Special to WorldTribune.com
It has been a century since the breakdown of the American way of life, as defined and protected by the Constitution, got underway thanks to foreign interests, ideologists, and “useful idiots.”
WWI saw the rise and spread of Socialism and its children ideologies such as Communism, Progressivism, and Islamo-Marxism. The disease became effective as it took over the Mainstream Media and educational systems – the two powerful institutions that feed people “information” on a daily basis, manipulating their perceived realities.
A “truth respecting the vigilance with which a free people should guard their liberty, that deserves to be carefully observed, is this – that a real tyranny may prevail in a state, while the forms of a free constitution remain” (emphasis in original).
This quote was not written in a recent article about the demise of a 21st century America given the heavy attacks upon the Constitution since 2008 under the Obama Administration, but by a Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson, known as the “Penman of the Revolution,” in an 1801 political book.
In recalling a mentor’s advice, one may view politics as power, political science as the study of transfer of power, and history as the observation and recording of politics. Thus, a people without relevant and rigorous knowledge of history and their roots are doomed to repeat mistakes made by those before them while history simply keeps track.
It should be of no surprise then that the power-usurpers marginalize the study of history. According to a 2011 article by CBS News , U.S. history ranks third among college majors with the highest unemployment rate. This is not only very telling, but outright shameful!
In getting just a glimpse of some of the greatest writings by those who framed the unique and exceptional American Constitution and way of life, one can easily see why their teachings and history is not properly taught to their 21st century descendants.
In the 1801 political book, Dickinson warns that “Mankind possessing present good are too frequently inattentive to future evil. Thus, when a nation has bravely recovered its liberty by a revolution, it is too apt to slide into an opinion, that all things are safe. The people then sink into carelessness and confidence, thereby tempt the ambitious, the selfish, and the unprincipled, to fasten new fetters upon them in place of the old. To such characters the wealth and power of a nation are vast temptations…. [Soon a free nation finds that these characters have] involved it in unnecessary wars, portentous debts, and oppressive taxes, together with a large standing army, septennial elections, and continued persecution of sincere Christians, honest men, and faithful subjects, for differences of opinion in religion…”
The American Founding Founders are a threat, because their timeless teachings and warnings based on their study of history demystify the political engine that shapes and drives a society, and clearly shines light upon a path of discerning, appreciating, and protecting individual freedom that is the backbone of the exceptional American Federal Constitutional Republic.
Their wisdom so generously and carefully recorded for future generations is a threat to the very same characters described by Dickinson, who apparently have infiltrated America since World War I to directly and indirectly influence its future both spiritually and materially.
Middle class Americans who are generally prosperous and happy in maintaining individual freedom under their Constitution without neglecting their role in local communities and nation at large are a threat to the very same shady characters, because under such conditions middle class Americans may be universal role models. This status is an honor and Americans should take it seriously and act accordingly.
As a historian specializing in ancient Iran (Persia) and that nation’s unique and exceptional history which corresponds to America’s position in modern era, I can see why Iran’s history has been grossly neglected and omitted. Iranians, whose ancestors designed political administration and religious freedom for a properly working international system, are not taught their history and identity properly for the same reason Americans are gradually losing this important discipline from their educational curriculum.
The process has been creeping (progressive) and at times briefly curtailed by the appearance of what ancient Iranians call Saoshayant or “Saviors” under their native beliefs known as Zoroastrianism. A recent Saoshayant for America may be President Ronald Reagan. His administration temporarily put a halt to the stealth invasion and demolition of the Constitution by reviving a love for country or patriotism, but his influence has been eroding over the past couple of decades.
This erosion of influence is best explained by President Reagan, who asserted, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same”.
The outcome of social reengineering takes several generations. It’s not the idea of change that should be scrutinized, but the agents of change, reasons, conditions, and means by which it is implemented.
When one of the 2016 presidential candidates in America, Bernie Sanders, is running openly as a Socialist (a Democratic Socialist to be exact rather than a plain Socialist or a National Socialist such as Nazism), then it’s time for Americans to look at how modern day history books are written about WWII and the subsequent Cold War in wondering which side actually won!
Many Americans intuitively know that the 2016 presidential election is one of the most pivotal political events in their modern history, but electing the right Saoshayant is not sufficient.
The American education system must be totally revamped and held accountable for the current demise facing this wonderful nation. Americans must breathe new life into the teachings of the Founders so that the unwanted transformation of America is not just slowed down this time, but stopped dead on its tracks and reverted.
Sheda Vasseghi is a doctorate candidate, historian, and educator specializing in Iran (Persia). She is a member of Azadegan Foundation in Washington, D.C. and a longtime columnist at WorldTribune.com. Readers may follow her blogs on her website www.evakdat.com.