The current political mantra seems to be the cry for "Change." But what does this mean? Change to what? We voters need to be sure we know what is being promised before we step through the looking glass as Alice did.
Investor's Business Daily asks "Is it a change from victory in Iraq to defeat, from low taxes to high and from prosperity to dependency?" Conservative Republicans like Romney, Thompson and Guiliani suggest "change" is getting rid of the Washington insiders who have been running the nation for years with much talk and little change. Yet, in New Hampshire, the voters selected McCain and Clinton, hardly any change there from the past. Sounds like our news anchors and newspaper reporters should be asking more questions instead of just reporting what the politicians say as the reporters dutifully record it or write it down. We voters need to insist on clear definitions of words before we capitulate to one side or the other.
Then there is the capitulation to "Political Correctness" where the Far Left preaches to us to never judge, always be tolerant (tolerant of what, they never say) and help them separate church and state as if this is a mandate from our Constitution. They even try to tie it in by reminding us this came from Thomas Jefferson, the main writer of "The Declaration of Independence" and one who had a strong influence on our Constitution.
But Jefferson never told us to include in any official document that we should separate church and state. The real story, as Paul Harvey likes to say, is that the Danbury Baptists were fearful that this new President was going to make them change their method of worship, which was controversial in his day, and so they wrote him asking him to address this. President Jefferson immediately wrote back to assure them.
In that letter, he wrote, "I contemplate with sovereign reverence the act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."
How our Supreme Court legislated otherwise is reason enough for us to demand a President who will appoint and insist that all new Justices abide by the original Constitution and not try to either legislate or infer from unofficial documents or from European Constitutions that our beloved document of freedom has any different meaning.
Newt Gingrich said in his new DVD about his tour of Washington, D.C., "There is no attack on American culture more destructive or more dishonest than the relentless effort to drive God out of our public square!"
Past Democrat Presidents may have agreed with Gingrich. It was Harry S. Truman who said, "We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God."
And it was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who claimed, "Rules are not necessarily sacred, but principles are!"
My favorite quote, though, comes from President Ronald Reagan who said, "If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under!"
The coming 2008 election is the most important one we will ever face as we will be making the decision as to what kind of country we intend to leave for our children or grandchildren to inherit. Will it be a Godless, Socialist democracy with high taxes causing fewer jobs while those who do work will have to not only support their own families but also take care of those who refuse to work or are not legal citizens? Or will we leave them the great Republic Americans have been building since 1776 with freedom for all to pursue happiness as promised by our Constitution. Our nation is now teetering on a political cusp ready to slide down to the left or the right. Your 2008 votes will decide the future fate of this country and what those ready to inherit this nation will have to live with. Once the votes are counted, there will be no turning back. 2009 will start eight years of the following:
- To maintain a nation under God or to continue to completely separate church and state, thus to maintain faith or move to being a secularist nation;
- To stay as a Republic or be converted to a European-type Democracy;
- To keep Capitalism or accept Socialism;
- Keep lower taxes with more jobs or higher taxes with fewer jobs available as a result;
- To have a Constructional or a Legislative Supreme Court;
- To continue our current emotional and political "Cultural War" or to, once again, unite as the true United States of America!
How you vote in 2008 will answer which of the above our next generation will inherit.