“Restoration” is a theme [Glen Beck] he has a gift for: a gift not only of analytical insight but of personal experience with balancing justice and mercy, and distinguishing between self-deception and realistic hope.
And he’s right about this, too: America can’t be set on a better course solely with changes in federal policy. Law and government don’t – can’t – make the people good. They don’t make us eligible for liberty. Our law and government are only as good as we are. It’s the people who have to change. And spiritual revival never looks like something organized by State Department protocol; when people are changing from the inside, there are rallies, hortatory preaching, gabfests, sorrow, joy.
I urge my fellow conservatives not to despise this phenomenon or be disparaging about it. All our futures depend on the character of the people around us. Fear, defensiveness, and moral weakness in the people are the best friends of the tyrant. None of us can resist the siren-call of statist collectivization single-handedly. It is not embarrassing or over-the-top for people to gather in public to affirm that there’s such a thing as good character, and that we can’t do without it. It is meaningful and life-changing to many. [Read this piece also: It is necessary] Read it all…
YES! Beck, Palin, Faith, Hope, and Charity > 100s of 1000s rally in Washington: Radio and television personality Glenn Beck today hosted hundreds of thousands of rallying citizens from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In what was an amazingly apolitical rally, Beck and his fellow speakers focused on three themes: faith, hope, and charity… “America today begins to turn back to God,” Beck told the crowd at the beginning of the rally. Judging from the sizeable audience, and the enthusiasm that many supporters expressed, it’s pretty clear that hundreds of thousands wholeheartedly agree. Read it all…
Rasmussen: What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls:
With mid-term elections just over two months away, roughly one-in-four U.S. voters (26%) say they consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement or have close friends or family members who are involved with it. Senator Lisa Murkowski, the seeming loser of last Tuesday’s Republican Primary in Alaska, is the latest incumbent to discover that this loose knit group of Americans nationwide protesting big government and high taxes is having a major impact on the political scene.
But then voters are pretty unhappy with the government they’ve got. Sixty-two percent (62%), in fact, continue to believe that the country would be better off if most members of Congress are defeated this November.
Jackson Hole: ECBank Prez Trichet argues for old-fashioned deficit reduction for durable recovery!
In a luncheon address to top Federal Reserve officials and private economists, Trichet dismissed concern that the economies were too fragile for deficit reduction.
He declared himself skeptical that consolidation efforts should be postponed or any new fiscal stimulus measures added.
"Reducing the debt overhang and obtaining sustainable levels of leverage for all actors in the economy is the only option for achieving the goal of the Toronto summit declaration in June: to create strong, sustainable and balanced global growth," Trichet said. "Given the size of accumulate public debt, fiscal consolidation will have to be ambitious." [ How come Obama can’t see what even the Europeans see? – JS ]
DCCC Chris Van Hollen: "There is no doubt that there is a power to those [conservative] voices," he said. But "I would just ask the American people again to listen to where they are coming from." [ Yep! I sure would.-JS]
He also said: …they will also argue that Republicans have nominated either Tea Party candidates or "retreads" from the Bush years who want to return to the "reckless fiscal policies of previous administration." [ Yep! More “Miss Me Yet” rather than Obama t-shirts were sold during O’s Nantucket vacation. And they can’t bash Bush for much longer. – JS]
God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won't he freely give us everything else? Rom 8:32