February 10, 2016, Anno Domini
Early voting approaches. It’s nigh our polling places. What’s up with these so-called “debates”?
One dictionary defines a debate as “a discussion involving opposing viewpoints”. Another defines the word as “a regulated discussion of a proposition between two matched sides”. Still another describes debate as “a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers”.
I suggest the dismal trail of so-called presidential candidate debates more closely follow the definition of “forum”. Yet, “forum” rests somewhat distant from the word I would choose to describe what the TV media companies have been pumping into your television sets. If truth-in-advertising were the law of the land, I would choose the word “pandemonium” to describe what media personalities have been staging for your entertainment and their pecuniary interests.
Dictionaries define “pandemonium” as
– wild or noisy uproar or disorder
– wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos
In Paradise Lost, Milton first used this word to name the capital of Hell. Pan, as in panoply = all; demon-ium = the office of demons. My erudite teacher friends can, no doubt, improve this second definition.
With the above in mind, I have listened and/or viewed precisely ZERO, NONE, NADA of the televised media circuses. Rather, I chose to do my own research of the candidates. What is the background of each? Which stands for the Rule of Law? Which pledges to reign in out-of-control federal spending? How, you ask, do I know of the media pandemonium? I read news stories. It’s not rocket science.
How can we know which candidate is the best choice for the country and our posterity ? Research. Read. Discuss rationally with your friends and neighbors and family. Set aside your pet peeves.
As a former national account executive (yes, I was a salesman), I know that ALL, 100% of all purchasing decisions are emotional experiences. No, not even you, dear reader, make purely logical buying decisions. There. I said it. Moving on.
Look to the Handbook God gave us for having dominion over the earth, the Bible. Everything you need to know about selecting leaders was written for us thousands of years ago. God is neither Republican nor Democrat nor Libertarian. He is Sovereign.
I suggest this for a starting place: Luke chapter 22, verses 24 through 27.
(24)Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. (25) Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ (26) But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. (27) Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.
Of all, which is my choice? Senator Ted Cruz. Why? In my opinion, he best fits the Biblical model of a leader. The fact he stands on the principle of the Rule of Law demonstrates he is willing to submit to authority as framed in our venerable Constitution.
You are welcome to name your choice but do so civilly. Profanity and name-calling earn the place of Facebook Darkness called “blocked”. Forever.
Our nation stands unique in the history of the world in that God placed authority in the hands of the people, which authority we exercise through elected representatives – the Legislature.
God created man; man created the states; the states created a federal government.
Is it not the time to restore order in our federal government? Milton wrote a second book titled “Paradise Regained“. Let’s agree to restore respect for and obedience to our Constitution. Let’s regain some of our God-given ‘paradise’ to the benefit of our children and grandchildren. Most important of all, to the glory of God.