Saturday, May 25, 2013


"We have met the enemy, and he is us." Us, as in you and me. Well, maybe not always you, and maybe not always me, but us.

As in the American people.

In the late fall of 1976, some of us folks from our little mission church, Providence Presbyterian, an RPCUS church plant ... not to be confused with RPCNA ... were having breakfast. We were discussing deeply Spiritual stuff like how in the world Jimmy Carter had been elected. One of my good friends, a great guy named Hack Lloyd ... remarked "Man, we don't deserve him for a President". I said, matter-of-factly, "Yes we do."

Hack looked at me like I'd just hit him in the face. He started to respond, but I quickly said "The American people always deserve the people we put in office. He thought for a minute and said "You know ... you're right". And then went on to say he'd never thought of that.

It's axiomatic, folks; write it down. The American people deserve, collectively, the people they elect.

On another Blog site, a bit ago, the Editor of the blog asked for hints from her readers. Hints to be passed along to a young lady who'd written them, who'd said her career ambition was to be a politician. Lots of folks had lots of nice things to pass along to her, and I suggested the following, which I just cut and pasted from their blog comment stream:

"One thing to remember: Don't pay a lot of attention to interviews with politicians, particularly not at election time. But around Election time, pay attention the "Man on the Street" interviews. By doing that, you will find out what's broken in politics. It's the public. I almost always hear people saying they will vote for the person who will help with their welfare check, with their Mortgage rate, the getting a job, help with Student Loan rates, help with taxes on their business, etc. Whichever candidate will help their interests, that's who gets the vote.

There  are a lot of cutesy sayings about this, even. "No raindrop thinks it's responsible for the flood". No snowflake thinks it caused the avalanche. "What's everybody's responsibility is nobody's responsibility". Etc etc etc...

Voters have collectively lost their sense of responsibility for what happens in politics. And we're the folks who put the politicians where they are". 

It's not like this should be a surprise to us or anything. Doesn't the Bible tells us that, in the last days, it'll be like it was in the days of Noah? And wasn't that a time when everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes?

You can interpret that as meaning there just aren't any absolutes out there, for too many of our fellow citizens. I recall a time in talking to my brother .. who was not a follower of Jesus .. that when you get onto the wrong airplane, say one bound for London, I don't care how strongly you believe it's going to Los Angeles, when you get off the plane after the flight, you're going to be in London. Not Los Angeles. My reference was, of course, to the object of our faith, and the fact that if it's not faith in Jesus, it's going to be in vain.

His response: "If I believe it's Los Angeles, then it'll be Los Angeles for me".

No absolutes.

By the greatest stroke of irony, between the time I started this post, and the time I'm finishing it ... now ... The Boy Scouts of America have decided they will now admit professing homosexuals as members. Despite their claims about morality.

And it's not that the church has been silent, or that we've somehow "stood by and let this happen". Sorry, preachers, if you've said that, you're simply wrong. The church is doing what it's always done, and show me one place in scriptures that says we'll "win the world". Didn't God tell us that few would find the way to life, and many would find the way to destruction?

The bad news? The USA (and probably the rest of the world, too) is getting what it deserves.

The good news? God's right on schedule.

I guess how we feel about all this depends on where we've placed our priorities, huh?

**Oh .. by the way .. the philosopher was Pogo.


At 4:33 AM, May 21, 2018, Anonymous Dr. Rajni Sharma said...

That was a VERY interesting one! Seriously interesting.

At 9:02 AM, May 21, 2018, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Thanks for the kind words, Doctor Sharma.

At 4:02 AM, June 27, 2018, Anonymous Cholesteatoma said...

Thanks for sharing that. It was fun reading it. :-)


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