The Spiritual Element Of America’s Downward Spiral
Somebody’s religion will ultimately prevail. If “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is jettisoned as a basis for upholding the rights of all, a more Darwinian system will arise in which the strong will suppress the weak by any brutal means necessary. This is the historical norm, while the American experiment has been a glorious exception.
The liberal media is in high gear, attempting to convince Americans that their prospects are suddenly rosy. The economy is ostensibly in full rebound mode (again), and the annual federal deficit is projected to crash below the $1 trillion mark for the first time since Obama has been in office. So why are Americans reluctant to believe that their country is on the path to a bright and robust future? Could it be that people still measure their “quality of life” by some standard other than the state of the economy (Admittedly, this presumes that the economy is actually improving, which is more wishful speculation than objective truth)?
Increasingly, America is reaping the consequences of its moral and spiritual collapse, and the dismal condition of the economy (Yes, it is dismal, once the flimsy veneer of liberal spin is removed) is only a symptom of the overall degradation of America. On numerous fronts, life in the country is in decline, and despite the best efforts of the left to redefine reality in a manner that puts their agenda in a good light, things will only continue to worsen for as long as the people of this country refuse to recognize the immutable truths of right and wrong, and determine once again to abide by them.
In one of the most blatant manifestations of such deterioration, consider the accelerating encroachments of militant Islam. Advocates of Sharia law, with all of its oppression and brutality, are advancing from beachheads which they established in America only a few short years ago. The basic premises of the religious freedom, enjoyed by Christians in America since before the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, are being relentlessly eradicated, precept by precept, under the bogus auspices of “separation of Church and state.” Meanwhile, municipalities, states, and even the federal government establish policy and conduct business with ever increasing deference to Islamic demands. Somehow we are expected to believe that the Founders would see the federal government raze that little white Church down the road to protect us from the “threat” it apparently poses, while inviting those Imams and their Mosques to help define law, justice, and freedom for America.
But this appalling situation did not result from Islam having gained sufficient strength to surpass the Judeo-Christian principles on which Western culture was built, and by which it has flourished. Rather, it is the dilution and dissipation of those principles which left the nation morally and philosophically bankrupt, and created a void that the Islamists are perfectly willing to fill with their barbaric and oppressive ideology.
Despite the vapid assertions of leftists and even some claiming to be on the “right” who deny religion and morality (read: Christian principle) as a basis for Western law, and who believe that society can be improved if it becomes “neutral” on such matters, somebody’s religion will ultimately prevail. And if “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is jettisoned as a basis for upholding the rights of all, a more Darwinian system will arise in which the strong will suppress the weak by any brutal means necessary. This is the historical norm, while the American experiment has been a glorious exception.
Yet America is far from being at the “tipping point” after which such an onslaught could no longer be repulsed. In truth, the leftist/countercultural offensive is being perpetrated by a “paper tiger,” which still lacks either the numbers or philosophical strength to overwhelm traditional America. What it does possess is a good propaganda machine to create an impression of its vast and inexorable power. Worse yet, many on the right are reverting to a defeatist and pacifist attitude which only emboldens and thus empowers the seditious powers seeking to eradicate the America of John Adams and Patrick Henry, and supplant it with a Marxist collectivist state in which the highest aspiration of the citizenry is merely to subsist. A few recent events bear witness of the mire into which America has been dragged, and by which it will be devoured if the people of the Heartland do not firmly resolve to extricate their beloved land from it.
As he awaited trial for what could be a capital offense, Major Nidal Hasan, who murdered thirteen Americans and wounded dozens of others at Fort Hood Texas in 2009, was allowed to grow a beard in deference to his Islamic religion, despite still remaining on the Army payroll at a cost to taxpayers of over $300,000. By this string of travesties, not only Hasan’s victims, but all of the American people are being betrayed and mocked.
Meanwhile, out of concern for the sensitivities of Muslims and homosexuals in the United States military, an edict has recently been issued which prohibits Christian servicemen and women, including Military Chaplains, from sharing their faith, despite this being a basic tenet of Christianity. In short, the Army of General George Washington, who kneeled and prayed at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777, is being supplanted by one that frowns on such a practice while embracing sexual deviancy and a theology that is hostile to such Western institutions as the Church and the Constitution. As this assault on the institutions of this great America advances, and among such institutions the Military was once an unshakable cornerstone, it is increasingly difficult to even voice any dissent over such matters in public without becoming a target of official efforts to be silenced. Hence, another fundamental principle of the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights is being dismantled. Can any of the others long remain immune?
Leading the way in America’s plunge from greatness to desolation in recent decades has been the once great state of California. In an act that could only have been the punch line of bad jokes in times past, Governor Gerry Brown recently signed AB1266, a law that allows K-12 students “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities, and facilities,” regardless of their gender. At a time in their lives when young people are seeking to comprehend the increasing complexities of life, and are most in need of caring adult guidance to help them sort through the confusion of it all, they are instead abandoned to the clutches of those in government most willing to pander to societal fringe movements that will exploit them as pawns. Meanwhile, the rights of children to be free from invasive encroachments by the opposite sex in locker rooms and restrooms have been callously cast by the wayside.
However, the liberal establishment, led by those bastions of morality the Democrats, have indeed found an affront to decency that is abhorrently unacceptable to them, and worthy of the loudest and severest condemnation. It seems that a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair had the temerity to wear a Barack Obama mask and behave in a manner that mocked its namesake. The denunciations were immediate and fierce, the sanctimony unparalleled. Here is a behavior that cannot and will not be tolerated if we are to have any hope that the nation will endure. And these nauseating excesses of feigned liberal indignation have continued unabated for several days running.
Forget, for the moment, the abject hypocrisy of these moralizing leftists who are happy to demean conservatives when any occasion arises, including at the announcement of a death. Consider instead the time and effort being devoted to this incident, while other real travesties of justice and morality, rampant throughout the nation, are completely ignored. In contrast, no harm came to any individual at the Missouri State Fair, and no person’s private property was encroached upon or confiscated. Yet the left was affronted and on that basis alone we are told that an indefensible wrong had been committed.
Right and wrong have now devolved to the point that they are arbitrarily defined, on a case by case basis, at the whim of a political cabal that is only concerned with the advancement of its agenda. No economic uptick, no reduction in unemployment rolls, and no rosy prognostication of a rebound in the business sector will restore and secure the blessings of liberty to this and future generations if the conscience of the nation continues to be polluted in this current manner.
Christopher G. Adamo is a resident of southeastern Wyoming and has been involved in state and local politics for many years. He writes for several prominent conservative websites, as has written for regional and national magazines. His contact information and article archives can be found at www.chrisadamo.com, and he can be followed on Twitter @CGAdamo.