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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/

Justice for Calvin Coolidge

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C-SPAN has conducted their third survey of presidents, where they rank each president from best to worst. I really appreciate the methodology they use, and how clearly they explain their process. However, based on their outcome, I’d have to say something is terribly flawed with their system.

 

Calvin Coolidge ranked 27th, between Jimmy Carter (26th) and Richard Nixon (28th.) Not only was Coolidge considerably better than Carter and Nixon, but he may have been the best president in history. There’s certainly room to debate that point, but there’s no argument that he should way higher than 27th.

Coolidge quickly cleaned up the corruption that Harding had left behind, which helped him greatly in gaining the favor of the American people. He wasn’t cutting deals with congress and meeting with lobbyists – and he wasn’t afraid to say “no.” He cut taxes; but only after [dramatically] reducing spending.

Silent Cal had the strong, quiet, decisive nature that one desires in a president. He was not haughty or pretentious, nor flashy or supercilious. (Unlike some recent presidents who come to mind.) He was intelligent, yet simple; reserved, yet efficient. Calvin Coolidge has been remarkably understated in not only this survey, but in most discussions about the best presidents in history.

 

To right this wrong, A World Under Fire will be recreating this survey and coming up with a new ranking of presidents. Stay tuned.

Why I’m Not A Feminist

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As a young conservative woman, it’s incredibly hard to watch liberal feminist women march around D.C. in “pussy hats” and bail on work in the name of “National Women’s Day.” As a young Christian woman, it’s difficult to hear Madeline Albright declare that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” As a newly married woman, it’s frustrating to be told that my role as housewife and homemaker isn’t respected, as it once was. As a woman with strong political, religious, and societal views, it’s shocking to be shamed and deemed “an enemy to the women’s movement.”

But I’m okay with it.

I don’t want to be anything but an adversary to a movement that thinks wearing female genitalia like a baseball cap is an acceptable fashion trend. I don’t want to be associated with a group of women who would just not show up to work because of nationally organized day of irresponsibility. I don’t want to have anything to do with bullying other women into believing the things I believe. And I really don’t want to be a party to making housewives, stay-at-home moms, and homemakers think that they are anything less than valued.

The women’s movement has done absolutely nothing for hard-working, conservative women. (Does that mean that there’s a “special place in hell” for them?)

 

The women who whine and cry about “equality of pay,” are generally going to be the type of women who don’t deserve the pay increase. The women they spite, however, are the type of women who will work hard to earn their pay raise and make as much or more than the men around them. Why is this? Because most of these women have absolutely no concept of responsibility. Which brings me to my next point…

… These women will cry that it is an infringement upon women’s rights to outlaw abortion. I would say that’s criminally insane. You’re given the right to act the way you see fit. If your actions result in pregnancy, aborting it only infringes on the rights of the unborn. You are given the power to run your life – and with great power comes great responsibility.

 

I was raised to take responsibility for my actions. I was raised to show up to work. I was raised to value life – at all stages. I was raised by an intelligent, hard-working mother and a strong, hard-working father. (Can you see the theme there?)

 

So, no – I am not a feminist. I am a family-ist. Feminists are raised with a picket sign and a sense of entitlement. Family-ists are raised with a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility.

 

I think this country could use a few more family-ists and a few less feminists.

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.

Platform Party

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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.

Last week, we took the first paragraph and broke it down. This week, I’d like to take it from the second paragraph to the ever-important question, can a society so lost in itself find its way back?

 

In another blog post I wrote, I asked “What if the church could have stopped the holocaust?” During World War II, the American church was largely silent in the shadows of Hitler’s hate speech. Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winning writer, Elie Wiesel said that “the opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference.” The point of the post was to challenge the church to stand up against indifference, and the challenge extends to us as individuals.

 

If you want to be on the right side of history, you can’t be indifferent. Say something. Do something. Believe in something. If you want to be remembered as someone who cared, you can’t afford to be indifferent.

 

 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King [Jr.] famously wrote that Jesus was an extremist for love. If you can be an extremist for love, can’t the opposite be true? If Jesus was an extremist for love, and we are called to love like He loves; and if the opposite of love is indifference, then aren’t we acting in blatant disobedience when we don’t take a stand for something?

 

We’d all like to believe that we would have stood up against slavery in the Civil War, or that we would have stood with our Jewish brothers and sisters during the Holocaust, or that we would have marched alongside of Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil right movement. The question is, could we have really been bothered to take a break from our lives to take a stand? Would we have really been remembered for standing up against such atrocities? Or would we have half-hearted verbalized our support and acted with indifference?

 

 

 

You are being tested. I am being tested. We’re all be challenged to stand up for something bigger than ourselves. If we don’t learn how to care and fight against indifference, then the government will try to act as our conscious. The more the government intervenes in the name of “charity,” the more indifferent we become as a society. It’s a never-ending cycle, and we need to break it with love.

 

 

 

I used to think that people cared more than they didn’t. I used to think that American’s could rally together on the issues that mattered most. Now, I’m so utterly lost and confused in a society more interested in selfies and cat videos than stopping human trafficking or the slaughter of martyrs around the world. I’m not sure how a society so lost in itself can find its way back…

 

unless we come in the same way we went out. Social media undoubtedly helped to change the way society thought. Facebook, Instagram and Snap Chat encouraged the selfie generation and catered an array of various distractions from real-life problems.  Perhaps the problem isn’t the platforms, but what we do with them.

 

 

 

Tim Tebow – former NFL quarterback, current minor league baseball player and lifelong Christian – was lambasted by many, and adored by others for being purposeful about his sharing faith. In his eyes, God gave him a platform and he used it. Other professional athletes use their platform to advocate for various charities or their own political ideals. Many an athlete waste their platform and use it only to bolster their own celebrity status.

 

In today’s social media world, we are all given a platform. Several, if you choose to use them. The only question is, how are you going to use it? Are you going to waste it by only posting attractive selfies and trying to build yourself up? Or are you going to use it to spread truth, hope and love?

 

 

 

Maybe we can find our way back from the land of indifference the same way we left it – through social media.

 

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.