For those of you who have become regular adherents of this weekly expedition into the cogitations which occupy the cerebral geography located between my ears you have learned I am, much like Superman of comic book fame, an unapologetic crusader for truth, justice and the American way.
While not claiming to be highly intellectual or even able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, I do consider myself to be relatively knowledgeable about a few things and when people who have absolutely no clue are in control it makes me uneasy.
Ignorance is not illegal or an indictment against one’s character or human worth. By definition, ignorance is simply “uninformed” or “lacking knowledge or information about any subject or fact.” As an example, it would be a colossal blunder to assign me the task of piloting a jet airliner because, even though I have been a passenger on them countless times, I am totally ignorant of every technical aspect of flying an airplane.
A cousin of ignorance is naivety, which is basically showing a simple level of understanding due to a lack of knowledge about any subject or fact. That’s essentially what would be in evidence if I presumed myself to be capable of piloting the aforementioned 747.
An ignorant or naïve person can be entertaining but what concerns me about both of these conditions is the danger that is present when the welfare of anything valuable is involved in the equation, like the unfortunate passengers on that flight.
America’s future and her freedoms are very valuable treasures that should be guarded and yet it seems to me the masses are being naive and ignorant about some of the things that matter the most. It is ridiculous to think our government can continue to operate the way it has for the past few years and survive. Morally, spiritually and fiscally we are headed in a frightening direction in this country and I am genuinely concerned.
Tragically we are witnessing the deterioration of the foundational stability of our country because of an epidemic of ignorance, indifference and even antagonism by both leaders and followers toward the things that matter the most.
There is a thin line between ignorance and stupidity when it comes to the way our government spends our money and yet voters continue to be swayed by slick orators and political con artists while the startling facts flash like a neon sign in front of our eyes. Did you know in 2011 our tax dollars paid $10 million for a remake of “Sesame Street” for Pakistan? How about you and I shelling out $764,825 to study how college students use mobile devices for social networking? Congress decided $550,000 for a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union was a good way to use our tax dollars.
Think you can stomach a few more classic examples of this insane level of Congressional imprudence? They wrote checks on our account for $35 million for political party conventions in 2012, $765,828 to subsidize “pancakes for yuppies” in the nation’s capital, and $75,000 to promote awareness about the role Michigan plays in producing Christmas trees & poinsettias.
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released a new oversight report in December entitled “Wastebook 2011” that highlights over $6.5 billion in examples of some of the most egregious ways our taxpayer dollars were wasted. His report details 100 of the countless unnecessary, duplicative and low-priority projects spread throughout the federal government and paid for by you and me.
He stated “The theory in Washington all too often tends to be if you throw enough money at a problem, you can solve all our nation's problems. But when Congress commits the nation to significant increases in spending, Congress owes it to the U.S. taxpayers to pay careful attention to how those dollars are being spent." Mr. Coburn, I agree.
How can Americans be so ignorant as to believe that things can continue as they are and somehow the world will just magically get better? Are we naïve enough to be swayed by persuasive rhetoric and promises based on personality instead of substance or fact?
We are in for several excruciating months of political balderdash and I will be listening with prayerful and informed consideration because I am ready for major change, but not the “fundamentally transforming America” kind that that was promised in 2008. We need a restoration of respect for God, country, morality, and righteousness and unless it happens soon the fiddler will have to be paid.
You may not agree with anything I’ve said, but I column as I see ‘em.
Eddy Prince is the senior pastor at Grace Fellowship Church. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org