Repost of MySpace Blog from November

Just reposting an old MySpace Blog so I can link to it. :)

Where are we going?

Two years ago I wrote a blog about what seemed to me to be some bleak election news. At the time, I tried to put as positive a spin on it as possible. I remembered then, as I remember today, that my trust is not in things of this world and that I have a faith and a hope in a far greater kingdom than any that this world has ever seen. I still hold to those beliefs and I am always grateful that I have that peace that holds me through all things. I remember how it held my grandmother up as she battled cancer at too early an age. Every one of her nurses fell in love with her kind, sweet spirit and she directed all the praise and glory back to her Father who always sustained her. Drawing on things that she and many others have taught me, I know that there are no circumstances in this world that can take away that peace and joy.

All of that being said, I found myself waking up this morning feeling quite depressed. Just after my dear husband left for work this morning, I lay wide awake in my bed at four o'clock wondering how it is that so many in our country could be so inviting of the socialist agenda that Mr. Barak Obama promises to bring with him to the highest office in our land.

As I pondered this for a moment, I remembered conversations that I have had with friends, family and co-workers over the last few weeks and months and even years. The troubling facts became all too clear to me this dark morning as I lay there in the dark. These events should not be surprising to me. The idea of turning our great republic into a socialist nation is nothing new. There have been many "social reforms" down through the years as our country has grown up. These social reforms are exactly that…socialist ideas that we have embraced, accepted and, often, come to think of as normal and right.

As far back as the early 1800's socialist reformers began introducing the idea of a common (or public) school system in our country. As with most of the social reforms (or socialist agendas) that have come along over the years, this one sounded good on the surface. The socialist spin: All children should have equal opportunity to education. The true socialist agenda: The state, rather than the individual should have control over when, where and what my child is taught. As usual, when individual freedoms are taken away and replaced by the "better" efforts of the government, this socialist experiment has failed and failed badly. Not only are our educational standards increasingly sub-standard, but the stated goals of its extremely socialist minded founder, Horace Mann, have never been met. There is still no "equality" in education. Not only were women and people of other races besides white prohibited from attending public schools for many years, but to this day public schools in poorer areas such as our inner cities are notorious for being places where very little learning is done. From Horace Mann to John Dewey, the "Father of Progressive Education," a clear study of their own statements shows that they all had a similar agenda – that being to create a monopoly in the realm of ideas so that their own personal vision of society could be put forward. The best way to do this? Gain control as early as possible over the minds of the young.

Another great socialist agenda propagated in the late 1800's and coming to fruition in the twentieth century was the women's suffrage movement. The socialist spin: Women should have equal rights as men. The true socialist agenda: Society should be re-defined to conform to the feminist ideal. In 1921 Lenin bragged that "in Soviet Russia, no trace is left of any inequality between men and women under the law." Sounds like utopia, no? An article in the Atlantic Monthly from 1926 describes the Bolsheviki of Russia as hating the family and pulling out all the stops to destroy this most basic of institutions. Make no mistake, Susan B. Anthony and many of her sister suffragists held this same view. The soviet government enforced their changes immediately and with devastating effect. In his book Perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev reflected on 70 years of Russian turmoil: "We have discovered that many of our problems — in children's and young people's behavior, in our morals, culture and in production — are partially caused by the weakening of family ties." Socialists in our own country have not had the same opportunity to advance their agenda, but they have slowly, but surely undermined the family in many ways throughout the years and continue to do so. Because "pro-choice" has become the feminist byword, I find the following quote by Simone de Beauvoir, a leading radical feminist in the last century, to be quite telling: "No woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one."

One major bit of socialist reform that has come down the pike in recent history is Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. This little bit of reform brought with it a program that was so unmitigatingly socialist in its origins that it even included the word Social in its title. Social Security. The socialist spin: Those affected by the great depression should have some kind of relief from their suffering. The true socialist agenda: Begin the process of creating a centralized governmentally controlled financial system through which all of the citizens will eventually be supported, i.e. do away with capitalism and redistribute the wealth. Many well known economists since then have argued that FDR's New Deal actually prolonged and deepened the great depression. In a very good article entitled The New Deal Debunked Thomas J. DiLorenzo, a professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland, quotes many of those economists and states that "it was capitalism that finally ended the Great Depression, not FDR's harebrained cartel, wage- increasing, unionizing, and welfare state expanding policies." Just one of the many travesties committed during this time period comes from my own personal history. I have heard the story of my great-grandfather's cow since I was a very young girl. During the time FDR was enacting his "harebrained" schemes, my great-grandparents owned a milk cow. The government decided that if this family no longer had their own milk cow, then they would go out and buy their milk elsewhere and therefore better the economy. The great problem with this theory is that my great-grandparents and their four children, like so many others of the time, were just scraping by. So, when the government came in and killed their cow, they didn't run out and buy milk. They simply went without.

These examples are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to social reforms/socialist agendas that have been slowly brought into our thinking and infiltrated the way that we live our daily lives. Over the years, we have come to think of some of these social reforms as the only way to live. Therefore, the results of yesterday's election should not surprise me.

As I said at the beginning of this blog, my hope is not in things of this world and I know that no matter what yesterday brought, today holds or tomorrow brings, I am ready.