JERUSALEM – Sometimes you have to get away from your country for a little while to get a little perspective on what's happening.
While I spend a little time this week in the center of the world, I can't help but think about the fate of my country.
With practically all debate and discussion in the U.S. dominated by the recent election, guns, money and liberty, I have found four quotes from historical figures that, I believe, explain the throes of freedom's extinction facing America.
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Quote No. 1 – Josef Stalin: "Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything." While you will find some people who dispute the accuracy and authenticity of this statement, it rings with truth. And, for that reason, it's critical Americans don't forget the lesson it offers those of us who live in the nation most responsible for the concept of putting the power in the hands of the people. That's why vote fraud, in all its many forms, must remain on the minds of freedom-minded Americans before we participate in another national election in 2014. Do you believe vote fraud was a factor in the 2012 election? Do you believe identification of voters is an essential component of free and fair elections? Do you believe candidates for federal office should be severely punished – or even disqualified – for knowingly taking foreign contributions? Do you believe there should be independent enforcement authorities for preventing and punishing those who cast fraudulent votes and for those who encourage and facilitate them? Do you believe the constitutional standards of eligibility for candidates and voters should be enforced? If you do, what are you going to do about it? If a tea-party movement arises again in 2013, the integrity of our elections needs to be a top priority on its agenda. If it is not, I am convinced we will never have a free and fair national election again.
Quote No. 2 – Mayer Amschel Rothschild: "Give me control of a nation's money supply, and I care not who makes the laws." It's a fact that Americans voted in 2010 to get control of America's money supply and government spending. Stunned by skyrocketing debt, they turned out many entrenched members of Congress in favor of those promising to do something about it. Yet nothing was done to address the problems. The Federal Reserve was not audited. The record borrowing continued unabated with the approval of the overwhelming majority of members of Congress of both parties. And this year Washington decided to continue on its path off the fiscal cliff. Who controls the money supply in America today? The big bankers. Congress long ago abdicated its authority. It's time to elect a Congress that will take it back, or America will cease to be a nation under the rule of law and governed by the will of the people.
Quote No. 3 –Mao Zedong: "All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The Communist Party must command all the guns; that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party." The U.S. government, cheered on by a lapdog media, is scrambling to seize the latest opportunity to violate the second component of the Bill of Rights to establish, in the long run, a monopoly on armed force for the governing class in Washington. This is a necessary condition before tyranny can be imposed on the people. History records it was done in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Communist China and every other totalitarian police state and that each of those actions led inevitably to holocausts of unimaginable size and scope. Will America go the way of those tyrannies and open the gates for the potential of genocide? This new year will be a critical turning point one way or the other.
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Quote No. 4 – Bill Clinton: "When we got organized as a country, [and] wrote a fairly radical Constitution, with a radical Bill of Rights, giving radical amounts of freedom to Americans, it was assumed that Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly. ... When personal freedom is being abused, you have to move to limit it." This one summarizes all the major threats we face as a nation. Will we choose liberty? Or will we choose tyranny? Will we choose the false promise of "safety and security"? Or will we choose the freedom that comes with self-governance, self-determination, individual liberty and responsibility? Will we as a people be accountable to God? Or will we make ourselves accountable only to the false god of unlimited government?