Midnight Messenger Newspaper Article
SCHOOLS: THE GATES OF HELL?
By Des Griffin
In today’s highly-advanced technological society - in which most people take for granted many luxuries that, just a few decades ago, were beyond the wildest dreams of even kings and emperors- many live a world of illusions and delusions. While smugly priding themselves on their ultra-sophistication, they assume that, as Americans, they have a “right” to the many luxuries they enjoy. Such people have unwittingly allowed themselves to drift dangerously off course and into a dark area which history demonstrates has led to the demise of numerous past civilizations. As one writer observed, “Drifting is an unconscious process. Often it is not until we are on the rocks that we know we are in danger. We are all constantly exposed to the currents of opinion, habit, etc, which tend to carry us away insensibly from the course we ought to maintain.”
Today, America is precariously close to being “on the rocks.” Our much-vaunted society exhibits have all the signs of being morally, spiritually, and financially bankrupt.
Why is this unfolding tragedy happening in this once greatest of all nations — a Republic which prided itself on being “the land of the free and home of the brave”? The answer should be abundantly clear. Individually and collectively, we have either wittingly or unwittingly ignored the clear warnings issued by our founding fathers and others who were instrumental in making America what it once was.
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance,” declared Thomas Jefferson more than 200 years ago. Most Americans refuse to believe the words of Thomas Paine who stated, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” Mostly, Americans want to enjoy all the “goodies” without paying the price of protecting their source. We have neglected the axiom of history stated by Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Spurning “eternal vigilance,” and apparently oblivious to the lessons written in the blood, sweat and tears of civilizations past, most Americans are asleep at the switch and headed toward the proverbial brick wall at 150 miles an hour. Others are engaged in a thus-far inexhaustible array of reality-avoidance schemes that boggle the mind. At least on the surface, they strive to fill their miserably wretched lives with “things” that temporarily help them avoid facing their true condition. Posterity be damned!
WHY ARE AMERICANS SO DEDICATED?
Why are most Americans so dedicated to following this path of national suicide - this path that history demonstrates can only lead to our nation’s demise? As individuals, do we have the internal fortitude and integrity to address the major issues involved - and acknowledge the true causes of our national catastrophe? Or, as individuals, will we decide to blind our eyes to what is happening - and continue to follow the pied pipers of Babylon into oblivion?
In our search to discover why most people are living in their own private fantasy worlds - and in such a basic denial of reality - let us look briefly at a document published in 1904, years before our present national woes began to manifest themselves. At the beginning of the 20th century all but a few were living in the real world - one governed by laws and principles that were acknowledged as being biblically-based. There were publically acknowledged “absolutes”- set standards of right and wrong. Self-government and personal responsibility were the accepted norms. Such admirable traits were seen as a mark of good character. “Political correctness” and similar destructive idiocies still lay many years down the road. Before the population could be effectively dumbed-down and brought to the point where they would be willing to reject these “real world” fundamentals, they would have to unwittingly subjected to new type of warfare. It would be one engaged in so smoothly and so subtly over such an extended period of time that, unrecognized by most, the overall effects would be revolutionary. The ultimate goal of that revolutionary war was the creation of a Socialist/Communist America.
“YIELDING WITH PERFECT DOCILITY”
As very few Americans would be dumb enough to embrace such a diabolical, subversive, anti-American, freedom-destroying agenda all on their own, they needed some “help.” As is true in every society, there were powerful, wealthy individuals who were only too willing to step in and finance a number of programs necessary to achieve that objective. One such individual was John D. Rockefeller, a notorious monopolist who had, during the previous 2-3 decades, used every deceitful trick in the book, including terror, to gain monopolistic control of the oil industry. As he stated, “competition is a sin.”
At the turn of the last century, John D. enrolled the aid of Fred Gates - who earlier had enjoyed immense success as the front man for the Pillsbury flour company. Recognizing Gates’ “extraordinary ability” as a strategist and organizer, John D. used his new employee to locate other areas of “investment” that could be used to further his lust for power and control over people. One such “investment” was the creation of the Rockefeller-sponsored General Education Board. >From the beginning this board was dedicated to the reeducation (brainwashing) and mental transformation of the American public into virtual robots. These virtually mindless robots could then be used as “human resources” in the Socialization and eventual takeover of the United States. Though originally promoted as one of Rockefeller’s magnanimous efforts to further upgrade the nation’s educational system - and thus ensure America’s well-being as it moved through the new century — John D’s true goal was theexact opposite. He planned to destroy traditional, biblically-based, true education and replace it with a form of brainwashing that would ensure his (and his successors and their associates) control over the American populace. Remember, to him “competition [was] a sin.”
This fact became abundantly clear with the publication of the Board’s firstproclamation - their Occasional Letter Number One. Right up front, they declared: “In our dreams, we have limitless resources and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present education conventions fade from their minds, and unhampered by tradition [belief in the Sovereign God as Creator, in the Lordship of Jesus Christ, in absolute truths, in the inerrancy of Scripture, in the Constitution, etc.], we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk... “ Notice the use of the term, “our good will.” Their “dreams” didn’t include the future well-being of those they planned to dumb-down. These people were destined to be slaves on the elitists’ Global Plantation!
PRINCIPLE OF “SCIENTIFIC GIVING”
Over the next few years Rockefeller set up a variety of foundations and trusts into which he (and his successors and their partners) could pour vast amounts of money. These funds were then used to finance teachers’ colleges, and pour multiple millions into numerous college and university “endowments.” These, however, were all subject to John D’s principle of “scientific giving.” As always, with the shekels came the shackles. There was a “hook” in every grant. Rockefeller agents always ended up on the boards of the institutions being “helped.” During the decades that followed, most were slowly compromised. These “institutions of higher learning” mostly evolved into little more than brain laundries. Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of young people were systematically brainwashed into rejecting the laws and principles that had made America great. Most were slowly lured into an almost blind acceptance of the new, false religion of secular humanism — the belief that man, without any “interference” from his Creator can create his own earthly Utopia. In their Humanist Manifesto published in 1931, humanist leaders declared that “traditional theism, especially faith in the prayer-hearing God ... is an unproved and outmoded faith ... traditional and dogmatic or authoritarian religions ... do a disservice to the human species.... No deity will save us, we must save ourselves.” Probably unwittingly, they had fallen for the Satanic Lie that man, by his own volition, can be “as God” (Genesis 3:5).
That diabolical belief forms the very shaky foundation upon which both Socialism (Liberalism) and Communism are based. Revealingly, John Strachey, a Cabinet member in the Socialist (Labour) Government in Britain in the late 1940s, admitted that Socialism - by its very nature — would inevitably morph into a totalitarian dictatorship.
In 1932, William Z. Foster, then National Chairman of the Communist Party, USA, wrote in his book, Toward A Soviet America: “Among the elementary measures the American Soviet government will adopt to further the cultural revolution are the following: the schools, colleges, and universities will be grouped under a National Department of Education and its state and local branches. The studies will be revolutionized, being cleansed of religion, patriotic and other features of bourgeois ideology.”
In the United States, the plan to use the educational system to promote socialist (man is his own god) ideas was greatly aided by the work of such “educators” as John Dewey, George Counts, and Dr. Harold Ruggs. In his 1933 book, The Great Technology, Ruggs revealed their plan: “A new public mind is to be created. How? Only by creating tens of millions of individual minds and welding them into a new social mind. Old stereotypes must be broken down and new climates of opinion formed in the neighborhoods of America...
“[T]hrough the schools we will disseminate a new conception of government - one that will embrace all the activities of men, one that will postulate the need of scientific control and operation of economic activities in the interest of all people” (pp.32 and 271).
George Counts wrote that “teachers should reach for power and make most of their conquest... To the extent they are allowed to fashion the curriculum and procedures of the schools they will definitely influence the social attitudes, ideals and behavior of the coming generation” (Dare the Schools Build a New Social Order?, 1932, pp.28,29).
These atheistic socialists were among the leaders in what became known as “progressive education.” By controlling both the financing of colleges and the fashioning of their curricula through the use of socialist/communist principles and methods, and with the assistance of like-minded politicians in Washington, they were gradually able to gain a stranglehold on what was formerly an education system. They turned it into a indoctrination system designed to turn out “people [who] would yield themselves with perfect docility into their molding hand.” As a result, the old “education conventions faded from people’s minds, and unhampered by tradition,” the Rockefeller-sponsored brain-washers were able to “work their own good will (“a new conception of government,” or Socialism) upon a grateful and responsive rural folk...“
The “limitless resources” dreamed about by Rockefeller in 1904 materialized in the 1960s in the form of federal financing for schools nationwide. American taxpayers are now forced to finance the deliberate brainwashing, demoralization, and dumbing-down of their own children. All opposition is strenuously rejected. As John D. Rockefeller said many years ago, “competition is a sin.” Those who object are automatically branded as fanatics, kooks, extremists, and pathetic relics of a bygone age. Of course, the Creator God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, prayer, and the values instrumental in building our once great Republic, are scorned. Those tried and true laws and principles have now been replaced by programs that leave many children mentally handicapped. Many are unable to read fluently. Most are unable to think and reason in an orderly and logical manner. They are thus unable to make reality-based, sound, long-term decisions in their everyday lives. This renders them little more than impotent “human resources” — mere pawns in the deadly game being played by their globalist manipulators. As international statistics reveal, this leaves them lagging far behind their peers in other nations around the world.
Partly as a consequence, America is on a slippery slope that is descending into slavery. Through the widespread acceptance and application of the diabolical, anti-God, anti-Christ tenets of secular humanism as taught in the schools and colleges, America is now in deep trouble. Many believe our chances of survival are slim to none. In the 1830s, French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in his classic, Democracy In America: “If a despotism should be established among the democratic nations of our day, it would probably have a different character. It would be more widespread and milder; it would degrade men rather than torment them... I do not expect their leaders to be tyrants, but rather their schoolmasters” (p.691). Our schools have certainly been instrumental in degrading us and preparing us for possible slavery.
THE CRITICAL 1960s
By the mid-1960s, the heavily-financed secular humanists were ready to make their big move. During the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s they had succeeded in brainwashing and training tens of thousands of what they termed “change agents.” These infiltrated and gradually took over leading positions in every area of the educational system. They became teachers, administrators, and college and university presidents. Soon, with Establishment media support, ever-increasing amounts of taxpayer money, and massive ongoing grants from the Rockefeller and other foundations, all “competition” was eliminated. Students who dared question what was being disseminated in the classrooms of America were held up to ridicule and effectively silenced. Many were pressured, coerced, intimidated, and harassed into adopting and applying massive falsehoods in their individuals lives. For example, they had pumped into their plastic, unsuspecting minds such diabolical nonsense as the belief that mankind is descended from primordial slime, and somehow — without a Creator, Sustainer, and Lawgiver — miraculously evolved into the wonderfully intricate, virtually indescribably complexd human beings we are today. No wonder most children are left with a feeling of frustration, anguish, lack of fulfilment, and emptiness — and are frantically and unavailingly scrambling for some purpose and meaning to their wretched, unexplained existence!
Having been relentlessly brainwashed (with non-stop reenforcement supplied by the media, movies, TV etc.) for nearly five decades, it should come as no great surprise that American society is infested with so many alienated, frustrated, VD-infected, low-life scumbags who behave like animals and whose existence is dedicated to “doing their own thing” - and posterity be damned!
As this whole process of human degeneracy was created by the federal government (at taxpayer expense), would one be wrong in describing it as government-sponsored child abuse?
As Thomas Sowell has observed, public school gives students AIDS: Acquired Intelligence Deficiency Syndrome.
AN ACT OF WAR?
The handwriting was on the wall years ago. A Nation At Risk, a Report by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, emerged in April 1983. “The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and as a people... If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves.... we have, in effect, being committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament”
Thomas Sowell, a Professor at Stanford’s Hoover Institute: “Each generation of Americans has outstripped its parents in education, and in economic attainment. For the first time in the history of our country, the educational skills of one generation will not surpass, will not equal, and will not even approach, those of their parents.”
As the late syndicated columnist Linda Bowles asked: “How long will it take and what will it take to finally convince the American people that their government schools are a living disaster, wreaking irreparable damage on the minds and souls of millions of our children. How many more times will the American people allow themselves to be duped into believing that genuine school reform is under way? No matter how many times we ‘study’ the problem, the answer is always the same. Government schools have failed a generation of children... Class size and money spent don’t have much impact on student performance. Pouring billions of dollars into a broken system is like pouring it into a bottomless pit... There is absolutely no way to avoid the conclusion that the children of America are being sold out.”
Samuel Blumenfeld, another education expert states: “The youngster who passes through its classrooms emerges indoctrinated in a body of secular values as if he had gone to a sort of government parochial school. It may not be a very coherent body of values and it may conflict with the values of his parents or religion; but that very incoherence and conflict, combined with a general philosophical confusion, becomes the dominant frame of mind of the graduate. Thus the school building itself seems to have its own spiritual aura, as palpable as that of any church...”
“The textbook ... takes the place of the prayer book, dispensing moral as well as instructional information. This is particularly true in the social sciences, where a secular humanist view of the world is presented virtually as a revealed religion based on unquestionable faith in science and materialism. Thus the rituals of the school replace the rituals of the church to fill the youngsters mind with a formalism called ‘education’” (Is Public School Necessary?
SCHOOLS ... GATES OF HELL?
Hundreds of years ago, the famous reformer Martin Luther declared: “I am very much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell until they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scripture ... engraving them in the hearts of the youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.”
Just how bad is the situation in America’s schools? Mark Morford, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicles, recently drew the attention of his readers to the candid opinion of a Oakland, California, public school teacher friend who wrote to him about what is going on in the classroom: “It’s not bad at all. It’s absolutely horrifying.” His friend summarized what he sees, firsthand, every day and every month, year in and year out, in his classroom. He spoke not merely of the sad decline in overall intellectual acumen among students over the years, not merely of the astonishing lazy slackerhood, or the fact that cell phones and iPods and excess TV exposure are, absolutely and without reservation, short-circuiting the mind of the upcoming generations. Of this, he said, there is zero doubt.
The Oakland public school teacher says that the urban public school system is, essentially, at rock bottom. We are now at a point where we are essentially churning out ignorant teens who are becoming ignorant adults and society as a whole will pay dearly, very soon.... The situation has gotten so bad that he is seriously considering moving out of the country so as to escape what he sees will be the surefire collapse of functioning American society in the next handful of years due to the absolutely irrefutable destruction, the shocking — and nearly hopeless dumbification — of the American brain. It’s just that bad.”
The Oakland teachers cited “studies, reports, hard data, from the appalling effects of television on child brain development (i.e.: any TV exposure before six years old and your kid’s basic cognitive wiring and spatial perception are pretty much scrambled for life), to the fact that, because of all the insidious mandatory testing teachers are now forced to incorporate into the curriculum, of the 182 school days in a year, there are 110 when such testing is going on at Oakland High. As one of his colleagues put it, ‘It’s like weighing a calf twice a day, but never feeding it’...
“[N]oting all the obvious evidence of teens’ decreasing abilities when confronted by even the most basic intellectual tasks, from understanding simple history to working through moderately complex ideas to even (in a couple of recent examples that particularly distressed him), being able to define ‘agriculture,’ and even ‘democracy.’ Not a single student could do it... Only a small fraction make it to his grade with a functioning understanding of written English. They do not know how to form a sentence. They cannot write an intelligent paragraph” (SF Chronicle, October 24, 2007)
In the nation’s largest cities high school graduation rates have plummeted to below 50 percent. In Detroit only 25 percent graduate. Nationally, about 70 percent of students graduate on time with regular diplomas and about 1,200,000 drop out annually. Says Colin Powell, former Secretary of State: “It’s more than a problem, it’s a catastrophe.”
WHAT WILL FILL THE VACUUM?
Now what? The systematic, unrelenting “dumbification” of the American population over the last 50 years has created a huge void - a massive vacuum - in the lives of most. It has been said that a nation that stands for nothing will fall for anything. Over the last 50 years America has degenerated into such a sad condition. As a nation, we have demonstrated that we no longer stand for anything that is biblical, constitutional, lawful, pure, and nationally uplifting. Conversely, we have demonstrated that we are more than capable of “falling for anything” that steers us directly away from taking personal responsibility for the tragic mess in which our nation finds itself. America’s national pass time is “passing the buck.”
Because America’s churches and America’s voters have allowed secular government to assume the role of “god” (the Satanic Lie of Genesis 3:5), we have been conned into rejecting ultimate Truth (John 14:6; 17:17). By doing so, America has replaced eternal values with sugar-coated poison under a wide variety of false labels. Not having been taught in our schools and churches to think lawfully, analytically, logically, and definitively, we have allowed ourselves to become victims of that same Satanic Lie. Through churches nationwide, multiple millions were promised a spiritual “feast” (real, wholesome, nourishing spiritual “steak”) by numerous pastors and preachers. But having received only the sizzle instead of the meat, most have long-since rejected what they perceived to be “Christianity.” They are now wandering aimlessly through a barren religious wilderness, and are dying of spiritual malnutrition. While frequently professing to “being in the Word,” and having Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, most churchgoers adamantly refuse to even discuss their “faith” or lack thereof. They have very little if any interest in studying and being well versed in God’s Word. Remember Jesus’ words: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). To others who profess him, but won’t obey him, Jesus says: “I never knew you. Depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).
Your Bible reveals Satan to be both “the god of this world who has blinded the eyes of them that believe not,” and the father of lies. Satan is also the one “who deceives the whole world” (John 8:44, II Corinthians 4:4, and Revelation 12:4). Look around! Are those facts not abundantly evident?
“CHANGES” FROM WHAT TO WHAT?
Multiple millions in the secular world are beginning to realize that something is seriously wrong with America. They are vaguely aware that “changes” of some type are needed, but are unable to define their terms as to what “changes” are needed. On the presidential campaign trail, both Obama and Clinton are calling for “change” without giving any indications as to what “changes” each has in mind for the country. Changes from what ... to what? They don’t say. Reading between the lines, however, and based on their respective histories, and those of their “advisors,” any changes will not be for the betterment of the country. On what is alleged to be “the other side,” “republican” presumptive nominee John McCain seems only interested in continuing the catastrophically disastrous programs implemented by the present Bush administration.
In recent decades, real changes have been taking place in society under the influences of the “New Age” and other similar religious movements. Each encourages its adherents to escape from reality by burying themselves still further in fantasy. Americans are urged to embrace a variety of Eastern “man can be as god” religious ideas that have been tried and found sadly lacking in practical application. Had these religious ideas any veracity they would long since have made the nations in which they originated happy and prosperous examples for the rest of the world to follow. The opposite however is true. All those nations involved in the formulation and widespread application of these phony forms of “spirituality” wallowed in illiteracy, poverty, and fear until — with a massive infusion of American money and the application of biblically-based business practices imported from overseas — they began to slowly emerge from the dark ages. Although only a small percentage of the people in these nations are benefitting from the newly-developing wealth, it should be noted that this was accomplished at the cost of many millions of American jobs, the crippling of the America economy, and the virtual impoverishment of millions of American workers. Our treacherous political and corporate leaders seem only too willing to sacrifice our nation on their Luciferian altar dedicated to the New World Order. Yet none dare call it treason!
Now emerging on center stage is a new kind of religious star, billionaire Oprah Winfrey. Oprah, whose wealth was estimated by Forbes magazine in 2006 as $2,600,000,000, is presently engaged in an almost feverish attempt to spread her version of the anti-God, New Age fantasies into every American home. Her TV show is top rated. Her books are national bestsellers. Her various organizations are highly acclaimed. The Establishment media are doing everything in their power to increase her fame and fortune - and her influence on the American public. Don’t be surprised if, in the years ahead, Oprah Winfrey – who is a strong supporter of Barack Obama – becomes even more “in your face” with her “spiritual” activities. She may well have come to believe herself a “god” in the New Age panoply of “gods”.
Barack Obama enthusiastically embraced Oprah’s endorsement and even took her on the campaign trail. Does this not indicate that he shares her unbiblical philosophy?
It is imperative that we each learn to educate ourselves in what is really happening in and to our one proud Republic. The reader will hopefully turn to pages 8 and 9 in this issue of Midnight Messenger to learn more about the deadly nature of Oprah Winfrey’s “spiritual” quest. Make no mistake about it. Oprah’s message is a direct, frontal spiritual attack on everything “American.”
If America ends up in the global plantation envisioned by the one worlders, Oprah Winfrey — a woman who made her immense fortune by using the opportunities created for her by America’s Bible-based free enterprise system — will certainly have to bear some of the heavy responsibility to destroying the American Dream and creating the American Nightmare. ■
(Midnight Messenger Newspaper, March-April 2008, Issue #138 … extra copies of this paper are available @ $4.00 each.)
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