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Who Will Guard the Guardians?

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“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
– Plato

This morning I read two different stories involving police officers, and both speak wonders. The first story rightly labeled a local police officer as a hero after he bravely rescued a woman from drowning. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the article and left a “thank you” to the brave police officer in the comments section. It was nice to read something positive after all of the negative that has been filling my timeline lately. Then a comment made by another woman on that same article made me doubt the human race once again. This peculiar commenter made it known that she would love to see people that post police overreach articles face this brave young hero. Basically, she dared anyone to say anything negative about any other police officer because the man that saved a woman from drowning had a badge.

I can’t wait to start posting articles about heroic civilians and follow it up with, “I’d love to see those who speak out against child abuse and rape face these heroes.”

“Please remove this article about sex trafficking, my husband just so happens to be a man, and this paints all men as sex addicted monsters.”

“Please remove this article about Andrea Yates, my Mom is a mother, and this paints all mothers as psychopaths.”

“Please remove this article about how bad aspects of the public education system can be, my wife is a teacher.”

“Please remove this article about being careful when getting in a stranger’s car, my husband picks up hitchhikers and delivers them home safely.”

Do you know why bad things happen to people? Because bad people usually use the same techniques that good people happen to use, just for different reasons. Don’t justify your silence on issues by saying there are good people, it just allows the bad to continue deceiving, sometimes even turning the good people into tools for bad. Hence this blog post.  

The second story I read was revolting and should leave everyone outraged.

In 2012 a police officer was arrested for planning to kidnap, torture, rape, kill, and eventually cannibalize his victims. He had used the NYPD database to track his potential victims, and had detailed out and established his plans in chat rooms and phone calls. He had even brought on coconspirators to help him be successful, he even brought the idea of harming his wife into the debacle. His google searches included “How to knock out someone with chloroform.” Yet, the acts of this monster amazingly have nothing to do with today’s blog post; however, what happened to him does indeed relate to today’s blog post. He walked this week. He was sentenced to 1 year, time served, for using the perks of his job to hunt down his potential victims. 1 year. *taps on microphone* 1 year.

He faced less time for conspiring to barbeque a woman while she was still alive, after the brutal rape he had planned for her, than an 18-year-old would spend for having sex with his 16-year-old girlfriend. I’m not justifying statutory rape, I’m just demonstrating how the magic a badge holds in the courtroom can make David Copperfield look like a hobo playing shell games on a street corner.

So, to the point: I’ve let the idea for this blog post mull around in my brain for a few months. I wasn’t sure how to approach such a divisive topic, I wasn’t sure how to avoid being offensive, etc. but honestly, at this point, I’m not going to squander time designated for perfectly good sleep worrying about whether people can have an adult conversation about a legitimate issue, or if they’re going to go Stephanie Tanner stompy foot on me. Life is short, I have a lot of opinions, and this isn’t going to be the last viewpoint that makes enemies.

Topic: Police Overreach (Insert Jaws theme music here)

So, I kind of feel like I kicked a puppy just by flirting with the idea of going towards this topic. Immediately upon reading this many people will say, “Oh yeah, well let’s see who she calls when someone breaks into her house!!”

I’m going to go ahead and answer that question: The cops. Because I’m not anti-cop, I’m anti-Police State. Oh, and that’s sort of their original purpose, as opposed to being suited up like The Terminator to go investigate a joint.

No, I’m not going to apologize if adults can’t talk about real issues without a bias that causes them to lash out at people, even if what those individuals are saying is logical. I’m not even going to back down when confronted by those who want to voice their frustrations because they have friends and family in law enforcement, because I do too.

Hey, finish reading, and if you disagree, I would love to discuss it with you via email, or in the comments section.

The barricade that keeps us from solving issues:

Conservatives have a tendency of behaving like liberals when it comes to certain conversations that need to be had; guarding certain topics better than they would the holy grail. I was blocked by a police officer after having a discussion concerning police brutality, apparently discussing a legitimate issue is no longer permitted. This is like men getting mad if you discuss the issue of rape, because they have the same tools that were used in the crime.

Quite frankly, I’m getting sick and tired of saying anything about our need to reduce the police state mentality only to have people assume that I have a Guy Fawkes mask in my purse, and that I belong in zip-tie handcuffs. Come on now, People… Now I finally understand why I rarely find a logical article on the subject! Either you have articles worshipping law enforcement, or you have articles showing complete distain for law enforcement, or you have the articles that are never written because sane individuals approach the topic only to be taken on a guilt trip to the land of heroic stories, where the rivers of bravery floweth, and the dangerous changes taking place in our society are forgotten.

Seriously, I love the police. I appreciate the police. I just want to request that our law enforcement simply do what they were originally designed for before 1984 becomes prophetic.  

On that note:

In 2011 Jose Guerena was shot 22 times while standing in his kitchen. The 26-year-old man was an Iraq veteran who had returned home and was now working the night shift at a mine. After seeing a suspicious person by their house, he put his wife and child in a closet and took his gun out to investigate. A SWAT team riddled his body with bullets while in search of drugs throughout the neighborhood. His home did not have any drugs, and the only marijuana found by the SWAT team was a small bag located in another home.

Reminder: A cannibalistic police officer is unencumbered, and probably fantasizing and enjoying a beer right now while this veteran is in a grave.

In 2010 a 7-year-old little girl was badly burned by a flashbang grenade that was thrown into the window of a her home, landing on her blanket. She was instantly disoriented and unable to hear and follow orders, a member of the SWAT team then entered the home and her life was ended with a single shot in the wake of all the madness.

Just this past May, a no knock SWAT raid ended with a 2-year-old child being thrown into a medically induced coma after have a flashbang grenade land in his crib. A search for drugs that weren’t even found in the home, a home that the suspect didn’t even reside in, ended with an innocent child having a gaping chest wound.

That’s just a sampling. All around the United States the Fourth Amendment is violated because people don’t know their rights, and men in uniform are either ignorant of those rights themselves, or they are taking advantage of the fact that many citizens are oblivious.  Yet if you mention this fact, you might as well have said that dogs don’t go to heaven, and baby ducks should be thrown in wood chippers.

In a press conference held in February of this year, concerning the ridiculous arrest of a jogger that was “resisting arrest,” or in reality, wearing headphones that made her unable to hear the cop shout at her after she jaywalked (no joke,) one police chief actually said, “In other cities there’s cops who are actually committing sexual assaults on duty, so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy…” This girl was placed on the ground and handcuffed while she cried and begged them to understand that she didn’t do anything wrong.

I followed the comments section of an article on the jogger story and was amazed by the support from other officers for this, well, thug-like arrest. But it’s acceptable that the pigtailed jogger was a victim of police overreach, because well, she’s just lucky that she didn’t get sexually assaulted? That’s a logical defense? I mean, maybe in Soviet Russia, but here? Yes, the chief eventually admitted to the fact that he could have worded that better. By I’m going to throw “worded that better” out into the cold and replace it with, “should’ve never tried to justify it in the first place.”

I hate to go here, but…

No, that’s a lie. I’m pretty ok with going here. The greatest weapon that the Gestapo had in their power was fear. The people thought that the Gestapo had ears everywhere, could do what they wanted without repercussions, etc. and that fear gave the Gestapo the ability to actually do what they wanted without repercussions. Imagine that. They fed off of the ignorance of the people. They even leaked stories of brutality by police so as to put fear into the people. The “it could be worse for you” mentality was rampant, and the people simply wanted to stay safe, so they blindly complied.

I was listening to a video of a gun owner talking to a police officer. The police officer was in full agreement with the man concerning the fact that it was his right to carry his weapon. When the man asked the police officer why he didn’t just explain our rights to the concerned caller that had called the police, the officer eluded to the idea that they would rather not see a lot of people knowing that they can exercise those rights. The police are to blame for much of the anti-gun propaganda, they have aided in fueling so much of the fear surrounding guns…

SIDE NOTE: I’m not justifying the actions of those that are carrying long rifles into restaurants. My opinions on that will be in a different blog post.

Countless videos of civilians refusing a vehicle search are all over the net, and yet those conducting the searches find the ignorance of one’s own rights to be a benefit for the thousands of other cars searched without question. Unfortunately, even GOOD cops are being led down the road of the police state mentality. It’s the ends justifying the means again…But is that who America is? Is that what we want our country to be like? I’ll pass.

The video of a police officer supporting the rights of gun owners made the rounds as well, I shared it excitedly, and then realized that this shouldn’t be considered a “good deed,” it should be considered “their job.”

Let’s look at some facts:

Civilian body counts are rising:

In 2013, 33 police officers were killed in the line of duty. This is a horrid statistic, but it is also the lowest number since 1887. Facts are, crime is not increasing; actually, it is the contrary. Yet in 2012 (couldn’t find 2013 data yet) over 400 civilian deaths occurred, and that unprecedented statistic has continually been increasing since 9/11.

Crime has always existed, and shockingly, homicide rates are down! Taking into account population increase, technically the wild west – well before gun control laws – had the lowest homicide rate between 1880 – current day. Suddenly in the late 1890’s, early 1900’s, union-led gun control laws were enacted and the homicide rates skyrocketed, decreasing once again when prohibition was ending. Then after the JFK assassination, gun control laws were enacted again, and homicide rates skyrocketed.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, as of 2013, the percentage of non-fatal gun crime victims dropped 75% since 1993, going from 725.3 victims per 100,000 in 1993 to 181.5 in 2011. Gun homicide rates dropped by 49%, going from 6.5 victims per 100,000 in 1990 to 3.6 in 2010. All in all, there has been little change in crime, there are some ups and downs, but it’s pretty clear that people have been breaking the law for a very long time (I mean come on, the first born human committed murder…). Funny enough, they tend to do it less when individuals carry weapons. Unfortunately, the numbers indicate that crime is not on the rise, police fatalities are not on the rise, and are actually on the decline, but police are more frequently resorting to violence.

Point being, we’ve been living in a corrupt society with psychopaths for quite a while, nothing is going to make that fact go away. The difference is simple – Now we have social media monitoring every move that societal bottom dwellers make. Stories that once upon a time didn’t even make it to a breaking news report across our TV, or the newspaper for that matter, now have a twitter hashtag before an ambulance arrives. Don’t get me wrong, staying informed is beneficial, but understanding the impact social media has had in our ability to hear about the crime is essential for our perspective. Crime is in your face more than ever, that doesn’t justify police overreach.

Scary statistic: More individuals have been killed by Police in the United States than soldiers have died fighting terrorism in the Middle East since the World Trade Center attacks.

Unwarranted Searches & Knowing Your Rights:

After the Boston bombing, Tsarnaev was on the loose. The police proceeded to search homes in Watertown, without warrant, and the occupants of said homes appeased them out of ignorance. This was a direct violation of our Fourth Amendment rights, but our government sold it as an attempt to protect us. As people answered their doors with their hands over their head (little too fearful???), law enforcement began their in-depth searches.

Everybody says, “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” And to those people I kindly ask that they get a history book.

According to the Department of Justice, you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist. Yet we actually have people defending no knock raids, and complete violations of the Fourth Amendment through unwarranted searches. They support the legal assaults that take place in airports on children and Grandmas. I live in a country where I can’t take my hairspray on a plane, but someone can troll the NYPD database looking for women to victimize and only serve a year in jail.

I’m going to need to blackout for a minute and digest that.

Alright, I’m back.

So, what changed? Police departments have become militarized. Originally, police officers were armed citizens who took on the responsibility of having arrest powers to protect the people. Now, they are more like a paramilitary organization. People fear American police more now than they ever have, and I had my concerns validated when a police officer said “Good!” when I mentioned that very fact. Officers have adopted a warrior mentality, and have assumed that the rest of the population consists of ignorant sheep. Looking at those they swore to protect and serve as enemies, or weaklings. Yes, many police officers give their lives in the line of duty, and many civilians are also killed recklessly. Could it be that it is everyone’s fault? If we are teaching officers to look at civilians as below them, or enemies, are we not just fueling the separation?

I’ve heard from many good hearted and conservative police officers that sincerely wish for civilians to be less armed. That’s not ok. It just means that we are failing the police officers being trained, because we clearly aren’t teaching them to respect the rights of citizens. Amazingly, when I talk to retired police officers they say the exact opposite. So, are we currently encouraging police officers to behave irresponsibly, to see innocent civilians as the potential enemy? I once heard a cop say, “I couldn’t care less what their rights are when I’m in the heat of the moment.” I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this particular police officer probably should’ve chosen a different career path.

Police officers do not face the same justice system that civilians do:

If you kill a police dog, you will be charged with taking the life of an officer. Yet if a cop comes on to your property without a warrant and kills your animal, you’ll get to pay the vet bill to have them cremated.

I personally take great issue with this. I have a German Shepherd that is trained to guard my home, and she stays inside all day. She doesn’t know the difference between a cop breaking in, or Jeffrey Dahmer (apparently it could be both,) she just knows that it is her job to keep my home safe. I don’t like the idea that a police officer can get off the hook for slaughtering my dog  if for some reason they decide to illegally enter my home, only to escape the justice system because they have a badge. If that’s the way it’s going to be going forward, law enforcement is going to become the career of choice for aspiring criminals, similar to how it was for the Gestapo.

SIDE NOTE: Yes, I read the adorable story of the cop that saved a dog and found its owners. Once again, that cop deserves a thank you. Interestingly enough, he recognized the poor image that the police now have with civilians concerning pets, and he made it a point to say that they all don’t behave that way. I give a sincere kudos to that officer.

My recommendation:

If you are a police officer that is easily angered during police overreach discussions, you’re just increasing the chances that those listening will learn not to trust the police. Don’t defend criminals, even if they wear a badge, because that only gives us a substantiated reason to doubt whether your loyalty lies in protecting the innocent, or protecting whoever has a matching outfit.

If a group of mid-20’s blonde women with brownie batter addictions break in and rob a jewelry store, I’m not going to defend them because I’m a mid-20’s blonde woman with a brownie batter addiction. If you don’t want the world to act like the police are the largest gang in the United States, Hint: stop acting like it by pulling the gang loyalty card with the “Blue Code of Silence.” I get it, there is loyalty there, like in the military; However, let’s draw the line at say…oh, I don’t know…An unreasonable raid that left a 2 year-old with a gaping chest wound from a flashbang grenade. A woman that was stripped nude and pepper sprayed multiple times even after they had her in control behind bars. Or, maybe the unreasonable search of vehicles and homes without warrants?

I hope to see police officers bringing up these issues. If you are dedicated to protecting the people of the United States, why not call out those that are harming them, or those that are violating their rights?

Police, I want to work with you, because I am a law abiding citizen that hates crime. I want to see us be friends again, I don’t want to fear you when I don’t have a reason to do so, I don’t want to have to fear for my rights, I want you to know and understand them, and I want you to want the people of this country to know and understand their rights so that we can build a safer tomorrow. A tomorrow where we realize that a SWAT team is not necessary to apprehend little Billy’s weed stash.

To all of the police officers that respect the rights of the people, please let me express my gratitude. We need people like you on our side, I respect you, and I am thankful for your sacrifice. I appreciate the few that commented on some of those posts calling out your fellow brethren for violating the rights of the people. I don’t want the police to go away, I just want them to know their place in a free society. Contrary to both sides of the debate, respect and restraint are not antithetical.

Alright…I’ll take my lashings now. If by lashings you mean a piece of cake….or pie…I’m not picky.

-  MB

A Rose by Any Other Name…

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When I was 9 years old I attended a private school in Pennsylvania, stiff upper-lip teachers, uniforms and all. We read a great deal of books while at school; in addition, we had to list off a number of books that we would read during the year at home. The part I hated most would grow to be the part I appreciate most now: comprehension tests. After each book we had a set of rigorous questions to answer, each pertaining to intricate details found within the book. With the glaring eyes of a teacher staring through you as you stumbled for the answers to the multitude of questions, you quickly learned to actually pay attention when you took to reading your books.

Could my teacher have simply taken us through the areas that answered the questions? Of course. We would have passed the tests with flying colors, received a good grade, and the clouds would have opened up and beamed a heavenly glow around a highly approved teacher. But what good would it do for our actual education, not just the grades on a paper? Nothing. You can teach a child to pass a test, but the result will not be the comprehension of the materials.

Welcome to Common Core.

I could go on a 6 page tangent over the idea that classic literature and personal writing is somehow deemed irrelevant to those that add their approval to such poor standards, but alas, I won’t only focus on this one issue since it is simply one large missing portion of a widely flawed initiative. Ok…For the sake of being honest, I’ll probably focus a lot of this post on said portion. Our society would rather have kids droning on about vampires and Anastasia Steele than topics and stories that challenge the reader to create within their mind a space welcoming of creativity, and that’s the sad fact.

Common Core attempts to prepare kids for the workforce (emphasis on “attempts”), not for college. By high school, common core will place kids years behind the education level in other countries. Can schools do anything about that? They can modify the standards by an additional 15%, but the standards themselves are under a copyright by NGA Center, and the Council of Chief State School Officers; regretfully, they are the only group that has the legal right to change the standards. So if your school says “we modified and only partially adapted” in an attempt to bring levity to the change, realize that they are grossly misleading you, or they have no idea what they’re talking about – both of which should concern you.

Why did states welcome Common Core with open arms, many knowing the issues it would cause? The almighty dollar. Money trumps the future of your child’s education in today’s world, it’s as simple as that. Money and waivers are given to those that welcomed Common Core standards and testing. Period.

Sandra Stotsky, Professor of Education Reform, had the following to say about Common Core standards when she refused to sign off on the standards:

“As empty skill sets, Common Core’s ELA “college readiness” standards weaken the base of literary and cultural knowledge needed for authentic college coursework, decrease the capacity for analytical thinking, and completely muddle the development of writing skills.”

She goes on to note that English teachers are being asked to teach on materials that are beyond their skill set. At minimum, 50% of the curriculum must be filled with informational nonfiction material (questionable material at best); reducing literary material to dismal levels, occasionally minor quotes and sections are substituted instead of allowing students to absorb the full material.

Maybe now is when you might question the importance of literature. “What’s the big deal?”… As infuriating as it is to even hear it be questioned, I believe that we should seize the opportunity to explain.

If not for the works of Mary Wollstonecraft, the original feminist movement may not have been born. No, not today’s feminist movement, the feminist movement that would be revolted by today’s feminists and their ultimate goal of objectifying women across the globe.

“…and women, intoxicated by the adoration that men (under the influence of their senses) pay them, don’t try to achieve a permanently important place in men’s feelings, or to become the friends of the fellow creatures who find amusement in their society…

…as blind obedience is ever sought for by power, tyrants and sensualists are in the right when they endeavor to keep women in the dark, because the former only want slaves, and the latter a play-thing.”  – Mary Wollstonecraft

Literature is an important key to understanding moral customs and cultural differences. We learn about the beauty of a free society and the struggles highlighted for our minds to analyze. We are forced to contemplate good and evil, acknowledge the differences between our fellow man, and imagine for just a time that we are struggling with the lost. Our emotions are challenged, and our compassion developed. It teaches us the benefits of metaphors, comprehension, and depth of character; every person, every stage, every smell, every scene is custom to the reader. Building it inside of our minds while the story unfolds. They are not just a people spoken about in our history books, the characters become a being that we know and care for; we develop a logical response to both good and bad actions through our connection to the character. You may choose to toss it out with the pile of what you deem to be useless art, but I fear that the societal decline that has accompanied the lack of reading and writing is of no coincidence.

Let’s also not forget that our failing vocabulary could use a substantial lift.

See “bling,” “twerk,” “cuz,” “totes,” “peeps,” “adorbs,” “realz,” “dat,” “haz,” “luv,” “YOLO,” “swag,” “outa,” “dat,” “whatevs,” etc…. I rest my case. Do you realize that many of those words won’t even be corrected by autocorrect? Dat should totes make you weep 4 humanity, Peeps, 4 realz.

Our education system is encouraging/forcing kids to waste much of their time on not using their mind to contemplate morals, use critical thinking or build worlds inside their imagination. If time is the true currency, what our schools are doing is as frivolous as flushing your money down the toilet. In reality, it is more so. Once again Stotsky reiterates:

“Teachers and parents are regularly being told that more technical and persuasive writing will boost students’ critical thinking.  But little analytical thinking is apt to appear in letters to the principal about cafeteria food that kids are often encouraged to write in order to practice writing a “persuasive” letter. Reading researchers know there is absolutely no research to support the idea that increased study of “literary non-fiction” or “informational” texts in the English class, or increases in persuasive writing, will increase students’ level of analytical thinking.  There is every reason to believe they will, instead, lower the level.”

To read her full statement, click here.

I would be remiss if I also didn’t note that we had already experienced the failures of universal testing with NCLB (No Child Left Behind). Schools in low income neighborhoods became what Common Core wishes for all schools to become: test preparation programs. NCLB disciplined high performing schools and children on its war path to lift poor performers up. This never works. It’s never worked. Why do we keep trying such doomed experimental programs with education AND economics???

So then we take billionaires and politically motivated organizations and give them the reins to dismantle a democratic institution that has done more to bring equality than any other democratic institution in the USA? We provided opportunity to those who made the choice to seek it out, now we are punishing those who strive for success. Since NCLB & Common Core, there has been an increase in charter schools; meanwhile, thousands of public schools have been forced to close. Public schools that while in poor neighborhoods were the bridge that offered hope and freedom to children that, despite their circumstances, created within themselves the ability to survive & accomplish. Years later we now have increased child poverty, and the continual widening of achievement gaps due to standards that were backed by both sides of the aisle.

Well done, Ol’ Chaps!

Back to Common Core – Not only will children suffer in their reading and writing, but in a world where comprehension is not a priority, math and various other studies will take a detrimental blow. We are already seeing arithmetic problems in grade school students turned into 100+ steps of wasted time. It is making children feel like failures, when in reality, their minds should be built to solve the problem in the most logical way. Horrifyingly, these practices have never even been tested! They’ve turned the United States education system into a giant experiment. The weakness of the Common Core math standards were even noted by the creators of the standards themselves.

But then it gets even better!

We have a nation of kids who have constant entertainment. Video games, television, movies, etc. fill their days. Constantly being fed the narrative. Constantly being mind numbingly entertained. Then we send them to school and expect them to pay attention to the mundane, the redundant, and the unimaginative, then drug them because they are “hyper.”

Historically we didn’t have the issues that we have, and many other countries don’t either, so what gives? Clearly changes in the last 50 years have led us to this point, what were they? Do they have to do with chemicals? Food Dyes? Education? Shouldn’t those be the first questions we respond with before we start pumping children with more pharmaceuticals than an 80’s rock band?

If you or your child exhibit 6 of the 18 ADHD behaviors, you/they can be labeled as an individual who suffers from a “biologic abnormality of the brain” and handed a prescription. Read the behavior list sometime, you’ll likely come to the same conclusion as me: every human being at some point has suffered from ADHD. Imagine the entire population of Nicaragua, that’s roughly how many children in the US alone are on Psychotropic drugs. Kids are diagnosed at an alarming rate. Once signs of a hyper personality are found, parents, teachers, and doctors flock to the easy out like starving castaways who have just come upon a Pizza Hut.

Maybe I’m just primitive in nature, turning from my cave art to watch the spectacle and shake my club in mumbled revolt, but those “symptoms” seem to me to be an epidemic of both the mind and the heart. I’m not a doctor, but I am an observer of society and the downhill slope it’s taking that leads directly to a lava pit.

In a world filled with sensory overload, we’ve lost a huge part of who we are. With every advancement made in video games, the entertainment industry, and now faulty school standards, we slam another nail into the casket of creativity and imagination.  Now I’m not saying that all movies, games, and shows are bad, I’m just saying that as time goes on, our hearts become more invested in things that require little thought process. God created our minds to be used, and when kids are scratching on the walls of conformity we’ve now decided they need a pill instead of a change. They don’t require self-discipline because it’s not expected any longer, and then we have to deal with ADULTS that have no self-discipline.

And Isn’t that a peach….

Welcome to the new America. Start standing up against the change, or conform to the new thought standards, perpetuating a system that creates robots that simply obey the government agenda. Educators & politicians can call what they are doing education, but indoctrination by any other name will destroy as swiftly.

“What appalls me most about the standards is the cavalier contempt for great works of human art and thought, in literary form. It is a sheer ignorance of the life of the imagination. We are not programming machines. We are teaching children. We are not producing functionaries, factory-like. We are to be forming the minds and hearts of men and women to be human beings, honoring what is good and right and cherishing what is beautiful.” Dr. Anthony Esolen – Providence College

Defining a Hero

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A while back I wrote Defining a Monster (click here for link to post), this is my follow up:

My 5 year-old nephew runs into the room slamming his fists to the ground, pretending as though he were the star of an action packed blockbuster. Our masked vigilante valiantly fighting the evils of the world that’s located inside his vivid imagination with his staggering height and built muscles, which also only exist in his vivid imagination. He’s still at the age where he thinks that finishing off his potatoes will bring instant results to his muscle mass. I remember being little and constantly thinking of stories in my head, I look at him and just think of the wheels that must be turning. The momentary bravery it takes to fight the elusive “bad guy” that he’s created, and then the innocence of the hero that suddenly needs milk with his brownie and pizza.

As we entered the new year, I noticed a lack of excitement that normally accompanies the determination that somehow gets harpooned into our souls when the clock strikes midnight. It was as if we spent all of 2013 sailing closer and closer to Cape Horn, and as we stood on the ship deck counting down the minutes to midnight we contemplated the dangers of the waters soon to be traveled. Instead of the ball dropping in time square, we saw the high winds, the sharp rocks, the daunting icebergs; all of the dangers ahead would surely find us to be inexperienced sailors in well over our head, and they would undoubtedly take advantage at every possible turn. I don’t think it’s a secret, 2014 is not a number known for its coming joys for America.

Since the new year we have faced insurance difficulties, as well as an updated projection from the CBO for what we should expect for future full-time job loss due to the ACA. The expected numbers more than doubled, and the part time epidemic is set to take hold due to insurance regulations.  Additionally, yet another poor job report was released last week that seems to prove the pessimistic economists to be prophets. I’ll definitely be talking about some of those issues in the coming posts, but today I wanted to do something different.

I am not always the most delicate in my deliverance of opinion. I find the truth to be best when it’s laid out bare; admittedly, concerns over the brittleness of eggshells rarely infiltrate my mind. Reason is of the utmost importance to me, to a fault I might add. There’s no denying that God has His hands full with me and my unbridled skepticism, I surely earn my place on the cross daily. Have you ever played 20 questions with a 5 year old? Now imagine your patience level by question 50. Now tack on a couple million questions and you might have a feeling for what God endures from this daughter of His.

Issues & debates are puzzles, puzzles need to be solved. Period. I have to shut that part of me down sometimes, followed by walking away due to the fact that shutting that part down is normally not a process I’m willing to perform twice. My tolerance level for discursiveness is not what one would note as “desirable“, for me it’s like taking the organized puzzle pieces and throwing them on the ground in an attempt to complete the puzzle. It doesn’t make sense. More so, I find that we are far too delicate in matters that call for unabashed truth, and often brash in matters that call for delicacy. It’s the human condition colliding with Christianity that I wrote about in my last post. So while some may charge me with being too critical of the Christian, “my own kind”, I’ve always been more apt to lean on the side of logic and ignore the social norms of Sunday night potluck positivity.

Growing up I loved things that glowed in the dark; stars on a ceiling, secret notes on black paper, etc. (Clearly I was meant to be a spy.) But I always remember those things being so dull when all of the lights were on. You couldn’t see them or admire their contributions to the dark in a fully lit room. We used to run and find a room that had no windows, the darker the better; every step into the darkness made the secret words on black paper easier to read, every bit of sun that disappeared made the stars brighter. Some may accuse me of dwelling on the negative, or obsessing with the world. That’s their opinion. I don’t dwell on the negative, I just care deeply about those swallowed up by the negative. I’m not obsessed with the world, I simply hurt for those in its grasps. And sometimes, I turn off all the lights and look in the darkness for that glimmer of light that refused to buckle in to the black. My admiration for those glimmers of light and how Christ used them outweigh any assumptions of my obsessions with the repugnance of the world in my mind. To be honest, I am filled with hope, overflowing with gratitude for my Savior, and breathlessly amazed at how He moves in this world. As the song goes, I pray that my heart continues to break for what breaks His.

SO, in honor of the approaching sharp rocks, I couldn’t think of anything more fitting than to write about a few men that saw danger and met it with heroic determination. In a world where Iron Man is idolized and Thor is worshiped, sometimes the most heroic of men go unnoticed. Right now I’m content with my nephew’s infatuation with Captain America and his powerful shield that brings down the evil that stalks the world, but someday I hope his adoration and interests are held by men who didn’t need a shield; men with hearts that shook the world more than The Hulk’s mighty fists ever could. The logic that appealed to the natural instinct of self-preservation in these men was trumped by the logic of human worth and hope, which is itself an act that defies the idea of a Godless world and speaks to the greatest form of proof for Him that we can experience daily. That is why sometimes it’s a good thing to acknowledge the dark.

We do not know what a Jew is, we know only men.” – Words spoken by Andre Trocme when asked by the Nazis to produce a list of Jews. Andre lived in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France during the Holocaust. He, along with his wife, were responsible for helping what is believed to be over 4000 Jewish refugees find homes in his city. He, as the “spiritual leader”, encouraged the townspeople to do the work of God. He continued to tell his followers that when the Nazis came and took him away – for his refusal to provide a list – that they were to continue in the effort to save as many as they could. He woke up every morning to the realization that his life could end, or that he would be imprisoned, and everyday his ethical convictions drove him to continue. Thankfully, he survived the war and passed away in 1971.

Giovanni Palatucci was an Italian Police Official and chief of the Foreigners’ Office. He was put in charge of the Adriatic seaport of Fiume (Croatia). In 1938 the anti-Jewish laws were put into place, and he disobeyed said laws. He forged travel papers for hundreds of Jews so that they could flee persecution. In 1943 the government fell and was occupied by the Nazis. He was ordered to arrest the Jews and have them deported to concentration camps. Simply defying orders would have led to his termination and be of no help to the Jews, so he devised and executed a plan to have over 5000 Jews sent to a refugee camp that was managed by his uncle. He then destroyed records of all the refugees, and they were saved from the imminent doom that would have met them in Nazi concentration camps. He died at the age of 35 after being arrested by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp for his actions. He knew what his actions would cost him if exposed, and yet he charged ahead with a bravery that would put us all to shame.

Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese Diplomat. As vice-consul for a Japanese consulate in Lithuania, he kept his country updated on the actions of both the Nazis, and the Soviet troops. Once the Nazi invasion of Lithuania began, the Jews were scrambling for ways to escape the Nazis that were rounding them up like cattle. It is unknown how many Jews Chiune saved, some speculate that it was 5000, others believe a more accurate number to be 10,000. He was issuing visas to anyone that came to him, writing them for 18 hours a day, violating direct orders in the name of human compassion. Even while he was en route to the train station after being reassigned, he was handwriting visas and throwing them out the car window for desperate Jews. Many of the passports in the crowd were still unstamped when he boarded the train, so he threw his official stamp into the crowd for them to use. Hence why the number of Jews he saved is impossible to even try to calculate.

“I cannot allow these people to die, people who have come to me for help with death staring them in the eyes. Whatever punishment may be imposed on me, I know I should follow my conscience.” – Chiune Sugihara

Chiune Sugihara was finally recognized in 1985 for his heroic rescue of so many Jews. He passed away in 1986.

Does it not concern anyone else that these men disobeyed direct orders, put their lives on the line, one actually losing his life, and yet we don’t speak out about issues because we don’t want to be “divisive” with our dinner party friends? Does that not get to anyone else? Slavery, persecution, etc. are taking place all over the world, and who we vote for decides if we’re going to continue financially supporting those acts. You don’t even have to hide persecuted individuals in your home and disobey the laws of your country, you just have to say the truth! You just have to speak! Educate! Stand up for what is right!

In the next year many families will face financial turmoil. They’ll take on an insurance payment that is equal to, or possibly exceeds, the cost of a mortgage payment. They’ll cut, scrimp, and will no longer save. Is being low on money the worst thing to happen to a person? FAR from it. But this is just the beginning. Families will not be able to afford their deductibles, people will go without healthcare. Healthcare will continue to decline as it becomes less care and more of a conveyor belt health service. People will become numbers, elderly will be declined the care they desperately need. Businesses will start preparing for the ACA, jobs will be cut, unemployment compensation will be insufficient. Families will lose their homes or get creative in their living situations. These are just the facts that we have to step back and recognize them for what they are.

How many of us have heard (or said), “God is in control, I’m not going to concern myself with worldly issues.”?? I know I have heard it PLENTY of times.

The problem: The bible is full of action against evil.

God is in control, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a responsibility to be a voice for the voiceless. As I said earlier about my need for rationality, I look at the world and ponder the theory that silence from Christians is what’s needed, but I find that ideal lacking in any evidence that would substantiate its viability. I’m not asking you to spend this year hiding Jewish refugees in your walls, I’m just asking you to have conversations, to try and educate those around you. Speak the truth. If you don’t know what to speak of, then research the issues plaguing this nation, connect with those who know about those issues and ask questions so that YOU can spread the word. What our government is doing to healthcare has happened elsewhere. What our government is doing to guns has happened elsewhere. What our government is doing with police power has happened elsewhere.

All of those attempts to “reduce crime”, “increase affordable healthcare”, and “make the streets safer” don’t work. In all actuality, those supposed “efforts” make things far more dangerous, careless, and elitist. If you pointed to a wolf and said “that’s a sheep, trust me!”, I still wouldn’t approach the “sheep” because common sense says that it will kill me. Pointing to the ACA and saying that it’s affordable healthcare doesn’t make it affordable, nor does it guarantee that my family will receive healthcare; as a matter of fact, it does the opposite for many hard working families.

Prepare yourself for the midterm elections, learn about your candidates. Don’t just research their opinion on one topic that will benefit your wallet, research what they stand for and how it will affect the rest of the world. The powerful governments “elsewhere” were strengthened by a populous that only cared about themselves, let’s not be that populous. I’m going to make a good number of blog posts about some of the candidates. If you live in a state and would like specific information on candidates, please message us.

Take a moment to thank God for men like Trocme, Palatucci, and Sugihara. Our world can be a dim place, it can be filled with overwhelming hatred and a callousness that makes us weep for the innocent lives that become trapped within its grip for reasons unanswered. But there are heroes that forge through the darkness regardless of what lies wait in the shadows, those men exist in our world today as well. Would you have the fortitude to be one of them?

Enemy-occupied territory – that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign in sabotage.” – C.S. Lewis

–  MB

Hero

I Say Tomato, You Say Racist!

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I was watching my nephew play ball on Monday evening, his team full of different ethnicities, different personalities, different ages, different religions, etc….but yet they found commonality not only in their favorite pastime, but also in their obliviousness of their obvious differences.

You see, my nephew didn’t care what color Child A was, all he cared about is that he could throw a ball. Child B didn’t care what religion Child C was, Child B just wanted to know if Child C could hit a ball hard enough to get him to home plate. At the beautiful age of 6, all opposition from their fellow team members had to do with their baseball techniques and what their favorite movies were.

Moral of the story…We should all be like kids, ignore color, and play baseball.

The End.

Just kidding…I mean, yes, that’s a great idea, but what have these kids figured out that we can’t? What have they grasped on to that we can’t?

Simple: Equality

We’ve been continually fed a lie that has spread like the bubonic plague among the people. Not their people, our people, those people, but THE people of this nation. We’ve violently distorted the word “equality”. We’ve gutted the idea of a nation that is colorblind. We’ve ignored the desperate cries from our children that simply beg to be seen as equal, and they are the ones that truly show us how; however, the age of responsibility is getting younger daily, we hand over a burden of judgment at such a young age now. We are oblivious to the fact that they were the individuals who really grasped the idea of equality in its purest form.

To explain how this twisting and manipulating has been accomplished I’ll break it down into a story, I’ll use my sisters – known as Sister A & Sister B – for the fictional story.

My sisters and I are sitting around debating over what we want to watch on TV. I think that everyone should have a fair vote, but Sister A doesn’t agree. Sister A wants to be able to pick what we watch regardless of what Sister B wants. Sister A desperately wants to get Sister B on her side. So what does Sister A do? She works to convince Sister B that I want to do exactly what she is actually doing. She tells her that I want to control her, I want to decide the show without her input. And more importantly – in the most subtle way – Sister A convinces Sister B that she NEEDS her. Blatant lies. But you see, by convincing Sister B that I am the enemy she wins her trust, once the alliance is formed Sister A controls the remote and turns on what she wants, and convinces Sister B that this is what she wanted as well. It’s manipulation at its finest.

You see, no matter what my intentions were with the remote, no matter how fair I wanted the voting to be, or how fair I wanted the discussion to be, my points were no longer relevant. I had been demonized by Sister A. Sister A successfully made Sister B reject me by convincing her that I wanted to control the TV, that I disliked her, and in the process she gained what she had been fighting for…The TV. The other result? Sister B has absolutely no voice in the matter, that’s exactly what I didn’t want.

The liberals have accused us of racism while breeding racism. They have accused us of trying to control while controlling. But worst of all, they’ve deemed individuals of color, or of different ethnicity, different class, etc. of being less intelligent. Not only should minorities be offended, they should be outraged, we all should be outraged. I AM outraged. I find all individuals to be equal, I’ve read the genius of Thomas Sowell, the brilliance of C.S. Lewis, and the astounding words of Ravi Zacharias. Men with diverse backgrounds and equal contribution to this world.

The difference between parties concerning voter ID laws:

Conservatives (deemed racist): We believe that all individuals should be treated equally, that all should be required to show ID in the voting booth for accountability purposes.

Democrats (deemed champions for equality): They believe that being forced to show ID to vote is racist.

What are they ACTUALLY saying?

Example:

Amy is Caucasian, Mary is African American, both are in their mid 20’s, both make a yearly income between 40K & 50K, both own houses, both excel in their jobs.

John is Caucasian, Jeff is African American, both are in their 40’s, both make minimum wage at a factory, both rent small apartments, both work hard.

Rachel is Caucasian, Susan is African American, both are in their 30’s, both are jobless, both live on state aid, both live in rundown neighborhoods, both can’t seem to get on their feet.

By calling voter ID laws racist, the Democrats are assuming that in all of the above situations the African American individual is less capable of obtaining an ID than the Caucasian. To insinuate that they are less capable is to insinuate that they are not equal in intelligence and ability. You see, they’ve whispered that Conservatives are racists while actively treating those of a different ethnicity as less capable, they’ve judged them by their color. What is that again???

Racism.

Just as they have done to women, they have degraded them, objectified them, turned them into political tools. I’m sickened by this. I’m sickened by the idea that if you are a Conservative woman you are somehow less intelligent. I’m sickened by the idea that if you are a Conservative minority you are a “slave to the white man”. These are lies they tell you to degrade your opinion, to personally attack the opposition. It’s revolting and we should be fed up. What they are really saying is “if you don’t agree with us, keep your opinions to yourself.”…but equality equality equality.

Don’t just take my word for it, how about a couple quotes from the Vice President of the “First black President” (yeah, that title just screams character quality over color)…

Speaking about then Sen. Barack Obama: “He’s the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

“you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.

Really, Biden?

So you believe he’s NOT racist, but you believe I am because I find that all races are equally capable in intelligence and ability to get an ID? Well, as Ravi Zacharias – A BRILLIANT Indian-born apologist – so gracefully says, “We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.”.

Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a world where people were judged on character and not color. I believe in that dream, but our President does not, the leaders of our country do not. I fear a world where an opinion is silenced because of color, isn’t that what we fought against? I fear a world where empty allegations of racism are made in an attempt to demonize peaceful protestors, while Allen West and Mia Love are subject to some of the most vitriolic racism in politics I’ve ever seen, and all to the silence of the media.

Republican Mia Love – parents were Haitian immigrants – while running for office, was sent a package that contained disturbing edited images of her, her husband, and a hooded KKK member. Liberals attacked her, threatened her life, etc. she was called a “Republican black puppet”, an “anchor baby”, told that she should “go back to the cotton fields”, told that she was “the white man’s slave”…And that is JUST a sampling, the other comments she received are not even something I would repeat, nor feel comfortable posting on a Christian blog. I remember reading the comments on her twitter feed and just crying for her, my heart broke for a woman that was strong, intelligent, a mother, a person that truly cared for all people, and here she was receiving this treatment. I remember respectfully defending her with many other conservatives and receiving tweets telling me to die, or to “drink bleach, racist”, etc…Where was AL Sharpton?

You see, liberals no longer need proof of their claims, they’ve been given a pass by the party that has manipulated them to claim racism to any objection. It’s easier to keep them ignorant to the truth, giving them one blanket answer to use against logical arguments keeps them in the dark.

Allen West, Herman Cain, as well as many other African American/Asian/Hispanic politicians, received the same type of treatment from the “NOH8” & “Equality” advocates. Not just from individuals, but from journalists and celebrities as well. THEY are the ones that still live for the dream that MLK Jr. spoke of, they are the heroes, they are the brave.

What have they done wrong? They learned how to think for themselves. They’ve learned to judge by character. They’ve learned to truly despise the idea that separate treatment of any kind only works to divide the people.

What has Obama done for the people?

Unemployment – Though at first glance it seems as though unemployment has gone down, it hasn’t. The majority of people don’t understand that the number of people in the work force has gone down, not unemployment. The labor force participation rate is lower than it has been in 30 years. Those individuals have given up looking for work completely, they aren’t counted in the unemployment numbers any longer. Unemployment hasn’t improved, if you thought it had, you’ve been manipulated. Plain and simple.

Dependency – I’ve never quite understood the idea that those who want to give you everything are merciful, and those who want to teach you how to gain everything are oppressive. More people today are dependent upon the government to provide for their every need than ever before. More people have lost the ability to provide for their family because those jobs they claim exist, don’t. More people are raising children in poverty, more people can’t afford to send their children to a better school, and more kids are learning from their government that hard work is futile. This is not only something that can destroy a country, it is anti-biblical.

Youth – What has he done for the youth? Do you realize that in today’s society it is easier to have a child out of wedlock than to be responsible? Free schooling, free healthcare, free childcare, free housing, free food, etc. We encourage instability and dependency.

Obamacare – It is now widely known that Obamacare will cost the average family 20K per year, this will lower a large number of Americans into poverty. Not bring individuals UP from poverty, it brings individual DOWN to poverty. His idea of creating a more “fair” class was never to build individuals up, by design, from the very beginning, it simply lowered the other classes. Now to add insult to injury, not only will many Americans still go without coverage, and ALL will go with a lower level of care, many American jobs will be lost if the Democrats have their way with the immigration bill. In the text it does not require newly legalized immigrants to have Obamacare, they are exempt. So when your employer looks at the cost of keeping you on, compared to hiring someone that is exempt from coverage, jobs will be lost nationwide.

So far, just the few points I’ve mentioned above have MLK Jr. rolling in his grave. Great men fought for our equality, great men have fought for our right to pursue our dreams, and now men of poor character control our livelihood like dictators, waving the flag of racism while not only creating racism, but being racists themselves.

Abortion – Obama is a fully fledged supporter of abortion and specifically, Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood and liberal politicians still celebrate the birthday of their founder Margaret Sanger. Not only has Planned Parenthood taken so many lives, they’ve aided sexual abusers, lied to women, and have further led to the objectification of women across the US.

Obama: “Thank you Planned Parenthood, God bless you, God bless you.”

A few quotes from Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood. As a woman who spoke at a KKK rally, it’s not surprising that she would say the following:

“Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”

We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Do you want to see if a “cleaner race” is still the goal of this liberal institution? Take a look at where the majority of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are located and the demographics of women they target.

Just a sample of what you will find: 12 per 1,000 white women will have an abortion. 40 per 1,000 black women will have an abortion. 29 per 1,000 Hispanic women will have an abortion.

Back to the point – I’m quite interested in learning from those who are devoted to this man, why they are so dedicated to him. He hasn’t been faithful to anything he has said.

We were promised transparency, we received Benghazi and Fast and Furious.

We were promised equality, we received a more divisive President than we’ve ever had.

We were promised privacy, the elimination of former intrusive government tactics, and we received the largest level of government wiretapping on all Americans.

We were promised affordable healthcare, we received healthcare that will drive many individuals into poverty.

We were promised a responsible foreign policy, we received a President that armed Mexican Cartels which led to the death of hundreds of innocent individuals, we received a President that has armed terrorists and individuals who want to kill us, we received a President that has taken our ability to keep our country safe and lowered our level of protection astronomically.

We were promised a President that would defend the Constitution, we received a President that has degraded and demonized those who support the Constitution.

If you say that you support this man because of his character and not his color, I am whole heartedly interested in learning why exactly that is.

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King Jr.

As do I, Mr. King. As do I.

– MB (Shout out to my buddy Gman21 for the idea of this post!)

Definitions…and Stuff….

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Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution – “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

I feel like the Rocky theme song should be playing in the background whenever we read the Constitution.

And there should be confetti.

And we should imagine the voice of Chuck Norris reading it.

Alright, to the actual blog post….

Well, unless you’re hiding under a rock, more than likely you are well aware that our Government probably knows about the time you called your Grandma for a recipe last week. It’s all over the news (not your Grandma’s recipe), plaguing the water carriers with topics that have them searching for anything other than the NSA to discuss…Even if it’s a moose that has fallen deeply in love for a statue of a moose.

Because moose love is important news.

In some alternate universe.

But alas, try as they may to block real news, the people have still heard the stories. Some believe the nonsense that this was all carried over from the Bush administration, and that’s unfortunate; Not for Bush – I’m guessing he’s pretty content staying busy with his painting – but, it’s unfortunate for the individuals who knew so little about this entire topic that they actually believed the water carriers. That just sends a neon sign that reads “KEEP LYING TO US!”.

The Bush program was designed for international communications believed to be in connection with Al Qaeda, not as a blanket over the entire US. It had flaws, and I’m not even going to go into my defense of his tactics. But at the time the outrage from the left was vast, yet devoted Obama followers are now defending a man who took those ideals, got them all jacked up on steroids, then sold them back to his followers labeling them as forms of “protection.”…He took the bad, the accidental intrusions of the Bush era and expanded it. AAAAANNNNDDD, that’s where I’m going with my blog post today.

pro·tec·tion:

noun. 1. a. The act of protecting. b. The condition of being protected. 2. One that protects.

threat:

noun. 1. An expression of an intention to inflict pain, injury, evil, or punishment. 2. An indication of impending danger or harm. 3. One that is regarded as a possible danger; a menace.

Ahhhh, the simplicity… Google a word and BOOM, you have the definition. It’s so easy a caveman could do…well, maybe not…errrr, spelling barrier or something. But it’s so easy that my 6 year old nephew probably could. But what if Webster didn’t hold the true definition of the words above, or maybe the correct definition according to the government?

Oops, I spelled korrect wrong.

You see, I firmly believe that the most dangerous words being uttered right now are “If you aren’t a threat, you have nothing to worry about.” What some feel is a simple answer to all of the “unnecessary worries” circulating throughout the US, I find to be disturbing. Why? Because History is a beast, and when you forget that it’s a beast it always returns, that’s usually when you get your head bitten off.

Name a tyrannical government that didn’t proclaim “safety”, “fairness”, and/or “taking care of threats for the good of the people” as the foundation of their radical change. The problem is that the government definition of the word “threat” is rarely a mirrored image of the Webster definition.

Want to save Jews???

Threat.

You don’t like your child wearing Lenin’s face on a pin and pledging allegiance to his greatness???

Threat.

You want to have freedom of speech???

Threat.

Wait, you want to report on something we did wrong?

Threat.

You see, large governments are more concerned about the threat you pose to them, not the threats you face. When it comes down to protecting you or themselves, you will always lose. Fortunately the Founders knew this and designed a system that made the big elitist government mob so small that they could no longer define “threat.”

Then we had to mess it up.

We’ve all had the pleasure of having that “one neighbor”, or that “one sibling” that we’re convinced have made it their life goal to get under our skin and camp there with a spacious tent, a weeks’ worth of food, and a plush sleeping bag. Or you have that “one neighbor” with the Obama bumper sticker, you’re sure that when that fine chap camps under your skin it’s going to be with a multi-room family tent and a months’ worth of food… something inside just tells you that they’re bringing memory foam mattresses for the long haul.

No matter what that opinionated thorn in your side believes, any sane individual would say that they have a right to believe their nonsense. While we may laugh when individuals cry over trees, we aren’t interested in prohibiting them from shedding those tears; we’ve made our own diagnoses concerning the insanity of some individuals, we also respect the right to personal opinion. From crying over a tree to supporting abortion – sometimes both – we agree that it is their personal beliefs. Fighting laws is one thing, fighting their right to an opinion and the freedom to voice it is another.

I have teenage sisters that tend to knock heads at every turn, they have on more than one occasion proclaimed one another to be insane. Now imagine with me that my sisters are both adults, our parents have joined forces with Sister A, Sister B is still sticking to her guns on her choice of sky color… But now Sister A declares Sister B clinically insane and a threat to everyone around her simply for her perspective of the color blue, prescribes her psychological examinations and assertive community treatment where she is surrounded by Sister A approved “sane” and “safe” individuals that just reestablish the insanity in her choice of shade. Within the walls of a mental institution she is brainwashed into believing that not only are her opinions wrong, but that she is now mentally disabled for such opinions; release comes only when her crime of opinion is washed from her mind and replaced with the korrect opinion.

Could you imagine being able to take your opponent, ornery neighbor, or obstinate sister to the doctor and have them diagnosed with schizophrenia; locked away with the promise that once released they’ll be in the right train of thought? The reality is that governments have used political opinions to deem someone as a threat, or as mentally unstable in the past. Political abuse of psychiatry. It’s not conspiracy, and it’s not impossible; it’s factual, and it’s historical. Imagine that you are a member of the Soviet Union, you make a few friends from another country, they inform you that the system you belong to is flawed; you experience a revelation and become more critical. You start sending letters to other members and ask for freedom; you tell them that they are oppressive, that your eyes have been opened. Before you know it your friends come looking for you and find that you have been committed to a mental hospital; deemed mentally unstable because of your political opinions alone. That is what happened to Evgeni Belov, as well as countless other individuals.

So the Government defined “mentally unstable”, they defined “threat”, and they defined “protection of the people.” But don’t worry, everything will be different here because we’re somehow magically safe. The fairy that controls the American bubble of tyrannical invincibility sprinkled Tyranny Repelling Dust over us while we slept, and Commonsense Dust over our government. Then again, who defines commonsense?!?!? Better yet, what political affiliation is the fairy?!?!?

Final question: : Do you honestly believe that the infamous leaders of tyrannical governments were able to rise into power with a nation of people who believed that those leaders could cause such mass destruction, but knowing the dangers chose to support them anyway?

Well, this person is risky…The power they want could potentially enslave my children and future Grandchildren….But, YOLO!”

No…no, they said the same thing you are saying…

I have nothing to worry about when it comes to my government as long as I’m not a threat.”

Our government isn’t the only group repeating history, politically ignorant US citizens are repeating history as well. It may or may not be as bloody and violent as all of the other tyrannical governments, but removal of rights always gets messy.

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

The Illusion of Gun Control

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“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.” -Noah Webster

About a year ago I got a European bred German Shepherd, very sweet dog but definitely bred for work. When she was young she would just sleep off and on whenever she wanted, but now that she is getting older I have noticed one thing… She sleeps deeply for hours during the day, she never that did before. She will get up and play, but in general she sleeps during the day more than most dogs that I know. But when the sun sets this all changes, once I lay my head on the pillow she walks over to the window and starts her “shift”, for the first couple hours she moves from window to window watching for any movement outside…Her ears are high, and the first sound of movement sends her into an immediate investigation. Even when she finally lays down right beside my bed she is awake, laying her head downbut always alert to what is going on around her. If I said this didn’t make me sleep better I would be lying…It is a comfort knowing that you have protection. If anyone looks her way it serves as a deterrent to entering my home unwelcomed…And if anyone entered and wasn’t welcomed, well, it probably wouldn’t be pretty. In her mind her sole duty is to keep her people safe, well…and fetch balls. When I take her to my nephews she goes into panic mode if they climb a tree, or when a stray dog entered the yard she wanted the people on the porch. It is a sense of safety that I am guessing will only get better when she graduates from dog toddlerhood.

We as humans feel safe when we have protection. Our world is full of dangers that we don’t recognize or see, watching the nightly news is the most constant reminder of this fact. I would hate to see my dog hurt someone, but would I call her off if a person broke into my home? No. For this very fact I am an avid supporter of gun rights. I will outline my personal reasons as to why, and also why the average excuses do not suffice nor do they give any valid reasoning for gun control.

I have heard the stories where a young child is playing with a gun that should have been put up, the results were tragic and life was lost. I have heard stories of violence and pain where a gun was used. We all know about the tragic school shootings and horrific crimes committed. But we also know about the accidents, for instance…one of my good friends had a cousin accidentally shot while hunting. But I have also heard stories of children drowning in pools because a door was left open or a ladder was left in the pool. I have heard the tragic news reports of people murdered by being drowned, and I have heard of accidental drowning victims. Do we then outlaw pools, lakes, and bath tubs? No. A gun, just like any other dangerous entity is to be treated with extreme caution and should require extreme training, as well as extreme care. ESPECIALLY when a child is in the home. Some would consider my dog to be dangerous, but I take precautions to ensure that she isn’t loose, she isn’t running the streets, and she isn’t out of control. The idea that if Guns were removed from homes in America it would make the streets safer is completely false. Drugs are illegal and I don’t have them because I do not want any part of them, and for many borderline law abiding citizens the legality of them is a deterrent as well. BUT, we have streets, rehabs and prisons full of drug addicts who have found a way to constantly feed their addictions. Cops have worked tirelessly for years to lower this number, but in the end it all comes down to the fact that drug addicts still exist because large amounts of people are more than willing to go behind the backs of law enforcement for not only a living, but to maintain their way of life.

To think that outlawing guns would undo the criminal activity involving guns is false. And if you are under the assumption that I then think drugs should be legal, that is wrong as well. Guns for the most part are used for good. We can’t even begin to imagine how many lives are saved DAILY because of guns in the U.S. (we will get into more of this later). Those that get them legally and have the proper training should be allowed to have them…Just like medically ill patients around the world should legally be able to have medications, even though many criminals turn them into illegal drugs and addictions. To use it as a means to eliminate crime and accidents is a blatant lie used by the left.

Now to the most dangerous of the reasons. My quote from Noah Webster is one to remember…We as a nation are free (this is questionable at this point in time), but we are flirting with the dangerous line of socialism, and that line was only allowed to be placed because of our politically uneducated nature. We haven’t put this topic in the forefront of our minds, while the devious plans have been knowingly taking place behind our backs. Something as brutal as Fast and Furious is now being used as a platform for gun control campaigning, and shockingly from the very people that refuse to allow justice to the Fast and Furious case. People, this is like OJ Simpson preaching on the dangers of knives.

So, I am giving the socialist the benefit of the doubt by saying that they know the history of gun control…Back in the French 1700’s blacks were beat for having any type of weapon whatsoever, laws continued to be passed prohibiting FREE blacks from owning firearms. Out of fear of a revolution? How about the 20 million dead due to the gun control in the Soviet Union? Or how about the holocaust, in 1938 Germany rolls in the newly established gun control and millions of Jews are slaughtered defenselessly. As early as 1970 Uganda established gun control and before 1980 over 300,000 Christians were murdered. This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg…

       So, the only conclusion that I can draw from someone coming into my home and removing my trained and controlled dog would be that they themselves plan on entering my home unwelcomed. Same goes for my guns. Our President and upper class government are working to disarm the very people that they are refusing to listen to concerning our economy. With his executive privileges he now has the power to hit the martial law button and have complete control of our lives, add gun control to that and you have what history has proven to be a deadly mixture.

       Not only is it historically proven that the government becomes the embodiment of what can only be referred to as the Orkin Man for humans, but the crime rates sky rocket. Why? Because all you have done is remove the guns from the self controlled ensuring that the uncontrollable have a free ride while rummaging through your home.

       Think like a criminal…If every home in the US had a sign in the front yard indicating if they were armed or unarmed, which homes would you prefer to enter? The new healthcare bill will tax the middle class into poverty, when you tax someone into poverty and then unarm them we cannot possibly be so naive as to belief that this is not a purposeful removal of freedoms for the purpose of a questionably fatal control. With Obamacare our government would now have the ability to deny coverage and life saving medical services…Could we possibly think that this added to gun control couldn’t grow into a discrimination on race or religion like it has for EVERY other instance of Government control?

       Our country has been the exception to the rule when it came to freedom, but that wasn’t free was it? We were the exception because we had been given our freedom and were willing to fight for it. But if we willingly relinquish those rights do you honestly believe that we can be the exception any longer? Absolutely not.

       Once again Christians, you have the obligation to fight for the very freedoms you use every time you walk into your church, every time that you bow your head in public, for the freedom to listen to your Christians stations and wear a cross around your neck. Take a moment to think about your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, the millions who have had their lives taken for doing exactly what you do everyday…serve your God. That isn’t the future that you want for your kids, and if you think that future impossible…

       I urge you to look at who we as a country are now standing behind, who our President is in support of, and who his confidants praise. Look at where he is headed, where gun control took other countries, and the blood that he is willing to hide in order to get reelected. Maybe then we wouldn’t be bickering over having a Mormon in the White House.

       I love the bumper sticker that said “You think healthcare is expensive? What until it’s free”, maybe we should have bumper stickers that say “You think guns are dangerous? Wait until only the criminals have them”…

-Mb-