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Responsibilities of Citizenship


” For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Matt 6:21 ESV)

Where is your treasure?  If we delight ourselves in the Lord, do we still want the same treasures the world values?  Do we not, instead, draw toward the riches found only in the kingdom of heaven?

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Ps 37:4 ESV)

If the Lord is our delight, would we not find deep satisfaction and, yes, even joy in doing the work He has set before us as Christians? Would we not turn away from the treasures of the world so completely that if Our Father in Heaven put worldly treasures in our hands, they would sift through our fingers like so much sand?

There is no formula, God sees the truth that lies deep within our hearts. So if you’re just going through the motions, there your heart is also. But if your heart is full and overflowing with the greatest treasure, the love of Jesus, could the treasures of this world hold any sway?

Now, as a citizen of The United States of America you have to ask, what sway does the lure of money and power have over the people we elect to represent us in Washington?  These men are pulled many directions by the other insiders, lobbyists and the pet cause de jour.  Many who hold these offices end up with connections to great wealth and opportunity that ordinary citizens don’t have access to.  The very people who sent them to Washington, entrusted with the future of this nation, are now relegated to We The little People.

There is no greater responsibility that We The People have as citizens than to exercise our right to vote with great care.  Men who are of this world don’t have the same moral compass that a man who delights in the Lord. If the lure of riches and power hold no value, We The People can trust them to exercise the power he holds with great care.

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matt 6:24 ESV)

If an elected official serves God, he, like our Founding Fathers, will consider what’s best for our nation, not just what will get them re-elected.

God Bless America!

Further reading:

Deitrich Bonhoeffer

Founded on the Rock

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If You Can’t Win, Make Fun of Them


(Originally posted 07/09/2009)

Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals has been the left’s master playbook.  It’s not hard to see that these are the tactics that were used on Sarah Palin.  Her ability to rise above the fray every time makes the left nuts.  The blue lines were examples that came immediately to mind.  I’m sure if one were to dig deeper, there would be plenty of examples for the rest.

Rules for Radicals:

  1. Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.
  2. Never go outside the experience of your own people.
  3. Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.  (Make them speechless).
  4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. (The hypocrisy play)
  5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. (Humor is the ultimate weapon!)
  6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
  7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
  8. Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose. (Timing is everything).
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
  10. A major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure on the opposition.
  11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counter side.
  12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.  (Put up or shut up).
  13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it (example, George Bush as the personification of evil).

(From http://mcfan.org/rulesforradicals.aspx)

None of the attacks on Sarah from the left have been anything but an attempt to neutralize what they see as a very real threat.  When they couldn’t ridicule her into submission, they turned to unprecedented attacks using her family and the ethics bill she championed as weapons against her.  Before Sarah, G.W. Bush had the same treatment going into his last election cycle in order to neutralize and demoralize the GOP.  The left portrayed President Bush as not only an enemy of the world, they attacked him on the home front as well.  It was effective too.  For the GOP, the election was lost before it ever began.

The list above was taken from a post appropriately titled “Know Thy Enemy”.  If the grassroots conservative movement wants to have the stamina to beat back the socialist tide, we have to truly know thy enemy.  Understanding what their tactics are will help us not to buy into their game.  Instead, we need to engage them in a debate of our choosing.  No more compromise to get along in the true spirit of bipartisanship.  They have fully demonstrated with their grotesque display of power in Washington, the liberals have no intention of engaging the right.  Our own concept of fair play has been used as a weapon against us.

Now is the time for We The People to stop listening to the talking heads on TV and use our own God-given brains to decide what is best for America.  It’s time to stop being paralyzed in our apathy and stand up for the Freedom that was bought with the precious blood of our Founding Fathers.  If there was ever a time to pay attention, its right now as we watch our Constitutional rights evaporate before our very eyes.

There is NO person or government that deserves the fruits of your own labor more than you do.  As a free people, we have a responsibility to take care of our own needs and not to look to the government to take care of us.  There was a time in this country when if you didn’t work, you wouldn’t eat.

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Cross-posted: DirtyRottenScoundrels (July 2009)

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Ronald Reagan Still Speaks the Truth


Ronald Reagan’s words are still true today. We The People face the most important election in our lifetimes.

“Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) and the Republican Study Committee present to you a new video featuring President Ronald Reagan reminding us that the out-of-touch voices of the Democrat Party don’t speak for all Americans.” ~ Griffin Media Group

Get everyone you know out to to vote Nov. 2nd so we can turn our country back to its founding principles and preserve/restore the hard-won freedom our country has taken for granted for far too long.

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Review: Popes and Bankers


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Jack Cashill chronicles credit and debt throughout history in his book Popes and Bankers: A Cultural History of Credit & Debt, from Aristotle to AIG.  Cashill gives perspective to major worldwide financial events leading to our current financial crisis.  The author peppers this book with pertinent tales that bring the seemingly unrelated events of the past together that ultimately paved the road to ruin.

The author tackles usury from its religious perspectives amongst the Jewish people and culturally as told in the Merchant of Venice.  He shows us how consumers, who once disdained debt, were romanced into embracing credit as a way of life. Cashill also shows that when the moral constraints against credit default swaps, Ponzi schemes and usury evaporated culturally, nothing remained to prevent people from doing the things they could get away with in the name of profit.  America was led willingly by their individual greed closer to the financial cliff called economic collapse.   This book culminates in illuminating the significance of the past as it applies to Wall Street today.

It is a slow read, but the content is well worth it for those interested in finding the answer to how did we get to a place in America where companies are too big to fail and bailouts are  now commonplace.  His scholarly style doesn’t grab me the between the ears with the irresistible desire to turn the page.    However, the pace picks up as you approach the end when the snippets of financial history finally come together.  There are extensive references that support the history as told in these pages.  I will keep Popes and Bankers on my reference shelf and recommend it for students of history.

God Bless America!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Glenn Beck’s The Overton Window


Glenn Beck’s new book, The Overton Window, weaves history and current events together for a political thriller that will serve as a wake-up call to American’s who are asleep at the wheel.  Beyond entertaining, this book challenges the reader to pay attention to the man behind the curtain as We The People are manipulated through the calculated application of the Overton Window in American politics today.

The main character is drawn into the fight for the soul of our country.  He finds himself torn between his life of privilege and a mysterious woman who captured his heart. Noah, like many Americans, had to be jolted out of his complacency to see the truth that surrounds him, but chooses not to see.

Since his story is based on reality, Beck takes this opportunity to sort fact from fiction with extensive sourcing of the facts and a challenge for the reader to check it out for themselves.  I highly recommend The Overton Window. You’ll never view the powerful elite in the same light again.

God Bless America!

For more information on the Overton Window & the Mackinac Center for Public Policy click here.

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Socialist Attack on the Constitution


Our form of government was set up to have built in checks and balances so that no one body within the government could get so powerful they could ignore the Constitution and the will of the people.  Congress, the President and the Supreme Court individually have powers the others don’t.  Ideally, out of control behavior would cause the other two branches to stand up for the interests of the people.  We The People have to remain watchful.  If officials aren’t honoring their duty to the citizens of our nation, it is our duty to call them to task.

The often discounted and overlooked final check and balance on our government is We The People.  Our right to keep and bear arms is addressed in the 2nd Amendment.  The authors of the Constitution realized that if people should ever be denied the right to fight, the balance of power is shifted.  Any measure that takes away the right to keep and bear arms threatens the balance that keeps bullies from imposing their will indefinitely.

With the events that are occurring right before our eyes, we can’t take lightly the wisdom and the forethought given to our Constitution.  Wise men, who could not have imagined the technologies and advances we’ve made since 1776, crafted a document that would protect future generations from tyranny.

Many states are passing resolutions that re-assert the Constitutional rights reserved to the states and to the people in response to the unprecedented actions being taken by the President and Democratically controlled congress.  Bailouts, healthcare, and special interest pork spending are not in the interest of the American people.

There are individuals that have a socialist agenda who are systematically attacking our Constitutional rights.  If We The People don’t stand up and re-assert our rights as American citizens, we will soon loose the right to speak up and have a dissenting opinion.

Cross Posted on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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An Open Letter To Government


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?

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