I’ve been talking about all sorts of nice things on this blog lately, and I figured it was time to wake all you lovely readers up from gazing at my new fish tank with a controversial post on how certain political philosophies are helpful to the Evil One. Yes, I’m talking about The Devil. I believe the Devil is a real spirit, that his power is real, and that he and his miserable minions have all sorts of sneaky ways of helping us to become confused and enticed with gray fluffy philosophies with holographic halos until we are locked in a dark closet under dark stairs with only a few steps to walk before we start to fall down a steep slide which goes only one direction – endlessly down.
I am NOT asserting that everyone or even most of the people who accept the philosophies of socialism or communism are evil, so, please keep that in mind in the comments section on this post. I’m just suggesting that even though some may have good – even the BEST of - intentions when they support the programs which are extensions of these philosophies, that they are supporting ideas which are disasterous in their long-term application.
Communism sounds so nice on paper and in the world of thought. I had plenty of incredibly awesome professors even at Brigham Young University (a private LDS university) who proudly wore their communist badges with honor. They truly believe it is better for us to have a more centralized, powerful government. That’s great for them. I still love them and think they are awesome. Aaaaannnnndddd. . . . I also think they are completely wrong about the place where that will take us as a country and as a world. And here’s why:
Matthew 7:20 “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
What are the fruits of communism my friends? DEATH. Not only the death of religion, self-reliance, freedom, family, and the inner drive to create, but literal death. This article R.J. Rummel gives some frightening information about that subject. Here is just one quote from it, and a bit of an explanation on why big centralized government brings this nasty, bitter fruit:
“Communism has been the greatest social engineering experiment we have ever seen. It failed utterly and in doing so it killed over 100,000,000 men, women, and children, not to mention the near 30,000,000 of its subjects that died in its often aggressive wars and the rebellions it provoked. But there is a larger lesson to be learned from this horrendous sacrifice to one ideology. That is that no one can be trusted with power. The more power the center has to impose the beliefs of an ideological or religious elite or impose the whims of a dictator, the more likely human lives are to be sacrificed.”
Friends – absolute power corrupts absolutely. When people believe they have absolute truth – and they have the power to forcibly dictate, even by murder, to others how to live by that truth – ummm, that’s really, really bad. A lot of people die because of it. Because those few people who might have started out well-intentioned, well they get used to that excessive power and they like it, and then they do whatever they can to keep it. Power over nations shouldn’t indefinitely belong to a centralized head of a few – it should belong to us. Fewer people die that way. We keep more freedom that way. Life is simply better, and actually lived that way.
But, anarchy – well, that’s not exactly the best idea either, is it? So, you need to have a government in place to fix what a mess that might be. You need a government that divides power up so that it isn’t localized in one top-heavy head; three branches. You need a government where the minority aren’t slaughtered to the whim of the majority; a democratic republic. You need to have a few things in place so that there is a cohesive whole, but most power must belong to smaller groups: states, cities, towns vs. the national government. You HAVE to have a solid concept of private property. We all need the freedom to protect our lives, to live freely and to own property – so long as we aren’t infringing upon the rights of others to those things, too, in the process. We need common-sense laws and law-enforcement to keep that balance going. With just the right delicate balance of divided power, the right laws, and a good moral people to keep those laws – you’ve got it made. You have the most free, safe, and beautiful government ever created. You have in fact – The United States of America, and the greatest political document ever composed: The United States Constitution.
If you really understand the Constitution and our country’s history, it becomes immensely clear that:
#1) The constitution was created as a means of creating a government that was limited in size and scope – and this fact is inseparably connected to our having the greatest amount of freedom.
#2) The constitution and the unique system of government of our nation, along with our freedoms (to life, liberty and property) could only survive with a moral, self-reliant, God-fearing people.
Fast-forward to all the legislative garbage being implemented today: Obamacare, Common Core, Monsanto Protection Act, Information gathering on all citizens, attempts to take away and limit our freedom to protect ourselves (with guns, food storage, etc.) and to free speech, and to religion, and soooo much more. We are so far gone – it makes me cry. Freedom and life is so delicate. And with an excessively strong central government – it doesn’t take long for those in power to take whatever they want from whomever gets in the way.
“Well?!” some have asked me in a challenging tone, and some with serious inquiry. “If this legislation you don’t like isn’t the answer, then what should be done instead? XYZ is a problem. And it needs to be addressed. And, this status quo isn’t fixing it!”
My answer is two-fold.
#1) If the status quo protects a major centralized group or person (POTUS) from grabbing more power to dictate how we all can and can’t live our lives, then that is a better option than the legislation presented – and a very very worthy cause.
#2) What are YOU doing to become more self-reliant, to live a moral and honest life, and to fix the problems you have an issue with? That’s right – YOU. Not the government. YOU. Whether that means writing a blog to help disseminate important information, or starting a non-profit organization, getting people to sign petitions about legislation that is important to you, teaching your children to be good citizens and to understand and uphold the constitution, giving tithes and offerings to your church, starting a hospital that only takes cash and offers procedures and care at a competitive rate, or refusing to accept food stamps/WIC/medicaid if you could feasibly go without, living on less so you are able to share more with those who are needy – the possibilities are endless. And though stuff done small – stuff done by you, seems small - THAT is what will really make the difference. Taking personal responsibility for the problems life throws at us, or that we notice, is how we keep power from being grabbed by big-whigs.
If we want to take back our freedoms, we have to be willing to abandon the carrots floating around in those fuzzy gray clouds which are leading us to that dark closet and that steep slide socialism which leads to communism. We have to reject the carrots as individuals, as families, as communities, as states and as a nation – if we want to keep the meat we enjoy right now. (Vegetarian/Vegan-types, please substitute Portobello mushrooms in your mind’s eye if the meat analogy is bothering you.)
Socialism might work for a while. And Communism might work for an even shorter while – and I’m sure I’m going to hear all about all the examples of the systems that do work well in the comments section.
I would submit that no socialist/communist nation will function if it is too big, and it will never function indefinitely. It is my solid belief that we are about at the point of no return. We are carelessly, and some even desperately or pridefully munching on those carrots in the dark closet and walking quickly toward that drop-off of Progressivism/Statism/Socialism/Communism – it is all the same, because it all leads to the same end. But how great is the cost of those carrots!!
When more of our nation’s citizens accept that our rights and liberties come from God (or “nature’s God” for any atheists/agnostics who may be reading along) instead of a centralized government, and take responsibility upon themselves to reap what they sow for themselves and their own families and to voluntarily serve others with love – that is when the world’s ills will really begin to be solved.
The question of why that is lies with God and another post for another day. But Socialism? Communism? Excessive power to a centralized small group of people? Those are certainly not the answers as is plain to see from the bitter fruit of death they produce. A moral, God-fearing, You and Me with a solid Constitution in place? That IS the answer.
In closing, here is one final quote for you to ponder on:
"The government will take from the 'haves' and give to the 'have nots.' Both have lost their freedom. Those who 'have,' lost their freedom to give voluntarily of their own free will and in the way they desire. Those who 'have not,' lost their freedom because they did not earn what they received. They got 'something for nothing,' and they will neither appreciate the gift not the giver of the gift." -Howard W. Hunter, "The Law of the Harvest", Devotional Address, Brigham Young University, 8 March 1966.