THE DEVIL IN DC:
WINNING BACK THE COUNTRY FROM THE BEAST IN WASHINGTON
FROM THE INTRODUCTION …
THE TIME TO FIGHT IS NOW
Dream with me. Imagine an America . . .
where the fruits of one’s labors are not stolen by an oppressive tax system and a greedy political force;
where the public school systems actually teach logical math, grammatical English, and truthful history, not new math, English as a Second Language, and propagandized history;
where politicians and elected leaders are constrained not only by an informed, emboldened populace but also by a personally ingrained set of morals and values that prick their consciences and prod their behaviors;
where television, movies, and the entertainment and media industries don’t constantly bombard with sexually graphic messages that treat the likes of adultery, homosexuality, and promiscuity as normal and fun;
where those of Christian faith aren’t treated as despicable bigots for insisting on the rights of religious freedom and for opposing activities like gay marriage, that run counter to biblical teachings;
where poverty isn’t so much a political program but rather an opportunity for a church- or community-based solution, or even an individual solution;
where the Constitution still matters, justice is blind, and the rule of law is applied as equally to the president of the United States as to the salesperson in the store, the homemaker in the house, and the homeless on the street; and
where service to the nation is conducted in a manner that sets God’s full glory on display, inadvertently or purposely, by men and women who abide by the most basic of biblical commands: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
This is the America we should seek, for ourselves, for our children, for our children’s children, and so on, for as long as God blesses our country to thrive and survive. We’ve strayed quite a bit from this vision. And getting back will certainly not prove an overnight venture—or even a one-year achievement. It’ll take a long, hard slog against some forces of wickedness that have been plotting and planning America’s constitutional demise for decades, biding time until opportunity presented as seemed right—like the long-running degradations from the progressive movement, for example. But we can fight—and we can determine not to quit.
God set us on this hill. It seems only logical He’d like to keep us there. Confess. Repent. Pray. Those are the first steps to bringing our country back under the auspices of God. And after? Hopefully, some of the subsequent suggested actions outlined in this book will prove both inspiring and guiding. Ecclesiastes teaches of “a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace” (Eccl. 3:8). Right now, with the turmoil swirling about America, this is a time to fight—a time for war. Will you do your part?
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .XII
Introduction: The Time to Fight Is Now ……….. 1
1 Partisan Politics Won’t Win the Nation ……………..4
2 Charity Keeps Us Free …………………… 23
3 Putting the Bible Back in Schools ……………. 39
4 The Border Battle Cannot Be Ceded ……….. 53
5 Debt Is a Device of the Devil ……………… 77
6 Be Bold: We Are Bosses of Presidents, Politicians, and Police … 92
7 Dust Off the Constitution—Read It, Learn It, Teach It, Live It … 109
8 Executive Orders Ought to Be Outlawed …………. 124
9 Christianity Doesn’t Mean Defenselessness: The Second Amendment Saves …….. 141
10 Take on the Local First, Then the Federal ………. 156
11 The Press Is Secular—Be Your Own Watchdog ……. 169
12 Stand Fast in the Face of the Progressive, Atheist Onslaught …… 186
13 Get in the Battle of Principalities . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
14 Looking for a Few Good Jonahs ………………… 216
15 Christians, Wake Up! The Culture War Is Raging ……. 234
16 Churches to the Rescue—Hopefully ……………… 254
17 A Crash Course in Letting God Lead …………….. 274
Endnotes ……………………… 284
Index …………………………. 320
And here’s an excerpt from Chapter 6, “Be Bold: We Are Bosses of Presidents, Politicians and Police”
… The median net worth of a congressional member in 2013 was nearly $1.03 million. The average American’s net worth that same year, meanwhile, was little more than $56,000.27 Also in 2013: More than 50 percent—271 of the 533—of the members of Congress were millionaires.
“It would take the combined wealth of more than 18 American households to equal the value of a single federal lawmaker’s household,” the Center for Responsive Politics found.
A year later, and the financial perks for members of Congress continued. Roll Call reported in its annual survey of congressional wealth, published in October 2014, that the “combined minimum net worth of Congress jumped—up more than $150 million to $2.1 billion—according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of the financial disclosure forms for every member of Congress and delegate who filed one for 2013. That’s an increase of about $300,000 to $3.9 million per lawmaker.”
Shocked? Angry? We ought to be—angry and outraged, and ready to demand change. Sadly, politicians get away only with what the people allow, which puts the onus on the people to bring about that change.
REPEAT WHEN NECESSARY: THEY DON’T DESERVE IT, AND THEY’RE
NOT ENTITLED TO IT.
The first step to reversing this trend of elitism and special class we’ve bestowed upon our elected servants is to realize and repeat when necessary: They don’t deserve it and they’re not entitled to it. Why would they be?
Members of the government are in those roles only because the taxpayers have allowed them those positions. If they can’t serve humbly, with gratitude and with a servant’s heart, then they should be removed. That’s the spirit of our nation’s founding.
The next step is to pay attention to what our politicians and government workers do. A campaign promise is just that—some spoken words. But when the election’s ended and the ballot boxes are put away, that’s the time of real busyness for the voter—the time to make sure the elected stand fast and firm and deliver on promises. Tracking their votes, calling their offices, e-mailing their staffers, and kicking off letter campaigns and petition drives when necessary—these should be run-of-the-mill occurrences for all voters. We can’t just elect them and let them govern. That’s an abdication of the duties we were given by our Founding Fathers as well as by those who followed and who saw this nation as a shining city on a hill.
Want to give a government body a quick wake-up lesson on who’s the boss? FOIA the public workers’ salaries and post them to a local blog, or send them in to a local newspaper for publication. The Freedom of Information Act is a friend in this. It’s a hearty reminder of who is paying whom and how much—a speedy lesson about the authority of the taxpayer over the tax paid.
Hey, it’s watchdogging—what we’ve been commissioned to do.
As Andrew Jackson said during his farewell address in 1837, “Eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and . . . you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.”
It’s part of the responsibility of being an American. To shirk is to degrade our greatness.
But really, the outline for good governance goes further back in time than 1837—further back then the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. God gave us a blueprint of what a well-governed nation should look like, and what a proper leader ought to do and not do. It’s up to us to take these biblical principles and make sure they’re implemented and upheld.
In Deuteronomy, God spoke to Moses, who in turn told all of Israel, to “be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses” (17:15 niv). Among the warnings: Don’t choose a foreigner. Don’t choose one who isn’t an Israelite.
The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them . . . He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left (vv. 16–20 niv).
The symbolism of this passage may be a bit different today than in the time of Moses. But the message certainly hasn’t changed. If we want leaders who serve with pure hearts for the people—if we want politicians and government officials of humble attitudes and proper perspectives of their roles and positions—we need to choose leaders, politicians, and government representatives who follow paths forged by God, who keep themselves in check to a higher power. A little more spiritual discernment—and a little less concern about the “R” or “D,” the lofty campaign rhetoric, and the meaningless political promises.