Monthly Archives: December 2009

What Part of UNALIENABLE Do You Not Understand?

Many years ago there was an instance in which a young male mountaineer was physically held hostage by an 800-1,000 pound boulder which had fallen on him. After 5 days of being trapped with no food or water, he felt his only escape was to crudely saw away at his trapped arm with his pocket knife. We read of this story and inevitably think “how archaic.  How cruel.  Wish that someone had come along to help him and remove that boulder.” While the man has been able to survive without this appendage, I assure you that this mans arm was intended to stay with him throughout his life. That’s exactly why God usually sends us all down to earth with two arms, two hands, two legs, a brain, etc.  These body parts are unalienable to us.  They are not to be removed from us by anyone else. They are given to us as human beings. That’s simply what rights are. It was certainly unfortunate that no one could come along and help remove this boulder in order to save the freedom this man had to relinquish in losing his arm. But the real question is, there’s a boulder that has fallen on We The People. Are we going to just sit there and crudely cut away at our unalienable rights, or are we going take care of this matter as the powerful, God-fearing American people that we are?

Today’s news of Obama writing an executive order which gives Interpol the authority to act as they please in MY country is disturbing at best. For some reason Obama sees fit in his worldly wisdom to give Interpol carte blanch in conducting any investigations on American soil that they believe has merit, in any manner that they deem appropriate. This foreign, United Nations based entity has been given “untouchable” status meaning that they are not under any requirements to observe ANY of our Constitutional laws, including search and seizure, habeas corpus, fair trial, etc., regardless of whether or not they are on American soil when exercising their investigations.  In other words, Obama is attempting to undermine our 4th Amendment rights. What part of “unalienable rights” do these so-called government leaders not understand? Yes, I’m sorry to say that Reagan previously chipped away at our rights by giving Interpol democratic immunity on his executive order. But now Obama has seen fit to take this gaffe and enlarge it significantly with an accompanying executive order.

Our picture of security perfection, the Department of Homeland Security, botches their job of security and thus allows a person on a plane with a bomb, who is also on a terrorist watch list.  I’m confused.  The person who pours water in your glass in a nice restaurant…they are there to strictly pour water into your glass, right? Should the water not actually go into your glass and on your lap, should they not be fired?  The DHS has one job and one job only and that is ostensibly to protect America—from terrorists, tyrants, usurpers, and despots.  Clearly they failed at this one focused task, and they failed big time.

They mess up, so now we, the rest of the law-abiding American citizens, have to be exposed to unreasonable searches via a full body scan or even a body cavity search? Again, what part of “unalienable rights” do people not understand??  The Constitution protects us all from being treated as a terrorist or a criminal without substantiated evidence, and yet the DHS sees fit to admonish all law enforcement to do just that towards anyone who stands for freedom of religion, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of private property, the right to bear arms, as well as a love for the US Constitution, as a terrorist! 

The DHS can’t allow (or perhaps even persuade) a bad person to board an airplane and then use that as an excuse to take away American rights.  The Constitution doesn’t say “unalienable rights—unless a corrupt government is in power.”  These rights are simply unalienable—meaning that they shall never become alien to our lives or our hearts.

Our tyrannical leaders have passed an abomination of a spending bill in the form of the “stimulus” bill as well as the health care bill.  (Just to name a few.) In doing so they are completely ignoring the general welfare clause of our Constitution—general meaning that whatsoever taxes, fees, etc. which they enforce or establish must be for the GENERAL welfare of this nation, and never for the private benefit of a few.  (It doesn’t matter that the Supreme Court interpreted this clause incorrectly back in 1936. Too often folks forget that even the Supreme Court works for us, not the other way around) No one—and I mean NO ONE—can take away our unalienable rights!

Legislation on firearms, privacy, Congressional spending, voting, freedom of speech, freedom OF religion (not FROM religion), and so many others that our government aims to progress are targeted directly at removing us from our unalienable rights. Again. Removing us from our unalienable rights simply cannot be done. They can try mightily to promote the façade that such rights can be relinquished, but indeed they cannot. They are God given rights that we hold the moment we breath our first breath.  As such, even if our entire nation relinquishes their BELIEF to these rights, the rights themselves still cannot be removed from us. Though the young mountaineer removed himself from his arm, will his arm not still be his throughout the eternities upon his resurrection?  Our unalienable rights can be removed from us no easier than any appendage of our body. Yes, we can crudely saw away at our rights in order to temporarily escape our plight, but in such an instance that is willingly accepting this ominous boulder of abomination as the final word on our rights.  It’s not the final word, folks. It’s not even a word of remote authority. It’s a temporary an inconvenience.  We The People should never be too busy or too distracted to remove any obstacles in our way of unalienable rights! We The People are the last line of defense for our unalienable rights.

We are to elect a portion of ourselves to defend and protect the rights and freedoms of this nation. Yet so few of us even make it to the polls or the community meetings. Those who taken to elect leaders have been sorely betrayed by a derelict and demoralized government as a whole.  As a result, the last line of defense must be called to action. Will we sever ourselves from these sacred rights by allowing a big boulder to bully our beliefs, or will we free ourselves from this attempted enslavement and remove all obstacles of our rights?

What should we do? Again, we must let our voices be heard. We must inform the government that we are not passive observers but active participants in the freedom and rights of our nations. We must logically, intelligently, and pointedly inform them that they can not deceive us. We do NOT accept the illegal labeling of us Americans by the DHS. We do not accept the illegal attempt of Obama to usurp our 4th Amendment rights. We do not accept any infringements on our right to worship God in public or in private. And we will NOT accept any future attempts to intrude on our rights. In my opinion, this must be verbalized to the usurpers just as regularly as our daily prayers.

More importantly, we must be educated in that which we intend to defend.  We must educate ourselves of this sacred document, the US Constitution. How can we defend something which we do not know?

Did you know that Joseph Smith attempted to rewrite the US Constitution?  Yes, he did. And he also attempted to have some of the apostles do so as well. They struggled with it. Joseph Smith struggled with it. As such he went to the Lord and asked, “what shall I change?”  As a result of his query we have the 98th section of the Doctrine and Covenants. “…whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.” D&C 98:7

Oh how I pray that We, His People, will not let Him down after He’s provided us with so very, very much in the form of freedom, salvation, and love. May we never CHOOSE to separate ourselves from these unalienable rights.

Opposing Homosexuality in Righteousness

Marriage is sacred photo c/o open.salon.com

I never thought I’d be saying this, but I listen to easy listening music. I absolutely love it. It’s so peaceful. I seem to get more work done and more writing done when I indulge in it. I’m so accustomed to it that when I hear some “head banging tune” that it rattles me to the core. I feel my stomach thump with each violent beat of the bass. I feel rattled. I feel like someone is screaming at me. There is a big difference between peace and joy and anger and rebellion.  I share this with you because my soul reacts the very same way when it is exposed to other scenarios—such as being subjected to homosexual scenes on my television set, in a book I’m reading, or in a conversation I have to overhear in public.  I feel sick to my stomach. I feel truly sad for the poor choices so many individuals have made in their lives. I think I’m mostly sad because I have a wonderful marriage. I’m so blessed to enjoy an enduring love that Heavenly Father blesses and sanctions. We’re not perfect people, but we do try to live in such a way in which our home and marriage can be influenced by the Holy Spirit. If we are fighting with one another, if we are unfaithful to our covenants that we made to each other and to God, or if we are dishonest with one another, we can’t possibly expect Him to have an influence in our lives to the fullest extent.  As such, I find myself mourning the real peace and joy that those who elect to follow a homosexual lifestyle relinquish as a result of their choices. Bottom line, a homosexual lifestyle—with or without marriage involved—is not pleasing unto our Heavenly Father and it is offensive to me as well. All of this comes from my deeply rooted religious and personal beliefs.

When the television show “Flash Forward” first aired, I watched it with great enjoyment. However, when they aired an episode that promoted a lesbian relationship, I immediately stopped watching it and haven’t turned it on again. I also wrote a letter to the network informing them of my displeasure. Is it hatred in my heart that causes such a reaction? No. It is an unwillingness to allow such images into my home, my heart, and my mind. It’s an unwillingness to support the counterfeit version of happiness and marriage. It’s such an evil representation of true love and marriage that such content offends me greatly. I respond in the same way when I hear the Lord’s name taken in vain, or when I see any sexual content displayed on television or in a book.  So why am I writing about this today?  Because I was shocked to read that a man was fined over $6,600 because he refused to take photos for a gay marriage in New Mexico! http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=119282

First of all, gay marriage isn’t recognized in New Mexico. Secondly, the ceremony was offensive to the photographer’s marriage beliefs. And yet a judge, who is supposed to enforce and preserve the U.S. Constitution found the photographer guilty of “unlawful discrimination.”  This is so wrong folks.  I’m a professional preparedness consultant. Would I be fined because I refused to counsel a person how to preserve their cocaine long-term—even if it’s illegal and against my religious beliefs?  How there can even be a judge on the bench that can make such a ruling is literally frightening to me; frightening because it’s just one more indicator how far we have fallen from the best that God had to give us in the form of the U.S. Constitution. Where is the freedom from religious persecution? Where are the judges who work for We The People instead of promoting their own cultural beliefs and attempting to legislate from the bench?  In the name of true freedom, I believe firmly that as Christian Americans we cannot continue to turn a blind eye towards what’s going on around us.  Evil is real and thus our defense against evil must be every bit as real as well.  Why is evil seemingly winning the war? Because its cause has never been complacent, apathetic, or lazy.  If only we were as aware of evil as evil is aware of good!

I have two immediate family members who have chosen homosexual lifestyles.  One is even a homosexual prostitute on the strip in Las Vegas. I fear for the day when I get the call that he’s died as a result of his chosen lifestyle.  I also have another immediate family member who wholeheartedly supports such choices as well—so much so that he won’t even permit me to be his “friend” on Facebook for fear that my beliefs might “offend” one of his homosexual friends. As such, there has been a line in the sand drawn in all of our relationships. They simply cannot tolerate my disagreement with them no matter how kind or sincere such disagreement may be delivered. They are unable to accept a differing opinion. For them, it’s not enough that you love them; you have to agree with them as well. Unfortunately, that means that there is a huge, painful wall in place of a loving relationship. There’s been a great deal of sacrifice in order to stand for what’s truly right.  I don’t hate these individuals, but I cannot expose myself to their horrific choices either. And I certainly cannot support their cause.  I would much rather have healthy relationships with these people in my life. But this is not to be in these, the last days. We simply cannot have a fairy tale ending when violations of God’s laws are present in our lives.

I feel awful for the parents who are so afraid of losing their children that they have even risen in defiance against the Church leaders.  They somehow feel that God’s laws should be more pliable in the face of the abundance of homosexual evil which has stricken our world. Yes I realize that these individuals who are making these awful choices are someone’s son or daughter. They aren’t just nameless faces. They are a part of their parent’s soul. But so are we to our Heavenly Father. He too will have to choose to separate Himself from us if we choose unrighteously.  I was so saddened to hear so many members of the Church express disgust and anger that the Church leaders would take a stand on this vitally important issue in our world today. Do they not realize that if these leaders did not take such a stand they would have the wrath of God to deal with instead?  The same goes for all of us. The Lord will not permit his people to be apathetic. Apathy is a clever word that the adversary has created. It’s just a deceptive way to describe evil actions. Nowhere in the scriptures does the Lord provide us with neutral territory.  These same persons who would make excuses for these lost souls do so without an understanding that God cannot cease to being just without ceasing to be God.  If only the parents could find that same balance in their own lives with their children in being just and loving. Instead, not only are they losing a child to the choices which the child has made, but they are losing their own firm footing in the Gospel as well because of how they are attempting to embrace evil—all in the name of compassion. Can they not still love their children without rebelling against the counsel and wisdom of the prophets? Instead of dipping their toe in the pool of apostasy, they would find more peace during such trials by increasing their temple attendance and righteous acts in an effort to engage the Lord in answering their fervent prayers on behalf of their lost children.

Righteousness, prayers, fasting, temple attendance is what makes a difference photo c/o mormonchurch.com

May we do more to shake off the chains of apathy and rebellion and proactively stand for what is right. Righteousness, prayers, fasting, temple attendance and feasting upon the word of God will do more to help these persons than will acts of rebellion and defiance—He’s promised us that such is the case. The miracle is that we can perform these acts of love for those who have made wrong choices without compromising our own standing before the Lord, and in fact strengthening our relationship with Him.

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