Throughout history poor leadership inevitably leads to a path of decline and destruction. The Roman Empire in the west declined for many reasons, but one of the main ones was lack of leadership. One example of poor leadership was the Emperor Nero, who famously fiddled while Rome burned. He was famous for his debauchery and lack of concern for his citizens. He represented a long line of ineffective leaders who eventually led to the dissolution of the Western Roman Empire. It got so bad near the end that citizens refused to fight for Rome, and mercenaries had to be hired for security. Rome’s enemies saw firsthand the lack of leadership. These mercenaries eventually were part of the invasion force of the Goths and Visigoths who finally put the Western Empire down.
The French Monarchy saw revolution and their own eventual demise for their lack of leadership. King Louis XVI and his Queen, Marie Antoinette, were installed as rulers of France in 1774. The monarchy inherited severe debt from their predecessors and a restless population that felt they were not treated well with this ancient feudal system. They tried to press the King for substantive change, but the King resisted, and his lack of leadership at this crucial moment in time lead to revolution and the monarchies overthrow, and in time with both he and his queen were delivered to the guillotine. A reign of terror followed, where many thousands of Frenchmen were sent to the same deadly fate. It took years, and finally Napoleon Bonaparte’s coup to end the killings.
Great Britain in the 1930’s had a Prime Minister named Neville Chamberlain. During this same period, Adolph Hitler came to power, his NAZI regime energized by the ending of WW1, followed by Germany’s surrender and the infamous treaty of Versailles. This treaty in effect ruined any recovery for Germany from this devastating war by gutting their treasury for many years and hobbling them economically and militarily. Hitler took advantage of this terrible situation to rise to power with the idea that Germany would take over Europe and eventually the world. Prime Minister Chamberlain and other European leaders, remembering the horrors of the last war, took on the position of appeasement with Hitler, allowing him to take over Czechoslovakia and other territories unopposed. Their weakness drove Hitler to believe that they would do nothing to stop his plans for future expansion, driving the appeasers and eventually the rest of the world to war. Once again, Germany lost, but not before millions lost their lives, and the Western European powers lost their Imperial dynasties.
Weakness is recognized by evil. Terrible events happen when evil is on the march, and their target is always the same, weakness. The Roman Empire fell from their own weakness. The French Monarchy did the same, and Western European countries were essentially destroyed and their colonies were lost because of their weakness. Weakness breeds evil response, and evil only succeeds when they take advantage of that situation. It has happened throughout human history, and I have given you several examples of that.
That brings the conversation to the USA today. We have a weak, doddering President, obviously controlled by others unseen. He has made in his first 50 days, unprecedented executive orders that weaken us as a nation, not only in our eyes, but in the eyes of the international community. He is signing into law bills that further denigrate our society, dividing us into even more sub-groups of victimization. Our international enemies see this, and so do our allies. Our allies no longer trust the leadership coming from Washington, and our enemies see an unprecedented opportunity to dethrone us from our leadership position in the world. The world is an exponentially more dangerous place now than it was just a few short months ago.
Vladimir Putin is now mocking Joe Biden. The Chinese delegation that met with our top diplomats in Alaska publicly dismissed them and mocked our country as a flawed enterprise. Iran has snubbed Biden’s overture to rejoin the past nuclear agreement, and other enemies are following suit! Not only that, but our allies are having second thoughts about our veracity.
Yes, we are in the midst of very dark, dangerous times. We appear very weak as a nation, and that is an invitation for disaster. The left, at least temporarily have operational control of our government and the direction of our nation. We have to pray that we do not get into a war, or have irrevocable damage to our form of government. Prayer alone is not enough, we as a people have to resist by insisting that our representatives, nationally, statewide and locally honor their sworn duty to our Constitution. We also have to find better candidates for the 2022 election and beyond to insure that this weakness never rears its ugly head again here in this greatest country that has ever existed!