“Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm, and said, ‘Now gird up your
loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?'”
The night prior to the election, ABC posted the results on their website. I
understood what had happened as I glanced over the huge Democratic numbers: A hotshot at ABC had extrapolated polling results to the next day’s
election. The result may or may not have been intended for public consumption, but it was quickly posted on the Drudge Report, where it became the talk of the Internet.
Unfortunately for conservatives and Republicans, the actual election results did not look much different than ABC’s phantom numbers. After the
losses came the recriminations. Then the resignations.
While the Republicans are busy rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,
we should all pause to examine what the results really mean for our nation.
The popular wisdom seems to offer at least three reasons for Republican losses (and here I agree with the majority of pundits who say failure to make sizable gains equates to losses):
- Republicans did not run on the “real” issues.
- Republicans did not “get out their vote.”
- Republicans lost the “Clinton impeachment referendum.”
All these things may be true. They may even have contributed to the election losses. But they fail to take into account the long-term picture.
Of the 37 percent of eligible voters who bothered to turn out for this
election, better than half have learned they can work the voting booth lever to dispense to themselves and their friends an endless supply of state-catered goodies. All they need do is to pull the lever labeled “Democrat.”
Contrary to what Republican diehards assert, the party did, in fact, have a
message. It was one which the Democrats were all too happy to help them articulate: “Vote Republican, and we will take away some of those state-supplied goodies that you have become so fond of.” The Republican message was simple. “Vote for us!” it said, “and we will”:
- Return the excess funds taken from Americans through taxation (a tax cut).
- Reduce federal funding for the art, education and environmental bureaucracies.
- Hear evidence against, and if necessary remove from office an executive who sodomized a contributor’s daughter in the Oval Office, denied to the courts his reckless activities and ordered his law-enforcement officers to cover up his deeds (proceed with impeachment).
The majority of the people who voted, turning out in numbers large enough
to provide Democratic gains, heard both messages clearly. They made their
decision and pulled the Democratic lever. In so doing, they sent a message
to America’s politicians. Here’s what it said:
- We say that it’s wrong to steal, but it is OK if you do the job for us, as long as you give us some of the proceeds through transfer payments (make it legal).
- We want more and bigger government programs, with more environmental and other bureaucratic regulations, because this buys us open space and pretty countryside at the expense of our neighbors who own the property.
- We see nothing wrong with the way our president has conducted his affairs. Perhaps that is because we want the opportunity to live just like him. Let him continue to use the machinery of government for his own private purposes, as long as he keeps the gravy train running on time.
Do you think this indictment is too harsh? Just prior to the election, I heard a boomer-aged woman call a talk-radio show and lament that her mother — who had gone to great pains to instill honesty and integrity in all her children — was now pleading with them to vote Democratic, “Because I need the Social Security money.”
Division. Separate the old from the young. Drive a wedge between the races
with set-asides and quotas. Destroy the public education system with feel-good, self-esteem fantasies and politically-correct indoctrination. In so doing, you condemn a generation of young people to ignorance, poverty and government-dependence. Whatever it takes, to maintain personal power.
America has changed; perhaps forever. What few yet understand is that the
condition is a spiritual blindness. It cannot be fixed with political programs, new laws, a different advertising campaign or a new political party. It is a condition of the human heart. Blindness is cleared from the eyes of one person at a time. It is a God-sized task.
“And Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
“And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were
distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd.
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers
are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into
His harvest.'” (Matthew 9:35-38)