Barack Obama, shortly after his first election, was quoted saying “elections have consequences.”
He promptly set out on an agenda promoting abortion, gay and transgender rights, government control of health care and other progressive causes.
Now James Dobson, the noted Christian psychologist and founder of FamilyTalk Radio and the James Dobson Family Institute, has expressed agreement.
Elections, indeed, have consequences.
In fact, it may be the only thing on which he agrees with Obama, since he once famously, in defiance of Obama’s demands that Christian ministries pay for abortions for employees, told the president: “Come and get me. I will not yield to your wicked regulations.”
Now, in the August edition of his newsletter, Dobson warns that liberty-loving Americans who ignore the upcoming midterm elections imperil the nation’s future.
“More than half of Americans, including the majority of Christians, don’t even bother to vote,” he writes. “Shame on them all! Don’t they know that tyranny for us and our children is only one generation, or even one election, away?
“We must vote, vote, vote to elect leaders who will defend what has been purchased with the blood of patriots who died to protect our liberty. We owe it to the memory of their sacrifice to preserve what they did for us. We must not fritter it away on our watch!”
Citing Obama’s famous “fundamental change” slogan, he warns: “If any politician tells you he will ‘fundamentally change’ this nation, what he means is that he plans to undermine our Constitution and take away our heritage of freedom. Run from him or her!”
The exhortation comes as Democrats seek to recapture the majority in the U.S. House, where they already have laid plans to impeach President Trump.
While Trump’s conservative agenda has been fiercely opposed by the left, he has had considerable success, particularly with the judiciary.
Dobson points out some of the negative consequences of having progressives on the bench, including the decision from the 9th Circuit Court ordering pro-life centers “to promote abortions with their patients.”
That ruling was ultimately overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on the single vote of Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee.
“How close the court came to decimating freedom of speech in those clinics,” Dobson writes. “So many other critical issues related to the Bill of Rights have been decided by a single vote.”
The court’s creation of same-sex “marriage” in 2015 is one such case.
“The decision was 5 to 4 and it eliminated the exclusivity of marriage between a man and woman in 31 states,” he says. “These five unelected and imperious justices imposed a cultural disaster on America. … The family will never be the same. … By a single vote, an arrogant, imperious, unelected justice and four colleagues on the Supreme Court overrode the will of the people and swept away collective decisions of the populous.”
If more people had turned out to vote against Obama, who appointed two Supreme Court justices, the marriage decision might have turned out differently.
But there is encouraging news in the darkness of “horrendous rulings,” he writes.
“For the first time since the courts began to run things in the 1960s, the judiciary is changing dramatically. It is true!” he says. “Some good things are starting to happen.”
He cites the recent Supreme Court decision affirming Colorado baker Jack Phillips freedom to decline to create a cake for a same-sex wedding, which again illustrated the importance of elections.
“So far, President Trump has nominated 44 judges who have been confirmed to the bench, and there are many others (88) in the pipeline. There is hope for additional conservative and common-sense decisions to be handed down in the future,” writes Dobson.
“This is a matter for sincere prayer among those of us who have longed for relief from judicial tyranny.”
He points to Canada as an example of how far wrong things can go.
“The Parliament of Canada, our neighbor to the north, passed an act into law on June 19, 2017. It is called the Transgender Rights Bill, and it imposes jail time and fines on anyone who uses inappropriate pronouns with regard to gender identity, gender expression, race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability or conviction of an offense for which a pardon has been granted,” he writes.
“Forget laws protecting freedom of speech. Violations of this act are considered to be hate crimes in Canada’s Criminal Code. Its passage has been lauded by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as ‘another step toward quality.’
“No! It is a step toward tyranny for our Canadian friends.”
Dobson says that while America is “not experiencing Nazi-like tyranny yet,” Americans “are steadily being expected to think, speak, write, and act in a prescribed manner in conformity with what is now called ‘political correctness.'”
“The mainstream media has become a tool to influence elections and spread this belief system.”
In danger are the protections established in the Bill of Rights.
“We dare not let officious justices, judges, legislators, or politicians take even one of them away from us. But some liberals today are diligently trying to do just that.
“We must stop them, but how? Our rights are being trampled every day.
“The only way to defend our liberties is at the ballot box,” he says. “Ours can be a lonely vigil unless defenders of the Constitution, and particularly conservative Christians, will stand shoulder to shoulder with us in this struggle for righteousness. We and other people of faith are winning in the public square. This is no time to go wobbly.”
Dobson has counseled five presidents, written dozens of books and guided Christian families in negotiating the intricate pathways of fatherhood and motherhood for decades.
He now serves on President Trump’s Faith Advisory Board.
He been called by the New York Times “the most influential evangelical leader in the country.”
He also co-founded the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council, two organizations with high profiles in the battles for religious rights and America’s Christian heritage.
Last summer, he warned that Iceland was sliding toward Nazi-era eugenics by eliminating Down syndrome babies through abortion.
Dobson, who was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years, said a child born with a chromosome defect is no less made in the image of God than anyone else.
He was joined at the time by actress Patricia Heaton in condemning the practice.
“Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down syndrome. They’re just killing everybody that has it. Big difference,” Heaton said.
Dobson once labeled Obama the “abortion president.”