Imagine you were ill and you just went into your local pharmacy and picked out some medication that you thought would help you. Imagine you based your choice upon personal biases; you like pink, so you pick out some pretty pink pills. Or you think, the bigger, the better, so you pick out the largest pills you could find. Do you think that your choice would cure whatever it is that ails you? Of course not, because you had not first gone and seen a doctor to learn what exactly it was that was wrong with you in the first place.
That is the way I see people in this country. They know something is wrong in the United States, but instead of taking the time to learn what it is that ails this country, they just vote for the candidates who conform to their personal biases, or, like the pretty pink pill, they vote for the candidates who look and sound good when they make all those promises.
What I see happening in this country is that we continually shift back and forth, granting power to the Democrats, then the Republicans, while the people flounder aimlessly about without the slightest clue as to what is at fault for all our nation’s problems.
I have been hearing a lot of talk about the next presidential election and who we can elect to replace Barack Obama. Much ado has been made about whether Rand Paul will run. While I have the utmost respect for Mr. Paul, I do not think that, even if he managed to get elected, all our nation‘s woes would, or could, be solved. As my father used to be fond of saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” In other words, don’t put all your hopes and aspirations upon one man.
In the Bible, the book of Psalms tells us, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” When we vote for candidates, what values do we rely upon to formulate our choice?
When our nation was founded, the founding fathers had a distinct vision for its future. They drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights based upon certain values that they hoped would guide this nation as it continued to grow. When we began to stray from those values, those ethics that is when we began to suffer the consequences.
John Adams once wrote that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” In an essay published in the Public Advisor, his cousin Samuel Adams wrote, “[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”
Another, less often quoted of our founders, Noah Webster, clearly stated, “When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.”
In George Washington’s farewell address, he stated that, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness. ”
You know, John McCain once said, “The core political values of our free society are so deeply embedded in our collective consciousness that only a few malcontents, lunatics generally, ever dare to threaten them.” I find that humorous, seeing as how he considers people like myself a lunatic, while he is one who has perverted those core political values upon which our nation was founded.
In the 1980’s, Charlie Daniels wrote a song entitled In America, which gained a lot of support for its patriotic sentiments. In it, he sang, “We’re gonna put her feet back on the path of righteousness and then God bless America again.”
Wherever I go, I almost always see cars and trucks with stickers on their bumpers saying God Bless America. Why would he? Why should He when, just as Samuel Adams warned, we have become a nation populated by “… people whose manners are universally corrupt.”
We claim to a Americans, yet, for the most part, we are woefully ignorant of the principles upon which our nation was founded. We claim to be Christians, and again, we are woefully ignorant as to the teachings contained in the Bible.
By seeking to place all our eggs in one basket, by placing all our hopes and aspirations upon one candidate for president, we are hiding from the fact that our whole system has become corrupted. Those who sit in our nation’s capital no longer serve us, they serve some higher master who cares nothing for our welfare.
In the Book of Ephesians we read, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
As I mentioned, in reference to America as a nation, Charlie Daniels sang that we’re gonna put her feet back on the path of righteousness and then God Bless America again. Charlie wasn’t just talking out his ass, to quote a popular euphemism.
If one had read the Bible, one would realize that Charlie was paraphrasing what was said in 2 Chronicles, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
By now you may be shaking your head and calling me a religious fanatic. But let me quote to you something I found in the speech, This is John Galt Speaking, “It is only your own knowledge that you can claim to possess or ask others to consider. Your mind is your only judge of truth-and if others dissent from your verdict, reality is the court of final appeal.”
I know, Rand was an atheist, and by being an atheist people are biased against her for that simple reason. But she was, nevertheless a brilliant woman who was able to see what wrongs society was capable of.
Hell, I am guilty of many things, as I was so kindly reminded of just last week. I myself, as many of you may have noticed, have been guilty of not living up to the words of George Washington, who stated, “The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.”
Whatever the reason, I do believe that God has granted me the ability to see the bigger picture, to see beyond the individual issues and see what is really wrong in America. I cannot force you to believe all that I am saying. I can only provide you with the facts, as I see them, and hope that you will have the common sense to at least consider them with an open mind. That is all I can, and am asking of you now.