David Stokes
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A few years ago, when I finally got around to reading Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, I learned some vital things about culture warfare. Every American should read it. It’s chilling. The scary stuff begins on the book’s dedicatory page:

Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history... the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.

George Washington died because of misguided notions about how getting the bad blood out via leeches would cure his ailment. It was a case of a cure that killed. Sure, his cold was gone, but so was he. In a sense, the draconian measures some would use to remake our nation’s fabric, from health care, to national security, to the economy itself, are somewhat akin to bleeding the nation en route to restoration.

All this has done is to make us a weaker nation on so many levels.

As a pastor, I have preached sermons based on a haunting passage from the writings of the prophet Jeremiah called. The prophet was a patriot, but he knew that sometimes patriotism involved even more than waving a flag – a stand must be taken. His message was:

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Jeremiah 6:16 (New International Version)

Jeremiah was speaking to his nation at a pivotal moment – a time that called for clear thinking and action. They had been on a slippery slope for a long time and the clock was running out. Nothing short of a return to what made them strong – even great – in the first place would correct the problem.

In March of 1946, Winston Churchill traveled to diminutive Fulton, Missouri to deliver his most famous speech—the one that talked about a sinister iron curtain born of Soviet expansionism.

That very week, Time Magazine published a review about two recently published books. One was a work by Frederick L. Schuman, the Woodrow Wilson professor of government at Williams College, called Soviet Politics. It was basically a defense of the Soviet system. The other book was Saul Alinksy’s Reveille For Radicals —the prequel to Rules for Radicals. The title of the review was, Problem Of The Century.

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David Stokes

David R. Stokes is a best-selling author, pastor, columnist, and broadcaster. His latest book is a novel: CAPITOL LIMITED: A Story about John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Based on a true story, it's about a unique moment in 1947, when Kennedy and Nixon shared