that price will be monetarily, in terms of our freedom, and will it keep requiring more money from each American citizen, formerly known as capitalist consumers. According to Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, "if we had spent a million dollars a day from the birth of Jesus, then we would have spent less than the proposed stimulus package."
When Obama made his weekly radio and Internet address, he said recently, "I will sign this legislation into law shortly, and we'll begin making the immediate investments necessary to put people back to work doing the work America needs done." Obama also uses futuristic words that reveal the heavy price for this stimulus bill that bloats our government even more with this predictive statement: "This historic step won't be the end of what we do to turn our economy around, but rather the beginning. The problems that led us into this crisis are deep and widespread, and our response must be equal to the task."
Socialism has arrived with the passage of this economic stimulus bill. It now demands we ask and answer, "What are your abilities? Do you have any needs?"Powered by Sidelines