Crisis or Crying Wolf?
according to the mainstream media and scheming politicians, we live in
an age where all challenges are a crisis, not just a problem. Americans
are living longer than ever before, but we have an obesity crisis,
especially a child obesity crisis. Americans are understandably
concerned about the rising cost of medical care (due primarily to a lack
of tort reform and a lack of individual tax deductibility), but voila,
it is now a health care crisis that requires government to take over our
health care system!
The list of these
man-contrived crises goes on and on—climate change, teenage smoking,
handgun violence, teenage drinking, drunken driving, Iraq and
Afghanistan war veterans’ suicides, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans’
violence… And that’s just touched the tip of the iceberg. Some of
these are real problems that need to be addressed and others are
imaginary crises created by cynical politicians who see an opportunity
to gain more power over American citizens.
what’s new? Sinful man has always sought to gain power over others.
As Machiavelli correctly observed, “Power corrupts and absolute power
corrupts absolutely.” Or, as Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “When those
in power realize that they can perpetuate themselves in power through
taxing, spending, and electing, democracy is dead.”
crises cause us to take our eyes off the ball. Real crises are ignored
because these same politicians either wish to stick their head in the
sand or because they wish to believe the crisis doesn’t really exist.
attacks on the United States become, in the words of US Secretary for
Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, “man created catastrophes.” Sky
high spending causing a tripling of the national debt makes it
“necessary” to “stimulate” the economy, even though the primary purpose
of the bill is to provide “pork” for Congressmen and Senators to get
themselves re-elected. Alexis de Tocqueville would be shaking his head
Shrinking freedom caused by
government expansion and justice denied by misguided judges that ignore
the Constitution threaten the foundations of our nation. A total
breakdown in morality boldly exhibited on our televisions and a collapse
of civility signal a true crisis in our land. A crisis that continues
to be ignored and obfuscated as the latest phony crisis is rolled out to
turn our heads elsewhere.
America, it’s time
for a reality check. Fat Americans, high health care costs, teenage
smoking, climate change, and drunken driving may be problems, but they
are not threatening the survival of our nation. What America needs is
not more pontificating politicians, or more nattering news analysts.
What is needed is spiritual renewal. Nothing short of spiritual renewal
will restore the morality and civility and clear thinking that is
absolutely vital to getting the United States of America back on track.
Nothing else will return our land to the rule of law and restore the
foundations of our republic. It’s time to put first things first.