My last article concluded by stating: “My next article will be profound. I promise.” This is that next article.
By the way, on family heritage, Papaw Aby Wood was born, on 9/4/1901, and Mom and Dad were married, on 9/3/1959. My 9/6/2021 article includes my most recent comments on that heritage, aside from this note.
The “battle for the soul of the nation” is real. That battle, however, is not what the first President of the USSA (Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.) propagates. I will explain – in the historical context of World War II.
Biden's Speech on 9/1/2022 & My Comments
On the evening of 9/1/2022, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, our ol' puppy (Molly), and I were half way watching the Tennessee Volunteers beat up on a “high school” team, for the first game of the college football season. I knew President Biden would speak to the nation that evening. I didn't want to be angered by his verbal propaganda.
Instead, the next day, I read the transcript of his speech. The transcript is on the official The White House website. See “REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BIDEN ON THE CONTINUED BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE NATION,” Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (September 1, 2022). I will cite his words that are relevant to this article and add my comments.
Speaking from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, President Biden began, by stating (with my yellow highlighting added):
This is where America made its Declaration of Independence to the world more than two centuries ago with an idea, unique among nations, that in America, we’re all created equal. This is where the United States Constitution was written and debated. These two documents and the ideas they embody — equality and democracy — are the rock upon which this nation is built.
That is common high ground. This article is my fifth on “Worldviews in Conflict.” (See my “Topic Sections.”) As I have written, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were written by flawed men. Those documents, however, are based on God's absolute moral law – as understood naturally and as expressed in the inspired biblical record (understood correctly). Flawed men can write moral documents. I do, every time I write an article.
President Biden, however, dropped quickly to the low ground of propaganda – with no supporting evidence cited. Excerpts (with my red highlighting added) of his propagandizing are:
Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.
MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people.
I will not cite further from President Biden's propaganda. Anyone may read the full transcript (which I have provided, in the above link). By the way, the next day, during a press conference, President Biden claimed that he reversed his diatribe, of the evening before. Remember, a double-minded man is unstable in his ways. (Read James 1:8, in context.)
I am NOT a Donald Trump supporter or advocate. President Trump did well enough. He was better than the other option, when he was elected. He often affirmed several biblical and constitutional principals. I agreed with him on those principals, as he affirmed them.
MAGA stands for “make America great again.” Donald Trump used the phrase as a campaign slogan, according to Dictionary.com.
What are MAGA Republicans? I wondered. I searched.
Historically, there was a Great America PAC (Political Action Committee), with news from 2016 to 2018. Open Secrets details PAC Profile: Make America Great Again PAC, as a Leadership PAC, affiliated with ex-President Donald Trump. Ballotpedia details Make America Great Again PAC, as the MAGA PAC for Donald Trump, when he ran for office.
For currently active information, I found Save America: Donald J. Trump. The “about” section lists their values, among which include:
– We are committed to defending innocent life and to upholding the Judeo-Christian values of our founding.
– We believe in the promise of the Declaration of Independence, that we are all made EQUAL by our Creator, and that must all be TREATED equal under the law.
– We know that our rights do not come from government,[sic] they come from God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That includes the right to religious liberty and the right to Keep and Bear Arms.
– We embrace free thought,[sic] we welcome robust debate, and we are not afraid to stand up to the oppressive dictates of political correctness.
– We know that the rule of law is the ultimate safeguard of our freedoms, and we affirm that the Constitution means exactly what it says AS WRITTEN.
If Save America: Donald J. Trump are “MAGA Republicans,” then where, in their values, are their extremist threats to the foundations of our republic? Where is their disrespect to the Constitution? Where is their disbelief in the rule of law? Where and how do they not recognize the will of the people?
As I close this section, I affirm the obvious. President Biden was making political hay. He was arguing against a straw man. He engaged himself in the lowest form of political propaganda. I respect the office of President. I do not respect President Biden; however, I do love him, as a man created in God's image, and I will do all within my power, to lead him to Christ – as I doubt his salvation – judging justly, by his words and deeds. (Read Jesus' words, in John 7:24, in context.)
Historical World War II Context
I will place President Biden's 9/1/2022 speech, in the historical context of World War II. I wish that the President had thought to frame his words, as I do for him now.
On 9/1/2022, did you remember that World War II started, on 9/1/1939, when Germany invaded Poland? I did not, until I found the source, on 9/2/2022.
You are encouraged to read: “How Did World War II End? These are the five key events that led to the conclusion of World War II,” by Christopher Klein, History.com, 8/11/2020. Germany invaded Poland, on 9/1/1939, which started World War II. On 9/2/1945, Japan surrendered formally, on the US battleship Missouri, which ended World War II. Note that, on 8/14/1945, the Japanese Emperor had surrendered, by radio broadcast.
This nation has never been perfect – no nation has ever been. Nations, however, can have historical moments of great moral rightness and fortitude. The moral greatness and sacrifice that this nation (and others) demonstrated – during World War II – are historical facts.
When this nation follows the ideals and principals in the founding documents, then this nation acts according to the divine value system that those documents reflect and express. America is great, when she follows her founding principals – which are based on God's moral law.
During his 9/1/2022 speech, President Biden stated (with my yellow highlighting added):
I ran for President [sic] because I believed we were in a battle for the soul of this nation. I still believe that to be true. I believe the soul is the breath, the life, and the essence of who we are. The soul is what makes us “us.”
I agree that “a battle for the soul of this nation” exists – and has been ongoing, for decades. President Biden's understanding of that battle is incorrect, however. His ungodly and socialist propagandists and he are on the side of Satan – since they “affirm” constitutional values, while they work to further erode those values. I can unpack that last sentence and prove it – if any reader wishes to challenge me. My “Worldviews in Conflict” section contains my written record.
The Good Lord stated, in Luke 11:17 (NIV):
Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.
Please read that verse in its context. America is a divided nation. Everyone should know this.
Even Sharon Osbourne knows it. On 8/28/2022, she stated:
America has changed so drastically. It isn’t the United States of America at all. Nothing’s united about it. It’s a very weird place to live right now. (Source: “Tea with Ozzy Osbourne: ‘I’ve sung that song for 55 years. I’m not going to forget the words,’” by Craig McLean, The Guardian, 8/28/2022.)
Of course, spiritual warfare has existed, since Satan was cast from heaven. I will not unpack that last sentence here. Instead, you may read: “Why Was Lucifer, Satan, Cast Out of Heaven and Banished to Hell?” By Dolores Smyth, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer, 10/2/2020. It is a good article on the subject.
The “battle for the soul of this nation” is in the context of spiritual warfare. God wins, on Judgment Day. Satan and his majority followers do not. The minority, who are saved by God's grace, through their active faith, win. Please read the inspired record of Jesus' words, in context:
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matt. 7:13-14 NIV)
Truth, morality, and values are not determined by the majority. They are established by God. His inspired word, the Bible, is His written record. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution reflect the divine worldview.
Mr. President, may you be guided, as you lead this nation, by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution – which are rooted in the divine worldview. Please stop your propaganda. We, who are wise, are not listening. We'd rather watch football.