A Response to My Friend at gaytaxprotest

Quite the contrary. I don’t recollect saying anything about paying your taxes or favoring laws that harm anyone. I am simply in favor of a fair tax for everyone, the right to dissent, and and, to be frank, and end to this hypersensitive political correctness that labels anyone who might be white, male, Christian, or conservative as racist, chauvinist, homophobic naysaysers. Those who disagree with you (or me) are not necessarily extremists. To have a government agency use the criteria in that report to label my ilk as extremist is simply unacceptable. That, sir, was my point.

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Published in: on April 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

None So Blind

This hole just gets deeper and deeper

This hole just gets deeper and deeper

There is a proverb traced back to an English author in the mid 16th century.  He wrote “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”  Well, on April 16, 2009, that proverb might adequately describe much of the mainstream news media and many politicians in both parties.  The media seems to be playing down the importance of the nationwide “Tea Parties” held on April 15.  Nancy Pelosi says it’s just ‘astro turfing’ — a faux grassroots movement funded by very wealthy elitists who want tax cuts for themselves.  Many Republican politicians seem to want to jump into the current of this movement that has attracted scores of thousands across cultural, racial, socio-economic, generational, religious, and political lines.    They just don’t get it.

This isn’t about Democrats vs. Republicans, whites vs. non-whites, or old vs. young.   It IS about right vs wrong, principles of freedom vs. principles of oppression, constitutional conservatism vs. constitutional revisionists, and  individual responsibility vs. government intrusion.  

Many of us who wanted to attend a ‘Tea Party” were unable to because of works schedules, proximity, or other circumstances.  But make no mistake about it.  The estimated 180,000 who attended the Tea Parties are only representative of the millions of us who have been disenfranchised by OUR government.   There are blustering failures on BOTH sides of the aisle who have embraced deficit spending and ballooned our national debt , thereby weakening our standing with the “global community.”   How humiliating is it to have our political leaders traversing the world on a tour themed by Brenda Lee’s classic “I’m Sorry, So Sorry.” 

Where are the John Adams of our day?  Where are the Washingtons, the Franklins, the Henrys?   Why do you have to be a millionaire now to have any hope of winning a congressional seat or the presidency?   Do you really think our current political establishment is what our founding fathers had in mind? 

Show me a politician who thinks America is the greatest nation on earth, even with her flaws, I’ll vote for him.  Show me a politician who believes in personal responsibility and an individual’s right to be mediocre, I’ll vote for her.  Show me a politician who believes the government’s primary responsibility is to protect us from foreign and domestic enemies who would undermine our constitution and he’s probably got my vote.   Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent . . . party means nothing.   OR . . .

Perhaps it has come to mean more to some than the sovereignty of United States of America.   They just don’t get it.  So let’s keep the pressure on.  April 15 was a beginning, but November 2, 2010 will be here before you know it.  If they’re not listening, let’s throw the buggers out!  Term limits, baby.  That’s the right direction.

Published in: on April 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Who You Calling an Extremist?

Digging ourselves a holeOkay, so let me get this straight.  According to the most recent report released by Department of Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano, if I vote against legalizing homosexual marriage, disagree with the curent president, like guns, and have a pro-life bumper sticker on my car, I am more inclined to be part of a right-wing extremist group.    So as 535 members of congress and one president spend us into an unsustainable national debt, one of the president’s hand-picked cabinet members is suggesting that I, along with countless millions of other Americans, might be a domestic terrorist because I take issue with their irresponsible behavior. 

I’m gonna reveal some private info here.   My wife and I do not fall into the president’s definition of wealth.  We make far less that $200,000/year.  But I picked my taxes up today.  Wanna know what percentage of our adjusted gross income went to federal taxes??     Almost 17%!!!  For every $6 we made, $1 went to federal taxes.       What’s the old saying —  “If 10% good enough for the Lord, it oughtta be good enough for the federal government.” 

Well, now they’re spending at such a rate that undoubtedly a tax increase will be necessary.  They want more.    Perhaps wealthy folks will find ways to shelter their income.  And of course, a fairly significant portion of the population will continue to have a negative tax liability.  In other words, they will not only pay no taxes, they will receive a check from the federal government.   That leaves the middle class —- black, white, hispanic, asian —- to fund this spiral toward socialism.   That’s folks like you and me.   We work, we give to charity, we pay the mortgage on time, and try not to spend more than we take in.   Then the president calls for “sacrifice.”  Yet, I don’t see any of our “citizen” statesmen sacrificing much. 

Don’t be intimidated by labels.   One of the most sacred rights guaranteed by our Constitution is the right to dissent.  When our elected officials of either party are acting irresponsibly, we not only have the right to dissent, we have the responsiblity to dissent.  We are NOT indentured to the government.  THEY WORK FOR US.  So don’t allow their incendiary language to silence you.   Stick to your principles.  Vote your values.  And remember, this is a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. 

2010 is coming.  Let’s work the system by throwing most of the buggers out.  Term limits, baby!  That’s the right direction!

Published in: on April 14, 2009 at 11:55 pm  Comments (3)  

HEAVENLY HILLBILLIES

100_1319It had been a grueling 12 hour flight, but I had finally arrived.   As I stretched out in my room at the Tel Aviv Plaza Hotel, I turned on the TV hoping to find some entertainment in English.  To my surprise, one of the most popular shows in Israel at that time was The Beverly Hillbillies.  I remembered how that show had captured the hearts of Americans back in the 1960s.  The story line was marvelous.  The Clampett family had lived in absolute poverty until oil was discovered on their land in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.  Almost overnight, they became millionaires.  Cousin Pearl encouraged them to move to Beverly Hills, Californbia.  They found a banker, bought a mansion, and made the move.  But a strange thing happened when they arrived.

Once they were settled in the mansion, nothing else changed.  They maintained their “hillbilly” lifestyle.  They wore the same clothes, ate the same vituals, and droved the same truck.  Even thought they were legitimate millionaires, they continued to live like they were paupers.  It was delightful comedy with a creative tension between the simplicity and integrity of the Clampetts and the driven materialism of the “city folk” who surrounded them.   Unfortunately, it could also be an indictment of far too many professing Christians. 

Too many Christians live like the Clampetts.  We become spiritually wealthy by the grace of God, yet we often live with the same attitudes and behaviors that characterized our lives before we came to Christ.  We engage in a relationship with Jesus that stirs our souls from time to time, but nothing really changes in our lives.  We fall into the “heavenly hillbilly” lifestyle. 

One clue to a the authenticity of a person’s relationship with Christ is change.  Change in behavior, attitudes, habits, language, priorities, just to name a few.  Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  the old has gone, the new has come!”  How does that change happen?  In Acts 3:19, Peter said that we should “Repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”  The words “turn to God” are more literally translated “turn around.”  The emphasis here is on outward conduct.  An attitude of repentance must be coupled with an outward change.  Without that change, an attitude of sorrow is mere regret rather than genuine repentance.  Our part of a covenant relationship with God is to repent and turn to Him. 

When we do our part, Peter assures us that God will do two wonderful things.   First, our sins will be wiped away, forgiven and  forgotten.  That’s possible because Jesus died for us.   Then, times of refreshing will come from His presence in us. 

Imagine traveling across a desert.  Your skin is buring, your lips are parched and cracked, your tongue is swollen, and your body is weary from dehydration.  Suddenly, an oasis appears!  You throw yourself into that pool of water, your body cools, your thirst is quenched, your energy restored and you feel refreshed and ready to continue your journey. 

Life is like that for some folks.  You might be in a spiritual desert.  You are frustrated, dissatisfied, and discouraged.   Perhaps you’ve tried religion or church.  Perhaps you’ve even asked Jesus into your life.  BUT, you’ve lived like a heavenly hillbilly.  You want tobe free from guilt.  You long for a sense of purpose.  You desperately want to tap into the wealth of God’s grace.  And God desires to give you all these things and more!  But they are reserved for those who “Repent and turn to God . . .”   God fulfilled His part of the covenant with the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Now it’s time to do your part.  “Repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

Published in: on March 18, 2009 at 3:57 am  Leave a Comment