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A Christian looks at politics and government


Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

When I listen to and look at today's political campaigns, the first thing that stands out in my mind is the question: "Doesn't anyone know the Golden Rule'? That way of assessing one's own words and actions isn't even exclusively Christian. The tenets of Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism - - every major faith of the world include this basic guide to human relationships.

Instead I hear lies and half-truths and smears. Do we not do any digging into actual records and lives so we recognize the deliberate misstatements? Do we not realize that negativity brings both disgust from those who hear it and pain for those about whom it is said, on all sides of the political spectrum? Policy and diplomacy and statesmanship require tact, courtesy, intelligence, and gravitas.

Our nation has had bitter and cruel campaigns throughout our history, it's true. What ensues is usually anger, and a desire for revenge, and a determination not to work together, which is so badly needed now especially. It we don't cooperate, things will not get mended and healed.

Our nation was not founded, nor intended, to be of one kind of faith, but a place where people are free to believe and worship as each chooses, with respect and acceptance of each others' faiths. And, after a terrible war, we finally recognized that people of whatever pigment are equal. It took even longer, but women also have been admitted to the voting booth and elected offices, though we still aren't in the Constitution.

Tomorrow, the decisions will be made. It is my prayer that, regardless of how we may view the outcomes, we may come together as a nation to face the frightening situations we are amidst. Rather than trying to throw a monkey-wrench into proposals by the party/persons we opposed, we need to come to consensus and do what is best for all of us. This doesn't mean we can't disagree; that is always allowed in a democracy. (Though I don't think you have a right to gripe if you didn't vote!) We need to avoid attempts to make the winners fail. By so doing, we damage the country we love and our fellow citizens.

Forgiving the nasty campaigning is very hard, but we must face whatever is reality, and work and pray for all our leaders, and for a rebirth of our nation's health, our international reputation, and for peace. We need the presence and guidance of the Almighty in our recovery. "America, America, God shed his grace on thee" and upon all the world.

Jeanne Mart .....
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The things you love about Minnesota are on the ballot

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

On November 4, Minnesotans will have a chance to invest in a better life for future generations by voting for a proposed constitutional amendment to fund Minnesota's water quality, wildlife, cultural heritage and natural areas.

The Clean Wa ..... 
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Violence and the media

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

There's much to be said about violence, not only in October - which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - but all year long. When I was asked to write an article about violence and its affect on children, I thought that I would focus on violence in ..... 
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Don't fall into the Palin trap

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

My family recently returned to Minnesota, the home of our birth, after nearly 13 years of dairy farming outside of Wasilla, Alaska. The straw that broke the camel's back - our Alaska Governor Sarah Palin!

It's a long story how we got to Alas ..... 
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Why do people vote against their own self-interest?

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In 2004, Thomas Frank published "What's the Matter with Kansas". It was an attempt to explain why Kansas, once a bastion of cultural liberalism has become a fortress of conservatism, both culturally and economically. Reading the book, one can't help ..... 
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So, you're a Maverick

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As we know all too well, Senator McCain and Governor Palin like to characterize themselves as mavericks. And, as many of you know, the first definition of a maverick is a calf that has strayed from its' herd. In other words, some poor little creatur ..... 
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People need to take responsibility for their actions

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

On my walk to the Post Office and back each day, I glance at the sidewalks, gutters, window sills, and planters along those three blocks. I pick up and discard cans, bottles, cigarette packs, and candy wrappers. Yesterday, I picked up three cans wit ..... 
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Embarrassed and unfortunate

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
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Embarrassed

Well, after the party comes the hangover. The Sarah Palin rise to political stardom - beauty queeen, hockey mom, bear shootin', corruption fighting governor - is grinding back to an ugly reality; as vice-president in waiting she's ..... 
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Going back in time

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Sarah Palin? Really? I get a regular side dish of news from Colbert Report and Jon Stewart because a little bit of humor makes the nonsense go down so I thought this idea was perhaps a new South Park pilot or something but it seems the GOP means it. ..... 
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