The American people have spoken and the new Congress to be sworn in will have a different feel and look for sure, but will it be more bipartisan and open as promised? Likely not. The new Democratic majority has an agenda for the first 100 hours of changing ethics rules, raising the minimum wage, reforming healthcare, implementing carte-blanche the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations, and liberalizing embryonic stem cell research. These are wide- sweeping changes that will impact the direction of this country and the Democrats intend to make them stick by changing the rules so that no other alternative legislation can be introduced or debated.
It’s a mixed bag. Some of it is good, but some of it is really bad. While the Democrats have spent the past six years complaining that the Patriot Act, designed to crack down on terrorism, took away personal liberties, fully adopting the 9/11 Commission recommendations would be far more intrusive. While some of the recommendations to reform healthcare lower health costs, the way in which the Democrats want to do it will help pave the way for nationalized healthcare. And you can well bet that while ethics reform is badly needed, in the end, the reforms will favor incumbents—Democratic incumbents.
The worse, however, will be the railroading of legislation to promote embryonic stem cell research. Researchers in the university system are licking their chops to get their hands on free money from Congress for researching a concept that after a decade or more has yielded negative results at the expense of killing a living human embryo. If passed, this immoral and unconstitutional (denies the unalienable right of the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness for unborn humans) would be a cash cow for decades to come for unethical scientists that would vote for Fidel Castro if it meant they could continue getting paid for not producing results.
Yes, there will be changes in the U.S. House of Representatives. The first woman Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi of California, will pose with the first Muslim elected to Congress, Minnesota’s Keith Ellison in a reenactment of the swearing in ceremony. Ellison and Pelosi will use a Koran from Thomas Jefferson’s book collection. There is no religious test to serve in Congress, but many wonder if the oath to defend the U.S. Constitution Ellison takes on the Koran, which calls for a theocratic form of government under Sharia law, will supersede Ellison’s religious doctrine which is incompatible with the Constitutional Republic form of government. Isn’t it nice, a new Congress? Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Word of Life Ministry