Morning Thanks

Garrison Keillor once said we'd all be better off if we all started the day by giving thanks for just one thing. I'll try.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009



This morning’s Washington Post leads with the story that none other than Vice President Cheney led the reporting teams who enlightened the special Congressional committee on “enhanced interrogations techniques,” as he likes to call them, not “torture” as do most on the left.

I’m not at all sure if that information is enlightening; in fact, it may serve only to darken the mysteries—not of what happened, but of whether or not what happened was in the finest interests of America itself. We seem so immensely divided right now that nothing or no one can bridge the gulf. Lacking only a stumpy mustache, Obama is but another Hitler—did you know that? He’s just another charismatic leader deluding the masses into following him to whatever iniquity his evil mind conspires to promote.

And Cheney, who lacks only a helmet in his sweeping darkness, would likely speak through a tube like his soul-mate, Darth Vader, in his quest to exonerate himself and George W., from the list of sins nailed to the gates of the city of Washington DC by the new regime. Both sides wallow in darkness, when seen from the other.

A house divided against itself is what we are. Some of my oldest and best friends—some of my family—think I’ve gone over to the dark side because I won’t admit that Obama is, in plain and simple fact, the root of all evil, Sodormayor his latest Latina lackey.

Yesterday we received another one of those patriotic “re: re: re: re:” e-mails that features that famous painting of Christ the Shepherd over a background of the stoutly waving stars and stripes, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” sung by kids, gloriously harmonizing behind everything else. I have no problem with Christ the Shepherd—he is my Savior; and I have no problem with the American flag—I’m fourth and fifth generation American; but the illicit relationship between the two –God and country—is a horrific scandal. By my reckoning, America is no more God’s chosen nation than is South Africa. When John Winthrop, wrapping himself in biblical language, called New England, “a city on a hill,” he didn’t mean the nation we now know as America—he meant the world he knew, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and he wasn’t even right on that score.

No matter. It seems there ain’t no middle ground, but then the vast majority of my friends are Christians. I’m not sure what life is like among those who aren’t. Let’s just put it this way: among Christians these days it seems the real peacemakers are few and far between.

7 comments:

Wickle said...

Indeed.

It isn't enough to have different opinions. Those with whom we disagree must be viewed as evil.

I'm with you ... I think that we, as family in Christ, should be holding together more than tearing each other apart.

Joy said...

Did you listen to Joshua DuBois on Speaking of Faith last week? It might give you a little hope. :)

RickNiekLikeBikes said...

Sometimes you need to spank the children and send them to their room in order to make peace. Peacemaking doesn't only come through nicey-nicey or else God wouldn't challenge the snot out of me like he does. I can't see Obama as being the Anti-Christ--I don't know where that comes from, and I wish Christians wouldn't beat each other up so viciously. But I think it was Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday that he and Cuban ally Fidel Castro risk being more conservative than Obama. True or not, something like that should give me pause. I don't like it.

Now knock it off and go to your room.

Wickle said...

RNLB ...

What, pray tell, does being Christian have to do with being conservative?

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