Samuel Adams warned: ‘If ever a time should come when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.’
Mychal Massie (see link to his website in the list of links provided here), echoes Adams’ warning and alerts us to the horrifying fact that ‘vain and aspiring men’ now find themselves wielding the majority of power in Washington -- a toxic circumstance that doesn’t bode well for the health, or very survival, of this republic. In a recent article he writes:
American politics aren't about solving problems, nor are they any longer about addressing the concerns of the people … American politics are about joining a very small, very elite fraternity – which makes up its own rules, provides for its own best interest, and whose members are not subject to the laws and provisions that govern the proletariat … American politics have become, at best, a taxpayer-funded brothel and/or liars club comprised of hedonistic opportunists. Many claim the system is corrupt. I submit it isn't the system; rather, it is the ne'er-do-wells who have been permitted to conscript it.
One of the primary causal factors in the creation of our form of government was to eliminate kings and queens. Yet that is exactly the way those on Capitol Hill behave. There are only so many reasons a person is willing to spend tens of millions of their own money to get a job that pays $165,000 a year – and while certain of those reasons may be altruistic, it's a safe bet that the greater majority of same are totally self-serving.
Calibrating the worth of a leader today is very simple: An American leader who has not lost the vision of what it means to be an American leader will daily recognize, acknowledge, and seek to inform us all of the fact that we, and our republican form of government, are under relentless attack from an unprecedentedly evil enemy that will not rest until western civilization no longer exists. And, to the degree that he fails to do so, or attempts to divert our attention to other matters, he is, whether intentionally or not, empowering that enemy.
Today, the most important message a genuine leader can deliver to the American people is an awareness of the inherent difference between us and them -- because it is that inherent difference that must be recognized and addressed if we are to emerge victorious in this war of all wars.
As was evidenced five years ago next month, we are a people who are willing to venture into the remains of an imploded/exploded/collapsed 110-story skyscraper that is still a fiery, gaseous inferno ... walking on and amid shards of metal and concrete that are as fragile as a house of cards … in an effort to hear the voices of, and unearth, those who may still be alive under the creaking, hot rubble. We don’t think twice about the terrible risk involved, because our innocent countrymen have been harmed, and because it’s the right thing to do.
They are a people who, in prosecuting their wicked war of ultimate domination, use their own women and children as human shields.
We are not fighting this war on a level playing field. We are not fighting this war by the same rules of engagement. They are not even on intersecting planes. If we are going to be victorious, we must either discard the heart and conscience that are inherent to a civilized society in favor of a more eye-for-an-eye vision of victory … or continue to occupy the high ground and pray that divine intervention plays a hand in the outcome.
Modern ‘civilized’ societies have their share of deadly warts – generally convoluted definitions of tolerance, human rights, equality, and justice … which leaves barbaric societies an open door to take advantage of the self-imposed Achilles’ heel that results.
Self-defense is a basic right that must trump all of the above considerations. That doesn’t require that we discard our conscience, or our genuinely civilized sense of right and wrong. We need not stoop to their level (i.e., embrace blood-thirst for the sake of blood-thirst), but neither can we continue to worship phony moral fetishes that cause reason to evaporate, and that will inevitably lead to our suicide by sensitivity.
Dependence on divine intervention is never a rational reaction to evil. We have free will for a reason, and we are meant to exercise it for righteous reasons -- of which defending freedom to our last breath is certainly one. But, when the forces of evil seem to be gaining the upper hand, seeking divine intervention is simply evidence of personal faith.
Fred Hutchison (an analyst at renewamerica.us) has beautifully observed:
The arm of flesh and the wit of man cannot prevail against demonic enemies. Our participation in the Lord's battle is fought on our knees. General Washington was driven to his knees in the snow of Valley Forge, when the cause of the new Republic seemed hopeless. Every victory that has brought lasting good to the world was ultimately won in secret by God's people on their knees. When we pray, Almighty God, who raises up one kingdom and casts down another, sometimes allows us to miraculously participate in His battle against evil and in the building of His kingdom.
Nothing less than the future of humanity hangs in the balance.