Wish I'd said that!

In recent decades, the ACLU has used its so-called "wall" to fight tooth and nail to prevent government sponsorship of the Pledge of Allegiance, memorial crosses, Ten Commandments displays, nativity scenes, Bible displays, and virtually every other acknowdgement of America's religious heritage.

At the same time, it is worthwhile to note that there have been some instances in which the ACLU has endorsed public displays of religion. For example, When New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani threatened to cut taxpayer funding from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying a painting of the Virgin Mary with cow dung and pictures of female sexual organs pasted all over her body, the ACLU was first in line to defend the display. U.S. District Court Judge Nina Gershon ruled that New York City's elected officials were not allowed to place conditions on the museum's funding.

In another instance, the ACLU offered its support to the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts, after the agency sponsored an art show featuring "Piss Christ" - an exhibit consisting of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

In the ACLU's myopic world, it appears that the only permissible publicly-funded displays of religion are those which blatantly mock or disparage the Christian faith.

-- Indefensible: 10 Ways the ACLU is Destroying America, Sam Kastensmidt, 2006

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mincing words

President Obama (I hate using those two words together) recently reminded us how totally foreign he is to the historicity, traditions and foundational values of this nation. Speaking before the Hispanic Caucus, he recited (no doubt, teleprompted) a key portion of the Declaration of Independence, but he just couldn't bring himself to say the two essential words, "their Creator".  It was a magic moment, watching his long, uncomforable pause and near-grimace as he obviously mulled whether to recite the phrase from one of our two most important founding documents, and then literally refused - like a stubborn child - to say the words that give honor to a higher Power. Yes, Barack, there certainly is a higher power than you. And perhaps you should consider not getting so high that you forget that little fact.

But let me give him the benefit of doubt. Perhaps it really is just his Marxist upbrining that prevented him from mouthing those four syllables. After all, he was raised by a family that probably never used (at least not in the same context as most of us) "honor," "patriotism," "righteousness" "heritage" and other words that were ingrained in generations of Americans within their family, through their church, and yes - way back then (the 1950s and before) - even in public school. His environment growing up, especially at Harvard, was filled with the terminology of Marxist revolution, of socialism's impractical ideals, of Islam's merciless demand for perfect obedience and total disregard for the lives and property of "infidels."  Realizing that personal history, it becomes easier to understand his seemingly latent hatred and abject disregard for the well-being of United States, its citizens, our economy and our national security.  He's just misunderstood by most of us.  We should all tolerate and support him and his grand vision for Amerika.

Nah, just kidding. Just because he grew up in a broken home with broken ideals, was thrust into a religion of virulent hatred and violence, and spent nearly his entire life surrounded by marxists doesn't excuse his Macchiavellian scheming to undermine and destroy this nation's independence, stability and safety (any more than it excuses Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, the George Bushes or any others who have contributed to our downward slide).  We are all held to account for our actions.

The truth, the Truth and common sense have been out there all along, but some people simply either discount it or ignore it. Many others seem to find it, and relish it as the firm foundation for their lives. Most of us will recognize a point in our life where we have to make a decision that will affect the rest of that life (and the lives around us in one way or another). I am one of those who believes in God and His perfect justice, and trusts in His Son.  After decades of foolishness and self-destructive behavior, He finally woke me up. I came to recognize that I'm a sinner (and so are you), and that I can never get out of my own way without His Grace, Mercy, and Forgiveness. And because of the road I was on and the world I see around me, I have to believe there is a special, lower region of Hell reserved for those who intentionally do the greatest harm to the greatest number of people.  Jeez, I hate how many times I just used that most personal pronoun. Don't you?

Anyway, I do hope and pray that Obama and his band of bothers will see the light and begin to undo their damage - hopefully before the lights go out for all of us.  It would save so many people from so much grief and suffering.

Is that a tingle up my leg? One person who definitely doesn't mince words is NJ Governor Chris Christie, the fast-rising superstar of the American Right.  Blending equal parts honesty, bluntness and just plain common sense, Christie has become a galvanizing figure for Americans who are sick and tired of dishonest, disingenuous doublespeak from our leaders. I don't know if he's planning an extended trip to the White House anytime soon, but there are a lot of us (and his fan base is growing rapidly) who would like to see him sitting behind the Resolute desk - with his feet firmly on the floor. I believe he would do it honor; our friends would be relieved, and our enemies would tremble.

Johnny get your gun!?  As I peruse Facebook, a common theme for many self-professed conservative participants is the not-so-veiled threat of armed "counter-revolution." For every perceived egregious government action, they are ready to pick up a gun and...what?  Start shooting? At whom? To what end?

The problem is, I believe that's exactly the reaction some in the government - the "Never let a good crisis go to waste" types - want.  As well-meaning (and perhaps eventually necessary) as it might seem at the time, it would be their perfect excuse to pull out all the stops; martial law, complete silence on the internet, restriction of food and energy supplies, travel restrictions ("Your papers, please"...without the "please"), mass detentions and show trials.

All you have to do is to study the history of the early Soviet Union to see where we're headed if we stay on this course. That's not a place I want to go, nor see my family go, because when we are toppled there will be no one to come to our rescue. "Revolutionaries" will be picked up and picked off, never to be heard from again. The technology isn't nearly as primitive as it was a century ago; we live in the perfect environment for a total police state.

Don't be one of those folks who deludes themselves into thinking we can win that war; our military (increasingly, the police state's military) has been studying how to combat insurgents since we fought the Moros in the Phillipines. It's only a matter of the lack of political will and secret agendas that has prevented us from winning every conflict since then. When the 'loyal opposition' finds itself in an internment camp, the 'political will' will be very reminiscent of the Soviet purges. Look to the holodomor as a worst-case scenario; Stalin's deliberate starvation to death of millions of Ukrainians during the 1920s.

You don't think today's leaders have the psychological capacity to be that cruel? Remember when Glenn Beck played an old video interview with an FBI agent who infiltrated the Weathermen in the early 70s heard them clearly express their willingness to kill 25 million of their fellow Americans who might be resistant to 'reeducation'?  Think it can't happen here?  Many of the Weathermen, SDS and other revolutionaries of that time are now walking the halls of the White House and manning many of its "czarocracies".  This potential is nothing new.  Keep in mind that the Germans were among the most advanced nations during Hitler's rise to power. With the proper amount of psychological conditioning, reeducating and "nudging," it is amazing what you can get people to do, or to ignore.  Outside of a relatively benign social environment, human behavior hasn't shown any significant improvement since Cain had that little disagreement with his brother Abel.

Parting the waters.  I have to admit, while I believe strongly in the Bible, in God, and in Jesus Christ, my faith is not blind. I base it on corraborated testimony, logic, common sense, and evidence.  In particular, while my faith doesn't entirely depend on evidence, I joy to see it, however circumstantial.

New findings such as the scientific feasibility of the Red Sea parting are exciting and gratifying.  I've heard this theory before, but this is the first time I've seen it given any scientific credence. While such evidence is purely speculative ( and their are dissenting views) due to the extreme passage of time and the inability to detect or discover any other factors not anticipated by modern researchers, it is still an intriguing prospect. And after all is said and done, wouldn't God - the Creator of all matter and energy - be able to manipulate His creation (such as light, radiation, gravity, weather, etc.) to produce the effects He wants?

Always leave 'em laughing.  Have you ever - for whatever reason (and sometimes it isn't even apparent to you) - started laughing uncontrollably?  I've done it a few times, to the point it brought literal tears of joy to my eyes. The outgoing Swiss finance minister found himself in just such a moment recently, while he was giving an otherwise-boring political response to a parliamentary question about cured meat imports. While his laughing jag may not be the stuff of political legend, he certainly has become a YouTube viral hit. Even though his raucous outbursts are somewhat sublime by our standards, it's a great lesson; we all need to break it up now and then. It's good for the soul, it's good medicine for the body, and it's a great reminder not to take ourselves too seriously all the time.

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