Meanwhile Back in the Real World

In the fantasy world of Democratic controlled Washington, the health care "reform" bill they just passed is going to bring down costs and provide immediate benefits.

Yeah right.

Meanwhile back in the real world, the fine print is already taking away many of those so-called immediate benefits. You probably heard (if you could bring yourself to listen) that starting in six month, children cannot be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Nope. That's what they said out loud, but what the bill actually says is that those new rules start in 2014. Hope and change indeed.

Even worse are the costs. By closing what the Democrats called a loophole--actually the tax credits provided to companies that continued to provide insurance benefits for retirees (that provision was put in to keep people off Medicare...which is bleeding money like crazy)--they guaranteed an upheaval of massive proportions. Remember, this is not an accident, they did it deliberately over the objections of the business commumity. There are two problems with that. First, according to conservative estimates (not estimates by people who are conservative but etsimates that try to deal with reality instead of fantasy), this is going to dump at least two or three million people onto the states' (which is a nice way to pretend like it isn't costing anything by keeping it off the Federal books) Medicare programs that are already woefully underfunded. Second, it's going to cost businesses billions of dollars. Already since the bill was passed companies like AT&T, John Deere, Caterpillar, Valero, 3M and more have announced that they will be forced to take a charge against future earnings to account for the massive increases in costs that will be imposed by complying with the new provisions. Wonder how those businesses will fund this enormous increase?

Interestingly enough, companies are required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to announce such changes...but Congress is furious. In fact the House of Reprehensibles is about to drag company execs in to chastise (and intimidate) them over pouring cold water on the victory parade. This bill is a disaster. And we still don't have a good handle on all the stuff snuck in to the more than 2,000 pages at the last minute under cover of darkness. (Yeah, that whole Obama promise to post bills online for five full days before he would sign them, not so much.)


Living in a Defiled Land

So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. Defile not the land therefore wherein ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the Lord dwell among the children of Israel. Numbers 35:33&34

The mistake most Christians make in looking at modern day America is found in the commonly heard statement, "God is going to judge us unless..." God is already judging us--and we have it coming. The Bible pattern is clear. God judges His people. If they repent, He restores them. If they reject His message, His judgment increases. If they continually refuse to repent, hardening their hearts and their necks, eventually they will be destroyed.

We haven't listened to the message of war. We haven't listened to the message of economic destruction. We haven't listened to the message of unqualified leadership.

I shudder to think of what is coming next.

We are living in a defiled land. If we--God's people--do not repent, we are going to suffer right along with the rest of our nation. The liberties and freedoms we derive from living in America are not guarantees of God. They are the result of decisions and sacrifices made in the past. They are our birthright, but birthrights can be traded in for bean soup. And if we do that, we have no justification to complain about the consequences.


Can a Committed Christian in Good Conscience Vote for any Democrat?


Not anymore.

Regardless of the individual candidate's proclaimed personal beliefs, if you vote for a Democrat, you are voting for someone who has intentionally and deliberately chosen to align themselves with a political group fully dedicated to the murder of the unborn at taxpayer expense...and as we saw on Sunday night, when push comes to shove they will vote with their party instead of their proclaimed "principles."

No votes for any Democrats, not even for dogcatcher, can be justified before a holy God.

Paul told Timothy, "Neither be partaker of other men's sins." (1 Timothy 5:22) The Apostle John wrote, "If there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." (2 John 1:10&11)

The GOP is far from perfect. They are not as committed to either conservatism or life as they should be. But they are not actively and intentionally facilitating the murder of the unborn. If you can't vote for the Republican in your area for some reason, then stay home. (Spare me the drivel about third parties...in our system that's a wasted vote.) Or bear the consequences of partaking in the evil done with the willing support of "conservatives" in the ranks of the Democratic Party.


C. S. Lewis Had It Right

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

It's time for a change indeed.

The health care debacle has exposed several things. First, the myth of the pro-life and/or conservative Democrat. There simply isn't any such animal. When push comes to shove, they will fold and vote in lockstep with the dominant liberal leadership of the party. If they truly have any principles, they are not committed enough to them for it to mean anything.

Second, the folly of teaching the Republicans a lesson by staying home and kicking them out of office. I was disgusted by many of the things done by the GOP during their brief reign of power. They spent money like, well, like conservative Democrats (back when there were some). But all we got for turning them out was this monstrous government expansion.

Third, the hope of the nation is the massive outpouring of anger directed at this travesty of bribery and a shame. There is still time to undo this, although it will not be easy. Every liberty-loving American, both those of us who are political junkies as well as those who prefer to stay out of the arena, must act now. We must strengthen the spine of those who oppose tyranny and evict from office those who would impose it on us. We have one last chance, and we'd better use it or else.

Finally, a quick word for Bart Stupak--Judas got thirty pieces of silver for his betrayal. All you got for saddling us with paying for the abortions you claim to oppose was money for three airports in your district. There is blood on your hands...and all the washing in the world will not remove it. It didn't end well for Judas and it won't end well for you.


The End of America

The United States of America as a nation of free individuals ended today. The glorious experiment in liberty died from the combination of a lust for power in the elected class and a willingness to trade freedom for "security" on the part of a significant portion of the population. The buildings and monuments are still in place. The borders and names on the map won't change (yet). The flag will still look the same. But the nation we knew is gone.

Tomorrow morning you will wake up as a ward of the state...a subject, no longer a citizen.

This is the reality. The question is whether we the people will accept that fate, allowing ourselves to become accustomed to our chains, or whether we will rise up again as our forefathers did to break the yoke of opression and tyranny.

I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.