By Sigrid Weidenweber
I have wanted to stop writing for some time now. The words do not flow as easily as in previous years, and I sometimes ask myself, why do it? What is now a chore, was once easy, for content seemed to be dictated to me. However, as I see my country taken over by people with the same mindset the Communists had in the country I fled, I must speak. I abjured the country I came from and swore allegiance to the United States of America. I became American, with heart and soul, as they say. But I was not only citizen in spirit, I worked hard. I learned different subjects at every waking moment to make this a more prosperous place for my family and everyone I associated with.
I lectured, I wrote to impart knowledge, hard learned. I helped community and associations in every way I could with funds, knowledge, time and my person. However, it seems that all came to naught—for deceit, lies and cheating won out in the end. Sometimes I wonder if the old Biblical curse is repeating itself and America deserves the pain and horror that will surely befall if we stay on this path. Ancient historical records foretold what is in store for nations abdicating their obligations and instead fall into moral and mental decay. Countries where the laws are not upheld and enforced, and the moral and ethical tenets of their societies are perverted, falsified, and paraded, flaunted for their insider-sport, allow the worst of society to rise and grab the government. Ours is not the only time in history at a juncture with a totally divided population, holding totally different perceptions of truth, honor and justice.
It happens when a great society produces an elite that is rich, surfeited and super-filled with riches, to the extent that nothing means anything to them anymore, that in order to achieve a level of personal fulfillment—they, like Caesars, believe they are god-like. With their wealth and power, they begin to change the lives of populations, more spiritual, but less wealthy than they are. Soon, they envision only one ambition worthwhile of their attention and ceaseless energy—world-dominion.
So, here we are. Super companies and wealthy individuals are every day and evermore remaking our lives and limiting our freedom of expression. They tell us what we are allowed to say, allowed to think and what to to do. How did we arrive at this point of totalitarianism without violent opposition to this state of affairs? I cannot more eloquently state our slide into perdition than a prayer I received from a friend who found it on line. I am pleased to pass it on for it is filled with profound truths.
This prayer was given in Kansas, USA, at the opening session of their Senate.
Minister Joe Wright opened the sessions as followed:
“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses.
We have institutionalized bribery and called it sweets of office.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today, cleanse us from every sin and and set us free. Amen.”
The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal
Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology. She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans. Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer. You can find her books on Amazon.com