Everybody's talking about SP's speech at the RNC last night.
The left is really nervous because she's energized the just left of middle to right in ways not witnessed since RR's trouncing of JC.
Though I've been predicting BHO can't win for over ten months because of his nutty buddies, an astonishing did-nothing record in the Illinois Legislature and Congress, the most-left-in-the-Senate voting record, and vacuous eloquence, my guess is SP guarantees JM's inauguration and the first female President within the next decade.
Personally, I like BHO a lot more than JM; and I think his responses to Bristol's pregnancy have punctuated his truly warm and gracious spirit.
If I were voting on personality alone, he'd get my vote for sure.
On the other hand, JM's personality grates against mine; and, forgive me, but he comes across as a fellah with a serious case of short man's disease.
But if I'm going to hand over the button to somebody, I'd like some record - O.K., SP has had only two years of executive experience which is still two years more than BHO and JB combined! - of personal and practical dids more than pontificating about shoulds and oughts.
As somebody coined long before me, we've got enough people shoulding on us.
So it comes down to this.
Are you gonna roll the dice and hope BHO can walk his talk or vote for somebody who has walked his talk?
BHO sounds great to me.
JM doesn't always sound great to me.
BHO hasn't walked his talk.
JM has walked his talk.
I've gotta decide if I'm feelin' lucky or go with a horse that doesn't always seem broken in pour moi.
Lord, have mercy on us!
Getting back to last night, SP reminds me of Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir; though she's a lot hotter.
I've already written (8/30/08) about the heart strings which are gonna pull in millions of more votes than JB ever got in his unsuccessful runs for President in his own party - Huckabee: "She got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden got running for President!" - and, honestly, she's the only one of the four vying for glory who generates any excitement in me for 11/4.
I've always believed the first female or minority President would herald traditional American values.
Yeah, I know she's not running for President; but you could have fooled me!
Getting away from politics to appease my mother, the most impressive moment in SP's speech last night for me wasn't her.
It was watching her 7 year old daughter Piper as she cradled her 4 month old baby brother Trig, moistened her hand with her tongue, and matted down his hair.
As I watched that scene which couldn't be staged, it hit me!
If SP had terminated the pregnancy of her Down syndrome son or ended his life after birth, JM's rival for the White House could have claimed credit for enabling it by one of the only parts of his voting record which has been consistent.
I'm a 99% pro-lifer.
That ticks off the pro-abortionists and pro-lifers.
Except for rape, incest, health, age, or something so extraordinarily exceptional that it's, uh, exceptional, I've just never heard a rationalization for abortion that wasn't selfish and antithetical to the humble, selfless, and sacrificial love ethic of Jesus.
And I've had practical pastoral experience with that 1% through tears, desperate prayers for guidance, and ultimate dependence upon His mercy for all involved.
I may be wrong; but I'm a 99% pro-lifer.
It is, for me, kinda like those incredibly inane debates about predestination and volition.
The Bible says we're predestined yet free to choose.
I find comfort in the former and responsibility in the latter.
You figure out the paradox and convince everybody else and you get a car on Oprah's next show!
When I was in an egghead program in college, we debated Daniel Callahan's Abortion: Law, Choice, and Morality.
The discussion turned into a debate and someone suggested abortion is a good way to prevent child abuse and unwanted children (e.g., children with Down syndrome).
Bill shot back, "I was placed in foster homes because my biological parents beat me nearly to death on several occasions. Are you saying it would have been better for me to have been aborted? You've got a lot of nerve to say I'd prefer to have been aborted if I could have made the choice which you seem so ready to make for me and children like me! Well, I've survived and I'm happy you weren't around and in charge of determining who should live and who should die! Did it ever occur to you how arrogant you are?"
Recalling and slightly paraphrasing some lyrics from Bob Seger, I'm "a little bit older and a lot less bolder than I used to be."
I shade more than shout the truth these days because I've got bills to pay and mouths to feed and I don't feel like moving anymore.
Though I still don't agree with the last person I've talked to like too many peers, I don't always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to everyone because, as Colonel Jessup said, some people can't handle the truth; preferring to live in the la-la land of auto-suggestion and Biblical revisionism to prevailing ideologies.
I take the slow, steady, and, I pray, solid route these days.
But when I was more imbalanced on the tough-minded ("wise as...") than tenderhearted ("gentle as...") side of prophetic/pastoral ministry which was about 25-30 years ago before Visa became a major player in my life and, uh, ministry, I received this letter (handwritten):
Dear Dr. Kopp,
It's a little late, but I loved last week's sermon.
My mom almost stood up on the pew and screamed
Thanks for giving her a heart attack!
George (12 yrs. old)
P.S. You didn't give her a heart attack, but I'm
glad you spoke against abortion because I'm
It hangs in my study.
When I'm playing ecclesiastical politician more than prophet/pastor, I have a hard time looking at it.
Paul Swedlund, one of my two best friends in seminary, fell off a mountain in Colorado and died on August 17, 1994.
He was a 99% pro-lifer; and explained why shortly before going home to Jesus:
Abortion is the taking of the life of a
child who God knows and loves...
The only difference between the
children who cause your eyes to
sparkle when you see them in church
and children in the womb is that you
can't see the children in the womb.
But God does!
And to God, there is no difference
between those in the womb and those
Whenever I think of my spiritual heroes - Saint Francis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, Pope John XXIII, The Rev. Harold F. Mante,
The Rev. Paul E. Swedlund, and the like - I can't imagine any one of them being anything less than 99% pro-life.
That's not to mention Jesus who isn't mentioned when...
I'm not a big fan of JB, JM, or BHO; but I will honor any of 'em if elected and pray His best for 'em.
I really like SP; but I'm sure she's not really as hot as I think right now.
I am praising God for Piper and Trig.
They've reminded me of what's so easily forgotten when loves grows, uh, tepid.
Blessings and Love!