What do you do when your world caves in? When the things you hold most dear are lost, or nearly gone? When the problems you face are so monumental that there seem to be no solutions? When the floor beneath you gives way, and you feel yourself falling, completely out of control?

How are you feeling right now, in this America we’re living in?

Do you have a good, secure job? Are you sure of a comfortable, healthy retirement? Do our leaders inspire confidence in you? Do the president and his administration convince you they’re up to the countless, growing challenges we face as a nation? Do you sense the building tension in the whole world, nations teaming up and choosing sides, some of them with nuclear capability and evil intentions against America?

Surely you see the storm clouds gathering, the very ground beneath us shaking, as we realize our national economy is saddled with $15 trillion in debt, and as much as $140 trillion in entitlement obligations that have no way of being met. European governments are facing bankruptcy, creating a chain reaction that will affect all of us.

We’ve already tasted the deadly, inhuman violence of forces that want to destroy us, on our own soil. And there are other, more devastating plots taking shape targeting our cities and gathering places, while you’re reading this. It’s not if, but when.

What’s a good, law-abiding, America-loving citizen to do?

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God … and He will give it to you.

– James 1: 3-5

Yes, this is in the Bible, but I’m not trying to sound “religious.” I hope I’m sounding like Thomas Jefferson, who wrote, “We hold these truths to be self evident,” obvious and practical and real. He went on, “that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator.” These words, in our Declaration of Independence, formed the very cornerstone of our republic and the foundation of our freedoms.

Jefferson, and the rest of the men we call our Founding Fathers, built their lives – and our America – on the very practical truth that an all-powerful God had not only created us, and endowed us, but actually cared about us, enough to be involved in our destiny.

Fortified by this deep faith, they put their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor on the altar. Believing that God, the author of liberty, would empower and direct them, they faced terrible uncertainties, mighty armies, wealthy and powerful governments, even dissident resistance from fellow colonists. And they accomplished undeniable, enduring miracles.

That faith was tested, severely tested. And as the Bible promised, their strength and endurance developed and they received incredible wisdom, which they asked for daily in the Constitutional Convention, from which our shining republic grew.

That’s why I’m thankful for the unprecedented chaos we face today.

Troubles like these can be productive in three ways. They test our character, our integrity and our commitment; they grow our strength, ingenuity and endurance; and they reveal the source and causes of the troubles. All these we need to survive, and troubles provoke them.

It’s like the man who sees his doctor for what he suspects is an ulcer and finds he has an operable cancer. Far better to have found out the real problem, so he can address it before it kills him.

Take our economy now, for example. Experts kept warning us about our unpayable debt, and that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid were bound for bankruptcy. Few in Congress or the citizenry paid much attention. But then President Obama rammed through his unpopular, unaffordable health-care takeover, and proposed to add $15 trillion more to our debt over the next 10 years! Suddenly the citizens woke up – and the tea party was born.

That grassroots movement grew rapidly, and helped elect a conservative Congress, which in turn showed new strength (and wisdom) in putting the brakes on the president’s runaway, profligate “progressive” spending plans.

Eventually, an “Occupy” movement seemed to spring up spontaneously on Wall Street and in cities across the country. The media, the administration, liberal leaders including the president, hinted or asserted that the “OccuMob” was the same thing as the tea party and a grassroots demand to “spread the wealth.”

But the very media obsession with the unruly, purposeless, uninformed mobs caused a rational investigation into the funders and organizers of the demonstrations. Surprise! These disturbances, growing violent and actually seeking confrontation with police, hoping to stay in the news, were instigated by the disciples of Saul Alinsky, supported by George Soros front groups and following the exact “Rules of Revolution” techniques employed by Barack Obama in his “community organizer” days.

And as these demonstrations slid into danger zones of drug use and sales, midnight rapes, destruction of property and closing of nearby businesses – and since they were clearly identified with, and endorsed by, the president and his team – a growing majority of Americans is waking up, realizing we simply must make a radical change in our leadership and approach to government!

The terrible problems that have engulfed us have aroused an overly trusting citizenry. We now see we must scrap the 3 million-word tax code and make it simpler, more fair and productive so we can start paying down our unconscionable debt. We have to chop at least half of our redundant, bloated government off the tax rolls and lease the buildings in Washington.

Steve Forbes and Scrapthecode.org have set about to do just that. They need and deserve our support – now.

Our congressmen and senators need to know we’ve got their back, that we’re supporting them as they draw lines in the sand, absolutely refusing to add a nickel to the national debt. And that we expect them to slash all spending, while securing our borders and keeping our military lean but adequately supplied.

Meanwhile, we citizens will elect new employees, from the president on down. The chaos created by the current administration will have served us well.

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