“But thanks be to God…”

But thanks be to God!
He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:57


(Lynch Creek Farms)

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the land
Democrats, and even some Republicans, seemed mad at the man…

Articles of impeachment were hung in the chamber with glee
in hopes that all votes would pass as quickly as could be

The nation tried to carry on with its holiday of cheer
while Democrats greeted the President’s supporters with half-hearted sneers

With Madame Speaker dressed in her mock funeral black
I wanted nothing to do with this presidential attack.

Despite a time that was to be merry and bright…
I avoided all news keeping this debacle from sight…

…..

And thus this entire governmental spectacle has taken hold…

It’s taken on the heaviness of a thick black cloud hanging wearily
over an otherwise merry and joyful time.

All except for those who had “merry impeachment” parties and
dinners last night…and those who clapped in the house upon the resulting vote.
Shameful and boorish behavior by folks who just don’t grasp the magnitude.

This brouhaha that kicked off on election night 2016, has consumed our news outlets,
it has divided this nation deeper and further, it has overshadowed much more important
issues affecting the entire nation and it is doing its darndest to steal
our Christmas joy…

I oddly think that that is indeed Speaker Pelosi’s mindset…
to steal the joy, hence the black and now they’ve all left town…
heading home for parties and fun while leaving the nation and
their unfinished business, hanging in a lurch.

However, could this not have waited until say January…when we’re all already
depressed from dealing with our post-Christmas letdown and seasonal affective
disorders stemming from the lack of light, the gray days and cold winds???

Yet the stealing of joy is exactly what Satan would like.

I am, however, still left feeling very sad as well as mad…
or is that more angry than mad?

I am mad at our governmental leadership.

They have forsaken their duties to govern, write legislations,
vote to pass or pass on various laws…
all because of an obsession that began three years ago along with
a fast leaning slant toward socialism.

Everything about governing has been put on hold all in order
that ‘they’ may “impeach” a president who has committed no crimes.

Now I must confess, I missed Andrew Johnson’s impeachment
as it was slightly before my time…
but the near impeachment and ensuing ‘abdication’ of office by Richard Nixon
made a deep and lasting impression on me.

It made me sad seeing the uglier and smugger side of our politicians
at an age when I could understand what divisiveness was all about.

It was not so much from President Nixon, who I was deeply disappointed in,
but it came from the ensuing three-ring circus that followed the discovery of the
Watergate break-in, clandestine figures like “deep throat” and
the infamous Watergate tapes.

I had never felt so remorseful for our Nation as a whole as I did then—
only to have been surpassed had I been living during the Civil War,
which undoubtedly would have left me feeling fractured just like our country.

For you see, I don’t get mad at the Democrats as a whole nor do I get mad
at the Republicans as a whole…instead, I get sad for our Nation as a whole.

This is so much more than a them vs them…it is rather an us vs us.

I did not care for Bill Clinton.
He looked directly into a camera lens and lied to a nation.
I had to keep our young son from the room during the news lest he
wonder about the constant talk of blue dresses and oral sex…
How would you have explained all of that to a young child who hadn’t a clue about sex
and then have to also explain that was all about our President?

You can’t and you don’t.

I also hate the fact that I feel as if I have to defend the fact that I am a woman
who is conservative.
Yes, I am college-educated.
Yes, I am well-read.
Yes, I have a deep understanding of history.
No, my husband does not tell me how to vote.
Yes, I am a Christian.
No, I do not like how often immature and childish our President acts.
Nor do I not like his tweets or lashing out…

But I see his childishness as the direct reaction to equally childish behavior…
for our government has become a place for children’s tantrums and their tit for tat.

I do, however, like the fact that this President has made good on his promises…
promises that other politicians seem to forget once they come to power.

Think Jerusalem.

And the issue is perhaps not in ‘coming to office’, but rather the ‘coming to power’…
because so much of our troubles stem from not office but power.

I also like the fact that we have a strong economy, a strong stock market, the lowest
unemployment rate in ages and a President who fights for the little guy.

We elected a businessman, not a politician…
and in that lies much of the angst.

We know and understand the leadership, or perhaps that is the lack of leadership, from our
politicians…many of whom are lawyers…we don’t necessarily understand
governmental leadership from a business mogul.

For the record, I am not a deplorable nor am I ignorant.
And as a Christian, I would like a Christian leader…but I’ve yet to find one.

David was at times a most wretched king who made very evil and selfish decisions…
but God still used him to lead a people.

Am I suggesting Trump is a David?
No.
But it shows us how God can use bad for good.

Oh and by the way, this is not Nazi Germany and Trump is no Hitler…
I do not want to hear that comparison ever again because there is no such comparison.
That demeans the 6 million people killed in the Death Camps.
As well as the approximate total of 75 to 85 million killed simply due to the war…
add to that the millions killed or sent to gulags following the end of the war by Stalin.

No, that is not Trump.
That is not our country.

I am a Reaganite…plain and simple.

But I will never be made to apologize for who I opt to vote for or not vote for.

So don’t scratch your heads as to why this latest impeachment has some folks
sad and not gleeful.
Do not demean those who do not share your excitement.
Do not shame others for their right to vote and right of choice.
Some elected officials leave me wondering but the vote was not mine to make.

And no Speaker Pelosi, you are a lifelong politician, I do not buy
your theatrics of solemness or sadness.

This is not a happy time in our Nation…

Yet I was reminded last night that I am to give thanks unto God.
He has already overcome the world…

“And I saw that truly nothing happens by accident or luck,
but everything by God’s wise providence …
for matters that have been in God’s foreseeing wisdom, since before time began,
befall us suddenly, all unawares; and so in our blindness and ignorance
we say that this is accident or luck, but to our Lord God it is not so.”

St. Julian of Norwich

17 comments on ““But thanks be to God…”

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  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Thanks for having the courage to write what I’ve been thinking throughout this ridiculous debacle. I made the mistake of watching a few of the hearings, much to my chagrin. The only respite for all of this is that God is in control and instead of putting our trust in those who are supposedly working for us, we need to glorify Him today and every day. Preach on, my friend.

  3. hatrack4 says:

    Your poetry is excellent.

    And it is horrible that most people understand the question and no the answer for, “What color was the dress?” No further context is required.

  4. Elihu says:

    It’s sad no matter what side of the aisle you’re on. They’ve made a sham out of our electoral process and justice as a whole… when are we the people going to call them what they are—domestic enemies who’ve violated the constitution—and boot them out of office?

    Thanks be to God that our hope doesn’t rest on the American government, but in Christ alone.

  5. Salvageable says:

    I’ve checked the news summaries once a day, but I’ve not watched or listened to the hearings. It is all so very predictable–purely a party-line vote–much like what President Clinton faced in 1998. The Watergate crisis scarred me too, and I have studied it deeply, along with the rest of the biography and career of President Nixon. I am a much bigger fan of Nixon than of Reagan; but, like Trump, Nixon was hated by his opposition in government and in the media. Woodward and Bernstein are celebrated for breaking the law, distorting the truth, and exaggerating the level of wrongdoing that they “uncovered.” But their side won and Nixon’s lost. We must hope and pray that President Trump survives this attack. J.

    • I loved Nixon— I’ve read several biographies and so much goes back to his rearing as does Reagan’s— — Nixon and Kissinger were a formidable foreign policy duo— I can remember Nixon addressing the Nation in his stepping down and farewell speech— he noted that it was his fear that he felt as if he had letdown the youth of the nation (Hummm, never remember Clinton ever saying that, but I digress) so as a young person at the time, I wrote to him at San Clemente- I wanted to let him know that I was not let down and that our country and the office of the presidency still greatly mattered. He wrote me back— I still have that letter.

      Yes the media hated him— I think their hatred went back to his running against the dashing young Kennedy — I oddly think Trump is made of tougher or perhaps less feeling stuff— I believe he will survive but I don’t know about us deplorable as we will be made to pay…. the socialists are gunning for all conservatives

      • Salvageable says:

        Nixon’s own opinion was that the media hated him for being right about Alger Hiss, the communist who served under Roosevelt and Truman in very sensitive positions. Scruffy Whitaker Chambers outed Hiss, and virtually all the media (and all the Democrats) claimed Chambers was lying. Nixon believed Chambers and was eventually able to prove that Hiss was lying. They never forgave him for that. J.

      • Gotta love the twistedness of politics and government

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    Good observation of the timing of when this impeachment happened. Couldn’t wait till January…

  7. I share many of your same sentiments Cookie.
    As always, very well written.

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