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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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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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It was only last summer that the unity among the Democratic Party was being contrasted against the division within the Republican Party.  However, in recent weeks we are seeing an increased divisiveness between the Democratic frontrunners.  We are going to look at these phenomena within the context of the principles noted on this site as they are prominently on display in this year’s race, and we are at a critical juncture in our history when these principles are increasingly more important.

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Posted in: Governance
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The last couple of weeks for 2015 went by fast, but the spirit of this season was most welcome.  It was a chance to renew one’s perspective, and focus on those things that mattered once again.  Faith, friends, and family.  It also gave me an opportunity to think about things from a little different perspective.  In looking back at the world once again, things seem to be a mess.  Judging from the content that was returned after googling the terms ‘right track wrong track survey’, I am not alone.  The list returned included the following:

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Posted in: General
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In this post we are going to do something a little different.  We are going to look at conditions in the mental health industry and the Syrian refugees, in order to draw a commonality from both situations.  I recently read a NY Times Opinion called How to Help Save the Mentally Ill From Themselves by Norman Ornstein.  The piece describes his family’s experience with their oldest son Matthew, who experienced a sudden psychotic break during his twenties.  We are sorry for the pain and loss they have endured.  We know first-hand what they have gone through.

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Posted in: Healthcare
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There has been much attention given recently to the problems of drug addiction and the release of criminals convicted for drug related crimes as the sentences they received are now deemed too harsh for these ‘non-violent’ crimes.  It has becomes an issue in the primaries with Jeb Bush, Chris Christy, and Carly Fiorina all giving personal testimonies on the matter.  In addition it is one of the main election concerns in New Hampshire.   So far the focus in the media has been on factors such as:

 

  • Race

  • The legalization of drugs, such as marijuana

  • The prescription practices for legal drugs

  • Drug use as a factor in other crimes

  • Drug crime’s impact on communities

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Posted in: Charity
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Today’s post will take a look at the upcoming election.  It is not meant to be either an endorsement or criticism of any particular candidate(s).  Instead, its purpose is to look at some of the current characteristics of this race in the light of this site’s topics.

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Posted in: Governance
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We’ll continue the last post by looking at the supreme court in relation to acting on the truth.  As previously stated the primary purpose of government is to protect its citizen’s rights.  To that end three separate branches of federal government were established, each with limited powers, and each with the incentives and ability to provide a check on the advance of power by the others.

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Posted in: Governance
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Last time we took a look at collectivism and truth.  This time we’ll use several more recent events to examine collectivism and the way it goes about implementing what it perceives to be the truth.  Why?  Because it seems like things are changing rapidly, and not necessarily for the better.  Most people seem to agree.  This week’s Rasmussen right track/wrong track survey indicates that less than a third of Americans think we are on the right track.   Implementing one’s truth concerns not only the ends that are to be achieved but also the means used to reach them.  I’ve stated before that within collectivism, regardless of its form, it is only the ends that matter, and that the means do not matter to them.  So we will look at three current events from the past couple of weeks, and the common thread among them.  The first is the tragic death of Kate Steinle.  The second is the recent revelation of Planned Parenthood’s sale of infant body parts.  The third event is the supreme court ruling on unnatural marriage.  We’ll cover the first two in this post and conclude with the third item next time.

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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.