Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hope and Change – The Future

This needs little explanation but if you want further detailed coverage, just click this link to get the latest on the advancing control being exerted by the government. The design is credited to, and shamelessly stolen from the Day by Day web site.

To grant the White House the power to control the functioning of the internet is mind and thought control of epic proportions. It is impossible to imagine any emergency which would warrant this stifling of free speech. The first amendment ramifications are immense. It could only be made worse if the language of the bill required selective closing of individual web sites.

The noble men of widely varying opinion on the issues facing the fledgling country were in universal agreement that every argument should have the privilege of being heard. The very first enumerated “right” is that of free and unfettered speech.

“Amendment I:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The first ten amendments (the Bill of Rights), were ratified effective December 15, 1791.

There is no greater cause to fault those in government for lack of understanding of the Constitution than the offering of this proposal. This ham-handed attempt to abridge the God given rights of all Americans is yet one more immoral demonstration of their arrogance and outright hatred for the values which we all hold dear.

In 1790, the first US Census reported a total population of just under 4 million (3,929,214) souls. Our current number is variously reported as about 308,000,000 to 310,000,000. The historical population was therefore only 1.268 % of our current number. As a result, the pamphleteers and public speakers could manage to communicate effectively to a much smaller audience. With today’s unmanageable mass, the message needs to be delivered with an appropriately enlarged capacity. Prior to the historic emergence of the finished constitution, there were many supporters of the British Crown who attempted to stifle those writers and speakers in favor of Independence. The founders quickly recognized this and made the first issue the freedom of speech.. Absolutely any abridgement of that right is by definition treason and failure to “uphold the Constitution of the United States.”

In the final analysis, two words immediately emerge from memory: “SIEG HEIL!”

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Thursday, August 27, 2009


The passing of Ted Kennedy has provoked some serious thoughts these last few days. As a Christian I realize that my innermost feelings about his death have filled my mind with thoughts which are not consistent with my faith. Or are they? I should really not take joy in outliving the last remnant of Camelot. Teddy and I were very nearly the exact same age—he was 38 days older.

As a beneficiary of privilege, he was the poster child. As murderers and accidents winnowed the family over the years—his brothers all died violent unnatural deaths—he plodded on, carrying the name, inflicting legislative grief from which he and his family suffered no personal pain. He became a prominent symbol of liberalism to the detriment of the nation. Protected by the family fortune, he could merrily impose his vile dogma on others without personal risk.

It has always been a mystery that he managed to gain such popularity in Massachusetts, a state renowned in history as an essential location in the formation of the United States. How can an electorate return an avowed socialist to the Senate term after term (nine) and yet put a strong capitalist (a Mormon no less!) in the governor’s chair?

This morning we see the proposal to rename the impending Health Care bill "Kennedycare." Inasmuch as the country will be “swimming” in debt and ultimately “drowning” in regulation, it seems more than appropriate. Kennedy had considerable expertise in both which he acquired during an incident on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969. With complicit and shameful cooperation from local authorities, the matter was resolved with a slap on the wrist and a funeral for Mary Jo Kopechne. The fate of the water soaked Oldsmobile remains unknown.

The sponsors of the bill no doubt believe the magic of the Kennedy name will prevail. In an attempt to wring out the last vestige of whatever popularity and feigned respect remain in that moniker, they choose it at their peril. The demographic that is fighting the proposal the hardest are those who have sufficient age to remember every significant detail of July 18, 1969. Even though overshadowed by the moon landing at the same time, the particulars gradually leaked out to destroy any hope that Teddy had to ever become president. It was insufficient to obtain an indictment for anything other than “leaving the scene of an accident.” Essentially it was a mere traffic citation.

We are, however, grateful to Pelosi and her cohorts for prompting thought as to what HR 3200 should be named: "The Kopechne Memorial Bill!" She didn't fare too well under Kennedycare

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Fine Mess

All of us have known someone in our lives who has hung their hat and their entire reason for living on a single issue. You know what I mean: the Packers lost on Sunday so the world will probably end on Monday, she doesn’t give me a second glance but I shall love her forever, or “mother, if I don’t get that blouse I will just die!” Unfortunately, life is far too complex to allow anything to be the lone source which drives our lives. We live in a world which becomes more complex by the day and requires endless solutions so we can’t enjoy the luxury of a single focus.

This is true for you, your neighbor, your preacher, your doctor and even the love of your life. It is also true for the president of the country. George Bush learned it the hard way when the twin towers fell to the ground eight years ago. It was an event which crowded everything temporarily aside. All the nation’s problems remained but they necessarily took a back seat. In most cases, it was the same for the citizenry. They were glued to the TV awaiting word of the disaster and worrying over what the next move would be by the maniacs who engineered that disaster.

Generally, the things which we identify as paramount in our lives have long range consequences which are the actual problem. If the Packers lose I become concerned about winning the division and making the Super Bowl, winning it and enjoying bragging rights for at least a year. It’s about my ego. That becomes the bigger picture for a selfish fan. If “she doesn’t give me a second glance” I see failure in my pursuit of a suitable mate and life long companion. I can easily envision my peers laughing at my efforts and watching my self-esteem circle the drain. If mother denies the blouse it will not be diagnosed as imminent death but rather the embarrassment of wearing the “same old thing.” Having heard this remark several times I can assure you it is not a sign of impending demise.

By placing undue emphasis on a single issue one prepares the way for disaster. By removing alternative options and insisting on a programmed outcome, we pave the way to failure, embarrassment, and loss of reputation. This is precisely the position our president is currently in with HR 3200. He has unnecessarily placed so much emphasis on this single point that one wonders what the actual goal may be. Since he and those legislators who support it have no personal interest in the outcome because it doesn’t cover their health problems, one need ask why it is so bloody important and why the rush. I don’t pretend to know the minds of these people so I can only speculate.

Passage of the health care initiative as written would result in turning over about 17% of our gross national product to the government. The individual choices so familiar to Americans would vanish with its passage. In conjunction with other bills, TARP, Cash for Clunkers, Cap & Trade, etc. it would provide additional controls over our monies and our lives by the government. As a result, the health care matter, which the president insists MUST be passed by ? may well be the smoke screen to cover the actual intent. And what might that intent be?

Even though I have observed my failure to know their minds, it is becoming increasingly obvious that their goal is the socialization of America. I realize others have suggested it with varying degrees of vehemence but I truly believe that is his primary goal. My interest is not to provide a convenient slogan to battle Obama and the Democrats for re-control of the government. Frankly, I’m less than impressed with the other side of the aisle. What I am impressed with is the Constitution of the United States and the protections it offers from government to each and every citizen. I seek leadership who have truly read, studied and finally, understand that sacred document. That person does not currently occupy the White House.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

Monday, August 24, 2009

Monday Morning Rant 106

Lee Parsons was definitely a valuable resource this Sunday morning. Rather than going to Revelation for the hard to understand sections he went to the 17th chapter and reviewed what God expects of us. He states it plainly for those who question what He wants. Check it out.

After Jan went to work, I decided to extend my training walks and turned in 4.2 miles in just over 2 hours. I feel it is essential to keep increasing the length if I am to keep up with the activities in D.C. on the 12th. I confess the two hour nap after was essential to bring me back to normal. I hope to continue until I can do 5 miles effortlessly. I don't want to be distracted from the mission by fatigue.

More Quotes

I went to one of the quotation web sites in search of insight and amusement and repeat a few here which caught my eye. There may be repeats but if so, it's because they seem important.

"Government is a monopoly. It forbids competitors."
-Harry Browne

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; [if] it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it."
- Supreme Court Justice Learned Hand, 1944.

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
-Theodore Roosevelt , May 7, 1918

"Unanswered questions are far less dangerous than unquestioned answers."

"Journalism: The carelessly inaccurate reporting of facts.
Journalist: One who is expert at nothing, but pretends to be expert at everything." -unknown

"You know the world's gone mad when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the USA of arrogance and the Germans don't want to go to war!"

"I came to see that my quarrel was never with the Christ, but with his foolish and narrow priests who mistook their own narrowness for his."
-Mists of Avalon

"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Essayist

No Partnership Please

This past week in a demonstration of extreme arrogance and a total misunderstanding of scripture and the teachings of any known church Obama called for a "partnership with God. Either he did not learn the meaning and ramifications of "partnership" while at Harvard or other schools he attended or he assumes an equality with God which is unattainable.

Inherent in "partnership" is the suggestion of parity with the Supreme Being. Partnerships require that all parties bring qualities to the association which the other lacks or is at least equal in importance. Omnipotence requires no contribution from others. Faith, good works, repentance, obedience and absolute belief come to mind in the requirements for salvation and being a pleasing servant to the Almighty. But, servants we are and servants we shall ever be: albeit willingly.

To suggest this example of unwarranted equality is at the least blasphemous. Like every other utterance he makes it has a reasonable sound as it comes off his lips. It is upon reflection that the remark takes on its vile presumption.

What was he thinking? Oh, I forgot: he is a narcissist and totally absorbed with himself. God have mercy upon him.

D. C. Rally

A reminder that you have the chance of a lifetime to express yourself in opposition to a nanny state government. Sept. 10, 11, and 12 should mark the dates in which the American people re-assert themselves as the true custodians of their future in the seat of government.

You will not need to be bused in, paid by a union, furnished with professional signage or fed talking points. You may join a vast army of folks not unlike yourself, to express their discontent with the current activity in Washington. Making new friends, discovering you are not alone, and informing the "hired help" that you are unhappy with their work are the purposes of the upcoming demonstration. There is no need to dress up: just come as you are, overtaxed, over-regulated and overcome with grief at the direction the country is headed.

I really do hope to see about a million of my closest friends there. Just wave; I'll see you.

And finally

I sometimes believe that the most stable thing in our daily lives, other than God, is the dogs. What a pleasure they are. Always happy and eager for whatever the next adventure may be. They sleep the sleep of the just, eat with gusto regardless of the fare, and love to play with skunks. Maggie is not wild about the bath afterward but tolerates it at my request. A little tip for you: take a qt. of peroxide, a half cup of baking soda and two tsp.. of dishwashing detergent. Put the dog in the bath tub and only then do you mix the ingredients. Use a soft brush and work around the head, ears, and chest down the front legs. Avoid getting the mixture in the eyes (yours and the dog's) if you can. You'll need a couple of ratty bath towels close at hand for the dry off but be prepared for a shower when the mutt shakes the liquid off. I always close the shower curtain in anticipation. This cleaning effectiveness is dependent on the catalyst of the mixture so it doesn't keep. Time is of the essence as it gradually weakens the further you are from the moment of mixing.

The above is one of those things which I learned after I "knew it all." I don't know who dreamed it up but it does work.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon