When Does Hope End? Part 2

The argument could be made that the entire West Virginia delegation, including Republican Capito, endorsed their party rather than a person. Who really knows their thinking? We, however, exist on perceptions more so than truth. It is usually much later that we realize that seeking the truth was wiser than believing the perception. In our Presidential primaries, the Republican Convention gave two-thirds of our delegates to Governor Mike Huckabee before a single West Virginian cast a primary vote. It was not West Virginians, but the party establishment and their backroom shenanigans that decided to take one candidate in favor of another. Barack Obama lost the West Virginia primary, but was still endorsed by the Governor and his Democrat Congressional delegation. In neither case did the voice of the people matter. The desires of the party establishments on both sides of the political divide most often take precedence over the desires and needs of the people and the state.

Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, who calls himself Big Daddy when boasting about bringing home the pork, has been representing West Virginia in Washington since 1959. Besides bringing in the bacon, Senator Byrd should be known for other things a sycophantic and liberal media will never mention. His 14 hour filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Exalted Cyclops rank he held in the Klu Klux Klan would not fit well with the liberal media spin for the Democratic party.

Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller is a New York transplant. He was our governor for 8 years before being elected to the Senate in 1985. He is a millionaire of inherited wealth and a lifelong party politician.

Keeping it in the family, in 1983, Democrat Representative Alan Mollohan replaced his Congressman father as the representative from West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. Mollohan is also a millionaire politician who was under investigation by the Department of Justice on some significant issues like steering earmark money to non-profits, from which it is alleged he then profited. Interestingly, the investigation stopped with his party back in charge.

Democrat Nick Joe Rahall went to Congress in 1977 to represent West Virginia’s 3rd District. Rahall represents our southern district commonly referred to as the coal fields. The only change I noticed in southern West Virginia since I left there in 1966 is that there are now fewer people. Rahall leans pro-Palestinian and anti Israel. His sister Tanya owns a public relations and consulting company and lobbies for Middle Eastern clients.

Republican Shelley Moore-Capito went to Congress in 2001 to represent West Virginia’s 2nd District. She also comes from a political family. Her father, Arch Moore, served in Congress from 1957 to 1969 and was Governor of the state for 3 terms from 1969 to 1977 and from 1985 to 1989.

Our serving Congressional delegation has a nearly a century and a half combined time in Washington, allegedly representing the people and interests of West Virginia. You might think that these wealthy, career politicians could have accomplished something for the state that would have moved it above number 50 on the per capita income scale. In fairness, I think we did climb up to 49 a time or two and we do have a lot of structures named for Robert C. Byrd.

The most pressing national security issue for us, after Islamic terrorists, is energy independence. In West Virginia, we have more energy reserves than Kuwait. Kuwait, you recall, is the country whose oil we saved from Sadaam Hussein.

Our state leadership endorsed an administration that wants to end not advance the coal industry that provides more than 50 percent of our nation’s electrical power. West Virginia could provide much more energy from our natural gas resources and by converting coal to liquid fuel that burns cleaner than diesel. Environmental Protection Administration impediments are already costing coal miners their jobs and as the President said before he was elected, his cap and trade plan will bankrupt coal fired electrical plants and necessarily quadruple the cost of electricity. It looks like Wal-Mart might not just be our largest employer; it may be our only one.

Forward thinking political leaders with so much time spent in Washington would have worked to transform our state into a major player in energy production. Instead, ours chose the party.

I suggest you do the most basic research on your state and those representing you in Washington. Do not be surprised when the picture you develop is quite similar to the one I just shared.

The answer to the question is that hope, like freedom, ends when it is tied to men or to their political parties. It lives as long as it is tied to our founding ideals.

© 2010

When Does Hope End? Part 1

A weakness of my generation of Americans is our ingrained gullibility. Those of us who were educated before the hippie generation took control of our public education system, were taught about the greatness of our country and the honesty and good character of our historic leaders. George Washington could not tell a lie and Abraham Lincoln was Honest Abe.

Our first inclination is to trust that people in general are honest and good. The gullibility that encouraged us to believe that today’s political leaders are generally honest as well has put us in jeopardy of losing all that is good about America. We want to believe that these politicians want what is best for us and our country. We want to believe what they tell us – especially if we happen to like their public personas. We tend to trust them without them first having to prove their trustworthiness. Either that is the case or we believe in them for a more dangerous and suicidal reason – because they affiliate themselves with one political party or another.

The most repeated mistake made by the citizenry of the world’s most blessed nation is that we tie our hope to men or to some wrongheaded ideology that points directly away from the principles of God given freedom and liberty on which we were founded. What we need to tie our hope to are the founding ideals, values, principles and freedoms that built and sustained us. We must then only support would be leaders who have proven in their lives by work not words that they live by and endorse our enduring national character.

Here in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia we still have many Yellow Dog Democrats. If there was a yellow dog on the Democrat ticket, they would vote for it before they would even consider voting for a Republican. Their votes have little to do with the person or an ideology. My Daddy was a Democrat, his Daddy was and his Daddy… is typically their reasoning. Today’s Democrat would likely call Daddy (theirs and mine) a far right wing fanatic. Daddy broke his back in a coal mine every day and was paid with company script and a charge account at the company’s store and he lived in a rickety, rented coal company house. Daddy earned his way, raised his family and never looked toward the government or anyone else to help with his personal responsibilities. Daddy, in fact, was to the political right of most of today’s Republicans. Yellow Dog reasoning and logic has kept Democrats in charge of our state legislature for decades and kept our state rated last in every important vital statistic while the politicians themselves are doing quite well. We vote for the party and cling to the hope promised by the party’s figure head. Hope that keeps everything just beyond our reach – perpetually.

Our Congressional delegation except for Republican Representative Shelley Moore-Capito and our Democrat Governor endorsed the candidacy of now President Obama. An endorsement, especially for the Presidency, means that you endorse everything about the person – their associations, their policies and what they might mean for the people of your state, their beliefs and the character of the man or woman themselves. Later, you cannot say I did not know that. The alternative is that instead of endorsing a person, you are endorsing your political party. Like communists, you place party affiliation before the people. Continued in part 2.

©2010

Politician-Americans

“There is no distinctively native American criminal class except Congress.” – Mark Twain

To be fair, not all politicians in Congress are criminals, however, I cannot find it within myself to defend the innocence of a single one of them that is there now. I will, however, stand to defend the first one who finds the courage to poke his fingers in the eyes of his charlatan contemporaries, especially the members of his party, who are systematically destroying our country. If that person stands up, he or she will be the unique one who has managed to keep hold of his soul.

Do you know how to identify these Politician-Americans – Mr. Twain’s distinctively American criminal class? That man or woman who is more dedicated to the prosperity of the Politician than they are to serving the American? Their focus is status and political power and doing whatever it takes to hold on to both. To that end, they will plant their lips on any posterior, grease any palm, craft tall tales of their accomplishments, claim credit for all that is good and lay blame for all that is wrong. In their noses, imagine large brass rings connected to leather straps. Straps held on to by the special interests that provide them their campaign cash and the special favors that add to their personal comfort and wealth. Out of their mouths come words crafted by focus groups and political pollsters. To the extent that they own even a fraction of their souls, these poor devils must suffer constant internal conflict. Conflicted because they promise what the pollsters tell them they must, all the while knowing that they have to deliver the goods to those who exert Faustian control with sharp tugs on the strap that is attached to their nose rings. It does not matter if the goods delivered to their political masters are opposite of the promises made to hapless and gullible American voters. To them, the means justify the end and the end is retaining their status and political power. American voters buy the promises. The special interests buy the politicians. This is the pitiful and corrupt state of politics in America.

The Politician-American begins every conversation telling you that most Americans agree with or most Americans want the snake oil he is trying to sell. He promises to deliver his badly needed snake oil only if he gets cooperation from his reluctant colleagues across the aisle. This is what the pollsters have told him he should say. He has no more mind of his own. That went along with the soul he sold to the people who control the tension on his nose ring strap. He cannot tell you the truth because his truth is whatever he must say or do to keep his political office. He will decry the politics of old and the failed policies of the past offering hope that he will change both. What he hopes for, however, is that Americans will not awaken to the reality that the politics he practices are the politics of old that produced the failed policies of the past. Both are ageless attributes of the world’s true oldest profession. He will always promise good paying jobs for all Americans as long as we go along with his snake oil formula. The alternative formula for America, he will tell you, is just too bad to even contemplate therefore; we must act now before it is too late for us to come back from the edge of the precipice on which we are precariously perched. Only his way can stave off the next great catastrophe and there is always a looming catastrophe.

The problem for them is that Americans, to use one of the snappy political buzz phrases of the time, are finally connecting the dots, between special interest groups, corrupt politicians and failures in our economy, energy security and national defense. They have, however, delivered on one promise. There is bipartisanship in Washington. Political corruption has no difficulty traversing the aisle.

Now, as the lights are switched on for Americans, the flurry of Congress people who suddenly need to spend more time with their families is like a herd of cockroaches heading for the exits. Ironic as it may be, these Corrupticans and Corrupticrats have done a great favor for our country. They have opened the eyes and hearts of Americans and energized the citizenry into what is shaping up as a ballot box revolution so overwhelming that even the organized voter fraud will not be able to counter it.

Every American owes it to every other American to take a wire brush to the Congressional candidates in their own home districts, hopefuls and incumbents alike. We must send to Washington, Americans who are able to put service before self. We must replace the Politician-Americans with American-Americans.

©2010

Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

Despite the problems this social experiment will bring to our Armed Forces while we are at war, the issue for our country is much broader. Disguising it as a military service issue or a marriage issue only masks the basic question Americans must answer. Is homosexuality a normal behavior and should homosexuals therefore become a class protected by law?

Anyone who opposes repealing don’t ask, don’t tell is generally labeled a bigot (one who is intolerant of others and their views) by the moral relativists and supporters of open service by homosexuals. If I reject the behavior of a criminal who happens to be of a race different from mine, does that make me a bigot? Criminal behavior is abnormal and rejection of it does not make me a bigot. It is the behavior I reject not the person. If I reject homosexual behavior, it is the unnatural and abnormal sexual behavior that I reject, not the person. The same as I reject pedophilia and NAMBLA.

Military service is a piece of the issue, but only to the extent that it moves the society closer to accepting this behavior than would any other institution including marriage. Soldiers do not care who serves in the Armed Forces. What they care about is that the people who do serve alongside them are of good character, are competent and are willing to fulfill their duties without being a distraction or causing a distraction that could lead to mission failure and cost lives. Individual Soldiers probably do not care if homosexuals serve openly in the Armed Forces although it will create new and unnecessary problems and distractions for the leadership; like resolving the inevitable discrimination issues raised by the newest protected class, which they most assuredly will be. Military leaders have enough important matters on which to focus their attention. Adding another social engineering distraction atop those already in place will not help them or make them better at performing their primary leadership functions. But, repealing don’t ask, don’t tell is not about homosexuals openly serving in the Armed Forces just as homosexual marriage is not about marriage. It is about societal normalization of an abnormal and unnatural behavior – making acceptable a behavior that much of society views as unacceptable and even abhorrent. Military service, like marriage, is only a link advocates hope to add to the acceptance chain albeit a significant one – maybe the one.

Our country’s Armed Forces is one of our nation’s most trusted institutions. That means that the American citizenry is confident that the military will do what they are charged to do and do it professionally. Most Americans also perceive that don’t ask, don’t tell is a military policy instead of law passed by Congress to which the military must abide. Under the law, the military cannot ask (don’t ask) a Soldier or potential Soldier what their sexual orientation is. Also, once someone is a serving member of the military he or she cannot openly declare or practice (don’t tell) their homosexuality. The expectation is that like everyone else in society, except for maybe prostitutes and pornography stars, they are expected to keep their sex lives private.

I have listened to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Secretary of Defense supporting open homosexual service. I do not support their positions, but we should expect the Chairman and Secretary who were appointed by to the President to support the President’s views. I have no reason to believe the views they express are dishonest. Men of integrity, as the Chairman proclaims to be, and of personal courage would not openly support a view with which they disagree. Would they?

Homosexuals openly serving in the military will kick the door wide open to societal acceptance of homosexual behavior as a norm. Homosexual partners will become military dependents, entitled to all of the benefits associated with being a military family member. Homosexual marriage will no longer be an issue. Repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell will make it a non issue. How could it be otherwise? One of our nation’s most trusted institutions does not do anything with half-steps. Using the same energy with which Equal Opportunity and Equal Rights laws and policies are supported and enforced (as they should be), the military will be the leader in bringing us Gay Culture and Gay History Month celebrations and gay affirmative action. There is no sarcasm in that statement. The military will lead the way toward making homosexual behavior normal and acceptable to the greater society and will be pointed toward as the example of how homosexuality should be accepted by everyone. The society, which holds its military in high esteem, will follow their lead.

Once homosexuality is normalized and accepted, what becomes of the arguments against other abnormal sexual behavior? What logical argument could you then make against any other sexual perversion?

The cornerstone of society is the family unit consisting of a male father, a female mother and their children. A society cannot logically accept homosexuality as normal and maintain that cornerstone.

So the question for Americans to resolve is not whether homosexuals may be allowed to openly serve in the Armed Forces or if they should be allowed to marry. The question to resolve is whether Americans want to accept homosexuality as a normal behavior and create from that acceptance another protected class.

© 2010

Our Foundation is the Spirit of Freedom

Everything has a foundation. The bedrock of America’s foundation is our ingrained spirit of freedom. For years, progressive ideologues have attacked our foundation with the destructive impact of their freedom destroying attacks not usually known until many years later. Now, we must stand more vigilant than ever if we are to remain free people. Because when the foundation can no longer support the structure, it will fall.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. – 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)

According to Kris Kristofferson in his song, Me and Bobby McGee, “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” I agree. When everything else is lost, if you choose it, you still have freedom.

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America begins:

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.

In our founding declaration, we affirmed to the world and acknowledged before God, that freedom is God given. For most of our country’s history, we have defended the affirmations in our declaration. Americans have sacrificed their lives to defend the spirit of freedom, even in foreign lands. Because we have understood and defended the principle that men are the guardians of freedom and not the givers of it, our country is blessed. For many years, men, considering themselves progressives who would move us to something better, have tried to nudge us away from the enduring principle that forms our nation’s foundation.

Men can take from you material possessions, but they cannot take freedom because unlike material things freedom does not originate with men. Men have the free will to choose so it is only by choice that freedom is lost. People who are not free are so because they made men the givers of freedom by permitting them to make seemingly insignificant choices that they should have made for themselves. That was their first precarious step taken down a primrose pathway. A pathway painted by men who desire to control other men and who aspire to replace God as the givers of freedom. These progressives promise that their pathway leads to utopia when truthfully it leads directly to living hell. It is only utopian for them because they will not abide by the freedom restricting rules that they will impose on everyone else. When we allow men to replace God as the givers of freedom, freedom is lost.

Just as man cannot give you integrity, dignity, courage, your values or cannot determine whether you live honorably, neither can he give you freedom.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

As Americans, we can continue as the guardians of freedom or our citizenry can submissively slip the yoke of slavery around its neck.

C. S. Lewis tells us:

Most, I fancy, have discovered that to be born is to be exposed to delights and miseries greater than imagination could have anticipated; that the choice of ways and any cross-road may be more important than we think; and that short cuts may lead to very nasty places.

Bound by the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness endowed to us by our Creator, choices for now are ours to make in the United States of America. If living in a cardboard box is your idea of the pursuit of happiness and you are not breaking any laws, infringing on the rights of others, or insisting that others provide for your needs, then that is a choice you are free to make. Allowing other men to choose for you is a short cut that may lead to very nasty places.

I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. –Luke 6:47-49 (NIV)

The cornerstone of our nation’s foundation is trust in God and God given freedom. Preserved on this foundation is our most enduring principle. We arrive in this life as free men with unalienable rights, blessed by God, and equipped with the ability to reason, choose and distinguish right from wrong and good from evil. God instilled that spirit of freedom in the hearts of all men, not just those who were fortunate to have been born American. Being born in the world’s freest nation is indeed a blessing, but being born here does not ensure freedom.

The gift of freedom and the blessing of life in the United States of America obligate us to defend the one place on this earth founded on the principles of trust in God and God given freedom. Allowing men to be the givers of freedom will crush the rock on which our nation stands. We must protect the foundation that lights the one true pathway of hope for the un-free world.

© 2010

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