The passing away of our country is a tragedy for various reasons, not least of which is the astounding richness and goodness of divine, human, and material blessings with which we began as a people, and which we have been throwing away. The dying of our body politic is also a tragedy because of the spiritual and mental suffering so many in our country and around the world are forced to experience as we undergo severe socio-cultural breakdown. And millions, even billions, in the world have been infected by the rotten fruits of our decaying culture.
Nearly everyone with whom I speak in private, who expresses any thoughts on contemporary American life, is strongly concerned that America is in very serious trouble. Few go as far as to say that “our country is dying,” although what they feel and express points in this direction. When I have baldly stated that “Our country is dying,” no one has challenged the claim to my face. Most Americans with whom I have personal contact, or whom I read, do not draw out the likely consequences of what they experience and talk about, because to do so would require facing a painful truth which is foreign to our national self-understanding: that every political community has a beginning and an end in time. Awareness of this truth is part of reality that Americans have never come to terms with, for it is contrary to our self-conception as “the new order of the ages,” a phrase holding out the possibility of being the ﬁnal realm, or a ﬁnal realm, on earth. This messianic belief in being a deathless community in time, divinely established as the Kingdom of God on earth, is deeply embedded in American political consciousness. Because it is an unreasoned and unreasonable belief, it is both erroneous and dangerous; indeed, the belief in America as a deathless, eschatological community is one of the seeds of destruction foolishly sown in our nation’s Founding. The ecumenic-global intentions of our Founders has been summarily enshrined in our name; it is not the proper name of a particular people, but points to the ambition of representing and ruling over at least one of the two hemispheres. (1)
(1) An even more ecumenical-imperialistic name was seen in the “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,” which pointed to complete global expansion right in the name. Similarly, one can see in the title “universal church” global-ecumenical intentions.
The belief in ourselves as an unending, ecumenic community in time is indeed part of the sickness, for it hinders citizens from dealing with real political problems. Our widespread American habit of not facing reality and dealing with our common problems has been observed by political actors and thinkers at least since John C Calhoun, Abraham Lincoln, and Walter Lippmann (in his Drift and Mastery, 1914), to name just a few. As the well-known scholar of political philosophy, Leo Strauss, wrote over ﬁfty years ago, our leaders and educated elites do not know that “they are ﬁddling, and that Rome is burning.” As symptoms of approaching death show up, many citizens do not know how to interpret the “signs of the times.” No few of our citizens prefer not take a more meditative approach to political reality and give serious thought to what is happening to us as a people. Ignorance of our possibly fatal spiritual-political illnesses is in truth one of the foremost signs of approaching death. We do not smell our own fetidness.
Despite not fully grasping the depth and breadth of our sickness, many complain about the failure of American political leadership, and the mess that both major political parties have created and embody. For years, I have not heard a single person speak highly of the quality of American politicians or elected ofﬁcials, although occasionally one will hear appreciative words about a local elected politician, or even about a state governor, and so on. About the President and the Congress as a whole, one hears sharp criticisms. At the same time, these leaders—especially Presidents—present themselves as Messiahs, as God’s gift to America and to the world. In the famous words publicly proclaimed by Barack Obama when he ﬁrst ran for President, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” The slogan, with its evident messianic coloring twisted from Jewish and Christian symbolism, points to a pathological consciousness in the man that is both Messianic and highly narcissistic. And yet, this very Messianism strongly appealed to millions of Americans, again revealing our desire for a political Messiah, and for us to “transform the world” under Obama’s leadership, as he promised. America has a long history of trying to play Savior in the world, directly related to our self-interpretation as God’s Kingdom on earth, as “the last best hope for mankind.” Or in the words of President Woodrow Wilson, America had to “shed its blood on the battleﬁelds of Europe for the sins of the world.” Examples of such messianic nonsense could be multiplied. In recent years, however, despite their naive or self-deceived efforts to believe in Obama’s magical promises, reality has slowly broken back into people’s consciousness. Reality has a disturbing way, shall we say, of re-appearing, despite our dreams and illusions. In numerous political conversations, I have not heard a single word of praise for President Obama since the earliest years of his reign. The fading praise one hears for the President comes from media journalists who long supported him, from ofﬁcials in his administration, from leading members of his Party whose political fortunes and power-positions are linked to Obama’s, and of course from the President himself. It is evident that American citizens have a highly different—and much lower—opinion of Obama than he has of himself.
Again, a “disconnect” in reality is manifested, an abyss between stark truth and the magical thinking to which many long to cling. In the case of the American President, it is the familiar story: “the Emperor has no clothes.” Only in the present case, it is not just a small child who sees and exposes nakedly exposed reality for being naked, but the vast bulk of American citizens, the body politic. The President’s empty rhetoric and magical thinking have at last been exposed for what they are. Still, most Americans have difﬁculty accepting the truth hitting them in the face: that the majority of voters elected a word-magician in whom they wanted to believe. Americans wanted a political savior. Unfortunately, I have not heard the disillusioned citizens ask themselves, “Why did we Americans want a magician-Messiah? What were or are we seeking in a political leader?” Such questions deserve thought. For the emptiness of the man’s rhetoric, his will to power, should have been obvious to discerning citizens in 2008 when Obama was asked about the fetus in the womb of the mother, and whether it was indeed human life. “That is above my pay grade,” Obama slyly and audaciously answered. And the popular Protestant minister who was interviewing him smiled blandly, failing to ask the obvious questions he should have asked: “You wish to be President of the United States, and yet you are unable to tell if it is a human life growing in the mother’s womb? And if you claim that you cannot discern whether or not the fetus is human life, would it not be reasonable to err on the side of caution, and protect possible human life? You say that knowledge of the infant’s life is `above your pay grade,’ but you favor policies that permit killing whatever it is. Why? In short, why should the Americans choose as their leader a man who cannot or will not distinguish between human and non-human life?” Such questions were not asked by the minister. Why not? Did this “man of God” wish to “play it safe,” and avoid alienating donors, or the American public? Was he currying favor, preferring popularity to truth? Did he not want to hurt the sales ($$) of his hugely popular book? Is that not often part of “the American way?” In any case, Obama played the clever intellectual, and the minister played the fawning sycophant.
Still, the fact that we have an elected Messiah-Emperor in the United States, and not a mere citizen President, has become increasingly clear to thinking adults. However, once again, people resist admitting what they see and feel: that the American Republic has in reality become the American Empire, ruled by an elected emperor and his dominating political clique. Although the rhetoric of democracy is widely used and accepted, in reality America is and has long been a combination of oligarchy with an elected monarchy, dressed up in democratic-mythical language, ruled by an elected emperor and a political class increasingly out of touch with “We the People.”We are dominated from Washington far more powerfully than Rome dominated its Empire. A difference is that Rome declared itself to be an empire, and we pretend to be a democratic republic. Again, not admitting the obvious truth and dealing with it are symptoms of our political disease.
Other problems in our common political life stand out, and are frequently discussed, but again, without admitting that they may be symptoms of possible or probable fatal political illness. Complaints are often voiced about economic problems unemployment and underemployment; about the way so many (including our political leaders) scam the system; about the ﬁnancial crises that loom (and could deny millions needed and earned Social Security); about the restrictive, even strangulating effects of bureaucracy and regulations; about recurring corruption and deceit in high places; about many manifestations of social unrest and disorder; about the shockingly low quality of American education; about the prevalence of disrespectful and unruly youths; and so on. At the same time so many complaints are voiced, nearly no one with whom I speak expresses conﬁdence that America is “on the right track,” or that they believe that we are making sound “progress” in important areas of life. What stands out in the minds of most people with whom I speak on a regular basis is the depth and strength of spiritual and moral decay and collapse in our country. In addition to grievances already noted, some point to mental and spiritual illnesses: they express strong concern about drug and alcohol abuse, and the problem of misused prescription drugs; others feel agony at the widespread practice of abortion, and the political cover-up that surrounds brutal practices; others speak strongly about how their grandchildren seem out of control, absorbed in video games and such; others note the evident decline in religious faith and practice; and so on. These views are common among everyday working Americans, typically no longer in their youth, and who remember the past in which we were raised. Having experienced more ordered social-political life, we are able to detect its breakdown, whereas younger people have known only disorder, and take it as “normal.” Older citizens are understandably concerned for the well-being of their children and grandchildren, because to those who observe and think, the future of our country looks quite bleak, and is getting bleaker.
Directly stated, there are very good reasons to be concerned about the spiritual-mental-moral health of America. Signs of decay and the breakdown of order are abundant. The unspoken diagnosis needs to be uttered: As a political community in history, America appears to be dying, and at the least, is in critical condition. As a political scientist, I must ask: How long can a political community continue on such a self-destructive course, and still exist? What happens to a people in history who have lost their roots, who have forgotten who they are, who have become so self-absorbed, and so disconnected from reality? Will the United States of America exist as a political community ﬁfty years from now? If so, how? In what form? What kind of government will be needed to govern people who display so many tendencies not to govern their own lives well? Can our country avoid becoming a totalitarian regime ruled by an emperor and political elite strongly disconnected from ordinary American lives? Are we not in fact becoming a totalitarian regime? Will the vast majority of people keep accepting the dominance in their lives of so much power concentrated in the hands of so few, often used for the own beneﬁt of the powerful? Will our country succumb to a more vigorous, more disciplined political system, such as the Chinese could in time offer? Or will we just continue on the path of becoming what is in fact emerging: an increasingly totalitarian regime ruled by an Emperor elected by people baldly manipulated by the ruling elites? Will personal, social, and political order continue to break down, making more and more injections of naked power likely and necessary to maintain any semblance of order? As people will not govern themselves prudently and well, naked power, dominating nearly all aspects of our lives, will become all that will keep us from widespread social chaos. Is this not the reality we see emerging? The gap between democratic rhetoric and the political realities of oligarchy, imperial rule, and a totalitarian State are obvious to a political scientist, but to date, rarely admitted by citizens or political commentators inculcated with more or less naive beliefs in “democracy.” And the perpetuated myths of being a “democracy” are especially useful for rapidly expanding powers of the rulers. As with the belief in a deathless America, a major symptom of critical illness is the vast abyss between what people believe and imagine, and what in fact is actually happening. Calling ourselves a “democracy,” imagining that “We the People” rule, serves to anesthetize citizens from facing the harsh and disturbing reality of being subjects dominated by powerful and self-serving elites. A relevant question presses to be asked: Can the United States of America be revived, or have we “crossed the Rubicon,” and sealed our destiny by decay from within? Is it possible that we are becoming a regime more totalitarian and destructive than Nazi Germany or the Soviet Empire—with far more control over everyday citizens, and far more dangerous in the world? Do we Americans stop to consider what is happening to our country?
“I did not know death had undone so many.” T. S. Eliot wrote these words that often come to mind when I observe our political-social-spiritual illnesses. The wasteland of disorder is within us and around us. Anyone immersed in American life, and especially living in our cities and mass urban culture, or under inﬂuence from these centers of power through the tentacles of mass media and propaganda, sees and feels overwhelming evidence of spiritual and moral decadence every day. (Again, many choose not to admit what they see, for to do so may raise the issue of making major changes in our lives.) Social-personal breakdown is the reality in which we now live. Drug abuse and mind or mood-altering drugs, and escapist forms of entertainment, evidence a society that is afraid to live, afraid and unwilling to face reality, and actually committing suicide. We are escaping from the mess within us and around us into drugs, endless entertainment, trivial social media, spectator sports, shopping, gambling, and the like. How many Americans truly seek to live sober, alert, well-balanced spiritual lives? How many of our citizens genuinely seek to cultivate the best that is within them through study, prayer, meditation? Based on observation, only a small proportion of our vast population. Death is undoing many, because many freely do those things that lead to spiritual and physical death. And the sicknesses of the spiritually and mentally ill affect everyone. As a political community and as individual human beings, we are responsible for our spiritual dying. As a people in history we are committing suicide. America is killing itself, and in the process, killing many of our own citizens and others in the world.
The story of the United States of America cannot yet be written with certainty, for we have not yet come to an end in time. It appears that we are ending, but until this political society breaks apart, or dissolves, or is conquered, or is transformed deﬁnitively into something other than what was engendered by its roots, an accurate history of America cannot be written. The end remains unknown; it is not “written,” not predetermined by anyone, or anything, or by God. Our decisions and actions are unfolding our history. What we do, and what we fail to do, either enhances or dissolves divine order in personal and communal life. We are responsible for what we are becoming. Will our country turn itself around, return to its Founding principles and beliefs, or continue to try to change itself into another form of society? Even though the play is not over, and the story cannot be fully written, the evidence is strong that the history of America is becoming a tragedy, and we are the players. The tragedy of America is a political order breaking away from its rooted and unique past, with citizens escaping into imaginary private worlds, with a ruling class all-too-willing to seek ever-expanding control over the virtually uncontrollable. In a word, the American tragedy is the break from being grounded in reality: from the reality of who we are as a people in history; from the truth of reason; from openness to the reality of God in history.
America’s story is becoming a tragedy, an ever-more nightmarish and outlandish tragedy. But because the end has not occurred, there remains some chance for restoration—for a return to our better selves, and to being the unique people in history we were founded to be. Furthermore, as in perhaps every tragedy and in all things human, one may detect comic elements. Listen to our political leaders with their self-importance, their arrogance, their pretensions, their stuffed suits and styled hair-do’s, their empty yet verbose rhetoric. And laugh. For many of our political leaders are so pathetic as to be comical.They are unaware of their own essential emptiness. They evidently take themselves all-too-seriously, because they lack humility. And they do not know how they have come to bore us. Lest we forget, however, that to an extent, our leaders are mirrors of ourselves, pieces of the same American fabric, we must see the wasteland within as well as around us. It is possible that we little people are as empty as our empty rulers. Overall, our common story is becoming increasingly tragic, as decadence and breaking from reality dramatically increase. How could one reasonably maintain that we are not dying? The story is unfolding, but one who wishes to do so may stoop to read the words written on the sand of the beach, as the waves of the sea roll in. The words read: We the People are perishing.
A return to rational, sane order may still be possible. There is, however, a major obstacle to a genuine spiritual, moral, political renewal through returning to who we are, and have been, as a people in history under God. The obstacles come mainly from our elites, the ruling classes. The political, intellectual, educational, ﬁnancial, and artistic elites in America are probably the most decadent part of our culture, and are leading the rest into spiritual and political death. The “little people,” especially those living outside of our decaying cities and urban sprawl, still display considerable common sense, although here, irrationalities of American mental culture at times surface. Many Americans are oblivious to the fact that our elites have deeply betrayed our people and our way of life as articulated by our Founders. How many citizens have studied the Constitution? How many have read the Federalist Papers? Political leaders, teachers, professors, clergy, bureaucrats, media journalists, the inﬂuential monied class, business leaders, artists of various types: these elites, who have become highly elitist in the sense of separating themselves from “We the People” (and especially from the “hicks” living in the “ﬂy-over states”) are the major means—or at least the channels—through which our country and our citizens are being damaged, if not ruined. The powerful and inﬂuential, and especially the intellectuals, are in effect injecting into us attitudes and thoughts contrary to our Founding and our grounding in common sense and in God. Many of these destroyers of our minds and culture know well what they are doing. They want to “transform” us, and they claim to have “scientiﬁc knowledge” of what is good for us. It is not just the President and Congress, and the courts; it is not just school teachers and professional academics; it is not just media stars, journalists, sports ﬁgures, entertainers; it is not just the very wealthy with their ostentatious displays of wealth and arrogant power: it is all of them together, who serve as blind and destructive guides to an increasingly sick body politic. Above all, they seek to form and to reform the minds of the young—that is, remake them in their own image. Our elites are detached, not only from the masses whom they try to dominate, but from reality, from the truth of reason, and above all, from contact with God. Very few of these elitists seek to turn us to the truth of God. “What God?” they would quip in private. “That old belief is dead, you know.” And they smile mockingly, for they feel themselves to be far superior, more intelligent, more educated, more “scientiﬁc” than the masses of humanity, and most surely superior to people whom they think are stupid enough to believe in God.
Our country began steeped in the teachings and symbols of Judeo-Christianity (mainly evangelical Protestantism); in Greco-Roman thought and culture (with a marked preference for Roman thinkers); and in English political culture. We were a people open to God in often simple but effective ways, grounded on common sense, faith in Christ, respect for the Bible as the single most important book to read, individual responsibility, and hard work. Much of this Christian culture has been lost, perhaps in some measure from the inﬂuence of so many Catholic immigrants, but far more effectively through the “acid of modernity” in the form of secularization and anti-Christianity. The loss of religious-spiritual culture is not the only major cultural change over decades in America. With the loss of spiritual disciple, we have increasingly become a fragmented society of self-indulgent, self-absorbed individuals, often acting like spoiled children. At the same time, our political order is being ripped from its roots by elitist, secular-progressive intellectuals who want to destroy this country’s Foundations. They especially seek to destroy our divine grounding, and remake America as a distinctly secular, anti-religious, and especially anti-Christian culture. To an extent, the “educated elites” know what they are doing; or rather, they know what they hate, and they seek to destroy what they ﬁnd so distasteful. The American elites hate what we have been: a people conscious of owing our existence and life to God, a people in history favored by God, guided by God—if we but listen and obey. This very grounding in God (in our case, the God of Judeo-Christianity) is exactly what the secular elitist intellectuals in politics, academia, schools, and the mass media are trying to destroy. And they have largely succeeded. Needless to say, their war on Christianity, and especially on America’s Christian Founding, has been hidden beneath legalistic, secular, and “politically correct” language to mask their intentions. The power elites in America detest our own Founding (or radically re-interpret it), and our divine grounding, which they deny as “non-scientiﬁc” and “discriminatory” against unbelievers. The elites will say and do anything to uproot us from our grounding in God, in common sense, and in our American spiritual-political traditions. The cultural-educational-political elites are at war with who we have been, and who we truly are under God. Here is the problem with what they have successfully been doing to our political foundation: the United States of America has no enduring life apart from God. Had we been founded as a secular, anti-Christian regime, the problem would be less severe. In this country, however, the attempt to rip the divine grounding out of our political consciousness is suicidal.
How do the cultural elites proceed to rip our body politic and individual citizens off of our grounding in God and our American theological-political traditions?
(1) First, they personally and publicly reject faith in God. They may use “God talk” in public as window dressing to get elected or to dupe the masses, but they themselves display close-mindedness to divine reality. Had they been open to God, our elites would not have forbidden our children to pray aloud in public schools, or forbidden the Bible to be read in public schools. Had these elites not hated God and divine justice, the Ten Commandments would not be banned from public display, as in schools, courts, public buildings. Their actions have been directly contrary to the intentions of our Founders as embodied in the Declaration of Independence—with its explicit reliance on God—and in the Constitution of the United States, whose ﬁrst amendment forbad a single established religion for the whole country at a time when every state had an established church—which our Founding Fathers deemed both constitutional and necessary for political order.
(2) Second, these secular, anti-religious intellectuals teach and encourage activities that are strongly irrational, often immoral, and destructive of who we have been in history. The elites do not object to a drugged-up America, because a drugged America is not well grounded in reality or common sense. And a drugged America is much more passive, unquestioning, willing to be dominated by the elites. Mind altering drugs, mindless entertainment, disordered and sick music, promiscuous sex, and so on, have proven very useful for controlling the masses, because they continue the break from reality and increase political passivity. The masses are formed and controlled through nearly unbelievably low levels of cultural, moral, intellectual formation. It may not be the case that the elites intentionally set out decades ago to destroy our mental culture for their own gain, but they surely have used the spiritual-mental-moral impoverishment to enhance their power and control. The elites have beneﬁtted from the vacuum in American spiritual life. Sane, healthy, well-balanced, well-educated, and morally upright citizens are far more likely to challenge the decadent elites than the people we have become. To put the matter in plain English: most Americans neither know nor care that the cultural elites are brain-washing them, and using our spiritual impoverishment to their advantage. “We the People” are being ripped off by those who should be helping to form us as good human beings and good citizens. They have failed utterly in their public duty. From what I have observed, the elites are ignorant of their duties, or do not care what damage they inﬂict on their fellow citizens, as long as they gain power, wealth, prestige, and radically change our constitution, our regime.
(3) Third, the political elites do in fact seek ever more political power, and try to dominate every aspect of American life from Washington, D.C., to the extent possible. Using democratic rhetoric, they are in fact neo-totalitarians who want to dominate every aspect of our political, social, and personal lives. In rhetoric and to an extent in law ours is a democratic republic, but in lived reality we are a mass democracy ruled by an oligarchic clique with totalitarian intentions. To further their end for dominance and mass manipulation, they want to break down traditional communities and bindings, such as traditional (man-woman) marriages, families, small towns, churches, neighborhood associations, local and state political traditions, and the like. The neototalitarians explicitly seek to concentrate as much power as possible in the hands of national politicians and unreachable bureaucracies. They believe that they have the “knowledge,” or “science,” to know what is best; those without their expertise are deemed ignorant and incapable of making good political choices. Hence, the elites proudly see themselves as public benefactors, not as the power-driven manipulators that they actually are.
(4) Fourth, the elites seek to dominate the way Americans think. The elites with their secular creed dominate in schools, at universities, in the mass media, in propagandistic entertainment, all aimed at “re-educating” the masses, “raising consciousness,” and trying to change the thinking, attitudes, and beliefs of more simple, less “educated” Americans. In a word, we are being reformed in their image. As a citizen, I experience attempts to be brainwashed daily; as a political scientist, I observe it and analyze it; as a man under God and as a fellow citizen, I seek to warn our people against the diseases with which they are being infected, and killed. The ruling classes have betrayed us, intent to dominate us. In the words of one clever and highly placed intellectual-elitist, we need to be lobotomized (his term: dehomunculized), to have our “souls” removed in order to get “beyond freedom and dignity,” and become an enlightened, godless people. For such teaching at a leading university, the man was rewarded with a high salary, tenure, renown, and praise from fellow academicians.
Now, consider the content of what these elites pour down the throats of the American people. And remember that children and young adults are the most susceptible, so these manipulators work most assiduously on the young. What follows is a sketch of the secular progressive or liberal creed and program by which the elites seek to dominate and to destroy our American way of life.
What is the anti-Christian, human-dominating, power-driven creed of the elitist “knowers”?
1. There is no God. “God” was an illusion, they claim, perpetrated by male patriarchy seeking to dominate human beings by fear, especially fear of “disobeying God’s Law” and getting punished by God, or fear of life after death complete with more divine punishments for being “sinful” or “bad.” The Ten Commandments, a weapon of manipulation by the clerical class (so they claim) have been banished from public consciousness to remake us in the image of anti-God, anti-Judeo-Christian secularists. The god of their creed is not God (whom they have declared dead or non-existent), but the gods of “Progress,” of “Humanity,” and of “Science.” Their treasured beliefs can be seen as they claim special knowledge about how to achieve “progress,” and prevent the destruction of humanity through “global warming,” or “climate change,” and the like. Their present fervent-religious craze is to “save the planet” from “anthropogenic climate change,” a tale useful for concentrating power in the hands of the elites in “scientiﬁc cultures.”
2. “Reason” and “common sense,” as talked about by the “extreme right wing” so hated by the Liberal establishment, does not exist. “Reasonable” is whatever agrees with the secular-progressive elites. Whatever is contrary to their thinking—which they deem to be “scientiﬁc,” of course—is declared irrational. All spiritual religions they declare to be “irrational” and “destructive of humanity.” As for “common sense,” it is worthless to these elites, who live within the framework of a humanly created world. They think that there is no “objective reality” in which to ground one’s life. These elites have replaced reality and reason with their own will to power, desires, and wishes to “change the world.”
3. There is no real, objective right or wrong—except the evil of believing in God, of course. “Values” are relative; and of course the non-sense word “values” is often employed, precisely because “values” talk reinforces the belief that “it is all relative.” (How can one argue about “values”? One cannot. So they are useful to squelch examination of one’s moral choices.) According to secular thinking, each person has a right to decide for himself or herself what is right or wrong, what is just or unjust, and how to live—under the control of the governing elites, that is. Freedom means doing what you want, and that means “having fun,” following your whims and desires wheresoever they lead—unless one’s words make others “uncomfortable,” or provoke self-examination. In effect, each person gets to be his or her own god, and can “create themselves” by their life-styles and choices. The only exception: the State has the ultimate say on what is acceptable, because the State embodies the highest good: concentrated power. The State, mass “education” (as in propaganda) and entertainment (often carrying much propaganda) are the main ways for secular elites to dominate and “re-educate” the masses who may be stupid enough to believe in God, or in “religion,” or in “objective truth” other than “science.”
4. The “American way of life,” the set of common beliefs and practices in the past, is bad and destructive—or at the least, a relic of the past, left behind by “progress.” Americans must be “re-educated” to think of themselves, not as “Americans,” but as “citizens of the world,” as internationally-minded, as part of the “family of humanity.” The elites want to see America torn off from its roots, and become “multi-cultural,” “pluralistic,” “internationally-minded.” These secular elites do not understand that every body politic embodies a particular way of life, and the attempt to make it “universal” or “all-inclusive” is inherently destructive of the common political good. It is possible that many of the more educated among the elites know exactly what they are doing, because they seek to have America dissolve into a “world government,” or “one world” without national borders. The actions of the Obama administration have often pointed and sought to move our regime in this direction: reject American particularism for “globalism.” “Open-borders” are a major step in that direction. The pattern is to have the traditional American way of life inundated by so many immigrants from diverse cultural backgrounds that the old way will be overcome by “multi-cultural pluralism.” The American emperors ﬁnd such “pluralism” useful for their increased dominance.
5. For these progressive elites, science is not only a way to acquire knowledge about the physical world, but it is useful tool for dominating the minds of the ignorant masses. It is not only science as a search for truth about physical reality that is taught, but scientism: the belief that “Science” is the highest form of truth; the belief that what is not “science” cannot be truth; the belief that scientists have the right answers about how to live, as they supposedly know what is best; the belief that there is no knowledge worth learning that does not come from Science; the belief that human beings will develop and mature, only as led by Science and Scientists. Much of the “science ﬁction” genre of stories, books, and TV shows, and feature length ﬁlms indoctrinate passive minds with "scientism." "Only Science can save the planet," or “save humanity,” and so on. “Science” as scientism is used as a weapon to dominate the minds of the masses; a good example can be seen it what is presently called “climate change,” although this movement changes names and forms on a regular basis. Several decades ago, it was the coming “new ice age” that would destroy human life on the planet; then came “global warming,” often stirring up mass hysteria led by charlatan politicians spewing out “scientiﬁc evidence;” and now we are served up “climate change.” In each case, the claim is made that “scientists know the truth,” that Science is always right, and alone can “save the planet.” And of course, governmental power must be vastly expanded in the process of “saving the planet.” One is not supposed to be conscious that the “truth” politically-minded scientists proclaim happens to change according to their whims and so-called “evidence.” That these scientists have considerable evidence is not the question; it is the exclusion of contrary evidence, and insisting that they do indeed “know the truth” that smacks of Gnostic arrogance. In America, as in western Europe (and previously in the Soviet Union), Scientists are in effect the new priest-class, with their “knowledge” to dominate the masses. Finally, note well: the problem is by no means with science in itself, which is a highly valuable way to gain knowledge about the physical universe; the problem comes from non-scientiﬁc, anti-rational exclusion other forms of knowledge as irrelevant for the good of human life. Scientism is a mass ideology, fed historically by the French Enlightenment, restrictive irrational “rationalism,” genuine scientiﬁc achievements and their effects on human consciousness, secularism, and the ideology of “Positive Science” as launched by Comte in the mid-19th century.
6. The only views worth considering are those who agree with these basic beliefs: no God; Science as the sole truth; end of “American way of life” as particular or parochial; a democratic religion of “values,” “tolerance,” “humanity,” “equality,” and so on. Those who hold views contrary to these basic opinions should and must be isolated, kept from communicating, prevented from sharing their thinking to the extent possible. Only the “educated elites” know what is best, and have the right to rule politically and intellectually. Progressive elites must dominate mass education, the air waves, the mass media—and they do. Claiming to be “tolerant” of all “values,” in fact the American progressive elites seek to liberate Americans from their ignorant religious beliefs and practices, and from the particularism of the “American way of life,” as noted. There is in truth nothing “tolerant” about this progressivist ideology when it encounters any disbelief, questioning, or resistance. Rather than seek to understand the viewpoints of others, they are dropped into the oblivion hole of irrelevance as “superstitious,” “unbelievers in Science,” “fascist conservatives,” and so on. Speaking of “tolerance,” our elites do not tolerate what would undermine their monopoly of “truth” and power.
7. Activities that break one’s consciousness loose from reality are beneﬁcial. For example, the use of mind-altering drugs—such as marijuana, cocaine, pain killers, antidepressants, and so on-is permitted, legalized, even strongly encouraged. The enlightened progressive elites do not want people grounded in reality; indeed they claim that reality does not exist or cannot be known, other than physical and social reality. Tearing human beings free from comprehensive reality is aided by mind-altering drugs. In addition to drugs, other means to “re-educate” the masses have proven invaluable: low-level, intellect-numbing mass education; suppression of classical learning with its grounding in reason open to the fullness of reality; mass mind-numbing media; large doses of spectator sports; and nearly constant bombardment by obscene, violent, mindless music and other forms of popular “entertainment,” aimed at children or nearly illiterate adults. People who are not immersed in media and entertainment are not free enough from the “reality” that the elites insist is not real anyway. The point is that any escape from reality will do: drugs, TV, movies, sports, mentally sick music, commercialism, frequent and luxurious vacations, etc. The Liberal-Progressive mentality does not want people living in silence, in solitude, thinking, meditating, or even walking in the woods—unless to draw attention to themselves and their “cause,” such as joining and supporting the Sierra Club to “save the planet.”
8. The political leaders must be “knowers” in the sense of Gnostic intellectuals. They “know” what others need, what is “really good for the people.” They are convinced, as President Obama has often said, that they are “on the right side of History,” whatever such a meaningless phrase might mean. Actually, however meaningless the talk about “being on the right side of History” is, in fact it embodies the claim of these Gnostic intellectuals to know the course of history, its “progress,” and that they are the enlightened forerunners of their visionary future. Again quoting Obama, “We are the ones we have been waiting for,” as their imaginary future comes to fruition in their own epiphany. These knower-politicians “believe in Science,” and use their so-called “Science” as a primary weapon of power, and a means to control the minds and actions of the masses. Historically, this “belief in Science” and the beneﬁts from having technocratic rulers were foreshadowed in the French Revolution, in the Communist Revolution in the Soviet Union, and especially in National Socialist Germany, in which scientists and technocrats played an enormous role in developing the efﬁciency to carry out the Party’s plan to “transform the world” and to conduct mass murder. In America, these “enlightened” politicians do indeed seek and grab power, but they are incapable of leading in a rational sense, because they are not statesmen, nor do they truly understand what is the common good, which they are actually destroying in their politics of division, of “divide and conquer.” These politicians are, indeed, “blind guides,” political hacks clever with words, too removed from common sense reality to act prudently. Some are just technocratic policy wonks who seek to micromanage others’ lives. These politicians and technocrats are self-declared “public servants,” in reality gorging themselves at the public trough. Their enemy is surely not radical Muslim jihadists, for example; their sustained enemy is whatever or whoever promotes the hated “American way of life,” as outlined above. They have come to liberate us from ourselves, from our own past, from the country in history that the United States of America has been.
9. The progressive intellectualistic elites use litmus tests to discern if one is with them or against them. The test presently held up before the American people is “climate change.” If one does not “believe in Science and climate change,” one is dismissed as an ignoramus and evil. The older, more established litmus test to see if one is truly with the Progressive elites or against them is abortion. For the anti-God, pro-Science, anti-American elites the test of one’s conformity to their ideology has been: “Are you pro-choice?” To be part of the in-club among American elites, to be “enlightened,” one must be “pro-choice,” meaning that one favors the practice of abortion as a “woman’s right.” The present coded test now is to be “pro-women,” or “pro-women’s health,” with its necessary inclusion of being pro-abortion as “an option.” As one of these death-dealing “knowers” declared in public, a woman is not “liberated,” cannot truly be “pro-women,” who has not had at least one abortion. The killing of the life in the womb is not only about “a woman’s right to choose,” but it is a ritualistic sacriﬁce to the god of Self, of Me, of being a “Liberated Woman.” In short, abortion is not just a public policy and practice favored by our elites; it serves as the acid test of loyalty to the anti-God, self-divinizing creed, to the Gnostic mass movement headed by our political elites. Killing the infant—and perhaps “harvesting its body parts” for money—is the new and improved “Declaration of Independence” from God, from reason, from right, from reality. Most unfortunately, millions upon millions of Americans have been won over to legitimizing this practice. And that should not be so difﬁcult to see if one recalls that America has become a highly self-indulgent, self-centered culture, and that the masses are easily and readily “re-educated” by propaganda. For a self-indulgent, self-absorbed people, the killing of “unwanted” infants is widely acceptable. Killing infants in the womb proves the triumph of the will to power.
Rather than merely accept the nihilistic and ideological sacriﬁce of infants to the god of Self-liberation and “social Progress”, one must return to common sense truth and ask: If the killing of the infant in its mother’s womb is not morally wrong, and reprehensibly evil, what possibly could be evil? If one has the “right to choose” to kill the pre-born infant, who is in truth fully innocent of any wrong-doing, why does not one have the “right to choose” to kill a two-year old who is “unsatisfactory,” “unwanted,” or “bad seed?” Why stop at birth? What essentially changes at birth? Is a new-born infant really “autonomous” from its mother? Is it now a “conscious human being,” and before birth it was not? In reality there are no rational grounds for pretending that pre-birth and post birth are radically different. There are various stages in development of the one human being. It makes no sense to stop annihilation of children at “the third trimester” of pregnancy, or even at the moment of birth. And these same intellectuals have often favored the practice of “mercy killing,” euthanasia, a practice by no means uncommon in hospitals or care centers, such as when it involves hastening the death of “defective” newborns, or especially the elderly, who are deemed to be no longer “socially useful.”
In her studies of totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt explained in detail the ways in which concentration camps—the death camps of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union—were models of the “new society” their leaders sought to create as they were “building Socialism.” In America, and no doubt in decadent European societies as well, abortion mills and hidden hospital wards are the models of the kind of society which Progressive elites seek to create, and have been creating. Abortion was not chosen by majority vote, as neither National Socialism nor Soviet Socialism were; this evil practice was foisted on an overly-passive populous by clever intellectuals on the Supreme Court who defended abortion as part of a so-called “right to privacy.” What happened to the “right to life” of all human beings, unless “found guilty in a court of law?” The highest reaches of our legal profession betrayed our people. For years now, the practice of abortion on demand has been promoted and defended by Progressive politicians, media stars, Hollywood, the scientistic community, and verbally gifted judges. In hidden and sterile environments, with practices not shown to the American people who can see virtually everything else on television, unwanted infants in the womb are deprived of their right to life, are brutally murdered, have their brains sucked out, organs harvested for sale, bodies disposed of through incineration, as practiced by Progressive forerunners in the Nazi extermination camps. In abortion death camps, agents of “Science” and Progressive elites dominate, control, destroy lives deemed “unwanted.” Killing of millions has taken place behind closed doors. And the same continues under the guise of “euthanasia,” “mercy killing,” for thousands of other human beings. Such is the new “universal society” of the Progressive intellectuals and our morally
Here we see how the neglect and even hatred for God becomes ﬂesh and blood in the murder of innocent human life—wrapped up, of course, in spurious slogans about “a woman’s right to choose.” To choose what? To murder her infant? As foreshadowed by the Nazis and Communists, America is becoming a “politically correct,” publicly acceptable form of a totalitarian regime, led by the progressive elites with their utopian dreams. And lest one think that these claims are aimed solely at the Democratic Party because of references to Leader Obama, let the obvious be clearly stated: both major political parties in America are dominated by Progressive elites, and both parties have much blood on their hands for tolerating the evil of abortion, for their lust for power and domination, for damaging our country by their foolish and often destructive policies. The Republican elites have often used a public stance against abortion for political gain, but in reality done very little to limit and end the practice. “By their fruits you will know them.” Both parties have betrayed us; we have been deceived.
In truth, these Progressive leaders, dominant in society and in both parties, are not grounded on reality; they are divorced from common sense reason, drunk on their love of power. To see what one such progressive looks like, observe closely President Obama, with his meteoric rise to power. He is often described as “cool” and “detached.” Obama is detached, but not in the spiritual sense of a Buddhist monk, nor in a general way of being unemotional. Rather, Obama is, to a degree rarely seen before in an American President, detached from reality and from common sense, adrift in an intellectualistic-nonsensical world of his own imagination. Much of his rhetoric is in fact nonsensical. Our country witnessed the phenomenon a century earlier in Woodrow Wilson, another intellectual without grounding in reality. One can observe how Obama talks without any passion or focused energy on mass killings by terrorists, whom he surely will not call “Muslim terrorists” for his own bizarre reasons. On the other hand, with much animation, anger, and evident disdain, Obama speaks about his American political opponents, some of whom may actually be seeking to reground America in God and common sense, or at least resist parts of his Progressive agenda to remake our country. Christian believers, Americans attached to our traditional way of life, and genuine pro-life conservatives are Obama’s public enemies, as he often displays, and on occasion subtly admits, demonstrated by the way he excoriates those who disagree with his elitist, dictatorial policies. The fact that American citizens would elect a man with such distorted, irrational thinking, and without any background in making important executive decisions, shows the effects the elite progressive propagandizers have had on everyday American citizens. Part of the tragedy of America is that the majority of voters twice elected a man so visibly detached from reality, and more devoted to Marxist-progressive beliefs than to the traditional American way of life. “We the People” have been duped, because we have become increasingly blind ourselves. And our blindness is fed by self-indulgence, which these power-hungry elites are all-too-willing to keep feeding. They have the power, we get the goodies—the crumbs that fall from our masters’ tables.
The American story is becoming the American tragedy. “We the People” are cutting ourselves off from reality, from reason and common sense, from the truth of the divine Whole, from taking responsibility for our own actions, from our own history, from our sense of being a unique people in history under God. We are being “transformed,” that is, manipulated, by men and women who believe and claim that they are truly “the ones we have been waiting for.” Not God, but self; and not anyone, but “educated” progressive intellectuals. We have become increasingly devoted to Messianic hot-air leaders who loudly proclaim, “We will transform the world.” Despite their rhetoric, look around, and see how we are crumbling outside and within. These irrational progressives want ﬁrst and foremost to kill Americans’ self-understanding as a people under God. That belief was the central article of our Founding, and has been the centerpiece of our self-identity as a people in history. As these elites seek to kill our grounding in God, in reason, in our own unique identity, they are killing our body politic, and permit and encourage the murder of innocent human life. They are seeking to give birth to a “new nation”that is secular, anti-God, multi-cultural, pluralistic, tolerant of nonsense, utterly dominated by enlightened intellectuals, and totalitarian, dominating all aspects of life. How long America can exist, when so many “educated elites” are busy remaking us in their own distorted image, no one knows. Their work is already far advanced, furthered by American spiritual immaturity and self-indulgence. Our sense of being a unique people under God is being laid to rest. We the People are being aborted. Having been ripped off of our Foundation, we will pass away in the ﬂux of history.