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Election 2008 and the lure of money

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Most news and polling sources put the economy as the top election issue this year with taxes, and healthcare costs also amongst the top running positions.  Of course, both presidential campaigns are hitting it hard telling Americans how they are going to ease our financial worries.  Who isn’t aware of each camps big gun financial cures aimed right at middle America.

Obama/Biden ’08 touts,

  • Cut taxes for 95 percent of workers and their families with a tax cut of $500 for workers or $1,000 for working couples.
  • Provide generous tax cuts for low- and middle-income seniors, homeowners, the uninsured, and families sending a child to college or looking to save and accumulate wealth.
  • while McCain/Palin pushes,

    By making the tax code more equitable and transparent, John McCain will give every family a refundable tax credit – cash towards insurance – of $5,000 (Individuals receive $2,500).

    No doubt, either of these proposal looks rather appealing for our family of four and probably most average American.  Both candidates are right on target.  I’ve got to admit this dirty little secret; even as a clearly conservative guy, it has crossed my mind that if Barack Obama were to win the election, my family might make out pretty good under his tax plan.  Yes, it was a scary moment when I found myself being lured towards the Obama/Biden side over the prospect of more money.  But you know, John McCain’s plan also looks pretty appealing. 

    However, with money in the forefront of this election, both camps are really loading down the voters with economic proposals, tax proposals, finger pointing, information and misinformation.  Right now, I find it next to impossible to choose between the candidates based on how it will effect my wallet.   To my great fortune though, I am a Christian.  And even though I was lured for a moment to consider how this election might impact my finances; at the behest of God’s Word, I have set aside the lure of money and will make my decisions on more important grounds.

    Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  

    Hebrews 13:5 NIV

    And with the lure of money set aside, the differences between the two presidential candidates is quite stark.   I find Barack Obama praising and promoting secularism in our society, promoting love of self over love of children, and preaching the false gospel that all roads leading to God

    All are ideals and acts which seem abhorrent to leaders in the John McCain campaign.  Additionally with a value driven person like Sarah Palin in the VP seat, electing John McCain could set the stage for 8 more years of moral driven leadership even beyond the 4 – 8 years of a John McCain presidency. 

     

    Quick chart from the

    2008 Christian Coalition’s Voters’ Guide

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    Sen. Fred Thompson Election Address

    Saturday, October 25th, 2008

    Sen. Thompson was my early pick for the presidential race and I still value his judgement and love his style.

    Sen. Fred Thompson’s Election Address can be found on his website, Fred Thompson Political Action Committe

    It’s not really about experience

    Saturday, October 25th, 2008

    sidebysideWhen you hear clamoring  about Sarah Palin being only a governor and therefore not experienced enough to be VP let alone P, I’d like you to consider a couple of things.

    First check the list below of former governors who became US presidents.  There are 20 of them, yes 20,  and even the short term governors include the likes of Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland, and the man on the right, Teddy Roosevelt.

    A state governor is a well documented and accepted prerequisite for the presidential office; the far left is just making noise.  However, I’ll grant that list of presidents with senatorial experience is probably equally as long.  One vast difference in experience though, between Sen. Obama and Gov. Palin, is that over the last couple of years that they have both been in office, Sarah Palin was focusing on the duties of her office and not campaigning to be a presidential candidate.

    Another vast difference is that democrats are asking us to give Sen. Obama on the job training in the oval office, while Sarah Palin as VP will be second for John McCain one of the most experienced Senators in US history.

    I believe the same reasons that has the far left clamoring about Sarah Palin are the same reasons that most Americans should welcome her leadership in our nation.  She believes in the regular old American values that made our nation great and she practices them at home and in office.

    Those who wish to change our nation to a secular socialist tasteless society are clamoring, while others like myself, who respect and believe in the nation our forefathers created, are casting our vote for the experienced McCain/Palin ticket.

    1. Thomas Jefferson, Governor of Virginia, 1779-81
    2. James Monroe, Governor of Virginia, 1799-1802
    3. Andrew Jackson, Governor of the Florida Territory, 1821
    4. Martin Van Buren, Governor of New York, 1829
    5. William Henry Harrison, Territorial Governor of Indiana, 1801-13
    6. John Tyler, Governor of Virginia, 1825-26
    7. James Knox Polk, Governor of Tennessee, 1839-41
    8. Andrew Johnson, Governor of Tennessee, 1853-57, Military Governor of Tennessee, 1862-65
    9. Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Governor of Ohio, 1868-72, Governor of Ohio, 1876-77
    10. Grover Cleveland, Governor of New York, 1883-85
    11. William McKinley, Governor of Ohio, 1892-96
    12. Theodore Roosevelt, Governor of New York, 1898-1900
    13. William Howard Taft, Governor of the Philippines, 1901-04
    14. Woodrow Wilson, Governor of New Jersey, 1911-13
    15. Calvin Coolidge, Governor of Massachusetts, 1919-20
    16. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Governor of New York, 1929-33
    17. James Earl Carter, Jr., Governor of Georgia, 1971-75
    18. Ronald Wilson Reagan, Governor of California, 1967-75
    19. William Jefferson Clinton, Governor of Arkansas, 1978-80, 1982-92
    20. George Walker Bush, Governor of Texas, 1995-2000

    Moral Compass

    Friday, October 24th, 2008

    As a Christian I turn to the word of God as a reliable moral compass. As a human I tend, too often, to put that compass in my pocket and chart my own course. I fallaciously believe that reliance on my God given intelligence alone, will keep me moving in the right direction. The reality is that when I find that I must backtrack from a dead end course or worse yet, completely lost; it is because I have kept that compass of God’s word in my pocket too long. But, God’s word is reliable and always sufficient for my needs; so I know that no matter how lost I am, I can pull that compass out; and off I go, back on the right course.

    bamatoonImagine the lives of people who choose never to use God’s moral compass. I don’t envy the danger and suffering that will befall them. And what of those who reject God and attempt life by their own moral code; those who create their moral compass? I can’t think of anything created by man that is perfect, nor even perfectly reliable. What kind of dangerous situations will an imperfect compass lead us into? And if the imperfect compass got us there in the first place, how will the same imperfect compass get us back on the right course? Won’t we be destined to follow one bad course after another, from one bad situation to another?

    And what of those who follow leaders who navigate this world without the aid of God’s moral compass? Will we end up stuck not being able to proceed ahead, or to the left, or to the right, and not favoring back tracking to our last bad situation? What kind of no where to turn moral mess will we find ourselves in? Bad I’m sure.

    Senator Obama claims to be a Christian, but I question his use of God’s moral compass. This article is from Newsmax, which I freely admit is conservative, but facts are facts and the quotes by this man who claims to be the hope of our nation are pretty damning.

    Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever.

    He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede — as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor — that these babies, fully outside their mothers’ wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact “persons.”

    “Number one,” said Obama, explaining his reluctance to protect born infants, “whenever we define a pre-viable fetus as a person that is protected by the Equal Protection Clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a — a child, a 9-month old — child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it — it would essentially bar abortions, because the Equal Protection Clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute.”

    obama-baby I think he needs to dig around in his back pack, because he’s obviously grabbed the wrong compass. No where in God’s word do I find instructions to legalize mothers, nor any one else to kill children. So whose compass is Mr. Obama following?

    I’m not sure of how I’ll react the first time I see someone with their child in an Obama onesie. I have a new found understanding of what it really means to be an Obama baby ’08.

    In another situation he claims explicitly to be following God’s moral compass on the issue of same sex unions/gay marriage.

    “I don’t think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state,” said Obama. “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans.”

    It is clear that we are instructed not to judge others and to accept all sinners just as we are sinners; but it is also abundantly clear that a marriage is a man and a woman. So has Mr. Obama grabbed the wrong compass again or is he misreading God’s directions? I suspect the answer is worse than either of those two choices. In fact it doesn’t get much worse than using God’s word to deceive others and further your own secular agenda.

    They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen.

    Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
    (Romans 1:25-27 NIV)

    I hardly think of that passage in Romans as obscure. Yes, unpopular amongst those who push to normalize this abnormal trait, but hardly obscure.

    How are we to be guided by Mr. Obama’s “moral” compass? Do we allow unwanted children to be killed? And if they cling to life in spite of our attempts, do we deny helping them and simply let them die? What if the child is genetically disposed toward homosexuality? Will they be afforded a different set of rules and perhaps allowed to live? Are you ready to follow a national leader who readily uses his imperfect compass? Lot’s of questions.

    In fact God’s word, our moral compass, makes short work of this mess.

    • Homosexual or heterosexual; we are all sinners one and the same, so everyone should be treated by the same set of rules and with the same decency and respect.
    • Make no attempts to purposely harm a child and every attempt to save them.

    Remember that God’s word is reliable and always sufficient for our needs; so I know that no matter how lost we are, we can pull His compass out and it will lead us on the true course.

    Originally posted March 9, 2008