Given my opinion of unions and their leaders, I wasn’t particularly surprised to read this story a few weeks back.
To sum it up briefly: some head honcho in New Jersey’s teachers’ union sent the following in a memo to union members:
Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie is a republican, and of course unions (which are overwhelmingly democrat) see republicans as bad, very bad because they seek to cut taxes. Lower taxes means less money for teachers.
So, this story pretty much squared with my template of thinking about the world. I shook my head, and went on with life.
But then. The “prayer” hit Facebook, only now the last line changed to I just wanted to let you know that Barack Obama is my favorite president.
Well. You should have seen the reaction when a few people (and of course I’m only talking about my smallish circle of just over 100 “friends”) posted the “prayer.” Here’s a sampling of the reaction:
I’m not political. I love my country and my family. I’m just a simple person. But I have to say, “Lisa” what a terrible thing to say about our president!!!!
I am really alarmed at my “christian” friends posting a prayer calling for the death of our president.
I am disappointed at people who would find this funny.
And on and on and on it goes, all this righteous indignation over the affront to our hallowed leader. Of course, I doubt that any of these folks know that a democrat union boss originally wrote the “prayer” with a republican target in mind, although even if they did it would probably make no difference. No, with liberals (or “independents,” as they often like to call themselves), it’s all about feeling put-upon by those wascally wepublicans. The hate!
There’s now a Facebook page calling for a banning of the “prayer.”
I’ve posted the origins of the prayer in a few of these conversations, but typically it goes by basically unnoticed as the libs go on and on about their disappointment and outrage. One of my favorite posts so eloquently states:
wishing death isn’t cool (really, this could only have been improved upon had she spelled it kewl. And don’t even get me started about the pro-abortion beliefs of most of the folks so up-in-arms about all this).
Liberals are all about the humor – as long as it’s directed at the likes of Sarah Palin, Dan Quayle, George W. Bush, etc. When the spotlight is put on them, however, it’s not funny anymore. It’s an outrage!
Enough of my ranting. I have other things to do, like pray. And, contrary to what you might believe, I’ll be praying that God would change Obama’s heart – not stop it.
Happy National Day of Prayer, 2010.