I remember the days-and maybe you do too-when the media told us to duck under our desks in case of a nuclear attack.What is now the Salvation Army building had one of these signs on the door:
What we were warned of as Catholics back in the 50’s,especially by Archbishop Fulton J Sheen, was not the danger of a nuclear attack and its “fall out” but from the Communist ideology itself.He was never shy or afraid to speak up about it.If you watch his old Life Is Worth Living show now it is amazing how prophetic he was and how relevant to our own times his show was.
Of course ducking under your desk was futile and having that sign on a door was only a false sense of security.In case of a nuclear attack probably the best advice to give anyone was PRAY.
Archbishop Sheen drove home the dangers of the spread of Communism on a regular basis.
Now I wonder if our young people even have an inkling of how evil the Evil Empire was at that time.
Unfortunately now we’re in danger more from our own government and culture here than we are of Russia.
Let’s consider the dangers of the communist system though because this may open your eyes a little bit.
The state took over the role of parent. The schools indoctrinated the children of the USSR. The state became the ‘nanny’ and promised to fulfill all the needs of the citizen.The communists weren’t stupid.Destroy the family-destroy freedom. Destroy religion-destroy freedom. Destroy conscience-destroy freedom.
They were not going to be satisfied with just taking over the people of Russia and removing God from their own society but destroying America. Take the time to read the Constitution of the USSR.There you will find separation of church and state.
How would Communism destroy us?
Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
Gain control of all student newspapers.
Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations that are under Communist attack.
Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.
Gain control of key positions in radio, TV & motion pictures.
Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings,” substituting shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.
Control art critics and directors of art museums. ” Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV. BTW.They never permitted it in the USSR because they knew what it would do.They wanted it here.
Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural and healthy.”
Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state”
Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations
Excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen.
Now we know how the left/liberals/progressives attack conservatism.RIDICULE and DEMONIZING.
Trust me,between now and the elections of 2014 we are going to hear about the Republican government shutdown relentlessly.This is to distract from the more egregious actions of the Obama administration. What we need to hear is about the government indoctrinating the youth and dumbing them down with Common Core. Not that our government sponsored education system isn’t failing anyway.
The “Republican government shut down” is to distract us from Fast and Furious,the IRS targeting enemies for Obama, the Benghazi cover up and that’s to name only a few.
We need to hear how the Obama administration, through the HHS mandate, is attacking freedom of conscience.
We need to open our eyes to the moral decay and ugliness in our culture.The young are exposed to it on a regular basis.IF we can’t see how crude things have become then we really have lost our way as a country.
We need to realize that no American President has ever spoken about the opposing party in the terms Obama has. He demonizes anyone who disagrees with him.He attacks any media (cable,radio,print) that has the audacity to expose him.The cable outlets,talk radio and bloggers that don’t toe his party line and talking points are fair game to Obama. You can be sure he used the IRS to go after his enemies list-just like Nixon did but on steroids.We have no objective honest media now to investigate. The Obama admin is corrupt to the core because no one holds him accountable.The media COVERS UP for him.They are complicit!
What do we need to give our youth? TRUTH.
What does youth seek? TRUTH.
Our problem is being able to disseminate the truth to them. Look at the parents of late.The parents of the bullying teens who were recently arrested made the claim their daughter couldn’t be capable.It turns out she was abusive herself.What did the the parents of the teens who trashed the EX football players Brian Holloway’s home do? They threatened to sue him.Can you imagine? That’s a wake up call for all of us.
The country I grew up in had decent family shows where we could all sit down as a family and watch wholesome characters in stories that were actually well written.
We were taught to honor our parents, respect authority such as teachers,the value of service to others and to feel gracious for our wonderful country.Patriotism was a virtue.
Nobody would have dared used foul language and you would never have thought of bullying anyone-unless you wanted to answer to the folks.
We understood that freedom meant doing the moral good or ought-not doing whatever we wanted(licentiousness). You didn’t have to worry about violence, kidnappings and predators.
It’s not that it NEVER happened but it would have been shocking.
The movies were clean and the folks would NEVER have let you go to a movie that they thought was too adult.
Another words kids were allowed to be kids.
We knew what was art-and knew what was vice.
Nobody confused the two at that time.
We lived simply back then didn’t we? Wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Mother Therese of Calcutta spoke about the youth in our country. She saw it for what it was:
I was surprised in the West to see so many young boys and girls given to drugs. And I tried to find out why. Why is it like that, when those in the West have so many more things than those in the East? And the answer was: “Because there is no one in the family to receive them.” Our children depend on us for everything – their health, their nutrition, their security, their coming to know and love God. For all of this, they look to us with trust, hope and expectation. But often father and mother are so busy they have no time for their children, or perhaps they are not even married or have given up on their marriage. So the children go to the streets and get involved in drugs or other things. We are talking of love of the child which is where love and peace must begin. These are the things that break peace.
But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.
And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.
By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.
And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.
Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.
Don’t tell this to a progressive.They believe what will save our country,our youth is a government program. They would not consider moral decay as the root of our problems.
(What is truly ironic is the resurgence of the Catholic and Orthodox Church in Russia.More on that in the near future!)