LIBERALISM WILL LOSE THIS "COLD WAR"
By Christopher G. Adamo
In a daring and decisive response, U.S. President Harry Truman ordered every available military cargo plane to the area, thereby providing a lifeline of food and supplies to the beleaguered West Berliners. In many respects, the famous operation that became known as the Berlin Airlift represented the initial indirect “volley” of the Cold War.
Over the next four decades, the United States and the Soviet Union, vying for dominance on the world scene, engaged in one pitched battle after another on innumerable fronts. Yet, throughout that entire time, incidents of direct military confrontation were almost nonexistent, since both sides feared the possibilities if any such engagement escalated to the point of involving either nation’s massive nuclear arsenals.
Nevertheless, virtually every meeting of the two superpowers, every cultural competition and every technological contest, represented a surrogate clash intended to establish dominance by one party over the other, while, at all cost avoiding the direct use of military arms. As time passed, the United States of America emerged, time and again, as the clear winner, thus eventuating the collapse of the USSR.
It is important to recognize the various “fronts” on which that war was conducted from the end of World War II until the Soviet downfall in 1988. From the technological battle signified by the Space Race (decisively won by the United States on July 20, 1969, as Astronaut Neil Armstrong planted the American flag on the surface of the moon) to the “line in the sand” of President Ronald Reagan’s Grenada invasion, each stood as a milestone which could either foretell of America’s ultimate victory, or signal its eventual defeat.
Indeed, the “Cold War” was no less a global war than World Wars I and II, the two Twentieth Century major wars that preceded the Cold War. And, though not as dramatic on the nightly news for sheer death and mayhem, the battles of the Cold War -- in reality, World War III -- were no less significant.
Sadly, many persons in the U.S.A. believed that, with the end of the Evil Empire, life would somehow become inherently safe. Adages of the “Peace Dividend” were heard incessantly, with an underlying message being that somehow, no more threats to America or the Free World existed, nor would any ever arise again. And, for that time of utopian carelessness, America and the Free World are now paying an enormous price.
Dire threats, from militant Islam to the burgeoning Chinese empire, to the resurrection of Communist dictatorships in South America, are rearing their ugly heads. Worst of all, in face of such dangers, American elitists remain unwilling to recognize the dangers and thus leave the country comparatively ill prepared to deal with them in the manner that it was during the heyday of the Soviet threat.
The dark forces of Liberalism and “political correctness” are working tirelessly to reorder America in their image. If allowed to continue unchecked, they will cripple America’s ability to thrive and prosper, since an America made over in the image of the political and cultural Left can do neither. And, if America fails, the rest of Western Civilization will follow.
Those who sought to undermine America during the original Cold War as campus radicals and participants in the Leftist fringe underground are doing it this time around as tenured professors, entrenched politicians, and “mainstream” media pundits. More than just making noise and calling attention to themselves, they now influence policy and invoke the power of government to implement their agendas.
Consider, as one stark example, the present energy situation. America needs to access the petroleum reserves within its jurisdiction, if it is to have any chance of extricating itself from dependence on hostile foreign governments. However, more than eighty-five percent of America’s oil fields have been locked up by the eco-lobby of political environmentalists.
In a telling act of institutionalized indifference, the recently passed “Energy Bill” does nothing to open America’s natural resources for the strength and security of Americans. Instead, it contains politically palatable but pointless symbolism, such as the outlawing of incandescent light bulbs, and the imposition of fuel standards that can only be achieved by severely degrading driving safety.
The fact that Americans, after a bit of grumbling at the gas pumps, will simply pay more money and keep driving, is at once a tribute to the nation’s prosperity and a disturbing harbinger of the likelihood that they will do nothing to properly address the problem before it reaches critical mass.
Federal judges, through reprehensible abuses of power, find and expand “constitutional rights” for every vile enemy of the United States, including combatants who were taken prisoner in armed conflict against this country. Those who pose a real threat to the safety of Americans, such as the “flying Imams” who were removed from a commercial flight as they conducted an apparent dress rehearsal for a hijacking, are granted legal power to inflict revenge on their victims.
The infamous Kyoto Treaty would have hamstrung U.S. industry, while granting exceptions to increasingly industrialized foreign competitors. Along with various other UN resolutions intended to accomplish the same ends, it mirrored the work of the “unilateral disarmament” crowd who would have abolished America’s nuclear deterrence force and thus left us defenseless against a Soviet nuclear attack.
The Old Testament Book of Nehemiah served as testimony of God’s providential Hand on His people and their resulting strength. It recounts the wall around Jerusalem that was rebuilt in less than two months, and how neighboring leaders recognized the strength of those who had built it.
What message is borne to the rest of the world by the fact that, in six years after the 9-11 attacks, no new towers have been built, since any attempts to do so invariably become mired in “political correctness” squabbles? Just as disgraceful is the nation’s inability to recognize and support Americans and American greatness -- inability exemplified by the abysmal “monument” to Flight 93, the "Crescent of Embrace" which has become a symbol of appeasement and concession.
Even more essential to the future than the physical symbolism of shining monuments, the towers resurrected, or even the continued prowess of America’s economic engine, the moral, cultural, and spiritual roots of the nation are in grave need of restoration.
The American Political & Cultural Left:
Liberals, Statists, Socialists, & Other Leftists
Liberalism Versus Conservatism in American Politics
Political Environmentalism Versus Human Progress & Prosperity:
Policy Issues Relating to Energy, Environment,
& Natural Resources
Political Economy -- Philosophies, Systems, & Public Policies:
Government, the Economy, & Economic Prosperity
Morality, Decency, & Traditional American Family Values
The Fifth Column -- America's Internal Enemies:
Disloyalty, Subversion, Sedition, & Treason
Traditional Conservatism: Questions & Answers
Conservatism: Attitudes, Types, & Present Status
Constitutional Conservatism: American & British
Classical Liberalism: Intellectual Foundations
Classical Liberalism: Conservative Liberalism
Manchester Liberalism & Social Darwinism
Modern Social "Liberalism": Statist "Liberalism"
Radical & Totalitarian Ideologies
Radicalism, Utopianism, & Totalitarianism
Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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