Informed people know that this nation is in trouble so deep that it might not be able to recover. The purpose of this column is to urge non-voters to vote -- to urge voters to think before they vote again. Informed people power is needed to save America.
America's government is ruled by those who seek power, security and wealth; or by socialists/communists who wittingly, or unwittingly, do not accept, and never have accepted, the form of government established by the Founders; or by do-gooders who never permit repeated federal deficits to slow down their search for Utopia on earth, whatever the consequences.
This power structure is opposed by hypocrites, who seek the same things that their opponents have; or by those who resist it ineffectually because of job security concerns; or by those brave souls who seek to re-establish a constitutional government, much smaller and far less intrusive.
A few quotations and comments are appropriate here;
• "I will faithfully execute ... and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." That oath, repeated today by federal officials, is largely symbolic. For example, during a press conference (2009), House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, verbalized her disdain for the Constitution by saying, when the constitutionality of a law was raised by a reporter, "Are you kidding?" Also, the President's repeated violation of his oath is legendary. Those attitudes probably do much to explain why we are in so much trouble today.
• "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." (Thomas Jefferson) Jefferson was referring to the separation of powers (Legislative, Executive, and Judicial), which is embodied in the Constitution. The Founders believed no man should ever be trusted with unchecked power. President Woodrow Wilson hated the "chains of government." So does President Obama. Refusing to respect those "chains" has given us the huge, problem-causing government we have.
• "The Hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this, than he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations." (George Washington). The anti-religion rulings of the Supreme Court, and the attitude of the most powerful media, stand in stark contrast to the views of Washington, a pivotal figure in American history -- he is hardly known by students who have been educated in our public schools.
• "Were we directed from (the city of) Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." (Thomas Jefferson) Since the 1950s, America has changed from a muscular, economic giant into a debt-ridden, welfare state that was created by vote-buying politicians -- changed from independent makers to dependent takers.
We no longer openly acknowledge our Creator; we no longer honor our Constitution; our Supreme Court has made "religion" a nasty word; we have sacrificed much of our liberty for manna from Washington. The result? We're in big trouble.
It began in earnest in the 1960s; under Obama's policies, problems have mushroomed, nationally, and internationally.
America, 2014: Economic growth is pale; job opportunities are inadequate; national energy policy is dictated by "global warming" or "climate change" or whatever name is popular today to justify a poorly hidden attempt to raise taxes enormously and to kill the fossil fuel industries; national debt stifles defense, economics and foreign policy -- all by itself, it could ruin the nation; immigration is a disaster; respect for American power is dismal; conditions in nuclear hot spots like North Korea, Iran and Pakistan are worse than ever; relations with Israel and our European allies are wobbly; Russia and China are big problems, militarily, economically and fiscally; Muslims, in the Middle East and Africa, are out of control; America has little influence in both Afghanistan and Iraq. On social issues, traditional marriage is under attack by the courts and pressured by the homosexual lobby; popular literature, movies, and music are a shameful aspect of America's culture that is spread around the world; scandals involving political leaders are commonplace.
These are not partisan problems that will be solved by another "personality" president, or by another "me too" Congress. A return to first principles is needed, and the leaders who will re-install and defend them. The people must demand this -- or they will lose their country.
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