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OBAMA AND CONGRESSIONAL PRIORITIES???????????????????

QUESTION: Do you receive solicitation for charitable donations? Most Americans probably receive hundreds of mail and telephone request to help people who are in need. Since our current President assumed power the volume of these request has at least tripled for us. Having been born in 1930, I grew up during times when charities and churches were the only life line for more people than those who suffer today. Back then Americans took care of each other. Neighbors took care of neighbors.

Now neighbors don’t even know each other. One-half of all Americans now despise each other because that is the political objective of our President and Congress. The politicians can only survive by turning Americans against each other with every issue they can create or that happens by fate.

The bitterness of our current Democratic leaders like President Obama, Senator Reid, Congress member Pelosi to divide the people is sad and pitiful. The hate they espouse is unprecedented and the lack of decorum in Congress is not leadership. America is now a leaderless country. Every decision is political instead of sensible. This dissention of leadership has destroyed common sense in every aspect of our government, including the Supreme Court. The Republican leadership is so divided it has a hard time finding common positions to provide solutions for anything.

Let me walk you through some facts that should bother every American regarding our Governments priorities. I was honorably discharged after nearly five years in the US Navy when I was 22. The only veteran’s benefit I ever needed was a low interest GI loan for my first home. I was raised to take care of my family by working and I was blessed to be able to do this.

What prompted me to write this was inspired by opening one of the frequent request from “Wounded Warriors” who I have supported ever since Trace Adkins commercials first appeared on TV. This motivated me to do some research as it seems like we have far too many different organizations just to support the brave military veterans who put their life on the line to protect our freedoms. WOW, was I overwhelmed when I just examined two websites. Take a look at the following that I feel certain is not a complete list.

Charity and Aid Organizations that assist both active military personnel and veterans;Adopt a Platoon Soldier Support Effort, Admiral Nimitz Foundation, Air Warrior Courage Foundation, Air Force Aid Society, Alaska Veterans Outreach Boxes For Herpes, American Red Cross, American Gulf War Veterans Association, AMVETS National Service Foundation, Armed Forces Relief Trust, Armed Services YMCA of the USA, Army Emergency Fund, ASMBA STAR Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, Reconnect America, Aerospace Education Foundation, Air Force Enlisted Widows, Armed Forces Foundation, Astronauts Memorial Foundation, Billy Blanks Foundation, Blinded American Veterans Foundation, Blinded Veterans Association, Blue Star Moms, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Coalition to Salute American Hero’s, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services Elite, Daughters of American Revolution, Disabled American Veterans, Enduring Freedom K.I.A. Fund, Fallen Patriot Fund, First Command Educational Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, Folds of Honor, The Freedom Alliance, Freedom Is Not Free, Global War on Terrorism Veterans in Need, Help Hospitalized Veterans, Homes for Our Troops, Hope For The Warriors, IMA Hero(TM) Collection, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Iraq& Afghanistan Veterans of America, Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, Marines Helping Marines, Men of Easy Company Association, Mercy Medical Airlift, Military Chaplains Association of the USA, Military Community Youth Ministries, Mission Continues, National Defense University Foundation, National Military Family Organization, National Veterans Foundation, National Veterans Services Fund, Inc., Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, Navy Seal Fund, New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Officers’ Christian Fellowship , Operation First Response, Operation Gratitude, Operation Homefront, Operation Interdependence, Operation Support Our Troops, Operation Love Reunited, Our Forgotten Warriors, Our Military Kids, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Pat Tillman Foundation, Phoenix House, Inc., Points of Light – Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary, Project Keeping Cadence Purple Heart Cars.org, Raising Consciousness America, Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Service Systems, See Your Troops Foundation, Skip Cares – Military Care Packages, Soldiers Angles, Snowball Express, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Spirit of America, Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), Survivors of Servicemen (SOS) Fund, The Hugs Project, The Shade Tree, TIRR Foundation, Toys for Tots Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), USA Cares, USO, United Through Reading , Veterans Families United, Veterans Helping Veterans & Others, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veterans Support Organization, Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund, The Walter Reed Society, Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Women’s Resource Center of Manatee, Wounded Warriors Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project.

I read all of the stories of how our veterans are served by our government. The backlog of request for help from the Veterans Admiration is unacceptable. Congress talks about this and does nothing to help these people. I now understand why we have all of these charities, funds and foundations to help the “Hero’s”.

WHY?

Because Congress and our President could care less that these brave Americans volunteered to serve to protect us and they should be given every priority possible. They are not an important voting bloc to help them get re-elected.

A crack-head welfare recipient can destroy themselves physically and be approved for Social Security Disability faster than a critically wounded soldier can wade through the VA red tape for a disability rating.

WHY?

Because we keep voting for the Progressive Liberals that divide Americans and turn us against each other on purpose. It is time to clean out Washington and agree to elect a leader to “UNITE” us again. How do you feel? C Brewer

Breakfast at McDonald’s

My great friend Jerry Sanderson sent me this message today, Thanksgiving, and what a story to make you appreciate those who are so generous. I have dedicated what is left of my life to making people smile and now I really know why. I am blessed with good health, a wonderful family with several here today. I hope you will share this message and pray that all Americans can learn to smile and make this country the wonderful place it was when I arrived 83 years ago. We had fewer “things” but we were united together and loved our country.   C Brewer

THE TRUE STORY

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree.

The last class I had to take was Sociology.

The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.

Her last project of the term was called, ‘Smile.’

The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.

I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake,

Literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning.

It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.

We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then

Even my husband did.

I did not move an inch… An overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.

As I turned around I smelled a horrible ‘dirty body’ smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.

As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was ‘smiling’

His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched f or acceptance….

He said, ‘Good day’ as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.

The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.

He said, ‘Coffee is all Miss’ because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it – the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes…

That is when I noticed all eyes in the

Restaurant were set on me, judging

My every action.

I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.

I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman’s cold hand.

He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, ‘Thank you.’

I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, ‘I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.’

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son…. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, ‘That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope.’

We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not church goers, but we are believers.

That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.

I turned in ‘my project’ and the instructor read it.

Then she looked up at me and said, ‘Can I share this?’

I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.

She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed.

In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my son, the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.

I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.

Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to

LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS –

NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.

There is an Angel sent to watch over you.

In order for her to work, you must pass this on to the people you want watched over.

An Angel wrote:

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart

To handle yourself, use your head.

To handle others, use your heart.

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

ANON

HOW WE USED TO TREAT OTHERS!

 

 

The following types of stories were commonplace. It is sad to see those days are forgotten and that will never return. Today all most people want is for the government to provide everything, and free.  Thanks Peter for sharing these. CB

First “The Cleaning lady”
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:

“What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely, “said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

Second “Pickup in the Rain”

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached.

It read: “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s’ bedside just before he passed away… God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”

Sincerely,
Mrs. Nat King Cole.

Third “Always remember those who serve”.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

 

“How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked.

“Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. “Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. “Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

Fourth “The obstacle in Our Path”.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the King’s’ wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

Fifth “Giving When it Counts”

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Sadly theses days are just memories.  CB

OIL PRICES-UNNECESSARY PAIN FOR MOST!

 

Everywhere I have been this week from the barbershop, Honda service center, charity bingo, the golf course and grocery store all are concerned about the price of gasoline. In addition to that, I have many friends who know I spent several years in the petroleum industry that have sent me “E” messages of concern.

Monday morning I had a service appointment at the Honda dealer in Lufkin Texas, some 62 miles away, at 8am. This required me to roll out of bed at 6am to make this drive. This was the only available appointment they had when I called on the previous Friday. My first Honda Pilot was one of the first cars I ever purchased that never had to be returned to a dealer for repair or warranty work before it had 3,000 miles of driving. My second Pilot I was taking in for routine service had 59,016 miles when I arrived and this one has never had to be taken in for “Customer Service” as American car manufacturers call fixing things that escaped the factory un-detected.

I average 24 miles to the gallon which means my trip Monday took about 5 gallons of gas. This relates to about $18 which is double what it costs when Obama took office. Most tell me that is the price I have to pay to enjoy living in a Texas county that has one of the lowest tax rates in the State. I accept the fact that I choose to escape the DFW area over 20 years ago for a peaceful retirement setting. Believe me it is heaven compared even to Lufkin. Thankfully the reduced taxes I pay more than offset the increased prices of gasoline I pay.

While I waited for 90 minutes to get the normal service professionally accomplished, I was joined by a young man and a young lady who were also having their cars serviced and the conversation about the price of gas flashed on the TV screen. This created an instant conversation of how the increase was hurting these two young people. The young man was new to the workforce and was enjoying entry level pay. Most people in this part of Texas have to drive some distance to work and the 100% increase in gas was quite severe on this young man.

The young lady told me she was raised in Lufkin Texas and was happy to be able to live outside the large urban areas like Houston. Her dilemma was that her work required travel of some 68 miles every day and the price of gas was causing her to by-pass service for her car and praying it would survive until the costs of living was reduced to previous levels. She could not afford to move closer and when the service manager showed her the air filter that was far beyond serviceable and healthy, she told him she could not afford a new filter. This was the filter for fresh air for the interior passengers to breathe.

The irony of this message is, I was 23 years old, had served four years in the Navy, was married with two children before I ever owned my first car. Gasoline costs about $0.19 cents a gallon and if I could have made a trip around the world for $25, I could not have made it 10 miles.

Two messages are imbedded in this posting. Everyone in this scenario worked for a living, none ever received welfare and none ever drew unemployment which is becoming rare in America today. Charities helped people when I started out in life and many of the young gratefully gave their life to protect our freedoms.

Both of these young people could have probably applied for some form of welfare but they had not. Sure we have people who need assistance, but we have far more that exploit the system to drag down the economy and have never worked a day in their lives. These are the people that elected our current President and the Congresspersons that promote this welfare society to assure re-election.

We have enough oil to eliminate unemployment entirely, pay off the National Debt and increase the living standards for all Americans to enjoy. But we don’t as our political leaders had rather improve the living standards of the people in South America and the middle-east so they can destroy our freedoms with our money.

There is no oil shortage in America, what we have is a shortage of “Common Sense” and too many power hungry people in Washington D.C. who live off of the poor people they say they protect.

C Brewer

DEMOCRACY VERSUS A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC-HOW MANY KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?

Ignorance of history and  80 years of watching “Progressives” change America, I always thought I lived in a democracy. My life has provided me opportunity to visit 32 countries and 49 states. This included countries controlled by Kings, Dictators, Socialist, Communist and some I never really knew the controlling interest. I have witnessed a variety of US Presidents, including our current President, lead us to control the destiny of other nations via war, bribery, extortion, insurrection and other ways to encourage democracy. Another puzzeling fact is that we never recommend that anyone create a Constitutional Republic. This is what made America the envy of the world even though most Americans are unaware of the difference. 

Over the past year I have finally discovered that there are major differences between a “Democracy” and a “Constitutional Republic”. I encourage every freedom loving American to take the time to understand the differences. America’s founders certainly understood the differences when they developed our Constitution and original Bill of Rights. Over the next two hundred years “Progressives” have chiseled away our freedoms by slowly amending and challenging our Republic. We are closer to changing our Constitutional Republic into a Socialist Democracy than the average American can believe.

I have witnessed the creation of a welfare dependent populace that has multiplied dramatically since my boyhood in the 1930s. Instead of working we now have a massive group of underprivileged that are paid “NOT” to work. In the 1930’s they at least did something to earn basic shelter and food. Charity and the churches took care of the ones incapable of working. Paying these people to not work created a need for someone else to do what is called menial jobs. Now we have and are witnessing the creation of another mass of aliens who totally depend on our progressive government to make sure they have work. These progressive changes have resulted in the primary reason we have watched the best healthcare program in the world be destroyed with biased unfunded demands. The same is true for the wealth sharing food assistance programs.  I do not need to discuss the explosion of the size of our government workforce, even the biased main stream media expose the waste of big government, occasionally.

How many of you are familiar with the trends that you are watching as all three branches of our government have become totally politicized? Look at the 5-4 Supreme Court decisions that occur on nearly every decision that is rendered. If you do not see the political bias when we have that difference on how to read the Constitution, you are part of the transition to a Socialist Democracy. Do you realize that when the Progressives achieve having more than 50% of the voters working for or being subservient to the government to provide for them with “ACLU Rights”, we will have a one party government and the death of our Republic? This is a result of both republican and democratic progressive Presidents.

The article that I have included as a link will hopefully wake up enough people to get involved. My reason for writing this article is to hopefully protect my heirs rights to freedom long after I depart. Sadly I have some of these Progressives in my family. Trying to awaken them is as futile as watching our “conservative leadership” in Washington trying to wield power and then self-destruct every time they have the opportunity to slow down the progressive train wreck of the Republic.

Please read the following article and I would appreciate your comments to this posting.  C Brewer 

http://biggovernment.com/fsalvato/2011/05/28/the-mistake-of-global-democratization/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BigGovernment+%28Big+Government%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo

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