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The government employee unions created by PERA may be the single largest obstacle to restoring the state’s prosperity. Collective bargaining for government employees is not an inalienable right, and its practice in Michigan has added billions of dollars to the cost of government. The repeal or restructuring of PERA could resolve the state’s chronic fiscal crisis. PERA is long overdue for a thorough re-examination, leading to the rewriting or repeal of the law. (source)

I, as anyone who has ever read my blog or talked to me, am not a union supporter. Now, I do believe, that at one time in our history unions were needed and did provide for the betterment of the American Workforce, but that day is long gone. No-longer do we need a socialistic group to represent the collective needs of its workers. The American workforce landscape has changed. The unions represent a group think that is not positive to the economy nor to the workers they are to represent.

The protest and reactions to local and state governments trying to get there financial houses in order is a testament to how out of touch the unions are. This country is in a depression, economically as well as morally. We are spending more than we have, yet the unions still feel they are owed more and more, unwilling to give up, as the privet sector has. We can not continue in in this fashion if we ever wish to dig our way out of this hell hole we have placed our selves in. 

I have often asked, “If unions are so good, and so helpful, than why are people forced to join?” Common sense dictates that if a particular institution was beneficial to me, I would, of my own will join it. But unions offer me no choice, if I wish to teach, I must join the union, if I wish to become a fire fighter, I must join the union… Even if I do not wish to do so… Sounds like forced participation to me. Yet if I forced everyone who worked for my company to become a Catholic or they could not work for me, I would be accused of discrimination, and rightly so. Yet with unions ( a form or socialism) it is perfectly acceptable, and in fact it is law. Hmmm….

I believe that unions once served a purpose, but that time has passed us by. It is time to move on, its time to start to take responsibility unto yourselves. Unions, to me, take away my personal responsibility and places it in to the hands of people with there own personal agenda. I advocate myself to others, not a good thing.

The United States of America is going through a change, we are growing up, and the times of the Unions is coming to an end, and God willing it will end peacefully.

 

God Bless

Paul

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A strong conviction


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With the political session to start in full swing soon, I thought I would take the time to mention a few things. As any reader of this blog knows, I am a concretive both in my faith and politics, I state my opinions, sometimes not very well received by others, but I still state them and stand up for them. I have written in the past about standing tall and proud for your beliefs and crying them from the roof tops so all can hear. I believe I do that, via this blog and in my daily life. Not many who know me do not know were I stand on any given issue, be it my faith or politics.

This election year is a tad bit different for me, this year I not only state my view points, I am also running for a political office, I will be on the August 3rd primary for the very first time in my 44 years of life, and I am excited! The office I am running for is Republican District Delegate, a nonpaid political office, but still an office that will give me a voice. Win or not I know I have tried to make a difference, I took the next step. So wish me luck and pray for me, that if elected I will serve the my district, county and state with strong conviction and God on my side, or should I say with me on God’s side.

Strong conviction, strong state

The ability to actually run for a political office amazes me, the simple fact that this year, on August 3rd when I enter the polling both I will see my name on it, that I, a proud American, can vote for myself is just amazing. And that I can win, well that is something all on its own!

A strong conviction is the driving force behind my run for office, a conviction that America is headed in the wrong direction, that she is headed down a road that Americans do not want, a road the Europe is currently on, a road that lead to the EU bail out of a whole nation. A road called Socialism, a road of Government run corporations and a welfare state that becomes the norm, not the exception. Can I, as a Percent Delegate really do anything about all that, would I posses the power to make a difference. The simple answer, NO! But nothing is ever that simple.

The Complex in the simplistic

As a delegate I would sit in on local conventions for the Republican party, help define the direction and needs of my constituents, I would offer advice and be the go to person for the politicians running for state or national office, offering my communities point of view in to the mix. I could be invited to the national convention to help define the planks of the platform. It gives me a voice, it gives the community a voice and allows the average citizen to enter in to the process.

It is this simple fact that made me decide to enter in to the race, to test the waters of the political ocean, to see how hard the waves truly hit and break. Each voice added to the mix will change the direction just as each stroke of the rowmen add to the direction and speed of the boat. Every person has a roll in this nation, and I am searching for mine.

Faith and Politics

The ability to take my faith in to the political waters is exciting for me, I love the chance, any chance, to share my faith, and more importantly, the ability to apply my faith to the important issues of today. The founding Fathers did this, just read any of their documents and you will see morality and God permeate them. Yet in modern times we have seemed to have lost that, we have drifted away from the framers basic intent, and have driven a wedge between faith and policy.

I am currently reading “Common Sense” by Thomas Pain, one of our Founding Fathers, the book offers many lessons for today’s politicians even though it was written over 230 years ago. Mr. Pain offers his readers, pre-revolutionary war America, an argument for the a separate and distinctive United States of America, one free from England and free from religious tyranny. A lesson that once again needs to be taught.

The Silent Revolution

Today we are privilege to live in a country that has just elected its first African American President, but we are also cursed, not because he is African American, but because he is socialistic in his point of views. The Obama view point is not new, it has, in the past, been offered up as the “great fix” the “cure all” for all that is wrong with the great nation. The “New Deal” and other social programs form the past was the start of this new silent revolution, a revolution that is designed to take away our rights slowly, with minimal direct effect on us, the average citizen. The idea is lull us privet citizens into a dreamy state of dependency on the government, the “Big Brother” who will provide for all our needs. And sadly we have allowed this to happen, we have, in many cased, opened our arms and warmly welcomed the striping away of our individual freedoms, all in the name of social fairness.

But there is a new Silent Revolution brewing. One that is not of the government or establishment, but one that is of the people and for the people, one that wished to return the government to its rightful place, as protector of personal liberties and national securities. One that our founding fathers would recognize as the maturing of the great nation they established over 230 years ago, one that they were willing to lay there life down for. This new Silent Revolutions is the wave that carried me in to the race, the one that lit the fire of passion and conviction with in me.

God Bless

Paul

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Love becoming Loving


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I am sure as Catholics you have heard the phrase “Offer it up” as in offer up all your pain and suffering to Jesus. I know I have heard it and to me it often sounds like “Suck it up” a phrase we often times tell our kids when they get hut playing a sport or are unhappy about some work they have to do. It’s a phrase we use to tell them, some times life is hard, sometimes life ain’t fair, but get use to it.

So are “Offer it up” and “Suck it up” said in the same vein? Do they really mean the something. Can a fellow Christian be telling me to get use to it, life ain’t fair? Or is there a deeper meaning to “Offer it up”?

Offer it up…

Fist off, where does that phrase come from, why would we tell fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to “Offer it up” and what exactly are we offering?

The phrase is linked to a few things. If we start in the Old Testament we will see that God commanded that His people “Offer up sacrifices”. when I did a searched the bible for the word offering it returned 728 hits, starting with:

 

2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.
      Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, (Genesis 4:2-4 (New International Version)

And ends with:

 

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For in Scripture it says:
   “See, I lay a stone in Zion,
      a chosen and precious cornerstone,
   and the one who trusts in him
      will never be put to shame.” (1 Peter 2:4-6 (New International Version)

With 726 passages between them, so the idea of “offering it up” is not a new idea. But here is the next logical question… Why? Why did they offer up fruit and animals to God, did He need them? was God lazy and did not want to cook for Himself, could not God just create what He wanted?

First point: God does not and never did need anything from us.

Second point: God has no need of our offerings

Third point: God has us make offerings not because He needs them (points one and two) but because He wanted to make a visible sign for us, an act we can perform to show our love.

Gods love is not depended upon the offering, He will love us regardless. So why have us make the offering to start with? It is an action, the verb of our noun, love. Turning our none, love, in to a verb, loving. Once again God does not need our love nor does He need the action of it. God created the actions not for Him, but for us. Sacrificing and offering is a human condition, not a Godly condition.

Did God need Abraham to offer up his son? Was the test necessary of him?

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
      “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
      “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
      “Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” (Genesis 22: 1-18 Abraham Tested (New International Version)

The simple answer, no, God did not need to see the results of the test, God knew Abrahams devotion and love to Him. So why make Abraham “Offer it up”? All that God does with and through us, human beings, He does for us. Nothing God does is self-serving or self-gratifying. Everything God does it out of love for His creation. Could God do anything else? Could God be self-serving? No, God is pure light, pure love, pure spirit, God has no need for self-glorification, He is God. Self-serving, Self-glorification and Self-gratifying are all works of the evil one, the devil, they are sins and God is incapable of sinning.

So why make Abraham do this, why make His own people give offerings to Himself if he has no need of it. In today’s politically correct world with its pseudo social justice, the idea of sacrificing and offering up to God food items would be cause for unrest and rebellion, the  “enlightened” would find cause for arrest and persecution of those that made the offering. So why? We keep coming back to that simple question, Why make us do it? And what good does it do if God truly does not need it? Why “waste” the time and energy to “Offer it up”?

It’s the lessons learned by humanity, it’s the discipline gained by Gods creation and its the devotion of love. It is the noun becoming the verb, love becoming loving. The description, I love, becoming the action, I am loving. Words are easy to speak, all to often we say “I love you” but how often do the works truly have meaning behind them? The action of love, with or without the words, speaks louder than anything else.

God proved this by offering up His only begotten son, Jesus. No words ever spoken by humanity could ever speak the depth of this unspoken action. The words of Jesus as he walked this earth would be hollow and empty with out the action to back them up. Jesus said :

 

12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. (John 15:12 (New International Version)

 

But with out the action of His crucifixion the words would have fallen like so many others words spoken with good intentions. But Jesus did not let the words become meaningless, He backed them up with action, He offered it up freely, and offered His life for our salvation.

So is it truly that hard to understand the concept of “Offering it up”? Is it difficult to see the difference between “Offer it up” and “suck it up”, one is done for the glory of God the other is done for self-preservation. Both have a time and place, but I would offer this, all that we do should be done for the glory of God, so all that we do should be offered up in His name.

God Bless

Paul

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Interesting Facts


This blog really has nothing to do with the Catholic faith directly, but indirectly it should make a lot of Catholics uneasy and make them question their views.

This information is taken from an article in the March 2010 edition of Townhall magazine, page 72-73.

Title: The real Party of Civil Rights

Sen. Everett …Democrats claim to be champions of civil. In fact, they have been among black Americas’ harshest foes.

It is hard to overstate the consistency and ferocity with which Democrats through U.S. history have opposed civil rights legislation for black Americans. The Republican Party has been responsible for ensuring the passage of virtually every major civil rights initiative in U.S. history, including winning passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and authoring, introducing and seeing to passage the 1960 Civil Rights Act. But it would be a speech by Everett McKinley Dirksen, the Republican Senate minority leader from Illinois, leading his small band of Senate Republicans, that would pave the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

On June 10, 1964, at exactly 9:51 am, former KKK member Sen. Robert C. Byrd, theLBJ signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964  Democrat from West Virginia, spoke the last word of what had been a 14-hour and 13-minute speech in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the House, of the 420 voting members at the time, the bill had passed on a 290-130 vote. House Republicans supported the ill by a 138-34 margin. Democrats, however, had been more divided, voting for he bill 152-96….

The above is only part of the article, the rest of the article is Sen. Everett’s speech.

Common perception is the Republicans are anti Civil Right and Democrats are pro-civil rights. Well as the history and votes show, that simple is not the case. Once again the American people have been lied to and duped! And many in the Catholic faith have walked blindly in to the lie.

Like I said it is not directly related to the faith, but indirectly it is. I hope this makes you stop and think, maybe do a little research on your own and find out the truth of the Democratic and Republican Parties.

God Bless

Paul

 

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