August 2008

This was from Justin Taylor’s blog

Democrats in the end speak most of, and seem to hold the most sympathy for, the beset-upon single mother without medical coverage for her children, and the soldier back from the war who needs more help with post-traumatic stress disorder. They express the most sympathy for the needy, the yearning, the marginalized and unwell. For those, in short, who need more help from the government, meaning from the government’s treasury, meaning the money got from taxpayers.

Who happen, also, to be a generally beset-upon group.

Democrats show little expressed sympathy for those who work to make the money the government taxes to help the beset-upon mother and the soldier and the kids. They express little sympathy for the middle-aged woman who owns a small dry cleaner and employs six people and is, actually, day to day, stressed and depressed from the burden of state, local and federal taxes, and regulations, and lawsuits, and meetings with the accountant, and complaints as to insufficient or incorrect efforts to meet guidelines regarding various employee/employer rules and regulations. At Republican conventions they express sympathy for this woman, as they do for those who are entrepreneurial, who start businesses and create jobs and build things. Republicans have, that is, sympathy for taxpayers. But they don’t dwell all that much, or show much expressed sympathy for, the sick mother with the uninsured kids, and the soldier with the shot nerves.

Neither party ever gets it quite right, the balance between the taxed and the needy, the suffering of one sort and the suffering of another. You might say that in this both parties are equally cold and equally warm, only to two different classes of citizens.


Here’s a great quote I stole from my favorite professor’s Facebook, who stole it from Hudson Taylor, who didn’t have time to steal anything because he was awesome:

“It is the consciousness of the threefold joy of the Lord, His joy in ransoming us, His joy in dwelling within us as our Saviour and Power for fruitbearing and His joy in possessing us, as His Bride and His delight; it is the consciousness of this joy which is our real strength. Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing: His joy in us knows no change.” Hudson Taylor

but do you know who you’re going to vote for in the election? If you do, why that candidate? If not, what’s holding you back from picking a candidate? I’ll post my thoughts after I get some comments. Thanks guys!

Just watched Rick Warren interview Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain. I think Senator McCain was well spoken. Really answered the questions that were thrown at him. Senator Obama gave all the right answers for his evangelical audience. I think he may have gained a few supporters after his performance but, in my opinion, Senator McCain won. Not that this was a debate or anything. 🙂 Who am I kidding? It’s election year. Everything is a competition. I think this is going to be a close race and I predict the Christian voters will be the one to determine who will be our next president.

…and I’m going to the beach. Sarah and Becka will be picking me up any minute and I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to some girl time with these two. They’re a lot of fun but also have great depth so conversations are always awesome. Crazy thought…Sarah was one of the first CBU people I met so our friendship is going strong now for 6 years! Becka and I became friends my junior year so that gives us a solid 3 years of friendship. My, how the time goes by!