Thursday, October 31, 2013
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
We have become a nation blinded to, or ignorant of the color of character. I use that analogy simply to help showcase my argument. Back when our nation was young and developing, the leaders and writers of our foundation were people whom the common citizen recognized as individuals that drove for individual liberty, freedom and common good because they could see the color of character in the ones serving them.
This ability was nurtured by common values founded in the struggle for freedom from an overbearing government and society that stole the common man’s property, liberty and religious independence so as to control the masses for the purpose of wealth and power at their expense. The color of character was learned and appreciated because the individual needed it to fight and keep the truth that all men are created equal and deserve the right to pursue happiness by guaranteeing the opportunity to strive to be the best person he considered was good, right, and truthful to the advantage of all.
So you’re asking, what is the color of character? Character is something needing discernment and not obvious by mere physical observation. It can only be evaluated through values and standards of the one making the appraisal by observing someone’s choices, reactions and consistency that forms their integrity. This is not always easy and requires knowledge and personal discipline found only in one’s own developing integrity, which can be shallow or growing.
The “color” depends on the values and philosophies someone uses to determine the integrity of people and the measure used for that “color”. Again, this is not always easy and people will readily make their opinions based on someone else’s work without questioning the color. Definitely different from telling if someone’s skin is red, black, white, yellow or brown and any various in between. This takes little to no effort to determine, but has been used to label people as privileged, rich, poor, ignorant, intelligent, bad, good, et. No one would argue this is wrong.
But it seems today we the people have become blind to the color of character. That our last president was elected more based on the color of his skin rather the color of his character is a sad commentary to where we have gone. Don’t get me wrong, I can think of a dozen other people that share our current president’s skin color but have a complete opposite color of character that I would have been proud to support whether they are a man or a woman. I find it ironic that the president who fought so hard to free people from the prejudice of their skin color and quoted by this president as a role model for his presidency has a character color in complete opposition to Lincoln’s for America.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”
Friday, February 8, 2013
"But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever."
John Adams, Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 7 July 1775
Revival is needed if the United States of America is to keep what the founding fathers gave us. All people, all parties; Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, ET, need an American revival. It is needed to reveal the heart and intentions of our founding fathers’ vision, originated in our federal republic. We want freedom and liberty without understanding where the virtues needed to support them come from.
Revival starts with understanding the current direction leads towards less liberty and independence with more government dependency, which makes us reflect upon the contrary reformist ideas that eat away our foundations. Revival can be seen in organization like The HeritageFoundation and the Tea Party movement but each person needs to determine the path that teaches them what is needed and how to get there. Another might be the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the role of capitalism, which she eloquently portrayed in her novel Atlas Shrugged.
Benjamin Franklin’s answer to Mrs. Powel’s question, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” is just relevant today. His reply, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
The challenge before us is realizing we have wandered off the path that fuels our desire for honor and virtues, which touch the inner sense of self-worth, personal strength and empathy that drives us to be the best we can for our family, friends, neighbors and countrymen. Study our history and these things can be found in the strength of our roots and though not all pervasive, the larger share which lifted and propelled us to be the greatest nation in a millennium.
This is the time for an American revival.
"America ever is what she thinks herself to be. Governed by sentiment, and acting her own mind, she becomes, as she pleases, the victor or the victim."
Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
Friday, January 4, 2013
“The Utopian schemes of leveling (re-distribution of the wealth) and a community of goods (government controlled/central ownership of the means of production and distribution), are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary (choices and actions which are done not by means of any underlying principle or logic), despotic (ruling with absolute political power), and, in our government, unconstitutional.” (Italics added for emphasis)
Our founding fathers understood that any form of socialism was antagonistic to the republic they wanted to establish. Over the last eighty plus years we have been playing with the philosophies of it through Democratic and/or Fabian Socialism and now President Obama is not hiding but embracing the policies of it. I truly respect Charles Krauthammer. He understands and gives credit to brilliant political maneuvering, even when it’s anti-capitalistic and anti-American. Evil men have been in places of power, though many would not discern the modifier “evil” because of their blind spot amplified with their anti-Christian philosophical ignorance. I only hope Americans learn to understand Obama has an agenda that reflects nothing that supports the values this country was found upon.
God has slowly been removed from most public institutions leaving a vacuum. When principals of our republic, founded on ideas based on Christian-Judea values are not applied the alternative is the socialism of re-distribution of the wealth. Freedom and liberty are not easy and sometime very difficult to achieve but far superior to the option of allowing any government to replace the work needed to maintain them. We need to continue the hard work of teaching all Americans what it takes to make the government work for us and not us bowing to the government.
"A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?"
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Note: The analogies used in this article are intended only to clarify or support an idea of marriage and is not intended to be applied otherwise, anywhere or upon anyone in a demeaning manner. It would not be accepted by this author.
"In forming and settling my belief relative to the doctrines of Christianity, I adopted no articles from creeds but such only as, on careful examination, I found to be confirmed by the Bible."
John Jay 1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
"Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System."
John Adams 2nd U.S. President
You don’t say golfing is tennis.
You don’t call a rabbit a duck.
It just makes common sense in our culture and way of life to keep certain main beliefs and actions defined so we can accurately respond to the needs involved across those varying principles. See, it wouldn’t be good to house a rabbit on a pond or compete at golf with a racket instead of a club. They are different. Not one better than the other or extraordinary from the additional, but rather just handled differently based on facts. It would be unfair to everyone involved if the duck was cultured as the rabbit or if tennis was scored the same as golf.
That is not to say when things are very similar or they respond in like ways or are biblical, we treat them with comparable reactions.
"In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. … The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just - a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless." (emphasis added)
Lincoln's Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.
An individual is a person whether he is black, white, red, brown, has two arms or one and we know this because in America we base our individual values found by inalienable rights defined on the cultural initial principals the founding father used for our governmental structure. Yes, Judeo-Christian values found in God’s word, which the founders believed was the only way our government can work.
Under these facts, marriage is a union between a man and a woman for the purposes defined within the context of values this republic was founded on (outlined above). Does that mean American’s ignore the beliefs of others who want to play a different game then how our government has been established to work on? No. But you don’t call golf tennis when it is not. Marriage is between a man and a woman but if others believe differently than give them similar advantages but don’t call it marriage. It is a different union. Maybe it should have the same advantages as a marriage but that doesn’t mean it is one. People can play golf or tennis, but it is just too confusing to call them both the same thing and keep score or even finish with winning results. Ducks can live in wooded areas with the rabbits but they do better if we give them a pond to play and feed from. I will gladly give my gay friends support for the same type advantages I get in my marriage with my wife, but just don’t call it something it’s not. You need to come up with a name for your new game and then we can talk about the rules.
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
George Washington 1st U.S. President
Friday, June 29, 2012
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their (citizens of USA) right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” - The Declaration of Independence (italics added)
The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independent determined that in order for a free people to obtain and keep freedom and liberty, drastic measures were needed. Then, it was Boston Tea Party and a military revolution. Now, after decades with similar feelings of “long train of abuses and usurpations” we feel the beating back of modern citizens’ liberties and a small government that focuses on the original tenants our founders established. We find ourselves at a similar crossroads of an intrusive and overbearing “king”.
The Declarations goes on to say, “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.” Read and see if some of these “facts” seem to be repeated today?”
"He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."
"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance."
"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation."
"For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent."
"For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments."
I believe we are at the same defining moment but with a greater advantage. There are those that might shout, “BEAR OUR ARMS” but we have a greater weapon, supplied by our founding fathers and those who fought to obtain and keep them. All we need is for “the people” to educate themselves and others on the mechanism of our American Republic and then vote for those who understand them and support the intent of liberties it is all found on. I’m encouraged that some movement has be made in this direction the last few years but there is much, much more work to be done.
It is the duty of every American citizen to learn and understand what our founding fathers envisioned, entertain cultural and philosophical ideas (which are more than less) that fit the republic framework as founded by the framers and vote to encourage those that support these percepts. Complaining is useless without vision that repairs it
You may have read some of my blog and notice I refer to the American Republic often as opposed to a democracy. Americans need to understand this difference. I leave you with several quotes the founding father said about a democracy and hope you are intrigued enough to find out why.
Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence - “a simple democracy ... is one of the greatest of evils."
James Madison, U.S. President "Democracies, in general, have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."
John Adams, signer and U.S. President- "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
John Quincy Adams, U.S. President "The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived."
Friday, January 13, 2012
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 pursuit of Happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed (italics added).
Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
"The experiment is made, and has completely succeeded: it can no longer be called in question, whether authority in magistrates, and obedience of citizens, can be grounded on reason, morality, and the Christian religion, without the monkery of priests, or the knavery of politicians." (Italics added)
John Adams 1788, "A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America"
It’s a new year and by the end of it I hope a new direction for our government.
There are those of the Liberal left who have, over the years, been promoting a perverted or ignorant form of patriotism that ignores the roots of a true American patriot. They use familiar arguments such as the following about our Pledge of Allegiance.
“The Pledge in use today, written by Francis Bellamy in 1892, was modified by the U.S. congress in 1954 by adding the words “under God” and in effect turning it into an unconstitutional public prayer. There are millions of Americans who believe in God but do not believe they are "under" God.”
I’m not in total disagreement with the premise but I don’t think public prayer is unconstitutional (another blog for another time) and the reason for the modification was for the purpose of amplifying the intent of the founding fathers. Americans don’t have to believe they are “under” God or even need to believe in God but rather, all need to understand our nations’ working principals and philosophies are based and work only in the context of religious Judea-Christian teachings that our founding fathers used to establish our government. Until the early twentieth century it didn’t need to be highlighted because it was implied by all our major founding documents and understood by every American because it was taught as such. Today those principals are ignored or purposely obscured using perverted liberal philosophy that the liberals of the Abraham Lincoln era would not recognize or agree with.
As for “In God We Trust” on our money, yes, it was not on our paper currency until 1956 but has been on our coins since 1863 largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase instructed James Pollock, Director of the Mint at Philadelphia, to prepare a motto, in a letter dated November 20, 1861. This was largely in part because of liberal thought of the time, something liberals of today would not understand. It was liberal thought of the pre-civil war that blacks were equal under the constitution who wanted “In God We Trust” on our money. This is something “conservatives” of today understand but progressive liberal want to discourage for their own perverted American idea. Again, we need to amplify the intent of our founding because it is not taught as the truth it still is today.
“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation (italics added).”
Samuel Adams, letter to Elbridge Gerry, November 27, 1780
Monday, November 28, 2011
"The importation of foreigners into a country that has as many inhabitants as the present employments and provisions for subsistence will bear, will be in the end no increase of people, unless the new comers have more industry and frugality than the natives, and then they will provide more subsistence, and increase in the country; but they will gradually eat the natives out. Nor is it necessary to bring in foreigners to fill up any occasional vacancy in a country for such vacancy will soon be filled by natural generation."
Benjamin Franklin - 1751
"The ongoing migration of persons to the United States in violation of our laws is a serious national problem detrimental to the interests of the United States."
Ronald Regan - Presidential Proclamation 4865, September 29, 1981
Newt Gingrich has proven for months now that he is a serious GOP candidate to consider. But now with his position stated on the immigration issue it seems Mr. Gingrich can handle his positions on policies with true conviction of thoughtful and "American" consideration. I will not put words or un-intended thoughts to Newt but my guess is that he has a position on illegal immigration that considers the huge lack of government application of current laws and available department resources that has generated a delinquent immigrant mentality over the last few decades that needs thoughtful but prudent correction.
It is not the fault of those illegal aliens here for ten or twenty years that our government has not been conscientious in its duty to correct their misbehavior in a timely manner and allow them a false sense of entitlement undeserved. They are simply being the “spoiled rich teenager with no boundaries” that the “irresponsible, selfish, uncaring parents” have allowed them to become. But it is time those “parents” be replaced and rules, regulations and character be instilled as they should be. It will not be easy but should be fair to those “teenagers” who have proven American character and help pay for their share by going through the right “adoption” procedures to be productive citizens. Otherwise they should go back to their real “parents” and live by their rules. This whole immigration mess is as much the fault of an uncaring, dysfunctional government that needs to become the “Uncle Sam” it should be and lovingly discipline and correct the immigration situation.
"America must not be overwhelmed. Every effort to enact immigration legislation must expect to meet a number of hostile forces and, in particular, two hostile forces of considerable strength. One of these is composed of corporation employers who desire to employ physical strength (broad backs) at the lowest possible wage and who prefer a rapidly revolving labor supply at low wages to a regular supply of American wage earners at fair wages. The other is composed of racial groups in the United States who oppose all restrictive legislation because they want the doors left open for an influx of their countrymen regardless of the menace to the people of their adopted country."
Samuel Gompers - Letter to Congress, March 19, 1924