Sometimes I believe that I’m becoming schizophrenic. On one hand I see the massive growth of our increasingly oppressive government. I see it’s heartless, mindless and soulless appetite that smothers the will and the initiative of our people. I see its unencumbered march toward total control extinguishing the sparks of liberty that God has placed within each of us, and I want to hunker down, to be alone, to tend my garden and pretend that it’s not happening. On the other hand, my anger, passion and my sense of justice are energized. I want to scream from the rooftops and mountaintops that Liberty is worth fighting for. I want to challenge and impede the monster’s movement every step along the way. I want to fight and resist with every fiber of my being. I do not want to submit, and I shall not.
Many people are drawing benefits and receiving subsidies from Big Government. Their allegiance or their indifference has been purchased. I have reason to believe that the government is going to give me a Rolex for Christmas….excuse me, the Winter Holidays. Isn’t that what it means to be on a watch list?
I’ve figured this out: I’m too late smart, and too soon old.
Fortunately, I have discovered that Grace is not a cashier at Kroger’s.
The Book of Proverbs (22:7, NIV) warns us “the borrower is servant to the lender.” Benjamin Franklin and other Founding Framers warned us against profligate spending and debt. Yet, for the past century we have childishly ignored their cumulative wisdom. We are now at the stage where we borrow to meet our debt payments, and still, the clowns in charge talk about reducing expenditures to 2008 levels. Why not 1908 dollars adjusted for inflation? They provide all kinds of reasons, alibis and excuses for not engaging in a serious and effective fiscal blueprint. Well, my fellow citizens, I have some advice for you in light of government’s irresponsible behavior. Sign up for Rosetta Stone and learn Mandarin Chinese.
It seems likely that many of you share my frustration with the apathetic attitudes of many of our family, friends and neighbors. Now we know how the Old Testament prophets felt. Jerusalem was conquered, and the people were dispersed….one thousand, nine hundred forty years ago. It’s true, if we do not learn from history, we are condemned to repeat it.
I love Christmas. I cherish the message of hope. I love spending time with my family. I enjoy the kitchen smells, the fragrance of pine and the non-stop Christmas music.
For the past year, I have traveled Ohio. I have made some wonderful new friends and re-connected with some old friends. I have been blessed. Thank you, one and all.
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My family has provided a phenomenal support system for me. Pat, my wife of 41.67 years (so who’s counting), daughter Kelly, hubby, Kevin and youngin’s Shaun and Erin plus son P.J., spouse, Heather, and little one, Sully have all been so supportive and encouraging. I love them all, and I’m so proud that I get to share their lives.
Dear career politician,
Stop spending MY money. Stop spending Pat’s money. Stop spending my children’s money. Stop spending my grandchildren’s money. Stop spending money. Stop spending. Stop!!!!!!!!!