Government

Know Your Rights – Part 4

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The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

 

Anyone who’s ever been a fan of crime dramas is well acquainted with the term “search warrant,” but why do they need one? Because of the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment is a promise of privacy from the government. It means what is ours is ours and they have no right to it. And if police or other government entities believe that we are hiding something that would indict us of a criminal act, they must go through the courts with probable cause to obtain a warrant.

This amendment is important to protect our privacy. None of us like the feeling of having no privacy. That’s what this whole Zuckerberg trial is about. The ironic part about the trial is that Facebook optional, but the spying the government does on it’s on citizens is secretly enforced without our knowledge or consent. I’m not coming to the defense of Facebook, only pointing out the hypocrisy that oozes from the congressional walls.

 

Perhaps the amendment that has been the most battered and abused, you can see violations of this right everywhere you turn. Department of Homeland Security and The Patriot Act, TSA and airport pat-downs, data-mining done in both the private and public sectors, and the list goes on. Some people will say that we need those things to protect us, but the fact remains that they are illegal and I believe that they are much to our detriment.

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Scientology in Government

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On September 15th, President Donald Trump nominated Jon Adler to director of the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Adler is former federal criminal investigator and served as the president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. He also sits on the advisory board for the Heroes Health Fund.

That sounds all well and good, until you look into the Heroes Health Fund. The Heroes Health Fund claims to help first responders get the medical and physiological help they need. What they actually do is subject them to the blasphemous, often dangerous detoxification program created by scientologist founder L. Ron Hubbard. A man – by the way – who had no medical background whatsoever.  The Heroes Health Fund are a dangerous scientologist organization who is impeding the rehabilitation of America’s finest.

Now, this man with ties to the church of scientology, is in a position, not only to implement similar programs on a broader scale, but also to funnel more money into the cult that illegally imprisons people. Adler now has the ability to do a lot of damage to a lot of people.

 

It is hazardous to have anyone with ties to scientology inside the United States government. It is wrong to have our tax dollars funneled to such an organization. In fact, we should be actively working to get the organization less money instead of more.

For years, The U.S. government saw through Hubbard’s thinly veiled efforts to monetarily benefit himself, and refused to give his organization a religious designation and tax-exempt status. In 1993, however, the IRS decided to grant the so called “church” with the tax-exemption they so highly desired. This needs to stop. Please write your congressmen and demand they look into this.

 

For further reading, check out these links:

https://www.redstate.com/jimjamitis/2017/09/28/trump-appointee-doj-drug-abuse-efforts-strong-ties-crackpot-scientology-based-detox-program/

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/should-scientology-be-tax-exempt/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-hassan/its-time-to-end-the-churc_b_555843.html

https://www.redstate.com/jimjamitis/2017/05/05/tennessee-authorities-shut-scientology-facilities-holding-people-will/

Political Correctness

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Okay folks, let’s take a beat and talk about “political correctness.” Political correctness is a verbal prison that societal leaders put us in to protect the feelings of people who weren’t even offended in the first place. It was an obvious play to change the terms of acceptable language and claim that racism and bigotry runs amuck throughout the republican party and all across America.

When I joined the crusade against political correctness at the ripe old age of thirteen, I was fighting for the right to say, “Merry Christmas,” and display the nativity without being accused of religious intolerance. I left the fight when it became about targeting “snowflakes” and not taking responsibility for your words.

 

I will fight relentlessly for your first amendment right. I will not identify with the anti-PC movement that seems to go out of their way to say something extreme just to hurt others. I will fight relentlessly for your first amendment right. I will not identify with the anti-PC movement that speaks with such blatant disregard for human decency. I will fight relentlessly for you first amendment right. I will not identify with the anti-PC movement that is represented by indecent, abhorrent bullies.

The fight against political correctness does not give you license to knowingly and purposefully use inflammatory language. It should not be use as a shield or excuse to attack others. Your political crusade does not justify you attacking others, and then teasing them when they get offended. Do you have the right to do and say those things? Yes. Does it make it right? Absolutely not. The anti-PC movement has done an excellent job of exemplifying the attraction for political correctness. I do not believe that anyone should be able to take away your free speech, but I do believe that you should be held accountable for you say.

 

My mother once told me something that I think really applies here: “When you say something, speak as if they will take it in the worst possible way. When you listen, hear their words as if they meant it in the best possible way.” In other words, speak respectfully and be slow to get offended. That doesn’t mean you can’t disagree or offer critique, it just means that if you have to offer a dissent, be kind. Don’t be intentionally inflammatory.

Bringing this back on topic, I am not saying that you can’t use words that society has deemed political incorrect. The fact that people are afraid to say “Merry Christmas,” or that towns are afraid to have Christmas tree lightings when 95% of Americans celebrate Christmas is just ridiculous and wrong. I would not be offended if someone wished me a “Happy Hanukah,” and I wouldn’t expect them to be offended if I wished them a “Merry Christmas.”

 

So, when it comes to political correctness, here is my advice: don’t worry about what is “PC,” but do worry that what you say is true, real and said with respect. Your goal should be to spread truth, not cut others down. Remember; “you catch more flies with honey…”

Keeping the Faith

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Welcome to A World Under Fire, a commentary blog that focuses on getting back the American Dream. I am striving to revive my own faith in humanity whilst fighting back against big government GOP players, bigger government progressives, the socialist left, the hate-filled and spiteful liberals, the green-enthusiast tree-huggers, and a society that just doesn’t seem to care. Join me and prepare yourself, because what you do next, could be the thing that matters the most.

We are about to be tested. We’re going to learn what we’re made of; what we’ll do when our beliefs and our characters are in question. We’re soon going to find out if a nation can peacefully live free and survive without the government acting as our conscious.

I always thought we could…

…but can a society so lost in itself find its way back?

I’m not sure anymore.

But I will not give up. I will not lose hope. Because I know the hearts of the Americans that came together after 9/11. I know the hearts of the Americans that came together after Katrina. I know the hearts of the American soldier. I know the hearts of the American people. So I will not give up. I will not lose hope.

Will you?

This is what is written on my home page. I’d like to break this down over the next couple of weeks to help you understand what I mean; to help you prepare.

 

The last segment of this home page declaration starts at my statement of uncertainty, and ends with the question, “will you?”

 

I’m not sure anymore. I’m not sure that our country comes back from the division, hate, bias, race-baiting, religious feuds and personal attacks that we’ve been through in the 21st century. I’m not sure that our days as a world super power aren’t numbered. I’m not sure that I believe “united we stand; divided we fall” is as accurate as it once was. I’m not sure that we’ll recognize the world that our grandkids grow up in. I’m not sure what to think.

I am sure that there are American heroes still out there today. I am sure that there are people who genuinely want the best for their country, their neighbors, and their families. I am sure that the Americans who came together after 9/11 – from coast to coast – will fight to keep this country together. I am sure that the Americans who dropped everything to help in the wake of Katrina will always care for those in need. I am sure that the Americans who fight around the world – and within our own borders – to keep us safe, are the heartbeat of the country. I am sure, that with these people, there is hope.

These Americans inspire me not to lose hope. These Americans inspire me to be better. These Americans inspire me to fight for the only country that can breed these amazing, loving, caring, brave, strong, compassionate people I call American Patriots.

 

Despite the turmoil this country is in, there is still nowhere else on earth I would rather live. We’re still the greatest nation in the world, and I have hope that we can remain that way. If you are watching the news, hearing the hurt, and seeing the heartache across the country and wondering how I can still hold out hope for America, here’s how: because of you. You want better for America than what you’re seeing – and that, that gives me hope.

 

Don’t underestimate what you can do for your country.

 

Kindness, charity, and service can impact a life, a neighborhood, a country, maybe even a whole world. You’ve already given me hope, maybe you can provide that for someone else, too. Keep your faith in God, your hope in the hearts of the American people, and proactively work to make our future bright and you cannot lose.

 

I’m not ready to lose hope. Are you? I’m not giving up. Are you? I’m going to keep fighting. Are you with me?

 

Let’s get ‘em.

Hate, Anger & Misdirection

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Hate, anger and misdirection: it’s the perfect motto for the American public. Not the right or the left, but both parties. The left claims to be the party of love, equality and compassion; and the right claims to be the party of lower taxes and religious freedom. If either side lived up to their promises, I wouldn’t be without a party. But the truth is hate, anger and misdirection is the way of the American public.

Not just politicians, but the media as well. We’ve let politicians and media talking heads decide what we should be angry about and where to place our hatred. It has to stop. Stop being influenced by these people, or anyone else for that matter. As long as you buy into the culture of anger that the public has built up in our society, you will always come out on the losing side.

 

Consider this recent event –

Scenario: Donald Trump wins the election and college students are so emotionally distraught that they need to take a couple days off.

Public Reaction: “These prissy crybabies need to get over themselves and get back to school!” “Don’t cry just because you lost. This is what happens when you give children participation trophies.”

Consideration Never Made: These college students have been living on a liberal campus, attending classes taught by extreme leftist professors, and being told every day that “Donald Trump is Hitler,” or “Donald Trump hates you,” or “Donald Trump is a racist, a sexist, and a bigot.” And they are hearing these lies all day, every day. Is it possible that these young students aren’t crying because they lost? Maybe they are legitimate afraid. I know I would be if I bought into everything those professors told me.

 

We never considered the possibility that there are people out there that are actually afraid. Our first instinct was to bash them and accuse them of being sore losers. And our anger is immediately brought upon the students instead of the professors who spent all semester convincing them that Trump was the Prince of Darkness.

 

The hate, anger and misdirection needs to stop. Don’t let your feelings be dictated by the media, politicians, or your friends. Rise above the culture of hate, anger and misdirection and then we – the people – will have truly started the journey to Make America Great Again.

They Didn’t Do It My Way

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I said after the election, that I couldn’t quite get my feelings about it figured out. I did not expect a Trump victory. Not even a little bit. But the part I was having trouble with wasn’t Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton. We could have run one of my old pairs of smelly soccer cleats and beat Hillary Clinton. My fears started much earlier than the general election. They started when he beat 16 other republicans for the nomination.

But that’s party politics for you.

So why did I have so much trouble on election night? I guess I figured that if Trump lost in the general, he wouldn’t impact the party as heftily as he would if he won. Even if he ends up being the “best President this side of Reagan,” which I hope he is, how will he change the reception of the Republican Party and inspire the future candidates?

I hope and pray that President Trump will be the best thing for this country. I hope and pray that he does great things for our country. I hope and pray that his first term is so awesome, that I will go out and vote for him in four years. I hope I do. I hope I want to vote for President Trump’s second term. I just might. But I will never, ever cast a vote for candidate Trump. That guy was appalling. He was the worst.

Candidate Donald Trump was like the perfect liberal caricature of a republican. He said things that I’ve only heard conservatives “say” via a liberal talking head and a creative video editor. I don’t want it to become okay for Republicans – or anyone else, for that matter – to talk and act the way that Candidate Trump did, just because he won.

I have thought for a long time that conservatives needed to change their approach. I thought we should become better story tellers, better listeners; that we should be better at explaining our plans and why it is good for the American people. I thought that some more compassion and thoughtful articulation would simultaneously shut down the liberals go-to attacks and appeal to a broader base. Donald Trump did not do this. In fact, he pretty much did everything exactly the opposite.

Now, some will say that I am just upset because “he didn’t do it my way.” I am here to tell you; politicians rarely do. I am upset because now I’m not sure any will ever be able to. My fears on election night weren’t that Trump would take office and the whole nation would tremble. No, I know that we are stronger than that. My fears were that Donald Trump will have set a precedent within the party and we will eventually just become caricatures of ourselves.

I’m afraid that the Republican Party has gone too far, and will lose a strong and passionate base forever. What do you do when your party has left you? I suggest doing something you should have been doing all along: vote your conscious, make your voice heard, and never give up.

Post Election Thoughts: Let’s Unite

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Donald J. Trump has won the 2016 Presidential election. He will be sworn in to office as the 45th President on January 20th, 2017.  He has pulled off quite an astonishing victory, winning states like Michigan and Wisconsin. While his election has been polarizing, many leaders on both sides have done a good job calling for a peaceful transition of power. An important thing to remember, regardless of your opinion of the President Elect, is that our lives as citizens have not been radically changed. We will go to work, support our families, and pray for America to continue to be a prosperous, united, charitable nation.

 

Presidential Trivia –

Q. Including Donald Trump, how many people have served as the President of the United States of America?

A. 44. Although Donald Trump is the 45th President, Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms and is counted twice.

 

I, personally, have been in turmoil over the victory. I never wanted to see Hillary Clinton as President, but I did expect to. I never wanted to see Donald Trump as President, and never expected to. I am confused by the church and the fact that the evangelical turn out for Donald Trump was record setting. I am upset that McMullin and Johnson didn’t take their home states – this was the year for a third party victory if there ever was one. There are a lot of things about this election that I can’t make sense out of. Trying to figure out my feelings has been taxing… But there is one thing I know for sure, God is still on the throne.

Sorting out my feelings has been hard, but I am as ardently never #NotMyPresident as I was #NeverTrump. #NeverTrump was a campaign throughout the primaries and general election that reflected my feelings about Donald Trump the candidate, not President Elect Trump. I will give President Donald Trump all the respect the office deserves. I never said President Obama was not my president, despite our differences, and I will not do that to Donald Trump. This is my country, and he is my president: Obama has been for the past eight years, and now Trump will be for the next four to eight. No “if’s,” “and’s,” or “but’s” about it.

 

So, with my feeling unsorted and my thoughts in disarray, I write this post to congratulate the President Elect and say to my fellow Americans, it’s time to unite.

 

Can’t unite over the presidency?

Let’s unite over the fact that we are the greatest, most generous, most prosperous nation in the world.

Let’s unite over the fact that our futures are not dictated by who’s in the White House, but by our hard work and the grace of God.

Let’s unite over the holiday season.

Let’s unite over the fact that we’re all afraid of what the future brings – politically speaking, and otherwise.

Let’s unite over our love for country.

Let’s unite and be the change we want to see in the world. You can’t just vote in change; you have to be the change.

 

Let’s start by changing our attitudes on this election, and those who voted differently than we did, and uniting to build a better tomorrow.