Return To Values

Return to Values

By: Mark

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It is difficult to believe that life for so many in the United States of America has become an existence of confusion, hate, fear, or misery. People seem to have lost a sense of reason. In fact, if you watch the daily news on television or review the top postings on the internet linked to the home pages of major Internet Service Providers, you might reasonably question whether people in the United States have any values or purpose left at all other than to seek their own immediate personal gratification.

Why have we lapsed into a posture of tolerance for outrageous and inappropriate public behavior such as looting, assault, battery, and disrespecting others, our country, our flag, and our laws? Are we so foolish as to believe that these overt behaviors are not really an early warning sign of worse things that are soon to come? Our regard for decency, integrity, and honor have atrophied and now we have been lulled into the false belief that the problem will resolve itself, or that it should and will be handled, but by someone, anyone else but us.

Those who cause so much unrest and grief within our country are the few - not the majority; however, these few are the ones who receive the preponderance of the media coverage; countenancing their behavior as “freedom of speech” and “freedom of expression.” Violent and disrespectful behaviors are not what our founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the U.S. Constitution. The founding fathers precluded the establishment of a national religion, but had no intention of encouraging or directing people to abandon a belief in or the worship of God.

We have forgotten the freedoms we enjoy daily are not now, and never were obtained without cost; they are not “free.” They cost honorable men and women their lives in service to our country. We need to respect and honor those who guard our freedom and protect our nation.

Many national and sometimes even local broadcasters and journalists tell us what they see. They implicitly and sometimes explicitly tell us what they think we should believe and what theyfeel about these events and behaviors. Theytell us that these outrageous behaviors are acceptable and that they are protected under the Constitution. This is nonsense. Go back and read the Constitution. Read what is actually written there. The Constitution does not support anarchistic behavior, wanton destruction of others' property, or a proliferation of disrespect for authority, hate, and violence.

        We desperately need judges and legislators who will go back and re-read the Constitution, and then enforce it as it was meant to be. We need men and women to seek public office who are willing to reinstitute the values our country was founded on. We must not be misled by the media to ever believe that these hostile and violent behaviors are normal and acceptable. We as a people have become lazy and apathetic. We no longer hold ourselves accountable to one another for good, decent, and respectful behavior. What has happened to any rational sense of things being clearly “right” and clearly “wrong?”

“Loving your neighbor as yourself,” includes being accountable to one another and not focusing only on ourselves and our "good." People have been duped into believing that, “things are not that bad,” or “someone else will handle it,” or “things will be just fine.” This is a profound misbelief and a flagrant lie. We need to wake up, and we need to wake up quickly.

Concerned citizens raised their hands and made their presence known in the last presidential election. People voted for change. They voted to bring us back to traditional and foundational Christian values and morals. You do not have to be a Christian to believe in or embrace Christian values. Now is not the time to kick back and take it easy. Now is the time to press in and be sure those who run for public office of any nature respect and embrace our Constitution and the core values that our country was founded on. We need good, God-fearing judges, legislators, and public servants who will execute their oaths of office in accordance with solid moral values.

We have the power to turn our country back around. It is in the power of the vote. When elections are held, do the research, attempt to discern what the candidates’ true values are and what those values are based on. Figure out what they truly believe and who they are as real people day to day. Do this BEFORE they are elected. Be informed, be involved, and be accountable to make a difference for good, for our future, and for the future of our children and our nation.

It should not, and it does not matter if candidates for office or positions of responsibility are men or women. It is also of no consequence whether they do or do not look like us, or whether they come from where we are from; what matters is that they are legitimate citizens of this great country and that they have values that line up with our founding fathers' values, and that they have a heart to serve others and not just themselves.

We were initially established as "One Nation Under God," and we can return to that position again, but it will not happen of itself. It will only happen when elected officers and leaders are held accountable to execute their offices with integrity, honor, and in line with the beliefs and values enumerated in our great Constitution. Get off the couch, turn off the TV, and get involved to make a difference for good. Do not let militants and radicals drive the agenda of the White House or the court house. Do not let our Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen off the hook for not having been fully engaged in returning to Constitutional principles. Do not tolerate elected representatives being more focused on obtaining re-election for another term than they are in returning our country to being “One nation under God – indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all.” This is how we can “Make America Great Again.”

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