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The Prophetic Wisdom & Warnings of George Washington

October 22, 2014

(Excerpted, in part, from We the People: Birth of a Nation, 2nd Edition.  Available on Amazon.com and elsewhere starting October 30, 2014.)

George Washington, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army—the forerunner of the U.S. military—and the first President of the United States of America, was a humble man of prayer and devout patriot. He was also a man of exceptional wisdom, discernment and vision.   Toward the end of his second term, Washington had Hamilton review the Madison draft of his farewell speech that he had intended to use at the end of his first term and make revisions. While Madison and Hamilton constructed the draft, it was Washington who carefully considered every word, every addition and deletion, before giving his approval.

Interestingly, it was never given orally by Washington but on September 19, 1796, it was published in the American Daily Advertizer in Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter The Independent Chronicle, the published voice of the New England Republicans, printed the address.

With much reluctance, Washington turned down the offer for a third term. Washington had longed for the privacy of his beloved Mount Vernon since the end of the war. Two weeks before he took the oath of office on April 30, 1789, he told his fellow citizens of Alexandria, Virginia, that “my love of retirement is so great, that no earthly consideration, short of conviction of duty, could have prevailed upon me to depart from my resolution ‘never more to take any share in transactions of a public nature.’” Even when his second presidential term ended in March, 1797, his retirement and return to Mount Vernon would be brief. In 1798, as war with France seemed to be on the near horizon, Washington accepted President John Adams’ urging to lead the American military once again. His call was short-lived as tensions eased and he was able to return to his Virginia estate.

Although, unlike many of his compatriot leaders, Washington lacked a formal and collegiate education, it did not hamper his keen insight and wisdom that shone forth in his voluminous correspondence. Notwithstanding Madison’s and Hamilton’s contributions, the address is clearly Washington in style and content. In the lengthy salute to America, he presents several personal convictions and concerns for the future of his beloved country.

Importance of unity and the dangers of factions and divisions. He was greatly concerned about the growing trend of individual wants at the expense of national unity. Personal freedom, Washington believed, could only continue to exist and prosper with the desire of all Americans to be united in the ongoing, uniquely American brand of freedom, for the benefit of the whole nation. Strong, misguided, individualism or regionalism—that erupted into the Civil War—could destroy the young nation.

Washington firmly believed that for the Union of states to survive, unity, not only among the nation’s leaders, but its people as well would be essential. . . . as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; he wrote, that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free Constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; [and] that the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it . . . and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it.

A man seasoned by a long military career and an extreme love of his country, Washington cherished the hard-won freedom and independence that was to be handed down to generations of Americans to come after him. But he was concerned about the real threat of factions and divisions in both politics and the people.

The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of  this truth; as  this  is  the  point  in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium [rarity] of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.

Washington foresaw, that while the newly conceived U.S. Constitution had sufficient safeguards, that there would arise in the future those from both within the country and from outside the country that would seek to weaken the nation by a “divide and conquer” strategy if the populace was not watchful and committed to liberty, justice and prosperity for all, divesting themselves of self-interests. Whether Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections, he advocated. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.

Perhaps Washington did not foresee the degree of “multi-culturalism” America would embrace 200 years later, but he did fully understand that unless all residents of the nation, whether native-born or foreign-born, fully accepted the “land of the free” as their cherished home—culture, language, laws and morality—the nation would soon be torn asunder. This unity among people of different backgrounds and beliefs was essential, not only to the country’s safety and prosperity, but to its strength and protection against all enemies foreign and domestic. . . . While, then, every part of our country thus feels an immediate and particular interest in union, all the parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionably greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their peace by foreign nations; and, what is of inestimable value, they must derive from union an exemption from those broils and wars between themselves . . . . they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. In this sense it is that your union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.

Washington believed that Union should be the primary object of patriotic desire. Sadly, America today has never been so fractious and divided since the Civil war.  America has degenerated from a society of committed and unified freedom fighters and lovers to a “what’s in for me” society that appears willing to sacrifice true freedom at all costs as long as they can get something out of it.  As the venerable Benjamin Franklin once stated, He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.

. . . there will always be reason, Washington wrote, to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may endeavor to weaken its bands.

Dangers of the party system. Washington detested the fractious and partisan two party political system that he saw developing under his administration. He saw it as destructive and unhealthy for the country. The party system of government, he foresaw, had the potential to go beyond the normal political checks and balances and rip the power of self-government out of the hands of the citizens.

To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, he penned, a government for the whole is indispensable. No alliance, however strict, between the parts can be an adequate substitute; they must inevitably experience the infractions and interruptions which all alliances in all times have experienced. . . . This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. . . . The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution . . . till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.

Washington undoubtedly would be horrified how the Constitution has been ripped apart by special interest groups and self-serving politicians over the years since his demise. It is no longer a Constitution of just laws for all, but only for those who no longer have the power and will to confront injustice and the powerful.  The two-party system he believed had the potential to tear the country apart.

All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.

“Money talks” as they say and Washington understood that the propensity of human nature to lobby and seek favor with politicians had the destructive potential to subvert the Constitution and destroy the liberty and union he and so many other patriots fought and died for. Today, the majority of Congress no longer truly represents the will or desires of the people, but only of those who can grease the palms of special interests or finance re-election campaigns.  It seems that the typical politician is not in office to stand up for and serve the people, but is there to secure the permanency of his or her future. Party factions, Washington wrote, in the course of time and things, . . . become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

One method of assault on the Constitution he believed would be alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown. It seems that with each succeeding generation of leaders in high places each one flirts with stretching the efficacy of the Constitution.  The current administration in the Whitehouse is no exception and, perhaps, has clearly and willfully violated the Constitution with every available opportunity.  With each constitutional violation, the nation and its people lose another chick of freedom and independence, and like the proverbial frog in a kettle of gradually heated water, does not perceive the danger until it is too late.

This [divisive party] spirit, Washington continued in his warning speech, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. . . . it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, Washington continued, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, . . . has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty. Has America not arrived at this point today?  According to Washington, it is up to the people—a wise and educated people—to rise up and discourage and restrain such abuse of servanthood.

[The party system] serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty, Washington noted. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

Almost since the signing of the U.S. Constitution into law, partisan politics soon developed, starting with the Federalists and anti-Federalists. As the Democratic and Republican parties developed, sides became more permanently drawn and partisan politics has apparently reached its zenith with the current Congress and presidential administration, as over 380 bills passed by the House languish on the desk of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who refuses to introduce them before the Senate for debate.  Washington’s foresight, unfortunately, has come to full fruition.

Protecting the sanctity of the Constitution. To Washington and those who labored over the Constitution and to the majority of those in Congress, the Constitution represented the bedrock upon which all current and future law and liberty would depend. It was divinely inspired with God-given individual rights. It was not something to be whimsically changed by partisan politics or by legislative or judicial fiat. To do so would destroy its sanctity and strength. It was a document that was thoughtfully and prayerfully conceived that did and would forever provide the stable foundation upon which all American generations could stand with confidence and security.

Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the Constitution, alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown.

. . . a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security of liberty is indispensable. Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian.

. . . It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositaries, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit, which the use can at any time yield (my emphasis).

Washington keenly realized that if the three branches of government—Executive, Legislative & Judicial—that the Founders so wisely set forth in the Constitution as distinct entities, with specific purposes and as a check and balance against each other, ever became co-mingled, with one usurping the role and responsibility of the other, it would result in real despotism. Have we not arrived at such a destiny as the Executive ignores the Legislative and makes, institutes and ignores whatever laws it desires?  And, as the Judicial selects what laws it chooses to enforce and modifies or changes those laws it does not like.  Truly, tyranny has arrived in the United States just as Washington feared and predicted.

Public and national debt. Washington was not opposed to indebtedness, but recommended that it should be used sparingly and only in times of national emergency. Whatever national debt that might be incurred “we ourselves ought to bear” it, Washington recommended, rather than pass it on to succeeding generations. When times of peace and prosperity returned, then that was the time to pay off the debt and not pile on more debt, thus increasing the burden for the next generation.

As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for    danger    frequently   prevent   much    greater disbursements to repel it, avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertion in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.

Unfortunately, America’s national debt situation is out of control and impossible to pay off as politician after politician votes to “kick the can” of debt control down the road year after year. The National Debt will exceed $18 trillion by year-end with “unfunded” liabilities at a staggering $124 trillion.  Yet, congressional and administration spending continues out-of-control with more and more spending bills being whisked through Congress or put into action by Executive Orders.  We continue to send billions abroad, even to our enemies, as jobs and American lifestyles plummet into the basement.  Washington, who received his education in the field of hard knocks, knew what he was talking about.  Too bad no one after him followed his advice.

Foreign relations and national defense. One of the greatest threats to the American style of life and freedom would be the outside adverse influence of non-Americans and foreign governments. Under his scrutiny, these influences would become the destructive “foes of republican government”, Washington believed. Permanent alliances with foreign powers, in Washington’s view, were inadvisable and potentially injurious to American sovereignty and freedom.  Although he was not an isolationist—he saw the need for world trade cooperation—he believed that long-term alliances would be detrimental and not in the enduring best interest of the country.  Foreign entanglements and the large military build-up that might result would be “particularly hostile to republican liberty,” he surmised. For Washington and his fellow patriots who had risked all for the sake of true freedom, they realized that God had blessed them with the formation of the most unique and workable form of government for a free and fully represented people that the world had ever known. To Washington and his like-minded patriots, it was worth protecting at all costs.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence . . . the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.

. . . The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations,  to   have   with   them as little political connection as possible.

. . . It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world . . . .

. . . Taking care always to keep ourselves by suitable establishments on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies.

Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand; neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences . . . .

. . . Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.

When it came to foreign trade, Washington abhorred the idea that one nation would be treated any different than another. To create a “favored nation” status would only cultivate “a variety of evils” for America. As Washington continued his warnings in his farewell speech, he offered this prophetic advice:

. . . a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils? Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence . . . a free people ought to be constantly awake . . . that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. . . . Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests (my emphasis).

One of the biggest mistakes America and its politicians has ever made was granting China “favored nation” status under President Bill Clinton. It was virtually a one-sided deal that highly favored China and immediately resulted in a flow of American jobs, technology and manufacturing to China, allowing China to become the world’s strongest economy at the expense of the American worker and American family.  At the same time the American consumer fell in love with “cheap” goods flooding the U.S. market, oblivious to the realization that one day it would cost them their jobs, wages and standard of living.  A nation that cannot produce for itself and exports the production of goods and services abroad is destined for an inferior and declining economy.

The necessity of religion and morality in the citizens and the government. For historians and others who have concluded that Washington was not a man of God, their conclusions would seem to be fallacious and misguided. Washington considered religion and morality two of the “great pillars of human happiness.” Indeed, religion and morality were “indispensable supports” for political prosperity. In fact, in his view, any person that would seek to undermine these pillars could not be considered to be a patriot. If one subverted the religious foundation of the country, “Where,” asked Washington, “is the security for property, for reputation, for life . . .?” As for individual or national morality, he believed it could not be maintained in the absence of religious education and acted upon principles of faith. It was and would always be that religion and morality would be the foundation of a good and just government.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert  the oaths which are   the   instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government.

. . . Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.

It would be no great surprise to Washington if he were able to observe the state of affairs in America today. After all, he warned, without a foundation of biblical morality and virtue it would be impossible to have an effective and just government and society.  Without the strong and clear foundation of religion—and he meant Christianity—America would soon collapse into an immoral society lead by despotic leaders.

America, you have arrived. You were properly and prophetically warned by our nation’s finest leader.

ALSO READ this America in Prophecy book, Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

America’s Financial Armageddon Re-visited

November 21, 2012

After about seven months, it is time to re-visit the nation’s financial condition.  For comparison you can visit my post of April 19, 2012 here.

According to www.usdebtclock.org, as of today the U.S. national debt has risen 3.86% since April 19 to $16.278 trillion or 105.18% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of $15.476 trillion. To look at it more personally, you as a U.S. citizen now “own” $51,707 of that debt or if you are a dutiful taxpayer, your share is $141,859.  Let’s hope Uncle Sam does not decide to call in his “chips” to settle his accounts.  With the fiscally irresponsible (no budget in the previous four years in office) Obama re-elected we can expect yearly trillion-dollar budget deficits as federal spending skyrockets out of control, which will greatly exacerbate the national debt problem.

How does the United States debt to GDP ratio compare with other countries?  Let’s take a look.

  • China = 11.13%
  • Brazil = 21.17%
  • Russia = 58.53%
  • Canada = 93.99%
  • U.S. = 105.18%
  • Greece = 235.15%
  • Spain = 246.93%
  • France = 292.58%
  • Britain = 504.72%
  • Ireland = 1278.8%

While the U.S. is indeed in big financial trouble, I suppose one could console oneself that we have a long way to go before becoming a Greece or (yikes!) Ireland.  But with the U.S. debt at only 105% of GDP that would be like you spending/borrowing $105 for every $100 you earned.  That does not sound like much, but if uncontrolled and not reversed it eventually adds up to bankruptcy.  Since Obama’s first inauguration, the national debt has soared 54%.  The interest alone on the national debt is currently $270 billion and if nothing significantly changes to stop this rising mushroom, the annual interest will top one trillion dollars by 2020 (just 8 years away).

In addition to the debt increase at all levels since April 19, the food stamp rolls have increased by 1.8% or by an estimated 848,845 participants to 47.7 million or 15.1% or the total U.S. population.  This is a further indication that the U.S. economy is still in deep trouble.  Interestingly, when you divide the government reported “official” unemployed of 12,169,641 + or – by the number of people in the U.S. workforce (143,565,709), you get an unemployment rate of 8.5%; not the reported 8.1% of October.  “Actual unemployment” (not reported by the government) is 15.75%.  If you take the “official” and “actual” numbers of unemployed and divide them by the number of U.S. taxpayers, the number of unemployed rises to 10.6% and 19.7%, respectively.

Another interesting observation is that the amount of savings per U.S. family dropped a dramatic 23.5% in these seven months, from $6056 to $4626.  However, this reduction in savings apparently was not used to substantially pay off personal debt, since personal debt only declined by 0.07%.  U.S. families were likely using their meager savings to help stay afloat.

Obama’s proposed tax increases on the wealthiest 1-2% is a pure smoke-screen to pacify his mindless minions who do not have a clue on how economics or the economy works.  It has been said that if Obama were to confiscate ALL of the wealth of the top 1-2% it would only keep the government solvent for 6 days.  Keep in mind that all the discussion here and elsewhere usually does not factor in the estimated trillions of unfunded dollars that Obamacare will add to government spending; the annual deficit and the national debt.

The Real Question

November 17, 2012

The real question is not, “Did President Obama, Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta and Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, lie about the Benghazi Islamic terrorist attack?”  By now, unless you have been living in a cave in outer Mongolia or are a blind, rabid Obama supporter who would not know the truth if it bit you in the behind (several times), the answer has to be an unequivacable and resounding, YES!

The real question is not, “Is President Obama the most corrupt, deceitful and dangerous president in modern times?”  The evidence has been mounting for the past four years and has been hidden from the American people by the mainstream media about his radical, anti-American past and present.

The real question is not, “Is Obama one of the most inept leaders on the planet and one of the most inept in American history?”  His clueless policies; inability to form or pass a budget in the four years he has been in office; his dangerous foreign policies that have put Americans at higher risk at home and abroad; his total lack of understanding of business and economics that are destroying jobs and the American workforce; his reckless and wanton spending beyond the county’s means and ability to avoid insolvency.

The REAL QUESTION IS: Will the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate have the unmitigated gall; the courage; the commitment to the American people; the undeniable patriotism and welfare of the country and its future in mind and bring Obama and his cohorts to justice through impeachment; criminal charges and treason?

THAT IS THE REAL QUESTION.

The Other Election Results Are In: Layoffs

November 10, 2012

The presidential election results are not even a week old and already the impact of the results are sending tremors across the field of business.  In the last four days at least 28 companies in the country have notified over 13,000 employees that their jobs will be terminated for various reasons, but all associated with President Obama’s incredibly poor economic policies or lack of policy.  Thousands of more layoffs are anticipated, particularly after January 1 when more Obamacare regulations take effect, taxes rise, energy prices rise and federal contractors face the impact of “sequestration” (mandatory federal program cuts).

As another election ploy and fraudulent move the Obama Whitehouse sent a memorandum on September 28 to federal contractors facing sequestration to ignore and not comply with the WARN Act (The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act.  This Act requires that all employers with 100 employees or more that anticipate layoffs of their workforce MUST give those to be laid off a 60 calendar day notice in advance of their layoff.  Federal, state and local government entities that provide a public service are exempt from such a notice.  Obama’s Department of Labor administers the WARN Act (but apparently not lawfully).

Not surprisingly, Obama did not want thousands of layoff notices going out just before the election.  Yet another abuse of power and the exercise of the dictator to come.

For those of you who get laid off and voted for Obama, who ya gonna call?  Bush?  This downturn will be completely President Obama’s.  No more Bush excuses.  Get used to it.  It’s the new economy under Obamanomics.

Lay-off Update.  Since the posting of this column just 24 hours ago, I have discovered that I was too modest in my assessment of post-election lay-offs.  More lay-offs are coming in at breakneck speed with thousands more losing their jobs with household name companies such as: Abbott Labs, St. Jude Medical, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Energizer, Westinghouse, Boeing, U.S. Cellular, Bristol-Myers, Darden Restaurants (owners of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants) and many more.

Four main reasons are being cited for the lay-offs: Obamacare expenses, oppressive government regulations, increased taxes and a slowing economy, all of which make it harder for companies to compete and make a profit.  Many companies, like Darden Restaurants, are looking at cutting employees back to part-time hours (28 hours/week in Darden’s case) to avoid having to pay for Obamacare or the hefty $3,000/employee fine for non-compliance.

Too bad there cannot be a re-call vote on a presidential election.  This is only 5 days after the election.  Can you imagine what it will be like a month from now?  Six months?  A year?  Four years from now?  God help us!

Lay-off Update 2.0.  Are we headed to 10+% unemployment?  The list keeps getting longer of companies laying off or firing workers or cutting full-time employees back to less than 30 hours/week.  Keep in mind, this does not include the hundreds (perhaps thousands) of small businesses that are cutting back or not hiring in 2013.

List update as of November 23:

  • Abbott Labs – 700 employees
  • AMD – 400
  • Ameridose – undisclosed hundreds
  • ATI – 172
  • Boeing – undisclosed
  • Boston Scientific – 1200-1400
  • Britol-Myers – 480
  • Career Education – 900; closing 23 campuses
  • Caterpillar (Owatonna, MN) – 100
  • Center for Hospice and Palliative Care (NY) – 40
  • Cigna (insurance) – 1300
  • Covidien – 595PH Medical Center – unknown
  • Darden Restaurants (Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster & Olive Garden) – cutting staff to part-time of 28 hours.
  • 40 Denny’s Restaurants in Florida, Georgia and Virginia reducing staff and cutting many full-time employes to less than 30 hours due to Obamacare.
  • Energizer – 1500
  • Exide Technologies – 150
  • First Energy – 400
  • Groupon – 600
  • Hawker Beechcraft – 410
  • Hil Rom – 200
  • Hostess Bakery, firing 18,500 workers and going out-of-business due to a prolonged union fight.
  • Husqvarna – 600
  • JANCOA Janitorial Services, cutting back many full-time employees to part-time.
  • Kinetic Concepts – 427
  • Kroger, cutting back FT employees to PT.
  • Las Vegas business (undisclosed) with 114 employees – 22
  • Lightyear Network Solutions – 17
  • Major Wind Co. – 3000
  • Medtronic – 500
  • Minnesota dairy plant – 130
  • Momentive, Inc. – 150
  • Murray Energy – 150
  • New Energy – 40
  • OCE North America – 135
  • Ohio air base – 115
  • Ohio’s largest insurance company – 50 underwriters
  • Pepsi – 4000
  • Providence Journal – 23
  • Research in Motion – 200
  • Rocketdyne – 100
  • Smith & Nephew – 770
  • St. Jude Medical – 300
  • Stanford (brake plant) – 75
  • Stryker (medical supply) cutting 1170 jobs due to Obamacare.
  • TE Connectivity – 620
  • Teco Coal – 90
  • Turbocare – 220
  • United Blood Services Gulf South – 10% of staff
  • Vestas Wind Systems – 3000
  • Welch Allyn (medical equipment mfger.) – 275
  • West Ridge Mine – 102
  • Westinghouse Aniston Weapons Incinerator – 50
  • Wilkes-Barre (PA government) – undisclosed

Please Note:  The lay-offs/firings above represent over 47,000 jobs lost.  This list does not include the thousands of workers that lost their jobs from Obama’s failed “green energy” start-ups that squandered billions of taxpayer dollars before going broke; nor does it include the thousands of full-time positions that will be cut back to under 30 hours/week.

 

Evil is Good

November 8, 2012

It’s official: evil is now good and good, evil.  How else can one explain the election debacle of November 6 that posed such a stark contrast between two men?  No, this downward slide did not start with President Obama, but it appears it may accelerate and end with him.

The words of the prophet Isaiah to ancient Israel no longer ring hollow as they bear all too much truth for the present decline of America into a socialist dictatorship.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!

 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!

Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, So their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.  (Isaiah 5:20-24)

Oh, I know the rabid Obama “give me more” supporters will hurl and cringe at any hint or suggestion that the “The One” has anything but societal benevolence in mind as they dutifully marched to the polls blinded by his charisma, deceit and habitual lies.  They would rather be dazzled by his brief photo-op among Sandy-stricken victims than his despicable treasonous behavior in the murder of four Americans in Benghazi.

There is, of course, historical and biblical precedent for what is now occurring in the United States.  Many centuries ago the Jews were not content with their God-chosen leadership and way of life and cried out for a king just like their heathen neighbors.  God allowed them to have what they desired and the people of Israel paid a dear price for their lack of wisdom and foresight.

Now America is about to experience the same.  Obama has made it abundantly clear since the first days of his first presidential campaign that he disdains America and wants to “fundamentally” change her into his own socialist/marxist image.

  • He rejects the fundamental laws and rights established by the greatest constitution in the history of the world that was inspired by God Himself.
  • He made it clear that he wants to redistribute wealth, not only within America but from America to others he deems worthy.
  • He wants to weaken America’s military so it is no longer a threat to anyone.
  • He wants to minimize America’s influence in the world.
  • He wants to cozy up to America’s enemies and become bosom buddies, trying to passify them with billions of taxpayer dollars.
  • He wants to subjugate America’s resources to others, further increasing America’s energy dependence, thus weakening its future, while subsidizing the energy production of other countries.
  • He rejects Israel, one of America’s most faithful allies, in favor of her enemies.
  • He wants to betray America by divulging our industrial and military secrets to the world.
  • He wants to further plunge America into depravity through homosexual rights and marriages, thus demeaning God’s intent for male and female relationships.
  • He wants to kill the unwanted unborn and newly born and encourage the aged to die prematurely.
  • He wants to divide America, the former melting pot of ethnicity for the world, into racial, economic and religious camps to be subjugated as he sees fit.
  • He wants to bankrupt America, to bring it to its knees, so he can re-shape it into his own vision of a new and better America under total control of a marxist regime.
  • He wants to destroy America’s business under mountains of federal regulations and oppressive tax code.  Remember?  You do remember when he said not long ago that the free enterprise system does not work, never has worked.  Really?
  • Under the guise of “affordable” health care for all he will succeed in destroying the most advanced health care system in the world, where even rulers of nations (friend and foe) come for their health care.  He wants to socialize it so it is more like the archaic European, Canadian and Third World countries poor health care systems.

We have been warned over and over again by Obama’s own words and actions.  If this is not evil personified, I do not know what is.  But this is what, supposedly, the majority of “new” Americans want.  However, they vote out of pure ignorance of history and reality; like sheep being led to the slaughter.  They can only think of themselves and what Obama and team can give them now and have no vision of the future impact on their family and country.  They are short-sighted, blinded to the truth by the glimmer of false promises which will ultimately bring about their demise.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.  (Romans 1:18-32)

America has no excuse for its predicament and darkened future.  It was founded on biblical principles and godly vision.  Yes, it still gave way to many sins of oppression and other ungodly acts, but it still had the foundational beliefs to repent, led by a God-centered church.  However, today, even much of the church and its members have fallen into depravity and worldly ways so that it no longer stands out as a light in darkness; as a city of God on a mountain in the midst of heathenism.

There is no hope without repentance and returning to God and His sovereign principles for life and prosperity.

America’s Financial Armageddon

April 19, 2012

I am but a small voice in a vast wilderness of political opinion.  Although there are many far more eloquent and informed than myself who have been blowing the trumpet of warning for years, the trumpet blast continues to fall upon the deaf ears of politicians and U.S. citizens.  Truthfully, I wish there was some encouraging news I could write about when it comes to the secular world in which we live.  However, the truth is not very pleasant; not many really want to hear it or do anything about it.  But the great United States of America is rapidly advancing toward a financial Armageddon; one that the vast majority of Americans are woefully unaware and unprepared for and thus will suffer great personal consequences. (more…)

A Prayer for Revolution

February 9, 2012

A Prayer for Revolution

James F. Gauss

January 27, 2012

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Heavenly Father, in the name of Your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of all who will accept His sacrificial work on the Cross of Calvary, I fervently pray that you send a spiritual revolution upon America.

I pray that You raise up this year bold and godly men and women of righteousness in Your Church across America that will lead Your people in a heart-wrenching repentance; a repentance for:

  • Remaining silent and unmoved by the murder of millions of innocent children through grisly abortion;
  • Remaining silent when prayer was taken out of our schools;
  • Remaining silent when the practice of homosexuality and other perversions were sweeping the land;
  • Remaining silent as corruption and injustice were running rampant throughout the country;
  • Remaining silent as church leaders perverted Your Gospel;
  • Remaining silent as politicians led America into bankruptcy, stealing the financial future away from current and future citizens;
  • Remaining silent while You were banned from the halls of government, education, our places of work and our communities;
  • Remaining silent as the country’s defenses and military are gutted and weakened;
  • Remaining silent as subversive forces are allowed to infiltrate the land under the guise of freedom of speech and multi-culturalism;
  • Remaining silent as anti-American politicians and other leaders pass laws or make judgments that subvert the sovereignty and freedom of the land.

Father, may You raise up godly men and women in the tradition of those bold men and women who spoke out against oppression and tyranny during the Revolution that spurred the founding of this great country, the United States of America, and may the spirit of repentance flood the land with seeds of revival like never before.

So, that You, Father, will be lifted up as the One and only Sovereign Lord of America.

So, that You, Father, will be our One and only Trusted and Faithful Leader.

A revival, Father, that will return the heart of America’s people to You; to a foundation of faith in Your saving grace and redemption.

A revival, Father, that will return America back to the foundations of God-inspired truth, justice and personal freedom so that we may once again be a “light” on a hill; “salt” on the earth.

A revival Father that will bring godly wisdom and knowledge to our thinking, understanding, decision-making and voting decisions.

Thank You Father for so richly blessing America in the past; for revealing Yourself to those who set the godly and just foundations of this country so many years ago.

Thank You for Your mercy and grace.

Are You Prepared?

March 5, 2011

Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its February, 2011 unemployment estimate of 8.9%, down slightly from January’s 9.0%.  It was, of course, trumpeted by the Obama administration and in-the-fold economists as positive proof the economy is on the mend.  But is it?  Are we being told the truth?  It appears we are not, on a number of issues. (more…)

American Suicide

May 3, 2010

American Suicide

James F. Gauss

©2006

 

It’s hard to know where it all began,

The demoralization of this land.

Was it the statesmen elected to serve?

Or was it the preachers who lost their nerve?

Was it the people who were so blindly led?

Or was it the educators in what they said?

Was it the judiciary so liberalized?

Or was it justice that closed its eyes?

Whomever the source, whatever their reason,

For American survival it’s open season.

It’s hard to know when it all began,

Was it when prayer left our land?

Was it when we got tired of one more kid,

And murdered the innocent like Hitler did?

Or was it when the church winked at sin,

And invited the unrepentant sinner in?

Was it when the judges struck God from the land?

Or was it when Congress gave them the upper hand?

Was it when educators taught our kids wrong is right?

Or was it when parents let their children out of sight?

It’s hard to know at whom the finger is pointed,

With the land so fractured and disjointed.

Is it the Congressman who gives our money away?

Or the greedy businessman that sends our jobs to Taipei?

Is it the teacher who gets our youth way off base?

Or the preacher who becomes a moral disgrace?

Is it the judge who lets a criminal slip on by?

Or the banker who charges interest too high?

Is it the American who buys nothing but Chinese,

Then wonders why his job goes blowing in the breeze?

Whenever it was; whoever is to blame,

The end result will still be the same.

A country with no morals, no firm place to stand,

Its face turned from God, will no longer be grand.

America for sure is headed on a suicidal bent,

It has forgotten what civility and justice meant.

There’s no way off a slope this slippery,

Unless, of course, we come to agree,

Our only way out is repentance, you see.

A genuine reversal to set us free,

To be the country God meant us to be.

Times, They Are Not A Changing

March 3, 2010

(On April 4, 1992 our local paper published a column I wrote about the state of the United States economy.  I forgot about it until, digging through some old files, I found a copy, which I reproduce below with a few annotations.  Not surprisingly, 18 years later, the U.S. is not only in a better place but a much more dire position than I might have predicted.)

“The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, and the public debt should be reduced.  The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled.  And the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest we become bankrupt.”

Is this the quote from one of our noble politicians, a leading statesman?  One who will lead this country out of economic crisis?  No!  This is a quote from Cicero in 63 B.C., over 2,000 years ago.  [Note:  While Cicero has been given credit for the first part of the quote, the source of the entire quote is unknown.] 

What is the old adage?  “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Is America teetering on the edge of economic disaster? [In 2010, now more than ever.]  At a time when government and personal spending and debt is spiraling out of control, we get the same old sugar-coated pill from politicians – “everything’s OK, spend, spend, spend; nothing to worry about.”

However, there are some economists and knowledgeable people [many more now than 18 years ago] with foresight that are very concerned about the path our polticians and others are taking us down.  You only need a grade school education in math to figure out that no one, not even the great United States, can keep spending what it does not have and keep mortgaging the future of hardworking Americans, their retirement and the financial welfare of their children and grandchildren [and many generations to follow].

America and Americans have become slaves to debt and high living.  And we are about to pay the piper for our excesses.  Our national debt is nearing $4 trillion, with some estimates putting it at $20 trillion by the year 2000  With no decisive or strong commitment from the majority of our elected officials to cut spending and reduce debt, that estimate may be conservative [the officially reported national debt as of March 3, 2010 is $12.5 trillion or $40,668 for every American.  However, when entitlement obligations are added in, the debt soars to around $56 trillion.]

If this estimate is close to being accurate (and it assumes no major financial calamities, like an S & L bailout [How about a financial meltdown and hundreds of billions in bailouts to banks and other financial institutions?], then Americans would have to pay taxes exceeding 100 percent of their income in the year 2000 just to pay the interest on this debt.  [Of course this is not happening and the debt is soaring into hyperspace].  Clearly a disaster waiting to happen [and many believe is imminent].

The government that our forefathers so thoughtfully and prayerfully founded on Christian principles as a government “of the people, by the people, for the people,” is enslaving its people to debt and irresponsible management and stewardship of the constitutional trust.

It is time to clean house and elect “statesman,” not politicians, who will be morally and financially responsible.  We must insist that Congress comply with the Gramm-Rudman law of 1985 (which they never have) and maintain a balanced budget and cut expenses – NOW.

It should be against the law for the federal government to use Social Security revenues to balance the budget and, therefore, use the funds anywhere it sees fit.  Under the current accounting system, it is operating a legalized theft ring, stealing from the financial pot of millions of future [and current] retirees.  This must stop and the system be severely revamped. . . .