Monday, November 24, 2008

It seems the entire world is abuzz about the newly elected incoming administration. The liberal left is hailing it as the start of utopia while the conservative right is screaming the sky is falling. Which is the truth? As always, it will fall somewhere in the middle.

I believe the proponents of the President Elect's change platform are going to be let down but may not be capable of understanding the how or why. We are already getting a glimpse into how Obama is going to run the executive branch of the government. First is by his choice of a Vice president, Biden is an old school liberal and Democratic collaborator. Second are his early choices for cabinet members. The list is packed with former Bill Clinton advisers and other Democratic Party insiders. This is not what I call change... The same people filling the same positions, with the same beliefs and agendas.

Our second clue comes from him distancing himself from several of his campaign promises before the vote count was completed. He has already said he may have been to aggressive with his plan for change and some of his goals may have to be pushed into his second term. With that he can blame not having enough time to fulfill his promises to the people if he is not elected for a second term.

Will he see a second term in the White House? I believe he will. Just like with Bill Clinton, the same people that voted for him in the first term will return to the polls in four years. So be prepared to ride this administration for its full legally allotted time potential. But this is going to be o.k., our country survived Jimmy Carter and it will survive this administration. So much of his platform reeks of the initial Carter plan that I want to think all they did was make a few additions to a concept that failed ~30 years ago.

Is he going to bring change to Washington and America. Just look at the past and present to predict the future. Who raised so much of his campaign money? Raines and Johnson of Fannie Mae. They have proved that they are willing to stick their hands into the cookie jar. Greed is going to continue on capitol hill as it has for generations, thus the real power brokers are going to continue to be the lobbyists. The legislative branch will continue t do whatever the folks that take them on golf trips to Hawaii ask them to do.

It is going to be business as usual in Washington but with a new face to spin it as "change". There will be a lot of posturing and rhetoric. Proposed bills that will fail and be blamed on the Republican minority for undermining idealism. Thus, I am not that scared of our countries system being rebuilt in the name of socialism. With any luck, this administration will let down its constituents as badly as Carter did and usher in another 20 years of Republican control.

But if it does, we need a new Republican Party to emerge from the ashes. One similar to the ideals of Ronald Reagan but with even stronger party support. Not this purposeful shift toward the center that we have seen since Bush 1. We need to forget trying to emulate conservative or center Democrats and become true conservatives who are statesmen and not politicians. We need to abandon the "gool ol boy" network that has held American politics as a hostage.

So am I worried? Not really, but concerned none the less. For 36 hours after the November 4th election I was worried, appalled, and near despondent. Then when I realized that there was nothing else I could do so I knelt down and prayed. First I prayed for the outgoing administration, next I prayed for the incoming administration, then I received some insight from God. My wife and I have been studying from Samuel, Kings and Chronicles and the Lord reminded me of the teachings from these books.

The Israelites demanded a king from God. And God gave them a lineage of kings that the world has studied for thousands of years. According to the actions of the people they often received bad kings (actually more often than good kings) as their actions dictated. So now the people of America have the king they desire. Like most things, we soon find that they are not as nice as the television commercials depicted them. So as the saying from across the pond alludes, "the proof is in the pudding". What this new administration is made of will play out rather quickly as will be evidenced by the fruit of their actions. how the press spins it is all that will matter to the majority of the public.

What I do know is this. Whether you voted for the man or not. Whether you like his politics or not. He is now the commander and chief and some semblance of respect for the position is required. You don't have to agree with him but you do have to support our country by respecting its commander. I will probably disagree with many of his ideals, both privately and publicly. I will be more than willing to disagree with anything he does that I don't believe. But I am going to respect the office of the President of the United States, I am going to pray for him and for God to show him wisdom just as much as I have for G.W. Bush, Jr. The first Saturday after the election, my weekly prayer group spent a lot of time on our knees praying for Obama and his staff. We will continue to do this no matter who we may support in the next election. Hate will not change America or bring strength to our cause.
Michael V. Crowder

Remember this:
Luke 6:27-28
[27] "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, [28] bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Romans 12:20
"But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head"

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Today I voted to keep the "change" in my pocket and out of Washington. Nuff said?!?!

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