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Voting

September 16, 2012
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When I turned 18 I was anxious to vote. A student of the bible, the U.S. Constitution, and history, I was anxious to support any Christian running for office in the hope that doing so would help turn things around in my country.

Little did I know that I was placing far too much trust in people and too little in God. My first presidential vote was for Jimmy Carter because he claimed to be a Christian. Look at him now, advocating for abortion “rights” and gay marriage and all that totally un-Christian stuff. His policies weakened my country globally and at home we had runaway inflation, gas lines, and home ownership was impossible to obtain with prices doubling every 4 years.

It made a Republican out of me, especially because the venerable Ronaldus Magnus became the nominee. I actually met Ronald Reagan and shook his hand at a political event, and his presidency put our nation back on track. And America regained it’s global respect and strength.

His successors, though, from both major political parties, have horribly abused the Constitution. Even RR violated the Founders’ intent, but to a far lesser degree than any president in my lifetime other than Eisenhower, who was president when I was born (waaaay back in the olden days).

I have a copy of the Constitution. It’s just a little paperback book, as thin as an iPod, that fits comfortably in a shirt pocket. Not complicated nor hard to understand at all. The 10th Amendment is crystal clear. It grants specific powers to the national government and forbids it from exercising any and all other powers. Powers not given to the national government by the Constitution are reserved “to the States, and to the People.” I have read the Constitution cover to cover several times. Nowhere in it’s pages is the national government granted any authority to have anything whatsoever to do with:

  • agriculture
  • health care
  • education
  • energy
  • communications
  • insurance
  • retirement
  • charity / social work
  • etc., etc., etc.

Yet we have Federal departments of Energy, Education, Agriculture, Health, and a zillion or more federal agencies to regulate retirement, charity work, education, communication, and just about every field of human endeavor. Why?

Maybe I’ll explore that question later, why we have all that and how it happened. But for now I’m just pointing it out to explain why I jumped to the Libertarian party and voted Libertarian in the last election. The Republicans nominated a liberal who could demonstrate very little difference between his own policies and those of the Democrats. It seemed to me that the “power brokers” in the GOP had anointed McCain long before the first primary election ever took place, and imposed their choice on a mostly conservative party base. They have done the same thing this time with our current nominee in my opinion.

Was my vote for the Libertarian candidate wasted? Look who won! As liberal as McCain is, I don’t think even he would have dared to take us as far to the Left as Comrade President Imam Obeyme has. Nor would he have taken a global “apology tour” and bowed down to any Arab ruler. Nor would our country be as weak financially, nor would we have lost so much of the respect we once held among the other nations of the world.

Will I vote for another Libertarian or the Constitution Party candidate in November? Um, prob’ly not. Despite my very strong opposition to many of the unconstitutional policies Mitt Romney advocates, I think he’s the only realistic alternative to 4 more years of this mad rush to federally-run communism. On one hand, it’s an election, not a horse race! We’re supposed to vote our conscience, not “pick the most likely winner.” But on the other hand, the two major parties have so corrupted the laws and the entire process of elections to lock out any “third party” or independent candidates, that those efforts are wasted until we can get those restrictive and unfair laws overturned. The way to do that may be from within this stupid two-party system.

“Third party” candidates running for nation’s highest office are kidding themselves. The only way for a Libertarian or a Constitution Party or a Green Party or whatever third party candidate to reach the top is to start at the bottom. I will vote “third party” in local and state races until there are enough of them to make a viable run at the Presidency. But until then I will not cast a neutral vote that would be meaningless against the rising tide of state-run socialism that the Democrats are pushing.

Wha’d’y’think?

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Under the Gun

September 3, 2012
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“Grammy” was once
a sweet, loving Christian lady. She battled mental illness, marriage trouble, obsessive-compulsive disorder, nonsensical spending sprees that bankrupted her and nearly destroyed her family.

Years ago a series of mini-strokes and a heart attack left her with “high functioning” dementia. Severe to merit a court finding of incompetence and appointment of full plenary guardianship. Suzie, her daughter, is her legal guardian. “Grammy” doesn’t have enough income to afford the wild shopping sprees that she has been addicted to all her life. Now she will obsess about a new pair of sandals or a blouse to the point that she is willing to destroy anyone between her and what she wants. Her every whim must be satisfied. Now.

That obsession has gotten her thrown out of three assisted living facilities and Suzie and I have had to take her into our home. But Suzie said no too many times, so Grammy grabbed Suzie’s purse to get the credit card for the next shopping spree and Suzie had to stop the tantrum. In the process a strap from Suzie’s purse snagged Grammy’s bracelet, and Grammy pulled against it, creating a bad bruise. Just the ammunition she needed for the next step in getting her obsession. An early morning call to 911 and a tale of woe to the police, and Suzie and I are under the gun.

So last week, this big investigation, which is standard for “elder abuse,” no charges filed, and Grammy’s incompetence is further documented. Grammy’s home from the hospital again and on Day One, she wants something she can’t afford. Then another temper tantrum. But this time, the telephone is hidden from her and Suzie’s purse out of sight and inaccessible. But no matter. She has only to sneak next door, or just yell and scream and make a fuss, and make another go of it. The police and fire departments know Grammy well, from the previous times this has happened at the other facilities before they refused to take her back. Grammy wants a new guardian because she’s sure that Suzie is stealing from her, and a new guardian will give her whatever she wants. In fact however, a new guardian will lock her up in a mental institution and she’ll spend her final days raging in a strait jacket.

As long as she lives here, we live under the constant threat of her next obsession and tantrum. In all this Suzie has still managed to finish college and graduate Magna Cum Laude! But Grammy takes no pride in her daughter. Grammy hates her. Because Suzie tells her “No you can’t have that.” So we have tantrums, threats, and calls to 911, investigations, and etc. Twice already since she moved in with us last March.

We see only rare, fleeting glimpses of the woman that was once Mom. Perhaps she’s still “there” somewhere, buried under this wicked, selfish woman who calls the police with crazy outrageous accusations against the only people left on Earth who care about her and tells her church friends that Suzie steals from her, beats her, poisons her, etc. I find myself praying, “Lord God, either free Grammy from her demons or take her home!”

Now speaking of the Lord God: What happened to sanctification? I know, I know, you’re gonna tell me it’s the stroke, it’s the old age, it’s the medications she’s on, blah blah blah. Granted. They’re all contributing factors. But Grammy has become a completely selfish, wicked, hateful, manipulative liar who deliberately seeks to destroy her family in the hope that it will get her a new guardian who will give her everything she wants instantly on a platter. But surely the indwelling Holy Spirit can work through those things. Is Almighty God’s sanctifying work thwarted by such things? I suppose God could be using Grammy to sanctify Suzie and me, but so far it has only driven Suzie farther and farther from Him because of the depth of hypocrisy shown by Grammy’s “church friends” and the absence of any support from our own church “friends.” And me, well… I’m feeling the pressure I guess, on top of a bunch of other stuff going on. Scripture promises that the trial of our faith renders patience, endurance, and all that follows.

But I still pray that God will either free her from her demons or take her home. I can’t bear living under the gun for much longer.


Question

September 1, 2012
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Just a question:

Why am I supposed to be more upset about what Mitt Romney did with his own money than about what Barack Obama has done with my money?