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  1. JBusch8899

    JBusch8899 member

    Apr 22, 2004
    It Didn't Happen Overnight
    by Sen. H. L. Richardson (Ret.)

    Because of my many years as a conservative in elected office, I have
    been asked by others, "how did we get in this mess we are in?" The
    great author Robert Louis Stevenson wisely said, "Sooner or later in
    life, we all sit down to a banquet of consequences."

    That's what's happening now, we're at the banquet.

    Here is a brief synopsis of how it happened.

    Many Americans believe that the core religious values, which founded
    and sustained this nation, have not only been sadly neglected but
    also forgotten. In so doing, the public is finding out what political
    ignorance and religious apathy has created. While godly people
    snoozed and gun owners were busy hunting, small minorities of
    hedonists have inveigled their way into government and have been able
    to impose their political will upon the majority.

    It didn't happen over night.

    To understand, we have to go back one hundred years to the comments
    of a very wise man, President Theodore Roosevelt. He stated, "There
    are those who believe that a new modernity demands a new morality.
    What they fail to consider is the harsh reality that there is no such
    thing as a new morality. There is only one morality. There is only
    true Christian ethics over against which stands the whole of
    paganism. If we are to fulfill our great destiny as a people, then we
    must return to the old morality, the sole morality."

    Roosevelt saw moral slippage occurring at the beginning of the last
    century. He saw radical activists proclaiming a "new morality"
    embodying atheism and materialism. They were becoming increasingly
    vocal on our college campuses and were becoming more active in
    American politics, promoting their "new" morality. They were also
    attempting to elect their candidates on the socialist ticket.

    In the beginning, the Socialists and their allies were singularly
    unsuccessful and remained small in number. The vast majority of
    Americans were happy with our liberty, constitutional government,
    free enterprise and politics implemented through the two party

    At the beginning of the last century, a socialist by the name of
    Lenin, put wheels under the world socialist movement. He lead a small
    minority of communists in overthrowing the czarist government in
    Russia; in so doing, Lenin developed a financial base and a national
    platform for the promotion of world socialism. After the First World
    War, the hard core left became more politically active in the United
    States. Lenin was an excellent organizer, and he and other socialist
    leaders realized that it was an impossible task to sell their bad
    tasting political medicine to the vast majority of Americans.

    Norman Thomas, an early leader in the American socialist movement
    promoted the concept that Americans would never knowingly adopt
    socialism but, under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every
    fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a
    socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.

    The left abandoned their attempts to sell their socialist programs as
    a third party and decided that there was more fertile political
    ground within the two party system running as "liberals" and

    At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the democrats had a weak
    political party, eager for any new members. The left seized the
    opportunity and registered as democrats. They were aware that both
    parties are open to any one who registers in either party.

    The socialists recognized that to be a candidate, all you have to do
    is register, be of age, alive, not a felon and have the money to
    legally file for office. There is no political litmus test in either
    party in order to be a member or a candidate.

    Socialists could easily register as Democrats and campaign on any
    issue to get elected rather than campaigning on socialist programs --
    say anything to win the office, then legislate as they please once in

    The left-wing political leader ship recognized that by themselves,
    they were only a tiny percentage of the American population. They
    did, however, recognize that only one out of four Americans vote in
    primary elections and therefore, a small percentage could nominate a
    candidate in primary elections since multiple candidates often seek
    the office. The left saw that in local elections for school boards
    and city council and supervisors, even smaller numbers could affect
    the outcome. If their Socialists candidates won local offices, they
    could establish a base of operations in order to move up step by step
    to higher office, such as state representatives, state senators and
    at a later opportunity, to Congress and the US Senate.

    The following is an actual example of how a small minority can win a
    major California State Senate office. Registration heavily favored
    the Republican Party.

    District population approximately 600,000
    Those who could register to vote 400,000
    Those who bothered to register 235,000
    Total who voted in primary election 120,000
    Republican primary vote 70,000
    Democrat primary vote 50,000
    Eight candidates sought the Republican nomination
    The Republican winning candidate gained 16,000

    And won handily. In the general election, he easily gained the senate
    seat and served for 22 years. Is this race an exception? No! It
    happens all the time. Realize the significance of only 16,000 votes
    out of potentially 400,000 who could have participated. Think about
    it. Is it any wonder that a small, dedicated minority of voters could
    have a disproportionate impact on our government when three out of
    four Americans don't even register or bother to take part in primary
    elections, in the important process of selecting who their candidates
    might be? It has been said that when one American was informed that
    much of the country's population suffered from both political
    ignorance and apathy. His yawning response was "I don't know and I
    don't care."

    The socialists, in democratic garb, had a long-range plan with little
    to stand in their way. Since they were atheists and agnostics, they
    believed that any method that achieved socialist power was "ethical."
    The expression, "the end justifies the means" became their motto and
    method of operations. Deception and lying became the tools of their

    During the latter 1800's and early 1900's, the socialist base was
    still too small to elect their numbers to many offices; they needed
    to attract additional support. Now clothed as liberals in democratic
    garb, they increased their numbers by wooing small disgruntled and
    politically isolated segments of the population, with future promises
    of political advantage. Knowing that by adding small segment by
    segment, their combined small numbers could add up enough votes to
    win primary elections.

    They first successfully impacted and wooed segments of the union
    movement. Then over the years, adding little segments one at a time,
    they captured support from the homosexual community by sympathizing
    with their "gay" activities. They attracted anti-war pacifists,
    disgruntled feminists, the extreme environmentalists, gun control
    supporters and any other dissident group that could be wooed with
    future promises of legislative support. Adopting "class action"
    agitation, they pandered to any group they could exploit and bring on

    During the growth of their move towards power, the left wing
    leadership wisely kept these segments separated, appealing to them
    directly, and then, only to each one's special interest. They knew
    there would be difficulties if they ever brought them all together,
    for they certainly didn't want to have meetings of rank and file
    union members with the "gay" community nor the elderly with anti-war

    The socialist knew that, with accurate polling information, they
    could campaign on issues that they didn't really believe -- but
    appealed to the average voter; they didn't have to broadcast who
    their real supporters happened to be. The great depression of the
    1930's brought the democrats into national power at all levels of
    government, including a segment of the "liberal" Democrats. The
    majority of the Democratic legislators elected during the 1930's and
    1940's were still traditional Americans in their ethics and values.
    However, few old-line Democrats saw trouble brewing and the shift in
    leadership taking place within their own party. The old time Democrat
    found out soon enough when he found himself gerrymandered out of his
    seat and replaced by a young leftist.

    At the present time, the good ole hard working jackass, the symbol of
    the Democrats, should have been changed to the condor; a bird far
    more in keeping with the leftward slant of their party.

    A condor is a large ugly vulture, which feeds on carrion. It stays
    afloat on hot air and deserts its young when frightened. Its defense
    mechanism is to throw up, barf a stream of semi-digested meat on its
    enemies. The bird can't survive near civilization and is becoming
    extinct in proximity to civilized society. To keep it alive in
    California, the government now subsidizes its food. It survives quite
    well in backward South American countries. Could anyone think of a
    more appropriate symbol for a left-wing socialist movement?

    Over many years, the planned "liberal leftist" control over the inner
    workings of the Democrat party structure increased dramatically.
    Working together as an organized minority during the nineteen fifties
    and sixties, the leftists set forth to take control of the Democrat
    party leadership. Achieving substantial success, they then moved to
    influence the Republican Party as well, running their candidates as
    liberals or "moderate" Republicans. RINOs (Republican In Name Only)
    became a small dissident element in the Republican Party as well.
    Small but mouthy, they are the croaking frogs on republican lily

    While in office, during the 1970's and 1980's, I saw the left grasp
    control over the political fortunes of the Democrat party, On a first
    hand basis, right before my own eyes, I watched it happen. Today, the
    socialists are the dominant voice in its elected leadership. Whenever
    the opportunity presented itself, they effectively and systematically
    eliminated conservative democrat office holders within their ranks.
    Because the Left now controls leadership, they control candidate
    funding, thereby controlling who wish to be elected and leveraging
    Democrat incumbents who wish to be returned to office.

    A very conspicuous case of rooting out non-conforming members of the
    Democrat party is the primary election defeat of Sen. Joe Lieberman
    in Connecticut. In six years this long-time Senator went from
    national icon of the Democrat party to pariah. The message is the
    same -- tow the line, or else.

    Over the past fifty years, controlling the vast wealth created
    through taxation, they have built a huge federal, state and local
    bureaucracy which not only employs their own kind but implements a
    wealth of programs that reflects the wishes of their base, the
    unions, the gays, the feminists the anti war pacifists, the gun
    controllers, etc. Through laws, they have dramatically increased
    their power and have done what Norman Thomas hoped would happen.

    The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under
    the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the
    socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation
    without ever knowing how it happened.

    Fortunately, a number of Americans are aware of how it's happening
    and are trying to inform their fellow Americans. Millions of
    Americans still hold to the core traditional and religious values
    that founded this nation and, properly informed, are working
    diligently to see the left in both parties are routed out of our
    Constitutional government.

    The first glimmer of hope came with the republican nomination of
    Barry Goldwater for president in the 1960's. Although he was soundly
    defeated in the general election, he defeated in the primary, the
    darling of the left leaning republicans, Nelson Rockefeller.
    Conservatives rallied to work for Goldwater and didn't quit working
    after his defeat. In California, in 1966, they defeated another
    "moderate" in the primary by nominating and electing as governor,
    something as rare as a right-winger in Hillary Clinton's staff -- a
    conservative actor.

    The fledgling American core value revolt was under way. A voice was
    raised promoting our traditions and our ethics: activist
    organizations began to crop all over America -- politically
    unsophisticated but eager to learn. Fourteen years later, they
    nominated and elected Ronald Reagan to the presidency.

    In 1994, the Lower House of Congress went republican and its
    leadership shifted toward conservatism. Was liberalism dead? Not by a
    long sight. They had managed to control both houses of Congress for
    forty years. The Republicans held narrow margins but with a few
    "moderate" RINOs in their midst, their control is iffy. The lefties
    were deeply imbedded in the Northeastern states and were the
    controlling factor in most large cities.

    However, they were increasingly having problems within their own
    ranks. The splinter groups they'd attracted and wooed began to make
    demands. They had contributed to the democrat victories, now they
    wanted their reward. They wanted more of their own elected to office
    and they wanted their issues enacted into law. Instead of being
    splinter groups kept in the closet, they demanded to be heard, and
    their wishes subsequently become part of our laws.

    They got their wish and, and the dissidents are now running the
    "Democratic" party. The tail is now wagging the old "Democrat"
    donkey. The anti-war, pro-abort, environmental extremists, soft on
    crime, big spending liberals, feminists and deviants of both sexes
    are calling the political tune and are marching hand in hand in gay
    parades. The large body of old rank and file Democrats are scratching
    their heads and wondering, "What's going on?"

    Big changes are now occurring. The South, traditionally Democrat but
    fundamentally religious, has turned Republican. Not because of any
    great love for the Republican structure, but because of their disgust
    over the present leftward drift of their own party.

    Amongst elected democrats, hoping to seek higher office and
    recognizing that the new base of the party has become a collection of
    wacko wonks, are trying to cover and obfuscate this fact by
    constantly attacking their opposition as "extreme," haters of the
    poor or religious bigots. Their rhetoric borders the wild -- trying
    to please their base while seeking to appear as moderate to the
    average voter. It ain't working.

    They are in trouble and they know it. The governmental bureaucracy,
    which houses and provides jobs for their supporters, is being
    threatened. Their economic base is vulnerable and their future is
    suspect. How can they send Junior and Zelda to Harvard if they are
    outa' work? Therefore, their attacks are becoming more vicious and
    the thin veneer of civility is wearing off their "democratic" facade.

    There is a truism in economic circles, "bad money drives out good."
    The same thing is true in politics. Bad people drive out good ones.
    In the "Democratic" party that rule is holding true. Bad democrats
    drive out good ones. In rural America, the trend is decidedly towards
    basic American values. Who would have believed forty years ago, that
    below the Mason Dixon Line, the South would turn Republican? Or that
    rock-ribbed republican New Englanders would tolerate Barney Frank or
    Ted Kennedy in office?

    The left hasn't gained total control, for if they had, they'd have
    made it a "crime" for me to write what I have just written. There is
    still time to turn it all around and get the buggers out of
    government. I know it's possible and so does the left, which is why,
    when challenged, and a conservative leaning judge is appointed to the
    Supreme Court, the thin veneer of civility rubs off for all to see.
    We are now witnessing how uncivil and uncouth they really are.

    They started as a minority and still are a minority. The big
    difference is that over the last hundred years, they have embedded
    themselves and their unworkable policies in all facets of government
    -- including education and segments of the major media.

    They can be routed out but they won't go willingly. They have worked
    hard to get where they are and are going to see that all their
    socialist programs are going to be shoved down our collective
    throats. They are nasty people. Rub off that thin veneer of civility
    and see for yourselves.

    Theodore Roosevelt also said, "All those blatant sham reformers, in
    the name of new morality, preach the old, old vice and self
    indulgence which rotted out first, the moral fiber and then even the
    external greatness of Greece and Rome."

    Is America next? Are we to be "rotted out by sham reformers?" Are we
    to be apathetic Americans who say, "I don't know and I don't care!"?

    I don't think so. I believe we are at the banquet and Americans are
    feasting on the political consequences of the last one hundred years.
    They don't like the taste of the political concoctions they've been
    fed and are demanding and working for change.


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  2. Fosbery

    Fosbery Participating Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Great Britain
    Funny, I thought the founding fathers wanted religion and government to be completely seperate...
  3. Wastemore

    Wastemore Member

    Apr 21, 2005

    Then you completely misunderstand American history.
  4. jason10mm

    jason10mm Member

    Aug 5, 2003
    Savannah, Georgia
    But there is a difference between "religious values" and the religion. Look at the 10 commandments, the bedrock of Judeochristian "values". Six of the ten deal with the basic human values necessary to sustain a civilization. Don't murder folks (different than not killing them), don't steal stuff, don't cheat with your neighbors wife, etc. Those VALUES can be universal regardless of what particular god you choose to worship.

    It is just like the bill of rights, they outline essential human decencies and rights, regardless of what government thre is. Obviously some forms of government directly violate the bill of rights, just as some religions violate the 10 commandments. Doesn't make the bill of rights or 10 commandments specific to a government or religion, but it sure does make the violating belief system WRONG if you want to be a free society.
  5. lionking

    lionking Participating Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    Im with wastemore and jason10mm,Here is a site that explains what I believe truth in this discussion.That seperation of church and state is a doctrine,not a law in the Constitution and that in recent times this doctrine has been used to promote freedom from religion instead of freedom of.
    A elected official who talks,quotes and believes in God is not having a government run by religion.Neither is using God in a pledge of alliegance.
    I believe the doctrine is based on not having a theocracy form of government.The preamble to the Declaration of Independence is important in the fact that it acknowledges the fact that rights come from God,not from men or government.And that has important implications about the 2nd amendment as well.

  6. thumper723

    thumper723 Member

    Dec 21, 2005
    Lost somewhere in time!
    I did not SNOPES this, but I agree with what is written for the most part.

    Apathy is the biggest enemy. A small motivated group of smart whackjobs can upset a bunch of normal, but apathetic people.
  7. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Colorado Springs
    They wanted government to be separate from religion in order to protect religion, not government. They didn't want a government devoid of anyone of religious belief (which is what many who demand separation of church and state).
  8. MrTwigg

    MrTwigg Active Member

    Jan 6, 2006
    All too many don't realize

    Freedom of religion is not freedom from religion.
  9. Charles S

    Charles S Participating Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    North East Texas
    You obviously don't understand U.S. History and have never been the Washington D.C.

    The founding fathers incorporated religious imagery into every building in the Capitol.

    Freedom of religion does not mean that I cannot pray in a government building, it means that the government cannot tell me I cannot pray in a government building.

    The lack of the understanding of that fact is the basis for most of the ignorant drivel that the media espouses at this time.

  10. TallPine

    TallPine Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    somewhere in the middle of Montana
    funny ... I consider myself to be both pagan and moral :p
  11. Moondoggie

    Moondoggie Active Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Small Town, Nebraska
    Funny that the author should trot out TR as a paragon of virtue.

    While TR did have quite a few admirable qualities, he was also very much an "Ends justifies mean" kind of politico. He didn't care what got in the way of getting what he wanted. War with Spain and the Panama Canal are 2 stellar examples.

    To expand a little bit on Charles S's definition of freedom of religion...it also means that gov't can't tell that you have to pray in a gov't building, or that you have to pray (or espouse a religious affiliation) at all.

    Don't get me wrong...I'm not a freedom from religion acolyte. Although I'm not a Christian, I have no problem with traditional references to God in gov't venues.
  12. Soybomb

    Soybomb Senior Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    You have no freedom from religion, you do however have the freedom of not paying for the religion of others. Thats the whole rub of the establishment clause. You can practice whatever religion you want, just don't use my tax dollars to do it. This includes teaching it in public schools.

    I saw this on GT last night where it had the GOA contact information embedded in it making it look like something they put out in a bulletin. I'm aware the author of the article is the founder of GOA. Honestly to me it reads like a church bulletin and seems like it has no respect for the establishment clause of the 1st amendment. I've emailed GOA and asked if this was ever an official publication of theirs and if they took positions in matters outside of the 2nd amendment. If so it looks like they won't be getting any of my money.
  13. Charles S

    Charles S Participating Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    North East Texas
    That is true. I believe that is what was intended by our founding fathers.

  14. xd9fan

    xd9fan Participating Member

    Sep 8, 2005
    Under tyranny in Midwest
    Thank You...wow do people miss that one
  15. Phetro

    Phetro Member

    Feb 1, 2006
    "Consider" yourself? Lots of people "consider" themselves moral...many of whom would gladly strip us of our liberties and bend us to their will. Many commit crimes...some are never caught. Many commit worse atrocities.

    This is why morality is absolute, not relative. It was defined thousands of years ago (or more), and attempting to redefine it to fit one's own lifestyle doesn't change its definition in reality.

    I don't care what religion anyone follows, and everyone should be able to express any beliefs they choose. However, morality is set in stone, and cannot be altered. One either is or is not moral. The mere act of beginning to "consider" morality as a flexible concept reduces it to a subjective quality, which by its very nature cannot exist in a real sense.
  16. TX1911fan

    TX1911fan Senior Member

    Mar 7, 2006
    To understand the First Amendment, you have to understand not only US history, but European history as well. The struggle in England and on the Continent over religion and state sponsored churches is very enlightening. Most of the Pilgrims were Puritans from England who left because at the time, King Henry's Church of England was the state religion, and if you didn't belong (people actually had to swear a loyalty oath to the church) then you could not hold political office, could not be a member of the Guilds (and therefore could not practice a trade or craft), were subject to additional taxation and could be deprived of your lands. Every once in a while, a Catholic king would ascend to the throne, and then all the same problems would emerge, only to a whole different set of people.

    The Pilgrims left in order to be able to freely practice their chosen religion, and to not have interference from the government. However, they were not any more tolerant of other religions than was the king of England. The Founding Fathers saw the tremendous problems created from state sponsored religion, and determined that everyone would have the right to practice whatever religion they wanted, free from government interference. They NEVER intended that the government be completely a-religious. If so, they would not have had so many reference to God, would not have opened every session of Congress with prayers, and would not have included God in so many of their writings. Even Thomas Jefferson, author of the infmous "Wall of Separation" language, noted the greatness of God in his official writings. He was not a-religious at all. In fact, his letter to the Anabaptists was assuring them that the wall of separation between religion and government would ensure that the government would not require the anabaptists to forsake their religion for another.
  17. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Senior Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    I think I heard most of that bellowing out of the Southern Baptist Megachurch 3 miles away last sunday.
  18. ORAG

    ORAG New Member

    Jul 20, 2006
    Edge of the hardwood forest and tall grass prairie
    I Don't Agree

    I am convinced that the great unwashed majority of middle Americ just flat doesn't give a damn. It isn't political Ignorance or religious apathy but rampant uncaring and lack of involvement that draws us to a poor place. It is that apathy that has caused our two political parties to slide to the extreme. They are both moving to positions that may cause people not only to notice but perhaps vote.
    When 51% of the people that vote can elect people that majority does't know or care about we are truly in trouble.
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  19. TallPine

    TallPine Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    somewhere in the middle of Montana
    My rules to live by go somethin' like this...

    1) Don't get to hankerin' for your neighbor's horse

    2) Don't shoot nobody unless they really need shootin'

    3) Don't pay no mind if it ain't none of your business

    :p :D
  20. proud2deviate

    proud2deviate Member

    Dec 9, 2004
    Umm, could you state a source for this One True Absolute & Eternal Morality? Is there a website for it? Maybe with a neat little Sparks-type quiz that'll tell me if I'm moral or not?

    (Personally, I think that a prerequisite for morality is the recognition that one is not moral. A moral person wouldn't be so conceited as to wander to and fro spouting off about how moral they are, and would also recognise that there is always room for improvment.)
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