Blueprint Much?

Blueprint Much?

Similarities from Mini-Series Based on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

ACCIDENTAL OR DIVINE PLAN

You can’t plan this stuff. Forgive me if this article doesn’t sound very scholarly; it’s not meant to. This is for regular working folks to consider, pray, and act upon. This is for “we the people.”

I say, “You can’t plan this stuff” because it was the night before July 4th, Independence Day when America would celebrate her 246th birthday – and it’s been a rough one to get to. Our country is feeling the pangs, not of birth as it did 246 years ago, but of the need for a rebirth of sorts. She needs to find her way again as she seems lost at sea and needs a Navigator to lead her back to the safe harbor of her original founding, encapsulated in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. That’s because tyranny is, once again, on her shores as it was before she was a country. At that time, freedom came at great cost via the American Revolutionary war. Once again, she must withstand tyrannical rule at all costs if she is to survive. If she doesn’t, she will suffer a death blow from which she will not recover.

Once again, she must withstand tyrannical rule at all costs
if she is to survive.

WE ARE IN NEED OF PERSONAL HEALING

James 5:16

“Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” [Another version says, “Is powerful and effective”].

If people are too focused on their personal “pains”, a.k.a. difficulties of life, they’re much too distracted to focus on a need for national healing. There is much pain in America today, the lion’s share of which is manufactured by leftist purveyors of a tyrannical rogue faction of the government. Much like the one is the movie.

WE ARE IN NEED OF A NATIONAL HEALING

2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turnfrom their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” [Notice each of these steps build on the next].

America needs two levels of revolutions, personal and national, a spiritual awakening that would give rise to a national return to her founding as a constitutional republic. It is doubtful that America can be saved without a spiritual awakening.

Now to my story …

The idea for this article all started with my plans to take in a movie on the eve of July 4th when I happened upon a 6-hour mini-series based on the famous book by Ayn Rand called “Atlas Shrugged.” It seemed interesting enough at first, so I thought I would try it. Having never read the book, I thought to just watch one episode of the 3-part mini-series and then call it a night. Well … who told me I could stop after watching Part I? I could not. I had to watch the entire series in one sitting because of what I was seeing this evening before the celebration of the start of our nation on July 4, 1776.  I had no idea how timely and appropriate my viewing experience would be. I was astounded, to say the least. The setting, the cast of characters, and the storyline all seemed eerily familiar. God had done it again in orchestrating my steps to discover what I needed to know.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

But before I launch further into this article, I have three questions for you. Where have we been as a nation? Where are we now? And where are we going? The quick answer is we’ve had a dramatic beginning with the framers as heroes in the new land, a spotted past with glorious seasons of fighting for freedom and promises for a glorious future. We’re having a very rough season right now, and unless something changes quickly, it will get much worse before it can get better. As a freedom-loving people, these are serious questions we must ask ourselves. We must stay awake and if you have not yet awakened to this threat of tyranny yet, then now is a great time to do so.

As an aside, I made this a homework assignment on Facebook to guess the book or movie based on the hints mentioned below. [But it seems very few, if anyone, saw my post. This shadow panning that they do to stifle truth is part and parcel of tyranny to stifle any dissenting voices.] I’ve already given you the answer above, and I recommend watching the series or reading the book to see for yourself. Keep in mind that moviemakers always make changes to the original story, but from what I saw and read about the author and the book, it seems quite close to the original as a reflection of what the author wanted to communicate. If you are inclined to watch the movie, be sure to fast-forward past the two steamy scenes. I certainly had to.

As I watched this movie, to say I was astonished would be an understatement, but here is some of what I heard and saw of that fictional American government and its war-like actions against the American people – much like today. These are in no particular order:

  1. There is an attempted reset (to replace capitalism and the free market system with totalitarianism cloaked by a call “for the greater good.”)
  2. State of emergency (mostly staged).
  3. Few freethinkers with the solutions to the crises but who become enemies of the state. (No more 1stAmendment Freedoms of Speech and Association.)
  4. Unification board (trying to create a homogenous society, using the concept of unity as a ploy.)
  5. Dr. Ferris (State Science Institute, “Mr. Science” if you will, who is less of a scientist and more of a corrupt politician using science to hurt people.)
  6. Socialization of businesses and the whole economy, always “for the greater good,” of course. (No more free enterprise.)
  7. No more “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” because that’s just “selfish.” Individual rights must give way to “the greater good.” (No more Bill of Rights).
  8. State and press acting in collusion, no longer a free press but a state propaganda machine. (No more freedom of the press).
  9. Homelessness and poverty are rampant, but while everyone is struggling to survive, the tyrannical politicians and their rich friends are prospering. (Yet they feign concern for the people).
  10. A mysterious Christ-like figure inviting all the great minds who are trying to bring change while working within the system that this is a lost cause but should instead go to his utopian society where freedom reigns and gold is the tender of choice, etc. In other words, John Galt’s utopian starts society called Atlantis, is a mirror image of what America was designed to be. (Galt’s counteractive reset to the dystopian one the government is attempting.) A recurring question, “Who is John Galt?”
  11. No one is legally able to own more than one company. (No more free enterprise – the government sought to control all.)
  12. All intellectual property (of a certain type) could no longer privately-owned but must be gift-certificated over to the government/state. (Punishing ingenuity – “for the greater good”).
  13. Economy in complete meltdown, only railroads as working transportation because …
  14. Gas prices up to $42.29/gal. Costing $865.72 to fill SUV tank. (Too expensive for the average person to use automobiles and air travel.)
  15. Manipulated Food supply chains must comply with the government’s directives to trade in society. (The government’s way to control all.)

All in all, we see government-sponsored chaos in order to give the government absolute rule over the people. Only those in the clique are allowed to survive and prosper, while everyone else must struggle to stay alive. In other words, we witness in this story the end of the United States of America as we now know it. We are witnessing our America is becoming less and less recognizable every day.

Check out this photo of a shot in the movie. We must ask ourselves, “Is this a blueprint of the Left’s plans to destroy our republic that was built on the freedoms guaranteed to all men in the Word of God and adopted into our founding documents?” That’s the reason for the title of this article, “Blueprint much?” Is this a blueprint of their masterplan to annihilate America? No solutions, just more brokenness.

We may not be there yet, but Jesus, not a John Galt human figure, is needed in this hour. He alone and not a Biden, Obama, or even Trump is the answer to our current state. Yet, God uses human leaders to either strengthen and free a nation in blessing, or to weaken and oppress it in judgment. We see in the Bible in Psalms 2, where nations rage against God and His people in attempt to break away from His rule and laws. Then we see in Psalms 33:12-22, how God blesses nations that recognize Him as Ruler and blesses His people in troubled times. Does this sound familiar? This proves that not much has changed in thousands of years. Humankind have remained the same throughout the ages. That is why the Bible, in its timelessness, remains relevant today as we have the same human, and spiritual struggles today as existed in biblical times.

SEE ANY SIMILARITIES?

Could we be experiencing a blueprint of this dystopian American society portrayed in Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”? Ask yourself if this is just a coincidence. It may be coincidental, but it all seems too close for comfort and too much of a living reality to ignore. If your answer is that it is not a coincidence, then ask yourself if it is too late. My opinion on both counts? IT IS NOT, meaning, no, it’s not a coincidence, and, no, it’s not too late to save America.

LIVING UNDER TOTALITARIAN RULE – THE CHINA FACTOR

I happen to have lived and taught in China for about a year; and I continue to love the people and the land while I despise the oppressive form of government. Yet, there is something quite interesting to note about the Chinese language pertaining to America. Do you know what “America” is in the Chinese language? It’s Mei Guo, or beautiful (mei) country (guo), a perfect match to our patriotic song, America the Beautiful (See and sing this song at the end):

O beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain.

For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed His light on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

Isn’t that something? Even in the Chinese language there is recognizes the beauty of America, while many Americans now seem to hate her. Oh, I don’t deny that the Chinese government is a threat to our country; but I do doubt that it is the greatest threat?  Our greatest threat comes from within, whether in our own government, those with quasi-governmental authority, or others in the masses who go along with the current trend of hating America. It’s one thing to have an opinion, but quite another to act with malicious and criminal intent. Many individuals have been, and are being, paid to hate and to help bring down this nation. Although, in the movie Atlas Shrugged, we don’t see external forces and governments having power over ours, that is the case today. The movie presented a strong America, we now live in a weak one. As far as I could observe, Rand did not appear concerned about the possibility of foreign control over America. However, she predicted, with much accuracy I might add, the possibility of our own government lusting for more power and going rogue.

Fast forward to today when Rand’s fictional America is not just a possibility but becoming more of a reality every day. And, while not every item on the list above has transpired, it will if left unchecked. It’s only a matter of time. We are well on our way. Consider China’s money and influence being used to purchase so many commodities in America today, as well as some in American leadership who continue to claim no connections. No, the Chinese don’t need to attack us with tanks and conventional weapons. They have done so with their vast sums of money. They seem to have bought enough access to just about walk into the place and take up residence. Why not? A vast amount of their money is already here. Who’s to say that the plan is not to follow the money. Conjecture, you say? Perhaps. May it never get to that. But how close are we to that reality? Probably not as far as we’d like to believe.

But I digress, yet not really. My point is that a freedom-loving people, if left alone, would move towards capitalism and a meritocracy. However, when insincere and manipulative people start spouting “for the common good,” as a reason to fleece and control the people. Watch out! They are only paying lip-service to the ideal. It’s really just a cover for robbing the successful to give to those who are not. These forms of government, tested on the proving ground of history, have been utter failures. Egalitarian societies never work because they stifle the human and entrepreneurial spirits meant to soar while forcing everyone to accept a spirit of mediocrity. If man cannot freely reach for the stars, to perchance land on the moon, he will not reach at all – and we would all suffer for that lack of ingenuity. What we are left with, then, is the powerful stealing from those who exercise ingenuity and productivity to give to those who, either from lack of ability or effort, do not produce.

A MESSAGE TO OUR LEADERS

Today, we are on very shaky ground in our country. We all know that, even those who refuse to admit it. That’s because the small cracks in the admittedly imperfect foundation that has sustained it for centuries have now grown into massive chasms. And our leaders have allowed it to happen, either implicitly or complicitly. It matters very little how they neglected to safeguard the nation, there certainly is enough blame to go around. However, this is no time for allocating blame but for taking responsibility and solving the myriad problems facing us today. The evidence is plain for everyone to see – and feel. The Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and other founding documents are now faint shadows of a framework by which we are ruled.  Some see this framework as a cudgel preventing them from annihilating the very republic that secures their freedoms. If “we the people” do not use these weapons (The triple-threat effect of The Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence – along with other supporting documents like the Federalist Papers) to regain control over the course of the nation, we will bear the blame from our children as those who failed to protect them and to prevent this nation from going under.

One initially wonders what went wrong, but not for long. We have learned that “elections have consequences” – a common phrase these days – but true, nonetheless. We have also learned that when good people ignore or fail to confront evil, evil becomes more emboldened and grows stronger and more difficult to withstand as time progresses.

If this has happened on your watch, Mr. U.S. Representative, Mr. U.S. Senator (regardless of political party), and you have said and done nothing, then you do not deserve the post with which the people have entrusted you. Your time of being a watchman on the wall of this nation is over because you have not watched and protected your nation and its people. You are fired for dereliction of duty. These duties include our five most important commodities as a nation: Our National Identity, Our Freedoms, Our Citizens and Children, Our Borders, and Our Economy.

We need new leadership at all levels of government and those in quasi-governmental roles who usurp whatever power they’ve been delegated. We need a reset of this sort in order to re-establish our position in the world and to regain our strength as a nation that cares for and protects its own – from the womb to the tomb. The countdown is on. Evil has an expiration date – whether it’s in November, before, or after; it will come.

Please sing with me and take in these amazing words! May it be so! Amen!

America the Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern impassioned stress, A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness! America! America!
God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country love and mercy more than life! America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness, And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years, Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! America!

God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

Oh beautiful for halcyon skies For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties Above the enameled plain! America! America!
God shed His grace on thee, Till souls wax fair as earth and air and music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern impassioned stress, A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
Till paths be wrought through wilds of thought by pilgrims’ foot and knee!

Oh beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife,
When once and twice for man’s avail Men lavished precious life! America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
Till selfish gain no longer strain the banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years, thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! America!

God shed His grace on thee, till nobler men keep once again Thy whiter jubilee!

by Katherine Lee Bates, (1859-1929) Inspired by a trip to Pikes Peak in 1893, Katherine Lee Bates wrote the poem America the Beautiful. Her poem first appeared in print on July 4, 1895, in The Congregationalist, a weekly journal. Ms. Bates revised the lyrics in 1904 and again in 1913.

In conclusion, Ayn Rand, as a famous atheist predictably failed to consider the hand of God on America. So, although the events in Atlas Shrugged are too close to our current reality to ignore, her story also omitted the role of Christians praying as God directs in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Any nation-saving solution must include God-directed strategic prayers – and actions. James 2:20 tells us that “faith without works is dead.” In other words, faith requires corresponding actions. In that Scripture, God promises to heal our land if we, the Church (His people), do our part in humbling ourselves, praying, seeking His face, and turning from our own wicked ways, then He will hear our prayer, forgive our sins. Then, and only then, will His hand of healing move to heal our land. [Scripture paraphrased]. But if this ship goes down on our watch, the responsibility will not only rest at the feet of our elected leaders, our civic watchmen on the wall, but mainly with the people of God, who are the spiritual watchmen on the wall. It’s time we all showed up to man our battle stations and take back this country. This time, it would not be the cry, “The British are Coming!” It could be more like, “The Chinese are coming!” We need to be on guard and ready to defend ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and our republic at all costs.

Please join me and so many others who are following God’s directions for the healing of this land. Take your place on the wall in prayer and in action to drive back the enemy of tyranny from whence it has come. Let’s get it done!

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