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Other People’s Money

What a deal, if you could spend other people’s money (OPM) without restraint; how good a deal would that be? That’s the deal of the US Congress; they spend money freely because it is NOT THEIR MONEY. Currently 40 percent of what they spend goes to pay interest on debt to the private bankers who apparently control them and us. Our eyes tend to glaze over when we hear about the 16 trillions of dollars of debt that will be foisted on to the generations that are to follow, your grandchildren and mine.

Let me use some numbers we understand. Since 1997 U.S. Senators and their staff have spent $340,000 annually at the Senate Hair Care barbershop … that’s your money they spent. You know something about the cost of hair care and you have some visual of $340,000 per year. Hair care for the two senators in WV would equal $6,800, or $3400 per senator per year. I don’t know how many staff members they have, because that is beside the point. Why should we pay for anyone’s hair care, senator, staff member, or anyone else in government? We don’t pay for our mail carrier’s hair care, do we? What about the schoolteacher, do we pay for their hair care at the tune of $ 3400 per person per year like the senators, do we?

The legislative branch budget has increased 73 percent since 2000. The 2013 appropriations request is up 4.8 percent over 2012. Oh, what a deal, OPM! Our country is going down the toilet economically because of the accumulation of debt while politicians waste time on issues like gun control. Get real, gun control should be a non-issue; guns are not a problem, but out of control borrowing and spending by our politicians is a problem. How many times have politicians claimed they are working for the common man while spending $3400/senator/year on their haircuts with OPM? Hypocrite is too nice a word for our politicians in Washington.

Here is a hard cold fact; we are hypocrites too. We are bought off just like they are. What about all the federal money that goes to states and communities? I’m not talking about basic welfare to individual families; I mean the countless grants for everything from schools, to Homeland Security projects, to so-called “environmental issues.”

If I went into the Mountaineer Farm Center in Union, and told them I wanted $10,000 worth of fertilizer and feed, and asked them to charge it to my neighbor Larry Echols, or perhaps his children to pay, how would that work out for me? We know we can’t go to a local store and charge merchandize to the family that lives next door, but if we can hire some criminal to take money from others and give to us, then somehow that is okay. The criminals in Washington D.C. take money from some, and give it to others. Somehow we are comfortable with spending OPM in that manner. The point is, if the feds send us money we figure its okay for people in some other county or state to pay the bill. Are we victims; are we poor, helpless West Virginians who need politicians to steal from others and give to us while the nation is 16 trillion dollars in debt? We don’t have wealth to spread around; we have debt to spread around. We are coveting when we ask others to pay for our local projects, pure and simple. If anyone cares, the Bible says that’s contrary to God’s Law.

Speaking of the Bible, Esau for his appetite for a single meal gave up his birthright, and his descendants suffered for many generations. Has America given up the birthright of her fathers, the birthright of God-fearing, hard work, self-reliance, and integrity? Have we given up our birthright in exchange for a lust for more stuff bought with OPM for which our descendants will likely be relegated to a life of servitude to tyrants because of debt we incurred? America owes a huge debt to China for the money we have borrowed. China is right now buying up land, and the rights to oil and gas in the U.S. When American runs out of OPM, the debt bubble pops, and she can’t pay her debt to China, guess who will get rights to drill baby, drill in that day? It’s likely that the cry of “Drill baby, drill.” will be spoken in Chinese.

Dennis Rowan

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The Second Amendment is Not About Hunting

The article here was published in the January 10, 2013 edition of The Monroe Watchman, Union, WV in the “Letter to Editor” section.

Mind control and deception are ever-present dangers in our society. A major disappointment of mine that has developed over the past 50 years since my college days is that too many people fail to think before they act, and even fewer study facts before they act. The result is that too many people act on impulse based on some TV sound bite or some oft-repeated slogan, ideology, or political objective of some group such as “tax the rich,” “ban assault weapons,” and the now debunked mantra about “manmade global warming.”

The detrimental effects of legal chemicals sold by pharmaceutical companies have been demonstrated, thus requiring warnings to be placed on papers that accompany the drugs at purchase. Psychotropic drugs, in particular, function as mind control agents. Propaganda (an attempt at mind control) spewed by politicians and media mouthpieces is insulting, if not criminal. The Sandy Hook School shootings in Connecticut has brought to attention several problems in America including basic evil, insanity, the likely detrimental affects to those taking some prescription drugs, and the lying of many opportunists to exploit a tragedy. I repeat: evil, insanity, effects of drugs, and lying. So what is it we hear is the major problem in our society that led to the shootings? Guns, gun owners, and the National Rifle Association are the problems … unbelievable propaganda! The Homicide Report by the FBI for 2011 shows total deaths in America from rifles as 323 while deaths from knives was 1694.

Let me tell the reader for whom gun ownership is a problem; it’s a problem for anyone or any group (like the government) who desires full CONTROL over lesser subjects. For those in favor of gun control, I remind you that Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot are examples of those who gained full gun control. Governments were responsible for the deaths of 290 million people in the 20th Century. It began with gun control, and it usually goes like this: 1) ban some guns, 2) next, register all guns, 3) then, confiscate all guns, and 4) finally, kill all who openly disagree with the government. Believe it, history has a way of repeating itself, unless we LEARN.

Much to my disappointment, I heard or read what both of West Virginia’s U.S. senators said following the killing of innocent people at Sandy Hook. In so many words Joe Manchin said he goes deer hunting with a gun that holds only three bullets, and sometimes he only gets one shot at a deer. …So?

Here is a Jay Rockefeller quote taken from the January 3, 2013 issue of the Monroe Watchman, “West Virginia has a proud hunting tradition and respect for the Second Amendment. But most hunters I talk with know that prohibiting the use of military grade weapons or clips that can fire dozens of rounds in a matter of seconds will not impact those traditions, …” So? Here are the exact words of the Second Amendment:

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Here’s a message for Senators Manchin and Rockefeller, “The issue is the FREEDOM of law-abiding citizens to conduct the affairs of our lives without intrusion from the ‘Royal Class’ (in their eyes) in Washington D.C. who attempts to govern us serfs in every aspect of our lives from light bulbs we use to the firearms we keep. It is NOT about hunting! Read and re-read the Second Amendment until you understand what it says. Furthermore, if you go on national TV or write articles that appear in my local newspaper about the Second Amendment, please refrain from insulting the intelligence of the citizens of West Virginia with your talk about hunting deer and/or West Virginia’s proud hunting tradition.”

Gun sales spiked the first time Obama was elected. Gun sales spiked the second time Obama was elected. Gun sales during the past four years have spiked each time some evil/insane person under the influence of legal drugs, shot and killed multiple innocent people, and particularly when media loudmouths and certain politicians started talking about gun control following each of these tragedies.

These spikes in gun sales show me that many Americans are beginning to awaken, especially those who understand that the Second Amendment is about protection against TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT, and it has nothing to do with hunting. Furthermore I think Jay and Joe know that, so this leads me to believe they, along with several others, are attempting to deceive us in order to gain MORE CONTROL over our lives.

Dennis Rowan

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On Choosing Leaders by Dan Smithwick

Below is a letter written by Dan Smithwick and forwarded to me by one of the recipients. Seldom have I seen anything written with which I so completely agree. I would support Smithwick at more than 100 percent were it possible, and that goes for the entire letter including the brilliant Ps at the bottom. If you think you lack the time to read it all, at least scroll down and read the Ps. – Dennis Rowan

On Choosing Leaders
Dan Smithwick
President, Nehemiah Institute

November 7, 2012

A good friend died this week; he was simply known as “Republic.”

Exodus 18:21 (KJV)
Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

Romans 13:4 (KJV)
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; — for he is the minister of God, –.

These verses of scripture have long been used by the Christian Church to foster an attitude of how people of any faith should select civil leaders for providing an orderly, God-fearing society based on objective truth for the way life is to be done. For decades in America, we have ignored the commands of these verses- to be a Bible-based community of people. This week, in my opinion, we struck bottom. We chose an administration that will not base public policy around the axiom of ‘hating covetousness,’ but rather will likely promote it at every turn of society. There can hardly be anything more threatening to a nation’s liberty than such an action.

Yet, we must remember, God is sovereign. He was neither surprised nor disappointed with the results of this democratic selection of leaders. I say this because of another ‘proverb’ that Christian philosophers have stated for eons: God always gives His people the type of government they deserve.

We simply do not deserve liberty and prosperity. What would you point to over the past 40 years to convince God that liberty and prosperity should be the ‘fruits of our labors?’ Or that because of our faithfulness to His Word we are deserving of good things? I would like to see your list.

What convinces me that we ‘got what we deserve’ this week, are the results of biblical worldview understanding that I have been observing from a front-row seat for over two decades. Most of the recipients of this short essay know of our worldview assessment program called, The PEERS Test. It measures a person’s basic worldview beliefs in five areas: Politics, Economics, Education, Religion and Social Issues (PEERS). The results are then categorized into one of four worldview classifications: Biblical Theism, Moderate Christian, Humanism, or Socialism. Please note: Socialism is based entirely on the attribute of covetousness.

For a quarter of a century of PEERS testing, with approximately 100,000 tests of youth from Christian homes, we have been observing results move away from a mature Biblical Theistic worldview, toward a Socialist worldview. Let me share a very recent example:

Last week we conducted PEERS testing for a pricy Christian school in one of our nation’s largest cities. This is a large school with the following claim in its mission statement:

[name] is an independent, Christ-centered college preparatory school that integrates learning with biblical faith — for the Glory of Jesus Christ.

Note: I am not criticizing the statement per se, all Christian schools have similar such statements about why they exist. What I am criticizing is that the mission statement does not fit with their results.

The rating of worldview understanding of the PEERS test is based on the following numerical scale (+100 to -100):

70—100 Biblical Theism

30 – 69 Moderate Christian

0 – 29 Secularism/Humanism

-100 – 0 Socialism

About 5% of Christian schools score in top category, over half score in the bottom two categories, with the trend dropping about 2-3 points per year for 25 years.

The school I referred to above had a composite PEERS score of 13.88, well on the way to Socialism as a desired worldview.

The outcomes at this school are extremely relevant to what happened in America this week, politically speaking. Here is why:

There is a sixth index on the PEERS Test called, Limited Government. This index includes all test items (out of 70 total) that have any view with the question, “What is the role of civil government regarding the topic being addressed?” This school (with testing from two high school grades) scored -1.30 in the Limited Government category, ranking them in the Socialism category of the PEERS test. Yet, 75.4% of the students marked themselves as “Republicans.” I am convinced that they selected Republican because their parents have been telling them for years, “We are REPUBLICANS!” But what these kids want is a Republican president who offers a Socialist view of life.

Here is one example from the PEERS Test that cause them to think in this direction:

“In a democratic society, citizens have a civil right to an education and this right must be protected and enforced by civil governments.”

Both constitutionally and biblically speaking, this statement is wrong. Education is not a “right,” (entitlement) and civil government does not have responsibility for education, certainly not at the high school level. Note: I am happy to provide a detailed Position Paper on this test question if you care to read further.

But for this Christian school, 94.7% of the student body missed this test question, siding with the Humanist/Socialist view- “education is my right.”

If our young people (Church attending families) believe that they are “owed” an education which others are obligated to provide, guaranteed by our civil government, it is a very short step to also view things such as a job, housing, health care (the good life!) as a “right to be guaranteed.” May I say Greece?

This is Socialism; this is covetousness.

But this is not the worst of why we (the Christian community) deserved the political results that we received. In spite of all the rhetoric from the Christian community about the need for godly values and principles, 85% of church families still send their children to the government’s school system, an officially Socialist institution where entitlement thinking is the norm. Yes, we are just getting what we deserve. The political results of this week in America were simply the result of decades of educating youth that government is there to “ensure quality life.” The winning party presented this argument better than the losing party.

So, what now?

I don’t pretend to have a clear answer on where we go from here- how to once again become a nation based on Exodus 18:21 and Romans 13:4, and all that that means. But this much I do know; we don’t need a 4-year plan to right the ship; we (the Christian community) need something like a 24-year plan. We need to think long-term, very hard and very carefully. Before thinking about ‘who we will nominate next time,’ we MUST rethink our views about leadership. And we MUST educate our youth with this view of life.

I have been working at Nehemiah Institute for 25 years; a ministry we founded in 1986. Our mission is all about doing just what Nehemiah of the Old Testament did: rebuild a fallen city. We are a fallen city today.

If you share the views I have expressed here, and want to help, and I do mean HELP, then I would like to hear from you. I want to take Nehemiah Institute to a new level, very likely into new hands that can truly result in a rebuilding of America. It will be hard, long and expensive.

Like Nehemiah of old, I want to start building a team of people who are willing to rebuild “in front of their own house,” (Nehemiah, chapter 3). If this is your heart today, send me a note, please:

dan@nehemiahinstitute.com

If you would like to discuss this matter in person, give me a brief summary of your views and a phone number.

Dan

Ps- If it is your ambition to simply find a way to help get more Republicans elected to civil office, let’s not waste my time or yours.

Also, please circulate this article to others as you like.

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