Americans dangerously close to living in dictatorship

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On Sunday, April 22, The New York Times published a story about how the man who occupies the Oval Office and his staff have set course on a strategy to use Executive Orders and “executive power” to do what it wants without the consent of Congress. The plan, as former White House Chief of Staff William M. Daily put it, was to “push the envelope in finding things we can do on our own.” The president, himself, had publicly said on September 15, 2011, “There are times where — until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again–I’d like to work my way around Congress.” According to the Times story, it was on “a Saturday last fall” that this dictatorial strategy was discussed among the White House staff and actually implemented.

On January 4, the president defied the Senate by the recess appointment of leftist Richard Cordray as the director of a new consumer protection agency and by filling three labor board vacancies. The Times reported that standing beneath a “We Can’t Wait” banner, he declared, “I refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer. When Congress refuses to act, and–as a result–hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.” Several such actions prompted the Senate’s watchdog member, Iowa Republican Charles Grassley, to accuse the president of behaving “more and more like a king that the Constitution was designed to replace.”

For the liberal leaning New York Times to devote a Sunday story about the president’s deliberate strategy to ignore the checks and balances decreed by the Constitution says a lot. For Congress to allow him to get away with it with little or no challenge says a lot more. And it speaks volumes for the American people to stand by as mere observers while the president issues executive order after executive order taking away personal liberties and firmly establishing government control over habeas corpus, the food and water supply, property ownership, and more. The lack of political will of the elected combined with the apparent apathy of the citizenry brings America dangerously close to becoming a dictatorship.

Christians were the driving force behind the American Revolution. If not for brave pastors and brave patriots, this nation would not have survived. They knew what the apostle Peter meant in Acts 5:29 when he said, “We ought to obey YHVH rather than men.” Under the battle cry “No King, but Jesus,” the Christian farmers and merchants, pastors and congregants took on the most powerful military in the world that they might worship and live free from tyranny. Obviously, the gospel at that time was not watered down by a self-indulgent generation of false teachers and ear-tickled disciples. Somewhere along the line here, Christians are going to have to decide if they want to live free or be slaves to the wicked.

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By Bill Wilson

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