Monday, November 3, 2008

Democracy or Oligarchy?

Here, one day before perhaps the most important presidential election in the history of this nation, I am painfully aware that this article, if it were to have any impact at all, will be far too little far too late. Unfortunately as well, in terms of the demographics of the readership of this blog, it likely will only amount to “preaching to the choir.” Moreover, I hold no illusions that its message will turn the mind of anyone regarding their vote tomorrow. Despite all this, I am somehow pressed with a patriotic and spiritual duty to write and publish it any way.

Only a year ago, I must confess at the outset, I had basically resigned myself to the premise that in the 2008 election America was going to get what it deserved politically. Considering the precipitous moral and spiritual decline of this nation, and the dizzying speed with which it is taking place, it is easy to arrive at such a conclusion, not from a pessimistic but realistic prospective. Yet, when I mentally scan all that I know regarding the scenario before us, the only thing that gives me a modicum of hope is the Apostle Peter’s resonating descriptor of God the Father, that He is “the God of all grace” (1 Pet. 5:10). As we know, the Gospel of Christ is all about, through and through, the Amazing Grace of God extended to humanity instead of the judgment we so rightly deserve.

So it is indeed a hard call, difficult to prognosticate, what will be the outcome of this pivotal election. Will America get what it deserves, or will God once again extend His grace? Frankly, I absolutely don’t know. Probably, few, if any, do know with even relative certainty. Though, we will ALL know our fate and future as far as things in the natural realm go within the next 48 hours.

Lest new readers misunderstand my tenor and thesis, I refer you to my previous post, God’s Plan For the Economic Collapse of 2008. I indicated there my belief that believers understand that we cast our vote not for a mortal human nor for a human ideology, but for a Superhuman and Sovereign God and Savior. The natural realm of this world is not the believer’s source for anything we need in this life. God is our source. And though we are IN the world, we are by no means OF the world. Our life on this planet is not limited to or by the world’s system, rather we live by another system called the Kingdom of God. For us, our daily prayer, according to the model prayer Jesus commended to us, is that God’s will be done ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. That prayer will not always produce a manifestation of God’s will on earth in all the affairs of men, nor does Holy Writ give us a hope that it will. But, for the believer, there is a hope, and even a confidence and expectation, that God will indeed bring forth a manifestation of His will in the affairs of true believers.

The result is that while on one hand, we at times may be tempted to despair, yet on the other hand we despair not, knowing that God the Father is still on the Throne, and the mighty Conquering Christ still reigns supreme, who instructed us:

“These things I have spoken unto you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33)

I know and wholeheartedly believe all these things I just enumerated, yet I, like many other American believers, nevertheless find it difficult to shake off the troubling and unsettling sentiment that the systematic dismantling of our democratic system and republic engenders within our patriotic souls. Heaven is our ultimate “Home,” of course, but America is our earthly national home. Many of us have served our country in some capacity, whether military, Peace Corp, civil organizations, political involvements or office, or some other way, which we did because of our deep-seated allegiance to our nation. We still get chills every time we hear the National Anthem, can barely resist the emotional reflex to salute the flag when its over, and tear up as we proudly recite the Pledge of Allegiance. When fellow Floridian Lee Greenwood sings, “I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free,” he is not singing a solo, but is only one voice in a choir of millions who sing every word right along with him; maybe a little staccato and maybe a little off pitch, but sublimely melodious nonetheless. So, yes, it has been more than a little disconcerting for the vast majority of “boomers,” I suspect, over more than half a century now, to witness the gradual erosion of the foundations upon which this great republic was founded. The “unalienable rights” to which the founding fathers ascribed so profoundly and eloquently in one of our nation’s most sacred documents, The Declaration of Independence, are being systematically supplanted by the plenary activism of a decided elite minority who with their relentless and resounding hue and cry for the establishment of secular humanism have successfully convinced a majority of Americans that they represent the majority and that the majority of Americans subscribe to and support their anti-American, anti-God agenda. And, that, my friend, is more than a little troubling. It causes a righteous indignation to rise up within many patriotic Americans who are proud to be Americans, proud of this nation and what it stands for, and grateful to God we were born such.

The stark fact is that since, ironically, the “Great War”—WWII—America has slowly moved from being a democratic republic to being an outright oligarchy (rule by a few) in every sense that oligarchies were extant in past eras and previous societies. The oligarchy that has hijacked our nation is comprised of a relatively small (at the most, 15%) enclave that has surreptitiously infiltrated and systematically seized control of the segments of our society where true power rests: the legislative and judiciary branches of the federal government, commerce, financial institutions, the media, the educational system, and the religious sector.

The epicenter of the nemesis to democracy today is the third branch of government, the judiciary, its command center being the Supreme Court. It is from these nine men and women that “clear and present danger” for America’s future emanates. This tiny cadre of jurists has become the nerve center of the oligarchy, the apex of the pyramid, the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the prosecution of the secular absolutism war. Yet, it was the intent of the Founding Fathers that this branch of government be the weakest and most passive. It was never their intent that the purview of these nine jurists include sitting in judgment on the actions of the legislative and executive branches and have the negating power of “interpretation” of duly enacted civil laws that the Court has ascribed to itself. The genius of the framers of the Constitution was nowhere more evident than in the separation of powers instituted in the democratic republic they designed, which was intended to negate and nullify the power by any one branch to dictate. An ingenious system of “checks and balances”—that is, when it is not spuriously circumvented. Nowhere in that Constitution did the framers articulate anything close to the doctrine of judicial supremacy upon which the judicial domination that presently prevails over America is predicated. Jefferson himself thoroughly rejected the concept, and expressly repudiated and warned against it in a letter he penned to William Jarvis in 1820:

“[t]o consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine, indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy…. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves.” (Emphasis added)

“A very dangerous doctrine, indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy”—such is precisely what has transpired 188 years since the primary author of the Constitution wrote those eerily prescient warnings. The Supreme Court has become a despotic oligarchy ruling over a larger oligarchy (judges of the lower courts system) which presides over an even larger oligarchy (the left wing liberals), subverting the elective branches of government and the will of the American people. In his book, Real Change, Newt Gingrich deftly articulated the essence of the impending quagmire:

It is hard to overstate the danger of tyranny from elitist judges who believe they have the right and the power to dictate to the American people what we will do and how we will do it.
Real change in American life will occur when the American people come to understand that we do not have to sit passively by while the federal judiciary redefines American history and takes away the people’s power to decide their future. The nature of judges and the power they have should be the most important single domestic issue of the 2008 campaign. It is that central to the future of America.

This issue alone—the appointment of Supreme Court justices to replace retired and retiring justices who are waiting to announce their retirement until after the election—is perhaps the most critical element making this election and its outcome so vital to the collective future of Americans. It is crucial that Americans vote not for a personality or persona but for a president that will appoint judges that are most likely to eschew judicial activism and the ludicrous notion that somehow the Constitution is a “living” document that must be interpreted according to the prevailing mores and ideologies of each succeeding generation. The Laws God transacted through Moses were literally, not figuratively, “written in stone.” The Founding Fathers considered the civil laws of our land to be an extension of those Laws of God. So it is preposterous to think that the Constitution is to be interpreted in accordance with changing mores. Thus, in my view, of all the reasons for believers and traditionalist Americans to go out to vote tomorrow, the matter of bringing a halt to judicial dominance in this country is at the top.

Nuances could be debated, but essentially that is the current state of affairs. Indeed, there was a time, not so long ago, when elections in this nation were mostly about nuances among men of good will regarding political expediencies and methodologies relative to shared goals and intents—the preservation and protection of our commonwealth. Such is far from the case today. Such is also the reason behind the extreme vitriol that has now pervaded the political system and process. No longer is the national debate about disparate opinions concerning how to reach the same destinations, but rather it is about the foundational ideologies that dictate the destinations. The fact of the matter is: the 2008 election is about a New Age hybrid of socialism, founded upon an anti-God, secular humanism ideology, against democracy “under God,” founded in the laws and principles of the Kingdom of God.

The world we live in today is a far different world as post-WWII, when our nation was the lead nation in putting down attempted world conquest by a crazed megalomaniac (Nazism) and an imperialist society (imperialism), as well as global proliferation of socialism, fascism, and communism. Have we, as a nation, so quickly forgotten the precious victories that were won in that momentous struggle to defeat world aggression predicated on ideologies wholly antithetical to those of this nation and the high cost that was paid by “The Greatest Generation” to secure them?

Have we so soon forgotten the great cost that was paid within our own nation 150 years ago to preserve the union when the ideals of its founders—namely the truth they held to be “self-evident,” “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”—were challenged by a renegade judicial system that overstepped its purview of authority, overruled the two elected branches and thus the will of the American people, and arbitrarily and without legal precedent ruled with its findings to uphold and extend slavery (Dred v. Scott, 1857). The horrendous result of that blatant abuse of authority by a few maverick judges was a Civil War in which 620,000 Americans lost their lives.

Need we be reminded of the oft-quoted aphorism that those who cannot or do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it?

The now infamous ode attributed to the German anti-Nazi activist Pastor Martin Niemöller lamenting the German people’s unforgivable inactivity and passivity as they stood by watching the Nazi systematic rise to power under Adolph Hitler should serve as a lasting warning to all civilizations:

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me —
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

Well, all Americans who believe in and hold dear the traditional principles and beliefs upon which this country was founded and has made it the most blessed nation of God ever, need to give heed: Next, they are coming for YOU!

The signers of the our Declaration of Independence, who with their signatures of assent knowingly committed their fortunes and futures to the founding formulation of this the greatest of all nations, eloquently articulated the premises under which separation from tyranny by a people who believed themselves to be inherently free and the resultant establishment of a new and independent form of governance becomes necessary:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

It was from their deeply held beliefs in the freedom that Christ purchased for all men that the framers drew their ideology concerning governance. They believed to their very core that “whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” Indeed, the Gospel of Christ is all about freedom. Thus, so also was the founding of this country all about freedom. Freedom—first and foremost—to worship God according to one’s creed and conscience, rather than according to the dictums and definitions dictated by the State. The agenda of the secular humanists forming this oligarchy is to “define” God and His place in American life.

Though the term is nowhere evoked in the document itself, a genuinely democratic republic was born out of the auspices of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. Indeed, the Founding Fathers with this document and in the formulation of the Constitution envisioned a nation whose government “deriving [its] just powers from the consent of the governed”—a system of governance truly “of the people, for the people, and by the people.” Intrinsically such language connotes the majority of the people. Yet, what we now have holding the reigns of control over our beloved nation is rule by an elite minority, and the democracy intended by the Founding Fathers has been supplanted by an oligarchy.

Much to my chagrin, when in a prophetic seminar in 1989, under the inspiration of the Spirit, I prophesied concerning the “fall of democracy” in America (which I have recorded on tape), I didn’t really understand, as I do now, nearly 20 years later, what the prophetic prognostication really meant. What is clear now though is the effect that the political activism of this minority of secular humanists has had over the preceding 20 years in securing the stranglehold it has over the control centers of the country. The effect is that democracy is indeed in danger of falling against the onslaught of a well-positioned and well-funded oligarchy.

Though there is so much more I could and wish I had the time to write about all this, the lateness of the hour before the election tomorrow simply will not allow it. The upshot of what I feel compelled to write is my personal conviction, which I believe was not generated through mere scrutiny of the candidates and their political philosophies and pledges, but from the Spirit within, and therefore is not an advocating for a particular candidate. My personal conviction is that tomorrow Americans will not be voting so much for a man, a race, a gender, or a political party, but for ideals and an ideology. Ironically, a vote for the Democratic candidate will be a vote for the continuation and establishment of an oligarchy—rule by an elite few, whose ideals and ideology is predicated on secular humanism and socialism. A vote for the Republican candidate is a vote for the retaining and sustaining of democracy and traditional American values founded upon God’s Word. Of course, there are numerous issues involved, but the overriding issue I believe is democracy or oligarchy.

What I sense in the Spirit is that there is some similarity between this election and another “election” when the Israelites clamored for a king to be there judge “like all the (other) nations” when Samuel the Prophet, who had been God’s surrogate judge and ruler to the nation, had grown old and would soon die. The people’s insistence on a human king instead of a theocracy in which God was the ultimate ruler greatly displeased Samuel. But, he prayed. Surprisingly, God told Samuel:

“Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being King over them. Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.”

So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who had asked of him a king. He said, “This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots. He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

Now after Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the Lord’s hearing. The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to their voice and appoint them a king.” So Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.” (1 Samuel 8:7-22)

This description by God sounds to me astonishingly like socialism, wherein the citizenry surrender their sovereignty and liberty and even their personal possessions unto the government and thereby become the property and chattel of the kingdom or State in return for the protections and provisions the kingdom provides.

In short, tomorrow Americans will be casting their vote not for a man, but for either democracy under God and the freedoms it engenders or oligarchy under a godless government that intends to own its constituency.

My prayer, and I pray the prayer of all believers and all Americans, is that God’s will prevails tomorrow, and that God continues to extend Amazing Grace to America. Amen and God Bless America!

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do!" -- Everett Hale
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