…I’ll turn the comments back on. (But mind your manners.) 🙂
As you can tell from my last post…I have a bit of a temper. It’s a lot more controlled than it used to be.
One of the defining character traits of my son The Director is his passionate distaste for injustice. Anytime he sees someone unfairly dealing with another, or bullying, or oppressing, or slander, or anything like that–he is fit to be tied. He gets as angry as he would if it were happening to him. He’s seen enough injustice dealt to his parents in ministry–seen leadership wrongfully treat us, seen people we loved and cared for turn around and abuse us, accuse us and slander us, while we remained silent, unable to defend ourselves without making things worse. And he’s experienced some of that injustice himself. He simply has no stomach for it.
I look at him, and I read my rant from earlier today, and I see where he gets it. I can remember being the same way in the days of my youthful passion. And I guess that’s what came out earlier today.
You see, this is not really about wanting my chosen presidential candidate to win. One thing my journey the past couple of years, and interacting on this blog, have shown me is that there are other ways of looking at the world than just through the eyes of a Red-State American Christian. I know that there are some good people out there who feel just as strongly about Obama as I do about McCain, and who feel McCain would be as dangerous a choice for America as I feel Obama would be. And I recognize that none of us sees the big picture–only God does. We just fumble around here and try to do the best we can with the limited perspective we have, hopefully asking God for wisdom along the way. And as my friend Sarah emphasizes so often on her blog, we believers ultimately are citizens of a kingdom much greater than any earthly institution, whether church or state, and ultimately our allegiance must be with that greater kingdom. I get all that.
So this isn’t me being a whiny-butt because my candidate is behind in the polls–I know God will take care of us no matter who is elected. What is boiling my blood is the injustice that my candidate has to stand against two opponents at once: the Democratic candidate and the major media outlets that are spinning truth and covering up truth to see the Democrat get elected. It’s unjust when Gov. Palin, during the debate, feels compelled to make reference to the “media filter”, being glad that for a moment she can talk directly to the American people without interference. It’s unjust when the mainstream media manipulate their polling data to influence opinion rather than reflect it.
Look, I’m all for people giving their editorial opinions. Freedom of speech is one of the great values of this nation. But journalism is supposed to be neutral. The press is supposed to report news, not create it. The press is supposed to be the source of information that can be trusted because it is not tainted, so people can make honest informed decisions about these things. So it’s a betrayal of the people’s trust when journalism turns yellow. It’s injustice.
I know this crap has been happening for a long time. Today I just got really pissed about it.
I really feel that if Obama is so great, and would make such a great president, he ought to get there on his own merits; he doesn’t need the press to help elect him. If he can’t get there without the press as allies, he isn’t as great as he’s made out to be. And that goes for McCain, for that matter. In fact–if McCain does get elected, it will be all the more proof of his outstanding merit, because he will do it despite what the media is trying to do to block him.
That’s what I think, anyway. 🙂
Thank you…I feel better now. Good night. On to other subjects tomorrow.