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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Have I Ever Been Gone So Long Before?

I'm outta sorts, I have written so many posts in the last few days. But none have shown up here.

I have even tried, desperately tried, to write silly willy nilly posts about pruning, cats, (not pruning cats, pruning trees and watching cats), nutty dogs, hard jobs, good friends, bad scenes (the naked bottom of a trifle bowl), homemade pizza, frozen water, wild birds, new cake recipes, downloading books from the library and how they are "returned." I have a ton of things to tell you, to joke with you about and I even have a huge list of daily thoughts about God and exhortations for both you and I Dear Reader, to become better at following Him, hearing Him. But all those posts are drafts, or ended up stuck on my One Note.

Somehow in all those posts amid the joking about dogs and girls are snide comments about our new President. Many of them entirely juxtaposed and non sequitur. But un-deleatable. Yet un-Publish Post-able. So there lays my quagmire of no posts as of late.

If only I could get my hands on a glass of kool aid that is a flavor I like, I could drink deeply then, chug away at the mind numbing, moderate-education erasing fluid that millions upon millions of my country men have draught down into their gullets to course through their veins and block their brains from clear reasonable thinking on at least the level that we would expect from a junior high student.

"And yet, they were willing to put all they were and all they had on the line - their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor - for a set of ideals that continue to light the world. That we are equal. That our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness come not from our laws, but from our maker. And that a government of, by, and for the people can endure. It was these ideals that led us to declare independence, and craft our constitution, producing documents that were imperfect but had within them, like our nation itself, the capacity to be made more perfect." Barak Obama, from an inauguration week speech.

He says wonderful things such as this and our nation's mind goes numb, forgetting who is saying this or because of who is saying this, we look no further for hints of what the man holds as truth. I'm not at this point even really speaking of his policies, policies that include spending ridiculous amounts of money on programs shown to be corrupt and hindering at worst or ineffectual at best, or having us spend government funds for people choosing foolishness and the murder it takes to dispose of the resulting inconvenience. I'm speaking of something far more insidious.

In spite of what he has said in the above paragraph he goes on to say within the same speech:
"And yet while our problems may be new, what is required to overcome them is not. What is required is the same perseverance and idealism that those first patriots displayed. What is required is a new declaration of independence, not just in our nation, but in our own lives - from ideology and small thinking, prejudice and bigotry - an appeal not to our easy instincts but to our better angels."

Echoing from an October speech where Barak Obama said, “This is not a time for ideology; this is a time for common sense."

Hate to break it to his speech writers and him, that in America, common sense American style is ideology. He addresses it himself in most of his train speech where he waxes poetically about the perseverance and dedication that the first Americans had "for a set of ideals that continue to light the world." That, my Dear Reader, is ideology.

He brings it up in the pejorative and hopes that it can be slipped in because some where in the backs of our minds, ever so subtly, we remember the word "ideologues". And then we too will jump on the band wagon of being free from ideologies, and then he will slowly drop from his speech the "ideals that continue to light the world."

He begins to set up the opportunity to shame the citizenry for their holding onto ideas and aims that build their comprehensive vision, their way of thinking as a nation built on certain principles, that he may then, after all vestiges of American Revolutionary desires are stripped away, embed his ideologies, but they will not be as cohesive, they will be more like not having any ground under us at all. It will be destructive to the very core that we have come to know is America.

This is the same trick that Napoleon Bonaparte contrived when he turned the term ideologies onto those he call ideologues, oddly enough he used it against those in his days that were considered liberal, his opponents. To discredit and shame them into silence. Ideology, ideals are bad, so said Napoleon Bonaparte and so now says Barak Obama.

By calling for "freedom from ideology" in one speech and "declaration of independence, not just in our nation, but in our own lives - from ideology" in others, he is setting in our brains, should we care to allow him to serve up his kool aid, that we are not to hold fast to concepts that this country was built on. He is laying the road to shredding out of our minds the very things that make us American. He will redefine us in the future as a undefinable androgynous amorphous blob of collective human flesh at his disposal.

And he has already done so. I have no idea what this person's past integrity was like, I just recently added them to my reader list because I was looking for more farm blogs to read. But they are no longer on my list. I do not mind those who are hoping that the future will be made brighter by a new fresh face at the gate. I do not mind those who truly believe that the road to freedom is isolationism and thievery on either side of the isle, what I mind is a person plowing American soil with this thought in his or her head:

"We have waited for this moment in time when we can be so proud of our country. For many, it's our first experience of authentic patriotism. At last we are able to hold up our heads as Americans. We have spoken; democracy is indeed a reality." An unnamed blogger speaking of the inauguration of Barak Obama.

What a display of self-indulgent, short-sited, un-educated understanding of America. Clearly they have been drinking from the Cup-of-Michelle. Can't wait to see how Democracy works without freedom of speech.

I said last spring, perhaps not on this blog but in person, that this man is dangerous and I say he still is. Not for his policies that can easily be changed but for his shaming our country into giving up its profound, distinct and noble ideals that make up its ideology. He will do it not thorough anything we can fight by vote except in our own person, because he will do it through his sleep speech, speeches designed to leave our eyes open and our hands clapping all the while it puts our mighty brain to sleep. And yes, he is free to use speech but I hope that, unlike the blogger quoted above, we are not willing to succumb to his sleep speech.

As a Christian who happens to be American, I know that no one can strip away from me what is the ultimate in importance. That said, I can also see how unfortunate it is that we are willing to shame all the good that this country has meant for the last two-hundred years because we are about to get a cookie. I am ever so thankful that I know my God, because I'm not so sure I will recognize my country in eight years, and I am glad that my salvation does not rest in such a fragile thing as two-hundred years of Democracy


Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

love that last paragraph, Lanny. I'm not a big political watcher but I did watch the inaugeration the other day. During his speech, I prayed. For him, for our government, for our country as a whole. But then it got down to praying for me. That I will stand up for my Savior, Jesus... my belief that I am redeemed and set free by Jesus' blood... that no matter what comes in the days, and years ahead, my eyes will stay focused on the only One who can heal and save us!
I will pray for Obama, because I am told to do that by Jesus. I will respect Obama and love him as my "neighbor".
But thank God for Jesus!

KathyB. said...

I don't think people really want what is right, they want what 'seems' right, and apparently that is whatever mind numbing , feel good gibberish is being dished up by the celebrity elite...I mean really, if the celebrities and so-called "American Camelot" fully endorse our new ????, then who are we to question overturning the constitution, and basically flushing down the toilet the blood and tears of so many true patriots? Ideals...? Bah, humbug.What was it the people of Israel said, to their doom? "We want a king!" and God gave them Saul, and a host of their doom.They suffer the consequences of that to this very day. Yes, Lisa, and Lanny, I am thankful I have Jesus, and He alone is our salvation.

Susie said...

I'm glad to see you back online posting again Lanny. I was beginning to wonder what was going on with you. I think as a Christian I just have to trust in God and know that he is in control.

And by the way Lanny maybe the new president should consider hiring you as his new speech writer. Your post was very well thought out.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

not to mention the whole "empty out gitmo" thingy. now where shall we send these guys? oh, right, back to kill more soldiers, but if they do it AGAIN, then watch out. i could barf... seriously. not to even MENTION that plucked chicken feather dress. she scares me as much as he does.

sigh... bee

LindaSueBuhl said...

So Lanny - would you prefer just to email us so you could say what you really think? I am working hard on holding to my original hope (reading scripture is so helpful in living life!) - that which man means for evil-God will use for good. I don't know what the future holds (another blessing for which I thank God) but I know who holds the future. The future isn't shown by Hollywood fools who run after a style. I was thrilled by the inauguration for two reasons - the incredible joy it brought to African Americans to see a man of their culture (mI'm not going off on a tangent about how much he may or may not represent the vast majority of African Americans because I'm am not of that culture) as leader of the free world. The other was the same thing with every election - an orderly passing of leadership . I depend on what MY creator, Lord and Savior has already promised. I'm working on working, living peaceably and witnessing with my actions ('cause my words are often not so lovely). Good posting and it will be a time for Followers of Christ to be like that old Nike commercial - Just Do IT!

Marla said...

Glad to see that you are back, I thought you were ill again, and taking your mind altering medications. I will pray for the president becuase that is all that we can do. Everything is in God's hands. I don't like some of his policies already, but there isn't much we can do about it.

Wingmaster said...

I am beginning to envy the willfully ignorant (mostly youths) who "don't pay attention to politics or the news". If you can't find the right flavor of Kool-Aid, Lanny, I know from experience that Dirt's vintage '07"Apple-tini" Private Reserve works wonders. Two glasses later you'll just sit and smile. :-)

Anonymous said...

Like Susie, I am happy to see you back online. I had been concerned about your absence. I think our country needs more prayer than ever now. I did not watch any of the inaugeration. I just did not think I could stand it.

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

That was an excellent post! My husband and I are in total agreement (and not the Kool-Aid drinking kind). :o) It seems society wants to Feel right, not Do what's right.
We pray for Obama but know in our hearts that he is an extremely dangerous individual. I've started calling BHO "Jim Jones" or "Hitler". There are many similiarites in their personalities and goals.
Well, may God bless America and keep y'all safe.
In Christ's Name ~ Sparky ♥ ∞

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