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The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Fraternal affection vs divisive enemies--Today's political landscape
Quote one: "I've said before that I felt that the middle-class tax cuts were being held hostage to the high-end tax cuts. I think it's tempting not to negotiate with hostage-takers, unless the hostage gets harmed. Then people will question the wisdom of that strategy. In this case, the hostage was the American people and I was not willing to see them get harmed." Quote two: "If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, 'We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,' if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's gonna be harder and that's why I think it's so important that people focus on voting on November 2."
Hostage takers...punish our enemies...these are quotes from the same man that promised to unify America. But moreover, he promised to remake America. In a sense, to remake something, it must be torn down or torn apart first. It cannot be brought together before the pieces are apart. These are quotes where those who are fighting to keep the government from raising taxes are compared to hostage takers. In modern times, hostage takers are akin to terrorists. Therefore, those who are against tax increases are being insinuated as terrorists. Indeed, those who do not agree with securing the borders and illegal immigration are referred to enemies that should be punished on election day.
These are the quotes of the man who currently holds the office of president of the United States. The president is supposed to represent all American citizens and lead impartially with dignity and respect for all Americans. Yet political opponents are referred to as enemies and hostage takers. In April 2009, his administration released a report by the Department of Homeland Security that characterized as right wing extremists and possible terrorists those who are Christian, returning US soldiers, political supporters of movements like the TEA Party, and supporters of states rights. Remaking America obviously does not necessarily include those who have differing viewpoints. America's political leadership is divisive.
President George Washington understood the pitfalls of putting party ideals ahead of the citizens. In his 1796 farewell address he said the spirit of "party" was divisive and undermines liberty. He said, "You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection." It is when we abandon these affections for one another that lawlessness prevails. It starts among us Christians--Jesus said in John 13:34, "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." Let us unite again as a nation under the Love of Christ.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
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