Biggest Spending Package in the History of the World

Three halves of pork being delivered
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Congress took the Stimulus package behind closed doors to prepare the final version. They’ve set it for a vote today.

What happened to the promise of “transparency?” Why aren’t we allowed to see what is in this revised package? Congress is expected to do a blind vote today. “Don’t read it, just vote for it! Otherwise the world will end!”

I am furious at this spending package. We’re told economists agree it’s necessary; that’s not true. We’re told a catastophe looms if we don’t approve it, but this solution *is* the problem. The amount of pork, we’re told, is not important to Americans. The other provisions such as the universal health care provision are just slipped in without debate.

And the final pillaging of the American taxpayer begins today and we march onwards toward Marxism. And we’re not even allowed to read the bill.

Call your congressperson today. Demand the bill be posted for 72 hours before a vote.

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The Scariest Part of Tuesday's Election

It can be summed up in this little quote:

Democrats are looking ahead to expanded power.

New New Deal. Unfettered ability to impose government oversight, appoint activist judges, raise taxes, and spend whatever they want on whatever they want.

I am so not looking forward to the next 4 years.

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The Left Hand of God

I was going to comment on the’s latest post, but after reading their “Terms of Use” that says their goal is to “combat the abuses of the religious right,” I decided my viewpoint would not be welcome there.

So I’ll post here. Note to Talk2Action authors, if you read here: Chasingthewind enforces a similar polite and professional tone but without mandating a right or a left viewpoint. I may be very conservative and right-wing with, but you do not have to be right-wing to comment. Feel free to disagree with me here. 🙂

The author, Silver, posts a review of a book called “The Left Hand of God: Taking Our Country Back From the Religious Right.” In the book, the author Michael Lerner says,

The Left Hand of God means looking at the universe through the perception that love, kindness, generosity and caring for others are the central ontological realities of life, and that when they do not manifest in the world in which we live, the world is distorted and needs to be healed. The Right Hand of God, conversely, means looking at the universe through the perception that life is a struggle of all against all, and that the only path to security is through domination of others.

I can’t imagine what he means by the religious right thinks that the “path to security is through domination of others.” The religious right thinks the path to security is safely in the arms of the Lord and no place else. I don’t ever think about dominating somebody else, nor do I know any good bible-thumpin’ preachers who do. Is it possible the author is confused about the Right’s support for the Iraq war? That has nothing to do with domination and everything to do with freeing the oppressed, protecting loved ones back home, and good old fashioned patriotism and support for a President in the middle of war.

The author goes on to note,

[M]any of the millions of people who get attracted to the Religious Right are not motivated by excitement for their political program, but by the experience of community, caring for others, and its ability to recognize and address the deep distortions in life that are caused by a societal ethos of materialism and selfishness.

I find it ironic that while Lerner says that “the world is distorted and needs to be healed,” he also notes that it is the Right that has “the experience of community, caring for others, and its ability to recognize and address the deep distortions in life.” That’s a fancy way of saying that the Right has figured out that a focus on the Lord brings the healing that the Left desires.

I’ll email this post to the author instead of posting it as a comment on Talk2Action; I know if somebody commented on something I wrote that I’d be curious. In her profile it says, “Diane Silver is a former newspaper reporter and wire service editor who currently resides in Kansas. She is an activist in the movement for civil rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.” I suspect based on that kind of activism that she and I will have little common ground.

Religious Linkage for Monday

I kept waiting for Monday to let up; doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. So instead of thought-provoking commentary, here’s a couple of interrelated links:
10 reasons I’ve grown to despise the Left …and why you should, too

Yeah, I know it’s written in an inflammatory way, but look at the list, especially if you’re a left-winger. The reason the left is mostly losing elections the last several years is because it’s no longer just the right that has this view of the left. Especially look at #9 and #10 – are there anybody on the right that hates God and promotes deviant behavior? The left doesn’t just reject whatever the right believes in, but they reject anything the center believes in, too.

I’m providing just the simple list here, click on the link above to get the explanation and example for each reason.

  1. Thought control.
  2. Leftists hate what makes America great.
  3. Leftists are stupid.
  4. Leftists are liars.
  5. Leftists are thieves.
  6. Leftists have nothing but contempt for democratic institutions.
  7. Leftists are hypocrites.
  8. Leftists kill people.
  9. Leftists are tireless advocates of perversion and degeneracy in all its myriad forms.
  10. The left hates God.

* From a tip from Jesus Politics.

Bush evolution comment roils long-standing battle

Actually, all Bush said was, “You’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes,” when he was asked about Intelligent Design.

The part of the article I found most interesting though was this:

Religious revivals or awakenings have been a recurring theme throughout American politics, the first one dating even from before the founding of the Republic. Robert Fogel, the 1993 Nobel Prize winner in economics, identifies four “great awakenings,” the latest of which began in the 1960s.

Previous cycles have been divided into three phases. The cycle begins with a religious revival, followed by a period of rising political activism and accomplishment, and ending with a backlash as the movement overreaches. If Fogel’s theory is correct, the United States is currently in the second phase of its fourth great awakening.

Pundits Mull over Implications of Roberts’ Faith

Basically, “pundits” are wondering if you have any faith at all if you should have any place in government.

I’ve mentioned before that in the US Constitution it doesn’t call for a “separation” of church and state. It says the government can neither establish nor restrict a religion, though that’s not what courts have been doing since they ruled against school prayer in 1963. Here’s something else the U.S. Constitution says in Article 6:

[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Will the lefties that hate God (forgot already, didn’t you? #10 on the list above) question John Roberts about his Catholic faith and then attempt to use that against him during the confirmation process?

Let the Political Fighting Begin

A vacancy on the Supreme Court:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court and a moderate conservative who often cast the key decisive vote, announced her retirement on Friday, setting the stage for a major political battle over her successor.

The battle lines have been drawn for some time – a conservative majority without backbone versus an obstructionist liberal minority. The fight won’t be pretty – it’s not about just replacing 1 vacant seat. It’s about abortion, eminent domain, affirmative action, freedom of religion, judicial activism, gay marriage and free speech. It’s about everything.

Bush will, of course, appoint a conservative who the Democrats will denounce as “extreme”, then draw out the confirmation process and do their best to tarnish the reputation of the nominee. By the time the Democrats finish with their grandstanding, you will think the nominee ate their own grandmother.

Links for Today

Links for today, from heavy to light. If you just want the goofy stuff, start from the bottom and work your way up. 😛

There. Now my brain is full.