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The unattainable or the constantly desirable?

By Pastor Harald Gruber | Jul 26, 2013

I have come to this country as an “outsider,” having immigrated and received a green card twice. (The last time it was pink, not green) As a result, I am “registered” with the FBI, having been fingerprinted twice. Becoming a citizen I also had to sign documents that basically say, “If what you said in becoming a citizen is found out not to be true, we can revoke your citizenship and deport you.” All that not to discuss the issue of being an illegal “immigrant.”

However, being an “outsider” I sometimes look at things in our country from a slightly different perspective than those who have grown up here and are just accustomed to how things are done. I always appreciate it when there are those who take a wider perspective and look at the bigger picture on how things can be the best. A friend, Marcus Fedler, is one of those who is willing to step back and ask the questions that help to see the real concrete issues we need to consider. He wrote the following to me some time ago and with his permission I appreciate the opportunity to share it.

“Prior to 1776 and for 5,000 years we farmed our lands with sticks and pulled our goods to market with ox and cart. Due to the divine providence of a loving God, our founders prayed this nation and its form of government into existence. The Constitutional Republic of the United States took shape and innovation was allowed to thrive. We’ve made quantum leaps to walk on the moon and farm literally thousands of acres with just a few hands. God has truly blessed this nation and its people by following His Law.

Have you noticed the void created in the last 100 years? Massive unpayable debt, endless wars, constrictive regulation, high taxes, licensing and permitting fees, wasteful spending, etc. Our solution to this oppression, is to concoct even more regulation. We limit our speech, restrict gun ownership, maintain standing armies in times of undeclared war, suffer warrantless road blocks, allow indefinite detention and seemingly small issues like county zoning. We’ve become slaves to our own selfish desires and whims.

For the last 40 years innovation has stagnated; cars get about 30 mpg, space travel is limited to orbits, airplanes are mostly the same, trains are diesel/electric, cancer is on the rise, diabetes is an epidemic, health care costs are skyrocketing, taxes and fees are out of control, divorce rates are +50 percent, we’ve allowed the murder of 55 million unborn and our children don’t graduate high school 30 percent of the time. Over the same period our national debt has increased from $370 billion to over $16 trillion. It seems that our government is involved in everything we do. Is it so radical to presume that maybe man’s law is causing this? Certainly borrowing money to overspend hasn’t produced the fruit.

"The core issue at hand is what we do when someone harms us? Create new regulation? What happens when new regulation doesn’t work ... more regulation? As the founders said, our government was created for a moral society and is wholly inadequate to the governance of anyone else. Morality only comes from a belief in a Divine Creator. What we need is a revival ... a God-centered society. We need to rely on Him instead of ourselves. He gave us the Truth. He gave us the Way. No amount of regulation will fill the void. It’s there to be filled by Him. All we have to do is ask, by His grace, it's FREE.”

Thanks, Marcus, I think this is the perspective that will take us from the unattainable to the constantly desirable.

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Sep 11, 2013 00:54

by Thomas Sowell


Chickens are coming home to roost for Barack Obama, both at home and overseas. When he first entered the White house, to worldwide acclaim, and backed by huge majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, he could do whatever he wanted — and could do no wrong, in the eyes of the mainstream media.


People believed whatever he said, whether about how he would cut the federal deficit in half during his first term or how people could keep their current insurance and their current doctor under ObamaCare, which would also insure millions more people and yet somehow lower the costs at the same time.

If he could have done these things, it is hard to know what he could have done for an encore. Walking on water would have been an anticlimax.

Of course he did none of these things. The Obama administration added more to the national debt in his first term than President Bush had in both his terms put together. As for ObamaCare, which has not yet fully taken effect, health care costs have already gone up, and many people's hours of work have already gone down, as employers seek to escape the huge costs of ObamaCare by hiring part-time workers, who are exempt.

As for foreign policy, President Obama began by betraying a pre-existing American commitment to allies in Eastern Europe, to supply them with an anti-missile defense system. These nations had risked the wrath of Russia by allying themselves with the United States, but Obama blithely talked about pressing the "reset button," as he flew off to Moscow to try to cut a deal with the Russians behind their back.

His boorish behavior toward one of our oldest and most important allies (Britain) and his insulting behavior toward the Prime Minister of our staunchest ally in the Middle East (Israel) were more of the same.

Meanwhile, Obama fawned over the rulers of other nations, bowing deeply from the waist before the king of Saudi Arabia and the emperor of Japan, in a gesture of subservience that no other President of the United States had ever stooped to. But the adoring media never asked the most obvious question: "What kind of man is this, who feels a need to lower his own country?"

President Obama was caught by a microphone that he did not know was on, telling Russian President Medvedev to assure "Vladimir" that he could be more "flexible" with him after he was past the 2012 elections, and was no longer constrained by the American voters.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Aug 26, 2013 16:21

German American Internment refers to the detention of German and German-American citizens in the United States, during World War I  and World War II.  Unlike the Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II, these internees have never received an apology or reparations.

At the start of World War II, under the authority of the Alien Enemies Act of 1798, the United States government detained and interned over 11,000 German Americans.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Aug 26, 2013 15:52

Thomas Sowell: On the Real History of Slavery & Racism


“Clearly, the ability to score ideological points against American society or Western civilization, or to induce guilt and thereby extract benefits from the white population today, are greatly enhanced by making enslavement appear to be a peculiarly American, or a peculiarly white, crime.” A million or more Europeans were enslaved by North African pirates from 1500-1800 and whites were sold at auctions in Egypt until August 1885, years after the American Emancipation Proclamation.  “…The region of West Africa…was one of the great slave-trading regions of the continent – before, during, and after the white man arrived. It was Africans who enslaved their fellow Africans, selling some of these slaves to Europeans or to Arabs and keeping others for themselves. Even at the peak of Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sent to the Western Hemisphere….In East Africa, the Masai were feared slave raiders and other African tribes – either alone or in conjunction with Arabs, enslaved their more vulnerable neighbors…Arabs were the leading slave raiders in East Africa, ranging over an area larger than all of Europe.”


“Slav” became the root for “slave” in English, Arabic, and other languages because Slavs were widely captured by traders from the southern and eastern Mediterranean. While there is a sizeable literature on the American Civil War, for all its staggering carnage and historic legacy within the United States, in an international perspective it s only a small and highly atypical part of the story of the worldwide crusade against slavery. No other nation ended slavery in the same way as the United States did and few ended it after so short a struggle…”

 “…the anti-slavery movement coincided with an era in which Western power and hegemony were had their zenith, so that it was essentially European imperialism that ended slavery.”


While slavery was common to all civilizations, as well as to peoples considered uncivilized, only one civilization developed a moral revulsion against it, very late in its history…not even the leading moralists in  other civilizations rejected slavery  at all….Moreover, within Western civilization, the principle impetus for the abolition of slavery came first from very conservative religious activists – people who  would today be called ‘the religious right.’…this story is not ‘politically correct’ in today’s terms. Hence it is ignored, as if it never happened.


There were thousands of … blacks in the antebellum south who were commercial slave owners, just like their white counterparts. An estimated one-third of the ‘free persons of color’ in New Orleans were slaveowners and thousands of these slaveowners volunteered to fight for the Confederacy…” The Klan has been described as a defensive tactic against the “Union League,” former black Union soldiers who stayed in the South and destroyed southern farms and homes.


Posted by: Thomas Langr | Aug 24, 2013 21:22

I have always wondered if the same culture that decimated the Native Americans, had to have a civil war to end slavery,  interred Japanese-Americans who were no threat, and gave rise to the KKK was as God-centered as nostalgia-minded people would have us believe. Our history shows that there has always been a struggle between good and evil.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Aug 24, 2013 15:45

More than two-thirds of all the tornadoes in the entire world occur in the middle of the United States. Most people are right-handed but, among major league hitters with lifetime batting averages of .330 and up, there have been 15 left-handed batters and only 5 right-handed batters since the beginning of the 20th century. All the best-selling beers in the United States were created by people of German ancestry. Some years ago, a study of National Merit Scholarship finalists found that more than half were first-born children, even in five-child families. Jews are less than one percent of the world's population but they won 14 percent of the Nobel Prizes in literature and the sciences during the first half of the 20th century, and 29 percent during the second half. Most of the leading photographic lenses in the world have — for generations — been designed by people who were either Japanese or German. Most of the leading diamond-cutters in the world have been either India's Jains or Jews from Israel or elsewhere.  Asia has more than 70 mountain peaks that are higher than 20,000 feet and Africa has none. Is it news that a disproportionate share of all the oil in the world is in the Middle East?

It would be no problem at all to fill this entire page — with examples from around the world of gross statistical disparities in outcomes, in situations where discrimination was not involved. But those who take the opposite view — that numbers show discrimination — do not have to produce one speck of evidence to back up that sweeping conclusion.

Posted by: Washington County Environmental Dept. | Jul 27, 2013 19:36

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