The Real Racism

As a conservative and a person who tries to see people as people and not as labels, I found the uproar over the deaths of Travon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner especially disturbing since I’ve never personally witnessed racial hatred toward persons of color. I know it happens, at least in principle because the soul of man is “desperately wicked” and where there is a lack of personal discipline and good manners there will always be those who look down on others for things they can’t help.

But the kind of discrimination (a misuse of the word, by the way) that fueled the anti-cop, anti-truth demonstrations brought on by these three cases is appalling, not because racism is really a thing of the past. It isn’t, but it isn’t being practiced by your average man on the street, or by your average policeman on his beat, as much as it is being practiced in the halls of government.

From the Civil War through the rest of the 19th century the federal government made an effort to find a fair place in the society for the newly freed slaves. The  13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1866 attempted to insure the rights of citizenship for the newly freed slaves. These acts of government were done while the Republicans were in control of Washington.

But new ideas were afoot in the land. In 1859 Charles Darwin published his Origin of the Species, and as is the way of new ideas, slowly it seeped into the public consciousness. If survival of the fittest worked for the animal kingdom then it probably worked for humans as well, especially if there was no God and man was just a fancy animal.

It only took a half-century for this thinking to percolate through the academic elite. By the time WWI broke out progressive eugenics was in full tilt. Let’s engineer society by manipulating reproduction, by limiting resources for “undesired” persons. Margaret Sanger and her baby, Planned Parenthood, took on the task of limiting birth rates for lower levels of society. Whether her superior morality included hatred of the black race, or was more egalitarian and aimed at anyone who was poor, is hard to tell.

You can’t miss the condescension in this quote from a letter she wrote in 1939 to Dr. Clarence Gamble.
We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members. – (quoted in the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts.)

Whether she meant to single them out or not, blacks have been disproportionately affected by the easy availability of abortion. Recent estimates put the ratio of black abortions to black pregnancies at between 50-60% in urban areas. Since it is government that subsidizes Planned Parenthood, and government that allows abortion, and government medical programs that pay for it, this genocide can’t be blamed on the average conservative American. Does it occur to no one that one of these babies may have been the next Ben Carson, or the next Thomas Sowell? And where are the fathers of all these babies? Government has long ago rendered them unnecessary with programs like ADC and WIC, and incapable of supporting a family because their education has been inadequate.

Blacks have suffered most from government manipulation of the schools. From the Democrat-produced Jim Crow laws that forced segregation, mostly in the South, to the natural segregation that results from demographic movement and a lack of school choice, blacks have been stuck in under-performing (euphemism) institutions, forced by law into nobodyness. Lyndon Johnson’s Affirmative Action executive order has only made things worse – blacks and other minorities find themselves in colleges they are ill-prepared for and should they pull through and graduate, their degrees mean less if their school acceptance depended on Affirmative Action. Lower expectations are, in general, a put-down, not a leg up.

According to the Schott Foundation for Public Education only 59% of black males graduate from high school (as opposed to 80% of white males), making them immediately unqualified for even the first step up the economic ladder, locking them into perpetual dependence on (and therefore support of) government largess.  They vote consistently for those who hand them the monthly check, utterly unaware, because of the lousy schools, that it is these same people who have condemned them to this hopeless cycle. Abortion must seem to many women the only way to stop the downward spiral, but that is just stepping into the trap that’s been laid for them.

Another way government hampers the lives of blacks is through the minimum wage. It was originally the brainchild of Woodrow Wilson and his progressive comrades. Their stated purpose was to push the least qualified out of the market, and apparently they assumed these people would just die out. We’re still seeing the same thing happen today. As a person’s worth as a worker falls behind what he must, by law, be paid, a savvy businessman will find another way to get the job done. Mechanized, automated methods become, in comparison, a more attractive way to do that. We now have kiosks that can handle cashier jobs quite efficiently, machines that rumble through the vineyards and strawberry fields picking the fruit, worse yet, we have foreign born people flooding in, people who still have a work ethic that is now, because of governmental pampering, lost on much of the black community.

This importing of sub-wage workers is another result of the minimum wage and of the labor union efforts to push for high wages. Businesses and farms import laborers who will work at slave wages, a class of less-than-under-privileged, too numerous to be properly educated, and too useful as illiterate peasants for the government schools to be much interested. We’ve created another class of people who can’t go home and can’t earn any more than they already do because that’s what they do – work for less. They are trapped here, lured here by government laxness and largess, and then stuck, knowing nothing other than to vote for the very government that tricked them in the first place.

Government is apparently schizoid. It works at eliminating (survival-of-the-fittest style) the less competent, less productive, less educated, but as soon as it has effectively destroyed the family structure of one group, ruined its educational opportunities, and priced a large percentage of the group’s members clear out of the job market, they go out and round up a second group to do that to.

The government – forget Democrat and Republican – is made up of tens of thousands of bureaucrats whose jobs require a dependent class totally reliant on them. The underclass, be it black or Hispanic or Muslim, is six-figure job security, a sense of “self-worth” and most importantly, power to the bureaucrat. Never mind the fact that most of these people would be better off without government interference. Never mind that if these folks were allowed to send their kids to any school they wanted, if they had to hold families together for survival, if they weren’t treated like incompetent children, they would be able to reach a potential far higher than they are even allowed to dream of.

Meanwhile, back at the “ranch” the DOJ, wonder of wonders, has vindicated Darren Wilson. It seems that the government and the 4th Estate made a big, nationwide, destructive deal out of the natural outcome of governmental meddling in the lives of black Americans – a dysfunctional family, a recalcitrant young man, a desperate patrolman. So far we’ve only seen one reporter apologize – will anyone else. Doubt it – both the press and the government need the dysfunction and mayhem.

 

The photo is from the first movement of Alvin Ailey's masterpiece ballet Revelations which tells the story of blacks in America. It is set to a series of Negro spirituals and was once voted the best piece of choreography in the 20th century. Go to Youtube to watch samples of it.

 

 

 

 

 

Two Roads – with Apologies to Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a dangerous time
And sorry we could no longer pretend
And be steadfast, on an upward climb
And hold our place – a nation prime
Boasting freedom until the end…

Netanyahu’s speech didn’t set this off – this do-or-die, crossroads feeling, but it certainly solidified my reasoning.  I find I’m no longer thinking in terms of elections – the one in 2012 didn’t get us anywhere; in fact, the conservative, true-America contingent has suffered some saddening blows lately – the amnesty memo, the royal banning of popular ammunition, the continuing muddle of the Unaffordable Care Act.

It appears that most of Washington must run on a lethal mix of bribery and blackmail; surely common sense and the welfare of the country play little part in it. We know we have the goods on Hillary for Benghazi, for illegal contributions, and now for using a secret e-mail account while she was in charge of the State Department, but I see little possibility that she will pay for these crimes – she’s more likely to be elected president.

Obama is blatantly traitorous – printing, as Ted Cruz says, counterfeit work-permits for illegal aliens, creating law out of thin air, and very few speak of stopping him. He’s aiding and abetting our enemies and deserting our allies. People sound puzzled and disturbed, but no one important is using the word treason.

The IRS doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to solve the mystery of its egregious harassment of Tea Party groups. HHS isn’t going to do a mea culpa over Obamacare. The EPA is still screaming about global warming in spite of the lack of sun spot activity and the resultant record low temperatures and stacking snowfall. The FCC just decided to take over the Internet and no real uproar happened. Teachers are quitting right and left over the anti-education Common Core demands, but only a few possible presidential candidates seem to be concerned about it.

If you’re reading this, you are already aware of how hopeless things are right now. My main point in writing is not to complain some more; it’s to say that I’m beginning to think that we’ve been there and done that and it’s time to take another course; it may be just plain too late for human solutions.

We wandered off into forest thick
With tangled thorns and vampire bats;
A shortcut said to take us quick
To paradise, all sweet and slick,
But all we found was the Cheshire cat.

The 19th century Frenchman, de Tocqueville, greatly admired the road our forefathers had taken. He praised the level of education and engagement of the common man, the level of dedication to Christian principles. He warned that if we’re not careful, if we strayed from our moral values, took the wrong path, we’d give way to the temptation of voting ourselves a living, thereby walking right back into slavery. That appears to be the very road we’re on, and it’s a road with two deep ruts: one worn by the tens of millions of disengaged, illiterate people dependent on that government money, and by the gargantuan bureaucracies that make the largess possible --- bureaucracies that have grown more powerful than the three legitimate branches of government. No wonder the Constitution no longer has any sway.

We’d had two maps to lead us forth,        
To guide us through the maze of time        
But they were old – convicting crimes,        
Insisting that we head on north        
Instead of south to easier climes

So if the road called Maybe-we-can-fix-this, is so hopelessly mired, what does the other road look like? That other road is where I plan to put my further efforts. I am, with great sadness of heart, realizing that America, much like the Mosaic Law, was a demonstration of man’s inability to solve his own problems, of his likelihood of deserting God and trying to go it alone. God has provided all a nation could possibly need for success, but we’ve blown it.

You see, I doubt there’s time to fix this mess, and, like the Pharisees in Matthew 12, we may well have pushed past the point of no return. Once we hit that moment, nothing can alter the sentence placed up us.

So, we can watch the news and think politics or we can watch the news and think, as the Bible would have us do, of the ancient prophecies and of how much sense they now make.

The Apostle Paul told Timothy to, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” (2 Timothy 2:15). This is the command to follow – “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm,” (Ephesians 6:13) Is this “the evil day?” ISIS just killed a boy and then forced his mother to eat his cooked body. Yes, I’d say so. Is all-out war on the horizon? Obviously.

And where are we on God’s calendar? Most people, I fear, think of Bible prophecy as either nonsense or too vague and convoluted to follow, but if we study with open hearts and take advantage of the serious scholars* whose work is readily available, we should be able to figure it out. After all, God has told us to watch for the signs, to be ready for the last days. Why would He give such a command if it weren’t possible?

My own recent studies have brought me to the conclusion that prophecy discussions too often leave out two very important pieces of biblical information: the Jewish holidays and mathematics – the mathematics of astronomy and the plain arithmetic of time.

The Biblical patterns are astounding, as is the clockwork movement of heavenly bodies and the messages they send.  "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and for years, and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth," (Genesis 1:14).

I’m going to concentrate on studying these aspects of the Bible – it will make more sense than current political tangles. I hope you’ll join me.

Now I’m telling this with a sigh,        
Admitting that we have wandered far
When with the maps we didn’t comply            
And took the road oft travelled by
Refusing to follow our holy star.

*Prophesy Scholars
Tim Lahaye – Charting the End Times
Dan Matson – Israel, the Handwriting on the World
Mark Biltz  -- http://www.elshaddaiministries.us/
Arnold Fruchtenbaum -- http://ariel.org/
Robbie Dean -- http://deanbible.org/
Chuck Missler -- http://www.raptureready.com/who/Chuck_Missler.html

Deana Chadwell blogs at www.asinglewindow.com.

 

 

 

 


 

 


                    
    

 

 

Against Flesh and Blood

                  Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Eph. 6:12


When Marie Harf made her naïve pronouncement about winning wars by providing jobs she was masking what most of us don’t want to admit. I suspect that if you peel back that silly statement and look at what’s lurking beneath it you’d disturb a whole colony of scuttling nasty truths, some of which Ms. Harf may understand and a whole species she would not even imagine.

One truth is that we are not the America that stormed through Iraq after 9/11. The America that exists today is a decimated, limp-wristed America.
    
Too few of us have the moral courage to face danger and deal with it. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor no one quibbled about nation-building, the post-Depression generation suffered no prissy hesitations about our moral right to strike back, and they certainly didn’t propose a jobs-for-the-Japanese program. It’s true that even then America had waited too long to get into that war; my mother often expressed her sense of guilt that we didn’t deal with Germany as soon as we knew what was going on there.
    
We know very well what’s going on in the Middle East – no one’s keeping the tortures and deaths a secret, and yet too few of us seem to care about the thousands of atrocities being carried out in the name of Islam. Instead of young men standing in lines to enlist in the effort to stops these maniacs, we have crowds of teenagers storming a movie theater to see 50 Shades of Gray. The truth is, a country with insufficient moral fiber can’t win a war.

Harf says we can’t win a war by killing the enemy – which makes as much sense as saying that you can’t win the Super Bowl by making touchdowns – but it is true that today’s commander-in-chief, today’s State Department, the current bureaucracy (who value their jobs more than they value freedom and their fellow man) as well as the Democrat half of the general population is not willing – or able – to commit to the sacrifice of going into a real war. They talk like going to war is just a matter of personal preference; as if being willing to involve oneself in military endeavors was parallel to preferring catfish over caviar.

This seems to be true of most people who have emerged from our institutions of higher indoctrination, of most people in the press, of most people in the arts. The rest of us are deemed incapable of discerning the nuances of Obama’s fairytale foreign policy. I’d like to think he has some magic beans up his sleeve and can call down the giants when we need them, but I never believed in Bean-Jack’s prowess, even as a child.

If I know I can’t pull something off – say someone challenges me to hike up Mt. Rainer -- it’s easier to just say it can’t be done than to admit that I’m way too out of shape to manage.  A surgeon isn’t likely to tell you that his own personal skill is inadequate to ensure a successful outcome. He’s not going to suggest that you choose a more proficient doctor. No. He’ll just play down the possibility of success so you won’t be disappointed with the results. Obama knows – somewhere in the bowels of his narcissistic mind – that he couldn’t run a full-out war.

Not only is he temperamentally and experientially incapable of leading a nation in war, he’s spent the last six years demoralizing, demoting, and frustrating our armed forces into paralysis. Our numbers are way down and what military we have is spread way too thin, many of our best generals have been fired, and the VA has ignored its duty of seeing to our wounded and aging veterans. Our soldiers and sailors are hamstrung by impossible rules of engagement and tangled in the web of political correctness. The men and women who volunteer to risk their lives for our freedom find they must watch that freedom drain away through internal bleeding that they can do nothing about. They are disrespected and worse than anything else, told to keep their Christian beliefs to themselves– it’s no wonder that our veterans are committing suicide at an alarming rate.  

Not only can you not run a major war with a weak leader and a demoralized military, but you also can’t undertake any major military effort with a weak economy. Fudged numbers do not make a strong industrial response to the needs of a great war effort. This administration has so worshipped at the shrine of climate change and environmental claptrap that we no longer have the capacity to produce the munitions we may need, and we’ve lost, due to Obama’s one-sided negotiating style, any nuclear edge we ever had.  

Harf’s statement is disingenuous; what she (or whoever it was who gave her the talking points) really was thinking is not that we can’t win a war by killing jihadis, but that we just can’t win. Period.

Though that’s not the worst of it. This administration has no idea what we’re up against, or, they are part of what we’re up against. Two thousand years ago the Apostle Paul pointed out to the believers in Ephesus, “Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

I doubt if Harf and her ilk in and around the White House have a clear idea of what we’re dealing with here. This isn’t just some rabble-rousers in a distant land. It isn’t just a bunch of guys with too much health and high spirits and too little work, just guys who’ve gotten out of hand. Theirs is devilish behavior; they are doing things inspired by Hell itself.

Since Adam and Eve, Lucifer, the Son of the Morning, the most beautiful, intelligent angel ever created, has been trying to derail this human “experiment.” If man fails to follow God, Lucifer wins his appeal and will not suffer the consequences of his pre-human rebellion; neither will the angels who revolted with him. Key to God’s plan for the human race is Israel and from the day God spoke to Abraham and made him a solemn, unconditional promise, Satan has been trying to prevent the fulfillment of that covenant. The birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ really ruined his chances, but Satan was never much for recognizing his own limitations. He still wants to “be like the Most High.” Judging from the hysterical nature of the Islamic furor today, I’d say that Lucifer is getting desperate.

Desperation intensifies, exacerbates hatred, anger, and aggression. The rabid viciousness of Islamic behavior, the frantic zeal with which they carry out their aggression and their unspeakable depravity speak clearly of Satan’s frantic hopelessness. We see his hysteria in the lightning speed with which anti-Semitism is infecting the whole world. My dear Ms. Harf – we are not witnessing a few people airing their “grievances.” No sane human being expresses a grievance by chopping off heads. Something beyond wicked is heading our way, is probably already here, and you have no idea what you’re doing.

Things look grim and two years is way too long to endure the “leadership” of Barrack-in-the-Beanstalk. However. Scary as it is to be up against the darkest force in the universe, God is on the side of the righteous, so let us be righteous; we were once. Let us speak out and leave the empowering up to the Almighty. Go read Psalm 94 and be comforted. Remember that God promised Abraham a land eternal and He will keep that promise.