So, why would anyone care if the census numbers were skewed? Consider carefully that if an area were to be tallied much greater than it had in the past, it may push that region past the threshold to get an additional seat in the House of Representatives. Now say, you were reasonably certain this area would elect one party preferentially over the other, you might well have the motive for excluding the “Right-Wing Extremists” from the census process. Without the opposition to keep everyone on the up and up, you would then be able to pad the census in left leaning areas and maybe lighten the count in the more conservative regions. Thus guaranteeing the dominance of the party in power.
There seems to be a systematic shut out of anyone who disagrees with the White House. Bob Unruh with World Net Daily charges that there is a political policy in Washington that transcends federal agencies:
The U.S. Census Bureau, reflecting what apparently is becoming a political position that involves more than one federal agency, has listed “hate groups,” “law enforcement” “and “anti-immigrant groups” among those that would be refused permission to become a partner with the 2010 Census.
Who are included in these hate groups? Of course, those dangerous right-wing extremists, people who support traditional marriage, people who support the right-to-life, and everyone else Janet Napolitano had mentioned in her warning about hate groups.
In the interest of maintaining the iron fisted Democratic control of both the House and Senate, influencing the Census would nearly guarantee the eventual extinction of any conservative voice in Washington. Unless we are willing to let the erosion of our Constitutional rights continue, we must stand up and be counted in the census, in the polls and hopefully be heard in the media. God Bless America!
Will Justice Still Be Blind?
Will Justice Be Color Blind?
An Open Letter To Government
This White house certainly feels no qualms about telling people to tread lightly when dissenting opinions are voiced. The White House Press Secretary warned when asked about Newt Gingrich’s blog comments about Ms. Sotomayor being racist.
“I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they’ve decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation,” Gibbs said.
If our Constitutional right to free speech is as of now still in tact, I don’t see how one would need to treat Ms. Sotomayor any differently than all of the preceding Supreme Court nominees that have been subjected to far worse commentary by the left. I wonder if the 1st Amendment will expire when the opposing voices get so loud that not even NBC can ignore them.
No where in the Constitution is there any sort of quota for representation in Washington except by census (population numbers not origin). So when this nation was first settled was any consideration given to the selection of Senators and Representatives based on their ethnic origins? I think not. So why now are we giving such weight to race when their education, experience and track records are the only things that matter. If we allow quota’s to become the rule, then good, qualified, deserving individuals that have earned the right to be considered will be passed over due a skewed sense of racism if the right set of candidates is not presented.
Consider Ms. Sotomayor’s track record. If you look, you will find several cases where the higher court overturned her ruling. Last time I checked, this wasn’t exactly a desirable trait in a jurist whether they are male, female, Latina, or any other form of Hyphenated-American. Once we had a great melting pot for our society. Speak up and speak out so that our “certain unalienable rights” given to us by our creator won’t be washed away with the liberal tide.
Will Justice Still Be Blind?
The role of the Supreme Court Justices often remains a lofty ideal, but not one that intrudes daily into our living rooms. With President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, America needs to take notice and speak out. Judge Sotomayor is being considered, not because of an impressive record as a Constitutional Jurist, but for her radical record as a judicial activist.
– Supreme Court nominee, federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, speaking to a Berkeley La Raza Law Journal in 2001.
Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences … our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. … I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.
My understanding of the Constitution leads me to say that if Judge Sotomayor is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice we will see a rapid erosion of the cornerstone of our form of government. If she is allowed to use “richness of her experiences” to help her determine whether or not a situation is or is not Constitutional, I fear for our future. Justice is supposed to be blind to gender and national origins. How then will being white or male going to make you any less qualified to determine Constitutionality?
How long will it take for her to suggest quotas in justice? For intance, her recent case where she denied Mr. Ricci’s valid claim for a promotion because of the Captains/Leutenants exam in the New England Fire Deptarment had 15 passing scores, but none were African-American. Would it be a huge leap to go from this opinion to one that denied white men access to Congress because there weren’t enough representatives of other races? There are other examples http://www.heritage.org.
Let me state clearly that I am not against African-American’s, though I am a bit bothered by hyphenated-Americans. We ALL need to be American’s first and foremost. A divided house will fall. Let me also state clearly that I don’t think race makes you any more or less qualified for any position. Education, experience and drive are what matters.
It it offensive to my sensibilities that this woman is being given serious consideration. I am certain there are many more qualified jurists available and more willing to adhere to the letter of the Constitution and not just make it up as they go along; ones that are not routinely overturned by higher courts.
I urge everyone to speak up and let their Congressmen know how you feel. Remember, they work for you. Unless you hold their feet to the fire and make them accountable to the people they represent, they will do what is best for their careers.
Can Justice Be Color Blind?
Dear Elected Official,
I can’t stand the thought that somehow the burden of more debt is going to save our country. STOP SPENDING MONEY. STOP BAILING OUT. JUST STOP. In our personal economies, if we spend too much, eventually the bill comes due. You either do without to avoid this, or eventually your house of cards will collapse ending in bankruptcy. It is arrogant to think that we can avoid this.
On general spending. Please stop. I don’t want higher taxes. I don’t want the government to provide everything for everyone. I believe if a thing is worth having, it is worth working for. What motivation will people have to rise above the circumstance if the entitlements render it unnecessary? My children should not have to do without because the government, federal, state, and local wants to be everything to everyone. This nation was not founded, nor the west settled by a bunch of whiny, nincompoops that can’t be bothered to make the effort to change their own destinies.
I believe we should only do official state business in English (a cost savings). I have found that there is always someone who can translate if they haven’t bothered to learn English. I believe it is time to roll up your sleeves and start cutting the size and scope of government. If government is the only sector of the economy that is growing in employment, then we are in serious trouble. If there is no REAL business creating wealth, then all the extra American dollars that you print are absolutely worthless.
I believe that we are a Christian nation and founded on Christian principles. Stop trying to erase God. I will honor your right to believe something else, but this is a big part of American History and should not be swept under the carpet like we’re embarrassed.
I believe that each of you have a personal responsibility to lead the nation in reducing the burden of government on the citizens. Please keep America a great place to live. If you don’t change your ways, we will all collapse under the burden of debt and become a 3rd world nation instead. We’ll be looking for handouts instead of being the one helping.
Also, since when did America suddenly turn it’s back on Israel? They are not the aggressors. If America owes anyone an apology, its to Israel for forgetting what the Jewish people suffered that led up to Israel becoming an independent nation. Israel should NOT be divided, erased or changed except as THEY see fit. We are not going to have peace in the middle east no matter what you do. We have lost our sense of direction if we can’t stand up for what is good and right in this world.
What do you think?
As part of our wedding vows, we promise to love, honor and cherish. What does it mean to honor your spouse? How we speak about your spouse to others says a lot. Do you spend your time griping about those things that aren’t perfect? Or, do you honor them with your words? By that I mean can anyone say that you’ve said anything derogatory, anything that implies you don’t respect them, anything that belittles them? Even if you do have a problem brewing between you and your spouse, do you complain to others and possibly damage their relationship with your spouse in the process? Every time we cross the line and show the world what’s not so good about the person we’ve vowed to share our lives with, we are not holding up our end of the bargain. We are not honoring them.
I honor my husband by keeping the chinks in his armor to myself. I am supposed to be his ally so telling where his weaknesses are does not honor him. No matter how great the infraction, I will not tell others how he failed; it would not honor him. I only speak to others the words that lift him up and show the world how wonderful he is. I’m not lying to myself or other people when I do this. I’m using discretion about what I share so that I present my husband in the best possible light. Wouldn’t you want the same? Wouldn’t you want the person who knows whether or not you drool in your sleep to choose not to ridicule you to others? Honoring your spouse is a key ingredient to a wonderful, fulfilling marriage. That’s not to say you won’t ever disagree. Just choose carefully when, where and how you’ll express your opinion.
Also, when you honor your spouse, you remind yourself of all of the good qualities that brought you both together in the first place. People fail, that’s just part of being human. When they do, it is much easier to forgive if you can remember why you loved them in the first place. Do you honor your spouse?
I Do, Except For The Obey Part!
A Cultural Attack On Biblical Marriage
In everyday life, do we recognize God’s hand in action? I think there are many things that slip past us simply because we aren’t looking. I like to ask the question, “What are the chances?” What are the chances that your bank awards you a sweepstakes that you didn’t do anything to enter at the same moment that you’re in desperate need of that same amount of money with NO hope of coming up with it on your own?
In fact, this specific example is true. The previous Sunday at church, I cried through the entire service because I thought we had finally run out of hope. We needed nearly $5000 to be able to get caught up on our house note. They had already sent us the warning letter stating that they would foreclose if we didn’t pay and time was running out. Later the same week, I had a phone call from my bank. I could hardly believe it was true. They had awarded me the Sweepstakes for doing something I was already doing, online bill pay. What are the chances?
Needless to say, as always God’s provision was in time, but I learned that I may not come in ways that I could foresee. He is constantly moving behind the scenes in ways that we can’t conceive. This experience reinforced the fact that I can trust God. I don’t need to be able to predict how his help will come to me. I don’t have to understand how all the pieces of the puzzle will fit together. All I have to do is trust that God is faithful and that He loves me no matter what.
There have been many times throughout my Christian walk that God has proven Himself faithful. I am truly blessed that He is willing to do that over and over again when my fears were echoing in my head, drowning out that still quiet voice. I cannot thank God enough for the many times he’s spared me from what I deserved even when the doubts creep in. I’m so glad that God knows my heart even when I fail; He loves me unconditionally.
Unconditional love is hard to come by from people. It is hard to give it. When was the last time you were able to love with no expectation in return? When did you love your child without any performance criteria? It’s easy to say that you love your children no matter what. Think about what you do. Is there a statement, “I love you, but…?” Whether it’s about grades, cleaning their rooms or anything else, if you withhold some of your grace towards them because they disappointed you, your love is not unconditional.
Growing up, I struggled with my weight. The way my parents talked to me about it made me feel like I had let them down by being heavy. It was beside the point that I was only eating what was in the house. This shaped the way I looked at myself. I was a disappointment. I didn’t perform as well as my brother did in school, I was heavy and I wasn’t as social as my sister. It wasn’t until recently that I saw what unconditional love was in action.
Our daughter got in trouble in school. My husband was sitting in the school office praying about how he should handle it. God’s answer to him was to treat her as He had treated my husband. In many ways it’s hard to realize that God is giving us grace every moment of every day; that His love is greater that anything else we can imagine. Are you capable of that kind of love? When someone has hurt you can you forgive them unconditionally? Can you throw that offense as far as the east is from the west?