Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
In my previous post, I suggested that what, deep down, “scares the Hell” out of the far left in the U. S. who call themselves the Democractic Socialists of America (DSA) who, by their own admission, do not belong to a political party but to an ideology (and who have infiltrated the Democrat party) are voters who oppose them.
Specifically, the DSA fearsuch voters who also support–and exercise–their Constitutionally-guaranteed rights as defined in our Bill of Rights.
Though the new socialists (who in reality represent old totalitarians) may employ the usual rancor and rhetoric to try to convince the world at large that the opposition is “deplorable,” it is only because, collectively, freedom lovers have–and will–prevail.
However, overcoming such evil is not without great cost (refer to the featured video in the last post).
But there is another loss, this one intrinsic, but, in my view, far more deadly.
This loss is that which occurs when anybody anywhere in any era succumbs to the root of the evil; the twin destroyers of unchecked envy and greed that erupt in ideologies that would exploit all for the profit of some and that would use any means necessary to satisfy their lusts–because there is no end of the potential therein to destroy.
If you think about it, what dictator (despot, egomaniac, fascist, tyrant–all variations on a deadly theme) ever said: “Okay, then! I’ve got enough, now. The rest of you can go back to what’s left of your homes, families, bank accounts, and peaceful lives.”
But back to the brewing danger of the latest brand of totaliarianism here in the U.S.–and why many are speaking out against it.
Even the briefest of historical reviews reveals that what’s old in that brand of politics is not just “new” again, it’s potentially lethal again, not only externally but also, more importantly, internally.
Although external “lethality,” so to speak, can be stopped by good guys with wisdom, determination, and sufficient ordnance, if needed, internal lethality, i.e., the evil that penetrates minds, hearts, and souls seems to know no ends. No boundaries. No checks or balances.
It has to be stopped.
This “deep state,” rather, internal condition, has more to do with the mind and heart than geography and ideology.
At the very core of where this kind of evil lurks, if allowed, and that will inevitably work its way to where real boots meet real ground, is the start of a path that leads only to destruction.
Unless the individuals caught up in such evil seek mental, emotional, and soul redemption*, so to speak, there is no end to the damage, no bottom to the pit. No external restraint can defeat this kind of evil for the long term.
And if the envious and the greedy assume or wrest power over the lives of others, the evil only multiplies, that is to say, continues to divide, conquer, and destroy while it can.
The Double Danger of the “Deepest State”–What Goes Around…
But regarding the evil promoted by totalitarians, while their victims be many, they are not without consequence themselves.
Some of them, of course, may know this, or even have a sense of it, particularly if they have studied history.
But of course such evil, as it grows, also imprisons the mind in the kind of hubris that believes this or that despot will be the exception to the rule. He or she comes to believe the lie that he/she is different…better…god-like, even.
However, when once reality hits, no matter the power of deception, real justice ultimately has a way of exposing real evil–and righting real wrongs.
You might say what goes around eventually comes around.
Good prevails once again–though often it takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.
The real criminals are exposed, at length, and dealt with either here or in the hereafter.
They become victims of their own ideology.
Sadly, however, of course, justice here may be too late for their victims.
Heeding the Warnings
It’s not, however, as if we haven’t been warned about totalitarianism by people throughout time as well as today. One such voice is Cuban refugee Obie Usategui who is featured in my previous post.
For the evil called totalitarianism respects no person, place, or time.
Here are more such voices:
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money. –Margaret Thatcher
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. –Winston Churchill
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. –Alexis de Tocqueville
And something to ponder for those who equate socialism with true compassion for the downtrodden:
If one understands that Socialism is not a “share the wealth” program but is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth, then the seeming paradox of super rich men promoting Socialism becomes no paradox at all. Instead it becomes logical, even the perfect tool of power-seeking megalomaniacs. Communism, or more accurately Socialism, is not a movement of the down-trodden masses but of the economic elite. (Gary Allen)
But perhaps the most ominious word of warning, as well as a comment to underscore the importance of educating oneself and one’s nation on the importance of looking–and feeling–past the empty promises of socialism’s pied pipers, is the following:
When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness. –Alexis de Tocqueville
Because, in the spiritual sense, we also have the beneifit–and warning–of this knowledge:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.-Ephesians 6:12
This totalitarian, destructive “force,” as it were, is led by the archetypal enemy of freedom, the Devil of a thousand faces, places, cultures, and names, who has his own agenda and is out for his own kind of “totalitarian win”. As expressed here:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
“Devour” as in, “to eat up greedily…to destroy…consume…waste” (source)
He doesn’t quit, either.
And no thoughtful person, religious or not, willing to be honest can deny the presence of this kind of evil that can neither be appeased nor assuaged; the kind that causes normally logical, intelligent people to, say, do the equivalent of cutting off their noses to spite their faces.
For good examples of that conundrum, reading today’s headlines is a good place to start for some real head-shaking news on the latest ironies that abound when, say, enemies are confused with friends, evil becomes good, and for all the other kinds of mental twists and turns that torture minds when evil blinds and blindsides.
But to the most important point of this post: we still have a choice regarding the direction of our nation, despite the power and allure of (false) panaceas.
When push comes to shove, the choice boils down to this: is the newest iteration of totalitarianism touted by the DSA ultimately for good or for evil? For freedom or for enslavement?
Fortunately, we still have time to think carefully, to heed the words of the wise, past and present, and to maximize our freedoms while we yet have them.
And we can vote.
*As a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, I would be remiss if I didn’t add that in this quest for redemption from ultimate evil in the pursuit of ultimate good, we also have this help from our Friend. The ultimate help, you might put it, which we also still have time for while we are yet on our journey from one eternity to the next.