“There is a difference between us. You think you the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom.” – William Wallace in Braveheart
What must it be like to win an elected office at the national level, ship off to Washington, D. C. with your ideals leading the way, and then turn on your constituents as if they had nothing to do with your election. Most of us cannot fathom making promises to groups of people over and over, and then acting in the exact opposite manner.
One of the things Ted Cruz often says is, “politicians aren’t listening.” They aren’t. Despite campaign trails littered with “I’ll do this” and “I’ll do that,” in the decades since Woodrow Wilson we’ve seen ridiculous law after ridiculous law passed before our eyes that chip away at our liberty. For the most part these assaults on our freedoms have been met with furrowed brows and pursed lips, but the American electorate’s temper continues to flare.
This week our newly minted Speaker of the House Paul Ryan ushered in what appears to be everything Barack Obama and the Left want on their Christmas list. Fully funding Obamacare, fully funding Planned Parenthood, fully funding the relocation of thousands more refugees than anyone ever thought possible. In roughly 2,000 pages of a spending bill, you can cram a lot into it if it’s single spaced and 7 pt font.
One question: Why haven’t we revolted?
One answer is “we’re busy.” That sounds petty, but think about it. I’m sure my family’s daily schedule is similar to yours: Get up, walk the dog, exercise, go to work, pay the bills, Uber the kids, eat dinner, read, watch TV, go to bed. Repeat. I’d plan a revolution, but where is the time?
It’s a pathetic response to a serious question, but it is what it is. I have friends who won’t even come with me to see famous politicians speak because they hate politicians. I don’t necessarily blame them; I hate politicians, too. But I wonder where this is all going, and when we will finally come to our breaking point. I’ve asked this plenty of times: Will it be too late?
What is too late? How will we define it? Despite overwhelming evidence against them, the Left continues to caterwaul over the imminent threat to our existence from global warming. What they don’t know or don’t care about is the real threats amassing at our doorstep that have nothing to do with the utterly moronic notion of limiting carbon emissions. China, Russia, the Middle East, Islam. All these must be confronted in their own way, but how do you do that when your country has no money?
Speaker Ryan and Senate Leader McConnell, how long do you think you can hold onto the delusion that what you’re doing is governing? How long before the Republican base simply isn’t there anymore, and you’re left alone with no one to keep you in power? How long before a big domino falls, and you have no way of helping the American people when they’ll need it most? How long before a revolution actually happens, whether peaceful like an Article V Convention of States, or violent like one that includes the estimated 300,000,000 firearms we Americans are said to own?
I pray for peace in the world, but primarily in the United States. We are the linchpin holding this earth together. I pray politicians put God back in their lives, which would go a long way in ensuring they honor their promises. And I pray they remember that their position is to make sure the American people have freedom.
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