Two Paths, Time to Choose

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Two Paths, Time to Choose

Today I’m home, sick. I’ve been contemplating what happened in our country in the 1970 and 1980’s. I’ve always loved Presidential history. I was the weird kid who would actually watch Presidential speeches when they aired. President Jimmy Carter in his “Crisis of Confidence” speech in 1979 told us that America was in deep trouble in an energy crisis and gave a bleak outlook for the next several years. He told Americans to quit seeking selfish abundance, learn to live with less, travel less, and conserve more. He said if we didn’t do what he was describing that America was in for a financial collapse. His solution called for Congress to empower the Executive Branch of our government (i.e. him) for mandatory conservation of resources. I am barely old enough to remember the long lines at gas stations and the “No Gas” signs. I remember my father going to get gas on certain days and being thankful we already had financed a home and feeling sorry for the people who had 18% home interest rates. President Carter admitted that for the first time in history the majority of Americans felt the next 5 years would be worse than the previous. His response to America was to ask America to sacrifice more and give the government more money and more control over our lives so they could “fix it.”

On Tuesday, January 20, 1981 I was also home, sick. That was the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as President. That same day the Americans being held hostage in Iran were released. It was quite a day. It was an historic day to watch the news.

I watched as President Reagan immediately brought an optimism and an infectious, unbridled belief in America. I heard him promise to cut the taxes of average Americans so they could keep more of what they earned and he was going to ask the government to learn to live with less for a change. He promised the dark days would go away not because of what he would do, but because of what he knew Americans could and would do. He made a statement that has stayed with me, “Government is not the solution to our problems, government IS the problem.”

He expressed a strong faith in the ability of Americans to work their way out of any problem as well as a deep and abiding faith in God to lead our way:

“Our government has no power except that which is granted by ‘we the people’.”

“Our federal government didn’t create the states, the states created the federal government.”

“Government must foster productivity, not stifle it.”

“We are not doomed to an inevitable decline.”

Carter said (just like Hillary said in her recent debate with Donald) in the 1980 Presidential debate that Reagan’s economic plan would result in 30% interest rates. Carter was wrong. Dead wrong. Ronald Reagan delivered on his plan and his promises. In the next 8 years, America experienced an unprecedented economic turnaround unlike any other time in American history. Unemployment dropped, the economy boomed, inflation drastically dropped, but, perhaps more importantly, the confidence Americans had in America soared. Americans turned from the dark thoughts of scarcity to the bright path of abundance and prosperity.

In the next 24 hours we will elect a new President. The two paths have never been clearer:

One path promises more governmental control over our health care. It promises “free” college tuition. It promises that the benevolent government will provide for everything we need if we just give them more control over our lives and pay them more in taxes. (After all, who wouldn’t agree that the government manages our money so well?!)

The other path, releases the burden of the government from our back. It cuts our taxes and cultivates growth in the private sector. It gives tax breaks to entities and people who actually create more jobs for Americans instead of raising those taxes to rates that only encourage them to leave the country and do business elsewhere. And while it doesn’t promise “free” things it does promise “FREEDOM” to every American to provide for themselves.

One path will lead us to economic scarcity and eventual financial demise. The other will lead us into abundance and prosperity.

One creates a society of enslaved citizens who are utterly dependent on the government for its basic needs. The other frees each one of us to determine our own destinies.

Nothing is free. Ever. Someone has to pay that bill and if history has taught us anything (see the City of Detroit for the most recent example) it has taught us that when the “wealthy” and “corporations” are taxed to provide those “free” things they simply move their business elsewhere leaving a once prosperous place filled with job opportunities, as a ghost town full of abandoned factories and houses and a city filled with crime.

I would remind us all of the words of President Gerald R. Ford, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

I would not have chosen either of the candidates running. Trump wasn’t my 4th choice and I’d have rather seen Bernie than Hillary. At least he’s honest. But the fact is in this election we have two choices who stand a chance of winning. One platform drives us further into our economic demise (for more information, see our 20 trillion dollar debt) and the other starts digging us out of the hole.

I also believe the time for 3rd parties is here, but they must be included from the beginning. Neither Gary Johnson nor Jill Stein will garner more than 10% of the popular vote. They won’t come close to winning. Neither will Evan McMullin. They don’t stand a chance. Your vote could make the difference in the financial destiny of our country as well as a myriad of other issues.

I urge you if you haven’t already: GO VOTE ON TUESDAY.

May God bless America, but may America also turn and bless God

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Freedom OF Religion

I had somebody send me a private message asking me about the separation of church and state. Let’s be clear on the facts:

1. “Separation of church and state” isn’t in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence.

2. The idea was quoted by Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists. They were worried about the government interfering with their right to freely express their worship in private AND PUBLIC. Jefferson assured them that would NEVER happen because “there exists between church and state a wall of separation.” It is abundantly clear that the idea of separation is to protect the church from governmental interference. In other words Freedom OF Religion not Freedom FROM Religion. Our society today has it backwards.

3. I’ve heard many liberals quote the 1st Amendment establishment clause. The only problem is they don’t quote the entire thing:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.” (Emphasis mine)

4. The clear intent of our Founding Fathers was for our government not to establish a forced governmentally imposed religion nor to prohibit people from exercising their religion FREELY in private or in public.

5. The whole non forced religion includes atheism. Yes that is a religion and it’s wrong for a government to force someone to adhere to its tenets just like it is wrong for a government to force someone to pray in Jesus’ Name.

6. Having said that, this is America. An atheist has the right to freely express their lack of belief in any deity and their total faith/belief in science in private and in public. Likewise a Christian has the right to freely express their faith in Christ in private and in public. If either offends your delicate little ears, GROW UP. Learn to ignore what you don’t agree with and move on.

7. Just because our country does not have Christianity as its official religion in no way, shape, or form negates the well documented historical FACT that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and principles. There has been, in the last 25 years, a push by historical revisionists to say all our Founding Fathers were Deists and even atheists. (It’s always entertaining to hear the revisionists change their stories as the years roll on) If you take the time to actually read our Founding Fathers’ own writings (which I have) you’ll find that they were men of deep faith and belief in God. Some attended church regularly. Others did not. But to say ALL were Deists or atheists is historical revisionist JUNK (<– being nice here) In fact, many of the original state constitutions required men to be men of faith in order to show their fitness to hold a public office.

8. When you erase God from the American equation you also erase the source of your rights. Consider the Declaration of Independence:

“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.”

Jefferson (obviously NOT an atheist– neither was John Adams, James Madison, nor Benjamin Franklin who all had input on it) clearly stated he believed the basis of our rights as individuals came from a Sovereign God. Erase God and you’ve also erased the Source of your basic rights.

9. I believe the moral decay, multiple violent outbursts our society, and general disrespect for life, is due to a liberal, secular push to remove all aspects of God from society, including schools and government.

As Ronald Reagan said, “If we ever forget we’re one nation under God, we’ll be a nation gone under.”

And as Benjamin Franklin observed on July 28, 1787 when our Founding Fathers were called to pray at the Constitutional Convention:

“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”

This zealous push to erase God from public and private lives is pure bigotry. Practice whatever religion you like. But stop telling others what and where they may practice theirs. I have watched with great sorrow and now indignation the systematic targeting of Jews and Christians freely practicing their deeply held beliefs. Public figures who hold these beliefs are shamed into silence in the media by bigots and bullies.

God’s people need to rise up and say “enough” and take a stand! Vote not only on election day but also with your wallets as consumers! If it costs us everything, then so be it. Our Founding Fathers believed liberty was worth dying for. So did the Greatest Generation who saved us from Fascism in the 1940’s.

Where is that courage today? Where is that conviction? Or are we so obsessed with our own comforts of life that we’ve become a group of feckless weaklings who cower at criticism? People who have gone silent for fear of being labeled something we KNOW we’re NOT. Why???

History supports our cause. So does the Bible. Don’t back up. Take a stand. Let your voice be heard. Let’s share the conviction of Patrick Henry who believed the natural state of every man was freedom when he cried out:

“Give me Liberty or give me death!”

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