Just before Christmas of 1776, Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls”. Thus began an article he called The Crisis. He outlined the circumstances of the freedom seeking colonists and the obstacles and threats that lay all about them. These were critical times. The quest for liberty could have shriveled on the vine instead of producing the greatest nation on earth. We face a similar crisis today: will the United States regain the virtue and prosperity they once enjoyed, or will they be reduced to just another socialist state that sucks the economic and spiritual life out of the productive citizens?
While the American people are living through the nightmare of ObamaKare, the Obama regime is tightening its grip on so many others of our lives. Labor participation rate is the lowest it has been in years. People are being hemmed in by more and more intrusive regulations from the EPA, TSA, DHS and a host of other alphabet soup agencies.
Meanwhile Barack Hussein Obama is fanning the flames of racial hatred and division, telling his followers how much they have have suffered at the hands of the white oppressors. They are believing now, more than ever, that something must be done to redress… or even retaliate… for real or imagined wrongs.
Allen West warns us, “This is my clear and succinct message to white Americans. How long will it be before ‘you people’ realize you have elevated someone to the office of president who abjectly despises you — not to mention his henchman Holder. Combined they are the most vile and disgusting racists — not you.”
So, we have a president who hates American values and most Americans. He knows we don’t like it and are reaching our breaking point. Our country is also reaching is also reaching it’s breaking point, and yet Obama keeps poking and prodding people that just want to be left alone. He knows people are angry and afraid… they are buying weapons and getting concealed carry permits at an unprecedented rate.
Meanwhile, our government is also arming its agencies, even the park service. It’s like they are preparing for an attack on We the People or expecting us to attack them. We have lost the concept of a representative democracy and degenerated into and us versus them relationship with our government.
They are doing their best to goad us into ill advised action. This does not mean that we should not take action, our forefathers did. It does mean that we just can’t be foolish about it. FEMA has some facilities. Whether they turn out to be concentration camps may be up to us.
Then it appears that the President is pushing us even deeper into his iron grip with his threats to use his pen to issue executive decrees that will rule our, once free, land. He proudly boasted, “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we are providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”
Indeed, we live in dangerous times… times that really do try men’s souls. The times call for wisdom beyond most anything we’ve experienced before. These are not times for rash behavior, yet they are not times to be frozen like a deer in the headlights of an oncoming car. They require wisdom and prayer.
We would do well to consider the words of a man who lived through the horrors of a mad dictator in the last century. Dietrich Bonhoeffer told us that we cannot be neutral or sit on the sidelines. He said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Following this advice can be frightening. What to do is a matter of personal decision. Martin Luther King Jr.was a man dedicated to non-violent pursuit of equality and freedom. He would be greatly disappointed to see his life’s work undermined by the actions of a president and his cohorts who drive wedges between the people of our country.
We see vicious attacks on American people and our traditional values, just as King endured during his time on earth. In the midst of it, he is quoted, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear” Yet, he was not a squish and a pushover. He also told us, “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
He followed that up with the comment, “If your opponent has a conscience, then follow Ghandi and non-violence. But if your enemy has no conscience like Hitler, then follow Bonhoeffer”. Unfortunately for our nation, the president has shown no signs of possessing or recognizing a conscience.
While we now are seeing the storm clouds gathering above us, we know that it was our Creator gave us life and liberty. It is not our Creator that is wanting to take them away. We also know that we are not strong enough, of ourselves, to handle the task ahead if, indeed, we are to remain free. Our founders needed to take action to secure liberty for themselves and their posterity. Are we so week and inept that this same Creator would deny us the honor of taking part in the struggle for our own freedom?
I am told that the ancient Chinese had a curse, “may you live in interesting times.” Times certainly are interesting. Are we cursed for living in a time such as this? Or are we blessed to be able to stand for what is right, good, pure and lovely in a world that rejects all those virtues? I would contend that we are blessed to have the opportunity to be living in these days when we have the opportunity to “proclaim freedom throughout the land” while everyone else is muttering doom and gloom.
For now, we will conclude with the words of Gandhi:
You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul.