Do you believe America will ever regain her former magnificence?
“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.
Friends, I hope you will read the entire article. It's well worth the time.
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