For he thought will there
not be security and
peace in my lifetime?
I recently read the article about Congressman Peter Meijer, What the GOP Does to Its Own Dissenters by Tim Alberta that went online on December 7, 2021.
The article tells the story of events of and after January 6, 2021 from the eyes of a someone who had been a member of Congress for all of three days.
The read was incredibly sad.
Sad because Mr. Meijer is a Representative from where I used to live.
From where the majority of my family still lives.
A place where I have a lot of friends and contacts.
These people play a major role in the story told by Mr. Meijer.
The role they play is the role of ‘the voters at home’ who take to their texts, phones, twitter feeds, facebook post and face to face meetings with Mr. Meijer to express their displeasure at his actions in Congress.
What did Mr. Meijer do?
The article explains, ” . . . he joined Gonzalez and eight other House Republicans in voting to impeach Trump. Meijer was the only freshman among them – and the only freshman in U.S. history to vote to impeach a president of his own party.“
Why Mr. Meijer cast that vote?
Mr. Meijer, the article says, contacted Congressman Anthony Gonzalez.
Mr. Gonzalez was voting for impeachment and Mr. Meijer asked why.
“I can convince myself not to vote for impeachment,” Gonzalez said. “But if my son asks me in 20 years why I didn’t vote for impeachment, I couldn’t convince him.”
The long view.
It is one of this historical accidents that Mr. Meijer represents they same group of people who, in their day, elected Gerald R. Ford to Congress over and over again.
This same congressional district from 1893 to 1993 elected ONE, thats right, ONE, Democrat.
The one Democrat was elected in a special election in 1974.
These conservative Dutch folks wanted to send a message to Washington.
President Richard Nixon had gone too far and beyond the powers of his office.
The country had been watching the Presidency of Mr. Nixon unravel in front of their faces as their read their newspapers, listened to the radio’s and watched their TVs.
When Mr. Nixon appointed Mr. Ford to replace the disgraced Vice President, the people back in Mr. Ford’s home town, in a special election, sent the first Democrat to Congress in 80 years.
Mr. Ford told Mr. Nixon that the people in Grand Rapids had sent Mr. Nixon a message.
Now the people back home in Grand Rapids are watching today’s political events unravel on their iphones, their twitter feeds and facebook.
The people back home in Grand Rapids took to these same tools to send messages to Mr. Meijer.
According to the article, while thinking about his vote, Mr. Meijer, “leafed through a copy of The Federalist Papers, hoping for an epiphany.”
The article states that Mr. Meijer was, “believing that he was on the right side of history, and that an awakening was at hand.“
Mr. Meijer took the long view.
The long view doesn’t mean much today.
There are a lot of headlines and statements that seem to show that if the future of the country, the future of democracy, is at stake, folks don’t care.
I am reminded of the history of King Hezekiah as recounted in the book TWO KINGS, in the Old Testament.
Hezekiah had been promised by God that there would be 15 more years of his life and during that time, his kingdom would be at peace.
But after that, the Bible says that, “Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord.”
And what did Hezekiah think of such dire portents for his kingdom, his land and his subjects?
“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?”
If you cannot take the long view, and the long view is of course under God’s plan, but if you cannot take the long view as much as any person can.
Why would you care?
Everything can all go to smash.
It will take time.
Nothing will be left.
Will there not be peace and security in your lifetime?
For Mr. Meijer, it says in the article, “His optimism didn’t last long.”
Like I said, the article, was very sad.