Wednesday, January 19, 2005


As a public service, Blackfive has posted a letter (with an email link to the author) from the world's Next Democracy:
Chaplain (Captain) Lyle Shackleford asks for prayers for the transportation unit delivering voting machines and ballots throughout Iraq. ...

"Encourage your friends and family members and those within our churches to pray specifically for the electoral process. Historically, the previous totalitarian regime would not allow individual citizens to vote."
I have to correct the preacher here. The Man of Many Mansions actually required people to vote, which is proof that the value of high turnout is greatly exaggerated. Look at this report from 2002:
Ibrahim, who is also head of the Committee supervising referendum on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's reelection, announced that all of the 11,445,638 eligible voters across Iraq have turned out and unanimously cast their "yes" vote to Saddam. The president won 100 percent of votes in the nationwide referendum and his presidential term is thus renewed for another seven years....
No doubt he must have been doing something people liked to get that kind of massive support, if only not shooting them all. But back to the minister's missive:
"There is unlimited potential for God's presence in this process but if we do not pray then our enemy will prevail (See Ephesians 6:10-17)."
Before some leftist objects that that thirteenth verse ("Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God....") is a prophetic proscription of Rummy's procurement picayunity, let me point out that this is only metaphorical, and refers to preparing your soul for death before combat, not to bolting steel plates on your personnel carriers.
"This is a political battle that needs spiritual intervention. A powerful story about God's intervention in the lives of David's mighty men is recorded in 2 Samuel 23:8-33."
Ignore the obvious typo, that the last verse cited should be either 23 (the end of the story) or 39 (the end of the list of the heroes who helped smite the Philistines). When ripped from context, part of that text may give rise to another lefty distortion.
14 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!
16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it.
Water is life, the liberals will say, and in their materialist folly add that the life of modern industrial civilization is based on oil. Therefore, since brave American soldiers risked themselves to free the fuel from Baghdad's Unanimous Victor, this administration should follow David's example and refuse to profit from the products of the liberated pumps and pipelines. I believe we can rely on Our Noble Lame Duck to reject this rank sophistry (which, if taken literally, would require a gigantic oil spill with terrible "environmental" consequences).

Meanwhile, as the left continues its grumbling about the "accuracy" of Ohio exit polls, there is another opportunity here to use their own argument against them. We should conduct our own exit polls in Iraq. If turnout should be down in the elections, due to fear of attacks on the voting places, our computers can easily project from the ones who do appear just how the others would have voted, and allot the offices accordingly. Let us not be deterred by the hobgoblin of archaic tradition from the brave new world of virtual voting.

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