Archive for February, 2011

Mr. President, Please Resign!

Are you serious? That would be unprecedented! What has he done to warrant a call for resignation? If it is so bad why doesn’t the Congress impeach him? Besides, he’ll never resign, why waste the time and energy to ask for it?

Wow, those are all questions I have and more when this thought first came to mind. I am not at all sure this would solve anything, but the thought keeps coming back to me. President Barack Obama really ought to resign.

Resignation is usually done for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, the resignation is voluntary as someone feels that they have accomplished all they intended to accomplish or they just feel that they want to move into another phase of life or pursue other challenges.

Sometimes the resignation is not exactly voluntary, but is sort of expected by culture or society, so resignation is tendered. I have noticed this more in Asian, particularly the Japanese culture, where leaders will sometimes resign if their business or the organization they are leaving is not performing, or has some very public blunder or disaster. It is akin to falling on your sword because you have failed to perform.

Usually resignation is not something that someone will just do on their own initiative. It is usually forced upon them. In the business world, often managers or executives are given the opportunity to resign so as to avoid being fired. It is typically a face-saving gesture on the part of the company for someone who is really not doing their job. Sometimes a public scandal will cause someone to resign because they have lost the confidence of those they lead and/or they need time to heal the damage caused by the scandal and that can not be accomplished while continuing in their position.

I guess the reasons for asking Mr. Obama to resign would be a mix between the latter two reasons. He is doing a disservice to the country, he is leading us into disaster and he is not doing his job. In fact some of his actions are downright non-American. Who cares where he was born, his actions as president are very un-presidential, they are more akin to the actions of a tyrant and therefore, by definition not American.  

The role or job of the President of the United States does not include:

  1. Setting up fake Facebook personalities
  2. Sending ground “troops” to Wisconsin to interfere in a state matter.
  3. Suing Arizona over local law.
  4. Shutting down off shore drilling despite being held in contempt of court.
  5. Proceeding with Health care implementation despite law being held un-constitutional with no attempt to appeal ruling.
  6. Disrespecting Israel at the UN.
  7. Not protesting the Iranian governments response to revolution in Iran
  8. Calling for Mubarak to step down, opening way for control by Islamic Brotherhood.
  9. Numerous and lavish vacations while in midst of financial crisis.
  10. Non-serious budget proposal.
  11. Bowing to foreign leaders.
  12. Continual fabrication of facts.
  13. Appointment of unelected, unaccountable and unconfirmed policy Czars.
  14. Enacting laws outside of the legislative process (Cap & Tax)

There are many more reasons, but can we please have a president who acts like a president? Is it really too much to ask? Mr. President, please resign!!


I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag – Really?

I was talking to a friend the other day and he was telling me that his grand-daughter was questioning whether she should pledge her allegiance to the flag. It made me sad, not that the young lady was questioning what she should pledge allegiance to (because it is always good to question the status quo to see if it is really so) but because the truth really is that we no longer teach why we pledge allegiance. This is apparent from the increasing sentiment among younger generations, that America is nothing to be proud of, it is just one more nation, no better than any other nation and certainly not worth pledging allegiance to especially as a Christian, after all my allegiance is to God alone.

In addition to making me sad, it also made me think about that very question, the idea of pledging allegiance to anything other than God. What exactly does allegiance mean? According to Miriam Webster on-line dictionary, in addition to the loyalty of a subject to a king, it also means “devotion or loyalty to a person, group, or cause”. It did not take me very long to realize that I do give my allegiance to other people, groups and causes other than God. The most obvious is the allegiance to my wife. The promise to love, honor and cherish for as long as we both shall live, is a pretty serious pledge. I also give my allegiance to my local church fellowship. The bible says we are not to forsake the gathering together of the saints as is the habit of some, it also tells us to think more highly of others than we think of ourselves. Both of those admonitions lead us to give our allegiance and our lives to our friends. This is quite different from an allegiance to God. Finally, as a pro-life activist for over 25 years, I have given my allegiance to the cause of life from conception to natural death and will continue to do so until my last breath.

Now, you might say that these are all extensions of my Christian faith and you would be quite right, but they are also allegiances to other than God. Based on that I do not think I am proscribed from giving an allegiance to a nation, although I am also certainly not required to give it.

Before I go on to discuss further, permit me to relate an account of a true event and then to ask a question. I know a man who gave one of his healthy kidneys to another man not related to him and of a different race. Giving this kidney saved the mans life. This was a very noble and honorable thing that my friend did. I hold him in high regard for his willingness to do this. I do not know if I would be able to do the same thing if I were ever in his shoes. This leads to my question. Does the recipient of the kidney owe any loyalty or friendship or allegiance to my friend? I would say so and I bet you would too. I think we need to keep that story and our reaction in mind when we think about the pledge.

When we pledge allegiance, what are we saying?

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We are pledging allegiance to a flag that represents the Republic of the United States. What does that mean? The pledge goes on to describe the republic for which the flag stands, it is one nation, under God, indivisible (undivided – not divisible) and it is a nation that stands for liberty and justice for all.

That is a nation I want to give my allegiance to! In addition, the nation only exists because men and women gave up freedom and, in some cases, life itself to preserve a nation under God, providing liberty and justice for all. If not for those sacrifices, we might be living under a tyrannical regime like so many in the world today. So I do pledge my allegiance, my loyalty and my fidelity to this nation and to those who have gone before me to deliver to me such a nation.

You may think me naive for thinking this way, that our nation is anything but a nation under God. We are a nation that sends our armed forces around the world for sometimes dubious reasons. We have bigotry and hatred and racism inside our own borders: where is the liberty and justice for those so oppressed? What about our historic sins of slavery and oppression of native Americans? We have been anything but a nation worthy of pledging our allegiance to.

These are all good questions and legitimate charges and deserve serious discussion and action to improve where we fail, but even with all of that and more, I go back to the stated purpose of the pledge, which refers back to the Declaration of Independence which includes the following phrases “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” and at the conclusion, “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” These sentiments, these desires, these confessions are confessions that I can wholeheartedly agree with and do so.

With all of our faults and sins (and they are growing every day) this is a nation that has stated it is reliant on God. I agree. We stand for life, liberty and justice. I agree. With revolutions occurring in the middle east and people longing for freedom, I am thankful that we can have regular peaceful revolutions at the ballot box and by petitioning our government. The election of Barack Obama was a peaceful revolution against the government of George W. Bush and the Tea Party movement and the elections of November 2010 were revolutions against the current administration. This is the wisdom of our founders at work and it is a wisdom that is worth pledging allegiance to.

Why Does This Administration Ignore the Law?

I hate to ask this question: who am I to judge if our administration is ignoring law? Besides, there are so many laws, it would probably be easy to overlook a few, right? Well, whether I am qualified or not, it is an important question for all of us to ask of our elected officials. We are a country that was designed to be a nation ruled by law. That is in specific contrast to England of 1776, where the King ruled based on what seemed right to him at the time. It is a key difference intended to ensure the freedom and liberty of the people.

Being a nation that follows the rule of law is a biblical concept and we adopted this to prevent the tyranny of an individual or group of individuals. In addition, being a nation ruled by law rather than by people was to ensure that no one could be above the law, or in a position that the law did not apply to them by virtue of the position of power or authority they had. “You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike you shall not fear man,” Deuteronomy 1:17. If a senator or congressman or a president or a judge committed murder, or stole or embezzled, they were subject to the laws and could not use their position as a defense. This is the bedrock of our legal system.

Unfortunately, adherence to the rule of law has been slowly eroded over the last century. As busy people, trusting public officials to be honest, we let down our guards and abdicated our roles to be watchmen. Exodus 23:6-8 reminded us to keep an eye out for bribes, perversion of justice, false charges of the innocent, acquitting of the guilty and subverting the cause of the just. We have failed and now often politicians seem to get away with crimes that in the private sector would land them in jail. That being said, it does not excuse any behavior that ignores the rule of law and our current administration appears to take this to an entire new level.

There are numerous recent examples which are a real concern. The recent reaction to Federal Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling regarding the health care law being the most recent and, arguably, the most egregious. When a federal judge says a law is unconstitutional and the party to whom the ruling applied ignores the ruling, that party can be held in contempt. There has been no official “holding in contempt” on this case yet, but that may be coming.

Indeed the administration is in contempt in another recent case. A judge has just ruled that the government is in contempt of court for ignoring not one, but two separate judge’s rulings regarding the off shore drilling moratorium that this administration has implemented in the wake of the BP gulf oil spill last spring.

The federal government is not only defying a court ruling in this case, they are shutting down an entire industry, driving fuel prices up, causing greater dependence on foreign sources of oil and putting more American workers on the unemployment lines. This is not merely lawless, it is mindless. This is another example of our federal government, under the direction of President Obama, ignoring court rulings and pushing ahead with their agenda regardless of the legality.

Another example was ignoring federal bankruptcy laws when reorganizing General Motors and not honoring contractual commitments to secured investors and instead giving union members, who had little or no equity stake in the company a preferred position in the reorganization of GM.

In addition in the wake of the failure of the Congress to pass a Cap & Trade Bill or Cap & Tax Bill the Environmental Protection Agency EPA unilaterally claimed authority to regulate greenhouse gasses anyway. One administration supporter said “that although Congress has not succeeded in passing the big piece of climate legislation, nevertheless the United States is prepared to move forward in dealing with carbon monoxide.”

It is shameful to think that a bureaucracy could enforce regulations that are clearly not in line with the will of the people, as spoken through their elected representatives. I think lack of representation was a big reason that the colonies had problems with the Crown in the 1770’s. If we elect representatives who then decide to not pass a law because it is not in the best interests of the people, why would the administration then act like the “Crown” and enforce the regulations that were just not passed? This is a blatant disregard for the rule of law and the consent of the governed. It is wrong.

Finally, I know from following the “Erase the Need” blog, that the administration is violating federal law in funding fetal stem cell research. There is little concern for this violation of the law that expresses the will of the people.

There are many more examples of ignoring the rule of law, and the best source that I am aware of for that information is the recent book by David Limbaugh, “Crimes Against Liberty”. He devotes a lot of space on this subject, particularly Chapters 6 & 7.

This administration has become so increasingly lawless that it almost seems to be a point of emphasis. This can not be allowed to continue, this is serious business. The Bible warns us about lawlessness:

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS. Matthew 7:23

The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, Matthew 13:41

“So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew 23:28

A lawless nation is not a just nation. A nation that does not practice justice puts itself at cross purposes with God and invites judgment and wrath. I fear for this administration and our country. I pray that our government would cease and desist from practicing lawlessness and to do justice. Pray for the watchmen on the walls that they would shine the light of truth and that the darkness of lawlessness would be extinguished.

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