612: Division of the House

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The conflict in the US over policy goes far, far beyond Democrat or Republican. In all actuality, those two surface divisions are far more alike than they are different. No, it goes far deeper and far more fundamental than political party affiliation.

Where we fundamentally agree is on “what’s best for America and her citizens.” Where we fundamentally disagree is on what exactly that “best” consists of.

To me, it boils down to two camps which are not necessarily identified by party affiliation, and this describes the two and the primary difference between them.

The difference, as I see it, is between those who  want people to stand on their own two feet, to be responsible and mature, and to provide for themselves and the progeny they produce: in effect, a limited government. This refers to the vast majority of able-bodied citizens, not those honestly and deservedly unable to care for themselves through advanced or young age, physical or in limited cases, mental defect. I get it, some people need AND DESERVE help. Unfortunately, there are far too many getting help currently who do not deserve help Рthey are where they are because of choices they themselves have made, and this camp believes that bad choices should have consequences.

The other camp believes that people actually born and breathing deserve all their needs, nay even their wants and desires (apparently irregardless of practicality or worth) met by a government that cares and provides for them from cradle to grave, in every aspect of life, economy, personal responsibility, decision making and bad choices totally irrelevant. Cost apparently irrelevant as well.

That appears to be where the division of the house occurs. I guess you can tell on which side of that fence I pitch my tent.

582: Remember

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Remember how it felt when Obama was elected the first time in 2008? Remember how you celebrated victory, and what you had to say to those misguided people who were bitterly disappointed? Remember when he was re-elected in 2012, and you were proud and sure of the rightness of the world, feeling vindicated about all you knew to be right and true about America? Remember?

THIS is how it felt to the other side in 2008 and 2012.

*sigh*

Do not put your trust in kings and princes (or presidents). God is every bit as much in control right now as He has ever been. He is able to create a victory out of a horrible mess, and He is working to have things just as they should be, which we often do not see or understand.

Remember when you said to give Obama a chance to prove himself? Ditto.

Remember when you said suck it up, buttercup, you lost, now let’s move forward to get some serious, much-needed work done for the country? Ditto.

Remember when you said to respect the American process, and the office of President, even if you could not respect the person? Ditto.

Remember when you said it’s time to heal divides, and work together for the good of everyone? Ditto.

NOTHING about what you said then was WRONG. It’s just harder to hear it and embrace it sitting on the losing side of the fence. Believe me, I know – and Trump was never my candidate.