WE DEEPLY REGRET SAYING THE SAME THING ...
but we are still having computer problems, and like it or not, those
problems seem to be something we are going to have to endure
for another week or two. It is our problem -- not yours -- and we
promise to continue the same level of research, and the same
level of honest, no-holds-barred expressions of the Christian and
Conservative viewpoint on current events. We continue to receive
messages from our readers thanking us, and telling us that they
can't find a similar approach to important issues any where else.
Without debating the accuracy of that statement, we join in the
affirmation of Franklin Graham in a recent issue of "Decision"
magazine: "I won't back down ... I won't shut up ... I can't
help it. It's in my DNA. I am a Christian."
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IT IS MORE AND MORE IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO
DISMISS THIS QUESTION: "WHY DOES OBAMA
CONTINUE TO GO AGAINST OR IGNORE THE
OPINIONS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?"
Two issues ago, on Feb. 24, we used this headline to open our
discussion: "Washington is out of touch with, or ignoring
the opinions of most of the American people." Last week
we referred again to that headline, and now this week we find
it still to be timely and applicable.
As last week closed, Mr. Obama had summoned Democrat
members of Congress who were undecided on their positions
on Obamacare, and urged their support for his plan, even going
so far as to say that a timely passage of the measure was
important to the success of his presidency. And along with that
directive, he also set another deadline for bringing the bill to his
desk for signature: March 18, well before the upcoming Easter
Congressional recess and just prior to his overseas trip to
Guam, Australia and his old homeland, Indonesia, where he
lived and grew up in the world's largest Muslim nation.
Nationally syndicated columnist, Matt Towery, expressed our
opinion and our conviction extremely well in these words, "In
my entire career, I have never been as confounded as I am
over President Obama and the Democratic leadership's
obsession with a piece of legislation that not one major
national poll has shown to be popular. A quick glance at
this week's surveys shows about a 10 percent spread
between those who favor the latest health care legislation
and those who oppose it."
To express Mr. Towery's viewpoint in actual poll results,
here are the figures as this week began: Most US voters
-- 55% -- would prefer to see Congress and the president
scrap the present Obamacare plan, and start over with new
and fresh ideas. Only 37% now think it would be better to
build on the present drafts of the plan. Some poll results
have shown as many as 73% favoring scrapping the present
proposals. And on an overall basis, as of this week, 53% of
American voters oppose the health reform concept with only
42% favoring it. Further, poll figures released just yesterday
disclose that 57% of Americans believe this health reform
plan will hurt the economy, with only 25% believing it will
help the economy. The reasons for this continued ignoring of
the expressed opinions of the majority of the American people
by the Obama administration are difficult to grasp. You find
yourself wondering what it is about all the poll numbers that
they don't understand.
And this attitude on the part of the Obama administration and
the Democrat controlled Congress is finding expression in
other polls which have been reported in recent days. For
example, 40% of American voters, nationwide, give President
Obama good or excellent marks for leadership, while 41%
rate the president's performance as poor. Those are the lowest
rates for his presidency to date. And his daily performance
rating index remains mired in negative double digits at -19,
just two points above his all time low of -21.
Also reaching the lowest level of confidence since Obama
took office last January, now only 25% of voters say the
country is heading in the right direction.
All of which brings up a slightly different consideration:
"How the decisions and actions of the Obama administration
affect us as Christians in America." Here are just two very
current examples to consider:
(1) We have often cited comments by Gary Bauer, long time
Christian and Conservative activist, based in Washington, and
close to action on the federal front. Recently in his column "End
of Day" he cited this frightening situation: "Two of our most
cherished freedoms are found in the First Amendment –
the freedom of speech and freedom of worship. In one
recent move, the Obama administration assaulted both.
Four months ago, Tony Perkins, president of the Family
Research Council and a Marine veteran, was invited to
speak at a prayer lunch at Andrews Air Force base. But
the chaplain’s office recently rescinded the invitation. In
a letter, the chaplain told Tony that he was being disinvited
'due to statements posted on the Family Research Council
web site which are incompatible in our role as military
members who serve our elected officials and our commander-
Our comment: Did Mr. Perkins or the Family Research Council
do anything to advocate the overthrow of the US government?
Hardly. It goes back to Obama's State of the Union speech where
he urged Congress to repeal the current law of "Don’t Ask, Don't
Tell" with respect to homosexuals in the armed services. Mr.
Perkins had merely expressed his opinion that the present law
should not be repealed -- an opinion shared by some high ranking
military officers. It is a matter of concern for all Christians when
such control of thought and speech can be forced upon the
American people. This could well be just the first open violation
of our First Amendment rights by the Obama administration.