I’ll tell you a little secret. Protesting is really a bad thing for us, because protesting is dividing our nation.
I know, people say our nation was founded in protest and that protest has become part of who we are as a people. All true, it’s totally true that our nation was founded in protest, in fact armed revolution, such as our American Revolutionary War could be considered the ultimate protest. And it was that type of ultimate protest that did divide us from England, so certainly I would agree that our nation was founded in and through protest. But.
But that was then and this is now. At that time we had no choice but to protest because we were living under the rule of a king. We had effectively no representation in government. No matter what we wanted, the British Monarchy did what they wanted and we had no choice other than to obey or not obey. Our Founders thankfully did not obey, instead they risked everything when they penned our Declaration of Independence which was the beginning of our nation’s protest.
The result of that protest was the creation of a nation built to work through unity, a nation where we all have representation in our government. We live in the United States of America, a nation where we can effect change in our nation, not via division, protest, civil disobedience and violence, but rather via citizen involvement in a democratic system where every citizen has equal say. Things are changed when people vote for change either directly or through election of local representation.
Nobody need start an armed revolt anymore. Now, anyone who disagrees with how things are going shouldn’t sit on the sidelines with a pouty face dissing our nation’s flag/anthem. Americans who might disagree with the direction that our nation is headed should be standing with hand over heart thanking their creator for delivering them to a nation like the U.S. They should be waving our flag in jubilation and be so freakin’ happy that they live in a place where things can and do change without division and violence. Nobody has to die, but people need to be involved in the whole system up to and including voting.
So if you are feeling like joining the others who are sitting on the sidelines, how about instead, you get off your tantrum ass and start participating. Be a leader, encourage others to take an active positive role in the continued shaping of our nation. We are a democratic republic, use the powers of democracy to change the laws of our republic. That’s how it works. As a wise man once said, “Be the ball.”
Walk through the frozen section at Haggen and you will pass by about a hundred varieties of ice cream. We Americans can take our freedom of choice pretty seriously and people can get pretty passionate when it comes to choosing their ice cream. I haven’t traveled the world extensively, but I think it is safe to say we are unique both in our ability to choose a dessert and in the variety we have to choose from.
My favorite is Rocky Road and if I were going to go on a little private binge, that’d be in my bowl. Isn’t binge eating what made Ben & Jerry successful? Ice cream can also be consumed socially, but I think the last time Rocky Road was served at a party, it was my party. Usually compromises are essential for harmony and some non-offensive flavor like vanilla is chosen. Am I disappointed with vanilla? Do I spend what could be a happy event bemoaning the lack of marshmallows, nuts and chocolate? No way! I’ll eat vanilla and savor every spoonful.
Protecting our nation is tops on my list for candidates. Fred Thompson’s expounded national protection in his First Principles.
Protecting our Country. The first responsibility of the federal government is to protect the nation and the American people. There is no more important task. We must have a strong and effective military, capable intelligence services, and a vigorous law enforcement and homeland security capacity.
Originally I was for Fred Thompson, but settled for Mitt Romney when the market was out of Fred. Now at the party, I find John McCain served up as the centrist vanilla compromise. Am I disappointed? Will I bemoan the lack of this or that in John McCain? No way!
At the Democratic Party they are serving up nothing but Soylent Green. So even though I still value Fred Thompson’s principles, and Ron Paul’s conservatism, at the Republican Party I will enjoy and savor every spoonful of John McCain.
The field has narrowed enough that it is no longer just a matter of who I think would perform well as president. Effectiveness and electability are rising on my list and purely ideological arguments are drifting down. I like the ideals and issue focus of both Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. However, I feel that at this point Mitt Romney is much more electable against a Democrat opponent and therefore will be a more effective candidate than Mike Huckabee. This decision left me with 2 options, Mitt Romney & John McCain. Both would make good candidates in a race against Democrats, so the choice comes down to who would make a better president and that brings us back to issues. And in the next short paragraph I will dismiss John McCain as an option.
John McCain may be a Republican, but he is a liberal Republican and I see very little difference between he and the Democratic Party front runners. That very little difference is national defense. I’ll admit I like his stance on the Middle East, but how can he call himself strong on defense while he has been weak on borders? That don’t add up. Bottom line: If I wanted a liberal candidate who said they were strong on defense I would vote for Hillary. At least she is consistent.
Mitt Romney scores high on my Fred Thompson list of big issues and challenges facing our nation.
Issues & challenge
Tidbit about Mitt
|The ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism
||Mitt Romney states his position very clearly when he says: Jihadism – violent, radical, fundamental Islam – is this century’s nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century’s nightmares: fascism and Soviet communism. Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically by those extremists who promote violent Jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Yet, the consequences of ignoring this threat – such as a radicalized Islamic actor possessing nuclear weapons – are simply unacceptable.
|The unresolved economic threat of entitlements
||I think this great quote by conservative Governor Mitt Romney says all that need so be said. “Every legislator and politician knows this spending can’t be justified, so why do they do it? Because it gets politicians praised — and re-elected. There’s no courage involved in spending more money. Drawing a line on spending is hard and fraught with criticism. When I vetoed $458 million of excessive spending in the budget this spring, I knew that community newspapers across the Commonwealth would decry my elimination of local pet projects. And, I knew that the Legislature would over ride most of my vetoes. In fact, they over rode all of them, to a chorus of community acclaim. But someone has to say no.”
|The need for lower taxes to ensure our nation remains economically competitive and innovative
- OPPOSING ANY EFFORT TO RAISE OUR TAXES — Governor Romney was the first 2008 presidential candidate to
sign the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” — promising to oppose any effort to raise taxes.
- LOWERING TAX RATES FOR EVERYONE — Governor Romney supports making investment income and savings
interest tax-free for middle-class Americans.
- ABOLISHING THE DEATH TAX — Governor Romney knows taxing the American people three times — when you earn
a paycheck, invest it, and pass it on to your children — is unfair. That’s why he will work to abolish the death tax.
- CUTTING SPENDING — Governor Romney’s management philosophy is grounded in common-sense: spend less
and balance the budget so future generations of Americans are not saddled with the burden of our nation’s debt.
|The need to secure our borders
||The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has exploded in the last decade from 3 million to over 12 million. The increasing tide of illegal immigration has eroded Americans’ faith in the rule of law, put great pressure on our health and education systems, and compromised our national security as our ability to secure our border is questioned around the world. This tide of illegal immigration has made a mockery of our legal immigration system and been fundamentally unfair to those legal immigrants who play by the rules as they wait patiently to pursue the American dream. Sanctuary cities, in particular, attract more illegal immigrants and increase the pressure on federal law enforcement and border control.
|The need to support families and to protect our children from the harder edges of culture
||Governor Romney fought activist judges who imposed same-sex marriage on Massachusetts and testified before Congress in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Governor Mitt Romney sided with life in the fight to protect the unborn.
|The need to remain engaged in the world while remaining true to America’s principles
||The American values that have been at the heart of our historic rise to world leadership are being challenged everyday. These include, among others, the institution of marriage, respect for life, and the protection of our children. To remain a superpower in the world we must continuously and vigorously reaffirm these key components that have led to America’s greatness as a country.
Mitt Romney has experience as a conservative governor of Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in the nation; great experience for a president who will have to deal with a Democratic Party Congress. Mitt Romney is a fiscal conservative with extensive business experience; great for a nation who some say is in a slump. Mitt Romney is a social conservative; great to lead an ailing nation.
Lastly, our nation and the world need a leader, not just a qualified candidate. Mitt Romney has successful high level leadership experience both in private business and in public office.
I am supporting Mitt Romney because he is a qualified conservative leader. That’s it.
I’ve started writing a post on legislating morality. The problem is though, that I’ve started writing it over and over again. In fact, just a few days ago while writing Right to Life, I started it over again after reading the opening of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
God ultimately defines morality and each person must choose to act either morally or immorally. However, these two documents define the base set of morals that are required for our nation to function as a free and open society. They are the moral values that are legislated into our nation.
Since I actually wanted to finish this post I will just cut it off without any long winded dissertation. Just this thought.
While many Christians are shying away from legislating morality for any number of ludicrous excuses, there are a growing number of groups fighting daily to legislate immorality. Follow Christ’s example and turn a few tables in our legislative temples.