Daily Archives: September 5, 2008

Why I am not voting Republican or Democratic

“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.”-Ayn Rand

“…give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else.  In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is – you’re on your own.  Out of work?  Tough luck.  No health care?  The market will fix it.  Born into poverty?  Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps – even if you don’t have boots.  You’re on your own”-Barack Obama

“Because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn’t work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it’s best to stop hoping, and settle for what you already know”-Barack Obama

If anyone out there thinks they are not on their own, quit your job, stop paying the bills and find out what happens.  It is only by your individual effort no matter how great or small that you achieve what you are capable.  Robin Hood will not save the day.  Obama assumes that the heart and soul of America is the workings of its government.  He thinks that when government doesn’t work, people go hungry.  If I am to support 10-20 people it will be on my terms and because I choose to do so, not because my government chooses to tax me sufficiently to give it to “those less fortunate”.

“Education is the civil rights issue of this century. Equal access to public education has been gained. But what is the value of access to a failing school? We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice…”-John McCain (hailed with raucous applause)

“I will draw on all my experience with the world and its leaders, and all the tools at our disposal — diplomatic, economic, military and the power of our ideals — to build the foundations for a stable and enduring peace.”-John McCain (tepid golf clap applause)

The crowd at the Republican convention really burned me up.  If they are truly a cross-section of America, I am sad.  Screaming for school vouchers like its the Super Bowl but only tepid applause for PEACE.  What is wrong with you people that you claim a “culture of life” but only for American humans?  Education is important but the lack of death inflicted by or on my country is far more important. 

“My mother’s creed is the American creed: No one is better than you. Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you.”-Joe Biden

No Joe !!  Everyone is not equal to you and that is no American creed I know.  We bring into this world varying attributes and talents, strengths and weaknesses that we either use for or against us.  We have equality in the eyes of our government in regards to justice and the assertion of law, but not as citizens dealing with one another.  There are plenty of people better than me in lots of things…Michael Phelps, Warren Buffett, Salvador Dali, etc.  If there were not, this would be a sad country to live in.  Perhaps this is another example of the Democrats thinking that everything American begins and ends with government. 

“Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights”-Sarah Palin

I am REALLY a big fan of civil liberties.  The way the current Republican administration has all but eliminated them is evident in this quote.  That the crowd then laughed and cheered made it that much worse.

I have a lot more to say but this is already a teal deer.

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Candlelight

I really enjoy candles. For me, candlelight is soothing and calming. My favorite way to enjoy candlelight is to just light a bunch of tealights set out in various places. I’m not a big fan of scented candles. I can burn them for short periods of time but after awhile, the fragrance starts to mess with my sense of smell.

I’m better at remembering to light candles during the “Standard Time” season, when it gets darker earlier and stays dark longer. And usually by summertime, I all but forget to light candles on a regular basis. Part of that has to do with extended daylight and the other part is the subconscious association of flame with heat. Summer is hot, why would I want flames of heat, no matter how small, in my home?

Each September when Vespers starts back, I get a gentle nudge that I’m overdue for some candlelight. We use lots of candles during Vespers. It gives the service a holy, reverent atmosphere. Lighting them lets everyone know that it’s time for the service. Extinguishing them brings the evening to a close.

In her book, Mudhouse Sabbath, Lauren Winner says this about candlelight:

Even though – or perhaps because – literal illumination is as easy as, well, the flip of a switch, there’s something remarkable about a candle, and no quieter quiet than the silence of candlelight. Candles are peaceful, and transfixing, and also ancient.

Do have candlelight in your life? What does it mean to you? Is special occasion only or a daily ritual?

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