Job line during the Depression
Hoboes and tramps, hitching a ride on a freight train
Hooverville - as shanty towns were called in the 1930s - named after President Hoover
Jacob Marley in chains: How many of us would be feeling like him if it weren't for Christ?
CHANGE, OR C-H-A-I-N-S?
No one imagined that Obama's idea of "change" would be a return to the mentality of the 1930s - until now - and those that voted for him still haven't figured that out.
On April 15, in 2,000 cities across America, conservatives will gather on their courthouse and state capital steps to protest the irresponsibility of Congress and the President. What we will be protesting is a laundry list of grievances, from out-of-control spending, to rewarding the irresponsible; from astronomical debt, to borrowing from countries like China; from government-controlled health care, to forcing doctors to perform abortions against their will; from imposing carbon taxes on already high heating bills, to reducing tax deductions for charitable gifts; from a defender of child pornography being appointed to the number two position in the Justice Department, to an unabated flow of millions of illegals into our country. The list goes on and on.
What is happening in Washington? I'll tell you: America is being sold off to the highest bidder. Our future is being mortgaged and we are being sold into slavery. Think not? Think that's an overstatement? Here's what God says about what we're doing:
Proverbs 22:7b - The borrower is slave to the lender. The borrower - that's us - is slave to the lender - that's China.
Deuteronomy 15:16 - For the Lord your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you. Oh, how we have strayed far from that promise.
I recently wrote about Bankruptcy. Anyone who has been in serious debt knows what it is like: it is slavery. You belong to the person you owe money to. You are not working for yourself, you are working for them. You are not free to go somewhere else and do something different: you have to stay where you are and continue doing what you've been doing until you've paid off your debt.
That is now our relationship with China. We are working for them. We have become their slaves. Someone recently wrote that if China decided to call in all our debts to them tomorrow, they would own us, lock, stock and barrel. How does that feel, America - being owned by a country like China? Does that make you feel proud? Land of the free and home of the brave? That's almost laughable. You wanted change, well now you have it. Only it's not C-H-A-N-G-E, it's C-H-A-I-N-S.
Does anyone in their right mind honestly believe that our leaders in Washington believe we can spend our way out of our economic difficulties? Has that ever worked in business, those of you who own your own businesses; or as a household, those of you who run a household? Scenario: you have serious financial problems - you've been spending way more than you've made, you're in debt up to your nose, you've lost your job, and your house is on the verge of foreclosure. So, to solve your problems, you go to the mall and have one glorious spending spree, blowing out all your credit cards, and even borrowing money from the person you're with and spending that. Does anyone in the universe think that a strategy like that will work, other than a chronic shopaholic?
Let me tell you what Ronald Reagan would say about what we're doing. Here's a quote from one of his famous speeches, the one he made to the joint session of Congress right after John Hinckley tried to assassinate him:
"High taxes and excess spending growth created our present economic mess... The answer to a government that's too big is to stop feeding its growth. Government spending has been growing faster than the economy itself. The massive national debt which we accumulated is the result of the government's high spending diet. Well, it's time to change the diet and to change it in the right way."
When Reagan came into office at the beginning of 1981, mortgage interest rates were around 15%. Inflation was at 13%. Unemployment was almost 8%. Small businesses were failing right and left, and the average wage was on a continuous downhill slide. Can anyone honestly say that things are worse now than they were then? Mortgage rates now are less than 5%, inflation is at .2%, and unemployment is 8.5%. Most of the hesitancy and fear in the air is coming from the Media and Washington, not from the economy.
In 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, inflation was negative 5 (deflation), unemployment was 25%, and the "misery index" was at 20% - the same as it was at the end of the Carter years, before Reagan took office. Personal income plunged 44%. Home mortgage foreclosures were at 1.3% - the highest ever, until now, when it's around 2%. BUT (and this is a very big "but"), by 1934, as many as half of all residential mortgages were delinquent, putting them at risk of foreclosure. So, as bad as things seem now, they were far, far worse back then.
So, why are Congress and the President taking such drastic measures? Why are they spending more than all the Congresses and Presidents in the past put together? Can there be something else going on for which the economy is merely an excuse, a smokescreen?
The fact that not one single Republican voted for the new budget should say something profound to any thinking man or woman. Can it be that some of them see through the rhetoric to the real purpose behind the out-of-control spending?
If you haven't figure out yet what that real purpose is, let me remind you that there are two qualities of the Democrats that are a matter of public record and history, and out of which not even they can talk their way. One is their love affair with socialism. Do you remember "Camelot" under Kennedy, "The Great Society" under Johnson, or the "Big Brother" mentality under Carter. How about FDR's New Deal, including Social Security, the end of the gold standard, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, Fannie Mae and a plethora of other social programs that, while supposedly meant to be temporary fixes, have continued until today. Democrats have one foot in Socialism and one in Democracy. Their goal and agenda is the total socialization of America. It is easier to control and tyrannize - yes, I said tyrannize - a socialist people than it is a democratic one.
The second thing about the Democrats which may not be as clear as their socialist leanings is that they are war mongers. For almost every war fought by the United States since the election of the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, our involvement was initiated by Democrat presidents. While Republicans recognize that we have to defend our own soil and our own people, Democrats go out of their way to involve us in wars abroad. The only exceptions in the 20th and 21st Centuries are the two Bush presidents who, in many ways, were more Democrat than Republican.
So, what does all this mean? Well, put the pieces together. We're in debt up to our eyeballs to a Communist country. Our nation is in the hands of spend-thrift demo-socialists. If China ever decided to call in our debts, we would be forced to go to war with them. Our country is in the hands of politicians who not only don't mind war, they crave it. And, let me add one more piece to the puzzle that almost any school boy should know, but I doubt if any do anymore, given the present condition of our government-run schools: FDR's socialist programs did not end the Depression - they prolonged it. It was World War II and World War II alone that ended the Depression.
I hate to say it, but the thing that ended the Depression in 1941 may be the only thing that will end the insanity in Washington today, unless the Republicans get back in office and begin undoing some of the measures the Democrats have been putting into place. I hate to think that we need a world war to get us out of our predicament, but that seems to be the case, unless the Republicans can come up with some leaders - which, unfortunately, they are woefully short on these days. While I am aware that God is sovereign and that nothing is going to happen without it being part of His greater plan, we need to be wary of what is going on and where it could lead so we can be prepared. All I am saying is, "Wake up, America!" Look at what's happening. Put the pieces together. Prepare for the worst. Be wise as serpents, yet gentle as doves.
Speaking of being prepared for the worst, analysts have predicted that the only way the Obama plan can succeed is under the most favorable conditions. Does that sound wise to you? Do you think our enemies are going to make things "favorable" for us, so we can succeed. This is war! Yet, the Obama Administration no longer wants to use the phrase "War on Terror" - the president calls it his "overseas contingency plan." Talk about denial. Bush wasn't the one who came up with the phrase "War on Terror," by the way - it was the European press and Tony Blair. What they saw as a war, Obama perceives as merely a contingency. Folks, in case you haven't gotten the picture yet, we're in big trouble.
And yet, not really - not if we trust God. Pray for our nation. Pray for our leaders. If you are able, and you're a person of integrity, run for public office. Vote Republican in the next election (not because they are necessarily any better at present than the Democrats, but we need to off-set the Democrats' overwhelming majority in Congress). And, if at all possible, show up on your courthouse or state capital steps on April 15. In Atlanta, we're meeting from 7 to 10 PM, with Sean Hannity and other notables present.
"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country." - typing drill
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke
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