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picture used from The Sun/UK "Up, Up and Hooray!"

Last night I was glued to the TV, not with one of my silly shows, but it was the human spirit that captivated me.  I saw the first miner come to the surface of the earth after being trapped 2,000 feet under ground for 68 long days.  Tears where streaming down my face and my heart was overwhelmed with all I was taking in.  It was like I was there chanting their Chilean football cheer.  PD1 looked up at me and asked me if I was sad as I was wiping the tears away and gathering her together for bed.  This was the fist time I had to explain to her that not all crying is because someone is sad or hurt but can come when one is happy and at peace with what they are experiencing. 

After the kids were tucked safely away in their beds, I decided to go to bed early and just watch this amazing feat of engineering, collaboration, unity, perseverance , fear, joy and faith that this country is dealing with and experiencing.  The next miner comes up and he is just a ball of energy!  He is running and jumping and leading the crowd in the football cheer.  He embraced every rescue worker and was full of life!  Again the water works just came back. 

I have seen two more rescues and as of right now they are in the process of rescuing the 13th miner.  They are still far from the end, but the spirit you see being fed back via the media is infectious. You feel a sense of pride, you feel a sence of hopefulness, you feel a sence that human life is precious and resilient and worth all that has been put into this rescue effort. 

In watching this, I realized that this media coverage is not just covering an amazing rescue,one for the history books,  but it is covering what is important.  Each time a miner comes up safe and you watch them embrace their families and friends, the world seems to be less evil, less broken and less full of nonsense.  It seems that not only has the tangible effort brought together countries, villages, companies, and people who would more or less never of given thought to each other but it is bringing the world together seeing the human spirit at work . 

There are no campaign agendas, there is no Al Qaeda and Taliban, there are no wall street  investigations, there is no 9.6% unemployment, there is no recession recovery, and there is no left or right.  All there that being pumped into my living room is this fragile peace that passes all comprehension; something each of us are born with but rarely ever tap into. 

This peace could change the world, if everyone could just take one slice of what this amazing moment in history is giving us and really understand its power!  In doing that the world would be a little bit less confusing, the egos would be a little bit smaller and the evils would be a little bit less scary. 

If you have not seen this amazing feat of turning a tragedy to an amazing story of rescue, survival and the thriving human spirit, there is still time.  Sit down and at least watch one.  I believe it will be a moment you will never forget.

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  Last Sunday night a show hit the air ways of America via TLC called “Sister Wives”.  The trailers struck my interest long before airing since I have  a huge fascination with polygamy. Do not misunderstand my fascination for anything other than I am a theology major and religion in general fascinates me. I have read almost anything out there regarding the FLDS and am an avid fan of “Big Love”.  Also the thought of having the support and help that “sister wives” bring sounds like a dream, if I could only come to terms of sharing my husband, which I could never do.   

The show embraces the reality of the “life style” of this family of four wives and sixteen children.  They are self-supporting and have quite the set up of how they run the daily goings on of the family.  I did some digging and there are many families that are in the same exact set up as these folks.  They are not living on compounds, not abusing their children, they are not raping the welfare system, and their children are raised with a huge work ethic, a sence of love and security which makes them able to be kind and loving to the outside world. They are just good, hard-working Americans that believe in plural marriage as one of the major foundations of their faith.  Not that I agree with it, but it is their faith. They are not impacting anyone but themselves.  

The thing is polygamy is illegal and this family has now found themselves under investigation and may be prosecuted at a felony level.  If this happens this family will be torn apart, thrown in prison,  the kids will be shipped off to an already over crowded and poor functioning foster care system and no one really wins.  The kids lose their family, they are no longer paying their share of taxes, and the tax payers are now picking up the dime to now support all twenty-one  people who were not really doing anything but be strange and “immoral” to many Americans that can’t even organize their own life.  Essentially these twenty-one lives are now a drain on society and we put them there by legislation that is none of our business.  

If Americans would take that energy of fighting for these kinds of legislations and put it towards regulating the welfare system, fighting to keep manufacturing here within the states, and hold the heads of education accountable, maybe we would have people willing to really go to work and be responsible for themselves.  We would have jobs and would not depend on nor worry about other countries.  Finally, we would have well-educated kids. 

In researching this, I found out that the Libertarian Party is trying to decriminalize polygamy in the same manner they are fighting for same-sex marriages. They believe that government should not regulate marriages.   That made me think long and hard about my fundamental beliefs and I have to say I concur.  The older I become, the more of a Libertarian I am developing into.  I asked myself  the question, “Do the choices of the polygamist or same-sex partners impact me in any way?”  No, as long as they are not a drain on society or intentionally hurting someone, it is none of my business on the choices they make for themselves.  Those choices that they make are between them and their maker.  There are plenty of heterosexual single marriages that do more damage to the welfare system, their children, themselves and others to argue this point for polygamists and gays. 

Yes, both cross many “moral” belief systems but it is not our right nor place to police that.  We are not to judge or throw stones at other’s choices as long as they are not hurting others in any physical or financial way.  I feel that we do things very backwards in this country and look at the condition we are in! On one hand we want separation of church and state, yet on the other hand we want the state to rule with a church perspective and yet not allow anyone to be accountable for themselves and their choices. 

Some would think I am contradicting myself when it comes to me saying I don’t want a lot of government imput, yet I feel it is the government’s responsibility to hold those on welfare accountable and to make home birth’s illegal (I will address home births in a later post).  

I have huge issue with people intentionally having kids on welfare or even being on welfare when they are deemed able to get out and work and function on a normal cognitive and physical level.  I feel that if the parties that choose to be on welfare willing place themselves as wards of the state and the state should have the right to regulated funds and choices they make since it costs the tax payers.  I feel that if you have a kid on welfare you must be on birth control in order to get the funds.  Also, welfare is just a bridge to a better life, not a way of life for years and years.  There should be a max and when it is done and you face the consequences of taking responsiblity for yourself and your family. If you can’t , you lose them and the state is not going to bail you out; homelessness and losing your kids is your rock bottom.   The thought to loss to most motivates and kicks people into gear more than anything. Again, I stress these scenarios are for those that are deemed able to truly take care of themselves. 

My grandmother, a woman who survived the Great Depression, always told me that the biggest help I could find is at the end of my arms.  She had no hand outs, she had to work at a very young age to contribute to her neighbors and her family so they would not starve and guess what, she died a very wealthy woman. She knew what it took to survive and work hard and applied that her whole life and it passed down onto three generations (my kids being the third).   

The bottom line is, if you are not putting anyone innocent at risk, you are not physically causing harm to others or their resources it is none of our business.  Let the gays marry, leave the polygamists alone and take care of and be accountable of yourself and those within your four walls.

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