Final Thoughts before the Election

Even though I haven’t written about the election before except to urge everyone to vote, I couldn’t keep silent today.

If you’re like me, you’re probably sick and tired of this year’s presidential election. Even though it’s only two days away, there’s no telling how much more political junk mail will show up in my Inbox between now and Tuesday. That may be true for you, too.

Unfortunately, we can’t bury our heads in the sand. This election is one of the most pivotal–probably the most pivotal–in America’s history. Our very future depends on the results.

Yet most of us look at our choices (feel free to disagree with my viewpoint) and cringe…

  • A woman who will possibly soon be facing serious criminal charges. A woman who would build upon the policies of the president who I believe will one day be remembered as one of America’s worst. A woman who claims to have accomplished great things, but has done little more than grow extremely wealthy.
  • A man whose mouth is as big as his hair and who does much of his speaking without thinking about the consequences. A man who seems to get angry easily. A man who bravely opposes everything that’s wrong in Washington but doesn’t have any experience in governing, even at the local level.

What will happen to this country when one of these individuals becomes POTUS (President of the United States)? That’s the big question. A mystery. A scary one.

I’m not afraid of the election, however. God can use either person to accomplish His purposes for America. There must be hundreds of examples throughout history of the good things even the most evil leaders have accomplished, but what comes to mind immediately is King Herod. Yes, the same one who had all the male babies killed in order to try to prevent Jesus from becoming his rival. A truly evil man. Yet he rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem. Even the worst of leaders isn’t always all bad.

We typically get caught up in what the candidates say or claim to believe about the issues each of us cares most about, whether it’s the sanctity of life, the protection of religious freedom, gun rights, ISIS, the economy…

The list seems endless.

I believe there’s only one important issue. Everything else will be affected by it one way or another–the Supreme Court.

If you look back at the Constitution–have you read it recently?–you’ll see that the Supreme Court was designed to have VERY limited powers. And Congress alone was given the power to make laws. Yet over the years, the Supreme Court has become the most powerful branch of the government rather than the weakest, and those appointed officials on the bench–we the people don’t get to vote on them–effectively use their own prejudices and beliefs rather than the Constitution to make decisions about things the Constitution never intended for them to have any say about. And those decisions effectively become law, even though technically each one applies only to a single case.

That kind of power is dangerous, and it’s leading America downhill. The ability to appoint new Justices will make the difference between America becoming a third world socialist state or remaining a model constitutional republic.

I can’t tell you who to vote for. I wouldn’t deny your freedom to vote for your choice of candidates, no matter how much I might disagree with your choice. It’s truly pathetic, however, that because of the biases of the media we depend on for truth, few Americans have the information they need in order to vote intelligently.

I believe I know enough to vote for Donald Trump, however. Not because I like the man. I don’t. Not because I think he has enough experience. He doesn’t. Not because I think he’s a model American or even a man I would want to be like. I have many doubts about him.

But I believe he is sincere in wanting to change things in Washington and make America great once again. And that he is committed to choosing future Supreme Court Justices wisely. That makes him worth my vote.

I never know who reads this blog. I have expressed a combination of fact and opinion today. I trust you will be as tolerant of my views as I promise to be of yours if you express them courteously. Your comments are welcome.

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Politically Incorrect: Do You Stand With Me?

My wife said it so perfectly I decided to share it here. “The world is upside down.”

I don’t recall when I first heard the term “political correctness,” but I’m sure I laughed. It struck me as one of the most perfect oxymorons I’d ever heard. The very idea of linking something that is often as improper and incorrect as politics with “correctness” in the same sentence seemed like a perfect contradiction.

Although I still feel that way, I’m not laughing anymore. Not when I can’t quote what the Bible says about marriage and homosexuality without being accused of being homophobic. And when I can’t say that Allah is not the same as the God of Judaism and Christianity and that Muslims will not be in Heaven. Not without being called Islamophobic.

Rather ironic in both cases since “phobic” means “suffering from an irrational fear of something” and I’m not afraid of specific gays or Muslims. I’m only afraid of the ones who’re intolerant of me, and that’s realism, not an irrational fear.

Furthermore, I’ve reread the United States Constitution fairly recently–in its entirety–and you know what? Nowhere does it give American citizens the freedom from being offended. You hear that, Mikey Weinstein?

History has provided some wonderfully apropos quotes. Sir Winston Churchill said, “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.”

George Orwell, whose futuristic novel 1984 spoke of many things that seem to be coming true now, said, “Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” And that freedom is what Americans are all too quickly losing.

I’m not advocating that we say mean things to or about specific people, but when has it become illegal to express our opinions openly about what we consider right and wrong? How ironic that Christians are condemned for that kind of “hateful speech” and yet those who accuse us of being hateful and intolerant are usually the ones being hateful and intolerant.

The Bible teaches us to love our enemies. Christians are to be recognized by their love. I take that seriously.

Hmm. When’s the last time I said or did anything hateful to a Muslim or a gay person? I would dare anyone to scroll back through my years of life and find a single time. My wife and I have made friends with several Muslims and have even had them in our home. Although we shared our faith with them, we were careful not to say anything offensive about Islam.

Fear of being called hateful? Not at all. Demonstrating Christian love. And being good hosts.

We attended a Gay Expo in NYC several years ago to visit a gay friend we might not have gotten to see otherwise.  A very nice fellow who was the roommate of one of my stepdaughters for a number of years. She brought another gay guy friend to my daughter’s wedding. We treated him just as we would any other guest.

Do we approve of the homosexual lifestyle? Of course not. But would we show animosity towards homosexuals?  I should hope not.

Disagreeing with people doesn’t mean hating them. Especially for us as Christian. Jesus had a reason for saying, “Love your enemies.” Not just because of the way Christians would be persecuted in His day, but perhaps looking forward to our own day and age.

Regrettably, some people who call themselves Christians are not recognizable as such. Perhaps their unloving attitude is the hatefulness and intolerance that others find so offensive. But they’re in the minority. And even though we disapprove of them, we don’t hate them, either.

Yet there seems to be no end to the hatred that’s targeted at us. And at anyone who opposes militant liberals. As Mat Staver, the head of the Liberty Council and a well respected Constitutional lawyer points out, “The day has come in America when we are facing overt hostility to Christianity, free speech, and freedom of religion through coordinated assaults by the Obama administration, extremist groups, and corporate bullies.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of political correctness. In a land where freedom of speech is one of our most precious constitutional rights, why should ordinary citizens like us have to walk on eggshells regarding numerous aspects of contemporary life?

What about you? Do you hate people just because they disagree with you? I doubt it. Do you fear the loss of our freedoms because political correctness has run amuck? Do you have the courage to stand up for what’s right–or what you believe is right–without fear of reprisal and without animosity towards those who oppose you? How about leaving a comment?

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