Apr 4, 2011
The Leadership Void
The first president I ever voted for was Jimmy Carter. Since I was eleven years old in 1976, my vote was not in the general election. I cast my ballot in elementary school for the Weekly Reader Student Presidential Election Poll.
I selected Carter for very superficial reasons. I was fascinated that he was a peanut farmer. At the time, Jimmy seemed more motivated than Ford to be president. The press loved him, and the fact he was a Christian sealed my vote.
Of course, disaster soon followed. The Carter years are regarded as the low point for presidential leadership. The online Encyclopedia Britannica states:
- Under his watch, Russia invaded Afghanistan.
- Inflation soared to 14 percent.
- Interest rates reached a high of 20 percent.
- He unilaterally removed all nuclear weapons and reduced U.S. troop levels in South Korea.
- He canceled the B-1 bomber program, further weakening the U.S. military.
The top failure of the Carter administration was the Iran hostage crisis. It marked a milestone when third-world nations realized that Uncle Sam could be pushed around. Carter's disastrous attempt to rescue the hostages via his botched plan, Operation Eagle Claw, only underscores his failure as commander-in-chief.
I would be remiss not to mention that Carter was the only sitting president to be attacked by a rabbit.
I learned a valuable lesson from my experience with Jimmy Carter. In the coming of age of my political thinking, I realized there is no place for idealism in this cruel world. Unless you have a plan and determination in dealing with problems, you will only help to compound them.
In 2008, Americans went to the polls and elected Barack Obama for many of the same reasons Jimmy Carter was elected. The Republicans were in charge during a time of great economic turmoil, so votes collectively decided to give the Democratic leadership a swing at bat.
Obama may soon be about to put the Jimmy Carter years to shame. The reason for the eclipse may not be result of decisions Obama is making, but rather may reflect the one huge blunder we made. Let’s not forget that people elected someone whose primary skill was in being a community organizer. A quote out of the Czech Republic kind of sums it all up:
The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.
Since the world is already on a path toward financial calamity, there really isn’t a need for Obama to do anything to aid the process. As long as he remains the "Spectator in Chief," we will continue to advance towards an abyss.
There is a global crisis in leadership nearly everywhere you look. I’ve never seen a time when so many western nations have had governments in a state of gridlock. Indecision is so pervasive that nobody wants to be in charge of the new campaign in Libya. They can’t even agree on what to call it. In a briefing aboard Air Force One, the deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, said U.S. forces were involved in a “kinetic military action.”
This would be a perfect time for the Antichrist to come on the scene. The Beast will be the evil leader ever to come to power, but at first he will appear to be the world's savior. The Antichrist will solve one problem after another. Since we have so many problems, I can see why the Bible predicts the global population will worship him.
"And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?" (Revelation 13:3-4).
Forewarning of the fate that the nations of earth face leaps from Bible prophecy. Those who make Jerusalem and Israel the object of hatred will pay a terrible price. And make no mistake, the city and nation (Jewish people) are inextricably linked: “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth are gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3).
To “burden themselves” with Jerusalem and with Israel (Judah) in this case means to come against the city and people in a hostile sense. God is saying through Zechariah the prophet that at the end of the age, near the consummation of His dealing with this earth system, all nations of earth will make Jerusalem and His chosen people the center of their anger and aggression. The aggressors against God’s city (Jerusalem, the apple of his eye--see Zechariah 2:8) and the Jewish people will result in devastation for those attackers.
Perhaps it’s just the old advertising guy in me, but I want to coin a new word--"Israelicide"--for
what the nations of the world are in process of doing. The word means two things
in my thinking: 1) to commit satanically inspired genocide against the Jewish
race; and 2) the collective suicide of Israel’s enemies whose coalescing unity
of mind curse Israel.
It doesn’t take a historian’s knowledge to understand that the Jewish race–the nation of Israel—has been hated and harassed as no other people throughout the millennia. Although some--like Iran’s dictator, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad--claim that the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews never happened, that it’s all fabrication by the hated Zionists, the world knows the horrific truth about genocide against God’s chosen people.
The record of the demise of those who made the Jews the object of their hate was made manifest before the eyes of the peoples of all nations. Germany was completely defeated and divided. The remains of Hitler and his henchmen lie strewn in ignominy, their memories detested by all but those of like heinous anti-Semitic hatred. They committed Israelicide, in both meanings of my term.
The promise to Israel’s patriarch, Abraham, remains in effect: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee” (Genesis 12: 3a). Nations of earth are in the process of committing Israelicide, in my view, collectively insisting that Israel is the central problem in the Middle East. It is the Jewish state that in the opinion of most of the diplomatic world is holding up progress in the Roadmap for Peace.
Those same diplomats, along with their mainstream news media cohorts, point accusatory fingers at Israel upon each retaliatory strike they make to try to keep their enemies at bay. At the same time, the murder of an innocent Jewish family–the Fogel family, including their three-month-old baby--by Israel’s enemies is hardly mentioned by the diplomatic community or the mainstream journalists of the world.
Prophesied events are being set up on an hour-by-hour basis. The Islamist countries are in incendiary turmoil, as the headlines continually remind us. These nations have Israel encircled on all sides except on the side of the Mediterranean–the sea into which a number of the leaders of Arab states plus Iran’s Ahmadinejad have vowed to push the Jewish state. There is good reason to believe that all of this upheaval is being orchestrated by various elements in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood, in preparation for an ultimate effort to erase Israel from the earth.
Some are convinced this will all play out in a war they believe is predicted by a prayer recorded in Psalm 83. Certainly, one can’t deny there are powerful dynamics moving and shaking in the land around which end-times Bible prophecy is centered.
The militant Islamists of the Arab nations and Iran are bent on committing Israelicide, there is no doubt. They have declared their intention loudly and for a long time. The Bible says Israel’s enemies will do just that, but in the sense of the second meaning of my newly coined word, not in the sense of the first definition. They will commit Israelicide.
Some day, such an attack will be their final death knell. For certain, Israel’s Middle East and northern enemies will pay the price for their hatred as recorded by the prophet Ezekiel: “Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 39:4-5).