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, November 2, 2023

Opus 2023-266: The Payoff

Texas just went through an attempt to remove a very popular Attorney General.  It was political skulduggery at its best, or worst.  How was Ken Paxton impeached by a Republican controlled state assembly?  The outrage was heard from panhandle to the gulf but he was still impeached.  Eventually the Senate exonerated him but how does something like this happen?  It is a good question to ask as we have watched the U.S. House of Representatives select a speaker.

Payoffs to Rinos

The Democrats are clear and united in their objectives.  Power and control.  They march together.  In Texas they were a minority in the assembly but they only needed ten votes to pass just about anything they wanted.  If the Republicans had been true to their stated principles the Democrats would have been helpless.  

Enter personal ambition.  Enter the Rinos.  The Rinos wanted money for new programs.  They wanted to be in control but they could not get the rest of the Republicans to go along.  If they came out too strong they would not get reelected.  So they made under the table deals.  They colluded with the Democrats to elect a speaker and the payoff is voting for their programs.  The Democrats picked a Rino that they wanted to have the gavel.  He could not be nominated by the Republican caucus but if his name came up in the actual election and all the Democrats voted for him then all it took was ten Rinos to get him elected.  After that it only took ten Rinos to go after Ken Paxton.

We have seen the same dynamics going on in congress.  It kept Jim Jordan from getting elected as speaker.  All it took was a few Rinos to deny him the position.  The real miracle is that Mike Johnson was able to emerge from the caucus and get all the Republican’s to vote for him.  The fact that he is a good choice is seen by the vitriol that is being slung on the wall to see if any of it will stick.  

There is little we can actually do about what happens behind closed doors in Washington or your state capital.  What we can do is eyeball the primary elections and work to eliminate the Rinos so that what goes on in secret is consistent with our desires.  

Elections matter, even when they cheat.  The primary season is on the way.  Pay attention and pray attentively.  Make a difference.

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