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December 26, 2022
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We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to.

That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been trampled in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.

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  • Mary Heizer Cosgrove

    11/28/2022 03:36 PM

    Love you story. Our first leaders wanted to serve their term and then go back to real life. We should have that now, instead of people who just want to fill their pockets and give away our money to countries who hate us. Illegal people come here because they know they will be treated better than the citizens.

  • Ronald J Sloan

    11/28/2022 03:20 PM

    I agree completely

  • Paul Kern

    11/28/2022 03:12 PM

    I don't fault pagans as tat is their nature. Navel gazing I call it. We followers of Jesus Christ need to rise up, listen to God and get ready to take the battle to the enemy. Likely take and burn the rot out and rebuild!

  • Jo Anne Rush

    11/28/2022 03:02 PM

    As a suggestion: 8 yr limits just like the current presidential limit. Then, no more further elected positions. It's time to get these career seat warmers into regular jobs where they will (usually) be held accountable for their production and actions (ie: fired when unproductive instead of us having to wait years for them to be "un-elected".

  • Gary Watson

    11/28/2022 03:00 PM

    If we support two 6-year terms for Senators, then we should support six 2-year terms for Representatives. What is fair for one should be fair for all.

  • Janice Saccomanno

    11/28/2022 02:47 PM

    Absolutely! They should be judged by the fruits they bear. If we can secure our voting processes elected officials will only be retained if the voters decide.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    11/28/2022 02:08 PM

    Essentially, we are all SLAVES to this government in that we must work our hinnies off to pay for their interests and police the world while they sit up high and tell us how to run our lives

  • Janice Mcburney

    11/28/2022 02:00 PM

    I always agree with you.

  • Susan Ball

    11/28/2022 01:43 PM

    So well said. I believe the bramble bush was like Hillary Clinton who always wanted power.
    Such a weed. The fig and olive trees were much more like Mike Pompeo who seems to have such strong roots and goes about his business without needed the world to hear and see him. he may have grown up in good soil. Thanks for pointing out the stories which ring so true. Susan ball

  • Chad Hart

    11/28/2022 01:14 PM

    I believe a term in congress is a privilege that needs to be earned. So while I support term limits, I also believe that person ought to have the privilege of re-earning that seat because there are some policies, legislations, beliefs, and virtues that TRULY benefit and serve the people. Give us the right to choose who is worthy of a second or more term. YES, we should recognize them "by the fruits they have borne"

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We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to.

That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been trampled in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.

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Comments 21-30 of 142

  • Mary Heizer Cosgrove

    11/28/2022 03:36 PM

    Love you story. Our first leaders wanted to serve their term and then go back to real life. We should have that now, instead of people who just want to fill their pockets and give away our money to countries who hate us. Illegal people come here because they know they will be treated better than the citizens.

  • Ronald J Sloan

    11/28/2022 03:20 PM

    I agree completely

  • Paul Kern

    11/28/2022 03:12 PM

    I don't fault pagans as tat is their nature. Navel gazing I call it. We followers of Jesus Christ need to rise up, listen to God and get ready to take the battle to the enemy. Likely take and burn the rot out and rebuild!

  • Jo Anne Rush

    11/28/2022 03:02 PM

    As a suggestion: 8 yr limits just like the current presidential limit. Then, no more further elected positions. It's time to get these career seat warmers into regular jobs where they will (usually) be held accountable for their production and actions (ie: fired when unproductive instead of us having to wait years for them to be "un-elected".

  • Gary Watson

    11/28/2022 03:00 PM

    If we support two 6-year terms for Senators, then we should support six 2-year terms for Representatives. What is fair for one should be fair for all.

  • Janice Saccomanno

    11/28/2022 02:47 PM

    Absolutely! They should be judged by the fruits they bear. If we can secure our voting processes elected officials will only be retained if the voters decide.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    11/28/2022 02:08 PM

    Essentially, we are all SLAVES to this government in that we must work our hinnies off to pay for their interests and police the world while they sit up high and tell us how to run our lives

  • Janice Mcburney

    11/28/2022 02:00 PM

    I always agree with you.

  • Susan Ball

    11/28/2022 01:43 PM

    So well said. I believe the bramble bush was like Hillary Clinton who always wanted power.
    Such a weed. The fig and olive trees were much more like Mike Pompeo who seems to have such strong roots and goes about his business without needed the world to hear and see him. he may have grown up in good soil. Thanks for pointing out the stories which ring so true. Susan ball

  • Chad Hart

    11/28/2022 01:14 PM

    I believe a term in congress is a privilege that needs to be earned. So while I support term limits, I also believe that person ought to have the privilege of re-earning that seat because there are some policies, legislations, beliefs, and virtues that TRULY benefit and serve the people. Give us the right to choose who is worthy of a second or more term. YES, we should recognize them "by the fruits they have borne"

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December 26, 2022
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We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to.

That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been trampled in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.

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Comments 21-30 of 142

  • Mary Heizer Cosgrove

    11/28/2022 03:36 PM

    Love you story. Our first leaders wanted to serve their term and then go back to real life. We should have that now, instead of people who just want to fill their pockets and give away our money to countries who hate us. Illegal people come here because they know they will be treated better than the citizens.

  • Ronald J Sloan

    11/28/2022 03:20 PM

    I agree completely

  • Paul Kern

    11/28/2022 03:12 PM

    I don't fault pagans as tat is their nature. Navel gazing I call it. We followers of Jesus Christ need to rise up, listen to God and get ready to take the battle to the enemy. Likely take and burn the rot out and rebuild!

  • Jo Anne Rush

    11/28/2022 03:02 PM

    As a suggestion: 8 yr limits just like the current presidential limit. Then, no more further elected positions. It's time to get these career seat warmers into regular jobs where they will (usually) be held accountable for their production and actions (ie: fired when unproductive instead of us having to wait years for them to be "un-elected".

  • Gary Watson

    11/28/2022 03:00 PM

    If we support two 6-year terms for Senators, then we should support six 2-year terms for Representatives. What is fair for one should be fair for all.

  • Janice Saccomanno

    11/28/2022 02:47 PM

    Absolutely! They should be judged by the fruits they bear. If we can secure our voting processes elected officials will only be retained if the voters decide.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    11/28/2022 02:08 PM

    Essentially, we are all SLAVES to this government in that we must work our hinnies off to pay for their interests and police the world while they sit up high and tell us how to run our lives

  • Janice Mcburney

    11/28/2022 02:00 PM

    I always agree with you.

  • Susan Ball

    11/28/2022 01:43 PM

    So well said. I believe the bramble bush was like Hillary Clinton who always wanted power.
    Such a weed. The fig and olive trees were much more like Mike Pompeo who seems to have such strong roots and goes about his business without needed the world to hear and see him. he may have grown up in good soil. Thanks for pointing out the stories which ring so true. Susan ball

  • Chad Hart

    11/28/2022 01:14 PM

    I believe a term in congress is a privilege that needs to be earned. So while I support term limits, I also believe that person ought to have the privilege of re-earning that seat because there are some policies, legislations, beliefs, and virtues that TRULY benefit and serve the people. Give us the right to choose who is worthy of a second or more term. YES, we should recognize them "by the fruits they have borne"

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    We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

    I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

    The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

    Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

    When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to.

    That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been trampled in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

    We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.

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    Comments 21-30 of 142

    • Mary Heizer Cosgrove

      11/28/2022 03:36 PM

      Love you story. Our first leaders wanted to serve their term and then go back to real life. We should have that now, instead of people who just want to fill their pockets and give away our money to countries who hate us. Illegal people come here because they know they will be treated better than the citizens.

    • Ronald J Sloan

      11/28/2022 03:20 PM

      I agree completely

    • Paul Kern

      11/28/2022 03:12 PM

      I don't fault pagans as tat is their nature. Navel gazing I call it. We followers of Jesus Christ need to rise up, listen to God and get ready to take the battle to the enemy. Likely take and burn the rot out and rebuild!

    • Jo Anne Rush

      11/28/2022 03:02 PM

      As a suggestion: 8 yr limits just like the current presidential limit. Then, no more further elected positions. It's time to get these career seat warmers into regular jobs where they will (usually) be held accountable for their production and actions (ie: fired when unproductive instead of us having to wait years for them to be "un-elected".

    • Gary Watson

      11/28/2022 03:00 PM

      If we support two 6-year terms for Senators, then we should support six 2-year terms for Representatives. What is fair for one should be fair for all.

    • Janice Saccomanno

      11/28/2022 02:47 PM

      Absolutely! They should be judged by the fruits they bear. If we can secure our voting processes elected officials will only be retained if the voters decide.

    • Vickie Fiorentino

      11/28/2022 02:08 PM

      Essentially, we are all SLAVES to this government in that we must work our hinnies off to pay for their interests and police the world while they sit up high and tell us how to run our lives

    • Janice Mcburney

      11/28/2022 02:00 PM

      I always agree with you.

    • Susan Ball

      11/28/2022 01:43 PM

      So well said. I believe the bramble bush was like Hillary Clinton who always wanted power.
      Such a weed. The fig and olive trees were much more like Mike Pompeo who seems to have such strong roots and goes about his business without needed the world to hear and see him. he may have grown up in good soil. Thanks for pointing out the stories which ring so true. Susan ball

    • Chad Hart

      11/28/2022 01:14 PM

      I believe a term in congress is a privilege that needs to be earned. So while I support term limits, I also believe that person ought to have the privilege of re-earning that seat because there are some policies, legislations, beliefs, and virtues that TRULY benefit and serve the people. Give us the right to choose who is worthy of a second or more term. YES, we should recognize them "by the fruits they have borne"