The early forenoon bestows my soul with an adamantine optimism. I can rest in the promise that, for the Christian, “hope maketh not ashamed.” Yet at times, owing to my selfish, terrestrial sense of entitlement, even hallowed covenants ring hollow when I remember that hope is born of tribulation.
In a few hours I shall relish exercising at a local YMCA. Shortly thereafter I plan on thoroughly enjoying an early morning round of golf. Next, during the lulling hours of a rare day off of work, I may write, enjoy a book, or draw. Tomorrow, it’s back to a job I love, earning money for to spend on fast food and textbooks this fall. Why should I not be allowed to do all of this, to experience the elementary gratifications of life, without having to worry about whether or not my friends and family will die an unnecessary death at the hands of an ineffective government health care system? Why must I be fearful of the strangle-hold of an overbearing number of taxes that may keep me from advancing my family’s livelihood? Why should I have to use any certain types of light bulbs in my own house?
Of course, I should not. The problem with the “progressive” worldviews so popular among the teeming, alternate realities of American college campuses, is that it flies in the face of individual freedom. The human capacity, and indeed need, for community, is perverted by its adherents. However, otherwise good people many times don’t notice the misconceived, unnatural evil of collectivism for its elusiveness.
For example, notice the subtle perversion of the following quote: “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” On the face of it, I certainly do not disagree with these deceitful words of Barack Obama. But notice what he is doing. He is talking as a politician, not from the perspective of a pastor. The hearer is to believe that Obama has found his true potential, no “poverty of ambition” there. No naked, desperate grasp for power or anything. It is fine for Obama to dictate your life (he’s the “larger than yourself” part) because government, for him, has replaced God. You, as an individual, have no right to separate your ambitions, your goals, your dreams, from the larger community. Your desire to be wealthier than whatever the latest benchmark is ($200,000?) is judged by the non-greedy, non-ambitious-for-the-wrong-reasons federal government as a sin.
The arrogant, reckless, totalitarian rot all to common among Obama’s speeches, interviews, and off-hand comments seem to be cool ‘wit us youngsters. Well I for one reject the worship of government and its puppeteers that manifests itself in the disgusting, religious display of numerous “hope” bumper stickers and shirts which literally treat the image of Obama as that of Christ.
I am not scared by Obama or congress, not really. But, at times the fullness of the pregnant quote of George Washington’s that “The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army” hits me. For, the fates of unborn millions depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of the American electorate. Let us allow the tribulation of history’s collectivist societies bear in us hope, not the failure of our own nation.
Leave me alone to live my life, I beg of you.