No matter what part of the world we visit, we find that most governments—tend to be tyrannical or simply overbearing in certain ways. Governments have been predatory since the very first government has been established. Many still are today. Some facts remain consistent throughout history.
The reason why, is that– governments are “run” by imperfect and oftentimes power-hungry humans.
This very Truth separates the United States from all other civilizations. Our Founders understood that human nature (left without God’s help) is flawed (egotistical, power-hungry, lustful, envious, greedy, hateful, and angry), and that it never changes– no matter what century.
Knowing that every government is full of flawed human beings, the Founders designed a unique formula that placed chains on our own government. The United States Constitution, its ‘separation of powers’ and ‘checks and balances’ limited our government’s power, which resulted in more freedom dispersed to every American citizen. As Lord Acton once stated:
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Therefore, the Constitution was designed to keep absolute power and corruption from being concentrated within federal government, maximizing the liberty of the individual.
Yet, through the years, Americans have been easily seduced into giving up their God-given freedoms in exchange for more “cradle to grave” security. Though we elect so-called “benevolent” leaders, we find ourselves being taxed, legislated, ‘executive ordered’, and mandated into slavery. Today, we can see the force of our aggressive government hand through:
- EPA Regulations that are now shutting down coal mines and skyrocketing the cost of energy.
- Obamacare mandates and taxes that are driving up the cost of health care, intruding in patient privacy, violating religious freedoms, and meddling in doctors’ ability to care for their own patients.
- Agenda 21, which is now threatening our property rights.
- The UN Small Arms Treaty that threatens to rob us of our Second Amendment rights.
- The anticipated “Taxmagadden” that is fixed to hit all Americans in January 2013, increasing taxes over $4,100 per household.
- Not to mention the endless government mandates that determine; what light bulbs we can buy, cars we can drive, foods we can eat, how we can “parent” our own children, and so on.
With each new tax, legislation, and mandate that is passed, is one more freedom lost for every American. While some taxes and legislation are actually needed, some politicians have created crafty schemes to usurp more power and fatten their own pockets.
When we think of tyrants, we tend to think of dictators like former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi or former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak– who both have recently been ‘ousted’ through the Middle East uprisings.
But, beyond these brutal dictatorships we see elsewhere in the world, much of the West has also found itself falling prey to an overly intrusive Socialist State.
In nations like Greece and Spain, citizens surrendered their freedoms in exchange for the Nanny State to take care of them. Excessive government entitlement programs have resulted in the darkness of bankruptcy, riots, and chaos. The financial crisis in Greece has reached an explosive tipping point, with the youth unemployment rate exceeding a startling 50 percent. Spain’s overall unemployment rate also stands near a whopping 24 percent. Financial crisis also lurks upon their bordering European nations.
Just because we are across the Atlantic, doesn’t mean we are immune to the failed Socialist policies Europe is currently facing. In fact, five days before the 2008 election, Barack Obama promised a “fundamental transformation of America.”
Well, we certainly got this “fundamental transformation” since he’s been in office –through the explosion of entitlement programs and rising unemployment, “morphing” us to resemble our European Socialist friends.
- Today, we have nearly 47 million people on food stamps (up from 32 million in 2009).
- Welfare spending has jumped 32% in the past four years.
- We have had an explosion in cost of the so-called “Obamaphone” program since 2008- from $772 million to $1.6 billion.
- Obamacare has massively expanded of the government’s Medicaid program (nearly 50%).
- 23 million Americans out of full-time work.
Since the First Lady likes to lecture us on obesity, let’s just talk about the obesity of our federal government for a moment. As we see more and more of our fellow Americans demoralized into government dependency, the bureaucracy has become bloated beyond taxpayers’ capacity to pay for it. Our national debt is now $16 trillion and growing.
With the obscene taxes and regulations crushing small businesses, it’s no wonder we can’t seem to get our own economy jumpstarted.
Team Obama points its finger at the “millionaires and billionaires,” blaming them for today’s economic woes. While it demands that “the rich” pay their “fair share,” many of our economic problems were created by Team Obama’s own policies.
The Obama Camp stirs up hate and envy among Americans with its “class warfare” rhetoric. But, doing so drives them away from their dependency on God, and gets them more dependent on government handouts.
Government that appoints itself as a “god” the giver of all blessings has its spiritual roots in atheism (godlessness). After all, Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, the “isms” tend to reject God’s Natural Laws (including one’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness). Since their leaders believe they have no accountability God, these “isms” do whatever they please to serve themselves, at the expense of their own citizens.
Yet, it’s no wonder more Americans have been embracing the “isms” lately. Many of us have been taught through our universities, Hollywood, and the media that the teachings of Christianity (and our Founding Judeo-Christian principles) are simply “uncool” and outdated. Statistically, Christianity has been on a steady decline in recent decades, as Atheism has been exploding, particularly on college campuses.
Of course, the temptation for power-hungry politicians to corrupt our nation with more godlessness continues. In the 2008 campaign, we heard President Obama mocking those who “cling to their guns and their religion.” Team Obama has been assaulting the Christian faith ever since. At the Democratic National Convention this year, we were astounded to hear his political party actually ‘booing’ God on television. Gift baskets from local churches (sent to the convention) were also rejected. Abortion and reckless sex habits are now being “championed.” Catholics are still battling the gross violation of religious freedom that Obama’s healthcare law has forced upon them. Bible-believing Christians have endured the vicious assaults for their reverence to traditional marriage. Not to mention that fact that Obama’s redistribution of wealth” mantra has replaced the Ten Commandments.
As we see the “isms” infiltrating our government today, we can see their rotten fruits produce: high unemployment, poverty, increased food stamps, despair, anger, and dissatisfaction.
Sadly, this corrupt ideology tends to prey on dysfunctional people who have crossed the moral line. When we separate ourselves from “self-evident” truths (God’s moral code) and reject God, we still need some type of ‘god’ to take care of us. Power-hungry politicians (who also reject God) are all too happy to oblige.
William Penn once eloquently stated. “If man is not governed by God, he will be ruled by tyrants.”
As societies reject God (as a whole), it’s no wonder they often end up with Marxist, Communist, Socialist, Fascist, or other tyrannical-type governments. If we believe that we have no accountability to God, we eventually become subjects to rulers who also believe they have no accountability to Him—including the role of protecting the very rights that are endowed by Him.
The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness.”
But, when we become a godless people who are dependent on a godless government – these very rights—are thrown right out the window.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to return to American’s freedom formula # 1 –which is to love God with all our hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:17 states: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.”
We can begin loving God by simply returning to the “self-evident” truths (His moral code of right and wrong) He has inscribed within our very hearts.
We indeed have an all-knowing and caring God who is concerned about every specific detail of our lives (including how our government is treating us). As we follow His guidance, we get to enjoy the many blessings He bestows upon us. For Americans, these blessings include the precious rights protected by our Constitution. So, if we want to begin restoring our freedom, the secret lies with our relationship with our very Creator.
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