"This is the Voice of Freedom, General MacArthur speaking..."
The resonant voice cracked over the Signal Corps microphone, the people listening to him intently as he stood on the beach of Leyte, Philippines on that Day of Days in October 1944. "Rally to me! Rise and strike! . . . For your homes and hearths, strike! For future generations of your sons and daughters, strike! In the name of your sacred dead, strike! Let no heart be faint. Let every arm be steeled. The guidance of Divine God points the way."
America the Battlefield
by Timothy A. Pope
February 16, 2015
Love him or hate him, the indomitable General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), an indelible military genius, was a great American—perhaps one of the greatest. He was a patriot, a warrior, a statesman, a rebel, a leader, a brilliant commander and a poet who never minced words nor failed to accomplish the mission at hand. He excelled at everything he put his hand to, and set the bar high and lofty for all men and women who are desirous to be actively engaged in the animating contest of Freedom. MacArthur lived in tumultuous times and presided over great struggles and battles fought for reasons up to and including the preservation of Liberty in every clime and place.
"You couldn't shrug your shoulders at Douglas MacArthur," observed historian David McCullough. "There was nothing bland about him, nothing passive about him, nothing dull about him. There's no question about his patriotism, there's no question about his courage, and there's no question, it seems to me, about his importance as one of the protagonists of the 20th century."
Once again our nation and world finds ourselves at the brink of regional and global war and conflict which defined MacArthur's time—the pre-staging of a third global conflagration with its preceding economic sanctions, currency wars and monetary realignments. With that in mind, the words in his farewell memoir could have been written today, because if you study the cycles of human nature, sociology, economics, weather, solar activity, civil unrest and war, history not only repeats itself, it rhymes.
"There is no present or future—only the past," wrote Eugene O'Neill, in A Moon for the Misbegotten, (1952), "happening over and over again..." And so it is in our day likewise recurring, the age-old cycles of plenty-to-poverty, peace-to-war, of which King Solomon hinted at in Ecclesiastes 1:9, "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."
Written in his own hand and finished only weeks before his death, General Douglas MacArthur's memoir, Reminiscences (1964), spans more than half a century of modern history. The following excerpt is, in my opinion, the most important words he ever penned and at the same time the greatest warning he ever recorded on behalf of the benefit of the American people and our posterity regarding what he came to acknowledge as the treacherous domestic threat infiltrating our American way of life—a warning which has all but fallen on deaf ears.
I'll let his own words speak for themselves, and then enumerate my thoughts below.
Sourced from my own personal copy of Reminiscences by Douglas MacArthur, (McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, NY, 1964), First Edition, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 64-22955, pp. 414-418:
Great changes have taken place in our military establishment, some good, some not so good. Materially the improvement has been spectacular, psychologically yet to be proven. The men in the ranks are largely citizen soldiers, sailors or airmen—men from the farm, the city, from school, from the college campus—men not dedicated to the profession of arms; men not primarily skilled in the art of war; men most amazingly like the men you know and see and meet each day of your life.
If hostilities come these men will know the endless tramp of marching feet, the incessant whine of sniper bullets, the ceaseless rustle of sputtering machine guns, the sinister wail of air combat, the deafening blast of crashing bombs, the stealthy stroke of hidden torpedoes, the amphibious lurch over perilous waves, the dark majesty of fighting ships, the mad din of battle and all the tense and ghastly horror and savage destruction of a stricken area of war.
These men will suffer hunger and thirst, broiling suns and frozen reaches, but they must go on and on and on when everything within them seems to stop and die. They will grow old in youth burned out in searing minutes, even though life owes them many tranquil years. In these troubled times of confused and bewildered international sophistication, let no man misunderstand why they must do that which they must do. These men will fight, and, perchance die, for one reason only—for their country—for America. No complex philosophies of world intrigue and conspiracy dominate their thoughts. No exploitation or extravagance of propaganda dims their sensibilities. Just the simple fact, their country called.
But now strange voices are heard across the land, decrying this old and proven concept of patriotism. Seductive murmurs are arising that it is now outmoded by some more comprehensive and all-embracing philosophy, that we are provincial and immature or reactionary and stupid when we idealize our own country; that there is a higher destiny for us under another and more general flag [the United Nations]; that no longer when we send our sons and daughters to the battlefields must we see them through all the way to victory; that we can call upon them to fight and even to die in some halfhearted and indecisive war; that we can plunge them recklessly into war and then suddenly decide that it is a wrong war or in a wrong place or in a wrong time, or even that we can call it not a war at all by using some more euphemistic and gentler name [humanitarianism]; that we can treat them as expendable, although they are our own flesh and blood; that we, the strongest military nation in the world, have suddenly become dependent on others for our security and even our welfare.
Listen not to these voices, be they from the one political party or from the other. Be they from the high and the mighty or the lowly and forgotten. Heed them not. Visit upon them a righteous scorn, born of the past sacrifices of your fighting sons and daughters. Repudiate them in the market place, on platforms, from the pulpit. The highest encomium [praise] you can still receive is to be called a patriot, if it means you love your country above all else and will place your life, if need be, at the service of your Flag.
Great changes, even more comprehensive than in the military field, have taken place in industry. In its massive and almost limitless potential, the rugged determination of its leaders, the skill and energy of its workers, here has been welded an industrial supremacy such as the world has never before known. It comprises not only a power in being but a reserve power capable of being quickly mounted to meet and overcome any eventuality that might arise. This not only ensures a continuity of human progress but imposes an almost impassable barrier against any who would threaten the security of the American continent. It has thus become a leavening influence in a world where war and the threat and fear of war would otherwise so distort the minds of men as to threaten the progress of the human race.And here we are; the social engineering minority MacArthur spoke of, having been able to firmly establish its rule over the majority in this country and in most other countries throughout the world. At the time of the writing of this book, the U.S. federal government's national debt was $312 billion, and in contrast stands today (at the time of this writing) at $18 trillion, with the future prosperity of our children replaced by indentured servitude and debt slavery.
It represents a condition of preparedness born of American enterprise and vision, nurtured upon American energy and incentive, and depending for its ultimate strength upon American will and determination. It is the result and fruition of the capitalistic system—a system embracing every segment of American society—the owners of industry, the workers in industry, the public served by industry. This free enterprise based upon the right to work and the right to possess the fruits of that work has created an economic freedom which is the basis of all other freedoms.
But this very success has created its own perils and harassments, both from without and from within. For from one end of the world to the other there is a titanic struggle to seize control of industry and of the economics. Whether this be in the masquerade of Communism or Socialism or Fascism the purpose is the same—to destroy a primary element of Freedom and preempt it for the State.
The capitalistic system has hence become the great target, although it has never failed to provide the resource for an ever increasing standard for human life, has never failed to maximize the fruits of human energy and creative enterprise, has never failed to provide the sinews for victory in war. It has built this nation far beyond the wildest dreams of its architects; it has through the scientific means of communication closed the international geographic gap to permit rapid and effective trade and commerce among the people of the world, has elevated the laborer, the farmer and the tradesmen to their rightful station of dignity and relative prosperity, and has established the pattern for modern industrialization and scientific development.
The first prominent component of capitalism was Karl Marx who shunned the use of violence and sought the voluntary acceptance of the principle of communal ownership of the sources and means of production. The innate common sense of the human race, however, rejected this principle and the element of force was injected by the Bolshevik after the close of the first World War. Then was combined the theory of Karl Marx with the principle of Nihilism [anarchy; revolutionary insurgency] under which the control of public policy was sought through terrorism and violence. This combination known as Communism has had many successes. The minority, the Communist Party, in many sectors of the globe has been able to establish its rule over the majority. Only where the concept of human liberty was most deeply rooted and greatly advanced were such minority pressures decisively thrown back.
Such was the case in this nation where our economy, built upon the principle of private capitalism, became recognized as the great barrier to the universal enforcement of the theories of modern Communism. There followed repeated and diversified efforts to reduce and destroy it. Resort was had to the control of private profit by the Marxism-inspired device of confiscatory taxation and the levies upon privately accumulated resources.
It began in this country with the Federal Income Tax Law of 1914 which gave unlimited access to the people's wealth, and the power for the first time to levy taxes not for revenue only but for social purposes. [The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels, 1848, Chapter II, Proletarians and Communists, plank #2: "A heavy progressive or graduated income tax."] Since then the sphere of government has increased with a kind of explosive force.
Karl Marx, while planning the destruction of all constitutional government, said: "The surest way to overturn the social order is to debauch the currency." And the Russian dictator, Lenin, that implacable foe of the free enterprise system, predicted as early as 1920 that the United States would eventually spend itself into bankruptcy.
Karl Marx referred, of course, to the process of inflation, induced by extreme taxation; the process of "planned economy" [known today as social engineering]; the process of controlling economic conditions and thereby controlling the lives of individuals—a control of fiscal, monetary and general economic forces which produce higher prices and a gradual devitalizing of the purchasing power of money. The continuing rise in the cost of living is due to our drift deeper and deeper into inflation [the hidden tax] until today our whole economic, social and political system is infected by an inflationary mentality. "Taxation with its offspring inflation," said Lenin, in support of the basic thesis of Karl Marx, "is the vital weapon to displace the system of free enterprise."—the system on which our nation was founded—the system which has made us the most prosperous people of all history—the system which enabled us to produce over half of the world's goods with less than one-seventeenth of the world's area and population—the system which gave our people more liberty, privileges and opportunities than any other nation ever gave its people in the long history of the world. To destroy it is the sure road to Socialism. And by Socialism is meant the forcing of a centrally controlled economic life upon all persons in the nation under an authoritarian monopoly that is politically managed. Actually, there has been through the direction of our own public policy an incessant encroachment on the capitalistic system. Most officials of our government over the past years will deny, and justifiably, any intent to establish in this nation the basis for the emergence of a Socialistic, much less a Communistic State, but the course of fiscal policy has done just that. The fact is unmistakable and clear that if the capitalistic system—free enterprise—is to be preserved to the future generations of our people, the course of government must be oriented to foster and preserve adequate incentive to encourage the thrift, the industry and the adventure which brought our nation to its present pre-eminence among all of the other nations of the earth and which alone can carry it forward in peace and security and progress.
I realize full well that the restless spirit of the times seeks change. But change should not be made for the sake of change alone. It should be sought only to adapt time tested principles which have been proven in the crucible of human experience to the new requirements of an expanding society. To do otherwise is not true liberalism. The Constitution is not to be treated as an instrument of political expediency. Every move that is made to circumvent its spirit, every move that is made to over-centralize political power, every move that is made to curtail individual liberty is reaction in its most extreme form. For the framers of the Constitution were the most liberal thinkers of all the ages and the Charter they produced out of the liberal revolution of their time has never been and is not now surpassed in liberal thought.
The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of governmental power. Through the ages the constantly expanding grasp of government has been liberty's greatest threat. Daniel Webster once said on the floor of the Senate:
"Our security is our watchfulness of executive power. It was the Constitution of this department, which as infinitely the most difficult part in the great work of creating our present government; to give the executive department such power as should make it useful, and yet not such as should render it dangerous; to make it efficient, independent and strong, and yet to prevent it from sweeping away everything by its union of military and civil authority, by the influence of patronage, and office, and force. . . . I do not wish to impair the power of the President as it stands written down in the Constitution. But, I will not blindly confide, where all experience admonished me to be jealous; I will not trust executive power, vested in the hands of a single magistrate, to keep the vigils of liberty."
He spoke those words 129 years ago; but they could as well have been spoken but yesterday.
There are many who have lost faith in this early American ideal and believe in a form of socialistic, totalitarian rule, a sort of big brother deity to run our lives for us. They no longer believe that free men can successfully manage their own affairs. Their thesis is that a handful of men, centered in government, largely bureaucratic not elected, can utilize the proceeds of our toil and labor to greater advantage than those who create it. Nowhere in the history of the human race is there justification for this reckless faith in political power. It is the oldest, most reactionary of all forms of social organization. It was tried out in ancient Babylon, ancient Greece and ancient Rome; in Mussolini's Italy, in Hitler's Germany, and in all communist countries. Wherever and whenever it has been attempted, it has failed utterly to provide economic security, and has generally ended in national disaster. It embraces an essential idiocy, that individuals who, as private citizens, are not to manage the disposition of their own earnings, become in public office supermen who can manage the affairs of the world.
The fundamental and ultimate issue at stake is liberty, itself—liberty verses the creeping socialization in every domestic field. Freedom to live under the minimum of restraint! A least common denominator of mediocrity against the proven progress of pioneering individualism! The free enterprise system or the cult of conformity! The result will determine the future of civilization. It will be felt on every human life. It will be etched in blazing rainbow colors on the very arch of the sky.
How have they been able to accomplish this? If you think about it and critically analyze the players and the agenda, you will arrive at the answer of your own volition. If not, you need to turn the television off and stop going to the movies. Stop buying the news papers and magazines of perception management, and watching the controlled mainstream news "programming" by pathologically lying "anchors" such as NBC's CFR member, Brian Williams and others in the Communist News Networks.
Read your history and research the principles and ideals upon which this great nation was founded. Then you will know how it was possible for the minority to establish its rule over the majority, because those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it, and those who George Orwell predicted were "without general ideas," whose "activities were without importance" and would allow petty distractions to "fill up the horizon of their minds" are very easy to control.
English philosopher, John Locke, known as the "Father of Classical Liberalism," espoused the view that government is morally obligated to serve the whole of the people, namely by protecting life, liberty, and property. John Adams wrote in A Defense of the American Constitutions (1787): "The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." In Essay on Property (1792), James Madison wrote that the end of government was "to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals," and "that alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own." And in his first inaugural address in 1801, Thomas Jefferson said: "A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned—this is the sum of good government."
What fools these mortals be who have forgotten the fundamental conventions of our forebears.
Regarding the perpetual war scenario, MacArthur's nearly prophetic book was written shortly after the Truman-era Korean War and sandwiched between the botched Bay of Pigs invasion—co-sponsored by the CIA—which led directly to the Communist revolution in Cuba, the dissolving of Cuba's capitalist system and persecution of Christians at the hands of Castro's ruthless 26 July army. Then came the ensuing Kennedy-era missile crisis and that terrible decade of the second Indochina War.
A couple years after publication of MacArthur's Reminiscences, in 1967, the USS Liberty was bombed in Israel, killing 34 and wounding more than 170 U.S. crew members. The book predates the bloody Nixon-era campaigns in Laos and Cambodia in 1968, the war in Vietnam from 1970-1975, Lebanon in 1976, and Zaire in 1978.
It predates the Carter-era Operation Eagle Claw in Iran and Operation Bright Star in Sinai in 1980, the El Salvadorian offensive and the Libyan incident in '81.
It foreshadowed the Reagan-era Multinational Force on Lebanon from 1982-83, Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada in '83, the indefinite Persian Gulf war beginning in '84 and lasting until the present day.
It heralded the Bush-era siege of Panama from 1988-90, which resulted in the deaths of 2,000-3,000 unarmed civilians according to the Commission for the Defense of Human Rights in Central America (CODEHUCA); Operation Desert Shield beginning in 1990, and the ensuing oil wars in Iraq and Kuwait.
It portended the Clinton-era Bosnia invasion, the 1993 deployment of the U.S. military's Combat Applications Group (known in certain circles as Delta Force) to a Seventh Day Adventist church near Waco Texas where 76 men, women and children were massacred; Liberia in '96; Albania, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, the Congo and Gabon in '97; Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Sudan and Monrovia in '98; Kissinger's East Timor genocide and Serbia in '99, and Nigeria and Yemen in 2000.
It anticipated the second Bush-era's never-ending war in Afghanistan and the so-called "War on Terror" beginning in 2001, the Philippines and Côte d'Ivoire in '02, the war in Iraq beginning in 2003 and helping the nation to fall to Islamic terrorist regimes by 2011, counterterrorism wars in Georgia and Djibouti in '03, the Haitian coup d'état and U.S. intelligence anti-terror war underway in Georgia, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen and Eritreain; and drone-strikes in Pakistan in '04, Lebanon again in 2006, and Mogadishu and Somalia in '07.
It envisioned the Obama-era rise of the drones, Yemen again in 2010, Operation New Dawn in Iraq from 2010-11, Uganda and Libya and Somalia again in 2011; Jordan, Turkey, Chad and Benghazi in 2012; Mali, Somalia, Libya and Korea again in 2013; and Uganda and Iraq yet again in 2014.
And all of these foreign entanglements, invasions and incursions are that which account for involvement only by U.S. federal military forces, not including wars and aggressions initiated or lead by other nations.
The Gospel of Matthew chapter 24, verses 6-8 says: "And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom . . . All these are the beginning of sorrows."
At present, considering the words of social critic, Randolph Bourne, that "War is the health of the State," we have the stagings of "humanitarian interventions" (crisis-initiations) in Syria, Iran, Ukraine, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, the rising of the Islamic sword and the submission to the tyrannical Sharīʿah Law in countless nations, with players such as the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS), the Mossad, CIA and British MI6 pitting Sunni against Shia Muslim factions (ethos against ethos) along the way.
We have the Eastern bloc coalition of BRICS nations—which represent about 3 billion people, approximately 40% of world population and a combined GDP of 20% of gross world product—uniting to form a world reserve currency to replace the 100-year global monopoly of the Rothschild-owned Bank of England and its American Federal Reserve branch. We have the United States, Britain and Germany involved in war-time economic sanctions against Russia and its allies, and Russia's many nuclear incursion threat responses into U.S. airspace heating up and increasing.
Remember that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor IN RESPONSE to economic sanctions the United States was inflicting upon them; keeping them from acquiring essential commodities such as oil and gas, which was an act of war.
Remember also as you see and read what is currently being done with the words "Patriot", "Patriotism", and "Nationalism"; the active corruption, dishonoring and psychopolitical re-branding of these terms to associate all Freedom-loving American citizens who understand the Creator-endowed founding principles and ideals this great nation was founded upon—who teach and inspire others as to the lawful precedent and essential role of the unorganized militias of the several states—with extremism and domestic terrorism.
Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, said, "I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers." And, like General Butler, General MacArthur had also come to understand that he too was being used as the muscle for Marxist International Socialists who were employing the military might of the United States—through engineered wars and aggressions—for the subversion of our free enterprise capitalistic system, the overturning of our prosperous social order, the maintaining of authorized economic agreements and models, and the establishment of a global Socialistic planned economy to the benefit of its architects.
Today, "Democracy" is the code word for Socialism, and we often hear that term bandied about to describe our nation's system of government. Whereas, the United States was from the very beginning guaranteed a Constitutional Republican form of government. James Madison wrote in the Federalist #10, 1787: "Pure democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." Vladimir Lenin, who MacArthur described as the "implacable foe of the free enterprise system," gave form and function to the modern socialist doctrine, and said of the principle, "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."
For a taste of what Socialism looks like in its purest form, recall the Nazi regime. The National Socialist German Workers' Party (in German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP)—commonly referred to in English as the Nazi Party—transformed the representative federal German Weimar Republic into a totalitarian social democracy from 1920-1945.
So, never again be deceived regarding what "democracy" means. It is the code word for socialism, was anathema to our founders and everyone from your local school teacher to the President of the United States of America is using it to refer to the socialist "planned economy" that is being erected upon the ashes of America's once-free Republic.
It was for the uncooperativeness of these incremental anti-American transformations and the subversive actions of internationalism and socialism sanctioned by our own government which he was not willing to go along with anymore, and for other disagreements, that the "insubordinate" MacArthur was dubbed "The Most Dangerous Man In America". This is why he was asked to resign by the 33rd President of the United States of America and 33rd degree Freemason and Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Missouri of the Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction of Freemasonry, Harry S. Truman, who unlawfully replaced the Constitution for the United States of America (on paper) with the Charter of the United Nations, the United Nations Treaty and the UN Participation Act, and who thanked the U.S. military for being an essential force of arms working not on behalf of American interests during during the Korean War, but on behalf of the United Nations.
On April 19, 1951, General Douglas MacArthur gave his now famous farewell address before the U.S. Congress, which was rather unceremoniously but lovingly interrupted by fifty ovations. He closed his nostalgic and eloquent speech with the following:
I am closing my 52 years of military service. When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all of my boyish hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that "old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty.
Good Bye.And like the old soldier of that ballad, this writer now closes this particular chapter of my online journal, a Marine who is likewise trying to do my duty as God gave me the will, the fortitude and the means; to keep this legacy of American patriotism alive to the preservation of Freedom for all people. Because as goes America, so goes the world.
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