Joseph Farah is apparently running out of new dumb things to say because now he’s reprinting a column he wrote four years ago, which claims that Obama and Congress are deliberately trying to destroy the American economy and culture. And he seems to think that the Old Testament is a textbook for “small government.”
Could it be that the sweeping, wholesale policy changes we have seen implemented and begun in the last six months are not just “mistakes” or the results of miscalculations? Could it be that the clear intent is to bring America down – and that those controlling America’s political future know exactly what they are doing? Could it be that those holding the levers of power in Washington are not just ill-equipped for their jobs and making bad choices, but that they are determined to destroy America’s economy and culture because they don’t like it, never liked it and wish to see our nation operate more like the rest of the world?
Personally, I’m there. I’ve been there. There is not a doubt in my mind that people like Barack Obama, Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the like just plain think differently than, say, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison – not to mention me.
The contrast in worldviews couldn’t be any more striking.The Founding Fathers, who gave us the greatest experiment in liberty the world has ever known did so by removing the shackles from the people and placing them on the government. They did so because they believed human beings are accountable ultimately to God, from whom our natural rights and responsibilities descended. They sought to strictly limit the powers of government, which had, just as they had throughout history and just as God told us they would in the book of Samuel, result in the oppression of the people.
Wait. Did he just say that the Old Testament warns about the dangers of government oppression? The same Old Testament where God commands that Israel be a theocracy and stone people to death for adultery, blasphemy, working on the sabbath, not being a virgin on your wedding day (women only, of course) and about a hundred other things? The same Old Testament where God says that slavery is good, that the Israelites can take slaves from the cultures around them, pass them down to their children and beat them to within an inch of their lives? That Old Testament is a manual for smaller, less oppressive government? Then those words are simply meaningless.
By the way, America’s founding was a very clear and distinct break from such theocratic governments, not a recognition that they’re a good thing.