So, if you know me very well at all then you're aware that I dislike Mr. Obama. In fact, I have trouble calling him President Obama ... something about that just really hits me wrong. I think he's very bad news for America. Very bad news.
Now before his supporters blast me for saying that, let me say that I considered voting for him at one time. I liked him because he seemed to care about helping the poor, and if you know me, I'm all about helping the poor. But, as time when on I got that nagging feeling that something wasn't quite right about him. I couldn't put my finger on it, but something just didn't ring true for me.
In the end, I'm glad I didn't vote for him. Oh, I still think he is trying to help the poor, but I think there are better ways to go about it than to become a socialist nation.
As I've watched his Presidency I'm even more convinced that he's bad news for America. Very bad news. Did I say that already? Sorry, can't seem to say it enough. And I don't feel that way because I listen to Glenn Beck or Rush or any of the other guys who's names I don't know ... no, I don't listen to those guys ... I simply watch the national news every night on networks that are actually biased in his favor and I have a mind of my own and can see things that disturb me greatly. The freedoms that so many have died for seem to be slipping away while people still cheer him on. It makes me ill. And no, its not about race. I'm glad we have a black man in office. I just think its the wrong black man. Sorry, I get a little edgy when people make assumptions about why I think what I think. I have a mind of my own remember ... don't believe that, ask someone who knows me.
But politics aside, I see other things that disturb me as well. A week or so ago a new group on Facebook appeared. It was a joke, to be sure, and that should have been obvious to anyone reading it, but ... still ... it was a "prayer group" calling for the death of Obama. I have two problems with this, first, some wacko out there may just take it seriously and that makes it dangerous.
But more importantly than that, it dragged the name of Jesus into it.
That makes me sad. Now there is a group petitioning for the removal of the "death" group. I went there and read things that made me realize that the thing that most disturbing to me about the group is that Christians get it wrong so often. We seem to have trouble disagreeing with someone without wishing them harm and that fact does not go unnoticed by the rest of the world.
Some of my friends joined the group. I understand why. I thought it was amusing too on first read. But when I put it all together, no, its not funny at all. Its sad.
Now if all this is going on in Facebook, I can only assume its a microcosm of what is happening in the "real" world too.
Thing is ... what I fear about Obama is our loss of freedom. I don't think we should take that quietly or lightly. I think we should exercise our right to speak against his policies and especially use our right to vote for people who might be able to stop him in his tracks. But I do think we need to be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves". If we lose the freedom to speak out against our leaders, it may well be because of groups who appear "dangerous". Maybe, just maybe, now is the time to be especially cautious.