FEET OF CLAY

Consider the following posts.

Did Rick Perry back TARP? by Virginia Virtucon

In this post D.J. McGuire expresses a concern over Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. Back in 2008, did they come out in support of TARP? He ends his post with this comment.

In other words, it certainly looks like both (or all if one includes Cain) frontrunners succumbed to the Washington Panic of 2008 – even though none of them were anywhere near Washington at the time. That bodes ill for what any of them would do if they actually get to Washington.

The front-runners may be the front-runners, but for how long?

The GOP Senate Race is Over? by The Virginia Conservative

The virginiaconservative has a complaint he wrote just before a certain debate (see here). Here is how he begins.

Although there are still many months until the Republican primary for Virginia’s Senate seat, some people are already calling the result.  Now such personal predictions don’t bother me.  It is true that George Allen is leading in race currently, in much the same way as Rick Perry is leading in the race for President.  One, both, or neither of them could end up winning.  If you will recall, four years ago Rudy Giuliani was the clear front-runner for the GOP nomination for President while John McCain’s campaign seems to be in total disarray. We all know how that situation played out.  However, when the press starts picking winners and losers, I certainly have a problem.

What is the virginiaconservative talking about? Here is how one news report begins.

The first debate of the 2012 U.S. Senate race in battleground Virginia is set for December, with the front runners, Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine, confirmed as participants.

The Dec. 7 debate will be part of Associated Press Day at the Capitol, an annual government and political news forum at the state Capitol hosted by the Virginia AP Managing Editors and the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association. (from here)

Is that not nice of the news media? Before most people have started to pay any attention, they have already selected our nominees for the U.S. Senate. How kind of them! When such Good Ole Boys pick our nominees for us, it saves so much time and bother.

There is this old idiomatic expression.

Feet of clay:  If someone has feet of clay, they have flaws that make them seem more human and like normal people.

Where does it come from? At least a couple of references suggest scripture (see here and here).

Daniel 2:31-35 Common English Bible (CEB)

31 “Your Majesty, you were looking, and there, rising before you, was a single, massive statue. This statue was huge, shining with dazzling light, and was awesome to see. 32 The statue’s head was made of pure gold; its chest and arms were made from silver; its abdomen and hips were made of bronze. 33 Its legs were of iron, and its feet were a mixture of iron and clay. 34 You observed this until a stone was cut, but not by hands; and it smashed the statue’s feet of iron and clay and shattered them. 35 Then all the parts shattered simultaneously—iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold. They became like chaff, left on summer threshing floors. The wind lifted them away until no trace of them remained. But the stone that smashed the statue became a mighty mountain, and it filled the entire earth.

That part we present to the world may appear beautiful and admirable, but each of us has feet of clay, feet which our pride demands we hide in carefully crafted shoes. Yet even knowing that, some would have us idolize the exteriors of their shoes. So to protect ourselves from our own foolishness, we must cruelly test the people we elect to high office. We must strive to know their their limitations. We must remind ourselves that even the best among us are only human. Then when our leaders ask for more power than their souls can bear, they will tempt us somewhat less.

Finally, consider one more post.

You Give Him Too Much Credit by From On High

Jerry comments on our president.

This assumes he knows what he’s doing:

Heckler Calls Obama “The Antichrist” At LA Fundraiser

I don’t know. When I stop and consider his many … accomplishments … since he became president, this isn’t exactly the image that comes to mind: It’s more like this: To suggest that the man is the Antichrist is to assume that he has a clue.

Republicans have just begun to choose their nominee for president. That process has proven difficult and puzzling. So there are those who now laugh and ridicule, accusing Republicans of being fickle. Perhaps. But the president the Liberal news media foisted upon us simply is unqualified — never properly tested. Instead of testing the people they supported, the Liberal news media idolized their candidates. They encouraged them to seize too much power. Then they looked the other way when the people they supported abused that power.

Do Virginia Republicans need the help of such people to select their Senator? Isn’t the answer all too obvious? So why has George Allen accepted the Liberal news media’s nomination for the U.S. Senate?  Does this not show a lack of good judgement? Does it not demonstrate a contempt for the people he wants to represent? Allen’s fellow Republicans control the nomination, and we have not yet cast our votes.

There is a pastor in Iran about to be executed for being a Christian (he refuses to denounce the Messiah). I ask you where is the outcry… (via Boudica BPI Weblog)

Although few Americans give the matter much thought, we live in a time when religious persecution is common. What follows is an example.

…for this man and his family? Where is the outcry for the sake of the ONE TRUE G_D of the Bible and the Torah? Get your knees and pray for this man and his family NOW. Where/What is this mans sin? We sit here in America and think it cannot happen here….but it does everytime there is an “honor” killing in the name of allah. Everytime there is a women denied her humanity in the name of allah. Everytime young boys are handed over to be molested in the name of allah. Everytime Isreal is accused of all manner of depravity/human rights violations in the name of allah. Everytime Isreal is threatened to be wiped from the face of the earth in the name of allah. Everytime a Somali is starved to death in the name of allah. Everytime a Coptic Church is burned in Egypt in the name of allah. Everytime girls are forbbiden to attend school in the name of allah. Everytime our soldiers are told they cannot defend themselves from those who are killing them in the name of allah……Read More

via Boudica BPI Weblog

I have to admire Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s faith. I pray God gives him and his family the strength they need.

Here are some other accounts.

 

 

THIS IS FOR REAL?

Since I am a member of the Prince William Republican Committee, I get lots of emails from people running for office. Since Miller Baker is not running in my district, I don’t know as much about him as I would like. Nonetheless, I have heard him speak, and he strikes me as levelheaded. Therefore, when he forwarded a copy of his opponent’s attack ad, I cracked up with laughter.

Friends,

Today marked the 25th anniversary of one of President Reagan’s greatest domestic achievements:  the elevation of then-Associate Justice William Rehnquist to Chief Justice of the United States, and the appointment of then-Judge Antonin Scalia as Associate Justice to fill Justice Rehnquist’s seat.  As a Virginia constitutional scholar told me at the time, Justice Scalia’s appointment was the best Supreme Court appointment in over a century.

At the White House swearing-in ceremony for Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justice Scalia on September 26, 1986, President Reagan closed his remarks with these memorable words:

“The warning, more than a century ago, attributed to Daniel Webster, remains as timeless as the document he revered. ‘Miracles do not cluster,’ he said, ‘Hold on to the Constitution of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands — what has happened once in 6,000 years may never happen again. Hold on to your Constitution, for if the American Constitution shall fall there will be anarchy throughout the world.'”

My entire professional career has been spent holding on to the Constitution—from my start in the Reagan Justice Department under Attorney General Ed Meese, to my work as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, to my work successfully defending free speech in the Virginia Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court, to my current work as the constitutional lawyer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce defending American businesses from a plague of frivolous patent lawsuits.  And for that, I am under attack by my opponent, incumbent State Senator George Barker, who characterizes adherence to the Constitution as written as an “extreme legal theory.”

Click here to see George Barker’s attack piece.

Like Daniel Webster, and like President Reagan, I will hold on to the Constitution of the United States, no matter what the political cost.  But to defend the Constitution from the likes of George Barker, I need your help.  George Barker is attacking me by name—he has signs up now that say “Barker Not Baker”—even though he is the incumbent!   He’s doing this because he knows that this is going to be a very close race.

This Friday, September 30, is the end of the current reporting period.  On or before this Friday, please donate to my campaign here and send George Barker the message that like Daniel Webster and like President Reagan, you too believe in holding on to the Constitution of the United States.

Sincerely,

Miller Baker

The attack ad criticizes The Federalist Society. Extreme legal theories? How nutty can you get! Check it out. The blog looks interesting.

THE SEARCH FOR THE MOST VIRTUOUS VERSATILE BLOGGER — PART 1

presentation1.pngOh! Oh! Not again!  Another meme. Darn! I don’t get enough practice to take compliments well.

blogsense-by-barb just nominated me for the . See OFFICIAL THANKS TO FRIENDS AND FANS! Many thank yous to blogsense-by-barb. Please make certain you visit her blog. It is worth the time.

What are the rules associated with this award? If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
  • Get your awards here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com

Pretty simple. Right? Well, if I left it that way, it would be a chore, not fun. So I intend to stretch this out into 15 more posts. How?

There are seven deadly sins:  wrathgreedslothpridelustenvy, and gluttony. In the series that follows this post, we will visit seven blogs and highlight those posts that expose the evils of one of the deadly sins.  Of course, for such versatile blogging I will nominate each of these bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

There are also seven virtues: chastitytemperancecharitydiligencepatiencekindness, and humility. In the next seven posts we visit seven blogs and highlight those posts that explain how we attain to each of these virtues. Of course, for such versatile blogging I will also nominate each of these bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Finally, there is simply virtue, that which makes one virtuous. I will nominate a blogger dedicated to explaining how we can best apply Christian teachings as exemplified by Christ.

Somewhere along the line I also need to tell folks seven things about myself? Do I do that when we are elaborating on sins or virtues? …….I will have to think about that.

Of course, I hope no one to takes any of this too seriously. What I am looking for is an excuse to survey blogs that I enjoy. A method to my madness? Why not!

This completes the first two tasks. Next week we will discuss wrath.

List Of Nominees

October 8, 2011 –The bluebird of bitterness for opposing  wrath: See PART 2.

October 16, 2011 – The United Conservatives of Virginia for opposing greed: See PART 3.

October 23, 2011 – The Salt and Light Blog for opposing sloth: See PART 4.

October 30, 2011 – SWAC Girl for opposing pride: See PART 5.

November 12, 2011 – pumabydesign001′s blog for opposing lust: See PART 6.

December 19, 2011 – From On High for opposing envy: See PART 7.

May 8, 2012 – Thinking in Christ for opposing GLUTTONY: See PART 8.

December 4, 2012 – What is Evil: See PART 9.