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Values Voters Needed!

Every day I receive an email update of current concerns from Focus on the Family. Today’s edition shows real concern on the far right about losing control of the federal government.

“Family Issues Hinge on the Mid-Term Election

Values Voters need to register to vote and be heard.”

Boy do I agree with that!

  • People who value checks and balances in government need to register and vote.
  • People who value candidates who will think for themselves and act on their convictions above candidates who promise only to obey their President and Party need to register and vote.
  • People who value fiscal responsibility and honesty in elected officials – both in their public and in their private roles – need to register and vote.
  • People who want the prostitutes (I mean the old fashined sex-for-money kind, gay and straight) to have less influence with top politicians and less prominence in the White House, in Congress, and in Washington in general need to register and vote.
  • People who value peacemaking (Jesus did, remember?) need to register and vote.
  • People who value going to war only when it is really necessary and honestly argued need to register and vote.
  • Those who think our troops deserve to have their life-or-death needs supplied, and have a right to expect that the strategies they are serving at the risk of their lives be well thought out and implemented – people with such ordinary American and human values really need to get registered and vote.
  • Those who do not value corporation heads getting 100, 200, or 300 times the average wage of their employees need to register and vote.
  • Those who value religious organizations’ integrity and independence from power-lust and political corruption need to register and vote.
  • Those who value serious health-care reform and honest prescription-drug availability need to register and vote.
  • Those who value not letting the $3 per gallon oil billionaires continue to rule from the White House and Congress need to register and vote.
  • Those who value actually reducing teen pregnancies and abortions instead of just running (and usually winning) elections on the issue need to register and vote.

This list could go on for pages! But I VERY MUCH agree. Values voters need to be registered and need to get out and vote!

Now another point: Dobson is apparently still identifying himself with the likes of Karl Rove. This is really sad.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, meanwhile, has been telling Republicans what life would be like under a Democratic Congress: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would again become the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., would take over the House Judiciary Committee — both have been antagonists of the president and his judicial nominees.

Dobson is afraid of the Judiciary Committees actually fulfilling their responsibilities! (He should be, given his odd allegiances.)

He is afraid of Conyers and Leahy – honest men who are willing to tell it like it is, to whom we should listen carefully!

Dobson, and so many on the so-called “religious right” still honor and follow the likes of Rove and DeLay. Oh how utterly humiliating it will be when they see the reality of what they are following and serving. But they really cannot see!

Don’t follow them. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall in the ditch. Or, as Isaiah said so eloquently, “He feeds on ashes. He cannot say, ‘Is there not a lie in my right hand?'”

“The question now circulating among conservatives in Washington, D.C., is: Will liberals take over the House of Representatives or the Senate — or both — and what would happen?”

Ooooh scary, huh?

  • Maybe we would see some truth-in-government?
  • Maybe some elected officials not being the target of indictment for criminal behavior?
  • Maybe Senators and Congressmen actually serving the interest of “we the people”.
  • Wars fought honestly and intelligently.
  • Great reduction in the looting of the economy and the federal treasury.
  • Lying arrogant drug-addicted talk-show hosts not escaping accountability just because they are both wealthy and radical-right-wing.
  • Courtesy up, anger and hate-talk down.
  • Truth up, manipulation and fraud down.

You know, scary as that all is, I might be willing to try it out for a while – just to see what it would be like.

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  • Yes, you’re right: Let America be America once more. Since the days of Abraham Lincoln it rarely was (except if you endorse those opinions as see the murdering of Indios as the true American tradition).

    FDR brought some sparkling of hope into the course of American history, and he is definitely pointing the way that American policy must VERY SOON vigorously re-engage in order to prevent unmeasured (economic) disaster. But on the whole, even he fitted in into the general scheme (pursued like an obsession for all over the bygone century) of making America the first real full-scale world-wide empire.

    This goal has informed and distorted American policies and global economic trends since the fall of the Soviet Empire. It was behind GHW Bush’s talk of a “New World Order� he allegedly had to defend (or erect) by fighting Saddam Hussein; it has brought the neo-liberalism (libertarianism) of Clinton, and his essential ecological blindness, and it is the ultimate reality behind the so-called war on terrorism, which is subtly re-adressed as “the long war�, the new “war of thirty years�, obviously preparing American and world psychology for unparalleled sacrifices in the tradition not really different from Joseph Goebbels declaring “total war�.

    This will not be. America lacks the power and the resources (of nearly every kind, apart from military and increasingly dubious, indeed disgraceful financial operations) to truly rule the earth, which would needs have to imply a true morality, honoring diversity of cultures, mutual understanding, stewardship with natural resources and a heart for the poor. And more and more of the minor Eurasian powers are realizing that they must rely on one another, in order to reject domination by an imperial center that is not truly interested in the well-being of their peoples. And cannot be under the current scheme of economic organization, given the rapidly tightening supplies of resources (fossil fuels before all).

    America has to wake up. And do it soon. And it has to learn to live as a nation again, not as a bloated and socially decomposing imperial center. To do so will have to suffer a huge excrutiating hangover (indeed of many decades). But it is a far, far better, kinder and more sufferable way than to pursue its present course any much further (and this means months, if not weeks, not years !!).

    Thanks Larry for speaking so clearly. And thanks to all who listen him (and me). Don’t think I’m gloating (as a German); I really am not, I’m stunned, numbed for years now, by the immensity of perfidity and deception that is ruling world policies and ruining world affairs. I cravingly hope that Americans will prove better than Germans did and reject their imperial and criminal system of tyranny BEFORE it will be forced on its knees by the rest of the world (nay, the finger of God, who has promised to side with the poor !!) at an incredible cost.

    Please go on. Impeach this administration soon, but begin with Cheney (for he is the true wirepuller within this administration). Rejoice over every victory against the Neocons but never let yourselves deceived to believe the Democratic party was any part of the solution; it is not; it is part of the problem. The solution must be your faith in the Lord, and nothing else.

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