Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Reading Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny


FOR THE PAST day-and-a-half, I've buried myself in Mark Levine's new book, Liberty and Tyranny, A Conservative Manifesto. I believe every American---every man, woman and child over 15---should read this book. Every school should require and teach it (though the liberal teachers' unions would ban and burn it--- and those who teach it---at the stake.).

However, my recommendation comes with the caveat that, though much of the information is not new, the material is arranged and packed in such a way that one cannot help but be seriously impacted by this book. I certainly am.
What I am saying is while ignorance is bliss, panoramic knowledge of the direction this country is headed is very troubling. We are headed, and have been heading, towards a cliff in America and unless a good number of us take this seriously and understand how and why we got here and then act in courageous, new ways, I don't see how we as a democracy can remain in tact a whole lot longer. At the same time, I'm deeply concerned that there's nothing most of us can do with this runaway, out-of-control federal government which seems to be multiplying like The Thing---remember that movie?

I see it coming and I'm frightened by what I see, especially for my children and grand child. I've watched ultra-partisan politics divide my country, my family and many of my friendships over the past decade. It's painful to watch, it's even more painful to live. But live it, we shall with no assurances as to where it's all leading or that enough of us will wake up in time to get this behemoth ship of state---this Titantic of gargantuan government---turned around.

I am normally a world-class sleeper and yet last night I tossed and fretted again into the wee hours of the morning. I realized sometime between 1 and 2 am that Levine's book was affecting me in the depths of my soul and in ways I can't escape. I'm not normally a deeply pessimistic person, certainly not for long, but I'll tell you what: there's good reason for our citizenry to be very seriously concerned---from the fiscal malfeasance of our social "security" and other entitlement and bailout programs that are breaking us all, to immigration banditry and to our gross departure from enumerated powers in the Constitution and to the eventual breakdown of the rule of law---there are train wrecks, some of them massive, waiting to happen in every direction. The pain and suffering will be widespread and prolonged.


hg said...

Get over it! The sky is not falling.With Obama at the helm trying to clean up the mess caused by Bush the last eight years, there is every reason for reasonable people to have optimism for the future.

Anonymous said...

God is still in charge. -Mary in Maryland

Anonymous said...

Webutante -

I'm right there with you. I'm almost too scared to read Levin's book.

It is not doomsday dreaming - there is no way we can continue doing what we are doing and NOT have serious consequences.

I'll be honest. I'm scared.


web said...

God is indeed in charge. And I wish I never felt fear, but sometimes I do.

fraydna52 said...

I haven't read Levin's latest yet but plan to. Thanks for the warning!

I've found that reading a Psalm immediately before dropping off to sleep is very beneficial.
(Philippians 4:8)

Webutante said...

Thank you for the great suggestion. While I do a long Scrupture reading and study every morning, I need to take your advice to heart and do that. It will put my focus back where it belongs to be. Thank you Fraydna and God bless.

Pam said...

Mark's book is on my TO READ list. I've had those fearful feelings more lately as well. I know God is in control, but I also know the U.S. cannot remain a super power for the New World Order to be established. I've had to refrain from watching too much news because I was allowing the gloom and doom to affect my daily attitude.