Sunday, November 30, 2008

Food for Thought--- from 1802

'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.'

Thomas Jefferson 1802

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Big Chill of Obama's Plans

I've been listening to the news and just saw the tail end of a special report in which Obama and his advisors are proposing a whole lot more money for the economy. Don't know about you but I'm getting chills hearing this.

Where is this money coming from? Certainly, not from the alleged taxcuts which appear to have already been taken off the table.

Watch out. I think we're all going to experience some down right bone chilling feelings when Americans are asked to sacrifice and give all to the government in the name of change.

Change? I'm thinking it's here. And it isn't pretty. Do the masses of people who voted for this change realize the demise of America is the price?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Beware- Looks Like Obama Plans to Have United Nations Tax America

An email came across today which talks about Senate Bill 2433, which Obama supports. Never did we hear about this during the campaign, but it has serious future financial obligations to the American taxpayer. Have the United Nations tax Americans?

Read on to see the full story
by Larry Petrash

....“I believe in the power of the African-American religious tradition to spur social change,” Obama has asserted. He also says his faith has led him to question “the idolatry of the free market.” Now it appears that a President Obama’s foreign and domestic policies are much like his previous church’s Afrocentric doctrine he once pledged to uphold. Americans will pay a hefty price.....

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's For Your Own Good-- and I've Got Some Land to Sell You, Too

Today, much to my dismay, there is another sign of the times. Equifax is launching a beta test of a new secure way for Americans to--- what?

The I-card is being touted as the next best thing to sliced bread and butter in the world of computer safety and protecting your identity. If you buy into this line of thought, it's much better for you to trust a company, one company, to protect you. Yeah, right.

Sounds like another way into taking away my privacy. Sounds like Big Brother is really watching us. Sounds like it could be ripe for abuse by those who would harm us. Sounds like??

You be the judge. You can find the story on the Toxic Treadmill.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Proud to be a Veteran's Descendant

It's Veteran Day. It's the one day we all stand still and honor American men and women who have fought for this great land. Too bad that too many choose to not honor veterans at any time.

This morning on one of the mindless television shows where the hosts gab and gossip, one of them spoke against the war in Iraq and its cost. That is what she thinks about veterans? She thinks she should denounce the war and the men and women who CHOSE to defend this country?

Excuse me. Veteran Day was originally declared to honor veterans of World War I. Gee, wasn't there a cost to that war? Gee, wasn't there a cost to any war? Yes. The payoff of these wars is called freedom.

World War I cost my family the man who was the head of it. Gee, does that mean I'm going to spit on it. Nope, I'm going to stand tall and say I am so very thankful for each and every patriot in my family. I'm proud of those family members who choose to defend our country today. I'm proud to be the offspring of a veteran. I'm just proud to be an American.

So, before you denounce the veterans of the past, the present and the future, you'd best remember for whose freedom they fight. Get back to American values. Get back to being a proud American. Get back to thanking the veterans. They did so much for us.

Without our veterans, our lives today would not be as they are. We are free Americans. We have freedom of speech. We have the Constitution. We are America.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

John Adams Quote on Constitution and Principles

"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, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty."

John Adams

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fix What First?

I was listening to one of the shows on C-Span today. Naturally, the topic was what will the president elect do first in office? The guest on the show was a bigwig in the NAACP. To be fair, the host of the show said that the economy is first.

What is second on the list? According to the show's guest, it is race relations. Is that the most important issue he can come up? He admitted DC is full of special interest groups and I guessing he thinks his special interest group will get top billing from the new administration.

First, I don't see the economy being "fixed" in a short time frame. It will take time for consumer confidence to come back from the edge of despair. It will take time for the new administration to realize he doesn't hold all the cards. Beside, if he did, why didn't he use some of them while in the Congress?

The last major depression in the US lasted several years and it took longer for life to return to normal. We, as Americans, need to look at what the past taught us. Those who neglect their history lessons are doomed to repeat them. This economy will not bounce back overnight. Remember 1929? Remember what happened in Germany in the 1930s?

Race relations aren't the most important topic for Americans. The last I checked, the Constitution said all men were created equal. Perhaps a better choice for an important topic would be education. Perhaps it should be the value of promoting education for our youth.

I grew up in the rural south. I was in school when the mandate was handed down that there would be no separate schools based on race. I was in public school when the activist groups intimidated one race not to accept this. I was in public school with the constant threats of bombs placed by radical groups. I was in public school when the blacks would not come to school in fear of their lives by their own.

It wasn't the children who caused the race problems. We adapted and learned about each other's cultures. The problem came from the activists who did not want their children to receive that "equal" education. At that time, I heard from my elders that it would take two or three generations before there truly would be an equal education. Why? Because the families who did not function as a family unit or who were uneducated or who lived in fear of retribution would have to learn. They would have to be willing to change. They would have to accept their children having opportunities for education. We're only one generation into this.

So keep to the American value of providing education for all of our children. Be willing to learn yourself.

The Idealistic Voter

Upon waking up this morning, I realize a new dawn has come over America. I also realize that the dawn which gives way to the day will eventually end in darkness.

I'm not morbid. I'm realistic as opposed to idealistic.

I've watched and read stories about the ground swell of youth who supported Obama. Good for them to believe in something. However, the idealistic views of youth are usually more liberal in nature. They have yet to experience life and don't have a full grasp of all the gray areas in life.

While it sounds great to say "We'll change the world," it's quite another to do it. It's quite possible the changes won't correlate with idealistic views of the young voters. Who will they blame? Will they be able to sit back and analyze what went wrong? Will they realize they were seduced?

Idealism in its base form is the view of how things ought to be, rather than how they are. Sure, some of the idealistic thoughts of the president elect are catchy. But where is the reality? How much can one man really do? Do you really think he can only raise taxes on those who make whatever his magic number really is? It keeps changing and it just keeps getting smaller. Hence, all our taxes will most likely be raised.

Over the last few days, many of my friends have commented that the many young supporters of Obama haven't lived enough to make an informed decision. Did they make an informed decision or were they just going against the voice of reason that experience usually brings?

We, as parents, must celebrate the idealism of youth. However, we should also be able to teach our youth about life. We should teach our youth about family values. We should make sure our youth earn the privileges given them.

Wait. I just made some idealistic statements. Hmm. Guess I'm realistic to know that there are some idealistic hangovers from my youth.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Historic Thought by a President

"I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day."
-Abraham Lincoln

Perhaps all Americans should be on their knees praying for this country and for those who seek to lead it. Times are tough. Best to remember that this nation's founding fathers were men who were diverse in their heritage, but true to the fundamental Christian values.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Change? or Impending Destruction?

After the election results came in last night, I felt such despair. Why? Because I believe the final battle of good vs. evil has been unleashed in our country.

According to the media, celebrations galore are happening because a man of color has been elected. What I see is a man who appears to have seduced the general public. He has seduced them with the words, "We're going to change the world."

Sounds to me like that's a fulfillment of a long ago prophecy made just as the final battle of the world sets its final stage.

I don't know what is going to happen. Neither do you. All I know is now is the time to spend some time praying for our country and its leadership.

Let me close with a quote from a president who was deeply disturbed by all the rhetoric of good vs. evil during his lifetime. We made it through that battle. What about this one?

"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."

Abraham Lincoln