Volume 9, Issue 2: Repairing the Ruins
Freedom or Fodder?
For several decades, we have been educating our children to believe that America is "making the world safe for democracy." We have taught our children about American soldiers fighting on foreign shores to help establish freedom for the oppressed. During World War II, the Allies fought against the Axis in order to stop their imperialistic expansionism which stemmed from their creed of fascism, the concept that espouses the supremacy of the State and opposes the transcendent God. The Allies defeated fascism militarily during that war, but not philosophically. What do I mean?
When was the last time, other than in the mindless recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at some sporting event, that you have heard the word republic mentioned? Our nation was founded as a constitutional republic, but we never hear anyone say that they are making the world safe for republicanism. In fact, the word republic has come to carry a thin veil of negativism for many people. For example, one of the most common uses of this word is in the phrase "banana republic," a phrase we tend to associate with some oppressive, impoverished, malnourished, jungle-ridden, sweltering, equatorial dictatorship. We may even envision the leader of such a country cut like a cookie from the same batch of dough from which Idi Amin, Pol Pot, "Papa Doc" Duvalier, or Manuel Noriega were fashioned. We don't much care for these types because they were coercive bullies. Hence the veneer of negativism associated with the word republic.
The United States Constitution was written with the intent of keeping the federal government closely regulated with only a minimum of power, leaving the vast majority of authority to the several states. That's when the name United States was considered a plural noun rather than a singular one. It was a true republic then, not a paper one. But now, our government has so twisted the meaning of the words of the Constitution that the initial intent has been grossly distorted, binding the states and leaving the federal government with almost complete autonomy. But eventually, we heard the cry go out from the American people for less big government. What an opportunity this provided for the government to step in and solve the problem with more government regulations. The results were predictable.
Who is seen as the ultimate standard bearer in our country? Why, the one who can enforce those standards, of course. And how are those standards enforced? With the threat of loss of one's worldly goods and whatever personal freedom may yet remain to him (and that's shrinking fast). All government that is not under God is tyrannical in principle. It is not a representative government in the true sense of a republic. The U.S. government has become the coercive bully, and it's our own fault.
But, hey! This is our country, the land of the free and the home of the brave. Maybe we should just be content to console ourselves with the thought that there are other countries in the world that are worse off. It's kind of like a man dying from leukemia thinking he's better off than a man dying from AIDS.
But the sad truth is, reality still exists; not the one we would like to be left quietly alone to believe in, but real reality. We are educating our posterity to believe that the way things are today is the way they have always been. In fact, many of us passionately cling to this myth with deep emotional conviction, but unfortunately without much factual knowledge. We haven't a clue about the kind of freedom for which our forefathers willingly fought and sacrificed their lives. We have no concept of what true freedom really is. And our government educational system, for all its talk about restoring traditional values to the classrooms, empowering parents to have a say in their child's education, providing discipline and a safe learning environment, and improving standards of learning, is still the government educational system. Government mandates education, forces the payment for it through coercive taxation, sets the standards for learning, and the nation wonders why Johnny isn't learning. The government education system, like its mother the government, is tyrannical. It has failed to produce well-educated citizens. The system can't be reformed. Government only begets more government. It needs to be purposefully shot and buried, very deep.
If government education is allowed to continue its apparent natural death, chaos will only follow. There will be pandemonium even greater than what our culture currently experiences as our government pursues even more repressive means to try and revive the "dying" behemoth. And the American populace, indoctrinated in our public schools for decades that God is irrelevant, with the resultant lack of any moral foundation for its thinking, will gladly applaud the government's efforts to sacrifice our progeny, productivity, and private property in order to maintain the nation's second largest entitlement program. But truth be known, government education was stillborn at birth and the American people have never realized it.
We don't need a literal call to arms, otherwise we would have to shoot ourselves. The education crisis didn't get this way because of some amorphous, anonymous them, but because of us, the all-too-willingly ignorant and negligent parents and citizens. "He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer" (Prov 18:9). We have been grossly negligent in our responsibility to properly educate our children and to carefully guard our heritage of freedom. Instead we have eagerly abdicated to Uncle Sam. The national destruction that is well underway is because of our negligence. It won't be God's wrath for somebody else's sins that we will experience, but rather, for our own. May God grant us the grace to repent.