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“You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself.” –Cicero

With all the issues that we are facing as a country in the current state of our economy, there arises an important discussion about the concept of value. Value is a word that many times gets used with no real thought to its meaning. Often when we talk about the concept of value we are referring to an intangible aspect of a material possession. We rarely have a conversation about houses, cars, and things without inquiring about the “value” of that specific thing. We tend to regard these things as having some sort of intrinsic value independent of human life.

I argue that human life is actually the only kind of value that exists. Therefore we must view the value of any one “thing” through the prism of the human life value.

Consider the example of a brand new beautiful Mazerati GranTurismo one of my all time favorite cars. On first view, you see a flawless metallic paint, an aerodynamic body with amazing curves. Under the hood you will find top of the line engineering that created a unique engine made for speed and performance. Exploring the inside, you are greeted with the smell of brand new leather in a gorgeous deep red that promises comfort and flash!

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In talking about this amazing machine, you may ask yourself, “I wonder what that car is worth?” or even “I wonder what the value of that car is? “

I understand the information people are trying to garner in asking this type of question, but I think they are fundamentally asking the wrong question. What most people mean to ask is; “How much money are people willing to pay for this car?” The answer to that question is simply $130,000.00. However, the answer to the former question, “what is the value of the car?”, is more intriguing and pertinent to our discussion here. The answer is:

ZERO, ZILCH, NOTHING

Consider a few questions in conjunction with this idea.

-What if there were no humans left on earth to drive these beautiful cars?

-What if financial resources became so scarce that every person was having a difficult time working just to get enough food on the table?

-What if all of the human race decided that driving automobiles was no longer useful and that personal flight was the only way to commute.

I hope that these questions are revealing the idea I am trying to present. Things, of themselves, cannot hold value. Even those objects to which we attribute “intrinsic value” such as gold, have no value if the human element is eliminated. It was humans who first viewed glittering gold and decided that it was a source of value. They very well could have attributed the same value to sand instead and gold would have remained as worthless as it was before humans first discovered it. We decided that gold has value and so it is so. Without humans to build, appreciate, and exchange; “things” are worthless. All value is an extension of human life and existence. Things such as the Mazerati would not exist without the genius and ingenuity of mankind.

Man, however, has in him true “intrinsic” value, independent of what other men may dictate. A man’s value is not dependent on another man or group of men recognizing that value (though more often than not it is very recognizable, even if some men don’t choose to see it). God created mankind and He has said in a modern revelation, “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” So the life of every man woman and child (including the unborn child) has a value. But of how much value are we? Do we add value to those around us? Have we increased our own value? That is entirely up to us. Another unique characteristic of man that distinguishes him is his ability to increase his own value. The Mazerati cannot decide that it is valuable, but man can. By his thoughts, actions and very life, man determines of how much value he is. This applies in all aspects of our lives, but perhaps the most illustrative example can be found in the workplace:

Consider the business owner that has two employees that are hired on at the same wage. The first employee works for his paycheck and does only what is necessary to keep his job. His vision does not extend beyond himself. We all know employees of this nature as I would suggest that, unfortunately, these people make up the bulk of the workforce. These are the same ones that complain about the owner having more money than them while simultaneously doing nothing to increase their own position. They believe pay is a function of what they are entitled to, not what they earn. Now consider the second employee. This employee immediately sets out to work in ways that increase the earning potential of the business. He lifts and motivates those around them, because that compounds the earning potential of the business. This employee not only does his job, but he does more. He seeks more responsibility because that increases his value. He understands what the first employee doesn’t. He knows that if he increases the earning potential of the business, if he can increase the value of the business, then he has just increased his own value. Now when more revenue flows into the business, the business owner has the means to reward the employee that has helped make it possible. This employee understands that pay is only a function of what you have earned and you are entitled to nothing beyond that. When you add value, value is returned to you. The second employee sees beyond himself, the success of the business is a priority to him. He knows that if the business succeeds, then he succeeds. The first employee is completely expendable, the second is irreplaceable.

Is the second employee more valuable than the first? Absolutely. Both employees determined their own value, by what they did to add value to the company and consequently the business owner. Value added is value earned.

On this note, I am often puzzled by the mentality that the worker and owner are at odds with one another. The prevailing view, perpetuated by unions, is that the owners are out to squeeze the life out of every worker with the sole intent of fattening their own wallets. Beyond just the union leaders, this belief is held by many of those who make up the unions. These are those who share the mentality of our first employee in the above example. The respect of peers is earned by seeing how much one can get away with without getting caught, while working hard is often viewed derisively. They don’t seek to add value, so when value is not added to them they cry extortion. While all around them employees like the second one in our example are moving up and excelling. Unfortunately this view is the remaining residue of the Communistic era, whose slogan was “Workers of the World Unite!” How interesting that it is alive and well today, masquerading under a different name. But I digress.

So what is the point?

All our life we are taught to take care of things. We are also taught that this thing or that thing has so much value. However, Benjamin Franklin said; “I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.

Lets bring the discussion back to the value of the human element and place the focus on increasing that value. In our previous post we discussed the phenomenon of condemning the rich for their possessions. In reality, their riches are merely an expression of their willingness to exchange some of their human life value, something we all possess, but are not always willing to exchange. And willingness is indeed the most appropriate word, because we all have the ability to add value no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in, and if we honestly seek to add value, we will have value returned.

I came across an excellent example of this in the philosophy of Wally the cab driver, read his story here.

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“Wealth is the Product of Man’s Capacity to Think” –Ayn Rand

Misconception: The rich became rich because they lied, cheated and stole their way there.

Why is there this growing backslash against the rich in this country? Why are so many people vilifying the rich and their methods of capitalism? Why are the underachievers in the world suddenly viewed as virtuous and the overachievers viewed as evil, corrupt, or greedy? There is such praise for the hardworking middle class, but disdain for the harder working upper class? Where is the common sense in any of this? There is this belief, inspired by the media and current administration and spread by the lazy, that every member of the upper class has achieved that state by lying and cheating, or they inherited it. The government is using this lie to make individual achievement and success look bad, so that they can instead push forth their collectivist agenda. The lazy use this lie as an excuse for their underachieving. But the fact remains, it is indeed a lie. The majority of the wealthy in this country have gotten there by the same means open to all of us, by the use of capitalism and hard work. It would be naive to believe that there are not some that are in fact dishonest, and sacrificed morals and principles to achieve wealth. For such, I have the utmost disdain. However, it is even more naive to believe that most or all successful people fall under that category.

If we can move past the lie that the rich are only rich because they are dishonest, we can instead investigate the real means of their success. How do the rich become rich? Now I am not rich by any means, but I hope to become so. Fortunately, I know some who are, and have read about others, and they all seem to have a few things in common. They work, they risk, they give, they think, they create, they believe. Their path is not the easy one, if it was then everyone would take it.

“The successful person is the individual who forms the habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.”
— Donald Riggs

But it is a path open to all.

Misconception: Only some people are able to achieve financial success.

Let’s apply common sense:

1) We live in a country that embraces freedom (for now).
2) This freedom applies to our employment (no one is forced to work a particular job, no one is forced to accept a certain level of compensation, no one is prevented from seeking new employment, no one is prevented from starting their own business, etc)
3) There are numerous examples of “rags to riches” stories, so much so that the term “rags to riches” exists. As does “self-made man”.

With these facts in mind, we must conclude that anyone can become rich. Literally, every man and woman in this country has the opportunity to become upper class if they want to. It does NOT mean that it is as easy for every person. Only that it IS possible for EVERY person. I believe in the human spirit, I believe in human ingenuity, I believe in human capability, therefore I believe in everyone. I believe the man in a homeless shelter can go out and achieve greatness, because I believe in the unconquerable drive of human motivation.

Slight digression, but I would ask you too, who has more compassion on the homeless man? One who believes that his circumstances are a result of his upbringing; one who tells him that his life is no fault of his own, society forced him there, so he should not feel bad about being homeless? Or one who believes that his circumstances are a result of his choices, and thankfully so because he can choose to remove himself from them, he can choose to succeed, and he can choose to become anything he wants to. Who has more compassion on that man? One would rob him of hope by giving him justification; the other would rob him of justification to give him hope. And if you believe a homeless person cannot possibly achieve greatness, you need to watch “Pursuit of Happyness”, based on a true story.

“A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.”

— Anonymous

Misconception: Being rich is wrong and evil.

Lets appeal to the Christian Lord for help on this one. The Lord throughout the scriptures has blessed His people with prosperity. When they are righteous they prosper, meaning that they gain wealth and riches. Now, these riches are also a trial, because if misused then they will become a curse. The point being, the Lord wants to bless us with prosperity. Common sense also dictates that prosperity is pleasing to the Lord, because it frees up a person to focus more time on the sharing of the gospel and serving others. Also, one with financial means can and should lift the burdens of those that are struggling. Riches, when used properly, are a blessing to the life of the person who has obtained them, as well as to those around him.

“the people had multiplied, insomuch that they were spread upon all the face of the land, and that they had become exceedingly rich, because of their prosperity in Christ.”
4 Nephi 1:23

Misconception: Spreading the wealth will benefit everyone.

There is a lot of talk right now about spreading the wealth. This has been outlined as a goal of the current administration and supported by the masses because both are operating under the three previous misconceptions. Putting forth policy born under such false premises is a dangerous course of action. The government wants to levy a punitive higher tax on the rich, and one large group in this category is business owners. Business owners who have sacrificed to get where they are, taken risks, overcome failures, lived with uncertainty, scraped by during hard times, etc etc. But because they have achieved this success, now they must be punished? Why? Do we punish kids in school for getting good grades, because some kids got poor grades? Do we punish the winner of the race for beating the losers? Do we punish the accomplished musician for being accomplished? No, because it is ridiculous. Why then, are we trying to punish the successful for being successful? Congratulations on your hard work and sacrifice as you built your business to the point of success, as your reward: higher taxes! It makes no sense. Couple that with the point that we are taxing you to take your money and give it to those who have not achieved your level of success, those who have not taken risks, lived with security, and not put in the same amount of time and effort, and you have truly backwards policy that defies common sense.

Why do we want every kid in the class to be dumb, instead of smart? So that the dumb kids don’t feel bad? Why instead would we not encourage the dumb kids to study and work hard. Now they may need to work harder than other kids, but if they really study, they can be smart as well. Wouldn’t that line of encouragement just make more sense? Is it any different with the rich? Why wouldn’t we encourage the poor to work hard and smart. Now they may need to work harder than others, but if they are willing to do it, they can be rich too. Wouldn’t that make more sense than telling the poor that the rich are evil, and we should punish them, take their money and spread it around. Then everyone can be poor together. Again, common sense is gone.

Shouldn’t our goal be to encourage everyone to succeed? Instead of trying to pull back the successful so that the unsuccessful don’t feel bad, why don’t we focus on lifting the unsuccessful? The one and only true way to do that is to establish a country where every man and woman has the same opportunity to succeed. A country where their success depends on their own actions, not the dictates of a person or government. A country where one can freely pursue any career they desire. A country where success is rewarded and encouraged. A country EXACTLY like the one our Founding Fathers established, and which many today are trying to destroy. We don’t need to reinvent our country, we need to rediscover our country, but that is a discussion for another time.

The Constitution was never intended to guarantee people equal results in life, only guarantee them equal opportunities
. The results are up to the individual, as it should always be.

Here is an excellent example of how our tax system works, and who is really footing the bill:
Tax System Explained

Note: The words “rich” and “successful” are used interchangeably in this post. That does not mean that the only way to be “successful” is to be “rich”, nor does it mean that all “rich” people are “successful”. However, when riches are used for good purposes and obtained in an honest way, they absolutely are a sign of success and should be considered as such.

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“Problems are Only Opportunities in Work Clothes.” Henry J. Kaiser

There is certainly no shortage of challenges in this world. I find my self many times in life longing for a life without challenge. However, this thought always begs the following questions: What is learned in ease? What is accomplished in a down hill ride?

I have a story for everyone! This is a story that was told to me from a great friend and mentor Paul Jenkins. It is one of the best stories that I have ever heard! So here we go, STORY TIME!

Once upon a time there was a strong and handsome knight. This knight was admired by everyone throughout the entire kingdom. The whole kingdom was so thankful for this glorious knight. He and the princess lived happily ever after!

Is that not the greatest story you have ever heard? Of course not. Why? Because there was NO challenge. The middle part is missing from the story. There is no glory, no trial, and therefore no accomplishment. A lot of time this is what we think we long for in life, ease with no middle part, success with no trial.

Our nation is facing some of the greatest challenges that I have ever seen in my lifetime. It seems to be very popular to talk about and focus on our trials and the negative aspects of our nation, economy, and government. I don’t believe that we should be unrealistic or ignore the issues at hand, and definitely one of our purposes here is to create awareness of these issues. We should become educated about the problems and their solutions and combat them with proper action. But this can and should be done with an attitude of gratitude for the learning and growing opportunity that is being presented.

“Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.”
Charles Caleb Colton

We are confronted with an amazing opportunity to unite and take flight as a people that work together to make this nation a place where every man lives in freedom and is allowed to succeed as a result of his own actions.

We see this unity with the tea parties that just happened across the nation. We as a Nation are like the drug addict who wakes up in the gutter and wonders how his life ever got so off track. Sometimes we have to drastically go down the wrong path to realize just how wrong it is. Is it better to avoid that path altogether? Of course. But sometimes a wake up call is what is needed to spur people to action. The current state of our Nation with its love affair for everything socialism is that very wake up call. Americans are starting to say, “wait a sec, I don’t think this is the direction we should be heading inI don’t think this is what our Founding Fathers had in mindI don’t think this is what I had in mind for me or my familyWhen current policy flies in the face of common sense, that is a wake up call. When some polls show that Americans only favor Capitalism over Socialism by a slight margin, that is a wake up call. When so many people around us honestly believe that government, with all its inefficiencies (understatement of the year), can properly run health care, public education, banking, the auto industry and anything for that matter, that is a wake up call. When we allow our government to put us on the line for 10 trillion plus in new spending, while they simultaneously promise tax cuts, that is a wake up call. And that is why it was an honor to participate in the local tea party, which should be regarded as a historic event. In a day and age when the media would have you believe that traditional values are dead, conservatism is a thing of the past, and those leaning right are all conspiracists and Christian radicals, its nice to witness the coming together of so many that still believe in the goodness of our country. There are so many that believe in the governing principles that this country was founded on!

Participation in such events is one way we can stretch ourselves and help our Nation get back on track. May I suggest a few other ways that we can look at these “trying times” as the cloaked opportunities that they really are. Before proceeding I must be clear, this could be one of the best things that has ever happened to this great nation, but it could also be the worst! What makes the difference? The difference is what we DO with the opportunity. We can cry and complain of our “hardships” and maintain an unrealistic expectation of some super hero coming to save us from our woes. Or we can seize the opportunity as a chance to learn, lift and grow together as friends and countrymen. I choose the latter!

Here’s a few suggestions, and we’d love to hear more from any of you:

1. The “financial crisis” is an opportunity to figure out how to create value in ways that no one has thought of yet. It is also a time to learn to be more charitable to those less fortunate than yourself. This is also an opportunity to re-review the principles behind sound financial decisions which are based on true wealth and figures, not absence of value or inflation of it.

2. The governments choosing to stray from the principles of the Constitution and the ideals of the Founding Fathers is an opportunity to get involved and get educated so that we can get back on track as a Nation. It is all too easy, as I have personally experienced, to be passive and ignorant when the government is, for the most part, operating on sound principles. Most of the time it takes things slipping away for us to give us the much needed wake-up call.

3. The severe decline in moral behavior is an opportunity to take a second look at what governing principles and morals our country was founded on. This country was founded on Christian principles taught by God Himself. As we make a conscious effort to rediscover and share these principles to combat the growing immorality of our nation, it will present an opportunity to grow closer to our Creator, whose country this is.

As we work together to overcome some of the trials we face today, let’s focus on the opportunities these trying times present. The ability to overcome is what makes mankind great. As long as we are always trying to move forward as individuals, and bring as many people along as we can, we can never fail as a people or a Nation.


“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

– Albert Einstein

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“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” George Bernard Shaw

Liberty is freedom, freedom to think for ourselves and live our lives in accordance with our own rational thought. “Give me liberty or give me death!” This famous quote by Patrick Henry is an interesting one to ponder. At first hearing, one cannot help but be inspired by a man who sought liberty so desperately that he would rather have it than live a life without it. Because of this passion, this quote has been manipulated over time to apply to anything of personal value that a person desperately seeks or desires, such as “Give me convenience or give me death!” While this passion is certainly one part of what Henry intended when he made this statement, I think there is also a deeper and perhaps less obvious implication. It is an either or statement. It is either liberty OR death. Liberty entitles you to your life. Henry knew in contrast, a life controlled by another, a life lived in servitude, a life directed by anything other than the dictates of one’s own conscience, is no real life at all.

However, if we are to live life by our decisions, then we have to accept the consequences (good and bad) of those decisions. We have to take responsibility. If you buy a house for more than you can afford and default, you lose the house. If you run a business unsuccessfully, you fail. You cannot make a decision and then avoid the consequences. It is against natural law, it is against common sense. If you want to have freedom, if you want to make your own decisions and embrace free agency, and live your life the way you see fit, then you absolutely have to accept responsibility for the life you choose to live. This is easy when our decisions go according to plan and the consequences are desirable.

However, when we make wrong decisions and are faced with undesirable consequences; this is when some place their liberty in jeopardy. We can either accept the consequences and fight our way through and preserve our freedom; OR we can shift blame, look for a bailout, and wait for someone else to clean up our mess. That is when our liberty is lost, the very minute we refuse to take responsibility for our own actions. That is when we opt for security over freedom, bondage over accountability, death over liberty.

We see this right now, as GM is not allowed to even make their own personnel decisions anymore. Story Story 2

What is the opposite of living a life of freedom and responsibility? You live a life directed by others and thus supposedly escape any responsibility for your actions, because your actions were at the command of another. Even if this were possible, how is it possibly appealing? Is it really so demanding to be accountable for your own actions that you would willingly give up your personal freedoms to achieve such a state? Is it really worth it to sacrifice your control over your existence just to avoid hard times? Is man’s potential really just that of following orders with no thought for their consequence? Can man even really exist as man without thinking for himself? (Ayn Rand makes an excellent point of this in Atlas Shrugged, John Galt’s speech)

There are so many in this country today that just want to be told what to do, what to believe, how to act, how to react, what principles (or lack thereof) to live by, who to be angry at, who not to question… how to live. They don’t want to think. They don’t want to explore their own potential. They don’t want to become great. They just want to exist. What for? Living just to not be dead, is not living. They just want to be taken care of. But at the expense of freedom? H.L. Mencken said;

“The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.”


It is no wonder socialism in our country is flourishing, if the mindset of the masses is such. They fear uncertainty and crave safety and security EVEN at the expense of their liberty. Perhaps ignorance is their sin, with no knowledge of the principles this country was founded on…

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.” — John Adams

“Life is a daily IQ test. Regarding liberty, it seems that most people are failing the test. It is up to those of us who can see what is right to make sure we do not give up the fight.” — J.B. Pruitt

Perhaps they believe that as long as their intentions are good, the ends justify the means, even at the expense of freedom…

“The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.” — Thomas Paine

“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of power. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”

— Daniel Webster

Perhaps they have been duped by the media and the false promises of the current administration…

“If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us.” — Thomas Sowell

or perhaps very simply:

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”
–George Bernard Shaw

Why do men dread responsibility? Because they will have to live a life of their own choosing, with no one to blame but themselves if things don’t go exactly as planned. Why do men dread liberty? Because it requires them to live this type of life.

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“The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve, nor will he ever receive, either.” Benjamin Franklin

Freedom. A word that should invoke a feeling of reverence among every citizen of this great Nation. We are a free people. We are a country founded upon the belief that men are “endowed with certain inalienable rights”. We are free to live our lives by our own conscience, and we are free to become great. God intended it this way, indeed Gods greatest gift to mankind is free agency or the ability to choose for ourselves, the ability to be in control of our own existence. David O McKay, a religious leader and prophet of the LDS Church, said:

“Next to the bestowal of life itself, the right to direct that life is God’s greatest gift to man…. Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give.  It is inherent in the spirit of man.  It is a divine gift to every normal being…. Everyone has this most precious of all life’s endowments–the gift of free agency–man’s inherited and inalienable right.”

So why then do we have free agency?
To learn by making choices and mistakes in order to better understand who we are and what we want out of life.

The pilgrims who first came to this land, our forefathers, did so to escape tyranny and establish freedom. We should pause for a moment to consider the irony in the fact that the pilgrims had to flee to another land just to practice the free agency that God gave them, but kings, in all their glory, took away. Man has within him a desire to be free, and rightly so because it is a right that God gave him. This right must be protected.

What then is the great enemy to freedom? In a word, SECURITY. The dictionary offers this as a partial definition of security:

“freedom from danger, risk, care, anxiety or doubt. An assurance or guarantee”

Freedom offers none of these things. Freedom means you are free to succeed, but you are also free to fail. Freedom comes laden with dangers, risks, cares anxieties and doubts. One cannot be protected from these things and accomplish anything of value in this life. You have to face danger, you have to take risks, which means living with anxieties and self-doubts, to achieve any worthwhile type of success.

Our founding fathers rebuffed security in the name of freedom. Going along with the current system, being dutiful citizens of Great Britain was the path of least resistance and most secure route open to our forefathers. It is therefore no coincidence that it was also the least favorable. There was little danger in it, but as its only reward it offered a lifetime of servitude. Fighting for freedom, on the other hand, meant war, suffering, loss of property and danger to life and limb. They knew the severe consequences of failure, but its precisely because those consequences were so dire that the reward was even worth obtaining. Their reward was the very thing they fought for, the greatest and most necessary gift God gave us, freedom.

“Greater the risk, greater the reward”. This old adage is so true, but so is its opposite. Where there is no risk, there is no reward. Security asks for nothing and offers nothing. Freedom can require anything, but offers everything. Actually security does offer one thing: bondage. Security entraps, ensnares and causes complete reliance upon another person or entity. That is why it is the antithesis of freedom. Security falls right in line with the plan of him who fights against God, he who proposed that nobody have a right to agency, and he who still tempts people into addiction, sin and reliance, which severely reduce the choices available.

Something to think about: The government right now is taking unprecedented steps with the multiple bailouts in the name of saving the country from economic catastrophe. They are trying to prevent both business and people from failing. They are offering assurances, they are trying to eliminate risks, they are giving us what they think is best for us: security. We are giving them more and more power to do it because they say it is necessary. With that in mind, think about this quote by William Pitt, he said this in 1783:

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.”

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“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing…”

We are not geniuses. Lets get that right out in the open.  We claim no special insight, no gift for writing, no intelligence higher than that of anyone who may be reading.  However, we do believe we have a firm grasp on that disappearing virtue, the not so common, “common sense”.  That and a belief in the most important sets of “Fathers” we in this country lay claim too [that is 1) Foremost God, our Father in Heaven, and 2) our “Founding Fathers”], is what has driven us to the making of this blog.  After many conversations sharing deep frustrations over the course our country is taking, a course that has veered wildly from what we believe both sets of Fathers had envisioned, we decided that action was the next and most logical step.  Consider this blog our action, or at least the beginning thereof.  Our intent is to stir up the passion for our country and God that we believe most are endowed with, but may not be aware of.  However, as mentioned earlier, we are not geniuses.  Therefore, we will rely heavily on men and women much smarter than we, and bring you quotes, videos, commentaries, etc from such men that have inspired us and who we hope will inspire you as well.  We will offer our insights, but usually with just the purpose of highlighting the important thoughts expressed by others (the geniuses).

We want to bring these inspiring words to one place, in the hope that you will stop by our blog often to read about important issues confronting our world and particularly our country.  We have no delusions of grandeur, just an honest hope that we can bring awareness to some few of the state of affairs in our country, which is a dangerous state indeed.  We also want to create a place where others can share their own thoughts and ideas and be heard, because really we are seeking inspiration as much as offering it.  The best way we know how to help restore the governing principles of this country, such as religion and capitalism, is to first become educated ourselves and second to help others become educated as well.  In our busy lives it is often difficult to find the time to pursue this education, that is the primary reason we started this blog.  We want to consolidate these thoughts and ideas on one site where we hope you will stop by often to both read and share.   As Thomas Jefferson famously said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” Lets battle ignorance together by confronting the social and religious issues affecting all of us today and arming ourselves with knowledge.

“A Republic, If You Can Keep It”. Benjamin Franklin is said to be asked what type of government he and the other founders were setting up, and this was his reply. We have chosen this quote as the title of our blog because it was both witty and prophetic.  Indeed, our ability to keep the very republic they set up is in jeopardy. In fact, you might say that the republic we embrace today would be almost unrecognizable by Benjamin Franklin and the other Founding Fathers.  Our objective is to “keep the republic”, and to do that we must know and understand what it is and what is was intended to be.

A subtitle of our blog might read “Living by the Governing Principles of Christianity and Capitalism”. We wish to be quite frank and upfront in expressing our views over these two all important beliefs and ideologies. We are Christians and we are Capitalists. We are Capitalists because we are Christians. The principles of a Christian life are most compatible with the principles of capitalism. This is not to say that every capitalist is Christlike in his attributes or actions, just as most people embracing any religion or ideology fall short of the ideal. But it is to say that Capitalism in its pure form is a system inspired of God and set up by Him through our Founding Fathers in the formation of our great nation. Why Capitalism?  Because Capitalism protects Christianity, just as Christianity defends Capitalism.  These ideas, and the importance of freedom we want to talk more about in our next post.

We plead with you to take the time to educate yourself through this site and anywhere else you can gain true knowledge, and then act. Don’t take our word for anything, study it yourself, form your own opinion, and then do something about it.  Someone is going to take action, will it be us…or those who are working to destroy this republic?

Here’s a great video that offers some unique insight given over 30 years ago.  Which prophecy is being fulfilled?

Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTDmGt1Pafw

Shelton Bischof and Chad Brown

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