There is no argument that life brings crises, and it follows that we have to handle each crisis as it comes. As I see it, there are four ways of responding to a crisis:

  1. Run away! The plan here is to run far enough away that the crisis won’t affect you. This works for avoiding incoming ICBMs, if you’re very fast.
  2. Do nothing! The hope is that if you ignore the crisis long enough, it will go away on its own. Often used by junior Senators from Illinois who commonly vote “present.”
  3. Fix it! Roll up your sleeves and just get the problem fixed. This is arguably the most difficult of the four options.
  4. Backstab! Why not take the opportunity to shiv an enemy in the back while the others are distracted?

Drop me a note if you can identify another way to respond to a crisis. There are, of course, combinations of the above responses. For Heinlein fans, “When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout” is doing nothing while appearing to be working hard.

Regardless of what people say, you can determine how seriously people view a crisis by their actions in response to it. Imagine if someone had to rush to the hospital to get some insulin for a co-worker in danger of slipping into a diabetic coma. If that person rushed to the hospital, grabbed the insulin and raced back, you would know that person was serious about fixing the problem. But imagine if the would-be rescuer took the scenic route to the hospital, picked up the insulin, then swung by the local 7-Eleven for a drink and a hot dog, and afterward drove through the car wash for some auto TLC. Regardless of what he might say to excuse his actions, you would know that either he doesn’t care about his co-worker’s well-being or he doesn’t take the crisis all that seriously.

So we come to our current financial crisis. We could try to run from it, but if the American economy tanks, the effect will ripple out to areas all over the world–so much for hiding. We could do nothing and hope that it will all just work out, but we have too many people in government and the media talking about how this crisis is as bad as, if not worse than, the Great Depression. Self-fulfilling prophecies are created this way.

I’m convinced that there are people in both political parties who really want to fix this crisis, but they are handicapped by having to work with some of the same people who were instrumental in creating the crisis or who turned a blind eye as the problems grew worse. I’m not sure that a fix can come out of Washington soon enough, as the stock market continues to tank day after day after day.

I say I don’t think Congress will be able to fix the crisis because there are too many people who see this whole mess as a great time to shiv their political opponents in the back. Just so I’m not mistaken, I’m speaking here of the leadership of the Democrat party, including Senator Barack Obama. The bitter partisan bickering by Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks volumes about how seriously she takes the crisis. Her actions in the past week show a remarkable similarity to the co-worker who dawdles with critically needed insulin. Each bit of pork added to the bailout bill is a little more proof that the author cares less about the nation than he does about his own pet project. The more I read Pelosi’s address to the House before the bailout vote, the more I’m convinced that she wanted it to fail. And I’m not the only person who saw it this way.

But I’m afraid there’s more to this partisan squabbling than the misguided idea that a financial crisis now will ensure Democrat victories in November. I believe we may be seeing the results of a deliberate act of sabotage. Jim Simpson of The American Thinker has an excellent article about the possible motivations of the Democrat leadership in Washington D.C. and around the nation. It is frightening how well Simpson connects the dots to reveal a group of people who hate this nation and want to see its downfall. According to his article, they seek a catastrophic failure of American government so that they can be well-placed in the totalitarian state that forms from its ashes:

Before the 1994 Republican takeover, Democrats had sixty years of virtually unbroken power in Congress – with substantial majorities most of the time. Can a group of smart people, studying issue after issue for years on end, with virtually unlimited resources at their command, not come up with a single policy that works? Why are they chronically incapable?

Why?

One of two things must be true. Either the Democrats are unfathomable idiots, who ignorantly pursue ever more destructive policies despite decades of contrary evidence, or they understand the consequences of their actions and relentlessly carry on anyway because they somehow benefit.

I submit to you they understand the consequences. For many it is simply a practical matter of eliciting votes from a targeted constituency at taxpayer expense; we lose a little, they gain a lot, and the politician keeps his job. But for others, the goal is more malevolent – the failure is deliberate. Don’t laugh. This method not only has its proponents, it has a name: the Cloward-Piven Strategy. It describes their agenda, tactics, and long-term strategy.

You need to know what the Cloward-Piven strategy is, and what it will mean for the future of our nation. Read the whole thing. Then tell a friend. This nation needs to know the methods and goals of people like Saul Alinsky, William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Frank Marshall Davis, and Senator Barack Obama:

As a young attorney in the 1990s, Barack Obama represented ACORN in Washington in their successful efforts to expand Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) authority. In addition to making it easier for ACORN groups to force banks into making risky loans, this also paved the way for banks like Superior to package mortgages as investments, and for the Government Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to underwrite them. These changes created the conditions that ultimately lead [sic] to the current financial crisis.

Did they not know this would occur? Were these smart people, led by a Harvard graduate, unaware of the Econ 101 concept of moral hazard that would result from the government making implicit guarantees to underwrite private sector financial risk? They should have known that freeing the high-risk mortgage market of risk, calamity was sure to ensue. I think they did.

And I believe they did, too. When people plan the overthrow of our nation in order to put their own pet Marxist ideas into practice, then yes, I do question their patriotism. In the parable of the tares, Christ talks about a man who planted wheat in his field, but while he slept, another came and planted tares in the same field. He identified the source of the tares in words that I see echoing in our current crisis: “An enemy hath done this.”

An enemy, indeed, in our time of crisis.

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