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When the good men that founded this country created political representatives they had no labels of Republican, Conservatives, Liberals, or Democrats.  We had good men standing for the things they believed and left the rest to the voters.  If you weren’t elected that didn’t mean that your party lost, it meant that the people of the U.S. had elected another man based on his morals, values, and goals. 

We live in times where people feel that it is “my gang against theirs” and this is a plague.  This plague will cause men and women to take a stance on a topic because their party does even though they personally don’t agree.  This is everything that is wrong with party lines. 

Draw your own line in the sand.  Chose your representatives not by the red or blue color of their suits, but by the choices they make and the ideals they stand for.  Visit with your representatives.  View their websites and read their stances.  Encourage them to have an identity of their own whether it makes or breaks their career. 

I’m sick of generic officials leading us in wrong directions because of obligations they feel toward lobbyists or groups.  Barack Obama wrote about an experience where he went against a labor union that had supported him because he was a democrat.  His choice caused an outrage, but he made the decision based on his beliefs and morals.  This is the type of leader we need in America.  Someone who is real.  If you want a real leader, read their ideas and encourage them to be themselves. 

Draw your own party line in the sand and stand by it.  This country needs no puppeteers or blind sheep. 

I apoligize for what I’m about to say.  My plans for a romantic Valentine’s dinner with my wife were litterally shot last night.  I proposed to my wife three years ago at The Old Spaghetti Factory at Trolley Square in downtown Salt Lake City.  We were planning on taking a trip down memory lane on our Valentine’s Day “anniversary”.  That plan is now changing. 

Last night Sulejmen Talovic, an 18 year old kid, packed a pump shotgun into Trolley Square and started shooting people.  Got out of his car and shot two people in the parking lot.  Then walked through the doors and shot and killed a sweet 16 year old girl who was a student at Brighton High School.  Over the next several minutes this dusche bag walked into a gift shop and shot all five people inside. 

Senseless.   

     Immanuel Kant, German philosopher, built his philosophies on three basic ideas.  Everyman has the right to defend him self.  Everything you do should be done with good intentions for the purpose of doing good (no alterior motives), and finally he said that lies were inexusable on every level.

     Arguements against Kant brought on mainly by those who have read Mill, say that the end result justifies the actions that you took to get there. 

     Lies are lies.  In this life we are blessed with a lot of character traits, being able to predict the future is not one of them.  If you lie to people you should be punished accordingly.   If you lie to your mother about smoking pot you should lose personal privelages and possibly face some legal punishment.  If you lie to a country that you represent about reasons for going to war, despite the justifications for doing it, you should be punished.  No more excuses.

     Everyone has heard one or two funny quibs about excuses, “Excuses are like asses, everyone has one and they all stink,…..”.  Stop making excuses.  As the prophetic Yoda says “Do or do not, there is no try.”  Get it done.  If you are going to do something in this life, be honest and complete the task.  There is no room for excuses’ in this country.  We don’t have an image as a healthy country.  We no longer have an image as a just and moral country.  We no longer have the image of a powerful country.

     Stop making excuses and get things done.  I was raised on the theory that you did the things that needed to be done.  Failure was never an option.  This country was built by like minded people.  What would they say now?  Would your God bless the America we live in today?  With animal cruelty, obscene obesity and gluttny, murder, drugs and intoxication and immorality.  The answer is no.  Our God would not bless the America we live in today.  Stop making excuses and make a change.