The historical ideal of liberalism is distinctive. It is a political and social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual with the rights of the person emanating from personal responsibility. Thus, the fundamental strength is the individual’s maturity as a human being. Society is governed through parliamentary systems with the growth and modification of political, social, and economic institutions in nonviolent ways. Over the course of millennia this has been proven to permit unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor – intellectual, personal, business, and social. Through agreed-upon standards of practice among all members of the Society, individual rights and civil liberties are held in high regard, respected for each other and guaranteed by marginal government operation. The government is agreed to be present solely as the guarantee of this mutual agreement.
Yet by the beginning of the 19th Century, division and discord in the United States were already being sowed. The Socialist virus spawned in the French Revolution of 1789 was now infecting many Europeans. Those who immigrated to the New World – both rich and poor – were not interested in what had been established after the Revolutionary War in 1789. They lusted for what they knew, unwilling to change in any way. The word “control” had been ingrained in their minds … from both sides. This warped thinking infected others by merging with the ideology of “free” and “slave”. As time progressed through the 1800’s, individuals were looking at one another with emotion – resentment, jealousy, distrust – instead of rational thought. Individuals who value a healthy economy recognize that “new people” – that is, people who express interest in becoming involved in the sector – are the ones who build the sector by continuing it. It is the established individuals in the sector who grow the sector. That is done by developing new methods, skills, and knowledge which, in turn, is provided for sale to those who are new to the sector. But this mature and professional approach was ignored. Rather than develop new ideas to advance how sectors of the economy functioned, the effort was put forth to limit others through laws passed by government. These laws promulgated regulations and rules that others were forced to follow. In doing so, limits and controls were put in place that made it more difficult for people to take part in the economy.
Slowly, the Society and Culture suffered as striations of people began to form. Instead of seeing each person as an equal human being, limits were applied. These limits were not legal or promulgated by government. Instead, they were “presumptive”. They were based on perceptions that came about from experience. The approach to each new person did not begin that s/he was created in the image and likeness of God. Instead, the limits were based on who, what, when, where, why, and how. Then there were the physical characteristics, followed by the opinions. In all aspects, the affinity among people had been lost. Instead of maturity emanating from personal responsibility that permitted a natural growth through support of each other, individuals now sought to restrain and lord over others.
But that effort of control and limitation was still nascent because of the continuing growth and development of the larger United States of America. Even as people struggled with their economic positions post-Civil War, there was still a sense that a liberal political and social philosophy was of value to each person because each person was still seen as free with the understanding that each had personal responsibility within the Society and the culture. The strength of that thinking within the United States could still be seen in the run-up to the start of the Great War. Sadly, such was not the case in Europe. Even the manifold laws and regulations that could be found “on the books” within the United States of America at this time still allowed for a simply-structured economy the offered a strong and vibrant Society and culture. All three were complementary to each other. Through the strength of the hard-working, family-oriented, loving and mutually respectful way of life within the culture, the economy was slowly built and developed based on the needs of locals found throughout the Country. Thus, the replication of small, simple towns where people worked together and supported each other mutually were found throughout the States that were the Original 13 Colonies, the Gold Rush states and those established through Westward Expansion. Of course we cannot forget the few major cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Roanoke, Raleigh, Columbia, Atlanta, Savannah, and New Orleans either.
Those who recall the objectively researched history, not the politicized stuff to justify opinion, will recall the sage prophesy of Prime Minister of Germany Otto von Bismarck that war would come again to Europe over “some damn foolish thing in the Balkans.” Over the last century, historians generally agree the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Habsburg throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife, Sophie, by a Serbian nationalist on June 28, 1914, was that “thing”. However, the factors that were amassing long before this included the ethnic differences and rising nationalism and fears of losing status, whether economic or diplomatic. Equally, the massive military expansion throughout the Continent with all the entangling alliances and, frankly, the influences exerted by the military leaders, affected the approaches taken by many of the “states” in Europe. John Keegan wrote in The First World War (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), “The First World War was a tragic and unnecessary conflict … the train of events that led to its outbreak might have been broken at any point during the five weeks of crisis that preceded the first clash of arms, had prudence or common goodwill found a voice.” And where does that “prudence or common goodwill” emanate? From the person, the individual who is mature enough to value and exercise logic and reason instead of emotion.
After The Great War, the blight of hatred and a fresh infusion of Socialists had also jumped The Pond. Their in-bred lust for top-down control demanded wholesale changes to what had been the strongest, most dynamic country ever in the world. But this group was far more insidious. They were not content to abide by the established Rule of Law or Societal Order. Instead, they sought to establish the irrational idea of “One World”, the establishment of one, single world government that oversees the entire world and all aspects of every nation – and by extension, the lives of every person. In essence, it is the ultimate form of control under a guise of lies that such an action will “promote the common good of all.”
So how does this happen?
In order to control, the first step is always to breed chaos. Why? Because when chaos abounds the establishment of laws that promulgate direct control of people and their actions is far easier. That is due to the emotional state of the people. But this effort does not happen immediately. Rather, it requires more than a half-century of printing lies, starting controversy, and destabilizing all that had been built upon the wisdom of two simple documents: The Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The effort began easily enough: hijack the word used by the Greatest Generation to describe all that was good, wholesome, valuable, and cherished by them. That word? Liberalism.
Just as within the once great countries of Italy, Germany, France, Spain, and others on the mainland, these Socialist Schemers knew the seeds of chaos needed to be sown first. Even though they had experienced the catastrophic failure of the ghettos and slums that rose throughout the European Continent thanks to the Socialist infestation, they have sought to replicate this again in the United States. Even though the Socialists saw the despair and anger which ultimately led to their downfall economically within the countries of Europe, they have attempted it again. (And we all know what the definition of insanity is.)
Thus began the undermining efforts to effect the Great Depression, followed by World War II. We all know there has to be a really good war to get rid of as many Patriots and those who believe in freedom as well as a couple million more people who just want to live their lives in peace, but firmly believe in defending them. Add to those the people drafted and you have a great way to sow in the minds of people loathing for what would come to be known as “the Establishment.”
Upon their return, it was made certain there were the ringers in that next generation – what would come to be known as the Yuppies – in the United States to profess anger and resentment, jealousy and distrust with “Government”, then “The Man”, then “Society”. Rile them with emotion. Blind their innate rational and logical abilities with “feelings” about what is around them. Inculcate and indoctrinate them to believe they are not “getting what they deserve.”
Suddenly being liberal does not begin with understanding that freedom comes from personal responsibility. Instead, freedom meant doing whatever you wanted, when you wanted, how you wanted and nobody in “authority was going to tell you what to do.” For the Yuppies, that meant “Question Authority”. Who were these people “in Authority”? Why it starts at home. Mom and Dad, the rest of your family, those who disapproved of what you did and how you acted. The Yuppies were given to believe antagonism and outright hatred toward these people was perfectly acceptable. Ignore discipline; discipline is just to limit and denies you freedom.
In fact, these actions that were being suddenly deemed acceptable were actually licentious, emotion-driven lusts of the time. Suddenly Situational Ethics were okay. Making a sudden decision against what you had been taught the was moral, ethical, logical, rational, was perfectly okay because of what you “feel.” Thus, it was okay to have pre-marital sex, then have an abortion because you don’t want the kid.
By demonizing standards of practice and expected manners and actions, the Socialists were able to destabilize the family – the most critical and significant part of any Culture and Society that is strong. But it continued over the course of the next 25-30 years during which the other strengths of a mature and stable society were mocked, ridiculed, and held up for violent debasement. These strengths? Two. The first: not just recognizing God, but respecting Him through a Day of Rest that prepares you for the week ahead. The second: valuing established culture that recognizes excellence in the arts, manners, dress, self-care, scholarly pursuits, etc., and then seeks to further develop each one these for the betterment of the larger Society.
In turn, that permitted a devaluing of the overall Society and Culture, thus confusing the easily fooled and developing a generation of suckers who now pine for control by others instead of recognizing that safety only comes from freedom because freedom requires each person to take personal responsibility which requires both mental and physical strength as well as a desire for unrestricted growth and development.
Indeed, the Left’s control freaks now actively seek to control everything about daily life and living. “The Government” now seeks to control, what you can eat, drink, drive, and say. They look to control your healthcare and guns, your children’s education, and your money via taxation.
It is time to remember again:
Freedom = Responsibility = Rights
Licentiousness = Control = Slavery