The book is all about the things we place before God in our life the idols and Icons that we raise up and I recommend it to anyone who can read.
I would especially recommend it to Secularists as I wrote in my review on Amazon:
But for the skeptic the lessons still hold true, because Strange Gods really is dealing with obsessions, and even if one is not a believer those obsessions can take over your life and get in the way of what is important.And nobody is more vulnerable to creating a strange god than a person who thinks they do not acknowledge one because they will not recognize behavior that a believer would instantly see as religious.
While a skeptic may scoff at the core message of Christ that is the center of the book that warning to remember what is truly important in life can do naught but help overcome they gods they don’t even know they have.
After the RNC Town Hall I spoke to Karin Agness of the Network of Enlightened Women
The Network of Enlightened Women needs to be pushed on every campus possible, this is how you win the culture wars by giving conservative women a place to get support and affirmation against the pressure and intimidation of the left.
There were two open on the 2nd day of the RNC the first was the GOP Town Hall:
Reince Priebus introduced the panel RNC Town hall Boston Introducing Marilinda Garica (R-NH) Scott Erickson (CA)
Then TW Shannon who was REALLY impressive
And Karin Agness who is doing the single most important thing for Conservatism by organizing conservative women’s groups on campus: the Network of Enlightened women
The Panel first took questions first from Reince:
On GOP principles
On attracting reaching women
…and getting them to run
Obama’s foreign policy
A question concerning Truth
(at this point my batteries died and had to be replaced so I missed the final question)
Then it was opened up to the audience a question came on Community policing
Some time was given to introduce GOP candidate for NYC Comptroller John Burnett
(and given the MSM disinterest in him it was a good idea)
Another question came of working with Police
On the Snowden case
and on “phrasing” concerning women
My take. It was a good event and the panel was full of interesting people but there was something I didn’t like.
I understand, particularly because this was a media event that a lot of the question concerned about countering the false narrative concerning women blacks and Hispanics but I think with the exception of Ms. Agness who specifically deals with said problem we are missing an important point.
TW Shannon isn’t the “Black” speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, nor the “Choctaw” Speaker of the Oklahoma House, he is the SPEAKER of the House PERIOD. Likewise Marilinda Garcia is not the “Spanish” rep for the NH 8th or the women rep of NH 8th. She is the State Rep from NH 8th and her record and if you go to her web site this is what it leads with:
State Representative Marilinda Garcia was first elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2006, at 23 years of age. Elected to her fourth term in 2012, she currently serves on the Finance Committee. She has previously served on the Committees on Finance, Children and Family Law, Election Law, and Legislative Administration respectively, as well as co-chair of a House Caucus and as a Majority Whip.
These accomplishments and positions are not predicated on her ethnicity or on her sex, they are predicated on her competence.
and THAT is the message the GOP & Conservatives need to play. Conservatism doesn’t care about the color of your skin nor which chromosomes you possess. We have a set of values, personal responsibility, more freedom, less government, upward mobility, getting out of the way of the small business that are going to hire you and/or getting out of your way so you can start your OWN business.
While it’s important to have people a group can relate to and have them present our case as appealingly as possible, it is the message not the person who delivers it that is the star and that message that makes us one.
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is traveling to Iowa on Sunday to check out the big boar and the super bull at the Iowa State Fair – and to size up whether Iowans might take a liking to him.
“I’m going to be coming out more often to try to determine whether there’s an interest in my brand of leadership and Republicanism,” Brown told The Des Moines Register in a telephone interview this afternoon.
Connections through his wife to Iowa not withstanding let me point out that Scott Brown has as much of a chance of being the GOP nominee in 2016 as I have…
…which is why if I was Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Rick Santorum I would do all I can to encourage speculation of such a run, his entry into the race and my contributors to kick into any exploratory committee for president for the man.
Let me point you to this exchange from Friday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC
Scarborough:I have to say, ed, though, if i’m Chris Christie, I’m thrilled that Ted Cruz and Marcr Rubio–
Scarborough and Rand Paul, and Rick Santorum are all going out to Iowa, all — you know what, they’re going to be a thousand people thinking I’m going to win this from the right and they’re going to chop each other up and then have a guy with a 72% approval rating in new jersey going out there and you get 25, 30% of the vote, you win.
Ed Rendell:I always believed the — a moderate could win the republican primaries by being the only moderate in the field.
Chris Christie is staking out a position to the left of Paul, Cruz & Santorum and the cunning plan is to make sure the more conservative vote is divided enough for him to cruise over the finish line with 25-30% of the vote.
If Scott Brown is in the mix the equation changes.
Suddenly you have a split in the more liberal wing of the GOP, suddenly in states where there are open primaries democrats trying to push the GOP to the left have two choices rather than one.
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, divide your opponents vote. All you need is a person with a healthy enough ego to believe they have a better shot of winning then they actually do and just enough money from already maxed out donors to keep them in the game for as many primaries as you need them for. And given this story from the Herald…
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown told the Herald he is exploring a possible 2016 presidential bid today as he hit a well-worn stomping ground for Oval Office hopefuls – the Iowa State Fair.
“I want to get an indication of whether there’s even an interest, in Massachusetts and throughout the country, if there’s room for a bi-partisan problem solver,” said Brown, who has been meeting with top republicans nationally and last week hosted a Fenway event for Republican National Committee members. Brown indicated he isn’t close to deciding whether he will run. “It’s 2013 I think it’s premature, but I am curious. There’s a lot of good name recognition in the Dakotas and here – that’s pretty good.”
…the healthy ego ready to be persuaded of unrealistic expectation part isn’t going to be an issue.
Big disclaimer. I’ve met and interviewed Scott Brown, I’ve met his wife and his daughters and enthusiastically supported both of his runs for US Senate in Massachusetts and believe he would be infinitely better than either of our current US Senators from Massachusetts not to mention infinitely better in the White House than our current president. Just like Ed Morrissey says
One final thought, I’m Really interested to see what Morning Joe has to say about this story. The crew has always liked Scott Brown. If they hit the idea of this run, I think that will telegraph something that a lot of conservatives have been thinking.
Update: Added ST 6 quote and moved the Chris Christie Paragraph to after the Morning Joe quote where it was meant to be.
If you told me that I would be leading my Monday Morning Post with a Scott Brown for President post 48 hours ago I wouldn’t have believed you.
But if you told me a year ago I’d be trying to pay my mortgage every month via tip jar hits every week I wouldn’t have bought that either.
I’m only 1-3 for making my full $305 paycheck this August. but hopefully my former home town senator will help push me over the line.