Sunday, February 18, 2007

A Prayer Worth Reading

When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the
Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but
this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness
and to seek your direction and guidance.

We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that
is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual
equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building
self esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called
it freedom of speech and expression.
We have ridiculed the time honored values of our forefathers and
called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from
every sin and set us free. Amen!"

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out
during the prayer in protest.

In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church where Rev. Wright is
pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those
calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving
international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa
and Korea .

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program,
"The Rest of the Story," and received as large a response to this
program as he has to any other one he has ever aired.

With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and
wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called
"one nation under God." If possible, please pass this prayer on to
your friends. "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for

Friday, February 16, 2007


True the Democrat party achieved a slight majority in the Senate and slightly larger percentage in the House. This does not mean that they alone have the right to determine all things. The Republicans and Independents have a right and a responsibility to be heard in debate of all issues coming before Congress. When one party controls the agenda be it in the house, senate or in committee, all elected representatives and senators must be allowed to be heard and their ideas voted upon. This is what citizens expect and deserve. I for one am tired of the smugness of Reid, Pelosi and their minions. Has this happened when another party was in the majority. Yes! Is it right? NO!!!!

We in America face many problems. The elected leadership are supposed to consider them in all facets with the wellbeing of the nation uppermost in their minds. When will we find more than a few who really care about our nation first and their personal power as the second or last motivating factor.

The Democrats have criticized whatever the President and Secretary of Defense have done or are doing. They offered no clear alternate plans and claimed it was not their responsibility. They do not want to assist the nation if that means the opposition power holders might be successful. General Petraeus was unanimously confirmed and now great efforts and many, many hours and days are being used to cut the very number of military he says he needs. I cannot see this is in the best interests of the country or the military. It is pandering to the "will of the citizens" who lack the ability often times to even identify who our leaders are, who the enemy is and the geographic location of areas of conflict. They campaign on their understanding of American government and the world situation and yet instead of leading the masses to understand the significance of the outcome of the conflicts in Iraq, they choose to follow the desires of those who are not doing the fighting and dying. This undercuts the opposition leadership and that is what they want to do. They dare someone to question their patriotism when they pursue what they feel makes them electable or re-electable instead of what is in our nation's interest. They posture, they orate about how great, wise and powerful they are while complaining loudly how dumb, stupid and wrong headed members of the opposite party are.

Stop this war in Congress. Do the job you were elected and are being paid to do. Remember your oath to support and defend the Constitution. Stop trying to run the executive branch until you learn how to effectively run the legislative branch. Allow free exchange of ideas, allow votes on issues, judges etc. that you do not personally support. You will then be identified as being able to lead, you will have merit which should be prerequisite to be elected or re-elected. You will have a chance to prove to the nation that you not only have principles, wisdom and patriotism but that you will stand for them when criticized.

“These are the times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
-- Thomas Paine

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Why Are Citizens Unable to Communicate With Representatives?

Perhaps the House of Representatives will be unable to pass their hoped for legislation penalizing grassroots organizations who encourage citizens to contact their senators and representatives, They do however block comments from citizens who do not live in their district. It appears that only potential voters are worthy of expressing their opinion.

Some websites indicate a preference for electronic mail as a security measure to avoid potential anthrax or ricin in regular mail. I have written to a number of Senators to express my opinion or to thank them for a particular stand. This seems acceptable even though I do not reside in the state they represent and several have responded thanking me for contacting them.

I attempted to write Speaker Pelosi. Her website will not accept out of district comments and directed me to use an email address from which my mail was returned as site unavailable. My attempt to write a NC representative from an eastern district, to thank him for comments he had made, was blocked as out of district.

Yesterday I attempted to write Rep. Ehlers of Michigan since he is listed as co-chair of the House Committee on Administration. This committee is charged with the oversight of the Smithsonian. I had read an article claiming that the Smithsonian, funded by taxpayers, has an exclusive contract with Showtime which disallows any other network from filming the public property held in this publicly supported institution. Again I was denied the right to ask a question and express my views.

Rep. Heath Shuler, my representative, does not respond to any communication via regular mail or electronic mail. Perhaps since I am registered as an Independent voter, my opinions do not count. I had the same experience with Senator Edwards. Is this a policy of Democrats? I did not agree with Charles Taylor on all issues but I always recieved an acknowlegement that my communication had been received. I also received periodic emails regarding recent and upcoming legislation and his vote or view on the issue. Senators Burr and Dole always acknowlege my communication.

As I watch CSPAN, see news clips on TV news or read article quoting legislators, they speak of "the majority of citizens " feeling a certain way about an issue. How do they know this when they ignore or actually block opinions of the majority.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Bold New Would Be Presidents?

In today's opinion journal, James Taranto writes, "Perhaps voters next year, chastened by Mr. Bush's dangerous boldness, will opt for someone more risk-averse. But if a crisis arises and the president proves unable to lead, they may find themselves longing for Mr. Bush's steadfastness. An excess of caution is itself a form of recklessness."

As Hillary and Edwards move further to the left, they fail to articulate any definitive actions they would take. in regard to Iran. I for one prefer someone who will make a decision and explain his rationale rather than "a--it's a--it's a" or "I think--I think the--we don't know" answers of Edwards. Hillary on the other hand says such garbled non answers such as "What do I mean by engagement or some kind of process? I'm not sure anything positive would come out of it . . . but there are a number of factors that argue for doing what I'm suggesting."

They are eager to point out that all of President Bush's policies in the war did not succeed and they feel their judgements are superior. I for one, do not.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Speaker Pelosi

Speaker Pelosi will only accept comments from her constituents and sends an address for non-constiuents to use. That address does not work. I guess that just proves she does not want to hear from anyone who is not a potential voter for her. How can she ever know what the majority of citizens think? The move in the house to limit any grassroots efforts to contact our representatives and senators is reflected in this run-around. So, I will post my Email on the internet via my blog.

Dear Madame Speaker,

As an Independent voter I welcomed your promises to clean up corruption and ethical violations. I expected you to be the model of ethical behavior. Instead I learn of your attempts to subvert taxpayers' funds which support the DOD to become the private shuttle service for you, your staff and family. Your position as Speaker undoubtedly requires some additional protection of your wellbeing in case of catastrophe that renders the President and the Vice President unable to perform the duties of their offices. If you are in Washington, DC at the time of such catastrophe I expect the Secret Service would immediately begin intensive protection. If you are in California at the time of a catastrophe, a plane could be dispatched to promptly return you to Washington, DC.

Your position as Speaker is not based on a national vote and if you are unable to carry out the duties of Speaker, another Representative can be selected by the House. Asking for military flights to be at your disposal is the height of arrogance and a misuse of taxpayers' funds. If you need private transportation, invest your own money in a small jet.

Your view of being the most powerful woman in America is true in the sense that the rare possibility of ascension to president is possible. You remain a public servant even as Speaker. Voters are watching you and I must admit I am disappointed in your self aggrandizing behavior and lack of sincerity in running the most ethical congress in history.