IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK...
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." -- From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
America and Communism. For most of us those are two words that just don’t seem to go together. We all saw the Berlin Wall fall and crumbling with it onto the ash-heap of history was Communism, the brain child of God-hating Karl Marx. “Communism is dead” we have been assured and anyone who tries to present evidence of the false burial is engaging in a much more dangerous ideology, the sin of McCarthyism. In today’s politically correct environment the label of “McCarthyite” has become synonymous with racist, bigot, and homophobe. The facts show, however, that McCarthy was right. Those facts have become an inconvenient Truth, though, haven't they?
But in some of my recent research I have been struck by a strong resemblance to the beliefs of Communism and the beliefs of those who are currently striving for leadership in America. Now don’t get me wrong, I know Communism is dead because the media has told me so! But, as the old saying goes, “if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.”
Let me clear the air. I am not a Republican and I am not a conservative. The last thing I want is for people to think that I want to “conserve” this mess I currently see in America! No, I am aligned with no political party. To steal a line from Founding Father Benjamin Rush, I am a Christocrat. My allegiance is to Jesus.
The way I see it, neither major political party defends the Constitution. They talk about it when it suits their agenda, but neither party desires to follow it. The leadership of today’s major parties are two thumbs in the same eye.
Some in my family are staunch Democrats and many of my friends self-identify as Republicans, yet, for the most part they share the same values. Each tends to cast a vote based on “pet” issues, usually economical in nature. To be truthful, I am saddened to admit that most of my friends and family really have no idea what is happening in this country. Their loyalty to their “party” has very little basis in what beliefs they hold. They have been convinced that if “their party” gets in power everything will be fine. You see how small the government has become under the Republicans, don’t you? Wasn’t it liberal Bill Clinton who said, “The era of big-government is over?” Is it over?
Words mean things and I am always amazed at how subtle the changes in language are. For instance, what was once known as “mainstream Christianity” has now become fundamentalist, and what was once known as “liberal” has become progressive. Funny isn’t, that we hear a lot about “fundamental extremists” but rarely hear of “progressive extremists”? Who is in charge of giving meaning to words? That guy has a lot of power!
So, I guess from the definitions I just gave you, I would have to categorize myself as a fundamentalist. I am not ashamed of it and I am not afraid to say it. I believe in the God of the Bible and His sovereignty over man. But why is it everyone else wants to hide behind labels? Liberals (which, by the way, I think I hold many liberal positions such as: I am liberal for a baby’s right to choose to live, I am liberal in a person’s right to carry a gun, I am liberal in a parent’s right to choose the type of education he would like for his child, and I am liberal in a person’s right not to have to accept things that are anathema to his conscience…), don’t like to be called that any more. They want to be called “progressive.” I think “Secular Progressives” is the term Bill O’Reilly uses.
But see, that is part of the bait-and-switch that the wordsmiths constantly use. Just when we all figure out what a “liberal” and a “conservative” are, they change the words to try and stay one step ahead of the posse. Being a liberal will not sell well in red-state America, (by the way, shouldn’t Republican states be blue and Democrat states red?) so instead they (quack-quack) call themselves “progressives,” as if that were some kind of new political thought. And a “compassionate conservative” is nothing more than a softer name for the old term “liberal.” Those in the rank and file of both parties still identify themselves by the old terms. They think Democrats are “liberals” and “conservatives” are Republicans. They have not kept up with the ever-changing vocabulary of politics. But, the party leadership understands the game very well.
Last month, due to the prompting of my friend Pastor Ernie Sanders, I discovered a document that every American should read. It is a list of “Current Communist Goals” as read into the Congressional Record on January 10, 1963. Take time to read the 45 goals for the Communist takeover of America. It is chilling. It is as if the list were a “how we did it” written in 2007, rather than a “how to do it” written in 1963!
But here is my point, after you read the list ask yourself two questions. How successful have the Communists been in attaining their goal? How many of these goals would today’s “Progressives” disagree with? In case you didn’t take the time to read the list, allow me to point out a few worth noting:
Isn’t it time we started calling a duck a duck? Progressives promote Communism. They hate to be called Communists because they know that baby-boomers would never vote for a Communist. So they are progressives. Think the average Joe knows what that means? Calling a Communist a progressive is like calling Al Sharpton a Reverend.
Look at this list of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of 65 Democratic members of the House of Representatives. They all support the Communist agenda.
But let’s not stop there. What about the “compassionate conservatives”? How many of them aggressively oppose those same Communist goals? How many of the Republican candidates will run on a platform in opposition to those goals? How many of them follow the Constitution? How many of them will call “progressives” Communists? No, they are too busy “reaching across the aisle” making deals with our domestic enemies.
If you are still voting the party line, then you are the problem. The Communists run the schools, media, universities, seminaries, labor unions, and the government. When you put them in power you hand them your own noose. They are not “progressives,” they are Communists. Let’s start calling them what they are.
Communism is not dead. The Communists run America. How do I know? Look at how they walk, watch what they do, and listen to what they say. They told us what they were going to do.
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If you are still voting the party line, then you are the problem. The Communists run the schools, media, universities, seminaries, labor unions, and the government. When you put them in power you hand them your own noose.