Mini-me and I have been very engaged over the last week in conversations about socialism vs. capitalism. BrotherKomrade and JMK's ongoing tread in a previous post have given us much food for thought. So, in my quest to understand exactly what is missing in my understanding of Socialism. I have concluded that perhaps it is a stretch to label PSBO a "socialist"-- I think he is a "Cultural Socialist" meaning not a socialist in is purest sense of the word.
I have stated many times before that my faith effects my worldview and I have begun to wonder why this isn't the case for all persons of faith. I believe that many professed Christians have a said faith only and not a deep abiding faith and are therefore "cultural Christians". I just can't think of any other reason that people can lay their faith down when it comes to social issues and voting on social policy. I mean, isn't that the point of your faith? To bring light to the world. To be the salt of the earth? I read a compelling article this morning by Brannon Howse which I have reprinted here because I think it speaks to some of the concerns that people of faith should have with PSBO and his administration.
Obama's economic advisor Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary under President Clinton, testified before the House Steering and Policy Committee Jan. 7, 2009, on federal funding of infrastructure projects throughout the nation.
"It seems to me that infrastructure spending is a very important and good way of stimulating the economy. The challenge will be to do it quickly, to find projects that can be done that will have a high social return that also can be done with the greatest speed possible. I am concerned, as I'm sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers. I have nothing against white male construction workers I'm just saying there are a lot of other people who have needs as well. There are ways in which the money can be, criteria can be set so the money does go to others, the long term unemployed, minorities, women."
Can you imagine what the media and cultural elite would say if the agenda was to only give federal contracts for infrastructure to whites and NOT minorities and women? The last two groups that can be discriminated against in America without consequences are Christians and white males. If you happen to be both a Christian and a white male then you are really a target in today's politically correct culture. (I know some are going to question why I should be concerned about white christian males. So let me just say that my concern is that we are taking "political correctness" too far -- i.e. It's politically incorrect to say Merry Christmas - CBW)
I am proud of the fact that we have made much progress in race relations in America and the election of President Obama is proof of this. We have room for improvement but the Obama Administration is seeking to divide not unite. Act 17:29, says we are of one blood and there is only one race, not multiple races. There are many people groups but there is only one race; the human race.
The Cultural Marxists will continue to use their social justice programs to divide Americans into victimized groups for their own political agenda.
I predict that one group that will be employed by the federal tax dollars that were paid in by the hated "white, high skilled people who are already professionals" and the "white male construction workers" will be illegal aliens.
I predict the Obama Administration will not only give illegal aliens high paying jobs through this federal infrastructure program, but also citizenship. With citizenship comes the right to vote and thereby securing election after election for the Cultural Marxists.
Responding to the testimony of Robert Reich, was U.S. Representative Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. Rangel had no problem with what Reich was proposing. In fact, Rangel wants to implement even more federal dictates to the states. Rangel said the federal government, must "remove the discretion" about where the money would be spent and how it would be spent. Governors and legislatures would have no say on how the money will be spent. Reich agreed and said, "Governors ought to be, should be given a choice of signing on the bottom line or not."
Now hold on to your hat. Rangel said when the "middle class" hears about their plan; the middle class will do nothing. Rangel said:
"One thing that you can depend on, you don't have to be worried about what the middle class is going to do. Things are so bad, they have to put food on their tables, get clothes for their kids, get them in school."
The more I read, hear, and research, the more I am willing to believe this financial crisis which was mostly birthed in the Clinton Administration and continued by the George W. Bush Administration, was possibly orchestrated in order to destroy the middle class and implement radical, extreme socialism.
Who is the largest employer in America? The answer is small business. Who runs small businesses? The middle class largely run small businesses in America. Who supports pro-family, pro-life organizations like Worldview Weekend, The American Family Association, Focus on the Family and other groups that oppose the humanistic, global governance worldview of the cultural elite? Who is the most politically active for faith, family and freedoms? Who funds Christian radio, missions, and the spread of the Gospel? What group of Americans most understands history, has served in the military, and is opposed to socialism? What group makes up the largest members of the Reagan Revolution? The answer to all these questions is the middle class.
The social engineers know that if the middle class is consumed with food, shelter, clothing and employment; and paying taxes, most will not even notice what is happening in the area of public policy. Those that do see what is happening will not be able to do anything about it because as Rangel said, they are overwhelmed with the basics of life.
Barack Obama's White House Chief of Staff, Rahm, Emanuel told business leaders in a November 2008 meeting that the financial crisis was "an opportunity to do things you could not do before."
The goals of Cultural Marxism are primarily the destruction of Christianity and the creation of chaos. The ultimate goal is to move from Cultural Marxism to traditional Marxism and that is what is happening to America today. Obama, the Clintons, Rangel, Reich, Emanuel and Obama's entire Administration is committed to moving from Cultural Marxism to traditional Marxism. To get there they must destroy and distract their only real obstacle…the middle class. (Source - emphasis added)
So my beef is more with "cultural Christians" than "cultural Marxist" in that I am persuaded that what is happening in America is an attempt to destroy Christianity. So if cultural Marxist are primarily concerned with destroying Christianity then cultural Christians are allowing it to happen because they are so filled with adoration and reverence for Barack Obama that they do not realize that their values are being assaulted.