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Here’s a personal maxim gleaned from long years of experience, observation and active participation in the politics of our beloved country:
In voting and political involvement, we get either what we need – or what we deserve.
By that, I mean that if we the people stay informed, stay active and involved, and prayerfully exercise our constitutional power to vote like-minded representatives into government, we can have what we need.
If, on the other hand, we become lethargic, apathetic, uninformed (even ignorant) about the issues confronting us; if we choose to “leave it to George” to sort out the best candidates and their positions, their leanings and integrity; if we even fail to vote and otherwise be involved in the electoral process – we will most certainly get what we deserve.
We won’t like it; we’ll rail and complain and ask, “How could this happen?” But we’ll be stuck with the consequences of our irresponsibility.
Right now, we’re getting a big, big dose of what we deserve.
Discontented with the previous administration and some of its policies, and influenced considerably by biased media reportage, an awful lot of Americans were entranced by the usual promises of “two cars in every garage,” health care for everybody, getting out of all conflicts and creating real bipartisan cooperation. There were also soaring promises to stimulate our flagging economy and to restore America’s greatness and rapport with virtually all nations and religions – even those that have vowed our death and destruction. So voters were attracted almost hypnotically to the Pied Piper of “Change.”
The campaign strategy was the same as it always is at election time, practiced to some extent by all candidates and parties: Promise every good and desirable thing you can think of, and offer as few details about how you’ll do it as you can get away with. This time, though, into a “perfect storm” of circumstances there strode this tall, charismatic black man who made all the same old promises sound new. And when he used the words “Yes we can” and “Change” and even “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” they seemed to millions as if they were newly minted phrases, never offered before.
Too few seemed to care, or even know, that this neo-politician had never done anything like the things he was promising. He promised to end wars, close detention bases, use diplomacy with our rabid enemies, take over the military as its commander in chief – though he never served in uniform or had any foreign policy experience at all.
Never having run a business, or had any qualifying experience, he would fix our economy. Never having any administrative background in medicine or health care, or in running anything other than some “community organizing” in local Chicago politics, he would overhaul our whole health-care system and make affordable health care available to every citizen – and without raising any taxes on anybody earning less than $200,000 a year. Miraculous! Though most Americans had learned from bitter experience “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” a slim majority bought the whole spiel and elected the charmer president of the United States.
And what has happened in the first six months of his administration?
Largely wrought by his team, though they did take over in a very dangerous economic environment, the Obama decisions have quadrupled the federal budget deficit and are hinting at the necessity of gigantic, unprecedented new obligations that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates will cost at least $1.1 trillion more in years immediately ahead.
The president himself is using every last drop of charismatic persuasion to force a universal health-care program on a public that doesn’t want it. (Polls show 85 percent of us happy with what we have already.) And his White House team is warning Congress and the public that if they don’t enact the 1,017-page House bill or something almost like it, they will throttle the Republicans and “blue dog” Democrats – who are actually listening to their constituents – and railroad the thing through, using just their slim Democrat majority in both houses of Congress.
All this in spite of admissions by Democrat members of Congress, and at one point the Charmer himself, that they haven’t even read the whole bill, or felt it necessary! Just rubberstamp it and ram it through.
Encouraged by this wild, left-leaning and haphazard behavior, other segments of our society are swinging for the fences in accomplishing goals that heretofore were unthinkable, and undoable.
The ACLU – revealing that those letters really should signify the Anti-Christian Litigation Union – are gleefully pursuing the removal from all public life any mention of God, Jesus, or the Bible (though they strangely favor supporting and enabling Muslim studies and practice in our schools and prisons).
On Sept. 17, in Pensacola, Fla., the ACLU will drag into court high school principal Frank Lay and his school athletic director, Robert Freeman, for offering a mealtime prayer at a lunch for school employees and booster-club members who had helped with a school field-house project. It wasn’t a classroom or student event, just a lunch as described. If the ACLU wins, the two men – who between them have logged 70 years of service on behalf of their students – are subject to $5,000 fines and six months in jail!
This particular ACLU lesion, another cancerous blister, also forbade senior class President Mary Allen to speak at the May 30 graduation ceremony on the chance, since she is a professing Christian, she might say something religious! She is the first student body president in 33 years not allowed to speak.
This is not an isolated or unusual incident. All over our country, this increasingly strong-arm Gestapo-like organization is hunting down and stifling any and all Christian expression. And we deserve it – because we’ve let it happen. We didn’t have to, but we did.
Just today, I read Proverbs 21:22: “The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the fortress in which they (the strong) trust.”
From the fortress of the Democrat “strong,” we heard a chant we thought was “CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE!” Now, as we listen closer, we’re recognizing that it’s “CHAINS! CHAINS! CHAINS!”
If we the people are wise, we’ll mobilize and level the fortress – while we can.