Na­tion pro­nounces judg­ment on it­self

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Joseph Farah

For many of us, the un­think­able has hap­pened. Amer­ica has de­ci­sively turned the cor­ner away from the con­sti­tu­tional prin­ci­ples of lim­ited gov­ern­ment. There may be no way home for us.

For those of us who fun­da­men­tally re­ject Obama’s poli­cies, things are go­ing to get very rough for the next four years.

We have al­lowed our fel­low Amer­i­cans to pro­nounce judg­ment on the na­tion.

That’s what Obama rep­re­sents to me — God’s judg­ment on a peo­ple who have turned away from Him and His ways and from ev­ery­thing for which our founders sac­ri­ficed their lives, their for­tunes and their sa­cred honor.

The na­tion is di­vided like never be­fore — in­ten­tion­ally so. That has been Obama’s game plan from the be­gin­ning — to build a con­stituency of spe­cial-in­ter­est groups that truly be­lieve their sal­va­tion is found in big­ger gov­ern­ment, more pro­grams, ir­re­spon­si­ble spend­ing and un­con­sti­tu­tional poli­cies.

This elec­tion could very well rep­re­sent the be­gin­ning of the end of the Amer­i­can Dream, Amer­i­can ex­cep­tion­al­ism, the Amer­i­can way. But it’s no time to give up — to throw up our hands in dis­gust and walk away from pol­i­tics. Nei­ther is it time to sur­ren­der to the rad­i­cal so­cial agenda Obama has cham­pi­oned to win his vic­tory.

It’s time to change tac­tics. It’s time to dou­ble-down and fight harder. It’s time to raise our col­lec­tive voices of out­rage. It’s time to form new al­liances. It’s time to form new com­mu­ni­ties of peo­ple who un­der­stand just how much Amer­i­cans have been dis­en­fran­chised from our God-given rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

But, at the end of the day, peo­ple gen­er­ally get the kind of gov­ern­ment they de­serve. When you turn away from the ways of God Almighty, this is what you should ex­pect if you are a stu­dent of the Bi­ble and his­tory.

I’m not go­ing to lie to you. I think things are go­ing to get very tough in Amer­ica over the next four years. I ex­pect more division, more strat­i­fi­ca­tion, maybe even the dis­in­te­gra­tion of the con­sti­tu­tional repub­lic that was the envy of the world for so long.

It’s time to hun­ker down. It’s time to pre­pare for the worst — eco­nom­i­cally, mil­i­tar­ily, so­cially, cul­tur­ally. The rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies have won a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal vic­tory. The Amer­ica haters are run­ning the coun­try for an­other four years. That is not a pretty prospect.

But it’s not time to re­treat. It’s time for those of us who love what Amer­ica has been for most of its his­tory to gather our wits and be­gin the long march back. Most of all, it’s time for col­lec­tive re­pen­tance.

Only a mir­a­cle can save us — and we need to hum­ble our­selves be­fore God and pray hard for one.

Can we find our way home? Is the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem even vi­able for us any­more? Has our her­itage of rep­re­sen­ta­tive gov­ern­ment been per­ma­nently robbed from us? Are our cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions — from the press to the schools and uni­ver­si­ties to the ma­jor foun­da­tions and even our churches — let us down so badly that there is no hope of restor­ing the Amer­ica we once knew and loved?

I don’t know the an­swers to these ques­tions.

But we must not re­treat. We must not hide. We must not be in­tim­i­dated.

We must not stop fight­ing for truth, jus­tice and the Amer­i­can way.

Maybe we de­serve this pu­n­ish­ment for tak­ing our life­styles for granted. Maybe we de­serve this judg­ment for our own in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive sins. Maybe there’s still time to turn things around be­cause we serve a Cre­ator of sec­ond and third chances.

One thing is for cer­tain: Our na­tional con­di­tion is go­ing to get much worse be­fore it gets bet­ter. Joseph Farah is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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