by Chuck Baldwin
I have received scores of letters and emails expressing the same feelings of discouragement. "What can we do?" people ask. They express frustration with their congressmen and senators being non-responsive to their letters and phone calls. They are convinced contacting the White House is a complete waste of time-and they are right. And for the most part, their pastors are no help, either. If I've heard it once I've heard it a hundred times, "What can we do?" Believe me, I understand and share their annoyance.
However, there are many things we can do. Let me here offer a few suggestions.
Educate yourself and others.
In this technologically advanced information age, it is amazing how ignorant the vast majority of Americans seem to be! The reason for this ignorance, of course, is that most people only receive their news from the major media (and by major media, I include the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity). For the most part, TV news shows and high profile radio talk shows do a better job of hiding the truth than reporting it. Real truth is about as easy to find on network news shows as hens' teeth.
Therefore, if you and the people you know are going to learn the truth, you are going to have to search for it. And if your friends and relatives won't do this for themselves, give them a hand! Why not give them a subscription (and be sure you have a subscription yourself) to The New American magazine (http://www.thenewamerican.com/artman/publish/cat_index_1.shtml)? In my opinion, this magazine is the very best publication in the country dedicated to giving the American people an objective and analytical look at current news and events.
Another good publication (although not as good as TNA) is Human Events newspaper (http://www.humanevents.com/). Although HE tends to bend a little in favor of the GOP, it does provide a more honest and objective presentation of conservative and constitutional issues than most publications.
If you live near Greenville, South Carolina, you should be subscribing to the Times Examiner (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). This an excellent source of independent news. I'm sure there are several such newspapers scattered across the country. If you live in an area fortunate enough to have such a paper, support it! Give subscriptions to these publications to your loved ones and friends. It is money well spent!
Only support constitutionalists for public office.
We must break out of the two-party death grip (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2003/cbarchive_20030729.html). To vote for a Republican for the express purpose of trying to keep a Democrat out of office is stupid! In matters pertaining to constitutional government and the overall misdirection of the country, there is virtually no difference between Republicans and Democrats! If the last six years have not taught you that, you haven't been paying attention!
We must only support people who are committed to defending and preserving constitutional government. Period. No exceptions. Stop giving in to the "lesser of two evils" mantra! A fascist Republican is no better than a socialist Democrat! Would we really believe a choice between Hitler and Stalin to be a genuine alternative? Then why would we believe that electing big-government Republicans is a genuine alternative to electing big-government Democrats?
If a genuine constitutionalist cannot be found among the two major parties, seek out like-minded people and encourage one to run for office as a constitutionalist. Perhaps you could even run for office yourself.
You may not be aware that there is already a viable third party comprised of enthusiastic constitutionalists with which you can link up. It is called The Constitution Party (http://www.constitutionparty.com/), and they would be happy to hear from you and help you get started.
Search for a courageous, truth-oriented pastor.
We are losing our country because our pulpits are silent! And the reason our pulpits are silent has a whole lot more to do with the people sitting in the pews than it does with the Internal Revenue Service!
I hear people constantly saying that the reason today's preachers refuse to preach strong, trenchant sermons is because they are afraid of losing their tax-exempt status. There may be an element of validity to that accusation, but that is not the primary problem.
The problem is, today's pastors are thoroughly intimidated by their own congregations! They are "success" driven. And Christians have made it painfully obvious that they will not support (with either their attendance or their offerings) those pastors who preach "too hard." The problem is not the IRS. The problem is carnal, "I-don't-want-to-hear-the-truth" Christians! So, if your pastor is not willing to stand on his own hind legs and preach the truth, find one who will!
Oh, yes. There is one more thing you can do: go to my web site http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/ and check out the vast amount of timely and pertinent information we have uploaded, including a vast concordance of information on the real record of President George W. Bush (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/bushrecord.html).
We also have a treasury of information regarding the truth about illegal immigration (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/immigration.html) and the emerging police state in America (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/patriotact.html).
While at the site, be sure to also watch my video sermons (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/sermonvideo.html). See for yourself if this kind of plain preaching is not what our country needs today!
There is much we can do! These are just a few suggestions. So, what are you waiting for?