I Want for Christmas…
by Karen Kwiatkowski: A
There’s a fine
juxtaposition between Thanksgiving and Christmas here in the United
States. We’ve just celebrated – in food and in service – all that
we have, all that we cherish and that for which we are truly undeserving.
we’ve even cleared the dishes and packed away the leftovers, we
are out looking for all of the things we didn’t have yesterday,
and need now, everything we want for Christmas, and at a price that
This is the
beautiful way of the marketplace. Buyers and sellers meeting each
others’ needs, without coercion, force or intimidation. It exists,
it thrives, and it doesn’t need permission or regulation by the
state to work at its maximum potential. And all I want for Christmas
is a free and peaceful market.
protesters in cities all over the country have been ridiculed and
pepper-sprayed. Yet, there is a great goodness in standing up against
fascism. Believe it or not, fascism is what we see in America today.
It’s been evolving here for some time.
John T. Flynn put forth eight points that he considered the main
marks of the fascist state. They include: 1) government acknowledges
no restraint on its powers, 2) government is a de facto dictatorship,
with one sector dominating, 2) a capitalist system is administered
by the government using an immense bureaucracy, 4) Producers are
organized into cartels with special politically-granted privileges
(syndicalism), 5) Economic planning is based on autarky (requiring
extremely large territory and trade hegemony), 6) Economic life
is sustained through spending and borrowing, 7) Militarism is the
mainstay of government spending, and 8) Military spending has imperialist
How does this
apply to the United States today, 67 years of rapid government growth,
spending, borrowing, and warfighting later? Well, the restraining
force of the Constitution is dead, and we live at the command of
an executive state, with a politically obedient judiciary and a
supine and corrupt Congress. Most American production and service
corporations, including financial services and banking, are cartelized
and enjoy tax-funded subsidy and periodic government bailouts. We
constantly hear the twin political parties speak of self-sufficiency
in energy, food, materials, justifying continental economic zones,
global wars for resources, and the occupation of weak energy-producing
countries. Military spending is excessive, yet it is broadly justified
as necessary for both security and industrialism, and to maintain
The pepper spraying jackbooted thugs in state uniform are just icing
on the cake.
All I want
for Christmas is for more people to see American fascism for what
it is, and start thinking about defunding it and rejecting it.
This time of
year is ripe for reflection, for reading a good book, studying something
new, and thinking about what we have learned, and what we want to
learn. Many Americans are ready to learn new things, and to throw
out some old assumptions about the economy, government, their own
career paths, and the usefulness and appropriateness of their life
choices. I hope that the external pressures on many Americans today
– the appearance of stubborn and demoralizing financial constraint,
lost opportunities, and wasted educations – will cause us to search
for answers in new places – from our friends, families and communities,
from the very old and from the very young, from
knowledge centers that are outside of and far beyond government-stamped
and state media approved messages.
All I want
for Christmas is a new storyline of sweet liberty and proud independence,
to be heard by a hundred million jaded Americans, of all ages, for
the first time.
a Christian celebration, but it is truly something that should be
celebrated each day, in peace, in forbearance, in humble joy and
gratefulness for God’s love, His generosity and His guidance. I’d
like to think that we Christians might someday be able to show that
Gandhi was wrong about us – that we do indeed follow the Prince
of Peace in our daily lives, in our relationships at home and at
work, and through our participation in politics. It is impossible
for a true Christian to cheer war, to celebrate death, disease,
destruction and poverty, to wish ill on others. It is downright
devilish for Christians to claim their faith while exalting human
governments that seek war on the basis of lies, that sow fear and
loathing in the name of empire or government survival, and governments
that would steal the very future from their own children in the
name of patriotism. All I want for Christmas is a glimpse of real
Christianity, in our lives and in our politics.
It may be too
much to ask that Americans rediscover liberty and newly cherish
the freedom to buy and sell, to trade and to create. It would require
a certain measure of courage for Americans, in the millions, to
rise up, denounce the fascist state and refuse to support it any
longer. To wake up on Christmas morning and find that Americans
thinking for themselves would be an astonishing gift. To witness
Christians all over the country following Jesus in the way He asked
us would be a wonderful gift, and would lead to a fundamental and
rapid change for the better in our economy and our government.
knows what we need even before we ask Him, so I’ve been taught.
That being the case, maybe I should see to it that I love liberty
more passionately. I’ll add a grain of pure courage to my morning
coffee, and I will try to think more independently, and step away
from the party lines. I’ll see if I can live my Christianity in
a more honest way. All that would make for a lovely Christmas, and
it would be more than enough.
if there is room for one more gift, please give me the opportunity
to vote Ron Paul for President
in 2012. Merry Christmas, America!
appeared on Freedom's Phoenix's
e-Zine December 2, 2011.
columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send
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retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty
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is currently running for Congress in Virginia's 6th district.
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