Politics

The news on the television tonight is all about politics.   I listened carefully to President Obama’s speech this afternoon, and he convinced me to remain a supporter of the democratic party.

I was in the first-grade when I announced at school that I was a republican.  It was a lonely life for this shy republican boy in a year when Franklin Roosevelt and the democrats swept Herbert Hoover and many republicans out of office.

If you wonder about the changes in my politics through the years I suggest you read My Political Pilgrimage  by linking on it.  My hope for the future is simple.  I hope that Barack Obama is given a more productive congress for the last two years of his term.  If you are a republican, I advise you to vote for one who will govern.  If there is no such republican running as a candidate, vote for a democrat.

I just got off the phone this noon with a friend who has no health insurance and is now exploring what became available today through the exchange system.  Other readers are advised to do this for them selves and to encourage others to take advantage of  this opportunity as well.  Now is the time for the young to enter the health care program and care for their elders  and themselves as they age and/or become ill.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 91 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the “Old Fool” moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.

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One Response to Politics

  1. I guess, Martin, this is one point where you and I disagree… at least, in part. For me, I’ve lost all hope for either party. While the democratic party does make good noises about wanting to do social programs, they are as much power-mongers as the Republicans. And you don’t need to be convinced about the Republicans.

    For me, I see neither party as being on line with the self-sacrificial Christ I love. Both parties are parties of “we’re in charge, do what we say”… they just have different focus of what that looks like. For me, when it comes to caring for the least of these, I don’t see a mandate from on high with laws backed up by threat of violence (try not paying taxes or withholding taxes because you disagree with the military) as being in keeping with Jesus’ vision for the Kingdom.

    For me, I’ll speak to the powers much like Jeremiah and Ezekiel, but I’ll put my trust in the people of God to do the real work. Where government fails (and it will, always, and frequently), the Kingdom will thrive. And governments of this world are temporary… the Kingdom is not. I think I’ll throw my hat in for something a little more permanent than an empire in this world…

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