It’s a Matter of Perspective
We as a nation are rapidly moving in the direction of
irrelevancy and irreverency. We aren’t needed and in all honesty
we have become a liability.
Has the United States become a liability
How could this be?
Let’s start with irrelevance.
Oil consumption in the United States is at 20.7 million barrels
per day, most people do not realize that a barrel of oil equals 42
gallons. This would convert our 20.7 million barrels per day usage to
869,400,000 gallons, or almost 3 gallons per man woman and child in the
USA every day.
China our nearest competitor in total consumption uses 6.4
million barrels per day, which converts to 268,800,000 gallon or
approximately .2067 gallon (less then a quart) per man woman and child.
Water usage is over 10 gallon per day per person in the USA nobody else is even close. The
world is not able to support consumption at the rate we, in the United
States blow through resources.
We as a nation are over $8.88 trillion in debt and rising (April 2007); with no visible plan back toward solvency.(USA TODAY Oct. 4, 2004) This does not include the nations hidden debt which exceeds $60 trillion which comes due starting in 2008.
We are financially no better off then most third world
countries. More then one third of our national debt is owned by China
and Japan. Last year they received over 100 billion dollars from the
American taxpayer on the interest that was paid out because of the
national debt. They have been buying U.S. Treasury bonds with the money
that we have been using to buy stuff manufactured overseas.
Please do not suffer any illusions; be it the design and or
manufacturing of ships, jets, cars, computers, televisions, clothes or
toys there are no jobs that are being done in the USA that cannot be
done just as well and less expensive elsewhere, up to and including
being a CEO of a major corporation.
Our government has allowed the exportation of “blue
collar” jobs, now being followed by “white collar”
and “tech” jobs in order for corporations to improve their
bottom line with no regard to the workers or the financial hit in taxes
that the government itself is taking.
Unfortunately we as a nation are also guilty of exploitation of
third world governments and workers with the loans that have been given
out through the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Loans that
impoverished nations can’t get out of because they are always
paying interest (usury) on the money loaned instead of principal. (Kind
of like Americans with our credit cards and national debt.)
We Americans allowed rules to be forced on others (because of
those loans) that we would never have considered tolerating ourselves
in the past. Sadly our leaders have put us in the precarious financial
position where foreign governments and banking institutions that have
been bailing us out will soon be able to dictate policy to us, just as
we do to other impoverished countries.
Thereby rendering us irrelevant.
Ok, but what about irreverent?
Righteousness, justice and respect are dying in this country.
It is hard to have respect for our legislative bodies or the criminal
injustice system when laws are not applied equally on all segments of
society. Tragically Congress has written laws in such a convoluted manner that justice has become a joke.
Here in the United States we have over 30,000,000 laws, rules,
statutes and ordnances. A large number of them were written as special
interest legislation; paid for by lobbyists with campaign contributions
and nice paying jobs upon leaving office.
A large amount of special interest legislation looks like
bribery, often done in secret with the intent of perverting justice.
It reminds me of the stories about the leaders of old, who used
to make laws for the masses but made loopholes for themselves and their
“buddies”. "And you experts in the law, woe to you,
because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and
you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! …”
When all laws are not enforced equally, justice is dead.
In the Old Testament section of the Bible are all the rules
necessary to provide for all the issues in the world stated in less
then 10 pages if we would just apply them.
A major problem with using only 10 pages of law is the
difficulty in building bureaucracies to maintain power and control, but
it gets worse.
Jesus took those 10 pages and summarized them to less then 50
words which will still require a lifetime of effort: “Love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all
your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the
second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Treat people like YOU want to be treated.
We as a nation have been standing in a glass house throwing rocks for so long, there is barely any glass left.
MTV’s portrayals are exported around the world, some of it is ugly.
Changing laws to benefit a choice few (Special Interest Legislation) is wrong.
Exporting jobs to maximize profits is wrong.
Spending billions of dollars a month on interest for our national debt is wrong.
Not applying all laws equally on all people is an injustice and also wrong.
It is to bad
“the well” has been polluted, because now we get to live
with the consequences of our actions.
Education and personal responsibility are the keys to repairing the damage, not unfunded feel good legislative mandates.
As a Christian nation we have became irreverent and a liability
when we became like the Sadducees, Pharisees and Sanhedrin; when we
became hypocrites, forcing our “morality” (we export the
garbage called MTV) and “our laws” on others instead of
teaching as Jesus did. And just as God was not pleased with the Jewish
people after Christ’s crucifixion, it would be difficult to
imagine him putting up with Christian’s too much longer
because of our hypocrisy.