Monday, September 12, 2005

Remembering September 11th

I was a little disappointed at how little attention September 11th got yesterday on only the 4th anniversary. There are so many reasons why it is important not to forget that tragic day and the people who lost their lives. It is why we are still fighting terrorists over in Iraq. I think many have gotten shortsighted and want to give up on the war because they don't remember September 11th. A friend sent me a website that had tributes on it with videos and pictures. As I watched them tears streamed down my face as I remembered that day. I don't ever want to get to a point where I don't cry when I remember.

Even though many did not take the time to remember 9/11, some did. The History channel had documentaries on all day and the Discovery channel had an awesome one on Flight 93 called THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK. Kiefer Sutherland was the voice throughout the documentary. Since I am a huge fan of 24 I found him to be the perfect person as he fights terrorists on a consistent basis. I realize thats only in the Hollywood world but he does such a good job he makes you believe he would be W's best man to fight the real terrorists. But I digress. The documentary was very objective and gave you a picture into the lives of the 40 men and women aboard the flight and their genuine heroism. Their lives are another reason we shouldn't forget. I thought of Darryl Worley's moving song, Have You Forgotten? It has always meant a lot to me and it had a renewed special meaning to me as I played it yesterday.

September 11th is the worst terrorist attack in our country's history. It is important to remember the lives that were lost and the meaning behind it. We are now in a War on Terror and it started on 9/11. May we never forget.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Hurricane Katrina & the Blame Game

I remember reading an article last tuesday that said 80% of New Orleans was under water. I sat there and thought that can't be right. As I read that the levees had broke and the city was flooded the enormity of what had happened hit me. My heart broke as I watched the pictures on the news and saw the people suffering. It reminded me more of a picture of what you would see in a Third World Country not in the United States. I started to contemplate what it would all mean. Many people would lose their lives or family members and if they survived with their family intact they still had lost their homes, their jobs, most of their possessions and none of it would be replaced anytime soon. The magnitude of what that would mean to thousands of people was almost incomprehensible.

My first thought was lets not play the blame game right away, lets do what we can to help these people and realize that no one could really have anticipated such a horrific nightmare. Yes, New Orleans knew that this was a possibility but its one of those things where you don't think its ever really going to happen. But I was repulsed as I saw the media and liberals immediately start taking advantage of a tragedy by playing the blame game. Who likes or respects someone who is a monday morning quarterback? When hollywood airheads and liberals blame Republicans with outrageous accusations how high can your blood pressure go? It didn't take me long to think okay, maybe we should find out who really is to blame if we are going to go there. The Mayor of New Orleans has the audacity to curse the President of the United States on the radio. Does he really want to go there? The more I researched the more I discovered that it was the local and state government that had dropped the ball. It is local government that is supposed to come in right away and FEMA and the Federal Government are supposed to "assist". By the Mayor and the Governor's own admission the Governor wouldn't let the Federal Government assist until she had 24 hours to look over the plan. That was a crucial 24 hours. And the only reason the Mayor and the Governor aren't being criticized by the media is because they are democrats. So they look for the only Republican and they salivate over another chance to try to damage Bush.

I wish we could get away from the blame game and work on making a difference by helping. I'm trying to give money and items to trusted organizations and people where you know its going directly to help those in need. The Samaritan's Purse, the Salvation Army and the Southern Baptists are doing a great job of using all the donated money to efficiently and quickly help people. Many people and charities are sacrificially giving and helping. So when I heard that Sean Penn blamed the United States for not doing a good enough job it just upset me. Everyone including Bush has admitted that the slow response was unacceptable but it is such a slap in the face to say that the United States is this terrible country and has done nothing. Yes, people dropped the ball and we can argue about whose fault it is. But there are Law Enforcement, Medical Experts, National Guard people who have probably gotten little sleep this week and yet they have to be lectured to by a know-nothing actor. Its just wrong. Thank goodness for the alternative media or we would never know all the good things the American people do and we would never hear the truth. As I wrap this up my thoughts turn again to the power of prayer. A friend reminded me of the enormous pressure the President is under right now. He is not perfect but he is a wise, godly, compassionate man who doesn't deserve half of the criticism he gets. He was a rock for our country after 9-11 and I know he will help us recover from Katrina. He needs and deserves our prayers. And let us pray for the victims of the hurricane as we also reach out a hand to help them.

Monday, September 05, 2005

The U.S. Supreme Court

When you sit back and take a look we are experiencing an historic moment. There are 2 vacancies on the Supreme Court one of those being the Chief Justice. It has been 11 years since we have had a new Supreme Court Justice, 14 years since a Republican has appointed one and 20 years since we've had to get a new Chief Justice. For me this has been what it has all been about. It was why I was having panic attacks during the 30 day standoff between Bush & Gore in 2000 and why I took 6 months out of my life to help Bush get elected in 2004. All so we could get some strict constructionists back on the Supreme Court and stop some of this legislating from the bench. It is so important and yet there are no guarantees. Roberts looks awesome and most conservative organizations are singing his praises but there are doubts. How do we make sure we don't end up with with a Stevens, O'Connor,Kennedy or Souter who were all appointed by Republican presidents? When you look at it we only have 2 justices appointed by a democrat president and yet how have we ended up with such a liberal court? It gives one cause to be concerned. It cracks me up when you look at who Rehnquist was appointed by, Nixon of all people. He turned out to be an awesome choice and yet Reagan appointed Kennedy & O'Connor who have been major disappointments. So unfortunately Ann Coulter has a point when she would like to see more proof of Roberts' conservatism and strict constructionism. At this point our biggest influence is prayer. Pray that Bush would pick a solid constitutionalist to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. Pray that Roberts would turn out as well as we all hope. And pray that all the liberals would be taking their medication so the senate hearings wouldn't turn into World War 3. It will be interesting to see how it will all pan out. For those of us News Junkies we will all be paying attention.