This is a very interesting project that a good friend of mine pointed me to. I had heard Glenn Beck mention it quickly but really did not pay much attention until I read the website. Below is a cut from the website http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/21018/. I think most people will read them and not have a problem with most of them so I want to address a couple that on the surface may seem offensive or troublesome.
2. This is hard for people who have been indoctrinated into a worldview that has man at the center of the universe. We have become so self centered that we think we control the weather and what happens to us...we are so calculated and forget that so much is outside our control. This statement acknowledges that there is a power bigger than us. That there is a purpose for human life and it is bigger than anything humans can control. There is a God. Life is not happenstance that true superior human knowledge we are in control of. Without something bigger than human knowledge there is no truth. Without truth, right and wrong do not exist. George Washington in his farewell address warned what would happen if we abandoned belief in a higher power and failed to maintain our virtue in public life, government will fail. Belief in a higher power is where government should start. Maybe our best wouldn't be tax evaders and womanizers...but then again we are human and not God.
7. Some of my coworkers will quickly disagree with this statement. That is what government is for to take care of those who can not take care of themselves. That fundamental belief is where government has gone wrong. The framer's were very specific in the preamble to the Constitution. Every word was written intentionally and with purpose. To illustrate this compare to word...promote and provide. They are very different in there meaning. If the framers meant for the government to do the same thing in both areas they would have used the same word. They did not. The government is to promote the general welfare and provide the common defense. Last time I checked promote should mean less involvement than provide...however, when I look at federal entitlements and compare it to the military, I feel like we are treating them the same provide and provide. So what does this have to do with the government can not force me to be charitable. 2 things...1. Taking my money and giving it to some one else is not charity. That more closely resembles theft. Also we forget that those deciding who to give my money to are human. They are influenced by their own selffish desires. We have forgotten that. Today's thought is corporation evil, government saintly when in reality they are no different...the same humans work in government that work in corporations their humanness just shows in different areas. 2. Having the government be charitable robs people the benefit of giving. We are meant to give. I think that is a huge source of societal problems today, we don't give to one another. In one of my other post, I mentioned when FDR gave up on families taking care of one another. To paraphrase, he said it is time to devise a new system where government takes on that role, we have progressed to that point. I say that is regression. We are meant for so much more. Giving is one way to live large. It benefits both recipient and giver. Government robs us the opportunity and gives us an excuse. I walked by a homeless man begging with a group and the comment was, "The government needs to take care of this blight." We have turned over our caring to an entity that can never do as much as individuals who care and feel responsibility for their fellow human.
I could go on for days, but it is already way too long for a blog post. Go to WE surround them and decide for yourself.
In the days to come I plan on writing about me becoming a true social progressive. Progressive in the fact that I want to look at lessons from the past and actually use them for progress.
WE Surround Them
February 12, 2009 - 0:00 ET
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Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it? Do you believe that your voice isn’t loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore? Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach&hellipas if you’re completely alone?If so, then you’ve fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides—the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don’t surround us at all.We surround them.So, how do we show America what’s really behind the curtain? Below are nine simple principles. If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common. I urge you to read the instructions at the end for how to help make your voice heard.
The Nine Principles
1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
You Are Not Alone: If you agree with at least seven of those principles, then you are not alone. Please send a digital version of your picture to: firstname.lastname@example.org and then stay tuned to the radio and television shows over the coming weeks to see how we intend to pull back the curtain.