It’s finally happened.
Standard & Poor’s, a respected and accredited institution, just downgraded our credit rating. It was well deserved, came as no surprise, and could happen again soon enough if we don’t get our act together.
But what’s worse than standing naked and exposed before the international community – like the silly Emperor in his new clothing – is how some of our leaders still refuse to take responsibility for their prolonged period of incompetence, greed and all-around stupidity.
For example, both Senator John Kerry and former Obama adviser David Axelrod are blaming the Tea Party for the downgrade. And Representative Barney Frank says we need to slash military spending…
Not the money we waste on social security, Medicare or Medicaid… Not the green we give to unions or international aid, which inevitably ends up further feeding fat cats more than anything else… Just military spending.
Then there’s the U.S. Treasury Department, which is going the route of the ostrich by claiming there’s “no justifiable rationale” for the downgrade in the first place.
In the midst of all of this, Texas Governor Rick Perry attended “The Response,” in his home state this past weekend, a prayer rally set up specifically because of our economic turmoil. On stage in front of thousands of fellow Christians, the potential GOP presidential candidate spoke these words with bowed head and closed eyes:
“Lord, you are the source of every good thing. You are our only hope, and we stand before you today in awe of your power and in gratitude for your blessings, and humility for our sins. Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government, and as a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us, and for that we cry out for your forgiveness.”
Go figure, he’s getting flack for doing what we all should have been doing long before this. Because he’s mixing politics and religion, which the Constitution does not prohibit.
But even if it did, let’s face it: We’ve made an absolute mess of things banning God from American politics, schools and even churches. We’ve made such a mess, in fact, that we’re only a miracle away from collapsing completely…
Yet we’re fretting about asking for divine intervention when all else has failed?
Now that’s the most embarrassing part of all.