Now, back to the story of America’s decline – the chronological history of the PLDC.
Consider these factors:
Lacking coherence, the “movements” that sprung up to address the social ills in the early 60’s [the civil-rights movement, migrant-workers movement, feminist movement] led to societal chaos. Urban riots springing from racial tensions and occurring mostly in the summer months from 1964 through 1969; morphing to university-student anger over American involvement in the Vietnam War and ending in fury over a gay rights tragedy in New York City shredded the American social fabric.
Charismatic leaders of these movements gained status among the intellectual community, the mainstream press/media and academia and the eventual changes that resulted from this chaos changed American society and, more importantly, American culture. Born of chaos, the changes resulted in more than the intended outcome – mostly unintended but predictable. I watched it all unfold up-close as I made my way through high school and college in and around New York City during that decade.
The urban riots (along with the counterweight of Martin Luther King’s movement of non-violence) were certainly a significant factor in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 but also led to the creation of the welfare state beginning in 1966. This, in turn, led to the virtual destruction of the urban black family and the decimation of the black “community” in America.
By the turn of the century, nearly three-of-four black children were born out-of-wedlock, the black poverty rate was five times that of white America and more than half the prison population was black. White and ethnic citizens had fled the urban core – where they were easy targets to blame for the black predicament – and took their businesses with them. With no financial incentive to work, the urban-black community effectively opted out of the pursuit of the American dream they had traditionally valued and repeatedly attempted to achieve – during Reconstruction, the Gilded Age and in the Roaring Twenties.
Today, with the advent of “Black Lives Matter” and similar movements whose stock-in-trade is organized and nationally coordinated “emotional-confrontational-sensationalism”, every newsworthy occurrence with ties to the black community is accompanied by charges of racism and official malfeasance, trumpeted uncritically by the compromised press/media, so that any improvement in the black condition in America is impossible.
The anti-war demonstrations of the later 1960s were a significant factor in the political decision to abandon the Vietnamese people’s quest to avoid living in a Communist hellhole. This, in turn, led to genocide in both Vietnam and Cambodia with millions of innocents murdered by communist fanatics sponsored by the Soviet Union and Communist China. Talk about “unintended consequences”, the anti-war movement led to the election of Republican Richard Nixon. Nixon’s election eventually led to the imposition of wage-and-price controls during the recession of 1973.
The response of industry to wage and price controls was to offer health insurance as an employment incentive which led to the current economic disaster known as Obamacare – first advocated, interestingly enough, by Hillary Clinton in 1993 when she was given the healthcare portfolio by her husband because she was the “smartest woman in America”.
Nixon’s election also resulted in the Watergate scandal which further fanned the flames of radicalism in America – leading to the election of Jimmy Carter, the abandonment of America’s ally, Iran, which then birthed international Islamic radicalism leading directly to 9/11 and the wars on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Finally, while the agitation over the treatment of both women and homosexuals in America was eminently justified, the methods of moral extortion employed by these movements’ leaders also produced unintended results. Most notably, the decline of the nuclear family as the building block of society decimated the moral fiber of America. Personal responsibility is the most obvious casualty. There is virtually no segment of our society that has not been adversely affected by fecklessness and apathy.
Tens of millions of babies have been murdered since the Supreme Court found in Roe v. Wade in 1973 that life is apparently not an inalienable right (as the Drafters and Ratifiers of the Constitution agreed it was) but only exists in a hierarchy of rights. No nation can succeed when it cannot guarantee the inalienable rights of all its citizens at all times and at all costs.
It was also during this time of turmoil that the massive movement of a new kind of immigrant began – one who hadn’t crossed great oceans, nor cut ties with their homeland knowing there would be no return. These were the illegal-immigrant-commuters from Mexico and Central America and their mindset was not to use their talents to benefit America and thereby assimilate into the American culture but to use the American culture to benefit their families in their native countries, through billions of dollars each year in remittances. They came to America illegally to work and they worked hard and endured hardships but their eyes always looked homeward and their earnings went home to families left behind.
The illegal immigrant-movement leaders soon discovered how to manipulate America’s new social-safety net and took advantage of Americans’ good-will to exploit America’s public education, welfare and healthcare institutions and, by the turn of the 21st Century, had overwhelmed them. While their demands increased, their assimilation did not. They never learned to respect American institutions like justice, education and health and so treated them like the corrupt institutions in their home countries.
Without respect came contempt – contempt for authority, contempt for the people who worked for our great institutions like the police, the border patrol, the courts, doctors and nurses, teachers and others and contempt for the taxpayers who financed their lifestyle. They haven’t even bothered to master our language, demanding instead that we supply them with Spanish materials and interpreters.
This mindset is not endemic to all Spanish speaking immigrants, legal or illegal. The Cuban immigrants, fleeing communism in their native Cuba to begin again in Florida, have succeeded. Equally hard working, they have assimilated into the American culture because they accepted the fact that, unlike the Mexican and Central American immigrants, they could not go home again. They wanted to become Americans. They lived Republican President Teddy Roosevelt’s maxim on immigrants – which expressed his understanding of the debate over the 14th Amendment, one that he experienced first-hand – which he stated in 1907:
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.
But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
Former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal – the son of immigrants from Punjab, India – has added another viewpoint to TR’s concept of immigration that is germane to the ultimate solution to the problem plaguing America today:
“Immigration without assimilation is not immigration, it is invasion.”
And what of the Mexican leaders of this illegal-migrant movement? They allege brutality by American authorities, insult Americans’ sensibilities with outrageous fictions and demand open borders. They have established a social movement called La Raza whose goal is the return of the land lost in the Mexican War of 1844-48, which they call Aztlan.
Of course, the Mexican War began between the Republic of Texas – not America – and Mexico, which had long abused its former territory. The United States responded to requests for assistance from the Republic of Texas and entered the war on the side of the Texans. The war ended with the allies, the United States and the Republic of Texas, in control of the entire nation of Mexico – from Guatemala to Oregon. Peace negotiations led to return of more than half of Old Mexico – that portion south of the Rio Grande River – to the Mexico City government.
The adherents of La Raza apparently and obviously believe that the country in which they were born (Mexico) cannot economically succeed – and so have come to the American Southwest, heartland and urban centers to avoid destitution and despair – but, should be handed the very land to which they have fled anyway, so that, one supposes, it too can become as corrupt and economically desolate as the rest of Mexico – the obvious and inevitable outcome of such a land swap. This mindset borders on insanity.
But, there are also plenty of insane or stupid American blowhards to go around.
Like Denver college professor Charles Angeletti. “Angeletti, who teaches at Metropolitan State University of Denver, has students learn an anti-American spoof of the Pledge of Allegiance that denounces the U.S. as a Republican-controlled bastion of injustice, all while spewing his own far-left brand of politics – according to current and former students.
“I pledge allegiance to and wrap myself in the flag of the United States against Anything Un-American,” reads Angeletti’s version. “And to the Republicans for which it stands, two nations, under Jesus, rich against poor, with curtailed liberty and justice for all except blacks, homosexuals, women who want abortions, Communists, welfare queens, tree huggers, feminazis, illegal immigrants, children of illegal immigrants, and you, if you don’t watch your step.”
The anti-U.S. recitation, first reported by higher education blog Campus Reform, was a satirical pledge aimed at getting students to question their nation’s leadership, Angeletti said. The self-proclaimed atheist and socialist told the site that he has been distributing the pledge in his classes for nearly 20 years as part of his lesson plan.
“We’re very racist, we’re very repressive, we’re very Christian oriented, we don’t tolerate other kinds of thinking in this country,” Angeletti told Campus Reform. “I could go on and on – and do, in my classes, for hours about things that we need to do to make this a better country.” – whatever that means. [This is the country that takes in, on average, more than 100,000 refugees a year – how repressive and racist is that?]
A student from Angeletti’s class told Campus Reform that the flier was handed out to the entire class and all students were required to recite it. “This was an attempt to propagandize an entire classroom of young adults,” a freshman majoring in meteorology, told the blog site.
“This is typical elite, progressive, post-modernist garbage,” said the CEO of Concerned Veterans for America. “I hope and believe that vets in his class will challenge this professor. “We have seen this time and time again. Lessons like this stack the deck against veterans and basically tell them, you fought for nothing, …You fought for a lie.”
On the academic review site RateMyProfessors.com, students appear to mostly like Angeletti and consider him an easy grader, although some said he punishes conservatives. “Charles [“Charles”???!!! – this guy is supposed to be a professor, not your bff] is a professor is the best professor at MSU Denver,” wrote one student who took the class.
But another student said your opinion can cost you if it doesn’t jibe with Angeletti’s. “If you are a liberal, you will like him,” a student wrote. “He encourages you to speak out and voice your opinion… Unless of course, you are a Republican.”
Another student said class was unfocused. “All this teacher does is ask what is on your mind at the start of every class and that is how class is run every day based on what students say,” the student wrote. “The only reason I got a B is because I hardly showed up to that class because it was so pointless. All he does is argue with everything you say and you are always wrong. Didn’t learn anything.”
So, what do all of these movements have in common? They have all resulted from some measure of “inside the Beltway” incompetence at the national level usually involving the weakening of America’s social institutions for political expediency. They have all made America worse off. They have all been perpetrated by moral-extortionists who use sophisticated myths about America and the American people, some from even before our beginnings (many examples have been provided above) to elicit shame and the feeling that amends must be made to gain redemption for past and present evils, real, hyped or imagined – amends in the form of unique (often Constitutionally hidden) rights for special-interest groups, income redistribution through targeted federal tax rules and the attending shift in power from the money-makers and job creators to the money-takers and the job avoiders.
Most importantly, they all employ the coordinated manipulation of information for political advantage and attainment of power – known as propaganda – as commonly used by totalitarian regimes to not only misinform – but to instill fear – one of the favorite weapons of terrorists of all stripes. This comprehensive system of coercion in the dissemination of information by multiple institutions, which rely on our trust for their success, is completely foreign to the world in which our forefathers created the United States, as seen in the great public debate over ratification where the sheer volume and availability of written material from The Federalist to the single-sheet broadside is staggering.
Simply put, American public schools and, separately, elite private schools (especially in the Northeast) and universities, who vie for the same faculty members and the potential money they can attract, are no longer education centers – they are indoctrination centers. They don’t teach students HOW to think, they teach them WHAT to think. At the same time, America’s press/media/infotainment industry is no longer an information source – it is a propaganda source. It doesn’t provide citizens with what they NEED to know, it provides citizens with what the purveyors WANT them to believe. Propaganda therefore, must be the first casualty of the American restoration – destroyed by that universal mystical entity – truth.
Finally, since the debates over the Civil Rights Act of 1964, they all have been enabled, aided and abetted by the Democrat Party and their acolytes in the moneyed classes (most of whom inherited their wealth from peers, like the Roosevelts, and are reluctant to part with much of it – even to charity), the mainstream press/media, the courts, academia, labor unions and the infotainment communities in New York and Hollywood.
For the past sixty years, these morally bankrupt purveyors of propaganda have preyed on the increasingly social-engineered political illiteracy of the general-public – a public kept illiterate by the corrupted public school system and most elite universities, uninformed or dis-informed by a compromised mainstream press/media and influenced by stupid celebrities from a ubiquitous, shallow and nihilistic pop-culture. From a citizenry seeking the tranquility of boundless expectations, they have created a government invested in a tyranny with no expectations of its citizenry (a key attribute of any historical tyranny).
And what became of some of the willing participants in these social movements? Some grew up and actually made wonderful contributions to society. Some went underground to become anarchists and murderers. Some became racial ambulance chasers spreading their race-based moral extortion across the land, demanding even more welfare programs for the poor and labeling as racist everyone who would challenge their demands. Some became movie stars. One served two terms as President of the United States and another twice attempted to duplicate that trick. Several became Secretary of State. Their sycophantic acolytes are spread throughout the federal government and in most large urban areas of the country.
So, why would they do this? There are probably as many reasons why the major players in this short history believed what they did. There is however, also a common thread that connects each to today’s political radicals – the Constitutional defilers. That thread runs back to the thugs of the French Revolution – the Jacobins and sans-culottes, through the economic thugs, Marx and Engels to Samuel Gompers, John L. Lewis and the thugs of the labor union movement to the thugs Mussolini and Stalin and his influence on New Deal Democrats, straight through to the thugs of the ethnic organized crime families to the intellectual thug Saul Alinsky and then directly to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and the thugs of the modern Democrat Party.
The thread is characterized by a moral and ethical stupidity (active) or ignorance (passive), contempt for the rule of law or the sanctity of inalienable rights and a disregard for the primacy of the People and private property. Secular humanism, situational ethics, social-extortion, personal justification and moral relativism have guided each of these antagonists of constitutional-republican capitalism. They have all been true believers – in the belief that only they know absolutely what’s best for the People and that those who do not agree are irrelevant or corrupted and need to be re-educated or eliminated, hence the necessity for thuggery.
They also have had a perverse sense of “equality”. The Constitutional “equality” found in the Great Document refers to an equality of rights – inalienable rights before the law – not to the preferred, but impossible, PLDC concept of all people being created physically, mentally or emotionally identical and therefore destined for the exact same ideal fate.
For today’s Democrat Party “equality” means equality of outcome, hence the debates over equal pay for men and women, equal scores – no winners or losers in sports or in academics, e.g. no valedictorians in high school – I could go on. This perversity began in the Jacobin period of the French Revolution, when equality was redefined (for instance by Francois-Noel Babeuf) as “equality of results, and not only judicial equality of rights”.
This belief has come down through the Progressive-generations along with the base tenets of class warfare (avarice, envy, jealousy, loathing, anger, revenge, etc.) and the exploitation of stupid people in the crowd, who have the wonderful ability to incite a crowd by saying the stupidest things and causing rational people to become irrational through the power of emotion. Refer to the “Terror” during the French Revolution, the violent but hopeless European Revolutions of 1848, the violent trade union strikes throughout early American industrialization and continuing even today, the urban riots of the 1960s, the Occupy Wall Street crowd and the “he’s not my President” nationwide progressive/liberal hysteria and “social-terrorism” after the 2016 election of Republican Donald J. Trump.
The Constitution guaranteed power to the People – the Progressives/Liberal intelligentsia, through the federal government, have taken power from the people and transformed it into power over the People. They hijacked academia and separated it from the truth; they hijacked the press and separated it from responsibility; they hijacked public education and turned it into public indoctrination; they hijacked entertainment and turned it into the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party and finally, they hijacked the federal government by creating a dominant voting class of ignorant, but well entertained, welfare – or otherwise solicitous of “free stuff” – dependents. Nothing could be more un-American or more un-Constitutional.
So, it’s time to sound the alarm that mortal dangers are not coming by land or by sea this time – they are already here. Their names are sanctimony, scurrility, sophistry, subjugation and subversion and an insidious form of sedition. Their weapons are arrogance, contempt, fear, intimidation, mendacity and ridicule. They count on the People’s silence and predict the People’s surrender.
You can deny this all you want but you cannot make it go away. The status quo has been changing for years. Just look around. You simply cannot recognize the America that existed only a generation ago. Our meritocracy is dead. Self-reliance is dying. The takers outnumber the makers and votes are there for the buying.
Intelligentsia driven class warfare, not Constitutional warfare, has led to the division of America this time – an America of Constitutional believers and Constitutional belittlers; an America of strivers to succeed within the Constitutional system and an America of strivers to exploit the enumerated powers within the Constitution; an America of creators and an America of takers; an America of the Spirit and an America of the secular; an America of dreams and an America of despair; an America of courage and an America of fear; an America of light and an America of darkness; an America that believes in the absolute centrality, uncertainty and inviolability of human life and liberty and an America that believes in the centrality, inevitability and “benevolence” of the state – an oxymoron.
During my career, I have worked with or known the likes of Charles Draper, founder of one of the most important research labs in the country which developed the guidance system that took men to the moon in Apollo 11; Gene Wilkinson, first Commander of the nuclear submarine Nautilus and Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine – wait, let me say that again – the inventor of the jet engine! – so I have seen greatness up close. I have every confidence I will see greatness again. Having been exposed to the greatest minds of our “Greatest Generation”, I know it is possible to regain our footing and to strive for greatness approaching theirs. Next time: Free Press or False Press.