WILL THE CULTURAL DIVIDE LEAD TO CIVIL UNREST AND STATE SECESSION?
By Dr. Patrick Johnston
April 26, 2013
If you have never seen the blue-state-red-state map broken down to blue-counties and red-counties, you should take a long, hard look at it. It is a striking divide. If you mapped the nation according to gun crimes, gun control, welfare, and approval ratings for same-sex marriage, you’d find that it superimposes nicely on the blue-red breakdown by county. We have a deepening divide between conservative, God-loving, hard-working, gun-toting, sodomy-disapproving country folks, and liberal, Obama-supporting, humanistic, gun-despising, welfare-expanding, sodomy-approving city folks.
The left, who are largely at the helm of the media, Hollywood, partisan political machines, and colleges and universities, have a vision for the nation that takes us to what Karl Marx envisioned – a socialist, Communist utopia, where personal civil rights dissolve into what’s best for the nation, and all is supervised and infractions sanctioned by an all-powerful, loving state. The left have been steering the helm of the culture this direction for decades, but the turns have been slow, lest they awaken the sleeping passengers and provoke revolt. If the left isn’t careful, they may cut too deeply and too quickly, provoking a backlash that may push the nation in a direction they don’t intend for us to go – back to God and righteousness, back to freedom and justice.
What hot button issue, do you think, will be “the straw that breaks the camel’s back”? What do you think will cause most American’s to snap, insisting “Enough is enough” and prefer resistance and even secession as “the lesser of two evils” over submission to such an unlawful government.
Our nation has tolerated the gun control campaign for decades because it has been relatively gradual. Exploiting gun crimes has been a trick that leftist politicians have used to deceive the people into thinking that less guns will make us safer, when the opposite is a documentable fact (To see the association between gun laws and gun crimes over the last several decades, read More Guns, Less Crime by John Lott). The people are beginning to resist this drift into more and more gun control, as evidence by the massive amount of guns and ammunition that has been purchased since the Connecticut school shooting, and by the failure of Obama’s gun control bill in the Senate. Eight states have passed “Firearms Freedom Acts”, resisting federal gun policy on guns in their state. It is an issue important enough that people risk resisting the feds for it. If the federal government exploits a terrorist attack to justify aggressive gun control measures, they may have a fight on their hands.
Our nation has tolerated the expansion of welfare because we have been duped into believing that it is charitable. However, resistance is rising. People are fed up with wealth redistribution, corporate welfare, with bailouts of multi-million dollar companies and Wall Street executives. People are fed up with illegal aliens entering this country to suck on the taxpayer nipple. Some states like Arizona are trying to take immigration into their own hands. Americans are beginning to realize that the nations with the most welfare are the nations with the most poverty. Statehouses are feeling the pressure and beginning to resist, as evidenced by the failure of Ohio’s RINO John Kasick to expand Medicaid, and several states resist Obamacare mandates.
Our nation has tolerated the shedding of innocent blood for forty years. Fifty-five million babies dismembered and disemboweled since 1973 – 25,000 annually in Ohio. The strategies of the Right-to-Life organizations always include submitting to judicial tyranny. They will not work for legislation that they think won’t pass the judicial test. But advocates of Personhood believe that the Supreme Court’s rights are limited by the Constitution and divine law, and that states have no duty to submit to judicial tyranny. Attempts to protect the right-to-life for every preborn baby statewide without exception are gaining ground. Over a million signatures have been gathered nationwide to ban all abortion in state law.
Ohio’s Personhood movement is growing exponentially. Personhood advocates know that judgment rapidly approaches because of the shedding of innocent blood. Unless we protect the rights of “the least” of God’s children, we do not deserve freedom. If a Personhood Amendment passes in North Dakota in 2014, where it is up for a vote, or in Ohio, Colorado, or Mississippi, where signature-gathering campaigns are in full swing or pending litigation, we will have the first state in over four decades to criminalize all abortion. If that happens and the feds dare to intervene to keep the killing centers open, they may bite off more than they can chew.
Our nation has tolerated the brainwashing of our public school children with “safe sex” nonsense and homosexual propaganda for decades. The homosexual agenda has found its strongest voice in the “anti-bullying” megaphone, but it has been the biggest bully. The “Day of Silence” is this Friday, where public school teachers belittle as “hate-mongers” those who dare disapprove of homosexual behavior. The deception of their “equality” arguments are easy to expose. Homosexuals can already marry in our country – there’s no law forbidding a gay man from marrying a gay woman. What is forbidden homosexuals is the same thing forbidden heterosexuals. A heterosexual cannot marry whoever he wants; he can’t marry his sister, two wives, or his corporation for a tax break. What is forbidden homosexuals is the same thing forbidden heterosexuals. Gays and straights are equally forbidden to redefine marriage to accommodate their perversions. Most Americans have stuck with traditional marriage in polls and in the voting booth, but the tide is changing. Up until this past fall, in every state where homosexual marriage was on the ballot, it was voted down. But homosexual marriage has recently been legalized in the ballot box in several states. The homosexual agenda has bullied into apathy a long line of former opponents, from Christian pastors to Republican leaders. But if the sodomites push too hard, it may backfire. If the Supreme Court, for example, makes same-sex marriage a constitutional right nationwide, defying state law, they may have drawn the battle line so far to the left that their friends find themselves on the side of their adversaries.
Our nation has tolerated Congress’ lack of fiscal responsibility only because the changes have been so gradual. The excessive government borrowing and spending, the hyperinflationary monetary policy of the Federal Reserve, and the massive amount of unsustainable federal debt has only resulted in a gradual decline in Americans’ quality of life. We work harder for purchasing power, but we aren’t going hungry. But if the balloon of debt predictably pops and the dollar collapses, and the inner cities with a lot of welfare erupt in rioting and anarchy, our nation’s leaders may find themselves in the midst of an uprising. They will reap what they have sown.
If the left pushes too hard on one or more of these issues – gun control, welfare, abortion, or gay marriage – or if a fiscal crisis ensues that turns the red states more firmly against the popular policies of the blue ones, states may choose to resist federal tyranny and take a path of liberty that our nation long ago abandoned. Circumstances may arise in which states decide that a divorce from the moral and financial corpse of the federal government is preferable to continued submission. States and nations have successfully seceded from superior authorities for lesser reasons.
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I pray that if and when states do begin to resist federal tyranny more aggressively, that they will rebuild their government upon the foundation of God and His Word, not upon the crumbling foundation of humanism. We must have God’s blessing if we are to pass freedom down to our posterity. In a land awash with sin and the blood of the innocents, it will take a firm hand of righteousness and a strong fist of justice to abate God’s wrath and restore liberties lost. I pray that day will soon come.