I very seldom (like never) make political posts, yet it greatly saddens me to watch the unraveling of the American republic. Our republican democracy is not designed or intended to be a system where one party or another dominates to the exclusion of all others. It is supposed to be people working together to achieve something for the overall good. The Democrats shouldn’t get everything they want, the Republicans shouldn’t get everything they want. People should work together to get something that works and is reasonably satisfactory to all.
Two ongoing current events really bring this home. The first is the presidential election primaries. I hear next to nothing about a candidate who can work across party lines to get things done, just ranting and rhetoric about what the individual candidates glibly believe they can accomplish (get rammed through congress by strong arm tactics) if elected. I am one of the few who are troubled by having a “strong man/woman” in the White House. From the time of the ancient Romans through the fascist regimes of the twentieth century, republics have given way to empires because people wanted efficiency over freedoms. Idle Romans wanted conquest and increased dole, European countries wanted strong economies and trains that ran on time, American congresses have failed to impeach presidents who blatantly trounce the Constitution. Uncaring populaces allow freedoms to diminish and republics to die in favor of one expediency or another.
The second troubling event is the current debate over replacement of the Supreme Court justice. All that is discussed on the news is the president declaring he will get his appointment pressed through onto the bench, and the opposing party saying they will block it, without even hearing who the appointment will be. There has not been ONE WORD on the news of “hey, can we work together to find one honest, fair and objective jurist in the entire United States of America that both parties can find acceptable, who will make decisions based on fair interpretation of the law, rather than on political bias?” That is the way the system is supposed to work.
I would be extremely disheartened if I did not believe that the One who controlled the affairs of nations in Daniel 5 is still the One controlling the affairs of nations today. It is my ongoing and earnest prayer at this time that God will in His mercy work to grant to us better leaders than we deserve in all levels of the Federal government.