What problems do we face as Americans?

Posted: December 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

I was thinking about this yesterday and thought it would be cool to make this a little more interactive.  There are many that stop by each day to this blog.  I thought we could change the deal a little and have you leave a comment and create some interesting conversation.  I thought it would be interesting to hear what others are thinking about these days as pandemic problems and what could happen if they don’t get fixed.

So go ahead and get the conversation going and leave a comment on what you think we are facing as the biggest problem in America.

Let the conversation begin…

Steve Morgan

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Comments
  1. Merle Althafer says:

    I think our President should stop accepting awards he neither earns nor deserves. The awards I’m thinking for this posting is Time’s Man of the Year award and also the Nobel Peace Prize. I can think of other, more deserving candidates.

  2. Jim Croyle says:

    Steve, below is a post I made earlier in response to proposed gun control legislature. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about protecting the people but I am violently opposed to reducing the very freedoms our founding fathers fought so hard to secure. I love how LIFE is leading the charge in defense of those freedoms. Cheers! JC

    Make Bathtubs illegal!!!! The fight for Freedom

    According to the National Safety Council’s data on accidents report in the year 2000 in the United States there were:
    Deaths Associated with:
    776 Firearms Discharge
    650 Fall involving bed, chair, other furniture
    1,307 Fall on and from stairs and steps
    676 Contact with machinery
    341 Drowning and submersion while in or falling into bath-tub
    576 Drowning and submersion while in or falling into swimming-pool
    1,135 Drowning and submersion while in or falling into natural water
    742 Excessive exposure to natural cold
    2776 Uncontrolled fire in building or structure
    3187 Inhalation & ingestion of other objects causing obstruction of resp. tract
    744 Inhalation and ingestion of food causing obstruction of respiratory tract

    These are just a few of those reported and only those that could be attributed to a specific event.

    Just looking at these, if the horrific events in the recent past call for immediate legislature affecting the 2nd amendment, which is the only event or situation specifically protected by the US Constitution, then shouldn’t we be considering making Bathtubs and swimming pools illegal: multi-level buildings that have stairs- illegal; furniture that you can fall out of- illegal; any machinery that requires human intervention to operate- illegal; Shouldn’t we enact law that requires all food products to be specifically sized for consumption by all age groups?
    Or how about a law that requires all inanimate objects to be sized to prevent inadvertent suffocation? Enact Laws that forbid going out into the cold? Or Legislature that requires fireproof material used to the construction of buildings and domiciles?

    The problem is, the death caused by firearm discharge seems violent and people react violently with passion for control. Our government uses these situations to pass laws that constrain or take away freedoms all in the name of protecting the populace. It seems to me that the primary difference between a Democratic Republic and a Socialist or Communist Government is that one enacts laws that specifically describe want you cannot do while the other enacts laws that tell you what you must do. One preserves individual rights while the other minimizes.

    If you want control…go all the way….get rid of your bathtubs and pools, liquefy your foods…never climb up on furniture or stairs…
    Remember of all those list only one is a right afforded by the constitution. Those could easily be taken away…protect the liberties our founders fought so hard to secure.

    Tragedy will rear its ugly head and when it does, respond with compassion and love. Take an active role with helping to cope. Be a strong shoulder to lean on but do not fight to lose freedom, fight to defend it.

    Freedom is only for those who chose to fight for it.

    God Bless!

    Statistic source http://danger.mongabay.com/injury_death.htm

  3. I think one of the issues plaguing our country right now is education. Our society and culture has been so accepting of entertaining and numbing ourselves of what is really going on in today’s society. If we can educate others on history and how our country was founded I really think the direction people would take in their lives would change. We can’t make people want to be educated; however we can make true information available for the masses. There are several Americans that feel this way and we need to reach out to more every day and bring more truth back to America. If we can change the information we are getting on a daily basis, people can truly change from the inside and make a real difference in our great country.

    Thanks for sharing this post Steve. You are leading the way in getting truth back into America.

    • Nick,

      I like the thought. What are some steps you would suggest for people to get better in the area of gaining new quality info? I know you are a very dedicated student to personal growth.

      Steve.

      • Steve, a great way to get into the right information is to hear from people with results. I have college experience, corporate America experience and even some military experience; but very rarely have I learned in those arenas from people with the results I truly searched for. The LIFE business is a great tool in helping people get the right information. As I am talking about education, getting around the right people often can make an even bigger impact.

        Thanks Steve!

      • Jim Croyle says:

        Steve,

        Speaking on Education:

        I love learning in the LIFE business. With amazing teachers like the Woodward’s, Guzzardo’s, the Brady’s, the rest of the Policy Counsel and many of the RT, not to mention the amazingly talented guest speakers like Oliver DeMille, I am astounded that our current public education system is still modeled the way it is.

        Actually, I am not really that amazed. After all, it is designed to teach our children nothing more than to be employable. Oftentimes, public schools rely on athletics over academics to raise additional funds to keep open. And what does that say about the system? I’d answer with “BROKEN” and not broken like a bone that can be cast and mended. I mean irreparably broken.

        A little over a year ago, my 12 year old daughter came home from public school to tell us that one of her 12 year old friends was talking about her 5th sexual encounter. That was enough for Michele and I. We decided to follow suit with many of our business partners and friends and move towards Homeschooling. As a matter of fact, the book “A Thomas Jefferson Education” by DeMille was the real clincher for us.

        As parents, we took complete responsibility for the education of our children. My 13 year old has read more titles on leadership than most fortune 500 management personnel. More importantly, we discuss those things she finds valuable and because I have read the same titles, oftentimes simultaneously, we have adult discussions.

        Where many adults tell their teenaged children to stay out of adult business, we encourage ours to participate. We stretch their imagination and encourage them to like to learn.
        Point in case, while out building our business in VA, we dropped the girls off with some friends of ours; people that we trust implicitly. They are like family to us. Anyway, they ended up watching a show called America’s got talent and one of the performers was a scantily clad larger than average woman performing a dance routine with a pole for a prop. While everyone above the age of 5 was being entertained, my youngest daughter decided to ask the adult, “Don’t you think this show is a little inappropriate for me?”

        Now our dear friend Wilma Flintstone (name changed to protect the innocent) was both surprised and shocked. 1st surprised that a 5 year old had the where-with-all to know what was appropriate, but shocked that it never crossed her mind to think about it.

        We attribute that to the self-directed education we are pursuing as a family. More importantly, it is the education that many of our closest friends and business partners are pursuing as well.

        The Life leadership sees how important this issue is and has the vision to make a difference.

        We especially appreciate the example and mentorship we received in this area from you and Beth.

        Thanks for your continued example and friendship.

        God Bless

  4. Clint Fix says:

    I wish our lawmakers would stop making laws or decisions so hastily. The current process seems to look like this: something bad happens -> people scream for the government to “do something” -> some law gets passed based on knee jerk reactions that sound good to the masses -> real liberties are lost in exchange for an illusion of safety -> repeat.

  5. Brian Cotant says:

    The biggest impact America would benefit from would be to slow down and start thinking. We as people need to take the time to research the past one hundred years and identify what went wrong and what the negative effects were based on the events. Also, developing servant leadership instead of management leadership is important in todays society. Serving others with our own gifts and talents to help them achieve the results they are striving for. Too many people are in it for themselves and miss the servant leadership piece. This starts with reaching out and listening to others with compassion for their thougthts and agendas. And most importantly help others and ourselves identify who we are, why we are here, and how did we get here. When we discover what life is all about and what the mission truly is we will start putting the effort forth to fullfill a will that should be done on earth. This all will provide knowledge, hope and purpose which in turn will develop teamwork and freedom. Its time to for a Life Remix!

  6. Polly Boughton says:

    One of the biggest things we are facing in this country is the growing threat of higher taxes. Our government seems to think taking more from us without curbing their own spending will make things better.

  7. David Drews says:

    Since the early 90’s I’ve felt the biggest problem this country is the education system. I was never able to put my finger on how or why until the discovery of Oliver Demille (TJEd).
    The only thing I knew for sure was after nine years at a Lutheran School (K-8), my classmates and I had a far superior education than our public school counterparts. Unfortunately, after 4 years of public highschool, most of us were dumbed down to fit in better with the masses.

    • David,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. Interesting take on this issue. Sounds like you lived a good example of your theory.

      Steve

      • Dan White says:

        I also feel very passionate about the educational system…..having taught at a college for the last 15 years, I see the results. It’s not pretty. Our students are not taught to think, only to memorize. I tell my students first thing that “I’m not going to teach you what to think, but how to think”. A lot of them freak out. I even had a student quit the first day last semester. On another point that Oliver Demille makes in the TJED, we are using a production line, factory worker mentality in our schools. My youngest son is a great example of that, during his first couple years of high school, he would get a 80-90% on the final exam. Either he was a good cheater or he knew the material. He’s really smart (has a lot of meloncholy), he knew the material. Since he did little in class, he was always failing the subject. Seems like education is not the focus. Only to turn students into good little factory workers. If the unemployed students in my classes that are pouring out of factories that are closing or laying off are any indication…..I don’t think we need more factory workers. Actually many off us know that the future of the manufacturing industry in this country is limited.

        Two examples of the failure of the education system. I could go on for a long time as many well know…. 🙂

  8. angela4life says:

    One of the strongest issues I feel we face today in America, is the family unit. We as a nation went into the consumer age gathering more and more, living off credit, buying big houses, and going for what “they” told us was The American Dream. Surely it looked and appeared to be. Life seemed invincible, you could have, buy and live anyway you wanted, and especially to keep up with the Jone’s next door. Everybody was busy “upgrading” their lives, living way above their means and appeasing their children with all of the luxuries of a prince or princess, so to speak, Yet did it not cause us to loose sight of our principals and priorities? Truthfully, our kids missed out on the value of the dollar. Soon parents were so busy trying to keep up with their expenses. Working endlessly to try and maintain their lifestyles. ” We got busy getting busy”. I know this is a high speed summary of a decade or a couple decades, yet is it not true with most families? As things got tougher, job cuts, real estate crashes, market drops, companies going corrupt and bills piling high on the kitchen table, their we sat, wondering how to get out of this mess. As the combination of over working, bankruptcies and foreclosures became “the norm”, We as a society, even the ones not affected, quickly became a distressed country. The Dream…became realized as a lie.
    So, here we are, well a lot of us…looking for a way out of this mess. As companies and our internet pry on the desperate, and people are starting to lose all hope, a few guys with the most honest caring hearts, Guys with Integrity and Principle, a few whom saw past the lies, developed a company called LIFE. The courage it took for Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady to truly devise a way to help families rebuild financial means through the Educational material Life provides, from the 8 Fs that have given families, individuals and communities truth based information, is not only reuniting families, building integrity and putting principals back into the home and back into the people, is Amazing. The LIFE business IS going to change America and unite Us for the greater good of not only our country, but all of mankind. I am forever grateful for their courage,strength and true Leadership, to stand up and make a difference for America!

  9. Bill Schulz says:

    I just had a conversation with somebody yesterday about this very subject, how fitting to have the same topic show up here. One of the points from that conversation was the fact that Americans are hungry for information. They are constantly watching television shows that give opinions or research on different topics affecting both current events and history. They stay up late and get up early to watch the news. They subscribe to newspapers and magazines. They look up “information” on the internet. They check out what people have to say in blogs, chatrooms, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets. They especially like to ask their neighbor and coworker for their uneducated opinions. But the problem is not that they are hungry for information, the problem is the sources they choose to acquire it from. Not all media sources are bad, but we need to ask ourselves; what are the credentials of those publishing the information? What are their results regarding the information they are sharing? What do they have to gain by sharing their point of view? What research have they done before speaking out? Do they have your best interest in mind? It appears that the lack of knowledge in America about critical subjects such as freedom, finances, relationships and what have you, is not caused by a lack of hunger, but rather a lack of discretion. The question then becomes, how do you get America to listen, read, and think on their own? To seek out information from those who have the results, and can back it up with truth? To take in the information from questionable or unsubstantiated sources with a critical mind? Many sources, unfortunately, are much like the popular disclaimer on television shows: “Viewer Discretion Advised”

  10. Beth Morgan says:

    I think one of the biggest problems in America as is everywhere, is people not realizing how much happier they would be with God as a part of their life.

    • Brian Cotant says:

      Ken Hamm describes this well in his last AGO talk, The Attack on Genesis. Amazing points. Darcy and I listened to it on the way to Christmas shop and we were floored and glued to the dashboard. I am passing many of these out in our Community to see if we can light a fire. Our Country needs to get to the root of the problem and this is it. The rest are symptoms because of the problem.

      • Brian

        That CD is a really good cd for everyone to listen to. I like the perspective of how it is viewed by him as the Root of the problem. I asked this question on this blog to see what people were thinking the biggest problem is that we face. I don’t really think we can pin point it down to just a single act but many that lead back to a violation of Truth. Thanks for sharing Brian,

        Steve

  11. Renee says:

    A Lack of commitment. Commitment to family, responsibility, good morals – I could go on but I think I will stop there. A child models everything they see and will echo everything they hear. All it takes is one action – positive or negative – and it can make or break a person (especially a child). Vows are not taken seriously – vows to be a spouse, a parent, a team player, a co-worker, etc. Everything seems to be so “throw away” these days. Don’t like your marriage? Trade it for a different model. Don’t like what your children are doing? Send them to an electronic babysitter. Don’t like your job? Just complain enough and expect something to change. What is this showing/telling our future?

  12. Laurie Tallio says:

    What problems do we face as Americans? The breakdown of the family, our walk away from God, our media sources, our turn away from personal responsibilities (and looking for a government policy to fix it), our education system (there are wonderful, creative teachers working in a broken system), our tendency to be defeated by a perceived failure, rather than learning from it, Solution -Embrace an educational system that will help you explore personal responsibility and principles of Faith, Family, Finances, Freedom, and Leadership (and even friends, fun and fitness!). My thinking has had a complete about face in many areas of my life, for which I am SO grateful.

  13. Dan White says:

    Hey Steve,

    A big issue as Americans although, it may be global. Is the media. We as a community are always discussing how we are poorly served by traditional media. I have been reminded recently by a few different “inputs” how it is degrading us as a nation. I’ll touch on a few. I have been reminded in several books that I have read recently about some different wrongs. In the “on Speaking Well”, Peggy Noonan speaks of how the press has dumbed down our impression of the presidency by making them perform often as entertainers rather than leaders. In “The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell, he talks about how the media frenzy over events like teenage suicides and school shootings has glamorized it and desensitized us all to it and so these things are now entertainment, thus happening more and more. I will briefly touch on a few other things, but they are equally important if not more so. The family values, nutritional values and ideas about freedom, leadership and what it will take to change this country constantly pacifies a majority just striving to be mediocre and proud of it.

    Only through the truth will change happen. Only by getting information from people that have results can you be assured that the source is a true one.

    Thanks for a opportunity to vent my frustration with the Media.

    Youdanwhiteiam

    • Dan

      I think you are on to something with the media. I heard someone say once, “to track down major problems in society, follow the money.” It seems to be a pretty true statement. If people would realize how many billions of dollars have been spent in research on how to market to the human brain, it would blow your mind. We stopped having cable or satellite years ago because we decided that we aren’t smart enough to overcome the research and what they can make us do by suggestion. We also decided that we wouldn’t miss that much either. So many people sacrifice their values and chance that whatever someone that they don’t know, would decide what flashes on the screen next. I didn’t want that for my family. I also agree that the news outlets don’t do their jobs either. The report what the MOB wants to hear or needs to hear to stay moving in the right direction.

      Steve

  14. Brian Cotant says:

    Steve, I wanted to reply again. Over the past couple of weeks I have listened to Ken Hamm’s talk, The Attack on Genesis, from the AGO series several times and he points out amazing facts of why America is falling. Most of the events and behaviors we are facing are not the issue, they are the symptoms of a very deep issue nationwide. I encourage all to listen to this audio and really think about the message. I am buying a copy for every pastor I network with in Barry County. Amazing information here and really gets me pumped for 2013 and what can be accomplished. Recently I have been inspired by the book called, The Tipping point. This book talks about applying the laws of the tipping point and what it takes to create an epidemic. I am amazed about all the negative epidemics and how they came to fruition but at the same time excited about what can be done by very few to create a world changing positive epidemic. Highly encourage all to read this book and understand how little things can make a big difference in very little time. These two resources alone pretty much sums up the problems and what we need to do as individuals to correct it. I cant believe all this information is left out of our educational system. Unbelievable.

  15. Jim Croyle says:

    Steve,
    I happened to catch a glimpse of this report on the news last weekend and thought it would be interesting to follow up.
    ——–
    Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s supply of painkillers — more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year — as the country’s prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes.
    That’s enough drugs to give every single American 64 Percocets or Vicodin. And pain pill prescriptions continue to surge, up 600 percent in ten year, thanks to doctors who are more and more willing to hand out drugs to patients who are suffering.
    As more people get their hands on these potentially-dangerous drugs, more are taking them to get high. Their drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year — more than from heroin and cocaine combined.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2142481/Americans-consume-80-percent-worlds-pain-pills-prescription-drug-abuse-epidemic-explodes.html#ixzz2H10DMvQd
    ——-
    Initially, I was a little shocked and then, after some further contemplation, not so much.
    It seems as though it tracks with entertaining society in to a stupor. Pretty simple, entertain the masses into indifference, medicate them into dependence, provide handouts disguised as entitlements and eventually, the freedoms so hard fought for by the founders will dwindle away until replaced entirely by a group of people that know what is best for everyone.
    I read an article today that (I’m still researching to validate its authenticity) that 11 states now have more people receiving welfare than they have employed. I think it’s safe to say that today there are more welfare recipients than ever before. Unemployment benefits have been extended from 6 months to 2 years.

    One thing is for certain, this land of milk and honey is going to sour and turn bitter if something doesn’t change.

    I couldn’t be happier to be involved with an organization that is actually trying to do something about it.

    Cheers and God Bless!

    Jim C

  16. Bob says:

    Steve,

    One issue that has concerned me is the Health Care system. As it stands right now, no one, not even the doctor, knows how much it will cost when you go to the hospital.

    A few weeks later though bills start rolling in from several different places. Patients don’t know when the last one will come or how much they have left to pay.

    I am not an advocate of socialized medicine, but if the health care community doesn’t do something to fix the situation themselves, the public support for socialized medicine wil grow.

    I don’t know what the answer is, but the Government and layers and layers of bureaucracy is not an answer.

    Thanks for providing a forum to share our thoughts.

    Bob

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