It's always darkest before the dawn
By Dr. Robert Owens
Honesty is always the best policy because when you're fooling yourself you're not fooling anyone else. The recent election should have been a wake-up call for everyone committed to the traditional principles of our great Republic: constitutionally limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom. The weeping has lasted for a night, and now it is time to be honest with ourselves to face the cold clear light of day and to prayerfully find our way in this brave new world.
Obviously the dismal election results have captured the attention of everyone who hoped to avoid the triumph of the Progressives and their utopian statist agenda. Every conservative pundit whether neo or old school either on the only non-progressive news channel or online is evaluating the election results and offering their prescription to heal the weaknesses of the Grand Old Party. Some say embrace amnesty with limits, some say moderate the abortion plank, others say come out for legalization of drugs. In other words continue the slide of the one-time bastion of traditional values into a mushy, touchy-feely Democrat-Lite.
This commentator is taking a different route. I believe it is time to abandon the Republican Party as the empty shell it has become. Personally after a lifetime as a card-carrying, active, and contributing member of the GOP, I quit the Party back in the 1990s after the Congressional majority I had worked so hard to help achieve slid into tandem with Bill Clinton giving us a bigger government and sham surpluses.
I endorsed Mitt Romney in the recent election for the one reason I repeated over and over, he might have driven us to the poor house a little slower giving patriots some more time to rally round the flag. That didn't happen, and instead we are on the Obama Express to Fascism disguised as an American version of Euro-Socialism. This may sound harsh to anyone who is unfamiliar with the actual definition of Fascism: socialism with a capitalist veneer. It is typified by private ownership and government control, crony capitalism and the exploitation of the productive for the benefit of protected and promoted classes loyal to the regime.
Patriots may brand this as un-American and say that the American people will never accept the regimentation and control needed to implement such a system; however, the truth is the majority of the voting public just voluntarily chose it instead of a blatant appeal to free markets and love of country. It is time to accept the new normal; generations of progressives have educated generations of Americans not only to believe they are entitled to cradle-to-grave government support but also to demand it as their right. Combine these home grown supporters of free stuff over freedom with the import-a-voter immigration policies since the Kennedy Immigration Bill of 1965 and the Democrat entitlement machine has finally achieved the permanent majority they have been making down payments on since FDR.
Either through neglect or a stubborn belief that it can't happen here we have stood by while the Progressives successfully changed our nation from one founded upon a rock-solid constitution to one built upon the sand of a living constitution which is a dead letter.
How do we put the tooth paste back in the tube? How do we change America back to what it was? The only way to do it is one mind at a time. We must concentrate on raising our children with a clear understanding of limited government and personal freedom. We must work to gain influence in our local school boards and communities so that we can ensure that the knowledge of American History and our heritage of freedom isn't lost or corrupted. And I believe we must abandon the GOP as the shadow of its former self that it has become.
There are other parties that we as freedom loving Americans can join and I encourage everyone to explore their options. One option I reject is re-arranging the deck chairs on the good ship GOP-Titanic as it pulls further into the Progressive harbor.
That is the political side of a conservative way forward. And while the political side is filled with work and hope for a better tomorrow the spiritual side is filled with joy, opportunity, and eternal reward.
The victory of the secular humanists and the triumph of the political expression of their man-centered philosophy: Progressivism, will empower their war against faith in general and Christianity is particular. This will increase the soft oppression which works to remove every vestige of Christ from the public square. It may also usher in the type of persecution that generally accompanies the fall of a Christian nation to the secular religions of the Left, Socialism, Communism, and Fascism.
All of which will open the greatest door for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the memory of any living American. Evil may come in like a flood, but the Lord will raise a standard against it. We don't need to worry about evil doers for they may flourish for an hour but they will also fade like a flower. Proclaim Christ as the One who not only lived to show us the way but who is Himself the Way, who died to pay the price for our sin and who rose to give us life. If we will confess Christ before men He will confess us before His Father who is in heaven.
This night may be dark, the way may be perilous, but joy comes in the morning. If we remain true to Him no one can snatch us out of His hand. Stand up for the freedom Christ has won for us! Refuse to be silent in the face of tyranny! Share the History of our great Republic and shout from the rooftops, Jesus is Lord!
Dr. Robert Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens