Confessions of a Bitter Clinger
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like every year of the Obama Presidency has had some kind of crisis threat against our Constitution. The worst part about it all, was the 24/7 media news coverage that bludgeoned us for months on end only to see whatever they were trying to pass, pass.
“And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Candidate Obama (2008)
In 2008, it was the economic collapse...and both Republican and Democrats voted en masse to print billions of more dollars out of thin air in what was known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) I and II. Where did all that money go? Your guess is as good as mine. Far as I can tell, it was one big shell game and our economy is still struggling four years later and trillions of dollars deeper in debt.
At the time, there was a viral email floating around the Internet giving pretty solid advice on how to fix the economy. You give every person within the window of retirement (who was still working) a million dollars with the stipulation that they retire immediately. That would open up those positions to younger people looking for said jobs. Those retired with the million, could spend that money or invest or bequeath it to their children and grandchildren. Makes sense to me, so why didn’t we do that instead of paying off billions of dollars to European banks and numerous companies that declared bankruptcy a year later?
"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." Ben Franklin
In 2009, there was the start to the Tea Party. Let’s go back to the Constitution the masses chanted. Millions marched on Washington. “Don’t tread on me” bumper stickers were on cars from coast to coast (ok, at least in the ‘fly-over’ country). And what did the White House, media, and Beltway cronies do? They ignored them. Then they marginalized them. Then they tried to criminalize them. Then they went back to ignoring them, but kept a ‘watchful’ eye on those crazy people with the tri-pointed hats. So now, if you are a flag waving, Constitution loving, back to our roots American, you’re most likely to be found on some kind of a domestic terrorist watch list.
In 2010, Obamacare was all the rage. For a year straight we had 24/7 non-stop news coverage about how 1/6 of our economy was going to be under the control of the government for a year straight. Considering that the Post Office is broke, we are drowning in debt, and Congress hadn’t passed a budget in years...what genius thought that giving 1/6 of our economy over to the government to run was a good idea?
Let’s see, in 2011, there was the counter to the Tea Party with Occupy Wall Street. These are the ones Homeland Security should have been watching, but weren’t. And no matter how hard the liberal media tried to make these feces slinging, window smashing anarchist thugs out to be the real patriots, they came up empty handed. Instead, they found lice infested squatter-villes with a bunch of commie-miscreants hell bent on destroying whatever they could get their measly hands on as well as assaulting each other.
"He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas." Ben Franklin
In 2012, not only did we have the whole Mayan doomsday prophecy to contend with, but we had an equally appealing prospect that we either get Slim Shady back in office for four more years, or we get Mr. Rogers. At this point, Christians were torn; do we vote with our ideology and throw the self-proclaimed socialist bum out of office? Or do we vote against our better Spiritual judgment and vote a Mormon in? Or do we just abstain altogether and hope that Ronald Reagan comes back from the dead and takes control?
Well, we see how all that turned out.
But 2012 wasn’t without its other controversy’s either (aside from a suspiciously troubling election). We had the Fast & Furious fiasco, Benghazi-gate, redefinition of marriage, and three highly publicized mass shooting events all back to back. If I may quote Seneca the Younger, who was counselor to Emperor Nero during the Roman Empire era;
"A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand."
This was common knowledge in the 1st century, so why are we going after the tool rather than the person wielding the tool in the 21st century? Have we not learned anything in 20 centuries? If we as a society are to go after anyone, why don’t we first start with Hollywood? I mean they are a multi-billion dollar industry saturating our popular culture with violent movies and music to the point now where it is almost inescapable. Why aren’t we going after the makers of violent video games, which inundate and desensitize the young in scene after scene of mindless violence? The government’s handling of attacking the instrument used rather than the motive FOR doing it, seems as ludicrous as it is ineffective. If guns are outlawed, I have a sneaking suspicion that numbers for death by machete (as well as other blunt tools) will skyrocket.
"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Bill of Rights 2nd Amendment
Our Constitution states that our rights are not granted by men and government, but by God. The Bill of Rights is a ‘drilling down’ of the specific rights we are guaranteed under the Constitution. It is to say, protection from the government rather than for the government. Obama has promised that he would like to fundamentally transform this nation (at least we can’t say we weren’t warned). So, if by definition we WERE a Constitutional Republic, and he wants to fundamentally transform us, that means that by that very definition, we would no longer be a Republic governed by a Constitution. We would become something else. An unarmed democracy maybe?
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." Ben Franklin
WSCD? (What Should Christians Do?)
All sarcasm aside, where does this leave the Christian just trying to survive in this world gone mad? The Apostle Paul states;
"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same." Romans 13:1-3
As much as we may not like it, God has appointed President Obama to be the President of the United States in this day and age. We can only assume, since God is perfect in His attributes of Righteousness and Justice, and President Obama is usually aligned polar opposite of that…that Obama’s appointment is some kind of judgment on our nation by God. We are getting the leaders we deserve. Maybe it is a quickening of our destruction, so that the Revived Roman Empire can rise up and take our place as leaders in this world? Maybe he is just a by-product of our national decline and God is letting nature take it’s course. Maybe it’s one, or maybe all…but none of these options are really palatable, but they are what they are.
I for one am going to take Paul's sage advice from Romans 13 and abide under the rules established by our government. Joshua Boston (retired Marine) states an often overlooked truth in his interview with CNN that “unconstitutional laws aren’t laws”. He is correct in that just because the Obama Administration has ideations about this and that, it does not trump the Constitution. But if a day comes when the 2nd Amendment is abolished and owning a firearm is as illegal as owning heroin or Cuban cigars, we have to respect our earthly rulers. But for the time being, we have the ability to own firearms to hunt with, protect our families, and for recreational use.
But remember dear Christian, you were bought with a price. You are no longer your own, but the property of the Creator of this universe. Not a hair on your head is going to be harmed, unless God first allows it to happen. And if that was the case, gun or no gun, it was your time anyway.
But finally I want to respectfully say to President Obama (if you read this), that I am a bitter clinger. But if given the choice, I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross. And you can have my Bible when you pry it from my cold, dead, fingers.
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