People can really surprise you. In a recent podcast, Rudy Giuliani was addressing the reaction between the aftermath of 9/11 and the aftermath of the virus hitting the United States. He pointed out that after 9/11 people turned to God, they went to church, and there was recognition of the need to seek comfort in God because of the enormity of the attack and the loss of innocent life. He himself saw the need to seek God’s help to handle the situation. He contrasted that with COVID-19 – churches closed their doors and adjusted to online services, but fear seemed to rule the day rather than faith.
Initially, everyone supported the two-week pause in life, but as time went by people began to question what was happening. What did the Constitution say? Government experts responded with constantly changing health directives, claims and counter claims. Ministers who said that the government had no right to shut churches down because of the First Amendment were threatened with arrest and huge fines.
My surprise came that Rudy, America’s mayor, the guy who took on the mob, the guy who cleaned up New York, who got rid of the car window squeegee squads and believed in the Broken Windows Theory of crime prevention, the guy who made the Big Apple one of the safest big cities in America and led NYC thru 9/11. He’s not a guy that I would expect to speak about the spiritual state of the nation.
As the Biden administration takes a foothold and advances their policies with stack after stack of executive orders bypassing Congress and input from “We the People,” we see a change of direction in our nation that is something akin to whiplash.
Our border policies were working. They honored those who sought legal admission to America, but they have been struck down, with no policy to replace them. As a consequence, thousands of people are once again pouring into America; 100,000 in February alone. We have no idea who these people are, where they are from, and in the age of COVID-19 what they are bringing with them as they are released into the interior of the nation. How is this good for the people making the dangerous journey? Many are unaccompanied minors, but are they really since they have no papers? What parent sends their children on a dangerous journey alone?
You would think, after the chaos of the last election, that everyone would have a vested interest in tightening up voter laws to assure a fair and honest election in the future. For example, here in Michigan 177,000 names were purged from the voter roll, not before but after the election. The margin of victory in Michigan was in the 150,000-vote range.
“Vote the bums out” is a familiar mantra. The release valve for the unhappy electorate is finding a better candidate. If no one trusts the honesty of elections, relief is a moot point. HR1, the “For the People” bill, would transfer election law away from the state legislators as the Constitution stipulates to Washington, D.C., not particularly the center of confidence and wisdom. I contend that any time you put distance between yourself and a decision, your voice counts less. This bill mandates automatic voter registration, including same day and online. No witness signature for absentee ballots and they must be accepted up to 10 days after the election. It would be illegal to verify addresses of registered voters and cross checking for registration in multiple states. It bans state voter ID laws. Noncitizens would be eligible to vote with auto registration. It allows 16 year olds to vote. Gives tax dollars to candidates and impinges on free speech. Even the ACLU doesn’t approve.
The next thing to come down the pike is the Equality Act of 2021, HR5. What would sound better than equality – but wait, it’s not that kind of equality.
Not that long ago, when a family was expecting a baby, you’d guess if it would be a boy or girl, and when it was born, you knew. Later ultrasound provided an early peek. Today, more and more people think we should let the child decide, and, to not influence that decision with stereotypes, we go all gender neutral. This act would to put into law gender-neutral bathrooms, locker rooms, sports teams and hiring practices no matter what your belief system. I have serious doubts that individual rights and freedom of conscience for doctors, churches and individuals will be honored.
Then there is the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, of which over 90 percent has nothing to do with COVID and everything to do with bailing out failed policies in places like New York and California, the home states of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Hello, Washington – a $1,400 check is not going to lift anyone out of poverty. How about we open the country?
Going back to Rudy, when I look at all of these things happening to our great nation, I see these choices before us and the assault on basic common sense, the throwing off of age-old norms, of borders, of citizenship, the integrity of the vote, of staggering debt while Capitol Hill is still surrounded with a fence and razor wire, we need more Rudys seeing the need of spiritual help.