So, in my previous post on the movement of college extortion, I started off by saying that liberals are the party of extortionists AND that extortion is a crime. I won’t re-hash that here, but my thinking is that this is a good way to draw a dichotomy between the liberals and conservatives.
Liberals want power from the people and conservatives want to en-power the people.
Liberals Advancing Their Power
There are multiple topics where we see liberals extorting—i.e., using the threat of fear to get one to do that which they would not normally do—Americans to implement their agenda that give them power. Ozone controversy in the 1980s. Global warming of the 1990s and when that didn’t happen, now its climate change. Affordable Care Act passage to read the bill. Debt crises–we have to extend the debt or default and we’ll talk about the “solution” later. These are plenty of examples we can learn from, but to understand how liberals extort the American public to gain power, lets look at Rahm Emmanuel’s favorite saying, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
This is the essence of liberal extortion. Mr. Emmanuel is essentially saying that a crisis gives you the opportunity to coerce people into doing something that they would not necessarily want to do otherwise. The threat of X is held over the American people’s heads with the urging to get the government to do Y. It is a classic case of the Sword of Damocles being used to unravel and destroy the fabric of the American republic. Today American’s have less Life, less Liberty and less opportunities for the Pursuit of Happiness than they did in the years after America’s founding.
The Sword of Damocles’ Aside
A quick aside on NPR’s criticism of the Sword of Damocles. They are correct in saying that its original meaning was to “walk a mile in my shoes” but through the rise of nuclear deterrence theory, the analogy takes on its meaning seen today: power holding sway and influence over the decision-making process. This was conveniently termed “Mutual Assured Destruction” by the United States to rightly demonstrate the ability that both the U.S. and the Soviet Union held over the other—either one could assure mutual destruction of the other, and thus, the rational action is not to provoke a nuclear war or cause events that could lead up to it. More on this later.
The Christian Response
First, pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Always pray for our nations and her leaders, especially if they are “ideological enemies.” I don’t do this enough!
Second, act. Primarily, in America, this means voting and voting for people that as close as possible espouse Christian values. We have seen the demise of our Judeo-Christian culture by a lack of willingness of Christians to act. This is one reason for writing. In practicality, we are subject to the rulers that God places over us, but this is why it is imperative that we pray and act to get Godly leaders in our country. But, also, we don’t have to be silent regarding policy choices and decisions. We can educate those on the Biblical and Moral consequences of such choices as well as educating those regarding the true agenda of liberal policies—to empower themselves not the people.
This instance is the epitome of “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 ESV
Let us pray to be armed with the truth and it will set us free.