“Ghoulies ‘an ghosties ‘an long-legged beasties and things that go boomp in the night” at the front door carrying bags, hands out for candy as a bribe to avert mischief…we teach extortion early. And the lesson is now traditional on, of all times, all hallows eve, a rather strange way of anticipating a day commemorating the saints.
America is become culturally schizophrenic, the Constitution, church, independence and restraint on one side; moral relativism, atheism, dependency and license on the other. One society cannot sustain both; America must fall to one side or the other. The present momentum leans away from the Constitutional, religious past toward a Godless, statist future.
The dishonesty of government is now proclaimed, personified in President Obama’s now clearly hollow Obamacare promises; even the liberal media has been forced to take notice. Less thought is devoted to the prior and equal dishonesty; Obamacare is only the latest. The President ran against George Bush, deploring everything Bush did as President but upon election, carried forward and expanded Bush’s agenda. His entire campaign was lies. The Republicans tell us our deficits originate with the Democrats while voting every quarter for the funding that provides the spending. They are liars and hypocrites.
And if we are governed by liars and hypocrites, it is our own, free choice. We are channeling a crowd of long ago, in the courtyard of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. It was customary on one day to pardon and release a criminal. Pilate held two: a thief and a preacher. The thief’s name was Barabbas; the preacher, Jesus Christ. Pilate asked the Jewish crowd whom he should release: the professional criminal or the innocent preacher.
“Give us Barabbas!” screamed the mob. And these days in our voting booths, we are repeating that ancient decision.