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In the lobby of the Department of Health and Human Services is a large bronze sculpture of a solitary woman playing with her three children. That sculpture is called “Happy Mother.”

Nothing better illustrates what’s wrong with American culture today than the philosophy behind that sculpture — that fathers are extraneous. Yet that myth is the basis of forty years of failure by the leftist research communities to honestly report on the problem of fatherless families.

Many social scientists now agree: A loving mother and father within a committed marriage is the very best foundation for the family, for the economy, and for the nation. Yet currently, about forty percent of American children are born out of wedlock. That fact affects everyone and all of American culture. Though many have tried, there is no way to separate the social and economic issues; they are intertwined. Family problems always hit our pocketbooks — hard!

Bottom line: The family — the glue that holds our communities, nation, and world together — is weakening, and the moral foundation necessary for a civilized and well-functioning society is crumbling all around us.

When the family becomes nothing more than “any group of people living together,” there is no moral authority in terms of standards of behavior. Children are left to drift aimlessly in an “anything goes” culture. The family is where a child first learns what it means to “share and care,” to “take turns,” and to be an ethical, moral, and empathic person — one who will become a contributor to a good and prosperous society. These character traits are more “caught” than “taught.” Children need to observe those authentic interactions day in and day out in the reactions and relationships of the adults around them.

American opinion leaders have for years advocated and modeled a self-indulgent lifestyle, claiming that there are no negative consequences. An endless stream of so-called research studies has obfuscated the causes of the nation’s social problems. Reality, however, cannot be suppressed. Material prosperity will never compensate for moral poverty. Without authentic moral absolutes, America as we know it is at risk. Moral boundaries, not moral relativism, are the fiber of a strong nation. When truth and goodness are not vigilantly upheld, distortions, lies, and myths flood in to take their place like in sea-flooded New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

History offers harsh examples — Hitler’s Youth Movement or Mao’s Red Guards — that show the terror that can be unleashed when solid moral principles no longer guide a nation. When marriage and family decline, the quality of community life erodes, and there’s a corresponding breakdown in social cohesion. An examination of the world that our children inhabit shows the values vacuum created by those who disparage traditional morality, virtue, and good manners. The result is moral decay as vulgarity spirals downward into viciousness and crude immorality.

What is thriving in today’s values vacuum? Rock music and pop stars push the envelope with a hedonistic lifestyle and songs with misogynistic, crude, coarse, and shockingly vile lyrics. Cartoons, popular movies, and television programs portray parents as out-of-touch, old-fashioned, and prudish. Defiant, rebellious children talk back to teachers and parents. Patriotism, family traditions, and religion are treated with disdain. Adults and authority figures with moral values are often held in contempt, subtly mocked, or openly ridiculed. A favorite tactic of television situation comedies is to poke fun at bumbling and inept fathers, school principals, and religious leaders. Weakening respect for parents and other adult authority figures tempts inexperienced youths to make far-reaching decisions or take huge risks with potentially costly consequences.

In analyzing these problems, we’ve seen that changes in grassroots attitudes and the cultural climate of a nation don’t happen just because facts indicate the necessity for such changes. A sustained public effort is required in order to achieve needed social changes. Consider two efforts in America’s recent history that show dramatic success in producing broad cultural transformations. Their purpose has been to convince women not to smoke or drink alcohol during their pregnancies because of the potential danger to their babies. Subordinate campaigns sought to convince parents that secondhand smoke is damaging to children and that drinking and driving can be deadly. The results have been overwhelmingly positive.

First, these efforts to change public behavior were based on solid research data showing that certain behaviors produce negative health outcomes, especially for pregnant women and their unborn children. Second, both campaigns for change included broad public relations efforts that focused on the whole nation and enlisted the efforts of a wide spectrum of opinion leaders. All these efforts produced amazing results at the grassroots level. Perceptions changed, values changed, and most importantly, behavior changed.

The burning question we face today is whether the epidemic of single parenting is likewise amenable to influence by researchers’ findings and whether those who influence public opinion will support the effort to change those attitudes and behaviors that lead to the establishment of single-parent households. It is glaringly obvious that government solutions are never enough to compensate for the breakdown of the family.

Let us be clear. If America is to have a future as bright as its past, we must guard and maintain the fortresses of truth and knowledge against the unending assault of fallacies, folly, and myths.

In the early 1900s, Robert Frost wrote a poem called “Mending Wall.” That popular poem describes the experience of two neighbors meeting every spring to walk the fence dividing their properties and working together to repair the damage that occurred during the previous winter.

Today, we need a national application of the lesson of Frost’s poem: The good walls of moral boundaries make for a strong nation. We need to walk together along the fence lines of the walls that protect our culture. Together, we need to look realistically at the numerous areas that have fallen. Then we must work together to rebuild and repair those walls.

We must restrain the cultural pollution that poisons individual lives and destroys the potential of the whole nation. We must lift the heavy boulders of protection and replace them so that future generations will have a bright and prosperous future. Those who care about the future of America must be committed and determined to restore the moral foundation stones our founders laid for this great land. By Janice Shaw Crouse, writer for the American Thinker.

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There are Ten Principles I would like to share from God’s Word. Many have come to know them as the Ten Commandments. Pick up your Bible and spend a bit of serious time with the Commandments recorded in Exodus 20:1-17. It could be the best thing you do today!
You will not find a 1200-page congressional bill, but you will find about 300 words that outline good life and good government. No person who wants to know the Way, the Truth and the Life can ignore these 10 principles of life. No Nation that wants to weave a successful history of democracy can ignore and break these 10 principles of governance. These commandments or principles were given to the Israelites as they emerged from long and debilitating slavery in Egypt. They were abject slaves. They were nobodies. They had no government. They had no direction. God used Moses, their leaders, to pass along to them the foundational principles to organize a successful nation and create a citizenry that could maintain it. So, here we have them. Ten fundamental principles of government and society over which a nation or a person rises or falls! They are basic. They are unchangeable. They are forever! So, hang them in your homes, but more importantly write them into your heart and daily living. Hang them in the halls of our capital and in the public square, but more importantly write them into national legislation.
Notice that these principles fall into two sections. Principles 1-4 are found in versus 1-11 and have to do with our relationship with God. Principles 5-10 are found in versus 12-17 that have to do with our relationship with each other.
* First, the relationship with God. The “words” God spoke are clear and concise: (1) recognize “the Lord thy God,” the one and only God, the Creator, the deliverer, the Sustainer; (2) make no image of God image of God to break your personal relationship with God; (3) make no light or frivolous use of God’s Name – He is Holy – practice reverence; and (4) God has named one day of seven as “the Lord’s Day” – a day of rest, a day of worship, a day to come up out of the secular world for a breath of spiritual air and spiritual renewal. Keep it Holy!
* Second, the relationship to each other: (5) honor the family, father, mother, child – this is the commandment with promise – the best of life; (6) human life is sacred – do not murder, no abortion – no murder, period; (7) God’s established role for a man and a woman – wedded relationship, when two become one, a sexual breach of that sacred relationship is a divine “No, no;” (8) protection of private property is essential to any human society – stealing is condemned; (9) honesty – speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, this is essential to a workable society; and (10) do not covet – “no keeping up with the Jones’s”, desiring what doesn’t belong to you, curb evil inner desires.
“The cowboy church put them this way; Just one God. Honor your Ma and Pa. No tellin’ tales or gossipin’. Git yerself to Sunday meetin’. Put nothin’ before God. No foolin’ around with another feller’s gal. No killin’. Watch your mouth. Don’t take what ain’t yers. And don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddies stuff.” As a columnist put it; “These “Commandments” are stated, they are “principles” by which individuals or Nations live or die. They are the Foundation of the good life and National democracy. Why would the ACLU try to remove them from the public square? Do they have a hidden agenda? Do these biblical principles stand in their way? YES, they do!” Dr. Julian Pipkin
Jesus summed it all up as he stated the Great Commandment. First, love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul and mind. And second, love your neighbor as yourself. Think on these things and more importantly, obey. You will be Blessed if you live these 10 Principles!

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“We are 5 days away from Fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” “Change is coming to America.” “The Constitution is a document of negative liberties; what the government can’t do to Americans, but it never goes into what the government should do on behalf of Americans.” “I will not have special interest groups in my administration.” Anyone with honesty will have to say “you lie!” Mr. President. If we Americans compare what our President actually says compared to what he does, can there be a better definition than fascist? I wish to define a word, Fascism;“A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass_based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.” [Robert O. Paxton, “The Anatomy of Fascism,” 2004]
However there is something good that has come as a result of this President. I know that many of you will read this only because you think I will join in the Obama bashing club! Some of you may think that I have lost my mind and have drank the Progressive and Marxist cool aid! How many of you have found yourself praying more diligently for America? How many Americans do you know that are actually waking up from their slumber? How many do you know that used to never vote for or against anyone but now see that instead of complaining about policies from politicians they are actively voting for people who reflect their own principles and values? Our Nation has become Morally bankrupt. Largely because people look to men to solve their problems instead of God. As a result of a Nation of baby killers and Sodomites, we may be seeing God use Fascism to humble Americans who never get involved in our leaders who set themselves up as god. Idolatry is run amuck in our Nation and God wants us to repent! Compare Israel of the past with America of today. (2Chronicles 36 and Daniel 1) God in a nutshell sent Israel into captivity because of their idolatry and evil leaders. Israel did repent after the discipline of the Lord their God, but only after 70 years in Babylon. Maybe just maybe America is better than Israel. Is this your thinking? Think again! It is my sincere prayer that God’s people in this country will say thank you God for Obama, we have seen the errors of our ways and are repenting of our political Idolatry! May all who call themselves Christian take the attitude of Daniel. Listen to our Bible; “1Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–
2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men– the testimony given in its proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle– I am telling the truth, I am not lying– and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.
8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
I know this is an opinion of the Bible and it is hard to obey. But I am convinced that God is in control of our destiny!!!

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by Chuck Norris

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

But what if those who restrict our freedoms are the very people who are in charge of securing them?

Over just the last year, Washington has worked double-time to limit your liberties, despite such reductions being cloaked under the guise of governmental progress.

First and foremost, Washington has reduced our freedoms and restricted our future by heaping upon our posterity astronomical amounts of debt, trying to jump-start the credit circus in our economy. Despite borrowing $787 billion from China to stimulate the economy with a promise to cap unemployment at 8 percent, unemployment has climbed to 10.2 percent and shows no sign of decreasing. And right now a record 14 percent of homeowners are either in foreclosure or behind at least one mortgage payment.

(Thanks to Ron Paul and others, last Thursday a House panel decided to audit the Federal Reserve, finally providing some accountability to this financial runaway train that doles out billions to whomever it pleases. Even with this mandatory audit, however, the Fed’s monetary policy deliberations will still need to be reined in. I recommend two insightful and strategic books toward that goal: Ron Paul’s “End the Fed” and  Vox Day’s “The Return of the Great Depression.”)  Because of all their excessive spending, bailouts and borrowing, Washington has further restricted our financial freedoms by decreasing the value of the dollar. Since just March 2009, the U.S. Dollar Index, which measures the strength of the dollar against other major currencies, plunged more than 15 percent, making U.S. stocks also cheaper for foreign investors.

Washington is also reducing our medical choices or freedoms by mandating a government option upon all of us.

Despite the biggest economic recession since the Great Depression, like a ramrod, Washington believes it’s also a good time to force another $1 trillion on American taxpayers by providing another governmental entitlement called universal health care. In so doing, Washington is further reducing our financial freedoms and slowing future economic recovery by placing even more increased debt and taxesupon Americans to pay for yet another social program.

To add insult to injury, Washington is also going around the back door to provide illegals with universal health care by seeking their amnesty. Not only will Americans pay for another 14 million people’s government health care, but amnesty will also reduce the number of jobs available to legal citizens by adding more to the legal workforce (and demand for better jobs) and simultaneously slow down the rate of the unemployed being re-employed.

(Ask your representatives to support H.R. 615, which expresses that all members of the House who vote in favor of the establishment of a federal government health-insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and agree to enroll under that public option as well. There are 97 co-sponsors thus far.)

Washington has also reduced our speech freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment by passing a hate-crimes bill that was appended to the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, potentiallycriminalizing conservative free speech if it can be proven to have contributed to assaults based upon sexual orientations.

The White House has even reduced religious freedoms by belittling America’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage, enabling a secular progressive and pro-Islamic agenda, and remaining indifferent to issues such as the ACLU’s disposal of veteran memorial crosses in the Mojave Desert and at Mount Soledad.They also turn a blind eye to the whitewashing of our godly heritage from Washington’s historic landmarks and on U.S. artifacts.

Washington will also restrict religious freedoms and freedoms of conscience by forcing pro-life citizens to pay for abortions via universal health care.

Washington has also reduced our Second Amendment firearm freedoms by appointing anti-gun advocates like Justice Sotomayor or OSHA’s David Michaels, by seeking to micromanage gun ownership via proposed legislation like H.R. 45 and by politics-as-usual, like blaming guns rather than Islamic extremism for the shootings at Fort Hood. (Those who believe that the Second Amendment is a foundational right and freedom might want to consider my new “limited edition Chuck Norris tribute revolver” on their Christmas wish list.)

Washington has also reduced our freedoms by increasing the threats to our country via the delay in response to our generals’ requests for more troops in Afghanistan, allowing Gitmo detainees and terrorists to come to the U.S., and enabling homegrown terrorists like Maj. Nidal Hasan within the very fabrics of our military.

As I consider these many freedom robbers and the political culprit enabling them all, I can’t help but think of a country song, the lyrics of which are:

What can they all be thinkin’ Wanna take the cross off of the hill
Put away the pledge of allegiance
Lord, just the thought gives me a chill
They can take God off our money but, in the end oh ain’t it funny
How we’re all gonna see him on the Judgment Day
So sing it loud
One more time
Hear what I say
When you got the truth inside, now they can’t take that away
One more time
’cause it ain’t too late
Hold on to what you believe ’cause they can’t take that
They can’t take that away

As I experience the loss of American freedoms, two more thoughts repeatedly come to my mind.

The first is from Daniel Webster, who said, “The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.” Since the Revolution itself, I believe we are in the fight of our lives for American freedoms. I don’t know who said it, but I definitely prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.

The second thought is one attributed to M. Grundler: “It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”

I don’t think I’ve ever been as thankful for American freedoms as I am now. I must admit that I’m also appallingly alarmed that some of them might not exist at all by this time next year. Like a sunset dropping over the horizon of our founders’ dreams, so our freedoms are vanishing from view.

So if you lack something for which to be thankful this Thanksgiving, I’m recommending that we give thanks for our freedoms, for they’re fading fast and possibly soon to join the endangered species lists. The truth is:  Food is far more plentiful than our freedoms at this point.

You don’t need to be eloquent, just bow your head and say from your heart this simple prayer a good friend wrote and sent to me:

God is great
Guns are good,
Let us thank them for our food and freedoms.
Amen.

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Jim DeMint – Blog Archive – Do you want government controlling the Internet too?.

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As a Christian, then an American, I am somewhat concerned about the Church and my country.  Our country has corrupt leaders who are elected by corrupt Americans. We deserve the Government we get!  Why so much corruption and so many lies?  I would like to interject an idea.  The corruption in the Church of Jesus Christ aids in the corruption of our Republic.  When the Church Proclaims Liberty through the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the people rejoice over the Freedom they have received through the transformation of their lives, and the country in which they live will also be transformed because of the Freedom they receive from the  Gospel. However, when the Message of the Church wains the people groan and the country also groans because Freedom is taken away.  This principle is found in Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
It sounds precisely as to what is happening to America.  The Death, burial and Resurrection of Christ is no longer the message of the majority of Churches.  Most churches have become so politically correct that they have become Biblical incorrect.  Don’t bring up the consequences of sin. Don’t talk about the Cross. Don’t talk about Hell or the Lake of fire. Don’t talk about the Wrath of God coming upon ungodliness.  We need to only speak of His Love. Tell people that God is not mad at them.  Tell people that they are ok  just as they are.  Never talk about Jesus preaching repentance.  As a result, people believe lies and are unconverted to Christ, and lack spiritual discernment to know where they get Freedom.  They then vote for unconverted, corrupt and spiritually blind leaders to lead them. Jesus warns believers that false teachers and prophets would increase just before His Return.  “Mt 24:10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” Freedom does not come from people or Governments, it comes from Christ. “Ga 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Again listen to Scripture; “1Pe 2:16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.” For all that are reading this; Christ Jesus is the Author of Freedom!  Let all the false teachers and false prophets who rob men of this Truth, be warned.  Jeremiah 23:25 “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ 26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? 27 They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their fathers forgot my name through Baal worship. 28 Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the LORD. 29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
30 “Therefore,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me.”
I pray this message gives insight as to what is happening in America.  I also pray that believers will repent and humbly seek the face of Christ who can restore His Church, message and our Republic!

 

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