What Does America Value?

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Editor:

“We just can’t afford the president’s $3.7 billion request to handle the undocumented immigrant crisis these Central American children are causing,” Senator John McCain said.

Yet even though U.S. oil companies had a profit of $93 billion last year, we can afford to give them tax write-offs of $2.4 billion — every year.

Even though General Electric’s income for 2008-2012 was over $27.5 billion, and they paid no federal income tax, we can still afford to give them tax refunds totaling over $3 billion.

Apparently we’re not too broke to spend over $92 billion on the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts this year. And, another $212 billion for reconstruction efforts in Iraq, most of which was spent on security or lost to waste and fraud.

And, the numbers get even bigger. According to a Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government study released this week, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will cost up to $6 trillion by the time it’s all said and done, including the long-term medical care our veterans will require.

Finally, the U.S. national debt is now a staggering $17.5 trillion. Yet 20 percent of that amount ($3.5 trillion) is due solely to the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, to be paid by our children and grandchildren. Turn on the news and you’ll see how much good that has done — and how much “safer” we are now than before we started dropping bombs on the Middle East.

The question is, what does America value? Corporate profits? Wall Street earnings? War industry hand-outs? Or, children fleeing violence and poverty — even though they are being sent here illegally?

This question offers a glimpse into America’s soul. What is it we value most? Do we value money more than human life?

America proudly proclaims itself a Christian nation. It’s time we started acting like one. Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do,” if he were here today?

Larry Brophy

Comments

don evans 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Ahhhh, the local left is trying to guilt trip us again. Nice try. I'll bet most of that staggering $17.5 trillion debt and the government programs that caused it, you agree with. This timed and clearly manufactured border crisis is as a direct result of your Messiah, Barry Sotero (aka Obama). His Unconstitutional Executive Action mandate to defer deportations for illegals was specifically designed to encourage this current mad rush to enter the USA. Why heck, he was advertising to hire special overseers back in January to house and process an estimated 65,000 minor and adult illegal invaders. There was no announced pending surge. It was all done covertly. Children fleeing discontent in their own country, what phony pap. They have heard Obamas ya'll come on down policy for what it is. An anticipated near future amnesty. Tell you what. I challenge you to pick any five. You put them up at your home, feed and cloth them, pay for their medical, try and teach them English, and pay for their government schooling. What do you mean you can't do it? But you and your ilk want American Citizens to pay for it. Get real. Don't fly them back home. Large cargo ship trips down to Mexico/Guatamala coastal border with mandatory disembarkation would stop it real fast. Eisenhower did it back in 1956 and guess what. It stopped the flow for a long time. Look up operation wetback. Nice try.

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don evans 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Click on my posted picture. You can read my profile. I am really one of you!

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Larry Brophy 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Sorry. I don't need to click on your picture to know all I need to know about you. The words that you write identify you as clearly as the idiot pictured. You probably picked it because of it's close resemblance. As Thomas Paine said, "To argue with a man who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."

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Donald Cline 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Couldn't have said it better myself, Don. Oh, Larry? Your headline asks "What does America value?" Answer: The rule of law. Specifically, the Constitutional rule of law. You know, the Constitution that says the President cannot doing anything the Constitution does not authorize him to do? He is not authorized to enforce ObamaCare and Congress is not authorized to legislate it. He is not authorized to issue Executive Orders that have the force of law. He is not authorized to issue Executive Orders requiring Executive Branch agencies to ignore the law. He isn't authorized to put his feet on the people's furniture. He is not authorized to infest the Office of President unless he is born on U.S. soil of parents who are both U.S. citizens. He is not authorized to permit an invasion of illegal aliens, children or not, into any State. He is not authorized to adhere to our declared enemies, the Taliban, and give them aid and comfort by releasing four of their favorite 4-star generals to an intermediary nation that helped him illegally transfer weapons to Al Qaida. I could go on the rest of the day, but you get my drift. Oh, BTW, Don and Larry you both: I strongly recommend "America: Imagine the World Without Her" now playing at the Sawmill. Don, you will enjoy the whole thing. Larry, you will enjoy the first third, where various haters of America tell us all the things that are wrong with her and with us. Then you will probably fuss and fume and fizzle when you are presented with the factual side of these claims. You might even have a meltdown when you discover you are living a lie. Bring your Adam Henry buddies Ted Paulk and Noble Collins with you. Afterwards you can all throw a hissy fit to the third power.

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Pat Randall 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Why not spend that 3 billion dollars to feed and house the American citizen children that don't have homes or enough food?

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Donald Cline 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Why not spend that 3 billion dollars to build the fence to keep the criminal aliens out?

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Larry Brophy 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah. Gotta beware of them 8-year old criminal aliens. I'd rather see the money spent as Pat Randall suggests than fences.....

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H. Wm. Rhea III 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Larry Brophy wrote: Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do,” if he were here today?

Maybe Jesus would call them vipers (snakes) or the children of their father, the Devil. That's what he said about the jewish leaders in his time. Maybe he would make a whip and drive them out. Jesus, if I recall, followed the law, both Roman and what he had set down as God.

Perhaps Mr. Brophy, the better question is what will you do? Will you follow Jesus' example and keep the law or side with the venomous snakes and children from Hell, who are ruining our country by breaking every good law that doesn't suit them?

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Ronald Hamric 4 months, 3 weeks ago

As is so often the case, the ignorant take scripture out of context. Mr. Brophy has excised out three verses that have nothing what so ever to do with Christ's love for children (everyone for that matter) but those verses are examples of Christ imploring those who would come to Him, to come with the absolute trust and faith that one see's in small children. Pure faith, no scientific "proof" that He is who He says He is, simply take Him with the simplistic faith of a small child.

Sorry Mr. Brophy. When you venture to use God's Holy word to help you score political points, you actually have the opposite effect. You demonstrate just how subtle the Prince of the World works in people who profess to be "Christian".

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Larry Brophy 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your 'ignorant' comment. You are so very right. However, I didn't take Jesus' words out of context. You supplied your own context.

Here are Jesus' own words: "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." What part of His words do you disagree with? My friend, one does not have to be a theologian to see that YOU are the one that is putting your own spin on his words. Frankly, that's the biggest problem with Christians today; and also the reason that there are tens of thousands of Christian denominations.

Jesus' answer to every question is "LOVE".

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Ronald Hamric 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Mr. Brophy, you are still way off the point using those verses out of context. As is most often the case with such misuse of scripture, you conveniently forget to quote the verses before and following the one you choose to make your point. Those verses give the actual "context" to what Christ was referring to when He made those statements. It is fairly obvious that you have read the Bible, but it appears you have not actually studied it. If you had, you would come to know precisely what Jesus was talking about when he was referring to "the little children". If you truly believe yourself to be a Christian, then please do yourself a favor and really study God's word for what it says, not what you wish it said.

And the "ignorant" comment you found derogitory, it came from this quote by you "You can fix ignorance, but you can't fix stupid."

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Donald Cline 4 months, 3 weeks ago

It should not, with my experience observing political gamesmanship for some 35+ years now, but it still astonishes me how often the Prince of Darkness uses Scriptures to seduce the unwary. These days the agenda is advancing the cause of Marxism by strewing flower petals along the path of lawlessness in hopes no one sees the raging anarchy and grinding tyranny right around the next corner. When the people have had enough of this crap and throw the bums out with extreme prejudice, the next seduction will be along the path of fascism. Same destination as far as the level of totalitarianism is concerned, just a different con-game.

Say, Larry: Have you seen "America: Imagine the World Without Her" yet? You really ought to. It seems liberty wasn't the only great thing America brought to the world.

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Larry Brophy 4 months, 2 weeks ago

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis, 1935

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Donald Cline 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Well, I don't know what Groucho Marx' comment has to do with the subject at hand, but generally I think he is right. there is no doubt the current administration is a past master at consistently and intentionally misdiagnosing troubles and intentionally imposing the most asinine and counter-productive remedies. Previous presidents of both parties were no slouch at this, but since they both answered to the same handlers, that is not surprising.

And the very talented and very far left commune-builder Sinclair Lewis was half-right: He left out the fact that when Marxism comes to America it will be wrapped in burning the flag, burning the Constitution, and burning the cross.

Go see "America: Imagine the World Without Her," Larry. You'll really like how the interviewees really trash America for the first 25-35% of the movie.

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