I went to college late in life. I did not attend a conservative, or even a politically neutral, college. Being a military wife and mother at the time, I was limited in my choices by geography.
As an older adult, I can really sympathize with the younger students and the assault to their beliefs and how that assault shapes their future. They have little real life experience to anchor them solidly in reality, their previous years also spent within a closed education system.
In spite of having life experience and a set of beliefs that held me in good stead over the preceding years before entering college I found it difficult. Sometimes the attacks to your logic and beliefs are subtle, sometimes very direct. The only refuge from such attacks were the science or math courses and sometimes not even there. I’m not really much of a mathmetician but heading into to a calculus class after a previous quarter of philosophy, psychology and sociology, was a relief.
Going into the particulars of the assaults to belief systems and life experience would take a book. However, it has been sufficiently covered in many publications both online and offline. The cognitive dissonance experienced can be mind numbing and somewhat disabling. Oh, one can certainly function at nominal levels for every day life but moving beyond that to anything worthwhile is as great a struggle as what we’ve gone through making a difference in Iraq. You’re conditioned to not think beyond the “facts” as presented and, if you want to succeed, you shape everything you say and do around those “facts.” I did well at that once I learned “the secret.”
In a somewhat humorous way, it might explain why most Republicans are older than the average Democrat. It takes that life experience missing in younger adults who have spent the greater part of their lives in the education system to bring about the wisdom to know that communism/socialism at any level doesn’t work for the long term.
In spite of the fact that it has failed time and again, its proponents continue attempts to create such a system world wide… the one world government ideology or Obama’s “Kingdom on Earth” vision.
In a recent conversation with someone, we began discussing Communism/Socialism. It didn’t surprise me to hear “we should learn how to make communism and capitalism work together.” You have no idea how many times I heard that same talking point for four years of undergraduate study… well, perhaps you do.
The conversation could have gone in several different directions at that point, with me loudly denouncing communist ideology. Instead, I just looked at the fellow and said, “Communism is a closed system. It doesn’t play well with others.” He thought about that for a few moments, then silently nodded his head. He brought up the religious angle and how communism seeks to replace religion among the peoples of the world, as does socialism.
Many have argued that socialism and communism are different animals but I’ve tried very hard to understand they come to that conclusion. When I look at the ideologies, the differences are largely semantic. An exchange of this word for that word, that word for this word, doesn’t change the meaning, only the way it sounds.
In the first part of this series I covered the 45 goals of converting the U.S. to a Communist America. Some of those goals have been around so long that they have been largely a fait accompli for many years. Others are in the stage of being realized, especially goals 13-42.
We’ve watched as politicians have enacted bills that they promise are temporary to fix certain problems, and indeed, when those bills are set to expire studies are done on the efficacy of those bills and they push to extend them. Then, in concert with the extension, they vote to expand them.
For example, the S-Chip bill which expired Sep 30 worked well enough that Congress wanted to continue the bill. However, rather than extending it as it was, they wanted to greatly expand it to a point where up to 400% of the povery level income was covered. We’d do anything for our children and they were counting on that. When it was vetoed by the president, the major party in Congress used children to play upon the sympathies of the rest of us. Many conservatives are looking at this proposed expansion as a back-door attempt to a national healthcare plan: socialized medicine. They could very well be right. If there is an expansion every time the bill is reevaluated no one will be able to afford health insurance except through government programs except the very rich.
Once our children enter kindergarten, they are no longer ours. Remember goal 41: Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents. How often have you protested something in your child’s school only to be told you don’t have a choice because it’s the law? Add to that, goal 26: Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.” and goal 40: “Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce” and you get this: Maine middle school to offer birth control, this: AP: Sexual Misconduct Plagues US Schools, and this: The Folsom Street Fair, uncovered (not for underage eyes).
Dinesh D’Souza has an op-ed at USA Today entitled: A Christian foundation. In it, he states:
We seem to be witnessing an aggressive attempt by leading atheists to portray religion in general, and Christianity in particular, as the bane of civilization. Finding the idea of God incompatible with science and reason, these atheists also fault Christianity with fostering a breed of fanaticism comparable to Islamic radicalism. The proposed solution: a completely secular society, liberated from Christian symbols and beliefs. (goals 27 & 28)
In his introductory text he projects a hopeful demeanor.
Popular efforts to tuck Christianity neatly aside as a footnote to this country’s history and to deliver a secular society will fail. Why? Because the faith is inextricably tied to our values, our institutions and even modern science.
I hope he is right. In recent weeks we have seen churches under assault on all fronts from the transvestite nuns receiving communion to the Episcopalian Church changing their qualifications for ministers.
One could argue that these events don’t mean what I believe they mean. If taken one at a time with no consideration of any other events, that would be a good argument. While this article highlights recent events, the trend has been with us for many years. Encroachments have occurred eroding our beliefs and culture little by little over decades. Every year we come up against these small encroachments which build one upon the other until we find ourselves at the brink of a slippery slope into the bottomless pit that is communism.
Just as Chavez’s actions have positioned him to become President of Venezuela for life, so are events positioning politicians in this country to become our government for life.