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Observe and Serve: RESOLVE to SAVE the U.S.A.
Free Republic Original Content | Jan 8, 2012 | By Laz A. Mataz

Posted on 01/06/2013 2:46:50 PM PST by Lazamataz

It is clear to any man or woman of honor, that America has fallen from the mortal pantheon of Great Nations. We have, as a people, dwindled into a selfish and self-seeking lot, whose primary focus vacillates between maintaining our grasp of pop-culture, and making sure our prodigious guts are filled. It was not always thus: There was a time when we embraced God; when we would reach out to our fellow man in charity; when we would help nations in distress.

Now, as we slide to socialism and communism, where the State enforces a 'charity of poverty', as opposed to the charity we could well afford from our excess and profit, it seems more and more each of us looks to what little we can personally get. What, we ask ourselves, can our country do for us? Not too long ago, John F Kennedy turned that question on its head, and challenged us to ask ourselves what we can do for our country,

The taking class has been filled with the ranks of those who have always been takers, but I increasingly observe that it appears the taking class seems to be filling, also, with otherwise honorable men and women. They seemingly fall into despair as the nation drifts ever-left, and they begin to wonder if they should accept the Soma -- the poison of government entitlement.

It is human to want to take the easy way out. The easy way can consist of telling the lie, taking the shortcut, accepting the handout, not being your very best at all times.

No. Do not succumb to this.

Rise above the base. Rise above the profane. Raise the bar to a new standard.

Serve as an example for others to follow. Demonstrate standards that are forgotten. Teach your children about excellence in their writings and readings, and to maintain a clarity of thought. Reject the banal and the tepid misinformation of so-called Mainstream Media. Stand with pride in every manner of your affairs. Dress well when attending church. Say your prayers of thanks every time you eat. Always act with ethics, no matter how you may be tempted to do otherwise.

Maintain your body with regular workouts. Maintain your mind by immersing yourself in only the finest and most wholesome, thought-provoking literature. Interest your children in great literature by speaking about it reverently and piquing their interest. Find like-minded people and share your thoughts and discoveries, that the reach of the ideas may be greater.

Read the original words of the Founding Fathers, so you can know what they intended this nation to be. Learn the Constitution and all the related documents produced at the time. Be able to refute the lies of a tyranny-favoring, lazy Administration.

Be moral at all times. Look to God for answers on your daily choices. Pray every morning that He might guide you, and help you to stop looking to selfish and self-seeking follies, and instead to be a servant that can help us restore the standards of Godly and righteous behavior we have long-ago abandoned.

Be pillars. Be the best you can be. Be an example for others to look to in awe, and perhaps to decide to emulate.

Live a life of excellence. It is how to save our country.


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KEYWORDS: liberty; moralabsolutes; tyranny; waronliberty
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Unquestionably, it is uplifting to read a piece like this. I CHALLENGE YOU TO DO MORE THAN READ. Using this editorial as a checklist, make a list of concrete actions you will take in the next day, the next week, the next month. Write them down, and then perform the actions. Intentions are nothing. Deeds matter.
1 posted on 01/06/2013 2:46:55 PM PST by Lazamataz
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To: Texas4ever

Your comment served as fodder for this Free Republic editorial. I even borrowed some of your words. Thank you.


2 posted on 01/06/2013 2:48:44 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: TheOldLady; Cyber Liberty; CatherineofAragon; Slings and Arrows; Responsibility2nd; doorgunner69; ..
The Official Lazamataz Sometimes-Funny, Sometimes-Disturbing, Occasionally-Serious Ping List
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3 posted on 01/06/2013 2:50:19 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Jim Robinson; kristinn

Tell me if you agree with me.


4 posted on 01/06/2013 2:51:50 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz

Excellent writing.

Well done and well met, bro.


5 posted on 01/06/2013 2:53:57 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Lazamataz
Well written, Lazamataz.

I do my best to live honorably and install that ethos in my three sons.

It is disheartening to see so many others, some in my own extended family, give in to their realization that, in the current social climate, playing by the rules is for suckers.

It's nice to have someplace to come to read from like-minded folks.

6 posted on 01/06/2013 2:56:26 PM PST by Washi (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: Washi

install = instill (facepalm)


7 posted on 01/06/2013 2:57:30 PM PST by Washi (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: humblegunner

I’m actually writing this to myself, as much as writing to anyone else. :)


8 posted on 01/06/2013 3:00:17 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz

Laz, you just inspired me. My adult daughter about to head back to school just read this too, and felt the same. That attitude is what we need in this country now. Thanks.


9 posted on 01/06/2013 3:00:17 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino
Laz, you just inspired me. My adult daughter about to head back to school just read this too, and felt the same. That attitude is what we need in this country now. Thanks.

Awesome. Thank you!

10 posted on 01/06/2013 3:01:04 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz

I can’t imagine any thinking conservative who could disagree with your essay, Laz.

Making it reality is not for the faint of heart, I fear, as we sink slowly into the ooze of socialism. But, making it a reality should not be taken as a futile endeavor.

Righting this ship will take bold action by many. Let’s start here, with your words.

Thank you.


11 posted on 01/06/2013 3:01:44 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Still seeking change.)
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To: PubliusMM
Righting this ship will take bold action by many. Let’s start here, with your words.

A better outcome, I could never hope for.

12 posted on 01/06/2013 3:04:55 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz

Absolutely the best thing you have written.

Maybe there is hope for you yet...

t.


13 posted on 01/06/2013 3:07:04 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68
Maybe there is hope for you yet...

Whoa. Easy there with the crazy talk. ;)

14 posted on 01/06/2013 3:09:12 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz
Using this editorial as a checklist, make a list of concrete actions you will take in the next day, the next week, the next month.
15 posted on 01/06/2013 3:09:52 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: joanie-f

Joanie, look at this piece of Laz.
As shineing a piece of rhetoric as one could
ask for in this troubled time.
t.


16 posted on 01/06/2013 3:10:24 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Lazamataz

It still drips with inspiration for those who can see the condensation.


17 posted on 01/06/2013 3:11:27 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: NewJerseyJoe

P4L


18 posted on 01/06/2013 3:11:38 PM PST by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: Lazamataz
I thought I had added a BTTT after quoting your line.

...wait a minute, I found it. It slipped off the desk and fell behind the chair.

BTTT

19 posted on 01/06/2013 3:12:37 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: NewJerseyJoe
P4L

Did you just write "Piffle" at me? ;)

20 posted on 01/06/2013 3:14:29 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: humblegunner; Lazamataz

My sister observed about her eldest son, a 26 year old who’s still working part time as a barista at Starbucks while he “takes meetings” with potential investors in his silly, shallow movie script, that he spent 3 years in California, living with a bunch of friends who “see nothing wrong with going on unemployment”.

We are in desperate need of people who meet the criteria Laz describes. I wonder how to go about motivating bright but lazy minds to actually READ the foundational documents of faith and nation. Steve Curtis Chapman described it a decade or more ago as “playing Gameboy [while] sittin’ in the middle of the Grand Canyon”. CS Lewis talked about a little boy sitting making mud pies in a slum because he can’t imagine what is meant by a holiday at the shore.

There must be a way. I pledge to seek it and share my suggestions here on FR - they may not be much, but perhaps they’ll spark a mind brighter than mine.

“Lord, heal our land.” My regards and my respect, gentlemen.

jagusafr


21 posted on 01/06/2013 3:15:10 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: thackney

BTTT’s are slippery little suckahs.


22 posted on 01/06/2013 3:15:19 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz
It is human to want to take the easy way out.

No it's not. It's animal-like. Humans aspire to better things. That said, your piece is spot on, because I don't think the takers/looters are human. They lack a lot of other human characteristics as well, such as compassion and conscience.

23 posted on 01/06/2013 3:15:40 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Lazamataz

Series, excellent piece, these are the words our
President should be speaking but what we get is
class division, envy, and hate.

Any acolades I might offer would be poor in comparison.

Very impressed.
t.


24 posted on 01/06/2013 3:15:40 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: don-o

Hopefully, my essay above will thoroughly confuse and disturb you. :)


25 posted on 01/06/2013 3:16:38 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz

Excellent advice....couldn’t agree more.


26 posted on 01/06/2013 3:18:17 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Washi

“install = instill (facepalm)”

Actually, “install” makes sense when you think about it.


27 posted on 01/06/2013 3:18:43 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: tet68

Thank you sir. If you see fit, spread these words on venues you may have: Facebook, et. al.


28 posted on 01/06/2013 3:20:18 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz

Amen brother!

LLS


29 posted on 01/06/2013 3:21:20 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Lazamataz

Do all of these things in humility, and serve the forgotten among us with love.


30 posted on 01/06/2013 3:22:58 PM PST by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: Nik Naym

“Actually, “install” makes sense when you think about it.”

Right. Some people may be inclined to resist the instilling and need to have something “installed” with a bit more forceful persuasion.


31 posted on 01/06/2013 3:32:13 PM PST by beelzepug ("Why bother creating wealth when you can just redistribute it?")
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To: Lazamataz
Rise above the base. Rise above the profane. Raise the bar to a new standard.

You're gonna have to rise above "I'd Hit Hit" first, bud.

32 posted on 01/06/2013 3:35:31 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Lazamataz
Unquestionably, it is uplifting to read a piece like this.

Morals are the core of a society. More laws or taxes won't help. Before we can elect great leaders we have to raise them.

33 posted on 01/06/2013 3:36:19 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: tet68; Lazamataz

I agree completely with tet68 - couldn’t have said it better myself. Awesome work, Laz.


34 posted on 01/06/2013 3:36:50 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: TomServo
But I really would hit it.

In fact, I'm gonna hit every single point in this essay.

35 posted on 01/06/2013 3:43:46 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz

“Ping for later.” I’m bookmarking this thread so I can find it again later.


36 posted on 01/06/2013 4:11:00 PM PST by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: Lazamataz

?


37 posted on 01/06/2013 4:16:24 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

!


38 posted on 01/06/2013 4:19:13 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

I know bro. I was just funnin’.


39 posted on 01/06/2013 4:30:31 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz

Good Job Laz!

Happy New Year!


40 posted on 01/06/2013 4:30:53 PM PST by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: Lazamataz

Bookmark for reflection.


41 posted on 01/06/2013 4:32:20 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Lazamataz

Great post Laz. I regularly pray that the Lord would have mercy on America and remove the evil that He has so rightly afflicted us with in the person of Obama and his minions, and replace them with His called out holy ones to serve our nation.


42 posted on 01/06/2013 4:46:36 PM PST by patriotsblood
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To: Lazamataz
I would like to ask a fundamental question: Does the state exist to serve the people, or do people exist to serve the state? When I read JFK's statement, which so many people believe is brilliant, it is telling me that I exist for the purpose of serving and sacrificing for the state. It is a very socialistic or progressive view of the relationship between those are governed and those that govern. It seems to me that our Founding Fathers would be confused by JFK's statement. After all, the American Revolution was fought in an effort to free the individual from serving the monarchy or state. When did we Americans start deifying America as the Romans did about the Roman Republic or Roman Empire? America, with all its many blessings, is not a deity demanding to be worshiped. I don't owe the government anything, but the government exists to protect my God-given rights. I don't ask what my country can do for me, nor what I can do for my country.
43 posted on 01/06/2013 4:50:44 PM PST by Nemoque
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To: Lazamataz
I would like to ask a fundamental question: Does the state exist to serve the people, or do people exist to serve the state? When I read JFK's statement, which so many people believe is brilliant, it is telling me that I exist for the purpose of serving and sacrificing for the state. It is a very socialistic or progressive view of the relationship between those are governed and those that govern. It seems to me that our Founding Fathers would be confused by JFK's statement. After all, the American Revolution was fought in an effort to free the individual from serving the monarchy or state. When did we Americans start deifying America as the Romans did about the Roman Republic or Roman Empire? America, with all its many blessings, is not a deity demanding to be worshiped. I don't owe the government anything, but the government exists to protect my God-given rights. I don't ask what my country can do for me, nor what I can do for my country.
44 posted on 01/06/2013 4:51:27 PM PST by Nemoque
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To: Lazamataz
Please add me to your ping list. Sincerely, a FB friend.

Good words, Laz.

45 posted on 01/06/2013 5:13:13 PM PST by austingirl
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To: Lazamataz

Nicely done. Thank you, Laz.


46 posted on 01/06/2013 5:35:21 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Lazamataz
Not surprisingly, we're on the same page mentally. I've been thinking about this lately. How do we overcome the despair? How do we reach those who reject conservatism on its face? Living by example is a good start, but most of the people I know and interact with are successful, conservative, good-hearted people. How do I show others outside of my circle that conservative values results in personal success? I've decided to reach out. I'm trying to generate some ideas. Maybe hand out grocery store gift cards, pocket Constitutions, and Mark Levin's Liberty & Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto to a few people leaving the unemployment or welfare offices. Maybe write anonymous letters explaining how conservative values helped me and leave them on the doors of a few houses in urban, democratic precincts. Maybe befriend a single mom who needs a little help. I don't know ... I think it has to be through personal relationships that conservative reach people. Handing out goodies is what the Dems do. We can't hand out entitlements and amnesty. So how do we reach them? Just thinking out loud.
47 posted on 01/06/2013 5:43:43 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Lazamataz

Sure Laz. Anything you say.


48 posted on 01/06/2013 6:16:27 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Lazamataz

Laz

Thank you for the wake up call. This morning’s Sundays School lesson was Matthew 5:12-16. I take your comments to heart, and this is how I will be a light to the world.


49 posted on 01/06/2013 6:32:32 PM PST by henkster ("The people who count the votes decide everything." -Joseph Stalin)
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To: Lazamataz

Most excellent Sir!


50 posted on 01/06/2013 6:37:17 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (I hope we're ready to get a real candidate next time. C'mon GOP! <BCC><)
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