[Below is a story about politics, freedom, and (maybe) Jesus, and also a very tragic and, in a sense, hopeless, story -- or with just a glint of hope. I will leave my commentary until the end when you have finished. It came via an email loop that focuses on education and freedom issues.]
By Deborah Marie Pulaski -- As told to Claire Wolfe
This week I learned I'm dying. Of course I've always known, in the everyday, human sense, that I was going to die. But this week I learned I am going to die soon. In a year or so at most, I won't be on this planet. No more breathing. No more Zinfandel or chocolate cake. No hugs. No sorrows. I won't ever again have to worry whether there's a run in my stocking when I go to a meeting with the boss, or whether I remembered to send a birthday card to my best friend's husband. It isn't a bad thought, all things considered. I'm 53 years old. That isn't old. I might have had another 30 years, if one little cell hadn't decided to start mutating out of control a while back. But 53 is old enough to have lived a good life. It's long enough to have become a full person, without all those "who am I's" and "what do I want to do with my life's" that make youth so over-rated. It's enough time to have loved - both in the frantic, desperate way of being young, and in the comfortable way of being an adult. That's been an amazing, and a very happy, transition.
But I don't want to talk about love. I want to talk about freedom. Well, I guess that means I do want to talk about love. Because I love freedom more than I love anything. Really, more than I ever loved my husband. Even more than I love my kids - and I think they'll understand and forgive me for saying so, even though that statement might require a little more explaining for strangers who might be reading this. I have to say it again. I love freedom more than I love anything. More than I ever loved anything. And that's what makes the thought of dying so bitter, and at the same time, so welcome. I guess that idea is going to take some explaining, too.
Claire, tell them about me. I've never been able to write, or even talk all that well about things that matter to me. So you tell people what kind of person I am. Make them understand.
I've always been a political junky. You know me. Like some women shop, I do politics. No, that isn't putting it right. Not at all. I do politics...I guess I'd better say I used to do politics...because I couldn't stand still and let "them" take away our world. You know, the types who aren't happy unless they're running other people's lives. When I ran into a neighbor, co-worker or family member like that, I could just say, "Sayonara, Baby" and avoid them. But the people who really got to me were the ones who wanted to make endless rules for the whole country, the whole world, and make everybody else obey them. Just obey, all the time. I swear, you know, that these people don't even care what the particular rules are. They just like making and enforcing rules because. For the power. For the control. For their other powerful, controlling friends. So they can all feel important and be in charge. So I always had to try to stop those people.
But there wasn't any stopping them. I found that out.
God, I wish I were a writer like you or a great orator or a wizard about the law or something like that. I wish I could have done something big during my life. But you know me, I was never anything but a little precinct worker, a drone, a little deputy voter registrar, doorbeller, meeting attender, envelope licker. One of those women you see in every campaign and every organization, never getting noticed and never particularly wanting to be. Just wanting to make the world freer-or at least keep a little bit of the world away from the people who want to make it less free. It was really kind of stupid, looking back on it, because nearly all of the people who said they believed in freedom turned around and, once they got in office, acted exactly like the other guys.
They didn't really want less government and more freedom. They just wanted to be the ones in control. But I just had to try, didn't I? Anyway, I did try. Just about all my life. God, that expression "just about all my life" has a different ring all of a sudden. It really has been just about all my life. Will be just about all my life. ----- I wanted freedom so much.
I wanted it just so that I and my kids could live an ordinary life. Making a living. Paying our way. Doing what we wanted to do, within the bounds of polite behavior to our neighbors. Just to live, without being ordered around, threatened or tangled up in red tape every time we tried to do something. I didn't have any spectacular ambitions. I just wanted to be let alone to live a peaceful life.
I have two daughters, you know. They're both in their early 20s right now. The youngest one, Edyie, was always a dreamer. She had all the ideas and ambitions I didn't dare to have. I remember, as a little kid, she swore she was going to go live on Venus someday. Then, when she learned Venus was really this awful place, she pouted for about two days, then switched to Mars. She figured we could colonize Mars. I don't know whether that's realistic or not, but I always wanted to see Edyie get the chance to try, if that's what she wanted to do. I wanted her to have the chance to try anything her wild little imagination could dream up. Maybe she'd fail. But maybe she'd succeed. And isn't that what keeps the human race moving?
Edyie, impossible though she can be at times, is the kind of person who keeps the human race from sitting on its dead butt, getting nowhere. But Edyie isn't going to have the chance, unless something comes out of the blue to turn things around. Edyie's never going to get to Mars. Heck, she isn't even going to get a chance to build a little earthbound business because she's too independent to jump through all the hoops the government requires. Yeah, I can just see my Edyie filling out forms in triplicate, collecting taxes from her employees and begging for government licenses-NOT! She isn't going to get a chance to make many personal choices-beyond what brand of soap or TV to buy-because our choices are being limited day by day, and everywhere you turn, you run into something illegal. Maybe even something that was legal yesterday, but is illegal today, thanks to some regulation nobody ever heard of. She just won't put up with that-but I don't know what she'll do instead.
I used to dream, as I worked on all those campaigns, that someday I'd win back the right for Edyie to have the risky, but hope-filled future she craved. When I thought about dying, someday, it was with regret that I might not live to see Edyie go to Mars or to accomplish whatever other big thing she wanted to do. But now I don't have any of those regrets, because it isn't going to happen. Even three years ago, I wouldn't have said that. I'd still have said, "Darnit, there's hope. Freedom is just common sense. We'll win."
But some of the things that have happened in the last couple of years make that all different. No, don't say "things that have happened." They didn't just happen. People in government did them to us. On purpose. In the last couple of years, they finally did what they'd been moving toward for a long time. They passed the laws that just plain make us slaves. They did it, and hardly anybody's even talking about it. That's what amazes me.
For one thing, they passed a law that makes our driver's licenses into national ID cards. They're doing it right now, while we sit here talking. A year or two after I'm gone, all you people who are left are all going to have to carry around cards with all your numbers and fingerprints and retinal scans and "personal data" coded on them. The law says so. You won't be able to cash a check or get a passport without supplying your "biometric data" to the government or the bank. I thought it was some big conspiracy story when I first heard it. But it's true and it's happening. And where are all the people screaming to stop it? And they've now got this database that everybody who gets a job gets put into. Some national database in some big stone building in Washington where they'll know where everybody works, all the time. They said it was to track "deadbeat dads." Yeah. Then why are they going to put Edyie and my other daughter Pat and everybody else into it? Since when are they, or you, or I "deadbeat dads"? Along these same lines, they've even got what they call "pilot programs" to make people get permission from the federal government before they can get jobs. Employers in these "pilot programs" have to get scanners to let the federal government check people's Social Security numbers before they can hire anybody. Isn't that just great? Some bureaucrat in the Social Security Administration or someplace gets to decide whether you can work or not. And this other database. All your medical records are going to go into some other big, stone building in Washington. That's going to be on line about the time I go, too. Any old bureaucrat who wants to look at them can see them. You can't, of course. But they can.
All this stuff is real. It's not in some novel about the future or in some right-wingy pamphlet. It's in the law. It's in America. Right now. They did it all in the last couple of years. Mostly by sneaking a paragraph or a page into bigger laws when nobody was looking. And what's all this about? Is it really to help "welfare moms" or to keep illegal immigrants from taking other people's jobs? Oh, comon! This is about one thing. It's about slavery. They give you a citizen registration number shortly after birth. As soon as you get old enough to start moving around, doing things and making decisions on your own, they make sure that they're in a position to know every move you make, to record every transaction, to examine your whole life's record any time some bureaucrat gets curious. They not only want to know where you are at any given moment-where you're working and living and banking-but to make sure you can't work someplace if they don't want you to. And they even want to be able to check up on your health.
That one seems especially silly. I mean, why should some bureaucrat in Washington give a hoot about how some woman's pregnancy is going, or whether some man is boozing it up a bit more than he should? Or whether a middle-aged lady is dying of cancer or not? What business is it of theirs, and why should they even want to bother? But it makes sense when you realize what they're really doing. After all, if you own animals, of course you want to make sure your property has got all its vaccinations, is producing healthy offspring, and isn't being overfed or something. It's just like a modern-day farmer, keeping track of his cows or pigs on his computer. You want to know they're healthy and whether they're producing as much as they can for you. So you track them. Track everything about them. They belong to you, after all. If you're a kindly, efficient farmer, of course you want to watch over your livestock.
There've been a lot of bad laws passed in my lifetime, Claire. Sometimes I thought, "This is just the worst, the worst. It can't get any more horrible than this." But these laws, that authorized all this tracking, are really the final thing. They're the declaration that the people in Washington own us. That's all. They're plain and simply saying we're their property. There are going to be a lot more bad laws, yeah. Really bad ones that will follow these and will be possible because of these. But before this, the bad laws were passed against free people. After this, the laws are passed to control slaves. ---
Neither of my girls has children yet. Like every mother, I always wanted them to get going and do it, you know. I wanted my grandbabies! Now! Believe me, I had to bite my lip a lot to keep from nagging them about it, like some mothers do. But to be absolutely honest, now I wish neither one of them would have children. I don't think Edyie will. We've talked about this. She's a lot like me in some ways, and I think she won't bring a child into a country like this one is becoming. Now my other daughter-we always called her Practical Patty-probably will have children someday.
I've kind of given Patty short shrift in talking about all this. She was the sort of daughter who never gave any trouble and was more interested in doing well in band and glee club than in thinking about all the heavy things. Her big dreams were just of having a nice little job someday, then getting married to a decent sort of guy, having a nice house and, yeah, children. So all this won't affect Patty as much as it will Edyie, or as much as it would have affected me if I'd have lived to see it all come to fruition. To Patty's mind, it isn't "sensible" to worry about things like this. So Patty will have children, and I can only hope that at least their lives will be comfortable, if they can't be free. Maybe they'll be well-fed, well- cared-for little citizens. And maybe I should hope they turn out to be the kind of people who don't think or question too much. Because if they're the other kind-like me or Edyie-their lives will be miserable.
The next step, you know, after getting ownership of your slaves or cows is to punish or cull out the ones that don't fit the mold...that make trouble, or that don't produce the way you want them to. If you aren't "nice," the Social Security Administration can just "lose" your records, or the health care people can just diddle your medical history around so you look like a mental case. Then they can "help" you to death.
So I guess for that reason, I should hope those grandbabies I won't live to see are quiet, obedient sheep. But damnit, if there are grandbabies, I hope they'll be as stubborn and freethinking as their Aunt Edyie, and that they'll find a better way of fighting for freedom than their Grandma Deb ever could. Let their lives be worth something deep and true, not just the "worth" of good livestock or laborers. If they fight, maybe they won't live happily or long. But if they have to live at all, I hope those little kids live bravely, in spite of all the odds against them. The poor souls.
Do you remember the hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross"? It's been on my mind a lot since I got the verdict. When I was little, I thought it was such a beautiful song. I knew it was partly about dying, and about being at peace in dying because of the singer's beliefs, but I didn't completely understand it. There was this line, "Till my trophies at last I lay down." I knew it meant "when I die." But since I didn't have any "trophies" and couldn't figure out what giving up awards had to do with dying, I put my own little girl interpretation on it. I figured the word had to be "trophis," and that it was some fancy, adult word meaning "body."
Well, Claire, I'll tell you. In a year or so, when I lay this middle-aged "trophis" down for the last time, I won't have any regrets for myself. On the day I die, I'll be able to say I've done all I could. I tried, even though most of what I did turned out to be misguided and ineffective. And even though I'd try something different - and a lot less "nice" - if I could do it over again, I won't regret leaving the world the politicians just created. I don't want to see it. I don't want to live in it. But my grandbabies will be born as slaves. And oh God, I regret that. And I regret not being around to protect them.
© Deborah Marie Pulaski and Claire Wolfe.
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From Claire Wolfe, Nov.20,1997
Deb Pulaski, freedom fighter and author of "On the Day I Die," died of cancer Wednesday, November 19. Both her daughters were with her and other family members had been able to pay farewell visits. Her younger daughter Edyie, described Deb's death as "physically painful, emotionally peaceful." In the last weeks of her life Deb spoke again and again about the kind, brave people who'd written words of hope and encouragement after reading her story. She was sorry she didn't have the strength to thank everyone personally, but she had more hope at the moment of her death than she had had when she first told her story. It's a peculiar thought, looking at my own death, so close. But you know, [Something got snipped off at the end.]
COMMENTARY: Deb Pulaski's poignant story must touch the heart of every freedom loving person. It might sound a bit "far out" if you do not understand the nature of socialism and other forms of government control, if you have not read books such as Educating for the New World Order or The Cloning of the American Mind by B. K. Eakman. Or The Closing of the American Mind by Alan Bloom (to name a few). But Deb's story must also strike a cord of tragedy.
I kept asking myself: "Wasn't there anyone in Deb's life who could tell her about the marvelous freedom with which Christ sets us free?" There was brief glimmer in her memory of the hymn, The Old Rugged Cross, but she seemed to have assumed that the victory was all when we laid down our "trophis", and that there was no power of the cross life here, and no power and no sword of the Holy Spirit.
God's world is built from start to finish on freedom, on grace. The law is all about grace, the fulfillment of the law, as Jesus indicated in Matthew 5. It is all about a freewill covenant which God means to strike with His people. And it is all about the power to make that happen which God brings through His Holy Spirit.
I want to tell everyone who can hear that God did not bring us into this earth to be losers. He brought us here to be winners for Him, to take back the world for Him, so that every man could sit under his own fig tree, raise his own family, run his own business -- and that if we employ His strategy, we will begin to win right here and now. Not perfectly and completely, but significantly. The final win will be when He returns in glory. But there is much to be done now, which does not include hiding in our Christian ghettos from that nasty world of control and bondage. We are to take the world on right at the heart of danger.
The truth cannot fight for us until we speak it. And God will not fight for us until we are willing to lay down our lives to speak the truth from Him.
Our founding fathers did not have everything perfectly right, and there were serious gaps still to be filled in the founding of our Godly democratic republic. But they fought a war with all those control-minded folks of the 18th century, symbolized in George III himself. One of their battle cries was, "No king but Jesus!" And they won. The early Christians fought those control-minded folks of the Roman Empire, and their battle cry was, "Jesus is Lord!" And they won.
Today we think Jesus is for wimps, or that there is no evidence that will survive an honest investigation of the claims for God at all, let alone for Jesus. That is nonsense. The Biblical worldview has a winning case on every point at issue. But almost no Christians know that -- because we have been scared to be tested openly and honestly. We hide in our self-imposed ghettos, afraid to take on the secular world for fear of being proven wrong. Well, you cannot be proven right until you are willing to be proven wrong. They go together to make a honest test. If we do not believe that God can provide a case for Himself and for His claims, then we deserve to lose. We have, it seems, lost the respect of both God and the secular world.
God, not the secular enlightenment folks, gave us our democratic republic. That we recognized by every one of our founding fathers, by (perhaps) every president in our history up to recently, and by every Supreme Court decision on the matter prior to the middle 1940's.
(Read the following to get the details: The Theme is Freedom, by M. Stanton Evans, The Light and the Glory, by Peter Marshall and David Manual, Faith and Freedom, by Benjamin Hart, Original Intent, by David Barton, Defending the Declaration, by Gary Amos. Barton's book, especially, is a 550 page treasure trove of quotations from the founding fathers and a history of the Supreme Court decisions, and their effects.)
I grew up during the 1940's and '50's, and remember having the same feelings when I reached my 20's as Debbie Pulaski about having children. I saw very little life in the world around me. But God reached into my soul and gave me a desire to raise up children for Him. Raising children without the hope of the Lord is for sure a depressing thing to do. If I did not believe in God, I would go to my little lonely scrap of property overlooking the Big Horn River in Montana, build a cabin there, and get away from the impenetrable nonsense. There is no way we on our own can win against the overwhelming temptations to evil around us. Without God we are spitting in the wind. But with our feet firmly planted on His hand, and listening to His voice, we can stand against the tide, and we can force the evil-minded ones who refuse to repent to hide back under the rocks. And we can plant seeds for future generations. But we have to come out from under the rocks ourselves and to stand for God openly and publicly.
Debbie did not regret leaving the world which the politicians created. But Jesus is The Politician - King of kings and Lord of lords. He redeems even politics. And some of His faithful servants created for us a Godly democratic republic. We have been trashing that republic for over a century now, but we can get it back. We are not starting nearly so far behind as the early Christians did in Rome. We have 2000 years of Christian history, 2000 years of Hebrew history before that, and 200 years of a democratic republic all behind us for backup. And we have the living God even if we were starting from literal scratch -- as was Abraham.
The dark side lives on control and deception. Those weapons are no match for truth spoken by truth-seekers and justice-seekers who are willing to lay their lives down. That has been true in every age, and it is no different today. So let us not scare ourselves out of the fight with horror stories and myths about how monolithic and impenetrable they are. They are a house of cards waiting to be brought to the ground by the armies of the living God. We ought to be striking terror into the hearts of the dark side, not letting them do so to us.
I was startled to get a phone call about an hour ago (right after receiving the above story) from a fellow who was telling me how evil the world was and how we have no possibility of winning. He said that he wrote a song asking: "God, what are You waiting for?" I replied to him as I have above -- God is waiting for us publicly, intelligently, and gracefully to stand along side Him. Then we have every possibility of winning. Casualties? Yes, of course. Everything worth building and fighting for means casualties. But if we join God in what He is already doing, then it is the other side that has no possibility of winning. They live by deception, not truth, and we do ourselves no favor by believing their self-serving press.
"And they (the angels) conquered him (the dragon, Lucifer) by the blood of the Lamb (our security in Christ), by the word of their testimony (public telling of the truth as you see it), for they loved not their lives even unto death (they were willing to die to tell the truth as they saw it)." (Revelation 12:11)
What can Satan do against people who are personally secure and therefore do not fear him, and who will tell the truth at any cost to themselves? Not much. The forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil cannot stand in the light. That includes people like the Clintons, the secular/pagan "One Worlders", the would-be brainwashers, and anyone else who is more interested in control than in truth or justice or freedom. The blood of the martyrs is still the seed of the Church. God is looking for persons who are willing to be today's seed for tomorrow's Church.
So let's go have our babies and raise them up, by our word and example, to be men and women of God.
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