Why you should vote to create change

Why you should vote to create change

Voting in an election does much more than help to elect key candidates, it directs society in determining needed change.

A Decade Later- A Forgotten Reality

Where were you on September 11th, 2001? I still remember that day crystal clear in the back of my mind. The events of which I play over and over as I progress through my military life. I did not find out until the afternoon what had happened because my teachers felt that our parents should inform us of the incident. I was walking out to my car in my 11 year old shoes and went up to my moms door where she had the window rolled down. She was sobbing and listening to the radio. She explained to me what happened and then got out of the car to give me a hug…I started to cry as well.

10 years have elapsed since that dreadful day so many seasons ago. I still cry when I think of it and I have a hard time writing about this right now. I have fought for the families of the people that were lost in those terrorist attacks and I have helped kill taliban who would like nothing better then to do it all over again.

You do not kill Americans and get away with it, you do not fly planes into our buildings and destroy thousands of innocence without repercussions. We will hunt you down and we will destroy everyone of your evil souls. How many times do we read about terrorists attacks in Europe, whether it is a car bomb or what not and just shrug it off? It probably has to do with the fact that it never happens to us in America. We all lived safe normal lives…until that dreadful morning…they can attack us and kill us at home and they will. Do not forget about those people that died that day and do not forget about the soldiers that are still dying in Afghanistan because of that day.

“We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail… I will not forget this wound to our country, or those who inflicted it. I will not yield – I will not rest – I will not relent in waging this struggle for the freedom and security of the American people.” -President George W. Bush

What good has ever come out of Afghanistan?

This question asked of me by one of my work associates has had me thinking. What good has come out of this country? Should we look at this question from a War on Terror point of view or strictly from a non biased neutral standpoint? I think that the answer is simple and many times overlooked. Afghanistan is a country, right? Well, yes and no. The actual country borders were put down on paper by the British some time in the late 1800’s, but does that mean that everyone within the borders looks at Afghanistan as a collective whole? Most likely not. To this day there are tribes of people that live in untouched valleys of Afghanistan. Untouched from corrupt governments, untouched from disgruntled Islamic extremists, and even better, untouched by the evil of materialism that has pierced every other corner of the world.

The best thing that has come out of Afghanistan cannot be described by a soldier brought up in the materialistic land of chaos and corruption, we call America. I do know however that if you asked someone that lived in one of those far away villages what the greatest thing is in their life they would say, peacefulness. A peacefulness that you cannot feel even in the quiet peaks of the Rocky Mountains. It is a peacefulness that has been around for thousands of years. It has out lived empires, wars, corrupt governments, and over-enthusiastic Islamic extremists. It is the peacefulness of a land untainted by civilization, infrastructure, and westernization. The land that these people live in is governed by respect for elders, respect for God, and respect for family.

Sounds pretty good to me, but I have to say the whole “no taxes” part probably is the best thing. But really folks if you can somehow get a grasp on how amazing that concept of peacefulness is you might want to look at purchasing some land over here. I hope that this makes you think about trying to make your life a little bit more peaceful.

The Crusades: A Forgotten Reality

This blog is in response to the article found at the following address: http://www.firstprinciplesjournal.com/articles.aspx?article=1483 I am not about to reiterate what Mr. Crawford said in his article but instead I am giving a brief opinionated review about what he said.

Shortly after the attacks of September 11th in the 2001 former president Bill Clinton gave a speech at the University of Georgetown. Within this speech the former president made some rather ignorant remarks about the crusades.
“When the Christian soldiers took Jerusalem [1099], they…proceeded to kill every woman and child who was Muslim on the Temple Mount.” He went on by citing Raymond of Aguilers when describing the event. “Soldiers walking on the Temple Mount…with blood running up to their knees.” This tale, the former president went on to say, was “still being told today in the Middle East and we are still paying for it.”
One thing I would like to point out about this article is that many people in modern society look back at the crusades as an unholy stain in the history of the Catholic Church. I think that everyone can admit that mistakes were made at the hands of corrupted knights. There were huge massacres of innocent Muslims over the few hundred years of the crusades. There is no excuse to be made for these dreadful incidents. The popes would pardon soldiers of their sins if they promised to fight in the crusade but it definitely does not mean that they condoned the murder of innocent women and children.
Men are corrupted when greed comes into play. Dreadful mistakes were made when men in power wallowed in greed and decided to play Satan’s game instead of the good Lord’s. Obviously it has been admitted that these massacres happened but we also must look at other reasons beside greed. As was stated in Mr. Crawford’s article the Muslems were attacking Christian provinces for more than four hundred years before the first crusade was started by Pope Urban. Is retaliation in the form of massacring innocence a good Christian reaction to the four hundred years of Muslem persecution? I would have to say no, but before we condemn those Christian knights to the eternal fire it is good for us to hear the whole story.
One of the my favorite parts about Mr. Crawford’s article is the following statement. “As difficult as it may be for modern people to believe, the evidence strongly suggests that most crusaders were motivated by a desire to please God, expiate their sins, and put their lives at the service of their “neighbors,” understood in the Christian sense.” Aside from the few instances of greed and depravity, the crusaders had high ideals and were obviously motivated in serving the heavenly Father, and their earthly father the vicar of Christ.
It is hard for me to have the same nonchalant attitude towards Mr. Clinton as Paul Crawford does in his article. Instead I will only give you a slight notion of my distaste for the Clinton regime. Mr. Crawford’s article is very informative and a quick read. I ask that you read it and maybe you will find it as good as I did.