Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Opus 2012-113, Discernment Watch: Voter ID

I have two contrasting appointments in my calendar.  One is past the other is future.  It is interesting what is required for each.

This summer I am going to see a doctor for an eye examination.  This is for two reasons.  First, I am diabetic and need to have my retinas checked on a regular basis.  Second, it is getting harder to focus when I read so I think I need a new prescription.  I have been going to this doctor for years.  He knows me.  My bills have always been paid.  This should be routine but when my wife made the appointment I was told that three things would be required.  The third was only an irritation.  Now I had to bring my own sun-glasses.  In the past they would give us these cheap plastic things that fit behind my glasses.  I guess they can’t afford that any more. 

That is the mundane.  What got my attention was that they demanded that I bring ID and my insurance card.  I am the same person who has been in their office many times.  I have the same insurance but I am required to produce ID before they will see me.

This brings me to my second appointment, on Tuesday, June 5, to be exact.  I was scheduled to vote.  In order to exercise this most important activity I was not required to show any ID or proof of insurance (citizenship).  The person checking the role could not even find my last name on my sample ballot.  None of the people behind the table seemed to have done this before.  I was the first one in line and I was not allowed to examine the ballot box to see if it was empty. 

What a contrast.  I need ID and proof of qualification in order to have my eyes examined.  I can vote for the leadership of my society with no checks at all.  I will concede that I live in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia.  It may be different where you live but the Democratic Party seems to go ballistic when people are expected to produce ID to vote.  If they were consistent they would also be demonstrating against my optometrist. 

I needed my eyes examined.  We need our heads examined.

Vote the suckers out while you still can, if you still can.

homo unius libri

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