Franklin Graham, CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of the global Samaritan’s Purse aid organization, cut ties with the Republican Party over members’ support and passage of the 2,000-plus page, trillion-plus dollar omnibus package, including its full funding of Planned Parenthood – the organization just outed on video for selling cast-off, aborted baby parts.
And you know what? Good. Finally. Somebody with boldness who isn’t trying to hand the American conservative constituency the tiresome, whiney line, “But if we don’t stick together, then the Democrats will win.”
Franklin Graham before an interview at the Associated Press office on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
Because you know what else?
Despite the Republican majority in the Senate and House, the Democrats are already winning. Scarcely had Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan dropped the arm he had ceremoniously lifted for his swearing-in ceremony as speaker, then he was off and running to cut a budget deal with the Democrats, the one wanted by President Barack Obama. That vow he took on October 29 to “bear truth, faith and allegiance” to the Constitution? Gone, like a wisp of smoke in a breeze, along with the limited government principles endeared by our Founding Fathers.
That, in itself, should be the mother of all objections because it suggests this shocking scenario: Nobody tasked with serving their constituents with due regard for the Constitution can say with any assurance that the package that passed either A) served the constituent, or B) gave due regard to the Constitution.
The wisp of smoke grows larger. It has to – our congressional gate guards need cover as they flee and abandon their posts.
Here’s what Graham said in his Facebook post of the deal:
“Shame on the Republicans and the Democrats for passing such a wasteful spending bill … And to top it off, funding Planned Parenthood! … I call it a big loss for America.”
Here’s his goodbye to the Republicans, in the same post:
“This is an example of why I have resigned from the Republican Party and declared myself Independent. I have no hope in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, or Tea Party to do what is best for America. Unless more godly men and women get in this process and change this wicked system, our country is in for trouble.”
And finally, his solution:
“I want to challenge Christians, even pastors, across the country to pray about running for office where they can have an impact. We need mayors, [county] commissioners, city council members, school board members who will uphold biblical values.”
Agreed. Wholeheartedly. If the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results, why are we continuing to look to the Republican Party to save our republic? Our solution for what ails America rests in a higher power. Just as the Founding Fathers knew, when they declared this great system of constitutional governance for us, that we “are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” so should we abide in that principle. In other words, we should look to God, not government – not the Republican Party or the next candidate with an “R” alongside his or her name – for both guidance and oversight of this nation, and not be afraid to part ways with those who don’t toe the line on that standard.
Cheryl Chumley, a writer for WND.com and former news writer for The Washington Times, is also the author of “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare Is Becoming Our Reality.” She may be reached at email@example.com or through her blog, cherylchumley.blogspot.com, or at Twitter @ckchumley.
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