Sunday, May 27, 2012

RANDOM SHOTS! Local News, Obama a Statist, Awake, and Much More!


Local News - About my dog Jake

Yesterday was the 25th of May, 2012. It's the day that I realized that I really don't know why God created dogs?

Most are great, but then there are those that go far beyond great. They go far beyond the expected. They simply have that "way" about them. Those are the ones to watch out for.

One such dog is my boy Jake. Almost two and a half years ago, my wife and I said that we should get a dog to replace Baby, who we lost a few months before in 2009. We agreed to go down to the Animal Shelter, Animal Control, and see about adopting one from there since they're always looking for good homes for strays.

I went down and found Jake sitting in a cage. He was what I was looking for, just a big brown dog like the one that my grandfather had when I was a kid.

Jake, part lab and your guess is as good as mine, turned out to be exactly what we needed. All personality, he fit in perfect around here. He came to a place where he could run - where the house is two football fields away from the front gate - where the nearest home is not near at all.

I had no worries about him getting out on the road and getting hit by a car. I was really more worried about him getting kicked by a horse.

When I came home today, my father-in-law said that Jake was playing with his dog Oliver and then just laid on the floor in a spot where he usually lays - and he died. I ran in to see, and yes, in fact my Jake had died.

I went outside and dug a grave and buried him near my horse Murphy who died last year.

No, I don't know why God crates dogs - especially dogs like Jake.

He would jump and whirl around 360 degrees if he thought I had a treat for him. He would lay his head on my lap and look at me - into my soul - and feel at ease when I'd stroke his forehead.

He was a big dog and would wait out side atop our long driveway, and there he'd sit and wait for me to come home after volunteering at the Legion up the road. And when I did, he would act as thought he hadn't seen me in weeks. He loved me like no other dog that I've ever had in my life.

I can't help but believe that God has a sick sort of twisted sense of humor at times. It's a belief that I've had since my days in the Marine Corps when I saw things that made me ask why would God allow certain things to happen? It was only later that I found myself believing that some of us are tested more than others.

Why would God allow a dog a great home and family, allow for us to love one another, then watch as I openly cried as I dug his grave? And if I'm wrong, than it must purely be fate. And yes, fate can be a cruel master.

I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. Jake never hurt a soul. He only protected and loved us as he did - fully.

This morning was the first day that didn't have him nudging the bathroom door to check on me. Today, there were no more early morning belly rubs, no more greeting me at the door or in the driveway, no more running ahead of me at the house and waiting for me atop the steps, no more reaching down to take my hand as if helping me up the steps.

Today, there was no more waiting for me beside my chair, or as I'm sitting here writing.

Today, I didn't need to close my eyes to remember how he would act. I felt as though I saw him all day today. I saw him clown around with his favorite chew toy. I saw his brown eyes look at me and wag his tail knowing my thoughts. I saw him sit at the top of the driveway when I came home from the range today.

I know real well that tonight there will be no more getting up and going to bed at eleven on his own. And yes, there will be no more waking and coming to get me at 2am when I'm sitting here at this computer trying to write an article about this or that.

From yesterday afternoon, I knew that I would have no more unconditional love in just a look.

If my wife wants another dog, then she can go find a small dog for her. A dog that I won't want to get close to. A dog who won't lean into my chest as we drive down the road in my truck. A dog who won't treat me special, and become essentially mine. A dog that I won't ache over as I do right now.

Poor Jake, he was only four years old. He was too young, too athletic, and way too lovable to just suddenly die for no apparent reason. It doesn't seem fair. This is not right.  


Elections at the Legion - Lessons Learned!

The annual election at the American Legion Post here in Glencoe was held on Wednesday. We had 19 members show up for the election, and that ain't bad for a small post like ours.

The election was talked about for months because a past commander wanted to run for the position again. And yes, like any organization, there was all sort of gossip as to why and what for?

Our post is doing really well these days. We are having a lot of new folks showing up, and our monthly events are pulling in enough folks to make it a real good time. Actually, the post has gotten a great reputation for having a lot of fun and laughs with a great sense of camaraderie. Among Vets that's a real big deal, after all that is the one thing most of us really miss from our time in the Service.

There are great folks up here. And among those who support our post who were never in the service, it's always great to see the community support our post - especially when our little town doesn't have much more than the post to call our own.

Lessons Learned!

The past commander wanted to take our post in a direction that most didn't want it to go, and because of that Tony Atnip is now our new commander. He won overwhelmingly because he is a good man who everyone respects and knows as an honest man.

But of course there is that other thing, Tony doesn't want to change what isn't broken. And yes, he sure wasn't trying to run around convincing others that our post was broken when in fact everyone can see with their own eyes that the opposite is true. We are seriously doing great these days.

It sort of like what's going on Nationally between Obama and Romney, folks can see the reality of what's going on in the country - unlike how good the post is doing these days - America is not doing too great these days under Obama. Folks are looking at the direction that Obama wants to move us - and more and more people see that it's a path to more hardship, despair, regulation, and loss of personal freedoms.

Besides the loss of liberty going on under Obama, the real threat of a Big Brother with limitless power over the American people - we all see the reality of how were doing economically and culturally as a nation.

We all see the foreclosure signs on more and more homes. We all know of more and more people out of work, or having their jobs close to move out of state or to another country. We all know folks who have been out of work so long that they are no longer on the unemployment rolls.

We don't need Obama telling us that things are getting better when we can all see with our own eyes that things are in fact not what he's telling us.

We know it takes more money to fill our gas tanks at the pump. We know that food prices, electric and gas bills, that the cost of living is going through the roof. We can see that our Federal Government under Obama is doing nothing to keep businesses in America, to drill for oil here for American energy  independence, or to stop foolishly spending money on things that we cannot afford as a nation.

We don't need Obama telling us that we need a sharp stick in the eye, tell us that it's good for us, and then tell us that it's really our duty as good citizens to enjoy it.

After the election at the post the other night, some said that is was a great look at what needs to be done to stop someone who is out of touch with what's going on around them. Some said that it was great to see people come out and vote - members who don't normally attend meeting or really get involved.

I find it interesting that someone would actually run on a campaign of "Change" when change wasn't needed. That's what the old past commander was doing. It seemed as if he wanted others to believe what wasn't true. It was as if he wanted us to believe something other than what we were seeing for ourselves.

Nationally, I can't help but wonder how Obama feels these days knowing that people now want a "Change" in the White House because of the very type of "Change" that he himself has instituted.

I can't help but wonder how it feels for Obama to realize that Americans are not as stupid as he might think they are - that we really know that Obama wants us to believe what isn't true. And yes, Obama wants us to believe something other than what we were seeing for ourselves.

More Local News, Bears and Big Cats!

A couple of weeks ago, Doreen came into the American Legion and showed all a picture of a pretty good size cinnamon bear near her home off of Independence Road. When I say "pretty good size," I'd say looking at the picture that that bear was at least a 400 pounder.

Last Monday, I was sitting here at my desk and saw a Big Cat - aka Mountain Lion - walk out of the trees behind my home and towards my garage. I got up and grabbed my shotgun to go out and meet him before he would meet up with my horses that are right now roving our property.

When I turned the corner of my garage, he was less than 20 feet away so I cut loose with a round in the air. It was good that he turned and headed back up into the trees. I cut loose with another two rounds to make sure it kept going and didn't circle back.

Of course there is no certainty he, or she, wouldn't anyway - but it is always worth the try. And after all, it is always better to try what you can than no try anything and have something happen later.

As the picture above shows, they are certainly big. And yes, I have seen what a Mountain Lion can do to cattle, horses, deer, a domestic dog. Its not pretty at all.

The picture below are two I got off the Internet, both are severe - but one is a lot worse than the other. This is just a sample of what those big cats can do.

As I said, it's not very pretty at all. Maybe after seeing those pictures, you can better understand what I mean by making sure I stay vigilant and protect our horses.
Besides, I hate the feeling of not doing something when I know that I could have done something in any given situation. I hate feeling guilty when I see something happen, and know full well that I really should have gotten off my ass and done something to change that outcome.

And no, I'm not talking about what happens with sitting out the election and not voting to make sure some jerkweed like Obama stays out of office - but that is a good example of making sure we have to get off our asses and get out the vote.

Unless of course, you are happy with Obama. If that's the case, then I would rather you sit on your ass at home while the rest of America shows up at the polls to vote him out of office.


Is Obama a Socialist or Statist?

God knows what he'll try to get away with if he's re-elected?

I have a feeling that once re-elected, he will have a feeling of empowerment. Empowerment that will justify his sense of twisted logic that says he is indeed "the One," and yes he should stay on course in his mission to turn America into a Statist State.

Statist State? I thought Obama is a Socialist?

Well, I believe that Obama is a Socialist in his core beliefs - but I believe that he has demonstrated a preference to be a Statist.

So what's the difference?

Socialism is defined as a theory, or system of social organization, that advocates the government taking ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, the wealth, of a nation as a whole.

Socialism is where the government owns all business and cares for its people - yes, in the same way that a ranched feeds and cares for cattle. It goes to Obama's believe in an "equal" distribution of wealth.

Statism is defined as the principle of concentrating extensive economic and political controls in the state at the cost of our individual liberty. The real power in a country is controling the politics of money. If the economics of a country can be controled. Power can be obtained and held.

The difference is that Socialism has the pretense of acting as though everyone is equal and cared for. In comparison, Statism is very up front with the fact that the government has all the power and we are essentially slaves of the government - the state.

It is the practice or doctrine of giving a Centralized Government control over economic planning and policy. Yes, Statism is the practice of concentrating all economic and political power in the government.

This goes against our form of government. The reason is that it weakens the individual citizen. It makes us subjects and slaves with no rights and freedoms, instead of citizens with rights and freedom. 

Some statist view "the state" as a homogeneous institution capable of using political power to force policy on passive or resisting citizens. That is why the Tea Party is seen as such a threat to the Obama and the Democrat Party who have been in control since 2007.

It goes to the idea that the state, in our case the Federal Government through Executive Directives and policies of the President, can have so much power that it can legislate and enforce morality and cultural changes. Morality and changes that go against the desire of the majority - to please a small minority of people who are in power.

The ideology of statism espoused that the basic sovereignty of the state is not vested in the people like a democracy, but in the national government - in our case the federal government- as a nation state.

It is the belief that all of us, all of our towns, communities, and even associations, only exist to enhance the power, prestige and well-being of those who control "the state" - the government.

It is completely opposite of basic American philosophy of individual freedom. It repudiates individualism. It exalts, it celebrates, it worships, "the state," the nation, as a body headed by a Supreme Leader.

It is close to fascism as it extols the lie as a "moral position" that "the state" - in our case the federal Government - is greater, and more important, than the sum of its parts - which for us is all of us - the American people.

It is the theory that we, American citizens, us as individuals, have a moral obligation to "serve" the state. It makes citizens subjects, servants, slaves, and robs us of our say as citizens as to how we want our country to conduct itself, to operate, to treat others, to exist in the world. Statism eliminates our say in the rule of our country by squashing our democracy.

Statist are modern day supporters of political slavery. They are secular "State-Worshipers." They are members of a sort of "Cult of the State."

The "Statist State" is an irrational, immoral, parasite government which leeches off the productive private sector at the point of a gun, while attempting to justify such behavior through invalid, unethical, altruistic arguments that say that we must support the government because it knows what's best for us. 

I see Obama as trying to use "Statist Law", which is nothing less than oppressive Presidential Directives, to intimidate Americans - all in an effort to "Rule" instead of "Govern".

Sure, some might think that I'm way off base and say that the Obama White House is not the power hungry beast that I see it as. Some might say that the president is not trying to bring Socialism or Statism, but instead is simply working to "better care for Americans".

But friends, caring for Americans is not the job of the Federal Government.

The Constitution of the United States is the law of the land. Our military, our police, our elected politicians, all take an oath, a solemn promise to support and defend the Constitution of the United States - not the president or who ever else there is in Washington who thinks he's in charge.

The Constitution is our definer of what role the Federal Government has in our life.

The Constitution’s Preamble says that the Federal Government was established "to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

The Constitution’s articles, and the subsequent Amendments, specify the prerogatives of the Federal Government.

They are listed in Article I, Sec. 8; Articles II-V; Amendments XIII-XVI, XIX-XX, XXIII-XXVI. These prerogatives, those things which are the exclusive role of the Federal government are named in one of the following categories:

1) Defense, war prosecution, peace, foreign relations, foreign commerce, and interstate commerce;

2) The protection of citizens’ constitutional rights (e.g the right to vote) and ensuring that slavery remains illegal;

3) Establishing federal courts inferior to the Supreme Court of the United States;

4) Copyright protection;

5) Coining money;

6) Establishing post offices and post roads;

7) Establishing a national set of universal weights and measures;

8 ) Taxation needed to raise revenue to perform these essential functions - and just these essential functions!

That's it! That's all of it!

Those are the only prerogatives of the Federal Government. Understand that that means that those are really the only rights or privileges exclusive to the Federal Government. That is what it is there for. That is its role.

The Tenth Amendment states that all prerogatives not explicitly given to the Federal Government, nor prohibited of the states, are reserved to the states or to the people - i.e. individual Americans.

Understand what that means. My friends, the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the Federal Government from exercising any power not delegated to it by the States in the Constitution - as a result, the 50 States handle the majority of issues most relevant to individuals within their jurisdiction.

The Federal Government, ie: Congress and/or the President, is not allowed to handle any issues not explicitly listed in the Constitution - because their prerogatives are limited to what the Constitution explicitly states.

Any more than what it states is a power grab! And yes, that's what I see the Obama administration doing right now. And yes, that's what I think they will try to do in the future if re-elected - grab power from the American people.

So if you've wondered what's the big deal about voting in this upcoming election? I can only say what I see, and I really see that American Freedom and Liberty is at stake.

We must stop those who would take our liberties from us in the exact same why as we would protect our loved ones from predators like Mountain Lions who prey on the weak.

We rid ourselves of them. Not through violence, but through the ballot box. The ballot box is America's great "equalizer" when it comes to taking care of those who want to deny us Freedom and Liberty. 

I see some, like Obama, as being inclined to exploit others for personal gain. They are predaceous, selfish predators, conditioned to take others for their own gain.

And yes, they need to go!


The television show Awake is ended!

There are not too many TV shows out there that take me by surprise. Most today are sort of predictable, mainly due to poor or lazy writing.

To me, sitcoms (situation comedies) are more and more pushing the envelope of what they can and can't say or get away with.

Today, many of the sitcoms really aren't family friendly. From just being stupid to just being crude and vulgar, most of today's so-called "comedies" are not very funny really.

It seems that many television writers go for the cheap trick, and like David Letterman, depend a great deal on artificial laughs and ques for their audiences. And yes, as I see it, the laugh track is invaluable to Hollywood these days.

It's probably because a lot of so-called comedy writers have forgotten how to be funny without being insulting, snide, demeaning, attacking, or just crass. I really believe that a dry snide sort of wit is being mistaken for being funny these days. It's as if the writers out there in the Entertainment Industry are just plain ignorant as to what is and what isn't funny.

As for CSI, and all of its spin-offs, I see that many are going back to the formula of better stories. I gather that most have realized that many viewers are just plain tired of technicians and multi-million dollar labs where the special effects gurus show flesh being separated as a knife enters layers of skin. Sorry, that's not entertainment.

Dramas target what is known as the "Human Condition."

The term "human condition" encompasses the unique and believed to be inescapable features of being human in a social, cultural, and personal context.

It can be described as the fundamental part of humanity that is inherent in all of us - yet not connected to factors such as gender, race, class, or religion. It is our foundation that all is built on.

Usually, the term "human condition" includes concerns such as the meaning of life, search for gratification, sense of curiosity, the inevitability of isolation, and even the fear of death - yes, a Hemingway favorite.

In colleges and universities, what is termed "the human condition" is studied in "Humanities" in fields such as the study of history, philosophy, literature, and the arts. All just to help us understand the nature of the "human condition" and the broader cultural and social arrangements that make up human lives.

The "human condition" is the subject of such fields of study as philosophy, theology, sociology, psychology, anthropology, to name a few. Some say that the philosophical school of existentialism deals with the ongoing search for ultimate meaning in the human condition.

Police dramas, Cop Shows, have always been great dramas in the best sense because they usually relate directly to the human condition by pointing to problems with people and society. Yes, they are supposed to focus on our character weaknesses and failings while also pointing out our strengths and valor and resilience.

Of course, in the old days, along with pointing out our sins and attributes, cop shows had morals attached to them - Life lessons of sorts. But hey, let's not try that today. Morals are frowned upon by today's Atheist Hollywood. Besides, we're now told that morals are passe'.

And yes, according to what's coming out of Hollywood these days, their message is pretty clear. They believe morality serves no purpose and has no place in today's world - which is to bad really.

Cop shows that have a good plot and suspense, a secondary story-line of faithfulness, camaraderie, respect, and trust, that sort of thing - well, they usually go pretty far in my book.

Then, every once in a great while, there will be a cop show that has it all and more - so much more that it makes me ask why can't there be more of this. The "this" that I'm talking about is a great story.

Two nights ago, I watched the finale of a cop show called "Awake."

The show was put together really well. And yes, I hate being one of those people who sits there and says "well that doesn't happen" and "that's Hollywood" - but I am. It's nice to see a television show that stops me from doing that, and then beats all my expectations at the end of the story.

And yes, because of its cancellation, Awake is done. But unlike many shows in the pass that all end the season unfinished, and then subsequently cancelled, Awake didn't do that.

By the way, the show Missing had a finale that left us viewers expecting more. The finale saw Ashley Judd's character finally reunited with her son and husband - but then only to disappear herself. And no, we will never know what happened because it was announced that Missing was cancelled and will not return.

It's as if someone has stolen a book to a story that we were in the middle of reading. And now, well now, we will never know how the story ends.

Awake centered on Michael Britten (played by Jason Isaacs), a Los Angeles police detective living in two realities after a car crash. In one, his wife Hannah Britten (played by Laura Allen) is alive, and the other his son Rex Britten (played by Dylan Minnette) is alive.

After catching bad guys and living in mental anguish, he bounces between each reality every time he wakes to do battle again and again.

In the finale, at the end, Britten begins to consider the possibility that he may have just been having a "normal" dream. In this case, a "normal" dream for a cop.

Britten appears confused as he sits talking with his shrink, she freezes and the office door creeps open to reveal Britten's bedroom. Britten walks through the door and shuts it.

Now standing in his bedroom in his pajamas, he is no longer dressed in a suit and his wrist is naked - no colored wristbands to help him identify which reality is which. Britten wanders through the house as if he's seeing it for the first time.

As he enters his kitchen, his son Rex walks in and joshes with his dad about sleeping late. Then Britten's jaw drops when his wife Hannah also walks into the room. When Rex and Hannah notice Michael's state of shock, they ask him if he's okay?

Michael replies, "I'm perfect " as his eyes well with tears.

Yes, it was all a bad dream. It was a cop's bad dream. It was how a cop would dream of his work or his duties or his procedures and so on. But it was more than that, it was also a husband and father's bad dream.

After watching him wake, and enter his kitchen, and him seeing his wife and son alive and well, I actually related to him for a moment.

Yes, Michael Britten was in shock - but I think it was also relief. And in fact, maybe he felt blessed at that moment. Yes, blessed!

To Michael Britten, it looked, tasted, and smelled of his reality as a cop, a husband, a dad. And I, I hate dreams that feel so much like reality. Yes, I can relate.

A young former Marine and poet once wrote in his poem Waiting For Dawn:

Wild dogs tease and tear
Flesh off the rabbit still in flight.

Not all nights are hunters,
Yet sleep makes some the hunted,
When nights are frothing dogs.

Tears move smoothing into crows-feet
Crevices as salt moistens his quivering lips.
Trembling to dispel the tart taste, 
Distant screams wrench open a dream:

Angry shadows grab and rip at a woman,
One draws his pistol and a shot Fills the night with a pink haze. 

Startled awake with a cold stench
Sweat hugging his body,
His reality snuffed by dawn.

The young former Marine and poet was me. And still today, I know that some nightmares don't end - they just keep coming back year after year as if a way to make one pay penance for things they've done.

So yes, Michael Britten played wonderfully by Jason Isaacs in Awake was blessed!

He was blessed in that his dream was just a dream and not his "true reality." Blessed because there are things that happen in a life that are hard to live with, but thankfully we do awake.

And yes, there are things that have made me, for one, wish to Almighty God that I would be so blessed as to awake to find that it was all just a bad dream - that all had never happened at all.

It would be so nice to Awake like that, and yes be so blessed! Too bad it only happens in the movies or on television. But even so, Awake was wonderfully done - and it will be missed!


Mississippi Marine's family rips school for making little brother hide Marine Corps logo

The mother of a 13-year-old boy said she's outraged that her son was banned from wearing a T-shirt in class that shows an anatomically correct U.S. Marine Corps bulldog.

Sandra Griffith, of Ellisville, Mississippi., said her son, Jordan, was was told by administrators at South Jones Elementary School to turn the shirt inside-out because the genitalia of the dog was deemed offensive.

"They said 'turn the shirt inside-out or go home and get a new one,'" Griffith told Fox News. "I was in complete shock."

The front of the USMC T-shirt shows the bulldog's face with the words: "If you are not the lead dog." The back of the shirt shows the dog's rear with true statement: "The view never changes."

Griffith said she was upset by the school's decision because the shirt was given to the boy by his older brother, Lance Cpl. Timothy Swann Jr., a member of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, who is serving in Afghanistan right now.

"He idolizes his brother," Griffith said. "The bond is very uncanny. If you want to talk about inappropriate and offensive, that was offensive to me."

School superintendent Tommy Parker was not immediately available when contacted Wednesday. In an interview with the the Marine Corps Times, he said the decision had nothing to do with the Marine Corps.

"We’re very pro-military," Parker told the newspaper. "We’re one of the most conservative places in the United States."

Griffith said she met with Parker, who she claims told her the decision was "up to the principal."

"The last thing the superintendent said to me was that he, personally, didn’t find it offensive and that no, it didn’t go against the dress code. However, he said it was a very gray area," Griffith said.

It's just sad that there are kids in school these days that wear things that are really offensive, yet because of some teacher's personal bias a kid has to be told to either turn it inside out - or leave school. And no, I don't believe it's because of anatomically correct U.S. Marine Corps bulldog. I believe it's just some school administrator with an authority problem. 


Missouri To Vote On "Right To Pray" Constitutional Amendment

This out of Kansas City, Missouri, Reuters is reporting that voters in the state of Missouri will decide on August 7th of this year whether to approve a Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing the right to pray in public places.

Governor Jay Nixon signed a proclamation on Wednesday setting the election on the amendment, which Missouri legislators voted overwhelmingly last year to put on the ballot in 2012.

If Governor Nixon did not sign the proclamation, the amendment would have automatically appeared on the November 6th general election ballot. For what seems like obvious political reasons, the Governor Nixon declined to say whether his signing of the proclamation meant the governor supported the measure or not.

While the U.S. Constitution protects the right to pray in public places, supporters of the Missouri ballot issue want to clarify those rights. There reasoning is sound since religion has been under constant attack for years now.

In House committee testimony last year, supporters said there is increasing ignorance about religious expression. Under the amendment, public prayer would be allowed as long as it did not disturb the peace or disrupt a public assembly.

The Missouri amendment re-affirms that students can pray privately in public school, but it would not allow the schools to hold class prayers. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1962 that school-initiated prayer amounted to establishing religion in public schools in violation of the Constitution.

Under the Missouri amendment, students could not "be compelled to perform or participate in any education assignments or presentations" that violate their religious beliefs.

The prayer amendment passed 126-30 in the Missouri House and 34-0 in the Senate. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans. Governor Nixon is a Democrat and former attorney general, so it's no wonder that he didn't want to come in support of this amendment.

Opponents testified that the amendment adds nothing to existing law and may invite litigation. But of course they do, considering they are probably the Atheists who want all religion eliminated. Besides, they are most likely the very people who will most likely be bringing on the threatened litigation.

Atheists today hide behind the idea that America is a secular society.

A secular society is a society that runs on a non-religious basis. In other words, legislators and government officials are generally forbidden from imposing laws or policies with the intent of furthering a particular religious agenda. Also, religious considerations do not overrule the civil legal structure. Overall the legal, legislative, and administrative processes in a secular society operate independently of any religious beliefs whatsoever.

The problem is that Atheists use the concept of a secular society to actively be anti-religious. It's not enough for them that there is an unwritten agreement to maintain a separation between religious establishments and civil institutions. They see the concept of a secular society as being a weapon to attack religion.

Instead of having a society better equipped to protect the equality and freedom of all religions, because no single faith is given a primacy of influence in the structure of the society, Atheists wage war on religion - especially Christians at every opportunity.

Atheists see no need for a moral compass. They disguise themselves as "Secularist" and reject all forms of religious faith and worship. Their view is that that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.

Of course, they have a problem with documents like the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States which have many Judeo-Christian teachings embodied in them.

Writer Ronald R. Cherry put it this way in his article Judeo-Christian Values of America:

Judeo-Christian Values have a foundational role in America, beginning with the Declaration of Independence:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness..."

Since the pursuit of happiness, as Sigmund Freud surmised, is tied to human love and to creative work and play, the principles of American Judeo-Christian Values can rightly be summarized as the honoring of God-given Life, Liberty and Creativity. This seed of American Social Justice was then fleshed out in the U.S. Constitution through reason and common sense, unencumbered by the dysfunctional religious and secular traditions and laws of Old Europe.

Our Founding Fathers separated church from state, but they wisely did not separate God from state; they acknowledged God as the source of our rights, and, in fact, they were careful to place Biblical morality directly into our founding documents and laws, and into our values and culture precisely to help prevent a future of totalitarian or tyrannical rule in America. The combination of keeping Judeo-Christian religious morality in the state, as opposed to the church it's self; and, additionally, setting up our laws based on reason and common sense has contributed to the American Character, and to what is known as "American Exceptionalism."

Yes, it just irks them that America is built upon concepts of the Christian religion. And yes, they will point out that Thomas Jefferson believed in the so-called "separation between church and state" - which of course does not come from the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. 

Yet they will not repeat Thomas Jefferson's warning, "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?" 

I really believe that Atheists in America would love to see an America which outlaws religion and adheres to the Communist concept that religion is the enemy of all mankind.

Though I hate their attacks on Christians, I sometimes feel sorry for the Godless bastards that they are!

And that's how I see things from my saddle!

Story by Tom Correa

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