Tomorrow the nation will elect a new president. In all likelihood, that
man will be G.W. Bush. In the short term, it will be cause for celebration.
Bill Clinton has sullied not only the White House, but also the entire
country. Bush's first order of business should be to fumigate that sacred
building and read Clinton his rights. (He won't, but he should.)
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However, this entire election campaign has been run not on principle, but
on pragmatism. In fact, most of the people voting for Bush are not voting
for Bush; they are voting against Gore. They want the last vestige of
Clinton's corrupt administration swept away. They would vote for a
chimpanzee if it meant keeping Gore from the presidency.
This determination has created a willingness (even an eagerness) to
sacrifice fundamental principles on the altar of pragmatism and political
expediency. This does not bode well for our country in the long haul.
With very few exceptions, our elected leaders (including Bush) now live
by the law of pragmatism and polling data. Their positions are based not on
immutable principles, but upon the whims of public opinion. There is no
"controlling authority" (not even the Constitution) to which they are held
Even religious faith provides our national leaders no moral or political
discipline. Professing Jews and Christians alike routinely ignore the
emphatic edicts of both Testaments and vote for public policies that result
in the killing of unborn babies and the normalizing of aberrant sexual
conduct. Likewise, the promises they make are about as lasting as steam from
Never have I seen an election where conservatives were so willing to vote
for "the lesser of two evils" as I have seen in this election. They "hope"
Bush will appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court, even though he has
made no pledge to do so. They "hope" he will not give in to the forces of
the New World Order, even though his positions in this area are very similar
to those of Al Gore's. They "hope" he will not cave in to the proponents of
homosexuality, even though he assured Log Cabin Republicans that homosexuals
were welcome in his administration; and worse yet, he supports Clinton's
policy allowing sodomites to serve in the military. In short, conservatives
are supporting Bush because they are convinced they have no other choice. In
reality, there is always a choice.
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When those brave men barricaded themselves inside that old Spanish
mission outside San Antonio, Texas, they made a choice. By today's
standards, it was a foolish and impractical decision. They certainly
"wasted" their vote when they all decided to step across the line that Col.
Travis had drawn in the sand. They had no chance of winning! None! Yet, to a
man they decided to fight for a principle and let the chips fall where they
may -- even if it cost them their lives, which it did.
Our founding fathers made a similar choice: they pledged their "lives,
fortunes and sacred honor" to a cause that (humanly speaking) had no chance
of succeeding. And like those defenders of the Alamo, many brave patriots of
1776 lost everything they had defending their decision. Commitment to
principle is the American heritage!
Until today's patriots (especially
Christian patriots ) are willing to stand uncompromisingly for the fundamental principles upon which our nation was founded (like our fathers did), the course of the country will not change. It might look better, or sound better. It might even smell better -- but nothing will change.
If we want God to once again bless this country with His favor and protection, we must remember that He is in the business of performing miracles for the obedient and faithful, not the pragmatic and fearful.