By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
Recently my arthritis has been taking a toll; knees and back telling me to slow down or simply halt. When working with the 11 year-old Scouts often times they hear me say, “Go on ahead, I’ll catch up later.”
“Old age ain’t for sissies,” at least that’s what Bettie Davis said. She was right, it’s tough getting old; all the same, think I’ll stick around as long as I can.
This past week at church there were several talks aimed at getting folks to attend the temple for their own ordinances as well as to perform vicarious work for those who’ve “gone on ahead.” If you think about it, these dearly departed really haven’t died, at least not in the eternal sense; they have achieved the next step in their eternal progression.
Those who’ve passed on without having certain sacred ordinances performed are halted in their progression until such time as the work is done for them. It is our responsibility to step up to the line, turn off the television or whatever is distracting us from a more important task and get that work at the temple done.
Shifting gears, this evening is the State of the Union Address; yet another pep rally for progressives, Barack Obama being the spokesman in chief. We’ll hear platitudes designed and matched with the applause cues. Somewhere there will be a promise for new jobs, green energy for the future with less dependence on evil oil, entitlements enough for all with no mention of how these are to be paid for other than by the undeserving wealthy who just happened to be born with a silver spoon in their mouths.
I read a short article by Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit where Sen. John Kerry’s been pushing for more ecologically based initiatives; initiatives which will further collapse our fragile economy through expensive mandates to industry and our energy production.
“President Obama is likely to announce “major initiatives” on energy and climate change in his State of the Union address, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Monday.”
“Kerry, the informal leader of the Senate effort to pass legislation to rein in global warming, encouraged the president to announce ambitious plans on energy and climate policy during Tuesday’s speech, and said he expected Obama to do so.”
The EPA continues to mandate expensive modifications to industry and power suppliers based on faulty and fraudulent data provided by the IPCC. The EPA is pushing forward with greater percentages of ethanol in gasoline despite the lack of support from the petroleum industry, auto manufacturers and even some environmental groups.
“The government hinted that the E-15 rule will be broadened. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said Wednesday’s action was “the first of a number of actions that are needed from federal, state and industry toward commercialization of E-15 gasoline blends.” She noted that “a decision on the use of E-15 in model year 2001 to 2006 vehicles will be made after EPA receives the results of additional DOE testing, which is expected to be completed in November.”
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a concerted effort to destroy the free market, industry and individual liberty in favor of the great collective. Socialism has proven a failure everywhere it’s been tried while capitalism has been the driving force behind America’s success. The progressives won’t be happy until we leave our cars on the side of the road and start walking, live in caves without heat or light and die early in order to make up for the sins of mankind against mother earth.
I think I’ll skip tonight’s performance. Mr. President, “You go on ahead; I’ll catch up later.”
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”