The Root Cause of Gun Violence

Since the mass shootings in Roseburg, Oregon where a lone gunman singled out Christians and killed them, I have given much thought to the plague of mass murder this nation has and is experiencing.

I waited for the predictable calls for an end to gun ownership. I was not disappointed. There are many in government who fear the guns belonging to the people. While the atrocities committed by gunmen are bad, they pail into insignificance when compared to the atrocities committed by governments against an unarmed populace. Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Pol Pot killed millions of unarmed civilians. There are many other similar examples.

Armed populations have probably prevented similar atrocities in free nations. In the USA we have some examples. In 1993 a religious sect known as the Branch Davidians were attacked in their compound near Waco, Texas and destroyed. Seventy four people were killed by the FBI when they attacked these people because of unproven charges of child abuse. Who needs assault weapons? Maybe the Branch Davidians did. I don’t know much about their religion, but you don’t attack a any community with tanks and flame throwers and kill all the innocent children there to save those same children from allegations of child abuse.

Guns are not the problem, evil is the problem.

I remember going to school in 1962. I was in the second grade. One morning the teacher stood up and announced that we would not start school with prayer that day. A group that I knew nothing about; The Supreme Court, had said that we had to stop. I remember thinking of something that my Mother had said; “King Nebakanezer of Babylon had made it against the law to pray to any god but his god. Daniel was tossed into the lion’s den because he broke this law.” My Mother then said that because of our constitution that could never happen here.

Now more that 50 years have passed since that ruling. When you make prayer in school illegal, and attempt to prohibit any religion in school and the public square, you also give the impression that there is something wrong with religion. When you also mandate that evolution, with all its flaws, be taught in public school, you also teach that there is no God. If there is no God, then there is no ultimate accountability. It also follows that there is no good and no evil, only nice and mean.

It is self evident that you cannot trust people with self government if they will not govern themselves. Christianity and Judaism teach that there is a God and that we are all ultimately accountable for our actions. Religion also teaches that we have an internal compass known as a conscience. The conscience helps us to know right from wrong. Everyone attending public school used to receive a basic religious education. They were taught right from wrong. This is no longer the case. Theodor Roosevelt once said; “To educate a person in mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” That is what this nation has been doing for over 50 years.

And now we wonder why we have mass killings in school.

Go figure.

Thanksgiving Message

I hope that each of you will take a few moments on this Thanksgiving Day to take inventory and thank the Almighty God who created us all for the many blessings we all enjoy. My family has been richly blessed.  We have our health and strength, a warm comfortable home, enough to eat, the right to vote and thereby control our government when necessary.  Our children are doing well and those that are married have married well. We have two beautiful grandchildren and one more on the way. I am more than 50 years old and still have both my parents. I have a good stable job.

There are things that could be better. I need to have goals, something to strive for and to look forward to.  Not having everything is also a blessing.

The following is a proclamation issued by George Washington on our first national day of thanksgiving.

First National Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; Whereas, both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness!

Now therefore, I do recommend next, to be devoted by the people of the states to the service of that great and glorious being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be, that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country.

George Washington, 1779.

Update: I decided to add this video:

The United States Constitution – Preamble

The United States Constitution is perhaps the most remarkable document of its kind every written. The principles embodied within this document have provided the framework for the most free nation ever established. Those liberties have produced the greatest, wealth, technological development and discovery, and explosion of knowledge the world has ever known.

The Preamble to the United States Constitution reads:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

There are several things we learn from the preamble. Read more

Independance Day

Jay Leno demonstrates the effectiveness of American History education. He asks some very simple questions and these people have no clue.

One question he asks was: “What did Paul Revere say when he found out that the British were comming?” The gal could not answer the question.

Most people today have no clue why America is free. They don’t understand what makes freedom possible or how to keep it. Our future is not pretty.

Praise the Stay At Home Moms

I have a sense of humor.  Some times that sense of humor leads me down unlikely paths.  Some time ago I was talking with a friend whom I know from political circles. I asked him if he knew what the root cause of global warming was.  He said; “Yes, CO2.”

“And what has caused all that CO2?”

He didn’t know, so I told him…  “Feminism”

He replied; “What?” His tone of voice implied that I had two heads. Read more

“God Bless” To be banned in Florida School District

World Net Daily reports that a Florida school district, under pressure from the ACLU, is looking at banning the salutation “God Bless” and suggests that they replace it with “Good Luck”.

This is an excellent article.  I suggest that you read it.

The Continuing Collapse

By Dr. Bruce Shortt

Exposing Government Schools: The Youth Ministry of the State Church  of Secular Humanism
May, Anno Domini 2010
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.”

(Groucho Marx)

“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.”

H.L. Mencken

“Surrender is essentially an operation by means of which we set out explaining instead of acting.”

Charles Peguy

“He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.”

Charles Peguy


The caption, as some may notice, is a play on the title of an existentialist/postmodern novel by Czech novelist Milan Kundera.

So, just what is the “Unbearable Lightness of Being”?

From an existentialist point of view, we have only one life to live. Consequently, our lives and decisions are ultimately insignificant. This is the “lightness” of being. On the other hand, we want our lives to have transcendent significance, which makes the “lightness” of being “unbearable”. Read more

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, or as it used to be called, Decoration Day. This is a day to remember our fallen dead, a day to visit the grave sites of our heroes past. 

I heard an old veteran speak many years ago.  He fought in the pacific theatre of WWII.  There is a war memorial on one of the islands with an inscription that reads:

We gave our today’s so you could have your tomorrows.

  He observed that those who fell there were happy to give their lives that others might live.  Then he asked an important question;

What are you doing with your tomorrows?

 Very good question. What are each and every one of us doing to preserve that liberty that was purchased for us at such a high price?  This liberty was purchased by those who “more than life, their country loved.”

Lincoln said the following in his Gettysburg Address:

—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

May each of us remember these great men who gave us so much.

John Kennedy said the following:

Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.

Unfortunately many Americans have done little since that time but look for nothing but gifts from the government.

Let freedom ring and ring again.

History and national Health Care

Winston’s Wisdom

Some see capitalism as a cow to be milked, others as thief to be shot but few see it as the sturdy horse pulling the wagon.

                    Winston Churchill

Historic or Horrific

The reactions of the American people to the passage of the health reform act were very different.  Indeed this was a historic event, but was it an historic event like Neil Armstrong walking on the moon or was it closer to Pearl Harbor?

In the early 1900’s some pharmaceutical companies made massive financial grants to medical schools.  They granted this money for more than a decade with no apparent strings attached.  One day the other shoe dropped. Read more