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It's a Civil War: What We Do Now
Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2010 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 03/23/2010 4:56:20 AM PDT by Kaslin

A terrible thing happened to America on Sunday, March 21, 2010.

The country took its biggest step ever down a road diametrically opposed to its original intent of keeping the state small so that the individual can be free and great.

Therefore, in this unprecedented crisis of values, this is what needs to be done:

1. Know and teach America's core values.

We got to this point solely because over the past few generations, Americans have forgotten the values that have made America distinctive and great. Even the "Greatest Generation" failed to communicate them.

In a nutshell, they are what I call the American Trinity: "In God we trust," "Liberty" and "E Pluribus Unum." The left has successfully made war on all three -- substituting secularism for God and religion in as much of American life as possible; substituting equality (of result) for liberty; and multiculturalism is the opposite of "E Pluribus Unum."

People who do not understand American ideals -- especially small government -- now dominate our schools, our entertainment media and our news media.

(My own contribution here is a video titled, "The American Trinity" at prageru.com. Please view it and forward it.)

2. Recognize that we are fighting the left, not liberals.

Conservatives and centrists are no longer fighting liberals. We are fighting the left.

Liberalism believed in American exceptionalism; the left not only does not believe in it, the left opposes it. President Obama, when asked if he believes in American exceptionalism, replied, "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."

Liberalism believed in creating wealth; the left is interested in redistributing it.

Liberalism believed in a strong defense. The left believes in cutting defense and a strong United Nations.

3. Democrats should be referred to as Social Democrats. This is not meant to be cute, let alone as a slur. But calling Democrats Social Democrats is an effective way of reminding Americans that there is no longer any difference between what is now known as the Democratic Party and the Social Democratic parties of Europe. When the Democratic Party returns to its roots as a liberal, not a left-wing, party, we will happily resume calling the party by its original name. However, since no Democrat can cite a significant difference between the Democratic Party and the SD parties, there is no good reason not to use the more accurate nomenclature.

4. Work tirelessly to repeal the bill.

We must single-mindedly work to repeal the government health plan. We all know that it is difficult to repeal entitlements because they are like drugs and it is very difficult to wean people off drugs. But it is not impossible. We need to warn our fellow Americans that entitlements will do to America what drugs eventually do to addicts.

All Republicans must run for office on the "repeal" issue. Even when they lose, the difference between right and left, between Republicans and Social Democrats will have been made clear; and clarity is our best friend.

5. Our motto: "The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen."

I used this phrase in addressing the Republican members of Congress. It has become widely used, including by Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., on the House floor during the Congressional debate on Sunday. It encapsulates this epic battle of American values versus leftist values. Every movement needs a motto. I nominate this.

6. Do not let other matters distract.

Neither Republicans nor conservatives are united on every issue facing America. Immigration is one example. But we are united on the big government vs. free individual issue, which, more than anything else, has defined America. If we allow any other domestic issue to divide us, we will lose.

And here's why: If Americans forget what America stands for, it won't help us if there is not one illegal immigrant here. And if we do remember what it means to be American, we can handle anything.

7. Acknowledge that we are in a non-violent civil war.

I write the words "civil war" with an ache in my heart. But we are in one.

Thank God this civil war is non-violent. But the fact is that the left and the rest of the country share almost no values. The American value system and the leftist value system are irreconcilable. If the left wins, America's values lose. If American values prevail, the left loses.

After Sunday's vote, for the first time in American history, one could no longer confidently believe that the American system will prevail. And if we don't fight for it, we don't deserve it.


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1 posted on 03/23/2010 4:56:20 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Bigg Red

mark


2 posted on 03/23/2010 5:02:53 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: Kaslin

I used to listen to Dennis when I lived in California....... for many years. This piece reminded me why I did so.


3 posted on 03/23/2010 5:03:08 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Kaslin; Eaker; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; An Old Man; ApesForEvolution; aragorn; archy; ArmedSkeptic; ...
Even Dennis Prager is calling it a civil war now.

7. Acknowledge that we are in a non-violent civil war.

I write the words "civil war" with an ache in my heart. But we are in one. Thank God this civil war is non-violent. But the fact is that the left and the rest of the country share almost no values. The American value system and the leftist value system are irreconcilable. If the left wins, America's values lose. If American values prevail, the left loses. After Sunday's vote, for the first time in American history, one could no longer confidently believe that the American system will prevail. And if we don't fight for it, we don't deserve it.

CW2 Ping


4 posted on 03/23/2010 5:04:01 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Kaslin

“And if we don’t fight for it, we don’t deserve it.”

ain’t it the truth!

Our forefathers fought first with words and ideas and only when pressed and attacked was force used to repel the tyranny.
We must flood the net, the airwaves, the streets with these ideas. When we are pressed and attacked (and we will be if we are not silent) then and only then will force work in our favor.


5 posted on 03/23/2010 5:04:04 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (Maranatha!)
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To: Kaslin

It’s a Civil War: What We Do Now<>

Why does it have to be civil?


6 posted on 03/23/2010 5:04:18 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA, Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: Kaslin

Where is our PEACEFUL Pinochet?


7 posted on 03/23/2010 5:04:22 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: Kaslin

Love Dennis Praeger, a gentleman and scholar.

More specific suggestions: Until we are militant about representation in the media and education on all levels, this will continue downhill. Most conservatives still just accept liberal domination there and it is killing us.


8 posted on 03/23/2010 5:06:14 AM PDT by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: Kaslin

BTTT


9 posted on 03/23/2010 5:06:41 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Kaslin
Thank God this civil war is non-violent.

It's only non violent because our side isn't using violence. I don't know what confiscation of liberty and property at the point of a gun is if not violence.

10 posted on 03/23/2010 5:08:12 AM PDT by jtal
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To: Travis McGee
Up...
11 posted on 03/23/2010 5:08:19 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin
we are in a non-violent civil war.

For now. This sitzkrieg will not last.

12 posted on 03/23/2010 5:09:28 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (I do not want the Union to be maintained. I want the US to break up. I support secession.)
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To: Kaslin

“7. Acknowledge that we are in a non-violent civil war.”

And herein is the problem.

Could we have won wars by being “non-violent?”


13 posted on 03/23/2010 5:09:31 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Williams

Yep, as Rush said, time to “march” on the MSM.


14 posted on 03/23/2010 5:09:50 AM PDT by Reagan69 (Hey, let me know when your health insurance premiums go DOWN, as promised !)
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To: jtal
don't know what confiscation of liberty and property at the point of a gun is if not violence.

Thank you for saying it.

15 posted on 03/23/2010 5:09:54 AM PDT by riri (Resistance-It's the New Black)
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To: maddog55
What We Do Now?

Mongo only pawn... in game of life.

Mongo like candy.

Got to do with where choo-choo go

but I agree....Lock and Load...Molon Labe.

16 posted on 03/23/2010 5:11:04 AM PDT by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: maddog55

“It’s a Civil War: What We Do Now<>

Why does it have to be civil?”

The War of Yankee Agression was certainly not civil. Not when the Yankees intent was to destroy the Confederacy, by any and all means. Murder, rape, the burning of Atlanta were not civil.

My only concern is what will our enemies do if the War restarts. I don’t believe AQ, Iran, North Korea will sit idly by.


17 posted on 03/23/2010 5:11:17 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Kaslin

Conservatives are in a Cold War with the left.

I fear that it will soon turn HOT.


18 posted on 03/23/2010 5:11:25 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Kaslin

We defy this Unconstitutional act by not complying!


19 posted on 03/23/2010 5:11:35 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Kaslin
I agreed with what was in this article -- NINE MONTHS ago. This advice is, unfortunately, dated and now irrelevant. There WILL be a civil war; Obama and his minions have guaranteed it.

I remember telling people, a year and a half ago, "there will be blood in the streets before this is over." Very dark times lie ahead.

20 posted on 03/23/2010 5:11:55 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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