DFA Link Rally: Living in America Still Ain’t Half Bad Folks

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Many American’s feel their governments (possibly local and state, but particularly federal) are traveling distasteful paths of partisan corruption.  According to a recent Gallup poll, over the past 10 years American satisfaction with their elected officials has been on a downward spiral.  There are a few short lived spikes in approval adjacent historic events, but those spikes level out quickly after emotions settle.  Despite their many differences, American’s seem united under a weariness of partisan politics and hunger for truth politics.

Corporate greed

The recent government bailouts of many superpowers of the banking, insurance, and other industries drive the dissatisfaction causing many citizens to question the soundness of both government and corporate leadership.  What sticks in the craw of most is the immense corruption rotting away the powerful political and economic fabric of our great nation.

Bright hope

The good news is that the sun still shines, the plants still grow, families still love, and God is still in control.  As American’s we can still take family vacations.  We can still marry, parent, pray, hope, and love.  We can still worship the God of our choice.  We can still speak our minds, vote our beliefs, and pursue our dreams.

Have you been focusing too heavily on the ills of society while the joy of life and freedom pass you by?  Remember to be thankful today.  Thankful for your family, your friends, and your freedom.  Celebrate the joys you do have and set aside the worry and frustration of what you do not.  And as always, pursue debt freedom… but never forget to smell the roses along the way.

Thank you for reading… please enjoy this weeks link rally.

Link rally for this week

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1 MD

Thanks for the mention Matt.

2 Dave Ozment

Thanks for including me!


3 myfinancialobjectives

Most of the big news stories today are about negative events., I’m sure this doesn’t help with our outlook too much.

A couple of years back I stopped listening to talk radio because of this. It was just too much negative talk after negative talk…Depressing…

4 Rebekah

Thanks for sharing this Matt! Being thankful has literally changed my life.I used to be a glass half empty sort of person, now I am definitely a glass running over sort of person!! 🙂 There was a time when I obsessed over the issues in our world and then I realized that obsessing didn’t change anything, but prayer does. So now, when the worry starts to creep back in, I let that act as my reminder to take those concerns to the one who can actually do something about them. Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

5 Matt Jabs

Amen and amen Rebekah. 🙂

6 Roger, the Amateur Financier

Great post. Too many people act as if the events of the past week are literally the end of the world. To the best of my knowledge, though, there haven’t been any supernatural horsemen, meteorites named Bitterness, angels sounding trumps in heaven, or any other of the signs of the end of days. Here’s hoping people get a bit more perspective soon.

7 Todd Crawford

Hey Matt!

Thanks for including me in the link rally this month. New blog, still developing.

Great article. I was watching “Capitalism: A Love Story” the other night and went to bed angry. I do not swallow everything that MM puts on screen however there were some fundamental truths there that you cannot ignore. Eat, drink and be merry!

8 alea

could be better if the democrats were not shoving socialized health care down our throats.

9 Kevin@OutOfYourRut

Good to stop and count the blessings Matt!

Maybe we all need to focus more on being agents of positive change. Those of us with blogs and other websites, as well as anyone who frequently comments on sites can fill that roll by putting ideas out on the web that might have the potential to grow and even reach the highest levels of government.

Perhaps the world is too complex and crowded for voting alone to be as effective as it once was. Maybe it’s time for the “silent majority” to stop being so silent. Silence, after all, conveys acceptance, and through it we may be sending the wrong messages.

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