Trump communicated to Christians and silent majority

trump-obamaThe day after President Trump’s inauguration, Democratic organizers changed what they planned as a victory parade into a women’s demonstration to protest against Trump in many cities across America.  It was also a protest against the what they “think” are Trump’s ideology of anti-women, anti-racial inequality, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-this, and anti-that.   The anti-Trump side dumped a lot of cooked-up baloney on Trump. And what surprises me is that they were surprised he won the election.  Liberals were completely mesmerized by the results because they were not listening to Trump’s real message, but only at how he communicated.

What pro-Clinton liberals and the mainstream media refuse to acknowledge and accept the reasons why Trump won the election.  They are still reliving the election and are bitter against conservative populism being more popular than progressive liberalism.  But we can all agree on something: that Trump got elected for reasons other than his oratory skills, which is not the finest.  The hard-to-swallow truth is that Trump effectively spoke to the “silent majority” who felt their voices had not been heard, which included religious conservatives (Protestants, Catholics and evangelicals).  His message resonated with many other people within this silent majority including the working class, labor unions, classic Democrats and Republicans, educated professionals.   Trump’s message touched people of all stripes, even people of all color: white, black, Hispanics, Asian, (including disenchanted white supremacists which was unintentional).  Simply put, Trump had the right message, not Hillary Clinton. It was a masterful work of speaking to conservative populism in America.

franklingrahamHillary Clinton and Obama and the Democrats for many decades have totally ignored conservative populism and they chose to ignore them to their peril this election.  Despite the dishonest media’s gang-up on Trump in order to delegitimize his presidency even before he’s still barely getting started out the gate, Trump’s message is still getting out.  Good thing for Twitter.  Evangelicals were happy to see invited the Revs. Franklin Graham, Paula White, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, amongst others, invited to read scripture and pray at the Inauguration.  Hillary Clinton would have never given conservative evangelicals the time of day–except for scorn.  Trump has made religious conservatives (who had been treated like outsiders under Obama and Clinton) feel like insiders during this election.  It will continue in his nominations to key positions (incl. Mike Pence, Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt, Elaine Chao, Rick Perry, Ken Blackwell, etc.).  This is why Liberal Democrats are attacking Trump and his Administration.  It is a battle over ideology and message rather than fluff.  Despite what the biased media may be reporting, Trump does have a real message, and it carries deep meaning to millions of God-fearing, God-loving Americans.

Trump does not talk like an insider politician and polish orator but yet, he won.  How did this happen?  He speaks using simple language, not as an educated scholar with a post-graduate degree.  A person without a high school degree can totally understand his message–including immigrants who cannot speak perfect English like my parents.  His style resonates with regular common people and this is what made his message so effective. I dare to liken Trump to young David to defeated Goliath.  Yes, the Clinton-Democratic election machine was ready for a huge defeat over Trump but yet they lost.  It was a big fall and hence, they had to turn the planned victory parade into a women’s protest in Washington, DC and other cities.

Obama chooses his words carefully and includes all people and speaks like a polish orator.  He tries to please everyone by including the outsiders to make them feel heard and included. This is good and admirable, and it even makes an Asian dude like me feel included.  This contrasts with the hard-hitting style of Trump who is fashioned like a bulldog; he bites hard and doesn’t let go of his opponent.   Like a Doberman, Trump barked at the elitists and called-out their dishonesty, and it scared them, hence the strong reaction from people, including Republican insiders.  Beholden to his opponents, Trump’s simple message hit the right points in people’s hearts and made outsiders feel like they were being heard and supported. Note that these outsiders are different from Obama’s outsiders.  This was a key to why Trump was so successful in winning the election.  It was Trump’s message that won their support–not his oratory speaking abilities.

To President Obama’s credit, Obama has a wonderful gift of speaking, and he stands in my books as one of the best orators. He knows how to inspire and include the listeners in his speeches (even Christians to an extent), and I think this was the reason why Obama got elected back in 2008.  But whether he actually united people or not is another thing.  Just as President Reagan was known as “the communicator”, I would opine that Obama’s oration skills is up there along with Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. If this election were Obama vs Trump, it would make for an very interesting battle–two effective communicators in a war of words.

We wish outgoing President Obama and his family best wishes, happiness and security.  We also wish incoming President Trump and his family prosperity, peace, happiness and God’s protection in the coming term.  God bless you all, and may God bless America.

Conservatives re-elected to govern with a majority government in Canada

Congratulations to Canada’s Prime Minister re-elect, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, who has been entrusted to govern with a majority of seats in the House of Commons.  This is a big victory and a big change because it shifts the governing Conservatives from a minority government to a majority government.  They haven’t had a majority government for a couple decades.  Here are the final results from Elections Canada.

  1. Conservatives  167
  2. NDP   102
  3. Liberals   34
  4. Bloc Quebecois  4
  5. Green  1

A couple of other big changes happened in this election: 1) the Liberals lost big time and were decimated; and 2) the separistists Bloc Quebecois were wiped out in Quebec (which is good for federalism and a united Canada). People wanted to give a majority government to Harper’s Conservatives.  I think they’ve done a great job in government and deserve to be given “a strong, stable, national, majority Conservative government”, which is what he asked Canadians for. Way to go! P.M. Stephen Harper was a class act tonight because he honored his opponents and reached out to all Canadians in his Prime Ministerial victory speech (watch here).

The left-leaning NDP was one of the surprises of the night because this is the best showing ever in its party’s history.  My take is that the people in Quebec have rejected separatism and have chosen the NDP because they didn’t like the leadership of the Ignatieff Liberals.  Quebec’s swing away from the B.Q. toward the NDP is a protest vote.

Here’s a link to CTV‘s coverage of the election.

Preserving Democracy by Elgin Hushbeck Jr.

Preserving Democracy
Author: Elgin Hushbeck, Jr.
Publisher: Gonzalez, FL: Energion Publications, 2009
ISBN: 978-1893729537 (hardcover)

Recently, I have been doing more reading than blogging, and I am enjoying it. I have just finished reading a new book, Preserving Democracy, written by Elgin Hushbeck, Jr. It is published by a small but growing publisher, Energion Publications, and I wish to thank the publisher, Mr. Henry Neufeld, for a copy of this advanced edition.

I am a fan of the the U.S. Constitution because the Founding Fathers who designed the U.S. Constitution constructed the finest constitutional document, probably in the history of the world. To those who are critical of the United States, its ideals and its problems, I probably sound like I have been totally taken in or doofed by American propaganda (Note: I can say this because I am Canadian…and some of you know what it means to be Canadian). But to those who understand the history of the United States and who have read what James Madison and Alexander Hamilton reported in the Federalist Papers, one will appreciate the genius behind the framers of the Constitution. This document has become the model for many other national constitutions around the world. Americans should be very proud of the U.S. Constitution. If it wasn’t a great document and so intelligently put together, I highly doubt it would be held in such high regard by so many other nations.

Yes, America has not been perfect, and it still isn’t. Critics of the great American democratic experiment will be quick to point out the history of slavery and poverty; but this has existed in the histories of every country and I do not intend to condone any wrongs. However, I must ask: Is there any other country on earth where it has opened its doors to so many immigrants where so many have found freedom, equality and the liberty to pursue happiness, prosperity, and religious freedom?

In this book, the author defends the American democratic ideals. Hushbeck knows and understands the history of this nation from its Christian roots. He has helped to enlighten my eyes to what Thomas Jefferson really meant when he wrote to a Baptist group in Danbury, Conn.:

“I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State” (p.91).

Jefferson said this not to establish freedom from religion, but to establish freedom for religion. Today, the courts have twisted and corrupted the honorable intention of Jefferson such that many use this to mean that any public institution must be secular. This cannot be further from the truth. Anyone who doubts this piece of American history should read further into American history. Hushbeck has drawn his information from many sources and is well-informed about the history of the American Founding Fathers. I doubt that many history teachers know about this part of American history because many universities teach American history from a purely secularized perspective and is devoid of true “His-Story.” This is sad.

True freedom can only be experienced within the confines and protection of the Rule of Law, and when the laws of the law promote justice and equality. Freedom is not anarchy, nor do I believe it is libertarianism. Americans should never take freedom for granted because it is, and still remains, one of the freest countries on the face of the earth. It is so because of respect for Rule of Law. It is Rule of Law, and not laws, that give people protection and security under the law. However, these freedoms are being eroded today. I really like what Hushbeck says in the chapter on The Rule of Law. He defines what this concept is.

“The Rule of Law is not law. Laws have been around since before recorded history…. While laws are the rules of conduct of a society that are backed up by the authority of the state; the Rule of Law is a concept that deals with how law itself is to be understood and more importantly to whom it is applied. In its simplest form, the Rule of Law can be summed up in the statement: No one is above the law, not even the ruler” (p. 80-81).

In dictatorships, nations under Mao, Stalin or Hitler did not have Rule of Law because they dictated what the law should be according to how it best benefited them. This still happens today under tribal leadership and dictatorship, and it is abuse. However, they would not consider it abuse because they do not have a true understanding of Rule of Law.

What is truly important about Rule of Law is that it provides a basis for true democratic government. The author used an example of Saddam Hussein who acted as though he was above the law. He changed the way elections were conducted at his own whim. Therefore, democracy never actually existed under Hussein. This sort of thing still happens in other countries today. In false democracies, posed as democracies, their practices are underhanded, or even unashamedly open-handedly but corrupt.

Hushbeck says that the American democratic republic could fail if the U.S. Supreme Court continues in it dangerous trend of where court justices set dangerous precedents to define how new laws should be applied. Judges who see the Constitution as a fixed standard treat the Constitution as if it is a “living document” in the sense that it “can grow and be expanded to meet the needs of an ever-changing society.” Should it be able to be expanded? Should the American people ever change the Constitution? I mean, should one fix what is not broken? Some feel that rather than fixing it, it would be easier to reinterpret what it says. When judges base their ruling on their own personal views as to what is important or what ought to be, it can set a dangerous precedent; and it has. “In short, it makes the judge more of a ruler than a judge,” says Hushbeck. Undoubtedly, this weakens the public confidence in the Constitution, the Rule of Law, and respect for the laws of the land. It also allows for injustice.

There is so much more to say about this book that I would need more room and time to say it. If you have an interest in American history, the richness of American heritage, and are concerned about the state of the nation today, you should read Preserving Democracy. This book has just been released on April 15, 2009 and is now available for pre-purchase at Energion Publications and on Amazon.com. I am very glad to have read this informative and well-written book. Thanks.

Church and society: fusion or confusion of Christians?

Some of you may know that I’m a secret (actually not-so-secret) admirer of President Barack Obama, who I believe has a lot of admirable qualities. I believe that he will be known as one of the great political leaders of our day. But this article from the Catholic News Agency knocks some reality back into our consciousness. For those who are admirers (or even secret admirers) of Pres. Obama. We have to remember that he is not a messiah, but is only a man.

People packed St. Basil’s Church in Toronto on Monday listen to Archbishop Charles Chaput (Prelate of Denver) speak about how Catholics should live out their faith in the public square. This took place on the campus of the University of Toronto (St. Basil’s Church) and was attended by an overflow crowd of over 700 people. Here is what some of the article said:

“President Obama is a man of intelligence and some remarkable gifts. He has a great ability to inspire, as we saw from his very popular visit to Canada just this past week. But whatever his strengths, there’s no way to reinvent his record on abortion and related issues with rosy marketing about unity, hope and change. Of course, that can change. Some things really do change when a person reaches the White House. Power ennobles some men. It diminishes others. Bad policy ideas can be improved. Good policy ideas can find a way to flourish. But as Catholics, we at least need to be honest with ourselves and each other about the political facts we start with.”

Yet this will be “very hard for Catholics in the United States,” Chaput warned.
According to the archbishop, the political situation for Catholics is difficult to discern because a “spirit of adulation bordering on servility already exists among some of the same Democratic-friendly Catholic writers, scholars, editors and activists who once accused pro-lifers of being too cozy with Republicans. It turns out that Caesar is an equal opportunity employer.”

We have heard of conservative Christians and evangelicals cozying up with the Republicans (Conservatives); so much so that the two have almost become synonymous. Catholics and Protestants who lean left should also be aware of this fused identity of politics and church. It happens; and I have seen it amongst many mainline Christians who tend to lean left.

Here in Canada, the United Church of Canada (UCC), tend to lean toward the more liberal policies and politics of the New Democratic Party (NDP). I hear ramblings that the Saskatchewan NDP leader, and former Premier of Saskatchewan, Lorne Calvert, will become the next president of St. Andrew’s College (UCC) located here in Saskatoon, SK. Now if that’s not an example of fusion (or confusion) of politics and religion in a church, I don’t know what it is.

Click here to read the full article. It’s quite interesting.

Hat tip goes to Stan McCullars who just wrote a post based on this interesting article.

Call to politicians: honesty and fairness needed

I hope that Pres. Barack Obama and the Democratic-led Congress can do the right thing to set things in place to help stimulate the economy and get it back into gear. Hopefully a stimulus package can help but it should not be seen as a salvation for the economy; but who says lower taxes and wiser spending can’t help either? None of these can guarantee anything to stimulate the economy but we seem to put so much premium in our human ways and means.

No matter what political persuasion we align ourselves to, we do need to pray for President Obama, his Administration, and Congress to get through this economic downturn . Whether we admit it, or not, the fact is that other nations, including Canada, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world, are also relying on the success of the American economy because almost every nation around the world today is, in many ways, interconnected and interdependent upon one another. Whether we like it or not, we are living in a global economy; and when one nation “sneezes”, other nations will somehow be affected. Whether our economies are in an upturn or a downturn, we need to help one another within this community of nations. St. Paul says that we, as a church, are each interconnected and interdependent upon one another because we are all members in the body of Christ. If Christ calls us individually to live as a community of people within our immediate world, then Christ’s call to live in community also applies to our community of nations; and as a community of nations, Christ also calls us to genuinely care for other nations around the world. We must never allow ourselves to live as islands unto ourselves. To do so is to ignore the call of Christ to love and serve one another. Let us live and act justly while relying upon the power of the Holy Spirit to love God and love one another.

In the world of politics, this Christian principle can and should ideally be applied in the world of politics. Democrats need Republicans and Republican ideas, and Republicans need Democrats and Democratic ideas. Policies and ideas get hashed out in debate in both houses and committees but don’t often get done with much honor. I wish politicians played fairly and honestly. There are many people who haven’t given up on politicians but I think people do want to listen to politicians if they speak and act with fairness. We need politicians and political operatives who are committed to acting being honest, just and fair.

Now that President Barack Obama has been president for about one month, I whole-hearted wish him congratulations. I was happy to see his inauguration and was very impressed with his speech. However, we should not forget about the good things that the Bush administration has done either. I believe the press and Democratic political operatives have been overly harsh with Bush’s record. God bless former President George Bush. President Obama honoured him on Inauguration Day by seeing him off when they stood on those steps of Congress waiting for the helicopter to land . Despite Bush’s blunder on the Iraq War, some of his policies, overall, have done some good for America and for other nations around the world. Pro-Democrats have harked on and on about the Bush Administration’s mishandling of the economy. I’m tired of hearing this. It’s the Democrats’ turn now and they’ll be on the hot seat.

Many may disagree with me but I think the Republicans have actually handled the economy very well, or at least as well as anyone else could have done with what they had. The economy during the two terms under George Bush cranked into high gear and grew in strength since the Clinton Administration. More jobs were created during the Bush Administration and the economy got so hot that it overheated into a housing crisis. The housing crisis was not a result of George Bush’s policies because it was a direct result of the banks’ bad judgment for handing out too many loans to home buyers who could not afford to pay their mortgage payments when the economy overheated. I feel badly for the many millions of hardworking homeowners who saved up for their down payments only to lose it all in the end. If anything could have been done to prevent this housing crisis, it could have been done way back in 2003. The new RNC Chairperson, Michael Steele, reminded George Stephanopoulos, a Democratic advisor-turned-political commentator on ABC, that President George Bush introduced a bill back in 2003 to correct the dangers inherent in Fannie and Freddie. However, the Democratic-led committee refused to allow this bill to be addressed in Congress. Democrats also need to take responsibility and stop this blame game. Now they say they want cooperation but they refuse to take any responsibility for what happened back then?

People who can only complain, criticize, and are self-seeking are selfish and are blowing hot air and people recognize this when it happens. We are not blind and can’t be easily fooled. Talk-only doesn’t cut it. We need fair and honest people in government in all political parties who act fairly, honestly, and justly. Let’s hope and pray that the Obama Administration can do this. May God bless President Barack Obama and give him the strength to do the right thing.

Where many of today’s young evangelicals are at politically

I just bought my current issue of Relevant magazine from the local Christian bookstore this afternoon and read an interesting article about where many of today’s young evangelicals are at politically. Brett McCracken’s article: “A change we can believe in?” really hits the nail on the head as to how some young evangelicals feel about politics and how they vote. Even though I tend to be conservative on many issues, I can relate to some of what McCracken says concerning young evangelicals. I think his assessment is fairly realistic and open-minded because I feel there is a change in the undercurrent that many of us don’t see. Here’s a brief blurb:

….Even though young evangelicals veered farther to the left this election, their older counterpoints actually voted in higher percentages for McCain than they did for Bush.

“We’re seeing that younger generations are more and more concerned with living a life that is consistent with the teachings and ministry of Jesus Christ than they are with towing a particular party line,” Merritt told PBS.

Indeed, fewer and fewer young evangelicals are identifying with old-school Republicanism. They may side with Republicans because of issues like abortion, but when it comes to Reagan-style economic philosophies or Cold War-infused, us-vs.-the-world foreign policies, many young Christians are finding more in common with the left.

…Rather than tow a particular party line, young evangelicals are increasingly more concerned with simply living a life that is defined by and consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. That can mean Democrat or Republican, but most often it means both and neither. Two parties cannot contain the cause of Christ, many Christians would say. And as such, many of us feel trapped between a rock and a hard place.”

I don’t entirely relate to this but I do feel this is why some of our younger evangelicals really feel inspired by President Barack Obama’s speeches. I know he does inspire me.

Where do you stand as a younger or older Christian voter? Can you relate to feeling trapped between a rock and a hard place, or do you feel strongly one way or another?

You can read the entire article here (see p. 38).

Obama’s faith in Christ

The interest in President-elect Barack Obama has not simmered yet. I think we all want to learn more about the new President. The conversations around the blogosphere prove it. Peter Kirk at Gentle Wisdom found an interesting link through another blogger (hat tip: John Meunier) of an interview with Barack Obama at Belief.net.

The article is called “Obama’s Fascinating Interview with Cathleen Falsani.” Have a read. It’s very interesting.

My hope in the days ahead | Post-election posts

1. Due to some busy-ness in my school work and final exam, I have not been able to blog as much as before. I do miss blogging with my network of biblioblogger friends who keep me informed and my intellect in active mode. Very shortly, the next few weeks marks the end of my seminary days, and new days ahead as an ordained pastor. I am really looking forward to the future because I hope to be ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada…God-willing.

2. In the future, I will be doing more reviews, including the ESV Study Bible. I am more impressed with this study bible each day I use it. John Hobbins at Ancient Hebrew Poetry is currently doing a series on the comparison of the Psalms between the NLT Study Bible and the ESV Study Bible. I am following this but I wish my Hebrew was better.

3. I wish we Christians can be more thoughtful than knee-jerk reactionary partisans (myself included). I like some of the posts some of us bibliobloggers have been blogging about after the election. David Ker briefly left his blogging sabbatical and posted an interesting election-related post on “Why American Christians look so stupid and what you can do about it.” I also found John Hobbins, Peter Kirk, and Doug Chaplin with interesting posts on the post-election.

Barack Obama is the new President-elect: Congratulations!

Tonight’s election victory belongs to Sen. Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. It was an overwhelming victory, and it was truly an historic day for the nation of the United States of America. Obama won the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania earlier in the evening; this gave a strong indication where the country would be heading in terms of the election results. Obama also took the west coast states of California, Oregon and Washington. Even coming into the election ahead in the polls, I personally did not expect such a landslide victory; well, it turns out that it definitely was a landslide. Obama won 338 and McCain won 156 of the electoral college votes.

With President-elect Barack Obama taking the Oval Office in the White House, I think he will introduce a new and positive image of America domestically and internationally. Perhaps this will correct the negative international image that America has had under the Bush Administration. America has had a negative image outside of the United States; and it was primarily due to the unpopular war on Iraq.

But that aside, President-elect Barack Obama will be well liked by much of modern America, particularly by the younger generations, whites and non-whites, alike. The younger generations do want to see postive change in society, including myself. Though I am personally conservative in my worldview, including my politics, I do think Obama will bring a new freedom and a new way society perceives itself. This will affect a new way of doing public policy and politics for the United States. It will also affect how other nations treat the United States. I perceive that there will be a new hope and also a bright light that will come to the people in this nation. May God bless the new President, Barack Obama, and may God bless America!

Election Day November 4, 2008 will be an historic day

This election on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, is slated to make history because Americans may be electing their first African-American president, if Barack Obama continues to hold the lead in this race. Many people are expecting Obama to win this election, unless McCain pulls a last minute win.

So far, one day before Election Day, Sen. Obama is still in the lead by about 7-10 points over Sen. John McCain, depending on pollsters. I think it is very likely Obama will be the next president of the United States. From what I’ve seen on television news, the line ups for early voting are long. Many people want to make sure they get their votes in, and it shows many people are really excited about this election. This might even be the biggest voter turnout in recent American history. It’s good for the democratic process. So get out there and vote tomorrow.

Let’s ask deeper questions to probe reality–not fear

It seems there is a double standard out there. Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska is a first term Governor, just as, Sen. Barack Obama, is also a first term Senator. The fact is that the responsibilities of a state governor is much greater than that of a senator; however, there are more polls out there questioning Gov. Sarah Palin’s ability to perform as a potential President if John McCain was the President-elect but was forced to leave office in case of ill health or death. The very questions posed by opinion polls can be used to make suggestions and plant seeds of doubt based on fear rather than reality. Thinking American people should be looking at reality. Opinion polls are not capable of asking these types of deeper questions. Only real people are capable of doing so. I hope everyone will ask ourselves these questions before the election is over.

1/ How did Gov. Sarah Palin do in office as governor of Alaska? Then compare this with findings from the following question: How did Sen. Barack Obama do in office as senator of Illinois?

2/ Why is there a double standard? Is it because Gov. Sarah Palin is a woman?

3/ Are opinion polls such as this one from Abraham & Harrison funded by Democratic or Republican supporters?

Deuteronomy 17: How the government/governor should govern

Deuteronomy 17:14-20 gives some instructions for the government/governor. Maybe our governments should heed this biblical advice for today? It’s still relevant.

1/ The people must pray about who we choose to vote for. “be sure to appoint over you the king the Lord your God chooses.” (Deut. 17:15, TNIV)

2/ The national leader must be a citizen of the country. “One of your own community you may set as king over you; you are not permitted to put a foreigner over you, who is not of your own community.” (Deut. 17:15b, NRSV)

3/ The government should have limited state-control of assets, and limited powers. “The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself.” (Deut. 17:16a, TNIV)

4/ The government should not tax excessively. “He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.” (Deut.17:17b, TNIV)

5/ The government/governor must follow and enforce the laws of the land. “When he has taken the throne of his kingdom, he shall have a copy of this law written for him in the presence of the levitical priests. It shall remain with him and he shall read in it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, diligently observing all the words of this law and these statutes.” (Deut. 17:18-19, NRSV)

6/ The leader must be humble. “And not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites.” (Deut. 17:20, TNIV)

7/ The governor should be centrist, neither right-wing nor left-wing. “And not… turn from the law to the right or to the left.” (Deut. 17:20, TNIV). (Hahaha. Almost gotcha on this last one.) The full verse actually says: “and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.”

HT: GaryNorth.com

Election Day: Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada remain in power

Tonight was federal election day in Canada. The Conservative Party of Canada will remain in power and will now have a stronger minority government than before. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was re-elected in his electoral district. Most importantly, the Conservative Party garnered the most support of all major parties; therefore, he remains in power as the Prime Minister of Canada. Congratulations to P.M. Stephen Harper.

In Canada, our Parliament and Cabinet are fused together. Unlike the U.S. system of government, the Prime Minister has the power to appoint Cabinet Ministers from amongst the elected Members of Parliament. The ideal is to elect a majority government because it enables the passage of bills into laws without much hindrance from opposition parties. With 143 of the total 308 seats in the Canadian Parliament, the Conservative Party is about 12 seats shy of forming a majority government. Even though it does not get to form a majority government this time around, it will have a stronger minority government.

Conservative Party: 143 elected as MP
Liberal Party: 76 elected as MP
Bloc Quebecois: 50 elected as MP
New Democratic Party: 37 elected as MP
Independents: 2 elected as MP (edited: final results from Elections Canada)

My personal view of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been quite positive. I see him as a positive person who is level-headed thinker-type who is able to handle the national and international political affairs of the country very adeptly. He is a policy and an ideas-type of person–definitely not a charismatic figure–type like U.S. Sen. Obama, Gov. Palin, and even, Sen. McCain. He may be even less charismatic than some of the other Prime Ministerial candidates—and some might even say boring. However, he is a hard working, intellectual policy wonk who has guided the party in policy development for years, even before becoming leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

What makes a Prime Minister or national leader great is not necessarily charisma and charm, but it is one’s trustworthiness. Harper seems to be a very trustworthy person. His faith in God is steady and seems to be his strength and fortress. He is a good family man married to a good and supportive wife. Overall, I think Stephen Harper has been a very good Prime Minister so far. He will continue to lead our nation of Canada with strength based on character and integrity, supported by the right ideas for the Canadian economy and society.

In my home town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, all four (including incumbents) are Conservatives. Congratulations to all four: Maurice Vellacott, MP; Brad Trost, MP; Lynne Yelich, MP; and newly elected MP Kelly Block.

The Conservative Party of Canada is very popular in western Canada, and has the trust of most western Canadians. It has also made strides in the seat-rich Province of Ontario this election; but the Liberal Party seems to have lost popularity since the last election.

The Pope’s call is a return to Christian roots – not a fusion of church and state

The Pontiff is currently in France and he has made a statement concerning church and society, stating: “The roots of France—like those of Europe—are Christian….History itself offers sufficient proof of this: From its origins, your country received the Gospel message.” Good for the Pontiff because this is a gutsy statement. It’s something that secularists do not like to hear. The history of a strong western society stems from its Christian faith. Minus the so-called war against the Turks and Arabs back in the days of the holy crusades and any so-called “war on terror” in the name of religion…western society is based on the Christian religion…or if you want to call it a society based on the spiritual beliefs in Jesus Christ. But today’s secularists seem to ignore this fact.

Today, our society is structured totally different from the days when church and state were fused together. Our democratic governments in the western hemisphere, and non-western governments that have adopted democratic principles, are not anywhere close to being fused together with an official state church (i.e. South Korea, Japan, etc.). But the funny thing is that many knee-jerk secular humanists are so uneducated about what is truly a violation of church and state. When Christian conservatives speak up on issues like abortion or Christian education in the public school systems, the secular humanists will cry foul play.

Well, here’s some news. We are not anywhere close to violating our principles of separation between church and state. Yes, we Christians speak up on matters concerning spiritual matters within the public sphere but there is no official state church involvement in the public sector. There is a big difference between a mother who speaks up on her desire for her child to receive Christian education in public schools, and the bishop or president of a church denomination who makes an agreement with the public education system to promote his/her denomination’s agenda. But even then, would there be anything wrong with this?

For example, if we know our history, the public education system was founded by church-run schools that voluntarily agreed to form a public school system. They promised that all the original churches can get involved to teach Christian education within the public school system. The last jurisdiction in North America to do so was the Province of Newfoundland, Canada, just recently in 1997. Formerly, there were church-run schools run by the Anglicans, Presbyterians, United, Baptists, Pentecostals, Roman Catholics, etc. (news archive: CT, McLean’s, CBC radio). We have gone very far away from our society’s Christian roots and do not even recognize the agreements we have made to our church’s founders who implemented the centralized public education system in order to help lower the cost of our education. Now we have lost our right to teach religious education because the secular humanists have overstepped their boundaries and are trying to push Christianity off to the side because they do not know our history. Today, people are going back against their promise and making a case for not allowing the teaching of religion in public schools. Sad. We must re-educate ourselves about our own history. So like Pope Benedict said to the people of France this week, we also, must return to our Christian roots.

A star rising: Sen. John McCain for President

Sen. John McCain’s speech tonight at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN took me by surprise, and I’m sure it also took a lot of people by surprise—including many Democrats. Let me first preface this by noting that John McCain is not a rhetoretician (edited). Obama could easily walk circles around McCain using his natural rhetorical skills. Sarah Palin could also take him with her rhetorical abilities and authenticity. But John McCain still came out a star, not with rhetoric but with his heart of humility. Sen. John McCain showed himself to be very gracious, humble and he won me over by the character that clearly shined through.

He was humble. He told his story about how, as a young person, he was initially a selfish person who didn’t love his country. But after he spent some time in his solitary cell in Vietnam, he found his moral compass, learned humility, and learned to love his country. He also revealed his personal story of heroism that we could touch. He encouraged Americans to serve their country first, and not themselves; and he encouraged everyone to serve a cause bigger than one’s self. That was truly inspiring.

McCain’s humility was apparent when he sounded out a prophetic call to his party members that their beloved Republican Party had lost its way, had fallen into corruption and needed to be reformed and changed. His humble admission and confession of his own party’s wrong-doings was an unexpected but authentically humble move. I don’t think any hardcore Democrat could knock that. No way. McCain dished out hard words for Republicans and expected them to take it. It was certainly hard medicine he thought his party members needed to hear, and McCain had the guts to say it. Truly admirable. Reform of the Republican Party is why he wants to go to Washington. He knows his Republican Party needs to change and reform is on the way—so “Way to go John! Go for it!” What touched many hearts, including mine, was the honor and respect he bestowed to Barack Obama. He even gave a gesture of congratulations to his political challenger, Obama, at the Democratic Convention. Classy move. It’s something Obama hasn’t yet done for McCain. McCain also said he wants to cross party lines and reach out to Democrats. He also said he doesn’t care who gets the credit, as long as America is made better. He doesn’t want to hear constant partisan rancor that stops the cause. He has worked with both parties and has a record of reaching out to members of both parties. This is a positive thing and I hope he follows through with it.

We saw the soft side of McCain who brought up the issue of the low-income mothers who struggle to make it through. He says he wants to fight for them. This gives me the feeling that he understands the average person who struggles. Perhaps his hardship of torturous beatings as a prisoner-of-war has given him the sensitivity he needs to be able to make heartfelt connections with those who struggle too. This is something that Republicans need to learn because hardcore Republicans do not naturally come across as compassionate even though social conservatives can be very compassionate people.

I’m sure that some Democrats will be turned on by Sen. McCain’s speech tonight, but there will always be some hardcore diehard Democrats who will back Obama and the Democratic Party’s ideals to their grave. If McCain is to win the Presidency of the United States of America, it will likely have to come from the depth of his character that can pull him ahead of Sen. Obama to win this increasingly exciting political race. He is the rising star that Republicans did not truly expect that would shine as bright as it did for him as tonight.