Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy 21st birthday to all those born on February 29, 1932. You are now of legal age. Finally!

Yes. It is Monday, February 29, 2016. Yes. The 29th. It's Leap Day in this Leap Year. We have one of these every four years. I know for people born on this day it makes it a very special day indeed. For the rest of us, it's a good day to try and get the juices flowing again and see what can be accomplished. And, if that doesn't work, well, it's the only one we have at the moment so we might as well make the best of it. People look for any sign whatsoever to tell if maybe they will have a good day. One young lady thought the stars must all be in alignment because the place where she bought her early morning smoothie actually got her name spelled correctly on the cup. A student would answer by saying they wake up to a snow day on the day the final exam was supposed to be taken. Others think maybe a really good message from a fortune cookie will be the key to their prospects. I heard one where the person knew things were going to be good because when they turned on the radio their favorite song immediately started playing. One fellow got all mesmerized by a stray onion ring showing up in his fries. There's this old one, "If you wake up and don't see your name in the obituary column." I know many of these are just having a little fun but here's one to start your day that you can always count on, period, end of story: "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 9:24)

One of the things that people hate most about politicians is how they play games with the truth. My granddad used to call it talking out of both sides of their mouth. The recent untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has introduced another opportunity to make us all sick of them all, again. President Obama very much wants to nominate a replacement. He is in the last year of his presidency and typically the party in control of the Senate prefers to await the candidate offered up by the new president. This has all the Democrats going crazy. They can't believe how this could even be thought about. It is an affront to our system of governing. It is a threat to our way of life. Wait just a moment. Unfortunately for them, we have CSPAN archived messages from all of these same people loudly complaining who have previously said it would be improper for President George W. Bush, President George H. W. Bush, and President Ronald Reagan to submit a court recommendation during their last year in office. We have the sitting Vice President who headed the judiciary committee when he was in the Senate and he essentially said exactly the same thing. It would be improper. It's not how our system is supposed to work. Really? We even have the then Senator Obama taking part in a filibuster against one of President Bush's nominees. He now says that he feels badly about that and he shouldn't have done it. Those forced to hear their own words say that was then and what matters is today, not yesterday. In other words, they have zero principles regarding the meaning of their words and that's one reason people hate Washington and how it operates. I thought maybe some of you had missed these latest developments so I did want to keep you posted. 

It works that way in both parties. Since I'm on that subject I'm not surprised but a little taken aback by the aggressiveness and the sheer number of press releases explaining why these quotations from people in the past should not be used to stall or block the President's nominee. Really? Could it be the mainstream media who are five star liberals want President Obama to put another liberal on the bench? Could that have anything to do with this steady flow of articles promoting a hearing and vote? All those quotes from the past according to the largest news sources in our nation are, after all is said and done, nothing more than politics. Why would anyone pay any attention to them? Is it any wonder our country in is the shape it is in? There's no fundamental respect for integrity, honesty, and truth on the part of our governmental leaders. Like I say, it pretty well works the same way without regard to the party in power. Concern about hypocrisy isn't really even a consideration for today's political class. It is a way of life. Am I being too critical? Check it out for yourself and come to your own conclusion. No. I do not know if smoke is coming out of my ears but I do know my face is very hot and it is likely very red at the moment. It's enough to stir us all up. Well, at least me. And it should. This stuff tends to makes me a little sad but I can quickly become glad when I remember that I serve a Sovereign God who reigns over all. I feel better just thinking about that. Amen. ....More later.

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