ARE YOU A REDNECK? I KNOW THAT I AM
Today is the dawn of a change in the House of Representatives as well as many newly elected positions by members of the Republican Party and the retention of those Democrats who have worked for you and also who have had support of the Tea Party. Although it is voice of the people dictating change, it also means a lot of hard work and effort on the part of those who have been elected to implement the changes required.
These newly elected must assist the present economy, by facilitating business and bringing forth new jobs. In my opinion the only way to fix the economy is to stop large government spending for those agendas which are not feasible. We need to fix the ridiculous health care bill which does not follow insurance principles or simple economics.
The government officials should also be subject to the same health care as the private sector so they may understand better the trials and tribulations as well the individual costs paid by the private sector.
We need to lower taxes until our economy is able to recover.
There should also be more regulations placed on free trade. Tax benefits should be provided only to those businesses which hire employees, manufacture products and provide services in the United States. There should be a cap on legal suits as well as the percentages which may be charged by attorneys. All dealings should be fair and equitable.
There should be drug testing as a pre-requisite to receiving welfare or unemployment benefits. Retraining programs and education in other fields should be available at a lower cost for those who wish to work or make a better life for themselves.
There are complaints by those in the government about the cost of Medicare and Social Security, even though the monies paid by the baby boomers was used years ago to balance the budget where it was required for other agendas. Yet our country does not assist its own people to a greater extent. We have provided aid to Chili, Haiti and Turkey but we have homeless without shelters, elderly going without medications or even food. We adopt children from other countries where many adoptable children in the United States are shoved aside.
Right now China owns a good deal of the United States because of our indebtedness. And we cannot protect our borders but send our military to foreign lands without providing the honor which should be bestowed them. Even our President did not see fit to conduct the Memorial Day Service at Arlington. We are a giving country and because of our freedoms (which are being taken away daily), our Country's been expected to assist others. Yet, the government needs to operate like the private industry which contributes to charities only if they are willing and able to do so and not at the point of bankrupting our country. When a government does not facilitate protection to its own people, then how may we be proud of our elected officials’ actions?
Most of all, it bothers me to know that today prayer is not allowed for members of our military nor are we able to express our religious values in public by reason of Government restrictions. The ACLU has filed a suit to end prayer from the military completely. They're making great progress. The Navy Chaplains can no longer mention Jesus' name in prayer thanks to the ACLU and others. Yet even though our President did not honor a Christian Prayer Day, Muslims are allowed to pray five times a day in public and in the workplace. Yet other faiths are not allowed the same concessions. It appears the current administration has attacked our Judeo-Christian Principles in favor of only one religion. And that is discrimination.
In the United States we have accepted various cultures and welcome legal immigrants. Yet our current administration has provoked discrimination between whites and blacks where there was no previous discrimination.
Even the Civil war was not a war specifically relating to slavery but was the result of a dispute relating the taxation of cotton exports and some of the states wishing to cede from the Union as a result. Many of these so called slaves would be considered employees of plantation owners. Even in the Midwest, we hired people on our farms and provided them room and board. Many Southern states rejected keeping the states united if it meant the Federal Government would place mandates on specific industries. The peace treaty known as the Pickwick papers was rejected. It was felt that the states had the right to handle their own governmental affairs as long as those affairs were in conjunction with the constitution. Thus the Civil War began. Is it not starting again? This time, it is not only the South which is rejecting the existing restrictions against our freedoms imposed by the Government.
What works in one part of the country does not always work for the entire nation. Yet with large government today, we are told that we must adhere to the Federal Government’s mandates, even though individual States have their own regulations which are working for its people. I was initially told that the Federal Government would intervene only if the States did not have the appropriate laws in place. Unfortunately, that is not what transpires today. God help us if the president elects to use his veto power against those things which may assist our country.
Even though I have strived for continual education in my profession, my beginnings were of simple means. I never looked down upon another person and have worked in more than one blue collar jobs myself. I know what one must do to survive. My diversities and my willingness to achieve has always been a factor to fit among many cultures and people. Yet, I have always considered myself a Red Neck and I am proud of it.
When someone quizzically inquires as to how I would consider myself a Red Neck, I look back at the values which were instilled in me from the time in which I was born. And just recently, I received an e-mail, whose author was not relayed, but which describes my very being as a Red Neck. That e-mail follows.
“We have enjoyed the Redneck jokes for years. It's time to
take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that
values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand
before a dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I'd
choose a half dozen or so rednecks to back me up.
Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit -- that's what Rednecks are
made of. If you feel the same, pass this on to your Redneck friends.
Y'all know who ya are!
You might be a Redneck if: It never occurred to you to
be offended by the phrase, 'One nation, under God.'
You might be a Redneck if: You've never protested about seeing
the 10 Commandments posted in public places.
You might be a Redneck if: You still say 'Christmas'
instead of 'Winter Festival.'
You might be a Redneck if: You bow your head when
You might be a Redneck if: You stand and place your
hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem
You might be a Redneck if: You treat our armed forces
veterans with great respect, and always have.
You might be a Redneck if: You've never burned an
American flag, nor intend to.
You might be a Redneck if: You know what you believe
and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.
You might be a Redneck if: You respect your elders and
raised your kids to do the same.
You might be a Redneck if: You'd give your last dollar to
If you got this email from me, it is because I believe that
you have just enough Red Neck in you to have the
same beliefs as those talked about in this email.
God Bless the USA! “