4 "What Concerns Me"

Love it or leave it.
Love it or leave it.

Tribute to our troops

Let's never forget what our past and present troops have sacraficed for this country and the flag that represents the United States of America. There are also the families of those troops that have sacrificed and should not be forgotten. Also, the National Anthem that always brings a tear to my eye, and so many other Americans, just because we are so proud to be the Americans we are.This country was built on bravery from the very beginning. Even our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence with a price on their heads. We, as Americans, need to continue to be brave and should never let anyone change our pride and beliefs. Greg

We should be offended

What Concerns Me Today

There are things going on today that really concern me. You hear every day that someone that has come here from another country or that was raised in this country and because they were raised by their heritage, they feel they have the right to try and change the way we live in this country.

This country grew with God and religion in their way of life and way of belief. This country has been raised with god in its ways of life. And yet someone feels offended because the word God is on our money, or in the pledge of allegiance.

Some of them say that at Christmas time the sight of a Nativity Scene is offensive to them. So they complain and all of a sudden the law says it is illegal to have a Nativity Scene set up in a public place.

What I want to know and what concerns me about this is, what ever happened to the “civil rights of the majority”? It seems anymore that the “civil rights of the minority” is more important than anything. With things like this happening it makes me feel like we are moving toward a Nazi or Communist country.

If things, like having God or nativity scenes offends someone, let them go back to where they came from. Let us live our lives the way we want to here and have been doing for hundreds of years. If they want to say something offends someone, the fact that someone wears their native clothes or such could be offensive to me. But, in this country, that is their freedom to do.

All I have to say is, let us Americans live our lives and you can live yours. If something offends you, either go back where you came from or go lock yourself in your house, which you probably wouldn’t have where you came from, or live with it like we live with all of the immigrants that come here.

I'm not a real religious person, but I feel strong enough about our freedoms in this country that I will stand up for their rights too. I will stand up for anyone's right to believe the way they want. Just don't try to force them on anyone else.

Greg

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Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Wow ... unless you are Native American this isn't your land from the beginning. Everyone came here at one point. Stop being so nasty, you lovely Christians. Is that what your religion teaches you, to bite at people because they don't have the same beliefs as you? No wonder Christianity has gone down the drain.


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gregas 6 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Mr. Happy, just so you know, I'm not of a strong Christian faith. I just don't believe that anyone should come here and expect the people that live here and were raised here to change their way of life because it offends them. And, it's not just religion that they are trying to change. And yes, this country was founded on the immigrant movement. But those immigrants didn't come here and expect to be fed and put on welfare. They came here and worked to become citizens. My relatives came here from Germany. I wasn't being nasty, just stating facts. I have nothing against anyone elses religion, just don't force it on me.


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Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

My family was on welfare for several months in the first year when we came to Canada. It is a necessary safety net for people who are in trouble. Of course taking advantage of that system is detrimental to the entire society.

On the issue of things changing, I have to say that trying to resist change is like trying to make your nails stop growing or your hair (well if you're a man, our hair does stop growing in some parts). The fabric of societies is changing: the United States is going to see a continual increase in the Latino population. Europe is flooded by starving Asians and Africans; Israel will soon have more Arabs then Israelis. We cannot stop change but we can adapt.

Sorry for flipping-out but I am really sick of Christianity being sold like cheap lemonade everywhere. I think selling Jesus statues at dollar stores also devalues the religion as another example. Anyway, all the best and sorry for taking it worse than it was.


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libby101a 6 years ago from KY

Good hub Greg. It's like going into someone's home and telling them to watch something different on the TV. It's not right! If I go to another Country to live or visit, I wouldn't expect them to change their religion and way of life! Of course, you realize, that ever our own native born Americans are trying to take God out of everything too! It's sad my friend, very sad!


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I had plenty to say about this in a hub last year. If they don't want Christmas no one is making them but as far as our country we were sold out long ago. With millions of unscreened illegals in our country there is already a beginning of the spread of their diseases, ones we had wiped out, and ones we have never known but instead of shipping them out our government wants them here and most handle food, I guess that and killing off our boys will thin the population a little more. It is not good whatever IT is. Satan's time is short and he is getting busy.


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

Hi Greg, well, I agree with Mr. Happy, that change is impossible to resist...............BUT, there are still certain unalterable principles that can and should remain unchanged..............and one is the precept upon which our country has been built, including "In God We Trust", printed on our money. The same money that each and every immigrant who steps foot on our soil uses as their currency to buy their food, clothing, housing and every basic need. The Declaration of Indendence guarantees freedom for all who enter and live on our soil. I don't think anybody wants THAT changed. Can we really pick and choose, or were these values all intermingled to create a humane and just country for us to thrive in?


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Hipp[e Q., Thank you for the comment. You said it. Whether someone believes in God or not, that is what this country was built on and has been for all these years. I don't feel that just because someone else doesn't believe in the same God or even in a God, they have no right to change our country's foundation. I read recently in another hub that now they are saying that the word "God" can't even be used in a fallen soldiers burial in Texas. Texas of all places. I thought they were supposed to be the strongest and most stubborn of all Americans. Thank you. Greg


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Interesting and articulate Hub. I agree with your points. To want immigrants to accept the country they came to as it is...is not being arrogant or harsh. When I lived overseas, there were many things that didn;t "suit me." But I was in their country!

My only caveat is that I don't think it is immigrants (the majority are Catholic and would support nativity scenes, etc.) who primarily oppose the expression of Christianity in our national life. I tend to think most of those objections come from secularly-minded Americans who are not recent immigrants.

Thought-provoking Hub.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Great Hub! Very informative and interesting. I agree with your opinion. We are loosing our freedoms and rights as the years tick by. If we are not careful here in the U.S., we are going to wake up one day and see we are a totalitatian country and government. "We the people" will be the one's responsible for that happening. The "majority" needs to become more vocal when nativity scenes, for example, are not permitted in public places.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Phd an suzette, I want to thank you both for the visits and comments. Yes, the really sad part is that it does seem to be a lot of "Americans" that have been here for awhile and seem to be getting more power and want to change things that we have had for so many years. Greg


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I think your Hub is wonderful and spot on, brother. Thank you for this message of truth. Well said. And pithy too. :D


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi James, Thank you for the visit and the comment. Greg


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Those who don't like traditional values twist the constitution. The constitution says that the government should not interfere with the free exercise of religion. It is time for the government to get out of the way.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend,awesome i could not have said it any better than you have written it. This country does not force anyone to believe in the religion or traditional values it was built on, but some how we who believe in them have them taking away or restricted from displaying a Nativity Scene. We need to stop electing wimpy law makes.

Vote up and more !!!


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Reginald Boswell 4 years ago from Alabama

Nice Greg, voted up!


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savvydating 4 years ago

I agree, Greg. We do not want America to become another Russia...and that could very well happen. I hope more of our fellow Americans will dig a little deeper and discover that your concerns are valid. I've mentioned it before, however; there is a book entitled: "The Rage Against God," written by a former atheist, which goes a long way toward explaining why there is reason for concern. I assure readers that the book isn't the "cheap dime store Jesus" kind. The author is Peter Hitchens. Furthermore, one needn't be a Christian or a Christian hater to read this book...just an American who loves freedom.


francis5k 4 years ago

nice! interesting blog good idea! for me i agree.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Dahoglund, Thank you. The government should practice what they preach, no pun intended, and let the people live their lives and stick to the things that government is supposed to deal with. Greg

Hi Kashmir, Thank you. Yes, we need politicians with b**** and get off of the personal things such as religion, marriages, etc. Greg

Hi Savvy, Thank you. I am going to look for that book. We better ALL start loving freedom more or we will no longer have any. Greg

Hi Francis, Thank you. Join the hubs. Greg


francis5k 4 years ago

Welcome gregas!it's realistic vote up!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

"If things, like having God or nativity scenes offends someone, let them go back to where they came from. Let us live our lives the way we want to here and have been doing for hundreds of years."

Amen to that, I'm offended that thier offended! Maybe thier offended because they don't like the way I look, I say that's too bad!

Times have been so good in this country, that most of us have no clue about the blessings that we have in America. Maybe we all need a refresher course, in learning the art of thankfulness and to stop whining about so many things! If you don't like it here in America, there's a simple solution- LEAVE!!, there are plenty of poeple waiting to come over here!


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AlexDrinkH2O 4 years ago from Southern New England, USA

Good Hub, Greg. Needed to be said. For people like Mr. Happy who say change is inevitable and cites the changing demographics, I would ask this question: is it wrong for the citizens of a given nation to resist the influx of so many people from somewhere else that they overcome and replace the customs, language, religion etc. of that nation?


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Will, Thank you. It offends me too that thay think they can come here and try to change our way of living just because they weren't happy where they were. Yes, we have gone for a lot fo years in this country and things have been just fine and now we get people here that want us to do what they were running from because they didn't have the guts to stand up over ther, wherever over there was. Greg


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Alex, Thank you. What kind of a nation would we be if we gave into ALL of the changes they want us to do? We would sure lose a lot of respect, at least more than we have already lost. Greg


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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Greg. Congratulations for speaking for the silent majority. Here in the uk things are exactly the same, it's nothing to do with racism, it is just common sense. We welcome newcomers, then devalue our own religion and customs on the alter of political correctness.

Graham.


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FreddyCaple 3 years ago from Louisville, Ky

Greg, while I understand your being perplexed over some of these things, it always helps to try to back off and see the other side. We all share different worldviews. We live in a republic that was founded on principles of individual freedom. With that freedom, we should expect that the government will not hamper us or inflict any belief system on us. Many of the founding fathers were deists. While "god" was important to them, religion was not. We are not founded on Christianity and it's very important to keep government and religion separate. If you do not believe that, just look at how theocracy's in the middle east operate. Their governments are ruled by religion and it causes oppression. A nativity scene can be placed ANYWHERE that is not public land. Nobody's rights are being violated in the case of nativity scenes. Do we want Scientology or Muslim like depictions on court house lawns or in public parks? I don't.

As for civil rights of the majority, how can those be honored if we are not willing to honor the civil rights of the least among us? Gays are a clear minority, but they do not have the same civil rights as straight Americans. None are equal until all are equal.

We live in a great and diverse nation and we would do well to remember that individual freedom to live and worship (or not) are a very important part of what makes us special. Even when we disagree with each other, we should still respect each others rights that are granted under the constitution. The same people I hear complain about the constitution being shredded are the same ones who often times want to damage it themselves by blurring the line between church and state....or by denying others the right to pursue their lives just like the majority. Thanks for the chance to respond Greg. Even though I don't agree with you, I enjoyed reading what you have to say and really do respect the place your words are coming from.


Jack80 2 years ago from Prefer not to Answer

The real issue is our Federal Reserve, the IRS, and all these other un American private institutions. If you do the research, our money is backed by nothing. I think it is important, everyone should watch The Money Masters Documentry full version on You Tube. There is stuff there a lot of people need to know about. Other good people to watch are Gerald Celenti, Alex Jones, David Icke, and people like them. You can learn a lot from those men. I especially liked that 6 in a half hour lecture, The Lion Sleeps no more by David Icke. You can learn a lot from him.


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versatileaisle 23 months ago

I'm glad someone else has noticed the waning of our liberties; it seems that one opinion speaks for all, even if it does not sway all. It's never about the majority representation as by which this country debated over for many tedious and difficult years; the "popular decision" always seems to rest with the opinion of the most eminent.

Yet I digress, I haven't heard of the Nativity scene being banned. Talk about first amendment and "nation under God".

Thank you for this insight.

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