What I believe: self reliance is one of the greatest indicators of a person’s moral character //

I found this blog post because the brilliant writer Zoey linked to one of my posts. . . and now I want to link to hers. I think that many American’s are missing how important it is to be self-reliant, and how important this principle is to their happiness and wellbeing, in this life and in the next. It’s not about money, or making a lot of it, it’s about hard work and being industrious, being able to provide for and take care of yourself and your family, using your talents, helping to bless the lives of others, and having the freedom to exercise your agency. Thanks for this amazing post Zoey!

Hey, I’m Zoey and I blog over at Stand, where I join the ranks of the Digital Army as a marriage and family activist. Em’s “Something” is one of my daily favorites so I’m more than excited that she’s asked me to do a guest (re)post for her “I believe” series.

(Photo courtesy of a-penny-saved).
I’ve been thinking long and hard about the state of our nation and the notion that we can just spend ourselves to oblivion. It’s as if a wife said to her husband: “Don’t worry about our dire financial state! We’ll just spend our way out!” How does that make any sense, whatsoever? If there isn’t money to pay the bills you cut the fat and only spend on necessities. Obama and his cronies obviously have no interest in setting that standard. What, with the $252 billion for income-transfer payments, $600 mil for new fed cars, $1 bil for Amtrak (hasn’t turned a profit in 40 years), $400 mil for global warming research, $650 mil for TV conversions, $2 bil for child-care subsidies, and I could go on.

I adore my brilliant friend Journalista:

“I think we need to hold our government officials to the same financial standard that all responsible American citizens hold themselves to. Live within your means. Don’t spend money you don’t have, and prioritize how to best spend the money you do have, even if it’s just a little. That, my friends, is how to build a wealthy nation. All of the free social programs and hand outs in the world will not solve the problems in America if we don’t expect our citizens to buck up and quit relying on the government to take care of them”.

My dad has worked two full-time jobs since before I was born. He and my mother are the most honest, hard working people I know. I’m telling you- they are as honest as honest can be. My dad would have gotten a job at a mini-mart or McDonald’s to pay back any sort of debt if that’s what it took. If us kids didn’t have milk to drink or clothes to wear he would work the sweat of his brow (literally) to meet our needs. I can’t express my gratitude for what they taught me. I wish more Americans were taught the eternal principles of self-reliance and living within your means because I’ll tell you- we wouldn’t be in this sad state right now.

I am grateful to belong to a church that has long taught its members these principles. Here are my favorite quotes on the matter, given by some general authorities:

President Joseph F. Smith: “You must continue to bear in mind that the temporal and spiritual are blended. They are not separate. One cannot be carried on without the other, so long as we are here in mortality. … The Latter-day Saints believe not only in the gospel of spiritual salvation, but also in the gospel of temporal salvation… We do not feel that it is possible for men to be really good and faithful Christian people unless they can also be good, faithful, honest and industrious people. Therefore, we preach the gospel of industry, the gospel of economy, the gospel of sobriety.” (Gospel Doctrine, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1939, p. 208; emphasis added.)

Marion G. Romney: “The most fundamental principles of temporal salvation include two concepts: providing for oneself—self reliance—and providing for one’s family—family reliance. The first principle, that of self-reliance, grows out of a fundamental doctrine of the Church—that of agency. The doctrine of agency is based on the truth that the basic essence of man is comprised of spirit matter, or intelligence, which by its very nature is independent ‘in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself. … Behold, here is the agencyof man.’ (See D&C 93:26–38; emphasis added.) As a result of this eternal condition, Elohim, in creating man and placing him on this earth, gave him his agency to act for himself. While this agency applies to all facets of life, with respect for temporal affairs the Lord makes this specific elaboration:

‘For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures.’

For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves.’ (D&C 104:13, 17; emphasis added.)

Thus, we understand that all is in place so that man can, if he so chooses, work out his salvation—both temporal and spiritual—and can achieve the benefits promised in this, his second estate. The self-reliance we speak of in the Church, then, grows out of eternal truths connected with the doctrines of intelligence and agency. Consequently, self-reliance, as taught by the prophets, becomes a fundamental truth in the gospel plan.”

Spencer W. Kimball: “The responsibility for each person’s social, emotional, spiritual, physical, or economic well-being rests first upon himself, second upon his family, and third upon the Church if he is a faithful member thereof. No true Latter-day Saint, while physically or emotionally able will voluntarily shift the burden of his own or his family’s well-being to someone else. So long as he can, under the inspiration of the Lord and with his own labors, he will supply himself and his family with the spiritual and temporal necessities of life”.

The freedom and joy that come from using our God given agency to care for our own personal necessities is nearly indescribable. We are not bound to another; we are honest in our dealings with our fellow men; we have security. Most importantly though, our spiritual salvation is dependent upon our temporal actions and through the Savior we can be free.

Thanks for reading! ~journalista

BigGovernment.com Gives Thanks For The Internet//

Big Government.com gives thanks for the internet and the rest of us should too!

Big Government.com posted a really great story the other day about the internet, and how it empowers the dissemination of the truth, real information, and more importantly, information that the lame-street media doesn’t want us to know. The internet is amazing because anyone can post whatever they want, a researcher, or reporter or anyone who would like to share their political savy with the world, can  post whatever they want. And they don’t have to answer to some editor being controlled by bureaucratic cronies or advertisers. They can just post whatever they want and it’s there, on the internet for all to see.

Big Government talked about being particularly grateful for the internet:

Thanks to the Internet, and the Army of Davids it has empowered, the mainstream media no longer possess a strangle hold on information. They no longer get to decide what we know about the people and organizations that effect our daily lives.

In direct terms, this means that when SEIU thugs beat up a black conservative at a health care town hall meeting, the whole world gets to see it via the internet.

And when those thugs are outed as Health Care for America (HCAN) coordinated responders to criticism of Obamacare, the whole world can take it upon themselves to learn about HCAN, using Google and other fabulous tools of the internet.

And when the world learns that HCAN is primarily a function of a group called USAction, they can investigate who USAction is using the same fabulous tools of the Internet.

And when the world learns that USAction was founded by DSA-Marxist 60’s radicals named Heather and Paul Booth, they can take it upon themselves to learn more about USAction, like that their president and spiritual leader, William McNary, is a BIG TIME communist sympathizer. And that valuable information can be spread far and wide for all to see, complete with video documentation of the facts, all without the lamestream media being able to sweep it under the rug on behalf of their favored candidates.

Click here to read the rest of bigovernment.com’s post. They have some videos there too.

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Habla Espanol? No problemo, Obama has created a website just for you…

Stolen from my cousin’s facebook post, check this out:

Quiero compartir esto con todos mis amigos ilegales. If you don’t quite understand, than maybe you shouldn’t check out Obama’s new service website. It’s quite confusing in oh so many ways.

http://www.servir.gov/

Announcing Servir.gov

We are excited to announce the launch of Servir.gov – the Spanish-language companion to Serve.gov. As the nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, this new website will make it easier for Spanish-speakers to find or organize volunteer projects in their communities.

Just what we need, a Spanish version of ACORN, and Obama telling them how to volunteer aka organize! I have to say that it’s amazing that I came out of the Liberal California State University system with a degree in Political Science, unscathed! But in all of my polic sci classes I never once had a lecture on community organizing. In fact, I had never even heard of it until Obama came on the scene. Now we have ACORN. My eyes are wide open! Thanks Glenn!
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You’ve got that right! A dot gov website all in Spanish! Are they serious with this? I can not believe that the President is confused about exactly what language we speak in this country…. I’m sure he’s not confused, but he definitely likes to cater to illegal immigrants, give them our money and free health care, while the hardworking and responsible Americans foot the bill for all of it.

I have to admit, I don’t mind them being here. I just think that if they work, they should pay taxes like everyone else. And if they aren’t legal, the government shouldn’t be footing their bill. Living in S. California it’s nice to have someone to clean my house and keep up the yard and help me flip my houses for a really cheap price, and most illegal immigrants that I have  met are really sweet, but I also don’t think that my tax dollars need to go to individuals who broke the law and came to this country illegally. If they’re here illegally, and don’t pay taxes, then they should not benefit from those of us who do put money into the system…I mean, that have our money stolen from us by the government and put into the system.

I believe, as I do about all political things, that the government needs to stick to the writings of the Constitution and that government should be limited. Our governments, state and federal need to stay out of the babysitting-illegal-immigrants business. If health care is going to be provided to non-tax paying individuals, then we need to let capitalism take over. Free health care and other social programs need to come from private charity organizations. They can open and run and fund free clinics and if you don’t free_sign_medhave insurance, and if you’re here illegally, and you get sick, you can seek medical care from a private run and funded facility. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be charitable, I’m just saying that the organizations that my money goes to should be MY choice, NOT Obama’s.Those who believe in giving illegal immigrants heath care and other services, should be able to donate their money to those causes. Everyone should not have money stolen for the causes that line the pockets of the politicians friends and eventually their own pockets as well.

What’s wrong with that? Here is my theory, and that of my family: {Click here to continue reading…}

ACORN Tapes: Prostitution Scandal in New York, NY

By now, hopefully you’ve all heard the latest about ACORN’s promotion of prostitution and sexual slavery of underage illegal immigrants. They’re trying to pretend they were set up, and that the tapes were fabricated, but it’s not working….obviously. If you haven’t heard about this scandal and the brave couple who went undercover to expose Acorn for what they really are, check out these videos from biggovernment.com,  and watch Glenn Beck tonight for the latest on the NY tapes.





The Gateway Pundit reports: CLEAN Conservatives vs FILTHY Liberals– A Photographic Essay

Click here to see all of their photos and their post. I’ve re-posted a couple here. I think they speak for themselves.

After the 2 million strong conservative freedom rally on 9/12:

source: gatewaypundit.blogspot.com

source: gatewaypundit.blogspot.com

And, here is the filth left for someone else to clean up after the Inauguration of Barack Obama:

source: gatewaypundit.blogspot.com

source: gatewaypundit.blogspot.com

Not surprised . . . are we? We sure wouldn’t see this stuff in the newspaper and television media.

The 9/12 Project Rally Report….

A sign from a supporter at the Quincy, IL Rally yesterday. I love it!

A sign from a supporter at the Quincy, IL Rally yesterday. I love it!

I was feeling icky yesterday, so my Dad and my hubby went to The 9/12 Project Rally in Quincy, IL with out me. Here is some info from my Dad about the rally:

We went to the protest rally Saturday in Quincy, Illinois.  It was at the park where the Lincoln/Douglas debates took place.  It was really great with a ton of people there, I’d say about 3 to 5,000.  They had a lot of main stream people there speaking.  One of the best was Andrew Breitbart who is the publisher of Breitbart.com.  He is the one that broke the pimp/prostitute story on Acorn which it helping to bring them down. {Also check out biggoverment.com}  Acron has been fired from the census taking job.  He is also the one that broke a lot of info about the then now resigned green jobs czar Van Jones.

We are making headway.  Our politicians are getting nervous and are starting to run scared and make more mistakes.  Their arrogance continues to astound me but it will be their downfall.   Not too much longer and they will try something desperate like staging an incident that they try to blame on the tea party movement that will  give them an excuse to come down on us.  As we walked up to the rally we heard two guys talking about that subject.  That it would probably eventually come down to bullets but that they would do the first shooting but try to blame it on us.   This is probably the reason that the administration is cutting back on defense, stifling the CIA, limiting interrogation of prisoners, and in general not concentrating on our security.  They hope that something will happen, some new terrorist attack that will give them excuse to increase surveillance on the citizens and limit our freedoms even more, take control of the internet, crack down on talk radio, etc.  The politicians are not stupid.  They are not letting our defenses down for no reason.   They know that letting down our guard will ultimately bring more attacks.  Their ulterior motives are easy to see.  When intelligent people do things that don’t make sense.  It is not that they are stupid.  It is that their motives are concealed.
Keep watching Glenn Beck and you will know what the important issues are and will avoid being side tracked by the politicians who continue to put up diversions.
Here are some pics from the Quincy, Rally. I love the signs that people brought! If any of you went to other rallies, post up your accounts in the comments section. We’d love to hear what you thought.
Andrew Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart

ACORN Alert Corrupt Organization Remove them Now!

ACORN Alert Corrupt Organization Remove them Now!

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