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Remember when I wrote last month about Nancy Pelosi mentioning that the United Methodist Church supports the Health Care Bill (now Law)?  Well, after much investigating and researching, I was able to find out that the Church is a political tool like everything else in the world (I know, you’re thinking, “well, duh, of course it is.  Is she crazy?”). 

The Methodist Church meets every four years with a Conference attended by delegates from all over the world.  The last Conference was in 2008.  At that Conference, the General Conference, which is the only voice which may speak for The United Methodist Church, voted to mandate that the Board of Church and Society work to ensure health care for all Americans.

Taken straight from the United Methodist Church’s website, “Operating from a building across the street from the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court building, the Board of Church and Society’s primary responsibility is to “seek the implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements of the General Conference on Christian social concerns.”

Responding to that mandate, the agency continued to advocate for what it considered the best plan to provide health care for all Americans. Jim Winkler, top staff executive for the agency, led efforts to pass legislation that would provide insurance that would provide such care.

In addition, several other United Methodist leaders—including Bishop Gregory Palmer, president of the Council of Bishops—individually urged President Obama to pass health care reform legislation months before the complex bill was made into law. At least five official and unofficial United Methodist organizations also advocated for reform.”

The article, the link for which you may find below, goes on to lay the guilt on (thinking Catholic anyone?) for anyone thinking that they should withhold contributions by saying that those individuals would hurt Methodists worldwide! 

I’m sorry but WHAT?  I do NOT want my church meeting with politicians and trying to get laws written and passed.  I want my church witnessing to non-Christians and “making disciples of the world”.  That’s all I want my church to do.  How is getting health care for every American a concern that Jesus would have had?  He, I honestly believe, would have wanted neighbors helping neighbors.  Not time wasted in meetings for political gain!

http://www.umc.org

http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5723451&ct=8133605&notoc=1

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Compromise

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  Does life seem to get away from you sometimes?  I find myself terribly busy and don’t seem to know where the day went as I hit my pillow.  I’m exhausted but in pleasant ways.  The kids are excited about summer and the end of the school year drawing ever nearer.  We play outside each afternoon and evening.  Dinner is getting served earlier so that we may as a family enjoy the backyard together. 

We had a visit this week from an old friend.  He spent the night with us while driving from Taos to Nashville (he lives in Nashville but spends his whole winters in Taos being a ski bum!).  We love Steve.  But, one of our conversations clearly defined the problem I’m having with the politics facing the U.S.  Steve was trying to convince us that there must be compromise between those parties that differ on political matters.  For instance, we were debating the topic of gay marriage.  He suggested that it was silly to have gone to the States and tried to get the State to change the definition of who may be recognized within a marriage.  Steve believes that a State should not be involved in something that may offend someone within their religious beliefs.  Rather, the State should use contracts to give Legal Status to people who choose to get married, be they homosexual or heterosexual.  By avoiding having the State define marriage, you eliminate the requirement that churches marry those they do not want to marry (the Catholic church does not want to perform gay marriages and doesn’t want to be sued if they decline to perform marriages for gay couples).  I pointed out that States had always been involved in defining marriage, just that they had limited that definition to heterosexual unions.  Why had the State been allowed to be involved before but should remove itself now?

Lee just about had a cow!  Right there, his whole anger with the way our country is headed poured out of him.  Poor Steve.  Lee kept screaming (ok, not screaming but not calmly talking either) “Enough!  I’ve had enough.”  His point to Steve was there always seems to be only one side willing to compromise while the other side just keeps asking for more and more.  Why should compromises be made? 

How much are you willing to compromise yourself and your core beliefs before you scream “Enough!”?  Lee has reached his limit.  Do you think most Americans are almost there as well?  I do.

Well, at least the Democrats are finally being honest about what they’re planning on doing to America.  For months, Republicans have been saying that Democrats are trying to take America down the socialism road.  Seems like the cat is out of the bag.  Maybe Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the influential Finance Committee, didn’t mean what he said but he was recently quoted as saying the recently passed Healthcare overhaul was an “income shift” to help the poor.

“Too often, much of late, the last couple three years, the mal-distribution of income in American is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy and the middle income class is left behind,” he said. “Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America. This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America.”

Mal-distribution?  Is he kidding?  Democracy, which is still the American way, sorta means that if you work hard and are successful, then you may end up richer than the guy who chooses to not get a higher education and doesn’t work his butt off as much as the other guy.  I’m not saying that just because you work hard you’ll end up rich.  I’m saying if you did work hard and you wind up rich, our government shouldn’t have the right to take that wealth from you and give it to another!

Spring flowers

  

flowers from my friend

Look at the beautiful flowers from my beautiful friend.  She picked these with me in mind.  God blesses us with so much in this life.  While the flowers are so beautiful, truly they are, I am forever grateful for the friendship behind the flowers sitting on my kitchen counter.

Is spring blooming where you live?  Are the tulips coming up yet?  I love this time of year.  We lived for many years in L.A. and the year-round 74 degree days were great when we were young and wanted to be out and about.  As twenty-somethingers (is that even a word?), enjoying the seasons really didn’t enter our mindset.  However, once the kiddos entered our lives, we remembered how much fun it was to play in the snow and then look forward to summer and swimming all day in the hot sun. 

I’m glad spring is here and the wild flowers are blooming and the days are a little warmer.  Thank God we made it through another winter!

“It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  ~Mark Twain

Baking

I love to bake.  I don’t love my hips that grow from all the baking I do.  Too bad.  Life is short and I love to bake (and to eat what I bake, duh!).

We recently went on vacation and ended up in Vegas (long story).  But, while there, I got to visit the yummy French pattisieres.  Payard’s in New York has closed due to leasing problems but the Vegas location is still alive and well. 

See some of what we sampled?  Yum-e.  I can bake like these guys (really, I learned how) but I’d much rather let them do all the hard work and buy it from them.  Then I only have to consume what I’ve bought, and not everything that I’ve made!  They’re happy, I’m happy.  It’s a win-win.

Bill O’Reilly

Did you see the exchange between Bill O’Reilly and Anthony Weiner (NY-Dem)?  Oh, My, Goodness!  Really, has all common sense and decency flown out the window?  Ok, Bill can be a pain-in-the-butt sometimes.  I don’t like TV hosts asking questions of their guests and then not giving the person time to answer.  But, come on.  Does Mr. Weiner consider all of us to be idiots? 

When Bill asked Mr. Weiner more than 4 times what group would be enforcing the fines against a person who chooses not to buy the required new insurance being thrust upon us, Mr. Weiner would simply not answer the question.  He kept repeating the same stuff over and over about how Bill was repeating lies, and how could he, the great Mr. Weiner, try to help us all understand the new law when he’s up against so many lies?

How dumb do they think we are?

Are you tired of the fight?  Do you just want common sense to prevail?  Do you keep believing that eventually common sense will win out?  I gotta say that I’m past it.  I don’t believe that politicians are good people.  I really don’t think they care about America.  I think they care about keeping themselves in power and making themselves richer.

Ask yourself, if this Healthcare bill is so great for the country and everyone should be so excited about getting our new coverage, why does the bill specifically say all government officials and any person who helped in any way in writing the language of the bill (say, aides, their families, secretaries, etc.) are completely exempt from the bill and all fines associated with not buying into the system?  WHY?  If it’s good enough for me and my family, why shouldn’t Mr. Weiner have to buy into it?

“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.” –Atlas Shrugged

Here’s a link to the exchange with Bill O’Reilly and Mr. Weiner:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100325/ts_ynews/ynews_ts1335

Schools…

What’s happening in schools around the country?  I’ve got kids in the public school system.  It was a choice for us.  We could have enrolled them in private schools but decided it wasn’t really what we wanted.  Lee & I both are products of “the system” and we’re fairly normal (or so we think) and successful by societal standards.  But, lately, we’re rethinking our choice. 

Have you noticed that common sense is missing from the schools?  Do your kids get to play kickball, dodgeball, tetherball or tag?  Not at our school.  “It’s too dangerous” and  “those games make some kids feel bad” are some of the reasons given for prohibiting playing them on the playground. 

When did we decide that everyone needed to be a winner?  Why are we afraid of letting our kids realize that they WILL fail sometimes.  They see mommy fail just about every day.  They still love me.  They don’t see me quit and consider myself some kind of loser.

I remember when my daugher’s class was celebrating Oklahoma’s Centennial, the students were asked to bring one of those toy ponies to class so they could pretend to be Oklahoma Sooners.   I sent my daugher with an extra one just in case another student didn’t have one.  So, I show up to take pictures and my daughter is standing off to the side, almost in tears.  I asked what was wrong and she explained that her teacher had given BOTH of the ponies to other kids because they didn’t have one.  That obviously left my daugher without one!

Needless to say, I asked one of the kids to give my daugher her pony back BUT why did I have to be the bad guy?  What’s wrong with the teacher?  Why are they constantly trying to even things out?  Take from someone who brings extras and leave them with nothing.  What makes the teacher think we’ll send extras next time??

Today we were told that, although our son has the highest grade in math, he wasn’t invited to participate in an upcoming academic bowl because the teacher had picked two other students to represent the school in math.  It was explained that she didn’t pick the others based on anything other than “her feelings” (didn’t even bother speaking to the math teacher!).  WHAT?  You mean performance by my son, getting a 99% in the classroom isn’t enough to be considered good enough?  And the decision can’t be changed because letters had already been sent out to the other students.  We wouldn’t want to make those students feel bad by correcting the mistake.

Oh, so, it’s ok to make my son feel bad. 

Rather, they are teaching my children to have total disdain for teachers.  My son isn’t an idiot.  He knows that the class favorites are being sent and he’s been left out.  Do you think that will stop him from succeeding?  He’ll still have the top grade in the class.  They can’t take away his smarts.  They will never win whatever game they’re playing. 

If he refuses to play, he’s already won.

“There’s nothing of any importance except how well you do your work.”   – Atlas Shrugged