Archive for February, 2012
I have not been able to study or research much the last couple of days, but I do want to share a few things. Perhaps you have seen some, or all of these stories. If so, please look at them again, or tell other people to come here and read this. Not for my own “glory”, but to make people aware! We are on the back-end of the a time where we need to be awake. I say “back-end” because I fear the time is almost over. If Obama is re-elected, it is over. Period. If one of the GOP can beat him, then that may buy us some time. Nonetheless, the following stories make me want to shout, “WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS WORLD!!” Then, I snap back to reality and I know exactly what’s going on. I’d imagine you might, too. So, the question then becomes, “Does it matter?”
Here’s a guy in Canada that has been busted for bestiality. He thinks he should be legal in doing it because his relationships with his pets are “equivalent to a marriage-type relationship.”
Next is a very depraved entry in the Journal of Medical Ethics. I don’t know about you, but murder is not ethical. It can never be justified as ethical (and by murder, I mean voluntarily murdering someone in cold blood – not self-defense. That’s a whole other, perfectly justifiable, scenario.) This journal of “medical ethics” however, is advocating after birth abortion. Or, in layman’s terms, they’re talking about killing the baby right after it’s ACTUALLY born. How upside down is the world when our own doctors and the idiot “academics” can actually believe that this is “humane” and a better option than adoption since “adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people.” Absolutely amazing! The Blaze covered this and the journal wrote a response on a blog. You can read that here.
I’m no financial expert, but given the way things are, who’s in the so-called “leadership” positions, and the fact that they have done absolutely NOTHING to remedy America’s financial woes, I, personally put zero confidence in the alleged rally as of late. Sure, it looks like the markets are coming around and reaching a new high since 2008, but, again . . . all the clowns in D.C. have done is add more to the debt and keep spending. NOTHING has been done to change the current course we’re on. So, I’m here to tell you what I’ve said to friends and family for the past couple of years. Prepare for the worst. Get ready. This is not going to last long and things will suck hard before too long. I hope I’m wrong, but that’s what my thinking and gut tell me. If my gut and thinking don’t satisfy your need for information, here’s a nifty article from the Daily Mail they printed a couple of days ago. Economists are preparing for, and warning about, an “economic 9/11.” When an economist is telling us to get prepared and to buy a gun for protection from looters, I’m listening! Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst!
Lastly, for tonight, here’s a recent video from “Anonymous”, ya know the no name group that has wreaked havoc by hacking and urging people to revolt. The following video “openly declares war on the U.S. government” and states that this is a “call to arms.” I’m just as unhappy with the pathetic excuse of government we have, but a declaration of war? I haven’t heard too many people talking about it . . . .at all. Shouldn’t this be taken seriously and looked into? But, if this is just something else to get chaos in the streets, I guess our pathetic “leadership” is all for it. Here’s the video:
These are all different, but they all show an element of our downward spiral. Near the top, I asked if any of this matters? That’s for you to examine in your own life. If these stories are true and if the ones that project anything come true, does it matter? If it does, are you ready to be in such an upside down, chaotic world? My two cents is this: this world is clearly going to hell. Seemingly faster every day. Right and wrong still exist however. Something is sorely wrong when a person believes that bestiality is equal to marriage. I can’t even imagine how absolutely lost and depraved it must feel to actually have the so-called academic fortitude to publish crap that states that babies are not real people and that it is ethical to kill them . . . after birth!! Dear God, forgive us and let all these misguided people see the Truth. I’ve already told you what I think about the markets and economy. Don’t trust it and get ready. As for Anonymous, I don’t know, but I would suggest we take it seriously and, again, prepare. This world has lost is morality – it’s soul. Why? Because so many people have kicked God out of everything. It is high time we turn back to Him because He is the ONLY one that can fix the mess we’re in. There is a right way to live and a completely wrong way. I, for one, want to be on the right side and I will stand for what’s right. Who’s with me?
Proverbs 14:12 states very clearly, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
**UPDATE on 3-1-12: The Blaze had a follow up story on the after birth abortion story. It was done after the authors that originally made the claim backed their absurd claim on a radio talk show. Check out their complete lack of respect for life here.
One of the most recognized, yet misunderstood, phrases for America’s political and social realm is the “separation of church and state.” It is widely used to pressure any person or group of faith to shut up, or to remove any evidence of their presence. It is this arrogant, forceful misunderstanding of this phrase that is used to kill any religious talk, teaching, prayer, or anything related to faith in public schools or government. It has been used to try to stifle any recognition or admonition of faith in ANY public circles. In fact, the phrase has been over-used so often, I’d be willing to bet that you might even think it’s in the Constitution. If you don’t believe that, I’d be willing to bet that you know someone who does. Many people believe it is Constitutional and something that our founding fathers wanted. There is some truth to that statement. In the following paragraphs, I’d like to go on a bit of a history lesson and see where this phrase originated and understand it’s true meaning. Before we delve into history, however, let’s take a look at how the phrase is understood in 2012.
Ever notice that, when a President, or presidential candidate, speaks positively about his faith, endorses faith based programs, or encourages the country to pray, the godless come out of the woodwork pining feverishly about the “separation of church and state” and worry about a theocracy? How about our school system? Where the Bible was once used as a textbook and prayer started the day along with the pledge of allegiance. Now, both of those acts are considered “offensive” due to the cancer of political correctness. Surely, you’ve heard stories in recent years about the debate of prayer, or anything religious, in graduations, ball games, etc. How about the atheist groups that seem to grow in anger toward people of faith? These people are the first to cry about religious related issues because of being offended and due to the misconstrued “separation of church and state.” All of these things are done out of political correctness, of course, but shrouded in the ever nagging “separation of church and state” phrase. I wish I was wrong, but it surely seems that the godless liberals who are always crying about it are so easily offended that they can’t muster up the same kind of tolerance they require Christians to have in order to put up with their depraved mindset. It “offends” them so much that they have twisted the phrase, and openly cried about the phrase, so much that many other people just believe them. It seems that their hypothesis is that the “separation of church and state” is a Constitutional phrase that means the government, or any other public entity/organization, cannot endorse, have any association with, or even speak of God, or any institution of faith. To take it a step further, it almost seems that not only do they want to make faith completely separate from all other aspects of life, they want to kill every part of it until it no longer exists in society. Am I wrong?
Look at the following links and see what you think: First, we have Americans United. That sounds patriotic and positive enough, right? Here are a couple of nuggets off of their website:
“Government should treat all of its citizens equally. No American should be made to feel like a second-class citizen on the basis of what he or she believes (or does not believe) about God or religion. When government sponsors prayer, erects religious symbols or includes worship in official activities, it sends a message that some faiths are preferred over others or that faith is preferred over non-faith. Government should be neutral on theological questions and should never send a message like this.
“Public schools serve children from a variety of religious and philosophical backgrounds. The classroom is an inappropriate place for school-sponsored worship. School officials should not prescribe prayers or teach religious doctrines, such as creationism, in the classroom.”
And here’s the best one! This is the AU’s “mission statement” . . .
“We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all.” (emphasis mine)
Of course, the Anti-Defamation League wants in on the action. Click here to see how they’re all about “separation of church and state” in their “First Amendment Primer.” And, my last link offering for this section should be a plethora of fun! I have not had a chance to press all the buttons on this one, but it’s sure to be a blast! This is the website of Theocracy Watch. Ooooooooooooh! From the little bit I’ve seen, they appear to be promoting the “Godless Constitution” – claiming that our founders intentionally kept God out of it. Guess they haven’t read much history . . . well, REAL history, that is. But revisionist history, I’m sure they’re loaded!
Now, let’s look at what history tells us is factual about this enigmatic phrase and see if we’ve strayed from it as I suggested.
For the record, the main books I went to for information were David Barton’s Original Intent and The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, published by The Heritage Foundation. I used those because they are reputable, trustworthy sources of the “original intent” of the founders, not based on feelings or ideas, but on source documents. So, let’s jump to it. Some people think that “the separation of church and state” is a part of the U.S. Constitution and that it means, simply, that religious organizations and government should be completely separate. I can tell you that it is nowhere in the Constitution. The only time anything regarding religion is brought up is in the first amendment. It reads:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
You notice that it ONLY says 2 things in regard to religion: 1) The government will not set up its own thing and 2) The government will not infringe upon how citizens worship. “Separation of church and state” is nowhere to be found. So, if the phrase is not in the first amendment and the Constitution does not discuss any religious issues elsewhere, where do people get the idea of a “separation of church and state?” The simple answer is Thomas Jefferson. What were the circumstances and context in which he coined the phrase? Strap yourself into your delorean and fire up the flux capacitor, we’re going back to 1801, kids . . .
This saga begins with a simple letter between President Thomas Jefferson and the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut (Danbury Baptists). Prior to the time the letter was written, these Baptists had known much “suffering from the centralization of power” (Original Intent, pg. 43). From the time the Rhode Island colony was settled in the 1630s through the time the Constitution was signed, in 1787, they felt the pressure of that type of power. They were anti-federalists, meaning, they were not in favor of ratifying the Constitution out of fear that it would centralize the new government to the point of being oppressive. They were weary of it. Thomas Jefferson was, also, a little weary of it and had the same concerns. Knowing that they felt the same way and did not want a strong centralized power dictating how they worshiped, the Danbury Baptists were ecstatic when Jefferson was elected President in 1801. They wrote him a letter congratulating him, but they also expressed their concerns over the governments power vs. it’s limits. Here are the words of their letter:
“Our sentiments are uniformly on the side of religious liberty: that religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals, that no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious opinions, [and] that the legitimate power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor. But sir, our constitution of government is not specific . . . [T]herefore what religious privileges we enjoy (as a minor part of the State) we enjoy as favors granted, and not as inalienable rights.” (as quoted in Original Intent, pg. 44)
Now, a portion of Jefferson’s response that he delivered on January 1, 1802:
“Gentlemen, – The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me on behalf of the Danbury Baptist Association give me the highest satisfaction . . . Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.” (as quoted in Original Intent, pg. 46)
Hopefully, the context makes sense to you because I’m not explaining it right now. Notice Jefferson’s use of the term “natural right.” The founders used terms like this fairly routinely: natural right, natural law, and the like. Why? They had a firm believe that these things came from God. That is an emphatic, but indirect way of saying that this right, of free worship, is a God-given right, making it “inalienable.” The government cannot encroach upon such rights. At a separate time, Jefferson wrote, “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have lost the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?” (Original Intent, pg. 46)
Another signer of the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Benjamin Rush received another letter from Jefferson that said:
“[T]he clause of the Constitution which, while it secured the freedom of the press, covered also the freedom of religion, had given to the clergy a very favorite hope of obtaining an establishment of a particular form of Christianity through the United States; and as every sect believes its own form the true one, every one perhaps hoped for his own, but especially the Episcopalians and Congregationalists. The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes and they believe that any portion of power confided to me will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly” (Original Intent, pg. 45).
So, does the first amendment tie into Jefferson’s sentiments at all?
Absolutely! The bottom line is that founders’ main goal was that of protecting the free exercise of religion. When looking at the founders’ words, it is very clear that the first amendment “was designed as a protection of the states against the federal government” (The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, pg. 304) The Heritage Guide also states that “Contemporaneous history strongly indicates that most Framers supported religion because it increased virtue among the people, a necessary element for the maintenance of a free republic” (pg. 303). When they were figuring out the proper wording for the amendment, New Hampshire Representative Samuel Livermore suggest, “Congress shall make no laws touching religion or the rights of conscience.” They later agreed on the wording of the phrase that we have. That option gives a good indication of where these men’s minds and hearts were, does it not? That, certainly, speaks to where we are today. If you’ve paid any attention to the news the last couple of weeks, you have surely heard all the mess about Obama’s wonderful health mandate that faith based institutions must go against their conscience and beliefs and offer contraception and abortion. Then, they try to pull one over all the people that don’t really pay attention. They backtracked a little and said that it’s not that the church (or whatever institution you want) will be paying for it. It’s the insurance. However, what they hope we, the public don’t put together is that they are trying to force such schools, hospitals, churches, etc. to buy said insurance. So, they are still funding the things they disagree with. Insurance can only pay for such things after the customer pays into it. So, you see, it’s really a bunch more bull by the same administration that’s full of all of that bull. This is the EXACT kind of encroachment that the first amendment was written for. This was EXACTLY what Jefferson meant when he mentioned the “separation of church and state”. This example is nothing more than tyrannical government mandating how a religious institution handles its own affairs, conscience, and teachings.
One more interesting thing about Jefferson’s popular phrase: Barton, in Original Intent, points out that, while the First Amendment is obvious and is public, Jefferson’s comment was in a private letter . . . it was in the context of a private conversation between him and a group of Baptists. “There is probably no other instance in America’s history where words spoken by a single individual in a private letter – words clearly divorced from their context – have become the sole authorization for a national judicial policy” (pg. 48).
If you are interested, the point where the interpretation of the first amendment changed was in 1947 in a landmark case, Everson vs. Board of Education. Due to length, I won’t go into it right now. You can learn about it at David Barton’s website, Wallbuilders, or at Wikipedia.
Looking at this from history and understanding their own words, “the separation of church and state” has obviously been perverted and twisted upside down for the liberals’ purposes of kicking God out of everything. Here’s my question, though: If they want a person’s “faith” separate from every decision they make, how is it remotely possible for anyone to make decisions and lead effectively? What is faith? Faith is believing, its a belief system. Having a belief system is what defines one’s world view and, thus, influences the decisions made. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want somebody in any office that doesn’t believe anything about anything. That person wouldn’t be able to handle anything, no matter how minute. Why? Because there is no foundation, or moral compass driving the person. Every decision would be based on the mood of the moment, not to mention the outside influences that are loudest.
Everybody has faith. There is never a question of IF someone has faith, it is always a matter of WHO or WHAT that faith is in. Most of our founders were men of faith. The minority that were not, understood the validity of the Judeo-Christian basis for American laws and government. As I have brought up previously, it is only virtue that allows for the Constitution to work and, therefore, allows for the maximum freedom for all. People’s faith guides their decisions and policies. Some people believe in God. Some people elevate themselves as god and believe no further than that. Some people believe in the government’s ability to handle everything.
Whatever the case, please show me one person who’s belief system does not influence his leadership style or policy. It can’t be done. So, beyond what the founders said vs. what our “enlightened” public says (very sarcastic, that was), it seems it is impossible to have a sectarian philosophy that alienates the church and the state. If people in leadership are people of faith, that faith WILL come out in what they do. If they are completely against faith and believe in a humanistic, secular, oppressive system, that will show up, equally obvious (and Lord knows we’re seeing it).
The bottom line is that a Christian in office, or at school, or wherever, can express his or her faith. They can allow Biblical principles to guide their decisions. That, simply, does NOT imply that they are trying to erect a theocracy and, therefore, force everyone to believe as they do. “None of the Framers believed that a governmental connection to religion was an evil in itself” (Heritage Guide, pg. 302). However, do you see that if non-believing people forced people of faith to stop believing, or expressing their faith, that would be the exact type of force as a theocracy? It would, also, go completely against what Thomas Jefferson meant because it would be a government telling its people how they can worship. The wall of separation had nothing to do with keeping religion and faith out of the government, or to prevent the members of government from being people of faith. It meant, rather that the government cannot tell the people how to worship. The government was not to have any influence in directing a faith’s conscience or actions. It DOES, however, need a foundation and a standard on which to operate, which is why most of our founders agreed with setting it up on Judeo-Christian principles . . . and they prayed together.
For a long while, now, I have been deeply troubled by, what seems to be, a complete lack of respect in society. For the past several years, I have noticed that people simply have no respect for those around them, for the law, for any common decency, for God . . . really for anything. I know I write in a basic generality and there are good people who still operate with respect and honor. What’s worse is, all of the people that have no respect for anyone or anything around them, like they dare someone to call them out on it. If done so, they will rip into the person who says anything, as if the person asking for decent behavior is the bad guy. It seems that everything in the world has been turned completely upside down and, sometimes I see glimpses of times gone by, but many times, I see a complete bizzaro world where what was once wrong and socially unacceptable is the norm. Conversely, what was heralded as right, decent, and good is now treated as if it is horrific and unspeakable.
I hate to sound so negative, and I did not intend on posting this. I have been doing some reading since Thursday for, what I thought would be, my next post. Alas, as I returned home tonight, and my plan changed. A friend had emailed a story to me and I had to make a quick comment and post it for everyone to read. This story is heartbreaking and is a great example of how our society is deteriorating. I know there are charitable people. There are loving and honorable people, but why does it seem decent people are such a minority? Please look at this story about a World War II vet who was viciously attacked in a carjacking. Then, as he crawled with a broken leg, through a busy gas station parking lot, no one stopped to help, but rather walked and drove around him. This is sad and infuriating at the same time. When did people become so selfish and heartless? How can we change it back? If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know my emphasis on faith, and having that strong foundation. If you haven’t read them, please go back and check them out. I, honestly, believe that until we get back to our roots, we won’t be decent, or civil much longer. Our society has been on a downward trend for quite a while and we have to turn this around. Here’s another look at the world we live in at The Economic Collapse Blog.
Be civil to your neighbor. Be a help to one who obviously needs it. If someone doesn’t look like they need it, be that extra blessing in their day.
Two or three years ago, I, and a couple of buddies, got together for one of our periodic trips to the gun range followed by a tasty lunch. This particular day, our lunch went really long – not that we minded or had any other plans at that time. It went long because of the direction of and involvement in our conversation. I don’t recall how it initially started, but I remember stating that I had a bad feeling in my gut (not because of the food, or anything . . . just a sense of bad things to come in the world). Factoring in the economy, the type of leadership the country has, the lack of virtue and respect in the world, plus everything else going on around the globe, things didn’t – and don’t – look great for our way of life. I hate to sound like a doomsdayer, but let’s be honest, we have the largest debt per capita in the world. You read that right – the largest debt per capita in the world! We are worse off than Greece, and if you’ve paid attention, you know the dire situation Greece is in. We’re also worse than Italy, France, and Spain. We are simply the worst! The sad thing is, the so-called leadership we have is hell-bent on catapulting us down the path we are on. So, if America’s debt is worse than Greece and Greece is burning down because of overwhelming debt, entitlements, “occupiers”, bail outs, and . . . well, look at what America has had the last few years and that’s it (we’re on the same path, with much deeper debt) . . . what can we expect as consequences for our own failure to reconcile the problem? By the way, here’s a fun group, from across the pond, that is all about the “occupy” movement in Greece. Read for your enjoyment . . . I digress . . .
Back to the conversation . . . I mentioned what I was sensing in my gut, to my friends, and I vocalized the fact that, if the catastrophic happens, I am, in no way, prepared to make it through rough times. I realized that I was not prepared in case things fall apart so bad that store shelves are empty or I could not get to the store for whatever reason. I had nothing to count on if power ever went out, or anything. It was very clear to me that, if the worst of the worst happens, I had no way of surviving. Even if a bad storm came through and knocked out power for a couple of days, I was not prepared. I instantly knew my friends understood because they had the same inclination. One of them had been on top of this for a while before the rest of us woke up. He began confirming what I vocalized and shared a little of how he had started to prepare for the worst. We talked for a good while that day, confirming what each other was thinking and feeling, suggesting ideas, and brainstorming possibilities. It was a day that helped change my thinking. Now, all of us do what we can to stay prepared, though it’s very hard on a next to nothing budget.
If you’re still reading this, I figure you either think I’m a nut job and you want to see how far off the rails this goes. Or, perhaps you’ve had similar thoughts and are curious about all of this. Before I go any further, first, consider what I said about Greece and America’s debt per capita. Is it reasonable to believe that the same crises Greece is enduring could happen here? We’re on the exact same path, so I would suggest, yes. It is entirely possible. Aside from the debt, we already have class warfare and rioting. What about the price of gas? It is projected to hit $4.25/gallon by April – that’s 6 weeks away! I have heard projections that it could be $5-6 this summer. Some places, it seems it already is! Time will tell on that one, but let’s say the price of gas does continue going up. The cost of transporting all food and supplies will go up in order to compensate for truckers’ higher fuel costs. Any equipment used at farms and factories that run on gas, oil, electricity, or anything that needs a petroleum product will require higher prices. This, with the devaluing of the dollar (here’s another column on the dollar, as well), will only culminate in inflation on everything we buy at the stores. I’m sure you are aware of Iran’s decision to limit oil exports. Couple that with Obama’s decisions against the keystone pipeline and for drilling for our own oil (although, curiously, he supported the George Soros funded Petrobras, with billions of dollars, to drill off the coast of Brazil a couple of years ago) and you see that oil is becoming a hot commodity for the U.S. Why wouldn’t we drill for our own and use our own resources? Why be dependent, especially to those countries that are hostile towards us. While we’re not self sufficient in our own energy sources, all of these factors weigh in to make gas prices skyrocket and, thus, make food prices skyrocket.
Despite all of the economic woes, will the class warfare, that has gone rampant under Obama, continue and, even, grow? If it does, how far will it go. I just recently saw a couple of stories on The Blaze about people calling for the “occupy protestors” to get guns and march upon banks and capitol buildings. One is some crazy’s call for the violent march. The other, an “occupier” was actually busted carrying a gun into New York court building. This is horrendous on two levels: 1) they are unnecessarily calling for violence, which proves the kind of people they are, 2) I’d bet almost anything that it will, certainly, be used by the anti-gun lobby to attack lawful gun owners who own guns for sport and to protect themselves against these types of lawless idiots. If pushed to the limits, this kind of scenario could result in much civic unrest and . . . dare we say . . . a societal collapse, as we know it? If you look at the big picture of things, it seems that the stage is set for all of this to go off at once. I hope it doesn’t. However, what if ?
What if one event happens that triggers something else, then the bottom falls out? Even without going into that type of speculation, what if a natural disaster strikes your neighborhood? Do you realize that grocery stores only have 2-3 days of stock on hand? They don’t have much stocked because they receive shipments on a daily basis. What if anything happens that stops the supply chain? I’m sure you’ve seen the footage when hurricanes approach the coast. People get the warning and the store shelves get cleaned out. What if that happens?
Are you and your family prepared? You can think I’m crazy, paranoid, or a conspiracy theorist all you want. I would just wonder why you believe it to be crazy to be prepared . . . just in case. Do you have a belief system that keeps you grounded in faith and gives you hope? Do you have water on hand? Do you have the means of cooking should electricity go out and you can’t use your electric stove or a microwave? Do you have a way of cleaning yourself in case electricity is out and water is contaminated? If you should need to hit the road to get out of a danger zone, do you have an escape route, with a “bug out bag” ready to go? If you have land, do you have the means of growing your own food? Do you have food stored in any capacity? Do you have the means of protecting yourself, your family and supplies, should you need to? What’s the worst that can happen by prepping for the unknown? If I, and many others, am wrong about how things may turn out, have you lost anything? Not at all! Worst case scenario, I am crazy and, if you’re prepared, you have extra food and supplies. That’s not harmful. Yet, if the unfortunate does happen, and you’re not prepared in any way, that would be catastrophic for you and your family. On a slight side note, I have to include a recent conversation I had with a co-worker. This person and their spouse take in foster children. They used to do it regularly, but don’t anymore. A special situation arose recently, and they took in a couple more kids for a short time. Before everything was approved for the kids to come into the home, the agency had to verify that the family had “x amount” of food and water, per person, stored in case of emergency. I was told that that is a new thing and that had not been asked about when they had done this prevoiusly. Hmmmm . . . are they crazy?
Some of you are probably familiar with Glenn Beck and you think, “Man, this person is just ripping off Beck and giving us the same crap Beck does.” Well, though it’s impossible to prove, I can tell you that, yes I do watch Beck; however, all of this started just before I learned of Beck’s show. I did learn to like his show because we seem to be of like mind. I just figured that since I’m posting info, I’d do my service to you, the reader, and give you the warning to wake up, be aware, and be prepared – spiritually and physically. It’s just stuff to think about. Take it at face value. I understand many people know it, and live it. The rest think it’s all crazy and unnecessary. Your call. Just remember, if something does happen and you’re not prepared, remember that you were told and you wasted the time you had to get prepared. If such an unfortunate time should come, please be a part of the solution, not part of the problem. If you do prepare at all, remember that you can be a shelter for those around you (assuming you have enough).
If you’re interested, below are some survival books and URLs to places I am familiar with. Some I do buy from and others, I have not tried, yet, but plan to. There is ton of info out there. This is only meant to be a starting point if you are just starting. Enjoy.
The Books I Have (there are tons out there, but I haven’t read anymore, so not sure what to recommend. Look to see what matches your interests and needs.)
The Survivors Club, Ben Sherwood
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It, James Wesley Rawles
EMP Survival, Larry and Cheryl Poole
Websites for info and supplies
I appreciate all of you who are reading Unapologetically Right. The positive feedback is encouraging. By now, you must know that I’m not the smartest person on the planet. I mean, I rant and provide facts and quotes as much as I ask questions. I have to rely on quotes sometimes because I fail to articulate any better than what has been said before me. If you could see my grades from school – particularly the math related grades – you’d think I was an imbecile. Math was never my forte. Couple that with just not caring about different types of triangles, what x is and how it relates to other letters and numbers . . . suffice it to say I just didn’t give a rat’s backend about any of it. Still don’t. Adding to my lackluster genius is the fact that I, like many other college students fell prey to the student credit card trap. It didn’t end there. I was very irresponsible for too long of a time and still pay for it. It’s an amazing thing when logic sets in, though. Your way of thinking changes. Your lifestyle, patterns, and priorities change. You learn the way things work and you try to get back on the right – the correct – side of things and be responsible. Being responsible is a huge part of it. Even in one’s idiocy, if you ever hope to get out of it, you have to take responsibility for your own actions. If that means admitting you screwed up, do it. If that means looking for a better job, do it (or in the case of the OWS hippies, just get a job to begin with). If that means changing your lifestyle to fit in your means, do it. Whatever it takes, be responsible and try to do what you can to get better and, in my scenario, that has meant getting out of debt. I understand bad luck happens . . . sweet Moses, believe me, I understand bad luck . . . but that was never an excuse for me to not take responsibility for my debt to income ratio.
Enough of the self-disclosure. The bottom line is ,the easy lesson learned the hard way is this:
You will NEVER get out of debt until you quit spending and change your spending habits to be below your income.
For me, it has been a long hard road, and I’m not out of the woods, yet. It’s better, but it’s a slow road that takes perseverance. If I, being a math moron, have the common sense to figure out what was killing me, why can’t our government figure out the country’s financial problem? Why in the heck does Obama continually believe that Keynesian economics work? They have never worked in the history of history! You cannot . . . CANNOT . . . EVER cut a deficit by spending more on top of it. That is the dumbest idea anyone could suggest. Can you imagine calling your personal credit card company and saying, “I’m trying to get out of debt, but I’ve maxed out the card. Could you raise my limit by another $10,000 so I can charge more? If I reach that ceiling, I might start rounding the corner to make a dent in my debt.” What might the credit card associate say? I’d imagine he/she would simply hang up and call you all kinds of colorful names off the phone while telling her co-workers what an idiot call was just received.
Stimulus packages don’t work. Any spending does not work. What works, however, is freedom. You know what that means, big shot in the white house? That means you get yourself out of everybody’s way and allow nature to run it’s course . . . freedom to fail! Some corporations WILL go out of business because of poor management, or the market doesn’t want/need them. Spending more money in any way does not create more money, jobs, or anything. This is the easiest thing that can be understood, but this guy, with the title of US President, who is, supposedly, a Harvard genius and is supposed to save this country from itself . . . well, I think he’s so full of himself he has no idea which way is up. Who can honestly think that continuous spending is a good thing? And to top that off, the media is completely in bed with him. I heard news stories last night stating that the crazy high gas prices we’re seeing right now are a good thing! Are you kidding me??!! They claimed this was a good indication that the economy is improving and that more jobs will be created. Good grief, I even heard one reporter claim that the higher prices and our more fuel efficient cars will keep 1,000 people from dying every month. Where were these people when they were ripping Bush apart when unemployment was 5.something % and gas was at or below $2/gallon? To continue Obama’s recent path, there was a big party at the White House recently where that egomaniac sang with B.B. King and Mick Jagger. He’s far more worried about looking cool and playing “celebrity” than doing anything worthwhile for the country he swore to work for. While we’re at it, he just helped break ground on a new black culture museum at the National Mall. How are the new museums, parties, vacations, etc. being paid for?? Why is no one holding these people accountable! They aren’t dicators (yet). They should be bound by the same laws as everyone else and work for the people! Where are the checks and balances and accountability??!
Pardon my diversion, my whole point in the rant is that there is one way to cut deficits: in your own life, in your family, your office, or the whole federal government. Cut spending. Yet, Obama and all his cronies fail to respond appropriately. They’re either too stupid or are deliberately taking us down this path for something else. This is the most basic of basic economics and there is no excuse for these “geniuses” and “elite” to be so disconnected and clueless. I doubt there’s that many completely stupid people that fake their way to D.C., but I’ve been wrong before! I just wonder, if my gut, and the surrounding evidence (which has not been discussed here yet) is right. If it is, and this is all deliberate, what could happen prior to the election this year? How can we stop the madness? Where does our current road take us? Are you prepared for whatever may come?
These things will be hit in later posts. I hope you’ll come back.
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:31-32
“Statesmen my dear sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand . . . The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue.” – President John Adams
What fosters freedom?
Our government is out of control in every aspect. Their blatant disregard for the American people and our Constitution and laws has put a damper on everyone’s freedom . . . except theirs’. As I have just learned that Michelle Obama has just returned from her 16th ridiculously expensive vacation (this one was a ski trip in Aspen, CO), I think of how many people, myself included, can’t do many things because we can’t afford to. Yet, we have these pompous (fill in your own expletive) who think they are royalty, living as free as possible, at the public’s expense. The ever-growing size of the government has ruined business growth and job creation, thus killing more freedom and potential of improvement. They keep rolling out the same asinine, mindless proven-to-fail policies. They go against the people’s wishes (remember the atrocious health care debacle?). They undermine and throw out faith and a reliance on God. They do not allow free speech in the name of political correctness. Pretty much, if the Constitution or the Bible says it, they’re not doing it. So, here we are. Less freedom. Less positive outlook on the economy . . . you know they’re projecting $4.25/gallon gas by April? What could possibly happen to create an atmosphere that would foster freedom and, therefore, help the country get back on the right track?
As you can see from John Adams’ quote at the top, he knew the “only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue.” In 1798, as he addressed the military, President Adams stated, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Consider the words of Benjamin Rush (signer of the Declaration of Independence), “The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.” (Anybody else make the tie to the alleged “elite”?)
You have the answer yet? What is it that will propel us back on the right track and allow freedom to blossom?
The word “virtue” was thrown about by our founders a lot and they are 100% correct. It is virtue. However, may I push this one step further? What allows virtue to be rooted in people’s hearts and minds to the point that it directs them to live virtuously? I hit on this in a previous post, so I will not go into great detail here, but we must built our society – beginning with you, me, the individual – on a firm, solid foundation that will not be moved. It is imperative that we function under a rule of law, not of men. There must be a standard and the only standard that allows for maximum freedom for everyone is returning to the Biblical foundation on which we were founded. If we believe our life, our rights, and our freedom comes from God, then why on all that’s holy would we submit these things to the government and ask them what they would allow us to do. Why look to any man for limits? For if we give any authority to man made government, under the assumption that freedom comes from them, those same freedoms can (and WILL be) stripped away at some point. We have to have a stronger, deeper foundation than that, and we have to have a higher level of self-governance, responsibility, and accountability than that. George Will was quoted in Sen. Jim Demint’s book, Saving Freedom, as saying, “Because freedom is God-given, it requires responsibility as well as gratitude. Freedom does not mean the right to do whatever a person pleases. That would not be freedom but would be chaos and anarchy – the worst kind of bondage. The Biblical concept of freedom involves the ability to make choices and to assume responsibility for those choices.”
I previously gave a little bit of information about the change in society that began in 1962, once the government started pushing Biblical principles, the Bible itself, and prayer out of the public square and our schools. I am, in no way, suggesting that everyone must be a “Bible-thumper” or an evangelist. All I am saying is we need a standard. Right now, there is no standard. There are a lot of people that know the standard. However, the loud minority doesn’t want a standard of anything except a complete free for all simply because they have no self control over their passions and they’re too big of wusses to handle being told they are wrong on anything. When a society allows political correctness to determine the way it does anything, it’s sunk and requires more governmental interference to police all unnecessary messes. When a society wants a free for all to do whatever it wants, economically, morally, or however, it requires more government intrusion. This is simple, folks. If there is more government intrusion in anything, does that equal more freedom or less freedom?
Of course, it’s less. If I may reference Sen. Demint’s book, again, he has a couple of great statements that I probably can’t say any better, so I’ll let his words do it. On page 135 of Saving Freedom, Jim Demint states,
“When people believe temporal human laws reflect eternal spiritual values, they are more likely to follow them voluntarily without the threat of government force. Adherence to laws becomes a service to God and mankind, not an involuntary imposition of force by an impersonal government. A large part of America’s early success can be attributed to the fact our laws had moral authority because they were derived from biblical principles the people revered . . . Without a belief in fixed laws, there can be no systematic discovery of scientific truth or development of political and economic freedom.”
Then, he goes on to say, on pages 146 and 148:
“Accountability to God creates the morality, virtue, self-control, and personal responsibility that make people governable without overt external force. That same accountability to God provides some measure of restraint to leaders who are given the power to govern . . . As faith retreats, morality and virtue decline, extinguishing the ability of the people to live without external control. When virtue is lost, government force is all that remains to control an uncontrollable people. The more external force is used, the less freedom can prevail and the more the people contrive to throw off all restraints. Lawlessness and immorality rule.”
A return to freedom means we have to shrink the government. The bad news is, in order to shrink the government we need a moral and virtuous people that do not need to be controlled by a man made institution. That, in itself, is not bad, but it’s going to be a lot of work that will take a long time. Until people can realize there is something bigger than them and acknowledge our Creator, again, we’re going to keep on the downward spiral. We HAVE to return to the foundation that made us great to the point when we hit the slide a few decades ago.
I think I’ll end on another quote. Alexis de Tocquville was a Frenchman who visited America in the mid-1800s. He, originally, along with others, came to observe America’s prisons, but ended up noticing and taking note of so much more. He got it. He understood the foundation on which America was built and the necessity of faith to liberty.
“It was religion that gave birth to the English colonies in America. One must never forget that . . . I think I can see the whole destiny of America contained in the first Puritan who landed on those shores, as that of the whole human race in the first man . . . Despotism may be able to do without faith, but freedom cannot . . . When a people’s religion is destroyed . . . then not only will they let their freedom be taken from them, but often they actually hand it over themselves.” – Alexis de Tocqueville
Have you heard of Agenda 21? Has ANYbody heard of Agenda 21? It does not seem good at all. I had heard about it, in passing, a while back but did not pay much attention. In some of my reading, lately, I have come across some references to Agenda 21 and got curious to learn what this is all about. I’m guessing that many people out there are like me: they might have heard something about it, but didn’t pay attention. That, unfortunately, is much of our problem on America’s current status . . . we have failed to pay attention and be involved without questioning anything, nor holding anyone accountable. This sounds very “conspiracy theory” but it’s real . . . and scary. Links are below. Upon looking into this thing, it was introduced in 1992!! Yeah, that long ago, but who has ever talked about it?? A few people have. After I thought about it some more, I thought I remembered Glenn Beck talking about it, but I couldn’t remember specifics. Turns out, he did and a clip is posted below. The bottom line is, this looks to be one the most insidious efforts to undermine liberty, private property, and all things good – not just here in America, but it is a global effort. I’ll offer an overview of what I am learning and you can research it further, if you’d like. (Please do, and educate others along the way!)
Agenda 21 came out of the 1992 U.N. “Earth Summit” in Rio. As far as I know, the title came about by this “plan” being the agenda for sustainability in the 21st century. That, by the way, is exactly what this thing is about: “sustainable living.” Not in a good way, either . . . unless you’re a bird, or some kind of animal. This is the U.N.’s way of pushing the globe to change our entire way of living and quality of life so that we can “save the planet.” This entire thing is a tool to elevate nature above man and, basically, make it God. It is a deliberate onslaught and destruction of American values, principles, and liberty. It kills every nation’s sovereignty and subjects every human on the planet to a very narrow group of elites who will be running the world under socialist mechanisms.
In a statement that, apparently, the U.N. approved, they described Agenda 21 as follows:
“Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced – a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action to be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level.”
The idea is, in order to preserve nature, they will limit areas of development and human activity. They will have designated human “settlement areas” where they will build multi-story apartment buildings and pack people in these small apartments. See, in order for us to protect the planet, we can’t all be spread out on it. They have to start building up and stack us all in small apartments, one on top of the other. This is what’s going on in China. That realization has to make you happy, doesn’t it? I recently read, in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, about how most of Apple’s business is done in China because it’s cheaper, faster, and they are prepared to build extra work factories at the drop of a hat. Another interesting thing it said though was that they “built on-site dormitories so employees would be available 24 hours a day” (Ft. Worth Star Telegram, Jan. 22, 2012, pg. 7A). I feel like Chris Matthews because thinking about that sends a thrill up my leg! So, the Chinese are building up, packing people into small apartments . . . and they’re above where they work, making them available to work 24 hours a day! How fantastic! Of course, the way Agenda 21 looks, it’ll probably kill all the jobs that are left here and we won’t have to worry about that part of it.
Not only do they want small, cramped human settlements while all the woods and wildlife take over the earth, but this is pushing for a complete end to national sovereignty. It is complete abolition of private property. There would be a restructuring of the “family unit” and increasing limitations/restrictions on “mobility and opportunity” (see video clips). They want to start the “sustainable consumption” training early in schools. One of the video clips below states that they want the decade of 2005 – 2014 to be the decade of such change. We’re there. In that objective, they deliberately, “dumb down” students in school. That seems to be happening, but why would they want to? This can be seen in the clips, as well, but here is a quote taken from the “Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit” by Rosalyn McKeown:
“Generally, more highly educated people, who have higher incomes, consume more resources than poorly educated people, who tend to have lower incomes. In this case, more education increases the threat to sustainability.”
Now, if that doesn’t do it for you, I’ve got the icing on the cake right here . . . there is an initiative for Agenda 21 to be implemented at the local level, too! So, all of our local governments can get it rolling at the local level, then just expand out. You can learn more about that at the ICLEI’s website. Here’s another gold nugget – if you watch the Beck clip, you’ll see this – but ICLEI is supported by George Soros’ organizations. It keeps getting better, doesn’t it? (In case you are unaware, George Soros wants to collapse America and has stated that America is the only obstacle in the way of having a global government.)
Well, I gave you the ICLEI website. If you’d like to see what Agenda 21 is about from the people that are pushing it (the U.N.), click here to go to their website. It’s all out in the open for the world to embrace! While I’m doling out links, if you’d like to read information from 3rd parties, feel free to check out Sovereignty International and Freedom Advocates.
Before we get to the clips, I must admit I have many problems with all of this. Not the least of which is the population being crammed into much smaller “settlements.” First, though, why did they work so hard behind the scenes and waited to roll this thing out? I mean, if they introduced this as their agenda in 1992 and they think it’s great for everyone and everything, wouldn’t they be confident that the general public would be on board? Why wait and plan on teaching “sustainable consumption” in public schools in order to create, not educated people, but good, submissive citizens of the globe? It doesn’t make any sense to me why the huge time lapse between 1992 and 2005. Then, if the video clip is correct, why 2005-2014 is the target decade to be reforming the minds of our children. Is it merely a coincidence that there is a “world pledge” for students, now, along with a study guide and lesson plans? None of it makes sense to me unless there is more to this insidious plot that they don’t want out. (If you know something, please educate me because this all seems incredibly wrong and evil to me.) None of the info that I have read or watched thus far went the direction I’m about to go. I am merely speculating. However, does it seem reasonable and possible to anyone else, that in order to reduce the space that humans take up, won’t that eventually lead to reducing the human population to make their little utopia work? Maybe I’m too negative and cynical, but I can see the potential that these socialists, if successful in implementing this agenda, would turn to sterilization or eugenics in some way. Who would they target? How would it be decided and by whom? Remember the Fabian socialists? They were all about eugenics and were more than willing to kill for the greater good of the state. George Bernard Shaw was big in this camp. Watch the following clip of him, in his own words.
If you couldn’t prove your value to the state, then they’d kill you because your life had no worth or meaning. I hope I’m wrong. I hope this thing never gets implemented, but if they push for it, I hope that the thought I just typed is completely wrong.
Now, I have 3 video clips if you’re interested in watching. The first is from a meeting in California. I don’t know any details on it. I don’t know how valid it is, but it matches with other stuff I’ve watched and read, so I figured I’d include it. Watch and decide for yourself.
Next is a similar overview video from Liberty News Network.
The last clip is from the Glenn Beck show, before he left Fox News. It’s got some different information than the others and is more entertaining. Good info, though.
Now that you’ve read over the information and seen the clips, I’ll close with what came to mind when I started learning about Agenda 21. Since our entire world is upside down and this plan elevates nature, I couldn’t help but think of Romans 1. So, I’ll end with reminding you of how similar we are to Rome . . . and Greece for that matter . . . prior to their fall. Consider this from Romans 1:18-32.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
I think it’s safe to say we’re seeing this happen. I don’t want the Lord to turn us over to complete depravity. We can still fix this thing, but it will take a lot of hard work, for a long time. Don’t you think it’s time that we put the Creator back in place, above the created?
Be aware and watch things going on in your neighborhoods. Can we save our freedom and way of life?
Recently, a friend at work brought a column to me that is very relevant for our times. I read over it and thought I’d go ahead and share it with all of you. I have not changed anything, so it is as it came to me and it is a revised version from its original. Here’s what I know about it. It was written by Charley Reese, former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. This has been circulated, revised, and reprinted for a while. From what I can gather, he originally wrote the piece in 1984 (referencing Tip O’Neill as speaker and Reagan as President). As recently as July 31, 2011, the Orlando Sentinel addressed Reese’s column. Click here to see that story. It is entertaining and relevant. So, please enjoy the following revised rant of Charley Reese:
545 vs. 300,000,000 People
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code. Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court Justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason – they have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician one million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted – by present fact – of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.
If the army and marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses . . . provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees. We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
“Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit . . . therefore by their fruits you will know them” – Matthew 7:17,20
“Let me add that only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin
I apologize for taking a few days in getting this entry posted. As previously teased, I am picking up where the last post left off. I’ll admit that I struggled to find an adequate starting place for this one due to the vastness of the topic. I hope I provide decent information and opinions and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them.
Without further ado, I think most people – apart from the progressives/liberals, of course – would agree that our founding fathers and early Presidents had a good grasp on the importance of faith. This country began on foundational principles drawn from Scripture. Even those founders who were not particularly religious men (a very small minority), knew the importance of having a moral compass, a standard on which to build and live. Otherwise, if there is no such standard of virtue and ethic, the people will be unable to govern themselves and, therefore, require a more restricting government that places limits on people that don’t have the self-control or personal responsibility to limit themselves. Following are just a few examples of what some have said (even some Presidents that I can’t stand offered good statements on the Bible and faith):
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? – George Washington, 1st President
Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. – George Washington, 1st President
The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions. The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country. – Calvin Coolidge, 30th President
We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity. – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President
The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and Saint Matthew, From Isaiah and Saint Paul . . . If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State! – Harry Truman, 33rd President
Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties. Write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book are we indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future. Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. – Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President
It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. – Patrick Henry, Founding Father and 5-term Governor of Virginia
Our ailing country has leadership that has clearly stated that this is “no longer a Christian nation.” They mock conservatives and Christians by making jabs that we disagree with the progressive agenda while “clinging to God and guns.” Our wanna-be-dictator (sorry, but I can’t call Obama a President because a) he is very anti-American and b) he acts more like any dictator acts, not an American President) can’t even acknowledge our “Creator” when attempting to quote the Declaration of Independence. He has done this multiple times, along with mocking Jesus and misquoting Jesus for his pathetic and very anti-American agenda. Many others in this putrid administration claim to be “christian” or “catholic” or any other form of anything faith related, yet they act and legislate the most vile and anti-Christian mess ever! They obviously have no respect, or any real understanding, for where we have come from and what we are about. I don’t want to focus on this though. With those things in mind, take a look at our country. With this direction that we have been in for quite some time (it has merely accelerated to a breakneck pace since Obama’s regime took over), are we better off? Do you see much virtue or goodness around? I don’t. I know there are a lot of good people out there, but most of them are probably like me, and maybe you. We just want to work our job, go home, go to church, or wherever we go, but ultimately, be left alone to spend time with family, friends, or to pursue hobbies. I know good folks are out there, but we usually only see the misguided losers that propel us ever so faster to an idiocracy. Stalin called them “useful idiots”. They don’t realize they’re being used, but the left uses them to further their anti-God, anti-American agenda. This is a huge topic and I could go 10 directions right now, but I’ll attempt to focus on one. We have, obviously, departed a LONG way from our founding principles, from the Constitution, and from the Bible. I ask again, are we better or worse because of this? Is our society cultivating more freedom and happiness, or more restrictions, slavery, and chaos?
Things have changed in our political parties. There used to be a difference between the two, and while there still is a difference, it is quite small. Progressives have contaminated both parties with their cancer and both have moved way farther to the left. While it is a huge detriment to both parties, I feel it is safe to say that the democratic party has been fully taken over by the progressives and they are pretty much on the wrong side of every issue. I’m not saying that all democrats are bad people, but the party, as a whole, has been taken over by “progressives” which is the new code name for socialists and communists (that’s for another entry at a later time). There are more republicans that understand American principles and truths than there are in the democrats. This will have validity later . . . let’s go back in American history, briefly . . .
In 1962-63, things really began to shift. This was when God’s natural law came under attack and we began seeing the first court rulings that went against things like teaching the Bible in schools, praying in schools, etc. It has only gotten worse and much more blatant since then. Our society became much more secularized and kids weren’t taught Christian principles anymore because of the wildly misunderstood and wrongly used argument of “separation of church and state” (this will be another entry, too). Somehow, the 10 Commandments became offensive and came under attack. The significance of me bringing this up is, after God’s law was thrown out and we quit teaching it and praying in schools, test scores plummeted, violence and crime skyrocketed, teenage pregnancies skyrocketed, teenage STDs skyrocketed, family stability bottomed out, and on and on it goes. If interested, click here to see some charts related to this. Also, there are very similar charts in David Barton’s book Original Intent on pages 242-246. You can also check out Bibleintheschools.com for other information (Disclaimer: I have not read the whole website, but they seem to have more recent stats on some studies they have done.)
As you can tell, our morals have gone out the window, as a nation. Respect and virtue seem to be non-existent. Benjamin Franklin believed that “Without virtue, man can have no happiness in this world.” Is it any wonder why there is so much brokenness and unhappiness in today’s America? Thomas Jefferson understood this too when he said, regarding virtue, “It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” As America’s greatness, and place in the world, Jefferson knew that the only way to preserve our liberty was through right living and virtue. He went on to say, “Liberty . . . is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both, always in proportion as it is free.” They’re all intertwined.
In previous posts, I have made the argument that we are in a spiritual battle. The leftist ideas are the ideas of our spiritual enemy, Lucifer (not my words, but one of their favorite revolutionary “leaders”, Saul Alinsky). If we simply look at the direction the left has gone, then look at the state of our society, I think we can say it’s not good. Lately, through all of the labor union stuff, the occupy wall street hippies, and things like that it is clear they are doing all they can to create as much chaos as possible. They distort, twist, ignore the law, and generally try to be a menace to society – again in the name of social justice and equality. So, is this working in the best interest of the nation? No way. If we look at our founders and the Bible, do they match up? Polar opposites. Looking back at my earlier comment on the democratic party being completely taken over by progressives, do you see the issue? It’s no longer just right or left. I hope you will consider all these things and do your own homework before voting in this fall’s election. As I’ve said before, it’s do or die for America. We start turning this thing around, or we bleed out on the table. Right and left is gone . . . . this is clearly about right and wrong principles. Freedom or slavery. Do we turn back to God or face further consequences?
I’ll leave you with one final quote, from our 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison, “If you take out of your statutes, your constitution, your family life all that is taken from the Sacred Book, what would there be left to bind society together?”
It’s right or wrong, folks. I don’t plan on seeing America go down on my watch. Who’s with me?
As you may have noticed by now, I like to quote sources, or have some kind of reference for your consideration, or for you to research the topic further. Today, however, I’m just going to share some thoughts. Given the title, you may think it possible that I take issue with liberty. I don’t, of course. However, there is one major problem with liberty and that’s . . . . well, it’s liberty.
Isn’t it a grotesque fallacy to claim a problem with liberty? What could I possibly mean?
If we call America the land of the free and we promote liberty, that promotion could only equal maximum freedom for everyone, to state the obvious. While political correctness and socialists want all of us to be the same, we’re not. No humans are the same. We aren’t equal. Are you scared yet? Let me clarify this a little bit . . . people are, in fact, created equally, by God, with the same potential, with the same freedoms/rights, with the same possibilities to make something out of life (pursue happiness). Apart from that, however, people are very unequal. We don’t have the same talents and abilities. We don’t have the same level of gifting at any given thing. We don’t have the same aptitude for anything, really. Nor does anyone have the same level of drive to pursue anything. Because of this, people are not going to succeed equally. Not everyone will find success. Not everyone will be happy. Not everyone will find fulfillment. So, if we’re not all equal, but have equal opportunity and freedom, is that the problem?
No, that’s not the problem at all. Liberty means there will be people that do things that we don’t agree with and THAT’S the problem – part of it, anyway. While I have the freedom to do things that might “offend” you, I know there are people that do things that tick me off . . . and that’s what you get with liberty. We don’t all see things the same way and we don’t do things the same way because we’re human, not robots. This issue, in and of itself, is not an issue for me. What is a big issue, however, is the way liberals view liberty. They seem to think it is only a one-way street – for them.
There are many who seem to believe that, if they don’t agree with something, then, instead of being a grown-up about it, they wish to punish the whole class. They seek to ban, or legislate, against whatever they’re offended by. If it is mere words, or something mundane like that, they cry about political correctness, rascism, or whatever, and try to make conservatives and Christians change our “offensive” speech. The ironic thing in this case is that I never hear actual conservatives or Christians speaking anything offensive, to an extent of causing the ruckus that libs want us to believe. However, it is the liberals that use racist and “violent rhetoric” (to channel the ever lovely and, oh so, smart Mrs. Pelosi – you know sarcasm, right?). The biggest action I can think of is that of guns vs. gun control. Any person with a shred of logic knows full well that it is absolutely impossible for an inanimate object to harm a person. It must be used by someone and how it is used is determined by the human that holds it. However, because most liberals are uneducated regarding firearms and they are, thus, scared of them, they want to blame the actions of one crazy person (who would probably do harm with whatever he/she could get his/her hands on) on all law-abiding citizens. Because the liberals don’t like guns, instead of simply choosing not to buy one, they want to ban them and make it illegal for anyone else to have the opportunity to defend themselves and their families. See, liberals don’t understand that they could save a ton of time and energy by simply choosing not to partake in things they don’t like instead of lobbying to screw over the rest of the country. The bottom line, though, is that it is the liberals who can’t stand people being different than them and desire to use the over bearing arm of big brother to slap the rest of us into a closer state of slavery to their loud and obnoxious minority.
I’m sorry to sound like I’m only going after liberals, but please, show me otherwise. The problem with having freedom is that we have to put up with some numbskulls doing stupid stuff that we don’t agree with. (Or, perhaps you are the numbskull that has to put up with all of us doing things responsibly, logically, and legally.) Whatever the case, as long as it’s legal stuff we’re talking about, that means we all have to be “tolerant” of some things we don’t really like. Tolerance – a two way street – seems to be lacking from the left. They clamor on about it incessantly, but never practice it. While we good people are expected to tolerate their socially unacceptable behavior, their blatant ruining our society, economy, moral structure, etc., they, apparently are exempt from putting up with those of us who love God, or who care about decent values, being able to raise kids and retain their sensibilities/innocence, etc.
I’ve already deviated from where I thought I was going, so I’ll go ahead and derail it all the way with a finishing thought that will lead to the next entry. Notice the ever growing polarization between right and left these days (thanks to the great “Unifier”). While this is not a definitive statement, most conservatives are traditional, God-fearing people. If they don’t practice a faith, they seem to, at least, understand the importance of America’s Biblical foundation. Most of the liberals seem to be completely godless, without morals, without any respect for anyone or anything around them (while yelling about social justice, ironically), and just seem to want to elevate themselves as God and submit themselves to animal-like passions or slavery under a tyrannical government. I know I could be wrong, but this is my perception. If there is any truth to these statements, at all, I make the claim that this year’s election is no longer about right and left, but we’ll be voting between right and wrong . . . Yep, I said it . . . more to come . . . stay tuned . . .