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The Great American Giveaway

Do any of you remember the now famous words spoken by a new president in his inaugural speech on January 20, 1961?

The new president was a young democrat by the name of John F. Kennedy. 

The phrase? Just this:

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

What ever happened to that kind of thinking? 

We’re just finishing up the first round of the election battle, the Iowa caucuses. With a record turnout, two immediate casualties, and a candidate who declared herself a winner even before all the votes were in (and she was in a virtual tie with her opponent), Iowa voters did their job well, and are now ready for a breather. 

But I’m really concerned about the expectations of many of today’s voters. Not the democratic voters or their counterparts, the republicans, but today’s American voters. 

What are they expecting from the government? 

Has the government become the sugar daddy of society? I hear one person promise free schooling, and another counters with something else. It’s kind of like a back room game of poker; “I see your bet, and I raise you $500.”

“Whatever you want, vote for me and I’ll get it for you.”

Is that what we elect a president for? 

I looked up the duties and responsibilities of the President of the United States, according to the US Constitution. Here is a condensed version found at jfklibrary.org.
The President’s Job According to the Constitution

The US Constitution contains the only official “job description” for the President of the United States. According to Article II, Sections 2 and 3, the President:

1) Is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the United States, and of each state’s militia when the nation has need of it

2) Has power to obtain information and opinions from heads of the executive departments

3) May grant pardons and reprieves for crimes against the United States

4) Makes treaties with other countries with the approval of the Senate

5) Appoints ambassadors, federal judges and heads of executive departments – all subject to the approval of the Senate; the President also has power to fill any vacancies that may happen while the Senate is in recess

6) Must report to Congress from time to time about the state of the union and recommend whatever measures he thinks are necessary

7) May call members of Congress together on extraordinary occasions, as well as adjourn their meetings when they cannot agree on their own about when to do this

8) Receives foreign ambassadors and other public officials

9) Is responsible for enforcing the nation’s laws

10) Issues commissions to all officers of the United States

Note, there isn’t one word about making sure the people are fat and happy. 

Nothing about free lunches.

Not a word about policing the world, either.

If JFK had campaigned in today’s Iowa, I don’t believe he would have gotten as many votes as O’Malley or Gilmore; especially if he’d made the remark about doing something for the country.

Yes, I’m pleased that “my guy” won the republican side of things. But I’m still very much concerned with the focus of so many voters. 

It’s why I am not optimistic about the November general election. 

In the eyes of many, the role of the president is that of God. “Provide for me, give me what I want, make me comfortable, solve all my problems without it costing me any time, money, or sweat equity.”

We’ve taken the Oval Office and turned it into the throne room of God, and relegated God to some sort of backup quarterback. IF we get into trouble, we’ll look for His number…

I may be wrong; it wouldn’t be the first time. And I sincerely hope I am. 

But so far, most of what I’m seeing and hearing isn’t very encouraging.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” (Psalm 33:12 ESV), and NOT anyone else. 

Plastic Politicians 

 A number of years ago I worked at an injection molding company. My job was fairly monotonous, because most of the time my machine was set to automatic. I pushed the start button, the hot plastic was injected into the mold, and while the plastic was hardening in the mold I trimmed the last part made, and placed it in the packing crate. 

I had nothing to do or say about the size, color, or texture of the part. It was predetermined by the mold, the technician, foreman and material handler. Yet I had some control over how the finished product looked. 

A little while ago, while watching the contest between the Steelers and the Bengals, a political campaign commercial caught my eye. 
Not because there was anything particularly great about the candidate; no, the commercial simply reminded me of all the rest. That’s what caught my eye.

It reminded me of my old plastic job. Just as every part that dropped out of the mold was the same as the rest, it seems every politician is the same. 

Plastic politicians.

There’s always a lot of criticism about politicians, as if they have any say about how they’re created. Sure, the machine operator can vary the amount of trimming, wrap them each in different colored paper, but they’ll still be the product of the mold, foreman, technicians, and material handlers.

The American people. The voters, the media, the DNC and RNC, the whole political system. 

Even IF a different breed of candidate makes it through the molding process and still maintains their individuality, fat chance they have of implementing anything that goes against the grain of the system. 

It’s the same thing, every two years.

I haven’t given up on this great nation, not at all. But my faith is no longer in the plastic politicians. After all, they can only be trimmed so much.

No, if something good is going to happen in this nation it must begin outside of the political process. 

We can’t expect the part to change the mold.

To change the part, the mold, foreman, technician, and material handler must change their views. 

I believe that’s called revival.

“…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)

“…and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God…” (1 Thessalonians 1:9 ESV)
  

Are We Really “One Nation” Anymore?

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Just some simple observations and a very important question.

The observations: there are so many conversations, Internet postings, radio talk shows (including short wave), regarding this present Administration regarding gun laws, healthcare, disregard for the Constitution, cover-ups such as Benghazi and Fast and Furious, the economy, and dictator-type leadership from the President.

So much unrest and discord. Remind’s me of the 60’s, except television and music were a lot better (in my opinion). So much polarization…

The question? With obvious tension growing minute by minute, is the United States of America headed for another Civil War?

I hope not.

Our spiritual enemy enjoys sowing discord and division among brothers, churches, companies, nations. In fact, he is a covenant breaker by nature. He operates behind the scenes, manipulating and maneuvering people into deep seated hatred and violence.

We must understand we will either allow this present condition to unite us or divide us. May God help us realize who the real enemy is and act accordingly.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

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