Taking America Back One Bit At A Time Part 6: The Process of Taking America Back

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Earlier posts in this series can be found here: Part 1, Introduction, Part 2, The Founding, Part 3, The Taking, Part 4, The Taking continued, and Part 5, Looking Beyond December 2012.

{NOTE: This is the last post in this series and it is long.}

The Process of Taking America Back

In Part 5, we speculated about the future. We divided the future into three parts: 1.) from December 2012 until the debt time bomb goes off, 2.) the period of chaos after the debt bomb goes off, and 3.) after the chaos. We will want to keep those three parts of the future in mind as we talk about how can work at taking America back, not in  our time but in some future time. For me, I think about my great-grandchildren and those that will follow.

In thinking about the future in the three time frames listed above, we have no way of know how long those time periods will be. But, for the purposes of this discussion let’s make some assumptions. Let’s assume that the debt bomb will go off in fifteen years. Let’s further assume that the period of chaos will last ten to fifteen years and after that order will begin to take place; whether naturally or imposed by The Powers That Be. With that time frame in mind, we then can set our goal of taking America back at two or more generations; 50 to 60 years from now. We can’t let the length of time break our spirit. Reality is a tough master. The chances of taking America back may be remote, but remote is good enough for me.

I am going to propose as a starting point for discussion five main pillars of focus for Taking America Back One Bit At A Time. Some these came to me from an article by Andrew Klavan. The others came to me from where I do not know for sure. Please understand that I am not claiming to have all the answers. I don’t. I am just throwing out some ideas here.

  • Making Red States Redder
  • Taking Back Our Children’s Education
  • Putting Conservatism Back In Mainstream Media
  • Putting Conservatism Back In The Entertainment Industry
  • Putting God and Christianity Back In America’s Culture

I will talk about each of these bullet points and I will make reference to the Klavan article. To  start with, the tag line of the Klavan article is: Three areas the Right should address, financially and intellectually. In a Bill Whittle video thrown together within hours of knowing that Obama had won a second term, he makes a similar point. The point is if we patriots are serious about wanting to take America back, we are going to have to put our money where are mouths are. From those of us who can only give the least to the Koch brothers who can give the most, When organizations come to life that are trying to move forward on issues we believe in, we must be ready to give what we can.

Making The Red States Redder

When I first proposed that conservatives start thinking long-term, I didn’t get a lot of support. A few commenters said we need to focus on the local and state level as the way to begin taking our country back. If these commenters thought they were disagreeing with me, they were not. Taking our states back has to be an important pillar in taking our country back. Where better to start than in the states that have a majority of conservative voters, the Red States?

We patriotic conservatives to get involved in the Party structure in their cities and counties. That will give them a voice in choosing local and state candidates. Even in Red States we need to be sure we are electing true conservatives. Then maybe they can get control on these unelected planning commissions that can’t help themselves from accepting state and federal grants in exchange for implementing Smart Growth and Sustainable Living projects which are part of the UN’s Agenda 21 program to get everybody to  lower their standard of living and to take land out of private hands and put it into limited use categories. If Red States can get enough true conservatives in their state houses maybe they could stop participating in optional federal programs. Doing so means giving up federal funds but that is what is needed so that states are not being told what to do by the federal government. And, of course, we need to elect true conservatives to the House and Senate.

What about those that live in Blue States? They can focus on the counties and districts that are not blue. And if you live in a blue county, contribute to candidates in red counties.

Taking Back Our Children’s Education

When it comes to our children’s education, we need to be thinking on a two-pronged attack. K-12 is one and universities is another. And, in my opinion, for the first many years we should be concentrating on only the education of the children of conservatives. When we know we have them taken care of, then we can expand to take in all children.

  • K-12 _  Bill Whittle in the video linked above talked about himself possibly setting up some private for profit companies to provide services that conservatives want.  His idea was that if 10 million conservatives contributed $10 per month to this company, that would be $1.2 billion per year and you can do a lot of good with that kind of money. Further more, because it is a for profit company, if the service or product isn’t deemed worth the price, the company will soon be out of business. So, he has some ideas on how to provide a good alternative to public schools. For many people home schooling is an alternative but for many more it is not. So,, maybe we need a network of home schoolers who are willing to take on a few more students. Depending on the community and the types of businesses in the area there is the option of groups of concerned parents banning together and renting some space and then look for retired people who would love to teach, at least part-time.  And, businesses are often willing to let some of their qualified  staff to teach a course or, at least some lengthy seminars. The point is that conservatives need to get their children and grandchildren out of public schools now! There are alternatives. We just need to put our collective heads together to find ones that will work.
  • Universities _ Universities were once places where ideas were freely debated. Not any more. Free speech is only for those that practice political correctness and multiculturalism and progressivism. Taking back our universities is a longer term proposition. Remember that I am just throwing out ideas here. If Whittle’s idea could work for a for-profit company, why couldn’t it work for a non-profit company; say a foundation. With $1.2 billion per year, a lot of good could be done. Couldn’t such a foundation work to promote a conservative student organizations on campuses? Couldn’t such a foundation provide scholarships to conservative students who would like to be teachers or professors or to study journalism or dramatic arts? Couldn’t such a foundation bring free speech law suits when students receive failing grades because they chose a conservative answer on a paper? The bottom line is that we have to take our universities back little by little.

Putting Conservatism Back In Main Stream Media

In Taking The Long View, Andrew Klavan said:

To win that game, to create an electorate more deeply committed to true liberty and resistant to the sort of cultural scare tactics the president’s campaign team used so effectively, there are three areas to which conservatives need to commit intellectual and financial resources—three areas that our intelligentsia and funders, in their impractical practicality, too often ignore.

I am neither part of the intelligentsia or one of the funders. Those folks will do whatever it is they do. But, I do think we common folk can play a role as well. Klavan notes that Breitbart dedicated his life to fighting the left controlled media and the fight must continue. But, Klavan asked a good question

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How is it possible that the mind-boggling success of Fox News has failed to spawn half a dozen imitators …

Besides Rupert Murdoch, where are our rich conservatives? Are the Koch brothers really conservatives? We could use their help, to be sure. But, using the Whittle model again, why couldn’t we support a conservative investment club to the tune of $1.2 billion per year to either help fund the starting of a Fox News style channel or to buy shares in an existing left stream media channel company until we had enough seats on the board to change their editorial style? Then they could hire the journalism students we are helping.

Putting Conservatism Back In The Entertainment Industry

Klavan said we have plenty of conservatives in Hollywood, but what is needed is

We need an infrastructure to support them: more funding, more distribution, sympathetic review venues, grants and awards for arts that speak the truth out loud.

Okay, why can’t we set up another Bill Whittle style company to do that? I now have our ten million patriotic conservatives donating ten dollars a month each to three causes. Is that too much to ask of people who really want their country back some day?

Putting God and Christianity Back In America’s Culture

Klavan talks in his article about religion for intellectuals. He has this to say:

The triumph of science, the comfort of Western life, and a sophisticated elite virulently hostile to religion have all contributed to an intellectual atmosphere of unbelief—a sense that atheism should be the default mode of reasonable, thinking people. That is a mere prejudice and needs to be answered in the culture, not with Bible-thumping literalism and small-minded judgmentalism—nor with banal happy-talk optimism—but by sound argument made publicly, unabashedly, and without fear.

Sounds good to me. I’ll let you decide what he means. An intellectual I am not. I am just a simple guy. What I know is that this country was founded, for better or worse, by a bunch of White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs). In other words, it was founded by Christians. Although this country grew by immigrants from all over the world, the vast majority of them were also Christians. Christianity has always been an integral part of American culture. Christian morals and mores have been the glue that has held our culture together since its founding. The Progressive-Socialist-Communist have used a variety of tactics over decades to break the hold of Christianity on our culture. They have had an alarming success, haven’t they? I don’t have any great ideas on how to put God and Christianity back into our culture. Maybe Klavan’s intellectuals will come up with a grand plan. But, it does seem to me that it is time that Christians took a more aggressive stance on their values and beliefs. There are some small and not so small things Christians can do. Several blogs have recently posted videos of flash mobs breaking out singing Christmas Carols in malls crowded with people Christmas shopping. It is nice!  I know it is just Christmas Carols. But, as the camera pans  the faces in the crowds you see people listening intently and then a smile appears on their face and there is a slight nod of the head as they remember what Christmas is really celebrating. I wish there were  flash mobs in every mall every day all across the country until Christmas day. How many Christians say to people they do not know “Happy Holiday” instead of Merry Christmas because they are afraid they might offend someone if they are not Christian? That’s nonsense. “Merry Christmas” is asking someone to enjoy or be happy during the Christian celebration. There is no reason for anyone to be offended and if they are it is their problem. When someone wishes me a Happy Hanukkah, I say thank you and wish them a Happy Hanukkah back. What’s the problem? Okay, those are little things. Let;s move on to something bigger. Isn’t it time that Christians started standing up to the atheist who sue to remove an iron cross put up on a hill as a memorial to some fallen Marines, because the hill is government property. Or when the atheist sue to remove Christian images from buildings owned by government. This is nonsense! Our constitution says the government will not establish a religion. We have in our country freedom of religion; not freedom from religion. Christians need to counter sue. It doesn’t have to cost much money; only time. I’d bet there are templates on the internet on how to file a civil suit or counter suit. The Christians don’t need a lawyer.  They can make their own arguments. They need only tell the judge that Christian images or symbols on government property is not the same as establishing a religion. Christian images or symbols in government buildings are nothing more than a reflection of America’s history and culture. Will they win” Probably not, but they might get some good publicity in the local papers and who knows, they just might find an honest judge once in a while.

How would Taking America Back One Bit At A Time work during the period of chaos after the debt bomb goes off?

It’s possible that our efforts would have to go on hold during the chaos. Surviving may be the only thing that people can do. But, it may depend on what the chaos is like. If the federal government can continue to function is something we do not know.  What if the federal government becomes so weak that it can barely function.? What if the safety nets can’t be maintained. How will the central government pay for all of the bureaucracy? If I am still around to see the chaos, I will not be surprised if some states secede and form small confederations. This, of course, is not what we want for our country, but it is within the realm of possibilities. If that should happen, the states mostly like to secede would be the Red States. As horrible as that sounds, would that not be an opportunity for an American Renaissance to take place? Short of something like that happening, our struggle will have to wait for order to be restored. What ever that order is, conservatives will probably not like it; but it will likely be much better than the chaos.

Conclusion

For those who have managed to stay with me trough all six parts of this series on Taking America Back One Bit At A Time, I salute you. I know it could not have been easy for you. Whether it showed in the writing or not, I did put a lot of effort into this project. I feel very strongly that, although America is lost for now, the possibility does exist that in some time in the future there will be an opportunity to try that great experiment again provided that we conservatives begin laying the ground work today. So, if I have succeeded in convincing one conservative to stay the course, I will consider my effort as having been worthwhile.

Believe it or not, I actually had one more post in mind for this series. It was going to be on the subject of Leadership and Salesmanship. If this idea I am promoting has a chance of taking off, it will be because people with those skills make it happen. But, I will do a stand alone post on that subject one of these days.

Well, now you know what I’m  thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Taking America Back One Bit At A Time – Part 4: The Taking of America Continued

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Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series Taking America Back One Bit  At A Time can be found herehere, andhere.

The Taking of America continued

In Part 3, The Taking of America, we talked about how from day one there were those who wanted to manipulate our new government in wats that would benefit them financially; the practice of  cronyism began in earnest and powerful bankers also took advantage of the potential of America through their investments and very importantly they applied their influence to get our government to establish a national bank that they could control. We talked about how it took the bankers many years to finally get America to establish a central bank in 1913; the Federal Reserve. While these banking interest were reaping the rewards of their investments in America, they became very interested in what was going on in Russia with the Bolsheviks. They thought they saw a similar potential in this communist experiment in Russia as they did in the American experiment. They would help finance the Bolshevik revolution and they would invest in the new Russia.

To this humble observer, it appears that although the powerful banking interests made a lot of money from their investments in communist Russia, it did not turn out like they had hoped. They would not see the same benefits from state ownerdhip of the means of production that they did from America’s free market approach. However, they did see Marxism or, at least, socialism as a very useful tool for advancing their lust for wealth and power.

By coincidence or not, in the early 1900?s groups of true believers in the Marxist worker’s paradise looked upon the United States of America, the bastion of free market capitalism, and came to what would be very important conclusions that would be very important in the eventual demise of America. Groups like the Fabian Society and later the Frankfurt Schoolers and others would conclude two things. One, they would not defeat capitalism in America by force and two, they would not convince the American working class that they were being exploited by rich capitalists. The reason for the latter was that in spite of sweat shops, child labor, and women and blacks being treated like second and third class citizens the working class in American was seeing their standard of living improve rapidly due to the economic miracle that free market capitalism was enjoying in America. Therefore, they concluded that they would have to take the long view and take gown America bit by bit from within. To achieve their goals, they knew they would have to change the way Americans think and that meant they would have to dismantle the American culture. They set four principal goals for changing America’s culture: they would need to control the education of Americans, they would need to control the information that Americans received via media, they would need to control the culture through the entertainment industry, and they would need to break the influence of Christianity on America’s culture.  Parallel to all of this, they would need influence in the political arena. The message of compassion for the working class and the poor that they were selling would find eager buyers among America’s elite political class. They would have some very successes on the political front. Woodrow Wilson would be our first left leaning elitist president. Under the Wilson administration, the founding principles of America would be dramatically altered. Not only did the banking interest get their central bank, but the principle of state’s right took a nearly fatal blow when enough states ratify the 17th Amendment to electect Senators by popular vote instead of the states having the right to appoint their Senators. Also, under Wilson the federal government got the right to tax our income. The stage was set for our central government to grow in size and power. Our second left leaning elitest president was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was the first to adopt the principle of never letting a crisis go to waste; Social Security was born out of the Great Depression. Eventually the socialist ideologues would take control of the Democratic Party. It may have been when Jimmy Carter was elected; a very ineffective president or certainly by the time Bill Clinton was elected who was very effective for them. Now we have the very left leaning Barack Obama who was just elected to a second term and we can’t deny how effective he has been to advancing the socialist agenda.

So, the question that is begging to be asked is how did some small groups of academic socialist thinkers have so much success? Was it because they were so dedicated to their near religious belief in their mission? Or, did they have a lot of financial help along the way? I certainly think they did. Have you ever asked yourself why huge foundations created from wealth amassed from the free market capitalist system; like the Rockerfeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Tides Foundation, and others support policies that are contrary to the way their founders amassed their fortunes? Why do  mega-rich people like David Rockerfeller, Maurice Strong, Warren Buffet, George Soros, and Bill Gates promote policies that would seem to be against everything their lives have been about? I think the answer is simple. These mega-rich and powerful people believe they became super rich and powerful because they are smarter and wiser than the rest of us lesser souls who inhabit this planet. And, because they believe they are smarter and wiser than everyone else, it is they who should decide how the world should work and what our minimal roles will be. This is where talk about one world order, one world government, and one world currency comes from.

So, here we are in December 2012. Barack Obama has just won a second term. We conservatives look forward with dread about what is to become of this country we love in the next few years and beyond. We believe that this last election was a fundamental game changer. We believe America has passed a tipping point and no matter what happens in the next few election cycles, America will continue to decline both economically and in its influence in the world (militarily) until the monetary house of cards that supports it collapses and leave us and most of the world in chaos. So, I regret to inform you, dear readers, that before we can get to the point of this frustrating;ly long around about way of the title of this seris of posts, we need to do one more thing. In Part 5, we will need to speculate about what we think is going to happen in the next four or five years and what we think mught happen in the next ten, fifteen, or twenty years. Then I promise you we will get into what we can be doing to help pave the way for an American Renaissance two or more generations down the road.

Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Taking America Back One Bit At A Time Part 1: Introduction

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On November 26, 2012, I wrote a post titled Is It Time For Conservatives to Start Thinking Long Term? Support from my readers was less than I had hoped it would be. As part of that post, an article by Andrew Klavan was linked and I asked that readers review and share their opinions  on Klavan’s long view plan for taking back America. Klavan addressed three areas of gradual attack: bringing balance back to news media, bringing balance back to the entertainment industry, and bringing our Judeo-Christian God back into our culture. All lofty goals to be sure. For my part, I wrote about the process of creating short-term, mid-term, and long-term plans.

One commenter to the post was by a dear friend and long time supporter of this blog. She wasn’t buying what I was selling. She said her opinion was we would never get our country back in bits and pieces. She believed that our only chance was to rebuild after a total collapse. That opinion is shared by many. I am less than optimistic about that possibility and so, in part, I am embarking on this series of post to try to do a better job of convincing my friend and as many others that I can, that the long-term approach I am talking about is the most likely path to an American Renaissance some day.

Another long time friend showed his frustration with Klavan’s ideas. Paraphrasing, he said something like this: “Jim, do you seriously think we are going to change the way people think? What is Klavan thinking? That is crazy talk.” But why is it crazy talk? Isn’t that the way America was taken from us; by a small  group of people who believed over time they could change the way Americans think? Isn’t that how they changed our culture? They were dedicated to an idea and committed to their long-term mission. Are we any less intelligent than they?Can we not be just as dedicated to a mission that some future generation will know once again the beauty of the idea that is or was America? Some argue that part of our problem is our belief in individualism and because of our individualistic nature we have problems working together for a common goal.  Can conservatives be so blind and dull that we can not see that the only way for future generations to have the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of individualism is by working collectively with as much commitment to the mission of taking America back over time.

So, with that in mind, I have an initial outline of what I want to do with this series of articles.  I will start Part 2 with a review of the Making of America and the Taking of America. That may turn out to be two parts. I don’t yet know. Then there will be a part on what the concept of Taking Back America A Buit At A Time might look like. I will bring back Andrew Klavan’s article and talk about it in more detail. There may be a post where you and I can speculate what the period of chaos might be like after the debt addiction bubble breaks and before order is restored. Lastly, I’m thinking about a discussion of “leadership” and “salesmanship”. Two qualities in short supply that will be critical to the process of retaking America.

I can’t make any promises, but I intend to try to keep each post under a thousand words. I’ve not been very successful at doing that of late, but I am going to try. Maybe that way I can keep the reader’s interest.

Well,now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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