Just this morning, I saw a headline on the Fox News website where Herman Cain is now calling for a third party. I love you, Herman Cain, and certainly appreciated all that you did during the Republican primaries, but haven't we "been there...done that" already here in America? Just go through the list of additional parties (Rosanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan??? Ugh!!) on the ballot who receive NO attention and NO media coverage [thank God regarding the previously mentioned radical duo] and we will see how well that would work out. Recall how long it took for a viable third party candidate (Ross Perot) to actually get into the debates? And, poor Ralph Nadar ran for decades on the ballot, never coming to fruition as a viable candidate.
So...what is the answer? I have a lot of information to share in another blog post regarding all of the curious voting shenanigans that have occurred not only this year, but even dating back to George H.W. Bush. I have often had the sneaking suspicion that that the election and re-election of Ronal Reagan was the last true-the-vote kind of election. But I will save that for another day.
Today, I received several emails from conservative writers who shared their thoughts after this election. The first one I read was from Common Sense Citizens Blog. The essay was well written, great points, and contained important information to consider. I took special notice of this portion:
As I had said on this blog during the Republican primaries, Mitt Romney was not my first choice. I thought that Rick Santorum would have been a better candidate. I loved Michelle Bachmann, but she would have (and was...actually!!) been treated so mockingly and terribly - just like Sarah Palin was - so the writing on the wall told us that her candidacy would have been absolutely destroyed by the media of mass deception. I recall that both my son and I lamented that Mike Huckabee wasn't running again. He and I both voted for him back in the 2008 election primary.
Whatever the re-election of Obama may have represented, it most certainly did not represent, as some have suggested, some sort of rejection of core American principles or some popular embrace of socialism.
In 2008, Barack Obama convinced 69 million Americans to buy in to his vague but unquestionably left-wing view of how America should be. In 2012, after four years of experience with Obama's "transformation project," only 60 million--nine million fewer, less than one in five Americans--signed on for continuing the project. Not much of a mandate, there.
Obama's reelection clearly didn't represent an endorsement of Obama's policies. Quite the contrary. The public opinion polls are abundantly clear that Obama's policies are extremely unpopular. Given an inspiring, pro-America alternative to the Obama vision, the American people would very likely have rallied behind such a vision.
Unfortunately, there was no such vision on the ballot this year.
What we had instead was a vague "me too" message that "we can do better." Not different, necessarily, just vaguely "better." This ambiguous, milquetoast moderate, pale pastel message has been tried on the American people time and time again--and it has FAILED every time.
Let us review...
In 1976, the Republicans nominated a midwestern moderate (Ford)...and LOST.In 1980, 1984, 2000 and 2004, the Republicans ran candidates selling a conservative message...and WON every time.
In 1992, the Republicans nominated a northeastern moderate (Bush I)...and LOST.
In 1996, the Republicans nominated a midwestern moderate (Dole)...and LOST.
In 2008, the Republicans nominated a western moderate (McCain)...and LOST.
Back to this election.
The bottom line is that we can STILL take back America! It is just going to take longer to do so.
The author at Common Sense Citizens blog wrote:
I like what the author wrote about "the core principles of America" not having a bad day. And, he wrote:
There need be no mistake as to what happened yesterday. The election yesterday may have been a referendum on Mitt Romney, and it certainly may have been a referendum on the current state of the Republican Party, but it was not a referendum on America as we know it. It was certainly not a referendum on core American principles, including but not limited to fiscal responsibility, limited government, personal responsibility, the rule of law or national sovereignty. Mitt Romney and the Republican establishment may have had a bad day on Tuesday, but the core principles of America didn't.
Viewed objectively, what happened yesterday is that a liberal incumbent from Chicago narrowly beat a liberal challenger from Massachusetts.
While we certainly won't be happy with four more years of the mid western liberal from Chicago, there's little reason to believe that we would've been particularly thrilled with the northeastern liberal from Massachusetts, either.
No matter who won on Tuesday, those of us who believe in our core American principles would've had a whole bunch of work to do. That work is still there to be done, and time's a-wastin'.Another email that I received was from Citizenlink: Analyst Sheds Light on Election, Future.
Yes, indeed! We are "not to grow weary in doing good." We can celebrate the pro-family victories listed above, and continue to pray and work for more of such victories - especially for the sakes of our children and grandchildren.
“We are in a struggle, and there are very deeply divided ideological and moral camps in this nation, but that does not mean that there is not still opportunity,” she said. “Millions of Americans stand with us in our concern for the moral future of this great land. That should give us hope to look forward to the opportunities that really are before us.”
There were a few pro-family victories to celebrate: Montana voters approved a parental-consent law by a two-to-one margin, requiring abortionists to notify the parents or guardians of girl under 16 at least 48 hours before she is scheduled to have an abortion. In Massachusetts, voters rejected a measure seeking to legalize physician-assisted suicide.
And on the federal level, Republicans maintained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, with 232 seats to the Democrats’ 191 seats.
“A majority conservative retention of the House of Representatives will offer somewhat of a firewall to protect life, marriage and religious freedom,” Earll said. But “other factors such as the Democratic-controlled Senate and the president’s use of executive orders will be harder to limit, even by a strong House.”
The level of engagement by pro-life, pro-family activists in this election was unprecedented, Earll said. “We just want to encourage them to not grow weary in doing good. There are still going to be many good opportunities before us, and the final chapter is not written.”
That includes the upcoming mid-term elections in 2014.
“It’s important for people to realize that the political process, the process of governing doesn’t stop,” Earll said. “We must be engaged at some level all the time because of the rights that we have in this nation. Anytime that we take a break, that we fall back, others are not going to fall back. We do need to stay engaged.”
The third email I would like to share was from Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Council. Here is the email in its entirety:
Mathew Staver, Founder and ChairmanLiberty Counsel
I have included a link which enables readers to help support the efforts of the Liberty Counsel family of ministries.“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” President Ronald Reagan
The event we have just witnessed was far more than a general election – it was a referendum on the soul of America. Every patriotic, pro-moral American has reason to be deeply concerned and saddened by the outcome. Those of us who intensely prayed and worked for a different result are entitled to a time of grief for our beloved nation and what we have become.
I tremble for our country because I fear the blessings of God that made America great are being withdrawn. For the first time in our history, a plurality of Americans voted for a party platform that intentionally omitted God and advanced many positions that the Bible specifically condemns. Some Christian observers called the Democratic Party platform for 2012 a “Romans Chapter 1 Platform,” and they were right.
But positive change can still take place! There is still hope for our nation! In some important ways, we are better positioned for a return to national sanity than before the 2012 election took place. Please see my very important message below – Mat.Christine,
Today we grieve for our country.
We grieve today like we have lost a friend or a close relative. The America we knew has changed because the values of many Americans have changed. Millions of Americans looked evil in the eye and adopted it. Abortion, same-sex marriage, and immorality carried the day.
The great values on which America was founded were set aside because of selfishness unbalanced by biblical truth and commitment to Jesus Christ.
Race and ethnicity overrode values. The America we love is sick and in need of renewal and healing. Under these circumstances, Christine, it is okay to grieve.
But, after we have grieved, we must press forward. God calls us to be faithful no matter the consequences.
We might be a Bonhoeffer in Nazi Germany who never lived to see the fruit of his faithful labor. We might be a Wilberforce in England who saw the fruit of his labor (the abolition of slavery and reformation of morals), but died soon after, never getting the chance to enjoy the results.
We might even be a David who stood up against popular opinion and defeated a giant who blasphemed God Almighty. But no matter what our lot might be, we are called to be faithful!
++We have a higher calling than the world.
Our calling and our values do not depend on a survey or an election. Whether we are on the verge of revival or are soon to face the death chamber makes no difference in how we respond or how we act. Our obedience is to Christ and to Christ alone!
The world hated Jesus and it is no surprise the world hates the followers of Christ. But, be of good cheer! The Lord Jesus Christ has overcome the world and is seated on His throne.
Without Christ we are nothing. We are lost and have no hope. And although I grieve for a season, yet I have hope because of Christ!
Yes, God is still in control. But the choices people make have consequences. He is in control throughout the narrative of Deuteronomy 28. He is also in control in verses 1-14, where Scripture speaks of the blessings that will come to a nation if that nation follows God and keeps His commandments.
And, He is in control in Deuteronomy 25:15 and following, where the Holy text speaks of the curses that come for not obeying God.
Either way, He is in control! Either way, no matter what the populace does, we are not allowed to waiver and must always remain faithful.
++Here’s the bottom line…
At the end of the day, pendulums have a way of swinging from right to left and back again. We will no doubt see and feel the consequences of this election. More children will die. Marriage will come under greater attack. Immorality will be exalted.
Sadly, the country could easily collapse under the weight of escalating economic debt. Islam will be emboldened. Our military will become weaker. Israel will not have as strong an ally as it needs at this critical time. The world will become a more dangerous place.
These are all consequences that follow national actions like the ones we have just witnessed. But, when you are down, that is the time to fight all the harder!
There is NOTHING impossible for God. He is calling on His people to serve Him and He will not abandon His people!
Christine, God has called you and me for such a time as this. God is not surprised by these events. So, to reiterate, it is okay to grieve because what has happened is indeed sad.
But, we cannot go on grieving. We must arise and remember Whom we serve. God will not be mocked and His justice will not sleep forever!
In the midst of your grief, I want to encourage you. Our eyes must remain focused on the Lord and not on the crashing waves. How can we remain down when we are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb?
How can we remain sad when Almighty God knows our name? How can we be uncertain when we know Who wrote the last chapter of the Book?
May the peace of the Lord be with you. Be encouraged. Remain strong.
God bless you,
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
P.S. These are terribly challenging times for God-fearing, freedom- loving Americans. Unless we take every opportunity to resist this nation's head-long rush into godless socialism, we will soon be unable to recognize the nation we have loved and fought to preserve.
That’s why the Liberty Counsel family of ministries will never stop fighting to restore our shared values! We are in this battle together for the long haul to restore the soul of our nation.
If you want to put an exclamation point on your resolve to continue fighting with us, please go here to help Liberty Counsel financially:
Again, God bless you, and keep your eyes on the Lord!
That last sentence is the best advice:
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE LORD!
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** See my upcoming post about the many irregularities that occurred during this election which probably illegally skewed the vote - big time - towards BHO.