The United States has forgotten God and that's putting it mildly. The recent election was open culture war based upon race and entitlement. Instead of using reason to promote a candidate and a political winner, America voted for Santa Claus. You can't beat a gift giver and you can't beat promises to sustain entitlement programs.
Very good thoughts. Thank you for posting them. I just wish to add my own thoughts and observations to what I re-posted above:
I want to start with an illustration:
Because I live in the Northeast - where corrosive salt is used on the roads and highways to melt ice and snow - my vehicles seem to last only about 10 years or so before they are completely rusted out. Anyone who's seen or is familiar with the conditions here knows what I am talking about. What begins as a little pinpoint of rust - maybe due to the paint being chipped on the car body due to a stone or shopping cart hit - eventually turns out to be a major case of body cancer.
I once had a 1990 Ford Taurus (which my son eventually inherited) with over 250,000 miles on it. It still ran fine, but at over 12 years old at the time (2002) it had so much rust on it that it wouldn't pass inspection and it was unsafe to drive.
My point here is this: Our government - like my old, beat up car - is completely rusted out (corrupted). Now we can argue - perhaps persuasively - that it IS rusted, but it is due to the "salt" of good intentions. (Just like the salt, which causes vehicle corruption, has a good purpose in that it melts the ice and snow on the roads)
Some might say "well, okay, the government is corrupt. But it can be fixed with a little tweaking around the edges".
I disagree. Rust on a car body will quickly get to a point where no amount of "Bondo" (plastic stuff used in auto body repair work) can fix it. There just isn't enough un-rusted material to work with. Likewise, I don't think there are enough "un-corrupted" parts of government to work with.
I've been a "political junkie" for years. As such, I've been of the opinion that there really hasn't been much difference between the two parties. In presidential elections, I usually voted 3rd party (living in a deep blue state for the last 20 years has given me a little more freedom of feeling in doing this. If I voted R, it didn't matter because that candidate wasn't going to carry the state anyway.)
This year was different. I decided early on that I would vote for Romney - not necessarily because I saw him as a political "savior" (he's not, the country is too far gone), but that he would at least slow things down.
The other thing was (which contradicts my earlier view that there is no difference) - I DID see a clear difference of vision between the two candidates.
Now, I'm not speaking to the moral character of either man when I say this - as far as I can tell, BOTH men practice and live what I would consider a moral and upright lifestyle. But Romney and Obama had CLEAR, discernible differences when it came to their vision and where they would lead the country.
Without going into all the "whys" and the "wherefores" in this already too long response, suffice it to say I agreed with Romney's vision and not Obama's.
Also, I would say that I believe that Romney ran a pretty good campaign - in that his message for the most part DID get out (in spite of the media).
This is important because of this - I believe for the most part the electorate was informed. If you voted for Romney, you knew where he stood. Likewise with Obama.
So we had a clear choice - the people were informed - and the people choose. It didn't come out as I had expected or had hoped, but it just shows we're farther along than I might have thought.
And it means I'll just have to work harder in the time there is left.