We Can Save America – The Power of Prayer

I know not by what methods rare                                                                                         But this I know God answers prayer.                                                                                    I know that he has given his word.                                                                                    That says that prayer is always heard                                                                              And will be answered soon or late.                                                                                    And so I’ll pray and calmly wait.                                                                                            I know not if the thing I sought.                                                                                           Will come in quite the way I thought.                                                                                   But give my prayers to him alone.                                                                                   Whose will is wiser than my own.                                                                                Assured that he will grant my quest.                                                                                 Or send some answer far more blessed.

This nation needs our prayers.  We have a political crisis unlike any this country has faced in its 240 years of existence.  The Republican party has nominated a childish buffoon as its presidential candidate.  The Democrats have nominated an amoral, pathological liar as its presidential candidate.  Only God can help us.  Each night when my wife and I kneel in prayer, in addition to praying for our children and others, as well as the poor and the needy our prayer goes something like this:  “and please bless this great country.  Wilt thou please intervene in our political system and rise up an honest leader who understands the role of government to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear; one who will protect and defend the constitution.  And Heavenly Father please touch the hearts of the voters throughout the land.  Bless them to choose wisely when voting.”

It was through prayer that Columbus was guided to America.  It was through prayer that miracles guided George Washington to victory in the American Revolution.  It will be through prayer that leaders will be chosen who will preserve our freedoms and protect us from the pernicious intrusion of government into our personal lives.

If we, the voters of this nation, will remember Him who has all power to guide and bless the lives of all mankind, will turn to him in humility and plead for his blessings on this great land, we can make a difference.

The Hottest Places in Hell

Never before in the history of National politics have the voters of America been saddled with more inept candidates for the highest office in the land.  Hillary Clinton is a pathological liar and Donald Trump is a braggart and a buffoon.  A significant contingent of the American electorate are threatening to boycott the election on the premise that , the “lesser of two evils” is still evil therefore they will stay away from the polls on election day.

This thinking is flawed on at least two fronts.  First: Allowing the ‘greater’ of two evils to triumph is a stronger victory for evil.  Second:  Not voting because one is not happy with either candidate is, in my opinion, an abdication of not only the responsibility to participate in the electoral process but the right to engage in the discussion.  If you don’t vote, don’t complain.  There is no such thing as innocently standing on the sidelines.

Dante famously said: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality.”

Albert Einstein wisely said:  “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

Surely the position(s) of one of the candidates on the issues in this most unusual election more closely reflects the values of each American citizen than does the other.  That then is the criteria which should drive our vote.

 

 

America’s Debt: The Monster That Feeds Itself.

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debt as it goes.  A principle which, if acted upon, would save one-half the wars of the world.”                                                                        -Thomas Jefferson

America’s national debt is approaching a whopping eighteen trillion dollars and it adds one million dollars every three seconds and that’s just the interest.    That’s the number 18 followed by nine zeros.  If allocated to every man woman and child in America that amounts to approximately $60,000.00 each! Sixty Thousand dollars and climbing!!!

When did it become a principle of democracy that a nation could remain strong by spending more than it earns?  How many of Washington’s politicians manage their personal finances the same way they manage the country’s finances?  I bet 0.  The idea that America has a debt ceiling is preposterous when a majority of congressmen/women who worry more about their political survival than balancing the books can vote to change the ceiling.  Up it goes.

A spiraling debt.  A spendthrift congress.  A dysfunctional White House (Including an incompetent President).  An Attorney General who has given new meaning to the word “redacted.”  One government agency after another that has betrayed the American people including the Department of Justice, the IRS, the Veterans Administration, the EPA and the list goes on.  All spell out a recipe for disaster.

We could all just complain and put our collective heads in the sand and wait for the hammer to fall or we could do something about it.  I choose to believe that the greatest democracy in the world is comprised of enough common sense thinking people that we can avoid self destruction.  In America we determine our destiny at the polls.  In two and a-half months we have a chance to rise up and declare that we will not stand by and watch America be transformed from a country of the free and the brave to a country of the poor and the weak.  November 4, 2014 needs to be the day that we stand up for the Constitution, get up, go to the polls and restore conservative control of the senate!