“The State is God.”
This alarming quote reflects the ancestry of socialism and foretells what was soon to become one of the more sinister ideological tenants of communism, atheism. This ideology is not exclusive to communism it is employed in some degree by all forms of progressive or collectivist government.
The quote is from Ferdinand Lassalle, founder of the German socialist movement during the early 1800’s. His words were a fundamental inspiration to Karl Marx who authored the Communist Manifesto in 1848. The same Communist Manifesto that led to the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and nearly a century of war, suffering and the death of freedom for nearly 200 million citizens before the system failed and the Berlin Wall came down.
Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives in the 111th Congress of the United States of America there are 70 members who are avowed socialists. All of them are members of the Democratic Socialists of America. (Numerous sources confirm this fact.)
The fact that they adhere to socialist ideology reveals their goal for America.
We citizens have the need and right to know the answer to two questions:
Question one: “Are the goals of socialism consistent with the values so clearly defined and revered in the text of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution or reflected in our history?”
Neither Constitutional nor historical scholarship is required to form a strong and freedom driven “no” to answer this question with absolute certainty.
A few familiar quotes from the founding documents of the United States of America reveal the foundation for the profound “no” answer.
From the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
“That to pursue these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….”
From the first few words of the Constitution:
“…and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,…”
Our history reveals our willingness to defend liberty and freedom contained in both the spirit and letter of these documents as well as to deny tyranny at the hands of government.
Question two is for our individual members of the Congress. It is: “What are you doing to uphold your Constitutional oath of office?”
The answer to question two is the responsibility our elected representatives. When their actions appear to embrace the tyranny of socialist ideals that are so profoundly in conflict with our Constitution we must shout: “GET OUT OF OUR HOUSE!” with our vote.
It is time for diligence we cannot become complacent lest we find ourselves by default eventually falling into involuntary submission to socialist ideology.
We can restore a limited trust in our Congress but we will need to elect citizen statesmen to office, not ten or twenty term politicians with only a limited view of the responsibilities of their office.
Finally, let us remember that President Ronald Reagan doubled the national debt and defeated the socialist USSR in the Cold War.
Two and a half decades later the current President with the willing consent of Congress tripled the national debt and employed communists in the Whitehouse to defeat the American principals of freedom that the USSR socialists tried to destroy during that same Cold War.
It looks like we’ll have to defeat the socialists again, this time on our own shores, in our own Whitehouse and in the halls of the Congress. But now we won’t have to modify the debt, all we must do is remove the socialists from office with our vote.
The current socialists and other occupants of the Whitehouse and Congress would engage in folly, if they did not heed the words of President Reagan: “…self delusion in the face of unpleasant fact is folly.”
And so would we.