Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Nothing matters ...

Gay this and transsexual this…every one is posting rainbow overlays on their social media pages, marriage and sex, religious freedoms, political discord and hatred and an irrational belief that everything is right, nothing is wrong, as long as I can think it or do it.  The very thought of such rampant relativism is disturbing, every one jumping on a bandwagon just so they can be a part of something, even if that something is worthless, dangerous or destructive.

The number of people willing to sell their souls to be recognized is astounding.  For many it’s better to be seen and known despite the acts that create that scenario, those few moments in time garnering more value than an entire life flies in the face of logic and humanity and is nothing more than an astounding level of selfishness that not only harms the individual perpetrator but society as a whole.  When did individualism become the norm? 

This is not a gay issue and as I’ve stated before this is not a love issue, it is an issue of self over others, I over you, except after C and only with a Y (lol)….and an issue of pleasure over commitment.  We have forgotten our place, forsaken our sacred lives and taken up the cause to “eat, drink and be Merry for tomorrow we die…” 

In my mind love who you want, or what you want or as many as you want but in so doing the individual decision still have consequences when the relative matter of right and wrong are still in play but only for a short time it seems.  “if it feels good, do it” who cares of the cost, right now it’s ok.  Some one else will pay if I don’t feel good later, or someone else will lift me up if I’m down.  There is no reason not to indulge when there are no penalties, no standards and no rules.

What a life, no one telling me what to do.  No one demanding that I follow the rules.  I can do whatever I like and justify my actions on the simple phrase “it’s who I am…Don’t try to change me…” is that ok with NAMBLA too, or is that standard of behavior that still exists?  My feeling is you will try to change others in order to force acceptance toward what you think, changing what I think I am or what I want to do just so you don’t have to feel the guilt or judgments, what good are standards then?.  

If I think I’m a woman, so be it.  If I think I’m a man ok.  If I think I want to change my gender have at it, life is so screwed up anyway that this soul got stuck in this body and that body is trapped in that spirit and if I want to be something I’m not, or be something I think I want to be, who are you to say I can’t?  Go ahead, you have my blessing. 

Based on the 2013 NHIS 96.6% of adults identified as straight, 1.6% identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% identified as bisexual. The remaining 1.1% of adults identified as “something else[]” [0.2%,] stated “I don’t know the answer[]” [0.4%] or refused to provide an answer [0.6%].

It’s like the racial issues they remind us every day how bad we are for being white, or being related to a slave owner 200 years ago.  The statistics don’t matter at this point but just in case you need to know only 5% of the entire population was slave owners…Still despicable and wrong but it’s a bit overblown for our day.  I have never owned a slave, never will, my parents don’t own nor their grandparents or any one in my genealogical line.  I am not a racist, have never been one but because I’m white I guess I must be, at least according to what I read and the attitude of those proclaiming rampant discord between the races….

We are in a topsy-turvy world where good is no longer acceptable and bad is ok as long as it’s how you feel, with gay being the new norm of face book overlays and political correctness surrounding our every thought and deed.

Politician do whatever they want, why not me?  People get rich from advertising their sexual preference and others are shunned for believing something different.  The one percent is currently in control.  They are demanding an equal vote at the table of life and further demands toward controlling what I feel, what I believe and what I can do. 

This may not be Germany’s totalitarianism under Hitler but the results will be that same.  It will still be a few at the top mandating society’s norms to the rest.  If you want to be free to change your sex, redefine what you think you are, vote for whomever you wish then at least let me do the same.  I ask for nothing more than to have the same freedoms you have and the same rights to choose as you do. 

This country has awarded all men the right to those inalienable rights and that goes for those who believe in a God, go to church and want to stay married in the traditional way.   But I suspect that won’t be enough for you.  Strip all that is good, rationalize the evil, destroy the foundations of the family and recreate us in your image just so you don’t have to feel bad when looking in the mirror.  By the way I like myself just the way I am, I wish you could too.  Oh and by the way…is their a God in your life and if so what is he saying about the obvious mistake he made in this body snatching faux pa?  Maybe you should just ask for a return of merchandise…it really or rarely goes well when we try to fix such bad mistakes, its better just to live with what you have.  I like who you are now, honest.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

What's love got to do with it?

Tina Turner coined the phrase “what’s love got to do with it,” and from the basis of her song, absolutely nothing. Love to many, maybe to most is an end all emotional connection that overshadows everything and eclipses the very sun that shines.  Love is as defined:  A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person or a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

Is that all that love is, a feeling of affection based on attachments, an often fleeting emotional connection that comes and goes as the winds of a passionate evening?  Love is so much more than the simple definition above and much more then the simple explanation of the recent Supreme Court decision.

“No union is so profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideas of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family….”  Justice Kennedy

I apologize for pulling the religious card here but without Charity love is only a base emotion, a fleeting feeling of passion and connection.  Without Charity as its foundation love is nothing more than the opposite of hate.  Charity is the pure love of God, a transcendent emotional and spiritual connection that clarifies what love is and how it works. 

Charity is: the benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity,
A generosity and helpfulness imbued spiritually within an individual especially toward the needy or suffering or in my words Christlike.

Love is important and more love would be a great thing to witness in this world filled with hate and discord, divisions and dissidents.  And I proudly agree that love is the right of all people, all sexes, all races and all religions.  What I do not agree with is the demeaning and corruption of the word love.

 Same sex couples can love and I would never deny that privilege, but I do want to unequivocally state that the level of love available in most non-heterosexual couples will never attain the foundational principles outlined by God, as he loves his children and exemplifies that love for us as we love, teach and sacrifice for our children. That is called Charity of which love is a part. 

Again let me be perfectly clear.  Same sex couples can love their children and can develop deep and abiding emotional connections with each other but to be God like and charitable one must, and I emphasis must, put aside the things of this world and follow the words of His son (mat 19:3-7) Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

This is not about love, it’s about Commitment, Charity and Obedience.  Love without commitment is not love, its passion and sex only.  Love without Charity is selfish and self-serving.  Love without Obedience is hopeful but without foundation and without a strong foundation that love cannot endure.

You may think me insensitive or even cruel in my attempt to explain and in some way deny your “love” au contraire mon fraire, I am neither. Despite your initial reactions of hate and exclusion let me say something simple and guided that I hope will bridge this widening gap of discord between those that favor marriage only between a man and woman and yes to the exclusion of those of similar sex engaging in this holy and highly sacred covenant. 

I love my wife and children not just because of love but because what Justice Kennedy alluded too, sacrifice (I understand sacrifice and your sacrifice, but misplaced sacrifice means nothing) and what he failed to mention, Charity, with the deep understanding that without Charity what good is sacrifice and without sacrifice there really can be no love….So I’m happy for your love for each other but maybe it’s time to start thinking about how deep that love really is in relation to our commitment to God and to each other?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Highway to Hell

I just made a momentous drive across a third of this country.  1268 miles, give or take a few pit stops to eat and other bodily needs, 1268 miles of mostly open country with only the asphalt filled with civilization.  1268 miles in one day!  Kinda dumb, difficult but necessary I guess, or so I thought at the time.

As we approach the 4th of July I wanted to demonstrate in words the wonders of what we have.  Not just in the ability to drive 1268 miles without anyone questioning my intentions, nor asking for my documents but the ability simply get up and go, even if it wasn’t the smartest thing to do in a 17 hour period of time.  Please don’t do the math, I would hate to think that your impression of me was anything more than law abiding…and in most cases it was and is.

Many are saying that this country, the United States is not an exceptional country and there are others countries that offer more freedoms, more opportunities, more life and more liberty, name one!

We do have issues, we do have problems to overcome but in the grand scope of what makes a civilized country, the United States of America has surpassed all in creating and sustaining a level of civility and opportunity that is to date unattainable by all others on this planet.  I can’t speak for other worlds but I would venture a guess that we would do pretty well against them also.

During my drive, I saw great cities, miles and miles of homes, stores and industry in abundance but mostly I saw space, open beautiful space.  There is space to expand, space to till, space to build and space to stretch out.  There is approximately 2.3 billion acres of land in the US.  As a graphic, divide that by the  350 million and you get 6.5 acres per person.  Have you ever tried to weed 6.5 acres of land, or even keep it trimmed or fenced?  That’s a lot of land per person and yes I know it includes all the mountains and all the valleys and deserts but the reality is simple, we have a lot of land to go around.  Overcrowding is not the issue.

The issue is what do we do with what we have?  How do manage and how do we allocate the almost endless resources at our disposal?  There are some countries that have similar resources but have even less managerial abilities than we do and it’s easy to see the results of poverty, cronyism and corruption. Can any one spell Mexico

Please don’t get the wrong idea about the above statement I love Mexico and I love the culture, ask me some time about my connections with that great country, but you have to admit that their abilities in allocation of resources is not that great.  Like us they could do a lot better, it’s just we’re doing better then they are.  That however is starting to change as the political structure of our country is changing and the simple allocations are becoming complicated as money mongers ravage our land, legislate our lives and overtax our motivations. 

For 1268 miles I witnessed the greatness of what this country has to offer and for 1268 miles I pondered the future of what will be and worried about what is coming, who is leading us and why.  Is the American Dream dying, is the ideal of freedom only a whisper of hope and not the standard of the world?  Can we continue on the road we’re on without heading into a fascist or socialist wall?     The balance that has sustained our country is teetering and vacillating.  The republicans and the democrats are less concerned about the freedoms of the individual than they are about the opportunities to lead.  The conservatives and the liberals are at odds with no quarter given and no love lost.  I admit I’m one of them, thinking I know what’s best…I do, but that is another issue and another post.

For 1268 miles I drove into the past and into the future knowing that this country may not stay the course of our founders and knowing that the fight for freedom is real.  The fight for liberty is real and vicious with blood being spilt on both sides of a war that will determine the course of not only this country but of this world.  

For those 1268 miles I listened to the voices of liberals and conservatives with only the insight gleaned is that we will all have to choose a side.  Like the civil war of the 1860’s our country is at that crossroads, the divided highway of selfish overseers or selfless servants, the chasm of truth and integrity or deception and dishonesty.  We can all see the tides rise and the signs of discord.  We can all agree that things are changing.  The only question left is how will you travel, who will you travel with and how many miles are you willing to drive to get what you think is right?

For me and my family, we will chose to travel toward liberty, honesty and a belief in God and are willing to drive a lot more than 1268 miles to get there.  

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fathers Day...We'll see.

Happy Fathers Day to distrust, dishonor and down right disdain for anything noble or of good report, which seems to be the mantra for society of our day.  How is it that so many are so inflamed about the minutia of the trivial and so forgetful regarding that which used to be important, honor, trust, respect and service?  Have we as a people fallen so far that our view of humanity is now so myopic that all we see is that pinpoint of light that sheds only a reminder of what we used to be, a glimmer of the hope that for so long drove man to achieve, invent and support the greatness of the human spirit.

With increasing vitriol we argue and accuse, leaving no room for understanding, believing the spurious rhetoric of the media and politics over the long standing and proven endeavors of the righteous.   What’s in it for me, how to I profit, what will it cost are the questions most asked, not what can I do, who can I help, and is it the right thing to do?

We are a country closeted from goodness, shying away from the crowds that scream and accuse.  Who would dare to try to overcome that wave of evil if all you get is sarcasm and hate?  The large and spacious building of commonality is truly burgeoning with occupants who are more inclined to yell and scream their support toward evil, motivating those still searching to run the gauntlet of pleasures and passions rather than responsibility and accountability and fathers are leading that pack.

But yet in this turmoil of life, this tornado of strife and relativism we celebrate Fathers Day, and hope that their contribution to turning the tide and stemming the flow of all that is bad in order to protect their children, nurture, love and listen, is still paving a path of example.  Fathers and mothers (but it’s not mothers day) so fathers who cry for their children unite and pray for the world as it is so that it may become the world as it should be to ensure the sanctity of life, liberty and love through those forgotten factors of honor, respect and service.

Not all fathers are wanted, but all could join, when their ready to take on the mantel of responsibility of what it means to man up to the reality of caring for and providing for that little life, that growing life, that little man or girl who is your charge, your doing and your ultimate and most important duty.

We have enough fathers who fall by the side and shirk their duties, running towards the screaming crowds of acceptance rather than fighting against the urges to indulge.  Stop running, start fighting, start standing firm and follow your heart. Start looking into the eyes of those that look upon you with wonder and give back to them in such a way that at least they know you tried your best and served with honor their cause as children.

The fractured family is epidemic and mostly due to the weakness of men.  Women play a role in that destruction (but it’s not mothers day) so men are to blame.  Men, not boys are needed to repair those cracks.  Men not selfish males are needed to build the relationships by going home, staying home, being providers, being loving husbands and honorable examples to their children. 

One man at a time, one choice in the right direction, one responsible act, one fathers day that has real meaning and eventually a father who loves will be loved back, a child’s life changed and a family recreated from the ashes of destruction brought on by the fires of selfishness, distrust and immorality.   Welcome back Fathers, Welcome back Dads, Welcome back Families, Welcome back happiness and joy and the goodness that is life.  Happy Fathers Day once again…

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day

Let’s all put our hands together for another successful Earth Day.  I can’t imagine a year without the pomp and ceremony associated with this grand day.  Earth Day, unlike a birthday is the celebration of the earth….  OK, ok, is it over yet, can we get back to our lives and our problems and our everyday days and put this grandeur behind us and get back to work?

Oh wait; nobody actually gets the day off, with exception of course of the environmental cadre of waked out, politicized, hippiesh fiends that want to role back all progress, forego any consumption of animal matter, destroy all the guns of the world and live in peace and harmony, kumbaya (by the way kumbaya is slang for “come by here…” just in case you were wondering).

Why don’t we have rock days or moon days or tree day’s…ooh we do have tree days their called arbor day and their designed to replenish the trees that have been slaughtered by the billions over the years in hopes of putting back what the “earth” needs in order to create or sustain the balance of nature.   

There was a weird movie years ago called Koyaanisqatsy, or life out of balance, a movie with no words and only rapid images that depicted the harsh conditions of the earth made primarily by man.  Although it was an interesting movie visually the theme it portrayed was a lie in my opinion.  You can obviously disagree but when you consider the facts of what this Earth is and what we as “evil” men have created, perhaps the balance we are sustaining is more a miracle than a hindrance to those who would have us revert to the dark ages of time.

Earth Day is nothing more than a propagandist attempt to subvert creativity and innovation and dump in its place the guilt of success and advancement.  Let’s look at what we are today as apposed to what we used to be:

We are a people of nearly 8 billion that live mostly in peace and harmony with those around us.  Sure we have wars, devastating and destructive.  We have disease and deprivation and we also have death and suffering…so what’s new?  We have always had these things, we have always had war but the ratio of war to the number of people affected is significantly lower than it’s ever been.  The numbers of people starving today as a ratio of those that used to starve is much lower than in the past and continues to improve, slowly at times but it still improves as the technology advances and provides alternatives to the desperation of prior years.

If we cannot look toward the future without realizing our strengths then perhaps we should revert to the disease ridden, Black Death bitten past and let only the very, very few control our lives.  There are more freedoms today than at anytime in any point in history.

We may complain about racism or bigotry, hate and anger but look at the facts of where we live and how we live as opposed to the past.  The past was a very dangerous place with infant mortality at nearly 30-40% on a good day and that was only for those younger than a year.  Today only about 1/10 fall prey to early complication of life. 

Regardless of what others (the wacko environmentalist) say the truth is obvious, we’re doing a pretty good job.  We have made tremendous strides toward feeding the world.  Of course we could do better and do more, that will always be the case but in celebrating Earth day we continue to berate those advances, those technologies and our humanity, selling the negative that our rain forests are being depleted, the climate is changing and the delta smelt is on the verge of extinction.   (The last one may be truer than the other two) but even if all were true what would the environmentalist truly have us do?  Stop bathing so we can save the Delta Smelt?  Stop watering our fruit trees or filling our pools, letting them go green so we can all eat algae?

California has knows about this specific issue for over thirty years and has done nothing to mitigate the needs of the growing population.  That incompetence is pervasive in all facets of government in all countries and the populations are made to pay the price for their ineffectiveness. 

Earth Day should be a day of celebration where man and nature have prevailed and excelled over the challenges that face us all.  There is enough blame already, I propose that next year Earth Day be a day of festivity and commemoration for the grand and amazing feats of science and human endeavor that have brought us all to a life of privilege and opportunity, especially in relation to our past and what we would have had had we listened to the constant blathering of the environmental naysayers.   Go Earth, Yea to innovation and all Men.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Natural God

British Columbia has been advertising for tourist through the emotions of Nature.  There is a rhythm and serenity to that beauty they claim and we should all be better off if we spend lots of money by partaking of their particular kind of nature.

It’s not that I don’t agree, in fact I do agree but in a slightly different way, especially when they talk of that rhythm that seems to permeate all living things; I do believe there is a commonality in nature that affects us all and motivates us toward whatever Nature is trying to tell us.  The problem, and there is always a problem, is that the term Nature is simply a more agreeable way to acknowledge God, without giving praise to the being of all creation. 

The issue is in the advertisement and the proclamation of nature without regard to the creative sense and design and the overall rhythm and beauty that was purposely implanted for our benefit.  Nature is not a being, it is not alive, nor does it have purpose or rhythm or beauty.  Nature is the combination of all things within the confines of our environment.  Nature does not include space or the other planets, they may have a nature but their nature will not be natural to us. 

Nature is the plants, the animals, the mountains, the valleys and seas; it includes the beauty and ugliness of all that our world has to offer.  Nature is the oceans and breezes, the hurricanes and the tornadoes, the earthquakes and volcanoes and the ebb and flow of the tides.  Nature has been ebbing and flowing from before man and the clockwork of its machinations will continue on schedule with or without mans interference.

The idea that nature has a rhythm can be plainly seen in the movement of the trees when a breeze rushes by.  One can see the tempo as a butterfly flits and flies up and down or the fish in great schools undulate and vacillate in one massive form.  The slow massive growth and destruction of mountains and the rapid decline of melting ice can all be witnessed and recorded as act of regularity and reliability honed from the hand of time itself, bringing to pass the understanding of what nature really is, A Testament of God and his artistry.

Some say they can see nature sigh and suffer from the incursions of mans neglect.  I agree.  We have not been the best stewards of these great and generous gifts.  We constantly pollute and destroy; we indiscriminately kill and maim not only the animals but ourselves and the land and we do so callously and cruelly without regard to the future or present needs of those who possess and depend on what has been given.

Regardless of your understanding or belief, Nature or God the same rules apply.  Our earth lives and breaths, speaks and listens and reacts to what is being done.   Who will answer the horrors committed, God or Nature? Who will unleash the volcanic devastation, or who will respond with raising seas?  Which one will shake the foundation of all there is by moving those great tectonic plates or subdue all living under a cloud of hate and destruction with the tiniest of substances atomizing the atmosphere so that only nature is alive, God or Nature? They’re one in the same, Except with God there is forgiveness for what we've done and hope for the future.  Nature like us obeys and does as it is commanded.  Maybe that is the rhythm we should be searching for, the ebb and flow of understanding and obedience to those laws so plainly visible that even nature obeys, and knowledge of who we are as apposed to what we think we are.     

 God and Nature may look the same but in the end it is the Natural man that we must overcome in order for us to become more godlike.  So when I see a flower amidst the concrete and asphalt, struggling for life but all the while showing its beauty I know there is a god.  When I see the wars ravaging the planet over inconsequential arguments and the life within continues to flourish, shop keepers continue to sell and produce, men and women still fall in love and children are born, I know there is a god watching over us all. His pattern for us is helping us to learn to overcome, helping us learn to love and improve, knowing that as children we make mistakes, sometimes grave and serious mistakes but also providing us the love to know that we are important, we are loved and there is more to life than Nature.  Be god like and watch others grow.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tribute to my Father in Law...a Truly Great Man

During the age of what many call the Greatest Generation there lived the quiet and unassuming lives of those that served.  Not only in the defense of our country but to those they married, their partners, their children and also to those in the community; those sacrifices helped to mold their lives in such a profound manner as to create within each of these men the overwhelming desire to continually push forward, never letting up, dedicating their lives for others.   Forged perhaps because of the conflicts of war and the sacrifices endured but even more from a deep inner soul innate from birth to know the differences between good and evil, right and wrong, they made the tough choices and we are the beneficiaries of their greatness.

My Father in law was one of these great men.  I am grateful for his example and the many words of wisdom whispered in my ear as I learned to be a father and needed advice.  My gratitude is eternal toward him and for my mother in law for helping to raise my son when we had to make the hard choice of letting him leave home at an early age to further his education.  They were his parents away from home, they did their duty well.

Royce Bonds is the quintessential personification of what the “greatest Generation” is all about.  His life, his demeanor, his humor and his dedication all tell the story of who he really was; a loving, hard working, driven man who worked and served others.  He was charitable and stern and lived his life according to the principles of his chosen beliefs.  He never faltered and stayed true to the very end.

As his oldest and only son in law I am uniquely thankful for the way I was accepted into his family of five competing boys and one extraordinarily beautiful girl.  I remember him pulling me aside, just before our wedding and he asked me, with a tear in his eye to take care of his most precious daughter.  His voice faltered and cracked but he didn't tell me, he didn't threaten, but softly and kindly asked me to watch over her and care for her. 

In his eyes I could see the love he had, the worry and excited prospect of giving his daughter away.  I learned from that one instance how precious a child can be and in his case how prized and grateful he was for his one and only daughter.  That one lesson helped me to raise my own family, looking into their little faces as each made their way into life, their eyes looking into mine with that innocent understanding of faith and security. 

Royce taught us all how to be numbered among the greatest generation, how to work, how to love and how to serve.  My prayer is a simple one; help us to be more like him.

Royce Bonds one of the Greatest of the Greatest Generation.