The political parties are of one mind; a confluence of ideologies that flows as one water down the stream of state control. The land of the free and the home of the brave is no more. Instead, we have become the nation that was the dream of Prussia's Otto von Bismarck, a nation that worships the state as both a paternal figure (providing supposed safety and security) and a maternal one (nurturing and raising children and caring for the elderly, and providing for the needs of everyone else in between).
We are no longer the brave individuals who stood against the world's most powerful king. No, we are now a nation that sits mesmerized while watching the scripted political power-play that is Fox and CNN; a soma-induced haze that has replaced the individual with the collective.
Oh, sure, you hear folks complain, but in the end, they line up on election day and dutifully pull the lever for Tweedledee or Tweedledum. Then, it's back to the mindless chatter and bickering that is the mainstream media.
For the most part, the Founding Fathers of this nation recognized government as an evil; an evil whose powers must be circumscribed, limited by our God-given rights. And, "[t]hat whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
But that's not what children are taught at public schools. Of course, how could it be otherwise? How could government instruct the next generation that government is only to be tolerated when it does not attempt to limit Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness?
So, government grows, generation by generation. The Fabian Society won the historical battle of ideologies and change. Gramsci was right all along, the path to socialism is through a slow decay of the institutions of society, the replacement of the family and church for the state.
As it turns out, Marx and his dialectical materialism were correct, except that it wasn't capitalism that housed the contradiction. Instead, it is democracy that contains a self-destroying contradiction: the power of the vote to expand the state beyond the ideal of Liberty.
There was never a need for the workers of the world to rise up and unite as government and time slowly rob Liberty, institutionalizing envy and leading a nation to believe that only government provides good.
Those of us who are Christians look to the state to sanctify our actions. When is someone married according to the Church? When they hold a marriage license issued by the state. The same holds for divorce. The state decides who is single, married and divorced.
We allow the state to license clergy, and we allow the state to decide what constitutes a church. What's worse, without such licenses and state recognition, fellow Christians hold the individual in contempt. You say you are married, but where's your marriage license?
Churches refuse to speak lest the feds remove their nonprofit status, in essence removing recognition of the entity as a body corporate; a corporation beholden to the state.
As the evangelical church moves toward the emergent church and embraces the state as an equal partner in social justice, the end will be the same as was experienced during the Progressive Era. The state will subsume more aspects of the church and God's Church will lose relevancy.
Oh, sure, the remnant will remain. But the host of saved will dwindle as more and more folks seek the manna from DC and Columbus and bow before the idols of government.
It's time for another Awakening; a movement from government back to God and the ideals that founded this nation. Otherwise, a brave new world awaits our children. A sad inheritance indeed.