States, Not Washington, D.C., Need Our Attention
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It seems that most everyone focuses his or her attention on what is happening in Washington, D.C. People don't seem to get excited about politics until a national election rolls around or unless the President makes some startling announcement. Even well-meaning Christian leaders seem to spend the vast majority of their time dealing with policies that emanate from Washington, D.C. Already, I'm hearing leaders of the so-called Religious Right talk gushingly about who the next Presidential nominee of the Republican Party will be. Who cares? Do you mean to tell me that with all we have to deal with right now, we can't find anything else to talk about? How shallow—and utterly ineffective—can we be?

In the first place, Washington, D.C., is a lost cause. It really is. We have about as much chance of flying to the moon in a glider as we do of seeing any significant change in Washington, D.C. Neither the Republican nor Democrat parties at the national level offer any hope. The federal government is hell-bent on turning the United States into a socialistic global village, and the two major parties are in it up to their necks.

If the principles of freedom and independence have any chance of surviving the next few years, it will be because individual States have the courage to pick up the banner and fight. Therefore, freedom lovers need to focus their energy and attention more on State government and less on national politics.

For example, the State of Missouri is right now profiling supporters of independent Presidential candidates such as Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and myself as being potential "domestic terrorists." In addition, Missouri law enforcement personnel are being told that people who oppose things such as abortion, illegal immigration, gun control, the Federal Reserve, the North American Union, etc., are potential "terrorists."

See my original exposé on this story here

Remember, this report is being sanctioned by Missouri Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon, the Missouri Highway Patrol, and the Department of Public Safety. In other words, the State of Missouri is officially endorsing the distorted statements, repulsive innuendoes, false accusations, and unwarranted warnings contained in this report. Whether the content of the report originated with the federal Department of Homeland Security or even with a private left-wing organization such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, it is the State of Missouri that is putting boots on the ground on behalf of this ridiculous report.

That is the way it always is: no matter what happens in Washington, D.C., it is the individual State that (for the most part) is left holding the bag. Unfortunately, it seems that most State legislators and governors have forgotten that it is their responsibility to protect the liberties and freedoms of their citizens, and have been unwilling to hold the line for State sovereignty and independence. Instead, they have allowed the federal government to run roughshod over not only the U.S. Constitution, but also their own State constitutions and authority. In fact, one might be able to say that most States seem to think that Washington, D.C., is some kind of glorified Pied Piper, which they must always follow like blind sheep. This is not the kind of union our founders envisioned.

States were always viewed as being the final arbiters of their own destinies and decisions. Had America's Founding Fathers intended on Washington, D.C., being some sort of universal authority, the individual States would have all terminated when the Constitution was adopted in 1787. In other words, what Washington, D.C., thinks or wants means diddly-squat unless the State decides to go along with it.

Whether the issue is gun control, or environmental "protection," or smoke-free facilities, or land use codes, or police departments profiling potential "terrorists," or any other issue that the federal government wants to get its grubby little fingers into, it is the individual State that must choose to say either Yea or Nay.

Therefore, the time has come for us to focus on the kinds of legislators, governors, sheriffs, judges, etc., who are leading our respective States. We must focus on holding our State officials accountable to the principles of freedom and constitutional government. The battle that is taking place in Missouri right now is a classic example.

Missouri residents by the hundreds and thousands need to get involved in that battle immediately. I understand Oklahoma and New Hampshire are deciding on terrific State sovereignty bills at this very moment. Residents of the Sooner State and Granite State need to barrage their State legislators in support of these bills right now. Montana is currently deliberating a couple of great bills. One would bring back gold and silver, and one is a major gun rights bill. Residents of Big Sky Country need to step up to the plate right now and let their legislators and governor know how important it is to pass these bills. I could go on and on.

Folks, Washington, D.C., is a pigsty. There is no remedy for that place. It doesn't matter to a tinker's dam whether a Republican or Democrat is in the White House, or even which party controls Congress. If the last two Presidential administrations have not taught us that, we are brain-dead.

If there is any hope for lovers of freedom in this country, it will be found in individual States that are willing to shake off the filthy dust that has floated down from that putrid landfill on the banks of the Potomac, and stand up for freedom and independence the way Americans used to. And if the State we live in won't do it, we might want to consider moving to one that will, because if we lose our liberties, it will be our own individual State that will have run up the white flag.

P.S. Last Sunday, we began live-streaming my Sunday morning messages. I am sorry that our bandwidth was not sufficient to accommodate everyone who tried to watch us. I am told that this problem will be fixed by this Sunday. Therefore, I invite readers to join us online for my live-streamed message this Sunday, March 22, at approximately 10:30 a.m. (Central Daylight Time). Simply connect to the following url and follow the simple directions:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. He hosts a weekly radio show. His website is here.

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