New Years Day 2014: Once Again, “A Time For Choosing”

happynewyear20141As I sat down this morning to write something to summarize 2013, while looking forward to 2014, I was greeted on drudgereport.com by such headlines as

MSNBC host apologies after mocking Romneys’ black grandchild…

NBC’s Chief Medical Editor Forced Kids to Sign Up for Obamacare as ‘Patriotic Duty’…

Denver Warns Against Public Celebrations Over Legalized Pot…

ESPN Host: ‘N-word’ 2013 ‘Sports Person of Year’…

Court overturns pedophile conviction because girl, 11, was ‘in love’…

And I wondered how the “Shining City on a Hill”, which the greatest American President in ouor generation, Ronald Wilson Reagan, so wonderfully described, has fallen so far, into a morass of relative morality and situational ethics.

In 1964, in his famous stump speech, “A Time for Choosing”, The Great Communicator said,

It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, “We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self government.”

This idea — that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power — is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream–the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order — or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, “The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.”

The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.

So, is our present state of unrest and strife which we are experiencing in America, simply a matter of choice?

I believe that it is…one of individual freedom or subjugation to “princes and principalities”.

Here is a a radio message which the late, great American News Commentator Paul Harvey delivered on April 3, 1965:

If I were the devil, I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree—Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first—I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to pray after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’ 

And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors on how to lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. 

If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches that war that themselves, and nations that war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flame. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, and neglect to discipline emotions—just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography—soon I could evict God from the courthouse, and then the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.If I were the devil I’d take from those, and who have, and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would question against extremes and hard work, and Patriotism, and moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were to devil I’d keep on doing on what he’s doing.

Paul Harvey, good day.

So, are we doomed as a nation to continue to slide down this slippery slope we are traveling on? In the conclusion of “A Time for Choosing, Ronald Reagan reminded us that the choice was ours to make…

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that “the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits–not animals.” And he said, “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.

As a Christian American Conservative, I believe that there is a divine spark withing each one of us.

It is up to us , whether we choose to listen to that still, small voice, as He guides us through our choices we make everyday.

I also believe that this nation was forged by Christian Men, who were led by their Creator to seek the FREEDOM to worship him as they chose.

In 2014, we have an opportunity in 2014 to begin the journey back to reclaim the vision of our Forefathers.

It is, once again, “A TIME FOR CHOOSING”.

Happy New Year!

Until He Comes,

KJ

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13 Responses to “New Years Day 2014: Once Again, “A Time For Choosing””

  1. Brittius Says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com.

  2. AKA John Galt Says:

    Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.

  3. yoda Says:

    Excellent KJ and I agree that it up to each of us.

  4. spayandneuterallleftists Says:

    “As a Christian American Conservative, I believe that there is a divine spark within each one of us.

    It is up to us , whether we choose to listen to that still, small voice, as He guides us through our choices we make everyday.

    I also believe that this nation was forged by Christian Men, who were led by their Creator to seek the FREEDOM to worship him as they chose.

    In 2014, we have an opportunity in 2014 to begin the journey back to reclaim the vision of our Forefathers.

    It is, once again, “A TIME FOR CHOOSING”.

    Perfectly put. I would add only this for emphasis:

    Matthew 6:25-34

    New International Version (NIV)

    Do Not Worry

    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

    28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

    It’s long past time that conservatives start depending on The One who keeps His promises & STOP depending on those who don’t…ahem GOP! Take care KJ & Happy New Year!

  5. sappi60 Says:

    Powerful start to the New Year KJ! Good job!

  6. lovingmyUSA Says:

    The “thousand years of darkness” we are leaving our children, made me cry….but I will fight against it to the bitter end.

  7. white531 Says:

    Jester, I am sometimes left speechless, upon visiting your site. The words you leave us each day, make us think, inspire us to be better, leave us with the feeling we have not done all we could.

    But, it is not just your words I find inspiring. It is the people you attract to comment here. The people who comment here on your site, make me feel humble, in my meager attempts to understand why we are losing this country.

    I hope 2014 is a great year for you and your family, and I hope some of that rubs off on the rest of us. God Bless you and those you hold dear.

  8. white531 Says:

    I had a friend a long time ago. Life being the way it is, we lost contact, but I still think about him. He seemed to be very religious, so one time I asked him why he believed in God. He thought for a moment, and then he said, “I’m not really sure that I do, but then I’m not really sure that I don’t. But failing my belief in God, I don’t really understand why I’m here.” I don’t know if that means anything to you, but it has stuck with me all these years.

  9. white531 Says:

    I don’t know about you, but I have grown tired of all the internet sites and blogs, where the same news is discussed nightly, the same comments are made, and the next day, they get up and do it all over again. Meanwhile, nothing changes. Obama still writes Executive Orders to rule the country, the Progressives get out their prayer rugs and pray to his Excellence, and the Republicans don’t do anything, for fear of the press.

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think King Jester’s site is a pretty good place to be. It’s a good Christian Conservative site. Everyone here is of the same mind. Why don’t we just all hang out here each evening, instead of all those other places?

    Like I always say, its worth a shot. If you want to find me tomorrow, you can find me here.

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