distinguish between right and wrong

I once heard an ex-congressman discusseing the shortcomings of our government and said our government is riddled with
dishonesty and corruption. Nobody in the audience tried to deny it.
Our government, according to this ex-congressman, is
spending its way into bankruptcy, re-electing itself by promising
unearned handouts, crippling industry by taxation,
socializing us beyond our means, sapping the self-reliance
of individual citizens by training them to be depend on government,
and otherwise progressively undermining the
American system of free enterprise.
There is no need to identify that ex-congressman. I have
heard the same speech before, not word for word but idea for idea.
Every such talk elicited thunderous applause.

Many important problems beset society. It is common
knowledge that there is corruption in our national, state and
local governments. Every dishonest decision a person
makes gives his tacit support to rackets, graft and dishonest
leadership. What is needed is a majority of persons who
habitually distinguish between right and wrong and use
their consciences to move in the direction of right.
Once I rode downtown with someone. I was in no
hurry, but the driver was. Suddenly he saw a chance to save
two seconds by squeezing between two fast-moving cars.
“That was tight,” I said.
“Was it?”
“Didn’t you see it?” I asked.
“No,” said the driver. “When I see a tight squeeze coming,
I close my eyes.”
Needless to say, that was my last ride with that driver.
Whether we like it nor not, we are being taken for the
same sort of ride every day of our lives by irresponsible
and dishonest local, state and national leaders who do not develop personal integrity of the sort demande by life.
There is no use ignoring the situation, we face many
crises. Our leaders are constantly squeezing through tight
places, and encountering potential disaster.
They are doing the driving, and we are passengers who
can’t get out.

Society is sitting on a pile of nuclear bombs while sinister
strangers finger the trigger mechanism. People are
struggling toward financial security while inflationary
forces and “deficit drain” suck the wealth out of their incomes
and savings. People are trying to succeed under the
free enterprise system while fuzzy-minded radicals use acts
of terror and threats of war to meddle with our form of
government. People are trying to vote intelligently while
dishonest politicians sacrifice the public’s future welfare to
favor their own political ambitions.
There is no sense pretending that such things are not
happening. To ignore them is to hide our heads in the sand. There also is no sense
in thinking nothing can be done about it either. Something
can be done.
What, precisely, is being done?
Our leaders are making emphatic statements and accusations
to those people who already agree with them. That
is as much as most leaders are doing. Most other people, as
a matter of fact, are doing much less. They are taking mental
sedatives: watching television, following the sports
news, going to vacation spots, conducting business as
usual, fiddling while Rome burns. To quiet their fears,
other people turn to literary sedatives: learning to cultivate
happiness, overcome fear, be number one and acquire excellence
along with peace of mind.

ObamaCare violates the Constitution

ObamaCare violates the Constitution down to its “very DNA,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch in a speech on the Senate floor on February 9. “At its core, the law and its expansion of government are a threat to personal liberty…As the state controls more and more of our lives to further a political agenda, our freedom is put in greater and greater jeopardy.”

The controversy over ObamaCare’s mandate for “free” preventive care is the most recent.

The issue is being disguised as a fight over whether women should be guaranteed access to “free” sterilization procedures and contraceptives, including drugs that cause abortions. But the real question is over whether health plans and employers can be compelled to provide products and services that violate their religious beliefs.

Religious freedom — which has been called ‘our first liberty’ — is ingrained in the very fabric of our national culture,” Sen. Rand Paul wrote recently. “But HHS and the administration have decided that their goal of state-run health care trumps our first liberty. What the president is attempting to do here is something generally witnessed only in totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.”

Two constitutional questions are before the Court in this term: First, the court will decide whether families can be compelled to spend up to $20,000 of their ownl money to buy a private product (expensive health insurance) every year for the rest of their lives, or pay a fine. The Obama administration argues government does have this power under its  interpretation of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Second, the court is being asked to decide whether states can be compelled to expand access to their Medicaid programs, which many states say would bankrupt their treasuries. The constitutional question here is the meaning of states’ protection from federal incursion under the Tenth Amendment. The states are being commandeered by the federal government to implement key aspects of the healthcare law. If they refuse, the federal government will come in and take over.

Public Advocate

Barack Obama has appointed a taxpayer funded Public Advocate within the Department of Homeland Security to represent the interests of illegal aliens.

You and I don’t have Public Advocates at the Department of Homeland Security. Thanks to Obama, illegal aliens now have someone working for their supposed rights and interests, full time, at OUR expense, within the Department of Homeland Security.

A Public Life

It is in the local town and city governments that the democratic principles of self- determination and representative government are most visible. Here a determined individual can affect his government. It is here that an individual can elect a trusted friend or family member to represent them.
It was once said that there are three things that constitute a full life; raising a family, having your own business and running for public office.
The concept of public life as an element to a full life has been ignored for decades, “politics I don’t have time.” They do so at a cost to them-self’s and their community.
According to Thomas Jefferson the goal of the republic is “to make each person feel that he is a participator in the government of affairs, not merely at an election one day in the year, but every day.”
In that sense our federal government is sorely lacking, but on the local level the opportunities for involvement are greater.
The best way to find out whats going on in your community is to attend the meetings of you local governments, i.e township, city, county, school board etc..
If you want to have a voice you will have to speak out. Write a letter to the local newspaper, send copies to your local officials, or speak-out in public meetings. Join groups of like minded individuals if you can’t find any start one and people will find you.
The crisis facing America are not those Issues that bombard us daily the crisis is that we don’t know how to come together and be effective in addressing the issues or removing the obstacles that stand in the way. We feel powerless.
Our form of government depends on average citizens leading active public lives. It requires a community of individuals to be willing to serve on school boards, county commissions and local committees. It will not survive in the hands of professional politicians no matter how well meaning. To allow the centralization of power to continue is to watch democracy decay.
Without a public life we endanger the things we care about most in our private life. Without a public life we give away the powers of our own decisions and ultimately the freedoms we enjoy most.