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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.

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Transparency, Accountability, Responsibility

8 Apr

With the various problems persisting at the federal government, and watching the impact of the economy upon producers and small business owners, I believe that it is time that we acknowledge that we must take steps towards transparency, accountability, and responsibility.

The budget battle which is far from over, has to do with choices that men and women in Congress and the Senate made.  Our representatives, whether they were Republican, Democrat, or Independent – made choices that affected how we got here today.   They were and are in the People’s House – and should be doing our business for us.  That business is to protect the Constitution of the United States and our natural and individual rights.  We are far from that now, but we can certainly get back.

Being an advocate for sustainable farming and a prosperous/healthy food supply, the current issue of genetic modification of seeds (that becomes the products that we consume) has me concerned.  The static nature of the federal agencies that are supposedly “protecting” us, has already allowed these substances into our food supply, without our consent, and without our knowledge.  Since there is no way to really know or test the products because of the amount of time it would take, WE are in fact the guinea pigs.  This is unnerving and enraging.  Transparency – we should know what we are eating.  Accountability: The federal agencies that are set up to put a check on what enters our food supply and environment should be doing their job or out of business.  Responsibility: Our representatives that represent us in a constitutional republic (not a democracy), should be doing the people’s business.

Being an advocate for a sustainable fiscal and monetary policy as well as a sound currency, the existence of the Federal Reserve’s power and actions is of grave concern.  Conspicuously in existence for 98 years, their “control” of the money supply is arguably the reason that we are in the economic conundrum that we are in.  Their names for creating inflationary situations (QE2), not to mention complete lack of over-sight, creates confusion and false actions in the marketplace.  No one really knows what to expect because no one really knows what is going on.  Or maybe we do, and if we do, it is scary how much of a bad situation that we are in.  Transparency – we should know what the Federal Reserve is doing – if it is conducting actions that affect the American people as ordered by Congress and the federal government.  Accountability: We should not have an entity that causes inflation supposedly fixing inflation.  Responsibility: Our representatives that represent our interests as the American people should be making sure that upon the renewal of this entity’s charter, that the people’s business is taken care of and that the interests of the people’s currency is protected against internal and external threats.

We must do each of these things ourselves, and to find actionable solutions, we must face up to the positions that each of us are in.  Sometimes that is difficult and painful, however, each of us must take a stand and use our own personal responsibility to create an environment where we can once again have prosperity, liberty, and peace.

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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