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Despair and Suicide in the Age of Obama


February 5, 2014

Mental and emotional health are inseparable from a strong sense of identity and self-worth. Many factors can bring an individual to the point of hopelessness, but one cannot ignore the compounding effects of a godless culture and a government determined to destroy the achievement and wealth of its citizens.

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The United States is always in crisis mode these days. These ongoing crises, it seems, can be traced, directly or indirectly, to the activities of government. America’s spiritual crisis is no different. In spite of the personal nature of the crisis of spirit that threatens our families, communities, and our national identity, its roots are the same Progressive ideology that has forced our economy into a tailspin.

The concept of limited government, as expressed in the Founding Documents, is one which promotes the individual, his life, liberty, and right to own property above all other considerations. Government in the Age of Obama has perilously diminished the importance of the individual, his rights to life and property, and his moral responsibility to himself and the civil society of which he is a part.  As the value of the definite and distinct individual life dwindles, the indefinite and amorphous collective is exalted. And when this occurs, the life, liberty, and property if the individual may be confiscated, distributed, or eliminated according to the needs of the collective, with violence if necessary.

Obama’s progressive ideology and the policies which extend from it are antithetical to the principles of our Founding. Progressivism opposes God, diminishes the individual, punishes achievement, crushes incentive, and ultimately destroys hope. These forces, along with an increasingly depraved and godless culture, lie at the roots of despair and suicide in the Age of Obama.

What is the relationship between Obama’s big government policies and the conditions that lead to increased suicide rates?

UNEMPLOYMENT

DIVORCE

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

SEXUAL IMMORALITY

MILITARY SUICIDES

Mesa County, Colorado–my home–suffered a record number of suicides in 2012. The number is very likely under-reported and medical examiners try to protect families by withholding details of the circumstances surrounding suicides from reporters. As of January 6, two additional suicides (one of which was an acquaintance of mine) had occurred in this semi-rural, medium-sized town. There is ordinarily an uptick in suicides following the excitement of the Holidays. But if the trend continues, my Western Colorado home will have to withstand another grim record year.

Leftist policies separate us from God. Leftist/Progressive ideology supplants with the power and authority of God with the power and authority of the state. It teaches that the state is the source wisdom and morality, and the means of physical security, and that man will be judged, not according to the Commandments of God, but by the moral Decalogue of the ‘collective good.’

Mental and emotional health are inseparable from a strong sense of identity and self-worth. Myriad factors can be identified that bring an individual to the point of utter hopelessness, but one cannot ignore the compounding effects of a godless culture and a government determined to destroy the achievement and wealth of its citizens.

by Marjorie Haun  2/5/14

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