The Issue is Never the Issue
By Mark Harris
It has been breathtaking to watch the speed at which the most ignorant, historically illiterate and morally corrupt people in our nation are reshaping the American culture.
There persists today a minority of people who actively try to erode the foundations of our nation, speaking as if they were a majority, through the megaphone of social media and with the help of complicit mainstream news outlets.
It has happened so quickly that the majority of Americans are caught off guard, ill prepared to defend the American way of life they assumed would last forever.
The prophet Isaiah describes what an upside-down culture looks like:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;Isaiah 5:20 (NKJ)
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
The playbook for this subversive movement is Saul Alinsky’s, Rules for Radicals (1971). In it Alinsky says,
“The organizers first job is to create the issues or problem, and organizations must be based on many issues. The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act… An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.”
One of the mottos for their movement is, “the issue is never the issue, the issue is always the revolution.” (https://genius.com/David-horowitz-a-modern-machiavelli-2-lyrics )
In contrast, it has been one of the virtues of our Constitution to collectively work as citizens toward “a more perfect union.” The American way has been to vigorously debate issues and come to resolution that will make life better – for everyone. The American ideal is “E Pluribus Unum” - out of many, one.
To realize this uniquely American ideal requires freedom – more freedom not less.
To openly and vigorously debate the merits of societal issues, we have the Constitutional right to free speech. It has become popular today to categorize any speech that one disdains as “hate speech.” Hate speech is not a legal term in the United States. The Supreme Court has unanimously reaffirmed that there is effectively no hate speech exception in the First Amendment.
In the decision on Matal v. Tam, Justice Samuel Alito wrote:
“Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate’". (Matal v. Tam, US Supreme Court,No. 15–1293. Argued January 18, 2017—Decided June 19, 2017.)( https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-1293_1o13.pdf )
Since there are no Constitutional grounds for regulating speech, it becomes necessary for the advancement of the “revolution” in America to silence all critics of their revolutionary ideology. Any view differing from their own is referred to as “hate speech,” “racist,” “homophobic,” “bigoted,” “xenophobic,” “misogynistic,” “white privilege,” or any other number of terms used to silence opposition.
Revolutionary activists from Black Lives Matter and Antifa, burned and looted with impunity for months. As a whole, and in typical American fashion, tolerance and empathy persisted. No matter the issue – housing and homelessness, capitalism, education, sex education, police, or racial conflict the revolutionaries were framing the debate and redefining the meanings of words as they went along.
While most Americans were willing to debate the merits of the issues, the minority was intentionally inflaming emotions, actively demeaning opponents, and weaponizing the political process to overthrow American institutions and destroy our society.
After months of observation, we now discover that it has all been a pretext to hide the ultimate goal of a Marxist revolution in America. The issues were never the issue; the issue is and continues to be the revolution.
Now that we are aware of what is happening, and the enemies of the American way of life are revealing themselves for who and what they are, in true American fashion, we must stand together to preserve our way of life.
If you are a Christian and are reading this, I remind you that the rules of engagement from our playbook are different than the rules for radicals.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NKJ)
We must win this fight, not only for ourselves, but for our children and their children. Do we want to pass on to them a totalitarian state? I do not! To win we need to work together. We must develop strategies to combat evil by humbling ourselves and asking for divine wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 (NKJ)
If you are being stirred to get involved in defending our freedoms and our American way of life, if God is calling you to overcome evil with good, contact me: [email protected]. I want to help you.
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