Americans are a very smart people. Ask any of us. There are, however, some a lot smarter than the rest of us. You don’t have to ask them—they will absolutely let you know. They are known as liberals; the jersey they wear matters not.
Perhaps it is time to look to The Ancients; not a very PC thing to do, but hey, hang with me a minute maybe we will learn something. Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived and he is the author of the Book of Ecclesiastes, which means the Preacher. One of the things he said was this, “Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor (Eccl. 10:1; ESV). As an aside, perchance that is where the old saying came from a fly in the ointment, duhya think??
The second line of this couplet defines the first. This is a singular microcosm of each of our lives. Maybe I should relegate that statement to my own life. I know I have done many things, said many things, that had best been left unsaid and undone. But this is true of the nations as well—just scan the far horizons in the news reports and see the truth of Solomon’s thesis—Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba (still), Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, to name but a few. But let’s bring it home.
The next words from the Preacher reaffirm his primary premise, “A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left (v2; ESV). The right in this text means, “inclines to the right . . . [or] literally is at his right hand . . . the right hand was the place of protection.”[A] The maxim of my blog, CrossChek is Always Right, with Nothing Left which connotes not just the political realm, but an embedded worldview affecting all of life.
America has many flies in the ointment—indeed it seems we are mostly flies and little perfume and I am referring now to the political realm. But the American people are fairly wise and smart as a whole. The problem has grown to one of supreme moment only because we, the real America, let the flies proliferate for so long. A fly-swatter will no longer do the job; we are in dire need of an exterminator. Hopefully the last election began “elimination of the vermin.”
I told my wife yesterday (Sunday, January 9), that the radical left and their media lackeys would twist the tragic events of the Gifford shooting to use as a political bat to try to beat down the real mainstream Americans by blaming the Tea Party movement and conservatives. I was proven right almost immediately.
Newsmax.com yesterday chronicled:
Giffords’ Democratic colleague, Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, told Mother Jones magazine within hours after the rampage that the “political tone and tenor” created by Palin and the tea party movement had set the stage for the shooting. . . . Palin’s “apparatus” had put Giffords’ and his own life at risk. “Both Gabby and I were targeted in the apparatus in that cycle [saying] these people are ‘enemies.’[B]
This is the sick, evil perspective of the radical left which is the bulk of the Democrat Party. The shooter was actually a sick young man within the folds of the radical left. I submit that Grijalva is deranged as well. Fox News reports the whole affair may have started back in 2007 when Jared Loughner asks Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,
How do you know words mean anything? . . . Loughner’s high-school friend Alex Montanaro told the Wall Street Journal that Loughner became “aggravated” because she ignored his question.”
Loughner reportedly had a fixation with grammar, but the question is a metaphysical question. If someone says words don’t have meaning they should not have even made that statement, because the very words beg the question (petitio principii).[C] That is to say, no one would understand the question anyway since Jared used words to fabricate the question. Nonetheless it is the case that words do not mean anything alone, the smallest meaningful portion grammatically is a phrase or sentence. I comment about this in my book, Before the Final Trump:
Within the corridors of Southern Evangelical Seminary where I completed my graduate studies, there is a familiar old saying, “a text without a context is a pretext. . . . The smallest component of literature that contains meaning is a sentence. . . . A good example is the word dog. Without the context of a sentence you do not know whether I mean my pet Keeshond, Berklee, or the gutless wonder of a car I used to own.”[D]
The words from the Preacher are almost prophetic for our milieu, “there is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler . . .” (v5; ESV). The outrage of the radical left of this country at the Gifford calamity is clearly aimed at advancing their agenda. They care not a whit for the dead, only insofar as it advances their fortunes. This evil has always flowed from the top down, but never more than with the Soros-Obama cartel and their minions. They must be ousted and their acts unwound completely—Completely!
Nevertheless, to a large degree I still link all of what I have talked about; the decline of America politically and spiritually, the infamous Gifford incident and other similar to it, even the actions of this sick young man, back to lack of the Christian Church in America not being the Church. This goes to the fact that we are not discipling one another. Iron sharpens iron. Some may say that is a bridge-too-far. I don’t think so. It is time people start to speak the plain hard truth.
[A] Donald Glenn, The Bible Knowledge Commentary: Old Testament, Walvoord, Zuck, eds. (Colorado Springs: Chariot Victor Publishing, 1984), 1000.
[B] Newsmax.com, “Dems, Media Blame Tea Party, Palin for Shooting; Shooter Linked to Leftwing Politics,” accessed 1/9/2011, http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/gabrielle-giffords-Jared-Loughner/2011/01/09/id/382275?s=al&promo_code=B6E1-1
[C] Begging the question is a form of logical fallacy in which a statement or claim is assumed to be true without evidence other than the statement or claim itself.
[D] D. D. Edwards, Before the Final Trump (Bloomington: IN, Crossbooks Publishing, 2010), xviii.