Dr. James Dobson: Where Do We Go From Here?


These are momentous and dangerous days for our country and its people. When I last wrote to you in late December, this was my opening statement:

“America faces the possibility of catastrophic change. By the time you receive this letter, you will know what I can only speculate about today. Everything depends on two legal developments: first, whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the legitimacy of the presidential election on Nov. 3; the second depends on the outcome of two runoff elections in Georgia, scheduled for Jan. 5. On these two turning points hang the future of our great nation, and eventually, the world.”

Well, we now know the outcome of these two critical contingencies. First, on Dec. 11, the Supreme Court refused to consider a carefully prepared case brought by the state of Texas and 18 others.

It was titled Texas v. Pennsylvania, et al. Sadly, the highest court in the land didn’t review a word of the overwhelming volume of evidence. Seven of the nine justices decided that the states lacked “standing.”

Though I am not a lawyer, I join my voice with millions of citizens who are profoundly disappointed and alarmed by the court’s failure to do its duty. The integrity of elections is a foundation of the democratic process, yet the one institution that could have sought the truth lamely punted the ball away. A new Quinnipiac University poll says 38% of voters believe there was widespread fraud during the November election between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

Nevertheless, the issue remains unresolved and will be a blight on the history of this great nation.

The second critical matter on which the future depends was a runoff election in Georgia to fill two vacant senatorial seats. It was held on Jan. 5 and resulted in two razor-thin outcomes.

Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated Republican David Perdue and Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler. With these two victories for the democrats, each party now holds 50 seats. Henceforth, tie votes on legislative issues will regularly occur. In those instances, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will cast deciding votes, granting victory routinely to the Democrats.

The Left has now achieved ultimate power in the White House, in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. Consequently, as I warned in December, there will be no checks and balances within our system of government. The most radical ideas promoted by President-elect Joe Biden and his majority party will be enacted.

We can infer from what they have told us that the years ahead will bring more regulation; less freedom; more taxation; less religious liberty; more socialism; less democracy; more funds for abortion; less support for the sanctity of human life; less funding for the military; more illegal immigration; more restrictions on speech; less patriotism; more wasteful spending; less support for families; more regulations on business; more appeasement of China, Iran, Russia and North Korea; less support for the electoral college; trillions more dollars for climate nonsense; more LGBTQ propaganda; less moral compunction; more governmental corruption; less oversight of elections; more “cancel culture;” fewer police officers; more gun control and less government of the people, by the people and for the people.

We can also anticipate quick passage of the horrendous “Equality Act.” You might want to keep track of these items as they occur. This is just the beginning.

America and Western civilization will never be the same because it is not possible to back up on a freeway. Once radical changes are implemented, they will become ensconced in law and culture.

I am most concerned about what all this means for the next generation. Children are extremely vulnerable to leftist curricula in the public schools. Specifically, I am worried about parental rights and the legality of homeschooling. It is the only protection for kids.

I have been expressing this jeremiad since 1990, when Gary Bauer and I wrote a book entitled Children at Risk. What we said then has proved to be prophetic of our day. It described what I called a “civil war of values” that was developing when the book was published. This is what I wrote:

In any major conflict between two established armies, a collision will eventually occur that proves to be decisive. Thereafter, historians will remember those terrible struggles as turning points that made the difference.

For Napoleon, that decisive battle occurred at Waterloo. It was Gettysburg and Vicksburg for the Union Army and for Abraham Lincoln. It was at Stalingrad and Normandy for Hitler’s Germany. It was at Midway, Okinawa and Iwo Jima for the Japanese. These were the battles that contributed significantly to the ultimate outcomes of each war.

It appears that America is now engaged in such a struggle. [I predicted the culture war that was just lost]. The most radical activists have a specific objective in mind. They hope to accomplish it by isolating children from their parents. It will then be relatively easy to reorient and indoctrinate future generations of Americans. This strategy explains why the most bitter campaigns are being waged over school curricula and other issues that involve our kids. The hearts and minds of children are the keys to the future.

[This was my prediction:] Children will be the prize to the winners of the great civil war of values. Those who control what young people are taught and what they experience—what they see, hear, think, and believe, will determine the future course of the nation. Given that influence, the predominant value system of an entire culture can be redesigned in one generation, or certainly in two, by those with unlimited access to children.

Writing now to parents and grandparents in 2021, never in history has it been more important for you to defend your kids and your rights to raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Fight for it with your very lives. If you are too intimidated or distracted to give priority to your children, the popular culture will take them to hell.

So where do we go from here? What is the path forward for those of us who feel we have suffered a terrible loss of everything we hold dear? How do we deal with it? Conservatives have historically had a tendency to give up when they lose important battles. For those who feel inclined to surrender, I have a true story to share with you. It was told by Dr. John Corts, who was an executive with the Billy Graham ministry for many years.


Dr. Dobson’s story is available here.


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