We have the best government that money can buy. ~Mark Twain
Finishing where I left off… Government Shut Down? Not Completely
As I was typing this up last night, the news announced that there was a vote by Congress to reopen our government and raise the debt ceiling, signed by Obama. I’m guessing they came to an agreement. This, by no means is a long-term solution, I bet the politicians are playing their ever so perfected game of staling and refocusing our attention on other things, done with precision during voting season. I’m still not sure why they took a voluntary break in August, knowing there were deadlines? But I’ll continue on my initial train of thought from the other day.
Recently, I read an article commenting on a Federal Prison in North Texas that had me flabbergasted. The inmates, yes those individuals who have done wrong and have taken rights away from others, yes those not so moral humans are getting a paycheck, while the ones that serve and protect will not! What? Kidding me right? Apparently, the Federal Reserve that pays those correctional officers, yes that trust fund is not affected by Washington D.C., therefore it is not an issue of public safety. Seriously? Yet, the president and all other members of our Congress, etc. are getting their pay. And to do what? Nothing? They are not serving this country and they are most certainly not leading this country to a better future. If I didn’t do my job, I would get fired!
Apparently, as of last night’s news announcement, government workers who were effected by the shut down, will now receive back pay. Why didn’t they just get it in the first place, paid for by our very own politicians? Someone’s way of proving a point!
Maybe I better stop reading and watching the news. It only gets me fired up! Unfortunately, so much is brought to my attention, from all kinds of sources that I can’t keep track. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m just saying it makes it difficult to site my sources. I suppose I’m not that concerned with it, because I could just Google the topics, but I’m not a reporter, nor am I an official on all things news, just a plain everyday chic with an exploding opinion.
Somewhere I saw or read a remark that rang true and made complete sense. I truly don’t remember where I saw it, it wasn’t necessarily Fox News because I also take sneak peeks at other news channels to see what’s being said. But the gist of the comment was to take money out of politics. I agree! Totally agree! These politicians were voted by the common people to serve, to serve the common people and our country. They have an obligation to make decisions on behalf of the general population, in the general population’s best interest. They are to SERVE this country for the BETTERMENT of the country, not to run it into the ground and use it as a stage for personal power and gain. We have a republic, not a dictatorship or a socialist country. Again, the politicians are voted into office to make decisions on behalf of the general population for our betterment, NOT for self serving needs and interests. NO! Those in the government, all levels of government and decision making authorities, should make laws and choices to place the American people first and themselves second. None of which I am seeing. So maybe money needs to be taken out of the equation? Not that I feel this is a cure all, because when you have humans who all have free will and are in a position of power and decision making, who’s voices and votes ultimately become law, there will always be error and selfishness and pride. However, there is also a chance for self sacrifice and a moral compass pointing north, which I believe is out there, somewhere, being overshadowed.
I also thought we were a country of the first Amendment, Freedom of Religion. I mean the Muslims get to do their march in Washington D.C. during the anniversary of September 11th, which is a slap in the face. Then on an opposite note, Catholics are being harassed and judged in our very own military?
Yes, I just saw that on the news the other morning. There is an increase of negative sentiment against Christianity, specifically Catholicism, to those who serve and protect this country. Yes, the ones who are literally PROTECTING this country, those who are trained to put themselves in harms way when threatened, when our Commander-in-Chief, a.k.a. our president commands it, they have to deal with religious issues? Kidding? Nope! It is reported, with true facts and figures that this problem has increased dramatically since Obama took power. Surprising? Not really. I mean it’s also a fact that he has made anti-American comments and his actions seem to follow suit. After all, everyone is following perfectly form from our leader.
I’m not saying only Catholics have been persecuted, but it was not highlighted and brought to center stage. If it was any other religion or issue, it would have been blasted in the media. Ultimately, let’s face it, all prejudice is wrong and no one wins.
This reminds me of a book I read years ago called AA–1025: Memoirs of the Communist Infiltration Into the Church. It’s a very short read but such an eye opener. It told the story of a man who wanted to take down the Catholic church. What is the best way to do this? Yep, you guessed it, from the inside out. With relentless trying, he was finally accepted to train to be a priest, not just anyone who applies is permitted to become a man of the cloth, nor is everyone who is trained ends up being a priest. Priesthood is not a career move, it is a calling, a calling from God, to serve God. After several refusals, this man was accepted and completed the Sacrament of Priesthood. He then planned to start to change the religion and was guided to do so from an anonymous source. The goal was to modify the teachings, the practices, the morals to shake the foundation of the church. This mission was to be done so subtly at first, to create an almost snowball effect to eventually make huge changes within the church and its teachings. After all, if you are off by an inch at the beginning when building your foundation, when it’s completed you will be off by feet. Then, it doesn’t line up making for a weak foundation. How do we know all this? His letters and diary were found by a nurse upon his death. It wasn’t just one man, it was a communist organization of many, he was number 1025! So if this can happen and in deed did so, I would guess that’s the best course to action when taking down such a great nation as ours. I mean Hitler did it, he easily brainwashed not only the Germans but also the Jews. He had the Jews wear the Star of David to show their pride, until he used this symbol to gather them up for his own agenda. I’m not pointing fingers and the devil can show himself in many forms anywhere, but people need to open their eyes to reality. Help what’s right and not encourage wrong.
When it comes down to it, the government shut down is not just that, it is a much bigger problem. Until that is fixed and we build up a strong foundation again, we will never be a stable country, a stable people. Truly, first I believe it starts with us, everyone, all individuals, the family. A strong family can not be shaken. If there were strong families lead by good solid morals, than more respectful decisions would be made on everyone’s behalf. A little idealistic? Maybe, but can certainly be done, and done easily.