For a long time I have been a fan of Glenn Beck.
I grew up watching him on the TV long before The Blaze.
Even when The Blaze began, I remember the early days when he discussed policy and politics. He still does this today but the primary meat of his show has changed.
When he made the change I wasn’t ready to accept it.
I called him a fool and I diverted my eyes for a while out of anger. Anger because I felt abondoned by someone who shared my frustration with the freedom snatching left.
I have begun to watch him again purely out of depression. With all of the darkness in our world, his network offers a slightly more positive viewing experience. Something I need if I am to be happy as I am morally obligated.
However I still hadn’t accepted his message. The notion that we need to be having a conversation about culture and faith rather than one about politics and policy.
That is until Monday.
As I watched the riots take place on the streets of Baltimore I thought to myself “when did America become a third world country.” I chuckled a bit at the fact that the riots were a perfect illustration of why leftist policies fail.
But then I thought a little bit harder.
I realized that the riots were not a result of the policies, but that the policies were a result of the riots.
In other words, the behavior seen in the streets of Baltimore last night is behavior that I personally do not believe would be seen anywhere that true Americans are present.
What I am about to tell you is a bit simplistic, and I realize that. Many of these issues are far more complicated than just culture v.s. policy. However for the sake of our efforts, as conservatives with an outreach mentality, maybe it would be beneficial to take a look at the simplistic concept.
I had a conversation earlier today with a fellow conservative. He’s a good friend of mine, and had responded to my last post via email.
We began to debate a little. This is something that we do often. However, usually one of us is playing devils advocate. Rarely ever do we actually disagree.
He believes that it is leftist policy that is solely responsible for the behavior of those in Baltimore. I believe it’s something deeper (and no it’s not skin color so don’t go calling Uncle Al just yet.)
Halfway through our debate I realized that the entire reason we disagreed lie in the fact that we had a miss communication due to the verbiage that I used in my post.
The verbiage you ask?
The word Americanism.
You see I believe that Americanism can be summed up by one simple compound word.
The behavior seen in Baltimore lacks any Judeo-Christian backing. It’s as if those people do not have any values beyond hedonistic natural instinct.
Interestingly enough, leftist policy lacks a Judeo-Christian value backing as well.
And though us Judeo-Christians like to give the masses the benefit of the doubt so often in saying that “they just don’t get it!” I believe they do.
It does not take a rocket scientist or any deep level of thinking to see that leftist policies are not only ineffective, they are immoral.
I contend that the liberal masses know this, and do not care.
During our debate, my friend posed to me a question. First, he laid out a scenario that he believes to be a somewhat accurate representation of what life is like in Baltimore. He asked me if I honestly believed that I wouldn’t act violently towards the Gov. if put in a situation like this.
Now I have not given you all of the details that my friend provided me within his premise. I have given you one though, and if you have keen enough eyes you will see it.
I believe this to be a false analogy. And that one detail I provided is exactly the reason why.
He then described some of the circumstances that lead the people in that area to the mindset that they posses.
Things like horrifyingly bureaucratic public schools.
And fatherhood being crushed by government dependent.
I do not deny that any of these things exist. And I do believe that there is a case to be made in regards to these things perpetuating the sickness that is present in places like Baltimore.
However they did not cause the sickness.
In other words bad schools do not create bad/indoctrinated children.
Bad parents do.
Government dependency does not produce fatherless children.
Premarital sex and poor spouse selections do.
No-fault divorces do not produce evil women that screw their men over.
Evil women create things like no-fault divorces.
So while a case can be made in regards to the perpetuation of certain behaviors by government dependency and leftist policy, I wonder if this is the correct conversation to be having.
I find myself thinking that it is not.
Maybe GB is right. Maybe we don’t win this through elections or policy.
Maybe the the only way to win this is through evangelism (or things of that nature.)
I wrote last night about MLK’s intentions being made clear through his actions. I think that we can all agree, the action of those in Baltimore last night were made loud and clear.
Morality, and therefore Americanism were nowhere to be found.