Have you ever wanted to be able to go back in time and tell yourself something? I do. Years ago I was in the John Birch Society and believed the commies were coming. Later I was found to among militia movement, doing drills and rubbing elbows with aging veterans. I spent ten years working for highly-secured DOD facility supporting warfare electronics, including advanced missile systems. I put my hand over my heart and pledged to do things I wished I hadn't. I wish someone - anyone - would have told me then what I know now.
Growing up in the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in the 60s and 70s, the American flag stood opposite the Christian flag, and we solemnly stood to pledge allegiance to both every Sunday morning. My national patriotism was tied to my faith in God from the beginning. It was reinforced at home, at school and at work as I grew up. Service to my country went back generations, from my father going back to the noted achievements of my ancestor Valentine Stone during the Revolutionary war, fighting alongside Daniel Boone.
I say these things so my reader will understand that I truly did grow up conservatively, beaming with patriotism and national pride. But now, as millions will shortly celebrate their "freedom" by firing Chinese fireworks purchased from a shady vendor temporarily occupying the buildings where we used to work for a living, I want to briefly share with you some bleak thoughts about patriotism I have learned the hard way. Then, I want to share with you what I believe is the real answer to the problems we have in our nation today.
Is it fair to be attributing our current state to those who have suffered or fallen in battle long ago? I have a distant relative who ultimately perished with yellow fever while in service to his country; would he have fought and died to ensure we'd have open immigration, continually declining standards of living, promotion of homosexuality and legalized abortion? Absolutely not! And certainly not my great-great grandfather, Samuel Stone, a Brigadier General who was steeped in the Restoration movement and baptized by Raccoon John Smith himself. What we have now is not what these men fought and died for, and anyone saying otherwise will certainly have me to deal with.
What good men like these did was lay the groundwork for their progeny, and their progeny has largely failed them. In fact, their progeny has forgotten them, except with silly bumper stickers like "Freedom Isn't Free" or a cheap, plastic flag clamped to their car window when we invade another Arab nation. Recognition of our veterans is accomplished on designated days using exploitative marketing, created by unrestrained "free market" thugs whose ancestors never set foot on this land.
Indeed, the "progeny" mentioned the Declaration of Independence are no longer people like me, who bear the names and the blood of these good men, but of every diseased person from every race and heathen faith - from all over the globe.
I've heard that we honor my veteran fathers by equipping our fighting men today to fight peoples and cultures they don't understand, for resources that do not enrich them. We supposedly honor them by their involvement in "the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere" to make the world a "better place" (source). Do you really think the world is "a better place" for all the lives we've lost in these places, and do you really think this is what my veteran fathers had in mind for their progeny? How does one "honor" my fathers with such idiotic statements?
The late Col. Jack Mohr gave an outstanding message on this problem, which I posted as a podcast last year entitled A July 4th Message from Col. Jack Mohr.
Faith of Our Fathers
I received in the mail today a flyer from a local Baptist church entitled: Faith of Our Fathers: 2014 Take Back America Rally. On prominent display is a silhouette of Revolutionary War soldiers against the Stars and Stripes, in red, white and blue. A few years ago, seeing something like this would warm my heart. Not anymore.
We need to go farther back than the faith of our fathers, who - in their imperfection - penned a document which is not a "Christian document." Instead of looking to them, and what they wrote, we need to go all the way back to the faith of Abraham, who for many of us really is our literal father. A return to the Constitution is not the answer; we need to return to the Law of God. More on this later.
The Constitution is polytheistic, and specifically excludes any language of Yahweh and His Perfect Law, but instead provides for the creation of civil law through legislation and judicial activism as the "supreme law of the land."
Even if the Constitution were a "Christian document" it is ignored. The Constitution was ignored in the Civil war, when - in an act of aggression by the north upon the south - the Constitutional provision for seceding states was ignored. It is ignored when we - in true imperialist fashion - attack sovereign nations without cause. It is ignored when the federal government uses its resources against civilians, as in Randy Weaver and Waco. It is ignored when citizens are denied their right to bear arms.
The Illusion of Well-Being
When I was a kid, the future was full of promise. Any red-blooded American boy can discover something great, because through technology and our moral right we have both the means and the motive. Hunger and disease can be eradicated if we simply have the will to defeat it. Rock and Roll was only a couple of years old, and the preachers were solemnly warning us about the beat and Elvis' hips. Going back to the thirties, there was Tom Swift, with all his inventions and heroic good-triumphs-over-bad adventures. There were scores of two-fisted, square-jawed detectives on the side of good who were not confused about their sexuality, could never be bribed, and whose actions always squared with the moral high ground.
Now, nearing sixty, I can see rarely anything but decline, deception and compromise. The amazing promises I read in my 2nd Grade Weekly Reader never came to pass. Technology has become a tool to exploit and captivate us. There is no righteous indignation; there is only the insistence that what we hear and see is compliant with ideas that would have been alien and strange only a few decades ago. Radio and Television programming no longer appeals to our potential, but has to be "gritty" and "relevant." Our music openly celebrates and encourages violence and disassociation with righteousness. Our heroes today are strange androgynous creatures, moaning into microphones while prancing across a stage.
As I write this, the county in which I live has started to issue licenses to faggots. My state - in accordance with its constitution and legal process - banned homosexual marriages, but a federal judge overturned the ban. We now have rump rangers lining up at the courthouse, hand-in-hand.
The United States of America is a hopeless shadow of what it once was. It hasn't won a war since WW2, and both world wars were shams which had nothing to do with "protecting our freedom." Korea, Vietnam and Panama stand as shameful, examples of how this fumbling, once-great Western power can't even whip tiny little nations with nutty dictators. We were lied to about Germany, Grenada, Benghazi, Nicaragua, Bosnia, Iraq, Iran and Cuba. We're being lied to now about Syria, Lebanon and the little terrorist Israeli state, and we currently have troops stationed in 144 nations.
"America is the freest nation on Earth. Freedom is what makes America great."
"Freedom" is a marketing word. How can one claim that the United States is a "beacon of freedom" when its citizens are enslaved in usury debt through deception, monitored 24/7 and are compelled to (unconstitutionally) relinquish thousands of dollars every year by a group of thugs through illegal taxation?
Nobody in their right mind can claim to be "free" when the Supreme Court has approved the forcible extraction of your DNA if they suspect you of a crime, and that your staying silent while being questioned is an admission of guilt. If that makes you angry, don't try to exercise your First Amendment right outside their court: it's now illegal. You are being managed, and - if you don't like it - you're the problem.
Our leaders know we've lost the concept of freedom. After all, it was our own president George W. Bush, a war criminal convicted by the Hague court, that claimed we were attacked on 9/11 because "they [Muslim extremists] hate our freedoms."
Duty, Honor & Country
Oaths mean nothing to the unscrupulous, who live on in lies in a way an honest man never could.
Thanks to the intervention by our armed forces in Iraq, followed by our military occupations, the citizens of Iraq are enduring death squads, violent house raids, check points, detentions and curfews. In the name of "liberating" the Iraqi people, our soldiers literally danced on the grave of Saddam Hussein's sons, staged the Firdos Square statue destruction and ultimately handed Hussein over to be killed like a dog. It's bad enough that the United States funded Saddam Hussein and facilitated his rise to power, but am I also supposed to honor the volunteer armed forces for being the chumps paid to pull it off?
There are few - if any - warriors left who truly uphold their oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. Our illicit acts of aggression have nothing to do with democracy or freedom - and no honest, thinking person will allow that those complicit in these inhuman crimes can be ignorant of their purpose and scope.
Consider those people who elect to join our current fighting forces because of the promised benefits, or because it's the "right thing to do." This includes those who support the war effort under contract as civilians, both under fire and in air-conditioned offices stateside. I honestly could never bring myself to shake their hand; let alone honor them.
There are, of course, veterans who are forcibly compelled to fight these "wars" via selective service, or the well-intentioned person who found out the truth too late. I myself narrowly missed being forced into the Vietnam conflict, and will always remember the day my draft card came in the mail. If you want to try to understand how one struggles to be both a patriot and a soldier forced to sacrifice himself for the insanity of the Washington elite, talk to a Vietnam combat vet. He has to deal with the paradox every day for the rest of his life.
Living in Illusion (and loving it)
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5:31)
There is a madness in our people. As we lose freedom, we prefer the illusion of freedom rather than taking action to recover it. We have openly enabled and admired evil people for generations, and behave as if we're stunned when someone points it out.
"The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth." - H. L. Mencken
Precisely why fundamentally good people persist in honoring evil people escapes me. A few months ago I was driving through Johnson City, Texas (the home town of former president Lyndon Baines Johnson) and I remembered a common statement made by Texans: " Yes, he's a crook, but at least he's our crook."
It's bad enough that Americans have willingly swallowed lies since the beginning of this government, but they persist in propagating the lies by honoring those who make them.
Abraham Lincoln, the tyrant who made an unconstitutional war against sovereign southern states and its citizens, is enthroned like a Greek god in Washington. We name our city streets after Communists like Martin Luther King. We build libraries named after Bill Clinton, who savagely bombed Iraq - against international law - during his impeachment process. Phillip Zelikow, a Zionist Jew with dual citizenship and a conspirator to hide the truth behind 9/11, was recently appointed to the Intelligence Advisory Board by our current president. Former Pentagon Chief and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who crammed the "weapons of mass destruction" myth down our throats - and literally lost 2.3 TRILLION dollars while at the Pentagon - is writing his memoirs and trying to keep up with his speaking engagements. He was even awarded a "Defender of the Constitution Award" in 2011.
People like these play by a different set of rules than us, and those who simply point out their well-documented transgressions are generally regarded with contempt.
Most Americans I know are caught up in the myth that there are substantive differences between the two major political parties. In reality, the Republican and Democrat factions are two sides of the same coin. Their members are owned and controlled by the same people, and interests merge where their controllers benefit.
Most Americans I know believe I should vote. With one voice they shout: "Voting is a privilege! Don't throw it away!" Nonsense. I quit voting years ago, for two reasons: there is nobody to vote for, and the election process is rigged. I don't want to be held responsible for an evildoer I helped into national office, and I've learned that only evildoers make candidacy. Moreover, from LBJ's 1948 run as a senator of Texas to the Bush-Kerry elections of 2004, election fraud has been massive and blatant. Not wanting to declare an association with any party, I'm locked out of most voting anyway.
Everybody knows there are no real candidates for office, and everybody knows there is one excuse expected of them: "I'm voting for the 'lesser of two evils'". It never seems to have occurred to them that voting for the "lesser of two evils" is voting for evil. You see, voting is part of the illusion of freedom. Americans want to believe they can make a difference by simply pulling a lever, then walking away. Any fat rodent in a cage can be trained to do that.
The Ancient Vision Renewed
Life is full of sad realities, and the loss of national pride is one of them. The United States of America, with the glimmer of hope and vision it once had, is gone. Our infrastructure is crumbling, we're in hopeless debt. The progeny of the fathers is in a foggy stupor; intrigued by shiny, insignificant things while their vitality and resources are being drained from them.
The progeny doesn't remember how it used to be, because they no longer think in terms of generations. They have no vision for the future, because they don't remember the past! King Solomon lamented:
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. (Ecclesiastes 1:11)
When some angry person named Jorge is emptying your bedpan in your old age, with your savings gone, your 401K-based retirement ravaged by the too-big-to-fail corporations you used to have a job with, remember this: your salvation and your hope is in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It doesn't lie in the words of a dusty old document, or in the bones of long-dead men with tricorn hats and wooden teeth.
The answer is to go farther back, to a time when Israel was given the Law on the mountain, and to when the shining City of David was the envy of all the peoples.
Consider the word of the prophet of Israel:
Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. (Isaiah 43:9)
But, there is something we have to do first, because we demonstrably are a people with amnesia.
On a local church bulletin board, I recently saw a colorful photo of a large, handsome group of children assembled for a Bible study group. The scripture theme for the effort was from the prophet Jeremiah:
Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name. (Jeremiah 31:35)
This verse is part of an amazing passage of the New Covenant promises, given to Israel, by a prophet of Israel. I immediately thought: how many of these children will live out their lives, never having been told that they - themselves - may be the very progeny of those people and those promises?
If we don't know who we are, we're certainly ill-equipped to remember the former things, or apply those things to ourselves.
The answer to the problem is for the people to know who they are, and to remember the former things. We need to look back in terms of generations, and need to look ahead in terms of generations.
Last weekend, I saw a banner hanging from front of a church: "God is Relevant." It made my face burn. Do you think? Of course the God of Creation is relevant! And, why would the house of God even want to attract people that would wonder about God's relevancy? As our people search for their role and purpose, we need to look back to our beginning:
Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. (Isaiah 51:1)
The Christian today in America cannot honestly feel patriotism and also understand what both the Bible and the United States Constitution/Bill of Rights actually say. On the other hand, we all need to have a sense of national purpose and unity. For the people of God, it is His Kingdom that we are to seek; not our Kingdom. The Law we need to return to starts with a capitol letter, and isn't a document found in a glass case.
Most Americans I know act is if they are anesthetized; as if they are being prepared for the operating table. They vaguely know the seriousness of their condition, but try to press on as if something is salvageable - even as the IV takes effect. I also know angry Americans that see the seriousness of their condition, but are aimless and react in unproductive ways.
Truly, the adversary already understands what we need to understand: know who you are, and go back to your beginning.