Peg's Ponderings
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Welcome to Peg's Ponderings . . . a journal of sorts . . . where
I have chosen to record my thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Some,
like my religious beliefs, have changed little since attending
Sunday School as a child. Thoughts on various subjects, my
reactions (feelings) to certain others have taken a lifetime of
observation, study, and of course, personal research.

A word of caution: If you are one who is easily angered, or one
who believes that the privilege of free speech is meant only for
you and those who believe as you do, you might just as well go
on and view a different, more peaceful page.

This page is not about being politically correct, appeasement, or
compromise. Because the only 'absolute truth' that exists in this
world or in heaven is found in God's Holy Word, that precious
history book shall be quoted also.

Herewith my thoughts/beliefs on a variety of issues:

ABORTION

"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before
thou camest forth out of the womb I santified thee..."
Jeremiah 1:5 KJV

Abortion is the taking of a human life. Legal abortion is murder
without fear of prosecution. An innocent unborn child feels pain
as early as four (4) weeks.

"For you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's
womb. I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul
knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When
I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths
of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained
for me, When as yet there was not one of them."
Psalm 139:13-16 NASB

America, do not protest the killings in the name of war if you
allow innocent babes to be murdered because it is legal! It has
NEVER been illegal in this country to abort a child when the
mother's life was threatened.

Do I need to repeat that? In other words, if abortion were
only needed in the cases of the mother's life being in danger,
an abortion could be performed without the Supreme Court
opening the flood gates of legal infanticide...America's own
shameful holocaust.

The Supreme Court decision referred to as "Roe v Wade" was
nothing more than an excuse for a woman to avoid the
"inconvenience" of being accountable for her actions. Having
sexual relations with one of the opposite sex is a CHOICE.
Only in cases of rape or incest can it be seen otherwise.

The procedure known as "partial birth abortion" is barbaric,
and - according to the AMA - is NEVER medically necessary.
Females use that means for convenience only. All the while
causing more pain to that innocent, helpless life than is
administered with torturous acts during wartime.

It is time for America to wake up, stand up, and let our voices
be heard in Washington. We can let our government know that
we will no longer tolerate these willful acts of murder.

"To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be
right in doing it." - G. K. Chesterton


ARMS

Amendment 2 of the Constitution of the United States of America

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a
free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,
shall not be infringed.


To repeat something I have heard often:

"The greatest deterrent to crime is an armed citizenry." Think
about that. If no one has guns except for the military, the
police, and the criminals, how safe do you think the citizens
will be?

When people surrender their weapons for disposal, do you believe
the criminals are lining up to divest themselves of the tools of
their 'trades'? Hardly. Some years ago I heard about a small
town in Oregon that had passed an ordinance allowing adults to
carry weapons openly on their streets. The one reporting that
story said that, amazingly, the town's crime rate toppled to new
lows. Surprise, surprise. Were I inclined to rob a business and
was faced with an owner bearing arms I seriously doubt I would
press my luck. Amen?

Amendment 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America

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.

FREE SPEECH

Freedom to speak our minds without fearing retaliation is exactly
what America's founding fathers envisioned for this country, and
we owe it to ourselves and every successive generation to defend
and protect that liberty, provided by the blood of our ancestors.

With that freedom comes responsibility, and should be used wisely.
Deliberately using inflammatory speech in order to incite violent
feelings or actions, such as trying to stir up hateful feelings
in order to incite rioting, to slander another individual, or to
use that right to suppress another individual's freedom of speech,
is not a judicial (fair, unbiased) use of that particular freedom.

However...if I were to use my Constitutional freedom to express
my opinion that homosexuality is wrong, that is covered by the
amendment because merely stating one's opinion cannot be
construed as "hate" speech when no intent to harm is present.
People have the right to disagree about right and wrong without
having to fear retribution.

Nor is it "hate" speech to express elements of my faith/beliefs
since I am not forcing others to accept, or to believe, as I do.
The act of praying in public - regardless of WHO is doing the
praying, or where - is not forcing one's beliefs on someone else.
Any who disagree with Christian prayer have the right to not listen,
or to pray as they wish. They do NOT have the right to remove that
privilege from those who wish to engage in that activity.


RELIGION

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...

Hmmm...if we take our Bill of Rights to mean *exactly* what
it says...then, if a child wants to pray over his lunch, or a
graduate wants to pray at Commencement, then it is fully
within their rights to do so without the interference of the
school administrators.

If a Jew or a Muslim, a Hindu or a Buddhist is present and is
offended by the prayer, they have the option to either: leave
the room during the prayer, pray a prayer of their own, or
simply to just close their ears and ignore it. Someone praying
is NOT an invitation for all listeners to convert to that
believer's religion, nor should it be taken as such.

"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God."
- Thomas Jefferson

"The equal right of every citizen to the free exercise of his
religion according to the dictates of conscience is held by
the same tenure with all our rights. [The legislature] are bound
to leave this particular right untouched and sacred, [or] we
must say, that they may control freedom of the press, may
abolish the trial by jury, may swallow the Executive and the
Judiciary Powers of the State; nay that they may despoil us of
our very right of suffrage ... or we must say, that they have no
authority to enact [a religious assessment.]
- James Madison


GOVERNMENT

"Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men
who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and
you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of
hundreds, and of fifties and of tens."
Exodus 18:21 NASB

We get what we pay for, do we not? If we choose to elect people
to any government position, and do not hold them to a high moral
standard, then we are short-changing ourselves and our posterity.

"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
- George Washington

Christians: If you want to know how to vote, read your chosen
party's political platform, then pray and pray some more; the
Lord will guide you to make the right choices.

"The public cannot be too curious concerning the
characters of public men."
- Samuel Adams

If we do not object when wrong things are done and defended as
"right", then we have no one to blame but ourselves. One vote
does count, and all who believe in sending moral, God-fearing
folks to Washington (and to our state legislatures) must vote
their values.

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the
freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of
those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
- James Madison

Ever notice that the more the government does FOR us, the more
of our liberties we lose? Small government is necessary for all
of us to enjoy the freedoms granted by our Constitution and
Bill of Rights.


Another area that confuses many people is that which pertains
to the type of government set up by our founding fathers.
Many people believe that they intended for America to be a
democracy. That is not so. The original design was for a
republic. The New World Dictionary of the English
language defines each in this way:

republic - n. a state or nation in which the supreme power rests
in all the citizens entitled to vote (the electorate) and is
exercised by representatives elected, directly or indirectly, by
them and responsible to them.

democracy - n. majority rule, or the principle of equality of rights,
opportunity, and treatment, or the practice of this principle.

Understand that, while - in essence - these two governmental
forms sound alike, there are some differences. A democracy
tends to give more weight to the rights of minorities than does
a republic. A republic is government by the will of the people,
so all people voting can affect the outcome.

The problem with instituting democratic ideals into the governing
process is that too often, the rights of the few overshadow, and
overwhelm, the rights of the many.

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield
and government to gain ground."
- Thomas Jefferson

Now a question for you, the reader:

If so many millions of babies had not been sacrified on the
altar of "convenience" since 1973, would our Social Security
fund be facing a crisis in the forseeable future?


In closing, I offer another quotation by Thomas Jefferson. I
must say that I, too, dread God's justice being administered
to America. God please forgive us, and bless America again.

"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just;
that His justice cannot sleep forever."
- Thomas Jefferson


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Please take time to visit the links listed below for articles
to increase your awareness of societal and governmental news
that will impact you and your family.


Reclaiming America

Focus on the Family

Concerned Women for America

Restore America

World Net Daily

Morality in Media

Thomas Sowell

Institute for Marriage and Public Policy

GOP USA

Heritage Foundation

Free Congress Foundation

The Federalist Patriot

Hoover Institution

Speak Up America, Inc.

Archive of Ann Coulter's Articles

Archive of Maggie Gallagher's Articles

Life News.com

VOTE.com

Also...check out these excellent links located on Ann Coulter's site:

http://www.anncoulter.org/cgi-local/content.cgi?name=links


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