Separation of Church and State

Each year as we approach the holiday season some small town or rural principality has a group from the “big city” come out to be sure the constitution is being followed to the letter with regard to “separation of church and state”.  While I don’t believe the intent of our forefathers was to keep the nativity from being displayed in front of municipal buildings, this broad interpretation has been widely accepted over the past thirty years.  The 1st amendment actually reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  It has absolutely nothing to do with the manger scene.  It is in the simplest terms, a way to keep from having a “religion of the state” or a particular religion endorsed by the government.  Escaping government imposed religion was one of the reasons for founding our country.  The separation was intended to be from the side of the State not that of the church.  Without a broad and liberal interpretation, we would not be seeing the things we do today.

The question that comes to me now is why are the people who claim to believe in nothing those who are offended by anything representing belief in something?  What we now have are groups who set out to find ways to prove they can make sure you don’t have any religious affiliated material anywhere near any public property.  For what?  Are they saving America?  Are they protecting our children?  From what? 

Let’s get back to using the constitution as a guide for freedom and stop using it to tell one another why one freedom is more important than another.

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Just the facts

The more comments I read regarding the attack in Benghazi the more frustrated I become.  The purely political spin that surrounds this and many other issues is at the very least unhealthy for our country. 

The facts regarding Benghazi were not covered by most media outlets prior to Tuesday’s election and that can not be disputed by anyone who has taken 20 minutes to look into this.  I watched President Obama speak to the U.N. (the entire speach, not just clips from one network or another) and he continued to lead all of us to believe this was a random act of violence and not terrorist attack.  Regardless of what the President and Candy Crowley would have you believe, he did not declare this a terror attack on September 12.  He and others in his administration continued for days to refer to an anti-muslim video when speaking about the attack.  

The sad part is the effort to keep the truth from us really isn’t even the most frustrating thing about it all.  The fact we are so politically divided we would give one person a pass and call the other a liar because we simply don’t agree with him is what I take issue with.  Our major news organizations report the news based on how they want people to look in the eyes of the public.  With an election looming, there was little coverage of the Benghazi attack with respect to the facts.  When news of correspondance from the consulate before and during the attack surfaced, little attention was brought to it.  Mitt Romney decided not to press this issue in the final debate,a move that likely helped seal his election fate. 

Until we as the American people stop blindly following the candidate from our party and recognize the truth regardless of who is telling it, we will not be stronger, better, more prosperous.  Demand the truth from our elected officials and keep asking until they produce it, even if he holds the highest office in the land.  And demand the news organizations give facts and follow the entire story rather than what they want you to know.  It should give pause to every single American when a television “news” personality says he is “glad we had that storm” so his candidate would have a better chance to win an election.  People died, homes and businesses were destroyed, and a well-known “journalist” lets his always politically motivated thoughts come rushing out of his mouth before being able to filter them. 

We the people can no longer let this happen!

The people have spoken

It would be impossible today to turn on the television or radio without hearing something about the 2012 Presidential election.  Newspapers and online publications revealing the voting numbers for states and a variety of demographics.  Facts lead to opinions of how and why one candidate won and the other lost.  Great campaign strategy, leadership,  the economy, and foreign policy are all thrown out as possible reasons voters swung one way or the other.  

In the end, what was the issue that really guided your vote?  It must not have been the economy.  Unemployment is still much higher than we were promised it would be by this time.  The Federal deficit is almost double rather than half, as Mr. Obama predicted he would achieve.  Perhaps it has more to do with strong leadership in matters over seas?  possible, but unlikely.  While Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces during the President’s first term, the attack in Benghazi which left four Americans dead is the latest display of leadership abroad on the mind of informed voters.  Not to mention the “story” the administration told the country and the world in the weeks following.   How about the candidate most likely to work with the other party?  Again, unlikely.  Gov. Romney was able to get things done when he worked with a state legislature made up of good people who were 85% or more from across the aisle.  The President, on the other hand, slammed “Obamacare” through with little regard for thoughts of representatives from the opposing party or the American people at large. 

I believe it was some great campaigning mostly.  The Obama camp was able to get some folks to come out and vote solely on social issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and/or contraception.  These were little talked about issues (especially by the republicans) since a week after the DNC, but resonated with some voters who were more likely to vote for Mr. Obama if they made it to the polls. 

Now that the election is over, I hope the President will enlist some of the brilliant strategists who orchestrated such a clever campaign to help with the important issues affecting all of us.

What can you do?

I decided to start this blog as a way to get information out, share opinions, and encourage discussion on a variety of topics.  While I intend to focus mainly on education and politics, the world of sports, food, and movies will undoubtedly be included.  Thank you for reading! MC