“… there exists… in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.” Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (Ch 3, 56)
As you know, we are living in volatile times. Some are currently calling it pre-revolutionary. As the picture illustrates, Occupy Wall Street protesters are out sharing their bleak, distorted picture of the future based on the class warfare message that President Obama and his anti-American, socialist partners have given them.
Another sign I saw read, “Where’s our bailout?” Pure socialism! While it is just to protest bank bailouts and the entire immoral “Too Big to Fail” policy. It is not okay to expect the government, using taxpayer money, to support all American citizens, whether they work or not, from cradle to grave.
Freedom and the Nanny State cannot co-exist! And, in spite of the Utopian dreams, the Nanny State can only hope to offer an impoverished equality among the 99% of its enslaved subjects. No middle class! No hope for change! But these sign bearers don’t get it.
We must ask ourselves how much our freedom is worth? Many have already paid for it with their lives! Will we sell ourselves and our children into slavery for the hopes of a piece of bread?
As for me, give me “freedom with inequality” as we have it now! We need change, but not the kind that’s being forced on us by President Obama and his backers. We need to return to righteousness!
The Bible says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Hosea 4:6
America is founded on Christian principles. God wants us to be a nation of priests for Him. People who know Him and His commandments which under gird progress and prosperity, providing abundant life for those willing to responsibly participate in civic life!
He birthed our nation in freedom through godly and courageous founding fathers who developed God-inspired documents proclaiming and legally ensuring our God-given unalienable rights!
Yes, our founding fathers and the earlier generations of this great nation had godly knowledge. They built their lives and our nation’s foundations solidly on their personal understanding of the Bible as God’s Holy Word. From young children they knew the 10 Commandments.
The Bible was freely read and used for instruction in our schools and colleges. Godly knowledge filled the land and the nation prospered. And, that’s when de Tocqueville visited America and attributed her greatness to her goodness! (What would he say now?)
But, slowly, secular humanists began rewriting our history and taking over our public schools which were started primarily to teach our nation’s children how to read the Bible so they would be virtuous citizens.
Secular humanists rejected godly knowledge and used ungodly judges to twist our founding documents to forbid the very Bible those documents are based on from being used in our schools.
Secular humanists began to lead many people back into spiritual darkness. By forbidding the posting of The 10 Commandments and banning prayer in schools, they left teachers and students afloat in troubled seas, in a morally rudderless boat, without a compass. And this “unguided” boat swiftly drifted into dangerous waters; so that, now we must work to ban guns instead of chewing gum from our schools!
This lack of moral guidance led to the tragic shooting of an eighth grade student in Brownsville, Texas this week. I wonder how many of the 10 Commandments that young man knew? Knowledge matters!
Those who still know the 10 Commandments know that the Occupy Wall Street movement is wrong, even if our president doesn’t. The 1% being used as a political scapegoat cannot carry our sins away or even pay our bills for us! We, as individuals and as a nation, need to return to God!
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. Exodus 20:17
Occupy Wall Street, while accusing some of greed, is squarely based on covetousness (wanting what belongs to your neighbor), which God’s word says is a sin! And, it is not the way to get our nation back on the right track and to secure the renewed blessings of liberty in our land.
As Paul said in Romans 7:7, “I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”
Well, if you didn’t know, now you do. So, “Go and sin no more.”
Equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome, is provided in a free country. It does no good to demand rights! If we want to retain our freedom, we must repent of our sins and do what is right.
Thou Shalt Not Covet or Occupy Wall Street!
For more on Alexis de Tocqueville see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_de_Tocqueville
Democracy in America (1835), published after his travels in the United States, is excellent. It’s an education in democracy, freedom based on religiously inculcated virtue, and American exceptionalism.
- Alexis De Tocqueville’s Warning to America (rogueoperator.wordpress.com)
- Tocqueville Presages the Mass Stupidity of Political Correctness (rogueoperator.wordpress.com)
- Alexis de Tocqueville Critiques U.S. Political Parties, Addresses the Irrationality of Occupy Wall Street (rogueoperator.wordpress.com)