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Gays and the Boy Scouts

Here is my take on gays in the Boy Scouts. What you decide to be in life is your choice. Life is about being. If you choose to be gay or lesbian or any other thing that is your choice. Your choice should be respected as a choice that you made. You should respect the choice of others who may not agree with your choice. Non-agreement does not necessarily imply anything other than non-agreement.

The Boy Scouts was developed as an organization to help to help boys grow and mature into young men with skills that they need to contribute to society. That involved many principles that they could carry with them throughout their life. As many Eagle Scouts can testify, their experience in the Scouts greatly aided their maturity and their ability to contribute to society. Sexuality was never considered an issue or something to even be discussed. That was going to be left up to the parent. In all the years I was a scout that was never brought up or considered. Now the Boy Scouts have been turned into a political football to be used by organizations that care for their own values and not the values of the Boy Scout. It shouldn’t matter what your sexual orientation is. It should only matter that you were a boy, because the Boy Scouts are for boys. To bring sexuality into the conversation, pollutes the real purpose of the Boy Scouts. It adds an element that was never meant to be. It changes them from an organization designed to help boys, to a political organization that must be constantly on guard to make sure that their politically correct. The Boy Scouts will no longer be the Boy Scouts, as W. D. Boyce envisioned in 1910. It will be something else, morphed into an organization in the name of modernization, and political correctness. “Be prepared” has taken on an entirely new meaning. It is truly sad.
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A Nation In Decline


For several months, I, and many of you have been pointing out the corruption, and disregard for the Constitution this administration has engaged in. We believed that our fellow Americans could also see this and correct those problems by removing this administration and putting someone else in that change things. That illusion is gone. It is clear that the majority of Americans do not care that this administration and the legislative branch shows total disregard for your rights and the foundations on which our founders created this nation. They believe that somehow “things are going to get better” under this administration, although they have seen nothing to substantiate that over the last 4 years.

These are the facts.

Nothing has changed politically.

The people failed the Benjamin Franklin test. They can no longer hold a republic.

The majority of Americans do not care about what you and I care about, and have been pointing out for the last several months. The Obama administration will see this election victory as a stamp of approval on what they have been doing and they will feel emboldened to continue. They got what they wanted. Their lust for power is complete.

Government in the United States is moving away from the foundations of this country as codified in the Constitution.

This country is moving toward socialism. The prevailing attitude is what more can government give me. The demographics support a containing presence of people from places like Mexico where they are allowed to vote and it doesn’t matter if they are citizens or not.

The people of this nation are not going to change that.

The process clearly spelled out in the Constitution about righting the wrongs no longer works.

The three branches of government is a grand idea but it no longer is effective. It does not work as originally intended and that won’t change. The people don’t care.

Ron Paul is a wonderful person and a wonderful public servant. It didn’t matter if he was pushed out of the presidential process. The people don’t care.

That means that the idea of a third party candidate like Gary Johnson doesn’t matter either. The people don’t care. What those third party candidates were espousing, , no matter how noble, did not matter.

This country is radically divided and it won’t change.

The idea that some men have the right to rule you, started with the monarchy and it now continues with the major governments of the world, to include the United States.

My life goes on. My world has changed.

I fully embrace the attitude and values codified in the Declaration of Independence. That especially includes the statement, “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends…” The long train of abuses mentioned exists today.
I no longer hold the illusions that anything will change for the good in this system of government. The greed and lust for power is breaking down this system. The fiat money system is a failure and will aide in its destruction. It will fall from within just as many great governments in the past.

I will no longer submit to the illusion that anyone has the right to rule over me because they claim it.

My property is mine. If you take it by force, no matter whom or what you are, you are a thief and you have stolen it.

I now move on. I seek like-minded people who want a better way to interact as a society. I’m looking for one where men rule themselves and are free to do what they want as long as what they do does not bring harm to their fellow men and women.

I remain a free man. I resist all forms of tyranny. I support all others who do the same. I do so by the divine spark that exists within me, The One that guides me, and is represented by the Life of Christ.

No Seperation

16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256:
It is time to put this straight.

The first Amendment to the Constitution reads. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Our founders were aware of the damage done to a government when that government was being told what to do by a church. Even during the early part of this country, states were fighting amongst themselves over state religions. When it came time to establish the Constitution, they wanted to make sure that didn’t happen. They wrote in essence that Congress, the law making body of our government, couldn’t make any laws that would support a federal religion. Therefore, no person subject to those laws was bound by a federal church.

They also wrote Congress can make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Therefore, every person subject to those laws need never fear that the could practice religion freely.

Many of our founders were Christian. Some were Deists, some other religions. Do you think in your wildest imagination that they intended to keep religion or prayer out of government? Of course they didn’t. Governments are made up of men and women who pray and have spiritual lives.

They prayed in Congress. The y supported religion in many ways. Some of the government buildings have religious symbols and sayings. They talked about how you couldn’t have a civilized society without God.

Now we have people who are trying to tear that down. They are missing the intent of our founders who never wanted to keep God out of government. They simply didn’t want the government establishing a federal church.

Is Pride Misplaced?

I was educated in the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. We had a saying there which I really like. It is, “Notice the differences; focus on the similarities.”

Part of the emphasis of my training there, was the fact that we cannot change those characteristics that we have no control over. I’m talking about skin color, race, and national origin, etc. To say one is proud of their skin color, or where they came from, is putting the focus in the wrong place. When you focus on the differences, you automatically have to focus on the problems that come from those differences. If you focus on the similarities, you are looking for ways to further the unity and the problems become less of an importance.

Fasisal Saeed Al Mutar lives in Iraq. He has seen the real consequences of war. As the old western expression goes, “he’s been there and skinned um.” He knows firsthand. I consider him my friend.

He has written this great article titles Proud? Pround of What Exactly? In it, he quotes George Carlin, “I could never understand ethnic or national pride. Because to me pride should be reserved for something you achieve or attain on your own, not something that happens by birth.”

He does an excellent job of pointing out that we should reserve pride for something we accomplish rather than something we have no control over.

To quote him, “If Marie Curie ever said “I am proud of what I have done,” YES, she is using the term correctly! Because what she had is really compatible with the actual definition of pride! I hope that one day people would use pride and respect where they should be, and not something that they can delude themselves and others about.”

Go and read his wonderful article. You won’t be disappointed.

It is located here.   http://tinyurl.com/8py6wje

Masada in Israel
This is an example of perseverance. The Romans built that ramp you see on the right.

Are All Laws Constitutional?

16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256:
The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to be valid, must be In agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows:

The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it’s enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.

Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it…

A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby.
No one Is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it

Gay marriage: is it that easy?


It’s time for me to weigh in on the gay marriage issue. All opinions are important. We all have our thoughts about the many issues we face each day. My opinion is important, and so is yours. The union between a man and woman, we call marriage has been the standard basic family unit for centuries. It is helped create stable societies, provided a safe and a secure place to produce the children which propagates those societies. The unity between a man and woman in a committed relationship, in which both are working toward common goals, is unique. It is different from all other relationships between two people. Century’s of history has shown that it provides the basic unit in society above all others. As Bruce lee once said, “The only thing that doesn’t change is change.” If you’re going to change something as basic as the institution of marriage between a man and woman, you don’t do so for light and transient causes. In my opinion, you must weigh carefully the consequences of that change. Is the change are about to make, going to produce greater value than that which you are changing from? Is the institution of marriage between a man and woman perfect? No, and in some cases it fails miserably. It is however, based on centuries of history, the best chance society has of maintaining stability, especially in times of turmoil. If you’re going to change it, what criteria do you use?

The Ghost From Valley Forge


THE GHOST FROM VALLEY FORGE
(author unknown)
I had a dream the other night I didn’t understand,
A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by my bed,
He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low he said:

We fought a revolution to secure our liberty,
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny.
For future generations, this legacy we gave,
In this, the land of the free and home of the brave.

The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you’d always keep,
But tyrants labored endlessly while your parents were asleep.
Your freedom gone – your courage lost – you’re no more than a slave,
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent,
Although you have no voice in choosing how the money’s spent.

Your children must attend a school that doesn’t educate,
Your moral values can’t be taught, according to the state.
You read about the current “news” in a very biased press,
You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the IRS.

Your money is no longer made of silver or of gold,
You trade your wealth for paper, so life can be controlled.
You pay for crimes that make our Nation turn from God to shame,
You’ve taken Satin’s number, as you’ve traded in your name.

You’ve given government control to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm.
And keep our country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,
Harass your fellow countryman while corrupted courts prevail.

Your public servants don’t uphold the solemn oath they’re sworn,
Your daughters visit doctors so children won’t be born.
Your leaders ship artillery and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people’s wars.

Can you regain your Freedom for which we fought and died?
Or don’t you have the courage, or the faith to stand with pride?
Are there no more values for which you’ll fight to save?
Or do you wish your children live in fear and be a slave?

Sons of the Republic, arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!
Preserve our Republic, and each God-given right!
And pray to God to keep the torch of freedom burning bright!

As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from whence he came,
His words were true, we are not free, and we have ourselves to blame.
For even now as tyrants trample each God-given right,
We only watch and tremble — too afraid to stand and fight.

If he stood by your bedside in a dream while you’re asleep,
And wonder what remains of your right he fought to keep.
What would be your answer if he called out from the grave?
Is this still the land of the free and home of the brave?

Time To Put Your Shoes On

Some of you I’ve been talking to, ( I won’t mention any names) think that socialism would be ok. After all we are almost there anyway. It couldn’t be any worse than what it already is. Let me assure you, it can get far worse. Take a good look at Cuba. How about China? How about Russia? I’ve seen Czechoslovakia first hand. People in the 2 k zone had to ask permission to go out and hang their clothes on the line. I saw East Germany after the wall came down. It was cold, grey, drab, and the people were totally subdued. Some think our Constitution is old and needs to be changed. How would you like to live in a country without free speech and the right to protect yourselves? What wants to live that way? Who wants you to live that way? Dictators do, of course. The Constitution is a set of enduring principles codified into law. Our founders wrote them to establish a government, but keep it limited and off our backs. Find me a better one? Samuel Adams wrote, ““If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”

Liberty or Tyranny?


We are at a great turning point in this country. Will we live in freedom and liberty, or will we stand for tyranny. Nine, fallible human beings will determine whether you enjoy your freedom or be forced into a tyrannical system couched in Obama Care. Nine humans, who are no better than you or I, will decide whether you have a choice in how you will live your lives, not your heart where true freedom lies.

What would our founders think about what is happening in the land where they gave their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor?

We are close to the anniversary of Patrick Henry’s speech, given on March 23, 1775. The last part of his speech is more important now than it has ever been.

“There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

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

Where will you stand come June 2012, when these nine women and men decide your fate?

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