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Sedentary Revolutionary

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I’m twisted inside at what’s happening here.

We gave in to the mob though their cause was unclear.

As they’d hoped, we averted our eyes and went on

keeping time to the sound of their merciless drum.

Now we’re over that cliff.  Who knew lemmings could fly?

Oh, they can’t?  I guess that’s why we’re so contrite.

We hit bottom and turned to each other in hope.

Then we realize we’d given them all of our rope

thinking they’d make a noose for themselves.  They hung us

out to dry, on a limb, on a hook, or a truss.

Now here we swing while they dance down below

and they’ve brought us their broken ideals in tow.

“What shall we do?” we all scream in despair

as we dangle here just like a brace of march hares.

Well, we probably should learn to cooperate,

get ourselves off of this hook post-haste.

But we just throw blame.  You blame me.  I blame you.

We keep fighting.  There’s nothing at all we can do.

So the marchers go, pockets full of change.

“Your objections are bigoted” they will explain.

What’s the answer?  We know we should all just consent

to the plan of our forefathers’ first document.

Constitutional law, as you know does not fail

unless the balances tell you the check’s in the mail.

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Posted by on March 11, 2012 in Poetry, Politics

 

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The Difference Between the Top One Percent And The REAL Top One Percent…

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Some of you know I’m a missionary in Honduras.  From time to time we get visitors from the United States and other countries.  They come here to help the people here with whatever skills they have available.  Some are engineers or know how to build stuff and they come to build for people here.  Some are doctors and they come to offer free medical treatment to people here who can’t afford it otherwise.  They all have giving hearts and want to share their lives with people less fortunate than themselves.  On occasion, however, they are challenged by family members or friends, acquaintances or neighbors about the fact that there are poor people in the United States that could use their help, so why go to a foreign country to do what it is they feel the need or responsibility to do?

Recently I met a dentist who came here to offer free dental care to people suffering with rotten teeth and such.   There is no local dentist here, so it is a very much needed service.  While eating at a dinner in honor of the team on their last night here, I sat and talked with him and he told me the following story.  The story poignantly stressed the difference in the needs here and the needs there, in the United States.  I asked him to write it down and send it to me when he got back home and he agreed to do so.  So this is kind of a guest post by my new friend, Thomas Gelhaus, D.D.S.

Who Are the Poor?
Written by: Tom Gelhaus, D.D.S.

For the past 20 years I’ve been spending my ‘vacations’ in South and Central America. They’re working vacations….fixing teeth on people who otherwise don’t have access to care. Occassionally I’ve been asked why I do that….why don’t I just help the poor in the United States. (actually I do even more charity work in my own office in north central Wisconsin)

I struggle a bit in answering that question. It really isn’t easy to understand without visiting ‘3rd World‘ countries in person. So I try to explain it in this way…..

My wife and all 4 of my children have accompanied me on many trips. They know first hand what I do and what conditions I encounter. My kids also know about the less fortunate in the United States since they’ve participated in humanitarian efforts here as well.

When President Clinton was in office he made the effort to visit the 3 poorest areas of the United States. Two were Pine Ridge in South Dakota and the Appalachia  area. Coincidentally I had children working in both areas that year.

When my daughter returned from her spring break humanitarian mission in Appalachia,  I asked her ‘how did it compare to Guatemala?’, where she had been with me twice before. Her answer was that she helped a family who needed house repairs but she said the poor in the U.S. would be among the rich in Guatemala. They had housing (not fancy) but also clean water, food, education, enough clothes etc.….which the Guatemalans did not have. The average person in the world doesn’t have clean water or many of the things we take for granted. In fact the average person in the U.S. is in the top 1 to 3 % of the worlds wealthiest.

We think we are middle class but actually are richer than 99% of others on earth.

I think of the ‘occupy Wallstreet’ movement. Those are really the top 1% doing the protesting….the rich protesting the richer.

I wish I could take everyone in the U.S. with me on a trip…..

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Honduras, Politics

 

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U.S. Lawmaker Seeks Answers After State Department Error Releases Mexican Fugitive From Texas Jail | Fox News


U.S. Lawmaker Seeks Answers After State Department Error Releases Mexican Fugitive From Texas Jail | Fox News.

“That’s the question: What are the federal officials thinking? The State Department is screwing up by ordering locals to release these fugitives,” Gohmert, R-Texas, told FoxNews.com. “I don’t know if it’s corruption or incompetence, but it’s one or the other and in my experience with federal government, I’m guessing it’s incompetence.”

Ummm…Hello!

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Fail, Politics

 

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Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced With Nuggets | Fox News

…a state agent who was inspecting lunch boxes decided that her packed lunch — which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips — “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines,” the [Carolina] Journal reports.

via Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced With Nuggets | Fox News.

This is just plain ridiculous!

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Fail, Politics

 

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Hundreds Killed In ‘hellish’ Fire At Prison In Honduras | Fox News

Hundreds Killed In ‘hellish’ Fire At Prison In Honduras | Fox News.

I just got the news update on my telephone saying the death toll is around 350.  This is a sad day for Honduras…

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Death, Fail, Grief, Honduras, Politics

 

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Maine’s Electoral Funny Business : Personal Liberty Digest™

Maine’s Electoral Funny Business : Personal Liberty Digest™.

I was wondering why Ron Paul didn’t take Maine.  This might explain it…

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Fail, Politics

 

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Pelosi Vows to Stand With Obama Against Catholic Church; Says Decision Forcing Catholics to Act Against Faith Was ‘Very Courageous’ | CNSnews.com

Pelosi Vows to Stand With Obama Against Catholic Church; Says Decision Forcing Catholics to Act Against Faith Was ‘Very Courageous’ | CNSnews.com.

I have done my best to keep my blog apolitical, and I won’t keep the soap-box permanently installed here, but I do have a few things to say about the issue at hand.

First of all, we have put up with, in the United States, for the past three years, every imaginable blemish on our Constitution.  This is our Primary Law, our basis for law.  If the constitution has no primacy then none of our laws mean anything.  An amendment to the constitution is part of the original document by it’s very nature.  Therefore, what we are seeing is a complete and total disregard for the laws by which we have governed ourselves for the past 236 years.

Granted, I do not agree with the Roman Catholic dogma, that contraception and sterilization is wrong.  That shouldn’t matter though.  They believe it.  They’ve established as a matter of their faith and of public knowledge globally, that they believe it.  This makes it an issue that is inviolable according to the First Amendment, and the President, nor Congress has an right whatsoever to trespass there.

This is not the first time the current administration had trampled on the constitutional rights of the citizenry.  He is definitely a candidate for impeachment, much more-so than President Clinton ever was, and yet nobody seems to be seriously considering doing it.

I don’t know how  Nancy Pelosi‘s going to square this with her faith.  I don’t know how she will deal with her conscience on a daily basis.  Those things really don’t concern me that much because, just like most Americans who are from somewhere besides San Francisco, I don’t take her very seriously anyway.

The thing I most want to say is this.  Whether you agree with the Roman Catholic dogma on contraception and birth control or not, what are you and your fellow believers doing to stand with them against this serious infringement?  This isn’t about the Catholics.  This isn’t about what your religion is at all.  All people of faith should be standing shoulder to shoulder against this, right now.  We should be marching in the streets.  Where are the Evangelicals?  Where are the Jews?  Where are the Mormons?  Everyone who believes in a higher power, everyone who worships in any way, shape or form, should be up in arms about this.

Okay.  I’ve said my piece.  I’ll get this soap-box out of here now…

Have a nice day.

Do something you can be proud you’ve done, today.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Christianity, Politics, Religion

 

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