I almost couldn’t believe my eyes as I was scrolling through my trending news feeds last night around 11:30, which is not something that I recommend doing before bedtime if you have any desire whatsoever to maintain your mental and emotional sanity. In fact, the truth is that you should probably hibernate your phone and laptop (or set them on fire) long before you climb into bed so that you won’t have to be confronted by the reality that our culture is practically teetering on the brink of another Civil War or cataclysmic annihilation. It’s almost impossible to believe that we live in a society where modern-day Nazis and communists are duking it out in the streets and violent protestors are rioting over the most insane topics, although occasional social upheaval has always been a part of our history. The question is whether or not Truth, goodness, knowledge and morality will prevail this time around. On a side note, I’m not very optimistic that they will.
You’re probably wondering by now if I’m just blathering on endlessly or referring something specific. Fortunately for you, it’s the latter:
Apparently a young West Point graduate infantry officer named Spenser Rapone — who goes by the Twitter designation Commie Bebop — decided to tweet out some support to former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (Since he’s such a great role model for today’s youth and all.) I guess much of the ridiculous hype surrounding the National Anthem protests across the NFL has infected every corner of society, including our nation’s youngest cadets. I honestly hate even having to mention it because it places a temporary spotlight on the NFL absurdity, but I want to use this as a jumping off point to open up a broader discussion.
Anyway, the controversial tweet depicts Rapone donning a Che Guevara graphic t-shirt underneath his military uniform, while yet another tweet shows him pointing his military cap towards the camera with the words “Communism will win” etched on the inside while he simultaneously holds up a clenched fist — the symbol for black power. As if the photos weren’t contentious enough on their own, he made sure to include the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick. At my last check, the latter had over 1,000 retweets and had been liked by over 5,000 people. I’m sure that by the time I finish typing this sentence, or this entire blog post, the numbers will be much higher.
For those of you who might not be well acquainted with the Argentine Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara was a brutal war leader and military theorist who utterly despised homosexuals and black people and slaughtered them for mere sport. He was also a well-known racist who even wrote extensively about the superiority of white Europeans over Africans, which makes it all the more ironic that guys like Jay-Z, Carlos Santana and Johnny Depp have all been spotted wearing t-shirts depicting photographic or artistic renderings of the psychopathic butcher. I can’t help but wonder if Rapone has ever even heard about the Cuban Revolution or opened a history book in his life.
And speaking of history, is there really a need for anyone to explain the gory horrors of Communism? No other political ideology in the world — perhaps other than Hitler’s Nazism — left over 100 million dead human beings in its wake. But I guess that’s excusable since it apparently “taught Chinese women to dream big,” according to the New York Times. (Never mind that Communism in China wiped out more people than Hitler ever did.)
Even if this were some sort of sick, demented and twisted joke on the part of Rapone, it’s still utterly foolish and despicable behavior worthy of condemnation and punishment of the highest order under the Military Academy’s Code of Conduct guidelines. Thankfully they did release an official statement saying that they were looking into the matter.
So, what’s my point? What’s my beef with all of this? Why should you care about a childish military cadet modeling Communistic fashion apparel?
Well, for starters, I’d say it’s yet another example that we are a completely divided people and that the “fundamental transformation” that Barack Obama wanted has long since arrived. Of course, it didn’t start with Obama, but there’s no doubt he encouraged and sped up the process. Just look around: Teachers are reading books on transgenderism to kindergarteners. Doctors and parents are pushing for legalized sex-change operations in prepubescent children. The American flag and National Anthem have been labeled ‘racist’ and offensive. Young millennials are ignorantly worshipping Communist dictators as trendy heroes. Our kids are watching porn on their smartphones by the age of 10. The divorce rates remain high. The nuclear family is dead. The institution of marriage has been destroyed. Thousands of babies are senselessly murdered every day under the guise of “women’s rights.” Anarchy, chaos and violent protests continue to break out sporadically for the most deranged reasons. The list goes on and on.
Moreover, most Americans cannot come to a general agreement about even one value or principle that we should all hold in common. We whine, argue and spew hateful rhetoric like petulant brats. The majority of us reject all that is good and embrace what is evil. And it’s finally caught up with us.
I look at someone like Second Lieutenant Rapone — and all of the other aforementioned cultural atrocities swirling in our midsts — and I have a sinking feeling in my stomach like something awful is about to happen. Are we on the verge of an apocalyptic era of doom and destruction or a second Civil War? I don’t know. Some days it feels like we’re already there. Maybe we are. Maybe we’re slowly creeping towards one.
What I do know is that mankind cannot solve or alleviate any of this confusion, discord and turmoil on his own. We are not wise enough, powerful enough or innately good enough to accomplish that. We are a sinful, broken, rebellious bunch of fools. Our only hope, our only answer, is the same that is has been throughout the course of humanity: To turn to God and beg for His grace and help. Unfortunately, we’re living in a society that literally mocks this suggestion. We laugh at the very notion of God’s existence. We scoff at the idea of an all-powerful and eternally-loving Savior. We detest going to church to worship Him or learn about Him. We avoid talking to Him. We hate Him and utilize every open opportunity to reject Him. We are no longer the so-called “Christian” nation that we once were. Sure, there have been times in our history when He’s seen fit to pull us through disease, famine and war, but we were a different nation then — a far more religious and decent nation that at least valued knowledge, truth, righteous behavior and basic morality.
Today, we no longer value those things and we no longer seek God’s face. I’m honestly not sure how much longer we’ll survive if we don’t return to these fundamental principles. We certainly can’t save ourselves from the horrific fate that awaits us. After all, we’re the ones initiating the fate. And the sad thing is that we don’t even realize we’re doing it.
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