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It’s time

The author of the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament tells us, “there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven:” a time to be born and to die; a time to kill and to heal; a time to weep and to laugh, to mourn and to dance, a time to get and to lose, a time to keep and to cast away, and a time to speak and to keep silent, to love and hate, a time of peace and of war. These, and others mentioned, are the seasons, the times of life.

This scripture was even adapted for a major musical hit titled, “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrds in the 1960s.

During a recent visit to my doctor’s office I picked up a copy of the January 2011 National Geographic magazine and got interested in an article about a place called Cahokia. It is estimated to have existed four centuries before Columbus arrived in the Americas. It is purported to have been a thriving civilization with up to 15,000 inhabitants and more than a hundred earthen mounds.

Apparently, the mounds were places of worship. They were created by excavating the earth and creating these mounds. The Big Mound was some 30 feet high and 300 feet long. It was a time to build their civilization and their future. In time, some scientists believe, the people moved away due to a lack of rainfall.

St. Louis, Missouri now stands nearby and was nicknamed Mound City in the 1800s. At that time, to build a nation and a future, it was time to excavate the mounds of earth to use as fill dirt for a railroad bed. In time discoveries were made as to what those mounds represented and what remains of the mounds is now historically protected. The same material, earth, was used for the same purpose, the future, centuries apart, all in due time. Fascinating.

Some say it’s a little early but apparently it’s time for the arctic winds to bring what’s called the Midwest winter weather and below zero temperatures. I’m putting away my Global Warming manuals and getting out the old manuals of 40 years ago that predicted a coming ice age. Apparently, this is a great time for a new breed of international charlatans.

History tells us there have been times of ice and snow, drought and heat, seas rising and falling, land submerging, cities lost and the waters receding and new cities being built. Crops fail where crops have thrived for decades, flood waters rage even in the hottest deserts. The sun appears in the east and disappears in the west and people move on. A time to every purpose under heaven.

Have you noticed that the term “Global Warming” is quietly morphing into “Climate Change?” Have you noticed that those of Al Gore’s ilk are making millions on spewing this pseudo-science, and nations are using the same to threaten one another’s economies? Have you noticed that the people being hurt the most by this wacko crisis is the working family trying to survive government regulations? I think it’s time to turn Delta Smelt into Central Valley fertilizer.

One time frame not mentioned specifically in the Scriptures is the recently labeled “Time of the Stupid American Voter.” You may not know that Jonathan Gruber, one of the authors of Obamacare and an MIT professor, was a frequent visitor to the Oval Office, and has been shown on four separate videos describing how the Obamacare law was crafted to dupe the American public and get the votes needed to pass. Lie was heaped on lie as the Obama Administration sold the greatest American pig-in-a-poke. “Stupid American Voter” is correct.

For the record, it is of the greatest importance for everyone to know exactly who these stupid American voters were. The only elected politicians in Washington D.C., who voted for Obamacare were Democrats. It is indeed a time to throw out stupid.