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Life begins… well, that depends on the feelings of the parents

Before my husband and I got married, we had a very long conversation about love. He asked me, “What is love to you?”

Being the typical woman, I became dreamy eyed, and began to describe that fluttering feeling in my heart. Before I could go any further, my extremely sarcastic, yet matter-of-fact husband-to-be interjected, “No, that’s heartburn. What is your definition of love?” I became a little bit frustrated, telling him he had interrupted my explanation.

With the patience of Job, this man that would soonbecome my husband explained to me that I had fallen into the trap that the entire world has fallen into. Love is not a feeling. Love is a verb- it is action!

The true definition of love is:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Just as with love, the world’s definition of life has become subjective, and is now relegated down to a feeling! It doesn’t matter what truth says. All that matters are feelings! Sadly, and ironically, feelings are fleeting. How many people who profess their undying love to each other, forever, end up divorcing, often the circumstances are very nasty, deceitful, selfish and vile- the exact opposite of love.

So never-mind that the very same ones who become so excited when a micro-organism is discovered in outer space is “life”, yet a baby, which can be seen with modern medical technology at a very early age, is not life unless the “parent” who this child is living inside of, “feels” like it is life.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20

Here’s another with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry at her…. well, as her usual!

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Should Our Children Belong to the Collective?

Just when we think the secular assaults against the nuclear family unit can’t get any worse, we disturbingly learn that they can. Now a host on a minor cable news network claims that we have to get over the idea that our children are ours, and accept the fact that they belong “collectively” to all of us.

Melissa Harris-Perry, a host for a weekend show on scarcely watched MSNBC, was taped in a “lean forward” (euphemism for “lean more left”) promo for the network, said that children don’t belong to their families they belong to the collective.

The host declared, “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

The context seems innocuous enough; continue to engage in insanity (doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results) by throwing more money toward education. The answer to our educational inadequacies and failings is always more funding, to some. Heaven forbid that we should consider using what resources we have more efficiently and effectively, and focus on teaching content that increases academic performance, instead of all the social engineering, and politically correct indoctrination that is so pervasively “taught” in our public schools.

Some don’t even think her terminology, referring to collective ownership of our kids, in the promo is controversial. The New York Times, and other media and extremist organizations have leapt to her defense. What should not be lost on us is that such entities are ideological compatriots to the host, and are firmly predisposed to the collectivist ideals of the left.

I’m sure the folks over at NAMBLA would rejoice over such a concept of collectivist ownership of our kids! And what about all those unborn children that are never given a chance to take their first breath? Should that not likewise be a grave concern to the collective?

In free societies, as America was originally founded to be, private property ownership is sacrosanct. The second line in our Declaration of Independence states, “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.” The Lockean Creed, upon which that statement is based, equates private property with pursuit of happiness.

While children are not considered property, and are not “owned,” the responsibility for rearing, teaching, and nurturing them is a private one, owned by the parents who brought them into the world. For those who lack the temporal means to support those children, there are safety nets that allow for community support of such disadvantaged children. Even that, however, does not diminish or transfer the very personal and private responsibility of rearing children to the state, or to the collective.

If all of this sounds familiar, it should. Last year in the midst of the presidential campaign Team Obama posted a slide show on the campaign website, with much fanfare, about the Life of Julia. It revealed the Obama Team dream of governmental (in this context, euphemism for “the collective”) involvement at every stage of life, from birth to death, and how the government would be the nurturing parental surrogate through each stage.

Karl Marx said, “The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.” Ms. Harris-Perry mirrors this sentiment: the children are not ours, they belong to the collective, and we need to abolish the notion that they are ours. Marx also said, “Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included.” The MSNBC host would make Marx proud.

Who has the right to dictate how a child is to be reared? Certainly not the “collective,” and certainly not the government. It’s a private parental, and familial matter. Or at least it should be. The more government encroaches into health care management, social-engineering dictates, and redefinition of fundamental roles in society, the less control parents have over something as fundamental as the rearing of their children.

It is not just the economic aspects of socialistic and fascistic collectivism that must be resisted and repulsed, but perhaps even more significantly, the social and cultural collectivist agenda must be rejected. We have to recognize this steady encroachment for what it is, and that it is clearly antithetical to a free America.

AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board.  He can be reached at [email protected].

MSNBC Host: All Your Kids Belong To Us

Now your kids don’t belong to you, they belong to the “whole community”!

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On March 23, my colleague Mark Finkelstein noted how MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry considers the unborn child a “thing” which takes a “lot of money” to “turn into a human,” costing thousands of dollars to care for each year of his/her life. Now it appears that Harris-Perry thinks that, after they’re born, children fundamentally belong to the state.

Narrating a new MSNBC “Lean Forward” spot, the Tulane professor laments that we in America “haven’t had a very collective notion that these are our children.” “[W]e have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communities,” Harris-Perry argued.

“Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the households, then we start making better investments.” By “investments,” of course, Harris-Perry means things like spending “as much in public education as we should have.”

Of course, if as Harris-Perry holds,”[t]he cost to raise a child [is] $10,000 a year up to $20,000 a year,” and if children should be viewed as collectively “owned” by “society,” then taken to its logical extension, a woman’s choices about having a child should be informed by the economic considerations of the “community,” would it not? But of course, that logic would take someone to justify, for example, the “one-child” policy in Communist China.

What’s more, the notion of collective responsibility for children was a philosophy that undergirded the Cultural Revolution in Communist China under Chairman Mao. I bring that up because, as you may recall, another Harris-Perry “Lean Forward” spot contains a reference to a “great leap forward,” which calls to mind the disastrous agricultural reform plan which starved millions of Chinese to death in the 1950s.

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Slams MSNBC’s Sneaky Editing of Romney

Two separate Fox News anchors on Wednesday took NBC and MSNBC to task for liberal media bias and outright deception. Bill O’Reilly slammed the egregious actions of Andrea Mitchell and her selective editing of Republican Mitt Romney.

O’Reilly played MSNBC’s version of Romney mentioning the fast food outlet Wawa and the one that conforms to reality. The host mocked the liberal cable outlet for “doctoring” the tape. Video of both can be found below:

 ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC HOST: Maybe this was Mitt Romney’s supermarket scanner moment. But I get the feeling, take a look at this that Mitt Romney has not been in too many Wa-was on the roadside of Pennsylvania.

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I was at Wa-wa’s. I went in to order a sandwich. You press a little — a touch tone key pad, or I did to touch that and you know this sandwich you press, this touch this, touch this. Go pay the cashier there is your sandwich. It’s amazing.

MITCHELL: It’s amazing.

What’s amazing, as O’Reilly stated, is “that [the] tape was edited by Ms. Mitchell’s staff. Mitt Romney’s point was much larger. About how the private sector, Wa-wa, operates as opposed to how the government does things.”  What was cut was Romney’s statement about “people in the private sector learned how to compete. It’s time to bring some competition to the federal government and to get it smaller and ever respondent the customers which are you.”

Guest Lanny Davis, a former top aide to Bill Clinton, stated that Mitchell was probably “unaware”of the cuts.”  However, this pales in comparison to the hyperbole from another NBC anchor, Melissa Harris-Perry, who basically stated that Americans are racist for fighting the war on terror.

In her own words, Perry insisted “what America typically needs emerge and that is racial enemy. Americans in part identify who we are and who deserves what through our notions of whiteness and of the racial enemies that are the non-whites. And in his moment the new racial enemy became not so much Reagan’s welfare queen who was imaginary but instead, this imagined other, that is somehow Muslim or Arab or Sikh or something else.”

She continued this inane liberal study group by saying “we became willing to stomach a kind of horrific racial violence in the name of national security. It’s something that we have been willing to stomach as a people over and over again in our history.”

However, with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, there seems to be little attention given paid to the event at NBC.

As Fox News’ Bret Baier astutely noted, “NBC Nightly News is playing some serious catch-up, because the network news show has only mentioned the failed gun tracking program “Fast and Furious” once for a few seconds since the scandal broke last year. Keep in mind, Attorney General Holder has testified before Congress no less than nine times.”

An Attorney General of the United States is about to be held in contempt of Congress and NBC is just finding this out now?  It is ironic when the most vilified news network in the country by the political left, also happens to be the only ones doing their job concerning reporting the state of governmental affairs.  However, I guess NBC is so good, they can’t be possibly biased.