America, it’s been good knowin’ ya

By Scott Lively

During the Great Depression, in the Dust Bowl of Pampa, Texas, folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote the song “Dusty Old Dust,” which became famous for the apocalyptic line “It’s been good to know ya” in the chorus. It was a time of depression and end-of-the-world speculation, sort of like ours.

Guthrie is most famous for his song “This Land is Your Land,” which he wrote as a Marxist-leaning retort to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” – which had become the de facto national anthem of the Depression era.

“This Land is Your Land” isn’t a bad song, per se. But its purpose was to shift the focus away from God to man. It was a Humanist hymn to compete with a Judeo-Christian one (Berlin was Jew who wrote Christian songs) at a time when people were turning back to God in large numbers.

This was similar to the push for the slogan “United We Stand” to replace “God Bless America” in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. “United We Stand” emphasizes “We,” in place of God. Again, not a bad slogan, per se, but a subtle maneuver by the Marxists in a time when circumstances would otherwise cause people to reflect on their relationship with their Creator and perhaps repent.

I remember with astonishment the name Jesus Christ being invoked respectfully on national news programs in the days following 9/11, and the entire Congress sang “God Bless America” together on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Three weeks later, however, the media were back to 100% hard-core secularist perspectives, and over the following months, “United We Stand” became the almost universally invoked slogan in reference to that crisis.

During both of those critical periods of U.S. history, patriotic constitutionalism lost significant ground to globalist Marxism in law and social policy. Big-government quasi-socialist Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was elected president in ’32 and moved the entire nation significantly to the left during his four terms – during which time the influence of God, the Bible and Christianity were purged from interpretations of constitutional law. The First Amendment was in effect reinterpreted to serve as a tool for suppression of the church, and the concept implicit in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments – that the federal government has only limited delegated power granted by the people (ninth) and the states (tenth) – was also turned on its head.

After 9/11, the Bush Dynasty pushed through the “Patriot Act,” which gutted the Fourth Amendment protections against “search and seizure,” establishing broad surveillance powers – the right to spy on Americans. These included a major expansion of the powers of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), introduced in 1978 by Ted Kennedy. The certainty of political abuse – indeed weaponization – of the FISA Court powers was proved in the recent Russian collusion hoax against President Trump and key members of his team.

Now comes the orchestrated COVID-19 pandemic and the de facto suspension of virtually the entire Constitution under the emergency powers of “our” government(s).

Now, lets set aside the analysis of whether this is a deliberate campaign by the globalists to take down the world economy, break the nationalist rebellion against them and usher in a global socialist order. For the sake of argument, lets pretend this is a legitimate spontaneous disease outbreak and not a worldwide “regime change.”

Let’s also set aside the questions about whether this disease is actually a pandemic or just roughly equivalent to a bad flu season – although I will repeat that I’m astonished that NO ONE is comparing COVID-19 to the 2017/18 flu season with its estimated 35 million infections, 710,000 hospitalizations and 80,000 deaths. And I’ll point out that only 35 million Americans were infected of our total population of about 327 million (11%), with no special precautions taken to prevent the spread.

Let’s instead just focus on the exercise of emergency police powers by several Democratic governors. I’m talking about the forced house arrest of American citizens combined with high tech surveillance and active real-time punishment of dissenters. I’m talking about night-vision drones enforcing curfew orders and reports of state police conducting house-to-house searches for out-of-staters.

Consider the logic and the implications of these totalitarian impulses. Keep in mind: This is not the bubonic plague! The vast, vast majority of people who get this disease will not even notice they have it. So the only justification these governments have to enforce house arrest on the entire population under their jurisdiction is to reduce its impact by a tiny fraction. How many other exercises of American freedom carry similar or greater risks in the minds of these leftist autocrats? How about drinking large sugary soft drinks? Criticizing certain special-interest groups purported to be susceptible to suicide? Owning guns? Interfering with “abortion rights”? Driving fossil-fueled cars? God forbid that the Democrats take back the White House as a result of this crisis, because they will never voluntarily give back these powers to the people.

Thank God that President Trump has not invoked these same powers at the national level, which argues against certain voices in the conservative movement accusing him of complicity with the globalists. I’ve noticed that he has been very reluctant to go along with any of the nanny-state remedies and has only adopted a few of them as actual on-the-ground circumstances and unavoidable political realities warranted. The unfortunate $2 trillion bailout falls into the latter category (and if it works to prevent economic collapse, we’ll have a chance to pay it back during a restored and booming manufacturing-based economy).

Most importantly, President Trump has been unashamedly invoking God and prayer throughout the crisis – because without God’s mercy and favor, there is no hope at all.

What’s the takeaway here? The Marxists will gain major ground again if we allow the historic pattern to repeat. The only way to break that pattern is never to give up our slogan and prayer: “God Bless America.” And I call on America to make that our de facto anthem again today.

God bless America, land that I love, Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above.
From the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home,
God bless America, my home sweet home.

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