Blogger: Sibyl West
Our Very Own Army of Locusts
By Sibyl West
In relative terms, the American middle class is wealthy in this world. And our land has many resources that could be utilized by the free market for the common good but for excessive government restrictions.
Because of our many material blessings we now find ourselves a target of enemies both foreign and domestic. In fact one of my friends recently listed a brief but comprehensive litany of grievances in an email thread that went like this:Our economy is in the tank, and we are going to see hyper inflation.
While Obama plays golf.
The European economies are going up in flames.
While Obama wants to tax us more and spend our way out of this mess.
Our Nation is under assault by the radical Muslims.
While Obama is bowing to Arab Kings.
Our borders are being assaulted by Drug Thugs and murderers from Mexico.
While Obama is filing suit against AZ, the only state to stand up to him.
Our Gulf Coast to being destroyed by the worst human disaster ever.
While America burns Obama plays the fiddle !
I don’t see any leadership from Gov Perry.
Obama and his gang of Progressive Thugs are destroying everything in America so fast that we can’t even keep up with the new legislation. Every day I get dozens of emails saying we must act now to stop this or that legislation and asking for money to be given to this or that organization.
HOW DO WE STOP THIS MADNESS ????????
Lately I have been thinking of the Biblical army of locusts, the destruction they wreak and how this analogy does not necessarily refer only to bugs.
It can easily be used to describe the assault of the statists who devour the people’s substance; those leftists who hate established traditional authority, free market capitalism, America and everything she stands for. “One nation under God? Puh-leeez. We shall have no more of that antiquated notion. Redistributive change and social justice – that’s what we need.” Meanwhile – as they buy votes by tossing a few entitlements and kick back crumbs to their union bosses – they take their cut, fund their lifestyles on the tax payer’s dime and retain their power.
For what it’s worth, here’s the passage from Joel Chapter 2 with my comments:
2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
The economic outlook is bleak even for the larger corporations. The left has been building to this crescendo for decades, but this is their turning point; for by over reaching they have revealed their true intentions after years of having to lie in order to get what they want.
3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them [the white sand beaches of the gulf states], and behind them a desolate wilderness [the oil soaked, blackened marsh lands]; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
The fire is the insatiable tax and spend policy. They extort the wealth of the middle class tax payers. Where once there was opportunity there remain only broken promises, broken dreams.
4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
They move as fast as possible to achieve the redistributive change they have coveted for so long.
6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
There are millions of Americans like my friend who live in tense apprehension and abject fear of how fedzilla will change the rules of the game and whimsically seize more of their liberty and property. The productive classes who have assets are always worried about frivolous lawsuits – the modern mechanism that the lawless use to harass and intimidate the law-abiding dissenters.
7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
The left intimidates the moderates of their party into voting in lock step. Much effort is spent toward this end, out of public view and behind closed doors.
8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
They toe the party line. Even if forced to resign they simply go to a different department or think tank in the background. They never leave the machine.
9 They shall run to and fro in the city [minute and pervasive government regulations]; they shall run upon the wall [ascend the heights of power], they shall climb up upon the houses [affect every family]; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief [taking all disposable income in confiscatory taxes].
10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
All descriptions of chaos, confusion and crisis.
12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
Call out to the Almighty Lord and ask Him to intercede in this time of trouble.
13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
How else but through a broken heart can the LORD enter in? Don’t get hysterical and freak out, says Joel, but turn and stop transgressing the natural laws of God. That means follow all Ten Commandments, the rules of self-discipline and restraint, and avoid unnecessary trouble in life.
We have been praying and our prayers are being answered gradually. Let’s keep it up. But remember that God has His job and we have ours! Be ready to get informed, get involved and cooperate with your fellows who share the same values and intentions. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. We have not been vigilant about our liberty and over time things have proceeded to this point. But now the left has over reached, as they always do, and more and more of us are now alert.
Spread the word. To all “moderates” out there who wish everyone would just get along – I say it’s time for you to get off the fence and choose a side on which to stand. You’ll have time to be moderate after this war is won.
18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith:
We shall have the necessities – no mention of luxuries. Contentment with this requires mental discipline.
… and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate…
21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.
And God will make a way where there is no way. He’s got the knack.
It is worth mentioning that material enjoyment is temporary and flickering. The proper use of intelligence is not how to gain more prosperity – and the attacks and scorn that attend it – but rather how to realize one’s spiritual nature, make a permanent solution to the problems of life and reconnect with God, the Supreme Spirit. True independence is to inwardly depend on God in the heart and to do what that voice of conscience dictates. That is the purpose of the human form of life. It is an individual choice.
Man proposes, God disposes. Let’s propose to preserve and defend the last best hope of man on earth by maintaining and acting on our pledge of “In God We Trust”. If we use the present travail as an impetus to put God back in the center where He belongs, then we will have really turned a curse into a blessing and triumphed over adversity.