“Get up there with that lady that’s up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty…” Vote!

How I learn from the movies…

On November 8th, 2016 I got to the polls early and cast my vote. By ten o’clock PST while watching the news, the political world as I knew it had begun to tilt off its axis. A blatantly racist, sexually inappropriate, ignorant, angry, immoral, avaricious man, with no knowledge of our Constitution, or respect for American norms, had bullied and brayed and babbled his way into the highest office in the land (aided by Russian support) . He lost the popular vote, and yet through razor thin margins in three “winner take all” Electoral College states, he squeaked into the presidency.

To put it mildly, I went into a funk.

I disappeared from social media.

I stopped working on my book.

I almost stopped hoping…

And then I realized there were things I could do. I could vote in every single election. I could call my representatives, I could support the free press, I could give to the ACLU, I could wait for his instability and corruption to become apparent to all, and with each indictment the links in a conspiracy against the United States becomes more apparent.

I have no idea how all this is going to play out, columnists in major papers despair.

I can only pray, like we all do, for the safety of our country and future generations — and do everything I can to make sure those prayers are answered.

James 2:14-26 New King James Version (NKJV)

Faith Without Works Is Dead

 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

When this threat to democracy was brewing, during the campaign, many in office shrugged off the danger and forged ahead, hoping that an alliance with evil would somehow profit their political aims.

I suggest we pray for them.

When you’re done praying, vote the bastards out — and send somebody decent, who believes in democracy, in their place.

Jimmy Stewart and director Frank Capra on location for “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

Jefferson Smith: [His voice very hoarse] Just get up off the ground, that’s all I ask. Get up there with that lady that’s up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won’t just see scenery; you’ll see the whole parade of what Man’s carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so’s he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That’s what you’d see. There’s no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties…

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