States, Not Washington, D.C., Need Our Attention

It seems that most everyone focuses
his or her attention on what is happening in Washington,
D.C. People don`t seem to get excited about politics
until a national election rolls around or unless the
President makes some startling announcement. Even
well-meaning Christian leaders seem to spend the vast
majority of their time dealing with policies that
emanate from Washington, D.C. Already, I`m hearing
leaders of the so-called Religious Right talk gushingly
about who the next Presidential nominee of the
Republican Party will be. Who cares? Do you mean to tell
me that with all we have to deal with right now, we
can`t find anything else to talk about? How shallow–and
utterly ineffective–can we be?

In the first place, Washington,
D.C., is a lost cause. It really is. We have about as
much chance of flying to the moon in a glider as we do
of seeing any significant change in Washington, D.C.
Neither the Republican nor Democrat parties at the
national level offer any hope. The federal government is
hell-bent on turning the United States into a
socialistic global village, and the two major parties
are in it up to their necks.

If the principles of freedom and
independence have any chance of surviving the next few
years, it will be because individual States have the
courage to pick up the banner and fight. Therefore,
freedom lovers need to focus their energy and attention
more on State government and less on national politics.

For example, the State of Missouri
is right now

profiling
supporters of independent
Presidential candidates
such as
Ron
Paul
,

Bob Barr
, and myself as being potential
"domestic
terrorists."
In addition, Missouri law enforcement
personnel are being told that people who oppose things
such as abortion, illegal immigration, gun control, the
Federal Reserve, the

North American Union
, etc., are
potential
"terrorists."

See my original exposé on this
story

here

Remember, this report is being
sanctioned by Missouri Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon,
the Missouri Highway Patrol, and the Department of
Public Safety. In other words, the State of Missouri is
officially endorsing the distorted statements, repulsive
innuendoes, false accusations, and unwarranted warnings
contained in this report. Whether the content of the
report originated with the federal Department of
Homeland Security or even with
a
private left-wing organization
such as the

Southern Poverty Law Center
, it is the State of
Missouri that is putting boots on the ground on behalf
of this ridiculous report.

That is the way it always is: no
matter what happens in Washington, D.C., it is the
individual State that (for the most part) is left
holding the bag. Unfortunately, it seems that most State
legislators and governors have forgotten that it is
their responsibility to protect the liberties and
freedoms of their citizens, and have been unwilling to
hold the line for State sovereignty and independence.
Instead, they have allowed the federal government to run
roughshod over not only the U.S. Constitution, but also
their own State constitutions and authority. In fact,
one might be able to say that most States seem to think
that Washington, D.C., is some kind of glorified Pied
Piper, which they must always follow like blind sheep.
This is not the kind of union our founders envisioned.

States were always viewed as being
the final arbiters of their own destinies and decisions.
Had America`s Founding Fathers intended on Washington,
D.C., being some sort of universal authority, the
individual States would have all terminated when the

Constitution was adopted in 1787
. In other words,
what Washington, D.C., thinks or wants means
diddly-squat unless the State decides to go along with
it.

Whether the issue is gun control,
or environmental
"protection,"
or smoke-free facilities, or land use
codes, or police departments profiling potential
"terrorists,"
or any other issue that the federal government wants to
get its grubby little fingers into, it is the individual
State that must choose to say either Yea or Nay.

Therefore, the time has come for us
to focus on the kinds of legislators, governors,
sheriffs, judges, etc., who are leading our respective
States. We must focus on holding our State officials
accountable to the principles of freedom and
constitutional government. The battle that is taking
place in Missouri right now is a classic example.

Missouri residents by the hundreds
and thousands need to get involved in that battle
immediately. I understand Oklahoma and New Hampshire are
deciding on terrific State sovereignty bills at this
very moment. Residents of the Sooner State and Granite
State need to barrage their State legislators in support
of these bills right now. Montana is currently
deliberating a couple of great bills. One would bring
back gold and silver, and one is a major gun rights
bill. Residents of Big Sky Country need to step up to
the plate right now and let their legislators and
governor know how important it is to pass these bills. I
could go on and on.

Folks, Washington, D.C., is a
pigsty. There is no remedy for that place. It doesn`t
matter to a tinker`s dam whether a Republican or
Democrat is in the White House, or even which party
controls Congress. If the last two Presidential
administrations have not taught us that, we are
brain-dead.

If there is any hope for lovers of
freedom in this country, it will be found in individual
States that are willing to shake off the filthy dust
that has floated down from that putrid landfill on the
banks of the Potomac, and stand up for freedom and
independence the way Americans used to. And if the State
we live in won`t do it, we might want to consider moving
to one that will, because if we lose our liberties, it
will be our own individual State that will have run up
the white flag.

P.S. Last Sunday, we began
live-streaming my Sunday morning messages. I am sorry
that our bandwidth was not sufficient to accommodate
everyone who tried to watch us. I am told that this
problem will be fixed by this Sunday. Therefore, I
invite readers to join us online for my live-streamed
message this Sunday, March 22, at approximately 10:30
a.m. (Central Daylight Time). Simply connect to the
following url and follow the simple directions:

http://crossroadbaptist.net/live.html

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the
pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida. He hosts a


weekly radio show
. His
website is


here
.