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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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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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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.