Flag and star as I feel this issue is truly critical to the US.
I have been rebellious my entire life. I have rejected religion, statism and nearly every social "norm" at some point. Yet I find myself as an older
man (over 50) with children and grandchildren moving back towards what most would consider to be Conservative values. Why? What I have discovered is
that freedom is a wonderful thing but only so long as personal responsibility and a sense of morality are in place to temper one's own thoughts and
Freedom was the bait used by the left (and Communists) to bring us to where we are today. As paradoxical as it may seem, it has been the misuse of
this freedom that has left us today bereft of meaning in a world where ethics are considered to be passe, an archaic clinging to religious dogma that
"holds us down" and prevents us from "growth".
Laws are based on morality and nations are established and sustained by law. Remove the morality and what is left? There is no compass here to guide
us, no standards of right and wrong, good and evil for us to judge the actions of ourselves and others.
This moral relativism is the slippery slope where wrong can become right, injustice becomes justice creating an upside down world that we see
Our government has given this full expression and that is how we know that such things as the Patriot Act or the Help America Vote Act are indeed the
true opposite of what they claim to be.
Our response as citizens tends to fall either to A) - Outrage, or B) Denial. When presented with evidence to show government malfeasance, many seniors
simply deny that such a thing could be done, "America doesn't do that!" is a typical response yet we falsely imprison thousands without charge and
without legal representation
indefinitely and now, even if acquitted, the Obama administration has said that they may never be
Such evils are incomprehensible, much like many German citizens could not fathom that their country would participate in the mass slaughter of Jews,
Gypsies and other minorities.
The outraged among us have nearly exhausted our ability to protest and see little or no hope of ever changing what we see as a criminal enterprise
pretending to be our legitimate government.
Today we can plainly see the result of this experiment in eliminating God and religion from public life: a loss of social cohesion, a playing field
where people and governments make up the rules as they go along to justify their actions.
I used to be a firm believer in the doctrine of church/state separation, but no more. In so doing we have removed our privileged position of being a
living in a world made by a creator, a force more powerful and omniscient than ourselves. We rape the land and abuse our fellow
man not only because we can get away with it or make money in so doing but because people and indeed the whole world are profane and devoid of any and
The greatest contribution that religion can make is to remind us that we are creations and reflections of a divine source living in a world filled
with beauty and mystical potential.
Science does not know everything yet nor would I care for them to explain it all to me.
The world is a far better place for me when I realize that everyone around me, all the plants and animals, the earth, sea and sky are all special and
unique, irreplaceable and perfect just as they were created.
This understanding is a place where joy and spirituality can thrive, where beauty can be found in all things and in all beings. It is to dance within
life and feel a sacred rhythm, the heartbeat of the world and the harmonies of the universe.
There is still a place for wonder and bliss but not without some sense of the divine.
Without God or religion there is no higher authority left than the state.
That is the reason Lenin knew he would have to destroy the church.
America has had many "useful idiots" who shunned religion and morality.
I was one of them.
edit on 10-3-2011 by Asktheanimals because: corrections