1.the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
AMENDMENT I to the US Constitution
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 the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
I love being an American. I appreciate the opportunities we have in this country. I appreciate the work our founding fathers put into starting our country and forming our laws. They were intentional when considering what laws would be included, and what order they would be in our governing documents. I respect that. I love that they relied on their Judeo-Christian beliefs to guide them. Even those who were not Christians, but deists, agnostics, and atheists, recognized the importance of Christian values in our political system. They knew that relying on their own wisdom would result in failure. These documents have been bought with the sacrifice and the blood of our soldiers and founders. Our founders lead by example and laid everything on the line because they believed that much in our country. Is our country perfect? No it's not, but I would choose these United States 100x over than any other country.
In the first amendment, the first item mentioned (which I feel is not by accident) is that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion". This is known as the establishment clause, not the separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson was the person credited with using the phrase 'separation of church and state'. He said: "Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights..." (italics are for emphasis) We are not required to be Baptists or Catholics or Buddhists or Islamist, or what ever other religion Congress can come up with. We instead are given the freedom to choose by the very next phrase in the first amendment: 'or prohibiting the free exercise thereof'. That means I am free to be a Baptist, Catholic, Buddhist or Islamist. I choose of my own free will without coercion or fear. It's freedom that grants us this ability.
Why are people willing to risk their very lives and the lives of those they love to come to the United States? It is because of freedom. Russia, Italy, Cuba, China, Mexico, Eastern Germany when the wall was up. Do you know what these countries have in common? The people are or were terribly oppressed. They flee these countries' communist oppressive governments where there is no freedom for the people. They come to the US for the promise of a better life than the one they left behind; they come for the opportunity to be successful.
I will not apologize for my beliefs about our country. I will not apologize that I think I live in the greatest country in the world. I hate that there are people trying to change our country into a socialist or worst, a communist country. Using people political gain is reprehensible. There are those in office who always make it a game of the haves vs. the have-nots. We the people should not be forced into redistribution of wealth. (I personally like a flat tax, but that's another topic for another time.) I believe in helping those who need it, but that it not become a way of life. There are those who want to take away the very ideals that make this country great. We are not guaranteed anything but life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I think we can get back to our country being great, but We the People have to be willing to take responsibility for it. We have to hold our leaders accountable for their actions. We have to be willing to stand up and question laws that we think go against the very things that made this country great. If you need an example, Becky Garritson did it well. (btw, she's from my home state! Rock that out!!!) We have to be willing to be contributing members of society & not drain the resources of our country. We need to be willing to help those who need it. Not just by only meeting their needs, but by helping them to become successful contributing members of society too. These are ideals I know, but it has to start somewhere. Micah 6:8 comes to mind: " He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does theLordrequire of you? To act justlyand to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
Do you remember learning the preamble from schoolhouse rock? I remember it even after more than 30+ years since the first time I heard it; it means more to me now than it did when I was young. I didn't truly realize how great our country was until many years later. How did the writers of our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights know exactly what words to say to make them lasting? I am amazed every time I read them and hopefully you are too. May God bless the USA & may freedom ring forever.
We the people, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, and secure 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.
I recently started a new job. Yes, at my age it can be a little scary, but it's been great. Before I go forward, a little back story first...
...For the last 4 1/2 years I have been a sub in my children's school system. (if you are a mom, love kids, and need a great way to make a little spending money, I highly recommend it.) I loved being a sub! I was able to be like everyone's favorite aunt. You know the one I'm talking about. She the one who comes in and loves you for you. She helps you get through the have to's so you can have a little fun while your mom's not around.
The way a sub enters a classroom is SO important. You have to be confident, because it's true the children can smell fear, but you also have to be available to the kids: available to offer an ear, extra help, smiles, a few hugs, and maybe even a little discipline in a life-giving way.
We would play 4 corners if everyone finished with their work. We would listen to…
A friend from grade school was going through old pictures and found a picture of the house I grew up in. I have wonderful memories from that home. We played football in the front yard, swam in the pool, built homecoming signs, and watched movies and the 1984 Olympics. My parents let me invite the entire 8th grade over to swim the day we officially became 9th graders. That house is filled with laughter.
My parents didn't care about your background. They didn't care what kind of home you came from. They wanted you to feel loved and accepted when you came over to our house. It was a house that love built.
It's funny looking back. You think that some kids have it all together just to find out they saw themselves as misfits. I was always the one who felt like I was on the fringe. Not cool, not as smart as I wanted to be, not a lot of things. I wonder how many other kids felt & feel like that today? Social media allows kids to only show the best of themselve…
The happiest days are the days when babies come! ~Melanie from Gone With the Wind
Today is a happy day...well it really started yesterday. Yesterday my parent's 7th grandchild was born. My younger brother, Cotton, had his third child. He's now in the big time. It's interesting when you go from man on man to zone coverage. You parents of 3+ kids know. If there is silence, something bad is going down. But I know that the happiest of days are the ones when babies are born.
I was scrolling through my sister-in-laws pictures and loved seeing all of the ones of their older two with the new baby. It made me think back to when all of my chicks were little. I was fine until I saw one picture. It is a picture that broke my heart. I'm going to admit my selfishness upfront, right now. It was a pic of her mom with the new baby. I realized that it is a picture my mom and dad will never have. And for some reason today, the grief from that blindsided me out of nowhere.…