America First

America first!  This proclamation has been touted significantly over the last couple of years.  As an American, having an attitude of America first is wonderful.  But, what exactly is America first?  How do we determine what is best for us?  These two questions are what I am going to try to answer.

 America first involves a strong economy, military, borders, and trade deals in favor of American interest.  I support these American first policies.  I would be a fool if I did not.  First, other countries would tear us down limb by limb until we were no better than them or worse; misery likes company.  I am not one who believes in American exceptionalism as we are all created equal.  America has been given this unique position as the wealthiest country in the world, we can use this to make our lives more comfortable and do our best to help our neighbors.

Strong Economy

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Every country desires a strong economy. Regardless if we like it or not.  Workers are divided up by income.  In America there are lower, middle, and upper classes.  Generally the majority of the population is in the lower to middle class structure with the smallest percentage being the upper class.  This will primarily always be the case, although in America we have great divides in wealth between the middle and upper class.  The middle class is becoming closer to the lower class as corporations look to cut cost and pass the savings on to new generations who are hired at a fraction of their predecessor’s wage.

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At the moment the jobless rates are at record lows. It is very easy to find a job although it is not so easy to find a middle or upper class job.  Most families are made up of two incomes with one or both income earners working two jobs.  Family life is cut, with providers living a life working and not much time being.  In my opinion this is not America first.  So what, I have a job, I have two jobs, but if I do not see my spouse or kids what does it matter?  Yet to provide shelter, clothes, and food you do what you must in order to survive.  Corporations understand that to squeeze as much productivity out of their employees they will work them more, and pay them less.  The price of living goes up, but wages stay the same.  This is not America first.

Powerful Military

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America is the wealthiest country with the most powerful military ever known to exist. A superpower as America needs a strong military in order to stay at the top; this is understandable.  Possessing a strong military is placing America first.  What is not placing America first is using this military for unjust causes.  In my opinion there has not been a just conflict since WWII.  Korea, Vietnam, both gulf wars, and Afghanistan simply were not needed to advance the country.  Currently we have thousands of troops at the Mexico border as a political stunt keeping us safe from migrants.  This is not placing America first.

Borders

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A country needs borders not a wall and razor wire. A country such as America was founded on the premise that this land is open for those who seek a better life.  This is America first.  Currently foreigners are not welcome in the country, especially if you are poor.  While we shake hands with Saudi murderers we spray tear gas at children.  This is not America first.  America first would be to stand up to outlaws such as the prince of Saudi Arabia.  Kindness and compassion are the footsteps of God, and this is America first.

A Deal Maker

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Currently America has a president that is supposedly an American first type of guy. He is supposedly a great deal maker.  This is up to interpretation.  There is no America first without putting the people first.  An unregulated market and high tariffs on goods only will hurt us.  Unfortunately people are too greedy not take advantage of deregulation.  If you want America first you protect the people from cheats and scammers.  This is not possible when you have someone who has always been a cheat and scammer running the show.  Donald Trump is not America first.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

            What are we so thankful for?  We get up; go to work, pay bills, sleep and repeat.  This is life for the majority of Americans.  Not exactly thrilling; yet we all hoped as children to be astronauts or serial killers. Life as a walking parasite on the earth may not be that great; we can still find ways to be thankful.  That is why we have this holiday after all!

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            I think the number one reason to love and dislike Thanksgiving is family.  Some will show their gratitude over politics mixed with alcohol and whose interpretation of the Bible is correct before the police get called.  Yes, family; they are what you have until years of disturbances have forever placed you in timeout at Village inn.

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The holidays are an interesting time. The suicide rate rises and we spend money trying to buy our families love.  For all these reasons and more the evergreen tree needs to be replaced with a cannabis plants with buds like ornaments ready to clip.  What did you get me mom?  A new bong!  Thank you, I can suffer through one more day.

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            While I may sound negative without adversity we would not have Thanksgiving.  A time honored tradition of sharing a meal received from the stories of British transplants, who are lucky they did not die of starvation.  Every year that goes by we can be thankful that we made it.  Over the course of that year how many of our fellow humans did not.  Not only did we make it, if you are the majority of the population you are not starving, you are clothed, and housed with a regular income as little as it might be.  Yes we have to go through the routines of life, but that is what life is.  This Thanksgiving just enjoy the moment.  Have a drink or a hit, relax, laugh and if you are lucky you will not end up in jail.

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Happy Thanksgiving from: The Backyard Preacher!

The Backyard Preacher #148 (Jesus the Immigrant)

Many people forget that Jesus as a child was a immigrant whos family fled to another country for fear of death. Today we face an immigration problem in the United States except the real problem is not the immigrants it is our response particularly the response of the church. The culture of Jesus should be accepting and, open to all people. Jesus said “For what you have done to the least of these, you have done to me.” We have forgotten the words of Jesus and have created an idol that is called the United States.

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #125 (The Pain of the Father)

Nate gets personal with his own struggles with his son. With his own pain as a father. How our perfect Father has been put through pain and suffering because of our rebellion. Yet God is love, the never ending love of the Father is beyond our understanding. It is time to except his love.