But far too often those who revel on New Year’s Eve end up with a hangover and wonder why they chose to be involved in such wild revelry the night before.
Such may be case in America as they wait to see what President Obama’s promised fundamental changes bring — hoping his promised changes will not create a giant hangover for America.
As America wakes up Tuesday morning in 2013, the country will continue to be badly divided, the divide between those who supported President Obama’s re-election and those who opposed his reelection.
One side will be optimistic, the other, pessimistic, about what is to come in 2013 with neither side certain of what the New Year will bring to America.
As we all know, choices have consequences — always have, always will. Consequences follow choices, good or bad, just as day follows night — it’s a natural law.
History chronicles the real life stories of many nations who have followed Pied Pipers into oblivion after being promised utopia.
Germany comes to mind because I lived through the Hitler era and witnessed the total destruction of a once proud people after electing Adolph Hitler in 1933. In 12 short years he led the German people from chaos to utter and total destruction.
Glenn Beck’s new Agenda 21 book portrays a very realistic scenario of what can happen when non-vetted leaders are elected based on unfulfillable promises. His book reminded me of the death and destruction that followed Hitler’s election.
News reels showed the burning of non-approved books, especially those spiritual in nature; how his cultural cleansing programs eliminated the infirm and aged, including 8 million Jews, simply because they were Jews; how he removed God from Germany and indoctrinated the youth; how neighbor spied on neighbor; and how he bred only the physically fit to create his perfect Arian nation. It all failed — in 12 short years.
A biblical example show the consequences of what happened to a nation when Israel choose to ignore God’s counsel beginning in 1 Samuel 8.
It’s about what happened to Israel after corruption became rampant. The people, fed up with the corruption, went to Samuel and told him they wanted a king. Samuel, feeling rejected, took their request to the Lord.
The Lord, disappointed the Israelites had rejected him, agreed to give them a king but only after telling them, via Samuel, what the consequences would be if they chose a king. They chose the king.
And the consequences followed, but only after nearly 120 years of prosperity under the leadership of Saul, David and Solomon.
Israel’s self-destruction began with Solomon but speeded up after his death when Israel divided — much as America has divided today — over taxes with Rehoboam ruling over Judah from Jerusalem, after raising taxes, and Jeroboam who lead the 10 tribes to Damascus where they rejected their God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and where they captured then scattered. Harsh consequences indeed.
America’s Rehoboam — Jeroboam moment, while culminating with Obama’s “Tax the Rich” reelection, began in 1901 with the assassination of President McKinley.
Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, then became America’s first progressive president.
Roosevelt’s administration initiated the 16th and 17th Amendments that were ratified and implemented in 1913 by progressive Woodrow Wilson.
These two amendments fundamentally changed America.
The 16th, the Rehoboam amendment, initiating personal income taxes, was passed with the slogan “Soak the Rich.”
Sound familiar? It should, it’s basically the same slogan Obama used to get re-elected.
The 17th Amendment transformed America from a republic to a democracy by gutting the power of the states to effectively oppose the growing federal government.
While sounding good, the election of U.S. senators by the people destroyed the equal powers principle of the initial Constitution.
Later administrations were then able to pass legislation that continued to erode America’s constitutional principles of freedom and has led to the great divide we witnessed during this past election, culminating with the election of an administration that promised continuing ‘transformational change’ with little understanding of where those changes will lead to.
While America’s future is unknown the world’s history provides powerful insights into what can happen when a nation loses its direction. Sadly too few know this history, or even care that consequences always follow choices — good or bad. Happy 2013.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.