America’s Rubicon Moment or a tipping point as has been
Thu Nov 8, 2018 8:53am

mentioned by others here on the board concerning many areas of our nation's great division and wrongly chosen paths. We're either at that moment or extremely close in my opinion.

The excerpt below speaks of "cultivators of ignorance" and it is covered elsewhere in the article this section was excerpted from. One idea on who those "cultivators" would be is the "ruling class" which is defined by Angelo M. Codevilla, in his 2010 book titled "The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It". He describes them as a group of bipartisan political elites who run America. This Ruling Class, educated at prestigious universities and convinced of its own superiority, has everything to gain by raising taxes and expanding the reach of government. This class maintains that it knows what is best and continually increases its power over every facet of American life, from family and marriage to the environment, guns, and God.

I've not read the book, but disagree with some of its basic premises stated in its advertised description. I'm more prone to believe the ruling class that's attempting to run the nation are primarily of leftist orientation. In fact, the last couple of lines above describes them perfectly. Unlike him, I also believe the nation possesses a significant level of ignorance in order to believe in the nonsense promoted by many of the ruling elites, and a large portion of that citizenry would choose to sacrifice freedom for promised security from the government. (See Venuzuela) Again, a it's a readily apparent long term leftist initiative to dumb down the populace via public school education indoctrination and by excluding educational objectives that create a thinking and well-informed citizenry. Most of us oldsters were fairly well educated on the founding of this nation and the sacred duties of citizenship required to maintain it. Unlike many of today's public school products, we were taught how to think logically and reasonably. We were educated in the subjects more critical to doing so.

This piece is excerpted from an article from "The Federalist" referenced below.

America’s Rubicon Moment

Likewise, our culture has reached a tipping point over the last couple of decades. Author Os Guinness spoke about this source of our divisions with Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour in a very illuminating interview. Guinness says different visions of freedom divide us — different ideas of what America stands for.

We are now at a tipping point, he said: “America is facing a Rubicon moment. Either there will be a restoration of the founding vision, or it will be replaced, in effect, by different views of the Republic, different views of freedom and what we’ve known of America will soon become increasingly unrecognizable.”

The cultivators of ignorance have aimed not simply to destroy America’s national heritage, but also to destroy America’s very compass: the Judeo-Christian principles that form basis of the rule of law, and, therefore, freedom. Without that compass, Americans are set adrift, increasingly answering only to raw emotions of rage, envy, and grievance. [TW: Is this not what is served up in huge heaping helpings daily in this nation via the television media and the various outlets of social media?]

Too many Americans don’t really know what our rights and freedoms mean. They are groping around in the dark and have been programmed to swallow the lie that America was never great. As a result, we are too often dealing with a dumbed-down electorate unable to understand the basic framework of our republic.

They’re unable to understand what it means to govern ourselves, and they’re unable to understand the meaning of true freedom — that one must be free from government restraints in order to find his purpose and live freely. With the loss of this knowledge, and a culture that leads them astray from that birthright, they predictably become less able to think their own thoughts. Those who have completely lost their compass are more inclined to lose their minds in blind rage. And that is, sadly, where too many Americans are.

Natural law and our natural rights are written on our hearts. They are instinctive, and can be handed down by older generations through a healthy culture and exemplary role models. Still, if we are too far separated from understanding them, if they are flouted in our institutions, we are set adrift. We can recover our rights. But we must recognize and accept this uphill challenge.

No matter the results of an election, our first order of business should be to struggle with all our might to do whatever is necessary to recover our compass and restore in every American heart the true meaning of freedom.

Stella Morabito is a senior contributor to The Federalist.


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