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The God of This World

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Tyranny of Thought

In Second Corinthians, Chapters 3 and 4, St. Paul says, "' But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not '"

While St. Paul was speaking of belief in Christ, his words are appropriate in the context of the world, the country, we live in today. How would we identify "the god of this world?" We might look at symptoms: the triumph of the superfluous over the important (who really cares about Miley Cyrus once again demonstrating the degradation and objectification of women?), the loss of traditional American ideals to moral relativism, the pernicious movement to destroy the Judeo-Christian/Greco/Roman foundations of our civilization thereby robbing us of our moral compass, the degeneration of education, the enslavement to government handouts of vast swaths of our citizens, or the purposeful division of our population into self-serving interest groups -- in other words, the "fundamental transformation" of America into something almost unrecognizable.

Not since the Civil War has the country witnessed such a polarization in our body politic, such blatant disregard for the virtues of compromise. But compromise is alien to the ideology that rules us today. It is a familiar ideology with a familiar purpose and theme, a worm that has invaded our entrails to consume the nutrients that otherwise would make us strong in order to debilitate us to the point of collapse.

My recent interviews with Diana West and Kent Clizbe reveal the sources of this infection. It is a tyranny of thought, a prohibition against free expression, a process of indoctrination that seeks to inhibit debate and impose group think on a nation that once prided itself on individualism.

The United States is being weakened like a majestic tree rotting from within. Our stature in the world, and therefore our ability to protect ourselves, to influence events, drops farther each day, and it will continue to do so under an inward-looking administration of zealots and their acolytes in the media intent on suborning the country to their ideology at any cost.

In lock step with the decline, our founding ideals become "hid to them that are lost," those "in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds." But still we must lift a lantern and shine a light on what is happening in the hope that the greatness, and, yes, the exceptionalism of our country may not be lost.

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