Nov 8, 2010
Political Musical Chairs
It was nice to see the Republicans win a huge victory in the House and Senate. My greatest delight on election night was watching the liberal media try to put a positive spin on the bloodbath. The left had not seen such a loss since the Great Depression.
Despite the historic nature of the victory, I found it difficult to be overly thrilled about the elections. I kept asking myself, "Do I really have a dog in this race?" I’ve never had such a glum reaction to a U.S. election.
The vote did have some positive results. The Republican gained a majority of 60+ seats in the house and 6 seats in the Senate. In my home state of Iowa, voters fired three judges who approved of gay marriage. In California, Proposition 19, the measure that would make recreational use of marijuana legal, was rejected by voters.
There were several negative results from the election. Barney Frank was reelected in Massachusetts. I realize that his openly gay status means nothing today, but I could not believe the citizens of that state would ignore his involvement in the banking crisis. Jerry Brown was voted back as the governor of California. Brown did a terrible job of running the state in the seventies, and now the voters have put him back in charge at a time when California is on the verge of bankruptcy.
I think the key reason the 2010 election has a hollow ring to it is the fact that we are mostly repeating the events of two years ago. In the 2008 election, voters went to the polls with a "throw-the-bums-out" mentality. Because we still have a high unemployment rate, during this election cycle, the Democrats were now viewed as the bums.
This game of election musical chairs reminds me of the story of a farmer who promised his vote to the Democratic candidate, and ten minutes later he promised his vote to the Republican candidate who was seeking the same office. To his wife’s rebuke, he replied cannily:
“Did you notice how pleased each of the candidates were?”
“Well, I pleased them both, and on election day, I will please myself, and then we shall all be pleased together.”
There is already a strong indication that Washington DC failed to get the message that voters were trying to send. We still have months until the new Congress, and our leaders are already showing that they just don’t get it.
John Boehner is set to be the new Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, and he has already said that the repeal of the Health Care Reform Bill is his top priority. Boehner has no chance of killing the bill outright because Democrats still control the White House and the Senate.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican leaders that the top goal now was to capture the White House in 2012.
President Obama showed his lack of concern by blaming the election losses on his lack of communication with the American people. He apparently was too busy doing good things for voters to explain to them what was happening.
Our nation faces huge financial problems that require immediate attention. I would say the most significant event of last week was the Federal Reserve's decision to buy nearly a trillion dollars more of Uncle Sam’s debt. It's insanity to think that we can cover our ballooning national debt by having a second party, in name only, gobbling up our IOUs. The dollar is collapsing because traders are starting to realize that the U.S. is a risky bit.
Another problem with the election is the lack of concern over moral issues. The Republican Party made the decision to avoid hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage. When you cut God out of the political process, you end up with a government that is doomed to failure.
This weekend, I was watching a program on the drug wars, and I noticed a clip of President Reagan talking about the problem of drug use. It reminded me of how far politicians have gotten from talking about sin of any form. All we hear out of Obama's mouth is stuff related to the economy and terrorism.
I don’t see the game of musical chairs going on for much longer. Either we will elect a new party that returns our nation to biblical values, or we will reach a point where society collapses into dictatorship. It always good to hope for the best, but Bible prophecy and the present looming danger tell me the latter of the two is in America’s future.
“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” (2 Chron. 7:14).
Foreshadows of Ferocity
The San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series Monday, November 1. It was the first time the team has won the Series since 1954, when the franchise was playing as the New York Giants in the Polo Grounds. It should have been a reason for happiness, right? –At least, if you were a Giants fan, and weren’t a Texas Rangers fan. Certainly, it should have been a time of celebratory jubilation on the streets of San Francisco, one would think.
The victory was acknowledged by many, with self-congratulations all around. However, the dark side of humanity showed up–as it always seems to do—in demonstration of the malevolent side of humankind.
As fans packed the streets, there were some violent incidents reported such as fires, several fistfights and a mob attack on a vehicle that was driven into a crowd.
KTVU.com posted stunning helicopter footage of a large fire that was started at the intersection of Mission and 22nd streets followed by a driver's attempt to steer into the crowd. The car was stopped, its windshields were smashed and passengers were attacked. Riot police arrived soon after the melee and the crowd began to thin out. (http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/11/02/san-francisco-riots-follow-giants-world-series-victory/?synd=1)
The rioting is, of course, not without precedent. We have witnessed it time after time in large cities whose sports teams have won world championships. We have only to recall Chicago during the time when Michael Jordan ruled the NBA courts with the Chicago Bulls, and the victories of the L.A. Lakers and the rioting aftermath in some areas of Los Angeles. One can but look in open-mouthed wonder upon such obstreperous behavior–all in the name of celebrating something that’s supposed to be fun, and “good.”
The founding fathers of this nation wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with almost consensus acknowledgement that man’s nature is depraved–fallen from the time of Eden. Peoples around the world have consistently validated that view of the human condition by often exhibiting unseemly comportment.
Except in the most tyrannical and oppressive of regimes, people often become unruly if things push them to the limits. Even such fear as those governments can present sometimes can’t assuage the masses.
People will face down tanks and machine guns in some extreme cases, as was witnessed by the Tiananmen Square uprising during the Olympic Games held in China some decades ago. Those Chinese faced down the murderous red military in a righteous cause of seeking liberty by demonstrating through the cameras of the world how brutal were their masters.
So, it is not against these courageous sorts that I write for our purposes here. There is a time for protests–for righteous uprisings. I put much of the civil rights protests of Martin Luther King Jr.’s day in that category to some extent. Although some of it was for the sake of crass political power grabs among certain of the day’s left-wing politicians and community organizers, much of the demonstrations and actions taken were necessary to break the oppressive grip of racial bigotry.
Those who riot simply because they are riotous–unbridled in their "if it feels good do it" hedonism—fit, in my view of things, into the category that is the subject of this commentary. They are of the classification I believe the apostle Paul was writing about, as recorded in his second letter to Timothy: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be…incontinent, fierce” (2 Tim. 3:1-3).
Out of sheer, uncontrolled determination to smash their way through life, no matter what they break or who they hurt, those who live riotously prove the founding fathers right. The depravity of man is front-and-center for all to witness. It is an end-times signal that is manifest time after time in this generation.
That brings us to the purpose of our constitution, our laws. No individual or class of individuals has the right to trample on the property or person of others. It is codified; it was put there by Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and all the rest. They got these precepts from the Word of God--the Bible.
We have recently watched the riots in Greece, Spain, and other places where populaces, being weaned off the spigots of socialistic largesse, have acted as riotously as the mobs that burn down parts of their cities because their teams won. Governments are no longer capable of taxing the income-producing, working people of those nations enough to pay for the welfare and various other social programs politicians voted in time after time in order to gather votes to themselves.
Governments, hopefully, have enough funds to defend against violence in the streets. One American city is so doing, it seems.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Armed security guards will be on hand at 36 unemployment offices around Indiana in what state officials said is a step to improve safety and make branch security more consistent…
[Marc Lotter, Department of Workforce Development spokesman] said the agency is merely being cautious with the approach of an early-December deadline when thousands of Indiana residents could see their unemployment benefits end after exhausting the maximum 99 weeks provided through multiple federal extension periods.
"Given the upcoming expiration of the federal extensions and the increased stress on some of the unemployed, we thought added security would provide an extra level of protection for our employees and clients," he said. ("Unemployment Offices to Add Armed Guards," Indiana News Story, WRTV, Nov. 2, 2010)
Let’s pray that economic conditions in America don’t become so desperate that they eventuate in violence like that seen in other countries. However, the fierce nature of fallen man hasn’t stopped raising its hideous head since the time that the first man rebelled and determined to do what was right in his own eyes, rather than what God chose for him. The ferocity is prophetically scheduled to get infinitely worse, when the Holy Spirit withdraws from governing the consciences of mankind in the way He does at present: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way” (2 Thess. 2:7).
The Restrainer–the Holy Spirit—will remove as governor of the unbridled evil of mankind when the Rapture takes place. God will allow the “mystery of iniquity” to strongly influence all who will not come to Christ for salvation during the last seven years of human history leading up to Christ’s Second Advent (Rev. 19:11). The foreshadows of that Luciferian evil are darkening our daily lives as never before. Each person who names the name of Christ must shine truth from God’s Word in order to illuminate the pathway to Jesus in these closing days of the age.