How Did America Come To This?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Americans of my generation are not as surprised, as a lot of Americans these days, at the state of our nation. We saw this coming as far back as fifty years ago. Look about you today. THIS is what the glorious “sixties” has wrought.
The Hippies, the Flower Children, the Pot Heads, the whole scraggly, long haired, dope smoking lot of them – now run every consarned thing!
We are just now beginning to pry them out of our government, but the damage they have done to America will take generations to repair.
Remember their communes, and collectives? They took those socialist ideas right into our state and national legislatures. Now we are paying the price.
But when they took their socialist ideas into the halls of education they fundamentally changed the nation by indoctrinating at least a generation of America’s children in the socialist ideals. They downplayed the importance of American history, of America’s democratic constitutional republican form of government. They declared the Constitution is not set in stone. It is a “living, breathing document” subject to change at the whim of every new generation.
Then they went on to teach our children how great government is as a provider and protector -- sort of a “Big Brother, ya know?” They hammered home the idea that government should control everything. See, with the government in control, we’d never have to worry, because the government would provide for our every need.
My generation recognizes that for what it was and is: Socialism leading to communism.
They did, and continue to do, a heck of a lot of damage to America. One of their gifts just keeps on giving: Ignorance:
In 2010 I wrote an article titled: “America’s Golden Age of Ignorance.” (You may read the entire article HERE.) In that article I said: “One can only conclude that America finds herself in the current mess as a direct result of ignorance. “Ignorance of what,” you ask? I must answer, “Ignorance of practically everything.
Ignorance of America’s colorful political history, and that of the world, is much to blame for the Obama Regime’s continued acceptance by vast numbers of Americans. But, I am happy to report that number is growing ever smaller as each day passes.
Ignorance of history, as well as of current events, among the populace of any country, can lead to consequences that are truly awful. Take the election of America’s first socialist government, for instance. The election of 2006 turned our national legislature into a socialist machine bent on creating an even stronger central government with all the power it could grasp. Then, in 2008, the capstone of socialist victory in American politics was the election of Barack Hussein Obama. He promised fundamental change in America. The politically savvy in America understood he meant to lead America into out and out socialism. And he did.
Even today, the average democrat voter will deny the existence of a socialist government in America today. They simply do not recognize it. I am convinced that ignorance stems from the fact that they were not taught the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the genius of America’s founders, and the love of a free constitutional republic that led their ancestors to lay down their lives to protect and preserve the freedom granted by that constitution. That is ignorance.
Back in the day, before teacher’s unions, American students were taught the fundamental concepts of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. We learned, as students, that life in America is a privilege. We learned that freedom is not free, it is preserved by Americans who know its value, even if it means laying down their lives in its defense..
Students also leaned the immeasurable value of The Founding Documents, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the all important Bill of Rights. They learned that The Founders said what they meant and meant what they said when writing the constitution. Students also learned that the US Constitution is a document for the ages. It is not a living breathing document subject to change at the whim of those citizens who live under its protection.
No longer. Today we graduate students who cannot read their diplomas, who cannot find Canada and Mexico on a map, and have no idea what the Constitution or the Bill of Rights are! They have no clue that the Bill of Rights limits the role of government in the daily lives of Americans.
These are the Americans who placed the so-called democrats in charge of America’s government. I say “so-called” because those of us who have dabbled in politics, all our adult lives, understand that those in charge of the US government today are not democrats as they would have you believe. They are socialists, Marxists, communists, and progressives.
So – how WERE they elected? They were elected by people who genuinely thought they were voting for democrats, and by people who don’t care what kind of government we have so long as their place on the government dole is protected and their “hand outs” continue to arrive every month, and by those who were interested only in the power that would accrue to them if socialists controlled the US government. The latter could not have accomplished this feat without the ignorance of the former, whose votes they knew they could count on.
Ignorance is a dangerous, dangerous, thing. WE here in America, are only just re-learning this lesson.” (Read the entire article HERE. )
That was my opinion then and it remains my opinion today.
This is a desperate time for America. We are suffering from self-inflicted wounds. We will be a long time healing. And there will be scars. There are always scars when the soul of a nation is attacked.
Although the sun is going down on America, it has not set yet. To insure that it will rise and shine brightly on America again, we must reclaim our government, reclaim the dream that is America, and reclaim America’s status as the greatest nation in the world and the global leader of freedom loving peoples everywhere.
J. D. Longstreet