The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

January 7, 2014

Marilyn Beasley, guest columnist: We must preserve America's foundations

JOPLIN, Mo. — In 1961, Nikita Khrushchev, the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953-1964, made the following statement: “We do not have to destroy America with missiles; America will destroy itself from within.”

Khrushchev believed that it was only a matter of time before capitalism would be destroyed once and for all. I believe it is important for people to understand what communism is if we are going to save and protect our great nation.

Communism is defined as a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single, self-perpetuating political party. Another definition says communism is a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.

When we read what Khrushchev said and look at what is happening in our nation today, we need to ask ourselves if those words spoken in 1961 are coming to pass. If you look at what has transpired in the United States, you will see that there are individuals who are transforming a nation built on freedom and guided by the Constitution into a nation where our freedoms are disappearing and the Constitution is ignored.

In the past 51⁄2 years, we have found out that the IRS was targeting certain groups who disagreed with the present administration. We were told how the NSA had been collecting an enormous amount of phone and Internet data on Americans. We saw passage of a health care bill, better known as Obamacare, that mandated that everyone had to buy insurance or be fined and that stated what kind of insurance the administration required. Schools were told what kind of food they had to serve to our children (which was a total disaster).

We saw the Black Panthers intimidating voters in front of a polling precinct —  a federal offense — and nothing done about it. We saw an avowed communist, Van Jones, serve in this president’s administration and only let go after it was made public he was an avowed communist.

We’ve watched time and time again while this president decided if he was going to enforce the laws passed by Congress, ignore the laws or change the laws. We saw this administration continuously seek how it could take money from some to redistribute to others. We’ve also seen the enormous effort to remove God from every aspect of our country, and we’ve seen chaplains in the military being told to not pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

In the past 51⁄2 years, we have been bombarded with the word “equality” and watched as this administration sought to drive a wedge between black and white, rich and poor. The fact that we are all Americans, not black or white, not rich or poor, didn’t matter to this administration.  

We just recently heard the same thing when Bill de Blasio gave his inauguration speech as the new mayor of New York City. He spoke about inequality and how he was going to raise taxes on the wealthy to even things out in New York. We heard Bill Clinton say that this was the future of our country. Once again, we hear how the government is going to change society by punishing those who succeed in life; where is the equality in that?

All of these things reflect a government that believes it knows better than the people what is in their best interest. So did the elite in the Communist Party.  

In the Declaration of Independence we find these words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is up to each individual to pursue happiness and that means get an education, seek a good job, be self-reliant and cherish the freedoms we were endowed with. If we as a nation rely on the government to provide everything for us, then our freedoms will surely be lost.

We cannot allow the foundations of America to be destroyed by those who do not respect our laws and our heritage.

Marilyn Beasley lives in Joplin.

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