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Our Threatened Freedom

Who Is Our Number One Ally? (03:51)

R.J. Rushdoony

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R.J. Rushdoony: 00:00 Who is our number one ally? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:08 Recently a congressman called attention to some startling statistics about our foreign aid to the Soviet Union. From 1946 through 1974, the United States provided indirect foreign aid and assistance to the Soviet Union $1,033,400,000. In addition, there was nearly $12 million given through the so-called Lend Lease program. The total aid in various forms, the Soviet Union was placed somewhere between $30 and $40 billion.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:49 Now it would be interesting to know how much is currently going to the Soviet Union while social security here is near bankruptcy and another Federal deficit is in prospect.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:02 There is another urgent question. The number one beneficiary of American aid in this century has been the Soviet Union. Now it makes good sense sometimes to help your friends and allies, but not if they are going to be permanent spongers off of us.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:21 Since we have helped the Soviet Union far more than any other nation, it would be logical to assume or conclude that America’s best friend is the Soviet Union.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:34 Strangely enough, those good people in Washington who so thoughtfully relieve us of all our unwanted money, tell us also that we must rearm to protect ourselves from a nuclear holocaust at the hands of the Soviet Union. As a result, we have an ever increasing demand for military hardware to protect us from the Soviet Union.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:02 Now, if the Soviet Union is our number one ally and friend, and as such is receiving our highest financial support, why arm ourselves against them? If on the other hand, the Soviet Union does plan our overthrow, why make them our number one beneficiary?

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:25 Perhaps raising such a question is a bit simple minded. Perhaps there are some profound reasons for what is going on. On the other hand, it could very well be as crazy as it sounds.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:40 Freedom is imperiled and destroyed in more ways than one. If I begin to act irrationally or foolishly, I can get myself into legal and financial troubles and I can thereby limit or destroy my freedom. This is no less true of nations.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:00 As a people, we are today in an economic crisis, and most of us are finding it increasingly more difficult to keep our heads above water. Taxes are more than a burden. They have become painful. As a people, we would appreciate it if the Federal Government were less friendly to our enemies and more friendly to us.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:25 Most of us do not see the Soviet Union as a friend, and increasingly more and more of us do not see the US Federal Government as a friend, but as a threat to our freedom. Isn’t it time that the US Government treated the American people as its number one ally?

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:45 This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder