Bradlee Dean versus the Progressive Regime
Bradlee Dean’s ongoing legal battle with Rachel Maddow is a David vs. Goliath encounter, and he needs your help.
If it wasn’t obvious before, it should be by now. The progressive establishment, which has captured many of the levers of hard power in government, and which controls a large percentage of the soft power wielded by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the media, has embarked upon an aggressive campaign to use its massive power to crush and punish its conservative and libertarian opponents.
Several revelations in recent weeks have clarified the degree and extent to which this dangerous partisan campaign is being carried out. Pulling the levers of hard power from within the government, the progressive bureaucracy of the Executive branch has attacked conservatives directly through the IRS while the Justice Department has sought to intimidate journalists with the Associated Press and criminalize reporting conducted by James Rosen of Fox News.
At first these actions seem somewhat disparate — after all, there is no ideological tie binding these actions together. The Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS are by turns too conservative for Fox News or the AP. Meanwhile, the AP in particular has more in common, ideologically, with the party that controls the Executive branch than either Fox News or the Tea Party activists.
No, these groups are not being targeted because of political ideology, but because they represent a threat to the power structure of the progressive bureaucracy. What ties these groups together, and makes them dangerous to the progressive status quo, is their willingness and their ability to oppose the further accretion of power to the burgeoning progressive dictatorship.
Tea Party groups, for instance, represent strong political opposition to the centralization of power. They are therefore a significant impediment to the growth of the progressive regime. Fox News, meanwhile, delights in reporting on the scandals and outrages of the progressives, because its audience demands such coverage. And the Associated Press, as the world’s leading news agency that will generally cover anything and everything, poses a similar threat, if only because of the omnipresence of its reporting.
A successful campaign of oppression and intimidation of these three groups would go a long way to insulating the progressive regime from any impediments thrown up by its opposition.
But it would be wrong to think that the progressive machine limits itself to these major targets. While it is using the instruments of hard power at its disposal in government via the IRS and the DOJ, it has also been willing to use its levers of soft power in the media, academia and among its allied NGOs to attempt to intimidate and discredit its opponents.
A case in point is Christian activist, musician, and columnist for American Daily Herald, Bradlee Dean.
In recent years, Dean has brought his passionate, high energy message to students around the country and to a growing radio audience. His pro-freedom, pro-family and Christian message has inspired thousands upon thousands of youths and his success has earned him the unremitting enmity of the progressive establishment. So much so, that they have aggressively conducted a smear campaign against him.
This campaign has been led by progressive MSNBC firebrand Rachel Maddow, who has accused Dean of calling for the execution of homosexuals.
During her show on August 10, 2010, Maddow used an edited quote from Dean’s radio program that purported to illustrate how he had called for the death of homosexuals. Dean stated:
“Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.”
Standing alone, this excerpt seems like more than enough to prove that Dean believes Muslims who murder homosexuals are doing the right thing. But the meaning changes completely if Dean’s statement is read in its entirety:
Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.
And I continually reach out to the homosexual communities on this radio show, and I warn them, which one’s love? Here you have Obama condemning it behind the backs of the homosexuals but to their faces he's promoting it. Because he’s the one that said that he would never, no matter which way the winds go, Obama said he is not going to condemn or go against the Muslim nation. He’s also the guy that said we are no longer a Christian nation, we’re a Muslim nation … The homosexuals, they need to listen… I say this to my gay friends out there, the ones that continuously nitpick everything I say in their defense and for their eternal destination, Hollywood is promoting immorality and God of the Heavens in Jesus’ name is warning you to flee from the wrath to come, yet you have Muslims calling for your execution.
If America won’t enforce the laws, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that. That is what you are seeing in America. Read Leviticus 26.”
In its full context, it seems clear that Dean isn’t calling for the execution of homosexuals, but that he is warning them of the duplicity of the Obama administration. Many homosexuals are strong supporters of the administration, yet as Dean points out, the president has been the most pro-Islam president in America’s history. And it is the radical adherents of Islam that want to murder homosexuals.
Dean is also asking, “which is love?” — Christianity that reaches out to homosexuals through preaching and ministry, or Islam that calls for the death of homosexuals? Dean is a Christian minister, he opposes homosexual behavior because the Christian celebrates life and the creation of new life, and life of the world to come, but never death.
As taken out of context by the progressive regime, Bradlee Dean’s words and intent were turned inside out, and as a result, his reputation was damaged and his life was threatened.
A fiery and passionate advocate for freedom, Dean responded by taking his case against Maddow to the courts, where he continues to battle to this day.
In my lawsuit against her,” he told American Daily Herald, “I’m not just defending one man’s work as a preacher, rock musician, and speaker at youth assemblies. I’m defending every conservative leader in America who boldly stands up for God’s country and the Constitution. Everyone who publicly stands for our Constitution, which our Founding Fathers and brave soldiers have fought, bled and died for. Whether it is from the pulpit, on the street, or in schools.”
The bottom line is that the progressive establishment is seeking to consolidate its power and intimidate its opponents. If they are successful, the game will be over. Already, they are perilously close to success. They control the Senate and the Executive Branch. They control major portions of the media, and have a decisive influence in our colleges and universities. Our public schools, too, are dominated by them and most influential think tanks, charitable foundations and other NGOs are controlled by them. To say that individualist libertarians and small-government conservatives are outnumbered is a radical understatement.
The great sage, Edmund Burke, once wrote: “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."
This adequately describes the present situation in America. We have been brought to the precipice and must now face the choice of freedom or tyranny. Those who love freedom, the dignity of the individual, the rights to life, liberty and property, must now stand together and oppose those who seek total power for the few and oppression of the many.
One way to do this is to support Bradlee Dean. His fight in the courts is really everyone’s fight. But, as you may not be surprised to find out, this is really a David vs. Goliath encounter. Dean and his small ministry are fighting an opponent with unlimited financial resources and the success of his effort means that he needs your support.
Currently, Dean is offering to send those who donate one of three gifts:
- For a $25 donation: The Prayer That Rocked the Capitol: Bradlee Dean’s prayer that caused national uproar!
- For a $50 donation: Dean’s 5-part My War DVD series
- For a $100 donation: A Constitutional precious metal Silver Dollar with a current value of $32
Personally, I think this is a great opportunity. Not only do you get a great gift as a result of your generosity, but by donating you get the satisfaction of knowing that you are taking an active step in one of the many skirmishes against the encroaching forces of tyranny in this country.
After all, as Edmund Burke is often reputed to have said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
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