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Election Day November 4, 2008

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With election day nearly over I wanted to pass on a great video I saw last week.  Piper has a valuable perspective.  His comments starting at 3:04 have great application for all Christ followers when we wake up on Wednesday morning regardless of who has been elected.

(HT)

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Madi and Emma on Decision 2008 October 14, 2008

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We had an interesting conversation with Madi and Emma last night.  Out of the blue Emma said “I’m voting for John McCain.”  When we asked her about it, she said that she and Madi had been talking about voting for McCain because Barak Obama wants to bring all the soldiers home and then we wouldn’t be safe from the bad people.  We asked Madi who she had been talking to – she said that everyone at school was voting for McCain.  We dialogued a little farther to make sure that the school wasn’t spreading propaganda.

Emma asked us what other things Obama believed.  Abortion came up.  Neither Carey nor I had ever talked with our girls about abortion.  There had been no information coming from us to sway them one way or the other.  Madi asked what abortion was – we told her that some people believe that a baby wasn’t a person until it was out of the mom’s tummy – that it was just tissue.  Emma said “That’s not right.  Tissue can’t move it’s arms and legs.”  Then they went into a discussion about when Alli was in Mom’s tummy.  They remembered her moving and interacting with them – they remembered her responding to their singing.

Then Madi said, “It’s just like what Horton says (from Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who).  “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

You’re right Madi – Horton has it right.

Clint for President in 12 October 13, 2008

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I know I’m not alone in my frustration with the current political landscape.  I don’t even care to watch the debates.  How sad is it, when incredibly intelligent men can’t even answer simple questions.  We get a lot of  “That’s an excellent question, but what I’d really like to talk about is tax reform.”  The debates are little more than stump speeches interrupted by questions that may or may not be relevant.

My pastor brought up an interesting point yesterday morning.  Have you noticed that candidates have a plan for everything?  They apparently have it all figured out, if only they are elected they will fix everything.  We know that’s not true, they know that’s not true;  why can’t they say “I can’t fix everything, but here are the things that will be my focus.”

But I do have a solution.  I just realized that I will turn 35 in 2012.  35 is the minimum age for the President of the United States of America.  So I’m kicking off my campaign here.  Get the word out.  I will be a candidate who will honestly answer the questions you ask – even if that means saying “I don’t have the answer.”  I doubt either major party would be happy with my platform – so you’ll probably have to ask for a paper ballot and write in my name.

Palin and Obama August 29, 2008

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2 thoughts about the political headlines from the last 2 days.  Part of Obama’s speech from the DNC bothers me.  Here’s what he said:

“Tonight, more Americans are out of work, and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes, and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit card bills you can’t afford to pay and tuition that’s beyond your reach.”

The blame, he said, lay squarely with “broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.”

“America, we are better than these last eight years.  We are a better country than this.”

The reason this bothers me is that it’s a short sighted statement.  It looks at the past 8 years in a vacuum – without considering what has come before.  And I’m not just getting on to Obama.  I remember hearing this same type of rhetoric during Bush’s first presidential campaign.

The world has changed exponentially over the last 20 years.  Communication, technology, and the political landscape of the globe have been revolutionized.  It’s silly to say that the “years of plenty” that happened during the Clinton administration were a product of his policies or that the “lean years” are directly tied to the policies of the Bush administration.  If anything, an administration’s policies don’t start having a significant, measurable effect until the years that follow.

That’s thought #1.  Thought #2.  Wow.

Talk about a gutsy, left field move for McCain.

Let’s see, I’m running for president as the underdog.  I need a strong running mate to help me pull this off.  Why don’t I choose someone with not much experience that nobody knows about?

It sounds ludicrous.  But I really like the move.  I like the fact that he didn’t go with a known commodity or the expected.

Bravo, Mr. McCain.  I’m not really that excited about your presidential campaign, but this was a stroke of genius.