I am a lifelong news junkie. What does that mean? I have spent most of my life trying to understand what is going on. What has resulted from my efforts? I decided to be a player, albeit a bit player. I joined the Republican Party, and I started working in my own small way to get the candidates I support elected.
Have I always happily supported the Republican Party? No. The Republican Party’s candidates are just flawed human beings. We know that because their electoral opponents and the news media tell us all things they can find wrong with our candidates, and, if that is not enough, they invent more scandals they can tell us all about. Their libel and slander has become transparent and grown absurd. Can you imagine what our posterity will think about what Liberal Democrats and their news media allies have said about President Donald Trump?
So why bother participating in such a charade? Consider these words from SOTU: Dems prove they want to ‘Make America Weak Again’ (The Democratic pot calls the Trump kettle black) (washingtontimes.com) by Everett Piper.
Finally, as to your concerns about Donald Trump’s temperament and tweets, don’t you realize that in the United States we vote for principles and not personalities. Our politics should be about ideas and not ideologues.
In America, we cast our ballot for a U.S. Constitution and not a king. As my mentor, Os Guinness, once told me, “If you want freedom, always vote for the covenant. Never vote for the hierarchy. Covenants always lend themselves to liberty. Hierarchies always result in bondage and control. Always vote for the covenant!” (from here)
When Republicans support a candidate, we know we are not electing a perfect human being, someone who can solve all our problems. We just hope the person we support will make our constitutional republic work.
What is the alternative? What is the purpose of our constitutional republic? Read our nation’s founding document, The Declaration of Independence. The founders of our nation invented a government designed to protect our God-given rights. They looked at King George III’s efforts to subjugate them, and they were horrified. Since then, however, the world has seen far worse. How long will the world remember the bloody-mad Nazi and Communist regimes and the tens of millions their leaders sacrificed for the sake of power?
Yet the Bible hints of far worse regimes and times. Didn’t our Maker flood the earth in Noah’s day? Didn’t He rain fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah in Abraham’s day? God tolerated the Nazis and the Communists, but He destroyed the people of Noah’s day and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah utterly and completely. So it is that now God only knows the ghastly nature societies He destroyed.
Do you understand the nature of today’s political conflicts? Can you distinguish between principles and personality? Can you distinguish between reasoned debate and endless ad hominem attacks?
- Reasoned debate involves calmly evaluating alterative beliefs, solutions, and plans.
- Ad hominem involves characterizing the guy who opposes your beliefs, solutions, and plans as a bad person.
Are you willing to stand with political candidates who stand for principled government, or do you prefer leaders who use the ends justify the means? If you believe in principled government, then it is time for you to get off the sidelines and do something.
- Fight for an issue you care about: abortion, the deficit, election fraud,….
- Become an election officer and help keep elections honest (see pwcvotes.com).
- Write letters to the editor or blog in support of your candidate.
- Contribute money to your preferred candidates.
- Volunteer your time to participate in campaign events, knock on doors, call voters,….
- Join a political party and help nominate candidates for public office.
- And so forth.
Have we lived through our Great Depression? Is today our WWII? Could be. Because they grew up during the Great Depression and fought fiercely during WWII, Baby Boomers remember their parents as the Greatest Generation. How will the generations coming of age in these times be remembered? That depends upon whether they have the wisdom and courage to meet the challenge. It also depends upon today’s elders. Do we have the wisdom and the courage to set the right example. Will we fight for our constitutional republic, or will we continue to greedily demand that our government give us things we have not earned?