Archive for April, 2012

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On May 2, 2011, the alarming news of the death of Osama bin Laden spread like an electromagnetic wave all across the world. The world’s most notorious symbol of evil and the mastermind of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks was finally brought to justice.

Despite the division that so easily saturates the consciousness of America, it was indeed a moment of unity as Americans complimented the extraordinary efforts of the Navy Seals Team 6 that carried out the assignment of bringing down bin Laden.

It’s been a year since this has occurred. What exactly does this mean? Undeniably, it is a feat of accomplishment for the Obama administration. The courageous and disciplined call from President Obama to order the military to carry out the assignment is something that needs to be applauded from all sides of the political spectrum. And, it is important to point out that President Obama benefited from using elements set in place by his predecessor, George W. Bush, such as enhanced interrogation techniques.

One of the biggest questions looming in the mindset of many is this: Is America any safer since the death of Osama bin Laden? This is very complicated and complex.

As of right now, Al-Qaida is weakened and less organized. However, this does not mean that a legit threat against the sovereignty of the United States does not remain alive. It would be totally naïve and asinine for individuals to assume that the national security interests of the United States are no longer targeted. As long as the United States promotes freedom and liberty, it will be a constant target to our enemies and those who seek to bring an assault on our freedoms.

Due to a vast effort on behalf of the counterterrorism agencies, the U.S. have killed nearly half of Al-Qaida’s top leaders and have dismantled any of their networks. However, remnants of their regime still manages to be of some force. “It’s wishful thinking to say al-Qaida is on the brink of defeat,” says Seth Jones, a Rand analyst and adviser to U.S. special operations forces. “They have increased global presence, the number of attacks by affiliates has risen, and in some places like Yemen, they’ve expanded control of territory.”

Another complicated matter is where Osama bin Laden was captured—Pakistan. It calls itself an ally of the United States, but their reluctance to inform the U.S. that bin Laden was hiding within their borders and their sour response to his capture have raised many questions about their validity as an ally and if they are indeed a state sponsor of terrorism.

The death of Osama bin Laden was an ideal symbolic victory in the War on Terror, and may have provided a sense of closure for the families of the victims of 9/11. However, it all ushered in an era of uncertainty. We do not know what the next move is. We do not how, or if, Al-Qaida will retaliate. There is a fear that another terrorist leader will rise and attempt to carry bin Laden’s torch and carry out his unfulfilled goals.

One year later, the resolve of the American remain strong. We are prepared to meet any threat to our sovereignty with a strong military force and community of individuals prepared to defend freedom.

In 2012 and the years to follow, the capture and death of Osama bin Laden will serve as a kind, yet firm, reminder that good can prevail over evil and that the inhumane acts of those who live in darkness will never substitute for those who reject tyranny and oppression.

God And the Economy

Posted: April 28, 2012 in Politics, Religion

In the midst of the turbulent and chaotic economic woes that America faces on a daily basis, how are we supposed to respond to the financial armageddon that has encompassed us? It is very easy to become saturated with fear and anxiety, and to live in worry and be pessimistic about the future. The economic experts are predicting that the economy will be in a downward spiral for several months to come. Politicians and government analysts are divisive on how to solve the crisis. To be completely honest, the secular and mainstream world are in a frantic panic. However, if we abide by God’s economic policy, we will be prosperous and live a joyful life.

When you abide by God’s economy, you will live joyful even in the most heinous and toughest times of life. Right now, people are looking for economic news that will make them “happy.” But being happy is just a temporary feeling that can be easily changed in a matter of time. Being happy is a momentary satisfaction that can be offset by a circumstance or situation. However, being joyful is the state of being conditioned in the love and faithfulness of God. Because his Word promises us that he will never leave us or forsake us and that he has never seen righteous beg for bread! There is joy in the simple fact that no matter what the situation looks like, God is with me! Wherever he will lead me, he’s already been there and he’ll never put more on us than we can bear! But what does this have to do with economics??? Well…

1.) God’s economy is based on faithfulness. Being faithful to God requires more than 10% tithes and an offering. While we are required to bring God our first fruits through tithes and offerings, our faithfulness to God is simply the way we live our lives. If we are faithful to him by abiding in his word, prayer and offering up sacrifices of praise at ALL time, God will be faithful to us. If we love him and put him first above anyone and anything, God will look out for us and he will be our provider!

2.) God’s economy is based on contentment. Trying to keep up with the Joneses is very easy to do, but also can be detrimental. Paul said that “I have learned that whatsoever state I am therewith to be content.” In this financial disaster that our country is currently in, many people were trying to live outside their means. If God has not given you the resources to live higher than your means, DON’T DO IT! We must be content with what God wants us to have. I do believe God blesses unconditionally, but also on his timing and that we cannot try to push the fast forward button and try to live upscale before it is our timing. We must be content and be willing to let God use us in whatever state we are in. Our contentment will take us to a higher level with God which opens the door for more blessings and opportunities.

3.) God’s economy is based on selflessness. “For the love of money is the root of all evil”. Greed has crucified our financial system. It’s because of greed that CEOs are receiving huge bonuses even when their companies are under-performing. It’s because our world has become intimate with greed that Wall Street is constantly sinking. Bank accounts have dwindled, savings have evaporated and for many people, their lives have been turned upside down. Money can cause us to become selfish and think about our wants instead of us investing into the kingdom of God. When you invest into God’s economy, you will never become “broke”. For when you invest into the economy of God, you invest your time and energy into being developed into the man or woman of God that God wants you to be and you do not become caught up in the stress and money woes of the secular world. It is important for us to be kingdom minded and start of thinking of serving God and others and not ourselves.

4.)God’s economy is based on trust. At this time, people have little trust in government. Can we blame them? Absolutely not! The corruptness that has been revealed has fractured what little trust people may have put in government. However, God’s economy operates completely different. God wants us to trust in him. We must believe that his word is forever settled in heaven. When our family and friends fail us, we must trust God to be a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. We must trust him to make a way out of no way. We must trust God to stand in our defense and be our strength when we are weak.

God’s economy is NOT in a recession! The world is wavering but God isn’t. Let us partake in God’s economy by investing our time and energy in his kingdom. Let us store treasure in heaven and not in this earth. That which is divine, cannot be harmed by that which is secular.

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In the time and age of economic peril, we have seen many people lose hope, faith and trust. Many Americans have seen their investments and their financial security totally collapse. While the government is looking for solutions to combat this economic warfare, I believe the answer is simple and not complex: Americans need to decrease their dependency on the government. For far too long, many Americans have had a love affair with the naive thoughts of the government helping to improve their lives.

Americans need to be liberated from the government’s message that it will provide for them and meet all their needs. This is political blasphemy. Nothing is FREE. While the governments is promising health care, economic opportunities for all, redistribution of wealth, etc, Americans need to awake from their slumber and realize that their hard-earned taxpayer money will be used to fund these “free” opportunities.

While there are many that rely on welfare and social services, the government has compelled them to stay just where they are. These people must liberate themselves from the fact that it’s ok to stay on welfare and live off the expense of other taxpayers. It is time for individual responsibility. Time for people to realize that you do not have to stay in your current predicament, but that you can arise from the ashes of economic bondage and enhance your opportunity, such as home ownership, entrepreneurship, etc.

Americans must liberate themselves from the shackles of government expansion. The government does not have the right to tell you what doctor to go to, what car to drive or how to spend your money. If Americans do not speak up and let their voice be heard, they will continue to live in political Egypt, slaving themsleves only to see the government deepen their economic woes.

My fellow Americans, it is foolish and ignorant for us to sit back and be complacent. You have seen your taxpayer money wasted to bailout CEOS and companies who are not performing, only to see them file for bankruptcy. You have seen the government spend money that it simply does not have, and as a result, it has deepened our national debt. You have seen a government who refuses to behave fiscally. Instead of spending your money wisely, government has wasted it on insurance for honeybees, an airport for Congressman John Murtha, and other wasteful projects. We have seen a Senate who hasn’t passed a budget in 1,090 days and counting.

America–it is time to liberate yourself from the idea that the government will take care of you. The question during the 2008 Presidential Campaign was “Are you better off than you were 8 years ago?” I ask you this: Will you be better off 10 years from now? What will you give to your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren?

While the government is bankrupting Social Security and Medicaid, manipulating citizens with the Federal Reserve, and expanding its power over the private sector, what will you do? Will we continue to cling to a government that depends on China and Saudi Arabia for oil instead of decreasing our dependency on foreign oil or will we remain silent?

It is time for our minds to be liberated. It is time for us to hold our elected officials accountable. The longer we are silent, the less chance we have of becoming truly liberated.



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Does fashion matter in politics?

Yes it does. Should it matter? Well, let’s take a look.

If you are involved with politics, not only does your policy proposals have to have an appeal, but so does your appearance. While I strongly believe that a politician’s attire has nothing to do with his stance on the issues, the public seems to focus on their physical appearance. For men, the basic attire is a dark suit, white shirt and a solid or striped tie. However, I like to do various styles. For example: I believe polka-dot ties are a huge plus!

If male politicians were to wear polka-dot ties, I am pretty confident that it will be a huge appeal to women voters. In politics, you can look conservative, but classy as well. Brooks Brothers, Joseph A. Banks, Stafford and Ralph Lauren are some of the basic conservative attire wore by public officials. This is indeed a good choice of clothing, and I approve it, and at times, will wear it, but I also like to add spice to it. Express, Banana Republic and Gap are my favorites. Their pattern of shirts and ties are somewhat similar to Brook Brothers and Stafford, but with a little bit more of a classy appeal.

For female politicians, a blue or black dress or pants suit is very common and acceptable. I view it as less risky and not too loud. I also believe that women should proudly wear colors that will attribute to their personalities. I believe they should stay away from wearing excessive jewelry and makeup. It takes away from the authentic attributes of the individual.

Many people view suspenders as something only worn by elderly men. I strongly oppose that view. I have come to find out that suspenders have become very popular in this modern era. Not only do young men wear them, but it is becoming popular among young women as well. S.E. Cupp of GBTV has worn suspenders on several occasions, and it has a very unique and effective look on her. I like to do a little mix of everything to bring out my personal fashion appeal. For example: striped shirt with a polka dot tie is conservative and stylish at the same time.

Dressy plaid pants are a favorite of mine because it brings attention to you and it stands out and people like things that are different. Also, certain ties have certain relevance in politics. If I was giving a State of the Union address, I’ll sport a black or blue suit, white wide-collar shirt, and a blue tie to symbolize unity, compassion and the strength of the nation. If I am giving a national security speech, I would wear a red tie to symbolize power, authority, and boldness. A gold tie with a blue shirt symbolizes confidence and optimism. This would be appropriate for a politician accepting the nomination for their party. They have to be hopeful and confident not only for their party, but for the nation as well.

Another fashion style that has huge appeal is pinstripes. I cannot describe in words how big of an affect pinstripes has on people. A three-piece or two-piece pinstripe suit is very spicy and yet conservative. I would sport a pinstripe suit with a polka-dot tie so that attention is brought to the suit, the tie, and the appeal of the person. It has a sophisticated, eloquent, classy and conservative touch.

I am also an huge advocate of the bowtie. Yes, the bowtie. I realize for some individuals, it’s a love-hate thing. The bowtie is a sign of confidence, uniqueness, boldness and fashion etiquette. I realize majority of politicians save the bowtie wearing for a tuxedo and formal events, but I would encourage them to wear it more often. People would view this as someone who isn’t afraid to step outside the norm and develop his own style without fear of backlash or disapproval.

Many politicians may worry that some colors or styles may be too bold or too loud. I would like to argue that sometimes it is good to take a risk because it will appeal to the younger and more modern generation. I like the striped ties and solid ties, but taking a risk is more acceptable. Suspenders, polka dot ties, plaid pants are not expected in politics. Therefore, if you bring about change in fashion, it is quite possible that more and more people would be attracted to the politician, as well as to politics.

 

 

 

Sexual Abuse Awareness Month

Posted: April 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Sexual Abuse Awareness Month

April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. My friend, 16 year-old blogger Madeline McAulay, took the time to write about how you can be aware and protect yourself from potential abuse. You can also check out more of her work at http://www.faithhopeandpolitics.com

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Thanks to liberal Democrat Hilary Rosen’s vicious attack on Ann Romney claiming that she has never had a “real job”, the conservative base of the GOP is now united in one front to destroy liberalism. Ann Romney, mother of 5 boys and a survivor of multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, is a testament to the many mothers who sacrificed careers and opportunities to make the selfless service of putting their families first.

This goes beyond attacking the wife of a presidential candidate. This is a vile attack on conservative women nationwide. According to the logic of the left, if you choose to raise a child instead of aborting one, you are less of a woman. We have seen countless, vicious and character attacks on women of conservative ideology. Sarah Palin, for example, was criticized and scorned by the liberal left for raising a child with Down syndrome while pursuing her career. Black conservative women are CONSTANTLY being targeted for their belief in the pro-life movement, small government and for their opposition to President Obama’s policies.

President Obama wants to vocalize his support for women, but the facts say otherwise. Women employees at the White House make 18 percent less of the median salary as do male employees. According to Amy Sullivan of TIME Magazine, the Obama administration is described as a “boy’s club” and suggested that the president has a woman problem. It is reported that senior women staffers are seen and not heard during policy meetings.

I am outraged and furious that the left what to attack women instead of having a constructive dialogue about the core issues affecting Americans today. The REAL war on women is the economic plight that they are experiencing due to big government spending, high unemployment rate, a raking deficit and a President who is opposed to job creation that will benefit many women in the U.S. today.

Stay-at-home moms are usually the ones who are responsible for the economic accountability of their family. There is something that Ann Romney and many other SAHMs have done that puts Obama and Senate Democrats in unfamiliar territory: monitor a BUDGET. The attack on SAHMs is meaningless. They are some of the most hardworking people in America.

I am proud to say that I am a beneficiary of a productive stay-at-home mom. I will forever be in debt to my mom countless hours raising me as a child. She did more than cook and prepare meals. She home-schooled me for a period of time, cleaned and washed dirty laundry, was a mode of transportation for me when I was without a vehicle, provided spiritual guidance, and sacrificed career opportunities so that I was raised in a good home and was provided with a great and balanced family structure.

The left’s war on women affects the family as a whole. It is indeed the demonizing of the motherly figure, the husband that supports her and the children that have grown to admire her. This war must be stopped and the best way to put it to a cease is at the ballot box in November.

The Ministry of Politics

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

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When one takes upon themselves the mantel of ministry, they take upon the role of a servant. Yes, a servant. This is an uncomfortable feeling for many individuals, because it is human nature to want acceptance, moments in the spotlight, and to be embraced with praise and glorification for our various deeds. Yet, with the call of ministry comes the abandonment of self, the crucifixion of pride, and the concluding fact that you are called to serve a cause greater than one’s self.

Ministry, in a religious respective, is an expression of the will of the religious faith. Politics, in theory, is an expression of policy or legislative affairs that should reflect the will of the constituents. Politics is a ministry, in the sense that the elected leaders are called to serve. In essence, they take on the title of “public servants.” In various parts of the international world, the word “ministry” is widely used. For example, we use the terms “Secretary of Defense/Secretary of State” to relate to our nation’s top military advisor and top diplomat. Overseas, the term used to relate to these positions are “Defense Minister and Foreign Minister.” I find this strikingly intriguing in the fact that “minister” is used to imply that government intends to minister, or to reach out through self-less service, to its constituents. Anytime the government takes on the term of “minister” it is responsible for expressing outreach through humility and having a passion for people.

Ministry is all about people and connecting with their needs. The problem with politicians in the current era is that they know of their constituents but there is no connection to their needs. This is displayed through policies and legislative procedures that ignore the will of the people, and through acts that benefits politicians but can put the constituents at an extreme disadvantage. Majority of politicians are seeking to be in the spotlight, serenaded by a paparazzi of television crew, radio talking heads and attempting to divulge the voter into thinking that they are acutely aware of their needs by doing glamorous, but deceptive public relations. The constituent knows when the politicians are sincere and honest with them. They know that when election time is vastly approaching, the politicians will appear to be interested in improving their economic conditions. This, however, is not ministry. Ministry is a CONSTANT process. It does not occur every 2 or 4 years but it is intact every single day. People need encouragement and advice every day. Ministry is being aware of these needs and making yourself available to being a helpful asset. This concept needs to be applied in the political theatre. The voter needs to see and hear from their elected leaders on a constant basis, not just during an election cycle.

Ministry requires outreach to every human soul that desires to have their lives impacted for the better. Ministry does not see race, ethnicity, sex, economic status, or past failures. Yes, ministry outreaches to those who have done deeds that are considered despicable. After all, it’s not what you were it’s what you can become. The political atmosphere can benefit from the aspects of ministry. Instead of particular parties outreaching to certain voting blocs and turning a deaf ear to others, they could simply engage in outreaching to EVERYONE in need. This will bring about more interest and a better engagement in public affairs and policy. When you reach out to everyone, there is a better feeling of overall satisfaction. The failure to reach out to everyone leaves a sense of discontent and the “out of touch” label begins to take its role.

Ministry isn’t about receiving a prestigious award or adoration. Many times your deeds go unnoticed. Many times you will not receive a “thank you” or a pat on the back. Ministry is selfless. It is the willingness to operate with passion and to influence others without asking for anything in return. Politics is about reaching out to others and impacting the lives of voters without looking for political favors or “back door deals.” It is about staying faithful to your values and principals and not abandoning them for fanfare or popularity. It consists of connecting to the people you have been chose t represent without betraying them for greed, corruption and deceit.

If you feel the call of ministry has landed on your shoulders, you must embrace it without turning back. You must be saturated with a burden to impact the lives of those you come in contact with and the willingness to serve people with the humble heart of a servant. For those who want to be a public servant through the political realm, you must stand with conviction and consistently display the principals that your constituents expect out of you. This must be shown through policies and lifestyle as well.

Will politics embrace the role of ministry and reduce selfishness and greed and increase humility and morality? This remains to be seen. In order for politics to be more positively embraced, it must become a ministry.

The Cause Is Greater Than Our Humanity

Preached a message entitled “The Cause Is Greater Than Our Humanity.” God has called us to fulfill his purpose within us, regardless of our humanity—strengths, weaknesses, imperfections & failures.

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This election year’s theme has evolved around one common theme: the identity of America. We’ve heard the rallying voices calling for “restoring”, “believing”, “saving” and “reviving” America. There is this undeniable feeling that America is wayward, distraught and dysfunctional.

The choice is quite simple and fundamental: we can continue to march towards an European socialist society or we can be a nation of economic prosperity, constitutional liberty and freedom. America’s soul has been entrenched by big government welfare and mandates that infringe on individual rights. The enhancement of government, by means of a weak and anemic private sector, has changed America from being an economic promised land to a nation that is being defined by unemployment, joblessness, a divided political front and a lack of efficient leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It is embarrassing and shameful that we currently have a President who does not understand the power of American Exceptionalism. It is quite common for President Obama to travel worldwide “apologizing” for what he perceives to be the flaws and imperfections of America. I wish he would express gratitude for this country.

American Exceptionalism is about being what you dream to be. It’s about taking advantage of the fact that America is one of the greatest nations known to mankind and that it flourishes with plenty of opportunities for many individuals to succeed. American Exceptionalism is not about government dependency. While the absence of government in its entirety would lead to a society in total chaos and disorder, it is the notion that government will meet all your needs that has caused many to be apathetic and indolent.

American Exceptionalism is about YOU. It is about having a good work ethic. It is the blissful reminder that if you dream and believe in God and yourself, that you can indeed be what you want to be. It is not about piggybacking off of other’s successes and blessings. It is not about being entitled to something without working hard and diligently for it. American Exceptionalism promotes the idea that America is great and that the power of free is what makes individuals successful in life. The idea of big government necessity is pure selfishness. The fact that many just want to depend on the government to provide them services without putting in the work and effort as others, is not only selfishness, but its robbery from those who have worked diligently in their life.

I refuse to adhere to the thought that government serves as a lifeguard and rescue mission. My success in life is dependent on Almighty God, the encouragement of family & friends, and the effort I personally put in to achieving my goals. Many may perceive this to be an egotistical analysis. On the contrary, it’s the beauty of American Exceptionalism. Don’t ride the coattails of government. Empower YOURSELF.

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There will be lots of chocolate, candy, eggs, ham, turkey, and other festive and delicious treats partaken of on Easter Sunday. Children all across the world will attend church services showcasing their flattering dresses and spiffy suits. Parents will sit proudly in church pews and watch their children recite a poem or portray a role in a skit. This indeed fits the description of a traditional Easter service.

There is nothing wrong per se in enjoying these activities, if we keep the meaning of this sacred holiday in perspective. Easter is the holy remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The old, but untarnished story of Christ’s death on Calvary’s hill still resonates among Christians today. The stripes that were whipped upon his back and the painful beatings that Christ endured is the message of love that brings hope and rest to today’s weary soul. The scriptures in the Holy Bible declare in John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but but have eternal life.” (NLT). There is much joy in this beautiful reminder that Christ died for our imperfections so that we may, wholeheartedly and abundantly, live with purpose.

It was with Christ’s death, that his critics and antagonists celebrated prematurely in their naive belief that the King of Kings was defeated in death. It was to their surprise and to the joy of many others that Christ rose from the grave three days later. His resurrection is what makes the Easter story so compelling, unique and matchless. Death could not defeat him. The grave could not hold him. He rose with power and with a stern and electrifying message that he was still God, in despite of the circumstances that had surrounded him.

This the real message of Easter. It is tempting to secularize Easter into making it about marketing, commercialism and festivities. The real challenge is to remind our fellow brother and sister of the power of God’s love. It is essential that the members of the Christian community be ambassadors of Christ. This consists of telling those who feel hopeless, depressed and battered down by the pressures of life that there is a Savior who died for their iniquities and wishes to heal and make them whole.

There is a temptation to make this holy and sacred holiday secular. There is the temptation to focus solely on easter egg hunts and shopping and neglect to reflect on the life of Christ. We must remember that the mainstream and secular philosophy of this society will never replace the timeless truth of the real Easter story.

This Easter, I will partake of a hearty meal and all the other traditions, but I will never replace those with the true meaning of Easter–Jesus Christ. If we secularize Easter, we are in danger of replacing the story of Christ with our own vanity.