Author Archives: Mark Ross

For Christians, Everyday Is A Holiday

Well, here we are, another Christmas season is upon us; and with it, comes more of the predictable attacks, by Atheist groups, on Christ and our Christian faith. Most recently, is a billboard, hung in Time Square, by the group, “American Atheists,” which states: “Who needs Christ during Christmas? Nobody,” with the word Christ crossed out.

It would be one thing, perhaps, if they wanted to point out that, The Winter Solstace is what was originally celebrated this time of year by the Pagans and Secularists; and that, there is much evidence that Christ was not even born around this time of year. In doing so, they could easily, and more politely, make the point that this season can be enjoyed by all Americans, regardless if we are Christians. But, when they go to the next level, and claim that no one needs Christ, and explicitly cross out his name, they have elevated it to a much bigger and broader place, which is to, directly, and explicitly, attack our faith, and The Messiah, Jesus Christ.

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It’s Not About How Much Money We Earn

If we were to ask fellow American citizens, “do you believe that wages, in our country, essentially, have been stagnate, for many years”? I am pretty confident that most Americans would say, “yes,” and agree that wages, today, do not rise at the same percentage that they once did. I would, also, agree with that sentiment, and would add that, once upon a time, companies, perhaps, were much more generous with things such as Christmas bonuses, profit-sharing etc. Unfortunately, however, the commonly accepted belief tends to be that companies, CEOs etc., today, are just plain greedy, and that the average worker is, simply, being screwed. While, there may be some truth to these sentiments, I believe, it completely misses the point, and fails to pinpoint the root cause.

Allow me to quote from this previous post, in which I was attempting to make the case as to why raising the minimum wage is a bad idea, and to point out the unintended consequences that come along with doing so:

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An Amendment To Set A State Minimum Wage?

On November 5, 2013, there will be a Public Question on The New Jersey Voter Ballot, asking voters:

“Do you approve amending the State Constitution to set a State minimum wage rate of at least $8.25 per hour? The amendment also requires annual increases in that rate if there are annual increases in the cost of living.”

And, below that is the Interpretive Statement:

“This amendment to the State Constitution sets the State minimum wage at the level in effect under current law, or $8.25 per hour, whichever is more. Cost of living increases would be added each year. Also, if the federal minimum wage rate is raised above the State rate, the State rate would be raised to match the federal rate. Future cost of living increases then would be added to that raised rate.”

For many, if not most people, this may seem like a fairly reasonable question to put to the voters; after all, the price of goods and services are, without a doubt, rising in cost; but, for me, this is like watching Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, play-out in real-time!

Allow me to explain:

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Who Are The Real Cronies And Fascists?

So often, in such a politically divided system, such as ours, in The United States, incendiary words such as Fascist, Socialist etc. are, routinely, tossed around, simply because one is opposed to a Politician, and their policies. I think it is, also, commonly accepted, throughout our population that, a Socialist or Fascist is synonymous with a murderous thug. Certainly, we have seen, throughout The 20th Century, with people like Adoph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Benito Mussolini, that was the case; but, the truth is, both Socialism and Fascism are nothing more then economic systems, which lends themselves very well to those thugs who are predisposed to violence. Simply put, because, such systems centralize economic Power into the hands of a few, who, at the same time, also have the Power of Government, to make Laws and Regulations.

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What All Big Gov’t Types Have In Common

In our so called divided Government, here in The United States, we, unfortunately, are forced to tolerate the incessant division, and unconstitutional legislation, which is so synonymous, today, with these God Forsaken Parties; and, so often, we hear, “The GOP are doing this,” or “The Democrats are doing that,” while, in almost perfect harmony, their media mouthpieces enable or destroy, depending on what side of the political fence they are on. But, beyond all the noise, and contention, our country has to endure, due to such a factious Government, I have noticed that there is an even broader, philosophical belief, that permeates throughout our citizenry, regardless if one is a Republican or Democrat.

Please consider these great, and insightful, words, spoken by Thomas Jefferson, at his First Inaugural Address:

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Why Medicare And Social Security Are Welfare Programs

Quite frequently, when this topic comes up, many Americans, rightly, will say, “we paid into these programs, and we are entitled to the benefits.” I totally agree with that sentiment. Millions of Americans, over several decades, have paid into these programs, which I, often, refer to as Debticare, and Social Insecurity; I refer to them as such, because, anyone who is even minimally engaged in politics, these days, understands that both of these programs are bankrupt, and unfunded to the tune of trillions (with a T) of dollars. And, while people did pay into them, and they are entitled to the benefits, it does not excuse away the fact that these programs have become an enormous burden to the tax payers, and, will eventually bankrupt our Federal Government. Serious reforms need to be put in place, which should involve free-market forces, and the ability for Americans to opt/out of these programs, so that they can use that money to manage their own healthcare and retirement accounts.

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We Need Consensus, Not Compromise

Consensus:
• Majority of opinion: The consensus of the group was that they should meet twice a month.
• General agreement or concord; harmony.

Compromise:
• A settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.


Over and over, whenever there is a difference between these Parties, in Congress, we are lectured by these Politicians, and their media mouthpieces, that there needs to be compromise. Somehow, if we just light a nice camp fire, hold hands, and sing Kumbaya, all will be well. But, the larger question is rarely asked: What is it that is being compromised?

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Vice President Biden Threatens To Impeach The President

Back in 2011, I wrote this brief post, entitled, “The UN Commits The American Military To Libya,” in which I noted some serious Constitutional problems with The President, unilaterally, without the consent of Congress, and without an imminent threat of an attack on The United States, taking our military to war. I started the post by saying, “Well, sadly, here we go again”! And, here we are, a little over two years later, and sadly (in regards to Syria), here we go again!

While, it is a rare moment that I agree with Vice President Biden, I must say, we are in complete agreement that, if a President takes our military to war, without the threat of an imminent attack on The United States, and without the “consent” of Congress, then, it is, most certainly, a highly Impeachable offense.

In a recent post, by Breitbart.com, is the below video of now, Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview, back in 2007, threatening to impeach President Bush if he took our military to war, in Iran, without an imminent threat to The United States, and Congressional authorization. Also, are the below excerpts from the interview:

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Article Five And The Liberty Amendments

For approximately five years now, I have been suggesting that We, The People, who truly believe in Individual Liberty, and State Sovereignty, call for an Article V, Constitutional Convention, which gives us, in these 50 states, via our State Legislatures, and “independent of Congress,” a process for adding amendments to The United States Constitution.

Sadly, whenever I, or anyone else, makes this suggestion, we are often confronted by the fear-mongers, who claim that such a Convention would be hijacked by the leftists, and we would end up in much worse shape. These fears, while understandable to an extent, shows either a complete lack of faith in the process for which our Founders created, or a complete misunderstanding of how the process is meant to work. If we except the status-quo, and allow fear to prevent us from trying something new, and out-of-the-box, then, we deserve exactly the Government we currently have!

For those who are looking for a perfectly legal, and Constitutional, method, to amend our Constitution, without a permission slip from Congress, and through our respective State Legislatures, then, Mark Levin’s new book, “The Liberty Amendments,” is a must have! When I first heard of this book, I was very excited, and purchased it immediately. I am very pleased that someone as high profile as Mark Levin has written this book. I am hoping that it will begin the discussion, and perhaps get the ball rolling, on a process that, in my humble opinion, is long overdue.

Please check out the below video, of Mark Levin, on The Hannity Show, discussing the book, and explaining how The Article V process works:

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Was The Constitution Written To Restrain The Federal Government?

In the past, from great men like Patrick Henry, to brilliant men, today, like Judge Andrew Napolitano, we’ve been told that The United States Constitution was written to keep The Federal Government off our backs…

Patrick Henry:
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

While I completely agree with Patrick Henry that, The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, the truth is, The United States Constitution created The Federal Government; therefore, if there were no U.S. Constitution, or The U.S. Constitution was never ratified, there would be no Federal Government!

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Our Constitutional Protections Are Esoteric?

On July 25th, 2013, at the Republican Governors Forum in Aspen, Colorado, Governor Chris Christie made his now, infamous, remarks (see below video), “on the Libertarianism side of things,” which he directed toward those of us who are, “rightly,” criticizing the N.S.A.’s “extensive,” surveillance programs, and those of us who believe that The 4th Amendment of The Bill of Rights means exactly what it says, in regards to restraining our Federal Government:

Amendment IV (1791):
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The Governor also called these (constitutional) views, “dangerous,” and asked if we have “amnesia.”

The Governor continued, with the below remarks:
“These esoteric, intellectual debates – I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the [911] widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”

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Charity, Economics, And The Bible

Being an American, and having grown up in our predominantly Capitalist country, I have never really had the occasion to ponder economics as it related to my faith. I had always worked, gone to church, and, for the most part, like millions of other Americans, have taken for granted the economic system that we have grown up with.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began hearing some fellow Americans citing Biblical verses in a manner that was tacitly, if not explicitly, promoting Socialism and Communism. For a Christian person, like myself, who has always cherished the freedoms we have had in this country, and felt blessed for the standard of living that we have had in this country, it is beyond disconcerting.

Over the last year or so, I have had some informal conversations with some fellow Christian friends, in regards to this subject; but, for some reason, over the last few months, I have felt compelled to try to understand God’s true intentions, as written in The Bible, in regards to how Christians should be conducting themselves, economically, charitably etc.

Recently, I began discussing economics with my fellow Christian friend Kori, as it related to our faith. In the past, myself and Kori have collaborated on the subject of Christianity and Marriage, which, with her permission, ended up as an insightful post on this site; and, to which we were fortunate enough to have many great comments. Since she did such a wonderful job at researching Scripture, and Biblical history, in regards to that subject, I was inclined to ask her to collaborate, once again, with me, on this subject.

With Kori’s permission, I would like to share her recent e-mail correspondence to me:

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Defending The Republic With Yaron Brook

Please check out the below, June 4th, Blog Talk Radio broadcast of “Defending the Republic,” with Southern Sense, Annie Ubelis, and her co-host, Cool Mike:

Their special guest was Dr. Yaron Brook, the executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. He is a columnist at Forbes.com, and is featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and many other publications.

This interview (figuratively-speaking) is like a Libertarian sermon, in my humble opinion! Anyone who values Limited Government, should listen to this interview with Yaron Brook.

Enjoy!


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We Need To Shrink The Executive Branch

In light of these most recent scandals, and egregious assaults on the First Amendment of The United States Constitution, by The Obama Administration, in regards to the wiretapping of journalists at Foxnews, and The Associated Press – as well as The I.R.S. admission to having targeted political groups whose politics they didn’t agree with – we are seeing a number of officials from The Obama Administration, including The President, himself, to Attorney General Eric Holder, onto Lois Lerner of The I.R.S., denying that they knew anything in regards to these scandals.

Attorney General Holder is the man in charge at The Department of Justice; Lois Lerner is the Director of The Exempt Organizations at The I.R.S – that decides which groups can obtain tax exemption; and The President, of course, is in charge of the entire Executive Branch of The Federal Government.

Thus far, it has been proven, via a signed document by Eric Holder, that he did know about the wiretapping of journalists, the seizure of their e-mails, and “may” very well have perjured himself by stating otherwise to Congress. Lois Lerner, cowardly, pleaded The 5th, and is on administrative leave, which “suggests” that she may know more then she is willing to say. And, The President continues to act as if he is as shocked as we are, in regards to these outrageous assaults on The U.S. Constitution, and our Personal Liberties.

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