Are You a Radical? or Maybe Just an Extremist.

picture51Apparently I am by the Janet Napolitano’s definition.  She serves as of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Defense.  A recent report by Homeland Security, “characterizes military veterans as right-wing extremists.”  Coming under fire from veteran groups, Napolitano said, “Let me be very clear—we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence.” The assessment also said that returning military veterans who have difficulties assimilating back into their home communities could be susceptible to extremist recruiters or might engage in lone acts of violence. Read the story here.

Earlier today, she apologized for the remarks saying, “It was an assessment, not an accusation.”

I have to ask myself the question, is this really the way our new administration sees our veterans? This comes the day after approximately 800 Tea Parties were held all across America to protest the Administration’s spending spree.  In a speech yesterday, President Obama said, “But it is an important opportunity for those of us in Washington to consider our responsibilities to the people who sent us here and who pay the bills. Across America, families like the people who join me, have the tough choices forced upon them because of this economic downturn. These Americans are the backbone of our middle class. They need a government that is working to create jobs and opportunity for them, rather than simply giving more and more to those at the very top in the false hope that wealth automatically trickles down.”

That’s the biggest pile of hooey I’ve heard in a while. We need need to make tough choices, but the government can spend willy-nilly with little hope of paying off the debt the Obama administration is incurring for America and her future generations. The example Obama is giving Americans is that it’s okay to pay for things with money you don’t have. Obama isn’t making tough choices. In fact there seems to be absolutely no discretion at all. Concerned citizens (emphasis on citizens) came out in force yesterday to protest. The drive-by liberal media took the opportunity to bash the “right wing” conspirators. Watch this video to see how CNN reported it. Here’s the real deal. If the government increases spending, then it won’t be long before they’ll say, “Oh my goodness, look at the debt, we must raise taxes.” When taxes are raised, government gets bigger – when government gets bigger it gets more power.  Isn’t that called socialism?

When I was active duty in the Navy, we rotated between sea duty and shore duty. That’s the plan anyway. At any rate, when I rotated to shore duty, the Navy had this crazy policy to take away my sea pay. The longer cummulative sea time you had, the more your sea pay was. For me it was in the $500 a month range. When I went to shore duty, POOF, the sea pay was gone. My wife and I exercised what is called fiscal responsibility. We no longer spent money at the same rate. We reduced our spending to compensate for the reduction in income. That is almost an unheard of concept. It’s only 500 bucks, big deal. Afer I retired, my pay dropped about 60%. But we didn’t go into debt. Why? We reduced our spending. President Obama, are you listening? We are not radicals or extremists – we care about how the government spends our money. Our government is teaching us that debt is the only way to stimulate our economy.

Can you be an authentic Christian and be ticked off that your government labels you as a radical? Being treated as a radical shouldn’t surprise you. Jesus was treated that way, so were His disciples. Don’t lose hope. Do what you can, get involved – but not necessarily in tea parties. During his campaign, President Obama was often heard saying, “Just words, just words.” That’s what we need to do. Use words that offer hope and encouragement and truth and righteousness. Fundamentally, we need to use the words found in Scripture to offer people real hope – not hope in a government or a president, but hope in the One. Then we need to live out what we say.


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