Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just Tired

I am tired of hearing the same thing over again

The mean main streets of America, patients are thin

Taxation beyond belief is what you hear them cry

Son in the Army for this, he may die?

Social reengineering "the rich do not do their share"

The lazy, less fortunate, where money comes? Should care?

The power of technology information is never clear

Email from my step mother, my father, cancer?

Where is our society with all its advantages?

Email? texting? Voice mail? Closet closing stages?

Socialism, Marxism, Capitalism? It’s all a play

A play on your emotions, guns pointed in, I'll stay

America the great and proud still people care

America's Got talent votes live on the air

Mr. Obama, President, the first of his kind

Not black, Not white Economic Slaves, we are blind

First to wave the flag of defeat, of a philosophy that made us, us
Without a shot fired, without bloodshed, the first, the first? I am just tired!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Scrament Meeting

Today was a good day at church. The talks centered on the Fourth Article of Faith. Sacrament Meeting today was one of the more powerful from start to finish that I have experienced for a while. In today's world it is easy to get caught up in too many activities. Just waking up in the morning there is little time for reflection. Usually one has to get up and moving and not stop until it is time to go to bed. Where is there time to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost? One of the speakers reflected on the talk by Elder Oaks, "Good, Better, Best." With a world that is extremely busy we need to choose what activities are best for us and our families. This week has been enlightening from start to finish. My boss shared a poem with me. He pulled me aside and said "I know no one would believe that I am a poetry type of person, but let me share something with you." It was a poem by Rudyard Kipling, "The Gods of the Copybook Headings." I really enjoyed the poem and it started me thinking about life in our world and the spiritual promptings I have felt to make a stand in the world that seems to be crumbling around us. I am grateful for this week and how God touched my life. Which brings one more Conference talk to mind by President Eyring, "O Remember, Remember." How has God touched my life this week? I talked to my son that is in the Army, for the first time in two months. My wife and I were able to share some time with each other this week. My third oldest daughter mad the honor roll. She had a serious learning disability and has been in resource since fourth grade for English challenges. This year she is in College Prep English. My daughter in College called just to say hi. My youngest daughter played cards with me. My youngest boy that almost died at birth wants me to sit with him and share "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" I talked to my oldest daughter and she is OK. My boss shared another poem with me called IF and it talked to me. Sometimes it is hard to see, but God does touch our lives.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Strike and Walk Out

This photo was taken a couple of years ago. During a work stoppage I drove haul trucks. As a salaried worker I had to cross picket lines on a daily basis. This was a difficult period in my career and as a human. I live in a small town and had to work long hours while hourly workers stopped working because of the unfair practices of the management of our company. The division of the work force never has healed and most of the salary people have left for new jobs. The practice of dividing people to reach the objectives of those in power is not only practiced in the workplace, but extends into the political realm. Look at our soon to be president, Senator Obama, he is pitting the middle-class against the upper-class. I think that using this tactic has been successful, but from the period of my life, pictured to the left, I see that this agenda will do nothing but scar our nation. I am saddened by the course of our nation’s leaders. We face, now more than ever, rulers that are out for the progression of damaging agendas. Just wait to see the effects of an Obama, Pelosi, and Reid monopoly of power, our country will be divided to the point of falling apart. The time working this strike was an example of division. Once the battle lines are drawn our nation will be on a slippery slope.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Questions of Socialism


3 And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed, a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and of their brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth part of all their grain.
4 And all this did he take to support himself, and his wives and his concubines; and also his priests, and their wives and their concubines; thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom.
5 For he put down all the priests that had been consecrated by his father, and consecrated new ones in their stead, such as were lifted up in the pride of their hearts.
6 Yea, and thus they were supported in their laziness, and in their idolatry, and in their whoredoms, by the taxes which king Noah had put upon his people; thus did the people labor exceedingly to support iniquity.
7 Yea, and they also became idolatrous, because they were deceived by the vain and flattering words of the king and priests; for they did speak flattering things unto them.

If we cannot learn from the past we will repeat it. King Noah and Barack Obama have basically the same plan. Tax for the benefit of the government and those that serve within the walls of government is the true plan when you cut through all the fancy speeches. We are burdened with much more that 15% of all we earn. Now Mr. Obama wants to redistribute the money we earn to those that are less fortunate. I have no problem helping people that have less than I do, but why does it take government intervention? Why should we support more bureaucracies with office workers and management? How much will trickle down to those that Obama says that he wants to help? Talk about trickledown economics! Sounds to me that we will have a bigger government that will become fatter and lazier as more of our tax dollars fleece the pockets of politicians. I say “no thanks to your socialist agenda!” The more I think of this man the more sickened I become. His plan is flattering to those that have a sincere desire to help those in need and those that have nothing more than bondage of Americans as his or her desire.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Captain Moroni

Yesterday, I started thinking about Captain Moroni and his anger towards Amalickiah (Alma 46 in the Book of Mormon.) Amalickiah was a man of flattery. He drew many followers because of his lies. Moroni stood up and was counted. He was a leader of Christians; he stood for righteousness and was not afraid of the results of his making a stand for the right cause which was freedom for the women and children of the Nephite nation. Again, a great man, much like Patrick Henry. Senator Obama is much like Amalickiah. His words are flattering to listen to and he has such an attractive way of stating his beliefs. He is an eloquent speaker and one wants to believe him. But, there is no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama his evil intentions with the power he and his supporters crave. I feel that Obama's cause must be stopped. The cause of redistribution of wealth and the dumbing down of the working American. Take away our desire to be successful you take away our desire to achieve the greatness that has made this country the standard to the world. Let us accept our failures and learn from them. We will become a stronger nation, a nation that will continue to have success through the desire of bettering our individual lives through gaining knowledge, experience and the desire required to elevate our collective lives.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Where is Patrick Henry?

As I reflect upon the state of our country I find it hard to believe that we are willing to give our individual freedoms away. We find ourselves in the throes of an economic situation that we caused through excess of living. The government of the United States prints money and the value of the dollar is decreasing. Our soon to be President, Barack Obama, is promising to redistribute wealth so the middle class can thrive. Senator Obama sickens me. He is a dynamic speaker and his words are pleasing to our collective ears. Patrick Henry, where are you? "Give me liberty or give me death." Now, too many of us Americans can only say, "please, give me!" "Give me health care, give my baby formula, give me school lunch, give me a reduced mortgage, give me money for my failing stocks; or just give me!" The politicians are too happy to hear these cries. We allow these slick talkers to lull us away from freedom without a shot being fired. We need to wake up before Barack changes the fundamentals of our government, just like he is promising! Change is not always good, just ask the Romans.

"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"


About Me

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. My life, outside of work, is dedicated to building my community and working to build other's faith in Christ. I am married and a father of six children ranging in age from two to 22. Politically, I am an Independent voter because I cannot find conservative views from the Republican Party.