Friday, May 23, 2008

The Death of Conservatism Is Greatly Exaggerated

So says Fred Thompson in an op-ed piece in today's WSJ.

Nevertheless, I'm still pretty pessimistic.


Karen said...

You beat me to it - I was going to post this. :) Though I prefer to think of myself as "realistic" rather than "pessimistic."

I hope Fred continues to be vocal and put himself out there. There is a real lack of conservative leadership these days and I include President Bush in that condemnation.

Anonymous said...

Ya'll need to get rid of your pessimistic views!!
I have devotions tomorrow and that is one thing I plan on hitting on.

It seems that today too many of God's people are looking for the bad in everything. We shouldn't be looking for the undertaker...we should be looking up the upper-taker!

2 Chronicles 7:14 says:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

The problem is that today no one wants to do that. We don't want to turn from our ways.
Conservatism isn't the answer to our problems. Fred isn't the answer...nor is any other man here on earth.
If we want to see a truly great nation...then we need to get rid of our pessimistic thoughts, and get our thinking on God and on his word.

BTW---if any of ya'll want to listen to two GREAT speakers get this DVD!

These guys are tops---if they can't change you from being a pessimist....


Philip said...

That's why we like Fred: he's not pessimistic! We need to hear a little more about the greatness of our country instead of how it's the focus of evil in the modern world.

If you are all about being optimistic, then you should be all about being conservative.

Stephen said...

America may not be the focus of evil in the modern world, but there's not much left of her old greatness either.

todd said...

I agree with Fred's comments - surprising that he utterly failed to make the connection with these principles and the prevailing issues in the election.

What happened?

Karen said...

Stephen, has anyone ever told you that you bear a passing resemblance to Eeyore? :)

Exactly what greatness is America lacking and where, pray tell, has it gone? For our consideration name one country greater or more blessed than our own nation. Even with all her faults America is still the greatest nation on the earth, bar none.

I guess I may just be a red-white-and-blue cheerleader but I'd rather be that than a woe-is-us doom and gloomer.

Stephen said...

The greatness of America was firmly founded in the fear of God as revealed in the Bible. The men who built this country feared God and made America great:

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." - George Washington

"In forming and settling my belief relative to the doctrines of Christianity, I adopted no articles from creeds but such only as, on careful examination, I found to be confirmed by the Bible." - John Jay

"It is essential, my son, in order that you may go through life with comfort to yourself, and usefulness to your fellow-creatures, that you should form and adopt certain rules or principles, for the government of your own conduct and temper...

It is in the Bible, you must learn them, and from the Bible how to practice them. Those duties are to God, your fellow-creatures, and to yourself. 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength, and thy neighbor as thy self.' On these two commandments, Jesus Christ expressly says, 'hang all the law and the prophets'; that is to say, the whole purpose of the Divine Revelation is to inculcate them efficaciously upon the minds of men..." - John Quincy Adams

"That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests." - Andrew Jackson

"In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for this Book we could not know right from wrong. All things most desireable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it." - Abraham Lincoln

These quotes illustrate what America once was--a Christian nation. This time is past. Today, we are only one of the world's many secularized democracies.

Our culture is no longer defined by morality but immorality. We have exchanged true liberty for mere license.

Some contemporary nations are worse than America, and America is no worse than any other. But let's not mistake this state of affairs for greatness.

David Pitman said...

America's greatness comes from her goodness. She is still the missionary capital of the world, still the most generous nation to her friends and her enemies. She still pours out her sons' blood in the sand of the Middle East to secure liberty for people there who neither deserve not understand it; and to safeguard liberty for people here who can't muster a half-hearted thank you on Memorial Day. She still stands between Israel and her immediate annihilation. She is the only nation who suffers more from political opportunists at home than she does from America-haters around the world. Her citizenry is flawed - all totally depraved sinners - and yet God blessed her to be "a shining city on a hill." The Declaration of Independence still echoes and the greatest constitution ever devised by man still holds the day. Get on your knees by all means - but get off of America's back for a change!