Thought for the Day

It is a beautiful Southern California morning (sorry everyone else). I thank God that I can go to church this morning without fear of persecution or prosecution. I thank God that people of all faiths can do likewise and that people who's only spiritual affiliation and membership is ESPN can also worship at the altar of athletics. I may not agree with the ways people choose to worship today, or what rituals they observed last night, but I am thankful for the freedom we all have as citizens.

I thank God that for all the debate we have about everything from the war in Iraq to stem cell research, and for all the eccentric--and even hateful--personalities who weigh in on all the issues, we remain (as Michael Medved would say) the greatest nation on God's green earth. (Isn't that his phrase?). That freedom to express our views, however wacky they may be, is part of what makes us great.

We have a tough road ahead as we fight the war on terror and delve into the definition and value of human life. Peter Marshall, chaplain to the Senate in the 1940s, once prayed that God would teach us that liberty is not the freedom to do what we please but the opportunity to do what is right. That's my prayer for our nation today.

God bless!


At 7/31/2005 06:19:00 PM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

we remain (as Michael Medved would say) the greatest nation on God's green earth. (Isn't that his phrase?)

I love that phrase of his! "And another great day on this greatest nation on God's green earth!" It just comes out so positive and optimistic. I also like Hugh Hewitt's opening catchphrase, "Morning glory and evening grace, America..." along with the music. He and Hugh Hewitt are my favorites.

At 7/31/2005 06:52:00 PM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

Yes, that is his phrase, and it is one of the most true statements ever.

"War is the continuation of Politics by other means" - Clauswitz
”Politics is the continuation of War by other means” - Jay

Luckily we live in a country where we fight our battles with the spoken and written word........Because the 2 statements above are the harsh reality of the world.

Hopefully politics never becomes war here in "The greatest nation on God's green Earth"....

At 7/31/2005 06:53:00 PM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

OBTW: If you like Medved and Hewitt, you'll love Prager.

At 7/31/2005 10:39:00 PM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Yeah, I like Prager also. Here in Los Angeles, KRLA 870, the line up I listen to is: Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt. If they aren't covering something I find interesting, I'll bounce over to 790 and sometimes catch a little O'Reilly or Hannity. Michael Savage comes on after Hewitt. I know you like him, pero, but he's too over the top for me to listen to for very long.

At 7/31/2005 10:52:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Yes, Lores, and also pray that we will continue to live in a land that allows us to worship as we please.

There are some Americans that would deny us that right, if they had their way. Pray for them as well.

At 8/01/2005 02:05:00 AM, Blogger mlwhitt said...

I would rather live poor in an alley in the United States than as the richest of the rich anywhere else.

At 8/01/2005 03:08:00 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

You are right about Savage, Wordsmith.

Savage is where my instincts are..........Prager and Hewitt are where my brains are.

I like Laura and Medved, but they are just waystops to the others.

You know who else is good is Jerry Doyle.....Here's the California radio lineup for him:

The rest of you can look for his station here:

At 8/01/2005 03:36:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

You are all such talk show and political junkies...I love it! :)

I, too, am a big Prager fan. I like Medved quite a bit. However, he competes with my friend Sean Hannity. He gets those 3-hours. Plus, I'm a bit of a regular caller. So, you gotta listen if you're gonna call :)

My other favorite is Laura Ingraham. She's a refreshing example of a conservative woman's voice in the media.

At 8/01/2005 03:38:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

Oh, yes. And Hugh H!

At 8/01/2005 09:52:00 AM, Blogger mlwhitt said...

I do the works (at least who XM carries): Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, Laura Ingraham, Michael Medved and the occasional Rush.

At 8/01/2005 09:54:00 AM, Blogger mlwhitt said...

By the way, I have no idea where my earlier posting came from, I think I was commenting on another site at the same time and got confused, sorry about that.

At 8/01/2005 03:59:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

Mark, yes, there is definitely a faction that would be happy to both eliminate any and all references to God in the public square and to muzzle those who take God seriously.

mlwhitt, I thought your comment made and was very appropriate in light of this being the greatest nation on God's green earth! We just all got carried away with talk radio phrases :)


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