As of this writing, we seem to be in a grip of an invasion of clowns. Creepy clowns seem to be roving all over America and world with stories of people being scared by people in funny makeup and that the wearing of clown costumes are now being discouraged by government officials. To me, it seems to be little more than hype that has been created by the media to bolster their bottom lines. What should really worry us is the massive infestation of clowns that is in an area known as Washington, D.C.
We have two clowns that are now running for office of the President of the United States. They promise us the moon and stars and want us to be free from the pains of everyday life. Just trust them and they will take care of all. How far have we fallen from the idea of limited constitutional government where the federal government was felt in few places except for perhaps the post office. All of that changed in the 1930s with the rise of the New Deal. From that time on, the growth of the Washington government has continued unabated and that our liberties and freedoms are fast eroding and that the debt has risen to almost $20 trillion and will no doubt go higher. We are now caught in a trap and have no conventional way to climb out without taking austerity measures that will be painful.
No, the American public will have none of that. We are now reduced to being titillated by the proclivities of presidential candidates on both sides without thinking very deeply on the calamities that are upon us. This fact was well illustrated by Neil Postman who wrote in his best-selling book Amusing Ourselves to Death:
When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.
We are indeed in a state of cultural rot. Reading of books has gone down with people huddled at their computers watching the latest “comedy” on TV which includes bad presidential candidates, various transvestites, raunchy jokes and navel gazing. Where are the people that wish to create true beauty and peace in our culture? No, the revelations of Donald Trump reflect the nature of the American people, a nation of culturally immature people that care little about the future and are only interested in the here and now. Get it while you can because you can enjoy life just once.
If you want to escape the rot, please go to places like the Imaginative Conservative Website, Ligonier Ministries, Acton Institute and other quality websites that wish to restore truth and beauty in the land. Political clowns won’t save us. Only when a people humble themselves will any positive change occur. Stop with the talk of America being the greatest nation on the face of earth or talking about our President being the leader of the free world. We deserve NOTHING for our embracing a culture of death. God stated in his word:
For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low. — Isaiah 2:12 (ESV)