Our Moral Fabric

I believe America’s is a bit tattered.

Considering the road our nation is traveling, the law commonly mislabeled as “Don’t ask Don’t Tell”, will likely be repealed. The smart guys and gals in Washington believe that is the thing to do. Many of them, calling themselves political conservatives have stated that maybe we should just let these “social” issues go and focus on other more important things. I believe there are no things more important.

The moral fabric is what holds everything else together. For many years, the concerted effort has been to unravel our country’s thread by thread. Commencing with removing God from the public square and murdering unborn children to the veritable destruction of the traditional family unit it is only logical that our country’s most respected and trusted institution, our Armed Forces, be a major stepping stone toward turning America into New Amsterdam.

I hope those serving in or leading our armed forces who are championing repeal of the law that states that homosexuality is not compatible with military service understand that this is not about military service just as homosexual marriage is not about marriage. It is about declaring as a nation that homosexuality is normal behavior and that homosexuals should have protected status under law as a minority class. That is what it is about, period. So, when the law is repealed, do not expect legions of homosexuals to overwhelm military recruiting stations.

I know that there are homosexuals serving now. The impression one gets from the party line, however, is that military units are literally filled with homosexuals just waiting to come out of the closet. I expect the number is not that great. I also expect that the majority of those who are serving are not the in your face radicals who are pushing this issue and prefer to keep their lives, including their sexual proclivities, private as do most people.

When this law is repealed, understand that our Armed Forces do not move in half-steps. When homosexuals are given minority status by law, expect the military to lead the way with homosexual affirmative action, annual homosexual –American history and culture celebrations and recognition of homosexual partners as military dependents. Of course all of the endless government forms, where one must declare his race and gender, will need modification. I do not know how that will work. If sexual orientation is to become ones identity, do we make it a new race or do we create a third sex or do we just replace gender identification with sexual orientation? Would we include a block for pedophilia? Is that not also a sexual orientation?

Without checking too hard, I can assure you that since 1993 when this law was passed the military has separated more fully trained, qualified and productive Soldiers for being overweight (and in case you are curious, overweight by military standards would probably be a svelte civilian) than for being homosexual. The people inside the service who are cheering for homosexual service do not hesitate to chase away overweight Soldiers many of whom want to remain in service. They are dishonest if they do not admit to that truth. Of course there is a new war on our nation’s immoral fat people. Fat is just not acceptable. So as service in the military becomes a new right by law, will we recall all of these fully qualified and trained Soldiers who were separated against their will for being overweight?

There is another issue here that bugs the living daylights out of me. It is the red herring of integrity. The argument is that homosexuals must lie about who they are in order to serve. Are you not curious about why the policy is dubbed “don’t ask”? A person does not have to declare his or her sexual orientation on entry into the military just as no one has to declare his or her preferred form of sexual activity. And who in the heck wants to in the first place? Will that not have to necessarily change?

There is an integrity issue here though that is bigger than keeping ones sexual preference private. It will impact military leadership more than it will impact the troops. Military leaders who do not believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable behavior will be asked to abandon what they believe and pretend that they do accept it. Some will put up a politically correct façade and pretend. Some will not.

Military leaders who actually live by the strongly professed values that comprise their code of honor, which includes integrity above all else and candor, will lose their careers for having the courage to stand by their personal moral convictions and telling homosexuals that they cannot accept their behavior as moral. The military will lose good leaders.

To reiterate, repealing this law is not about service. Like marriage, it is about taking down the institution.

We need to end all of the phony baloney hooey and get right down to the brass tacks of this issue. Are the people of this country ready to accept laws making homosexuals the country’s new minority protected class? That is the goal by the way. Man’s law condones a lot of things these days like murdering unborn babies, but man’s laws cannot change what I or anyone believes, thinks or accepts as moral.

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Passage of the measure may also spur broader debate about issues like gay marriage rights. Kate Kendell, the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said debate over the military policy “ignited a national conversation not just about the ability of lesbians and gay men to be good soldiers, but about the underpinnings of all sorts of government-sanctioned discrimination,” she said. Wall Street Journal

Phobiamania

A phobia is a fear or an irrational dislike of something or someone, if you can believe the dictionary. Consider, however, that some of the same people who wrote our public school history text books may have compiled the dictionary. I do not fear the word phobia, but I do believe that I have developed a rational dislike for it. Much like I developed a dislike for the ist suffix as in racist and sexist. I think I may have developed some new phobias because of it too. Cretinphobia comes to mind and moronophobia.

I am not Islamophobic, Buddhismphobic, Hinduismphobic, Jewphobic, Wicanphobic, Druidphobic, Mormonphobic, Scientlogogistphobic, Athiestphobic, Darwinismphobic, Global Warmingismphobic or any other religion phobic you can imagine or invent. I do not accept the beliefs of these religions and will never follow their chosen paths. I do not fear them because none of them can make me do or believe what I do not want to do or believe. What they believe does not offend me one bit. Although with the witting or unwitting aid of Congress and the courts they might try making me accept what they believe, but like them, I was blessed with the free will to choose my way. I do become a little concerned about those who think that I must believe as they do, be subservient to them or by them be dead. It is not a concern that translates into fear. It is one that produces a rational dislike for irrational people and requires that one possess an adequate means of self-defense and preferably the skill to rapid reload and stay on target.

Just because I do not support open military service for homosexuals or homosexual marriage, I am also not homophobic. I do not fear homosexuals. I do not accept their behavior, never will, but I neither fear nor hate them as people. There is in me a rational dislike of their behavior. As long as they do not try to force my acceptance of it as normal nary a peep will they hear from me.

Xenophobia is another phobia tossed around a bit too much these days. It makes the pundits sound sophisticated when they use it, but most of them would have to look it up in a dictionary to know what it means. I would be in trouble if I were xenophobic since the single most important person in my life comes from a country and culture vastly different from mine. We have cultural differences, different customs, different food preferences and language. But, and this is an important but, we believe the same important things. There is only one true God. He gave us our freedom. If you get it, you earned it. If you believe it, defend it. No one owes you anything. Help others when you can. We live in the greatest nation God every allowed to exist. For going on 39 years, our common values have made the bond between us even stronger. We never try to prove that one culture is better than the other. It is like the common bond that once existed between Americans. We came from different national and ethnic origins, but those strongly held and shared American values –God given freedom, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness bound us together with common purpose. Now the stinking communists in Washington want to end that. Sorry, I did not mean to digress to another topic. Now that I think of it, I probably am a little, maybe more than a little, xenophobic if one considers that Washington politicians might represent a distinct culture that is foreign to the remainder of Americans.

I really did not intend a dissertation on phobias, but sometimes I get wound up. I do have a couple of questions for you. What about these pro-abortion people. Are they lifeaphobic or babyphobic? I am just asking. During this time of year there are plenty of people who get their drawers in a bunch about Christmas. During all the other days of the year they exhibit an irrational dislike of Christianity in general. Have you ever heard a member of the media declare them Christophobes or Christianphobic? Me neither.

Have a Merry Christmas unless of course you have a fear or irrational dislike of Christ. If that is true, well, have a Merry Christmas anyway.

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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 8-12 (NIV)

I am working hard at staying in the spirit this year. Truthfully though, it has been a struggle just keeping my mind on what is important. I sense it from others too.

This time of the year I like to sit and ponder the past and the good things. Even if I perceive that I had a bad year, I can always find more good things that happened than bad ones. It is odd how that works out, but it always does. Give it a try sometime. In my future and the country’s, the odds tell me that there is more good ahead than bad. The problem is I have a gnawing sensation in my gut telling me that might not be so next year.

Maybe I am spending too much time pondering the problems I see and too little time pondering what is right and good about our country and the lives we are blessed to have. No matter what we see as going awry with our country at present, it is still ours and is still the freest most prosperous nation that God ever allowed to exist. Just flip the switch on the television and you can see turmoil across the world caused by failed socialist experiments. The same problems are heading our way unless we turn back in the right direction and I am not referring to the political right direction.

This time each year, some of us celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and all that means to each of us personally and to our world. Some of us are beholden to other things – mostly material. I am human too and I know that some of my email antagonists may disagree with that self-assessment. As such, there are things out there that I believe I want, but do not need and certainly will never be financially wealthy enough to have, unless I choose to max out a few gold and platinum cards and acquire loans I could never repay. Yep, I can have many things that I will not take with me when I leave this existence whether that expensive GPS has a northerly or southerly route plotted out for me. I do have the security to know that I can always call the 800 let us get rid of all of your debts number and someone will promise to clear my over indulgences – for a small fee of course. And I should call right now for operators are standing by with a special holiday free evaluation of all of my problems.

I have a question for you. Do you know of anyone who is offended when they get a Christmas gift? Me neither. They are not too concerned with what you call it as long as you deliver the loot. Why is it then that people, faceless and nameless most of them, claim to be offended by Christmas trees or a greeting of Merry Christmas? I cannot think of anyone offended by that, but it is so preached to us that we have to be sensitive to other religions and to atheists that political correctness is choking the life out of our nation and the true meaning out of this time.

There is something out there that all of us and our country needs. Not all of us admit to wanting or needing it. It requires no wealth. It will not cost you any money except what you may desire to give away to others. You will have to make that call however and there is no holiday special. This special runs every day 24/7. There is only one operator, but you will never get a busy signal or a pushy sales pitch. The operator is a great listener. He will solve your problems. But, you do have to call and ask for His help.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone, especially to the members of the United States Armed Forces serving on our behalf around world. May God bless you each one.

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Merry Christmas Blessed Nation

I thought that it might be a good idea to post something to this blog site before it is seized by the Department of Homeland Security. With the direction our country is headed, there will be no probable cause required to search us (TSA apparently doesn’t need it) or our homes or take away our possessions. I may be left to nailing my thoughts on a tree like our patriot pamphleteer forefathers did. I am sure that the all powerful EPA must have regulations prohibiting that too. Maybe we modern pamphleteers will just resort to stapling them to the foreheads of politicians. Sort of like a poor man’s teleprompter. Penetrating some of those thick heads may require some heavy duty staples.

We have a lot for which to be thankful in the United States of America. All of it points back to one intangible not material thing. Freedom. Not just any old freedom, but that freedom that came to us directly from God and was once protected under the Constitution of our republic. It is the freedom that the men and women who lead us are sworn to protect. Makes one wonder about what the value of a sworn oath is these days. I suppose that it is as binding as is the integrity of the man who swears to it.

It is the freedom to make your choices. It is not the freedom to impose your choices on anyone else. Yet, we see legislation trying to do just that. It is legislation born of a mindset where a minority attempts to impose its will or choices or moral relativism on the rest of us. That minority feels that it knows what is best.

All you have to do these days is declare that you are a Christian and you are promptly attacked for proselytizing. Interesting isn’t it. People who advocate for open homosexual military service, homosexual marriage, abortion on demand, post billboards declaring that Christianity is based on a myth, and who worship the mythology of Charles Darwin, have the audacity to harangue Christians for “wearing it on their sleeves.”

For all of the years that modern nations and Christians have celebrated this time, do you truly believe that people would flock to the stores in droves and spend the billions of dollars that is necessary to keep the world’s economy afloat in celebration of the festival of lights or the winter holiday season? If you do, then I suggest that it may be you who has succumbed to fantasy.

My town has been referred to as the city of churches. There is practically one around every corner. Christian Churches too. Can you imagine all of the misery those pushy Christians cause? Just think of all those feeble minds poisoned with the myth of a virgin birth, death, resurrection and ascension to heaven of our Savior. What is it with this promise of everlasting life? Asking people to believe that there just might be something beyond us and this momentary existence?

As if the year around reminder of Christianity is not bad enough, now they have Christmas displays and invitations to participate in and observe Christmas services like Christmas musicals and Christmas Eve Candlelight services. Then there are the annoying Christmas food basket programs, Christmas clothing drives, Angel trees, bell ringers at every store, and neighborhood Christmas caroling. You can hardly move about without someone wishing you a Merry Christmas with a big smiling face. Give them half a chance and they’ll even toss a God bless you in your direction. Then we have to put up with the decorations people hang all over their houses and place in their yards. Some houses even have Manger scenes including a baby Jesus placed right out there in public for anyone to see. Have they no shame? I tell you, it is the height of insensitivity. Who in the blazes do these people think they are? Can’t they just leave the rest of us alone to our self-indulgence?

This time each year when Christians choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, an entity releases all of the nuts from the fruit cake to challenge that truth. In my circle of friends we recognize that as spiritual warfare. For now in the United States of America, we remain free to celebrate the arrival of our Messiah. If it is your choice, you remain free to do otherwise. Just keep it in your tolerant mind that this time is about the virgin birth. Just as other religions have their observances, this is a Christian celebration.

Hopefully, I’ll be more cheerful in coming posts. May ALL of you have a very blessed and Merry Christmas.

Luke 2.

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No Fat Kid Left Behind

Here in America, our First Lady tells us that we have food deserts. No, not desserts. Deserts.

A food desert, as I understand it, is a place absent grocery stores where parents may buy good healthy stalks of broccoli with which to feed their broods. It is a place devoid of healthy food, but overwhelmed by the inevitable nearby strip of fast food joints where desperate parents, unable to find decent grocery stores, are forced to feed their kids cheeseburgers and fries. Making them fat.

Fast food strips are interesting phenomena here in the land of plenty. Americans are in a hurry. We like the drive through option. First, you might see the golden arches. After that, comes the home of the whopper. Maybe a little later a taco place. Then, a chicken joint followed by two pizzas for under 10 bucks. It is not too complicated to figure out how this works. One of the franchise operations does the market research for the location. When they build and succeed the others soon follow. They rarely lose or go out of business and you can usually walk to one of them from the nearest grocery store – heck, they likely share the same food desert parking lot. Get near a mall or shopping area and in addition to the standard fast food, you come upon sit down fast food places – pasta, burgers, steak and meals like Mom used to make. All of it right near the Wal-Mart Super Center with its big ole grocery store and well-stocked produce section.

I do not know for sure who is losing their minds. Either it is the nannies who want to make our daily menu selections or it is the rest of America. We are a nation that seems to be concerned because there is too much food available – even in the First Lady’s vast food deserts. Is too much available food the real problem? One of us, I am convinced, is full of nachos and jalapeño cheese dip.

Our children are now chubby enough that some of their schools are sending letters home telling Mom and Dad that they have fat kids. As if Mom and Dad had not noticed. Do you reckon they send those letters home with the lineman on the football team? Schools that no longer want to harm the child’s self-esteem by giving them an F for rotten work or by marking their papers with red ink are not overly concerned about telling them they are too fat and therefore not normal. I wonder how that works on the mind –and self-esteem – of today’s typically appearance obsessed 13 year-old girl. Here fatso, take this letter home to your mama. “Hey guys, Jenny got a fatso letter.” Yes, and these are some of the same school districts that want to help fat Jenny get an abortion without telling her parents about it. But fatness, no we cannot have that. Fat is bad for her health.

Here is a wild thought. Can Jenny or Johnny write complete sentences and logical thoughts in the English language without saying “u r fat lol.” Can either of them read at the appropriate grade level? Can either of them solve math problems at the appropriate level? Does either of them know the history of the United States? Can either of them answer simple general science questions? Should that not be the focus of our school systems instead of the child’s body mass index?

Here is another wild thought. Mandatory fitness programs, barring physical disabilities, from grades K through 12. How about making Jenny and Johnny participate in structured, sweaty, muscle fatiguing, physical fitness programs in their public schools? I know that would create make-up and blow dryer issues, but they can adjust. That is how we get the fat off of Jenny and make her healthy.

Sending a fat kid letter home to Mom and Dad could help, but only if it weighed 25 pounds and we strapped in on Jenny’s back and made her walk it home.

I suddenly have an odd craving for a chili dog and cheese fries. You know, it is hard to find a good chili dog these days. Chili dog deserts, now there’s a real crisis. Maybe we can get the First Lady to work on that.

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