After the election results, I’m tempted to say, “Well, it was a great country, while it lasted.” Someone quipped they could picture a gravestone: “The United States of America. Born July 4, 1776. Died, November 6, 2012.”
But the election results didn’t take God by surprise. He once said, “Put not your trust in princes.” Meaning, don’t put your confidence in politicians. Even the good ones can let you down.
The results appear to be very bad for traditional values. Abortion rights were upheld, virtually in every case. For the first time to my knowledge, same-sex marriage won in three state referenda -- Maine, Maryland and Washington. Usually, same-sex marriage has been imposed on the people (despite their voting against it) through judicial fiat.
Where were the churches? Where were the values voters? Clearly, there is a great deal of education that needs to take place.
The economy was such a critical issue in the election, but even there the vote seemed to go toward more bloated government. Apparently, 47 percent of the country relies heavily on government subsidies. Some of these, such as Social Security, they themselves have paid into. In other cases, they have not. I guess the 53 percent who work had better work harder now to help feed their own families and others too.
George Washington once warned the nation about getting into heavy debt. In his Farewell Address, he wrote, “As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it. ...” In sum, we should have credit available to us when necessary — but go into debt as seldom as possible.
And Washington added that we should be “avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertion in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.”
This is a lesson we need to heed, but are not doing so at present. When the president took office, the nation owed nearly $10 trillion. Yet in less than four years that number has shot up to $16 trillion. How can that possibly be paid off? As Washington put it, we are “ungenerously throwing upon posterity [our children and grandchildren] the burden” which we ought to pay ourselves.
I’ll never forget what a conservative talk host once said about conservatism and liberalism.
The difference between a conservative and a liberal is simple:
The conservative believes that you are best qualified to take care of you and your family.
The liberal believes that the government is best qualified to take care of you and your family.
After the election, a friend wrote: “So, what do we do? Buy as little as you possibly can, pay off all of your debt, save up a healthy emergency fund, put as much of your money as you can into hard assets, and continue buying as little as possible. Many people buying fewer things will hurt the economy. So be it. We can then watch the economy tank, watch the dollar devalue even further that it already has, and watch Obama leave office in disgrace after another failed term.”
Meanwhile, as to health care? Take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise a lot, die anyway. But seriously, as a friend of mine who got me into running about eight years ago said, “Sure beats the doctors’ bills.” But even that will only go so far. When Obamacare kicks in, don’t be surprised that we’ll have less healthcare options and have to pay more for it.
My wife (who grew up in Norway) said she thinks a big reason for the voting results were decades and decades of godless education in the public schools. She may be right.
Ann Coulter said this to me in an interview I did with her about five years ago: “What the government schools do -- it is the left’s madrassas, and they propagandize to the children, six hours a day, 12 years of the child’s life. I would give them [i.e., the Left] the presidency, the House, the Senate, if we could have children for six hours a day to give them our religion. But no, no. That used to be the purpose of school, oddly enough, to teach biblical truths. No, that is absolutely prohibited. Now, it is baptism, it’s six hours a day being brainwashed into the liberal religion.”
The biggest losers in Tuesday’s election? The unborn. Probably millions of unborn babies will die because of Tuesday’s election results. They will be denied the fundamental “right to life” theoretically guaranteed in our nation’s birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence.
Tragically there will be millions of women deceived into thinking that abortion is a solution to their unwanted pregnancy. They’ll have one, only to regret it for the rest of their lives. (Some of the most ardent pro-life advocates today are women who have had abortions. They often volunteer untold hours in pro-life pregnancy centers.)
Even Thomas Jefferson once observed — and you can see this chiseled in stone at the Jefferson Memorial: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is co-host of and spokesman for Truth that Transforms with D. James Kennedy (formerly The Coral Ridge Hour). He has also written or co-written 23 books, including The Book That Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation and Answers from the Founding Fathers. Jerry co-wrote (with Dr. Peter Lillback) the bestselling George Washington's Sacred Fire.
Publication date: November 7, 2012