Rhetoric and Reality

Political rhetoric is far divorced from reality. Much of the language coming from political leaders is designed to distract the public rather than to inform us. The current state of things is so mired in deception and distraction that leaders are succeeding in substituting rhetorical nonsense for reality.

Marxism has never succeeded and yet its theories are used as the rhetorical basis to advance totalitarian ambitions. If the production and distribution of goods and services are controlled by any central authority, then nothing remains of freedom and free choice. People cannot survive without food. The planner who controls the distribution of food controls the population. The ambition of Marxists is not to make everyone equal and to distribute goods and services to benefit the public, but it is only to control the public.

There is an inexplicable madness in the desire of men to control others. I do not understand it because I do not share it. It is so difficult to live my own life worthily before God, recognizing that I am accountable to Him for my words, deeds and thoughts that I have no desire to control others. As King Benjamin put it: “But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe to keep the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish.” RE Mosiah 2:6

Why would anyone want to become accountable for controlling others? It is madness.

Yet the current political struggle in every nation is between those who seek freedom and self-determination, and the ambitions of business, banking, political, religious and military leaders who want to consolidate power and control over others. To the extent they succeed to the point that they feel free to impose their will, it will require the killing of the remaining opposition who resist their control.

The United States has leaders who want to govern against the will of the majority. But the leaders employ rhetoric to blind the eyes of the public to their plans. Isaiah described and condemned them and their ambitions: “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil, that put darkness for light and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” RE Isa. 1:17

Marxist “values” seem to have an appeal to equality and fairness. But those apparent values have nothing to do with the reality of the ambitions of those who use Marxist rhetoric. It is just a convenient vocabulary employed to deceive and mislead while power and control is being gained.

If your choices seem to be diminishing, that is because there are those seeking that result. If your freedom to make economic decisions seem to be diminishing, that is because leaders are working to accomplish that. If economic troubles motivate you to consider allowing a different, even radical economic approach to rescue you from the woes you experience, that is because conspirators are working hard to achieve that goal. If you think giving up freedom to travel, or shop, or speak will make you feel safer, that is because rhetoric of fear is working and therefore it will continue to be employed until it no longer is useful to the conspiracies of evil and designing men.

Those seeking power and authority gravitate to high office in governments. They have labored for generations to bring aboard the leaders in business, religions, banking, law and militaries. If there is a significant center of influence anywhere in the world, the conspirators work to bring them aboard. As Paul explained it, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” RE Eph. 1:25

The extent of spiritual wickedness in high places in this world has become so great, so widespread, and so confident of its success that the rhetoric is no longer able to deceive many people into accepting a false reality. The hosts of conspirators fear the public awakening to their awful situation, because that will be followed by arising to fight against the conspiracy.

Politics and the news media are filled with insincere people peddling false ideas, to blind and mislead you. When both sides of a political divide seek the same power to control you, then you should ask yourself if you still have a choice? Do you want Coke or Pepsi–because water is not on the menu.

If control is needed to make it “fair” and more “equal” then what you will wind up with is compulsion to force what those in power decide will be better. And their priorities will never include your freedom to choose. Nor will it allow you to opt out.