The Hezekiah Syndrome (Revised Edition)


(Note: This is a revised edition of The Hezekiah Syndrome, a chapter of my first {now out of print} book A Bible Based View Of Liberty And Free Governments {published in May 2013}. I have since strengthened my nationalism position to an utter rejection of proposition nationhood, and begun seriously questioning the political cult of egalitarianism. But my theological views have changed in several significant ways in the 3 ½ years since I published that book. I meant this essay to be wakeup to apathetic Americans from a Biblical perspective)

I must begin this chapter by pointing out that Americans are no longer free. The United States of America is no longer a free country; we have not been truly free for a century. During the 19th century modern socialism was born in Europe; it soon began to migrate to the U.S. Even Theodore Roosevelt and his Progressive Party advocated for elements of socialism in America.

Between 1913 and 1918 the United States “ratified” the 16th and 17th amendments, founded the Federal Reserve, and entered WWI. These four events shook the very foundations of our Constitutional republic.

The 16th Amendment purported to give Congress the power to tax the incomes of all Americans. This was initially sold to the people as a power that might not be used and that would only impose a very small percentage tax upon the wealthiest people; what a joke that has turned out to be.

Please also recall that an income tax is the second plank of Marx’s Communist Manifesto. While I do not believe that the 16th amendment was properly ratified, there can be no disagreement among patriots, conservatives, and libertarians that it is wicked and should have never been.

The 17th amendment was claimed ratified in 1913. It provided for direct election of United States senators by the population of their state.

The 17th amendment removed State representation in the three way compact of the United States Constitution (people, states, national government). The 17th amendment strikes against the spirit of the Founders when they designed the Senate. This was a very fundamental change in our system of government.

The foundation of the Federal Reserve was the triumph of the Jewish international banking cartel over America’s monetary system. By creating a private bank owned, government chartered, official banking system the money power was taken away from Congress. The Federal Reserve banking monopoly controls the issuance of “money”, sets interest rates across the nation, and facilitates massive government spending by monetizing the federal debt.

Obviously, the Congress approved Federal Reserve Notes are not Constitutionally acceptable money. There is no authority for Congress to cede away its monetary powers; there is no authority for Congress to issue paper money. Furthermore, the states may not make anything but gold and silver a tender in payment of debts. The fact that Congress confirms the director of the Federal Reserve is just window dressing for the cartel. The fifth plank of the Communist Manifesto is centralization of credit in the hands of the state by means of a “national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

During the regime of Franklin Delano Roosevelt socialism was firmly established in the United States. The New Deal, Social Security, WPA, Agricultural Adjustment Act, etc. are pure socialism; let us not pretend otherwise.

The treasonous FDR also drug a reluctant America into another unnecessary global war. FDR confiscated privately owned gold in 1933 and instituted the National Firearms Act in 1934; both of these two actions were totally unconstitutional.

The rationing and economic regulations of FDR in America during WWII certainly are not a component of a free country. Of course, there is also no Constitutional clause to authorize the drafting of American men into the armed forces. FDR was one of the most evil men to ever hold office in the United States.

In post-WWII America we saw more socialism, such as Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society”. All social welfare programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps/TANF/SNAP are clearly socialism. Obviously, both the Republican and Democrat parties in present day America are hard core socialist; the Democrats lean toward pure socialism while the Republicans lean toward a hybrid system combining socialism and corporations.

In post-WWII America we saw the trend of immorality escalate until abortion now has wide acceptability and legal protection. The Hebrews were commanded not to sacrifice their children to idols and pagan gods such as Baal and Molech (Leviticus 18:21, Jeremiah 32:35, Ezekiel 16:20-21). While Americans do not place babies upon burning altars after they are aborted, I doubt that God sees much difference between Planned Parenthood and Molech. How long God’s supernatural justice will sleep is an unsettling question.

In post-WWII America we have witnessed a gradual escalation of the attacks on individual liberty and our Constitutionally protected rights. The 2nd and 4th amendments have taken massive damage.

I truly support the 2nd amendment. I believe all federal gun control to be unconstitutional. I advocate the repeal, judicial striking down, or jury nullification of NFA 34, GCA 68, NICS, and all other gun control.

The 4th amendment has been under attack in large part because of the federal government’s unconstitutional “war on drugs” and the hysteria following 9/11. The absurdly misnamed USA Patriot Act basically trashed the 4th amendment. There are security cameras everywhere.

Taxes have multiplied like rabbits! Not only do we have the Communist Manifesto endorsed income, property, and inheritance taxes –we also have sales taxes, massive excise taxes, and business license fees. We are taxed far worse than our American ancestors were by the British when they rebelled and established this country.

Modern Americans are a rather pathetic lot. If Patrick Henry or George Washington were to stand before us today they would probably stare in disbelief and then strike us across the face for what we have allowed to occur.

The choice before us is the title of this chapter. Shall we follow the last four generations of Americans and succumb to the Hezekiah Syndrome? What is the Hezekiah Syndrome? Let me explain.

In the Old Testament we see Hezekiah inherit the throne of the kingdom of Judah in 2nd Kings 18:1-2. Hezekiah destroyed the idolatry that was a great sin on the part of the people of Judah; Hezekiah did what was right before God and was the greatest of the kings of Judah (2nd Kings 18:5). The Bible records that God miraculously extended his life by 15 years and gave him a supernatural sign to signify it.

After this God sent him a trial “that he might know all that was in his heart” (2nd Chronicles 32:31, Isaiah chapter 39). In this trial Hezekiah failed miserably, and God punished him by stating that the riches of Hezekiah and his fathers would be carried away to Babylon and that Hezekiah’s sons would be captured and made eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. Hezekiah’s reply to the prophet that gave him this news was the following: “Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken” and “For there shall be peace and truth in my days”. Hezekiah did not care about the upcoming generations, not even his own sons!

     When king David had sinned and brought judgment upon Israel, we see that he openly acknowledged his sin and pleaded with God for mercy for the people and for the judgment to be placed upon himself (2nd Samuel chapter 24 –especially verse 17 and 1st Chronicles chapter 21 –especially verses 16-17). Likewise we see Moses pleading for the twelve tribes after their sin that Moses was not even guilty of (Exodus 32:31-33)! And yet, Hezekiah does nothing! He does not repent; he does not plead for his sons and his people; he does not request the punishment be placed upon only himself for the wickedness that he had done. Hezekiah was a failure.

Like Solomon, Hezekiah had acknowledged God in his youth and lived a virtuous life for which he had been exceedingly blessed by God. Like Solomon, Hezekiah failed in his later life and judgement came upon his house and his entire kingdom. (Solomon’s out of control sexual lust led him to take many wives, including “outlandish” wives who led him into idolatry. See 1st Kings 11:1-11 and Nehemiah 13:25-27).

The Old Testament events were recorded for us to serve as an example of what to do AND what not to do. The constant struggles of physical Israel with such things as lust, idolatry, marrying strange wives, trusting in their wealth or physical strength, and leaning upon the heather around them for protection brought the wrath of God upon them. Most Christians miss the fact that the almost continual sin and failure of the Hebrews was recorded as an example of what we should NOT do, much as when Jesus’ rebuked the scribes and Pharisees. If modern individuals or nations sin as physical Israel did, we will likewise face God’s wrath.

This brings us to the culmination of this line of thought. The question is: shall individual Amerikaners repent like king David and then stand for liberty and righteousness, or shall they sit down and surrender to those who are destroying us and our country because of our sin and our lack of principled vigilance?

Shall we send our children to public/government schools, accept every law, accept every regulation, surrender every right? Shall we accept government jobs and government medical care and Social Security in exchange for our liberty, and the liberty of generations yet unborn? Or shall we repent of our personal sins and stand up for righteousness? This is the choice that every individual must make.

My fellow Amerikaners, do not fail as did Hezekiah!

© Copyright 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.


Author: Joe Putnam

I am a Christian (Reformed/Sovereign Grace Baptist type), white American of Western European bloodline, advocate of an agrarian social order, Kinist, White Nationalist, admirer of America’s Founding Fathers and the Boys in Gray, homesteader, indie published author, and amateur historian. I have indie published several books, all of which are available from Amazon. I am a life long resident of rural Orange County, IN –in the part of the Upper South that many would term Greater Appalachia or the Dixie Frontier. In addition to my own blog "Putnam Liberty Notes", from May through July of 2017 I dual published many of my posts at the popular multi-author Alt-South blog Identity Dixie. In addition to my blog writings, I am currently gearing up for (at least) two more book projects –one theological and one historical. The theological one will cover the three interpretational views of Daniel’s 70th Week. I hope to have this book in print in late summer 2017. (Hint: I am, not a Dispensational Futurist). The historical book will be a biography of George Rogers Clark (1752-1818). Clark was a noted Virginia militia officer who’s campaigns, including his successful siege of Vincennes, basically took the Old Northwest from Britain during the American Revolution. Clark spent the rest of his life around the river that separates Clarksville, IN from Louisville, Kentucky. I hope to have my Clark bio in print in early 2018.

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