The whole country is breathing a sigh of relief now that the government is fully funded again. We’re comforted by the thought that all things are up and running once more. But I’m reminded of the time when Ronald Reagan was recuperating from the assassination attempt back in 1981. His top cabinet officials all came to see him at the hospital. At the time, he had a tube going down his throat and couldn’t yet speak, but he was writing little notes. When they told him not to worry, the government was operating as usual, he quickly wrote down, “Why would you think that would make me feel better?” It was a humorous line, but sadly reflective of the real state of things. It would make even more sense to say the same thing today:
And through it all,
Emperor President Obama protected his signature legislation:
Not to worry, though. Our excellent federal bureaucracy is doing its usual fine job of implementation, this time under the careful eye of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:
And all those premium increases in nearly every state? Again, don’t bother about that. This is a wonderful gift being offered the country by a benevolent ruler:
So sit back and relax. Obama’s in his White House and all is right with the world.
Actually, much of what we see now is an illusion. People think things are fine when they are not. My hope is not in any political solution for our woes; no substantial change will ever take place without a genuine repentance sweeping over the nation and a renewed church pointing to a Cross. Ultimately, my hope lies beyond the “normal” state of affairs:
For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Therein lies my hope.