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In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion. From Bill O’Reilly to Chris Matthews, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow – there is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring you back to a place of passionate, persistent prayer for the nation?

“Viewpoint” allows the expression on the political, social and moral issues of the day. At times, you may not agree. But in the end, you will be energized to pray for America, with the prism of Scripture and a decidedly Godly direction as your guide. Plus, you can blog your comments to every article, have your say.

Read – then pray with an enlightened, more informed viewpoint for your nation and its leaders. 

The Hight Cost of Propaganda

View Point

Does government try to control what you think?

By Dr. Tom Askew

If a character in Alice’s Wonderland, or Peter Pan’s Never Neverland, or Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory were offered a deal in which he must believe patently impossible things – and also pay a high price for it – would a reader be mentally screaming, “Don’t take the deal?” Of course. Yet, right here in the U.S.A., American citizens pay dearly for sources of disinformation that would embarrass Alice’s Queen.

Alice laughed: “There's no use trying,” she said; “one can't believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven't had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Alice in Wonderland.

Welcome to Wonderland

First, here’s a quick review of its size and scope:

All of these efforts employ thousands of salaried workers. What does the taxpayer get for all these “information” services? Such wisdom as:

Solutions to the rescue

For all of these examples of the executive branch using your tax dollars to shape public opinions, I am indebted to a well-researched article by Washington Post writers John Maxwell Hamilton and Kevin Kosar. Unfortunately, I do not completely endorse their solutions:

The unfortunate downside to all these proposals is – you guessed it – additional cost! Time, personnel, paper, printing, and site updates all have a price tag. Deceit, waste, theft, and lies are costly sins, and in this case, taxpayers are footing the bill.

Some modest proposals

Heavenly, father, we repent of the excessive sins of our nation, especially the continued practice of deceit and falsehood. Father, send your Holy Spirit to convict and convince transgressors of this sin, starting with the Church. We pray that our repentance will be a model and an inspiration for others to follow suit. Forgive and restore our land, O God.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Dr. Tom Askew has been an educator in both public and private schools for over 40 years, in both the U.S. and overseas. He is currently doing educational consulting and instruction for Christian schools in Arizona.

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