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1/30/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Hope faded away

During the inaugural, Julia Ward Howe's beautiful "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was sung by a wonderful choir. Tired of "John Brown's Body" as the marching song of the Civil War, keeping the tune, Howe penned the Battle Hymn. Catching on, it was sung at a Lincoln rally where, tears streaming, Lincoln cried out "sing it again." They did.

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord...I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps; they have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps; ... He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat, ... sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat; ... In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, with a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me, as He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free, while God is marching on."

Powerful! Reassuring!

Presidents Obama and Clinton seemed awe-stricken, as if suddenly understanding the meaning. Hope arose in my heart.

But then Obama spoke, pushing division even more. And I recalled those many acts of hostility toward Christianity with preferential treatment for Islam.

2008: referenced Christians clinging to guns/Bibles.

2009: revoked conscience protection for health workers - had Jesus' name covered at Georgetown speech - declined hosting National Day of Prayer - nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to Vatican.

2010: Seven times omitted "the Creator" when quoting the Declaration - misquoted our Motto "In God We Trust" with E pluribus unum.

2011: refused to allow WWI memorial cross be re-erected - waited two years to fill important religious ambassador post - opposed FDR's D-Day Prayer in WWII Memorial - Repeatedly avoided religious reference in Thanksgiving speeches.

2012: Argued First Amendment provided no protection for churches/synagogues - forgave student loans for non-Christian public service.

Dozens of instances: military now discriminates against Christianity under this administration - 25 separate acts of hostility against Biblical values, all unprecedented in American history.

And my rising hope faded away.

Linda Athens

Kingman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@Frank in KIngman
I don't remember LA saying she currently works for the county....or anywhere else for that matter. I'd guess it was either a mis-read on your part, or a mis-type on hers.

Perhaps you should re-read the posts that you say it appeared in.


Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013
Article comment by: Frank in KIngman

Linda,
In those posts, you never said that you used to work for the county. You said that you work for the county, but I'm not surprised you no longer work for them by the posts you make here.

It's amazing that your always so good and right and everyone else is bad. Too bad your posts don't reflect that.


Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Ms Athens

“Predator drone strikes take many innocent bystanders with them.”

So do ground attacks and aircraft bombings. And I am curious as to the sudden concern when just over a year ago your were demanding the deaths of anyone – including Americans – that were offering aid or information to the terrorists. Why the change?

“Liberals are still screaming that George Bush used waterboarding …”

Yes, we are because The Criminal violated the law and the Geneva Convention. Water boarding is torture and as a nation we have never condoned torture – that is until the only convicted criminal in our history was appointed to the white House. Put in a criminal leader and you get criminal activities.


Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Ms Athens

“You don't see a lib on here ever mention the fact there are no jobs in America.”

I guess that’s because there are millions of jobs in America with Americans working at them. Why the hyperbolic nonsense? “No jobs in America” – honestly?

Of course if we didn’t Willard the Money Hider and his ilk sending American jobs to COMMUNIST CHINA while hiding their money off-shore there would be many more jobs available to Americans.


Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Linda

"I will re-post this here to show how you just made my point for me.

>>>>Veers away from the high unemployment figures as do the lemmings who still blindly follow him. You don't see a lib on here ever mention the fact there are no jobs in America.<<<<

Thanks! You make it so easy."

And yet you totally ignore my point. LoLoL

Shows everybody how right my point was.


Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Frank:

I never said I currently work for the County but I did a few years back.

Three two hour breaks? What a joke. We were so busy, I went in on Saturdays and worked all day for no pay to help keep caught up. For that, I got in trouble from a young supervisor who,. when she first started, had to leave early because the work load overwhelmed her. .

Sorry, never a slacker, my problem has always gone in the opposite direction, working too hard.

FYI, we owned a business for many years in another state. Before selling and moving here, I worked 60 to 80 hour weeks and I was past 60 then. But that is common for business owners as most will tell you.


Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Frank in Kingman

@ Linda
You mentioned that you worked for the county. How do you make four posts a day on average if your at work? Do you get 3, 2 hour breaks?


Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Chuckles:

I will re-post this here to show how you just made my point for me.

>>>>Veers away from the high unemployment figures as do the lemmings who still blindly follow him. You don't see a lib on here ever mention the fact there are no jobs in America.<<<<

Thanks! You make it so easy.


Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Linda

"This is the 192nd straight month that the number of American workers collecting disability payments has increased."

And of course it is ALL Obama's fault. Even though 192 months is about 16 years.....LoLoL


Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Another milestone for the great king obama. He just keeps piling up those firsts. The most on foodstamps, the most out of the workforce. Now this.

January, 2013, a record 8,830,026 Americans are collecting disability and 115,918,000 working fulltime, only 13 Americans working fulltime for each person collecting disability.

Compare this to back in 1968 when we had 51 Americans working FT for each person on disability.


This is the 192nd straight month that the number of American workers collecting disability payments has increased. Obama's admin has done nothing to put people to work, everything he can to discourage new job growth.

He doesn't even talk jobs - anything but. Veers away from the high unemployment figures as do the lemmings who still blindly follow him. You don't see a lib on here ever mention the fact there are no jobs in America.

At 7.9% unemployment (not the real figure of course), it is amazing how they simply ignore this fact. It is in fact, stunning! You have to wonder how so many Americans fell so far so fast.


Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Let's see the usual low information voters here defend king obama's latest.

Michael Isikoff refeals a 16 page "white paper" memo from obama's Justice Department stating it is all right to kill Americans abroad (using predator drones) if high ranking administration official (this would be WHO?) feel they are a threat to us.

What happened to our due process of law? Who in this admin gets to say who gets life or death without due process of law?

Anwar al-Awlaki was born in NM, killed 9-30-11 by the obama admin in Yemen, charged with no crime. US citizen Samir Khan was also killed there as was al-Awlaki's son. Yemen would have extradicted them to the U. S. for proper charges and their Constitutional rights to a court of law.

Al-Awlaki's Father went to court to try to prevent this government from killing his son. This sounded like a ridiculous charge. Since when does the US government do this type thing. We have a Constitution. The POTUS now is a Constitutional scholar (hahahahaha!!) They did kill him.

'10-14-2011, 16 year old Abdulrahman of Denver was also killed out of country by our country. His family said he had no connections to terrorism.

Predator drone strikes take many innocent bystanders with them.

We have laws. We do not arbitrarily say who lives and dies. We have a law process for that.

Liberals are still screaming that George Bush used waterboarding on THREE men, one of which was the 9-11 planner. Can you only imagine if Bush's DOJ had put out THIS memo.

So low information voters, as you continue to support obama's 7.9% unemployment, more people than ever on SS disability, food stamps, fewer by multiple millions even in the workforce than at any time in our history - NOW THIS!


Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Article comment by: have to agree

@ fox hound

I too want to thank the author. I see nothing changing in the GOP's ideology and no effort to gain any new members happening. I see the same old party. Hating all the same old things. Change of any kind being at the top of the list.

It may be a long time before the country gives the GOP another term in the whitehouse. After President Obama leaves. I wouldnt be surprised to see Clinton or even a THIRD party win.

It seems the nation at this point may vote in anything except the GOP. All the sore loser and hate of the last five years may have burned your bridge.


Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Article comment by: KO TAY

Linda.....Just letting you know. I read the book....we win in the end. Its gonna be alright. Read the book, I'm sure you have, do a sneak peak to the end.

Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Wickerd

Obama is a great man and a good president and it is shameful that people make stuff up rather than supporting his efforts to help us!

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

The whining from the Obama haters is going to be long and repititious for the next 4 years, guess they have nothing else to do it seems!

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“@Linda Athens - You are right”

“Right on Linda. However, do not lose hope, for we are on God's side.”

It is amazing how no matter how many times Ms Athens is proven wrong in the nonsense she posts, pathetic people will show up here defending her. And believe me, God is never on the side of those who bear false witness – NEVER!


Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

The birther's will whine for the next 4 years, spew all manner of allegations, accusations, etc., the Obama haters will be whining till 2016 and proof of this is so easy to read! I guess us folks who voted for Obama can merely sit back and enjoy their misery, inability to find something in life to feel good about instead of spending all that wasted time dreaming of a impeachment, a bolt of lightening from the sky to do away with their nemisis Obama and the democrat party!

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: Right On

Right on Linda.
However, do not lose hope, for we are on God's side.


Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: nnp ..

Hunter S. Thompson once wrote - "My mother hates Nixon, my son hates Nixon, I hate Nixon, and this hatred has brought us together". Somebody had to insert that little gem here. At least Obama (or is it Linda Athens?) has brought us together.

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013
Article comment by: N A

@Linda Athens
You are right


Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013
Article comment by: Dr. GS Hurd

The Editors have not done any favors to the far-right by publishing Ms. Athen's fantasies. They are to be commended- sunlight (in moderation) is an excellent sanitizer.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Repubs won't have to work very hard to put a patriot in the White House, in 2016.”

Actually for once I must agree with you. The way the Repukes are continuing their war on women, minorities, voters and common sense Mrs Clinton will be a shoe-in for the presidency.


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Frank in Kingman

It's nice to know that there are disciples of glen beck here in Kingman. Are you the president of the local chapter?

It's also nice to know that your thurlow's pet, since your allowed to write any kind of nonsense no matter how ridicules it is. Not to mention the name calling, which for me is against the terms of service, but for you and rich is just fine.

I know thurlow won't post this, but you mentioned that you worked for the county. My question is: how do you make four posts a day on average if your at work?


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: David Gaither

@The Fox Hound

By the time Obama gets done with America this time around, Repubs won't have to work very hard to put a patriot in the White House, in 2016. Assuming Obama doesn't get impeached after the 2014 elections!


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Linda

" had Jesus' name covered at Georgetown speech - declined hosting National Day of Prayer "

No, he didn't have it covered, Georgetown did it to offer a neutral backdrop for the speech. Your beloved CNS even reported as such. Nice Try.

And since Obama is nowhere near the only President in recent times(Reagan, Bush Sr, Clinton) that did not host a ceremony for the National Day of Prayer, what is your point there?

Lastly, why is it you demand people stop showing prejudice towards christians and yet you show so much towards other groups?



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