Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February 22, 1732

Nearly 280 years ago, George Washington, the Father of our country was born. He lived to the age of 67, passing away December 14, 1799.

This man was a man of character and responsibility; he was honest, humble and steadfast. He suffered with the Continental army through deprivation and even used some of his personal funds to pay the enlisted men.

It has been said that George Washington was a Deist. Let’s define that:


1. belief in the existence of a god on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation ( distinguished from theism).

2. belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it.

I want to let President Washington himself tell us what he believes, in his own words.

"It will ever be the first wish of my heart to aid your pious endeavors to inculcate a due sense of the dependence we ought to place in that all-wise and powerful Being on whom alone our success depends."

"We have...abundant reason to thank Providence for its many favorable interpositions in our behalf. It has at times been my only dependence, for all other resources seemed to have failed us."

"The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than in infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations."

"When I contemplate the interposition of Providence, as it was manifested in guiding us through the revolution, in preparing us for the reception of a general government, and in conciliating the good will of the people of America toward one another after its adoption, I feel myself...almost overwhelmed with a sense of the divine munificence."

"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men, more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency."

"I am sure there never was a people who had more reason to acknowledge a divine interposition in their affairs than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency which was so often manifested during our revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them."

“If such talents as I possess have been called into action by great events, and those events have terminated happily for our country, the glory should be ascribed to the manifest interposition of an overruling Providence.”

“I was but the humble agent of favoring Heaven, whose benign interference was so often manifested in our behalf, and to whom the praise of victory alone is due.”

Now, do those sound like the words of someone who believes that God created everything and moved on? It certainly doesn't to me.

George Washington was a man of God and we sorely need another one today.

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood and Liberty

Egypt has fallen; it’s fallen from a dictator into military rule. On the one hand, we say “hooray, the dictator is out!”; on the other hand, we say “good heavens, the military has taken control!”; the strong arm of a dictator or the strong arm of the military?

For the good people of Egypt, this is jumping from the frying pan, into the fire. Neither one a rosy picture.

Recently, the National Intelligence Director said that the “Muslim Brotherhood”, a group working to oust Mubarak, was a “largely secular group…”

Wait! What did he just say?? “secular”?? Are you kidding me?? Look again at the NAME of the group…MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

That’s like saying Al Capone only wanted to help little old ladies cross the street and was completely misunderstood.
This man, James Clapper, should be fired.

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 to RESTORE Islamic supremacy and to work toward implementation of sharia law under a Khalifah, or Caliphate.
A Caliphate is rule under a Caliph, an Islamic leader who claims his succession from Muhammad. In other words, government by theocratic rule; under Islam.

Freedom of Religion? None. Freedom for women? None. Freedom to be gay? None. Freedom to protest your government? None.

Egypt is the only country in the Middle East, with a peace treaty with Israel; if it becomes a Caliphate, the treaty will fail, and Israel will be alone in the region; a very tiny alone, with gigantic powerhouses of hate for neighbors.

Today the military appointed a fundamentalist Islamic judge to help sort things out.

Have a read, Pamela Gellar at Atlas Shrugs spells it all out quite well.

Things are going to get ugly.


Friday, February 4, 2011

A Centennial Celebration

Sunday is Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. It's because of him that I became interested in politics.
His wit and his warmth, wove the welcome mat to the door of my political awakening.
I had registered to vote in High School; I think everyone did that spring, because we got extra credit for doing so. That was the end of it as far as I was concerned; I didn't pay any attention at all, for the next year or so.

There was a vague knowledge that Iran was holding some Americans hostage, but by then, I was 19; that was literally, a world away.
I don't even remember if I voted that November of 1980.
Something happened though; Ronald Reagan, our 44th president, was being sworn in and at the same time, the hostages were flying home.
It quickly became obvious the terrorists knew President Reagan was not of the same mold; not cut from the same cloth as the previous president, Jimmy Carter. No tip toeing around; no negotiating.
They were acutely aware that this new president was a man who meant what he said, and said what he meant. He would come after them; hunt them down and get our citizens back safe.
Mr. Reagan never backed down. I still get choked up when I hear a clip of him in West Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate: "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear down this wall”; his voice clear and strong.
The people in the East were inspired, and not long after, that wall did come down.

In 1980 Reagan said “If I could be elected president, I wanted to do what I could to bring about a spiritual revival in America."
Is ANYONE saying that today?
In my next post, I’ll explore that quote a little bit; the man was amazing.

Ronald Reagan is one of my hero's. In part, I am who I am today, because of him. His policies, his charm, his humor, his no nonsense political style; these things drew me in, and provided the catalyst for my ongoing interest in politics.
So, Happy Birthday Mr. President; I sure miss you. I wish you were here.