TO DESTROY A NATION!
Someone, long ago, asked, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” In case you didn’t notice, that was a rhetorical question. Another “someone,” quite some time ago, discovered that the best way to destroy a nation, short of nuking it off the globe, was to yank the foundation out from under it. Some revolutionaries suggested that the way to do this was:
A. Corrupt the young. Get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial, destroy their ruggedness.
B. Get control of all means of publicity and thereby:
1. Get people’s minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books and plays, and other trivialities.
2. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance. [Like perhaps man-made global warming. jbc]
3.Destroy the people’s faith in their natural leaders by holding these latter up to ridicule, obloquy, and contempt. [Approval ratings of our political leaders is dismally low. jbc]
4. Always preach true democracy, but seize power as fast and as ruthlessly as possible.
5. By encouraging government extravagance, destroy its credit, produce fear of inflation with rising prices and general discontent. [Prices are rising. jbc]
6. Foment unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil disorders and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of government toward such disorders.
7. By specious arguments cause the breakdown of the old moral virtues: honesty, sobriety, continence, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness. [Whatever happened to, “His word is his bond”? jbc]
C. Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with a view to confiscating them and leaving the population helpless. [The battle against firearms never ends. jbc]
Another someone, the apostle Paul, after quoting the commandment to, “honor thy father and thy mother,” pointed out that it was the first commandment with promise. The promise was, “that thy days may be long upon the land...” What the 5th commandment in the law of the land of the Israelites (the ten commandments) was trying to show them (and us) is that the family is the foundation of any stable society, community, or nation. Destroy the family and the nation will crumble around it.
I have had the privilege of reading We Were Soldiers Once...And Young; the battle of Ia Drang, the first major battle of US troops in Vietnam, and seeing the movie, “We Were Soldiers” based on the book and starring Mel Gibson. Lt. General Harold (Hal) G. Moore the co-author of the book, with Joseph L Galloway, was a Lt. Colonel and the battalion commander in the Ia Drang battle. By all accounts Hal Moore was a dedicated leader, a brave soldier and the consummate military man. He retired from military service in 1977 but never got his fourth star. Reportedly he would have made the rank of General except that he objected to women in combat, a politically incorrect position.
Some years ago there was a concerted effort to enact the Equal Rights Amendment. It was shot down and never became the law of the land due to, in a large part, the efforts of those who said it would lead to women in combat and other such things that were foreign to the thinking of the great majority of Americans at the time. Failing to get the amendment passed, the forces behind it, just bypassed the constitution and have implemented women in military uniform right beside men.
We have laws against discrimination, i.e. discriminating between the sexes, or as it is generally termed, “discriminating against women.” The U. S. Supreme Court has outlawed discriminating against homosexuals in the workplace etc. In other words we are not allowed to point out that sexual perverts are sexual perverts. All this has contributed greatly to the blurring of the lines between the sexes. At one time men were to be breadwinners and women were to be homemakers. I could go on and point out that then women wore dresses and men wore trousers; women had long hair and men had short hair, but let it suffice to say that there was a time in America when things were different.
I recall an incident back in the time when the Beatles had recently introduced long hair to American males. I was visiting in the home of a friend when I had occasion to answer a knock at the front door. I opened the door and there it stood. It said it wanted to collect for the newspaper. I wasn’t sure if it was old enough to have developed breasts or if it wasn’t the right gender. It wore pants and its hair was long, but of course, that told me nothing. Its voice could have been that of a girl, or a boy whose voice had not yet changed. We completed the business it was there to transact. It left and I closed the door and went back to whatever it was I was doing. I don’t know to this day whether it was male or female.
In my home town, back in this same era, there was a debate raging in the mailbag of the local paper. It had to do with the role of women in society etc. I recall one letter to the editor where the wife declared that she thought that keeping house was a dollar and cents business and she affirmed that she was sure that most wives were grossly underpaid for there labors in this regard. I was somewhat taken aback by this as I was just naive(?) enough to have believed that a man and woman got married and did their parts in the marriage out of love and not for monetary gain or compensation.
I am a typical Hoosier, a basketball fan. I have never seen a basketball team that put five centers, or five point guards on the floor at one time. Typically a team will have a center, a power forward, a small forward, a shooting guard, and a point guard. Together they make a team. Five centers, or five point guards etc. just will not get the job done. And neither will, “Mommy working the first shift, Daddy working the second shift, and the kids left to shift for themselves. Or, as it all to often is these days, Mommy at work, the kids home alone or in daycare, and the major concern with Daddy is: will he pay the child support this month? A successful family will be one in which each member fulfills his or her’s God ordained function.
The apostle Paul tells us that there will come a time when they will be, “forbidding to marry.” One might wonder if this will even be necessary, as so many these days don’t bother with marriage but just live together, or “shack up” as we used to call it. Marriage and the family is the foundation of a stable society but our foundation has been greatly eroded. What could possibly save us? Perhaps a great awakening and a mighty Holy Ghost revival. I would love to believe that that may happen and be the solution, but there is just one problem: We are told that those that will forbid to marry have “their conscience seared with a hot iron.” A major awakening will not convert them but more likely infuriate them to the point of open warfare, possibly taking us all the way to the Battle of Armageddon.
If I wanted to destroy this nation and was in a position to help effect it, I would expend my efforts to promote just what has been going on over the past several decades. I wouldn’t change a thing. I reiterate, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”