Sunday, July 31, 2011

Gates of Vienna: Night in the Face of Daybreak

Gates of Vienna: Night in the Face of Daybreak: "Be not afraid when the pack starts to scream and shout.
For nothing in this world is more hated and feared
than the truth...."
See more of this excellent translation by following the link.

"Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding." ~Proverbs 23:22-24

Saturday, July 30, 2011

To Default or not to Default?

That is the question. Whether tis nobler in the congress to suffer the slings and arrows of profligate spenders who scream "the sky is falling" or to stand your ground and ensure that future generations of Americans do not have to bear the burdens of our own.

To stand, perchance to win, aye, there's the rub. For by winning, we could make a respectable start to reclaiming our nation and our freedom. For too long we have allowed unchecked power brokers in Congress to steal our freedoms incrementally through compromise. Compromise is nothing but a steady incremental loss, unless one is strong enough to own the label "uncompromising."

I should hope that the people we elect are of strong enough character to realize that a little bit of name calling is nothing compared to the incremental loss of this nation.

Is the challenge before us with the debt ceiling question really that dire? I think it is. The damage to our fiscal credibility as a nation has already been done. The analysts who watch these kinds of things have indicated that we have been given a great deal of leeway solely because the dollar serves as the world's reserve currency. If we do not show them that we have the resolve to be fiscally responsible but slashing our spending, (And don't even propose a paltry few billions in cuts over 10 years - are you serious? Clearly not.) then they will move, as has been strongly urged by more than one government, to make something else the world's reserve currency.

Think that can't happen? Have a look at the pound sterling. That was the world's reserve currency before the dollar. It can and will happen. We are not entitled to be the world's reserve currency, we have to earn it. Abuse of that status will not be tolerated any longer.

Don't listen to the talking heads or the power brokers who think things are still the way they were ten or even 5 years ago. Listen to your own common sense. We cannot spend our way out of debt and attempting to do so will lead us to ruin.
This debt ceiling debate, right now, is, in my opinion, the tipping point. No more compromise. If our legislators don't understand that cutting spending and cutting it drastically is the only acceptable resolution to this challenge then let them step down and let others with more fiscal sense, responsible attitudes and backbone take their place. This is it. If you haven't called your legislators, do it now.

Let them know that that if there are any raises to the debt ceiling or taxes there will be consequences. Find out if your state allows the recall of federal legislators. If it doesn't, call your state legislators and ask them to make some. There is no acceptable compromise on this issue if America is to remain the land of the free instead of the land that spent itself into slavery.
"To sleep, perchance to dream..." indeed, we have been sleeping too long. Let us awake and take back our nation and our Constitution...before it's too late.

"Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts. If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?" ~ Prov 22:26-27

Monday, July 25, 2011

Standing Like a Rock

In an earlier post, I quoted Thomas Jefferson when he said "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock".

I am taking this opportunity to declare where I stand. I stand solidly in support of the folks at Gates of Vienna, including Fjordman. They have done a mighty work of good in attempting to inform this nation of the perils involved in welcoming the followers of Islam into our nations unchecked.

The people at the Gates of Vienna blog have served for more than ten years now as watchmen on the walls of America. That the msm has elected to make their work into a scapegoat for the actions of a man who has taken so many lives is beyond despicable.

I am a long time reader of the Gates of Vienna, and they have done nothing to warrant such an attack. The Baron has been a guest on my BTR show to bring attention to the situation in Lampedusa, which continues to worsen. His concern was not just for the tiny Island of Lampedusa or the nation of Italy which is being bankrupted by this influx, but also for the refugees themselves, most of whom are followers of Islam.

I have had issues with the msm and I've made no bones about it, but this is beyond the pale. To divert American attention from the very real issues that confront us in order to persecute those who have served us faithfully, and in a way that threatens the freedoms of every American citizen is the last straw.

I no longer regard those outlets of the msm who are doing this as credible or trustworthy. They are corrupt and undeserving of my patronage. Shame on them. To take this tragedy and use it to push some sort of sick, progressive agenda before the funerals have even been held for many of the victims of this attack, is ghoulish at best.

The only coverage that is appropriate at such a time as this, is the mourning of the people of Norway, the condolences shared by other nations and the news of the day. Decency commands it. Just as it commands me to stand by those who have attempted to serve this nation by their, mostly unheeded, warnings.

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." ~1Cor 13:1

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Condolences to the People of Norway

My posts have been rather sparse(okay, nonexistent ) of late, because there has been so much happening that I get a bit overwhelmed. However, decency simply requires that I post on this.

May I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those involved in today's attacks against any shred of human decency and all that stands for good in this world. While the press madly searches for scapegoats in today's events, I feel only sorrow that such things still happen. This is the reality of which I attempt to inform people in on-line debates and my postings here. The reality which trumps every form of idealism or philosophy.

Sometimes people just kill others and no degree of regulation, manipulation or indoctrination will stop that. It is part of the human condition. It is part of the nature of man. (I will grant you that some ideaologies inspire more evil than others.)

As a Christian, I can define it as the sin nature that we all have because Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This allows me to understand that, even though I may not realize it, I have a sin nature. The law, as given in the Bible, allows me to see that I have sinned as well as the necessity of acknowledging my sins and repenting of them. This allows me to see the need for the acceptance of Christ's sacrifice.

I know that this is not something that only belongs in the realm of the mad. I know that, under the wrong conditions, any and every human being is capable of this level of evil. To deny that fact of human nature is to deny human nature itself, and this is why I do not and will not subscribe to any form of communism, be it never so wonderful looking and sounding. It simply does not work, has never worked and will never work because it denies the truth of what we are.

I know this won't be a very popular post and that many will disagree with my basic assessment of human nature. To those people I say, it is not my assessment, but the Lord's. I have only been given the opportunity to see the truth of it in ways that many have not.

To those grieving in Norway tonight, my deepest and most heartfelt condolences again. You are in my prayers and in my heart as I contemplate the evil that has touched you today. May the Lord be with you in your sorrow. In the coming days may He comfort you and may you rise above your worst selves to wrest some good out of this tragedy.

For those who are looking to cast blame, I urge you to wait until all the facts are in.

"And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done."~ Gen 8:21

"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. " ~ Gal 3:24-26

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day. What does it mean? Officially the fourth of July marks the day this nation declared it's independence from England. It was a declaration that we were going to form our own nation because England was not fulfilling its' duties towards us. That's what the bulk of the declaration of Independence is, a list of the grievances of the colonies against their homeland.

It was a list that contained far more than the simple "taxation without representation" that was thrown to us in school when I was a girl. I wonder how many Americans will take the time, today, to read the entirety of that document to their children? I wonder how many will look at that list of grievances and note that many of them are stunningly appropriate to be said about our current federal government?

"He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us." Seems to be appropriate for the people of Arizona who are being denied federal enforcement of immigration laws and denied also the ability to enforce their own laws.

"For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury" This would seem to apply to the case of the TSA's invasive and unconstitutional searches and seizures at airports, bus and train stations and now, even random searches of private vehicles.

"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance." Can anyone say Czar? Or obamacare?

"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation" Why are we in Libya again? And how dare Mr. Obama, in acting as the Commander in Chief of a voluntary military turn over the command of that military to a foreign body? (NATO)

"For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments" Does anyone remember a campaign promise to "fundamentally transform" our government and nation? It is the job and place of the president of these united states to MAINTAIN and PRESERVE our form of government, not to transform it. Yet, the people, through greed, ignorance, apathy or a combination of those and others voted for this man.

Yes, Happy Independence Day to all, but while you are celebrating, remember that we are facing a crisis in our republic. A crisis that may leave our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren paying for our greed, ignorance and apathy.

We celebrate, today, the efforts of men who chose to make the sacrifices they did so that we could have independence and freedom. They left it to us to maintain and preserve this nation through constant vigilance and the education of our young people in the form and maintenance of this republic. We must not shirk our duties now, when so many have paid so high a price. We can preserve our republic and we must. The alternative is not to be considered except with sorrow and shame.

(On a personal note, the horseback photos used in this post are photos I took years ago of two dear friends. They took risks and died young, as the result of some of those risks. We all acknowledge that freedom is not free. Freedom is not safe either, and may we all be bold enough to grasp the risks with both hands and be willing to pay the price. I could wish they were still with us, but not at the expense of their freedom to make such choices. My world is better for having had them in it. R.I.P John and Johnny. I look forward to meeting you again, and my thanks to Jesus Christ for making it possible.)
"So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. " ~ Luke 17:10