|Until the Civil War this country, the USA, was
pretty well free of wars. What wars we saw were fairly small, and
usually within our own borders, such as the Indian Wars, and the
Mexican-American War which was essentially a dispute over borders.
And the Federal
Government served as it was intended; as a kind of glue, rather than a
binding chain, to hold all the voluntary states together.
The first real test of
whether the Federal Government was glue or a chain was the Civil War.
The glue proved to be
Then came WW1 where this country showed itself to be more of a world
power than it, or the world, supposed.
We were One Nation
Under God, and proud of it.
And the Federal
Government still tried to keep as low profile as possible, recognizing
the Power of the Individual States.
The Depression and the Dust Bowl wreaked havoc on this country, as well
as the rest of the world. While the Depression lingered on, the people,
and eventually the states, began to cry out for the Federal Government
to do something about the problem.
But President Hoover
held back, much to his bad reputation. He said the problem would
eventually work itself out, and he tried to keep the Federal Government
out of State business.
Blankets," a newspaper to bundle up in to keep warm in your cardboard
box - if you were lucky enough to have one?)
All countries did not have leaders that wished to keep a low profile
during their nation's dark hours; Germany, Italy, Russia and Japan are
names that come to mind.
And eventually this nation also had a President
who had no qualms about the Federal Government getting involved with
And sure enough things
began to improve. And as all countries do during war time (WW2), this
country began to grow prosperous. And also, as the world found out,
when the US is involved, even the Losers win.
(Have you read The Mouse that Roared?)
After the war and the depression, one would expect the Federal
Government to again turn the States back to their own Government.
But like a salesman
who once he has his foot in the door, or a "Temporary Tax" that has
once been enacted - it becomes more like a cancer than a healing sore,
trying to enlarge itself and overcome its victim.
The Frog in the Boiling Pot.
During the Hay-Days of Hollywood it was fashionable to only speak well
and glamourously of our Movie Stars. Gossip columnists and newspapers
only reported the grand and beautiful things the Stars were doing. It
was rare that "Dirty Secrets" were divulged.
And so it was with
Royalty throughout the world. We especially hear of the glamourous
activities of Downing Street (England).
And so it was with the
Royalty of this nation - the Government could do no wrong.
And we heard of all
the wonderful things that our Stars were doing, as well as the great
things coming forth from the White House. Why the President himself
would come into our living room and have a "Fireside Chat" with each
and every one of us.
This culminated with
our youngest and most glamourous President of all: John Fitzgerald
Kennedy and his Queen Bride, Jacquelyn.
After the horrifying
death of J.F.K., and this nation's dishonorable show of force in Korea,
Cuba and Laos - Cambodia, this nation's people began to cry out for the
underbelly of the White House.
Then to add to the
uproar, our next presidents made some significant booboos of their own
(Nixon and Johnson).
the mighty kingdoms of the silver screen were crumbling, allowing an
ever-broadening exposé of their Perfect Celestial Kingdom.
It did not take long
for the Media to catch on to the way the tide had shifted. Within that
generation the worm had slowly turned until nothing was safe from the
media's prying cameras.
By then the Frog had fairly well adapted to its steaming pot. By the
time he saw what he was caught up in, and knowing that it would take
more effort to get out of the pot than to adapt to the heat, he chose
to turn a blind eye to his situation.
After all, he knew it
couldn't possibly get any worse, and there was always hope of his pot
In the '50's we saw groups of young people - those we called "Drop
outs," who had shunned anything to do with Society. They did nothing
significant, rather they worked at the insignificant
just writing their poetry and selling their art on street corners.
They were not trying
to change anything; they just wanted to "do their own thing," which was
essentially - nothing.
In the '60's the Youth Pot began to heat up. The flame found its way
onto the College campuses where the students rebelled against having to
follow graduation by being sent overseas to face getting shot and
killed because of an unpopular and undeclared war.
The South saw its
rebellion as well; and the pot grew hotter.
Disobedience and Anti-establishment attitudes were becoming commonplace
and the accepted (and expected) norm.
Drugs, rebellion, free sex and hedonism were the bywords of the time;
which only grew and matured into the '70's.
And the Media ate it up! Like small sparks carried by the wind from a
forest fire, the media ignites fires of its own in ever broadening
Every five to ten years I go through Culture Shock.
Like the Frog who sits peacefully in his pot, I am aware of small
changes in the temperature of this world's situation, but I am totally
unaware of how much hotter the water has become in other parts of the
Pot than that spot wherein I sit.
Then I am struck with
a tidal wave of awareness - and am almost scalded.
But I think "It can't
get much worse than this!"
Then five years down
the line I get hit by another scalding wave.
"How did this happen?" I ask myself. "How, in one short lifetime could
we have gone from the Best of Times to the Worst of Times? How could
all the high standards that we, as a people, stood for fall to such
depths? How did we fall from being creations in God's Own Image, to
bugs with no hope and no purpose? How did 'Of the People, For the
People' become 'The People are Mindless Bugs and the Government is God?"
I think I might know.
I grew up during the '40's, therefore all the other generations that
followed them as well.
I did not see the
devastating poverty of the Depression, but I felt the effects since our
family was on the poor side of normal.
I got to witness the
growth of radio; the birth of TV; and the excitement of indoor toilets;
and running water in the house; and throwing out the ice box to make
way for a refrigerator; from milking the cows twice a day to milk
bottles at the front door.
From quarter moon on
the outhouse door; to man walking on the moon.
My younger brother by eleven years, on the other hand, was born into a
house with a TV and flush toilets. His perspective and appreciation of
the simple things were far different from mine.
During the late '60's
and the '70's he was going to college and getting involved with the
"things of this world" like drugs and sex, humanism, and rebellion.
Meanwhile I was
serving my military stint in Germany, then working in a factory; and
when the factory went on its final strike, I traveled much of this
country living on a bicycle.
While he and his
college buddies were playing Hippie; I was living
the life that they purportedly wished to live.
He was learning about
what life was supposed to be from behind a desk and a weed; while I was
learning about life from life, that is, by living it.
The two of us are
total opposites, in so many ways.
Rebellion breeds rebellion. Since the '50's there has been an ever
growing seed of rebellion and an anti-establishment mentality that has
matured into a huge, overshadowing Tree.
And there is no George
Washington or Abraham Lincoln standing by with an ax to chop it down.
But there is
a swelling crowd of Tree Huggers who cultivate and nurture the Tree and
anxiously grab for themselves the fruits of it.
Those who grew up in the era I did (unless they are feeding from the
tree) see this world as spiraling into a pit. Those who are of my
brother's age see this world as a great Titanic, that even though the
hull of the ship is getting thinner and thinner with its dwindling
Economy and Moral Decay, believe the ship will grow stronger and
stronger until it becomes a Hindenburg blimp, and float over this sea
Whatever happened to
the Hindenburg Blimp?
The Colleges of the past have produced a rebellious, anti-establishment
mindset in its graduates. It has also produced an attitude that Man
comes from a bug and therefore has no accountability or purpose in this
life but to acquire all he can for himself before he dies.
And those born since, have been trained and educated by their parents
and educators who have taken on that mindset.
"Raise up a child in
the way he should go, and he will not depart from it," (Prov 22:6 see
27:22 as well) How much more is that true when a
child is born into a world that stinks from its own self-indulged
During those rebellious learning years the most the college students of
the past could do to exhibit their anger and frustration at the
Establishment was to throw a Molotov cocktail at a policeman.
And if that student
was rich enough, he did not have to do his duty to this country he
lives in and rebels fervently against.
He has become a
Military Evader, therefore has not learned one of the greatest and most
needful traits of any leader.
He has not learned how
to follow orders.
And since he has come
from a wealthy family, he has not learned another very important lesson
that any leader must know from experience.
He has not learned to
be poor. He has not learned to do without. He believes the poor are
less human than the rich, and as any student of human history will tell
you - he believes that only the superior are blessed, and the inferior
deserve the poverty life has dealt them.
And this untrained,
unprepared leader no longer holds stones and Molotov cocktails in his
hand; rather he holds the Books of Laws and Social Morality; and the
button to Total World Destruction - while utilizing the decision making
capacity of a Evolved bug rather than a creature answerable to a God to
which he must hold himself accountable.
Which leads to my second awareness.
I think of Germany and many other countries, how in a very short time
they fell into Social and Moral decline - then totally accepted their
situation, and relished in it.
"But those were hard times where a person would reach out to anyone
who could offer them a little hope. This is a democracy, and we are
seeing prosperous times."
Yes, we are. And
prosperity breeds complacency. As long as we get what we want, we will
allow those we feel are supplying our desires to continue doing as they
will, and justify them as well, assuming that Good Times for Me
As for Democracy;
Hitler was voted into office (though by devious
Under Hitler the
German people were having their desires met while the rest of the world
continued in a depressed state. Then they began to hear of "things"
happening to the infirm; then to the elderly; then to the socially
unacceptable; then to the Polish, then to the Jews, then those who helped
the Jews. But it wasn't happening to them. And
the rationalizations the Government was giving them were sounding more
and more "reasonable" the deeper they became embroiled in the boiling
churches were slowly being implanted and overtaken by Government
puppets who were watering down and changing the Message while directing
the congregation's allegiance to Hitler. And their children were no
longer being brought up by their parents, but by the State through the
school and children's camps where they learned to be warriors and
Citizens loyal to the Government. And the children were being taught to
be faithful Nazis and effective spies against their own parents.
"Bring up a child. . .
But the pot was too
hot to touch as the fire blazed its way all across this planet. There
was nothing to do but accept it, or fight it and suffer the wrath of
To not be loyal to the
Government, or to be on the list of those the Government considers
expendable; meant deprivation, and death.
[ As it did to be a
Christian under Nero, and the Jewish Sanhedrin.]
Even though (on the
surface) the Government Leader began as a Humanitarian Lamb, then
turned into a Humanist Wolf, allegiance to him remained the same.
[ Hitler was raised a
Roman Catholic but grew to accept the Protestant view because it
allowed him more latitude to alter the meaning of Scripture. His main
doctrine that he wanted to inject was that Jesus fought against the
Jews, in other words, He was an Anti-Semite. He called his
reinterpretation of the Bible "Positive Christianity" in contrast to
Altering the meaning
of words instead of risking the wrath that would be forthcoming by
trying to change the words themselves is very popular with Governments
and churches, which accounts for the many Denominations and Political
Parties we see.
God's Word has long
suffered this type of abuse; and we are seeing that our Constitution
and Bill of Rights are not immune to such abuse.
We humans have the
ability to use the same words and mean entirely different things.
Consider "cool," and "bad," or "Separation of Church and State." ]
In the past, individual countries had their problems and their
uprisings. Normally little to nothing was done by the rest of the
world, unless the uprising began to spill over the borders to other
nations. Then occasionally the rest of the world would get involved as
For the past sixty years or so this country has fairly well (or
altogether) set the pace and example and (in some ways downright forced)
its standards on the rest of the world. And we have set such a pace,
especially in the field of Technology, that we cannot keep up with ourself;
leastwise can any other nation expect to keep up with us, though it
tries to, and pretends to have done so.
No more is the world pockets of individual nations trying to maintain
their own autonomy - any more than are the States in this country. No,
the world is now a bunch of wannabe Americas, a nation they hate.
And to aid in this direction, there are many groups working hard to
make the world into one homogenized, plastic, self-deceived planet with
no individual thought or interests or religion; just "Peace and
The pot is now boiling very close to the top, and will soon be spilling
On the burner next to our Pot is another pot that is already boiling
over; and it does not like our Pot in the slightest, and would
willingly blow itself up in order to rid the world of us and our Pot.
That Pot has a tag
written on it with the title "Muslim Confederacy."
So while the rest of the world does its best to get the world to unite
and spread "Peace and Love" (do you recall that cry from the '70's?),
our Frog sits in his pot picking his nose and humming his little song
We relish in our
Blindness. A Pastor once said that he tried hard to get the local
government(s) to support his efforts in dealing with its local drug
"We don't have
a drug problem," he was informed.
In fact, and
especially now, that local drug problem is one of the worst in the land.
Finally the local
Government said they would let him use a building; but he was not
allowed to speak of Jesus. He declined the offer.
To my way of thinking
leaving Jesus out of a Morality and Social problem is like leaving
medicine out of the pill you take to solve a problem.
[ If it seems as if
the life has been clipped out of this article: it has. To read the
article in it's entirety, it is available in First Trump, the Bible
section of this website.]
(Almost the entire
article is presented here, minus the Biblical references.)