SHIP OF STATE
By Dr. Carl Parnell,
January 15, 2013
However, since George Washington retired as the commander of the Ship of State two hundred sixteen years ago, forty-three different men have commanded America’s Ship of State. The newest commander, who took charge four years ago, is Barack Obama. While he has been commander of America’s Ship of State, he has guided it into many dangerous and uncharted waters. Therefore, America’s Ship of State has floated off the original course that George Washington had set for it when he was the commander. As a result, the Ship of State hit a myriad of icebergs of un-Americanism that was responsible for cracking its hull. Some of these icebergs of un-Americanism were:
• Circumventing the U.S. Constitution as the rule of law.
• Attempting to create a one-party, socialist government.
• Removing God from every part of the public sector.
• Attempting to deny American citizens their right to bear arms.
• Labeling law-abiding American citizens as “potential terrorists.”
• Forcing American workers to join unions in order to get a job in America.
• Nominating anti-American Marxists, Communists, and Socialists to key executive positions.
• Attempting to bankrupt America with a government-funded healthcare program.
• Attempting to create a government-funded welfare state.
• Borrowing billions of dollars daily from foreign nations to operate a dysfunctional government.
• Brainwashing America public school students to accept socialism and secular humanism.
• Attempting to make Americans economic slaves to the government.
• Attempting to deny Americans their freedoms of speech and press.
• Attempting to deny Americans their right of assembly and their right to disagree with the government.
• Attempting to suspend habeas corpus, which would deny a court hearing before a judge to discuss charges.
• Attempting to deny jury trials to people suspected of committing crimes against the government.
• Attempting to divide America by creating true hatred between Democrats and Republicans and the rich and the poor.
• Attempting to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval.
• Redistributing the wealth of the wealthy to the poor through high taxation.
Of course, despite hitting the many icebergs of un-Americanism, the Ship of State was able to return to its port in order to repair its damages. As a result, many of the passengers who helped finance the building and maintenance of the Ship of State did not like Commander Obama because of his poor leadership and his inability to steer it safely. In fact, they attempted to replace him with a new commander. But, Commander Obama pleaded with his passengers who wanted him fired and made many promises in order to convince them to forgive him for his misdirection of the Ship of State. He also promised them that the crack in the hull of the Ship of State would soon be repaired and would be stronger than ever. Unfortunately, Commander Obama also convinced his passengers that he has the ability to guide the Ship of State forward, despite his plans to follow the same guidelines and floating on the same uncharted seas that were responsible for the initial crack in its hull. This is the reason that they gave him a vote of confidence and permitted him to command the Ship of State for another four years.
Unfortunately, though, the Ship of State’s passengers, who were persuaded to give Commander Obama a second chance, did not really know what type cargo that he might just be transporting on it the next four years. They had no idea what he might have stored in some of the Ship’s cabins, while it was in dry dock for the repair of its hull. Therefore, it is extremely important to take a virtual tour of the Ship of State now and view two of the five selected cabins and their contents.
Cabin 1 contains an example of what the Commander Obama could use to lure his passengers to sleep and to take their minds off the troubled waters that they would be sailing on for at least four more years. It is called “Bread and Circuses.” According to Wikipedia,
Bread and Circuses is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion, distraction, and/or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the common man. In modern usage, the phrase is taken to describe a populace that no longer values civic virtues and the public life. To many across the political spectrum, left and right, it connotes a supposed triviality and frivolity that characterized the Roman Republic prior to its decline into the autocratic monarchy characteristic of the later Roman Empire's transformation about 44 B.C.
But, since Bread and Circuses do exist today on America’s Ship of State, what would be a prime example? According to Russell Longcore, an author and writer, in his “Tenth Amendment” article on Bread and Circuses, America now has an insatiable desire for socialism, which is possibly what Commander Obama had in mind as one of his main goals when he took control of the Ship of State’s operation four years ago. As stated by Mr. Longcore,
The majority of American citizens want socialism. They may say that they are against socialism, but they continue to elect and reelect politicians that enact socialistic laws and regulations. They do not storm Washington when those politicians violate the Constitution and commit treasonous, criminal acts. They do not impeach and prosecute the criminals in Washington.
Also, Mr. Longcore said,
America is on the auction block, and the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal Government are the auctioneers. The American citizens expect their elected officials to bring home the bacon, which means get more Federal dollars coming back home than they are sending to Washington. American citizens want more than their share.
Sadly, as a result, passengers on the Ship of State willingly have bought into the socialist ideology that promotes the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. But, while they see “robbing from the rich and giving to the poor,” as Robin Hood did, to be an acceptable norm, they fail to realize that in doing so they are destroying the main job creation mechanism in America. By forcing the rich to pay extremely exhorbitant taxes, it reduces the amount of revenue needed to create jobs. Therefore, if it was not for the job creation ability of rich entrepreneurs, many of the passengers on the Ship of State would not have suitable jobs or they might very well lose the jobs that would provide them with the very income needed to pay for their passage. In essence, this would make them more dependent on the commander of the Ship of State and his board of directors, the federal government.
Of course, this dependency on the U.S. government could be achieved by holding them hostage to the Ship of State’s Treasury. Unfortunately, though, the passengers would need the help of the government in order to maintain a meager existence through free handouts. As a result, a person who depends on government handouts alone would never rise above the economic slavery forced on him or her by the selfsame government. Also, often the children of those who live on government handouts mirror the lifestyle that their parents lived; they are bound to the same lifestyle. Ultimately, it becomes a generational curse that keeps them from the climbing the socioeconomic ladder, too, and then forces them to be dependent on the commander’s dictates forever, too.
Cabin 2 contains an example of what Commander Obama could use to create a one-party system in America. But, how could one of America’s main political parties ensure that it would be able to gain control of both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Office of the President of the United States forever? The answer, of course, is very simple. The political party that achieves the following objectives might very well create a one-party system in America whose intention would be to eventually turn America into a completely government-controlled nation. The objectives that would need to be followed are:
Continue to increase government entitlement programs in an effort to create
a welfare state dependent on government handouts.
2. Continue to give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants who would support the party that helped them to get amnesty.
3. Continue developing a government that is influenced by godless, secular humanism.
4. Continue to circumvent the U.S. Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land.
5. Continue redistributing wealth through high taxation.
6. Continue brainwashing public school students to look to the government for their every need.
7. Continue threatening people and groups who speak out against the government.
8. Continue to appoint liberal, activist judges to the Supreme Court.
9. Continue to appoint Marxists to top governmental positions.
10. Continue to elect politicians to office whose goal is to destroy America from within.
Therefore, the political party that achieves the aforementioned objectives could redesign America’s Ship of State in such a way that it looks nothing like the one constructed by the Founding Fathers. Instead, it would become a Ship of State that could best be described as an immoral, godless, debt-ridden, and divided Ship whose passengers would be suppressed by a government that seeks their total allegiance to a one-party government.
Then, Commander Obama’s campaign slogan “Forward” would become a reality; he would go forward with the same objectives that he had the first four years of his commandership. Ultimately, following these same objectives would crack the Ship of State’s hull even worst than it did the first time.
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As a result, the Ship of State that was originally created in 1789 could possibly sink sometime during the next four years, unless all Commander Obama’s lethargic passengers wake up and see through the fog that now surrounds the Ship of State. It needs a complete overhaul, from the White House to the courthouse to the schoolhouse and to the church house. If not, America’s Ship of State that represents freedom, liberty, justice, and the pursuit of happiness will be no more. Of course, a new Ship of State based on the leadership of only one political party would create a horrendous and dangerous voyage for its passengers, the American people.
© 2013 Dr. Carl Parnell - All Rights Reserved
Carl Parnell retired from public school teaching in 1999. He taught history and other social science courses for over forty years. He taught middle school, high school, and college level. Carl was a Lead Teacher and Principal of the On-Campus School at Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in central Georgia. Presently, he's teaching at a private, Christian high school.
Carl served in the United States Army from 1968-1971. He also served in the United States Air Force Reserves from 1983-1986, was chosen Teacher of the Year in 1991. Carl was included in the 1993, 1994 and 2007 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He was selected Star Teacher at hes present school in 2007 and published his first book, "From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: Exposing America’s New Terror from Within" (ISBN: 1-58736-613-4) in July 2006.
Carl has completed his second book, which is in an eBook format, entitled "A Brewing Pot of Christian Persecution: America's Postmodern Anti-Christian Crusade." My eBook, as well as over 60 of my articles, can be viewed at FaithWriters. Com