Could the Leader of the FREE WORLD live here?
Will the GOP Grown-Ups Please Come Forward!
After spending some time reading through comments made in opposition to Sen. Rick Santorum’s race for the GOP nomination, there is a sense of FEAR of his faith. This puzzles me. So I have some questions for those who hold some fear surrounding the possible election of a man of faith to the Oval Office.
1. Are you afraid he will somehow demand the same morality of you that reportedly governs his life?
2. Are you afraid he will abuse the rights of Americans to not participate in religion?
For all those who are scared of a moral, “religious’ man in office … Do you understand how many excellent Presidents, Congressmen & women, and local public servants you’d eliminate if you removed those who held onto their faith from office?
What is it that is frightening about “faithful” men & women? The same quality of character as, say, George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr? The same inspiring message or deeds? The same selflessness? OR is it the possibility of “abuses” of various religious factions in the past or present that some perceive as infringements of their personal freedom?
There is a story in the Bible (yes, the Bible) that this unreasonable fear reminds me of. Some of you may remember the events that preceded the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. At one point during Passover, the PEOPLE were given the chance to release a prisoner. The Prefect of the Roman province of Judea, Pontius Pilate, gave them the choice between a known killer and thief or Jesus who had been convicted of … no civil charge! Those in power, for fear of their own welfare, prompted the crowd to choose the murderer – Barabbas – instead of Jesus. Barabbas was released, and Jesus was crucified.
Rather like an alcoholic who knows booze is killing him, still goes for the bottle, or a drug addict knowing drugs are killing her returns to her needle, or a diabetic continues to eat sweets, it seems We-the-People might actually choose the comfort of a “known” danger over2 the discomfort of an “unknown, but perceived” danger. Uncertainties are often frightening. Perhaps we are “addicted” not to freedom, but the abuses of our freedoms so much that we cannot see the freedom but for the abuses! Perhaps we have become so fear-ridden that we cannot imagine life without suspicion?
“Every man must decide whether he will walk
in the light of creative altruism or
in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Obviously, no man is Jesus -NONE! Each of the men running for the office of the Presidency are human beings, imperfect, each with a PAST that may or may not be “acceptable to us for any number of reasons.” I am not comparing any to Jesus, either.
This last week or so has been among the ugliest in election history, and it hasn’t even involved the opposition party yet. It’s one thing to disagree on policy or plan, but IMHO not OK to distort and pervert the Truth. The opposition will do enough of that. This is a time for vetting – that means “GETTING TO KNOW” the candidates. If they are forced to spend their time (and money) rebutting false claims, what is it we really get to know? NOTHING! I know some pundits have called for mud-wrestling, but I believe most Americans dislike it. In addition, frankly, it is childish! Why would I vote for another childish man who fights dirty to be my President. We already have one of those!
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy
of this period of social transition was not
the strident clamor of the bad people,
but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here’s what I’m looking for … (just my opinion)
- I’m looking for a man (a woman would have been nice, too … ?) who is strong enough in himself to IGNORE untrue attacks and effectively explain questions.
- I’m looking for someone whose passion for freedom for all is evident in his life and work.
- I’m looking for a man I can trust and be proud of as he confronts our adversaries or supports our friends knowing he “represents me and my interests” in those meetings.
- I’m looking for someone with a “vision” of America that lines up with the Founding documents: BOTH the Declaration of Independence, AND the US Constitution, not just in the letter of the Law, but the spirit also!
- I’m looking for a genuine Leader who has learned leadership by following well, who has experienced great achievement but also loss, because wisdom comes in the losses.
- I’m looking for a man well versed in public policy, in how our Constitutional Republic works, and possesses a respect for the limitations of government as prescribed in our Founding documents
- I’m looking for someone well informed, well-educated, well-spoken, and human enough to know how to say “I was wrong!“
That pretty much eliminates the top two from the list, neither of whom STANDS for anything! I don’t even know what they want to do, what their plans are because all they talk about is the other guys mis-judgments! I am NOT afraid of REAL change. Obama brought his version of change and added significantly to the mess that already existed in our ever-growing, ever-spending nanny-minded government. Consider this: If Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich is elected, and he does not change things enough to make a tangible, measurable difference, we will be in and out before we know it and the country will pay dearly.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus
but a molder of consensus.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
RICK SANTORUM? OR RON PAUL?