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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 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?  Is it really our nation’s noble effort to try to help the poor souls who don’t have medical coverage, or is there more to it than that?  In our postmodern era of American politics, precious little can be taken solely at face value, and certainly not a massive overhaul of the Nation’s health care system.  Is health care really a “right”, and if it is who is the giver of rights?  Where do rights come from, God or man?  And how does one distinguish between a “right” and a privilege?  What would our Nation’s Founders think about Socialized medicine? 

Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “That government that governs least governs best.”  Ronald Reagan said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”  Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, in debating socialized medicine, eloquently reminded us all of something Abraham Lincoln said, “You cannot make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak.”  Would Socialized medicine really make the strong weak?  Would it cause government’s long arm to grow so long as to establish controlling hands in every pocket?  Conservative Christian America believes the answers to those questions are self-evident.  Furthermore we believe that our Founders would stand decisively on the side of limited government.

It is important to remind ourselves that the American Revolution was not a war of Americans fighting against a hostile foreign Sovereign.  It was revolution whereby British citizens living in British colonies were fighting against their own government – a government that, after copious debate and Biblical justification, they deemed a tyranny.  The real issue of the revolution was unjust and tyrannical government control, and the duty of mankind to fight against tyranny in its myriad of forms.  The central issue of the American Revolution is one that has come up time and again in human history and it is this:  Is man the free moral agent of God or is man subject to the dominion of human government?  The whole Constitutional experiment sprang forth in a Revolution that had a rallying cry of “No King but King Jesus.  Are we Americans placing more kings over our heads than we can bear?  Proverbs states that, “For the transgression of a land, many are the princes thereof.”  Are we instituting policies and procedures that will drive an even greater wedge between the “haves” and the “have nots?”  We Americans love our freedom; it is probably the most cherished Divine right of America. And yet, in Socialism and Socialized Medicine, our freedom and autonomy is being taken away by massive governmental expansionism.  Our freedom is threatened by a government that is so big, that in many cases, it is losing its accountability to the very people it supposedly serves.  Ronald Reagan was right when he observed that government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.   

At the founding of our country, Ben Franklin warned that “Those who love security greater than they love liberty will have neither.”  Could it be that we are entering into an age where Americans are beginning to love security greater than they love liberty, and are willing to give up freedom in exchange for a sense of security?  The very word “Socialism,” when uttered in a political context, used to produce complete revulsion into the collective heart of America.  We all knew what Socialism meant and the World War II generation saw firsthand what Socialism did.  Until very recently in America, there had never been a divorce between Socialism and all things we considered evil:  The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, The National Socialist German Workers' Party (the Nazis), The People’s Republic of China, and the list goes on.  Are these comparisons really warranted?  Are we going down the same road as the countries who, like Nazi Germany, were crying out for leadership and went from the frying pan straight into the fire.

What is Socialism anyway?  Socialism, in theory, is a government of complete egalitarian fairness for all; it is really a perversion of “justice for all.”  Socialism, when it has been implemented, it has always been by force (usually by brute force) and has led directly to mass suffering every single time.  Why is this?  Because the very paradigms, the very founding premises of Socialism are tragically flawed.  And anything flawed at its base will be much more flawed at its peak.  An improperly framed house cannot stand.  Socialism is an atheistic philosophy that presupposes that mankind is basically good, and that given a fair chance, man will live in a better world.  G.K. Chesterton marveled over the modern’s rejection of the doctrine of fallenness, because it is the only Christian doctrine that is “empirically verifiable.”  Reagan was right when he said, "Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it."  Socialism in reality is the rule by few; it is just another Oligarchy or Communism with a happy face.  It is really a Totalitarian system of rule whereby a few “enlightened” leaders sit in their lofty perches and implement their version of fairness for all.  It is a system whereby man is not a free moral agent of God, but is rather a subject to the government and will of other men.  Socialism, no matter how altruistic its goals may be, always results in a drastic loss of freedom.  Socialized medicine, if successfully implemented, will be the same.  At the end of the day, a government official, who does not know you, will make life and death decisions for you and your loved ones.  Is this the kind of government one would expect in the land of the free?  Is this the kind of government one could even call moral?    

 

Ronald Reagan spoke eloquently about the dangers of socialized medicine long ago.  He warned us of this very day.  In his prophetic farewell address he said,

 

I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.  We the people" tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us. "We the people" are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast.  Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are.  Our Constitution is a document in which "We the people" tell the government what it is allowed to do.  "We the people" are free.

 

After leaving office Reagan remarked,

 

Although I held public office for a total of sixteen years, I also thought of myself as a citizen-politician, not a career one.  Every now and then when I was in government, I would remind my associates that "When we start thinking of government as 'us' instead of 'them,' we've been here too long."  By that I mean that elected officeholders need to retain a certain skepticism about the perfectibility of government.

 

Conservative Christian America laments the loss of leaders like Reagan because we believe that he, and not many since him, truly understood the Divine mandate for human government.  Our Founders understood it too.  Governments are instituted among men to secure the God given rights of the governed.  Other than that, government is to be a servant to the people, and not vice versa.  Reagan was right even in his brilliantly sarcastic quips about big government.  He once said, “Government is like a baby; an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.”  Socialism is like that.  It is a system with a big appetite whereby the people serve the government, and the government is accountable to no one.  Reagan once noted, “They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.”  The simple answer for America is she must do an immediate 180 degree turn.  The simple answer for America is she must muster the courage to stand where our great leaders once stood.  The simple answer for America is that we must reject all immoral forms of governmental control.  Our Founders did it, the World War II generation did it, and we need to do it too.  Let us all pray that we still have that corporate courage.  Please join us as we fight. 


-- Posted 28 March 2010, Ted Baccich


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.  <<MORE, 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? <<MORE  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. <<MORE  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 government run health care 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.”

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