Change Like You Can’t Imagine
Vol: 85 Issue: 21 Tuesday, October 21, 2008
If the current polls indicate what will happen on Election day, Barack Obama will win the White House and the Democrats will build on their Congressional majorities.
If the Democrats can manage a supermajority in the Senate, (a distinct possibility) then America will find itself undergoing one of its most profound ideological shifts in history. To have a supermajority in the Senate, the Democrats need to hold sixty seats.
With supermajorities in both Houses of Congress, a President Barack Obama could rule unchecked. Obama promises America change you can believe in. Should the Democrats sweep the electoral map, we’ll get change we can’t even imagine.
The first thing an unchecked Democratic Congress will rush to President Obama’s desk will be Hillary Clinton’s universal healthcare plan modeled after Canada’s government-run, universal cradle-to-grave health care system.
The reason that it hasn’t been passed until now is because it doesn’t work. When money gets tight, health care is the first thing to be rationed out.
Here’s a typical example. The regional government that includes Niagara Falls, Ontario, is closing all the hospitals in that region except one.
The hospital that is to remain open will be expanded to become a super-hospital and emergency room serving the entire region as a government-initiated cost-cutting measure.
That means all medical emergencies for a regional population of 300,000 will be handled by one emergency room as much as forty miles away. That’s how governments administer health care.
According to the Lewin Group, the gold standard of health policy analysis, the Obama plan would shift between 32 million and 52 million from private coverage to the huge new entitlement.
Like Medicare or the Canadian system, this would never be repealed.
And as in the Canadian system, as U.S. health-care spending flowed into the default government options, taxes would have to rise or services would be rationed, or both.
An unfettered Democratic administration would be free to continue the effort to ‘fix’ the broken economy begun by the Democrats in 2006.
It is worth remembering that, while it is the White House that gets the credit or blame, it is the Congress that is responsible for the economy.
“We have some harsh decisions to make,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned recently, speaking about retribution for the financial panic. An unrestricted Democratic supermajority would be free to impose windfall profit taxes on oil companies, impose compensation restrictions on private companies, tax increases on ‘the rich’, etc.
Except that taxing profits takes away the incentive to increase profits, which tends to reduce productivity. Why work harder if the government takes it away? And when the government taxes ‘the rich’ — they are taxing America’s employers, who are then forced to lay off employees.
A Democratic supermajority would hand America back over to the labor unions.
The “Employee Free Choice Act” would convert workplaces into union shops merely by gathering signatures from a majority of employees, which means organizers could strongarm those who opposed such a petition.
You can be certain that a Democratic supermajority will hand Congress trillions of dollars in new spending from the auction of carbon credits.
Huge chunks of GDP and millions of jobs would be at the mercy of Congress and a vast new global-warming bureaucracy.
It is unthinkable.
One of the very first acts of a new Congressiona supermajority, before health care, before tax increases, before the environment, before anything will be the reimposition of the deceptively named “Fairness Doctrine.”
If Obama and the Democrats sweep the electorate, the voices of political opposition must be stopped. The Fairness Doctrine will stifle political speech by conservatives as effectively as the IRS has stifled political speech by religious leaders.
Under the terms of the “Fairness Doctrine” no media outlet will be permitted to present one point of political view without providing equal opportunity for the other point of view to be presented.
It sounds ‘fair’, but what it does in practice is make it so difficult for broadcasters to present political perspective that they just discontinue it altogether.
An unfettered Democratic Congress can be counted on to take steps to ensure they keep it that way. Before November 2010 rolls around, the Democrats will have empowered groups like ACORN to stack the voter rolls, eased identification requirements for voters, and restore the right to vote to convicted felons.
The next president will name, and the Congress will confirm, at least one, and possibly as many as three Supreme Court justices who will shape the law of the land for decades to come.
Supreme Court jurists serve for life, and with a friendly Congressional super-majority sure to confirm, a President Obama would be free to pick pretty much anybody that he liked.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 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: from such turn away.” (2nd Timothy 3:1-5)
One of the most amazing aspects of the Bible is its amazing economy of words. Scripture is so constructed that one can return to the same verse over and over and each time, get something new from it.
The Lord has a lot to tell us in Scripture, so He doesn’t waste words doing it.
Entire volumes of commentary have been written on Creation — the Holy Spirit tells the story in the first thirty-one verses — He doesn’t waste words.
Yet in Proverbs, we find the same verse repeated, word for word; “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. ” (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25)
I’ve just presented a thumbnail sketch of the most evil political agenda imaginable to me — yet according to the polls, it is an agenda shared by a majority of the voters.
The agenda that looks so evil to me is what the Left sees as Utopia on earth. They believe that they are doing the right thing.
This is a good place to restate the basic philosophical difference between Democrat and Republican. It is the source of their authority to govern.
In a republic, the authority to govern is derived from the Divine. Blackstone’s Commentaries on English Common Law explain that in a republic, that which is prohibited by the Divine could never be overturned by a majority.
For example, in a republic, murder would always be a crime.
In a pure democracy, the moral authority is derived from the will of the majority.
(Think Roe v. Wade and you see where the worldviews inevitably collide.)
It isn’t that the Left is evil. It is that, devoid of Divine authority, man is left only with his conscience to be his guide.
“Every man does that which is right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6,21:25)
Notice that, in the context of discussing how tightly packed the Bible is, without a word wasted, that I quoted another repeated verse.
“In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. ” (Judges 17:6)
“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. ” (Judges 21:25)
When the Lord repeats Himself, it isn’t because He is absent-minded. It is because there is a principle there that He really, really wants us to take to heart. In this case, it’s this.
In these days, secular America has no king, either. The Left does that which is right in their own eyes. They aren’t evil. Just wrong.
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. ” (Proverbs 16:2)
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. ” (Proverbs 21:2)
It’s important to understand that what the Bible talks about for the last days is not something that happens in some kind of cartoon world populated by evil men who are all deliberately conspiring to bring about the destruction of good.
It happens in a real world. One like this one. With real people who really mean to do good. But they have a different moral compass because they have no King.
I’ve been studying, teaching and preaching about the signs of the times and the things that are to come upon the world in the days leading up to the Tribulation Period for almost thirty years. I never really knew what to expect.
Now that I see it unfolding before me, I am still shocked at how logically it is all coming together. It’s like, “well, yeah . . what we you expecting? A brass band or something?”
Well, yeah. Or something. But at this juncture, a trumpet will do.