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This week, I learned of a list of demands/goals posted by the Occupy Wall Street people. The only person in any form of media I have heard talking about it is Glenn Beck. Admittedly, however, I have not been able to watch or listen to many people this week, so I have been limited on the news I have seen and heard. Perhaps others have brought this up and I just missed it. Whatever the case, I wanted to take a moment and let you know what kind of thinking is out there. Beck put it up as a street plan from OWS, which it is. However, it was posted in the OWS forum section and the website claims that it is “not an official list of demands” and that it is only that of the user who posted. I’ve listed it below with a few comments of my own in italics. If you’d prefer, read it from their site directly. Before you read the list, though, I ask one thing. Consider some things and read accordingly. Ask yourself the following:
Do these things represent American values? Do these things encourage personal responsibility and accountability? Will these things help the economy? Will these things make people more self-sufficient and, therefore, more free? Will these things encourage the government out of our lives and, again give us more freedom? Will these things encourage job growth? Will these things put us on a better path, to restoration, or will they thrust us over the cliff? Are these things more in line with “traditional” American belief or do they mirror the turmoil happening in Greece and throughout Europe?
Lastly, please ask yourself this: if the Occupy movement is really about the alleged 99% of Americans seeking government dictated “fairness”, why does their website translate into Spanish and French at the press of a button? Even more, why are there “occupy” movements in London, and other places in Europe that say they are “standing together?” It seems to me that this goes far beyond some disgruntled leftists here in America. I believe this is part of a global movement to destroy the West and have a global socialist government. I’ll line that plan out one day in the near future. I have the material, just working through it! In the meantime, check out this wonderfully thought out list of demands by one of the occupiers . . . this is the kind of thinking we’re up against . . .
- Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act. Unionize ALL workers immediately.
- Raise the minimum wage immediately to $18/hr. Create a maximum wage of $90/hr to eliminate inequality. (my commentary: this will certainly help bring jobs back here since we’re already losing a lot of jobs because it’s too expensive.)
- Institute a 6 hour workday, and 6 weeks of paid vacation.
- Institute a moratorium on all foreclosures and layoffs immediately.
- Repeal racist and xenophobic English-only laws. (Is France racist and “xenophobic” for speaking mostly French? Is any other country considered racist and xenophobic for having their language and expecting LEGAL CITIZENS to assimilate into their society – including learning the language?)
- Open the borders to all immigrants, legal or illegal. Offer immediate, unconditional amnesty, to all undocumented residents of the US.
- Create a single-payer, universal health care system.
- Pass stricter campaign finance reform laws. Ban all private donations. All campaigns will receive equal funding, provided by the taxpayers.
- Institute a negative income tax, and tax the very rich at rates up to 90%. (does this mean “poor people” still won’t pay anything, but will get paid MORE from the government for doing nothing?)
- Pass far stricter environmental protection and animal rights laws. (people have UNALIENABLE rights from God . . . not the environment or animals. Although, sense the Good Lord gave man dominion over animals [see Gen. 1:26-28], I’ll bestow upon them the right to die, be grilled, and get in my belly!)
- Allow workers to elect their supervisors.
- Lower the retirement age to 55. Increase Social Security benefits.
- Create a 5% annual wealth tax for the very rich. (my commentary: does this make any sense? They previously recommend a 90% tax rate on the “very rich . . . then they want to add another annual 5% tax. Who would create jobs in this brilliant plan? Wouldn’t the “poor” then be the “rich” . . . would they be subject to the same taxes after everything flip-flops?)
- Ban the private ownership of land.
- Make homeschooling illegal. Religious fanatics use it to feed their children propaganda. (this is, of course, so they can indoctrinate all the kids in the public schools with inaccurate history, propaganda, etc. . . . ironic, eh?)
- Reduce the age of majority to 16.
- Abolish the death penalty and life in prison. We call for the immediate release of all death row inmates from death row and transferred to regular prisons. (better idea, how about we kill the death row inmates and quit spending all the tax payers’ money on keeping them alive for decades after their sentencing. That would, also, help the over-crowding issue.)
- Release all political prisoners immediately.
- Immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Abolish the debt limit.
- Ban private gun ownership. (I‘m sure this is ONLY for the “safety” of citizens . . . . I feel more safe and free already. My response comes straight from Tx history: Come and take it!)
- Strengthen the separation of church and state. (read a previous post called “The Twisted Church and State“)
- Immediate debt forgiveness for all.
- End the ‘War on Drugs’.
“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?