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We Will Get What We Deserve

As a nation, we will most assuredly get what we deserve. There are immutable relationships, principles of democracy, and foundations of freedom and morality upon which our nation was built. Taken together, these relationships, principles, and foundations guarantee us that for every action or inaction by our people, there will be a reaction or a consequence. In our democracy, the white walls of the house may look pure and clean on the outside but within the walls, there is a silent but growing rot of corruption, immorality, and disrespect for our fundamental principles of government. A worm may enter an apple and leave but a small trace of its entry while leaving the apple a glossy red on the outside. However, the glossy red apple, when infested, eventually becomes unfit to eat. The human body may look and feel healthy but a virus may lurk within the body just waiting for its first opportunity to destroy. Our nation has been infested with the termites of corruption, the worms of immorality, and a virus of indifference and apathy.

When a nation ignores or looks askance at the worms, termites, and viruses that infect its structure there will be consequences. The hungry termites of corruption can feed quietly and for a long time, but left untreated, eventually the house upon which they feed will crumble. A virus of indifference and apathy may lurk quietly within the body and not make an appearance for months or years, but eventually the virus of indifference and apathy will spring forth at a time of great crises and cause sickness or death. When a nation does not care to look at itself, when it remains in denial of the worms, termites, and viruses that eat it from within, then the nation will eventually crumble and the persons who ignored the silent menace shall pay. When moral truth is ignored in favor of a more expedient social, political, or economic agenda there will be a price to pay. When the easy, fast, and more popular road is taken by elected officials and the silent eaters that cause the silent rot are left untouched, then these silent eaters are encouraged to eat and feed as they wish. When the core principles that help hold a family, a state, or a nation in tact are eroded, then the lack of support these principles provide will cause the structure to fall.

When a family, a state, or a nation does not abide by the fundamental laws laid down by the Creator for the perpetuity of any social group, then that family, state, or nation shall not long endure. People of good conscience can ignore the voice of their conscience. People can look the other way and can support leaders who they know pander to the greed and self-interests that lurk in all of us. However, those persons who ignore their conscience will get what they deserve.

There are fundamental moral laws that govern the survival of the social unit. Those societies that are to endure must not abandon the fundamental moral and ethical laws that preserve its institutions. When forces within the family, state, or nation attempt to manage, interfere, or erode these fundamental moral and ethical laws then there will surely be a crumbling of these institutions. In modern times, Lenin did not live long enough to see the consequences of his evil ways. The bill for the acceptance of Lenin’s evil by the masses of the former Soviet Union is still coming due. This bill may perhaps be coming due for another century.

The frustrations, anger, and wrath of the righteous few in a society who see the silent rot may never be enough to overcome the lackadaisical self-centeredness of the masses. However, if the righteous few can sound the alarm about the silent rot, there may be enough courageous individuals in the masses to effect renewal. A righteous few plus other courageous individuals, who, banded together as voters, can eradicate the causes of the silent rot.

We are at a critical moral, social, and intellectual point in our nation’s history. As a nation, we have not yet destroyed the great institutions of our democracy. No, instead of outright destruction, we have let the termites of corruption, the worms of immorality, and the viruses of indifference and apathy have their way with the great foundational principles upon which we all stand. When we permit those persons who hold leadership positions in our nation to erode our nation from within, then we will all certainly get what we deserve. When we listen and read what the media puts forth and accept what we are given without doubt or question, we will get what we deserve.

The forces of quiet erosion have done a masterful job of worming their way into our ideas of acceptability. These insidious forces can tell us what we want to hear and make us feel good about hearing it, all the while slowly eating away at what sustains us as a nation. It is as if a cancer has infected the body of our great land but we do not want to know. We do not want to look. We do not want to hear the doctor’s report for we are afraid of the news. We are afraid of the truth. Consequently, since we are afraid of the truth, we must listen to the news that is easier to hear which in turn fosters corruption in both the media and in high places. Our recent times of economic prosperity have given the white walls of the house extra layers of paint so that the house might look whiter, brighter, and cleaner. Although whiter, brighter, and cleaner on the outside, the termites of corruption are joyfully eating away our foundational freedoms on the inside. The worms of immorality eat away at our vital American core values and the worms rejoice in the face of those who treasure what is right, good, clean, and decent. The virus of indifference lurks among us ready at any moment to explode upon us and cause illness and death. All this will happen…because we know…and if we do not have the courage to act, we will surely get what we surely deserve.

 

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