Thanks in part to the mainstream media, more Americans seem to be open to big government today than ever before, but do they really understand where it could lead? Apparently, we haven’t learned from the historic, epic failures of socialism throughout the world. Have the promoters of these policies ever been asked by the media to provide examples of one successful program they have presided over?
Are American citizens aware of what will happen if we allow government to have even more control of our lives? The election of Barack Obama is the most glaring step toward socialism in United States history. But are there really more socialists among us today or are we being duped by an extremely progressive media?
Maybe a little of both.
The following is an excerpt from the chapter ‘It Could Never Happen In America’ taken from the book, ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA.
Shortly after President Obama was inaugurated in 2009, Newsweek ran a cover story for its February 16 issue declaring: “We Are All Socialists Now: The Perils and Promise of the New Era of Big Government.” The economic crisis was caused by too much government regulation, borrowing and spending, yet Newsweek claimed, “In the absence of a robust private sector, the government will fill in the gap.” The publication inferred that with the election of Barack Obama, America was becoming more like a European socialist country. I recently learned the writer of that article was Evan Thomas.
Thomas teaches journalism at Princeton University. He is also the grandson of Marxist Norman Thomas who joined the Socialist Party in America in 1918 and ran for president six times on the Socialist Party ticket! Norman Thomas once said:
“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.”
And you wonder why kids going into journalism end up with hostile views of Christians and friendly views toward liberalism? In addition, on June 5, 2009, while being interviewed by Mr. “Thrill up my leg” on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Evan Thomas stated:
“I mean, in a way, Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of god.”
Prior to Newsweek, Thomas also worked at Time Magazine. You can see his continued influence at Time as the 2011 Person of the Year cover story was – “The (Occupy) Protestor” with the socialist clenched fist representing the movement. ( Naturally, in 2008, Barack Obama was declared Time’s Person of the Year.)
Many conservative Americans stopped considering Time a legitimate magazine years ago. These and many other publications have sanitized socialism. The lengthy, eight-page cover story praised the European revolutions, focused on Occupy Wall Street, and dedicated just two descriptive sentences to the Tea Party calling it a “radical populist movement.”
Time’s cover story on Obama after just six months in office read, “Obama’s start has been the most impressive of any president since FDR.” Remember their cover story on Bush in the first 100 days of his presidency? There wasn’t one. In 2003, however, Newsweek did do a cover story called: “Bush & God – Why His ‘God Talk’ Worries Friends & Foes.” The nine-page article dissected Bush’s upbringing and ”questionable” Christian influences.
In October 2011, New York magazine published the results of a poll it had conducted with 100 committed OWS protesters in Manhattan, half of whom were in their twenties. Forty-five percent of respondents said capitalism “can’t be saved” and is “inherently immoral.”
In a different 2011 survey of OWS protesters by The Wall Street Journal, 65% said government has a moral responsibility to guarantee all citizens access to affordable health care, a college education, and a secure retirement – regardless of the cost. (Where do you suppose they get these ideas?)
It is imperative you and I recognize the enemy has been working through people willing to forge his devious plan in America. We must alert others to the wickedness because the time to sound the alarm is almost past. Thomas Jefferson’s words should inspire us today:
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
What an honor and privilege that God has chosen you and me to be alive during this trying and exciting time in America. We are not here to be spectators! We were born during this generation to be a voice and an influence on others in order to draw people to Jesus Christ, and to counteract what is happening in America.
Do not allow today’s news or the agenda of the Left to cause you to lose your focus or your effectiveness for the Lord. This is all temporary. He is eternal. We are here for such a time as this and God has chosen us. Don’t give up and don’t get tired of doing what is good because we will reap a harvest in due time (Galatians 6:9-10).
Rally, stir up and strengthen fellow Christians. Regardless of the condition of culture and what is happening in America, we are responsible for using our time wisely while we’re here. Enemy forces want to blot out God and our freedoms, but He has entrusted this generation with His commission and to infiltrate society for Christ.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan
There are a number of logical problems in this article, David. First off, I think you are confusing socialism with communism or Marxism, and they aren’t the same thing at all. Communism has failed internationally, but socialism in areas like health care and social welfare programs is doing quite well here, and much better than well in a number of other countries.
It’s pretty obvious Jesus did not support materialism, and would therefore have opposed Capitalism had that concept of economy existed in his time on Earth. Who would Jesus see go hungry? Isn’t that closer to socialism?
Assuming God is all-powerful, he’s in no real danger of being “blotted out”. It’s up to individuals whether to ignore God. God will not interfere with their free will to do so at their own risk. If America becomes ungodly, it deserves whatever will happen as a result. I’m completely neutral about it. I can only control my own faith practices.
I don’t think freedom comes without responsibilities, in other words “freedom isn’t free”. We are our brother’s keeper.
I appreciate the comments and you may be right about confusing socialism, communism, and Marxism. Though they are not exactly the same, they contain so many major similarities and are all focused on man’s interests (humanism) over God’s. The main points of this excerpt are to state the gradual shift in acceptance of anti-Christian movements in America as well as the lack of truthful media coverage when it comes to liberal or progressive ideologies. These cannot be denied. How we deal with these issues can be debated. As for social justice and what Jesus may or may not have accepted re; capitalism, are you absolutely sure about your judgment? Of course He didn’t support materialism and of course He cared for the poor. Would love to hear your thoughts about this; http://davefiorazo.blogspot.com/2012/12/social-justice-politics-and-christian.html
You’re also right that God is not in danger of being blotted out of the universe but you’re completely missing the point that evidence proves He is being removed from America and the Church as a whole is failing to impact culture and fulfill the Great Commission. I also agree it is up to individuals and make this point throughout Eradicate. You ended your comments with several very good points. Thanks again, Mike.
“We were born during this generation to be a voice and an influence on others in order to draw people to Jesus Christ, and to counteract what is happening in America.” I agree. The church must be relevant while holding on to orthodoxy. Our nation needs God’s truth now more than ever.
Thanks Askme! Truth is now ‘hate’ to those who hate the truth. We sure do need truth defenders and proclaimers in America today. Also, we need to be careful about what we deem relevant. (Romans 12:2) The word ‘relevant’ is sadly becoming a code word of the Christian Left, often used to water down the Gospel and justify unbiblical actions, behavior, or policy. What is happening in America is a purposeful, steady shift away from our founding Christian principles and the conservative Judeo-Christian values that made us a great and strong nation.
National Socialist Party, the most Liberal Party in Germany before WWII really worked well. They were the NAZI Party. We can look for the same level of success from the Democrat Party.