Church of the Deciders

Church of the Deciders
ROC Editorial 4-15-2011

How important is the first sentence in Amendment 1 of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …”

Turns out, in light of what is transpiring in this country, it is pretty darned important! Is it not the liberals whom go ballistic at the slightest hint that anyone, at any level of government, would permit anything resembling our traditional religions to be sanctioned in the least by our government institutions? Yet, a strong case can be made, by simply observing the forced cultural trends being driven by the elitists, that we have in fact allowed a new unprincipled, pseudo-religion established by the Left, aided and abetted throughout the political spectrum, and implemented within all the branches of government, and at all levels. Unfortunately many among real religious faiths have also been sucked into the cult.

In academia world, whose members are hailed by the Left as our saviors, it is not a secret, that the professors, authors and philosophers have a general consensus “group thing” going, in which they consider the important aspects of life which must not be left to chance, nor be allowed to develop naturally. It is also true, that for the most part, these “progressives” mostly subscribe to ideologies that reject traditional customs (including religious ones),  Judeo-Christian principles or beliefs, free capital markets, American exceptional-ism, the concept that our government should be limited as to what it can decide for us, or the idea that individuals should be free to follow the dictates of their own consciences, or are even capable of using their reasoning.  It is these beliefs that motivate them to study society and religiously experiment, test, and bless their own opinions, as they employ their hypothesis, theories, and models to change our society into something else, something that can be directed to move humanity in the direction they want… which is often opposed to human nature and free will.

The uprooting of our traditional American culture and customs, and the supplanting of their experimental beliefs and values in their place, is their religion. It may not have one official or exact name, but it has all the elements of a religious organization. It is being established and institutionalized via the courts, the lawmakers, and the executive branch, both through their propaganda, and by the force of government. It has its own symbolism, its sermons, its behavioral expectations, its own narratives, and is setting an alternative morality and ethical standard via its main religious law, “political correctness.”  This authoritative “religious law” is being preached to our younger generations as if it were gospel. Social studies, or indoctrination are paramount priorities, to these “teachers,” far more important (in their wisdom) than reading, writing, or arithmetic of course.

This new religion even has many false iconic figureheads to worship. It also increasingly has real punishment associated with not observing its edicts. Much of what passes today as “mainstream accepted thought” is obviously not how most of us think at all, but rather is what we are told to comply with, or else. Often we can see it is the case that even when the voters are given a chance to say “we do not consent” to a particular aspect of it, we are overruled in the courts, and vilified by the foot soldiers of their crusade. We have already passed a point in which it has become truly absurd as to what we are expected to believe or feel about what society “ought” to be, as established by them. In this system free will and choosing are not really options.

It is clear what our Founders thought about the establishment of any religion that people were compelled to follow. They absolutely knew this would be counter to a free society, so were opposed to it. They listed this as their very first item when outlining our Bill of Rights. They had seen the effects of state-like, freedom-robbing tyrannies that grew in power in the name of religion, but ultimately subjugated its own members, and fought others of different religions constantly over power. They sought to protect the individual’s choice to worship, as he saw fit, not to be dominated by any particular denomination.  At the same time, they further recognized that to be successful as a nation, the principles and morality brought by religion were essential to our future as a nation.

Our government was established as one of self-government by, of, and for the people. We ratified it as such. We did not ratify a system of “comply or else,” where “thought police” dictate what we are allowed to value or believe. The Left has managed to establish this new tyranny by orchestrating a religious-like state, using allies incrementally developed by the political process of dividing us, and dictating what is acceptable in the name of society, and its undefined betterment. If their religion had a name it might be called the “Church of the Deciders.”

Though the Tea Party movement has a very strong element that wants to keep any social or cultural issues away from the three core elements they fight for, fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets, it is becoming apparent this is not enough. The unraveling of our culture is affecting all these areas as well. Businesses are being sued, ridiculous rules are being written for the “PC code,” people are being fired over comments or attitudes that have become forbidden by this code.  In just one example out of hundreds, observe how everyone in business has had to adopt some form of being “green” just to comply with the whole notion that man is destroying his own home planet merely by existing. Classifications of people are now determined to be either good or bad, of being subjected to law, or exempt from it. Woe be it to any party that gets caught in the politically correct snare, sanctions will be forthcoming!

So here we are in 2011, and our own country is becoming extremely foreign to us due to this insidious new religion. The Left has managed to use the government and media to establish a fervor in the name of “the greater good.” They will be the self-appointed stewards in charge of making sure the new commandments are adhered to. There are some new beliefs to learn, some new values to hold to, and some irresponsible behaviors to emulate, along with below average expectations, and a new immoral national character to embrace! So “don’t ask and don’t tell,” don’t worry about a flood of illegals strolling into the country, don’t profile people that worship out of a book that tells them to “destroy us wherever they find us,” don’t try and think for yourselves, don’t believe that government experts can’t solve any ill you may have, don’t question “kinetic military actions” or the end of drilling for oil here, (not now, not ever), but you are permitted to believe in the windmill!  Don’t doubt that your health should not be your business, or the pills provided by the men in black will not provide a wonderful death experience for you, or your loved ones, and above all never try and use logic of any kind!

The real churches are a force for good, and a competition for the Left’s false creation, and the works they perform are based on real and voluntary traditions of compassion for their fellow man and following the guidance of God. They promote self reliance and not dependency. The liberals therefore try to marginalize real religions. They have worked hard to put in place their alternative to them. Recently in its narrative they claimed that we are no longer a Christian nation, and questions if we ever were. They wish for us all to throw our moral compass overboard and leave the navigation to them.

For those that have not yet succumbed and been converted to the Left’s idea of religion, the article Christianity As An Influence On The Founding Fathers, John A. Sterling (Dec. 2001), does a great job of addressing the question; is America still a Christian nation? However, in today’s insane world, read it at your own risk, for surely both the Founders, and us normal thinking people, will be held to be on the wrong side of the new religion!

Left Plans for Social Justice Initiative in Seattle

Washington’s Left is engaging in a big push for “social justice” in Seattle, and they will get national support from groups like the ACLU and ACORN [and their renamed satellites] and count on official support within our government at the city, county, and state levels for this as well.

The gist, or core of their initiative is to give special power to one group, or sets of groups, over other people in order to make everything equal.  This of course is not justice at all.  It is social engineering at the expense of liberty and individual rights. The idea that individuals that happen to belong to a particular classification entitles them to be given different rights is both denigrating to those individuals in that group, and of course, it is anti-liberty and in opposition to our constitutional principles.

The past, which is indefensible because for long periods of time that many individuals, especially minorities, were denied true equality and liberty based on a physical description, cannot now be used to justify “group” or “positive rights” trumping the sovereignty of the individual. Only the same exact rights for all is equality. When we have reached the point where rights only start at the level of a favored group, than all rights are lost forever, and the individual becomes subservient to whomever the current power holders are, or will be. We would no longer be Americans.

The following essay shines some light on this main issue which now divides Americans.

The Petition of Positive Rights
ROC Op/Ed March-2011

What would we find out about our friends and neighbors political views were we to prepare and circulate the “Petition for Positive Rights?”

The following core ideology is what is embodied in such a petition:

In order for society to exist and function in a fair, compassionate, and just manner, certain groups must be given preferential treatment over other groups, and individual rights are necessarily secondary… in all cases, for the greater good. The experts in government are best suited to administer these decisions for the people, and enforce compliance to these societal rights. The people are entitled to positive rights to eliminate any and all inequities that may arise, if a society is to be responsible and responsive to the people. Our Constitution did not anticipate modern problems, therefore omitting these positive rights was, and remains its great flaw in need of correction.

Taking this petition door to door would be a great experiment in discovery.  Many citizens would sign it outright, in full agreement. They are already convinced that others should be responsible for their needs. Others might too, without even seriously considering for an instant that they had just agreed to forgo their own personal liberty or freedom to choose how to live, and assign it to government “experts.” People that value freedom however would be rightly taken aback, in shock and horror that anyone in America would be calling for an end of freedom in a petition, and inciting a call for permanent servitude.

The problem is, that regardless of whether or not any such actual petition is in existence, increasingly the American people have been consciously or unconsciously adopting this doctrine since the 1920’s when social liberalism first got real traction in our country. FDR’s “New Deal” then set us on the path of an ever-expanding welfare state, that has grown to monstrous and unsustainable proportions, is corrupt beyond belief, and has placed the most prosperous nation ever in the history of mankind on a destination for inevitable and complete economic, social, and moral collapse. Meanwhile the morality and values previously widely shared among our citizens accustomed to living in liberty, have rapidly spiraled downward into an overall decay of civility in our society as a direct consequence.

The “Petition of Positive Rights” is a direct contradiction to what our U.S. Constitution spells out on how we are to be self-governed, based on equal individual, not collective, rights. Yet, for decades now, we have allowed those whom have sworn to all to uphold our Constitution to get away with ignoring it and imposing that collectivism. While they publicly swear to uphold and defend it, they never fully do, and instead spend their terms busily playing the game of trying to get power for their own favored groups. All the while the individual is stolen from, and is left unrepresented, without having given his or her consent. Leadership has come to mean choosing in favor of “the favored” by the elite “deciders” at all levels of government, but especially by the federal government.

There is very little doubt left that President Obama believes in the “Petition of Positive Rights.” Millions have listened to the audio tape of him speaking precisely to his beliefs for this. He, along with Holder’s Justice Department are not disguising how they are selectively following laws, giving special treatment to some groups depending on their favored status with him, while ignoring the individual rights of the people or groups not in favor with him, based on his agenda. And to him, the radical federal court rulings of the past were not radical enough for not cementing in place new “positive rights.” Positive rights are whatever government says they are.

Speaking of the Warren Court its interpretation of the Constitution during the Civil Rights movement, Obama said, “It wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution. At least as it’s been interpreted and more important interpreted in the same way that, generally, the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties; says what the states can’t do to you, what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the state government or federal government must do on your behalf.”

This audio tape was made public before Obama was elected, and still he was elected. It is very clear that the Left is determined to agitate, aggravate, and exploit those already dependent, until they in turn demand that even more of the decisions be placed into governments hands, and of course, the people’s money as well.  Obama is leading them in the destruction of our constitutional principles using these techniques.
Positive rights are really about relinquishing personal power, and giving it to nameless, faceless bureaucrats. Obama does not explain that everything government does for one entity can only be done at the expense of, and to, another entity.

One favored and protected group in particular, the so-called mainstream media, has enabled the advance of the Petitioners, and the demise of our liberty, by themselves becoming dependent on the elitists. Ironically their special protected status was always meant to help ensure liberty, and guard against them becoming dependent on governments in power as a check to it. But those who become dependent are no longer free to choose what they say or do.  Now, to keep their own favored group status, they must comply and be subservient to their masters. Having a near monopoly on the information dispensed for public consumption, and dutifully reporting it based on a biased “consensus” acceptable to their masters has worn thin on many people. The old media is now widely distrusted by any freedom loving American, while the more trusted new media alternatives are vilified and denigrated by both them and the insiders for not playing along. Clearly, informing our families, friends, our neighbors, the young, and the old, on what they are being asked to choose between, and what is at stake, from these opposing sides in this war for our future, now depends greatly on us speaking up and fighting against their propaganda.

There is no room to compromise with these beliefs by the Left, and those capitulating to them on the Right, and still maintain liberty.  We are either going to be free to earn our own way in life, or we will become subservient to our new masters who will have wrestled away each and every last right from us, and redistributed everything about who we are as Americans.

Our Founders knew real justice in a system of government depended on protecting the smallest group, the individual, from infringement by any other group, of any size. They knew the most likely abuser of this would be our own government, due to man’s very nature.  Our heritage though is not to select the weakest among us, only empowered through stolen rights and money, to dictate to the strong. Yet the Petitioners act as if this is the answer somehow. Our Founders saw the true potential for all mankind lay in the strength and abilities of the free individual, and they were right.

Our freedom movements have our own petition, we call it the U.S. Constitution, and it has served us well when it has been followed. Now let us petition our leaders to remember this.

This is the war we absolutely must win.

Which will prevail, our Constitution, or the Petition of Positive Rights?

[Article reprinted with permission RightingOurConsent.com]