Saturday, February 11, 2012
Bedford Falls No More
In the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart, the protagonist, George Bailey (played by Stewart), is confronted by the question of what would the world be like if he had never been born.
Old man Potter, the stingy, angry banker in competition in with the Bailey Building and Loan run by the Bailey family, has designs on shutting down the Building and Loan. George Bailey is led by an angel (Second Class) to see how the world would be if George had never been born: his brother would be dead; Gower the pharmacist would be a total drunk; George’s wife, Mary, would be a spinster; and the nice little town of Bedford Falls would be a depraved, morally bankrupt town called Potterville.
Our nation is no longer Bedford Falls—it has become Potterville. From being the place for hard-earned freedoms to reign, children to be raised with solid moral values, traditional family values to be celebrated, with politics based on “We the People,” we have instead become a place for corruption and low morals to have full sway.
With Potter-like leadership, consumed with personal interest and benefit, we have declined in global stature and value, no longer representing the sound Biblical ideals which we formerly represented.
To return America to something of the former, we must strive to replace existing leadership in the three branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. This daunting task must become the supreme focus of the citizens of this once great nation. Failing in this task will simply affirm that God has other plans for us and might well signal the demise of America as a world power. Until that happens, all voting Americans must be active in the selection of elected officials and vocal in the choices for appointed judiciary. Staying silent and uninvolved is not going to cut it!
The ideal would be to replace all incumbent elected leadership with new leadership committed to restoration of the United States to a functioning, solidly constitutional government in line with the framers’ original intent. Most, if not all, of existing political positions are currently held by people who serve their own interests instead of the interests of their electorate. Political office should be to serve the public for a season and not as a life-work.
The same goes for the staffs of the incumbents who have made a career of maintaining the status quo.
This may only end up having the same effect as flatulence in a windstorm, but, if there is to be any substantive change, we must work diligently to accomplish it. Otherwise, we will continue to have more of the same ineffective leadership in government and end up with more Potterville.