Monday, October 13, 2008

Climb Every Mountain

Is it Time to Sing 'Edelweiss' and Head for the Border?

Whe my daughter was growing up we must have watched The Sound of Music a hundred times. I always got a little choked up when Captain Von Trapp sang Edelweiss as a love song to his beloved Austria, knowing he would soon have to flee her. But now I can imagine singing "Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain" with the same sentiment. Consider the following:

The rise of the 'community organizer' from Chicago eerily parallells that of a man who rose in the 1930's to lead the German speaking peoples. You laugh at this, but City Journal speaks of the Obama Shamen phenomenom. Now a video is circulating of school children singing Praises to Obama. Starting to sound eery yet? The video keeps getting taken off of 'You Tube' but the 'Hitler Youth' parallel example can still be found. Scary stuff! Can you blame me for getting nervous as The Reverend Jackson declare that an Obama administration would rid the United States of "Zionist control." Is it wrong to wonder what exactly he means by that? There's no 'flag with the spider on it' but the ubiquitous ''zero' logo that 'reinvents' the American Flag is doing the same thing for me.

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Lost in the 'Obamamania' is the honest discussion about the role of government. The young senator's voting record clearly favors a more socialist agenda and yet our media assumes at the beginning of the story that this is a good thing Never mind the facts of Frank Raines and the cooked books at Fannie Mae. The 'evil' John McCain tried to stop this trainwreck in 2005 but that is not worth mentioning. After taking ninety million dollars in falsified profits, Raines became an advisor to the Obama campaign. Interestingly enough, the inability to oversee quasi-public corporations means nothing and we want the government to extend its oversight to the private sector without any questions being asked.

While our media eagerly seek s out Todd Palin's driving record they are strangely disinterested in Senator Obama's ties to Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn. Sen. Obama's first campaign for the Illinois Senate began in Mr. Ayers' living room but we're supposed to believe he's 'just a guy in the neigborhood.' Yeah, Right! Those days serving on the Annenberg Challenge together don't count for a thing. Michael Barone Comments Further Here.

Then there is Reverend Jeremiah Wright. His Black Liberation Theology as advanced by James Cone is not exactly the kind of thing that will bring all Americans together. Yet, here again, a twenty year relationship can be denied and the press doesn't bother to go there.

And what of ACORN. It's now coming out that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is perhaps engaged in voter registration fraud in eleven states! In my young liberal days we prided ourselves in being a just cause. Now it's just a cause, to be advanced by the worst kind of pragmatism. Finally, CNN is mentioning the voter fraud, but it may be too little, too late. Update: Here is More on ACORN from Pajamas Media and you won't find it on CNN. Hat tips to Here is an Emergency Petition to Congress demanding that voters be required to show identification in order to vote. Be sure to add your name to it. Here, again thanks to Sarah for America: Ties to Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga. [Must See]!

Finally, there is in Senator Obama's voting record the clear indication that he will advance the agenda of those who would redefine basic social institutions such as marriage and family. He voted against the Infant Born Alive Protection Act. Nat Hentoff, pro-life and disabilities advocate, and First Amendment scholar, is rightfully leery of the 'change' that is being advanced here. Narrowly defining those who are worthy of living is a scary thing to see. Still, in spite of the voting record, there are those who would paint hin as Pro-Life! See This Piece by Dennis Prager for perspective.

As a G-d fearing Christian, pro-life, classic liberal person who loves America, I'm concerned. So I leave you with a love song--and a prayer:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good
With brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul
In self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success
In nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good
With brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

America the Beautiful
Words By: Katherine Lee Bates, Music By: Samuel A. Ward

Beautiful Spacious Skies

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