Posted on 07.19.2019

History's Habits

When the progeny of a free nation, a prosperous thriving nation that sets at the very pinnacle of the international pyramid of privilege, security and opportunity, become convinced that the nation that gives them this place of prominence, simply by virtue of being born there, is corrupt and has gained its high standing by using deprivation and repression to hold down the unfavored classes and has used its military might unfairly, to nation-build and occupy, there is danger in the wind and the future of that nation is in dire jeopardy in the coming years.

There is also a reason for the attitudes of the young people, who have, much as the deceived citizens of the world before them, fallen for the utopian lie that “Mother Government” is the answer to every problem, large and small.

Much of this disillusionment comes from the halls of academia, where educators steeped in socialist doctrine, “experts” on social injustice and the time-worn theory that only big government can level playing fields and make America live up to its potential.

They insist that America was founded by imperialists and expansionists who rode roughshod over anybody who got in their way in domestic and international ambitions.

They point at slavery and the deplorable way Native American populations were treated as, not what America “was” but what America “is.”

No doubt, slavery was the darkest period of our history and there were enough broken treaties between the US government and the different Indian tribes to paper the South wall of the Grand Canyon.

There are still inequities, some glaring and unaddressed and scars of the relocation of so many American Indian tribes will never completely go away, but there is not one slave owner or ambitious frontier general left alive and, contrary to ultra-progressive doctrine, the remaking of the country and the retooling of its government will never solve the racial and social problems facing our nation.

The word racist has been so cheapened in its use by people who don’t even know the meaning that it has been reduced to the status of “jerk” or “scumbag” and fascism has been redefined by actual fascists who point fingers at anyone who disagrees with them.

Another reason for shifting attitudes among the young is politicians who make wild, unkeepable promises they know they can’t fulfill because it would be impossible, but for the gullible who think the cold war had to do with climate change or that Che Guevara was a hero instead of a pathological murderer it’s not a far reach to believe that, if only the rich would pay their fair share, all the needs of life could be free and everybody would receive a regular paycheck whether they work or not.

Think about this, do you believe that if the people who fought and died to bring about the revolution in Russia would have known what kind of dictatorship their nation would turn into they would have given their lifeblood for it?

Free anything - except for the love and Grace of Almighty God - is a fallacy.

Free health care? Are the doctors going to work for free, are the drug companies going to start passing out free medicine and spend years developing new cures out of the goodness of their hearts?

Are the nurses, ambulance drivers, janitors, dieticians, office workers and the other thousands of people involved with supplying healthcare going to work for free?

Free college?

Can you even imagine the very professors who expound the socialist line being told that they will no longer be getting paid, or the book and computer companies giving their wares away, or the cafeteria workers cooking and serving food for no pay?

The point I went around my elbow to get to my thumb to make is nothing is free, somebody has to pay for it.

Socialist theory, “let the government do it."

Reality. The government doesn’t make a cent by the sweat of its brow and every tax dollar that comes into its coffers, only a portion remains, after the time the cost of just maintaining the bureaucratic status quo is peeled off the top.

Insufficiency is the modus operandi of modern government as incompetent, repetitive agencies siphon off billions of dollars, generate reams of meaningless paperwork and spend crazed politicians waste tax dollars on inane studies and bridges to nowhere.

So, more and more money is needed to maintain the social utopia, the rich are taxed at three quarters of their income and promptly move their fortunes and businesses offshore, so the exorbitant tax rate drops another step down the social scale to include people who make a comfortable living and finally works its way down to even those on minimum wage.

Prices and inflation start spiraling out of control and a value-added tax is implemented. And then, much to the dismay of the inhabitants of this socialist paradise government subsidies and services are cut.

There are lines at grocery stores and gas stations and it takes a year to get an appointment to get your appendix taken out.

Between budget cuts and ever-expanding entitlement rolls the quality of life goes into free fall, the more militant take to the streets and the indigent sit at home behind locked doors with a baseball bat close at hand, which is the only kind of protection they can get their hands on since one of the first things a socialist government does is to confiscate firearms.

Now I know a lot of you are sitting there wondering how we got from liberal politics to near starvation in a few paragraphs. Well, all I ask you to do is to research some of the nations who have resorted to socialism and the results, even the Scandinavian socialist countries are beginning to step back from programs they are now realizing are unsustainable.

It all begins with the premise that what you have isn’t the wonderful thing you thought it to be, that freedom and opportunity aren’t enough and that you deserve the same things those folks living on Park Avenue have whether you work for it or not.

You become convinced that abortion isn’t really murder, that its perfectly normal for a race of people to abort themselves into extinction, that having legal borders is a crime against humanity and that anyone who has more than you got it by cheating people like you out of it and should be forced to give it back.

Look around America, look at Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, research ancient civilizations that were once the most powerful nations on earth and their downfall came not from losing wars but from the greed and rot from within.

Think about it.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

— Charlie Daniels


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History’s Habits
Very well written and I agree with all you say. Thank you
Posted by Valerie
I agree with you CD The younger generation do not have any idea what this is truly about. History about this issue destroyed the ppl of all rights put them on farms they took from them and if they cannot reach the quota they are not getting food or anything else to keep them alive Are these ppl that ignorant? I am not going to stand by and watch America lose our freedom God is the cornerstone of our laws We pray that God will protect us and our freedoms God bless you Charlie you are the messenger that He works for our good and His Glory Father in heaven please bring Godly ppl to serve and protect our country
Posted by Sandra
History Repeats and Repeats
Amen, Amen & Amen history has repeated itself from the beginning, we find in Ecclesiastes 1:9 King James Version 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. As much as I hate to think it, someday America will someday vote in a socialist and then the end will come. As I look at the Muslims voted in this last cycle I am glad that I am getting old, I sure would hate to be starting out as a young un with the country as over regulated as it is. President Trump is doing a stand-up job and I'm convinced that he will be re-elected. Yes sir Slavery was a dark chapter in America's history but most people forget that the first slave owner in the US was a black man, Anthony Johnson. Some Muslim groups to this very day have slaves.....nuff said God Bless Plowboy
Posted by Plowboy
History's Habits
Very well said. God Bless you...
Posted by Charlotte
history habits
Very well said. I agree with you whole heartedly. I hope you are reaching alot of people. Thank you and God bless you.
Posted by David
You nailed it
Posted by Ted
I totally agree!!
Posted by Maureen
Ungrateful children
Thank you Charlie!
Posted by Jack
Very well said. The divide which separates Progressives from the rest of us is subtle and deep. One of the tenants of Liberal thought is that people are perfectible and that hate (or sin) is institutional. They ignore the evidence we see, that in their hearts people hold onto injustice, crave revenge and usually work for others only because it makes themself feel good. Our institutions, built on this knowledge, try to insulate society from that reality. I must add that the economic theory that underlies Progressive thought is similarly mistaken: They insist that in order for one person to benefit another person must be deprived, that poor people are victims of rich people. And finally most Progressives will ascribe to the statement "Ends Justify Means." (Many Conservatives will also endorse this thought but it is antithetical to the Gospel and the message of the Bible: "Ends" are never a justification for means if those means aren't themselves loving and pure.
Posted by Doug
God bless the USA
Perfectly stated as usual. God bless the USA. God bless the president. The alternatives scare me!!!
Posted by Bill
I agree completely and am sad to see our Country sliding down a very slippery slope.
Posted by Penny
Mr. Daniels: I want to say that I think your words are very important. You are speaking the truth about many issues citizens of the USA are currently battling. I’m grateful you are using your platform for realistic, truthful, and insightful messages. Thank you for giving God the glory and for taking a stand for what’s right. More people need to follow your example, sir - you’re making a difference in a very respectful way. Thank you for your efforts and your strength.
Posted by Debby
Dear Mr. Daniels, You are making southerners look and sound stupid. Please stop! Free college and health care are laudable goals. Brighter people than you and I may just figure it out. So, please don’t disparage those who want to make this country better. I have always enjoyed your music, but you are a musician not an intellectual commentator.
Posted by Roy
It is not all or none. Most goods in our society are distributed via capitalism - and that is fine. Successful people will drive better cars, live in nicer houses, have more freedom to travel - and that is OK. However, the two exceptions where pure capitalism does not work are health care and education. Ivanca trump does not deserve a better surgeon than most of the folks on this board because she has money. If someone cannot afford a car, then they don't get a car and that is fine. However, if someone cannot afford life saving health care, they should still get it. And indeed, that is the law of the land for emergency rooms throughout the country. Regarding education - I would rather a poor person who has demonstrated excellent academic ability have access to excellent education than a rich, mediocre student who has a rich family that donates money to the college. It is for the benefit of all of us that those with ability - the students that work hard, the first to arrive and the last to leave (Charlie's excellent work ethic) have access to excellent education. An academically gifted teenager should not be shut out of a better education because his family is not rich. Of course it is not free. But socialistic programs such as medicare and the GI bill do not lead to gun confiscation and a society like Venezuela. Indeed, toddler trump has stated that he wants to protect medicare (a socialistic government program).
Posted by Paul
Thank You!
Thank you so very much for putting my thoughts into words with your Soap Box post of July 19th. I am truly troubled by the world and what's going on. I teach high school and have done so for 34 years. I believe I am making a difference; however, the promises that some of our politicians are making appear to be brain-washing our youth. They do not think in terms of "who will pay for things" - they live in the "I want it now" generation without thinking of the consequences of choices. As teachers, we cannot discuss politics per se, so it is up to those like you to help. Therefore I say thank you again!
Posted by Michael-Wayne
medicare and the GI bill
Medicare, Social Security and the GI Bill are not socialist programs! I've been paying into Social Security and Medicare since 1969. I served in the USAF for four years thus earning my GI Bill school funding. Go figure! Charlie, you are right again! Mike.
Posted by Mike
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Posted by Amy
Medicare etc are socialist programs. The money is collected by the government and redistributed, What you get out does not equal what you put in. Regarding the GI bill - the funds were redistributed for educational purposes. You did not get a lump some of money to spend as you wish. But I agree with you that both are excellent programs.
Posted by Paul
Donald Trump is a Socialist
He supports using eminent domain for oil pipelines. That's socialism. -- Tru Cola
Posted by Tru
Yes - Medicare and these other programs are socialism - and that is ok The government collects the money and provides health coverage You did not have the option of keeping the money and opting out of Medicare The GI bill for your services was distributed by the government for s specific propose You did not have the option of collecting that money and buying a car
Posted by Paul
your honest views
oops. I hit some type of button... back to my thoughts on it murder?..Only God can Judge that. If we truly believe that God is the arbiter of our soul, then its up to God to meet out Punishment...not men. I can never have a a Guy. and I dont believe more Government intrusion is a solution to the problem. I don't tell you what to do with Your body, and I dont feel you have the right to tell any other human being how to live their life. Offering advice and support is the best we can do to help troubled Women who need to make a decision neither you nor I will ever make. If I were a pregnant woman...I would never have an abortion. I would never suggest to anyone this is a proper solution. Let God be the Final Judge. You and I are not qualified to fill his shoes. which brings me to a paradox...Won't Jesus forgive a woman who has an abortion?
Posted by Bobby
History's Habits
Well said Charlie, it's a total injustice to our youth that our own school systems teach them to hate the Greatest Country Ever !
Posted by Pete