Three-Ring Circus: a Post About Politics & Religion

randomlychad  —  October 9, 2013 — 8 Comments

A wise man once said that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That’s absolutely true.

It’s how we’ve gotten where we’re at today, with the American federal government shutdown. With one kind of health plan for the common man, and another for his congressman. Where a private business, in a building leased from the federal government, is forced to shutdown (despite not employing any government workers), but the congressional gym stays open.

This is not the America I know and love; rather, it smacks more of Orwell’s Animal Farm, where “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

The hogs slurp from their troughs in D.C., while the rest of us bear the brunt, and the cost, of their poor governance. Yet, I’m not sure who’re the bigger fools here: the politicians, who above all else-despite eloquent words to the contrary–seek only to hold onto power.

Or the numbskulls who keep electing them.

It’s said that stupidity, and insanity, bear the same definition:

Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. In other words, meet the new boss (Obama), same as the old boss. You didn’t really believe him when he crested that wave called “Hope” and “Change,” did you? Sucker.

That’s like the folks who voted for Nixon in ’68, when he campaigned on the promise of getting us out of Vietnam. Hah! (News flash: we weren’t out until the fall of Saigon).

In more recent times, there was President Bush (the first) with his (in)famous “Read my lips, no new
taxes,” and the equally obnoxious declaration by then-president Clinton, “I did not have sexual relations with this woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

The point is that politicians on both sides of the aisle are well-practiced in telling us what we want to hear (read: lying). Both sides espouse the respective virtues that their reputed constituencies hold dear. While the only real agenda is, in the words of the old song, “everybody wants to rule the world.” They say (whatever) to stay (where they are).

The real skill in Washington is appearing to be all things to all people so they can keep their cushy jobs. (In other quarters this is known as hypocrisy).

And this what our forefathers fought and died for? What Lincoln termed “government of the people, for the people, by the people?” Abe is probably turning over in his grave.

Yes, the country is in a grave state. Which is why my hope is not in politics  or politicians, but rather in Jesus. Although I used to consider myself a Republican, I no longer claim so. Nor am I a Democrat. I am a Christian, and that is horse of an entirely different color.

While I will render unto Caesar insofar as Caesar’s dictates do not violate God’s law, my kingdom is not of this world. I am seated in the heavenlies in Christ, my name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.”

Where does your hope come from? The three-ring circus in D.C., or somewhere higher.

Choose you this day.

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  • You captured it, pal.

  • Most excellent post!

  • Been saying the same for years now -- I’m grateful that I have a home in Heaven, but I could not, in good conscience, ever call myself Republican, or Democrat when I serve a King and, unless I missed a country someplace in history, they do not lead political parties. Great post -- I only wish more folks really paid attention.

    • Thanks, Rick! There’s something self-affirming in all of us--I believe right, and you’re wrong. I support the right party, and you don’t. Makes it all too easy to get caught up in partisanship.
      It’s really just a symptom of the fall. Last time I checked, Jesus didn’t come to redeem systems, but rather people…

  • Jesus and only Jesus!