Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on the receiving end of an avalanche of accusations disguised as “constructive” or “Christian” criticism concerning my belief that our government is an axis of evil and an enemy of liberty.
Interestingly enough, the majority of these criticisms come from “conservatives” who disagree with recent posts about the fascist heart we are seeing from Trumpist Republicans at both the state and national levels of government along with faux-conservative members of the media.
Such critiques are usually based on the acceptance of the lie that politics is a binary choice between Democrats and Republicans, and that opposing one party automatically means you support the other. Of course, followers of my work know that I am dedicated to advancing conservatism and the Constitution, not politicians or political parties.
To reemphasize this last point, I am posting an updated version of an article I wrote over two years ago with the hope that it will remind all of us that our fight is for liberty, not politics as usual.
And even if I fail to convince my accusers, this is still where I stand.
Speaking before the American people in his 2002 State of the Union address — which was his first following the 9/11 terrorist attacks — President George W. Bush shared his strategy for how the American government would respond to the new threat to liberty created on that tragic day. In his speech, he identified three primary sources to this threat: North Korea, Iraq, and Iran. And he labeled these governments an “axis of evil.”
“Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction.
“Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September 11, but we know their true nature. North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.
“Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people’s hope for freedom.
“Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear weapons for over a decade.
“States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil . . .”
In the face of this very real threat, America responded to Bush’s call “to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction” — although, liberty also died in many ways that day.
As real as the foreign threat to our God-given liberty and freedom is — although Joe Biden thinks white Americans are a greater threat — there is another danger facing us that’s just as insidious but even more devious. It has been at work for over a century and has intensified over recent decades, yet it has gone mostly undetected until recently, primarily because it has been at work from within the system.
It is our very own government.
This new axis of evil has been stealthily at work within the three branches of American government — Executive, Legislative, and Judicial — to bring us the greatest threat to liberty and our existence in American history.
The Declaration of Independence proclaims that every American is “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But in piecemeal fashion, government has been an axis of evil working to destroy this constitutionally protected truth.
Like any terrorist organization, there are factions or groups working within this axis of evil: we call them Republicans and Democrats.
There’s simply no difference between the two parties any longer. The Republican Party has become the party of Trumpism and Nationalism — which is warmed-over Democratic Socialism with an “R” attached — to advance a plethora of pro-socialist/anti-Constitution ideals.
Other factions operating within the new axis of evil are state and local government. The destruction of liberty at the hands of these bit players reached its zenith over recent years when, in the name of “safety,” governors, mayors, and state and local bureaucrats issued their dictatorial edicts in response to coronavirus hysteria.
And let’s not leave out the judiciary. From the local magistrate to the Supreme Court, these black-robed tyrants have single-handedly destroyed liberty via their judicial activism. And when the judiciary looks to be going in a contrary direction, the other two branches of government create ways to stack the deck in their favor to ensure the liberty-killing outcome they seek.
Let there be no doubt: this new axis of evil has destroyed the America we once knew, and our God-given liberty has been changed forever. We see it in Washington’s repeated attempts to expand programs to make it easier for government to spy on us. We see it in the barrage of attacks on the Bill of Rights. We see it in the explosion of Marxism and socialism.
This reminds me of one of the stories of Jesus when he was preparing his disciples for ministry, warning them that preaching the Truth would be so controversial and unwelcome that “a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household” (Matt 10:36).
Why would Jesus make such a statement? Because he wanted his followers to know the true order of things. In this life, there will be those who hate truth and love lies so much that even members of their own family will hate them for loving truth and rejecting lies, so much so that they will become enemies to their cause.
Our government hates the truth that God is the source of liberty, and it loves the lie that government has the power to determine what liberty looks like. As a result, government has become an “enemy” from within, figuratively speaking, destroying liberty as a result.
Or to put it another way, our government is an axis of evil and an enemy of liberty.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.
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