Thursday, March 4, 2010

States' Rights & Racism

Rick Perry has won the Republican Primary for the next gubernatorial election in Texas. And the Leftists have already started their campaign against him claiming that a speech he made on States' Rights at a Tea Party gathering was racist. Leftists have labeled the concept of states' rights to be racist because it was once a civil rights issue. Just because people hid behind states' rights to deny civil liberties does not mean the principle of states' rights is bad; wrong is wrong whether it is a state law or a federal one.

Related to this, there is also a move afoot to position the Tea Party movement in America to be racist because participants are largely white and middle class. Having participated in a Tea Party gathering myself, I know that racism is not the motivation for the movement. There may indeed be racists getting on board with it but there is no reason to throw the baby out with the bath water. Tea Partiers are united in their disgust of government spending like drunken sailors and taxing everything in their wake. Leftists are trying to paint that perspective as racist. This is not logical but we are living in Orwellian times.

What is interesting about name callers is that they are often as bad or worse than those who they are trying to defame. People who are quick to label their political opponents as racist generally also want to go beyond equal rights for people and convey special rights to certain groups they consider disadvantaged. And they don't even realize how condescending it is to say for example that black people need special governmental help because their capacity to help themselves is below average. So who are the real racists? For more comments on racism, please see an essay I wrote many years ago titled "The Biblical Response to Racism."

Back to the war on states' rights; this is basically a war on rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Obama is already on record for lamenting that the Constitution is a document of "negative liberties." Certainly the more Obama can erode private and states' liberties, the more power he will secure for himself. Changing laws to make for more centralized control is yet another expression of the spirit of Antichrist... "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law" (Daniel 7:25, NKJ).

Changing laws to accommodate more centralized control is the trend that defines our times. It is obvious even to those who casually consider this trend that it will ultimately lead to a global government just as the Bible says in Revelation 13:7. The question is how soon this will happen. With the accelerating birth pangs we are experiencing, it will not be long before some catastrophe becomes the catalyst for another major lurch toward more centralized control.

While the world blindly pursues more and more bondage to government, it is such a pleasure to have yielded control of my life to Jesus... "if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36).

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