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By Lee Duigon
June 28, 2012
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How low has America sunk? Consider this, from the Obama Event Registry, June 22:

“Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?

“Let your friends know how important this election is to you—register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It’s a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it’s a gift that we can all appreciate—and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl.

“Setting up and sharing your registry page is easy—so get started today.”

If you think Fred Flintstone or Basil Fawlty ever landed in the soup for messing up an anniversary, wait’ll you see what happens when you try this. “I didn’t get you an anniversary present, honey. Instead, I sent the money to Obama.”

Yes, the schnorrer-in-chief wants your anniversary presents, wedding presents, birthday presents, and whatever else you’ve got. Completely lacking in any sense of shame, he feels entitled to ask for it. Don’t be surprised when he comes after your six-year-old’s piggy bank. And I’m sure he’d appreciate it if you cashed in your retirement account and sent the money to him—at the White House, Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, or wherever else he’s playing golf and eating kobe beef at your expense.

This is something you might expect from a petty tyrant in an Arabian Nights story—the kind who forces his subjects to “give” him his weight in gold every time he has a birthday or a happy thought—not a president of the United States. It is impossible to imagine any other president we’ve ever had sticking his hand out for people’s birthday presents, like the worst Hollywood cliché of a good-for-nothing moocher of a brother-in-law. This would be an embarrassment even to Bill Clinton.

Our forefathers in heaven are laughing at us—when they aren’t crying. And what can we say in our defense? We elected the Great Panhandler. Worse than that, we deserve him.

Does a righteous nation get a Barack Obama for a president? But we have become a nation of greedy, covetous, immoral morons, and it will take a long time to dig our way out of the hole we’ve dug ourselves.

A nation of clowns will have a clown for president. A nation of thieves will have a thief. Take a good, long look, America, at the president we have. It’s as good as looking at a mirror.

We have what we want—public funding for abortions, public schools that teach children how to live like chimpanzees, “gay pride” parades, and elected representatives who pass 2,500-page “laws” without even reading them. When we used to be worth something as a people, we didn’t have such things.

There’s not much point in asking how fallen, sinful human beings could descend to such a state. Unless we try very hard to avoid it, we always do. And we Americans stopped trying at least 50 years ago.

John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Chai Feldblum, currently our deputy attorney general, said, “There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win.”

Which of those quotes more accurately describes the kind of nation that we are today?

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People have to come down in the world pretty far, to wind up with a president who tries to cadge their sons’ and daughters’ wedding presents. This we have accomplished. Hooray for us. We exalt fornication as the greatest good: it’s well-nigh sacred to us. Our children all but throw feces at their school bus monitor; and we adults have our snouts too deeply buried in the trough even to notice that our offspring show disturbing signs of being worse than we are.

Can we turn it around? Can we rehabilitate our country?

Of course we can. The Bible says so.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)

Now would be a very good time to start doing those things that God urges us to do.

Besides, God lets your children keep their birthday presents.

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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com

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Yes, the schnorrer-in-chief wants your anniversary presents, wedding presents, birthday presents, and whatever else you’ve got. Completely lacking in any sense of shame, he feels entitled to ask for it. Don’t be surprised when he comes after your six-year-old’s piggy bank.