Sunday, October 8, 2017

What Matters

Have you ever thought of the purpose of laws? Why do we need government involvement in our society? I have heard many people say, “Without laws you have anarchy.” That is probably true, but why is it true? If everyone assumed personal responsibility and did not take advantage of other people, there would be little need for law.

Most of us know people that do not have a value system. Our country and our founding documents were created based on Judeo-Christian values. Many scoff at that, without any explanation of what value system is better. I do not propose people get religion, but I do think a civilized society is based on individuals showing civility to each other. This is only possible if there is a value system. Law is not good enough, because the law begins at a point that is way past civil. What our legal system does is control people with a lack of a value system at the furtherest extreme of what is civil.

Where did you get your value system? Mine began with my father and mother and was enhanced by my brother and sister, my grandparents, neighbors, school teachers, classmates and church. Families matter. Communities matter. Education matters.

Forty or so years ago, people of Hollywood and a few other public figures began openly defying the value of the family. Of course, there have always been children born out of wedlock, but Hollywood glorified it and made it mainstream. Now we have men fathering children with no assumed responsibility for their upbringing. This implies that some men do not respect the women they have relationships with and some women are not taught to demand respect.

Our country is divided. I cannot imagine why it would not be divided. We have a group of black people advocating for the murder of police officers. We have college professors, that ignore 8,000 years of science and think a person can change their sex in their own mind. We have Antifa and their allies denying free speech to everyone. We have nations engaged in a war of words that may lead to war with actual battlegrounds and people dying. We have a nation that advocates for the destruction of another nation and extinction of its people.

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We have people in this country that think non-citizens have rights that our citizens do not. We have colleges and even states that give benefits to people here illegally that they do not offer to American citizens. We have people advocating for killing babies, so mothers do not have to use readily available contraceptives. We have people wasting time trying to remove firearms from our society. Get real. It will never happen.

We have wealthy people getting wealthier at the expense of the rest of our society. Government appears to be mostly on their side. Politicians main job is to get re-elected and that costs money. Long ago politicians stopped working for the people and started working for moneybags.

The scariest part of all of this is we may be the most tolerant nation in the world. We seem to be the most caring and the most giving. I think we are the best hope for the survival of the people on our earth. We must hold the line on our borders and maintain our American values. We must start rebuilding families and passing on our values to our offspring, lest we move toward the anarchy that will destroy our country and allow the demise of mankind.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

From Here Where

We have a lot of turmoil in our country and around the world. We have individuals around the world killing others for their own reasons, the latest being in Las Vegas. Nature also got into the act with hurricanes, earthquakes and monsoon rains.

Hurricane Maria was a class 5 storm that caused damage in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It will be a year or more before they get their medical facilities and electricity grid restored and even longer trying to clean up residual trash and rebuild homes and businesses on the island. Many have evacuated to Florida and probably will not return. Delivering materials to their ports was the easy part, but distribution of life saving materials inland has been poor. Governor Ricardo Rosello is working with FEMA to coordinate supply distribution with slow success.

Hurricane Irma went through the Bahamas, Turks Caicos, the Greater Antilles, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward Islands, Cape Verde, the Florida Keys and on into the Florida mainland leaving floods and wind damage behind. Friends and neighbors pitched in to help each other, as Governor Rick Scott took responsibility for the Florida recovery and worked with FEMA and city mayors to implement his plan.

Hurricane Harvey, which caused problems for Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Yucatan Peninsula and the Windward Islands on the way to flooding portions of Texas from the coast into Houston, then moving east through Port Arthur Beaumont and into Louisiana. Governors Greg Abbot of Texas and John Bel Edwards of Louisiana worked with FEMA and coordinated rescue and recovery efforts for their respective states.

Saving flood victims

Mexico had a severe 7.1 earthquake that wreaked havoc in central Mexico and into Mexico City.  People, working with their bare hands, pitched in immediately and began searching for buried individuals in the debris. They did not wait for instructions and did not wait for coordination. They went to work.

Monsoon rains have caused flooding in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, killing over 1,200 people. Over 18,000 schools are shut down and they do not know when classes will resume. 

Flooding in India

News people in this country cover major events, then revert to the story of the day. Attacks on the Trump administration about slow recovery in Puerto Rico is a big story pushed by the media. Gun control and the National Rifle Association get a lot of news time following any mass shooting in the country. Players kneeling during our national anthem before games in the National Football League have taken a lot of air time. News people drive the political agenda. They look for any opportunity to place the blame and skew the truth to fit their liberal narrative. It is labeled fake news for obvious reasons.

There have always been problems in the world, but I do not recall a time when placing the blame on anyone solved any problems. Natural disasters are out of our control, but our response to them are our responsibility, Black people have stated grievances about their treatment by police, government and white people, all the while acknowledging they would rather be here than anywhere else.

Solutions to many of the world’s problems are easier found in communities where individuals accept responsibility for their actions. Families usually share values and help each other. Waiting for someone else to solve your problem does not seem to work in our world.