Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Who Can be Trusted with Freedom?

We have come to the place in our history as a nation where those who have been entrusted with its leadership by a free electorate do not trust those who freely elected them with freedom itself.

Can you blame them for questioning our judgement?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Vitamin E

I need a little Vitamin E(ncouragement) once in a while.

I'm 46. I went to college after high school and finished my BS in Animal Science in 1987. I passed on going to Veterinary College at the time due to burn out. I was working and going to school at the time. I went to work in the medical industry for 8years then was fired. It was traumatic for me at the time. Never been fired. Very humbling. So in 1995 I had to make a decision to either go back to Veterinary School or get another job in the medical industry as a sales rep. It was a big deal for me because I then had 2 children and my wife. I realized if I would ever achieve my dream I had to go back then. I decided to take the risk with my family in tow.

While working a full time job with my father-in-law, I started studying at night for the VAT (Veterinary Aptitude Test), a 5 hour exam that covered a world of knowledge. I did well as it turned out. After 1 1/2 years of preparation I was accepted and started College at age 32. For four years I worked and went to a professional college the extremes of which I can't begin to describe. I did all that I could for my family and my education. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I felt guilty for putting my family through all the strain for my dream. We lived just above poverty level for 5-6 years because of my choice to sacrifice. The time it took me away from my two girls can never be gotten back. I had myself convinced I would make it up to them later with a higher standard of living because of my education. This is possible in America you know.

After Veterinary College I worked 3 jobs to make my student loan and house payments, one full time and 2 relief work jobs (where a vet substitutes for another who wants to go on vacation.) I was working every day. Then 1 1/2 years after graduating from Vet School I was approached by another Vet to buy his clinic. What a leap of faith it was to take that plunge while I was already in debt more than I could ever have dreamed. I did. I risked everything again to have a chance at financial independence.

If you have ever owned a business you know you don't own a business. It owns you. In 2001 I began the purchase of my practice. I have done all that I could to make it successful while maintaining my relationships with my wife and kids. It has been a never ending series of hoops and obstacles but in 2009 I finished the purchase of the practice. I am still paying off other debt but the practice is finally paid for.

All this has taken its toll on my health and family.

God has a great sense of humor in regard to my life. I look forward to sharing video clips of my hapless life with the rest of you guys in Heaven. I imagine Him watching me and saying to one of the angel, "Hey, come her and watch this." For instance...

In 2008, as you know, Barack Obama was elected to the presidency. It just so happened that he was elected at a rare time in our history when the House of Representatives and the Senate had majorities that would follow him, like possesed pigs, into the sea. Guess what. They want to change the rules to everything. Now after my long, hard, 110% bust my hump, by the rules, risk everything twice slog to some little bit of success I am faced with a new challenge. The never ending change of rules that will "redistribute" the little that I have struggled for. I now have the "priviledge" of improving the lives of those who know nothing of my sacrifices. So much for bettering my life and the lives of those around me who know and have shared in the sacrifices. Wow, tough pill to swallow.

I said all of that to say to you despite the government's aim to punish those who have worked and sacrificed for some wealth, despite the unjust practice of changing the rules in mid game, despite the ruling class attitude, despite the brushing aside of the wishes of the majority and despite the total self gratifying nature of this government they did not change in one wit who I am.

I still believe in fair play. I believe in generosity, charity and the incredible potential of an individual's life. I believe the more a government tries to control life and wealth, the smaller that government will appear and the smaller that government will be in actuality.

I believe a government that thinks its citizens need its benevolence and charity is a government run by petty, narcissistic men who have never known what personal excellence, freedom or true goodness really mean.

I believe in a personal excellence that no government or law can take away, abridge, restrain, direct or control.

I believe in a God who endows those He created with such glorious things as life, liberty and the chance to seek happiness in this world. No government should mess with Him, His plans or try to take His place in the lives of its citizens.

The "new rules" can't touch my affections for my wife. It cannot hold back my love for my children. They cannot keep me from admiring brave and noble men and women whom I own my gratitude.

The "new rules" will not stop me from protesting them, opposing them at every chance, and explaining the grievous injustice of redistributing the benefits of the labors I have poured my life into at great expense to those I love.

This government will not take my integrity, perseverance, generosity, vision and belief that God reigns sovereign over it even when it does not acknowledge Him. Heaven will demonstrate the error of such a government.

I will not surrender, ever, my passion for a free American Society that is a garden for individual excellence. I will not allow it. This administration does not have the power, wisdom nor the equipment to divest my soul of such things. I am the sole owner of these wonderous things and more. This administration will never understand, change, or take them from me.

How about you?

Friday, March 19, 2010

If you saw Glen Beck yesterday you heard him discuss the “Liberty Tree” and that today we are witnesses to a perverted “Liberty Tree” in Washington with corruption running amuck. It has been corrupted by a long running undermining of our morality. He made the point the “Liberty Tree” needs to be replanted with the seed our Founders gave us “Faith, Hope, and Love.” I was watching late and had to say good night before his show was over so I did not hear him actually reference the Bible. The Founders (and he) got those terms or principles from the Bible. I Corinthians chapter 13 is the source for those virtues. It is from Christianity that we get these and hundreds more under girding principle to guide a free society.

His lesson in the “Liberty Tree” agrees with my point that American Freedom is inspired by, built upon, fueled by and sustained by the teachings of the Bible. Its standards are beyond reproach. “Love thy neighbor as thy self,” will save the government coffers billions if we once again acknowledge it, revere it and teach it to our children (“the Bible or the bayonet” I believe was the phrase.)

High standards of Good prevent the need for government enforcement. It also preempts the need for many laws. When you have your neighbor’s interest at heart he will not need to be protected from you. Please, we all want our neighbors to believe in and live by The Ten Commandments (read them and see); not only our neighbors, our doctor, our banker, our chef, our airline pilot, even our lawyer. The Goodness taught by the Bible and Christianity protects everyone. Why would we want its influence removed from our public discourse?

American Freedom, our “Liberty Tree,” was received from God, “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If God is the author of our Freedom and we continue to reject God, we assure the loss of American Freedom (the greatest the world has ever known), maybe forever.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I realize I may be driving this into the ground but the threat to American Freedom is upon us. Not only the financial aspect but the assault on our liberty is becoming a matter of policy for the current administration. We have to own the self-evident truth that we (and all men/women) are created equal and endowed by our Creator with these unalienable rights.

This American Flavor of Freedom cannot survive without Christian Morality. The Founders were certain of this. Even those who were not explicitly Christian believed it i.e. Benjamin Franklin. Without the Christian moral ethic American Freedom does not work. The Founders and early leaders believed that without an inner set of laws to restrain Evil an outer set would be required.

…Holy Scriptures… can alone secure to society, order, and peace, and to the courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability, and usefulness. In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions.- James Mc Henry, Signer of the Constitution (taken from Original Intent-Barton pg 173)

Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or the bayonet.- Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the U.S. House 1847-1849 (taken from Original Intent pg 173)

American Freedom has been the greatest the world has ever known because it was disciplined by the highest moral standard, the Bible. If the Bible’s guidance and influence is removed from our society, as we are seeing, freedoms also will be removed. This I’m afraid we are also seeing. Goodness makes real freedom possible. Real freedom guided by Goodness leads to greatness. If we do not revive our commitment to the highest of moral standards i.e, “ Love thy neighbor as thy self,” we will sink into history as a once legendary, great people. Americans I beg you, make this nation great by Goodness and for the sake of Goodness. World Freedom has rested on the shoulders of Americans for two centuries. Our flavor of freedom creates, influences and nurtures the freedom of the world. It’s worth the sacrifices.