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  • dannyboystories 10:38 AM on October 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    60 Years of Choices 

    60 Years of Choices.

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  • dannyboystories 10:34 AM on October 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    60 Years of Choices 

    “By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.”–Proverbs 11:11

    America is at this point in its history because of choices we have made. We have allowed ourselves to become less godly. As a nation, we have divorced ourselves from the very faith that brought this country into being. No longer do we spend enough time praying for guidance, indeed we are no longer allowed to pray as we choose by the very government that was established by those who sought refuge in the new world from religious persecution.

    No longer are citizens permitted to display their symbols of faith in public places, and in many instances prohibited from practicing religion in our own homes. Some have even been chastised for displaying Old Glory on our lawns by narrowly interpreted municipal or neighborhood regulation. How can this be?

    In the past 60 years the United States has become a nation of rules and regulations passed or adopted by those in power. We have allowed ourselves to become subservient to the very people we chose to represent us. We have asked government to do more and be more. In the process, we are giving up our national sovereignty. Is it because we are lazy, self-indulged, afraid of what others may say?

    The most important question every citizen should know of a potential elected official is simple: Is the candidate a person of God? Do they have an abiding faith in God?

    Our leadership in America now lacks a true faith in God, a prayerful process of decision making. We have allowed our leadership to become those with a limited or lacking religious faith. We have elected those with the most colorful language, lofty rhetoric, making promises we know they are not able to keep. Correcting our errors will take time, more than four years, more than 10 years.

    It is well past the time the American people return to electing men and women on the basis of faith in God, with a servants heart, rather than an allegiance to worldly goods. Hand outs will soon run out.

     
  • dannyboystories 2:26 PM on October 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Key to Success 

    Key to Success.

     
  • dannyboystories 2:25 PM on October 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Executive Orders, , key to success, , ,   

    Key to Success 

    We’ve written previously in this space the about the critical make-up of the Congress for any President to be successful, short of those nasty Executive Orders. (By the way, if you read the EO’s for the past couple of decades, Obama has issued more EOs impacting more agencies and his ability to “take charge” by declaring a ‘national emergency’, than any other President.)

    Mitt Romney continues to gain momentum in the key states that will decide the electoral votes for president. Although it is apparent to me Barack Obama’s socialist agenda is abhorrent to the Constitutional direction this country has been successfully following for more than 200 years, the prosecution of any President’s agenda lies with the Congress.

    In the first two years of the current administration, the President had fool-proof majorities in both houses of Congress. His single piece of important legislative success was passage of Obamacare, a bill polls show the People of this country oppose. His agenda was otherwise unsuccessful. The second two years are blamed on a do-nothing Congress. That is patently incorrect. The Democrat controlled Senate refused to consider many pieces of legislation sent to it by the House.

    We oppose partisan politics in Congress, when real working discussions and compromise may be necessary. It is the make up on the Senate in 2013 that is the key to a successful Romney presidency. The Democrat majority has already demonstrated time and again it will not work with Republicans for any reason whatsoever. This is not representative government in any reasonable sense.

    In 2013, Americans must also begin thinking about one other issue that stalls government: Career politicians. In our view, those who serve multiple terms are a large part of the problem; these folks have forgotten for whom they work.

    Their rhetoric notwithstanding, few who have been in the Congress for more than three terms are not there for any other reason than themselves.

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  • dannyboystories 3:35 PM on October 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Our kids are angry! 

    Our kids are angry!.

     
  • dannyboystories 3:32 PM on October 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , graduates, hearing, loud sound, , , , , youth   

    Our kids are angry! 

    Your most difficult task these days is to convince someone age 18-20 that not all politicians are liars, thieves, opportunists, and are exactly alike right down to their silk suits.

    Sit down with half dozen non-relatives in that age group, and you are in for an eye-opening conversation you cannot win. If nothing else, you will be shouted down no matter your solid arguments or well phrased statements. Think not? Try it with strangers, go to your local community college and sit down in the middle of the cafeteria among the “kids” and see what happens.

    In my experience in just such a situation, once the ice was broken and others felt comfortable expressing their honest views, their was one single constant: The younger generation of voters do not trust either political party. Furthermore, the large majority do not believe there is a particle of difference between the two major parties. While they may want to fire the lot of them from the Congress, the group I spoke with had no idea how and with whom they would replace current elected officials. They only know they don’t like any of them. Frankly, their knowledge of the representative republic form of government was minimal.

    So, is it because the educational system is so liberal leaning, or is it something else altogether? Good luck finding the real answer to that question. There are too many complications entering the debate for any real resolution.

    Young people look at the situation and see political parties compromising principle, trading votes, and, worst of all, officials becoming millionaires while supposedly in Washington, DC, “serving” the people. The kids don’t like it one bit. They see older adults raping the future, particularly the opportunities to achieve the American dream.

    According to the National Poverty Center, “children represent a disproportionate share of the poor in the United States; they are 24 percent of the total population, but 36 percent of the poor population. In 2010, 16.4 million children, or 22.0 percent, were poor.” Many believe that statistic is a major reason our children are disenchanted with the leadership of this nation. The percentage of American folks in poverty has risen dramatically in the first 12 years of this decade. Further, the poor continue to elect Democrats in their communities who promise improved conditions, but it never occurs. Republicans, on the other hand, attempting to solve the same problems in the ghetto, face investors who will not put their money at such precarious risk.

    But, that cannot be the only reasons.

    Additionally, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, “in the 2000s, U.S. manufacturing suffered its worst performance in American history in terms of jobs. Not only did America lose 5.7 million manufacturing jobs, but the decline as a share of total manufacturing jobs (33 percent) exceeded the rate of loss in the Great Depression.” That means there are fewer jobs for unskilled and semi-skilled people. Couple that with the current poor economic climate and an administration unwilling to promote American small businesses, and the future takes on a bleak gray color.

    Apparently, our educational system is unable to produce high school graduates who have been exposed to or learn industrial skills. The focus in the past 30 years has been on “academic” or “pre-college” learning. Furthermore, graduating seniors are less likely to be able to care for themselves outside of their parent’s home. In the 50’s, for example, seventh and eighth grade boys received six weeks of home economics in both years, changing places with the girls who went to “shop” classes. Is that an important distinction between then and now? I really think so.

    Too, industrial classes have not kept pace for high school students. How many schools teach computer assisted design, CAD-Cam machinery operation? Furthermore, my experience has been that fully 75% of all high school graduates cannot fill out a simple job application. In the last year I served as a manufacturing executive, fully 70% of all prospective young employees had a 60 to 70% hearing loss in one or both ears. Why? Lack of knowledge about the dangers of loud sound, particularly in small, enclosed spaces like automobiles, and, lack of home discipline about such things.

    It is not just poverty, lack of manufacturing, or, listening to loud music, that has caused our youth to become soured about government in our country. It is many things, not the least of which is the inability of our leaders to reasonably find solutions with a burgeoning selfishly bureaucratic government that saps more and more cash from its citizens.

     

     

     
  • dannyboystories 11:47 AM on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    A vengeful Obama? 

    A vengeful Obama?.

     
  • dannyboystories 11:46 AM on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: danger, , , liberties, , , , , UN   

    A vengeful Obama? 

    To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.”–Deuteronomy 32:35

    Inasmuch as President Barack Obama has not truly demonstrated his “Christian faith”, there is a growing fear what he will do, if defeated, between November 7, 2012, and January 21, 2013, particularly with regard to UN treaties he will sign and present to the lame duck Democrat Senate to approve.

    Listen to this: http://www.dickmorris.com/romneys-trajectory-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/

    Once the election is over, the work between November and January 21st has just begun!

     
  • dannyboystories 11:01 AM on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Fairness 

    Fairness.

     
  • dannyboystories 10:56 AM on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ecclesiastes, fairness, , opportunity, politicians, , time   

    Fairness 

    “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.–Ecclesiastes 9:11

    “[Our] success seldom equals expectations. We must use means, but not trust to them: if we succeed, we must give God the praise; if crossed, we must submit to his will. Those who put off the great concerns of their souls, are caught in Satan’s net, which he baits with some worldly object, for which they reject or neglect the gospel, and go on in sin till they suddenly fall into destruction.”–Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary.

    The above verse and subsequent commentary pertains to “fairness”, not spelled out in either example. As some politicians tell us we must strive for an artificial fairness, Bible verses clearly suggest, as above, life is not fair.

    Indeed, everything we do is subject to time and chance, especially if we neglect teachings of our faith. We do have control over our worldly deeds and efforts through time and opportunity, making every effort to avoid the traps set by Satan. The catch is this: Are those words and deeds properly directed, according to our faith?

    While the Bible, at every turn, directs us to be caring and charitable to those less fortunate, we cannot control the twists and turns of life itself, that is for the almighty. Providing “fairness” to others in worldly goods, given the impact of time and chance over which we have no control, is apparently not possible.

    Consider for a moment: “Clever people are not always wealthy. Wise people do not always get enough food. Often, intelligent people do not get the honor that they deserve. They remain poor and the rulers of their countries make foolish decisions without proper advice.” (http://www.usefulbible.com/ecclesiastes/time-chance.htm) Certainly there is nothing “fair” about these. Of course strength and intelligence give some people an advantage over other people, but there is no certainty.

    It is clear, from an educational point of view, throwing money at our schools hoping for strength and intelligence is not working. In my view, our educational system is impacted by moral shifts in our society much more than it is by instructional staff. True, there are teachers who do not belong in the classroom and cannot be discharged easily due to artificial rules of “tenure”, but a student who comes to school without the will to learn becomes a difficult task for any teacher.

    Many things impact the lives of students, home life and stresses, lack of parental guidance, single parent homes, income or the lack thereof, health, an adversarial neighborhood, bullying, too many distractions in technological gadgets and enticing television. The list is long.

    Can we change what we have wrought? Perhaps, but it begins in the home with an abiding faith in the Almighty..

     
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