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Dependence or Independence, you decide?

Posted in Politics, US Constitution with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

The history of the United States has truly been an exercise in individual freedom from its beginning.  The first settlers of this great country initiated action against a tyrannical government to end being dependent and chose instead to be independent.  Our founders rooted our Constitution in the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness anchoring each with the natural laws of man.  These natural laws were laws inherent in the nature of human beings and not contingent on ethics, human constructs, laws or beliefs.  Meaning each could not be taken away by a man, church or government.  The Founding fathers knew that too much power in the hands of any man could corrupt, but in the hands of a corrupt man could destroy.  Every word of our Constitution was pain-stately chosen specifically for this reason, so that no one man could influence or have influence over other men as to not allow tyranny to occur. 

 So, why the desire to give up our freedom and become dependent on the government now?  Do you really believe that because we are the United States we can make socialism work?  It has never worked in the history of the world, why are we being so arrogant to believe that we can make it work?  It is not in our nature to be dependent, our American history, tells us that we are a free independent people who create, innovate, build and strive to be the very best individuals that we can be.  We are the country that has led the way for democracy, we have fought for and defended freedom around the world, so why the desire for a nanny state? Other countries try to emulate our government system, not the other way around!  Did we lose these qualities along the way and begin to believe that we are so great we can take a historically flawed government system; socialism and somehow make it work?

 In Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address, 1801, he stated:

“The essential principles of our Government… form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety.”

Instead of retracing our steps and choosing the road back to freedom, we have chosen the road to socialism.  We should be looking to the Constitution for direction, not some failed government system.  Why are we not searching for answers in our Constitution?  The answers are certainly there if you chose to see them and yes the road back will be hard and may take longer than any of us wants, but isn’t our freedom worth it?!  Have we gotten so soft, we can’t handle a little hard work?  Or is it something else?  For decades, our children have been indoctrinated into the progressive agenda and our society, over time, has bent so far to the left that we believe that political correctness is the only way that we are allowed to communicate.  Our freedom and liberties are worth so much more, it is time to take a long hard look in the mirror and see this for what it really is, an evolution of our republic, and an evolution into Socialism.  

by Kim Lentz

The First Amendment isn’t only for freedom of speech…

Posted in US Constitution with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

There seems to be some sort of misunderstanding about the people among us who chose to live their lives quietly without boasting, babbling or participating in endless chit chat.  They chose, as is their right, instead to be quiet, soft-spoken.  These people are not sad or lonely; they are not angry at the world or depressed, simply quiet.  They are content in their own thoughts to spend their time marveling at the world around them, quietly.  Without expression or the compulsion to proclaim to anyone within ear shot that they have now developed a thought.   It is a mistake to assume that if a person is not rambling on and on about one self or defining to you in loud bold tones how nice the weather is or simply is standing alone quietly, that this person has some sort of sadness disorder. 

Being quiet is not a sadness disorder or a state of negativity; it is simply having the personality trait of an introvert and exercising the right to be quiet.  Has anyone ever considered that our silence is our time to recharge, reflect, contemplate or simply enjoy our own thoughts?  Or is it possible in our silence we are following the golden rule of “if you have nothing nice to say, do not say anything at all.”  It always astonishes me that those that feel their voices resonate a bird’s song or that stating the obvious is somehow fresh news to everyone nearby or that they are the only ones in this world that had chicken for dinner as opposed to beef.  As much as it is the birds right to chirp its miserable song, so too is it the introverts right to not sing in harmony. 

It is time to set the record straight to all of you loud extroverted chatter boxes that seem so intent on exercising your freedom to speak be quiet please, if only for the time it takes for you to catch your next breath.  Not all of us feel it necessary to boast or sing or proclaim the obvious, “nice weather we’re having.”  Please exercise some personal control and have some respect for the right to silence and please be quiet!  Try it for a moment and see how it feels, both the space and person nearby will appreciate it.

by Kim Lentz

Where is the United States Constitution?

Posted in US Constitution with tags , , , on February 24, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

The United States Constitution pales in comparison to some of the more extensive government documents, page wise that is, but not in content.  It consists of six pages, 5 of which contain the constitution and 1 that contains the Bill of Rights, 39 signatures, and its purpose, to draft a national constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation.   Signed September 17, 1787, but where is it?  The original document is preserved at the National Archives, but where is it?  Where is the Constitution, its meaning that is?  Sadly, it is buried under reams of legislation, some good some very bad, that our past and present Congressional members and our President have piled on top of the document.  Piled high with pork, piled high with disingenuous policies and rhetoric, piled high with “special interest” payoffs…I could go on and on.  The Constitution that our Founders drafted on 6 sheets of paper has slowly, over time, disappeared.  Again, I’m speaking of its meaning; it’s intent.  We, the citizens of this great country have thrown in the towel, we have given up.  We have, slowly over time, allowed the arrogant self-serving members of Congress to write into law one restriction after the next on our freedom.  We have also allowed our government to slowly manipulate us into believing that we cannot possibly make a decision without their leadership.  Labels on hair dryers remind us not to bathe while in use.  Instructions are given to us to not pour our scalding hot coffee on ourselves while driving because the contents are hot.  Flight Attendants remind us to stay in our seats upon approaching our landing zone.  We have allowed ourselves to be manipulated into thinking that our own common sense, our own good judgment, our own experiences are not quite good enough and in the absence of an elite education, we are unable to live our lives without harming ourselves.  This attitude is unacceptable!

 As Americans, each of us need to take responsibility for our own lives and educate ourselves about our Constitution and our Bill of Rights and take back our country.  We need to become proactive with our government affairs and educate ourselves about the issues that directly affect each and every one of us.  Our elected officials, yes the ones that work for us, know we are not paying attention!  Our Constitution gave us freedom of speech, religion, the right to bear arms, a speedy trial, trial by jury, citizens rights, abolished slavery….and more.  The Founders knew that man can become tyrannical with having too much power for too long.  They knew that by following the Natural Laws inherent in all men, they could draft a document in a way that would limit the possibility of a man or men taking over the government. 

Declare your independence from this government, this is not the government that is going to inspire greatness or lead us into a free and prosperous future.  Educate yourself and your children, join the movement, and get involved.  It’s time our employees start functioning at a higher level.  Restore our freedom and liberty by voting for honesty, integrity and the American dream.

by Kim Lentz

Freedom / Liberty-do each still exist?

Posted in US Constitution with tags , on February 18, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

Are we still a free people?  Do we still have the right to exercise our libertyFreedom is to act according to one’s will without being held up by the powers of others and Liberty identifies the condition in which an individual has the right to act according to his or her own will.  Our government is slowly manipulating its citizens into servitude, yes that‘s right, servitude.  Servitude is a state of subjection to an owner or master; it is a lack of personal freedom, as to act as one chooses.  Gradually our government is taking our freedoms and liberties away from us by mandating everything that we do.  Honestly do we need our government to mandate that we have digital television as opposed to analog?  Does our government have the right to mandate that each of us have healthcare?  What about the amount of water our toilets use?  Do you honestly believe that members of Congress need even to discuss something so ridiculous?  Not to mention the fact that the 1.6 gallon mandated toilet rarely flushes on the first try…meaning a second flush is needed.  Isn’t this wasting water?  These are all things that our CAPITALISTIC system should be addressing.  The free market, as it used to be, adjusts to what the individual exercising his freedom demands.  And what about our enormous debt that will never be paid down, do you really think that our countries massive debt is not crippling or dare I say putting us in bondage?  If you do not believe this is a form of servitude, think again, our massive debt is the most troubling of all.  We owe other countries all over the world enormous amounts of money, we are now beholding to the leadership of these countries.  Are we still free?  Do you still feel as if you can make decisions for yourself?  I do not believe so.  Yes it is nice I suppose to have our government remove the thought and research that goes into making an informed decision, I guess if you are a completely dim and lifeless human being.  But is that the America we want to live in?!  Absolutely not!  As Americans, we make individual decisions based on our personal needs and desires we decide our own destiny, not some government.     

Restore America-vote for freedom and liberty.