As an MSU Alumni I listened to the brave women who gave their testimony this week regarding the Larry Nassar abuse and I had many mixed emotions. Very sad for these women who had to suffer for years and feel as if no one cared, especially those who may have been in a position of power to stop it. They are brave women who endured both physical and emotional pain in a place that was supposed to be safe and educational. They are heroes to all of us and will be in our prayers as they start their road to recovery. It also reminded me of the state that much of our country has been in for many years. We have seen the recent exposure in Hollywood of those in power using their influence to abuse others. We have seen those in Congress and the Media who did the same thing. It seems on a weekly basis we also hear of High School teachers having a sexual relationship with students. These acts of abuse have been going on for years. The many victims who have had the courage to come forward are exposing a long pattern of abuse by the powerful. Universities are a microcosm of society and the issue at MSU was not the first university and sadly won’t be the last. The culture in America over the past 50 years has seen the acceptance of Movies, TV Shows, Music and other forms of entertainment that would have been unacceptable or at least shunned by the majority of society. We have seen lawsuits to stop those that want to pray in public or those that want to mention GOD or put up religious symbols in a public place (The Ten Commandments etc.). We listen to the constant middle school bickering and name calling by elected officials and professors at universities all across this country speak out with vulgar and intolerant language. Yes, those in a position of power who could have stopped the evil acts of Larry Nassar need to be punished both at MSU, the NCAA, USA Gymnastics and any other entity that had an ability to stop this. Beyond that, we as a society need to look at how we let the culture of the United States of America get to the point of allowing those in a position of authority to use their power to hurt others and use fear of repercussions as a deterrent to stop it. We are all responsible for the culture that has evolved in our society and all of us are responsible for changing it. We need to move more towards a country that respects one another and need all the influences from the Media, Hollywood and Washington to reiterate the importance of moral values. If we can change our culture then maybe the evil actions of a person like Larry Nassar will be the rare exception and not a common occurrence. Praying.
Eric Grunor, MSU class of 1990
The worst war ever fought in American history, had to be the civil war. But it wasn’t the number of dead and wounded that made this particular war so significant. It was the pitting of brother against brother, and father against son that made this war so brutal. And now this war has returned.
What most people don’t know about the civil war, is who the feud was really between. Most believe it was between the North and the South. But that isn’t exactly true. This was a fight between Republicans and Democrats. And it hasn’t changed much since then.
This war began over slavery, specifically the Kansas-Nebraska Bill of 1854. This bill would allow the spread of slavery to other states across the nation, and that was something Republicans were fervently against. And because of this, the civil war ensued.
Now most people believe that the feud was over once the civil war was over, and the republic was once again united. This, sadly, is not true. Least we forget President Johnson taking away the reparations for former slaves, or jim crow. But it stopped after the civil rights movement, right?
Nope! It is as alive today, as it was then. The parties have fundamental differences. One wanting to take what others have worked for, the other wanting to have what they’ve earned.
Now it’s really easy to see this difference during the civil war. One wanted slavery, the other wanted it abolished. But what does this really mean? If you think about it, slavery is a way to take what other’s have earned; you are taking their labor. No one understood this better then President Lincoln.
As a child Lincoln was forced to work for neighbors by his father, and all of his earnings were taken from him by his father. So, in essence, Lincoln understood what it was like to be a slave, and have what you’ve worked so hard for taken from you. So it’s no wonder that Lincoln found slavery morally reprehensible.
The foundation of slavery, taking what others have worked for, is still alive in the Democrat party. You may think that is a ridiculous statement, but think about this. What is the platform for the DNC? Tuition free education, medicare for all, and the fight for fifteen. On the surface, this platform sounds pretty good. But once you take a deeper look, it seems to be eerily familiar to taking from others by force.
As we all know, nothing is really free. So stating you are going to provide tuition free education, is really saying you are going to increase taxes so some don’t have to pay for college. When you think about it, that is essentially taking from someone else by force, so another can benefit. And it holds true for everything else in the DNC platform.
The Republican party on the other hand, feels that the government shouldn’t be forcing people, through taxes, to support someone else. And this great divide has spilled into the social lives of all Americans. You can either be for less government interference, and the power of the individual. Or you can be for fairness, equality, and social justice for a certain group of people.
Make no mistake, we are in a war. A war of ideals. And like the times of the civil war, it is between the Democrats and Republicans.
Communism? Really? (Part 2)
Is one truly being charitable if one seeks tax write-offs for one’s charitable giving? That question is missing in discussions about the effect that tax reform will have on charities.
From Chris Gates, senior policy adviser for the Global Social Enterprise Initiative:
“By doubling the standard deduction, estimates are that between 90-95 percent of filers will not itemize their returns, thus walling off the charitable deduction from all but 5-10 percent of filers. The Tax Policy Center estimates this change will reduce charitable giving by up to $20 billion a year.”
Nothing in the recently-passed tax reform prevents people from giving to a charity if people are truly altruistic.
Plenty of Americans routinely make donations to charity without seeking a tax benefit for doing so.
So, should the federal government use taxation to coerce people into giving to charity?
Now that Doug Jones has been sworn in as Alabama’s newest U.S. Senator, there is one little matter to be settled.
Did God smite Roy Moore? Is a 11/19/17 political cartoon by Pensacola News Journal cartoonist Andy Marlette prophetic?
That cartoon consists of three panels. In the first panel, Roy Moore is on his knees and praying, “Lord, smite mine enemies who do wickedness against you.” In the second panel, God smites with a lightning bolt. In the third panel, we see that it is Roy Moore whom God has smited.
Click here to see the actual cartoon.
Now, consider what Republican politician Michele Bachmann said in August 2016 about Donald Trump’s political rise:
“This is one thing I know from the Book of Daniel: the bottom line of the Book of Daniel is this: it teaches us that the most-high God lifts up who he will and takes down who he will. And I look at this primary race that the Republicans had: 17 great candidates. I actually supported Ted Cruz. I thought he was fabulous but I also see that at the end of the day God raised up, I believe, Donald Trump who was going to be the nominee in this election. I don’t think God sits things out. He’s a sovereign God. Donald Trump became our nominee.”*
According to Bachmann’s logic, God took down Roy Moore. Indeed, in a speech right after his election loss, Moore himself said, “God is always in control.”
If that is the case here, then God wasn’t on Roy Moore’s side after all.
By the way, rumor has it that Moore is refusing to concede another important change. Click here to find out what it is.
CBN. (2016, August 30). Michele Bachmann Tells Brody File: God Has Raised Up Trump To Be GOP Presidential Nominee. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/7YUQ6qLplFM?list=PLlRJT_Mq_mrDS4SyjC2gsgJAcNWgqyZX4