Since Aug 22, 2003
You would be hard pressed to find a more conservative individual than I am. I generally vote republican. I rarely actually vote FOR the republican, just AGAINST the democrat. The candidates that the Republican Party has offered for consideration could easily pass for good old Johnson democrats. The democrats have moved so far to the left that they really belong in the Kremlin. That makes todays republican selections LOOK conservative by comparison.
I am adamantly opposed to abortion. I believe that Life begins at conception and to deliberately take that life is murder. I really feel sorry for those who have taken the life of their child. Many realize later what has happened and the grief is overwhelming. I have personally witnessed this grief several times. Jesus Christ offers forgiveness that will take away that grief. I believe ANY individual that thinks it is acceptable to take the life of a child just because the child is still in the womb is unfit for public office because they fail to understand the very nature of life itself.
I am a Constitutionalist. This puts me at odds with most elected officials. The Constitution lists the authority that we the people have given to our Federal Government. Any activities that the Federal Government undertakes for which authority cannot be found in our Constitution are illegitimate. I am constantly writing my elected officials. I do believe that we still have the capability to bring our government under control, but I also believe that we lack the will power to do it. Most people are too busy to participate, thinking that the Constitution protects them. They have forgotten that We the people have to enforce our Constitution or it is meaningless. We have that opportunity every 2 years with the House, 4 years with the President, and 6 years with the Senate. We MUST DEMMAND that those we elect fulfill their oath to support our Constitution or we MUST replace them. I see little hope of turning this country around and I believe that we are probably just riding it down.
This is a tough one because I do believe that he is basically a good man. I had hoped that he had more respect for the Constitutional limitations of powers than he has displayed.
I originally didnt trust him primarily because of his Father who I consider an enemy of our Republic. GW has conspired with others to eliminate our southern border. Protection from invasion is a very basic function of government.
I am very concerned with his infatuation with the United Nations. The United Nations is the single most tangible, ferocious threat to the survival of our nation. It looked promising for a short time. Statements like We will never ask permission to defend America really got my attention and made me proud. However, if one continues to listen you will find that all he ever says is that the UN must be stronger. I STRONGLY disagree with the some of the paths he has taken. I think that it is unlikely that we will recover from his administration. Just because his administration has not abused these new powers DOES NOT mean that they are good for our nation.
I believe that Reagan, while not perfect, was the finest president in modern times and it was a pleasure to serve with him as Commander in Chief.
I served in the USAF from 1973-1982. Working in tactical missiles and weapon delivery systems for the F-4, F-111, and the F15. The majority of which was spent with the 27th TFW and the 33rd TFW, with some time with the 4th TFW and the 1st TFW. My favorite was the 33rd. Most of my service was quite enjoyable. I met many people and made several life-long friends.
I accepted Gods free gift of Salvation through his Son, Jesus Christ, in December of 1982. I believe the Bible to be Gods revealed word to mankind. I believe that it is infallible and without error, with no contradictions. While I do not think that the King James translators were inspired as such, I do believe that the texts that they used were. I believe that they were used of God to provide the English-speaking world a copy of his revealed word. I believe that evidence supports that that the Alexandrian Texts are perverted texts designed to mimic Gods word and to lead good people astray. I therefore reject most modern translations. Many of them may have some really good translation work however their source documents are perverted therefore they can not always be trusted and therefore should not be used as a source to determine Gods will for man.
Another topic where Im swimming upstream is on the pre-tribulation rapture. I once considered myself a pre-trib person but after study I think that I have found that teaching to be wishful thinking. I would be considered Pre-millennium.
Evolution:I believe Gods word to be literally true therefore I also believe in the Genesis account of a literal 6-day creation with God resting on the 7th.
I am Baptist by association. Baptists are not Protestants. Baptists have been present since Jesus started his church. It appears that error began to appear as early as 100 or so AD in the church in Jerusalem and continued to grow upon itself until it developed into what is now known as the Catholic Church. I do not intend to belittle my Catholic friends as I am quite sure that their contention is that the error began outside the Jerusalem church and developed into my/other denominations. I do not believe that you have to be Baptist to enter into Heaven. Our Savior did not make such a requirement so neither should I. God said that the Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation. The Gospel is defined in his word as the Death, Burial, and bodily resurrection of Gods only begotten Son. Anyone who believes in his heart this Gospel and confesses his belief in this Gospel with his mouth, I will see in Gods kingdom when I get there. However, It does matter what you believe. It is impossible to save yourselves from this untoward generation unless you attend and study in a bible believing church. The difference is in the sanctification of your life here on earth, which is a separate issue from the Salvation of your eternal soul.
I am a 51 year old Control Systems engineer. I have a job that I enjoy so much I cant believe I get paid to do it (although I probably wouldnt if they didnt).
I am the proud father of three girls 11,7 and 4 years old and a 3 year old son.
Some of my favorite Quotes:
"There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time has now come." --Peter Muhlenberg
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. -Benjamin Franklin
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." --Samuel Adams
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
-- Hermann Goering, at the Nuremberg trials
"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well." - Booker T. Washington.
"We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States."
-- George Washington (letter to the Members of the New Church in Baltimore, 27 January 1793)
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely...his sly whispers heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears to be no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims...and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night...to infect the body politic so that it can no longer resist..."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 - 43 B.C.)
"The people of every country are the only safe guardians of their own rights, and are the only instruments which can be used for their destruction. And certainly they would never consent to be so used were they not deceived. To avoid this they should be instructed to a certain degree." --Thomas Jefferson to John Wyche, 1809.
"The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia, 1782.
"Those who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security." -- Benjamin Franklin
Many generations of Muslim children need to hear lore of the incredible fear caused by the "Great Pale Fighters" and how they are very kind and peaceful when at rest, and fearsome beyond words in battle. --- FReeper Blue Jays
"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." Winston Churchill
And then some not so favorite quotes:
"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qur'an should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth"
--Omar Ahmed, Chairman of the Board of CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations), San Ramon Valley Herald, July 1998
Quran 8:12 I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle.
Quran 8:57 If you gain mastery over them in battle, inflict such a defeat as would terrorize them, so that they would learn a lesson and be warned.
To be continued......