A story from Reuters this week reported that according to the results of a recent poll, "many supporters of the conservative tea-party movement that has shaken up politics share the same views as the Christian right on social issues like abortion and the role of religion in public life." The story goes on to claim that "the loosely organized tea-party movement has focused largely on shrinking the size of government and other fiscal issues. …"
The American Values Survey of the Public Religion Research Institute appears to confirm what anyone who has actually participated in authentic grass-roots tea-party events already knows. Many of the people who attend tea-party events are people of faith. They understand that the present crisis of American liberty arises from the fact that America's elites have turned their backs on the first and most important of America's founding principles, the one that declares that human equality and unalienable rights result from the will of the Creator God, and therefore depend on our acknowledgment of the existence and authority of God.
In my column last week, I commented on Barack Obama's agenda to erase America's belief in God. Tragically, many of the GOP leaders seeking to exploit the tea-party effort relentlessly pursue for the movement the same agenda Obama's faction seeks to impose upon the nation as a whole. Whenever they organize or can decisively influence tea-party events, they work to discourage or eliminate any speakers, signs and placards that acknowledge the connection between America's steep slide into debilitating socialistic dictatorship and the elite-dictated abandonment of respect for the laws of nature and of Nature's God. One consistent example of this I know of firsthand. As someone well-known for refusing to cooperate in their determined efforts to banish political discussion of the true cause of the nation's present calamities, my experience confirms that wherever possible, they have vetoed or worked to sabotage my participation in major tea-party events.
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These GOP fellow travelers pretend that their prejudice against the issues that involve respect for God's authority is a matter of shrewd political calculation. They bray about avoiding moral issues like abortion and gay marriage because they are "divisive." This of course ignores the fact that decisive and often overwhelming majorities turn out to vote their support for the God-ordained natural family. It ignores the fact that just about all of our economic problems are rooted in the recklessly immoral ambition of political elites who have purposefully sacrificed the nation's fiscal and economic strength in order to foment crises that advance their selfish pursuit of greater power and control. Where the GOP is concerned, it ignores the fact that a deep longing to restore the nation's moral compass and self-discipline is the consistent motivation for many of those whose angry reaction against the Obama faction is fueling the GOP's march toward a resounding victory in this November's congressional elections.
By their efforts to quell the nation's conscience, these GOP fellow travelers have already betrayed the victory they are poised to achieve. They already make known their inclination to continue the surrender of foundational moral principle that got America into such a mess in the first place. They will never reverse the course of Godless socialism to which Obama has thus far committed the nation because they follow the same ill star by which he takes his bearings.
Of course, such GOP leaders are more than willing to exploit the votes of the faithful people they betray. They eagerly promoted Glenn Beck's Aug. 28 effort to use the name of God to rally the faithful precisely to make sure His name would not be invoked in any context that involved reminding people of the acknowledgement, clear in America's organic law (the Declaration of Independence), that God is the source and author of the understanding of rights and justice that is the basis for all legitimate political authority.
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Contrary to their deceitful claims, the issues that involve respect for God's authority are not "divisive." Indeed, people unified in their concern about those issues are the key to political success for the very GOP leaders so anxious to banish them from public discussion. What they fear, therefore, is not election losses, but election victories won on a basis that establishes a standard for political action that goes beyond expediency. Once respect for its premises has been restored, it will be easy for people to rediscover the plain logic by which the Constitution limits the options of politicians, the powers of government and the purposes for which those powers may rightly be employed.
Whether they wear the Democrat or Republican label, political actors who work to erase America's respect for God's authority from America's history and political life promote the destruction of such constitutional limits and the establishment of unbridled socialist tyranny in these United States. After the dust settles from the election this November, those discerning enough to see and reject their anti-American agenda will stake their hopes on neither side of the sham two-party coin. They will instead seek to rally round someone willing to lift up the banner both parties persistently seek to grind into the dust – the one emblazoned boldly with the motto both of them now openly or quietly contemn – the motto of a people who still have the disposition on which liberty depends – "In God we Trust."