Tuesday, September 8, 2009


During President Obama’s speech to a union audience on Labor Day, he put great emphasis on an experience he had early in his campaign where a lady just kept saying “Fired up; ready to go!” at one of his campaign stops. He ended his speech with that chant as the audience joined him.

This illustrates clearly how Obama appeals to the emotions of people who have little or no knowledge of the principles that impact national prosperity. Unfortunately, the American populous has been “dumbed down” over the years. Today an average American is more likely to be an authority on American idol contestants, or major league baseball statistics than they would be on the issues affecting our liberties and prosperity.

The recent activities at local town hall meetings are the result of citizens no longer taking for granted the idea that their congressional representatives will act in their best interest preserving traditional American values. Now citizens are studying the issues themselves. They are looking into the guiding philosophies of government being expressed by their representatives, and where they see those philosophies working against liberty they are raising objections, and rightly so.

The liberal left has overplayed its hand. They act as though they know what’s best for the masses, and they truly believe they are justified in going against the wishes of the people they were hired to represent, because they know better. They believe their role is to be more that of a parent than a representative.

Unfortunately, President Obama enjoys a cult-like following of people who wouldn’t dare think about questioning his policies. They have been dumbed down. Those who follow Obama must be either educated committed socialists or uneducated “groupies.” It must be one or the other.

Whether America continues to enjoy the peace and prosperity that we have inherited from our forbears or we enter into a new age of deprivation and servitude will be determined by “we the people.” If citizens will study the issues in light of the principles that have produced the greatest nation on the face of the earth we may yet redeem our culture for the next generation. If, on the other hand, we remain complacent and allow the socialist ideologues to rule a dumbed down electorate we will be, at best, like other nations of the world, thus forfeiting our exceptionalism, and at worst, we may see an unimaginable tragedy passed on to the next generation.

This is a time for courageous leaders to rise up and teach America about American principles and values rooted in Biblical principles. We must necessarily be as President Reagan told us either “one nation under God or we will be one nation gone under.”

This is the time for the clergy to rise up and even “get political.” Government is a stewardship for which we will be held accountable. We dare not face God with the excuse that “we didn’t want to get political” or “our deacon board would be upset if I talked about politics.”

“Rise up, O Men of God” and preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ first. Then teach the difference between the holy and the common, and possess the gates of the enemy, so that our children will grow up in the same land “under God” that we did.