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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri

1.31.2012

Patriotic

I consider myself to be patriotic, at least emotionally.  I cry at the sight of our military men and women.  I get choked up over the lives sacrificed for my freedom.  I love my country and the principles it was founded upon.  I love life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  I love my religious freedoms.  When I teach my children about the Revolutionary War my voice shakes.  I think I am not brave enough to ever say "I regret that I have only one life to lose for my country." (Nathan Hale before being hanged) Or Patrick Henry's famous quote "Give me liberty or give me death!"

So, with the upcoming presidential election, I think about where we are as a country and the direction we are heading.  I grew up with a hard working father and a stay-at-home mom.  We did not have much, but I do remember my dad, at times, working 3 jobs to support his family of 6.  We never had the latest and the greatest, and we lived in a small 2 bedroom apartment outside of Cleveland.  We were happy.  I never once remember my parents or grandparents expecting the government to provide for them.  When things got hard, we managed.  We went without some things.  You'd be surprised at a kid's creativity when you have little.  I want my children to know that work is good.  It creates character.  So, when Jordan showed me a short story, I thought it spoke volumes, and may help someone understand what the all too familiar term "fair share" looks like.


An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little..
The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. It could not be any simpler than that.
Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
— with Bill Essmann

2 kind words:

Vicky

I love this post and totally agree!

The Landes Family

Well said from a person who has lived through tough times lately. No help from the Government. And proud of it.

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