I’ve heard a well-known radio personality often claim liberalism is destructive.

Those who push for censorship, punishment of others holding opinions contrary to them often boast of their platform of tolerance when in reality it’s an intolerance of opposing views.  It’s reflective in the Duck Dynasty saga, the Chick-Fil-A uproar, the censorship of Christian views in public schools, the assault on the NFL and a host of other examples.

Is persecution really anything new?

If you give it some thought, liberalism is about control.  Those who adhere to those tendencies package it in clever ways like Political Correctness, caring for the less fortunate, or compassion for the planet.

I appreciate the time my readers take to contemplate my thoughts, yet, I say to each we’ve all been derelict in our duties by going quietly into the night. We’ve allowed those who manufacture, package, and implement those measures of control over us to take hold.  We’ve allowed the seeds of self-destruction to grow, when in reality we should’ve treated them like weeds.  We’ve tried to be peaceful and passive, and it’s allowed degradation to creep in.

Dinesh D’Souza’s bestseller book “America” was pulled from the shelves of Cosco recently.  D’Souza attempts to identify the weeds in the midst of society.  Be it coincidence or not, the founder of Cosco is a large contributor to the Democrat party.  When thousands upon thousands of Cosco customers protested the company finally put the book back on the shelf.

A high school in Tennessee has a ritual every Friday night of saying a prayer before the football game.  A liberal organization sent numerous letters to the school claiming they would sue if that continued.  The school corporation cowered and told the students to stop.  In defiance, the cheerleaders decided to have the prayer anyway.  When that happened, the entire crowd stood and chimed in by saying the prayer aloud.

As individuals we’ve allowed those who have less than admirable intentions to control us in clever, yet deviant, ways.

Several states have held public referendums at the ballot box on same sex marriage.  A majority of the citizens in those states have said marriage is between a man and woman.  However, even though roughly 2.3% of the population, according to the Census Bureau, claim to be homosexual, rogue federal judges have said those votes have no merit and one judge can tell the entire population of a state what to do.  In essence, a bureaucrat has snuffed out the voice of many.

I once worked for a large corporation and was approached one day by a woman in the break room.  She asked what my personal opinion of homosexuality was.  I claimed: “If the population of planet Earth were to be all gay the human race would simply cease to exist.” I didn’t know who the woman was, but it turned out she was a militant lesbian and she saw to it I was fired the following day.

The company even took it a step farther by trying to have me punished by the judicial system for hate speech.  The judge quickly dismissed their case, but before he did an executive of the company professed their policy was: “Anyone can be terminated at anytime for anything deemed offensive to anyone.

Political correctness is, often times, a tool used to silence opposition, and many feel it’s being used to squash our freedom of speech.

Politicians, in both parties, have become corrupt as well.  There’s a lot of money at stake when you centralize government in control of all 50 states.

America has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, yet our government is trillions of dollars in debt.  If you think politicians will enact term limits or impede anything that would be a detriment to their control or enrichment of themselves, think again.

I saw a shirt recently that said: “It’s we the people, not you the government.”  How do we take back what’s been lost?  How do we repair what’s been destroyed?  We do it from deep within.  We do it one person at a time and we influence our relatives, friends, and associates with that same philosophy.  We eradicate the weeds and plant seeds that will brandish American tradition at the grassroots.

Have a tendency to speak your mind, no matter the cost, to stand in defiance of those wanting to steal liberty, will you?  No longer allow those seeds of self-destruction to grow.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org.

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