***Let me begin by saying that I do not know who drew the picture that I used as the image for this post. If you do, PLEASE inform me so that I can give them proper credit! It is, to say the least, SUPERB. If you have trouble reading the caption, the actual image (along with a digital “redo” can be seen here)
Before they go to school, my sons and I sit and regularly watch cartoons from a bygone age; a time when the good guys were good guys, the bad guys, bad, and they weren’t afraid to inject morals, lessons, patriotism and other things that today seem to be verboten in our society. This morning was the “Captain America” series, done by Marvel in the 60’s. In the episode, Cap and The Avengers were called to a far off country in the Orient and challenged to a battle by the BBEG (That’s Big Bad Evil Guy, for those not familiar with role playing acronyms) called ‘The Commissar.’ Turns out the guy was a robot, the battle was a sham designed to show the peasants that the “Imperialistic Americans” were weaklings, and thereby keep them ground under the heel of the dictatorship. At the end of the cartoon, the people are cheering and Cap says the following:
“You are all free men once more; but be always on your guard. The oppressors of freedom never give up. They lurk in the shadows – watching, waiting.”
Hawkeye promptly makes some clever remark about Cap being a cornball, and I turned to my youngest son and said “Hawkeye was wrong – there’s nothing cornball or cheesy about what Cap said. His statement means as much today as it did then. There ARE always people who want to take our freedoms from us, and they’re always waiting their chance. That’s why we need to be vigilant.” I followed with a simple example from the PC movement, and we talked a bit more, and then he had to go to school, but after he left I began to think about how appropriate Cap’s statement really is. Here in the US, as well as abroad, we have begun to see the slow erosion of the freedoms upon which Western civilization has been founded, oftentimes under the banners of “diversity” and “equality.” We see where the rights of law-abiding citizens are being trampled on by criminals and people dedicated to evil, and see also those events being hushed up for fear of “offending” someone, or simply because it doesn’t fit the narrative. (The violence and issues of rape that are only now being acknowledged in countries in Europe; countries that welcomed refugees with open arms, claiming all the while that they were ‘harmless’ and those who spoke out about potential dangers were just hard-hearted and xenophobic) More and more, we see the phrase “All men are created equal – but some are more equal than others” as preferential and, in some cases, downright discriminatory action is given to some based on their ethnicity or heritage, but not to others. Here in the US, the contentious issue is gun control, which would only serve to disarm those who obey the law since criminals, by definition, do not. (And, as one person said – I’ve yet to see an ‘evil’ gun as opposed to an evil person using a gun)
I do not believe it is too late. We’ve been asleep, yes, and the erosion has continued virtually unabated, but there are signs that people are beginning to stir and wake up to what’s going on. I pray that we are counted among those who are; myself, and whomever may be reading my blog. Leonard H. Courtney said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” Are we vigilant? Are we paying attention to ‘the man behind the screen,’ as the saying goes? When cries go up for “equality” and “justice” are we asking ourselves if it really is those things, are are we reacting with emotion alone and simply jumping on the bandwagon? Is it freedom and justice for all – or just for some?
I close with two quotes from the late Charlton Heston, taken from a speech he gave at Harvard Law School in 1999 entitled, Winning the Culture War. (The entire text and audio of the speech can be found here and I definitely encourage you to listen to it.) As you read it, think of the things we see going on every day and then ask yourself – “What would I do? What am I WILLING to do?”
Then DO it. As Cap says in the caption above, I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one willing to do it- and neither are you.
Together, people have changed the world. I remember one man who did it with just Himself and 12 others, after all.
God bless, my friends. The quotes follow below:
“If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist. If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you sexist. If you think critically about a denomination, it does — does not make you anti-religion. If you accept but don’t celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe.
Don’t let America’s universities continue to serve as incubators for this rampant epidemic of new McCarthyism. That’s what it is: New McCarthyism. But, what can you do? How can anyone prevail against such pervasive social subjugation?
Well, the answer’s been here all along. I learned it 36 years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., standing with Dr. Martin Luther King and two hundred thousand people.
You simply disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely. But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don’t. We disobey the social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom.”
“When a mugger sues his elderly victim for defending herself, jam the switchboard of the district attorney’s office. When your university is pressured — your university — is pressured to lower standards until 80% of the students graduate with honors, choke the halls of the Board of Regents. When an 8-year-old boy pecks a girl’s cheek on the playground and then gets hauled into court for sexual harassment, march on that school and block its doorways. When someone you elected is seduced by political power and betrays you — petition them, oust them, banish them. When Time magazine’s cover portrays millennium nuts as deranged, crazy Christians holding a cross as it did last month, boycott their magazine and the products it advertises.
So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobediences of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men, by God’s grace, built this country.
If Dr. King were here, I think he would agree.”