Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Backseat Parenting

 “My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12 NIV

I believe our children are the future. God never said raising a child would be easy, nor did he provide a handbook that would safely guide us through a world that has turned their back on morality. We are affected as parents, as children by what goes on around us. Parents occupy a very important role that is so desperately needed in today’s society.

We send our children off to school with a sack lunch and a dream that my child will do the school thing better than I. We have big dreams for our children that maybe, just maybe at the time on conception the thought could be seen as wishful thinking. Well, I dream big and I hope my daughter will too.

School is a privilege solely on the grounds that many nations around the globe do not have the ability to attend school or at a very young age having to work in order to put food on the table. Up until recently in Afghanistan, girls were not permitted to go to school thanks to the Taliban, but as many know that isn’t true today.

What is it about knowledge or an education that can be seen as a threat? Shouldn’t be the educator’s sole purpose to provide the best learning environment as possible for the child to learn in? Should parents play more of a role in their child’s education?

Schools have long since worried more about numbers in the classroom than the end product. A good education by good teachers will instill esteem that can carry the child through their formidable years of education towards that goal of high school graduation day and onto college.

But it is not all on the teacher’s shoulders. We as parents have basically forfeited our rights to parent. We have taken a backseat approach to ensuring our children are getting the best education our tax dollars can pay for, which should be nothing short of ‘Grade A’.

Parents have neglected their roles and have given it into the hands of teachers to raise their children. Parents are okay with losing the reins till the child gets in trouble. Who’s blamed for the child’s troubles in life, the parent or the teacher?

Teaching is not a glamorous job. Many times it can feel like a thankless job, but one that makes the decision to go through the education that is required to become an educator knows there is little money in return. That is not why one becomes a teacher right? Well with the teacher unions, that seems to be the motivator in education, money.

When you have your sights on money and how you can get more of it into the school, hint, numbers. Then something is bound to fall to the wayside. It is unfortunate our children are the victims of parents that are uninvolved and teachers that don’t produce.

I say pay those teachers well that produce a great product. Fire those principals that continue to run under performing schools. Fire those teachers that continue to run under performing classrooms. We the tax payer wants the best for our children, not someone that will pass them off. Education is an investment for the future of our society.  

Remember teacher why you chose this profession and parents don’t forfeit your role as the parent. God bless America this Christmas. May we remember what came to man on Christmas Day.

Monday, December 20, 2010

I Have a Dream Act

This week brought the end to the hunger strike of undocumented (illegal) immigrant supporters that rallied outside Sen. John S. McCain’s Phoenix office. They’re still doing the hunger strike right? Anyways the measure failed to move to the next stage of legislation procedures. Expected, Republicans were cast as the bad guys once again on this issue.

Need I remind you that the Democrats have had the majority in both chambers since 2007. Bush 43 introduced a measure to reform our nation’s immigration policies that landed on deaf ears. So who are the obstructionists that keep our legislators from passing a comprehensive immigration bill that will not include amnesty?

 For me I have an issue with this whole illegally being present in the United States. These individuals want to be future leaders of our great nation, but fail to place blame where it should be placed, with their parents. Where are their parents today? Are they still living in America illegally? Who are the real hostages?

I’m sure there are a few areas in our current immigration procedures that could be fixed like enforcement, but other than that our policy is a very good one. The problem falls when the federal government fails to act (enforce) and allows this activity to continue till we have a crisis on our hands.

Just this week we have had a Border Patrol Agent gunned down and killed by drug traffickers. According to Sec. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, our Southern Border is more secure than it has ever been. Okay?

President Obama says that we do not negotiate with hostage takers (Republicans), but yet we are expected to deal with people that feel that it is okay to boycott a state for taking a tough stance on illegal immigration. Again, who are the hostage takers?

For the pastures that aid illegal border crosser stating that that is what Jesus would have done I challenge you. Jesus would have told those crosser to do the right thing and that would be to return to your home and process the needed paperwork. For those priest that are using the illegal population in order to collect tithes for the church shame on you.

It is a good thing that ‘The Dream Act’ went down, because if the federal government would offer citizenship to someone that only has to serve two years in the military, well that would leave the door open for them to go AWOL after that. Then you have the thousands that went to college and achieved a degree. I say that is great but on whose dime?

If we really want to show our neighbors to the south that we love them and want the best for them, we would tell them the answer starts in Mexico. Take pride in your country. Get involved with your government. Support the law enforcement that is willing to stand up against the drug cartels. Take your country back from the criminals, both in politics and in the crime families.

The Dream Act should be that people from the south don’t have to travel north to find work or a better life, but an act to take their country back. Do the right thing. Respect our laws here in the United States. Don’t think bullying the citizens around is the way to get your way, because all you’re doing is angering us. God bless.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Obama the Candidate vs. Obama the 2nd Coming of Carter

A great show of solid leadership was on display this week by the 44th Commander in Chief. Can we use the phrase 'Flip Flop'? With much pressure being applied by the public, business and the House of Representatives, one can only imagine how many cancer stick the president is consuming. I wonder if he orders his from the reservation?

It wasn't all that long ago when Obama the handsome young community organizer turn politician from Illinois captivated the nation by how he was able to articulate his thoughts into almost a hypnotic fashion that drew crowds as far as the eye can see, but that was a couple of years ago and those crowds have dissolved.

Not all that long ago Obama and his economic team came to the conclusion that the only way to get our nation out of money troubles is to raise the taxes of those making $150k, $200k, or $250K. I don't know because America heard three figures, but it seems now Obama has seen the light.

Within the last three days, Obama is now saying that lower taxes is the answer, which you can guess that didn't well with the Liberal Elites. I wonder what changed Obama's perspective on taxes? Ummmm, November 2, 2010.

Through this process the Republican Party has been called obstructionist, and hostage takers, now it appears the once hostage negotiator is now a hostage taker too.

In simple terms, the provider of services or goods will pass the cost to the consumer (you and me) if their cost of operation goes up. So who is hurting who? Higher taxes on the rich sounds good to the 40% of Americans that don't pay federal taxes and to those politicians or appointees that forget to pay theirs.

Will business of any size know what they'll be looking at tax wise next year? Your guess is as good as mine. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Circumcised In San Francisco, Not No More

With all of the pressing issues that are news worthy today, one bit of news that is not making a lot of noise on the wire is the banning of circumcision in the no other place, San Francisco, California. This measure is due to be placed on the ballot in the November 2011 voting season. With nothing better to do in the city of San Fran, let’s make up some of our deficit by fining people that disobey this law $1000 and maybe, just maybe let them spend some time behind bars to think about their misstep. You know what? What a great plan San Fran.

This is the same city that is a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants and harassing a Marine Corps recruiting office in the Haight and Ashbury. The group ‘CODEPINK’ exercises their freedom of speech by holding a candle light vigil in front of this recruiting office in hopes to drive them out of this section of the city. Who fought for those rights to be able to do such a thing, and then I ask, who gave us the right to fight for those rights?

 San Francisco is a city that is beyond moral decline. This is a city represented by former House Speaker Nancy Polosi. So no surprises when you hear that San Fran wants to ban circumcision. Is this Polosi’s idea of job creation? Because now the city will need 16,000 peepee watchers in public bathrooms, when entering the terminal of public transportation and maybe in the dressing room when trying on a new pair of slacks.

Rush asked his audience if when going through the airport screening, will the scanning machines be able to tell if your circumcised or not? Good question. Will the TSA allow those that look like they are toting luggage (junk) through no questions asked? If it even looks like your package is circumcised, well you got some explaining to do.

Seriouly, is this what our country has come to? We are on the verge of reliving the Korean War, and Federal Tax dollars fund an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum depicting Jesus Christ being swarmed by ants, which symbolized the AIDS virus. The Smithsonian receives 60% of its funding by the tax payer. Luckily the Smithsonian pulled the art after many complains.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” Do you think repealing a measure that is twenty years old is all of a sudden going to expose all of the gay service members within the ranks of our military? I knew who was gay and who was strait. This only protects the gay from getting fired or refused enlistment.

 How does “Don’t ask, don’t tell” create jobs? How does it further protect our borders? How does it give the business owner confidence that he or she can start hiring for next year? It doesn’t.

Circumcision ban, the boycotting of a recruiting station does nothing to create jobs or protect our borders. One of the topics will usher in sexually transmitted deceases and the other is an exhibit how clueless some Americans really are.

I’m not anti-gay, nor am I anti-immigrant, but to seek special treatment is a form of discrimination. God bless America and those that protect Her.