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|
• Ted Cruz' Opening Path to the Nomination
"...While we share with many Americans some misgivings about the size of the Republican field, it’s a beautiful thing to watch as ‘events’ unfold that enable that field to be winnowed to the person most able to connect with the heart and soul of America...”
• Anyone Still Wonder What "Fundamental Transformation" Means?
"...The triumphalism [Obama] and his leftist mob must surely feel as of June 26, 2015 will not last; the only question is how fast and at what price these absolute perversions of truth and law will be overturned.
When we use the terminology of ‘absolute perversions of truth and law’, we aren’t talking about sexual behaviors; we’re not making any comment whatsoever about sexual morality or immorality. We’re not ‘haters’ of our fellow human beings in any way, shape or form.
But no society can sustain civilized behavior when truth is abandoned. And American society cannot sustain itself if its core Constitutional framework of government is ignored...”
• John Roberts Calls Balls and Strikes?
"...The American people wanted him to call balls and strikes and declare that the words of a statute meant what they said. Instead, Roberts the umpire has thrown the very concept of law out of the game. It is hard to pick between anger and tears at what he has done...”
• Janet Napolitano, Charleston and Marcus Stanley
"...Good can come out of the Charleston tragedy. We’ll have to endure a lot of nonsense and moral idiocy from media and politicians and twitterers, but the healing, correcting truths are there to be seen, understood and embraced...”
• Toward Better Race Relations in America (from 2010)
"...The spirit of the Declaration will continue to lead us to a higher ideal of race relations if we let it. Again, the Declaration in reality proclaims one race: the human race. Members of the human race do not naturally want to hate and kill and preach violence against or intimidation toward other members of the human race; they universally want the rule of law in society to protect them from such attitudes. Members of the human race universally want to be shown love, respect, dignity, honesty and decency, and they have been given the Golden Rule by which they can be assured of receiving them—and that is by giving them to their neighbors...”
|UNIQUE ESSAYS ON ISLAM AND AMERICA
• 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...”
• America's Religious Awakening (from 2010)
"...The stirring going on throughout the nation is really...about the central importance and power and rightness of Judeo-Christian teaching about God and man, and whether we as Americans are awake enough to realize and affirm that teaching as the right place to start in deciding what truth and love are. It’s about whether we are awake enough to defend and protect that teaching ‘against all enemies, foreign and domestic’.
It’s truly a religious awakening, and truth will prevail...”
• 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. One is up—toward a human environment of ‘on earth peace, good will toward men’; the other is down, where violence and oppression are perfectly captured by the doctrine that murder and mayhem brings a reward of 72 virgins in heaven...”
• The Problem is Islam (from 2012)
"...There is no appeasing Islamists; there is no accommodation to be made for sharia law in America. Islamist mob violence must be stopped, and with overwhelming force. Financial support to Islamist regimes must be cut off, entirely and immediately. America’s alliance with Israel must be affirmed, without qualification.
And in the longer term, consider our piece from five years ago. Consider Geert Wilders’ observations and suggestions. Because the problem isn’t people; it isn’t actually human beings who call themselves Muslim. The problem is Islam...”
• Shariah Bigots (from February 2015)
"...To oppose the continuation or expansion of shariah is not bigoted or hateful—not if you have any clue what it is. It is to be on the side of humanity, of life and liberty for all men and women (and toddlers)...”
The "Getting It" Quotes for 2015
"...When we ignore and side step the Constitutional and legal process to achieve a desired end, the bedrock starts to turn to sand. When the laws are ignored by those who have sworn to uphold or review them, the rule of law itself disintegrates. When the public doesn’t care, or understand the role of the branches of government, but votes anyway for people who tell them they’ll just give them stuff they like, that is how republics are lost....”
Rand Simberg, June 28, 2015, writing on PJMedia
FROM THE ARCHIVES OF BRUSHFIRES OF FREEDOM
• Worth a Second Look…
Thank God for the 4th of July
"...Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day (July 4th)? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity...? John Quincy Adams, speaking at a July 4th celebration in 1837..."
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…