Election 2012 Sorrow
It’s the morning after Election 2012.
Wow. I didn’t see that one coming.
Or maybe I did, but I was hoping and praying to hold it off another few decades.
How could Obama Win a Second Term?
The big question: how could Obama win a second term? This is a man who lost millions of jobs and presided over a recession/near depression for his entire presidency.
This is a man who went to sleep knowing our people in Benghazi were being attacked and killed.
This is a man who advocates killing the unborn, and financing the slaughter with your money, and mine.
And yet. This is also a man who “gave” (using others’ funding) a few
weeks months years of unemployment pay, just for sitting on one’s duff. A man who offered “free” healthcare to the losers of life’s lottery. A man who promised more teachers, more PBS funding, more Ding Dongs, more Twinkies, more anything you could want. Why not? We already are 16 trillion dollars in debt. What’s another trillion, give or take?
My confidence, apparently grievously misplaced, was that voters would not re-elect such a candidate.
Obama again: What to do?
I woke up this morning, feeling a bit like the guy who jumped to earth from 23 miles in the air. I’m in free fall now, spinning head over heels, and I don’t know how to get out of the spin. It’s like everything I grew up knowing to be true has changed.
I grew up valuing hard work. What’s the point of that now? Should I continue to take jobs, knowing that a higher and higher portion of my earnings will be confiscated? Should I continue to work and just consider it charity? Will God accept taxes as a tithe?
It’s horribly confusing in an ache-in-your-stomach kind of way.
Should schools keep teaching kids career skills? Really, why? Perhaps, instead of teaching them to write checks and budget their money, they should offer classes on how to play the system. “How to get maximum health benefits at no cost,” “How to get maximum food and toys for your kids at Christmas from charities.” That sort of thing.
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter. ~ Isaiah 5:20
Is it Enough to Do What’s Right, Even When it’s Punished?
The big dilemma is, do we keep doing right even when that means we’ll be taken advantage of? Should those of us who work continue, even knowing that we will not be rewarded for it?
I felt instinctively that Romney was right about 47% of the population not voting for him because he didn’t offer them freebies. Sadly, he appears to have underestimated that by a bit. At this rate, how much longer can our country survive? I didn’t think we were this far gone already, but apparently we are. I foresee more and more horses stepping away from the cart, and where will that leave the riders? How long can we continue to borrow from … who are we borrowing from, anyone? The Chinese?
As a writer, I think this is a great book premise (I’m just sorry to be living it): how do people live when the rules are turned upside down? When what was once considered “bad” is now considered “good”?
How the Bible Fits In
As a Christian, I’m most interested in Biblical applications to all this. I just keep thinking of Moses and Pharaoh. The first several times Moses visited Pharaoh to ask him to let the Israelites go, Pharaoh hardened his heart and said no. But after a while, the text changes slightly and we read that Pharaoh no longer hardened his heart, God hardened it for him.
I fear that God has hardened America’s heart. Millions prayed for this election. Perhaps God is giving us what we deserve.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. ~John 16:33