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 has served for over 27 years and has multiple deployments to include Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom 1, and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).He and his family reside in the New Orleans, LA. area.<<READ MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER HERE>>
Where are you America? In the year of our Lord, 2014, what happened to the land of the brave? What happened to the land that used to espouse self evident truths and idealize God given, inalienable rights? Does it still exist, or is it in the throes of death? What became of the days when virtually everyone acknowledged the simple rightness of right and the obvious wrongness of wrong? It is as though we have all entered the proverbial “Twilight Zone.” I keep waiting for Rod Serling to come back from the dead and deliver a national address from the Oval Office. I heard Ronald Reagan speak (in an old video) just this morning, and I couldn’t help but to think WHAT HAPPENED TO AMERICA? CCV believes there was a very different spirit about Ronald Reagan. There was a different spirit about American families under his leadership. There was a different spirit on American men (perhaps the men most of all) just one generation ago. Check out the videos (bonus video in link above and please DO look at the one just below):
It is time to openly recognize a very unpleasant, undeniable reality and it is this: Truth in America has been slain. Now it didn't happen overnight but it happened … and because of it, our freedoms are slipping away. At the end of the day, there are really only two political systems in this word: One is democracy and all its myriad of forms, and the other is tyranny … and all its myriad of forms. The question that America (and really all mankind) faces today – is fundamentally the same question that has been both asked and answered in one way or another since the dawn of time. Cecil B Demille asked this very question in his opening narrative for his epic “Ten Commandments.” The question is this: “Is man a free moral agent before God or a pawn to be ruled by other men.” All real Americans know what her founding documents so passionately declare about that subject, but what about our nation’s leaders? Do they still believe in natural law, inalienable rights, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home and/or reservation of the powers to the people? Do they believe in the vision of our Forebears?
The late great apologist Chuck Colsonalso openly recognized this disturbing trend. He saw where this leviathan of a nation was then and is now headed. And it is headed there fast, almost like an irresistible force. Before his death in 2012, Colson publicly reflected on the warnings of a couple of philosopher/ thinkers named Jacques Ellul and Soren Kierkegard. Kierkegaard, the 19th-century Danish philosopher, almost 100 years before the invention of television, predicted what would happen if such a thing were invented. "Suppose," Kierkegaard wrote, "someone invented...a convenient little talking tube which could be heard over the whole land. I wonder if the police would not forbid it, fearing that the whole country would become mentally deranged."
Colson believed Kierkegard was right, and that our beloved America was in the process of becoming literally deranged. He said that we are succumbing to what French philosopher Jacques Ellul prophesied in the 1960s—the politicization of virtually every aspect of life. Ellul foresaw the Information Age and the media's need for a steady flow of information to feed the populace. Media therefore would ever gravitate to covering centers of power. Politicians would be willing accomplices, because they'd gain fame and clout. Ellul described this phenomenon as “The Political Illusion.” This is the illusion that government can provide a solution to virtually every problem. Ladies and gentlemen, we are there. We are living in the very political illusion that Ellul foresaw. He also foresaw that when government becomes all-intrusive, the intermediate structures that keep societies vibrant—families, churches, and voluntary associations—collapse and tyranny follows. And it is all because of the deliberate fostering of this illusion. The illusion is just that. It is – at best – an illusion/ a counterfeit; it is – at worst – a sinister lie.
On October 15th, 1992, presidential candidates Ross Perot, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush stood before a town hall debate and tragically demonstrated that they too were complicit in the political illusion. When questioned by the now famous “ponytail guy” (as Rush Limbaugh deemed him, see video), every single candidate without exception, the republican included, demonstrated very clearly that they simply were not willing to stand where our Founder’s stood (assuming they understood where our Founder's stood) regarding the true purpose of government among men. Instead, it was obvious that they too, had swallowed the proverbial kool aid, and every single one of them tried to pander to the ponytail guy. This is the man who suggested that the president/ government become like our “father,” and the people become like “children.” I remember the ponytail guy well, and the notion of the president as my "father" still sickens me. Video follows (The ponytail guy starts speaking at 19:57 [19 minutes, 57 seconds into the video].):
At no time did any candidate reply to those ridiculous assertions with something along these lines: “Thank you sir, for your question. But I believe if you ask the wrong question, you are going to get the wrong answer. And a question to any political candidate should never be framed under the auspices that it is the government’s role and/or duty to become your parent. The idea that the government should become your provider/ father is not what America was founded on. That idea leads to hubris, oppression and eventual tyranny in government, and sloth, vice, dependency and eventual violence in its citizenry. It is NOT the role of government to become YOUR PARENT or to meet your needs, and it never has been. THAT role belongs to God and our entire constitutional experiment is founded on it. That worldview, our Founder’s worldview, has led directly to the freest society the world has ever known -- our God blessed America, and I sir, am here to protect it. The true role of government is to secure your God-given rights, so that you (with God’s concurring aid) can provide for yourself.”
Today in America, I believe we have quietly succumbed to what Ellul (and by default Colson) predicted—the idea that every problem has a political solution. And that all that is needed to produce a more ideal society is to simply increase government control – to legislate “solutions.” This attitude, Ellul warned, leads to rapidly increasing dependence on the state and decreasing citizen control of government. The result: The structure of government becomes so unwieldy that it can hardly function. For example, we've spent billions fighting terrorism—but we couldn't stop "the underwear bomber" from boarding a U.S. bound plane, even though his name was on a terrorist watch list. Colson said we better recognize that politics is not the be-all and end-all of human existence. Politics is merely the expression of culture. Clean up culture—that job belongs to God’s people—and wise politics will follow.
It is important to state that a cultural clean up actually happened during the epoch of William Wilberforce in England in the 18th and 19th centuries. And it happened because of man’s cooperation with God’s ultimate sovereign plan. England then was in worse straits than we are today, with slavery, child labor, and rampant political corruption. But along came Wilberforce, the Oxford movement, and the Salvation Army. What followed was a great, century-long revival of Christian faith. England was not only saved in the Wesley revivals, it was stronger than ever.
So we as 21st-century Christians desperately need to learn a lesson from those who have gone before us. And there is no time to lose. If, as Colson believed (and I believe), the political illusion has America by the throat, there are only two likely outcomes—revolution, which is what the Tea Party people suggest (albeit peacefully), or tyranny.
God has acted again and again through His people to change history's course, and we all need to pray that He acts again. But for that to happen, the Church needs to unify, to repent, to sober up and to cowboy up. It is time to unify and summon our spiritual resources. It is time to expose the political illusion. It is time to effectively, zealously and courageously defend and live the true Christian faith in our culture. Please join us as we fight.
-- Posted By Ted Baccich, 30 August 2014 THE WAR X
This month I was going to extend the thought of the Political Illusion and what it all means to us as a a people. It is a very important concept, but I came up with one that is even more important. When I came back from Iraq in 2004 (after an 8 month tour), I was joyously greeted by my wife and two baby girls, Rachel and Abby. Rachel was just over 3 and Abby was only 21 months old. <<READ MORE>> THE WAR IX
It has been a very long time since CCV has blogged, but I am finally back. For quite some time I have been in a serious quandary – almost at a loss for what to blog about. Why? Because the issues at hand today are truly, truly no longer democrat versus republican or liberal versus conservative, they are – very simply stated – up or down as a nation. <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR VIII
GOD BLESS AMERICA, LONG MAY SHE LIVE. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! Let us never forget our true and godly heritage -- unique gifts from God Himself and our brave forebears -- the men and women whose blood flowed the streets of New England to give us the freedoms that we still enjoy -- at least to a degree -- to this very day. <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR VII
Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire once said, “If you want to know who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Feminism. The mere mention of the word makes me queasy and apprehensive, and I have been in 3 wars. Why am I afraid? Does a philosophy called feminism, an ethereal substance, want to harm me? Elaine Donnelly, Founder and President of the Center for Military Readiness, labels this phenomenon, “Fem Fear.” <<READ MORE>> THE WAR VI
Today marks 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions that have effectively legalized the quiet holocaust – the abortion holocaust in America. That marks 40 years, or one generation – of it being legal to kill unborn children. Over the last 40 years, roughly 57 Million babies have been aborted for any reason or for no reason at all using any procedure deemed desirable for all 9 months of pregnancy. Abortion is not a social or a political issue. This is a profoundly ethical, <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR V What will America look like, feel like, smell like, and sound like on the day after the election, Wednesday, November 7th? Will there be significant civil unrest regardless of which candidate prevails? Looking at the state of the nation, the thinking person has to honestly wonder. No matter who wins the coming election, we will still have a 16 Trillion dollar debt hanging over our heads, and our children’s heads. <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR IV
As I was out and about one day visiting various troops and personnel in Afghanistan, I found myself looking through an amazing piece of technology known as the “Eye in the Sky.”The Eye in the Sky is a simple balloon with a very high powered camera which is utilized for surveillance.Now the Eye in the Sky can see from great distances, and it can observe all kinds of things.It is Orwellian in a manner of speaking; big brother is indeed watching you.<<READ MORE>>
THE WAR III
In 1982, Ronald Reagansaid, "Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated."CCA asks the question: Are we losing the test of wills, the battleground for character?<<READ MORE>>
THE WAR II
This will be the shortest blog CCA will ever write, sort of. The following videos are an absolute must view for anyone who wants to understand more about the direction our country is headed. Why call this blog, "The War II?" Watch the videos. These are the only videos CCA has ever embedded. <<SEE VIDEOS>>
THE WAR I
Ronald Reagan once said, "Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated."What does one think about when one hears the word, “war”?<<READ MORE>>
WAKE UP AMERICA PART X
In 1996, I was invited to a luncheon that made a long lasting impression. It was a local civic luncheon in Bonham, Texas, where I was living and working. They were honoring the DFYT (Drug Free Youth in Texas) at this particular luncheon. And as I sat and listened to the young man who represented the DFYT, with all due respect to the DFYT and to the many good things it stands for, I couldn't help thinking ... what's so great about not being on drugs? <<READ MORE>>
WAKE UP AMERICA PART IX
Why do the far left hate and what exactly do they hate?Why do outspoken liberals and critics such as: Bill Mahr(Religulous), Alec Baldwin, Chris Matthews, Katie Couric, Barbara Streisand, Joy Behar, Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and the list goes on, (from all outward appearances), hate conservatives and Christians?Why do they promise to “leave the country,” as several did before George W. Bush got elected, (they broke their promise, for the record) if a conservative wins the White House?What drives them and why do they throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way?<<READ MORE>>
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. <<READ MORE>>
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.
of your precious right toVOTE.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
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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