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Obama Propaganda?

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Along with Obama’s empty and evasive rhetoric, is a sign of the banality and superficiality of his campaign, its rootedness in image, advertising, manipulation, extensive promises, and a very thin record. It’s one more rung on America’s descent from republic into unrestrained mobocracy.  — Obamamania @ Man-Sized Target

America needs a real champion.

Is Wright Right?

Soundbytes are not usually fair representations of significant issues and always inappropriate when used out of context.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear what these two pastors are saying: 

followed by this…

Now that you’ve heard more from these pulpits, does that change your perspective?  One is Obama’s pastor.  One is McCain’s spiritual advisor.  If only Obama would change his position on abortion, then he would at least be consistent with the overall message given by these ministers.  I’ve got to admit, that while I feel very blessed to be an American, I also don’t always feel that America deserves God’s blessing.  I think most people can understand that distinction.  After watching these longer clips, I’m reminded of the necessity for prayer on my knees, “God save America.”  

For Such a Time as This

from reluctantoptimist.wo

McCain’s Keys to Victory

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Last night it was surreal to see my favorite presidential candidate effectively win the GOP nomination.  Last summer this maverick candidate was left for dead on the campaign trail, but I think that’s one of the qualities I can’t help but love about McCain–he’s a fighter. 

If you’re like me, I’m generally disgusted with politics.  I don’t much care for the “Republican” or “Democrat” labels and the folks who would rather wrangle over power than actually work together.  I think McCain might feel the same way.  I’m interested in seeing the people we elect get things done!!!  (Even if it means both sides have to compromise a little on something.)

You know, some things never change.  The Federalists arguing for the passage of the U.S. Constitution claimed that it was sufficient in and of itself as drafted.  The Anti-Federalists at the time didn’t want a strong national government at all and they refuted the bold assertions of the Federalists and demanded that a Bill of Rights to be added for greater protections to the citizenry.  Well, guess what?  Without a little give from both political parties, we might not have a U.S. Constitution or a Bill of Rights today!

That’s why I trust McCain to get things done! 

If you want “CHANGE” in Washington D.C., who better than the guy who has consistently worked to bring both sides together on important issues!?  I trust that McCain will continue to work to secure the nation’s borders without infringing on human rightsI trust that McCain will continue to work to nominate conservative judges and justices to the Federal Courts and the Supreme CourtI trust that McCain will continue to support the new government in Iraq until they can fight the radical jihadists without usI trust that McCain will continue to support policies that promote the sanctity of human life.  I trust that McCain will continue to fight wasteful spending in government and fight for lower taxes.  And I’d much rather get 80% of all of that for example, than nothing at all.

So what must McCain do to win the presidency?  First, I think he needs to be faithful to the convictions that got him this far.  But second, his vice presidential running mate will make or break his campaign.  I really don’t think Romney or Huckabee will do either.  It’s not McCain’s style and I think either of those two will impede momentum.  It would be in McCain’s best interest to steal some more “change” thunder from the Democrats, i.e. select a woman and/or a minority as a conservative running mate!!!

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Condoleezza Rice anyone?  You’ve got to admit, McCain and Rice compliment each other very well!  She has lots of foreign affairs experience as Secretary of State and understands international security issues inside and out.  She actually has REAL national and international U.S. policy experience (unlike another lady running for office who shall remain nameless).  But why give any voter the dumb excuse to vote for someone simply because a candidate is the first “fill-in-the-blank”?  McCain can make that a non-issue by doing essentially the same thing, but with a conservative running mate!  Both parties and voters will then have to re-focus on the real issues at stake! 

Or how about Collin Powell as a VP pick for many of the same reasons?

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Or how about former Congressman J.C. Watts as a VP pick for a younger, vibrant midwestern conservative?  (Great thought Neil!)

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I’m sure there are many more excellent choices, but whoever McCain ultimately asks to join the ticket–his choice is absolutely critical. 

 

 

 

Christians Need Not Apply

In yet another disturbing public school incident, it seems that First Amendment Rights apply to everyone but Christian students.

“Pray” is considered the new four-letter word

The Common Cause club at Mountain Ridge High School in Arizona simply wanted to exercise the same rights given to other student organizations.The school district permits student club members to submit written announcements to be read over the school’s public address system, as well as video announcements to be played to the student body. In these announcements, club members are allowed to inform the student body not only of club meeting logistics (date, time, and location), but also to share information about the specific types of activities that will occur.

As an example, the Young Democrats of America club aired a video announcement which shared the following information:

  • “In 2006, young voters ages 18-29 supported Democratic candidates by an impressive 58%”
  • “Remember …we’re young. We’re Democrats. We’re Voting”

On the other hand, Common Cause club has been prohibited from communicating even the fact that religious activities will take place at its meetings.

On January 14, 2007, a club representative, Erin, submitted a weekly announcement which read, “Common Cause will be having weekly prayer every Friday morning at 7:20 at the administration flagpole, come join us!” The same day, the club submitted a video message communicating, “Our motto is…don’t worry about anything…instead, PRAY about everything! Common Cause presents…we pray…together…encouragingly…hopefully…upliftingly.”

The next day, Erin met with the school’s assistant principal and was told that her written and video announcements would not be allowed because they contained the words “prayer” and “pray.”

The assistant principal claimed the announcements would violate the supposed “separation of church and state.” When Erin responded that the First Amendment provided protection for such announcements, the assistant principal claimed none of that mattered. In other words, the First Amendment did not matter! Erin then asked to have the announcement back, but the assistant principal, perhaps in an attempt to assert her authority, ripped it up in front of her and discarded it.

With situations like this becoming increasingly common, it seems that “pray” has become the new four-letter word. While clubs like the Young Democrats of America, the Gay-Straight Alliance, and Students Against Destructive Decisions are allowed to operate freely on school grounds, expression of religion is prohibited.