Monday, December 31, 2012

Significance of 2012


"In times like these, it's important to remember, there have always been times like these."  Paul Harvey

Helaman 5:2
2 For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted.



The 2012 election was significant to me because it was the first time I felt that the majority of Americans chose evil over good.  And they were happy about it.  Whether they were fooled by Obama's deception and a media intent on seeing him as president, or just thought he deserved another chance despite his dismal record, or actually understand the transformation he desires and think it'll be good, who knows?  

Don't get me wrong.  I have great hope for the future because in times of trouble great miracles happen, and we are certainly in times of trouble.  But unfortunately I feel like we just hopped on the fast track heading downhill, and it's clear daily how fast we're descending.   You might have said four years ago that Obama was elected on lots of feel-good HOPE, little being known about him, but this time, after four years of evidence that he has a dangerous agenda for the country, the majority of people still voted for him believing in some utopia while mocking the traditional values of morality, religion, hard work, and freedom.

I met someone here where I live named Dana (pronounced Donna) from Romania, who grew up under socialism and it's horrors, and she is terrified.  We took a class on the constitution together and after the election she said, quote (from facebook), "I don't want to live in a socialist country... not again...it gives me goose bumps only thinking about it... Do people ever learn something from history? Right now, I feel like I want to live somewhere else... My only hope is in the Lord."  She has shown me the pictures of her youth in bread lines, riots, and the dead bodies lined up on the ground.  If only kids in school were taught true history.

America is and has been the hope and light of the world.   But people are not taught about that history in our schools.  America=bad!  Nor are they taught what happens when the government becomes so powerful that it's tentacles reach into every aspect of your life, taking more and more taxes to pay for entitlement programs, forcing you into government run healthcare, telling you what you can and can't eat, and taking your freedom to own a gun to protect yourself, a most basic right.  Governments never give back power, they covet it more and more because they think they know what's best, and slowly our ability to choose slips away, and I fear one day soon we will no longer able to 'vote them out'.  Taking away guns isn't about saving children, it's about control.  Obamacare isn't about healthcare, it's about control.  They are not giving up their guns and they specifically wrote themselves out of the healthcare bill that they claim will be so wonderful for us. 

The president has the media is on his side.  The educational system on his side indoctrinating kids and skewing the true facts of history.  And for some reason, people are taught to care more about free abortions, same sex marriage, amnesty, and free birth control, than the safety and economic well being of our nation.  No nation can be free and safe in out of control debt.  The more debt, the more unstable a nation we become.  The perfect storm for other countries to harm us, or for our own government to fail and then declare an emergency and seize control.  Just until the crisis is over!

A large portion of people now look to the government for their needs to be met, and believe it's okay to take from their neighbors.  They've come to believe that their lot in life will never be fair no matter how hard they try, so they deserve it.  Redistributing of wealth.  Obama's favorite.

Jesus said, "And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also."  So be it.  However, it's only so long until you run out of other people's stuff.  That's why socialism doesn't work.  Already, half the population pays no taxes and yet has the power to vote to raise the taxes the other half pays to provide benefits for themselves.

Helaman 3:34
34 And they were lifted up in pride, even to the persecution of many of their brethren. Now this was a great evil, which did cause the more humble part of the people to suffer great persecutions, and to wade through much affliction.
 



I do not want my kids to grow up in a land where you feel 'what's the use in succeeding?'.  I mean the government's just going to take it all anyway, and social security won't be around for us, and government handouts are so easy, we'd be dumb not to take them! 

We were on welfare growing up, and it was awful, and we tried to get off of it as soon as we could (when my mom finished school and got a teaching job).  Now the people I know on food stamps have significantly more money than we do per month for groceries.   No wonder it's become a way of life for so many.  I do not mind the people who deserve their social security, or those who truly are disabled or needy, but too many take advantage.  Yet daily the government is trying to get as many signed up as possible, including illegal aliens, because these people will never vote them out of office if it means they won't get their checks.  The government taking money from one person to give to another is stealing.  They think they are being "charitable" with other people's money or making things equal and "fair", but it is a far cry from true charity where we freely give of our own free will and choice.

Pat and I grew up fast because we had to.  I remember trying to get a job when I was 14 sorting fruit in the factory with all the immigrant workers, only to find out after they had hired me, that I was too young.  The manager was really upset too since he'd done all the paper work and only after that did he ask my age.  I had no idea I had to be 16 to work!  I went with an older friend and I just wanted to better my situation and I was willing to work for it.  But I did get my first job at 15 1/2 and I have worked ever since then until I left the work force to be a mom.  

I feel like America doesn't want to grow up and be responsible like that anymore.  I worked my way up from fast food bathrooms in downtown Sacramento, to doing accounting at a foster care agency, insurance and admitting at Sutter Memorial hospital, and visiting attorneys as an account rep.  I used to go clubbing and do stupid stuff until I realized how empty and dumb it all was.  If you're never forced to grow up, maybe you never realize that.   So many parents aren't good parents and so kids don't learn.  It doesn't compute in my brain to expect your neighbor to take care of you when you are an able bodied person. 

Mostly I feel sad because America missed out on a great man.  I have been politically active since I was a teenager and I have not seen a candidate as wholesome, good, and hard working as Mitt Romney, since Reagan.   I wasn't sure about him at first, but he continually impressed me.  I truly believe he would have been an inspiring leader.  Perhaps a George Washington.  Will God raise up another? 

Our family had prayed "that we can have a good president" for weeks, and the day of the election we all took turns praying that morning.  Finally at 7:00pm, I said one last prayer and headed to start watching results though I was extremely tired.  No results were in yet, and I felt a peace, as if God was saying, you are pregnant, you are tired.  Go to sleep.  I will handle it, and all will be well.  And so I did.  I didn't feel a good feeling, just peace, and I thankfully woke up once it was all over in the morning.  I trust God and I know that he is watching over us.  He will be there when we need him.  I will continue to do my best in life, and am so thankful for strong youth in the rising generation of these last days that I get to work with.  They give me great hope.

  
Now all I can do is continue to pray for my country and my president.  After all he is my brother, and I can have hope that he'll do the right thing.  I believe the prophecies about this land, and that God is very near.  I am encouraged by the good people I know exist, and that I choose to associate with, and have innumerable reasons to be optimistic.  Good day!

[T]he [federal] government . . . can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, and oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any other despotic or oppressive form so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people.- George Washington

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