commentary: Liberalism And Education
Snookered By The Devil
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 21-Apr-12; Sermon #1098c; 13 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that liberalism began in Protestant philosophy and theology, suggests that by the time it infiltrated American political life through Woodrow Wilson and FDR’s policies, the emphasis moved away from free thinking and liberty to managing peoples’ lives, and in the words of Thomas Sowell, “replacing what worked with what sounded good,” bringing about some disastrous long-range consequences. In classical liberal theory, all change is considered progress, and tradition (including the Constitution) is viewed as a useless relic. Like Tevia experienced in “Fiddler on the Roof,” change became increasingly more painful as traditions were trampled. While liberalism has claimed to champion civil liberties and individual liberties, the current Administration has robbed us of more liberty and saddled us with more useless regulations than any prior administration. Sadly, Americans have been snookered and duped by progressive liberal regulation which has taken over 100 years to instill on naïve Americans. Woodrow Wilson boasted in 1914 that the purpose of a university is “to make young gentlemen as different from their fathers as possible.” The fruits of progressive liberalism have been bitter and disappointing.
Conservatism Corruption FDR Fear the Lord and king Fruit of liberalism Gradual degradation Hitler—“making a Nazi for life” Human nature as evil LBJ Liberal theory Loss of individual liberties Matthew 7:11 Political issues Protestantism as the source of liberalism Proverbs 24:1 Replacing what works with what sounds good Satan Self-governing Tevia Thomas Sowell Tradition Woodrow Wilson
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