Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

Bobby Jindal and the Volcano

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

So I think Bobby Jindal is a boob. Let’s just get that out there. But this post really isn’t about Bobby Jindal. It’s about something he said in his Obama rebuttal speech on Tuesday.

CNN has an article about people fuming over Jindal’s volcano comment. Seems he pointed out $140 million in USGS volcano monitoring funds that were included in the economic stimulus bill, and called it wasteful. CNN has quotes from the USGS and a bunch of people living in the shadows of volcanoes about how important it is, and claiming Jindal doesn’t understand the danger because he doesn’t have a volcano in his backyard.

But here’s the rub for me: if the USGS really needed $140 million more (they already get funding) to do a good job monitoring volcanoes, why don’t we give it to them in a normal spending bill?  Why shove it into a rush-job eco-stim bill that nobody gets to read before it gets passed and signed into law?

Even good programs and wise spending are sullied by association with this dastardly bill. Everything any Democrat wanted for the past 20 years got shoved in, and we’ll be paying the price for it for another 40 years.

The Questions are Rigged

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Whether conservative or liberal, it seems that most people in this world, including journalists, writers, and “researchers,” have a hard time constructing objective questions and answers.

Not so long ago there was the story of the John Ziegler, who started a website and is putting together a “documentary” called “How Obama Got Elected.”  The interviews are certainly fascinating material, but I’m not really sure how much the questions, and the offered choices for an answer, actually reveal.  Did people who know certain things about Obama vote based on that knowledge, or do they know the info because of their pre-existing choice of candidate or news source?  Is it causal or just collateral coincedence?


What to do now?

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Obama won the election, mostly fair and square, and is obviously the choice of the people.  So what do reasonable Christians do now?  (Fleeing to Canada, or any other place, was never really a reasonable option!)  Says Doug Wilson on BLOG and MABLOG:

Christians should pray for the new president (1 Tim. 2:1-2), giving thanks for him. We should speak of him respectfully, rendering true honor as we do (1 Pet. 2:17; Rom. 13:7). We should pray for his true conversion to Christ (1 Tim. 2:1-2), wishing him the best as we do so (1 Tim. 2:4). At the same time, we must oppose the very bloody idolatries he will seek to advance, and we must do so with clarity and outspoken courage (Acts 26:29). We must identify all lawless thrones for what they are (Ps. 94:20). Only the grace of God can teach Christians how to honor the emperor, while at the same time considering him as one of the heads of the beast (Rev. 13:4). This is what the first century Christians had to do with Nero, one of history’s great lowlifes, and this is the kind of thing we obviously need to learn how to do.

Comment by Michael Hutton on the same post:

Where we go wrong is in thinking that any system, any institution, any bunch of laws can uphold godliness when the people no longer want it… What Americans have now is the will of the people. Christians need to preach and pray that that will might be submitted to the gospel of Christ. Only when the people are regenerate will the government be reformed.

Doug Wilson also has a great list of Ten Things to Keep in Mind After the Election, written before the results started coming in.

What’s God Got to Do With It?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Lisa Miller has an interesting column (“What’s God Got to Do With It?“) in the October 20 issue of Newsweek, talking about Victoria Osteen’s new book and her brand of religion.  Speaking to a fervent audience of 40,000 each week, plus the millions more who watch on television and make their books bestsellers, the Osteens certainly have made a mark in America’s religious landscape.

Miller writes that “the theology driving all this success is thin.  Over and over, in sermons, books and television interviews, the Osteens repeat their most firmly held beliefs.  If you pray to Jesus you’ll get what you want… Prosperity preachers are neither new nor unique in America, but the Osteens’ version seems especially self-serving.”

Is this what Christianity is becoming in America?  Just another way to get what I want?  And when even the secular media recognizes this self-help drivel for what it is, how horribly does that reflect on the rest of us who call ourselves Christians?

Maybe the Osteens just exemplify what being an “American” has become.  I see it in John McCain and in Barack Obama, and all throughout government.  Everything is about me and mine.  Does anybody really think that Barack Obama wants to be president because he has my best interest at heart?  Or the John McCain really puts country first?  If the two of them were honest servants of the public good, they’d be investing in men who are much more wise and humble to really lead this country where it really needs to go.

Messiah Obama

Friday, July 25th, 2008

And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

And so begins a rather long, and rather humorous, take on Obama’s world tour, written by Gerard Baker in the London Times.  Most definitely worth the reading, and satirical deconstruction, whatever your political views.

Read it: “He ventured forth to bring light to the world”

And all the people said, “Amen!”

“Shut the heck up” politics

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Bush gets beat up for replacing U.S. Attorneys.  Obama gets attacked for the church he attends.  Chelsea Clinton gets pestered about her father’s affair(s).  McCain seems to get in trouble with every endorsement he receives.  None of these things are real issues, but rather distractions used by the media and the division-mongers among us to produce discord and cause pain.

The problem is most of the leaders of our country sold out long ago and became panderers.  Once you start pandering, you can’t stop — as with lies, it becomes an endless, downward spiral.  You have to keep changing your stories and answering to those who really shouldn’t be calling the shots.

I long for the day when our leaders will take some leadership and say, “enough already!”


Appeasement Hits Close to Home

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

So President Bush was in Israel to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its founding, and he gave a speech before the Knesset. In that speech, he said we shouldn’t negotiate with the terrorists who proclaim death to the Jews and death to the Americans, and with those whose very raison d’etre is to destroy Israel:

As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.

Seems pretty straightforward, but Obama and other Democrats seem to think that Bush’s comments were directed squarely at them. They feel offended at being unfairly accused (even though Bush never mentioned anybody) of “appeasement.” Now tell me this: if Obama’s sure the anonymous “accusation” is false, why’s he so upset about it? Something tells me that Bush’s words hit very close to home for a lot of the “quick and easy peace” Democrats.

So far I’ve written nothing original, just summarized a little news. So what’s my contribution to this discussion? How about we put this in some biblical perspective?