As a veteran and as a Christian, I look upon such statements as those recently by a Lieutenant Colonel Rich of Fort Knox, Kentucky as reprehensible. I've also noted the growing frequency of this sort of statement- openly attempting to brand Christian churches, groups and chaplains as hatemongers for standing up for Christian values. This has coincided with the White House's push for the homosexual agenda and its affiliation with atheist, Islamic and paganistic groups.
It has become something of an expected ritual since the Carter administration that the military be used by liberal Democrat powerbrokers as a platform for social engineering. In every case, it has resulted in a lessing of morale and operational efficiency... until a Republican president has arrived on the scene to restore the situation. This is due to the inherent distrust of the military held by the Left and the disparity of its values from the military tradition.
But never before have I witnessed the likes of what I see today. With alarm, I have witnessed the callous disregard of the security and safety of our troops as they wage war against a bitter and terroristic foreign threat. I have noted the campaign waged to introduce and normalize the cult of their enemy within their ranks and that of overt sexual deviants. I have seen the counsel and evident needs of those troops- as outlined by their field commanders- disregarded and even attacked by this administration and its minions for political reasons. And then, too, I have looked in shame at those officers raised in the ranks on a basis of their support for these destructive procedures over their natural duty.
In regard to the latter; it has always been the case that there will be those officers who can be corrupted by the corrupt civilian bosses who can make or break their careers. There are always some to whom the Officer Corps' motto of "Duty, Honor, Country" is expendible for their own ambitions' sake. President Obama has carefully marginalized or forced from the service top generals and admirals who looked to their duty first, replacing them with those who have chosen to render him personal loyalty in exchange for his favors. Certainly the current Joint Chiefs of Staff are reflective of this. LTC Rich is obviously another of Mr. Obama's willing creatures.
What scares me the most, though, is how these policies not only disrupt and deprave what has been the finest military on Earth (the legacy, I might add, of President Reagan) but how it also has been dissolving the bonds of pride and trust that have existed between it and the American citizenry. In these unsettled times, Americans have had to look with apprehension at increasingly despotic measures from the federal government, the expansion and militarization of federal enforcement agencies, the ongoing campaign of demonization of groups espousing traditional values, the takeover of traditionally private sector endeavors and an insane economic policy that has made of America's finances a ricketty structure that might collapse at any time. Now there comes the spectre of an Armed Forces that might also be perverted into a weapon against the very people whose liberties it is sworn to defend.
Personally, I cannot believe that any serious threat of that nature will come forth from the American military; regular, reserve or national guard. The traditions of the services are too entrenched in the fabric of military society to be dissolved that readily by any leftist president or his renegade stooges in uniform. But it can sow confusion, disruption and disunity among servicemen- particularly if they should be called upon by their civilian overlords to take measures against their fellow citizens. If Americans are driven to insurrection by economic collapse and/or the blatant unconstitutional and semi-tyrannical policies of the current administration- and martial law is declared to "restore order"- how will they know if their orders are lawful or not?
This situation has also served to foster a growing distrust among many American patriots of the Armed Forces that is unique in our times. It is evident in any number of conservative websites around the internet. This, I maintain, only aids the cause of those to whom American rights and principles are something to be overcome in their agenda of power. Those ties between the loyal citizenry and the military must be strengthened- not weakened- by the travails inflicted on us both. Military virtues remain those of duty to the cause of America beyond considerations of self. The LTC Riches of the ranks must not be seen to speak for what is still the finest force for freedom on Earth.
This article makes the case for an old contention of mine; the negative impact on American governance and individual liberty from the 16th and 17th Amendments. Note that both were ratified one hundred years ago this year during the administration of Woodrow Wilson. This was hardly by accident. It was at this time that the Democrat Party was consolidating in its present form under the influence of the big city political machines in the north. The balance of power in that party had already shifted away from its traditional agrarian base in the south and the west- never to return. "Progressivism" was the label given to this new philosophy of government that contradicted the fundamental founding principle as established by the Constitution's framers. A limited federal government was to be replaced- step by step- by an all-powerful one. This was the vision of President Wilson and a number of leaders who have come after him.
The passage of the 16th Amendment allowed the federal government the scope for involving itself directly in the business and commerce of every individual citizen, as well as creating a near limitless source of revenue. The 17th insured that the states were all but relegated to provincial status, as the senators of each state had been their direct representatives to Congress until that time. These amendments alone insured a bloated bureaucracy at the federal level that would be all but unaccountable to Congress and the citizens. And the 16th not only insured that this new central government would be funded, but that it would have leverage to the point of extortion over the citizens themselves. Now, a century afterward, progressivism is ready for its final step... total federal power.
There is still one aspect of the Constitution, though, that has proven a detriment to this agenda. That, of course, is the original ten amendments of the Bill of Rights. Judicial redefinition and the literal ignoring of them in legislation or executive edicts has taken its toll. But they remain the law of the land and a stumbling block in the final ambitions of those who would place their unconstitutional rule over America. Sooner or later, the progressives must move to replace the Constitution. Obama himself is one of those on record as favoring this.
However, until they can do this, they cannot fully achieve their goal. The Bill of Rights remains the rallying point for citizens who are constitutionalists and traditionalists. But the movement towards big government and from the vision of the Constitution's framers began with the passage of the 16th and 17th Amendments. Then and now, they provide the basis of the leftists' movement to power. The realization of that movement is getting very close at hand. The issue is in doubt, but the Left currently has the upper hand. The breaking point- one way or the other- cannot be long in coming.
|Dear friends and readers: For those of you I haven't been able to reach personally, let me take this opportunity- on this holiest of days- to wish you and your's a happy Easter. He Is Risen... and Death is conquered. Let us, then, proceed forward into the year with the knowledge that, with God being with us, none can ultimately stand against us. Glad tidings for us all.|
The purpose behind the campaign for "gay marriage" is fourfold. Let me enumerate.
1. Legitimizing the homosexual lifestyle. This is an ongoing concern among all deviant groups... and for good reason. Everytime their lifestyles are revealed to any truthful degree, the result among normal people is revulsion. It could hardly be otherwise! Legalizing it deters media attention.
2. Marginalizing the Christian Ethic. Christianity and Judaism- both of which hold to firm principles of right and wrong via the word of God- are the inherent enemy of perversion. When a practice is described as an "abomination", that's pretty explicit. Therefore, by forcing churches and synagogues to accept and even perform homosexual marriages undermines the very core of their existence.
3. Political power. Gay marriage is intended as a bludgeon to wield on traditional American society. It is their way of reveling in their newfound power by flaunting it in our faces and demanding we accept their dominance... or else.
4. Children. Let no one tell you that this movement is divorced from pedophilia, as they constantly do. This is not a question of homosexuality vs. heterosexuality. This is one of deviance from normalcy... and pedophilia is an inherent factor of deviance. So is (as I mentioned) political power. To obtain children for both their "delight" and to keep their numbers up as a voting bloc, perverts need gay marriage. Obviously, they cannot breed among themselves. Therefore, they must adopt to "train" helpless children in their lifestyle. This means is provided by legal recognition of homosexual unions, thus allowing them to do so.
The God-sanctioned institution of marriage is the key to the establishment of a stable family unit. This, in turn, is the bedrock of any orderly and free nation; rooted in a heritage of respect for and acknowledgement of the natural state of human life. Without it, the foundations of our country are demolished. What will replace them? Something must, or chaos is the result.
This is why the deviant movement is so closely allied with the leftist cause. In a controlled society, the State is the primary parent. Personal responsibility and independence are either discouraged or forbidden. This fits in with the pervert mindset, as relationships between them are largely based on lust and, thus, are highly transitory. When the anti-Christian State mirrors their rationale, they are free to make use of themselves and the children placed in their unloving care. There are no standards of right and wrong except what the State may ordain as a matter of expediency. And if they are a major factor within that central government, they need have no fear of being "thrown under the bus".
The question, therefore, is one of choice. Do we accept being subjects of a controlling bureaucracy without a moral foundation, dominated by ethics-free elite? Or do we choose to remain citizens, responsible for our actions and constrained only by the tenets of our faith in God and free by His word and the provisions of the Constitution? It's one or the other... and the final minute of decision cannot be else but close at hand.
I'll just let this article stand with little comment. But it is an important one. For many decades now, the federal courts have expanded their numbers and their intrusions into public life in a manner that essentially negates the entire principle of limited government upon which the Constitution was founded. Through fantastic overrreaches via redefinitions of the "commerce clause" and the 14th Amendment (the latter discussed in the column), the courts have accumulated powers over time that would have never been allowed in the earlier days of the Republic.
I would advise all my readers to re-read Article III of the Constitution, which deals with the judiciary branch. The very first words are, "The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish". Clearly, nothing resembling the gigantic system of federal courts in place today was comtemplated. Indeed, the inference from the framers is that any "inferior Courts" would be transitory and for certain needs that might arise in a crisis. Their jurisdiction, as with the other branches of the federal government, is strictly limited in scope by Section 2 of the Article.
But those Constitutional strictures, as in all points of law, are dependent on the vigilance of the citizens and their elected representatives to maintain. The framers knew well that it is the natural inclination of government (as with children) to test and expand the restrictions upon them. Call it the Brat Factor! In this frame of reference (and a necessary one in a free society) the citizens are the parents of the Constitution and, thus, the guardians of our own freedom. We've done a poor job, in truth. In our neglect, we've managed to spawn a government of delinquents who have, in turn, taken the reins of power from our hands and are using them with utter recklessness.
Can this be reversed? Only if enough citizens band together to re-establish the rule of the Constitution. Assume from the beginning, though, that it will happen only in defiance of every federal court in the land!