The unattainable or the constantly desirable?
I have come to this country as an “outsider,” having immigrated and received a green card twice. (The last time it was pink, not green) As a result, I am “registered” with the FBI, having been fingerprinted twice. Becoming a citizen I also had to sign documents that basically say, “If what you said in becoming a citizen is found out not to be true, we can revoke your citizenship and deport you.” All that not to discuss the issue of being an illegal “immigrant.”
However, being an “outsider” I sometimes look at things in our country from a slightly different perspective than those who have grown up here and are just accustomed to how things are done. I always appreciate it when there are those who take a wider perspective and look at the bigger picture on how things can be the best. A friend, Marcus Fedler, is one of those who is willing to step back and ask the questions that help to see the real concrete issues we need to consider. He wrote the following to me some time ago and with his permission I appreciate the opportunity to share it.
“Prior to 1776 and for 5,000 years we farmed our lands with sticks and pulled our goods to market with ox and cart. Due to the divine providence of a loving God, our founders prayed this nation and its form of government into existence. The Constitutional Republic of the United States took shape and innovation was allowed to thrive. We’ve made quantum leaps to walk on the moon and farm literally thousands of acres with just a few hands. God has truly blessed this nation and its people by following His Law.
Have you noticed the void created in the last 100 years? Massive unpayable debt, endless wars, constrictive regulation, high taxes, licensing and permitting fees, wasteful spending, etc. Our solution to this oppression, is to concoct even more regulation. We limit our speech, restrict gun ownership, maintain standing armies in times of undeclared war, suffer warrantless road blocks, allow indefinite detention and seemingly small issues like county zoning. We’ve become slaves to our own selfish desires and whims.
For the last 40 years innovation has stagnated; cars get about 30 mpg, space travel is limited to orbits, airplanes are mostly the same, trains are diesel/electric, cancer is on the rise, diabetes is an epidemic, health care costs are skyrocketing, taxes and fees are out of control, divorce rates are +50 percent, we’ve allowed the murder of 55 million unborn and our children don’t graduate high school 30 percent of the time. Over the same period our national debt has increased from $370 billion to over $16 trillion. It seems that our government is involved in everything we do. Is it so radical to presume that maybe man’s law is causing this? Certainly borrowing money to overspend hasn’t produced the fruit.
"The core issue at hand is what we do when someone harms us? Create new regulation? What happens when new regulation doesn’t work ... more regulation? As the founders said, our government was created for a moral society and is wholly inadequate to the governance of anyone else. Morality only comes from a belief in a Divine Creator. What we need is a revival ... a God-centered society. We need to rely on Him instead of ourselves. He gave us the Truth. He gave us the Way. No amount of regulation will fill the void. It’s there to be filled by Him. All we have to do is ask, by His grace, it's FREE.”
Thanks, Marcus, I think this is the perspective that will take us from the unattainable to the constantly desirable.