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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Smear Campaigns

I have not pictures. No cute quote boxes. Nothing but a heart saddened by what I see in the news everyday.

Politically incorrect gossip bloggers are doing their best to tear down a 17 year old girl who exercised bad judgment and is now living with the responsibility of such choices... All in the name of Democrats and Republicans. It just makes me sad.

I'm political - I don't talk about it here and I know there will be those who differ with me ya'll, but I'm conservative to my core. I must admit that I have not been excited about this year's presidential race, Sarah Palin gave me reason to hope again. I have been following the political scene since Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain clinched their respective party nominations and my poor husband has been subjected to all manner of political news programs... But, we both like Sarah Palin.

Then the news broke yesterday about her family and I wanted to cry. Where has this country gone wrong?

A 17 year old girl made a morally irresponsible decision and all of a sudden her mother is neglecting her family. YA'LL. An American President had a MORAL. INDISCRETION. in the OVAL. OFFICE. And it was none of our business?

Our society is gossip rag driven and though Sarah Palin and her family are all together human - I think she is the kind of politician that this country needs. The kind who makes the career insiders shake in their boots.

Okay and can I say just one more thing? (Go ahead, Michelle, it's your blog.) Okay, I think I will. - For those of you thinking I am crazy. Well flat out. I. JUST. MIGHT. BE.

All the politicians in this country have had it wrong for a long time. They talk about Democracy - our nation is NOT a democracy - my right eye it is a democracy. We are a republic. We are not ruled by majority. Even the popular vote does not really land us an elected official anywhere but on the local level - We have an electorate who casts votes, too (And that is who really counts opinion wise). We are ruled by Law that has in place a system of checks and balances - not popular citizen opinion - though I would guess you would have a hard time convincing some "legislate from the bench" federal and supreme court judges of that little truth. So... Okay, my point.

Anybody here remember George Orwell's happening little novel 1984? Yeah, well me, too. Something about "New Speak" redefining terms to convince people that something was so when it was not. We are living in it and Big Brother is more than a television show. He's watching honey-chile... He's watching, oh yes he is. RFI chips, identity theft, wire tapping... In case you were wondering - Big Brother is the enemy's idea... Oh Yes, I believe it is.

Oh and there is this little issue of the arabic countries who are buying our national debt and banks... Lock, Stock and Barrel. They won't have to take us by force, they will just repossess what they have already paid for. And, they are saying we are increasingly becoming a bad credit risk.

I love ya'll and this country, and I'm praying like everything that God does not turn us over to what I see on television everyday cause it is just plain scary - SCARY. I fear God and I know He sets up kings and deposes them. He will let us go into captivity to accomplish His purposes if we become a nation that has forsaken Him and does not heed His call to turn back. We must pray, we must pay attention and we must stop killing off the next generation of our country while we forsake God as a nation in the name of freedom. Oh, and WE. MUST. VOTE.

Now Read:

2 Chronicles 6:26-42 NIV is Solomon's prayer to dedicate the temple to God: " 26 "When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and confess your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, 27 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance. 28 "When famine or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers, or when enemies besiege them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come, 29 and when a prayer or plea is made by any of your people Israel—each one aware of his afflictions and pains, and spreading out his hands toward this temple- 30 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive, and deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of men), 31 so that they will fear you and walk in your ways all the time they live in the land you gave our fathers. 32 "As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm—when he comes and prays toward this temple, 33 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name. 34 "When your people go to war against their enemies, wherever you send them, and when they pray to you toward this city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name, 35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. 36 "When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near; 37 and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, 'We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly'; 38 and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name; 39 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you. 40 "Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 41 "Now arise, O LORD God, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. May your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, may your saints rejoice in your goodness. 42 O LORD God, do not reject your anointed one. Remember the great love promised to David your servant."

2 Chronicles 7: 21-16 NIV is ringing in my head as God replied: "12 the LORD appeared to him at night and said: "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. 13 "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there."

POLITICAL. RANT. OVER.

3 comments:

Denise said...

Amen, you go girl.

heartafire said...

I appreciate your point of view. However, my problem with Sarah Palin as VP is different than what you espouse. She might make a fine VP, or even President. But the problem is, she already has a fulltime, God-given job. If I had a 4-month old special needs baby, and my 17 yr. old daughter was about to make me a grandmother, and I had a couple of other children as well, I would certainly at least consider that my career and mission field were right at home.

Angela; said...

Hi Michelle. I read about you on Gayle's blog and now have added you to my Bloglines because you're such an encouragement.

I appreciate your thoughts. Here's a couple other places I've been reading in the last few days:

Amy's Humble Musings:
www.humblemusings.com

and...

Barbara Curtis:
www.mommylife.net

Both interesting.