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Romney extends condolences and speaks on Libya

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Living by house rules

A relative of mine recently referenced an article on addictinginfo.org in which the statement is made “There are no liberals calling for conservatives to leave the country. That’s Republicans.” Clicking the link found on “That’s Republicans” takes us to an article on alternet.org titled Allen West Apparently Wants the Majority of Floridians to Leave America.  In this article, Allen West is quoted as saying

“This is a battlefield that we must stand upon and we need to let president Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and my dear friend, the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table. Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, and take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America. Yeah, I said hell.”

I want to respond to alternet.org, addictinginfo.org, and my relative with a story that I hope will give meaning to what Allen West declared, something with which I agree.

For whatever reason, John found himself struggling and unable to make a decent living in the city in which he lived.  Frank, a relative, had always been inviting and cordial, and extended an offer for John and his family to come and stay in his home.  He had done very well and lived in a spacious home, and John and his family were welcomed with open arms.  All Frank asked of John was that his family abide by the rules he had established for his home so as to maintain order, and that John and his adult children find work, pay rent, and provide food for themselves, and they were welcome to stay.

One day, one of John’s children decided that she really didn’t like one of the rules of the house, and staged a protest.  It was fairly innocuous, and nothing really came of it.  Not much later, another of John’s children decided that he also did not like that same rule, and the son and daughter decided to protest together, this time a little louder.  Frank was generous and wanted to be tolerant, so he decided that a slight change in the house rules was okay and would not cause a big stir.

A few months passed, and another of John’s children, an adult child, decided that she no longer wanted to work and stated that Frank, as the wealthy owner of the house should provide her with food and shelter despite the fact that her father, John, was making money, albeit not much.  Frank, not wanting to make a fuss, acquiesced and met the adult daughter’s demands.  Seeing that his children were able to get Frank to make changes to the house rules and even get Frank to feed them without requiring anything in exchange, John decided that he, too, wanted to demand a change in the rules.

Pretty soon Frank and his wife realized that the home they were now living in had very little resemblance to the home they founded for themselves when they were first married.  Fifty-percent of his money was going to support John and his family, and the demands made to change house rules resulted in Frank, his wife, and their children living in a home society that demanded tolerance from them, but gave very little tolerance in return.  John and his family’s demands had changed the face of Frank’s home, it seemed almost beyond notice.

Frank and his wife are now faced with two choices:

1)     They can continue to acquiesce to the demands of John and his family, and who knows what future demands might be made, or

2)     They can advise John and his family that they are no longer welcome in the house and that they need to find some other place to live, a place where the house rules are more in line with the demands John and his family have made

The company they keep…

I thought it would be interesting to compare the thoughts and opinions of those with whom our presidential candidates associate as this can give us some insight into the character of the candidate- we can learn much about the character of a man by understanding the company he keeps.

Inasmuch as the candidates are running for the highest office in the government of the United States of America, this post takes a look at some of the things that have been said by leaders of the respective churches to which Obama and Romney belong or have attended regarding this nation.

Obama’s spiritual leader:

Jeremiah Wright: “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye.  We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

And, “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.  God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human.  God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

Romney’s spiritual leaders:

Gordon B. Hinckley: “I am certain that if we will emphasize the greater good and turn our time and talents from vituperative criticism, from constantly looking for evil, and lift our sights to what may be done to build strength and goodness in our nation, America will continue to go forward with the blessing of the Almighty and stand as an ensign of strength and peace and generosity to all the world” (Source: “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled”, BYU Speeches of the Year, October 29, 1974, pp. 267-68).

Ezra Taft Benson: “With all my heart I love our great nation. I have lived and traveled abroad just enough to make me appreciate rather fully what we have in America. To me the U. S. is not just another nation. It is not just one of a family of nations. The U. S. is a nation with a great mission to perform for the benefit and blessing of liberty-loving people everywhere”  (Source: An Enemy Hath Done This 28; from an address given at a luncheon of the American Chamber of Commerce in Frankfurt, Germany, 12 May 1964).

 

As proscribed by the Constitution of the United States of America

The President of the United States of America shall

  1. Take an oath of office under the following terms: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
  2. Be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States;
  3. Have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States
  4. Have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties
  5. Nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate…appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law
  6. Have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
  7. From time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient
  8. Receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers
  9. Take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

Additionally, the President of the United States of America may

  1. On extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper