And why have modern Americans become so ignorant of their history, so ignorant of the philosophy of government conceived by the Founding Fathers? And how have we permitted this to happen? Because the same dark forces that throughout history kept man living in poverty under tyranny did not die. They simply adopted a new kind of ideology that would appeal to the deranged, envious, perverted minds of self-hating human beings.
When you consider how close we’ve come to the total destruction of our constitutional system of government, one must ask if it is even possible for us to recover from this socialist cancer that has stricken our body politic and culture. The disease, long and slow in developing, has spread throughout our public education system, our universities, and many of our cultural institutions. The only effective antibodies that have risen to fight the disease — The John Birch Society, the homeschool movement, the Tea Party movement, and the rise of Christian conservatism — may not be strong enough to kill the disease. The coming election in November may very well determine whether or not this Constitutional Republic can be saved or is gone forever.
I have just finished reading Andrew Breitbart’s remarkable book, Righteous Indignation, published in 2011. Andrew’s sudden, mysterious death at the age of 43 has deprived us of a courageous fighter, a brave intellect, and honest soul whose odyssey from liberalism to conservatism is akin to the same odyssey that playwright David Mamet experienced. Two brilliant minds in pursuit of truth.
Why is this phenomenon so rare?
For one thing, it explains why the human race suffered for centuries under tyrants, poverty, and scarcity until there arose in the 18th century in the American wilderness a group of extraordinary men, in pursuit of religious and political freedom, who conceived of a society built on the premise that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” That was a revolutionary philosophy of government never before conceived of in all of human history. These courageous original thinkers then pledged their “lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” to achieve their goal. It required no less than fighting a bloody war against the mightiest military power on earth to make this society a reality — and they won.