Monday, August 22, 2011

"Tea Party Can Go Straight to Hell" - Voice of Civility?

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, as reported in Fox News August 22, expressed her opinion: "Tea Party can go straight to hell" - about those who believe in limited government and controlled budgets. Too often those who accuse others (usually in the GOP) of lacking compassion and civility demonstrate little of either themselves when communicating with or referring to those who hold differing viewpoints.

Rather than justifying unrestrained and uncivil actions in response to those who speak harshly, applying a disciplined response goes miles in achieving positive, long-term results. As it has been said, "Better that one be disliked for his position rather than for his disposition."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Samuel Adams - More than a Brewmaster

Over the decades, much has been done to minimize the vital contributions of Americans and to magnify their inadequacies, faults, and wrongs. Great people are not gods, but they are called "great" because at some point they did something positive, heroic, or noble. As a result, there is everything right about looking at what is right, with the goal of following that which is right. Samuel Adams did much worth noting:

-Graduated from Harvard at 18

-Did not want to be a brewmaster

-Did not want to be a clergyman

-Failed as a tax collector

-Lost his first wife when he was 35

-Turned around in his 40's

-Argued "no taxation without representation"

-Wrote countless articles against English injustices

-Elected to Massachusetts Legislature

-Formed the Committees of Correspondence designed to inform and unite the Colonies

-Served in the Continental Congress

-Signed the Declaration of Independence

-Attended the Massachusetts US Constitutional Convention

-Elected Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor

-Elected Massachusetts Governor four times

Samuel Adams spent the first twenty years after college going uncertain directions, but he saw a change that took him into politics, an area for which he was well suited. He failed to let failures lead to ultimate failure. He was willing to serve as a foundation builder of liberty, then to yield the Revolutionary spotlight to his cousin John Adams and others after his essential work of communications had been needed most.

Sam Adams should not be known as a brewmaster.

Sam Adams, on the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, said the following:

"We have this day restored the Sovereign to which all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising of the sun, let his kingdom come."

As a warning to future generations, he cautioned: "Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners [conduct] are universally corrupt."

In his will, Adams stated his faith in God: "I resign my soul to the Almighty Being who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust, relying on the merits of Jesus Christ for the pardon of my sins."

Americans need to know about the good that people have done and take steps to follow their goodness. "Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." Proverbs 14:34

Thanks be to God for Samuel Adams, Father of the American Revolution.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

NBC Forgets the Pledge of Allegiance

During the opening segment of the final round coverage of the US Open Golf Championship this past Sunday, NBC began its telecast with a patriotic introduction since the event was played at the Congressional Country Club.

NBC, as well as the entertainment industry as a whole, has long omitted God from its program menu, aside from plenty of profane use of God's name. NBC insulted millions of viewers along with those who voted to include "under God" in the Pledge many years ago. NBC's apology was incomplete and therefore insufficient, but that was not surprising. Watch the clip for for yourself - it won't take more than a minute:

God Bless America? How about God Save America? A nation who forsakes its past has no future.

Friday, May 20, 2011

San Francisco and Circumcision

This past week, the City of San Francisco announced an item that has now qualified for the next city election ballot: Penalties for Infant Circumcision - See the link below:

1. Parents have a natural, God-given authority over their children. The government may be able to determine what parents may do depending on the government's viewpoint of what is harmful to children. This attempt is a new attack on families.

2. The free exercise of religious liberyt is another issue. If circumcision is banned, then what other "harmful" aspects of one's religion will be banned, and who will determine the definition of harmful?

Nanny government continues its assault on personal liberty.

President Obama on the Middle East

Experts and pundits with broad and deep experience are addressing and analyzing the ramifications of President Obama's Middle East policy speech of May 19. I shall proffer but one question, specifically concerning Israel:

Do you ask a friend to weaken his home security system?

Friday, December 17, 2010

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas...

During Christmastime, my mind went to a favorite old song, and I drifted into the political…

Without providing you with a woeful audio rendition, I’ll merely supply the lyrics and let you sing it to yourself in the manner you are best suited.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Country gave to me

(12) Hope for the future,

(11) An electorate with courage,

(10) States with more power,

(9) All judges faithful,

(8) Crooks out of office,

(7) Freedom of religion,

(6) Military healthy,

(5) Help from Above,

(4) Freedom of the press,

(3) Free market rules,

(2) More cash in hand,

(1) And more leaders with integrity.

We can have fun with a parody, but we must be serious about our Nation’s direction. November 2 provided evidence that many Americans are indeed serious about our country’s path, and that they wish to maintain many great, historical American distinctives.

May God bless each of us as we prayerfully seek to be better citizens, and therefore contribute to the building of a better country.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Satisfied with My Fence, My Side, and My Grass

“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”

“…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11

My fence--

A fence is restrictive. It prevents me from leaving a designated space. That space may change over time, and I may generally like or dislike my space. At times, I may view the fence as an enemy, a barrier that limits my freedom to explore and experience something within my sight but beyond my grasp.

But a fence is also protective. It prevents someone or something from coming too close to me. I may see, and I may wish, but there can be only certain forms of contact with the “outsider.” The outsider is a potential friend, but it may also be a potential enemy. For the time being, because of the fence, I am delayed in finding out which. I can choose to allow frustration to overtake me, or I can allow trust in my fence maker to calm me.

My side--

There is immediate security and comfort when I see the word “my.” That very word establishes a kind of fence. My side is my side, given to me by the one who places my fence, which early in life is usually a parent. I know that the area inside my fence is mine. Since the placer of my fence is good and has my good in mind, I can be assured that in my little world I will find comfort, nourishment, and protection. Ultimately, if I will remember the goodness of my authority, the one who placed the fence around me, I will also be contented, satisfied, and happy.

My grass--

I have seen grassy meadows, and as beautiful as they have appeared, they are not as safe as the grassy area I have within my fence. Within meadows are often found uneven spaces, mud, and rocks. From a distance, the meadow looks perfectly inviting and exciting for me, but I can not see what lies under the lush, lengthy, greenery. What lies below the beauty will slow me down and cause me inconvenience, insecurity, and perhaps injury.

My grass is safe. It has been prepared and maintained by the one who placed my fence. From time to time I think of the adventure of wandering into new meadows, but I always return to the predictability, security, and satisfaction of being home, home in my own little spot of the world. I have learned, most of the time, to be content with the delicious and safe grass on my side of the fence, plain and ordinary as it might be.

More than with any parent or teacher, I have learned to be content with God, the all-wise, Great Placer of my “fence.” He is good, and He loves me. I can trust Him to establish the boundaries and to supply the grass He knows are just right for me. “I have learned…therewith to be content.”