Triplet Of Evils

It is not pessimism but realism which erects the warning, “Bridge Out Ahead.” And it is because of public interest that the health department places a card with “Smallpox” on the door where that disease has been diagnosed. Also, it is because of the inherent danger to the patient that narcotics are legally dispensed only on the prescription of a licensed physician.

We believe there are trends in America today which, if unchecked, will lead inevitably to national ruin. There are many of these, varying in their degree of importance perhaps, but demanding the concern of Christians because of their spiritual and moral implications.

Just as the legion of evil spirits entered into and drove the swine of Gadara down the steep slope into the sea, so there are abroad in America evil forces driving us down the slope of folly into the oblivion of national destruction. I will mention three of these evils.

Deficit Spending

The day before the 85th Congress adjourned, Senator Barry Goldwater (R. Ariz.) took the floor and said: “We have appropriated and authorized the expenditure of enough money to give this country in the approaching years its greatest peace-time deficit, a deficit as high as twelve billion dollars annually.

“I want to remind my colleagues again, as I often have, that our enemies in Russia have for many years said they would destroy us by causing a collapse of our economy, and it seems to me, as we wind up this 85th Congress, that we are making better progress towards this means of ending our freedoms than they are making in the material field of weapons.”

A few days later another senator, addressing a meeting of the AFL-CIO in San Diego, outlined a program for additional benefits which he is planning to ask ...

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