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Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Man behind curtain in Wizard of OzA few weeks ago while watching what’s been happening on the political scene at the federal level, I couldn’t help but think of the line from the Wizard of Oz, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” It seems that whenever Senator Obama is confronted with something from his past (giving further insight to the candidate himself), he and his running mate dismiss those references as “distractions” from the real issues, refuse to give an answer, or lie.

Who is the man behind the curtain?

Where was he born? His paternal grandmother says he was born in Kenya, but he says it was in Hawaii. When confronted with a lawsuit asking for proof of citizenship (Berg v. Obama), instead of providing a vault copy of his birth certificate to end all questions, he has the document sealed. [the Certificate of Live Birth posted on Obama’s website is not the vault copy and has been proven to be altered.]

What about his education? How did he afford to attend both Columbia and Harvard? What classes did he take and what organizations were he a part of? We don’t know…his records at Columbia have been sealed and the Obama campaign will not release them. He graduated in 1983 after two years there with a Political Science degree.

What about his faith?  He joined Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in the mid-late 1980s. He moved away for a period of time to attend Harvard Law School and returned after graduating in 1991. I visited the church’s website several months ago when someone emailed me about it stating both Oprah & Obama attended here.

First let me preface this with some personal history. I’m originally from NJ and was raised in a much more diverse population than there is here in Central Virginia. I never had issues with race…I had friends of all different ethnicities and did not consider myself (& still don’t) racist. It just was never on my radar growing up, and up until about a month ago, I didn’t realize how racially charged some folks are over having an African-American running for president (don’t forget he’s only half-black…he happens to be half-white, too but for some reason it’s the black part that concerns some whites).

Anyway, I attended a prominently black church for several years while I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina in the late 90’s, and I loved it. I particularly enjoyed the praise & worship and the minister at the time, Dr. Mark Chironna was very compelling in his preaching, and inspired me to delve deeper into the word. I became exposed to folks like T.D. Jakes and Hezekiah Walker and really enjoyed listening to them. So I have a bit of experience in that kind of an environment. But you know, it was not an ALL black church that I attended and while issues of race came up in sermons at times it was mostly talking about getting along with one another and recognizing that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

Now when I visited Obama’s church’s website, it was clear to me it was an ALL-black church and they took pride in the fact that they were all black. And when I read more about their “Black Value System“, I got the sense that they promoted racial divide and it really disturbed me. It still does. Especially after uncovering some other troubling information concerning Michelle Obama’s statements in a phone conversation which is expected to be released through FoxNews anytime now.

Reverend Dr. Jeremiah White Jr was his pastor throughout his whole time there. Reverend Wright’s sermons have been known to be “inflammatory rhetoric” against white people and even America as a whole. One sermon in particular proved to be very disturbing. After much controversy, Obama ended up repudiating the minister. [Watch the video clip on this ABC News report]

What about his record? He was a state senator in Illinois as well as a US Senator. While in Illinois, he voted “present” nearly 130 times (withholding a “yes” or “no” vote). Was he playing politics or just doing his job?

He voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act and lied about it. Obama claimed during the last presidential debate that it put the Roe v Wade decision in jeopardy and he didn’t want that to happen…that was why he voted against it. However, even NARAL did not oppose this act in the form that it was sent to the Congress for passage, stating it did not jeopardize Roe v. Wade and Obama still voted against it. What kind of a person would murder a baby after being born alive by intentionally denying any life-saving medical care? Evidently someone like Barack Obama. [Click here to view Gianna Jessen who was born alive after a botched abortion]

According to the National Journal’s 2007 Vote Ratings of the US Senate, Barack Obama was #1…the most liberal!

What about his associations? Whenever unrepentent domestic terrorist Bill Ayers is mentioned, Obama plays down the association. First, he was “just a guy in my neighborhood”. Then, when claims of their working together on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge in 1995 (founded by Bill Ayers with Obama as the Chairman of the Board) as well the discovery that the two worked together on a juvenile crime bill in 1997/1998. Then, most recently it was brought to light that Obama wrote a review/blurb promoting Ayers’ book in December 1997. Yet, Obama continued to dismiss the association by stating “the bombings happened when he was eight years old” as if they were irrelevant because it was in the past.  Obama’s initial statement dismissing his association of Ayers being “just a guy in his neighborhood” is a far-cry from the familiarity the two men shared. (Click here to see Obama on the O’Reilly Factor giving an answer for his association with Reverand Wright & Bill Ayers.)

Then there’s ACORN…and Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac…and Tony Rezko… Need I go on?

What about his economic philosophy and socio-political agenda?

Senator Obama published a book in 1995, Dreams of My Father and disclosed a bit about his liberal leanings from his college days.

Two weeks ago when an average Joe (a plumber), approached Obama with a question while the Presidential candidate was campaigning in his neighborhood, Obama revealed his intention was to “spread the wealth around” and that it was good. McCain picked up on this in the last presidential debate and within hours, Joe the plumber was attacked by both Senators Biden and Obama… for what? For being a plumber? For asking a question? For drawing an observation?

Senator Biden was interviewed over the weekend in Orlando, Florida and was asked about Obama’s position concerning “spreading the wealth around” and how it compares to Marxism as well as what he would say to the people concerned about Obama wanting to turn America into a Socialist country, and Biden scoffed at the questions saying Obama didn’t want to “spread the wealth around” (despite that’s exactly what he said to Joe, the Plumber), and that Biden didn’t know anyone who thought like that (re: America being made into a Socialist country by Obama) except for the far right wing of the Republican party and refused to answer the question.

Another interview took place last Thursday with Senator Biden in Philadelphia where the interviewer asked about Obama’s “spread the wealth around” comment to Joe, the Plumber and equating it to socialism and asked for further explanation. Biden responded with “no, no, no … absolutely not, absolutely not…” but again no explanation. Instead he just accused the Republicans for putting out “malarkey”. If it’s not true, then why won’t he explain the comment made by Senator Obama?

Then an audio recording surfaces within the last 24-48 hours from a radio interview in 2001 where Senator Obama laments over the Supreme Court’s inability to redistribute the wealth. He wants to seek redistributive change and discusses how seeking change through the courts is not the best way to bring that about. What’s so disturbing is that it is so obvious that he is not decrying redistributive change, but rather just discussing how to bring it about.

What else is there about this man that we don’t know?

Marriage & Family as God Intended

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

FamilyI believe there is a God, and He’s the Creator of the universe. He’s the God of the Bible whom the Jews & Christians recognize as opposed to Allah or Buddha or some other god worshiped in other religions.

This country was founded with the understanding that the God of the Bible was the true God, and they based their decisions in forming this country on that understanding. Our Declaration of Independence even recognizes the “Creator” and the “inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” came from Him. This is what I believe is meant by America being founded as a Judeo-Christian nation.

All over the various memorials & monuments in our nation’s capitol as well as federal buildings you’ll find references to this same God. There is no doubt that “God” is very much a part of our country’s heritage, despite the desire of some to stomp his name out of the public square.

God declares homosexual activity sin. He states clearly in the Bible that it is wrong for a man to lie with a man as he would with a woman. What happened to Sodom & Gomorrah (being wiped off the face of the planet) was a result of sexual sin and following after other gods. The word “sodomy” comes from the name “Sodom”. Despite the fact that God clearly states sodomy to be sin, our culture has embraced that act as permissible.

Please understand, I am not attacking those who consider themselves homosexual and I don’t believe God despises those folks either. It’s the behavior that is wrong. God created man and woman in such a fashion that they would “fit” together and pro-create, bringing forth new life. It’s truly fascinating when you stop and think about it. We were given such an awesome power and responsibility to re-generate and populate the Earth.

The idea of a man performing a sexual act with another man goes totally against God’s plan for creation…just like a human performing a sexual act with an animal is detestable, so is same-sex human relations. It’s not what God intended.

Now the idea of a man and woman performing sexual acts outside of marriage also goes against what God intended. God’s plan is for a man and woman to come together in marriage…for life. His plan was for them to have children. By His design a child was to have both a mother and a father.

Somewhere along the line though, we decided to step out of God’s plan…to do the very things he told us not to do. Well, with every choice we make, there’s a consequence. When we make good choices, we enjoy good consequences. When we make bad choices, we suffer bad consequences.

When we buy a product such as a toaster and follow the manufacturer’s instructions performing the tasks the appliance was created to do, such as making toast, all goes well. But when we decide to make a smoothie using a toaster, going totally against what the manufacturer had in mind in making that product, the results are disastrous.

That’s what has happened to us. We as a human race have defied our Creator’s plan for us and wonder why everything is such a mess.

Now, I’m not saying that every man and every woman has to marry, and I’m not saying that every married couple has to have children. Certainly you can choose not to and all is well. The problem is we have embraced the idea that it is okay to have “marital relations” (sexual intercourse) outside the bounds of marriage between a man and a woman, and then we don’t want to be held accountable for the consequences of those actions.

One consequence of sexual intercourse is conceiving a child. Instead of facing up to that consequence when we don’t want or like it and allowing that baby to live, we have convinced ourselves it is okay to just snuff the child’s life out — that somehow we can “erase” the consequence of our actions. But what we’re actually doing is creating another consequence by performing a second action.

While we may envision what having a child can mean for us as women as well as what it could mean for the child and feel we are justified in making a decision about whether or not to kill that baby, we seldom consider the consequence for killing our own children. And I can assure you, the folks who are looking at us, women in crisis, with dollar signs in their eyes when we start considering the alternative of abortion, they are not giving us the full low-down on the consequences of that procedure. In all honesty, they really can’t…nobody can. But you ask a woman who has had an abortion, and well, it’s very telling. Feelings of remorse and guilt, shame and brokenness, and only God knows what else. But then there’s the consequence of the life snuffed out. He/she could have been the one that would have discovered the cure for cancer or performed some other monumental task or even a series of small tasks that would have altered the future of mankind.

Think of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and how the impact of George Bailey’s life influenced all of those around him when he was given the gift of seeing what the world would have been like had he never been born. If you’ve never seen that movie, I highly recommend it!

So now, here we are…you and I might never consider killing our babies despite whatever negative consequence might result in having these children, but what about our family members? our friends? our co-workers? our neighbors? our fellow Americans?

Is it “right” for anyone to kill babies? If so, then why do we bother having a law forbidding murder? If we as Americans have the right to kill babies at two months in utero, or 5 months in utero, or 8 months in utero, or leave them to die after being born alive as a result of a botched abortion (all because we either see how their life is going to affect us or we’ve lost hope in their future), then why not give us the right to kill them at 3 months old (when we are sleep deprived), or 9 months old (when we’re suffering from post-partum depression), or 2 years old (when we’re stressed out by their defiance), or 12 years old (when they frustrate the heck out of us by their apparent lack of common sense), or 15 years old (when it’s obvious that they’re never going to amount to anything good)?

Do you see my point? Killing babies is wrong no matter how we try to justify it. Many a person has risen above his/her horrible childhood experiences to live incredibly victorious lives. Yes, some kids end up in lousy households, raised by incompetent parents or living in atrocious circumstances, but the answer is not “kill them so they won’t suffer”. If we are really concerned about the outcome of these “unwanted” children, then we should work to make their lives better, not annihilate them before birth.

As for legally redefining marriage to include anything other than one man and one woman, that would totally destroy our country. I’m not saying two people of the same sex cannot love each other. I’m not saying they cannot enjoy the same right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Of course, they can. If they want to live together, then that’s their prerogitive. If they want to buy property together or obtain medical insurance, that’s completely lawful. But to say they should experience the same “family” benefits as those who are married or to equate themselves with a traditional marriage is not right. God certainly opposes the idea.

I feel it is necessary for laws to be passed in this country to protect life and marriage in order to save our society from ruin. We as a nation have already slaughtered more babies since the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision than all the lives lost in every war ever fought in America since our nation’s inception. That’s staggering.

We have already ripped apart the fabric of our society with rampant divorce and children born out of wedlock…single-parent families struggling to make things work, teenage pregnancies, runaway children, etc. We need to restore this nation to what God intended for His creation. Men and women committed in marriage for life, having children and teaching them to revere God. When we work in conjunction with God’s plan, we enjoy the benefits of a healthy family.

I believe our country needs to recognize and revere God once again. I pray we will.

For more information on marriage and family, I recommend checking out Focus on the Family. For more on the sanctity of life, check out the National Right to Life.

Baby Killing Should Be Outlawed!

Friday, October 17th, 2008

BabyWhy are people so fired up in favor of killing babies?

The Pro-Choice Movement is not about a woman’s right to choose…it’s about killing babies for profit.

If you were to Google Pro-Choice, one of the top three searches shows the website www.prochoice.org. Click on it and you will find that it is the National Abortion Federation (NAF).

Is it about making a choice between (a) giving birth and keeping the child or putting him/her up for adoption and (b) abortion? NO! It clearly states in the upper right hand corner:

Our mission…is to ensure safe, legal and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women.

There is no choice in the Pro-Choice Movement…it’s an agenda to lawfully kill babies.

As for women having the right to choose…they have always had that right in America. It is common knowledge that there is only one way to get pregnant (without scientific assistance), and that is through sexual intercourse. A woman has the right to choose to engage in that activity or not. That is her right to choose. If she is forced to engage in that activity against her will, there are laws in place to punish her attacker and she should press charges. Other than that, when a woman engages in sexual intercourse (regardless of any birth control measures taken), she has made the choice of possibly becoming pregnant.

Why is that such a difficult concept to grasp?

Baby-killing is not a woman’s right, or a man’s right, or a doctor’s right for that matter. It is murder and it should be outlawed.

What Caused the Economic Crisis in US?

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

If you can’t tell, I’m really mad about the lies and deception being spread about the cause of our economic woes today. Barack Obama stated in the last debate that we shouldn’t be looking backwards for blame but rather forward for a solution (my paraphrase). But you know what…it ticked me off to listen to Nancy Pelosi point fingers of blame at “Republicans” and praise the likes of Senators Chris Dodd and Barney Frank when the initial bailout bill was on the table. I’m not saying that there were no Republicans to blame for the crisis…but c’mon – quit lying to us! (Please understand, I’m not trying to make this a Republican vs Democrat thing…but rather asking our leaders to throw partisanship aside and speak plainly…everyone should own up to their personal/political participation in the fallout.)

Here’s another video laying out more information leading up to this economic disaster…the housing bubble…sub-prime mortgages.

As you can see in this video, there is good reason why Senator Obama doesn’t want us to look back to the cause…because he’s more than knee-deep in doo-doo over this himself.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

Monday, October 6th, 2008

I came across this video and I’m sorry, but this makes me so angry. Thankfully my Congressional Representative Virgil Goode voted “NO” again on the latest bailout bill, and I am happy to be giving him my vote next month. But the more I hear about the cause for this bailout in the first place, the more red I see as adrenaline races through my body. I’m outraged!

I tell my kids it’s not nice to call someone a liar, but I have to tell you, folks…we are being lied to! Watch this video and see for yourself. Please feel free to share your comments below.

Republicans & Democrats on Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

I just came across this video clip of a report done on Fox News concerning the timeline leading up to the Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac disasters.

Interesting how folks like House Speaker Pelosi want to quickly point fingers to Republicans for blame, yet this reveals a very prominent Democrat (Congressman Barnie Frank in Sept 2003) denying any problem was ever on the horizon and said “…the federal government doesn’t bail them out”.

By the way, it appears both President Bush (April 2001, 2003, Fall 2003) and Senator McCain (May 2006) spoke out on this debacle years ago.

Also, the final results of the vote yesterday in the house rejecting the “Rescue” bill to bailout Wall Street’s bad decisions provide a very telling picture.

Of the Democrats in the house 95 out of 235 rejected the bill…that’s 40%. Of the Republicans in the house 133 out of 198 rejected the bill (67%). How frustrating that Speaker Pelosi only wants to tell half the story…obviously it’s more than just the House Republicans who couldn’t stomach this plan. Thank you to those who realized that this was not the “best” plan for this crisis. My Congressman, Virgil Goode rejected it, and I’m grateful for his voice!

Interviewing Palin: Journalistic Gaffe

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Sarah Palin interviewed by Charlie GibsonI saw a clip of Sarah Palin’s interview with Charles Gibson this morning on Good Morning America and I was annoyed. First, I will admit I am a fan of Sarah Palin for many reasons, but I think I can be reasonably objective about this exchange concerning “The Bush Doctrine”.

What is the purpose of interviews such as these? Is it to really learn more about the person being interviewed? Or is it to demonstrate who has the power to make a guest squirm in his/her seat?

When Mr. Gibson asked Governor Palin, “Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?” it appeared to me like he was trying to manipulate her. If he really wanted to know what she thought about a “pre-emptive strike” policy, then why didn’t he just ask that question outright?

The question he posed was a trick question. There is no universally acknowledged single meaning.

Then, when she responded with “in what respect, Charlie?” instead of clarifying what he was referring to, he changed the question to ask what she interpreted “the Bush doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war” to be.

Okay, I’m sorry, but this sounds to me like a total set-up. What “Bush doctrine” was enunciated in September 2002?

Here’s my question to the average American…Do you know what the “Bush doctrine” is? Go ahead, ask your spouse, co-worker or the next person you pass on the street. If they do not know the answer, then that further demonstrates this was a lousy interview question. Why would people care about what Governor Palin thinks about “the Bush Doctrine” if they don’t even know what that is?

My advice to the next interviewer that lands a major media opportunity such as Mr. Charlie Gibson had yesterday: Ask a question the American people want to know the answer to. If the American people don’t even know what you’re talking about when you pose the question, then perhaps you better clarify the question for the sake of all those listening.

But of course, instead of accepting the fact that the interviewer made a gaffe by posing such a question in this manner, the “spin” is Governor Palin lacks the necessary experience to be VP or possibly President should the need arise. I didn’t realize reading minds was a prerequisite for leading the nation.

Read more of what many in the media (including Mr. Charlie Gibson) has “defined” the Bush doctrine to be since September 2001.

C’mon media people…do your jobs! It’s abundantly clear you can have all the experience in the world and still not manage to do the job right. Ask honest straight-forward questions. If you’re afraid of the answers you might get, then get another job.

McCain Accepts GOP Nomination

Friday, September 5th, 2008

John McCain accepts GOP Nomination at RNCSenator John McCain accepted the GOP Nomination for President at last night’s Republican National Convention. Here’s a video recording of his acceptance speech.

For those who want to cut to the chase and read what he had to say, here’s the full speech written out according to Senator McCain’s Campaign website:

By John McCain
September 5, 2008

Thank you all very much. Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans — the privilege of accepting our party’s nomination for President of the United States. And I accept it with gratitude, humility and confidence.

In my life, no success has come without a good fight, and this nomination wasn’t any different. That’s a tribute to the candidates who opposed me and their supporters. They’re leaders of great ability, who love our country, and wished to lead it to better days. Their support is an honor I won’t forget.

I’m grateful to the President for leading us in those dark days following the worst attack on American soil in our history, and keeping us safe from another attack many thought was inevitable; and to the First Lady, Laura Bush, a model of grace and kindness in public and in private. And I’m grateful to the 41st President and his bride of 63 years, and for their outstanding example of honorable service to our country.

As always, I’m indebted to my wife, Cindy, and my seven children. The pleasures of family life can seem like a brief holiday from the crowded calendar of our nation’s business. But I have treasured them all the more, and can’t imagine a life without the happiness you give me. Cindy said a lot of nice things about me tonight. But, in truth, she’s more my inspiration than I am hers. Her concern for those less blessed than we are — victims of land mines, children born in poverty and with birth defects — shows the measure of her humanity. I know she will make a great First Lady.

When I was growing up, my father was often at sea, and the job of raising my brother, sister and me would fall to my mother alone. Roberta McCain gave us her love of life, her deep interest in the world, her strength, and her belief we are all meant to use our opportunities to make ourselves useful to our country. I wouldn’t be here tonight but for the strength of her character.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you, who helped me win this nomination, and stood by me when the odds were long. I won’t let you down. To Americans who have yet to decide who to vote for, thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to win your trust. I intend to earn it.

Finally, a word to Senator Obama and his supporters. We’ll go at it over the next two months. That’s the nature of these contests, and there are big differences between us. But you have my respect and admiration. Despite our differences, much more unites us than divides us. We are fellow Americans, an association that means more to me than any other. We’re dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal and endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. No country ever had a greater cause than that. And I wouldn’t be an American worthy of the name if I didn’t honor Senator Obama and his supporters for their achievement.

But let there be no doubt, my friends, we’re going to win this election. And after we’ve won, we’re going to reach out our hand to any willing patriot, make this government start working for you again, and get this country back on the road to prosperity and peace. (more…)

Palin Power: VP Candidate Speech

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Did you catch Governor Sarah Palin last night speak at the Republican National Convention? Well, here she is…

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4

What did you think?

Obama, McCain on Same Stage Saturday

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Barack Obama John McCainBarack Obama and John McCain plan to be on the same stage this Saturday night, August 16, 2008 in a Lake Forest, California church. Rev. Rick Warren, notable author of The Purpose Driven Life and Pastor of Saddleback Church has invited both men to a leadership and compassion forum where he will be asking the questions. Both men have agreed to attend.

The format consists of the Pastor asking each man a series of questions one at a time. They will not be together on stage during the Q & A. This is so that each person can speak without interruption. Also, Pastor Warren has a rapport with each of these men prior to this presidential year, and believes that he can provide an environment where both men can give a true representation of who they are and what they stand for.

The Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency will be nationally televised from 5:00 to 7:00 PM PST (8:00 to 10:00 PM EST) on August 16th, 2008 on FoxNews and CNN. You can also view it live online.

For more information, visit: http://www.saddlebackcivilforum.com/thepresidency/index.html