My Responsibility To America

Over 17 years ago, my mother walked the floors of her state capital with me in her womb, fighting for our religious freedom that bills of the house threatened to take away. As she strained to tell the representatives about her religious freedom stated in the Constitution, they rolled their eyes at her unable to care less. Today, there are only six states in the union upholding the same religious freedom assured to us more than 230 years ago. Now, my state was recently influenced by outsiders with scandalous intentions that pressured legislation to be passed infringing on my religious freedom. What has America come to? However, my mother has refused to give up her rights, and so do I! It is my duty to defend and uphold the Constitution, and preserve those liberties and freedoms to my posterity. In order to do this, my responsibility as an American citizen is to be educated, informed, and involved.

Education on the Constitution is essential to guarding American freedoms. I make my own discernments rather than blindly following what another’s are, because if I didn’t, I would be neglecting my responsibilities and sentencing my precious freedoms to potential threats. John Adams, with a great knowledge of past history, said from experience that “liberty, once lost, it lost forever.” (John Adams). He knew that history repeats itself, and if you don’t know your history, you’re bound to make those same mistakes again. In fact, Dailymail.com reported that “70% of Americans do not know what the constitution is,” and 38% of a 1000 person survey did not pass the U.S. citizenship test; the same test that is administered to immigrants looking to become U.S. citizens (dailymail.co.uk). How can you expect to keep and defend your rights, if you don’t even know what they are? Another of my responsibilities to America is to be informed, and to be informative.

An informed citizen does his/her own research, keeps up with current issues and events, and informs others about what is taking place in the world. When I don’t do my own research and make my own conclusions, I diminish my learning opportunities and can easily be deceived by false statements. Thomas Jefferson put it perfectly when he said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what it never was and never will be. If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” (Thomas Jefferson). When informed, we are aware of when our rights are in jeopardy. When informative, we enlighten others about issues and events that directly affect them. I remember my family setting up informational stands and printing out thousands of brochures to mail out to our fellow city residents regarding information on bills that would be voted on soon. This is what we did to inform ourselves and inform others.

The most critical responsibility of an American citizen is to be involved in government. What being involved means to me is participating in elections, voting, serving, or standing up for what I believe in. If I want something changed, it starts with me. I have to take action and participate in my local, state, and national governments. The most paramount right any citizen has is the right to vote. If I don’t vote, my needs, wants, and opinions are not represented in government. The freedom of speech gives me the ability to stand up and be heard, never letting my voice be silenced. My mother stood for what she thought was right when she protested in the capital. If we choose to neglect our responsibilities to our country, to stand down for our freedoms, and to be ignorant of what affects us most, we are laying out our freedoms to be stripped from us. As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke).

My responsibility to America is to be educated with the crucial knowledge of our U.S. history and Constitution, inform myself and others about current issues, and be supportive of America through my involvement. I agree with John Adams when he said, “Liberty at all hazards must be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. … Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.” (John Adams). As my mother advocated for her religious beliefs, she was showing me to live by the words in the Preamble to the United States Constitution, with emphasis on this phrase: “… secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” (Preamble to the Constitution of the United States). I understand that securing our God-ordained rights to America’s posterity is, in the end, my ultimate responsibility.

 

Marriage = One Man and One Woman United Together Forever

I’m giving a secular argument in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. To “think Biblically and speak secularly”, I may not quote or reference the Bible in this particular essay.

m1Statistics have proven that marriage improves society as a whole. Marriage is so pure in the sense that there is a cherished love between one man and one woman. The effect is a positive influence on society because both spouses have honorable ethics and are uplifting to their families and friends. A man provides strength and a woman offers comfort; when combined, they work together as a perfect pair meant to support each other throughout their married life.

Both one man and one woman possess natural qualities that contribute to an ideal marriage. Each gender provides the qualities needed to flawlessly constitute a whole when joined together. Anything but this (one man and woman), and there is too much of one side causing an unbalanced marriage. This can be hard and confusing for children raised in an unbalanced family. This quote is by Wilcox from Sacred Vows, “Marriage is the greatest social educator of children. It is the institution that most effectively teaches the civic virtues of honesty, loyalty, trust, self-sacrifice, personal responsibility, and respect for others. The virtues cultivated between men and women in marriage, and between parents and the children, radiate outward into civil society. They deepen in married men and women strong habits of devotion to civic life.”.

m2Children living in families with healthy marriages generally are more successful in life. Children raised with one parent tend to struggle more throughout life. “Children in single-parent families comprise 27% of all American children, yet they account for 62% of all children in families below the poverty line.” (usccb.org).

Marriage is healthy for society because it generates commitment and loyalty. Marriage is meant to be between one man and one woman because this combination creates the strongest bind in a relationship. Each bring needed qualities to the table that fulfill one another. There is balance found between one man and woman. Nature calls for one male and female in procreation; therefore it only makes sense that marriage is to be kept between one man and woman. Children benefit the most from a healthy marriage of a man and a woman. It is what nature asks and how society should be!

Symbolism In Pilgrim’s Progress

Christian and his burden

Christian and his burden

In the story’s opening, Christian, the main character, represented the average atheist. Christian grew aware of his sins reading the Bible and his awareness became the burden on his back. Christian realized his damnation residing in the City of Destruction and sought deliverance from the hell that would come. He tried to save his family by telling them of his discoveries, but they were so indoctrinated with the world that they scorned him for his foolishness. It was then that Christian realized all pursuance of God must be one’s own demonstration. Seeking to remove the burden on his back, Christian left the City of Destruction and his family behind. The course of Christian’s development from the world to the Lord shows the scenario of many new Christians beginning their journey on the straight and narrow way.

Faithful is the man that Christian catches up to on his pilgrimage and will forever be Christian’s companion. Readers see Faithful as someone who had always known the Lord, but had just begun to thirst after salvation. Faithful had a head start compared to Christian, but he could have been at his destination prior to the arrival of Christian. The reader can see that Faithful had a previous knowledge of God and a natural reliance on Christ. This leads the reader to believe that Faithful had an established relationship with God and had been brought up knowing Him. This would explain why it was so easy for Faithful to trust in the Lord, and why Christian was reluctant at first and had to acquire the same level of faith that Faithful already harnessed. The pilgrimage to the Celestial City, or heaven, came much easier to Faithful than to Christian because of Faithful’s trust in Christ.

Faithful and Christian

Faithful and Christian

Christian and Faithful tried to pass through the Vanity Fair, but were arrested for “offending” the materialistic townspeople. Both were put on trial but had no way of defending themselves because of the city’s bias. Christian was released safely, but Faithful’s earthly fate was to be tortured and executed. Then an extraordinary instance occurred when Faithful was suddenly taken up… “Now I saw, that there stood behind the multitude a chariot and a couple of horses waiting for Faithful, who (so soon as his adversaries had dispatched him) was taken up into it, and straightway was carried up through the clouds with sound of trumpet, the nearest way to the celestial gate.” (Pilgrim’s Progress Section VI). The symbolism of this represents Faithful’s similarity to Elijah in the Bible. Just as Elijah, Faithful too was a martyr for Christ and showed strong faith in God.

To recap, Christian started an atheist and found redemption in God. Faithful was an undeveloped follower setup with trust in God. Faithful didn’t have to complete his pilgrimage because he was taken up whole, similar to Elijah in the Bible. Christian and Faithful were both tested via trial. Both made it to the Celestial City one way or another.

Should Government Be Telling Individuals What To Do?

Today I was debating the subject of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) with others. I will later discuss my view on it. (Stay tuned!)

I respect others opinions and I hear their thoughts in a civil manner. I was impressed with what the opposition had to say and the facts they had gathered. Out of everything, only one thing had someone said that made me cringe… That “government shouldn’t allow it!”

Ohhhh! What Americans need to understand is that government doesn’t get to choose if it happens or not, because Energy Transfer Partners is a private organization that bought privately owned land!

What I am getting at is that private individuals make their own decisions, government doesn’t make it for them. If the company violated any laws the states would be the ones to take it up, not the federal government!

An Ideal Government

I received a request to write a post on what I believe to be the ideal political system/government. That is a tough question and I have a lot to say, but I am going to try to make this short:

I think the ideal political system is a Republic and a limited government.

 

That is actually what the forefathers created and what we are meant to have now, although, we have drifted to a “Constitutional Democracy” and a powerful federal government. Let me just say, we are not a “Constitutional Democracy!” -Such a thing could not exist. It is inane placing the two concepts together because they cancel each other out! A “Constitutional Democracy” is a paradox. Democracies (mob rule) leads to socialism (sharing and no privacy/ownership) -> communism (told what to do) -> dictatorship (dictator). Constitutional governments can’t lead to communism because the government is bound by the Constitution. Also, if you want to know more about the difference between a democracy and republic… http://www.diffen.com/difference/Democracy_vs_Republic

Government should be small, restricted, and out of the hair of they people they protect the rights of (not govern – if so, can tell you what to do). I am in LOVE with the balance-checking system made for the three branches… Executive Branch, Judicial Branch, and Legislative Branch. This system is the best government that has ever been invented, and will not lead to one man in control.

WE THE PEOPLE are born with God-ordained natural rights that cannot be taken away. I believe that certain rights of a citizen are automatically forfeited as soon as they commit a crime. Crime committing violates the law and some rights are sentenced when that happens.

No man should own or have control over another (slavery).

Next: The economy should be a Capital economy. Capital economies have been proven by example to be the most efficient, wealthy, and healthy economies. Independence, competition, and creativity are encouraged in Capitalist markets. This allows a thriving economy!!!

Next: I do not think it is wise of us to have a “living, breathing document” regarding the Constitution. No! I would not allow that in an ideal government because it allows for change over and over again, and too much change destroys the purpose of the original, perfected piece. I understand adding amendments because they are all helpful, I mean taking too many interpretations of something only meant to be one thing, OR making changes to the document itself. Excuse me? No! Changing the Constitution solves nothing and only makes things worse; it was perfect originally.

Next: End the FED!!!! No federal agencies printing or effecting our money! The FED is a private organization and the American government should be in charge of their own currency.

In my vision of an ideal govt., the currency wouldn’t be paper, and backed by precious metals.

Citizens wouldn’t be over regulated or over taxed.

Make insurance and healthcare optional.

Repay those cheated, fix, and quench out social security, creating a new, non-taxed retirement program in its place.

Bring back militias.

Take the national government out of education.

Make all land state owned and not federally controlled.

Etc., Etc., Etc.

Finally, FREEDOM OF CHOICE in accordance with the law!

 

Macbeth The Tragic Hero

In the drama, The Tragedy Of Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, we empathize with the protagonist Macbeth as he spirals down to a criminal state. His epic fall resulted from taking to heart the prophecies of three evil which-sisters. These prophecies were 1) that he would become the Thane of Cawdor and 2) that he would be the next king of Scotland. These prophecies seemed foolish and unrealistic when coming from crazy looking witches, until he began contemplating their foreshadows. By the play conclusion, Macbeth had progressed into a tragic hero.

imageMacbeth (already the Thane of Glamis) was suddenly and unexpectedly appointed the Thane of Cawdor for his fearless acts of defending the kingdom. The honor of being a thane meant that you were a person of nobility. This leads us to believe that Macbeth’s character started off as noble, brave, humble, and loyal to the king. After he was appointed Thane of Cawdor, he was unable to shake the idea that his fate was to become king. He had sinking thoughts about murdering current King Duncan and seizing the throne… Realizing how loyal he was, he quickly discarded those thoughts until his wife’s evil influence pushed him over the edge to darkness. She brought him down with her on a rampage of destruction, together murdering King Duncan, Duncan’s general Banquo, Lady Macduff, Macduff’s son, and various guards of the king. Macbeth was conquered by Macduff who finished him off, completing the role of Macbeth as a tragic hero.

A tragic hero is “a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat” (dictionary.com). Macbeth is a tragic hero because he went from honorable to despicable and was then ultimately defeated. Although he was previously distinguished, his character flaw: lust for power- led to his destruction. Macbeth is the exemplum of a tragic hero.