Ok, so it’s a bad movie. But even bad movies can have great lessons. I speak of the 1999 theatrical flop, “Wild Wild West.” In this movie, set in post Civil War America, President Grant (Kevin Cline), has a great line, which as it turns out, bears great application to our modern American culture. Upon learning to his surprise that the arch-villain was planning and waging a war against the United States he yells, “I didn’t know that we were at war. You have me at a great disadvantage.”
Today, and at this very moment, a similar war is being waged against the United States of America. A war in which prevailing ignorance of its existence has put our country at a similar disadvantage. But this war is not one of bullets, tanks, planes, bombs or paratroopers. It is an ideological war and ideological bullets are being fired in a prolonged and protracted war against American society and culture.
Those waging this war against America know that our society and culture must not only be demoralized but turned into a moral wasteland. The enemy knows that their utopia can only be built upon the ashes of anarchy and chaos. They therefore make war against all the wisdom that has come to men through the ages of experience. They seek to overturn and destroy the very foundations upon which society, government and religion rest.
Anarchy usually always leads to tyranny, so moral anarchy is the goal. A “psy-ops war” war then is being conducted against us where Infidelity, atheism, unchastity, intemperance, civil corruption, greed, avarice, ambition–personal, political, national–are all glorified and promoted–in an effort to weaken us and our will to resist. The casualties in this war include those who have been pulled and thrust into new fields of action–hence the “peaceniks” who have mutated into environmental, NAMBLA, or GLSTEN activists. And new lines of thought–the moral relativists mutating into the worship of “self esteem”, a belief in aliens, magic and “new age” psychology.
These cultural activists are able then to shake the faith, undermine the morals, and pollute the lives of our American people. So much so that they are thrown far off balance all of their activities: economic; social; political; and religious. As a result liberty and freedom stand in danger of being replaced. And what’s worse, replaced by the greatest, most widespread, and most complete tyranny that has ever oppressed man.
In a lecture I attended in 1984 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Yuri Bezmenov, a former KGB agent, described how the Soviet Union’s “Active Measures program” was used against target countries (see also this fantastic 1984 interview of Yuri Bezmenov). He listed how they would:
- produce, promote and distribute illicit drugs
- produce, promote and distribute pornography
- design ways to get a society interested in sex, and more sex
- promote senseless and culturally destroying music and art
- infiltrate the media to steer efforts to weaken society morally (1)
Today, who can say that they have not been affected by this moral decay? Today–if we wish to avoid the consequences of this ongoing Cultural Revolution–we must awake and arouse ourselves to a sense of our awful situation. We must realize that we are at war and return the fire.
But this is a war which must be fought by individuals, families and groups who seek moral reformation, for it is a war which must begin within the chambers of each person’s heart. Let me explain in the words of former President Ezra Taft Benson, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.
“Human nature can be changed, here and now,” said President McKay, and then he quoted the following:
“You can change human nature. No man who has felt in him the Spirit of Christ even for half a minute can deny this truth. .
“You do change human nature, your own human nature, if you surrender it to Christ. Human nature has been changed in the past. Human nature must be changed on an enormous scale in the future, unless the world is to be drowned in its own blood. And only Christ can change it (2).
You see, America’s real arsenal of freedom is found in her liberty loving faith, moral character, and beliefs.
Former President John Adams, understood what protected, prospered and made America great. In a letter to a friend many years after the war, he explained what it was that really won the war of revolution:
“The Revolution was affected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people…. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution (3).”
Will America collectively remember what made her great? Will we change our minds and hearts? Before it’s too late?
1. Bezmenov, Yuri, Remarks of a talk given in Salt Lake City Utah, December 1984.
2. Benson, Ezra Taft, “First Presidency Message: Born of God,” Ensign, July 1989.
3. Adams, John (American president, 1735-1826). Letter to Hezekiah Niles, 13. February 1818