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The last article questioned if principles matter any longer within our country? Well, the election is over. We have some results that indicate whether we even understand what principles are any longer. No, I am not talking about the Presidential election, those of the Senate or House, the governorships, or even the state legislatures.  Virginia had two constitutional ballot initiatives this election. The first proposed an amendment supporting Virginia’s right to work law.  Its purpose was to make it more difficult for a governor or other elected official from undermining present law. The second provided localities the option of creating property tax exemptions for the surviving spouse of certain emergency services providers who die in the line of duty.

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Posted in: Governance
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We’re all familiar with this year’s election issues.  They include: the economy, jobs, taxes, the regulatory burden (all internal), and national security, the terrorism threat, border integrity, and rebuilding our military (all external).  While all these, and more, are valid issues; there is something more fundamental at stake that supports all the above.  The principles which underlie these issues.

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Posted in: Governance
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Did you know your freedom is dependent on your faith?  I believe that it is; please allow me to explain.

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Posted in: Governance
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Ms. Clinton started her campaign discussing the Founders and comparing her vision of the future to her opponents at a July 29 Philadelphia rally.  She mentioned that our Founders created a constitution that has supported the world’s longest-running democracy.  Second, they did not want one man to have all of the power.  George Washington served as the example as he willingly stepped away from power when his term ended.  Third, they created a single nation because they were stronger together.  Additionally, while we have made progress today, there is still much work to do.  We need more good jobs, have to raise wages, tackle inequality, and make the economy work for everyone - not just those at the top.  We need to invest in good paying jobs.  In other words these are things that government must do to create equality.

 

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Posted in: Governance
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Our President interjected himself into this year’s campaign again earlier this week.  While it was an act beneath the office he holds, the comment that one of the candidates is unfit for office is much more troubling, and its being passed over by our society at large is even more telling yet.  I must admit that I do not agree with Mr. Trump on some issues, and agree even less with Ms. Clinton, but both have been nominated by their respective party as this year’s candidates.

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Posted in: Governance
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With the FBI’s announcement two weeks ago about Ms. Clinton’s handling of classified emails, we quite clearly have at least two sets of laws within our country.  One for the well-connected, and another for the rest of us.  This is something that should not happen as one of our founding principles is equality under the law.  This notion is based upon Biblical principles.  First, that the laws are to apply equally to all within society.  There are no exceptions.  This is confirmed from some of the earliest books of the Bible.  Within Exodus 20-24, the Ten Commandments and other ordinances were agreed to by the people.  There were no exceptions. 

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Posted in: General
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Sunday of last week in Orlando, a follower of Islam, Omar Mateen, went into a night club and began killing other human beings.  A senseless and cowardly act by Western standards, but ISIS has embraced him as a heroic fighter for the Islamic State.  Why?

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Posted in: General
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Of course our country has been the land of the free.  And that freedom has been bought because some have been willing to pay the ultimate price so that the rest have the opportunity to live in peace.   These few have lived out Christ’s words.  ‘This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.’ (John 15:12-15)  While those who serve often go to protect their families, those they know, they also go because of a sense of duty.  They knowingly go to protect those they do not even know.  It is the ultimate sacrifice, and an example of the greatest type of love/charity that demands our honor and respect.  God is surely pleased by their actions, as he is saddened by the need for their sacrifice - because some choose not to live in accordance to His commands.  Thank you to all who have served and all who are serving.

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Posted in: General
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Today’s post is about morality, specifically the relationship between morality and economics, and where the lack of morality always leads - one of the ways in which it manifests itself.  We’ve heard a lot in the news about the federal government debt approaching $20 trillion, almost half of which will have been added in the last eight years alone.  What is largely unmentioned is that private debt is now over $42 trillion dollars as well.  The chart below shows total debt growth by sector since 1972 in 2015 dollars, and the growth in our economy’s real Gross Domestic Product (GPD) - its revenue - during that same period.  Our total debt to GDP ratio has grown from about 150% in 1972 to over 300% in 2014.  If we put together a balance sheet for our country, we would currently be highly leveraged, meaning we have a higher risk of not being able to meet our future obligations as they become due.

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Posted in: Charity
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It is obvious people today are looking for a change; at least from the last seven years, but more likely from the last couple of decades.  A couple of facts supporting this assertion.  First, 60% – 75% believe we are on the wrong track; figures that have remained in this range since 2013.  Second, this year’s presidential race has largely been driven by outsiders – anti-establishment candidates – in both parties.  Third, polls show that there is considerable anger with the political establishment, especially on the right.  So much so that the word betrayal is at times used to voice what people are feeling.

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Posted in: Stewardship
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Dan WolfMy goal is that my writing will help you to get started on your own journey of discovery, or help you along the way on a journey you may have already begun. Our Founders considered education, religion, morality, and virtue to be the cornerstones for any successful society. Being successful requires understanding both the languages of reason and faith; reason alone is insufficient.