Thursday, June 28, 2007

Immigration, East Tennessee style

"In East Tennessee, a guest means you come, you visit. But what does a guest always do? A guest always goes home. They don't need to be here living off of our tax system, our social security system, our health-care system and our education system."

--Congressman David Davis (R-TN-01), on why he has reservations about the "guest worker" program in President Bush's immigration package.

LISTENING TO: NPR's All Things Considered

Monday, June 11, 2007

Christian commentary on American politics

Former-and-current Caedmon's Call singer Derek Webb has been singing solo for some time (though he recently announced that he had rejoined the Houston-based Caedmon's), producing lyrics that are at the same time as introspective as they are challenging. In one of his latest songs, Webb calls Christians, of both progressive and conservative stripes, to rethink the hopes we place in temporal, political power: a call for reassessment of priorities.

A Savior on Capitol Hill

"I’m so tired of these mortal men
with their hands on their wallets
and their hearts full of sin
scared of their enemies,
scared of their friends
and always running for re-election

"So come to DC if it be thy will
because we’ve never had a savior on Capitol Hill

"You can always trust the devil or a politician
to be the devil or a politician
but beyond that, friends, you’d best beware
‘cause at the Pentagon bar they’re an inseparable pair
and as long as the lobbyists are paying their bills
we’ll never have a savior on Capitol Hill

"All of our problems gonna disappear
when we can whisper right in that President’s ear
he could walk right across the reflection pool
in his combat boots and ten thousand dollar suit

"You can render unto Caesar everything that’s his
you can trust in his power to come to your defense
it’s the way of the world, the way of the gun
it’s the trading of an evil for a lesser one
so don’t hold your breath or your vote until
you think you’ve finally found a savior up on Capitol Hill"

--Derek Webb

FEELING: Contemplative
LISTENING TO: Sounds of the office

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I'm with Fred

And you can be, too. Soon-to-be-announced Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson has finally posted a website, at I'm with Fred. I've already signed up to be on Fred's mailing list, and I've also volunteered to add a fundraising widget to my blog.

I hope you'll considering signing up for Fred's mailing list. Or, even better, donate to Fred's campaign. He's the man America needs for President.

So who are you with? I'm with Fred.

FEELING: Excited
LISTENING TO: Sounds of the library