The Thoughts of Others - Part Two
Last week I submitted a multitude of gloomy opinions submitted by a group of Syndicated Editorial writers (including some of my own) decrying the conditions of our society. If those were not enough to depress the average American try the following which is a continuation of the “Thoughts of Others” who are regretting that this is a country and a society:——
“Where our schools appear ready to collapse under the weight of imposed secularism and an anti-religious attitude that has encouraged young people to worship nothing higher than their glands in sex-education classes and has stripped the spiritual history of our own country from textbooks and music classes.
Where stories teaching the moral absolutes of hard work, thrift and perseverance found in the stories of The Little Red Hen, and The Ant and the Grasshopper are rejected by today’s liberals who probably condemn the little red hen, who wouldn’t share her bread with the barnyard bums, as a racist or a selfish Reaganite. They probably say that those barnyard bums had an “entitlement” to the fruit of the hen’s toil.
Where many people have come to believe that Congress should use extortion to make it possible for one person to live at another’s expense.
Where the prudent tactic for stealing is to convince a congressman that you are entitled to the property of others, and he’ll use his paid henchmen to get it for you. In that way you are just a recipient of stolen property rather than a thief.
Where a “client society” is a more fitting description, as opposed to a welfare state, of today’s America where many citizens are the clients of a large group of government employees who take care of them throughout their lives.
Where, since the mid-1960’s, we have spent $3.5 trillion on welfare, the equivalent of $50,000 for each tax-paying family in the land. All of that confiscated wealth has brought forth bumper crops of illegitimacy and single-parent households, indigence as a family trade, and a drug/crime culture in our inner cities.
Where people without realizing it become addicted to the most destructive drug in existence which is: welfare and government subsidies. Once people are shooting government dole into their veins they are hooked far more than any heroin addict and any attempt to diminish their drug supply makes them go berserk.
Where there are those who think that winning the lotto even at 17 million-to-1 are better odds than a politician keeping a campaign promise.
Where the tax payer continues to pay subsidies to enormous agricultural empires owned by Standard Oil of California, Arco, Southern Pacific, the Nissho Iwai American Corp., and the Harris Farms.
Where it is thought that we have a two party system but many think that when combined there is only one real party in the United States—the PAC party.
Where, as another result of the do-gooder and fix-it folk, “education is just one of the big casualties of the social theories and social engineering of the past generation. The continual undermining of law and order, by the people who considered the very phrase itself as racist, has damaged the black community worse than any other.”
Where segregation is back but now in the clothes of self-segregation and the day of the hyphenated-American returns.
Where black students are demanding their own fraternity houses, cultural centers, and dormitories where whites need not apply, and when black protests become threatening, campus authorities cave in.
Where history again repeats itself: Liberals who came to power on the campus crying for absolute freedom turn out to be intolerant of free speech. Where the children of the civil rights leaders who marched for equal rights appear in the vanguard of those clamoring for special privilege. And where, as we abandon the principles of justice, the goal for which we abandoned them, equality, recedes ever further into the future.
Where “Racial integration and government help became the watchwords of a generation of minority leaders and white liberals. Where has it led? Is the education of black youngsters better today than it was before the great social, judicial and political crusades to mix and match students by race through busing and other schemes? Perhaps in some places it is. But in the great urban ghettoes, that education is much inferior to what it was back in the 1940’s.”
“Perhaps the most dangerous “favor” done to blacks has been the making of excuses for all their problems. All human beings are so imperfect, no matter what color wrapping they come in, that to exempt any group from the standards of performance and behavior expected of others is not a blessing but a curse.”
After reading all of the above “thoughts of others” describing conditions within our nation I told a friend “I am glad that I am 82 years of age and will not be around to see the demise of this land which has been so good to so many (however at this writing I have reached the age of 98) and have lived through the most productive years, not only of this nation but of this world. I have lived from the days of the horse and buggy to our trip to the moon, and beyond. But, since all I know is what I read I was ready to throw in the towel and say that as a supposed leader of the world “our goose is cooked”. Our people seem to have changed from the cultural beliefs of my early youth to conceptions that to me are not worthy of saving.”
Then I read another editorial “We can win the war for the soul of America” and I was filled with a confident hope reminiscent of a past age when life was good and overflowing with the prospects for the future. Gone were my dismal predictions for this land of ours as I read with great expectation the words offered to the conference on “Winning the Cultural War” held by The American Cause foundation.
For those of you who have not had the opportunity to read this speech let me quote a few excerpts that may inspire optimism in others as it has in me:
“We cannot raise the white flag in the cultural war, for that war is about who we are. Nor can conservatives become conscientious objectors—because culture shapes politics; culture is the Ho Chi Minh trail to power. Surrender this province, and we lose America.”
“The name of the game is not to walk away and wash our hands of America’s culture. No, as my friend, the editor of American Arts Quarterly, James Cooper , writes, the name of the game is: Recapture the culture.
One of the heroines of America’s cultural war is Mary Cummins of Queens District 24. Told she had to introduce the propaganda of the homosexual lifestyle to first-graders, Mary rebelled. Enough is enough, she said. The parents in District 24 rallied beside her and they prevailed.
Soon, Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate were out of the first-grade curriculum, and their promoter, school board boss Joe Fernandez, was out of his job.
Where did a widow and grandmother get the courage to stand up to an establishment before which even national politicians have trembled and groveled?
Mary writes, “When one lives through the loss of a beloved child, works one’s way out of that great abyss, comes to terms with the recent loss of a dear husband, after that, no bully like Joe Fernandez, no bigot of a mayor or his minions, and entire liberal establishment in this city; has any chance to make me compromise on principle.”
The speaker closes by saying, “With the spirit of Mary Cummins, we can win the war for the soul of our country. We can take back America.”
My readers may say, “Bill, why are you feeding us all of these thoughts of others?” And my answer is as follows:
I read somewhere that “Next in importance to the man who first voices a great thought is the man who quotes it”.
I enjoy reading what others think and perhaps you have not had the opportunity or the inclination to read them. Therefore, taking comfort from the “quotation” above it has been my pleasure to pass these thoughts on to you trusting that they might raise the hopes of those, who like myself, have become depressed when reflecting upon the our country’s future.
No matter now low my hopes have been in the past I now have “higher hopes” for the future and my prayers are with the rebellion against the forces producing the “Stench of Moral Decay” now invading our society.