What is driving Democrats? Do Democrats just hate America? Did the Communists intend to destroy Russia? Are the Democrats Communists? Consider some random posts from various blogs I follow.
- A New Zealander’s Nine Steps to Save America | In My Father’s House (wordpress.com): Here the author points to H.R.1 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): For the People Act of 2019 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress, observing that “bill is yet another deceptive example of the left’s despotic overreach, trampling underfoot the U.S. Constitution, which only gives the state legislators authority to determine the time, place, and manner of elections.”
- Socialism, capitalism, and racism: part one–the trans-Atlantic slave trade – Salvageable (wordpress.com), Socialism, capitalism, and racism: part two–one hundred years of unequal freedom – Salvageable (wordpress.com), and Socialism, capitalism, and racism: part three–the last seventy years. – Salvageable (wordpress.com): These three posts provide a short history of enslavement of blacks in America. The author highlights the positive effects of Capitalism and the undesirable effects of Socialism.\
- Patriots and Loyalists – WTFAI (wordpress.com): This post focuses on what we want from our government. Do we want a government that allows us to proper, or do we want a government that helps “us,” our faction, to prosper at someone else’s expense.
- Is Christianity a Tool of European Colonialism? | The Domain for Truth (wordpress.com): The author of this post gives a straightforward defense of Christianity, countering the efforts of those who call Christianity a tool for European Colonialism.
- What Really Happened at CPAC – Faithful Steward Ministries and FSM Women’s Outreach (fsmandfsmwo.blog): This post provides a link to a post on American Thinker, What Really Happened at CPAC – American Thinker. The point is that we cannot trust the mainstream media to report on Conservatives.
- when the crud is not the crud and other odd phenomenons « cookiecrumbstoliveby (wordpress.com): This is an unfocused, but strangely interesting commentary. How, at the very same time, can people be hysterical over both COVID-19 and Dr. Seuss?
- Why USA Borders are Wide Open Again? King Solomon Blog – Rudy u Martinka (rudymartinka.com): The author of this post is somewhat mystified. President Joe Biden has opened our borders. Where did he get the authority to do that? He cites one of the typical heartbreaking sob stories that essentially advocates open borders, and he cites a few verses from the Bible. Then he asks you to decide.
- The Cancelling of Dr. Seuss | The Recovering Legalist: The author of this post “celebrates” the cancelling of Dr. Seuss with Seuss-like poetry.
- Everybody Saw This Coming *UPDATED* – Amatopia (wordpress.com): This post provides considerable detail on the banning of Dr. Seuss’ books. If you want the details, it is fairly well researched.
- Cancel Culture Rant – Write Side of the Road (wordpress.com): I don’t believe I have seen the lady who writes this blog so angry before. Consider this quote.
I am tired of this world. It’s not the kind of place I want my children to be exposed to. I want my children to know that no matter what mistake they’ve made, they can be forgiven. Not that they will be watched for every word they speak, every emotion they feel, every opinion they express, and then punished accordingly. And I have no idea what kind of person would want to live in that kind of world?! Their ego’s must be HUGE!Cancel Culture Rant – Write Side of the Road (wordpress.com)
I was mildly surprised to find just how much the banning of Dr. Seuss’ books set some people off. That quote above, however, explains it, I think. Lisa V makes the right connection. Christians understand the importance of forgiveness. Where tyrannical men rule, there is no forgiveness. Those who worship the state accept only those willing to comply with the will of the state, and with modern technology, the state can now automate the process of ensuring compliance.
The technology? Consider the nature of China’s Social Credit System. Here are some articles on the subject.
- What is China’s social credit system? | Fox News
- Gab Founder Blocked From Visa for Vague ‘Hate Speech’ Charge – PJ Media
- The Coming Social Credit System | The American Conservative
- How China Is Using Big Data to Create a Social Credit Score | Time.com
Consider how this article starts.
Imagine calling a friend. Only instead of hearing a ring tone you hear a police siren, and then a voice intoning, “Be careful in your dealings with this person.”
Would that put a damper on your relationship? It’s supposed to.
Welcome to life in China’s “Social Credit System,” where a low score can ruin your life in more ways than one.
Say you arrive at the Beijing airport, intending to catch a flight to Canton 1,200 miles south. The clerk at the ticket counter turns you away because — you guessed it — your social credit score is too low.
Not only are you publicly humiliated in the ticket line, you are then forced to travel by slow train. What should have been a three-hour flight becomes a 30-hour, stop-and-go nightmare.
All because the government has declared you untrustworthy. Perhaps you defaulted on a loan, made the mistake of criticizing some government policy online or just spent too much time playing video games on the internet. All of these actions, and many more, can cause your score to plummet, forcing citizens onto the most dreaded rung on China’s deadbeat caste system, the laolai.
And the punishments are shocking. The government algorithm will go as far as to install an “embarrassing” ring tone on the phones of laolai, shaming them every time they get a call in public. (continued)China’s ‘social credit system’ straight out of Orwell’s ‘1984’ (nypost.com)
Given the willingness of our leaders to cancel the things and THE PEOPLE they disagree with, is it reasonable to fear the prospect of China’s social credit system coming to the United States? No. The problem is figuring out how to stop that very thing from happening. Our ruling party yearns for that kind of power. People, all those people with huge egos, have always yearned for that kind of power over other people.
Remember that slavery is the historical norm. Those who govern have always wanted the maximum amount of control over those they govern, and a social credit system makes it far easier to condition and control the governed with the fewest amount of slave drivers. In fact, most of the works involves software programming and data collection, and police departments — the men and women in blue — are a problem. Most of our law enforcement personnel still want to protect their fellow citizens, not enslave them.
Still what Lisa V fears could happen. Imagine a future where your child’s first waking act is turning to one of the cameras in his bedroom and thanking the Dear Leader for watching over him while he slept. Imagine promptly getting your family dressed in the morning, walking your family to the nearest shrine, getting your children to kneel, and having your family recite a hearty and enthusiastic prayer to the Dear Leader, knowing that if you don’t both your social credit score and those of your children will be significant diminished.
With cameras and microphones in every room and every public place, the Dear Leader, after all, knows all and sees all. Therefore, he knows when to reward his admirers and royal punish those who don’t admire and obey him.
How do we fight these would be slave masters? Mel Wild linked to an article that proposes a strategy, A New Zealander’s 9 ‘Starter Steps’ to Save America From Socialism (theepochtimes.com). I doubt all the author’s ideas are entirely practical, but the general tone is appropriate. We won’t defeat authoritarians by being more nasty and vindictive than those busybodies. Instead, we have to behave like good Christian citizens. We must be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16 NASB – Disciples and the World – “You are – Bible Gateway).
Never forget that those who behave badly towards others are slaves to sin, that their very sinfulness is their worst punishment. We cannot destroy those who are dead already; we can only lead them to Jesus, the only One who can save them. Therefore, we should not make vengeance our object. There is cause for punishing lawbreakers, that is, deterrence, but our primary object needs to be making our constitutional republic work, and America is not working because we have not been good citizens, dedicated patriots. Instead of being good citizens, we have sat on the sidelines and let smooth talking demagogues rob us blind.
Consider this quote about the patriots of the American Revolution.
The patriots are, in my opinion the ordinary people that wish to just be able to go to work and prosper in a thriving economy, which happens when the government is least intrusive and lets the people keep more of what they earn. They just want accurate information and equal opportunity to succeed or fail without interference or having to comply with ideas antithetical to their beliefs. They resist being categorized in any way and for the most part love what they do and want to let everyone live and be who they are, unless it’s being forced on them.Patriots and Loyalists – WTFAI (wordpress.com)
Freedom comes at a cost. We can hand power over to a king, and we can let our king “protect” us (To see how that works, read 1 Samuel 8 NASB – Israel Demands a King – Now it came – Bible Gateway), or we can retain control over our own lives by being patriotic and protecting each others rights. We don’t have to shoot anyone, but we do have to figure out how our country is suppose to work and rigorously participate in the political process.
Yes, there was a time Americans patriots had to fight tyranny. During the American Revolution, a long, drawn out, bloody war, the patriots had to fight under harsh conditions. They had to rebel against a powerful government that was becoming increasingly tyrannical, and they won because they loved their country enough to fight for the rights of their neighbors. Today we have an easier battle, we just have to be willing to pay the cost and do the work of being good citizens. We must love each other, our neighbors, enough to be willing to protect each others rights.
Do we still have enough of that kind of patriotism in America? Let’s pray that we do.