As the nation prepares to celebrate the 245th anniversary of its independence, Americans face perhaps their biggest existential crisis, one reflecting the issues that led to the Revolutionary War.
That crisis extends beyond critical race theory and Covid-19 vaccination. Those issues merely reflect a far deeper crisis: the demand by the powers-that-be for Americans to think of themselves as subjects rather than citizens.
Silverton, Colo., a town with about 600 residents, provides a succinct illustration. On June 14, Mayor Shane Fuhrman unilaterally banned the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings of the town’s trustees. When 10 people and two trustees responded by rising to recite the pledge, Fuhrman threatened to expel anyone who followed suit.
“To tell members of the public they are not allowed to say the Pledge of Allegiance during public comment and threaten to have them removed … violates every single one of their First Amendment rights,” Trustee Molly Barela told Denver’s KDVR-TV.
Meanwhile, school boards planning to implement critical race theory and transgender policy face passionate resistance from parents and students across the country. In Loudoun County, Va., opposition erupted after the school board fired a physical education teacher who expressed opposition to transgender policy during a board meeting. One parent, a spokesman for a group seeking to recall the board’s members, said the board wanted to stifle the parents’ role in their children’s education.
In response, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe dismissed concerns about critical race theory as conspiracy theories.
Yet critical race theory reflects the Maoist approach to Marxist revolution, as FrontPage Magazine reported in “Beijing’s Lies Matter.” As Mao said in 1963: “The evil system of colonialism and imperialism arose and thrived with the enslavement of Negroes and the trade in Negroes, and it will surely come to its end with the complete emancipation of the black people.”
Black theologian James Cone developed critical race theory while two activists and scholars, Theodore Allen and Noel Ignatiev, crystallized Marxist thought on “white supremacy” and “white privilege.” Allen and Ignatiev joined the Maoists when splits arose among American communists.
Elsewhere, influencers tell Americans to “trust the science” while demanding mass vaccination against Covid-19. Influencers even advocate “vaccine passports” to ensure compliance by holding shopping, employment and school attendance hostage. On Tuesday, the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan announced that all employees must be vaccinated by Sept. 10 or lose their jobs.
Houston Methodist’s health-care system made the same demand in March. When nearly 120 of those employees sued, a federal judge dismissed their case. Since then, more than 150 employees have quit or been fired.
Yet one study of 52,000 employees at the Cleveland Clinic showed no significant difference in infection rates between those who took the vaccine and those who declined despite being infected previously. Dr. Byram Bridle, an immunologist who conducted research for a Covid-19 vaccine, even described the spike protein in mRNA vaccines as a pathogen that can damage vital organs. On June 25, the FDA admitted the increased risk of heart inflammation with mRNA vaccines.
Nevertheless, most news outlets minimize or dismiss information contradicting the conventional narrative. They even ignore perhaps the most newsworthy story of the year: an audit of the Presidential election results in Maricopa County, Ariz. That audit could trigger similar audits in other states, which could substantiate claims of alleged electoral fraud that put Joe Biden in the White House.
But those questioning the narrative get derided as “cranks,” “conspiracy nuts,” or other epithets, or get censored and de-platformed on social media. That tactic reflects a deliberate strategy called “astroturf,” referring to fake grass roots, as FrontPage Magazine reported in “People of the Lie.”
“Astroturf seeks to manipulate you into changing your opinion by making you feel as if you’re an outlier when you’re not,” said former CBS journalist Sharyl Attkisson. “Hallmarks include use of inflammatory language, such as ‘crank,’ ‘quack,’ ‘nutty,’ ‘lies,’ ‘paranoid,’ ‘pseudo’ and ‘conspiracy.’ Use of the charged language tests well
“Special interests have unlimited time and money to figure out new ways to spin us while cloaking their role. Surreptitious astroturf methods are now more important to these interests than traditional lobbying of Congress. There’s an entire industry built around it in Washington.
That industry serves those who seek to solidify corporatist power and destroy individual liberty.
“The new elites are trying to run the board,” Shmuel Klatzkin wrote in The American Spectator. “We cannot be allowed to think on any matter that we can judge the correctness or lack of same of a given idea. Private reality … is forever subject to revision as the expression of political power requires it.”
Accomplishing that goal means, “grinding down American social and cultural norms to prepare the population for Father Government to step into every aspect of our lives, no matter the topic,” said a caller who conveyed Andrew Klavan’s ideas on Andrew Wilkow’s Sirius XM program.
“Essentially (it’s) governance taking over liberty,” the caller continued. “It’s not government led by the people. It’s government leading the people.”
In the 18th century, British elites wanted colonists to think of themselves as unquestioningly subordinate to leaders whom those colonists had no role in selecting. In the 21st century, American elites in government, business, entertainment, academia and the media want citizens to be similarly subordinate.
If today’s elites succeed, they will have undone the painful work accomplished by Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin and thousands of anonymous Americans who fought and died for the values that the Fourth of July represents.