Trust Freedom...Trust American Ideals
"It does not take a majority to prevail...
but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on...
setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
--Samuel Adams, American patriot
|NEW ESSAYS IN BRUSHFIRES OF FREEDOM
• Christ and Anti-Christ
"...that’s the war we are looking at in the ongoing mess that is the Middle East, and a very large segment of Americans can sense it..."
• The Problem is Islam (from 2012)
"...Though it would be counterintuitive to the secular elites, the sooner Americans and their leaders come to grip with these facts, the sooner we can fashion a way forward that does not involve world conflagration. An out-of-control conflagration is much more likely if America continues to be led by the mushiness and confusion that currently exists. Weakness, vacillation, apologies and national self-condemnation invite more attacks.
America’s Judeo-Christian culture is a better culture than one controlled by Islam. Period. And it must be preserved and protected..."
• Innocent People, Malignant Theology (from 2010)
"...Americans are going to have to dig in and find out exactly what the Islamic religion defines as “Allah”. They should read the Koran themselves, and not read the non-Muslim apologists for Islam or the anti-Muslim bigots. But there is no escaping what Americans will find. Allah is violent, vengeful, arbitrary, oppressive, dark and deceiving. Allah bears no relationship to the New Testament’s proclamation that “God is love.” The differences are stark, and they lead humanity in opposite directions..."
• Islamophobia (from 2010)
"...The founding fathers grounded the American system of government in the one Truth. Many, many people are afraid to speak or write in such clear and direct terms about America; to do seems presumptuous, arrogant, intolerant; they are afraid of the upheaval they believe may be generated if anyone dare says that one system is better than another, and that the reason it is better has something to do with God and truth. But in reality, we are seeing major upheaval and unrest in America precisely because of decades of drift away from clear and direct communication on these topics..."
• A Proactive Approach to Islam in America (from 2007)
"...Doing nothing to resist the movement of unreformed Islam in the US is paving the way for American cultural suicide and, indeed, to the destruction of the very idea of freedom to worship God as one chooses...The time to be proactive and get ahead of the curve is now...Tougher immigration controls, tighter citizenship requirements, unification around the English language, and better education in Western civilization—all coordinated with and linked to the content of the Pledge can all be elements of an agenda that encourages the institutionalization and moderation of Islam in America and the world. Success will go a great way toward assuring the future of civilized society..."
The "Getting It" Quotes for September 2014 (from 2012)
"...There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological narcissist as president..."
Dr. Michael A. Halberman, writing on No Compromise
FROM THE ARCHIVES OF BRUSHFIRES OF FREEDOM
• Worth a Second Look…
"...There is no objective observer of the human condition who could walk through the Gaza Strip and downtown Tel Aviv and not know which society offers a brighter, healthier, safer outlook for its men, women and children. But alas, the godless leftist isn’t an objective observer, and has no standard of truth, but is instead an observer blinded by hatred of the very idea that there can be a God, or 'self-evident' truth over which they have no control..."
Origin of Brushfires-of-Freedom
Samuel Adams' words capture the freedom-impelled and freedom-impelling ideals of the American Declaration of Independence: that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and that government exists to secure these rights through just powers derived from the consent of the governed.
These ideals are a principled force for good that cannot be outgrown or superseded. The blessings that flow from fidelity to them may rise and fall over generations, but their rightness and relevance to human progress in government, the economy, and the culture will not.
Even if a majority of voting citizens appears to have rejected or become confused as to these ideals, the darkness that will surely follow is not permanent. Because these ideals are grounded in the Christian truth of God and of man’s individual freedom and responsibility under God—a ‘light’ that shines in the darkness, that can never be extinguished. Brushfires of freedom aims to inspire its readers with essays and links that are grounded in this truth.
“Brushfires” and Talk Radio
Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin (and some others) are strikingly attuned to these ideals. Not their commentary as distorted by sound bites or hearsay to create a false context from which to attack them as hateful, bigoted, reactionary, etc., but what is heard when one actually listens for a few days, not a few minutes. What is then heard is— dare say—the God-inspired qualities of thought that quietly and implicitly recognize a loving Creator, and all men and women, with freedom and responsibility under God (not government) as capable of great good.
These qualities of thought are borne of honest spirituality—of faith in the unseen, trust that there is such a thing as truth, and humility in the recognition of a power greater than one’s self—that exists without regard to how individuals (such as Levin, who is Jewish) articulate the theological underpinnings of their worldview. It exists because truth is truth, in every language, among all peoples—and the heart of humanity responds naturally to it. That’s why their audiences are so large and loyal (and why they are so hated within certain other worldviews).
The spirit of Sam Adams, the spirit of much of talk radio, and the spirit of this website—is the spirit of America’s exceptionalism. It was on fire in 1776, and empowered the American Revolutionary movement to triumph despite being outnumbered in personnel, weapons and wealth. It has smoldered from time to time since then, but is always ready to be re-ignited. It will triumph again, too, regardless of being ‘outnumbered’ by any measure. Just needs a few brushfires…