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A good time to ponder eternity

Out on a Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

There is so much happening in our world today that is at the same time thrilling and terrifying.

My father was farming with a team of horses and now a military person can sit at a control panel in California and fly unmanned drones over Iraq.

You can carry a little box in your pocket that allows you to contact people all over the world, take pictures and do stuff I haven’t figured out.



I got up one morning and ate breakfast in Germany and later sat on the deck in Palisade and watched the sun set the same day.

All of this is to say that the new generation arriving at the voting age has no concept of the incredible rise of this nation and the skill and determination of the people who built it.



I recently walked the New Market, Va., Civil War battlefield. The farm house is still there where the family hid and then helped to care for the wounded. How soon we forget.

Theodore Roosevelt said, “Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity and hardihood – the things that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

What Roosevelt warned us about is here!

The present generation is consumed with the idea of entitlement and luxury. We have become victims of the Federal Reserve (which is neither federal nor reserve) and slaves to the credit card companies. Proverbs 22:7 says, “The borrower is slave to the lender.”

How many of us are slaves to Visa, MasterCard or some bank.

I believe our country is in an irreversible decline due to our profligate living, our money system in private hands, our distortion of history and denial of God.

We trivialized the Constitution. We have gone off the gold standard, and we have ignored the value of human life, sacrificing millions of infants for the sake of personal convenience and pleasure.

We coin terms such as “freedom of choice.” We have used the courts to protect all sorts of perversion.

We have almost killed personal initiative with an impenetrable wall of rules, permits, inspections and lawsuits.

The courts have reinterpreted the Constitution and are legislating from the bench, giving special rights to all sorts of minorities at the expense of the taxpayers.

By upholding the nonexistent separation of church and state the courts are attacking everything from the Ten Commandments to any display of Christian presence in society and education.

Our public educational system is denying our Christian heritage by distorting history. It is teaching, as truth, the evolutionary process, which is unproven science. The complexity of all forms of life coupled with geological evidence absolutely precludes evolution as a workable hypothesis. Explain how a firefly came from some primordial soup, and I might take another look at your effort to deny God.

Maybe 100 years from now, someone will title a book “The Rise and Fall of the American Empire.”

What will they blame it on? Perhaps the declining birthrate due to a hedonistic culture will be the major factor or perhaps an internal overthrow by something such as the Islamic religion.

Then again we could just go up in a series of mushroom clouds as a result of unilateral disarmament.

Maybe this is a good time to be an atheist and say, “What the heck. there are no consequences.”

Then again maybe it’s a good time to take a serious look at the possibility of eternity.

Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle.


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