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Friday, October 29, 2010, 8:46 AM
[The Body Politics
For those of us who lived in a time, when the Office of the President meant something. We have seen as of late, the Oval Office of President, once held in high esteem, turn into the butt of a joke.
For me, it began with Bill Clinton's affair with Monica L. He could have had his ego stroked anywhere. But instead his lack of respect for that Office and its history, was lost to his egos need. The Oval Office, holds little meaning for today's generation. They have lost completely, the meaning of sacred. And it will be this generations loss.
Reverence, is not only a word, its a spiritual feeling. Something few young people see as viable, or valuable, today. Reverence inspires respect. It fills a person with the sense of his soul. It invokes awe. It calls upon a person to listen quietly to the sound of God. Reverance is the quiet respect given to something, that we dont initiate. It is initiated in us, because of the respect we hold for something greater than ourselves. Its feeling is eternal, because it lives as one of the ETERNAL TRUTHS.. And it is being lost.
This President came in with an aura, some called "messiah like". I believe, he has turn that respect, into something less, than that Office deserves.
I believed it was tarnished by Clinton, and made a frat house, by Obama. Obama has gone from community organizer, to " King", to frat house member. All within, less than two years time. And now his lastest appearance of desparation was on John Stewarts program, where he was inadvertantly, the butt of Stewarts jokes.
Most folks in his camp, will continue to make excueses, saying he's reaching out to the young peoples vote. And as the media continues to attempt to sure up his stature, he seems to find ways, to override, those attempts. What I am seeing, is more than the actions of a desperate man. I'm seeing a whole generation, that has lost the meaning of integrity. Who will justify any means, to hold on to, what they believe they can lose. No matter how low they need to go, and what they have to forego, to get it. Lets not fool ourselves to believe this is perserverance, its not, its prostitution.
I always believed Barack Obama was the Wizard of Oz. A man, who when found out, would prove to not be who he said he was. And as time goes by, I see him more now, as an intellectual, who has not a smathering of class, integrity or dignity. Who has sunk himself, to a new low. Who now feels the need, to call into the White House, five young bloggers, from the extreme left. The five were chosen, not for thier insights, but got there, because their nasty words, proceeded them. Where has all his glory gone?
This my friends, I believe, is the result not of one man. But of a culture, who has lost its way. Who because they wanted no rules, lifted them. But when that happens, so goes ones purpose to be above certain things. With the lifting of rules, so goes the respect for them. With the lifting of rules, boundries also get lost. Without boundaries, barriers are broken. And that can lead to unintended evils. For when you forego all rules, you lose a sense of dignity, and it can be replaced with insolence, or audacity. That attitude asks less of one purposeful good. And instead, becomes open to the belief, that the "ends justify the means". Leaving no one, innocent, and nothing, sacred.
Truth than is lost. And with it, the spiritual feeling one gets, when connected to something GREATER THAN self.
If we lose our inner values, which at times ask us to live by certain rules. We also lose Gods Church, that lives within. Reverance, is the feeling that comes, from the recognition of that Church. Its the feeling that fills our being with light. Principles and Values, have meaning. Good Character has meaning. Integrity has meaning, along with reward.
Once we lose sight of the sacred, we make ourselves lesser than who we are. We make a King, a fool. We choose the power of dirt, over the sacred cleanliness of God.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7:36 AM
[The Body Politics
When you want to inspire people with Hope, the first thing one needs is Faith. President Obama's faith, was in his policies. Policies he believed would feed his idea of Hope and Change. What he forgot was, what gives people hope... is inspiration! And one cant be inspired by something thats not greater than, the will of man.
In his zeal to equalize us all, he never saw the real danger of equalization. Its called "flat-lining!". He forgot that you cant up-lift anything, if you believe your already, at the top. You cant make Americans feel good about themselves, when you spend much of your time, putting down one half of the Nations, people! You cant honestly inspire the whole Nation, when you make it your job, to put down, our other half.
You wanted to sell us hope, but you ignored what it takes to have hope. You cant inspire us to go forward, when all you do is look back, to place blame. Something you told us early on, we shouldnt do. You cant lead ALL OF US, when your focus is on those who only see things your way!. You cant convince us that you are fixing our problems, when you insist on giving away your responsibility for it.
You cant take away our free market system, by replacing it, with government ineptitude, or pandering to unions. Both Unions and Government, never reward exceptionalism. And this Mr President, is the real crux of your problem. You have attempted to take away American Exceptionalism. Replaced it, by throwing your complete support behind mediocrity, or even worse, less.
When your ideology is to demonize, smear, or distort the truth, about those who create jobs; where do you expect, America to go? Your desire to fix the middle class cant happen, if you go out campaigning against half of them.
Hope and change, can only come through Faith in something that lifts us up. In this Country, our faith is tied into our belief, that we are exceptional. Exceptionalism's meaning, has nothing to do with arrogance. Exceptionalism, means unusual. Unusual in the respect of who we believe ourselves to be. We see ourselves as the whole of the world. For every country in the world lives here. That is indeed, exceptional. Every relgion is represented here. This is who we are. We are a melting pot, of the worlds best. The fearless, who left their homes to face the unknown. Thats exceptional and even more importantly, unusual, for most men to do!
Most pundits believe its the economy that's bringing our Country down. Its not! Its seeing that what you wanted to give us, is far less, than who we are. Far less, then who we believe ourselves to be. Far less, in your vision for us.
You wanted to sell us hope, but you sold America's Soul, in the process.
We have to again, put our priorities in order. We can no longer allow you to separate us, for your political needs. We will not be separated, as black folks, or union members or those who you believe you represent. We thought you were the ONE. Instead, you proved to be no different from all the rest.
We thought you would unite us again , in the belief that we are exceptional!. We wanted you to see all of us, as good people, even those who didnt support your party. We wanted to see the best of who we are. Not against the world, but as the best examples, of it We never wanted freedom for ourselves alone. We loved our Country so much, that we wanted to bring our freedoms, to the rest of the world. That is our exceptionalism. "We the people", are believers. For we know, that when you really love yourself, you love others, as yourself.
Its that, Mr President, that "we the people" have come to know, you didn't deliver!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 10:53 AM
[The Body Politics
What's wrong with America today is, that we bought into government, as our source of power.. We bought into the health of America, buy watching the Stock Market. We bought into a Governments ideas, of what's best for US. Forgetting that it was our responsiblity to do whats right. It was our over spending, as well as theirs. And its time we realize that what we do, they do more! As much as government shouldnt be in our lives, it has intruded into it none the less. And we allowed for it to happen.
Government should have little influence in our daily lives. Its not our source of income, faith, or individual being. Government will effect us, however, if we are dependent on it, or unless we work for it. And believe me, we have come to work more for it, than it does for us! We have come to believe, that we think in a right or left world. Never seeing that a true enlightened being, uses both sides of his brain!
So how about we begin to see both parties as both sides of our brain.
When the right is in power, we have been brainwashed into believing that they support Big Business. As if people don't go to work everyday, working for some business that may be big or small? They are seen as being in support of the money men. What is never said, is maybe they are the people who supply our jobs? Since when in America has profits or business become a bad thing? Since when has the right side of our brain become more selfish than the left? Isnt the right side in control of our creativity? Isnt that the side that invents and invests in the jobs?
When the left is in power, we have been brainwashed into believing that they support the workers of the world. As if the right sides creativity, doesnt produce anything? The left supports Unions. They also support trial lawyers, actors, TV techs, and government workers. Which if your using you left brain, you might believe you are the doer. You will believe this is the more logical thing to do. However, we all know, that the right side of the brain, controls the left , and the left side controls the right. So in reality, both sides really interplay with the other, for balance, and well being.
This is whats not happening in America today! We have been too busy, segmenting who does what for whom! We have been led by a government who gets votes based upon what they can do for us. Both sides of our brain, has looked not to whats right, but whats in iT for me! Maybe its time America begins to use both sides of her brain, for whats best for the WHOLE of who we ARE!
Lets begin to look back to what is right, rather than whats in it for me! Lets see US as our way out of this funk! Let us love who we are again! Lets not allow anyone to inflict their guilt, on us , ever again! If we have sinned, its been the sins of our Governments past decisions, and our apathy, about what was being done..that got us here!
Government cant grant us, salvation! It is above their pay-grade! It can only make attempts at doing whats right...and that doesnt belong to one party or the other. It belongs soley to men whose character needs to be above reproach. This begins with us! We can no longer blame the other part of our brain, for whats our repsonsibilty. We cannot let them lie, and blame them for doing so, if we lie, ourselves. We need men who tell the truth to power. As well as men, who vow to tell the truth to everyone! They can be in politics, but as President Reagan said, we must "trust buy verify". To do this we need to be their watchdogs, just to keep them honest. And if this is our mind at work, so too, do we need to do what we say....when we say it!
America is the most productive people in the world. We love being that. We love DIY. We love making things. Government has placed too much importance in giving money to mediocrity, than to things that might change the world. Instead of building bridges to nowhere...how about building on some new ideals? How about commiting yourself, to being honest with Americas' people?
We have seen Americas underbelly. Which when revealed to her, caused her much discontent. Its her having to see how much "take" there was, and how little "give". How greed overpowered our good!
The only way this cannot happen again, is if we seek to represent more the truth of God, than government! If we at least attempt to live without lies, we then will be better able to see who the liars are!
Lets be creative. Lets seek to be our own successful business. And for that to happen, we need to be self reliant, and self sufficient. And not ever seek to be, government dependent! I spent the morning listening to some of our government representatives. What I heard, was the same old spin. One side wanting to procure you to what they think, over and over again. They aren't the people with new ideas...WE ARE.
They have no new course for America. They still are giving us the same old worn ideas...and no one yet, has given America what she really wants...HER IDEALS!
To have a place to go, you need to see how to get there. You need to know that your efforts arent just for the moment, but for a better vision of tommorrow. It seems we thats what we have been looking for government to do. What we already know, what we must do.
They seek power first, we seek Justice first. They seek to win elections, we seek to do whats right, for everyone. They seek to establish a career, we seek to establish honor within ourselves. They take polls to know what we want. We know what we want, but in the future we must know who we want, when we go to the polls. They poll to understand us better, they should instead seek to KNOW THEMSELVES BETTER. They have a philosophical blindness, that seeks to satisfies only the side they are on. While we seek to do whats right, for US ALL.
NO MORE!... Will we make government more powerful than God.
We will stand on principles that go beyond political gain. We will not accept the same old BS , same old talking points, same old tricks. From now on, we will demand PROOF! When they say something that they did, we must ask them WHAT, WHEN and WHERE. When they say they want to help the middle class, we must ask them not to fool us, by giving it to us in one hand, and taking it out of the other.
Its time we get above Government. For when you get above something, it no longer can rule your life. You have gone beyond it. And from that position, you can see God more closely, and put Government in its proper place.
Its our turn to define who we are...no longer are we going to accept what the government or the media says of us...We know who we are, we love who we are...and we will make sure, they know who we are, as well!. It will now be their turn to show us, what they're doing, that is right for US ALL!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 2:14 PM
[The Body Politics
If you have read any of my posts, you know that I am not in favor of placing blame. I much prefer, people taking full responsiblity for what they do and say. After all , if you've had a hand in something, if it doesnt work out, like any mistake, you should accept it, and remember it, the next time your in that same position. I love being responsible. Becuase its my life that I cherish. Both my learning experiences and the things I got right, first time around.
With that said, the thing that bothers me most, and I know I'm not alone , is how our Government finds everyone but themselves, to blame.
Finally someone wrote the TRUTH about those in whom we have placed such power. Finally someone saw the truth, and expressed it! Finally someone got it right!
Read this slowly, let it sink in, VOTE in November...!!!
This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be please read the entire article.
The article below is completely neutral, not anti republican or democrat.
Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is
that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day.
It's a short, but good read. Worth The Time. Worth Remembering!
545 vs. 300,000,000
EVERY CITIZEN NEEDS TO READ THIS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS JOURNALIST HAS SCRIPTED
IN THIS MESSAGE. READ IT AND THEN REALLY THINK ABOUT OUR CURRENT POLITICAL DEBACLE.
Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 Years...!!!
545 PEOPLE -- By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits...???
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes...???
You and I don't propose a Federal Budget. The President Does...!!!
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives Does...
You and I don't write the tax code, Congress Does...
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress Does...
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank Does...
One hundred Senators, 435 Congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court Justices equates to 545 human beings
out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board, because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913,
Congress delegated its Constitutional Duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce
a Senator, a Congressman or the President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.
The politician has the power to Accept or Reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine
how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They co-operate in this
common CON, regardless of party...
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a
Speaker, who stood-up and criticized the President for creating deficits... The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the
Congress to accept it...
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for Originating and Approving
appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members,
not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to...
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts --
of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.
When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists
is what they want to exist...
If the tax code is UNFAIR, it's because they want it UNFAIR...
If the budget is in the RED, it's because they want it in the RED...
If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ. If they do not receive Social Security, but are on an
Elite Retirement Plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts
and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let
them CON you into the belief that there exists dis-embodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from
doing what they take an oath to do...
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible...
They, and they alone, have the power...
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the PEOPLE who are their BOSSES...
Provided the Voters have the Gumption to manage their OWN EMPLOYEES...
We should VOTE all of them out of office and CLEAN-UP their mess...!!!
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper...
What you do with this article now that you have read it......... Is up to YOU...
Real Estate Tax
Well Permit Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Road Usage Tax
CDL license Tax
Dog License Tax
State Income Tax
Food License Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Social Security Tax
Service Charge Tax
Fishing License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Building Permit Tax
IRS Interest Charges
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IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
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Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & OUR Nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely NO National Debt, had the largest Middle Class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the hell happened...??? Can you spell 'politicians...??? ' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times...!!!
YOU can help it get there...!!! GO AHEAD - - - BE AN AMERICAN...!!!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 8:56 AM
[The Body Politics
As we all listen to those in media, wanting to tell us what they believe, others mean, based upon their own bias or understandings. I have to laugh. I also have to avoid getting wrapped up into their limited understanding. Talking points, that if the right bait is tossed, they switch off the point of any argument, to lose the real meaning of, where they were heading.
As I listen to all the talking heads chiming in on what the President said, and then what he meant, I found the new line that switches the conversation from what could be a real debate, into just another dust up or fodder for those who need to pick sides. The new line, that switches the Mosquedebate, to nothing more than biased talking points is: "Well how far away from ground zero would be appropriate?" It's this phrase that suggests not only a lack of sensitivity, but the bait to switch the conversation away from where it should really be going.
Its not the distance we are talking about, the issue is the insensitivity of those building it. To those who dont wish it to be built there. It seems that a piece of one of the planes, actually hit that building. Which for some, would also suggest a wound reopened. We dont hear much about that, but it might be just another thought to consider?
Two blocks away, is not the real issue, and we all know that. The real issue is, where is the Muslim sensitivity , or their Compassion, to the needs of others? Or is that only a Judeo-Christian thing? Have they not seen, how long it has taken for anything to be built, on ground zero? Not becuase we dont want to build, but becuase of the deep sensitivity, of those who see that place as hallowed ground. Is that not enough to at least give pause to what you intend to do? Or does that have little meaning to your mind or heart?
After the President told us, what we as Americans all know, that those who wish to build the Mosque near ground zero, should remember who we are, and the principles upon which we abide. Maybe our President should have gone just a wee bit further, when he said he wouldn't comment on the wisdom of those who choose its placement. What I believe we might all have to ask ourselves is this? What are the principles that Muslims base their religion on? Most of us, have little understanding about the Muslim religion? And all we know now is, what we see. And what we see when it comes to this Mosque being built, is intolerance. Tolerance expected by us, by allowing indifference from others.
Many people dont want to be reminded, that our Country was indeed founded on Judeo-Christian principles and values. These faiths were based upon religious tolerance, and many of our laws came from these beliefs.
Now we are being introduced to a religion that is guided by another law? Its called Shira. Something we Americans, know little about. And what we do see, we dont like. And although Muslims have the right to worship as they please, does that also include a belief system, that demeans women, and is intolerant of the beliefs of others? I dont know what Muslims are asked to believe? Nor do many Americans.
As a Christian, I know that Christ stopped the stoning of a women, said to be a prostitute. He asked those who were without sin, to cast the first stone. Does Shira Law, ask that same question? And though we are all told, that the Muslim religion , is one of peace, is it also one of Love? Are all Muslims bound to the practice of Shira? We who gave up stoning 2000 years ago, dont wish to cast stones, but need to know the answers to questions like that?
The practice of religion, up until this point in our country, was based on the people who had basically the same roots, and the same principles. So I believe the questions we should be asking those building this Mosque is, if your purpose is to show religious tolerance, then why not show some tolerance to those who oppose it? At least open up a dialog that says, you care about the feeling of others? Show us your tolerance, your humanity, your compassion. For we know little about the Muslim faith, other than what your most extreme members gave us a taste of, on 9/11.