Ben Kinchlow is a minister, broadcaster, author and businessman. His latest book is "Black Yellowdogs." He was the long-time co-host of CBN's "The 700 Club" television program and host of the international edition of the show, seen in more than 80 countries. He is the founder of Americans for Israel and the African American Political Awareness Coalition, and the author of several books.More ↓Less ↑
A great American tragedy could take place on Nov. 6, 2012.
Millions of Americans will, or rather will not, participate in the process that is granted to only a select few on the face of the earth.
Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida … Will he or won’t he? Should we or should we not? Can he or can’t he? Why even bother? It doesn’t really matter anyway!
Consider this: Millions have already died, thousands are now dying and thousands more will die in pursuit of the right to exercise what many Americans simply choose to ignore on a regular basis – the constitutionally guaranteed, government-protected right to cast a vote prompted by, and known only to, the conscience of the voter.
The miracle that is America can only continue to take place if the American people are 1)
free to govern themselves and 2) responsible enough to govern themselves. Said another way, the responsibility for the continued existence of a free American constitutional republic rests with the American people. The Declaration of Independence declares that governments “derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.” This is the genius and secret of, and potentially the greatest weakness of, America: “government of the people, for the people and by the people.”
It is a scientifically demonstrable fact that a vacuum cannot exist in nature. If American citizens do not participate in their God-given political system, this constitutional republic, a vacuum will be created and government “of the people” will be replaced with government over the people. If people are not allowed to freely govern themselves, a society can only be held together the way the former Soviet Union was for more than 70 years – secret police and brute force.
Free people must govern themselves. They must do so courageously, wisely and justly and not use their freedom as license to encourage or engage in immoral behavior or vote themselves truckloads of goodies. Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian and philosopher, came here in 1831 to view the wonder of this miracle called “America.” He observed, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
The “American way of life,” according to a quote attributed to Scottish historian Alexander Tyler, could not endure. His reasons, though premature, were chillingly accurate. “People do not want to take responsibility for their own choices. … people will invariably hand over their sovereign responsibility and freedom to the government which promises the most benefits.” President Ronald Reagan said, “Professor Alexander Tyler has written that a democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidate promising the most benefits from the Treasury with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship.”
Reagan continued, “Unfortunately, we can’t argue with the professor, because when he wrote that we were still colonials of Great Britain, and he was explaining what had destroyed the Athenian republic more than 2,000 years before.”
Alexander Tyler supposedly made these statements more than 200 years ago. As an aside, according to some historians, the average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Based on this projection, America is already 35 years overdue for collapse and dictatorship.
Also attributed, by some commentators, to Tyler is this frightening sequence:
Nations progress …
from bondage to spiritual faith,
from spiritual faith to great courage,
from courage to liberty,
from liberty to abundance,
from abundance to complacency,
from complacency to apathy,
from apathy to dependency,
from dependency again into bondage.
While the original authorship of that sequence may be questionable, it is nonetheless chilling.
(Care to hazard a guess as to where America is in that sequence?)
In some earlier governments – the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Romans and the Europeans – certain classes of nobility and/or landowners were given a measure of self-determination. America is an amazing experiment, as it is the first example in human history where all the people are now guaranteed the right to vote, elect their own representation and decide their own fate. The original dream of our founders to entrust the American people with their own destiny has been fulfilled.
However, an extremely important and powerful truth has apparently been forgotten or lost in the shuffle, a truth we must keep firmly fixed in mind. It is not the government, it is your government, your president, your Congress, your senators, your representatives; they work for you!They are not our leaders, but our servants – so far.
This year’s election may very well be one of the most critical elections in history, and certainly one of the most important elections in our lifetimes. We could be looking at a seismic change in the concept of our American republic. We are talking about the impact of forthcoming legislation on our children and grandchildren.
You are, of course, aware that today, under existing legislative initiatives and regulations, you spend more time each year working to pay for your government than did the serfs in monarchal England. According to the Tax Foundation, today the average American worker must work more than three months before they earn enough to pay their tax obligations. According to one report, in 2011 the average American had to work 40 days more than in 2001 to reach COGD (Cost of Government Day). The fact is, the American public spent more on taxes than on groceries, clothing and shelter combined. If that is the case for you today, imagine the impact of continued government spending on your children and grandchildren.
May I encourage, entreat, exhort you with all the earnestness I possess? Understand the real issues that affect America. Research the candidates’ positions. Demand clarity of those positions. View the media with a jaundiced eye. Then register and vote. And when (and if) you do vote, please do not just vote along party lines. There are those in government who would change us into the image of a socialist, practically bankrupt Europe.
The failure of millions of Americans to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote because of ignorance, sloth or apathy, would be an American tragedy, perhaps without parallel in our history.
Do vote. Vote principle, not party! Vote intelligently and wisely. Vote according to the positions dictated by a clear conscience. Remember, you don’t have to serve in the military to defend America.