The 2016 campaign for the presidency has turned this nation into a swarming hive of publicity seekers, doomsday enthusiasts, and impetuous and reckless lunatics stirring the pot of chaos. Seldom has a day gone by without somebody new jumping on the lunacy bandwagon so shamelessly driven by both political parties. However, the madness goes beyond politics. As a nation, thinking and emotions have become so compromised that it is clear many Americans have lost touch with reality. Every day, the nation is confronted by people entangled in delusional aberrations. They inject the reality of what they see and hear with what they want to see and hear, thereby creating a sense of warped personal authenticity.
America has lost touch with common sense! People are quick to embrace hearsay, Facebook dribble, and biased news, especially if it supports what they “want to” believe – to heck with truth and reality. Americans have developed a passion for morphing little things into big things or nothing into something. They love to create mountains out of molehills. As a result, they resemble Chicken Little running around crying the world is ending, and moaning and groaning that God has abandoned America.
If God has abandoned America, which is doubtful, it is because he is embarrassed at the lack of common sense currently on display. People point to the lack of prayer in schools, lack of attention to the Bible, and sinful lifestyles as the reasons for America’s decline when the sad truth is this country’s problems lie in the hearts of the American people. God has not abandoned America! The people, due to their reckless disregard for the American pursuit of liberty and happiness for all people as well as their neglect of the Biblical commandment to love their neighbor, have abandoned America. As a nation, too many Americans no longer embrace diversity as a virtue in their politics, in their society, or in their personal lives, which means they have abandoned what made America great. As a consequence of this indifference to liberty and happiness for all and love of neighbor, the nation stands helpless in the shadows of mountains built from molehills and righteousness built from convenience.
Common sense is the mountain Americans must reclaim before the nation can regain its sanity and move forward. Until people begin to filter life, media, and hearsay through the lens of common sense, America will continue to resemble a quagmire of lunacy. It is time we stop building molehills into mountains, stop pandering and giving credibility to stupidity, stop assuming we are more righteous than the other person, and return to practicing common sense and treating one another with respect. That is the only way America will regain its sanity. Once we have a grip on common sense and can again converse respectfully as adults without shouting down those who disagree with us, we will find America is still the greatest nation on earth, and throughout the insanity, God has never been more than a prayer away.
©Jack Linton May 22, 2016