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Well, didn’t take president Obama long to get his feet wet did it? One of his first acts of manly US Presidential power: Reverse an executive order that prevented International Groups from receiving  Money for ‘family planning.’

“For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us,” Obama said in a statement released from the White House. “I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.”

He said the ban was unnecessarily broad and undermined family planning in developing countries.

“In the coming weeks, my administration will initiate a fresh conversation on family planning, working to find areas of common ground to best meet the needs of women and families at home and around the world,” the president said.

I’m glad I didn’t vote for Mr Obama. Way to work on ‘reducing the number of abortions’ Mr Obama. Said a few members of the opposition:

“I have long supported the Mexico City Policy and believe this administration’s decision to be counter to our nation’s interests,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

“Coming just one day after the 36th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision, this presidential directive forces taxpayers to subsidize abortions overseas — something no American should be required by government to do,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., called it “morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans to promote abortion around the world.”

“President Obama not long ago told the American people that he would support policies to reduce abortions, but today he is effectively guaranteeing more abortions by funding groups that promote abortion as a method of population control,” said Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee.

Click [National Right to Life] for more information on this decision.

Well…let’s see: Abortion is a primary function of the Obama administration. I’m trying very hard to be loving of Mr Obama, but right now I have no respect for him at all.

National Right to Life

I have listened to people complain about the war for the last 6-7 years and how terrible it is that people have died as a result. Well, I think I will keep track, over the next four years, how hard Mr Obama works to ‘reduce the number of abortions.’ So far, he’s not working too hard is he?

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Friends,

My friend Chris at Fishing in the Abyss has written a rather brilliant personal anecdote that I think you might be interested in reading (especially if you are a fan of president-elect Obama). He called it: Spreading the Wealth Around. In fact, you should stop by and give Chris a read, I think you will like his stuff.

jerry

Friends,

So I was watching Hannity and Colmes last night with my wife and afterward I watched about 10 minutes of Greta. I don’t care about politics this year and I have decided that I am not voting for either Senator Obama or Senator McCain, but something came up in the course of these two shows that illustrates an important point. It goes something like this.

On the one hand, the Democrat party continues to point out to America that Senator McCain is too closely linked to George W Bush. The add on television points out that McCain voted with President Bush 90% of the time. This, I suppose they are saying, is the reason we should not vote for McCain. That is, we don’t need another 4 years of President Bush. They want us to be afraid of lower taxes, a backbone, and a pro-life position.

On the other hand, the Republican party continues to point out to America that Senator Obama is too closely associated with people like Jeremiah Wright, Tony Resko, and Bill Ayres for us to trust him. His background is shady they say and thus we should not vote for him. That is, we don’t need another 4 years of President Clinton. The Republicans want us to be afraid of his association with these people who have demonstrated their hatred for America, shady business dealings, and their, well, hatred for America.

I guess what the two parties are saying is this: Which of the two has the worst associations? That is, when one of them is elected, whose friends would you rather see sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom: Obama’s or McCain’s? Or who do you hate worse: Bush or some people no one ever heard of until the election campaigns started? Biden goes off about McCain being Bush’s clone. Palin goes off about Obama being associated with criminals and anarchists. Is that really the substance of this election? Now you know why I’m not voting. Fact is Obama will change things and that frightens me. Fact is McCain won’t change much, if anything, and that frightens me too; perhaps more so.

Well, as I said, I’m not voting for either of them in the election. I dislike both candidates for a number of reasons and I am protesting both parties and their inability to put forth a candidate who matters. McCain is like Bush; looks like Chaney; acts like Bob Dole. Obama is like his past; acts like Clinton; and talks like the Rock. (Obama is not Messiah, and he is not JFK. He’s more Clinton (Bill) than anyone.) But when it gets right down to it, whose associations are the worst of the two? The question is, whom do we distrust more: George W Bush or Wright, Resko, and Ayres? I’m not voting for either, but I’ll say this much: I’d much rather have four more years of George W Bush than four years of Wright, Resko, and Ayres.

jerry

PS–as a side note, the Democrat party has been telling America for 8 years that George W Bush doesn’t care about us because he is too closely associated with ‘big oil’ and Haliburton and ‘the rich and powerful.’ Now, all of the sudden, they want me to just accept Senator Obama without any reference to the people he associates with (Wright, Resko, etc.). How am I to do this? If I should worry about Bush because of his ‘oil’ connections, should I not worry more about Obama’s connections to criminals?

PPS–I don’t mind if Bush’s economic strategies continue. In his 8 years, I have eliminated considerable debt, paid off my van, and bought my first house. I’m not terribly concerned about McCain’s continuation of Bush’s ‘failed’ economic strategy. It has worked for my family, praise be to God.

Friends,

My previous entry gave several reasons why I am not voting for either presidential candidate in the upcoming elections. I stand by my decision. Now I have yet another reason not to vote: Leo says I should.

Film stars including Forest Whitaker, Leonardo DiCaprio and Dustin Hoffman joined forces with Google on Wednesday in a campaign to get US citizens to vote in the coming presidential election.The celebrities make rapid-fire appearances in a “5 Friends” YouTube video that warns people their rights and futures are at stake and implores them to wield power over the outcome by voting.

In keeping with the video title, the movie stars urge people to send “5 Friends” so it spreads, as one actress comically put it, “rampant like herpes but for a positive.”

“If you’re not going to vote I don’t even know what to say to you anymore,” DiCaprio says after the video turns serious. “You know you have to vote.”

There you go. I refuse to anything that someone tells me to do especially when that someone is a nut-job like Leonardo DiCaprio. If voting is so imperative that someone like Leo needs to go stumping for it, then it must not be all that imperative after all. I love all these Hollywood people telling me what I am to think, how I am supposed to be concerned about the world.

The video they produced is a profanity laced, vulgar piece of nonsense from the likes of Rainman, Spiderman, Kelso, Monica, Leo,–who used to roll with Kirk Cameron in Growing Pains–and other, lesser known celebs. Oh, Hollywood says we should vote, so we really should vote. The world will end tomorrow if we don’t vote.

In related news, Hollywood is thinking about going on strike again.

If the members of Hollywood are saying that voting in 2008 is something I must do then I absolutely refuse to listen to them or obey them. Blah. Blah. Blah.

Right. Whatever.

Friends,

Here I am too early in the morning thinking about politics. I am troubled by something and I cannot seem to shake it out. I’m thinking about the upcoming presidential election and the constant bombardment of advertising that panders to Christians in an attempt to wrangle a vote from them. McCain thinks he owns that vote because of Palin on the ticket; Obama is doing his best to convince Christians that he is just as worthy of that vote. I belong to a Kingdom that is not of this world, thus I do not need to fight for the kingdoms of this world–or their kings.

I’m not voting for either one. I have never missed an election since I first became eligible to vote at 18. It has been instilled in me by politicians, teachers, parents, peers, preachers–everyone seems to think that the Christian has some necessary obligation to vote just because the Christian happens to be an American. I love how they harden us for battle by informing us of all the terrible things that will happen if we vote for this one while failing to remind us of all the terrible things that will happen if we vote for that one. We are wowed and moved by stories of those who ‘gave their lives so that you can live in a free country and vote.’ I think there is not a little midrash involved in those stories (the fella sitting in a fighting hole during the Bulge was not thinking of my voting rights). We are told hero stories, with romantic nostaligia, of the wars fought against tyranny and how voting should be considered a privilege, an honor, and the highest of all civic responsibilities. I am beginning to rethink all that and I have not missed so much as a local election in 20 years–even when I was in college.

This year I am perplexed by the candidates. I have never liked McCain or his ‘maverick’ politics–which were nothing more than his own push for power. I don’t like Obama because his liberal politics will certainly not benefit anyone in this country–except the rich, the very people he claims to despise and detest. And, to be sure, who cares about the VP. Thomas Jefferson, if I recall correctly from a book I read, considered it one of the most worthless positions in Washington. I’m not voting for McCain just because he chose Palin to be his VP running mate; I’m not voting for Obama just because he didn’t choose Hilary.

You see, politicians–as much as they claim the opposite–are interested only in the power. They are not interested in serving or leading. They are interested in followers, disciples, and power. When I vote, I become a part of the problem, not a part of the solution. When I vote, I put them in power and inflate their sense of importance or I help slake their thirst for power. When I vote I feed their hunger and thirst, not for righteousness, but for power. The Jesus way is not one of power, but crucifixion. I don’t think the power of Jesus, his rule or his reign, needs to be amplified by my participation in ‘getting the right man into the White House.’ It seems to me that only Christians who think there ‘is a right man,’ or that they will somehow benefit from ‘the right man,’ or lack the confidence that is afforded by hope in Christ are terribly concerned about who the next president will be.

The White House does not exist to advance the cause of Christ or to pray for his reign to last forever. The White House exists to serve the powers, and rulers, and principalities that govern this present darkness–the very enemy that the Christian is exhorted to take up arms against (Ephesians 6). It doesn’t mean that I hate America. It means that America is not my destiny or my salvation. I’m not free because I live here, because I freely elect leaders, or because I paying taxes on time keeps me out of jail. I am free because I belong to Jesus–regardless of who the elected power happens to be. I don’t think it is enough for a Christian to vote in an election just so that the Christian ensures her own personal liberties are protected by those in power. Power is not the protector or guardian of Christian faith and practice.

Nor do I think the cause of Christ is advanced simply because the right man, supported by the right people in congress, nominates the right person to sit on the bench of some court. Humans do not dispense justice; they hand down judgments. Judgments are not always justice, nor are they always right. And how can humans make those sort of choices anyhow? The ‘right people’ have, in the eyes of all those who elect them and nominate them, always been on the benches of our courts. ‘The right person’ is a terribly subjective idea. My idea of the ‘right person’ is not anything like social liberal’s idea of the ‘right person.’ So who’s to say? My particular choice is not necessarily God’s particular choice and Scripture is rather clear that it is only his choice that matters. (His choice of leadership is always Jesus, btw.)

I’m not saying there is not truth. On the contrary: there is. What I am saying is that The Truth is not man’s truth or man’s idea of truth. Furthermore, Jesus does not need ‘the right people’ in order to accomplish his purposes on this earth. Rome thought Herod was ‘the right man’ for the job back in his day. Jesus’ response to Herod was something like, ‘You go and tell that fox that I will do what I want to do, on my time-table, and he will neither hinder or enhance my work.’ In other words, Jesus has his own agenda that has nothing to do with who is or is not in power. Jesus has only one agenda: His own. We can neither stop it nor start it. I sometimes wonder if we even participate in it.

I think I have more to say on this, but I’ll end with one more thought. You see, I’ve been reading Psalm 61 this morning which is a decidedly political Psalm. He talks about the Lord ‘increasing the days of the king’s life, his years for many generations.’ He talks about the king being ‘enthroned in God’s presence forever.’ But this is not ordinary king, I think, because even this king says, “I long to dwell in your tent forever, and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.” He also wrote, “Then I will ever sing in praise of yoru name…” This king, David, knew didn’t he: Flesh cannot reign forever. David knew the true King and prayed that God would increase his reign.

You see, I think I can afford to skip this election because I am not putting my hope in politicians. I am not putting my hope in the supreme court or those who sit on the benches. (Would it be the worst thing in the world if Christians in America all of a sudden started losing rights they now enjoy here in America? Have we proven more faithful to God because we possess those rights? I think not.) My hope is not in the White House. (I think too many theologians with bad theology have the ears of politicians now and it has cost the world a great deal of time, money, and life.) I am not putting my hope in the sort of king who will not be ‘enthroned forever.’ (The same arguments for why I should elect someone every four years are spoken every four years and NOTHING ever changes. NOTHING. Has anyone ever noticed this?) Frankly, I’m not putting my hope in people who have nothing in mind but their own power, their own ambition, their own prestige. I’m not putting my hope or trust in anyone who thinks they can alter human history and desires to do it. Nor am I trusting anyone who thinks he can undo 200 years of human corruption in a matter of four years. Both of those ego-maniacs think they can; I’d have more respect if they admitted that the odds were not in their favor at all.

Our help is not in politicians.
Our refuge is not in politicians.
Our power is not in politicians.
Our worship is not of politicians.
Our dwelling is not with politicians.
Our prayers are not answer by politicians.
Our protection is not from politicians.

Our hope is not because of politicians.

Besides, according to the Scripture, I am an alien and a stranger in this land. Perhaps I don’t even possess voting rights after all. I pray that God’s will be done, I just think this year I am going to let it be done with regard to politicians instead of being so anxious to accomplish it for him. This year, I am going to trust that “His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation…” (Daniel 4:34, 6:26, 7:27). And that will be enough.

Semper Deo Gloria!

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