By Al Benson Jr.
Recently I read a good article by Pat Buchanan. I don’t always agree with Pat, but I do enough of the time that I take the trouble to check out what he is saying.
In a recent article he mentioned Garet Garrett, who authored The People’s Pottage back in 1953. This book was one of Garrett’s major attempts to warn people of the direction in which he saw the country heading.
Garrett wrote: “There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom.” That is an apt description of what has happened in this country, although I might disagree with Garrett’s timetable for the revolution a little. I think it happened much earlier than he said, earlier even than he was aware of.
Pat Buchanan noted: “Garrett wrote of a revolution within the form. While outwardly America appeared the same, a revolution within had taken place that was now irreversible . One only need glance at where we were before the New Deal, where we are and where we are headed to see how far we are off the course the Founding Fathers set for our republic.” Again, I agree with Buchanan’s assessment, but I disagree with his timing. It happened a long time before the New Deal and Roosevelt.
I have a good friend who is a pastor. Years ago he did a lecture series that detailed the history of America from when Columbus landed up until the end of “reconstruction” after the War of Northern Aggression. Some have asked him why he stopped there and, if I recall correctly, he said that everything after “reconstruction” was “ Post-America.” In other words, with the advent of the War and the ensuing “reconstruction” (a term coined by Karl Marx) the country the Founding Fathers gave us had come to an end. We no longer lived in the united States that the founders bequeathed to us. From “reconstruction” on it became a totally different entity. It appeared the same to the undiscerning. The “forms” remained the same, but the real substance was eaten out of it. The forms were kept so people wouldn’t know that a revolution, a Marxist revolution, had taken place in this country and once the government’s education system was firmly locked in place no one would ever learn the real truth, or at least not enough people to make any major difference.
And so people who have not ever been truly educated believe that America is going on as it always has. After all, they can still vote can’t they? In Communist countries they have one political party and everybody is “free” to vote for that one party’s candidates–and heaven help you if you don’t! In this country we have two major parties, both of which work studiously to make sure no third party candidates ever get a real hearing. These two parties are controlled by a cabal of One World government freaks so that you get almost the same agenda no matter which party you vote for. How much real difference is there between that and what they have in Communist countries? I submit there isn’t a whole heck of a lot of difference. You get to vote for socialist A or socialist B and where the rubber meets the road there’s not much difference except maybe in the rhetoric.
One complaint that is made about socialist countries is that their rate of taxation hovers around 50%. Again, Pat Buchanan observed: “Obama’s first budget will consume 28 percent of the entire GDP; state and local governments another 15 percent.” If you stop and add that up you find that government at all levels consumes 43% of the whole GDP. And Buchanan also tells us that Obama plans to repeal whatever tax cuts George Bush implemented, which will take the income tax rate to nearly 40%! And that’s not counting those state and local taxes. Obama has so many tax and spend schemes that the average American will have a hard time keeping food on the table–and just think, we got to vote him into office so he could do all this! A’int we lucky?
Think about it. The United States is already a socialist country. We’ve been heading that way since 1865–not 1935–but 1865. None of us alive today has ever lived under the system the Founding Fathers left for us. We have all lived under the form, without the substance, and we, in the main, don’t have a clue. The revolution is, indeed, behind us, not in front of us and we need to begin to come to grips with that. Socialist revolution has already happened in this country–way back in 1865 and we need to get that into our thick skulls.
We revere our Declaration of Independence. That document was a secession document in actuality. They don’t tell you that in the government brain laundries either. Secession needed to be considered in 1776, in 1861, and it needs to be considered today, because the country the founders left us is gone. Benjamin Franklin told the lady in Philadelphia that they (the founders) had given us “a republic, if you can keep it.” We have not kept it. It’s gone! We need to start over. May God help us.
Content ©2009 Al Benson Jr.