God Bless the USA?
When Rick Santorum preached about the Devil attacking America I was doing a face palm while my wife was standing and cheering.
"It's about time somebody told the truth!" She was fresh off of seeing her prayers answered as Univision announced God had given Hugo Chavez another tumor, "hopefully fatal, and before the election."
See, I agree with Santorum. I believe what the bible says, and I know "The God of this World" roams the earth, "patrolling it," looking for souls to devour. But I also know that religious kookery doesn't get people elected in this country. We like our presidents to be plain vanilla, no nuts. This despite our choosing Barocky Road ice cream in 2008, a faithful product of Reverend Wright's Church of God Damn America.
As I expressed my sense of doom at the prospect of an Obama reelection, Mrs Silverfiddle, God bless her, exhorted me to pray. Pray! "If we all pray God will save this country just like he saved the Maccabees!"
She got visibly irritated when I told her that the Israelites at the time of Judas Maccabeus were essential to God's plan, while America most likely is not. Why would The Lord give a damn about the USA? We've blown it, we've mooned him and spit on his laws. If I were God, I'd take a giant shit on the United States of America, just for pleasure. He blessed us with so much, and we flushed it all down the toilet. We turned this land of milk and honey into a porn palace full of ripoff artists.
Our government is out of control. It turned simple charity into a multi-trillion dollar money-wasting operation that destroys more lives than it saves. We never tire of travelling to other lands and killing foreigners. At one time I expressed contempt for the realists, George Bush the Elder, George Schultz, etc. But when Bush the Younger kicked over the hornets nest, I realized there may have been some wisdom in leaving well enough alone, or at least proceeding with caution.
We don't know what prudence means anymore, and we scoff at morality and openly mock God, even as we make gods of ourselves and bow down to our idols and golden calves. I think Reverend Wright's wish has come true. Our chickens have come home to roost. Not in the form of terrorists or some external power. We've done it to ourselves. If God still has a purpose for us, it is probably only to serve as a warning to others against arrogance, greed and purposeful stupidity.
God on our side? I doubt it... As Abraham Lincoln remarked, we should be humbly and fervently praying that we can make it back to God's side.