America’s Cultural Cancer Treatment

Having experienced the ravages of cancer within my family, I clearly see a parallel between the body’s struggle against the deadly disease and America’s struggle against our cultural cancer. The analogy explains much of the public display of resistance by leftists over the past several days. The cultural cancer that has spread for a half-century is suddenly being aggressively treated by a revolutionary counter-attack. And the cancer is fighting back in desperation.

Cancer typically starts in a body somehow weakened in its ability to reject harmful intrusions. Growing errant cells or tumors go unnoticed, often for years, as the body becomes accepting of them. Eventually, the damage the cancer is inflicting disrupts the body’s systems. The cancer causes pain and dysfunction requiring drastic measures to eradicate it. Aggressive chemotherapy and radiation, as well as major surgery, are usually necessary.

Over several years, America has been the victim of an insidious cultural cancer eating away at our moral center. Its destructive growth has been relatively unnoticed or at least unchallenged. God was ostracized, abortion was legalized, homosexuality was normalized, illegal immigration was rationalized , drug use was patronized, obscenity was popularized, entitlement dependency was legitimized, and gay marriage was authorized. This cancer became so devastating to our nation that it finally reached a tipping point this past year. The body of America–the sleeping giant–has awakened to demand aggressive treatment, hopefully before the disease is terminal. The treatment is in the form of a newly elected conservative government bent on reversing years of this cultural cancer that has grown virtually unchecked.

A cancer that has flourished in an accepting body for a long time will not die without a ferocious fight. After metastasizing rather peacefully, it will resist sudden treatment furiously. Cancer treatment is a war between the cancer and the remedy. Likewise, America’s cultural cancer has freely damaged our society for so long it is in sheer panic over the surprise counter-attack. It is defending its occupied territory with a vengeance in sometimes bizarre ways. We are seeing this in street rioters, vulgar protesters, convulsing celebrities, and irrational news media.

If treated soon enough, cancer can more often than not be forced into remission. Let us pray that the treatment for America’s cultural cancer has not come too late. Pray that our newly elected majority government will be as aggressive as necessary in the healing of our nation. Cancer treatment always comes at a great price and with some suffering. May we be willing to pay that price and suffer as necessary. Otherwise, we will lose this great country.

He’s President, but Don’t Expect Better Behavior

“…so help me God.” And, with the oath of office repeated, we have a new President. I think I am more conflicted about the 45th presidency than I have ever been about anything. I am ecstatic about a Republican White House with a dream team Cabinet and a Republican majority in the House and Senate. We now have the best opportunity in recent history to reverse the dangerous course in which America is headed. The new President deserves much credit for that. But, my excitement is constrained by his immaturity and character flaws. Our nation’s progress will be accompanied daily by the rolling of our eyes in embarrassment over his juvenile behavior.

At first, his handlers said his antics were just his strategy for the primary campaign. Then when nothing changed in the general campaign, they said he will show us his presidential demeanor if elected. Nothing has changed, and I predict nothing will change. Trump will be Trump. Twitter wars will continue, bullying will abound, spontaneous official statements that have to be walked back will not cease, and his ego will not be contained (how many times can he say “I” in one sentence?).

I sincerely believe that our new President has a heart for America and truly wants to lead rightfully. His inaugural speech was genuine. He has assembled an awesome team of advisors and seems to be willing to listen to them. I expect he will get a lot of good things done with the help of Congress. Overall, I’m bullish on America after eight years of weak leadership and will pray for his success. I just wish I could respect him more as a person. I wish I didn’t feel the need to apologize for his behavior to everyone from our allies to my grandchildren.

In one of my best jobs in the Air Force, I had very little respect for my commander for a number of reasons. I succeeded in that position only through doing my job well, taking pride in the accomplishments of the organization, and being respectful to my unrespectable boss.  I think that is how I will choose to accept this presidency for the next four or eight years. I will support my government leaders in Congress and the Cabinet and just surrender to the fact that Trump is always going to be Trump. I will look for nuggets of praiseworthy actions from the White House, but will try to ignore his unsavory behavior.

I will also be ever so thankful that at least we don’t have to wake up every morning to a third Obama term with Hillary Clinton as our President.

It’s Time for Term Limits

The Donald Trump presidency will be the most revolutionary phenomenon in our federal government in many decades. But, that needs to be accompanied now by another revolutionary move–Congressional term limits. I believe term limits would drain the swamp as effectively as anything Trump will do. The time is right, the iron is hot, Republicans have the presidency and Congressional majority, and a term limits amendment is already on the table. If it’s ever going to happen, it must happen now.

Elite, career politicians who have been in Washington over 30 years are in large measure what is wrong with our government. You can’t be in office that long without losing connection with the people you serve and thriving on self-preservation, pride, and wealth building. Your personal friendships replace commitment to constituents. Lobbyists become more important than those who voted for you.

Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Ron DeSantis introduced a proposed amendment to limit Senators to two terms (twelve years) and Representatives to three terms (six years). Although this proposal would grandfather current Congressmen, it would be a start as new blood is elected. A Constitutional amendment would require ratification by three-fourths of the state legislatures. That might not be too difficult though, since a Rasmussen survey last October showed that 74% of Americans supported term limits. Are you listening, Washington?

Presently, the average tenure of Senators is 10 years, and Representatives average nine years. But, the average tenure is not the problem. The problem is that many others stay three times that long. That kind of seniority may have some advantages for their constituents in influence and budget appropriations, but it also mires them in the Washington culture. They begin serving the institution rather than their state and district.

There are some other arguments for long tenures, but they are more than offset by the needs for fresh ideas, connection with the home front, and experience outside the government. Our forefathers never envisioned career politicians in the Congress. Serving in Congress then was expected to be a brief obligation, then back to the farm or store. That is what we need now.

Term limits won’t be easy to pass, although Trump is on board with it. I doubt that Obamacare removal, immigration reform, the Russian dilemma, or battling ISIS will take a back seat to term limits legislation. However, the important thing is that we keep it on the radar screen. It needs to pass in the next two years, or we will probably lose the opportunity.

I strongly urge each of you to contact your Congressman and Senators and tell them you expect them to get behind the proposed Cruz or DeSantis amendment. You should have their email address in your address book and their phone number in your contacts list. If you don’t, go to this link to find their offices: https://www.congress.gov/members.

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