Election Day, 2010 – Will We Change our Future?

Tomorrow voting Americans decide which way the pendulum will swing.

If forced healthcare purchase wouldn’t have fully convinced me, this whole Ground Zero mosque business, combined with it, has. I am no longer ‘on the fence’. I want Obama out.

After about two-and-a-half years as author of ’Jesus, the Revolution & You’, I still know very little about many, many issues, topics, and people – from our past or in our present. The wholeness of things eludes me. But I try. I learn what I can, as I go. Often, I fear, the tip of the iceberg is all I see. I can’t debate, and the details? Hah! They dissolve in my mind after awhile.

Except…not all of them. Some stick. And an overall perception remains. The Bible tells me that, as a believer in, and into, Jesus Christ, I have His mind. I don’t need to know if every thought I have is of Him – it would seem dangerous to assume that, I think – but I do believe that, on the whole, His thoughts direct mine. So maybe such ’perception’ is all I need. I can then, at a certain point, move forward with a certainty that doesn’t need the reinforcement of facts & details.

Reading “Is Obama Submissive to Islam?” , coupled with those growing perceptions, put me over the hump. The beginnings of a near-frightening awareness of Muslim/Islam ideology and motive seals the deal, for me.

In God we live and move and have our being…He is the Greater One…and I know that mortality is swallowed up of Life…so, because of these things, I am not terrified because America is in trouble.

But we need to make better choices.

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Human Rights Violation? What about National Sovereignty?

“There’s growing concern that under President Obama, the United States of America will turn into the United States of Europe. “– Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice, “Is Our Sovereignty at Risk?”

A lot of times, until one is changed, things happening around a person don’t seem ‘real’. Until one is changed, or unless it affects you…it’s easy (and perhaps better!) to be oblivious to certain realities. Though it causes me a certain amount of tension, even suffering, I thank God that He has, in this respect, changed me. I am glad that, sometimes, I am far more aware of national & international events, events that may threaten American life & Liberty.

There is a praise/worship song I used to hear with lyrics that went something like this: “He did not bring us out this far, to take us back again…” Did God really bring America to this point of her existence in time & history, to let her be trampled and destroyed by the very ones who should be upholding her, and her Constitution? Did He really prepare brilliant, patriotic men and their hearts, for such a time as Revolutionary America, and did He really engage those thirteen states in years of battle & bloodshed unto victory, for, ultimately, naught? Will our judiciary and our systems be overruled by others, foreigners with foreign laws? Because isn’t that will happen if American domestic issues are placed under the jurisdiction of United Nations courts & tribunals? Is an act such as President Obama’s filing of a Human Rights complaint with the UN, against the state of Arizona for her amended Immigration Laws (SB 1070), the beginning of what should never begin?

Am I the only one to whom this sounds ludicrous, that a President files charges against a part of his own country? To me, it feels as if ‘something is rotten in the state of Denmark’ here…it feels sickening, and it is frightening.


“When the Left cannot win at the ballot box…it overrules the people in the courts”, writes Ben Johnson of ResistNet.com. “Now that Obama is not sure he can prevail in the courts, he has overruled the American people by hauling Arizona and the two-thirds of Americans who support its law before the United Nations.” What is going on here? What is Obama doing?

Perhaps he genuinely believes human rights violations are incurring, or the potential for such exists, in Arizona’s amendments to its immigration laws. In the many articles I’ve been reading/ skimming, I did see something, somewhere, that seemed to indicate that. (I have not yet taken the time to view the situation from that perspective.) I’m in the process of reading these laws, and still have a ways to go…but so far, it seems apparent that the motive behind any amendment is solely & entirely that of protecting the citizens of Arizona (and, btw, the rest of us!) from the dangers that can & do result from illegal immigration. Drug trafficking, human trafficking, and opportunity to aid in the spread of terrorist activity, to name a few, must be stemmed at the source. By ’source’, I mean ’border’. Can protecting one’s borders really be equated with human rights violations? And, even if so be, violations of such severity that the great United States of America needs to be monitored & judged by other nations? Really? Can’t this matter be handled – speaking of borders – within our own?

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“…believe me, fellow-citizens…history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.” – George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

Washington foresaw “unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained.” (Re-visiting Pre-Election Concerns)
Washington saw the betrayal and/or sacrificing of national interests, presenting itself as “gild{ed} with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good…” (ibid)

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” President Obama is embarking on a new and troubling direction for our nation. Many are calling it the “Selling of America” – surrendering our national sovereignty – our constitutional framework – all in the interest of international cooperation.” – Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice, “Is Our Sovereignty at Risk?”


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“There’s growing concern that under President Obama, the United States of America will turn into the United States of Europe. “
(ibid.)

Exercising American Power – the Missing Piece?

Educated, well-informed opinions regarding Middle East policy, procedure, & analyses abound, I am sure, and I recently read an excellent one. ( ” I love it when a succinctly-put phrase, or a concise, hard-hitting sentence or two, breaks it all wide open…” – this is me, a few posts back, and it is exactly how I felt as this article unfolded.) My breath has almost been taken away.

With President Obama reaching his decision on Afghanistan strategy & troops deployment, and my supposed ‘being done with’ posts on that topic (for now, anyway), I had thought that I could take a break from such weighty fare. I’ve been telling people that…and I am, apparently, wrong!

Being still a sort of newborn to the entire spectrum of world events and US foreign policy, I realize that what has struck me like an anvil may have been rather obvious to those more aware, more knowledgeable. That being said, however…the following statement came as a shock to me, but the kind of shock that, like cold water in your face, wakes you up: “President Obama is uncomfortable with the exercise of American power.” ( Marvin Kramer, “How Not to Fix the Middle East”, p.3)

“Middle Eastern states bend in response to displays of power”, Mr. Kramer asserts, and further stipulates that the Obama administration is trying to effect dramatic transformation in the Middle East without having yet to display any power. This senior fellow in the National Security Studies Program at Harvard cites, by comparison, actions taken by both Bush senior and junior, actions which provided those administrations with some “traction”, some clout, which this one is, at present, lacking. (p.6)

In his Cairo speech, President Obama, I have heard, did a lot of apologizing. (I didn’t read the text of the speech, I think I was having trouble tracking it down online.) I’ve heard that apologizing comment a number of times, and I have wondered, for what? This Middle East article quotes some of that speech, and what I might have, before, seen in a fuzzier, feel-good light, now…I’m wondering, hmmm…

“President Obama’s words are read as somehow confirming what many already suspect: that the United States has been wounded and weakened politically and economically, that it no longer punches at its weight, that its decline has begun, and that its President is trying to minimize America’s own shrinking in the world, by dismissing the very idea of dominance” concludes Kramer. He theorizes that, as the “middle powers” in the region (Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran) possibly hold such a perception of the country who should, instead, be a “guardian of the peace”, they will and in fact have already begun staking their claims to fill that void. Survival of the fittest, in a phrase…but with dangerous consequences. United States determination to maintain a position of priority in this volatile area of the world is seen by Mr. Kramer as not a cause of crises but a “bulwark” against far worse.


Don’t Wanna Say ‘I told you so’ but…(OK, Yes,I do!)

I’m in the middle of working on another post, and have also been offered some blogging help by fellow blogger AndyD, who will be guest-writing in the near future (once we decide on a topic) – BUT – while backtracking this AM to a piece I’d bookmarked back in February, I came across this Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde comparison to our President in a NRO article.
Because it so *totally mirrors & confirms my early-on suspicions, I feel vindicated. Yet, at the same time, sorrow tugs at my heart.

I left this comment on reddit.com over a year ago:

“I am not an Obama supporter, but am not antagonistic towards him. So far, anyway. The media and money aspect certainly do tend to power, but people who will vote for him in Nov. aren’t going to necessarily be voting for him b/c of this power. He can, as LanternBearer says, ‘wing a speech’ very well. His presentation of himself will win voters, in large part, I think.”

In ‘Dr. Barack and Mr. Obama’, Victor Davis Hanson, in National Review Online, writes the following:

People assumed that his easy rhetoric was not a result of studied preparation or superficial style, but a natural reflection of honesty and sincerity.”

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“Now nearly half the country is not merely distrustful of him, but increasingly viscerally angry at him as well.”

“…it took millions of Americans months of fair and judicious examination to conclude that Obama’s real weaknesses were his once-advertised strengths:… The present Mr. Obama looks and sounds like the old Dr. Barack, but he surely does not act anything like the candidate who persuaded America.”

Check out the NRO article.

* not necessarily referring to my being ‘simpatico’ w/every detail in this article by Mr. Hanson – rather the general principle indicated by the details.

Re-Visiting pre-Election Concerns

“There’s growing concern that under President Obama, the United States of America will turn into the United States of Europe. ” – Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice, “Is Our Sovereignty at Risk?”



Please, please, God, let me be wrong…

Reading the above article recently, I saw exactly what, during the 2008 election campaign, I had feared might become true being put into words by Jay Sekulow. Then Senator Obama’s charisma concerned me. Hitler was charismatic. Jim Jones was charismatic. Jesus gets your attention, He can be riveting – but I doubt that He would be called charismatic. Charismatic people have a magnetism that can draw you…in the wrong direction. Too late, you realize you were duped.

People love to be caught up in the swell of emotion, passion, purpose. It feels good and offers {false?} hope. It is almost a resurrection. From despair or just plain same-old, same-old, we are thrust into the apparent promise of a new tomorrow…but I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the truth – the hidden agenda, hidden perhaps even from the one enacting it, (at first, anyway…) If you know the Lord, and look to the Spirit of truth to guide you into all truth (John 16:13), then you need to be doing that now.

Reading Bible prophecy, it is often commented that the United States of America does not appear to be represented. Prophetic studies are not my strong suite, but even I have noticed that. It has been suggested that America becomes absorbed into the European Union, and I fear this may be so. I cannot bear to believe it, but I can see how it could happen.

Please, please, God, let me be wrong…


President Obama is embarking on a new and troubling direction for our nation. Many are calling it the “Selling of America” – surrendering our national sovereignty – our constitutional framework – all in the interest of international cooperation.” Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice, “Is Our Sovereignty at Risk?”


In recent days and weeks, watching broadcasts of our new President speaking, I experienced the first flicker – barely a flicker, even – of my pre-election concerns reviving. I thought, It’s just me. But it isnt’t just me, I see now, after reading the transcript of Sekulow’s interview with Glenn Beck. There is not always a place for a spirit of ‘co-operation’. Sometimes open-minded, boundary-blurring initiatives can allow for the swallowing up of that which should not be swallowed up. So, while “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12: 18) is godly counsel for sure, there are apparently times when it is not possible. There are times when what seems to be a blessing is not that at all, but a curse in disguise.


We who see things in this light are in stellar company. Consider the following –

“…believe me, fellow-citizens…history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.” – George Washington, from his Farewell Address, 1796

Upon leaving his second term in office as President, coupled with years of military strategic and combat experience, Washington counseled retaining always national sovereignty. He counseled avoiding permanent alliances, partnering with ‘favourite nations’, which he believed would lead to “…concessions to the favourite nation” which ultimately would prove injurious to the one conceding. Washington foresaw “unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained.” And he also considered such attachments to foreign nations to provide the potential for the “illusion of an imaginery common interest in cases where no real common interest exists.” Washington saw the betrayal and/or sacrificing of national interests, presenting itself as “gild{ed} with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good…”

A wolf in sheep’s clothing?

For “extraordinary emergencies”, Washington allowed for temporary alliances, but otherwise, he adjured young America to “have with them {foreign nations} as little political connection as possible.”

I know it is a different world now, an age of terrorism, nuclear threats and world-wide economic disaster. International cooperation is mandated for the securing of international safety, but how far should America take this? Can we safely ignore George Washington’s directives in the process? I don’t see how anyone can think that we could…yet some do. (Related topic)



Read Jay Sekulow’s article.



All quotations (except Jay Sekulow’s) are taken from Washington’s Farewell Address, found in George Washingtin: In His Own Words, Harrison & Gilbert, editors.

Tell Me This isn’t Another Iraq…

President Obama has signed the order authorizing an additional 17,000 troops to be deployed to Afghanistan.

This deployment will begin in May, and will increase U.S. forces there by fifty percent, in addition to the 32,000 NATO troops already present. The White House has acknowledged that the Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan, and American homeland security is threatened by al-Qaeda as a result of this. Taliban attacks, as well as U.S. and NATO casualties, in the Afghan/Pakistani area are higher than they have been since our war on terror began in earnest. A request for 30,000 more troops had been made previously, by the U.S commander in Afghanistan, and former President Bush had authorized them, but only 6,000 arrived this past month.

I personally am gratified to see President Obama taking this action, and I would say I’m greatly reassured as to his more aggressive approach towards combating terrorist activities, except that Obama has also stated that he wants to “limit U.S. objectives” in Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post. What does this mean? I would think, as per the title of this post, the president wants to do exactly that. Meaning, Afghanistan can’t become another Iraq, and let’s make sure it doesn’t. Let’s be careful how involved we get, and how we get involved.

Though Obama promised to withdraw our troops from Iraq in a clear, methodical manner, he has yet to begin that process, nor has he received any specific withdrawal plans from military planners. This signifies, to me, that perhaps a more cautious tone is prevailing here. Perhaps campaign promises were a bit too brash…? We are talking the security of not only the United States but the world, really; human lives, bloodshed and human suffering are the issues here. I would not want to be the leader with that responsibility on my shoulders. I cannot even imagine that kind of weight. Even so, I am glad to see that President Obama may be applying the brakes slightly, regarding U.S. troop evacuations, and yet I would also think it wisdom to consider our options in a regretfully necessary Afghan occupation.

Unbelievably, the response of the Afghan citizenry sounds just like the latter years attitude of the Iraqi public. They want us out. Or at least, less. A recent poll indicates only 18% are happy about an increase in U.S. troops there. Rising civilian casualties are, understandably, a source of resentment, and the coalition forces are gradually losing support for this reason, according to yesterday’s U.N. report.

This sound familiar to anybody?

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll indicates Americans are divided roughly 2 to 1 as regards increasing our military presence in Afghanistan, the scales tilting against it. About one-third of us support troops increase; the rest, either let it be, or send some home…

Again, familiar ring…..?

AND YET…”…most Americans consider winning in Afghanistan essential to victory in the broader fight against terrorism…” ( Washington Post )

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(Source: Washington Post)





Guantanamo

My mushy, emotional Obama moment is over.

This is definitely not a political discussion-type blog, and it won’t be often that I post my opinion on current events, but today I am. I don’t have a mind for political/government etc. debate, I go on my instinct. I can’t prove a point in this arena, I don’t know enough. I get headaches trying to read and learn all the necessary facts. But I’ve been reading & getting headaches for the past two days, trying to understand, to comprehend the bigger picture behind President Obama’s signing of the order to close the Guantanamo prison within a year.

This detention center houses some major terror suspects, specifically five of whom are believed to have been involved in the planning of 9/11. The order includes shutting down secret CIA prisons, world-wide, where we held suspected terrorists. And it looks like what I call ‘soft-on-torture’ legislation is being officially adopted. Extremely soft.

For two or three days before the Inauguration, I was getting this sense of dread, this sick feeling that, once sworn in, we would begin to see a different Obama than the charismatic guy who campaigned. My fear specifically was…well, something just like this.

I really need to take time to read the Constitution through, because I don’t know how, or if, the Bush administration may have violated it, broken the law. But, you know, though it may be proven that such was the case, my position is, whatever it takes to prevent another 9/11…