Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Are We Sinking Into Tyranny?

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Robert Knight, a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for the Washington Times, says we are.

Knight says, "No wonder Mitch McConnell skipped the Conservative Political Action Conference [a few weeks ago]. He's too busy with his day job as Minority Leader of the United States Senate."

Knight continues, "What, you thought that with the Republicans taking the Chamber in January following the historic November election that Mr. McConnell is the Majority Leader?"

"No," Knight says, "that would be Harry Reid....who obviously still calls the shots in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body."

Knight is reacting to how elected, some newly elected, "conservatives" are falling in line with a fore-ordained agenda, not what they promised voters while campaigning.

Maureen Dowd, not a conservative and writing for the New York Times says the upcoming presidential election is a done deal. She writes, "Brace Yourself For Hillary and Jeb."

There is a sense of inevitability or even fatalism found on both sides of the political spectrum.

I call it the "New Tyranny" as opposed to the "Old Tyranny" imposed on our forefathers by the King of England.

This "new tyranny" causes people to think they are politically influencing the direction of the country and culture, whereas under the "old tyranny," the King disposed with the formalities and niceties, and just did what he wanted, when he wanted.

Christian leaders are asking, "Do conservatives have a future?" Or are we helplessly sinking into tyranny?

The answer lies in which path we choose.

The great New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra was fond of saying, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

We're at the fork, and Yogi, that's what we've been doing--- and it isn't working.

Do we actually have the courage to take the right path? Or are we content to continue to sink into the new tyranny?

Robert Knight, in his article titled, "We are Sinking Into Tyranny" takes an in-depth look at how the Republican leadership, now in control of both the House and the Senate, are blowing it by continually choosing the wrong path---the path most traveled, I suppose.

He analyzes the "moderate" Republican leadership's response to President Obama's declaration of amnesty for 4 to 5 million illegal aliens, their response to Reid's threat to tell America the GOP shut down the government should they not pass the $1.2-trillion "Crominbus bill," and Obama's Federal Communications Commission's vote to seize control of the Internet.

He calls it "Alarming." "Tyranny."

Knight says the Republicans can take the control the people have given them by voting for them "by denying funds for unconstitutional actions."

Knight asks, "Can House members get over their fear of false charges of racism and utilize the Constitution's Article 1, Section ll solution for a lawless president?"

Maureen Dowd, a progressive who writes for the New York Times wrote an article not kind toward Hillary Clinton, but concludes the fix is in, and concludes, "Brace Yourself for Hillary and Jeb," the choice of "moderates" from both Parties.

Rush Limbaugh commented last week that perhaps Hillary and Jeb should run together---on the same ticket---because they are so close on the issues.

Phyllis Schfaly has also been thinking about this matter. She says conservative Christian Americans are looking for leadership---and it's not to early to begin thinking clearly about it. Very clearly.

She asks, "Do conservatives have a future? Can we hope to elect a choice and not an echo of previous mistakes?

She characterizes a re-do of Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney as "the echo."

She reminds those of us over 40 that conservatives did it in 1980 when "we defeated the Establishment choice and nominated and elected Ronald Reagan, the greatest president of the 20th century."

She recommends every Christian and conservative to ask all candidates the following questions---or at least be sure as to where they stand before voting for them:

1. What is your plan to clip the wings of supremacist judges (who believe the Constitution is a 'living' document that they can rewrite)? We will not allow supremacist judges to rewrite the definition of marriage; or to abolish placing a cross or a Ten Commandments monument in public places; or to stop the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

2. Do you faithfully support the right to life in all congressional and state legislation and judicial litigation?

3. What is your plan to protect parent's rights to guide the education of their children? Specifically, will you oppose the adoption in all schools of Common Core so-called standards and tests, which in turn, control the curriculum?

4. What is your plan to protect the jobs of American workers from foreign trade agreements negotiated by Obama behind closed doors, which pretend to endorse free trade but actually are a cover for outsourcing good American jobs and insourcing foreigners to take away from Americans?

Schfaly says, "The kingmakers and RINO's are playing for high stakes: control..."

Although written about 2,600 years ago, the biblical book of Jeremiah defines our times. "Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls" (6:16).

This was a call from God to choose the right path---the only path that leads to blessing and freedom.

It is the path of eternal truth, values and principles---not chaotic destructive secular progressivism that crowns everyone a king---releasing them to do what is right in their own eyes.

About 2,300 years later, American Founder and patriot Patrick Henry reflected on that truth. Patrick, a devout Christian, home schooled and very conversant with Scripture, would have known these words of Jeremiah as the Word of the Lord.

He would have known that Israel was not following God's path when the words were spoken, he would have also known that Israel told the prophet, "We will not walk in it, we will not listen." He would have known the consequences that followed.

Knowing the consequences of rebellion against God's laws of blessing and freedom, and the tyranny of England's King, from whom he and our Founding Fathers chose to separate, would have given even greater urgency and understanding to his words when he said:

"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past." Patrick Henry

Many in this world have little to no influence on their future. In America, we do. If we will.

Our choices involve whether of not we will walk in that path---whether or not we will listen to the Word of the Lord.

Are we sinking into tyranny? That depends on our choices.

It is also written, "There is a way that seems right...but the end is death."

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Very Pro-Active. Be Blessed.