God Does Not See Red States or Blue States…Just Faithful States

I came across this story from my favorite college teacher; I find this piece published in the Abilene Reporter disturbing for attacking the student paper at ACU (Abilene Christian University) In essence, this guy is saying God and rich people hate ACU for supporting Obama; does that mean He hates me too? I doubt it. This guy is serving his own agenda — not that of Christians. As a Christian who supports Obama, I do not think God hates me. Read the entire article here. It is pretty good — but sad.

Here are a few snippets:

It’s a sad day for Abilene Christian University, and it’s going to get worse if things don’t change. Why?

The ACU on-campus paper endorsed Barack Obama for president. Ironically, this will mean bad economic news for students. Ironic because they endorsed Obama for economic reasons. How? Lost donations and tuition.

Over the last hundred years, who has given to ACU (tuitions and donation)? Who has endorsed the school, encouraged attendance and been loyal through thick and thin? Conservative Christians. Opponents of abortion.

Why does it cost $5,000 to $6,000 per year or more for ACU than Harding University (a Church of Christ school in Arkansas)? It’s the economics of a failure to stand up for biblical truth, and the campus support for liberalism — including this most recent endorsement by The Optimist for Obama.

Why is the attendance for Harding 1,000 to 2,000 higher than ACU? Why are West Texas families — who attended ACU themselves — sending their children to Harding (it’s getting rampant; I’ve personally met many)? Again, it’s the economics of liberal endorsements.

Proverbs 14:34, “God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak.” NLT

Lord, forgive our Christian schools and nation for voting money over morals. Remind us that you are our eternal IRA and that you promised to take care of us if we’d only put Kingdom things first. Please create the circumstances in our lives and our nation that lead us to do just that. In Jesus’ name, amen.

The RNC & McCain’s Speech

You have got to be kidding me; I fell asleep due to being bored. Same old spill — nothing new. Good luck McCain. I am not even motivated to write about this.

'Fight with me'

I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can. My opponent will raise them. I will open…

I will open new markets to our goods and services. My opponent will close them.

I will cut government spending. He will increase it.

My tax cuts will create jobs; his tax increases will eliminate them

Health Care and Rudy

As many of you know, I subscribe to and receive a number of academic and political e-news letters. Below Frank Llewellyn addresses the issue of health care and the inability of Republicans and Democrats to address this problem.  We all know that a third party will never take charge of the White House. That is not their agenda….There job is to influence the major parties.  I will say this, if you are  over the age of 60, I would think twice before voting Republican. Of course if you are rich, you might not care. Since I am not, I hope you have to pay more in taxes so that those with no health care can get it from the government. So what if you have to sacrifice that lake house. ~EC~

“Rudy Giuliani wouldn’t know ‘socialism’ from ‘social skills,’” said the Democratic Socialist of America’s (DSA) Frank Llewellyn. “He must be angling to join Hillary Clinton at the feeding frenzy courtesy of ‘Big Pharma’ and the Insurance Companies,” the DSA national director added.  The socialist leader was referring to the contributions the senator receives from the pharmaceutical industry and her abandonment of any pretense at offering health care for the millions of uninsured.  “Giuliani wants some insurance chum, too,” Llewellyn said, responding to Giuliani’s charge that the health care programs pushed by the Democratic frontrunners reflected un-American and socialist values. “Giuliani is wrong in so many ways that you could generate two top ten lists of crank comments from his press release.”

“First off, he tarnishes the socialist idea by associating it with the Democratic Party,” Llewellyn said, arguing that the Democrats are—with the exception of the G.O.P.—the most pro-capitalist and pro-corporate party in the world, and far more subservient to corporate needs than even the avowedly conservative French and German governments.  More important, argued Llewellyn socialized medicine has little in common with either a private or a public insurance system. Socialized medicine means that everybody has access to health care and all health care resources are allocated democratically to increase the public health. The application of such principles in the United States would be terrific, resulting in vast increases in public health especially in minority communities that have been starved of health care resources and have disproportionately high child mortality rates, he said.  In contradistinction, Giuliani’s approach, largely borrowed from President Bush, would vastly increase the number of Americans without insurance and subsidize the already well off with tax credits of up to $15,000.

 The European healthcare systems that Giuliani criticizes achieve better health outcomes for more people, and especially for children, than does the U.S. health care system, and at less cost. “It is a tragedy that 45 million Americans have no access to health insurance and that almost an equal number has access to health insurance only episodically. It is criminal that few politicians are serious about solving that problem, and just bizarre that the former New York mayor would lump the plans of his opponents with socialist measures,” Llewellyn said. That’s because none of the major Democrats are advancing a plan even remotely resembling socialized healthcare, in Llewellyn’s opinion.  Neither are they challenging the insurance industry. All of the proposed Democratic plans (with the notable exception of Dennis Kucinich’s) leave the private insurance system intact. Socialists argue that the insurance industry with its bloated administrative and marketing costs and its constant effort to dodge paying the cost of providing health care—especially to those most in need—is the chief barrier to increased access to health care and better health for most Americans.

It was insurance company profits that funded the massive advertising and lobbying efforts that defeated the Clinton Administration’s early attempt to improve health care and access to insurance for Americans. Since the Clinton plan—itself barely adequate but an improvement over anything that followed—was defeated, insurance companies have gotten richer and those Americans without insurance have increased by at least a third. Socialists in the United States, for the most part, do support a single-payer approach to health insurance as embodied in the legislation (HR 676) introduced by Representative John Conyers and 74 co-sponsors; most people who support a single payer approach to healthcare or the Conyers bill are not socialists and the bill is definitely not socialized medicine. “Socialists continue to support socialized medicine, but we also support a politically viable plan that meets the needs of the uninsured.” Llewellyn said

  “If Giuliani would like to debate some real socialists about the health care crisis facing the United States, instead of positioning himself in the Republican primary as an alternative to the equally feckless Mitt Romney, we will gladly take him on. Democratic Socialists of America, the largest democratic socialist organization in the United States is engaged in a national dialogue on economic justice that includes support for a single payer health care system. Giuliani just postures while the nation’s poor and uninsured remain at risk.”

I am No Republican….I am No Democrat….Bloomberg

  • …supports abortion
  • supports gay marriage
  • favors a tax increase
  • believes in government social programs

After hinting that he might run for president, today New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he was leaving the Republican Party to become an independent. If he does this and still runs for the White House, there is a chance that he could pull 25% of the votes. Here is my question: Will Bloomberg’s independent run hurt Republicans or Democrats? Remember, he only became a Republican in 2002.

Fred Thompson by Cole Thomas

Cole Thomas addresses the man I believe could be the next Ronald Reagan. Fred Thompson, in my opinion, is not only a wonderful actor (Die Hard, Law & Order, etc), he is the only conservative candidate that has a chance at defeating Hillary R. Clinton. This is a really good piece. ~EC~

I have no idea whether Fred Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, will run for the Republican nomination for president, but he should. He has Ronald Reagan’s communication skills and speaks plainly in ways most people can understand. Anyone who has listened to him substitute for Paul Harvey on ABC News Radio senses that, in this, he follows in Reagan’s footsteps. Radio is an intimate medium. People who are able to connect with a radio audience often can connect on TV and in person. Thompson, the actor, plays other people. On radio and in news interviews, he “plays” himself. He conveys Middle American, common sense values. When he is asked a question, he doesn’t sound as if he’s giving a poll-tested pabulum answer. Agree or not, his statements spring from conviction.

In an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace in March, Thompson gave refreshingly direct answers to questions.

» On Iraq: “We’re the leader of the free world whether we like it or not. People are looking to us to test our resolve. People think that if we hadn’t gone down there (to Iraq), things would have been lovely.”If Saddam Hussein were still around today with his sons looking at Iran developing a nuclear capability, he undoubtedly would have reconstituted his nuclear capability. Things would be worse than they are today.” Yes, we made mistakes in Iraq, Thompson says: “We went in there too light, wrong rules of engagement, wrong strategy, placed too much emphasis on just holding things in place while we built up the Iraqi army, took longer than we figured. Wars are full of mistakes. You rectify things. I think we’re doing that now.”

» On abortion: “Pro-life,” he said. “I think Roe v. Wade was bad law and bad medical science. And the way to address that is through good judges.”

» On gay rights: “I think that we ought to be a tolerant nation. I think we ought to be tolerant people. But we shouldn’t set up special categories for anybody. Marriage is between a man and a woman, and I don’t believe judges ought to come along and change that.” As for “civil unions,” Thompson thinks it should be left up to the states.

» On gun control: Thompson is “against it generally.”

Thompson is a member of the advisory committee for the Libby Legal Defense Trust, which supports Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who is appealing his perjury conviction. Thompson told Wallace if he were president, he would pardon Libby immediately: “This is a trial that never would have been brought in any other part of the world. This is a miscarriage of justice.”

Thompson also doesn’t appear to be lusting after the job as if he needs it for his self-image. This, too, is much like Reagan, who knew who he was before becoming president and was the same after he left office.It’s said of Thompson that he always has “answered the call” of his country, whether it was serving as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee or in other capacities, including United States senator. Some political “experts” think it’s almost too late for any new candidate to announce for president. Actually, waiting might be the best strategy for these Republicans. Conservative Republicans are restless about what they regard as a weak field. They want someone who can take on Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama and win.

Thompson thinks he can afford to wait until he again hears “the call.”

 

 

 

Why I Would Vote for Rudy over Hillary by Joe Moore

The following piece was written by Joe Moore, a sophomore in my World History course. Joe does a nice job following current trends and political developments. Feel free to leave Joe a comment regarding this political piece. Note: The views below do not represent those of Edward Carson. ~EC~

Let’s start out with the basics so members of the voting base will understand who these people are. Rudolph Giuliani and Hillary Clinton are the front runners for the Republican and Democratic Party, respectively. But don’t let their party affiliation confuse you. Giuliani is running on the Republican ballot (the GOP) while Hillary Clinton has maintained her status with the party that got her husband (Bill) elected to the Great White Prison. Remember, Giuliani was the spokesperson for the city of New York on 9/11 .

Just a few notes here: Giuliani has cleaned up the streets and subways for a number of New Yorkers, while Hilary Clinton has been riding the fame of being married to Bill, who wasn’t that bad of a president. Although both candidates are running on different ballots, they enjoy the benefit of being from the Great Northern Blue State (New York). They both have similar interests which may cause people in their own respective parties to go “What did they just say?” More importantly, both have been known to follow the latest polls. For example, Hillary changes the way she looks or talks to get extra votes or poll points (example: Selma, AL). Rudy tends to change not only his hairdo, but his political policies as well. As a republican, he believes in gay marriage and abortion. How is that?

Although “W” Bush supports Rudy, he does not support his social policies. Hillary, on the other hand, will support any policy as long as it will earn her a vote. She is very good at paying attention to her audience. In one of Hillary’s speeches (Selma), she all of a sudden came out on stage talking as if she were from West Texas or the South. Where is she from again? Oh right, SHE’S FROM ILLINOIS!! How does she get to be Senator of New York? Hillary has been very good at using the Clinton name to move ahead (sounds like someone…John Kerry). My only real problem with her is the unknown: Who will be making her policies, reforms, and appointments? Will it be Her or Bill? But in today’s society, what do we want? Someone who is far left or far right? For one I’d like someone who is extremely moderate but leans more to the right on most issues. Giuliani is the one that I believe is the most moderate candidate. Do not get me wrong, he has his flaws like everyone else. I think it is best that Giuliani explains his own flaws over time.

I recall reading Michael Savage’s The National Zoo some time ago. In it, he warns us about Giuliani saying that he is only popular when there is a need for him to be popular and strong. That is why I am supporting him. I will support him until he blows a debate or changes one of his many policies or reforms. Hillary will learn to deal without the White House for another 4 years.

Life Inside the Beltway by Alejandro Penafiel

The following piece was written by Alejandro Penafiel, a friend and former HCHS student of mine. Alejandro is a first year student at American University in Washington D.C. Moreover, he spent his first semester of college interning for the Republican Party at its national head office. This term and into the Summer, he will be working for Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign office. Alejandro is one of only three students that I have taught in four different Advanced Placement courses.

For the last few months, I have been living in Washington D.C. I have somewhat gotten entangled in this whole political thing of late. It started out that I just needed an internship to fulfill my program requirements, but all of a sudden, I was working in the heart of the Republican’s National structure at the RNC a few doors down from Ken Mehlman. I didn’t know it when I first arrived, but DC is fundamentally different than other cities when it comes to local affairs. Just to cite a few examples, the Washington Post is the local paper, subcommittee hearings are listed in the Metro section like they might be a fun thing to do if you’re bored one afternoon, and any policy issue of the day makes the 5 o’clock news. This is commonly called the “inside the beltway” mentality. It is called such because of the capital beltway that circles around DC. So imagine that by crossing the beltway you not only encounter more traffic, but also an entirely different dynamic and mindset. In light of my present context, I’m not surprised that I have gotten so into politics, seeing that I like it in the first place. Regardless of how it happened, however, I was spending two days a week trying to help the national party from hemorrhaging more seats than they had to.

Despite what my working for the national party might imply, I don’t really tow the party line blindly. Although it might seem slightly mercenary, I support a republican majority because I am first and foremost a fiscal conservative. Not that the Republican Party has been that great about balancing the budget, but at least they are not trying to nationalize healthcare which would somehow make it more efficient by complicating and enlarging the already enormous system. Oh, and there is that whole finding the money to pay for it thing. Anyway, I’m getting a little off topic. In my opinion, a legislature is always going to be a little corrupt and less efficient than we would like. That shouldn’t be surprising. While Washington may get new blood every once and a while (like in November), there is still plenty of old blood around and they are all running through the same old arteries. What I find most amusing about the republican bloodbath we all witnessed this fall is that they were all nailed to the cross of failed foreign policy. Congress can’t even set foreign policy, that is the executive’s job. If the policy is bad, which is difficult to argue against, the blame rest mainly on the guy who crafted it and those who trusted his judgment. I do have to admit that this is a highly unrealistic view to take. You can’t expect people to blame their own judgment when they can blame people on TV.

So in closing, I wouldn’t expect too much out of any legislature; I mean come on and look at the sixteenth century polish model. Ultimately, its up to the executive to set the agenda and make the policies that count, so hopefully we will get a guy or girl (though I hope to God not) that understands world affairs next time.