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Simply Speaking: ‘Change’

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Well, in 2011, we found out for sure what Obama meant (and means) by “change,” as he continues to repeat the refrain, over and over again, which began as campaign-speak in 2007/2008. 

If he would adhere to simple campaigning, maybe Obama wouldn’t be all that different from the current Republican crop of presidential wanna-be’s who, for the most part, don’t seem to have a clue as to what voters want and, more importantly, what they do not want.    

But Obama, established as the most liberal member of the Senate, when ‘serving’ there, has set his compass to being the most liberal president in America’s history. 

That would take some doing, upon taking an in-depth appraisal of some of the past First Dudes who pushed their lesser-brands of liberalism, socialism, etc.

Knowing now who and what the current president is about (horrors) and, seeing what the current Republican crop of runners seem to be about, shouldn’t we pull in our ‘national’ horns a bit, and think-local. 

By now, we well-know how to go into the presidential voting booth, hold our nose, and vote for the lesser of two evils. Looks like 2012 might to be another of those, so let us hone in on closer government, where we have better chances of helping to get it right.

Incidentally, dealing with local government entities is not and will not be an easy task. 

We have allowed it to run more or less roughshod over our local landscape for too many years, mostly unopposed and not tempered by “We the People,” gathering unabated steam in its expanding domination over too many of our God-given rights and freedoms.

It was refreshing to recently witness a cooperation between local governments and the people, as outsider kooks from Wisconsin (there is a freedom to be a kook) attempted to impose their so-called right to not be offended on Athenians, Hendersonians, and Texicans. 

We saw it in the news (and in-person), how a simple Nativity scene, placed on a courthouse square corner, offended some one individual who sang her or his song of woe to the Freedom From Religion Federation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin who, in turn, threatened city and county officials with legal actions, should the religious symbol not be removed.

To their credit, those brave officials held their ground, later to be reinforced by a handful of equally brave local pastors who organized a rally in support of leaving Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus in place on the Athens, Henderson County, Texas, County Courthouse Square Corner. 


The challenge and response, having been picked up by media, aided the planned rally in picking up steam, with “We the People” by the hundreds, no, by the thousands, streaming into Athen’s Courthouse Square on Saturday Noon, Dec. 17, for an hour or so to peacefully defend city, county, state, and religious freedom.

That’s how government and the people can and should work together. We must continue, if America is to retain its reason for being. 

The FFRF people may be back with legal actions. 

Hopefully some of our new laws dealing with frivolous lawsuits will cost them all legal-associated costs. 

Maybe they’ve learned to not mess with Texas…


May Yahweh God bless through Yeshua, Jesus, even the Baby Jesus represented on the Henderson County Courthouse Square.

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