Thursday, November 8, 2012

Election Post Mortem: America On The Road To Calvary

While watching the results of the election on Tuesday night, I was also following the reactions of others on Twitter.  I stayed mostly with those who had a Catholic point of view.  It does provide comfort to know that I'm not alone in my horror at what is happening to our nation.

When it was announced that President Obama had won Ohio and as a result had won a second term, the immediate reaction of those I was following on Twitter was doom and gloom, and I have to admit I felt the same way.  There were two tweets, though, that helped me to remember that our Lord is still in charge.

One was from Sr. Helena Burns:

On the bright side: "The blood of martyrs is the seed of new Christians."

This is a quote from 2nd-century Church Father Tertullian, which was made at the time when Christians were being heavily persecuted and martyred by the Roman Empire.  As Tertullian alluded to, the Roman Empire did not destroy Christianity by martyring Christians but on the contrary, the martyrdom of Christians helped the Church grow even stronger.

The other tweet was from Father Daren J. Zehnle:

Fr. Daren J. Zehnle ‏@Daren_J_Zehnle
¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva!

Anyone who saw the movie earlier this year, "For Greater Glory", knows exactly what Father Zehnle is alluding to. "Viva Cristo Rey", which means "Long Live Christ the King", was the rallying cry for Catholic Mexicans in the 1920's who were being persecuted and martyred by the Masonic Mexican government.

Blessed Miguel Pro shown here with his arms outstretched
imitating our Lord on the Cross as he was being
executed.  Blessed Miguel shouted "Viva Cristo Rey!"
as the guns were fired at him.
Now why would the thought of martyrdom at the hands of an evil government fill me with hope?  And am I saying that we as Catholics will face this kind of persecution right here in the United States of America?  

I think we all tend to forget that elections are not just about winning and losing and which party gets to take over.  Elections give us the pulse of the people.  The way in which people vote tells us what they believe, what is important to them, where their priorities are.

This week a majority of Americans again voted for a president who is not just pro choice, but actively pro abortion, who feels that a woman has a right to abort her baby right up to the time of birth, and if the baby should somehow survive the abortion, the baby should be left to die.  He has spread abortion around the world and even has the government, which means you and me, paying for abortions for those in the military.  He has, of course, provided for abortions and contraception through his health care plan.  In fact, Obama supports and promotes contraception as a good and necessary part of life, and has started a war against the Catholic Church which opposes this belief.

Americans voted for the first president in our history who openly supports homosexuality and same sex marriage.  He has said he will not support the law of the land - the Defense of Marriage Act - in direct defiance of his vow to uphold and defend the laws of the United States.

Obama has given us the largest intrusion of government into our personal lives in the history of this country in his healthcare plan.  He constantly engages in class warfare, pitting the rich against the poor, painting the rich as evil hoarders of their own money.  He promotes socialism, pure and simple, and believes that the government has a right to take money from one group to give to another.

Barack Obama has a strong tendency to be on the side of those who are anti-Christian.  For example, he has actively supported the anti-Christian government in Egypt, which has been literally crucifying Christians under Sharia law.  He even invited  Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, to the White House this past September while the media dutifully made no mention of the atrocities being committed in Egypt.

President Obama did get us out of Iraq (for the most part), but he did it by following the path already laid out by George Bush.  However, we are still deeply involved in Afghanistan where military personnel continue to die, and our military has  spread to Libya, Syria and other regions.  In fact, Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is the first US President to go to war under the flag of a foreign power when he unilaterally and illegally engaged in military combat in Libya under the authority of NATO, as reported in the New York Times.  He never once went to Congress to get authorization for this action, in direct conflict with the War Powers Act.  According to the New York Times in June 2011:
It has now been over three months since the first NATO bombs fell on Libya, yet President Obama has failed to request Congressional approval for military action, as required by the War Powers Act of 1973.  The legal machinations Mr. Obama has used to justify war without Congressional consent set a troubling precedent that could allow future administrations to wage war at their convenience — free of legislative checks and balances.

President George Bush was castigated because he allowed waterboarding to be used against terrorist suspects.  I am certainly not supporting that method, but at least no one died or was even seriously injured as a result of waterboarding.  Yet Americans voted for Barack Obama who routinely kills terrorist suspects, including American suspects such as Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric in Yemen suspected of being part of Al Qaeda.  al-Awlaki was never formally charged, and certainly never given a trial.  The president made a unilateral decision to kill him, and no one questioned that.  This is not the only instance of Obama killing Americans.  This past May, the New York Times ran an article about the president's "Secret Kill List":
This was the enemy, served up in the latest chart from the intelligence agencies: 15 Qaeda suspects in Yemen with Western ties. The mug shots and brief biographies resembled a high school yearbook layout. Several were Americans. Two were teenagers, including a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years.
The article goes on to state:
Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.

It is no surprise that a man who is so cavalier about killing unborn children would also have no qualms about murdering Americans he unilaterally and without due process of law deems unfit to live.

These are just a few of the troubling facts about Barack Obama.  Yet he received 50% of the American vote and will be our president for the next four years.  He will now be in charge of the country without the restraint of having to run again.  Many say that because he received barely 50% of the vote, only about 2 million more votes than Mitt Romney, Obama does not have a mandate from the American people.  Does anyone feel that will stop him from following the path he has started?  There is nothing now to hold him back from doing exactly what he wants to do, as an article from Reuters says:

Obama - now unfettered by not having to face voters again - is in position to pursue an ambitious agenda that could leave his mark on government for a generation or longer, including a move to revamp the nation's immigration laws.

Some analysts believe Obama is likely to spend much of his second term "locking down the achievements of his first term," including ensuring that "we will have a functioning national healthcare system," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

There were other results of this election that were also very troubling.  For the first time voters legalized same sex marriage.  This happened in four states - Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington.  Two states legalized the recreational use of marijuana - Colorado and Washington.  One ray of hope was that physician assisted suicide was narrowly defeated in Massachusetts, but this will only delay what will also inevitably be the law of the land.  I doubt that we will recognize our nation by 2016.  I can barely recognize America now.

Most politicians and media tried to make us believe that this election was all about the economy and material wealth. But it actually goes much deeper than that. This is election was about where we as a nation will put our trust.  Would we trust in God or would we put our faith and hope in a godless government that promises heaven but delivers hell? I am certainly not saying that Mitt Romney was the answer to our problems. I have more disagreements with Romney than agreements. But he would not lead us as directly on the godless path of destruction that Obama is walking. Barack Obama has promised us heaven, but all he will deliver is hell. By the time the people who support him figure that out, it will be too late.

This election was all about making a choice between serving and trusting in God, or serving and trusting in man-made government.  It is clear what the majority of Americans chose.  The Apostle Paul describes far too many of us in Philippians 3:18-19:

For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping), that they are enemies of the cross of Christ; Whose end is destruction; whose God is their belly; and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things.

Mitt Romney made a statement in September about a large portion of the American public for which he was slammed by liberals as being insensitive and uncaring.  In case you were on Mars and didn't hear it, this is what he said:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.
Representative Ron Paul gave an answer to all those people who think the government's role is to take care of them:
Mr. Paul, who is retiring after 12 terms in the House, said voters on Tuesday rejected Mitt Romney because he had opposed the government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler.

"The people in the Midwest voted against him: 'Oh, we have to be taken care of!' So that vote was sort of like what we are laughing at in Greece," Mr. Paul said.

"People do not want anything cut," he said. "They want all the bailouts to come. They want the Fed to keep printing the money. And they don't believe that we've gone off the cliff or are close to going off the cliff. They think we can patch it over, that we can somehow come up with some magic solution. But you can't have a budgetary solution if you don't change what the role of government should be. As long as you think we have to police the world and run this welfare state, all we are going to argue about is who will get the loot."
As Christians, we look to our Lord for our needs.  We know that we cannot and should not rely on human government to take care of us.  The strength of America in the past has been the people's willingness to do the hard work necessary to achieve their dreams, and look to their God to supply what they could not.  This is what we pray in the most perfect prayer ever given to us, The Lord's Prayer:

Our Father Who Art in Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Thy Kingdom Come
Thy Will Be Done
On Earth As It is In Heaven
We no longer ask for God's will to be done in our lives.  We no longer look for the Kingdom of Heaven because we have been given the Kingdom of Man.  America is now bowing down to a government who promises to take care of us in every circumstance so that we barely have to even think for ourselves.  But a government that becomes a nanny state also makes all of our decisions for us.  We pay for the "security" given to us by the government by giving up our liberty and autonomy.  That is why Obama feels he has a right to tell the Catholic Church that they must violate their own teachings.  When the government takes care of you, the government owns you.  We have, in effect, become the slaves of government. 

Many Americans are no longer willing to work for their dreams or to trust in their Creator to supply their "daily bread."  They have bought into the socialist line fed to them by Barack Obama and the Democrats that the government can and should provide all their needs, and not only the necessities of life, but even such things as contraception and abortion, not realizing that this will lead to our ultimate destruction.   

The results of the 2012 election in the United States tell me that people have rejected God.  They have said as the Jews said at the time of Christ's passion, "We have no king but Caesar." We will pay very dearly for our decision to give the government so much control over our lives.  The National Defense Authorization Act is a law that allows the president to order the military to arrest any American at any time without a charge and indefinitely detain us without trial.  We already know that Obama has no qualms about killing Americans that he deems a threat of whatever kind.  Who will be counted among those threats in the future? Will it be the Catholic Church because they dare to defy his unconstitutional laws? 

I can't predict the future, but it doesn't take a prophet to know that we are living in a godless, secular society that cares nothing about God or Godly values.  We have allowed tens of millions of our children to be legally killed in the womb, we are legalizing homosexuality and same sex marriage, we are legalizing destructive drugs, we allow immoral and pornographic entertainment into our homes.  We rarely pray as a nation and when things go wrong, we look to the government to take care of us instead of praying to our Creator.  And now that same Creator is allowing the seeds of destruction to come into full bloom.  Godless secularism has taken over and it's not going to let go until this country is completely destroyed.  There is no turning back now.  I know this seems like a doom and gloom message, but it is reality. 

Many millions of people were praying and even fasting and doing everything they could to win back this country from Obama and all of the other secularists. But it was not to be. The majority of people have determined the path our nation is on, and those of us who resist that path will pay a heavy price for standing up for our beliefs. But resist we must, for our own salvation and for the salvation of others.

Yes, I do believe there will be martyrdom in the United States of America. It is happening throughout the world and it is coming to our nation as well. But the tweets from Sister Berns and Father Zenhle, while they may appear ominous, actually give me great hope because it tells me that we will eventually win the war against the enemies of God.  But it will literally take our blood to do so.   Just as our Lord was willing to bare his back to the whip, and just as he willingly and even joyfully took up his cross and walked the road of Calvary to the place of redemption, so we must be willing to do the same.

To quote Bette Davis, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night."  For Catholics, this means centering our entire lives on our faith.  Our Holy Father has named this the Year of Faith, a time to truly discover and learn our faith and make it the central, motivating factor in our lives.  That is the answer - the only answer - to the evil that surrounds us.  A couple of weeks ago here in the northeast, we were all bracing for Hurricane Sandy.  We knew she was coming and we knew there was nothing we could do to stop her.  We have a spiritual storm of unparalleled intensity coming our way in the United States and the entire world, and although our actions may mitigate it, there is no longer anything we can do to actually stop it.  But we have already been given the victory if only we will remain faithful.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever

¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva!

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