I was going to save this title for another time, but what I have to say today is a good start and plays right into the stark difference between the leftist stance in which feelings and intentions seem to play the greatest role in thinking and the conservative stance where results and reality play the greatest role in thinking.  I think reasonable people can disagree on certain things regarding the views and stances of the right and the left, but one thing that I have found that is almost always true, those who are on the right admit they are on the right, those who are on the left very seldom willingly admit they are on the left.

Let me preface the coming topic by saying that I am in no way going to debate anyone on theology, nor attempt to influence anyone’s theology with my stance as it is not my calling.  I am simply going to state my opinion and attempt make my case on the recent events regarding the democrats insistence on making gay marriage a federal issue in the coming presidential campaign.

Most of us have heard that old cliché, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.   Many of you who know me personally, have ever engaged me in a conversation or read any of my writings in the past know that I find leftism/liberalism a terrible and imminent threat to our freedoms as individual citizens and our country as a whole.  This is not because I think that the vast majority of liberals are bad people,(although most liberal politicians make me question that) I just find them to be misguided by their feelings and emotions, and in their attempts to accomplish their ideals with good intentions, they do a terrible disservice to society and those they are trying to help the most.  Unfortunately, it is almost unheard of, and certainly has not been my experience, to find anyone on the left that gives those of us on the right any type of respect.  If we disagree with their ideology, we are considered racist, bigoted, homophobic, greedy, woman-haters, child-haters, old folks-killers , etc., etc…  That said, no matter how I make my case, some will call me hateful and bigoted for writing this and that is their problem, not mine because political correctness is a disease based upon lies, not compassion, so here we go…

So President Obama, in what is being lauded as a “courageous” move, came out on Tuesday in a  complete flip-flop (referred to as evolving by the left when done by a leftist) and endorsed gay marriage.  In the president’s defense, he did say “it is my view” and “in my opinion” so I can not be certain that this will translate into an attempt on his part to draft federal legislation, but as the most radically leftist president in American history, I can only imagine.

This is where I want to discuss the government’s role in social issues such as marriage and specifically gay marriage.  Let me start by presenting a number of arguments brought by the activists in the LGBT community and their supporters in favor of gay marriage… 1) What place is it for anyone to say who I can love? 2) I should have the right to marry the way straits have the right to marriage 3) Love is love, whether it be between man & woman, man & man, woman & woman and gays should be afforded the same rights as straights 4) How does a man being married to a man hurt anyone? It is nobodies business but ours and we’re not hurting anyone…

My first question is, who originally defined “marriage”? No matter what your theology, I think all reasonable people can agree that word marriage and certainly the concept of marriage was defined long before the establishment of any modern governmental system, and it has NEVER included parties of the same-sex.  Over the course of human history, the institution of marriage has included the practice of polygamy and even that of incest, (both of which have been abolished in most civil societies) but never has any civil society been willing to re-define marriage as that between parties of the same-sex…  The fact is, the institution of marriage has been, since the beginning of mankind, defined by the society as a whole, and the FACT that in every state (32 to date) that re-defining marriage has been put to a popular vote within a state, it has overwhelmingly been rejected…  No matter what your feelings may be on the issue, the populous of the US overwhelmingly support the idea that THE DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE, should be between a man and a woman.

Next question, what is the role, and what role should the government play in marriage? The government has traditionally supported the institution of marriage with tax breaks and benefits, but have you ever wondered why?  Every society, that is any thriving and successful society has an inherent interest in procreation, and not simply procreation, but the introduction and additional of successful future generations.  No matter what your feelings may be, any reasonable person understands that you must first have a MALE & FEMALE to produce another human being.  I think all reasonable people can agree that this is not where the process of producing a successful member of society ends.  The fact is, a child born to a married mother & father, that graduates high school, and gets married prior to having children of their own, is approximately 40% less likely to wind up in poverty or on government assistance.  That said, and understanding that heterosexual marriages, more often than not, result in children, you must ask yourself, does it make sense, and does government have an inherent interest in the sponsorship of heterosexual marriage?? 

I know, I know what you are thinking… but what about couples who do not have kids and what about those same-sex couples that want to have kids???  This could be debated til the cows come home and there may be reasonable arguments on both sides, but I will say this…  First, there is NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO MARRIAGE, hetero or homosexual, so the premise that homosexuals are being deprived of a RIGHT is simply false.  If marriage were a right, it would not require the participation of another party whether hetero or homosexual.  This is why I explained the idea of government sponsorship vs a right.  Second, you may say that homosexual couples if married could be every bit as effective as parents as heterosexual couples, and to that I think reasonable people may be able to disagree.  But, there is no historical precedence in human history of the multigenerational effects of those being raised by homosexual couples or the multigenerational effects on a society that widely accepts the “marriage” of homosexuals, so the idea that a government would sponsor such an institution is simply irresponsible.

If we are simply going to define “marriage” as a bond between people who love each other, why is it then that we as a society can say brothers can not marry brothers, sisters can not marry sisters, fathers can not marry daughters, sons can not marry mothers, men can not marry multiple women and women can not marry multiple men??  These practices have been abolished throughout the history of civil societies because it is understood that it is detrimental to society for multiple reasons.  Society determines the definition of marriage, not government, and to use government as an instrument of force to impose a new definition would be catastrophic on the family structure and it will be an incredible detriment on society as a whole.

I am fully aware that this opinion piece will not be popular with all readers, and I am certain that those on the left will label me as a bigot, but so be it.  As a logical person, I understand that those who fight for this issue through emotion, feelings and good intentions will completely ignore my logical approach and see me as a hateful bigot but they could not be further from the truth.  As a conservative and an overall good person, I must separate my feelings and emotions from an issue in order to accept the reality of the results of other people’s’ “good intentions”.  This, is where the greatest separation is between a conservative like me and the vast majority of leftists…

Thank you for reading Wilksopinion…

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A disturbing and very telling look at the mindset of Barak Obama and the Left

If you have not already, I would encourage you to take a look at the latest propaganda piece from our Leftist President Barak Obama. In this piece entitled “The Life of Julia”, the Obama campaign follows the life of a hypothetical female who apparently would be completely incapable of sustaining life without Barak Obama. I have been saying it for quite some time that the overall objective of Barak Obama and the left is for the citizens of this country to become subjects of a “cradle to grave” dependence centrally planned government. Here is yet another shining example of how these leftists see a citizen in this country. Barak Obama promised transparency, well it is pretty transparent that these people do not have any faith in an individual’s ability to live life free of government dependence. Please take a minute to check out “The Life of Julia” at http://www.barackobama.com/life-of-julia and read my following comments:

In the first slide: Julia Age 3 Under President Obama: Julia is enrolled in a Head Start program to help get her ready for school. Because of steps President Obama has taken to improve programs like this one, Julia joins thousands of students across the country who will start kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. Does Julia not have parents? If so, are they not capable of spending time preparing their child for school as millions upon millions of RESPONSIBLE parents have done prior to the almighty Obama’s arrival???

Next Slide: Julia Age 17 Under President Obama: Julia takes the SAT and is on track to start her college applications. Her high school is part of the Race to the Top program, implemented by President Obama. Their new college and career-ready standards mean Julia can take the classes she needs to do well. Still no mention of parents for Miss Julia, but then again, who ever heard of parents taking an active role in educating their children and making sure they are doing what is required of them in their studies?? And we all know, just because the US spends the second most per pupil worldwide on childhood education, these silly schools couldn’t get it right before the almighty Obama…

Next Slide: Julia Age 18 Under President Obama: As she prepares for her first semester of college, Julia and her family qualify for President Obama’s American Opportunity Tax Credit—worth up to $10,000 over four years. Julia is also one of millions of students who receive a Pell Grant to help put a college education within reach. Oh, here we go, Julia does have a family, traditional Mom & Dad, single parent, who knows? They are obviously insignificant in the upbringing of Miss Julia, after all, in the eyes of the Left, that is the government’s job. Ok, so tax credits and Pell grants… What if,”hypothetically”, Julia’s parents were encouraged to start a 529b college savings plan at the time of Julia’s birth with say, $1000, then make monthly contributions of $150 over the course of her 18 years prior to college… at a modest 5% return in these “pre-Obama” established college savings plans, that would give Miss Julia approximately $54,406.14 to pay for her college education with cash, no Pell grants, no student loans… Holy crap, what a novel concept!!! But again, that would go against the lefts goal of perpetual state dependence… Not to mention the fact, the primary reason that college tuition is so out of control is easy government backed money thrown willy nilly to anyone with a pulse, CAN ANYONE SAY HOUSING BUBBLE???

Next Slide: Julia Age 22 Under President Obama: During college, Julia undergoes surgery. It is thankfully covered by her insurance due to a provision in health care reform that lets her stay on her parents’ coverage until she turns 26. This goes without saying, but this is just ridiculous… Apparently, no college kid prior to Obamacare could get insurance??? Lets get real…

Next Slide: Julia Age 23 Under President Obama: Because of steps like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Julia is one of millions of women across the country who knows she’ll always be able to stand up for her right to equal pay. She starts her career as a web designer. More ridiculousness, and here we go with the GENDER WARFARE!!! The Lilly Ledbetter act is nothing more than a payoff to all the lawyers that so readily pay off democrats. The only thing this hunk of garbage has done was remove the statute of limitations on a crap that doesn’t exist to further pad the pockets of asshole attorneys…

Next Slide: Julia Age 25 Under President Obama: After graduation, Julia’s federal student loans are more manageable since President Obama capped income-based federal student loan payments and kept interest rates low. She makes her payments on time every month, keeping her on track to repay her student loans. Again, the student loan issue wouldn’t have been an issue with the proper planning of Julia’s folks, then Miss Julia would be further ahead in life than the vast majority of Americans, a 25-year-old debt free college graduate… And not beholden to the government for anything… OH THE HUMANITY!!! And let’s get something clear, there is a cost to lending money people, because there is tremendous risk associated. This is why the almighty Obama had to nationalize the student loan industry in 2009 (oh you didn’t hear about that?) See, at 3.4% interest, the federal government does not even come close to breaking even on these loans, the actual cost after defaults, waste, fraud and abuse, about 6.8%…

Next Slide: Julia Age 27 Under President Obama: For the past four years, Julia has worked full-time as a web designer. Thanks to Obamacare, her health insurance is required to cover birth control and preventive care, letting Julia focus on her work rather than worry about her health. Give it a break already! These people act as if no woman could get care prior to the almighty Obama, that is just an out-and-out LIE!! And here’s some news for you Lefties, NOTHING IS FREE!! SOMEBODY ALWAYS HAS TO PAY, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, EVEN IF YOU DON’T!!!

Next Slide: Julia Age 31 Under President Obama: Julia decides to have a child. Throughout her pregnancy, she benefits from maternal checkups, prenatal care, and free screenings under health care reform. So Miss Julia decides to have a child… Is there a father involved?? Is Obama the father?? Holy crap, how old is Obama at this point and what happened to the 2 term rule in the 22nd amendment?? Anyways, no mention of a father, but then again, that whole mother/father/children family structure goes completely against the true leftist principles… And here we go with the FREE word again… But anyway, Miss Julia is humming right along on the government teet…

Next Slide: Julia Age 37 Under President Obama: Julia’s son Zachary starts kindergarten. The public schools in their neighborhood have better facilities and great teachers because of President Obama’s investments in education and programs like Race to the Top. So, still no mention of a father for Miss Julia’s little Zachary… Obama’s investments huh? I’m fairly certain those are our tax dollars he is “investing” therefore they are our investments… And best I can tell, we have “invested” trillions in education since the federal government began meddling in our education system and it has done little to improve the actual education of our children…

Next Slide: Julia Age 42 Under President Obama: Julia starts her own web business. She qualifies for a Small Business Administration loan, giving her the money she needs to invest in her business. President Obama’s tax cuts for small businesses like Julia’s help her to get started. She’s able to hire employees, creating new jobs in her town and helping to grow the local economy.Still no husband for Miss Julia, and what happened to Zachary?? Guess the state started confiscating children by this point… Ok, There are a couple of problems with this one… They forget to mention the overwhelming burden placed on employers due to Obamacare, increased unemployment insurance costs by extending benefits out to 99 weeks, etc. Plus, what if, just “hypothetically” again, Julia upon graduating college with no debt and a good job started putting aside in mutual funds 10% of her income making $42,000 a year… It is a very real possibility, that over the course of those 19 years, living on a little less than she makes, Miss Julia could have a nest egg set aside in excess of $131,711.74… Do you think she could then just borrow from herself to start her own business, and again, not be beholden to anyone, ESPECIALLY THE GOVERNMENT!!

Next Slide: Julia Age 65 Under President Obama: Julia enrolls in Medicare, helping her to afford preventive care and the prescription drugs she needs. Still no husband… NEWSFLASH::: Medicare is already on the verge of bankruptcy and Obamacare gutted it for another 500 billion… If left to Obama and the Lefties, there will be NO MEDICARE or anything like it!! And again, how old is this guy getting? Methuselah Obama…

Next Slide: Julia Age 67 Under President Obama: Julia retires. After years of contributing to Social Security, she receives monthly benefits that help her retire comfortably, without worrying that she’ll run out of savings. This allows her to volunteer at a community garden. These people are truly delusional! First, SOCIAL SECURITY IS BROKE!! and if left to the Lefties, nobody from my generation has a prayer of ever seeing a dime of it!! So lets just say that Miss Julia has paid back to herself what she had used for her business, & continued to contribute the same amount plus an additional 10% into some good, long-term growth mutual funds, it is a very real possibility that Miss Julia could have in excess of $1,881,476.90, plus a paid for business that should could choose to liquidate, (or give to Zachary if she could find him), a paid for home, car, etc… I don’t know about you, but in my house, $1,881,476.90 can buy a lot of groceries and keep the lights on for a very long time… That is if Obama doesn’t destroy the agronomy and energy industries…

Ok, so here it is folks, a very clear picture of what Obama thinks of the citizens in this country, incapable of sustaining a life without government dependence. I think that it is very clear that this man wants us to be subjects of and beholden to a centrally planned all-powerful government. As a very wise man (Dennis Prager) often says, “the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen”… Please stand up against the deplorable ideals of Barak Obama and the Left.

Thank you!

Posted in Political | Leave a comment

My Four Things

I follow so many things, read many books and articles and read things from so many people, and I often wonder what it is that is really important to people, what makes them tick. I guess this is why one of my favorite hobbies is people watching. I personally have to admit that I find myself at one of the lower periods in my life, and tonight, I was wondering, what are my things, what makes me tick???

I came up with four things that I think could truly summarize what is most important to me and what really makes me tick… When I think of myself, what makes me the man I am and the four things, none really being of more or less importance than the other, I think of My Sanity, My Family, My Freedom and My God… Now, that being said, there have been periods in my life that I have lost sight of or focus on one or more of these four, but ultimately, really breaking me down to me, makes these MY Four Things…

Early in my adult life, I was having serious problems with a woman who I dearly loved, and that relationship was coming to an abrupt and messy end for various reasons. Both of us had done things that proved we shouldn’t be together, and we had tried time and time again to make something work that was never going to. Day and night, I beat myself senseless over this relationship and what could have been done differently and was on the edge of losing my mind. I remember vividly having a conversation with my Dad one night as I was driving around trying to figure things out, and I asked him a question, “Dad, is there anything that you hold sacred?”… His answer to me, “My Sanity”… That brought me to a moment of clarity, and it was at that point that I knew that continuing that relationship was not only destroying my peace but hers as well, and with that it was done. This is a lesson that I have very regrettably fallen victim to since, but never will again…

People say you can pick your nose, you can pick your clothes, you can pick friends, but you can’t pick your family… I have spent a lifetime loving, hating, fighting for, fighting against, bickering and even regrettably ignoring my family. I have been a lot of places, done a lot of things, known a lot of people, and have had many friends that have come and gone, and the most important thing that I have learned about people in this world is… No matter how close you feel someone is, you just never know who may be waiting to stab you in the back… You really have nothing without your family. I have, as said before, regrettably strayed away from my family for several years because of what was and what I thought should be. As I became older and more wise, I realize now that was a grave mistake. My family is not perfect, nor am I, but we have each other, and even if that is all we have, we will make it work, because that is what families do…

Freedom may be defined by different people in different ways, but I can definitively tell you what it means to me… Freedom means that I work for what I get and I do not take what I have not earned. I do not believe that others’ success has caused my failures, but only that my lack of success is due to that fact that I have failed for now. Freedom to me means that I will not allow an overbearing government to entice me into a life of perpetual government dependence with food stamps, welfare, and a continuing list of “entitlement benefits” that others pay for. Freedom comes at a price, and that price is the fact that some people win, some people lose, and others get by, but everyone has a chance. I don’t mind losing if I know that I had a chance, it makes winning that much more appreciable. Freedom is far more than what I plan to get into now, but please stay tuned for future posts on Freedom.

And last but certainly not least, MY God. All things are possible through God and the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ. I am a sinner, no if ands or buts about it, and I will never pretend that I am not. I will also never pretend that I am or ever will be the greatest Christian, but that is between God and me. I am not going to preach or even begin to try to explain my relationship with God here, as many days I don’t even understand it, but I will say this…. Looking back on my life, I know there is a God, I don’t pretend to know or understand what his plan is for me, but only time will tell…

So, who am I and what makes me tick… These are My Four Things…

Posted in General | 1 Comment

Obama: “I Have An Obligation As President To Do What I Can Without” Congress | RealClearPolitics

The fact that this 2 bit wanna be dictator still has support from anyone claiming to be a freedom loving American absolutely baffles me…


Posted in Political | Leave a comment

Adam Carolla’s Rant about the envy & entitlement mentality of the OWS Losers

Anyone who knows me well or that has spent any significant time speaking with me may well have heard me give this same rant.  I will tell you, if colorful language offends you, you may not want to listen to this, but then again, if colorful language offends you, you probably don’t know me very well…

I won’t write a lot here, as I will let Adam’s rant speak for itself, but, what I will say is this…  If more people do not wake up to the fact the over-pc, and everything needs to be fair, and let’s not hurt anyones’ feelings mentality has led to a generation of mindless, worthless, and everyone owes me something scumbags.  If this does not get corrected, the future of this country may be very bleak and disappointing for everyone….

If not seeing video, click:Adam Carolla Rant

Posted in General | Leave a comment

People like this are a disgrace to humanity!!!

I haven’t been writing much as of late, but this was certainly enough to get me to dust off the laptop and write the next edition of Wilksopinion…

The attached video should enrage any proud American, not necessarily because of the situation that this dumpster whore is in, but because our country has become one that encourages and enables this type of behavior. I do find it very sad that this pathetic excuse for a human being has brought so many children into this world, giving them very little chance for success in life. I think the best that we can hope for is that the state never returns these children to this sack of trash, and by God’s grace they find their way into good and loving foster homes. That way, maybe they will have a fighting chance at a good life.

For far to long, big government politicians (liberals), have encouraged and enabled this type of behavior by destroying the American family with welfare programs, breeding more government dependence and the entitlement mentality. Never has a statement been more relevant, than this “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I think originally, the idea of welfare programs were, in theory, devised with the best of intentions. But, what has in fact happened, is the development of a large segment of society that now believes they are owed something, simply because they are alive. What has also happened, is douchebag politicians using this to their advantage and using the adversity in the lives of so many to buy votes, further enabling the behavior and breeding more government dependence. This is a sad and vicious cycle, and the true victims are children like these.

Take it for what it’s worth, but I truly believe that this, like so many other problems that we face in this country today, is a symptom of liberalism and the fault of big government liberals. I think it is very sad what these children will be faced with throughout their lives and I can only pray that they might find a path that exposes their mother and people like her for the trash and parasites on society that they are.

If not seeing video, click:You Owe Me!!

Posted in General | 3 Comments

Bin Laden of the Internet: American Born Al Qaeda Mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki Killed | Video | TheBlaze.com


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Life is too Precious not to be Free…

     As I was sitting here tonight writing my latest post on a charity that means the world to many of our wounded veterans, I got a call from my cousin Chad.  We had spoken many times already throughout the day about various things, but as soon as I answered the phone I heard a pain in his voice that struck me instantly.  I automatically thought the worst, as I have lost so many close to me in the not so distant past, but when he asked me, “do you remember Scott Baumgard?”, it brought me to another time…

     When I was 16 and my cousin Chad was 18, my parents had decided to move from Vermillion, SD to the suburbs of Minneapolis, Mn.  It was nearing the end of my sophomore year in high school, and with my parent’s permission I decided it was time to take off on my own for a while.  Chad and I decided we would go to the Iowa Great Lakes (Okoboji, IA), get summer jobs and see what life had to offer.  In my 1970 Chevy pick-up, with my motorcycle, camping gear and my dog Blazer in the back, we took off.  For the first 2 1/2 weeks, we lived in my tent, sleeping on 2 old WWII army cots that I had picked up at a garage sale.  During that time, we both picked up jobs in seasonal restaurants and started making friends.  A friend of a friend had an old Airstream camper that he was willing to rent, and after burning the tent, we parked that camper in a little city campground right on the strip so we would be right in the middle of all the action.

     Each night after work, Chad & I would walk up and down the strip (Hwy 71) between Arnolds Park and Okoboji, looking for whatever fun may enter our travels.  Our normal turnaround spot was a little convenience store called Kum & Go that locals would generally congregate.  One night, there was a group of kids hanging out playing Hacky Sac.  We joined the group, and this is the first time that I met Scott Baumgard and his older brother Al.  Over the next few summers, there were many nights of fishing, camping, and scaring the hell out of any “newbies” that ventured with us to Loon Lake cemetary.  We all became close as a group, and while I knew Al better, Scott was never far behind.

     It wasn’t too many years later that I joined the Navy and left the lakes area, but always kept in contact with Chad who remained close to the whole crew.  I regret to say, that with the passing years, I have come in contact with so many people, some of the best which have slipped through the cracks of my contact list.  I have the memories though, memories that will live forever, and God willing, those memories will be put into words for all to read and remember.

     I would ask that all who read this take a moment to reflect on how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away.  I have personally lost 7 people in the last 16 months who, at one time or another were close to my life.  I believe that life is a precious gift, given to us by God, and just because you or the ones you love got out of bed this morning, doesn’t mean you or they get to go to bed tonight.

     Scott Baumgard was a young man taken too early, that may have played a small part in the history of my life, but there are many who’s lives he was a very big part of.  I am sure that many who read this have stories of those who have been taken far to sudden and far to early as well.  If you get nothing from the words that I have written here, please understand that life is far too precious to take anything for granted.  Hold your memories dear of the people, the events and the freedoms that have made our lives so wonderful…

Arnolds Park man dies in two-vehicle accident

Posted in Random intoxicated thoughts | 1 Comment

A Patriot’s Charity: The Fisher House

     When you live in the greatest country on earth, a country that has given so much to so many, I feel one of the greatest gifts that you can give back is to put it all on the line to join your brothers and sisters in arms, and so many patriots that have preceded you, and join the US military.  If you are not of this opinion, then this may not be the right site for you.  All too often, the brave souls that do take it upon themselves to answer this call of duty become a casualty of the duties they are asked to perform.

     I was first made aware of this great charity through one of the “right-wing” radio programs that the left so loves to vilify, and after some research, I knew this was a more than worthy charity, one that I have felt more than honored to donate to.  Coming from a long line of men who have served our great country honorably, and having served myself, I can honestly say that it is a blessing to know that organizations like the Fisher House are there in a time of need. 

     I could continue to write about the Fisher house, but instead I think it better if I copy their about info & link and you can decide for yourself.  Please take the time to check out this more than worthy cause:

The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 11,000 families, and have made available nearly three million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. By law, there is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House!

In addition to constructing new houses, Fisher House Foundation continues to support existing Fisher Houses and help individual military families in need. We are also proud to administer and sponsor Scholarships for Military Children, the Hero Miles program, and co-sponsor the Newman’s Own Award


Posted in General | Leave a comment

A Right vs. A Privilege: What’s the difference?

     It doesn’t seem like you can see or hear a news story today without someone yelling about their rights being violated.  I think the most clear examples are what has been taking place in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, among other states when it comes to collective bargaining “rights” in regard to public employee unions.  This, among other things taking place within our government, has led me to do a lot of thinking about what a right is and what a privilege is…

     “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”,[Declaration of Independence]

     Most of us have heard this or seen it many times, but I believe some have either forgotten, or chose to ignore the fact that unalienable means not transferable or capable of being repudiated.  Now I only say this, because all too often, the government elitists believe that it is up to them to decide what rights we have and do not, but that is not the case.  This is where the problem lies my friends, because we are granted our rights by Our Creator, and only through the consent of the governed (us) do we allow an elected body of representatives to ensure that nobody infringes upon those rights.  Somewhere along the line, things got all messed up…

     Let us first take collective bargaining as an example.  I contend that collective bargaining is a privilege, not a right, and here is why: Government, in its very nature, is an entity of force that does, per rule of law, have the ability to tax and we as citizens have no choice but to pay.  Unlike in a private sector enterprise, that will allow the market to determine the compatibility of union collective bargaining, the monopoly of force held by government does not allow for market forces to make this determination in the case of public sector unions.  Herein lies the rub… If (public sector union)collective bargaining is a right for those who are in a public sector union, does that not by nature force someone else to partake in an activity by force that they may or may not otherwise partake in??

     This is the problem folks.  Too many people scream about this right or that right, when in all actuality, most of what they are screaming about are really privileges.  If what you see as a right requires something of someone else, and what is required of them infringes upon their rights, it is not a right, it is a privilege.  In the case of the unions, if one side wants to negotiate, and the other side does not, forcing one to do the other is infringement upon their rights.  If the federal government, in an effort to supply healthcare to all, forces one group of people to buy a product so that others may benefit, that is an infringement upon their rights.  If the government says that company X must employ citizen Y to fill a quota, company X’s rights have been infringed upon!

     Too many people these days have no concept of what the difference is between a right and a privilege.  It has all become about entitlement and “what the government can do for me”.  When you sit down and think, I would like you to ask yourself what are the rights you were endowed by your Creator with, and what those rights required anybody else to do?  If it is a right, it does not require anything of anybody… If on the other hand, it does require someone else to sacrifice or give of themself in any way, it is  most likely a privilege.  Then it is time to ask yourself, “is it up to you or someone else to live up to the potential given to you by your Creator with those unalienable rights?”

Posted in General | 1 Comment