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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mak room for Jesus!


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Monday, December 24, 2012

"Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. "

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Forgotten Man

 by William Graham Sumner

"As soon as "A" observes something which seems to him wrong, from which "X" is suffering, "A" talks it over with "B", and "A" and "B" then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help "X". Their law always proposes to determine what "C" shall do for "X", or, in better case, what "A", "B", and "C" shall do for "X"... What I want to do is to look up ""C". I want to show you what manner of man he is. I call him the Forgotten Man. perhaps the appellation is not strictly correct. he is the man who never is thought of.... I call him the forgotten man... He works, he votes, generally he prays-- but he allways pays..."

Monday, December 10, 2012

Stepping outside the Box

My birthday is in a few days and my life has changed since my birthday last year all because I decide to step outside of my comfort zone.
I put on a great façade, always smiling, laughing having a good time! Always keeping in my place, not speaking about my feelings and opinions. Always doing for others, never being able to say “No”. My attitude was don’t look at me for nothing special; I doubted my ability to step out my box. After all if I stepped out of my box, what would people say? 

From an early age I was taught to doubt myself. My thoughts and ideas were put down or dismissed as being foolish, or ignored completely. When I did or said something I felt my Self needed to say or do, I was humiliated to the point of tears. I told myself to be good be seen but not heard. So by the time I came into my adulthood I had lost my Self. I allowed others through the years define who I was. After many bouts of depression and self-hate, sadness, and loneliness I became content. 

Then this year came and I had many Aha moments that changed my life and the way I view life.

Have you ever consider that there may be more out there for you to discover … if only you would have the courage to step out of your box?

If you are anything like was; you are content with your life as it is now, feeling safe within your box. Perhaps you think, this is who I am, this is all I will ever be, this life is pretty good, I can’t do anything different now anyway so I will just live with it. Notice that voice deep down within your body that knows you could be so much more. Up until this year, I would never listen to that voice, after all I was content in my box.

As one guest said to Oprah, “If you want something you never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.” What do you want that you’ve never had? To get it, what can you do that you’ve never done?

I invite you to consider the following questions, notice how your body feels when you read them, and pay attention to that.

Is your definition of Self truly your own definition?  Are you holding yourself in a certain box because of uncertainty or fear?
Do you believe that you are capable of doing more, living more, being more? What is holding you back from awakening to your own awesomeness and true Self?

I got curious about who I defined my Self to be. As I wrote down the traits I had believed defined me, I discovered that none of those were definitions I had for myself. They were imposed on me. I was not got to be a victim anymore and right then and there I declared I would define my Self, I was stepping out of my box. After all who’s life is it?

 Think of something you’ve always wanted to do, and break it down into teeny tinniest little steps you can imagine. Then cut those in half. Write down those steps, below. Then take one. And another ……

 It’s never to late change” That’s what I did … … I can do all things through Christ who strengths me

 #GetInspired #LifeClass

Blog inspired by Oprah's LifeClass lesson "Stepping out the Box"

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Encourage, Don't criticize

Therefore encourage one another and edify one another. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

We can improve our relationships with others if we become encouragers instead of critics. It is the greater person who does the right  thing; Christ's righteousness dwells in us to help us to do what is right. You are great in God's eyes when you choose to do right and bless others. 
No matter how rough your day is today, speak words that uplift and encourage those around you. Remember my previous blog post about life and death being in the power in the tongue? Encourage others if you notice them doing a good job, not just those you work with, but people wherever you go (store clerks, workers,etc,) Say something like, "I appreciate the extra the effort you are making to do your job." You can change your life and impact someone else's by choosing to speak positive words. 


Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank You to the Veterans

Thank you to all the troops and their families for all the sacrifices you have made for this great country. May The Lord bless you all &GOD bless the United States of America :-)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Democrats and Taxes, Learn Something.

 November 8, 2012 by derrickacoleman  

It seems like Barack Obama and his liberal followers are claiming that raising taxes will help our economy. Bill Clinton raised taxes and that led to the 90′s economic boom. Well that is a lie. As often as the sky is blue, liberals are caught lying. And now I’m about to expose yet another lie.
First I’ll start off by saying that high taxes won’t help solve our deficit.
As long as Obama continues to be the highest spending President ever, the deficit will never be reduced.
So how can we control the deficit? Well, Obama needs to stop spending. Cut programs we can’t afford. And cut taxes. Yes, I said cut taxes.
My mother (God Bless Her) owns a small business. I saw her build it up by herself, from the ground up and run it herself. So I’m somewhat aware of how a small business works.
With Obama and his 6 trillion dollar attitude still sitting in the White House and the Federal Reserves printing because of a lack of a leash, inflation continues to rise. The dollar is becoming less and less valuable, and this causes the price of products to rise. This hurts business. Now let’s take a look at taxes.
High taxes hurt business, and most are crippling under the weight of the taxes now, with the massive tax increase headed our way we can expect most will shut their doors, sadly.
When you cut taxes, business’s can afford to hire workers, as we know private sector jobs make America strong. With more people working there is a broader base of income tax payers. If you cut spending and cut taxes we will slowly be able to pay off this deficit we have. But of course Obama was reelected so I don’t see this happening.
If you believed Obama when he said the raising taxes will help rebuild the economy and to look at how Clinton did it. You’re too gullible.
I’ll explain why.
Liberals today, claim that the 1990′s economic boom has a direct result of the tax increases he pushed in his first term. This is false. Bill Clinton proved to us that economic prosperity doesn’t lie through taxing the wealthy, it lies through tax cuts, reform and a strong dollar…Hmm sounds like a Republican concept.
In 1993 Billy Clinton signed into action a tax increase. It raised the top two income tax rates from 36% to 39.6%. This also did away with the cap on the 2.9% medicare payroll tax. It raised the corporate tax rate to 35% and last but not least it raised the price of gas.
This is the exact method today’s liberals think will work. Well it doesn’t and if you think this helps the middle class you’re severely mistaken.
Well in the 1994 elections the democrats lost the house and senate. Things must have been bad. The Republicans gained 54 house seats and 8 senate seat taking control for the first time the long time… Interesting isn’t it, the economic boom of the 90′s took place when a Democratic President actually worked with a Republican Senate and House.
”Probably there are people in this room still mad at me at that budget because you think I raised your taxes too much. It might surprise you to know that I think I raised them too much, too.” – Bill Clinton.
During Clintons first term. The economy was at a standstill. With the high taxes the economy wasn’t growing.
Bill Clinton then devised an excellent flip flop on his tax policy and together with the Republican controlled House and the help of Newt Gingrich they reformed welfare, which was signed into action in 1996. This led to a massive reduction in the effective tax rates on the poor by improving the “getting out of welfare” benefits when people went back to work… Also lowered the amount of money the Government was spending on welfare. Newt also balanced the budget (knock knock Harry Reid).
The North American Free Trade continued, leading to massive trade between Mexico, Canada, and The United States.
Clinton signed into action a reduction in the capitol gains tax. He also singed the 1997 tax cuts that established Roth IRAs and increased the limits for deductible IRAs.
Also (here’s the big one) Federal spending was kept below 3%… Can Mr. Obama please read this? Inflation was also kept low and the dollar was strong.
After all these were singed into action the economy took off. Economic growth grew 4.2% annually. 2.1 million jobs were created annually. The unemployment dropped from 5.4% to 4.0%. As the capitol gains tax decreased, Hourly wages increased!!!!!!
401k’s shot up along with the stock market. Not to mention Bill Clinton had excellent timing with the internet and computer boom.
Revenue growth extended to over 59% a year which is about 143 billion a year. This combined with limited Government spending created a strong economic boom.
This created excellent wealth and strong times for our economy. It wasn’t done by raising taxes on the rich, or raising the capitol gains tax, nor by increasing federal spending (especially by 6 trillion).
This great boom happened not because we took the rich out of prosperity but because we freed the poor from the welfare system, we lowered tariffs, reduced taxes on the creators of wealth, limited the growth and the spending of the federal Government and maintained a strong dollar.
We can easily achieve this status again in time. But honestly not for another 4 years. Hopefully it will not be to late by then. It’s sad that Mitt Romney was going to do exactly all of these things. Bill Clinton took on a more Republican strategy for the economy thanks to the House and Senate and because of this the economy boomed.
Do not believe the Democrats and Obama when they say that raising taxes will create jobs, prosperity and wealth. These policies hurt the poor and the middle class the most.
This is the belief of the Democrats and Taxes, hope you learned something.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

“The moment you give up your principles, your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.”—Oriana Fallaci

A Constitutional Republic, Not a Democracy | Madison Project

A Constitutional Republic, Not a Democracy | Madison Project

A Constitutional Republic, Not a Democracy

In case anyone needed a lesson in understanding the difference between democracy and a Constitutional Republic a.k.a. Europe and America, tonight’s results should serve as a clear message.  This is democracy in full force.
Why did we need a constitution?  Why are popular elections not a sufficient means of preserving liberty?
A pure unbridled democracy is a political system in which the majority enjoys absolute power by means of democratic elections.  In an unvarnished democracy, unrestrained by a constitution, the majority can vote to impose tyranny on themselves and the minority opposition.  They can vote to elect those who will infringe upon our inalienable God-given rights.  Thomas Jefferson referred to this as elected despotism in Notes on the State of Virginia (also cited in Federalist 48 by Madison):
An ELECTIVE DESPOTISM was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.
Thus, a constitution that limited and divided the power of government was necessary to preclude elected officials from imposing tyranny on the people.  This is why they adopted a constitution with limited enumerated power, divided and checked across several branches and levels.
In other words, tonight’s narrow majority victory for Obama and the Democrats should not be so consequential.  Pursuant to the society we are supposed to be, elections are not the end all; the Constitution is the end all.  Elections should not be so consequential.  Forty-eight percent of us should not be forced into the tyranny of a government-takeover of much of our lives just because 50% vote for insidious characters who want to grow government for their own sake.
Yet, we no longer live in a Constitutional Republic.  We live in a pure democracy – one that is similar to Europe, in which the majority can pretty much vote for people who will vitiate the Constitution and implement any form of tyranny it pleases.  Screw the minority.  Yes, so much for minority rights, progressives.  As founder John Witherspoon noted, “pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state – it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.”
Yet, there is still one element of our Constitutional Republic that has been preserved; the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches and the separation of the individual states from the federal government.  We have held onto the House with roughly the same strong majority, plus we have added a number of new conservatives.  Additionally, we have picked up some state legislative chambers, increasing our majority control over a record number of state governments.

It is in the House and in the states that we must make our stand for God, Country, and Constitution; for liberty, freedom, and the American way of live.
If you’ve noticed over the past two elections, it is in the lower offices – the House and state legislatures – that we have made the biggest gains.
On a personal level, I am committed to growing a conservative majority in the House and the states, while holding the existing members accountable on all policy issues.  Through the Madison Project, Red State, and other venues, I and my colleagues will not rest until we grow a strong bench of viable conservative leaders who will, someday, run for higher office.
Onward, soldiers!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue.

I am still thinking back to Sunday night and Oprah’s life class and when I had my Aha moments!  Oprah had Pastor Joel Osteen talking about the power of “I AM”. That life class and sermon has changed my life and I would like to share what I have learned with you.

The Power of “I AM” many times we don’t realize how it’s affecting our future. Here is the principle, what follows the “I AM” will come looking for you. You are inviting it into your life.

Sometimes we speak, not being aware that the very thing we say out of our mouths could cause dramatic situations in our lives or the lives of others. How many times have we spoken things into existence, and wondered later about the very thing that manifested and wonder why and how we knew it.  We go through life day after day saying things about others and about ourselves not knowing and unaware of the words that are going out into the atmosphere to complete what we have spoken.

The Power is in our tongue then we should be able to speak to that mountain and it shall be moved, We should be able to speak to that bad situation in our lives and it shall be moved. We need not speak of the problem, but speak what the word says about whatever situation we go through, by speaking the solution through the word.

When we feel down we should speak and say That “I am” more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus that strengthens me.

We must learn to speak positive into one another's lives, the enemy tries to get us to speak negative into our lives through using mind battles, Making you think that you are not worthy or defeated, broke and disgusted with the world, sick and tired of life he wants you to be defeated and speak negative.

There are people who make “ministries” out of criticizing everybody else and they momma. But most people who judge others who actually doing something are the ones who are doing nothing themselves.
The word of GOD calls us to build up others, esteeming them more highly than ourselves. Avoid people who constantly criticize others so their negative comments will not rob you of godly enthusiasm.

“I AM’ who GOD say’s I AM, I AM not meant to be like anyone else. Don’t invite weakness, jealousy, low self esteem, envy, stupidity, dumbness, ugliness, etc,.

“Comparing ourselves to others is an act of violence against ourselves” #lifeclass@oprah

"Life is not over after a disappointment". -Joel Osteen #Lifeclass

If we could just change our thinking. Lets start speaking positive, and renewing our
minds daily.

I AM …… 
Blessed,Smart,Confident,Happy,Healthy,Optimistic,Child of GOD,Awesome,Young,Strong,Attractive,Loved,

Pastor Joel Osteen's Full Sermon "The Power of 'I Am'" - Oprah's Lifecla...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Race Baiting Liberal Style

Do liberals and democrats actually believe what they are saying? Or just trying to score political points? Scare minorities? According to them all Republicans are evil, racist, hate gays, anti-woman, and anti-poor. Just imagine me a black gay republican! I drive liberals crazy.  Every time a republican criticizes President Obama and his polices they are branded a racist. The main stream media keeps saying watch out for “code words” & “dog whistles” of racism. For some strange reason only people on the left can hear these “code words &“dog whistles”.
When MSNBC’s Chris Matthews reached all the way back to Regan-era comments about “welfare queens” in his rants about alleged Republican racism. Thinking back to my political hero President Nixon, the phrase “law and order” was supposed to be a racial “code word” rather than an expression of genuine concern about rising crime. I am not naïve and I have not been brainwashed. Certainly, many political issues have genuine racial implications but by insisting that any discussion of taxes, welfare, crime, marriage equality, or illegal immigration is based on bigotry is absurd.
Democrats accuse Republicans like Mr. Romney and Paul Ryan for “ignoring” the poor and gutting social programs for the poor. Then they insist Republicans who mention welfare reform do so not because they take poverty seriously, but because they are racists.
Never mind that there are more white Americans are on welfare than African Americans. Or that welfare reform has been a celebrated plank of the Democratic Party for years now.
What liberals hope to do is make any discussion on any issue they know they are losing on about race. Bring up food stamps(code word)? Wanna talk about wlfare (dog whistle)? Say that President isn’t doing a good job or his polices aren’t working (racial sterotypes).  But here is the problem: the only real racial code words’ and ‘dog whistles’ are actually the terms ‘racial code word’ and ‘dog whistles’. These words are nothing more than Democrats and Liberals wanting to have the ability to call someone a racist without actually having to say so. They do this because it allows them to introduce race, infer racism, and plant the idea that someone is a racist or in my case voting against myself interest without a shred of evidence to support that idea.
I have been called so many vile and ignorant names for being a republican and the name callers have been democrats, liberals and other minorities. And I’m not saying that racist are NOT in the republican party, racist exist in all political parties and of all different backgrounds.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Letting Go!

In Deuteronomy 7:1-2, GOD instructed His people to utterly destroy their enemies. They were to show no mercy. When GOD tells us it is time to show no mercy. When GOD tells us it is time to deal with our negative, faithless attitudes, it is time to throw away our excuses. No more rationalizing, "Well everybody else is negative; why should I be different?" 
   Get some things over with in your life today by letting go and move forward. Get rid of bad habits and negative attitudes and move on with the future God has for you.Don't let self or others distract you from your vision or purpose in life. Everyone is not meant to be apart of the vision because they can't see or understand the vision. Pray:"Lord, please help me to change. Show me the root of my problem and how to get over it. I want positive changes in my life".

It is important to be sincerely sorry if we do something wrong, but it doesn't help anybody for us to openly mourn over everything that is wrong with us. We will never mature in our faith if we stay angry at ourselves and others. 
We are to repent of our sin, receive forgiveness of it, and then forget it. We must mot drag memories of our old behavior around with us all the time. Sooner or later we have to let go and say, "Well, I made a mistake because I am just an old cracked pot". Then we must let GOD'S light shine through the holes in our surface.
 Use memories and don't let memories use you.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

the second presidential debate

The Second presidential debate has ended and each side has declared their candidate the victor!!!!
I call it a draw and I think the loser of the night was civility and here is why.

President Obama would come out of his corner with fight from the very start, in an effort to mitigate the self-inflicted damage resulting in a seismic shift in national polls.
His objective was to deliver a seminal performance that would win on all marks; including substance and style, while still maintaining his likability. In the other corner, Mitt Romney, who had been undergoing intense debate prep. had his fight strategy: simply make the case he will improve the economy and create more jobs than his opponent has. “The middle class is getting crushed by the policies of a president who does not understand what it takes to get the economy working again,” Mr. Romney would say in one exchange.
Obama pounced on Romney each time he sniffed an opportunity to accuse him of making up facts The level of tension was at it’s highest during a heated exchange on energy production. The two candidates appeared to square up against each other violating each other’s personal space
When responding to a question posed to President Obama from a voter who supported him in the last election but expressed he was “not as optimistic” as he was four years ago, Romney landed some tough blows by reminding viewers “He said by now we would have unemployment at 5.4 percent, but we are 7.8 percent. If you do the math, the difference equals out to nine million Americans…. He says he has created five million jobs, but only after losing 5 million jobs. There were 32 million Americans in food stamps when he took office, now there is 47 million.”
On and on, Romney listed other examples of failed promises and woeful economic results to make his point.  Romney landed devastating kidney punches to the gut, upper cuts to the glass jaw President Obama didn’t know he had, and finished the flurry with pounding haymakers to the face.
All President Obama could volley back at him were defensive jabs that came by way of charges that Romney was deliberately distorting his record, but the president offered no new plans or strategies to reverse the dismal economic reality other than the threaten he desires to raise taxes on those earning more than $250 thousand.
Candidates sparred over other issues that had gone unaddressed in the previous debate such as energy, Libya and women’s issues. A particular policy exchange of note was on the matter of immigration reform. Prefacing his comments by stating “first of all this is a nation of immigrants, we welcome immigrants” Romney did much to dispel the hardline the Obama campaign had straddled him with.
It was a prizefight for the ages that certainly gave the people their money’s worth. It was confrontational, cringe worthy and even petty at times. There was fast action, hostile and heated repartees, and there was even an inappropriate intervention by the “moderator” on a question dealing with Libya. In the final count, while it appeared that Mr. Obama’s performance was clearly more animated and lively, his fight was defensive – throwing shots at Romney and rattling off excuses for four bad years of economic results. The president barely offered any solutions and plans to the American voter on how exactly he would improve the economy other than to point to the same tired and ineffectual policies.
And while Romney did not score style points either by readily engaging in testy exchanges throughout the night. Mr. Romney made it patently clear there was only one protagonist in last night’s death match who understood that this election will be judged primarily on who offers real and concrete plans to increase jobs, growth and prosperity.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Don't Call it a comeback Mr. Romney wins the 1st debate

Last night Mr. Romney made the case for how he will get America back on track. The former Massachusetts Governor laid out a conservative vision for America in a way that far surpasses previous speeches, ads, and interviews. Last night Mr. Romney delivered his best campaign performance on the biggest stage of the campaign.

CNN/Opinion Research poll released after the debate showed 67 percent of viewers thought Mr. Romney won, while just 25 percent said the same of President Obama.
And a CBS poll showed 46 percent of undecided voters said Mr. Romney won, compared to 22 percent President Obama won.

President Obama didn’t get a chance to get his big talking points in last night. Mr. Obama wouldn’t mention Bain Capital, Romney’s “47 percent” comments. And I found it surprising he only mentioned Osama Bin Laden once. President Obama seemed predisposed with not engaging too much with Mitt Romney. Obama was clearly not having a good time on stage. His head was down when Romney was talking; his responses were halting at times. President Obama even conceded some points to Gov. Romney on issues like deficit reduction.

Mr. Romney, on the other hand was more direct, concise, and clear, establishing a contrast with the president while making the case for why he is better equipped to lead America. During the debate, Romney tore through reams of statistics about job creation, the #1 concern of voters amid 43 straight months of unemployment over 8 percent.

In a debate lacking any truly memorable events, one big, colorful yellow moment did stand out to me. "I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS," Romney said. "I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually, like you, too. But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."

The only person who had a worse night than President Obama was Sesame Street's Big Bird.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Run the Race

We live in a society that is used to doing whatever feels good right now. But instant gratification never brings lasting satisfaction. If we operate in self-control through the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, you (we) choose to do things that contribute to the goal that you (we) in mind. We must discipline ourselves now that we will reap the reward of reaching our goal later.

Paul taught, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [the prize] and make it yours” (1 Corinthians 9:24). Stay focused on the goal. God will give you the grace to continue moving toward it.

I just want to thank God for allowing me to finish school and move forward ….

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Follow God’s Spirit

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:27

Many people follow their own desire or other people’s advice instead of following the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is given to each one of us to lead us into fullness of our destiny, and into the fullness of what Jesus died to give us.

Your faith in Jesus gives you the promise of heaven, but God wants to work all things together for your good in this life too (Romans 8:28). Don’t be satisfied with receiving half of what Jesus died to give you. Follow the spirit’s leading so that you will get all that God has for you. Seek God for clear guidance to remain right in the center of His perfect will for every single day.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mr. Obama's DNC Speech

    President Obama formally accepted the Democratic nomination for President in Charlotte last night.  The speech it had an all too familiar feel to it for a speech that was big on rhetoric and little on ideas. Shortly after pointing out how Americans are growing weary over the heated political climate in Washington, Obama blasted Republicans, lambasting them over their convention last week.

I think Mr. Obama gave a solid speech but not good as the one his wife Michelle Obama gave Tuesday night. Mr. Obama connected himself with the American Dream for the first time at the convention. His speech was much better than everybody at Tampa.

As far as substance Mr. Obama said nothing but he said nothing so much better than Mr. Romney said nothing.
He ended with a resounding and wildly cheered repeat of his basic theme of a bigger government pursing big goals. “I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now.”
“Yes, our path is harder but it leads to a better place. Yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together. We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind.”
“We pull each other up.”
Overall I think the Democrats pulled off a way better convention than the Republicans did last week. In this case style over substance wins! 


Friday, August 31, 2012

Mr. Romney's RNC Speech

Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination last night and gave an outstanding speech that moved the crowd and gave hope for the future.

During last night’s speech Mr. Romney shared a very personal and touching story about his parents, and the impact of their love had on him.

“Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist – because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died – she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose,” he told the crowd, notably moved.
“My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, ‘Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?’
“I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,” he said.

For me this part of the speech moved me. To be honest I’ve always thought of Mr. Romney as a robot someone who lacked human emotion but last night he came across as a real human being. He gave by far the most personal speech he’s ever given; he invited viewers to see pictures he’d rather not share. He stepped out of the boardroom and into the living room. Mr. Romney got emotional at a time when you thought his instincts would tell him to stiffen up and build a corporate wall. If he’d all the other things – the economic plan, the specifics, the details. It would have made him look less human and more like an android.

The night wasn’t perfect.

Clint Eastwood was talking to a chair …. …

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hope & Change ...... for the worst

Hope and change – Change for the worst.

96% of African Americans in 2008 overwhelmingly voted to elect the first African American President. Barrack Obama. President Obama was to usher in a new era of hope and change to the African American community. Now almost four years later President Obama has done nothing to improve the way of life among blacks as a whole. Statistics show life has regressed for African Americans under Mr. Obama.
As of June African American unemployment rate is a staggering 14.4 % with Latinos/Hispanics having a rate of about 11.0% , while the unemployment rate for whites is 7.4% , compared to the rates of December 2008 the month before Mr. Obama took office. Whites were unemployed at the rate of 6.6%  and Latinos/Hispanics were at a rate of 9.2% while blacks had an11.9% of unemployment basically one out of every seven African American is unemployed.

Under Obama, the African-American community has fewer jobs, with those who have jobs often making very little, and an increasing number of families with no place to live -- facts that should cause African-Americans to wonder what they voted for in 2008.

Were the economic catastrophe not enough, the first African-American president in the history of our nation has also failed miserably in using the bully pulpit of the presidency to help cure the social ills that are destroying the black community.  Some of those include:
Fewer than 40% of black children live with both parents.
Black children are seven times more likely to have a parent in prison.
Over 70% of black babies are born to unwed mothers.

During his nearly four years as president of the United States, Barack Obama could have used the bully pulpit of the presidency to make a real impact on the black community and address the underlying problems within it.  Obama appears to be a happily married man and is raising two young daughters.  He and his wife Michelle could have invested time and resources in helping to reverse the negative sociological trends present in the black community, and they may have had some success.  But they have done little.  If they would have spent time in black communities around the nation, imagine how young African-Americans could have been influenced and inspired not to have children out of wedlock and to remain married with their spouse.

Sadly, come November 6, Election Day, no doubt African-Americans will again cast nearly all their votes for a man with whom they share color but who has done nothing to help them economically or socially.  It is that which is even more disappointing than his presidency.

And yes, I voted for Mr. Obama back In 2008.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Isn't Marriage ........

“Marriage” isn’t about love.
You can be in love and not be married.
You can be married and not be in love.
“Marriage” isn’t about sex.
You can have sex and not be married.
You can be married and not have sex.
“Marriage” isn’t about children.
You can have children and not be married.
You can be married and not have children.
“Marriage” isn’t about religion.
You can be atheist and be married.
You can be married without a preacher.
“Marriage” isn’t about rings.
You can wear rings without being married.
You can be married without exchanging rings.
Marriage is legally only about property, citizenship, kinship and inheritance. The marriage license is an application for State and Federal benefits granted a specific class of people. All arguments about love, romance, reproduction, religious dogma, and tradition and family values are personal baggage and cultural ignorance of the legal fiction called marriage. Religion doesn’t own marriage. The State does it.

Monday, June 11, 2012

First Lady Pat Nixon

Everyone that knows me knows that I admire President Richard Nixon. So I recently purchased a book titled “Pat Nixon” by Julie Nixon Eisenhower and this year would mark the centennial of Mrs. Nixon’s birth. And this is what I have to say on Pat Nixon:
Pat Ryan didn’t have affirmative action that got her into an Ivy League college even if her grades were not good and got her a big scholarship. Her grades were great but she didn’t have affirmative action. She didn’t have anything given to her because she was a woman.
She had to work for everything. Her mother died when she was 12. She had to take care of the house. That’s a job. That’s a real job. She was a retail clerk, an x-ray technician, a janitor sweeping floors at a bank, a Hollywood film extra. She worked. She later said that she didn’t have time to day dream. She was too busy working. Her father died when she was 17. She didn’t inherit money. She had to work. She had to work. And this was during the Great Depression.
I keep saying this because this is what America used to be: Young men and women worked.  That was what life was. Not asking the government to do things for you.
Most people don’t know this, but Mrs. Nixon fought against racial prejudice all her life. She didn’t see color or race. She saw the human heart underneath.
When Mr. Nixon gave his famous Checkers speech he said Mrs. Nixon did not have a mink coat. What she did have was “respectable Republican cloth coat… and I always tell her she would look good in anything”. Mrs. Nixon didn’t show off like other first ladies.
Mrs. Nixon became the Vice President’s wife in 1952. She travelled all over the world to advance the causes of peace and freedom with Mr. Nixon. She went to dangerous places and got rocks thrown at her and had demonstrators spitting at her car in Venezuela. Nothing stopped her from working for peace and for the cause of freedom.
By 1969 Mrs. Nixon became the First Lady of the United States. She was the hardest working First Lady of the Century. With a strong emphasis on volunteerism, something I strongly believe in and advocate. She stated, "Our success as a nation depends on our willingness to give generously of ourselves for the welfare and enrichment of the lives of others." She travelled all over the world, shook millions of hands, and went to places like Africa where no first Lady had ever been before. Went to Vietnam and became the First lady to fly over a combat zone. She went with President Nixon to Moscow to seek to end the Cold War. She went to China and charmed Chou En-Lai. She came back with two giant Pandas and a new world order that gave promise of a generation of peace. That was always President Nixon’s and Mrs. Nixon’s dream and goal.
Then came Watergate and the worst smears ever against President Nixon and Mrs. Nixon. She and her husband still had to work. Saving Eretz Israel and building a foundation of peace in the Middle East. Creating arms control with Russia. Making the world a safer, more plentiful place. the greatest peacemaker ever to occupy the White was made to leave over something small and trivial.
I admire Pat Nixon for her dedication to country, her strong work ethic, her advocacy of volunteerism and personal diplomacy and most of all her commitment to her to her husband and family.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Spiritual renewing – inspired by Rev. Helen Jackson (My granny)

   Ever since I've been a little boy I've always remembered my Granny saying and preaching about "Create us a clean heart and renew the right spirit". With today being her 82nd birthday, I thought what better way to honor her would be to write about what she has taught me.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

We can't clean ourselves. Instead we must draw near to God and ask Him to do the cleansing. Spiritual cleansing requires deep cleaning -- it is housekeeping that goes beyond what others see and hear. It's a cleansing from within -- inside and out. As your heart gets clean, your language should follow. This is not just talking about bad language, but also negative talk and pessimistic thoughts that contradict the Word of God and faith. This includes the challenge to stop complaining.

Take out the Garbage – This is one of the biggest areas of struggle for most of us.  Removing the garbage from our minds, garbage in equals garbage out. We must feed our minds the word of God instead of the garbage of this world.

Repent from Hidden Sin – Clean out your spiritual closets: Hidden sin will destroy your life, your peace, and even your health. The Bible says to confess your sin – tell someone, and reach out for help. When your spiritual closets are clean, the heaviness from sin will lift.

Release Unforgiveness and Bitterness – Get Rid of old Baggage: Any sin will weigh you down, but long kept unforgivness and bitterness is like old baggage in the attic in the attic you just can’t seem to part with. You are so familiar with it you don’t even realize how it is hindering your life.  Therefore … let us strip off every weight that slow us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress … (NLT) Hebrews 12:1 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, braving and slander, along with every from of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

Involve Jesus in your Daily life- Let the Son shine in: What God wants most from us is a relationship – friendship. He wants to be involved in the big and small moments in our life. Open your life, let the light of God’s presence shine into every part, and you’ll have no need for a yearly spiritual cleanse. Instead experience daily, moment to moment renewing your spirit.

Happy Birthday Granny 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Quickie: Memorial Day!

In honor of Memorial Day I would like to take this time to thank the troops past and present for their dedication and sacrifice for this great country. And thank their families for the sacrifice that they make. Their heroism and courage allows for freedom and democracy to spread. so that one day all people may be free from tyranny and oppression. I continue to ask God to bless this great country that I love so much and to watch over the troops and their families.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Gay marriage, abortion and the independent voter

Apologies to the extremist on both sides on the political spectrum, the latest Gallup poll on abortion shows just how pragmatic American Voters can be when it comes to social issues. 
This may come to news to the extremist special interest groups on both sides of the political aisle. After all these organizations have made a good living through the years pushing their own brand of morality on American voters. These advocacy groups have also contributed to the toxic environment by simplifying every issue and demonizing every opponent.
Few issues have divided America than the abortion and gay marriage. And yet Americans are now declaring independence from rigid agendas by heading in the opposite ideological   directions in these two heated debates.
Recent surveys show voters are becoming more progressive on gay marriage. The divide and conquer strategy that worked my party back in 2004 will never again be as effective as it was during the George W. Bush’s reelection campaign.
At the same time polls are showing that voters are becoming more conservative on abortion.  Even though most believe abortion should be legal in some cases.
So what does it mean? Attitudes on abortion are changing, but not overnight and the same is true for gay marriage. President Obama is likely to lose the swing state of North Carolina because he came out in support of marriage equality.  Republicans are just as likely to lose suburban women and other swing voters if they go too far on abortion in the next few months, The GOP presidential primary campaign underlined that fact in bright red ink earlier this year.
Still attitudes are changing on both issues. And the extremist on both sides will soon find themselves out of touch and stuck in the dark ages. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Only God Can Change You

Don't obsess over your faults, or you will never enjoy the life that Jesus died to give you. Only God can change you, so talk to Him about your desires. The word says that those who wait on the Lord will change. 
  Meanwhile, quit taking your flaws so seriously. Don't let discouragement or depression rob you of your energy and make you angry. If you do, you may take that anger out on other people and miss the blessings God has in store for you today. Enjoy yourself, and lighten up! Take the right steps today toward the change you want by asking God to help you all day long.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III speaks out about Marriage Equality

As a christian and a Republican I have always felt you can not legislate faith, morality and religious values. Everyone pratices their faith and religion differently. We all don't believe in the same God and some just don't believe in God at all. And who am I (we) to judge? That's not my place. That's up to God to do the judging. I believe in freedom of choice and I believe that God gave us all free will. The Founding Fathers of this great country were right the church and state should be separate. 

 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Tribute to my Mother: "Meant to Be"

Meant to be …. You were meant to be exactly who GOD chose you to be

You were meant to be a good mom and you have done just that with love in your heart for your children.

Your love and many sacrifices have been never ending since the very beginning.

Meant to be a great grandmother who loves her grandkids!

To them you bring a loving joy and true happiness from a heart so big!

I just want to let you know how much I love you!

As a Mother and a Grandmother You’ve shown what love can do.

For you’re are a true example of how a Mother should be

Demonstrating a Godly faith that you’ve passed down to me

You’re exactly who GOD meant you to be!

Michelle Carol Jackson GODS loves thee!