Friday, January 20, 2017 . . . the date of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. Inauguration Day is the day of the peaceful transfer of power from the out-going President over to the President-elect. I hope and pray that it is, indeed, a peaceful transfer of power, but the truth of the matter is that the nation is at great odds with itself. I don’t suppose that there has ever been a time in history when the nation was more divided except during the Civil War.
Historians for many years to come will debate the question of exactly what caused the great divide. I doubt they will get it right, so I want to leave this message for Ali and Abi and those who might come along behind them (supposing they might have any interest in what I might say).
Back in the 1960s, the culture began to drift away from the principles and values that the nation had been founded upon and which our forefathers had embraced. In that era the music took a serious shift to what came to be known as Rock and Roll, kids began to display respect for authority, recreational drugs became easily obtained on the streets, the highest court in the land handed down some landmark decisions that were directly in opposition to Biblical values, and civil unrest began to manifest itself in racial tensions in the streets, as well as protests of the Vietnam conflict (in which 58,000 American boys were killed).
The nation began to drift away from Biblical values, and like a great ocean liners that has lost its power at sea, is tossed about by the prevailing winds and is in danger of crashing down upon the rocks.
To any willing to see, it was clear that old Lucifer himself was having his way with what had once been a great Christian nation. The educational system became political and corrupt, and began filling young minds with rubbish.
As we continued on the dangerous drift, some confusing things began to occur. What polite society had once restricted to the back streets burst out and broke through the barrier and overtook Main Street, and we lost our shame and began to call peculiar stuff “normal.” Somewhere during the decade closing out the 20th century, there was a great increase in homosexuality, which mental health folks had long described as a form of mental illness. Yet, those mental health professionals held a meeting and agreed that they had been wrong all that time, and announced it as being normal. Soon, there began a movement of folks “coming out of the closet,” wherein they proudly declared themselves as homosexual. Soon after, they began to join together and actively campaign for recognition and seek protection under the law as a “Protected Class.” Hollywood seemingly embraced that lifestyle and began reflecting it as normal, and glorifying those confused folks’ struggle for acceptance.
Then the medical community developed procedures to surgically altar the human body and create male and female parts. Instantly George could become Georgette, and Sally could become Harry.
It was during this time that one Barrack Hussein Obama stepped on to the scene. He was a bi-racial, bi-cultured “community organizer” and became the President of the U. S. Under his influence, the homosexual movement got in the fast track . . . and grew into same-sex marriages and something he called “transgendered public restroom,” which enabled weird people to legally enter public restrooms with young children. The craziest thing about all of this goofy, sinful stuff was that anyone who questioned it, or spoke out against it, suddenly became the evil doer.
The nation began an economic slide in which over taxation, heavy regulatory burdens, and a labor force that constantly pushed for more and more resulted in major employers moving abroad to more favorable environments. Suddenly, Detroit that once great city that had been the producer of automobiles for decades, became pitiful as the auto makers closed up shop and moved operations to Mexico. The once great city soon became a ghetto, filled with out-of-work people and gradually became a place where folks no longer even wanted a job and became content to live on the dole.
It was in this arena that this brash, loud, coarse-talking multi-billionaire tossed his hat into the ring and challenged folks with a challenge of “Make America Great Again.” Millions of voters responded and went to the polls and elected him President.
What will a Trump presidency look like? What will he do? Honestly, I don’t know, but as I sit here this morning, I can’t help but being impressed with the significant signs within the economy that have quickly occurred since the election. The stock market has taken off as investor confidence has risen. Company after company fans stepped into the spotlight to announce investments which they intend to make in the USA, and the American worker . . . a few being the auto makers, manufacturers, foreign & international groups . . . and even IBM who seems to have been in a cocoon since Microsoft and Apple came onto the scene. IBM announced its plans to invest a billion dollars and create 10,000 new jobs as it re-enters the game. His Cabinet nominees are most impressive . . . brilliant and wildly successful people who have lead their own industries with class, honor, and distinction. The majority of those folks are committed Christians who actively live out their Faith.
God Bless America! I hope and pray that some of those good, well-meaning folks can find a way to muzzle the rascal!