To wrap up this brief summary of the views of the American
people, according to a new national poll a majority of
Americans think the present federal government -- the
Obama government -- poses a threat to the constitutional
rights of American citizens. 56% of the people questioned
in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released
last week say they think the federal government has become
so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to
the rights and freedoms of ordinary American people.
"What can we, as Christians, do?" We have always prefaced
the answer to this question by urging that as Christians we
should pray for our president and leaders of our government.
This is not a suggestion that we formulated ourselves, but is
a direct admonition from Paul in I Tim. 2:1-4 where he urged
that prayers be offered "for kings, and for all that are in
authority," and for this reason, "that we may lead a quiet
and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty," And he
gave as the justification, that "this is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Saviour."
We have received several comments from our readers that
they found it difficult to pray for our president, and in that
respect we have always urged that we pray for our leaders
to be given wisdom in governing our nation.
And so this week we repeat that urging, and also add the
other important element that we add action to our prayers,
and exercise our privilege to vote for people of character
to replace many who are currently in Congress. The
election day is Nov. 2 of this year, now just 244 days
away. On that day every Representative in Congress
will be face election, as will about one-third of Senators.
From time to time we have mentioned electoral contests
which are of interest to our readers in specific states. To
those names already suggested, here are a few more races
which are important, and which merit consideration: In
Delaware, Republican Congressman Mike Castle seems
to be leading Democrat Chris Coon; in Colorado, Jane
Norton, Republican holds a slight lead over Democrat
Michael Bennett. and in North Carolina, Republican
Richard Burr hopes to hold his seat in the Senate. As
election day draws closer, we will update some of the
important choices which voters in various states will have.
Side note on health care: Danny Williams, the Premier
of Labrador and Newfoundland, had heart surgery this
month in Florida, choosing to by-pass his country's
state-run system for American medical care. Many are
now asking the obvious question: "If Canadian government
sponsored care is so good, why didn't he stay home and
be treated there?" This is being seen as an indictment of
Canada's government-run health-care system and evidence
that America's health-care system remains superior. One
hopes that someone will point this out to Mr. Obama, Ms.
Pelosi and Mr. Reid.
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Here are few "Others are saying" comments you may not
read elsewhere. . .
From Pat Buchanan, a one sentence summary of our two wars:
"U.S. casualties are rising in Afghanistan even as Iraq's
elections, which are to lead to a U.S. withdrawal, appear
to be moving that country back toward a Sunni-Shia and
Arab-Kurd sectarian and civil war."
Ronald Kessler: "Obama’s lack of basic executive
competence should come as no surprise. Beyond his own
campaign and his senatorial office, Obama never ran
Chris Carmouche (in GrasstopsUSA): "Barack Obama,
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are on a Kamikaze run. They're
going to try to force government-run health care down our
throats and they're even willing to kill their own political
careers, Democrat majorities in Congress, and the United
States of America in the process."
Christopher Ruddy: "Barack Obama’s “glory days,” as
Bruce Springsteen might have called them, are quickly
becoming a thing of the past. No president has ever come \
into office with so much anticipation — and no president
has seen his approval ratings crumble so quickly, at least
as long as such statistics have been kept.
Ron Ewart: "Every single definition for the word "folly"
fully describes what is transpiring in the great United States
of America ... Never has a culture worked so hard to tear
itself apart. One might think that America and the American
people have a death wish, or are out to commit seppuku. If
ever the phrase "stupid is, as stupid does" was relevant, it
sure applies in the case of an America out to do injury to
itself. If it wasn't so serious, it would be funny."
And as usual, a few more of the "One Liners" you seem
to enjoy, and which we found in our research this week:
“This president is a real slow learner.” -- Oscar Goodman,
Mayor of Las Vegas
"The great virtue of a free market system is that it does
not care what color people are; it does not care what
their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce
something you want to buy." -- Milton Friedman
"'Change' and 'Corruption' both start with 'c' ... and so
does 'Congress.' For some reason Congress more
readily embraces the latter over the former 'c' in
practice." -- Paul Jacob
“If I had a choice of the Republican Party’s problems
right now or the Democratic Party’s problems, I think you
could triple the Republican Party’s problems and I’d still
rather have their problems than the problems facing
Democrats.” -- Charlie Cook, Editor, Cook Political Report
Some Random Afterthoughts . . .
We continue to be impressed and should never forget or
"My ardent desire is, and my aim has been... to comply
strictly with all our engagements foreign and domestic; but
to keep the United States free from political connections
with every other Country. To see that they may be
independent of all, and under the influence of none. In
a word, I want an American character, that the powers
of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and
not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to
be respected abroad and happy at home."
-- George Washington, 1775