Saturday, June 23, 2007

Reflections

I just wrote an email to a friend and have decided to post some of the thoughts that the email stirred up in me.

I never meant for Scholar to be only a political blog. I want to write about many other subjects, too, without leaving politics out. But I also find myself discouraged by the negatives in the political arena. It seems like so many are headed Left toward policies that history tells us won't work. I know that not everyone is an extremist, but it sure seems like those in prominent positions of leadership are making some major mistakes and that they have plenty of supporters.

I also get discouraged that so many seem to speak out against patriotism, America, the military, and religion. Too many are in favor of abortion and socialism and peace at any cost. I'm for peace, but not at the cost of freedom and liberty. There are prices to pay for those good things. There are prices to pay for the bad things, too. I would rather pay for the good things.

I also am a Christian--a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints--and I believe in God and in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. I believe what They teach us through the scriptures. So I find myself wanting to be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving, and yet I feel that God expects us to stand up strongly for what is right and true. If we have to fight for right, so be it. Surrender to wrong is not an option.

I feel strongly, too, that people are more important than plants and animals, and yet I believe that God expects us to treat His gifts to us (the earth and all her resources for one) with respect and to be good stewards of those things. I love and appreciate nature and its wonders. I do not believe, however, that it is necessary to trash capitalism and confiscate private property in order to be good stewards of nature.

I feel sad for the people of the earth who live under oppressive governments and who live in poverty. However, I believe they should stay in their countries and fight for freedom and rights rather than becoming jihadists or illegal immigrants. I believe that we should welcome immigrants from anywhere and everywhere who come here legally and who come here with the intent of becoming Americans. Multiculturalism and diversity are overrated and taken to extremes. People should be free to practice their religion as they see fit and to keep alive their language and culture--to a point. But if they wish to settle in the United States of America, they need to also embrace our language and culture. They need to obey our laws. They need to live up to our ideals. And they should not come here with the idea of living on welfare and social security and using our schools and hospitals and so forth without contributing by working and paying taxes and becoming Americans. It is to their own benefit to do things the right way.

I feel, too, that we Americans need to put a stop to government growth and the Nanny State. We need to stop the dumbing down of our public education. We need to stop letting the Leftists in academia indoctrinate our children with wrong ideas and radical views. We need to wake up and stop expecting things to be easy and non-competitive. Work is essential for us. Developing our talents and abilities and increasing our knowledge are essential for us. We can't do those things if we put the government in charge of our lives from cradle to grave. We can't do those things if we give up our freedoms and if we don't stand up for truth and right.

America has so much, not only for itself, but to offer the world. Let's not throw it away.

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8 Comments:

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Pop said...

The sound of two hands clapping!

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

Thank you, Pop! :)

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger Titus Todd said...

I agree. 'Nuff said. :)

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

Thanks, Titus!

 
At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Barb said...

Hi Mary! I should stop by here more often. Politics are very hard for me. I was raised to be a strong Democrat. We were more about the labor wing of the Democrat party. As you may recall, I was raised Catholic and my twelve years of Catholic schooling have instilled in me a very ProLife background. I have become more conservative through the years but feel conflicted.

Like you, I think it is important for everyone to have an opinion and express their opinions in an honest and open way.

Take heart! You do good and it is important to have your side as well.

 
At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Barb said...

Rainscamedown.blogspot.com...Hope I got that right as it is a blog I recently discovered by Silver Rain. She has a post about evolution that is pretty recent that I think you may find interesting. It is below the June 24,2007 one on Spiders. If you are like me, you will not read all about her thoughts on spiders. :)

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Mary A said...

Thanks, barb! It's so complicated to sort out politics and decide on positions and candidates. I feel conflicted about various things, too. I think we just have to do the best we can. Most people really do mean well. I think our backgrounds have a lot to do with what's important to us and what we believe. But if we all share our opinions and ideas, that helps everyone consider all the possibilities and think things through.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Mary A said...

Oh, and I meant to say thanks for that link--I'll check it out!

Mary

 

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