Pat Centner| Journal Staff Writer
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty
is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit
of justice is no virtue.
This quote from Barry Goldwater, 1964 Republican presidential candidate,
pretty well describes, in a nutshell, the concept behind Joseph
Farahs book, Taking America Back. In fact, Farah, founder
and editor of WorldNetDaily.com, the Internets largest independent
news site, uses the quote in rebuttal to a Publishers Weekly
review that labels his new books positions and rhetoric
as uncomfortably extreme.
The fact is, Farahs book will be considered extreme, or even
radical, by some who read it. Farah admits that. But he upholds
that truth in light of Goldwaters reminder.
Written in hard-hitting and often caustic language, Taking America
Back challenges the status quo in our nation today. Farah laments
that America no longer remembers the two concepts that made her
special as a nation. First, the founding fathers wrote a constitution
that expressly limits the role of the federal government in the
lives of Americans. And second, the framers of the Constitution
held firmly to the idea that only a nation made up of godly people
with common spiritual and social values is capable of self-government.
Modern-day America smacks of failure on both counts, according to
Farah. The federal government has long surpassed the amount of power
and authority the founding fathers intended it to have. Worse, the
failure of 20th Century Americans to uphold and defend the religious
values and freedom principles held sacred by the founding fathers
has resulted in a national downslide into immorality and licentiousness
that seems to know no bounds.
Farah provides example after example, along with a wealth of background
information and statistics, of how and why America has come to its
present state. He hammers hard at the importance of the Constitution
in the life of America and mourns the fact that it has become little
more than a historical relic.
Its time for a radical new agenda, Farah declares
... to move the nation away from the idea that the federal
government represents some large feeding trough through which we
can all better ourselvers materially. The only way Americans can
reestablish their freedom ... is to break the hammerlock of statism
and the notion that morally relativistic secular humanism holds
the answers to controlling mens passions and behavior.
And how to go about doing that? First and foremost, Farah says Americans
must repent and humbly seek Gods help. In addition, he urges
a second American Revolution, through which the people
must once again take control of their government not beginning
with their elected representatives in Washington, but right in their
own backyards (through involvement on town councils, county
He also advocates, among a long list of actions, withdrawing from
the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and other globalist
traps; eliminating all foreign aid; privatizing all federal
lands; and abolishing the income tax and the IRS.
For fighting back and restoring liberty to America, Farah suggests
twelve steps that include home-schooling children, using local power
to resist federal intrusion and mandates, and insulating children
from the effects of the popular culture.
On the moral front, Farah says it is imperative that the church
come out of its protective shell and become involved once again
in civic activities and politics. He acknowledges that the government
discourages civic involvement by pastors, priests and rabbis.
But Farah told the AFA Journal that the clergy who have bought
into the concept of separation of church and state and
the idea of rendering unto Caesar should read the writings
of the pastors who led the revival before Americas Revolutionary
The War of Independence was really a battle for freedom whose
birthplace was the pulpits of America, he remarked.
I wonder about clergy today who cite the render unto
Caesar verse as if its the only thing the Bible says
about dealing with evil, he continued. If we truly had
a self-governing society today, we wouldnt have a Caesar,
of course. ... And thats what the founders believed was necessary
not to have a Caesar. Remember, they only knew about kings
and rulers at that time, but our nations founders changed
all that. We need to keep that in mind.
Farah added that he hopes pastors and other religious clergy will
readTaking America Back because he believes Americas greatest
hope lies with them. But if they see their only responsibility
as being limited to the spiritual lives of their flock, he
reflected, were in big trouble. Because when things
have gone well in the culture, the church has been involved.
He offered the example of the Golden Age of Hollywood from 1933
to 1966. During those years, Protestant and Catholic clergy, at
Hollywoods urging, read every script before the production
of a movie.
You can still let your kids watch any movie, practically,
that was made in that time period, Farah stated, because
the church was involved.
To put this book in the hands of every pastor in this country,
he concluded, would be my greatest goal.
Taking America Back is published by WND Publishers and can
be purchased from the AFA bookstore at www.afa.net;
and at bookstores across the nation.