I could take the attitude that no action is necessary because God is Sovereign and controls all things. I do believe that God is Sovereign! That being said I also believe that God expects us to “do what is right” in every area of life, including the political. If I were to sit idly by and watch America, a nation founded on principles so friendly to individual liberties and the teachings of Scripture, I would feel I had betrayed the trust God gave me. Throughout human history we have records of nation after nation attempting to ensure those “inalienable rights” that God has given every person. Repeatedly those nations fell, prey to power-hungry ambitious people who plunged them into tyranny. A quote from George Santayana is applicable, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That defines my passion to see as many people “informed”, regarding our government, true history, and the perils of continuing on the path that restricts, limits, and even abolishes our freedoms.
We live in a “Free Society” and all “Free Societies” seek to establish governments designed to protect the rights of individuals, especially the inalienable rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” James Madison was right when he declared, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Sadly, we are not and some government is necessary, otherwise we would have total anarchy and none of us want that. History is replete with examples of how governments acted to restrict or disallow private ownership of land, redistribute the wealth, and censor speech, and expression. Each of those resulted in the collapse of that nation’s economy, the loss of freedom, and ultimately the end of that nation as a Free Society!
The permanent professional political class, has demonstrated a uniform desire to “grow government” regardless of party. Why? Because it perpetuates their way of life; and gives them an incredible amount of power frequently increasing their personal wealth. When government expands to the point of controlling the lives of every individual directly or indirectly by deciding what we eat, what we drive, where we live, work, how much we can earn or keep of those earnings, it is “out of control.” I believe that is a time when the public MUST take whatever measures are necessary to “rein it in”, and “reduce its size” to a manageable and constitutional level. We know from history there is a point of no return in supporting an endless number of so-called “good causes”. History has demonstrated that when any society follows that path it becomes collectivist, then tyrannical. Upton Sinclair, author of “The Jungle”, a socialist, and founder of the consumer protection movement, wrote to six-time presidential candidate Norman Thomas of the Socialist Party of America in 1951: “The American People will take Socialism, but they won’t take the label… Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to “End Poverty in California” I got 879,000… There is no use attacking it by a frontal attack, it is much better to out-flank them.” In the past few decades, we have realized just how true those words are.
In Ancient Greece, Polybius said, “democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence as the people grow more accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others.” The U.S. Government under Barack Obama is taking us down the path of a “total welfare society” with “complete dependence” on the Federal Government for our livelihood. He and many politicians are calling “rights” things that are not “rights”; such as “the right to high quality education, the right to free or affordable health care and housing, etc.” They promise to provide those things, telling us that it will actually reduce the overall cost. Yet, ANYONE in their right mind and with an elementary knowledge of economics knows that the exact opposite is true.
If you study Ancient Greece, you find interesting clues as to this country’s fate. Aristotle described the characteristics of a tyrant and speaks so profoundly to our current situation it is frightening. He said, “Another mark of a tyrant is that he likes foreigners better than citizens, and lives with them and invites them to his table; for the one are enemies, but the others enter into no rivalry with him.” Additionally, “From democracy tyrants have borrowed the art of making war upon the notables and destroying them secretly or openly, or exiling them because they are rivals and stand in the way of their power; and also because plots against them are contrived by men of this class, who either want to rule or to escape subjection.” Does that sound familiar? The use of class warfare by this President is a perfect example. Today, we see politicians using class envy, race, gender, sexual preference, and a host of other things as tools to divide people and thereby enlarge their bases of support. Frequently, they tell one group one thing and another something dramatically different. The disturbing thing is if the mass media supports those candidates and their ideologies they are able commit those inconsistencies with impunity. On the other hand, their opponents doing the same face vilification as vile, evil, and mean-spirited liars. Aristotle also taught that a tyrant maintains power in three distinct ways:
1. Humiliation of his subjects. (Wow, is that ever-present today!)
2. Creating mistrust among and between people. (Divide and conqueror)
3. Relegating his subjects to a status where they are incapable of resisting. (Does making one totally dependent on government for their livelihood fall into this category? Would disarming the citizens meet this qualification?)
The history of Ancient Rome also gives us clear warning signs. Yet, for decades we have chosen to ignore those warnings. Julius Caesar was a skilled politician and orator. In order to gain the support of the masses, especially the poor, he promised to distribute food and money to them. He would become their source by providing the things they needed to live. His plan was to “redistribute the wealth” creating class warfare against those who had become affluent and prosperous through ingenuity and work. The Roman Empire fell, among other reasons, due to their increasing “tax burden, confiscation of wealth, devaluation of the currency, attempts to control prices, and regulate virtually every dimension of business and personal life.” Once the rich had either fled or been destroyed, the burden to feed the insatiable hunger of the government and this tyrant fell upon the poor who could not satisfy the demands, thus destroying the Empire.
Ancient Israel had one of the most efficient systems known to man. Most of the Western world’s legal and moral code comes from the Judeo-Christian philosophy, values, and beliefs. They operated with extremely limited government per se and yet had an incredible system of checks and balances. Private property was supremely protected by their laws. This has been a cornerstone in every free society. Our founders understood that this was a critical right whose defense was of utmost importance. In fact, Israel’s tax system remained constant for a period of over four hundred years. Somebody, explain that to Washington please!
Winston Churchill said of Russia and their system of government, “it is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” The Soviet Union that emerged was an advocate for totalitarianism, Marxist socialism, or communism. Their system is a proven failure. Alexis de Tocqueville said in 1848, “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” Winston Churchill characterized it in this manner, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” Today, we have lunatics and tyrants such as Hugo Chavez whose outlandish statements such as the following are beyond comprehension, “I am a socialist and I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, who was the first socialist, just as Judas was the first capitalist.”
I do not have time to go into the many other countries which followed the path to totalitarianism and tyranny such as Italy or Germany under the Nazis and Hitler. Hitler was frequently lauded by well-meaning people and usurpers of power that he was a god. Eventually he believed it himself. He envisioned himself as a savior of a “super race” and believed that his ideology was the only acceptable approach. In many ways, that reminds me of someone in Washington today; at least the god and ideology part. The ultimate demise of Italy’s Fascist Government was, in part, fueled by their efforts to support the economy through increased spending and continually expanding the public works programs. This only served to increase the deficit making it unsustainable and resulted in the crumbling of the nation’s economy and political system.
That brings me to the United States of America in the year 2012. Our founder’s intent was to create a system that encouraged “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” They hoped to promote freedom, give national stability and unrestrained free enterprise. Their vision held that this would result in America becoming the world’s greatest economy and military superpower, spreading liberty and freedom across the globe. Politicians in their quest for power have sought to grow a much larger and centralized government. This action has transformed the representative government envisioned by the founders into an incredibly large interventionist organism that seeks to control every aspect of people’s lives. Who is to blame? WE ARE! We allowed it to happen. Thomas Jefferson said, “It is the people who are the ultimate guardians of their own liberty.” Alexander Hamilton said, “We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is neither found in despotism, nor in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.” John Locke said it most eloquently as he identified the role of government as that of protecting the “natural rights of life, liberty, and estate.” In Federalist No. 47 James Madison warned, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” How we need to heed that warning in today’s America! The use of czars, federal agencies, courts, and circumventing the Constitution frequently by Barack Obama, meets this definition. His determined desire is implementation of his ideology, bypassing the constitutionally designed and defined system of “checks and balances.” He does this unapologetically and if given four more years will proceed with much more boldness and determination in total disregard for the will or welfare of the American people.
So what do we do? For me there are several things that I MUST do!
1. Engage in intercessory prayer for the nation, the leaders, and the people. That is the first order of business in my view, but I understand that the order may differ for others.
2. Diligently work through writing, speaking, praying, and working to convince as many as possible of the dangers inherent in the current path being taken.
3. Attempt to expose the falsehoods told to the American people by this Administration and the left.
4. Attempt to articulate the Constitutional ideology the founder’s clearly defined in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, their numerous writings, papers, and books.
5. Contribute and seek to raise funds for those candidates whom I believe most nearly embody the principles of liberty that God and the founders envisioned.
6. Go to the polls, exercise my right, privilege, and duty and vote. It is my view, that if I do not vote I am voting, by abstention, to continue the current path.
I realize that this is a brief synopsis of where we are today, although not a short post. I hope that as you take the time to read this you will find inspiration to join the effort to get the message out in support of freedom and liberty! It is my firm conviction that God will take care of His children. I also believe that it is our responsibility to labor for our fellow-man and future generations. It is our responsibility to endeavor to ensure they have the privilege of living in freedom and liberty. If you desire to use any or all of this post please feel free to do so. If you know anyone it might benefit, please forward it to them. I would consider it an honor should you decide to follow my future posts. May God bless you in your efforts for America and His Kingdom and may the blessings and favor of God be upon America and the Free World!