What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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Despite world events that would no doubt be more worth our time, the media as of late has largely been focusing on the presidential race: who said what, who won which states, and who is endorsing whom.
This process has, as in times past, whipped up frenzied voters and fomented an intense debate as to whom is best qualified, electable, and preferred. But when you’re on the Titanic, it ultimately matters little whom is appointed as its Captain. No matter who the Captain is, the ship is going down.
Such a defeatist metaphor runs contrary to the hope some have regarding their favorite candidate and the promises they’ve been given along the campaign trail. Even those, like myself, that support candidates offering radical change from current practices must face reality: the ship of America has quite possibly sailed.
This is not to say that good cannot still be done. Surely, the right person in the position can effect positive change and steer the ship in a direction that won’t cause as much damage. But even though the Titanic’s captain might have saved lives through some of his actions, the ultimate loss was still catastrophic.
I do believe, however, that there is a God in heaven that governs in the affairs of men. His will, like it or not, will ultimately be fulfilled. I do not know if He will intervene to save America. It is quite likely that due to our wickedness and un-Constitutional behavior we will be left to fend for ourselves.
Critics might point out comparative analyses, noting that there are other countries doing far worse than our own. In this point they would be accurate, depending on which item is in question (e.g. economy, civil liberty, miltary, etc.). Such a comparison does not mean, however, that we’re not headed in the same direction.
I believe that we have strayed far from this standard. Evidence is plentiful, and citing just a portion would not do it justice. I leave it up to the curious reader to research in what ways America has fallen from its noble sphere the Founders fought for.
Course corrections can still be made. Repentance—both individual and collective—is always an option. But great sins require great change, and unless that change is allowed to occur, we are as doomed to the same fate as the Titanic.
And so, in this election season, it ultimately matters little whom is appointed to be the Captain of the ship. One might rearrange the deck chairs differently than another, but the glacier still looms ahead, firmly standing in defiance to the ship’s successful voyage. Only a drastic course correction—something no leading candidate offers—will allow the ship to continue on a safe journey.