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On the road with the candidate

Posted on April 2, 2010. Filed under: Christian American, Political Activism, Politics, Tea Party Movement | Tags: , , |

If I wasn’t spending so much time creating group and event pages on social networking sites, uploading pictures and current news of the candidate I am supporting I might have time to actually write more about said candidate and my experiences with such said candidate’s campaign!  Whew!

Last Saturday I had a rare treat. A glimpse into the life of a  grassroots candidate on his Saturday tour around his congressional district.  At a previous Meet & Greet for this candidate I had flippantly suggested to his communications director that I would love to be a “groupie” for a day.  Now, I say I said this flippantly because if the communications director didn’t bite on it I could save my dignity and say, “but I realize that wouldn’t be possible since I’m just a little rah-rah girl.” 

However, if this said PR guy did bite on it  I would be able to continue my secret wish of seeing first hand the workings of a political campaign.  He bit. I was scheduled to travel with candidate and staff of two.

My day started at 8:30AM when I put a call into the communications director to ask what the days events were and how I should dress appropriately.  We were scheduled inside and outside that day.  I sheepishly asked, “did I wake you up?”  What a silly question.  “No, was the response..My day started three hours ago with email and news alerts. We are jumping in the car now for our two-hour drive to you!”

My first scheduled appearance with the candidate this Saturday was a phone bank I had set up for him.  I was meeting several other volunteers willing to give two hours to work the phones identifying party supporters. If we identified who the voters are that will vote for our candidate without much prodding it will save campaign funds down the road sending mailings.

At 11 o’clock I arrived at the restaurant.  Twelve wonderful servants showed up to make calls, some nervously. At 11:05AM I received a phone call from my candidate that he was getting off the exit.  He was very excited to meet the folks and get us going on making calls.  We all scurried inside awaited his arrival.

Cheerfully, our candidate greeted us with a short synopsis of his platform and some current news related to his campaign.  He explained the phone bank process and his staff distributed the phone bank lists.  He ordered pizza and soda for the volunteers, answered a few questions, thanked everyone for their time and support and then excused himself to his next destination.

Since, this is where I jumped on the campaign express I kissed my kid, handed his baseball stuff to a friend who was taking him home for me, thanked my fellow volunteers for coming, grabbed my bag and steno pad and headed for the car with the candidate and campaign staff.

Now, the phone bank was somewhat in the boonies and the next event was in the boonies in a different part of the district.  The directions acquired by the communications director would have routed us from the opposite direction.  So, my value on this expedition increased immediately as I was able to direct us via back roads to the protest rally we were heading too.

As we pulled up to the rally we could see about 50 patriotic citizens assembled at the gate of a national wildlife preserve. This group had assembled for what they called a “for the birds” protest rally of wasteful spending of taxpayers money. Money going to haul dirt in to cover a runway so the birds would have a nice place to drop their droppings.

The candidate jumped from the car, almost before we came to a complete stop,  ready to engage the fired up crowd.  Later, his communications director would tell him that was the best speech he had heard my candidate give so far.  The mixture of zeal from the assembled “ticked off” citizenry and the crisp outdoor air added to the energy of the moment.

These generous community minded patriots quickly collected almost 900 dollars for the candidate by passing a hat. That is truly grassroots American generosity at its best!

After a quick walk around shaking hands and briefly answering questions we were back in the car. The communications director refocused the candidate.  The drive to the next event was about 40 minutes.  Enough time to go over the candidates presentation to the protestors. I informed this is “Critique of how candidate did” time. 

The consensus was Candidate had missed on two points and these needed correction.  ‘I give you a strong A for this time with the folks,”  communications director said.  “So do I!” chimed in campaign staffer and designated driver. That was real encouragement to candidate.

“Was there a reporter there?” someone asked.

“Yes.” I replied.  “He was standing to my left.”

My Candidate is trying out a new campaign slogan, “Had Enough?”  In earlier interchanges with voters he had received a less than enthusiastic response but, with this group of outdoor protestors he heard a boisterous “Yes!”  “We have had enough!”

“Next,” mumbled the communications director as he thumbed his blackberry, “we must address the question you will be hearing more often,  What is your opinion of the Tea Party movement and especially the claim the Tea Partier’s are racist?”

My ears perked. I was especially interested in this planned response from my candidate considering I am one of those Tea Partier’s.

Candidate didn’t hesitate and stated, “My response is, It’s wonderful more American’s are getting involved in the process. They may be some inappropriate sayings and signs but for the most part Tea Partier’s are great patriotic people and should be encouraged to continue to get active.”

Good answer.  I smiled.  Isn’t that what I’m doing right this very moment by sitting next to someone who could be described as “the nice guy next door” candidate in his less -then- prestigious car driving around a congressional district I didn’t even realize existed a year ago.

After peeling and eating a banana, candidate asked,  “Do we have time to stop on this leg for something to eat?”  “NO,” was the response.

I had stuffed the other half of a cream cheesed bagel into my bag just incase.  I offered it to Candidate.  To my amazement he humbly accepted it and didn’t waste a beat eating it.  We arrived at our destination sooner than planned and made a swing through McDonald’s for cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, and sodas.  I asked, as I unwrapped my sandwich, “is this really chicken?”  I can’t imagine a months long menu of fast food dining!

At senior center voters showed up, paid the entrance fee to hear our candidate and enjoy refreshments.  It was a nice affair with decorated red, white, and blue table, lottery for donated gifts, and generous contributions to the campaign.

Since I knew some of these awesome patriots from earlier jaunts to DC and local rallies and meetings it was a wonderful time of Tea Party networking for me.

After goodbyes  to the senior group and we were back in the car. This car time was the most interesting of the day for me. Early on in the day the communications director informed me that certain things were for “in the car discussion and certain things were Not for out of the car discussion.”  Boy, did I feel important to be “in on” the inside the car discussions!

Minutes later the candidate was stuffing some campaign papers inside the storage sleeve of the back side of the driver’s seat and pulled up a soft baby neck sleep aid.  The stuffing was oozing out of the torn edge.  “This is my son’s,” he said.  “When we are in the car and he is cranky we give it to him to rest his neck on.”  I responded,  “I think maybe we should get little son of candidate a new one!”   “Yeh,” he chuckled.  Obviously, missing the little guy that snuggled the familiar object.

I pondered what it must be like for a husband and father of such a young child to be away so much. It only served to reinforce my high opinion of this candidate.  He wasn’t in this just to win or for the money and prestige.  That reflective star out the window said, “I’m in this because I’m concerned for the future of my family…of my son.”

Rule # 2 of a campaign groupie: Realize that the amount of time, effort, emotional energy, and physical stamina required to win a campaign is doubled for the candidate.  All the more reason to know what his true motive to win is all about.

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pro life, What is your Choice? Part 3

Posted on January 28, 2010. Filed under: Christian American, Pro-Life | Tags: , , , |

I do not believe the government should have the right to control reproduction in any form. Neither, do I believe throwing money at special interest groups is the way to stop girls and women from aborting their unwanted babies. The only way to stop rampant abortion is to change personal conviction.

That will happen when one by one people come face to face with the atrocity of abortion; like the woman who, until recently, worked for Planned Parenthood, advocating for abortion rights until the day she actually viewed the horrific procedure on a television monitor. Today, she is a strong advocate for the rights of the pre-born. God made good out of evil.

Coming face to face with the horror of the abortion procedure may not even be enough to persuade some people this is an abominable practice. Many in American have become hardened and apathetic to pain, torture and brutality so,the bombing of abortion clinics does nothing to soften them to the plight of  the pre-born. True Right to Lifers do not condone these extremist acts but their cause is tainted by them.

In my opinion, abortion can not be legislated, especially, until abortion is called what it is, a crime against humanity. At the moment women are free to choose to keep a pregnancy or terminate a pregnancy based solely on her personal, moral and/or religious convictions. 

In this way, the fight against abortion is seen by many as a crisis of conscious and not a criminal act. This same crisis of conscious is seen as propaganda put forth by right wing Christian zealots who, supposedly want to subjugate women. Why should woman NOT be subjugated to the same laws of crime others are subjugated to. 

No, the pro-life issue must stay a moral and religious issue  i.e., a sin issue. How do we legislate sin?  To legislate sin you must follow the One that determines what sin is and on this issue we can agree,  American’s are truly divided. A woman need only to reject the One that would set such restrictions on her mind and body and then there is no real crisis of conscious.

Maybe, it’s just me but I don’t get the mantra “My body, my choice”. What does that really mean? If my body is connected to another body and  life sustaining fluid is running through and between us than I don’t entirely “own” my body all to myself, do I?  I’m sharing.  And lets be clear, babies don’t just jump into female uterus’s.  By individual choice they are invited there

Maybe I’m not as trendy as the next person but, I wouldn’t consider purposefully terminating  another living being’s life if I wasn’t willing to, also, sacrifice mine. To me this seems the height of hypocrisy. How many of us born to single moms (or in my case, to a mom neatly married before my birth) or born with some impediment asked our mothers why they were so stupid when they had a nice way out?

I have recently become involved in the Tea Party/ 912 movement. I have noticed that a large majority of the people I’ve met  are strongly opinionated advocates for the rights of the pre-born. However, I have also noticed that as the Tea Party movement has become more cohesive it has purposefully decided not to make the pro-life issue one of its main three platform issues.

Lower taxes, less government and free trade are the table legs supporting  the Tea Party platform.  At first this puzzled me and in fact I overheard many say they would have a hard time supporting the Tea Party movement if the pro-life issue was not included in the movement’s platform. But, I see the wisdom in the Tea Party’s thinking. When conservatives regain House and Senate seats in the coming elections many of those filling those seats will be pro-life conservatives.  Their moral convictions and integrity will have an impact in our ongoing campaign against abortion. This scares the “pooh” out of liberal, fanatic, better-get-out-of-our-way-pro-choicers!

No one can take a life without God’s permission.  It seems unconscionable that God would allow this. But God allows many wicked things.  One day He will deal with evil for the last time and all mankind will answer to Him for their deeds. If I didn’t believe this I would despair.

I lost a baby once. He died at 17 weeks in my womb. I asked my doctor allow me dilation and delivery instead of a D & C. It was an uncomfortable procedure but I was determined to preserve my baby’s dignity. When I delivered my son the nurses cleaned him, wrapped him in a blanket and put a tiny beanie on his head. As they laid him in the palm of my hand, my husband and I noticed he had his tiny left hand placed over his chest. We named him Seth David, the David for King David who’s whole heart was for God.

My husband and I marveled at how well formed he was at that young age, each extremity in place and fingers all fully formed, ears and genitals visible. It was hard to leave Seth David at the hospital and go home but we wouldn’t have changed that experience for anything. I will see him again. God gives life and God takes away and I am thankful I’ve chosen to leave that decision up to Him.

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Pro-life, What is your choice? Part 2

Posted on January 27, 2010. Filed under: Christian American, Pro-Life | Tags: , |

Originally, this blog post was only going to be a quick opinion on the pro-life movement, as I see it, considering the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade and the March for Life rally at DC.  Because, I am attempting to be kind to my readers and keep my posts under 800 words and, partly, because the issue has exploded on the national news scene in the last few days, I am making this a three part piece.  Here are my continuing thoughts on the subject.

What is the choice in pro-choice? What is it pro-choice women want to be able to choose?  Does the choice in the pro-choice movement guarantee you the right to choose or rather, is their primary agenda to force their pro-abortion choice on all Americans? Exploding this controversy, once again, on to the national stage is the breaking news story concerning Florida football player Tim Tebow. Tebow is asserting his constitutional rights and moral convictions by choosing to appear in a pro-life advertisement with his mother, sponsored by the Christian organization Focus On the Family to be aired during the upcoming Super Bowl.

The immediate grumbling from the pro-abortion groups would lead a person to believe they had viewed the advertisement, finding it to be offensive to their cause.  But, in reality, they haven’t even seen the add. They are arrogantly offended by the very fact that the add is simply going to be seen by millions of Americans; the story of a woman’s choice, many years ago, to choose life for her now celebrity son. I thought the choice in “pro-choice” meant a woman could choose life or death for her pre-born baby.  Or is the choice really only a choice to choose death via a multitude of abortion procedures, some more violent than others.

As to Tim Tebow, should he, as a successful young man and role model, not have the freedom to choose which side of the abortion issue he supports? And not only that, but, what about the American people. Are we so simple minded and fickle that we would chunk our convictions one way or the other by a simple 30 second advertisement?

What is it the pro-abortionists fear about this simple 30 second add? They fear the truth slipping out. They fear millions of Americans typing Tebow, abortion, and pro-life, into their internet browser during the next Super Bowl commercial break.   It won’t be but a few short minutes before the gripping reality hits.  There are many many pictures on line that will confirm, in startling clarity, life in the inner world of the womb is majestic, mysterious and real.  It is the world where the most fragile and innocent among us live.

While the answer to the pro-life/pro-choice debate seems simple to me, it isn’t for millions of Americans.  It goes deep, deep down into the very fabric of all we hold dear…namely, self. The argument of when life is actually viable life clouds the issue and is absurd. What does it matter? By the very debate one is acknowledging it is LIFE! Not, a swishing mound of mush, as I have already stated in my first post on this topic.

Self-centeredness and self -preservation are at the root of the abortion crusade. Self-preservation against the loss of youthful looks, loss of income and opportunities, and forced responsibility. What I don’t see happening is the preservation against inevitable consequences. And, do not be deceived, there are the potential for significant mental, emotional and physical consequences as a result of taking another’s life whether intentional or unintentionally.

And don’t even tell me millions of abortions are necessary because a case just might present itself whereby a woman may risk dying due to complications giving birth.  Please, that argument is so stale. Have you ever thought that a mother might rather die in childbirth if it meant giving life to her child?

I truly am ashamed that anyone thought they were doing me a favor to give me the right to kill. What next, a women’s right to eat her young if it would keep her from starving in times of intense hunger?

Women have been given a pass on this criminal activity.  But, I don’t hold them totally responsible.  No, I hold as accessory to crime, all the fathers, boyfriends, and husbands who willingly dropped their daughters, girlfriends, and wives off at the local abortion clinic on a fine Friday afternoon.

If women want to exterminate their young I call them barbarians and their actions barbaric. They will not escape the consequence of their actions. Few if any do.  Some day a greeting card will arrive with a beautiful picture of an infant, or the would have been mother will be introduced to a little curly headed boy or girl roughly the age of her child, were he or she living; or she may fall victim to painful irregular menses or possible sterility.

I am interested in whether women are being given the whole truth about the pro-choice propaganda machine.  Choice may not necessarily mean you have the choice to choose life.

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Pro Life, what is your choice?

Posted on January 24, 2010. Filed under: Christian American | Tags: , , |

A great poet once wrote…

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. 
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.” King David

Do you remember your mother’s womb? Chances are if you are reading this you survived it. I find it hard to wrap my head around God, in there tinkering away, carving me in to the adorable little button-nose, blue-eye bombshell, that I was.

It only takes a quick Google search to discover that life in the womb is both miraculous and majestic and I haven’t found a photo yet, taken by highly specialized equipment and professionally trained video-photographers, that revealed a swishing sloppy mound of mush.

How is it that in this modern world we are so ignorant of the true miracle of life?  With precision instruments and technology we are able “to go where no man has gone before.” For all of Americas great fascination with “other worlds”,  packing theaters recently to be the first in line to view Avatar, we have a strange lack of interest in the “inner world” of the human womb. Many who have dared to explore it have been captivated by it, never to be the same.

Do you know, exactly, how you got to be you? No? That’s because your “life” is a mystery. The creation of life is a supernatural event. Fireworks went off somewhere the moment you were conceived, well, close to it anyway. This supernatural mystery is the most misunderstood and, unfortunately, most abused phenomenon in all of humankind.

Every great society has practiced some form of child sacrifice.  From ancient Canaan and Phoenicia where infants and toddlers were placed on the golden, fire engulfed arms of the pagan gods Moloch and Kronos, respectively, to ancient Rome and the  rampant practice of infanticide.  In each of these great periods of time child sacrifice was practiced as a way to appease a false god  whether it was these gods or the god of licentious living.

I ask you me, if these great societies didn’t believe that their WAS a God and he operated the controls of life and death, health or disease, feast or famine would they really burn their children alive to satisfy him?

The history of United States of America parallels in many respects the rise of past great civilizations, most especially ancient Rome. Among the roughly fourteen major similarities we share is the national licensing and protection of abortion rights. History records that for all their splendorous community living Romans were barbaric in many of their common practices.

I really don’t understand why we even have a “pro-life/pro-choice  issue” in this country and why it has managed to divide us for so long.  Have we, as Americans, forgotten so quickly.  Eighteenth century slaves were considered, in many parts of our country, as less human than otherwise decent society and therefore less worthy of decent treatment. Did we not lose hundreds of thousands of lives during the civil war? Was not their loss partially to settle the issue of human worth in this country?

The recent anniversary of Roe vs. Wade and the March For Life gives us pause to consider these troubling questions. For now, my  pondering will have to wait until tomorrow……tune in!

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What to Do With Scott Brown?

Posted on January 18, 2010. Filed under: Christian American | Tags: , |

It is a strange question and a puzzling place I find myself in.  I live in a state that neighbors Massachusetts. I am involved in the Tea Party and 912 movements. I get continuous email threads that support candidate Scott Brown. These Tea Party/ 912 groups predominantly have members who are fiscally, socially and morally conservative.  In my experience, most Tea Partier’s I have come in contact with support the right of the pre-born to experience life outside the womb.

So, as I watched the Tea Party/912 movement line up to endorse candidate Scott Brown of Massachusetts, running to fill the senate seat left vacant by deceased senator Ted Kennedy I enthusiastically jumped on board.  My initial perusal of his campaign platform seemed legitimate enough to have secured my approval that he is a “true conservative”. My husband and I sent money to the Scott Brown “money bomb” campaign. I signed on for his “phone from home” campaign, watched my tutorial on line and was ready to invest my time to help him, …until I received an email that linked an editorial that disclosed Brown’s pro-choice views.  I was stunned.  How is it I missed that? I asked myself.  Where did I get the idea that Scott Brown was pro-life?  What I gleaned from the article was that Brown is pro-choice but, anti- partial birth abortion. 

Now, I really am not all that excited about having to open that whole can of worms, but needless to say since I am troubled, I have too.  I have to because I decided not to make calls from home for Scott Brown based on the revelation of his pro-choice stance.  I don’t know if I were a resident of Massachusetts if I could vote for him.  Good thing I live across the state line! But soon enough, I know I will face that same dilemma in a race here in New York, where my vote DOES count.

So, the can of worms for me has been opened and I have to deal with it. Is Scott Brown just the lesser of two evils?  I am reminded of an election a year and half ago that a vote for John McCain was a vote for the lesser of two of evils.  Others felt that a vote for Barack Obama was a vote for the lesser of two evils.

I have been, basically, bed ridden the last two weeks from double surgery to my foot. I am using my time wisely, though, and I have been watching documentaries and researching on line America’s founding fathers and our founding documents.  It has been a great refresher for me and I highly recommend all Americans do it, especially those Americans involved in the Tea Party/912 movement.  I agree with other educated American’s that say that part of the reason we are in this national crisis is because we have forgotten what America really stands for.

I, for one, had forgotten a great deal of my American heritage.  As I watched and listened to the words and history of the revolutionaries fighting against the tyranny of England, and subsequent formation of a fledgling new country, I was struck by the life and trials of Thomas Jefferson. 

Thomas Jefferson appeared, by his writings, to have held contempt for the slavery of Blacks however, he owned many slaves.  He attempted, on many occasions, to insert wording in founding documents and legislation that would have freed the slaves. He worded the Declaration of Independence so craftily that it is a mystery as to whether he included the black man in his, “all are created equal” or not, all the while continuing to own and buy and sell slaves.  His life appears to be one of some hypocrisy. 

But, Jefferson’s personal conflict is not the purpose of this writing. What is ….is the moral situation the early founding fathers found themselves in and how it relates to today…this New Tea Party revolution…this twenty-first century moral dilemma,… the rights of pre-born, living infants carried in the wombs of American women. 

To say you are pro-choice (approve of the termination and removal of a live human being from the womb) but are anti- partial birth abortion procedure is, to me, like Jefferson saying…. “slavery is an abomination to God however, I find no fault with owning numerous slaves…after all they are only 3/5 of a man, not wholly man…regardless of the fact that the Declaration of Independence regards “man” as being equal in God’s sight.  It is different sides of the same “darn” morally conflicted coin.  How can it be okay to kill innocent life but be disgusted only by the “way “a person disposes of that life.  I just don’t get it.

I think Thomas Jefferson may have been one of history’s most misunderstood icons.  I’m not sure, and we may never know, why he penned the Declaration of Independence in such vagaries and then lived his life in hypocrisy to it.  But, I suspect Jefferson knew the opposition to even the discussion of the abolition of slaves was a monumental task.  I wonder if he rationed that it was better to overturn one stone at a time and deal with the snake hidden underneath than overturn too many stones at one time and have to deal with a den of snakes.  There is evidence he rationed that the issue was just too volatile at the moment and not entirely necessary to solve ,nor should it impede the progress of forming a more perfect nation…that God would necessarily have to stir the hearts of his pro-slavery colleagues to see the enormous moral error of their ways.

I don’t know but, what I do know is history shows Jefferson to have enjoyed his privileged lifestyle more than his conviction to fight for the abolition of slavery.  He compromised his convictions, maybe out of pure selfishness maybe, out of a progressing lifestyle of apathy to the sufferings of others.

What does this have to do with Scott Brown? 

Maybe, nothing for hundreds of thousands, no millions of conservative Americans now rallying around him, but for me, it is principle. What am I going to do as a conservative Christian American when it comes to my endorsement of fiscal and social conservatives who support the termination and disenfranchisement of millions of innocent, forgotten, pre-born Americans?  I don’t know, yet. But, I know I’m going to pause and reflect for a bit and I won’t be phone banking today.

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Thank goodness for Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid!

Posted on January 16, 2010. Filed under: Christian American | Tags: , , |

Thank goodness for Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid! Their charade of endless arrogance and snobbery is just what sit-at home, closet American patriots needed to get off their duffs and out the door to the nearest Tea Party or 912 rallies.  Finally, real American passion is being reignited for the American dream.  It’s a beautiful sight to behold and I, for one, am glad  I am witnessing it!

What is going on in this country is “historic” to quote the man, Barack Obama, himself.  It dwarfs the 1994 Contract with America. Maybe, I was just too ill-informed or ignorant of politics in 1994 but I don’t remember that election being hailed as a crisis of potential loss of American liberties and rights.  If it was, I just don’t remember it.  I was too busy raising children to be responsible, respectful, and patriotic Christian Americans.   However, that is how I view the current state of affairs, as an American crisis.  And to take a page from radicalism, we are foolish if we miss an opportunity to take advantage of this American crisis. 

The time for preparation is over.  The time for battle is now. We have dragged out our history books, dusted them off and reminded ourselves why we are angry. We are angry because the miracle of the First American Revolution is an arm’s length away from being taken from us.  Now is the time to put your forthrightness to the test.  Stop screaming at your TV and pc and instead get active, get involved, and get fired up! Call your friends, form a tea party or 912 group, find out how to become a committeeperson in your local precinct, help a conservative candidate win an election, or join your school board.

We are literally hanging on a precipice. It reminds me of the silly, but fun,  movie RV starring  Robin Williams . William’s RV gets stuck perched atop the pinnacle of the mountain and sways precariously back and forth.  It was either going forwards or that RV was swinging backwards. Either way, the ride was going to bumpy and a little too fast for comfort.

Now, we all know movies are predominately forms of fantasy.  They do, after all, need to be entertaining in order for average Americans to shell out large amounts of money to watch them. But, willingly living  in a perpetual fantasy world makes us ripe for mind control and oppression. What is going on in our country isn’t a funny script line in a fantasy Hollywood movie.  No matter how much Mr. Obama walks, talks, and acts like a celebrity, he is NOT a celebrity and I am not entertained by his need to be loved by thugs over his need to do his job which is protect the liberties of American citizens not seize them.  What is it Queen Elizabeth is reported to have said on more than one occasion?  “We are not amused.”

I am not amused by his push to federalize, over-regulate, and over-tax everything I do; from what kind of toilet paper I can use, to what doctor I can see, to how much food, and what kind of food, I can eat, to how many children my children can have, to what television station or radio show I can listen to, to what size car I can drive, house I can live in, fabric my clothes can be made of, and on and on.  The backside of this RV is loaded down with enough freedom-sucking goodies  that the entire vehicle is in real danger of being dragged backwards down the mountainside into oblivion. 

But I am holding on to some Jeffersonian optimism and choosing to believe that American will not let that happen.

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PROUD TO BE A CHRISTIAN AMERICAN

Posted on January 13, 2010. Filed under: American Patriotism, Christian American | Tags: , , |

Well, I’ve had this blog page for two days now. And for two days I have puzzled over how to begin. The task of writing a blog seems a little daunting to me.  I don’t even have a title yet. But, I’m tenacious so I figured I just needed to type the first word and go from there. So, here is my first blog.

I am a proud American.  Not always proud of what America does. Not always proud of how Americans act to one another but, I am so proud and blessed to have been born in America. My husband and I have recently become involved in the Tea Party/ 912 movement in this country, after attending the 912 DC Rally along with 1.7 million other awesome Americans!  I have not ever felt the emotion of true patriotism as I felt it that day; marching down PA avenue carrying the American flag in front of me; looking side to side, front to back, as people spilled into every crevice of street and building, visible all the way down the Avenue.  It moved me.

We didn’t want to leave the lawn that afternoon but our stomachs were empty. Waiting in line at a local restaurant we asked to be seated outside, as did another couple from Indiana. We shared a table. In the midst of that three-hour conversation it became apparent my husband and I would come home and commit to do what we could to stop our country from slipping into Marxism.  In fact, we had already committed ourselves by even going to DC. Once we jumped on board the Tea Party Express (not the real Tea Party Express Bus organization!) we were hooked. We didn’t have a clue what our part in the movement would be or if there was even going to still be a “movement” after we all left DC and went to our respective states.

We came home, got online and searched for Tea Parties in our own community.  Today, four months later, we run a 912 group and belong to several other Tea Party groups and we have participated in many other rallies since 912 DC.  We are doing our part through phone calls, emails, precinct involvement, and contributions to help good candidates get elected now and in November. We are amazed to see this grassroots effort grow stronger every day.

However, even with all this positive enthusiasm and patriotic networking I have become increasingly torn, inside…like a double-minded man.  You see, I am not just an American.  I am a Christian American.  I am not just a proud American.  I am a “proud to be Christian” American. We love titles and labels in the USA so, I am giving myself one.

I am beyond fortunate to have been raised in a hardworking middle-class Christian family. I was taught respect for the authority God placed over me foremost, God’s authority and sovereignty in my individual life; respect for any elders; and esteem for wise elders; a good work ethic (if you don’t work you don’t eat); that the family is the institution of the Lord and is blessed by Him; that mother’s should be nurturers not just task managers; wives are equal to husbands in worth in God’s eyes but have different responsibilities.  Wives manage all affairs within the function and organization of the home.  Husband’s bring in the money to provide, and they cooperate with their wives in managing the home, discipline the kids and take on their God-given responsibility to discern what is best for the family and make the really tough decisions. I thank God he didn’t lay that burden on me. 

As a proud to be Christian American, I don’t’ see any way to restore America to her former greatness without Christ.  I just don’t see how that is possible.  America has been protected by God’s Spirit over the past two centuries because of the followers of Jesus Christ living within her borders; those that worship Him; those that pray without neglect for American and Americans; those that left and are leaving a Christian legacy to their children and grandchildren.  God is interested in Godly offspring…look it up…That is what He desires….that His People produce offspring that also worship and honor Him.  I see this slipping in America. Have American Christians failed to do what He requires?

One day I was on the phone praying with a friend after watching a piece of news that troubled my spirit.  My friend and I prayed…”Oh, God have mercy on our country, protect us, bless us, etc”.  Then, I returned to watching TV and was immediately confronted with a news story about a so-called Christian University providing a film class on the study of Vampires.  The teacher, and one of her students, was being interviewed.  I was sickened.

“Oh, God…,” it hit me.  How can I even approach Your throne and ask You to intercede for this country; bless and prosper this country when WE have turned our backs on Your Truth, Holiness, and Goodness.  When, as a nation, we pray and ask for Your help in times of need but refuse to stop participating in things You detest. Each time we do that we are using You. We are abusing Your longsuffering; taking Your longstanding loving smile on America as license to continue down a path of disobedience and wickedness. And, I don’t’ see the mainline churches doing much, if anything, to stand against the tide of sinful behavior in their memberships either.  It’s truly disheartening.

If believer’s in Jesus Christ in America succumb to the enjoyment of watching and participation in  witchcraft, vampirism, were-wolfism, occult, sexual perversion, and the following of new age mystic practices under Christian labels how can we even consider ASKING God to spare our country from His chastisement? Would we expect any different from our earthly fathers if we were rebellious and disrespectful?!

What good is it, really, for my husband and I to spend long hours and money to work for the preservation our country, as we have experienced, AND fight for the God crafted American Constitution if in our hearts we KNOW this country needs to be judge?   What are we asking God to preserve?   What are we asking God to rescue? To restore?   Even if, my husband and I believe we are to fight, we can’t fight a victorious fight unless we’ve got God on our side; all three of them: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit!  God is the ONLY ONE I want to take me into battle…ANY BATTLE…for His is the ONLY true force sufficient for ALL victory.  Otherwise, whatever we stick out there is going to get whacked!  If God is not leading this army of fed up, impassioned, and active Americans who is? And where are we going with this?

In the wake of the destruction from a violent earthquake in Haiti yesterday and the poor, poor condition of that country NO American, no matter how poor or mistreated can say with a straight face we have had to endure what the Haitian people have endured and are enduring this very moment.  Some say Haiti made a pact with the devil centuries ago.  There is no evidence to back that claim up but it is true Haitians predominately practice a form of occult voodoo worship. My husband and I travelled a few years back to the Dominican Republic and the place we stayed at hired Haitian workers.  We could see the difference in them and the people of the DR.  The Haitian’s we observed had a depth of darkness in their eyes that made us grieve for them and be a little frightened.  I came home to research Haiti a little and found them to suffer from intense poverty, AIDS, and despair in many ways. I wonder could the voodoo worship of many, not all, Haitians have something to do with their constant misery? If so, what has happened in Haiti could happen here.  Make no mistake about it.  A Holy God cannot be in the presence of wickedness. A Holy God will not continue to bless a nation that turns her back on Him through compromise and apathy and blatant mockery and blasphemous language. You do NOT have to be a follower of the Holy, Living, Creative God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but, blaspheme Him and there is nothing but pity for you.  On a side note, I, sincerely, grieve for all Haitians today at their devastating loss and pray for them. 

I have been blessed. I have been blessed by a MIGHTY GOD.  All Americans have been blessed by a Mighty God because those He calls HIS PEOPLE.  When adversity hits the shores of America, HIS PEOPLE pray and HE listens. But, will we continue to live rightly before Him?

So, how can I be a patriotic American without being a patriotic Christian American? I can’t.

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