Sunday, February 11, 2007

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Degree Of Outlook

Definitions –

Conservative – One who believes that the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence combined with the explanative writings of the founding fathers should be used as the basis for decisions on how our country operates.

Liberal - One who believes that the Constitution is a “living document” that needs to be adjusted on a regular basis to keep up with the changing social condition.

I have said for years that a liberal is just a conservative without the ability to think logically. Liberals tend to make their decisions based more on emotion than fact. This, however, is a generalization – degree seems to be the real defining factor. The scale below is my idea of degree…

Just to let you know where I am coming from –
I am a Christian charismentalist with a constitutionalist view of politics along with some liberalist social values.

I believe that loyalty in the workplace has all but been destroyed by what I call the centralization of big business. In latter years, companies were smaller and had a more personal relationship between employee and employer. As the corporate institutions became larger and more diversified the personal contact and caring gave way to more “business” related personnel decisions. The insuring lack of concern for employees in turn gave rise to a lack of loyalty by the employees. In the 1950’s for instance, a man could earn enough to support his family while his wife stayed at home and cared of the children. It is my considered opinion that if an employer chooses not to pay an employee (male or female) a wage and benefit package substantial enough to allow the employee a reasonably acceptable lifestyle for a family of four, they shouldn’t be in business at all.

I am more and more in favor these days of socialized medicine. My reasoning for this is that the medical and pharmaceutical industries have shown a complete lack of self-control in their price structuring. Government regulations on the other hand have made it necessary for those who can afford care to pay enough to cover the costs of those who can’t. Insurance companies have become adversaries to both the medical providers as well as their patients. Many of you may have noticed that much more medical testing is being done as a CYA measure over and above that which is done due to advances in medical procedure. Prescription costs and medical visits have gone through the roof. Insurance companies have gained the upper hand over doctors as to what treatments and remedies are allowable. Surely one government agency could run this area better more efficiently and with less redundancy than all of the little governing agencies (insurance companies) that have cropped up.

Workman’s compensation has become a nightmare for those who have had to become involved with it. What was intended to be a benefit has turned into a horror story. An attorney recently told me that since the insurance companies have been placed in charge of the program the following holds true –
Workers compensation makes it so difficult to get proper treatment that ninety percent of the people will give up and go to their own resources for proper care and that it costs the workers compensation insurance companies less to be sued by the remaining ten percent than it would have cost to have given proper care to all. Granted there are fraudulent claims and they should be dealt with harshly. That doesn’t mean that all claimants should be treated as though they were frauds.

Marriage is the union of a man and a woman for the purpose of establishing a family. Since our gay population would like to have, and deserve the same benefits as a married couple, lets figure out what to call it and establish it. Airplanes and cars are not the same but are both used for transportation. Why can’t our esteemed politicians come up with plan for a gay union and end all the useless fighting.

The “establishment” clause in the Constitution does not set up a “wall of separation between church and state”. It takes a real stretch of the imagination to even hint that it does. It simply means that the government must refrain from setting up a one denomination state run religion. Our founders were trying to avoid the “Church of England” situation that we had fled from. Many people these days seem to have trouble defining religion. Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Islam, Buddhism, Church of England and Hindu are examples of religions.

Since there can be no doubt in any educated persons mind that these United Stated were set up as a Christian nation, based on Judeo – Christian principals, what is all the fuss. Christianity is not and never was, nor will it ever be a religion. It is a personal relationship with Jesus the Christ. By the way, “Christ” is His title not His last name, anymore than “of Nazareth” is his last name.

It is my opinion that a very strict interpretation of our founding documents should be followed at all times.

Rick Rahn

Sunday, February 4, 2007

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What's Up?

As I have gotten older, I don’t know if I have gotten smarter, more intuitive, more insightful, more alert, more aware, or just paranoid. The more I look at what is going on in our country and around the world, the more fearful I become. I look at and listen to our politicians and am amazed at their lack of understanding and realization of what is going on around them. I find it hard to believe that with their supposed knowledge and education that they are unable to understand. I lean more and more these days to the opinion that they are somehow controlled. By what, or whom, I do not know for sure, but I have a good idea. Remember though; you are not paranoid if they really are after you.

Aside from the above, I really do believe that there are two immediate enemies of which we should be aware. Radical Islam attacks from without while anti traditional American groups such as the ACLU attack from within. I consider this to be external as well as internal terrorism. I can remember how upset my grandfather used to get over what America was doing wrong in the 50’s and early 60’s. I thank God he can’t see what has happened to the country he loved. I am extremely upset at what I think my grandchildren and grandchildren are going to have to face in the future.

There are three books that I have recently read that I can recommend wholeheartedly as follow up if you wish. They are, “The Islamic Invasion” by Robert Morey, “Jerusalem Countdown” by John Hagie, and “Indefensible” by Sam Kastensmidt. “The Marketing of Evil” by David Kupelian is another good book but is more difficult reading.

This is not meant as hate speech but rather hope speech and also a warning as to what we in the United States are up against. Those who would accuse me of in any way spreading hate, have no idea who I am. I am instructed in the bible not to hate but rather to love my neighbor. I do however hate evil; I think that is all right as the bible says that God hates evil. The main problem with being a Christian warrior is the instruction to turn the other cheek. Those who are against us depend in large part on using our Christian principals against us.

Rick Rahn