Many of us sense–rightly or wrongly sense, as Bertie Wooster would say–that civilization is in danger in this country and in Europe. We seem to be at a crisis point. The arrogance, violence, practical power, and intellectual madness of the left in this country seem to be increasing. Some of us disapprove–to put it mildly. We would like to preserve civilization. Why? Oh, just to be persnickety, perhaps. Or because we thought civilization was better than barbarity, and that barbarity will bring lots of unpleasant things for ordinary people.
We are far from being one solid group of people in complete agreement with each other. We include Bible-believing Christians, conservatives, paleoconservatives, some at least of the libertarians, paleolibertarians, and no doubt plenty of people who would check the box marked Other. But although we want to preserve civilization, and we vastly disapprove of the barbarity of the left, my theory is that taken as a whole, we have lots of lies which we tell ourselves. As long as we keep believing obvious lies, it will make it much harder for us to think and act in ways that help preserve civilization. So here are 23 lies we on the right continue to believe. As individuals we may not hold to all the lies, but as a group for the most part we agree with all of them.
I will list the lie first, in one sentence. Then I will attempt to tell why it is a lie. There is no particular order in the list. I did save one of the most shocking ones for near the end of the list of 23. When I wrote up the notes for this blog, I anticipated getting all 23 lies in one post. However, the explanations went on pretty long. So this will be part I, containing only 7 of the 23 lies. At this pace, there will likely be two more parts.
1/We have a right to Medicare money; we paid into the system and therefore we deserve to get our medical care almost free when we get older. No, the money we pay in does not come close to covering the cost of Medicare. Medicare is a type of socialist medicine. We need to provide for our own medical care by paying for it as individuals. We have no right to Medicare money, beyond what we paid in (plus interest).
2/We have a right to Social Security money; we paid into the system and therefore we deserve to get Social Security money endlessly for as long as we live. No, the money we pay in does not come close to covering the cost of Social Security. Social Security is a type of socialism, in effect a Ponzi scheme which is not sustainable in the long run. We need to provide for our own later years by saving and investing. We have no right to Social Security money, beyond what we pay in (plus interest).
3/We have a right to public education, and on the whole it has been a very good thing for this country and should be improved and strengthened. No, public education is more socialism. We have no right to expect other people to pay for the education of our children. We have no right to take jobs teaching and administrating in public education (elementary, high school, or college). This is an Eighth Commandment issue. ‘”You shall not steal.”‘ (Exodus 20:15) The fact that public education is so horrible for so many reasons, is interesting but not surprising. The key thing is that we on the right are using public education to steal from our neighbors. All the horrors that follow should not be unexpected.
4/Our soldiers who fight and die in Afghanistan and Iraq are heroes who are serving this country and defending our way of life. No, they are people who are young and foolish, who had zero intelligent guidance from adults who should have known better. They are people who have wasted their lives, to preserve the ability of the Deep State to steal the wealth of the ordinary taxpayer and to push foreigners around. They have died in vain. They have destroyed themselves and their families, for much less than nothing. They are not heroes. Their courage–we all admire courage, and rightly so–should have been directed to something else in life. Our response should not be to call these young fools heroes and to thank the living ones for their “service,” it should be outrage and a vast determination to end the idiocy by teaching the truth about our wicked preemptive wars. The way to keep these young people from having died in vain, is to admit that we and they have been fools and assure that young people now and in the future are taught the truth and are protected from the sociopaths running this country.
5/The tithe is not required by God in our day; the tithe was an Old Testament requirement which became obsolete with the coming of Jesus Christ. No, that is self-indulgent nonsense, which we believe because we prefer to use our money for ourselves rather than use it to help build God’s kingdom. We give about 2.5% of our increase to the church, which is one-quarter of the tithe (10%). So people who did not have the full revelation of Jesus Christ were expected to give 10% of their increase to the church, but we who understand fully that Jesus Christ died on the cross for us think it is just fine to give 2.5% to the church? Actually Christ told us to neglect neither the tithe nor the weightier provisions of the law. (Matthew 23:23)
6/Abraham Lincoln is one of our greatest presidents; he preserved the union. No, Abraham Lincoln is the most disastrous person in U.S. history. He ended the voluntary union, ended the republic, and started the empire, at a cost of at least 620,000 dead, countless maimed, many raped women (black and white), enormous physical destruction in the South. We have never recovered intellectually or morally from the War of Northern Aggression. Nor will we recover until we on the right give up the lie about Lincoln and his war, and speak the truth. The South had a perfect right to secede. Slavery was between the South and God. The South’s form of slavery was not biblical. God could have and would have punished the South appropriately, in His own timing–and He could have done it without killing 360,000 or so northerners in the process! Abraham Lincoln and the North were wiser and better than God. Except that they weren’t. The “Civil War” was an attack on civilization from which we have never recovered. Slavery? Take my book Is Slavery Christian?–please, as Henny Youngman would say. There I discuss many aspects of slavery, including the South’s form of slavery. Read my book or don’t, but stop pretending that Abraham Lincoln was a great and good man and that he preserved a modest constitutional republic. He started us well on the road to the tyrannical empire which we have become.
7/The United States is a great country which must and should maintain a strong presence abroad in order to keep the world from falling apart in chaos. No, the U.S. is at this point great only in the sense that we are powerful. We do evil things. We undertake preemptive wars. We have killed 57,000,000 unborn children in slightly over one generation. Think about it. We have killed 57,000,000 children! We keep on killing children year after year, few of us blink an eye, and yet we keep preening ourselves concerning our great virtue–we are “exceptional” and “indispensable.” We are just a country like any other, with a checkered history. Some things we can be proud of, some things we need to admit we took a wrong turn and hurt a lot of people as a result. And are hurting a lot of people right now, both abroad and in this country. The nations are a drop in the bucket to God (Isaiah 40:15). God can control world history without our dimwitted, evil input. If we want to be indispensable to Him, the only way to do that would be by being godly in His sight. To stop murdering unborn children might be a good start. Until then, we are not a great country in the sense of being morally great. We are powerful right now, but even that can change. Every powerful and evil empire has been destroyed, in world history. We may well be next.
Well, there is part I. I will plan to post part II a week from now.