I just experienced a knock at the door. When I answered, I was greeted by an elderly gentleman wearing a fedora and dressed very neatly, with tie. He introduced himself as a member of a local church and wanted to share a Bible passage with me. Not being one to say no to such a request, I listened respectfully as he quoted Psalm 37:29 – “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.”
The gentleman went on to explain that our current, troubling times should not cause us to fear, for God has plans for the “righteous ones”. He then handed me a couple of pamphlets, courtesy of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I thanked him for stopping by and off he went to the next house.
Now, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not suggesting that Doomsday is right around the corner. What I’m curious about is how people are taking advantage of the inherent fear of the unknown. There is a cottage industry that feeds this fear and does so to make or raise money. To know this is true, all you have to do is attend your local gun show. You can buy all kinds of things to defend yourself or fend for yourself. You can also immerse yourself in whole networks that teach you survivalist skills.
To me, it seems that our current presidential campaign is also feeding into this fear of the unknown. From Obama’s side, he is telling us that all we have to do is trust him, that he has plans to create a utopia where all our wants and needs will be provided for by the state. He constantly refers to the “failed policies of the past”, as if we’re incapable of knowing what has made our nation the biggest success in the history of mankind. My hope is that more people than not can recognize bullshit when they hear it.
On the other side, Romney talks about empowering the individual, which, unfortunately, feeds into the fear of millions of our fellow citizens. That fear is having to fend for themselves and take responsibility for their own livelihood. Those traits needed to do such a thing are what built this great nation. Hard work, perseverance and a belief in God-given rights are just as important today as they ever have been.
All this talk about the possible collapse of our monetary system due to massive budget deficits and an over-regulated society may well come to pass, but it won’t be the end of the world. What will happen in its wake will be defined by those who still trust in hard work, perseverance and the belief in God-given rights. Moreover, it will fall upon those who are willing to defend and teach those traits to see to it that we continue for forge a path ahead as a free society.
“The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.” – Thomas Paine