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Franklin Graham Prophesy
TIME IS LIKE A RIVER
I wish this was NOT true, but sadly it is too true.
Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again.
Franklin Graham was speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida a few weeks back when he said America will not come back. He wrote:
The American Dream ended (on November 6th, 2012 ) in Ohio. The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind.
A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the "forever needy," the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other "fellow travelers" have ended Norman Rockwell's America. The Cocker Spaniel is off the front porch... The Pit Bull is in the back yard. The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" and Chicago shyster, David Axelrod, along with international Socialist George Soros will be pulling the strings on their beige puppet to bring us Act 2 of the New World Order.
Our side ran two candidates who couldn't even win their own home states, and Chris Christie helped Obama over the top with a glowing "post Sandy " tribute that elevated the "Commander-in-Chief" to Mother Teresa status. (Aside: with the way the polls were run, he didn't need any help!) People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will never again comment on or concern myself with the afore mentioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.
You will never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take Zealots, not moderates & shy not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.
Those who come after us will have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to "white guilt" and political correctness.....
Going back to the future was a movie. It seems that some politicians will do most anything for attention. Planting seeds of discord with an effort to make people feel inadequate is the danger we face. If Mr. Graham wants to go back in time, why didn’t he suggest the return of the horse and buggy? My take on this is colored. A black man as President was not acceptable to many Americans and they, along with the opposition party, the GOP vowed to make him fail. I’m impressed with the resilience the President exhibits in the face of overwhelming opposition.
Progress is selectively resisted. One wants to enjoy the benefits of advanced technology while clinging to the past. If a person driving a car kept looking into the rearview mirror observing what he passed instead of looking where he was going, he would become part of the past. There are past values instilled in us that are still valid, however they are not acceptable to everyone. Evaluating the good of our past included helping one another, i.e., sharing the bounty of harvest with their neighbors - the early pioneers blazed trails for others to follow. Becoming self-sufficient was a trait that served them well. Progress along with regulations stymied the unfettered advance and turned into greed. Making money at the expense of others, or stepping on others for advancement has become the norm. We now live in an environment where money rules. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. That is no longer a society for the benefit of all citizens. Power-seeking Presidential Candidates spew whatever garbage they think will get them votes. Is it proper that a large portion of a candidate’s claim to fame and fortune was made by bankrupting companies and sticking the creditors with the debt? Although what was done was deemed legal, there is something wrong with a system that allows this to happen. That was not possible in the past. Hiring highly-paid lawyers to find loopholes and ways to circumvent the system is possible for the rich. Money sent off-shore to avoid paying taxes is just another way to cheat the system.
“Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again.”
I agree with that statement. We cannot go back, yet some will insist on antiquated methods and rules for modern-day use. Resistance to gun control is one such example. We have a standing army and therefore having citizens armed to protect the State is no longer valid or proper. The 2nd Amendment’s meaning should be clarified and understood. If it cannot be understood by the populace, perhaps amending the amendment or declaring it no longer valid would help with our advancement.
Patch-work fixes don’t work for the long-term. We have many laws on the books that are not enforced while at the same time, we create new laws. Wouldn’t it be wise to eliminate old laws that are no longer used before making new ones?
We don’t have a perfect system and never will. Politics are divisive and this writing may be considered an example. To find a solution to a problem first requires a full definition of the problem. If a problem is to be solved by the government, a bi-partisan committee or task force should be set up to study it. Unless there is consensus, whatever party proposes a solution will be blocked by the opposition.
That is the reality of the world as it exists today. We can’t go back in time, however we can learn from the past.
There are billions of worlds in the universe and the people on our insignificant little planet spend hundreds of years fighting about which middle eastern desert sect scribbled down the coolest fairy tales. Interpretation of those tales continue to cause strife and wars. Politicians use selective passages from that so-called holy book that suits their agenda while ignoring passages that refute their claims. We often hear the term, “Christian values”. What are those values that support the title of “Christian”? When we see mega-churches and TV evangelists with private jets and living in mansions, how do they reconcile that with the Christ-like values they pretend to observe?
Regardless of ones political views, we are all human and need the basics to survive: Food, shelter and clothing. We want to see our children have a better life than we had. We want to live in peace and security. Of the candidates seeking office, the one who is promoting these values is Bernie Sanders. His views are considered “socialistic” by those who wish to retain a system that divides the rich from the poor.
Attitudes change when one who has been rich and lost everything was compelled to walk in the shoes of the poor. It is said that the happiest people in the world live in Denmark. Denmark is a democratic socialist country. The high taxes they pay are returned to them in benefits, i.e., healthcare, education, childcare, liberal vacations and from what I read, the employees are part owners in the company they work for.
It works for them and see it as good while many in the West (America) want to hold on to a system that works against their best interests. Our capitalistic system is not working for the benefit of all. Unless there is change in our current system, I believe that there will be “defiance and civil disobedience”, but not for the reasons stated by Franklin Graham.