The banner on the dollar bill reads, “The United States of America,” indicating that it represents one dollar of the net worth of our nation. In my hand, then, that bill really becomes not my possession but instead a trust I have earned.
Two weeks ago a man in Texas wrote a letter to The SUN berating what he called my “affinity” for socialism, stating he believed this nation was founded on the premise that government was a necessary evil and that in the beginning “individual freedom” was the ideal that inspired those who left the Old World. If that were ever true, then the 20th century certainly reflected radical changes in the people who evolved from an agrarian to industrial and finally into a technological society as well as views of their rights, their opportunities and hopes for the quality of their own lives as well as of their children.
Conservatism is usually found deeply rooted in the past and status quo, dedicated to a mythical aura surrounding a life which probably never widely existed in this country. There is a fantasy, what they believe to have been good without need to regard how others were deprived years ago in the laissez faire world of macho individualism. The liberal sees the past as a guide — not the rule — for the future. Thus the fathers wrote our Constitution as a liberal document for all the people in that they anticipated and provided for the changes that have already come over two centuries. Shucking slavery did not destroy forever the economy of the South, yet we hear the same old gloom-and-doom rhetoric whenever social programs are proposed for the downtrodden. Sounding almost distraught as the thought of socialism (the S-word) entered the election process, he concluded his letter with “May God help us.”
Invoking a deity can be dangerous, especially if the deity calls upon the caller to account. It was a sad lesson learned too late by the rich man at whose gate the beggar Lazarus sat. In both the Old and New Testaments we have been commanded to feed, to house, to heal and comfort the needy, yet never told to examine first for worthiness or ability to pay. Technology has given us the miracles of science, medicine and finance so that if we all chip in a little we can all receive equally according to need. Barriers such as who deserves and who does not can go down. This is not soppy. It won’t kill our drive and we don’t have to surrender our individuality to become one people. In the 21st century, the dollar bill could be that trust if we want it to be.
The politicians have made it a habit to end their speeches with “And God bless the United States of America.” Better they should appeal for the guidance to recognize the blessings we already have and to use them more liberally.
Do you know what FAMA stands for? We found out one recent Sunday evening when we attended a fund-raiser for the Fine Arts Magnet Academy, held at the Quaking Aspen. We met Beka and Charlie Pepiton and were introduced to Beka’s (she is the art teacher at the high school) dream of promoting arts education in the schools in a creative and intriguing way. The evening event went way too fast — comfortable, exciting surroundings, great music, delicious food, many friends and a glorious idea. Don’t miss the next event promoting this dream.
I understand Sarah Palin is very disappointed with those who spread rumors, gossip and innuendo regarding her campaign performance, saying “That’s cruel. It’s mean-spirited. It’s immature. It’s unprofessional, and those guys are jerks if they came away with it, taking things out of context, and then tried to spread something on national news. It’s not fair and not right.”
I seem to recall Sarah Palin did the same thing with her “lipstick-wearing pit bull” attacks on President-elect Obama. Might this be just desserts?
FDR went on television and reassured the American people when the stock market crashed in 1929. TV had not been invented yet and Herbert Hoover was president in 1929.
He hated one of Obama’s anti-McCain commercials. He admitted later he had not even seen the commercial.
Hilary Clinton might have been a better pick than me for VP.
To find out what Americans think, you have to walk down Union Street with me in Wilmington and go to Katie’s Restaurant. Katie’s Restaurant is an eatery that has been closed for nearly 20 years, and was never on Union Street.
Asked a Missouri state senator to stand up and be recognized. The man was wheelchair-bound.
I can’t wait to hear more from the vice president-elect that the majority of voters elected, to be a heartbeat away from the president.
This time, I didn’t cry.
In 1964, I was 24 and idealistic and certain that the right man for America was Barry Goldwater. He was conservative, the ideal my philosophy said we needed. I didn’t totally agree with him, but was convinced he could lead us well.
As the campaign went on, I became frustrated with the Democratic commercials. They were great propaganda and portrayed Goldwater as a murdering warmonger. He was well educated and well spoken, but one “news analyst” called him a Neanderthal.
Despite my hopes, Goldwater carried five states, and Lyndon Johnson won the rest. It was the worst political disaster in American history. As the returns came in, ever more depressing to me, I wept. I was shattered and devastated by the unfairness I perceived in the media, and the half-truths or outright lies I felt had gone unchallenged.
For months I moped about what had happened and the perceived injustice. No one will ever know how Goldwater would have performed as president. History shows how Johnson performed.
Now it is 2008, and I am 44 years older, and in some ways, history has repeated itself. Yet, this time I didn’t weep, despite my sadness at what has happened. Why?
I have come to believe scripture that states:
Daniel 2:21 — “It is He (the God of heaven) … who removes kings and establishes kings.”
Job 42:2 — “I know that You (the God of Israel) can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”
Despite misgivings about Senator Obama, and my prayers for a McCain victory, I always said, “nevertheless, not my will but thine be done.”
Did I mean my words? Was I lying to God? Not intentionally, but now I have a choice in how I will act.
I could choose to pout and withdraw and blame and condemn. That course is very tempting, but is no longer an option for me because I know that is not my Father’s will.
The better choice for me is to accept this event as having been God’s will whatever His reasons. Having made that decision, I am obligated as a Christian and as a good citizen to be respectful of the newly-elected president. I am to honor the office and support the person as president unless his actions make that impossible from a biblical perspective. I do not have to approve of his decisions, but I must accept them, contesting them only with my prayers, my voice and my vote.
I have to be prepared to be courageous in my actions, if government calls upon me to violate biblical principals or directives.
I do not know what direction President Obama may seek to take our country and my fears in that regard may never be realized, God willing. This is a time to attend closely to Christ’s directive to be “wise as serpents and gentle as doves.”
My overriding world view is that God is sovereign and still sits on the throne, and that I am to abide by His will, insofar as I am able to perceive it in the course of events. God help me do so, and may God bless America!
A quick apology regarding the invitations for the holiday open house at Home Again this last Saturday. Because of a snafu at the post office, the invitations arrived later than anticipated and much too late for people who received them to actually attend. However, we are happy to honor the sale through next Saturday, Nov. 15, to those who couldn’t participate and celebrate with us.
Lvonne and the staff at Home Again