Do you believe America will ever regain her former magnificence?

Tasine 2012/07/22 14:21:09
“Progressive education is producing students who can’t think and who can’t read, write, spell, or figure with facility.”

Even more significant was the conclusion of the
editorial writer that, “Under the present system children are taught
that competition is not good, only to find out when they become adults
that they are in a competitive world. No sooner do they discover this
vital point than they become easy marks for those who feel that the
competitive, free enterprise system is bad and that competition should
be eliminated by the force of the government. It is only natural that
the children brought up in this sort of environment will look upon the
competitive system with a jaundiced eye and turn to the government for
the solution of their problems.”

In 1953, when this was written, maybe the jury was
out. But now that we have lived through the conversion of our
mid-20th-century manufacturing-based economy to the 21st-century
welfare-based economy, there is a guilty verdict hanging over the head
of progressivism for anyone to see.

Unfortunately, the “jaundiced eye” predicted by
Hoiles or his surrogate has grown so diseased that at least half the
population of the United States no longer has eyes to see. Socialism
— free stuff — is now considered the birthright of Americans even more
than liberty. Unfortunately, this uniquely American form of socialism
masquerades as “social justice” and thus wears the cloak of
respectability. Instead of government acquiring the means of production,
the overseers merely acquire the means of producing wealth in the form
of taxation policies that soak the rich and pay off the poor. The honest
socialists call it “redistribution of wealth”; the deceptive ones call
it a progressive tax policy.

“every fact of existence — if it is a fact — is immutable,
irrevocable and eternal” and that “moral facts are no less concrete and
timeless than physical facts.”

This is the same conception of natural law that
motivated and empowered our Founding Fathers as they set about to bring
forth “a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal.” Without a belief in
“immutable” moral facts or laws, you cannot hold any truths to be
“self-evident,” nor can rights be “unalienable” as proposed by the
Declaration of Independence. It is therefore a certainty that R.C.
Hoiles was a direct descendant philosophically of Thomas Jefferson,
George Washington and the other Founders.

If his ideas now seem “quaint” or “silly,” that is
only because we as a nation have lost our connection to what William
Faulkner called “the eternal verities of the heart” or what Hoiles
called the “fundamental moral laws... [that] govern human behavior.”

More and more, as I study the decline of the American
republic in the 20th century, I see that life preservers were thrown
out repeatedly to the populace by patriots such as Hoiles, but they were
most often thrown back with disdain. If it feels sometimes like we are
now losing the battle to preserve our way of life, including our liberty
and prosperity, perhaps the truth is even more dismaying.

Perhaps, the war is already lost. We may just not
have been able to bring ourselves to acknowledge that distasteful fact.
After all, the clarion call of Hoiles and people like Barry Goldwater
and Ronald Reagan who were manning the bulwarks 50 years or more ago
should have been as urgent an alarm as that sounded by Paul Revere in
1776. Instead, American slumbered.

More and more, it looks as though the barbarians have long since
advanced past the gates, and that we are now an “occupied” nation. Call
it the Land of the Freebie. Or the Home of the Braying. Or just call it
“The Great Delusion” and give Hoiles the final word. He has earned it.


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  • Maddog 2012/07/22 16:45:46 (edited)
    I would lay the blame for much of this at the feet of the public schools in America and the dumbing-down of the curricula to appeal to the lowest common denominator, for the sake of some warped idea of political correctness ostensibly to avoid damaging the fragile self-esteem of its coddled students. A nation of morons will inevitably make bad choices in choosing their leaders, with catastrophic results.

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  • edifyguy 2012/08/05 14:09:04
    Scary, but probably accurate. To answer the original question, probably not. We don't have the good people necessary for that any more.
  • Tasine edifyguy 2012/08/05 19:16:53
    I want to think you are wrong in your assessment, but actually I regretfully believe you are correct. May we both be proven WRONG !!!!
  • Selketskiss 2012/07/25 03:18:33
    No..we are to far down the rabbit hole and it is forever changed...for the worse.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/23 12:49:11
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    Not unless we can rid our Republic of the communist regressives and the damage that they have done.
  • Ken 2012/07/23 04:27:42
    No, Obama has seen to that.
  • eyes wide open 2012/07/23 03:37:36
    eyes wide open
    i am doubtful.
  • shaltov72 2012/07/23 03:12:44
    GOD changes things, HE answers prayers, HE BLESSES, HE loves, HE forgives, thru the one who gave HIS LIFE FOR US! YESHUA(JESUS)!
  • shaltov72 2012/07/23 03:07:49
    This is a very good article, I wish all of the American people could read and start seeking GOD ask forgiveness and see how HE can work, but the American citizen is to be strong and be active against lies!
  • shaltov72 2012/07/23 03:04:18
    What made this nation great and even though it has its problems, it has listened to the lies of commies, progressives, socialists who want to destroy a REPUBLIC, the socialists marxists have destroyed America's belief in the Creator GOD (YAHWAH, mainly thru state rum john dewey marxisim philosphy. It has been thru incrementalisim, now we have a nation which does not know the difference between religiion or GOD the Creator! This is the goal of the communist manifesto, and if anyone reads it and matches it up with the way our nation has been going they will see the parallels! In the state run indoctrination centers called public education (have you noticed how governments find so many things wrong with home schooling). WE HAVE LISTENED TO THE LIES FOR SO LONG TO MANY BELIEVE THEM! The horrible history of destroying a precious unborn "fetus" (which means youngone or offspring) moms, girls, ladies you have been lied to but GOD realizes that and HE a Forgiving GOD and a loving GOD, cares for you and LOVES YOU!
    America will only be great again when "WE THE PEOPLE' realize they have been lied to and turn to a forgiving Creator! Many of the Founders, Framers were Christians, (pastors,ministers), they put some of the greatest documents together, but only if "WE THE PEOPLE" make the decision to follow a Loving Creator, HE will not force anyone, like religions do!
  • Charles R. Anderson 2012/07/23 01:40:33
    Charles R. Anderson
    It is possible that Americans will yet renew their belief in the American Principle. This principle is a belief in highly limited government as mandated by the People in our Constitution in which the legitimate function of government is to protect our sovereign, equal individual rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. The American principle held that the People were competent to choose their own values and to manage their own lives. But the Progressive Elitists and the government-controlled schools they operate have convinced most Americans that most Americans are incompetent and cannot live without extensive central planning that will function well despite the contradiction that most of the people are incompetent to choose the politicians who will represent them. It is critical for people to live their lives as fully as possible in the private sector and to minimize the domineering, uncontrollable, and uncaring role of government that rules by brutal force and by ignoring our individuality.
  • mustangluver 2012/07/22 22:57:32
    It all depends on kicking BO to the curb and cleaning out the entire gov of dems/libs, otherwise the answer is no way.
  • Tasine mustang... 2012/07/22 23:10:49
    I think you're right, and I'm not sure even that would do it. It's gotten simply too, too much out of hand.
  • mustang... Tasine 2012/07/23 05:15:17
    All throughout history, the dems did all the dirty! The dems were the KKK. The dems started most of the big wars. Dems were told they needed to budget, they didn't. Dems were warned by Bush and others about a bunch of things, they refused to listen.
  • Tasine mustang... 2012/07/23 12:17:56
    Yep. 100% right!!
  • Diane Spraggs Yates 2012/07/22 20:35:25
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    If leftist are kept out of office !!!
  • tom 2012/07/22 18:05:11
    I wish it could but the anti-science radical christian pro-death right seem to be getting more and more angsty by the day.
  • Torchma... tom 2012/07/23 12:55:00
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    If not for Christian scientists and inventors there would be NO science today. We'd still be riding horses and paying taxes a king.
    What is passed off as science today is nothing more than political propaganda, the same propaganda that Hitler used. Hitler was a DEVOUT evolutionist and God hater.

    "National Socialism and religion cannot exist together.... The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Bolshevism is Christianity's illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew. The deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity.... Let it not be said that Christianity brought man the life of the soul, for that evolution was in the natural order of things." (p 6 & 7)--Adolf Hitler
  • tom Torchma... 2012/07/23 13:53:52
    So evolution is political propaganda? That statement would be so hilariously off it would be hard to take you seriously.
  • Tasine tom 2012/07/23 14:14:37
    Jiminy Christmas! What contortions did you have to go through to arrive at the conclusion that anyone said anything about evolution being political propaganda? It is altogether possible to use the words evolution and Christianity in the same sentence. Torchmanner merely quoted Hitler.
  • BifDaddy 2012/07/22 17:15:15
    Quite possibly. But it will take at least a decade of Conservative influence.
  • Striker BifDaddy 2012/07/22 17:33:56 (edited)
    It will take a very long time, perhaps 2 generations.
    Conservatives largely fit better here:
    edit: www.lp.org/platform
  • Tasine Striker 2012/07/22 17:55:25
    Excellent article, Striker. I hope EVERYONE reads it!
  • Striker Tasine 2012/07/22 17:57:26 (edited)
    Sorry, I pasted a wrong link, just fixed it. My kinda stuff. Thanks!
  • Racefish 2012/07/22 16:51:24
    Not if Liberals keep running the show.
  • mustang... Racefish 2012/07/22 23:03:59
    That's for sure!
  • Elleryqueen 2012/07/22 16:50:55
    Maybe, if we get rid of most of the politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle and, hopefully, replace with someone that believes in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. If we replace with basically clones of who we presently have, this great country is in a world of hurt.
  • Striker Elleryq... 2012/07/22 17:33:52
    agree, but that is a VERY long row to hoe!
  • Elleryq... Striker 2012/07/22 17:50:01
    Granted, but the people of this country have over come much worse. Most problems however were not as internal and insipid as the present problem, but I have faith.
  • Striker Elleryq... 2012/07/22 17:51:36
    Okay, then how do the citizen of today overcome much without a means of resistance?
  • Elleryq... Striker 2012/07/22 17:55:31
    We still have a means of resistance providing those who have them keep their arms. Unfortunately I feel that in time arms will be sorely needed. O

    Other alternative, if martial law is not declared, is to vote out those one feels are of no help to this country on both sides of the aisle.
  • Striker Elleryq... 2012/07/22 18:03:47
    Disagree about voting, we've been doing that for 234 years now and just look where we are. The Dem-Rep monopoly provides the people only with "lesser evils", and somehow that must be ended.

    All this may well come to violence, but we ought to be seeking better ways.
  • Elleryq... Striker 2012/07/22 18:16:11
    I agree. If you have a better way, other than voting and how we would replace voting, I would love to hear it. Not meant derogatorily or facetiously. Would really like to know.

    I also hope it doesn't come to violence, but we should always be prepared.
  • Striker Elleryq... 2012/07/22 18:37:33
    In these times, voting, and tolerating Force, has brought us to the point of inevitable collapse, both our USSA and the entire planet. The doors to governments will close.

    Those who disbelieve and are not prepared will almost certainly die.

    I see this as horrible indeed, but collapse will bring to humanity the opportunity to choose never again to be Governed. Such will be anarchy, yes, which will be a time when man can set a very few parameters for a voluntary system. Governments have always failed, always with much pain and suffering and wars which eventually end up with... yet another government! Obviously that's no answer.
  • Elleryq... Striker 2012/07/22 21:03:50
    And the antidote is?
  • Striker Elleryq... 2012/07/22 21:40:56 (edited)
    A voluntary system, which can be easily built to serve beyond anarchy.

    It's not necessary to choose being Ruled.

    my http://no-ruler.net can help with that. Know that I have a glitch there at the moment, so many pages are showing 404's. It may take a couple of days to get straight again.
  • Katherine Striker 2012/07/22 20:58:19
    Everyone that has a child --- HOME SCHOOL! ........
  • Striker Katherine 2012/07/22 21:00:57
    That would be part of a Voluntary private educational system.
  • Tasine Striker 2012/07/22 17:52:09
    Yes, it is - and we have slackers hoeing as many rows as we have diligent workers.
  • Striker Tasine 2012/07/22 18:05:27
    The slackers merely hand the hoe to the diligent workers, because they gotta go collect the gravy paid out to the slackers with the monies paid to the real workers.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/07/22 16:48:28
    Rebel Yell
    A society is only as good as the education it affords its citizens. Second graders in China learn start learning English because the Chinese are aware they will compete on the global stage and not just in gymnastics.

    Every politician makes big talk about education but it is the first place states make cuts. A beginning teacher is still making the same approximate salary after she/he has been in the classroom five years. For the many who are in rural areas, it is around ten years.

    America will never return to its days in the sun unless we make education a priority... that includes college level . We need to attract certified teachers and then show some respect for what they do. We also need to keep the few we still have. Hundreds baled when No Child Left Behind took center stage.

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