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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Forward!

President Obama's chosen slogan for his campaign this year "Forward." is causing some stir because this word has usually been associated with communist organizations. It is an unusual choice for a politician who is often accused of having a secret communist philosophy. Is it a secret code word for the communists, so they know that he is on their side? Or is he and his campaign simply unaware of the history of politics?

But what really matters is why? What do this president and communists worldwide share that makes them choose the same slogan? Fundamentally, it is a belief that there is such a direction. Of course, time moves forward, if we are going to give the direction of time a name, but if this were the promise, it would be as silly as a politician who promised to make the sun rise each morning. I am quite sure that time will move forward regardless of who is president. No, what is meant is that somehow our society moves forward as well. Both the president and the communists believe that society is moving and can be forced to move forward and that they know what direction forward is.

Of course, they actually do not. They can imagine a better society, but their imagination is too limited. It cannot look into every corner of society to learn all the consequences. Our president sees happily married gay couples, but he does not know what effect that will have on the rest of society. He sees higher taxes for the rich and more health care for the poor and free abortions for everyone, but he cannot claim to see all the consequences of those actions. Only God sees everything.

I was just reading about a lawyer who in 1994 forced a girl to move out of her home and into foster care because he wanted all American Indian children to be raised by tribes. He was proud of the victory then, and is fighting on the other side in a similar case now. That girl's life was very unpleasant because of this action, because of a well-meaning action. He did that back in 1994 and is sorry now, but on what basis did he think that he knew what he was doing then? Most of the worst things ever done have been, in their time, a forward-thinking innovation.

If President Obama and the communists think that there is a perfect world to get to, they will keep trying to move the world forward. Those of us who believe that the world is about as good as it will be, until Jesus returns, are more interested in making sure that the current good things we have are sustainable and small improvements are made where possible. Not that the average conservative politician is doing that. The progressives are trying to move the world closer to utopia. The conservatives are trying to rob the world of what good can be found by no longer building infrastructure and eliminating wise laws like the minimum wage.

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