Archive for December, 2011

Earmarks

December 11, 2011

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money. —  Alexis de Tocqueville

Apparently, de Tocqueville overestimated the suddenness of our demise.  But, surely, we are on the path he described.

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Taking the Beach – Heroes Needed

December 4, 2011

It’s hard to blame Herman Cain for bowing out of his presidential bid, given the attacks that have been leveled against him. Humor me for a minute. Whatever your opinion is, assume for the moment that Mr. Cain has been absolutely truthful. Naive, perhaps, but truthful. In that case, here is the decision: forge ahead, ignoring the hurt that these attacks impose on family, or admit the cost is just too high for a man who values family first. To stay in, he would have to be convinced beyond doubt that another could not do the job that needed to be done and that the stakes were worth sacrificing his own family to save other’s families. I say again, from his point of view, it’s hard to blame him.

That sacrificial choice, however, exemplifies the candidate Tea Party adherents think they are looking for. I have been in that camp. By and large, we have thought we needed a candidate who is able to stand against the withering fire of a ruthless enemy while we cheer them on – safely in the background. Think of the soldiers who fought on from D-Day, paving the way to eventually stop Hitler’s domination of Europe and crimes against humanity – those are is the kind of heroes needed in this hour, if America is to survive as a Constitutional Republic.

But, as I have watched the progressive machine go first after Sarah Palin and now Herman Cain using the well-rehearsed tactics of Saul Alinsky, I wonder who will be next to draw their fire. The stakes are high. The opposition is relentless. Whether our children will know a life of liberty remains to be determined. Here is what I know: until “We the People” develop the kind of sacrificial resolve that our fathers, uncles, and grandfathers showed that day against evil on the beach at Normandy, we will just see more of what we have been getting.

If we think we are going to put any candidate in the White House who is going to set things right and allow us to go back to our own business as usual, we are telling ourselves a fairy tale. We can’t prevail by sending our lone nominee up the beach in our stead. We will stand and solve our problems together, or divided we will fall in defeat. Ultimately get the government we are willing to accept. Look to 2 Chronicles 7:14 for the power to get started. Keep seeking until the direction is clear.