God and Country
The United States of America is filled with entities of influence which span over a horizon of diversity like no other country. In realizing that we constitute the largest array of ethnic, political, and religious backgrounds it goes without saying that there are some who disagree with me, In fact I would say that the majority of people in this country disagree with each-other. So it is no surprise that when we express ourselves in an opinionated manner that we are faced with vehement opposition from some place or another.
This looming facet does not however, undermine the fact that there are many absolutes in the world, the fact that there is an undeniable right and a wrong answer to a question, or an ethic, or even a moral reason.
I find it to be a self destructive trait, that people who live in this country and possess no belief whatsoever in a creator seem to always be the ones who deconstruct our values, tear apart our history, and admonish moral failings that if embraced by the people would in reality lead us down an irreversible path of tyranny.
In keeping with the truism which was so eloquently expressed by founding father John Adams, we see in our society people pushing our basic rights to the brink. When immoral groups arise and test those rights we begin to see them put into question. Take the West Boro Baptists for example. This is a group of people who picket funerals and weddings, and their actions continually test our first amendment right to free speech and expression. Laws are now being made in order to protect innocent families from being abused by such immoral and unfeeling people. But what will be the long term effects of these laws?
I see it as just another foot in the door for oppression by the government.The same is true when atheists put up billboards that protest Christmas, and litigate against our rights to express ourselves religiously, or in some cases to put into question our ability to hold public office. To treat those who hold a belief in God as insane people that are incapable of possessing rational thoughts.
We are sacrificing our freedom, and putting the lives of our citizens on the line because we are afraid of being slapped with the label of bigot. While potential terrorists board airplanes and walk freely in airport terminals, our security forces are patting down the elderly, obviously innocent, or otherwise physically challenged people.
There are some people who would rather see a convicted murderer go free, there are those who wish to defend the rights of people like Osama Binladen, OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony, or Humberto Leal Garcia, Jr. People who undoubtedly committed murder, people who need to be brought to justice. Does this send a message to our enemies? In essence we are showing them that America is so tolerant, and so scared to offend anybody that they will undoubtedly be prompted to take us over not just through violent usurpation of power, but through a gradual litigation process until our basic human rights have been foregone.
Drugs, and individual rights
The ongoing debate to legalize Marijuana is beginning to falter, it doesn't matter that this will open the door to the legalization of other harmful drugs because the mantra of "it's my body, I should be able to do what I want!" get's louder and louder, and gains more support from the growing faction of liberalism in America. With the legalization of such drugs, we will see a large increase of addicts in need of medical attention, not to mention the dependence they will have on government assistance. So instead of letting them hit rock bottom, we will be enabling them like a worried mother who continues to enable her addict son. It will also compound our problems if we let socialized medicine becomes the norm in this country.
"I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." -Benjamin Franklin
Along with other so called individual rights, opposite to common sense, abortion is constantly being advocated. It is to the point where the value of a human life is put into question based on weather or not the parents will get along.
The thought of having to deal with the other person that you had sex with for the rest of your life seems to be a little too inconvenient to the young minds of promiscuous teenagers. It is all too easy for them to simply walk into a family planning clinic and walk out an hour later having broken all ties to the undesired person. Minors don't even have to consult their parents or get their permission in some states. But what they don't realize is that they have to live out the rest of their lives knowing that they were responsible for the death of a completely innocent person, and denied that person the ability to choose and act for themselves, to experience joy and sorrow, laughter and sadness, love and everything in between.
The security measures that we adapt are reactive, which is a big problem. Terrorists will likely never use an airplane to get their point across again because they know we are ready for that kind of attack. Instead they will find new ways to murder the innocent.
They will be finding new places to plant their bombs, in trash cans, under park benches, in public transportation overhead luggage spaces. They are looking for crowded places like public squares, Zoos, and farmers markets.We need to be proactively looking for things which are out of the ordinary during public events like tree lighting ceremonies, political rallies, town hall meetings, parades, and so forth.
A recent test was done in which suspicious briefcases were strategically placed in crowded public areas in several major cities. The result was not good. Most of them went unnoticed, and in the city of Chicago one of them was actually stolen. It is a testament to the fact that when they strike us we will not be ready.
The time has come to be proactive, to be vigilant, otherwise our livelihood will be compromised, and the tenants of terrorism will have victory over our lives.
The soldier stood and faced his God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and
said,"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough
But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God,
"Step forward now you soldier
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."