“An African-American president can divide racially in this country – as I believe this one has done quite effectively – and he gets a free pass from the media” (video follows with transcript):
“In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of it.” — Cal Thomas
You’ve undoubtedly heard the old wives’ tale about frogs and boiling water. If you toss a frog into boiling water, he’ll immediately jump out — but supposedly, if you increase the temperature just a bit at a time, the frog will sit comfortably in the water until he’s cooked alive. Is that true? No. However, if you apply that story to the way that human beings behave, there’s a lot of truth to it. The world is extraordinarily complex and human beings are remarkably adaptable; so it’s entirely possible that if changes are incremental enough, people will adjust to “the way the world is” without truly examining the size of the shift that’s changed their world.
In the last few decades, our country has spiraled downward into decadence in ways that are genuinely threatening the continuance of the American Dream.
1) Our legal system is broken: There’s nothing just about our legal system anymore. Liberals have pushed the idea of a “living constitution,” which means nothing more than implementing left-wing policies and calling it constitutional law. Every constitutional case is now decided by the number of judges who still believe in the Constitution that happen to be on the bench for the trial. Laws are no longer applied equally either. If the people running the government don’t like certain laws, say against illegal immigration, they simply refuse to enforce it.
Getting beyond that, because lawyers have become a corrupt parasitic class in America, innocent people can be crushed by the cost of defending themselves in court, even if
Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2011 | Cal Thomas
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 10:28:14 AM by Kaslin
Politicians and political activists frequently declare the end of the world will occur if their candidate isn’t elected, or if the debt ceiling isn’t raised. Some conservative Christians think the end is on the way because of behavior and practices they judge immoral. Somehow the country, not to mention the planet, survives and when “doomsday” passes, the prognosticators live to predict Armageddon on another day.
Now comes radio preacher Harold Camping, the nearly-90-year-old owner of a network of stations he calls “Family Radio.” Camping once belonged to a traditional church. He then decided all churches are corrupt and people should leave whatever congregation they’re in and listen only to him because only his interpretation of Scripture is true. I believe that is one characteristic of a cult.
Camping paid for a full-page color ad in USA Today, proclaiming May 21 as the day the world will end. According to the biblical standard, a prophet must always be right to be a spokesman for God. Camping falls considerably short of that standard because he has previously declared the world would end on other days, though the last time he left the door open, saying, “I could be wrong.” At least that “prophecy” came true.
The late Jeane Dixon fancied herself a psychic. She made many predictions that went unfulfilled. The one prediction that did come true was President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and that lucky “prophecy” made her an international celebrity. It doesn’t take much to get attention these days.
The earliest recorded doomsday forecaster, according to Isaac Asimov‘s “Book of Facts” (1979), was written on an Assyrian clay tablet circa 2800 BC. It bore the words “Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common.”
That guy should have lived to see modern-day Washington, D.C.!
Down through the ages many people have made predictions that the world would end — in 70 AD (a group of Jewish ascetics with apocalyptic beliefs, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/apocalypse/), the year 365 (credit that one to Hilary of Poitiers), and 500, the year Roman theologian Sextus Julius Africanus calculated the End would come, 6,000 years after his dating of Creation.
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