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Brownback speech moves audience on left, but questions remain


Sen. Sam Brownback, as expected, this week attended "Pentecost 2006," a gathering of liberal Christians overseen by Jim Wallis, the editor of Sojourners magazine.[TomPaine.org][1], a liberal Web site apparently has the most complete account of Brownback's appearance:_Rep. James E. Clyburn, R-S.C., a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and a top lieutenant in the House Democratic leadership, was giving a sermon-like speech Tuesday afternoon to a rainbow-colored crowd in the Hart Senate Office Building. The audience was dominated by casually-dressed people in their 20s and 30s sitting on the floor of a large, open room, giving the space the feel of a rally in a church basement. Sitting behind Clyburn, listening appreciatively and waiting his turn to speak, was Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., an archconservative whose outspoken stands against gay marriage and support for President Bush's economic policies have put him at or near the top of the progressive movement's enemies list.Clyburn recalled a New Testament injunction that "faith without works is dead" and said that such issues as protecting the environment, providing food and health care assistance, and education aid are "faith issues." He issued this warning to his political colleagues, including Brownback: "Yes, we have heard your words. You have some great expressions. We are now looking at your works."Brownback followed with a speech that included a quotation from Jesus Christ: "To whom much is given, from him much will be required." Speaking in a manner that moved the crowd, he told of his trips to Africa, including the Darfur region, to see refugee camps and people suffering from AIDS. He closed by imploring listeners to "take this moment and not harvest it for political advantage but harvest it for the poor."__But Brownback is also among the senators who have supported President Bush's tax cuts, which represent the antithesis of an ethic of requiring much of those who have much. Brownback supports cutting the estate tax, which would leave money in the hands of the wealthiest Americans instead of "harvesting" it, to borrow a word from Brownback, to help pay for the programs Wallis is trying to advance._Other links today:Sam Brownback links[(Wichita Eagle commentary) So showing contempt for Congress is respectful?][2] Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., was among the many GOP no-shows at an important Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday -- on President Bush's use of signing statements 750 times to flex his executive power and signal his disdain for all or parts of laws he has signed. Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., is so concerned about the practice that he's thinking Congress might sue the president over the dismissive statements.Pat Roberts links[(Christian Broadcasting Network News) Backlash Grows over Publishing of Secret Terrorism Info:][3] On Capitol Hill, leaders in the House and Senate are exploring ways to go on record and publicly condemn the media for reporting on classified information. The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), wants a government investigation of whether The New York Times' story hurt the program. Roberts said, "We cannot continue to operate in a system where the government takes steps to counter terrorism, while the media actively works to disclose those operations without any regard for protection of lives, sources, and legal methods."How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][4] [1]: http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/06/28/holy_unholy_alliances.php [2]: http://www.yahoo.com [3]: http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/politics/060628a.aspx [4]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


Packman 11 years, 9 months ago

"Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., was among the many GOP no-shows at an important Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday..." Brownback takes the moral high-road on issues such as Darfur, which provide little political gain, and is able to identify the needs of the poor and sick of the world, YET stands firmly behind the President in many of his crony-payback moves. And when the President abuses the whole "signing statements" issue, as was brought to light by the Boston Globe a few months back, which in many cases is a thumbing of the nose at the actions and laws passed by Congress, where is Brownback? Absent. And conveniently so.

If he wants to be viewed as a man of conscience and ethics, it has to be an all-the-time thing, and not just when it's politically convenient.

I can't decide if he's a man in conflict - at odds between his personal beliefs and his political base - or just a panderer. Either way, he doesn't move me, even when I agree with him.

GOPConservative 11 years, 9 months ago

Brownback talks about the plight of the people in Darfur after spending a few hours with them during his all-expenses paid junket to Africa, but doesn't want to do anything to solve that problem or any other problem that might help the kind of people Jesus cared about.

The only way Brownback would ever lower himself from his high and mighty perch and be like Jesus is if he could cover the costs by borrowing more money from this atheist-communist buddies in China.

So far, Brownback and the other fiscally-liberal, anti-Christian hypocrites like him in Congress have borrowed a trillion dollars from the Communist Chinese Party bosses to cover the costs of their windfall tax cuts for the super rich, their wars, their hate-mongering and their other anti-Christian policies.

Current and future generations will be paying interest to the atheist-commies on all that borrowed money from now until forever unless we start electing some REAL conservatives and REAL Christians to Congress who know how to balance the budget, pay off this Nation's debts and truly follow Jesus' teachings.

It is an embarrassment that this hypocritical, anti-Christian, fiscally-foolish nutcase is representing our state.

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