“If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free-men, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
— Abraham Lincoln
By de Andréa
March 22, 2013
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen
Lincoln’s reference to
national suicide. But I’m more familiar
with James Burnham’s book “ that was published in 1964. I read it while still recovering from a military injury,
the Cold War with Communism was in high gear in the 1960s. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a front-page
nail biter and the Chinese Kong invasion of Vietnam otherwise known as the Vietcong was well underway.
Burnham’s book issued a stark warning to
that went beyond failed ideology of Communism as W.J.
Rayment points out: “Burnham’s thesis . . . was the growth of
liberalism and its complete blindness to death, cruelty, and injustice
perpetrated by leftist regimes. In 1964,
as today, it is very easy to see how a thinking person might see the
intellectual drift to the left as a move toward societal suicide. For liberalism is a cry for the supremacy of
general good intentions over the practical application of common sense. Burnham said that liberals are often driven
by ‘profound non-rational, often anti-rational sentiments and impulses.’ Ideas like the welfare state and leniency on
criminals to facilitate rehabilitation may have sounded good coming out of the
mouth of a liberal, but they were disastrous in practice. “Burnham’s book . . . was in effect a warning
that leftward drift would ultimately destroy all affluence and freedom in the
Today’s political slavery is more insidious because the people enslaved are deceived and do not know they are slaves, by the time they recognize it - it will be too late. It’s not the so-called welfare queens and those who live in Section 8 housing who are the only ones enslaved. Young people who go to college on government grants and loans are also slaves to the State. They have been indoctrinated and programmed to love the salve master. That’s why we shouldn’t be surprised when they vote for their masters because they’ve been deceived by the handouts and robotic programming they receive in their so-called education.
The same can be said of the more than 90 percent of parents who send their children to government schools to be robotically programmed and indoctrinated by the State. A majority invariably and ignorantly vote for the robotic perpetuation and growth of government at the expense of fundamental freedom.
They, too, are slaves. Perpetual dependency is not freedom or choice in any way; it is pure and simple slavery.
No amount of fact-spreading and resultant consequences of their choices to put their faith in government will deter them ultimately from turning to government instead of themselves for security when a crisis comes. H. L. Mencken who just may be one of the last great free thinkers said it well: “The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth,” I too, often feel that I fall into the latter category.
THE BOTTOM LINE: What Lincoln and Burnham did not see, was a downgrading of personal morality of the worst kind and its legitimization by the State. A softening of morals results in the softening of the mind the lack of common sense and the ability to reason and logically think straight or independently.
The use of the phrase national suicide is more than a metaphor. Liberalism kills, whether it’s with economic issues (slavery to the state) or social issues like homosexual marriage, abortion, ramped divorce, single parents, and out of wedlock births. Who’ will speak for the Jews, the gypsies, the handicapped and the murdered unborn who have died by the multi millions already? More importantly ‘who’ will ultimately pay for the atrocities against society and humanity?
Who? It will be you’ my friend…
Thanks for listening – de Andréa
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