Reflected, Refocused, Renewed

One of the best things I did was take the 10 Day Social Media Fast. Here is the challenge:

First, I invite you to participate in a 10-day fast from social media and from any other media that bring negative and impure thoughts to your mind. Pray to know which influences to remove during your fast. The effect of your 10-day fast may surprise you. What do you notice after taking a break from perspectives of the world that have been wounding your spirit? Is there a change in where you now want to spend your time and energy? Have any of your priorities shifted—even just a little? I urge you to record and follow through with each impression. 

~ President Russell M. Nelson

What I found I truly enjoyed was really listening to Glenn Beck and The Blaze television streaming every day. Glenn is now doing the sort of programming that needed to be done several years ago, conversations. Conversations about the Founding Fathers. Conversations about The Divine Constitution, all of the things that must be discussed and repeated through the generations. Glenn has a ton of great On Demand programs but I love the live broadcasts and really enjoy the conversations with his guests.

One quote from many years ago has come to my mind over the past thirty days:

The merchant who tries to sell you a product by extolling its virtues and offering it to you at a fair price is engaged in legitimate persuasion. The merchant who exaggerates the quality of his product, fails to disclose dangerous weaknesses, or misleads as to price is manipulating.

~ M. Dallas Burnett

Stepping carefully back into the social media scene my mind is in a much better place. Some of my thoughts and feelings are less emotional and better suited to hear things from a fresh perspective therefore the prospects are seen in a much brighter light.

Am I happy with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. Ugh, NO!

Am I happy with the direction too many in the Republican Party are taking our nation by voting with the Democrat non-conservative policies? Ugh, NO again!

Do I have faith in the few that are working to protect the American People from being consumed by those in Congress usurping our unalienable rights? Most definitely.

And I have faith in all of you who read and re-read our Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. You are the ones holding Congress’ feet over the flames of freedom. You are the ones teaching future generations, by example, the foundational principles for living so they can, in turn, govern themselves.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 Preamble to the United States Constitution

By the way, PROMOTING the general welfare, welfare as in faring well, is not providing general welfare as some people claim through the redistribution of wealth as plainly illustrated in the Declaration of Independence.

Additional Reading: 
  1. Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints – Ezra Taft Benson
  2. The Constitution—A Glorious Standard – Ezra Taft Benson
  3. Our Divine Constitution – Ezra Taft Benson
  4. If They Will But Serve the God of the Land – N. Eldon Tanner
  5. The Times In Which We Live – Gordon B. Hinckley
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If you only knew how many things…

One of my favorite lines from the television production of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES comes from Anne Shirley

I know I chatter on far too much but if you only knew how many things I want to say and don’t.

That is how I feel as I sit to write on day 43/365. I have a bazillion thoughts just running through my mind so I am simply going to write. Do not worry. I will not think them all out on paper.

That reminds me. You know Jonathan Crombie died. Totally broke my heart, such a young fellow. Colleen Dewhurst,  passed away several years ago and so did another favorite in the mini-series, Richard Farnsworth, who’s death was crushing to hear of when it happened. 

I totally love that particular cast, having watched that particular series beaucoup times. It was the most absolutely charming production. Just delightful.

Okay, so back to some other thoughts.

I received a wonderful suprise in the form of a book. It is titled A PARTICLE OF FAITH by Jason A. Densley and was told he has a second book coming out. I forgot the title of the next book but it does not matter because first things first. This book must be read first therefore it is on this week’s to do list.

This weekend was, what is called in my Cburch, Stake Conference. The theme, YOUR NEXT STEP. was the same one from the last Stake Conference, held in October. A great theme, the speakers had the opportunity to teach doctrine from many perspectives on how to improve oneself with the continued focus on how to draw nearer to Heavenly Father, feel the healing power of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to recognize, then obey the promptings of the Holy Ghost. 

The testimonies that were shared by those who accepted assignments to speak were awe inspiring. And though I am practically perfect in every way (thank you Mary Poppins – no comments from the peanut gallery), the sweetest feelings of encouragement to become a more disciplined follower of Christ filled my heart. 

It was a fabulous Sabbath day. 

If you want to learn more about the role of the Holy Ghost and how to seek learning by study and faith, just click those links! 

And my last thought is from an inspiring sermon titled JOY AND SURVIVAL by President Russell M. Nelson, an internationally renowned surgeon and medical researcher. 

“When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives.”

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Smells like Totalitarianism

Take a look at the Democratic Party Platform and ask yourself these questions as you copiously go through their extensive plan for change that, allegedly, matters. 

  • How much taxpayer money will it take to sustain everything they have outlined and what does that add to the current National Debt
  • What level of dependency upon government controlled programs do these Democrat solutions leave recipients in? 
  • What level of forcible constraint on individual freedom does the Democratic plan have built into it? 

Looking at the Democrats and their foundational platform I am reminded of a quote from Multiculturalism and Marxism by Frank Ellis as posted on DiscoverTheNetworks.org:  

“Some have argued that it is unfair to describe Stalin’s regime as “totalitarian,” pointing out that one man, no matter how ruthlessly he exercised power, could not control all the functions of the state. But, in fact, he didn’t have to. Totalitarianism was much more than state terror, censorship, and concentration camps; it was a state of mind in which the very idea of a private opinion or point of view had been destroyed. The totalitarian propagandist forces people to believe that slavery is freedom, squalor is bounty, ignorance is knowledge, and that a rigidly closed society is the most open in the world. And once enough people are made to think this way, it is functionally totalitarian even if a single dictator does not personally control everything.”

David Horowitz’s tagline for Front Page Magazine is one I am co-opting to tag the Democrat plan.

INSIDE EVERY PROGRESSIVE IS A TOTALITARIAN SCREAMING TO GET OUT

So you say you are a Democrat?

What are you trying to dictate and who are you trying to control? Or do you just want to live on the dole and have taxpayers take care of you? 

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Living on the Dole is not Welfare

The word welfare, properly defined means faring well as in going or getting along well, succeeding well, doing well. 

Dole, properly defined, means an allotted share, a grant, a handout, a portioned amount therefore living on the dole is not the same as faring well.

Notice I specifically stated Living on the Dole. Again, the keyword being l-i-v-i-n-g on the alloted share-grant-handout-proportioned amount. Yeah, I do not count that as thriving or succeeding or doing well as in self-sufficiency. 

Case in Point: “Fable of the Gullible Gull,” Reader’s Digest, Oct. 1950, p. 32.

“In our friendly neighbor city of St. Augustine great flocks of sea gulls are starving amid plenty. Fishing is still good, but the gulls don’t know how to fish. For generations they have depended on the shrimp fleet to toss them scraps from the nets. Now the fleet has moved. …

“The shrimpers had created a Welfare State for the … sea gulls. The big birds never bothered to learn how to fish for themselves and they never taught their children to fish. Instead they led their little ones to the shrimp nets.

“Now the sea gulls, the fine free birds that almost symbolize liberty itself, are starving to death because they gave in to the ‘something for nothing’ lure! They sacrificed their independence for a handout.

“A lot of people are like that, too. They see nothing wrong in picking delectable scraps from the tax nets of the U.S. Government’s ‘shrimp fleet.’ But what will happen when the Government runs out of goods? What about our children of generations to come?

“Let’s not be gullible gulls. We … must preserve our talents of self-sufficiency, our genius for creating things for ourselves, our sense of thrift and our true love of independence.” 

Thus we see why #FullRepeal and so getting rid of many other addictive government programs is of paramount concern to those who work for what they have.

Today, and every day,  Congress has the Power to stop a nation from living on the dole. Basta. Congress simply needs to stop stalling, stop fretting over low-info voters, and trust the voters who put them into office to #ReclaimAmerica. 

Additional Reading:

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