“What the hell is wrong with people?”
There’s somethin’ wrong with the world today
I don’t know what it is
Something’s wrong with our eyes
We’re seein’ things in a different way
And God knows it ain’t his ~ Steven Tyler, Livin’ On The Edge
Have you ever been in a room filled with people, yet felt completely out of place, as if you didn’t belong there? If you have, then you’ll at least have somewhat of an understanding how I feel whenever I leave my home and have to interact with the people of modern day America. It’s bad enough dealing with people from my own generation who have allowed emotions and political party allegiance to overrule their ability to think critically and analyze facts; but the youth of this country are something else altogether, and make me fear for the future of this once great country.
When I look around me and see the younger generation that is growing up to assume its place in the world I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of doom and despair. However, that sense of doom is also accompanied by the comforting assurance that I’ll probably be dead within a decade and won’t have to witness what happens to this country when they finally take over. I have to wonder though, from whatever eternal resting place my soul goes to will I suffer as I watch the country I love go down the toilet? If that truly is the case, I can only imagine the anguish the souls of our Founding Fathers must be suffering as they watch all their hard work and sacrifices being taken for naught, and the freedoms they fought to secure for us being thrown aside as if they were garbage.
I remember, as if it were just yesterday, my senior year in high school when someone got the idea to put a rock into a box and sell it to consumers as a PET. At $4 each, the person who marketed these Pet Rocks sold over 1.5 million of them; making himself a millionaire almost overnight. I think it was at that moment in time that I began to get an inkling of how stupid people actually can be. I remember thinking to myself: “Who in the hell is going to pay $4 for a rock when there is a whole lot full of them across the street from my house?” When the Pet Rock phenomenon took off, I came to the realization that people are stupid and that they’ll fall for almost anything if it is packaged and marketed properly.
Yet I still can’t help but being shocked every time I hear of one of these new trends that young people are following; such as eating Tide Pods or snorting condoms up their noses only to pull them out through their mouths. I’m not saying I didn’t do stupid and risky things as a youth, I did. But never, and I mean NEVER did I do something stupid just for stupidity’s sake; which leaves me to wonder what the future holds for this country when these young people finally take over.
I was born into this world at the latter end of the period known as the Baby Boomer generation; names so due to the massive increase in births after World War II veterans returned home and began producing children of their own. It was my generation which gave America the hippy counter culture movement which saw a departure from traditional American values and led to what we are witnessing in America today.
What’s wrong with America today is not due to the fact that our government has been run too long by Republicans or Democrats, it is a systematic and multi pronged attack upon all the values that made this country such a wonderful place to live.
People think that just because the Berlin wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed that Communism is dead. Well, it’s not; it’s alive and thriving right here in America; having been repackaged and sold to the American people under the guise of Progressivism. Progressivism is being taught in our schools, it is being broadcast on the shows and films we watch and it is being touted as normal and acceptable behavior by a complicit news media. Our American values are under constant attack from all sides, and if we don’t have an anchor, some sort of belief system to hold on to, America will fall from within; just as Stalin said it would.
If you wanted to undermine, or subvert a nation, how would you go about doing it? Would you incite an armed revolution against established authority, or would you resort to other, more subtle means? I think if one cared about preserving lives and preventing as much damage to the infrastructure of a country they would choose a less violent method; but how to accomplish such a subversion without an armed rebellion?
It’s pretty simple actually; you start with the youth of a country by slowly, but surely, eroding the principles held by previous generations. If you can slowly erode a country’s patriotism, its spirituality, it’s love of liberty, then you can begin to shift the attitude of an entire nation until eventually you have brought them into your line of thinking without ever firing a shot.
When I was growing up the hippy movement was in full swing; protesting against the war in Vietnam and preaching their communal philosophy. Yet does not commune and communism bear a striking resemblance? The elder people, of whom my parents belonged, did not realize the danger of the concepts and philosophies being espoused by these hippies; otherwise they would have resorted to other measures than simply calling them misguided youth.
Many of the leaders of this so-called hippy movement had close ties to the Communist Party and used the hippy movement as a means to forward their goal of institution Socialism, the precursor to Communism, in America. It was so effective that one of their own was elected President; Barack Obama, and no one batted an eye in regards to his close ties to known Communist sympathizers like Bill Ayers.
Some of the means by which Socialism is forced upon a people is by destroying their faith; destroying their understanding of patriotism, and by destroying traditional values and morality. All those values are what guided our Founders when they sought to create our American Republic, and those who sought to destroy us from within knew that if they were to succeed they would have to change how we perceived these things.
So they infiltrated the media so that they could slowly shift the attitudes of this country away from traditional values to those which included acceptance of homosexuality and the breakdown of the traditional, or nuclear family unit: father, mother and children.
They also infiltrated the news so that they could provide biased reporting on the issues to manipulate the mindset of the millions of people who trust them to report the facts.
They have also infiltrated our clergy to the extent that Bible based religion is rarely what one finds when one attends church. Just witness the explosive growth of these mega churches where people come to feel good about themselves; without any reference being made to sin and the punishment for it.
Finally, and probably most importantly, they infiltrated our educational system so that they could teach their social justice visions of a global society which goes against all that our Founders felt our system of government should be.
This process probably began before I was even born, but I only caught the early stages of it and the changes that this country was undergoing were still in their infancy. But since I was born 6 generations of Americans have grown up having this twisted and perverted vision of what it means to be an American force fed to them; and for the most part the people of this country have swallowed the lies hook, line and sinker.
That is why so many people are steadfast in their belief that America is a democracy, not a Republic. That is why so many people are willing to surrender their rights for the public safety; because they have not been taught the nature of their rights; that they cannot be surrendered unless the people submit to servitude and bondage to their government.
When someone picks up a gun and shoots up a public place, killing dozens, do you think the gun is going to go the hell and face eternity for what it did, or is it the person who will face eternal damnation for their sin? If you took away every gun on the planet, the evil in people’s hearts would still exist. You cannot legislate evil out of existence…you simply can’t do it.
Good and evil are choices we as people make; either we choose to serve God or we choose to serve Satan; and the choices we make in our own lives are reflected in our country and our government. Isn’t that why Madison said, “But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” If our government is corrupt, if there is this so-called Deep State, then could it not possibly be due to the fact that we as a people are corrupt and allow our government to abuse its power and allow outside influences to enter in and control its decision making process?
God gave us free will, He gave us our rights and our liberty. Do you honestly think He will bestow His blessings upon this country when we allow His gifts to be taken from us without a fight? What’s the old saying, “God helps them who help themselves”? Do you think you can just sit there on your couches and do nothing while your rights are being taken from you, then get on your knees at night and pray that God comes to our country’s aid?
If we want God’s help we are going to have to earn it by turning from our wicked ways and start giving our allegiance to Him and His laws, not men and the laws passed by men. I have heard many arguments saying that our country was not founded upon the Christian religion. Maybe, maybe not; but one thing is certain, our Founders believed in a God, or a Supreme Creator, and they believed that it was through His divine providence that they would either succeed or fail in their endeavors.
It is said that Thomas Jefferson was a Deist; one who believed in the existence of an indifferent Creator who did not interfere in the affairs of man. If that is the case, why would he write the following quotes:
“And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” ~ Declaration of Independence
“God who gave us life gave us liberty.” ~ A Summary View of the Rights of British America
“…can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever . . . .” ~ Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII
“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” ~ Personal motto and found above the entrance on the gates to Monticello
Our country may not have been founded upon any single denomination of the Christian faith, but it was most certainly founded by Christians. They felt that divine providence, or the hand of God, helped them secure their liberty from Great Britain, and that our country could not, and would not survive if we did not remain a virtuous and moral people.
It is said that the great firebrand orator Patrick Henry once said, “It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.” Now he may or may not have said that, but he did say, “For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” (Source: Speech given at St John’s Church, March 23, 1775)
Our Founders felt that our liberty was a gift to us from God, and it was our duty as Christians to defend that liberty against all attacks, doesn’t it then seem logical that if we fail to uphold our duty then God would withdraw His support for our nation and allow us to crumble from within?
How many instances in the Bible are there when God allowed His people to suffer because they had sinned? He even killed off all mankind except for Noah and his family for the wickedness of man. He destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and He allowed His people to wander in the wilderness for 40 years because they were not yet righteous enough to enter the Promised Land. Those are just some of the instances where God has punished man because they forsook Him and His Laws. What makes people think He wouldn’t punish us today if we forsook Him?
Our Founders did not meekly sit back and cry in their beers about the laws being passed by their government; they resisted them by protests and acts of civil disobedience until they felt that their only recourse was to take up arms against their government and sever the ties which bound them to it. That is the nature and character of true patriots, not those who think they can change America for the better at the voting booth, or by marching in the streets carrying placards and chanting slogans.
Thomas Paine wrote about the summer soldier and sunshine patriot when he said that they will shrink from the service of their country, i.e. defending the liberty that was their gift from God. Yet he also said, “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”
Didn’t Christ tell His disciples something similar, “And ye shall be hated by all men for My name’s sake, but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” How many of them met a brutal death? It is said that Peter was crucified upside down because he felt he was not worthy to be crucified in the same position as his Lord. Andrew was tied to a cross; a more slow and painful death; the whole time preaching the Gospel of Christ to those who passed by. James, the son of Zebedee, was beheaded for his faith. Philip was scourged and crucified. Thomas and Matthew were speared or stabbed with swords. Of all the apostles, only John lived to an old age; banished to the Isle of Patmos.
All of these men suffered, just as Jesus had said they would, and all persevered to the end; maintaining their faith. How many of us today actually have that kind of courage; to stand up in opposition to our friends, our family, and our government itself, when we see our most sacred rights and liberty being taken from us? Yet we, who have both little faith and little courage, expect God to bless America? REALLY???
Noah Webster, the great American Lexicographer who gave us Webster’s Dictionary, was also a devout man. Webster is quoted as saying, “All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
Can you not see the correlation between what Webster said and the rampant evil that permeates throughout America today? Can you not see, after all that I have said, that hoping for a change for the better at the voting booth is an exercise in futility and doomed to fail?
It is my honest belief that God has withdrawn His support for this country because we have forsaken Him. Sure, many of us profess to be Christians, but then we sit back in silence while a very vocal minority take Him out of our schools and public places. If we want to make America great again we have to prove to God that we are worthy of His divine protection; and so far I haven’t seen much evidence of that happening.
When people look at the rampant stupidity and crime that permeates America today they often ask, “What the hell is wrong with people?” It’s funny how close to the truth they are when they say that; as hell is what’s wrong with America, or at least the influence of the ruler of Hell upon the people of this country.
Two hundred years before I made my appearance on Planet Earth another man was born in the United States who his parents named Noah; after the Biblical character who built the ark. Noah grew up to become a writer of textbooks and American lexicography; or one who writes dictionaries. Go to any bookstore and you will find the modern edition of a book he first published in 1828; Webster’s Dictionary.
We as parents and as a people have failed in that we have not raised our children in the principles of virtue and morality; that there are laws higher than those passed by man, and that there are consequences when we disregard those laws. We as a people have forsaken, not only God’s Laws, but the very principles which our Founders built the American Republic upon. Yet we sit around scratching our heads, wondering why things are so screwed up in this country.
In the Book of Jeremiah it states, “At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.” ~ Jeremiah 18:7-8)
I am not the most righteous and virtuous man, and I’m certainly not a saint; not by any measure. But I am open minded enough to realize that our problems are caused by our reliance on us, as humans, to fix all that is wrong in this country without any divine help from a benevolent Creator who will come to our aid if only we open our hearts to Him and obey His laws.
Even a fool like me can see that; why can’t you?
April 8, 2018
NOTE: If you need Neal’s bio by now – then you ain’t been paying attention. Ed.