October 2nd, 2008


three things, only two of them political

Something depressing: congress's repeated defense of under-regulated Fannie and Freddie.

Something encouraging: Paul Newman's impact on the business world.

Something to think about as you're deciding how to vote:

I should probably make myself a politics tag, but I think I'm in some kind of denial about that. Ah well. Come December or January, it will all be just a distant memory.

re: tonight's vp debate

Frankly, I don't care whether either of them can talk the talk. What I want to know is if they have a history of walking the walk. Palin, from all (trustworthy, fact-checked) accounts, has. Biden? I don't know. All I know is that he's a lawyer by trade, and has been around for a long time. But really, the question is about Obama, and I don't see that he's done anything that would show him ready to take on the task of guarding and guiding this country. While I'm not entirely happy with McCain, he's tried and true, and has sacrificed self (and family) for his nation. I wonder sometimes if she's worthy.

Beyond all that, however, I keep reminding myself that in the end it doesn't matter if "my" candidates win or lose. Or even if the whole country goes down the tubes. I am to be praying for and seeking God's will, and trusting that all things will continue working themselves out according to his perfect plan--the end of which is good, not evil. This country has had bad presidents before, and deep depressions. Entire civilizations have vanished, worn away by time and decayed by their own excesses. The world has seemed to end more times than can be recounted--but it hasn't yet. Won't, not until the time is right. And through it all, the church has grown. Unevenly, perhaps; has died back in times of drought, and been pruned severely more than once, but she grows still. That is my true country.