Superb Essay: You want to win the war?

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DO NOT BLAME BARACK

by Selwyn Duke

10.4.09

Excerpts

. . . Obama doesn’t alarm me as much as the average American.  To explain why, I’ll present something Roman philosopher and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero said 2000 years ago when lamenting Julius Caesar’s rise to dictator:

Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions . . . .  Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.’ Julius was always an ambitious villain, but he is only one man.
Some of us lament the presence of self-professed communists such as Van Jones — and other assorted intellectual mutants, such as Cass Sunstein and John Holdren — in government, and how we elected a man who broke bread with self-professed communists such as Bill Ayers.  But why complain now?  We’ve had self-professed communists such as Bill Ayers — and other assorted intellectual mutants, such as Ward Churchill, Cass Sunstein and John Holdren — in academia for many decades.  And good Americans still donated money to universities and still sent their most precious possessions, their children, to them.  So, should it be any surprise that millions of these children would, knowing nothing and feeling all the wrongs things, flock to the polls and cast votes for people just like their teachers and professors?  You may say that their parents knew nothing of these universities’ true nature.  But it was their place to find out.  And Obama did not create the modern academy.  He is more a creation of it.
We also criticize Obama for saying “We no longer are [just] a Christian nation” and while speaking in Turkey that “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation.”  But can we really say he’s wrong?  Has Christmas not become completely commercialized?  How many of us say grace with our families before meals?  How many of us pray every day?  How many Americans subscribe to the modern perversion of the “separation of church and state” idea?  How many of us say “God Bless” upon parting?  Have the majority of American “Christians” not descended into moral relativism?  It is here that some will call me a religious nut.  All right, but I simply note that a Christian nation would actually practice Christianity and that if we are satisfied to be only nominally Christian, it lends weight to the argument that we’re not actually Christian.  Of course, we certainly can condemn Obama for attending a pseudo-Christian church and being part of the problem, but he didn’t create our secular age.  He is more a creation of it.

But if we want to have any chance of winning the war, we must move on to graduate work and fight it on the deepest levels, the spiritual and cultural.  We must scrutinize ourselves and evaluate how we have been complicit in empowering the culture that spawns Barack Obamas.  We must remember that those of us who are engaged are a minority weighed against an apathetic majority.  A few stones however, can be substantial enough to tip the scales against a million pebbles.  But this can only happen if we so greatly increase the weight of our virtue that it outweighs the vice that is everywhere.

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[It really does not have anything to do with race.]

Presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm said in 1972 that if the American people are governed by corrupt politicians, it is the fault of the people, who have the right and the power and the duty to replace corruption with virtue, but sadly, too many Americans can’t even be bothered to vote.

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