Liberalism and the Next Election (Part 4)
Norman Thomas' Vision Regarding Liberalism
John W. Ritenbaugh
Commentary; #1054c; 13 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, continuing his expose of liberalism, focuses on the life of Norman Thomas, socialist visionary, Presbyterian minister, and former head of the Socialist Party of America. Socialism and liberalism go together like hand and glove. Norman Thomas stated that "The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." Thomas picked up his socialist inclinations toward collectivism from the liberal Presbyterian Church. Understanding biblical history and human nature, Thomas knew that the natural carnal mind gravitates toward socialism, selfishly desiring to be taken care of. Liberalism had its origins in the Protestant Reformation, and the desire to defy orthodoxy and tradition. In one sense, Adam and Eve were the first "Protestants," defying the orthodoxy given by God Himself. Nikita Khrushchev realized that a strong America, with positive family values, would never fall to communism, but following the cue of Balaam, progressive educators could infiltrate the American universities like a virulent cancer corrupting the mushy minds of America's teachers, destroying America's moral and ethical foundations by destroying the family. Liberals, by corrupting America's children, have in 50 years destroyed America by infusing secular progressive values, coercing young people to look to the government rather than the family for sustenance. The nanny state has successfully destroyed self-reliance and liberty. Gibbon, in describing the destruction of the Athenian society, also prophesied the destruction of America who naively has followed the same corrosive and destructive pattern.
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