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Nov082018

Ideologies Revisited

Okay the mid-term elections are in and for some it was disappointing. For others it means that they will continue to badger the President to get him either impeached or to make a decision that he will not want to run in 2020. I have stated in other public forums that I am neither Democrat nor Republican; I hate the politics of the Democratic Party, and don’t trust the politics of the Republican Party. It is true that I can support the Republican platform in general because they seem to have a better alignment in my opinion with godly values. (No to abortion, support of Israel, support of strong borders, and they love the Constitution.)

However the Republicans don’t know who they are and it is consistent in their inability to get things done. One issue explains it all: Healthcare.  They ran in 2016 with the idea they were going to repeal Obamacare and when they got into office they revised it, but didn’t replace it with something better. They grumbled about healthcare under President Obama for years, but never developed a plan. Once again, the slogan of the Republican Party is simple: “The Party that can’t get anything done.”  

They have more fights among themselves than they do with anyone else, and when push comes to shove, they just do not follow through. Trump, on the other hand, is a man who has fulfilled many of his campaign promises. The Republican-controlled Congress should have taken advantage these past two years to pass even more legislation, especially on Healthcare. Now that they lost the House, it will become a two-year mud bath of trying to get this president out of office. 

So if the ideology of the Democratic Party is about fundamentally changing America, the Republican Party has the ideology of pragmatism. The perceptions of our parties are simple: the Democrats are about the needs of the people, and the Republicans are about the structure and maintenance of the status quo. The Democrats are about change and the Republicans are about the maintenance of values and law. 

The Democrats tell their story fairly well and it seems as if their long-term strategy is working - to use education, media, and entertainment to push their propaganda of a new America. The Republicans meanwhile are telling their story using a factual approach in an emotional world. 

Take the invading migrant caravan issue:

1. Democrat’s story:  Poor people suffering under intolerable conditions seeking asylum. 

2. Republican’s story: We are a sovereign nation and this is an invasion of thugs. We are protecting our country. They are welcome, but enter legally.

In an emotional era of human development, which do you think will resonant with voters? 

I have said it before; Republicans are inept when it comes to messaging. This past election Democrats played the “what’s in it for you” card and focused on healthcare. The Republicans focused on “immigration” which proved to be a less pressing issue for Americans. Both of these issues are important, but healthcare is an everyday event in the lives of the American people, immigration can be tolerated until it is fixed. 

Ideology is important, and conservatives have lost the battle with young people because they don’t know how to reach them with the emotional capital that has been their motivation since childhood. 

Let me say one more thing about the ideology of the American people.

This will make you mad, and that is my intent. So get ready to blow a gasket. 

We are a generous people we are innovative, and determined. We have a sense of individualistic ambition that wants desperately to succeed. 

We have been told that science and education are the gods of the modern world, and tolerance of everyone and anything is a noble quality. 

To me all of that may sound great, but in the end it is just plain stupid. 

We have become a nation of people who have traded her churches for the American dream, and we have compromised our values to maintain a lifestyle of dreams and ambition. We have become like ancient Israel whose prophet Jeremiah accused them of two great evils. These evils are now American-made evils, and our present day ideology feed them. 

"For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me--the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!”     -Jeremiah 2:13

If we keep moving in the ideologies I have mentioned in my last two blogs, we are doomed as a nation and as a culture. Without changing our ways and returning to the God of the Bible, no amount of political capital will save us. You may not want to hear this, nor feel I have the Spirit of God in saying it, but only time will tell. My goal is a sincere desire that you consider what Jesus said as my last argument for what I have written is true:

Our world is headed toward destruction and we are absolutely unaware.

Destruction:

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”                -Matthew 24:21-22

 

Unaware:

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”     

                                                                                                             -Matthew 24:37-39

 Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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