Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Devil Is Real



Recently, Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia was mocked by the media for revealing in a New York Magazine interview that he believes in the devil.

You would have thought he had proclaimed that the world is flat and sun revolves around the earth. In 2013 America the Devil is only real on October 31 when you see him trick or treating through the neighborhood.  The other 364 days of the year he doesn't exist.

How very convenient.

In the current public sphere, speaking of God is considered divisive and speaking of the Devil is considered kooky.

As Judge Scalia said, since Jesus himself believed in the Devil, those of us who believe the Devil is real are in good company.

For those of you who belief that the Devil is just a made up boogie man, congratulations on falling hook, line, and sinker for a basic deception. It is an easy deception to unmask, but it is much more convenient to go through life pretending the Devil and his opposition to God is not real.

Determining the Devil is for real is not that hard. I would recommend you read any of the following books to open your eyes.



The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. A perennial classic, as relevant today as it was in in 1942.



Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success by Napoleon Hill. Written by the author of the classic best seller Think and Grow Rich, this controversial book went unpublished for more than 70 years.


Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist's Personal Accounts of Possession, by M. Scott Peck, most well known for his book, The Road Less Traveled. Peck waited 25 years to publish this book about his personal experiences with evil spirits.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Unwanted Booze Force-Delivered to My Home

UPDATED 5/27/2016

I was working on my blog last Saturday when the doorbell rang and I found the mailman bringing an unexpected delivery.

¨Here is the liquor and cigarettes for your house,¨ he said, pushing past me with a dolly loaded with boxes of vodka, brandy, whiskey, and cartons of cigarettes.

¨Excuse me, I did not order any of this stuff," I said. ¨You can take this all back out.¨

¨I'm sorry, I can't do that,¨ the mailman said, unloading the dolly and heading back to the front door.



¨There's been a big mistake,¨ I said. ¨I don't drink and I don't smoke. I didn't order this and I'm not paying for it. Take it out.¨

The mailman smiled, but made no attempt to remove the boxes. ¨If you don't drink or smoke, you don't have to pay for any of this stuff. You only pay for what you use. As you may know, the post office has been losing money on regular mail delivery, so we've teamed up with the alcohol and tobacco industries. They've been losing customers too, so this is a win-win-win-win. The post office makes money, drinkers and smokers get their drinks and smokes delivered to their home, the alcohol and tobacco industries pick up new customers, and if you don't use these products, you don't pay anything.¨

¨But I've got kids in the house,¨ I said. ¨I don't want this addictive stuff in my house where my kids can get to it.¨

¨Well then you better lock it up.¨

¨I don't have a cabinet to lock it up in and I don't want to pay to buy one. But that's besides the point. I want it out of here.¨

The mailman frowned. ¨Sir, I think you are being unreasonable. The only way to not have this delivered to your home is to cancel your mail service altogether.¨

Now I was getting mad. ¨You're telling me that unless I allow you to deliver unwanted liquor and cigarettes, you won't bring me mail anymore? This is nuts. Where did you get such a stupid idea and think you could get away with it?¨

¨It's not such a stupid idea,¨ the mailman said. ¨We are just using the same business model used by the cable and internet industries. If you order cable, you can't pick and choose which basic channels you get. Do you think MTV would have as many viewers if parents weren't forced to included it with their subscription? And if you could order internet without any porn sites, how would this major segment of the economy reach it's customers? That's just the way it is. Fair is fair. If questionable TV networks and websites are allowed into people's homes even if unwanted, it is only reasonable that questionable products be granted the same access. Goodbye and have a nice day.¨


I am not advocating censorship or curbing free speech, but I do believe that people should be able to keep out TV channels that are harmful to children (MTV's VMA Miley Cyrus fiasco?). We should be able to have access to the internet without worrying that our children will see porn. People are disgusted and all jump out of the pool when they see a piece of excrement, and rightly so. Shouldn't we react the same when we see garbage in the pool of entertainment?

Kudos to Utah state senator Todd Weiler for his plans to require people to opt in with their internet service provider if they want access to porn.

Please forward a link to this blog to your friends and family so more people will learn how to address this destructive situation.  It is issues like this that are perfect for social media. Do your part to eliminate unwanted access to harmful media.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Fiddlin' - The NSA Lineman



Recent revelations from secret documents stolen by Edward Snowden have embarrassed the U.S. government now that everyone knows that the NSA has been tapping the phone of Germany's Prime Minister Angela Merkel and other allies. And of course we previously heard that the NSA is listening in on the phone calls of U.S. citizens.  This warrants another Fiddling Ant parody song.

The NSA Lineman
sing to the tune of Glen Campbell's Witchita Lineman

I am a lineman for the country
Are you on my main list?
Searchin' through the phone for another terrorist

I hear you talking in the wire
I can hear you through the whine
And the NSA Lineman is still on the line

I may just need a new vocation
I've tapped Merkel and the French
'Cause of Snowden
The poor White House
Won't ever stand the stench

And I hear you more than fear you
And I've bugged you for all time
And the NSA Lineman is still on the line

And I hear you more than fear you
And I've bugged you all the time
And the NSA Lineman is still on the line



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Friday, October 25, 2013

How to Build a Democrat Voter


Here is a recipe on how to build a Democrat voter.

1. Start off with a baby to a single mom living without the father's support.
2. Provide baby with W.I.C. food and school lunches and breakfasts so he or she knows the government is there to help you have food.
3. Provide baby with a government subsidized place to live so he or she knows the government is there to house you.
4. Provide baby with government subsidized child care so the mother can be separated from her child for most of the day for most of his or her childhood.
5. Send child to schools where teachers are twice as likely to be Democrats than Republicans, where more than 90% of teacher union political contributions go to Democrat campaigns and where the school curriculum is written by Democrats.
6. Make schools a breeding ground to promote unproven global warming, gun control, sexual deviancy and promiscuity training, unsupported Darwinian evolution, and eliminating religion from public life.
7. Make divorce easy so that government is needed to step in and provide help to divorced moms and their children.
8. Eliminate competition and keeping score from children's sports so there are no winners and losers. Everyone needs to be equal.
9. Provide a media culture that promotes irresponsible personal behavior such as drinking, drugs, and premarital sex. Discourage marriage and promote the acceptability of abortion.
10. If the child manages to reach voting age and is not yet ready to vote Democrat, enroll him or her in college where Democrat professors outnumber Republican professors seven to one.
11. Enact a progressive tax rate so a large segment of the population only gets benefits from the federal government and pays no federal taxes.

Is there a twelfth step? What else would you add to this recipe?

Postscript - a well built democrat voter is good for life and with proper handling can even keep voting after death.


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Conservative or Liberal Pledge. You Choose.


Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe has created a scholarship for young people who have illustrated an interest and an aptitude for a skilled trade and could use some financial assistance.  You can read more about the scholarship at profoundlydisconnected.com. Applicants interested in the scholarship are asked to sign the S.W.E.A.T. (Skills and Work Ethics Aren´t Taboo) Pledge. I am showing it below in the first column.

I think this is a great pledge and would love to see as many young people as possible sign in.

However, in the interest of fairness and diversity and to recognize that not everyone agrees with Rowe´s opinion, I have created an alternative pledge that might be more appealing to liberals. I am calling this the L.I.B.E.R.A.L. (Loving Innumerable Benefit Entitlements Regardless Any Logic) Pledge.

Mike Rowe´s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge
1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.
2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.
3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.
4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.
5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.
6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.
7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.
8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.
9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.
10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.
11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.
12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.
On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. I promise to live by them.

L.I.B.E.R.A.L. Pledge
1. I believe that I haven´t won the greatest lottery of all time, because other people have more than me. America sucks. Above all things, I am entitled.
2. I believe that I am entitled to housing, food, education, health care, and a well paying job for life. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” ARE the same thing.
3. I believe that a “bad job” has no job security, no benefits and pays less than I deserve. I believe it’s up to government to make employers pay workers more.
4. I “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job I choose to do should pay me more by paying greedy CEOs less.
5. Debt is great. I can buy stuff I can´t afford, live beyond my means and can choose to go bankrupt if I don´t want to pay for it later.
6. I believe that my safety is the government´s responsibility. The government should take away all guns from citizens so I’m out of danger.
7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to take advantage of affirmative action laws so I can get ahead based on the color of my skin and not the content of my character.
8. I believe that whining and complaining are the way to get what I want. If I am unhappy in my work, I will file a lawsuit.

9. I believe that my education should be paid for by the state and that grades are not that important since some students have better backgrounds than others and it is not fair. I need down time to play videos games and porn surf. What´s a library?
10. I believe that I am a product of my circumstances – not my choices. I will blame anyone else for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will happily accept the credit (and money) for something I didn’t do.
11. I understand the world is not fair, and government needs to fix that. I do resent the success of others.
12. I believe that government should make people equal. I also believe that people shouldn´t be penalized for their choices. Don´t call me lazy if I choose to sleep in. Why work your butt off when the government can give you a handout?
On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. I promise to live by them.


With all the libs taking the second pledge, is it any wonder we have a problem of so many people believing government is there to take care of them from cradle to grave?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Republicans Eating Boogers


We´ve all seen toddlers gross us out by eating their boogers. Why do they do such a disgusting thing? Because it makes them feel good.

The recent attempt by Tea Party Republicans to defund Obamacare is the equivalent of booger eating. It made them feel good, but it was not pretty to look at and the results were bound to turn out bad, which they did. Instead of the news covering the incompetent roll out of Obamacare, the lead stories were about the Republicans shutting down the government.

Don´t get me wrong, I am closer aligned to the Tea Party Republicans than the Crony Capitalist Republicans who protect their big campaign fund donors, or the Compassionate Conservative Republicans who can´t pay for their pet projects with tax revenue but pay it with more debt.

Critics from the start pointed out it was politically impossible for the Tea Party to use a government shutdown to defund Obamacare. In interviews, even Senator Ted Cruz was unable to explain how his efforts could succeed with Senate Democrats and President Obama sticking to their poll-tested position of doing nothing. His shut down partner Senator Mike Lee acknowledged that anyone who wants to criticize them ¨for proceeding in a fight we weren´t certain we could win, then they´ve got a fair point.¨

If you are going to pick a fight, pick a fight you can win.

The Democrats may be terrible at doing math when it comes to matching government spending with tax revenue, but they are better than the Tea Party when it comes to counting votes at a national level.

Surveys show that America is 35 percent conservative, and 25 percent liberal, with the other 40 percent in the middle. It should be easier to elect conservative presidents. However, the Democrat presidential candidate has gotten more popular votes than the Republican candidate in five of the last six elections. That´s pretty good considering liberals are outnumbered three to one. For conservatives to win the presidency in 2016, we need to get more votes than the liberals. Booger eating is not going to help us get those votes.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Why Can´t Democrats Do Math?


One of the root causes of the recent government shutdown is the failure of President Obama and Senate Democrats to make any suggestions to rein in out-of-control government spending. The president requested an increase in our debt ceiling to allow the Federal government to borrow more money. This is like you or I requesting an increase in our credit card limit because we have maxed out our credit card.

Actually, it is more like your broke grandfather asking for an increase on his credit card limit so he can pay for his rent and utilities with the expectation that you and the grandkids will pay it back later. I´m all for helping out grandpa so they don´t turn out the lights, but if I were to do this, it would make sense at the same time to get him on a budget to control his spending.

Why is it only the Republicans that are being responsible with the tax payer´s money by demanding that any increase in the debt ceiling be matched by a decrease in spending? Aren´t there any fiscally responsible Democrats in Washington?

Unfortunately, no.

This was not always the case. Looking into the past, once upon a time you could find Democrats who could do math and had a policy of making sure revenue was sufficient to cover spending.


Harry Truman - After the high levels of national debt incurred by World War II, President Truman supported a policy to lower the debt. When it came time to pay for the Korean War, he paid for it by taxation, not borrowing.


Bill Clinton - After misstepping during his first two years in office and seeing Democrats lose majorities in the House and Senate, President Clinton declared ¨the era of big government is over.¨ (If only he was right.) He worked with Republicans to reach the last balanced budget the Federal government has seen.


Erskine Bowles - Former Clinton chief of staff who co-chaired President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. In 2010 this commission issued suggestions to stabilize and reduce the national debt.

The biggest problem our nation faces is not health care, education, green energy, gun control, immigration, closing Guantanamo Bay, or gay marriage. The 800 pound gorilla in the room is government overspending and the President´s failure to work on this shows a total lack of leadership. President Bush had the same problem of not controlling government spending, but it has gotten worse with Obama.

In 2008, candidate Obama said, “The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars for the first 42 presidents — number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.”

Now our official national debt is reaching 17 trillion and President Obama has doubled downed on being irresponsible and unpatriotic.

Tea Party Republicans have stepped up and demanded that the Federal government get control of it´s spending. It´s past time for Democrats to do the same.

Do the math. Cut the growth in government spending to match the amount needed to increase the debt ceiling.

Your thoughts?

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Columbus and the Greatest Comedy Album of All Time



In celebration of Columbus Day and to have a great laugh, you should listen to the first track of Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America.  If you have never heard of this record, you are in for a treat. It has been repeated voted as the greatest comedy album of all time by the listeners to the Dr. Demento radio program.

You can find this album, released in 1961 (and it´s 1996 sequel), on Spotify. You can also find selected tracks on YouTube. The first track can be found at "Columbus Discovers America: It's a Round, Round World".

For those already familiar with this classic album, what is your favorite line / scene?

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

We Need A Moody America


We live in an age of entitlement and over reliance on government services. It was not always this way. During the 1910´s and 1920´s, the Federal government was much less intrusive in the lives of American citizens. And yet, with ingenuity and hard work, people were able to get by and even prosper. Yes, there was no national safety net, but there were also fewer limits on personal liberty.

Liberty or security? What do you value more?

Security requires taking money from others to inefficiently support people so they don´t have to do it themselves. This allows people to make bad choices (dropping out of school, out-of-wedlock babies, drug and alcohol addictions) because there will be welfare and other well meaning programs to help them out.

With liberty comes freedom, but also the need to be responsible and contribute to your own well being.

Ralph Moody (1898-1982) found himself in a bad way when his father died when Ralph was just a boy. He later found himself dealing with major health issues. There was no Social Security or Medicaid back then and his mom refused to take charity.  His family did not look to others for handouts, they only looked for opportunities to work hard.

Moody tells the story of his boyhood through early adulthood in a wonderful series of books that were published in the 1950´s and 1960´s.


These are great read aloud books for you to share with your children, especially boys. Below is a short synopsis of each book.
  • Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers - City boy Ralph, who is eight years old, and his family move from Massachusetts to Colorado because it will be better for the health of his father´s TB. They struggle to make a go at farming. Ralph is given many responsibilities far beyond what a modern boy would be expected to do.
  • Man of the Family - With his father dead, eleven year old Ralph is thrust into the role of helping to support his mom and younger siblings.  With an entrepreneurial spirit, the family is able to make ends meet. Kids will be amazed at what these young children are able to do.
  • The Home Ranch - During the summer of his twelfth year, Ralph gets a job on a ranch where he finds he is a natural with horses. What twelve year old won´t love a story about a real boy cowboy?
  • Mary Emma & Company - Ralph´s family moves back to Boston so his mother can be closer to family. Because he is such a hard worker he is able to find steady work, but he is also a budding entrepreneur. When a local bridge burns down and falls into the river he organizes other young boys to collect the wooden beams from the water and turn it into firewood for sale.  Once again we see young boys taking on tasks that would baffle many adults today.
  • The Fields of Home - This is my favorite book in the series. Teenage Ralph goes to Maine to help his stubborn grandfather improve his rundown farm.  Over time, Ralph´s penchant for innovation is able to get his grandfather to change his ways and make his farm profitable.
  • Shaking the Nickel Bush - At age 19, Ralph is diagnosed with diabetes and told to go west for his health. He works as a movie stuntman because of his skill with horses and then starts a business going from town to town making busts for the leading citizens in small Arizona towns.
  • Dry Divide - Broke at age 20 (after accidentally losing all his savings), Ralph gets a job as a foreman on a Nebraska farm and helps a young widow bring in the harvest while starting a new business that once again makes him a financial success.
  • Horse of a Different Color - The final book in the series finds Ralph in Kansas working in the cattle and meat business. He meets his future wife.
CNN Money reported that 43% of American Households paid no Federal Income Tax in 2013, but these same 70 million households benefit from the trillions spent on government services. They don´t care about the cost of paying taxes because they don´t pay any.

I think America would be a better country if we had a lot more people like Ralph Moody who showed you can start with nothing and make a great contribution to society by hard work, tenacity, and innovation.

What direction do you think the country should go in? A Moody America or an Entitlement America?

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Obama - President of the Divided States



The President and Vice President of the United States are the only nationally elected officials who are selected by all the voters in the nation.  Senators and congressmen have much smaller constituencies. As such, a president needs to make decisions based on what is best for all of the citizens and not just his supporters.

Unfortunately, President Obama seems incapable of acting as President of the United States and would rather be President of the Divided States.  Obama´s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act was passed without any Republican support.  This is the only time such a major law was passed without bipartisan support.  Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Civil Rights legislation all had support of both Democrats and Republicans.  Obama Care is projected to make a bad situation worse (see The Wrong Way to Do Health Care). Current polls show that the majority of Americans do not want to see Obama Care made into law as is, and the President has unconstitutionally made changes to the law without congressional involvement for political reasons favorable to his party. It seems we don´t need a legislative branch to amend laws when the executive branch wants to do it on its own.

Sometimes a president has to make choices that will offend his base, but is in the best interest of the country. President Nixon, who rose to political prominence after World War II by being a strong anti-communist, surprised many people when he opened relationships with Communist China, meeting with mass murderer Mao Tse Dong. President Reagan signed laws that granted amnesty to illegal immigrants and raised taxes in 1986, not a popular move with many conservatives.  President Clinton signed laws that balanced the budget and reformed welfare, not a popular move with many liberals.

Which brings us to President Obama, who enjoys the trappings of office, but continually fails to provide needed leadership to make tough choices. Our health care system is too expenses and needs reforms, but Obama Care only expands a flawed system to cover more people instead of finding ways to cover more people without raising costs.

President Obama´s most egregious failure has been his total unwillingness to tackle the uncontrolled growth of government spending.  He commission a blue ribbon panel, the Simpson-Bowles Commission to come up with recommendations to fix Washington´s overspending problem and then completely ignored all of its recommendations. This imbalance of insufficient revenues to cover promised benefits in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security has been known for decades. President Clinton even had plans to address this problem but it was sidetracked by the Lewinsky scandal.

We need tax reform to cut special interest tax breaks and eliminate the bad policy of reckless borrowing that expects future generations to repay money spent on us. We need to fix Social Security so that all the money does not run out before current younger tax payers retire. And most of all  we need to fix Medicare and Medicaid so the projected unfunded liabilities don´t bankrupt our country.  These are big issues requiring a strong leader as president.

Nixon opened China.



Reagan granted citizenship to illegal aliens.



Clinton cut the welfare rolls.


And Obama?

Well, he kept his favorite federally funded golf course open during the government shutdown.



Is Obama inherently incapable of providing the needed national leadership?

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Fiddlin´ - I Get A. Rand


Although she wrote the books she was most known for more than 50 years ago, Ayn Rand prescient views on a stifling, over-regulating government make her a popular author today. Those who understand Rand´s message may get a chuckle from this song, rewritten from the Beach Boy´s original, ¨I Get Around.¨

"I Get A. Rand"

Rand Rand get A. Rand
I get A. Rand
Yeah
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
I get A, Rand
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
From town to town
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
Read The Fountainhead
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
I'm makin' real good bread

I'm gettin' bugged hearing right and left it´s all my fault
I gotta finda new place where I´ll find John Galt

My buddies and me are getting richer than snot
Yeah, the bad guys know us and they tax us a lot

I get A. Rand
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
From town to town
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
Read The Fountainhead
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
I'm makin' real good bread
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
I get A. Rand
Rand
Get A. Rand Rand Rand oooo
Wah wa ooo
Wah wa ooo
Wah wa ooo

We always praise the tycoon cause he's never been beat
And he's never missed yet when the markets compete

None of the guys like taxes cause it wouldn't be right
We´ll leave the moochers behind when we go on a strike.

I get A. Rand
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
From town to town
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
Read The Fountainhead
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
I'm makin' real good bread
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
I get A. Rand
Rand
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

Rand Rand get A. Rand
I get A. Rand
Yeah
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
Wah wa ooo
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
Oooo ooo ooo
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
Ahh ooo ooo
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand
Ahh ooo ooo
Get A. Rand Rand Rand I get A. Rand

Ahh ooo ooo

I agree that Rand hit the nail on the head when describing the weaknesses of big government. I am not so taken with her solutions--so much so that I wrote a book challenging her position. Atlas Shrugged and Jesus Wept.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Will Secularists Ban ¨Green Eggs And Ham?¨



Green Eggs and Ham has been in the news lately because Texas Senator Ted Cruz decided to read it during his filibuster style speech last week.  This Dr. Seuss classic is one of the best know children stories of all time. When Theodor Seuss Geisel published this book back in 1960 there was no evidence that it was anything more than an entertaining children´s book.

However, it is always possible to find extra messages in literature, even children´s literature and Green Eggs and Ham can be read as a Christian parable.

It begins with the name Geisel picked for one of the main characters, Sam.  Sam is short for Samuel. Samuel has it´s roots in Hebrew - Shemiel and it means ¨Name of God.¨ So is ¨Sam I am¨ ¨God I am?¨

So the story is about God sharing something he loves (green eggs and ham) with the story´s main character (unnamed). We can look at green eggs and ham as the Gospel. Sam (God) doesn´t give up. He tries to share his plate in all sorts of circumstances and the main character rejects it over and over again.  However, he crashes into the sea and is covered by water (baptism?) and then he has a change of heart and tries the strange food.


Once he tastes it, he loves it and immediately wants to share it with others. Isn´t that the story of Christianity?  You find the Gospel and then go out to share it?

If a school teacher were to read a story about God bringing the Gospel to a reluctant soul who eventually embraces the message and then decides to share it with others, he or she could get into big trouble.  However, there is no big deal for this same teacher to read Green Eggs and Ham.

If this hidden message in Green Eggs and Ham becomes too well know, will secularists ban it from government schools they carefully maintain as God free zones?


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