The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
When the wicked bear rule, the people mourn
USA Today has published an alarming story that debt/unfunded obligations of the Federal Government have reached $527,000 per household. In other words, you and I are more than half a million dollars in debt that the government put us into. How are we going to get out? The total figure of unfunded obligations, according to USA Today is $61.6 trillion. The reporter interviewed an accountant who said the federal debt--at a mere $14 trillion-plus--does not take into account what the government owes to veterans, seniors and retired employees. Its kind of a bait and switch technique that is being used to not give the public a clear picture of the dire straights in which our leadership has placed this nation.
There also seems to be no governor on the spending. The president has announced billions more in aid to Middle East countries that are overthrowing their governments. He also pledged some unknown amount of taxpayer money to support a $100 billion European Union bailout of Greece. There also is no small amount of politics being played with taxpayer money. The cronies in labor unions, mortgage banking, the auto industry, and Wall Street have captured most of the trillions of economic bailout money in America--that is, what is actually accounted for. Meanwhile, the president says he will defund low-income health care for Indiana residents if they defund the Planned Parenthood abortion mill.
The framers of the US Constitution wisely established a set of checks and balances that one section of the government would not be more powerful than another. And all three branches were to be accountable to the people. Hence we have an extensive elective process that proceeds from the very local level through states all the way to the federal government. There is, however, on small problem: When the people do not exercise their civic responsibility and leave it to the politicians they elect. The system of accountability breaks down when elected officials serve the best interests of the political system rather than be forced to serve those who elect them. And that is why we are in trouble as a nation.
John Adams said, "Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." William Paterson, signer of the Constitution and a Supreme Court judge appointed by George Washington said, "Religion and morality are necessary to good government, good order, and good laws, for when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice." Indeed, Proverbs 29:2 is wisdom: "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn." As President Reagan said, "If not us, who? If not now, when?"
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!