Drew: Libya

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”  This is what Thomas Jefferson said in his 1801 inaugural speech as he took office. 210 years later, things couldn’t be more different. I could cite several instances where past US politicians did quite the opposite of what Thomas Jefferson advised. One issue that comes to mind when dealing with foreign relations is the current strife in, the Middle Eastern country, Libya.

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Drew: Unemployment

As of July 2011, the United States unemployment rate was a large 9.1%. Over a four week period from July 9th to July 30th, over 407,750 people filed for unemployment benefits. Granted, this isn’t the enormous 25% as it was in the Great Depression but 9.1% is a hefty amount and if jobs aren’t created it is only bound to get worse.

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Individual Responsibilities

“There are really only two dimensions to the concept of attitude — you either behave as though you are a victim of circumstance, or you take full responsibility for your situation.”
– Richard Rudd

 

Adults should be responsible for themselves and, if they have them, they need to responsibly care for their children. In addition, they need to teach their children individual responsibility, so they in turn will grow up to be responsible adults. (Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22.6) When I say parents need to responsibly care for and teach their children one thing that comes to mind is discipline. Old-fashioned discipline included spankings. They seemed to work. However, we then had those parents who went overboard and used physical discipline to the point of abuse. That is no more responsible than allowing a child total freedom. Moderation and common sense. It seems when we don’t use either (common sense being rather rare these days), it only leads to more government intervention.

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