A (Socialist) Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing–Part 2

In my previous article on “Social Justice”, I began to expose the “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” I am referring to noble sounding, but ill-conceived, government initiatives that insidiously displace individual rights and freedoms with collectivist goals. This can be expected as evidenced by the fact the insignia for the Fabian Socialists is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Certainly, everyone wants “justice”. Our Pledge of Allegiance ends with the words “with liberty and justice for all.” However, the mischief begins when the word “SOCIAL” is inserted in front of the word “JUSTICE”.

America was founded on the concept of liberty and justice for each and every individual, and our declaration begins with the premise that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Although we are created equal, there are no guarantees of equal economic outcomes under our free enterprise form of economy and government.  Find a country where everyone is economically “equal”, and I’ll show you a government where nobody has any freedom.

The Social Justice movement works from the basic premise that global free-market capitalism is “unsustainable” and is the source of all evil because it does not lead to equal outcomes.

I know what you’re thinking–“whoa commissioner, you had me until then…  but it sounds a little over the top to me.”  You want evidence.

Okay, let’s start with the various definitions of social justice that seek a form of egalitarianism, i.e. equal, outcomes for all.

Next, we have Mr. Obama’s promise to fundamentally transform America.  Transform into what?

Have you ever seen the Common Core Transformative Matrix?  Of course, you should be asking the question… transform our students from what into what? Well, it looks somewhat like a four leaf clover. The topmost leaf has the destination.

Want to know what it says? I’ll give you some hints. It doesn’t say “God”. It doesn’t say “The Constitution.” It doesn’t say, “America.”

It says “Global Citizen.”

So what’s a Global Citizen? It is a euphemism for ‘godless government-state citizen’ that places the collective above liberty, above free-enterprise, and above God.  It targets vulnerable children who do not yet subscribe to the principles of individual liberty and unalienable God-given rights.

Don’t laugh. It’s happening as we speak. I know as a fact that an exercise called the “Privilege Walk” is being taught throughout our colleges, and within local public schools. Students are lined-up side by side and asked a series of 25 race-baiting and subtle but anti-Judeo/Christian questions that go something like this:

If you are a white male, take one step forward.

If schools are closed during holidays that align with your religion, step forward.

If you are a minority, take a step backward.

If your parents do not have a college degree, take a step backward.

In the rotting carcass of failed progressive-left federal education doctrine, class envy, anti-white bias, and anti-achievement exercises are presented as a means of promoting Social Justice. In reality, the Privilege walk is little more than a classic anti-white male, anti-capitalist exercise, designed to evoke negative emotions against those who have enjoyed individual success. As Obama said, “If you own a business, you didn’t build that.”  If you own a successful business, you should bend the knee and pay homage to the collective and your government.

It is classic Marxist class warfare… subtle but effective.

Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged, perfectly indicts this mentality: “The smallest minority on earth is the individual.  Those that deny individual rights cannot claim to be defender of minorities.”  Yet, that is exactly what the Social justice movement does.  It strips individuals of self-identity and treats them as members of a victim-class. This is called “Identity Politics.”

If you’re lucky enough to belong to a group that is in political vogue with politicians, you may reap government benefits, or even a college admission.

If you belong to the wrong group, which usually consists of either Caucasian males, or business owners, you’re in trouble. Supporters of free-market capitalism are “unsustainable.”

So go ahead… take the Privilege Walk, and feel guilty.

 

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‘Social Justice’–The Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

The buzzword in government these days is “Social Justice.”

At a recent government event, a new caucus was established, proudly proclaiming their goal is to promote Social Justice. A real estate agent recently set me a letter requesting contributions for a new group she established for purposes of promoting Social Justice.

Seems like all you have to do these days is proclaim you are advocating Social Justice; and magically, everyone in the room applauds. Isn’t this politician wonderful? She’s for social justice.

The question nobody is asking is, “Exactly what is Social Justice?”

Depending on who you ask, you’ll get different answers. On the surface, it sounds good; but you’ll soon see that ain’t necessarily so.

Social Justice isn’t just a goal. It is a deceptive political movement based on socialism. It starts from a premise that individual rights should take a back seat to the collective in order to ensure some groups receive more equal treatment than others. Think of it as affirmative action on steroids. As a practical matter, it is a means of cultivating class envy.

In the newest government realm of Social Justice, your individual constitutional rights of life, liberty, and property ownership are trumped by politicians’ agendas to ensure equal outcomes regardless of ability. This is known as egalitarianism. It means what you earn doesn’t belong to you.

Before you scoff, consider the Iowa State University A to Z sustainability dictionary that defined Social Justice as “based on the concept of human rights and equality and involves… economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution.” Unfortunately, this was subsequently removed from the net. I suppose it was too much of a smoking gun.

Consider an article posted by the New Economics Foundation, which claims to be the UK’s leading think-tank, promoting social justice. What do they say? “Promoting social justice and environmental sustainability calls for collective action through the state, locally and nationally, and through transnational institutions.”

Let’s translate: Social justice requires collectivist action via widespread government and globalist organizations. For our students, this means the following: Your individual rights of life, liberty, and property ownership will be trumped, and subject to some government bureaucrat’s notion of what is fair and sustainable in order to promote equal outcomes for all. Those of you who studied political philosophy will of course immediately recognize this as a tenant of Marxism–“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

“Isn’t justice a good thing?” (I hear you ask.)

Yes it is. I personally subscribe to the notion of individual justice as stated in our Pledge of Allegiance that states, “Liberty and Justice for all.” You see, as Americans, we are endowed with a guarantee of liberty and justice as individuals. The problem develops when we place the word “social” in front of the word “justice.” The Oxford dictionary defines “Social” as “Relating to society or its organization.” Social Justice means justice for groups rather than individuals. Anyone who prefers to characterize this as socialism should remember the actual insignia for Fabian Socialists is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

So, Commissioner, what are you trying to tell us?

In reality, 21st century “Social Justice” as promulgated by government is an attempt to empower government to supplant your individual freedoms with collectivist goals.

Everywhere, “progressives” claim we need a new “sustainable” economic system that will holistically integrate the needs of the environment, economy, and social justice. It also has a nice ring to it, until you realize it comes at the expense of your individual freedoms. Government loves it because it means power shifts from the individual to the government. And, it means your rights are no longer unalienable. Rather, you only receive rights your government deems sustainable.

If anyone asks you if you’re for social justice, I recommend the following answer: “No, I’m for preserving our God-given rights of life, liberty, and property as described in the Declaration of Independence, and guaranteed under our Constitution.”

In the new politic of “Social Justice”, the only justice you’ll receive will be limited to what some political bureaucrat thinks you need.

Social Justice? No thanks Comrade, I choose freedom.

 

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The Catholic Church Has Gone Socialist

Since we published our article, “Catholic Church Captured by ‘Progressive Forces,’” it is starting to dawn on many in and out of the media that Pope Francis has come down on the side of the “progressive,” and even Marxist, forces in the world today.

Writing on TheBlaze and commenting on the pope’s friendly meeting with Cuban dictator Raul Castro, Catholic writer Stephen Herreid of the Intercollegiate Review called the pope’s dealings with Castro and other Marxists “a new Catholic scandal” as significant and terrifying as the presence of pedophiles in the church. He wonders how conservative Catholics can continue to pay respect to a pope “intent on making friends with the enemies of religious liberty.”

Francis had a one-hour meeting with Raul Castro on May 10. The day before, Castro had greeted Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Francis will visit Cuba in September prior to his tour of the United States.

The Associated Press reported that Castro commented, after meeting with the pope, that the pontiff “is a Jesuit, and I, in some way, am too.” Castro added, “I always studied at Jesuit schools.” He also promised, “When the pope goes to Cuba in September, I promise to go to all his Masses, and with satisfaction.”

The evidence is getting too big for the major media to ignore: the pope has made common cause with the forces of international Marxism, which are associated with atheism, the suppression of traditional Christianity, and the persecution and murder of Christians.

Conservative Catholics and many others are terrified of what is to come. Some fear that the Roman Catholic Church has joined the campaign for a global socialist state that could turn into an anti-Christian tyranny.

Dr. Timothy Ball, author of The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science, told me during a recent interview, “I think the Catholic Church is regretting making him the pope. They did it because the previous pope was starting to deal with the problems of pedophilia and corruption in the money in the church. So the powerful Cardinals pushed him [Benedict] aside. It wasn’t a health matter at all. He just realized he couldn’t beat them…He [Francis] is bringing in these socialist ideas. He’s already expressed some of them—about inequities of wealth, redistributing the wealth, which are themes you’ve heard from Obama.”

Benedict had also been a strong opponent of Liberation Theology.

As Herreid put it in his Blaze column, “In a matter of months, Pope Francis has announced a desire to ‘quickly’ beatify a deceased liberation theologist bishop, reconciled with a Sandinista activist priest who once called Ronald Reagan a ‘butcher’ and an ‘international outlaw,’ and even invited the founder of the liberation theology movement, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, to speak on the need for a ‘poor Church for the Poor’ at an official Vatican event this week.”

In fact, this is the latest example of Francis welcoming advocates of Liberation Theology—a doctrine manufactured by the old KGB to dupe Christians into supporting Marxism—directly into the Vatican.

Francis received Gutiérrez, considered the father of Liberation Theology, in September 2013, but in a private audience without photos. Then, on November 22, 2014, at the end of an audience granted to the participants of the National Missionary Congress of Italy, Francis warmly greeted him personally. Gutiérrez, a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest, is being welcomed as an official guest at the Vatican to participate in this week’s Caritas Internationalis General Assembly, the theme of which is, “One Human Family, Caring for Creation.”

Caritas is a global confederation of 164 Catholic organizations. Its U.S. affiliates are Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services.

Herreid comments, “Neither Pope St. John Paul II nor his trusted friend and successor Benedict XVI were taken in by liberation theology. John Paul fought Communism throughout his pontificate, and Benedict was equally forceful against liberation theology’s interpretation of the traditional ‘preferential option for the poor’ as a preferential option for violent state-mandated wealth-redistribution.”

The Francis-Marxist alliance seems to confirm the predictions of the late Vatican insider Malachi Martin, who wrote penetrating books about the Catholic Church entitled The Jesuits and The Keys of This Blood. He believed that Mikhail Gorbachev, who presided over the “restructuring” of the old Soviet Union, never gave up on Marxism-Leninism but adopted the viewpoint of the Italian communist Antonio Gramsci that a worldwide communist state could only be achieved gradually. It was to be a “revolution by infiltration.” He said, “Liberation Theology was a perfectly faithful exercise of Gramsci’s principles.”

Martin wrote that “The most powerful religious orders of the Roman Church—Jesuits, Dominicans, Franciscans, Maryknollers—all committed themselves to Liberation Theology.”

In addition to Gutiérrez, one of the speakers at this week’s Vatican conference is Jeffrey Sachs of the U.N.’s Millennium Project, an advocate of a global tax that could impose a cost of $845 billion from the U.S. alone. Sachs is speaking at a panel discussion on “Growing inequalities: a challenge for the one human family.”

Sachs previously appeared at a Vatican conference on “Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility,” which was held from May 2 – 6, 2014.  It was held under the authority of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

A joint statement published after the close of that Vatican conference called for Sustainable Development Goals “to guide planetary-scale actions after 2015.”

It said, “To achieve these goals will require global cooperation, technological innovations that are within reach, and supportive economic and social policies at the national and regional levels, such as the taxation and regulation of environmental abuses, limits to the enormous power of transnational corporations and a fair redistribution of wealth. It has become abundantly clear that Humanity’s relationship with Nature needs to be undertaken by cooperative, collective action at all levels—local, regional, and global.”

This week’s Caritas conference includes consideration of a “strategic framework” for the years 2015 to 2019 that quoted Francis as calling on every Christian “to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor…”

In building “a civilization of love,” the document urges the “transforming [of] unjust systems and structures” and desires an outcome in which “Justice is attained with respect to climate change and the use of natural resources…”

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, explained what all of this means in simple language. “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history,” she said. “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution. That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change…It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.”

The pope’s left-wing supporters at the Catholic Climate Covenant are ecstatic over his upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate change and believe it can be the catalyst for this deliberate transformation. Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Covenant tells his supporters that his group is creating what he calls “an educational, inspirational video” on how to stop global warming and developing new programs to help Catholics “reduce their carbon footprint.”

Members of his climate coalition include:

  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Migration and Refugee Services
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Catholic Health Association of the United States
  • Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
  • Conference of Major Superiors of Men
  • Carmelite NGO
  • Catholic Rural Life
  • Franciscan Action Network
  • National Council of Catholic Women
  • Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

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Report: Venezuelan Hotels Telling Guests To Bring Their Own Toilet Paper

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Some hotels in Venezuela are advising guests to bring their own toilet paper, a local tourism industry spokesperson says.

“For over a year we haven’t had toilet paper, soap, any kind of milk, coffee or sugar. So we have to tell our guests to come prepared,” Xinia Camacho told Fusion. Camacho is the proprietor of a 20-room hotel at the base of Sierra Nevada national park.

In the black market you have to pay 110 bolivares [$0.50] for a roll of toilet paper that usually costs 17 bolivares [$ 0.08] in the supermarket…We don’t want to participate in the corruption of the black market, and I don’t have four hours a day to line up for toilet paper.

This report comes in the wake of the Venezuelan government preventing people from bringing everyday goods across the Colombian border near where the hotel is located. The ban was imposed in an effort to stem the flow of contraband, Fusion also noted.

The British Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a travel warning on its website regarding the Venezuelan border with Colombia. “The opening hours of the land border crossings with Colombia have been reduced as a measure to fight smuggling. Until further notice, borders will remain closed from 6pm until 5am,” said the warning, continuing:

Levels of street crime are high. Armed muggings and ‘express kidnappings’ are a regular occurrence. Resistance to robbery has resulted in victims being shot dead. Take care at all times, especially when arriving in the country.

U.K. Foreign Commenwealth Office

U.K. Foreign Commenwealth Office

The U.S. State Department has a travel warning of its own:

Kidnappings are also a serious concern throughout the country. In 2013, 625 kidnappings were reported to the authorities. It is estimated that roughly 80 percent of kidnappings go unreported; the actual number of kidnappings in 2013 is likely much higher.

h/t: Business Insider

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Dismantling America: The ‘Change’ We Never Expected

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Americans wanted ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’ during the 2008 election cycle, but never expected that the ‘change’ would involve having Marxist-socialists occupying America at every level from the top down, who are hard at work dismantling the ‘America’ that we all know and love. Led by the most corrupt and least transparent president in American history, according to dozens of media stories, Obama–who is a proven Marxist and social-activist himself–seems intent on transforming America from a Constitutional Republic and the greatest beacon of light and freedom on earth to a miserable third-world socialist state, or worse. A very revealing way to judge Obama’s actions as president is made under the lens of his mentor’s handbook for social activism and ‘change’ titled ‘Rules For Radicals’.

Part of the Obama agenda that is being levied against Americans by these now-embedded Marxist-socialists involves demonizing America and its heritage, traditions, and culture, while offering ‘diversity’ in its place: the Utopian Dream. A quick review of what’s happening around America at this very moment clearly shows that this Marxist agenda is actually unfolding before our eyes and demonstrates this is no conspiracy theory.

Well-intentioned Americans were bamboozled into electing a Marxist with an Islamic background as its president.

First: Right out of the gate after taking office, Obama tours the world and publicly downgrades and demeans America, while offering apologies for America’s history.

Second: Obama promises to be ‘the most transparent administration in history’ and, even as he pledges this, is busily engaged in doing the exact opposite.

Third: In order to run a shadow government beyond the constitutional purview of the People’s elected representatives in Congress, Obama creates numerous new departments in the government and appoints ‘Czars’ to head those many departments. Most of these new departments and the Czars who run them are outside the scrutiny of Congress, even though they are spending millions of taxpayer dollars in achieving socialist goals that are in many cases set unilaterally by Obama and his administration.

Fourth: Obama has already begun purging the U.S. military of its leading commanding officers, many of whom are well-proven patriot-heroes and protectors of our Constitution and nation! And as he does, he replaces those commanders with others who are arguably loyal to him and his political agenda, as opposed to the U.S. Constitution and the American People.

Fifth: Even though America was founded under Judeo-Christian beliefs, Obama and his administration are taking many steps to expunge the Christian faith from America and seems to support supplanting Christianity throughout America with other non-traditional beliefs.

Sixth: Obama and his administration have engaged and inserted themselves into matters and issues that have historically and legally been the jurisdictional responsibility of local state and city governments. And these actions are supplanting and undermining the authority of the duly elected representatives of the People at the local levels of government through their proxies inciting and instigating riots and racial tensions, which Obama and his proxies subsequently deem require Federal attention.

Seventh: Obama seems intent on creating and maintaining a national police force frighteningly reminiscent of Adolf Hitler’s ‘brown shirts’ in every city of America, which would arguably be under his control. And as that is happening, the DHS seems to be arming itself for WW3 inside America with its recent paramilitary acquisitions. Obama also makes frequent use of the office of the U.S. Attorney General to intervene into local police matters. Seemingly in line with these goals (to literally control the population), Obama also used what has been called his ‘royal decree’ to ban .223 caliber rifle rounds as a first step in disarming U.S. Citizens and effectively separating them from their 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms by eliminating ammunition for those privately-owned guns. This sneaky and underhanded move by Obama is further evidence of his maligned agenda for America and its People.

Eighth: Obama is arguably regularly operating beyond the authority granted to him under the U.S. Constitution and in a manner that on several occasions has effectively suspended Constitutional Law and the powers of Congress. Obama has already acted unilaterally anytime he disagrees with Congress, and seems inclined to continue doing so going forward as his actions fly in the face of the U.S. Constitution.

Ninth: As with any systemic disease that is deeply rooted, the Obama administration’s socialist tentacles also reach into schools and universities, where the pace at which ‘change’ is occurring is alarming. In primary public schools and on university campuses around America, the socialist Common Core programs, which include revisionist history on America and other subversive and immoral teachings, are now propagandizing the children and young adults in America. Obama supporters are now mobilizing efforts to empower political action groups across America in what seems to be a designed effort to undermine the core traditions and culture of America. Even America’s veterans are falling victim to this subversive undercurrent.

Tenth: Disenfranchising Americans from their heritage, religious beliefs, heroes, and symbols like the American flag is a battle that fits hand-in-glove with the Marxist-socialist plan for America. Historically, American students would say the ‘pledge of allegiance’ to the flag of the United States of America at the beginning of the school day; but no more. Through Marxist intervention into our schools, American patriotism is snuffed out at the earliest possible age. This and other literal brainwashing methods are levied on young minds outside the purview of parents, while children are under the control of teachers.

Eleventh: Obama has already begun the nationalization of many key sectors of the U.S. Economy. The most recent instance of this was the FCC obtaining control of the Internet. It may just be a matter of time until the government decides which articles you are allowed to see on the Internet; and sites such as Western Journalism may be censored or removed from the Internet, together with all referenced materials.

The Stock Market also appears to be ‘rigged’ and kept artificially buoyed by the Federal Treasury. Of course, the nationalization of much of America’s auto industry, as bad as that is, also resulted in huge financial losses to American taxpayers.

Obama’s nationalization of health care is Machiavellian throughout, starting with lying to Americans to even get some initial buy-in, even though elected legislators never approved this catastrophic plan. And placing the nationalized health plan under the auspices of the IRS, and allowing them to handle Americans’ confidential health records, is obscene. The entire Obamacare plan is an insult to the integrity and the rights of Americans.

And possibly the final nail in the coffin of American freedom may very well be ‘ObamaLaw’ if it is allowed to proceed as a planned, nationalized police force, replacing locally managed police departments.

I am shocked by the apathy of some Americans, especially the decent-minded Democrats and Independents out there who somehow don’t see the earmarks of a so-called ‘leader’ who is nothing more than a pathological narcissist with many similarities to Adolf Hitler. What U.S. President names everything after himself (‘ObamaLaw’, ‘Obama-Care’, ‘Obama-phone’, etc.)?

American patriots are all asking the same question: what can we do about Obama’s disregard for the U.S. Constitution and the rights of Americans thereunder? Do Americans have to ‘Hope’ we can stop the ‘Change’ in the next election cycle?

God help us!

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