I’ve been totally swamped this week. H. and I were in Georgia this past weekend — it was nice to see people @ South Newnan and catch up. I led singing on Sunday (with a horrible voice — I’ve been sick this past week).

Anyway, a few observations:

1) No, I didn’t vote.

2) In general I don’t think it’s a good idea for one party to dominate both elective branches of government. Kudos to the national Democratic Party for restoring political balance to the federal government!

3) Kudos to President Bush — even if it is 3 or 4 years late — for finally asking for Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation. It’s way overdue and it took an unfavorable (for him, at any rate) mid-term election but it finally happened.

A fuller post is in the offing for this weekend.



4 responses to “update

  1. Hey Chris,

    Sorry to hear you’ve been sick. I was rather desperately ill last week, too.

    Anyway, glad to hear you’re back. Take a gander at my blog when you have the chance.

    We’ll talk soon.

  2. More about your insights:

    (a) I would tend to agree with your sentiments about balancing power in the (federal) government between the Republicans and Democrats. However, I must admit my concerns about such a polarizing figure as Nancy Pelosi becoming speaker of the House. Regardless of political stripe, divisive rancor is not constructive–especially in such a vital role. For all his party’s foibles, Dennis Hastert followed the T.R. adage to the hilt, “speak softly and carry a big stick.”

    (b) While I agree that Secretary Rumsfeld’s exit was LONG overdue, I think it’s a pity that it would take mid-term congressional elections to finally move the President to release him. (It is well known that the Secretary had offered his resignation at least twice before.)

    In the end I pity the Secretary. He is still very much a competent and intelligent man, but clearly his style of ‘war-making’ is a relic of a by-gone era–as has been proven disastrously clear in Iraq.

  3. A couple of quick thoughts:

    I’m not sure we know enough (I sure don’t) about Nancy Pelosi to describe her as “polarizing.” I mean aside from RNC agitprop, what do we actually know about the woman? Not much. That’s not to say that she won’t be polarizing or that Democratic control of Congress will somehow solve America’s problems (more than likely not), just that we should probably let her say her piece first.

  4. Hi Chris,

    It was good to meet you at the conference, to worship with you on Sunday and to share in some table fellowship. Hope you made it back home safe and sound. Thanks for the Church of Christ history lesson over supper on Monday night; it was really fascinating.

    Grace & Peace,


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