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.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Opus 2020-009: Firsts: Obama or Carter?

One of the promises of Barak Obama was to fundamentally change America.  He tried this in many ways and is still in the game doing what he can to move us toward a socialist utopia.  One of the criticisms I have heard has to do with his attempts to publically undermine the current president.  The criticism comes in the form of saying there has been an unbroken tradition that ex-presidents would not criticize a sitting president.  It was not done.  I have seen a number of meme posters saying that is what Obama is doing.

I came across a discussion in a book called Dupes that sees it differently.
“Throughout the debate over war in Iraq, Carter smashed the time-honored tradition that ex-presidents refrain from public criticism of sitting presidents, especially in wartime.  Carter penned an op-ed for the Washington Post title, ‘The Troubling New Face of America,’ in which he lamented the ‘belligerent and divisive’ Bush administration and its lack of ‘comprehensible’ Middle East Policy.”  page 435
It would seem that Jimmy Carter was as guilty as Obama.  It could be that Obama feels he is justified because Jimmy Carter did it.  Either way it is another indication of how the politics in this country is degenerating. 

One thing that I find of interest is that opinion that Carter used to be considered the worst president in American history and that he has now been replaced by Obama.  It would seem that the quality of the men has a lot in common.  I don’t think that is a badge of honor.

Kengor, Paul.  Dupes.  Wilmington, Delaware:  ISI Books, 2010.

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1 comment:

  1. I once had some respect for Carter,but he killed all that by his actions in office and especially afterward.


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