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Most of the time, I try not to think about anything political. I only watch Fox and Friends in the morning just to catch up on the news and because there's really nothing else on.

Every now and then, I will flip the channel to Fox or a local news station to catch up on current events though it does not take long before I'm looking for the remote as I am quickly reminded why I'm so news shy these days.

As most of you know, it's not that I was a gung-ho Romney supporter. I just never dreamed that our country had changed so drastically from a people who worked for a living to a people who no longer were ashamed to ask for food stamps. I did not realize we had gone so far from asking what we could do for our country to asking what can we get from our fellow man. I did not know that we had gone from a proud and noble land to a jealous and characterless scorched earth.

I do realize that I could be wrong. I know most of my family does not think the same way as myself. As a matter of fact, I can hardly talk about anything political in front of most of them since they get their feelings hurt so easily. I've learned that if I say anything negative about our President, it's the same thing as saying something negative directly about one of my kin.

I also realize that I am not a low-information voter so I do have a tendency to get into the weeds of all of this. For example, I had to explain to my coworker who thinks we should not worry about elections because God will take care of everything why her paycheck was suddenly smaller.

Yet like I said earlier, I try really hard not to think about this stuff too often because it just depresses me like mad and I prefer to live my life optimistically.

And still every now and then, out of the blue, a huge cry will burst out of me as if I can't hold it in any longer and I pray and weep and beg God to help. I do not believe this is just a figment of my imagination nor is it simple over-dramatization. This is something that I know deep in my soul is wrong. The United States of America was not built to operate as it is today. It was not created as just another country to come and go in a flash for no reason whatsoever. I know that I know that I know that God has a plan for our lives and it's not to just make do from paycheck to paycheck. It's not to just fight for the R or the D. It's not just to get one by you.

The United States of America is a big freaking deal and there is so much more to our country than simply a people finding a place to live. It really means something to be born in America and it really means something to be an American citizen. Our Constitution and Declaration of Independence truly do stand for freedom and freedom does not mean getting free stuff. Freedom means being able to choose your own destiny. Freedom means being able to worship God as you see fit. Freedom means being able to say what you mean without fear of being arrested or fired because you speak your mind. Freedoms means so much more than not being subject to getting your feelings hurt. Freedom means so much more than not having to ever be uncomfortable.

Freedom is what our forefathers died for and what our current men and women in the military are giving their all for.

And yet, who would believe any of that right now? Apparently, freedom has been twisted to mean that if you get pregnant then your neighbor much pay for your abortion regardless of their religious beliefs because it's too much of an inconvenience for you to go out and buy your own birth control.

Since when does tearing you down, raise me any higher? Since when is what you make any of my business? Since when is it a sin to work like mad so my family will be well taken care of? Since when did our country change to the point where you are no longer responsible for your own actions but everyone else is to blame for your failures?

And forget about defending your own freedom with a scary gun, you evil and wicked middle-landers.

Oh Father! Where art thou?

Elusively yours,
ilja
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I was reading The Road to Serfdom, and F.A.Hayek early on about how socialists and controllers more the definition of freedom from liberty to make choices and live with the consequences, to a definition of "free from want or need". They become very paternalistic. We have multiple definitions of freedom, and one is hard, and scary, and can hurt.
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Beautifully said. Please know that you are not alone. I pray every night for this country to be healed. Yes, I am one of the Mourners. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
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cdkorzen, on 07 January 2013 - 07:32 PM, said:

I was reading The Road to Serfdom, and F.A.Hayek early on about how socialists and controllers more the definition of freedom from liberty to make choices and live with the consequences, to a definition of "free from want or need". They become very paternalistic. We have multiple definitions of freedom, and one is hard, and scary, and can hurt.

I have yet to read that book. It's on my list of must reads.
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mikesgranny, on 07 January 2013 - 07:38 PM, said:

Beautifully said. Please know that you are not alone. I pray every night for this country to be healed. Yes, I am one of the Mourners. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.


Thank you so much Mikesgranny. Sometimes I'm afraid to say these things out loud for fear that other Christians will think I'm being flippant about God when really I'm just crying out to Him.

One more thing, it's funny that you used the word mourn because that's how I was thinking when I was creating my signature for this blog. I long for my country back.
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Well-written, Ilja. I'm another who is seriously frightened for my country right now. Obama's first term was so bad I honestly believed the voters couldn't POSSIBLY be stupid enough to re-elect him. Well I was wrong, and America is in severe danger.
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I really, really have tried not to think that what I think is some how more valid than what a "majority" of the electorate, apparently believes about Obama's grasp of what to do to reignite the cherished ideal of the American Dream is, but I can't do it.

I honestly think that we're fuc*ed and/ or that there'll be a revolution in my lifetime.

And I'm ready to revolt.
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Well, the other half of our brain thinks the exact same way your side does.
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You are not alone in your weeping – not by a long shot.

I also believe our Father has a plan and yet I know it will get worse still; we are but at the tip of the iceberg yet to be revealed. He is here with us and I know He feels each and every pain that our souls cry out from – perhaps more so than we do. We are not the first to despise our birthright, to spit upon a covenant forged by the blood of others, but before it was just pages we read; now we live it.

I only keep sane by this: knowing that this truly isn’t my home. That what I really yearn for cannot be met here in this place at this time. A quote read long ago keeps pressing at my mind, something C.S. Lewis once said to the effect of; “we are like children content at making mud pies in the backyard that cannot even imagine by what it means to have a holiday at the beach. We are creatures too easily content with the rot of this world.” I shall have to find it now since it seems so appropriate. It is a hard thing to say, but we both know God is faithful above all and that even if we have to bear witness to pains and suffering on even a global scale, that in the end His love will be established, which is a grander thing than our Republic has ever been. Perhaps in these moments of deep pain our soiled souls yearn more deeply for our true home?

As Gandolf said; “No one yearns for times such as these, but we only have to decide what to do in them.” Keep fighting the good fight and know that a great many are beside you, scattered, yet close.
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MontyPython, on 07 January 2013 - 08:07 PM, said:

Well-written, Ilja. I'm another who is seriously frightened for my country right now. Obama's first term was so bad I honestly believed the voters couldn't POSSIBLY be stupid enough to re-elect him. Well I was wrong, and America is in severe danger.


I was thinking that as well. I was thinking that I could understand how they were fooled the first time but surely they would know better the second time around. Turns out I was the one who I should have been calling Shirley.
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BerkeleyUnderground, on 07 January 2013 - 08:42 PM, said:

I really, really have tried not to think that what I think is some how more valid than what a "majority" of the electorate, apparently believes about Obama's grasp of what to do to reignite the cherished ideal of the American Dream is, but I can't do it.I honestly think that we're fuc*ed and/ or that there'll be a revolution in my lifetime.And I'm ready to revolt.


Maybe in your lifetime but I can't see it in mine. I more suspect that it will be up to folks of your generation to teach two generations later what America used to be and what it could be again. Sorry, getting too melancholy here.
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Wag-a-Muffin (D), on 07 January 2013 - 09:09 PM, said:

Well, the other half of our brain thinks the exact same way your side does.


I don't know if that's good or bad. It's good I'm not alone but I'm sorry for you for feeling this way.
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wisefool, on 07 January 2013 - 09:18 PM, said:

You are not alone in your weeping – not by a long shot.I also believe our Father has a plan and yet I know it will get worse still; we are but at the tip of the iceberg yet to be revealed. He is here with us and I know He feels each and every pain that our souls cry out from – perhaps more so than we do. We are not the first to despise our birthright, to spit upon a covenant forged by the blood of others, but before it was just pages we read; now we live it. I only keep sane by this: knowing that this truly isn’t my home. That what I really yearn for cannot be met here in this place at this time. A quote read long ago keeps pressing at my mind, something C.S. Lewis once said to the effect of; “we are like children content at making mud pies in the backyard that cannot even imagine by what it means to have a holiday at the beach. We are creatures too easily content with the rot of this world.” I shall have to find it now since it seems so appropriate. It is a hard thing to say, but we both know God is faithful above all and that even if we have to bear witness to pains and suffering on even a global scale, that in the end His love will be established, which is a grander thing than our Republic has ever been. Perhaps in these moments of deep pain our soiled souls yearn more deeply for our true home?As Gandolf said; “No one yearns for times such as these, but we only have to decide what to do in them.” Keep fighting the good fight and know that a great many are beside you, scattered, yet close.

I just wanted you to know that I started crying reading your post before I was even half way through it.

Shoot, most of the posts in this thread really touched me. Thank you to all of you for listening and understanding so clearly.
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Oh my, you have written what I have been thinking/feeling since election night. In my prayers at night I pray that even tho I KNOW God is in control, we are not, and we desperately need Him to reveal to us each day His plan, how, if He's not calling us all Home soon, that we will have His clear meaning of what to do to bring this country back as He intended it. This country was not founded by our Founding Fathers on accident, it was all His plan. And now, humans want it to mean something totally different. Or at least some humans do. Also, I fully believe that even the libs want all the freedoms that we have been granted by God, our precious Constitution and our Declaration of Independence. But they want control and free stuff more. As long as they have control and free stuff, they have the freedom, or think they do, to live as they want. I think a few are starting to realize now just how threatended our precious freedoms are. I have waivered a lot between mourning and anger. But it's time for that to be over, it's time to get down & dirty. Keep standing strong, never letting go of the faith I have been blessed with. While I never want to offend anyone, if they are offended by me and what I stand for, then they'll get over it - or not, that's up to them. Our pastor talked about this very thing on Sunday, reminding us all that God is still in control, and He understands how our human minds and hearts can waiver. The danger is when we allow the negative to make us lose our common goal - of living this life as God intended for as long as He leaves us here. That's what I'm drawing on right now. I've felt the doldrums for a few minutes since then, but made myself get out of them quick. The doldrums rob us of our energies needed to fight the good fight, to fight God's fight.
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AnnieGotHerGun, on 07 January 2013 - 11:09 PM, said:

Oh my, you have written what I have been thinking/feeling since election night. In my prayers at night I pray that even tho I KNOW God is in control, we are not, and we desperately need Him to reveal to us each day His plan, how, if He's not calling us all Home soon, that we will have His clear meaning of what to do to bring this country back as He intended it. This country was not founded by our Founding Fathers on accident, it was all His plan. And now, humans want it to mean something totally different. Or at least some humans do. Also, I fully believe that even the libs want all the freedoms that we have been granted by God, our precious Constitution and our Declaration of Independence. But they want control and free stuff more. As long as they have control and free stuff, they have the freedom, or think they do, to live as they want. I think a few are starting to realize now just how threatended our precious freedoms are. I have waivered a lot between mourning and anger. But it's time for that to be over, it's time to get down & dirty. Keep standing strong, never letting go of the faith I have been blessed with. While I never want to offend anyone, if they are offended by me and what I stand for, then they'll get over it - or not, that's up to them. Our pastor talked about this very thing on Sunday, reminding us all that God is still in control, and He understands how our human minds and hearts can waiver. The danger is when we allow the negative to make us lose our common goal - of living this life as God intended for as long as He leaves us here. That's what I'm drawing on right now. I've felt the doldrums for a few minutes since then, but made myself get out of them quick. The doldrums rob us of our energies needed to fight the good fight, to fight God's fight.


You make some good points, Annie. I've got to get back in the fighting spirit. I'm nothing if not a fighter. And here I've always thought that being alone in my beliefs has never mattered to me but reading your post reminds me that apparently I do let it influence me at least with my family. I've got to learn to grow a thicker skin and seek courage.
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Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
(1 Thessalonians 3:7, 8 KJV)
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First Sarge, on 08 January 2013 - 07:26 PM, said:

Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 3:7, 8 KJV)


Thanks First Sarge. That whole chapter ended up being what the doctor ordered. :)
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I think that many, many people echo your sorrows. My husband has refused to watch anything political since election day, believing we cannot recover. I agree that things are really bad, spiritually and otherwise. However Herman Cain sent out a really inspiring email comparing this defeat to the British conquering Charleston in the Revolutionary war. Things were so dire, so desperate. Their situation was so much worse than ours. So they just gave up, right? NO, AGAINST ALL ODDS they did what it took to fight for the future of this country. I think that conservatives are having a hard time working for what we know to be right for this country. "Right" shouldn't have to be fought for-it should just be common sense. Liberals never give up, ever. I don't have the answers, other than prayer. However I also believe that God helps those who helps themselves. We have got to find a way to get the correct message out and make people understand why it is right.
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VCL, on 10 January 2013 - 01:43 AM, said:

I think that many, many people echo your sorrows. My husband has refused to watch anything political since election day, believing we cannot recover. I agree that things are really bad, spiritually and otherwise. However Herman Cain sent out a really inspiring email comparing this defeat to the British conquering Charleston in the Revolutionary war. Things were so dire, so desperate. Their situation was so much worse than ours. So they just gave up, right? NO, AGAINST ALL ODDS they did what it took to fight for the future of this country. I think that conservatives are having a hard time working for what we know to be right for this country. "Right" shouldn't have to be fought for-it should just be common sense. Liberals never give up, ever. I don't have the answers, other than prayer. However I also believe that God helps those who helps themselves. We have got to find a way to get the correct message out and make people understand why it is right.


Yes, I believe you are right, VCL. I do believe it's not over yet. It was a great defeat, no doubt but there is no way people made out of the right stuff, as are so many of our fellow Americans, are going to go out without a fight. We will come back and we will not give up.

I just think it's taking some time for us to lick our wounds and get back on our feet. I'm afraid we are spoiled and are looking for someone to lead us out of the wilderness when it's us that need to take the reigns and turn our face back to our only real Leader for courage and wisdom to take the right steps.
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ilja, on 11 January 2013 - 09:13 PM, said:

VCL, on 10 January 2013 - 01:43 AM, said:

I think that many, many people echo your sorrows. My husband has refused to watch anything political since election day, believing we cannot recover. I agree that things are really bad, spiritually and otherwise. However Herman Cain sent out a really inspiring email comparing this defeat to the British conquering Charleston in the Revolutionary war. Things were so dire, so desperate. Their situation was so much worse than ours. So they just gave up, right? NO, AGAINST ALL ODDS they did what it took to fight for the future of this country. I think that conservatives are having a hard time working for what we know to be right for this country. "Right" shouldn't have to be fought for-it should just be common sense. Liberals never give up, ever. I don't have the answers, other than prayer. However I also believe that God helps those who helps themselves. We have got to find a way to get the correct message out and make people understand why it is right.
Yes, I believe you are right, VCL. I do believe it's not over yet. It was a great defeat, no doubt but there is no way people made out of the right stuff, as are so many of our fellow Americans, are going to go out without a fight. We will come back and we will not give up.I just think it's taking some time for us to lick our wounds and get back on our feet. I'm afraid we are spoiled and are looking for someone to lead us out of the wilderness when it's us that need to take the reigns and turn our face back to our only real Leader for courage and wisdom to take the right steps.

We are spoiled. We are paralyzed with fear for the future. I have a 19 year old who wants to go into the military. I want him to go because I believe so much in the character building and the service to your country. I am trying to get him to finish college first. But I will admit that I am deeply afraid and don't want my kid to die for nothing. I don't want him to die at all but certainly not for nothing. I guess you could say I am so spoiled and afraid that I don't want to give up what I love for principles. But at the same time I want to stand for what I believe in and raise children who have love of God, country and freedom. We really need some strong leadership to help us all believe in the future. I am sort of rambling here. I just wanted to emphasize in the earlier post that we all feel your pain. But you are correct-- we have to somehow lick our wounds and fight back.
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ilja, on 11 January 2013 - 09:13 PM, said:

VCL, on 10 January 2013 - 01:43 AM, said:

I think that many, many people echo your sorrows. My husband has refused to watch anything political since election day, believing we cannot recover. I agree that things are really bad, spiritually and otherwise. However Herman Cain sent out a really inspiring email comparing this defeat to the British conquering Charleston in the Revolutionary war. Things were so dire, so desperate. Their situation was so much worse than ours. So they just gave up, right? NO, AGAINST ALL ODDS they did what it took to fight for the future of this country. I think that conservatives are having a hard time working for what we know to be right for this country. "Right" shouldn't have to be fought for-it should just be common sense. Liberals never give up, ever. I don't have the answers, other than prayer. However I also believe that God helps those who helps themselves. We have got to find a way to get the correct message out and make people understand why it is right.
Yes, I believe you are right, VCL. I do believe it's not over yet. It was a great defeat, no doubt but there is no way people made out of the right stuff, as are so many of our fellow Americans, are going to go out without a fight. We will come back and we will not give up.I just think it's taking some time for us to lick our wounds and get back on our feet. I'm afraid we are spoiled and are looking for someone to lead us out of the wilderness when it's us that need to take the reigns and turn our face back to our only real Leader for courage and wisdom to take the right steps.



oh & also agree that we need to look to God for guidance and try to become leaders ourselves. Leading seems to be a thankless and difficult thing. It scares me. But we all need to think of what we can do.
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A doctor, a lawyer, a little boy and a priest were out for a Sunday afternoon flight on a small private plane. Suddenly, the plane developed engine trouble. In spite of the best efforts of the pilot, the plane started to go down. Finally, the pilot grabbed a parachute, yelled to the passengers that they had better jump, and then he bailed out.

Unfortunately, there were only three parachutes remaining. The doctor grabbed one and said "I'm a doctor, I save lives, so I must live," and jumped out.

The lawyer then said, "I'm a lawyer and lawyers are the smartest people in the world. I deserve to live." He also grabbed a parachute and jumped.

The priest looked at the little boy and said, "My son, I've lived a long and full life. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you. Take the last parachute and live in peace."

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View PostBrian Fellow, on 15 December 2012 - 02:45 PM, said:

Sorry was busy reading a tweet from an adamant 'pro-choice' person about gun control and 'how many children have to die before we do something'?

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If that is true, why do we see Boehner continually backing down and rolling over while Obama stands firm and never compromises?

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I got this in an email today and though it doesn't say who wrote it, I don't doubt these things could have happened.'MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL' You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001. Neither will I. I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK..I am ready to go.' I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night. I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said. 'Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now.' I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered. I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them. I was in Texas , Virginia , California , Michigan , Afghanistan ... I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me? I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor. Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there. I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me? Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are 'ready to go.' I will be in the stairwell of your final moments. God http://i147.photobuc...3/knowjesus.gif