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I awakened this morning a 56-year old man, on the downhill slide toward the milestone of 60, and I was overwhelmed by the number of birthday wishes in my social media feeds! It's simply not possible for today not to be a good day when you're on the receiving end of so much love!

When I was much younger, I used to think that, at 56, I would be in my declining years before retirement, but to tell the truth, I feel like there is still a lot of great living ahead of me, and I can't wait to experience it. I may not be as hirsute or svelte as I once was - there's little I can do about the former and I must do more about the latter! - but I feel great and I'm excited about the future.

I am a fortunate man - I have everything I need and most of what I want, and I am one of the most contented men on the planet because I have chosen to surrender all to a powerful, righteous and loving God. It's not that I don't have troubles, and it's not that I don't occasionally try to do things in my own power, but I know that when I mess up, and I do and I will, my Lord and Savior will lift me up when I seek His mercy. It doesn't get any better.

Thanks to all of my friends, long-time and just-met, for the words of kindness on my birthday. I'm not one of those people who's old enough to be asked the secret of my longevity - not yet, anyway! - but if someone were to ask me that question, I would give them four pieces of advice:

1. Be kind.
2. Be humble.
3. Be grateful.
4. Above all else, be God's servant.

"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." ~ Philippians 4:12-13
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Happy Belated Birthday Ron and "As long as you live may you never want.  As long as you live, may you live as long as you want."
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"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." ~ John 15:13

In honor of those who gave their last full measure of devotion on June 6, 1944. They were courageous not because they had no fear, but because they overcame their fear and charged ahead, many of them into eternity, to free a continent, and save the world.
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"Far too many black Americans and liberal whites really do assume that racism is lurking in every conservative heart. It’s not merely a political tactic to put us on the defensive (although surely some demagogic politicians know they are spewing bilious rot when they make such accusations); instead, much of the Left really has convinced itself the accusations are true." ~ Quin Hillyer

A series of statements and articles centered around the author of this article led me to express an opinion - actually more of a probing statement to arrive at a diagnosis - on how non-black Americans react to the incessant accusations of racism directed at anyone who criticizes the president. Please review my post and the thoughtful comments which follow:

https://plus.google.com/b/113363790785455581630/+Ronontheright/posts/ZF8RP84P4Db

Subsequent to that conversation, Mr. Hillyer wrote this response to all the chatter surrounding him, and it is excellent. It is probably one of the more thoughtful commentaries on race in America that I've read, not to mention a spirited defense of conservatives who, for the most part, do not criticize the president out of racial animus but because they legitimately oppose his policies.

He also makes a disquieting point, reflected in the quote which opened this post -- that there are far too many people outside of the demagogues who actually believe there is an inexorable link between conservatism and racism. That does not bode well, either for the cohesion of our republic or the well-being of those communities that would really benefit from the enactment of conservative policies and the inoculation of conservative principles.
The most amazing thing about Jonathan Chait's most recent essay is not that he smeared me by kinda-sorta likening me (personally) to a slave overseer. The most amazing thing is that Chait is largely right in many of his other assertions. The most telling thing is that Chait doesn't realize that ...
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Far too many blacks are dishonest about their own racist tendencies!
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Let me solicit your thoughts on this move by the Starbucks CEO from a business owner's perspective.

Before I proceed, let me state unequivocally that I am an advocate of the 2nd Amendment because the right of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves from harm, regardless of its source, is historically recognized as a condition of individual liberty. I've done a lot of study on how gun control in America was used to subjugate and terrorize blacks - http://www.ronontheright.com/reflections/2013/02/26/on-guns-err-on-the-side-of-liberty/ - and so I am a skeptic of the notion that we should surrender our right of self-defense to government officials who can't or won't protect us.

With that established, I've been reading a lot of posts in social media calling for gun rights advocates and gun owners to boycott Starbucks as a result of the CEO's request that its customers not bring guns into their stores or on their property. After reading the letter, I'm struck by a couple of things:

- He respects the laws of the states in which they operate. He states they previously allowed open and/or concealed carry in states that have those laws in place, and enforced gun bans in jurisdictions where the law calls for them.

- He says he isn't trying to take sides, but is responding to customers who are uncomfortable with guns being brought into his stores.

- He is making a request rather than instituting a ban because he doesn't want to put his employees in the position of demanding that someone leave their guns outside.

The way I read his letter, he needs to be neutral because he recognizes that his customer base falls on both sides of this issue, and he doesn't want to drive any of them away. Instead, he's appealing to his customers to respect the sensibilities of those who find the presence of guns in his stores "unsettling and upsetting."

Here is my question: what is a business owner supposed to do when caught in the middle of customer passions on a controversial issue?

For some business owners who hold a particular position on an issue, they may decide to demonstrate the courage of their convictions in how they conduct their business, and they accept the consequences of those decisions.

For others, however, they don't want to take sides - they just want to offer a product or service to consumers. Should they be punished for refusing to take sides?
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Christopher, in Ohio, those signs could also keep out a CCW holder.  A crayon drawing of a gun with a line through it counts as a no guns sign here.
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Is the NSA PRISM program our fault? Read on for my thoughts!
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Today is the 64th anniversary of Orwell's "1984." I recently wrote about how society is more "Huxleyan" than Orwellian.
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We have a job opportunity for a professor of criminal justice here at Liberty University, and if you meet the following three criteria, please apply at the link below:

1. Ph.D in Criminal Justice or a related field preferred; Master's degree at a minimum

2. Practical experience in the field of criminal justice.

3. Adherence to a biblical worldview.

https://jobs.liberty.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=186511
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"I accepted this revelation from the Lord of my calling with the zeal of an old actor who, just as he’s thinking his career is winding down, is handed the role of a lifetime. I rebranded my internet and social media properties to expand my ministry, and I began dreaming of the various ways in which I could carry out this mission. I gave a sermon series in my church on racial unity, started working on another book, envisioned ideas for converting the body of work I’ve done on the subject into a small group Bible study, and imagined an educational non-profit organization that would address racial issues from a Biblical worldview. 

"I even floated a couple of trial balloons out there to see how they would fly. In doing so, I made a disturbing discovery.

"When it comes to race, neither side cares to listen to anything the other side has to say." ~ Ron Miller, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Reconciliation".
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I recently read a piece in which the author presented evidence that most people don't finish online articles, and a number of them will register their approval or disapproval of the article in social media without reading most of it.

After the Pope's statements in his recent interview were publicized this week, a lot of heat was generated online by people who didn't read the entire interview.

Those who want the church to change with the culture hailed his statement as a potential reordering of the Catholic Church's teachings. Those who believe the church is God's emissary on earth, and should therefore influence the culture, criticized the statement as a capitulation to popular opinion. Both sides were spinning the story to emphasize what they wanted to hear, and it was dismaying to watch.

Catholic theologian and writer George Weigel read the entire interview, and he reveals the central theme about Pope Francis that people on both sides of the cultural divide are struggling to grasp. The term "evangelical Catholic" might be new to most people, and even those who know the term probably have different definitions of what it means, but I believe at its core it's placing Jesus first above all else.

Contrary to some interpretations, the pope explicitly defended the church's teachings in the interview, but he said they are secondary to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, without which there is practically no possibility of the Word being considered or received by others.

His message is clear to me; the love of Jesus must come before valuation or condemnation, as the author so eloquently describes in discussing the pope's appreciation for Caravaggio's painting, “The Calling of St. Matthew”. The pope says that, like Matthew, he is "a sinner on whom the Lord has turned His gaze," and that is true of all whom the Lord calls.

Making Jesus your top priority reorders everything that comes after Him, including your personal demeanor and how you interact with others, even those with whom you disagree. God's Word doesn't change, but it has the power to change people - if we first open minds and hearts to relationship with Jesus.

Without Jesus leading the charge, the church becomes nothing more than an interest group with policy priorities, and I believe that is the point Pope Francis is trying to make.

Please read the entire article before responding (grin!), and please do so humbly and respectfully. A topic like this generates a lot of passion, so please express yourself with conviction, but also with courtesy.
When I had to come to to Rome, I always stayed in [the neighborhood of the] Via della Scrofa. From there I often visited the Church of St. Louis of France, and I went there to contemplate the painting of “The Calling of St. Matthew” by Caravaggio. That finger of Jesus, pointing at Matthew.
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IT seems to be the society as a whole does not want to take the time to think through much of anything. "I dont want to read the book, i will just wait for the movie" are IMHO choosing serfdom over the work of liberty
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We are tearing apart at the seam which has divided us, black and white, for generations. What do we do now? For my part, I'm putting myself out there, as honestly as I can, hoping I can save some. This issue requires transparency, humility and grace.
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Is it Godly to be a patriot? What does Biblical citizenship look like? Check out my Independence Day message, "The Nation or the Kingdom?"
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Let's set aside for a moment that the sequester against which the president is campaigning so vigorously was his idea in the first place, and that $85 billion in spending cuts is a drop in the bucket when the government spends $3.8 trillion a year.

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) identified $18 billion in wasteful spending in his 2012 Wastebook. 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2011 found 81 areas of waste and duplication in government which, if eliminated, could save taxpayers up to $100 billion. 

A leader would challenge Congress to eliminate whatever waste and duplication exists outside of the executive branch, and would order his cabinet secretaries and agency heads to do the same within the executive branch. No sacrosanct programs need to be cut, or critical services reduced, and no taxes need to be raised to effect up to $118 billion in savings.

The president himself has come out and publicly said he wants to eliminate duplication in government programs and, since he runs practically all of them, he only needs to issue executive orders to make it happen. All of this drama would be unnecessary if he'd just do what he said he wants to do.
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The worst part +Ron Miller ?  We are still adding duplicate programs.  For example, when the ACA was passed, it was noted that bill adds at least 13 programs that have virtual step brothers in the Federal Government. 
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Ron Miller of Lynchburg, Virginia is an associate dean and assistant professor of government at Liberty University, commentator and author of SELLOUT: Musings From Uncle Tom’s Porch. The nine-year plus veteran of the U.S. Air Force and married father of three has written columns for numerous online sites and print publications.

Ron has been a contributor to a variety of radio, television and print outlets, to include Fox and Friends, The 700 Club, Jansing and Co., C-SPAN2’s Book TV, CBN News, America’s Morning  News, the Washington Post, the Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller and more, and is an accomplished speaker who gives presentations at events around the country.

Ron served in the federal government from 2001 to 2004 as a senior executive with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. He was recognized by Federal Computer Week in 2002 and 2003 as one of the “Federal 100″ leaders in government information technology, cited both years for his technology leadership in the homeland security arena. Since 2004, he has held senior management positions with the American Red Cross and in the private sector and ran his own consulting firm.

Prior to joining the federal government, Ron was a senior requirements analyst, project manager, and division manager in the private sector from 1992 to 2001, and served in the U.S. Air Force as an air intelligence officer from 1983 to 1992, attaining the rank of Captain. His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Mr. Miller holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University. He was a Republican candidate for the Maryland Senate in 2006. Mr. Miller has been married for 30 years to the former Annik (ah-NEEK) Aeschbach of Hegenheim, France and they are the proud parents of two daughters and a son.

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    Political Science, 1978 - 1982
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    International Relations, 1987 - 1989
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