Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in The Havok Journal on 25 November 2015, and was slightly updated after the 2016 election.
During the recent quadrennial political circus we call the Presidential election cycle we’ve been pummeled with countless candidate claims; many that are simply false. They know they’re lying … but don’t expect you to check, so they don’t care.
Well-crafted propaganda never causes prima facea offense. It usually even rings true so it is understandable to buy into some of these things. What you need to ask yourself, is why they want you to believe these things. What next piece of propaganda are they laying the foundation for?
Look at the Presidential field before us – We have a guy who wants you to believe English is the official language; we have a religious fanatic who wants to force his version of Sharia law on the rest of the Republic; there are at least four in this race who want you to believe that their religion as the national religion, and a dozen or more who make it up as they go along and have openly expressed an agreement with plans to dismantle major portions of the Constitution.
The leader of the herd is a Birther – A Birther! Why not just elect a guy who believes in Santa Claus or elect Pee Wee Herman himself. If I didn’t know better I’d think the Tea Party is just a Hillary super PAC; they’ve become her greatest political asset.
The Democrats are just as bad. They’re working almost as hard to get Hillary elected as the Tea Party is – This whole election is embarrassing.
Over the years, legions of false assumptions have been propagated as true then used as grounds for everything from racial discrimination to political gain. The issues presented here are all pretty minor as far as day-to-day conversation or understanding of our Republic goes.
Unless you teach U.S. history or political science no one is going to question it when you errantly call the United States a democracy or mistake a civil right for a Constitutional right, but it’s important that you understand the facts and know the difference – If you base your conclusions on false assumptions – your conclusions can only be false.
Let’s clear up some of the ignorance these candidates are trying to feed us.
1. English is NOT the national language: Any legal requirement to learn English or speak English is unconstitutional.
Not speaking English definitely puts one at a disadvantage and the most common business language is English but that is a function of demographics, not law.
The founders specifically neglected to declare a national language because, in a nation of immigrants, a national language has a tendency to evolve into ethnic oppression. It was religious, ethnic and political oppression that sent many of their families to the new world in the first place.
2. Christianity is NOT the national religion: The United States has no national religion. Christianity has NO special place or standing under the law and religion has NO PLACE in government. The Supreme Court has ruled that a community’s religious beliefs can be taken into consideration under the law for that community (Blue laws), but the founders knew that a national religion always breeds religious oppression.
Try to remember; whatever your religion might be – You might be wrong. I challenge any of you to find any clause, in any founding document that mentions Christianity or any specific religion.
There are actually two inconsequential references to the Christian God in the founding documents, and there is only one religious symbol used on any banner, flag, seal or crest that represents the United States. (See if you can find any of the three; few people even notice them. I might even be able to find something cool in my bag o’ goodies to send the first few readers who e-mail me with where the three can be found)
3. The original Motto of the United States is NOT “In God We Trust” and “Under God” is NOT supposed to be in the pledge of allegiance: I’m not saying those are bad things, but they disenfranchise a large number of good Americans.
The man who wrote the pledge, a Christian Pastor and staunch Socialist, would stroke-out if he knew his work was used by racists against good Americans to cause division and to weaken the Republic.
The “Under God” alteration to the Pledge is a vile, odiferous vestige of one of the darkest times in U.S. History. The Pledge was changed by a godless politician during the congressional witch hunts of the 1950’s.
McCarthy and his benefactor, Sen. McCarran, did it in an effort to limit who would be able to recite the Pledge knowing that those who didn’t adhere to McCarthy’s religious beliefs might not recite the new pledge for religious reasons. They weren’t the right kind of Americans for the McCarthyists.
The motto the founders chose was also changed from “E Pluribus Unum” to a religious affirmation during the same debacle.
The group I worked with on the 80’s regularly moved western currency into Eastern Europe to be exchanged on the Black Market, and most of the currency traders wouldn’t accept “Devil Dollars” – Pre-McCarthy currency does not have “In God We Trust” on it.
Personally, I refuse to recite the McCarthyist’s pledge – if my fellow Soldiers are forbidden by regulation or conscience to recite it… I won’t either.
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