We Surround Them

I am a huge fan of Glenn Beck, but  haven’t listened to his show for a while.  As I have said before, I had to take a break from all things political.  It appears that I have missed a couple things.  A fellow blogger and friend pointed out to me Glenn Becks “We Surround Them” plan.  I just sent in my picture.  I encourage everyone to do the same!  And for the record, I whole-heartedly agree with both the 9 Principles and the 12 Values!  Here it is right from Glenn Becks website, http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/21018/?ck=1.

Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it?

Do you believe that your voice isn’t loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore?

Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach…as if you’re completely alone?

If so, then you’ve fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides—the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don’t surround us at all.

We surround them.

So, how do we show America what’s really behind the curtain? Below are nine simple principles. If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common. I urge you to read the instructions at the end for how to help make your voice heard.

12 Values

  • Honesty
  • Reverence
  • Hope
  • Thrift
  • Humility
  • Charity
  • Sincerity
  • Moderation
  • Hard Work
  • Courage
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Friendship

The Nine Principles

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

You Are Not Alone

If you agree with at least seven of those principles, then you are not alone. Please send a digital version of your picture to: wesurroundthem@foxnews.com and then stay tuned to the radio and television shows over the coming weeks to see how we intend to pull back the curtain.

The British are Coming!

More and more lately I feel like running down the road yelling “The British are coming!  The British are coming!”  Much like Paul Revere did on April 18, 1775.  People immigrated to the American continent to experience freedom from oppression and tyranny.  They had to fight several wars to earn and protect the freedoms and Republic we enjoy today.  I feel that we are at war once again to protect our freedoms.  Little by little our freedoms have been nibbled and picked at.   Up until now, we have seemingly not lost that much.  But if we let our guard down and give in to pacifism because it is easier than opening ourselves to criticism and argument, then we will lose much more.  Two days ago, without a single person in congress reading it, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed.  In other words, the massive, over-spending, ear-marked, Democratic hay-day Porculus bill.  This particular bill attacks several of our fundamental principles.  A few of which are religion, states rights, our individual rights, and possibly most importantly, our Republic.  Our government has seriously over stepped it bounds by passing this bill.

It is important to understand we live in a Republic, not a Democracy.  A democracy means that the majority rule.  But when the majority decide to take things from the public that don’t belong to them, the democracy fails.  In a Republic, the government is restricted by law leaving the people alone.  There is a great video that explains the different types of government.  It has made clear several things for me.  I highly recommend you watch it.  http://www.wimp.com/thegovernment Our current government has decided to become a democracy, without the consent of the people.  It continues to pass laws that limit the power of the people which in turn makes itself more powerful.  With this kind of power, our country will be forever changed and we will lose what has made us great.  The freedom to be self-dependant and the ability to choose our own roads without the restriction or fear from the rulers.  The video mentioned above has a splendid quote “The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of Government.”

We, as the people, give rights to the government, and we have the ability and the right to take rights away from the government if they are not protecting our inalienable rights as humans.  Obama has stated that one of his biggest problems with the Constitution is its binding power on the government.  That is the way it is suppose to be!!!  If the people give up their right to take  judgement on the government and keep it in check, then we are flinging our doors wide open to Socialism and Fascism  and any other type of freedom-squashing government that the world and the ambition of man sees fit to throw at us.

This is a definite occasion that the government needs to be put in check.  I am so angered by this stimulus bill that I am beside myself.  I am mad about several things.  The fact that this ridiculous bill passed and that Obama has lied to us.  I am mad that not a single person in congress has read the bill or had the opportunity to debate it’s many pages of controversial sections and articles.  I am mad that we were not given the five days promised to us, by Obama,  to review and make public comment on the bill (or any piece of legislation going through Congress).  I am mad that the lobbyists had the bill before the politicians had it.  I am mad that people don’t realize that the best way out of debt is to stop spending money!  I am mad that the government is bailing out private corporations.  It is not the governments job to bail out private corporations. Giving money to businesses that are failing because of the incompetence of their owners, is not protecting the rights of the people.  In fact, it is stepping on those rights because it is inhibiting free enterprise!

We are at a point in time where we need to start making a stand and fighting for our Republic!  I am not sure how, however.  But something needs to be done.  It makes me so nervous that an 8 inch thick piece of legislation was just passed and not a single person knows everything that is in it.  What rights have been lost?  What jobs have been created?  So far, I am hearing about nothing but more bailouts, more layoffs and pointless jobs that the free market won’t support and that will have little to no effect on the quality of life.  There is an adage that I know that fits this situation very well.  It is “Hope for the best, but expect the worst.”  That way I am not too disappointed.

The Inauguration of our 44th President

Wow..it has been a long time since my last blog.  I am going to try and play catch up.  Not all in this one post though.  That would be a very LONG post. 🙂  Instead, I am going to do a series of short posts about the big events in the last month.  I will start with Christmas Eve and move through the next month.  I have really missed blogging.  When I was in California I wasn’t able to get on the Internet and I was surprised at how lost I felt.  Jason is wearing off on me more than I realized. 🙂  But I don’t mind.  My catch up posts are more for my own personal history than anything else.  Since I have started blogging I have cut back on my journal entries.  Well, to be totally honest, it has been about 2 years since my last journal entry, but blogging is so much easier and this way I have pictures with events.  It is slightly more difficult to do that with journals and I don’t scrapbook.  I am not creative enough.

Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment and talk about the inauguration  that happened on Tuesday because it is a very important part of the history of our country.  It is really fun to be a part of history!  Although, I am hoping this particular chapter turns out to be happier than I am predicting.  It is no secret that President Obama and I do not agree on very many issues.  In fact, I can’t think of any off hand.  But what makes our country great is the fact that the people can and have spoken and voted in the man they thought would do the best job leading us.  Granted, he didn’t win by very much, but he still won.  I thought this quote by Thomas Jefferson was very interesting.  “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. ”  If we elect the right people, the other 49 percent won’t have to worry about losing their rights because the leaders will do everything in their power to protect all 100% of the people with honesty, integrity, virtue, personal morals and courage to stand against the onslaught of manipulations and deceits that seem to accompany any office in politics.

As a citizen of the United States of America, it is my duty and obligation to freely and willfully support President Obama in his office.  I support him as president and I like him as a person, but I have to say that I do not support the changes he is planning on making.  President Obama has been in office 2 days and we are already feeling the moral effect of his executive orders.  He has show hypocritical tendencies by first criticizing Bush on the amount money spent on his inauguration, and then spent 3 times as much on his own.  He has put a hold on the salaries of the white house staff for no reason I can come up with other than to pay for his own expensive tastes.  The democrats have made a fairly big deal about going green but none of them seemed to have a problem taking private jets to the inauguration.  There were over 600 private jets at the airport on Tuesday.  And to top it all off, Obama has already made a devastating executive order lifting the ban on federal funding for abortions.

I love our country because we are free to succeed and fail based on our own choices and abilities and ambitions.  We all have a right to reach for the American dream, but that does not mean we will all achieve it.  We have the right to pursue happiness, that does not mean we will all achieve it and it certainly doesn’t mean the government needs to give it to us.  How would we learn and grow if we allowed ourselves to be spoon fed through out our lives?  I love our country because it is merely run by the government, not controlled by the government. The fundamental role of the government is to maintain our security and basic public order.  Bailing out the economy, getting involved in religions ceremonies and governing schools is not part of our basic security or keeping of the peace.  I feel that the government is sticking its head into areas that are none of its business.  If we allow it to proceed in this direction, I really worry that we are digging our own grave.  John Adams said “Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”  This could be us, if we allow ourselves to become complacent.  We need to study the issues and keep the government in check.

Many of the policies Obama wants to implement, will put more control in the governments hands and take the ability away from the people to be free to make their own choices, for good or ill.  During his inaugural speech Obama said “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works…” and although this is a very good question, it pushes aside the fact that a larger government will not make it work better.  In fact a larger government may seem to fix in the short term a few of our countries problems, in the long run it will lead to more control and loss of personal freedoms.  Obama wants to take us to Socialism and that is not in any form of the idea what our founding fathers wanted for our country.  Thomas Jefferson was very wise when he said “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”  We are free to be free.  We should not let laziness and rocks in the road to fortune allow us to settle down and accept what others give us without question.  We need to be very careful that a handout on the roadside from the government will not grab hold and enslave us in the future to living only by the Governments  good grace.

I have been very surprised this past year at the strength of my feelings about the government.  As far as I can recollect, I have never been so passionate about anything in my life.  Just thinking about it gets my blood boiling.  I know that I have offended more than one person of late, and I apologize for that.  After pondering about why I am feeling so strongly about this, I came to the conclusion that I have been ignorant, and the time for ignorance has long since past.  I want to raise my children to know their rights and to speak their minds in the hope that they may lead their peers and fellow citizens in making good choices.  Knowledge is power and I have failed to make myself knowledgeable about the important factors concerning our country these days.  As I said earlier, one of the beautiful things about our country is that it is and should be run by the people.  We elect people that we feel will make the decisions that most closely relate to how we feel and the morals, standards and virtues that we uphold.  When we sit back and decide to let the government make our choices for us, or choose not to vote or get involved because we think our voice won’t make difference, then we are condemning ourselves to be lead by people who don’t care for our opinion and who will make choices not for the good of the country and people, but for the good of themselves.  ( I am not necessarily saying this is the way with our current administration.)  We, the people, are the safety net for our country.  It is great and it is up to us to keep it that way.  Not the government.  “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” ~Thomas Jefferson

I would love to trust the government, but I don’t.  So far, in two days the Obama administration has proved that some of my fears were not vain.  I feel that the lift on the ban of federal spending for abortions is just the first of many dominos to fall.  I strongly urge everyone out there to inform themselves of the facts of all the issues and let their voices be heard.  I am not judging anyone.  I am well aware that there are a large amount of people out there that don’t agree with me on many of these issues.  That is okay with me.  I just wanted my personal position to be clear.  I do not take for granted my position as a citizen of this country and I will do everything in my power to exercise all of my rights so that I won’t lose them.  Though my efforts may be small, maybe I will be the snowflake that starts the avalanche.  It is not only our duty, but our RIGHT to make sure the Governement is working for us, the people.  We own the governement, not the other way around.

What I believe about the Constitution and Government

When we were at the Salt Lake temple Saturday night, we paused to reflect on these signs.  They are written on stone monuments in temple square.  This is exactly what I feel about the government and the constitution.  I feel that the constitution is under attack lately and unfortunately a lot of the attackers come from the government itself.  I know that all people, government officials as well as normal citizens who do not stand up to defend it for the God given document that it is, will be held accountable.  I am so grateful for the country I live in and the freedoms I enjoy.  But it is important to remember that even though we have freedom, we don’t have the right to forget the commandments of God and turn away from what we know to be right and wrong.  We have agency, and the laws are there to protect us from those who choose to use their agency inappropriately, not to protect those in the wrong.  Things are confused and backwards these days, the Constitution is there as a guiding light to keep us in line.  In case you can’t read the photos, they say…

LIBERTY: “The constitution of the United States is a glorious standard…founded in the wisdom of God..Established by the hands of wise men…raised up unto this very purpose.  It is to all those who are privileged with the sweets of liberty like the cooling shades and refreshing waters of a great rock in a thirsty and weary land.” ~Joseph Smith

“The laws and constitution of the people…should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles: That every man may act.. according to the moral agency.. given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgement.” ~ Doctrine and Covenants Sec. 101

“Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.” ~

GOVERNMENTS:  We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man, and that He holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.  We believe that no government can exist in peace except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property and the protection of life.” ~Doctrine and Covenants Sec. 134

“Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land.”  ~Doctrine and Covenants Sec. 58

“We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers and magistrates,in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law.” ~12 Article of Faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Pumpkin Land!

Today, Kayla, Brynn and I went with Kayla’s pre-school class to Pumpkin Land!  It was so much fun!  We walked though the pumpkin patch and then got lost in the maze.  We had fun looking at the goats and the bunnies,  there were even a bunch of baby bunnies.  The girls loved those!  Then they played on the play set and we had a picnic!  At the very end we walked through the spooky alley and saw Cinderella’s flying coach!  🙂  The last thing we did was pick out a pumpkin to bring home.  The weather was perfect and warm and I am thinking it might be a Halloween tradition to go there.  I found the coolest swan gourd that I am going to hollow out and make into a bird feeder!  I can’t the credit for the idea though, it was my neighbor, Julie’s.  I am hoping she will show me how to do it.  But it is the neatest looking thing and as a bird house in my garden it will be awesome!

Just an update about last night.  We didn’t quite get the pumpkins carved.  We got them cleaned out, but then it got too late and the kids needed to go to bed.  Tonight I am having a Scentsy Party and so the carving will commence again tomorrow. 🙂  I will take pictures when we are done.  The kids are very excited.  This is good though because now I can really give the seeds the 24 hour salt water bath they are suppose to have before roasting. 🙂

Then we really will eat the seeds the night we carve the pumpkins.  Kayla has told us she wants “scarrry face!”  I just told Jason that we are going to stick to pretty simple designs this year so we don’t have to spend 2 hours on one pumpkin.  He is wondering why I am taking all the fun out if it!

I just have to take a moment to encourage everyone to really look at the issues and make informed votes on the 4th.  I am not going to get too into it here because I am becoming extraordinarily opinionated on the isse of the next president and I could really spend the rest of the day playing my case here.  This is not the time.  But I have been forwarded a video in my email from Jason of Pres. Ezra Taft Benson in 1977 giving a talk on Socialism and standardized government.  He speaks plainly and I think everyone should listen to it.  There is one other video of Pres. Benson where he discusses the proper role of Government (Link at the bottom) I also highly recommend you watch this as well.  I have several friends who are not informed or are just voting a certain way because they know other people are voting that way.  I strongly encourage everyone! to research and study the issues at hand and make informed decisions.  Remember that the Lord has given us the Bible and the prophets as guides in these last and confusing days.  Don’t let the media and fancy speeches confuse you, persuade you and deceive you into voting for things that we should be against as designed by God!  Anyway, that is my little piece.  As I said I am going to try not to get into it too much here.  If you want to talk about it or argue about it, whatever the case may be, you can email me. 🙂

Ezra Taft Benson on Socialism

The Proper Role of Government

Pushing an agenda too far

Ok, this article really pissed me off:  Water pistol prizes draw a sharp rebuke

The basic point is, a city councilman (Democrat) was working as a lifeguard at a pool, when he found a 9-year old boy that had a water gun toy.  This councilman took the toy, and asked where he got it.  The boy replied it was a prize he won from the town libraries’ reading contest.

So, from a big box of mixed prizes, a little boy wins a water gun, and the city council man is “up in arms” about it.  Somehow he believes it’s ill-conceived, and that we must do so much to stop horrors like this.

The worst part is the article has the director of the library apologizing for the “mistake”.

How can we have progressed to where we have to feel bad because a little boy got a prize that he probably really liked.  And from a reading program at that.  Remember folks, the lesson today is that it must be those toy guns that are the cause of violence, not people’s choices

Bending Finance Law

America is a country built on breaking the law.  It’s a fact, just look at how our country formed, why we broke free, and how it was possible.  Smuggling was a key industry.  I had a teacher years ago that harped about how this ethos has continued on to make us what we are today.  It’s why we feel ok breaking laws like speeding, and more.  But it’s also what I think causes so many people to find it easy to try and find ways to circumvent our tangled laws.  One that I look into a lot is what ways people will find to get around the convoluted Sarbanes-Oxley act, and also for campaign finance laws, such as McCain-Feingold.

Two examples of this that came up recently that got me to the point of writing this article:

First: Bundling Issues .  As reported in the linked WSJ article, some groups are using a refunding scam to get around the laws and donate more than the legal amount to their preferred candidate. From the article:

When Hillary Rodham Clinton held an intimate
fund-raising event at her Washington home in late March, Pamela Layton
donated $4,600, the maximum allowed by law, to Mrs. Clinton’s
presidential campaign.

But the 37-year-old Ms. Layton says she and her
husband were reimbursed by her husband’s boss for the donations. “It
wasn’t personal money. It was all corporate money,” Mrs. Layton said
outside her home here. “I don’t even like Hillary. I’m a Republican.”

Second: Hsocking Hsu Secrets Revealed!

As people dig into the background of the now famous Hsu, we find out all sorts of dirty little secrets about how he’s been getting money to different people.  Some in ways related to the previous article.  What really ticks me off is after people discovered the Jack Abramoff scandal, some representatives were run out (in many ways I agree).  Yet based on party lines, some people were completely kept clean (Sen. Reid for example).  Hsu has donated *as much* to Democrats as Abramoff did to republicans (and 99.96% of his monies to Democrats alone), and yet they seem to be unscathed, pitching Hsu as a standalone donor.  What is the difference between the two?  Why can prominant Democrats be seen as clean from the money, when someone simply from another party be considered dirty?  Loopholes, fair for the victimization party, unfair for the others.  (They both are guilty IMHO).

And now a word from our sponsors

The following message just came in from one of my teams’ sponsors, Special Ops Paintball (Spec Ops).  This company has done a lot for paintball in general, and huge amounts for the sport in Utah.

Several months ago, Spec Ops bought land in Tooele County that it
planned to use as a commercial paintball field. The Spec Ops property
is over seven hundred (700) acres, and Spec Ops is exploring the
possibility of developing a destination paintball field that would be
the finest scenario paintball field west of the Mississippi.
Unfortunately, the neighbors have petitioned Tooele County to ban ALL
paintball fields unless they are located in commercially zoned areas.
If the proposed amendment passes, not only will it scuttle Spec Ops
plans for the existing land, but it might just keep all paintball
fields out of Tooele County.

The Tooele County Commission is holding a public hearing on the
proposed amendment to limit paintball in Tooele County. The public
hearing will be held on August 21, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. in the City of
Tooele at 47 South Main Street. This is your chance to be heard by the
Tooele County Commissioners, the very people that will vote on whether
or not to limit your access to paintball. Since it is a public hearing,
anyone can attend the meeting and tell the Tooele County Commission
just what they think about limited access to paintball fields. So if
you’d like to keep paintball thriving here in Utah, we suggest that
you turn up at the public hearing and voice your support.

We hope to see you there!

Special Ops Paintball

This news is just scary.  A similar thing happened a couple of years ago in Saratoga Springs, when city commissioners rezoned the land just to shut down Showdown, Pegleg paintball’s field.  With that action they forced a up-and-coming business to give up major assets, and they also shut down Utah Valley’s only paintball field.   Will Tooele join with other cities such as Draper to shut down paintball, either simply as recreation, or as a business?  Face it people, paintball is now the second largest “extreme” sport in the nation, it’s big business.  The only reason I’ve ever been to Tooele is for paintball. I’ve seen mock-ups of some of the plans for the Tooele field, and believe me, they are telling the truth about it being the finest scenario field around.  Given the chance to build this field, people truly will come not only from across the state, but absolutely the country, just to play this field.  Don’t be idiots Tooele, this would be a huge boon to your city and county.  Don’t mess this up.

Pirate Utah?

Thanks to Levi for this link from ars technicha today.  The link tells of people believing they can get the Pirate Party, started in the US, beginning with Utah of all places. 

The founder of the original Swedish Pirate Party spoke at OSCON this year (link) which explained very well the basic premise of the party, and made several very valid points.  I think he was pretty straightforward about the fact that even if they didn’t win, they at least caused other parties to assume their copyright stance, or evaluate what they had.

Now frankly I see the chances of the Pirate Party in the US as basically nil.  Besides the mental and now largely legal lock in to two parties (there’s a big soapbox to get on), the whole “Pirate” theme for a political party would be shunned by so many clueless folks.  With that said, I do hope it can help get the message out.  Who knows, maybe old Orrin Hatch could pay attention, he’s got plenty to learn 🙂  Wonder how long until we get this discussed on the PLUG list.

Utah Pirate Party