The Health of a Nation

The Health of a Nation

In the grand scheme of things, one of the most important things in life is our health.

Being healthy means a great many things. But I am not just thinking about eating right and exercising. That is important but more importantly is the epidemic taking over our country–the drug epidemic.

Drugs have always been available in every society. It seemed that people had fallen prey to this vice because they were already living a dangerous lifestyle and becoming a drug addict was a natural extension of that lifestyle.

It seemed for a while that drug addicts were also primarily found in the lower socioeconomic classes also as en extension of their plight in life.

Now it can be seen in almost every walk of life, every socioeconomic section of society and over many age groups.

The sad part is we do this to ourselves and our society enables it.

Taking drugs of any kind, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, is playing Russian Roulette with our lives.

And it is also a choice. No one forces anyone else to try drugs for the first time or to continue experimenting. Once your body is addicted to a substance we let our body’s needs dictate the downward spiral we began.

Our society promotes drug use, legalizing marijuana, and using tax dollars to provide clean needles and methodone to the addicted. This only serves to perpetuate the problem.

Now people of all backgrounds are addicted to some substance and are living among us creating more and more problems in our society.

Further the human body is extremely strong and can withstand years of substance abuse before it overdoses and dies.

Worse, this drug culture is ruining this nation. Crimes continue on the rise becoming more violent and senseless.

Children are born drug addicted to survive only to be abused or neglected by parents whose primary goal is their next hit.

Law enforcement doesn’t even arrest people for possession of drugs because there is not enough man power or jail space to address the problem.

The drug problem in this country is ultimately going to be the great divider. It is becoming the people that don’t use drugs against those that do.

The health of a nation can be tied directly to its success in this battle against the drug crisis.

Awarded By Merit

Awarded By Merit

I was raised to believe that if you work hard and are honest you will succeed.

I raised my kids with the same premise. Be honest, work hard and there is nothing that cannot be accomplished.

Then we see news like yesterday’s college bribary scandal. Parents, very rich parents were found to have paid a great deal of money–in one instance more than a million dollars–to ensure their children a spot at an elite school.

What does that say?

It says loud and clear that those parents did not encourage their children to do their best.

They did not teach their children that they cannot have every capricious thing they want.

These parents did not show their kids how important honesty is.

And worst of all they taught their children that their strongest advocates–their parents–did not believe in their ability to get into college on their own merits.

While this is a horrible thing and it is appalling that some very deserving students did not get a spot at their college of choice because of these cheaters, I believe this is a good lesson for all of us to learn.

Work hard, be honest. Success comes in more important ways than in the name of your University.

Success comes by merit–by earning it the hard way, the right way. And success gives each one of us a very important thing–it allows us to sleep soundly at night knowing that your life was well earned.

Climate Change

Climate Change

I really think many of our congresspeople and the people in the entertainment industry skipped Geography class during their freshman year of high school.

If they had attended or paid attention in class they would know that the definition of climate is the measurement of weather conditions in a particular area over a period of time.

So in essence, all these people are upset and terrified about what weather is supposed to do…and that is change.

These people are yelling at the top of their lungs and trying to create a panic about the sky falling.

This would be extremely funny if it were not so incredibly ignorant.

The most radical of these folks have actually predicted that the world as we know it will end in 12 years.

Did they find another Mayan Calendar like the one used to say the world was going to end in 2012? Hmmm, that was 7 years ago…and nothing happened.

Will this be like the hysteria of 1999 when all the computers were going to take over the energy grid and our world was going to end at midnight on New Years Eve? Hmmm, that didn’t happen either.

And now the new hysteria is over the changing weather, which is exactly what weather is supposed to do? So now the new doomsday is 2031?

Well I for one am willing to wait it out as I am sure the world will not end.

In the meantime, in southern Texas, in March it is 36 degrees! No global warming here people just the weather! Bring on the climate change!

Dr.Seuss Under Attack

Dr.Seuss Under Attack

I remember loving Dr. Seuss books as a child and loved reading them to my children when they were little.

Hop on Pop, Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat being among the favorites.

Just last week, local newscasts reported on local schools around the nation celebrating Dr. Seuss Day. High school students visited elementary schools to read to the younger students.

And today, we hear that Dr. Seuss is a racist.

Because…according to leftest academia…less than 2% of characters in Dr. Seuss are persons of color.

I am truly speechless. Dr. Seuss books are iconic stories and gk of our nation’s cultural fabric. They are books that are fantastical and make reading fun for early readers.

But the left has been striving to destroy everything that unites people in America in any way: prayer in school, statues of historical people of our American past, the Ten Commandments in front of courthouses, Christopher Columbus, John Wayne and now a beloved children’s author: Dr. Seuss!

Now I know my generation and the previous generation are not going to let go of Dr. Seuss.

Hopefully my children’s generation, to whom we read our favorite Dr. Seuss books will not let go of it either… but slowly these millennials and the kids behind them will embrace the ridiculous idea that Dr. Seuss was a racist and his books are poison to the next generation…

But wait—these are the same kids that are being told the world is going to end in 12 years and they should choose not to have children anyway!

Sorry folks, this is the same ridiculousness that is creating the Green New Deal! And of course that will not work! Instead of the Green New Deal, let’s embrace Green Eggs and Ham instead:

Say! I like green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-Am!
And I would eat them in a boat.
And I would eat them with a goat…
And I will eat them, in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good, so good, you see!
So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them anywhere!
I do so like green eggs and ham!
Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-Am.

The First Inaugural Address

The First Inaugural Address

The first Inaugural Address ever in our country is of course George Washington’s first Address to congress after being elected and sworn in as President of the United States.

It became one of our great civic rituals that is part of the pomp and circumstance in the transfer of power from one President to the next.

Washington’s 1st inaugural is important (at least to me) because he was inherently honest. At the beginning of his address he admits to the anxiety that being elected President had caused him and how he misses his retirement.

In the 2nd paragraph of his speech he says “it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being” that he not only bless him but the new nation that had been established.

He continues throughout the speech to embrace the duty he feels to the American people and the new nation, to accept the responsibility of the office and to again ask God to guide and preserve the freedoms and liberties of the people.

George had a very good grasp on the enormity of the position he was in. He was honest about his fears, his anxiety and his gratitude. He was also wise enough to lay his anxiety at the feet of God to guide him on that 1st Presidential journey.

The first Inaugural set a precedent for other Presidents to follow. George was not worried about invoking the assistance of God or worried about offending anyone by his beliefs.

George Washington also set another precedent as he was sworn in by adding four words to the end of the oath, he said: “so help me God.” Every President after President Washington has uttered those same words.

Why then do so many Americans find the mention of God so offensive? Why in our modern times is Christianity under attack?

Neither George Washington nor any of the founding fathers stated or forced citizens to prescribe to their beliefs but simply invoked the blessings of their God upon this nation. As many have done after them and up to now we are still receiving those blessings.

Let us remember that our strength and our preserverance comes to us from a higher power: One Nation Under God.

Our 3rd Amendment

Our 3rd Amendment

Certainly not an Amendment most people remember is the 3rd Amendment. Why is this Amendment forgettable…basically because we don’t use it.

The 3rd Amendment protects homeowners from having to quarter soldiers in times of war. And that means that soldiers cannot burden a homeowner by moving into a person’s home–even if it advantageous to the military to do so to fight and win a war– without the homeowners permission.

Almost everyone I know does not even think about this Amendment or the right it affords us, mostly because after the Civil War we have not fought a war on our soil.

No one expects to have to fight a war here on our soil…and so this is an Amendment that is pretty much forgotten.

It is one of those things we take for granted as Americans–the things that are actually our choice to do or not do.

As our political atmosphere continues to get complicated we should really think about what consequences our actions today can have on our future.

We do not want to open ourselves up to an invasion from outside the U.S. or from within. It may be that one day we may have to invoke the 3rd Amendment.

When we were in the midsts of the American Revolution and Great Britain was forcing citizens to quarter British soldiers the delegates at the Constitutional Convention felt this was important.

It is a basic premise of our country–the Freedom to do as we choose–without any coercion from the government.

Or are we being coerced now by the political climate we are in? How many people are being les by the talking heads on television about what to believe is true, what to think and how to vote?

Have we, by choice, allowed the soldiers of the enemy into our homes and allowed them to cloud our judgment with their rhetoric?

The choice is ours–right now–to not allow the government to come into our homes uninvited and to fight a war that would allow a tyranny to replace the government established by the founders.

The right belongs to us-the people.

Anti Federalists to the Rescue

Anti Federalists to the Rescue

After the smoke cleared at the end of the American Revolution things got very serious very fast.

Unlike our Twitter feed, Facebook, 24 hour News Channel lives things back in 1783 did not move quite so quickly.

But there was a sense of urgency in establishing a government to protect the new citizens of the brand new United States of America!

And yet it took 5 years before the U.S. Constitution was written and ratified in 1788 and another 10 months before George Washington was sworn in as our First President.

Why did this take so long? Our fore fathers took the establishment of our new government very seriously. We needed our government to have enough power to coin money, establish a military to protect us and unite the new 13 states into one country while at the same time not having so much power that we would turn into a tyranny.

After all, the colonists had just spent 8 years and countless lives fighting against a tyranny!

In the end, the U.S. Constitution was the perfect balance of order in the three branches and strength in the Central government. Or was it?

The Federalists wanted to ratify the U.S. Constitution quickly. They felt there were enough provisions in the Constitution as written to limit the Federal powers…but the Anti-Federalists were more cautious and thought the Constitution gave the federal government too much power and it would eventually be used to oppress the people.

I am in awe that the more things change the more things stay the same. After 231 years it seems we are still having the same debate.

The Anti-Federalists came to the people’s rescue by insisting on and finally gaining the addition of the Bill of Rights–which protects the people’s rights then and now from a too big, too complicated and too oppressive Federal government.

If it’s not obvious to you yet let me explain. The Federalists eventually evolved into the Democratic Party while the Anti-Federalists evolved into the Republican Party.

While there were very intelligent and well meaning delegates on both sides, cool heads prevaled and the perfect balance of power was created thanks in major part to the more conservative delegates protecting the people and the country.

As you go about your busy run around every day lives remember we would not have this life at all if it had not been for the Anti-Federalists.

And if we want to preserve this nation and our freedoms we need to sit up and pay attention to what a few are attempting to do to take control of the government.

Anti-Federalists to the rescue! May cool heads prevail and protect our nation and our freedoms from the few power hungry politicians that would destroy our way of life just to say they won.