I was just reading the blog post of a dude from the UK. He was angry that we in the US of A had allowed what we are calling "the Verizon scandal" to happen. That we should sit quiet and allow this kind of spying on the people to continue. And it made me think of how quiet I've been.
I told him of how hard this blog fought against Obama before the last election. But, alas, the voting public decided that the public good was less important than getting my gay rights, legal abortions, and food stamps, and thus we ended up with the government we deserved. And thus I went fairly quiet. Because right before the election, we had good men murdered in Benghazi while Obama fiddled and Hillary Clinton apparently perused Youtube for excuses. A State Department too incompetent to secure the safety of its personnel, a President too detached to bother to show up to daily security briefings for TWO WEEKS before the incident. And the cherry on the cake, a UN ambassador who ignored the facts to embarrass herself and this nation by giving the already-discredited company line all over the media.
But not only did the liberal voters ignore this so they could keep getting their welfare, illegal immigration, and free phones, but the conservatives turned up their noses at their candidate and said, who cares. Screw it. I'm not voting for Romney, let Obama drive us into the ground.
So half the voting public only cared about "what's in it for me", and the other half just didn't care. But this ain't news.
If it was news, the IRS would never have grown so bloated and powerful that they could target political enemies and spend money looking down on the taxpayers without a care. And that started LONG before Obama.
If it was news, there would have been a genuine debate about how to deal with security after 9/11 instead of just, "do whatever you have to". Instead, we have the joke that the TSA has become, the DOJ funneling weapons to Mexican druglords, and now, our information being mined. We sit back and think, let Congress hash it out. How's that working for you now?
If it were news, we might have a Congress that wouldn't be just as effective if they just sat there and threw spitwads at each other all day. In 1856, Congressman Preston Brooks beat the tar out of Senator Charles Sumner over the slavery debate. We might get a little more done if these people cared enough that Marco Rubio went over and smacked Harry Reid silly. Not advocating, just saying.
But if you think about it, the last time the American people genuinely cared about a genuine issue, two Kennedys and a King were assassinated, and we went right back to sleep.
I was just reading in the Book of Judges. The people of Israel were being raped by the Midianites, who stole everything they raised or planted "like a cloud of locusts." So they cried out for God to help. And God sent a prophet, who reminded them of the Exodus, the manna in the desert, the victories over the Canaanites. And then told them, "But you have not obeyed My voice."
Even so, God called Gideon to stand up and deliver them. And the first thing that had to be done was to wake them from their lethargy. Because, while "God helps those who help themselves" is not IN the Bible, it certainly is the way He works. So Gideon went to the altar to Baal that his own FATHER had built and worshipped at and destroyed it, putting an altar to God over the remains and sacrificing there.
Their reaction? "Then the men of the city said to Joash (Gideon's Dad), "Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the wooden image that is beside it." To which Gideon replied, "Would you plead for Baal? Would you save him?... If he is a god, let him plead for himself." (All this courtesy of Judges 6:25-32.)
Point being, the Israelites were willing to wallow in their sin till it got desperate, and then weren't willing to lift the first finger to make a change. America has been wallowing for a long, long time. As we start reaping the fruit, there are far too many who would rather leave things as they are and just keep "pleading for Baal" to give them free citizenship, free healthcare, free living. Gideons are few and far between. And they have a tendency to say, as Gideon did, "My clan is the weakest, and I am the least in my father's house" (Judges 6:15 paraphrased.)
I somewhat facetiously finished my comment on the fellow's blog with, "I figure the best I can do is give them something worth reading." I tried to do that with Communism And Obama For Dummies. And that message is, Obama is not the disease- he is just a late-stage symptom. A body is not diseased by one cell. Same with the body that is America- except for one thing.
In the body of America, a cell can choose to be healthy or diseased.