Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I'm not saying I'm against him as an individual, I'm just opposed to the policies he has enacted and is trying to pass through Congress. We are a Republic nation, not a democracy. Simply put, democracy is mob rule, whereas a republic is a representative assembly elected by the people. We are a democracy in the sense that the power lies with the people, however we are a republic in the way we display that "people power" in politics. Since we are a Republic, when the representatives we elected do not act accordingly, we have the right to become upset. When I disagree with your policies as an elected official it's as simple as that, I disagree with your policies not the color of your skin. It astonishes me, the remarks made saying that a majority of those who are in opposition to the President are in opposition because he is black! That's completely absurd! Never when we had an overwhelming disapproval rate of past President Bush did the media report that it is because of his race, religion, etc. Honestly, I think it is a dire attempt to create more hatred toward those who are agianst Obama's policies.
In your humble service,
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Freedom is the realization that even though you can say and do whatever feels right, you choose the narrow road which is to fight against immorality and injustice. The narrow road is the righteous road. It is the road that represents truth and honor and integrity. Just becuase you take the narrow road does not automatically grant you your salvation. No person earn freedom. Freedom is a gift. Freedom is never bought nor sold. Freedom is a privilege. Freedom is not a right. Freedom is a responsiblity. Freedom is not an option. Freedom is an obligation. Freedom is not the wide road. Freedom is the narrow. Freedom is not oppressive. Freedom is liberating. Freedom is not unjust. Freedom is just. Freedom is not death. Freedom is life.
We are dying. We are about to breathe our last breath and freedom is the hope that gives us one more. Freedom is the energy. Freedom is the bell ringing on the mountain top. Freedom is the man who gives his last drop of blood for a brother whom he has never known or seen. Freedom is the choir that shouts songs of praise through troubling times. Freedom is that gift that we are so undeserving of, but has been given nonetheless. Freedom is what we fight for. Freedom is why we live.
In your humble serevice,
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
There were three frogs sitting on a log. One decided to jump off, how many were left? Three. Deciding never does anything, you gotta jump. American's have been frogs sitting on a log constantly making decisions to jump off into the pond. Decisions never accomplished anything in history. For example, when Martin Luther King Jr. decided that racial inequality and segregation was unjust did that change America and pass legislation to free blacks from bondage? No! However, what pushed legislation was when 250,000 people took action and marched on the nation's capital in Washington.
So if we are to enact change in our country, we must take action collectively, but also individually. Individual actions in the form or becoming a part of the free enterprise system instead of being in the free enterprise system. Take a stand and have ownership in America; take it from Donald Trump's hands and put it in your pocket. You have the power to do that and so does everyone in America, it's just a question of whether they believe it or not. Many have their opinions about how we should go about changing our country and reviving our economy, but the three solutions I have presented are practical and have statistics to back them up. We need to re-invent how we think and teach more people how to become entrepreneurs instead of employees. Also, we must spend less money than we bring in because if we spend more money than we have it puts us into bondage and creates a financial crisis that we have now. Finally, Americans must stop deciding to do more and actually do more! We have a president in office right now that is asking people to enter into an era of enthusiasm and hope. I don't see a lot of people embracing it; I don't see a lot of people saying, “Ya, its gunna get better!" I still see a lot of people hanging their heads and worried, freaking out about money. I think if we can be really honest with ourselves no matter how bad the economy gets they can't take our love, our hope, our relationships, our dreams, they can't impact our health or spirituality. When you think about it, all the things that really are important cannot be affected by the economy. We must embrace these solutions and together we can recover from this economic crash. And to be honest, the only obstacle blocking our way from entering into a better and safer economy is how we think. We must first change the way we think, then we can change the way we act, and eventually change the way we live.
In Your Humble Service,
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Problem #1: “Americans have had an “employee mentality” all their lives and it has been engrained in our minds from previous generations. Few take personal responsibility; not expecting the government to take care of them.”
[America's free enterprise system] creates wealth. During the last two centuries, the U.S. became the world's richest nation as it embraced an economic system that promotes growth, efficiency, and organization. GDP tripled per capita from 1900 to 1950; then it tripled again from 1950 to 2000. The wealth didn't just benefit a few. It spread throughout society, 68% of Americans own a home-- the highest percentage on record. Three-quarters of Americans drive their own cars.
You see, there is no need to take money from the rich and give it to the poor. We would have to do that in a system that deprived individuals of their freedom to go out and participate in free enterprise, but that is not America's system. America embraces a free market system which is free of government interference except when it violates personal life, liberty, and happiness. Let us not confuse the current economic crisis as a need to change our economic system. Our economy appears to be heading south not due to a faulty system, but because of rapid changes in commerce and large amounts of debt.
As the figure illustrates, our economy is shifting in a way it has never experienced in the past. A large majority of all the businesses declaring bankruptcy is due to a shift in commerce known as the e-commerce shift. Examples of this same shift in history are the inventions of the telephone, automobile, electricity, radio, TV, microwave oven, and VCR. In 1999, e-commerce was 0.5% of sales. In 2008, it was 11%. In ten years e-commerce grew 2200%. We must not make the grave mistake of transforming our economy to a form of socialism that has never worked anywhere and has no record of statistical growth just because our way of doing business is temporarily shifting.
Problem #2: “Spending more than you make puts you in bondage.”
According to CNNMoney.com, the total amount of jobs lost in 2008 was roughly 2 million. In that same year government jobs increased by 250,000. Now we look at that as a good thing; the government is hiring, yay! But here's the problem, increase in government jobs means more money needed for payroll, meaning more taxes for you. The problem is the government thinks the solution to not having enough money is to tax you more and spend it on government. This philosophy of thinking is detrimental to our country. This problem not only lies with the government, but with the people as well. Everyone seems to be pointing both fingers at the government and exposing their loose spending. Now don't get me wrong, I am a strong proponent in strict government spending and less governmental interference in people's affairs, but the fault does not only lie with the government. Treasurydirect.gov shows the current public debt held by the people is close to $7 trillion! Compared to intra-governmental holdings of $4 trillion. I believe this shows the real problem is with our people and spending money that they don't have.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
#1: Take the Plunge.
A while back I visited a water park in the Wisconsin Dells area. This water park was decked out! It had everything you dream about when visiting the Dells, including a 3-story water slide that literally was perpendicular with the ground below...it was insane! So travelling up to this slide was like walking up stairs to God's house, seriously, they just kept coming one after another. I finally reach the peak of this mountain and as I approach the slide the guy in front of me CHICKENS out. He turns around at the last minute and starts down the stairs uttering to himself, "No, no, not today. I will not die today!" haha- so you can imagine how I was feeling as I sat down to go down the slide! But I just remember sitting there and looking out past my knees and seeing nothing but blue sky. As I crossed my legs and arms and waited for the red light to turn green, I decided to just do it and take the plunge.
I stood at the bottom of the slide 5 seconds later and I couldn't stop laughing! My brothers were with me and we just loved it. I use this story as an example for success because any great success in life is going to be like that 3-story slide, at the beginning it is going to be scary and people around you may be turning around and "chickening" out, but it is worth it! When you have the opportunity to do something great go out and do it and don't let fear stop you.
In your humble service,
Monday, August 24, 2009
The story goes on with Samuel anointing David because he is supposedly going to be this great king over Israel. At the same time, there is this battle going on between the Israelites and Philistines. And this Philistine giant named Goliath, who is believed to be over 9ft tall, comes out and begins to mock the Israelites who have a promise and a vision from God. He would go out in front of the Israeli army everyday and basically say 'Is there not a man among you?' He'd say 'Send your best man out to fight me; we'll make it real easy and if one of your guys takes me out, you win!' He would say this in front of the army! Ya know...the professional soldiers with the swords, shields, helmets, armor, and spears...I mean these guys were the army. They represented those who are trained in the arts of war and prepare for crazy hackin' battle! So what did all the professional soldiers do when Goliath came out? They just sat there, cowering in front of this enormous giant; not one stepped out to face Goliath.
So one day little David comes to deliver some cheese to his brothers who are soldiers. David's brothers see him and taunt him saying 'You don't belong here! Go home! Did you come here to watch real men fight? Get out of here!' So David begins to turn around because he knows that the battlefield is not his place, but it just so happens that at the same time Goliath comes out and says 'Is there not a man...' And David stands there and listens to all these things and says 'Who is this Philistine to mock us? Why do we let him defile our people? Will not anyone go up to fight him?!?' And David stands astonished, as amongst the WHOLE ARMY not ONE goes up to face Goliath.
David steps forward to go face the giant. He wasn't a soldier...he was a shepherd! He didn't have a sword or a breastplate or armor, all he had was a sling and a conviction in his heart that what was going down here was wrong, and it was an affront. So he picked up a smooth stone, put it in his sling, swung it around and POW! He knocked the giant in the head and sent him crashing to the ground. David then ran over and withdrew Goliath's sword and cut his head off and held it for everyone to see.
Now, most who know this story stop right there. However I believe the most important moral to the story is found after David defeated the giant. Do any of you know what the army did after David slew Goliath? I'll tell you what the army did after the warrior David killed the giant; the soldiers chased down the Philistines and cut them all down! Not one was left standing. You see, there is a difference between a soldier and a warrior. A soldier is someone who prepares for war. A warrior is someone who wages war. The warrior steps forth so the army can rise up. And the warrior is not always the one who is the most professionally trained or the one with the right tools or who smells good and looks good and has all the right stuff. A warrior is the one who has fight in his heart and says 'I will not stand injustice anymore nor will I have my values demoralized and my ideals condemned right before my eyes. And even though I don't have much, I'll put it out because I am not going to stand for it anymore.'
Who are we in America? Where do we stand as a country right now? As far as I'm concerned, right now is a defining moment as to what values we will pass to the next generation. What beliefs; what moral compass we'll steer by in the future.
Is there a warrior amongst us who has the passion beating in his heart to once again rise and save America?
In your humble service,
Saturday, August 22, 2009
For example, in the free market system, lets just say that there arose a company named Macrohard (spin on Microsoft). Macrohard created this revolutionary new technology in software and offered this product to the public. Years down the road, Macrohard eliminated all the competition with low prices and a great quality product. Today, Macrohard dominates the software industry, therefore jacks up all their prices for consumers. At this point, Uncle Sam would rush in, cut up Macrohard and sell it to pieces. However, lets contemplate what might have happened if Uncle Sam didn't call a timeout and stayed standing on the sideline one more quarter. I believe Macrohard would have fallen prey to an economic rule called competition. You see, the competition rule states:
"The product with the highest quality and lowest price, always wins."
Macrohard no longer played according to the competition rule, therefore allowing other companies to work underground and eat away at the monopolizing giant.
So let's take a gander at what our unregulated cell phone industry has become today. In virtually 20 years, cell phones have travelled from the dinosaur age to a futuristic Jetson's lifestyle. Cell phones looked like this when I was born:
To looking like this today at my 19th birthday:
And this is all because the cell phone industry didn't have a "trigger happy" Uncle Sam waiting to anihilate the first majorly successful company. Cell phone providers basically give you the phone for free; all you have to do is pick a plan. Plans range from 5 year contracts to pay as you go. The industry is flexible, maintains low cost, provides an efficient high tech product, and is multiplying in technological growth every day. All this goodness is here today without a poking finger from the government because IT'S NOT THEIR JOB TO POKE FINGERS IN ECONOMICS! Economics runs on supply/demand and competition, it will become crippled if the government throws in even more rules and regulations. This does not only apply to cell phones, but every area of business. From cars to healthcare; leave the government out and everyone benefits.
Spread the wealth; 82% of Americans own a cell phone today...keep it rolling.
In your humble service,