Sunday, November 06, 2016

Reiboldt: Our nation is heading in the wrong direction

(From Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Seneca)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, is election day in the United States, and our nation’s citizens are set to help determine the future of not only their own individual states, but also of our nation as a whole. 

With all the bizarre happenings in this election cycle, it has to have been the most unpredictable one of my lifetime, and one that won’t soon be forgotten. 

Not long ago I ran across an interesting quote about elections from George Orwell, author of the novel Animal Farm, in which he says, “All elections are crazy; some are more crazy than others.” 

There doesn't seem to be any truer statement regarding this year’s election season. Personally, I believe that even with all the craziness surrounding this election, the decisions being made today will set the course of our nation for many decades to come.

Recently, I was asked to share my opinions on the condition of our nation and the impact of our national election. I will do so at this time. 

 It is no secret that things aren’t well socially or politically in the United States, and this isn’t just my opinion. It is one shared by a majority of Americans. 

Many of us feel this way and are concerned about the direction our nation is headed. In a recent poll by Political, it was reported that 73% of Americans say the United States is on the wrong track. 

Take a look at some of the following information:

* A recent Rasmussen poll showed 60% of us believe race relations are worse now than

when President Obama was elected.

* Approximately one-third of the entire population of the United States currently has a

sexually transmitted disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention. Yearly treatment costs for these are a staggering $16 billion.

* Our country has the highest teen pregnancy rate of any industrialized nation in the


* According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are 747,408

registered sex offenders in the United States.

* Today, more than half of all couples move in together before they are married.

* 38% of children aged 5 and under receive welfare benefits.

* At least 52 police officers have been killed, so far, in the line of duty in 2016, far more

than the number for all of last year.

If “righteousness exalts a nation,” perhaps we can see from these statistics why we are headed in the wrong direction.

Besides those things listed above, there are other issues that concern me. In the United States as of now, we have aborted over 60 million innocent and precious little lives. How can God be pleased with a nation who practices this type of butchery? Then last year the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, something that is in direct opposition to God’s Word.

Perhaps one of the most serious of the issues that will be addressed after this election is that of the appointment of Supreme Court Justices. When we look at the make up of the Supreme Court and then realize that the new president could appoint two or three new Justices who will reflect their personal beliefs, it is imperative that we take this election very, very seriously.

As a nation, we must ask ourselves: “How can we so brazenly demand that the God of Heaven continue to bless our nation when we so blatantly and so purposefully have gone against his every command?”


Anonymous said...

The last thing Reibolt's constituents need is a religious sermon regarding our lapse in worshipping his God, and our country's decline as a result. Tell me Mr. Congressman, do you support the racist, misogynistic, xenophobic candidate your party has nominated, and do you believe he will deliver us back unto God? If you do then you lack the judgement necessary to do your job. Fear and doom is what the GOP is selling, and to accept that as truth, you have lost the courage to do the best job for our country. Despite half our nation supporting a vulgar idiot as a presidential nominee, we are still the greatest country in the world.

Anonymous said...

I guess Billy does not realize that a full third of Ameicans do not believe in God and most despise those who try to force their religious views on others. It really is time to tax the Churches, because, after all, religion is just another form of entertainment.

Steve Holmes said...

The guy's in his third term, meaning a majority of voters in his district approve of what he says, or at the very least, don't disapprove enough to vote him out. Reibolt's only the symptom. The problem is the electorate giving him power. Changing this means talking with, perhaps confronting, people who view the world differently from us. Friends, co-workers, neighbors, even family members. Not easy to do.

Anonymous said...

The real problem is that the Republicans run unopposed in General Elections in this part of Missouri. It would be a real treat to pick up a ballot someday and not see a single unopposed candidate on it.

Harvey Hutchinson said...

Great, wonderful article, Bill!!

So true!!
Harvey 303-522-6622 voice& text 24/7

Anonymous said...

One thing I learned in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado is just how organized fundamentalist churches are. And trust me, they apply the same organizational skills to getting out the vote for candidates who support their point of view, like this rep. from Seneca. If you want change, you have to work for it and put your time and money where your mouth is.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to people like Reibolt the nation is indeed headed in the wrong direction. He and other republicans opened the door for so called leaders like Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, David Duke and Donald Trump.