Focus on Hope and Freedom

If any candidate for office wants to tap into the mood of the majority of the electorate, the focus should be on hope and freedom. More specifically, it’s the feeling of the loss of hope and freedom that many see and feel occurring. In a recent poll done by Rasmussen (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/jobs_employment/july_2012/new_low_just_14_think_today_s_children_will_be_better_off_than_their_parents), only 14% of those surveyed felt that their children would be better off than them. There are many things that caring parents hope for their children and one of them is that they would like to feel that their children will have a better life than they did. It’s a sad statement in our day that so many have lost the hope that would occur for their children. To break down the survey numbers further, “65% of American Adults do not expect today’s children to be better off than their parents. Twenty-one percent (21%) are not sure what to expect.”
We are constantly bombarded with news of being watched by drones, cameras are popping up all over the country, and the basic means of law-abiding citizens protecting themselves is being threatened again by the liberal gun control advocates who want to use the United Nations to force their agenda on this country. The Affordable Care Act further threatens us with loss of freedoms as well and even takes aim at the church to force Christian institutions to violate their doctrinal beliefs. Freedom truly is under assault in many ways.
While so many have their thoughts directed toward the loss of hope and freedom, it is a prime time for those candidates who realize the opportunity to get elected by bringing forth the rhetoric, and the ideas, to give people a renewed sense of hope and freedom to be restored and maintained in America. If those messages can be brought forth in a believable way, we will have another Reagan moment in our country. For those who are evangelistic, this is a prime time to direct the disheartened to the hope and freedom that becoming a Christian could bring to the many, searching, lost souls in our country. The time is now and not later. The fields are white for harvest. Let those who have listening ears hear what God will speak to you, if you will ask Him, about how you can help bring hope and freedom back to America again. Anything is possible when enough of us set our eyes in that direction.

Fireworks In November ?

ImageMost people enjoy seeing some beautiful fireworks on the Fourth of July.  This last Independence Day celebration was marked by beautiful displays all over our country.  While fireworks are also traditionally bought during New Year’s Day festivities also, most of the time we think of them for Independence Day.  While watching some fireworks a few weeks ago in the midst of security and peace, I couldn’t help thinking about the sacrifices made by those during the Revolutionary War to help this land become free and also the countless lives that have been lost over all of the years since then to keep this country free.

So great a nation as ours will not stay great if we keep on the current road we are all traveling toward dependency upon the government to supposedly solve our problems.  During this last holiday, many were considering the path that our country is currently taking toward less and less freedom of its people.  Many people in America are giving up their freedom for what they think is the security of a government check.  Our founding fathers would cringe at the thought of what too many are agreeing to do in our day.  Benjamin Franklin certainly realized this when he wrote, “”When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

While there are many examples of the losses of freedom of Americans that are occurring too often now, the greatest of these is found in the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).  This law is one of the greatest assaults upon freedom that has been seen in our country.  The Supreme Court has clearly left the decision of whether this law stays as it is in the hands of the voters.  Those who love freedom and those who are independent-minded enough to think for themselves, apart from what the media tell them to think, must band together to educate everyone who will listen in our country of the dangers to our nation if the current Obama administration is re-elected.  This coming November’s election could very well be another day of independence this year if the patriots of this country will work together for a common cause of insuring that we keep our freedoms that our forefathers fought to obtain. 

Save up some fireworks for November and this country can celebrate again that night when hopefully we will see a change toward preserving freedom. 

Let freedom ring and not greater governmental control of every aspect of our lives.

Chief Justice Roberts’ Decision

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The recent Supreme Court decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or Obama Care, as it is better known, was certainly a surprise to many people.  Everyone who was interested in the outcome of this case was shocked to find out that Chief Justice Roberts voted with the liberal leaning members of the Supreme Court to uphold the most hotly debated legislative act in recent times.   Roberts’ decision was based upon his understanding of what is known as the individual mandate to be a tax which he rightly relegates to the Congress to decide to do or not to do.  He basically acknowledged that it was the job of the legislative branch of government to have passed this new law which cannot be deemed unconstitutional in any other manner.  It was noted that it isn’t the job of the Supreme Court to decide upon the wisdom of what was passed, but only to rule on whether it is constitutional or not.  The majority decided that it was.

We are all going to be saddled with this burden upon us when this new law kicks in place, unless the law is changed.  While I don’t fully agree with the Supreme Court’s reasoning, I do understand that it is the job of the Congress to pass laws, and to rescind or change laws.  Our elected representatives and senators have the duty to do this based upon whom we elect.  If we elect people who put these kinds of oppressive laws into place, then we get what we asked to get.  When those elected decide that they want to take it upon themselves to do what they think is best for us and it’s against the will of the people they represent, they should vote against them the next time.  One good thing about the Supreme Court’s ruling is that it helps everyone to realize that if we elect people to office who put laws into place of which we don’t agree, then those laws need to be changed through the legislative process and not through judicial line-item veto. 

This type of understanding of the law is good for America because it truly puts the power of the legislative process back where it belongs – with the people.  With the power to choose who will represent us comes the responsibility to realize that we are to blame for what is put into law.  If we don’t like what they are doing, we should vote differently, not try to get the courts to change it piecemeal, or get the courts to overturn it.  It’s just like the old saying, “You get what you pay for” except that it’s “You get what you vote for”.  Instead of playing the blame game any further or trying to get the courts to rule one way or another, let’s change this law the right way by voting into place those who will truly represent the desires of those whom they claim to represent.  It’s not Chief Justice Roberts’ fault if this law stays in place, it’s ours.