Fascism at Home
It’s not fascism when we do it. The not-so-tongue-in-cheek poster showed a Nazi Germany-style “brownshirt” with a GOP armband and waving the GOP flag.
They take our taxes at gunpoint (they don’t collect your 1040 at gunpoint? Try not paying it) to fund programs that undermine and destroy the family; they require us to pay them to ride behind the wheel in our own property, they “let” us incorporate our churches so they can have a tax break and then tell them what they can preach. They force our children to get vaccinations to diseases that are transmitted by immoral behavior, kowtow to loud minorities to fund their perverse lifestyles, send our sons and daughters to war, and make us ride around in fear of getting a ticket for not wearing our seatbelts. The government is going to take care of our medical needs, educate our children into “enlightenment” and protect us from ourselves by having us remove our shoes so they can scan them before we get on a plane. We’re so paranoid about what’s OK and what’s not, that we’re afraid to disobey the garment tag that says, “Dry Clean Only” or cut the tags off our mattresses.
Fascism Our Way
It’s enough to make you spend all your time worrying about what shell game the government is going to pull over on us next. Just because Fillmore’s sixties-induced paranoia in Cars: The Movie says it’s a “government conspiracy, man!” in a way that makes us laugh at old hippies doesn’t mean he’s not right. Yes, our government is fascist. And not just the GOP. The common joke is too close to true: “The Democrats are trying to run the country off a cliff at 100 MPH; the Republicans only want to go 60 MPH.” Conservative, for the most part, has come to mean, “less liberal.” Just because we still get to elect them doesn’t mean they’re not fascist. The problem is… we like fascism.
We want the government to be our Nanny. While we complain about red tape and taxes, we want the smorgasbord of options that those taxes and tape pay for: roads, libraries, police, firefighters, street signs, garbage pickup (well, not in Abingdon… but it pays the guy who mans the dum… uh, “waste management” facility), and Planned Barrenhood. Oh, you didn’t know you were funding that with your tax money? Oh yeah… the same Congress that banned partial birth abortion gave Ms. Sanger’s legacy eugenics program several hundred thousand dollars to pay for the murder of more innocents, all in the name of “women’s health.”
The State Won’t Save Us
Save us, O State, from ourselves… and make our neighbor pay our way. We’ve come to rely on the state to meet all our “needs” and the “needs” of everyone else. O what a savior, O what a friend! We fight for a tax increase to fund the local library; and fight against giving money to the NEA. Yes, take away their programs, but don’t take away ours. But Davy Crockett was right when he said of Congress, “It’s not ours to give.”
Lord Acton taught us that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That’s true whether you’re the President, a senator, a lobbyist, or a homeowners’ association president. And Zaphod Beeblebrox waxed prophetic with, “Anyone capable of getting himself elected should by no means be allowed to serve.” And yet, we still want someone to rule over us.
Authority & Judgment
“A republic, madam; if you can keep it,” was Benjamin Franklin’s response to what the people were getting out of the constitutional convention. Have we kept it? Not really. The Law by Frederic Bastiat, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Federalist Papers and The Anti-Federalist Papers should all be required reading — with testing for comprehension — for every American before they are allowed to go to the polls. Yes, we’re blessed by God to have polls, and a republican form of government, even if it is in name only. But we are also under judgment.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. — Roman 13:1-2
We are under judgment because we refuse to submit to our authorities. Our fathers and grand-fathers told Samuel, “We want a king to rule over us and fight for us.” God was their King, and yet they wanted a human king “like all the other nations.” God consoled Samuel by pointing out that it wasn’t Samuel whom they had rejected, but God… Himself!!! That’s still true of us today.
Working to End Tyranny
But the worst thing about the messianic state is that it takes our focus off us. We spend so much time worrying, reading online, contributing, exposing various governments’ nefarious plans that we forget to remove the plank from our own eye and focus on us. When we are worried about tax rates and red tape, we are not worrying about pride and self. We’re not working on us. While it is good and right that we should play the role of the prophet in the face of the messianic state, it is likewise right that we should run the race that has been set before us.
Love and sanctify your wife, train up your children in the way they should go, walk humbly with your God… and submit to the authority He has placed over you. Though we are to gain our freedom if we can, even we slaves are directed by Paul to serve our masters not just as man-pleasers, when their eye is upon us, but to serve diligently and heartily as unto the Lord. So while we go to the polls ready to reform the world, we are yet under the authority of those elected.
By all means, work for reform; work for change; work toward the end of tyranny. In your own home. In your own heart. It’s you He’s after!
This article was originally published in Every Thought Captive magazine, 2007.