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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Natural Law and the war against religion

I want you all to read a caller's conversation with Rush Limbaugh yesterday. It explains much better than I attempted to do for you last year the relationship between God and natural law: God-given rights to humanity and laws of behavior, as it were.
CALLER:  I want to talk with you about what I think is the strategy behind the left's assault on religion.  What I was thinking is that it's an assault on the Constitution, because the underpinnings of the Constitution are natural law and inalienable rights.  
RUSH:  Let me ask you a question.  You seem like a well-informed and considerate person.  You're thoughtful.  Would you explain to people what your definition of "natural law" is?  I happen to think a lot of people are confused when they hear natural law. "God? What do you mean, natural law?" How would you explain it to people?  
CALLER:  I would explain it that as a human being, we are given certain rights and liberties by a Creator, and those are the natural laws that men and women are meant to be free and have as much liberty as possible. And the underpinning of the Constitution are that, natural law and the so-called inalienable rights.  
RUSH:  That's true, folks.  Natural law is the law that comes by virtue of creation, before any human dictator or whatever comes in and starts writing them. 
CALLER: Exactly.
RUSH: And the yearning to be free and the right to be free is a God-given right.  You're exactly right.  And the Constitution, the founders -- you're right -- were heavily dependent on natural law. So your theory is that the attack on God is an attack on natural law.  
CALLER:  If there is no God, there is no one to give us natural law and inalienable rights.
RUSH:  Right.  If there's no God, there's no natural law.  If there's no God, there's no normalcy. There's no right or wrong.  It's up to governments to decide it.   
CALLER:  Morals would have to come from... I'm sorry.  
RUSH:  No.  It's up to people to decide themselves what right and wrong is. There's no final arbiter or anything.
CALLER: Right.
RUSH: Except the Supreme Court.
CALLER:  And that would be government.
RUSH:  Right.  Government, Supreme Court or what have you. Well, I think you're right.  The assault on God has been going on since before all of us were born.  God is a frightening thing to people who don't believe. It's scary. To people who don't believe in God, it's one of the scariest things they can contemplate, and they want to get rid of it.  It's not something believers can prove.  It requires faith.  People don't want to invest faith. 
It just scares the hell out of them, and they don't want to run around guilty all day.  They don't want to feel guilty as they're having "fun," as they define it, so they say, "Just get rid of it," and in the process of getting rid of God, you get rid of the country, get rid of the Constitution.  
Exactly! This is a vital thing to understand in today's debate between ideologies. And good to remember as we gear up for the 4th of July too!



Friday, June 28, 2013

Immigration Again

Good points made. Take it away Ann Coulter:
With native-born liberals unwilling to reproduce themselves, liberals need a constant influx of new Democratic voters from other countries -- and there happen to be 11 million of them living here right now! Contrary to Rubio-Republicans who think "they all look alike," the vast majority of Hispanics are not "social conservatives." (That's blacks, Marco.)

In addition to being the one ethnic group most opposed to capitalism -- even more than Occupy Wall Street protesters! -- polls show that Hispanics are more pro-abortion than other Americans (66 percent of Hispanics versus 50 percent of other voters) and favor gay marriage more than other Americans (59 percent compared to 48 percent of all voters). They also support big government by an astronomical 75 percent and Obamacare, in particular, by 62 percent. (Polls: Pew, ABC, ABC, Pew, Fox)

Of course the Democrats want these illegals voting!

It is of no concern to the Democratic Party that illegal aliens are lawbreakers and overwhelmingly minimum-wage workers. Liberals don't care about the working class having millions more low-skilled workers competing with them, and they certainly don't care about the country. They just want to win elections. (If only it would occur to Republicans that they need to win elections, too.) 
My favorite part is that she points out the demographic advantage Republicans have with "populating" and how liberals think they can counteract that by amnesty. They probably can. Ever the strategists, those Democrats. They fought/fight for abortion (limiting the population) and they fight for gay rights (who can't increase the population by natural means at any rate) but they fight for uneducated immigrants to come here and get benefits to thus secure their votes every bit as much as they do for the African American voting bloc, not that that community has jobs or schooling or even the know-how to rise above the welfare state.

Republicans are the ones smart enough to realize that we can't pay for that kind of America, creating an enormous debt bubble. Yet they're not smart enough to explain that to the American people directly, being cowed as they are by the pro-liberal news media.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Inappropriate Targeting Confirmed

The IRS audit exposes their lie that there was no bias in their methods. Proving what conservatives already knew: their government is out to suppress them.  Again, if you are a liberal or progressive yourself, consider how the shoe would fit if it were on your own foot. Consider how uncomfortable you should be with a government that targets anyone of any ideology.
“TIGTA concluded that inappropriate criteria were used to identify potential political cases for extra scrutiny — specifically, the criteria listed in our audit report. From our audit work, we did not find evidence that the criteria you identified, labeled “Progressives,” were used by the IRS to select potential political cases during the 2010 to 2012 timeframe we audited,” Inspector General J. Russell George said.

He said that while 30 percent of groups that had the word “progressive” in their name were given extra scrutiny, 100 percent of groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names were pulled out for strict scrutiny, which involved what the IRS since has said were invasive and inappropriate questions.

Democrats have argued that the IRS‘ scrutiny of applications for tax-exempt status hit both ideological sides equally, which would cut at the GOP’s argument that it was politically motivated. Instead, Democrats have said the scrutiny is the natural result of a jump in applications after campaign finance rules changed following the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case.

But Mr. George’s letter suggests that’s not the case.
 Conservatives have in fact been inappropriate targeted. Q.E.D.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DOMA done away

Today marks a day of change for the country. Let me tell you why I both support and disapprove of this Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

In the interest of personal freedom and fairness and people being able to choose whatever or whoever they want, I support this move. Rationally and logically, this move makes a ton of sense. I don't believe in individual groups imposing their morals on other people.

However, I don't support changing the general morality upon which a country defined.  I love our Founding Fathers for recognizing that a general morality is what preserves a democracy and that when that morality is gone, so is the society. It happened over and over again throughout all the great civilizations of the earth as they removed moral safeguards. I'm not saying that now that gay marriage is law in the United States that we're doomed; I'm saying that changing the general morality is dangerous because once begun, there is no ending it until that society collapses.

From there, I also wonder what this decision leads to in future other decisions. I'm not talking about child marriage or other child abuse here (I hope), but polygamy, beastiality and the like. Things that have been brought up in arguments both for and against legalized gay marriage. Seriously!

Once a country abandons its original moral code it is set morally adrift and loses a bit of itself - it can't compare to what it was before. Kind of like the WWII veterans are part of the last great generation because why? They believed in sacrifice as a country. Patriotism, service, loyalty, devotion - that America is long gone and WWII veterans I've heard or read about mourn its passing. I mourn with them. They lived in a day that welfare meant something entirely different. They lived in a day of general morality.

LDS prophets and apostles mourned when divorces in the United States became so much easier to obtain not because of the cases where divorce can be a good thing because of abuse, adultery, addiction, or abandonment, but because of the general effect on the family. We Mormons believe the family is ordained of God, that it is central to God's plan for His children. It should not be lightly redefined or broken up.

Similarly, gay marriage interferes with the family as ordained of God. This is not to say that he doesn't love gay people or doesn't want them to be happy, or that gay people can't choose to live righteously. This is not to say that all His children should not love each other and care for each other. Please see mormonandgays.org if you want to better understand this seemingly precarious LDS position.

This will help you understand too. Quoting part of the LDS doctrine, signed in 1995 by the prophet, his counselors and the twelve apostles, called The Family: A Proclamation to the World:
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
WE DECLARE the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
This may seem dated. Rather, the worlds standards have shifted towards immorality in all forms while God's standards are constant throughout the ages. Living in accordance with God's commandments may be out of fashion, yet it still brings promised blessings.

I personally believe that God gives us commandments designed to maximize our happiness. They aren't there to make life harder for followers, but easier. Walking the straight and narrow is the easiest path on the conscience. There is great inner peace in obeying the commandments of God. The Founding Fathers built this country upon a Judeo-Christian moral code, and now we're leaving it. This is dangerous. We risk our society itself by tampering with the time-honored moral code upon which the United States was founded.


"Families Can Be Together Forever" from the LDS Hymnbook
  1. 1. I have a fam'ly here on earth.
    They are so good to me.
    I want to share my life with them through all eternity.
  2. (Chorus)
    Fam'lies can be together forever
    Through Heav'nly Father's plan.
    I always want to be with my own family,
    And the Lord has shown me how I can.
    The Lord has shown me how I can.


Monday, June 24, 2013

This week in the Supreme Court

This will be interesting to watch. The upcoming cases to be reviewed before their summer recess:

  • CA gay marriage law
  • Texas affirmative action
  • AL voting rights
  • Native American adoption
  • Generic drugs
  • Private property in FL
  • Workplace discrimination
I needn't tell you that some of these will have national repercussions.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Twin problems of immigration and domestic spying

I hadn't put these thoughts together in so many words, but Ann Coulter did in her column this week. Use the link to read the whole thing, and explore past columns if you missed her  lessons on American immigration policy through the years and their effect.
That's why the National Security Act of 1947, creating the CIA, expressly prohibited the agency from engaging in domestic operations. Now we have to spy on Americans because of all the imported Tsarnaevs and Zazis. We have created two huge problems where none existed before -- domestic terrorism and government spying -- all to help the Democrats win elections by changing the electorate. 

Not only do our post-1965 immigration policies create an unemployment problem, not only have they massively increased the crime rate, but now all Americans are being asked to give up their civil liberties to fulfill Teddy Kennedy's dream of bringing the entire Third World to live right here in America. (And vote Democrat!) 

When we're referring to "American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki" -- provoking Rand Paul to carry on for 13 hours about Obama killing an "American citizen" with a drone -- the phrase "American citizen" has lost its essential meaning. We don't have a drone problem. We don't have a spying problem. We have an immigration problem. 

Meanwhile, the headlines on Drudge tell you the state of affairs:
Newly Developed Robot Flies Like Real Bird; Able to Perform Reconnaissance, Surveillance...O SLUMPS TO 44%...Will: President scarily detached from reality...



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Plea from Senator Cruz on Immigration

This from an interview today on Rush Limbaug's show, after Cruz explained that even a majority of Hispanics are opposed to this immigration bill:

 I would urge every one of your listeners to do two things.  Number one, come to a website we formed: SecureBordersNow.com, and sign a national petition.
...
 But number two, every one of your listeners, I would encourage them, pick up the phone and call your Senator and call your House member.
...
It works tremendously.  It is amazing what hearing from the grassroots can do.  The reason President Obama's gun control proposals were killed, his proposals to undermine the Second Amendment, is because hundreds of thousands of Americans began slamming the phone lines, and all of the Senators that were leaning towards supporting it suddenly said, "Holy cow, the folks back home don't like this."  I mean, Washington is a bubble, and there is nothing more powerful than the conservative grassroots when we are engaged and letting our voice be heard. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Truth about the Democrat Party from a black former Democrat

Conservatives, myself included, have long touted the true history of blacks and the Democrat Party and their policies detrimental to the black community. Today Rush Limbaugh played some clips (also available on Youtube) from the now Republican black state senator Elbert Guillory from Louisiana explaining his switch in ideology.

Really, his switch is much the same as that of Herman Cain (I got off the plantation!) and Clarence Thomas to name just two, and the only difference is that the media hasn't yet villified and destroyed Elbert Guillory's public character. With Youtube and all, they may not be able to do that as completely as they did in the past. I quote only the parts that Rush did, which you can also watch his now viral Youtube video through Rush's site.

Guillory:

The Democrat Party has created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what's best for black people.  Somehow it's been forgotten that the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an abolitionist movement with one simple creed: That slavery is a violation of the rights of man. Frederick Douglass called Republicans "the party of freedom and progress," and the first Republican president was Abraham Lincoln, the author of the Emancipation Proclamation.  It was Republicans in Congress who authored the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, giving former slaves citizenship, voting rights, and due process of law.  Democrats, on the other hand, were the party of Jim Crow.  It was Democrats who defended the rights of slave owners.
At the heart of liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful big government can be the benefactor of social justice for all Americans.  But the left is only concerned with one thing: Control.  And they disguise this control as charity.  Programs such as welfare, food stamps? These programs aren't designed to lift black Americans out of poverty! They were always intended as a mechanism for politicians to control the black community.  The idea that blacks -- or anyone, for that matter -- need the government to get ahead in life, is despicable.  Our self-initiative and our self-reliance have been sacrificed in exchange for allegiance to our overseers, who control us by making us dependent on them.
To be truly free is to be reliant on no one, other than the author of our destiny.  These are the ideas at the core of the Republican Party, and it is why I am a Republican.  So, my brothers and sisters of the American community, please join with me today in abandoning the government plantation and the party of disappointment so that we may all echo the words of one Republican leader who famously said "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last." 
For the record, Republicans in charge in Washington don't hold to these Republican ideas and ideals.  They need to go.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Father's Day

I didn't realize it was Father's Day this weekend until just now. Literally.

We just moved. To a different state. The people in our new area are most kind and helpful and we love it here.

However, our poor father/husband has been working his tail off trying to get us all settled in before he resumes working on Monday. We're not done, but we're close.

I wish him and all other fathers a more relaxing weekend!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bulletin

I'm moving this weekend. Therefore I will not be posting much - if anything - for the next week or so. Maybe longer. Packing and then unpacking for a family of five is no picnic!

Maybe visit some of the links I've got that you don't frequent regularly. Broaden your news sources, etc.

Until next time...

Monday, June 3, 2013

Something Must Be Done

I keep seeing these horrible headlines like SHOCK: Two-Thirds May Not Insure Under Obamacare... and Cheapest Plan $20,000 Per Family... and I think that this is too much for Americans to bear financially, therefore it won't happen. Somehow it will change. The problem with this wishful thinking is it accomplishes nothing while simultaneously denying reality. These abominable changes in health care are upon us; lower incomes and higher debt and higher costs of living regardless. The only way I know of that we can avoid this disaster is by pressing our politicians to oppose it and vote to defund it - and even that is a long shot.


I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that the IRS has no business overseeing our health care whatsoever in light of continuing revelations on the IRS scandal such as OCCUPY IRS: WIFE OF FORMER IRS COMMISSIONER JOINED OCCUPY WALL STREET and IRS AGENT WAS SO DISTURBED BY TARGETING, SOUGHT ANOTHER JOB and IRS EMPLOYEE: D.C. TOLD US TO TARGET TEA PARTY