Steven Goransky, Political Writer
I realize that to most people, especially college students, politics are dry and boring. One often asks or thinks, "Why care? Why be concerned?" I also realize that politics have reached a new level of corruption that cause most people to react with denial, turn a blind eye or respond with a resigned shrug.
My reaction, however, is to encourage you -- the NGU student -- to take interest and to educate yourself. I am amazed by how many people of faith are huge sport fans of events that have no real impact on the country and their lives. Yet, the "team sport" going on directly under your nose, that directly effects every single aspect of your life, the average student finds boring.
I can predict when politics will suddenly seem much more interesting. When you land your first full-time job, you will begin to care. When you decide to get married and to have children, you will begin to care. When you buy a home or become an entrepreneur of your own business, you will really begin to care. When it is time for your children to begin their educations, you will really begin to care.
And when the government begins to control your house of worship and institutions of higher learning, it may already be too late. I fear it is 30 years too late. But I hope that I am wrong.
I really respect journalism and the journalist art, the pursuit of truth. It would be hard to find a more noble cause. But when I learned that the category of “Opinion” was available on the university's news website, I knew that was my place. Maybe to some, "opinion" means only one person's view, but the same could be said of a minister, preacher, pastor or reverend.
I am not comparing myself to the work of a spiritual leader, but "opinion" is a great opportunity to pour one's heart out about things that matter. A journalist will supply facts to back up his/her claims. With "opinion," one relies on common sense to “find these truths to be self evident.”
I have intentionally written in a style that is confrontational and blunt. Like it or not, my goal is to make you think. I am not trying to win a popularity contest.
Hard truths are usually unpopular. In both political commentary and psychology, it is often referred to as being a "bomb thrower,” meaning, to disrupt the conversation, to jar people from a state of slumber to alertness. Wake up America, please wake up.
Do you realize what has transpired in the last six years? Our national sovereignty has been destroyed. Our healthcare has been turned over to bureaucrats that care more about your religious and political views than your health and then linked directly to a police state. With many children being raised by only one parent, now the sanctity of all marriage has been ripped apart.
Race relations have been set back some 60 years. Our legal system is attacked while criminals are praised. The amount of citizens who have lost the dignity of work has quadrupled. The Cold War has been rewarmed. We have turned our back on our closest allies, and we have paid our enemies to kill us. Our military has intentionally been degraded and unmotivated.
The Middle East has fallen backwards into the Middle Ages, yet it now has, in its hands, many of our high tech weapons, supplied by us. The IRS and the NSA now resemble the soviet KBG. The national debt has doubled; the interest rate alone is beginning to drag us down.
Foreign diseases that America completely controlled decades ago are being invited across the borders. The world scam of “Global Warming” is being forced on the nations. Radical Islam is being protected on many levels while Christians are being persecuted and executed.
Multiculturalism has turned into a flood that no longer wants to assimilate to American culture and values. And finally the government has commandeered the Internet, while ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN have turned into gossip magazines that refuse to perform the journalism work that is required to keep a Republic alive.
I feel political awareness is directly connected to spiritual awareness. I suppose I know what many religious leaders might say: “We do not want to offend anyone and our main goal is for individuals to find Jesus Christ.” I understand this view, but I strongly disagree.
I feel it is a spiritual matter to know your own personal politics and why. You should understand your family's politics, as well as the local community's, the state's and finally the nation's. When all of that is understood, THEN you are ready to form your worldview.
It has been a privilege to have a soapbox on which to stand and to reflect my views. I hope that another NGU student with deep convictions will pick up the torch and challenge the status quo. Political correctness is censorship, plain and simple.
Thought police telling one how to think. Refuse to use a liberal media dictionary. Examples:  assault weapons -- if you use that term, they have won. Make your point about defense weapons.  Gay -- is a very happy term, and I refuse to use it.  Undocumented worker -- is a sham. Undocumented workers are illegal aliens and thus should be called. In other words, say what you mean, and mean what you say.
One last point, I have come to understand that the vast majority of Christians today believe in the rapture theory. I always thought that this belief was 50/50, but I am beginning to think it is closer to 80/20. If the 80 percent of Christian’s belief in the rapture theory affects your involvement with political awareness, then the damage is done.
NGU recently decided that Opinion articles require a Disclaimer. If this change is solely due to my authorship of this semester's Opinion column, this is the highest compliment that I could imagine. A Disclaimer is fair. These are only my views, as an Opinion article is by definition. But others should take a look.
I am sure that most all "The Vision's" readers understand the definition of the word “Opinion.” But for the rest, I am including the definition from Webster’s Dictionary below.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary: opinion, noun opin·ion \ə-ˈpin-yən\
1: a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter.
2: belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge.
3: a generally held view.
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