It is depressing to read comments from people who call God their father, tell people to lean on Him, declare they stand on His word, and then demonstrate it by voting to continue an administration that has no love of Christianity or the word of God.
I know I may not always have it right. I am, after all, a man; and sometimes my emotions get in the way of clear thinking. But I do view the world through the lens of scripture, and I understand the face and form of evil even in its most benign presentations. I guess it comes down to what a person is inside and how they view life in their own eyes. As for me, I view life as an opportunity to make strides toward the kingdom of God, to be what God wants me to be, and to do it as He has instructed in His word: by my hands through His direction using my own sweat and industry. I lean on no one but my wife and family for support, I ask for no government provisos, and look for as little government as possible.
For those who believe that the election of 2012 was a call to continue government growth unchecked and as furious as a wild fire, how this computes as a good thing is what troubles my heart and gives me fits. I have spoken with many of the “faithful” and have listened to their logic. It makes no sense to me, but I have listened.
What I have been told is that previous administrations (only the last two) were rife with corruption, illegal activity, and cronyism. They were administrations that catered to the rich and left the middle class to flounder in desperation and debt. The current administration, I was told, is the most transparent in history, the most connected, and the most caring of the middle class at the expense of the wealthy, bar none. I have been treated to tails of wonder over this newly re-elected president and his openness as well as his willingness to work with his detractors who are the most hateful people ever. I have listened to comments filled with awe that this one man, Barack Obama, is the fulfillment of all the dreams of the American middle class. Obama, I have been told, is the first president in history who put the people first. Not caring about himself, he put his political future on the line to stand up for what is right…
Barack Obama is the first president in history who has openly declared his contempt for this country and our culture. He is the first to brazenly demonstrate behavior that can be charged as treason, the first to openly act against America’s ethic of hard work and personal reward and accountability. He is without peer when abuse of office is in question. Having no respect for the legislative branch and having declared that the judicial branch supports unlimited corporate and special interest money in elections (not true), he demonstrated that he has no problem lying outright to propel his vision of an all-powerful executive branch. The votes Obama got were from people who have a most tenuous grasp of reality if they have a grasp at all. They voted for one set of lies about how Obama did such a wonderful job his first term, how he saved the auto industry, how he alone killed Bin Laden, how he saved the economy, how he is thrifty and transparent, and how any failure of his policies can be laid at the feet of the Republicans in Congress.
“Forward” into what? All that can be assured using the Obama vision is deficits into perpetuity, higher prices, lower standards of living for the vast majority, business failures, higher crime rates, lower expectations, and an education system that is failing at every level. And yet this is the vision the majority voted for; this is the America they want. How did we come to this? A once great nation brought to its knees not by an enemy from without, instead poisoned by a fungus from within. The fungus of greed, hate and envy. Brought down by people who have in their heart a lust for control so overwhelming that sense and logic are its nemesis. Obama says “Forward”, and in lock-step they march though they know not where or for how long. The rhetoric used in this last election was tried and trued in the past, always by people who claimed to be desirous of the ‘people’ getting what is fair, willing to punish those who benefit unfairly off the backs of the people. We have heard before the cries of commercial theft of the labors of the workers by the corporate greed of industries elite. We have been entreated to fight the boardrooms and the money behind the machination of industry. We have heard it all before, always from people who in the end were guilty of the very despotic attitudes and behaviors they claimed to fight against.
The truth has been out there for decades, centuries in fact; and yet we repeat the pattern. We opt into the very paradigm we ought to avoid with all passion. Not all of us to be sure, but enough that we doom ourselves to the same fate that claimed other great societies. From Macedonia to Carthage to Rome, all suffered a fall to mediocrity as a result of power concentrated in the hands of a few, with promises of equity to the people driven by a mad lust for that which is not earned. Greed is a manifestation of base thinking on hyper-drive, a repugnant expression of insecurity that manifests in ugly and hurtful ways. When a populace is driven to ever-increasing levels of largess by a ruling class whose only desire is to build the dependency on that largess of those they rule, it will reach a breaking point. When that happens, those few who continue against the paradigm will be viewed as outside the norm, against the mentality that believes in the ruling class for sustaining the status quo bias.
Alas, we have reached that point.
In America, we used to believe in the paradigm of self support, the understanding that we are each responsible to ourselves for our needs and wants. We believed that if we worked hard and behaved decently, we would reach our desired state of contentment; and moving forward, we would continue our own support to maintain that level of contentment. We have now reached a point where there are too few of us that believe in the ‘status quo anti’ the way it used to be. We stand out to the masses because we do not want the government involved in our lives, a place it does not belong. We believe that we are the only truth in solving our personal dilemmas from finances to housing and education; we understand that to reach our goals, it must be by our own hand. We believe that God requires us to be accountable for ourselves, to answer for our failures as well as rejoice in our successes.
I for one do not envy anyone who has made a good success of their lives. I do not want what they have nor do I want it taken from them by anyone else, especially the government. And for thinking and believing what I do, I am called intolerant, bigoted, hateful, and even an enemy of the state. How does my desire to work and earn and to care for my family by my own industry make me an enemy of the state? How am I a threat to our society because I do not believe that the government has any business telling me how to live my life and what I can and cannot own, eat, or listen to? My parents taught me that I will answer for my life conduct and that I am responsible for how I live and how far I go in life. I was taught by my father to stand as all men were expected to stand: On my own two feet. I walk my path in life; I do not try to force my will on other people, and I do not appreciate someone else doing it to me. I am polite and courteous to others as I was taught to be. I want nothing that belongs to someone else; I will earn it myself. And for this, I am told I am a horrible person.
What has this country come to?
We have lost the anchor in the storm; we have abandoned God officially and are now worshiping other idols. Our government has embraced a false belief whole-heartily; and as it happened to Israel, we have been brought to ruin because of it. Many will say I am a fool for believing this. I welcome such criticism because it proves that I am still on the path that God has set before me. I will not bend; I will not give in. My life is not as important as where I will be at my end, and it is to God I will answer and not the government.
The truth is that we have fallen away from that which used to sustain us; and instead, our society has cleaved to an ideology of greed and hate. This is what has become of our lives, this is why we now suffer, and this is why we will all pay the price.
We are lost…alas we are lost.
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