The New Civil War
In case you have just returned from a long space-ship flight from Planet Zeon, I need to let you know that America is involved in another civil war. It is a war for the very soul of our Nation—as was our first Civil War! This war is not necessarily between America’s two controlling political parties. The war is between an ideology of conservatism and liberalism. And these two groups of thinkers are purposely dividing our nation, and these two diverse philosophies are about to separate the men from the boys.
Fiscal Conservatives are telling Americans that what they are attempting to do socially and economically is for the good of both the nation and her people. The liberals are telling all who will listen that what they are attempting to do is for the good of some Americans. From what I have seen and read both philosophical camps are being very honest and up front about what their positions are and what their fighting tactics will be. The two differing political and social philosophies should make it easy for Americans to pick sides; just as the obvious political differences in America in the years before the Civil War should have made it easy for most Americans to pick sides. Unfortunately Americans don’t always do the right thing! Americans don’t always make the right choices! There are many variables in our lives which can influence us to say or do or agree with what we know is wrong. Greed and power are way up there in the influencing of choosing wrong over right. Laziness and complacency also play a big part in determining which political party you favor.
Even Sincere People Make Mistakes
In the Civil War, friends and family were willing to fight each other to death in order to keep their rights. One side decided it was their patriotic duty to fight to free American citizens from slavery. The other side decided it was their patriotic duty to fight to own (free) Americans. Two complete opposites. Two completely different ideologies, and yet both sides were willing to die for what they believed was the right thing to do. It is not uncommon to hear the retold stories of the Yanks and Rebs singing church hymns as they camped at night on opposite sides of a river, only to wake up early the next morning with the goal of killing each other! Obviously, the people fighting on one side of this war were wrong!
Well the two differing philosophies are at it again! Fortunately, there are no guns involved in this war! But mark my words; even though there are no guns involved in this war, it is basically the same war all over again! Americans on one side are willing to fight to save this country and her people; while the people on the other side are willing to fight for the rights for a few to control people. Only this time the slave owner is Big Government. And their ‘partner in crime’ is Big Union.
This War Can Get Confusing so stay Focused!
From a literal Christian perspective it seems that the liberal politicians have it right. They say that they are standing up for poor people. Are they? The fiscally liberal politicians cry out that they are not in favor of cutting the budget because it will hurt those poor people who can’t afford medical insurance, and those poor people who are on fixed governmental incomes, and those poor people who are poor because they can’t find employment in this bad economy. Sounds like the non-budget cutting liberals are really in favor of helping poor people – just as Jesus would be. Would Jesus agree with liberal politicians? (We will answer this a little later.) But we know this much about Jesus. Jesus would definitely not want the Christian church financially supporting any health-care organization or government which is helping women kill their babies. There is a big difference between widows, orphans and sexually permissive females who casually and flippantly abort their babies. (This is another story for another day.)
On the other hand most Americans have heard (mostly from liberal sources) that the fiscally conservative politicians want to cut the budget so dramatically that old people, young people, women and children will suffer so tremendously that there will be people dying by the thousands – some liberals even openly profess that millions of Americans will die of hunger. Americans will hear stories (again from the liberal side) of how women will be dying in back alleys from self-induced botched abortions. And poor widowed single mothers will have to watch their children die from lack of medical care. (I warned you conservatives that you needed to stay focused. Remember, you are in a war.) The liberals unabashedly use words like: drastic, extreme, and barbaric when referring to the size of the budget cuts that fiscally responsible conservatives propose. Do you think it would be fair to say the liberals are using a little political propaganda to get their points across? You think! These political liberals will say whatever it takes just so long as it erroneously exaggerates whatever the conservatives are trying to do. I may be wrong, (NOT!) but I highly doubt that even the meanest conservative in America would purposely let one American, let alone thousands or even millions of Americans die as a result of budget cuts. Fixing entitlements like Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid are going to hurt, but they won’t kill anybody—except for maybe one or two shell-shocked liberals. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Oh yeah, back to the Jesus thing. Would Jesus Christ Himself be on the side of fiscally responsible conservatives or Big Government liberals? I really don’t believe that this is that hard to figure-out—that is if you are Bible believing Christian! So let’s go to the Scriptures. The mighty Apostle Paul, the Christian Church leader, the man who talked to Christ Himself, the guy who wrote most of the New Testament Bible, had the same problems with liberal thinkers and social leeches in the church that we have today in America. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church leaders and told them to solve this sin problem this way.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command with the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from any Christian who lives in idleness and doesn’t follow the tradition of hard work we gave you. For you know that you ought to follow our example. We were never lazy when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so that we would not be a burden to any of you. It wasn’t that we didn’t have the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow. Even while we were with you, we gave you this rule: “Whoever does not work should not eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and wasting time meddling in other people’s business. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we appeal to such people—no, we command them: Settle down and get to work. Earn your own living. – 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-12
Wow, would this Christian teaching work great for America today or what? Now again, the Apostle Paul is not telling Christians that they should not help out people. The Apostle Paul is simply commanding that the Christian Church should not help lazy, irresponsible people. Below is another excellent Bible teaching out of the New Testament. The verses above and the verses below will clearly show that God does not care for the term ‘being politically correct.’
The church should care for any widow who has no one else to care for her. But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God very much. But a woman who is a true widow, one who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. Night and day she asks God for help and spends much time in prayer. But the widow who lives only for pleasure is spiritually dead. Give these instructions to the church so that the widows you support will not be criticized. But those who won’t care for their own relatives, especially those living in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than unbelievers. A widow who is put on the list for support must be a woman who is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband. She must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers? Has she served other Christians humbly? Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do good? The younger widows should not be on the list, because their physical desires will overpower their devotion to Christ and they will want to remarry. 12 Then they would be guilty of breaking their previous pledge. Besides, they are likely to become lazy and spend their time gossiping from house to house, getting into other people’s business and saying things they shouldn’t. So I advise these younger widows to marry again, have children, and take care of their own homes. Then the enemy will not be able to say anything against them. If a Christian woman has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for widows who are truly alone. – 1 Timothy 5: 3-16
Enough said about Jesus’ position!
America is slowly Bleeding to Death
Fact Number One – This country is so far in debt, that unless we fix our budgets and pay off our bills, America as we know it is going to implode. This is a fact. Unless we fix America’s numerous multi-trillion dollar debts and get our annual budgets actually and factually balanced, the weight of those debts is going to crush this country like an ant under the foot of a fat man’s shoe. This is not a conservative propaganda ploy. Everyone in America knows that America is bleeding financially. I am just afraid that many do not know just how serious the economic bleeding is! I am also afraid that there are even more who don’t care.
Fact Number Two – America has a money spending problem. America is spending more money than they are taking in. This is a fact.
Fact Number Three – Now the important thing to realize about Fact Number Two is that America does not have a money problem. America has a spending problem. This is a fact. Presently, America takes in enough revenue to solve her budgets issues – if certain political dweebs would allow us to severely cut the wasted spending that is going on in this country.
I am not going to go into details about how much of this country’s taxpayer monies are wasted. I am not going to give you a detailed CPA account of the billions (yes billions) of dollars that are literally wasted by Big Government each year. I am not going to list the names of all the multi-million or even multi-billion federally funded or federally run agencies or organizations which could be severely budgeted or eliminated all together. I am not going to list the billions of dollars of foreign ‘aid’ that is spent each year in countries that don’t even like us! Do a simple Google search for ‘government financial waste’ and you will find thousands of hits which will clearly lay out the billions upon billions of tax-payer dollars that our government wastes each year.
Conservatives: Are You in this Budget War for the Long Haul?
President Lincoln had a famous quote; “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.” Conservative political leaders need to truly believe that the laws and budget cuts they are attempting to pass are right for America and right for her people. When you truly believe something is right, you must be steadfast in that belief in spite of your surroundings and in spite of the pressures put on you to give up. This is what a conviction is.
Conservatives, do you have the stomach for this up-coming budget fight? Do you have the conservative audacity and resolve to ignore the liberal budget-cut mantra that will be spewing out of the mouths of liberals? Do you have the ‘stones’ to look into the eyes of the American voters and your liberal friends and clearly explain to them that liberal politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Dick Durbin, Charlie Rangle and Harry Reid are not only political cowards, they are unpatriotic and political liars? Do you conservative politicians have the backbone to not mince words and to tell the American people want they need to hear and not necessarily what they want to hear.? There will be no sacred cows in this fight. I can promise you that the liberals will fight dirty. The liberals will have no problem spending hundreds of millions of (union donated) dollars to buy television, radio, internet and newspaper ads which will spin the budget cuts in such a way that they will make you conservatives seems like a reincarnated Genghis Khan.
Conservatives, take off the gloves. It is going to get real ugly in the months ahead! And I don’t mind you standing up and fighting for me. Just make sure you are in this fight to win. The second place finisher in a boxing match is still the loser! Remember these liberals (just like the public union employees) are fighting for their very existence. The liberals know (just like the public union employees know) that what the conservatives are trying to accomplish will change the political and social climate in America for a long time to come. These fiscally stupid liberals have enough brains to know that if they lose these budget fights it will definitely put an end to Big Government!
Except for the Civil War, political philosophies in America never divided this nation quite like today’s budget wars. There is a very good chance that if we do not fix America’s financial problems this country will become a second- or third-world nation. America is a China hiccup away from going under. If China decides they want a serious return on the money we owe them, America as we know it is done.
Presently both conservatives and liberals are standing pretty firm in their positions. And the American citizens on both sides of this argument are also standing firmly behind their political parties. And in spite of the obviousness of the serious budget and debt issues America has, some refuse to help solve the problems. It is blatantly logical which politicians in this budget war are trying to do the right thing. And yet the other side refuses to help. The vast majority of liberal politicians in this country are just like the liberal Big Government public union teachers in this country. They are self-centered and they are self-serving and will let this country die economically just so long as they get their way. So Mr. and Mrs. Conservative please don’t forget that even if you do the right thing, there will be people who will speak evil of you so don’t get discouraged. You will always be considered evil by some people, so be thick-skinned. And Mr. and Mrs. Conservative please don’t start this fight if you are only it in because you like the poll numbers. And please don’t tell me that you are going to fight for my conservative values only to bail out when you get poked in the eye once and awhile. You conservatives control the microphones of this land right now. Choose you words wisely. And Mr. and Mrs. Conservative Politician, don’t you dare tell me that you consider yourself a patriotic conservative and then run and hide when the real fighting starts. Right now America needs conservative men and women who are more than willing to stand in the gap for however long it takes, for those of us who can’t.