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In What Do You Believe? (2)

Everyone has some type of belief system which signals what is good and right, and what is bad and wrong

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Jim Cathcart is an authority on the topic of personal and executive development. He is a sought-after professional speaker, and the author of 19 books on career achievement, sales, and business strategy. Here is Part 2 of his article on the power of our beliefs and belief systems:

No one exists without a religion, as observed by that wise sage, Dennis Prager. Everyone has some type of belief system which signals what is good and right, and what is bad and wrong. Every belief system has it “sins” as well: Behaviors and actions that you’re condemned for doing or for not doing.

Race, Race, and Race

In the religion of ‘Racism,’ all things spring from and are measured by race; xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Asian phobia all are sins. Caucasian phobia, however is not a sin in the religion of ‘Racism.’ Somehow, that’s okay.

If you believe that human lives matter, then you are a racist and probably a white supremacist. If you listen to, say, an Al Sharpton or Maxine Waters, then you’ll be regularly informed about how everything comes down to racial oppression and hatred of blacks, or any non-white group. If you can’t embrace their cause, you are guilty.

According to the dictate of the religion of ‘Racism,’ you may not call your main sleeping quarters ‘the master bedroom’ because having a ‘master’ anything implies having a slave. In New Orleans, ‘Racism’ adherents want to remove a functioning road because it is racist!

Few people know that Conservative Icon Barry Goldwater was among the founders of the Arizona NAACP. He loathed discrimination, but because of his conservative views he was routinely labeled as a racist by others. More recently, Donald Trump has consistently been portrayed in the ‘mainstream’ media as a racist, despite a complete lack of evidence. He is confrontational, but he is not a racist.

The Religion of “Sexism”

Religion of “Sexism” advocates regard gender as the center of the universe and the quintessential issue of humankind. The eternal, constant adversary is male domination, generally referred to as some type of phobia, such as transphobia or homophobia.

The woke edition of sexism contends that genders don’t exist except in our preferences. They encourage parents to let their children decide whether they are boys or girls or “none specified.” Singer Demi Lovato recently proclaimed that she’s “pansexual,” which means, essentially, that she is sexually attracted to all things. (I assume that includes animals, fish, and plants.)

Among the advocates of the religion of “Sexism,” it’s not enough that you accept their choice and go on with your life. They want special consideration and public displays of inclusion, and this extends to trans athletes and cross-dressers.  How dare you object to cross dressers speaking to elementary school classes!

Revolution or Devolution?

Witness the recent required inclusion of gay relationships in movies, television shows, and advertisements. What other group representing 3% of population has an inclusion rate bordering on 50%? To be gay is fine, but why seek to make it a toss-up choice for everyone?

“Sexism” alarmists feel compelled to control language to advance their belief. No more use of he and she, or man and woman. No more use of any related terms such as human, manual, manage, menstruation, or even manhole covers. These zealots assert that male domination is at the root of all inter-gender relations, such as opening a door, holding one’s umbrella, allowing “ladies first,” or even calling a woman beautiful.

Meanwhile, the rest of nature has no problem with gender. Male and female species are everywhere among animals, insects, plants, etc., and have been since creation. For a little perspective, consider this: You don’t have to believe in gravity for it to always affect you. Moreover, denying its existence won’t diminish its pull.

Hedonism on Demand

Satanism is a belief similar to Hedonism, but it has a sinister “god” as its head; Lucifer, the great deceiver. This is primarily a belief that pleasure and domination, or pain and subjugation, are at the core of our earthly existence.

Satanists would challenge you and argue that they don’t believe in the devil. Nevertheless, they do enjoy his plan. Anything good or Christian-like is a sin to them, whereas all other “sins” are merely ‘to do’ list items for them.

The 2021 Grammy Awards displayed hedonism in the most public of ways. Among the most vile ‘songs’ ever produced and recorded, WAP by Cardi B is an appropriate anthem for Grammy producers and fans. Lookup what the initials WAP stand for and try to read the lyrics if you can stomach them. Then, keep in mind that 8-year olds are routinely exposed to this level of filth.

The White Nationalist Fall Guy

Some will lament, “What about white nationalism?” There is no monolithic, all encompassing organized embrace of this concept. There certainly are racist groups of whites and there are non-racist groups of patriotic Americans. Personally, I have not encountered any white nationalists, but I’ve heard scores of critics hurl this label at others.

White nationalism was concocted and exalted as a catch-all term for denigrating anyone who supports border security, voter ID verification, and addressing America’s problems ahead of global problems. The Left desperately wants to tag the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot as a white nationalist movement, with the assumed leader being Donald Trump. The facts, however, don’t sustain this view.

The intrusion was planned, organized, and executed by deceivers expressly to stain Trump, and the ploy worked according to popular opinion.

The term white nationalism actually is a word play designed to prejudice your opinion, somewhat like “Big business,” “Tax only the rich,” “Kids in cages,” “Path to citizenship,” “Pay their fair share,” and “Everyone is entitled to decent healthcare.” It is difficult for the typical person to argue against such phrases despite the underlying deception.

Freedom for All, Not Merely for Some

You are free to believe what you choose to believe, but you’re not free to interfere with the lives of others who might disagree with you. If you are correct in your assertions, then honestly debate the issue, and prove your case. Or, simply go your own way.

Without inhibiting or transgressing upon others, each of us should have the freedom to choose how we shall live.

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Let’s Reclaim America’s Optimism Advantage

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On this New Year’s Day, America needs more than a parade and great football games; our people need renewed optimism in living our American Dream. Instead of looking for government fixes or some magical new president who will make things right, we need a kick in the pants to get busy making America work no matter what obstacles we face.

At the 1992 Republican Convention, Ronald Reagan shared what he considered the secret of his success as our President: “I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence, rather than your doubts.”

Oh, how we need leadership like that in America today. As we start this year, too many people feel powerless. Inflation may be coming down, but high fuel and food prices have taken their toll on far too many Americans. Watching the invasion on our Southern border means too many of our cities are being overwhelmed with no end in sight. We wonder if there is anything we can do but watch. The sense of despair and helplessness is contagious, but so is optimism. What attitude do you spread?

There is more than you think within your control. Every day, you make choices to make your situation better or worse. Studies of optimism find that optimism comes from a track record of overcoming obstacles. If you have had obstacles the last few years and are still making it work, pat yourself on the back. Be a proud survivor, not a victim so many seem to take pride in claiming to be.

Make each day count by starting your day doing one thing to make your situation better. Find one way to cut expenses. Find a way to increase your resources. Make a call or visit to nurture your network of colleagues and friends. Learn from your mistakes and celebrate your successes, both big and small. Nurture your faith realizing that God gave you gifts and give thanks every day for the blessings you have. Lest you forget, you’re blessed to live in America. People risk everything to come here, and few want to leave.

Yes, this is an election year, and it would sure be a gift to have a leader who would nurture the hope and optimism of all our citizens. So as the campaigns progresses and you listen to potential leaders vying for your support, ask yourself a few key questions:

Do they want to control your choices or ensure your freedoms?

Do they want to make you more or less dependent on government?

Do they want to increase the size of government and entitlements and the taxes needed to fund them or decrease them?

Do they want to force your children to go to public schools that don’t’ get the results your children deserve, or are they willing to give you the freedom to pick the schools your children need?

Do they disagree with their opponents and state why, or do they demean them and call them names?

Do they want to grow the size of government and its debt, or do they want to decrease both?

Do they believe in the citizens they represent, or do they convey that they are the answer to America’s future?

Do they take responsibility for their mistakes and actions or quickly deny responsibility and blame others?

No President is perfect. It’s easy to promise and a lot harder to deliver. Reagan focused on three things: an optimism based on free-enterprise innovation, smaller government, and lower taxes. He delivered on all but smaller government. As Reagan advisor Arnold Laffer confessed, “When it came to cutting welfare payments and school lunch,…it was very hard. Someone would come over and say, ‘How can you cut school lunches?’ Reagan would reply, ‘I guess you’re right; I’ll tell them not to cut that one.’”

The pressure to keep growing government is tempting and easy to understand, but it is not what America was created for. America’s form of government was designed to protect citizens from an over-controlling, over-taxing government. We need to reclaim that passion for freedom and self-reliance. Our founding citizens wanted the opportunity to pursue happiness, not happiness given to them at the expense of other taxpayers.

The election is months away. So I’m going to borrow on the optimism of Ronald Reagan to inspire us all on this first day of 2024: “I’m not taking your time…to ask you to trust me. Instead, I ask you to trust yourself. That is what America is all about… It’s the power of millions of people like you who will determine what will make America great again.”

Reagan wouldn’t want us to wait for the next election. We’ve had enough of eloquent politicians who think they have all the answers. We need to believe in ourselves and get busy living our own dreams. Then, in November, let’s elect a leader who will stay out of our way and give “We the People” freedom again—freedom to fail, succeed, and thrive in our own American Dream!
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Three Cheers for Christian America

Thank you for safeguarding the public and private expressions of others

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Considering all the nations in the world and the dominating religions within those nations, Christianity is the most beneficial. When Christians are in the majority, it is good for everyone who resides there.

Christians during the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, and up to the mid-20th century contributed to much of the world’s turmoil. In recent decades, however, they have been the most accommodating, accepting, and peaceful group. I’m glad I live in a Christian nation and, given the options globally, would not have it any other way.

Best of the Best

Particularly in America, Christians today are tolerant, acknowledging the rights of others. They recognize the right of Israel to exist. They fully embrace Israel’s strategic role in the Middle East.

Too many people on the left who regard themselves as the arbiters of what is right and true, in minor and major ways have been persecuting Christians for decades. They do not want public displays of Christianity anywhere in America. Their agenda is to remove all vestiges of religion in America. They contend that America would be a better, more egalitarian nation.

Just the opposite is true. Those who want to stamp out religion in America don’t understand that our origins and 250-year history is based on Judeo-Christian principles. The cancel culture left seek to reject the U.S. Constitution out-of-hand.

We have encountered leftist groups who shatter statues and historic symbols they deem to be oppressive and part of an old regime that was illegitimate from the outset. Many of these perpetrators hide behind ski masks while regarding themselves as heroes. In reality, they are fascists, seeking to control us.

Leftist enforcers have no idea how intolerant they are and that they are no better than those they seek to diminish. In the U.S., people of all faiths are free to celebrate their faith. If one particular faith, Christianity, was predominant from inception, to today, that does not preclude other religious groups from celebrating.

Congress: Hands Off

Leftists make erroneous statements about the “separation of church and state.” The phrase simply is not contained in the Constitution or any founding document. It appeared in a letter that President Thomas Jefferson sent to a Baptist congregation in Danbury, Connecticut. His note to them was designed to reaffirm that the government would not make dictates related to the church.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” So, when it comes to religion, Congress must keep its hand off.

As a nonreligious person, I have nothing against seeing a religious display on public or private property. Indeed, America shorn of religious symbology would be a dismal place. The Ten Commandments on a public plaque? Fine. Christmas trees in the town square? Flip on the lights! A mosque being built in America? Why not?

As long as everyone is tolerant of other religions, such developments represent no threat to anyone. It is those who operate in secret who represent a threat, as are those who wish to vanquish the rights of others to publicly exhibit symbology.

The Option to Sing Along

When I attended grammar school, I was exposed to the annual Christmas pageant. I had the choice to skip the assembly. In each case, however, I chose to enjoy the merriment of the festivities, but not sing along. My young classmates did not require me to capitulate. Nor did I expect them to modify their festival to accommodate me. Would any aware American who moved to another country expect that country to diminish their celebrations to accommodate the newbie?

I’ve had the opportunity to visit 46 of the 50 states, and 73 countries. I have walked through hallowed halls of shrines, mosques, churches, and ashrams. While Christians are being persecuted in many countries around the world, I don’t know of a single instance today where people feel unsafe in a Christian majority country.

So, I say to you, if you are a Christian, in America, please know that large numbers of us support your right to practice your religion.

For All You Do

Thank you for safeguarding the public and private expressions of others. Thank you for helping to establish a climate where non-Christians and others can feel welcome. Thank you for becoming a peaceful, tolerant religion that rightfully serves as a model for others around the globe.

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