Recently, a comment at Wise Conservatism caught my eye:
You write a nice blog, but do you care about your family as much as you do about expressing your opinions?
Now I think that the person writing this comment is nothing more than a troll trying to stir up trouble, but there is a post somewhere in there. Thus, the question begs to be answered:
Why do I Blog?
There are many reasons that I blog. My original blog started out on Blogger, and was targeted toward the declining business situations in Michigan. The further I dug into the reasons that businesses were having such a hard time lead me to the governmental influence had on businesses, and thus, the various agendas of the politicians and their special interests. And that influence extends into the personal lives of the average American in ways that we can only imagine and are starting to become more aware of. Here is one example of this influence.
When my son was going through school, I was appalled at both the curriculum and the priorities of the school district. For instance:
- World History was several semesters of study where the history of the United States only merited approximately a month. Furthermore, United States history was reduced to show all the problems with the United States instead of the strengths.
- Reading was the “sight” method, where a student was taught to recognize words, instead of “phonics’, where the student was taught to sound the words out.
- Math was more of the current “Common Core” crap and reliance upon calculators, instead of learning basic mathematical principles of adding, subtracting, multiplication, and division. Along with that was the total omission of multiplication tables.
- Civics classes were totally omitted – I had to teach my son how the government is supposed to work under the Constitution (which was also omitted in the United States history class).
The public school system, when I was growing up, were taught by veterans and people who grew up and went through World War II and Korea. They fought for this country and understood the principles that this country was founded upon. However, the current school administrators only remember the failure of Vietnam, or worse, nothing at all. They have learned nothing about the values or history of this country’s founding, and teach exactly that – nothing.
Now I have teachers in my extended family, and we have had discussions on the above. Their defense is always, “This is what we are being forced to teach” and continue on to state that the government sets the curriculum and the standards.
Back to the comment – yes, I care about my family. I care about the country that my son and any grandchildren he has that will live in after I’m gone. Perhaps that is why I am passionate about expressing an opinion about the governmental overreach sponsored by politicians whom willingly ignore the history of this country, the guidance of the Founders as expressed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and even the laws & will of the People of this country.
This last is demonstrated by the current Administration’s actions across a variety of subjects. Perhaps this is best expressed by the President’s speech on his Executive Action on immigration in which he stated:
“What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law, so that’s point No. 1. Point No. 2, the way the change in the law works is that we’re reprioritizing how we enforce our immigration laws generally.”
Is this the direction that I want this country to go in? No, because this means that my family will not have the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution if a politician can arbitrarily change the laws without the consent of the People or their duly elected Representatives. This is a dangerous precedent, and does not bode well for our children.
There are limits placed upon government. Perhaps we should remember and teach this to our children:
The purpose of the Constitution is to limit what the Government can do to the People, not what the People can do to the Government.