Well, the House of Representatives ruined an otherwise perfectly decent weekend by passing a socialized medicine bill last night. One idiot Republican voted for the bill, along with all but thirty-nine Democrats. From what I can tell, Jim Cooper (Nashville) and Steven Cohen (Memphis) are the only Democrats from Tennessee who voted for the bill. Presumably the other Democrats (including three from Tennessee) got scared by the conservative turnout on election day last week in various states. I had called Jim Cooper’s office on Friday asking that he vote against the bill — but to no avail.
I somewhat doubt that the plan will get anywhere in the Senate. Even Joe Lieberman has apparently pledged to help filibuster it. If he caves, though, we are all in trouble.
Overall, I have just about decided that all the fuss over individual votes and individual elections has become somewhat pointless. When these types of wicked proposals even come to the floor of the United States Congress, you know the country is in trouble. We have already lost half the battle when people harbor these temptations. Wicked socialist schemes should not even come under consideration.
For that reason, I think America’s problem is primarily spiritual. The Republican Party can alter its strategy, and go back to its roots, and maybe find candidates who are better than McCain, and weed out its corruption, and make all sorts of improvements, and come up with brilliant ideas — but maintaining fidelity to the Constitution should not be so hard. These types of socialistic policies were unthinkable decades ago. Bill Clinton almost ruined his career by proposing what Obama is now attempting to pass into law.
We now live in a country where 40% of the children are born out of wedlock, where 50+% of marriages end in divorce, and where all the single mommies therefore want Uncle Sam to become their provider instead of finding and sticking with husbands. (I have mentioned before that 70% of single ladies voted for Barack Obama!)
Overall, the suicidal policies of our evil politicians seem to me like a judgment from God. I got the latest edition of The Economist this week, and the front cover story talks about America’s declining birth rate. Statistically, we are killing ourselves off through abortion and foolish philosophies that deride the family and discourage childbearing. In the realm of economics, meanwhile, the Democrats have already added more than $1 trillion onto the national debt since Obama’s election in the pursuit of hollow Keynesian goals. (For those just tuning in, Keynesian economics argues that the government should spend money just for the sake of spending money, because that raises the GDP figure and makes the country seem wealthier than it actually is.) Despite these efforts, unemployment continues to rise, and socialists in Congress seem hell-bent on wrecking the economy further by imposing a tax on a gas that humans exale in order to combat “global warming.” In the realm of foreign policy, weak-spined leaders placate enemy regimes like the Islamic Republic of Iran.
We are on a suicidal path. It reminds me of the “depraved mind” described in Romans 1. Hence, Paul describes God’s general method of dealing with wicked individuals. They turn their backs on God, and he rebukes them. But they keep on doing rejecting him, and eventually he simply lets their wickedness envelope their souls. Even entire societies may likewise experience this type of hardening of heart.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. . . . For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools. . . . Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. . . .
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32)
I think the wickedness has enveloped America’s soul. Winning the hearts and minds of those who have not yet fallen off the cliff seems the best strategy of winning the country back, but I wonder how difficult that may be.