America’s Impending Death: The Why, The How, And The Only Way Out

February 24, 2012 by
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Have you ever been watching a movie, and you realize what’s going to happen next, before it even happens? Well, truth be told, that doesn’t happen to me too often. I’m usually not too good at predicting movies.  But real life; well that’s another story.

 

I wish I had a blog back in about 2000, because then all of this would have been on record – but instead, I was just a guy with instinct, who told this to friends, but never made it public. For example, I believed G.W. Bush would win in a nail-biter, and I knew he’d win re-election. After McCain became the nominee, I knew he’d lose in a near landslide. I refused to vote for McCain – voting instead for Bob Barr, the 3rd Party candidate on our ballot. My reasoning: John McCain could not possibly win, with his flip-flopping and left-moderate views; and that Obama winning would lead to a mass reawakening of true Conservatives in 2010 and beyond. I did have my blog site by 2010, and on the night of the primaries, I predicted 4 of the top 5 spots in the Republican Primary for the 5th district – and likewise that 2010 was merely the start for a 2012 stomping!! I still believe that we are building towards that, too – barring massive voter fraud from the left. I don’t say this as a “pat on the back,” rather to say that I have had pretty good instincts politically over the years.

 

So here we are in February of 2012, and I’m going to give you some more predictions; but these ones I do not like!! I wish I didn’t sense this, but I do.

 

Friends, I would love to tell you that everything is going to be alright, and that we are going to pull out of this dire situation as a nation. I would love to tell you that a Republican is going to win the Presidency (Santorum or Romney…my heart wants Santorum; my gut says it’ll be Romney) and all is going to be well, but I don’t see that happening. Barring major voter fraud from the left, I believe that the Republican will win the Presidency, but I don’t think they will have the moral courage to face the real issues of the day; mainly because I don’t think either one truly understands the main problems we face.

 

Let’s face it: the debt is a huge concern; the overextension of our military is a huge concern; the entitlement mentality and expectation, artificial suppression of our economy through burdensome regulations at all levels, radical islam throughout the world and right here at home, and public funding of organizations that promote or engage in ending the lives of millions of children annually are all huge concerns: but none of these get to the real problems.

 

When I campaigned in 2010, I said often that Obama, Reid, Pelosi, the debt: they were all “problems,” but that they were not “the” problem; rather symptoms. The analogy I used was that if you cut your finger and bleed on your shirt, then you have ruined your shirt. Yes, ruining your shirt was a problem, and the blood itself was a problem, but they were not “the” problem: they were merely symptoms of the problem. The problem was the cut on your finger; and until you addressed the finger, the symptoms would necessarily manifest.

 

So what are the two main blockades to recovery? They are a nation that no longer understands the proper role of government; and one that no longer reveres, respects, emulates, or seeks God.

 

On the campaign trail, to complete my analogy, I used to say Progressivism was the problem (which at its core, is a misunderstanding of the proper role of government – and intentionally so). But now I see that that was only half correct – that it is really a misunderstanding of the role of government and a nation that no longer seeks the hand of Providence.

 

Someday I will research this and find out for sure, but my instincts tell me that around the 1920’s – 1940’s is the time when this shift started to take place; and by the mid to late 1960’s had kicked into hyper-drive. Around the turn of the century we were introduced to the Progressive movement – championed by leading REPUBLICANS of the day (most notably Teddy Roosevelt). Progressivism is, at its core, a shift in principle responsibility from the individual to the collective; from the person in society to the government or society as a whole. And while an out of control government is the worst possible evil for society and individual Liberty, it worsens as the level of government moves higher up the structure, and farther away from the individual; to wit, the federal government instead of your local government.

 

When government assumes an unnatural role, it instills collectivism; when you instill collectivism, you take away individualism; when you take away individualism, you kill initiative; when you kill initiative, you destroy innovation; when you destroy innovation, you eliminate aspirations of greatness; when you eliminate aspirations of greatness, you instill mediocrity and complacency. Mediocrity and complacency are unacceptable, dangerous, damaging, and terminal for a nation; and it is not Christian! America was not built on mediocrity, or the goal to earn a meager existence, as our Progressive President said just this week.

 

And as bad as that is, it’s even worse when we lose sight of God as the source of all Liberty, grace, and blessings. You don’t have to be a Christian to be American, and America was never a Christian government – though it was founded on principles heavily influenced by the Christian religion, and our establishments of government therefore reflected those values. Some have claimed that many of our Founders were deists; but I have found no such examples in my studies of our Founders. I have found some who revered God and saw the importance of the Christian religion while not being Christians themselves; I’ve found Thomas Paine to be a borderline deist turned atheist; but mostly I’ve found unabashed Christian men who believed and lived their faith, and “we know they were Christians by their love.”

 

Now, I did not say we weren’t a Christian nation, because I think it’s unarguable that we were – unless you have a euphemistic definition for “Christian nation.” But we were not established as a theocracy, and Christianity was never the goal of government nor forced on anyone – with a few rare exceptions. And most of our Founders – even the Catholic ones – were very adamantly against the Catholic hierarchal structure. It, much like the Church of England (which they equally despised) was about conversion and acceptance of Christianity through force and/or coercion. America was about reverence to God through free-will choice, and about a moral society that could properly self govern based on those core principles.

 

America was great because we were free to be: to be business owners, farmers, artists, inventors, explorers, spelunkers, chemists. Whatever one wanted to be, one could. We were free to be Christians, Jews, or believe in nothing – but it was always an un-harassed personal choice.  I am deeply patriotic, and I love my country. I offered myself once to die for her if necessary and would again if needed, and my oldest son is a “Poolee” in the USMC – to be sent to Parris Island this December for boot camp. But I’m also very honest. So as much as it pains me to have to say this: AMERICA IS NO LONGER GREAT!! Oh how it hurts having to say that.

 

I am not an expert, nor have I ever claimed to be, on what will happen in the End Times – mainly because I don’t really care to study the trivial that I cannot effect; I’ll simply prepare for Him who is coming “like a thief in the night” instead. I know from reading Matthew 24, Mark 13, and the Book of Revelations, that it will get pretty ugly, and even more so, it sounds as if we’re going to be victims of our own complacency and lack of faith. Worst of all, I fear that that rule under terrible conditions and absolute godlessness will be under the cloak of worldwide islamic control – which is a misery just this side of hell itself. Turning from and distancing ourselves from God, as individuals and as a nation, is the main driving factor for this transition. Phony Christianity – or being Christians in name only, without actually knowing scripture – is going to be our downfall. In the era of our Founding, most of our Founders – even the ones who weren’t Christians – were experts in knowledge of Scripture. Today, I would venture to say that less than 20% of Christians have ever read the New Testament, let alone the entire Bible. Yet they claim to be the purveyors of the Word of God, and live in His examples, even though they don’t know what His Word says or what His examples were, and meanwhile our society crumbles around us as a result.

 

So, how do I predict America will die? (And I pray to God – often in fact – that I am wrong, and that His hand of Providence will save us; because that is the only thing that can save us.)

 

I think it stems from an unwillingness or unintentional ignorance of the need to address the two main problems I’ve addressed, and instead to focus on the symptoms. Firefighters are taught to fight the fire at the source, at its lowest point; not spray the walls, curtains, and ceiling. I fear that even our new batch of Conservative representatives will continue to spray the curtains and the walls.

 

Sadly, I think the 2012 election may well be the last big push of Christian-Conservatives attempting to take back America’s government. I fear that much like in 2010, it will be a new crop of expanded Republican control – but not Conservative control by people who truly understand the role and purpose of government, as people like Jefferson, Adams (John and Sam), Jay, Washington, Madison, Morris, and Henry did. Yes, they will be better, but they won’t repeal government. They won’t get rid of the EPA, which enacts regulations that stifle innovation; they won’t eliminate the Department of Education, which serves teachers’ unions, and not students interests; they will not get rid of the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health and Human Services (which encompasses the FDA), or the HUD. In fact, I’ll ask you: what government agencies do you actually see the Republican leadership eliminating? I can’t honestly see any.

 

We are also [intentionally] poorly educated as a whole, and we have therefore begun to rely upon the government for too much, ranging throughout the spectrum from assistance in education; assistance in retirement; perverting the law to rid us of nuisances; relying on laws to prevent crime instead of punish crime (when it is morality alone which should prevent crime); and in too many instances, relying on government for sustenance, housing, childcare – or worse yet, for the total scope of one’s subsistence.

 

All of this means that we cannot possibly return to the proper role of government at the federal level, as defined by common sense and articulated in the United States Constitution. This will therefore necessarily keep the role of government at the state and local levels from being able to return to their proper roles, and will keep the federal spending at artificially, unnecessarily, and unsustainably high levels for the remaining future until our inevitable financial collapse.

 

I also fear that we are too far from God, which derives from our refusal to call evil evil. Barring divine intervention from the hand of Providence, I fear it is too late; and I fear this will eventually result in a societal moral collapse which will allow that which was once unthinkable: we will slowly be overtaken by creeping radical islam, and subjected eventually to sharia law.

 

Whether you’re a Christian or not; or even believe in God or not; how can you argue these societal fallacies and idiocies? We honor and revere those who are vile and perverse, and we ridicule those who are righteous. Lady Gaga, the Kardashians, and Snooki are societal heroes, Reverend Graham is a kook; Ellen Degeneres and RuPaul are courageous, Tim Tebow is annoying and self-promoting; first degree murderers serve an average of nine years nationwide, babies are killed in the womb as a matter of “woman’s privacy;” prayer on public property is banned, public indecent exposure on that same property is a constitutionally protected “freedom of expression;” a child can be given condoms in school at the expense of the society at large, the administrators cannot tell them abstinence is possible and preferable; when a tragedy happens at a school grief counselors are sent in, but they cannot be religious counselors and cannot pray with the students.

 

The 1st Amendment (which is a restriction on the federal government only, not a source of individual Liberty) now serves as the right for pornography and as protection for broadcasting filth…..and as a reason for government to ban prayer in schools, ban religion in government buildings and in public at large, ban prayers at graduation ceremonies, and demand the removal of models of the Ten Commandments being displayed in courthouses??

 

Here are some examples, and you tell me if I’m overreacting. These are all from court cases in these United States, and all are supposed “violations of the 1st Amendment.” But first, here is the verbiage of said Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”

  1. A verbal prayer is unconstitutional when offered in a school, even if that prayer is voluntary AND denominationally neutral (Engle v. Vitale, 1962)
  2. If a student prays over his lunch, it is unconstitutional for him to pray aloud (Reed v. Van Hoven, 1965)
  3. Freedoms of speech and press are guaranteed to students and teachers – unless the topic is religious; then it becomes unconstitutional (Stein v. Oshinsky, 1965; Collins v. Chandler Unified School Dist., 1981; Bishop v. Aronov, 1991; Duran v. Nitsche, 1991)
  4. It is unconstitutional for a war memorial to be made in the shape of a cross (Lowe v. City of Eugene, 1969)
  5. When a student addresses an assembly of his peers, he effectively becomes a government representative; it is therefore unconstitutional for that student to engage in prayer. (Harris v. Joint School District, 1994)
  6. It is unconstitutional for a Board of Education to use or refer to the word “God” in any of its official writings. (Ohio v. Whisner, 1976)
  7. It is unconstitutional for a classroom library to contain books which deal with Christianity (notice “Christianity,” not “religion”), or for a teacher to be seen with a personal copy of the Bible at school (Roberts v. Madigan, 1990)
  8. Because a prosecution attorney mentioned seven words from the Bible in a statement which lasted less than five seconds, a jury sentence was overturned for a man convicted of brutally clubbing a 71 year old woman to death. (Commonwealth v. Chambers, 1992)
  9. In Omaha, Nebraska, a student was prohibited from reading his Bible silently during free time, or even from opening his bible in School (Gierke v. Blotzer, 1989)
  10. And last but not least: In a high school class in Dickson, Tennessee, students were required to write a research paper using at least four sources. Even though students were allowed to write about the occult, witchcraft, and reincarnation; because Brittney Settle chose to write her paper about the life of Christ Jesus, she was given a zero by her teacher!! (Brittney Kay Settle v. Dickson County School Board, 1995)

 

I don’t think there is much more to be said. It is up to us, but I don’t think it is possible for there to be enough of us without divine intervention from the hand of Providence; I honestly don’t. Over half of the population now makes money from the federal government (Earned Income Tax Credit, housing assistance, food assistance, etc.). How do we convince them that it is wrong, when our education system is so poor that students are not taught the proper role of government? How can we expect them to know that this is morally wrong when the greatest source of moral teaching in the history of the world is banned from education, portrayed as fallacy, and not even properly promoted or read in our homes and churches? Most of our kids don’t know who Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, Gouverneur Morris, or Patrick Henry are, but they know about Ashton and Demi, American Idol contestants, Who “The Bachelor” is, and who is winning the Amazing Race or Survivor. How can you possibly think anything other than the hand of Providence could now save us from ourselves?!

 

So is there anything that we can do? Yes, there are a couple things we can do. First and foremost: pray!! Pray long, pray hard, pray often; pray with your church, pray with your friends, and pray with your family. Next, be an expert in Scripture (which I, too, need to get on the ball in this one). Read your Bible, from Genesis to Revelation – and focus long and hard on the words and actions of Christ. Live the Word, don’t simply pretend to know the Word; and you cannot truly live the Word until you’ve read and understand the Word. Study our Founders and the people our Founders studied, so you can know the true role of government, and why it is essential. Study Frederic Bastiat, the most important reading you can do in my opinion, outside of Scripture. And when you’re done…pray again!!

 

I rest my case, your Honor: and I beseech you, oh Lord Jesus to come, and come quickly! I think it fitting to end this with the last words from our Holy Bible:

Revelations 22: 20-21 “Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

Comments

6 Comments on America’s Impending Death: The Why, The How, And The Only Way Out

  1. Karen Boswell on Fri, 24th Feb 2012 4:00 pm
  2. I agree and have been thinking pretty much the same thing for quite some time myself. Until we as the body of Christ start living and acting like his hands and feet, stop silently tolerating evil and celebrating sin, we will not and cannot change our course

    Thanks for your voice

  3. Livy Sibley on Sat, 25th Feb 2012 12:14 am
  4. I’m with Sarah Palin when asked about everyone laughing at Santorum for talking about that fairy tale guy, Satan, as if he were real. She said “Haven’t any of these people ever been to church or read the Bible?” That’s the sad part – when the people have NO idea what Santorum was talking about! When I heard his speech, I thought,”Thank God – at least he gets it!”

  5. Sando on Sat, 25th Feb 2012 8:10 am
  6. Tracy,
    Excellent article. You are a very good writer as well as statesman. I appreciate being in this with men like yourself.

    I’d like to recommend a book that you will want to read and study. It expounds on the Daniel prophecy, helps Christians build a solid doctrinal foundation for the end times and will strengthen your faith, and knowledge of our call in the earth today.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=whose+right+it+is&tag=googhydr-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=6592883681&ref=pd_sl_9fhuhcutk_b

    This book was written by my spiritual father, Kelley Varner. He was a father to me. I was in the ministry for 13 years before moving to the corporate world. Kelley saved my life more than once during those ministry years!

    You are a leader in this hour Tracy. You are called for such a time as this.

    Sandi

  7. admin on Sat, 25th Feb 2012 9:40 am
  8. Thank you, Sandi, for your kind words and for the recommended reading. Upon your recommendation, I have added it to my shopping cart at Amazon.com, to be purchased when I complete my next order. God Bless you, Sandi!!

  9. J.J. on Sat, 25th Feb 2012 10:54 am
  10. Great article Tracy. I couldn’t agree more, and I too need to step up my time with Scripture. Thank you for all the extra time you spend helping to inspire and educate us. God bless you, J.J.

  11. Joann on Sat, 25th Feb 2012 11:00 pm
  12. Tracy … it has always been your passion for truth, honor for country and faith in God which led me to support your endeavors. Sadly, my friend, I think your insight is spot-on. But, what is even sadder is, that WE have allowed this insanity to fester then flourish in our own homes, schools and neighborhoods. Through YEARS of ‘turning the other cheek’ from radicals … ‘tolerance’ (Oh, how I HATE that word!) of everyone and everything … ‘social consciousness’ … on and on. I’ve expressed your sentiments to virtually all of my friends and family for several years now … they all nod in agreement – for the moment. But, nothing in their day to day activities indicates that they’ve taken any of it to heart. I sleep with my Bible beside me nowadays … the old eyeballs can’t read as long as they used to – the darn bifocals give me a headache in bed! But, I’ve noticed that I have better nights of sleep when I’ve taken the time to drift off with a few passages – it’s a comfort I’ve come to appreciate. And, every once in a while, I meet a young whipper-snapper like Tracy Tarum, who is PROUD of his Country AND his Faith … and I smile a bit – because, as long as there are Tracy Tarum’s around, there is STILL hope for this great land. God Bless you Tracy – for all you DO, for all you SAY, for all you ARE. Jo

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