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Will We Bow?

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On April 30, 1789, on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, George Washington took the oath of office as first President of the newly constituted United States of America. After he kissed the Bible and whispered “so help me God”, he went inside to deliver his first inaugural address to Congress and other governmental officials assembled. He acknowledged the hand of God in the founding of this nation, but he also warned, “…the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained….” Following his address the President led the group of leaders down the street to St. Paul’s Chapel where they all participated in a Divine Service scheduled by Congress to pray for the fledgling nation.

God has been faithful to protect the United States as long as we lived according to His ordinances. He has remained patient as we have turned from the “eternal rules of order and right” that he laid out in His Word. In the last few decades God has been removed from our schools, government, military, and our culture. Though He is still here, we have left His Providence.

As a result, the first attack by a foreign enemy on American soil occurred on September 11, 2001. We all knew within the depths of our being that the only protection we could count on was God. We filled houses of worship and sang “God Bless America” at ball games, but we did not repent and return to Him with our whole hearts. When the immediate danger was forgotten, we forgot Him as well.

In the years since, we have experienced devastating weather events, financial crises and terror attacks. We have suffered further degradation of our culture and deeper division as Americans. Politics will not solve the problem. Righteousness cannot be legislated because laws cannot affect change in a man’s heart. Only God can do that.

The nation’s first President and Congress prayed for God’s blessing on our nation. They had seen the hand of God countless times in the founding of the American experiment, and they were humble in asking His blessings on the nation and their posterity. God stands ready to extend His outstretched arms if His prodigal nation will return to Him. We still have time to ask His forgiveness for expecting Him to continue to bless an arrogant, corrupt and self-centered people. But at some time, His cup of wrath will be poured out.

The leaders of this nation must bow their knees to God, just as the first leaders of our nation did. They must lead the people of this nation to repent of our wicked ways and call on the Lord to heal our land. Will they be able to lay down their pride? Will we be willing to follow?

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Where’s Our Sense of Humor?

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What happened to our sense of humor, our ability to laugh at ourselves? Does anyone out there have an explanation? Better yet, do any of you have a suggestion about how to get it back?

It seems to me that it died when political correctness was born, along with that new right to be offended whenever someone says or does anything we don’t like. We’ve created so many groups of victims and inflamed them against one another that everyone is angry and distrustful of anyone in another group. Of course, some groups are fair game: Christians, conservatives, blondes, Southerners, Texans, and Texas Aggies. I happen to belong to each of those groups, except that I’m no longer blonde. Oh, but I’m old. That’s another group that should be included on the list,–old people.

For every reason that we are being divided, there are millions of reasons we could be united. Just because we differ in skin color or geographical location doesn’t mean we’re not alike in religious or political views, for instance. Or maybe we’re fans of the same team or enjoy the same music. Or maybe we’ve suffered similar tragedies. No matter what, we all want to be loved and accepted for who we are.

Laughter is the best medicine, but so-called humor today often consists of vitriolic rants against people who may have different political beliefs. Some comedians’ humor consists of strutting across the stage saying the f-word. How funny or creative is that? In contrast, Bill Cosby’s humor was born out of life experiences we can all relate to, sibling relationships, for example. His humor made us take a look at our own human foibles, and laugh. So where’s the next Bill Cosby? We sure could use him.

The Time Is Now

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I attended a political convention recently because I believe it’s time to quit complaining about what’s happening in our land if I’m not willing to sacrifice my time and energy to stand for the principles I believe in. The energy of the delegates in support of Constitutional and Judeo-Christian principles was amazing. One thing that particularly interested me was that votes that appeared to be very close by voice, were not close at all when judged by a show or hands. I came away from that experience realizing that the loudest, shrillest voices do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of the majority of us. Hope is alive, and the American people are beginning to get it.

We are not alone in this battle. God placed the seeds of liberty deep within the heart of every individual, but in America, they’ve been watered and fertilized for centuries. As long as hope is alive, it’s not too late to take this country from the stranglehold of the lying voices we hear from those in the media, entertainment industry and educational institutions. God’s Providence birthed this nation, and He’s not finished with us yet. We have only a short amount of time to turn back to Him, but it’s not too late.

The time is right. The time is now. We can wait no longer to stand for God and country. Our country is weak culturally, spiritually, militarily, morally, and politically, but We the People still have a say. I say “No more voice votes!” We must vote by rising to our feet in support of all that is good about our country and our way of life. It’s not too late if we return to our God, but we must act now.

The Blessings of Liberty

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In April, 1775, farmers and townspeople in small villages in Massachusetts, Lexington and Concord, picked up their muskets to stand against the advancing army in red coats that had been sent to force them into submission. These men didn’t know what they were doing when they fired the “shot heard ’round the world,” except that they had tasted the freedom that came from governing themselves, and it was worth standing up to the King of England to keep. A year later that vision was encapsulated in the Declaration of Independence, and a grand experiment that has outlasted all revolutions to this day was begun.

The American experiment was based on men being free to run their lives in any manner they chose as long as they respected their neighbors’ rights to do the same, each man’s rights ending where another’s began. The inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, given to each individual by the Creator, are the fountains from which spring the rights to one’s dreams, possessions, ideas, as well as the fruit from those dreams and ideas. The Bible says God gives His people the power to gain wealth [Deut 818]:, and further, that He will make His people a great nation, blessed to be a blessing[Gen 12:2]. The blessings of God flowed into and out of this nation, as long as His people trust His Providence and are obedient to His precepts. The United States of America has become the richest, but most generous, nation in the history of the world, because they ascribed to the tenets laid our in God’s Word.

In this experiment called America, free men governed themselves by granting powers to a representative government. The role of the federal government was limited to only those powers specifically delegated to it in the Constitution, such things as defending the nation and its borders, coining money, providing a patent office and a post office and making treaties, things that the compilation of states couldn’t do effectively under the weaker Articles of Confederation. All other responsibilities were reserved for individual citizens, and their local and state governments. This was, after all, the United States. The framers of the Constitution knew that the greatest threat to U.S. citizens was the federal government, so they did all they could to limit its scope and power, as well as to warn subsequent generations to be vigilant about its ever present propensity to encroach on the rights of the people.

Today we are in danger of losing the liberty the men and boys standing on those village greens fought to give us. We cannot expect Big Brother to take care of every aspect of our lives if we are to remain free from the clutches of government. Peace and security do not necessarily go hand in hand with liberty. If we don’t wake up soon, we may have to fight the American Revolution yet again, hopefully with ideas this time, to remain free and to pass the blessings of liberty to our posterity.

Have We Really Progressed?

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I must say that I’m getting tired of arrogant elitists telling the rest of us that we are stupid. Last week I heard Bill Press use that descriptive of the Star Spangled Banner, because it is militaristic, and difficult to sing. Later that same day, Bill Maher complained that our country deserved to become Mormon because a stupid country deserved a stupid religion.

Unfortunately, we are reaping the fruit of the progressive movement that has infiltrated our educational institutions and media, while attacking families and faith. Progressives see themselves as the intelligent crowd that must tell us how to run our lives. Anyone who is not in agreement with them is stupid, mean-spirited, racist or homophobic. Of course, whatever the cause, the “medicine” is for our own good, but it doesn’t apply to them because they’re smart enough to run their own lives.

About one hundred years ago, the Progressive Movement under leaders like Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson began to erode our individual liberties. The assumption was that to progress, to solve some of the ills of society, men needed to be dictated to by the experts who knew best. As a result, the government began to pass laws to protect us, as well as progressive amendments to the Constitution: graduated income tax, direct election of senators, women’s suffrage, and the prohibition of alcohol.

Now we’ve “progressed” so far that we’ve lost our ability to even think that we are capable of running our own schools, providing for our own health care or choosing what we should eat or drink. When there is a need we expect the federal government to throw money at it or to regulate it. For example, everything is so convoluted that we must restrict people’s diets, because if we don’t, we will have to pay more for their health care. What if people ate what they wanted and took responsibility for the consequences?

Don’t we realize this is a power grab, a way for politicians to stay in office. Those calling the rest of us stupid do so to reap the rewards of being on the good side of the powerful. If the motives were pure, women’s lib would be supportive of all women who are successful, no matter what their political persuasion. Ask Sarah Palin if this is true. African-Americans like Allen West and Condoleezza Rice would be applauded, not called “Uncle Toms,” if progressives were really interested in the equality of all races.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to use the curlicue lightbulbs that require a Hasmat crew to clean up the toxins if one breaks. I don’t drink sodas very often, but if I want a Coke, I don’t want some bureaucrat telling me how much I can have. I don’t want a bureaucracy making decisions about my health care; I’ve seen how well that works when I go to the Post Office. If solar power is effective and efficient, the market place will produce it, just like it did the incandescent light bulb or computer or steam engine or cotton gin or iPhone.

Wake up, America. If we continue to allow our liberties to be usurped by this crowd, maybe we are stupid.

A House Divided

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Abraham Lincoln faced a divided nation when He addressed the Illinois Republican Convention in 1858. He was embroiled in a race for the U.S. Senate with Stephen Douglas at the time, and many thought the speech he was to make was too radical for his election. Quoting Jesus, he said “a house divided cannot stand,” believing that the United States would not remain divided; ultimately, we would be all slave or all free. Interestingly, he had never won an election before, and he lost this one, but his stand for unmoderated truth gave him victory in the only election that he ever won, President of the United States.

That message resounds today. Will the United States choose to become a socialistic, atheistic society that controls every aspect of our lives by promising to take care of us, or will she return to her founding principles of liberty and the rule of law, one nation under God? Will our politicians have the courage to stand on the principles that made our country what it is or will they compromise, thinking that will appeal to moderate voters? I believe that we have a chance in the next few months to return to the principles that made us America. Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin was a sign that we’re waking up.

On election night in Wisconsin, one young man was on all the cable channels crying, “Democracy died!”, but I say the republic inhaled a breath of life. Can someone explain to me how allowing an individual worker the choice not to have union dues deducted from his salary is the death knell of democracy? Sounds like individual liberty to me. I understand that without the dues of the workers who opted out of the union, the union bosses in the state have about half as much money to elect politicians to do their bidding. Certainly their political power and that of the politicians they’re controlling has been diminished, but the freedom of the individual worker as well as the economic health of the state has been resurrected.

Why did that recall even come about? Was there corruption, scandal, malfeasance of office? No, Scott Walker was doing what he promised to do in his campaign, what the majority of voters elected him to do. Once the votes are counted in a democratic republic, the candidate chosen by the will of the people governs until the next election. Isn’t that democracy? Since the vote wasn’t close enough for law suits, the opposition chose to force a recall at a cost to the taxpayers of millions of dollars. We used to call that being a “sore loser” on the playground, but, it seems like a much greater threat to democracy to me.

Are we so used to politicians telling us what we want to hear, and then doing just the opposite, that we don’t expect someone to have the courage of convictions? I pray that our presidential candidates this year will stand on one side or the other. If you believe socialism is best for America, say that. If you believe that a free people must be responsible for their own lives and be given the liberty to accomplish their dreams without government intrusion, say that. I really am tired of luke-warm, focus group tested rhetoric from Madison Avenue politicians. Take a clue from Scott Walker and Abraham Lincoln. Americans want our leaders to lead. We can no longer compromise principle; our republic depends on it.

The Tipping Point

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We find ourselves at a tipping point in this country. Almost half the population is receiving government assistance to live, while the rest is working twice as hard for half as much. Increasing oil prices have inflated the cost of food, clothes, and any other goods that are petroleum based or that must be grown or transported. Unless something is done before the beginning of 2013, the increased tax burden from expiring tax rates will take most of the rest of our earnings.

Once that happens, where will the money come from? When I can make more money not working than working, why should I continue to pay my own way. One of the tenets of economics is that you get more of what you subsidize, and less of what you tax. I don’t need my masters degree in mathematics to figure out that at some point no one will be working and everyone will be poor and needy.

So what happens at that point? The same thing that has happened every time communistic or fascist societies have been formed in the past. After a period of anarchy, much like what is going on in Greece right now, someone will take control and everyone will be forced to work for that individual or the state. Napoleon rose to power in France, betraying the French Revolution; Hitler’s Nazi Party took control from the Weimar Republic in Germany; Stalin emerged following the Russian Revolution. In 1945, George Orwell wrote an allegory, Animal Farm, (www.george-orwell.org/Animal_Farm/8.html) that illustrates the process. My favorite line from that book is, “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” We will all be equal, except for those in control, but at what cost?

The only revolution that didn’t result in a totalitarian government was the American Revolution. The reason? Our founders fought for liberty, not equality, and the government was founded by Christians on Biblical principles. In the United States, we live under the rule of law, not privilege, which provides an even playing field for anyone who is willing to participate. Liberty gives us equality of opportunity. Americans are free to take risks that may be rewarded with success or result in failure, while those who wish to play it safe are free to do that as well.

We must remind ourselves what liberty is, and return whole-heartedly to those principles now. If not, we will have completed the cycle, returning as a nation to what our forefathers left behind when they risked it all for freedom in the new world.