by Gene Bulmer, 2/17/2013
This country is going through a rather extreme identity crisis…
…roughly ½ of us hold to traditional family values, work ethics & personal responsibility…& ½ of us don’t (they either look the other way, embrace perversity or feign intellectual superiority @ their “ability” to look upon sordid behavior and “tolerate” it).
That latter ½ also are comfortable with the idea of letting the former care for them via increased taxation, demagoguery and generalized shiftlessness…a trait they see personified in the leader they breathlessly reelected, a.k.a. Barack Obama.
Obama is a classic Socialist/Totalitarian/Narcissist-bordering-on-Communist intent on righting the imagined, historical wrongs perpetrated on the poor & downtrodden of our land. The trouble is that Obama is going about it as if he governed within a Democracy…
…he doesn’t. The United States of America is a Constitutional Republic; and there’s a huge difference between the two. Democracy is where a simple majority rule and make the rules (predominantly based upon populism); a Constitutional Republic preserves an individual’s rights from “mere” democracy and guarantees those rights above all else.
Thus Obama spends & spends…insisting that government can right virtually ANY wrong and purposefully pushes our culture to the edge (and beyond) of fiscal & moral bankruptcy so that he may, from the societal ashes, remake the matrix as he sees fit (with him as king, no doubt). But the trouble with that is, as Margaret Thatcher once so eloquently observed: “The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
What’s needed now (really yesterday, but now will do) is for someone to step out of formation & declare the obvious: that the emperor indeed has no clothes. That is to say, Barack Obama is not a brilliant man with new ideas…nor is he a “post-partisan” healer whose goal is to “bring our country together” (or any other type of such nonsense).
Barack Hussein Obama is a divisive, race-baiting ideologue who thinks that winning an election means that he gets to not only introduce whatever policy his extreme liberal heart desires…but to remake the rules and trample the very constitution he’s sworn an oath (see the Islamic doctrine of Takkiya) to uphold in order to so do (read the difference between democracy & constitutional republic again). The results we now see playing out in society (high unemployment & huge tax hikes and rising prices on their way to runaway inflation) are exactly the results he wants to see…despite his protestations to the contrary. He is a clever politician and, if he seems to be in a constant mode of campaigning…he IS. He destroys the country with one hand (kept deftly behind his back) while stumping against said policies, which he claims are the result of Republican rule (the current Congress and his inevitable & timeless scapegoat, George W. Bush).
That all this plays to the “low information voter”, a brand of lazy American who cares not what is said and/or done behind the scenes as long as their welfare or other type of government assistance check and/or benefits shows up in the mail or, better yet, gets auto deposited into their bank account (so they don’t actually have to get up off the couch…*yikes!*), is telling and indicative of the heart of America’s crisis of identity. As Benjamin Franklin once noted: “The day the electorate realizes they can line their own pockets by electing the ‘right’ type of candidate…the Republic as we know it perishes.”
So what to do about it? How do we walk back the American ideal(s) of hard work (and its resulting benefits of personal self-worth & self-esteem), self-reliance, ingenuity, guts, determination, perseverance and indefatigable courage in the face of adversity? Well…we certainly DON’T do it by jumping into armored Hum-Vees & descend upon Washington, D.C.
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…we accomplish the turn-around via education.
We declare “war” on the current political silly-season festival and re-instill founding constitutional values in the electorate via word-of-mouth & CD/DVD & book programs tailored to a national re-education effort – such as those supplied by TEAM / LIFE – teaching principled leadership, integrity, traditional morals/values & a work ethic that states: “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”
—Tools designed to help people think…for a change; real change.
Men like Barack Obama are a dime-a-dozen: no savior or brilliant leader in Obama…simply another jester who knows how to play people’s fears & emotions against them until he has them trapped into accepting knee-jerk governmental subsistence like a dog who, even though it’s abused…will come to its bowl for food when the master declares it’s meal-time.
Cultural deviancy will, as with all great empires of history, lead to our eventual destruction. We know in our hearts that morality doesn’t “trend” this way or that…like some Twitter phenomenon; it’s a mainstay…a fixed point…like the stars. To pretend that ‘good’ is now ‘evil’, or ‘evil’, ‘good’ – is to practice the art of self-delusion:
2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
So don’t let your guard down to the point where you’re easily deceived. Wanting to believe that a man…ANY man…will walk into power and usher you and your family onto “Easy Street” I s a fantasy. We all might want that kind of life to be true…but we know it isn’t: the government can give you nothing that it first doesn’t take…make that strip away from you first.
1 Corinthians 13:11-12
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And you do know. So don’t be led with a bit & bridle. It’s your canoe – learn to paddle it.