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Many years ago in college, I took a required psychology class. One day we were told by our professor we had to divvy ourselves up into two groups for a particular project.

I don’t remember the nature of the project, but I am quite serious when I say it took us three class days to divide ourselves. Much of that time was spent discussing all the hidden hurt feelings and angst that come with being “chosen” into one group or another, reminiscent of the painful procedure of choosing sides for softball in gym class.

After one day of this ridiculous procedure I happen to glance at the professor, who had been largely silent after guiding us into this divvying process. He was watching us carefully, noting our emotions. Suddenly it was crystal clear to me: The end result (two groups) wasn’t important. It was the process of dividing us that he found psychologically fascinating.

So, naively, I pointed this out to the rest of the class: “Do you realize we’re being manipulated into endless discussions and painful emotions for what is, after all, a very simple procedure?”

The class stared at me as though I were nuts. No one believed me – they were too busy reveling in their woes and insecurities. My comment was dismissed as the endless discussions of painful emotions continued for another two class sessions. I didn’t utter another word during those days because I don’t like being manipulated.

Sure enough, after it was all over and the class had divided itself, the professor told us the two groups weren’t important; it was the process of dividing ourselves that was significant, and how did we all feel about it? Yadda yadda yadda …

This fascinating little exercise in group psychology is now being played out on a national scale right before our very eyes. We are being deliberately manipulated to behave, speak and act in certain ways. By withholding critical information or by emphasizing biased viewpoints, we are being jerked around like marionettes on strings, dancing to a tune long ago established by forces beyond our comprehension.

And those forces are dividing us as a nation. Make no mistake – the motto E pluribus unum – Out of many, one – is being superseded by a new motto: Ex unus, plures. Out of one, many. (My Latin may be faulty, sorry.)

We are being manipulated into violent emotions around such issues as:

  • Education. Parents who don’t remove their children from government-run indoctrination centers often witness their own offspring turning against the values they hold dear.

 

 

 

  • Income disparity: Occupy “Whatever” is actively encouraged and applauded to illustrate the division between the “haves” and the “have nots.”

 

 

  • Inflation. The feds insist that inflation is not a threat, while blithely disregarding rising food and energy costs, arguably two of the biggest expenses in any personal budget.

 

 

  • Health care. In a blindly unconstitutional power-grab, the government is trying to force us to purchase a product against our wishes.

 

 

 

 

  • Victimhood. We’ve turned it into an art form as well as a government-funded way of life.

 

 

  • Left vs. right. We’re told if we’re not left-wing, we’re a hate group.

 

 

  • Fourth Amendment violations (TSA, Child Protective Services, etc.)

 

 

  • Abortion

 

 

  • Economic crises

 

 

  • Environmental legislation (light bulbs, smart meters)

 

 

  • Unemployment

 

 

  • Et cetera ad nauseum

 

If America topples, it likely won’t be because of a foreign invasion. It will be because we’re rotting from within, orchestrated by the very people we entrust to safeguard our rights. And make no mistake, this orchestration comes from both Democrats and Republicans (interchangeably known as the Evil Party and the Stupid Party).

Consider this quote:

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling 
through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, 
he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

These incredibly prescient words were said by Marcus Tullius Cicero, the ancient Roman statesman … who lived from 106 B.C. to 43 B.C. Apparently some things never change.

This rotting from within is accomplished slowly, subtly, through the classic and efficient divide-and-conquer strategy. Americans are being deliberately manipulated into hating one another, which creates crises a good politician never lets go to waste.

And this is all channeling into a single apex that may not be visible from the ground level: the ultimate need to remove firearms from the hands of citizens.

The government fears the Second Amendment. It has spent decades trying to undo it. It was no accident when, way back in 1995, Eric Holder admitted on video his strategy to “brainwash” people into believing firearms are evil.

Without that pesky Second Amendment, our nation would have sunk into tyranny and despotism decades ago. But because hundreds of millions of firearms are in the hands of law-abiding citizens, our government is forced to tread carefully. It still treads, yes; but it must do so subtly as it strives to undo that right.

At some level, I think Americans know this. Gun sales are higher than they’ve ever been, and it’s because deep down people know that only when firearms are in the hands of free citizens can those citizens stay free.

Whatever you do, people, cling bitterly to those guns. Unteach the brainwashing done to your children about the constitutional right to bear arms. Don’t believe the gentle seductive whispers that suggest we can obtain safety and security if we’d only give up our arms.

It’s not a foreign enemy that is breaking up America. It’s treason from within.

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