WARNING: unless you're a terrorist, an anarchist, a nihilist, or just basically an idiot, this won't be a happy essay. If you're already depressed enough, you have my permission (ha!) to skip it. If you want to gloat, I'll probably just delete you. You've been warned.
Last night was a great victory in American politics. It was a victory for bin Laden. It was a victory for all America's enemies, foreign and domestic. It was a victory for the old, mainstream, lying, distorting media. It was a victory for illegal aliens invading our borders. It was a victory for homosexual activists. It was a victory for governmental thieves. It was a victory for the worst and lowest in the nation.
The Democrats had no platform, except that they were against everything. They lied, they distorted; they shamed and embarrassed themselves to the extent where the media almost couldn't cover for them. Almost. And it worked like a charm. After all, they had Hollywood with them.
It isn't exactly true that the Democrats had no platform; they had no new platform. We know their old platform: they are for abortion; they are for special rights for perverted behaviors; they are for punishing the productive to enable the unproductive; they are for legalized theft; they are for criminal-rights and opposed to victim's rights; they are for endless lawsuits about anything and everything; they are for judicial legislation; they are opposed to the Constitution; they are opposed to the practice of Biblical Christianity.
I say this as a former Democrat. The speech that outgoing Democratic senator Zell Miller gave at the last convention resonated deeply with me. I think the Democratic party sold its soul over Bill Clinton. They had a choice: take out their own garbage, or embrace and become the garbage for the sake of power. They chose the latter, and have never recovered.
But I'll say this. This is not a coup. Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, Kennedy -- they didn't ride into Washington in tanks, and take over government after a bloody battle. No, the American people handed them this power. With every reason to know what they were, and what would happen, we did it to ourselves.
And so the media may well have its wish for Vietnam redux, as they've chanted for years. But it won't mean what they mean. My understanding is that our miltary won Vietnam, but the media, the pols, and the public lost it.
Virtually everything I hear about Iraq from those who serve there is positive, reports of great gains and progress. But the media has a story, and they stick to it: quagmire, defeat, death. I'd love to see, next to the daily toll of the KIA's, the number of those murdered in America, or just in New York. And the number of terrorists killed. The deaths of our solders is tragic, but let's get some perspective.
So God is spanking us. Do we deserve it? Heck no. We deserve far worse. We deserve annihilation.
We look back on Israel and Judah, and marvel at their sin and apostasy. Read the confessions in Nehemiah 9, Ezra 9, and Daniel 9. They knew better, and yet sinned appallingly.
Our case is worse.
We are not a covenant nation, as Israel was and is. But that isn't God's standard of judgment. His standard is available light (cf. Luke 12:47-48). Care to compare the light Israel had available, versus the light America has had available since its inception? Did Israel possess all 66 books of the Bible? Did they have not just one, but many copies, in every house? Did they have preachers not only within miles, but on various media?
Perhaps more, did they have their own sad example to learn from?
We have had all that and more. Yet look at the church. Look at Christians. Emergent, Emerging, open theism, leaky canons, gutless grace, little-bitty-God, egalitarianism, traditionalism, lukewarmness, passion for power, indifference towards a sovereign, holy God, cute little ditties, pleasing little sermonettes for Christianettes -- and anyone who bucks that trend is extreme, harsh, judgmental, narrow.
And that's from professed Christians.
So we're getting far less than we deserve. Democrat power will mean more Americans die. It will mean more are robbed of their hard-earned wages. It will mean that our foundations are further eroded.
Add to that that the GOP are wonderful losers -- and I do not mean that as a compliment. I forget who said it, but it had some truth: "Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser."
I'm not talking about being a gracious loser, I'm talking about being a defeated loser, a deserving loser. The worst in the party -- folks like John McCain -- will be preaching the message, "See what we get when we're too divisive and extreme [read: "true to our core principles"]?" RNC Chair Ken Mehlman is already doing it: the GOP should learn from its defeat that they need to "try to work where we can on a bipartisan basis with Democrats."
What? You mean, like the Democrats have been doing for the last six-plus years? You mean, the public has looked at congress and sighed, "Gee, why can't the GOP be reasonable, and rational, like the Democrats? Why can't they put the nation's good ahead of their own party's power, like the Democrats?"
It's possible, I suppose. But if so, America is insane, ignorant, or both. Dems have done nothing but obstruct, foot-drag, complain, whine, carp, nit-pick, pout, and throw tantrums. They've been an embarrassing bunch of spoiled children.
And America just rewarded that behavior by giving them the keys to the car.
God punishes sin by sin. When we turn our backs on Him, He says in effect, "Fine; have some more, see how you like that." And so we ruin ourselves, individually or societally (Romans 1:18-32).
Like America's been doing for decades.
A word to my readers in foreign lands: I don't know of any of you whose countries are not just further down the same road we're traveling. So I trust we'll have your sympathy and prayers.
So, no happy news? Sure. I'm a dispensationalist, which means I believe all the Bible. And I'm a Calvinist (same reason). Therefore, I already knew man can't solve man's problems, and I know man's kingdom won't produce God's kingdom. I'm looking for that new heavens and new earth, in which righteousness is at home (2 Peter 3:13). It won't be brought about by the GOP, either. It won't be voted in, and can't be voted out. And it is sure and certain.
In the meanwhile, American Christians have our work cut out for us.
UPDATE: his reasoning and viewpoint are secular, and he is far too sloppy-kind to the American people (who do feature many sheep and idiots, and just made sheeplike, idiotic decisions Tuesday), but I appreciate Bill Whittle's thoughts (h-t LaShawn):
I wish to tell my friends to be cheerful and especially to be of good will. Disappointments come and go, but moments of courage and integrity in dark hours will be there when the stars grow cold. We have lost the election, so let us maintain our determination, our dignity and our sense of humor, and let us take this moment to reflect upon how our actions have fallen short of our ideals. And then, finally, let's act like the Americans we are, roll up our sleeves and start rebuilding. We who have survived Civil War, the Nazis and the Communists can probably manage to find a way to preserve the Republic in the face of Speaker Pelosi.