My view of life from the cheap seats… Art Chartier
Peanut Gallery: Rebecca Hamilton (Public Catholic) speaks “truth to people.” She is passionately pro-life, a practicing Christian (Catholic) and an Oklahoma State Representative (Democrat, District 89.) She is term limited in 2014.
If you care about the political state of our nation… she is an important blogger to follow. As a term-limited insider to OK state politics, Hamilton is “telling it like it is” from her unique point of view. Her current series is a must read – it describes the sorry state of politics in America and the necessity of looking to Jesus Christ for hope and help.
Public Catholic is “like a mighty rushing wind.” Acts 2.2 ESV
July 3, 2012 · by Rebecca Hamilton · in Abortion, Christian Living, Christian Lobbying, Christian Persecution, Christian Walk, Christianity, HHS Mandate, Political Campaigns, Pro Life, Witness for Jesus
Stop slogan-voting. Stop hate-voting. Stop being manipulated.
We are in a fight for religious freedom in America. Religious freedom is sometimes called the “first freedom.” It is, after all, enshrined in the First Amendment. But there is another reason to call it the “first freedom.” Religious freedom is the basic human freedom on which other freedoms are built. It strikes to the core of our souls, of who we are as individuals and how we view ourselves and other people. All the questions of human worth and the proper relationship of government to the individual person have their genesis in the right to religious freedom.
If the government takes on itself the power to subjugate religious institutions, to bring them under its heel, it will also take onto itself the power to, as Elizabeth I said, “open a window” into its citizen’s souls. That is what is at stake.
The only hammer we the people have in this debate is our vote. Like the good citizens we are, we do vote. We vote. And then the people we elect proceed to represent the same special interests they represented before we voted. We change the people who hold office, but we can’t change the direction of government. It’s as if we pull a lever and find it’s not connected to anything.
I’ve spent the past few days thinking about all this; praying about it, and trying to decide what I can do in my small Oklahoma world to aid in this fight. I think that the truth is our best weapon.
I am going to write a series of posts telling you the truth about politics as I understand it. That means I’m going to tell you some things you don’t want to hear, including things about we the people that we don’t want to face. What I’m going to say isn’t The Truth. It’s not absolute. It’s not part of the eternal verities by which we all should seek to live. It’s not anybody’s gospel, not even mine. It’s just how I honestly understand the process and what I think is true about our situation.
While what I say is not The Truth, my ideas are certainly informed opinions. I’ve spent many years in elected office and many more on the political sidelines. I’ve been on the inside of at a least one of the critical issues we face as a nation,
You can disagree with me all you want. It doesn’t bother me in the least. My goal isn’t to manipulate you into thinking as I think. My goal is to jump-start your understanding and to inspire you to begin thinking for yourself.
We the people are giving away the power of our vote by letting ourselves be manipulated into hate-voting and slogan-voting. It’s time to stop.