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I Never Thought I’d See the Day

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Okay, I gots something on my mind…and fair warning, it’s about politics.

As I grow older, I never thought I’d become one of those dudes that says, “I never thought I’d see the day when…[fill in the blank].” You know the type–the geezers that sit around and complain about the changes in world they live in, as compared to the world that they grew up in, and pine for the good old days.

But I have to say, this election year has got me saying this more and more–if not out loud, than at least to myself.

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Why I Have Become a Moderate, or Apolitical, or Both

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It’s been a long while since I posted anything of a political nature on this here blog–and with good reason. Looking back at some of my more “expressive” posts from the last election year (please don’t), those posts came out of a deep concern for the direction of the country, and from a distinct conservative standpoint. But after all the dust settled and I thought back, I realized that they also reflected a loss of perspective, and to be honest, I didn’t really like what I was reflecting when I wrote those posts.

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Why Jon Stewart is My Favorite Liberal

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I (thankfully) haven’t mentioned politics on this blog in a long time. But let me just say that you know something’s askew with the country when the people making the most sense are the guys on Comedy Central.

Obviously, I don’t agree with Jon Stewart on every point. Okay, a lot of points. He’s a liberal. I’m…not…a liberal. But last night’s reaction to the shootings in Tucson was completely thoughtful, rational, passionate…and right on the money. And it isn’t the first time I’ve heard him speak thus. This guy is actually talking sense about a political system that is making less and less sense. And he’s totally earning my respect.

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Democracy and Citizenship

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Categories: food for thought, Meanderings (look it up), politics? oh puh-leeze., Rantings

This post has been on the burner for several months, and I haven’t really made mention of anything political since the last presidential election (mainly because that’s not what this blog is about). But in just watching the unfolding of current events (including the health care debate), and continuing to ponder what the church’s role should be in such things…I think it’s time to write.

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The Crossroads

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Categories: food for thought, politics? oh puh-leeze.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the political climate of America quite like this.

Tomorrow, Americans will go to the polls and vote. But I believe it is going to be much more than selecting a President, or even staffing the various offices of our federal, state and local governments for another few years.

The United States is at a crossroads.

And the scary thing is, the choices we have aren’t all that clear.

This is the first time since I’ve had awareness of our political landscape that I’ve seen the political map so redrawn, and the demographics of our society so scrambled. The biggest example I see of this is of the evangelical Christian community. In the last election, it was widely known that conservative evangelical voters put George W. Bush over the top. Our choices seemed clear, and our base was solid. This time it is different. A combination of political disappointments and an increasing awareness of our social responsibilities have caused a larger number of evangelical voters to look at the other party this time–despite the gay marriage and abortion issues at stake. The map is redrawn, and the demographics are fragmented.

And yet–with this kind of a shift, you’d think Obama would be a shoo-in. After all, if evangelicals basically decided the last election, and now that voting bloc is fragmented, that alone should be enough to tilt the scales. Indeed, with a sitting Republican president as unpopular as Bush, one would think the run toward the Democrat candidate would be overwhelming, that Obama would easily have double digit leads. But he doesn’t. After all the millions his campaign has spent, after all the media bending in his favor–although the polls show him ahead, it’s astounding to me that the race is actually this close. Despite all the media spin, it’s obvious that no one is willing to rule out a McCain victory. He’s pulled it off before, and with worse poll numbers than these. So with a race this tight, and fragmented voting blocs–who is supporting McCain? It’s apparent that a significant number of people from a wide range of demographics are NOT convinced that Obama is “the change we need.” And yet–this time the choices just don’t seem that clear. The pros and cons for each candidate make things much more muddy–to the point that I find there are actually a lot more “undecideds” among even Christian voters than I think anyone realizes. Even a day before the election.

The truth is–no one really knows what’s going to happen tomorrow. We can hope for one outcome or the other–but we just don’t know. And the scary thing is, there is so much at stake. A few too many votes for just the right combination of candidates and offices–and we could steer this nation closer to outright socialism than any of us would have thought possible four years ago. We could open the gates for a lot more than we are barganing for.

Obama in a stump speech said recently, “We are three days away from bringing fundamental change to the United States of America.” Fundamental change. That means change at the foundations, not just a changing of methods. I don’t think anyone realizes how deep that well goes.

I’m not meaning to use this post to stump for my candidate–although my readers already know who I’m voting for. I’m just saying we are at a crossroads, and it’s very sobering.

Sarah wrote a thoughtful post today I’m still chewing on, about how she’s learning as a Christian not to embrace empirical government values and not to be idolatrous about nationalism. But while I understand her point, I just want to say as a balancing point that I don’t think it’s necessarily idolatry to be patriotic, to love the nation you live in even though you are a citizen of a higher kingdom. I don’t think it’s a sin for me to love America the way I do, or to desire her best interests. It’s a mixture and a mess, but the truth is, while Christianity was born in a hostile idolatrous empire called the Roman Empire–the United States was formed as an experiment in fairness and freedom, largely by professing Christians. I don’t want to see this nation stray from her founding principles, because I think those principles are the very reason the U.S. has been such a force for good in the world. Who wouldn’t want to see that continue?

There are those who may think I’m being too dramatic about this; I hope I am. But I don’t think so. I feel like this could be a deciding point for America for decades, even centuries (if we last that long), and things have gotten so cloudy and muddled we could make a disastrous choice without even realizing what we’re doing.

In fact, the reason I’ve chosen my candidate is not so much because of his political views, but because the other candidate, in my view, is throwing up more of a smokescreen here. It’s the smokescreen, the confusion, that’s got me suspicious about motives; so the one who blows the most smoke loses my vote. 🙂

Ultimately, if I read my Bible correctly, regardless of the vote–we are to accept the candidate who wins as God’s choice in the matter. The only solace I really have is that God is still in control of the affairs of this world, and the part America will play in them.

So tomorrow, I will go to the crossroads and vote my conscience. I encourage all Americans to do the same. My prayer is not so much that my candidate wins, but that God will have His way. Because I have to admit that although my vote reflects what I believe to be the best choice–I do not see the big picture.

All through this election process, the only thing I’ve known to pray is:

“God, please give us the President we need–not necessarily the one we deserve. Let mercy triumph over judgment.”

I hope that you will join me in this prayer.

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From the Horse’s Mouth…

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I promised myself I wouldn’t go political here again. But in my view this is too important not to consider.

Americans who read this blog: before voting next week, PLEASE listen to this actual audio of Barack Obama, as it gives us a window into his true ideology.

We need to be clear about this. “Re-distribution of wealth” is a hallmark of socialism, not democracy.

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No More Passes

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Categories: politics? oh puh-leeze., Rantings, whine-and-opine

Mmmmmrrghfthfth….. ::biting my tongue:: ….

…mmmmmmmmI CAN’T HELP IT. Gotta talk about politics again.

Actually, my rant today is not so much about either presidential candidate as it is about the mainstream media in America–because, you see, the media is running a campaign of its own.

The mainstream media is aggressively trying to get Barack Obama elected the next President of the United States.

Now, I’ve commented about this fact on some other blogs–including some “across the pond”–and the response I’ve read is: “WHAT media bias?” Some have even suggested the media is biased in favor of McCain!

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No More Convinced Than I Was Before

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I usually try to stay away from politics on this blog, especially in this season of our nation when they can be so divisive. But I’m going to venture into it tonight. And I recongize that some of my readers won’t share my views, so just realize that my opinions here are my own, and I respect yours if they are different from mine.

A few months ago, I wrote this post about my concerns about Barack Obama’s campaign. My concerns were not so much about his policies (which I do disagree with), but mostly that this largely unknown and unseasoned politician’s rise to power has been mainly due to a vacuum in leadership around him, and that lots of people were gathering around him simply because of his charisma and ability to communicate. (Please read the post.)

Since that post, I’ve continued to watch and listen, and I’ve continued to be concerned. There has continued to be a big lack of substance in Obama’s message, and a huge rise in his celebrity, almost Messiah-like status. (I don’t feel the caricatures by the conservative talk-show hosts are entirely unwarranted.)

My biggest concern is not that he is a liberal Democrat. My biggest concern is that he’s just too good to be true.

Tonight, I watched Obama’s acceptance speech, a larger-than-life extravaganza in a packed stadium with a backdrop remniscent of the Parthenon. (So much for downplaying the celebrity thing.)

With the first thing out of Obama’s mouth–he lost me.

“To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin, and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation: With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.”

Um…to all the citizens, he accepts our nomination?? I’m not a Democrat, and I didn’t nominate Obama. Where’s the “great humility” in that statement? If anyone else had said that, we’d have thought he was incredibly presumptive, arrogant, and narcissistic. But this isn’t just anyone.

See my point?

I have to hand it to Obama–he knows how to make a speech. He promised a speech with less rhetoric, more substance. I’d be almost scared to hear a high-rhetoric speech. Man, the stuff that guy promised he would give us–all while reducing our taxes? It’s magic, I tell you. If he can work miracles like that, maybe the Messiah thing is true.

Okay, tongue out of cheek. My point is…still lots of promises, still no substance, still no indication as to how he would do what he promises. It’s hard to believe his I am-a-patriot-I-love-America rhetoric when one of the few things we do know about him is his anti-American associations. And sorry…when you have so little experience, you don’t convince people you’d be a good Commander-in-Chief just by saying (in your strongest, growliest man-voice) that you would be.

Look, I have no delusions about the government, and I understand the shortfalls in both parties. And although McCain is not the Republican nominee I would have chosen, in fairness I have to admit that tonight’s speech, no matter how good, would probably not have convinced me to vote for Obama. But at the very least…tonight was Obama’s chance to convince me that he’s someone with whom I could feel safe if he got elected–that he’s more than an empty celebrity.

I’m sorry. He didn’t convince me. I still don’t trust him, and I still think he’s way too good to be true.

(I think Brant made a good point, too, in this post.)
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