You know, it would be funny if it weren’t so critically serious.
There have always been people throughout history on the fringes with extreme and radical views. While their beginning intent may be honorable, they somehow lose sight of the actual goal. The allow themselves to get mired down in the anger of the argument and create stalemate instead of headway.
Fortunately, there were usually those who kept their eyes on the big picture. They realized that governing requires building relationships, being open minded, and learning how to pack the most from each position into a solution.
There are still those with their eyes wide open, working hard to maintain a land of liberty and justice for all.
The very people who are so angry at the government gridlock are also those who elect leaders with the directive: DO NOT COMPROMISE.
When a member of a political party does cross the aisle and work in a bipartisan manner, they are branded as “the absolute worst for completely betraying” the standard of no negotiating. Their death knell tolls and no one is willing to be seen associating with this traitor.
All the good that this elected official could do is snuffed out by a slammed and bolted door.
Like I said, it would be funny if it weren’t so true.
The angry, young, idealistic progressives are bowing to the glimmering mirage of a socialistic society where so many things are free, including a college education. After all, they are told it is their “right” to these entitlements. I guess they weren’t willing to pay for that part in school where we learn that nothing is free.
Most especially freedom.
The angry, conservative, shrinking middle class seek a return to our constitutional roots, yet unbelievably throw their support behind someone who, not only has most likely never read the constitution, but also obviously lacks any realistic grasp on what powers and authority an elected president does and doesn’t have.
Apparently that is okay as long as he declares the bible to be the “best book ever” and decry those heathen non-Christians for the infidels they are.
To use the phrase my daughter coined a decade ago: Are we legally stupid?
How sad that we don’t have any guidance or insight into what we currently face.
But it won’t be found at the mob gatherings where people cheer assurances of bombing our enemies into oblivion.
Nor will it be found at loud demonstrations against guns, religious values, or climate change.
1 Nephi 17:45 Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder.
It seems that we are becoming past feeling the earth shaking under our feet as well.
Helaman 5:2 For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted.
I worry that we mistakenly presume that the other side is always the group choosing evil and we are always the ones choosing good. No matter what side we find ourselves, that is no longer true. There is an overabundance of evil being chosen right now.
“A true religion causes discomfort to both political parties.” — Christopher Hale
3 Nephi 7:2 And the people were divided one against another; and they did separate one from another into tribes, every man according to his family and his kindred and friends; and thus they did destroy the government of the land.
Not a very pretty picture, is it?
We may scoff at such a ridiculous notion that we could somehow destroy our own government. Just wait until we fill all the leadership positions with those who agree with us and then it will be all right.
I would imagine that the people in the Americas in 33 A.D. thought so too.
There really is a reason we have this Book right now.
We desperately need it.
If only we would apply its lessons of the past to our problems of the present, saving us from repeating what became their future.
There is still time.
There is still hope.
Let’s save ourselves from our own stupidity and replace our fear with faithful study of what is actually going on. Let’s examine through the eye of the gospel just exactly who these people are we so vigorously defend. Understanding can give us the ability to think for ourselves and not get swept up in the mob.
Think of it as coming back from chaotic panic and moving forward in controlled peace.
Liberty and justice for all.