All-American Manliness: Utah

No.  I didn’t pick an Osmond.

Today my pick is Robert Redford.

I don’t agree with his politics.  However, I do like Redford as an actor.  While it can be argued that too much time out in the sun and elements has battered his all-American looks a bit.  Robert Redford will no doubt always be considered one of our country’s iconic men.

This is a rather ironic clip:

Speaking of manly men…Read this article from my local paper.  My grandfather used to play rugby in a local league back-in-the-day.  I assume he learned to play when he was a young boy in South Africa.


HEY! Have you heard the news?

Yeah, didn’t think so, given that the MSM wouldn’t like what I’m about to share with you.  (I’m sure many blogs have covered this, though.)

Wendy Button was a speech writer for Edwards, Obama, and Hillary Clinton.  WAS.  Well it would have to be past tense, since the title of her piece is “So long, Democrats”.  The entire article is worth reading, so please do so.  I’m just pulling out quotations I feel are very important.

To begin, Button focuses on how women, in general, are treated in the press:  hair, make-up, and attire are mentioned along with what was said; meanwhile, someone as unkempt as Barney Frank has nothing said about his appearance.  As an illustration, Button offers how Palin is portrayed and then points to the ignored attributes that Palin possesses.

I was one of those initial skeptics and would laugh at the pictures. Not anymore. When someone takes on a corrupt political machine and a sitting governor, that is not done by someone with a low I.Q. or a moral core made of tissue paper. When someone fights her way to get scholarships and work her way through college even in a jagged line, that shows determination and humility you can’t learn from reading Reinhold Niebuhr. When a mother brings her son with special needs onto the national stage with love, honesty, and pride, that gives hope to families like mine as my older brother lives with a mental disability. And when someone can sit on a stage during the Sarah Palin rap on Saturday Night Live, put her hands in the air and watch someone in a moose costume get shot—that’s a sign of both humor and humanity.

Button’s statement about the surge:

We can talk about the wardrobe and make-up even though most people don’t understand the details about Senator Obama’s plan with Iraq. When he says, “all combat troops,” he’s not talking about all troops—it leaves a residual force of as large as 55,000 indefinitely. That’s not ending the war; that’s half a war.

I was dead wrong about the surge and thought it would be a disaster. Senator John McCain led when many of us were ready to quit. Yet we march on as if nothing has changed, wedded to an old plan, and that too is a long way from the Democratic Party.

On the Democratic talking points:

[T]he Democratic Party’s talking points—that Senator John McCain is just four more years of the same and that he’s President Bush—are now just hooker lines that fit a very effective and perhaps wave-winning political argument…doesn’t mean they’re true. After all, he is the only one who’s worked in a bipartisan way on big challenges.

Before I cast my vote, I will correct my party affiliation and change it to No Party or Independent. Then, in the spirit of election 2008, I’ll get a manicure, pedicure, and my hair done. Might as well look pretty when I am unemployed in a city swimming with “D’s.”

At the end of the article she talks about losing her political home.  It is sad that when people find themselves facing the hypocrisy and dark reality of those they want to believe in so much.  That’s what happens when we follow men and their truly flawed ideas and egos.  It happens on both sides of the aisle.  What is refreshing, though, is that Button is using her brain and insider’s knowledge, dissecting the situation and is making a thought-out decision.  Most people aren’t thinking about why they are voting for Obama.  Most can only repeat the “hooker” lines Button mentions.

The article is three pages in length and I focused on the last page.  Button discusses the particulars of becoming disenchanted with her party by using the treatment of Joe the Plumber, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin as examples.  While long, the article is a quick read.  (At the end of the article is a link to her response to those that “attacked” her for leaving the Democratic party.)

(H/T:  Daily Beast)

Sunday Song

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Daniel 2:20-22
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.

A lot of people are anxious about Tuesday.  I’m trying not be.  Why?  Because God has the power to move in those that are in positions of power.  The Bible is rife with examples.  His will will be done regardless of who is in power in the U.S. or even in other parts of the world (He’s doesn’t just exist in the U.S., after all).

God works in and through anyone He wants, including non-powerful types like you and me.  No matter what we’ve done in the past, He will always work in our lives if we allow Him.  Sometimes, He even works in our lives when we are trying to avoid Him.  (I’m proof.)  He forgives us when we repent, He loves us, and He blesses us.

Have a great week!

“I will not be moved”–Natalie Grant

Related post:
Guest Blogger, Les James:  “If my Bible were a club, you’d be dead.”