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Dominion or Animal Abuse?

The Bible says in Genesis 1:26 that God said, “and let them (mankind) have dominion over (animals)…”  Mahatma Gandhi said, “the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

According to Daniel Goleman’s bestseller, Emotional Intelligence, animals with a limbic system in their brain, have emotions.  All mammals, which includes most farm animals, have limbic systems and therefore have feelings and fear, are joyful and love.  Animals also have varying degrees of intelligence, but most importantly, they feel pain and suffer.  As such, what right do people have to support their being tormented, suffer and die gruesome deaths?

Former Beattle  from Britain, Paul McCartney, said “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”  In plainer English, if people could see the horrific slaughter of animals, many would find it difficult to eat anything with a face.  I’m the son of a butcher who went with his father most mornings to a few slaughterhouses to purchase the meat we sold at his butcher shop. While there, I saw animals slaughtered, some humanely, some cruelly.  I therefore have firsthand knowledge of what happens in slaughterhouses.

Red meat (beef, veal, lamb, pork) is bad for your health, except that it is high in quality protein.  Chicken (loaded with antibiotics) and fish (containing PCBs and mercury) are not good routine food choices either, although both are healthier than red meats.   So what should one eat for optimal health, nutrition, and ethics?   Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of The End of Diabetes,  says basically “beans and greens,” and all other vegetables as well.  Meat should be used only for seasoning.

You may believe that farm animals are just dumb animals.  However, if that were true, how do you explain Priscilla the 3-month old pig, who in 1995 was inducted into the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Hall of Fame for saving 11-year-old Anthony Melton from drowning by swimming to him, oinking to grab her harness, and then swimming with Anthony hanging on, to shore.  This story was reported in the book, Animal Miracles, and it is not unusual, it happens frequently.

In addition to slaughtering animals for food, we hunt them for sport, experiment on them causing needless suffering and pain, train them to fight each other for our amusement, do not neuter our pets to the extent that there are an estimated 100,000,000 homeless stray and feral cats alone in the U.S., most of which will eventually starve, freeze or thirst to death.  I had my own  cat shelter for ten years in Denver and “trapped, neutered, and returned” (TNR) about 100 feral and stray cats and therefore know of what I speak.

Many animal rights advocates are considered fanatics.  However, Abraham Lincoln, definitely not a fanatic, said “I’m in favor of animal rights as well as human rights.  That is the way of the whole human being.”

Finally, getting back to Mahatma Gandhi, if his assertion is correct that “a nation’s greatness is judged by the way its animals are treated,” is the U.S., or any nation on Earth, great?  It appears that many people in most nations have abused their dominion over animals that the Creator bestowed.

 

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WILL PRESIDENT TRUMP BECOME OUR GREATEST PRESIDENT?

George Washington was our greatest President…without him there would be no United States of America.  Abraham Lincoln was our second greatest for ending slavery and preventing the South from seceding from the Union and therefore keeping the United States as one country.  Ronald Reagan was our third greatest because America was in a huge mess after Jimmy Carter’s presidency and Reagan turned it around by rebuilding our military to the extent that the Soviet Union collapsed, and President Reagan also and grew the economy, which resulted in the doubling of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the ten-year period from the time Reagan’s cuts in tax rates went into effect (1983).

I believe that Donald Trump is now our fourth greatest president and may eventually move up to being our third, then our second, and finally our greatest.  He already knows the best policies to pursue for the U.S. to prosper…in addition to knowing how to handle sticky international problems and strengthening our military, but now he needs to become even better at dealing with the Democrats and the media and be far more careful in his choice of words and protecting himself from the likes of Dick Durbin, Nancy Pelosie, Chuck Shumer, Adam Schiff, etc.

As I write this post (2/3/18), President Trump recently signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is reving up the U.S. economy, big time.  This comes as the President terminated over a 1,000 job-killing useless regulations, initiating a huge increase (7 trillion dollars) in the Stock Market, creation of 2.4 million new jobs, very low unemployment rate (4.1 %), increases in the Civilian Labor-Force Participation Rate, and growth in the Gross Domestic Product by 3-5%.  Morever, by giving the military more flexibility in fighting ISIS, most areas formerly held by ISIS have been recaptured.  President Trump is now trying to get an illegal-immigration-stopping wall built on our southern border, an end to chain migration, and an end to VISA-lottery immigration.  If Congress ever passes his FY 2018 budget, our huge amount of broken-down military hardware will be repaired.

Exactly what does President Trump need to do to become the best President in U.S. history?  Circumstances and the President’s actions in response to them have a lot to do with how great a president becomes.  Therefore, how Trump makes America great again despite everything the mainstream media and the Democrat Party do to stop him, will determine, in part, how great President Trump becomes.  Put more simply, Trump’s political enemies will be somewhat responsible for the degree that he becomes great.  There is a simple Arab saying that makes it clear, “the greater our enemy, the greater the victory over that enemy.”  With the release of the four-page memo from the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump had some very formidable and powerful enemies.

I just listened to the State of the Union speech by President Trump and from that I believe that he is on his way to becoming our greatest.  What does he still need to do to become our greatest?  This is what I believe he needs to do at a minimum:

  1. build the southern border wall, end the visa lottery, end sanctuary cities, severely limit chain migration, establish a merit-based immigration system,
  2. pass a great infrastructure bill, using to the extent possible, mostly state, local and private funds,
  3. completely repeal obamacare and replace it with system for great healthcare insurance system,
  4. get to zero budget deficits and begin significantly paying down the national debt,
  5. eliminate ineffective government programs and agencies and reduce the size of the Federal workforce,
  6. rebuild the military to be stronger than it ever has been,
  7. end the opiod crisis,
  8. expose and end voter fraud,
  9. revitalize and make safe depressed inner cities,
  10. help the Democrat Party clean up its corruption,
  11. appoint many more conservative judges,
  12. be more congenial, don’t severely criticize former presidents, don’t exagerate
  13. be re-elected President in 2020.

In today’s partisan political climate, it’s difficult to get much accomplished without great effort, but President Trump is getting important things done despite his many enemies. We’ll know in a few years how great President Trump will be.  Stay tuned.

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