RELIGION, POLITICS, and FRIENDSHIPS…


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I don’t know about you but I have found that some of the most volatile topics of conversation, even among friends are RELIGION and POLITICS.  Of course, I could add ‘sports’ to that list but that, in my experience, it is not nearly so caustic as the other two.  I have found that people who are normally reasonably even-keeled and even passive about many things can become aggressively hostile with either of those two topics are brought to the table.  People who claim to be ‘tolerant’ and ‘open-minded’ will, often, become so closed minded the light of day could not enter their minds.  I have found this to be incredibly true in this present political cycle where the choices are an extreme leftist, liberal, progressive, socialist Democrat and an often caustic Republican, third party or not voting at all.  The undecided segment seems to me to be decided even when they argue they are not!

I have been ‘unfriended’ more times on Facebook because of my political views this year than all previous years combined on this medium.  I have also been given the ‘left foot of fellowship’ over my religious views especially when I connect them to my political views.  There are some who have informed me that “Religion and Politics” are like ‘oil and water’ they cannot and should not be mixed.  They argue that one’s ‘religious or spiritual life’ should be totally separate from their ‘political life’.  The rub comes when I challenge or question that position for how can I divest myself of what I believe for it determines who I am.  My religion defines my worldview and shapes my politics and politics affects every area of life so both are incredibly important, in my view. 

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I have some current and former friends who have been and some still are, irate with me because I declare that I believe the most principled thing I can do in this election is STOP HILLARY CLINTON.  That flies in the face of their position that ‘voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.’  When I attempt to bring to the table for consideration the stance of Hillary Clinton and the willingness and participation of the Leftist Democrats to wage war on Christianity they become angry.  We are witnessing a genuine War on Christianity and that can be documented in numerous ways with specific examples.

How about the irony of a black Christian named Kelvin Cochran that Barack Obama appointed to head the National Fire Administration?  The mayor of Atlanta requested that Mr. Cochran return to his hometown and rebuild the Fire Department.  Mr. Cochran accepted and when the city council reviewed his biblical view of marriage they fired him on the spot.  How about the Cal State intern being terminated and threatened with expulsion from the graduate program for discussing her faith PRIVATELY!  Then, who could forget the assault on businesses for standing by religious convictions regarding ‘same-sex marriages’ or the 5 Houston pastors who voiced, publicly, their views that were contrary to the PC crowd’s demands and the LGBT agenda?  The mayor of Houston had the city issued subpoenas demanding the sermons of pastors that dealt with homosexuality, gender identity and the like.  If they failed to comply they would be held in contempt of court.  Thankfully that failed but it was a ‘test case’ issue and had the leftist been successful what would have been next and what will be next?

If Hillary Clinton is at the helm of the Ship of State there is no question she will steer the course for a direct assault on Christianity, the Bible, and our Constitutional liberties and rights.  The danger in allowing her to become president extends beyond that issue but to every issue that is critical to our Constitutional Freedom.  Examine how the Republicans have cowered away for any serious confrontation with Barack Obama because they feared the outcry from the media and Democrats in opposing the ‘First Black President.’  Imagine what they would do with the “First Woman or Female President?”  She would, as Mr. Obama has, enjoy a virtual blank check to continue her assault on our religious liberties and constitutional guarantees of Freedom of Religion as well as other rights.

Our present government and bureaucracies, as well as some local governments, have taken serious steps to open the door to Sharia Law and protecting the religious as well as political rights of the followers of Islam.  They take no such pains regarding Christianity but when it comes to protecting and defending Muslims they are front and center with a vengeance.  It is a genuine and valid concern that if Hillary Clinton becomes the 45th President of the United States we will see the door that is now cracked open, flung wide for Sharia Law to become prevalent in this nation.  CAN YOU ACCEPT THAT?  Remember that Loretta Lynch the Attorney General has vowed to prosecute anyone speaking badly of Islam.  There is no such promise regarding anyone speaking badly of Christ or Christianity.  So you decide if my concerns have any validity.

My argument is that I or we must STOP HILLARY and the Leftist from winning in November and while some insist that voting for Donald Trump would be a violation of principle and they will refuse and some have even said they will vote for Hillary.  I do believe that the most principled thing I can do, in the interest of Freedom and Liberty is to VOTE AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON and the best way I see of stopping her is to VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP.  Remember it was Hillary Clinton that declared that “it takes a village to raise a child.”  She has expressed and demonstrated a view that the government knows better than parents and churches how to properly train our children.  She is willing to see our children taken from us in order to properly (her view) train them so they will be better able to function in her envisioned society.

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Yes, I am one of the 70% of Americans who have experienced the worst in people and the 7% who have lost friends because of my views.  I’m sorry if my willingness and sense of the need to discuss both ‘Religion and Politics’ is offensive to you.  Turn me off, ignore me, refuse to talk to me if you please but I plead with you to consider the real dangers in allowing Hillary Clinton to occupy the White House and Oval Office as Commander in Chief.  For the record, I am more concerned about honoring the King of Kings than who is President of the United States but I also believe that I have a directive from God to “warn of wickedness” and that if I know to do good and fail to do it I have sinned!  I seek God first and speak that which I see and hear to warn people to feel the destruction coming because not all acknowledge God and if this train of destruction reaches its destination they may not have the opportunity to hear the gospel.  Therefore I firmly stand for FAITH, FAMILY, and FREEDOM!

God bless you and God bless America!

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IS THE MODERN DEMOCRAT PARTY UNREDEEMABLE???


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Immediately, I’m sure, that title cost me some friends on Facebook but is it a question that cannot be asked and discussed in a civil and reasoned tone?   If it cannot, then the answer is so painfully obvious further discussion would be meaningless.  Our American heritage has been that we are a nation where differences of opinion are not only allowable but welcome and hearty discussion desirable when kept civil.  We all know the result of debate or discussion that allows anger or hate to overrule reason and I hope none of us want that.  It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable, but sometimes in politics, I’m not sure.

There is a quote from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, when the debates, discussion, and compromises were completed and the delegates were signing the newly framed American Constitution that is worthy of note.  It came from an observation by Benjamin Franklin and as was often the case, he gave an impassioned and eloquent speech to the delegates and to posterity.  James Madison recorded Franklin’s comments in his notes in the following manner:

“Whilst the last members were signing it Doctor Franklin looking towards the Presidents Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to the members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun.  I have said he, often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting.  But now at length, I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.”

             Our founding fathers hammered out a system of government that had the necessary ‘checks and balances’ to survive as the Democratic Republic and conceivably could last into perpetuity.  That was provided those ‘checks and balances’ were observed, carefully guarded, and that those serving in elected offices were scrupulous people who were guided by a moral mooring and loved Liberty and Freedom more than Power and Position.  Those men could envision no other than ‘Citizen Representatives’ serving in Congress who would serve a short time and return to private life and live subject to the very laws and regulations they enacted.  Unfortunately, that ship has sailed and is one of the reasons for my title question.

Today, we have a Democrat Party, which, by and large, is dominated by a Socialist, Progressive, Authoritarian ideological view.  Their belief is that ‘government’ not ‘God’ is the source of rights, liberties, privileges, and benefits.  What began in the 1930’s in the Democrat Party began to clearly transform itself into the Party which sought an ever increasingly strong and powerful Central Government and a people that would accept government as their salvation and provider.  The words of John Adams now fall on deaf ears, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  I wonder if the Democrat Party of 2016 has passed the line of demarcation never to return and has become incurably socialist.  You may find that palatable and even desirable, I do not!

Possibly the greater tragedy is that the Republican Establishment seems to be committed to facilitating much of the Leftist Ideological Agenda and is rapidly becoming if it has not already become, “Democrat-Lite” or “Socialist-Lite”.  Is the desire for Power, Position, and Purse so compelling they have abandoned the founding principles upon which this nation was birthed and has kept us Free for over Two-Centuries that overpowering?  The decline and fall of the Roman Empire are, in many ways being repeated in America.  We are becoming or have become a carbon copy of the failing European Policies and UNLESS we stop this train of destruction and reverse the course we will see America, the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave no more!  The absence of proper and definitive ‘checks and balances’ in Washington is destroying our system of government.  The eradication of our borders allowing uncontrolled and unchecked immigration, legal and illegal is destroying our National Sovereignty and a grave danger to our National Security.  Our unbridled appetite, in Washington, for spending and taxing is bankrupting our country and we are burdening future generations with a bill they can never pay while selling our national souls to foreign powers and deep-pocketed ideologues who want a Centralized World Oder to rule.  The never ceasing increase in entitlements where about 50% of our society is dependent on the federal government for some form of subsistence is destroying the very ethic and fabric that make America the America which has been a Hope for the world.  The assault on our 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights is resulting in a PC Police State where the only logical next step, in their minds, is not just control and censorship but “Thought Control.”  The Brainwashing of our youth is paying large dividends in their scheme.  We have or are becoming a totally ‘secular state’ and when we evict God from society decline is the only possible course and that nation will fall and people will no longer remain free.

I call on my friends, acquaintances, and anyone to whom I can get an audience, Please, Please, Please PRAY and give careful consideration to where we are and chart, in your mind, our ultimate end if we continue.  Our founders gave us a beautiful and workable system of government and yet millions are desirous to move from a system that maintains Freedom and Liberty to one that makes Government the god of the land and the all-powerful provider.  That is, in a nutshell, the choice we have in November – Freedom or Bondage!  Republican Democracy in a Constitutional Republic or a system of Socialism which makes Government the owner of everyone and everything.  I CHOOSE FREEDOM!

God bless you and God bless America is my prayer and desire.   REMEMBER NOVEMBER because America’s future is in your hands!

WHERE IS NEWT WHEN YOU NEED HIM???


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What I am referring to is one of the lies that Hillary uttered during the debate about the “Worst Recession since the 1930’s” and blaming it on the Republicans and Tax Reductions.  The Democrats are using ‘smoke and mirrors’ to cook the books, skew statistics, and present outright fabrications to suggest that what happened was failed tax policies of conservatives or Republicans.  She suggested that it was the astute political and economic savvy of her husband William Jefferson Clinton otherwise known as Slick Willy that gave us a wonderful world only to see it destroyed by the policies of George W. Bush and the dastardly Republicans.  Where is Newt when you need him?

Had it not been for Newt Gingrich and the Republican Congress Bill Clinton’s administration would have buried us in a financial morass.  With the help of the Republicans, spearheaded by Newt, they worked a balanced budget deal that gave some stability and produced a surplus.  Do I give any credit to Bill Clinton?  Yes, in that he had sense enough to listen to the Republicans on some issues and was politician enough that he adapted to his environment and changed directions, at least a little.  That is not in the DNA of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton nor is it in the leftist wing of the Democrat Party.  The Tax and Spend Liberals know no other song but, “Spend, Spend, Spend, and Tax, Tax, Tax.”  In their leftist socialist view, it all belongs to the government and we should be grateful for what little they let us keep and never mention their failures.  How dare we, the lowly peons question the mighty?

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The Recession of 2008 was not, as Hillary said, “…in large part caused because of the tax policies of the Bush administration…”  NO, it was largely because of the masterpiece of destruction that her husband William Jefferson Clinton and the Democrats devised and some Republicans bought into and complied namely the affordable housing legislation.  The Community Reinvestment Act and the legislation that forced banks to make risky and inadvisable loans to low-income families who could not afford the loans.  This was touted as helping them achieve the America Dream and claim the RIGHT to owning a home.  First, there is no RIGHT to own a home that is not a constitutional guarantee it is an objective that many strive for but it is not a RIGHT.  Second, when the Clinton administration assumed power the homeownership rate was lower than when Richard Nixon was president. The Clinton’s wanted to change that but failed to take note of key factors in why home ownership had declined.  In their leftist view, it had to be because of the systematic racism and unfairness of lending institutions, therefore they had to change that and make loans available to virtually everyone regardless of ability to repay.  A really wise business practice, right? 

The Clinton’s failed to consider the reality that the decline in two-parent families had dramatically increased, especially in black households.  I am not attacking blacks when I say that but citing a fact.  The push, that always seems to work, was to label the cause racism, and when politicians hear that charge they hide and consent to virtually whatever is being asked.  The took a 1991 Federal Reserve Study that reported that 61% of blacks and 77% of whites had their loans approved.  The only possible explanation, for them, was racism!  In 1995 the Clinton administration further strengthened the disastrous Jimmy Carter “Community Reinvestment Act” (CRA).  Rather than encouraging financial institutions to find ways to alleviate community credit issues the Clinton plan DEMANDED they do so and thus we had the subprime lending bubble created.  That is a short explanation of a complicated issue.  But suffice it to say, the situation created by the Clinton administration in the housing sector was a major factor in the RECESSION of 2008, not TAX REDUCTIONS.

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ACORN “Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now” an activist leftist group took the reins and undertook to embarrass any lending institution not falling into line and making risky and disastrous loans.  But, even more, diabolical is the fact that the Clintons and the Democrats knew the danger in what they were doing but saw political advantage.  In June 2005, Barney Frank, seeking to shame those concerned about the housing bubble, said on the House floor, “You are not going to see the collapse that you see when people talk about a bubble.  So those on our committee, in particular, are going to push for homeownership.”  Sounds noble right?  Well, they pushed as did the Clinton administration and produced an untenable economic situation that did not collapse UNTIL Bill left office and George W. Bush inherited the disaster.  Perfect!  Now Hillary can claim that it was Bush’s fault and Lowering Taxes was to blame rather than being held accountable for failed leftist policies engineered under her husband’s watch.

NOW, she wants to take the reins of America’s economy and the bubble or crash that is about to happen due to the failed economic policies of Barack Obama will only be exacerbated if she becomes President.  You can only spend so much of other people’s money before there is no more money.  Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.  Failed liberal policies, the disaster caused by raising taxes and increased spending will never produce a positive result.  AMERICA WAKE UP!

God help us if we allow Hillary Clinton to become President of the United States of America.  God bless you and God bless America!

AMERICA, Are We Aware and Do We Care?


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I have written about this before, the caring part, but the question keeps coming to mind as I watch and listen to the antics, diatribe, rhetoric, and ideological spin of the candidates and the reaction of the potential voters.  The mainstream media’s reaction is nothing more than an extension of the Political Party rhetoric so I don’t even bother with it.

The Monday Night awaited debate between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump is now history.  I would say “much awaited” but I’m not sure that is the case but nevertheless we knew the debate was going to happen, barring something catastrophic and some may even consider it to have been.  As the candidates and media prepared for the debate in Charlotte, North Carolina the rioting, protests, demonstrations, and looting (pick your descriptor) continued under the tutelage of the Black Lives Matter movement largely funded by George Soros.  The media coverage was and is, at best, biased if not incendiary designed to incite violence and disruption and that seem to be a definite political agenda.  You have not and will not see the rioters accosting a black man who hugged the police or attacking an elderly homeless person or a man being beaten down in a parking garage where thy stripped his pants from him to further humiliate him.  No, you will not see the incredibly dark side of what is happening, you will see it is a peaceful righteous protest against the evils of our systematically racist police and judicial system and the evilness of being white.  I am white and I do not HATE people of other ethnicities although I do DETEST the wrongness of wrong and criminal actions of all skin colors regardless of who it is.  There is widespread looting and I must ask again, “Do we care?”  Do we care that the looting, violence, and pillage that transpires has nothing to do with any possible injustice it is CRIMINAL and should be called such and treated as such!  Not so, we are told by this administration, Hillary Clinton, or the Media.  The president and Hillary Clinton suggest that “if it is happening at all” it is rare.  NO, it is routine these days and if there is a police shooting, regardless of facts or ethnicity of the officer where a black person is shot there will be a riot.  Not if it happens IT HAPPENS!

The Attorney General, the FBI, and other Government Law Enforcement Agencies are sitting on their hands with regard to the lawlessness in Charlotte and elsewhere and ignoring the most recent revelations of Barack Obama’s blatant lie that he was unaware of Hillary’s unsecured server.  He used a pseudonym to communicate with her on that server.  If he thought the server was secure why the fictitious name?  He knew, she knew, the FBI knows, the DOJ knows, the State Department knew and knows, Congress knows and WE SHOULD KNOW. 

In the Charlotte demonstrations or riots, the fingerprints of George Soros are clearly present but “Do We Care?”  They have bussed in protesters, organizers, and rioters from all over the country and the police have stated that 70% of those arrested were from out of state!  IMAGINE THAT!  In the midst of all this, we had and have Hillary Clinton touting the idea that our police are the problem not bad behavior and criminal activity.  She is unconcerned about the truth only about how to garner votes.  I read an article that indicated that what was pressing her button was not the external situation in Charlotte but the height of her podium for the debate.  She wanted to have both candidates seated to keep her from having to stand and to hide her plan to sit on a stool.  She achieved the reduction in height of her podium to offset any visual of the height difference between her and Mr. Trump.  We knew before the debate that the Media planned to use the descriptor STRONG to characterize Hillary if she did not collapse on stage.  They were going to tout this as a knockout victory’ for Hillary unless she became indefensibly incoherent.  Facts are and were of little consequence to them what can be spun is!  What is said by the Republicans and especially Donald Trump is of major importance when they can spin it the way they want it spun.

DO WE CARE?  If we do, then please join those of us who see the impending disaster and destruction if Hillary Clinton becomes President.  God bless you and God bless America!