I love the way the Roger Ailes, the head of Foxnews, sent a letter to all employees stating that they will not be intimidated by the Obama Administration seizure of phone records and emails from Foxnews reporters. We need more people to stand up against this administration that will not hesitate to trample on the First Amendment rights of citizens and journalists. This is nothing but intimidation by a government that has a lot to hide. We all should be outraged, and demand accountability.
In the conclusion to his 13-hours filibuster, Senator Rand Paul said:
“I sit at Henry Clay’s desk, and they call Henry Clay the ‘Great Compromiser.’ When I came to Washington, one of my fellow Senators said to me: Oh, I guess you will be the great compromiser. I kind of smiled at him and laughed. I learned a little bit about Henry Clay and his career.
“People think some of us won’t compromise, but there are many compromises. There are many things on which I am willing to split the difference. If the Democrats will ever come to us and say: We will fix and we will save Social Security, what age we change it to, how fast we do it–there are a lot of things on which we can split the difference. But the issue we have had today is one on which we don’t split the difference. I think you don’t get half of the fifth amendment. I don’t think you acknowledge that the President can obey the fifth amendment when he chooses. I don’t think you acknowledge that the fifth amendment, due process, can somehow occur behind closed doors.”
It is nice to know we have some Senators who are paying attention to the Constitution.
Gives Excellent Commencement Speech at Texas A&M Graduation
UPDATE: Apparently Boortz didn’t give this speech anywhere recently, but wrote it to show what he would say IF he was ever invited to speak at a commencement speech.
I found this transcript via The Ghostfighters and Maria and wanted to share the speech with you. Neal Boortz is a nationally syndicated talk-show host, a Texan and a graduate from Texas A&M University, my alma matter.
He gave the following speech there recently and I think it falls under the category of: What Every Graduate Needs to Know!
I was just going to offer snippets, but the entire speech is worth reading.
Also, I think he might have been too hard on the faculty at A&M. I may be wrong. But I don’t remember a strong push into liberalism while I was there back in the late 1980s. It also seems to me that A&M is in the habit of bringing in conservatives for their commencement speeches.
Here is Boortz’ speech:
“I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion. It’s about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you; you’ll have enough smoke blown up your bloomers today. And you can bet your tassels I’m not here to impress the faculty and administration. You may not like much of what I have to say, and that’s fine. You will remember it though. Especially after about 10 years out there in the real world. This, it goes without saying, does not apply to those of you who will seek your careers and your fortunes as government employees.
This gowned gaggle behind me is your faculty. You’ve heard the old saying that those who can – do. Those who can’t – teach. That sounds deliciously insensitive. But there is often raw truth in insensitivity, just as you often find feel-good falsehoods and lies in compassion. Say good-bye to your faculty because now you are getting ready to go out there and do. These folks behind me are going to stay right here and teach.
By the way, just because you are leaving this place with a diploma doesn’t mean the learning is over. When an FAA flight examiner handed me my private pilot’s license many years ago, he said, “Here, this is your ticket to learn.” The same can be said for your diploma. Believe me, the learning has just begun.
Now, I realize that most of you consider yourselves Liberals. In fact, you are probably very proud of your liberal views. You care so much. You feel so much. You want to help so much. After all, you’re a compassionate and caring person, aren’t you now? Well, isn’t that just so extraordinarily special. Now, at this age, is as good a time as any to be a liberal; as good a time as any to know absolutely everything. You have plenty of time, starting tomorrow, for the truth to set in.
Over the next few years, as you begin to feel the cold breath of reality down your neck, things are going to start changing pretty fast… Including your own assessment of just how much you really know.
So here are the first assignments for your initial class in reality: Pay attention to the news, read newspapers, and listen to the words and phrases that proud Liberals use to promote their causes. Then, compare the words of the left to the words and phrases you hear from those evil, heartless, greedy conservatives.
From the Left you will hear “I feel.” From the Right you will hear “I think.” From the Liberals you will hear references to groups — The Blacks, the Poor, the Rich, the Disadvantaged, the Less Fortunate. From the Right you will hear references to individuals. On the Left you hear talk of group rights; on the Right, individual rights.
That about sums it up, really: Liberals feel. Liberals care. They are pack animals whose identity is tied up in group dynamics. Conservatives think — and, setting aside the theocracy crowd, their identity is centered on the individual.
Liberals feel that their favored groups have enforceable rights to the property and services of productive individuals. Conservatives, I among them I might add, think that individuals have the right to protect their lives and their property from the plunder of the masses.
In college you developed a group mentality, but if you look closely at your diplomas you will see that they have your individual names on them. Not the name of your school mascot, or of your fraternity or sorority, but your name. Your group identity is going away. Your recognition and appreciation of your individual identity starts now.
If, by the time you reach the age of 30, you do not consider yourself to be a conservative, rush right back here as quickly as you can and apply for a faculty position. These people will welcome you with open arms. They will welcome you, that is, so long as you haven’t developed an individual identity. Once again you will have to be willing to sign on to the group mentality you embraced during the past four years.
Something is going to happen soon that is going to really open your eyes. You’re going to actually get a full time job!
You’re also going to get a lifelong work partner. This partner isn’t going to help you do your job. This partner is just going to sit back and wait for payday. This partner doesn’t want to share in your effort, but in your earnings.
Your new lifelong partner is actually an agent; an agent representing a strange and diverse group of people; an agent for every teenager with an illegitimate child; an agent for a research scientist who wanted to make some cash answering the age-old question of why monkeys grind their teeth. An agent for some poor demented hippie who considers herself to be a meaningful and talented artist, but who just can’t manage to sell any of her artwork on the open market.
Your new partner is an agent for every person with limited, if any, job skills, but who wanted a job at City Hall. An agent for tin-horn dictators in fancy military uniforms grasping for American foreign aid. An agent for multi-million dollar companies who want someone else to pay for their overseas advertising. An agent for everybody who wants to use the unimaginable power of this agent’s for their personal enrichment and benefit.
That agent is our wonderful, caring, compassionate, oppressive government. Believe me, you will be awed by the unimaginable power this agent has. Power that you do not have. A power that no individual has, or will have. This agent has the legal power to use force, deadly force to accomplish its goals.
You have no choice here. Your new friend is just going to walk up to you, introduce itself rather gruffly, hand you a few forms to fill out, and move right on in. Say hello to your own personal one ton gorilla. It will sleep anywhere it wants to.
Now, let me tell you, this agent is not cheap. As you become successful it will seize about 40% of everything you earn. And no, I’m sorry, there just isn’t any way you can fire this agent of plunder, and you can’t decrease its share of your income. That power rests with him, not you.
So, here I am saying negative things to you about government. Well, be clear on this: It is not wrong to distrust government. It is not wrong to fear government. In certain cases it is not even wrong to despise government for government is inherently evil. Yes, a necessary evil, but dangerous nonetheless, somewhat like a drug. Just as a drug that in the proper dosage can save your life, an overdose of government can be fatal.
Now let’s address a few things that have been crammed into your minds at this university. There are some ideas you need to expunge as soon as possible. These ideas may work well in academic environment, but they fail miserably out there in the real world.
First is that favorite buzz word of the media and academia: Diversity! You have been taught that the real value of any group of people – be it a social group, an employee group, a management group, whatever – is based on diversity. This is a favored liberal ideal because diversity is based not on an individuals abilities or character, but on a person’s identity and status as a member of a group. Yes, it’s that liberal group identity thing again.
Within the great diversity movement group identification – be it racial, gender based, or some other minority status – means more than the individuals integrity, character or other qualifications.
Brace yourself. You are about to move from this academic atmosphere where diversity rules, to a workplace and a culture where individual achievement and excellence actually count. No matter what your professors have taught you over the last four years, you are about to learn that diversity is absolutely no replacement for excellence, ability, and individual hard work. From this day on every single time you hear the word “diversity” you can rest assured that there is someone close by who is determined to rob you of every vestige of individuality you possess.
We also need to address this thing you seem to have about “rights.” We have witnessed an obscene explosion of so-called “rights” in the last few decades, usually emanating from college campuses.
You know the mantra: You have the right to a job. The right to a place to live. The right to a living wage. The right to health care. The right to an education. You probably even have your own pet right – the right to a Beemer for instance, or the right to have someone else provide for that child you plan on downloading in a year or so.
Forget it. Forget those rights! I’ll tell you what your rights are. You have a right to live free, and to the results of 60% -75% of your labor. I’ll also tell you have no right to any portion of the life or labor of another.
You may, for instance, think that you have a right to health care. After all, President Obama said so, didn’t he? But you cannot receive health-care unless some doctor or health practitioner surrenders some of his time – his life – to you. He may be willing to do this for compensation, but that’s his choice. You have no “right” to his time or property. You have no right to his or any other person’s life or to any portion thereof.
You may also think you have some “right” to a job; a job with a living wage, whatever that is. Do you mean to tell me that you have a right to force your services on another person, and then the right to demand that this person compensate you with their money? Sorry, forget it. I am sure you would scream if some urban outdoors men (that would be “homeless person” for those of you who don’t want to give these less fortunate people a romantic and adventurous title) came to you and demanded his job and your money.
The people who have been telling you about all the rights you have are simply exercising one of theirs – the right to be imbeciles. Their being imbeciles didn’t cost anyone else either property or time. It’s their right, and they exercise it brilliantly.
By the way, did you catch my use of the phrase “less fortunate” a bit ago when I was talking about the urban outdoors men? That phrase is a favorite of the Left. Think about it, and you’ll understand why.
To imply that one person is homeless, destitute, dirty, drunk, spaced out on drugs, unemployable, and generally miserable because he is “less fortunate” is to imply that a successful person – one with a job, a home and a future – is in that position because he or she was “fortunate.” The dictionary says that fortunate means “having derived good from an unexpected place.” There is nothing unexpected about deriving good from hard work. There is also nothing unexpected about deriving misery from choosing drugs, alcohol, and the street.
If the Liberal Left can create the common perception that success and failure are simple matters of “fortune” or “luck,” then it is easy to promote and justify their various income redistribution schemes. After all, we are just evening out the odds a little bit. This “success equals luck” idea the liberals like to push is seen everywhere. Former Democratic presidential candidate Richard Gephardt refers to high-achievers as “people who have won life’s lottery.” He wants you to believe they are making the big bucks because they are lucky. It’s not luck, my friends. It’s choice. One of the greatest lessons I ever learned was in a book by Og Mandino, entitled, “The Greatest Secret in the World.” The lesson? Very simple: “Use wisely your power of choice.”
That bum sitting on a heating grate, smelling like a wharf rat? He’s there by choice. He is there because of the sum total of the choices he has made in his life. This truism is absolutely the hardest thing for some people to accept, especially those who consider themselves to be victims of something or other – victims of discrimination, bad luck, the system, capitalism, whatever. After all, nobody really wants to accept the blame for his or her position in life. Not when it is so much easier to point and say, “Look! He did this to me!” than it is to look into a mirror and say, “You S. O. B.! You did this to me!”
The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to either success or failure, however you define those terms.
Some of the choices are obvious: Whether or not to stay in school. Whether or not to get pregnant. Whether or not to hit the bottle. Whether or not to keep this job you hate until you get another better-paying job. Whether or not to save some of your money, or saddle yourself with huge payments for that new car.
Some of the choices are seemingly insignificant: Whom to go to the movies with. Whose car to ride home in. Whether to watch the tube tonight, or read a book on investing. But, and you can be sure of this, each choice counts. Each choice is a building block – some large, some small. But each one is a part of the structure of your life. If you make the right choices, or if you make more right choices than wrong ones, something absolutely terrible may happen to you. Something unthinkable. You, my friend, could become one of the hated, the evil, the ugly, the feared, the filthy, the successful, the rich.
The rich basically serve two purposes in this country. First, they provide the investments, the investment capital, and the brains for the formation of new businesses. Businesses that hire people. Businesses that send millions of paychecks home each week to the un-rich.
Second, the rich are a wonderful object of ridicule, distrust, and hatred. Few things are more valuable to a politician than the envy most Americans feel for the evil rich.
Envy is a powerful emotion. Even more powerful than the emotional minefield that surrounded Bill Clinton when he reviewed his last batch of White House interns. Politicians use envy to get votes and power. And they keep that power by promising the envious that the envied will be punished: “The rich will pay their fair share of taxes if I have anything to do with it.” The truth is that the top 10% of income earners in this country pays almost 50% of all income taxes collected. I shudder to think what these job producers would be paying if our tax system were any more “fair.”
You have heard, no doubt, that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Interestingly enough, our government’s own numbers show that many of the poor actually get richer, and that quite a few of the rich actually get poorer. But for the rich who do actually get richer, and the poor who remain poor .. there’s an explanation — a reason. The rich, you see, keep doing the things that make them rich; while the poor keep doing the things that make them poor.
Speaking of the poor, during your adult life you are going to hear an endless string of politicians bemoaning the plight of the poor. So, you need to know that under our government’s definition of “poor” you can have a $5 million net worth, a $300,000 home and a new $90,000 Mercedes, all completely paid for. You can also have a maid, cook, and valet, and a million in your checking account, and you can still be officially defined by our government as “living in poverty.” Now there’s something you haven’t seen on the evening news.
How does the government pull this one off? Very simple, really. To determine whether or not some poor soul is “living in poverty,” the government measures one thing — just one thing. Income.
It doesn’t matter one bit how much you have, how much you own, how many cars you drive or how big they are, whether or not your pool is heated, whether you winter in Aspen and spend the summers in the Bahamas, or how much is in your savings account. It only matters how much income you claim in that particular year. This means that if you take a one-year leave of absence from your high-paying job and decide to live off the money in your savings and checking accounts while you write the next great American novel, the government says you are living in poverty.”
This isn’t exactly what you had in mind when you heard these gloomy statistics, is it? Do you need more convincing? Try this. The government’s own statistics show that people who are said to be “living in poverty” spend more than $1.50 for each dollar of income they claim. Something is a bit fishy here. Just remember all this the next time Charles Gibson tells you about some hideous new poverty statistics.
Why has the government concocted this phony poverty scam? Because the government needs an excuse to grow and to expand its social welfare programs, which translates into an expansion of its power. If the government can convince you, in all your compassion, that the number of “poor” is increasing, it will have all the excuse it needs to sway an electorate suffering from the advanced stages of Obsessive-Compulsive Compassion Disorder.
I’m about to be stoned by the faculty here. They’ve already changed their minds about that honorary degree I was going to get. That’s OK, though. I still have my PhD. in Insensitivity from the Neal Boortz Institute for Insensitivity Training. I learned that, in short, sensitivity sucks. It’s a trap. Think about it – the truth knows no sensitivity. Life can be insensitive. Wallow too much in sensitivity and you’ll be unable to deal with life, or the truth, so get over it.
Now, before the dean has me shackled and hauled off, I have a few random thoughts.
* You need to register to vote, unless you are on welfare. If you are living off the efforts of others, please do us the favor of sitting down and shutting up until you are on your own again.
* When you do vote, your votes for the House and the Senate are more important than your vote for President. The House controls the purse strings, so concentrate your awareness there.
* Liars cannot be trusted, even when the liar is the President of the country. If someone can’t deal honestly with you, send them packing.
* Don’t bow to the temptation to use the government as an instrument of plunder. If it is wrong for you to take money from someone else who earned it — to take their money by force for your own needs — then it is certainly just as wrong for you to demand that the government step forward and do this dirty work for you.
* Don’t look in other people’s pockets. You have no business there. What they earn is theirs. What you earn is yours. Keep it that way. Nobody owes you anything, except to respect your privacy and your rights, and leave you the hell alone.
* Speaking of earning, the revered 40-hour workweek is for losers. Forty hours should be considered the minimum, not the maximum. You don’t see highly successful people clocking out of the office every afternoon at five. The losers are the ones caught up in that afternoon rush hour. The winners drive home in the dark.
* Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection.
* Finally (and aren’t you glad to hear that word), as Og Mandino wrote,
1. Proclaim your rarity. Each of you is a rare and unique human being.
2. Use wisely your power of choice.
3. Go the extra mile, drive home in the dark.
Oh, and put off buying a television set as long as you can. Now, if you have any idea at all what’s good for you, you will get out of here and never come back. Class dismissed”
Another excellent presentation by Bill Whittle on how our government is removing our rights every so slowly, so we don’t notice. He points out that the Constitution DOES NOT GIVE us the rights found in the Constitution. We are born with those rights. What the Constitution does is limit the government from removing those rights we are born with and given by God. It seems the godless of our nation are OK with removing those rights.
No, I don’t have anything appropriate for April Fool’s Day, just comics from the week that help us see how much we need to fall on our knees and plead with the Father to deliver us from the madness that seems to rule our country.
Everyone has an opinion on the death of Trayvon Martin. I believe it truly sad that this man was shot and killed and the race baiters had to jump on his grave. What is even sadder is the fact that the New Black Panthers have put up a bounty on the accused’s head and everyone on the Left, from Obama on down, seems to be OK with that. This speaks volumes about their view of life, especially their view of the life of those people that they hate. Don’t think for a moment that they would not eliminate their enemies in a real way if they thought they could get away with it.
This one shows us the price of liberalism. The true greed in America always comes from the left and their ever reaching arms for more power and money.
This one was released before oral arguments were given this week before the Supreme Court. How prophetic it turned out to be. The solicitor general should have taken his cues from this comic… he would have been better off.
May he find a cushy job in the government somewhere and disappear from our view.
With this one, I laughed out load. How nice it would be to be able to hit up the airline industry with our own hidden charges. Apparently a pilot went nuts on a plane and the passengers had to subdue him.
Yes, perspective. That is what is needed here. BTW, I don’t play the lottery so I don’t expect to win it. Let’s remember that it is far more noble just to go to work with the job the LORD has provided than it is to play a game of chance. No, He doesn’t need your money. I say that for all who promise God to give money to the church if they win. The church doesn’t need your lottery winnings. Keep it. Don’t mess us the church with your filthy lucre.
I believe Madison was right.
I have to say I am proud of the 112th Congress! They are beginning today’s session by actually reading the U.S. Constitution. What a novel idea. This will help cut through all the rhetoric and get to the heart of the matter: the law of the land. The Constitution is the law of the land, not one party’s ideas over another, but what it says. I know that deconstructionist immediately love to go to work by trying to show that the Constitution doesn’t really mean what it says, but that is because the deconstructionist care blinded by their own ideological musings.
Nonetheless, Congress is on the right track. Reading the law of the land, and then seeking to govern by that law. Read more here.
I just where a funny thing happened while it was being read. A woman shouted out “except Obama, except Obama,” when the part about the president being a natural born citizen. Hilarious.
House Republicans’ reading of the Constitution was interrupted Thursday by a woman who shouted “except Obama, except Obama” to the venerable document’s words on a U.S. citizen’s eligibility to be president.
Just as Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was reading “no person, except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United States” is eligible for the presidency, a woman in the visitor’s gallery yelled out that it did not apply to President Barack Obama.
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, who was presiding over the House, banged the gavel and halted the proceedings, warning that such action from members of the public was a violation of House rules. The woman was quickly removed by Capitol police.
Read that article here. BTW, we should probably give the woman an award for bravery.
The State of Oklahoma is seeking to ban Sharia Law in the upcoming elections. There is a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would forbid state courts from looking to foreign laws or Sharia Law for it’s court rulings. Seems like a decent law, since all it is saying is that the courts must abide by the laws of the state, not some foreign country or foreign religion.
You would think that this wasn’t necessary, but given the fact that our own Supreme Court has looked to foreign law to make a ruling, it is necessary.
As you can imagine, those who are Islamic are crying foul. They are saying that Muslims are being unfairly targeted by this amendment. No they are not. It rules out all foreign laws and simply states that Oklahoma will follow Oklahoma laws. Yes, Sharia Law is included in the bill. To impose Sharia Law or to use it in determining a court case, even involving those who are Islamic, is endorsing a religion which is forbidden in the First Amendment.
You can imagine that the Council on American Islamic Relations would raise a stink about the law. Here is what Maneer Awad said, he is the head of the Oklahoma CAIR chapter: “We take a stand in opposition to the proposed amendment.”
He added that Shariah law taking effect in the United States is constitutionally impossible.
“It’s ridiculous that anyone would suggest it would happen,” he told FoxNews.com “Our Constitution would not allow any religious law to supersede the existing laws.”
OK Mr. Awad, if that is true, and you truly believe that Sharia will not supersede the Constitution in any way, then why are you protesting the Amendment? If this possibility of Sharia Law being imposed is not your intention, then I would imagine you would support the good people of Oklahoma in their endeavors to protect the laws of the land. After all Mr. Awad, if they do not pass this law, then they can use laws other than Sharia to rule upon you as well. This amendment protects you as well.
But I’m sure that point is lost on the representatives of CAIR. They are more interested in crying foul and showing how unfair we are in America. I think the law is a good thing and I hope the people of Oklahoma pass it.
You can read more about this here.
There have a few posts made on this subject over the past week or so. I realized later that my thoughts for my earlier post were influenced by Stan’s post over at Winging It. Stan is quite prolific with his blog and it is worth keeping up with. He has even contradicted some of my posts, and kindly not drawn attention to it, and done a good job of making his argument. I’m thinking of my 2 Chronicles 7:14 comments in an earlier post and his comments on the same passage.
But the point of this post is that both Stan’s post on 501 (3) (c) and mine have spurred on Dan at The Bumbling Genius to post on the topic as well. Dan wrote that he has been giving this subject some thought for quite some time and it was our posts that caused him to finish it up and post it. I have to say I’m glad that he did, for he has given the best arguments against using the 501 (3) (c) shelter I’ve read to date.
For several generations now the government, through the IRS, has been supplementing the tithes of the faithful by means of a refund check. But thanks to Johnson, those refunds now come with strings attached; strings that are now accepted as good and right…, even Biblical. As a result of generations living with this “law” there are many who now consider it a sin for a church to venture into the arena of politics, that is, unless that venture involves calling on government to act as an interceptor between sowing sin and reaping its consequences. Now while such activity has proved to be profitable for those seeking gain in the economy of power and guilt assuagement, in the economy of love such ventures are being shown to be bankrupt. For throwing other people’s money at symptoms brought about by the Church’s retreat from the public square is not an act of love at all, it is idolatry.
I like that he calls it what it is: idolatry. I’ve argued before that the church is to be involved in the public square, in politics, both condemning those who are involved in sinful behavior, and holding up those who do what is right. I know some who come here argue that the church is not to endorse one candidate over another. Again, I have to say, why not? It’s the church’s job to denounce that which is wicked in our culture and if that includes politicians, why are we so silent on the issue?
For example, look at Nancy Pelosi. She is pro-abortion and a Roman Catholic. I believe that the Catholics should denounce her and rebuke her both publicly and privately for her support of killing the unborn. If a candidate arises to run against her who is morally upright, then they have a right to encourage their followers to support that candidate. To say that they do not, denies those in the church from their freedom of speech and religion.
I believe it is my right to endorse certain candidates both as a pastor and a private citizen. The reason I include both is that you cannot differentiate the two. I am both a private citizen and a pastor, all at the same time. To separate the two identities is exactly what the secularist wants me to do. Be a pastor only on Sundays, only in the pulpit and only say things which are pastoral in nature, never speaking out on issues of politics. Because pastors have given into this lie is partly the reason I believe the country is in the state of immorality that we are in. Has pastors stood together and denounced men like Barney Frank, he might not have had the chance to get elected in the first place. Yet, most of the churches that stood on Scripture were silent because of some arcane and unbiblical law passed by LBJ.
Read the consequences that Dan shares over at his site:
As a consequence of the Church’s withdrawal from the public square, a great light has gone out in the halls of government leaving it to operate at every level without fear that that light will be shined onto its activity. Many Christians are now at best woefully ignorant of a Biblical understanding of government in regards to its function and purpose, or worse, have bought entirely into the social justice lie that sees Government as a God like entity capable of ending the curse, or controlling sea levels and planetary temperatures. In this darkened state many true Christians also see the murder of millions upon millions of children in the womb as an acceptable price to pay in exchange for a total fixation on these material ends. The hunger and thirst of the spiritual man is now by judicial decree denied when it comes to all the much touted and savior like government help; a denial that all the money in the world cannot overcome in its attempts to alleviate the suffering that occurs as a result; and a denial which the Church currently seems more than happy to accept. Many look back to 1962 as the beginning of our nation’s fall. I see that era as merely the first harvest, the seeds of which were planted with the social compact of 1954. The dominoes have been falling ever since.
Now, generations later, as if God gave us the ultimate desires of our heart, we, even in the midst of an economic down-turn, are a wealthy nation oblivious to the fact that we are also spiritually poor, blind, and naked. Our Churches are now either completely apostate, or hospitals dedicated to the caring for the lives wrecked by a culture that has institutionalized sin and anti-Christianity content to deal with the symptoms rather than causes of suffering, or in many cases simply centers of feel-good-therapeutic-theistic entertainment that have passed the buck of the hard work of caring for the poor on to those who simply confiscate wealth from some sinful men and redistribute it to other sinful men asking only for power in return. And at the center of all this is what has become the Giant Pink Idol that no one wants to talk about standing in the of the middle sanctuary, the Democrat party.
You can read the conclusion by going there. I think he covers the issue in more detail than I do, and really nails it. The churches should have nothing to do with tax-exempt status. We need to be free to speak in the religious realm and political realm bringing the scripture to bear on both. After all, as the Psalmist writes The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.
I hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day and that you realize the freedom we have in the United States. This day is to remember all those who fought and both lived and died to provide us with this freedom. But we need to realize something. They did not fight and die in order to maintain our government, but our freedoms. Many people are beginning to get into the habit of thinking that our freedoms are from the government, so we must maintain the government since it is the entity that provides our freedoms.
This is not true. Our freedoms are from God and God alone. He is the One that has endowed man in such a way to live freely, with certain inalienable rights. He does give us the freedom to worship as we see fit, even if that worship is wrong or of another god. That freedom does not come from the government, nor is the government given the authority to restrict that worship. Therefore, when someone wishes to share their religious views, they have that right and freedom, regardless of whether or not that sharing takes place in a government run facility. The government is to keep from supporting one religion over another, but it should not be allowed to suppress one at the expense of another.
I say that because atheism is the religion that the government is currently supporting. It is a belief system and it is being supported by government when all others are being suppressed for the purpose of keeping them away from the lone atheist. This is not freedom. This needs to stop.
The other truth we must realize about the direction that our country is taking is that the more we move away from the truth that freedoms and rights come from God, the more government becomes oppressive. This is the sad truth. Those countries that have abandoned the true God have lost their freedoms and we see our being removed increment by increment. Or should I say, government take over by government take over.
This is one of the reasons why I’m opposed to a socialist government. Socialism doesn’t seek to allow freedom, but to oppress those under the government for the sake of control. This is why I’m opposed to Obama and everything he stands for. He wants to control our lives, not give us freedom. Just look at the take over of our health-care system. That is not freedom. That is oppression. No where does the Constitution give the government the right to manage our health care, even if not everyone in the country is covered by health care. We must resist this encroachment at every level.
I know that those on the Left always tout the need for nationalized health care so the everyone is covered. They advance their policies based upon the fact that under a free society, not everyone is equal. But this was never intended by the framers of the Constitution. Yes, we all have equal rights under the law. But that does not mean that we are to all have equal lives. This is another lie of the Left. They put forth this false idea that the government is to provide an equal standard of living for all here. That is not the role of government.
The roll of government is to provide freedom by protecting our shores from foreign invasion. The government can also aid in helping commerce by providing roads and other public services. But it should still be limited in their scope of power. What we have now for a government has grown completely out of control. It is no longer a government of the people and by the people, but one that has become a government over the people and the people should live to support it and its policies. If the growth of the beast is not contained, and soon, I can see the day when we will either become slaves to the government, or we will need to rise up and disband this beast and start with a new government that submits its will to the Constitution and God once again.
I’m not calling for a revolution. But I do see that happening in one form or another. Otherwise, we will no longer have any freedoms at all, religious or otherwise.
I love this op-ed from the New York Times. (Did I just write that?) Zev Chafets is conferring the recent rebuke of Obamism in the primaries held so far to Limbaugh and his staunch efforts to bring about truly conservative candidates. As I posted below, the victories on Tuesday were not just a rebuke of the Washington establishment, but a demand for candidates that are conservative and still hold to that… er… thing we call the Constitution.
What Chafets is saying is that the victories are all centered on one man, Rush Limbaugh. Amen, and amen! If anyone deserves credit, besides all those who attended and supported the Tea Party movements, Rush is the man. He has tirelessly and relentlessly beat the Conservative drum. The MSM and the left have attacked him with every conceivable plot to try and bring him down, but he has pressed onward. For that, he does deserve credit and if we want to attribute the current and eventual demise of Obamism to anyone, it has to go to Rush.
Here are some of the things that Chafets has written, but I encourage you, to read the entire op-ed piece.
His strategy was simple. With Democrats controlling Congress, Mr. Limbaugh saw that there was no way to stop the president’s agenda. He dismissed the moderates’ notion that compromising with the president would make Republicans look good to independents. Instead he decreed that the Republicans must become the party of no, and force Democratic candidates — especially centrists — to go into 2010 with sole responsibility for the Obama program and the state of the economy. And that is what has happened.
Mr. Limbaugh was not just the architect of this plan, he was (and continues to be) its enforcer. Dissenters like Arlen Specter, whom Mr. Limbaugh disparaged as a “Republican in Name Only,” found themselves unelectable in the party primaries. Moderates like Michael Steele, the party chairman, were slapped down for suggesting cooperation with the administration. When Representative Phil Gingrey of Georgia had the temerity to suggest that Mr. Limbaugh was too uncompromising, he was met with public outrage and forced into an humiliating apology.
When the Tea Party movement emerged, Mr. Limbaugh welcomed it. The movement’s causes — fighting against health care reform, reducing the size and cost of government, opposing the Democrats’ putative desire to remake America in the image of European social democracies — were straight Limbaughism. A very high proportion of the Tea Partiers listen to Mr. Limbaugh. Sarah Palin’s biggest current applause line — Republicans are not just the party of no, but the party of hell no — came courtesy of Mr. Limbaugh. (Ms. Palin gave the keynote address at the first national Tea Party convention.) Glenn Beck, who is especially popular among Tea Partiers, calls Mr. Limbaugh his hero.
So why the lack of attention? Mr. Limbaugh has studiously refrained from claiming credit for the movement. His only intervention thus far has been to quash talk about the Tea Party becoming a third party. He wants a unified, right-wing G.O.P. in 2010, and by all appearances he is going to get it.
AS I said, read the rest of it and give thanks for men like Limbaugh, who keep conservatism at the forefront of the battle of ideas. BTW, it’s men like Limbaugh that the left really want to silence. The Left’s ideas are bankrupt, and Limbaugh defeats them every time with conservative ideology. If it didn’t, they would not try to bring back archaic ideas like the Fairness Doctrine, which does nothing more than silence debate all together.