Hey Osama : Bite me

As if we weren’t annoyed by all of the political attack ads we receive during election season on TV, radio, voice mail, and postal mail, our [current] nemisis Osama Bin Laden felt the need to weigh in on U.S. politics.

No one in the U.S. gives a crap what Osama Bin Laden thinks about our goverment. Telling Americans what to do is like trying to wake a large, sleeping pit bull — nothing good for you [Osama] will come of it.

Basically, he is saying, “if we are not attacked, we won’t attack anybody.”

Sorry, but I don’t believe someone who murders innocent civilians to make a political point.

George Washington on God in our Republic

My fellow citizens who continue to believe that the Founding Fathers of the United States intended for our government to be totally secular and that the 1st Amendment means ‘freedom from religion’, rather than ‘freedom of religion’ are [IMHO] misguided.

I submit an example from the Thanksgiving Proclamation, delivered by our first President, George Washington in New York on October 3, 1789. This proclamation established the Thanksgiving holiday for the United States.

I want to emphasize a few of President Washington’s points. In the first paragraph, he states that both Houses of Congress requested the day of public thanksgiving and prayer.

Towards the end of the second paragraph, there is an interesting statement that President Washington reiterates the “civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed“.

In the final statement, President Washington urges us “To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us…“.

It’s fascinating to read the language of a President widely regarded as ‘one the best’. It concisely acknowledges civil and religious liberty, promotes knowledge, practice of true religion and virtue, and increase the science.

What have we done to the Republic built on these foundations?

Here’s the full text:

[New York, 3 October 1789] – By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions–to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

GetReligion’s take on Archbishop Chaput

GetReligion has an interesting piece on Archbishop Chaput’s recent NYT article.

Meanwhile, here is the context of the most controversial Chaput quotation that the Times saw fit to print. Let’s go to the tape.

From ‘Tape unto others, as you would want them…

What direction are you heading (politically)?

Just today, my friend Ken suggested that economics and politics are inseperable. His thesis [I hope to cajole him into the blogosphere at some point so he can more eloquently state it] is that without our government, there is no economic system. This was in the midst of one of our hour-of-power discussions on politics.

So, it stands to reason that identifying oneself only as liberal or conservative, left or right, misses half of the story. To evaluate your position on both an economic and political spectrum provides a clearer picture of what you are.

It reminded me of a political compass test. I took it about a year ago and again tonight. I remain in the same quadrant – economically left and socially libertarian.

So, should I join the party with the donkey or the elephant?

[I get confused]