Observation and Experience: Sizing Up The Real Problems America Is Facing

Written by John DeGroff on September 29, 2017

I originally had an idea for a column focused on the importance of words. I’ve read a lot of philosophy over the years, more out of a personal interest in the field than for any other reason. I never took a course in the subject when I was in Bible college, although one was offered. I just couldn’t fit into my schedule at the time.

My interest in the subject comes from extensive reading and studying of history. Okay, so the two subjects might not seem to belong together, but they do. So much philosophical thought from various writers over the centuries has formed the basis for governments and political movements. That in and off itself could open up an entire field of investigation, and actually does. I’m not going to go there…not this time, not yet anyway. I do, however, want to look at one word that is a foundational concept for any study of philosophy…or practically any field of endeavor.

Empirical. According to my Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it means: “Originating in or based on observation or experience.”

To put it into the vernacular, “empirical” is a very fancy version of “seeing is believing”.

So, having said that, (yet another of my long, convoluted introductions…), I want to discuss what we’re actually seeing; what is actually happening in this country “based on observation”.

However, don’t think that this is going to turn into a long list of the current problems. The NFL protests, Antifa, North Korea, BLM, immigration, etc., etc…no, those are all valid issues, but they’re all convenient distractions from the issues that we all know are the real dangers facing our country. In order to keep it simple and basically because of space, I believe that the most pressing issues facing us are centered on three areas.

The Debt
I saw a report recently that stated our national debt just went over 20 trillion. That’s “trillion”, with a big capital “T”.

Let’s put this into perspective. George Washington became our first President on April 30, 1789. George W. Bush left office on January 20, 2009. That’s almost three months shy of 220 years of American Presidents. Our total accumulated debt during that time was 10 trillion…in 220 years. But, in the short of span of eight years under the “leadership” of Barack Hussein Obama, our debt grew another 10 trillion.

What did we get for 10 trillion in eight years’ time? What is the “observable” result of that kind of spending in such a short time? And why is this not being discussed at any level, anywhere, at any time? One thing I can observe is the deafening silence concerning the debt.

I’ve written a lot about Islam in my columns already. There are 109 verses in the Quran telling Moslems that non-Moslems must be killed. The best examples of this are Quran 9:30 and Bukhari 52:177. Without quoting these verses, what these two specifically talk about is that Jews and Christians are worthy of death. Take the time to look these up.

Yet, we have a movement among several churches stating that we “must” start a dialog with Moslems. At the same time, why are we not “observing” that Moslems are toning down the violence? Why are we still “observing” a wave of Islamic immigration made up almost entirely of young men of military age? Why are we continually “observing” a higher instance of rape and assaults where Moslems settle? And why do we continue to “observe” that everything under the sun in Western society seems to continually offend Moslems?

What we’re not “observing” is the West waking up en masse to this reality, nor are we seeing our so-called leaders doing anything about Islam’s growing threat to our freedom.

It would be so easy to blame every problem we now face in this country on Liberals/ Progressives/Democrats. It would almost be too easy, but unfortunately, I think there’s a lot of truth there. Earlier, I gave just a short list of liberal activities that have been in the news a lot. It’s just the tip of the proverbial ice berg.

When Barack Hussein Obama got elected, the left felt empowered to go off the rails and go after everything they don’t like…which is basically everything conservative, American, and Christian. Anything they don’t want to hear is “hate speech”. If you’re Caucasian, you obviously belong to the KKK, the neo-Nazis or other fun paramilitary fraternities.

We all know I could go on, and on, and on…ad infinitum with this. But the observable fact is that the Left is a real problem, in fact a real threat, to America.

Your mileage may vary, but I truly feel that our national debt, the treat of Islam and the left in its entirety are all completely observable threats and problems that can destroy the United States of America unless we wake up. And it’s entirely up to us to do something about it. The media certainly isn’t observing any of this, and sadly, neither are many of our so-called leaders.

Now is the time to really pay attention to what is “based on observation and experience.”

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Share if you agree “observation and experience” make pretty clear the problems we are facing today.

John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.