Tag Archives: America

Fort Bragg and “God’s Army” Outburst

Let me begin by stating that the Chaplain’s office along with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association organized the “Rock the Fort” Concert at Fort Bragg.  It is the Chaplain’s job to nurture the spiritual needs of the soldiers.  It would be a completely different situation had a General or other military official ordered the Chaplain to organize the event. However, that did not happen.  The army website states, “While serving their own faith groups in the Army, chaplains also ensure and provide the means for others to observe their own faith in accordance with US law and regulations.”  This means, it is expected of the Chaplain to meet the needs of the spiritual members of the army.  It would be the same as if a Rabbi were asked to create a special Yom Kippur, Hannukah or Passover Meal event.

This is not about conversion.  It’s about taking care of the soldiers that are already believers and choose to attend concert.  No one is forcing military personnel to go to this concert. Just like no one forces christians to go to concerts on military bases that contain content they do not agree with. MRFF Anti-Christian Attacks.

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State are incorrect in stating that this concert is in violation of the separation of church and state.  They clearly do not understand the reasoning behind the First Amendment.  Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both write that the first amendment serves to establish a wall or division between the church and the state.  Meaning, the purpose was to keep government from intervening, establishing, supporting, or otherwise becoming involved in someone’s religion.  Not to keep people from involving their own religion in government.

It infuriates me that there is mass genocide occurring in countries all across the world, two children are sold into sex slavery every minute, people are starving to death in America, and THIS is what people are upset about?  That a group of christians want to get together and worship? It is time Americans take a look at what is important. We are focusing on issues that do not matter.

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American Flag is for ALL Americans

People. We are Americans. When did we become some concerned with protecting the rights of other countries that we forgot to protect our own?  Have we forgotten that men and women faced treason, death, disease, and many wars so that we would be free to wear the flag of America?  The American flag is a symbol for each American.  No matter where you came from, how you got here, that flag means that we are all one. If you are an American (Indian-American, Mexican-American, Irish-American, etc.) that flag represents you too.

People of every country have a right to be proud of who they are and where they came from.  This includes being proud that you are an American.   Never, in America, she we not be allowed to fly, wear, carry, show, or wave the American Flag.

There is a difference between being disrespectful of another person’s culture and heritage and being proud of your own.  If these students were being disrespectful, they should be punished accordingly.  Being told they are not allowed to wear the flag of their country while someone else can, is not a just punishment. However, the American Flag is also the flag of the Mexican-American students.

Primarily Americans, not people in Mexico, celebrate Cinco De Mayo (the day Mexico was victorious over France at the Battle of Puebla). In America, we celebrate Cinco De Mayo (not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day).  In Mexico, September 16 is celebrated as Independence Day because of “Grito de Dolores” or “El Grito de Independencia”.  The “Cry of Dolores” or the “Cry of Independence” was uttered on diez y sies de Septiembre.


What is public good?

Ayn Rand wrote:  “You propose to establish a social order based on the following tenets: that you’re incompetent to run your own life, but competent to run the lives of others-that you’re unfit to exist in freedom, but fit to become an omnipotent ruler-that you’re unable to earn your living by the use of your own intelligence, but able to judge politicians and to vote them into jobs of total power over arts you have never seen, over sciences you have never studied, over achievements of which you have no knowledge, over the gigantic industries where you, by your own definition of your capacity, would be unable successfully to fill the job of assistant greaser.”

Recently, we adopted the most important piece of social policy we have seen in our lifetime.  I say this because it is the turning point for America.  The Healthcare Bill Congress passed has allowed them to overstep boundaries and take into their own hands the “public good”.  We allow men and women who can not control their own lives or finances to decide what is best for all of us.

What is the public good?  Someone define it for me.

Some of you will say it is something that can be agreed upon as a “good for all”.  I am here to tell you, this does not exist.  You can never please everyone.  As long as mankind is in control:  There will always be poverty. There will always be thieves.  There will always be one person who is better at a task than another.  There will always be competition.  There will always be unrest.  There will always be violence.  There will always be hunger.  There will always be someone who finds pleasure at the expense of his brother.

One man’s “good” is another man’s sorrow.  There is no such thing as public good.  It will never be.


Digital Parenting

In recent weeks, it has become apparent to many parents across America that sitting your child in front of a television and allowing them to watch Baby Einstein videos for hours will not breed a child genius.  Disney has decided to refund families $15.99 for each of their Baby Einstein videos, if they were purchased in the last four years.  This is due to parents claiming the videos did not make their kids child prodigies.

Shocking! I know.  Who would have ever thought that DVDs could not do just as good if not a better job at raising children than their parents?  Have we completely forgotten about the value of social interaction in the wake of technology?  The fact that these children are not all winning the Nobel Peace Prize (although apparently all you have to do now days is want to change something, not actually make any change) had nothing to do with Baby Einstein videos. It’s because their parents believe that a movie can raise their children.  They’re stupid because you are their parents, not because Disney made them that way!

Not all of these parents can be that illogical.  They can not all believe that these videos were going to make their children the next Thomas Edison or George Washington Carver.  This has got to be just another ploy for people to get attention from the news media and sue an organization.  I refuse to believe that there are that many incompetent people raising children in America.


I Am Angry

I am angry.

Angry that our country has become a place where we believe it is okay to give money away to people in return for nothing.  In fact, the more “nothing” one does, the more money they will receive.

I am angry that our country has elected a President whom we are still not certain was actually born an American citizen.  Should we not be certain, without a shadow of doubt, that this is true before we even allow a person to run for the office of President of the United States?

I am angry that Americans have become so immune to “politics” that it does not faze them when a man/woman who represents our country is charged with embezzlement, fraud, DUI, adultery, etc… and I am even more surprised when that man/woman is reelected back into office.

I am angry that the people of America, the land of the free, would elect a man who wants to take away our RIGHT to choose the healthcare plan we want.

I am angry that Americans do not take care of their own.  If believers (christians) across America and the world were doing what we were called to do, there would be no need for welfare, homeless shelters, or any other government funding to take care of these people.

I am angry that people believe everything they read or hear and do not find out information for themselves.  I am angry that this leads to misinformed voters (in all parties), misinformed conversations, and a misinformed America.

I am angry that we elect selfish congressmen and women who attach amendments to bills for their own selfish gains.

I am angry that more Americans are not angry.


Quality Over Quantity

Recently, the media have been giving Senator Jim DeMint a lot of grief about his statement in response to Arlen Specter switching parties.  Senator DeMint stated, “I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in the principles of limited government, free markets, and free people, than to have 60 that don’t have a set of beliefs.”

I agree with Senator DeMint.  I am a firm believer in QUALITY OVER QUANTITY.

When did people quit running for office because they believed in the position? What is the media saying to the American people by rejecting this statement by DeMint? The media is telling Americans that is okay to have people in office who are just there to get paid and don’t really care otherwise what is happening.  Why would we want to continue to elect people like that? 

It’s time we stopped supporting politicians who do not do what they say they will do and do not truly believe and stand for what they say they believe and stand for.  It’s time we take back our country.


Young Voters and New Media–Senior Thesis

I finished my senior thesis.  It is on the types of new media young voters (18-34) are using and the impact this is having on politics.  I hope you find it as interesting as I did!!

Young Voters and New Media