Politics Destroys the Soul -UPDATE

I’ve been suspecting it for a while, but I think Dorothy Day’s sentiment sort of makes it very plain.

“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” — Dorothy Day

I want to love God with all my heart and all my being.

But I can’t stand anyone in politics, right now. And I realize, today — for the millionth time — that it’s not a healthy thing for me, spiritually; my ability to slip into a broad mood of disliking says something about my capacity for loving God, and also how easily I fool myself.

I can’t stand the politicians because of the posturing, the lying, the arrogance, the spinning, the whole…just the whole thing. I can’t stand them, anymore, or their pals in the press. But I must learn to love the person even though I dislike the policies, the politics, and that’s only going to happen through prayer and the grace of God, because clearly my heart’s a bit shriveled.

It’s the only way — I must pray for the good of all of these politicians I don’t like; pray for their salvation, just as I must pray each day for my own.

I do that. But I guess, not enough!

So, I think this noonhour is a good time to take out the rosary, to pray — for the good of these folks I can’t bring myself to love or to trust — and to pray that my own heart can grow in love and understanding.

And, for any growth or understanding that comes to stay, and last…

UPDATE: A little help and perspective from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King:

“. . .we begin to love our enemies and love those persons that hate us whether in collective life or individual life by looking at ourselves.

A second thing that an individual must do in seeking to love his enemy is to discover the element of good in his enemy, and every time you begin to hate that person and think of hating that person, realize that there is some good there and look at those good points which will over-balance the bad points.

I’ve said to you on many occasions that each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality. We’re split up and divided against ourselves. And there is something of a civil war going on within all of our lives. There is a recalcitrant South of our soul revolting against the North of our soul. And there is this continual struggle within the very structure of every individual life. There is something within all of us that causes us to cry out with Ovid, the Latin poet, “I see and approve the better things of life, but the evil things I do.”

There is something within all of us that causes us to cry out with Plato that the human personality is like a charioteer with two headstrong horses, each wanting to go in different directions. There is something within each of us that causes us to cry out with Goethe, “There is enough stuff in me to make both a gentleman and a rogue.” There is something within each of us that causes us to cry out with Apostle Paul, “I see and approve the better things of life, but the evil things I do.”

So somehow the “isness” of our present nature is out of harmony with the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts us. And this simply means this: That within the best of us, there is some evil, and within the worst of us, there is some good. When we come to see this, we take a different attitude toward individuals. The person who hates you most has some good in him; even the nation that hates you most has some good in it; even the race that hates you most has some good in it.

And when you come to the point that you look in the face of every man and see deep down within him what religion calls “the image of God,” you begin to love him in spite of. No matter what he does, you see God’s image there. There is an element of goodness that he can never sluff off. Discover the element of good in your enemy. And as you seek to hate him, find the center of goodness and place your attention there and you will take a new attitude.”

To “see Christ in everyone you meet” is something that St. Benedict charges us to do. That’s a great gift, a very great grace. And it’s one I must ask for. I may be better at it than I was ten years ago, but I’m still not good enough, and never will be, by my own efforts.

UPDATE II: More to ponder from Julie Davis who emailed me with this one:

That your enemies have been created is God’s doing; that they hate you and wish to ruin you is their own doing. What should you say about them in your own mind? “Lord be merciful to them, forgive them their sins, put the fear of God in them, change them!” You are loving in them not what they are, but what you would have them to become. –St. Augustine

Oh, Justice and Mercy, will I ever get you guys lined up and balanced?

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  • http://www.elizabethhillgrove.com Elizabeth

    Wow, I needed this today. Thank you!

  • Matthew

    Relax, I think the real issue is PRACTICAL love or hatred. As long as you love the individual politician you meet today, I am not sure that general sentiment will strike against you.
    On the reverse of this, a wise priest I know once said, “Fear those who love humanity because they will usually kill a lot of individuals to prove their love.” So feel free to hate politicians, just make sure that you act with love toward every individual you meet.

  • LarryT

    Oh yes, those words hit home with me. I don’t think there is a need to feel really guilty about those feelings, though. I know you know that the authentic love which God calls us to isn’t an emotion but an action. We don’t have to “like” someome to love them, and I don’t think God expects us to. At least I sure hope not.

    [That's very well said -admin]

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    I know how that is Anchoress; it does destroy the soul if you let it. I used to get so darn angry over issues. I was definitely a raving right winger during the Clinton years. Clinton would have driven me to hell (LOL) if I had not found the peace of Jesus Christ in my heart. Now I may get angry, but life I realize is a process, and through my faith and active involvement to sway the issues, I realize that you win and you lose and there are usually opportunities to set the ship of state aright in the future. I think President G W Bush served as a great role model for me on this; no matter how maligned and demeaned he was treated, he pursued his goals with Christian confidence and humility. Don’t let them get to you. There are greater things in heaven and earth to think about. By the way, if people haven’t noticed, I’m still a right winger. ;)

  • eko

    I SO needed this today too – and not just for my dislike of politicians but for the attitude I get toward people small, medium and in-between (in society) who I feel do not live up to the morals and perfection I THINK they should. :P Yep — I will be joining in this same prayer. Thanks for the kick in the rear. ;-)

  • http://www.notstrictlyspiritual.blogspot.com Mary DeTurris Poust

    I probably needed this post today since early this morning I closed the newspaper and announced to my husband: “I hate everything and everybody.” Not really, but a slightly shriveled heart is about right. I find I can’t even wander Facebook too much anymore because I feel bombarded by things I want to rant about. I bite my tongue and disappear for a while. Thanks for reminding me that I’m not alone in these feelings, but I need to work harder to change them.

  • James

    I struggle with this constantly, especially with liberal Catholics who are convinced that “social justice” requires an ever-expanding big government nanny-state.

    The fact is, more and more Catholics are confusing faith with popular liberal political ideology and societal moral relativism. If one sits back and looks at the majority of the problems in The Church these days, they will find just that. In short- it is virtually impossible to avoid politics in Church anymore.

    I know that hate and anger are not the way, and that Christ’s love requires that we all too often have to sit back in silence and take a spiritual beating. It is in those moments that I try to recall the times when I have offended God and how His Mercy was poured out to me in quiet loving patience.

    My conversion has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to endure in my life…… and it’s all been worth it.

    “Everything popular is wrong.” – Oscar Wilde

  • Joan Chakonas

    I don’t like politics at all because it doesn’t look at people as individuals but as a soulless mob. I cannot stomach getting into political arguments anymore precisely because it’s now turned into artificial aggressiveness that means absolutely nothing at the end of the day. It’s always in the abstract. It’s always about “them”. I love Catholicism because it’s about the PERSON.

  • HeartAsARock

    Ah. You speak for me again. I think I’m going to start calling you my Jiminy Cricket.

    Lately my heart has felt like a bit of leftover lava rock. Hard, brittle, gnarled and ugly.

    Thankfully, I am being called back home continually to the Heart of Hearts and from Him I can receive back the sweet suppleness I toss away.

    The more my lens darkens, the more I need His light.

    I don’t like the politicians, but I do pray for them. I don’t like at all the newly famous killer in Norway, but I have already found myself begging God to deliver him and to save his soul and any other fools caught up in the nets of the wily deceiver.

    When my heart twists and wrings itself out over hatred and presuppositions about others and their faults, and ends up dry and shriveled, then I pray for my own deliverance. It works. I actually found myself longing for my daily mass and refused to work late yesterday. Amazing grace. How well it works.

    “A conscience is that still small voice that people won’t listen to. That’s just the trouble with the world today… ” J. Cricket

  • David

    Great topic – I think we all struggle with “love your enemy”. I can only manage it if I think of loving gestures to my enemies as gifts to God. Since I can’t directly give God anything in return for His grace. It helps to know we can give Him glory by acting on His words out of love for Him and for no other reason.

  • http://www.hermitofbardstown.com Stephen Taylor

    Thank you. Prayer is the most powerful of our tools in this life, and it is only truly effective with true love.

  • Joseph Marshall

    Your enemies face the same dilemma as you, are as subject to the same failures, and are headed toward the same grave.

    Whatever the failings of the real man or woman, the “enemy” whom we see is but a projection of our own, a mirror of our failings, whose match to the real man or woman is largely coincidental.

    It is bad to hate Politician X or Politician Y or Politician Z, but there is always the possibility that some incidental detail about them, a love of dogs or dislike of broccoli, may penetrate that hatred and remind us that they have the same human shape as we do, and deserve the same human benefit of doubt.

    It is worse to hate the labels that we place on whole groups of people who merely happen to think, to appear, or to act differently than we do. No label can convince us that we share anything fundamental and enduring with it, and no crowd can ever remove the label that we make for it, and show us something more, or something different, that we had overlooked.

    Labels, and the hatred of them, are addictive to a degree that is well-nigh permanent because they have no chance to show us “the image and likeness of God.” They can only show us the image and likeness of Ourselves, clothed in righteousness, and there is no doubt of that to give the benefit of to anyone.

    And we are very prone to take the image of Ourselves as our likeness to God.

  • kenneth

    Our politicians are the symptom of our problems as much as the cause. They are there and act like that because we select them based on their ability and willingness to pander to our ugliest and most craven instincts.

  • Stephen J.

    In some ways I find it easier to be charitable and well-wishing towards politicians, in that so many of them seem to me to have become what they are more out of inertia and shortsightedness than anything else. It is hard for me to take the destructive things they do personally when it seems self-evident that even they don’t believe more than half of what they say, or understand half of what they do. Selfishness, greed, and doing what seems necessary to survive at the moment are contemptible motives, but they’re ones I share too, and have succumbed to from time to time.

    The people I find truly hard to feel benevolently towards are the ones whose hostility to Christ, Christians, and Christianity is clearly a matter of deliberate principle, like Dan Savage or P.Z. Myers — the ones who feel no shame in saying and thinking the worst possible things about people like me, and about what we believe, because they have magnified personal grievances into philosophical condemnation. Should I ever be in a position where I can personally harm, either through action or inaction, such a person, I can only pray for God’s grace to show me the right, and let me act with love if I cannot feel it.

  • James

    (Joseph Marshall wrote – “It is worse to hate the labels that we place on whole groups of people who merely happen to think, to appear, or to act differently than we do. “)

    The primary purpose of political labels is to identify people who share ideologies. That’s a very practical and rational function. But of course, there is much more to an individual’s humanity than their ideologies and their beliefs. And of course, the only thing we should “hate”- is sin itself. And far too many people refuse to label anything as a sin anymore. Hence the label of moral relativism.

  • Rich Fader

    And stirs the brain. I don’t mean necessarily so much in the sense of igniting the passions so much as in sticking a blender in there and putting it on high.

  • NBW

    I find myself disliking politics and the media more and more. I agree with Stephen T. we need to pray!

  • James

    “It is a great mistake to suppose that love unites and unifies men. Love diversifies them, because love is directed towards individuality. The thing that really unites men and makes them like to each other is hatred.”

    - G. K. Chesterton

  • Mandy P.

    I get very disgusted with politics and the various political processes. But whenever I am tempted to hate, I stop and remember that those people are our elected officials. We chose them. They are a reflection of us. And then I pray for mercy.

  • Elaine

    Can’t believe I was thinking about this today and now you write about this. I do struggle with not wanting to dislike the people that I think are doing great damage to the country. I used to be able to stay in the gray area and see both sides – I guess a moderate. Now I do make judgments on what I think is right or wrong. It is much harder doing this because I do lament on disliking a person who is screwing things up and keep telling myself that we are all people who have different views and I would guess that many who think differently are sincere but sincerely wrong! God calms me down!

  • Terrye

    Very good post. And you are right. Politicians are hard to love.

  • Ellen

    I’ve always said that politicians are unworthy of their great patron saint, Thomas More. I know my representative and I like him. Same for my senator (he operated on my father and granddaughter). I also like their positions on issues which helps, but I’ve been trying to pray for all of them. Even Pelosi, even Dick Durbin, even Barbara Boxer (that is a hard one). I’m trying very hard to love the person, even if I hate their stance on the issues.

  • Joseph Marshall

    Well, James, hating anything might just be part of the problem. And the key to keeping all our ideologies straight consists of knowing what they really are–everybody else’s as well as our own. That’s really not possible if we are too busy labeling somebody else’s ideology as “moral relativism”.

    In the end all such labels are merely a mechanism to avoid confronting the possibility that we might be mistaken. And even when we are not mistaken, it’s a good idea to periodically confront the possibility that we might be. It cultivates the virtue of humility, if no other.

  • Joseph Marshall

    I want to love God with all my heart and all my being….my ability to slip into a broad mood of disliking says something about my capacity for loving God,,,,

    Does it really? Who is without such capacity? And who, inherently, has less capacity for it than anyone else, however cranky they may get? Perhaps “wanting to love God” so badly is getting in your way of actually doing it.

    Does God have moods? And what human being is free from them? So God’s love is infinite, and ours isn’t. But this says little to nothing about the quality of the love we actually have, or about our capacity to apply it.

    A dump truck has a 2 1/2 ton capacity, as long as you don’t fill it with anything. But the only point to having a dump truck and filling it up is to drop the load in the right place, rather than being bothered that we can drop no more than 2 1/2 tons at one time.

  • James

    (Joseph Marshall said – “Well, James, hating anything might just be part of the problem. And the key to keeping all our ideologies straight consists of knowing what they really are–everybody else’s as well as our own. That’s really not possible if we are too busy labeling somebody else’s ideology as “moral relativism”.)

    On the contrary, Joseph- it is virtually impossible to keep anything straight (especially ideologies) without the defining categories of “labels”. And without the guidance and clarification of definitions, what can we possibly hope to “know” at all? We might as well attempt to nail jello to the wall and then question the definition of the hammer as we rationalize that the “mess” is not really a mess at all because the term “mess” is a limiting and meaningless label.

    Please note that you have embraced these defining labels: “hate” and “ideologies” and “straight” and “really” and “are” and “possible”. I submit that you are arguing with yourself at this point.

    (Joseph said – “In the end all such labels are merely a mechanism to avoid confronting the possibility that we might be mistaken. And even when we are not mistaken, it’s a good idea to periodically confront the possibility that we might be. It cultivates the virtue of humility, if no other.”)

    Ah yes- you ARE arguing with yourself. Either you have not considered the possibility that you are mistaken, OR you have stopped considering that possibility too soon, and you have now adopted the meaningless label of: “I’m right and you are wrong”.

    Christian “faith” always walks with doubt. That is why it is called “faith”. Faith has no real meaning or depth without the constant shadow of doubt.

    Where is your doubt Joseph?

    “Materialists and madmen never have doubts.” – G.K. Chesterton

  • Stephen J.

    Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the choice to act as if you feel no fear, even when you do.

    Faith is not the absence of doubt. Faith is the choice to act as if you have no doubt, even when you do.

  • bridgit

    James I love your posts. Especially your extremely relevant (ant spot on) Chesterton quotes.

    Thank you.

  • Gail F

    That quote at the end is priceless!

    I am with you in my general disgust and, sometimes, hatred of ALL of them — their refusal to put aside the crap and do the best thing for the country. And I’m not just talking about what I think is best — none of them seem willing to do what he or she thinks is best. Sigh.

    But I don’t really hate any of them. Mostly.

    [I don't really "hate" them. I don't wish ill on anyone...I just want most of them to realize they suck at their jobs and stop running for reelection! -admin]

  • Dynan

    MLK was a great follower of St. Augustine. He took his ‘I have a dream” speech from the City of God written in ~430.

    Why did he give his speech on the 28th of August? It was St Augustines feast day! St Monica’s feast day is the previous week.

    Recognize that “social justice” is an oxymoron. All humans can do is determine justice. Only God can distribute mercy because only HE knows who deserves what. When I have lunch with you, I can determine what is in your soul(tummy!) but as to what is in your head and heart, only Yahwah knows!

    The Old Testament teaces us of God the Father and the Holy Spirit. The New testament teaches us about the new Adam and the new Eve!!! Go with God.

  • Dan

    James @ 6:11,

    I’m the dude you hate.

    I am all about the nanny-state and think that we are barbarians for failing to bolster our weakest and sickest with guaranteed health care, unlike the rest of Western Civilization.

    I do this with a firm conviction I am correct and it will be the best for American Catholicism and the people the nanny-state would serve if the US followed Australia’s lead in assigning government revenues at 30% of the GDP instead of 15%, the current historic low in this modern age in America.

    I have a prayer life and theological convictions I am correct. I am not a duped follower of the Democratic Party.

    I am the object of your hatred. I am your fellow Catholic.

  • James

    I don’t hate you Dan.

    Do you hate the Catholic principle of subsidiarity?

    The government should not intervene to attempt to alleviate all problems. A welfare or “nanny” state, offering cradle-to-grave security and attempting to provide for all human needs, expands the state beyond its proper scope and violates the principle of subsidiarity. Pope John Paul II explained:

    “Malfunctions and defects in the social assistance state [or welfare state] are the result of an inadequate understanding of the tasks proper to the state. Here again the principle of subsidiarity must be respected: A community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good. ” (Centesimus Annus 48)

    This overreaching by the state leads to situations that are both inefficient and detrimental to human welfare Pope John Paul II continues:

    “By intervening directly and depriving society of its responsibility, the social assistance state leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients, and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending. In fact, it would appear that needs are best understood and satisfied by people who are closest to them and who act as neighbors to those in need. ” (Centesimus Annus 48)

    Health care reform is a contemporary social issue where the Catholic principle of subsidiarity has seemingly been disregarded. As Archbishop Joseph F Naumann and Bishop Robert W. Finn have pointed out, “change for change’s sake, change [in the health care system] which expands the reach of government beyond its competence, would do more harm than good.” They warned that “the neglect of subsidiarity can lead to an excessive centralization of human services, which in turn leads to excessive costs and loss of personal responsibility and quality of care.” The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) observed that the legislation being considered in late 2009, which ultimately became law, represented a “government-controlled approach [that] is flawed in principle and ineffective, if not dangerous, in practice.” The CMA continued, “Experience indicates that medical decisions are best made within the context of the individual patient-physician relationship rather than within some remote, impersonal and bureaucratic agency…”


    But as a practical matter Dan, if the passage of ObamaCare was such a wonderful victory for “social justice”, then why has Obama already granted nearly 1500 waivers to his cronies?

    From The Washington Times (May 30 2011)

    “President Obama, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrats all, in their rush to take over America’s health care system, made all sorts of outlandish, unkeepable promises. Among the most egregious: Obamacare would allow you to keep your current health insurance and your doctor. Mr. Obama’s own Medicare chief actuary now acknowledges that Obamacare may cause up to 20 million Americans to lose their current health insurance policies, and doctors are increasingly leaving Medicare, Medicaid and the practice of medicine altogether. Good luck keeping them. Another unkeepable promise: Obamacare “will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately.” The Congressional Budget Office’s budget director estimates the law actually will destroy 800,000 jobs.

    Obamacare’s chickens, to borrow a phrase our president may have heard somewhere before, are coming home to roost. The law, as currently adjudicated, has been ruled unconstitutional. The president’s own secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius, has admitted a major section of the Obamacare law is “totally unsustainable.” Before casting his vote in favor of Obamacare, Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, described it as “a Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing that Bernie Madoff would have been proud of.” Well, Mr. Conrad, Mr. Madoff certainly would be proud of you and your colleagues.

    The now-familiar monthly trickling down of new waivers is, at best, a tacit admission that Obamacare is a failure. So far, seven entire states and 1,372 businesses, unions and other institutions have received waivers from the law. The list includes the administration’s friends and allies and, of course, those who have the bestlobbyists.

    More than 50 percent of the Obamacare waiver beneficiaries are union members, which is striking because union members account for less than 12 percent of the American work force. The same unions that provided more than $120 million to Democrats in the last two elections and, in many cases, openly campaigned in favor of the government takeover of your health care, now celebrate that Obamacare is not their problem.

    But the political payoffs don’t stop there. The Obama administration didn’t forget its closest friends in the latest round of waivers. Although there are 435 congressional districts across America, nearly 20 percent of the new waivers, amazingly, found their way to a single district – Mrs. Pelosi‘s. As for Mr. Reid, well, the entire state of Nevada found an early waiver in its Christmas stocking. After all, what kind of a friend would the president be if he couldn’t pull a few strings?”

    From The Hill (July 15 2011)

    “The Health and Human Services Department granted 39 new waivers last month from part of the healthcare law, bringing the total to just shy of 1,500.

    In September, HHS will stop the process of granting a new batch of one-year waivers at the end of each month. Companies have until Sept. 22 to file their initial application for a one-year reprieve and seek an extension to carry them through the next three years.

    Department officials said they decided on the September cutoff because, by then, every company that thinks it needs a waiver would have had time to apply. The comparatively low number of approvals in June may back up that explanation. The 39 new waivers granted last month bring the total to 1,471.”

  • James

    (Dan said – “I do this with a firm conviction I am correct and it will be the best for American Catholicism and the people the nanny-state would serve if the US followed Australia’s lead in assigning government revenues at 30% of the GDP instead of 15%, the current historic low in this modern age in America.”)

    Let’s take a closer look at the down-side of Australia’s Nanny-State Utopia, shall we Dan?

    From The Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) May 08, 2010:

    Poll finds most Australians believe Australia has become a nanny state

    “EXCESSIVE rules and regulations have created a “nanny state” at the expense of key policy areas such as health, transport and education.

    New polling has found that most Australians – 55 per cent – believe Australia has become a nanny state and that government intervention and control in our daily lives has gone too far.

    This view is even more common among older Australians – 61 per cent of people 50 and over hold this opinion.

    And 59 per cent of those surveyed who live in rural and regional Australia agree.

    The Galaxy polling was commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs and follows some well publicised examples of government intervention encroaching on everyday life.

    These include Casey Council accidentally banning kite flying, smoking in outdoor areas being made illegal in Frankston, councils using planning powers to ban trans fats in new restaurants and drivers being fined $50 for failing to lock their vehicle.

    The poll also showed that 73 per cent agreed governments are distracted with making regulations and controls on people’s daily lives rather than focusing on more important issues such as health, crime, education, roads and transport.

    John Roskam, executive director of the IPA, said the polling showed that Australians “are fed up with governments making rules that overly interfere in people’s lives.

    “An important part of the Australian way of life is the freedom to do what you like as long as it isn’t hurting anyone else,” he said. “But at the moment, governments are trying to create rules for everything from where I can fly a kite with my children, to how I can enjoy a quiet beer or what sort of food I can eat.”

    He said it was time for governments to stop focusing on nanny state issues.”

  • Greta

    Anchoress, I remember my mom talking about the years of great flu epidemic that took her mom, the years of the roaring 20′s followed by the great depression and WWII during her last years on earth. It was a time when it was hard not to pray and hard not to hate when so many loved ones were suffering and killed. We have wars today, but very few are directly impacted in their lives by them. The few brave soldiers and their families are trying to do everything they have been assigned in their mission, but see the support dwindling and their core mission being questioned each day. However, our greatest war and where the troops need us the most, is in doing everything we can to make America a country worth fighting for, worth dying for, but making it a special holy place in the world. They see us at war as well with those who are doing everything possible to destroy what was once great in our country. Just like they get tired, we do as well. If they give up, if they are not focused on the evil in front of them, someone gets hurt or dies. The same is true of us on the front line here fighting the culture of evil. Those with talent like yours to write need to write boldly and to name evil and at times make enemies of those who support evil. When you focus on the evil, and not the person, it is like telling your child not to run in the street or to stop taking drugs and if necessary, to do it with a strong voice they do not want to hear. Everyone from time to time needs tough love spoken forcefully. They are caught up in something very evil and are trying to make it normal and accepted by society. When society bends, they will find a new perversion to shock it all over again and keep the fire burning ever hotter until they destroy everything that was good in our country. Some try to equate a battle for a debt ceiling or for some new benefit as being equal to or propotional to something as truly evil as abortion or the attack on the family and the sacrament of marriage.

    I tend to look at one side as more evil and the other as inept. Not a great choice, but an obvious one. It is sad that you have to choose inept to keep evil from gaining a foothold and driving for ever more evil. What made this atmosphere so personal was when the central government pushed to become god with the fight for separation of church or religion from state with a lie. Only if they could separate what Alexis de Tocqueville saw as the essence of what made America special, our faith, could the assult begin on moral core values. Roe vs Wade was the next major hurdle to get the “privacy” right given by government, not the creator, to justify just about anything with religion having no say or separate. By forcing these evils on everyone removing states rights, it meant removing the right of the people to vote or have a say in very core values that will obviously divide us. The founders knew religion was essential by placing its freedom and protection FROM government before freedom of the press or free speech.

    So I know you are tired and I know that you live in a world of liberals, but keep the faith and the courage to fight for truth and for the values that are demanded if we are to remain One Nation UNDER GOD. Think of yourself like those soldiers fighting daily in Iraq and say a prayer asking God for the moral courage to face evil here at home to do your part as a person with God given talent for his use. I pray for you and for all who God has provided your type of talent that you do not tire, you do not get discouraged, and that you face evil with truth.