Ever been to Las Vegas?
I used to travel to Las Vegas regularly and one of the things I liked to do was people watch. If you went down to the casino floor you could watch gamblers play games and you could pretty much tell who was going to lose. It was the guy in a nice suit, had a few drinks too many, and was starting to bet really heavy.
Usually the guy was at the 5 dollar blackjack tables betting black chips on split eights too.
There’s an old expression that’s used referring to these people – ‘going for broke’.
Unfortunately, we have a president who is in that same situation with his healthcare plan. Obama is ‘going for broke’ with his Obamacare health care plan, the Affordable Care Act. He has bet the house on a losing hand and now doesn’t have the good sense to back out and admit defeat on what he is holding.
There’s no good reason why the President is sticking to his hand. Oh sure, politically it would be a massive defeat, but the American people deserve better that a president that would rather bankrupt a nation than admit he was wrong.
Wrong he is, too. All along the Republicans told the president the idea of a government run health insurance industry would never work- it was even tried before and almost wrecked another Democratic president, Bill Clinton. Yet, Clinton could see the forest for the trees and realized that you can’t put a square peg in a round hole and backed down. Clinton has the biggest ego in the world, but he can’t hold candle to Barack Obama.
The Affordable Care Act is too costly, too controlling, tries to do too much, and frankly, is swindling the American people into believing it can cover more people with health care at lower prices than the private market can. It can’t and we are starting to see the effects of that swindle now with cancelled policies and astronomical rates. It’s not just a website that is broken, it is a reflection of the discredited theory that the whole will benefit at the expense of the individual from shared wealth.
Liberals constantly must learn this lesson - people will not act against their own best interests to benefit the whole, no matter how many laws you pass. They always seem to disregard human nature in an effort to promote their idealistic crusade against what they perceive as corporate evil and individual greed.
The president is now throwing good money after bad and chasing the inside straight, while the other player is showing a four card flush. He is about to go for broke.
You can’t force unpopular programs down the throat of Americans; not in a republic. Not and keep your job at any rate.
It’s time to scrap Obamacare and do the right thing: develop programs that will aid the small percentage of people who can’t find some way to pay their health bills, and leave the rest of us the hell alone.
It’s either that, or the DNC loses their collective shirt in the next election.
Many peoples are angry at the mere mention of Christopher Columbus as a hero or someone to be admired. He is portrayed as an exploiter, murderer, gold digger and worse by many of the peoples still alive today that were native to North America at the time of his arrival in 1492.
Still, Columbus should be celebrated because had both the courage to launch such a daunting voyage and the smarts to monetize the New World once he landed upon it. Many of us have the same opportunities and experiences that billionaires and other mega successful people do, but only a very few are smart enough to recognize them when they come along. It is in this that Columbus stands alone and unique among the early explorers. Most of the early explorers simply came the New World, dropped a flag or made some markings and left. Columbus however, recognized the opportunity and seized it.
Early explorers arrived in the New World from several other peoples before Christopher Columbus ever did. Some of these we know of, others we can never know their names. Yet, they did little more than arrive on the shores of the Western continents and leave. Some may have established an outpost or two but either failed to explore further, or failed to record it. Either way, those early pre-Columbus explorers also failed to recognize the potential wealth and enormity of scale that Columbus did.
Yes, Columbus exposed native peoples of the Americas to many atrocities, but you cannot apply ethics of 2012 to people of 1492. Our morals and standards will be very different than people of 2512 as well. Perhaps in 2512 they will be more aggressive, or perhaps they will be a passionate people-- either way, it would be impossible for a man of today to have the moral outlook or education of someone that 500 years of distance separates, either forward or back.
And so, Happy Columbus Day, for without his foresight, in all likelihood America as we know it would not exist, and might never have been given birth to the enlightened people that inhabit it today.
It is in this we celebrate, not the exploits or crimes of a single man, but of the day when our roots as Americans began, the day that the future took root in the past and from which the blossom of America bore its first fruit.
Without Columbus there would have been no Jamestown. Without Jamestown there would have been no Plymouth. Without Plymouth there would have been no Boston, Philadelphia or New York. There would have been no United States to feed the world, provide a beacon of hope to the peoples oppressed by the feudal tyrannical kings, no arsenal of freedom to defeat the scourge of Nazism, no Reagan to break the back of the Soviet Union and widespread communism.
Maybe that’s why a lot of leftists support groups who oppose the holiday and teach schoolchildren to hate him, rather than recognize him. But leftists should consider this: without Christopher Columbus there would have been no enlightened Americans who have the freedom of speech and thought to pass judgment on him today.
Happy Columbus Day.
At the Democratic National Convention in 2012, in an effort to inspire and promote multiculturalism, the DNC invited members of some radical branches of Islam to attend a prayer service. This comes just a few days before the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and after Mayor Bloomberg DENIED that request to have Christian services at Ground Zero in 2011.
In remembrance of that day, last year I wrote this article about the importance of God and prayer both in our lives and at that event.
This is a reprint of that article. I'm proud to say this article was powerful enough to garner national attention and is about why the relationship between God and Man is central to the American way of life.:
In 2011, Mayor Bloomberg of New York City declared that there will be no prayer or liturgical representation at the 9/11 10th anniversary memorial service to be held at Ground Zero. Although the mayor has never allowed prayer or any sort of spiritual remembrance at any 9/11 service, he has come under substantial criticism this time around since it is the 10th anniversary of the attack.
There will be those who will suggest that in doing so he is keeping up with the tradition of the separation of church and state. Others will point to his de facto support of multiculturalism; and still again, more will simply defend him by stating that allowing prayer would be a complicated logistical problem since he would have to allow Muslim, Christian and other denominations all to have prayers as well.
Keep in mind his predecessor, 'America’s Mayor' Rudy Giuliani was able to keep it nondenominational was always able to find the time and place for prayer in 9/11 memorial services.
Instead of criticizing the mayor though, we should instead to explain to him why he must allow prayer at the service and it goes back to what happened on that brisk September morning.
Shortly after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, first responders such as fireman and police rushed to the scene to save and rescue the people they were sworn to protect. Among those first responders was the NYC Fire Chaplain Father Mychal Judge, who met Mayor Giuliani at the scene. Upon arrival the mayor asked Father Judge for a prayer to get them through these difficult hours. Father Judge did so, and started administering last rites to the fallen in the streets below, and then entered the World Trade Center lobby to do the same to those that had fallen in the initial attack. The NYC Fire Department had brought the injured and dying to an emergency command post set up in the lobby of North Tower and upon arrival there, with no regard to his own safety, began to administer the last rites again to those in need.
As Father Judge was beginning to administer last rites to a dying woman who had fallen beside a dead firefighter, he removed his helmet to do so. At that point numerous people from the floors above had begun to jump to their deaths, burning and covered with jet fuel, and fall outside the lobby nearby. Overwhelmed by the horror of the spectacle and the sheer enormity of the attack, Judge cried out to God in a moment of pain and anguish— he yelled “Jesus, please end this right now! God, please end this!” , repeatedly in prayer.
And God listened.
The building across the plaza, World Trade Center South, collapsed under the strain of the melted girders, and in doing so sent off massive shards of debris. One of the chunks of the building crashed into the lobby where Father Judge was and struck his now uncovered head in a single fatal blow, where he fell beside the woman he was administering last rites to.
The firefighters on the scene and a police lieutenant, who had been buried by the debris nearby, found the fallen priest and carried his body from the lobby in the photo you see above. Beloved by the fire and police departments, he was labeled Victim 0001, the first body recovered that day.
In and of itself, the priest’s tragic and heroic death should be enough to convince Bloomberg of the importance of prayer and being part of the memorial of that fateful day.
And yet, there is more.
Before 9/11, Judge had been consoling the families of the dead of another tragedy—TWA flight 800 which was lost in the ocean with all aboard. He was meeting with them every day for three weeks after the tragedy and was working toward making a permanent memorial site for those lost. Most importantly, he made sure that every summer on the anniversary of that crash there was a memorial service for the families, one that included a prayer and liturgical offering. No one questioned the importance of it then, nor should Mayor Bloomberg question it now. This is not an issue of fairness or separation of church and state. He did not make those efforts in order to promote any personal choice of religion, but to provide comfort and assuage the pain of those suffering.
Prayer is not always about religion, it is instead often about relief and repose.
It is a matter of decency, and respect for those that lost families. Not just those that died that day, but for every man and woman who has died in service to this nation in the years since then who are fighting against the extremists and jihadists that sullied America on 9/11 as well as their own religion of Islam, which also has been much maligned since the attack. Religion is not the cause of such great horror in the world—it is the perversion of that religion, twisted and evil. Thus by including a liturgical or prayer in the 9/11 anniversary service you are telling the world that God and religion are a center of succor and healing and it is a source of strength and comfort, not one of pain and suffering. By hiding away the fact that religion is part of many people’s lives and the fountain of heroism like in Father Judge (and many others like him) you are devaluing the memory of what he stood for- goodness and a beacon of light in a world of darkness.
The recognition of separation of church and state means that America is tolerant of all religions and denominations not that we are a godless society.
Father Judge certainly believed in that. He even died for it.
God was listening that day; why can’t we?