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Bush Quietly Meets with Amish Here; They Offer Their Prayers
Lancaster New Era ^ | 7/16/04 | Jack Brubaker

Posted on 07/16/2004 3:01:21 PM PDT by Preacher777

LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - President Bush met privately with a group of Old Order Amish during his visit to Lancaster County last Friday. He discussed their farms and their hats and his religion. He asked them to vote for him in November.

The Amish told the president that not all members of the church vote but they would pray for him.

Bush had tears in his eyes when he replied. He said the president needs their prayers. He also said that having a strong belief in God is the only way he can do his job.

This story has not been reported before. You might think an observant press follows the president everywhere, especially during a re-election campaign, but no reporter attended this meeting.

Sam Stoltzfus, an Old Order historian and writer who lives in Gordonville, spoke with a number of people present at the session with the president.

He related what happened to the Scribbler, saying the Amish “caught Bush’s heart.’’

The 20-minute meeting with Bush occurred immediately after the president addressed a select audience at Lapp Electric Service in Smoketown Friday afternoon.

An Amish woman who lives on a farm across Witmer Road from Lapp Electric that morning had presented a quilt to the president with a card thanking him for his leadership of the country.

Bush said he would like to talk to the quilter and her family.

So the Secret Service invited the family to meet the president. Friends wanted to come along, and the entire assembly eventually numbered about 60. They were evenly divided between adults and children of all ages.

The group walked together across the road to Lapp Electric.

Stoltzfus reports: “It took a while to get them through the metal detectors as these were farmers and shop men, with vice grips, pocket knives, and nuts and bolts in their pockets. Some ladies had baby gear. All pockets had to be emptied.’’

When the Amish were “found not to be a serious threat to national security,’’ they were allowed inside the office area of Lapp Electric and waited about 30 minutes for the president to appear.

“Babies got restless. Children squirmed,’’ Stoltzfus reports. “Suddenly the president and five Secret Service men stepped into the room. One housewife said, ‘Are you George Bush?’’’

The president replied in the affirmative and shook hands all around, asking the names of all. He especially thanked the “quilt frau,’’ who operates her own business selling quilts and crafts.

“He seemed relaxed and just like an old neighbor,’’ says Stoltzfus.

Bush said he had never met any Amish before and was curious about why the men were wearing straw hats rather than black wool hats. The Amish explained that they wear cooler straw in summer. Bush tried on a hat.

The president commented on the appearance of Amish farms, and an Amish man spoke apologetically about how he and his friends were not expecting to see the president and were wearing soiled work clothes. Bush said he did not mind that.

Another man remarked that he has twin daughters, as does Bush. The man said one of his twins had dreamed the night before that she was shaking hands with the president and now she actually had done that.

“One of the young girls wanted to give Bush a whoopie pie cookie,’’ Stoltzfus says. “Bush declined it. The Secret Service man took it, as presidents aren’t supposed to eat untested food.’’

At the end of the session, Bush reportedly told the group, “I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.’’

As the president left the room, one Amish man wished him good luck in November.

“The Amish group headed back to their farms and shops,’’ reports Stoltzfus. “Mothers took their children home for a nap and went back to their sewing and gardens.’’

Bush moved along to an appearance in York County, leaving behind a group of Old Order admirers who have tales to tell for the rest of their lives.

The Scribbler column runs Tuesdays and Fridays in the New Era.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: amish; amishvote; bush; gwb2004; prayer; servantofthelord
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To: Preacher777
“I trust God speaks through me."

I seriously doubt he made that statement.

51 posted on 07/16/2004 4:31:11 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no stinkin' tagline!)
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To: Cagey

You know you are a Seinfeld addict when the images and voice of Jerry and Kramer appear in my head when reading that, complete with vocal pauses. :)


52 posted on 07/16/2004 4:31:19 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (BYPASS FORCED WEB REGISTRATION! **** http://www.bugmenot.com ****)
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To: Willie Green

I believe he means God works through him, as He does through all over us. We all fit into God's plan when we go through our lives.

Not even a sparrow falls without it being the will of God.


53 posted on 07/16/2004 4:33:25 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (BYPASS FORCED WEB REGISTRATION! **** http://www.bugmenot.com ****)
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To: Preacher777

Ah, take the whoopie pie cookie...


54 posted on 07/16/2004 4:33:55 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: Strategerist

...and Hohensteins?


55 posted on 07/16/2004 4:34:24 PM PDT by unspun (Posting thru spellcheck eliminates extra white space. | I'm not "Unspun with AnnaZ" but I appreciate)
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To: CovenBuster; MissyMa; cleochatra

Ping!


56 posted on 07/16/2004 4:42:44 PM PDT by DesertDreamer ("Anger is not an agenda for the future of America."~~President George W. Bush, 2/23/2004)
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To: Preacher777

Was out there for our weekly bike ride in PA DUTCH country and saw him waving from the bus going through Intercourse PA


57 posted on 07/16/2004 4:43:40 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Serb5150

Big THANK YOU for pinging me to this thread ... I'd missed it.

Dubya is such a genuine guy, such a caring person.

The Amish are such genuine people.

I visited an Amish community in Iowa, went through a woolen mill, ate at a cafe owned by an Amish family (gooooood fried chicken).


58 posted on 07/16/2004 4:48:41 PM PDT by jwfiv
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To: Preacher777
Bush seems to be going to the "little people". I don't mean that in a bad way. But he seems to be trying to connect with people that most politicians overlook or ignore.

This with the Amish and in the UP is actually a very smart move. He is saying to them, "You are America and you matter to me."

Big contrast between this and what the Kerry/Edwards ticket considers "the heart and soul of America"

59 posted on 07/16/2004 5:01:22 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (This uniform needs something; something that says I'm here to destroy you, but with a sense of fun)
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To: Strategerist

"The Amish are quite wealthy, something a lot of people don't realize."

It's true, I helped propel the last Freepathon over the top!


60 posted on 07/16/2004 5:02:01 PM PDT by Amish with an attitude (Entropy is the greatest foe of evolution)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

When my children were little folks, we baked shoo fly pies and sang that song! They learned following recipes, measurements, and fractions in the kitchen with musical backgrounds!


61 posted on 07/16/2004 5:13:33 PM PDT by Carolinamom (!)
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To: GretchenM; ohioWfan

PING!


62 posted on 07/16/2004 5:51:35 PM PDT by Maigrey ( If you disagree with {Kerry} on most any issue, you may just have caught him on the wrong day. -GWB)
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To: darkwing104
He did this without the press coverage and respected their faith.

Just like the way he meets with many families of the fallen, without the press.

63 posted on 07/16/2004 6:23:54 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: cripplecreek

Lets see ...Kerry would have considered the location and the crowd and bragged that his dad was an amish electrician and he understood their plight....etc etc ...yada yada

Stay safe !


64 posted on 07/16/2004 6:31:28 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: cubreporter

We live in upstate New York and several years ago Amish folks moved here. I don't know if they actually vote, but they certainly make wonderful neighbors. They all work hard, including their children. They will also paint non-Amish homes and do repair work, but they are so thorough and good, there is a waiting list.


65 posted on 07/16/2004 6:36:23 PM PDT by maxwellp (Throw the U.N. in the garbage where it belongs.)
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To: Preacher777

Those Amish people need to go register and vote!!!!!
God bless them.


66 posted on 07/16/2004 6:37:57 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion have been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: maxwellp

I am undoubtedly quite ignorant on the subject, but I had always heard that the Amish tend to keep to themselves rather than having daily dealings with those outside their ordnung...?


67 posted on 07/16/2004 6:53:11 PM PDT by Serb5150 (God Bless Ronald Reagan.)
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To: diamond6

"Those Amish people need to go register and vote!!!!!
God bless them."

You are asking them to do something entirely antithetical to their principles.

These are "Old Order Amish" -- the sect goes back to the 17th century Separatist movement. They believe literally in separating themselves from "the world." It is how they have maintained their folkways all these years. Any compromise, they believe, would undercut their way of life. That is why they do not register or vote. Somebody should have briefed Bush before the meeting on this -- it was not the smartest or most tactful thing in the world to ask Old Order Amish to vote for him. I used to work with Amish in construction; I visited often with them, was at meals in their homes and attended barn raisings and such. I know how sensitive they are (although they will never let you know openly that you have committed a gaffe until you get to know them very well).

I note that an earlier post congratulated the Amish for "supporting " Bush. But you notice in the story that these Amish did not exactly say that. They said they would "pray" for him. A world of difference. They are wonderful people, very unworldly. When you are around them you really feel you are in another century entirely.


68 posted on 07/16/2004 6:55:40 PM PDT by EdJay
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To: First_Salute; Landru; Minuteman23; All
Thanks for the stealth ping, Mike. (Although I rarely if ever disagree with you, I believe your ‘backup retirement plan’ should actually be your Plan A :).

Unlike the huge majority of articles and essays that find their way here, this one made my day! (Not that I’m complaining about all of the others, mind you. That’s the purpose of this forum – to bring to light all of the depressing truth-based information that the media chooses to keep under wraps.) Yet this story is a priceless gem, on several levels, and the thread comments are wonderful, too.

First: Just the seemingly insignificant fact that the President requested to meet with the family of the ‘quilt Frau’ who had presented him a handmade quilt speaks volumes about the stark difference between him and his opponent (a related aside: an appliqué, small-stitch quilt made by Amish women is every bit as much a work of art as a fine painting or sculpture).

Maybe ten years ago, I recall reading a story in Reader’s Digest written by a reporter who accompanied Reagan on many of his trips as President. In it he marveled at the number of unscheduled side-trips Reagan would take in order to visit a children’s hospital, or a Salvation Army center, or the like. Reagan would often spend several hours in such a place, conversing with (and sometimes comforting, if it were appropriate) the people whose lives he was touching. And reporters were given strict orders that no photographs were allowed, and no stories were to be written about these unscheduled side-trips.

When I read this short article Clinton was in the White House, and I recall thinking about this (completely expected) illustration of the difference in his and Reagan’s character. Reagan was not a believer in photo-ops, unless they furthered a worthwhile conservative political cause. That they would further his own personal image or legacy would have been unconscionable to him. Reagan was not the least bit concerned with either. And yet, Mr. Clinton built an administration on empty photo ops. Do we all remember him dancing, dreamy-eyed, on the beach with his ‘beloved’ Hillary, or forming a cross in the sand out of strategically pre-placed stones on the beach at Normandy, or reading (just long enough for photographers to record the event, and no longer) to a group of kindergartners in Harlem? …

President Bush was being somewhat Reagan-esque in his visit to the quilter’s Amish farm -- and even moreso since this brief article appears to be the only media mention of it (I live about twenty miles from the Gordonville farm. I read both the morning and evening Lancaster newspapers, and yet this is the only mention that was made of his visit there).

Yet, had John Kerry paid such a visit … I won’t even go there. We all know the coverage it would have received -- so as to paint him as a ‘man of the people’ who can relate to all Americans. And who so graciously took time out of his busy schedule to properly thank an American woman for her generosity and thoughtfulness.

The Amish told the president that not all members of the church vote but they would pray for him … Bush had tears in his eyes when he replied. He said the president needs their prayers. He also said that having a strong belief in God is the only way he can do his job.

This is truly the one and only aspect of Amish belief I would want them to change. They are good people, conservative by definition, and yet their shunning of ‘worldly’ things often includes an aversion to participating in politics – even including choosing not to exercise their right to vote. Although this is slowly changing (as a result of the state and federal governments consistently seeking to infringe on their freedom to live as they choose), still too many of them want no part of politics. They base much of their belief on the scriptural admonition, ‘Therefore come out from them and be ye separate’ … 2 Cor 6:17.

I believe (and I always express this belief to those who come into my office and are receptive to ‘political talk’) that prayer is indeed our most powerful tool … but the Lord also commands us to do all that is within our own power to see to it that righteous causes are advanced and evil ones are buried. In addition to prayer, being a part of the electoral process (no matter its degree of corruption), and speaking out in the face of evil, are the only individual avenues open to us to that end.

It took a while to get them [the Amish] through the metal detectors as these were farmers and shop men, with vice grips, pocket knives, and nuts and bolts in their pockets. Some ladies had baby gear. All pockets had to be emptied.

Too funny! I would say a full ninety percent of the Amish (both men and women) I meet in the course of doing business place very little emphasis on outward appearance and social formality. And I admire them deeply for that. Their focus is on other, more eternal, concerns. I cannot tell you how many times an Amish farmer has come into my office to take care of some business with the tiny creases in his hands and face seemingly permanently soil-filled, wearing a straw hat whose brim is soaked with old sweat, and boots that have walked hundreds of miles behind a horse-drawn plow. Clean people, and yet permanently work-stained. Yet you would be hard pressed to find a more honest, decent, hard-working, faith-filled person.

As I have said before here, these people still cling to their eighteenth-century traditions and beliefs, and the timelessness of scriptural truths. They love and nurture their children in a home in which the mother comprehends the significance of that most-important of all human callings. They teach their children self-discipline and personal responsibility virtually from birth. And they take care of their own – steadfastly refusing government help, and banding together to ride out times of difficulty or sorrow within their families and communities. They revere their elders, and provide for them in their own homes until their time on earth is over. In many ways, they represent what America used to be. And many of the values and beliefs to which they cling (among them honesty, dignified work ethic, personal responsibility, and a God-centered view of the world) represent those to which we must return if we are to survive.

I truly believe that, as honored as the Gordonville Amish appear to have been by the President’s time spent among them, the honor (apparently comprehended by him) must have been perceived as mutual. And rightfully so.

(As you know), I just returned from spending three days in a crowded, crime-filled metropolitan area. After such a trip, I am always (always) grateful to return to Lancaster County. And it is the Amish influence that has played the greatest role in helping to keep this area both ideologically conservative and physically pristine. For that reason, and so many others, my respect for them is without exception.

~ joanie (www.justiceandliberty.com)

69 posted on 07/16/2004 7:00:27 PM PDT by joanie-f (To honor Ronald Reagan, America must never shrink from denouncing, or confronting, evil.)
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To: EdJay

You know your stuff!

I didn't mean any insult.


70 posted on 07/16/2004 7:04:30 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion have been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Preacher777
The 20-minute meeting with Bush occurred immediately after the president addressed a select audience at Lapp Electric Service in Smoketown Friday afternoon.

Lapp = very common Amish name, but......... do they really have electricity?!

71 posted on 07/16/2004 7:06:16 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: uncbob
Intercourse PA

I tell people I've been there and then I get funny looks.

72 posted on 07/16/2004 7:06:19 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no stinkin' tagline!)
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To: cripplecreek
I was thinking the same thing. Actually i was wondering how John Kerry would attempt to pander to that crowd.

... especially since, by and large, the Amish don't vote. Doubtful that sKerry would even give these people the time of day.

73 posted on 07/16/2004 7:08:42 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: EdJay

The fact that they sent him a quilt (which is what started all of this) says they have been thinking and praying for him already. I seriously doubt they were offended.


74 posted on 07/16/2004 7:12:12 PM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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To: EdJay
I guess I'd be surprised if the Amish thought it was a gaffe if Bush asked for their vote. I'd imagine that they are at ease in their choices, which include not voting, and don't mind saying they don't vote, but they do pray.

If someone has quit smoking or drinking last week, and is openly dealing with the difficulties of withdrawing, it would be a gaffe to offer them a smoke or a drink. But if someone has a long standing and comfortable habit of not smoking or drinking, then having a relative stranger offer them such is no problem. Rather it is an easy no, and perhaps a pleasant guesture of friendship.

75 posted on 07/16/2004 7:15:40 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (I was humble, before I was born. -- J Frondeur Kerry)
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To: Preacher777

bump


76 posted on 07/16/2004 7:22:50 PM PDT by 50sDad ( ST3d - Star Trek Tri-D Chess! http://my.oh.voyager.net/~abartmes)
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To: Preacher777
Bush said he had never met any Amish before and was curious about why the men were wearing straw hats rather than black wool hats. The Amish explained that they wear cooler straw in summer. Bush tried on a hat.

Bush amazes me. He humbly admits his ignorance and shows interest in simple things. I couldn't picture this genuine and innocent exchange coming from the likes of Kerry.

77 posted on 07/16/2004 7:27:36 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: joanie-f
I enjoyed your post very much.

I truly believe that, as honored as the Gordonville Amish appear to have been by the President’s time spent among them, the honor (apparently comprehended by him) must have been perceived as mutual. And rightfully so.

Spot on! I suspect that this president covets prayers offered up on his behalf no doubt more than he does votes.

78 posted on 07/16/2004 7:29:38 PM PDT by ride the whirlwind
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To: Preacher777; prairiebreeze; onyx; Texasforever; CyberAnt; BigSkyFreeper; Tamsey; mrs tiggywinkle; ..
The Amish told the president that not all members of the church vote but they would pray for him.

WOW .. What a Great Article

Thanks for posting this

79 posted on 07/16/2004 7:32:27 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
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To: joanie-f

I know the Amish don't need to be defended, but if they did they would want you in their corner!

I hope your trip went well. I'd like to hear about it.


80 posted on 07/16/2004 7:44:34 PM PDT by Minuteman23
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To: cripplecreek

Compare this to Al Gore psychotically bellowing his infamous "betrayal" speech inside a black church.


81 posted on 07/16/2004 7:44:53 PM PDT by wolficatZ (__><)))*>__\0/___/|_____)
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To: arbee4bush

ping


82 posted on 07/16/2004 7:59:16 PM PDT by KB4W (I voted for the...before I voted...against, No...wait...You mean I'm supposed to vote? JF'nK)
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To: Preacher777; Maigrey
Thank you SO much for this wonderful post!

Every time I think I can't respect the President more, I read something like this......

83 posted on 07/16/2004 8:23:55 PM PDT by ohioWfan (BUSH 2004 - Leadership, Integrity, Morality)
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To: Preacher777
Amish, now there is a significant voting block.
84 posted on 07/16/2004 8:24:21 PM PDT by vetvetdoug (In memory of S/Sgt. Segundo "Dean" Baldonado, Albuquerque, NM-KIA Bien Hoa AFB, RVN 1965)
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To: maxwellp

That's great. Reminds me of how I was brought up and a lot of familes were that way back then. Fathers working hard to make a living for their families, women working hard to make home a place of love and comfort for their families to come home to and children doing chores. Girls learning how to cook and bake and take care of a home with the boys learning how to mow the lawns, repair things, pitch in to help their dad and all the while still being able to be kids. It may be Amish but it was how people raised their families. It was a nice time and I remember my growing up years well.


85 posted on 07/16/2004 8:26:23 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush...he will prevail in spite of the naysayers)
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To: cripplecreek

I have a visual of Kerry trying to "drive" one of the Amish horses with a buggy.
At that point I would pray for a runaway, with the horse escaping injury.


86 posted on 07/16/2004 8:40:55 PM PDT by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: Squantos

Kerry would have considered the location and the crowd and bragged that his dad was an amish electrician and he understood their plight....etc etc ...yada yada

You might have to explain that comment, Squantos........


87 posted on 07/16/2004 8:45:24 PM PDT by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: cripplecreek

I'm just glad he didn't get Munsoned.


88 posted on 07/16/2004 8:48:04 PM PDT by job ("God is not dead nor doth He sleep")
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To: Preacher777

As one who embraces technology for a living (I'm an IT Director in corporate America) there is a secret gpart of me that thinks that maybe the Amish had the right idea all along.

Can't prove. don't mean to. Just a suspicion.


89 posted on 07/16/2004 8:54:06 PM PDT by Ramius (The pieces are moving. We come to it at last. The great battle of our time.)
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To: Willie Green

Each of us is made in the image of the Lord and is here on Earth to serve the Lord. When we truly, in humility, submit to the Lord - then we are open and receptive to the Lord. Each of us is then, properly, a conduit for the Lord's wishes here on Earth. But without faith and humility and without discarding of the old 'I, me, and my', this will not occur. President Bush is only stating what every person of true faith knows; and he is speaking as but one of an infinite number.


90 posted on 07/16/2004 8:55:55 PM PDT by mtntop3 ("He who must know before he believes will never come to full knowledge.")
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
This with the Amish and in the UP is actually a very smart move. He is saying to them, "You are America and you matter to me."

Big contrast between this and what the Kerry/Edwards ticket considers "the heart and soul of America."

Ooooh is that ever insightful! You are right on. What could be more anti-Whoopi than the wonderful yoopers way up north or the plain people on their midwestern farms?

91 posted on 07/16/2004 8:57:23 PM PDT by I-53 (What did Charlie the Tuna know and when did he know it?)
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To: Preacher777; onyx; BibChr
Bush reportedly told the group, “I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.’’

This is the kind of comment which drives the militant secularists crazy. But having met with four people for the past three-and-a-half years to pray for the President, our nation, Congress, the courts, our soldiers, the war on terror, and our nation's culture, I'd have to say that I believe he's correct. We pray that God would lead Pres. Bush as he leads this nation; we pray that Pres. Bush would approach his job with humility, and with his eye on God; we pray that Pres. Bush would have a servant's heart. We pray that God would use Pres. Bush to achieve His will for this nation. I believe God has answered our prayers.

92 posted on 07/16/2004 9:05:48 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Well.....there you go again.")
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To: My2Cents

He has a bit of a Texas slur, as I noticed when I heard him speak Wednesday. Perhaps he said "to" rather than "through" and because of the different accent was misunderstood. Happens all the time in different regions of the country. "To" makes a lot more sense in the context of not being able to do his job.


93 posted on 07/16/2004 9:10:04 PM PDT by I-53 (What did Charlie the Tuna know and when did he know it?)
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To: joanie-f
Their focus is on other, more eternal, concerns. I cannot tell you how many times an Amish farmer has come into my office to take care of some business with the tiny creases in his hands and face seemingly permanently soil-filled, wearing a straw hat whose brim is soaked with old sweat, and boots that have walked hundreds of miles behind a horse-drawn plow. Clean people, and yet permanently work-stained. Yet you would be hard pressed to find a more honest, decent, hard-working, faith-filled person.

Beautifully said, Joanie. I have never met any Amish people but I would like to.

94 posted on 07/16/2004 9:10:35 PM PDT by CharliefromKS
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To: Preacher777
WOW!!! What an awesome article and thread!!!

I can attest that God speaks through the President. This story has got me thinking about so many things I know I need to do and think about. Like, pray the vote. And how important it is to know that there is a reward for doing good things in the open to be "seen", and another kind of reward for doing good things because it is the good, right thing to do. Very thought provoking, soul searching thread!

95 posted on 07/16/2004 9:17:10 PM PDT by exhaustedmomma (Mary Landrieu challenged any Sen/Cong. to prove F-911 wrong this morning on FOX. GOP- get busy.)
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To: I-53

Yeah, it could be a Bush-ism. Frankly, I'm not upset about the other verbiage. I hope God speaks through me in the things I do and say around people. Coming from someone like Clinton, such a comment would be the height of arrogance. Coming from Bush, it is an example of humble service to the Lord.


96 posted on 07/16/2004 9:17:22 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Well.....there you go again.")
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To: joanie-f

bump


97 posted on 07/16/2004 9:20:24 PM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: Squantos
"Lets see ...Kerry would have considered the location and the crowd and bragged that his dad was an amish electrician and he understood their plight....etc etc ...yada yada"

"I was raised on a farm... I learned my first cuss words while riding on a tractor plowing making perfect furrows... What? You don't use tractors? Oh well... praise Allah, I mean God, errr... whoever you worship."

98 posted on 07/16/2004 9:20:53 PM PDT by DocRock
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To: My2Cents

I was in Texas a few years back and couldn't understand A WORD of what some people were saying, their accents were so thick. It's the weirdest feeling, to know you are hearing English but not being able to make any sense of it.


99 posted on 07/16/2004 9:25:58 PM PDT by I-53 (What did Charlie the Tuna know and when did he know it?)
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And by the way, they couldn't understand me either. Blank stares.... It's a huge country.


100 posted on 07/16/2004 9:27:45 PM PDT by I-53 (What did Charlie the Tuna know and when did he know it?)
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