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Separation of Church and State – let’s get real!  Atheists Raging War on Soldiers’ Memorial is something that is absolutely an insane waste of time, money, and should be utterly condemned.  This one just totally sets me off, I’m not sure I can even write about it and be calm and rational.  91 years ago, the community (probably a few Christians on the town council, or volunteers at the fire house) of Woonsocket, MA, wanted to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of their community who fought in previous wars.  They erected a monument with good faith of heart that they thought would honor those who died, including three brothers who were killed in WWI.  They erected this monument with no malice towards anyone, with no pretense to offend or even convert anyone – just to honor the dead in a respectful manner.  91 years later, an atheist, decides to sue the town to remove the cross that is part of the memorial – and not only that, but demands they remove an image of an angel and “the Firefighter’s Prayer” from the Woonsocket Fire Department’s website. What makes this even more outrageous is that a group which is heavily funded is attacking this small town knowing damn well the town can’t fight back as it will bankrupt Woonsocket.

When this monument was erected, I can only assume that the good towns people of Woonsocket wanted to honor their fallen, and they felt comfortable building the monument as they did.  This monument then has captured a time, culture, belief of a group of people and is a mark in time, a mark in history.  No one today, has the right to change the decisions made 91 years ago about how to respect their loved ones.  The Constitution of the United States has never meant that we should have freedom from religion – the first amendment was to protect America’s religious freedom.  To allow all faiths and non-faiths as it may be to choose their belief system.  This in no way shape or form means images of a specific religion must be removed, even from state or federal property, just because this image is outside the belief system of another person. There may be other legitimate reasons, but not because one person complained.

This country was founded on religious freedom, the ability to choose to believe or not believe.  Different belief systems can be a good thing – it can help people open their minds to how other people see things.  Many religions do have symbols that represent their faith, and it’s part of their practices to use these symbols.  Even outside of religious beliefs, many cultures have different practices, and if we are truly freedom minded people, these symbols and cultural norms must be tolerated and even embraced.  An atheist who demands a cross be removed from a monument erected 91 years ago is trampling on the free expression of a people who simply wanted to respectfully honor their dead at that moment in time, and is now ingrained as a part of the history of that small town – and that’s all it is.  Tearing it down would be a complete and utter disrespect of those people who chose to erect it.  Leaving it in place as is captures a town’s moment in  time, and how it felt and dealt with tragedy.  How can this cross, representing a deity an atheist doesn’t believe exists, trample on his first amendment rights?  It almost seems completely opposite – he is trying to impose his belief system through a “demand (law)” which is what the first amendment protects us from!

God bless America!

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What in the world is happening to America – what is going on in DC – Where have all our leaders gone?  I’m sorry to say that President Obama is NOT a leader.  He came to power with limited management experience, and his approach to governing is abysmal.  His approach to almost everything is to blame someone else – blame Bush, blame oil companies, blame oil speculators, blame wall street, blame insurance companies, blame the rich…it goes on and on.  Blaming others for problems that exist is not leadership – its victimship.  Victimship is where you create a “villain”  and then use this villain to be the reason why something isn’t going right for you.  Let’s look at a few examples – we have a health care issue in the United States – let’s create a villain in the Insurance Industry – blame them for the problem, then let’s create “The Affordable Health Care Act” and let the government regulate and in essence take over the industry.  Or, gas prices are going up – let’s turn oil speculators into villains and let’s go after them.  That is NOT leadership – it’s more like “lack of”.

So, what is leadership?  Leadership is part great manager, great coach, great listener, and great visionary.  Each one on its own is not enough, but a combination of all of these brings about a strong and viable leader.  If healthcare is an issue, understand what the real issue is (great listener), build a positive vision that has elements of support across the aisle (great coach), manage expectations (great manager), and drive the vision forward (great visionary).  Unfortunately, due to lack of leadership, partisanship has reached a poisonous level.  To be president of the United States, there are many traits important, but most important is a level of experience in a leadership role.  Mr.Obama is an educated man, successful lawyer, but has fallen short in his current role – mainly due to lack of significant experience as a leader.  He really only knows how to be a politician, and is in a continual state of running for the next election – this has totally diminished his ability to lead.  The problems we face in this country have grown too large to continue to play these political games.  The time has come for our elected officials to come together and focus on solving our problems together – let’s dig deep and discover the root causes of problems, and solve them.

As we head towards the fall of this year, we as a country must recognize that America’s leadership in the world is also diminishing. Our march to a more socialistic society is debilitating our ability to sustain growth at levels we’ve enjoyed in the past.  The size of our government is putting our country in financial straits that will be difficult to dig out of.  In November, we will have the opportunity to re-think our direction, re-evaluate our principles, and renew our country’s prosperity.

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