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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Politics

There are some who say you should never talk about politics or religion. Others say that the two should never be mixed. I've never understood how a real person of faith can keep it out of his politics. Besides, if you know me, you know I've never been one to listen too much to what "they" say. So here it goes.

It's primary time in Tennessee today. I hope you have taken the time to vote your conscience. If not, I hope you have made plans to visit your local hardware store, buy a roll of duct tape and insure that your mouth stays closed until the next election. You see, if you don't practice your right to vote, I believe you lose your right to complain. That being said, here are my unsolicited thoughts (they are the best kind because they are free).

Our country is rapidly declining on ALL fronts: politically, culturally, economically and, of course, spiritually. We have allowed immorality, tolerance, apathy, professional politics, the god of multi-culturalism and greed to pull our nation apart by the seams. So, where do we turn to try and right the ship?

You turn to the one place your voice can still make a difference--the voting booth. I am a big proponent of ditching the whole Washington, D.C. mob (and I do mean that term literally) and starting over. If you go back to the earliest days of our nation and, therefore, the closest to our founding principals, you'll find two very important things have been lost.

The idea that our leaders should be normal people like you and me--farmers, teachers, doctors, businessmen--who served for patriot's reasons, not for an income and retirement benefits.

Secondly (this is the part you knew would come), we lost the foundational understanding that ALL we have was endowed by our Creator (God). Our Founding Fathers were absolutely passionate that America should be a nation that guaranteed freedom OF religion not freedom FROM religion. Here is the million dollar challenge. I'm serious. I will personally right a check for $10,000 to the person who can show me in the Constitution where the phrase "separation of church and state" actually exists. You won't find it. It's not there, people. Not only did the first Americans not believe in it, they didn't even practice it. Why in the world do you think every session of Congress in the history of our nation has opened with prayer? Why do you think Presidents are sworn in holding a Bible? They were counting on our moral principles to make the American system work. Without it....well, we have what we see today.

America was established as a nation of the people, by the people and for the people. The great American experiment will continue to die as long as the people remain silent. Go vote, people!!

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