WHERE DID WE GO WRONG?

cares of the world
I got an email from Suzanne Scholte‘s campaign yesterday. Actually, I have gotten so many emails from her campaign I am getting sick of seeing them.  Nonetheless, this one interested me.

MEMO

RE: Washington Post, CNN, Gallup and Rasmussen Polls

FROM: Peter Foster (Campaign Manager)

TO: Suzanne Scholte, Campaign Staff

SUMMARY: Four new polls have been released over the past 48 hours. An incredible environment is developing nationally. As I noted in the previous memo, it looks like a Republican wave is building. We have a tremendous opportunity to capitalize.

KEY POINTS:

  • On the Generic Congressional Ballot, Republicans lead across the board. Republicans lead in the ABC News/Washington Post poll by 3 points and lead in the Rasmussen poll by 2 points. It’s worth noting that even a slight GOP advantage tends to mean a massive Republican gain.
  • President Obama is deeply unpopular. He is underwater in the Rasmussen Poll (-7), Gallup Poll (-11), CNN Poll (-12) and the Washington Post survey (-12). Our opponent is allied with the President and has supported his most unpopular policies.
  • According to the ABC News/Washington Post survey, a vast majority (66%) of the country believes we’re on the “wrong track”.
  • Obamacare is underwater in the Washington Post Poll (-10) and in the Rasmussen Poll (-15). Connolly backed the legislation to the hilt.
  • Finally, and this is key, Congress remains incredibly unpopular. A whopping 82% disapprove of Congress in the Gallup Poll, and an identical 82% disapprove in the Washington Post Poll.

CONCLUSION: To put this in perspective, the President and Gerry Connolly’s policies have turned the country against them. This is quickly becoming a more friendly environment than 2010, where Connolly barely survived his re-election fight. While the district remains challenging, it’s incredibly clear that we have a golden opportunity to win in November.

What is the main conclusion we should reach from these polls? We don’t like the people leading us. So if you are not an incumbent, here is a good opportunity to win elected office, right?

As voters, we need to consider our own responsibility in this matter. We elected those incumbents. Why have we elected people we don’t trust? I recently heard a sermon that seems to offer a good explanation, and that explanation is what this post is about.

In the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus told “The Parable of the Sower” (Matthew 13:1-9Mark 4:1-9, and Luke 8:4-8). Later in each gospel, He explained this parable (Matthew 13:18-23Mark 4:13-20, and Luke 8:11-15). What is “The Parable of the Sower” about? Here is Matthew’s version.

Matthew 13:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Parable of the Sower

13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Here is how Jesus explained the parable.

Matthew 13:18-23 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Many of us have perhaps never understood God’s Word. I suppose some of us are like the seed sown on the path. And I suppose there are some who are like the seed cast in stony places. These do not have the courage to appeal to the Holy Spirit and resist temptation. Yet my guess is that far more of us are like the seeds cast among the thorns.

We live in a rich nation. Here the thorns are long, strong, and sharp. Our schools and the corporate news media constantly worry us with the cares of the world, and they constantly exhort to seek our share of the riches and the pleasures of life (see Luke 8:11-15). Even our parents and spouses urge to react to the cares, chase the riches, and enjoy the pleasures of life. So it is easy to submit to the thorns and become choked off from God’s Word.

And where is the absence of God most evident in our nation’s life? We see in ourselves, when we vote. How we vote provides evidence that we have not put God’s Word in the forefront of our lives, that we risk our immortal souls.

When we go to the polls to vote, we must not forget we are called to love our neighbor. Unfortunately, instead of voting to protect each others rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we have voted for those candidates who promise us the most other people’s money. We have voted for crooks, and these crooks steal from us all. So our nation daily becomes more poor and more corrupt.

So what about Suzanne Scholte? Is she a good candidate? There are people who have seen the direction our government has been going, and they have grown alarmed. Suzanne Scholte seems to be one of these. Therefore, if Gerry Connolly is currently your congressman, please consider voting for her.

WILL HE TAKE ANY CRITICISM SERIOUSLY?

witchConsider the fact the IRS is now the enforcement arm of Obamacare. Consider the fact our government, a clear violation of the spirit of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution, now has access to your medical history. If the government already has your personal records, why would they need a search warrant? Instead of getting a judge to approve of a search warrant, our government has done an end run. The government requires us purchase medical insurance and to put our medical records in an Internet accessible database. How is access controlled? Well, we have already had problems.

Federal agencies have already encountered difficulties preserving the integrity of Americans’ sensitive information. Earlier this year, a medical provider in California sued the IRS for improperly seizing 60 million records of 10 million Americans. Yet under Obamacare, the IRS and other federal agencies will hold more new powers and have access to even more of Americans’ personal health and financial information.

In its mad rush to implement its unworkable law, the Obama Administration has taken a slapdash and shoddy approach to Americans’ personal security. Given these stakes, the choice for Congress could not be clearer: Congress should preserve Americans’ privacy by refusing to spend another dime implementing Obamacare. (from here)

Moreover, even if government bureaucrats can be constrained to keep their noses out of our medical records, they will still have access to much of our personal data (see Obamacare poses security threat: Column). So some in Congress want to talk to the IRS and see how they are going to protect our privacy.

Sarah Hall Ingram, who oversees the Internal Revenue Service role in the health-care overhaul, hasn’t been “consorting with the Devil,” she testified at a hearing on Wednesday.

But Republicans suggested she has been doing a few other bad things, notably discussing taxpayer information in emails with the White House, contrary to IRS rules. That’s clear from the fact that the IRS itself redacted the taxpayer identities before turning over the email conversations, citing confidentiality rules, lawmakers said.

“You shared, at least by someone’s definition … personal IRS taxpayer information with the White House,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio). Now under the Affordable Care Act, “Americans have to give personal information to the IRS … That scares a lot of people.” (continued here)

So what questions does our favorite congressman, Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly, have for Sarah Hall Ingram? To see how seriously concerned he is about our rights, you have to see this.