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Commentary On Ratings

by D. E. Carson (writer), , July 28, 2009

This is directed at the two readers who gave my article about Professor Gates a One Star Rating.

The article in question is here.

So what are you trying to say with your rating?  You didn't like my article?  Why?  Because of who wrote it?  Because it dared to take a look at racism in America?  Because it laid the responsibility at the feet of those who deserved it?  Maybe it was slightly biased in favor of the police report, but in light of events that have transpired since then, perhaps this is a case where the police were telling the truth?  I mean, even Obama admitted he made a mistake there (even though he stopped short of actually apologizing for it).

No, I think the reason for your low rating is simply because you don't like me.  Okay, I can accept that.  I'm not really interested in being liked by everyone anyway.  Because in order for me to be liked by everyone, I have to agree with everyone and frankly I don't.  I don't apologize for it either.  I have my beliefs and opinions and they are based on the facts as I find them in the news -- and not just Fox News either.  I make no apologies for telling the truth as I see it.  I've said it before and I say it here: I just calls it like I sees it.

To do that, you have to have common sense.  Unfortunately in this day and age, that is very uncommon.  You don't like me because of my conservative views.  I can't help that most conservatives agree with me.  That's their problem.  Let me explain to you where I'm coming from and maybe that will at least help you understand me.  At the very least, it will give you another article to give a one-star to.

I believe that everyone has the duty and responsibility to care for his or her own personal needs.  I do not believe that the government has the right or the authority to interfere with that duty.  I believe that it is solely up to each and every individual American to provide for his or her own welfare.  I do not believe that it is the responsibility of the government to take care of me because I am either too lazy or too stupid to take care of myself.

I believe that it is the duty and responsibility of every American to be responsible for his or her own financial affairs.  The government has no business offering a bailout to anyone who cannot effectively manage his or her finances.  The same goes for businesses.

I believe that it is the duty and responsibility of every American to find in him or herself the wherewithall to get up every morning and contribute to society in a positive way by going to work.  Furthermore, if you cannot find a job that matches your particular skillset, then start a business selling your skills to people.  It is not now, nor has it ever been, function of government to provide you with a job or a paycheck -- unless you are an actual employee of that government.  But for you to think that the government is going to give you a job at some local company by forcing that company to hire you, then you are sadly mistaken.  For you to think that you are entitled to government assistance because you aren't working is also a grave mistake on your part as well.

I believe that it is the duty and responsibility of every American to innovate.  America was the first nation to put a man on the moon when the technology did not even exist.  Americans have always stepped up to the plate when it came time to make things right and make things better and as a nation, America, has a history of knocking it out of the park every time.  The government does not need to be the source of America's greatness -- that title belongs to the people of America.  It is the people who build.  It is the people who think.  It is the people who design. It is the people who make things happen.

I believe that any American who comes up with the best idea deserves to reap the fruits of his or her labor and to do as he or she pleases with those fruits.  The government does not have the right nor the authority to confiscate those fruits for the purpose of redistributing them to those who choose not to contribute to society.  Poverty is a choice and when people choose to let the government take care of them, they are condemning themselves and their family to a life of poverty.  A bountiful life does not come from the government, it comes from the sweat of one's own hand.  Those who chose to work hard and work wisely deserve everything they get -- including the right to keep more of what they earn.  Those who chose to hide under a rock and let the government take care of them deserve what little they get.  If you want to see what Jesus thinks about this, check out his parable called "The Ten Talents".  Which brings me to my next belief.

I believe in a holy God who sent his Son to save the world from itself.  America is no exception.  America needs to be saved from itself and the only way for it to do that is to turn away from its wickedness and humble itself and to call out to God for forgiveness and He will heal this nation.  Unfortunately, I am also a realist and I know that many Americans -- some of whom are reading this -- will never accept what I have just written.   The only advice I can give you is this:  If you are living like there is no God, you'd better be right.  The Bible does teach that we are to care for the poor, but that command goes out to the people, not to the government.  By letting the government take care of our poor, we Americans are shirking our God-ordered duty to care for them.  By letting the government take care of the poor, we are pushing them out of our lives so we don't have to deal with them or look at them.  It's a nice, safe little out-of-sight out-of-mind game.  It's interesting that liberals scream the loudest about helping the poor, but liberals also have a record of the lowest in giving of time or money to charity.  In contract conservatives have the better record when it comes to giving.  Liberals off-load that responsibility to the government so they can have a clear conscience by saying, "Hey, I pay my taxes to help the poor."  Conservatives keep their conscience clear by making sure the help gets to those who really need it and not let some bureaucrat deal with it.  The purpose of government is to maintain order and protect the people from enemy threats.  It is the duty and responsibility of the people to take care of themselves.

And with that, I have come full circle.



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5 comments on Commentary On Ratings

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By Lucy Ong on July 28, 2009 at 05:41 pm

America needs to be saved from itself and the only way for it to do that is to turn away from its wickedness and humble itself and to call out to God for forgiveness and He will heal this nation.

First, spurious.  Second, reeks of disloyalty to America and Americans.  Third, more than a suggestion of haughtiness.  Fourth, bigoted as “God” is only one of hundreds of religions. Fifth, you got a problem with rating, take it up with the owners of this site, not those that rate you what you think they shouldn’t.  Sixth, follow the posted rules of this site and cite your sources.  Seventh, follow the posted rules of this site for expressing criticism in courteous, temperate, and constructive terms.  Eight, follow the posted rules of this site If you don't like what you see, vote.  Ninth, follow the posted rules on this site to not re-write stories you read in the newspaper or saw on CNN last night.  Tenth, lighten up.

That’s why I vote you down.

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By Credo on July 28, 2009 at 08:19 pm

You sound a lot like me when I first started writing for Broowaha, always having to protect my right to be heard, it's a strenuous struggle, but remember there are always those who wish to silence you.

Keep on striving, I may not always agree with your dissertations and you may not always agree with mind but I certainly agree with your right to be heard.

I love your spunk

Credo

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By D. E. Carson on July 31, 2009 at 01:40 am

First, spurious.
According to the Merriam-Webster OnLine Dictionary, your word means: 1) of illegitimate birth : bastard  (Nope, my parents were married) 2) outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its genuine qualities : false (Nope, what you see is what you get.  I make no pretenses about anything.  You have two choices, take me or leave me)  3a) of falsified or erroneously attributed origin : forged  (Nope, I’m pretty much the genuine article here.  My belief system comes from within myself. 3b) of a deceitful nature or quality (Nope, I’ve never tried to be deceitful.  Like I’ve said, I call it like I see it.  That takes common sense – something many liberals lack today).

Second, reeks of disloyalty to America and Americans.
Only to those who think the government is supposed to provide cradle to grave entitlements and who want to lie around the house all day watching Doprah on TV while shoving Twinkies in their mouths.  That kind of existence is contrary to what built America and it is certainly about as anti-American as it comes.

Third, more than a suggestion of haughtiness.
C’mon Lucy, don’t sugar-coat this.  It’s bad enough you hide behind the anonymity of the rating system here anyway with your guerilla tactics.  You disagree with me have the decency to come out into the light and face me you coward.

Fourth, bigoted as “God” is only one of hundreds of religions.
As far as I’m concerned, there is no other religion.  Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through me (emphasis added).  And since you are so nit-picky about sources, here: John 14:6 NIV.  Christians cannot allow for the existence of other religions.  BUT they do not have the authority to kill those who do not follow Jesus.  Christians are commanded to love our enemies and to spread the news of Jesus to all the world.  We cannot make you join us, but there is no lienency for anyone who has been exposed to the truth and has rejected it.

Fifth, you got a problem with rating, take it up with the owners of this site, not those that rate you what you think they shouldn’t.
This isn’t the first time something like this has been done around here.  I know of many times others have written on how they do not like the rating system.  Besides, I’m addressing the cowards who hide behind the ratings and down-rate stories because they’re too afraid to engage in meaningful discussion.  So if the shoe fits…

Sixth, follow the posted rules of this site and cite your sources.
Oh, NOW you’re going to start waving the rulebook in my face?  I’ve cited sources when necessary but use common sense more than most.

Seventh, follow the posted rules of this site for expressing criticism in courteous, temperate, and constructive terms.
You should follow your own advice.

Eight, follow the posted rules of this site If you don't like what you see, vote.
If I don’t like what I see, I ignore it.  Perhaps you should try.

Ninth, follow the posted rules on this site to not re-write stories you read in the newspaper or saw on CNN last night.
I’ve never had any complaints from the management.  In the event they wish to reprimand me, they are free to do so.  However, to date neither DigiDave nor Ariel have said anything.  You ask me to cite my sources yet you deny me the very sources necessary for writing a story.  I take my topics from the news wires (AP, Reuters, etc.).  I don’t “rewrite” stories, I simply take the minimal facts then write an opinion.  If you look you will see that most of my stories are opinions – not unlike the OpEd pieces found on the editorial pages of other newspapers.

Tenth, lighten up.
Lighten up?  How about you lighten up?  The First Amendment is intended for everyone not just liberals and the people who agree with them.  If you don’t like my opinions, you are welcome to not read them.  But don’t hide behind the ratings system in ambush.

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By D. E. Carson on July 31, 2009 at 01:41 am

Deano:

Not whining, just trying to give a little insight into where I'm coming from.

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By wolviela on August 03, 2009 at 01:47 pm

I have to say the article was fascinating.. but the comments were entertaining. So together I would rate this as 4. These articles are intended for people to express their opinion, write about what they want and provide education and entertainment. Not a contest. This is the main reason I joined, because I know I'm not the best writer out there, but people are encouraging, or critical.  In other words people are people and you take them or leave them. If people get that in this life then the world with be a much better place, and peace may insue as in Lady D's article. Happy writing EVERYONE.

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