K.S. Rajan (24 Jan 2012)

The pathetic State of the Union and why it's prophetic

Joseph Curl of the Washington Times has written a preview of the 2012 State of the Union Address to be held on Tuesday when both houses of Congress meet to hear the man who occupies the Oval Office tell us about the condition of our nation. Curl brings up some very interesting facts. First, he says that there is only one person among the over 300 million of us in America who is not to blame for the dismal state of the union--that's the Commander in Chief. Curl says that the president blames every American in some way for the problems of this nation, most especially the previous president, the current Congress, even the Democratic leadership in the Congress. But not himself...

Curl goes on to point out several stark comparisons that those who are the proverbial frogs in the pot to boil may or may not have noticed as they are heating up. I think they are worth repeating. Curl, I'm sure, has validated each claim. Unemployment before the president took office was 6.8%, today it is 8.5%, but the Financial Times says that if the same number of people were seeking work in 2007 as are today, the rate would be 11%. Gas at the pump cost $1.68 a gallon in January 2009, it's up 102% today at $3.39. Average electric bills per household have increased to a record $1,420 a year, up some $300.

Poverty has increased by four million since the president took office--48% of all Americans are now considered "low income," 57% of children are living in poverty. Food stamp use has increased 48% since he took office, now one in seven Americans are using food stamps--14 million more than when he first took office. Curl says, "America's total public debt stands at $15.23 trillion; in January 2009, the debt was $10.62 trillion...[sic "the president"] is on pace to borrow $6.2 trillion in just one term--more debt than was amassed by all presidents from Washington through Bill Clinton combined." Sarcastically, Curl writes the the president "had not one thing to do with it. So don't blame him when you go to the polls. Blame everyone else, especially yourself."

This is the exact "remake" of America that the president and his gang of socialists promised when he was elected in 2008. He told us exactly what he was going to do. Moreover, his actions both domestically and internationally are prophetic. Curl, through his sarcasm is right. It is the American voter who is to blame. All the signs were there--socialist idealism, Liberation Theology, Islamic sympathizing, and so on. Americans, through their vote determined their destiny. Exodus 18:21 gives us the qualifications of good leadership--"able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." Our pathetic choice became prophetic. We must take responsibility otherwise we will reap more of what we have sown.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson