That may sound like a foolish question and one so obvious that anyone could define it and understand it with ease. However, defining success is like most things in life, something that means different things to different people. I think most would agree, that success is in achieving our objective, whatever that might be. Success, for some, is possessions, position, pleasure, and things material. But the question remains, “What is Success?”
When it comes to the current administration, how do we define success? Their rhetoric diatribe and spin are that Biden is Building America Back Better. Their talking points insist that the economy is better, border security is better, national defense is better, education is better, and on and on. Their definition is that whatever the Leftists do is a catalyst for America’s success and everything the Right does is anathema to our Republic.
If I look at what is happening based on facts, real statistical data, inflation, national security, and the situation on our southern border my definition differs greatly from theirs. If I consider what is happening in our educational system, political correctness, energy, and our international standing, my definition differs greatly from theirs.
I contend that this administration has failed in virtually every issue facing America and Americans. That would include crime, race relations, immigration, national security, energy, the economy, and regulatory controls. I dare not omit the overt attempts to throttle free speech for anyone disagreeing with their rhetoric, diatribe, and spin. They, on the other hand, would call those successes.
Thus, the question surfaces once more, “What is Success?” I am not Diogenes searching for “one honest man or politician” but an American seeking the truth. Pilate’s question to Jesus is fitting, “What is Truth?” In his 1957 lecture on communication, John Gage asked, “Why must we search for the Truth? Why don’t we have it?” I have been asking that question of politicians for as long as I have been able to be involved and vote.
The line Jack Nicholson spoke in the movie A Few Good Men echoes today, “You can’t handle the truth!” I asked a politician about an issue and was told, “You need to just let us handle this, you don’t know enough to even ask the right questions.” I asked, “Then, what is the right question?” He said, “You people just need to let us handle things, we know more and know better than you what needs to be done.” I said, “That’s how we got in this mess,” and our conversation was over.
As an American who tries to be abreast of current issues, studies history, and believes in God and the Bible, I believe we have the truth but are blinded by bias and personal agendas. Politicians, like most people, will reveal their true intent and colors, when they think they are safe. Sometimes, politicians like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer let their mouths overload their behinds and reveal more than they intended. They do so when they think we have been hoodwinked and their secrets are sufficiently hidden.
We live in a world that has largely rejected absolute truth and prefers that its version of the truth take preeminence over facts. I believe that much of the transition away from Transcendent Truth has been due to decades of mind-numbing educational revisionism and atheistic teaching as well as much of the church trying to be more like the world to attract the world. Both have proven detrimental to holding to absolutes and transcendent truth.
The only way to connect to transcendent truth is through faith. It is the God-oriented doctrine of our origins and life itself that enables us to exercise the faith needed to receive and adhere to absolute truth. The moral fiber of our world has deteriorated dramatically in the past 50-plus years and today many feel that all that is needed is to be as good as the next person and not do a lot of bad things. A life-altering connection to God through salvation is tossed aside.
Just saying we are something does not make it so. I believe that for us to be successful in turning the Republic around and restoring moral sanity and constitutional integrity we must reclaim education. The idea that a kindergarten child is capable of deciding their sexual orientation is beyond insane. That child barely knows the difference between a boy and a girl and certainly does not have the mental capacity or maturity to understand anything about sexual orientation. Behavior is learned and if the groomers are allowed to succeed in producing a generation or two of confused children, we will have confused adults running the world. That is not success, it is destruction.
One of the greatest failures in our world today is the inability or refusal of all sides to listen to any opposing view. That is not relegated to the followers of toxic liberalism, globalism, and progressivism, it is also found in conservatives and even Christians. I believe that none of us have a corner on the truth. I believe that all of us have flaws in our logic, missing links in our theology, and sometimes allowing our personal biases and preferences to isolate us. If everything is us against them and tit for tat, we will never see the America our founders established again. That ship will have sailed forever.
Many waste valuable time arguing over their version of the truth and insist it is the only real truth or the best truth. Sadly, unscrupulous politicians and people always take advantage of division. Confusion and chaos are the friends of the tyrant seeking to enslave people. The more divided people become, and the more chaos is present the easier it is for the would-be lord and master to offer their version of utopia and in the pretense that it is for the best good, bring out the chains.
Seventeenth-century French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal whose religious conversion led him into a life of asceticism. Out of his pursuit of thought came the Pensées which is a collection of fragments written and spoken by him. His view of the best ‘version of the truth’ is one that unites Earth and Heaven and restores full access to the Source of our Being. It is the truth that enables one to become a forever resident and practicing participant in unadulterated Christianity. It draws all conclusions from the Source rather than attempting to meld God and Truth into our desired view.
Is Joe Biden’s administration a success? That would be ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ It is yes if the objective is the fundamental transformation of the Republic and the reinterpretation of the Constitution to suit the Leftists’ agenda. It would be yes if open borders, gender blending, and governmental interpretation of truth are the objective. It is a resounding NO if you are a Christian and/or a Constitutionalist.
Our economy is in shambles, inflation is out of control, border security is non-existent, cronyism is rampant, and the weaponization of our intelligence, law enforcement, and the IRS is real. If that is the goal, then they are extraordinarily successful. If everyone is viewed as equal under the Law, protecting the defenseless and innocent is the aim, then they are abject failures. If racial discord is the desired target, then they are astoundingly successful. If making everyone dependent on the benevolent government, then they have attained a measure of success. If indoctrination of the gullible, modification of the children, and bribery to buy votes is the objective, then the word is successful. If it is not, the failure is more apropos.
Our Founding Fathers viewed success from a governmental position to be one where the federal government was limited, and the people were allowed to follow their dreams unimpeded by overreaching mandates and regulations. They believed that those within individual states should have the autonomy to determine how their state was run. The federal government was extremely limited. Today, the opposite seems to be more accurate. Therefore, I believe the view of the Founders would be that today’s American Government is a Failure!
God bless you and God bless America!