Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My crystal ball was cracked; sobering thoughts from Alexis deTocqueville...

Turns out my "expert analysis" was NOT so expert after all. My crystal ball was cracked. I've set it out to be picked up by the trash man. Turns out I was completely wrong, and the polls were right. Congratulations to Obama & Co. for pulling out a decisive win which was carefully planned and executed. To win a second term in this economy and after doing virtually nothing is a stunning victory!!
Am I depressed? For the moment, YES. Am I sad? Yes, for the moment.

I fear for our nation and our future. I fear for the future of my kids and grandchildren. Will I get over this state of depression? Of course, because Jesus is still on the throne, reigning and ruling. He is Lord Over All, regardless of an election. My life and future is in His hands.

I am reminded of the children of Israel being carried off in slavery from their homes and their land to Babylon. For them, it was a very dark day, but God was still in control. The Invisible Hand of God was at work preparing their future destiny and He is orchestrating his will and good pleasure at this moment, even in the midst of what I see as a defeat.

For today, I leave you with the words of Alexis de Tocqueville who prophetically described yesterday's election victory for Obama 170 yrs ago, and its implications for us today:

Tocqueville explained in greater detail that the tyranny that most endangers free societies is a soft tyranny: 
It is the gradual imposition of and acquiescence to radical egalitarianism, which is disguised as democratic and administrative utilitarianism. It is the belief in the infinite ability and capacity of elected officials to perfect life and in a vast, neutral administrative state to ensure its proper regulation.
When the people denuded of spirit and exceptional-ism  dependent on the government for their welfare, the democracy gradually transitions into a powerful administrative state. "Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. 
That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like  that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood, but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood; it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think nothing but rejoicing. 
For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances; what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living? Thus it every day renders the exercise of the free agency of man less useful and less frequent; it circumscribes the will within a narrower range and gradually robs a man of all the uses of himself. The principal of equality has prepared men for these things; it has predisposed men to endure them and often to look on them as benefits" (II, 318-19).
This is where we find ourselves today. De Tocqueville was a prophet and didn't even know it.

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