By R.J. Godlewski
© January 31, 2013, All Rights Reserved.
“’For the sake of those ten,’ he replied, ‘I will not destroy it.’” Genesis 18:32 New American Bible
Usually, when I write, I have already plotted out the article or book well in advance, merely composing the words from memory whenever time presents itself. This piece, however, remains different because I wanted to write something from instinct – or from the heart, for that matter – and not suffer the intent through a myriad of cerebral modifications ad infinitum. Accordingly, I shall let the reader undertake the chore of mental evaluation and reflection. Anyone can lead a horse to water, I am constantly told, but only a leader can make that horse buy him double bourbon and, folks, leaders are sorely lacking today.
The Biblical quote referenced above comes from Abraham’s intercession on Sodom’s behalf, of course, and remains illustrative of this very article. The “Father” of the world’s three great monotheistic religions could not save one single city and, no Virginia; there apparently were not ten good people in Sodom. Myself, I will be so bold as to turn the tables a bit on God. For the sake of ten good people, I will care about the world. I will make it even a bit easier, for the sake of ten good people; I will care about the United States. Inasmuch as I have not, yet, been able to find ten good Muslims to stand alongside me and protest against violence enacted in their name or against the persecution of Christians and Jews living within Arabic lands, I doubt that I will find ten good Americans living within the United States to sufficiently save this great nation of ours from itself.
If there were a mere ten good Americans living today, then President Barack Obama would not be determined to destroy our beloved Constitution. Certainly, the president does not fear his constituency and so the most inexperienced, ill vetted and historically ignorant president in U.S. history landed a second term upon four years of shattered expectations and a mountain of unsustainable debt. If there were ten good Americans, at least one would be in the mainstream media and challenge the president, his party, and the journalist’s peers on what remains common sense and what remains abject subversion. If there were at least one good person working on the O’Reilly Factor, for instance, they would certainly have challenged host Bill O’Reilly on his professed endorsement of federalizing all gun crimes and requiring federal approval before one moves firearms across state lines (say, if I should relocate my residence from Michigan to South Dakota). If the avowed purpose of the Second Amendment remains to keep the government in the hands of the people, how does placing the people’s right and ability to defend themselves against government into said government’s hands beneficial? If there were at least one good person working the eight o’clock stretch at Fox News, perhaps they would tell Mr. O’Reilly to go back to teaching. Or, at least, write a book on his own merits.
If there were at least ten good Republicans within the leadership of the GOP, then President Obama would never have been elected in the first place. Someone would have certainly told the party that what did not ever work for the Democrats (or National Socialists, or Soviet Communists, or Chinese Maoists, or Cuban fascists, or…), certainly would not work for the Republicans. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party are not supposed to represent different rails on the same track; they are supposed to represent different depots as far away from one another as possible. Otherwise, people will simply walk across the tracks – er, aisle – and few would find the resolve to explore either the future or the past. In other words, remaining so close to one another simply leads to, not a failure to communicate, but rather a failure to move at all.
If there were at least ten good entertainers in America, then our movies and music would not be so lame, insulting, and lack originality. For all of the chaos during the 1960s, for example, including the sinful counterculture, the U.S. still put out some of the best movies and music ever known. Today, films remain divided between sex and violence, with some gratuitous reality thrown in largely for shock value. Music remains human solely because no one has of yet produced an inexpensive robotic device sufficiently attractive or intelligent enough to walk up the steps, grab a Grammy, and lie to the audience that everyone bore a role in making its music popular. One decent actor or musician could turn out a product so admired and profitable that Babylon would reinvent itself overnight.
If there were at least ten good Christian leaders in America, then certainly our nation would remain at the apex of chivalry and morality within an otherwise self-destructing world. It requires no marketing genius to pitch the best product ever imagined. At least one person would come out and make a responsible claim that “Christianity” does not represent thousand dollar suits, million dollar theatrics, and babbling ministers and that it means far more than simple recitation of phrases and prayers. In fact, Christianity represents such a tough doctrine that there was, indeed, only one Person in all of Existence that could properly explain the belief. And He died proving it. Nevertheless, there should be at least one American that could lead all Christians – I would settle for leading all 80 million “Roman Catholics”—under the Gospel banner. Instead, I see Catholics endorsing abortion and pastors rallying behind the president in sacrificing the Bill of Rights. With ten good Christians, America could rule the world (and have the rest of the planet thank us for it).
I could go on with my “ten list”, but I suspect that I have made my point. I have not found ten good people within any category and, therefore, I suspect that there are not ten sufficiently good people in America to make me happy about our prospects. Of course, I could be wrong. Three hundred million people represent a hell of a lot of people to come to know and understand. I would not want to emulate the Progressives and slander entire groups without cause. Somewhere within the darkest recesses of Washington or Hollywood, even, there could be a few individuals that might lead to urban and societal renewal, in the languages of our tarnished politicians. They may single-handedly (or deca-collaboratively) arise to return America to its Constitutional brilliance. Yet, I am not holding my breath any. Wait! There are ten good people who warrant my consideration after all! How could I be so blind and stupid! Yes, God Bless them, I have found my ten good souls – and a multitude more to boot! The unborn! They are truly good and innocent in all stretches of the imagination. Therefore, I will save America to save them. How? That is between God and me, friend. You are not sufficiently well vetted enough to know. But the unborn children definitely understand… :o)
R.J. Godlewski (GOD LESS KEY) is an independent counterterrorism consultant, the director of the private International Nuclear Emergency Response Team [INERT], and the author of several novels, commentaries, and professional articles. He is the author and architect of the Web-based Independent Counterterrorist training program. He is currently a graduate student at American Military University completing his M.A. in Military Studies, Asymmetrical Warfare concentration, and graduate certificate in Security Management. Mr. Godlewski holds a B.A. in Intelligence Studies, Terrorism Studies concentration with a minor degree in Area Studies – Middle East with honors from American Military University. He further holds an undergraduate certificate in Explosive Ordnance Disposal and is a veteran of both the United States Navy and Navy Reserve. His most recent professional article is “Financial Counterintelligence: Fractioning the Lifeblood of Asymmetrical Warfare” in American Intelligence Journal 29 no. 2 (2011): 24-33. His latest book Skills of the Assassin: Understanding the Tactics of the Professional Killer (ISBN-13: 978-1480240001) is available for order from wherever books are sold. His next book, Of What Price, Heaven? Encountering God Within a Highly Secularized Society (ISBN – 13: 978-1481902342) will be available in February 2013.