Monthly Archives: June 2011

MONOPOLY

I tell you and you forget, I teach you and you remember, I involve you and you understand.

The Author

Monopoly is more than pieces made like cars, shoes, thimbles and moved around on a board by the roll of the dice.  Monopolies can be severely dangerous or done as a free seller among other sellers in a competition basis.  The later is a good thing & done in a competitive manner which is free enterprise.  The first is dangerous and borders on capitalism and maybe even leading downward to communism.

We as citizens of these United States should speak out against such monopolies that would threaten our free choice to shop for items that we prefer to have, and not be forced to purchase a government backed monopoly.

Take a look at this paragraph taken from {The Capitalism Site}.  http://capitalism.org/faq/monopolies.htm.

How does one judge a monopoly, or non-monopoly?  “Observe what is evil here: the act of using the government to outlaw ones competition. It does not matter whether the government uses its power to outlaw competition to “protect” a single business, or to benefit a group of one hundred companies from a single superior competitor. Whenever the government outlaws an individual from entering and competing in any given industry it is evil and wrong. The criterion of judgment is: is competition (the freedom to produce and trade) outlawed in some respect (that is regulated) or not.”

Some believe if we just take a bunch of polls we can tell about a company, person etc.  However, polls are slanted most of the time to fit the person taking the polls perspective.  If a company or the regulators keep competition from taking place in the business world then we are not living in a free enterprise.  Everyone deserves the right to play the selling game and to sell their products and if they fail because they didn’t handle their selling right then so be it.  Each company deserves the right to fail on their own and not be subjected to being ousted because they are beating the competition.

What will you do to see that this doesn’t continue in America?  Will you sit on your laurels and complain or get out there and make some noise so that we can be heard?  Let’s stand together and let the people in Washington know we do not want monopolies that outlaw the competition.  I say we should fight for our free enterprise system.

Works cited: http://capitalism.org/faq/monopolies.htm

{The Capitalism Site} How does one judge a monopoly, or non-monopoly?

By Terry Board

© Burnett Publishing 2011

 

WISE AS SERPENTS AND HARMLESS AS DOVES

I tell you and you forget, I teach you and you remember, I involve you and you understand.

The Author

As I start this commentary I’d like to mention once again.  This is my opinion based on the word of God.  It is my freedom in this country to have my own opinion and you are free to have yours.  However, unless we hold these truths to be self-evident: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (Declaration of independence)

Just who is this creator?  The One and Only Jehovah God!  Back to the point unless we hold these truths to be self-evident, as the founding fathers declared we will lose; Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness!  You are welcome to embark on this journey with me; it is after all YOUR choice.

I will begin with this scripture: Wise as serpents but gentle as a dove: Matthew 10:16 Jesus speaking, “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.”

Not everyone is peaceful, and as this scripture points out: We will have wars & rumors of wars. Mark 13:7-8  “And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.  Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.”

Matthew 24:6-8 “And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.   Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.  But all this is only the first of the birth pains; with more to come.”  Not one but two of the disciples wrote this. (Inspired by the Holy Spirit), hence it must be important for us to take note.  To say that we are to embrace everyone is a contradiction of the word.  Matthew, Mark & Luke were told by Jesus that if the people in the towns they went to tell the message’s Jesus was teaching didn’t accept it, to wipe even the dust off their feet as the exited the city.  This was to be a testament against them.  This scripture also leads into the Matthew 10:16 verse of being wise as a serpent yet harmless as a dove.  This is not to say we aren’t supposed to love and pray for everyone.  We are to love the sinner, but not the sin.  This is a fallen world, because Eve disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  We have bad news about this and good news. 

John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  This is Jesus speaking again. Part of that tribulation is what we read above; “there shall be famines and earthquakes in diver’s places. But all these things are the beginning of travail.” Here is something that gives me great comfort: The battle is the Lords and we that are in Christ Jesus are victorious: II Chronicles 20: He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

Just like the days of Noah so shall the coming of the son of man be.  Drunkenness, adultery, incest, hate, envy, jealousy, back biting, etc. When Noah completed the ark and shut the doors the rain came.  The flood began to arise and the people were drowning.  They laughed and mocked Noah before the flood for building the ark.  Now they were beating on the door to get in and the door was shut!  There is an appointed time for all things to come to an end.  Jesus will step out of the clouds and gather His bride (The Church, body of believers).  Bible truth read it for your selves.

There were ten virgins in this next story Five were wise and five were foolish.   In Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus said, “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.  The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil.  When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.  At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’  All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps.  Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’  “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’  But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.  Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’   “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’  So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.”

Do we want positive changes in our country? I’m hoping the answer is a resounding YES! If so, then Let us be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Works cited: http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/.  New International version of the bible

By Terry Board

© Burnett Publishing 2011

 


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