Sunday, September 27, 2009
Most of us would have thought by now that after the last 3 years of political campaigning that the fire of politics would be over or at least clamed down. But if you have been paying any attention to the media the rants and political opposition has only gotten crazier or if not worse. Personally I love it and enjoy the debates and conversations that we see taking place today. In a democracy this is always called for: a good fight between the majority and the minority. As a moderate I love to look at both sides of the extremes and try to see where they are coming from and wonder why in the world do they do some of the things that they do and why do things happen like that happen. I am an analysis of patterns and I love to observe peoples habit.
The new four letter word that we see being shouted in the political arena is the word “socialism”. The far right is calling Obama and democrats who support Universal Health Care socialist. Are they right? Is this a bad thing? Would America benefit by socialism in any way? These are three points that I am going to try and tackle in this note. I am sure some of you wont agree with me, but that’s ok you have the right to be right- LOL
“Socialism refers to various theories of economic organization advocating public or direct worker ownership and administration of the means of production and allocation of resources, and a society characterized by equal access to resources for all individuals with an egalitarian method of compensation.
Most socialists share the view that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and derives its wealth through exploitation, creates an unequal society, does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximize their potentialities and does not utilize technology and resources to their maximum potential nor in the interests of the public.”
Now if this is true then not only is Obama a socialist, but most people would support this theory is some way and we already do these things in America in several ways: Medicare, Medicate, Cobra, The Public School System, Veterans Hospitals, Maternity Leave, Sick Leave, Government Housing, Welfare, Government Bailouts, The War in Iraq, Having army stations in most parts of the world, and the UN.
In my personal opinion all of these programs are a form of socialism. People in power/ the government make decisions with tax payer money, which is not regulated or decided by the people, and uses it to benefit people with little income who cannot help them.
Clearly we all would agree that the government does a horrible job of running most if not all of these programs. We see our veterans sitting in hospitals that look more like Holocaust Camps, our kids are declining in their education, Government bailouts are mainly helping the rich people rather than the poor, and the welfare and social security program needs to be fixed.
My whole thing is I do agree with free public school and I wish we could get to a point when we could have free colleges and day care. I also agree with Maternity leave pay and veterans homes. I don’t think anyone would dispute that. We know that we need social programs in America to help those who can’t help themselves, but why do we want the government more involved in our lives when it comes to our physical health. This should be an issue left to the private sector and if it gets out of control in the private sector then we as Americans should have “tea parties” on private sector ran health care systems.
Like I have said before I love Barrack Obama and I even have a lot of his stuff and I have read both of his books and I am even in the process of trying to do an internship for the White House, but why don’t we start telling the truth about socialism and where him and the majority of progressives in our country stand. Why cant we say without fighting that are president is a socialist without it being a bad word. Why are we fighting over words and attitudes rather than policies? Why are we talking so much about his race and racism, (this conversation was started by both extremes: Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Rachael Maddow, Keith Obberman, Nancy Pelosi during the campaign when both sides where talking more about him being a black candidate rather than a candidate), than talking about where we disagree on policies and how we can come to some type of agreement.
Socialism as we all know can work in when run by the private sector. And what I mean by this is an example of charter schools, they are funded by the government but the responsibility is left up to the administration and parents. This is an example that works. No one minds our tax dollars going to help fund education, the problem comes in when the government tries to take over and dictate what is taught, who teaches, the requirements for school success, and tries to regulate. Give my tax dollars to the schools please and leave. I want the administration and parents working together to decide what is best for public schools.
We have to agree that our tax dollars must go to fund different things that will help the poor and needy: senior citizen homes, veterans homes, welfare: by why aren’t these funds being given to places like: churches who have food pantries, the salvation army, low income housing that is ran by the states or private owners. This is where is tax money will become most effective and we will be able to see more things done and done right. That’s why we need to continue to let health care be private. Let private companies compete across state lines- yes there needs to be rules and regulations but the government does not need to offer a socialist program when it comes to health care because again as I said before: look at our veteran homes in America; go to one and tell me what you think and then I will prove to you that if this health care bill passes that is what we will have for all people.
I have become passionate about this topic and subject clearly because I am not agenda motivated, I just don’t want anyone telling me or imposing on me their rights at the end of my life or at the end of the life for the people I love. We need to fix what we have and it needs to be better regulated, but their does not need to be completion from the government because it will kill the QUALITY of what we have now.
And when it comes to the word socialism I don’t think it’s a bad word I just want Americans to start debating it and calling it what it is. If the majority of Americans think that we should become MORE of a socialistic society that is ran by the government in more areas of our lives, then fine, but can we at least fix what the government is running now (OUR ECONOMY) and the other things that I have listed first and then talk about health care. We are putting a band aide over a deep cut if we choose to go about with socialism in health care.
So when it comes to the three points that I was trying to make in my opinion and again I am not making this to be a bad word, I am just simply saying lets debate it and have conversations on what works: yes our president, whom I love and pray for, is a socialist. No I don’t think that socialism works- government is suppose to support the private sector not run it- give my money to the places that will fix the problems but don’t regulate to them what to do. And in my personal opinion I think we need to focus more on rebuilding the middle class and the private sector than rebuilding the government. Let the private sector run things; give people like me a shot first and let’s see what happens. Give me 890 billion dollar bailout and let me take it into the private sector and see what I can make happen. I promise you that I could run health care clinics, school systems, programs for the poor- better than the government and the bureaucrats can.
I am all for making things fair and equal but only in the private sector. If we are going to continue to say that this is a democracy then we have to understand that in a democracy there are always going to be different classes of people: lower class, middle class and upper class. That’s the definition of democracy in a society. But if we don’t want that, then we have to admit that we will no longer live and support capitalism. But rather if we choose not to walk in this we will take socialism to dangerous places and the most dangerous place is dealing with the physical health of individuals. But this at the same time should not surprise people, if the government can regulate who lives and dies in the womb, then what makes you think that they won’t regulate who lives and dies in the nursing home……
That’s all I am saying: I could be wrong but I doubt it…
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
This is a statement that was read over the PA system at the football game at Roane County High School , Kingston , Tennessee , by school Principal, Jody McLeod
> "It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country."
> Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it "an alternate life style," and if someone is offended, that's OK.
> I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, "safe sex...." If someone is offended, that's OK.
> I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a "viable! means of birth control." If someone is offended, no problem...
> I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess "Mother Earth" and call it "ecology.."
> I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as "simple minded" and "ignorant" and call it "enlightenment.."
> However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to Bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated..
> This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD and HIS Commandments.
> Nevertheless , as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical... I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.
> For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's," and refrain from praying at this time.
> "However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to Bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that's not against the law----yet."
> One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.
> They prayed in the stands.. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer's Box!
> The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America- the Seat of "Justice" in the "one nation, under GOD."
> Somehow, Kingston , Tennessee Remembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion. Praise GOD that HIS remnant remains!
> JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.."
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Well I think that after a week of hearing about all of this “Race Card” crap when it comes to Obama and linking these people to him: Kenya West, Rep. Joe Wilson, Jimmy Carter, Rush Limbaugh, the school bus fight in IL, ACORN and others- I am going to jump in and give my opinion.
I do believe that there are a significant amount of Americans who dislike the fact that we have an African American president. I think that those same people would be upset if GOP Chairman Michael Steel or Condi Rice was president also. But I also think that they would be upset if it was a woman of any color, a Mormon like Mitt Romney, a Chinese, Mexican, or anything besides a “Christian Southern White Male” who drinks Budweiser and goes to church on Sunday; let’s just be honest here. I also think that there are a significant amount of people that are ignorant of facts and have been scared by fear without facts; I go to school with many of them and many of them are my friends that I have to try and correct them because of the ignorance that comes out of their mouths. We have to be honest with ourselves and with this argument and say that race and ignorance are always held by sections of people when it comes to any debate on any topic; its America and that’s just one of the fabrics that make us who we are weather we like it or not.
But the heartbeat of this debate is made up of people who know the facts, who are not raciest, and most of them have some ethnicity (Irish, native America, polish, German, african american) in them or are women, and they love the president and pray for him and his family they just disagree with his political policies. These Americans are happy and excited that we have a black man representing our country around the world. They believe in equal rights for all people and they wouldn’t care at all if the next 44 presidents where black. These people can even understand why the president had to come up with the stimulus package, and the bailouts and would understand if the president had to have another bailout, because as you can see their where no “Tea Parties” during those activities because economical issues can be a fine line to walk on, and we all know that Obama didn’t get us into this mess so maybe he was doing what he thought was right.
But the problem is that these “tea partiers” and “value voters” are mad as hell because government ran health care is socialism. The definition of socialism is when the government controls or regulates businesses that compete with the private sector (Because eventually the private companies will be forced out of the competition or limited in such a way that they wont be able to make a profit and have to sell their companies and resources to the governement- Look at Massachusetts- ask the people up their how they like their governement ran health care). These people are not talking about race, Joe Wilson is not talking about race, what he did and what many Americans are standing up and shouting for is because Government ran health care will knock out competition in the private sector and it will reduce the quality of health care that we have here in America. The current health care system is broken, but the last thing we need is the government who does such a great job running things (sarcasm) stepping in and running health care.
This is a “death panel” debate because the government will start to decided whose life is worth saving and whose live is not worth saving. Right now hospitals have to TREAT ALL PEOPLE WITH THE BEST CARE AVAIBLIABLE; but when the government steps in they will be able to make the rules about who can and who should live or die, because it will “save money” rather than “saving lives”. These are the facts. I believe that a person who is 100 years old has just as much value and significance as a 20 year old and I believe that both of them deserve the best care that they can get and they ought to have their decisions made between them and their doctor, not between them, their doctor and the government.
What takes focus from the real conversation is when you get idiots who should be executed at the stake like: Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Nancy Pelosi, Rachael Maddow, Keith Obberman, Jimmy Carter: all of these damn fools are the reason why people are using the race card, and these are EXTREMEST ON BOTH SIDES LEFT AND RIGHT. Yes there are racial problems in America, but this conversation of protecting the lives of America, keeping people safe from the government, and fixing health insurance and lowering cost have nothing to do with race. Yes there are ignorant people, but lets not include them in our conversation; those extremist on both sides will eventually be extinct because no one wants to hear them talk about their agenda motivated ideas. And let’s get back to real conversation about how we keep the quality and lower the cost.
And again here are my solutions:
1.Letting insurance companies compete across state lines
2.Putting rules on malpractice laws
3.Lowering cost for seniors and children
4.Fixing Medicare, Welfare, Social Security, Cobra, and Medicate
5.Allowing people with pre-existing health problems to get insurance and not to have their cost higher if they are sick. Same rules and cost should be across the board for everyone.
Come on America we can do better than this…. Let’s get off the “Racial Excuse Bus” that has nothing to do with the serious concerns about HEALTH CARE REFORM and let’s debate this issue. There is a time and place and position when it comes to race and the seriousness of it that we need to address with both the far left and the far right- but focus on the shoot and the shoot is health care right now. When it comes to race or race card playing I will be the first to stand up for it like I did when it came to the professor Gates situation which I stand by was racially motivated, but this is not a instance like that at all. Health care Reform…. And ideas?
I could be wrong…. but I doubt it…
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wow this has been a crazy week since President Obama made his speech. Many people are talking about the congressman’s comments during the president when he shouted out “You Lie”. I want to address some issues that I think are “media money” and politically driven that has taken priority over the real issues when it comes to this issue and the issue of the two million people who marched on Washington for the tea party.
I don’t think that the congressman was out of line at all. Since the beginning of this nation politicians have literally fought to have their opinions heard. In the beginning of this country they use to physically fight in many instances for the right of power and rule. During most presidents and even within their own parties their have been fights, outburst and signs of disagreement with the president. Does this help the cause of the conservative movement not really because it focuses on a man rather than trying to defeat universal health care. But I don’t think that this congressman or the politicians that where waving their bills in the air during the presidents speech where being disrespectful.
Also as absurd as people like Glen Bleck , who should be buried alive, who call the president a raciest is, it is just as crazy to think that these tea party participants and the politicians are raciest as well. I think that the race card is overly used in all of this (Since Obama has been elected we have only had one instance nationally that was out of line when it came to race and that was the horrible treatment of Professor Gates and I stand by my statement when I say it was because he was black). Now lets be honest, we know that there are ignorant people in every group but the majority of people who disagree with the health care bill are really not that mad at Obama, I am sure that they think he is a nice guy and a great husband and father, they just disagree with his policies and the policies of the democrats in congress. This is not a issue of race, this is a issue of policy. But the problem is the conservatives have a image problem. They are not putting educated, well rounded African Americans like me up on the platform and they don’t know how to reach people like myself because for so many years they have sat us in the back of the bus. Their needs to be an apology made to conservative African Americas and then to let us come in with our views and counter attack and have a real conversation with democrats and president obama.
The health care bill is not to help the poor, but rather it is the second step, roe vs wade being the first, of population control and government control from the far left of the party. I think that conservatives have to fix their image and control their tongues and continue to fight for freedom for all people and in the process of reorganizing our image when can no longer be the party of “rich white men”. Rather we have to have Mexicans, blacks, women, Asians, poor, old and people who come just like they are into this party; if Christians can have “Christian Rap and Rock” then the conservative movement can have Bobby House III cause you know I am not changing for NOBODY- I am coming just like this- HOLLA. We can no longer have a “test” to be in the Republican Party (I use this as an example because people like Dick Cheney, who is the main reason why people hate George Bush, say that Colin Powell and Megan Mccain shouldn’t be in the conservative movement) . We have to accept all views. Some republicans believe in the CoOp for health care, some don’t and that’s where the conversation has to begin; its not the democrats and Obama that are beating us, we are beating ourselves.
Again lets continue to fight for affordable health care for all Americans by doing the following:
1.Letting insurance companies compete across state lines
2.Putting rules on malpractice laws
3.Lowering cost for seniors and children
4.Fixing Medicare, Welfare, Social Security, Cobra, and Medicate
5.Allowing people with pre-existing health problems to get insurance and not to have their cost higher if they are sick. Same rules and cost should be across the board for everyone.
This, my friends is the way to fix Health Care in America, and it is not raciest to say that you disagree with universal health care. But as conservatives with must stop shouting and start coming up with real solutions because look at Massachusetts and their health care program it is bankrupting their state and we don’t want a system like that for America. And another thing is we can mandate people to get health care because I personally know people who wouldn’t get health care for any reason- they really do believe in taking chances and that is their right. There is only about 15-20 million Americans who want health care and can’t afford it or who are dissatisfied with their current plan. Let’s fix what we have and add to it, not throw it out and start over. We can save money, lives, and keep the quality of health care with my plan. This is not about party or politics- this is about doing the right thing. Email the white house and tell them your plan and concerns go to the white houses’ website- we can’t be silent anymore on this issue. It will bankrupt America and send us to a socialistic society.
Has Obama and the Democrats lied to us, absolutely not. We heard him campaign and we heard all of the democrats campaign and we have been listening to Nancy Pelosi and far left liberals for years tell us that they are socialist. So we should not be surprised when they are doing what they have said that they would do. When government runs the private sector or has influence over the private sector that is socialism and that is the platform that Obama, democrats and the far left stand on- and we have to accept that this is our new conversation; Socialism Vs. Capitalism. And in my opinion we have to save capitalism but at the same time fix it because we all know that George Bush implemented A LOT of socialist and liberal agendas himself, (Homeland Security and the Iraq War). Don’t fight for a party or an agenda. Fight for the right of freedom- that’s all I am saying.
I could be wrong, but I doubt it- be Blessed.
Romans 8:26-28 (Amplified Bible)
26So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groaning too deep for utterance.
27And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God's will.(A)
28We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
What do you do when you don’t want to do anything? You sit, you pray and you remember in the dark what God told you in the light. In the dark you still praise Him because you remember that in the darkest hour of Jesus’ life on the cross; it was the brightest hour for human kind. As he suffered and bleed. As he was bruised and crushed that is when your salvation was bought. You and I would have given up, we would have commanded the angels come down and rescue us from the cross, but Jesus stayed till God was satisfied.
Remember what we call him: the Lamb of God, the lily of the valley, the bright and morning star. Remember who he is: the alpha and omega, the good shepherd, the closest friend you have ever had. Don’t forget that he has already predestined your days. That his love reaches to the highest mountain and flows to the lowest valley and that when you call on him he will respond. If you seek- you will find; remember that God IS LOVE- that’s his attribute, his nature, his very being is love. So even when you don’t feel like your loved and even when you don’t feel like your being heard, He is there.
This is the God who told Noah to build a boat when no one had ever seen rain. This is the God who wept with Mary and Martha at the funeral of their beloved brother lazuras. This is the God who says I am the resurrection and the Life he who believes in me shall LIVE AGAIN. This is the God who walked with David in his darkest hour. Who gave Ruth her Boaz and who delights in the fellowship of His church.
We have to learn to encourage ourselves in the Lord. To trust in him when reality speaks against it. We have to remember that we are citizens of heaven and we can’t loose hope, for the battle is not ours but it belongs to the Lord. This is our God- whom we trust, find faithful, and depend on.
His name is Jesus and the blood that flows from Emmanuel’s veins will make us whiter than snow.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Colossians 1:24- 28
Paul's Labor for the Church
24Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
We have been called into the ministry to help those who cant help themselves. To bear with those who cant carry their own load. We have been called to edify the church, to bring the lost to the gosepel of Jesus Christ, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, weep with those who weep. We have been called to lead, direct, and manage. Not to let people stay comfortable, but rather to work with them as they find out all that God has for them in Jesus Christ.
This can become frustrating and make us angry when we find great seeds that only need to be pushed into the right direction and they would rather stay in their comfort zone. They would rather be around people who bring them down, rather than lifting them up. When we find people like this who want to fight us on every suggestion and every move we must remember that we too where once like this. It has taken my pastor years to get me to the point where I will grow, where I will listen to him and where I will be obedient to his discipline and correction. I always wondered why he was so “mean” but it was not that he was being mean to me; it was that he wanted to help me avoid the mistakes and scars that he knew that I would face. He didn’t want me to hurt and to live with the guilt, disgust and shame that I now live with. My pastor loved me enough to talk harsh to me because he knew that in my weak and immature mind I didn’t have the knowledge and foresight to see the enemy coming and his attacks.
For us who have been on the battle field a long time we must remember to be patient with the new soldiers. To remember that they want to follow God, love people and have a heart for leadership and the church like we do; but we also must remember that they can’t see the enemy around the corner. So when they walk into the fire, we must remember to be here for them and it’s not about saying I told you so- it’s simply about accepting them where they are on their journey.
In time God will do the same for them as he has done for us; but in the meantime we must not get mad at their anger and resistance- rather we must remember that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, and continue to pray for them and when they come to the right side of the tracks to be here for them. We work, we toil, and we put up with all the junk not because we have to but because God has called us to love people even when their unlovable.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
When I hear my so called conservative friends talk about their love for America and its values I don’t doubt that they are looking at this seriously I just doubt if their not agenda motivated rather than people motivated. I am not a fan of Nancy Polisi or Barney Frank but I am also not a fan of Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney. Extreme is bad on both sides. Anytime you have people saying that others can’t be involved unless they agree with you on everything it becomes dangerous. Nancy Polisi says if your not for universal health care than your not a democrat and Dick Cheney says that he doesn’t want people like Colin Powell and Megan McCain in the republican party. You want to talk about control, communism, dictatorship and taking away a persons choice of freedom and the right to think and believe what you want: there we go.
Here’s the fact even in our own camps where not going to agree on every little detail, but we can agree not to throw the baby out with the bath water. This summer I had written several articles on health care and the right to life that I think will help real conservatives, like myself, well I am more of a libertarian conservative I guess, get back into office and help take America where we ought to be. But before I get started I just wanted to mention something that I think is fact. About the some of our presidents:
1. Barack Obama- Moderate Socialist: I honestly think that President Obama has a good heart. I am proud that we have a African American in the white house. I look up to him and he helps me to realize that all my dreams can come true if I am willing to fight hard enough for them and take the heat. But I really think that himself and many Americans believe that socialism is the best government policy. I think that we need to stop using this word as a bad word in a country where freedom of speech and belief make up the foundation to who we are. I believe that God allowed His son to die for my sins and I don’t want to be beaten down for that so I don’t see why we can’t have an honest conversation with people who believe in socialism. It’s a government policy idea that some countries have. People believe that the government will take care of the country better than the private sector does. They believe in a even playing field for everyone and no competition. I don’t believe that Obama is a bad guy and I know that his motives are from a good place, it just so happens to be a socialist place. Ted Kennedy was this way, Hillary Clinton has some of these beliefs; so why can’t we just talk about it, we can and we will disagree with it, but we should be free enough to say what’s really going on. I don’t think Obama is a bad guy, I just know he is a Socialist and it’s a fact- Like it or not- and we can all no matter where we stand love and pray for our president.
2. George W. Bush- Center Left; He governed from the center 90% of the time. But most of his big mistakes was when he went to the left: Iraq, Bailout, increasing government. He was center in many of his things, but we have to admit George Bush was no conservative. He put his Jesus Card up when he needed the votes, but as soon as he was elected he didn’t call for another four years.
3. Bill Clinton- Liberal; Bill Clinton is a fair minded Liberal; he believed that government was suppose to be a support system to the poor and stay out of the areas of the private sector that worked. On national security he was a true blue liberal. And in many ways I think that him and bush are alike because they paid a lot of people off to keep quiet.
4. George H.W. Bush- Libertarian: Do what you want just leave me alone. This guy has to be my favorite. He really just wanted the private sector to do its part and the government to do its part. He made some slips along the way, but I don’t think he has been given as much credit as he deserves when it comes to his attitude about government and the private sector- leave us alone and we will leave you alone.
5. Ronald Reagan- Big Tent Moderate: this man literally had Colin Powell and Dick Cheney working for him. Now that’s genesis. He has conservative kids and liberal kids. We wanted all options on the table. Conservative, liberal or moderate and it didn’t matter which one was what he wanted to do the best thing for the nation. Ronald Reagan didn’t care if you where Christian or Jewish, Gay or Straight, Male or Female, Black or White, Conservative, Moderate or Liberal. He wanted the best people with the best ideas at the table.
I think this is accurate- you may disagree but that’s ok you have the right to be wrong- LOL.
I want to jump in again and talk about some of the problems that we seem to be facing when it comes to the health care debate. I think that both extremes of both parties have High Jacked the health care debate and have taken it to places neither side can afford to go. I want to bring things back to the center and try to get things done.
If democrats are going to do the right thing, they must tell Nancy Pelosi to step away from the table or to claim her fire down. It’s the democrats in the house that are KILLING obama. Their making this man and this country look like fools. There not keeping with the spirit of Ted Kennedy. We all no that our health care system needs to be fixed, but we also must remember that there are a lot of great things about what we have now. If where going to fix things these are the steps we must take.
1st we must start telling the truth about how many Americans aren’t covered. Its not 47 million Americans. Its only 15 million. 17 million of those people not covered are illegal immigrants from: Canada, Germany, Mexico ext. That right there takes you down to 30 million. 10 million of those people don’t have full coverage health care like: dental, hospital, prescription; they are just covered to go and see their doctor. And then five million people it is estimated wouldn’t even get coverage if they had to. So now where left with 15 million Americans. It is 305 Million Americans and 70% of these people have health care. And out of that 70%, 55% are happy with what they have. So 15% of American are unhappy with there current health care, plus we have another 15 million Americans who aren’t covered. Should we completely scrap our entire system for government run health care when about 70% of it works. I don’t think so. I think that we need to fix it put not throw it away. So here’s my plan.
a. Every American regardless of pre- existing conditions should be able to get health care. Let the private insurers compete for business against each other, not against the government.
b. Lower prescription drugs cost, doctor cost and hospital cost for senior citizens by 20%.
c. Provide free health care for children who live in single parent low income homes or who are being raised by a low income relative or guardian.
d. Change the rules for health care companies. Give solid. No nonsense rules to them for incentives and benefits if they lower the cost of their monthly services. If people pay less then the companies can receive rewards.
e. And allow prescription drug companies to compete across state lines and for “Off brand” prescriptions companies to compete in the market as well.
With these cut is cost and improvements I think Conservatives, Moderates and Liberals should be able to agree. This will help save us trillions of dollars in debt and restore faith and confidence in a government that seems to be getting bigger and a lot less interested in everyday peoples needs.
I Could Be Wrong But I doubt it ;)
Do you remember what it was like. He loved you past yourself. Cared for you unconditionally. Looked you in the face and you knew He was actively listening. He let you talk. He let you feel. He let you be who He had created you to be. He didn’t judge you. He didn’t make assumptions, He was just there.
Do you remember what it was like when you heard they were going kill Him. You knew He was innocent, you knew He hadn’t done anything wrong. This kind, gentle, loving, healer. This one who took away your sins. This one who gave you purpose, promise and permission to be yourself. This man, rabbi, messiah, savior, and friend.
You saw what happened when He raised Lazarus from the dead. The joy of two grieving sisters. The amazement of a doubting crowd. You’ll never forget the emotion of the woman who was healed who had been suffering with the illness of blood for 12 years. Her relief, her joy, her happiness that she once again was made whole. She had struggled for 12 horrible years: rejection, fear, anxiety, loneliness, having her named ruined. And in a moment this indescribable man took all that away.
He feed 5,000, He walked on water, He forgives sin, heals diseases, opens blind eyes, calls people to leave everything behind and follow Him. His mother was a virgin, His father is the Creator. He is worshiped by angels; He commands the seas and controls the weather. He is constant, never changing, omnipresent, omnipotent, He was there in the beginning and He will decided when it all in the End.
John 1 (The Message)
1-2 The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.
3-5Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn't put it out.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
As humans we have a natural thing called reaction. When we are hurt we react, when we are sad we react, when we experience joy, we react. We react to things physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. We react by putting walls up or by letting them down.
We react honestly, sacrificially, and sometimes without knowing that we react. I think that apart of maturity is knowing how to control your emotions. There are so many levels to emotions and we are all wired in so many different ways that its sometimes hard to figure out what path we are on and if where coming or going. But what happens when you don’t know what to do. When frustration meets anger. When pain meets promise. When difficulty meets pleasure. What happens when you find yourself staring at the sky and not knowing why? When you find yourself praying prayers to God and lost in emotion. What do you do when you feel like you can’t feel anymore. When yourself tells your heart one thing and your mind and discipline are on another path. Where do you go when advice won’t get you there, knowledge can’t teach you enough and wisdom is only gained through experience?
This is the road less traveled. This is the hard road. This is the road where you can’t rely on people, promises or even history. This is the road that requires the hardest attribute: trust. You have to trust when you can’t see. You have to trust when you can’t know. You have to trust when ALL of “this” doesn’t make sense. When what you thought was going to happen doesn’t. When what you prayed for fails. When that hope that was shining so bright begins to dim faster than a speeding train. When everything crashes and you’re left to be the hero and to save not just the day, but the moment. When you’re left to look yourself in the face and tackle the obstacles. Maybe we have been lead by anxiety, pain, fear, or a grudge.
Maybe we thought through it and it was not what we thought. Maybe we prayed and moved before we got an answer. Maybe all of our maybes have crossed paths and left us with confusion. Our heart and mind have communicated, but the path was not designed for the direction. We must sit. We must trust and we must know that God in His sovereignty is Good. God is Good. That is our promise. This is our hope. This is the way that will lead us from the tangled and strangled confused “it”. My heart bleeds. I put up a wall. My heart cried. I walked away. I lost my trust in the right, and it left me with a chip on my shoulder. Then you came and now I don’t know what to do.
I have not prepared myself for this. I don’t know how to react to this. I didn’t expect these feeling to arise. I have tried to put this fire out. I don’t even want to go there because the first cut it the deepest. This is where I sit. This is where I take a breath. This is where I will stop and pray and wait and listen. This is where you will find me if your looking.
Here I Am.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Romans 12:18 (The Message) 17-19Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it."
In the examination of the heart I would argue that it is most important to examine ones on heart first. We must look at the depth of our own sin. How we have left disgrace towards God. How we have brought shame on His glory. How our attitudes, words, and actions would leave the sinner to reject God. We are the worse ambassadors for God because we are the ones who need Him most. This confession will lead us to repentance and forgiveness in God.
When we look at the book of Romans Paul comes close to systematically giving us religious views. In here he screams out to us how we should treat our neighbor. We must become sacrificial in everyway. From our actions, to our words, to our thoughts, to our prayers. EVERYTHING WE DO, must be sacrificial when it comes to our neighbor because that is how Christ was for us. I have personally thought about my own sins and for me I know that if I was a not a believer and looking at myself I wouldn’t want to be one; how this must grieve the heart of the Savior who has shown me show much grace that it should change my life and make me a different person. I think about myself, I pray for myself and I seek God for myself rather than for my neighbor.
As Christians we must be determined and motivated to get along with EVERYONE, and we must remember that words count and that they have an affect. I don’t care how “strong” you are someone can say something that gets to you, and we must remember that feeling when we speak because that same pain that we feel, we can also be guilty of making others feel; O how this must break the Saviors heart that we would speak with praise and worship out of our mouth and then in the next sentence we can be cruel and rude to the people who He has created and died for.
There are many things that I pledge to myself not to do or to seek God for and I hope that God will train my lifestyle to help me to become a nicer person and a kinder person and a person who submits fully to the will and . To stand when I need to stand but never at the cost of hurting someone else or blocking someone from submitting to the Lordship and to the Grace of Jesus Christ.
I wonder if the Church of Jesus Christ and His Believers (His ambassadors) acted like we had been washed in the blood of a Kind and gracious God, if we lived like we have been born again and we have heaven waiting for us in the next life, if we have a personal and daily relationship with Jesus Christ. We talk to God. The God who created and listened. The God who killed His own son for the sins of the World. This God lives on the inside of us. If myself, and Christians all over lived like this, would the world really be stuck in a wondering state or would they too desire this amazing grace.
O God forgive me for I know not what I do…..