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Republican Politics

In the race for the Republican nomination, there’s something for everyone.

There’s a liberal who’s principled and experienced but still liberal.

There’s a populist who tickles ears and yet is Christian, courageous, and popular.

There’s a fiscal conservative with serious experience and a very public track-record who wore a dress (once, on camera), supports homosexual marriage, and is not in favor of criminalizing mothers who have abortions (a slight but significant difference from actually being pro-choice).

There’s some dude with two first names and some good ideas, but with serious inconsistency, and serious stupidity concerning international affairs and national security harking back to pre-WWII Republican isolationism.

There’s a conservative business leader and governor with a funny first name and movie-star looks who’s been consistent, if not amazing.

And there’s a movie star without the looks who’s been amazing, if not consistent. If only he acted like he wanted to win.

There are others, but they are also-ran’s or sometimer’s and not worth consideration at this stage in the game.

I don’t much care for the liberal, the populist, the fiscal, or Mr. Two Names. Though I could stomach the fiscal, were he to, by some stretch of imagination, win the nomination. The others I abhor for various reasons.

The liberal is neither a man of honor nor a man of principle. He has convenient and far-sighted-sounding reasons for his liberal attachments and accomplishments, but his willingness to sell the farm, ideologically speaking, is not the measure of a man. Personally, I admire and honor his courage in his past. But I fear to many years within the beltway, and those who have spent those years with him not recommending him in the droves we’d expect, are very indicative of a lack of character and ability.

The populist is just that. He uses his sincere (and I do not doubt, genuine) Christianity to excuse and/or support and champion decidedly non-Christian policies. God did not institute a welfare state (for individuals or corporations) in Theocratic Israel. Instead He instituted laws and policies which protected individuals from each other’s harm and sin. Claiming that “green” science is correct in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary does not lead me to believe he is either “wise as a serpent” or “harmless as a dove”. In fact, I would submit the populist is the inverse: He is wise as a dove and harmless as a serpent (taken ironically, of course).

Mr. Two Name needs no rebuttal as he is his own best revealing mirror. Dismissed out of hand is the best response to the majority of his supporters.

I’d like the movie star to catch a fire, but his lack of consistency heretofore is troubling, and I believe, more accurately indicative of who he’d be in office that what he’d be if he did catch a fire.

The man I voted for in my last election (for some time at least) in California is the leader. A realization I came to after considering what he does when there’s not supposed to be a camera around.

Here are a few articles from across the web which seem to me to be particularly salient and and appropriate to the candidates in this race.

  •  The Trouble With McCain
    Jay Cost, Wall Street Journal

    Thirty-four Republicans have endorsed Mr. Romney, while just 24 have endorsed Mr. McCain. Furthermore, Mr. Romney’s supporters are more in line with conservative opinion. Their average 2006 ACU rating was 84.1, and 26 of them come from states Bush won in 2004. Meanwhile, the average 2006 ACU rating for Mr. McCain’s supporters is 70.7, and just 12 of them come from Bush states. In light of Mr. McCain’s résumé, this is consequential. He should have locked up most members of the Republican caucus, but he has not.

  • Hillary And MLK
    John McWhorter, Wall Street Journal

    …[T]here she was on “Meet the Press” Sunday, having to defend herself for simply saying that while King laid the groundwork (which she acknowledged), another part of the civil rights revolution was Lyndon B. Johnson’s masterful stewardship of the relevant legislation through Congress. She was arguing that she is more experienced in getting laws passed in Washington than is Barack Obama — which is true.

  • Barak Obama And Israel
    Ed Lasky, American Thinker

    One seemingly consistent them running throughout Barack Obama’s career is his comfort with aligning himself with people who are anti-Israel advocates. This ease around Israel animus has taken various forms. As Obama has continued his political ascent, he has moved up the prestige scale in terms of his associates. Early on in his career he chose a church headed by a former Black Muslim who is a harsh anti-Israel advocate and who may be seen as tinged with anti-Semitism.

  • Where They Stand
    Pete Du Pont, Wall Street Journal

    …[T]he political ups and downs of the candidates and the electricity of the campaign–“I am promising change!”–matter much less than the substantive policies the next president would implement regarding the five most important challenges facing our country.

Today’s Interesting Stuff – October 2nd, 2007

After taking a few days off from blogging (and work) to accompany my girlfriend to Baltimore, MD, to attend a wedding she was a bridesmaid in and taking a brief trip to Washington DC (first time for both of us), I’m finding it difficult to get back into blogging.

What else is new?

So let’s start with a wrap up of what I find interesting going on the world today:

Blackwater is persisting as various parties seek to find a scandal where one is not likely to be found. The leftists nutjobs in the media and Washington are so ridiculously invested in defeat they cannot see the obvious grasping involved in headlines stacked like this on the Salon.com front page:

Salon Site 071002

Admittedly, the Salon.com articles temper their ‘enthusiasm’ with CYA words such as “allegedly” but compared with inflamatory rhetoric such as “shattered… moral authority” is there no one who does not see this total disdain for unbaised truth finding.

John Edwards is sincere according to himself. He is honesty and means what he says. We can trust our little children with him, in dark alleys, as the earth warms, and hurricanes destroy homes. He is sincere.

Back where it really counts, Niel at the 4Simpsons Blog has written a good article (as usual) explaining the the balance of freewill and evil in our troubled world. I’d only add that true love requires the ability to choose, something I’m learning more and more every day. God desires our love, He does not need it, He desires it. He gave us choice in order to make us appreciate His love and to free us to love Him truly in return. We love Him because He truly first loved us.

Speaking of really counting I’ve been dealing recently with the purpose of my life. I know I’m created for more than the 9-5 work-day world. I work to live, which does limit my career choices immensely, but I’m very blessed at my current job. I’m wondering at whether or not I’m to be involved in a more full-time ministry. There’s not a specific ministry I’m feeling called to work in though, and I’ve been called very specifically to work in several “part-time” ministries which require me to continue working… It’s all very confusing, but I’m finding ‘comfort’ (?) in something I read recently: God only lights our path a little at a time and part of trusting is stepping out where we do not see a path following His direction.

Trusting God is easy when you’re feeling His direction like a strong hand on your shoulder, but we don’t always see His direction strongly. David experienced this and wrote about it in Psalm 13, and his cure is novel: remember. After bemoaning his lack of guidance, David does not go on to say that God heard his calls and lifted him up and led him out of his troubles. No, God did not actively respond in this Psalm, instead He taught David trust based on past guidance and expecting future provision. When we are not feeling God’s direction, our responsibilities are to ensure our right-standing with Him, and then to remember. He has led us in the past and will continue to lead us. In looking back we’ll see His hands guiding us every step of the way. In the moment, when we don’t feel Him, we are to remember the times we did feel His guidance. In remembering His faithfulness, we are freed from our fear to trust His continued guidance.

I find it ironic, encouraging, and frightening that God has chosen to show this to me in a time when I feel very strongly His guidance in my life. Is there to be a long period of dryness coming? I pray that I’ll continue to trust Him especially when I don’t see Him.