Clinging to our guns and religion
By Alisa Craddock
Remember that infamous speech by candidate Obama when he thought he was out of earshot of us regular Americans:
The part that most of us remembered about that is the "guns and religion" part. It's the Guns and Religion" speech. What was he really thinking?
I went to a 5:30 Mass last Wednesday, which is for Catholics the beginning of the Penitential season of Lent called Ash Wednesday. One could not help but notice that the church was packed. And apparently it wasn't just in my neck of the woods. William Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights noted that thousands also showed up for Ash Wednesday services at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Manhattan, and also at St. Patricks Cathedral. Could it be that Catholics who have strayed from the narrow gate are beginning to recognize the consequences? I suspect that a great many denominational Christians are also waking up to the threat in our midst.
Besides the Churches swelling with the penitent faithful, there is, not surprisingly, a huge increase in gun sales. The threat of new regulations that would require registration, fingerprints, and psychological profiles and everyone buying a gun may have something to do with that. But more likely, as Trace Adkins pointed out on the Glenn Beck show last Friday, (and I'm paraphrasing) maybe people are sensing that something dangerous is going on in this country. It seems to me that freedom-loving Americans are feeling the tingle on the back of their necks and the hair standing on end that signals a "fight or flight" situation and …well…this is America. We don't do "flight". The citizen soldier is in every red-blooded American's soul. The warnings of the Founding Fathers against tyranny that echo in the ears of our countrymen call them out of their slumber like a sleeping tiger, whether the threat is without, or within. But where is the danger coming from?
There are things going on that are deeply disturbing to those of us who love freedom and our Constitutional Republic, and especially to those of us who believe in Christ. President Obama is working at lightning speed to entrench his atheist/socialist agenda and shore up power and control before the next election cycle. He's been in office only five weeks, and look what's on the slate already.
While this and other Leftist shenanigans are going on, the President is fomenting anger and fear at home. With his outrageous spending and his exorbitant plans to compound federal involvement in our affairs, all the while promising a new era of prosperity, he is drawing all political power to himself and his party by spending trillions of dollars we don't have on new federal programs we can't afford. In addition, while the economy is the center of most people's attention, many of us await with dread the inevitable attack on our Constitutional (God-given) rights that the Left has become so adept at undercutting.
So while discord at home is increasing, resentments compound as government policies now punish those who were prudent and acted responsibly with their money, and reward those who were irresponsible. Nor can we ignore the corporate executives who were irresponsible with the money they controlled, and the idiots in Congress who encouraged and enabled it.
There is also the problem of increasing government hostility to Christianity, and I mean Christianity, especially Catholicism, and no other religion. Already Pres. Obama is "reviewing" the conscience clause, the Health and Human Services regulation that the previous Congress passed that reinforces the right of health care workers to refuse to provide abortion and contraception if it violates their conscience or moral precepts. Most disturbing, this will force out of medicine those who are morally opposed to medical murder, leaving only those who not are encumbered by the mandate to "do no harm" when it comes to life issues. Those remaining will fit in well with the administration's plan to implement a program of health care rationing as part of the socialist health care plan of the Obama administration, which will mean that when the government decides your health expenses do not provide an adequate return on investment, they will be cut off. And in a worst-case scenario (look at Holland), there will come a time when the government may end their suffering by eliminating those who suffer.
Now the administration pretends to spread the wealth around, but it is really digging us all in a pit with wildly confiscatory taxation and expensive new government mandates (or do you really think $13.00 per week is going to pay for the cost of all the additional hidden fees you'll be having to pay for various "green" projects and such) such that even should we retake Congress in 2010, we would find it difficult to extricate ourselves from them. But there are disturbing provisions in place, and others in the works should violence break out, such as certain Executive Orders that could be invoked that would give the President broad and sweeping powers in the event of a "national emergency". And THESE should give every American pause, as indeed increasing numbers of Americans are beginning to fear the jaws of tyranny closing around them. Thus, we see people beginning to turn back to God…and also buying guns! Noah Webster, in 1787, said it best: "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe [sic]. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; [sic] because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States." --An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution.
Rep. Alcee Hastings (You remember Alcee's comment about Sarah Palin's moose-hunting, don't you?) has proposed a new bill, H.R.645, calling on the Department of Homeland Security to create at least six national emergency centers for housing civilians on military installations. As World Net Daily reported, the purpose of the National Emergency Centers is "to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster." But there are additional provisions of the bill, which include: To meet other appropriate needs, as defined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
What other needs could they be talking about? Hey, we're dealing with Leftists here. What do you think?