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Why Leadership is Tied to Freedom


kristopher-roller-188180-cropped.jpgOn the 4th of July, American’s will once again celebrate our nation’s birthday. The freedom we blindly take for granted today was the result of stand-on-the-edge-of-the-cliff, all-in, leadership. For these courageous men, failure was not an option. When they concluded the Declaration of Independence as shown below, they demonstrated that they understood and embraced the gravity of the path before them. Our founding fathers took the final leap with their eyes wide open believing their cause was worth everything…

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

~The Declaration of Independence

We are blessed with free speech, yet some would corrupt it and use it as a weapon of hate to shout down those who might not agree. We have fake news and bias so prevalent that it has become difficult to know who to trust in the media. We see hate that comes from leaders corrupting a cause and devolving their followers into a weapon of destruction. We know community organizers rally those who buy into a promise of something in it for them to the detriment of others.

Shared Judeo-Christian values brought us together to become a nation. These values were rooted in the 10 Commandments and interwoven throughout our judicial system. Respect for life, honesty, integrity, self-control and respecting the rights and property of others aren’t in opposition to other religions. Everyone has the freedom to worship as their conscience guides them. But, without the strong threads of common social values to bind us together, we’re at risk of tearing apart the fabric of our nation.

As leaders of our businesses, communities, churches, mosques and families, do we fully appreciate the precious gift of freedom that we were given? Freedom begins with equality under the law. However, beyond that there is a higher calling to do what’s morally right because these are the values that made us a great nation. It takes real leadership to stand up and consistently do the right thing, not only for yourself, but for your country.

Our nation’s leaders must also take this to heart. When they act without integrity, respect for others, violate the law, lie or fail to represent their constituency, they’re also tearing us apart. When we fail to hold them accountable, allow them to make some groups more equal than others or buy into the WIIFM (what’s in it for me) mindset, we accelerate the destruction of our national heritage and our freedom.

Today we once again stand on the edge of the cliff waiting to see if we can once again find common ground to bind us together. Every person that has the privilege to call themselves a citizen of our nation carries a responsibility to remember what brought us together in 1776 and exemplify our American values.

Would you pledge your life, your fortune and your sacred honor to uphold the values that make America work? If so, please share this article.

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The Death of American Exceptionalism


Why on earth would anyone be ashamed to be an American? Perhaps the world wide apology tour that President Obama had a little something to do with that. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that We The People’s memory of our Founders fades with every text book and documentary that tears them down into obscurity. Or could it be part of the socialization of America? Perhaps, it is all of the above.

F. A. Hayek, a member of the London School of Economics, wrote about similar concerns during World War II.

“How far in the last twenty years England has traveled on the German path is brought home to one with extraordinary vividness if one now reads of the more serious discussions of the differences between British and German views on political and moral issues which appeared in England during the last war.” F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

How is it that something that once seemed impossible due to the national character of that nation now seemed inevitable? Looking back from the perspective of decades, Hayek’s concerns were valid.  Today, the British face socialized healthcare and student riots due to tuition increases. In his writings, Hayek was concerned about the loss of the national identity.

“…but while the people of England were then proud of their distinctive tradition, there are few of the political views then regarded as characteristically English of which the majority of her people do not now seem half-ashamed, if they do not positively repudiate them.”  F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

The American historical landscape has change significantly since Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson made their lasting mark on our nation.  America now is facing a crisis of identity for We The People and the world. Are we the America that won an impossible fight and freed ourselves from the British, invented the light bulb and created the best quality health care in the world? Or are We The People evil because America dared to prosper?

This shift in national pride happened in England when the British people began to embrace collectivist ideas. The same shift has occurred here in America as evidenced by the election of a President who doesn’t believe We The People individually have a right to succeed.  We The People can’t be trusted to care for our neighbors voluntarily, or determine for ourselves how exactly we’ll spread that wealth around.

“It’s not that I want to punish your success; I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they’ve got a chance to success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” Barak Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign

How far We The People have strayed from the Founder’s intent:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” The Declaration of Independence

What is charity, when one has the right to choose, becomes theft when the government gets involved. Each of us has a right to pursue the American Dream. No one has the right to take the fruit of another man’s labor.

God Bless America!

Read it for yourself: The Road To Serfdom.

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Does Character Really Matter? (updated)


12/30/2009   (UPDATED)

As we look to the new year, we are facing the fruit of our national apathy as we watch Congress wheel and deal for their votes in support of a bill that America clearly does not want.  For decades, the national silence has been deafening while elected officials of BOTH parties showed their true character.  Bringing home the bacon to their district through ear-marks as the price for their support of a bill they would not otherwise agree to has become the normal M.O. in Washington.

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide.  Regard not the particular sect [party] of the candidate – look to his character… It is alleged by men of loose principles or defective views of the subject that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations.  But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine.  They direct that rulers should be men “who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.”

~Noah Webster

As the President and Congress are sworn into office, they take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic.  Why would our Founding Fathers choose to use that particular turn of phrase?  Why would a citizen be a threat to the Constitution?  Having just rid themselves of tyranny, they valued their hard won freedom and rightly knew that in the passage of time, our national memory would fade and a domestic tyrant could again threaten the liberty of the citizens of this country.

But you must remember, my fellow citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.

~President Andrew Jackson, Farewell address 1837

While we are busy with the details of our own lives, we often neglect our duty to ourselves, our country and future generations by guarding jealously the inheritance our fore fathers left us.  We don’t want to get off the couch and get out of our comfort zones to send good people off to attend to the people’s business.  Andrew Jackson had much more to say:

You have no longer any cause to fear danger from abroad; your strength and power are well known throughout the civilized world, as well as the high and gallant bearing of your sons.  It is from within, among yourselves–from cupidity [excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice], from corruption, from disappointed ambition and inordinate thirst for power– that factions will be formed and liberty endangered.  It is against such designs, whatever disguise the actors may assume, that you have especially to guard yourselves.  You have the highest of  human trusts committed to your care.  Providence has showered on this favored land blessings without number, and has chosen  you as the guardians of freedom, to preserve it for the benefit of the human race.  May He who holds in His hands the destinies of nations make you worthy of the favors He has bestowed and and enable you, with pure hearts and pure hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time the great charge He has committed to your keeping.

~Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address 1837

As We The People have slept, a diligent minority have worked to “fundamentally transform” our nation.  The American Dream has morphed into a garish caricature reflecting our enslavement through apathy.  We The People sat silent and let our national leadership completely ignore the Constitution.  Its hard to say who is more wrong.  Those who swore to protect and defend the Constitution, or those who did nothing to hold them accountable.

We The People sat quietly, not wanting anyone to be offended, as a few have decided that we can no longer have God in our public life.  George Washington, in his farewell address in 1796 talked about religion and morality’s role in preserving freedom:

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?” And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.

Sitting in the Oval Office we now have a President that sees the Constitution as a speed bump, “a charter of negative  liberties”, on the road to the new America he has envisioned.  This same man has claimed that we are no longer a Christian nation.

We The People are doomed if we won’t stand up for what is right and good.  Personal responsibility and honest self interest have served this nation well as we have grown and prospered.  While some grow extremely wealthy, many are lifted up because of their pursuit of the American Dream.  Jobs are created, the free market drives innovation and generous people give to support those who are less fortunate.  People of character work hard.  People of character don’t want hand outs, they want opportunities.  People of character will lend a hand.  People of character know right from wrong even if no one is looking.

America needs people of character to step in to the fray and run for office at every level of government.  School boards, city councils, state legislatures, judges and federal offices are all important positions.  Honest people that aren’t looking for what’s in it for them can help turn this country around.  If We The People stand up and support the good guys with our time and money we can vote the in-bred Washington elites out.

UPDATE (09/13/2010):

It’s nine months later and We The People have seen that the slogan HOPE and CHANGE didn’t exactly mean what they said it did. We The People have watched unpopular, oppressive legislation speed through Congress as though they would never have to face another election again with arrogance and impunity. America’s economy is in the worst shape imaginable since the trillion dollar stimulus was going to prevent exactly what we’re experiencing. This administration’s response to criticism is merely that it would have been much worse if they hadn’t done it. Hard to prove, huh?

Now We The People face the mid-term elections. If we don’t clean house in Washington, we’re jumping off the cliff into an America we don’t recognize.  If we don’t fundamentally transform Washington by electing honorable candidates, kiss America as we know it and the Constitution good bye. How should Lady Liberty’s eulogy read?

God Bless America!

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Citizens Come First!


California farmers are watching their crops wither and die because of the Delta Smelt,  a fish that was added to the endangered species list.  Because of this otherwise innocuous act, the pumps were turned off that fed all of the irrigation waters for the San Joaquin Valley and the canals have dried up.  Now unemployment in this area is up and it’s a man-made drought.  Since when do fish come before the tax-paying citizens of the United States?

We The People better sit up and take note.  The Federal Government has sided with a fish ahead of the general welfare of the taxpayers in that area.  How long will it be before you find yourself in the same position?  How long will it be before Washington takes over the failing agriculture communities because they are too big to fail?  So far, 80,000 jobs have been lost according to Fox News.  Beyond the jobs, those salaries are no longer paying bills, buying groceries and clothes.  When we’re in economic trouble already, it doesn’t make sense to kick them while they’re down.  The excuse is an endangered fish, but it is no longer impossible to believe that another industry could be nationalized for the good of We The People.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty  and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

~~The Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776

Our country was founded on the ideal that leaders only lead with the consent of We The People.  They are to act in our best interest, not their own.  When we see the personal interests of politicians, because they have worked so hard to earn the title “Senator”, come before the interests of the American people it is time to remind Washington who they work for.  The unemployed citizens of Mendota, who are apparently less important than a fish, need to hear from the rest of We The People that they are not alone.  Call, Fax, E-mail, write, sky-write, or tweet your representatives in Washington.  Don’t let the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels get by with deliberately hurting tax paying citizens’ futures.  This is a nation by the people, for the people and of the people.  It is irresponsible to hurt so many with an avoidable drought.

Don’t be fooled and think you will not be next.  Speak up or loose it forever.

Cross-posted on DirtyRottenScoundrels

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Personal Responsibility


Consequences to our individual choices are inevitable. If you touch a hot iron, you are going to get burned. If you jump off a cliff…

Here we are, on the edge of that cliff called socialism. The question is are we going to get pushed?  Right now, we are talking about all of the uninsured Americans that need access to good health care.  Having been on the periphery of the health care industry for more than a decade now, I can tell you there are many programs that are already in place to help those in need. You have Medicaid, Medicare, CHIPS and county health care centers providing for those needs.

If this nation jumps off the cliff of socialism by pursuing the health care plans being torpedoed through the system, we will be making an irresponsible choice.  The proposed cost can’t be covered without confiscatory taxes to avoid new debt.  The people of this nation trusted Congress to guard our interests and protect our prosperity.  For this nation to survive, each of us will have to accept responsibility for the quality of our lives.

“It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future.”

~~Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

~~ Booker T. Washington

There are no guaranteed outcomes in life.  Texans showed during Hurricane Ike that neighbors can help each other during desperate times.  Rather than looking to the government to fix every problem that we face, it is time to remember the pioneering spirit that allowed us to settle this country.  No apologies.  It took individual responsibility to survive.  There was no safety net.

Its high time for the whining to stop.  Entitlements are bad all around.  For the recipient, it enables irresponsible behavior.  For the taxpayer, it robs them of the fruit of their  own labor.  Instead of coddling everyone dependent on the entitlements, its time for some tough love.  Every parent knows that for your children to walk, eventually you have to let go.  They may fall down a few times, but eventually they will succeed.

Since our Constitution does not guarantee an income, government should not be in the charity business.  No entitlement should continue indefinitely.  This is an unfair burden on the citizens of this country.

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Faith vs Education


Some Probability Densities for Excited Electrons in a Hydrogen Atom

Some Probability Densities for Excited Electrons in a Hydrogen Atom

There are many in the area I live in who believe that the more educated you are the less likely that you would be able to have faith in God.  My husband was excited to finally have a staff position as an Associate Pastor for a small church.  I was in graduate school at the time working on a Master’s in Chemistry.  The pastor and his wife were unable to accept me as a believer because of my education.  I never got the chance to tell them that it was my education that heightened my faith.

In February 2009, Chemical and Engineering News cited a recent study:

Now, researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Chicago provide some insight as to why. According to “Science and God: An automatic opposition between ultimate explanations,” published in the January edition of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2008.07.013), a person’s unconscious attitudes toward God and science are fundamentally opposed because they offer competing and logically incompatible explanations for the same phenomena.

The more I studied Chemistry, the more I became convinced that none of this could be an accident.  The complexities of electrons in their various energy states within a molecule is mind boggling and in no way a happenstance.  It is incomprehensible to attribute our very exsistence to a Big Bang.  The highly complex equilibrium that is our planet could only have come about by a creator.

I am not alone in a greater faith because of a scientific education.  Many of the great men of science that created the foundations modern scientists now take for granted were men of faith.  It is sad to see Higher Education turn its back on God, and in the process lead whole generations astray.

Albert Einstein

“The deeper one penetrates into nature’s secrets, the greater one’s respect for God becomes.”

Sir Isaac Newton

“Atheism is so senseless.  When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light.  This did not happen by chance.”

Louis Pasteur

“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.  Science brings men nearer to God.”

 

 

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The Future of Healthcare in America


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The Wall Street Journal article,

The End of Private Health Insurance. When government ‘competes,’ guess who always wins? quoted here that talks about the end of private insurance as we know it.”

The following is an exerpt from the WSJ article describing how universal healthcare would work:

“This public option will supposedly “compete” with private alternatives. As President Obama likes to put it, those who are happy with the insurance they have now can keep it — and if they happen to prefer the government offering, well, gee whiz, that’s the free market at work. The reality is far different. Not only will the new program become the default coverage for the uninsured, but Democrats intend to game the system to precipitate — or if need be, coerce — an exodus to government from private insurance. Soon enough, that will be the only “option” left.“

Our current system is most definately flawed, but what motivation will providers have to continue in private practice if the Medicare sets the rates.  Currently, in diagnostic imaging for example, the provider barely covers cost, let alone make any profit at all.  Small independent facilities that offer a better out-patient experience are effectively reimbursed at a lower rate than a hospital using the same diagnostic equipment.  Many insurance contract prices are already tied to Medicare rates.  Many doctors will no longer accept Medicare patients, again due to the reimbursement.  If Congress insists on reducing the cost of Medicare on the backs of the providers, they will find themselves without anyone to do the work.

This is what we have to look forward to if we allow Congress to expand Medicare to cover everyone.

P.J. O’Rourke said, “If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it is free.”  Very aptly put.

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