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Ted Baccich is a former Active Duty Army Chaplain who holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of New Orleans, and a Master’s of Divinity with a concentration on Public Policy from Regent University.  He served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom 1.  He and his family reside in the New Orleans, LA. area. 


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WAKE UP AMERICA PART VIII

Recently CCA had an unusual conversation with a Christian Brother; the conversation was related to the political homosexual movement.  I advocated limiting the proliferation of this movement via common sense laws and policies.  My brother’s position was unclear.  I gathered from his tone that he was not on the side of legally limiting said behavior.  We debated via email and I made the following assertions:  Homosexuality is not a race or a sex; it never has been.  It is a behavior.  It is now a behavior, it always has been, and it always will be a behavior.  There are no homosexual persons, only homosexual acts.  It is demonstrably verifiable that people go into and come out of “the lifestyle.”  And there are numerous examples of this (Anne Heche is one of many).  These simple but true assertions generally cause great emotion, consternation, anger and occasionally a violent response by the left wing fringe.

My brother encapsulated his argument by subtly suggesting that somehow something was wrong with me because I did not embrace the movement.  This of course, is the classic Ad hominem fallacy which renders his argument invalid.  It is an attack on my character, not my logic.  He stated something along the lines of: “Let me get this straight, you deeply regret and even resent these things? (the fact that the politicized homosexual movement is being rammed right down the throats of the American mainstream).”

CCA has been pondering this brother’s suggestions for some time now.  It is time to respond.  Do I regret the fact that the political homosexual movement is forcefully expanding and apparently going mainstream?  Do I regret, even resent the fact that it seems to be unstoppable?  Like many questions liberals ask, this is a leading one and it obfuscates the core issues I was trying to debate.  It implied that I was somehow narrow minded, bigoted, mean and evil if I regretted the proliferation of sodomy.  (No matter how you want to slice this one, at the end of a day we are talking about a type of human behavior and that behavior generally includes sodomy.)  Never-the-less, I will give an answer to the regret question.  Here it is: Yes.  I regret many things about our increasingly illogical, emotion centered, postmodern, egalitarian world. 

I regret the fact that my children are growing up in a world where societal evils are perhaps unprecedented in human history.  I regret the fact that, in all likelihood, my children will never experience the demonstrably kinder, gentler world that I grew up in.  This was a world in which, as a boy, I rode my bike to and from grammar school without the slightest bit of worry (from my parents) that I might just wind up with my picture on the back of a milk carton.  I regret the fact that when I grew up, the greatest problems in school were chewing gum, loitering in the hallway and some occasional disrespect to certain teachers.  I regret the fact that today, only one generation later, the biggest problems in schools are mass murder, rape, gang violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and yes homosexual proliferation.  I regret the fact that parents who send their kids off to public schools have to face an ugly truth, and it is this, those schools can no longer guarantee their children’s safety. 

I regret the fact that our country has abandoned a Christian ethos and replaced it with a very aggressive from of Egalitarianism.  Egalitarianism is a hybrid/ counterfeit philosophy that places all lifestyles, value systems and truth claims on absolutely equal footing.  It masquerades as loving “fairness.”  It is anything but fair and it is often enforced by the most draconian and coercive measures available.  In its purest form it violently rejects such godly things as Divinely ordained authority, the structure of the family and home, inalienable rights, patriarchy and hierarchy.  I regret the fact that rejecting these godly institutions constitutes rejection of the One who created them in the first place.   

I regret
the fact that most Americans don’t know Egalitarianism from Shinola.  I regret the fact that some people, upon reading this article, will need to consult both a Thesaurus and a Dictionary.  I regret the dumbing down of the American people through a coercive and increasingly anti-Christian governmental education system.  I regret it when I meet college students who are barely literate.  I regret it when I meet people who are utterly incapable of analyzing critical data and evaluating truth claims in the light of scripture, logic and common sense. 

Perhaps my greatest regret is the fact that there seems to be a real and tangible loss of innocence in our country.  A few years ago I stumbled upon a magazine called Reminisce.  This magazine was all about photographs from the 1940’s and 1950’s – mid 20th century America.  I cannot get over the cover photo of two pre-teen age girls in their school dresses, happily sipping milk shakes at a local soda shop.  Those little girls didn’t have a worry in the world.  You could see it on their faces and in their demeanor.  THERE REALLY WAS A KINDER, GENTLER AMERICA.   It was not a figment of someone’s imagination.  That America was far from perfect but the fact of that America is that it still, as a collective society, espoused to the Founding Christian Ideal of truth, morality and ethics. 


That America is now gone; it is part of the history books.  I do not expect we will see it again.  Our children face evils we couldn’t have possibly imagined.  From Islamo Fascism, to radical egalitarianism, to big government socialism, our America and our future are under pressure from both without and within.  Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in his remarkable Harvard Commencement Address of 1978 said, “The fight for our planet, physical and spiritual, a fight of cosmic proportions, is not a vague matter of the future, it is already started.  The forces of evil have begun their decisive offensive.  You can feel their pressure, yet your screens and publications are full of prescribed smiles and raised glasses.  What is the joy about?” 

Do I regret the way things seem to be going in America?  Yes.  Do I regret the fact that the future appears less secure than the past?  Yes.  Do I even resent the fact that certain powers appear to be working at the systematic dismantling of our children’s future?  I am not sure resentment is the right phraseology but I will say this, I do not like it when some radical politician makes crazy and unprecedented rules for our children – rules that he or she will not have to live with.  I regret it and I don’t like it, and perhaps my Christian brothers and sisters should feel the same way too.  Our forefathers fought and scratched and sacrificed to bring us the freest society the world has ever known.  They brought us unprecedented prosperity, freedom, and a standard of living that would be the envy of Kings who lived just a century before.  If America falters and fails from without or within, all these things will probably be lost.  Ronald Reagan was so very right when he said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

-- Posted by Ted Baccich, 10 April 2011
 
  
WAKE UP AMERICA PART VII

Recently, over the Christmas holidays, I was driving home happily and listening to the Sean Hannity radio show.  Because we were in the heart of the Christmas season and I was listening to an iconic conservative talk show, I expected to hear cogent, logical, and perhaps even inspirational conservative thought.  This particular show was being led by a guest host (not Sean Hannity, but presumably a colleague).  A caller was speaking to this host about the recent repeal of the Military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Policy (DADT), and the show’s host mocked him by saying, “What’s wrong with Sodomy?”  The host went on to dismiss the caller’s concerns as “silly.”  <<READ MORE>>

    
WAKE UP AMERICA PART VI

Where were you when the world stopped turning?   That is the question of the day.  It is also the name of an Alan Jackson song about that terrible day, nine years ago.  There are a few events that are so significant and impactful in world history, whereas, when they happen, almost any given person can tell where they were and what they were doing when it happened.  The assassination of JFK (if you are old enough to remember), the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, and the Terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are among those days.  We are now nearly a decade removed from that terrible day and it seems that many may have missed the message and meaning of the day. <<READ MORE>>

WAKE UP AMERICA PART V

Madelline McCann, Jaycee Lee Duggard, Jessica Lunsford, Natascha Kampusch, Jessyca Mullenberg, Elizabeth Smart – If you are reading this and you do not recognize these names, you need to read further, because these precious children all have something in common.  They are, in a way, every man’s/ every woman’s children.  These children are the victims of a society that has run amok in touchy feely, perverted, cowardly justice.  These children are the victims of a society that coddles criminals, exalts egalitarianism, and increasingly despises moral absolutes.  These are the children who are victims of what is today a global horror called abduction and pedophilia.   <<READ MORE>>

WAKE UP AMERICA PART IV

In 1927, an American socialist named Norman Thomas, who was six times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said that the American people would never vote for socialism, but he said under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program (reference Wikipedia).  His observation has proven tragically prophetic.  As of this writing, our great nation is on the brink of implementing Socialism by sheer political will.  What is government run health care really all about? <<READ MORE>> 

WAKE UP AMERICA PART III

We live in a haunted world.  Never before in the history of the Republic have so many with so much in their power felt so threatened.  The world and its power centers are more tightly coupled than ever before.  The future is uncertain and the collective unconscious of America feels it keenly.  The economy is erratic and unstable.  Pornography streams into our homes like crack cocaine via the internet and cable TV.  Homosexuality and its myriad of predatorial perversions are more militant than ever before and it threatens our children directly.  The traditional nuclear family is rapidly becoming a relic.  <<READ MORE>>

                                                  WAKE UP AMERICA PART II
 

Abortion.  The mere mention of the word causes almost instant polarization.  It is the quiet holocaust of our time.  On January 22, 1973, The US Supreme Court legalized, and in many ways societally legitimized abortion.  Stating that a woman may abort her pregnancy for any reason, up until the "point at which the fetus becomes 'viable,'" the “Justices” ignored and usurped the foundations of our Constitution.  Volumes could be – and have been – written about the atrocious Roe v. Wade decision.  This post asks a simple question: Where is the voice of the American church in legalized abortion? <<READ MORE>>

   WAKE UP AMERICA PART I

Ronald Reagan, in perhaps his best and most memorable speech (now known as “The Speech” or   “A Time for Choosing” click to watch ), started by stating, “I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course.  I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines.”  As Reagan so rightly observed a generation ago, the issues that confront America today cross party lines; they affect each and every one of us – all the way down to our children and our children’s children.  The seriousness of our issues goes beyond the traditional left versus right politically; our issues are up versus down, and life versus death in regards to our very survival as a people. <<READ MORE>> 

Please Join Us As We Fight.  Take a Stand Today:

1.      Call your elected representative and get involved now.  Take a few minutes and let them know what you think about the issues you care about today.  Let them hear your voice about illegal immigration, government run healthcare and the many other issues that we all currently face.  The Capitol Hill switchboard number is: (202) 224-3121,  or toll free at 1-877-851-6437.   It only takes a few minutes to make a call, and your vote does matter.  Remember in the year 2000, that the President of the United States was elected by 537 votes in Florida.  The margin of victory was 0.0092%.  For every one person who actually calls or writes their elected leaders, there are generally hundreds, if not thousands that he or she is speaking for.  Remember to always be polite, respectful and to the point when calling.      

   2.   If you have not already done so, REGISTER, click on link and take advantage 

       of your precious right to VOTE.  Voting is more than a right, it is a duty and a

       privilege.  Stay informed of the issues and carefully consider who and what you are voting for. 

3.      Get yourself and your family involved in a decent church.  There are no perfect churches, but there are decent ones out there.  Find one and remember that God requires us to keep holy the Sabbath Day.  Church attendance is a benefit and blessing of a free society, and it is a basic human need.  Do not take this freedom lightly or one day it may be gone. 

4.   Support your local candidate or run for office yourself.  Want change for the better?  Make it happen.  Take time to visit your local party headquarters when it matters most – immediately prior to an important election.

5.      Watch out for your neighbors, and help them when there in genuine need.  Like it or not, we are our brother’s keeper, and that implies moral obligation to those in need.      

6.      Get involved in worthwhile causes and para-church organizations such as the Manhattan Declaration and so many others that are fighting for liberty and the common good of humanity.  Getting involved can be a lot easier that it seems and with the internet at your fingertips, one can "get involved" in about 5 minutes.  Your voice counts!

7.      Speak out whenever an opportunity presents itself.  Let your voice be heard; be salt and light.  Comment on news stories; write letters to the editor.  We are convinced there is a quiet multitude in this country who will not speak because of the fear of ridicule.  Speak out boldly anyway; and especially if you know in your heart that you are right, and you might just wind up turning a few heads in the right direction. 

8.      Live your life like your influence matters.  It does.  You cannot change the entire world, but you definitely can change your little corner of it. 

9.      Pray and believe in God.  Make a conscious decision to have faith in His eventual triumph over all powers of darkness (both personally and corporately).

10.  If you are married, love your mate; stay faithful in word and deed.  If single, love your Creator, and seek a mate if you wish.  Live a life of integrity.     

11.  Love your children.  Raise them up with godly wisdom and discipline.  Keep them from the horrible influences that are now so pervasive in the culture.  They truly are the future.

12.  Live for God first and foremost.  Live for a purpose that is greater than yourself.  As Saint Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel always – if necessary use words.”  Remember that there are no small rolls in God’s Kingdom.  As Martin Luther so rightly observed: “A woman spinning at the wheel or a man plowing in the field are no less spiritual than a monk praying.”

WRITE THE BLOGGER.  Let Me Know What You Think; Let Us Reason Together.  

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