Voices
April 8, 2010 Issue

LETTERS


D’Antignac responds to McDermott

Dear Editor:

It’s strange that America is finally being raped and sodomized in just a year and two months. I would ask Mr. McDermott this one question. After being lied to for eight years, and rushed into Iraq, thousands of young men and women killed, some disabled for the rest of their lives, and for what....WMD’s that haven’t been found yet. How do you look these young men and women in the eye, and tell them, you were not raped and sodomized, you were doing your duty, protecting your country from Saddam and the country of Iraq. Now tell me who was, or who got raped and sodomized?

There are those across America like Limbaugh, Hanney, Beck and McDermott who don’t care if the Democrats do any good at all. They will tell America any false lie to turn you against the party that wants to help. Wake up, America, has it donned on you that the party of No, don’t want to help you. In the past year and two months, all you got from those so-call Republicans is you lie, No, No, No, and more No. Who are bigger liars than they are. They have yet to come up with a Health plan, but for the year and two months, all they could come up with is start over. You would think they would have come up with something other than to start over, and No, No, No.

 

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You may not like the idea, that there are millions of Mexican Nationals living here in the US, but you can bet there are those that employ them for little of nothing, are glad they are here. Some of the same people that cry out the loudest, are those that are making millions off the backs of illegals.

Now a small note on what McDermott didn’t tell you. Some of these people have applied for Citizenship. Some have children born in this country.

What do you tell those that were born in this country? Send your parents back across the border, but you can stay. Would you do that? I wouldn’t. I would do all I could to help them to become citizens.

As for the Democrats taking advantage of the million of Mexican Nationals. If they are eligible to vote, I say recruit them into the party. The Republicans did it, that’s how George Bush got elected for two terms, and Texas Governor Rick Perry keeps getting re-elected. Sooner or later they’re going to wake up, and realize that the Republicans don’t mean them any good.

Don’t worry McDermott about one party ruling things, have you and the Republicans forgot your side kicks the tea baggers. Have you noticed the many Mexicans that you see at their rallies. You might want to re-think talking about the people that you will need to help you get that majority in both houses, Again. Now that’s what I call, game over.

Clyde D’Antignac
Future Wadley Resident






Hadden thanks Wood and Lindsey

Dear Editor:

With all the fighting and feuding going on in the world today, I had an experience that gives me hope for the kindness of man toward each other.

My wife and I were in Sandersville Sunday, March 21, when our car broke down. The outlook was dim to say the least. We were disabled in another city and county on Sunday. Not expecting much we tried to help our situation by calling O’Reilly Auto Parts in Sandersville. Boy were we lucky! We got in touch with Mr. Charles Wood and Mr. Chris Lindsey. They brought us a part to replace the one that was broken. Then we found another problem, but another call to these heroes go us another part along with the tools to make the repair. That’s two trips at no charge except the two parts.

These guys interrupted their day off to help people they didn’t even know. Thanks, Charles and Chris.

Murry Hadden
Louisville





In the land of Mammon (part 1)

Dear Editor:

This column is intended mainly for the “Christian nation.” Some who do not subscribe to the Christian belief system and worldview, and some who do, may find what follows a waste of their time.

People and nations define themselves, largely, according to the subscribed philosophical/religious tenants that shape their thought and belief. America and many of its long-held beliefs, the very beliefs about freedom that inspired the Revolution, have changed. This change may not reside inside your heart or in the hearts of those you know. But the transition has occurred, nonetheless in the American culture.

I believe this transition has occurred incrementally over many decades that span at least a century. The people and their states, no longer sovereign or in control of their own destiny, have over many years been relegated to an increasing degree of subservience on multiple levels, the result of which, shamefully, would make us barely recognizable to those citizens who dared to rise up against the British Crown.

The transformation of the United States has devolved to a point that the belief in and acknowledgement of a Creator God, through the efforts of establishment Science (a religion in its own right), academics, government, entertainment and the various media, has been replaced with a more Spartan assessment of humanity that has its philosophical roots in materialism (for example, mind springs from matter and there is no God… man alone can save himself), mechanism (for example, man and the universe as a machine and the brain as a computer; all explained by the use of “scientific” reductionism), a form of humanism meant to replace the need for God (worshipping the creature more than the Creator), a materialistic theory of mind (one that insists that consciousness comes from the brain) and egoistic hedonism (that has us convinced that the self-serving approach of “looking out for number one” is the pinnacle of rational motivation and experience), among others.

For their part, Christians largely stand by as observers, as if their silence in the face of the transformation is something called for, something to be expected. We say we will not take the mark, yet will we not rise up and fight to keep laws from being enacted that will bring that mark to bear? Being an observer is not possible in God’s participatory universe. Heisenberg and others proved that. So did the Bible.

When a man strays from what once defined him, he becomes less than he was before and more willing to be subservient to the powers around him; powers against which he is told he cannot prevail. So, too, with a nation.

Whether complying with the politically correct axiom that you can’t fight city hall (so why try?) or with the sometimes unspoken requirement to cover up, and even lie, for an employer (think of the people you know, including Christians, who this applies to), acts of subservience accumulate in conscious behavior over time to become patterns of thinking and believing. So, too, with a nation.

And as subservience is cemented the people, as participants in the transformation, become increasingly malleable and unwillingly to confront the authority that shapes their worldview and convinces themselves that they are to believe what they are told to believe, and without question.

We were reminded in the first century that we are wrestling (denoting a cognitive and/or physical action) against authorities and powers and world rulers of the darkness that exists. Maybe that’s why in the following verses Paul talked about outfitting ourselves in an armor by which we could resist and stand our ground in the day of evil.

But many Christians believe that America is a good, godly nation. So how could it possibly foster evil?

Some of you will remind me that Christians have biblical foreknowledge that mockery and persecution is to be expected and is unavoidable. This is true. But where is it said that Christians are supposed to be accomplices to that persecution. Are we supposed to sit by in silence as our children are taught theory disguised as fact by academics and textbook publishers? Are we supposed to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye while our faith is slaughtered continuously in the media for the past three decades? Are we to act like obedient children when Christianity is torn down yet other religions go unimpeded, even promoted, through that actions of local, state and federal governments?

Most people acquiesce to being followers and are easily swayed. No wonder Christ likened us to sheep. Would that it were true that Christians are not so easily swayed. But over the generations they have proved themselves to be just the same as their brothers and sisters who are not believers. It is not that they compromise their Christian beliefs in church, it is that their willingness to stand up for their beliefs outside church and in the face of unrelenting public condemnation has been compromised.

We today, by our failure to stand for our beliefs, are more like a house built on shifting sand. The power of Caesar has essentially invaded our homes, our lives, our beliefs… even the very consciousness that some of us believe was manifested at once when God breathed in the breath of life (neshama in the Hebrew) and man became a living soul.

It is difficult to bind a strong man when challenging and or trying to modify his beliefs. It is not so difficult to subdue that strong man who speaks strong words in his house, but weak ones in society, and to shape his worldview while allowing him to retain some of his spiritual beliefs. This was the Roman tactic that worked so well and helped facilitate the assimilation of nations and religions, including Christianity, on three continents.

We are much like Esau, who sold his birthright for a bowl of soup. Christians in America over the past century sold theirs, as did non-believers, for a different kind of nourishment. People will fall for nearly anything if they are kept fat and relatively comfortable in the land of plenty, in the Land of Mammon (Money). And with the otherwise innocent promise of “anything is possible in America” our silence and subservience was bought with a price. The price was not spiritual. The price was material. You may say it’s not so, but in the broader American culture, mammon became god. The proof is all around us.

Ben Nelms
Peachtree City




 


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