Wednesday, December 30, 2009
However, we find that one group is living off of the other. You see every working woman with two or fewer children is planning to retire off the social security paid by the three plus, well raised children of the stay at home mom. This article does a good job of framing the situation from a traditional family point of view. I must say that it irritates me when working women (almost all of whom I know live a higher standard of living than I do) claim the government should pay for their daycare. they think my hubby, who is working himself to death to try to provide our bare necessities, should pay for THEIR daycare so they can, what, buy a newer car? Go on a cruise? Have fancier clothes or an even bigger house? Greed. Pure and simple greed.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
The Husxtables (Cosby) are....
That's right, the family with the lawyer mom and doctor dad and five mentally balanced and scholastically achieving children living in the big, clean house...
Anywhere on planet earth.
The feminists lied; you can't have it all. When you choose to work, your family will suffer. families with working mom's suffer more divorce (due to increased stress on everyone), higher rates of mental illness, especially among the children. The house suffers, the diet suffers, everything suffers.
and what do you get in exchange? Money. Filthy Lucre. How sad to trade your family for money and a higher standard of living. Better to live poor and be an influence on your children than to exhaust yourself trying to keep up with the Joneses while your children's precious baby years are wasted.
You just can't be a woman and a man at the same time. It just doesn't work.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We have had the biggest snow in the entire time we have lived here this year. big enough for some interesting snowmen.
Making Christmas cookies.
My Jessie with her harmonica. She played "Go Tell it on the Mountain" while her three younger sisters sang.
Our Christian brother talking about God's blessings.
Our pastor (my dad) discussing what it would have been like to be Joseph and parent Jesus. (My, it must have been quite a task from the look on his face!)
Some of our congregation.
We talked my neice into playing us a special.
My Joseph telling the Christmas story.
Hubby and I sang "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name" (I am just learning the piano. I highly recommend "Piano for Quitters" and "Piano for Life.")
Saturday, December 19, 2009
We used taco chips to taste things on.
That's actually pretty good.
Some places say that's food.
You might could get used to it.
Boy, that's a winner right there (a black cherry bbq sauce).
Not as bad as the other one.
Not even lettuce could help it (some sort of dressing).
I'm not sure that's better than the tuber.
That needs more pork (one of the bbq sauces).
Ice cream would improve that.
Yep, that's bubble gum (flavored soda).
It reminds me of my mouthwash.
wwd40 stirred with a licorice stick.
OK, I'm brave.
Tastes like concrete (never did figure out what that one was).
And my all time favorite responses (Thi Mayo I think):
NASTY!!!! (by my mom who eats anything as she was wiping it out of her mouth)
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The Bible clearly tells men to support their families and the women to care for the home and raise the children.
Feminists tell us that this is not fair. That women can do any job men can and should not be "forced" to stay out of the workforce.
This presumes that men have the better assignment. This assumes that my hubby who had to go to work this morning in a foot of snow, in the dark, to an understaffed warehouse got the better end of the deal than I did when God told me to stay in my warm home making cookies with the children and teaching them to read, do math and the toddler to recognize her colors. Uhhhh, yeah.
A good article on the subject.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Dr Laura's opinion of Pride and Prejudice (she says it better than I do:-)
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
In Acts we have the story of the early church during their first persecution. The Bible says "they had all things in common." This is often used to justify socialism in our government. This is a very incomplete view of this passage of scripture.
When Ananias and Sapphira brought part of the money from the sale of their land to Peter and tried to tell him it was the whole amount, Peter said "It was your land to begin with and you didn't have to sell it or bring ANY or the money to us, much less all of it. Why did you lie to God?" Clearly, this sharing things in common was not by order of the apostles, but by voluntary action of the Christians. In fact, Peter's statement confirms A and S's private property rights, something socialism violates.
God did make provision for charitable giving to the poor in the old testament. Land owners were to leave the corners of their fields unharvested so the poor could gather food. They were also to leave their entire fields unharvested every seven years for the same reason. Clearly God wants us to give to the poor.
God just as clearly spells out the action the government was to take in the case of murder, kidnapping, adultery, parent abuse, stealing, etc. What was the penalty for not giving to the poor? What penalty was the human government allowed to levy on a land owner who harvested his corners?
There wasn't one.
This was an area that was between God and the land owners. God, not government, punished the greedy.
Socialism is the name for a government where those humans in power take by force or threat of force (through tax court) the property (hard earned money, et al) of the citizens of the country in order to give it to those who did not work for it.
Now, I believe in giving to charity. But it is between me and God to give my hard earned money to who I believe God wants me to give it. If I feel lead to give my money to the homeless, great. Socialism is when the humans in government force me to give my money to THEIR favorite charity. They force me to give to educate the fatherless, for example, when my heart might be to give to teenage mothers. They force me to give to bail out companies who have made bad business decisions when I want to give to the hungry. There is nowhere in scripture that condones forcing others to give their property to your favorite cause.
In fact, the Law was heavy on protecting private property rights.
Now, let's see what system would encourage others to meet the needs of the poor.
How about a system that rewards someone for meeting other people's needs? An example I have used before is in the area of food. With eight children, we have quite a grocery bill here. We actually pay more in groceries than our mortgage payment every month (which I find hilarious!) Now, at most grocery stores we simply can't afford to buy enough food. It costs too much (especially since hubby's pay was cut by 20% last spring due to the economy). What are we to do? No problem. Wal-mart (that "evil capitalist institution") offers groceries at close to half of what the same things would cost us at a normal grocery store. By meeting our need for cheap food, they are rewarded with our business and our money (except for produce. We don't like wal-marts produce and go to a local grocer for that). Everybody wins.
Is this a perfect system? No. As long as you have humans involved, you can't have a perfect system. But capitalism is the closest you can come this side of glory.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
We have gotten a good foot of snow over the weekend. This ties for the msot since we moved here nearly a decade ago. The rabbits think they have died and gone to heaven, being cold climate animals. The chickens not so much. They are complaining, though still laying (we are up to an average of five eggs a day now!). The dog appears to have som Norwegian elk hound in him and loves the cold, but doesn't like the snow. We have been keeping him in the house since the snow. We have to force him to go out to take care of business. Once he is out there, he enjoys it but wants back in the minute we will let him. The housecats, of course, don't care one way or another about the snow, but hate the dog, LOL.
The children enjoy playing outside for a few miutes but not for long. we are all getting more inside stuff done.
It always amazes me how different everything looks with a blanket of snow. God gives us a whole new scenery to look at so we don't get bored with the same ole' thing:-)
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Oh, and to those making such a big deal about “Happy Holidays,” holiday comes from the term Holy day. Just what makes the day holy? The birth of our God!
Merry Christmas, all and Have a Happy Holy-day!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I am enjoying the stories immensely. These books are really "How to pray" manuals disguised as novels.
The story (because all seven books are really just one long story) themselves are very entertaining. They focus on a group of women from many different backgrounds gathering together to pray and love each other. Between the twelve of them, they go through about every issue facing christian women today.
I highly recommend them.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Beginning to wonder if I should have a tonado shelter! Man is it blowing!
My brother is coming up next week for Thanksgiving. So look forward to his visit. I know it has been hard on him since his wife's passing last spring. We are too far away to be of much help but prayer. :-(
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Six feet, one and one-fourth inches! He has less than three inches before he catches his dad! How weird to look my baby in the chest!
My eleven-year-old just passed five foot. Won't be long and I'll be looking up to him too.
And my ten-year-old is only an inch behind that.
The little girls are chasing them hard, though I don't expect them to cause quite so much neck strain to look in the face when they are grown.
My oldest (17yo) has been a half inch taller than me for about four years now so I am used to that.
Where did all my babies go!?
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Busy day today; possible homeschool consult, grocery shopping, etc.
While I was sick, I didn't feel up to doing any actual writing (so my Simple Bible, Family and Church, and End is Closer blogs have suffered). but I felt too good to lay down. So I took a lot of polls on faceBook. One
of which has lead to a discussion with an atheist about evolution verses creation. Very interesting mental challenge to prove your point about Jesus and creation without using the Bible. You can't use the Bible in these discussions becasue that is circular reasoning; I believe this becasue the Bible says so. The Bible is true because I believe it. You have to first prove your point with other methods, then use your sucessful points to prove the Bible is true. Then, hopefully, you can prove the need to repent and serve God from that.
I think all christians should study logic. Logic is one dialect of the language of Reason (algebra and Latin are two others). If you start with true statements and apply proper logic, you will always come up with a true conclusion. Example: A dog is a mammal. All mammals have body hair. Thus all dogs have body hair. However if you begin with bad starting statements you end up with bad conclusions: All mammals give live births, The platypus lays eggs, The platypus us not an animal. Good logic. Wrong starting stement (most, but not all, mammals give live birth). Of course there is the all too present bad logic: All dogs are mammals, all cats are mammals, all dogs are cats (this is bad form and will allways yeild a wrong answer.) Common logic mistakes are the Strawman, circular reasoning, and circumstancial evidence. Evolutionists and politicians and, sadly, christians, all make these mistakes way too often.
I have considered jsut lettignthe discussion drop at every round, but God has quietly told me "If you, who have spent more than 20 years studying this issue, can not stand up for the truth, who can? Who will tell this person they have been lied to if you don't?" So I have continued and am enjoying it. I hope they answer my last post with some good questions.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
She compares the family to a commune. Think about that: all property is held in common (except what the rulers [parents] decide can be private). Everyone has their job to do and everyone receives the benefits of the whole household. She's right, you know.
And that is why a communist government will never work. "Communism" requires a Father and Mother who 1)are the wisest, most informed people in the group and 2)are concerned more than anything with the well being of their subjects, not their own personal comfort. Isn't that the definition of good parents?
With a government structure, however, you have a group of (in the case of America) 300 million intelligent, informed adults. No human being is qualified to take point number one. There does not exist anyone who is smarter and more educated than absolutely every citizen in the country (and, frankly, if there is, he is unelectable). No adult has the right by virtue of his position to tell another adult what to do. Oh if you do evil you should be punished, of course. But no one has the right to tell you what to do with your time, energy and money. Adults don't take to this kind of bossing very well.
Point 2- "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" Thomas Jefferson wasn't talking about horse-power. Those who gain total control of their fellow citizens will be tempted by the power to "feather their bed" so to speak. It is unavoidable. That is human nature.
A third point about the family commune is that all the "regular citizens" (children) have a hope of growing into ruling their own little "commune." They know this totalitarianism is just temporary. This is simply not possible of a government. Adults chafe at being kept eternal children which is what is required for the survival of a communist government.
Communism simply can't work with an adult population.
Socialism is just a politically correct term for communism.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
We don't usually watch much TV (and then only videos). but when theya re sick I let them run the vids all day. TV has been clinically shown to be a sedative. Works great. So our TV has been going now for four straight days. I am going nuts! Today it si off.
Still some runny noses and few coughs here and there, but mostly the children seem about over this.
Hubby and I however...
We started in Sunday. I have been napping but hubby can't even stay home from work. His boss is on vacation and they have the crew down to absolute minimum due to the economy. So the poor thing has to work when he would rather die. To make things worse, his coughing is so bad he couldn't sleep last night. I welcome your prayers for him.
On a good note, I am getting some more reading done.
"There is no great loose without some small gain."
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Socialism= dictatorship by committee.
What is in that 10,000 pages? I know of some who have actually read it. Here is one example; every parent of a new-born baby will be visited by a social worker to make sure they know what they are doing and taking care of the baby instead of abusing it. How would you like that? A government employee comes into your home without just cause of wrongdoing or a court order, presuming you are guilty of child abuse until you prove you are not. This is a direct violation of our Constitutional Fifth Amendment rights!
Did you know that this all comes back to evolution? If evolution is true, than “right and wrong” are constantly changing. Society decides what is good and evil. Thus, those in office (being smarter and better educated, of course, or survival of the fittest wouldn’t have allowed them to lead), have the right to tell us what is evil (not buying into insurance, having too many babies, homeschooling, preaching from the Bible, witnessing, going to church, saying anything negative about the president….) and what is good (saving the whales, recycling, abortion, euthanasia, …). The things in the Constitution, and especially in the Bill of Rights, only apply to the 18th century and have nothing to do with us.
However, if Creation is true, there is a God who has told us what good and evil is (Thou shalt not kill Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not be selfish. Thou shalt not lie. Thou shalt not be mean. Thou shalt not commit adultery. See Galatians, Ephesians, and Exodus). He is the only One with the right to make those decisions. These standards are universal. Our founding Fathers searched out these universal truths and codified them in the document we call the Constitution with the addition of the first ten amendments we call the Bill of Rights.
Honestly, do you really want to live in a society where the leaders do not believe in absolute right and wrong? Many citizens say they don’t believe in absolute morals, but I bet they would change their tune quick if the government decided their particular group was bad and needed exterminating.
And what is to keep our government from making such a decision? Without the foundation of biblical morals, there are no restraints whatsoever. That is what this whole “healthcare reform” is really about. This group of people think that because they are in charge of the most powerful country in the world they have the right to decide good and evil. Why should they respect private property rights, parental rights or the right to life? There are NO controls; no reason to acknowledge such rights.
Why not kill the handicapped?
Why not steal private property?
Why not lie?
Why not force people to hold the jobs you want them to hold?
Why not force people to marry who you ant them to marry?
Why not force them to live where you want them to live?
Why not remove all foods from the market except the kinds you like or think people should be eating?
Why not keep all the technology to yourself?
Why not let elderly people die?
Why not force women to have abortions? Or even kill their wanted babies if they are inconvenient?
What is to stop them?
Thursday, November 05, 2009
We already have universal emergency care in America. Don’t believe me? Just go to your local emergency room without your insurance card. It is against the law for them to turn anyone away. The cost is absorbed by taxpayers (through hospital write-offs) and insurance companies (through higher premiums).
We already have non-emergency care available to the poorest of our country through Medicaid. In fact, if the real goal in healthcare reform was a single payer system, all they would have to do is raise the maximum income level for Medicaid by a few percentages a year. In no time everyone would qualify and insurance companies couldn’t possibly compete. No big meetings, no 10,000 page documents. Very simple, really.
“Ahhhh, but this bill will require everyone to buy health insurance thus sharing the costs.” First of all, we already share the costs through our taxes. Secondly, what this bill really does is make it illegal to pay cash. Surprise, surprise, there are some people out there who consider insurance to be one big Ponzi scheme and simply pay for their own expenses out of their own pocket. There are also groups who share each other’s expenses; not as insurance companies (paying before hand to “insure” the bill will be paid) but sharing the bill after it is made. This legislation will force them to buy insurance, thus forcing them to either pay twice for their care or to participate in a program they don’t want to (much like all those who provide their children with private education).
In fact, let’s talk about those “45,000,000 uninsured.” Two-thirds of those are illegal aliens who should be deported, not medicated. Now, I believe whole-heartedly that we should be allowing more LEGAL immigrants into this country. Since we don’t have enough babies, we need the extra workers. However, illegals are, by definition, breaking our laws by being here. They are criminals. Letting them stay is a slap in the face to everyone who has jumped through the hops to come here legally. It has also created an entire slave class who do not have the same rights as everyone else.
That leaves us with only about 15,000,000 uninsured. About half of those don’t have insurance because they are between jobs. As soon as they are reemployed they will be covered again. This is not an issue for healthcare reform, but for economics.
We are down to about 7,000,000 uninsured now. Half of those are in the category mentioned above: those who don’t want insurance.
So, what the politicians are really doing is trashing the best healthcare system on the planet for the benefit of 3,000,000 people. With a population of 350,000,000, that means less than 1%.
Do we have the best system? Surveys here and in other countries show that more Americans are happy with their care than any other country on the planet. People from other countries often come HERE for there care. In fact, all those who are saying Canada is so much better, do not go there for their care, even though travel is very inexpensive. They stay right here, using this supposedly horrible system while griping about it.
The healthcare systems of other countries are about to break them. They are collapsing and, in several countries, they are moving away from single payer systems. They have people dieing from ailments that are simple to treat (such as a dose of penicillin). They are totally messed up in most areas. Why in the world would we want to duplicate this??!!! We need to come up with our own solutions instead of following the fashions of the times. We need to be the leader, not the follower.
There are several possible solutions (if indeed a solution is needed at all).
The one with the most likely chance of passing is vouchers. The government simply sends each legal resident a check to put in a medical savings account. This money can be used to buy insurance or pay medical bills directly. Any money left over at the end of the year, the owner gets to keep. By putting the power back into the people’s hands, we reestablish the free market controls. No longer will the insurance with the biggest kickback for your bosses secretary get your business, but the one that best meets your needs at the cheapest price. No longer will procedures be chosen by what insurance will cover, but by what YOU think you need. No one will even need Medicaid or Medicare anymore. Everyone gets an equal chance at great insurance.
The better, though much less likely solution would be to remove the government from the entire industry.
A little history here: originally insurance was something everyone bought themselves, though only those in certain industries even needed it. During WWII the government froze wages. This presented a real problem, since companies needed to be able raise salaries to keep and attract the best employees. Since they couldn’t offer them money, they began offering them insurance. After a time, the government passed laws that all companies with a certain number of workers HAD TO provide this bennie. Then, because it wasn’t “fair” for the poor to not have it available, they invented the medi’s. They set the price that the medi’s will pay for procedures and the insurance companies follow along. And, as has happened with EVERY industry ANY government has gotten involved in, the price has skyrocketed and the quality has begun to fall.
Now, if you removed Uncle Sam from this equation, companies could pay their people cash instead of insurance if they wanted to and let the individuals decide if they needed insurance or not. And the free market would be able to control prices and quality again. Some businesses would still offer insurance to attract the best workers, but others would find that the higher salary would work better for them.
These solutions solve any problems (and it really is stupid that our insurance is tied to our jobs), and control prices and quality through the free market forces God invented.
Simple, natural solutions.
Unfortunately, they aren’t going to even be considered. Why? Tune next time….
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Ms Gafford is absolutely right that stem cells hold great promise. They have already been used to grow a new tooth, used for blood-forming in transplants for 40 years, to treat leukemia and related bone/blood cancers, to regrow a trachea, and many other things.
However, these stem cells were all collected from consenting adults. The collection process does no harm to the donor (some cells are simply scrapped off the lining of the inside of the nose).
What Ms Gafford fails to mention in her letter is that she wants us to use FETAL stem cells. These are collected from unborn, un-consenting babies and the process kills them. This is human sacrifice to the “god of science.” It is evil. We will not succeed in doing good through evil means.
Other countries have been experimenting on these cells for years. They have come up with exactly ………. NO …….. cures or treatments for anything whatsoever. It doesn’t work.
Even if it did, do we really want to be a nation that gets her health from child sacrifice?
I have a few much better, more promising ideas: 1) Let’s do more work on cord blood and placentas. Though discarded as waste in America, they are used in traditional medicine around the world with startling results and may very well give many advantages while harming absolutely no one. And 2) Let’s put our money into learning how to prevent these diseases. Isn’t that much better than needing to cure them?
Let’s find the causes instead of killing for the cures.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Everytime I hear anyone talking about a great new chemical food I think about this scripture. Here is my phlosophy of health:
- God created the universe.
- God is love.
- God knows everything.
- Thus, God created for His materpiece (humans) the most nurishing, tasteful food possible.
- Due to the Fall, we have diseases and some foods may not be as healthy as the originaly were, soooo
- God gave some basic rules to follow that would keep His people as healthy as possible.
Anything humans do to "improve" this food, takes away from that food and causes problems.
The simplest example is wheat. The wheat grain is one of the best balanced vitamin packs in the world. Not only that, it is simple to prepare to eat. Just crunch it raw or toast it. If you really want to do more (raw is a little hard on my teeth), grind it, add some water, salt and yeast, let it sit for a while and bake it. Hmmm, I think I am making myself hungry!
But let humans get hold of it and "improve" it. We routinely take the germ and bran off the grain, removing more than twenty-five known nutrients. This makes the flour white and fluffy. We then bleach it to make it pure white. Isn't that so much better?
The reason God put those nutriunts in there in the first place is because we need them.
The reason He didn't bleach wheat white is becasue the bleach is a poison (It is one of the chemicals used to give lab rats diabeties so they can find a cure.)
White flour makes people sick. Simple as that.
Another way man messes our food up is to put additives in it. This is usually done to prolong shlef life so the manufactur can make more money, or to increase the flavor or color so you will buy more. I have even heard accusations that they intentionaly use chemicals they know are adictive in order to increase profits.
Here is a list of twelve ingredients to avoid in order to protect your health.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
- Sam Walton
American businessman and entrepreneur
Founder of WalMart
This is the basis of capitalisim. Those who understand it will suceded and those don't won't. Pretty simple really.
Socialism works like this:
There is only one boss; the government. Make them happy and you keep your job and your head.
I think I'll take the first.
(Quote found on Dr Laura's blog)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The fact is that nowhere in the Bible are children born to committed, God-fearing people anything but a blessing from God.
How many Christian couples even pray about how many children God wants them to have? It is clear from scripture that God can and does open and close the womb. It is also clear that God loves humans and the devil hates them. Who would be most likely to want to keep families as small as possible? Who is most likely behind the idea of small families for all? Why don’t we pray about this issue first like we do when deciding where to live, work, vacation or spend our money?
“A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep (You are wasting your time working to build a life if God isn’t in it. Next verse…) “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.“Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalms 127:1-5
Planning your family without God is foolishness and a waste of time. We aren’t really in control of this issue anyway. No one is guaranteed to have children or more children. Life, ultimately, is created by God, not by the will of mankind. Now, we have to do our part of course. But God is in control. It is not an accident that infertility is at epidemic proportions in this society. God is not necessarily punishing couples by not giving them children but He is punishing our society as a whole for our attitude towards children and Him.
Can you imagine the church having this attitude towards new converts that we have towards children? “We have enough people and don’t need anymore. What can we do to fix it so we don’t grow anymore?” How horrible!
The Bible says children are blessings and debt is a curse, yet we take medicines and have surgeries to avoid the blessings and apply for the curses. Something is not right here.
I wonder how long before this attitude does seep into the church about new converts. “More people would be too expensive (more Sunday school curriculum, bigger building, etc.), it would be too hard to train them, there are enough Christians in the world, etc.”
Yes, I know all the arguments.
“We can’t afford more,
it would be irresponsible,
the world is over populated,
I can’t handle more,
I don’t want to destroy my health, etc.”
Let’s look at them…
“If it is God’s will, it is His bill.” You can afford whatever God wants you to afford. If children are a gift of God and God supplies our needs, God is bound by scripture to provide for those children He gives you.
Now, everyone I have heard say they can’t afford to take a chance of having more children by asking God His opinion on the number of children they should have are living a middle class lifestyle. So their actions say that they really mean “We can’t afford our fancy house, cars, clothes, and vacations if we have more children.” This may very well be true. God doesn’t want us to worship in the predominate religion of America known as Materialism. He just might give you enough children (if you let Him) to bring you down to a level where He becomes the most important thing in your life instead of your importance being in your standard of living and image.
I am not saying everyone should have two-dozen children. I am saying we, the American church, have kicked God out of the bedroom. We don’t want to know what He thinks in this area so we don’t ask Him. We are afraid He will mess up our nice little, ordered world by telling us to do something like bring one more eternal human soul into the world than we planned on. It is almost like we think God is sitting up in heaven waiting for us to say “How many children should we have?” so that He can say “Bwahhhh (evil laughter)! Now I’ve got them. I get to ruin their lives with more babies!”
Does this bring us to “It would be irresponsible”? After all, we all look at the large family in the fast food restaurant and think “welfare mom!” Don’t tell me you never have. (I did. About eight children ago.) Our media and schools are too good at their brain washing for this to not be true. We need to get over what other people think. Easier said than done, I know.
Of course we all know that there are too many people on this planet. I mean, there have been whole books that have figured out that England will have food riots and America will have mass starvation; disease will be rampant everywhere, natural resources will skyrocket in price…oh, wait a minute. Those books were written more than forty years ago and set the date for these events to be in the 1980’s. I am writing this in 2009. I either missed all that or it never happened. In fact, the leading, none catastrophe news items this year has been “Everyone is too fat! We are all dieing of fat induced diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.” Natural resources (when adjusted for political meddling) are cheaper than ever in history. More people all over the planet are living better, healthier, longer lives. There is no evidence for the world being overpopulated. Just opinions.
The idea that the world is over populated stems from the idea that there is no God. If there is a God, and He is all knowing and loves human beings, why would He create a world without all the resources necessary to support all the lives that will be here in the course of history? Claiming we can not trust God to control our wombs in order to keep from running out of resources is a pretty big condemnation of God's wisdom, power, and love.Technology is increasing FASTER than the world’s population. In fact, it may be that all those new minds that have entered the world in the last hundred years are responsible for that increase. More people mean more workers, more division of labor, more prosperity for everyone!
You will find the countries that have the biggest “population problem” are not the most densely populated countries (those would be Monaco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Gibraltar, and Vatican City. Not India, Ethiopia, China, nor any of the others you hear about when this subject is discussed.) The fact is that all the countries listed as having too many babies really have too many politicians! They are socialist and/or religious dictators. The common people in these countries equate babies with more workers and prosperity. The politicians are the ones killing each other off and blowing up food supplies. I say we have as many babies as possible and put limits on the number of politicians we allow to come to being in our countries instead!
“I can’t handle more children.” How do you know that? You may have been over stressed once while baby sitting more children, but baby sitting in no way resembles caring for your own. Many people feel too stressed at two or three children to consider having more, also. I will reveal the best kept secret of large families: It gets easier after the fourth. Yes, that's what I said. It is easier after four.
When my first child was born I had to entertain her, care for all of her physical needs, do all the house work, and cook all the meals. I was alone (at least until my husband got home from work). Stressville. Numbers two and three just added toddlers into the mix.By the time my fourth was born I had other children old enough to really help around the house. I never had to worry about entertaining the little ones. I had time to really enjoy my baby!
This is not saying I make my children slave all day. Yes, there is a lot of work to make this house run, but we have so many people working I have trouble giving them enough to do! (About an hour of chores and a total of an hour of straightening up spread out over the whole day per person working, total, in order to teach a proper work ethic.)
Babies seem to be a curse to us because we make them to be. ANY blessing can be turned into a curse if you try hard enough. We have all heard of people winning the lottery and being broke and declaring bankruptcy within five years. Humans are quite good at this.
11 ways to turn God's blessings into a curse.
1) Get mommy a career so she can resent any time her kids distract her from her "real" job.
2) Deliver your babies in a hospital. Just the atmosphere is so sterile and unnatural that it makes you want to avoid going there at all costs. And with the current c-section rate at 30+%, the very real chance of major abdominal surgury is enough to keep anyone form getting pregnant.
3) Stick your kid in daycare as soon as possible so they can't possibly bond with anyone and learn trust and security much less how to behave or work. Plus, since daycare kids have a much higher rate of ADHD and learning disabilities, this will make them even more of a pain.
4) Send your kids to government school so they can't learn your values or become more attached to you than to their peers.
5) Buy your children every latest do-dad, beginning before they are born. You want to make sure they think they have to have what everyone else does. And the fastest way to make something into a curse is to hit your pocket book.
6) Dress your children in fashionable clothing. Looking like everyone else makes them think like everyone else, encourages rebellion and will cost you thousands of dollars to boot.
7) Set them in front of the TV every waking moment. This warps the brain and molds attitudes into the image of the Hollywood snobs.
8) Never teach them to obey, use manners, or control themselves. Then you won't be able to stand being in the same room.
9) Don't teach them to work so you can be their slave.
10) Make sure you tell everyone you meet what awful kids you have and how awful parenthood is. This will reinforce the sentiment in your brain.
11) Don't love your mate. You must make sure your children have no examples of love to confuse them.
12 ways to turn a curse into a blessing.
1) Mommy determines that caring for her children IS her career, and strives to do the best job possible at it. (Could there possibly be a more important career than raising citizens for the kingdom of God?)
2) Deliver your babies at home (if health permits). Pregnancy is not an illness. The normal atmosphere of the home reduces stress (and exposure to deadly germs!) and makes the whole event more enjoyable and far less dangerous.
3) Keep your children at home with you. This promotes bonding and security in little minds.
4) Teach your children yourself. This gives you the opportunity to teach them your values as well as the added bonus of learning all the neat things you have always wanted to learn and never had the chance before.
5) Give them very little time with their peers. You want them dependent on their family not other little kids.
6) Provide them with plenty of siblings. Far more entertaining than toys and better for them.
7) Teach them to be discerning of what things are needs, what are wants and what are desires. Supply all their needs, some of their wants and few of their desires.
8) Buy second hand or low cost clothes. Actively teach them not to follow the crowd.
9) Do not let them watch much TV. Teach them to serve others and entertain themselves instead. This actually produces better attitudes and a great deal more entertainment for you as you watch them play.
10) Teach them to obey, use manners, and control themselves. Then everyone will love being in the same room with them.
11) Give them chores to do, gradually teaching them to run a household. This gives them a work ethic they will need in adulthood and relieves your work burden. In addition, it teaches them that they are worthwhile, important members of society. (Studies show that those who do chores as children are happier and richer as adults.)
12) Make sure you tell everyone you meet what wonderful, beautiful, brilliant children you have and how wonderful parenthood is. This will reinforce it in your brain.
13) Love your mate. If you do nothing else, this will make a vast difference in their lives.
I think a major cause of the rise in child abuse in the last couple of decades is that so many of us were raised in two child homes, then squirreled away into classrooms filled with people our own age. We have never really been around small children and have no idea how to treat them or what to expect. Many parents don't know you can expect to tell a two year old to do something and they will do it if you have taught them how.I can see the difference between my oldest daughter and me, already, even though she is not yet a mother.
When they first handed her to me in the hospital, I said "Hey! I'm a mommy…. Now what?" I didn't have a clue what to do with this new little person. Subsequently I made many mistakes due entirely to the fact that I didn't know anything about little kids. My oldest, however, already knows how to hold a baby, play with a toddler, and comfort a preschooler. She knows what to expect from different children of different ages. She is going to be a far better mommy than I ever was.
“I don’t want to destroy my health.” God designed our bodies to have many babies. In fact, science is beginning to prove that the natural break from monthly cycles provided to our bodies by pregnancy and nursing is very healthy (as healthy as working to make a church grow is to the congregation) and a cancer and osteoporosis preventative!
One doctor observed (about fifty years ago when large families were more common) that all of his patients that had large families were strong healthy women. Those with small families were weak and sickly. He didn't know which came first, the strength or the children, but he leaned towards children causing mothers to be stronger. There may now be proof of this.
It seems when a woman is pregnant, the baby leaves some of its cells behind after birth. These cells go to different places in her body and aid healing. Also, every baby you have lowers your risk of cancer by 7%. That is the way God designed us.
Besides, big families are FUN. There is always someone to play with and you are never lonely. I don't know what my hubby and I ever did for entertainment before children. Now we just enjoy sitting around and watching them play:-)
Note: This following chart was written during the time my hubby and I were deciding whether we would have more than two or three children. This is the actual list I made myself to help me decide.
Small Families Can go to Disneyland, out to eat, go on vacation and other places more often.Have newer clothes and more toys.Have one room per child.Provide solitude.Can more easily afford college
Big Families Always have someone who wants to "play with me." Learn to share, cooperate, get along and work with a team.Teach older children how to care for those younger and weaker than themselves. Younger children usually have nieces and nephews just the right age to learn on.Are never lonely. Can more easily influence society.
We now have eight. A large family provides for my children companionship, servitude in the New Testament model, teamwork, and socialization (the right kind because I know what their playmates (siblings) have been taught).
A small family provides things and events.
"Having five children in six years is the besttraining in the world for Speaker of the House."Nancy Pelosi
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalms 127:3-5
Let’s run some math; if the average Christian family has two children just like the sinners, then in an imaginary neighborhood with ten families, nine unsaved and one Christian, we would end up with eighteen sinners and two Christians in the next generation. If they each found someone just like themselves to marry and had two children, by the third generations we would have thirty-six sinners and four Christians- still a nine to one ratio. Now, if the Christian family decides to let God control their family size and they have the historically normal seven children who find mates of like belief and have seven children each, by the third generation we have forty-nine new Christian adults to thirty-six sinners. Research says that it takes thrity-four Christians to win one sinner to God; so in the first neighborhood we have yet to have enough Christians to win one sinner while in the second we have one convert. By the fourth generation we would have 343 christians (not counting our convert) to seventy-two sinners; a ratio of 4.8 christians per sinner, or enough Christians to lead at least ten sinners to God. the numbers just get bigger as you go along.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
2. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
3. No New Convenant squripture cancels God's intent to control nations (Paul said "Obey those that have the rule over you because God put them in power.").
Conclusion: God has been and is controlling the destiny of today's nations including the USA
Sub-conclusion: If we wish to prosper as a nation, we must strive for righteousness
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Marriage is a symbol of our relation with God. How often do you talk to your Spiritual Hubby? Is it really too much to ask to give fifteen minutes of your time everyday? How do you expect to build a relationship with Him if you don’t?
Many say they are too busy for daily Bible reading and prayer. But how many hours do you spend in front of the TV everyday? Most Americans spend three to eight hours communing with the “Boob Tube” and none with God.
If you are in control of your own schedule (don’t slave for someone else) would fifteen minutes less work per day really make that much difference in how much you accomplish? Would fifteen minutes less sleep per day really make a difference in how rested you feel over all? And surly missing 15 minutes of TV time won’t kill you.
It doesn’t matter what comes out of your mouth. How you choose to spend your time will tell what is important to you.
In the same way, sex is important to a marriage. Women, the average sex act takes about 12 minutes. Surely you can afford that much time to give hubby what he needs. And, yes, men have a physical need for sex, much as we women have a physical need for our husbands to talk to us.
Sex (orgasim in men and cuddling in women) produces a hormone called Oxytocin. This hormone strenthens the heart physically and emotionally. It is known as the bonding hormone and is responsible for the overwhelming feeling of love a mother feels to her newborn baby. Everytime hubby has sex with his wife, his heart is knit to her in the same way. Women, denying hubby sex is much like shooting yourself in the foot. You are weakening his bond to you.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
We need fire. It warms our homes, cooks our food, even powers our cars (gas motors work by small explosions inside the engine, the force of which pushes the pistons which turns the cranks which turn the wheels). We can’t live without fire.
That fire must be kept as small as possible and must be kept VERY controlled. You only start fire in places specially designed for it (fireplace, campfire ring, heater box on the furnace, burner on the stove, etc.) These places are very small and getting smaller. We used to need a fireplace the size of a small bathroom to heat a home. Today we heat a bigger house with a fire that is only 1’ x ½’.
You also don’t feed a fire all the fuel it wants, because, you know what? It will never get full! In fact, if you tried to give fire everything it wanted, it would destroy you.
Whenever possible, you use anything but fire to do what ever job you need done. For example, you could cut the wood to build a house with a fire, but a saw would do a much more accurate and less wasteful job of it.
We need government. Government is necessary to punish criminals, protect us from other countries, and for some basic safety regulations. I would add, also, to protect us from large companies that would otherwise become “governments” themselves. Without government, we have chaos and, eventually, tyranny.
Government must be kept as small as possible and must be kept VERY controlled. You only use government in certain, limited situations. And as technology increases, I am not sure but our need for government lessons, just as our need for fire.
Government’s “fuel” is power. The more power we give it the bigger it grows. History tells us that there comes a point when government gets so big it becomes a wild fire (like we have in our mountains here every summer). It begins killing and destroying indiscriminately. I only have to say a few words to get you started seeing what I mean:
Hitler. Stalin. Pol Pot. Australian Aborigines. American Indians. Cambodia. Mau Se Tung. Boer War. Death March. Trail of Tears. The French Revolution.
And these examples are just from the last two hundred years.
History is full of many, many more examples of government run amuck.
Governments ALWAYS wants more power to “fix” things. It NEVER has enough. But when a government gets too much power, people begin to disappear, die and suffer. This applies to any government in the world.
Government should only be used for those things that truly can not be done any other way, even if we think government could do it better. Remember, it may be faster to cut a piece of wood with fire, but a saw won’t burn you.
There are those that say America is different.
It is and it isn’t.
Republics have existed before (We are NOT a democracy. We are a republic. Big difference.) Our government was based on the early Israelite nation, Athens, Rome, and the English parliament. What is unique about our government is that (when it was first set up) ALL laws applied to ALL citizens (Slaves were not considered citizens and the Civil War and following legislation righted that wrong.)
The original design of our government was that the president had to obey the same laws as the poorest bum on the street. This was unique in history, with the exception of Israel. In every other attempt at representative government the rules only applied to one group. Only the rich could vote, for example. We applied the laws to everyone (Yes, I know only land owning men could vote at first. Since land was free for the taking, though, that meant that any adult male could vote. This gave one vote per household instead of our very unfair one vote for some homes and four or five for others).
Simply put, our president did not have the right to yell “Off with their heads!” and have it obeyed. This is why America was different.
America is the same as any other country because its government is made up of fallible human beings. This means our government is just as susceptible to tyranny as any other in history has been. It is just as dangerous to have the fire in your furnace get out of control as it is for your campfire. Maybe more so.
Something that happened recently scares me. Our congress passed a law aimed at one group of people. Granted that group only consisted of about thirty people and those were the ones who had received bonuses. But it still scares me. This means our congress has reached the point that it has discovered it can openly and directly control the behavior of groups by its legislation.
Oh, they have actually been controlling us for years. Tax deductions for using solar power, for example, are manipulations. But until now they have at least attempted to veil their intentions to control in “politically correct” terms. I mean, for example, the “Fairness Doctrine” that was in effect during the Clinton administration and was attempted again recently is an attempt to silence the “enemy.” But they veil it in terms of “fairness” (It would only be a true “fairness” doctrine if it forced TV stations, newspapers and the biggest magazines in the country to give equal time to conservatives while it was forcing talk radio to give equal time to liberals.)
But this recent legislation disturbs me.
Actually the whole bailout is based on un-equal representation and bad economics, as well as un-American ideas, but that is a different post.
The fact is that this administration is actively labeling anyone who disagrees with them as terrorists, setting the stage for removal of our freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion.
This is the beginning of the wild fire.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
This is the month we take to remind ourselves of the possibility of breast cancer and to raise money to find a cure for the disease. I have heard numbers as high as “one in three women will get breast cancer.” I know the overall cancer rates are this high.
So to share the information I have gathered in my studies and hopefully to help some woman out there to avoid ever needing a cure for breast cancer (or other cancers either)…
To Prevent Cancer (especially of the reproductive organs such as breasts, ovaries, uterus)
• Never have an abortion. Women who have abortions after the age of eighteen have a 50% increased risk of cancer of the breasts. Abortions before eighteen raise your risk by 100%. This is because when you get pregnant your body immediately begins to change your breasts to prepare for breastfeeding. It doesn’t know what to do with those changed cells after an abortion so they become cancerous. Miscarriages don’t raise the risk because most miscarriages are caused by inadequate estrogen in the first place which prevents the natural changes from starting. (These numbers were found by a PRO abortion researcher who had lost several relatives to breast cancer. She was floored, to say the least.)
• Never take birth control pills or use any other hormonal birth control (the patch, shot, IUD, etc.). The active ingredients in hormonal birth controls are estrogen and progesterone. Excessive amounts of either (you know, more than God placed in your body naturally) cause the body (and especially the breasts) to begin the changes towards pregnancy but, since there is no baby, the cells become cancerous. Those who have taken birth control (especially after age forty) are at significantly increased risk.
• Have lots of babies. Every baby you give birth to lowers your overall cancer risk by 7%. This is because God designed us to have babies. It is not natural to have the more than 400 periods that modern women have in their lifetime. Periods are what wears a woman’s body out, not pregnancy (of course, a pregnancy when your diet is poor will stress you, but the only reason for an American to have a poor diet is lack of education).
• Breastfeed your babies for as long as possible. Every accumulated year you breastfeed reduces your chance of cancer by 2%. Once again, following God’s design instead of man’s gives you greater health.
Of course add the standard “high fiber, low fat diet plus plenty of exercise” that will reduce your risk of all cancers.
Cancer is not part of God’s original creation. It is the result of the Fall. When we live as close as possible to God’s original design (exercise a lot, eat natural foods, have lots of sex with our spouse and lots of babies feeding them the way God designed) we greatly increase our chances of avoiding many of the diseases of modern society and significantly increase our quality of life.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Tooley, the author, is an education researcher in third world nations (after being a school teacher in Africa for awhile). He would go into a country, ask the education officials about private schools for the poor. In EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY they told him that was an oxymoron; there was no such thing. By definition, the poor could not afford education, thus the need for public school. Besides, poor parents didn’t think education was important, didn’t really care about their children, wouldn’t know a good education if they saw it.
In every country, he would politely thank the officials (government office holders, public school principles, public school teachers) and walk out into the poorest slums in the countries and find dozens of private schools for the poor.
IN EVERY COUNTRY!
Even in China where private school was illegal.
He would ask the parents why they were sending their children to the private schools when there was a public school available. They would tell him that because the owner of the school would loose money if the parents were not happy, they monitored their teachers closely and would fire them if they didn’t perform up to snuff. Because the private school teachers could be fired, they worked harder to provide a pleasant atmosphere and to teach as much as possible. This is a “market control mechanism” that is simply not available in public school.
How did the parents know if the education was “good enough”? They would look at the children’s workbooks and see if the were written in regularly, pop in for surprise visits, and quiz their children and the public schooled neighbor children and children from other private schools to see who knew more.
Tooley had samples of students form public and private schools from the same neighborhoods tested for academic and IQ levels. He discovered the privately educated students skunked the public schooled ones (who had the same or higher IQs), just like the parents said.
This book excited me because it confirmed that parents really know what is best for their children and do love them world round. It provided some very commonsense free-market solutions to poverty through targeting these poor parents and their schools. The poor don’t need our charity. They need low cost loans and opportunities (Well, maybe a few carefully targeted school vouchers).
He even suggested these solutions could be applied to the US and England. And there is no reason his ideas wouldn’t work to solve our own education problems.
The book frustrated me for two reasons: I have read the same words coming from our education officials that he heard from those in Africa and India. Even when he would drag them out to the schools, they refused to believe parents weren’t too stupid and unloving (not their words, of course. They were too politically aware to make that mistake, but that is what they obviously meant) to supervise their own children’s education.
How in the world do we break the iron grip of those who think they are helping us but are really strangling us???? How do we defeat this monopoly that controls our country? (What is taught in the classroom today is believed in the government tomorrow). Obviously this attitude is part of being in the education industry no matter where you live. How do you defeat a universal?
Secondly, my- well, anger for lack of a better word- at the “poor” in America for tolerating the status quo has greatly increased. I have to admit that, though I have before stated that Americans are all rich enough to afford private education of some kind if they want it, I have had this nagging question of “when are you truly too poor to really afford it?” Now I have my answer.
These parents who were spending 5-10% or their income ($2-5 each month) on each child’s education were living in one or two room shacks with dirt floors and no running water. In one community, the poor lived on platforms with four posts and a tin roof set in the middle of a swamp/sewer. These people didn’t always have money for FOOD. Yet they could manage to educate their children.
Now how does the fat bottomed, American poor sitting on their plush couches on their wall to wall carpet in front of their wide screen, cable connected TV with their washers, dryers, microwaves and dishwashers humming in the background compare (I include myself in this discription, by the way)? (add a whiney voice in here) “I just can’t afford private school or homeschool.” (Never mind homeschool curriculum is available online for free)
We Americans are a bunch of SPOILED BRATS!!!
American parents, quit being so selfish! Make the sacrifices to give your children the education God calls you to give them.
You have no justification before the Throne for not doing so.
(Oh, I HIGHLY recommend the book! Your view of education and a lot of other issues will be changed for ever.)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
What to Collect-
When to collect-
Ease of obtaining-
· Short/ Long term use
· Activator Builder Cleanser
A (Above ground parts, bind at cut, dried in shade, chop, store in jars)
B (large roots, cut, dry on newspaper, chop ¼”,)
C (fruits, very wet, hang in cheesecloth drapes)
D (Barks, string on bailing wire and hang)
Form- infusion/tea, decoction, tincture, powder, Poultice, ointment. baths, Salad, stir fry Vitamins-
Uses- colds, flu (prevents “homesteading” of viruses in lungs), immune enhancer, warts, anti-viral, diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, diuretic, mild stimulant, adaptogenic, immune stimulant, ant-cancer, hyperthyroid
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Jesus said, “If you even look at a woman and get aroused you have already committed adultery.” (paraphrase)
Adultery received the death penalty in the Old Testament.
Indeed, lusting after someone deserves hell by God’s account.
Here is an article that discusses the modern result of our porn addicted society (goodness sakes, you can’t drive down the road without seeing naked women everywhere!)
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Congress of the United Statesbegun and held at the City of New-York, onWednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
[Several states were concerned that the federal government would become too powerful and tyrannical, so as a condition to their passing the constitution, congress was to make certain amendments to it to protect the individual from the government]
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the "Bill of Rights."
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…
[This does not say, “there shall be a firm wall of separation between church and state.” That statement comes from a private letter written by Thomas Jefferson. This amendment says that the federal government cannot force everyone in the country to be Presbyterian, Methodist, or Episcopalian. It does not protect government from religion, but religion from the government. The fact is that no human being is non-religious. Those who claim to be worship themselves or humanity in general. Thus, everyone brings their religion to public office and that religion influences how they behave and what laws they want to pass.]
…or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
[The government is not supposed to have the power to decide who says what. Certain music stars have accused us of violating this when their record sales fell after they made disparaging remarks about George W Bush. That is simply nonsense. Private citizens have the right to spend their money however they want to and if they choose to not support a singer who they disagree with politically that is their right. A violation of this clause would be if Bush had thrown them in jail for their comments.
Some politicians would like to enact the “fairness doctrine” which would force radio stations to give equal time to liberal and conservative talk show hosts. This is a blatant violation of the first amendment. You see, people who listen to the radio talk shows are generally conservative working people. That is why liberals can’t make a profit on talk shows. Since radio stations cant afford to give large amounts of time to liberals for free, this law would force them to take conservatives off the air. The law would not apply to TV or newspapers, which are largely used by liberals and are unprofitable to conservatives.]
…or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,…
[We have the legal right to hold peaceful protests and to associate with whoever we want to. During the Revolutionary War, England made it illegal for more than three colonists to be in the same place at the same time, except for church on Sunday morning. Some local governments are violating this clause by trying to end in-home Bible studies. They allow lare groups in homes to watch football games and hold teas and book club meetings, but studying God’s word is illeagle. This also violates the free exercise of religion.]
… and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
We have the right to complain; to write our congressman.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
[The first thing any tyranny does is remove the weapons from the citizens so they can’t fight back. The philistines did it to the Israelites in the time of king Saul. Hitler and Mao Se Tang did it to their populations. Tenimen Square would not have happened if those college students had had guns to shoot back. The government would have had to listen to their complaints. As one bumper sticker stated, “Fear the government that fears your guns.”
There is also the practical fact that states with the toughest gun control laws have the highest crime rates. After all, criminals have no problem breaking gun control laws any more than any other law, leaving the law-abiding citizen an unarmed victim. States where a bugler is very likely to find himself looking down the barrel of a 45, don’t have nearly as many robberies. Crooks are evil, not stupid.]
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
[When England sent their army to control the colonists, they forced the average citizen to house and feed their soldiers in their own homes.]
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.
[The government does not have the right to send policemen into your home fishing for something illegal. They have to know ahead of time what they are looking for and where it will be and get a judges permission. The courts have ruled that this applies to social workers, too. If they show up at your door, you do not have to let them in unless they have a search warrant.]
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury,…
[The government must give you a trial. They can’t just throw you in jail indefinitely.]
… except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; …
[This does not apply to the military, which needs to function under different rules due to the nature of war.]
…nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; …
[Once a person has been tried once for an offence and found not guilty, the government cannot come back and retry him, even if they find more evidence against him. This is to prevent them from keeping those who politicians disagree with out of commission fighting court cases over and over.]
…nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,…
[You can not be forced to say anything against yourself in the witness stand. This is called “pleading the fifth.” The courts have said that it applies to spouses, also. A wife cannot be forced to witness against her hubby and vice versa.]
… nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;…
[The government cannot punish you without a proper trial. Unfortunately, they have forgotten this in their enthusiasm for the pursuing the drug war. The federal government now regularly “arrests” property of those they accuse of being drug trafficking and the owners will never see that property again. This law has been used to harass law-abiding citizens who have disagreements with government officials. Since there is never any trial, they have no way to fight back.]
… nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
[The government cannot take your land to build a freeway without paying you the value of that land. But who decides what a piece of land or other property is worth? Owners are often paid well under what their land is worth. Also, it is common for the government to declare a piece of land “environmentally sensitive” and force the owner to not use that land (while still paying property taxes, of course). This has forced many a rancher to sell out just plain go bankrupt, only to have the government (Nature Conservancy) turn around and parcel up his land into luxury “ranchettes” sold at a high price. Or the government regularly condemns a perfectly good, low income neighborhood in order to sell the land to business developers who will pay higher taxes than low income citizens will. Many of our officials need a serious refresher course on this amendment.]
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial,…
[It was common practice in England to leave the accused in prison for years and never quite get around to holding a trial. Great way to control your enemies without actually having evidence they did anything wrong.]
… by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation;…
[In other countries it is not unusual for your to be arrested, tried and imprisoned without ever knowing what you did wrong. Here, the government must tell you what you are being accused of and present evidence of your wrong-doing.]
… to be confronted with the witnesses against him;…
[The accused has the right to sit in the courtroom and hear all the evidence and look the witnesses in the eye and ask them questions. This is to protect the innocent from being railroaded by the government and to lower the risk of mistakes being made.]
… to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, …
[All these laws are stated here because England and other countries were violating these basic rights. It was not uncommon for someone to go to jail because they were not allowed to have someone come and witness for them.]
…and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense….
[You have the legal right to a lawyer. Our system will pay for a lawyer if you can’t afford one and if you don’t like the one appointed to you, you have the right to demand a new one.]
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
[In a lawsuit you can choose to have a jury decide the matter instead of a judge and the court cannot overrule their decision.]
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
[Governments have a bad habit of punishing people more than is reasonable. For example, in the middle ages it was normal for a person to be tortured to death on the rack for shooting a deer to feed his starving family. The punishment should fit the crime. This does not however, mean that inmates have a “right” to TV or any other luxury, though prison officials know people are easier to control when the are veged in front of the “Plug in Drug.”]
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
[“We haven’t thought of all the rights a person should have, so just ‘cause it isn’t written in here doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.”]
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
[“If we have not specifically given the Federal government the right to do something in this document, THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MESS WITH IT. It is to be left in the hands of the states or the citizens.” This includes education, retirement, healthcare, and many, many other areas; many of which were discussed in the Constitutional Convention and decided against the feds interfering with. This means that Public Schools are inherently unconstitutional as is Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and many other programs our feds are now involved in. In fact, income tax (which was outlawed in ---------- of the constitution) would not be necessary at all if the government wasn’t messing in these areas. That would leave us enough money we could take care of ourselves and wouldn’t need Uncle Sam’s help and would be free form his regulations.]
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