IS HEALTH CARE A RIGHT???


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I can hardly believe that I feel the need to tackle this hot potato again, but with the ever-increasing push for “Medicare For All” by the Democrats and the acquiescence of some Republicans, I must.  I pray that everyone who needs medical care or health care of any kind will be able to secure it and receive the best possible treatment.  However, I do not believe that health care is a right but a privilege.  Driving is not a right, it is a privilege, but many seem to believe it is their right to drive.  Owning a home is not a right, but a privilege providing one can afford the down payment and monthly mortgage payments as well as the upkeep of that property.  Having a job is not a right, it is a privilege and should hinge upon the productivity of the individual whether they keep that job.  Having a Big Screen television is not a right, it is a privilege, providing you can afford it.

It sounds compassionate and humane to insist that everyone has the basic right to health care.  I want everyone to have access to medical doctors, hospitals, clinics, and health care.  I want no one to suffer and die because of a lack of insurance or money to pay for their care. There are avenues through which people without insurance can get care.  There are benevolence organizations, churches, foundations, and funds that provide that opportunity to many.  Hospitals are not legally allowed to turn away the uninsured.

If a person goes to the Emergency Room the ERs are mandated, by law, to examine the patient and determine if they have a serious condition.  If the ER doctor determines a person has an emergent condition, that person will be given the necessary treatment or stabilized.  If no emergency exists, the person will be referred to a physician or community resource for further evaluation.  If you don’t have insurance, understand that emergency rooms (ERs) have a federal directive under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) to screen and stabilize patients to determine if the problem is a medical emergency, regardless of their ability to pay. That’s the Law!

Bernie Sanders and the Democrats are insisting that we recognize health care as a right, not a privilege.  They are wrong!  He and they insist that every man, woman, and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income.  I don’t disagree that everyone should have access but to insist as they that the only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national care program is wrong!  That would both bankrupt the country and would essentially destroy our health care system.  It sounds compassionate and humane but where does it end?  Are we to also guarantee that everyone lives in a nice house, drive a nice car, and receive a college education?

Economics cannot be eliminated from this equation and unfortunately the attitude of many like Senator Sanders and as was stated by Robert Francis O’Rourke, in Texas, “consider the benefit, not the costs.”  WHAT?  Are we to abandon reason if it appears to provide benefit?  Are we to forget the reality that if the nation cannot sustain this program it will damage the benefit for EVERYONE?  Are we to forget the reality that any national health care program would result in longer lines for care, waiting periods for treatment, and denied care in many cases.  Is that what we want?

My wife and I are fighting a battle for her health.  She is battling Stage Four Metastatic Breast Cancer and we have encountered denials in treatments and medications because of insurance coverages.  What insurance do we have?  We have Medicare or Government Insurance.  When she had private insurance, we did not experience the same denials or delays as we now face.  Had her insurance been truly portable we could have maintained it.  Had there been, as Republicans have suggested, marketplace competition we could have purchased that insurance as a continuation at a cost slightly higher than our Medicare and Supplemental insurance, but we could not.  When I examine the States and Countries that have moved to this type of plan I see its dangers and detriments.

Vermont passed a single-payer plan only to have the governor decline to implement it because it would cost more than the entire state budget and drive businesses to neighboring states.  That would have crippled the State and benefited no one.  Colorado also tried a version of single-payer health insurance and voters rejected it because of the astronomical costs it brought to the table.  The Bernie plan according to Mercatus Center, a George Mason University research institute reported that the Bernie Plan would cost $32.6 TRILLION in the first ten years or about $3.3 TRILLION per year and the entire federal budget is $4.1 TRILLION.  We would virtually double the yearly budget of the nation.  THAT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE!

If you remember when Medicare was instituted in 1965 the projected cost in 1990 was to be $12 BILLION but the actual price tag was $90 BILLION.  I’m quite sure that the Democrat Plan of Medicare for All would follow the same escalation of actual cost and if it was proportional to that failed estimate we would quadruple the national budget each year.  How long could we last?  The Democrat plan includes illegals as well as citizens and how many would we find sneaking across the border for health care?  How many physicians would be willing to work for half their previous rates?  How many new doctors would enter the field of medicine?  I can promise you there would become a severe shortage.  Rationing would become a reality and then everyone would cry foul and both sides would blame the other.

In Canada, the average wait time for a referral from a general practitioner to a specialist is 21 weeks or over 5 months.  How would you like to be the person with failing kidneys and realize that by the time you are evaluated by a specialist you may be dead?  What would be the incentive for those evil Big Drug Companies to research new drugs if they know they will not recoup their investments and cannot expect to make that evil profit.  Yes, I hate what they do in price gouging, but I love the fact that they are finding new and better drugs.

Imagine the damage to Medicare patients.  I argue that Medicare is not an entitlement like Medicaid or Food Stamps.  Seniors have paid into the program for decades in the form of the Medicare Tax.  With the Democrat Plan, they would be lumped into a system with those who have paid nothing.  We paid for the system and in their plan, everyone would use it at our expense.  Republicans are not trying to deny care to anyone but to protect everyone from the destruction of the Venezuelan America Plan of Bernie Sanders and the Leftists.

Just because something looks good on paper and in theory does not mean it is workable.  Socialism has failed every time it has been tried.  What would make us think this new approach will work any better?

God bless you and God bless America!

 

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WEAPONIZING GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES and OPERATIVES…


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Personally, I believe that everyone liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat should be appalled at the practice of using an arm of government as a political hit job.  The old saying, “what goes around comes around” should be taken seriously in this situation.  I remember being told all my life, “be careful who you step on, on the way up because you might meet them on the way down.”  I had a man in a church that I pastored who would say, “I don’t get mad, I get even.”  No matter how much I tried to help him see the fallacy of that attitude, he stuck with it.  So, do politicians and political activist.

The weaponizing of the Internal Revenue Service by the Obama administration sent cold chills down my spine and made my temperature rise several degrees.  The use of the NSA, CIA, FBI, Homeland, etc. to spy on citizens for political purposes infuriates me.  Justice is supposed to be blind, but we all know that it isn’t far too frequently.  The fact that something has been done by one party or the other in the past is Never a justification for doing it in the future.  Retaliation is an endless exercise that knows no end.  The thirst for pay-back and vengeance is never satisfied and sadly, those most hurt by this, in government, is We the People.

The Special Counsel or Investigator, Robert Mueller’s search has expanded far beyond the original scope of his charge.  It has morphed into searching for anything, and I mean anything, in Donald Trump’s life, not just the so-called Russian Collusion Investigation.  It has branched out to virtually anyone and everyone connected to the President, no matter how loosely connected.  There has been intimidation and the ignoring of crimes and lies by Hillary Clinton and those connected to her but indictments against those connected to Trump.  The only reason for those indictments appears to be to get someone to roll over on him and reveal some nefarious deed.  His destruction appears to have been the objective.

Please understand, I am all for anyone who has committed a crime being held accountable.  My complaint is not the investigation of someone in Washington, DC or anywhere else but the double-standard being demonstrated.  When Democrats walk, and Republicans are held to the highest legal standard that is problematic and gives the appearance of ‘weaponization’ of that governmental entity or agency.  That is disconcerting and poses a serious threat to our Rule of Law and the legitimacy of our federal government.

If there were indictments for all ‘false statements’ in Washington, DC there would be few people in that city not under indictment.  That would include the former President Barack Hussein Obama, former NSA Director James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton and a myriad of others both Democrat and Republican.  One of Barack Obama’s false statements was that our healthcare premiums would go down.  That is more than a misunderstanding of what he believed would happen because the statistical information available to him, at the time, indicated an increase in premiums.  He also told us that under Obamacare we could keep our plan and doctors and those writing the bill knew that was a fabrication or simply political rhetoric.  James Clapper testified before Congress that the NSA was not spying on Americans.  It was a lie and he perjured himself.  Is he or Obama under indictment?

There is an indication that Jerome Corsi, a 72-year-old author, and Harvard trained political scientist, an associate of Roger Stone will be indicted.  For what, you ask?  Perjury! Mr. Corsi, argues that he was manipulated into making false statements to Muller’s lawyers.  That is not a justification, but the double standard is securely intact.  General Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and Mr. Corsi have all learned the hard way that you cannot get away with mocking people in power, especially Democrats, or you will pay dearly.  The weaponized investigation is out to get anyone and everyone who took any stand against the DC Swamp.  All three of those men are bankrupt.  Destroyed by Robert Mueller and the Democrats.  Payback for resisting their presumed rightful place of power.

I saw that one of the mega brains (sarcasm intended) at MSNBC, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg explained the new legal standard for guilt in the Democrats America.  He said, “When Mueller indicted those Russian military intelligence officers, there was a very big hint in the indictment that there was an American deeply involved.  It talked about an American playing a role in that Russian interference scheme.”  Nicolle Wallace laughed and responded, “I remember the keystroke of intelligence and remember thinking anyone emailing with the Russians – you’re going to be in trouble!”  Anyone, that is, except the Clinton Team or Obama Team.

Remember how Carter Page’s life was destroyed by the Left.  He graduated at the top of his Naval Academy class and served this nation for five years as an intelligence officer.  His mistake or error he backed the wrong presidential candidate.  Before you argue, let me remind you that Page was accused of being a Russian spy.  No evidence was ever produced, and he was never charged with anything, but the damage had been done.  The nefarious operatives in our Intelligence Community and the Main Stream Media chanted his guilt.  He was, as was Justice Kavanaugh, and President Trump GUILTY.  No evidence, no trial, no presumption of innocence.  GUILTY until He could prove himself Innocent and even then, he would not be believed.

America, if we allow this kind of ‘weaponizing’ of arms of government and agencies of government to be a reality we will allow the destruction and witness the ‘fundamental transformation’ of our Republic.  Transformed into what?  Not a Republic that follows the Rule of Law and the Constitution, but a nation that is ruled by a despotic oligarchy.  If you like your Freedom, Liberty, and Republic, you had better be ready to fight to keep it.  By fight, I mean pray, work, inform, educate, and vote, not take up arms.

God bless you and God bless America is my desire and prayer!

THE DEBT and DEFICIT…


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Both political parties own this and should ‘own up’ to owning it.  This was not done by Democrats alone nor by Republicans alone, but by politicians falling prey to the temptation to use our money for political purposes and power solidification.  Sadly, many politicians of all stripes have gone to Washington, DC only to become rich, influential, and powerful.  Their windfalls from the graft and corruption in politics have not benefitted the average American or America, it has fed their avarice and lust for money and power.  I believe that our Founding Fathers and the Framers of the American Constitution would be turning over in their graves if they could see where we are today.  They warned, and we failed to heed their warnings, now we are paying!

With a national debt of over $21 TRILLION and no relief in sight, many of us realize the crime that has been perpetrated against future generations and lament.  However, it appears that our lamenting did not reach the level or has come too late to efficiently and effectively deal with the issue.  The two-headed monster (debt and deficit) rising out of an out of control federal government is more frightening than any Horror Movie presentation.

The Treasury Department’s “Debt to the Penny” release shown below is alarming.

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It is reported by various governmental agencies and independent auditing organizations that of the almost $22 TRILLION national debt about two-thirds of that is held by the public.  Our government has written IOUs, so to speak, in the form of U.S. Treasury bills, notes, and bonds to individuals, companies, and foreign governments.  We Owe Ourselves more than we can ever pay and if it were not so serious I would think of it as Wimpy cartoons, “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”  Sadly, that would be quite a hamburger and I wish I could just laugh it off.

The remaining third of the national debt is intragovernmental debt. Our government owes itself and especially the Social Security Trust Fund an enormous amount of money.  If the various governmental agencies and departments such as Social Security were left alone they would have surpluses in their coffers.  However, since Lyndon B. Johnson, the federal government has been ‘borrowing’ money from Social Security to pay other departments.  I say, ‘borrowing’ because it is too troubling to say, ‘stealing’ from those of us who paid into that system for years.  Call it what you will, it is bankrupting Social Security and other governmental agencies and politicians seem oblivious.  Sadly, the public only sees the TOTAL not the why and how we have gotten there.

The past thirty years have been disastrous for us regarding the national debt.  How did we let this happen?  One of the ways is lack of information by the voting public.  Another is lack of concern or sufficient concern to move us from our apathy to involvement.  The national debt has largely been ignored at the voting public.  Possibly because many did not want to touch the ‘golden goose’ that was feeding them or because we wanted to ‘leave the politics to the politicians.’  Bad Mistake and possibly a fatal one.

From 1989 to 2017 the national debt rose 608.61%.  It is not just paper debt, it is real, and the doubly troubling aspect is that the secured national debt is a drop in the bucket for what we owe.  America has the largest ‘sovereign debt’ in the world.  It is equivalent to the European Union’s debt and that is a unified trade body with about 28-member countries.  If that doesn’t get your attention, nothing I can say will.  But alas, I must try.  The question is not how large the debt is but how did we get there and is there any solutions short of catastrophic cuts and crippling many parts of the American economy in an attempt to get control?

The growth of our national debt skyrocketed under former President Barack Obama and it grew the most dollar-wise under him.  The largest percentage increase came under former President Franklin D. Roosevelt with an increase of 1,048% but only $236 BILLION.  That should get your attention realizing that comparative smallness of our national debt in the World War II era and now.  Former President George W. Bush had the second largest deficit.  Every president, for a long time, has borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund.  The SSA took in more revenue than it needed from payroll taxes and should have been left alone and reinvested to the benefit of the retirees and future retirees, but it wasn’t.  It has been pillaged by Democrats and Republicans.

Countries such as China and Japan are happy to buy our Treasuries to keep their currencies low relative to the American dollar.  We are their largest customer and their open-door lending keeps us buying their products and keeps them strong.  Even China has issued warnings to the U.S. to lower its debt, but alas, politicians turn a deaf ear to the warnings of other nations and economist worldwide.  They have found a means to buy votes and refuse to relinquish that stranglehold on America.  They know that to seriously reduce the debt they would have to dramatically reduce the deficit and take some austere measures that would likely get them voted out.  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

We need to step away from, no run from the ‘baseline budgeting’ and run to the ‘zero-based budgeting’ plan.  In the current system every department and budget receives an automatic increase and if the politicians cut the size of the increase they claim they are cutting the budget, but it is still larger than the year before.  Where is the cut?  In the Zero-Based Budget Plan, every department and foreign aid recipient would begin at ZERO and be required to present valid arguments and realistic budgets for the year.  In that system, some would receive ZERO and go the way of the dinosaur into extinction.

In our personal budgets, we are not able to spend more than we take in, at least not for very long.  If our income is less than outgo we end up bankrupt and lose virtually everything.  Individually, if we are wise, we force ourselves to live within our means.  If there is something we need or want, we budget and save for it and when we can afford the payments or the price we buy but not until.  The federal government never thinks about affordability but demand that which they deem is needed.  We are in this mess because we keep electing politicians who are willing to bury us in debt.  We need to send people to Washington, Republicans, and Democrats who will have the intestinal fortitude to ‘do the right thing’ and REDUCE the Debt and Deficit.  My friends, money does not grow on trees!

God bless you and God bless America!

IN MY PERFECT POLITICAL WORLD…


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No, I am not hallucinating only dreaming.  I don’t normally play, ‘what if’ games because they are fruitless and offer little redeeming value.  I like to, as much as possible, rely on the facts and face current realities in life.  I find that by facing the present, having learned from the past, helps me shape my future and keep my focus.  However, for the sake of expression, I will indulge in offering what some of the aspects of my ‘Perfect Political World’ would look like.  Play along if you’d like or not.

In that perfect political world, the politicians would all be honest, demonstrate integrity, and refuse to make promises they know they can’t or won’t keep and keep those they make.  That would likely disqualify about 90% of all politicians currently in today’s landscape.  I had a friend tell me that once when he was preaching and recounted some stories as illustrations a woman came to him after service and asked, “Pastor were those the truth or were you just preaching?”  WHAT?  May that never be that a preacher would embellish the truth and exaggerate a story.  Sadly, it happens, and it is not relegated to the pulpit but extends to the pew, business, society, and the political world too.

I find it objectionable that a politician will take one stance in Maine and another in Texas or wherever depending on what their polling data suggests the people want to hear.  I find it objectionable that a politician will promise to defend certain positions while campaigning but turn their backs on those promises once in DC and vote strictly partisan.  In my ‘Perfect Political World,’ whatever a politician said, he or she would devotedly stand by those promises and principles.  But, alas, this is not Never Never Land and there is no Yellow Brick Road.

In my perfect political world, politicians would openly and honestly discuss the issues without descending into name-calling and mud raking.  I do want to know where each candidate stands on various issues but as I have told Christians for years, “Don’t tell me what someone else is doing or not doing and don’t tell me what you do not believe, tell me what you believe and stand for.”  If what a politician stands for can be contrasted to what the other side stands for the choice gains crystal clarity, at least for me.  I am very much an issues man.  In today’s political world we can discount 90% of what they say on the campaign trail knowing that once they get to Washington they will likely become good soldiers of their party.  That is not political perfection, in my view.

In my perfect political world, All Lives Would Matter, including those babies in the womb.  The most defenseless of all in our society.  I am not discounting the plight or historical discrimination any have experienced.  I am not discounting any disparities existing in today’s society and the need to discuss and deal with those issues.  If All Lives Matter then we would seek to return to the position and follow the principle that “All men are created equal,” and seek to ensure that America returns to or become “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  Yes, that is Utopian but remember I said in “My Perfect Political World.”

In my perfect political world, Government would return to being limited, operate within its means and be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Politicians would return to be ‘citizen representatives’ rather than career politicians seeking power, position, and purse.  In today’s political world much of it reminds me of the Sanhedrin when Jesus was rising to the height of His popularity. They said, “If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”  They were less concerned about what people believed than losing their PLACE!  Politicians are Power Driven Creatures and once entrenched in power they find it lines their purses, feeds their egos, and gives them control.  In my Perfect Political World, a politician would remain a citizen, serve a term or two and return to private life and produce there, like the rest of the citizenry.

In my perfect political world, our Constitution would be the Rule of Law for the Nation and would be interpreted by Original Intent, not personal or political agendas.  Justices would be fair and impartial not a judicial activist.  Politicians would pass laws consistent with that document’s intent and letter and would be held accountable to the same laws as the citizenry.  The government would be prohibited from infringing upon any of our Inalienable Rights and we would once again recognize the hand of divine providence in our Republic’s birth and existence.

In my perfect political world, we would eliminate much of the poverty now existing because welfare and entitlements would virtually disappear.  We would return to personal benevolence and churches, communities, and families would assume that role, as it both biblical and constitutional.  The expectation of the citizen and the politician would be that it is honorable to work and earn a living.  The biblical view would be restored that if one would not work they do not receive handouts.  The key word is WOULD NOT! The church, the community, families, and individuals would return to being the caretakers of the needy, not the government.  Government run anything, except in a politically perfect world does more harm than good.

In my perfect political world, we would find it possible, desirable, and encouraged that everyone could and would pursue their God-given Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Politics would no longer be a four-letter word or epithet but an honorable service to the Republic.  The manipulation of various sectors of society, pitting them against each other for political purposes would become extinct and civility would return to the discourse.  In that condition, the seeds of sanity and civility would be planted and over several generations, we could overcome the generational hate that now exists.  People could disagree without resorting to name-calling and violence.  Real solutions could be uncovered and what America was envisioned to become a reality.

Yes, I just embarked on and engaged in a trip down fantasy lane.  However, I continue to hope and pray for America, the land that I love, and you love to return to her founding principles and the guiding precepts we once knew.  Just because we have drifted from them does not mean they are unreachable.  What can you and I do as one person?  We can do what we know to do and believe that our shift in attitude will affect another and then another and another until we impact an entire generation.  Most of us would never see the fruit of that endeavor but our Grandchildren and their posterity would.  Lord, what can I do to leave a legacy of hope for my children and beyond?

God bless you and God bless America!

THE 14TH AMENDMENT DOES NOT GIVE BLANKET BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP…


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Because of the hoopla over President Trump’s declaration that he would be issuing an Executive Order ending “birthright citizenship” I feel compelled to once again wade into this.  This is a recycling of an old blog post but one that I believe is necessary today.  Most on the Left and some on the Right fail to comprehend the actual wording and the intent of this amendment.  It, like many things, has been morphed into something other than the Original Intent.  I offer my two-cents hoping to bring some clarity to the argument.

Illegal Immigration and Amnesty are not secondary issues in today’s political climate as some seem to think, including Bret Baier of Fox News in the past presidential election.  It is an economic issue, a national security issue, national sovereignty as well as a social issue.  At one time I thought that if a person was born in the United States they were automatically afforded citizenship by the Constitution of these United States.  As a student of history in college and over the past 50 plus years I have discovered the writings of the authors of the 14th Amendment and their view of what that amendment was designed to do. 

The 14th Amendment, as per Senator Jacob M. Howard of Michigan in 1866 wrote, “…every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States.  This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons.” 

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Subject to the jurisdiction does not simply mean being in the country physically but means “not owing allegiance” to any other foreign nation.  It is not just the physical jurisdiction but the complete jurisdiction of the United States of America.  Illegals cannot make that claim for they are ILLEGAL!  In 1866 Senator Edward Cowan wrote, “A foreigner in the United States has a right to the protection of the laws; but is not a citizen in the ordinary acceptance of the word…”  

The words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” was intended to exclude American-born persons from automatic citizenship whose allegiance to the United States was not complete.  The Native Americans were not initially included although born here because it was not perceived that their allegiance was not complete to the United States but to their own tribal councils.  Regarding illegal aliens in the United States unlawfully, their native country has a claim of allegiance on the child.  Therefore, the completeness of their allegiance to the United States is impaired and precludes automatic citizenship.  The proper interpretation of the 14th Amendment is that an illegal alien mother is subject to the jurisdiction of her native country, as is her baby.

In the “Slaughter-House Cases” the Supreme Court confirmed this restricted interpretation of citizenship.  In 1884 Elk v. Wilkins, the phrase, “subject to its jurisdiction” was interpreted to include “children of ministers, consuls, and citizens of foreign states born with the United States.”  In Elk, the American Indian claimant was considered NOT an American citizen because the law required him to be “not merely subject in some respect or degree to the jurisdiction of the United States, but completely subject to their political jurisdiction and owing them direct and immediate allegiance.”  The Courts essentially declared that the status of the parents determines the citizenship of the child.  To qualify children for “birthright citizenship”, based on the 14th Amendment, parents MUST owe, “direct and immediate allegiance” to the United States and be “completely subject” to its jurisdiction.  Simply, they must be citizens of the United States of America.

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The argument that simply being born here automatically affords “birthright citizenship” in the United States is to ignore the wording and intent of the Amendment.  One cannot simply self-immigrate ILLEGALLY and then claim jurisdiction because they are here.  They are citizens of another country and subject to the jurisdiction of that country.  They become subject to our laws but that does not give them citizenship.

The 14th Amendment ratified in 1868 was primarily directed at extending citizenship to the freed slaves.  The Amendment’s wording was derived from the 1866 Civil Rights Act, which provided that “all person born in the United States, and not subject to any foreign power” should be considered citizens.  The Amendment was intended to give citizenship ONLY to those who owed their allegiance to the United States and were subject to its complete jurisdiction.  Senator Lyman Trumbull, R-IL, a key figure in its adoption stated, “subject to the jurisdiction” meant not owing allegiance to any other country.

American Indians did not become citizens UNTIL Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924.  There would have been no need to pass such legislation if the 14th Amendment extended citizenship to all people born in America, no matter what the circumstances of their birth, and no matter the legal status of their parents.  I pray that everyone, including the Supreme Court Justices, considers that fact and realize based on the wording and the declarations of the framers the original intent.  Birthright Citizenship is not part of our Constitution, politicians have made it so not the document itself.

The Civil Rights Act of 1866 defined citizens of the United States as, “all persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power, excluding American Indians not taxed.”  The question of American Indians Senator Howard argued, “…have always been in our legislation and jurisprudence, as quasi-foreign nations”. Senator Lyman Trumbull (D-IL) agreed with Senator Howard stating, “…it would be a violation of our treaty obligations… to extend our laws over these Indian tribes with whom we have treaties saying we would not do so.”  Trumbull insisted that the Indian tribes WERE NOT subject to our jurisdiction in the sense of owing allegiance solely to the United States.  He stated, “…it is ONLY those persons who come completely within our jurisdiction, who are subject to our laws that we think of making citizens.”

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The clincher in this is that in Section 5 of the 14th Amendment it reads: “The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”  That includes Section 1 deemed the “citizenship clause”.  Would a liberal Congress pass legislation granting “birthright citizenship” to the children of illegal aliens?  Do wild bears live in the woods?  The Liberal Leftist Democrats most assuredly would and now insist on it as well as Open Borders for one and all.  However, if they follow the arguments of the authors of the clauses and amendment they would not but if they follow present-day political correctness they would.  What do you think would be the case if the Democrats and RINO’s control of Congress and/or the White House in 2020?  You get the Gold Star it would be Amnesty and Anchor Baby Citizenship automatically.  If Congress passes such a law and it is enacted, so be it but until then, it is not Constitutional.

May God bless you and God bless America again!

 

WHO IS DIVIDING AMERICA???


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Before all the Leftist, Liberal Democrats and the Never Trump Crowd tries to slam me saying that it is all Donald Trump, let’s take a trip down memory lane.  We will also, address some of the more recent comments by Democrats that are racist and full of vitriolic hatred.  But, alas, those groups will still deny any blame and continue pointing the finger or giving the finger to Donald Trump.  Blindness is one thing, but willing blindness is a denial of the worst kind and is possibly the greatest divider of modern times.  That being said, there is plenty of guilt by all sides to last ten lifetimes.

In July 2016, BEFORE the 2016 Elections then President Barack Obama said on MSNBC, “If Republicans bring a knife to the fight, Democrats should bring a gun.”  Please, do not try to suggest that is benign and not incendiary.  In 2008 President Barack Obama challenged and urged his supporters to increase their attack on John McCain said, “I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors.  I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican.  I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”  Benign?  Hardly, everyone from Kindergarten onward understands that getting in someone’s face is caustic and hostile.  He was urging hostility.  But that was Trump’s fault, right?  Trump wasn’t in the political mix at that time.  So, who is dividing America?

How about in 2009 when Attorney General Eric Holder was speaking during Black History Month that America is “essentially a nation of cowards.”  He said, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”  That was fanning the flames of hate and stirring up racial biases.  It was uncalled for and unnecessary, but he was excused because he was a black man.  Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s pastor preached hate, racism, anti-Semitism for decades with the Obama family in the pews but Obama said nothing.  Silence, in that case, seems more to express agreement than objection.  If he disagreed, that was real cowardice.  So, who is dividing America?

Eric Holder, in October this year, declared that while Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.”  Holder said, “No. No. When they go low, we kick them.”  He later tried to walk it back a bit, but the message was as clear as Obama’s ‘get in their faces’ and ‘bring a gun to the fight’ comments.   Hillary Clinton recently said, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.”  Hillary, would that not insist on incivility from both sides?  She went on to say, that when the Democrats win back the House and Senate that’s when civility could begin.  I can only interpret that to mean she endorses violence and incivility until she gets her way.  So, who is dividing America?

We have had a myriad of Hollywood celebrities calling for violence to the President and his family including rape, sodomy, and murder.  Recently Don Lemon of CNN said, “We have to stop demonizing people and realize that the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them.”  Mr. Lemon, you said we must stop demonizing people and then your demonized an entire group of people, namely WHITE MEN.  What exactly did you have in mind with your remark of ‘dealing with them?’  You want a travel ban on White Guys.  So, who is dividing America?

Most of the things President Trump has said has come in a pushback from something said first by the Left.  Do I justify incendiary comments by anyone?  NO!  I don’t justify them from either side.  I am becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of my wife, daughters, and grandchildren over the intense hate that is being stirred up.  The Black Lives Matter, New Black Panthers, and other hate groups have called for “open season” on whites.  That is so volatile it cannot be overlooked.  To blame Donald Trump over the anger of the Liberal Leftist Democrats in losing an election is not being intellectually honest.  It is engaging in willing blindness that exacerbates the problem.

The Main Stream Media Outlets including some commentators on Fox News like Shepard Smith, Juan Williams, and even Chris Wallace, at times, continually hammer the President.  They ignore the violent outbursts, the riots, the hateful language of the various activist groups and rip him for his responses.  People like Louis Farrakhan, Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, Keith Ellison, Cory Booker, and others continue to issue statements, allegations, and assertions that can only be interpreted as condoning violence.  If you justify, a bully or a terrorist, you embolden them.

The rhetoric of today has become so volatile that we are teetering on the brink of a full-scale civil war with blood in the streets.  I cannot fathom any Freedom Loving American desiring that. The end would be so catastrophic we might not survive as a nation.  Our enemies are loving the caustic atmosphere.  The Democrats claimed civility would return if they won and now they have won the House.  So let’s see if they are civil and truly seek to work on bipartisan measures.  I suspect we already know the answer.  I suspect that for the next two years, we can expect an escalation of the unrest and barring a genuine move of God bringing a spiritual revival we are in deep trouble as a nation.

Who is divining America?  There is enough blame to go around and we should all do some deep introspection and evaluation of how much our own personal bias and animus toward people and political parties are affecting our interactions.  Can we heal?  Of course.  Will we heal?  That remains to be seen.  We will not heal, with the Liberal Leftist Agenda in place and we may not with the Conservative and Constitutionalist policies.  I know the damage done by the Socialist Leftist agenda and the benefit of the Conservative and Constitutional approach.  I also know that those on the Left have tasted blood and now believe that violence will achieve their end, so look out, here it comes!

I pray that America can somehow come to grips with our differences and return to God and He will return to us.  If and when the pot boils over both sides will have blood on their hands and that is something I strongly urge we never allow to happen.

 God bless you and God bless America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELF-DEFEATING SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS…


BLOG POST 2 - SElf Righteousness

The mid-terms are over and rather than specifically talk about them I feel that I need to take a little different path today.   I am a preacher, a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a Christian, a Vietnam veteran, an American, a patriot, a husband, father, and grandfather.  I have strong opinions regarding Faith, Family, and Freedom and voice them as I feel the situation warrants.  I have and will speak about politics, religion, family, morality, and life without fear and even in the face of threats.  I know what I believe, in whom I believe, and understand what my ministry and purpose are, at this juncture in my life.  I am who I am by the Grace of God and hope that I am charitable to all without compromising my convictions.

We have all heard that we are to “love the sinner but hate the sin.”  Some have questioned if that is even possible and I say, “It is, but add the caveat that “loving the sinner” does not mean compromising your convictions to accommodate their disagreement.”  Forgiveness does not mean a license to do whatever one wants for repentance is to do a 180-degree turn and do what is needed to modify behavior and actions.  In the matter of sin, it is to cease following the desire of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and being dominated by the pride of life (following the evil one and/or the flesh) and to focus on God and His precepts.  But, that is another subject for another time.

As a preacher, I learned long ago that it is not only possible for preachers to engage in self-righteousness but a likelihood at some point in life.  I would suggest that few, if any, realize they are guilty of that sin and believe they are following God’s standards while others are falling short.  We, preachers, are prime targets of the enemy of our souls, to fall prey to that mentality and thereby damage lives or produce Pharisees who follow us, and we become like the Pharisee and the Publican praying.  We thank God that we are not like them rather than focusing on our own failings and asking mercy.  It is my belief that everyone must follow the dictate of their hearts in seeking to fulfill their purpose and assignment in this life.  God has not called or appointed all of us to do the same thing, otherwise many of us would be unnecessary.

I had a fellow minister lecture me about my active voice about political matters and insisted that I was outside the will of God, violating Scripture, and he even questioned my relationship with God.  I listened to the brow-beating for what seemed to be an eternity as he proclaimed his righteousness, which I saw as self-righteousness.  He paraded his personal beliefs about what a Christian and a minister should do regarding politics including that we were prohibited from disagreeing with government and our mandate from heaven was Obedience and Prayer.

He spoke of the medium of Facebook, my use of jokes offended him, it was not becoming a minister in his mind.  My political blogs and posts were objectionable because Christians were to have nothing to do with politics and we were to pray, vote, and leave the politics to politicians.  In his view, anything other than actively proclaiming the Word of God, the Gospel message, and calling believers to prayer was taboo for the believer.  In his mind, I was being an apostate and an embarrassment to the ministry and a hindrance to the advancement of the Gospel and Evangelization.

I waited, like Job as his comforters, demeaned him until I could take it no longer and at one of his pauses to take a breath asked if I might ask a question or two?  He, apparently believed he had reached me and I was having a “come to Jesus moment” so he consented.  I asked several questions that I will list:

  • If we see someone in danger are we to warn them and seek to help them avoid and avert danger or are we to simply say, “God bless you, I will pray for you,” and leave them alone?  He said with obvious incredulity, “Of course we are to help them.”
  • I continued, “If I saw a child playing near a busy street and no adults around, should I simply utter a prayer for the child or warn the child and attempt to get the attention of the adults charged with his/her care?”  He was even more animated and said, “You cannot allow a child to suffer injury or death if you can prevent it.”
  • I asked, “What are we to do with James 4:17?” He paused a moment to think and asked, “What do you mean?”  I quoted the passage and asked, “If I know to do good and do not do it, what does that make me?”  He, with obvious aggravation, demanded angrily, “Just what do you mean?”

That opened the door for me to address what I believe God has called me to do.  That is to be a Watchman on the Wall.  If I see something in violation of biblical principles being pursued by the government am I to be silent?  If it endangers lives, and livelihoods am I to passively fall into line with the edict?  If the nation is drifting away from her moral moorings, and disregarding the Creator God and His precepts am I not to try to bring her back on course by making as many as possible aware of that drift?  Likewise, if I see good I need to highlight it.

I asked about Ezekiel 33:9-11 where God spoke to the prophet and by implication to each of us regarding sounding the alarm.  In that passage, we are reminded that if we see something and say nothing and they perish their blood will be on our hands.  I understand that this is immediately applied to the Gospel message and Salvation, but does it not cover all of life.  How righteous are we if we see people’s lives being destroyed as they blindly follow governmental edicts and we sit in silence without attempting to sound the alarm?

I use jokes to lighten the load and heavy weight of life for as many as possible.  I have learned, first-hand, that Laughter is Good Medicine.  I have experienced numerous times when some true friends would call or come by during a time of crisis where ominous clouds were hanging over and I wanted to run for cover. They would tell me a joke and as much as I did not want to laugh, I found that as I laughed the sunshine broke through the clouds, my attitude changed, and I saw hope again.  I present scriptures and devotionals to address the spiritual needs of people because I know that without God, we have no hope.

It is my conviction and contention that because we as occupants of this world and are to occupy until Jesus comes we must deal with life as we find it.  That is one of the reasons I address matters political.   Does that make me lesser of a Christian and an embarrassment to the ministry?  I hope not.  I believe that it is the mandate for each of us to pursue the call of God upon our lives.

At this juncture in my life, I believe that I have heard the Macedonian Call to observe what is happening and Sound the Alarm when I see dangers.  I am also to observe what I see deficient and needy in the Church and call for believers to return to our first love and devotedly stand on the principles and precepts of the Bible.   I am to strengthen the feeble hands and encourage good behavior too.  If the Church is silent, evil will prevail, lives will be ruined, the Gospel message diluted, and Salvation becomes elusive.  Therefore, what I do I do as unto the LORD.

I attempt to refrain from a self-righteous attitude.  That is something each of us should do.  I do not suggest that everyone should do what I do, they should not, for that is not their call or assignment.  I want to be objective, honest, ethical, biblical, and speak the truth.  I never want to become closed minded and refuse to hear the objections and arguments of others.  I may disagree, but I might also see something I have not seen before and modify my position.  The foundation upon which I try to build my life is “What Does God Say?” and “What Does God Want?”  If I sit in silence, according to God’s word the blood of the innocent will cry out to God as a witness against me and I never want that to happen.

Some may read this and wonder why I am writing this and others will be encouraged by what I am saying.  America is too great a prize to not invest ourselves in the fight for Faith, Family, and Freedom.  Elections are not the only time to pay attention to what is happening.  We have been given a treasure in the Republic and our System of Government and we dare not take it lightly or leave it to the politicians to determine the fate of the nation.  I ask that you Pray about your purpose in this cause and do what your heart demands.  I ask that you become informed as to what is happening and follow the demands of your heart.  I ask that you invest yourself in America by voting in each election and vote according to your conscience not according to personality preferences.

God bless you and God bless America!