When Fernanda and I got married, the most important thing our Pastor impressed upon us was that marriage is meant to be Holy. Yeah, we didn’t understand what he meant at first either. But as he explained it to us, “Holy” means “set apart for a purpose; an above all things reason for us to form a life-long bond that goes beyond love and attraction.”
That is to say that a marriage needs to be dedicated to something more than just the mere definition of the word “marriage.”
Another word that means “to set apart” is “sequester.” You sequester a jury to set it apart from outside influences that might affect the decision, such as personal politics or coercion by others.
Sequestration is meant to ensure impartiality. The term can also be applied to budgets. In that realm, the word means a defined plan for the spending of money for the specific purposes of paying off a debt.
Unfortunately, when it comes to money, budgets, and especially debt, the government falls well short of any sort of holiness.
As of today, the United State’s federal budget is under the rules of Sequestration. These rules were put in place at the behest of President Obama during the debt ceiling debates of 2011. They were meant to force Congress into putting together a budget that cut spending by a certain amount, and if they didn’t do that, then specific pre-defined spending cuts would go into effect.
Well, Congress didn’t do a budget. Or, to be more accurate, the House of Representatives sent several budgets to the Senate, but the Harry Reid/Dem-controlled Senate has not passed a budget in over 4 years!
Regardless of whose fault it is – because really, it is the fault of every Congressman, President Obama, and all of his relevant appointees, as well as everybody who voted to put these clowns back into office – Sequestration is the law of the land until the matter of the budget is resolved.
And this does not bother me in the least. Despite the Democrats running around claiming that our national security is now compromised, that millions of people are going to lose their jobs, and that the sky has now moved a whole ten feet closer to the ground, the cuts are so fractional that if applied sensibly – something we all know that the government is not capable of doing – they would actually deprive the country of a few thousand dollar hammers, force government officials to fly coach class with the rest of us, make the public union janitors turn the lights off when they leave a room, and keep Michelle Obama from ordering Kobe beef to feed to Beyonce and Matt Damon.
Instead of sensibility, however, we have hyperbole. And confusion. And finger pointing. And some of the best Chicken Little impersonations in history.
Which is why Sequestration is actually such a great thing for America right now. Hopefully, people will begin to laugh at the government and their stooges in the media. In fact, I hope people laugh so hard that they cry. Because after the laughter is finished and the tears are wiped dry, perhaps we will begin to assert our will on the government. For too long has the government in general – and this administration in particular – asserted their will on the governed. It is high time the tables were turned and we grasped once again our God-given Constitutional rights.
The United States of America was established to be Holy – to be set apart and different from how other countries operated. It’s high time this nation return to that holiness.
Now is the Era of Our Sequestration. May we use this time to make a new budget – a balanced budget to ensure the continued prosperity of the people that make this nation the greatest one in the history of the world.