Thursday, November 8, 2012

Obama 2016 is Coming!

I was watching my computer screen the second Fox News changed the map of OH to blue. The way things were going that night, I was not as hopeful as I had been earlier in the day. Shocked, to say the least, then depressed, then scared- I mean, scared out of my mind for where this country is heading. That is my personality though, to turn to fear automatically. God is delivering me from it slowly. :) I have been listening to this incredibly timely song over & over.
(The video on the story behind the song is also really good.)
While I desire God to take away my fear, wisdom will require that concern for our country remains. What happened? What could possibly be the explanaition for the election results? We no longer have the excuse we had 4 years ago of not really knowing the man. I am not as upset that Obama has 4 more years as I am that more than 50% of the people in this country are the kind of people who would vote for him. 
Three kinds of people voted for Obama...
1- The people who know exactly who he is and what he's about and completely agree with his worldview, strategies, and goals for (really against) this country. These are smart, well-informed people with a worldview so different from you or I, it's scary. They purposefully want to bankrupt this country, so that we'll be forced into soliacism or something worse. These people make up a VERY small percentage of those who voted for Obama.
2- Then you have those, mostly young, mostly women (although increasingly not so), who voted their immature, pop culture, popularity seeking, feelings. You could also include in this group those who voted for him because he's black, and they're perhaps not so immature as they are just simply racist. One girl on Facebook commented, "There's just something about Romney's face and smirk I don't like. I don't know if I could handle hearing his voice for 4 years either." Obama's good looking, charismatic, sarcastic, and confident- all qualities that Gen Y'ers really take to. These people don't look deeper; they don't even know his policies.
3- Then you have the largest group who are just uneducated and misinformed. Or perhaps I should say mis-educated, because some of them are very "educated" in the worldly sense. They do not know or understand history. They've been educated by the public school system's revisionist history. They know very little of the Constition. And HOW can you vote for a good leader for this country unless you know what they're supposed to be like, which is found in the Constitution? These are the people that think the Democrat party is for helping the poor. This group is also full of poor people who simply don't know, because they've never been taught, that more government involvement in thier lives really will dig their pit deeper and NOT help them out! I, first and foremost, blame the public schools for the mindset of this group. According to exit polling, 6 million "evangelical Christians" voted for Obama. I blame pastors, mostly, for this number, who are so scared to touch politics, that they won't teach what the Bible has to say about government and how a country should be set up. (Most of them don't even know themselves.)
But there is something else at work. No society is perfect. God has blessed this country because it was founded on Christian values and on the Bible, but we live in a fallen world. This quote from Alexis de Tocqueville, a French historian who traveled to the US in the 1800's and wrote about our life here, sums up what's happening and what will happen. This is what happened to Rome- not just the fiscal irresponsibility but the moral collapse as well.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (Liberality in bestowing gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville
I'm sickened and sad for our country. I'm not too good at making predictions, and I hope many of mine are wrong, but one thing I do think will happen is that we'll see a clearer dividing line between Christians and non-Christians. Not in the sense that Christianity will pull away and hate the world, but that those who are nominal Christians will sell out, and those who are real will become so much more commited. More predictions and where to go from here in a later post, perhaps.... (or maybe you could tell me! ;) )
Oh, and here's a link to the movie if you haven't seen it...

And an interview with the filmmaker...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Choice in November (& is not voting a choice?)

Was trying to find a good comic, but this is all I got. ^^

Thoughts on the debate last night...
  • When discussing how to balance the budget, neither candidate talked much about cutting spending! That's so disappointing. Romney said tax cuts add to the deficit. No, actually, they don't. Spending & borrowing adds to the deficit. And the formula Obama talked about ("simple math") completely left out cutting spending as an option. That's not even on his radar screen!
  • Evidence that Romney is really a liberal: He wants to lower tax exemptions, He "likes green energy", and "You have to have regulations!"
  • Does anyone besides me seriously doubt that Romney will follow his rule of asking, "Is this program important enough to borrow money from China for?" to justify government programs. If we followed that rule, 80% of govt programs would cease. But then again, that's a pretty subjective rule.
  • Most laughable quote of the night: "My grandmother was independent precisely because of Social Security & Medicare." (paraphrased) This is not just a case of needsadictionary. This is at the heart of his worldview, and we saw it very clearly here.
  • Best argument of the evening: Obama says a voucher option for Medicare would leave seniors at the mercy of the insurance companies. (& yet being @ the mercy of the govt., who has never in its history been able to run anything more efficiently than the private sector, with the exception of the military, is just fine!?) But Romney says, "That's why they have a choice! They can choose to be @ the mercy of whomever they please! May the best product win!" (paraphrased)
  • Romney's debating skills are far superior. Obama repeated himself too much, and talked too slowly.
The choice in November....

I definitely used to believe, as many say, that if there is not a candidate that supports most of my views, I should not vote or write one in, or vote for the 3rd party. In '08, I did write in. I don't believe that anymore, and here's why. It's a protest, but it's a wasted protest. What good did it do us last election? We told the Republican party that we didn't want any more moderates running with our lack of votes & votes for 3rd party candidates, but who won the primaries again this year? Another moderate! They are not getting it. Our energies need to be spent CHANGING the way the primary system works. That's foremost. Once someone wins that, our only choice is to throw our vote away or vote for whom we think is best. You may not like it; I certainly don't like it, but you can't change it by throwing your vote away, as that accomplishes nothing. We can change it by supporting people like Ron Paul or Herman Cain in the primaries, and then by working to change the primary process.

If you live a swing state...
Your choice is between running full speed ahead over the cliff or putting on the breaks a little bit. 

If you don't live in a swing state....
Because of our current system, what you do really doesn't matter much.

"I just won't vote"....

If you think it'd be better to just stay out of it and not vote, I'd challenge you to think again. You really don't have a choice, morally. Voting is not just a right, it's a responsibility. If you don't know enough about the candidates and the issues to make an informed decision, then inform yourself! People in my generation seem to think of politics as a hobby. If it's your thing, that's cool, just don't bother us too much about it. If it's not your thing, well you help the planet in different ways. I think you'd be hard pressed to find many people who thought that way 200 years ago. And I'd venture to say our country would already be down the tubes by now if they had! 
If you still don't think you'll vote, I'd just ask one thing- drive up to Arlington Cemetery where the soldiers who gave their lives for your freedom are buried, or any other veterans memorial or cemetery, and just spit all over their graves.  That's what you're doing when you choose not to vote. (courtesy of my dad, only he didn't use the word "spit" ;) )

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Religious Hostility in America

...against Christians. It's happening, folks, not just in New Hampshire and Connecticut, but right here in Texas! This is a new website put up a couple weeks ago, but the Liberty Institute, who represents Christians whose rights are being stifled in the work place, in public schools, in colleges, and even in their own private homes! Some of these cases read like they're taken straight out of the former Soviet Union or North Korea. (Apparently, some folks get really offended if you compare what we endure to what others have endured in countries like those. I am NOT saying that our situation is as terrible as theirs, but if we don't see the connection and where this could lead, we will not stand up when we still can, and we will find ourselves there sooner or later.) 

This is not a game. I believe the first step is becoming aware of what's going on. My generation is FULL of people who have no idea what's going on and, what's worse, think it's inevitable because "separation of church and state is, in the end, a good thing, right?" (holding myself back from that one for now, lol.) 

Here is the link. PLEASE take just a few minutes to read through some of these cases...

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