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'our defense capabilities have been permitted to decline'. Though many parts of this letter have problems of clarity, this is the one that strikes me as particularly off mark. Where do get your insight sir? Our defense capabilities haven't declined one bit over the years and in fact we have systems that require fewer troops than ever to manage and maintain, and our capabilities are greater than ever. Perhaps if you researched instead of sticking with party line talking points, this and many other real truths would become more apparent.
Take your eyes off the kids for a few minutes and they're back at each other's throats over nothing, once again. When will you folks wake up and realize this bickering over nonsensical carp just makes you look terribly juvenile. Next thing you'll be wanting to meet at the park after school to duke it out and see who wins the great battle.
The more interesting take on whether or not someone is a Christian is that in my experience in life, the ones thumping their Bibles the most and the loudest have been the farthest thing from what most of would deem a Christian, in that they do so to make themselves look good to the rest of us, but in reality are truth challenged, intolerant of others they disagree with, quick to judge others, and use their interpretations of Bible passages to cement their belief in their actions.
Looking out for the welfare of others with no regard for any reward it will bring you seems like a Christian way to me.
I have often wondered just what it is the 'take out the dams' folks are really after. I it some utopian dream to return as much to the way things were a century or more past, or some other attempt at reversing our current state of living and using natural resources to the advantages we have.
While I am all for maintaining the beauty of nature and for keeping a tight reign on developments in the country-sides still left untouched by man, there is little to nothing gained by the removal of the Snake River dams, and would actually take away the many benefits enjoyed by those of us living in the area encompassed by said dams.
There was once a very good reason for Unions, but that has long passed. As anyone who watches the news, the unions going on strike anymore are those whose members make $30 an hour or more with benefits most people nowadays will ever see. I worked in construction for 7 years of my life with a non-union employer. I was able to do any of 4 different areas of work to get the job done, and if I had been with a union company I would have been limited to only one of the four positions.
Unions are great for getting people jobs, the more (workers) the merrier it seems. I also noticed the union run jobs take much longer from start to finish than a non-union job, and the quality of work is equal. Years ago there was a great need for unions, these days it seems more a great greed.
You have a friend in one of our city council members here in Spokane, Mike Fagan, a member of the local Health Board came up with that same convoluted reasoning; Blame it on the Illegals. Now those that refuse to vaccinate can all rest easier.
Honest and upfront is one thing, discrimination is another and the two seldom have much in common. Let's not kid ourselves one bit, this was nothing more than discrimination. I'm a business owner and know full well that I can't discriminate on who I provide services to for unjust reasons. While many will never accept and agree to those living a lifestyle so different that what they perceive as acceptable in the eyes of God, it's rather obvious they missed the point of God's teachings.
I don't pretend to be a practicing Christian, I went to a Catholic school for 7 years, but as I grew older found many things that made no sense to me as far as the Church was concerned. Some of those things have been front and center recently, people taking one or two sentences out of thousands in the Bible proclaiming they know what was intended from these writings. These same folks forget the Ten Commandments, and the true message in the Bible; treat everyone fairly, love your fellow man (though some make this very difficult), don't pass judgment on others, etc.
For those wanting to take passages from the Bible literally, take a closer look at the Commandments. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife/property. If I were to take this as literally as some do other sentences in the Bible, I can covet the wife/property of someone across town because they're not my neighbor. Better yet, women can covet all the husbands they wish.
Yeah, real idiotic, but it's exactly the interpreting many do in the name of Christ in their fight against just being a decent, loving, and accepting human as is the true intent of God, and the real message the Bible teaches.
The killing of civilians in a military attack.
Any damage incidental to an activity.
To be quite honest, I would like collateral damage to be nowhere at all. While I feel for those who have lost loved ones, if your an adult, and you choose to go to regions of conflict for whatever reason, you have to accept the dangers that come with those decisions. It's been made very clear that we, the USA, will not negotiate with terrorists, plain and simple. As much as I like helping people, and standing up for those that need support the most, I would never place myself in a position of danger w/o being fully prepared to accept any and all conditions that my actions were to bring on to me.
I've said since the 80's, the only way I would go to the Middle East (and now many other regions) is with a uniform on, a weapon in my hand, and many fellow uniformed 'friends' at my side.
The troops that should never been there in the first place? It's been circulated widely why we won't put ground troops into action over there, and tactically it's a no-brainer. I hate to even ask but what was your job when you served? I was Infantry for 20 years and we learned that having a viable engagement plan was key to success on the battlefield. That's kind of difficult to do with the way things are over there, and we don't believe in actions that cause considerable collateral damage. That's how ISIL, Al Qaeda and the like manage there fighting, they don't care who dies as long as it's not them, or darned few of them.
Some of you go on and on like war is such an easy event to manage. Much easier to carry on about the Pres. golfing (Bush and others have done their fair share at times some felt they should've been tending to business), but it's wrong only if the seated Pres. isn't from your team. Fatherof5, though from the other team, obviously comes from the same stripe, always quick to start the partisan rock throwing. When we van get past this ridiculous party line nonsense and work on things as one America, realizing it's okay to have different views, but that we are all on the same team, a lot of this childish bickering might just go away.
I will never affiliate with any party because none has all the answers, many from the various parties are a few bubbles off plumb, and I personally want the best for the Team; the I am an American Team. I sure won't waste a minute of sleep or one typed word caring for a sitting President's sports ventures. If they aren't doing their job according to the rules, they're dealt with. For the past 20-30 years it's become more of a point for the opposite party to find every little trivial thing they can about said President's every little move to be closely scrutinized and condemned. What a waste of anyone's time and energy. It's like complaining about the way your spouse breathes, or holds their coffee cup .
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