Does America have a fifth column? What is a fifth column?

Definition of fifth column
: a group of secret sympathizers or supporters of an enemy that engage in espionage or sabotage within defense lines or national borders

The expression “fifth column” is credited to Emilio Mola Vidal, a Nationalist general during the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) (see here). Creating and supporting a “fifth column” is an actual military tactic.

So has someone planted a fifth column in the United States? Is that someone actually supporting its growth and development to our “detriment”? That’s why many in the Establishment tend to get a bit huffy and self-righteously indignant when members of this fifth column advocate their cause. That’s why when members of the fifth column mention the name of Jesus at the “wrong” time and in the “wrong” place further conversation tends to be rather loud, awkward, and caustic.

Don’t think so? Then consider this column by Cal Thomas.

“Old Fashioned” Looking Better!

by Cal Thomas Wed, 4/18/2018 | Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Is ‘Old-fashioned’ returning?
By Cal Thomas
Tribune Content Agency

“It’s a modern changing world

Everything is moving fast.

But when it comes to love I like

What they did in the past.” — The Everly Brothers, 1962

Call me old-fashioned — and I’ve been called worse — but do I sense the possible end to the sexual revolution, which exploded in the ’60s and whose fallout continues today?

Women complain that men won’t commit, whether in a dating relationship or marriage. The #MeToo stories that have emerged since the exposure of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment of numerous women in Hollywood have also contributed to their frustration. Harassment victims feel used and abused by men who, apparently, were never taught that women are co-equals in the human race and thus deserving of respect, even honor. I know, that last sounds old-fashioned.  (continued here)

Thomas is a Christian, but what does Thomas talk about? The Bible? No. He wants to be published. So he keeps his column secular. He cites the beginning lyrics of a song, and he refers to a “conversation” between a couple of disillusioned Liberal women. Then he ends his argument for the “old fashioned” way (an allusion to traditional Christian marriage) with the closing lyrics from the same song. What he neglects to talk about is where this “old fashioned” way came from.

What happened in the ’60s? Why did the Baby Boom generation rebel against the “old fashioned” way and staged a sexual revolution? The answer? Ignorance.

On the surface, “free” sex sounds great! Very few Baby Boomers knew any better. Why? Generation after generation of Americans had given control of their children’s education over to politicians. With each generation, the education of America’s children had become more and more secularized. Therefore, contrary to its billing in the mass media, the “Sexual Revolution” was a massive expression of irresponsible and vile ignorance, not a revolution. The Baby Boomers did not rebel against anyone. They just behaved like ignorant and irresponsible human beings have always behaved. Because it felt good, they did it.

What happens when two people have sex before committing themselves to each other?

  • We ignore our own biology. Sex has consequences. The two become one. We form emotional bonds with the people with whom we have sex. When we have sex frivolously, we try to render those bonds meaningless, but we cannot. Instead, we frivolously create turmoil in our own hearts and minds. Without the stability of a good marriage, most us have far more miserable lives. If nothing else, we are lonely.
  • We spread diseases that kill and cripple.
  • We create single parent “families” ill-equipped to raise children. Or, we abort the unborn.

So why don’t we think about this clearly? Where did the “old fashioned” way come from? Why were earlier generations of Americans better able to avoid staging sexual revolutions of their own? Those Americans did not have secular educations. Their parents and neighbors taught them the wisdom of the Bible.

So what do we do now, now that America’ Christian foundations have been seemingly destroyed? Well, there are still lots of Bibles around. We can still consult one.

Psalm 11 New King James Version (NKJV)

Faith in the Lord’s Righteousness

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

11 In the Lord I put my trust;
How can you say to my soul,
“Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
For look! The wicked bend their bow,
They make ready their arrow on the string,
That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?

The Lord is in His holy temple,
The Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold,
His eyelids test the sons of men.
The Lord tests the righteous,
But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Upon the wicked He will rain coals;
Fire and brimstone and a burning wind
Shall be the portion of their cup.

For the Lord is righteous,
He loves righteousness;
His countenance beholds the upright.

Satan is still the prince of this world. Until Jesus Christ comes again, Satan will rule here. Meanwhile, Satan sees Christians as a treacherous fifth column. So it is that Satan had Jesus crucified between two rebellious Jews. Fortunately, our Lord rose from the dead.

God is still God. He is still in His holy temple. If we love Him, we will do our best to spread the Gospel of His Son. If we love our neighbors we will do our best to free them from Satan’s grasp. We will spread the “secret” Gospel of Jesus Christ.

35 thoughts on “AMERICA’S FIFTH COLUMN?

    1. @anon

      I don’t blame the parents. People spend lots of money buying homes so they can send their children to schools supported by like-minded parents. Now power-mad social engineers want to rewrite the rules. For the benefit of the children? No.

      If we care about the children, the solution is simple. Let the parents who can afford it pay for the education of their children. Help the poor with education vouchers. Government-run schools are overkill.

      Will school choice result in integrated schools? I don’t know, and I don’t care. People have the right to choose their own company. Given our druthers, most of us will associate with people like ourselves. So? We don’t have a right to choose our own companions? Government is supposed to choose our companions for us?

      If government gives out education vouchers without regard to race, sex, or creed, then GOVERNMENT is not discriminating. Irrational discrimination by government is the problem. Allowing people to choose their own company is not a problem; it is a right. Some will be bigots, and some won’t. Let the stupid learn from their stupidity.

      What children need is decent education, one parents control. Intercity schools are a mess, and it is because the government is running them. That is what needs to change.


      1. I’m in complete agreement Tom. I don’t blame the parents either….
        But it’s an irony that this is exactly the mad-power social engineer voter demographic of finger pointers and hand wringers. 😆

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        1. Doug, this response so succinctly summarizes the point of the topic, it’s almost like you planned it.
          1) Parents have the greatest vested interest in their own child’s wellbeing.
          2) If the culture is so perverse and destructive that even parents themselves don’t care about their own children’s wellbeing…well, the people unrelated to those children who are the product of the same culture, sure aren’t going to care more.
          3) That’s why values matter.

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          1. @Doug

            We set the example for each other. There are lots of parents homeschooling their children or sending them to private schools. We show others how to care by caring.


          2. Well, I am supremely skeptical of homeschooling. While I understand the pure independence of it all and parents can teach their children what the parent feels is important (vs. what is truly important in to compete in society) does not mean their children will mesh into society properly. Of course there’s been some successes… but to the total? We differ.


          3. @Doug

            It is a free country. Agreed?

            Well, if we call it a free country, what does that mean? The government is supposed to run our lives? How can we have a free country if the government runs everything? If we won’t allow each other to make our own choices, where is the freedom?


          4. You really believe that the people who run the government have more of an interest in the child’s wellbeing than his or her own parents.

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          5. If you are asking me that… in a perfect world parent should take charge. But we do not live in a perfect world.. and a great number of parents should never have been. I am reminded of a movie quote..

            “You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog. You need a license to drive a car. Hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any (expletive deleted) to be a father. (From the movie Parenthood)”
            Keanu Reeves


          6. @Doug

            The Nazis tried to license parenthood. They justified their schemes using the science of eugenics.

            Should government license parents? How would you go about it?


          7. “Society use to encourage self control. Not happening much any more.”

            Not only is self control not encouraged, it’s actually ridiculed.
            (Exhibit A: “Damn, Tom, you think an erection is a moral sin!”)

            Then the same folks who ridicule self control lament about the resulting consequences. “Well, can’t do nothin’ bought that…gotta call the gubbernment…”

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        2. @Doug

          So you want Socialism, which is majoritarian tyranny? You want those ignorant, irresponsible masses choosing the politicians who will run every detail of your life?

          We live in a society that is degenerating. It is degenerating BECAUSE parents don’t exercise control over the education of their children. It is the job of parents. It is their responsibility. No one else is qualified. You think politicians are? When they are selected by the very same people you just said don’t care?

          If people parents don’t care enough, then we should be wondering why.


  1. Really good writeup, Tom.
    Thanks for sharing those links.
    I used to read Cal Thomas’ op-ed pieces in the paper a lot when I was a teenager. I haven’t read him for a while (it has been decades since I’ve read a newspaper), but might get the book “What Works”. How true.

    To me, much of life comes down to two things
    (really the first, but the second is a corollary):
    -knowing what to value
    -what one is willing to accept.

    Social acceptance of poor value systems has led to poor results.
    We have 70 percent illegitimacy rates in some communities because illegitimacy has been accepted.
    Same with divorce, sexual profligacy, et al.
    Results aren’t good (examples are ubiquitous, abundant, and available upon request. But they are also self evident so I think Doug is the only one who needs them and he will just ignore, laugh, point, and call me Parson Weems).

    Other things that are “catchy”, having gained acceptance in recent decades, include:
    -blaming the results of one’s poor life choices on others (I call it victim splaining, a phenomenon closely related to something I’ve heard referred to as emotional hemophilia where the “victim” refuses to avoid sharp objects but very much expects everyone else to wear bubble wrap)

    -Obesity (no, it’s not your glands and it’s not corn oil…although there are numerous causes the primary one is plane and simply social acceptance)

    -Sloppy dress (people are natural mimicks. See the old photos of what people wore during the great depression…even during hard times, most were comparatively well dressed)

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    1. @anon

      Thanks for the kind review. Can always use one of those.

      Have not read one of Cal Thomas’ books. Still read newspapers, however.

      When I first read some of Thomas’ columns (decades ago) I found them annoying. I guess I have changed.

      Social acceptance of poor value systems has led to poor results.

      Americans get their value systems from school and from the mass media. Don’t think churches have much to do with it anymore, and that’s a sign churches have become ineffective in saving souls.

      It took me decades to figure out I needed to read the Bible. When our schools and the mass media downplay and even ridicule the Bible, I think Christians need to start calmly pointing out just how badly our schools and the mass media are failing us. Christian parents need to take responsibility for the education of their children, not leave them to the mercy of scheming politicians. Christian parent need to be selective about the mass media. If there is nothing redeeming in it, turn it off and find something better. If we don’t want to live in the gutter, then we should not fill our minds with things that belong in the gutter.

      Philippians 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

      8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

      Victim splaining? Emotional hemophilia? Funny!

      Sloppy dress? Love to dress comfortably, but I ain’t no Donald Trump.

      This post is not about Trump. However, the mention of sloppy dress made me think of Trump and his beautiful lady. Trump is something of an enigma. In many respects he is admirable, but in others he is quite flawed. I supposed the thing to remember is that we are all flawed. Like the rest of us, Trump is still human and a product of these times. Even a rich billionaire is still human.

      I suppose that is why we must pray for him and ourselves.


  2. Tom,

    As I commented. I admire your patience.

    However, I wonder if your efforts might be of greater value to someone who has an open mind that seeks to understand rather than judge and criticize only

    Solomon proverb not to answer a fool.

    Regards and good will blogging.


    1. Jesus reminded us to judge others as we would be judged. When someone behaves a dog or swine I don’t waste my time with them. When someone just disagrees and flounders to explain themselves, I am inclined to dialogue.

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  3. Tom,
    I admire your tolerance in your reply to Doug about Christ’s cutting off a hand to prevent us from repeating what is pre ent us from grace in life.

    However, while the solution appears severe, it would work.

    Doug, never offers his suggestion, only his criticism.

    Most Trump haters and atheists have the same symptoms of enjoying judging others and throwing stones never knowing where the target is located,

    King Solomon proverb used fools sbooting arrows as rewards to honor fools.

    Regards and good will. Blogging

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    1. @scatterwisdom

      With the exception of Jesus, perhaps, everyone comes into this world knowing nothing. When they were formed, did Adam or Eve know anything? I don’t know.

      I just know I was an agnostic. I just know that at some point God helped me to overcome my foolishness and accept Jesus as my Savior. So I think I should be as patient with others as I can.

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    2. You’re right. Just proves when it comes to religious opinion that I should not mention a thing; normally I hold to that, but sometimes some pretty outlandish stuff is tossed into the wind under the guise of being Christian… and EVERYONE quotes the Bible to support whatever it is they believe in. I am not qualified to question another’s spiritual beliefs. I can take issue with politics because the nature of politics is all about governing and it’s questionable on the ways people want to see us all governed. But one’s spirituality is between them and the Almighty.


  4. Damn, Tom…. so you think every male teenager with hormones raging (or even some adults) is committing some moral sin when he gets an erection over someone else’s appearance before the relationship is “committed”? Why is all this guilt necessary for just being human?


    1. @Doug

      Since it is not germane to what I posted, I don’t see much point in taking your question seriously, at least not with respect to the post. However, your question does bring to mind a passage from the Sermon on the Mount.

      Matthew 5:27-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
      Adultery in the Heart

      27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

      Why is all this guilt necessary? Without going to absurd extremes, no one can stop teenage boys from being aroused. What we can do? We can teach our children the difference between selfish lust and caring about another person. We can teach our children the difference between using another person and sharing life with someone we love.

      The Bible contains a great many stories. Some of them, like the story of Joseph and Mary illustrate committed marriages. Others show us the consequences of selfish lust.

      Consider the story told in 2 Samuel 13:1-33 (=> What is it about? Well, King David had many children. David, a lustful man and a powerful king, made the error of collecting wives and concubines. This superabundance of sex partners and children made it difficult for him to discipline his children, and there is little evidence he tried. 2 Samuel 13:1-33 illustrates the extent of the rot. Eventually, David had to go to war with one of his own sons to keep his kingdom and his life.

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        1. @Doug

          God calls upon us to worship Him, not sex. God wants us to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. God wants us to love each other as we each love our self.

          When we worship sex, we treat other people as objects, not persons like ourselves. If that is not obviously wrong, what is?

          Is it easy to set our instincts aside and care about other people as much as we care about our self? No, and I suppose the thought that that is what God wants from us is scary. Yet if we choose to do so we can control our thoughts. We focus our minds on something good as opposed to something bad.

          God is our Creator. He created each of us in His image. Everyone is His child. How do you think a father should feel when he sees a teenage boy ogling his daughter? Would you expect God to approve if you lusted after a beautiful woman and thought of her as nothing more than as an object for your pleasure?

          Anyway, I am not the one who should scare you.

          Matthew 10:28 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

          28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

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          1. Tom, What degree do you think Jesus maybe using hyperbole with “committing adultery in your heart?” For example, when he speaks about cutting one’s hand off if it causes one to sin.

            To what degree do we owe thanks for God’s grace when resisting sin even though we’ve had thoughts of sin in our minds?

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          2. @Philip Augustine

            There is obviously some hyperbole. How much? Well, I don’t think Jesus wants us to cut off our heads.

            Matthew 5:21-26, which concerns murder, is written in the same vein as Matthew 5:27-30. Commission of the sin of adultery begins in the heart, just as murder does. The thought precedes the deed.

            Do we have absolute control over our thoughts? No. I doubt that would even be desirable. Nevertheless, we do have a considerable control, and with the help of the Holy Spirit (that grace you mentioned) it should be enough.

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