As we worry over "entitlements" and whether or not we're going to get all we deserve, we fail to see the blatant result of our "gimme" mentality, namely the enormous problem of our failing dollar, rampant inflation and unemployment, the burst housing bubble with more foreclosures on the way, and our massive debt and credit crisis.
Our runaway materialism, greed, covetousness and selfishness has come home to roost. Indeed its true that we get exactly what we deserve.
The Scottish historian Alexander Tyler described the life cycle of a democracy: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship."
The Republican and Democratic parties have failed America and the reason has less to do with good policy than the fact that man cannot rule man justly. Historically, no nation has ever governed itself with stability and righteousness for a sustained period of time. The "conservative/liberal" argument is a fool's game, distracting and deceiving people from the real issues facing us.
We are no longer a free-market capitalist economy; rather, we are ruled by a financial oligarchy as evidenced by who calls the shots — the Federal Reserve Central Bank in a "private/public partnership" with the U.S. government, who has sold us out to the global monied bankers in the best orchestrated, most successful, fraudulent scheme of privatizing gain and socializing loss ever devised by the criminal mind.
Cicero (43 B.C.) knew "the budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, national debt should be reduced; and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled." Likewise, Abba Eban understood also that "history teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the alternatives."
So my friend, freedom is not just another word for nothing left to lose. Freedom is everything and we've already lost it outside of Christ.
William Van Amber Fields