The people of the united States have participated in many military conflicts. Some at home and others abroad. Through all these wars, the driving force was defending freedom, liberty and independence from ideologies and forces that sought to remove these basics from societies across the globe. Multiple generations fought and died to protect and secure God-given individual unalienable rights. However, a new generation is rejecting the idea of self-governance, God-given individual unalienable rights and the purpose of government to secure those rights. This new generation, termed “millennials,” supports a type of government that would violate the God-given unalienable rights of the individual, making the “state” more important.
A new study by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation revealed “there is a wide schism between millennials and older Americans when it comes perspectives on communism, socialism and the number of deaths that occurred under President George W. Bush’s administration.”According to the report at The Blaze:
In the minds of 80 percent of baby boomers and 91 percent of elderly Americans, communism was a major problem in years past and remains a significant concern today. But millennials, aged 16 to 20 years, see it differently. Only 55 percent of the younger generation take issue with communism, 45 percent say they would vote for a socialist and 21 percent say they’d vote for a communist.
And millennials made all that clear during the Democratic presidential primary, when many of them cast their vote for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed socialist. In fact, the report credits the New England lawmaker with a “bounce” that led to less than half of millennials — 42 percent — having a favorable view of capitalism.
By contrast, 64 percent of Americans aged 65 and older hold a favorable view of the capitalist structure.
In addition to the dramatic turn in political ideology, the study revealed an alarming lack of historical knowledge among millennials — a realization that might be impacting their political leanings.
According to the report, 32 percent — one-third — of millennials believe more people were killed under Bush’s presidency than Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. The study also finds that a majority of respondents “grossly underestimated” the number of deaths associated with communism.
A mere 25 percent correctly identified that communism led to the deaths of “over 100 million people.”
This is rather disturbing because this is the future generation that will be governing this nation — a nation in which our grandchildren will live under the governance of those who do not know history and glorify an ideological type of government that oppresses the masses.
While we are angered about this lack of respect for previous generations who sacrificed greatly to secure and protect freedom and liberty, we also want this generation to exercise critical thinking skills and form their own opinion. However, this new generation may be hampered in this regard due to the infiltration of our learning institutions by socialists, communists, and liberal progressives who have a habit of rewriting history to their liking. This generation is also hampered by the lack of the generation prior, the parents, to teach them, as God has commanded, about our history and the true spirit of Americanism. Generation after generation has abdicated their responsibility to teach their children to the learning institutions and those within its walls.
Without knowing accurate history, these “young” individuals listen to current politicians who are proclaimed socialists, communists or a combination of the two . The ideologies of socialism and communism are presented in a positive light — everyone is “truly” equal, having equal possessions, receiving equal pay, and working to ensure the entire “society” is healthy. In other words, the good of the “collective” trumps the individual. This may sound good in theory. However, history has shown the “practice” to be lacking rainbows, unicorns, and lollipop ships.
Learning institutions planted the seeds of this ideology into this generation. Politicians, like Bernie Sanders, waters and fertilizes the seeds so the support for collectivism grows. Parents of this generation can be as confused as their offspring, leaving these “young” devoid of solid guidance by family role models with strong convictions.
Each generation, unfortunately, produces a “gap” that effects communication, the exchange of information, and the passing of culture and history from one to another. The reasons for the gap between generation are many and diverse. What results is a loss of history, culture and understanding of how we, as the united States, got to where we are today. The gap has to be bridged in order to maintain our culture, which is freedom, liberty, the protection and securing of God-given individual unalienable rights, and little interference from government in our daily lives.
Creating the bridge can be difficult because of many perceived obstacles. Some say they don’t have time to teach their children about these things because of struggling to make ends meet. Many do not know enough history themselves in order to pass it along to the next generation. Many do not even know what is in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution for the united States of America and cannot pass along their understandings. Others claim it is the job of the schools to educate, leaving them time for other things.
However, God commands that we teach our children since they are our responsibility, not the responsibility or property of the State. Some maintain the obstacles previously identified prevents them from performing that commandment. The biggest seems to be time and knowledge — lack of time and lack of knowledge. Yet, how many weekends are spent at ballgames and social activities involving their children? How many Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Monday nights are spent watching college and professional sports? How much motivation does it take to spend a few hours each week involved in independent learning by adults in order to maintain our culture and pass it to our children? Evidently, it is too much as the study indicates a dramatic shift from a support for a republican form of government to a socialist/communist model.
One generation lost in our society to socialism/communism means the future form of government will cease to protect and secure the God-given unalienable rights of individuals. The lost generation will support violating these rights under the justification of the “betterment” of society, “the good of the State,” and/or “the good of the collective.” In the process, liberty dies and oppression begins.
Looking at the current state of our form of government, it is barely hanging on by a thread. This new study inadvertently suggests that without intervention, our form of government could formally change within the next 10 to 20 years. The solution is simple — return to teaching our children values and principles consistent with the Bible and our Constitution. Before that can be done, previous generations need to have solid values and principles themselves, learn and know history, and be willing to expound on that knowledge in order to teach the next generation.