Items filtered by date: July 2012 - Duane Cutlip
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Government and Religion

It is striking that in our Founder's era, the arguments over religion and government were either 1) Government should use religion as a way of securing natural liberty (given by "nature's God"), or 2) Government shouldn't mandate one set of religious beliefs over another.

NOTE: They *never* suggested doing away with Religion in government altogether. In fact, that idea never entered their thinking.

You'll find quotes by most, if not all, of the Founders acknowledging that the only way for their self-governance concept to survive was with a moral population. That's why they never talked about doing away with religion, even if they weren't the most religious person. From the beginning, they recognized that "nature's law" and "nature's God" formed the essential foundation and framework for freedom and a free society.

The idea has only surfaced in the last few decades that we should not be religious as a country.

  • Thomas Jefferson (most often cited as the closest anti-religion Founder and used by the left as a source for their interpretation of "separation of church and state") is the one that opened up Federal government buildings to be used for church meetings? During his administration (1801-1809), many different churches used government buildings as their primary meeting place. The practice continued for nearly a century afterward. When he founded the publicly-funded University of Virginia in 1819, he set aside space in the Rotunda for chapel services. Look it up.
  • It was in 1814 that Francis Scott Key penned the words of the Star Spangled Banner, but it was not until 1931 that the Star Spangled Banner (with the words, "And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust'." in its fourth stanza) was adopted as our national anthem. For much of the 19th century, our de facto national anthem was "My Country, Tis of Thee" (The "Thee" referring to God, of course).
  • So lefties would have us believe that religious thought in this country was confined to 1776? Think again.
  • It was in 1952 that the National Day of Prayer was made official (though the Continental Congress proclaimed a "day of publick [sic] humiliation, fasting, and prayer" in 1775 and a day of prayer was traditionally observed ever since).
  • It was in 1954 that the words "under God" were added to our pledge of allegiance.
  • In a 2007 comprehensive survey, Pew found that only 4% of Americans were Atheist or Agnostic. In fact, over 80% subscribe to a Judeo-Christian faith. Of the remainder, 4% are Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, and the like and a 12% don't claim a particular denomination.
The fact is, we are clearly and convincingly a Christian nation - even after 5 decades of assault starting with kicking God out of schools in 1962.

You may not have known that we were such a religious nation. We don't act like one much these days, but I think it's just because we're starting to believe our own press!

What the left has done to pull the wool over our eyes is to convince us that when our Founders were arguing about religion (what kind, to what extent), they were arguing *over* religion (to be or not to be, that is the question). Don't believe their lies!

Now take these facts, find some more of your own, and go educate folks!
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Well, that's where Obama started his political career for one reason. Where would we be today if the good folks of Illinois had weeded him out in '96? Instead they were worried about Bob Dole and Slick Willie. People were concerned about making a "principled" vote for Ross Perot because "Dole would be just as bad as Clinton", and most of them didn't even know who else was running for anything that year.

Now, don't get me wrong. I think it's important to make the right decision on the President, but I think it's just as important to know the rest of your ballot like the back of your hand! In the history of this great country, we've only had three Presidents that held no prior political office (note I didn't say they had no political experience). They were Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Each one of them were previously military Generals. That means every other President could have had their Executive aspirations squashed by a more local group of people who would have (should have) known them best. Other than a few of our first Presidents who served in the Continental Congress, the rest filtered up through a state political system with several even starting in municipal government.

How many Governors and Senators have run for President over the years? An even better question - how many of our local folks have run for Governor or Senator? Just in this primary for the Republican nomination, there have been six Governors and one Senator run. At the same time, we saw an uncharacteristic number of House members run (4 - Paul, Gingrich, Bachmann, and McCotter). Herman Cain flew the lone flag as a true political outsider.

So, here locally we're looking to elect George Holding to serve the 13th Congressional District. What if you knew he was planning to run for President in a few years? A total of 37,341 North Carolinians voted for him in the May 8 Republican primary. See where I'm going with this?

In relation to my previous post, there are folks who quit because they can't save the world and they forget to save their neighbor.

Don't give up because somebody running for President has become "political". Don't be surprised if they have powerful connections and you have absolutely no influence over them. That may be true, but there's more at stake than that.

By all means, make the right choice this November for President. But, remember they all start out somewhere. Find out who's running locally and get to know them. The life (and prosperity) you save may be your own!
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Monday, 06 August 2012 00:00

Will Risk Be Outlawed?

I was flipping through the channels the other night and came across Bull-riding. I was shocked when the gate opened and out came the bull with something resembling the Michelin man riding on its back. 

After the rider fell off and the camera zoomed in, I realized that it really was a cowboy. He was wearing what looked like a motorcycle helmet, a set of football pads, and a bullet-proof vest. He was wearing "cowboy" boots, but even they had a toe protector on them.

Today, in the New York Post, George Will wrote a column entitled, "Football’s growing killer problem" (, that examines the increasing risk of injury in football and postulates that it cannot be fixed.

Will, half serious, half tongue-in-cheek, points out the perils while appropriately identifying this "age of bubble-wrapped children". This topic just emphasizes the growing list of things that a free people choose to do, but are increasingly under attack.

Are we a free people, or aren't we?

New York Mayor Bloomberg would outlaw most freedom of choice if he were able and require the government to manage our lives. He's attacked salt, fatty foods, and soft drinks in the name of health.

Across this country, our personal choices are being increasingly limited if they have anything to do with risk. Risk of bad health, risk of a scuffed knee, or risk of any kind of loss. We have abandoned any personal responsibility whatsoever in every conceivable facet of life!

Look, I know that there are some things that are inherently risky like bull-riding, football, investing, and eating fatty foods. But what are we teaching our children?

First, if they should scuff a knee, get a stitch, lose a dollar, or put on some weight, it must be someone else's fault. Next, since it's someone else's fault, they should set us on financial easy street for the rest of our lives. Finally, we must remove all the risky items from each list of choices. That way only safe choices will be available for us.

Forget that the bunch in charge of deciding what's on or off the list are a bunch of morons.

As for me, I long for the days of risking injury in order to have some rough and tumble fun. I crave the opportunity to lose money on an investment if I also have the opportunity to profit from it. Finally, I like bacon, ice cream, fried foods, bread, and Mt. Dew. I've got my big-boy pants on, so I know that if I don't limit those things and throw some broccoli in there from time to time, I'll face an early death.

But I want the choice. That's liberty and freedom. The indescribable bliss that comes with an endless buffet of choices surely has its downsides, but running my own life outweighs them all!
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