Archive for October 23rd, 2010

The Huffington Post published an article, “Which God Blesses America.” I do not think I will get any compensation by its mention, but having read the article at the propmotion of a friend, I found it atheistic, somewhat controversial, and self promoting. The article writers have a book on the subject.

The writers, Paul Froese and Christopher Bader, take a critical look at the political use of saying “God” or “God bless America.” My own observation on the phrase is if it is just a sentence it is meaningless. If if is a request to someone who is able to fulfill the request – as in “God, bless America” – then there is merit to the request. But the article really does not say┬áto which deity is being referred.

The article takes an atheistic analysis of “God” in the Amercian culture – incidently, to hawk their book. “God” as defined in general within the article is some intangible deific entity that may or may not interact but the mere mention of his name in politics is enough to cause confusion. They should have further defined their use of the word ‘god’ – which has European origins.

The US is a polytheistic nation. Freedom of religion within the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to have or not to have a deity/deities. What is not stated is the demographic mix of those observing specific religious practice. The largest demographic would be the entirity of Christians in the US; thus a reference to ‘God bless America’ and a concern whether the POTUS is Christian or Muslim.
What drives more Christian concern, thus driving toward the Republican party, is the position of the Democratic party and others in regards to Judeo-Christian doctrines. While the Republican party is not fully aligned with Judeo-Christian principles, it is closer for those who are conservative in their Christianity, in their outlook toward government, and in their regard toward the rule of law. These things are not held so strongly currently be the vocal members of the Democratic party – where a minority of more vocal … dare I say … radicals are currently holding sway.
Since there are many ‘gods’ or deities observed [or not observed] in the USA, it would simplify things for many if writers of rhetoric, argument, and articles would define just what and who they mean when they say “God.” I am certain that the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob/Israel, Jesus, and me would appreciate it. He is tired of getting a bad rep for other deities’ sloppy work.

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A friend of mine sent me this link to a video of US Rep Michelle Bachman (R-MN) discussing the currying of favor by individuals and their success through their US Representative or Senator. Is that what our country has become?

Link: Gangster Government

What Rep Bachmann describes is not a constitutional republic or democracy. What Rep Bachmann describes is an aristocratic oligarchy of autarchs who laud out favors as liege lords. Sad if this is continually allowed to exist. Break out your dictionary if that did not make sense. You need to know what people in your community are doing to garner special favors from their liege lords … I mean US Representatives and Senators.

These people in Congress enjoy multi-year terms and a certain level of expectation that there is not enough dissatisfaction with what they are doing to get them fired: aka, unelected. They can easily become or develop the mentality that they are the new aristocracy and in office for life. In many ways they already are. They determine their own pay raises and make you pay for it out of your taxes. They determine what you can and cannot do. In several instances, they do not apply to themselves the rules they apply to you.

If, as Ms Bachmann asserts, an autarch … sorry, a US Representative or Senator can go to a private or nationalized corporation and exert their influence to give favor, what does that say of our national government?

My question is – as we come to the elections this November 2nd – what are we willing to tolerate?

Do we pursue with vigor a conservative, constitutional republic as the Tea-Partiers promote, or do we tolerate the status quo and sit in the pot as the water slowly comes to a boil as toads oblivious to the heat?

There is a lot of reflection back to the Federalist Papers and other writings of the Founding Fathers. What is most often missed is the seriousness of their commitment. Failure menat their certain and public death. Failure meant their families’ certain enslavement or public death. All of their property, inherited heirlooms, and future were forfeit at failure. I argue that there would be many Tories and Loyalists numbered among those supposing leadership today.

What price victory? All, sir. All.

Please reread your US Constitution and Declaration of Independence. They are worthwhile to read and know. Do not guess or lean to opinion. Know the matter yourself and argue the same. If you do not, there is a description from the Judeo-Christian Bible where Samuel the prophet tells the people about the kindness of kings. Absolute rulers only take. They do not give.

If you do not stand at the cost of a little inconvenience now, you may not have a choice in your inconveniences later.

Go vote.

Cross posted from: Dallas Church and State Examiner

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