It is stated less often these days, but the false impression that America is a super-power still exists in the hearts and minds of the majority of its people. We have not won a war in sixty-five years, unless you count the cold war, and even that is an illusion. Russia may no longer be known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, but it is still every bit the enemy of America. Russia can still take over a sovereign nation such as Georgia, and the whole world, including the "last super-power," stands by afraid to start "the big one." Russia is an ally of Iran and has its scientists there assisting Iran in the development of nuclear technology. Iran is the sworn enemy of the United States and Israel, and has openly stated its desire to wipe both off of the map. Russia also supports North Korea, a country that continually threatens to destroy South Korea and its allies. Both Iran and North Korea have developed long range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. It is only a matter of time before one of their insane leaders follows through on their threats. Yes, we have the military power to obliterate the two rogue nations, but we lack the resolve. We would rather trust treaties and sanctions. They worked so well with Iraq.
Iraq ignored seventeen United Nations Resolutions concerning having U.N. inspectors checking for weapons of mass destruction. Dozens of nations joined forces with the United States to take action against Saddam Hussein for his refusal to allow inspectors into his country. After the fall of Saddam, American liberals became emboldened to challenge our president when weapons of mass destruction could not be found. The same politicians, who supported the action against Iraq, used it to advance their own political aspirations. Ironically, no one seems to remember that Saddam used lethal gas on his own citizens, killing hundreds of Kurdish men, women and children. He had weapons of mass destruction, and he used them.
In the last two years, fiscal policies carried over from previous administrations have become so out of control, that our national debt will never be payable. I have heard all sorts of estimates but suffice it to say, the share of it by every man, woman, and child is over one hundred thousand dollars. Unfortunately, the spending has done nothing to fix the economy. Add to that the cost of the longest war in our history, and the continual "purchasing of allies," and our nation is literally bankrupt. We are at the mercy of our creditors. Proverbs 22:7 says, "The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." God help us if China ever decides to require payment in full!
There are two major threats to a democracy: the first is when leadership tries to take control over the people, and the second is when politicians let the people control by governing according to the opinion polls. Our current president has successfully created a government ruled by czars to control everything. Previous presidents, all the way back to Eisenhower, allowed public opinion to govern their decisions. Both approaches to government totally ignore God's will. Remember, it was the majority that crucified Christ. To be continued, Lord willing.