Archive | January, 2016

The High Cost Of National Security

27 Jan

In the name of National Security, we the people have been steadily losing our Constitutional Rights. The worse part of it is most people don’t even realize it. This is because so many don’t even know the US Constitution or the fact that the Bill of Rights is part of it. Some don’t even know what the Bill of Rights is.

First, let me say these God given rights are ours at birth. The US Constitution guarantees these rights will not be infringed on by the Government. This is important because England walked all over our rights while we were part of England. When we declared our independence and fought for our freedom the founders declared that would not happen again. Thus the Bill of Rights was ratified into the US Constitution. That being said we need to make sure the Government doesn’t walk all over them or us.

Since the time President Reagan did the first amnesty bill, our rights under the Constitution have been stepped on. The first SWAT force was created and the forth ammendment was stepped on, then in 1998 the first NDAA bill, 2003 The Patriot Act – which pretty much dissolved most of the Bill Of Rights. The new NDAA and the USA Freedom Act gives the Government the right to do just about anything they want to we the people. It has been going on for over 30 years slowly eroding our rights right in front of us under the guise of National Security.

Along with the Government, corporations have joined the fight to control the media on what we hear and see on the news. They are pushing fear for the Government and we the people are trained to believe what they say. Truth be known we have a better chance of being struck by lightening than being killed in a terrorist attack. In fact, given the militarization of our police departments, we stand a better chance of being shot by a police officer than being attacked by a terrorist. They don’t even need a warrant anymore to enter your property.

At the same time our education system in America started changing. Billed as the “Dumbing down of America”, the Government has slowly moved our education system from what used the be the number 1 in the world to where we now stand round number 47. Our kids are being cheated on their education so they don’t question the Government on their actions of removing our rights. Most kids and young adults today don’t know anything about our Constitution. If they don’t know the Constitution they don’t understand their rights under the Bill of Rights.

We have 23 Intelligence Agencies in our Country whose sole purpose is to watch over us. Most of those were started with the Department of Homeland Security. There is even one agency, the OIA, that is in charge of analyzing our intelligence and acting on it, doing whatever is needed to neutralize problems. All in the name of National Security.

Our taxpayer bill for all these National Security Agencies is high, but the cost to our rights and freedom is higher. How familiar are you with our Constitution? How much do you know about the Bill of Rights? If you don’t know, i suggest you read our Constitution and get familiar with what it says. I added a copy of the Bill of Rights at the end of this post.

After you read it, ask yourself if the Government reading all you emails, text messages and recording all your phone calls is justified. If you feel they have stepped on your rights, write and call your Congressional Representatives and Senators. I have called mine.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Ed

THE BILL OF RIGHTS:

Amendment I
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.

Amendment II
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.

Amendment III
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.

Amendment IV
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 issued, 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.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, 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; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, 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; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII
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 reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
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.

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How much easier…

17 Jan

How many times do you catch yourself pointing a finger of blame at someone for some perceived indiscretion? if you answer honestly, it will probably be plenty. It has become the trend of the day around the world, many times because the one pointing has no better way to address the situation.

Whether it is everyday issues around the job or world issues to the political extreme, it has become so much easier to point a finger and tell everyone how messed up it is than it is to lend a hand to help or offer a viable solution that can achieve the needs of everyone. I guess it’s because that requires compromise and working together, something that is rare these days in our world.

I guess I’m kind of an old fashioned character for I believe if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem. Over my limited time here on earth I’ve learned it is so much easier to offer a hand up, then it is to point a finger. For some reason I don’t find comfort in making someone look and feel disgraced or shamed.

As Christians we are commanded to love our neighbors as God has loved us, to not judge others for their actions and to be a living example of the One who created us. How are you doing with that? Before you get defensive let’s remember not everyone thinks the same way as you or I do and there is no one right way do accomplish any one task. We are all different, we all have our strong and weak points and for some reason what I may be strong in, you may be a bit weak and what you are strong in, I just may need help. Working together we can accomplish our goal and along the way we just may run into someone else with strengths to cover other weaknesses.

God has given us free will for a reason and has blessed each and everyone of us with different gifts so that working together, for His glory, we can accomplish anything put in front of us. It is us that puts limits what we can or cannot do, so it is us that remove the limits and walls we built.

So, the next time you come across a situation you perceive as being wrong, take the time to assess it and then lend a hand to help correct it rather than pointing the finger of blame. Every time you do, it becomes a little easier. Before you know it you will realize how much easier it is to offer a hand than it is to point a finger.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed

Everybody Deserves Kindness

5 Jan

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Today, for some reason, people find it so much easier to lash out at someone over the littlest thing. This in turn causes them to become very defensive and in some cases to lash back. Then the battle begins.

How much easier it is to turn things around with a soft answer, a gentle touch of compassion. When you defuse a situation with a soft response it also opens the door for greater understanding. Life really is about understanding and learning. Staying positive is the easiest way for this to happen.

I realize there are some out in the world who love to stir up things and keep everyone on a stormy path. They just love to argue and live for the calamity of the fight. I’m sure you have run into a few of them yourself over the years. They want to pull you into an argument and cause you lose your control. While you think about this, let me remind you it is your choice to turn it around or to join in the fight no one makes the decision for you.

I have learned over my lifetime that life is what you choose it to be, even in the worst of situations when you think your world can get no lower. Choosing the positive path and making the best of it will lift your spirit and turn things around. The same goes when you run up against someone who wants nothing more than to argue. Turn it around with a soft response and a gentle smile. You will be surprised how that will help turn a life around.

As a Christian, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves and to be the example that opens the door for them.

That being said, it only stands to reason that everybody deserves kindness, everybody deserves love!

Light up someone’s world today with a smile and a gentle word of kindness!

Walk daily with God at your side.

Love,

Ed

Opposites or Compliments?

3 Jan

The world we live in is full of opposites and it is believed that they really compliment each other. Light and Dark, Summer and Winter, Hot and Cold, Love and Hate. These are just a few examples of opposites that compliment each other.

There are other opposites we face on a daily basis like good and evil, something that doesn’t compliment the other, but that can be overcome determined on how we accept it. Most things in our life come with a choice, we either accept it as it is or we look for the best in it to make it a positive in out life.

Good verses evil requires something else from us. It requires that we fight for what is best and for some it is a really hard choice. The problem is we know that we can’t have light without dark, or positive without negative and for sure the difference between love and hate is a very thin line. The question is can we have good (love) without evil?

Newton’s third law states for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Said another way if you push on something, you can expect an equal force pushing back, at least until you give up or you overcome it. Realizing this then evil can be overcome by love. Why? Because they are two separate forces, God is love and Satin is the force behind evil.

Life is a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, joy and despair, and contentment or disappointment. Most, but certainly not all, a result of a decision we made in life. It is called free will, a gift given to us at birth allowing us to make our own way in life.

I have always believed you only get out of life what you are willing to invest in it. You can sit back and just let it happen or you can step forward and take responsibility for the direction you want it to take. You actually have a large control on the majority of it.

We have learned through our life that we can choose to be negative or to make the most out our circumstances for the positive. We have also learned that the path we chose sometimes was the wrong path and it led us into a place we wish we didn’t have to be. Sometimes taking a little time to think helps us see the obstacles we may be placing in our paths.

As Christians we know Satin is always going to try to trip us up, give us doubt and stand in our way. We also have learned that when God is with us, no one can stand against us. As long as we have His guidance our paths will be on the positive side. I find it reassuring that even though we will never see the end of evil in our life, we will always have God to guide and protect us from it.

What do you think?

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed