YOUNG VOICES: Put our nation back on proper foundation

2013-11-25T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Put our nation back on proper foundationBy Raymond Anderson Jr. nwitimes.com
November 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For the last four years, President Barack Obama promised the American people if they liked their current insurance plans, they could keep them. It has now come out that his promise was no good. He lied.

In case you've forgotten, I'm a conservative. I hate big government, high taxes, gun control, and if I ever wanted a glimpse of hell I would take a vacation to California. That being said, I cannot in good conscience condemn our president, as other conservatives have, for (knowingly or not) lying to you and me, the American people.

What president in the last 100 years has not lied? What president, Democrat or Republican, do you know of that hasn't sought to manipulate facts or get one over on the American people? Reagan had his Iran-Contra, Bush Sr. his "no new taxes," I need not mention Clinton's issues, and didn't George W. Bush say that our mission in Afghanistan would be complete in a matter of months?

Our problem is not that our presidents lie, it's that we set them upon pedestals as if they were gods, enshrine them as sacred calves, and believe they are something greater than what we all are -- people. We've created this grand illusion about them; however, the truth is they put their pants on every morning the same way you and I do — one leg at a time.

Maybe that's part of the reason we're misguided as a nation. Most of us, myself included, have not "rendered unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s" but instead put a trust in Caesar he was never meant to have.

We may have minted our coins to say "In God we trust," but in our hearts we said, "In government we trust." For this reason we gave our politicians control over our children's minds, our elderly's pocketbooks, and now our health care choices.

You may well say it's the government’s fault for wanting more power and taking advantage of our weaknesses. It might be so they wanted more power, but if I gave my 7-year-old brother the keys to my truck and he wrecked it, who is to blame? Show me the man who says my brother is at fault, and I will show you our region's next politician.

I don’t know the solution to this problem, though I do know where you and I should look for the answer.

Let’s stop trusting the rulers of this world, and start trusting the Ruler of the next. Let’s stop relying on the government to love our neighbors and start loving them ourselves!

If you want a government “of the people, for the people and by the people” then stop looking at Jefferson, Washington, Madison, and Lincoln for guidance because they didn't look toward themselves when they needed direction: they looked toward Moses, King David, Peter and the greatest of all: Christ.

Andrew Jackson once said “The Bible is the rock upon which (our) republic sets." Let’s place our country back on that rock.

Raymond Anderson Jr., of Hammond, is a senior at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology. The opinions are the writer's.

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