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“Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America,” released October 22 by Focus on the Family Action, an activist group affiliated with James Dobson’s conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family.

October 22, 2012

Dear friends,

The 2008 election was closer than anybody expected, but Barack Obama won. Many Christians voted for him, as they didn’t think he would really follow through on the far-left policies that had marked his career. They were wrong.

In his first week in office, Obama fired all ninety-three U.S. attorneys, replacing them with his own appointments, recruiting the most active members of the American Civil Liberties Union. The Justice Department soon began to file criminal and civil charges against nearly every Bush Administration official who had any involvement with the Iraq War. Dozens of Bush officials, from the Cabinet level on down, are in jail, and most of them also have been bankrupted by legal costs.

The next month, when Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens announced they would step down from the Supreme Court, President Obama nominated two far-left, ACLU-oriented judges, and the Democratic Senate quickly confirmed them. They are brilliant, articulate, and in their early forties, so they can expect to stay on the court for thirty years. The court retained its 4–4 split, with Justice Anthony Kennedy as the swing vote, but the decisive changes started in June 2009, when Justice Kennedy resigned. The four conservative justices who remained were suddenly in the minority. Then, in August, Justice Scalia unexpectedly resigned because of health problems, and another Obama appointment joined the court. Finally, the far left had the highest prize: complete control of the Supreme Court. And they quickly set about to enact their entire agenda.

The most far-reaching transformation of American society came from the Supreme Court’s stunning affirmation, in early 2010, that laws barring same-sex “marriage” violated the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. President Obama repeated his declaration that personally he was against same-sex “marriage,” but he told the nation there was nothing he could do. Several previous Supreme Court decisions were reversed rather quickly. The Boy Scouts chose to disband rather than be forced to obey a Supreme Court decision that they would have to hire homosexual Scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys.

President Obama invited homosexual-rights leaders from around the United States to join him at the White House as he signed an executive order directing all branches of the military to abandon their “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and start actively recruiting homosexuals. As a result, homosexuals are now given special bonuses for enlisting.

The Supreme Court nullified all Federal Communications Commission restrictions on obscene radio and television broadcasts. As a result, television programs at all hours of the day contain explicit portrayals of sex acts.

The Supreme Court declared that home schooling was a violation of state educational requirements except in cases where the parents agreed not to teach their children that homosexual conduct is wrong or that Jesus is the only way to God, since these ideas have been found to hinder students’ social adjustment. Thousands of homeschooling parents, seeing no alternative in the United States, have begun to emigrate to other countries, particularly Australia and New Zealand.

n his role as commander in chief, President Obama began the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, completing it by April 2010. In May, Al Qaeda operatives from Syria and Iran poured in. Hundreds of thousands of “American sympathizers” have been imprisoned, tortured, and killed. The number put to death may soon reach the millions. Since 2009, terrorist bombs have exploded in four U.S. cities, killing hundreds. President Obama has vowed “to pursue and arrest and prosecute those responsible,” but no arrests have been made. He has, however, increased foreign aid to the poorer nations that are the breeding grounds for terrorism. In early 2009, Russia sent troops to occupy Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. President Obama appealed to the United Nations, but Russia sits on the Security Council, and no action has yet been taken. Then Russia occupied Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria.

In mid-2010, Iran launched a nuclear bomb that exploded in the middle of Tel Aviv, destroying much of the city. President Obama said he abhorred what Iran had done and hoped the United Nations would unanimously condemn this crime against humanity. He also declared that the United States would be part of any international peacekeeping force if authorized by the United Nations, but Muslim member nations have so far prevented any action.

The new Congress under President Obama passed a nationalized “single provider” health-care system. Because medical resources must be rationed carefully by the government, people older than eighty have essentially no access to hospitals or surgical procedures. Their “duty” is thought to be to go home to die so that they don’t drain scarce resources from the medical system. Euthanasia is becoming more and more common.

Through the actions of the Federal Communications Commission and Congress, Democrats were largely able to silence the strongest source of conservative opposition: talk radio. By the summer of 2009, the five-member FCC was controlled by Democratic appointees— including a chairman appointed by President Obama. The FCC quickly implemented the Fairness Doctrine, which requires radio stations to provide “equal time” for alternative views on political issues. As a result, every conservative

talk show is followed by an instant rebuttal to the program by a liberal “watchdog” group. Many listeners gave up in frustration, advertising (and donation) revenues dropped dramatically, and nearly all conservative stations have gone out of business or switched to other formats such as country or gospel music. Legal scholars predicted the Fairness Doctrine would be declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, but the liberal Obama court upheld it.

Many brave Christian men and women tried to resist these laws, and some Christian legal agencies tried to defend them, but they couldn’t resist the power of a 6–3 liberal majority on the Supreme Court. It seems many of the bravest went to jail or were driven to bankruptcy, and the reputations of many of them have been destroyed by a relentless press and the endless repetition of false accusations. Our freedoms have been systematically taken away. We are no longer “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” because many of “the brave” are in jail.

Personally, I don’t know how we are going to get through tomorrow, for these are difficult times. But my faith in the Lord remains strong. I still believe God is sovereign over all history, and though I don’t know why He has allowed these events, it is still His purpose that will ultimately be accomplished.

Sincerely,
A Christian from 2012

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