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Islam and The Muslim Brotherhood Explained

The Quran teaches that it is allowable for Muslims to literally deny their faith in order to protect themselves. Muslims who deny their faith will be forgiven as long as their true faith was not really shaken (i.e. their denial was a lie in the purest sense) and only if their denial of faith was for the purpose of avoiding harm (primarily while living among non-Muslims): Anyone who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters unbelief, except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in Faith – but such as open their breast to unbelief, on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty.” -Surah 16:106

The Sunni Scholar, Ibn Kathir, elaborates on the meaning on this verse in his classic commentary on the Quran:

“This refers to a group of people who were oppressed in Mecca and whose position with their own people was weak, so they went along with them when they were tried by them … Allah tells them that after this, meaning after their giving in (to the non-Muslims by denying their faith) when put to the test, He will forgive them and show mercy to them when they are resurrected.

As long as a Muslim lives in a country where Islam exists as a minority, in “a weakened state,” then deceptiveness is allowed. When challenged by non-Muslims to blaspheme Allah, they “went along with them.” The actual story of how the above verse was “revealed” to Muhammad is told thusly:

The nonbelievers arrested `Ammar Ibn Yasir and tortured him until he uttered foul words about the Prophet (Muhammad), and praised their gods and idols; and when they released him, he went straight to the Prophet. The Prophet said: “Is there something on your mind?” `Ammar Ibn Yasir said: “Bad news! They would not release me until I defamed you and praised their gods!” The Prophet said: “How do you find your heart to be?” `Ammar answered: “Comfortable with faith.” So the Prophet said: “Then if they come back for you, then do the same thing all over again.” Allah at that moment revealed the verse: “….except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in faith… Surah 16:106″

So Muhammad actually encouraged Muslims to lie and blaspheme and deny their beliefs if it was going to protect them, as long as they were “comfortable with faith.” Ibn Abbas, the most renowned and trusted narrator of tradition in the sight of the Sunnis confirms this notion: “Taqiyya is (merely) the uttering of the tongue, while the heart is comfortable with faith.”

This is of course quite a contrast to the millions of Christians throughout history who have refused to renounce Christ and have accepted instead death and martyrdom.

The Al-Ikhwān, الخوان The Society of the Muslim Brothers (often simply Brotherhood or MB) is an Islamist transnational movement and the largest political opposition organization in many Arab states. The group is the world’s oldest and largest Islamic political group,[1] and the “world’s most influential Islamist movement.”[2] The Brotherhood has as its slogan “Islam is the solution”.[3] It was founded in 1928 in Egypt by the Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna. The Brotherhood’s stated goal is to instill the Qur’an and Sunnah as the “sole reference point for … ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community … and state”.[4] Since its inception in 1928 the movement has officially opposed violent means to achieve its goals.[5][6] Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor, calls it “conservative and non-violent,”[7] and “poorly understood – especially in the West.”[8] The Brotherhood condemned terrorism and the 9/11 attacks,[9][10] but whether or not it has ties to terrorism is a matter of dispute.[11] The Brotherhood’s nonviolent stance has resulted in breakaway groups from the movement, including the Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya and Al Takfir Wal Hijra.[12] Osama bin Laden has similarly criticized the Brotherhood, and accused it of betraying jihad and the ideals of Sayyid Qutb, an influential Brother member and author of Milestones.[13][14] In Egypt, the Brotherhood has stated that, while it seeks the establishment of an Islamic state, it would not force women to cover up.[15]

The Muslim brotherhood started off as a social organization, preaching Islam, teaching the illiterate, setting up hospitals, and even launched commercial enterprises. As it continued to rise in influence, starting in 1936, it began to oppose British rule in Egypt.[16] Many Egyptian nationalists accuse the Brotherhood of violent killings during this period.[17] After the 1948 Arab defeat in the First Arab-Israeli war, the Egyptian government dissolved the organization and arrested its members; its founder was assassinated.[16] After the Egyptian coup of 1952, which was supported by the Brotherhood, it was once again banned and repressed.[3] Though the Brotherhood spread to other countries, it was suppressed there too: in 1982, Syria violently crushed a Brotherhood revolt (the Hama massacre).[18] Starting in the 1980s it entered Egypt’s political arena, forming alliances with other parties, and fielding “independent”[19] candidates. When in 2005, the Brotherhood won 20% of the seats, Hosni Mubarak cracked down on the group. As of 2011, the Brotherhood took an active part in the Egyptian protests.[3] (N.B., This article was researched and originally written in advance of last year’s “Arab Spring” and this year’s military overthrow of the MB Presidency). The Brotherhood is financed by contributions from its members, who are required to allocate a portion of their income to the movement. Some of these contributions are from members who live in oil-rich countries.[20]

In the group’s belief, the Quran and Sunnah constitute a perfect way of life and social and political organization that God has set out for man. Islamic governments must be based on this system and eventually unified in a Caliphate. The Muslim Brotherhood’s goal, as stated by Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna was to reclaim Islam’s manifest destiny, an empire, stretching from Spain to Indonesia.[21] It preaches that Islam enjoins man to strive for social justice, the eradication of poverty and corruption, and political freedom to the extent allowed by the laws of Islam. The Brotherhood strongly opposes Western colonialism, and helped overthrow the pro-western monarchies in Egypt and other Muslim nations during the early 20th century.

An important belief on the part of intellectuals who have assisted the organization is the reemergence of Islamic Civilization because Western Civilization is perceived to be in decline; in the words of a 2007 essay, “More than forty years ago the premise was made clear: The period of the Western system has come to an end primarily because it is deprived of those life-giving values, which enabled it to be the leader of mankind.” As Sayyid Qutb, an Islamic intellectual and supporter of the Brotherhood wrote in his 1963 book, Milestones, (Ma’alim fi al-Tariq).

The leadership of mankind by Western man is now on the decline, not because Western culture has become poor materially or because its economic and military power has become weak. The period of the Western system has come to an end primarily because it is deprived of those life-giving values, which enabled it to be the leader of mankind. It is necessary for the new leadership to preserve and develop the material fruits of the creative genius of Europe, and also to provide mankind with such high ideals and values as have so far remained undiscovered by mankind, and which will also acquaint humanity with a way of life which is harmonious with human nature, which is positive and constructive, and which is practicable. Islam is the only System which possesses these values and this way of life.[22]

On the issue of women and gender the Muslim Brotherhood interprets Islam conservatively. Its founder called for “a campaign against ostentation in dress and loose behavior,” “segregation of male and female students,” a separate curriculum for girls, and “the prohibition of dancing and other such pastimes…”[23]

The MB is a movement, not a political party, but members have created political parties in several countries, such as the Islamic Action Front in Jordan and Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank. These parties are staffed by Brotherhood members but kept independent from the MB to some degree, unlike Hizb ut-Tahrir which is highly centralized.[24]

Organization:

  • The General Organizational Conference is the highest body of the Ikhwans stemming from the Ikhwans bases, every Usra elects one or two deputies according to its number.
  • The Shura Council has the duties of planning, charting general policies and programs that achieve the goal of the Group. Its resolutions are binding to the Group and only the General Organisational Conference can modify or annul them and the Shura Office has also the right to modify or annul resolutions of the Executive Office. It follows the implementation of the Group policies and programs. It directs the Executive Office and it forms dedicated branch committees to assist in that.[26]
  • Executive Office (Guidance Office) with its leader the General Masul (General Guide) and its members, both appointed by the Shura Office, has to follow up and guide the activities of the General Organisation. It submits a periodical report to the Shura Council about its work and of the activity of the domestic bodies and the general organizations. It distributes its duties to its members according to the internal bylaws.

It has the following divisions : – Executive leadership – Organizational office – Secretariat general – Education office – Political office – Sisters office

In each country there is a Branch committee with a Masul (leader) appointed by the General Executive leadership with essentially the same Branch-divisions as the Executive office has. To the duties of every branch belong fundraising, infiltrating in and overtaking other Muslim organizations for the sake of uniting the Muslims to dedicate them to the general goals of the MB.

The general goals and strategic plans of the MB are only found in Arabic documents. One for Europe called “The Project” was found in 2001 in Switzerland, another for North America was found in 2005 called the “General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America.”[27] An evaluation of this Memorandum was made for the US-Congress and for the Pentagon.[28] Their influence is fast growing, especially in Europe, but not easy to trace while the active members have to keep their membership secret.

One citation from the document “General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America”[29] makes the objectives of the MB clear: “The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

Primary goals

1.Strengthening the internal structure

2.Administrative discipline

3.Recruitment and settlement of the Dawa’a (lectures and speeches about Islam)

4.Energizing the organization’s work

5.Energizing political work fronts (e.g. in civil political organizations)

Secondary goals

  • Finance and Investment
  • Foreign relations
  • Reviving women’s activity
  • Political awareness to the members of the group
  • “Securing the group” (to find out if they are being monitored, and if, how they can get rid of them)
  • Dawa’ah (the lecture/speech of religion)
  • Media (influencing of and infiltration in the media)
  • Taking advantage of human potential (e.g. infiltration in education, civil organizations)

Underground links to the Nazis began during the 1930s and were close during the Second World War, involving agitation against the British, Jewish immigration to Palestine, espionage and sabotage, as well as support for terrorist activities orchestrated by Haj Amin el-Hussaini in British Mandate Palestine, as a wide range of declassified documents from the British, American and Nazi German governmental archives, as well as from personal accounts and memoirs from that period, confirm.[36] Reflecting this connection the Muslim Brotherhood also disseminated Hitler’s Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion widely in Arab translations, helping to deepen and extend already existing hostile views about Jews and secular Western societies generally.[37] (Is is thus any wonder that the so-called “Palestinians” regularly fly the Nazi Swastika flag?)

The Muslim Brotherhood has been active in the US since the 1960s. Its stated goals have included propagating Islam and creating havens for Muslims in the US, and integrating Muslims. A main strategy has been dawah or Islamic renewal and outreach. In the 1960s, groups such as U.S. military personnel, prison inmates and African-Americans were specifically targeted for dawah. According to a report done by the NEFA Foundation which cites evidence from the United States v. Holy Land Foundation trial, the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood in the USA is Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic state wherever it is.[79]

 The NEFA Foundation report further explains that in the same document where the goal is stated, considerable time is spent explaining the concept of settlement which is central to the Muslim Brotherhood-led efforts in North America. Settlement is defined as follows: The process of settlement [of Islam in the United States] is a “Civilization-Jihadist” process with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that all their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” their miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who choose to slack.[80]

Organizations in the US started by activists involved with the Muslim Brotherhood include the Muslim Students Association in 1963,[20] North American Islamic Trust in 1971, the Islamic Society of North America in 1981, the American Muslim Council in 1990, the Muslim American Society in 1992, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought in the 1980s.[20] According to the Washington Post, Muslim activists say MSA’s members represent “all schools of Islam and political leanings – many are moderates, while others express anti-U.S. views or support resistance against Israelis.”[20]

 The Holy Land Foundation trial has led to the release as evidence of [81] several documents on the Muslim Brotherhood. One of these documents, dated in 1991, explains that the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. is “settlement”, defined by the author as a form of jihad aimed at destroying Western civilization from within and allowing for the victory of Islam over other religions.[82] In another one of these documents, “Ikhwan in America”, the author alleges that the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US include going to camps to do weapons training (referred to as Special Work by the Muslim Brotherhood),[83] as well as engaging in counter-espionage against US government agencies such as the FBI and CIA (referred to as Securing the Group).[84] In November 2008 the Holy Land Foundation was found guilty of illegally funding Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is designated by the United States as a terrorist group.[85]

Footnotes and Suggested Reading:

1. The Moderate Muslim Brotherhood, Robert S. Leiken & Steven Brooke, Foreign Affairs Magazine

2. The Muslim Brotherhood in flux 21 Nov 2010 aljazeera

3. “Egypt opposition wary after talks”. BBC News. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12313405.

4. “Principles of the Muslim Brotherhood”. http://www.ikhwanweb.com/Home.asp? zPage=Systems&System=PressR&Press=Show&Lang=E&ID=4584.

5. “Egyptian Regime Resasserts Its Absolute Disrespect of Law”. February 6, 2007. http://www.ikhwanweb.com/Article.asp?ID=2496&SectionID=77.

6. History of Muslim Brotherhood Movement Homepage.

http://www.ikhwanweb.com/lib/History_of_the_Muslim_Brotherhood_in_Egypt.doc

7. “Egypt unrest: What if Mubarak goes?”. BBC News. 2011-01-31. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12325128.

8. “Egypt unrest: Possible scenarios”. BBC News. 2011-01-31. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12326297.

9. “Muslim Brother Hood Condemns 9/11 attack”. http://www.unc.edu/~kurzman/terror.htm.

10. “Muslim Brother Hood Condemns 9/11 attack and calls U.S the world leader in terrorism”. http://ztruth.typepad.com/ztruth/2008/08/top-leader-of-themuslim-brotherhood-calls-america-as-the-worlds-terrorism-leader.html.

11. Crane, Mary. “Does the Muslim Brotherhood Have Ties to Terrorism”. Council on Foreign Relations. http://www.cfr.org/publication/9248/.

12. The Salafist Movement, Frontline (PBS)

13. “Muslim Brotherhood vs Al Qaeda” January 19, 2010

14. “MB Chief Criticism” Dec. 30 2007

15. “Obama: Muslim Brotherhood Lacks Major Support”. CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/02/06/world/main7324320.shtml.

16. Delanoue, G., “al-Ik€h€wānal-Muslimūn”, Brill

17. Chamieh, Jebran, Traditionalists, Militants and Liberal in Present Islam, Research and Publishing House, 1994?, p.140

18. “Syria cracks down on ‘Islamists’”. BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4557543.stm.

19. Egyptian Brotherhood mass arrests

20. In Search Of Friends Among The Foes U.S. Hopes to Work With Diverse Group

21. Davidson, Lawrence (1998) Islamic Fundamentalism Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., ISBN 0-313-29978-1 pp. 97–98;

22. http://www.think-israel.org/jan07bloged.html

23. In his tract, “Toward the Light” in Five Tracts of Hasan al-Banna, trans. by Charles Wendell (Berkeley, 1978), ISBN 0-520-09584-7 pp.126f., al-Banna writes: Following are the principal goals of reform grounded on the spirit of genuine Islam… Treatment of the problem of women in a way which combines the progressive and the protective, in accordance with Islamic teaching, so that this problem – one of the most important social problems – will not be abandoned to the biased pens and deviant notions of those who err in the directions of deficiency and excess… a campaign against ostentation in dress and loose behaviour; the instruction of women in what is proper, with particular strictness as regards female instructors, pupils, physicians, and students, and all those in similar categories… a review of the curricula offered to girls and the necessity of making them distinct from the boys’ curricula in many stages of education… segregation of male and female students; private meetings between men and women, unless within the permitted degrees of relationship, to be counted as a crime for which both will be censured… the encouragement of marriage and procreation, by all possible means; promulgation of legislation to protect and give moral support to the family, and to solve the problems of marriage… the closure of morally undesirable ballrooms and dance-halls, and the prohibition of dancing and other such pastimes…”

24. The Future of Political Islam, Graham E. Fuller, Palgrave MacMillan, (2003), p.138

25. Zeid al-Noman, “Ikhwan in America”, p. 15-16

26. “The West and Islam”, By Mishal Fahm Sulami

27. “General Strategic goal for North America”, original with translated memorandum

28. “Analyses of Muslim Brotherhood’s General Strategic Goals for North America Memorandum”, by Stephen Coughlin September 7, 2007

29. “General Strategic goal for North America”, original with translated memorandum, page 21(7/18) par.”4- Understanding the role of the Muslim Brother in North America:”

30. Zeid al-Noman, Ikhwan in America (PDF), page 8

31. “FAS Intelligence Resource Program”. http://www.fas.org/irp/world/para/mb.htm.

32. “Muslim Brotherhood Movement Homepage”. http://www.ummah.net/ikhwan/.

33. Küntzel, 2002. Pg. 17–19

34. A History of the Modern Middle East, William Cleveland, p.200

35. Hallett, Robin. Africa Since 1875. Ann Arbor, Michigan: The University of Michigan Press (1974), pg. 138.

36. See Ian Johnson, A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA and Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010); Matthias Küntzel, Jihad and Jew-hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 (New York: Telos Press, 2007); Klaus-Michael Mallmann and Martin Cüppers, Halbmond und Hakenkreuz: Das ‘Dritte Reich’, die Araber und Palästina (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2006), and Klaus Gensicke, Der Mufti von Jerusalem und die Nationalsocialisten: Eine politische Biographie Amin el-Husseinis (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2007).

37. In addition to the studies listed in the previous note, see the detailed and richly documented analysis by Jeffrey Herf, Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 2009).

79. http://www1.nefafoundation.org/miscellaneous/nefaikhwan1007.pdf

80. Rod Dreher: What the Muslim Brotherhood means for the U.S.

81. “United States v. Holy Land Foundation”. The NEFA Foundation. http://www.nefafoundation.org/hlfdocs.html. Retrieved 2010-08-27. [dead link]

82. “The Muslim Brotherhood in the United States

83. Zeid al-Noman, “Ikhwan in America”, pp. 13 and 16

84. Zeid al-Noman, “Ikhwan in America”, p. 13

85. “Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News”. Dallasnews.com 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2010-08-27.

References:

  • Abdullahi, Abdurahman (Baadiyow) (October 2008) “The Islah Movement: Islamic moderation in war-torn Somalia” Hiiraan Online Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Baer, Robert (2002). See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-1-4000-4684-3.
  • Cohen, Amnon (1982). Political Parties in the West Bank under the Jordanian Regime, 1949–1967. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-08014-1321-6.
  • Cohen, Nick (9 July 2006) “The Foreign Office ought to be serving Britain, not radical Islam” The Observer London
  • Dreyfuss, Robert (2006). Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam. Owl Books. ISBN 978-0-8050-7652-3.
  • Grundmann, Johannes (2005) Islamische Internationalisten – Strukturen und Aktivitäten der Muslimbruderschaft und der Islamischen Weltliga. Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden. ISBN 3-89500-447-2; (Review by I. Küpeli)
  • Küntzel, Matthias (2002) Djihad und Judenhaß: Über den neuen antijüdischen Krieg Ça-Ira-Verlag, Freiburg, ISBN 978-3-924627-07-2 Also available in English translation as:
  • Küntzel, Matthias (2007) Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 Telos Press, New York, ISBN 978-0-914386-36-0
  • Mallmann, Klaus-Michael and Martin Cüppers (2006) Halbmond und Hakenkreuz: Das ‘Dritte Reich’, die Araber und Palästina Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt. ISBN 978-3-534-19729-3
  • Mayer, Thomas (1982) “The Military Force of Islam: The Society of the Muslim Brethren and the Palestine Question, 1945–1948″ In Kedourie, Elie and Haim, Sylvia G. (1982) Zionism and Arabism in Palestine and Israel Frank Cass, London, pp. 100–117, ISBN 0-7146-3169-8

Suggested Reading:

Breaking News: Urgent!

Okay everyone, you have been very generous in the beginning of our campaign to help our good friend Mj, known online as Zilla of the Resistance, with her urgent medical problems.

Sadly, interest in her plight has waned and donations to defray the very considerable expenses have dried up to the point where she couldn’t afford a sitter to care for her young son yesterday when she had a doctors appointment (thanks to a couple of our fellow bloggers that responded to an urgent call Zilla was able to pay for the doctors visit and just enough gasoline to make the round trip). I am sure there are more than a few out there that know how that visit went with a preschooler in tow. Especially one that has a fear of doctors!

I have been in conversation with Zilla and have decide that what is needed to help long term with her medical/financial needs is a group of dedicated “Friends of Zilla” that will agree to a monthly donation of $10 each, charged monthly by PayPal to the Credit/Debit Card/PayPal account of their choice. We need $1,000.00 per month for doctor bills, prescriptions, child care and travel expenses just to keep Zilla alive!

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Our Endowed Rights Form a Tapestry of Freedom and Mutual Obligation

The Founders and Framers of our nation and Republic were very much men of the social milieu in which they lived. The magnificent documents they produced to establish this nation and to institute a Republic therein are the result of the social milieu in which they existed..

The first of these documents is the Declaration of Independence–a very real product of the Enlightenment. In it we find the authors realized the essential nature of man (venial) and that there is a condition that allows man in his base state to elevate himself: the unalienable rights endowed by the Creator on all of mankind. The prime rights from which all other rights depend are the (in descending order of dependency): Right to Life, the Right to Liberty and the Right to the Pursuit of Happiness.

The Prime Right, with which we are endowed, is rightfully enumerated first by our Founders–the Right to Life. Without possession of life no other right can be enjoyed or endowed.

Government does not bestow this Right (or the Attendant Obligation) to respect that right in everyone else. Government only legislates it (for good or for ill) depending upon the nature of the form of government. Note that there are two conditions to each of the endowed Rights:

  1. The Right must apply equally to all, not to a specified class or subset of the whole.
  2. The Attendant Obligation also applies to the whole.

This Prime Right I consider as the “Master Cord” of the tapestry of our Rights and Obligations, as endowed by our Creator.

The second most important Right is the Right to Liberty … to be free in all things, in all ways, and at all times; limited only by the obligations incurred by the Rights to Life and Liberty to respect and support the same for all.

Rather advanced for their time to recognize and embrace Truth as endowed by our Creator; that for each Right the incurred Obligation is actually the social component and basis for our American culture.

Third is the Right to the Pursuit of Happiness. This is not possible without the Right to Liberty, nor the Right to Life. This makes the hopes and dreams of man a real possibility. I didn’t say a sure thing. For that is not a right! There is not a Right to a Predetermined or Guaranteed Outcome, just the Right to pursue your goal on an equal and level playing field.

These three Rights, as enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, run through each of our lives and make a tapestry of the lives of the Creator’s children. These Rights are not ours. We do not own them. We merely possess them and are asked to protect them … to cherish them and to base our nation on them, for not only ourselves, but for the generations yet to come.

We have an awesome gift from the Creator and we must be faithful stewards of this gift. Generations yet unborn will be affected by what we do (or neglect to do) in regards this gift. Just as we not only labor now for our own sustenance, but also for the generations to come through our estates (small to non-existent though they be). We must be good stewards–to be ever vigilant of our Rights and Obligations. For if we allow the nibbling away of these, there will be nothing to pass to our progeny but enslavement and misery.

This article was originally published on http://therightplanet.com under the pseudonym of “poisontolibs” on 17 Oct 2011 @ 13:09. I publish it here by permission of the author, Paul H. Lemmen.

Personal Commentary on Islam

By Paul Lemmen
This is my personal and considered opinion regarding the cult that masquerades as a religion called Islam. Take your supposed “holy quran” and either fold it until it is all corners and shove it into your oubliette or burn it. Here is a video of the simpler method:

Cultural Marxism and the ‘Diversity’ Hoax

Diversity in the workplace!  Diversity in our schools! We live in a multicultural society–all part of the rhetoric of Cultural Marxism … the rewriting of who we are as a nation–with a twisted intent.

The traditional view: America is “the great melting pot” where immigrants from the world over come to seek their fortune, to build their families and assimilate into American society.

The Cultural Marxist revision: America is “multicultural,” composed of “diverse communities of race, national origin, gender and sexual orientation”; where everyone is encouraged to respect the uniqueness of others and to embrace their differences.

Impoverished school districts are forced to hire multilingual teachers of questionable ability to teach in the student’s language, instead of English. State and federal publications, pamphlets and web sites must be in a variety of languages, because there is no effort made for immigrants to assimilate.

Do you see the disconnect?  As the late pitchman Billie Mays would say, “But wait there’s more!”

Diversity is a hoax. It is actually a method for the Cultural Marxists to classify every individual with labels that define them–collect that data and use it to manipulate and control every individual, by defining them as a part of an artificially created “community” based on those labels.

“Diversity” is taught in grade schools and throughout the public school systems nationwide. There are online resources that explain the view of Cultural Marxism’s mantra claiming we are more ethnically diverse than ever before, which is a patent falsehood. The percentage of the population that are immigrants is smaller than ever before, such an example may be found here. Grade school lesson plans concentrate on recognizing everyone’s diversity and to identify them with their label, i.e. African-American, Hispano-American, Irish-American, etc.. Some such lesson plans are here. These plans teach children to think of someone not as their friend “Larry,” for example, but rather as “Larry my African-American friend”. Big difference in that the child is being taught to label people instead of perceiving them simply as a friend and part of their social milieu.

Negative labeling is used as well. For example: “terrorist”, “tea party hobbit”, “rethuglican” et al.–ad nauseum. This type of labeling is openly hostile and is a part of the culture of fear that is an oft-used tool of the Cultural Marxists. The less overt method is commonly known as “political correctness” (or PC). In my recent article about this subject (available here), we saw how this tool is used in our day-to-day activities to mold our interpersonal relationships, our speech–even our thoughts.

That is because the concept of “diversity” was created by the Cultural Marxist ideologues to not only label every individual, but to also pigeonhole them, manipulate them, and divide the nation into artificial “communities” that do not have geographical boundaries, as we have understood communities to have, but virtual “communities” of the labelled.

This also achieves another goal of the Cultural Marxists–division and separateness. For if you are taught from childhood that you are X and belong to the “community” of X, will you not identify yourself with whatever you are told is part of X culture? Will you not seek out other X people, instead of non-X people? This is the entire thrust of the “diversity” hoax. We see it being played out around us everyday in our schools, our neighborhoods, in advertising targeted at specific “communities,” and in MSM offerings aimed at specific “communities.”

No longer do we see inclusion, the thrust for assimilation, learning American history,  or Founding Principals and Ideals. Rather, what we see are iconoclastic communities of immigrants living entirely separate existences without becoming part of America.

Cultural Marxism and the Death of Belief

The newest version of this article, retitled “Totalitarianism and the State as God” published on 21 Feb 2012 at: http://anexconsview.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/totalitarianism-and-the-state-as-god/

Totalitarianism relies on one main concept–the death of belief. Not simply the belief in God, but of all belief–in one’s nation, community, church, and even self. Totalitarianism can only exist when the majority of people have no belief in a nation’s moral standards, political reality and society; who, during that crisis in belief, reach out and embrace the resolution that the totalitarian regime offers as a life-line.

This life-line is the totalitarian state itself–a Marxist Utopia. By offering the panacea of the all-knowing and providing State, the totalitarian regime seeks to supplant all the beliefs of the people with the State and its agenda. Cultural Marxism is the tool they are using.

Now, I’m sure you’ll say that’s communism, or socialism, or fascism. Those are three roads that lead to the same end–totalitarianism–like in Nazi Germany, the former Soviet Union and Red China. All three ended up as totalitarian regimes under brutal leaders–Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Mao Tse Tung.

Why has America been immune? We haven’t. As our current political situation shows. It has just been much more difficult for the progressive/socialists to implement their agenda here because of the three founding documents created and built upon by the Founders and framers. America (and Americans) has been the nation with not only the most promised Liberties and Freedoms, but the most actual Liberties and Freedoms. The collapse and subversion of the American Republic has proven to be a tough nut, but not an insurmountable one. Enter the mechanics of division and failure called “agents of change.”

To understand how the progressive/socialist agenda got a foothold in our national political dialogue, we must first look at the roots of Progressivism. According to Wikipedia:

Progressivism is a political attitude favoring or advocating changes or reform through governmental action. Progressivism is often viewed by some conservatives, constitutionalists, and libertarians to be in opposition to conservative or reactionary ideologies.

The Progressive Movement began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in cities with settlement workers and reformers who were interested in helping those facing harsh conditions at home and at work. The reformers spoke out about the need for laws regulating tenement housing and child labor. They also called for better working conditions for women.

In the United States, the term progressivism emerged in reference to a more general response to the vast changes brought by industrialization: an alternative to both the traditional conservative response to social and economic issues and to the various more radical streams of socialism and anarchism which opposed them. Political parties, such as the Progressive Party, organized at the start of the 20th century, and progressivism made great strides under American presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Today, most progressive politicians in the United States associate with the Democratic Party or the Green Party of the United States. In the US Congress there exists the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is often in opposition to the more conservative Democrats, who form the Blue Dogs caucus. Some of the more notable progressive members of Congress have included Ted Kennedy, Russ Feingold, Dennis Kucinich, Barney Frank, Alan Grayson, Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, John Conyers, John Lewis, and Paul Wellstone.[...]”

So, here we see the wolf presented itself in sheep’s clothing–publicly benign: an attitude of aid and charity to the down-trodden. This is how the “One Worlders” achieved a toe-hold in America. They have exploited the toe-hold and incrementally inserted their agenda into our national political dialogue. The tool with which such has been (and is being) accomplished is Cultural Marxism. I’ve written on this subject before as has my compatriot Sardaukar’s Pitbull whose article may be found here.

Their aims have been four-fold:

  • Infiltrate and control education. By supplanting free exploration of knowledge the agents of change direct all education into those areas that are of their choosing, supportive of their long term goal and repressive of free thought.
  • Suppress religious freedom. The agents of change bring about legal challenges to the Freedom of Religion (ACLU, Madeline Murray O’Hair’s American Atheists, etc.) and pervert it to a perception of freedom from religion. Supplant the traditional religions with invented ones and prevent prayer and expressions of belief in public settings.
  • Infiltrate and control political parties. Through the powerful tools of graft and pork-barrel politics young politicians are subverted and indoctrinated (or blackmailed) into compliance with the progressive/socialist agenda.
  • Infiltrate and control the media. By subverting the media the agents of change remove the ability of the people to know truth. A subverted and complicit media is an incipient tyrants best ally.

So there we have it, the four prongs of the attack on America. It worked in fascist Italy; it worked in communist Russia; it worked in Fascist Germany; and it worked in Red China.

It’s working here. Cultural Marxism affects every facet of American life today– from TV commercials to French Fries at McDonalds.

The Cultural Marxists are leading us to a manufactured crisis–one of such scope and scale the majority of the people will lose all belief in our Republic and her founding principles. This is where the progressive/socialist agenda steps in with a promising scenario that these uninformed, uneducated and manipulated masses will grasp out of desperation. Then will come the “fundamental change of America” Obama promised. Will it be a financial collapse? Probably. As my compatriot Sardaukar’s Pitbull wrote earlier (available here):

“Everything Barry is doing fits the model of a Marxist insurrection. Consider this:

  1. Nationalize major sectors of the economy (see bailouts)
  2. Redistribute wealth (see UHC Bill)
  3. Discredit opposition (see recent DHS memorandum on right-wing groups)
  4. Censorship (see Hate Crimes legislation)
  5. Gun ownership/control (see UN Small Arms Treaty)
  6. Constabulary force (see Barry’s Civilian Defense Force and Reserve Officers Corp from UHC bill)[...]”

He’s a pretty savvy guy and a true Patriot.

The State as “Savior” is what will be extended as the life-line thrown to the manipulated masses. A centrally-planned and controlled society that is “diverse” and “multicultural” and will address the “needs” of the “workers”. Not a melting pot society where all have the Liberty to Pursue Happiness, to gain knowledge freely, to strive equally towards our own individual goals and dreams. A State where a ruling elite determines what your “needs” are; how and where you are educated (and what you are allowed to learn); how you enjoy your time off from your regulated employment; and how much you are allowed to earn.

Totalitarianism relies on one main concept–the death of belief. Not simply the belief in God, but of all belief–in one’s nation, community, church, and even self. Totalitarianism can only exist when the majority of people have no belief in a nation’s moral standards, political reality, and society–during that crisis in belief, reach out and embrace the resolution that the totalitarian regime offers as a life-line.

This life-line is the totalitarian state itself—A Totalitarian Marxist Utopia.

Freedom to Fail

I recently have been writing about the Rights with which we are endowed by our Creator–the Unalienable Rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence. In so doing, I have spent many hours considering how the other Rights the Constitution enumerates, as well as those enumerated by the Bill of Rights, interrelate.

For interrelate they do–dependent upon each other–the Rights specified and their attendant Obligations weave a beautiful tapestry of Freedom.

As in any tapestry, there exists the master cords. In this instance, they are the Unalienable Rights. These are the master Rights that together with their attendant Obligations serve as the pattern from which all of the other enumerated Rights depend. What is the Right to Free Speech but a refinement and explanation of a part of the Unalienable Right to Liberty? Or, the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms? Is it not a refinement and explanation of the woven-together Unalienable Rights to Life and to Liberty (and some would aver the Right to the Pursuit of Happiness)? So it goes with the remainder of the enumerated Rights in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

As I wrote in “Your Right to the Pursuit of Happiness“:

“One cannot experience this third enumerated Right without the existence of the previously enumerated two–Life and Liberty.  For without Life, there can be no Liberty or Pursuit of Happiness; without Liberty there cannot be a Pursuit of Happiness. Thus, the three are tied together for all eternity–recognized by man or not.[...]“

The interwoven nature of the remaining enumerated rights are similarly entwined–interdependent and inseparable. Also worthy of mentioning in any review of our Rights and Obligations is the validity test for any supposed Right: is it applicable to all equally and does the attendant Obligation apply to all equally? For if both are not applicable to all, but only a subset of the entire population, then it is not a valid Right; it is mere legislative social engineering.

Part of Liberty is the Freedom to Fail. Liberty gives us the Right to freely attempt any endeavor, bound only by the attendant Obligation to grant and respect that same Right in everyone else. There is no guarantee that you will succeed, nor should there be. There must, however, be an even playing field wherein all are guaranteed the Liberty to attempt to achieve their goal (the Pursuit of Happiness).

Recently President Obama, in a speech at a fund-raiser in San Francisco said:

[...] “Because in the United States of America, we are greater together than we are on our own  (Applause). We’re better off when we keep that basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well — you can raise a family, you can own a home, send your kids to college, put a little away for retirement — and that that promise is open to everybody.  If you’re born into tough circumstances, we’re going to give you ladders to climb up into that middle class.  And if you’re in that middle class, then we’re going to make sure that you’ve got the tools to, even in a changing world, have some security and some stability in your life.

That’s what we’re fighting for.  That’s the choice in this election.”[...]

Think for a minute about that statement. That is in direct opposition to what we have been exploring and discussing in this series of articles.

Sadly, the Cultural Marxists through the media and other re-election propaganda efforts by the Obama administration (campaign in other words) are disingenuously planting seeds of divisiveness and entitlement that pervert the original intent of the Founders and Framers to convince people that they are entitled to a guaranteed outcome–to some sort of “fair outcome”–that they are somehow owed a specific standard of living, or advantage over another, because of some perceived victimhood or statutory entitlement.

These are invalid perceptions and beliefs.

Anyone who promises a guarantee is deceiving you, as there are only two guarantees in life: that God loves you and that you will die. Nothing else is promised. All else is earned through your own efforts.

An earlier version of this article was published on therightplanet.blog.com, a blog owned by me and published under the pseudonym “poisontolibs”.

Cultural Marxism and the Culture of Fear

Cultural Marxism is dangerously eroding American culture and the American Republic. It colors the way we think about America, our lives, our achievements, both individually and as a nation; it even determines our food choices.

We are surrounded by examples of Cultural Marxism. All television program story-lines are driven by Cultural Marxism. Television commercials are tools of Cultural Marxism. Media of all forms are heavily infested with Cultural Marxism. Considering how much we are bombarded by the messages from TV, radio, online, news, sports, children’s cartoons and educational programs–even weather reports–we find even sports announcers bombard us with Cultural Marxism messages. It is a wonder that any of us can have an independent thought … much less fight against the well-financed and encroaching madness that Cultural Marxism represents.

So, just what is Cultural Marxism? What does it do? How is it controlling our lives? What can we do about it?  

The birth of Cultural Marxism can be traced back to The Frankfurt School and its embrace of Critical Theory. According to Wikipedia:

“The Frankfurt School is the name usually used to refer to a group of scholars who have been associated at one point or another over several decades with the Institute for Social Research of the University of Frankfurt, including Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Wilhelm Reich, Erich Fromm, Herbert Marcuse, Wolfgang Fritz Haug and Jürgen Habermas. In the 1930s the Institute for Social Research was forced out of Germany by the rise of the Nazi Party. In 1933, the Institute left Germany for Geneva. It then moved to New York City in 1934, where it became affiliated with Columbia University. Its journal Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung was accordingly renamed Studies in Philosophy and Social Science. It was at that moment that much of its important work began to emerge, having gained a favorable reception within American and English academia. Among the key works of the Frankfurt School which applied Marxist categories to the study of culture were Adorno’s “On Popular Music,” which was written with George Simpson and published in Studies in Philosophy and Social Sciences in 1941, Adorno and Horkheimer’s “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception”, originally a chapter in Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947), and “Culture Industry Reconsidered”, a 1963 radio lecture by Adorno.

After 1945 a number of these surviving Marxists returned to both West and East Germany. Adorno and Horkheimer returned to Frankfurt in 1953 and reestablished the Institute. In West Germany in the late 1950s and early 1960s, a revived interest in Marxism produced a new generation of Marxists engaged with analyzing matters such as the cultural transformations taking place under Fordist capitalism, the impact of new types of popular music and art on traditional cultures, and maintaining the political integrity of discourse in the public sphere. This renewed interest was exemplified by the journal Das Argument. The tradition of thought associated with the Frankfurt School is Critical Theory.[...]“

Bill Lind, writing in his monograph The Origins of Political Correctness (available here) states:

“Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.

We have seen other countries, particularly in this century, where this has been the case. And we have always regarded them with a mixture of pity, and to be truthful, some amusement, because it has struck us as so strange that people would allow a situation to develop where they would be afraid of what words they used. But we now have this situation in this country. We have it primarily on college campuses, but it is spreading throughout the whole society. Were does it come from? What is it?

We call it “Political Correctness.” The name originated as something of a joke, literally in a comic strip, and we tend still to think of it as only half-serious. In fact, it’s deadly serious. It is the great disease of our century, the disease that has left tens of millions of people dead in Europe, in Russia, in China, indeed around the world. It is the disease of ideology. PC is not funny. PC is deadly serious.

If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.[...]“

Okay, but how is it affecting all of us on a daily basis? By what mechanism is Cultural Marxism undermining our Republic and future generations, as well as our American culture? In a nutshell:

Hegelian dialectic thinking defined (a.k.a. Soviet-style council tactics)

  • A diverse group (‘diversity’ needed for conflict)
  • Dialoging to consensus (dialectic process, i.e. squash dissent, introduce confusion)
  • Over a Social Issue (problem/crises/issues, i.e. immigrant ‘rights,’ abortion ‘rights,’ healthcare ‘rights,’ gay ‘rights,’ etc.)
  • In a facilitated meeting (controlled-environment using group facilitator/change agent, i.e. MSM, schools, government, churches, rallies, ‘staged events,’ protests, etc.)
  • To a predetermined outcome (‘paradigm shift,’ ‘fundamental transformation,’ ‘transition’) [...]“

Does this sound familiar? Those wishing to impose a Marxist Totalitarian Regime have been using these tactics since just after WWI.

Early inroads were made in American society and culture after the horrors of death and destruction caused by the war.  Coupled with the ennui many returning veterans experienced, this was fertile ground for the far-sighted proponents of Marx’s vision.  The Communist International (or ComIntern as it was commonly known) was very active in the United States, concentrating mainly on influencing trade unions (cf. IWW or Wobblies). At the same time, in the Soviet Union, a star was rising–Josef Stalin. “Uncle Joe” very effectively used Hegelian Dialectics to organize and control those under his lash and rise in the party structure. By blunt force, Stalin was able to effect the aims of Marxism in his own warped version–turning communism into totalitarianism, under his tutelage.  Modern Marxists know this is not achievable in the West by the same methods. So, institutes like the Frankfurt School and the Birmingham School were opened and staffed.

In the United States, the Progressive Party fell and the Socialist Party was effectively banned during the late 1920′s. After the market crash in 1929, these two groups joined forces to promote their complementary agendas. Using graft, blackmail and corruption (all of which was rampant), these behind-the-scenes manipulators began employing techniques developed at the Tavistock Clinic in London. These early attempts at controlling group behavior and organizational behavior (developed by a group of key figures at the Tavistock Clinic, which included Elliott Jaques, Henry Dicks, Leonard Browne, Ronald Hargreaves, John Rawlings Rees, Mary Luff and Wilfred Bion–with Tommy Wilson as chairman–and funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation), bore fruit in the election of FDR and his openly socialist V.P. Henry Wallace.  This was the heyday for the advocates of Marxism, with many securing jobs as government paid painters, artists, film makers, etc.. The rise of many a Marxist professor and the incremental infiltration of the Public Schools date from this era.

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly–it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”

–Joseph Goebbels

Many of the techniques used by Dr. Joseph Goebbels in his propaganda campaigns prior to and throughout the Second World War were studied in-depth by the Marxists, with many of the techniques adopted by the American film industry and screen writers in general, in support of the war effort.  The Frankfurt School was moved first to Geneva then to New York, finally becoming part of Columbia University.

Now, we enter the post-war world: In the United States, there was a Red Scare that was effectively a purge of unreliable members of the Marxist fraternity. More and more controversial subjects are being presented to the American people; more books and films are being written; and campaigns to loosen moral standards are undertaken. Along comes television as a viable medium and suddenly entirely new supposed journalists appear to report the news (shape our views).

Thus we arrive to today where the media conglomerates–operated by Marxist professor-trained and jaded ideologues–shape our very perception of the world around us and our beliefs.

“A lie told often enough becomes truth.”

–Vladimir Lenin

The GLBT (i.e. Gay/Lesbian/Bi-sexual/Trans-gender) community and their activists (“agents of change”) assault our core values every day with their deep pockets to pay for attorneys to threaten networks and other media, as well as advertisers, in order to promote their repugnant lifestyle.

Pro-Choice advocates who support abortion as a Right, not a choice, likewise have cadres of attorneys to force their view as the norm.

The atheists are also using the same tactics to remove Christianity from everything possible. They also promote every other belief system–from New Age ca-ca to Islam.

Don’t believe me? Watch an entire evening of broadcast television; read the New York Times; watch cable TV; watch children’s programming. Cultural Marxism is everywhere!

To quote Bill Lind again:

“For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.”

With the Pretender-in-Chief that now occupies the Oval Office–his destructive policies, his unvetted czars, DADT, refusal to enforce the DOMA, federal recognition of same sex marriages; and all the other social engineering his Thugocracy is involved in–our slide headlong into a Marxist totalitarian regime is accelerating and seems inevitable. President Stompyfoot really demonstrated his contempt for all things American (from the ‘barrycades’ at the WWII monument to his directive to the NPS to make the recent government shutdown as painful as possible for citizens) including disgracefully holding the entire nation hostage to his petulance.

Is it any wonder then that a Marxist sycophant like Paul Krugman wrote what he did on 9/11/2011 in the New York Times? It was (and is) all about the imposition of Cultural Marxism.

“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

–Ronald Reagan

They all need to go and go now! Our Founders designed our Constitution and rights to allow the “Box” progression to control and change our government:

Soapbox

Ballot Box

Ammo Box

Where are we now in that progression?

Assholery on Full Display

Never before have I seen such a graphic display of pure assholery. In the background, at the Ground Zero commemoration,  we see the last President to occupy the Oval Office, bowing his head in prayer to Almighty God above, for the comfort of the survivors and families of the lost from the largest terrorist attack on America by Islam. In the foreground is the Pretender in Chief, head tipped back al a Il Duce, as if he is an almighty god on earth, receiving the prayers.

Pure assholery on full display!


Hat Tip: JoeW

The Pursuit of Happiness and Incurred Obligation

To continue the discussion of rights as endowed by God and recognized by our Founders and Framers, (begun here) we first need to understand what the Right actually entails.

The Right to The Pursuit of Happiness is the ability to pursue the activities, occupations, thoughts and efforts that give happiness to you as an individual or in conjunction with other like-minded people.  That’s it. Not a guarantee of happiness, nor even the promise of a possibility of success.  This third enumerated Right in the Declaration of Independence completes the triumvirate of Rights enumerated therein and are the basis for all enumerated Rights in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Without these as the basis from which all others flow, the other enumerated Rights become mere legislation, pure social engineering.

One cannot experience this third enumerated Right without the existence of the previously enumerated two, Life and Liberty.  For without Life, there can be no Liberty or Pursuit of Happiness, without Liberty there cannot be a Pursuit of Happiness. Thus, the three are tied together for all eternity, recognized by man or not.

Here is where the liberal agenda (actually the progressive/socialist agenda) goes off the rails. For almost a century, the creeping incremental imposition of this agenda into our national legislation has poisoned our Republic.  Assigning the status of Rights to dubious bits of social engineering under the cover of Social Justice does not an actual Right make. To be an actual Right, it must be applicable to all and incur a matching Obligation on all, not a specified subset of the whole.

Before we proceed further, a review of the incurred Obligations is necessary. For each Right with which we are endowed by God, we also incur an Obligation to respect that Right in all others.  For example, the Right to Life incurs the Obligation to respect that Right to Life in everyone else. Now, remember, this is an absolute Right and an absolute Obligation. (I can hear the liberals already, “But, but, but, then the death penalty and war are wrong…”) If one violates the Obligation in this regard, by actions that preclude another’s Rights, they surrender their Right to Life themselves, thus, the Death Penalty and the killing of an enemy in war are not violations of this absolute Right as those individuals, by their actions, have abrogated their Right by surrendering their Obligation.

By these concepts was the Civil Rights movement of the 1950′s and 60′s a valid expression of the truth of God’s love for man and the fact that these Rights are truly Rights, not mere legislation  or social engineering and must be available to all, with all being also Obligated thereby.

When one reviews all the supposed Rights that are being legislated, from the results of Roe V. Wade to the imposition of DADT and legalization of Gay Marriage, simply take the legislation and apply the test to determine validity as a Right, namely, does this Right apply to all? Does the supposed Right also incur an Obligation equally applicable to all? If the proposed Right meets both the former and latter in all points, then it is validly deemed a Right. A failure in either case (the former or the latter are not applicable to all) then the proposed Right is actually mere legislation.

The Right to Liberty and the Obligation Incurred

Rights are conferred, not by man, but by God.  Our Founders and Framers recognized that in our Declaration of Independence. What our Founders understood (in the social milieu of the 18th century) was the relationship of rights and obligations.  A person, tribe, state or nation cannot have or recognize and exalt the former without the existence of the latter.  For every gift from God comes an attendant obligation.

In this instance, we look at the right to Liberty, the second right enumerated in the Declaration of Independence.  By endowing us with the right to Liberty, God laid the obligation to honor and support that self same right in every other person.  To constrain our activities when they would impinge on another persons Liberty, and to support the struggle for Liberty (cf. Thomas Jefferson’s quote on the tree of Liberty).

A nation, state, tribe or any other definition of a group of individuals, cannot legislate a right, only recognize a right conferred by God. And the test to see if something is a right is to validate that it is applicable to all and that there is an attendant obligation that likewise is applicable to all. Not an advantage to a special group or subset of the whole, but to all. 

Therein lies the failure of Social Justice as a concept presented by liberals.  A product of the Tavistock Clinic and their dedication to the Hegelian Dialectic, Social Justice relies on consensus to achieve a predetermined result. In this case, the removal of individual Liberty in favor of special rights and treatment for a predetermined sector of the citizenry through the use of Soviet-style council tactics.  The techniques used are outlined here by Sardaukar’s Pitbull in his article about this very same theory in practice.

In conclusion, I can only state that by being aware, awake and staying abreast of legislative actions, at all levels, we can–and must–stop the creeping influence of the progressive/socialist agenda from actualizing itself in our Republic. For, in truth, the only real Social Justice is individual Liberty. I would rather go to my death on my feet  fighting for Liberty than to exist one day on my knees under the yoke of a Marxist totalitarian government.

Freedom and Liberty

In conversations with people in my local community, they frequently display an astounding inability to differentiate between the concepts of  Freedom and Liberty, confusing the two words to mean the same thing.  These people predominately  are products of the public indoctrination system that purports itself to be a place of education, many of them having graduated from ‘high school’.

Liberty is a right with which all have been endowed by God, as has been enumerated by our Founders and Framers in the Declaration of Independence.

Freedom is the ability to enjoy the inalienable rights with which we have been endowed by God, without let or hindrance by governmental interference, to the extent that it interferes not with another’s self-same rights.

Thus, these two words need each other to accurately describe what our Founders and Framers envisioned. Individual rights. Individual freedom. For if all individuals are free, then all individual’s rights to liberty are being respected.

Now enters the rallying cry of the liberal: Social Justice 

If our individual rights and freedoms are being respected and not regulated and constrained by governmental interference, is there social injustice?  Simply put, NO! 

Social Justice as hijacked by progressive liberal Cultural Marxists is simply a method under the Hegelian Dialectic to create a crisis and effect change via “consensus.” A tool of the disingenuous progressive/Marxist agenda to inflict Marxism on the American nation, incrementally through a slide into institutional socialism (just like in Europe).

Thus you begin to see the intellectual burden under which people in our nation labor.  We must reach out and take these deluded and lied to residents of the Democrat Plantation by the hand and lead them to an understanding of the true birthright as Americans.

Teach them about the rich tapestry of our endowed rights and the glory of the obligations that are a consequence of those rights, teach them morals and instill in them a reverence for God and Country.

Show them through our history how American exceptionalism and excellence overcame the difficulties and wrongs facing our nation, from wars to injustice. How self reliance, moral obligations and a dedication to individual charity has always provided the ‘safety net’ for our citizens.

The old saw about “teach your children well …” has never had a truer meaning than it does today.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch (TNSTAAFL), every action has an equal and opposite reaction, the pendulum swings both ways, respect is a two way street and a host of other concepts are sorely lacking in our society. There does not appear to be any plans to re-introduce these concepts into the curriculum of our schools, in fact, it appears that the implementation of the deceptively named “Common Core” will lower further the level of knowledge of our students to that of mis-educated proles, knowing only that which the ‘rulers’ of this nation decide is best for them, squelching intellectual curiosity and free exploration of ideas.

Mores the pity.

American Revival Needed

The only way we are going to get out of the economic crisis … American inventiveness and exceptionalism.  No matter what the fools in DC believe, it is precisely American inventiveness and exceptionalism that had given us the highest overall standard of living in the world.  This same concept is what can and will save us from following the European nations in flinging themselves off the cliff, lemming like, in their pursuit of socialism.

As consumers we want and need  things in our daily lives.  For example, Steve Jobs ‘created’ a computer.  Bill Gates created software for computers.  Ben and Jerry created ice cream. The list goes on and on.  Those items fulfilled a need and were wanted  by consumers.  Those wants and needs created a demand which led to companies being formed which led to jobs being created and here it is … sales, cash infusion, growth, inventories which come from other sectors … then the Pièce de Résistance was that money was being spent and taxes were being withheld, thus the wheel went round and round!

Sadly, this is no longer the case in 2013 America under the mis-administration of President Obama and hiscohorts in crime.

We need a ‘do-over’.  The incrimental infiltration of socialism has messed up the American nation beyond simple and disingenuous quick fixes, designed only to continue the decline of our nation and society under color of “Hope and Change”. Plantation Liberalism and the continued populating of the liberal plantation, with ever more middle class folks, by the toxic financial environment and jobs outlook that has been created by democrats and owned by this administration, complicates the situation and no disingenuous debt ceiling bills or CR’s that spend ever more on entitlements and promises cuts someday in the future simply won’t cut it. Nor does the answer lie in more government jobs.

Our government under the past several administrations has become positively toxic to business and bloated with departments that duplicate the efforts of other departments but always increase the paperwork and regulations that affect businesses of all sizes.  The ACA roll-out and the thousands of regulations and policies it creates is a perfect example of this. Is it any wonder that business creators are sitting on their hands, that businesses are moving as many operations off-shore or closing entire business lines?  The overweening regulations of the burgeoning and bloated federal bureaucracy is causing the loss of jobs (the EPA is a classic example of this), thus increasing the entitlement drain and decreasing the monthly income to the government necessary to pay those entitlements and the the debt service on the money our government has been borrowing without thought for tomorrow (remember the fable of the grasshopper and the ant?).  All the while, the actual unemployment numbers go higher and higher.

Bluntly, we need to create jobs. What factors are ‘needed’ to ‘create’ jobs? A need and want are the ingredients for job growth, along with an ‘environment’ that is friendly, not hostile to businesses.

Okay America … time to start the restoration ourselves. We are the government, we are the only ones who can clean house and set America back on the path to prosperity and financial health.

We the People … it’s time to clean house, to turn out the crony capitalists, the corruptocrats, the Neo-Feudalists and the career politicians.

Hillary and Alinsky: Understanding the ‘New’ Liberal Paradigm

As a friend once remarked to me, “there isn’t a thread’s difference between Obama and Hillary.”

I set out to see if that was so and after about six months looking and reading everything I could get my hands on, I’ve come to the conclusion that, if anything, Hillary is even more a radical than Barry.

I will cite only a small, but very telling, portion of my research efforts, Hillary’s thesis on Saul Alinsky.

The Hillary Clinton Quarterly has their take on it here: http://www.hillaryclintonquarterly.com/hillaryclintonsthesis.htm

CLICK HERE to view the actual thesis and make up your own mind.

I think that, after reading the thesis, you will understand more completely Hillary’s ‘solidarity’ with Chavez of Venezuela and the Gaza Boat Lift folks, as well as her bedrock socialism.

I prefer to think that if folks, who are abandoning the democratic party in droves, were to read and understand her basic admiration of socialism as evidenced in her thesis, they will understand she is no ‘new’ solution to the ‘sede vacante’ we currently have in DC. Those looking for an alternative to the Obama thugocracy best look much further to the right for real character….AMERICAN character.

Copyright © 2012 Paul H. Lemmen, All Rights Reserved. For republication permission email: plemmen55@gmail.com

Sunday Musings

Here in usually sunny St. Pete, Florida (unofficial motto “God’s Waiting Room”), one sees shuffle board courts, green painted benches and beautiful old cars (many with under 25K miles on them and never driven over 30 mph) that often display this bumper sticker:

Sadly, the bumper sticker that should be displayed on ‘the beast’ would read “I’m spending your kids, their kids, their kids and their kids inheritances…”

The fact is, Obama is not only spending all of our future generation’s inheritances, but their incomes as well…and is on track to implement the progressive/socialist agenda that will destroy the greatest inheritance we have received from our forefathers,  this great Republic of ours, even in it’s degraded and rather shop-worn condition.

The destruction of our Republic has been the aim of the progressive movement for over a century. As the cartoon below demonstrates, the 1912 election was the one wherein the progressives got their toe-hold in our government (look at how many of the legislative acts trace their beginnings to the results of this election, the Federal Reserve Act not the least of them) and we began our ever increasingly speedy descent into tyranny and eventual totalitarianism.


This downward spiral was recognized even in the 1930′s under FDR and his VP Wallace, a Socialist. By this time the progressives and socialists here in the US had joined forces to implement their aims together and had begun their strangle-hold on the Democratic Party, ensuring the election of FDR in 1932 and the following 1934 political cartoon demonstrates this well.

Does any of this sound familiar? Does it sound like what Congress and the Presidents for the past four administrations have been actively engaged in? Will we idly stand by and allow this outright theft of our inheritance to occur? Or shall we stop this as we, as patriotic and liberty believing Americans, should?

Hat Tip to Don’t Tread on Me

NEWSPEAK Dictionary for Conservatives


Obama Administration Version 2.9

  1. Social Justice: “Rob Peter to Pay Paul”; limit your ability to freely live your life; you are labeled for ‘diversity (which see) purposes’; political injustice.
  2. Shared Sacrifice: “Rob The Rich”; you do not own your wealth, the government does; standard of living must be reduced to the world’s average (equal to that of a mud brick maker in Ghana); you sacrifice, we’ll share; others living out of your wallet.
  3. Undocumented Worker: “Illegal Alien”; your new neighbor (and his 12 children) in that 2 BR bungalow; job thief; Democratic voter; criminal.
  4. Diversity: Liberal label; process by which those enslaved on the Liberal Plantation are identified and controlled; Hegelian Dialectic metric; political manipulation.
  5. Grassroots Activist: See #3 above; useful idiot (Полезный идиот); ‘agent of change’ (Агент изменений); snitch; future block warden for the  GestapoKGB… ‘Central Authority’.

But then, perhaps I am being too paranoid!



Or am I?



Political Patronage and the Theft of the American Dream

“Machine Politics” it was labeled, that old concept that brought us Boss Tweed and Tom Pendergast. Problem is, they were just a symptom not the cause of the problem in American politics. The root cause is human venality and greed. The very concept of political parties lends itself to the creation of division and classism, the essence of “machine politics”. However, it appears that political parties are with us to stay as Thomas Jefferson explained in a letter to Henry Lee in 1824:

“Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves. Call them, therefore, liberals and serviles, Jacobins and Ultras, whigs and tories, republicans and federalists, aristocrats and democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same parties still and pursue the same object. The last appellation of aristocrats and democrats is the true one expressing the essence of all.”

In today’s political realities we have (from above) the Republican Party and it’s sects as #2 and the Democratic Party and it’s sects as #1. Put in simpler terms than those stated by Mr. Jefferson, #1 is those who seek a powerful central government (big government) that controls every aspect of the lives of the citizens and #2 is those who seek less government interference (small government) in their lives and an increase in personal liberty. Sadly, today there is little difference between the two parties due in large part to professional politicians (something our Founders and Framers continually warned against) and the aforementioned human venality.

Professional politicians become dispensers of patronage, both small (in granting the desire of a single constituent) and large (by creating legislation that promotes the desires of a special interest). Thus they become a privileged class, the ruling class we as Americans have always sought to eliminate. This unbridled power fosters corruption such as we see so rampant today in our government where an individual, solely on the effect of being elected to high political office, becomes a millionaire…on a salary of $174,000 and with a benefits package that is simply unconscionable. Consider that from 1789 to 1855, members of Congress received only a per diem (daily payment) of $6.00 while in session, except for a period from December 1815 to March 1817, when they received $1,500 a year. Members began receiving an annual salary in 1855, when they were paid $3,000 per year. How does that conpute with what we see today?

Graft and corruption are the greatest of ills  to beset our nation, stealing the public Treasury blind, corrupting our youth by bad example and decreasing our liberties and infringing our rights as citizens. Stealing our American dream while we watch, seemingly powerless to stop this ‘mugging in process’.

We can stop this by our votes. By revising the pay scales of our elected representatives at all levels (remember the scandal over the pay and retirement benefits for city leaders in Bell, CA?), by instituting strict terms limits, (again at all levels) passing a Balanced Budget Amendment and requiring our political servants to dance to our tune, not the opposite. Marcus Tullius Cicero said it best:

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

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