Jesus commanded us to freely give to those who are less fortunate, not to depend on the government to manage our charitable giving for us through tax policy. He admonished us to get our individual hearts right before God and to love Him first, then to love and take care of our neighbors OURSELVES. Not through the cop-out rich, individual responsibility free environment of federal agencies and government administered social programs.
That’s not to say those programs and agencies can’t be useful as a safety net for the truly needy but too often they seem more like a safety net for government employee unions and politicians and lobbyists that harvest votes and contracts from those agency and department activities.
I’m sure many of my good friends in the American Socialist Progressive Far Lefty Liberal Movement are now pining away longingly for the good old days not so long ago when the GOP was being bashed relentlessly in the media for the “government shutdown”. Back when ObamaCare was still basically just unicorns and butterflies and not a reality being experienced by millions. Back when folks had no reason not to believe the Big Lie that Our Dear Leader would fix healthcare for millions by waving his magic scepter and no one would have to pay anything or suffer any real consequences. But friends, since you still seem so concerned about the $24 billion in lost economic activity resulting from the “shutdown” I can therefore assume that you must be EXTREMELY worried about this: It is estimated that the National debt grows $1,000,000.00 every minute, approximately $1.4 billion per day. Do the math.
Thought I would copy & paste some responses from some of my Native America friends and family to my recently posted question on Facebook:
A question for my Native American friends and family members: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in the traditional way and for the traditional reasons?
Bryon F. – Good question. I celebrate thanksgiving cause like all other children in school, we were brain washed in school and never was the truth ever spoken. Example like the most untalked about genocide in american history, the Native american removal act. We were here first. Its kinda hard to change something when your only 1% of the american population though.
Elliot T. – to answer your question from an Native American point of view…we…at least in my family, we congregate at our Patriarch/Matriarch’s residence, as a family, and roast the traditional turkey, ham, and roast beef, to give thanks for the blessings that we have endured, and will continue to face.
We think not of the “traditional” value of Thanksgiving, but of what is ours in this lifetime.
We, as “Native American’s” celebrate the holiday, as a homage to giving thanks to having family, friends, and traditional values.
This is from an Assiniboine perspective (enrolled with the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation).
J. H. – My wife is Stockbridge Munsee from Wisconsin and our entire family does much like Elliott and Joseph. We remember the past but not to the detriment of our present and future. We choose to use it as an example of turning something bad into something that we can rally around. Holding onto the anger of the past is good for no one.
News Flash!!! For those of you offering this little snippet from Examiner.com as proof that the “right wingers” are to blame for the disastrous roll-out of ObamaCare because of web site hacking shenanigans, you might want to go back and review your “Partisan Propaganda 101″ notes.
The Examiner.com article is unintentionally hilarious and really does a good job of proving only one thing: the one billion dollar boondoggle of a web site we all paid for, and will continue to pay for, is a security nightmare that no one in their right mind would enter private information into. If so-called “right wingers” (who are supposedly ignorant neanderthals) can assail the site so easily just imagine what sophisticated cyber attackers from say Iran or China could do.
You guys better rethink your propaganda, blame, and diversion strategy on this one because I’m not sure it accomplishes what you intend…to say the least. In fact the Examiner.com piece only serves to emphasize the massive incompetence displayed by this Administration, especially when you consider that Obama had a three and a half year head start and still botched it.
“You can keep your plan. Period.
You can keep your doctor. Period…but wait, there’s more!
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If you act RIGHT NOW I’m gonna throw in some extra FREE stuff automatically on your health insurance policy…AND THAT’S NOT ALL!!
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I’ve been sick for a few days and it got me to thinking about what I call my “Hierarchy of Who’s Responsible for Taking Care of You”. The list goes from most responsible for your health and prosperity to least responsible to take care of You:
2.) Your family
3.) Your friends, religious organization if applicable, private charity, and neighbors
IF NONE OF THE ABOVE ARE ADEQUATE DUE TO PHYSICAL OR MENTAL INABILITY OR UNAVAILABILITY THEN PROCEED TO THE NEXT LEVEL:
4.) Local community
5.) Local government safety net agencies
6.) State government safety net agencies
7.) Federal government safety net agencies
What we actually see happening more and more is the following “New Fundamentally Transformed American Hierarchy of Who’s Responsible for Taking Care of You”:
1.) Federal government safety net agencies
2.) Federal government safety net agencies
3.) Federal government safety net agencies
4.) State government safety net agencies
5.) State government safety net agencies
6.) Local government safety net agencies
(KEEP REPEATING ABOVE SEQUENCE UNTIL YOU GET TO ABOUT 500.) THEN INSERT “YOU”)
Imagine for a moment what a different country this would be if we actually lived up to the promise in the first two items in my hierarchy. What if every male in this country were to take care of and love and cherish his own children? What if all fathers sacrificed their own comfort, pleasure, leisure and even their own dreams to an extent and busted their butts to make sure their kids were fed, housed, raised, disciplined and properly educated?
President Obama didn’t know anything about his State Dept. not having the Benghazi consulate prepared and secure.
President Obama didn’t know anything about his Treasury Dept. and IRS targeting conservative groups.
President Obama didn’t know anything about his Justice Dept. and ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running.
President Obama didn’t know anything about his HHS Dept. and the ObamaCare web site not being ready for prime-time.
President Obama didn’t know anything about his NSA spying on foreign leaders and American citizens.
President Obama didn’t know anything about his signature legacy legislation, ObamaCare, causing insurance policy cancellations.
Wow, how does he do that?