If You Had Asked Me

…ten years ago which I thought was more likely in the next decade:

Ted Kennedy’s seat being lost by the Democrats to a little-known Republican

OR

The hapless Red Sox winning the World Series twice,

I wouldn’t believe either was possible, but still I would’ve gone with the latter.

I am stunned at what happened in my home state last night. Stunned.

“We can’t win them all,” said the President. But you’re supposed to win in Massachusetts!

There’s a lot I could say about this, but I leave it at this (with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek):

KNOW YOUR BASEBALL, boys and girls. ESPECIALLY if you’re running in Massachusetts.

Linkage

Imagine the Potential

HT: Z

…And Still They Are Dead

Washington on Religion and Government

This speaks so clearly to how religion preserves a republic:

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

–from George Washington’s farewell address, September 17, 1796

When You Know the Notes to Sing…

I was catching up on the news this morning, getting a little hot under the collar about that sanctimonious CNN reporter who decided to lecture the protesters in Chicago yesterday (liberal bias? what liberal bias?), when I happened upon this on my friend Christina’s blog.

And it made me happy. So I decided to post this instead.

Ahhh….that’s better.
Who organizes these things? And more importantly, HOW CAN I BECOME INVOLVED IN ONE?

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

Today is Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book.

The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party – and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose.

Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong.

…I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.