Madeline Crabb
Can America be made great again?
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By Madeline Crabb
January 16, 2017

It has been said that America is great because she is good; if America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.

For the last 18 months Americans have heard the message, Make America Great Again, words that so resonated with us that we elected Donald J. Trump as our next president. Yet scores of angry voices argue we don't need to be made great again, because we are great. Really? Look around...watch a real news source like Fox News for a true assessment.

If Americans are honest, most of us will realize we have become a less "good" nation, and thus, are becoming a less "great" nation. President-elect Trump understands this, and wants to fix it, but he can't do it alone. Can America be made great again?

As we've previously discussed, in these many weeks after the presidential election, angry, loud voices from the Radical and Liberal Left have constantly ridiculed and mocked the Trump election, and those of us who support him. This week, Congressman John Lewis, who has been in the congress for 30 years, declared that Donald Trump is an illegitimate president. Because he is black, and considered a statesman through his work for civil rights, he will receive little criticism. But remember how anyone questioning the validity of Barack Obama's presidency, for many excellent reasons, has been excoriated, trashed, and ripped to shreds.

Mr. Lewis may or may not like the incoming president, but he needs to "honor the office" and the process, as he previously noted regarding our last incoming president. (Fox News) Somehow, because the Clintons didn't get their third term as Bill Clinton's "two-for-the-price-of-one" co-presidents, they cry the election was stolen from them. Like petulant children, they scream that everybody else is at fault.

People like Mr. Lewis, his fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and his fellow members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, sound and act more like communists than Americans. (Many CBC members, including Mr. Lewis, are also in the CPC.) These people, including Senator Bernie Sanders, are the most left-wing, radical members in our congress. Compare what these "leaders" say with the platform of the Communist Party USA. (FYI: CPUSA's leader endorsed HRC.) Needless to say, a "hero" and "statesman" would never undermine the process of our Representative Republic. Such actions also insult the millions of Americans who voted for Mr. Trump – including many black people. (Some who live in Lewis' district.)

BTW...Why is there a Congressional Black Caucus? What would black people think if there was a Congressional White Caucus? Aren't we all supposed to be on the same team regardless of the color of our skin? Didn't the Rev. Martin Luther King want us to be a color-blind nation, focusing on the "content of our character?"

Hyphenated Americanism is one thing that is destroying us, followed by political correctness that makes it almost a crime to talk about the hyphenation of our citizenry, and many other things once considered simple common sense. Yet, Americans in huge numbers have cowered in fear of addressing these things – that is, until Mr. Trump began speaking these basic common sense words and ideas to the nation.

So, Mr. Lewis and his idols, like BHO and the Clintons, think those of us who voted for Donald Trump are a "basket of deplorables." Only liberal elitists like the Clintons, Obamas, and their ilk know what's best for America. Michelle "moocher-in-chief" Obama has repeatedly agonized about all hope being gone now that Trump was elected. She and her husband truly believe they are God's gift to America and the world. Can anyone say delusional?!

Perhaps the Obamas really were a gift to America, but not in the way they think. Could it possibly be that they are the gift of judgment upon America, both to individuals and the nation? Yes, even God's judgment is a gift to us.

The Holy Scriptures are replete with judgments being leveled against individuals and nations when they strayed from the righteous, godly path. Sometimes judgment caused the afflicted to change their course; other times, the rebellious suffered utter destruction. God, in His mercy, often sends us warnings, and causes disaster and plagues to strike us simply to get our attention, and remind us that we are NOT in control. He never wants anyone to perish, but evil and rebellion must be addressed by a righteous God.

Again, it's not that America isn't still great, but that we are becoming less so. God made us a great nation. He blessed us with beautiful, abundant resources. Why? So we would bless others. We aren't meant to bless others so we can congratulate ourselves and boast like so many of our modern-day, so-called leaders do. Case in point: Multiple news sources report that in his farewell speech, one that was longer than those of Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and G.W. Bush combined, BHO referred to himself 75 times. Arrogance and pride. No, the Bible simply says that to whom much is given, of him shall much be required. (Luke 12:48) This applies to individuals and nations.

It is obvious to anyone who still has a functioning brain and the ability to reason that there are factions in America that are hell-bent on destroying the new presidential administration. Even though under the outgoing president black Americans were all but forgotten, many of their "mouthpieces" are protesting that Trump's policies will turn back the clock, maybe even to plantation days. From the black community comes some of the most vitriolic speech imaginable.

There is such hatred in America for any new ideas that might heal our nation, and actually address any of the existing problems. Then there are the race baiters who see their gravy train ending if our inner cities get fixed, and blacks and all who live in them begin to have better lives. Heaven forbid guys like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have to do something honest for a living instead of shaking-down others.

All of the vitriol and hatred is rooted in envy, jealousy, and greed, which in turn come from a spirit of pride. When we think we are "more deserving" than others, we begin to covet what they have. Once we covet others possessions, wealth, etc., we begin to justify any actions we make to acquire those things. Yes, even violence. Isn't this exactly what we are seeing in America?

Socialist ideas of redistributing wealth to "equalize" the playing field are just the beginning of the downward spiral towards destruction. Why? Because when is what we acquire ever enough? Really? Looking at the progression of both the abortion and homosexual "rights" movements tell us that enough is never enough.

The Declaration of Independence declares: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Today, we still believe that all men are created equal. This does not mean there are equal outcomes. We all have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There are basically no restrictions on our pursuit of happiness, as long as we don't infringe upon the "rights" of others. In other words, we are free to be all we can be.

The root cause of our nation's disunity and demise is spiritual. Selfishness and arrogance put individual's, or groups' wants before the good of a collective nation, and are rooted in sin – pride. Then the Federal Government, basically through unconstitutional legislation from the bench, has accommodated the sin. Seeing opportunity, the "swamp" of the rest of federal government officials, including those We the People continue to elect, covet more power and do whatever is necessary to feed their personal lusts.

Again, our sins generate from our pride – a major sin, and one that got Lucifer kicked out of heaven. Lucifer had it all, being created to serve Almighty God, but he became prideful and arrogant, and perceived himself to be like God. He became envious of God's majesty; he lusted for more power, even God's throne (possessions); and then he spread his envious pride and greed among the other angels (causing division). God responded by kicking him from heaven along with a third of all the angels. (Is.14:15, Ez. 28:16) Doesn't this story resemble what's happening in America?

Can America be made great again? Don't we need to first become good again? The answer to being good lies within each of us. Can we unite to do what is right for the nation? Can we humble ourselves and be grateful for what we have, and not selfishly lust for more at the cost of our fellow Americans? Compared to most people worldwide, even poor Americans have abundance.

Scripture tells us, "In everything, give thanks," (1 Thess. 5:18) and to be content in everything we have. (Ph. 4:11) Isn't it time?To anyone willing to hear....

© Madeline Crabb

 

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Madeline Crabb

Madeline Crabb is a Christian, a Constitutional Conservative, and a patriot. Holding a degree in journalism and public relations, and training from the Leadership Institute, she has been a columnist since 2000, and has written for various Christian newspapers around the country. As a “watchwoman” on the wall (Is.62:67), Madeline calls all citizens to awaken, arise, and act in restoring one nation under God.

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