Can America Still Be Saved?

America in Decline

Every day we learn of something else that has gone terribly wrong in America. So much so we tend to be numb to bad news. Worse, we lose sight of the cumulative effect of our nation’s moral decay, weak leadership, economic decline, family dissolution, and loss of respect worldwide. We are in lockstep with the cycle of all other great societies that now only exist in the annals of history. Can we begin a turn-around in our race to decadence and irrelevancy, preserving this great nation for at least for a few more generations? I believe we can. But it would take a vast majority of Americans acquiring a passion for a drastic change. Let’s consider what that might look like.

Living in the cauldron of an atrophying super power is like the proverbial story of the frog in a heating kettle. The frog is comfortable in the initially warm water failing to notice that the heat is slowly intensifying until it is at the boiling point, and the frog, never attempting to escape, dies. Over the last few years America has been diving into oblivion at an exponential rate. Our former moral high ground has sunken to a historic low. Divorce, abortion, sexual promiscuity, infatuation with gender dysphoria and homosexuality, and pornography addiction are just a few appalling trends that are dragging the moral fabric of our society down at an increasing rate.

Government corruption and incompetency at every level are at a high never before suffered by our nation. Scandal after scandal has dominated politics in the news for over a decade. Partisanship has deadlocked Congress. The debacle in Afghanistan and leading from behind in Ukraine have severely damaged the U.S. reputation in the rest of the world while emboldening our enemies. The immigration crisis at our southern border, actively supported by our president, is crippling our country. The current top four officials in Washington, D.C., the president, vice president, speaker of the House, and Senate majority leader, make up what is the most corrupt and least competent leadership collaboration in our history.

With this sketch of the state of the union, can there be any hope? Well, as Psalm 118:8 reminds us, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” No doubt, if every Christian in the country would pray earnestly for God to restore us back to the faithful nation He planned for us to be, it would happen seemingly overnight. However, God usually uses His people to participate in accomplishing His will. Therefore, if every Christian supported and voted for only those political candidates who are faithful followers and servants of the Lord, I believe America would return to the “nation of divine providence” our founding fathers dreamed of, wrote about, and initiated.

Statistics show one in three Christians do not vote consistently.* That is far more votes than the margin of almost all political races, meaning Christians could make the difference in about every election. It is the height of hypocrisy to complain about losing our country while voting for someone who is not committed to a godly agenda and biblical party platform, or while not voting at all.

Yes, America can still be saved. But it will probably depend on Christians stepping up to their responsibility at the voting booths. Let’s begin with this year’s primary and general elections. It is possible we may not survive another two years to the next elections.


The Weak Biden Administration Invites War with Russia

President Biden speaking in Poland

The official American response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been lackluster, chaotic, confusing, and ineffective. The Biden administration has been leading from behind and telegraphing weakness since the first signs of Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s borders. I have longed for any sign of boldness from my country and was ecstatic when President Biden called for regime change in Russia last Saturday. That balloon quickly burst when, in less than 24 hours, his handlers scrambled to walk back his remarks, thus reestablishing America’s role as virtually irrelevant in this world crisis. Let’s look at why this perception of U.S. weakness will eventually invite expanded war with Russia.

When it became obvious months ago that Putin was planning to invade his innocent neighboring country, America should have slapped excruciatingly painful sanctions on Russia rather than promise to do so “if” they invaded. We should not have officially assured Putin that no U.S. military would enter Ukraine. What a green light and relief that was for the monster dictator. The resources we have poured into Ukraine to better equip them for the fight have helped immensely in thwarting Putin’s intended scorched-earth rout of the country. However, those resources, more and sooner, would have likely ensured a Ukraine victory by now. The Biden administration’s reluctance to challenge Putin early on delayed the requested support until the invader had a far superior advantage. Putin is determined to reorder Europe to the borders of the former imperial Soviet Union. And America and NATO appear to be allowing him to take this major first step to that end.

This scenario has been played out before with disastrous results. In the 1930s, a despotic German dictator was aggressively plotting to return his nation to the glory and territory it lost in World War I. As a war-avoidance appeasement to Hitler, the western world, led by Great Britain’s prime minister Neville Chamberlain and accepted by our president, Franklin Roosevelt, agreed to let the dictator conquer parts of Czechoslovakia. That consolation from America and the other democratic nations fueled Hitler’s continued invasions into Poland and other eastern European countries. The weak initial responses to Hitler ultimately resulted in the U.S. and its European allies being forced into defending Europe in the protracted World War II. It also emboldened Japan to follow Hitler’s example in the Pacific. The tragedies of World War II could possibly have been avoided had America and the western European democracies stopped Hitler at his first incursion into Czechoslovakia.

At some point, Putin must be stopped. If he succeeds in Ukraine, it will only be a springboard for further encroachments into other European nations. It’s the dilemma of the 1930s. The free world can crush him now or face him in an all-out war involving many nations and possibly employing nuclear weapons.

So, yes, Mr. President, this man cannot remain in power! Have the guts to stand by your statement. Tell your handlers to back off. Lead the other NATO nations and the European Union to do whatever it takes to drive Putin’s army out of Ukraine. Sadly, flaunting our power for righteous good as the greatest nation in the world is little more than a dream anymore. America is only as strong as its leadership. And, presently, our leadership is weak and cowardly.

God and the Invasion: Where is Yahweh in All This?

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden

Absolutely nothing happens randomly, catching God by surprise. Everything is filtered through His sovereign will including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But, there is constant spiritual warfare going on in which Satan strives to inflict the world with evil forces. Putin is an agent of evil daring America and its allies to stop his bloody aggression. Will we? Let’s look at what is at stake spiritually and materially.

My latest book, Daniel: Prophet at the King’s Command, begins with the invasion of Jerusalem by Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar. The prophet, Daniel, then just a teenager, poses the question, “Where is Yahweh in all this.” Yahweh is the Hebrew word for God. There had been many invasions of innocent nations by evil nations before Daniel’s 605 BC generation. And there have been many such invasions since throughout the entire globe. It would seem that civilization should have learned to live peacefully after thousands of years. But as long as there is evil in the world, there will be wars among nations. There will always be narcissistic leaders of passive nations that are willing to risk innumerable lives of their own citizens to gain control of the government and citizens of another country. Evil will always be with us on personal and aggregate levels until Christ comes again. Satan will manipulate his subjects, but, according to the scriptures, God will never lose control.

Putin is an evil dictator. He may also be a psychopath. Although he claims membership in the Russian Orthodox Church, he is a Communist leader, and Communism is both atheistic and antireligious. In contrast, Ukraine adheres to Christianity with over 70% of its population declaring themselves believers. Although Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is Jewish, he has great respect for Christians and churches, and he actively supports religious freedom in the country. Ukraine is the main missionary sending country for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. So, the deadly crisis in Ukraine is more than a ruthless tyrant dictator seeking to reestablish the former Soviet Union nation by nation. Granted, that is apparently his long-term strategy. But the war is more about an evil government’s attempt to consume a Christian nation. It is a classic example of spiritual warfare on a massive scale. The Bible teaches that certain of Satan’s demons are assigned to rule over certain nations. The nations of Russia, China, and Iran must have very powerful demons.

Godly people worldwide, including America and the NATO nations, oppose Putin’s diabolical action. Even many of Russia’s own people are rising up and protesting the attack on Ukraine. Brave Ukraine civilians are taking up arms and resisting the Goliath Russian army. Many Russian soldiers are surrendering to the weaker Ukraine soldiers. It is difficult to predict what will be the end result of Putin’s brazen disregard for world order. I believe it will eventually backfire on him and the Russian government even though it may look like a win initially. God may use this atrocity to ultimately unleash His wrath on the government that has been Satan’s operative for almost a century. Pray that America remains on the right side spiritually and otherwise. Whatever happens, we should watch it closely with an eye toward where Yahweh is in all this.

As the National Debt Passes $30 Trillion, You Owe Over $90,000

You didn’t hear a boom or see flashes in the sky, but on January 31, America’s national debt broke through the $30 trillion threshold. And there is no end in sight to government borrowing. This debt is owed by every American man, woman, and child. Each of us currently owes over $90,000. An average American household owes over $231,000. Let’s look at what this means to you personally.

Let’s imagine a man with the American average annual income of $53,000. This man has run up credit card debts totaling $69,000. He has been paying only interest on the debt for years with nothing going to principal. He has not even slowed his pace of borrowing for about anything he desires. He has no plans to get out of debt or even to reduce his balance. In fact, his plans are to make some extravagant purchases this year that will add more to his credit card than ever before.

This financial idiocy is precisely analogous to the American national fiscal situation. Our debt of $30 trillion is now 1.3 times our annual income (GDP) of $23 trillion. Since March 2020, the national debt has surged by 27% or $6.5 trillion. It has doubled in the last ten years. A basic macro-economic principle has long been that, when any nation’s debt exceeds its GDP, that nation’s economy is in trouble. Yet our congress and our presidential administration has ignored the debt for decades. As the chart above indicates, congress frequently legislates debt ceilings to curb spending. But their discipline lasts only a few months until they vote for the next item on their wish list that will require lifting the ceiling.

A trillion is an incomprehensible number. A trillion seconds is over 31,000 years ago. A trillion pennies stacked on top of each other would reach the moon and back and to the moon again. A trillion one-dollar bills laid side by side like floor tile would cover the states of Rhode Island and Delaware. If you spent $40 per second around the clock, it would take 23,775 years to spend the $30 trillion Americans collectively owe. Remember, the government has no money. It is our money…and our debt.

Recently President Biden’s $5 trillion Build Back Better Act passed in the House with all republicans voting no, and all democrats, except one, voting yes. It would have passed in the Senate had it not been for two democratic senators with some semblance of sanity. Now, the democrats are frantically breaking the bill into smaller pieces to get at least some of the excessive liberal spending passed before they lose their majority in the 2022 elections. Congressional democrats are determined to increase the debt even further.

The only answer to eventual national bankruptcy is to stop federal deficit spending. Contact your congressional representative and senators immediately. Tell them to stop dragging you into more debt. Tell them to vote “no” on any spending bill that exceeds tax revenues. Then tell them you want to see a strategy for reducing the current debt.

I welcome your comments.

A Weak America Invited a Resurgence of Communist Expansionism

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Largely due to the tough stands of presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, the Cold War with the Soviet Union ended in 1989 after 44 years. Communism was generally contained until Russia invaded the former Soviet nation of Georgia and later Crimea under the Obama administration. After no aggressive incursions while Trump was president, Putin is now at the threshold of the Ukrainian border with over 125,000 troops ready to invade after sensing weakness from the Biden administration. Let’s look at what is about to happen and why.

During my 24 years in the Air Force, my assignments were divided between flying and developing strategies to restrain the Soviet Union. Both responsibilities were in support of the Cold War between the world’s two superpowers. The Soviet Union’s objective was to ultimately rule the world under Communism. This involved expanding their subversion to as many countries as possible. They also were intent on controlling the realm of space and achieving superiority in nuclear weapons. The objective of the U.S. was to stop them, which we did 33 years ago through military and economic dominance. Russia, the residual nation of the defeated Soviet Union is hardly a superpower now. Its Gross National Product (GDP) in 2021 was $1.5 trillion compared to $21.8 trillion for the U.S. That positions Russia at 11th among the world’s leading economies. But Russia’s priority on military power ranks them third in the world in that category behind the U.S. and China. And its obvious objective, under the leadership of President Putin, is to resurrect the Soviet Union and spread Communism throughout the world. Their plan is to first reclaim the European Soviet Bloc countries beginning with Georgia, Crimea, and now Ukraine. Russia has craved its re-designation as a superpower nation for decades and has always looked to take any advantage of a weakened America.

If Russia succeeds in Ukraine, it will definitely move on to the next country. The Bible indicates it will one day invade Israel. When that happens, get ready to see the destruction and remaking of all creation with Jesus Christ as King of Heaven on earth. That is my theological comment for this post. You’re welcome.

For a year now, President Biden has given Putin every evidence of weakness on the international scene. Putin invaded Crimea after President Obama failed to show resolve in Syria. Likewise, he began preparations for invading Ukraine shortly after President Biden’s fiasco in Afghanistan and an abundance of other failures. He knew better than to try anything during President Trump’s term. If Trump were in the White House now, it is extremely unlikely we would see 125,000 Russian troops on Ukraine’s border. All we are hearing from the Biden administration is that, if Russia invades, the U.S. will apply strong sanctions, and that we may even deploy U.S. forces into North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries. The Russian buildup of military forces at Ukraine’s border has been going on for months. We should have already had a U.S. force deployed to NATO countries many weeks ago. We should also make clear to Russia that, if they invade, they will face U.S. forces with a vengeance on Ukraine soil. All NATO countries should send the same signal. Putin only respects and responds to a will to employ military might. Economic sanctions don’t worry him much. The Biden administration needs to grow a backbone if we are going to avoid another generation of Russia’s expansionism. The time to stop it is now. It will be more difficult with each country that goes down.

America’s most important allies are the nations of the European Union and Great Britain. Four NATO countries border the Ukraine on its west. Ukraine could be a stepping stone to invading NATO allies, in which case, as a member of NATO, we would be obligated to their defense. Furthermore, China is showing signs of invading our friend, Taiwan. Without a doubt, China’s president, Xi Jinping, and his cronies are watching the Biden administration very closely to decide whether they can get by with invading Taiwan without a military reaction from the U.S. If we punt on Ukraine, China will move next.

The whole world, friend and foe alike, expects America to be the protector of democracy. Failure in that role is failure in every international relationship. America must get this one right.

Biden’s Most Important News Conference: Opportunity Missed.

Biden’s Second Formal Solo News Conference

President Biden just held the second formal solo news conference of his entire year in office. He had only subjected himself to nine solo news conferences of any kind. This compares to Trump’s 22 and Obama’s 27 in their first year. This one wouldn’t have happened had he not just come off the worst week of his presidency, and America was demanding answers. After a disastrous year in the White House, the president had the perfect opportunity to promise mainstream America he would start paying attention to their priorities and reset his agenda to the real and dire needs of our nation. But that didn’t happen. Let’s look at what did happen in this rare news conference.

Biden constantly touts the only two victories his administration has had in his first year: the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Bill and the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. These inflationary deficit spending bills, laden with pork, are the only significant accomplishments he has to point to which he did repeatedly with the press. Those so-called victories pale in comparison to his countless failures related to the border crisis, COVID policies, Afghanistan, the economy, Russia, China, Iran, energy policies, the crime wave, law enforcement, politicization of the military, outright lies, public schools, and on and on and on. After his $5 trillion Build Back Better Plan fell short of the votes needed, a last ditch effort to salvage at least some radical left legislation died with the attempt to kill the filibuster and pass the federalizing of the voting system.

The only hope to avoid being remembered as the worst president in history would have been to use his first anniversary as president to signal an abrupt halt to his destructive steering of the country into socialism and his radical leftist legislative agenda. He could have begun a restoration of confidence in the presidency by espousing a more moderate approach to his second year. The mainstream media would have had something positive to debate for months. Instead, they will have to continue to cover for old Joe ignoring the virtues of true journalism.

The president’s overwhelming emphasis with the journalists was the one-note tune of the “enormous progress” his administration has made in his first year. When asked repeatedly what he might change in his second year, he finally offered that he hoped to get out more among the people and communicate his accomplishments on a more personal level. He said the other new effort he would pursue in his second year would be to campaign and raise funds for Democrats in the 2022 election. That was it. No policy changes, no rethinking legislation, no plans to unify the nation, and no redirection on all of the failures of the first year. Just more of the same.

Pressed on conceding on Build Back Better and federalizing the voter system, he vowed to break both bills down into smaller chunks that might have a better chance of passage as a series of new bills. In other words, he was not giving up on bankrupting the economy and taking over the voting process from the states.

So, if anyone was holding on to hope for this news conference, it didn’t happen. This administration doesn’t even entertain the thought of pivoting on anything. We can expect more of the same. The hope we do hold on to is the red wave across America in this year’s congressional and gubernatorial elections. With expected majorities in both houses of Congress next year, conservatives can be the guardrail that keeps this great nation from going completely off the road until regaining the White House in 2024.

Stop the Democrats’ Next Sheer Desperation Act

Demonstration for the Freedom to Vote Act

Massive efforts by conservatives to deny President Biden and his radical Democrats their $4+ trillion so-called Build Back Better plan succeeded by a razor thin margin of one in the Senate. The BBB was to have been the Democratic mega-ton bomb for transforming America to Socialism. Now, realizing national rejection of their diabolical plan portends both congressional houses will turn to a Republican majority in November, they are crazed in desperation to shove an ultra-liberal voting rights bill down the throats of the citizens. This bill would all but guarantee millions more liberal Democrat votes through guise and trickery. Do we weary conservatives have one more fight in us?

America enjoys the most free and unencumbered voting of any democracy on the face of the earth. The only improvement that might be needed is to lessen cheating by requiring a photo ID to vote and making the vote easier in certain limited cases. Conservative Republicans support both adjustments. However, the last election’s plethora of broken voting rules and disregarded tradition to accommodate COVID resulted in record numbers of Democrat votes often by questionable means. Democrats were ecstatic and are now determined to make the COVID Democratic voter advantages the new normal.

Last year, the Democrats introduced an ambitious legislation to expand voting rights from the federal level. This “For the People Act” would have changed almost every aspect of how elections are conducted. Much of the election process would have been taken from the states and assumed by the federal government including funding campaigns with federal money. Fortunately, the Senate Republicans filibustered the bill in June, and it died for lack of 60 votes. This stirring of the Democrats’ hornets nest sent them racing head long into a shift to the Build Back Better bill to get a least some kind of victory passed for the radical left’s socialist agenda. Then, when that didn’t work, thanks to moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, the hornets surged out of control.

This last ditch effort for the Democrats to run rough-shod over elections at the federal government level is Senate Bill S. 2747 renamed the “Freedom to Vote Act.” It would make voter registration automatic and on the same day as the election. There would be little control over who is really eligible to vote and where. It would allow very early voting by mail by everyone. It would place ballot drop boxes on the streets with little oversight. Election Day would be a legal public holiday. Released felons would be allowed to vote. The federal government funding of campaigns through matching of private contributions times six is still in the bill. There are many other bad ideas in the bill, but the bottom line and purpose of the legislation is to give distinct advantages to Democratic voters in blue states. Its methodology would be to create a federal electoral system that would allow Democrats a permanent majority in the House and Senate and a continuous Democrat president in the White House.

There is hardly any chance the Freedom to Vote Act would pass the 50-50 Senate with the filibuster. Therefore, Senator Schumer has now publicly declared that the Senate will make every attempt to end the filibuster which is a long-standing bipartisan process that protects the will of the American people from being rolled over by a slim majority of Senators. The filibuster has worked in favor of the Democrats many times in recent history. But for this crop of intransigent leftests in the Senate, these are desperate times. For them, if the Senate processes have to be broken to get what the radical left wants, so be it. A few years ago, Schumer, himself, declared that eliminating the filibuster would turn the country “into a banana republic, where if you don’t get your way, you change the rules. Are we gonna let them (Republicans)? It will be doomsday for Democracy if we do.” Without the filibuster, one Senator could determine whether the bill passes or fails. Or Vice President Harris could pass the bill in a Senate strictly partisan tie vote. Please watch this closely, and contact whomever you can to help keep the filibuster alive and our precious American voting system true to its historical integrity.

Do Christians Vote? Statistics Say We Are Lukewarm!

Bible and American Flag

As we struggle through one of America’s lowest points in our history, and probably our farthest distance ever from God’s will, Christian influence and action is a calling and is critically essential. This involves aggressive prayer, evangelism, study of the Word, and citizenship responsibility. To highlight the latter, I have ask my friend and colleague, Wayne Dziubinski, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, to tell you about a specific, effective way you can further your patriotic responsibility during this enormously impactful election year. You can choose to become active in this organization, be a supporting member, or just use it as a resource for awareness. Please consider some level of connection and involvement. Our nation will rise or fall on the Christian vote. Here is a word from Wayne:

“The Bible teaches us that our responsibility as believers is to work uncompromisingly as the Lord has gifted and leads us. This includes at the ballot box too. Imagine where we could be as a nation if we voted Biblically – where the sanctity of life, the Biblical definition of family and marriage, and religious freedoms were cornerstones once again as they were with our founders and in the not too distant past. Unfortunately though, statistics show one in three Christians do NOT voteAnd we’ve seen the results haven’t we! A battle is raging for the heart and soul of this nation. It’s a battle over truth—and how you and I will choose to live out our faith in the public square.

This said, allow me to introduce My Faith Votes.  It is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2015 – a non-partisan movement that motivates, equips and activates Christians in America to vote in every election, transforming our communities and influencing our nation with biblical truth. We desire to see an America where God is honored in the public square and biblical truth is advanced in our culture.

To get involved with My Faith Votes please consider becoming an Action Partner. I am an Action Partner as is Terry Thompson. In addition, I am a My Faith Votes Area Coordinator for the greater Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village area. There are 15 of us in this area, 65 Action Partners in the state of Arkansas and over 6,000 in all of the 50 states. The midterms are just around the corner and we have a lot to do. Please join us .. 👍

If I can answer any questions or be of service, feel free to contact me via email at or at 612-247-3813 for calls and texts.”

The Magi, King-makers, and Christian Conservatives

“Journey of the Magi” c. 1894, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot

Erroneously called kings, the Magi who followed the star to baby Jesus were king-makers. This little-known authority has important implications for Christian conservatives in America today. Are we abrogating our responsibility–our authority–as king-makers? Let’s dive into that supposition.

Much misinformation and speculation has surrounded the account of the apostle Matthew regarding the distant Parthian visitors to Bethlehem. The traditional depiction of three crowned kings kneeling at the manger is at odds with the Bible and secular history. All those Christmas cards and nativity sets are reflective of a 6th century baseless legend that has the kings of Arabia, Persia, and India being the gift bearers. What King James’s Bible translators called the “wise men” (no number given) was from the Greek word, “Magoi” (English: Magi), meaning astrologers, sorcerers, or magicians. Furthermore, following the star they noticed at the time of Jesus’ birth was a journey of many months before they arrived at Bethlehem. The Bible says they came to the “house” where Jesus was, not to an animal stall. Jesus was a toddler by then. Finally, it is very doubtful there were just three. Men of their importance would have been accompanied by an entourage of assistants and protectors. After all, they were Parthians entering the unfriendly territory of the Roman Empire.

These Magi can be traced back to the Chaldean culture that predates Abraham. They practiced pagan conjuring and predicted the future by the stars. Later in Babylon, God’s prophet, Daniel, an exiled Hebrew, ascended to a high office in the Babylonian Empire which included chief of the Magi. No doubt Daniel taught them to acknowledge the One True God, Yahweh, as creating and controlling the universe. By the time the Persian Empire ruled most of the civilized world in the 5th century BC, the Magi were a priestly sect that heavily influenced the entire population. They became both priests and politicians forming the Council of Magistrates (note: Magi-strates) which eventually selected the kings of Persia and the successor kingdom, Parthia, for centuries. At the time of Jesus’ birth, these Magi were the “king-makers” in the vast Parthian Empire far to the east of Judea. Their knowledge of signs of the Messiah’s birth had been propagated over the five centuries since Daniel’s prophecies. What an example of God’s overarching strategy! No wonder Judea’s King Herod panicked when the men he knew to be king-makers came looking for a new king of the Jews.

God’s ultimate plan was for the Magi to be king-makers. His purpose for them was to effect His plan for the empires and nations of their day by choosing particular leaders. Our unchanging God expects no less of His people today. He has given Americans the greatest nation in history. We are a nation built on Christian principles with freedoms and prosperity never before experienced by mankind. I strongly believe God expects us Christians to determine who leads this nation. He expects us to elect candidates from the president to the county judge who will lead according to His Word and His ways. The sad and shameful fact is we are failing miserably in that regard. Some studies show as few as 25% of Christians even bother to vote. Other studies indicate that, if all Christ followers voted in every election, they would determine the outcome of every election. The mess we are in as a nation today can be laid at the feet of Christians who don’t take interest in their government and don’t vote their faith.

America is teetering on the brink of socialism and moral collapse. The votes of Christian conservatives next November, and in 2024 will determine the future of our nation. Many will disagree and take offense at this, but I believe God has commissioned His people to be His king-makers.

Are We Ready for the Next Pearl Harbor?

Pearl Harbor Attack

On December 7, we will pause to remember Japan’s shocking and deadly attack 80 years ago. A reluctant America was drawn into World War II with super-powerful enemies in two geographical theaters. The next four years saw our nation courageously resolved to victory over both Japan and the Axis Powers. Over 16 million brave American combatants answered the call to relentless battle with over 400,000 sacrificing their lives before the enemies surrendered. We will face the likes of the Pearl Harbor attack again. Would America’s present culture support the same response as in 1941? Doubtful. Let’s look at how we are poised for another Pearl Harbor and why we aren’t as ready for it as we were 80 years ago.

Eerily similar circumstances are gathering on the horizon today. Just seven years ago, Russia got a pass for invading and annexing the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. The U.S. and the rest of the Western World yelled and screamed, then placed a few sanctions on the super power invader. That was all. Now that Russia has tested the water and found the opposition weak, it is building forces near the border of Ukraine with prospects of invading that sovereign country soon.

Then China has its tentacles extending throughout the Pacific Rim with credible indications it will invade America’s ally, Taiwan, at some point in the near future.

The U.S. has stated its commitment to defending both Ukraine and Taiwan, and that the consequences would be severe if the super powers acted on their threats to those nations. This standoff is exacerbated by recent evidence that Russia and China are pursuing closer ties with each other. They appear to be partnering in mutually beneficial efforts in African countries, in Afghanistan, and in Iran. There is an ominous similarity in modern day Russia and China’s relationship compared to that of Germany and Japan in the 1940s.

Even more worrisome is the lack of will, moral courage, and patriotism that I see today in most Americans that wasn’t an impediment at the onset of World War II. Most adults in the 1940s still had acute memories of the very difficult but successful efforts of World War I. They knew what they were facing, they understood sacrifice, and they loved their country and its freedoms. They were, as Tom Brokaw labeled them, “the greatest generation.” In contrast, today’s generation, with few exceptions, is not experienced in international battle for survival, they don’t know sacrifice for others, and they have been on a slippery slope toward socialism and Marxism for years. Most don’t even see Russia and China as enemies of the U.S.

American debased culture has largely been framed by its leadership. We haven’t had a president in a long while with the leadership ability of Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Donald Trump gave us a short period of pride and patriotism, but was a lightning rod for liberal attacks. Barack Obama and Joe Biden–what can I say? Political division, racial unrest, moral decay, social experimentation, and the pandemic have shifted our focus off the potential of an all-consuming international conflict.

If, by God’s mercy, we are granted a delay in another two-front war long enough to seat new leadership and reestablish an American culture reflective of a Pearl Harbor response, we may survive a Russia-China domination. If we don’t turn this nation around to a patriotic, freedom-loving, God-fearing culture with compatible leadership in the next few years, we will not survive as a nation. We must turn hearts back to God and unconditional love for our fellow Americans. Otherwise, the next Pearl Harbor will have a different outcome.

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