Dennis Campbell
October 1, 2003
America: Gazing into the abyss
By Dennis Campbell

There is a question every serious conservative should ask, and give measured consideration to the answer: Where is America headed?

At the risk of being dismissed as a 21st Century Jeremiah crying doom, I cannot share the optimism of those who believe we are likely to change the course of this great ship of state and avoid the whirlpool threatening to engulf us.

Was it Lenin who said that with just 5% fully committed he could seize a nation? While conservatives and libertarians may believe they have the requisite committed activists, they do not — not where it really matters, in the true centers of influence. But the adversaries of liberty do.

Our public schools are under the authoritarian thumb of unions, which are little more than political action committees under the guise of education. They have established an extreme leftist and atheistic system at all levels of education, sacrificing learning for indoctrination. The history of America has been distorted beyond recognition, and children as young as kindergarten age are being taught that homosexuality is a good and natural thing.

Our colleges and universities are controlled by Marxists, radical feminists, revisionist historians, anti-Christian bigots, and thought police with a clearly defined philosophy of free speech: We are free to agree with them, and all opposing speech is mere hate and unworthy of protection.

Protestations from the left notwithstanding, the major news media are solidly leftwing. Liberals cite talk radio and Fox News as proof of conservative media influence, but Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw reach a combined 30-million-plus households with their nightly liberal bias, while Fox reaches less than 5% of that.

For every Washington Times and its 100,000 circulation, there is a New York Times with a circulation in the millions. Yes, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and other conservative talkers reach large numbers of listeners, but the leftwing National Public Radio is in every community in America.

While our government fights terrorism, politicians in California with IQs somewhere between highly intelligent cabbages and mildly retarded fruit flies have thrown open their borders to illegal immigrants, and are said to be poised to offer them free college tuition (while legitimate citizens must pay) in addition to driver's licenses and the right to vote. How encouraging: Citizens of Mexico will be setting policy in California. That glorious experiment in unbridled liberalism is sinking into the Pacific even as it threatens to export its bad ideas to the rest of the country.

We have scrapped our constitutional republic for near-socialism, and how many people under 50 can even define a constitutional republic?

The Ten Commandments are said to be unfit for public display even as the homosexual movement is drowning us in a tidal wave of sexual depravity.

God bless President Bush, and God forbid the election of his opponents, but he signed steel tariff legislation that has cost our economy hundreds of millions of dollars and turned education over to Teddy Kennedy, who now says we are not throwing enough billions down that dry well. We have a Medicare package priced at $400 billion that likely will cost three times that, soon more babies will be born to unwed mothers than to those who are married….

"Enough!" you say. Understandably, nobody likes this talk. But if Mr. Bush is elected President in 2004, it is very likely a Democrat will succeed him, leading a party that is the wellspring of most of our distress. What then? These are real problems threatening to make America a very large Mexico. How will we overcome them? What evidence is there that in the long run we can?

We are not to forsake the good fight and must be relentless in taking it to our adversaries, as they are in doing so to us, but I seek encouragement beyond "I trust the American people." It is the American people, by and large, who are hitching their wagons to this fast train to destruction.

Call me a modern Jeremiah, but we would do well to heed the words of the "Weeping Prophet": "Your fierceness has deceived you, the pride of your heart, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill! Though you make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from there…."

America has long dwelled in a high place. Does no one else fear that she is teetering on the precipice, gazing with unseeing eyes into the abyss?

© Dennis Campbell


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