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The Crucial Issue of This Election

Written by Gary North on October 12, 2012

Gary North’s Reality Check (Oct. 12, 2012)

We are told that this Presidential election is the most important in 50 years. One nationally prominent Christian Right columnist has written that this is the most important Presidential election in the history of the United States.

How could anyone know if this is the most crucial election? You might think that it would be possible to assess this by looking at the #1 issue of this election, and then compare it with the #1 issue that some previous election settled. Unfortunately, this is not possible. It is not possible for two reasons. First, we do not know the future. Second, because Presidential elections are never fought over a crucial dividing issue that proves to have been divisive after the election’s outcome is settled.

Here is a list of crucial issues in American political life today. Which of these is central to the campaign?

End legalized abortion
End the war in Afghanistan
End the FED
End the war on drugs
End executive orders
End the Department of Homeland Security
The unfunded liabilities of Medicare
The unfunded liabilities of Social Security
Audit the government’s gold’s ownership
Balance the federal budget before 2016

These are major issues. They should be publicly addressed. They are so far under the rug that the mainstream media are oblivious to them. Obama is staying silent, and the mainstream media prefer that he get away with this. Think “closing Guantanamo.” Think “climate change.”

This is the way that every Presidential race is always conducted. Does this seem like a preposterous statement? Probably. Is it an accurate statement? Let me state my case.

The most important Presidential election in American history was held in 1860, when the former Mary Todd’s two suitors, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, lawyers for the Illinois Central Railroad, squared off for the second time, the first being the office of U.S. Senate in 1858. The outcome led to the secession of most Southern states before Lincoln was inaugurated. The death toll of the Civil War has recently been increased from an admitted 630,000 to about 700,000. It is clear that no other election ever produced anything like that.

What was the dividing judicial issue of the election of 1860? That is, what judicial issue was the crucial one that the election would surely settle, which President Buchanan’s administration had not settled, over which the political battle was fought?

Answer: the one which both candidates denied was an issue. Abolition.

Either Lincoln or Douglas would win. John C. Breckenridge, Buchanan’s Vice President, was also running as a third party candidate, because the South’s Democrats could not stand Douglas’ position on the right of voters within a proposed state to decide whether to enter as a slave state or a free state. Douglas promoted “popular sovereignty,” and the geography of all the new states made it clear that there would be no new slave states. The South would be outvoted at some point, and slavery would be repealed.

You can see this on any map: what is now Edgewood, Texas, 50 miles east of Dallas. West of Edgewood, a slave owner would have had to give a slave a horse to herd cattle. The piny woods grew thin, because the soil grew thin. There would be no cotton west of Edgewood. That soil division extends north through Oklahoma and Kansas. Kansas was the wave of the future. It was a free state.

If Lincoln won, he would make sure that no slave state would enter the Union to balance a non-slave state. He had made this the keystone of his later political career.

South Carolina seceded, pulling Deep South states with it. The issue given by the seceding legislature was the defense of slavery. The North no longer would support the Fugitive Slave Act, which was part of the Missouri Compromise of 1850. So, the declaration said,

We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection. (http://bit.ly/SecessionSC)

Problem: that declaration would have been just as judicially relevant in October of 1860 as it was in December, when South Carolina seceded.

The four states that presented reasons all cited slavery. (http://bit.ly/Secession4) Again, their declarations were as judicially relevant before the election as after.

Breckenridge could not win. No one expected him to win. So, the election was in fact a gigantic emotional bloodletting that provided the South with a symbol, but the substance would have been the same if Douglas had won.

The soil west of Edgewood, Texas made either secession or abolition inevitable. The election was merely a national ratification of what the leaders of the South could see was coming.

The election of 1860 was monumental — lots and lots of monuments after 1865 — in its importance, but the central judicial issue was not. The election was important because men seek symbols when they go to war, and Lincoln was the symbol. It had nothing to do with his party’s platform, which insisted,

4. That the maintenance inviolate of the rights of the states, and especially the right of each state to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively, is essential to that balance of powers on which the perfection and endurance of our political fabric depends; and we denounce the lawless invasion by armed force of the soil of any state or territory, no matter under what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes. (http://bit.ly/RepPlat1860)

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17 thoughts on “The Crucial Issue of This Election

  1. The biggest issue, in my opinion is that Obama is ineligible to serve as President, because, by Supreme Court precedent, he is not a "natural born" citizen. That represents such a change in the Constitution — and one made without going through channels, but by simply ignoring the facts — that even if Obama is not reelected, we are on the downhill drag. Never before has the Constitution been absolutely ignored by both parties and the courts. And that represents a grave fault that getting rid of Obama alone will not fix.

  2. THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION will be when America returns to the Biblical means of election of Biblically qualified men. For more, see Chapter 5 "Article 2: Executive Usurpation" of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective" at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/biblelaw-constitut….

  3. Immigration, legal and illegal is still being ignored by the voters. This gives politicians good reason to feel save ignoring the voters. Nothing is going to change for the better after this election night.

  4. The biggest issue as I understand it to be is, who will be appointing the next 2 or possible 3 Supreme Court Justices.

    Do we want more Sotomeyer/Keagans or ?.

    Do we want a Supreme Court that interprets law or makes law?

    Do we want a Supreme Court appointment to be a pay-off for a job well done or for exemplary service to the justice system?

    This is what we will be going to the polls for, along with who we believe in our heart of hearts has the best vision for our Land of the Brave, Home of the Free, that most closely matches our own.

  5. This article gave us a great history lesson but again did not address any of the issues. It only brought to the front what a real "Punch & Judy Show" the election process is.

    We have been suffering thought the election process for 3 1/2 years and we have learned that BHO is a great orator, but theoretically and "empty suit" elected without merit or substance and possibly not even eligible for the position he holds.

    We have seen candidates come and go as the election and campaign process "weeds them out", sadly, I think some of the better candidates, the ones with the most functioning grey matter, were cast-off or fell victim to character assassinations.

  6. Sharon Jeanguenat says:

    This is the most important election in our history, because, if Obama is re-elected, this nation will become a godless Islamic nation. And, anyone that still thinks Obama isn't a Muslim, take a good look at the 'wedding' band he wears, & has worn for 30 years. It's inscribed, in Arabic, 'There Is Only One God Allah And Mohammed Is His Prophet. I agree that economically, we are in bad shape. But, our moral decay is the worst problem we have. If we can turn our morals around, & stop calling good evil, & evil good, & turn back to the One TRUE God, then the rest of our problems will start to be solved, because God will help us. However, if we don't turn back to God, then His judgment will fall on America.

  7. Robert Alexander says:

    ALL we really need is to have the AVERAGE American RETURN back to Yahweah ON HIS TERMS & in prayer- the rest will take care of itself.

    Proverbs 16:7: When a man's ways please Yahweah, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

    Psalms 6:8: Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for Yahweah hath heard the voice of my weeping.

    Proverbs 30:5: Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

  8. You are right, Sharon, in all that you wrote. Unfortunately, it is evident that God may not be able to help us. Aside from john 3:16, the most visible verse of late has been 2 Chron. 7:14 "If My people, which are called by My Name……,… and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear…. and heal…..". There are no messages by any Preachers, Pastors, Priests, the Grahams, TBN. CBN, or any and all other Christian entities that are DEMANDING that "WE", Christians, turn from OUR wicked ways. (too many to list here).

    It is US that is keeping God from blessing America.

    We Christians have accepted and incorporated so many of Satan's evils that we don't even consider them evil any more.

    Obama is a Muslim….. ANYbody not seeing that is in denial, and, simply stated… promotes the anti Christ. Any Christian voting for Obama is voting against Christianity.

    Just one more point. We had the Credit Card bubble, and it burst (people in bankruptcy). Then the housing bubble, and IT burst (people in foreclosure). We now have a Gov. bubble, and if Obama is re-elected there is no doubt that THAT bubble will also burst. This will not only effect the several million of the first two bubbles……but the Gov. bubble will effect EVERY American thus bringing down America, much to Obama's delight. How the "liberals" can't see this is nothing short of amazing. Christians need to WAKE UP!

    If you claim to be a Christian then remember …Jesus is The Word, and His Word is the Bible! Please, this time around, don't go against our Lord Jesus Christ.

  9. The crucial Issue of this election, is get Onbama the hell out of the WH.

  10. End legalized abortion
    End the war in Afghanistan
    End the FED
    End the war on drugs
    End executive orders
    End the Department of Homeland Security
    The unfunded liabilities of Medicare
    The unfunded liabilities of Social Security
    Audit the government’s gold’s ownership
    Balance the federal budget before 2016

    And because none of these issues will be addressed until it hits the fan we WILL have an economic collapse: http://economiccollapsenews.com/

  11. Rabelrouser says:

    In the full article, Gary North points to how election “issues” were protrayed to the public as being important; but those “issues” solved nothing substancial. Had the American people actualy looked to the roots of the problems in the nation they would have focused on those situations that are destroying this nation. Primarly the Fraud of the Federal reserve and the Debt / Currency fraud; which is the cause of ALL of this nations problems.
    This has evolved into elections being about either party or person and has created a dismissive public opinion about the “Real Problems” the nation is slowly dying from.
    The general publics inability to critically think and educate themselves to this Debt/ Spending/ false currency control over every facet of their lives creates subjectation by the various governmental entities,which continues to Feed the problem that will soon collapse this Nation.

  12. There is no binding court decision on whatever 'natural born' means.

    From the litigation that's already occurred, ALL federal courts clearly accept any '14th amendment' citizen as eligible to run for POTUS.

  13. Texas Chris says:

    Why does it matter who is on the SCOTUS? they always, ALWAYS side with expanding government.

    Only nullification at the state level has the power to limit federal growth since the 17th Amendment was passed.

  14. Texas Chris says:

    The #1 issue is the economy. People will tolerate a lot as long as times are good. But when the economy tanks, Katy bar the door!

    The root of the economic collapse is also the root of our banking system: fractional reserve banking in general and the Federal Reserve in particular. Fractional reserve banking is based on fraud, lending out what you do not have, and therefore creates an untenable system that requires ever increasing volumes of currency, ever increasing regulation, ever increasing taxes, and a general acceptance of a police state, or it will collapse.

    And it will collapse, eventually, when the people realize their money is worthless and their freedoms have evaporated.

  15. Texas Chris says:

    Sharon, there is a difference between the "nation" and the "government". The one is made of people who work, produce, save, build homes and families, innovate, open businesses; the other is a parasite that feeds on the previous group.

    We ARE the nation. We can live without the government. If Obama is elected, the government may fail, but we the people will survive. Prosper, even.

  16. Bob Marshall says:

    Norah Webster; "If we vote an immoral man into office we are a traitor to our country."

  17. If we don't keep His Commandments, Statutes and Judgments as instructed in the Holy Scriptures, these issues will not only remain, they'll continue to get worse to the point of final demise.

    As a nation, we haven't just turned our back on The Great I Am that became flesh and dwelt among us, we've been spitting in His face while giving Him the finger! And for a long time ! This didn't start yesterday. In fact, you can trace the "birth of this baby" back to 1787, when it looked so "cute and cuddly". As this nation grew, it remained quite attractive and "comely to look upon", but the seed had been planted. It's just that we're now seeing the culmination of the evil deterioration over time, which intensifies at the last stages. It's a bit like discovering the "Portrait of Dorian Grey" in the upper room.

    Go and read Leviticus 26 & Deuteronomy 28 and see if that doesn't describe what's happening to us – His people, today.

    Even if the various problems are fixed, the underlying problem is the people. So let's take a look at the origin of the real problem – us:

    A god was put in place of The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob called "We The People", which took the power of law making upon themselves via the state & federal constitutions through their respective legislatures. That power belongs to God Himself – and to Him alone. In The Scriptures at numerous places, He said His Law is perfect and "Thou shalt not add or subtract therefrom."

    The very nature of a "god" requires that a "god" be "worshiped" via obedience to that "god's" laws by its devotees. Thus, that "god" must possess the power to make laws expressing the manor in which it is to be served or "worshiped".

    The state and federal governments possess that very power as described in their respective constitutions, which were granted to them by "We The People". Does that not, therefore, make "gods" of the states and federal governments, and ultimately, "We The People" ? After all, they "created them, didn't they ? Another power of a "god", i.e., "creation" ?

    Solution: Return "We The People" to their proper place and then to Him and His Perfect Moral Law. His Law and Judgments have the remedy for all the issues listed in this article, as well as those that aren't.