Freedom’s Last Stand

I have written before about the leadership equation. The equation discusses necessary elements that combine to make a leader effective. The bottom line of leadership is the ability to influence others toward achieving specific goals or a vision. If the actions of the leader – demonstrated character and competence – fall short, the led will pull away from rather than follow. When the led pull away, failing leaders become desperate. Historically, dangerously so.

As a leader hopes to influence outcomes, he or she must demonstrate some intangible attributes that further define his or her character.

A leader motivates. How do leaders motivate the led? A leader must know that people are motivated by the leader’s actions and not his or her words. A leader’s actions will motivate the led in a direction that is either toward or directly away from his or her proven destination. People are motivated by positive and caring leaders who share the hard times with them. People are not motivated by fear. People driven by fear will at some point rebel. Leaders motivate people by sharing time with them – outside the public eye.

A leader inspires. Before a leader can inspire the led, he or she must first be inspired by the led and what the led has stood for throughout its history. One cannot inspire the led if he or she spends time apologizing for their past and present while promising to fundamentally transform their future. One does not hope to change what inspires them.

A leader is selfless. A leader knows that whatever it is, it is not about him or her. It never was about him or her. It is about the led, whether people, an organization or a nation. A selfless leader does not base his or her actions on what might be gained or lost personally. A selfless leader builds unity in the led and does not seek to divide them. As we are taught, a house divided against itself cannot stand.

A leader may cause the potential led to swoon with motivational phrases like yes we can or inspire them with well crafted and rehearsed messages of hope and change. A leader may speak of selflessness as a shared sacrifice from all. And afterwards, all the people might say amen and choose to be led by empty, inspiring words unsupported by any past action. This speaks to the fallibility of the led. At some point, the leader must live up to the expectations built by words. When he cannot, the led will suffer tremendously and then cast him aside. History will remember not the leader’s lofty rhetoric and unfulfilled promises as something good, only as something very dangerous. History will only attribute to the leader failure and the near destruction of a nation. This is a repeated story in the history of nations.

Aside from those important personal attributes, a leader, as does any person, is driven by a value system. A person’s value system is what influences his or her choices. A person’s values are the last thing he or she will forsake – no matter the words that pour forth in lofty oratory. To lead a body of people, an organization or a country, a leader must share the value system of the led. As an example, one cannot lead a historically Christian nation if he proclaims before the world that it is not a Christian nation. No, the United States of America is not a Christian nation in the sense that Saudi Arabia is an Islamic nation, but it is a nation of Christians. It is a nation founded on Christian beliefs. A nation founded on the notion of God-given freedom and a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence. There are no truer Christian ideals than those.

It is time for all of us Americans to take a long look in the mirror and decide what it is we value and whether we will again follow empty rhetoric – probably to our end. Each of us must ask ourselves if we are willing to stand passively by while America dies.

We must scrutinize every potential leader. We must with open eyes and hearts, see beyond the emptiness of words. If we choose another leadership failure, America dies and with her freedom. As President Reagan said, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”

©2011

Heart and Soul

America’s soul is individual liberty.

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28 (NIV)

The meaning of America’s soul resides in the American heart.

For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. – Mark 7: 21-22 (NIV)

At our Nation’s birth, we declared that our nation’s soul derived from unalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator and among them were life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That implies that if our liberty, our national soul, is endowed to us by our Creator, then it can only be taken from us by our creator, “the One who can destroy both soul and body…” The United States of America is just the body in which the national soul resides.

All that we are as a country, past, present and future is determined by another God-given gift. It is a mind with which we can reason and the ability to choose our paths in pursuit of liberty. Our path toward and what defines the destination is determined by what is in our hearts – those elusive American values so taunted, yet ill-defined, by the political class who would lead us toward fulfillment of the promise held by our national soul. Our founders warned us that the survival of this republic depended largely on the morality of the governed.

Now we stand conflicted. Never before in the history of our country has the choices placed before us been so clear. Maybe that is what our founders knew when they declared “a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence” for the defense of our national soul. Maybe it is by that sought after divine intervention that at this time in our history we are offered choices that stand in such stark contrast.

There are diametrically opposed hearts vying to define our national soul. It is spiritual warfare on a planet wide scale. This warfare can destroy the body that is the United States of America, but it cannot destroy her soul. If Americans choose wisely, we will recapture and fortify our soul and the American spirit. Our alternative is the breakdown of society that produces the images we see from London and the mobs of thugs we see popping up around our country.

One choice tells us that we must seek that divine providence, a reliance on God – the Creator that endowed us with those unalienable rights. The other choice is that there is no God on which we must rely. Men pursue Gods of their own creation – money, power…. If there is no God then there is no source for our declared unalienable rights. This liberty must then be man-given. What man gives, man can take away.

One choice tells us that the cornerstone of our society is the American family. A male father and a female mother fulfilling their parenting role and raising respectful children capable of making good life choices. The other choice tells us that marriage does not have to be between and man and a woman and that it can just as well be between same-sexed couples who can then raise children who will believe and act as they do. The other is single-parenting by choice or as a slave to a welfare system. If you want to understand the street mobs and poverty in America, look at the linked study and the percentage of children born to single-parents (all races 40.6%; White non-Hispanic 28.6%; Hispanic 52.5%; Black, non-Hispanic 72.3%). The American family is dying and with it America.

One choice tells us that the right to life begins at conception and must be protected. The other choice tells us that a woman has a choice to carry her unborn child to term or kill it. The millions of unborn children killed by abortion is worse than any other genocide by man in the history of humankind. Our country condones it. Will our Creator forgive it? If you believe that there is no Creator then I suppose it is not an issue for you.

In our nation’s house we celebrate homosexuality. We support abortion on demand. We honor Islam. We place images of a communist mass murder on a Whitehouse Christmas tree. We are offered a clear choice.

God, family and life. When those are not important, the national soul is at risk. Our choices are about much more than the economy. We must open our eyes and our hearts and make the right ones.

© 2011

All I need to know

All I ever need to know about Washington I learned by observing the debt ceiling debacle.

First and foremost, it is imperative for America’s survival to rid herself of career politicians. Our manufactured, bought and paid for political ruling class has our country on the verge of destruction. The people who caused the problems cannot be counted on to solve them because they do not understand that it is they who are the problem. Self-centered, power grubbing halfwits who would sale anyone or any nation down the river just to maintain a vaunted title and some sense of power. They are pathetic creatures and as history shows destined for tar and feathers and a not too glamorous escort out of town – riding on a rail.

The debt debacle, which is a king sized red herring, like all of the other manufactured crises, has a purpose of focusing attention on one hand while with the other hand the junta pulls another brick out of our national foundation.

For most working Americans, and trust me when I tell you that I do not count many politicians among that group, compulsory payment of the Social Security tax has been a way of life. Brazenly, our political leaders, and I use title of leader sarcastically if not just a bit disdainfully, have the audacity to stick their pointy political heads before every available television camera and state that they cannot promise that Grandma will get her Social Security check – unless Americans are made to pay more taxes. Let us see how that works. Americans pay taxes. Washington gangsters squander, steal and divert them. The gangsters then tell us we are in this national debt quandary because we do not pay enough taxes.

This collection of political gangsters, no better than Al Capone in his day, have the unmitigated gall to label as terrorists the people Americans sent to Washington to stop their insane, runaway socialist spending and taxation spree. I love liberal projection too – suicide bombers…gun to our head…held hostage… terrorists… words they will not use to describe the actual perpetrators of those crimes. I sincerely hope these political cretins understand that it is Americans, the everyday working Americans who pay their salaries, who feel like hostages – victims of an American political class that is corrupt to its rotten core. History should have taught this collection of Ivy League degreed political thugs that most Americans do not make good complacent victims of tyrannical governments.

Where in the heck are all of those Social Security tax dollars one wonders? Does the Capone branch of our federal government mean to tell Americans that they have paid into a system with a guarantee that money would be there to supplement their retirements and now, amazingly enough, it is not there? Where did it go? Well? Do you political thugs have some more AARP senior citizen actors to trot out before the cameras to demand that you keep your hands off of their Social Security? What a charade. Hey AARP! It is already gone. As they say here in Wild and Wonderful, “Ain’t none bud.” It was used to build monuments to politicians and pay off political cronies like communist led unions so if you want your check, you must do the right thing and pay more taxes. Yep, support the criminal activity of the Capone branch of our government and watch your tax dollars at work.

They threatened Veterans as well. Told them they might not get their payments. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told serving Soldiers that he could not guarantee that they would be paid either if there was not some sort of debt deal.

Bawney Fwank said the debt crisis can be blamed on military spending. Now Bawney, if you cut the budget more they might not be able to afford all of that new homosexual sensitivity training. Leon Panetta is out there lamenting that if the debt deal triggers kick in, the military will be devastated. This is the same Leon that certified that openly serving homosexuals would not harm the military. A certification he made with knowledge of his own Inspector General’s report stating that Leon’s Whitehouse bosses leaked phony numbers reporting that most serving military members did not have a problem with open homosexual service when the polar opposite was the truth. Leon’s lamentations are just another scare tactic for raising your taxes.

Is there anyone reading this that believes this irresponsible collection of egomaniacal criminals gives a rat’s rear end about anything or anybody except keeping themselves and the party in power?

Our solution to solving our debt problems? Cut up the credit cards? Nope. Now, we have a super duper committee. A new dirty dozen. If the super committee is going to come up with the solution, the remainder of those Congressional salaries should be returned to the treasury. Maybe put it in the Social Security account – oops sorry, I forgot that there ain’t none.

Go work on your bunker.

©2011