Sunday, February 1, 2015

A War Inevitable Post

 Here at SoL we have been called extreme. So? What’s wrong with the extreme opposite view of evil? Nothing! It's essential! Such a view is totally necessary, that is, unless you want to fall into the hands of the various enemies of God and man.

We've been poring over some of the great documents of  American history, and wow, these revolutionaries, the founders of our country, were certainly extreme. We wonder how our detractors, who are beneficiaries of the freest country in the world, feel about that?

Take for instance Patrick Henry’s 1775 “war inevitable speech.” It's not about dialogue and concession and compromise. They were waaaaay past that. It was a life or death situation for these people. That’s how much they loved truth and freedom. He said, "Give me liberty or give me death!" and he meant it. It appears that America has too many  very spoiled and uneducated brats today. As such, few comprehend the kind of knowledge and conviction and passion and energy and sacrifice it took to intellectually and physically revolt against tyranny and start an entirely new method of human governance.

George Washington was a dyed-in-the-wool Christian (not a deist), and an ardent lover of his new country because of what it stood for and offered future generations. He knew Americans would have to be diligent, anxious, and educated for it to succeed. He warned against “small but artful and enterprising minorities.” He said that experience is the surest standard and that religion and morality are indispensable supports. Oh boy. All of those things are in the process of being flushed down the proverbial toilet--- THAT'S  what's extreme.

William Lloyd Garrison who published The Liberator was not a fence sitter. When it came to important issues, he was a definite extremist. He wanted an immediate end to slavery and didn’t care what anybody thought about him. “I am aware that many object to the severity of my language, but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house in on fire to give a moderate alarm; . . . tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen—but tell me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest—I will not equivocate—I will not excuse—I will not retreat a single inch— and I will be heard. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.” The Liberator, 1831.

Love it.