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Monday, November 21, 2011

Why Sit Here Until We Die?

Poignant Kaiser Permanente Commercial

   This country is at an impasse.  Merriam Webster defines impasse as "an impassable road or way; a predicament from which there is no obvious escape." I think that about sums it up. Even the most politically illiterate know that this country is divided almost down the middle. The 2012 election will determine the direction we will be led. It is critical.
   There are two camps at war for the hearts and minds of our citizenry and the future of our republic. The left  (Liberals) who want to see us become more like European-style Socialists and the right (Conservatives) who want to see us return to our roots as a constitutional republic with a Capitalist economy. We are at this impasse because of the inroads already made by the left, and then there is Barack Hussein Obama. We now have a president who was the most liberal senator in history, with a voting record more liberal than Ted Kennedy's. We have a president who wants to "fundamentally change America." The stage is set. 
   Both camps are very proactive, and both are hoping to win the votes of the illusive Independents. It sounds like a lot of activity. However, there is a large portion of our population that choose not to get involved. They may be sitting on the fence. Maybe they are too busy to sort it all out and decide where they stand. Many leave it up to the other guy. Some have their head in the sand and don't want to know what's going on because if they know then they may have to do something. Many think that it doesn't matter because they can't make a difference. A lot of us are just hypnotized in front of our large screened HDTVs or game consoles or computers and are completely unaware that our country is on fire! If there was ever a time when we needed every single American to stand up and be counted it is now. 
   I was thinking about this when a story from 2 Kings chapter 7 in the Bible came to mind and that is where I came up with the title of this blog. Why sit here until we die? Try not to turn me off just because this story comes from the Bible. Whether you are a believer or not there are some great stories in there and I think you will see why this one jumped out at me.
   Why sit here until we die? There were four leprous men sitting outside the gates (lepers were not allowed inside) of the city of Samaria. The city was under siege by the Syrians and it had caused a famine. These four men who were doomed to die of their disease in due time anyway discussed among themselves what they should do if anything. They determined that they actually had three choices: 1) they could go inside the city and starve with everyone else, 2) they could continue to sit outside of the gates and allow the disease to eventually kill them right where they sat, or 3) they could enter the enemy's camp and beg for mercy and perhaps they would feed them and let them live. They decided, WHY SIT HERE UNTIL WE DIE? Let's do something! To keep a short story short, they entered the enemy camp and God had already miraculously  intervened by making the Syrians hear the sounds of a great army coming. There was no great army! It was just the sounds of one created by God. The Syrians fled the camp in fear and the lepers found an empty camp full of tents and provisions. At first they were going to keep it to themselves, but then they decided to tell the people in the city and their king. They wound up not only saving themselves but also an entire city and a king! Why sit here until we die?
   The 2010 election proved that we can make a difference. Many of us who had never participated in the process before stood up and demanded to be counted. We went to rallies. We wrote letters and sent FAXes. We attended meetings. We signed petitions. We voted. We held off the socialized healthcare bill way longer than the politicians ever dreamed that we could and the final bill was not the bill that they wanted. We continue to fight it. We took over the House and almost took over the Senate. There is now a TEA Party caucus! Our work is not done. We need to hold the House. We need to finish the job in the Senate and gain control. We need a Conservative president who respects the U.S. Constitution and the American way, who will be friendly to businesses and help to heal the Capitalist economy that has made us the envy of the world. We have to fight like hell to keep this country from going down the road of a European-style Socialism that will destroy our history, our American values, and our future as a free nation. 
    I pray that the TEA Party people of 2010 get back out there and continue the fight. If you have been uninvolved until now, decide to do something and to not just let things evolve unopposed. Educate yourself by getting updated daily on current events that effect this country. Reach out to your local TEA Party and get involved. They have proven to be effective. Don't just sit there and wait to die.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Get Up and Be Somebody!

   Teenagers love to sleep in on Saturday mornings. I know that I did. Monday through Friday I would drag myself out of bed with the thought of Saturday morning being buried under my covers oblivious to the world for as long as possible. I say for as long as possible because my dad didn't believe in "sleeping in." Sure I would get an extra hour or two than what I got on the weekdays, but I wanted all day. I wanted at least until mid-afternoon. But unless I was sick, around 10:00 a.m. I'd hear a knock on the bedroom door and dad would mutter "time to get up" and walk away. I would wonder what in the hell is the matter with this man? One time I stomped downstairs to ask him just that, and he yelled back "It's time to get up and BE SOMEBODY! Damn!!" I stomped back to my bedroom, probably slamming the door, and just sat there and thought about what he said. Be somebody? Who? What? Was I supposed to try to cure cancer on Saturday mornings? Maybe I could work for world peace and have it done by church on Sunday. After that day when I would hear the knock and him muttering that it was time to get up the words GET UP AND BE SOMEBODY would crash into my mind. I'm 52-years old and those words come to mind more often than I, or he, ever could have predicted.
    America, it's time to get up and be somebody! This country has a debt burden that it can not continue to carry and those in government do not seem to have the will or the guts to address it. In fact we wasted the last three years on a failed stimulus plan that left us with crushing unemployment, deeper debt, and expanding deficits. Our financial woes have become a national security concern. We are weakened and getting weaker. I contend that this is happening intentionally so that the system will collapse and can be replaced or "saved" by converting to a more European-style Socialist system. I believe that Bush made some bad decisions that started the ball rolling, but this new administration that believes in "never letting a good crisis go to waste" is using this perfect storm to bring about their vision for America.
   We have in power now an administration who wants to "fundamentally change" America. Our president and the Progressive Democrats believe that government is the answer to every problem, that we need to spend our way out of this crisis, that debt and deficits don't matter, that America (that means you) is a country that needs to apologize to the world for being arrogant Capitalists, that we need to "spread the wealth around" (not only in America but also globally), and any group or any individual who stands in their way is demonized and destroyed when possible.
   We also have a generation of citizens who believe that they are entitled to everything without being required to work for anything. They want to nurse from the teet of government from cradle to grave. They want to pass high school without being able to read. They want a college degree free-of-charge that is spoon fed to them by complacent professors. They want to have babies that they can not afford and expect the government to feed them with WIC and food stamps and welfare checks. They want high-paying jobs without being willing to start at the bottom and work their way up in a company. They want free cell phones and it's their civil right to have a computer. They want designer clothes and expensive cars. They want it all, but they aren't willing to invest the sweat to get it all. They would rather take it from those who did. They want to take it from that breed of American that still exists that earns whatever degree of success they were willing to work to achieve. They worked hard to get an education. They worked hard to sell that innovative idea and to build a successful business. They made smart investments. Then comes along the unproductive who think they are entitled to take from the productive.
   I have a confession to make. (I make a lot of confessions. It helps me sleep well at night.) I am an under achiever. I could have taken advantage of opportunities like school grants and loans to get a good education. Every single American can get an education if they are willing to work for it. I didn't do it. I started, but I didn't complete it. I didn't earn the degree. I had a  great job that paid well and had room for growth. I didn't stick with it. Now I can follow this by giving pretty good excuses for under achieving, but I'm not going to do it because I accept full responsibility for who I grew up to become. Part of accepting that is also accepting the limitations that under achieving has created for me. I do not expect someone who made the best use of all the opportunities available to better themselves, their living conditions, their income, and their lifestyle to give me anything! Nobody owes me a thing! They earned what they have. America is the land of opportunity. People still come from all over the world for the opportunity to succeed. In America we are promised the freedom to pursue happiness, but we are not guaranteed outcomes. If we try and we fail we are free to try again and again. Without freedom and without hard work there is no success. There are only handouts and theft from those who have paid their dues. It's a beautiful system and it has worked! People fight to get into American... not out!
    Now just because I have lived a life of relative mediocrity does not mean that I can't still get up and be somebody. In the haze of my under achievement I can still make out the truth of the situation that I see endangering our great country and our way of life. I may not have taken advantage of opportunities, but I want my children and their children to have the freedom and the choices that I had to succeed or not. There is a movement brewing that seeks to take away a system of reward for hard work. It's Marxist in nature and we all know that Socialism and Communism never, ever work. More often they lead to the tyranny of a few over the masses, which is the very thing they claim to hate. The few aren't a small group of super achievers. No, they are usually mere cronies of those in authority who are used to keep them in power. It always has led to mass murder and the slavery ("re-education") of those who do not comply. If  you think that this can not happen in America you are wrong.
   We have an administration (in two of the three branches that influence the third branch) that prefers a nanny state. We have the entitled masses. We have big unions with expanding agendas. We have a media that is complicit. We have taken God out of our culture. We have become so PC that it limits our freedom of speech. Our educational system politically and morally indoctrinates our youth and produces illiterates. Our right to bear arms is threatened by laws cloaked in safety. We have property rights taken at will. We have government bailouts and takeovers. The Occupy Wall Street crowd is a mixture of everything that threatens America. Do your research and you will see.
    I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get up and be somebody! America we have to get off of the couch, out from in front of our large-screen TVs, off of the computer games, out of the bars and buffets, and whatever it is that is distracting us and do something. I am doing things that I've never done before. Every single person who gets it should figure out what it is that they can do and do it.
   I'm not muttering it. I'm shouting it. GET UP AND BE SOMEBODY!!!!

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