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Faith & Love, Take 1 (Day 16)

5 Jul

Over the Holiday weekend I frequented a Catholic church that is one of many that I have went to over the years.  I watched as these wonderful people gathered, shook hands, bode each other good wishes, shared in the sacraments, and continued on their journey for the rest of the week.  It was magical.
What is so neat about people going to church?  Have you ever really contemplated faith?  In the Bible it talks about having faith the size of a mustard seed – which is puny – but think about how much power that really has behind it.  You see, faith is an all or nothing thing – if you want to have faith, then you just can’t have any fear.  Worrying is human, however, if you really want to fight the negativity – then you can’t worry, you “gotta have faith”.

My observance of people, including those who are close to me, also leads me to believe that most people are loving, giving, and caring souls.  Driving down the Interstate every day may make one think otherwise.  However, there truly are more “good people” than bad – and it is love and forgiveness that helps us move forward in a proactive and positive light.

If you attend a church or if you don’t – try to reach out to your neighbors and get to know them – more and more we are secluding ourselves and sitting in front of a television set – this is unhealthy and not doing anything great for our communities and country.  Engage with people – you may be surprised about what experiences you are missing out on.

 

To Stop Acting in Fear

29 Apr

Many civilizations have acted in fear and many people in positions of power have used fear to get what they want.

The very proposition that fear should be a part of making a decision is against human nature.  We, as humans, are not born with any sense of fear, our sense of fear is understood as we grow, mature, and learn.

What do decisions made in fear do?  I would argue that they cause us to make irrational decisions – against what is best for our own well-being as well as society as a whole.  Just imagine, if you weren’t scared of anything – what would you do?

I don’t want to be scared of our money supply.  I don’t want to be scared that I won’t have health care, social security, a retirement, a job, a life.  I don’t want to act in fear and I don’t want people in positions of power, whether corporations, insurance agencies, or our own federal government, to try to scare me into having them make decisions for me.  Acting in fear creates bad decisions.  If I was not fearful of my life in 20-30 years, and if I knew I had a sound money supply to work with, then anyone at any level “taking care of me” would seem obtuse.  It was not a hundred years ago that we were not too far from being relatively self-reliant souls and about 200 years ago that fought off an empire that was attempting to keep people in serfdom via their money supply and taxes.  So why should I be so scared now?

To the great people of this great country, we should not act in fear.  I know there are plenty of people who have faith, who have love, who have hope, who can say that they believe in the betterment of mankind – starting with themselves, their families, and their communities.  We can do this by not acting in fear.  Do not be afraid of the problems that we face – each of us, as individuals and each of us united with our fellow statesmen – have the power to create our destiny.  We will not be afraid and we will find solutions that work, that create peace and prosperity for generations to come.

Reasonably Frustrated – Finding Personal Responsibility

8 Apr

I try to stay positive – it is a healthy and more prosperous way to live.

Sometimes, though, it is frustrating to watch so many factions of people arguing about so many things within our country.  The budget that is looming at the federal level, the social issues that are a part of this budget battle (Planned Parenthood, defense spending), and the day-to-day interactions between consumer, constituent, economy, and governance.

It is a whole lot to take in.  I wish, though, that we could work on finding more similarities amongst what we (and I mean WE, like we the people) need.  We need our natural rights, civil liberties, and freedom to exist in happiness.  We need some type of justice.  We need good food, clean water, and personal property and space.  We need these things, as should everyone in the world.  We need to understand there is enough to “go around”, that wealth is ever-present, and that living freely is not a zero-sum game.

The truth is that we are all capable of creating prosperity and peace.  What I witness, on the news and between people who desire to argue, is that we throw stones, call names, use the blame game, and refuse to use our own personal responsibility to stand up and take on the challenge.

If we wipe the slate clean and look at people as individuals and make each person ACCOUNTABLE and RESPONSIBLE for their actions, this would basically take care of several domestic issues.  Is that hard to do?  YES – that is why we aren’t doing it.  It is hard and painful.  What is just slightly more hard and painful is to watch people act so weak and incompetent and allow these issues to keep fermenting.  It is childish and pitiful.  Our country has been built with the blood, sweat and tears of men and women who GAVE THEIR LIVES for freedom and prosperity, progress and power.  We are taking this sacrifice and not doing our ancestors – OUR AMERICAN ANCESTORS – who are from all over the world, any justice.  We must embrace who we are as Americans – stop looking for minorities and majorities and factions and audiences.  WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER – WE ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ARMS.

Perhaps such statements are a waste of words.  But, I still have the right to say whatever I want because my country is still this free.  I pray for the future of this country and for the men and women who have taken their own personal responsibility to protect it.  Whether it is the soldier overseas or the mom and dad who are working overtime to feed their children – the people who work, fight, and create freedom – we must find our commonalities and transcend parties and politics to creative positive and actionable solutions for this great country.

Common Ground – End of March Issues

26 Mar

In an email alert, forwarded to me by a friend, I just saw the following issues:

Millions Against Monsanto

The Organic Consumers Association will bring its Millions Against Monsanto campaign.  Meet in the park with signs and help hand out “10 Things Monsanto Doesn’t Want You to Know” fliers and “Oh No, Is It GMO?” labels.

Rep. Doug Lamborn – end subsidies to the coal, nuclear, and oil & gas industries

The Checks & Balances Project wants Congressman Lamborn to sign a cost-cutting pledge to end subsidies to the coal, oil & gas and nuclear industries, noting his recent statement (in reference to NPR) that Americans should “stop funding an organization that can stand on its own feet.”

So, we have people who are against genetically modified foods and against subsidies to certain energy industries.  What is the underlying issue that is a part of each of these?

Individuals and their right to individual liberties as not tromped on by anyone or any government.

For GMO food – I, personally, think this s#*t is terrible – bad for the environment and bad for people’s health – how can we stop it?  ONLY PURCHASE FOOD ITEMS THAT YOU KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM – this would signal the market that you are aware and producers would seek to become anti-GMO.  We should know what we are eating and we should decide for ourselves what we put into our body.

For SUBSIDIES – I agree that there should not be subsidies coming from the federal government because it messes with the market and causes prices to mimic what consumers (you and me) really want.  I think we can agree that taxpayer money should go for things that protect all taxpayers equally – NATIONAL DEFENSE (and that’s about it).

The only “thing” that will fix the “evils” that we face is allowing people to make their own individuals choices about what they want or don’t want.  That is the essence of free markets and individual rights.  Granted, there should be a system of regulations, but more that anything, you and I as consumers and constituents MUST be resilient and send our vote via our feet and our dollar.  Go where you want and buy what you believe in.

I will say it over and over again.  Most Americans can agree that we want peace, we want to keep our hard-earned money, and we want the government out of our bedrooms.  If we recognize we want these same things, we can be civil and discover systems that work – the system that we have now and have had is not working, so let’s try something else.

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Stop Fighting and Start Working. Together.

8 Mar

“Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.” Benjamin Franklin

Here is an idea.  Let’s take 25% of the time that we use to: complain, be hateful, shout at each other, label each other, blame each other, etc. – and instead use that time to work on positive and actionable solutions for this great country.

What good does it do to scream about everything that is wrong?  It doesn’t.  Sure, it needs to be done, but there are solutions staring at us in our faces and we better use them while we have the freedom to do so.

Children react to the “now” in life and usually in the form of a tantrum – our society has evolved into this type of ‘here and now’ reactionary approach.  You can blame the media, the political parties and a variety of other things before you might realize that the Constitution gives you the power to make choices others around the world do not have the privilege to exercise.

Impending food crisis because of rising oil prices?  Start growing your own food!

Tired of the same old political rants?  Denounce the two party system and seek out representatives that cling to liberty instead of the almighty “R” and “D”.

Worried about your finances?  Understand that you do have the power to do whatever you want to do – you must believe in yourself and do not let anyone tell you any different.

Angry at injustice, loss of liberty, and poverty?  Read the Constitution, Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law, and Leonard E. Read’s I Pencil.  Then, learn about your community, your sheriff, and your local politics.  Then, understand the power of states’ rights (read Thomas Wood’s Nullification), and join WeRefuse.com.  Lastly, become a farmer, start your own small business, run for office, and take your life into your own hands.  It is your liberty to do so – use it.

– Tisha Casida

Overcoming Opposition

6 Dec

I suppose we all get to the point where we break down.  From stress, from pain, from confusion, from struggles – a human being reaches a point where they seek to end discomfort.  Where they seek to change, or to avoid the feelings that they feel.

Being a small-business-owner since I graduated from college, I have faced quite a bit of opposition.  From people who have not believed in me, from people who have judged me, from people who think I am too young to know anything, from people who have discounted who I am and what I do.  And that has been painful.

I have beat my head up against the wall in disbelief that people do not adhere to smart business practices, that they make judgements before having facts, and that they blatantly ignore reality in an effort to avoid pain.  That is weakness, in my opinion, and not easy to deal with when you are in the business of helping people to thrive, excel, and overcome opposition.

I believe in the individual, the small-business-owner, the farmer, the soldier, the people that are WILLING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for their actions.  These are the people that I am encouraged by when I have been so disappointed by  many people who are wasting their lives away.

So tonight, as I gather my thoughts, look at my list of people who have not emailed or called me back, and question why anyone would run a small business or governmental organization that way, I remember that that is why I am who I am, and that my clients, friends, and family who continuously break these barriers of complacency and laziness will thrive and exceed all expectations.  They are the leaders – WE are the leaders – and we shall overcome opposition.  We will fight, we will resist, and we will make our communities and countries a great place to live and work.  WE are strong, and WE are Americans.

Why It Would Be East to Give Up

28 Jul

I believe myself to be a fairly intelligent, responsible, and caring individual.  What is disheartening is the amount of rejection one can face when standing up for what is right and what entails liberty and freedom.

In working with various political parties, I have been appalled at the lethargic nature of the political machine.  I am also disgusted with how I am treated incompetent because I am a young female.  Albeit not all of the time, unfortunately these attitudes persist in our society and are detrimental to progress as a nation.  I AM the Next Generation of Leaders.

I believe that most political parties are doomed to ever making something truly happen for the people.  The reason is because they in themselves are political machines with predetermined motives and agendas.  Even the Libertarian Party, of which I am a huge fan, is so wrapped up in its own incredulous image of itself that they miss opportunities, and do not embrace people who would make excellent mouth-pieces for them.

It would be easy to quit.  But saving a country and an economy is not for the faint of heart.  I promise to you, whoever reads this, that there are enough of us fighting to get our country back – without the power of any political party or machine.  It is up to the people – period.

– Tisha Casida

Right, Left, Red, Blue, Middle, Green – UNITE!

4 May

“Where are the Greenies?” said a friend who owns property and has been vocal about the intrusion of the heavy hand of government in Colorado land law.

The reinstatement of the “Death Tax” in Colorado will have negative implications for land owners who want to leave their land to their children.  If HR 3524 (Colorado House) does not get passed, the Death Tax will come back in 2011 with even sharper provisions.

Positions of various government representatives seem to favor land-owners, that is, until you look at their voting records.  Politics is in full force at all levels of government – this includes state and local representatives as well.

Aside from the bureaucracy that so many of us are sick and tired of, another more positive and productive statement must be made.  That is, this particular issue, could really unite some facets of ideologies.

For example, land owners want to protect their land (via not being taxed at their death).  By farmers and ranchers wanting to protect their land and NOT sell out to developers, this is in fact preserving the land/environment/eco-system which can be decimated by urban sprawl and unsustainable development.

Farmers and ranchers want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to them and their children.  Environmentalists, and “greenies” if you will, want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to them and their children.

In addition to this, hunters and fishers want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to their sport.  People that are so often shoved into the category of “tree huggers” want the same thing.

So where are we?  Where are the Americans here?  We want the same thing – let’s take a harder look at the bureaucracy and red tape that is in place to “help” the heavy hand of government and see how we may be able to eliminate some of the negative consequences that hurt ALL OF US.

Whether you are conservative or liberal on land issues – this is one area where we should be fighting together.  The death tax, and any taxes that make it impossible to preserve land, wildlife, and eco-systems should be eliminated – we will all benefit and protect the very environments that we call home.

– Tisha Casida

A Little Thing Called FAITH

30 Apr

Another opportunity to watch Glenn Beck – with David Barton (WallBuilders) and Ira Stoll (Author of “A Life”) – leads to inspirational thoughts for lovers of liberty.

How in the world did I major in Political Science and not know more about my own country? A closer look at the “Father of the American Revolution”, Samuel Adams, will lead you to see how far away from our founding principles we are – as individuals, communities, and a country.

As the American Revolution was taking place, there were many instances when these brave folks fighting for liberty questioned what they were doing.  There was even dissent from people in this country (people who did not want to be “free”), and there were many battles lost before having any chance at succeeding.

However, these people had faith.  They believed that the plight of liberty and of INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, and that these superseded their own well-being.  They were willing to sacrifice their lives for their liberty and the liberty of future citizens.

If we could go back, if we could take back our representatives and our country, we could likely simplify the mecca of  bureaucracy that is leading to our enslavement to a political and economic system that will no longer allow for individuals to act for themselves in a market that is free.

And what should we do?  We have many battles that we are all fighting, in our own lives, professions, and communities.  We must keep questioning, fighting, and standing up for the principles this country was built upon.  And really, to do this effectively, one must have faith.  It is all we have at the end of the day.

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– Tisha Casida