Inflammatory email. Please remove me from your list!
This week i received an email entitled What is missing at Obama's press Conference?
(The link will take you to snopes where they give the email in full & then the reality behind it.)
I went to Google images & looked at "Obama Press Conference" & of the first 10 images that appeared, the American flag was in 6 of them. Did the same for "Reagan Press Conference" & of the first 10 images that appeared, the American flag was in 3. Same number for Bill Clinton. Four for GW Bush. I only found a couple for GHW, & they usually did not include the flag. ???
Apples & oranges. Different conferences have different backdrops for different presidents at different times. I found a dozen of Mr. Obama with American flags. I found a dozen of Mr. Bush without. One such picture means nothing.
I'm getting very impatient with folks who use fear-mongering to try & up the anxiety level of folks about what is going on in our nation.
I was NOT a supporter of Mr. Bush & said at the time things that made this clear. When i made such statements, i would at times be admonished by Christians who said "it is our God-given duty to support our President, who was elected by the will of God."
I am NOT a supporter of Mr. Obama. I'm not very thrilled with some of what he has done thus far, but in my eyes he really has not done any worse than did Mr. Bush. In fact, by this time in office, Mr. Bush had us embroiled in the Iraq war, which i never supported & never will. The Patriot Act was also passed which did more to restrict our freedoms than any president previously since Abraham Lincoln.
What i want to know is, where are the Christians who will say, "it is our God-given duty to support our President, who was elected by the will of God," when the president is Mr. Obama instead of Mr. Bush? Did God abandon us when Mr. Obama was elected?
Now, frankly, i'm very unhappy with the things going on in this country. I don't appreciate the idea that "we get the leaders we deserve because we elect them." First off, i have only ONE vote. Second, the people do NOT elect their president. Go look it up. We have an electoral college who does the voting for us. Supposedly they go by the will of the people, but that means that if 51% of the vote for an entire state goes to one candidate, ALL the votes of that state go to the one candidate. And, not many folks are aware, but the electoral college does not have go to by the 51%, although they usually do. Some states have laws that require them to follow the will of the people, but most do not. Maine & Nebraska are the only states that have the option to "split their votes" & to date have not done so.
Many folks believe we live in a democracy. We do not. We live in a "democratic republic," meaning that some things are done by election (Congress) but most things (the president, bills/laws) are not.
I personally think we should go to straight democracy for electing a president. I think that we should not be pulling "party lines" when electing our representatives but looking at the voting record for incumbents & other issues for new folks running for election. I think it should be much easier to get an independent into office, congress or president, than it is currently.
But i'm tired of hearing fear-mongering about Mr. Obama. Please. If you have the belief system that everything is ordained & predestined by God (that is not my belief system) then how is it that all this fear is occurring? How could these things be happening outside the will of God?
Fear is not part of who we are called to be as Christians. Fear is not where we should be when voting. Fear is not good in policy-making. My favorite quote by Ben Franklin is: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." If you give into fear trying to gain safety, liberty will always lose.
Sorry for the political rant, but i'm utterly fed up with some of the email i continue to receive.
The UTI is better, if i continue to take most of the items i listed before. If i miss a dose i'm in pain again.
We chose not do to any church today. Looking forward to attending St. James for the Wednesday noon service. :)