For those who are still holding out one last beep hail marry pass into the end zone in the third quarter of game in which the home team [our team] has been getting beat at the line of scrimmage, the receivers and running backs seemingly unable to keep their hands on the ball, and the refs apparently favoring the other team, things may be looking like someone has put in the fix against the home team, with the possible insertion of Mr. Donald Trump as team captain. Just as it looked as though the tide may have been getting ready to turn with the other team’s quarterback having to go the bench due to extreme fatigue, for throwing so many touchdowns and running through and around sloppy tackling and porous blocking. The other team look to have two ringers set to come in who may be more dangerous.
I’ve got your attention? These days sports and entertainment appears to be the only think that gets most of the populous attention. But unlike in sports or entertainment when the outcomes do not matter for the majority of us, other the temporary emotional high or low, the outcome of the United States’ Presidential race this year will affect everyone in the nation, and world, for many years to come. The possible choice between the lessor of two evils, or choices between two sides of the same coin, have never been so vulgarly apparent. But, that may be what is most troubling. The fact that it is not so apparent to seemingly so many of the Citizens of the United States and America.
Founder Father Thomas Jefferson once ominously stated,” Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.” In less than 300 years America has made more individuals wealthy than at any time known to man. In less than 300 years America has been the shinny light on the hill illuminating darkness for all of us who are lost in the seas of tyranny, religious persecution, and of individual liberty persecution. Leading us to safe harbor. True, America’s history is not without one substantial flaw. The flaw of giving individuals the freedom to chose whether to be free and self-governing or to be servants and slaves. There are many Americans unsure on what team to champion. Both teams have inflected great pain on us all. It has taken less than 60 years for the very idea of rugged individualism, limit government, and self-governance, to be virtually erased from contemporary consciousness. It has taken less than 60 years for the open expression of Christendom to be remove the class rooms and the public square. And it has taken less than 60 years to have memory of what it took for all of the accomplishments that we as a nation have achieve, and the sacrifices. We just want the apparent unsustainable pain to end. No matter the prescribed remedy.
So today, for the home team, there is the astounding rise of billionaire Donald Trump, with his hands inches from the mantle of the leadership of the Republican Party, once the pole-bearer of “limited-government”. And riding the 100 foot wave of discontent of the people shouting the emotionally charged mantra of, “I’ll Make America Great Again!” His bombastic theatrics, gross self-aggrandizement, and exaggeration and blatant obfuscation of truth and facts should be more than a little concerning for considering someone for the Presidency of the United States. We just had nearly eight years of this. But it seems to matter little to the myrmidons that Mr. Trump’s character is such that I dare say that few men would want their daughters to go out with anyone of mirrored qualities. First, he publically states that he has never sought repentance, or ask his Creator for forgiveness. So has he never ever treated anyone wrong on his rise to becoming one of the wealthiest men in America; growing up in New York City? Really? who or what governs his life’s principles and morals? Who or what keeps his right or compass? Hmm… Listen to what extreme liberal, former Labor Secretary under the Bill Clinton Administration, Robert Reich had this to say regarding Mr. Trump on a Facebook rant against Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz, “Trump has no clear principled stance on anything…Trump has no firm principle, other than making money, getting attention, and getting power…Trump has spent his whole life using the federal government…” One is known by his reputation.
On the other side there’s the “wife” of the aforementioned former president Clinton, who had as part of his chosen Cabinet member extreme liberal Mr. Reich, Hillary Clinton, and unapologetic Socialist Berny Sanders. I give much credit to Mr. Sanders. He tells everyone who he is and what he stands for-Socialism. As for Mrs. Clinton, not so much would be a gross understatement. There is greater distance between the earth and Pluto then Mrs. Clinton and speaking the truth to that American people. With no act more disgraceful than her out right lying about the cause and aftermath of the attack on the U.S Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where 4 servicemen and an U.S Ambassador were murdered. Not to mention that she is currently under serious F.B.I investigation for inappropriate and unlawful use of a private email server while she was U.S Secretary of State and lying about it.
Some would argue that just some 40 or even 20 years ago no person with the severe character, moral, and ethical deficiencies of the current political Party Presidential front-runners would not have gotten a sniff at being the back up to the back to the Valet of the assistant to the assistant to the Leader of the United States and would have been pelted with rotten tomatoes by the American people and Citizens of the United States just for general principle. But not in today’s America. Seemingly too many of us have gorged ourselves to gross gluttony on the prosperity and riches that our forefathers sacrificed their lives and cherished honor, that we no longer question character of men or women who are feeding us. Is it due to the fact over the past 60 years of Progressive indoctrination has told us we no longer have to take care of ourselves, that our actions only have bad consequences due to someone else’s actions, and that government is the answer to all of our worries; it will save us?
Have we become so resigned to the padded chains of governmental paternalism, so displacing of our own God-giving abilities and capabilities, and suppressive of own innate moral compass, that despite what one may say or how many times that he or she may say they are going to act in one way in the future, doesn’t their past contradictory actions and motivations don’t cry out for more diligent examination? Or is it that so long as we are told that our team is winning, we care not by what means, nor the consequences?
We have reached a point that as a nation social decorum, manners, civility, nor character matters for our neighbors nor ourselves. We celebrate such acts of degradation. So therefore, we do not seek higher standards in the people we vote into office. Neither Hillary nor Trump would be given any chance of becoming the President in normal times or times with a populous not so mentally disoriented, disenchanted, and detached from truth and reality. We have come to a place that too many of us settle for the show, rather than substance, the beat over the words. We have become grossly apathetic and complacent on things that matter and that are of material significance.
Sir Alex Fraser Tyler,1800’s advocate and historian prophetically stated, “The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; form courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back again to bondage.” How close are we now to placing placing ourselves in bondage? Can we tear ourselves from the purposeful distraction of sports and entertainment programing to began to care? At the end of the day we chose what kind of country we have.