Posts Tagged ‘election’

Finally Election Day

November 2, 2010

I am so tired of political ads on television and political calls at home.  I am glad that election day is finally here if for no other reason than I am ready for a break from the commercials and the calls.

I don’t pay attention to the ads.

I hang up on the calls.

They both still annoy me.

I did read something in the paper yesterday that bothered me.  A Republican leader stated that his two goals were “no compromise” after the election today, and to “win back the White House”.

I would like to suggest a different goal.

Work together with other elected officials to find ways to achieve the common good.

I can dream can’t I?

Iowa’s Opportunity

October 28, 2010

Iowa has an opportunity on November 2nd to send a message to the judicial world.   Three of the judges responsible for gay marriage becoming a reality in Iowa are on the ballot this coming Tuesday.  If enough Iowans vote “no” on the ballot, these three judges will be removed from Iowa’s Supreme Court.  It will not repeal the law, but it would send the message that judicial activism will not be tolerated.  Why do I call the legalization of gay marriage an example of judicial activism?  Iowa became one of a handful of states to allow gay marriage, not because of legislative action, nor by a vote of the people, but because of the decision of the Iowa Supreme Court.  When something that was illegal for over one hundred and fifty years, becomes legal, by the decree of a small group of judges, that is judicial activism to me.

It should not be tolerated.

 

Hegelian Dialectic

October 26, 2010

The basic idea of the Hegelian Dialectic is that ideas fluctuate through time.  There is a pattern of thesis/counter-thesis/synthesis.  It has been suggested that you can use this pattern to manipulate public opinion.  You simply find someone to advocate a position that is more extreme than the opinion that you actually want held.  The resulting synthesis will be your desired goal.  If the movement is extreme, it may take several steps to get to your desired result.

Currently, there are shrill, extreme, voices on both sides of the political arena.  I wonder if those positions are held sincerely, or if they are an attempt at using the Hegelian Dialectic to sway public policy?  It would be better if we sincerely sought a unified means to a common end, rather than using manipulative tactics to get our own way.

Campaign Crud

October 25, 2010

I am tired of attack ads.

I truly wish that candidates would campaign on what they have done, and what they would try to do if elected.  There are sufficient differences in political ideologies that if people would focus on the different approaches to solving problems then perhaps we could have constructive political interaction instead of half-truths, distorted reports and accusations.

Where do we want to go?

What is the best way to get there?

These are the things that we should be discussing in our electoral campaigns. I would enjoy that discourse.  As it is, I just want the campaign season to end.

National Debt Reduction

March 10, 2010

I have an idea.

Personally, I think it is pretty good.

We have a huge national debt, with basically no repayment plan.  We just keep spending more money and racking up the debt and I don’t hear much talk about what we are going to do about it.

What if we tied political campaign contributions to debt relief contributions?

If you make a contribution to a political candidate, then, let’s say 50% of your contribution goes to the candidate’s campaign, and 50% goes to debt relief.

Furthermore, any candidate that leaves elected public service should surrender their remaining war chest funds to debt relief.

We really don’t need quite so much money spent on attack ads and telephone solicitation.

We sure could use some help paying off the debt our politicians have created.

Changing Tide

January 20, 2010

Yesterday, Republican  Scott Brown was elected to fill the Senate seat long-held by Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy. 

That is quite a change.

This election should be recognized by democrats as  a sign that people are not comfortable with the direction that they are leading our country.  A distaste, and distrust, of the proposed health care reform; a sense of weakening security, a fragile economy and spiraling debt: this is not the change that was expected when President Obama took office a year ago today.

Perhaps democrats should rethink their strategy.  It’s not so much of a mandate anymore.

Not Everybody is Happy

November 8, 2008

The other day we were flipping through the channels and stopped on Oprah’s show for a while.  There was a group of people discussing the election results and they were expressing their belief that everyone just seemed happier.

Not everyone.

First, there were still a lot of people who voted for McCain.  Not everyone is happy, but we are willing to accept that Obama has won the election.  I would call myself resigned.  It is, what it is.  The people have spoken.  We will see what the future holds. 

Then there is the situation in California.  There was an issue on the ballot regarding same sex marriages.  It was passed easily, meaning that same sex marriages are once again illegal in California.  The response by some of the people who were hoping to see a continuation of the legality of same sex marrage was rioting.

Yes, rioting.

So much for an acceptance of “the people have spoken”.  It would seem that, at least for some in California, if you don’t get what you want,  you riot.  Those people, who are rioting, are obviously not happy.  They also do not accept the outcome of the democratic process, unless it is the outcome for which they voted.

Not everybody is happy, but at least most of us are not rioting.

A New Day Dawns

November 5, 2008

As I am writing this blog it is literally, and figuratively the dawning of a new day.  The sun is just coming up over the horizon, and a new president has been elected.  What I notice most about this election is that it is not accompanied by an overwhelming sense of anger and frustration like the last two elections.  President Bush, from the first day, had to deal with a country divided, with many who were angry and vocal about the outcome of the election.

Last night I watched John McCain give his concession speech.  He was a man gracious in defeat, ready to support his new president.  The people had spoken, and McCain was humbly willing to accept their decision. 

It would do us all good to learn from his example.  We have a common goal in the welfare of our country.  We have common problems that assail us.  Let us agree to work together for a better future.

Finally Here!!

November 4, 2008

Finally it is election day.  This particular campaign has been particularly grueling.  It has literally been going on for years.  Finally, we can go on to something else.  Whoever is elected today will have significant challenges in the days ahead.  We should all remember to pray for,  and support our elected officials and our country, our leaders, our military, our economy, etc.    While you are at it please pray for the ongoing work of the kingdom of God, for your pastor, missionaries, your Christian friends, the unsaved, etc. 

But at least for a while, you won’t have to pray about the upcoming election.

Prayer, Fasting and the Election

October 28, 2008

The election is one week away.  The General Superintendant of the Assemblies of God has encouraged us all to pray and fast, in some way, for the upcoming election.  This call is not an endorsement of any particular candidate, but rather a prayer that God will guide the outcome of the election.  This does not mean  simply the presidency, but all elected offices.   Christians should pray, be informed, and participate by voting.  It is our desire that the individuals that God would want to come to office, according to His plans and purposes,  will indeed come to office. 

Whoever is elected to office one week from today should then receive our support and our prayers.