America is Great!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Economy, Lisa's Personal Insights, U.S History | 0 comments

Having 12 Cabinet members, dividing up the affairs of the Nation isn’t enough, for President Barack Obama.  Now, in preparation for his second term,  President Obama  has stated that he’d like to establish a “Secretary of Business.”

All I see here is the potential for Socialism; Government picking winners and losers, regulations sky high, the poor staying poor and the rich, (well, those that stay around) getting richer.  It sounds so much like a horrible re-play of “Atlas Shrugged.”  And the possibility of it becoming reality is just less than 6 days away!

Ayn Rand expressed her vision of America as “the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world.” A day ago President Obama gave his opinion of Ayn Rand saying “She missed what was best of America.”  Really?  Before we decipher his answer, allow me to review some history.

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in his Democracy in America: “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”   According to Founding Father James Wilson: “Some philosophers maintain…that the rules of morality are founded on the nature of things.”  While “others allege, that every rule whatever of human actions carries with it a moral necessity of conforming to it; and consequently produces a sort of obligation.”

So which is it?  Is America’s greatness and longevity based on obligation or on a foundation of faith?

Has our education of where we came from so diminished our understanding of who our ancestors were and their struggles for freedom to nothing more than obligation to maintain tradition?  I lean toward the observation that not only has our education taught us to maintain tradition but to slowly, bit by bit, tear our traditions apart.

George Whitfield went from church to church proclaiming why we should stand up to the British:  Freedom, Liberty, and the ability to practice our faith!  Now we are ashamed to speak of such things in our churches, fearing to offend, or worse: have the tax exemption taken away!   Shame has set in, driven by tolerance.  If we work hard,we are greedy and too ambitious for our own good.  If we talk of traditional marriage and family, we are accused of being hateful to those who choose same sex marriage.  Being religious is extreme and stifling, while being open minded is freedom.   Everything that was once good is now called evil, and everything that was once evil is now good.  A whole new world, right?!

Which brings us back to what Barack Obama said about what has made America great:  “That view of life – as one in which we’re all connected, as opposed to all isolated and looking out only for ourselves – that’s a view that has made America great and allowed us to stitch together a sense of national identity out of all these different immigrant groups who have come here in waves throughout our history.”

America isn’t great because we work together, America is great because of individuals standing alone pursuing, fighting, and working for a dream of a better society!  America is great because those individuals knew exactly where they came from!  They knew exactly where they wanted to be!  And they knew exactly who to ask for help!  First you have to dream, then you have to hope.  Next comes faith, followed by work!  And at the end you have knowledge!  The Founding Fathers had a dream of a free society in which they could be free to worship, speak without fear, keep and build upon what they worked for.  Dr. Martin Luther King marched in the streets proclaiming that he was a son of God,  a man, who only should be judged on character!  Ronald Reagan, once a Hollywood actor, defied advice and told Gorbachev to “Tear down” the Berlin Wall! Single individuals that have changed the world!

Three and a half years ago, America elected a man that broke the mold of what former Presidents looked like.  America didn’t know much about his character, history or vision of America, but they saw a chance to prove to the world that we had evolved.  This individual had a different vision and dream for America.  The key ingredient missing in this man’s education: individual achievement.  What had he built on his own?  From what we have learned about Mr. Obama, he has not had a job of creating a business. We also know now that he didn’t grow up as American boys due, witnessing  American parades, playing cowboys and Indians, care free of the burdens of 3rd world countries.  I imagine as a boy, he didn’t hear of American folk stories of Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill, or the classic story of Johnny Appleseed; One man planting apple trees, praising Heaven, while planting trees for those that would follow to have food.  A great true story is of  Walt Disney creating a mouse on a train and have him become the most recognizable, happiest figure in the world.  President Obama doesn’t understand how an individual in  America can build a dream on his or her own, become successful and decide for themselves on best to distribute their wealth.  Individual worth is what drives America!

America is great, because she is good!  She is good because of individuals who believe in family, Country and God!  We are a moral country that take pride in individual achievement, respect of individual rights; free speech, free to practice religion, free to pursue our own happiness.  And if Obama wins this election and creates the Secretary of Business position, he will have completed in destroying the America we have always been!

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Utah Educates Parents about Sex

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’d think on a state level, especially a state like Utah that values its large family heritage, that local government would value its citizens more.  Sadly that is not the case.
The announcement of Senator Stuart Reid’s proposed bill entitled “Parental Responsibility for Sex Education Training” which provided resources to parents about sex, was a little more than discouraging.  Government intrusion into the lives of families has been ever increasing with each new legislative session that comes along.  And this coming year’s legislative session will be no different.

In the Utah State Constitution no where does it say that the State has to provide sex education to students, let alone sex communication education.  Along similar lines, no where in the State Constitution does it say that the State needs to provide parental education.  Consequently no where in the Constitution does it say that the legislature is limited in passing laws.

For numerous generations now, adults have slowly allowed the public schools to take over teaching our kids everything; cooking, sewing, taking care of babies, car mechanics, reading, math, history, science, etc.  Recently added classes include finances and career development, and technical development.  Parents, in the mean time are working more than 80 hours a week combined, too busy to interact and get to the nitty gritty details of raising a child.  Instead that’s what our taxes go for.  Parents are giving up responsibility of being the Parent and the State happily steps in to fill the gap to save our children for the benefit of society.

The unexpected problem is the ever growing burden of the State to be a parent to millions of children.  So NOW they turn to regulating the parents.  Starting in Kindergarten parents are to initial a paper, honestly, that they have spent 20 minutes reading with their child.  If the monthly calendar shows any days missing of initials, the child’s grade in language arts declines.  Who is punishing who?

Move ahead to last Wednesday, at the Education Interim Committee, with a resounding sigh of we must find a way to help parents communicate with their children, Senator Reid has valiantly took it upon himself to save our families by providing resources by which parents can learn to speak to their children about sex.  Now, this proposed new law would  by no means replace what is already being taught by the schools.  It would be there for to help parents discuss what the children are learning at school in their sex education classes.

I was personally concerned about this glorified intervention and asked Senator Reid if this bill is to be a mandated request that I as a parent had to participate in.  He said no, not at all.  It is just a free resource to help parents in a face- to –face setting, teaching them how to speak with their children.  Hmmm.

I then asked him at any point was it ever discussed to have it be mandated.  Reid said yes.  To which I replied, “So in fact Senator, there is no way for you to guarantee me that my right to parent my children about sex in a way that I see fit, will not be challenged.  And that I may be brought in to be taught by the State on how they see fit.”   His response:  “That will not happen in my current bill.”  “But you cannot protect my rights in the future?” I asked.

“I cannot predict on what may happen in future legislation.”

Thank you Senator, you have just laid down the reason of why I should not support your bill!  Nor should any other Parent who knew how to bring children into this world, and knows what’s best for their individual children.

On the flip side, there very well may be a need for a Parental Communications class.  As I have stated above generations of parents have, for the most part stepped aside from their proper rolls of parental responsibility and given it to the schools.  Christians, on the whole, have excused their Pastors, Preachers, Bishops, and leadership by turning more and more to the schools.  We have left our values, principles and morals at the threshold of the Churches, having more trust in the State and offering our children up to what the State thinks is best.  But at the same time, I believe that the Churches have also abdicated their responsibility and influence by only teaching on Sunday and only speaking scriptural content.  To speak on any other topic, may lose congregants and a tax exemption. – Another State story for another time.

In closing I would plea to my parental colleges that our children are being taken away from us slowly.  We need to stop seeing free programs that entice for the good of society and start making hard choices that would make us stand out.  Our children need to know that we are quite capable in speaking to our children about sex, and any other topic that our children are interested in, without the middle man of the State.  Otherwise, we must be resolved in knowing that we may have another form of Hitler’s army on our hands!  And the parents will be accountable for it.

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Where does your treasure lie?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Around the World, Economy, Education, Family | 0 comments

Reading this article I cannot help the deep concern I have for the children and family in Sweden right now. In 2010, Sweden adopted a totalitarian view of education and are pressuring parents heavily, to put there children as young as 1 into government hands through day care and pre-school. Sweden may have turned the Socialism look at economics, does not mean that Sweden if a free country. All this article shows is that they know a Capitalist system works. Freedoms of speech, religion, healthcare, education are still heavily controlled by the government. And in fact it is illegal to homeschool children there. So what is the moral of this story? Your treasure is where your heart is!

“Sweden’s colorful, ponytail-sporting finance minister Anders Borg is one of the few economic thinkers in Europe who understands the problem with Keynesian stimulus measures is that, even if they provide a small temporary economic buzz, they leave you with a hangover of malinvestment, of resources placed where central planners want them rather than where the market says they belong. Hire an unemployed person to be a government form-filler or poet and you’re simply putting off the day when he’ll have a real job that meets real demands.”

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Cast ballots based on Biblical principles

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in National News, Religion | 0 comments

“I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel,” Graham said in the full page ad that appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal.

He also urged Americans to vote for ‘those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman.”

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