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There was a time in this country......

Jul 19 2012

There was a time in this country when most people admired the wealthy. We wanted to emulate them. We knew we had a chance to become them because we lived in America, the golden land of opportunity where anything was possible if you work hard. Men like John D Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, John Jacob Astor, Henry Ford, Sam Walton and George Eastman were captains of industry who helped forge the Industrial Revolution that brought America from a largely agrarian society to an industrial powerhouse. We were proud of them, we wanted to be them, and we were grateful for the things they did for America. We look to them for leadership and guidance. We respected what they've accomplished.

But somewhere along the way this changed. Somehow a very different ideology was injected into our culture. A certain group of people, slowly over time, changed our culture from confident optimism that anything is possible in America to a mindset that it was unfair and unjust for some people to achieve more than others. That somehow they had stolen from you what was rightfully yours and because of that you could never achieve more than a meager existence. They began teaching that it's not possible for you to succeed because these titans were blocking your way. But the only way that you could succeed is if the government took that money away from them and give it to you.

Today we have the president of the United States of all people, telling us that the wealthy don't even have the same set of values as the rest of the country does, as if they don't care about their families, their neighbors, their fellow Americans. That they don't care about the future of America and the only thing that's important to them is the almighty dollar and taking it from you. What kind of way is that for an American president to speak about the people who have succeeded in this country, who have achieved the American dream? That they are somehow evil and want to cause us harm. Moreover when did we become the people who would accept such a thing? How does that square with the values of our founders and the people that forge this nation?

Then last week president Obama said that the hard work of those who succeed is because somebody else did it and that their hard work didn't matter at all. But their brilliant ideas or leadership really had very little to do with their success. That somehow because the government created roads and bridges, that was the real reason for their success.

"There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t -- look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

Is that any way for the President of the United States to be speaking? I submit that the government does more to inhibit business to be successful with the overburden of regulation, oppressive taxation and its interference in the free market.

Sure a successful business requires dedicated employees doing their job. But if you don't have leadership at the top to guide that company, success will be limited if there is any success at all. Case in point, Solyndra. I have no doubt the employees at the plant worked hard and wanted to see the company succeed, if for no other reason that they would continue to have a good job. But a flawed business model and failed leadership collapsed the company. They had all the same roads, all the same bridges and all the same government intervention that successful companies had, and yet been with millions of dollars in government backed loans, they failed miserably and at the taxpayers expense.

President Obama's entire mindset smacks of collectivism. Just more class warfare. Exactly the way the Socialists took over Russia, China, Cuba and even Venezuela. It's the idea that somehow anyone that has success took it from you, that you have a right to take it back and they are obligated to give it to you. Is this who we really have become? Is this who we are as a people now? Sadly beginning with FDR there has been a slow and steady migration to an entitlement mentality where far too many people think they're entitled to things just because they're alive. But it's okay to take someone else's stuff because they didn't deserve it and you do. But it's unfair to be successful. The same mindset that says give everyone a trophy just for participating.

The story of how we got here is one of the most important parts of our nation's history and yet story a almost no one knows. The people behind it wanted it that way. America's traditional culture, which had grown up over generations from our Western Judeo-Christian roots, was swept away by an ideology. Masked by terms like “Political Correctness" or “Multiculturalism” so that you can't see the real root of it all, what it really is, Marxism. Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms in an effort that goes back not to the 1960s but to World War I. The number one goal of cultural Marxism since its creation, has been the destruction of Western culture and the pillars that hold it up which are based in Judeo-Christian values. Once that was done they would be able to impose their oppressive tyrannical system on us all without a fight. We would gladly accept it for a sense of security. In fact actually cry out for it.

In 1923 a young Marxist named Felix Weil who had inherited millions, set up a new think tank at Frankfurt University in Frankfurt Germany. Originally it was called the Institute for Marxism but the cultural Marxist realized that that name was too obvious and would be rejected by most people so they concealed their real nature and objectives. He was convinced use a more neutral sounding name and “The Institute for Social Research” was born. Soon known simply as “The Frankfurt School”’ The Institute for Social Research became the place where political correctness, as we know it, was developed. The basic answer to the question who stole our culture, is the cultural Marxists of the Frankfurt school.

In 1934 fleeing from the Nazis who hated Marxists, the Frankfurt school including its leading members reestablished itself in New York City with help from Columbia University, changing their focus from establishing Marxism in Europe to the United States. And they've been far too successful. Pat Boone's book "The culture wise family: upholding Christian values and the mass media world” goes into this in great detail. I urge you to read it and educate yourself on how this came about.

Do your own research on some of the leading Marxist intellectuals Antonio Gramsci, George Lukacs, Max Horkheimer, Theodore Adorno, Eric Fromm, Wilhelm Reich and Herbert Marcuse. When you discover who these Frankfurt School folks are it will scare you beyond belief.

With the help of these gentlemen, Horkheimer developed a whole new strategy for injecting Marxism into our culture to shape our society. They concluded that the way to destroy Western culture was to cross Marx with Freud. By using" Political Correctness” and “Social Justice” along with “Critical Theory “ or “Critical Thinking “ they had a much more powerful psychological tool than just philosophy for destroying Western culture. Psychological Conditioning. These things are the root of class warfare.

The disease of Marxism has since infiltrated our public schools, our institutions of higher learning, our churches and synagogues, and indeed our own government at every level in every bureaucracy. Over the last several decades they've used our popular culture such as music, movies, television shows and games that push social acceptance of things that were culturally taboo in the past. Using the tactics of a bully if you speak out against these things, they shout you down calling you a bigot, a racist, homophobe or a whole host of epithets to try to silence you. Through political correctness they have managed to take away your right to free speech by making you an outcast when you speak out against their agenda. The natural human instinct to avoid conflict has caused people to second-guess their convictions and to back down. Ask yourself how many times that you did not speak out because you knew the other people in the room would attack you if you did.

So what now? How do we fix it? Will the answer to that is both simple and difficult. Stand your ground and speak out no matter what. Educate yourself in the issues that are affecting our lives, our culture and our future so you can stand up and challenge on the facts. You can't leave it to somebody else to do. I know it's not easy, but we have all been doing that for far too long. Besides when did we become a society that always takes the easy way as opposed to doing things because they are the right thing to do?

We have reached a place in our country were almost half the nation goes along with this. We are at the tipping point. If we don't begin to reclaim our culture now the America I grew up with, the America my parents and grandparents grew up in, will be lost to us forever. That prospect is terrifying when I consider that's the legacy I will leave my children. I know that for me what I fear most is my granddaughter coming to me one day and asking me, “grandpa will were you doing when all this was happening?” I know I won't be telling her I was too busy, that I didn't have the time.

We have to do exactly what they have done. We have to get involved at every level. Some of us will have to run for office. Some will get on the school board. We are going to have to make a sacrifice and dedicate our lives to the cause of liberty. There's a lot we can do but it's going to take commitment. It is going to take hard work and were going to have to give up a few things. It takes time to attend public meetings, not just now and then but on a regular basis. Take some friends along with you and make an event of it. It’s much easier to speak out in public when you have a little support with you. Stop allowing yourself to be defeated. Were Americans for crying out loud when did we become the people of “That can't be done”? Do you think the opposition allows an occasional setback to stop them, to deter them from their work? They most assuredly do not.
 

Jay Devereaux is an Information Technology Consultant and small business owner that like so many of us, did not really pay a lot of attention to what was going on in Washington DC until ideas like Cap & Trade and T.A.R.P. The idea of the Federal Government bailing out bankers and Wall Street firms with taxpayer dollars was the last straw. Followed closely by the first stimulus package, Jay like so many was yelling at his television similar to Rick Santelli’s now famous rant, when his family cried “ENOUGH! Do something about it or shut up!” In late 2009 Jay was invited to join the Board of Directors for UIA and manages to organizations various websites and social networking presence.

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