Yes indeed, a particularly nasty jackass by the name of Chuck Baldwin, over at Renew America has written a post entitled "Dates that Destroyed America," and I was not even aware that America had been destroyed, so I thought that ignorant people like me might like to know what those dates might be. Just so you aren't tempted to think that the aforementioned Chuck Baldwin is just some ignorant cracker, he is described as follows:
"Chuck Baldwin is Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. In 1985, the church was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for its unusual growth and influence."
Well. I am impressed.
So, here we go- the dates that destroyed America:
"April 9, 1865
This is the date when General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia...Ever since, virtually every battle that free men have fought...have all stemmed directly from Lincoln's usurpation of power"
The end of the Civil War. Preserving the nation destroyed it. Well, that makes sense. To a conservative.
"July 9, 1868
This is the date when the 14th Amendment was ratified. This amendment codified into law what Lincoln had forced at bayonet point. Until then, people were only deemed citizens of their respective states."
Another thing which destroyed America- making Black people citizens. I guess we can see where this is going.
"February 3, 1913
This is the date when the 16th Amendment was ratified, and the direct income tax and IRS were instituted. This was a flagrant repudiation of freedom principles! What began as a temporary measure to support the War of Northern Aggression became a permanent income revenue stream for an unconstitutional — and ever-growing — central government."
"The War of Northern Aggression." You know, it's funny, but when I hear a person using this phrase, and it isn't a joke, I'm just sure that they aren't up to any good. So forgive me if I dismiss the claim that the income tax destroyed America. But please do not forget Green Eagle's first law: All American conservatism is about is "cut my taxes."
"April 8, 1913
This is the date when the 17th Amendment was ratified. This amendment overturned the power of the State legislatures to elect their own senators and replaced it with a direct, popular vote."
Democratic Rule and popular elections destroy everything America is about. I guess I never knew that.
"December 23, 1913
This is the date when the Federal Reserve Act was passed. This Act placed oversight of America's financial matters into the hands of a cabal of private international bankers"
"Private international bankers." Who do you think they might be. Hint: They celebrate Hanukkah.
"June 26, 1945
This is the date when the United Nations Charter was signed and America joined the push for global government. Since the end of World War II, in virtually every war in which US military forces have been engaged, it has been at the behest of the UN...The United Nations is an evil institution that has completely co-opted our US State Department and much of our Defense Department. It is an anti-American institution that works aggressively and constantly against the interests and principles of the United States."
Signing the U.N charter. Boy, that really destroyed America. Anybody can see that.
"June 25, 1962, and June 17, 1963
These are the dates when the US Supreme Court removed prayer ('62) and Bible reading ('63) from public schools.... There is no question that America has not recovered from these two horrific Supreme Court decisions."
America has not recovered? In what way?
"October 22, 1968
This is the date when President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968... In fact, the Gun Control Act of 1968 is almost a verbatim copy of Hitler's Gun Control Act of 1938."
Here is actually the pertinent section of the German Weapons Law of 18 March, 1938:
"Jews (§ 5 of the First Regulations of the German Citizenship Law of 14 November 1935, Reichsgesetzblatt 1, p. 1332) are prohibited from acquiring. Possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons. Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority."
If you want to read the rest of this act, you can look here.
I would like this disgusting liar to explain to me how "the Gun Control Act of 1968 is almost a verbatim copy of Hitler's Gun Control Act of 1938." I don't remember the part in the Gun Control Act of 1968 that talks about Jews. Maybe I missed that, because God knows, if you do a Google search, you can find hundreds of right wing sites making the same claim. Right wing lying knows no bounds.
"January 22, 1973
This is the date when the US Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions"
No comment necessary. You didn't think this pandering, dishonest demagogue was going to leave this off of the list.
"October 26, 2001
This is the date when President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act"
Well, here's the only one on which I agree with the guy. And the only one pushed through by a Republican president. (Unless you count the dictator who led the "War of Northern Aggression," Abe Lincoln.)
"March 21 and 23, 2010
These are the dates when Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," the so-called "health care reform" bill...this bill is the largest and most expansive endorsement of socialism in American history... The fallout and ramifications of this bill are going to be horrific."
Horrific for the Republican party. Not so bad for the rest of us.
Now, let's review what we have learned. Here is what "destroyed" America:
Giving citizenship to black people
Expecting Americans to pay for the services they demand
Supposedly turning over our banking system to "international bankers," i.e. Jews.
Trying to cooperate with other countries.
Protecting our children from religious manipulation in schools.
Enacting the most mild gun control legislation.
Freedom to choose whether to have children.
Health care for all.
Well, that's what destroyed America. Which all started, apparently, in 1865. And nothing of America is left, is it?