Wednesday, November 28
So. The hand-wringing and finger-pointing began around 11:00 p.m. on election night when it became obvious that Mitt Romney had (get ready for a shocker) lost the election to Barry - the second time in a row the lad from Kenya had slaughtered the best the Republicans thought they had. The funny thing is, everyone had the audacity to be surprised! Well, not everyone.....
Yesterday Reince Priebus told CNN they would do an "autopsy" on what happened. Yes, let's do that. Let's examine the dead body and see if we can come up with a better explanation than death from a self-inflicted wound. Spin it - yeah, that's the ticket. Then we can get ready to put up another mediocre candidate in 2016 and maybe lose again, this time to Hillary.
But, maybe I'm a radical. I'd suggest the Republicans run someone with, say, actual core beliefs - things they actually believe. Then, maybe they could explain to the American people why values actually mean something - why beliefs matter and would be not only good for the country, but for individual Americans, and, by the way, the entire political process. Did we learn nothing from Reagan? Apparently not.
But, as I suggested in a previous post, the problem is not really at the head of the Republican Party. The problem is much lower in the food chain. If individuals would grab some values themselves - things they could believe in and defend to the death - maybe it would "trickle up" (sorry Barry) to the political parties themselves.
The Founders knew that as long as the People were right, the country would be right, and that if the People ever lost their way, the country would lose its way. So, they founded a government of, by, and for the People in the hopes that they would correct any missteps their leaders tried to take. Then comes the 20th century when we collectively lost our way. It should be no surprise the country has as well. John Adams gave us the key: "Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other". In these few words, Adams told us how to make our republic work, and we seem to have thrown that away.
God has a way to wake people up. I've said for years that the best thing that could happen to America, possibly is also the worst thing that could happen to America. Unfortunately, after 9-11, Katrina, Sandra and other major disasters, it may take something much worse to begin to wake us up, and at this point, that might not even work.
But here's the key. We don't need the majority of Americans to repent, turn from their wicked ways, seek God's face, and ask for forgiveness and guidance. It only takes a dedicated minority. From the first time the idea of an independent America was born in the mind of an oppressed patriot, dedicated minorities have changed the world. But it's always been that way. Look what Christ did with 12 men (one of whom was not so dedicated).
It begins with each of us. So, decide now. What do you really believe? Why do you believe it? Having that decided, what are you going to do about it? Or are you just going to sit there?
Yeah - I was afraid of that.
Election Day + 1 - Wednesday, November 7, 2012
"I went to bed last night thinking we've lost the country" - Rush Limbaugh
I understand Rush's frustration. But you know what? When I woke up this morning, I asked myself a question: "What is different this morning from yesterday morning"? Think about it. The President was Barack Obama, the Republicans controlled the House, and the Democrats had a non-filibuster-proof control on the Senate. This morning - same thing. The worst thing that happened was that we missed an opportunity, and we learned that we have much work to do. No change there. So, the question to be asked is "OK - so what are we going to do about it"?
Well, the short answer is "Don't give up - Don't back down!". The one thing you have to give liberals is that they stand for their positions no matter what the opposition. They really should be embarrassed because they're wrong on so many points, but delusion evidently runs deep, and they seem to have lost the ability to be embarrassed! We should stand fast for what we believe and not waver when others attack and make fun of our beliefs. Being laughed at by idiots is a good thing!
Here's another principle. Ask yourself a question: "What would happen to my community if my church disappeared tomorrow?" Would people go hungry? Would it be harder to get a job? Would it even be noticed by many in your local community? Over the last 100 years, the liberals/progressives have waged a successful campaign to make the local church irrelevant. The government has taken over areas that used to be fertile areas for churches to have an impact, and the church has let them do it. Additionally, years ago the church made a dirty little deal with the government to stay out of politics if the government wouldn't make them pay taxes. These efforts are now bearing fruit, and little of what the church says or does in the local community has an impact any more. Most churches are there for 3 hours a week with some food thrown in every so often. Not exactly what Jesus had in mind when he said "On this rock I will build my church". Our churches should be working together to make the government irrelevant when it comes to our local communities. We seem to do really great when a disaster comes, but once the fuss dies down, we go back inside our doors and shut them tight. Maybe that needs to change!
Finally, national policy issues are important, but the real change needs to be person to person. Know what you believe and why you believe it. Know the truth. If you don't, insist on help! This is another place where the local church could help. Maybe it's time we start having discussions in our churches on public policy - economics, foreign policy, immigration issues, environmental issues, and yes, political campaigns and their effect on all these issues - and educate ourselves so when we engage those outside our churches, we'll have a knowledge base from which to work. Nobody does this now. Why not? Do we just not care? Or, are we just afraid of expressing our opinions. If we cannot discuss these issues in our churches, then where? In bars? Our beliefs should drive our politics, not the other way around!!!
Look, politically there's hope. The Congress is not "owned" by any one political party, and the voters yesterday evidently like it like that, so it's possible to still address issues concerning our country. Sure, we missed an opportunity to reverse the downward trend, and yes, that may result in economic difficulties, but the truth is that without a leadership with strong beliefs and unwavering resolve, things were not going to get much better anyway - and there was no one up for national office yesterday with those attributes.
But politics is not really the answer. Our national leadership is just a reflection of who we are as a nation. As it turns out, we are a confused people, so the solutions will not come from Washington. No, we have to get our act together here at home before anything in Washington will change. What we got yesterday was just what we asked for. Feelings over substance, fiction over truth, and short term solutions to long term problems. We must stand for the truth, no matter how hard that makes the solutions. The solutions we seek generally are simple, but they're hard. So, are we up to the task?
Might I suggest we try looking up instead of east, preferably from a kneeling position.
If you, like me, did a "Yes!" when the President announced the sudden departure of Bin Laden last year, you may not have realized that temporary euphoria may have had a cost. Since the first year of his Presidency, the Obama administration has done a bit too much talking about things best left unsaid. OK, I'm being kind here (not really sure why....). They just can't keep their mouths shut.
I didn't need to know about the Pakistani doctor who was a key link in the Bin Laden raid. I didn't need to know the name of the actual unit involved. I didn't need to know the details of the raid. All this information sure didn't need to be plastered across the airwaves. But, if you're a political animal who puts self above country, bragging about all these is natural act (hey, Mr. President - you didn't do that. Someone with actual skills did!).
Many in our intelligence and military community have had enough. I've joined them in their quest, and I'd ask you to consider doing the same. Their message, in true "give to 'em loud and dirty so they'll remember it" fashion is simple: "Mr. President, shut the **** up!!!"
View this short video, then join with them and help amplify their voice for not only those on the front line today, but all those who will serve in the future. As long as we keep electing politicians, we'll need to keep stapling their mouths shut!
August 2, 2012
I am amazed at the number of people who just don't think. I know we've become an intellectually lazy generation, and after all, thinking just isn't "fun" any more, but come on, folks, this is our children's future we're talking about here.
We've all heard "there's no free lunch", since childhood, but for some reason, we still just don't get it. How else do you explain gambling (it's a tax on stupid people). So now many believe we can stand in a circle with our hands in each other's pockets, and somehow everything will get better. Life just doesn't work that way, and those who believe it does are just not thinking.
Now, I don't care how clever you are, the current policies of our national leadership are untenable at best, and apocalyptic at worst, and you just can't argue otherwise. If you look at nothing but the growth in national debt over the last 3 years, that should be all the evidence you need. However, this is not a disaster that cropped up over night. We have been warned about it for decades. To remind yourself just how bad, take a look at this! While both parties are at fault, and I actually blame the Republicans for their lack of intestinal fortitude, the so-called "progressives" have put this insanity on steroids. We've been teetering on the edge of the abyss for some time now, and many are beginning to openly warn of the coming crash, and yet our leadership insists on doubling down on all the bad decisions they've made in the past.
Now, one election won't cure the problem, and many (including me!) have suggested all we're going to do is crash the plane at an angle instead of a steep nose dive in, we can at least put an end to those pushing our society over the edge. I don't care if you're Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, or politically agnostic, the only decent decision made by this administration in the past 4 years was to let the Seals pop Bin Laden, and the President put off that decision 3 times before finally, reluctantly, giving his go ahead, and then taking all the credit as if he was there and personally pulled the trigger.
It is time for a change in leadership, particularly in the Senate and the White House. Lots of Repubs should be replaced as well. Personally, I'd like to see another lopsided contest like the one McGovern experienced in both branches of government, and I wouldn't mind revamping the third one as well. Hey, shock 'em all, and maybe the pucker factor will cause some of the invertebrate legislators to grow a vertebral column (don't know what we'll do about the brain.....oh, well).
So, listen. Get your thinking straight. Otherwise, when the end comes, we'll still be doing this:
Come on, people....THINK (and use your head this time)!
"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this oath freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of my office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
This week, and for the last several years, you have been a witness to a mass violation of this oath. Virtually all the members of Congress, both houses, the President, and this week especially, the members of the Supreme Court.
In an unfathomable decision, Justice Roberts joined the four useful-idiots on the court and together they took the tattered Constitution, shredded it, soaked it in gasoline (they evidently couldn't find a "green" method!), and utterly destroyed it, thus fulfilling the intent of the President, his cabinet, and many in the Congress.
At our founding, none other than Benjamin Franklin forecast this eventuality, though I'm sure he thought it might occur earlier. Because of the proclivities of man, he feared that, sooner or later, we'd be again in tyranny, but he and the rest of the founders had hoped the People would forestall it as long as possible.
In 130 days, we'll know if the process is finished, or if there's still a chance for recovery, though even with the best of possible outcomes now, that chance is getting slimmer and slimmer.
I've stated this before, and I say it again now: I think our only hope is to wipe everything off the books and start over again like it's 1789. There's no other way to do it, because the system is so broken it can no longer be fixed. We have a still-legal way to do this. It's called a Constitutional Convention. Now, such a venue is extremely dangerous, because if you think things are bad now, in a Convention, everything's on the table! The only way this would work, is if strong-willed God-fearing men with integrity and unflinching courage, to rise to the challenge and make this happen. The problem is - we don't have any of those.
Now, if I sound pessimistic, well I guess I am. I've watched over the period of my lifetime our "leaders" take God out of society, turn us into a welfare state, decimate our military, erode our values, lie with increasing boldness to the American people, violate our rights, trample on our basic beliefs, and push our country to the brink of destruction, and yet WE KEEP PUTTING THESE CLOWNS IN POWER! It's not the leadership that has failed us - it's We the People! With that foundation gone, it's just a matter of time.
The decision on Obamacare was a watershed moment. In my mind, that all but finished the process. Regardless of what happens in November, we will not have the right leadership in Washington. Folks, I fear for my children's future. We have failed them, and now they're going to pay the price. Time is running out.......only a miracle can rescue the once-great United States of America.
God help us --- Please!!!