Why are Americans so peeved?
Is it Obamacare?
Well, partly â€“ and in a big way. One wonders, in fact, if that sign language interpreter at the Mandela funeral moonlighted as the lead IT consultant forÂ Healthcare.gov.
But itâ€™s much more than just Obamacare. How do we explain Americaâ€™s red-level economic and socio-political misery index?
Is it rising unemployment, or the shrinking economy?
Is it explosive debt and deficits, or pervasive government eavesdropping?
Is it the atrophy of individual liberty, or an unprecedented trampling of the First, Second, Fourth and nearly every other amendment to the U.S. Constitution?
Finally, is it the systematic assault on natural marriage and family, or government sanctioning of mass infanticide?
Itâ€™s all of these things and more.
Still, these things are only symptomatic of a far greater problem. There remains a broader explanation, a definitive catalyst, for this, the domestic winter of our discontent â€“ and, as so often happens, a mere 14 words from the Holy Scriptures better elucidates that catalyst than ream upon ream of opinion page copy. The words are these: â€œWhen the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groanâ€ (Proverbs 29:2).
America groans because the wicked rule.
Indeed, under this president, Americaâ€™s chief export has become immorality. Sexual deviancy, murder of the unborn, redistribution of wealth and other evils have been sanitized and propagandized as â€œbasic human rights.â€
Thus, when this arrogant man stands before the U.N. and decries those nations that refuse to embrace his special brand of pagan relativism, we shouldnâ€™t be surprised if those nations push back.
And so they push back.
To be sure, in addition to triggering our own spike in angst, Obamaâ€™s fevered push to â€œcall evil good and good evil,â€ is likewise responsible for Americaâ€™s snowballing marginalization across the globe.
Under the tragic leadership of this â€œselfieâ€-centered narcissist, the United States, while never perfect, now looks less like Reaganâ€™s â€œshining city on a hillâ€ and more like the biblical Whore of Babylon. A nation that once stood alone as the worldâ€™s moral guidepost now leads the contemptible charge to infect our privileged planet with its own viral iniquities.
And so the world pushes back.
For instance, there has been, of late, great weeping and gnashing of teeth among mainstream media â€“ and other circles of intolerant â€œtoleranceâ€ â€“ over successful efforts by several foreign governments to stem the tide of â€œLGBTâ€ propaganda within their own sovereign borders.
Russia, India, Croatia, Peru, Jamaica and even Australia, for instance, along with other nations, are now moving to inoculate themselves from the fast-metastasizing cancer of sexual relativism.
Having witnessed, from afar, the poisonous results of such propaganda here in the U.S. (the hyper-sexualization of children, the deconstruction of natural marriage and family, the rampant spread of sexually transmitted disease, religious persecution and the like), there seems an emerging global recognition that the radical â€œLGBTâ€ agenda â€“ a pet cause of Obamaâ€™s â€“ is not about securing â€œhuman rights,â€ but, rather, is about promulgating moral wrongs.
The world is finding that forcing others to â€œtolerateâ€ â€“ indeed, to celebrate â€“ unfettered licentiousness, under penalty of law, is as harmful to society as is said licentiousness to those who practice it.
The world has looked to Americaâ€™s moral leadership and found it wanting. The climate under Obama has gotten so bad, in fact, that Russian leader Vladimir Putin feels emboldened to claim for Russia the mantle of world moral leader â€“ a proud distinction hitherto held by the good olâ€™ USA.
The Daily Mail reports that, in his state of the nation address, â€œPutin sought to cast Russia as the moral arbiter of the world on Thursday, as he hit out at Americaâ€™s â€˜non-traditional valuesâ€™ and its influence across the world.â€
Russia has barred â€œLGBTâ€ and other sexual anarchist propaganda.
â€œMr Putin defended his governmentâ€™s increasingly conservative values,â€ continued the report, â€œand decried the â€˜review of norms of moralityâ€™ in the West and elsewhere.
â€œâ€˜This destruction of traditional values from above not only entails negative consequences for society, but is also inherently anti-democratic because it is based on an abstract notion and runs counter to the will of the majority of people,â€™ Mr Putin said, adding there could be no benefit for society for treating â€˜good and evilâ€™ equally.â€
How sad that the leader of an atheist government, in a country where tens of millions have died under Marxism â€“ another of Obamaâ€™s pet causes â€“ could out-Christian our once-Christian nation.
Meanwhile, the tiny nation of Jamaica is among hundreds more that are likewise feeling the squeeze from both the Obama administration and allied â€œLGBTâ€ pressure groups. Theyâ€™re pushing for unrestrained sexual license in that Caribbean state as well.
According to a Jamaican newspaper, The Gleaner, Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, recently spoke at a pro-family conference there. LaBarbera â€œencouraged Jamaicans to be grounded in their Christian beliefs and not to be lured by other countries in repealing the buggery (sodomy) law.â€
â€œThe United States has no business lecturing anybody about sexual morality,â€ he observed. â€œAmerica has rampant abortions, rampant promiscuity, and I stand wholeheartedly with Jamaicans and encourage you all to hold to your beliefs,â€ he said.
â€œThe moral clarity of my kind, pro-family hosts was refreshing, and something we in the United States need to learn from and take heart from,â€ said LaBarbera upon his return. â€œI told them, The United States government has nothing to teach you about sexual morality, but you have much to teach us!â€
â€œWe are all watching Jamaica to see what happens,â€ he concluded, â€œand I believe if Jamaica can stand up and not bow to the pressure, you can be an example to the world. There is no need to follow anybody,â€ LaBarbera encouraged.
Indeed, there is certainly no need to follow America. Not on this. Fewer nations are buying what weâ€™re selling. Theyâ€™ve placed an embargo on our chief export.
While America may be lost (though I pray not), it would seem that her traditional values â€“ values still shared by many, if not most, of the American people â€“ are, nonetheless, gaining momentum abroad.
And that is encouraging.
Now letâ€™s pray those values come full circle.
Matt BarberÂ (@jmattbarberÂ on Twitter) is anÂ author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweightÂ professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war.