One of the more unfortunate phenomena that have come to fruition in modern society is the so-called ‘cancel culture.’ The main thrust of this Leftist effort is seen through the influence of social media minions and the main targets are leaders in society, politics, the media and, big business.
The power of ‘cancel culture’ has increased almost exponentially in 2020. The catalyst propelling this Leftist tactic was the murder of George Floyd and the immediate response with riots and by the impetus of Leftist organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
The main weapon of this moment that is employed to incite the mob, whether a human mob or a digital mob, against conservative pushback and solutions, is the slogan sword of ‘black lives matter.’ The use of this weapon is very attractive to the Left since it can be done through social media such as Twitter and Facebook and those who wield it do not have to go face-to-face with their target.
The targets of the Leftist attacks have two things in common. They are either conservative or have made statements or performed acts that support, or that the Leftist thought police think support, conservative principles or institutions, or even if they have not supported BLM enough!
The ‘Cancel Culture’ Method
The way ‘cancelation’ works for the Left slightly varies depending on their particular target, however, the object is the same in each case. It is to cause shame and effect silence or removal upon whoever or whatever may stand in opposition to their societal and political goals.
If one is a prominent figure in conservative media, such as Tucker Carlson on Fox News, then you are targeted on social media with attacks on sponsors of the program in an effort to get it ‘canceled,’ from the network. If one is a leader in the business community, you will be monitored through ordinary and social media and if found ‘offensive’ or ‘racist’ in some manner, boycotts and shaming will be used for intimidation to try and get the certain mogul to appease the Leftist demands.
As the ‘protests’ and violence has escalated the Leftist crowd, guided and emboldened by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, has also escalated their target base to private citizens whose social media is not in concert with their goals of domination. Moreover, make no mistake, domination is their goal.
If you doubt that assertion, let me provide a couple of examples. The first comes from the Seattle, Washington occupied zone that was known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ, but now call themselves the Capitol Hill Occupy Protest, or CHOP.
Jaiden Grayson, a CHOP ‘leader,’ made these statements while being interviewed by documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz,
“Every single day that I show up here, I’m not here to peacefully protest,” Grayson said. “I’m here to disrupt until my demands are met. You cannot rebuild until you break it all the way down.”…“Respond to the demands of the people or prepare to be met with any means necessary,” she said. “By any means necessary. …“It’s not a slogan. It’s not even a warning. I’m letting people know what comes next.” …Grayson said that she lives by her own definition of violence. “A response to violence is not violence itself,” she said.
The method of ‘cancelation’ has now moved to include violence in an attempt to ‘cancel’ our entire current system of government and way of life. This is spelled out in graphic detail by another example from a New York City Black Lives Matter leader in an interview with Martha McCallum of FOX News.
During the interview, she asked him about his comments that he would burn the country down. He replied, “If this country doesn’t give us what we want then we will burn down the system and replace it,” Newsome replied. “And I could be speaking figuratively, I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation.”
What do these mobocracy leaders want to put in place of the American system of government? The answer is a Marxist system akin to a “1984” scenario with people like them calling the shots, of course.
A critical step toward this nightmare world is to rid the nation of any record of any kind of troublesome reminders of historical facts on the pretext that these are ‘racist.’ This is an attempt to ‘cancel’ American history in order to remake the future in their Marxist model.
The Attempt to ‘Cancel’ History
In recent weeks these calls for ‘cancelation’ have been amplified both in volume and scope to ranging from ordinary people losing their jobs to rage mobs destroying historical monuments, mostly statues, of any figure even perceived as racist even some who fought against slavery. In fact, statues of President Abraham Lincoln have been defaced and in one case there is a petition demand endorsed by the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts to remove the Emancipation Memorial featuring a statue of Abraham Lincoln and a newly freed slave.
It is interesting to note that the Emancipation Memorial was financed by former slaves who wished to commemorate the moment of their release from bondage. The fact that this actually dishonors the liberation of blacks seems irrelevant to the Leftist mob on their march to dominance.
Moreover, statues and monuments of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Grant, and Teddy Roosevelt are on the Left’s chopping block as well. One interesting fact is true about every name I have mentioned; none of them fought for the Confederacy.
Thus, those who would claim this rioting and monument toppling is simply a shot at racism are ignorant at best and malevolent at worst. That includes the surrogates of the Leftist BLM, the Democratic Party in America, whose leaders have already endorsed pulling down various statues and destroying monuments.
This is a critical move to attempt ‘canceling’ the American heritage and western civilization by lawlessness and brute force. It has gained momentum primarily as a result of frustration because of the phony pandemic panic ‘lockdowns,’ the incendiary spark of the George Floyd murder, and the racial and intellectual fraud of the “1619 Project” courtesy of the New York Times.
We are now seeing the fruit of seeds planted long ago and newly nurtured by public academia through this fraudulent history released in 2019. As this journal noted in August of 2019,
Rewriting history is always a perilous proposition because it paves the way for future tyranny. It has been used as a prominent tactic by all Socialist and Fascistic movements from Marxists to National Socialists, aka Nazis, in modern history.
While the road to tyranny is now opening up for the Left, there is on crucial societal obstacle still in the path of their complete domination. That obstacle is the existence of an increasingly fewer faithful Judeo-Christians remaining in western society.
Until that vanguard is defeated and forced into submission, the Left will not rest. The effort to do just that, as well as ways to counter the Leftists’ ambitions, will be the subject of part two.
Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. Psalm 13:3-5 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
As appalling current events unravel before our very eyes, an underlying message lies deep between the lines of the newspapers and social media posts. Christians must understand we need to stand up, today, for the Lord and His written Word. Be followers of Jesus, or live in the sinful realm of Satan!
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 1 John 3:7
Are all people not created equal? Did God make one race superior over another? No! He made each person unique in His own light, and an “image of Him.” So, why is there a need for racism?
My first thought in recognizing humanity is the word equality. It engulfs the notion that every person, regardless of religion, race, or gender, has the same rights. I believe this to be true, but many in the United States have a tough time putting it into practice. I think the issue is not about equality, but a varying difference of opinions. Let me give you an example…
In today’s times, the Jews often dispute “the image of God.” They feel strongly that God was referring only to Israel’s nation, for they abide more so by the Old Testament than Christians. The problem with this is God didn’t create people to be more valuable than others, nor more deserving of His love than others.
We must come to grips with the fact that humanity will either accept God’s Word or not and live a life worthy of God. It is an individual choice – one which will be personally answered to before the Lord.
I find the greatest country on earth, oddly enough, is spreading the most immature behavior. Americans are like a box of crayons standing collectively inside a little cardboard box. Our colors bring vibrancy to creativity, yet the mean-spirited are determined to break us in half, creating separation through social justice. We each bring gifts and talents to the table, and all skin colors and religions are equal in the worth that God has given them.
My goodness! Isn’t it time to come together? Yes, I’m aware Satan has control over many; but it shouldn’t deter the rest of our communities from acknowledging the self-worth of man.
In the spirit of recognizing humanity, let us attend church regularly instead of rioting. If you want equality, then put God first. Yes, let’s recognize humanity! Instead of rioting and judging others for their race and religion, let us go to church on Sunday morning and ask for forgiveness. Pray for the lost that they may find solace in the Lord.
It is Satan’s unending motive to disenfranchise us from God, so why are we empowering him? The discrimination of racism begins in the heart, so give it to God! I ask you to recognize humanity for what it is – the Lord’s beautiful creations… born with many differences.
My You Tube channel began the new season of Blogging 2 Believers. Please join me this week for, “God’s Timing.” Learn how God’s impeccable timing changed the lives of two people.
I walked into an old clocksmith store, and I could hear the tick-tock movements of the pendulums. The walls were dark and aging plaster cracks appeared everywhere. The timber moaned that supported the weathered wood floor. Time never stops as the pendulum swings.
A frail elderly man heard me enter, and he scurried out from behind a lint-covered curtain. I wanted to run as my pores turned clammy. It was time to turn the thoughts of the past behind me. We started a dialog. Time grabbed my hands, and I was held in the bondage of yesterday’s movement.
Life is deeply portrayed by the movement of the inner workings of a clock. The gears continue to spin while God watches everything. So patiently, we wait for His perfect timing.
The tarnished faces of the clocks stared at each other. Their sounds mesmerized me. Feeling very minute, the store surrounded my every thought. I came to exchange a gift, but perhaps I’ll leave well enough alone.
And so life around me aggressively consumed my soul. The sounds of the pendulums resembled the printing presses of time. The clocks stamped out the worn-out news. Bewildered, I was frozen in time. I stood still on the uneven floor while… the pendulum swings.
Metaphorically, God is situated similarly within our souls. Just as the ticking clocks in the old store, we are standing face to face with our Maker. Even amidst His peace, our spirit is out of sync. Everyone has a choice and burying our heads will not stop time. All God’s children have an inborn clock, and soon we must realize the pendulum still swings.
Radical events surround my thoughts as the old floors are creaking where we walk today. Riot gear may protect our skin, but nothing protects our spirit. They leave us to wonder while… the pendulum still swings.
Our Lord, the old clock man Himself, determines our destiny with His watchful eyes. Hearts and minds break as we read and listen to the media’s deceitful lies, which do little to comfort our soul. It’s only God who will make the sun to rise again. The pendulum will still swing… bringing a new life.
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The following account is fictional but unfortunately is not as far-fetched as it might seem. There are already proposals for similar actions by the Democratic Governor of the state of Washington, Jay Inslee. This could migrate to national status should something akin to the ridiculous “Heroes Act,” aka H.R. 6666 [yes, that is the number] be passed into law.
Sometime in the not-so-distant future:
“Today’s the day, isn’t it?” Margaret Claybourne asked across the kitchen table to her husband, Henry.
Henry nodded and replied, “Yes, it is. Don’t worry Maggie, it’s all going to be ok.”
Those words meant to reassure his wife were as much to bolster Henry’s courage as well. He pretty-much knew that things were definitely not going to be “ok” in the foreseeable future, but he couldn’t think about that right now.
“I hope you’re right, Henry, but I’m still not convinced. They’re probably on their way here right now!”
Yes, Henry thought, They are on their way. ‘They’ won’t be placated by talking, we already know that. He was reminded of his co-worker and buddy Pete who initially tried to resist the authorities with his protestations. He remembered that Monday morning Pete wasn’t at work. He never returned to work and no real explanation was given. His supervisors told Henry that Pete had quit, but that wasn’t the friend he had known for the last 15 years. Pete had a wife and two kids and he walks away from his largest means of support?!
“Yes babe, they are probably on their way, but we have a little time. So, we’re going to pray, and then we’re going to run.”
Maggie trusted her husband implicitly. She knew he had been planning something like this for a while but Henry hadn’t given her many details. Whenever she asked he would always say, “It’s better if you don’t know in case something happens and one of us gets caught.” But now that it was real, she wanted to know. Maggie looked Henry straight in the eyes and then bowed her head as he began praying aloud.
“Lord, we come humbly to You, knowing that all things are in Your hands and nothing can take You by surprise. We rest our hope in You and believe You will lead us through this trial. Give us guidance, wisdom, and courage for what lies before us now. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Henry stood up from their kitchen table and started toward their bedroom. Before he could get three steps, Maggie said, “Ok Henry, it’s time I knew a little more about this. I know we’re running, and I know why we’re running. But where are we going? C’mon baby, fess up.”
Henry turned and gazed at his wife of 25 years. To him, she seemed hardly changed from their wedding day, though she often complained of carrying a few more pounds and the few wisps of gray that intermingled her raven hair.
He walked around the table and gently clasped her small hands as she stood. Her dark brown eyes stared up at him and Henry gave her a wry grin.
“Have I told you lately how beautiful you are?” He asked.
“Don’t try and charm me with compliments Henry Claybourne,” she shot back with a slight grin of her own. She wanted to sound firmer but in spite of herself inside she felt a flutter as his rugged face looked down on her. How can he still do this to me after all these years?
“For now,” Henry replied, “We’re going to Dave and June’s place. I don’t know how long we can stay, but so far, that’s the next step. So go get our case and make sure to take your ‘dead’ phone and put it in the safe sleeve. I’ll take care of my phone here. Then meet me in the basement”
Maggie knew this part pretty much by heart. They had gone over the routine for “bugging out” many times. They had known months ago that they might have to escape both pursuit and detection. The only things she hadn’t known was when, where, and how it was going to happen.
They found out the “when” two days ago. Messages from the state authorities appeared on their computer and both cell phones. Since all phones and computers were now legally compliant, the state had access to them at any time.
Monday they were directed to, “appear at State Testing Center No. 64 in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 7th at 2:00 pm. Failure to appear will result in a warrant for your arrest and law enforcement will take you into custody and bring you to the Testing Center.”
Last month new laws went into effect that established a ‘Mandatory Test Protocol’ or MTP for the entire nation. Everyone was subject to random testing at any time so as to ensure ‘fairness.’ Tests were to be administered to the entire populace and would be repeated for all every month thereafter.
At the first testing, each person would also be “tagged” for tracking. Their movements were to be followed, recorded, and reported to the authorities on a regular basis.
Before the passage of the nationwide law, various states across the country had been using similar systems, including New York and the close neighbor of Nevada, California. The small group of ranchers and others, mostly from their church, that the Claybournes associated with was prescient enough to begin preparing to disobey the new laws many months ago.
Henry remembered just when he committed to that same course of action. Pastor Jim preached on the text of Galatians 5:1
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery Galatians 5:1 [NASB]
Pastor Jim spoke of how this spirit of freedom moved the early Americans to shake off British tyranny. How because of the biblical truth that all people are equal in the eyes of God the new nation endured a horrific Civil War to free our brothers and sisters from bondage and that we must not let our freedom be ravaged now.
Henry and Maggie owned a small ranch that was about 200 miles north of Vegas. It used to be that the closest law enforcement would have come from Tonapah, but it went under two years ago and was basically a ghost town. Henry thought.
Henry figured that any law enforcement officers would have to come from Vegas or Reno. Since the Testing Center was in Vegas, that’s where the LE would be sent from to find him and Maggie.
If his truck hadn’t left home by 9 am, Henry knew that LE wouldn’t wait till 2 pm to dispatch some officers. Almost all vehicles were tracked by the state, as well as phones, so they would be heading toward his place by 9:15 am at the latest.
Henry checked the time. It was 9 am, so they should get a 4 to 5-hour headstart on any LE.
Just then Maggie came down the stairs holding their ‘bug-out’ case. The case was slightly larger than a typical ‘carry-on’ bag for an airline, with a dull grey finish of burnished aluminum on the outer skin.
The case contained a change of clothes and some toiletries for each of them, a first-aid kit, some emergency rations, and various short-term survival basics. Maggie walked up to Henry and handed him the case.
“Last chance to back out babe. If you decide it’s too great a risk, I’ll stay here with you and we’ll face the music together.”
Maggie gently placed her hands on either side of her husband’s face. “We’ve already had this conversation. You know I couldn’t stay with any measure of good conscience. We’ve prayed about this more than once, and we know this is risky, but it is the right thing to do.”
Henry kissed her lightly on the lips. “Ok then. Now let me show you how we’re getting out of here.”
He strode toward the north wall of the basement. Maggie looked at the old plaster wall bordered by two concrete support beams and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. She saw Henry produce a small device similar to a laser pointer and aim it at the beam on the left.
A small vertical line began to form in the center of the wall. To her amazement, Maggie then saw the wall separate in the middle and slide open like an elevator door revealing an opening shrouded in darkness.
Henry pushed a second button on his ‘pointer’ and a row of overhead lights came to life. The lights receded back along the now visible tunnel until they faded from view.
Maggie’s jaw went slack as she looked at Henry with astonishment. “I know this didn’t come with the house, so…how?”
“This is what Dave, Pastor Jim, and I have been working on for three months. Well, mostly Dave and Pastor Jim, though I helped out a little with these doors and the connection of the tunnel to the mine shaft.”
“What…the mine shaft?!,” Maggie exclaimed.
“Dave discovered an old mine shaft vent a few months ago just inside his property line. He explored it and saw that it ran under our ranch and we managed to connect the shaft to the basement by boring an escape tunnel and here we are.”
“This is amazing!” shot Maggie as she stared wide-eyed into the lit underground space headed north.
“How far do we go inside this?”
“About half a mile straight north and descending 100 feet along the way and then into the abandoned mine for 5 miles and we come up and out just inside Dave and June’s fence. It’s lit like this all the way.”
They looked at each other and Henry took Maggie’s hand and stepped toward the entrance. He froze after a step and looked upward at the basement door.
Henry replied with his finger to his lips. “I heard something outside,” he whispered. He crept up the stairs and put his ear to the door.
Henry heard the sound of a firm and calm voice amplified with a bullhorn. “Mr. and Mrs. Claybourne, this is CDC Enforcement. We are here to take you into custody and escort you to the Testing Center for mandatory testing procedures. Please come with us peacefully or we will be forced to enter and obtain compliance with or without your cooperation.”
What?! How did they get here already?
“Let’s go, babe, now!” Henry said as he grabbed her hand and they raced inside the doors. He pushed another button on his ‘pointer’ and the doors closed behind them as they began to run.
* * *
Sources: The New American Standard Bible: Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, AMG International, 1990
The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel, Fleming H. Revell Publishing, 1977
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The last segment of the previous piece in this series cautioned preparation for further encroachments upon individual liberties in the continuing response to the threat of the Chinese Communist Party caused pandemic of COVID-19. The final part of this series focuses upon some large overall threats, not from the virus, but from the Left’s political ambition to gain even more power over the rest of us.
This may seem like an extreme claim to some, but it is not. In fact, the evidence easily supports such a claim and more, as will be seen. With that in mind, here are some final considerations concerning the Leftist government figures and media apparatus that supports them.
Beware of the Leftist push for continuing the ‘lockdowns’
The Left has been aggressively pushing for continuing the ‘lockdowns’ in various states. In some, the state authorities are merely declaring that these draconian “stay-at-home” orders must be extended without any end date in sight.
These mayors and governors and others are being supported by the Leftmedia machine who keep telling us, both in America and around the globe, that the ‘lockdowns’ must continue or else we are doomed. What began seemingly as a necessary short-term cessation of activity in the name of “following the science,” has become a grasping for power and control of the population.
The mantra of “following the science” is still mouthed by the Leftmedia and their allies, but the actual data that has been gathered over the last two months reveals that if we were really “following the science” the ‘lockdowns’ would have ended at least three weeks ago. You see, the actual data tells us many things contrary to what the public health officials have been claiming with one gratuitous exception.
We have known almost from the beginning of knowing about the pandemic that those in the greatest danger from this virus are the elderly. The numbers now show us that the failure to focus upon this aspect of “the science” has reaped a death toll that is approaching half of all the cases in America!
Moreover, the newest data from the state of New York reveal a startling fact, most startling to those advocates of continued ‘lockdowns’ in the country. Something strange has also been revealed specifically in New York. In his press briefing of May 6, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated that according to the hospital records, even though more than 90% of people are honoring the lockdown requirements, the numbers of people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 show that,
18% come from nursing homes, less than 1% came from jail or prison, 2% came from the homeless population, 2% from other congregate facilities but 66% of the people were at home…disproportionally older, but by the way, older starts at 51.
In other words, in the state of New York, two out of three cases of COVID-19 serious enough to be hospitalized came from the people who were staying at home in obedience to the state overlords! It is past time to abandon this strategy not only in New York but everywhere else as well.
It is now clear from studying the numbers around the world that the ‘lockdowns’ made little or no difference in the spread and certainly not in the lethality of the virus pandemic. Sweden is perhaps the best example of this as they never did the ‘lockdowns’ and the data show that they are no worse off than most of Europe and actually are in better shape than places such as Italy and the United Kingdom that did the ‘lockdowns.’
Dr. Neil Ferguson, the man upon whose model the world economy was virtually shut down has proved both horribly wrong with his death predictions, and a hypocritical liar who used his own ‘quarantine’ to hide his affair with a married woman. Oh and just by the way, he is also a hardcore Climate Change enthusiast befitting the profile of the typical Leftist ‘elitist.’
Beware of the Leftist promise that this is only to keep us safe
This pandemic panic began with the first promise fostered in America by the inaccurate predictions of the aforementioned Imperial College professor, the lockdown for 15 days to “flatten the curve” of the spread so that our hospitals and health care system would not be overwhelmed with cases of COVID-19. President Trump, under tremendous pressure by the “experts” both here and around the world, then extended the nationwide lockdown until April 30, leaving the states to determine their own timelines thereafter.
This attempt amounts to a quarantine of those who are not sick along with those who are ill. Reaching back to primitive civilization, it has always been the sick who were quarantined away from those who were well.
The biblical rule was a separation of the ill person from the camp for 14 days, not a lockdown of everyone in the camp [Lev. 13:1-6]. The promise from the Left that all this is necessary ‘to keep us safe’ from the virus runs literally contrary to everything we’ve known and practiced until two months ago!
Therefore, it should not be too surprising to discover that the continuation of the lockdowns is causing more harm than good, and endangering far more people than it saves if it is saving anyone at all! One need only examine the astronomical unemployment numbers to recognize that 30 million people without the means to support themselves or their loved ones are in immediate danger from the government policies and not from the pandemic.
Worse yet, these same people are not being allowed to leave their homes unless it is to go to places approved by the government. This fosters despair and discouragement accompanied by an increase in spousal and child abuse as well as suicides, and that problem will increase the death toll.
Moreover, what of our healthcare system in the wake of these extreme measures? Instead of being overwhelmed with virus cases, some hospitals are sitting almost empty, and even in the worst-hit state of New York, the need for hospital space is not nearly as critical as was predicted.
Yet, few are talking about the fact that this all-out push to make hospitals treatment centers for COVID-19 has resulted in fewer people getting procedures done to alleviate issues such as cardiac disease, cancer, and strokes, either because some of these have been declared “elective” procedures, or because the fear-mongering by the Leftmedia has persuaded them not to go to hospitals at all.
Neither the government nor the Leftmedia can keep anyone safe without someone or a lot of someones paying a severe price. If the Left has its way, that price will be paid by the common citizens and it will be the forfeiting of liberty in America and anywhere else this phony bargain of giving up freedom for security takes place.
Beware of the Leftist pursuit toward a totalitarian state
A very astute observer of the current situation in our culture writes the following from the website “Intercessors for America.”
A sense of social responsibility has entered our culture like I have never witnessed. Have you seen mask wearers at the grocery store look condescendingly at the non-mask wearers? There seems to be a new breed developing of those who choose the good of the collective state and feel a sense of righteousness for their views and choices. If this choice of the collective over individual freedoms continues unstopped, we will be headlong into socialism and not even realize it! This super social responsibility is fueling a perceived obligation that government is our ONLY provider for safety. Christians who have a biblical worldview (and many don’t) should question the unchecked willingness of people to obey any authority other than the God of the Bible.
A moral elevation of the “collective” over the “individual” is indeed a very dangerous path to trod. That attitude plays right into the Left’s agenda to convert us into a Socialist nation.
Moreover, the Left is united in this cause in the areas of the media, big business, and political power. Enormous pressure is being applied to ensure that the nation knows that the state alone can give or take away freedom and that they will brook no dissent against their plans.
This union of businesses, government, and the media from the Left means to transform the United States of America into a government much like, well, like China who gave us the pandemic plague. The media is especially hyped for this opportunity to tell us that our constitutional republic is wrong, immoral, and outdated.
The writers of The Atlantic article mentioned in the video are not the only media mouthpieces who believe and encourage this. The New York Times editors seem quite comfortable praising the Chinese Communist response to the virus and criticizing America’s response in turn.
However, those in the Leftmedia are not very eager to share some of the more grisly details that emerged from the “Chinese model” response that they embrace. A former dissident who escaped from China in 2012 reported on videos that he had obtained shot in February 2020, by some very courageous journalists.
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, a blind scholar and Nobel Peace Prize nominee who escaped from house arrest and found asylum with the United States in 2012, wrote about China’s authoritarian response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak at the Washington Post last week. One of the charges he leveled in the article is that people suspected of infection in Wuhan are being welded into their homes by the authorities, their doors and windows sealed with metal bars so they cannot escape.
The enthusiastic praise of the Chinese Communist Party also routinely fails to mention that once they discovered the danger of this virus they allowed travel from the epicenter in Wuhan to other countries, but not to other places in China! This is in addition to lying about the transmission of the disease from human-to-human contact through December of 2019 and January of 2020.
It almost seems as though a good portion of China’s strategy was to make sure the rest of the world got a hefty dose of the pandemic while they imprisoned their sick and punished those few brave souls who spoke out against them. This is totalitarian power on display and the Left is praising and practicing much the same in cities and states throughout America.
Our coming ‘new normal’ should bring back much of the old, pre-COVID-19 ‘normal’ and add extra precautions against the more dangerous virus of Marxist/Socialist thought the Left so cherishes. Lovers of liberty must beware of these purveyors and promoters of collectivism else the longest-running national government of, for, and by the people will indeed perish from the earth.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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In the previous article, we examined some of the changes that may await us as the cloud of pandemic panic and lockdown slowly lifts from the global atmosphere. We have seen that the reactions to the pandemic, such as the ‘lockdown’ are even more perilous than anything the Chinese Communist Party has inflicted upon the world with the coronavirus.
The colossal failure of the certified government ‘experts’ and the faulty policy of ‘lockdown or else disaster,’ are becoming more evident each day. However, those concerns are not the only thoughts that should be considered as this radical realignment of society forced upon most of us concludes, hopefully very soon.
Considerations for the National Election
Despite the recent imaginings of former Vice President Joe Biden, the election in November of this year will happen and President Trump is not going to cancel the election. This national election is of paramount importance and the COVID-19 panic is already having an effect on what the shape of the voting will look like.
The Left is not letting this newest opportunity for election manipulation to fade into the ether. The largest push now from the Democrats is for “mail-in voting” as a way to vote and not be endangered by the CCP coronavirus.
The huge problem with voting by mail is that while it may be both convenient and safe for the voter, it is rife with fraud that makes the election results untrustworthy at best. What makes this more troubling is there is almost no way to prove that such election fraud is occurring even under the most suspicious of conditions.
Elections officials from all political stripes acknowledge that mail-in ballots are far more vulnerable to fraud. Stories of political operatives who routinely scam senior citizens out of their absentee ballots are so widespread that the term “granny farming” was coined. Even the New York Times, when reporting on suspicions of election fraud in North Carolina last year, noted that “absentee ballots are especially susceptible to manipulation.”
One of the premier private organizations involved in assuring that our elections are ‘clean,’ is Judicial Watch. A very worrisome area JW discovered even before the Chinese Communist Party caused Coronavirus pandemic appeared was how many states had not cleaned up their voter rolls.
This wonderful organization has taken it upon themselves to do the work of the Department of Justice by pressuring states to abide by the legal requirement to update and clean voter rolls on a regular basis. Moreover, JW has even had to take some states to court over their refusal to obey the law.
The fight to keep voter rolls within states and counties honest continues to this day and has expanded to a nationwide battle for election integrity.
Judicial Watch announced in January that we found at least another 2.5 million extra names on voter rolls across the country. A Judicial Watch analysis of data released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission found that there are 378 counties in the U.S. that have more voter registrations than citizens old enough to vote. The 378 counties had a combined 2.5 million extra registrants over the 100%-registered mark. We’ve notified 19 counties in five states—California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, and Virginia—that we intended to sue unless they take steps to clean up their voter rolls. Stay tuned.
The Democratic Left has been using these tactics for many years. In the midst of this pandemic panic, they are sure to attempt election fraud with renewed vigor. The fact is that despite JW’s efforts, many of the lawsuits will not be acted on until after November of 2020 and extra vigilance will be needed at the polls for this crucial election.
Possibilities for the Future of Education
Two particular education arenas in the public and private sectors have had some revealing light shed upon them during the national lockdown in America. One is the arena of education at home aka ‘homeschooling.’
The necessity to educate children at home during the primary through high school years because of the closure of public schools has enlightened many to just how difficult that task can prove to be. However, it may have also opened some parent’s eyes concerning what their children are learning, or not as the case may be, in the public school system.
The unintended benefit of this factor might be that more parents embrace the concept of school choice, including choosing homeschooling as an option. At the least, it should render them more willing to be involved at a greater level in their local public school system.
The second education arena has been at the level of the university, or “higher” education in America. One revelation for all to see has been the shameless greed of prestigious institutions like Harvard who clamored for ‘stimulus bailout’ money while holding a 40+ billion dollar endowment!
Of course, most of these high-dollar education establishments presumably provided video lessons for the students. However, I haven’t heard of any who have said they will offer a discount on tuition instead of keeping the full amount while their professors and administrators continue to receive their paychecks without a reduction.
However, perhaps a more lasting development might be some growth in online college-level courses that many students have no doubt taken advantage of during the lockdown. Some should discover that many of their in-person classes not measurably better than those online and that they can also get much more real education for a fraction of the cost by using the resources already available through the internet outside of the university system.
Prepare for More Encroachments Upon Freedom
As the shackles of lockdown are loosened, one would expect that politicians and government authorities at all levels would also loosen their grip upon the movements and freedom of their citizens. Yet, for the most part, this doesn’t appear to be the case.
In fact, the appearance being put forth by various state and local authorities reeks of tyranny and strongly implies these particular people desire permanent dictatorial power for themselves. Perhaps the most infamous to date has been Michigan Gov. Gretchen Witmer who has extended her lockdown orders until the end of May in direct response to protests against her earlier orders from on high.
A lesser-known star in the tyranny club of governors is Gov. J.B. Pritzker [D] of Illinois. A recording of his response to an important question reveals the Leftist attitude toward liberty for individuals.
He responded to a question from a reporter about his wife being allowed to engage in “non-essential” travel to Florida despite a mandatory ‘stay-at-home’ order that he had issued.
First of all, I want to say that in politics it used to be that we kept our families out of it. My official duties have nothing to do with my family. So, I’m just not going to answer that question. It’s inappropriate and I find it reprehensible, honestly, that uhh, that reporter wrote a story about it.
This is a very disturbing statement. Gov. Pritzker is demonstrating a dictatorial level of abuse of power, which is typical of the power-hungry Left in America. If anyone thinks that these tyrants are going to give back power to the electorate without a battle, you are seriously mistaken.
Witness the recent statement by failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She pined for government-run universal health care in light of the pandemic panic that would only extend the tyrannical claws of Socialism further thus gutting individual freedom.
it [the response to COVID-19] needs to be part of a much larger system that eventually — and quickly, I hope — gets us to universal health care. …So I can only say, “Amen,” to everything you’re saying, but also to, again, enlist people that this would be a terrible crisis to waste, as the old saying goes.
A crisis such as this pandemic is fodder for Leftist’s dreams of power and implementing Socialism as the means to obtain that power. Of course, true Socialism is incompatible with true faith, thus the most practiced faith in America is being attacked with new fervor in the name of helping people stay ‘safe’ from the virus.
Watch as this pastor is placed under house arrest for refusing to not preach to his congregation at church services in a clear violation of the 1st Amendment.
This targeting of Christianity, in particular, has one aim. It is to destroy any hope of deliverance from any crisis unless that deliverance comes from the government authorities.
Should that goal be reached, then the ultimate Leftist fantasy of a completely Socialist government will be at hand, and tyranny will soon follow. For only if the idol of the state is put in place of God can any kind of Socialism come to pass.
President Trump has repeatedly and rightly stated that in America, “We worship God, not government.” The Left wants to use the coming ‘new normal,’ as a way to turn that statement backward.
We must deliver the same answer to that effort that Peter and other apostles gave when punished and ordered not to speak the gospel in public by the government authorities of the time,
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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3.Your life is a meaningful minimum journey to be enjoyed to the maximum
Another thrash. And in spite, all the modern Gurus encourage us to lead a meaningful life.( self defeating )
What made Gautama Buddha get enlightenment ? It’s because of human suffering.Do we have similar God’s grace to get enlightened ?
Life is full of misery, and you are intelligent enough to accept that it’s painful to lead the life and death is the only permanent solution.Since we can’t die….at least let us accept the truth.
Happiness in your life is only for the time being that too in bits, and rest of the times you are busy whining.
“It’s a misery to be born,a pain to live,a trouble to die” St.Bernard of Clairvaux
Still, temporaryhappiness can come from minor things like,you playing with toys in your childhood, your first Kiss,sex now & then,massage,hot bath, friendship,a short travel,one night stand,A champagne,Receiving a lovely gift or a comforting hug etc.etc.. Drugs can take you to another level.
4.It’s better if you know your life partner before your marriage
Really?………another Utter lie.
No partner in love relationship..should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable May Sarton
Each individual is unique.Only sustained friendship in the form of total understanding between the life partners endures the marriage.
Life partners too expect personal space though they know each other so long !
Even if you knew your partner before,it’s not a guarantee for a successful marriage.
When you can’t understand the people, though you spend your whole life with them,(example parents vs children,children vs parents,siblings vs siblings),then why should you give importance to knowing your partner before?.
Understanding becomes easier after the marriage once you both know your limitations and your strengths mutually over the time.
5.Money won’t make you happy
Ha ha ….Without money you cease to exist.
My dear friend, money is everything.It brings you, both happiness and pleasure.
“Lack of money is the root of all evil” George Bernard Shah
We work / study for what ? is this not to earn money and live happily ?
People with more money are satisfied with their life style and are in a position to help others too.
He who marries for love without money has GOOD NIGHTS & SORRY DAYS unknown
6. Boys’ won’t cry
Virtually a child conditioning !!
“People cry not because they are weak,because they’ve been too strong for a long time” unknown
Boys too have feelings ,emotions, excitements and stages of sadness.
Otherwise why will Dr.Sivan,ISRO( The Indian Space Research Organisation ) chairman became teary eyed,when the Chandrayan mission was not successful ?There are many famous men like Andre Agassi and Obama too had teary eyes.
7.Blood is thicker than water
Unfortunately blood relatives are not interested in you,since they are struggling with their own problems and you have to fend yourself.
you can’t blame them.
‘Blood is always thicker than water,but some family members at times are on blood thinners’ unknown
Many times friends come to your rescue.The understanding with the friends anytime better than the blood relatives.
Ego and Jealousy play spoilsport in blood relationships.Don’t play victim card here !!
open Google and social media each day, and the negative news floods the pages.
People are murdering the innocent with fortitude, a grim reminder Satan still walks
the earth. Those with the gold try to pass absurd laws for citizens to follow while
they release the guilty to commit more crimes. Lines are drawn in the dirt as men
of power speak lies. We, the meek, are artists left to draw our own conclusions.
Today, I sit outside in the rain to witness God’s tears of sadness as I pray
for those who desperately need His help. But every now and again, we might glimpse
His holy goodness.
isn’t it time for some good news? God is coming soon to save the faithful and who
believe He is the great healer of all our pain. Prophecy promises He will honor
those who uphold His holy name.
“And God shall wipe away all
tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor
crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed
away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV
make hope the new headlines! The brown lawns will soon resonate to a gorgeous
green, and budding plants will regain their strength. Even in times of disaster,
we can witness God showing His power, and mankind, together, fights off evil as
one. Many non-believers, especially overseas, have found the saving grace of
our Lord Jesus Christ. Isn’t this a joy to share with others? Let us join hands
in solidarity and honor God, for He will be the successor! Spread the hope of
salvation to everyone!
I challenge every man, woman, and child to become a leader for God. Sweep away
the dead foliage of yesterday, and salt the icy bricks so we can climb the
steps to heaven’s gates. Let your Christian faith shine through in every aspect
of your life! Make positive changes that reflect God’s love and spread His good
“A cheerful heart is a good
medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 NIV
scriptures with a strong heart and an encouraging message. It will improve your
relationships, health, and happiness. Learn new ways to replace the old
negative ones. Pray for the Lord to show you the way for He is in total control
of your life.
YOU will be the good news this world is so desperate to find! Faith unto us has
“Do not conform any longer to
the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans
God bless you, my friends!
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before me an obstacle course of challenges to navigate last week. Two
individuals felt it imperative to attack my Christian beliefs. As we observe in
the world today, many people have fallen from grace while they adhere to the trending
fads of social justice. Though I could have tweeted and emailed rhetorical
answers, I go forth in the light of God, and write this message. I welcome a
good challenge, though, for they are not aware of my history with the Lord.
I investigated a word that rattled in my brain, for there must be some form of justice in my chain of events. It occurred to me God is not just a god of love, but He is “just” – morally right and fair.
kinds of justice should be the most concerning for Christians: social and
biblical. Much of present-day humanity confuse biblical justice when applying it
to our current laws – social justice. So, let me give you some prominent examples.
created all humans equal in His image and the blessing to be treated with
fairness and justice. But, from the beginning of the Bible, mankind rejected
God’s principles. Paul, the Apostle, warned of this blight. Biblical justice is
only what is right in the sight of the Lord – not man’s laws.
“God will bring into judgment
both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity,
a time to judge every deed.” Ecclesiastes 3:17
Biblical justice occurs when we see people as God sees them. This spiritual freedom causes us to fully embrace the cause of Christ by joining the community and reconciling others to the Lord. We should not to participate in something for just our own benefit, but for the glory of God.
calls us to confront evil and to care for the vulnerable, however many people
back away from this for fear of losing their life. So, thirty-five million people
live in slavery, of some form around the world, because there is no one to save
them from the horror. Injustice is rampant, and very few take action to protect
the innocent. The news recently broadcast the story of a seventy-seven-year-old
man beaten and robbed for a couple of hundred dollars. Did any Christian come
forward to help him? Christ’s followers are to “do justice” because Christ came
proclaiming justice. It is He giving a voice to the voiceless!
“Defend the weak and the
fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” Psalm 82:3
In matters of social justice, we become entrenched in who wronged whom, and who wronged whom first, in an undertone of anger. It spreads division and destruction, as is evident within our current U.S. government. Social division becomes based on the judgment of everyone who does not see things “our way.” The distinction Jesus taught was never about skin color, religious, ethnic, or cultural affiliations or political positions. Condemnation of people blind us to the forgiveness Christ offers us as sinners.
consider this… how many social media lovers refuse to discuss religion with
others? Why? Is it the fear of social injustice invoking us to hide underneath
the covers? Let’s drop our apprehensions and model Christ’s truth and grace.
justice will never represent the law of God passed down by Moses. It is
unrighteous and dehumanizing, and the moment we accept it as a way of life, we
have fallen from grace.
A CHRISTIAN DO GOOD IN A SOCIAL JUSTICE SYSTEM?
answer is, “absolutely!” Upholding our dignity and biblical justice laws, we
can become activists for the unborn, the elderly, marriage and family, and
religious freedom. It’s not a glamorous feat, but it will quiet and humble the expression
of biblical Christian justice.
May we all go out into the world with the spirit of our Lord! Be an inspiration for those who have fallen from grace. Your endeavors will be greatly rewarded!
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There is an incorrect assumption fervently adhered to by the Socialist Left idealists of the world. Simply stated, they believe that the principles of Socialism would work, regardless of the historical record, if only the right people of principle would implement it.
However disillusioning this may be to such idealists, that is false. Socialism has never succeeded and will never succeed as a form of governance because the system itself is evil and fatally flawed.
Socialism is Fatally Flawed by False Promises
There are two fundamental promises of Socialism that are demonstrably false. They form the premises of a pro-socialist argument.
A lesson from rational thought that when the premise of an argument is false, the argument itself is invalid and false.
To clarify any misunderstanding, I use the word “argument” meaning the reasonable appeal someone would make for accepting their claims as true. It doesn’t refer to an argument as in a hostile and angry exchange.
The first false promise is that through Socialism the government will make all things in life free and make all people economically equally well off. Fulfilling that promise is not within the realm of possibility.
There is an old wise epithet that rebukes this promise of Socialism, ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch.’ Socialism promises the government will provide whatever is needed or desired for the lives of everyone at no cost.
It has always failed to do that because the promise itself is not humanly possible to fulfill. The effort required to achieve the ‘ideal’ Socialist society is beyond our powers.
To understand why, we need to examine the meaning of Socialism apart from the emotional appeals made to a false “fairness and equality,” idealism. It must be examined as it is defined in as plain and rational a manner as possible.
The multiple definitions of Socialism in various dictionaries do not equally apply to Socialism on a governmental scale. According to Merriam-Webster online, Socialism means,
1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
This is an excellent and comprehensive definition of Socialism as separate systems, each of which are represented in modern society. The shortest definition listed is the one favored by advocates of Socialism within the ‘Christian’ community.
The Leftward Church and their Justification for Socialism
There are those within the ‘Christian’ churches who latch onto Socialism because they latch onto definition number “2a,” which bears a resemblance to the early Church described at the conclusion of Acts chapter 2.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47 [ESV]
This journal has delved into the influence of the Left upon the modern mainstream churches in greater detail in previous articles. Leftism today, inside or outside of those churches, has lost any veneer they once had to disguise their blatant Socialism.
As with Socialism in any human incarnation, the Leftward Church picks and chooses the truth to suit their evil end goal. This is what happens when the Word of God is used to justify their phony claims, as is done with this passage in Acts.
However, that interpretive game doesn’t work in this case either, because the Leftist apologists conveniently ignore the context of the passage. The first and most obvious context is that this was a case of God’s intervention directly through the witness of the Holy Spirit.
Outside of an explicitly Spirit immersed Christian fellowship, this is impossible to accomplish in human society, even with a relatively small group of people. Which brings to mind the second contextual parameter, the method necessary to distribute the proceeds of all the donations was a central body of individuals, in this case, the Apostles.
This factor limits the growth of any Socialist group to a small number of people, and this was demonstrated later in Acts when the group grew past 5,000 men and their families. Following the martyrdom of Stephen in chapter 7, the persecution against the first Church increased beginning in chapter 8.
And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. Acts 8:1-3 [ESV]
Saul later became the great evangelist Apostle Paul, who helped bring Christianity to the ends of the Roman Empire, and wrote more than half of the New Testament. The church in Jerusalem had grown to the point that a Socialist system, even with the administration of the Apostles, would inevitably invite greed and sloth and a sense of self-sufficiency that would work against the spread of the gospel to the world.
Incidentally, this factor also mitigates against the mega-church sizes of today, but that is a different article. Suffice it to say that even a heavenly-influenced fellowship needs to realize that utopian visions of society are reserved by God for the fellowship in heaven and the New Earth to come, and were never meant to exist upon this earth.
However, the Socialist Left today is not interested in religion except as it might serve their malevolent interests in the system. They are far more concerned with the aspect of implementing central government control of individual lives.
Unfortunately for their argument, this method exacts a larger cost than any other at the scale of a national government. It cannot take care of anyone without exerting fascistic control over their individual lives, and the provision even in those conditions is pitiful.
Socialism Is Not Free in Any Way
The second false premise of Socialism is that the government can provide for all and do so with no real “cost.” That is not true economically, experientially or spiritually.
The economic costs of a Socialist society obliterate whatever perceived benefits provided in such a society. The lone economic benefit of Socialism is thought to be that the costs of providing equally for the needs of a society are also shared by everyone in society.
However, that so-called benefit is subject to the control of the central government in Socialism for every individual’s income is determined by the state for distribution by the state. In a truly Socialist society, everyone works for the central government, and each person must adapt to a certain level of income and position as doled out by the government.
Economically, this system is unsatisfying to the workers, and never provides enough revenue to cover the normal expenses incurred within the nation’s society. It is also detrimental to life experientially for everyone except the ruling authorities.
Total control of economic production also makes the control of individual lives necessary. Rationing of goods and services will eventually be practiced anytime a fully Socialist model is in place.
For example, universal ‘free’ health care suffers from this inevitable circumstance because the government pays the care providers a basic stipend to cover salary and supplies. This means care is rationed out according to government priorities including the physician’s time and the treatments available.
The results of rationing mean waiting times for serious treatments become longer and longer, as has been seen with the American health care system under the Veterans Administration. The new changes from President Trump have helped alleviate this by allowing physicians outside of the VA to be chosen by veterans if needed.
The final way that Socialism fails is in the provision of the human soul and spirit. Socialism fails here, and in reality in every way, for one very large reason that most critics of the system fail to recognize; the fact that Socialism claims territory reserved for God in human affairs.
To illustrate this, take the example of present-day China and how that Communist nation handles the religious needs of its people. A “Christian” religion of sorts is permitted in China, but with very serious restrictions added so that the attendees are continually reminded that ultimate loyalty goes to the state and not to God.
This is true in any system which tries to shoehorn God into His place within the rule of the government. God is sovereign over all, and attempts to displace Him to a subordinate role under the false pretenses of biblical ‘interpretation,’ are evil and will always fail.
President Trump has noted this particular aspect of human nature that has been incorporated into America’s national heart from the very beginning. He has said on several occasions that,
…in America we don’t worship government, we worship God.
This is the primary cause of the rise of various “underground church” movements within places like China growing in tremendous numbers despite all efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to stamp them out. Socialism can never provide for anything other than a poor and bleak existence for the “masses” in society.
Socialism Cannot Escape the Verdict of History
Former President Obama meets with former Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez in 2009
The third very significant false promise of Socialism is the promise that this time, it will be immune from its history. It is hoped that if the right people are implementing it, Socialism will work regardless of its 100% rate of historic failures wherever it has been ‘tried.’
Incidentally, the use of the words Socialism and Communism as basically interchangeable terms is not accidental or inaccurate. I agree with the late Vladimir Lenin when he said,
The goal of socialism is communism.
Therefore, any system which names Socialism as a part of the system is doomed to eventually become Communist in operation if not in name. The most recent example of a nation falling apart under Socialism is the case of Venezuela.
Venezuela was once the envy of South America and the wealthiest nation on that continent. The wealth was amassed because of the gargantuan oil reserves within Venezuela and made the nation a powerful and prosperous country in the later years of the 20th century.
This level of prosperity was erased in just over two decades and Venezuela was plunged into a hell on earth for its citizens while making the late dictator Hugo Chavez and his family incredibly rich at the same time. In fact, as the following video notes, the daughter of the dictator left the country with a personal worth of 4 billion dollars, while the people succumbed to the fatal infection of Socialism!
Chavez has passed on but his hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, is every bit the tyrannical Socialist dictator Chavez had been. Moreover, that is the historical pattern of all nations that have gone all-in for Socialism as their method of governance.
The historical record of truly Socialist countries is one of death, deprivation, and tyranny.
Together with Germany’s National Socialism, the Communist Socialists such as the old USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and Communist China have racked up a body count of over 150 million people!
But …What About Sweden?
One of the modern objections to this is to cite the record of pseudo-socialist countries in Scandinavia, such as Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. This is one of the favorite talking points of the Left, and especially from the self-declared “Democratic Socialist” presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders [I-VT].
Since these nations seem to be doing well while providing things such as a Socialist model for health care, something along the lines of Sanders’ proposed “Medicare for all” plan should do fine in America. However, a closer examination of the facts puts that lie to rest.
How do these nations pay for the government services they provide, and how good are those services? First, the tax rates and structure are far different than those in America.
The various Scandinavian countries tax individuals at very high rates which are also flat rates. Thus in Sweden, the marginal income tax and payroll tax rates are 56.9% for everyone earning 1.5 times the national average of income.
Contrast that with America where we have a ‘progressive’ income tax which increases as income levels rise. The top marginal income tax rate is now 37% but doesn’t kick in until someone is making 8.5 times the national income average.
Moreover, Scandinavian systems also charge a tax that is non-existent in America, a VAT, or Value Added Tax, on its businesses that is passed down to the consumer. A VAT is a system that taxes businesses at various stages of production which they must add in as a part of the product cost to the consumer.
This is a very efficient way to raise revenue quickly for the government, however, it has a serious drawback.
many …see VATs as a regressive tax because they fall more on those that spend a larger share of their income, mainly the poor.
These are various Socialist tactics that increase the economic burden of individuals. Conversely, at least until recently, the corporate tax rates and structure have been lower in Scandinavian countries than in the United States, thus favoring a Capitalist model.
In 2015, the highest corporate tax rate among Scandinavian nations was found in Norway, who taxed businesses at 27% of income. At that time the United States had a 39.1% corporate tax rate, which made Norway a far more attractive place to do business and made its policies more Capitalist than Socialist.
The only way for a Socialist model to survive is with very high individual taxes and a stream of income brought in from outside of the system. That is what is happening in Scandinavia, along with the fact that these nations use little or none of their budgets for defense spending.
Thanks to the tax cuts under President Trump, America has lowered its corporate tax rates below the levels of any Scandinavian country. In fact, we have gone from the third-highest corporate tax rate in the world to the 83rd-highest rate, and among the very lowest of large industrialized nations worldwide.
The results of those very Capitalist policies in America have proven wildly successful as the business arena has seen outstanding growth reflected by record levels of unemployment in every area. As has been seen in this brief review, Socialism can only boast of failure and will never be anything but evil and a failed government system with ruinous results for the citizens under its sway.
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001