Real Peace

Sometimes it seems as if the whole world was on fire.  Chaos seems present at every turn, and the uncertainty of tomorrow is felt very much in our day to day.  Logic has taken a fall, and emotions seem misplaced.  The need for truth has been replaced by a hunger for destruction and manipulation.  To win at all costs is not and will never be the pursuit of right.  While life demands response, let wisdom guide our steps.  Action apart from direction is destruction, and actions committed in anger lead to regret.  Much as we may want to respond now in 1,000 different directions, this isn’t the time to throw gasoline on the fire.  

 

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

 

It’s easy to forget who we are, to get caught up in the drama of it all, and to forget the peace that can carry us through.  Faith, family, friendships, and love, the things that not only give meaning, but serve as a rudder through the storms of life.  It is as society itself were at war with these things, but again, these are the things that will carry us through, the only things that can carry us through.  Take that time to breathe, to be still, to hear His voice and to find His peace that He would direct our steps.  Express love to those who surround you, and treasure the moments we share.  May the noise that surrounds me never rob me of the beauty right in front of me.  Strive not for perfection, but rather what is right.  As much as we must stand against evil and declare it for what it is, may the beauty that surrounds us never be taken from our sight, and may the peace from which wisdom flows never be pushed aside.  A thrashing bird can know no peace, nor see that the door to the cage is open.  It simply needs to stop, that it can see and find freedom.  The one who can find peace in the midst of chaos is the one who will survive and live, saving many others in the process.

 

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Caring for the Poor and Middle Class

It amazes me that liberals stand by the argument that they are for the working class and the poor.  Seems to be that you aren’t helping the working class or the poor when you drive jobs away through high taxes and regulations, or when they keep stores like Walmart away, and place huge taxes on cigarettes and alcohol knowing full well the poor will still buy them.  How exactly does outlawing bags or “encouraging” people to buy new vehicles (keeping them in debt) help?  How does massive unchecked illegal immigration help?

How exactly do liberal policies help?

Every child should go to college?  Why?  So they can have the joy of working at McDonald’s with a mountain of debt they can neither repay or get out from under?  Are there that many jobs out there?  I realize they’re saving the word “depression” for a Republican President, but where are the jobs?  Forget the degree, just jobs?  Are they doing anyone any favors?

Somehow creating a mountain of debt by giving trillions of dollars away helps the poor and working class?  That money didn’t go to the poor and working class.  It didn’t create jobs.  It went to the same people the liberals shout that they are protecting us from, the banks, big business, and Wall Street.  No wonder Pelosi is winking at Occupy Wall Street.  The jokes on them!

Restricting the American farmer, taking away water rights and cutting off land use, thus contributing to higher food costs, somehow benefits Americans?  Somehow we have to have open borders to keep farm labor costs down, but the flip side to that is they do everything else to inflate prices then blame everyone else for the high prices.

Sitting on vast resources that we can’t touch, resources of oil and natural gas, inflating the cost of everything across the board, forcing people to choose between filling the tank or paying the mortgage, forcing parents out of the home for greater and greater periods and taking away the time that should be spent as family somehow benefits the people?

And the children, how do these policies help the children?  We all know the claim that liberals protect the children, but how exactly does bankrupting our children’s future while “radically transforming America” help the children?  Is that what they think they’re doing when they outlaw prayer from the public schools (unless it’s Muslim; we don’t want to offend)?

Are they teaching the children to think critically, to recognize the keys to success individually and collectively, to really understand how the world works, or are the teaching them that it is all owed to them?  The key to success as they teach it is not based on merit, but on the color of your skin, or at least the group you claim, just ask Ms. Warren.  Ask the entrance board for Annapolis or West Point.  Those who excel apart from the prescribed box are “evil”, unless it’s a Hollywood celebrity or some other train wreak that we’ve traded real heroes for.  That’s progressive!

Yes, the liberals are looking out for the poor and the middle class, but few of us can afford such love and devotion.

I know, how racist of me!

Some facts for the unconvinced…

January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took control of this nation…
The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George W. Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH!!!
U.S. Deficit was $247.7 billion the lowest in four years.
And Bush was slammed for average gas prices of $2.29 a gallon for unleaded.

Who is helping the poor and middle class?

One Size Fits All

The independence of the states within the Union once served as a check on coercive social experimentation.  One size does not fit all, nor should everything be dictated from Washington.  If Massachusetts wishes to socialize the state, while Texas limits the role of government, so long as it is within the framework of Constitution, should that even matter?  Let Massachusetts and Texas each pay for their own government, and show the views of their own people, different though they are.

Much of what the Federal government decides should be decided at the state level.

Laws that may seem perfectly right and reasonable to the people of California may not hold the same importance or logic to the people of North Dakota or Alaska.  The one size fits all mentality of the Federal government, which tends to cater to the urban experiments at the cost of rural folk, does not work.  It only serves to breed resentment and deny the people their rights within the framework of the Constitution.

Why should the Federal Government decide that what the people of Los Angeles want is forced on the nation?  Is it not better to see the cost of socialism impact a state and not the nation?

For a society that claims multiculturalism is a good thing, why do we not allow for regional differences?  Is difference of culture and view something that we will only allow to foreigners?

Being one people does not mean that we surrender our regional differences.  Truly, there are things we should agree upon, as we are a nation based on an ideal and not a race, but is there not room within that ideal for individual rights and regional color?  I believe there is, and to force a one size fits all approach is to force a great number of people to all conform to one mindset.  It is a gross misrepresentation of the American ideal.