Why? What’s so critical to our nation that every kid complete high school? Really. I don’t think my final two years of high school provided any value to my life. Sure, I graduated and got a piece of paper, but I did it because I had to.
“If we gave vouchers to parents for $4,400 a year, schools would be starting right and left. People would get out of college and say, “Let’s start a school.” You could have a track at Stanford within the MBA program on how to be the businessperson of a school. And that MBA would get together with somebody else, and they’d start schools. And you’d have these young, idealistic people starting schools, working for pennies.”—
I’m enamored with the Tebow story. At first it was the debate about his unbridled demonstration of his belief in Jesus and Lord and Savior that sparked my attention. Then I was lured into the underdog conversation.
But as I prepare to watch the game tonight I had a revelation: the Tebow story is about change. Tebow is abnormal, in a good way. I want him to win because others said he wouldn’t. It’s not about him being an underdog, because he’s only an underdog in some people’s minds.
It’s fair to assume that Tebow doesn’t feel he’s incapable of winning. If he did, why would he play the game? Why have a game at all if the magnificent pontificating pundits were all we had to follow?
Tebow represents something new, different. He’s special. Go Broncos!
If there is one statement that clearly separates the Tea Party from the Progressive is this quote:
"…exemptions for employer-sponsored health benefits (which cost the U.S. Treasury about $184 billion a year in foregone revenue)…”
It’s inevitable that the government would have taxed the $184 billion? Did the U.S. somehow transition from a representative republic to a monarchy? Oh thank you Lord U.S. Treasury for letting me keep a portion of my earnings.
This attitude assumes that it’s the government’s money, not the citizen’s. Yes, productivity is compensated in a currency. Also, reasonable citizens agree that the government needs to raise revenue via taxes to pay for necessary government functions.
But the work was still completed by the human not the government. It’s not acceptable for the government to have a claim on 100% of human labor. The government isn’t our master, we’re supposed to it’s master.
Consider this extreme example: should the government tax other perks such as the office coffee machine?
Jonny Saraceno articulates why I’m cheering for Tebow. In addition to the underdog aspect, Tebow just seems like a good person. And we need more people like Tebow in this world.
Less than 15 minutes before kickoff, Tebow finished warming up and approached the girl on the sidelines, telling her, “Bailey, I’ve been looking forward to meeting you.” He gave her a big hug and an autographed football.
"It was very emotional — we haven’t seen her that happy in a long time," says her mother, Kathy. "You could tell by how he was talking to Bailey that he was not doing this for publicity or any other reason than he likes kids. He is an exceptional guy."
Bailey thinks so, too.
"My heart was going like a million miles an hour," she says.
"He was amazing — so sweet, kind and generous. He just made me feel so special.
"It was the best day of my life."
Tebow isn’t the only decent human in the NFL but I wouldn’t say he’s the norm either.
Glenn Beck recommended Phillip Dru: Administrator as a must read. It’s not. That is, it’s not worth your time unless you’re looking for insight into a 1910 view on the effective implementation of socialism.
President Woodrow Wilson’s right hand man, Edward Mandell House is the author and it’s supposedly Woodrow’s favorite book (good luck finding a reliable source). However, it makes sense that Woodrow would support the views of the main character, Philip Dru. Like Dru, Woodrow felt hampered by the US Constitution.
Dru believes life is unfair:
Karl Marx had some good ideas but socialism just hasn’t implemented correctly.
Government can provide social justice through taxation and effective government programs.
Having more money than someone else is bad.
And the main way people earn money is through ill-gotten gains.
I’m only about halfway through the book and the quotes from Dru are astounding. It’s as if he’s an occupy wall street protestor today. For example:
[wealth is gained] under the guise of the constitutional protection of property.
Men have fought, struggled and died, lured by the gleam of gold, and to what end? The so-called fortunate few that succeed in obtaining it.
[the rich “1%’ers” are] Not satisfied with reasonable gain, they sought to multiply it beyond all bounds of need.
It’s a not a compelling story nor is it not well written. The only reason to read it would be to understand the earl mindsets of those that founded American progressivism.
It’s good to read so many people talking about Tebow. That’s what Tebow wanted too, the platform to speak about his relationship with Jesus. If you end the story there and it’s a great ending.
However, for me, what makes Tebow so great is that so many people said he couldn’t do play QB in the NFL. Tebow is the ultimate underdog. Mark Hodge is prime example. He’s the usual ESPN pundit that only promotes the stereotypical NFL pocket quarterback, of which Tebow is not. Yet Tebow wins, wins his own way. And that’s why I like Vick too.
Getting back to the God aspect of the story, God does care. He may or may not care if Tebow wins or loses but I believe He cares about Tebow’s joy.
Think about this, the more the Broncos win the more Tebow gets to have a stage to share his testimony. This doesn’t mean God is picking winners, no one professes to know the mind of God. However, God must be relishing the chance to celebrate with Tebow, same as he would any NFL QB or anyone that choses to relinquish their claim on talents to God.
Great people do great things their own way. Rarely do humans celebrate the mundane winner. We want the unique and Tebow provides. I make no forecast on future Tebow games other than I’ll be watching. Go Tebow!
A new family rule: if someone would like to go on a date with Taylor, you must first “friend me” on Facebook. Our pre-2012 family rule was just for Taylor to introduce the boy to me but face-to-face meetings can be so complicated. And I only count real Facebook profiles.
I got rid of my office and now work out of my bag. It’s nice (and I cheat with a home office). Thoreau had something to say about easy living and I agree, but it’s hard. Stuff is so enticing. However, simple is better, much better.
My daughter went back to school after the Christmas break in a ho-hum mood. Typical. But I asked if she was excited to see her friends, find out what they did over the break. I shouldn’t have been surprised to find out that she already knew everything via Facebook, Twitter, and of course Tumblr. She knew the second it happened. So much for first days at school…