Pilgrims, George Washington and the True Story of Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2016 No comments

This video below is more of an audio with a single still image.  Once you pass any YouTube ads, you can listen to this while you are relaxing or doing something else.

It’s very much worth hearing and sharing.

Rush Limbaugh delivers the message and does it well. In it, he correctly references George Washington’s first Thanksgiving Proclamation (linked in full below).

Part of what we ought to be thankful for is living in a free society that protects our freedoms, including the freedom of religion.  Rush does a pretty good job of explaining that the early Plymouth experiment by the Pilgrims was a failure of a system much like modern socialism.

The Pilgrims learned from their costly mistakes, as many died that first winter. Yes, Native Americans were an important part of that story.  But the lessons include the overlooked one – that free markets and free people work better than socialism does.

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Look at modern, oil-rich Venezuela.  They have a great climate and many natural resources.  But socialism has wrecked that nation in roughly a decade.  They are now moving towards a highly centralized power, and their nation’s authority threatens political or economic opponents.

Be thankful for America’s historic lessons.  This nation wasn’t formed perfectly. But our ancestors learned from their mistakes and kept improving our society. Isn’t that the best that any of us can do?

Let’s not go backwards, and repeat the socialistic and other mistakes of the past.  Let’s not forget the lessons of faith and freedom. Let’s learn, relearn and share the lessons of free enterprise vs. socialism.

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For that opportunity, we all ought to be thankful to the Creator. ##

(Download full Thanksgiving Proclamation PDF, at this link here.)

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Temptations

October 2nd, 2016 No comments

He was the prototype for American televangelists – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen –  who said that we are not only tempted by evil, but that we are also tempted to do good.

Through grace, evil is to be resisted.  Through grace, those impulses or temptations to do good should be embraced.

Why is it that any time we speak of temptation we always speak of temptation as something that inclines us to wrong. We have more temptations to become good than we do to become bad.” – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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“Why is it that any time we speak of temptation we always speak of temptation as something that inclines us to wrong. We have more temptations to become good than we do to become bad.” – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen                               To see this image full size, click the image above.

 

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The Paradox of Freedom

September 19th, 2016 No comments

A paradox is a seemingly contradictory statement that may reveal a truth. A paradox of freedom is that it is rarely, if ever, free.

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There are many forms of freedom that should be considered.

  • Freedom of thought;
  • Freedom of speech;
  • Freedom of religion and belief;
  • Freedom of movement;
  • Freedom from oppression;
  • Freedom from violence;
  • Freedom from deception;
  • Economic freedom and more.

Do you love freedom? Do you want to protect and expand that freedom?

Threats to freedom often come from an abuse of “power.”  So one way to maximize freedom is to keep power in check.

In the United States, our Declaration of Independence said that we our “endowed by our Creator” with certain “unalienable rights.” All of those rights – the freedoms noted or implied in the bullet points above – were designed to be enshrined and protected by our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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Constitution Day is normally observed in the U.S. on Sept 17th. Image credit, The Political Student.

Knowing the Constitution was an imperfect creation of a compromise, the founders made it subject to legal amendment. That process was designed not to be easy, so that changes would come only from broad consensus.

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Bill of Rights cartoon, circa 1971 – credit – libguides-cu-portlan-edu.

Among the ways that power was to be checked by Constitutionally limited government was division or “separation of powers.”

  • The president (and executive branch) was limited and checked by;
  • the Congress (the legislative branch) – further divided in a House of Representative and the Senate; and
  • the Courts and Supreme Court were to decide cases and act as a check on legislative and/or executive overreach.

Inefficient? 

Dictatorships and kingdoms may in theory be more efficient than constitutionally limited government.  But that’s the point, to maximize freedom, the power of a rule needed to be checked.

Constitutionally limited federal power was meant to be a way to hobble the fast passage of actions, precisely to protect We the People, and the States, from the overreach of power by the federal branch of government.

All of this requires an informed and engaged electorate to work properly.  That electorate had to be grounded in an understanding of freedom and justice.

Constitutionally Protected Freedom Under Assault

It would be easy to point to the last 7 years and say that the executive branch has been exceeding its authority. But the truth is that constitutionally limited government has been under assault for well over a century. It’s been done by Democrats and Republicans. The constitution is being violated by all three branches of the federal government.

That said, one presidential candidate – an attorney – is promising to pack her lower and Supreme Court appointees with judges who will back her vision of government. By contrast, Donald Trump is promising to appoint justices is the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. Originalists who would apply the original meaning of the law, instead of imposing their political view on the law.

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If the law doesn’t apply to all equally, then one has injustice. Injustice leads to rebellion and anarchy.  To be free, your rights and your property have to be protected.

How is it fair if you earn and work for something, and then a power greater than your own simply takes it away?  Yet isn’t that what often happens through laws, as well as by criminal acts?  These are the notions that Constitutionally limited government were supposed to protect against.

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The struggles are routinely changing, but freedom is something that is worth the effort.

Freedom isn’t free. Each of us ought to work to understand freedom. To spread the understanding of freedom. To campaign, lobby, advocate and vote for freedom.  The paradox of freedom is that it isn’t free, but it is worth working and struggling for as necessary. ##

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9-11, 15 Years Later – Video

September 11th, 2016 No comments

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Twin Towers, on 9.-11, just after the second plane hit. Photo credit, IBTimes-co-uk.

To all those who have suffered, died – and for their loved ones – may their sacrifices not be forgotten.

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The Greatest Challenge

August 25th, 2016 No comments

If you are not making mistakes

Then you are not doing any thing”

John Wooden

“There is no more challenge more challenging than to challenge to improve yourself”

Micheal F. Staley

“It is never late to be what you might have been”

George Eliot

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Doing

August 15th, 2016 No comments

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever.’ But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.”

– Marian Keyes

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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

– Walt Disney
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Protecting Freedom

August 15th, 2016 No comments
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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

– – Ronald Reagan

 

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Great Father’s Day, 6-19-2016

June 12th, 2016 No comments

Its dawn on dad’s day. The mind turns to all of those amazing father’s we’ve all met over the years. Like you, I know many who really invest time, love, instruction, guidance and fun with their child or children. Its a great example, one whose good qualities reminds us in a faint way of the Fatherhood of God.

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Thank you dad, for everything. Image credit, HarringtonInsurance.

My own dad was a classical kind of philosphy professor who did speaking at conferences, wrote and published. I think about the hours he spent day after day, working in his study. Before personal computers came on the scene, typewriters and handwritten notes were the common instruments for writing.  Publishing articles or books before spell check – because there was no iMac, PCs smartphones or tablets – was an arduous and exacting task.  Father spent the time to get it all just right.

Teaching before there were powerpoints and video, looking back, was perhaps more challenging then too. Blackboards and chalk, a lectern and your notes was all that stood before the crowded college classroom.  I took one of my father’s university courses.  I recall him starting the class by raising his hand high over his head, before an auditorium of hundreds at students at the University of Oklahoma, no microphone.  No one ever said, “I can’t hear you.”  He knew just how to project his great voice.

Hand raised, he bent his pinky finger. If I can crook my little finger,” Dr. Kovach said, “then I know that there is a God!” He then went on to explain just how that bit of reasoning was done, using the classic moved-mover argument for the existence of an all powerful Creator.  

My father went back to Europe to get his Ph.D., while mother cared for our family. He was the first summa cum laude graduate of the doctoral program from the University of CologneGermany – a 500 year old institution of higher education. To say he was bright is an understatement.

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Summa Cum Laude – Latin for With Highest Honors – graphic credit, Google defintions.

My dad never played baseball or threw a football with me. What fishing or boating took place as a kid, that was done with others. We did play a few games of chess. There was an annual family trip that lasted two weeks, and was mapped out well in advance using AAA’s TripTik (very different than GPS, Apple or Google Maps). We sped down the road from one pre-planned stop to another, keeping a precise schedule – even with a car full of kids – that would have made a German railroad proud. Mom made sandwiches in the back seat, all the goodies and fixings being kept in a cooler.

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We disocvered great stretches of America, one AAA TripTik stop at a time, planned out weeks in advance by dear old dad. Image credit = DeliberateObfustication.

With so little time, how did my father influence me? Listening to conversations between my dad and his students, or other professors. Discussions on politics, ethics, history or religion. Meaty stuff! Listening to dad explain deductive reasoning and different forms of a syllogism. Dad taught by word and deed, discipline, dedication, planning and deep thought to arrive to a reason-based conclusion. Debate wasn’t a dirty word, and not everything that he said or did was politically correct.

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Dad lived through World War II, helped his family escape the advance of Soviet Communists. He spent years in a DP camp (displaced persons, the refugee camps of yesteryear) until he legally came to the United States where I was the first one of his children born stateside. A college professor by trade, he shoveled snow and emptied bedpans to earn his family’s keep, until he got is first job teaching in an American college.

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Anyone who knew my dad, knows he wasn’t perfect. But what he passed on was priceless. And between mom, dad and God, there is the precious gift of life itself.

To all those dads out there who like me are still playing catch up on fatherhood, take heart. Don’t give up.

To all those great dads out there, may your praises be sung for all eternity. To my own father, thank you. ##

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Seeing A Week or Years Ahead

May 25th, 2016 No comments

“The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can’t make anybody believe that he has it.”

– Will Rogers

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Reputation and Doing

April 29th, 2016 No comments
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“You Can’t Build A Reputation On What You’re Going To Do.” – Henry Ford quote,

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