When I was granted American citizenship last year on 9/11 – after living in the US for some 40 years — I thought I was becoming a citizen of the greatest country in the world. Then Obama & Co. entered the White House. Now I’m not so sure I was right. Things are degenerating fast. I fear for this country’s future.
I’m not one of those right wing nut cases who detect a conspiracy behind every Bush – whether it’s GHW, W, or Jeb. I’m just an ordinary nut case – at least I’d be considered such if a labeler from the Left were left to label me. I just can’t get with The Program of the Progressive Internationalists who are currently running the show. I’m not into “world apology tours,” closing Gitmo and allowing terrorists to run loose in the world like rabid dogs, borrowing and spending the country into oblivion in a vain attempt stimulate an increasingly socialistic economy, and taking over Health Care and giving government bureaucrats life & death control of our personal survival, and naming a small army of “czars” (32 so far) who are unaccountable to Congress to run all kinds of “Obamanable” programs. It makes no sense to me to have our Secretary of State in South America sympathizing with the legally ousted communist dictator of Honduras. Nor does it make any sense to see our President agreeing with the often treacherous Russians to cut our nuclear arsenal in half and to back off on a missile defense shield for Eastern Europe.
Space in this brief column is too limited to enumerate the vast number of excesses already rammed through by this Administration. The bottom line is that President Obama is changing what America is. He seems to be against everything I’m for, and for everything I’m against.
Furthermore, he’s insisting that lawmakers sign off on bills that they, and he, have not read! You’d think that the minimum requirement for voting for any bill would be to have read it – no matter how long it took. This is madness. Future generations of Americans – if there are any – will be saddled with a host of pork-laden, unread, haphazard laws that will leave them indebted, confused and perhaps even angry.
As I write he’s encouraging the ramming through Congress of a national healthcare scheme that’s a thousand pages long and full of red tape. It looks like we’ll end up with a nationalized “health” care system managed by faceless bureaucrats who couldn’t care less about the good people whose lives they hold in the balance. There’ll be 50 million more people for the same number of doctors, nurses and hospitals to handle. That means both rationing and spiraling costs. Of course Congress et al will be exempt from the new system while we, the hapless people, will be at its mercy. Chances are none of the lawmakers who sign the bill will have read it, including the President himself. Once in place, the physical well-being of the American people will be in the hands of the government that has managed Veteran’s Affairs, Amtrak, the Post Office and the DMV so well (I jest).
Under Obama, the national debt has quadrupled, indebting future generations for who knows how long. The military, the economy, Wall Street and Main Street, small businesses and the average person’s financial future, are all being weakened while Big Government lurches ahead accumulating power and momentum like a runaway freight train.
Remorseful, impotent, divided Republicans posture helplessly from the sidelines while they watch the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other founding documents systematically dismantled and trashed by Progressives who hold them in contempt. Freedom of political and religious speech both appear to be on their way out. The Second Amendment is being eroded out of existence piecemeal. The newest appointee to the Supreme Court became tongue-tied when asked if she believed the average American had the right to self-defense!
Folks who “cling to their guns and their Bibles” are not in favor with this Administration. But unions, ACORN and Keneysian-cum-Marxist economics are. The unreadable, unread bills that are being rammed through Congress are full of pork, earmarks and deleterious baggage. No one seems to care. If speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama want them, the Congressional “sheeple” vote for them without much critical thought, as mentioned earlier.
Once these bulldozed, unread bills are signed into law, and the multitudes have become dependent upon the government largesse they have created, it will be all but impossible to reverse them. What we’re living through is a massive power grab by the Democratic Party. Power is being consolidated, bureaucratized and entrenched. Our lives are being increasingly micromanaged by an ever expanding, ubiquitous Big Brother government that is funded by foreign powers.
So what can we do about it? Precious little it seems. Come next election, provided Obama hasn’t been made “President for Life,” we may find that we still have the vote. If we do, we can throw at least some of the bums out and replace them with people who still hold the Constitution and traditional American values dear. In other words, we can vote for non-Progressive, true conservatives who believe in small government, a strong defense and a free market economy. Yet, if we are blessed enough to find such good folks in power, you can be sure the Press/Media will savage and marginalize them at every possible opportunity, as they have done Sarah Palin. It will not be an easy road for the next generation of conservatives. They will have a long, uphill struggle to correct the excesses of the current Misadministration.
When it comes to the Presidency, it looks like a two-termer – unless there is a massive voter backlash against current directions. The Press/Media combine is rabidly partisan and full of venom toward conservatives – religious or secular. It is now in a position to make or break politicians – and it knows it. It’s feeling its oats.
What Christians Need to Know
Governments come and go. Some are good, some are evil. Sooner or later, they all pass from the scene, leaving in their wakes legacies of good and evil. As king David wrote, “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away,” (Psalm 37:1-2).
Of course that’s true of all of us. Yet the fate of the righteous is different. Through all administrations – good and evil alike – we must “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give yourself the desires of your heart,” (verses 3 & 4).
In difficult times, God may choose to allow his people to suffer privation, persecution or even relative poverty. Or, he may carve out for them an oasis of peace and prosperity in the worst of times. It could go both ways. Christians have been called to faith in a wide variety of circumstances. Over the centuries, millions of us have been martyred. Our fortunes wax and wane. We prosper and we suffer. In our time, thousands of Christians die each year at the hands of religious fanatics and communists alike. God’s instruction to us rings through the ages,
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes,” (Psalm 37:7).
Time lurches on. Politicians wax and wane. Ancient Israel had nine dynasties and nineteen kings – some good, most bad. The United States has had 43 Presidents, most good, some either useless or malevolently progressive. Under these Administrations, the fortunes of Christians have varied. Under Obama, things look bleak for conservatives of any variety – religious or otherwise. He is governing for, and with, the half of the country that voted for him. The rest can go cling to their guns and Bibles.
If we take our faith seriously, we must maintain it through hell and high water. We can’t allow the prevailing culture to define our way of life, our morality, or our faith. As Peter and his fellow apostles said, “We ought to obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29). No matter how much “they” change America, “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, today and forever,” (Hebrews 13:8). Spiritually speaking, we must follow suit.