By Dr. Ed DeVries
I just read a very insightful article. A poignant and articulate piece that I would have expected to see in The Barnes Review, American Free Press, Dixie Heritage, or perhaps even in The Citizen Informer. Amazingly, this article is on Bill Clinton’s website. I know, you won’t believe me, so I will share the link:
If you clicked that link and it was no longer there then that must have meant that Hillary made him take it down! Anyway, here are the Ten Signs of a Culture’s End.
Great civilizations of the past were destroyed when people saw these signs but failed to act. Each of these indicators is with us today.
According to the article, the first sign of the end of a culture is that of:
A society which no longer worships or acknowledges God.
Christianity had played a significant role in the discovery and settlement of America. It had provided a standard in judging education, legislation, and behavior-both public and private. In the 1990s, it has actually become unpopular to advocate traditional Judeo-Christian values, such as the Ten Commandments. Thanks to Political Correctness, the popular culture ridicules those who worship God as the sovereign creator. Instead, it is popular to put our faith and trust in ourselves or in other creations of God.
The Apostle Paul warned of this in Romans 1:25 when he described the Empire of his own day as one “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator.”
Many anthropologists today liken the United States, which has evolved from a nation to an Empire, to the Roman Empire. The same Christian preaching and values that were rejected by Rome in the Apostle’s day were originally embraced by, and even inspired the United States. As the United States rejects its Christian foundation, all that has been built upon it has become unstable.
A second indicator of the end of a culture is:
The decline of the family.
Just 40 years ago families usually lived close to grandparents. Fathers were responsible for the welfare of the family. Moms generally stayed home. It was safe to walk to school or go to the movies unattended. Today, statistics show divorce is at an all time high in the United States. It is now so common for young people to grow up in divorced households that the term “broken family” is now a forgotten expression in the popular culture. Fathers are living apart from their natural children. Mothers no longer stay at home, but work as a head of the household. As a result, women in our society have lost their feminine identity. As worship has declined, the spiritual values communicated by mothers have all but ended with a generation. The moral authority of fathers is undermined by a society that no longer embraces the structure of the family.
I find it particularly interesting that the Clinton Foundation would be bringing this to our attention since it was legislation initiated by, championed, and ultimately signed by Bill Clinton that would strengthen the very agencies of government that were designed by the Marxists in the earlier part of the 20th Century to destroy the family. Agencies like “Child Protective Services, or “Family Services.” Agencies which, contrary to their names, do not exist to protect children or build strong families but to separate children from their parents so that they can be raised by the State. Agencies that encourage women NOT to marry, to divorce if they did marry, and that financially incentivize women to keep their children from the men who in most cases would most happily father their children. The problem in America has never been “deadbeat dads.” I doubt there are enough such men, at least in white America, to fill a phone booth. The problem is a Marxist government that has sold women a false bill of goods called “empowerment.” Its not a matter of no longer embracing the family structure. Rather that structure has been systematically dismantled here in the United States just as it had been in Russia when the Bolsheviks came to power.
A third important indicator of cultural demise is:
A society’s low view of life.
Today, the popular culture now views abortion as a “right.” The failure of our government to outlaw partial birth abortion for such a long time demonstrated how intolerant of life the culture has become. Steadily, society’s undermining of life has grown to include calls for legalizing euthanasia, assisted suicide, and scientific experimentation. But history warns no society can last without a high view of life.
Obviously Hillary isn’t bothering to read the stuff that is being posted to the Clinton Foundation’s website because both Hillary and the Democrat Party have gone way beyond “partial birth” abortion, now advocating and even demanding “post-birth” abortion. Post-birth abortion is of course nothing less than an euphemism for INFANTICIDE. Even crazier, the first Governor to attempt to codify infanticide into “law,” Governor Northam of Virginia, is not just a medical doctor, but a licensed pediatrician.
Another sign of the end of the civilization is:
The prevalence of base and immoral entertainment.
In its last days, Rome had become a society with an insatiable appetite for debauchery and immorality. Perverted entertainment translated into perverted speech and behavior. The Roman society began to accept and encourage open homosexuality. The people turned away from God and forgot his commandments and precepts, and Rome crumbled. And today, our culture has begun to embrace the same kind of entertainment. In music, a song eulogizing a murdered rap star has held the top spot on the charts for two months. Many of our movies now feature heroes who triumph by copying the vises of the villains. Television has scuttled its family hour for more dramas and sitcoms that treat perversion as normal behavior. Wholesome entertainment is becoming a forgotten relic.
Another interesting observation given that Bill Clinton has been a lifelong friend of Harry and Linda Thomason, producers best known for their hit shows Evening Shade and Designing Women. But the Thomasons have written for countless shows in Hollywood and are known for their advocacy of liberal ideaology, especially the advancement of LQBTQ and Hollywood’s push to include openly “gay” characters in all shows, even when the premise of the show is not served by that inclusion.
The inclusion of these “Gay” characters in so many shows has not only resulted in the “normalization” of perversion, it has created a false perception among the American populace that the country’s “Gay” population is around 25-30% when in reality it is only 2-3%. A recent poll asked Americans what they thought the “gay” population to be. After they answered the pollster would tell them the real number and then ask why they thought it was higher. About ¾ of the respondents said that the disproportionate number of “gay” television characters was the primary reason why they had assumed that the “Gay” population was much higher than it actually is.
Still another troublesome indicator of society’s demise is:
The increase of violent crime among young people.
Riddled with gang violence, many of our inner cities have become powder kegs portending future collapse. Today, young people think about death and dying more than any other subject. In fact, surveys indicate they think about death even more than they think about the opposite sex. There’s a popular new sport called extreme fighting, in which combatants injure one another like the gladiators of Rome. The demise of the traditional family and absence of religion have combined to create a culture of children who are morally retarded. In the wake of this, our Politically Correct society offers young people no consistent arguments against violence.
In the Roman Empire identity politics and the “class warfare” it engended culminated in “bread and circuses” and in the bloodshed of the Colliseum. Is it any wonder that the same has happened in modern America. What is the saying? “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Another key cultural indicator is:
The declining middle class:
Politicians have discovered one of the keys to reelection is to advocate more spending and government programs for the poor. The traditional middle class is now defined as rich. The work of the federal government has become the business of redistributing wealth through taxation and new government programs. After years of bureaucratic growth over the last fifty years, the United States has witnessed shrinking numbers of middle class wage earners, many of whom have become the working poor. The family structure has disintegrated over the last twenty-five years in part because of the economic pressure for women to join the workforce. This has lead to the increased polarization of the working class and the wealthy. Russia witnessed just such a polarization before a revolution ushered in the communist era.
And, again, thank you to the Clintons, the Obamas, and to their shared Democrat Party. Not that the Republican Party has done much if anything to save the middle class from the decades of “globalism” that has seen their jobs and wealth racing to Asia and the Middle East.
Marxism is, of course, nothing but the most massive redistribution scheme the world has ever seen. My only question is whether in writing the observation above is the Clinton Foundation warning us of what is coming? Or simply rejoicing in the culmination and realization of that which they and their Comrades have been patiently putting into place for the last three generations? In either event, the ingredients of the perfect Marxist storm are coming together and may soon reach “critical mass.”
Yet another sign of cultural demise is:
That of an insolvent Government.
The French Revolution occurred against the backdrop of a bankrupt government. Today, our government has not managed a balanced budget in nearly thirty years. Beneath the annual budget lies a debt of unmanageable proportions. History warns that a government rendered insolvent cannot quell its disenchanted masses.
Of course, as we all know, Bill Clinton’s administration could have balanced its budgets – it simply chose not to! The SAME has been true for the administrations both before it and since.
Congressman Ron Paul pointed out for years that if the government limited itself to operations prescribed by the Constitution, and removed from its budget every function and expenditure that is not specifically enumerated within the Constitution, that there would be a massive budget surplus.
Our government could balance its budget. Our government could only spend within its means. It simply refuses to do so.
Related to this:
A government that lives off of society’s moral decay is another sign of the end of a civilization.
The Roman civilization crumbled under the weight of an immoral and corrupt government. Over the years, our government has devised the creation of whole agencies that exist for no other reason than to manage some of the most immoral aspects of the culture. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Legal Services Corporation are examples of agencies that foster society’s decline. Within the judicial branch of government, judges accountable to no one have helped undermine the religious freedoms that were once the centerpiece of our society. Laws once protected children and families. Criminals were punished severely for rape. People were arrested for cohabitation and adultery. Sodomy, outlawed in every state, was listed in the newspaper as a “crime against nature.” A couple having a child out of wedlock was ostracized, and homosexuality was as foreign to the world as walking on the moon.
How have the Clintons remained so popular in the LGBTQ community given the number of times they have, in this short article, called out and rebuked both the perverts and their perversion?
But once again, the Clintons are making much of the symptom while ignoring the disease. The disease is “progressive” Marxism. As I wrote above in response to the decline of the family, the moral structure has not collapsed by chance. It has been systematically dismantled here in the United States just as it had been in Russia when the Bolsheviks came to power.
Another obvious indicator that a culture is in decline is:
When the ruling class loses its will.
Our nation’s leaders no longer see the world according to right and wrong. Instead, the objective of today’s foreign policy Establishment is to maintain the status quo. In like manner, our elected leaders have lost their moral authority. Elected officials no longer seek office for the good of the country but instead seek reelection to further lucrative careers within the Washington Establishment. Also, our nation’s defense Establishment has traded military readiness for social experimentation with a feminized military.
I thought that “We the People” were the “ruling class”? Oh wait, that was in the Constitution. The Clinton Foundation article was talking about the government. Forgive me for confusing them.
But by allowing a “ruling class” to arise the people have indeed lost their will, if they ever had it to begin with.
The whole reason for implementing Marxism is so that the masses can be ruled over by an elite few.
The final indicator of the demise of a civilization is:
The failure of its people to see what is happening.
In nearly every case, citizens of past civilizations which ended witnessed all of the signs of demise but failed to act. Today, the popular culture has helped society forget the lessons of history. In school, teachers used to teach the basics; children received report cards that actually reflected what they had achieved. In 1973, the NEA president said, “The day of basic skills is over . . . we will be the conveyor of national values” Today schools teach self-esteem and is a major tool used to indoctrinate our children. It’s not uncommon in science class for children to be taught that humans evolved from a lower lifeform and that trees have the same right to life as humans. Children learn that it is okay to have two mommies and no daddy. Kids today are adept at using a calculator, but have no concept of multiplication or division. They cannot make change but score high in self-esteem.
All of the signs of the demise of our culture are with us today: the hostility toward religion, the breakup of the family, the declining view of life, the appetite immorality, the violence and crime, and the declining middle class are coupled with an federal government on the brink of insolvency, whose leaders are living off of society’s moral decay leading to the loss of leadership and moral will. The education system has robbed our of a classic education; seduced them through deceit and outright lies; the court system has given us “rights” we never owned; the criminal justice system does not provide justice for those who are mistreated; legislators have legalized immoral behavior; and our national leaders have set an example of immorality.
In the days of Noah, God warned a faithless, immoral and violent civilization of the imminent catastrophe that was about to take place, but few listened. Tonight, our civilization is at the crossroads, but few are noticing the signs that are before us. It is time to take notice, and to pray for spiritual awakening in this country, before the light of our civilization goes out.
A stark contrast to what we are hearing from the current slate of Democrat presidential hopefuls, all of whom are advocating for out of control spending, abortion, infanticide, gun confiscation, and open sodomy. The leader of the pack being South Bend, Indiana’s “openly gay” mayor, Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg (sounds like a sodomite folk band from the 60’s).
“Mayor Pete” as the liberal media has dubbed him, probably because his first name is Peter and his last name sounds like “butt plugger,” Peter Butt-plugger what an appropriate name for an “openly gay” person, anyway, “Mayor Pete” actually had the audacity to rebuke Vice-President Mike Pence and accuse him of not being a Christian because the Vice-President, a fellow Hoosier, didn’t hesitate to tell his state’s “favorite mayor” that his sodomite “lifestyle” was according to the Bible, history, and even Bill Clinton’s website, NOT a good vision for the future of our nation.
Franklin Graham responded to Mayor Pete’s attack on the Vice-President and traditional Christian values in a tweet: “Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman — not two men, not two women,”
At least Mike Pence, Franklin Graham, Bill Clinton, and I are reading the same Bible even if Mayor Pete and the rest of the Democrats are not. Which means that either Christianity and Western Civilization have been wrong for the last 3,000 years or so or else, and I know this is gonna be a hard one for some, the modern-day democrats are the ones who’ve screwed (forgive the pun) up yet again. If the article referenced above is any indication there is at least a possibility that someone as “perverse” as Bill Clinton when presented with biblical and historical truth can learn the error of his ways. So maybe there is hope for this new generation of his party’s leadership. I just hope they master the lesson BEFORE they are nominated, or worse, elected.
- Visit www.dixieheritage.net for a free copy of Dr. Ed’s book The Truth About the Confederate Battle Flag.