Freedom, A Fundamental Change – To The Right

OPEN LETTER TO LAURA INGRAHAM AND ALL FELLOW PATRIOTS!

Dear Ms. Ingraham,

What this country needs to survive is not a focus on politics, elected officials or even the removal of a tyrannical President.  What is needed is an informed electorate that understands and cherishes freedom!  We need an informed citizenry that won’t abide politicians and special interest groups robbing them of their freedom, especially for a mere “30 pieces of silver”.

The fact that Barrack Obama was elected twice demonstrates the general lack of regard for freedom in our country.  Our society, our culture has shifted, over the course of the past 100 years, from “Can do,” I’m responsible for my own life, to a dependent, what can the government do for me society.

If the citizens devalue their freedom (consciously or unconsciously) in exchange for security (actually a false sense) then we will continue to be represented by corrupt and ideologically driven individuals. The country will continue into ruin and tyranny regardless of which party is in charge.

I’m not suggesting that we ignore the current legislative, political and cultural battles.  We must continue to fight for the principles that this country was founded on.  But if the fight is only within the Beltway of Washington or even in the State and local governing bodies we will eventually lose this country. We’ll lose the battle and our freedom because we didn’t capture the interest of the dependency class, with those who look to the government first, those who believe in equal outcomes not equal opportunities.

It is highly unlikely that we will convert many if any of the ideologue on the Left.  They are too invested in applying their arrogance to obtain power.  Barrack Obama and the other elected leftist ideologues have obtained their position of power because too many American’s have abdicated their responsibilities and their values in the vain hope that the Left will take care of them better than the Right. In fact they have come to believe that it is their “right” to have the government provide them with “free” healthcare, equal compensation, food, etc.

Our society hasn’t changed over night.  Our tenuous hold on freedom is not the result of Obama’s “Hope and Change,” his tenure has been the icing on the cake. Our slide into slavery to the state started a long time ago. How has has this occurred?  What forces have been at work since Woodrow Wilson, eroding our values, our understanding of the responsibilities associated with self-rule, and the value of freedom?

Certainly political programs such as the New Deal and the Great Society have had significant impacts on eroding our freedom by creating a dependency class.  But the growth in the power of progressives could only happen if we let them.  Whether though lack of interest, ignorance or passivity American’s surrendered their responsibilities and in the process we find ourselves in a time and place where the vision and personal sacrifices of the Founding Fathers have been squandered.

Constitutional Amendments and changes in the political balance of power will not avert the impending doom that we are faced with.  What is necessary is a fundamental change in the thinking, education and belief structure of our fellow citizens.  What is needed is to take the battle beyond the ballot box and into the homes, TV’s, movies, concerts, books, businesses, and schools.  We need to win back the hearts and minds of America!

What We Need:

Television shows that are based on the principles that made this country great and unique.  These shows must have the best writing, acting and production and they need to be aired on network TV.  If we can’t get them aired then we need to create our own channel and promote it heavily.  I know Sarah Palin just started her own channel, but I’m suggesting main stream, ported into the majority of homes in America!  Why is this important, just watch a few shows and count the number of moral, ethical issues that are contrary to the values that made this country great.

Motion pictures are also necessary for the same reason as television shows.  We live in the media age and it is through cinematic story telling that we can reach the hearts and minds of the people most effectively.  Films such as “Fireproof” and “America” have been great and have done well but we need full scale, wide distribution, Academy award quality (Although we would never be nominated) productions that can present a viable and realistic alternative to tyranny.  When I can’t even take my grandkids to “How to Train Your Dragon 2” because the film-makers thought it necessary to include a homosexual character, you realize that we are in dark and troubling times.

Education of our youth needs to be attacked hard to counteract the century-long progressive assault. Text books, teaching curriculums, and alternative delivery systems (internet based, homeschooling etc) need to be created and pushed to the parents of our young citizens. Dennis Prager for example, has developed “Prager University” to provide resources to educate America.  This is a great and valuable resource, one that needs to be expanded and prompted to all American’s.

We need to apply these same strategies to all forms of communication and entertainment so that we provide to the people the information for them to be able to make informed decisions, for them to understand what’s at stake, to understand the consequences for letting government rule our lives.

How?:

This is the hard part.  I personally feel frustrated because if I won the Lottery I’d go out tomorrow and start building these freedom enterprises, but that is highly unlikely.  Even if I did win we’d still need a coalition of prominent American’s to come together with shared vision, resources and connections to create a seismic shift in the balance of power – from the government to the people.

Contrary to your book, “Shut-up and Sing,” our “Hollywood” brethren need to shout from the rooftops the message and the value of freedom so that “Power to the People,” can be restored.

How Many Laws Have You Broken, Today?

Moses

Come on, tell the truth, you know that you broke some law today or this week, didn’t you?  Heck you’ve probably broken more than one law, but then how would you know?

The headlines at the first of this year included,“40,000 New laws enacted as of January 2014, from tanning booths to lemon pets.”

Wow! 40,000 new laws, is that all?  I was shocked but then it is almost impossible to determine the total number of laws, statutes, and regulations that are currently on the books.  Go ahead dig into Google, Bing or Yahoo and see what you can find.

My Googling led me to the Library of Congress where I found a statement that it wasn’t possible to determine the total number of laws currently in effect!  It seems I wasn’t the first person to ask this question.

It was entertaining and enlightening to read about one of the new California laws that requires food service employees to wear latex gloves when handling raw food that won’t be cooked, this would affect your favorite sushi chef amongst others.  It was unclear, according to the report, just who this new law would affect.  Would bartenders need to wear gloves because they handle both money and raw foods?  Just imagine the number of gloves they would go through in just one shift…Mix the drink, put on gloves, add the fruit, take off gloves, serve drink and collect money, repeat the process!

So how many laws do we truly need?  100,000, 500,000, 1,000,000?

How about 10?

1. I am the Lord, your God.

2. Thou shall bring no false idols before me.

3. Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

5. Honor thy father and thy mother.

6. Thou shall not kill/murder.

7. Thou shall not commit adultery.

8. Thou shall not steal.

9. Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

10. Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s wife (or anything that belongs to your neighbor).

I strongly recommend that you read the linked article by Dennis Prager on the relevance of the Ten Commandments to our current culture.  The modern application of the Commandments is clearly and profoundly presented by Mr. Prager.  If we were all to write these “laws” on our hearts the world would be a better place.

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.

The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.

Psalm 19:7-9

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Another excellent study of the 10 Commandments is the book “Pathway to Freedom: How God’s Law Guides Our Lives,” by Alistair Begg.  I discovered this book one Saturday morning as I sat in the Prison Chaplains office inside California State Penitentiary Sacramento (New Folsom Prison).  I was waiting for the inmates to arrive for our weekly Mens Group and I noticed the book on the desk.  I’d heard of Pastor Beggs, my wife often listens to his sermons on the radio, but I had never read or heard anything he had produced.  As I waited I thumbed through the book and was stunned.  God had provided us with the Commandments, not to control us, He provided the Holy Law to empower us to become the men and women he always intended us to be.

Pastor Beggs presents a powerful, yet succinct, thesis that we as God’s children are not justified in our faith through obedience to the Law, we are justified by living our lives in accordance with the Law, we are the Law because it is written on our hearts and the Law is part of who we are as Christians.  God is the ultimate moral authority, eternal and unchanging, and His Commandments provide a structure for living authentic lives in the righteous Kingdom of God.  It is this moral authority that separates God’s Law from the laws of man.

“The Law sends us to the Gospel, that we may be justified, and the Gospel sends us to the Law again to enquire what is our duty in being justified.” Samuel Bolton, “True Bounds of Christian Freedom”

Career politicians believe that they must pass laws to justify their positions.  What else would they do with their time in office?  What authority do these politicians have to attempt to control behavior and morality via legislation?  The Federal, State and local governments and agencies have wormed their way into every aspect of our lives, from birth to death, from work space to bedroom.  Under what authority?  The laws these “public servants” create are born from their own prejudices and judgements about how life should be lived, what controls are required to mold and shape the lives of the “people.”  The legislation and regulations are generated from man’s authority as an elected representative not God’s so that by definition they are finite and imperfect.

Another aspect, or limitation of man’s law is that they are not written on our hearts.  Human laws represent an ever-increasing number of “shall not’s” and “don’t do’s”.  The human laws are like papier-mâché, layer after layer of regulations glued to the broken seed of man.  Each law telling you that you can’t do this or you shouldn’t do that, without ever addressing the fundamental moral and behavioral issues that drive my actions in the world.

We don’t need 40,000 new laws, we need to focus on the 10 Commandments from God and transform ourselves into the authentic Children of God!

Lincoln

“The assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.” Abraham Lincoln

The music was playing yet it seemed as if the theater was totally quiet.  The movie had ended and the credits were rolling on

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Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States

the screen yet no one spoke, no one moved, no one got up to leave – everyone sat silently staring at the screen, not even turning to look at whoever they had come to the movie with.  Finally, as the credits began to end, one by one people began to get up from their seats and head for the theater lobby, again in total silence.  I turned and looked at my wife and she was in tears and I understood instantly what impact this film had had on her.  For myself I was angry, very angry.

The movie? “Lincoln” by Steven Spielberg.

This film will certainly join “Schiendler’s List,” the other great Spielberg film, as one of the best motion pictures of all time.  It is a powerful piece of cinematic story telling and I’m sure the quality of the experience had something to do with the audience’s reaction.  However, my belief is that what stunned the audience was the contrast between real, principled presidential leadership with the lack thereof from the current occupant of the Oval Office, and for that matter most of the recent occupants.

“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.” Abraham Lincoln

In this portrayal of only a small portion of Lincoln’s tenure as President, Spielberg artfully and with great emotion presents a profile in courage, leadership and values of arguably one of our greatest Presidents.  Lincoln remained focused on restoring the union and fulfilling the promise made with the Constitution to provide equality for all people regardless of race.  He accomplished both by facing the problem and the opponents head-on and always from a place rooted in faith in God and universal principles of right and wrong. He wasn’t trying to transform America, he was trying to restore America.

What we saw from the brilliant performance by Daniel Day-Lewis was an authentic, heroic President that inspired and empowered the people.  This man, Abraham Lincoln, was tuff, sensitive, caring, wise, powerful and smart – he was an authentic man who knew what he had to do even when no one agreed with him.  Did he have shortcomings, certainly and these are woven into the story and the performance.  But above all he was a man for the time. A man for all times.

The movie inspired me to reacquaint myself with Abraham Lincoln, to learn who he was and how he became the President.  I downloaded and listened to a historical podcast by Michael Medved, “The Real Lincoln.”  What amazed me was how incongruous it was for Mr. Lincoln to have been elected President.  Mr. Lincoln was a “common man” and as it turns out that is exactly what was needed at that time in the history of our country.  He was a man of courage and purpose and not your typical politician. His goal was to serve the people and to empower them to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens.

Lincoln“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” Abraham Lincoln

It was this stark contrast between the authentic leadership of Lincoln with the current crop of self-centered, power hungry politicians that brought the tears to my wife’s eyes and the anger to my heart.  How could we let this happen? To trade our liberty for token bits of security from Mother Government?  Why has the country, the majority of citizens turned away from the ideals of the Founding Fathers and now look to the government to take care of them?   Lincoln fought heavy odds to preserve and strengthen the principles of personal liberty and responsibility, in contrast Obama, the Democrats and most of the Republicans (especially the career politicians) want to impose their ideology and their all-powerful central planning vision on us.

Sitting in that auditorium drinking in the power of the film I felt the anger boil up.  The anger that my fellow citizens have fallen so far from what I judge to be the best governing structure ever created by man, the United States Constitution!

Go see this movie, own this movie, make sure your children and grandchildren watch this movie.  I know it’s hard but we must stand up as Lincoln did and do the right thing, to restore liberty, to reclaim the Power for the People.

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” Abraham Lincoln

A Call for Men of Compassion

I still read the adventures of Prince Valiant every Sunday.

When I was a young boy my favorite book was “King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.”  This was a small book, small enough to fit in your pocket and it contained great stories, and engraved pictures about that age of chivalry and adventure.  I was swept up in the mythology of the book and spent considerable time reading and re-reading the book to the point that the small book was becoming “dog eared” and falling apart.  My mother understood how important the book was to me and she took it to a bindery and had the book repaired and an new cover attached with the title embossed in gold. I still have this little volume in my library and I’m looking forward to the day when I can share the stories with my grandchildren.

I couldn’t get enough of this mythology, watching every movie, reading comic books (remember Illustrated Classics?) and even put together plastic models of knights.  To this day I still read “Prince Valiant” comic strips every Sunday morning on my iPad.

The stories of King Arthur and his Knights represented values that I learned, later in life, to hold dear.  These myths defined a world that was intentional, powerful and worth fighting for. These stories about Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere while they were fables still communicated truths that are still relevant today. I knew even as a young boy that the stories weren’t true but I still believed in their moral and I was able to use that understanding to help guide my journey to manhood.

Over the course of the past three years I’ve become aware of a different mythology, a political mythology that isn’t honest, isn’t true and certainly doesn’t espouse moral values.  I own, upfront, my bias in this matter and I find it difficult to identify myths about Liberals.  However, this supports my claim that today what is presented as political truth is in fact nothing more than mythology used to manipulate people into supporting specific politicians or more precisely denouncing the opposition.  I ask that you suspend your immediate reaction to what is presented here and see if through an open mind we might be able to achieve something, together.  I’ll use the mythology applied by the Left to denigrate the Right as a way to illustrate my point.  Please respond with the myths that the Right promote about the Left!

“Paul Ryan and the Republicans want to deprive healthcare for the elderly.”

“The Republican are waging a war on women.”

“The rich don’t pay their fair share of the taxes.”

“People on the Right only care about making money and don’t care about the common man.”

“Conservatives are anti-immigrant.”

“Conservatives hate homosexuals.”

I could fill the rest of this blog with an educated repudiation of each of these myths.  Not a single one of them is true for me or anyone I know who believes in conservative values.  Instead I’m inviting you to participate in a discussion about the core mythology:

“Liberals are compassionate while Conservatives are not.”

There isn’t an issue in our society that can’t be distilled to this fundamental myth.  Regardless of the facts or the costs a Liberal will always believe that their polices are superior because they are certain that they care and we don’t.  For example, take the recent support for gay marriage by President Obama.

A Liberal colleague at work asked what I thought about the President’s recent support for gay marriage and I voiced my objection to changing the meaning of marriage to include same-sex couples.  His response as he walked away, “So you want us all to be miserable.”  Wow, he didn’t ask for an explanation for my beliefs and I didn’t say anything about how I feel about homosexuality; he just made the intellectual leap, driven by his emotions, that if I don’t agree with him then I’m an uncaring, hater of gays.

He is an enlightened and compassionate person while I’m a neanderthal.

How can we deal with any of the challenges that confront this nation if we won’t listen to each other.  In the situation mentioned above I wanted to have my colleague explain his position, I wanted to learn how he would draw the moral line; what was the moral authority for re-defining marriage?  Can brothers and sisters marry?  Is polygamy acceptable?  Can a father marry his daughter?  If we’re going to define marriage in a way that has never been done before then what’s the basis, what’s the authority for the new definition?

The Liberal “compassion myth” wouldn’t allow the man from engaging in a meaningful dialog about the definition of marriage.  He didn’t want to hear that I have the upmost respect for my gay colleagues.  He doesn’t want to learn about the close personal friends I have with men who happen to be homosexuals.  He doesn’t want to hear that I want equal rights for all citizens regardless of race, color, creed or sexual orientation.  He doesn’t want to hear the basis for my belief that marriage isn’t a right protected by the Constitution, it’s an institution.

The Liberal walks away and the ideological gulf widens and with the help of the newspapers and TV we end up with more division, more animosity, less understanding and no solutions.

I’m sick and tired of these spit wad fights ( See my earlier blog entry on this subject, http://wp.me/p1MpDw-n) while “Rome Burns!”  My challenge to all that read these words, especially the men, STAND UP FOR CLARITY.  Exercise true compassion and put yourself in the shoes of the other person. Make every attempt to understand their point of view and how they are directly affected.  Then clearly articulate your position and the basis for your beliefs.  Lose the sound bites and dive into the deep water of understanding.  I’m not asking that you agree, I’m asking that you put down the shield of self-righteousness and listen, to have ears to hear and eyes to see.  For me this is a moral issue that men must step up and be the leaders for creating a safe and positive environment for the exchange of ideas. We as men need to get past the propaganda and the myths we hold dear and clearly define the problems so that we can arrive at sensible and well thought out solutions.

As an architectural student back in the late 60’s I learned that defining the problem clearly, usually resulted in the solution becoming known quickly.  We had to “chew” on the subject for awhile in order to gain clarity but once there, the solution would appear naturally.  We as a nation need to start defining the problems more clearly in order for us to create a more perfect Union.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Omamacare) is a perfect example of how the problem, the question has NOT been clearly defined.  The result is a two thousand page law that no one read and no one can fully understand and that doesn’t actually reduce the cost of healthcare.  If we define the problem as, “We want to reduce the cost of healthcare, maintain and improve that care and make the care available and affordable to all citizens” then we’ll have a dialog that will result in a very different outcome.  We’ll be able to explore what, if anything the Federal Government needs to do (ability to sell insurance across State lines for instance) and what programs and laws can assist in achieving the stated goals at the local and State levels of government.  If we define the problem as ”How can the political class control the lives of the citizens,” then we get Obamacare.  Instead we enflame the situation through our mythologies about the Left being compassionate and the Right wanting to push granny off the cliff.

My humble request is that you join me in the dialog about fatherhood, manhood, the economy, the definition of marriage, or any other social issue.  Respond with your beliefs not your judgments.  Respond with insight and reason about the basis and the authority for your position.

Let’s not hide behind false compassion, let’s stand up for clarity and understanding and be authentically compassionate.  Let’s stop trusting our lives to career politicians and media pundits and reclaim the leadership of this great country.  Join me in picking up the sword of truth and the shield of faith to become the new knights for clarity!

The Undefeated

Sarah Palin.

They say that when you write you need to have your first sentence provoke a strong reaction from the reader.  You want to grab their attention so they continue to read your piece.  Well I’m certain that starting off with “Sarah Palin” prompted a strong reaction in most readers, just not sure they’ll do any more than hit the delete key!

What I’d like for you to gain from this movie review, and why I’d encourage you to put aside your prejudices about Mrs. Palin and watch the film, is an awareness of the radical, uninformed and unaccountable thirst for character assassination in this country.  I ask that you watch the new documentary, “The Undefeated” by Stephen K. Bannon, not to change your mind about Sara Palin, no I’m interested in changing your thinking about how this society attacks people without facts or substance.

I’d like to know how anyone could watch the first five minutes of this documentary and not come away with anything other than a total disgust for the media and the uninformed who will say anything they want regardless of the truth or the impact.  Regardless of how much you might disagree with the policies and political positions of Mrs. Palin there is absolutely no justification for the vile and reprehensible attacks that have been made against her and continue to be projected on her today.

This is the brilliance of this film as it contrasts the vicious attacks made against Mrs. Palin and her family with the political life, a life dedicated to successfully fighting crony capitalism and unethical government practices.  A focused and intentional effort to help the citizens of Alaska played against the backdrop of hysterical character assassination.

Sure this is a biased film, what film isn’t?  However, the creator doesn’t shy away from the criticisms of Mrs. Palin and clearly presents her unvarnished reasons for doing what she did (resigning her governorship for example).

I strongly urge you to watch “The Undefeated.”  It is a well done and enlightening look into the world of big time politics and what the consequences are if a good person decides to play in that arena.  Aside from once again being moved by the spirit, faith, character and courage of this remarkable woman I was left with the disturbing realization that the public journey to elected office, especially at the national level, is too dangerous and too vicious for many good citizens to undertake.  And the entire country, Left, Right and Center, is worse off because we don’t have these good people representing us.