Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Church, State and Sliding Sideways

Remember the other day when I said that since the election...I had buried my head deep in the sand on a self imposed media blackout? Yeah well....I goofed up and happened to catch the headlines of the news the other night as I was getting ready for bed. I found myself standing there with my mouth opened....completely speechless as I listened to the opening story. Before I go there though.....let us take a walk down memory lane.

Let us go back to late 1960 something. It was the dawning of the age of Aquarius. Tye dye, mini skirts and floppy hats were the fashions of the day. Civil rights were still part of the headlines as was the Vietnam war. Draft cards were burned and people were taking a stand against a war they didn't agree with. Peace was a word that was said with conviction and the hippie movement was well under way. The United States had enjoyed a period of post war rebuilding and peace time after World War II and even though we were gradually changing and moving away from our Ozzie and Harriett image.....we were still the greatest country in the world. There was no denying the change though as we could turn on the evening news and not just hear about what was going on in Southeast Asia....but we could watch it as if we were there thanks to journalist who were camping out on the front lines. With this up close view of the fighting on another at home....the reaction was just as visible. Sit in's, school riots and peace demonstrations were fighting right along side the war for media attention. It was a time in our country when the world seemed to be spinning sideways and the generations were colliding. The generation who had lived through WWII saw the Vietnam war as a stand the US had to take. The younger generation though, saw it differently. They wanted a peaceful solution to what they viewed as an unwinnable war....and words such as "tolerance" and "acceptance" along with "peace" and "love" became the buzz words of the era. And in a strange way....they meant something.

In all the midst of all the craziness and change during that time....I went to public school. Each day was started with the Pledge of Allegiance in which the words "One nation under God," were said just as easily as we took our next breath. Following the Pledge we always bowed our heads and prayed. In kindergarten I think we were taught a basic prayer where we asked God to bless our day and bless our class. In higher grades we just bowed our heads and said a silent prayer. It never once occurred to me that my head being bowed and my silent inner prayer might be offensive to someone.

The first time I ever ran into someone being offended by prayer in school...funny enough happened in of all places, a Catholic school. I was in the third grade and living in New Mexico. I had just moved there half way through the year and I was still trying to learn the ropes. My teacher was an older nun that I was immediately NOT fond of. She told me that my handwriting was horrible and when my mother sent a note to school one day about an appointment I had, Sister looked at me and said..."Now I understand where you get your horrid handwriting." In Sisters class we always said morning prayers as school started, grace before lunch, a prayer after lunch and a prayer at the end of the day. They were mostly traditional Catholic prayers such as The Morning Offering, The Angel of God, etc. One day though....a young boy in my class refused to bless himself or pray. In fact he acted out making faces and dropping books while the rest of us prayed. He was kind of an ornery kid anyway and Sister went and stood by him while we prayed. When we concluded she asked him why he acted that way, and he said his family didn't believe in God and so he wasn't going to pray. If this was true or not....I don't know and I am not sure why he would be going to a Catholic school when there was a public school just down the street if as he said his family didn't believe in God. The next day before school started this boy and his parents were talking with Sister as we came into class. When the morning prayers began....Sister said that this boy would not be praying with us. He would step outside the class room while we prayed and then would come back in. Apparently he was happy, his parents were happy and other than Sister telling us that he would be stepping outside....nothing more was ever said about it. Strange for a Catholic school? I guess...but I had no idea at the time, how this would be setting the stage for the future.

When I came back to Kansas things were starting to change. When I went back to public school, we still had our morning prayer, sort of....but it was either called our moments of silence or our moments of meditation. God/prayer really was not mentioned. my opinion it was an okay compromise. I could silently say my Morning Offering that I had grown to love and anyone who didn't want to pray could just think about their dog, the assignment they didn't do.....or nothing at all. I was not forcing my love of God on anyone and no one was forcing their beliefs or lack of beliefs on me. In a perfect world where people really were tolerant and accepting....this should have worked. However, we are not living in a perfect world.

It was about this time that the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair was preaching her atheistic views far and wide. In O'Hair's world.....Christians were expected to be sensitive and respectful of the beliefs (or lack thereof) of their atheistic brethren but Atheists felt no desire to return that sensitivity or respect. Quite to the contrary. O'Hair made it her mission to take all prayer/meditation/moments of silence, out of the schools and any place else she could. For  the most part....she was fighting and winning this battle. Prayer in school and God in many public places was quickly becoming unconstitutional. Children could be reprimanded or even put in detention for openly praying in school, especially if it "offended" someone and a teacher could be fired for speaking of religion outside historical text. During this time the term "Separation of Church and State" was thrown about a great deal. I remember asking my mother about it as I did not fully grasp what was going on. I remember her explaining to me that the Separation of Church and State was originally meant to give people of this country more religious freedom. After all those who had left England to come here had left because the church and state were one...thus depriving people of their choice in religion. The separation keeps any one religion or the beliefs of a few from dictating laws and rules that go against the beliefs of the many. In other was never intended that we kick God out of our country, schools, etc it was intended so that we had the freedom to worship as we chose. O'Hair though twisted this into something that ultimately tried to rob those who did believe in God of their right to openly pray. Tolerance and acceptance became a one way street.

Through the years....O'Hair's presence has been felt often as there have been efforts to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance, out of traditionally patriotic songs and off of public buildings where His name has stood for many years. In other atheist can be offended by Christianity and the Christian can lose his rights but if a Christian is offended by an atheist....then the Christian is intolerant and unaccepting. And we continue to slip sideways. 

So now we come to the headlines on the news the other night. A small town (Buhler) in my home state of Kansas, has to change their long standing city seal...because a group in Wisconsin called the Freedom From Religion Foundation threw a fit calling their seal unconstitutional. guessed it, the city seal had a cross on it. The town could have fought this as the majority in the town were outraged over the issue, but the town council realized that to keep their seal, it would result in a legal battle that they simply didn't have the financial resources to fight. The few won and tolerance and acceptance never once even had a horse in the race.

And so the outrage. I am a Christian. I believe in God, the Ten Commandments and yes...the bible. I believe everyone has the right to believe as they choose, but I also believe that no one has the right to have their beliefs over rule mine. More and more Christians are being victimized simply for their belief in God. The tolerance and acceptance that atheists, pagans,  muslims, etc feel is owed them for their beliefs, is in no way reciprocated by these groups as a whole. As Christians we can no longer take a stand for our beliefs because it might offend someone. Privately owned Christian hospitals and universities can no longer stick to their core religious teachings and beliefs because the government is now dictating how they practice their beliefs. We have gone from a country who separated church from government so that there could be more religious a country who is letting government dictate to religions thus squashing freedoms and working with desperate speed to make us not a country of freedoms but a Godless country run by Godless people hellbent on stripping us of our wealth, our ambition, our freedoms.....and our God.

So with all of this being is what this Christian is going to do. This season...if I see you...I will wish you a Merry Christmas. I will proudly display a Nativity scene in my home as a quiet reminder of the reason for the season. I will say God bless you when you sneeze and Thank God when a prayer is answered. My house will have a crucifix above my front door and I will always have a rosary in my pocket or my purse. And finally.....I will always take a stand for my faith and my God for as the saying goes...."I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."



Monday, November 26, 2012

Blog Boil Over and Thankfulness

For days I have wanted to blog. There has been so much building up inside of me....and believe it or not...none of it is political!!!! Shocked? I know...right? Yeah, I am an ostrich once again with my head buried firmly in the sand and not a news channel will you see me watching. Yep...that is just how far in denial I am!

Actually....I am focusing all my attention on the holidays and with the holidays I mean cheesecakes!!! Thanksgiving was just a practice run. I hope to do much more business during the Christmas, Hanuka, Kwanza holidays. Without a job this year...THAT will be Christmas for the kids.

As I mentioned much has been building up inside of me. Mostly for some reason I have been thinking about those close to me who are no longer here. I am not really sad...just contemplative. It seems that each year or two I add on to family and friends who are no longer with us. This year family and friends have taken a major hit. I am grateful for the memories and what each brought to my life...but there is still the feeling of loss and never more so than when we sit down to a holiday family meal or when we are decorating for Christmas.

It has dawned on me of late how no matter how well we think we know people....we never truly do. My mom especially comes to mind. Growing up...I really thought I knew all there was to know about her. It turns out that at whatever age I was....I knew what I needed to know about her...but never all there was to know about her. Looking back I realize that my mother was far from an open book. She was truly an onion with many many layers and my time with her just barely pealed back the surface. In some ways I am realizing how much my mother and I were alike (something I think she spent many years fighting against....wanting more for me than what she had) but in just as many ways....we were polar opposites. I guess that is a mother/daughter thing. Many times...especially of late...I will be thinking about my mom and realize how little I really knew the woman. There are so many unanswered questions and she is not here to answer them and chances are if she were here....she still would not be very forthcoming with answers. It makes me sad to have the knowledge that I really didn't know the woman who was my mother for 40+ years of my life. And the lesson here is.....I have no idea. My mother let me know what she wanted me to know about her and kept the rest to herself. That is simply who she was!

Wow...not sure where all that came from. See what happens when you have too many thoughts boiling up and you don't take the time to blog?!'s not always pretty!

Thanksgiving for 2012 has come and gone. If you are a facebook person then you know one of the popular things this time of year is the 30 Days of Thankfulness which starts on Nov. 1st and runs through Nov. 30th. The idea behind it is to post everyday one thing you are thankful for. Some scoff at the idea saying that they are thankful everyday so they are not playing. However...others post a piece of thankfulness daily. I myself find it a great emotional tool. Yes....we should be thankful daily, but most of us mere mortals sometimes find ourselves more often in asking mode than we do thankful mode. To do an exercise in 30 days of Thankfulness can be a much needed reminder of just what we do have and just how grateful/thankful we should be. All this being said....I think I made it to day 20 before I got completely side tracked with cheesecakes, sick kids, kids out of school and three Thanksgiving dinners (don't ask!), so instead of going back and writing a multitude of thankfulness on fb....I think I will finish it all out right here.

I am thankful for my kids. Each brings something wonderfully special to my life and even on our worst days...I am blessed. I am thankful for my extended family and for my friends whom I consider family. DNA does not make a family....however love does. I am thankful for all my friends near and far who always have my back when life throws me curve balls, who listen to me whine, laugh at my stupid jokes and most of all....pray me through the times when life seems insurmountable. I am thankful for my struggles for they make me stronger and my tears for they wash away my pain and help me to see the world more clearly.  I am thankful for those I have lost. I was never guaranteed any of you for a long time....but what time we had was amazing. I am thankful for my freedoms, my rights and most of all for the men and women who fight daily so that my freedoms and rights stay in tact. I am thankful for my small town, my church and my faith. I am thankful for my past which has made me who I am today and I am thankful for this minute and the knowledge that we only have the here and now so we must make it count. I am thankful for life lessons and for making it to 50! And finally.....I am thankful for this blog, my readers; my critics and fans alike. For without all of you....I would be just talking to myself!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Humor Me One More Day

 Okay folks....something new for me. Today I have a guest blogger whom I am highlighting. This gentleman is Manny Laureano. He is the principal trumpet for the Minnesota Orchestra, a very talented and accomplished musician along with being a long time conservative friend of mine. Manny and I met some years back on a conservative web site. I always liked Manny's style because it was very similar to mine....he only stated the facts and left the bickering about rumor's and media hype to others. There was no hate, no animosity....just plain and simple facts. That kind of posting often wins you many friends and really tends to tick off those not of the same mind.

Through this whole election process, of all my conservative friends.....Manny has seemed to be the quietest. He occasionally would post an article or info but it was always straight fact from reputable news sources. Other than that....he has sat back and watched. 

Now I know that EVERYONE is getting sick of thinking about, hearing about and dealing with this whole election. Most want to put it behind them (good or bad) and move forward with what we have (good or bad)! Truthfully....I feel the same. Please though....humor me one more day. Give me this last day of election week to give you food for thought one more time. Then I promise blogs will be back to being all about ME and my oh so entertaining life. 

The piece you are about to read is what Manny wrote about his general analysis of the 2012 election. I guarantee you that it is based in facts and even though you might not agree with is definitely worth the read. I am honored that he allowed me to put this in my blog and I think you will all understand why. So ladies and gentlemen.....conservatives, liberals and middle of the is some post election food for thought!

A post-election analysis for grieving conservatives:

In reading and listening to the post postmortems from various sources the new mantra is, “Well, looks like we’ll have to do some soul searching….” Rubbish. We lost this election for all the wrong reasons, the primary one being that despite the best efforts of talk radio we lost the

battle of the media. The left believes that FOX, with the high ratings for cable news, is able to compete with CBS, ABC, and NBC which are available free of charge.

Consider: the Benghazi scandal alone should have been enough all by itself to scuttle a re-election bid by a sitting president regardless of party. The major free media outlets sat on the story until Hurricane Sandy did its damage. It was at that point that the majority of the free outlets began to report. But who cared by that point? We, as a nation, rallied around the suffering because we’re Americans and that’s what we do. We’re the most generous people in the world (true, not hyperbole). The details of the incompetence of an administration’s handling of that situation were far from anyone who isn’t a current events wonk.

Consider: No president has ever been re-elected with a high unemployment rate that was unchanged from the start of his first term with the exception, possibly, of FDR but that depends on how you look at it. The unemployment rate among black Americans has been moving steadily in double digits yet they voted spiritedly for the incumbent. Under the previous Bush administration, the rate hovered between the middle 5% and low 6% but it was rare that it was looked at (by itself) as praiseworthy. People were focused on the Middle East. To the media the low unemployment rate was hardly ever a topic of discussion. I was rather amazed, back then, how little it was discussed. Last month, the rate ticked downward (before it ticked back up) to 7.8% and the tumult in the free media and press seemed a cause for worldwide celebration.

Consider: National debt magically became something that no one worried about somewhere in 2010. We became $16,000,000,000,000 in debt and that number became so abstract that no one seemed to understand the implications of being that far in debt and the potential consequences of continuing to spend with no end in sight. The media, with glee, continued a narrative that included a variety of “facts” and figures that somehow indicated that the president was less of a spender. Again, the wonks fought back citing numerous numbers to indicate that just wasn’t so. But, as Paul Ryan learned, people don’t care about the process of math nearly as much as they care about the total. The media love final numbers but they are woefully short on analysis.

Media come in all forms and the right had better swallow the following hard: the left is better organized at getting its message out because it has the media on its side. When it came to social issues like same-sex marriage or simply voting for a president of mixed race the message was clear and incessant: if you are not in favor of these issues you don’t just disagree. You are a hater, homophobe, bigot, and racist. The left won that narrative by creating an issue called “The War on Women”. Once again, it took the ill-advised, offhanded remarks of a popular radio host and turned it into a defining issue. If you are on the right, it doesn’t matter the number of female appointments and strong, opinionated politicians you may have. If you’re on the right, you want women pregnant and chained to a stove. The left was magnificent at burning that image indelibly on the foreheads of the middle and it worked. You can’t deny them doing a good job at putting up signs and using social media to get their message out. Had it been the other way around with our side winning by using the available media, we’d be patting ourselves on the back.

So, the right has a choice and that choice is not to “do some soul searching”, as has been suggested. Rubbish. It’s to get not just good at convincing Middle America about the validity of its message. It’s to be the best at getting its message out.

When you hear that a teacher is teaching bias instead of critical thinking, get in his face and complain. When you’re unjustly accused of racism, sexism, or the “ism” of the day, fight back and rally others to have your back. Others: have your fellow righty’s back. Learn to distill whatever message you have to a simple statement. Layers of argument, while valid, don’t win elections. The left is excellent at this. Learn from them. Stop whispering your opinion because you’re afraid of being sued or labeled. God knows the left is unafraid of offending you. Just make sure you always speak the truth. Don’t spread garbage. Spread truth and do it succinctly. Do not allow fear to override the freedoms afforded to you by living in the greatest, most generous, most free society on this planet. If you are on the right it’s because you have a set of principles that guide you and your thinking. Have confidence in those principles. Do not speak in low tones out of fear. Speak the truth and speak your mind. Act and act with conviction. You have every bit as much right to speak your opinion as anyone else.
Manny Laureano 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

And So We Greet November

WOW! Yeah...all these thoughts running through my head and the only word that seems appropriate is..."WOW!" And so we greet November. People are busily posting on facebook all the things they are thankful for. one has mentioned that they are thankful for the media! Wonder why? Okay...back to my current thought. We are almost to the end of 2012 and amazingly more people are not focused on whether the world will end in December as the Mayans predicted or not. Well....I take that back....there were a lot of people mentioning the end of the world and hoping that the Mayans prediction would come true on election night. I am sure for most it was tongue and cheek...but I know there were those that were on their knees praying that we are in our last month on earth. Myself....I sincerely doubt God is going to let any of us out that easy!

Yes the election! We cannot forget that every four years on the first Tuesday in November...if you are at least 18 and legal to be in this country with no felony can vote for our countries president. I have been around for a few of these elections in my life time and I have watched a lot of men come and go from that office. Some did nothing, some did a lot and others used it as their own private brothel. Some brought our country together and some have caused division. Some came in during peace time and had only matters of our country to deal with, while others had to deal with wars, death and terrorism which trumped all other matters. It is a thankless job and yet a job that Americans fight for. They fight to the point of spending millions of dollars on campaigning and ads and often aren't above lying to be top dog...errrrrr...candidate. Why? It certainly isn't for the paycheck. Granted there is money involved but there isn't enough money printed that would be worth having the weight of the country on my shoulders. And anymore it is not for the people either. More and more especially over the last few elections....I have come to the conclusion that the reason people want the job is for the POWER! When men become power hungry...then all bets are off.

Today a good day and a half after the election....peoples emotions are still running high. In the past we have had two separate but equal sides (the Democrats and the Republicans). In school we were taught that both sides wanted the same end game....they just had different ways of achieving that goal. The Democrats were traditionally low to middle class America and their goals were less military and more social programs viewed as vehicles to take care of those who couldn't or in some cases wouldn't take care of themselves. On the other hand Republicans were traditionally middle class to upper class America who wanted military spending, and wanted big money in big business. They supported capitalism to the fullest and felt that each should take care of his own. Of course both parties represented more than just that but according to the media....that was their essence. On election or lose...we knew what we were getting for the next four years and people quickly got back to daily life. Families and friendships remained in tact and life went on. Jump ahead to now though...and never in my life have I seen the emotional tilt a whirl that I have seen because of this election. Before the election, tensions were high and people were losing friends and family because the country was picking sides. Now...a day and half later and nothing has changed. People are still angry. The democrats (many not all) take pot shots daily about Obama's win, while many Republicans are heart sick over the  loss that they feel will ultimately destroy this country. There is no common ground to be had and there is no getting back to normal because we lost our normal on 9/11.

I have been watching fb postings and since I have a mix of friends and family (still.... believe it or not) on both sides of the has been interesting to watch. I have many conservative friends pounding their heads against a wall wondering why black and white seems to slip into shades of gray for so many. I will say that for the most part...those of my friends and family who I know voted for Obama have been fairly respectful (yes I pick my friends well) if not somewhat baffled that conservatives are still so upset. I think they were expecting that once their candidate was elected that life would go back to normal and all the political stuff would be old news. I have no doubt though....had the shoe been on the other foot...they too might still be feeling the sting of the loss. This was a high stakes election after all.

I understand how my conservative friends feel. And make no mistake....I feel every bit as strongly as they do that this election will come back to bite all who voted for this man in the hind quarters, but now is not the time to fall apart. It is also not the time to quit speaking out. I simply choose to do it in my blog (and sometimes on fb) with facts. You can never go wrong with facts. We also need to can feed a horse facts....but you can't make him use them if he is in denial!

Since the election I have done a great deal of thinking about what this all means to us as a country. So far I have come up with nothing good but I have come to the conclusion that we all might need to be schooled a bit in terminology to fully understand our current administration and what could be in store for us in the future. So I thought I might start right here! Here are a couple of terms that once had one meaning but now have a completely new and different meaning since our current administration took office.

George W. Bush: Old meaning: The 43rd President of the United States (not to be confused with father George H W Bush who was the 41st POTUS). GWB who is also known to many as simply just (Bush), had the misfortune of being elected just prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and sent our military to war in Iraq. GWB spent the better part of both terms with our soldiers abroad. He began the huge federal spending (much of it on the military and the war) and also the bailouts in which he racked up almost 5 trillion in federal debt in 8 years.

New meaning: George W. Bush in the last 4 years has become the whipping boy for ALL things wrong in the country. He has been blamed for everything from the 6 trillion dollar debt that was incurred in Obama's first term along with the job market that fell and never ressurected in Obama's first term and the astronomically high cost of gas during Obama's first term (see a pattern?) to natural disasters and world wide plagues. Yes is true. Not only was Bush a president...but since leaving office his powers of magic and mayhem have given Obama an out for every mistake "he" has made. Apparently George W. Bush in current terminology is far more powerful and has far more control than any of us ever knew!

Benghazi: Old meaning: Benghazi is the second largest city in Libya. Of late it has been the site of many violent protests where the people were going up against the military as well as mercinaries.

New meaning: As of September 11, 2012 it was the site where a terrorist attack was launched on the U.S. Consulate there killing four Americans. Our President and Hillary Clinton knew what was happening and yet CIA operators were denied requests for help. This tragedy was then blamed on an American youtube video as Obama and Clinton refused to call it an act of terrorism and as the POTUS apologized to the very terrorists who attacked the consulate. Since then...there has been a complete media and administrative blackout on this subject. No one speaks of Benghazi and it is as if it never happened.....well except for the families of those killed....oh and the millions of people who watched it all happen and refuse to let those Americans killed die in vain.

Yes...I have only hit upon a couple but trust me...the list goes on and on. I simply don't have the time right now to cover them all. But fear not....I will be back. And just a note: I do not hate my country. I love it, but even good things can go bad if not respected and taken care of. I do not hate anyone who voted differently than I. I may not understand how or why you could vote that way and I, like many may be confused how black and white to me could possibly be so gray to you but in the end...we are still a democracy and everyone has the right to vote their morals, their beliefs and their conscience. Don't expect me to call you names, tell you how stupid I think you are or scream insults at you for seeing things differently than I do. However....DO expect me to continue to use my 1st Amendment right to speak out on things I feel are wrong and things that I feel will damage this country as a whole. We are currently a nation divided because we do not have a leader that makes it his job to unite us. As long as we are is our power to make real change. Until the day we find at least a middle ground....We the People will no longer be the power in this country and government will step in and strip us of our rights, our freedom and our country....and you better bet....our current administration is counting on that!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I Will Not Be One of Them

My mother used to tell me that knowing something isn't right and not doing something about it....makes you just as guilty as if you did the act itself. That has been going through my head alot recently. The other thing that has gone through my head is the quote "evil takes hold when good men do nothing." I feel as if I have been doing nothing.

For much of this election year I have remained quiet with only the rogue post or blog here and there. Much of the reason has been because I have been very frustrated seeing the negativity and down right hatefulness that has come out of the election. Normally nice people are attacking others...... and friendships and relationships have died over this election. Some people I know have steered clear away from politics while others who have never used their political voice...have suddenly gotten quite vocal. Someone said all of this was because people care so much. I have a different idea....I think it is because people are scared. Fear can make people react in ways they wouldn't normally act. It can help them find their voice. Then I realized....I am scared too. I am scared for this country and as an American is my job to speak up and speak out....while I still can.

I have taken to speaking out more of late and I know that my stance...though always respectful has ruffled more than a few feathers. Yesterday I posted a rather conservative opinion on facebook about the upcoming election and one of my dear liberal friends respectfully disagreed...which I totally expected. I answered back....and then magically my post was gone. This was not my first post to disappear and funny enough all disappearing posts have been political. Not hateful, not rude....but conservatively political. Perhaps I have a right to be afraid. A social website that millions of people use and I am being censored. Yes I find this very disconcerting. It was this latest incident that is the catalyst for this blog in fact. I decided then and there...under the United States Constitution...I still have the right to free speech and here and now I will use it. Even if no one least I know I used my voice! And some of what I am about to say I have said before....but I think it merits being said a 2nd, 3rd and even 23rd time if eventually it gets people to really pay attention and think about what is actually happening in our country right before our very eyes.

Of late...the general consensus seems to be that if you do not vote for Obama in this election you are either racist, a right wing fringe fanatic or anti-woman. To that I say....I will not vote for Barrack Obama. I am not racist. Race plays no part in how someone does a job. I am not a right wing fanatic. I am a middle class single mom who believes in the Constitution and does not want my children and the generations to follow being stuck with the astronomical debt which this president continues to add to. And I am not anti-woman. I feel that abortion should be decided by the states...not the federal government. And abortions should not be forced upon Catholic or other hospitals or clinics who find it religiously unacceptable nor should the cost of said abortions be forced upon taxpayers. You don't want me messing with your reproductive rights...then don't be sticking your hand in my pocket to pay for them.  No...I am not voting for Obama because I find him to be dangerous to this country and to all of our freedoms.

In 2009, Obama promised that his presidency would be one of transparency. His exact words: "I will also hold myself as president to a new standard of openness .... Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." This means he will be open about everything and hold fast to the law. He has failed at both. He has kept secrets from sealing his personal records to what exactly was in the Obama Healthcare package. Remember Nancy Pelosi telling the country that we would know what was in the healthcare plan AFTER it was voted in? That's NOT transparency! And holding fast to the law? No...he has tried to circumvent congress, the law and the Constitution time and again when things were not going his way. What is worse....United States citizens have not only accepted this...but continue to support him after the fact.

When congress couldn't get together and decide on a budget because spending was out of hand and there just wasn't enough money to go around, Obama didn't suggest a cut in congressional he threatened the salaries of our military. He threatened the livelihood of the people who were putting their lives on the line to protect this country. I was outraged at such a threat....and yet many didn't even flinch. Still they support him.

Since taking office, unemployment has been astronomical, along with gas prices and federal spending. He has spent in one term twice what Bush spent in two terms, got our credit rating lowered.....and all the while blamed the Bush administration for our debt...never once taking responsibility for his part in any of it. In fact the only thing he has taken responsibility for during his presidency was the killing of Bin Laden. THAT he took responsibility for! Forget that the search for Bin Laden started under the Bush administration and that the Navy Seals actually did the work. And still...people support him.

And what about Benghazi? A terrorist attack on American citizens and rather than call it what it act of terrorism.....Obama blamed a youtube video. In a cover up to rival Watergate....Obama blamed those who made the video for the terrorist attack and seemed to side more with the sensibilities of the terrorists than with those who were killed. It was American lives lost on his watch and instead of immediate action to get to the bottom of things....there was just more deception and more blaming....and rather than be outraged....people still support him.

Then there was the whole gay marriage thing. First he came out saying that he believed marriage to be defined as between a man and a woman. The gay community was not pleased. an election year....he comes out for gay marriage. No one found this the least bit suspicious? No one thought that maybe he was going after the gay vote any way he could get it? And still....people support him.

I have watched. I have listened. I have kept my eyes open and what I see is a man who has
lied to this country. He has disrespected our country, our Constitution, our soldiers and our citizens. He has taken responsibility for something he had little to do with....and pushed all responsibility for the things he has actually done off on the previous administration and even the American citizens. He has flip flopped on issues in order to serve his own re-election and the worst thing of all....he has perpetuated a divide amongst the people he is suppose to be trying to bring together. He has never once tried to unite this country but instead has actively worked toward giving us "an us against them" mentality. He has mocked Christians, tea partiers and anyone who challenges him. He has refused to call terrorists what they are....terrorists and he has bashed capitalism and pushed for socialism since the moment he set foot in office.  And still.....people support him.

While I am not a genius...I am not stupid either. I have done my homework and as I said before...I have watched. Obama is trying to insinuate government into all facets of our lives all the while trying to "rule" outside the confines of the Constitution. He wants the people to be controlled by the government instead of the government being controlled by the people.... as it was originally intended. He continues to refuse full disclosure of his past and people are not alarmed by this? Common sense should tell us that anyone (especially someone high profile or the elected leader of a country) who refuses full disclosure is likely hiding something that could be very important or even dangerous....... and yet people still support him. I am simply baffled.

We are just days away from this election and I still see people rabidly supporting this man. They deny his wrong doings and claim he has done a fine job. him have begun blaming rather than admitting where the fault truly lies. It is as if he says it....and they believe it....regardless of the facts that are presented to them. And these are not stupid people. Again...I am baffled. Especially since we all know that if a conservative/Republican candidate had this track record....the opposition would have him tarred and feathered in the street awaiting impeachment. So I ask....what is going on????

In a day and age where information is readily available....everyone should be doing their research before this election, but many aren't. So here it is. I am spelling it out for all who care to read and addressing grave concerns we should all be having right now about the current administration. I know there will be many who will not like what I am saying. Even faced with the facts....many will go into those voting booths with a huge case of denial. Why? I have no idea. All of this being is my prediction if Obama is re-elected....our country will slip away from us in the next four years. He will find a way to totally disregard the Constitution which will mean many if not all of our rights will become nonexistent and he will by pass congress making into law things that are both unconstitutional and in the best interest of government and not the people being governed. He will do his best to make it so that POTUS term limits will be a thing of the him free reign for years to come. Government will play a roll in everything we do and we will be left open for terrorist attacks far beyond anything we have seen up til now. We will be a joke to other countries and we will lose the allies we do currently have. And sadly, there will be those....that still support him. BUT, I guarantee you...I will not be one of them!