During my adult life I’ve done extensive study in three areas: Christianity, Economics and Politics. I have also had two major diversions in my life: sports and music. I have learned some lessons from all five areas and this article is an attempt to tie what I’ve learned to what is going on in the world today.
I have three great loves in my life: my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my family and the USA. The reason I write this stuff is tied to those loves. My fervent prayer is that my children, grandchildren and future generations will be able to enjoy the freedoms I and others in my generation grew up with. I see these freedoms under assault from the left and it’s allies including those secular humanists who wish to destroy all evidence of Judeo-Christian influence in the history and culture of the USA.
I also see an assault on the economic freedoms that made this nation the envy of the world. This assault started during the Great Depression. Fueled by a desire to help those financially distressed by the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the New Deal and other federal programs began the slow and inevitable slide toward socialism that can now be seen on the horizon. Unimaginable in the 1930’s, the amount of debt this nation is piling up will wreck our future if not dealt with immediately. As the country gets closer and closer to bankruptcy (see what’s going on in Greece) freedom is going to be one of the casualties. If you doubt this, check out Germany and the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich.
The time for action is now: we need to reverse the current path we are on and return to the values that made us that “bright shining city on the hill” Ronald Reagan spoke of. Without a radical course change future generations will only read about and hear stories about the America we grew up in and, I’m afraid, take for granted too many times.
How do we do this? The secret is in the differences between my areas of study and my diversions. I have spent years reading, researching and thinking about the areas of study I have tried to master during my adult life. Regular Bible study, other reference reading, classes and regular church attendance have helped solidify both my faith and my understanding of apologetics. Eight years of college (while working a full time job) including class time, study time and reflection led to a degree in Economics. Thirty years of study and consideration have developed my political philosophy.
I enjoy my diversions, I don’t study them. When I want to watch the Green Bay Packers I turn on the game. I don’t spend hours studying the films of the next opponent. I don’t spend time figuring out how to attack a particular defense. I watch Aaron Rodgers and appreciate the work he’s done studying and planning. When I want to enjoy music I turn on the radio or fire up my Itunes account and appreciate the talents of my favorite performers. See where this is going?
Our culture is filled with diversions and distractions designed to keep us occupied while others take care of the details like running the country. We all bear responsibility for this since I firmly believe we get the culture and the government we deserve. Too many have bought into incorrect assumptions about this country and what makes it work. We need to change the way we first educate then inform those who will elect the future leaders of the country:
(WARNING!- The next part will be viewed by many as revolutionary, subversive, and quite possibly hate-filled.)
1) We need to start teaching economics and civics in our high schools again. Graduating kids with no understanding of these two disciplines is destroying our future.
2) We need to understand that the vote is NOT a fundamental right but it is a sacred privilege that needs to be exercised with utmost responsibility by informed citizens.
We don’t need more participation in the democratic process, we need more INFORMED participation in the democratic process. The founding fathers required property ownership as a prerequisite to casting a vote- not because they were trying to keep certain groups from participating- they wanted voters to have a stake in the outcome. I believe those founders understood the inherent danger in unfettered democracy which was why they created a constitutional republic instead.
Voter ID is a start, but only a start to fix the mess we’ve created for ourselves. We must educate our youth and require voters to show a basic understanding of civics. I have no issue with those who vote liberal if they have a basic understanding of the issues that define liberalism. I have no problem with those who vote conservative if they have a basic understanding of the issues that define conservatism. I have a problem with those who rely on Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jon Stewart for their education and make a mockery of the democratic process.
Society long ago decided that people needed to show a certain degree of competency to drive a motor vehicle. Shouldn’t society demand some level of competence for the decisions that affect the direction the nation takes? Make voters attain the same level of knowledge we require of new citizens by having them pass a simple civics exam. Dumbing down the electorate isn’t in the best interests of the next few generations of Americans who will have to live with the consequences of upcoming elections.
For those who think requiring competency to vote is too radical, I say a takeover of 15% of the US economy to fix the relatively small problem of access to health care strikes me as radical. I would argue that forcing citizens to pay for abortions (with their tax dollars) when this violates their religious beliefs is radical (as is forcing religious organizations to provide certain medical care options to their employees that violate the religion’s teaching).
Who a person votes for should be an informed decision based on careful study of both the candidates’ positions and the important issues of the day. Treating the electoral process as a diversion is one reason we face a perilous and uncertain future. We are running out of time to fix this. We need a campaign to return civics and economics to our high schools. I think we should also discuss whether voter eligibility should only require a pulse (except in Chicago of course).