Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Independence Day



On the Fourth of July our country celebrates  independence from British Rule.  A new nation was born, free from foreign oppression.  Our Nation has thrived over the next two centuries, allowing us to celebrate another year.

I feel strongly about people having the right to govern themselves, and  for nations to celebrate their sovereignty.  



Living in the United States of America is a privilege, offers opportunity but comes with obligations.
Being an American citizen makes me proud, not ashamed.  Unfortunately there both friends and enemies who believe in open borders and permitting foreigners to enter our country without any requirements other than their desire to come here.

While it is a noble idea to open borders and permitting refugees into the country without screening, it will also be the end of our nation as we know it today. We are a sovereignty and should be able to set the direction and future of our country.

We are also a country of laws.  That means our various legislators write laws, and law enforcement enforces the law.  With such a system, we don't judge by emotions or favoritism. When there  is no or little enforcement, chaos is created.  This is evident by looking at our current immigration situations.  The fault of our current problems is caused by our own government's failure to uphold the laws over several decades. 

Don't blame the offenders , don't blame those who we encouraged to come to this country illegally. In the meantime yes, protect our borders.

Here is a wish for all who consider themselves American, with the hope we can continue to celebrate many centuries in the future.

Here is some suggested reading, an editorial by John Tossel.

The Fourth of July






In the meantime, tell your legislatures to pass laws that can and will be enforced and that are for the good of this country.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

FIRST RAMBLINGS

After laying dormant for over seventy years, it's  time to wake up[ and speak up. Not that my opinion will have a significant impact on the future of the world, I just don't want to be the only one without a voice.

Many people offer opinions using different styles.  Some, (perhaps like me) just wish to be heard.  Other's opinions are so diluted with political correctness that their messages are lost.  Some just steamroll ahead with no sensitivity towards their audience.

The suggestion that you should avoid discussing religion or politics with your friends, neighbors or co-workers  is a good one if you believe in peace.  We need to live alongside one another despite our differences.  

When I was very young, the religious protestant denomination my father belonged to had numerous factions. Church members and family members became so obsessed with their opinion of the literal translation of the Bible that  in church  they would not sit in the same pew with a neighbor who disagreed with their interpretation of perhaps one  Bible verse.  Families ended up not talking to each other, and for years there would be schisms  There is a lesson in that.  You can't just switch allegiances because of one disagreement or difference in philosophy.  We need to tolerate and often accept facts as they are, whether we disagree with them or not.