Wandering For Generations Toward Despotism

Each morning before my long onerous workday, I try to read a little of the Bible. I have a version that is chronological to the events as they actually happened. It’s slow going: I figure at the rate I’m moving, I’ll be done in 5 years (Hah!). Right now I’m reading Numbers. Moses has gotten the Jews and their life of torture away from Egypt (Exodus) and they are beginning their 40-year wander of the desert. The reason they are wandering the desert is because they refused to maintain their faith in God when He provided for them multiple times (saving them from the Egyptians, taking them through the Red Sea, feeding them with manna, giving them the tabernacle, etc.). I think the last straw for God was when they refused to have faith that He’d save them from the Amalekites and Canaanites who according to their scouts were “giants” who would crush them. Even though Canaan was the “land of milk and honey” promised to them, they just couldn’t wrap their little nomad brains around it. So God gave them 40 years to wander through the desert and think about it, letting natural death take its toll. Many of those who had begun the trip with Moses never made it there.

As I read this each morning and especially this July 4th weekend, I am having a dawning awakening of the road we’ve been on in America for over a hundred years. We started out with a belief in God’s natural laws being higher than even our Constitution—the law of the land. From an early writing of The Forerunner:

To understand the Constitution and this government of laws, it is important that we realize that the founders saw that because the rights they were seeking to protect were God- given, Creator- endowed rights, they would not be able to be sustained in society unless they were protected under a code of law which was itself in harmony with the Creator’s law. They called this higher law, “natural law” or the “laws of nature.” James Madison, known as the major framer of the American Constitution, and one of its brilliant defenders, identified the leading principle for the success of the first form of a Republican government: “We have stacked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self- government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

The Declaration of Independence was revered by our 16th president. Abraham Lincoln stated in his famous Gettysburg address:

…It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

How far we have come from when those historic words were spoken. Little by little, we have allowed our liberties to be spuriously dismantled by self-satisfaction and complacency. Laws have been passed, liberals elected to decision making positions, “progressive” leftists put in the White House, judges allowed to create law from the bench and all of this moving further and further away from the incredible blessings we were given whence we first began.

When I heard Elena Kagan feign ignorance about the credence of the Declaration of Independence that states…

…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness….

…I felt such disgust. In so many ways, we have moved far from the ideals, which began this exceptional country. And let’s look at that Declaration of Independence. Let’s look at what our forefathers said in this famous document about a tyranny rule in England:

“…But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity, which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain {King George III} is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states.”

And then the Crafters listed the series of events behind their decision to push for independence from England. It was a message to the world that heralded substantiation for what was to come–the American Revolution of 1776. As I re-read this document, the many liberties that have eroded away from Americans seemed to call out from the page as if a epistle from the past. Some of the violations the founders experienced are eerily similar to what is happening now. I listed what I find to be stark comparisons. Others stated in the original Declaration of Independence have not yet happened to this generation but they serve as beacons of warning for our future if our present administration is not stopped.

They wrote, in part: To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world…

King George and Obama

Sources: Red State, Chicagobluesgirl, Fox News, Weekly Standard, Hot Air, Reuters, Mega Dittos, Fox News

Furthermore, our forefathers stated:
“In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

The importance of getting authentic conservatives into Congress cannot be overstated. November 2010 truly is our last opportunity to save America. There will not be another one.

Like the Jews who became complacent with all God had done for them and ended up wandering the desert for 40 years, so we will be consigned to a different way of life for us and for our descendants for generations to come.