Ward And June Cleaver Criminalized

June 5, 2015

the cleavers
June 2, 2015 By Rev Paul N. Papas II

Ward and June Cleaver were characters in the American television sitcom Leave It to Beaver. Ward and his wife, June, are often invoked as archetypal suburban parents of the baby-boomer 1950s. The couple is the parents of Wally, a thirteen-year-old in the eighth grade, and seven-year-old (“almost eight”) second-grader Theodore, nicknamed “The Beaver”.

A typical episode from Leave It to Beaver follows a misadventure committed by one or both of the boys, and ends with the culprits receiving a moral lesson from their father and a hot meal from their mother.

Parents Ward and June, and older brother Wally, try to keep Theodore (‘the Beaver’) out of trouble. However, Beaver continued to end up in one kind of jam or another. These situations are easily resolved to the satisfaction of all involved.

Instigator and troublemaker Eddie Haskell is an older kid who always manages to avoid being caught. The following snippet provides a glimpse of Eddie’s two edged tongue.

Eddie Haskell: Wally, if your dumb brother tags along, I’m gonna – oh, good afternoon, Mrs. Cleaver. I was just telling Wallace how pleasant it would be for Theodore to accompany us to the movies.

The Beaver’s friend Larry got into a little bit of a problem. Beaver could have been helpful in exhorting Larry that he was on the wrong path. Beaver chose to remain silent.

Ward Cleaver: Beaver, you know what Larry was doing was wrong. You could have stopped him.

Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver: Gee, Dad, I have enough trouble keeping myself good without keeping all the other kids good.

Yes, this was a popular TV show in the 1950s; however it represents the values of the times. Eisenhower was President. Prayer or Bible readings started the school days. Five then Nineteen inch Black and White TV went off the air for the night. If a bra was shown in an advertisement, it was on a mannequin. Telephone line wires were relied upon to set up coast to coast reports.

Today there isn’t much you can’t see on the wall size flat screen TVs. With instant Satellite coverage world wide you can see inside each hair follicle of each newsmaker.

You may see a bra on today’s TV shows in a string of clothes on the floor leading to the next sex scene in the bedroom.

The values today have changed, morals have not. Too many today do not believe there are any absolutes. Consequently too many have a sliding scale of right and wrong. Those who have sliding scale of right and wrong built their morals on quicksand instead of upon a Solid Rock.

This sliding scale of right and wrong has flipped our society on its head. Those with a sliding scale of right and wrong are bullying, demeaning, and trying to silence those who have a rock solid absolute understanding of right and wrong.

Traditional Ward and June Cleaver families are called old fashion, sexist, homophobic, racists, and even hateful. Traditional Ward and June Cleavers are having their businesses ruined by those who have sliding scale of right and wrong as their foundation. There have been too many recent news stories of bakers, photographers, florists, to name a few who have faced persecution for their faith.

Many who warn those living in a house built on quicksand are brought to court, jailed or confined in a Mental Health facility. A recent news report of a decorated Marine comes to mind. The Marine Combat Veteran had his life forever changed by those with a sliding scale of right and wrong for making comments on Facebook. He was forcibly arrested, without a warrant and committed to a Mental Health facility because of his comments. The Supreme Court recently refused to hear his case against the Police Department. I have published previous articles about the weaponizing mental health to silence opposition.

Traditional Ward and June Cleavers are not going to change their values to accommodate those with a sliding scale of right and wrong, they are certain in what they believe and in whom they believe. There are not enough chains, bars or drugs that will deter traditional Ward and June Cleavers. They may be criminalized and they may be what is needed to turn this society around.

The next quote from Beaver reflects what is missing in many people today: Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver: “You know something, Wally? I’d rather do nothin’ with you than somethin’ with anybody else.”

It is true you can prevent a forest fire; it is also true that you can prevent a conflagration committed by those with sliding scale of right and wrong. The criminalization of traditional Ward and June Cleavers can be stopped by you.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org







Giving or Receiving Which is Better?

December 5, 2014

By Rev Paul N. Papas II
December 2, 2014

It is more blessed to give than to receive has often been repeated.

It is complicated is also often heard when people don’t want to give all the details.

Many Americans have traditionally spent way beyond their limits in trying to purchase enough gifts, sometimes hoping to gain favor with the gift receiver. It is well known that you can’t buy true friendship or love, but people still try. If you could buy favor with someone understand that favor could go elsewhere to someone with a bigger bank account. In affect you really would only be renting favor until a higher bidder arrived.

Truly long lasting human mutual relationships are built over time.

No one has been successful in coercing someone into a real truly long lasting human mutual relationship.

This season is an opportunity for each one of us to renew or establish real truly long lasting human mutual relationships.

There are enough events going on around the world to be concerned about which real relationships can discuss without being disagreeable.

Real relationships, such as a married couple, work together toward common goals.

World-class athletes know that it takes focus, effort, and sacrifice to achieve any goal that is truly worthwhile. This is true for solo competition as well as team sports. Team sports, however, also require cooperation and communication. Team members not only work hard together but also communicate with one another to provide information, feedback, and especially encouragement.

You and your spouse are a team, and you will have to cooperate and communicate with each other as you strive for victory. You’ll need to talk things over as you choose which goals to pursue and decide how you will achieve them. You’ll need to keep each other informed as you assume your individual roles and execute your unique assignments. You’ll need to compare notes as you evaluate your progress. And you’ll need to encourage one another as you work hard, reminding each other to keep your eyes on the prize and never give up.

Encouragement is such an important part of communication between teammates because it delivers hope and renews energy, inspiring fresh enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment. Words of encouragement can literally make a difference between failure and success.

With a little encouragement from each other, and a little help from the Lord, you’ll soon be rejoicing together that you’ve accomplished your goals, and your communication will take the tone of celebration.

Encourage one another daily, as long it is today.

The above teamwork and cooperation applies to friendships, co-workers, and those serving in the military, in perhaps different degrees, in accomplishing common goals.

If friends, teammates, co-workers, and spouses spent their time encouraging each other great things can be accomplished and mighty obstacles can be overcome.

If friends, teammates, co-workers, and spouses spent their time encouraging each other there would be fewer trips to the doctor to address a variety of issues.

If friends, teammates, co-workers, and spouses spent their time encouraging each other there would be fewer prescriptions purchased to combat depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

Which is better giving or receiving? The gift of encouragement you give will pay enormous dividends to you, to people around you and people around the one you encouraged. The gift of encouragement is one gift that can be regifted with pleasure, one you just might like to receive.

Encourage one another daily, as long it is today.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

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Running on Low Octane

September 5, 2014

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By Rev Paul N. Papas II
1 September 2014

Just like any finely tuned engine your body works best on high octane, healthy nutritional foods.

Ever hear the phrase “we have done so much with so little for so long, the impossible just takes a little longer”. When your body is fed with low octane junk food is does not function properly because it does not have what it requires to function at full capacity. Your car won’t run without gas and it runs poorly on low octane fuel. Eating low octane unhealthy food is asking your body to do much with so little.

You can find a quick sugar high, high fat or empty calorie meal at a fast food outlet. A few studies have shown a link between processed, fried and sugar-filled food and the increase of chances of depression and anxiety in women.

The Department of Defense has begun a trial where they give nutrient-rich foods to veterans in an attempt to reduce the incidence of suicides of former soldiers. Veterans have been harmed by a lack of care by the VA and have experienced a large number of suicides as of late.

Eating more fruits, veggies, olive oil, raw nuts, oily fish and whole grains and less of red meat, dairy and processed foods made the research subjects half as likely to develop depression as those eating unhealthy foods. Education and economic status is not important as diet; basically garbage in, garbage out.

Try running corrupted files on your computer and see where that gets you.

It has been known for some time that taking SSRIs has a side effect of suicidal behavior. Just read the warning label. SSRIs are prescribed as antidepressants. A high percentage of those who have committed mass shootings have been prescribed SSRIs for their depression. I have written about the dangers of SSRIs before.

I would think that if you were to receive relief from depression by eating well and exercising, you’d be better off than ingesting chemicals that could cause you more harm than good; again garbage in, garbage out.

There are a number of foods and spices that have been proven to help people with various ailments. Medical Research has done some marvelous work and has made some fantastic discoveries. Before medical doctors, people ate or used certain natural foods to help in their healing. Some of the more common of these ‘healing’ foods are Olive Oil, Garlic, Asparagus, Honey, Cinnamon, and Watermelon. You can check online for websites such as NaturalNews.com to do your own research.

You may have heard about the recent admission by a CDC Doctor that he published false information denying the link of certain vaccines to autism. There have been people warning about the link to certain vaccines and autism for sometime now. It is a crying shame that so many children have autism and it is even worse if, for many of them, it was totally preventable. I have read that the dangerous vaccines can be made safe and would like to see that happen very shortly; again garbage in, garbage out. http://reclaimourrepublic.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/video-a-blueprint-for-safer-vaccines-reforming-barbaric-immunization-technology-secret-video-from-cdc-bunker/ I also read some articles that say a body cleansing can reverse the affects of autism.

There are still incidents of untrained police officers improperly confronting people exhibiting a Mental Illness. There is a program that has been successfully duplicated elsewhere which I would recommend for every city for police to deal with people exhibiting a Mental Illness. http://www.advocatesinc.org/Services-JailDiversionProgram

Mental Illness is increasingly being used as a weapon against people with different views; see my previous two articles on the subject. https://preacher01704.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/new-old-weapon-of-destruction-rediscovered/ https://preacher01704.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/stepping-up-use-of-new-old-weapons/

Sadness, Depression, and feeling blue are natural emotions and are often tied to events in our lives. Often a high octane, healthy diet, exercise, and a listening ear will help tremendously. You could be that listening ear…..

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ)
http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

Shall We Keep It?

July 4, 2014

Fourth Of July Flag
By Rev. Paul N. Papas II
June 30, 2014

As the delegates left the building, a Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got?”

With no hesitation, Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Not a democracy, not a democratic republic. But “a republic, if you can keep it.”

The following two examples which highlight the difference between a democracy and a republic.

A lynch mob is democracy in action, while if you believe someone is innocent until proven guilty, and they deserve their day in court and that a jury of their peers should decide their fate, then you believe in a nation of laws, not just the whims of a mob.

Democracy is five wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch. If you were the sheep, which would you rather live in—a republic or a democracy?

As America stands at the crossroads of history, there is a pressing need for us to look back and rediscover the vision of those who laid the groundwork and built the foundation that made our nation great. The Founders’ found the Scriptures as the basis for our original founding documents and inspired them in the fight for independence. The sacrifices they made were because of their Biblically-based beliefs and established America as a Christian nation.

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. (Dec 23, 1776, The Crises by Thomas Paine).

In a government constituted like ours, no purpose can be carried into permanent execution unless “the people love to have it so [Jerem. 5:31].” Every citizen has his weight; and if he throw that weight into the scale of righteousness; if by his example, his advice, and his suffrage, he exclusively countenance men and measures propitious to the common weal, he may do much to lengthen the public tranquility. (John Foster, A.M. Minister of Brighton, Massachusetts June 5, 1809 in A Sermon Preached Before The Ancient And Honorable Artillery Company)

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Eutopia – what a Paradise would this region be! (John Adams, Works, Vol. II, pp. 6-7, diary entry for February 22, 1756.)

If you have been following the news you would be led to believe that we are a secular nation and that God has no place in our lives, our community, or our politics.

I recently witnessed newly graduated high school young adults who didn’t know much about our Founding Fathers, our history, didn’t know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance to Our Flag or to place their hand over their heart when reciting it. Our future leaders are missing the richness and meaning of our history. How can they be expected to carry on our Republic when we’re gone if they don’t have an appreciation for it or don’t know we have one?

Sadly they may someday be called upon to take up arms and fight in a war without having an understanding what they are fighting for. Their enemy could be today’s terrorists. Today’s terrorists care deeply about their cause which makes them highly motivated to kill and therefore extremely dangerous. The uncommitted combat soldiers are easy prey for the committed terrorist.

The uncommitted combat soldier will incur more injuries than a committed opponent. Any combat soldier is susceptible to physical, emotional, and psychological injuries, such as PTSD. Recovery is more difficult when the injured veteran does not know what he was fighting for or believe in the cause that placed them in harms way.

If the proper end of politicks be to procure the happiness of nations, that end is not to be attained but by adhering to the rules of morality: for every act of injustice leads to misfortune, were it only from its being accompanied with certain infamy [Millot. Vol. I. P. 157-158. Salem Edit. 1796.].”

As we celebrate this Fourth of July weekend: let’s focus on the Liberty and Freedom we gained by our independence, what we’ve lost over the years; start to instill in at least one of our future leaders an appreciation of our Republic; and pray for our Republic and its current and future leaders.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

Help With Effects From All This Rain

April 9, 2010

Tab Article
By Rev. Paul N. Papas II
30 March 10

Help With Effects From All This Rain

I can not remember having this much rain in one year. I recall being dumped upon with heavy snow storms almost every weekend several years ago. Being activated as a National Guard member in the Blizzard of ’78 gave me an education as to how people can pull together and heal. Later as a Katrina volunteer my memories of what large amounts of water did to Mississippi are still fresh and the rebuilding there has not been completed.

When I was young there was a very large hurricane that visited eastern MA. We were on the second floor watching store signs go flying by our window from towns thirty miles away. The next morning I walked down to the town center to see the Police Department patrolling the area in a canoe.

Like they say if you don’t like the weather in New England…wait a minute.

What all these real life examples have in common are: weather related disasters; people being hurt or displaced, and property being damaged.

We can put the snow aside so we can get around.

Sometimes, however, the weight of the snow causes roofs to collapse.

Large amounts of water cause other problems. Seeing a painted line on a building 40 or more feet from the ground is one thing until you’re told that the line represents where the ocean reached its highest point. Seeing houses driven into other houses two streets over was sobering. All that was left of US Senator’s home was some clothes in a tree.

Large amounts of water, fast moving or not can be dangerous and the landscape can be altered. This could come from overflowing rivers and streams, broken dams or the ocean.

Buildings and vehicles can be repaired or replaced. Physical structures can be weakened as can the ground upon which they stand. A simple check to see if the windows and doors still operate smoothly could give you clues the building remains in good stead. If possible try keeping large pools of water away from your foundation. Try to keep your furnace and electrical boxes dry to prevent fires.

One often overlooked problem with any area that is exposed to a lot of moisture is mold. Mold can be harmful to people and pets. You might see it growing on the outside of a house or it could be hidden inside walls. The effects mold has on people can often be misdiagnosed to be many things including a medical condition of mental illness. The effect mold has on people is treatable. Mold can be effectively dealt with on properties, as I witnessed in Mississippi after Katrina.

Please exercise caution on bridges that have fast moving high water and don’t try to drive through flooded roadways. There could be a large sinkhole in that puddle.

In times like these people need to take care of themselves as well as those around them. Yes proper footwear will keep your feet dry and raincoats and hats keep your body dry, but keeping your mental health is very important.

People need to feel safe and secure even it times when everything they count on is washed away, or lost due to fire.

People need be assured that they are loved and cared for and that mean something to someone else. You can be the one to provide that assurance that together you’ll get through this.

Children and adults alike need to know they are secure within their own families.

Chaos can result from any disaster. Pulling together and keeping structure enhances strength and stamina in the face of danger.

People need current, accurate and practical information, reducing anxiety. It reassures, guides, strengthens, supports, and encourages people in all walks of life.

Assisting others by helping a neighbor, checking on the elderly, reading a book to a frightened child will help you stay steady while being part of the solution.

Courage is not the absence of fear; it is helping in spite of your fear. The courage you show will encourage others to pull together and help where needed. Let us all have the courage to face turmoil and dangers ahead, tempered with common sense.
This large volume of rain could turn out to be large natural disaster with large property losses, but you can help keep the loss of lives to a minimum. You can also help others to recover both physically and mentally.

Rev. Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center. http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

Health Take Away

December 16, 2009

30 November 09
By Rev. Paul N. Papas II

Health Take Away

The survival of the fittest has not generally been the rule in this country. Our country has generally tried to help all kinds of people all over the world with their needs.

We have made great gains in this country to help women detect breast cancer early enough to prevent many deaths. We have had a lot of groups and people advocating early detection.

Each woman’s breast cancer risk may be higher or lower, depending upon a several factors, including family history, genetics, age of menstruation, and other factors that have not yet been identified. Fewer young women develop breast cancer, but they have lower survival rates than older women, because younger women develop more aggressive cancers.

The probability of women developing breast cancer within the next ten years for women 20 years old is 1 in 1,985, at 30 it is 1 out of 229, at 40 it is 1 out of 68, at 50 it is 1 out of 37, at 60 it is 1 out of 26, and at 70 it is 1 out of 24.

As you can see by putting off a mammogram could have disastrous affects.

A new government report that will affect insurance coverage now puts the age from 40 to 50 when women should start having mammograms. This is one more hint of the health care rationing that will take place to save money if the new health care bill passes.

If you are too old and sick you may not be approved to receive health care. The same may apply to babies born with too many health problems.

Let’s take a look at all the hard work and advances we’ve made in medicine over the last thirty years which were only possible because of capitalism.

Let’s change focus and look at the medical condition of a mental illness. The research done by the major drug companies have given us new medications to help people live the best possible life they can. With no funding for future research who knows what might not be discovered.

With the drug companies not being allowed to do research the cost of medications will rise. As the cost of the medication rises so will the cost of health care. When the cost is high enough the costs won’t be approved. Therefore those who have a medical condition of a mental illness will be placed in the same category as those who are too old and sick and denied medical insurance coverage.

People who have a medical condition of a medical illness did not request to have that medical condition any more than the 65 year old who has a few medical issues and now suffers a heart attack. Both could easily be just left to suffer.

Why would we want to pay a very high price for something we won’t be able to use until 2013? Why would we would want to pay a very high price for something that takes away our freedoms?

There are many veterans that are not coming home, because they signed a blank check to give their country everything, including their lives, to protect our freedoms. Why would we want to just give them away?

The MA version of this medical care has not been cost effective? Why would we believe a national version would be cost effective?

Can you name me one program or business the national government has taken over that makes money?

Would you trust someone in Washington DC who you never meet to give you better medical care than you own doctor? Would you trust someone in Washington DC to give you the medical care you really need?

Would you trust that someone with an immediate mental health need would receive an instant answer from someone in Washington DC as to coverage availability? Have you ever tried to get answers from anyone in Washington DC?

In my humble opinion the passage of the health care bill as proposed is a health care take away for those who really need it, those with a mental illness, the old, and the very young with too many health issues.

Rev Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (located in MA and AZ), founder of the Family Renewal Center and past President of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Greater Framingham. NAMI has a variety of support services for family, friends and those who suffer from a Mental Illness http://www.narrowpathministries.org, http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org,

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