A systematic dumbing down of America has placed our freedoms that we’ve grown familiar with on the brink of becoming unrecognizable. In an attempt to create an awareness of a few of the events that have taken place, LIFE Leadership makes it possible for anyone to receive a self - directed education. The intention is to lead people to a deeper understanding about the principles of Freedom, Finance, Family, and Following (Leadership). The goal is that by developing a working knowledge of these subjects, we could achieve a fulfilling life that our freedoms make it possible to achieve. The preservation of freedom isn’t just for current times, but for future the generations ahead.
A working knowledge about history is imperative if we are to protect our freedom. This makes it possible to learn from past failures and successes. Once, those lessons that our founding fathers knew were taught to us. Our founding fathers knew in depth one of the most important periods in history, the study of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. Our Founding Fathers thought that freedom hinged upon a working knowledge of this period. There are volumes written that describe the ‘Rise and the Fall of the Roman Empire.’ The Founders of our American Republic studied that history exhaustingly. Their intent was that they learn about how freedom might be prolonged and how they could avoid the inevitable causes that lead to freedom’s slow demise.
Messages from the past can be heard. Why aren’t we made aware that these messages to us exist? One of the most systematic ways the dumbing down of America that has occurred is the watering down of history by eliminating this subject from our educational curriculum’s. Is it a mistake that a working knowledge of this subject has been removed? It was too late for the Roman people to hear the message that Roman historian Livy left his people. In the waning days of the Roman Republic Livy wrote, “Trace the progress of our moral decline, to watch first the sinking of the foundations of morality as the old ways were allowed to lapse then the rapidly increasing disintegration, then the final collapse of the whole edifice, then the dark dawning of the modern day when we can neither endure our vices nor face the remedies needed to cure them.” Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Carl J. Richard writes in, ‘Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts,’ The founders’ study of the writings of Plutarch, Sallust, and Cicero not only reinforced their belief in the importance of virtue to a republic but also convinced them of the need for vigilance against ambitious individuals who might threaten the republic. In more modern times, John Adams wrote, “Have you ever found in history, one single example of a nation, thoroughly corrupted, that was afterwards restored to virtue? And without virtue there can be no political liberty.”
Could there be a connection to the change in our educational curriculums over the last one hundred years and the agenda of the ‘progressives’ who are manipulating our Constitution? And could our laws that the so called ‘progressives’ are manipulating be backed by the financiers that head up what best- selling author Orrin Woodward describes as ‘The Financial Matrix’?
I traced the beginning of this development to the University of Chicago where John Dewey became the head of the department of philosophy, psychology, and education. There, he created the famous laboratory school where he tested philosophical and psychological ideas with real children. As a result, in 1904, the Teachers College became the undisputed training center for the new scientifically based progressive education. Those graduates fanned out across America to become deans and professors of teaching colleges and superintendents of entire public school systems. As a result, there was a major shift from a classical curriculum to a more modern program of studies. Similar to today’s warnings of ‘Compulsory’ education, the classicists warned that discarding Latin and Greek would only serve to undermine the cultural foundations of our civilization.
Speed forward thirty six years and listen to Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Lippmann’s speech to the Association for the Advancement of Science in 1940, “During the past forty years those who are responsible for education have progressively removed the Western culture from the curriculum which produced the modern democratic state… the schools and colleges have therefore been sending out into the world men who no longer understand the creative principle of society in which they must live…deprived of their cultural tradition, the newly educated Western men no longer possess in the form and substance of their own minds and spirits and ideas, the premises, the rationale, the logic, the method, the values of the deposited wisdom which are the genius developed of Western civilization…the prevailing education is destined, if it continues, to destroy Western civilization and is in fact destroying it. I realized quite well that this thesis constitutes a sweeping indictment of modern education. But I believe the indictment is justified and there is a prima facie case for entering this indictment.”
This systematic dumbing down of America by ‘The Financial Matrix’ could not take place with just a shift of curriculums but requires the marriage of the most advanced propaganda machine that the world has ever seen, ‘The Media.’ Jacques Ellul’s exhaustive research on ‘Propaganda’ describes some of the components on how it works, “To begin with, propaganda must be organized in several ways… (continuity, duration, combination of different media). Propaganda is very frequently described as a manipulation for the purpose of changing ideas or opinions, of making individuals “believe” some idea or fact, and finally of making them adhere to some doctrine – all matters of mind. Or, put it differently, propaganda is described as dealing with beliefs or ideas.”
But to be dumbed down we must become gullible. What a better way to dumb down a society than by its literacy. King Charles knew this when he burned the books to prevent the farmers from rising up and creating the concept of ‘Parliament.’ The ‘South’ knew this when they burned the books and outlawed the slaves from reading in order to prevent the spread of freedom. Hitler knew this when he had Goebbels then the ‘Director of Propaganda’ burn the books to influence the German people in order to make them gullible to his grand plan of Nazi supremacy. But, if you might say that was in the past, think again! Closer to home, Chris Hedges quotes several sources in ‘Empire of Illusion,’ “Functional illiteracy in America is epidemic. There are 7 million illiterate Americans. Another 27 million are unable to read well enough to complete a job application, and 30 million can’t read a simple sentence. There are some 50 million who read at a fourth – or fifth – grade level. Nearly a third of the nation’s population is illiterate or barely literate – a figure that is growing by more than 2 million a year.”
John Ralston Saul wrote in ‘Voltaire’s Bastards,’ “Now the death of God combined with the perfection of the image has brought us to a whole new state of expectation. We are the image. We are the viewer and the viewed. There is no other distracting presence. And that image has all the Godly powers. It kills at will. Kills effortlessly. Kills beautifully. It dispenses morality. Judges endlessly. The electronic image is man as God and the ritual involved leads us not to a mysterious Holy Trinity but back to ourselves. In the absence of a clear understanding that we are now the only source, these images cannot help but return to the expression of magic and fear proper to idolatrous societies. This in turn facilitates the use of the electronic image as propaganda by whoever can control some part of it.”
With a loss of a principled centered people come the national trends that we now see:
- Teen pregnancy rates for girls 10 – 14 U.S. teen birth rate is higher than that of many other developed countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.
- Sexual activity among fifteen year – olds skyrocketing. *
- The percentage of teen births to unmarried women soared over 400%. *
- The United States now has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world. *
- Sexually transmitted diseases now reaching previously unrecorded levels. *
- United States share of the world economy down from 50% to 25% since WWII.
- Former US comptroller David Walker reports the massive entitlement programs will go bankrupt as the baby boomer generation retires.
- National debt upward
- toward $15 trillion.
- A decrease in the US credit rating.
- Inverted morality, Hollywood style.
- All out assault on the Biblical standard of morality.
- Average child watches up to 8,000 made for T.V. murders and 100,000 acts of violence by the end of grade school.
- Supreme court justice Ruth Ginsburg published position: The traditional family concept of the husband as a bread – winner and wife as a homemaker must be eliminated.
* Source: national census bureau.
Does this make you a little disturbed about the dumbing down of America? Yes! You can’t steal freedom without an agenda to do it, the only thing is that ‘The Financial Matrix’ is the most subtle form of manipulation ever to walk the earth. We are living in a lie. Not much today resembles the country that was birthed by the founders of our country. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.” God Bless, George Guzzardo