Blinded By the Darkness
Vol: 52 Issue: 19 Thursday, January 19, 2006
Since Election 2000, the mainstream media has waged an unrelenting war against the Bush administration specifically and the Republican party in general.
As usual, allow me to preface my comments with the required disclaimer. Discussing political reality is not evidence of political partisanship. I am a political conservative, but that is not the same as being a Republican. It is the same as NOT being a Democrat.
There is a difference. Frankly, my personal political worldview is closer to that of an independent libertarian than it is to that of the Republican Party and always has been.
I am careful to make that distinction because to many people, any comment not critical of the Bush administration is immediately as a defense of the Bush administration. Thus blinded, the point in question becomes so much white noise and is lost in the partisan din.
The simple, observable fact is that the mainstream media’s war against the administration is well-documented. And a new poll reveals another, simple and observable fact. Since there are only two political parties that have any real chance at national power, whatever hurts one, helps the other.
The non-stop, unrelenting barrage of innuendo and half-truths aimed at the Bush administration are ‘trickling down’ to the Congress, where a new Rasmussen poll gives the Democrats an eleven-point lead in the upcoming Congressional races.
Please, please, don’t miss the point. The point isn’t that the Republican Party is spotless and undeserving of criticism or that Republican Congressmen are not worthy of replacement.
Instead, look at who is being considered to do the replacing. THAT is the point. I have admitted on many occasions that I am a political junkie. Who governs the nation is of great concern to me, since, selfishly, they hold my future — and that of my family’s — in their hands.
That is not to say that I am a member of the Christian Right. I don’t believe it is the place of the Church to govern. God gave that role to politicians.
(“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. – Romans 31:1)
While we are not OF this world, we are IN it. Our spiritual citizenship is in heaven. As heavenly citizens currently in exile in this world, we vote spiritually by our actions.
As earthly citizens currently in exile from heaven, we vote according to our earthly interests, guided by our spiritual understanding. That is not the same as voting based on what we believe somebody ELSE’S spiritual understanding is. The Christian Right’s platform demands a ‘Christian’ government, but fails to define ‘Christian’.
Having said all that, I’ve been racking my brain trying to find some reason for putting the Democrats back in power apart from disappointment with the Republicans. If there is a Democratic platform beyond “We ain’t them” I cannot locate it. What I can locate is the proposed solutions offered by some prominent Democrats.
Their solution to Iraq is to pull out and allow it to become what Afghanistan was before we deposed the Taliban, guaranteeing we’ll have to go back into Iraq again later. But probably not until after the next Republican presidency, meaning it won’t be their problem anyway.
Their solution to the war on terror is bring all our troops home and hope the terrorists will go away. Once the troops are home, we can look for ways to understand the terrorists enmity towards us and fix our problems so they will like us again.
Their domestic agenda is primarily focused around keeping abortion legal, raising taxes, and opposing whatever is supported by the other side as a matter of partisan policy, rather than national good.
Lest you think that harsh, recall the number of Democrats that have publicly said the United States is at war because the president lied, despite a complete lack of evidence that it was even POSSIBLE for Bush to know what NOBODY else did.
Is making that allegation in the midst of that war good for America? Or for the Democrat’s political agenda? The best way to find the answer is to look at the results.
If partisan politics stopped at the water’s edge, if America’s political establishment were totally united behind the forces on the ground, if the terrorists had no hope that a divided America would turn tail and run, who would benefit the most? America? Or the terrorists? You tell me.
Abortion is the main plank in the Democrat platform. Broken down to its lowest common denominator, it is based in a woman’s right to choose to have sex without consequences. Millions of potential Americans have perished on the altar of convenience.
The National Right to Life’s website estimates there have been 45,951,133 abortions since 1973. Now there is a fiscal crisis as the millions of Baby Boomers are set to retire and there are not enough younger workers to support them. Good for America?
In this generation, America is the world’s premiere example of a ‘Christian’ country. When Osama declared war on the ‘Jews and the Crusaders’ nobody doubted he was referring to Israel and America.
Writing to this generation, the Apostle Paul outlined the spiritual condition of the Church in the final hours of the Church Age. In his letter to Timothy, Paul was specific about the time frame: “This know also, IN THE LAST DAYS, perilous times shall come.”
He was just as specific in identifying his target audience, the faithful remnant of the Body of Christ dwelling in the most Christian nation remaining on the face of the earth.
In the same passage, he identifies the prevailing moral and political worldview of that society:
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: ” (2nd Timothy 3:1-5a)
And according to the Rasmussen poll, this worldview is up eleven points in the Congressional polls.