Resistance is Respected – Weakness is Despised
There is nothing communists respect more than strength. There is nothing they despise more than weakness. Those people who think that they can calm the situation by bowing to the mob, washing their feet, or brushing, or kissing their boots, not only figuratively, but literally, have no idea that all they are doing is greatly aggravating the situation and encouraging the revolutionaries to demand far, far more.
Never Bow to Bullies
In my experience, it is absolutely essential that one never gives Marxist bullies, or mobs, a millimetre. If you give them an inch, they will take a mile.
Being brought up in war-torn Rhodesia, experiencing terrorism and revolution, working in communist Angola and Mozambique, being imprisoned in Zambia and Mozambique and in so many other cases I have seen: the more steadfastly and strongly you stand, the better. The moment Marxists sense weakness, fear, or compromise, they smell blood and will only howl for more and escalate their unreasonable demands.
Meeting with Mandela
When I marched 30,000 people to parliament in Cape Town to oppose president Nelson Mandela’s secular state policies, I was summoned to the president’s mansion. The first words Mandela said to me: “So, Mr Hammond, what were you doing during the Years of Struggle?”
My response: “I was fighting people like you, Sir.” He smiled, laughed, stood up and shook my hand again and said: “I’m so glad to meet an honest white man. All the other whites have told me how they always opposed apartheid and actually supported me. I wondered how the National Party had stayed in power for 44 years, when all the while, whites actually opposed the National Party and supported me!”
My response: “Well, make no mistake Mr President, we were not fighting for apartheid, we were fighting against communism and terrorism.”
The Greatest Evil
His response: “Apartheid was the greatest evil in the history of the world…”
My response: “I cannot agree Mr president. That prize must go to your friends and supporters, the communists. They have littered the 20th century with 160 million corpses, not foreign people killed in a time of war, but their own people, killed by their own governments in times of peace. Over 66 million slaughtered under communism in the Soviet Union, over 69 million murdered in Red China. Over two Million killed under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The millions more killed under Mengistu in Ethiopia, under Samora Machel in Mozambique, and Agestino Neto in Angola and under Fidel Castro in Cuba.”
Replacing Apartheid with Abortion
At one point, Nelson Mandela expressed his surprise that we wanted to “restrict the rights of women” by opposing abortion. I responded: “Mr. President you are questioning the Christianity of people who 40 years ago justified apartheid. I tell you, sir, it will not be 40 years from now and people will question your humanity for legalising abortion. You are seeking to replace apartheid with abortion. And abortion is even worse than apartheid. Abortion does not just place the baby on a separate voter’s role and restrict where they can live or swim. Abortion takes the baby’s life. Life begins at conception and abortion is the violent taking of that life. Abortion is the worst type of apartheid, for it separates a baby from its own mother and from its life support, at its most crucial state of development. You are seeking to replace discrimination on the basis of race with discrimination on the basis of age.”
“You May Take your Photos Now…”
At the end of the hour, Nelson Mandela stood up and told us that we could now take our pictures. I did not mean to be rude, but we honestly had not even thought about that: “No thank you,” I said. He turned mouth agape in apparent shock. Perhaps we were the first delegation to meet with him who did not want to have pictures taken with him. I then hastened to add: “But, we would like to pray for you.”
Praying for the President
“No! No! That’s very private and personal.” I pretended not to hear and put a hand on one shoulder while Rev. Soon Zevenster placed his hand on the other shoulder. We prayed that the Lord would not grant Mr. Mandela any peace until he did what he knew what was right, until he introduced legislation for the protection of helpless, innocent babies from the violence and injustice of abortion. I prayed that Mr. Mandela would find peace in Christ by bowing the knee and surrendering to Almighty God to do His will.
Door is Always Open
At the end of our impassioned prayer, I handed over a book from Dr. James Kennedy and Mr. Mandela thanked us and assured us that he was “always responsive” to the “concerns” of our “constituency” and that his “door is always open” should we have any other concerns. (However, the next week senior investigators of his Revenue Service began a seven-year Audit of our mission and family!)
Responding to an ANC Demand for an Apology
On another occasion, in 1995, I was summoned to parliament to give a submission to their subcommittee on their draft publications bill, which effectively legalised pornography and blasphemy. After my submission, during question time, one ANC MP asked me: “Have you ever apologised for what you did in the SADF?” I answered: “You want me to apologise for what I did in the South African Defence Force? I am sorry we did not kill all of you. You were not Freedom fighters, you were terrorists. You did not attack our military bases, you attacked civilians. Black civilians. You burned a thousand Black South Africans with the brutal necklace murder. You planted landmines in dirt roads and killed whole families. You planted landmines in roads leading to schools and killed school children coming in school buses on their way to school. You kidnapped young children from schools and took them across the border to brutalise them and trained them for your terrorist groups, murdering many and raping the girls. You threw hand grenades through windows into Black policemen’s homes at night. You petrol-bombed the homes of Black town councillors. Car bombs, limpet mines, blatant targeting of civilians. You are hypocrites. You speak against racism and then you laugh and applaud and give standing ovations to the worst racist on the planet today, Robert Mugabe, dictator of Zimbabwe. You have no right to ever speak against racism when you so obviously applaud, endorse and enthusiastically practise it. I am sorry we ended the war before thoroughly and completely eradicating all of you communists.”
There was a stunned and awkward silence for a time and then the Chairman said: “Right, let us move to our next point…” and they never brought up the subject again. That is the only way you can deal with Marxists, guilt manipulators, gaslighters, thugs and terrorists.
Observation from the French Revolution
Napoleon observed that he could not believe the foolishness of King Louis XVI in not ordering his men to open fire on the mob. Young Napoleon, seeing the massacre of the king’s Swiss guard, determined that if he ever faced a mob, he would give them “the whiff of grapeshot” – meaning turn the artillery/cannons on them. This is what he did on 5 October 1795 which led to Napoleon becoming a leader in France and then the Emperor.
You Cannot Reason with a Mob
Napoleon Bonaparte was adamant that you cannot reason with a mob. Throughout history, it has been understood that the only way to deal with arsonists and looters is to shoot them. Those who advise police to “stand back,” or “stand down,” during threats to life and property are unravelling the foundations of civilisation. There can be nothing worse than mob rule anarchy.
Understanding the Agenda behind Defund the Police
The BLM plan to “defund the police” does not mean a police-free state. Marxists want control. Their plan is to defund and disarm, disband the organised, professional police force, which is mostly conservative and generally pro-Trump. What they then want to do is have their warlords/gangs replace the existing professional police with BLM and ANTIFA revolutionaries in police uniform. That would then be followed by gun confiscations and we know how that ends.
The Issue is Never the Issue – the Issue is Always the Revolution
The French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Cultural Revolution in China… how many more times must we see this Agenda worked out before people understand that what Curtis Bowers, documented in Agenda – Masters of Deceit is so true: The issue is never the issue, the issue is always the Revolution.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of Faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:10-11, 14-18
The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project since 2018. Especially, for those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a genuine inspiration from Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. At this time in which we celebrate Flag Day, it is appropriate to remember how our nation came to be.
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“Be strong and brave! You must lead these people in the conquest of this land that I solemnly promised their ancestors I would hand over to them. Make sure you are very strong and brave! Carefully obey all the law my servant Moses charged you to keep! Do not swerve from it to the right or to the left, so that you may be successful in all you do. This law scroll must not leave your lips! You must memorize it day and night so you can carefully obey all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful. I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do.” Joshua 1:6-9
Today is Flag Day as well as President Donald Trump’s birthday. Many Americans may not know it is also the birthday of the United States Army, and very few would know it is my youngest son’s birthday who is currently serving in the Middle East. It is quite a day to say the least. But, there are truly many moments in history that this single day binds together. Flag Day started before the nation was born. The U.S. Army was born before our nation was born. And I did not realize that my son was born on the same day as Donald Trump until he announced he was going to run for POTUS. Yet, when Trump announced he was running for POTUS, I was already in full swing support to promote Dr. Ben Carson for president.
It is often strange how the twists and turns of history weave together. The Continental Army in 1775 did not imagine that they would become the U.S. Army; in fact, those brave boys and men who took to arms in and around Boston in 1775 may have never conceived that they would be responsible for the creation of a new nation. The flag of the nation was created only after the commander of the Continental Army insisted that the troops had their own flag. General George Washington was that Commander, and few people at the time would have believed that General Washington would become a president of that new nation, conceived in Liberty. In addition it is highly unlikely that many today believed that Donald Trump would have made such an amazing POTUS. Unfortunately, he has become a lightning rod for all the hate in America.
With this Sunday edition, we celebrate Flag Day, the birth of the U.S. Army, and our president’s birthday. Yet, the times we are living in are more indicative of the times in which the nation was first coming to birth itself. There is a great deal of turmoil in this time, which are significantly very similar in a central theme. And, that theme revolves around the fact that the United States of America was conceived in Liberty. Today, revisionist historians and “Progressives” want to cast serious doubt upon this fact – a fact that has always been contestable, but is absolutely correct.
It is the lies of the Left that contest this fact. Sadly, from the very beginning God’s children have fallen for the lie. And, the result is that God’s children abandon their birthright and inheritance.
As we survey the terrain in this nation today, it does not resemble the nation that the Founders had in their more idealistic minds. In fact, there is a serious danger that Americans have allowed themselves to be lulled into thinking that the U.S.A. would last forever. Ben Franklin would not have agreed as he expressed a bit of his own pessimism when he responded to Mrs. Elizabeth Powel, in answering her query about what kind of government the delegates had given to the people. Dr. Franklin answered: “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Americans have never been closer to losing it than in this time. Much of “keeping it” has to do with how tightly or furiously American citizens will hold on to the “self-evident truths” proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence.
On Flag Day 2020, “We the People” are under attack and we are again in a position to affirm and proclaim those self-evident truths. The most fundamental truth is that our precious rights come from God — not governments of men. Men can create any government they may incline themselves to, but without God and God’s blessings, the rights governments institute can also be withdrawn. Consider today that governments of men are in the process of withdrawing true protection of the law to enjoy those precious God-given rights. And will the people allow it? Will they hold on to the self-evident truths? Or, are such truths no longer true?
Flag Day is a celebration of the people’s flag – not so much the government’s flag. Today is also the celebration of the birth of the U.S. Army – which was truly only a common people’s army. If that does not sink in, ask yourself for what nation’s army were they fighting? The United States of America was not actually born until 1783! The Declaration was just a declaration of intent to form a country. It took the War for Independence and many brave people’s lives and sacrifice to establish this Land of the Free. Is this generation capable of holding on to our Republic?
Today, Rachel Toland, the founder of Remnant Rising, offers a realization about this time that she received recently in prayer. It is an important realization and it truly gets to Dr. Franklin’s point. In the speech he made to the delegates urging them to accept the new Constitution, on the last day of the Convention, this is what he said:
In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this constitution with all its faults, if they are
such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no
form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered,
and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years,
and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the
people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being
incapable of any other. I doubt too whether any other Convention we can
obtain, may be able to make a better constitution.
Franklin was prophetic in these words, and it seems we have arrived at the day he considered in his own thought. However, the day he predicted came in the middle of the 1800s. We know it as the American Civil War. The American Dream almost died in that time because of corruption and an outright rejection of America’s founding principles. It is likely that we are on the threshold of another task challenging all true American citizens. In his day, Abraham Lincoln explained the unfinished task that he saw laid before the American people:
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us
that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for
which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly
resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God,
shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the
people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
I offer an article I wrote on this double or triple day of remembrance and it follows Rachel Toland’s article. We are also providing a link to an article we featured in the Citizen Sentinels
Network news from Lindsey Jensen. It is a most timely article: https://citizensentinelsnetwork.com/editorial/the-decline-of-christian-values-is-a-danger-to-america/
These words are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the “David Project.” Please receive this message as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their hearts. As it was written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 – KJV
May we humble ourselves, seek His face, repent, and turn from wickedness – even if that may mean to become more serious about what was most important to the son of God that he urged all of those who were his followers to put into practice. May we seek to more furiously hold on to the foundation for His kingdom.
“PEACE and WAR”
By Rachel Toland
June 9, 2020
On May 20th, the Lord woke me up at three a.m. and had me read Jeremiah 22-24. Upon reading that, the Lord gave me this.
It’s interesting to note that these protests are in the name of “peace” but there is no peace.
The days of Donald Trump are a preview of what it will be like when the Messiah comes. The enemy will rage and writhe but we must prepare our children and future generations for this: To fear not in the face of intense war. One thousand will fall at our right hand and 10,000 at our other, but it does not come near us. It will look very close, but the hedge of protection that I have placed around you is greater than how close the calamity can come. The shepherds are coming that will dispel fear, discouragement in the battle ahead, for fear and discouragement will be the downfall. You will walk through the valley of the shadow of death but you must know and be able to walk without fear and discouragement.
These shepherds will do this.
They will lead, guide and show you the intents and purposes of My heart. The slippery way is greed of gain, self-righteousness, and selfishness—always needing glory. No longer strengthen the hands of the evil one through slander, bitterness and division; through resentment, fear or dismay. There will not be peace but war—but fear not, for I have overcome the world.
He has found corruption in His house: Falsehood, greedy shepherds leading His beloved flock astray. His anger has come to bring a whirlwind. Fear not you who stand in His counsel and obey His words. My Word is a refiner’s fire to purify. Prophets have prophesied and dreamed dreams for greedy gain. “No more,” says the Lord. I am separating the sheep of my pasture from the world. You will know them by their love for one another not their love for gain or glory. My Word, My identity has been stolen from My people. They no longer know who they are or Who they belong to. The love of glory is too dangerous. It separates you from Me. There are good figs who have been sent into exile for their own good and for their cleansing. And My eyes are on them for good. They go through a foreign land for their good. They will have a heart to know Me and will turn to Me with all their heart. But for the spoiled figs—They will endure the same storm, the same hardships. They will become a mockery and a curse. They will be pursued until they are destroyed, until the land is rid of them, for the land groans under them. Jeremiah 22-24
You might ask, what have Pavlov’s dogs got to do with educating American children?More than you think. In fact, when you have finished reading this article you will know more about the perversion of American education than you ever thought possible.Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, the Russian experimental psychologist, was born in 1849 in the town of Rayazan. His father was a priest. At age seven he sustained a severe blow to his skull when he fell from a balustrade and hit his head on a tile floor. The injury delayed his education until age 11. Although raised in the Eastern Orthodox tradition he was attracted to the study of science, and in 1870 entered St. Petersburg University. In 1875 he got his degree in Natural Sciences. He then went on to study medicine, after which he entered the Veterinary Institute where he stayed for ten years doing research on digestion.
After a visit to Germany where he studied at the laboratories of Rudolf Heidenhain in Breslau and Karl Ludwig in Leipzig, he returned to Russia and decided to focus his attention on the study of glandular secretions-saliva and gastric juices. He selected the dog as his experimental animal and devised surgical techniques which made it possible to establish “permanent fistulas (tubes)” in connection with the principal organs of digestion (salivary glands, stomach, liver, pancreas, parts of the intestine).His experiments were difficult to carry out while keeping the dog not only alive but healthy. It took the sacrifice of thirty dogs before he could get the surgical procedure right. How did Pavlov get his dogs? He relates: “At that time dogs were collected with the help of street thieves, who used to steal those with collars as well as those without. No doubt we shared the onus of the sin with the thieves.”
In 1895, Pavlov was appointed to a chair in physiology at the Military Medical Academy in St. Petersburg, and in 1904 was awarded the Nobel Prize. Pavlov had discovered that in every case, glandular secretion was determined by one or more reflex actions. Actually, Pavlov recognized that there are two types of reflexes: unconditioned and conditioned. An unconditioned reflex is an innate response to stimuli that occurs
naturally without any learning involved. For example, when you are driving a car and enter a dark tunnel in daylight, your eyes automatically adjust to the change in light. However, a conditioned reflex is a learned response, as when you see a red light, you automatically put your foot on the brake. You have acquired an automatic response to stimuli-a conditioned or learned reflex, a habit. Being a materialist, Pavlov came to believe that science had to free itself from religious dogma concerning the soul. The soul had no place in science, and the mind was simply the monitor and transmitter of signal-stimuli from the external world on the one hand and the organism’s responses on the other. Pavlov disliked any talk of “freedom of choice.” To him such talk was an offence against scientific rigor.
Although the Communists took control of Russia in 1917, Pavlov was able to continue his work unhindered in what became the State Institute of Experimental Psychology supported by government funding. Since Pavlov was both a Darwinist and a behaviorist, there was no ideological conflict between him and the Marxist-Leninist new government. In 1920, Pavlov and his colleagues embarked on a long-term experimental investigation.
The aim of the experiments was to learn how to artificially create human
disorganization. In his book, The Nature of Human Conflicts, published in 1932, Dr. A. L. Luria gives us a full account of the experiments and what they revealed. It was translated by W. Horsley Gantt, an American psychologist who had spent the years 1924-1929 working in Pavlov’s laboratory. In his Preface, Luria wrote:
“The chief problems of the author were an objective and materialistic description of the mechanisms lying at the basis of the disorganization of human behavior and an experimental approach to the laws of its regulation.”
Why would these Soviet psychologists spend so much time and effort trying to find out how to deliberately drive people crazy? The answer is simple. The Soviet Union believed itself to be the leader in a world revolution to convert everyone to communism, which required the conquest of all its capitalist enemies. And this was tobe done not by military invasion but by psychological warfare under the guise of objective science. Luria wrote in 1935:
“The power of our knowledge over the nervous system will, of course, appear to much greater advantage if we learn not only to injure the nervous system but also to restore it at will. It will then have been proved that we have mastered the processes and are controlling them …. In many cases we are not only causing disease, but are eliminating it with great exactitude, one might say, to order.”
Luria described quite explicitly the key to creating behavioral disorganization:
“Pavlov obtained very definite affective “breaks,” an acute disorganization of behavior, each time that the conditioned reflexes collided, when the animal was unable to react to two mutually exclusive tendencies, or was incapable of adequately responding to any imperative problem.”
In short, what he described is exactly the way our schools deliberately create dyslexia,an acute form of behavioral disorganization. The child is taught to look at print as a string of little pictures, whole configurations, memorized in sight-vocabulary exercises. As a result he develops a whole-word conditioned reflex. At the same time he is taught something about the letters standing for sounds, a phonetic way of looking at words, which is impossible to do if you are looking at the words as little pictures. Many
children simply cannot react to two “mutually exclusive tendencies,” and thus become reading disabled, or dyslexic.
It is obvious that Pavlov’s laboratory was used by the Soviet state to devise scientific methods of waging psychological warfare in a manner that would enlist behavioral scientists worldwide. Of course, if you were a dedicated Marxist, you considered this scientific activity to be to the ultimate benefit of mankind. They also experimented on creating another form of behavioral disorganization which today we recognize as Attention Deficit Disorder. Luria writes (p. 385):
“The experiment is done very easily: we violate the rules of our usual laboratory procedure for the study of the reactive processes; instead of isolating the subject from everything which might distract his attention, we do just the opposite while performing the experiment we converse with him, give him a book to read, and at intervals interrupt him by the auditory signal requiring the motor response. Such a functional exclusion of the higher cortical mechanisms from participation of the simple reaction evokes a return to the primitive, diffuse type of reactive processes and a sharp lowering of the “functional barrier.”
In other words, when you prevent the child from using his intellect where it is needed without distraction, he reverts to a more primitive behavior, which is a symptom of ADD. In his book, Luria draws special attention to the work of Kurt Lewin in
Germany. He writes:
“K. Lewin, in our opinion, has been one of the most prominent psychologists to elucidate this question of the artificial production of affect and of the experimental disorganisation of behavior . … Here the fundamental conception of Lewin is very close to ours.”
Who is Kurt Lewin? He is the same Kurt Lewin who came to the United States in 1933, founded the Research Center for Group Dynamics at M.I.T. (which later moved to the University of Michigan) and invented “sensitivity training.” Shortly before his death in 1947, Lewin founded the National Training Laboratory which established its campus at Bethel, Maine, under the sponsorship of the National Education Association. There
teachers were, and still are, instructed in the techniques of sensitivity training and howto become effective agents of change. Lewin’s emphasis on collectivist group behavior to replace individualistic behavior was
very much in harmony with what socialist John Dewey had advocated for the new progressive-education curriculum. Although Dewey’s work at his Laboratory School at the University of Chicago took place at the turn of the last century, his work was known by Lenin’s wife, who got the communist government to reform Russian schools according to the Dewey model.
However, the Dewey-Soviet experiment came to an abrupt halt in August 1932 when the Central Committee of the Communist Party abandoned the laboratory method and ordered a return to a structured curriculum. The communist leaders wanted the schools to produce engineers, not semi-literate basket weavers. But in America, where capitalism and individualism still reigned, the Progressive educational leadership had no intention of going back to the structured pro-capitalistic individualistic curriculum. And anyone who visits an American elementary school today will see the continued implementation of the Dewey-Lewin concept of education. And
with that concept have come all of the problems we now associate with the public schools.
Countless articles have appeared in the major media over the last three decades critical of American education. The litany of problems is always spelled out: poor academic performance, high dropout rates, student violence, low teacher morale, outmoded buildings, etc. And the solutions offered are always the same: more tax money for education, smaller class size, higher teacher pay, new buildings, and a modernized curriculum with more computers and high-tech paraphernalia. Nobody has bothered to
read Luria’s book. But because most of the reporters are young and have no idea how education was conducted back in the days before the Progressives took over-when children actually learned to read and there were no school massacres-they are incapable of asking the right questions. But those of us who went to school in those halcyon days and are still around to talk about them are generally ignored.
The world belongs to the young, and their fashionable lack of knowledge, their proud and belligerent ignorance, is considered of greater value than the experience of the older generation.
But those of us who were witnesses to the past and have spent our lives monitoring the decline of American education know what happened. It all started at the turn of the last century when the Progressives took control of the education system and gradually imposed their new collectivist philosophy on the curriculum. The first thing they did was reform the teaching of reading by throwing out the true and tried phonics method and imposing a whole-word method that would teach children to
read English as if it were Chinese, which would ultimately lead to the general decline of literacy in our country.
Then they changed the classroom configuration. They got rid of the desks bolted to the floor in rows that suited academic attention and concentration and introduced desks and open classrooms that produced educational chaos. And as academic performance declined and attention deficit disorder increased they introduced psychotropic drugs to help the “students concentrate.” Why were these crucial changes made? They were made so that the Progressives could shape future generations of American children to become collectivists instead of individualists. The Progressives were socialists. They were members of the Protestant
academic elite who no longer believed in the religion of their fathers. Their new religion was science, which explained the material world; evolution, which explained the origin of living matter; and psychology, which explained human behavior and offered scientific ways to control it. They believed that evil was caused by ignorance, poverty, and social injustice, and that a collectivist society could eliminate all of that.
The guiding light and chief philosopher behind the Progressive Education movement was John Dewey whose seminal essay, “The Primary-Education Fetich,” published in 1898, provided the blueprint for the new educational agenda. In that article he advocated shifting primary education away from concentrating on individual literacy to placing the emphasis on socialization through group activities. He wrote:
“The plea for the predominance of learning to read in early school life because of the great importance attaching to literature seems to me a perversion. ” And because his view would be considered so radical by parents and teachers, he wrote:
“Change must come gradually. To force it unduly would compromise its final success by favoring a violent reaction. What is needed in the first place, is that there should be a full and frank statement of conviction with regard to the matter from physiologists and psychologists and from those school administrators who are conscious of the evils of the present regime.”
In other words, deceiving parents would become an important and implicit part of the plan for radical reform. And psychologists, of whom Dewey was one, would play an important role in creating this elaborate deception. Dewey then wrote:
“There are already in existence a considerable number of educational
‘experiment stations’, which represent the outposts of educational progress. If these schools can be adequately supported for a number of years they will perform a great vicarious service.”
Indeed, Dewey himself conducted such an experimental school at the University of Chicago, and the book he wrote about that experiment, The School and Society, became the bible of Progressive Education and the basis of 20th century school reform. And so, the major work of reform would not be done by educators, but by psychologists, who found in education a lucrative source of support for their profession. The new
behavioral psychology was born in the laboratories of Professor Wilhelm Wundt at the University of Leipzig. His two American students, G. Stanley Hall (1844-1924) and James McKeen Cattell (1860-1944), came back to America anxious to apply scientific psychology to American education. Hall became a professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins University where he taught the new psychology to John Dewey. He later founded Clark University. Cattell introduced mental testing in education as part of the
new scientific racism called Eugenics. He later founded the Psychological Corporation.
But it was Edward L. Thorndike (1874-1949) who, after studying psychology under William James at Harvard, went on to become the chief implementer of behavioral psychology in American education. At Harvard he had studied the learning behavior of chickens by using the reinforcement technique, which he later decided should be used
to teach children. His aim was not to disorganize the behavior of the chickens but to simply train them to respond to his benign stimulus.
After his book, Anima Intelligence was published in 1898, he became a leading light at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. His much celebrated stimulus-response (SR) technique of teaching children, based on animal training, now dominates American education. He wrote in 1928:
Our experiments on learning in the lower animals have probably contributed more to knowledge of education per hour or per unit of intellect spent, than experiments on children …. The best way with children may often be, in the pompous words of an animal trainer, “to arrange everything in connection with the trick so that the animal will be compelled by the laws of his own nature to perform it.”
But it was John B. Watson, the most arrogant behaviorist of them all, who revealed the true contempt that he and his fellow behaviorists had toward their fellow human beings. In his book, Behaviorism, published in 1924, he wrote:
“Human beings do not want to class themselves with other animals. They are willing to admit that they are animals but something else in addition. It is this ‘something else’ that causes the trouble. In this ‘something else’ is bound up everything that is classed as religion, the life hereafter, morals, love of children, parents, country, and the like. The raw fact that you, as a psychologist, if you are to remain scientific, must describe the behavior of man in no other terms than those you would use describing the behavior of the ox you slaughter. This drove and still drives many timid souls away from behaviorism.”
In other words, behavioral psychology was not for the timid. He further wrote:
“The interest of the behaviorist in man’s doings is more than the interest of the spectator-he wants to control man’s reactions, as physical scientists want to control and manipulate other natural phenomena. It is the business of behavioristic psychology to be able to predict and control human activity.
And so one can see that what Pavlov and his assistants were doing in Moscow was not too different from what Thorndike was doing at Teacher’s College and what Watson was teaching his students. In fact, Pavlov acknowledged his intellectual indebtedness to Thorndike.
But even as Dewey had cautioned that change must come slowly, it didn’t take long before an increasing number of discerning Americans began to realize what was happening. In fact, by 1955 the reading problem had become so bad that Rudolf was compelled to write his famous book, Why Johnny Can’t Read. In it he wrote:
“The teaching of reading-all over the United States, in all the schools, in all the textbooks-is totally wrong and flies in the face of all logic and common sense.”
As for how the educators were able to perpetuate such “error” without effective reaction from conservative teachers, he explained:
“It’s a foolproof system all right. Every grade-school teacher in the country has to go to a teacher’s college or school of education; every teachers’ college gives at least one course on how to teach reading; every course on how to teach reading is based on a textbook; every one of those textbooks is written by one of the high priests of the word method. In the old days it was impossible to keep a good teacher from following her own common sense and practical knowledge; today the phonetic system of teaching reading is kept out of our schools as effectively as if we had a dictatorship with an all-powerful Ministry of Education.”
And if you think anything has changed much since 1955, try getting a good intensive phonics program into your local school. As an author of a very effective intensive phonics reading program used successfully by thousands of homeschooling parents, I have tried to get the program adopted by local schools, only to be told, thanks but no thanks. There is indeed a Ministry of Education in America, and it is called the National Society for the Study of Education. It was founded in 1901 by John Dewey and colleagues who were interested in psycho-education and the application of science to educational issues. The Society publishes an annual two-volume Yearbook filled with discussions of educational interests. By the way, you won’t find the yearbooks in your local library.
You’ll have to go to a university library to find them.
The NSSE describes itself as “an organization of education scholars, professional educators, and policy makers dedicated to the improvement of education research, policy and practice.” On its board of directors is a former president of the NEA, Mary Hatwood Futrell. The membership list in the 1969 Yearbook is 94 pages long, and you’ve probably never heard of the organization. The subject for their 2008 Yearbook is “Why
Do We Educate?” It’s a question the educators seem to be totally confused about. But some of them are not confused at all. One of them is Professor Anthony G. Oettinger of Harvard University, Professor of Information Resources Policy, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He said the following at a conference of
communications executives in 1982:
The present ‘traditional’ concept of literacy has to do with the ability to read and write. But the real question that confronts us today is: How do we help citizens function well in their society? How can they acquire the skills necessary to solve their problems? Do we, for example, really want to teach people to do a lot of sums or write in “a fine round hand” when they have a five-dollar hand-held calculator or a word processor to work with? Or, do we really have to have everybody literate writing and reading in the traditional sense-when we have the means through our technology to achieve a new flowering of oral communication? What is speech recognition and speech synthesis all about if it does not lead to ways of reducing the burden on the individual of the imposed notions of literacy that were a product of nineteenth century economics and technology? … It is the traditional idea that says certain forms of communication, such as comic books, are ‘bad.’ But in the modern context of functionalism they may not be
all that bad.”
I doubt that there are any parents in America who send their children to school to learn to read comic books. If anything, they want their children to be taught to read and write in the traditional manner. They don’t consider learning to read as a burden imposed on the individual. Rather, if taught properly, learning to read can be a joyful
experience for children eager to explore the wonderful world of the written word as we all recently witnessed in the amazing popularity of the Harry Potter books. Literacy, by the way, is not the product of 19th century forces. It is the product of the16th century Reformation in which the need to be able to read the Bible became the
imperative for universal literacy. In a Christian civilization everybody has to be literate. But of course Professor Oettinger thinks differently. He believes that literacy is only for the ruling cognitive elite. Do we really have to have everybody literate?” he asks. Well, if not, then who decides who is to be literate and who not? Wasn’t the idea of universal literacy behind the idea of compulsory schooling? I don’t think Professor Oettinger wants to do away with compulsory school attendance. The cognitive elite must retain its means of controlling the masses so that they can truly turn them into docile illiterates.
And what’s the solution for parents? If they want to get their children out of Professor Oettinger’s clutches, they’ll have to homeschool them or enroll them in private and parochial schools where literacy is not a burden but a liberating force for good.
As for the NSSE’s question, Why do we educate? The answer is quite simple. We educate to pass on to the future generation the knowledge, wisdom, and values of the previous generation. It’s a concept we find in Deuteronomy 6. But we can expect that the NSSE will come up with something enormously complicated that will guarantee the perpetuation of the present problems.
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the Gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-10
A False Religion
We are involved in a battle for hearts, minds and souls. This social justice revolution is changing the focus and content of the Gospel message. It is offering another gospel, a false gospel and a false mission, plainly derived from Liberation theology (which is nothing more than Marxism wrapped up in religious terminology), Black theology (which is also Marxism, with racism added in), along with Animism (which depersonalises evil and sees evil in things and systems, rather than personal responsibility). None of this is Biblical Theology. Race politics is not Biblical. The problem is not skin, it is sin. It is not race, but grace that is the solution.
Those who kneel to God can stand before any man. We are to fear God, not man. We are to obey the Bible, not follow the mob. The Bible teaches the total depravity of man. The holiness of God alone. There is only one way of Salvation. Scripture alone is our ultimate authority. Everything should be done to the glory of God alone.
Victimisation, Resentment, Riot and Revolution
Yet, Black Lives Matter teaches Cultural Marxism’s Critical Race Theory, which denies personal responsibility and teaches that some races are good and others evil. They teach a false gospel of victimisation, resentment, riot and revolution. Black Lives Matter is a new religious cult, supported by many in the Main Stream Media and many politicians, who see them as a useful tool to bring about the New World Order of Globalisation.
Victimisation Degrades and Destroys Those Who Accept It
Black Americans such as Dr. Ben Carson, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell have warned that the Cultural Marxism Critical Race Theory narrative of victimhood is destructive to those who believe it. It becomes an insidious snare that steals hope and replaces it with hopelessness. It takes away vision and replaces it with victimhood. It discourages repentance and incites resentment. It degrades a person’s psychology and gives them a sense of helplessness, instead of hope and healing. It leads to tragedy, rather than triumph. It takes away the will of those who would break out of their drug addiction, or alcohol habit, providing those who see themselves as victims with excuses not to repent and reform, but to rather riot and resent.
God Resists the Proud but He Gives Grace to the Humble
Our Lord Jesus Christ was merciful to the repentant sinner, but condemned the self-righteous hypocrites. The worst thing you can possibly do to anyone is to give them a sense of victimhood, to take away their sense of personal responsibility and get them to play the blame game where nothing is their fault, but always the fault of someone else. The false gospel of victimisation cripples the heart, mind and soul of those who accept and believe it. One of the greatest truths any one of us can learn is that we are our own worst enemy. Blaming others will not help us improve our life. The issue is not race; it is grace.
Kneel and Mouth their Mantra
The radical social justice agenda of Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a direct challenge to the Christian Church. In the name of Black Lives Matter a new religious cult is being mobilised. It is based on a blatantly false narrative. It requires all to repent and kneel down before it and chant, mantra-like: “Black Lives Matter,” much like the Roman Empire required all its citizens and subjects to declare: “Caesar is Lord!” and burn incense before an image of their emperor/god. They require confessions to their activists. They threaten Excommunication by shaming and shunning those who fail to comply with their demands.
Works Based Salvation through Revolution
Black Lives Matter offers a works-based salvation. Although there is no atonement, blood is shed, windows are smashed, shops looted, monuments defaced and desecrated, defiled, or preferably destroyed and removed altogether. In place of Christ, they offer BLM martyrs and BLM saints. BLM is organising public rituals, where whites on their knees, wash the feet of BLM activists. They are then expected to join in the BLM revolutionary agenda in perpetual repentance for perpetual revolution. White/male/straight privilege is Original Sin to them. Their law is “political correctness.” Their Sacraments: protests, riots, looting and arson. They zealously seek converts whom they call allies, who need to help evangelise by “raising awareness.”
BLM Supports Abortion – Not All Lives Matter to Them
Black Lives Matter do not really believe that black lives matter, because they support abortion. Every day, an average of one thousand black babies are killed by abortion, just in the United States of America. That is half of all black babies conceived in the United States are killed before they are born, through abortion. Black Lives Matter went out of their way to support America’s biggest serial killer, Philadelphia’s Kermit Gosnell, whose abortuary was placed within poorer black communities. Gosnell was convicted of infanticide, delivering live babies and killing them after birth. If George Floyd had been killed in the womb, by abortion, before he was born, most of those protesting and rioting in his name, would have approved and applauded the use of their tax money to fund the abortion. Nor do they seem to care about the thousands of black lives violently ended by gang violence and homicide at the hands of black criminals, which is the cause of death in the vast majority of cases.
War on the Family
The Black Lives Matter movement has declared war on the family, declaring that: “We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure…”
Privileges for Perverts
Black Lives Matter also wants to dismantle “gender privilege” and is committed to working to promote “transgenderism.” “We are committed to fostering a queer-affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual, unless s/he, or they, disclose otherwise.”
UnBiblical and Anti-Christian
Black Lives Matter is blatantly pro-abortion, pro-perversion, pro-pornography, pro-gender confusion, promotes transgenderism and is hostile to the family. BLM is unBiblical and anti-Christian to the core. Like the hypocritical pharisee who went up to the Temple to pray, they confess other people’s sins (real, exaggerated, or imagined), but self-righteously fail to recognise and acknowledge their own personal sins and responsibility.
It is important to remember that the early Christians in the Roman Empire were not persecuted for worshipping Jesus Christ, but for refusing to worship Caesar. They would not burn incense before an idol, or declare “Caesar is Lord!” as required. The earliest declaration of Christians was the counter-cultural “Jesus is Lord!” (Romans 10:9). The Bible makes it clear that our Lord Jesus Christ is “the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Revelation 17:14).
We are to Bow to God Alone
Black Lives Matter are demanding that whites kneel and apologise to them for being white and declare: “Black Lives Matter!” However, in Proverbs 25:26, we read: “A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring.” It is before Jesus Christ that every knee must bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Wisdom from Proverbs in the Bible
The first chapter of Proverbs warns us of the need for prudence, discernment and wisdom. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
Do Not Join with Angry and Furious People
Proverbs warns us not to cast in our lot with those whose “feet run to evil and they make hast to shed blood.” Proverbs 1:16. “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, ‘Come with us’… My son, do not walk in the way with them, keep your foot from their path.” Proverbs 1:10-15. The Bible warns us about associating with an angry man and commands us not to go along with the furious man, “…lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul.” Proverbs 22:24-25
Those Who Hate Knowledge and Reject God will Destroy Themselves
“Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, they would have none of My counsel and despised My every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way and be filled to the full with their own fancies.” Proverbs 1:29-31
Anarchy Prepares the Way for Tyranny
Anarchy in the streets is often only a prelude for centralised, top-down imposed tyranny. The global Lockdown, in the name of combatting a virus, has devastated many small businesses and bankrupted many families. The wide-spread devastating riots, looting and arson led by groups like Black Lives Matter has cost Billions of Dollars in damage and looted merchandise. Every great revolution, from the French Revolution of 1789 to the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia of 1917, was preceded by a bankrupt economy in recession. As communist dictator, Vladimir Lenin declared: “Never underestimate the value of constructive chaos!”
Cannon Fodder Pawns for Communist Revolutionary Purposes
The vast majority of protestors, rioters, looters and arsonists may not understand the foundational role of Karl Marx. They may not be consciously aware of how they are just cannon fodder for the communist revolution launched by Karl Marx and the Communist Manifesto of 1848. Even less may have heard of Antonio Gramsci, Herbert Marcuse, or György Lukács and the Frankfurt School of Cultural Marxism. But the fact is that they are pawns in the Comintern (Communist International) strategy of destroying from within the cultural institutions of Western Christian civilisation.
Expendable Rent-A-Mobs in a Radical Revolutionary Agenda
Few may understand how much the secular humanist agenda of state school activist John Dewey has moulded and indoctrinated them to be receptive to the propaganda of BLM and Antifa, who are using them as expendable rent a mob in a radical Revolutionary agenda to undermine Christian civilisation and remake it in a Marxist mould. The fact is: most of the protestors and rioters are being manipulated by people who have lied to them in order to use them.
Stockholm Syndrome, Guilt Manipulation and Gaslighting
Few of the protestors, rioters, rock throwers, arsonists, looters, polluters, vandals, gangsters and cultural terrorists involved in the devastating riots and looting sprees of the last week, would understand the role that Stockholm Syndrome and guilt manipulation have played in mobilising them to destroy their heritage that was so painstakingly built up by the sacrifices of their ancestors. Most would not even understand the term ‘gas-lighted’, but they have certainly been ‘gaslighted’ and are being manipulated in a psychological warfare “psyops” Indoctrination and Intimidation Campaign that has them destroying their own communities, countries and future.
Targeting Fathers and Families
BLM and Antifa are involved in a war against Christian civilisation. In this war, they are targeting all whites and Christians, business owners and property owners, but in particular, they are targeting families and Fathers. Straight, white men, who make up the backbone of many families are their hated target. But they hate Black Christian conservatives and fathers even more.
Derailing Churches from Their Duty
The Black Lives Matter narrative has succeeded in derailing many local churches from the Gospel message and from the fulfilment of the Great Commission, into advancing communist revolutionary agenda, undermining the integrity of the Church.
Anyone who has read George Orwell’s 1984 novel will recognise that what we have just witnessed is a “hate week” to focus anger and frustration away from those who are really destroying our finances and futures. On the streets, we are witnessing the results of psychological warfare, which for years has been confusing, corrupting, dividing and conquering.
Confusion, Compromise and Cowardice
Truth matters. We need to expose the Marxist deception operation and the communist revolutionary tactics. All too many congregations have been cowered. Many pastors have panicked. All too many churches are compromising. At the very moment that Christians need to stand up for Jesus and fight the good fight of Faith, we are seeing all too many Christian “conscientious objectors” and deserters going on AWOL, fleeing from the fight. Or even worse, joining the enemies of God, giving in to intimidation and mob rule, allowing Marxist revolutionaries to use and abuse the church.
The Lockdown lunacy of allowing churches to be closed, side-lined and termed “non-essential,” relegated to irrelevance and suffocated with time and money wasting, unnecessary and unconstitutional, irrelevant regulations and restrictions, is outrageous. How can so many churches tolerate instructions from any government, in violation of the Bill of Rights and our freedom of worship, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of movement, freedom of speech and free enterprise. How many churches have accepted state restrictions, accepting no public worship services, or no singing and no fellowship allowed after the services!
Who Determines What is Right or Essential?
Abortion clinics can be open! Apparently, they are “an essential service”. Liquor stores can be open, they are apparently “essential.” However, most churches and most of the activities of church are considered “non-essential”! You could be arrested for attending church in some states and yet no prosecution is planned for most of those who looted and burned down thousands of stores!
The Curse of Cowardice
It takes no courage to kick a dead dog, or to flog a dead horse. There is nothing brave about bowing to the mob and echoing the mantras of the mass media. Courage is refusing to go with the flow. “You shall not follow a crowd to do evil…” Exodus 23:2. But many are following the crowd, the mob and participating in a movement that causes great destruction of property and horrendous injuries, even taking innocent lives during these destructive riots.
War Against Christian Civilisation
What we are facing is a real war against Christian civilisation. Through secular humanist, situation ethics indoctrination in state schools, through the disinformation regularly published in the main stream news media, through distraction and defilement in the so-called entertainment industry, through the debasing of the culture through perverse art and music, which is often nothing more than noise, through the toleration and promotion of perversion throughout the culture, the legalisation of pornography and abortion, through guilt manipulation, psychological warfare, violent riots, intimidation and harassment, Marxist mob rule, the manipulation of emotions, through arson and anarchy, sabotage and subversion, we are seeing civilisation set ablaze. Just as Churchill ordered the Special Operations Executive (SOE), to “set Europe ablaze” by using IRA terrorist tactics in countries otherwise at peace to provoke violent reaction. We are seeing law and order and civilisation itself at risk of a catastrophic revolution that could plunge much of the world back into a dark age of anti-Christian paganism and perversion.
Villainising Victims and Victimising Villains
It is time for critical thinking, evaluating everything in the light of the Word of God. We need to call out the hypocrisy and double standards being used and the tactics of villainising the victims and victimising the villains. Facts do not care about your feelings. Facts ruin the BLM narrative.
Socialism is Legalised Theft
The Bible is clear: “Do not steal… Do not covet…” Socialism is legalised theft and institutionalised envy. Socialism is the creed of failure and the gospel of envy. It promises heaven and always, invariably, delivers hell on earth. As seen in communist nations, which needed to build Iron Curtains to keep their people in and shot their own citizens in the back for trying to flee from their “workers’ paradise.” Socialism promotes extortionist economics to tax the productive and subsidise the welfare junkies, pimps, rock throwers, gangsters, thugs, parasites, destroyers, polluters, vandals and cultural terrorists, who are dedicated to pulling down and destroying everything which generations of Christians have built up with much sacrifice.
How Can One Fight Racism by Promoting BLM Racism?
Yet, the moment you refuse to echo the mantra of BLM, “Black Lives Matter,” or if you respond, “All Lives Matter,” you will be accused of being “racist!” Interesting, that refusing to repeat a racist statement can open you up to the accusation of being racist! It turns out that the worst racists are those screaming “racist!” the loudest. How can one fight racism by promoting racism?
The BLM Inquisition
People who have tagged me in their Black Lives Matter posts and required my response were plainly angered by my comments, such as: “In the sight of God, all lives matter.” Some of their responses: “You don’t understand!”; “Do some research!”; “You are the beneficiary of white privilege!”; “What have you ever done to help poor blacks?”
“You Do Not Know What it is Like to be a Minority!”
Well, in response to such accusations, including “You don’t know what it is like to be a minority!” I can point out that, Yes, I do know what it is like to be a minority. I was born in Africa and have lived in Africa for the last 60 years, over 40 of those years in Missions. Most of my missionary work has been serving Black Christians in some of the most dangerous, difficult and inaccessible Restricted Access Areas throughout Africa, where Christians are suffering severe persecution for their Faith. I know what it is like to be hated, arrested, abused and imprisoned unjustly for my race.
“Do Some Research”
Actually, I have done some research. I have written the books: Holocaust in Rwanda; In the Killing Fields of Mozambique; Faith Under Fire in Sudan; and Slavery, Terrorism and Islam – The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.
“What Have You Done to Help Black People?”
What have I done to help black people in Africa? Well, for over 40 years, I have been dedicated to missionary work, evangelism, discipleship and practical help, primarily to black Christians throughout Africa. During this time, I have helped establish and equip over 100 schools, several clinics and hospitals, delivered tonnes of medicines, an ambulance to Christians in South Sudan, provided wells and water pumps to Christians under fire in Sudan, conducted thousands of services and hundreds of seminars and training courses throughout Africa, training pastors, teachers, evangelists, chaplains and medics and delivered hundreds of thousands of Bibles and books to some of the most needy and neglected Christians suffering in Africa. I worked steadfastly for the freedom and independence of South Sudan, Mozambique, Angola and Zimbabwe, despite arrests, imprisonments, abuse, torture, ambushes, aerial and artillery bombardments.
“You Are the Beneficiary of White Privilege!”
In my experience, my “white privilege” included being caned at school, conscripted into the Army, put in harm’s way, required to pay exorbitant taxes for other peoples benefit and working my way through college. Even under apartheid, in South Africa, in the early 1980’s, I was “too male and too pale” for a scholarship and had to work in the Fire Brigade, eight hours a night, six days a week, to put myself through Theological Seminary, while Black and Coloured students received bursaries and financial assistance. Not that I complained about any of that, but to rewrite history and deny reality is neither honest, not just.
Black Privilege and The Race Card
From my observation, the “previously disadvantaged” always had the advantage of mostly free, or subsidised, housing, free medical, free schooling, (BBBEE) Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Affirmative Action and preferential treatment for jobs, scholarships and assistance. Other “black privileges” that we notice are those who play the race card enjoy being able to loot, riot, steal, embezzle and defraud tax payers of billions and still stay in position and power.
The Problem is Sin – Not Skin
Racial stereotypes are not helpful. The issue is not skin it is sin. It is not race, but lack of grace that should be our primary concern. It turns out that the ones who shout “racist!” the most prove to be the most racist of all. It is easy to convince people that problems are not their own fault. Black Lives Matter is a colossal smoke screen deception operation attempting to deny personal responsibility for fatherless homes, lawless behaviour and a cover for greed, envy, malice and hatred. Playing the blame game is not a pathway to success. You cannot riot your way to justice.
Love God and Love Your Neighbour
No Christian should have anything to do with such a racist, Marxist Revolutionary, anti-family and anti-Christian movement as BLM. It is an insult to law-abiding Christian black people to suggest that all blacks support riots, looting and arson! Yet that is the implication when words are weaponised and #BlackLivesMatter is made a mantra everyone is required to chant. BLM is a false religion with a false gospel and a false mission. It is malicious, Marxist and idolatrous. Reject the virtue signalling, indoctrination and intimidation. We fear God alone. We bow to our Creator and Eternal Judge. Jesus Christ is Lord! “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:18
Dear Fellow Americans (of African descent):
I write to you with great concern for the future of our country and the black community. Like most Americans, I too am angry over the killing of George Floyd. His death was a monstrous act, and former police officer Derek Chauvin deserves to have the full weight of the law brought against him. If the video we witnessed is accurate, Mr. Chauvin must be imprisoned for a long time. However, my sadness reaches well beyond this single tragedy. The riots, looting and violence which have occurred in cities across the country will not reform, heal, unify or improve the lives and safety of black Americans. In fact, these actions are radically regressive and self-destructive.
Black businesses are burned down, the owners are assaulted and essential grocery stores and pharmacies are destroyed. Cops and innocent bystanders are victimized and killed. The irony is that the victims are primarily those for whom the rioters claim to be seeking justice. History teaches us that communities wracked by riots and looting do not recover easily, if at all. They tend to become more impoverished and dangerous than they were before the upheaval. The Proverb says, “where there is no vision, the people perish.” The last time curfews were necessary to quell violence across the country was fifty-two years ago in 1968. A half a century later, we face the same destructive reaction to racial grievance. It will not lead to one black child getting a better education. Not one black worker will get a better job, and not one inner city family will live in a safer community. If police departments are defunded, as Black Lives Matter is demanding, look for an outbreak of crime and violence in the inner city like nothing we have ever witnessed before.
The purpose of peaceful protests should be to secure a better life for those trapped by inner-city violence, drugs, gangs, and lack of educational and economic opportunity. If we are having the same violent protests over the same issues with the same negative consequences as 50 years ago, something is wrong with our approach. There is a way out of this vicious cycle, but it is hard medicine. Black citizens must stop voting for a political party that espouses nothing more than racial demagoguery. Al Sharpton, a proven charlatan with zero credibility, is trotted out to speak for the victims. No solutions are offered and no long term progress is ever made. Social and racial justice are popular slogans, but they are not a strategy for improving the lives of people.
Education has been used to uplift every demographic group that has come to America. However, inner city children whose ancestors are among the earliest to arrive on this continent, are trapped in failing schools. Educational choice offers a real solution, but black Democratic politicians block it at every turn. They send their children to the finest schools available while leaving the children of their constituents trapped in dead-end institutions. Their betrayal doesn’t end with education. These black politicians go to church every Sunday, and some of them are pastors. Yet they disregard the sin of abortion and its impact on the black community. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a rabid racist who admired Adolph Hitler and consorted with the Ku Klux Klan. She would have liked to exterminate black people, but satisfied herself with suppressing the growth of the black population through abortion. When eugenics proved unmarketable, she changed her brand to “planned parenthood” which sounds benign unless you know the truth. With the full cooperation of many black leaders, Sanger’s genocide against the black community continues to this day.
Finally, the single greatest social problem facing the black community is the destruction of the nuclear family. The out-of-wedlock birth rate has exploded to 72%. In some cities such as Richmond, Virginia it is 80%. The young men, born to single mothers, unwanted by their fathers, grow up with anger and abandonment issues. Desperately wanting to be wanted, they are easy recruits into a brotherhood of gangs, crime and violence. The streets are an outlet for their anger.
Leftists complain that the criminal justice system tracks young black men from the school house to the jail house. But the “progressive” welfare policies of the Democrat Party put them on that track. Instead of encouraging stable, two-parent families, they incentivize single, female-headed households. They’ve been doing this since the 1960s, with horrific results.
Where is the plan for reversing the crisis of these communities? Where is the vision for a better future? Democratic leaders have led the black community to the brink of destruction with no hope for a better life. The black Democrat elites on the other hand experience the best America has to offer while leaving their fellow black citizens utterly hopeless. Living posh lives, these so called black leaders and their white leftist counterparts tell black voters to hate and fear Donald Trump because he is their problem. He is the enemy. His rhetoric does at times make it easy for them to mischaracterize him. Nevertheless, Donald Trump has accomplished some remarkable things to benefit the black community. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) have faced financial hardship for decades, and he is the first president to provide a permanent funding solution. He established Opportunity Zones for the inner cities to help spur economic development. He presided over an economy that saw the lowest unemployment rates ever for black and Hispanic Americans. He shepherded the Criminal Justice Reform Bill through Congress, correcting the legacy of the Clinton era overreaction to the crack cocaine epidemic.
President Trump is actually doing something about the problems the black community faces while Democrats do nothing. Democrats hope that if they can keep black voters fixated on hating Donald Trump and the boogey man of racism, they won’t notice that the leaders they elected and the party they support are doing nothing. The voters won’t notice that over 7000 young black people die in inner city violence every year. They won’t notice the failing schools or the dropout rates. They won’t notice the continuing decimation of the nuclear family, once the bedrock of the black community. The black Democrat politicians do not want black voters to notice that they are enriching themselves with blood money from Planned Parenthood. That organization kills around 400,000 black babies every year. The black population would be double what it is today were it not for the abortion industry and the Democrats they pay to keep quiet about the genocide.
It is time for black citizens to turn away from such corrupt leaders. It is time to denounce the rioting, violence and the anti-Christian philosophy of the Democratic Party which is only destroying black people.
We must come together with other citizens around a vision for the future of our community and our country that is rooted and grounded in faith. We’ve come this far by faith, but Democrats would have us burn the bridge that brought us over. That is suicide.
As America goes, so goes the black community. Black veterans fought under the same American Flag and took the same oath to the Constitution. While they did not always receive the respect and gratitude they were due, it is nonetheless true that no people of African heritage anywhere on earth are more free or better off than we who are blessed to be Americans. America is still the last best hope for all of us, regardless of race. We cannot change the past. However, we can change the future. It is time to come together across all racial and cultural lines to renew the American vision of “one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” It is within our grasp if we do not allow the radical elements among us to destroy it forever. We are at the precipice. There are those who would like to push us over the cliff into chaos. They think they will be there to pick up the pieces and create a socialist utopia, but history proves it will be a totalitarian nightmare. Let us, as free black Americans, pull back from the precipice, push back against the anarchists and embrace the legacy of freedom, justice and hope for ourselves and the generations to follow.
Restoring America’s Vision,
Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr.
E.W. Jackson was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1970 and was honorably discharged in 1973. He went on to graduate Summa
Cum Laude with a Phi Beta Kappa Key from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1975, and from Harvard Law School in 1978. Whilein law school, he studied at Harvard Divinity School and was licensed as a Baptist minister. He was ordained in 1979 and consecrated a Bishop in 1998.
He practiced small business law for 15 years in Boston, and taught Business, Commercial and Regulatory Law at the college and graduate levels. He is the Founder of THE CALLED CHURCH in Chesapeake, Virginia and S.T.A.N.D. – Staying True to America’s National Destiny, a nonprofit foundation with a national mission to bring Americans together across racial and cultural lines to preserve our Judeo- Christian values and heritage. Through his church, he founded the Chesapeake Martin Luther King Leadership Breakfast and the William Jackson Youth Center.
He is the author of two books: “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life” and “12 Principles to Make Your Life Extraordinary.” He has been a guest on Fox & Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Neil Cavuto, Lou Dobbs, Megyn Kelly, CBN World News, ABC’s Good Morning America, C- Span’s Washington Journal, ABC Radio Network, National Public Radio and other media. His articles have been featured in the Washington Times, American Thinker, Western Journalism, American Family Association, The Stream and other publications.Bishop Jackson won the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor of Virginia in 2013 and is now a candidate for U.S. Senate. He and his wife, Theodora, have been married for 47 years, have 3 children and reside in Suffolk, Virginia.
RACISM, RIOTS, the ROLE of THE MEDIA and REVOLUTION
“Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.”
Rioters Should Not Be Confused with Protestors
How can violent destructive riots be misrepresented as “protests”? One news headline: “Protestors hurled Rocks and Molotov Cocktails at Police in Philadelphia!” Protests by definition are peaceful. Violence and protests are mutually exclusive. Rioters throwing rocks and “Molotov cocktails” should not by any stretch of the imagination, be misconstrued as “protestors.”
Fuel Bombs are Weapons of War not Placards
Molotov cocktails (also known as petrol bombs, gasoline bombs, fire bombs, or the poor man’s grenade) were first designed and named by the Finnish defenders fighting the Soviet Red Army invasion in the 1939-1940 Winter War. The term “Molotov cocktail” was a pejorative reference to the Soviet foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov. The Finns named their napalm-like mixture of petrol, alcohol, with some motor oil added, ignited by a burning cloth/wick held in place by the narrow neck of a glass bottle after the communist deceiver Molotov. The wick was usually soaked in alcohol, or kerosene, then the bottle was hurled at a Soviet tank, or other Red Army vehicle. When the bottle smashed on impact the ensuing cloud of fuel droplets and vapor ignited by the attached burning wick, or rag, caused an immediate fireball followed by spreading flames of the remainder of the ignited fuel.
Mocking Molotov’s Marxist Propaganda
The origin of the name came from the Communist propaganda which Soviet minister Molotov espoused during the Winter War, when he declared that the Soviet bombing missions over Finland were actually “airborne humanitarian food deliveries” for their “starving neighbors!” Therefore, the Finns, sarcastically referred to Soviet cluster bombs as “Molotov bread baskets” and their hand-held bottle firebombs to attack Soviet tanks a “Molotov cocktail” as a drink to go with his “humanitarian food parcels.” The Finnish Origin of the Weapon and Choice of
Name should Expose the Hypocrisy
The historic origin of both the term Molotov cocktail and this napalm-like weapon of war, should shed some light on the disinformation being broadcast about “mostly peaceful protestors!”
Devastation Exposes Deceit
Reportedly, at least 145 cities across the United States of America have been ravaged by violent riots, looting and arson attacks. Literally thousands of businesses have been looted, damaged or destroyed by rioters, arsonists and looters. Fires were set in the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church on Lafayette Park in front of the White House. More than 50 secret service agents in Washington D.C. were injured trying to protect the White House from riotous mobs. Facts can really ruin a good media narrative.
Well Organized “Spontaneous” Riots
With literally thousands of businesses devastated and Billions of Dollars’ worth of damage and losses across the United States, the reported narrative of “spontaneous rage” at “police brutality” seems tenuous. Initial reports indicate that there is evidence of orchestration behind the scenes. The sinister Antifa Terrorist movement plainly played a pivotal role. Vladimir Lenin spoke of “constructive chaos” to advance Revolutionary goals. As the National Guard deployed in 23 States and curfews were declared in many cities, the question needs to be asked;
What role has the mainstream mass media played in fanning the flames and pouring fuel on the fires of violent discontent? Selective Outrage
The zoom lens of selective reporting ignores the wide-angle lens of context. Frequently the mainstream mass media misses the big picture. There seems to be a pattern of ignoring terrible atrocities by Marxist Revolutionaries and the ongoing persecution of Christians in Islamic lands. “Whoever says to the guilty, ‘You are innocent,’ will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.” Proverbs 24:24
Atrocities that Do Not Make the News
As a Missionary to persecuted churches for most of the last 40 years, I have walked and worked In the Killing Fields of Mozambique, documenting the burning of Bibles, destruction of churches and massacres of Christians by the Marxist FRELIMO dictatorship. I have served suffering Christians in MPLA controlled Marxist Angola, documenting the destruction of churches, burning of Bibles and murdering of ministers by communist Cuban troops and the Marxists MPLA forces. In Rwanda, I walked knee high and sometimes waist deep in corpses, in churches, interviewing the survivors of the Rwandan Genocide and documenting in my book, Holocaust in Rwanda, the disgraceful roles of the United Nations, the French and Clinton governments, liberal WCC affiliated church leaders and the manipulation of the news media.
Hidden Holocausts and Forgotten Wars
In Sudan, I was eyewitness to the scorched earth, Islamic Jihad genocidal war waged against Christians of South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains. This was documented in Faith Under Fire in Sudan book and in the Sudan: The Hidden Holocaust and Terrorism and Persecution films. Strangely, the secular mass media took little interest in the plight of millions of Christians persecuted in communist and Muslim lands in Africa and Asia. Apparently not all Black lives matter to CNN.
There are Positive Practical and Constructive Ways to Respond to Abuse
Although I have experience artillery, rocket and aerial bombardments at churches I was ministering in, as well as being arrested, abused and incarcerated in communist prisons, I never responded to the atrocities I witnessed, or to the abuse I endured, by advocating, or participating in, violence, or terrorism. No, that is not how Christians respond. I wrote books, helped produce films, gave presentations at churches and conferences, was interviewed on radio and TV programs, testified at International Human Rights conventions and to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington D.C and to members of the British Foreign Office in London.
It is Better to Light a Candle than to Curse the Darkness
It is important to pray the Psalms, to take injustices directly to God and seek His intervention. To pray against evil. To shine the light of research and investigation on the dark dealings of the persecutors of the Church and those guilty of atrocities. To speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. To be a voice for the voiceless. To do something positive and constructive to help build a better future, for families, for the Faith and for freedom.
Truth Does Not Fear Investigation
It is important that we do not rely on only one source of information for our news and views on the world. We need discernment to understand the times and to know what Gods people should do. We need to evaluate everything in the light of God’s Word and seek to be positive, practical and solution focused.
A Shocking Contrast
How is it possible that so much police energy was focused on arresting surfers, joggers and people walking their dogs and yet when St. Paul, Minnesota erupted in violence the police chief evacuated his personnel and allowed rioters to occupy, vandalize, loot and torch the central police station? So, we learned that if you attempt to open your business during a lockdown, you could be arrested. But if you looted a business last week, the police left you alone! People exercising, running, or surfing were arrested, but those throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails were unimpeded by police action at St. Paul’s, Minnesota.
A Culture of Compulsion and Coercion
The excessive state overreaction enforcing a culture of compulsion and coercion during the COVID-19 Lockdown provides a stark contrast to the hands-off and withdraw approach of police in all too many cities, torn by violence, arson and looting.
The Curse of Centralization and Globalization
All of this provides another vivid example of the dangers of centralization and the advantages of decentralization. The Swiss model of decentralization is far better than the Towel of Babel, Egyptian pyramid, Nineveh, centralization, top-down approach to government. Revelation 13 warns us of the anti-Christ goal of a one-world government, a one-world religious movement and a one-world economic system. Recent history demonstrates the dangers of the United Nations, World Health Organization, European Union and other groups working for a New World Order. Globalism is such a threat that in a matter of weeks, 3.5 Billion people on the planet were in some form of government enforced lockdown.
Decentralization is the Solution to the Chaos that Threatens Civilization
Decentralization is the answer. When local municipalities control their own local police force, whose members are drawn from that local municipality, the safeguards are far more effective. Local police, who are recruited from that community and answerable to the local municipality will not abuse their friends or neighbors, nor will they withdraw, or stand idly by, while their friends, family and neighbors’ businesses and properties are threatened, looted and burned.
Resist Globalization and Centralization
The global Lockdown and the riots devastating so many cities around the States, are just some of the results of globalism. Centralization and the culture of compulsion and coercion were warned about in Revelation 13 and in George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984. “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.” 2 Peter 2:19. We need to reject globalization, centralization, disinformation, the Revolution and their agenda and work for decentralization,
Reformation, praying for Revival.
Dr. Peter Hammond
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Camp Constitution attended, and participated in the Open Up Massachusetts Rally Saturday May 30 on the steps of the Massachusetts State House. The event was co-sponsored by Super Happy Fun America and Open Up Massachusetts. Rev. Steve Craft set the theme by saying that we are in a “spiritual battle” and opened with a powerful prayer. Speakers included Rayla Campbell, Candidate for Congress; John Hugo, Mark Sahady, Brandon Navon, and Suzanne Ianni of Super Happy Fun America, Hal Shurtleff of Camp Constitution; Diane Lu of Falon Gong, and Bao Chau Kelley of Vietnamese for Trump. Members of the Revolutionary Communist Party were on hand with their vile signs unsuccessfully attempting to disrupt the rally. Boston Police acted in a professional manner and , as with all of the Open Up Massachusetts Rallies, the participants acted in a peaceful manner.
This is Justine Damond. She happened to be white. She was shot to death by officer Muhammad Noor (who happened to be black.) It happened 3 years ago in the exact same city of Minneapolis, where all the rioting is happening now. Unlike Mr. Floyd, she had no criminal record (he had multiple convictions including for armed robbery.) Nor was she being arrested (as he was, for passing a bad check.) In fact, she had called the police to report an apparent assault behind her house and was running toward the police car to tell them what she had heard. She was in her pajamas. Officer Noor drew his weapon and shot her dead, apparently without any provocation at all. There were no riots.
Let me be crystal clear. Both officers are clearly guilty. I’ve seen the video of the Floyd incident. It’s quite clear to me the officer in his case is guilty of first degree manslaughter, at least. He’s entitled to his day in court. But, frankly, I can’t even imagine what his defense attorney could say that would change my mind.
Sadly, there are bad cops who do bad things. They need to be punished. But I’m far more concerned about the riots.
The riots will kill far more people. There are powerful forces that are trying to destroy America. (Yes, LITERALLY destroy.) And there is a serious chance that they’ll succeed. These forces are mostly in media and entertainment and sports. Some are in politics.
They have decided that every bad thing a white person does to a black person must be interpreted, immediately,in the light of race. This, even though in a country of 330 million people sheer randomness will account for these incidents just as easily.
Black on white crime (far more common) will be ignored.
Black on black crime (most common of all) ignored.
White on white crime? (Are you kidding?)
But all white on black crime must be portrayed as a racial incident without any evidence of racism whatsoever. Cause there’s “a pattern,” see, in what they choose to report!
And it must be the lead story on national news immediately. Regardless of how many identical stories (with the wrong racial makeup) have been ignored. Next the race hustling celebrities will make outrageous statements to the effect that all black people live in constant fear of being killed by any white person who comes anywhere near them. Then the social media, that will censor any conservative statement such as “I like Trump,” because its dangerous “hate speech,” will allow all those incendiary comments to stand. Then they’ll sit back and watch the fireworks.cbThe final stage, will be the infantilization of the rioters. Because the poor dears, who live in constant fear of murderous white people can’t be blamed in they snatched a television or two, you know, for the sake of social justice.
This is the greatest danger facing America today. (If you know me at all, you know I dont often admit to a greater danger than the national debt.) If we’re going to win and save our country from turning into Bosnia, we need to lose our fear of speaking the truth.
Start with this:
There used to be ACTUAL racism in this country (and every other country.) Today there is NONE.
By “actual racism” I mean the sort that actually prevents people from living their lives as they wish and pursuing their dreams. I DON’T refer to someone thinking (or expressing) a thought you don’t like.
By “none” I mean zip, zero, nada. That’s why there’s been a growing business in fake ‘hate crimes.’
Today, in America, we have the least racist society that ever was. Let’s save it.
For our children.
And for the memory of Justine Damond and Gregory Floyd.
Ever since Loren Spivack’s store “Free Market Warrior” was expelled from Concord Mills Mall in North Carolina for selling materials critical of the Obama administration in 2009, (Mall owners, Simon Property Group, are major Democratic donors.) Spivack has devoted himself to writing entertaining, educational political parodies, and teaching people the truth about free market economics and how it can save this country.
Loren has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio programs including Glenn Beck, CNN, NBC News, America’s Newsroom, National Conservative Radio, Paltalk News, and We The People Radio. He has spoken to hundreds of conservative, Republican, Libertarian, and Tea Party groups across the United States.
Spivack authored “The New Democrat,” a parody of the Obama administration based on the famous Dr. Seuss classic, “The Cat in the Hat.” With pitch perfect rhyme and clever illustrations “The New Democrat” transforms political personalities of our time into a conservative morality play. “The New Democrat,” listed as one of the top 10 conservative collectible items, humorously details the numerous failed policies of the current government and the century of liberalism that led up to it. It features Obama as the mischievous, toothy cat, wearing a Soviet-style cap emblazoned with hammer and sickle. Glenn Beck plays the anxious, scolding fish. The book, both thought-provoking and illuminating, ends with America racing full speed ahead toward government rationing and death panels.
In his most recent book, “The Gorax,” based on another famous Dr. Seuss book, “The Lorax,” satirist Loren Spivack, “Dr. Truth,” spoofs Al Gore and the environmentalist movement as a threat to freedom and the American standard of living. Once again with snappy rhymes and equally amusing illustrations Spivack is both funny and poignant as he makes the case that capitalism is the real victim of environmental extremists.
If you think economics is uninteresting, dull, or perplexing, then you have never heard Loren Spivack speak. His “Economic Literacy” seminar is witty, fascinating, and easy to understand. Enter a realm that makes sense and laugh at what we have been taught to be logical. Loren humorously critiques the concepts of John Maynard Keynes (father of Keynesian Economics) which have put the U.S. on the path towards our demise, and deals with today’s real problems in an entertaining way. A link to Mr. Spivack’s recent book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gorax-Loren-Spivack/dp/B0773BZVLM/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=loren+spivack&qid=1590800842&sr=8-4
On this Memorial Day, Camp Constitution wants to honor the memory of Prince Estabrook. Hal Shurtleff and Rev. Steve Craft of Camp Constitution visit the Prince Estabrook Monument in front of the Buckman Tavern, and across from Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts. They discuss the heroics of Prince Estabrook, a member of the Lexington Militia who was one of the first Americans to be injured in battle. He answered the alarm, and fought in the Battle of Lexington and Concord. At the time of the battle, he was a slave. He enlisted in the Continental Army and after the war, he gained his freedom.
” I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. With words we make promises, plight faith, praise virtue. Promises may not be kept; plighted faith may be broken; and vaunted virtue be only the cunning mask of vice. We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue. For the noblest man that lives, there still remains a conflict. He must still withstand the assaults of time and fortune, must still be assailed with temptations, before which lofty natures have fallen; but with these the conflict ended, the victory was won, when death stamped on them the great seal of heroic character, and closed a record which years can never blot.
I know of nothing more appropriate on this occasion than to inquire what brought these men here; what high motive led them to condense life into an hour, and to crown that hour by joyfully welcoming death? Let us consider.
Eight years ago this was the most unwarlike nation of the earth. For nearly fifty years1no spot in any of these states had been the scene of battle. Thirty millions of people had an army of less than ten thousand men. The faith of our people in the stability and permanence of their institutions was like their faith in the eternal course of nature. Peace, liberty, and personal security were blessings as common and universal as sunshine and showers and fruitful seasons; and all sprang from a single source, the old American principle that all owe due submission and obedience to the lawfully expressed will of the majority. This is not one of the doctrines of our political system—it is the system itself. It is our political firmament, in which all other truths are set, as stars in Heaven. It is the encasing air, the breath of the Nation’s life. Against this principle the whole weight of the rebellion was thrown. Its overthrow would have brought such ruin as might follow in the physical universe, if the power of gravitation were destroyed and
“Nature’s concord broke,
Among the constellations war were sprung,
Two planets, rushing from aspect malign
Of fiercest opposition, in mid-sky
Should combat, and their jarring spheres confound.”
The Nation was summoned to arms by every high motive which can inspire men. Two centuries of freedom had made its people unfit for despotism. They must save their Government or miserably perish.
As a flash of lightning in a midnight tempest reveals the abysmal horrors of the sea, so did the flash of the first gun disclose the awful abyss into which rebellion was ready to plunge us. In a moment the fire was lighted in twenty million hearts. In a moment we were the most warlike Nation on the earth. In a moment we were not merely a people with an army—we were a people in arms. The Nation was in column—not all at the front, but all in the array.
I love to believe that no heroic sacrifice is ever lost; that the characters of men are molded and inspired by what their fathers have done; that treasured up in American souls are all the unconscious influences of the great deeds of the Anglo-Saxon race, from Agincourt to Bunker Hill. It was such an influence that led a young Greek, two thousand years ago, when musing on the battle of Marathon, to exclaim, “the trophies of Miltiades will not let me sleep!” Could these men be silent in 1861; these, whose ancestors had felt the inspiration of battle on every field where civilization had fought in the last thousand years? Read their answer in this green turf. Each for himself gathered up the cherished purposes of life—its aims and ambitions, its dearest affections—and flung all, with life itself, into the scale of battle.”
(The above was from the James A Garfield National Historic Site: https://garfieldnps.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/james-a-garfields-decoration-day-speech-may-30-1868/
James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the United States. He was the only president that was an ordained minister, and the last U.S. President to be born in a log cabin. He was the only sitting member of the House of Representatives to be elected president. On July 2, 1881, he was shot by Charles Guiteau, and died on September 19, 1881