Jul 27, 2009

The Dividing of a Nation

Bill Wilson
By Bill Wilson

The approval ratings of the man who occupies the Oval Office (OOO) have been declining precipitously in the last two weeks. The latest polls - even from those who appear to take samples weighted in favor of liberal leaning voters - have indicated that some 40% of Americans disapprove of the job OOO is doing, bringing his approval index rating to a minus 11. Only 25% of those polled believe the so-called economic stimulus has helped the nation's economy. And it would appear that the growing disapproval numbers are a signal that the socialization of the nation's financial, mortgage, and healthcare industries is meeting resistance among the population.

One indicator is Texas, where populist Republican Governor Rick Perry is playing the state's rights protections of the Constitution's 10th Amendment. Perry told reporters he hopes socialized healthcare will not pass Congress,
"But I'm certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats."
In support of a state resolution on the 10th Amendment, Perry said,
"the federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens and its interference with the affairs of our state."
He predicted many more states will say no to overreaching federal government.

The example of Texas could be a bubble of revolt under the veneer of what the news media and political media consultants have portrayed as a new Camelot at the White House. Viewed by many as a messiah, OOO has until this month received superstar treatment by the news organizations and media managers, which has created the image of a smooth running juggernaut of remaking America into a new social democracy. The free fall in approval ratings is a clear indicator that Americans are pushing back hard against socialization of the economy and nationalized healthcare. But even more is a division not seen since the civil rights movement.

The Rasmussen Report, which tracks the daily approval ratings of the White House, is also reporting a huge divide on all questions between whites and blacks. Neither political nor racial division is good for America. It would seem that Martin Luther King, Jr.'s remarks in August 1963 are appropriate today as they were then:
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
And Jesus warned in Mark 3:24,
"And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand."
Let us stand on the righteousness of Christ that we may not fall by the divisions of race.

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