Benjamin L. Corey

Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and received his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus, and Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith.

To Save Our Country, We’ll Need An “Even Greater Generation”

There was a time not so long ago in our nation’s history when a generation of Americans met circumstances that threatened the very survival of our republic. This generation had already survived the Great Depression, which in and of itself was more than a single generation should be tasked with enduring.

Yet, this generation was faced with a crisis that turned out to be far worse than any depression– one that had to be confronted and defeated, even if it were to cost their very lives.

When Nazis rose in power and began to march on the world, a tired and weary generation of Americans stood up when they could have stayed resting in the world’s shadows. A generation raised with next to nothing, grew up to become willing to sacrifice everything.

And sacrifice everything, they did– such was the price to stop the rise and march of Nazis on the world.

In recognition of all they sacrificed and accomplished, history calls this generation of Americans the “Greatest Generation.” And certainly, what they did was indeed great. However, many have been left wondering how a generation of individuals who grew up with nothing, and who sacrificed everything to crush the march of white nationalists in Europe, gave rise to a generation of Americans who would embrace the same evil their parents crossed an ocean to fight.

How did the Greatest Generation produce a generation that would betray all their parents ever fought for? It’s because the Greatest Generation crossed an ocean to defeat the ideology of white nationalism abroad without addressing the deeply ingrained and accepted white supremacy back in their own land.

While yes, the Greatest Generation may have stopped the Nazi takeover of Europe, their failure to address the white supremacy in their own hearts, and in their own country, paved the way for the white nationalist takeover of the White House and Nazi’s mass-murdering Americans who are just back to school shopping.

Today our republic is under attack, and our freedoms of life & liberty are being threatened with a fatality that even this military retiree never imagined seeing in my lifetime.

We have lost our liberty to go back to school shopping with our kids without the constant anxiety that someone may gun us down with a military grade weapon while picking out colored pencils. We have lost our right to life, for ourselves and for our children, and can’t even send them to school without the nagging fear in the back of our mind that our school could be the next school massacre.

In our history we have fought enemies. We have defeated enemies. But all along we have ignored the enemy who has been in the room since day 1 of America— because confronting this enemy, for most of us, means confronting something in ourselves and our own homes.

Yes, our nation is under attack– and the enemy is white nationalists. And as others have noted, their leader is the President of the United States.

His foot soldiers, in many cases, are our own family members– who fight not overtly with weapons of war, but the far more dangerous weapons of passivity, apathy, fear, ignorance, xenophobia, and an unchallenged racism that even they can’t recognize inside themselves.

His terrorists, like all terrorists, see themselves as freedom fighters and defenders. They begin as angry and struggling young white men who become radicalized by watching Fox News and reading the President’s twitter feed, and who have unlimited access to mass-killing-devices which their nation refuses to regulate. The combination of these things has become the first enemy in generations who could actually fracture our republic with a destructive power not even Hitler held over us.

Those like myself who have stood on the lines in defense of this nation took an oath– one with a specific line that all Americans, civilians included, would do well to remember and embrace. It was an oath that included the line, “And I will defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

The future and security of the world once rested in the hands of a generation who did not ask for the task, but who rose to the occasion. They have been called the Greatest Generation, often for good reason, yet they ignored the domestic enemy and cancer within– one that this generation is now tasked with fighting.

To survive as a free and secure people who have the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, our nation needs an Even Greater Generation— one who is not afraid to fight the battles with domestic enemies the Greatest Generation did not have the courage to face.

Unlike the weapons of war others use to win battles, the Even Greater Generation will only save the republic if it remembers those we stand against merely symbolize the true enemy: fear-based, hate-filled belief systems like white nationalism that fuel their evil acts. Defeating evil actors will accomplish nothing if we do not also defeat the permeation of evil beliefs.

Fighting this will take more courage than fighting on a battlefield where one cannot see and does not know the opposition– and that’s why it will truly take an Even Greater Generation to do so.

To save the soul and future of America, we need a generation willing to first and foremost look in the mirror to confront themselves for their own support and contributions in a culture of racism and white supremacy. It’ll take a generation of individuals who refuse to pretend that everything’s okay at the family gathering, but are instead willing to directly challenge those of our own blood and household who actively or passively support and defend the leader of white nationalism in America, and the false beliefs he perpetuates.

It’ll take a commitment to legislative reforms no matter how hard or unpopular; it’ll take the willingness to leverage one’s own privilege in any way possible to pursue justice for those we have oppressed, and it will require a never-ceasing habit of refusing to scapegoat our nation’s problems on the powerless instead of the powerful.

Yes, America is under attack– but it is under attack by angry white men with hate-filled ideologies, who have become emboldened and validated by the ideology of the president, and who have endless access to guns.

The only thing that can save this republic from destruction is an Even Greater Generation than before– a generation who is willing to confront and defeat the true enemy within our own borders.

Benjamin L. Corey

Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell, and earned his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller.

He is the author of Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, and Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus.

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  1. I may be wrong but didn’t America only get involved in the war because the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour? As far as I understand America was actually reluctant to get involved in what they saw as a European problem. England stood against Hitler when he invaded Poland and stood quite alone for some time. America’s involvement had little to do with defeating fascism and more to do with revenge. But like I said I am no historian by any means so my facts may be wrong and if they are I do apologise.

  2. Thanks for speaking so clearly, Ben. Yes, there are those who take the time to visitsites like this with adversarial motives and such people are hard to stomach. I’m encouraged to see how respectfully they are responded to here. No matter how disingenuous they are, how tedious their quibbling is or how predictable their talking points are; your followers patiently explain your message over and over. Through this process, I see the grace of Jesus Christ being extended to those who scorn and mock. I see the other cheek being turned as the Kingdom of God moves forward through a very dark time for America.

  3. “Yes, our nation is under attack– and the enemy is white nationalists. And as others have noted, their leader is the President of the United States.” Having read this, one has to wonder who are the white nationalists? Saying their leader is our President implies “they” are the Republican Party?

    “far more dangerous weapons of passivity, apathy, fear, ignorance, xenophobia, and an unchallenged racism that even they can’t recognize inside themselves.” begs the question. How does one not recognize unchallenged racism inside themselves? Or what does that even mean?

    “angry and struggling young white men who become radicalized by watching Fox News and reading the President’s twitter feed” So the President should quit tweeting and let CNN tell us what he is doing? And we should take Fox News off the air to make sure there are no other viewpoints expressed but those that Progressives agree with. And statistically young white men don’t watch Fox News preferring the NFL and such.

    “And I will defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” Like the cabal at the top of the Obama Administration that perpetuated the Russian hoax?

    “It’ll take a generation of individuals who refuse to pretend that everything’s okay at the family gathering, but are instead willing to directly challenge those of our own blood and household who actively or passively support and defend the leader of white nationalism in America, and the false beliefs he perpetuates.” This is a good strategy to destroy what is left of family in this country. Let’s propose using the Thanksgiving gatherings to discipline errant family members who don’t agree with the grievance du jour.

    This blog is a perfect example of the concept that governments are destroyed from within prior to their actual destruction.

    1. @Bob

      “How does one not recognize unchallenged racism inside themselves? Or what does that even mean?”

      It means the unchallenged are mostly unconscious – like you sound.

      “And we should take Fox News off the air to make sure there are no other viewpoints expressed but those that Progressives agree with.”

      Have all the viewpoints you want. But you don’t get your own facts or alt-facts like this one: “Like the cabal at the top of the Obama Administration that perpetuated the Russian hoax?”

      Not all Republicans are white nationalists, but the ones who are – are Republicans.

      #ITMFA

            1. Come back to this post when Comey, Brennan and many others do the perp walk.

              Comey, Brennan, Clinton, and others of your fantasy “deep state” are not going to do a “perp walk”. It is your leader who lies, embellishes and demands loyalty to him rather than the nation and/or mankind.

              You are not thinking, projecting or writing carefully, again.

      1. Carole, we are thankful that the Russian hoax has been exposed and looking forward to justice for the traitors in the Obama administration. Make no mistake they are going to jail for subversion. Just because your fake news sources do not report the facts does not mean the Justice Department will ignore this treason.

        The collapse of the Mueller report and the abysmal sight of Mueller on tv has forced the Left to shout Racism, Racism and even more Racism – which does not work. So it has shifted to Trump is causing the viloence which is obviously so ridiculous even a child can tell the difference. But when people stand outside McConnell’s home and advocate killing him that’s not news its just free speech. Notice Twitter was forced to re-post the video they took off the air showing this obscene conduct by ant-trum”peaceful” Liberals.

        I have predicted 70 million votes for Trump this timebut that may be low as the Democrat candidates destroy each other for the lust of power.

        1. Bob, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh are true sources of “fake news”. You project that you want to be more important, more knowledgeable, and one of the very few special people who knows better truth than do those who do the heavy work of research and verification.

          Should your illiterate words lead others to hand a world renowned narcissistic, lying, divisive, and provocateur of hate con man a second term of responsibility to mankind’s present day’s most influential bully pulpit, then we all will suffer the demise of democracy in favor of isolating, protectionistic, minority authoritarian rule, not unlike the rule of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

          You are responsible to seek the truth before you influence others by your statements founded solely on lies you trust only because they are what you want to hear. You have expressed a desire to learn the progressive liberal truth that Jesus, the Son of Man Messiah, gracefully wants to teach you today and yet your influence of others reflects that you embrace only the conservative orthodoxy exactly like the high priest Caiaphas. You are of the crowd yelling, “crucify Jesus and all of his sibling disciples who would love all others first of Man as they would have others love them!”

          Russia’s authoritarian government’s direct influence and misdirection of our 2016 election was not a hoax.

          In the words of President Trump’s often twittered conclusion, “SO SAD!”

    2. Bob, I don’t know where to start because I have no idea where you get your misinformed attitude from. You certainly don’t learn from Jesus the Christ, The Declaration of Independence for the now United States of America (the foundational document for what our Constitution intends to assist toward a more perfect union), or all sources of information available to you thanks to technological advances for your honest discernment.

      First, “White Nationals” are defined, as Ben intended, very well, for all to understand at:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_nationalism

      The Walmart, El Paso, Texas, mass murder was perpetrated under a White Nationalist agenda. The Charleston church mass murder was perpetrated under a White Nationalist agenda. The Pittsburgh synagogue mass murder was perpetrated under a White Nationalist agenda. The White Nationalist agenda is available for all with a computer to see and share with directly. They are who President Trump assists by framing his rhetoric to portray others of mankind as created lesser than white Americans and not worthy of asylum; no different than the white English, Irish, Italian, German, … immigrants who invaded the USA seeking life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness from the oppression of their nation of birth, with no empathy for the Red Savages before them.

      For all of mankind’s sake, not his own sake, Christ sums this whole issue up by teaching for all time, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”.

      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

      “men”, as written, means all of mankind (Man) regardless of race, Creed, or nationality of birth.

      Trump, who has continued to portray Blacks, Latinos and Muslims as a majority of degenerate others, enemies of our righteous nation, had a clear White National agenda when he attempted to denigrate President Obama as non-american Kenyon, usurping the office.

      You, Bob, by your begging those leading questions, are a card carrying disciple of Trump, not Christ. Trump lies, Christ does not. Trump is for Trump’s sake first and foremost, dividing Man by hate. Jesus the Christ is for all our sakes, uniting all of Man by love. If you are sincere, in your defense of Trumpism, you have been conned by a master charlatan. You are no less the problem, that threatens the USA and the demise of mankind, than is the spirit of White Nationalism.

  4. You believe we should follow Jesus, love one another regardless of race, and take action? Thats radical. I agree! Blessings….

  5. There is a quote “ I have met the enemy, and he is us”

    By your repeated claims that white nationalists are the enemy, as are “angry white men”, you have shown yourself to be just as much a racist as those you claim to be against.

    Your history is a bit off as well, as you attempt to claim that the Nazi fascist regime was simply white nationalism. Nothing could be further from the truth. You wanna rail against racism ? I agree completely.
    But your TDS is showing.

    1. Richard, every possible reason to support the current right-wing agenda died in El Paso. The only message you should be sending right now is “I no longer support the president and his racist agenda.”

    2. “The state is only a means to an end. Its end and its purpose is to preserve and promote a community of human beings who are physically as well as spiritually kindred. Above all, it must preserve the existence of the race.” from Mein Kampf, page 357

      https://www.e-ir.info/2011/05/16/adolf-hitlers-account-of-the-%e2%80%98nation%e2%80%99-and-%e2%80%98nationalism%e2%80%99/

      “…claim that the Nazi fascist regime was simply white nationalism.

      Trump populism is as simply white nationalism as was Hitler populism.

      “What makes a people or, to be more correct, a race is not language, but blood’.” from Mein Kampf, page 353

      Matthew 7:12 refers to all other members with the blood of mankind and/or the spirit of God, regardless of what area of this earth the other is born. No one of mankind is the same as an other of mankind. All of mankind, each of a separate and unique shell, are an “other” to any “other” of mankind. All of Man is either a merciful neighbor or a self centered enemy to an other. Both can be empathetically loved by another of the animal species mankind more completely than any other member of any other species of life.

      White humans were welcome to immigrate to Hitler’s Germany, at the height of Nazi influence, but none from those “shithole” countries were welcome. If you were escaping hunger, crime and/or death of you and yours, would you want a welcoming country. Wouldn’t you be drawn to a nation declaring Independence for all of Man as created equal by their Creator with the inalienable right to seek life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Teaching hate of others because they are not white, when all they seek is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is a Trump/Hitler model of “White Nationalism”.

    3. I am confused. Are you saying opposition to white nationalism is racist? Or that white nationalism is AOK and not a problem? Or both?
      Nothing is “showing”: Dr Corey is quite clear he is vehemently and unapologetically opposed to white nationalism, and unashamedly so. I am wondering, however, what you are unintentionally exposing.

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