Politics


“This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.” –Will Rogers

HT: George Grant

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” –George Bernard Shaw

HT: George Grant

The new stimulus plan will no doubt further the role of government in the lives of the citizens of the United States. One unexpected area of government encroachment is in health care. We should not be surprised since this is really not an economic stimulus plan. It is a plan for greater government involvement. This article from Bloomberg.com points to this danger:

The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Also:

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.  “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)

Read the entire article here.

HT: Drudge Report

While the church fathers and Reformers are hardly above criticism, the contention of this book is that we are the oddities, not they; we are the ones obsessed with trivialities. The church fathers and Reformers had a more biblical sense of priorities than we have. We have permitted the idolaters of power and mammon to set our priorities for us; we have let them convince us that the really big issues confronting the world are political, and they can be solved through political means.

Peter J. Leithart, The Kingdom and the Power: Rediscovering the Centrality of the Church, p. 21

Barack Obama is a politician. I believe one of his primary goals, and perhaps the primary goal, is to get re-elected four years from now. I think he will be in campaign mode throughout the next few years. Even in his victory speech he began to prepare the people for the need to re-elect him four years from now. This is presumably because he will not be able to accomplish this nebulous “change” he has spoken of in this “short” time frame.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year, or even one term… (Barack Obama)

A reminder about keeping the right perspective can be found here. Take the quiz to see where you stand.

Doug Phillips has given us a good reminder concerning American civics. This is a technical, but important distinction: Barack Obama is not the President-elect, yet – He is the presumptive President-elect. He will not be elected as President until December 15, when the Electoral College meets to cast their votes, and then the results will be opened in Congress in January. So this is a technical distinction but it is also an important distinction because this is the Constitutional approach to the election of our President. We were not founded as a pure democracy (based on majority vote) but as a republic (based on a coalition of states). This distinction (between the President-elect and the presumptive President-elect) keeps this difference in mind. This is something, if you read or watch the media, seems to be lost on most Americans.

What do Barack Obama and Bob the Builder have in common? In case you missed it, one of the primary themes of Barack Obama’s victory speech, as well as his campaign, was, “Yes, We Can.” I think he’s been watching too much TV – that is, children’s TV. But then again, this is the theme of the “self” culture in modern America. Yes, the human potential chickens have come home to roost.

Let the church be the church. Read the words slowly and reflectively:

O church, arise and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on ev’ry side,
We know the outcome is secure,
And Christ will have the prize for which He died—
An inheritance of nations.

Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet,
As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict’ry march continues till the day
Ev’ry eye and heart shall see Him.

So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride,
Give grace for ev’ry hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When, with Christ, we stand in glory.

“O Church, Arise”
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music

We should not be surprised. This is the way the country has been heading for years. The lack of understanding the God-created differences between men and women, as well as the God-ordained roles of the men and women, has led to this insane position: we are moving toward forced subscription of women into combat for our nation. An Obama presidency may bring this to pass.

See the report here.

This gives more urgency for a Biblical understanding of the roles of men and women, for proclamation of the same, and for all godly men to consider strategies to protect their wife and daughters should this come to pass.

Call me an alarmist if you like, but the alarm needs to be sounded.

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