Just Thinkin’

The price of meat (and everything else going up) is sure going to put a damper on any weekend BBQs.  It’s a shame.  I’m a huge fan of the family BBQ.  Some of the best memories are made over the summer, chomping down hamburgers, tossing the ball, and getting wet by the shore.  Somehow we’re suppose to believe that the economy is recovering.  Makes me wonder just how long a recession is supposed to last, but given a lack of leadership and moral conviction, it may well be a very long summer.

Recession… and when exactly do they call it a Depression?!  Wait, they’re saving that word for a Republican White House.

Reading over some news today and saw that teen unemployment is extremely high.  It’s not surprising given the economy and the influx of those “taking jobs Americans won’t do”, but it is unfortunate.  Teens need those jobs to learn about responsibility and life.  It is part of becoming an adult, and isn’t that what we are supposed to do?  Help our children become adults?  Encourage them to take on greater and greater responsibility?  Then again, I’m sure that’s now considered abuse.

Seems to me the real abuse is preparing our children to live in a world that doesn’t exist.  Isn’t that what they do in our schools?  Sure, the might get offended by a USMC shirt, but I’m offended by their failure to fulfill their most fundamental task.  They’re arresting parents for kids not going to school, not because they care about the kids, but because they’re broke. They created all of these administrative jobs that make huge salaries.  They left less for the students, but they feel they own them.  It wouldn’t be so objectionable if the children were more than cash cows to fund bloated pensions and administrative budgets.  They don’t want God taught in the public schools, but they sure have a mighty high opinion of themselves.

I’m a big fan of home schooling for those who can do it.

There isn’t much government does well.  I’m not an anarchist, but I am a huge fan of the Constitutional Republic and freedom.  While fascism might make the trains run on time, seems to me that good ol’ American freedom and values did exactly that not so long ago.  We did pretty well in fact.  Socialism might promise to provide for the masses, but somehow the masses were provided for back when we valued things like people over government.  God and family had a place in our nation, and the idea that faith should somehow be divorced from life was recognized as the pure stupidity it is.  Neighbor actually ment something, and people weren’t afraid to help a stranger on the side of the road.

We were, after all, Americans.

Charity Within the Family

I have always found it strange that people will not extend the same charity and understand to their own family that they will to a stranger, a friend, or a coworker.

If I call someone family or not, they will always be family. I don’t expect agreement on all issues. That is impossible. I do not expect perfection, as that too is impossible.  Flawed isn’t negative, it is real.

Not every issue needs to be beat into an agreement.  Is that even possible?

My hope, my prayer is that all my relationships, especially with my family, will be one of by mutual charity, understanding and love. Add to this the knowledge that we are all human, and flawed.  May I never be so caught up in the flaws that I fail to see the good.  May my desire for who I wish they were never cloud the reality of who they are and my willingness to accept truth.