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Hope and Change?

2012 July 17
by Bill

I had an interesting conversation this week with a friend of mine who is also a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. I asked him to help me lower my blood pressure and explain why the Congress is doing nothing about the bureaucrats who seem to be running the country into the ground with no apparent fetters on their behavior.

What followed was a brief lesson in the reality of the function of the U.S. Government. If they had explained this to me in high school I would not be so frustrated. Not happy, but at least not frustrated.

You see, said my friend, the U.S. Government is like a big corporation. It has a CEO, (Executive branch) managers and a board of directors (Legislative branch). The CEO (substitute the word President) has the authority over the managers (bureaucrats) and they are accountable to him alone. The board (the Congress), on the other hand, approves, oversees, questions, and criticizes, censures and even holds in contempt but other than that can’t fire the managers or those below them. Only the CEO can do that. If there is a serious dispute they take it to the court (Judicial branch) but only when they are at a complete impasse (like the “Affordable Care Act”). This should explain how it is possible for an agency like the EPA or the FDA to write convoluted rules with the authority of law without the approval or even involvement of the Congress who is supposed to be doing this.

The CEO also has in his power the “Executive Order” which can allow him a trump card. Clever, no? This is how we now legislate.

If you don’t like it, leave….but where are we to go?

Now, you may ask, what about the Constitution? Well, that is the company’s business plan and it has been trashed. Unless the “Board” decides to force each issue in court there are, for all intent and purpose, no teeth left in it anymore and no one willing to enforce its provisions. Khrushchev was right when he banged his shoe on the U.N. table and said that they will bury us. They have successfully taken us down from the inside. You may not recognize it yet, but I assure you, it has been done.

This has not helped my blood pressure.

I watched an interview the other night where a bunch of college somethings were questioned about U.S. history. They failed miserably. They knew who Snooky was but could not identify any current congressional leaders. Sadly, this is not a rare occurrence. Our youth have been robbed of their inheritance as a free people by the simple act of removing, or worse, changing and revising their history by the simple elimination of civics classes in school. Like killing a frog by slowly boiling the water in which he sits, our people are losing their country, their freedom and their future through sheer ignorance and apathy and the willful cooperation of the media and educators.

How do we change this? We can’t. Only God can and that will take the action of the committed. My friend finished his short lesson by reminding me of 2 Chron. 7:14 “If My people, who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land.”

So, that where we are and that’s where we’re headed. Some Hope, some Change. If you are a believer I encourage you to pray. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and pray for our country. Pray for the leadership and pray that the people of the country seek the Lord, humble themselves, repent of their sins and that God would forgive us and restore the land. And in all things that He be honored and glorified in what ever His will is for us.

“As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

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