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America Needs a New Birth of Freedom

It is no accident that as the American welfare state grew, the American family collapsed.

By Star Parker · Jan. 28, 2013

Journalist Bill Moyers, who worked as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, shared memories in a column last year about how his old boss thought about our entitlement programs.



It was under Johnson, who championed the “Great Society” in the 1960s, that a good portion of the runaway government spending we are trying to get under control today originated.



Johnson signed into law Medicare, Medicaid, the War on Poverty programs, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.



Moyers recounted that for Johnson, Social Security and Medicare “were about a lot more than economics."



He recalls a time when the Johnson administration was supporting retroactive increases in Social Security payments. Moyers said he argued for the increases as economic stimulus. But Johnson called him and said:



"My inclination would be … that it ought be retroactive as far back as you can get it … because none of them ever get enough. That they are entitled to it. That's an obligation of ours. It's just like your mother writing you and saying she wants $20, and I always sent mine $100 when she did. I always did it because I thought she was entitled to it. … We do know that it affects the economy. But that's not the basis to go to the Hill, or the justification. We've got to say that by God you can't treat grandma this way. She's entitled to it and we promised it to her.”



I don't think we could have a clearer picture of Johnson's muddled thinking about his job and the role of government, which contributed so much to the problems we have today.



Johnson's words sound so wonderfully compassionate. But let's get things in perspective.



He saw no difference in his relationship and responsibilities toward his own mother, and sending her his own money, and his responsibilities as president of the United States and the relationship of government to citizens

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There is a world of difference between the appropriate responsibility of parents toward their children and children toward their parents, and politicians deciding on how to spend someone else's money for someone else's children, parents or grandparents.



Johnson didn't seem to grasp, or care, about the fact that family and government are two entirely different social institutions that serve very different purposes.



So the Johnson administration years marked not just the beginning of many huge government programs that we can't pay for today, but they also marked a major cultural change where government began displacing family and personal responsibility.



It is no accident that as the American welfare state grew, the American family collapsed.



In 1960, 72 percent of American adults were married. By 2010, this was down to 51 percent.



The change is most pronounced among two of today's largest Democratic Party constituencies: youths and blacks. In 1960, 45 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 were married compared to 9 percent today. In 1960, 61 percent of black adults were married, compared to 31 percent today.



Means testing, targeted tax increases on the wealthy, raising the retirement age – all proposed ways to keep Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid going as they are – all simply grow the American welfare state, increase dependence of working Americans on government and other taxpayers, and displace family and traditional values with socialism.



This is why Democratic leaders are not stressed out by the entitlements crisis facing us. More socialism in America is what they want.



They are not bothered that slow growth and high unemployment go hand in hand with this socialism.



Republicans won't succeed as an opposition party if they keep tiptoeing around the fact that facing America today is a crisis of vision and values.

They need to stop selling the alternative to welfare as unpleasantness and spending cuts. They need to start selling that restored prosperity will only come with a rebirth of American freedom and the values that go with it.

13 Comments

William in FL said:

Star, THANK-YOU for the truthful well written article. Finally someone that really see's some of where the problems come from and where we are going as a failing nation. If we do not fix this soon our freedom will be gone! We the people, the real govt of our free nation can fix this quickly if we join together and throw both parties out and start over! It took about 8% of the people to erect this nation and it will take the same to rebuild it ! The present elected govt. know this and are worried which is the real reason to bring on gun control and eventually gun elimination!!!!!

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 8:10 AM

fred in oregon said:

as is the norm for Star--- ahe hits the nail on the head.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Great article! Lyndon Johnson did more harm to this country than any enemy we have ever had. His Great Society programs are running rampant and in effect have produced the Nanny State the Democrats love so much. Their mantra should be: "Destroying America one give-away at a time". God help us if any of the Supreme Court justices retire in the next four years because as Mac stated we will be liviing in that Marxist state Odumbo and the Demorats are so eager to create.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

More socialism in America is what they want.



They are endorsed by the Communist Party! How can anyone not see that a vote for a Democrat is tantamount to treason?

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Dioneikes in Colorado said:

A new birth of Freedom, it better happen PDQ or we are doomed. People need to get with the uprising of the pissed off WE THE PEOPLE.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska said:

"America Needs a New Birth of Freedom"

Agreed! But if we're going to pursue true freedom or liberty, let's go to the only place it can be found:

"True liberty is found only in Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty:

'But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.' (James 1:25)

"James was not describing some New Covenant law that freed us to do whatever we wish. That kind of freedom is nothing more than baptized humanism, which eventually leads to anarchism, one of the quickest paths to legal slavery. Instead, James described the same perfect law of liberty – Yahweh’s commandments, statutes, and judgments – as did King David:

'So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty….' (Psalm 119:44-45)....

"Forgiveness (liberty from our personal sins) is realized through Jesus’ blood-atoning sacrifice and resurrection from the grave. All other liberty is found in the implementation and enforcement of Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty – never in the hollow promises of man-made covenants. Yahweh’s grace on the personal level and Yahweh’s law on the community level are our only means to true freedom. When either of these is abused, freedom is also abused:

'Whenever freedom is made into the absolute, the result is not freedom but anarchism. Freedom must be under law, or it is not freedom…. Only a law-order which holds to the primacy of God’s law can bring forth true freedom, freedom for justice, truth, and godly life. Freedom as an absolute is simply an assertion of man’s “right” to be his own god; this means a radical denial of God’s law-order. “Freedom” thus is another name for the claim by man to divinity and autonomy. It means that man becomes his own absolute.' (Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law (The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1973) p. 583.)...."

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska replied:

For more, see "Amendment 1: Government-Sanctioned Polytheism" at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt11.html.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Truthseeker in Springfield, MO replied:

Please give it a rest, Ted. The founders never intended that we have a theocracy based on narrow interpretations of any scripture. One of the things the founders wanted to get away from was the Church of England's narrow (and self-serving) interpretation of scripture. Save people's souls first, then you can worry about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska replied:

"There is no escaping theocracy. A government’s laws reflect its morality, and the source of that morality (or, more often than not, immorality) is its god. It is never a question of theocracy or no theocracy, but whose theocracy....

"People recoil at the idea of a theocracy’s morality being forced upon them, but because all governments are theocracies, someone’s morality is always being enforced. This is an inevitability of government. The question is which god, theocracy, laws, and morality will we choose to live under?"

Excerpted from "The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. Yahweh" at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt3.php.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

T. Edward Price in Sparta, Missouri replied:

Please give it a rest, truthdenier. The founders did INDEED set up a theocracy, just not based upon any semblance of Christianity. Only a god or king can create law. Either Yahweh is King --Isaiah 33:22" For Yahweh is our judge, Yahweh is our lawgiver, Yahweh is our king; He will save us", or WE THE PEOPLE is god and king. WE THE PEOPLE is a very jealous god, completely intolerant of Yahweh, and His monotheistic Christianity. ALL governments are theocratic in nature. It is because of WTP that we are teetering upon the precipice. Our current theocracy continually calls for ever increasing sacrifices upon the altar of the false god WE THE PEOPLE, i.e. infanticide, ceaseless wars, forced vaccination upon children, expanding private prison cartels with an unending need for new inmates, etc. Make absolutely no mistake, we ARE living in a tyrannical, bloodthirsty theocracy, whose god, WE THE PEOPLE, has an insatiable lust for the blood, sweat[equity], and tears of its subjects. Without the deposing of our false deity WTP, and the return of Yahweh to the throne, "saving soul" will the least of our concerns.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Truthseeker in Springfield, MO said:

Star, this is the best summation I have ever read of the malaise that we face today as a society. You have a gift of being able to cut through all the posing, posturing, and bombast, and speak the plain truth. Ronald Reagan had a simple policy as President: If any legislation that crossed his desk did anything to hurt American families, he would veto it. If our present administration, which insists that it is working to help American families, did the same thing we would be well on our way toward resolving our problems. If President Obama did more than just talk like Reagan but also acted like him, he could truly be the greatest leader this country has seen in a hundred years. What will it take to convince him to take us in that direction? I for one will be praying for exactly that.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Dioneikes in Colorado replied:

"What will it take to convince him to take us in that direction?"

How about a lobotomy? Obama is a dyed in the wool Marxist and wants to take this free Republic over to the Peoples Republic of the United Socialist States of America. He doesn't care about the Middle Class, nor does he care about his oath to "obey the Constitution". He is the absolute worst despot to ever darken the Oval Office.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

When LBJ expanded Government; he krushed upward mobility, free markets, private contract rights, competition, choice, ---CAPITALISM. He was the third SOCIALIST. He Southeast Asia nightmare was an attempt to contain Communism, and today---blind sheep twice elekted a Communist, to LEAD US(A)---EGAD!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6:33 AM