Beneath the polite give and take between the new president and the newly disempowered Republican caucus, there was a sense that Obamaâ€™s honeymoon had already begun to ebb. For the first time, it seems, congressional Republicans, shut out of power and seemingly cowed by the harsh verdict of voters and wild popularity of the new president, are finding their voice, rallying in large numbers against the centerpiece of Obamaâ€™s agenda.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) started the week swinging, declaring Sunday that he would oppose Obamaâ€™s stimulus package as written. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has kept up a daily din of opposition to specifics of the package, mocking the inclusion of a mob museum and a water park. Senate Republicans also are rallying against the Democratic version of a childrenâ€™s health care bill being debated this week. And most Senate Republicans opposed the confirmation...
May the Lord bless you richly. In fact He already has with contentment and trust. It dumbfounds me why more brothers and sisters in the Lord do not take this stand. Maybe there is simply silence because of a hidden fear that they do not have the knowledge in particular subject matter and there seems to be so many "renaissance-types" posting with incredible knowledge in a variety of subjects. I am not sure but I am sure that more probably do exist.
Perhaps you should look at voting the same way you do the other actions of a believer? Maybe you will then understand the point I am making, which is that our vote for candidates should be based on pleasing God and not out of fear (ex. voting for a "lesser evil"). I believe Jesus Christ is LORD and that He sovereignly raises up leaders and sovereignly removes them; my duty before God is to be faithful to Him and leave the results in His hands. If you still disgaree, then please post Scripture which proves my belief in this matter is wrong. Thank you.
I don't care if Obama won or if McCain did, once the vote was over the people who stayed home voted for the eventual winner. In this case that winner was Obama. Throughout the election I said many times here that McCain was the lesser of two evils at best. By staying home I feel that many Christians helped to elect the greater evil of the two. I don't like either candidate so I will stay home and let the absolute worst guy win. That's stupid.
I think our economic problems come from both the Republicans, who just lost much of their power and the Democrats, who have been gaining in power since back in the mid-term elections. When the fingers start getting pointed at the Bush admin a lot of people rightfully say that Republicans were in control for most of the Bush years, but they forget that we did "throw the bums out" at mid-term two years ago and that the elected congress failed to do anything substantial in that time; unless you count substantial damage.
I'll go one further and state even though I am conservative and mostly Republican. I think Republicans want this awful bill to pass just as much as the Dems. The GOP knows the bill will pass even if they vote against it. They do vote against it so that if it fails, two years down the line they can stand on their record.
You suppose wrongly. As I mentioned a couple months ago, in 2002, Bush gave his full support to the attempt to extend home mortgages to the unqualified, in the name of closing the "home ownership gap"; it was not just a Democratic agenda.
The financial situation also "belongs" to the millions of folks who supported & benefited from such gov't manipulation of the credit industry.
Mark M. wrote: Well, the stimulus did pass its first hurdle even with all the Republicans voting against it. It is sad that the Republicans made their stand for common sense now when it does no good vs. stopping outlandish spending back when they were in charge for all those years. I think the bill will have a harder time getting past the next phase, but it will get through, probably with a little comprimise. I think the Republicans actually want the bill to pass just as much as the Dems do, but by voting no they can always point to their record come election time. It is much like the regular voter in the past election. There is no way a Christian conservative would vote for Obama, but if they choose to stay home, they can always make the claim that they did not in fact vote for the guy. I'm sure more than a handful of folks on this site probably did stay home or they actually did vote for Obama. All I can say is I hope you are pleased.
Christians who stayed home in fact did help elect Obama. Pretending you don't know what's going on by stopping up the ears and covering the eyes is no excuse.
Dear Alan, I joined the Constitution Party of Illinois in 2001 and was a state party officer until 2005. Dear TT, I am not saying not to rely upon the LORD from whom we all receive our very life from! I am saying be a prophetic witness to the civil magistrate and work toward righteousness in the civil realm. Do not be afraid of the wicked even though it may appear they have the upper hand right now. Jesus Christ is still King of the nations and we are His ambassadors.
Roger NE I would second that advice from CU, and if you want to see how the Christian Life can be successful, even in the most trying circumstances, try to find a copy of Pastor Richard Wurmbrandts account of when he was imprisoned by the communists in Romania, called 'Tortured for Christ'. It shows how our love for our enemies can be genuine supernaturally, when we are filled with the Spirit of Jesus.
Submission to God's will always brings a peace and contentment that the world can never give.
Well, the stimulus did pass its first hurdle even with all the Republicans voting against it. It is sad that the Republicans made their stand for common sense now when it does no good vs. stopping outlandish spending back when they were in charge for all those years. I think the bill will have a harder time getting past the next phase, but it will get through, probably with a little comprimise. I think the Republicans actually want the bill to pass just as much as the Dems do, but by voting no they can always point to their record come election time. It is much like the regular voter in the past election. There is no way a Christian conservative would vote for Obama, but if they choose to stay home, they can always make the claim that they did not in fact vote for the guy. I'm sure more than a handful of folks on this site probably did stay home or they actually did vote for Obama. All I can say is I hope you are pleased.
And where did you go when you left? A lot of others left too and they joined themselves to Barak Obama's principles; and that, by vote. It doesn't appear from what you have said that you went that direction; I certainly hope not!
Only one week in and it seems Obama has us on the fast track to Socialism. I knew it was coming and now it is here, and it's only the tip of the iceberg. I think NY Mike hit the nail right on the head. The Republicans always seem to be weak, even when they are in charge. I will call a spade a spade, the big bail-outs came under Bush's watch. I don't care if the government is bailing out your grandma or the three biggest car manufactures in the US, when the issue is looked at soberly, bail-outs = socialism.
I left the GOP 8 years ago and have no regrets. My concern is Christians may become so demoralized that they will cease to speak out on Biblical issues. If nothing else, we should be witnesses for Christ in the realm of civil government and proclaim "Thus saith the LORD!"
Disgust motivated me to write this several months ago:
Democrats dislike their country, and work at dismembering it. Republicans like their country, but are afraid of conflict with Democrats.
Democrats get legislation enacted, even with a minority of the House and Senate. Republicans canâ€™t get legislation enacted, even when they have the White house, the House and the Senate.
Democrats are proud when they take the country in the wrong direction. Republicans are proud when they slow down the Democratsâ€™ pace.
Democrats are aggressive in promoting their agendas. Republicans are skilled in talking about their agendas.
Democrats want more government control of everyday life. Republicans speak of less government control of everyday life, but donâ€™t do anything to facilitate less government control.
Democrats talk about helping the middle class. Republicans talk about helping the middle class.
Democrats want laws that diminish freedom for the good of â€śsociety.â€ť Republicans want laws that diminish freedom for the sake of â€śsecurity.â€ť
Democrats, when they lose, blame it on purposeful failure to count every vote. When they win, itâ€™s a â€śclear mandate.â€ť Republicans, when they lose, blame the media. When they win, behave like Democrats, and find ways to lose.