And looking to the future they even left us some words with a touch of humor:
"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we
should soon want bread." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1821
For more than two centuries, the constitution those men developed and adopted
has enabled this nation to become the most successful, the most powerful nation
on earth, and establish a standard of living the entire world envies. And it has all
been based on the Judeo-Christian principles which were the solid foundation
upon which our Founding Fathers built this nation.
It was Jefferson, more than any other of the Founding Fathers, who
expressed concern over the possibility of national indebtedness, as the result of
uncontrolled and unrestrained failures on the part of the nation's leaders. His
many warnings in this regard were best summarized in this brief admonition in
1816: "We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."
It doesn't take much imagination to understand how Thomas Jefferson would
react to our present national debt problem. Early in October President Obama
had run up a greater national debt in his less than 3 years in office, than had all
the presidents from George Washington through the end of the term of George
H.W. bush in 1993. When Bush left office, and turned the government over to
Bill Clinton, the total national debt was $4.1672 trillion. On Oct. 3, 2011, after
2 1/2 years in office, Obama had increased the national debt by $4.212
trillion -- more than all presidents in more than 200 years -- combined. That is
a record of accomplishment not easily surpassed.
And at the risk of making this an "all Obama" commentary, there is this
to be said: President Obama's religious beliefs are difficult to understand. Of
course, we start with not knowing for sure where he was born and educated,
because he has chosen to keep so many biographical details secret. In a 2007
interview with Nicholas Kristof of the NY Times, he recited in a perfect Arabic
accent the Muslim call to prayer, concluding with these words, Allah is most great;
Allah is most great; There is none worthy of being worshipped except Allah,"
and he said that call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset."
In a later TV interview he used the phrase, "my Muslim faith," and was corrected
by the interviewer to "my Christian faith."
More recently he has said, "I am a Christian. I am a devout Christian." Yet he
has ignored national days of prayer in any White House observance, but has
sponsored gala White House observances of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
This year he ignored any proclamation of the Christian observance of Good Friday
or Easter (but did issue a proclamation for "Earth Day" which happened to fall
on the same date as Good Friday). Then, just a few days ago. he issued a special
proclamation for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim "festival of sacrifice," and in an official
White House statement, joined with Mrs. Obama in congratulating Muslims who
were involved in the Hajj “pilgrimage.”
Indeed, Mr. Obama's religious beliefs are difficult to understand, and it was early
evident that there would be such confusion since his pastor and spiritual advisor for
some 20 years was Jeremiah Wright, who gained national recognition for telling his
congregation not to say "God bless America," but rather "God damn America." It
is easy to understand the president's often expressed conviction that "Whatever
we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation."
It's always nice when other people agree with you! Our long time readers will
remember that on Mar. 30 of this year we started our count-down of prayer for the
national Election Day, Nov. 6, 2012. At that time here were 587 days in which to
pray about the election. We considered it to be an important event, and we have
now noted at least three nationally known figures who agree with us. Ezra Klein,
writing in the Washington Post, "This is the most important election in a
generation." Newt Gingrich, recently said, “2012 is the most important
election in this country since 1860.” And Nancy Harrington, VP of NewsMax
Media, said, "The 2012 election will go down as the most pivotal moment in
America’s esteemed history." As of today there are 356 days till Nov. 6, 2012
-- 356 days to pray for our nation, our leaders, and for God's leading as we go to
the polls to vote to restore America to being the nation our Founding Fathers
intended it to be (as we have discussed earlier.)
Family Security Matters: "World War I's fighting ceased when an armistice
between the Allied nations and Germany was signed on the eleventh hour of
the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918,
is generally regarded as the day that saw the end of The Great War, or 'the
war to end all wars.' Yet unfortunately, on this Veterans Day – 11-11-11--
we continue to be involved in wars and 'non-wars' as threats to American life
and its liberties continue to grow exponentially."
Mark McKinnon (in the Daily Beast): "When Perry said he’d cut three
government agencies—and couldn’t remember the third one, coming up
short with a sorry 'oops' —he became a dead man walking...Once they’re
laughing at you, you’re finished. Perry supporters Wednesday night were
running out in the dark and pulling out yard signs"
Vision to America: "America was once a light to the world--a place that
God blessed with liberty and prosperity. Today, Americans are taught that
the Almighty State has all the answers. As a result, our God-given liberties
are being traded for an imaginary sense of security. It is our Vision to see
Americans once again recognize that we are endowed by our Creator with
certain unalienable rights and that this Creator is the God of the Bible."
No punches are pulled in this analysis . . .
Drew McKissick (in Conservative Outpost): "In Maobama’s Amerika, it is
the middle class who are the real targets. Maobama knows, as does any
totalitarian, that in order for their misshapen, discordant philosophy to
prevail, a vibrant middle class would have to be destroyed. All are grist for
Maobama’s economic warfare against America."
The Heritage Foundation: "America's problem is not that our taxes are too
low, but that spending by the federal government is too high. Members of
Congress who call themselves conservative know that tax increases weaken
the economy. They should not waver out of fear of being demagogued by
liberals, including President Obama."
A.W.R. Hawkins (writing in Human Events): "The culture of death is not
static. Rather, it constantly permeates those who partake in it, and especially
those who promote it. Because of this, the lucid observer can see a continual
degradation of human value and a shameless promotion of death-for-hire by
abortionists who openly practice in the light what past generations would
have done only in the dark of night (if they did it at all)."
Only one "One Liner" popped up in our research this week:
The Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina, describing the trend in
the Episcopal Church: "We face a multitude of false teachings which I have
called the false Gospel of Indiscriminate Inclusivity."
And here are a few "Afterthoughts" selected purely at random:
Thank the Republicans for at least one thing: no Christmas tree tax!
Heat and pressure from Republicans led the Obama administration to
suspend plans for a "Christmas tree tax." Fox News and Republican lawmakers
joined in the effort, and administration officials withdrew the proposal less than
24 hours after giving it the go-ahead. White House spokesman Matt Lehrich
said, “I can tell you unequivocally that the Obama administration is not
taxing Christmas trees.” He added that the Agriculture Department will
restudy the action.