Buy American – Build America!

I would like just one thing, same as many others… a stronger economy! How do we get that? That’s easy!

First, let’s consider how we can successfully keep it going downhill… What happens when we send our profit to Japan? (an engine built here is not profit, that’s part of sales, profit is over and above that and goes back to the Mother Country)… Our jobs offshore? And then bailout those who fail because we did the 1st 2 things?

WE SINK! Our economy cannot get better until and unless we invest in ourselves FIRST!

  1. BUY American (not Korean, Japanese, nor Chinese)
  2. Keep our jobs here, don’t hire an Indonesian in Indonesia when we have people who need jobs! But DO HIRE an Indonesian here who needs a job
  3. Finally, let our economy right itself!

If you do not want to buy an American car… OK… but then DO NOT bail out the American Car company! There really is some LOGIC here…. Or consider…. if YOU do NOT want to buy an American car… OK… but then do NOT make ME bail out that American car company.

This isn’t rocket science, rather it’s sound economic principles in motion. Can anyone speak for me? Not really, unless they proscribe to the above! We see so many “pass it on” messages… Can you pass this one on?

To Speak the Truth

June 27, 2009 by  
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There are two primary aspects to The Wilder Place… the blog… and Our GENEALOGY… In trying to make it one of the coolest sites around I’m reading a lot of material… and learning a lot!

The later (Our GENEALOGY) is very easy thanks to TNG. But the blog on the other hand… well that’s a different story. How do I make one blog… my blog… stand out from the over 112 million (Dec 2007) other blogs? I’ve been researching that question for a little while now….

In my research I’ve come across a truly wonderful little book… Designing for the Social Web (Voices That Matter) by Joshua Porter… great book!

Mr. Porter points out that he’s discovered that the most popular sites (e.g., Amazon, eBay, etc.) allow users to interact sociably with people, primarily in the search for…. drum rollTRUTH… believe it or not. I was shocked at this, since that’s my #1 goal, that is to find and share TRUTH. In the book it’s emphasized that a person’s desire for the truth is evidenced by his/her use of recommendations made by real people as to the seller’s honesty and/or the product’s quality.

Personally, I think there’s a dichotomy in that while we want truth in the above respect, we do NOT want (for the most part) to hear TRUTH in regards to our personal decisions. My own thought on this is that we (a) do not want to be responsible for our decisions, and (b) do not want to admit – even to ourselves – that we are or can be wrong.

For the record… as all those who know me can attest… I can be and often am… W-R-O-N-G… but my rightness or wrongness has nothing whatsoever to do with the truthfulness about an action or thought of mine.

I’ve heard innumerable times over the last 10 years or so that “evangelical Christians are intolerant”… that’s absolutely not true… it’s actually a lie, because it is said with an intent to mislead people… How can I say it’s in error? … Easy… because by definition to be intolerant means to not allow another person to think, say, and/or do something in particular. I, on the other hand, completely (100%) support and applaud each and every person’s ability to make their own choices about anything! You, I, and every single other person on this planet have an innate right to make their/our own decisions.

It does not matter at all that we make different choices, not a bit! While in some cultures, countries, and/or societies a person’s right to choose is physically suppressed, I am personally willing  to fight to the death and to do everything I can to ensure we all maintain the right to choose, to think, believe, and behave differently. I respect YOU period! As a human being, the same “being” as I. You are valuable! You do not have to agree with me to have value as a human being; I did not create you… you come from the same source I did… for that reason I can respect you even if we make different choices… I can learn things from you, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, primarily from the differences that exist between us.

BUT… there still exists TRUTH… absolute TRUTH.. and my saying that does not impact your ability to make a choice at all. When one looks to Amazon customer recommendations or eBay seller ratings they are acknowledging that truth does indeed exist.

For one to say that I may not say something is right or wrong… is to strip me of my freedom of speech, that is to not allow me to say what I think… that is real intolerance!

Truth – Can we know it?

February 24, 2006 by  
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When I started this blog I promised to write about “truth”. I tried to show that truth is something absolute and real in a November 2005 blog entry. At that time, I also promised I’d try to answer the question about whether or not we can “know” truth.

It’s interesting to note that one definition of the word “know” according to Merriam-Webster, I. (1996, c1993). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary includes:

2 a : to be aware of the truth or factuality of : be convinced or certain of.
It is also the root of the word “knowledge”, which begins several of its definitions with the word “fact”

2 a (1) : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association.

I think it would be somewhat interesting (at least to myself) to do a study of the words that demonstrate our society’s belief in the existence of truth and our ability to know it… but, I’ll leave that for another time… maybe… sounds a little dull even to me.

Have you ever told a lie or known that someone else has told a lie? A lie is the opposite of a truth. The fact that you knew it was a lie, indicates you also knew the truth.

Our (mankind’s) efforts in the sciences and technologies are all based on our ability to “know” the truth about something. History and Law are both based on our ability to know the facts (truth) about something that specifically did or did not happen. I could go on in this vein ad infinitum, or perhaps ad nauseum ;-)

There is so much evidence in our daily lives predicated upon our ability “to know truth” that to deny it in general would defy credulity.

When you really try to wrap your mind around the concepts of (1) no truth and/or (2) if there is truth we can’t know it, our thoughts become like a pretzel and somewhat nonsensical. Why? Because there are absolute truths and we can know some of them. Note: I do not claim that we (collectively or individually) can know ALL truth.

Jesus said, “… you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32

Are you ready?

January 3, 2006 by  
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Some schools here are still out for Christmas break, but most of us had to go back to work today.

I can just imagine the enjoyment with which two teenage sisters looked forward to the day, they probably had it all planned out. Their father was going to let them have the car for the day… after they dropped him off at work, they sped away eager to get started. Perhaps they planned to go shopping, or in our 70+ weather, maybe they were going to the beach. Their plans for today no longer matter… heart-breakingly and tragically, shortly after they dropped their dad off at work, they and another young driver where all dead.
Scripture tells us in Hebrews 9:27,

It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment…

This judgement is not about what we’ve done to save ourselves. If we could do that, Christ wouldn’t have needed to come and die. It’s not about giving to the poor, feeding the hungry or homeless, following tradition or rituals, nor even about being a “good person.” This judgment is only about what we, as individuals, have done with the Christ.

We owe a sin debt to God (the debt of not being perfect by our choices) and a final choice…. pay the debt ourselves (we never can) or accept what Christ did on the cross as the only payment acceptable by God. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

What about you? Are you ready to meet this appointment that specifically for you someday, someplace is already scheduled? Don’t you think it’s going to be the most important appointment of your life? None of these 3 young people, nor their parents, had any clue, early this morning about what lay ahead for them. None of us do. Many, many, many of us put off making a decision concerning Christ till after we’ve done this or that; stopped this or that; or somehow became more deserving. But, it honestly doesn’t work that way.

I strongly encourage you to look at scripture for yourself. Specifically:

Romans 3:10 – There is none good, no, not one…
Romans 6:23 – The wages of sin is death… but the free gift of God is eternal life

If you will honestly ask God to reveal the TRUTH to you He promises to do exactly that.

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