I look at it this way. Think of a time when maybe someone you didn't like got
called to be the bishop or SP or even a GA. You really thought this guy was in
over his head, or was a jerk. Whatever. So, what do you do?  I raise my hand to
sustain the man (or woman). This is not a voting process. Sustaining, to me,
means to support the person the best I can. It doesn't magically turn them into a
wonderful, perfect person. We don't believe in infallibility (in fact, there's a
common joke to the effect that Catholics believe in infallibility but don't
practise it, and Mormons don't believe in infallibility but practise it). But we
owe it to God to support our leaders.

Now the segué to politics, because it works on somewhat different principles, but
we do believe in sustaining and honoring secular leaders, too. That means I have
the freedom to vote for A, B, or C, and if I vote for B and A gets in, then I
work to support A. Even if I'm an opposition member or a member of a different
party, you are still supporting the government because you're active and involved
in the political process, as we've been advised to do. So you can have your cake
and eat it, too, so to speak.

Paul Osborne wrote:

> >I'm sure they do, but that wasn't the question I was raising. I was
> raising not
> >the question of knowledge, but of trust. Rule #1: follow the money.  How
> do you
> >know that Bush is listening to US intelligence (which, btw, has a less
> than
> >sterling record).
> I don't know if Bush is listening to US Intelligence in the best light.
> But, he is the only President we have and he is the Commander in Chief. I
> have to work on rebuilding some confidence in the government or I'll just
> be negative about everything. That's not to healthy of a thing.
> Paul O
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“We do not think that there is an incompatibility between words and deeds; the
worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly
debated…To think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was
a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly
character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was
totally unfitted for action.” – Pericles about his fellow-Athenians, as quoted by
Thucydides in “The Peloponessian Wars”

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