U.S.A or U.S.S.A?


Before I am blasted from all points of the compass let me assert that I am devotedly committed to preserving the United States of America (USA) as the Free Constitutional Republic established by our Founding Fathers.  I reject and resist all claims, agendas, and ideologies that would result in the fundamental transformation of America into the United Socialist States of America (USSA).  Freedom must be maintained, at whatever cost because without Freedom none of us can enjoy the objectives of our Declaration of Independence. 

I once considered Fox News Network as a moderately conservative outlet with the objective of presenting truth and facts.  I saw them as a news outlet largely staffed by conservatives or ‘moderates’ with a sprinkling of Liberals, Leftist, radicals.  Now I see them as an agency largely filled with Establishment types of both sides of the political aisle.  What does that mean?  It means they, like CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and most of the other outlets have an agenda to defeat Donald Trump and return us to the cronyism of the Big Government Establishment which is rooted in globalism. 

I have concluded that there are few agencies dedicated to reporting the truth.  One of those seems to be One America News Network (OANN).  I am appalled that even Al Jazeera News once owned by Al Gore is more factual than CNN, MSNBC, and now Fox News on many issues.  That is deeply troubling.  We have a sprinkling of radio outlets that still offer genuine news and factual presentations. There are a few blogs and websites that with that view and that helps the fight, but we are under attack by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. There has been an increase in the vitriol and determination of those organizations to silence anything factual or conservative.

On the heels of a recent CNN poll, that declared Joe Biden held a slim lead over Donald Trump nationally but also revealed that Trump was beating Biden in the swing states, Fox conducted a poll of their own.  I would have hoped it would be fair, balanced, and factual, but I perceive that it is designed to hurt Trump, hurt the conservative message, and thereby hurt America.  The CNN poll was weighted heavily in favor of the Democrats by at least 8%.  Fox has not revealed it’s bias or balance, but I suspect either the selection or wording was slanted.

The Fox poll suggests that America supports Biden over Trump on dealing with China, COVID-19, and healthcare.  The astounding percentages of who is more trusted regarding healthcare was shocking.  The Poll suggested that Biden was favored by 17%.  If that is a genuine reflection of the American mindset we are screwed as a nation!  That would mean that the fear they have sought to engender is bearing the fruit desired. For anyone to support Biden and his Universal or Government-Run and Mandated Healthcare is to ignore facts and relegate certain segments of our populace to the ‘non-essential’ side of the equation. 

Those of us over 70, are largely deemed ‘non-essential’.  That means that we either do not hold some political office or contribute heavily to their political agendas.  They would treat us as used and useless baggage.  Government funding for abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and government-sponsored genocide would become a norm.  Some may object to that statement, but it is woven into the fabric of what they have said for decades and are now willing to openly declare. 

The idea that Biden, whose hands are visibly dirty with corruption regarding China and Chinese money, could better deal with China than Trump is not based in reality or sanity.  If you are willing to ‘kowtow’ to foreign nations and allow them to dictate to us what we do economically and militarily, then Biden is your man.  If you want America to become fundamentally transformed into a Socialist nation and allow the federal government to become lord and master, then Biden is your man.  If you value Freedom and the Free Market, then you must know that his policies mirror Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders are detrimental.  But, alas, if the Fox poll is truly indicative of how people think, we are screwed.

The latest Stimulus or Relief Package proposed by the Democrats is laden with everything but relief for our American economy and legal citizens.  It is filled with provisions to care for ‘illegals’, funds abortion, ensures the Democratic States are bailed out, dooms our economy, picks and chooses which businesses and people succeed and fail, and destroys our electoral process.  If that is your cup of tea, then Bide is your man.

The idea that we can keep printing money into perpetuity is insane and the antithesis of Freedom and Liberty.  Pelosi and company proposed a $3 Trillion Plan to buy America and take total control.  That plan includes another check for everyone and even includes illegals.  It includes resurrecting the State and Local Tax Deductions (SALT) that are increasingly popular in the Blue States.  It is designed to condition as many as possible to become accustomed to ‘free money’ and make them beholding to the hand that feeds them, namely the Democrats.

Those on the Left are continually proposing ‘guaranteed income’ which is ludicrous and impossible to achieve.  If we do what they want, we cannot remain a viable vibrant, and free economy. The plan to keep printing money weakens our currency immeasurably and the long-term effect will prove to be deadly for America in the years to come.  Inflation is rising and their economic plan will invite hyper resulting in the rise in the cost of EVERYTHING and the loss of FREEDOM.  

If the polls, that seemingly indicate, more Americans want Biden and the Democrats than Trump and the Republicans prove to be accurate, we have already become the USSA.  It may not be official, but is actual, and that would mean that we will, in our lifetime, watch the complete decimation of our American system of government.  I contend that if that becomes a reality everyone will rue the day, even those who think it is what they want.  Poverty and forced compliance would eventually become anathema to the populace.  Unfortunately, by that time, it would be too late to change it via the ballot box and only an armed revolution can change it.

Tragically before we reach that point, the nefarious globalists would have so duped millions, they willingly gave up their ability to resist.  The methodology would be to continue providing the ‘freebies’ to keep the delusional in their corner UNTIL they fully squashed our ability to resist and then they would unleash the dogs of tyranny like we would never have believed possible in America.

I am concerned that, in the minds of too many, a majority may have already accepted the idea of a U.S.S.A. and lost the vision of what Freedom truly is and why it must be maintained.  I know that sounds fatalistic and I am not a fatalist because of my faith in God.  However, I cannot ignore the handwriting on the walls and the warning signs that are everywhere.  America do not be deceived and do not allow fear and freebies to destroy your vision of Freedom and commitment to Liberty.

God bless you and God bless America!

MY MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE…


As a Vietnam Veteran, an American, a patriot, a lover of freedom, and a Christian I never want to miss an opportunity to express my deep gratitude for those men and women who paid the ultimate price for Freedom.  Memorial Day is the day we have set aside to honor those who paid that price in a time of war, those killed in action (KIA) and those missing in action (MIA).  They are deserving of much more than a few words of platitude and their memories must never be tarnished by the rewriters of history and those seeking to dismantle our republic. 

I would never contended that all war is honorable or even necessary but when our nation is threatened, our patriots step forward.  That is one of the things that has kept America the Free Constitutional Republic she is and has been.  The weakening of our foundational fabric endangers that. The revisionism of history and the anti-American rhetoric bandied about in today’s political, media, and academia is weakening our Republic.  We must never forget and never cease to be grateful for the sacrifices made in the interest of freedom.

I saw a list of numbers of the deaths that were aired on a PBS broadcast some time ago.  The numbers may not be 100% accurate but reflect the reality that many have sacrificed.  In honoring their memories, we need to express our gratitude to the families of the fallen because their pain is also noteworthy.  I can only imagine the pain of losing a loved one in war.  I know some of the pain that my mother endured during my time in Vietnam.  The uncertainty, lack of information, and fear that her son would not come home were deeply traumatic.  I fully believe that her prayers for me kept me alive.

The list PBS presented War Time U.S. Military Deaths are as follows:

            Revolutionary War               4.435

            War of 1812                          2,260

            Indian Wars                          1,000

            Mexican War                      13,283

            Civil War                          498,332 (Another estimate was 618,000)

            Spanish-American War     2,446

            World War I                     116,516             

            World War II                     405,399

            Korean War                        54,246

            Vietnam War                      90,220 (Another estimate was 58,220)

            Persian Gulf War               1,565

            Global War on Terror       6,852

Clearly, some of those numbers are somewhat fluid and changing.  Vietnam and other war numbers have changed over the years as new information and discoveries have occurred.  The wartime deaths amount to about 1.2 million American service personnel. That does not include those listed as MIA who may have died in battle.  My gratitude is overflowing and my pride in calling myself an American has never been greater. 

During World War II, about 12% of the total U.S. population was a part of the armed forces.  Today we have approximately 1.4 million Americans on active duty and another 860,000 in various reserves.  That is approximately 2.1 million out of the 331 million.  That means that rather than have 12% as in WWII we have less than 1% serving today.  Technology and other changes have resulted in that statistic.  However, I am convinced that were we to enter another global conflict the numbers of Americans volunteering would escalate dramatically. I believe that America’s Patriots are ready to serve when needed!

Each year on the final Monday of May we celebrate Memorial Day.  It was originally called Decoration Day.  The American flag is supposed to be flown at half-mast until noon, and then raised to full mast until sunset on Memorial Day.  The tradition of wearing red poppies originated in John McCrae’s 1915 poem in Flanders Fields.  A relatively unknown tradition was to eat a picnic lunch on the grounds of a cemetery to honor the fallen heroes.  The placing of American flags on graves has long been a tradition and now under fire by those who seek to obliterate our traditional honoring of the fallen.

“In Flanders Fields”

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Few know that there is supposed to be a national moment of remembrance at 3 P.M. local time to honor the memories of the heroes of our wars.  One of our time-honored traditions where thousands of Americans visit Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day will not happen in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions. 

In a time when so little of our true history is known, I urge everyone to gather your family around you and remind them of the greatness of America and the value of our freedom.  If you have a loved one or an ancestor who died in one of our wars honor their memory and instill in the hearts of the young, they are free because others sacrificed all to ensure their liberty.  Take a moment and thank God for His goodness and mercy.  Take a moment and say, ‘Thank You’ to those who gave all.  Many of us gave something, but the ones we honor today gave everything.  They gave so that we could be Free!

Memorial Day, to me, is more than a holiday it is a reminder of the POWER OF LOVE! Love for family, love for country, love for freedom, and love for God.  I am reminded of the words of Jesus in John 15:13, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  The heroes who paid all did not know me, but they died for me and you.  They died for the Love of Freedom, Family, and Country.  Dare we not honor their memory and prevent any government official from tarnishing that tradition and obligation to REMEMBER? 

God bless you and God bless America!   HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY and THANK GOD WE ARE FREE!

WEAPONIZED CRISIS – Strips Away Duty and Replaces It with Agenda…


It has been a long time since I have trusted any news outlet for information or considered them anything but propaganda machines.  The media, calling themselves reporting agencies and conveyors of news, have morphed from their duty and become agents of agenda.  That renders them useless for information and updates on the news.  It makes them a valuable source for propaganda and political spin.  Therefore, I suggest that we cease calling them News Outlets and call them political activists.

In the last days of April 2020, several significant events were transpiring around the world.  One would have thought the Media or News Outlets would have zeroed in on those and attempted to inform the public.  Why?  Because some of those events have a global impact, some have a civil liberties impact, some reveal the depth of corruption of the Deep State and Swamp, and some expose the draconian actions of mayors and governors in America.  Were those events reported and discussed?  Only passingly and frequently there was no mention whatsoever.

What was the focus of the Media and News Outlets?  President Donald J. Trump.  Their reports were not unbiased stories regarding the president but attempts to formulate, reformulate, and solidify the attacks on him.  They have used and will continue to use every devious, deceptive, dishonest, and destructive means possible to ‘destroy’ the evil Orange Man.  He is public enemy number one to those on the Left and in the Media and must be nullified if not eradicated. 

I avoided the hoopla of the fraudulent charges that President Trump encouraged people to ingest bleach, disinfectants, or even have UV light rays injected into our bodies.  That was massive dishonesty in the reporting. The reports were not contextual but seized upon the opportunity to advance an inflamed theory that Trump is unstable, mentally deranged, and dangerous.  They have ignored the incoherent ramblings of Joe Biden, the vitriol of other Democrats, but Trump is America’s greatest threat, according to them. 

The Daily Caller transcribed some relevant information from the press conference where the president made his comments.  The comments that have been pressed beyond measure and used as an attempt to confirm the need to oust him from the White House.  In the press conference the Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the DHS, Bill Bryan made some comments about the ‘half-life’ of the coronavirus on surfaces.  He said that when they ‘injected’ UV rays into the mix along with high temperatures and increased humidity the virus dies quickly.  The media never mentions those statements only what the president said in a question after that discussion.

Mr. Bryan revealed that the DHS has tested certain types of disinfectants to discover the impact on killing the virus.  He said, “We’ve tested bleach, we’ve tested isopropyl alcohol on the virus, specifically in saliva or in respiratory fluids, and I can tell you that bleach will kill the virus in five minutes,” Bryan said. “Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds, and that’s with no manipulation, no rubbing. Just bring it on and leaving it go. You rub it and it goes away even faster.” 

It was after those remarks that President Trump made his statement that has sent the Democrats and the Media into turmoil.  He said, “So, I’m going to ask Bill a question that probably some of you are thinking or if you’re totally into that world, which I find very interesting.  So, supposing when we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it.  And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way.  And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting. And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me. So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.”  

The media jumped on that immediately and asked Mr. Bryan eliciting a push back from Mr. Bryan.  That prompted President Trump to attempt a clarification.  He said, “It wouldn’t be through injections, you’re talking about almost a cleaning and sterilization of an area.  Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t work, but it certainly has a big effect if it’s on a stationary object.”  He then talked about the power of UV rays on the skin and asked if those rays were on a person’s hands would it kill the virus.  Bryan deflected a bit saying, “I don’t know if it would kill the virus at the same rate as on a non-porous surface.”  He then said, “The virus lives longer on non-porous surfaces.  It doesn’t live as long on non-porous surfaces, so in theory what you said is correct.”  Was that reported?  Not a word!

The Democrats including Pelosi, Biden, and others insisted that the President had suggested killing people by injecting them with Lysol or some other substance.  If you watched the presser and read the real transcripts you know that is not what he said. 

I’ve been told by some in the medical and research field that what President Trump was actually referring to was “Ultraviolet catheter technology.”  It was in the news and Dr. Brix was unfamiliar with it.  I’m told that this is achieved via inserting a tube into the breathing tube of an intubated patient.  They used ultraviolet healight and there is the testing to explore the power and benefit of controlled ethanol vapor inhalation to destroy the virus.  Therefore, the President was not spacing out when he asked the question.  He asked a question!  He did not make, a suggestion.  Tragically, some will take any comment by a leader as a suggestion.  He said, more than once, to work with your medical doctors. 

During that time frame, there was the unreported question as to the health of North Korea’s dictator and what it might mean to the world.  There were the revelations of the violations by the FBI and others in the General Flynn case and how it affects our civil liberties and freedom.  There was the ongoing stonewalling of Adam Schiff refusing to release the needed transcripts of 43 interviews of Russian collusion witnesses his committed conducted in secret.  Was any of that mentioned? Only in passing, if at all.

There was the potential involvement of Susan Rice, Samantha Power, and others in the coup against President Trump.  There were the draconian measures taken in various states and the terribleness of the decision of New York, New Jersey, and California exposing the most vulnerable to the virus.  Namely, the elderly in nursing homes and their caretakers.  They ordered virus-stricken patients to be housed in nursing homes after transported from hospitals.  We are told that about 20% of the fatalities have occurred in nursing homes.  Was that the focus of the news? Nope, it was Trump wants to kill people with his insanity.

America, the so-called Media and News Outlets are not interested in reporting the news, keeping us informed as to what is happening around the world.  They are interested in destroying President Trump and reclaiming total control of the government in November.  It is about Power and if we suffer and die, that is simply collateral damage in their minds or useful tools to enhance their agenda. 

I keep asking, “Can America be this dumb?”  “Can the Media be this diabolical?”  “Can we survive the intensity of hate?”  Regarding the first question, it seems so. Regarding the second question, absolutely. Regarding the last question, I keep saying, yes, but I am beginning to question my hope.  I trust God, not the government.  I trust God, not man.  Therefore, I will continue to pray and believe that God will help us in our time of trouble!

God bless you and God bless America!

WILL THIS TOO PASS?


If my question was simply, will the pandemic pass, the answer would be yes.  However, I do not believe we can relegate it to that level of simplicity and must consider what has happened and the root causes of why we are in the mess we are in.  There is plenty of room for many to share the blame.  Globally there is blame, but I desire to focus on America and consider what has happened and what we can do to prevent it in the future.

That may sound as if I am writing another article on the COVID-19 coronavirus, but I want to address some things that extend far beyond the medical crisis into which we have been plunged.  We are in an economic mess that has and will reach levels far beyond anything most of us have witnessed in our lifetimes.  Who is to blame?  Again, there is plenty of room for sharing the blame, but no politician will shoulder that burden and each of them blames someone else.  I suggest it goes beyond individual politicians to a system condition we have allowed in America.  That must be addressed if we are to survive, thrive, and ensure this does not happen again.

I read extensively and research as much as I have the ability attempting to discern what is happening, who is right, where we are, and if there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  In that effort, I read the assertions of the experts who tell us what we did was totally necessary, and we must continue it into the foreseeable future.  I then read other experts who say, balderdash, we overreacted and insist that we immediately end the lock-down and return to normal.  I suspect that somewhere between the two views is a more reasonable answer, but then I am not an ‘expert.’

I listened as President Trump and the experts informed us that we were ill-prepared regarding tests, masks, and ventilators.  We have learned that the cupboard was left bare during the Swine Flu pandemic in 2009 and never replenished.  Why?  Is the blame to be laid at Barack Obama’s feet or does it extend beyond him?  Some will think me defending him when I say, beyond him.  He is guilty of negligence, but it is a system problem, not just a presidential decision that placed us in this mess. 

Some have suggested that we experienced an unsuccessful effort to replenish the stockpile of ventilators dating back to the 2nd term of George W. Bush and continued through the two terms of Barack Obama.  Why?  It seems that the FDA is a culprit through its ill-advised decisions and overregulation.  The FDA delayed production because of the five-years it took them to approve a new design.  That reveals a system problem, not just a president or politician problem.  We allowed a monster to be created and that monster is killing us.

Gleaning from the writings of others and especially Dr. Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College I learned that the CDC was created in 1942 to fight malaria.  In 1946 it had a shift in name and purpose and was called the ‘Communicable Disease Center.’ 

In the 2000s, the CDC managed to become independent of political control and lost its focus.  It has ceased focusing on viruses and infectious diseases and expanded into chronic diseases, addictions, nutrition, school health, and injuries. 

We were warned in 2007 by some including the late Senator Tom Coburn who issued a report entitled, “CDC Off Center.”  He reviewed how that agency was spending tax dollars and how off the mark they were.  We were warned but nobody in politics listened.  Nothing new there.  The CDC even delved into issues like ‘gun violence.’  Imagine that.  Does that suggest a political bent developing? 

The reports indicate that in 2017 the CDC expenditures included $1.1 billion on chronic disease prevention, $125 million on environmental health, and $285 million on injury prevention.  What?  Why?  They should have been replenishing our stockpile of PPEs, but they were expanding their role and solidifying their position and influence.

I have questioned every official I can, upon learning the extent that China was providing our biotics and medical gear, why? China, a communist country, where the virus originated has been producing our medical goods.  A Chinese doctor sounded the alarm that there was a danger of an outbreak.  The Chinese government disciplined him for spreading rumors injurious to the state and he virtually disappeared.  The head of the Wuhan Central Hospital sounded the alarm and she mysteriously disappeared.

The Drs who are now telling us that the lock-down is not only necessary, came too late, and must continue into the future are the same ‘experts’ who told us   They insisted that we let them be handle it and that the public had no reason to be concerned or fear this virus.  Dr. Fauci said at the outset, “It’s a very, very low risk to the United States.”  He said: “But it’s something that we as public health officials need to take very seriously.”  He contended that the citizenry in America had no cause for alarm because they (the experts) had ways of screening people from coming in who were infected. 

The good Doctor chided us that worrying about this was to be left to the experts and we were not qualified, as laymen, to address it.  Sadly, their failure and advice have cost us ‘laymen’ our livelihoods and hope. 

I’d like to ask the ‘experts’ and politicians both Republican and Democrat how we allowed China to become so prominent in the provision of our needed medical goods?  China produces about 40% of the world’s ‘active pharmaceutical ingredients’.  They also produce about 97% of America’s antibiotics and about 50% of the world’s surgical masks.  What lunatic allowed that to happen?  What lunatics would be more appropriate, the room for blame is massive.

Winston Churchill wisely said: “We cannot afford to confide the safety of our country to the passions or panic of any foreign nation which may be facing some desperate crisis.  We must be independent.  We must be free. We must preserve our full latitude and discretion of choice.”  Sir. Winston, you were right, and we did not listen!

The idea that the management of our government and economy is largely being placed in the hands of medical experts is frightening.  They are not equipped to handle that job!  The wise words of the philosopher Aristotle should be considered, “The architect does not know how to lay the bricks as well as the bricklayer, but he knows how to direct the bricklayer toward the completion of the building.” 

I worked for a Credit Card Company as a Fraud Investigator and they repeatedly rolled out policies without consulting those of us who did the job.  We would warn them of the flaws in the plans, but they were the higher up and we were the grunts in the trenches, so we were not heard.  After they lost millions, they wanted us to fix their mess often at the threat of our jobs if we failed. 

We have allowed our process, system of government, and management to be so skewed that it resembles nothing of the Constitutional description.  We have allowed the foxes to be the guardians of the hen house.  We have allowed those with expertise in areas other than government and the economy to decide our fate governmentally and economically.  That is deadly!

Will this pass?  Not unless we take back our country and restore our system and process to the original intent.  That means we must oust all the political cronies and power-hungry from Congress.  Can we do that?  It is unlikely but it is a task we must pursue.

God bless you and God bless America!

BUT WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING, RIGHT?


I am stunned at the mental migetry that has been on display in America and the world over this COVID-19 pandemic.  There have been those longing for the ‘fundamental transformation’ of America shifting us for a Free Market Capitalist Constitutional Republic to a Socialist Central Government Controlled regime.  At the risk of sounding a fatalist and as if I am throwing in the towel I admit, “They have succeeded.”  Well, in a measure they have!

Have they destroyed America completely?  Not with full finality but in many respects the bad advice and the impossible situation President Trump was placed in and continues to endure is destroying us.  Would we be better off had Hillary Clinton been president or if Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or Barack Obama been president?  NO!  Ten million times no!  We are fighting for any glimmer of hope and they would have extinguished that flame at the outset. 

I believe that President Trump genuinely wants to reopen the economy and reopen we must if we have any hope of survival.  However, I am concerned that reopening will not produce the expected or desired results.  The damage is far more severe and long-lasting that virtually anyone wants to admit.  The insane Trillions in stimulus money will not solve our problem, those efforts will exacerbate it.  Playing politics with our pocketbooks and emotions is diabolical and should be decried by everyone.  But millions think with their emotions and vote with their pocketbooks.  Welcome to America in 2020.

I have been deeply disturbed by the continuing inaccuracies of the medical models predicting the outcome of this pandemic.  But I am also shaken to the core of my patriotic being over the incredible bad advice apparently being given to the president on the economy.  Two wrongs never make a right and if you begin with the wrong premise you always end up with the wrong outcome. 

When the edict came down that only ‘essential businesses’ would be allowed to remain open, red flags popped up in my head.  The sad reality is that some of the suppliers for the ‘essential businesses’ were deemed ‘non-essential’ and thereby created a vacuum.  The edict allowed ‘essentials’ to remain open but imposed upon them such strict and impossible ‘social distancing’ requirements, they were severely limited in their output and effectiveness.  The result of that will be long-lasting.

I saw one report that said that almost 78% of all Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck, including the 10% who make more than $100,000 per year.  Think of that in the context of this ‘shutdown’.  Can you see how taking about 1/6th of a year from people economically will impact into the future?  If we fully reopened today and everyone began to draw a paycheck this week, we would feel the constraints and pain that has been inflicted for the rest of the year and probably into next year and beyond.  How long can we live on Ramen Noodles, rice, and beans? 

We have seen limitations on our ability to buy as well as limitations on our ability to earn the money to buy.  The reduced consumption will translate into economic issues in the Fall.  Those businesses that are able to and willing to take the loans, reopen, and hire a full complement of workers will likely see the drop off in consumption result in layoffs in the Fall.  Will that translate into votes for the Socialist?  I hope not but, suggest it is highly likely because many seem to think with their emotions and vote with their pocketbooks. 

People are hurting not just medically or with health concerns but financially.  The moratoriums on evictions and repossessions have given a brief reprieve to many but it is not a fix.  Homeowners, due to financial concerns are postponing repairs and maintenance on their homes. Landlords, facing the lack of income are ignoring the needed repairs.  If there is another round of layoffs the loan defaults will escalate, the lack of maintenance on the property will diminish the value and while it will be a boom for the deep-pocketed investors it will be devastating to millions of Americans who live day-to-day.

The medical advisers are warning that we must remain locked down into the foreseeable future to save lives.  They have insisted that we must flatten the curve, or we will see a 2nd or 3rd wave that is far worse than the 1st, and people are terrified.  Fear is gripping the hearts of people who were once considered fearless and industrious.  I listen to people that are afraid to be around anyone including family fearing COVID.  They are suffering mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  Where faith once reigned fear now torments.  That is not true for everyone but listen to what people are saying and you will understand why I say that.

The economic experts that the Left who want to be the final deciders of the reopening of America include such illustrious economic, medical, and environmental giants as the 17-year old Swedish student, Greta Thunberg.  Imagine America being advised by the likes of Ms. Thunberg, former acting CDC director Richard Besser, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Gates, or George Soros. 

Not only is a quick recovery unlikely another fly in the ointment is that according to some reports as many as two-thirds of Americans are making more on unemployment than they did working.  That dangling carrot and inducement to remain locked down is a difficult enticement to remove.  Once people taste ‘free money’ (nothing is free), coupled with paranoia and fear, incentive dissipates.  Once people become accustomed to being rewarded for being docile sheep and obedience to government edicts, freedom is easily bought for a pittance. 

The insane $2 Trillion CARES relief package included an additional $600 per week in unemployment insurance for those affected by COVID-19 job losses.  That boosted the average payment from $370 per week to $970 per week. One report revealed that 68% of workers eligible for unemployment payments will receive benefits that exceed their lost wages.  The median replacement rate is 134% meaning that 1 out of 5 unemployed workers will receive benefits twice what they were making.  If that is not a selling point for socialism, what is? 

Another economic problem that will affect our recovery is the small businesses that took the federal emergency loans will not have to hope they can entice their workers to return to work.  Once people become accustomed to being paid for nothing it is difficult to inspire many to return to productivity.  Everyone does not possess a deep work ethic that sees providing for themselves and their families reward enough to work.  Some believe they are entitled and are owed.  The latest package also includes a means for illegals to receive stimulus money!  That is insane!

The argument, “We Have to Do Something” falls flat when the ‘something’ becomes the death knell in the coffin of the republic.  If the cure becomes worse than the condition, the cure is not good.  This has become and maybe was from the beginning a political football and the American people and America have become the pieces on the game board.  That is insulting, infuriating, and deadly. 

America, we have a choice.  We will have to decide that now that ‘Something’ has been done and the far-reaching and long-term damage is another obstacle in our fight for Freedom and Liberty we will have to overcome.  We must decide that we will not be distracted and allow our emotions to think for us nor our pocketbooks to cast our ballots, but we will do what is needed to restore America.  That means, Defeating the Left in November! 

God bless you and God bless America!

WHERE TO FROM HERE?


I took a few days away from all social media to spend time seeking the Lord, dealing with family needs, and reflecting on the state of America, the world, and the church.  It was a beneficial time and a much-needed time for me to regroup my thoughts and without the distractions of emails, social media posts, the internet, and requests from people to read this or comment on that.  I did not come away with earth-shattering or world-saving revelations, but I did come away with a sense of confidence.

Confidence is a significant key for me.  But, confidence in what?  That’s where I differ from some of my liberal and conservative friends who spend most of their time focusing on things political.  Some of my liberal friends are seeking to instill confidence in themselves and others in a strong centralized federal government with all-encompassing powers and deep pockets.  Some of my conservative friends are seeking to instill confidence in the American people to fend for themselves, defend the constitution, and believe that right will win in the end.  I came out of my seclusion with renewed confidence.  My confidence is not in government, not in the American people, but in God.

I have fellow believers, some who are also preachers insist that any questioning I engage in regarding government, leaders, and policies is to engage in criticism and that in doing so I violate God’s directive to pray for the leaders. 

Let me address that in this way, part of my time away was devoted to praying for those charged with leading America politically, economically, medically, academically, and spiritually.  I did not pray that their agendas would succeed but that God would guide them and lead them to the truth. 

I prayed for the liberal ideologues in government as well as the conservatives.  I prayed for the educators who indoctrinate and those who seek to educate.  I prayed for the medical experts to find the right solutions to address the mountain of health concerns facing people.  I prayed for the business leaders to enact economically sound policies.  I prayed for the spiritual leaders to open their hearts to the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and proclaim His Truth without compromise.

We have taken a path that can only result in continued pain for multiplied millions of people in America and the world.  We have seen policies enacted that are serious challenges to many of our freedoms and liberties including our religious liberty.  We have watched the intentional or accidental promotion of fear imprisoning millions virtually paralyzing them.  We have begun a journey that demands we ask, “Where to from here?”  What do we do now?  What do we do next?  Can we have hope and confidence of recovery?

I cannot satisfactorily answer all those questions with scientific, economic, political, or the academic expertise that many demand.  I can only answer out of what I sense in my spirit and believe in my heart.  I can only answer out of my understanding of our system of government, the constitution, and the Bible.  I can only answer for me.  I offer my conclusions hoping they will be informative and inspirational for others.  If I help someone get through the confusing labyrinth to which we have been dropped, I consider that a victory and worth my time and effort.

In my time seeking the LORD, I kept hearing in my spirit the need to consider 2 Chronicles 7:14 in detail.  It is my observation that we tend to only select portions of biblical directives and make that our focus.  When I consider this passage and the directive as well as the promise of God’s deliverance, I see several things that I believe are germane to America and our present situation.  You may or may not appreciate my views and reference to the Bible, but I am first and foremost a Christian, and that shapes my worldview.

The passage refers to ‘God’s People’ meaning believers in the Almighty God and by implication followers of Him.  The issue of pride and the need for humility is immediately brought into focus.  We are to “humble ourselves.”  Wow!  There is a significant difference between being humbled and humbling ourselves. 

God allowed things in the Bible or history to transpire to get His people’s attention and remind them of their need for Him and their inability to do it themselves.  They were humbled.  It was not always pleasant but effective.  Once humbled, they repented and called to God who brought about the desired deliverance.  I suggest that in a significant measure America is in need of ‘humbling ourselves.’  We are somewhat like the Laodicean church in the Book of Revelations and guilty of viewing ourselves as ‘rich and increased with goods, having need of nothing.’  That tragically has included God and our moral moorings have been severed on many fronts.

Then the directive is to pray.  Prayer in this context and any context is more than uttering a few meaningless and empty words or quoting, in rote, some religious cliche.  It is my view that a prayer that is meaningless to us will have no positive impact on God’s heart.  If it does not impact us how could we expect the Almighty to be touched by the feeling of our infirmities and the cries of our hearts?  It won’t move Him, it may disappoint Him. Praying meaningless prayers that are offered in passing with no expectation of result is, in my view, a waste of time (ours and Gods).

I argue that, regarding prayer, because He then says, “Seek My Face.”  That suggests earnest and almost a desperation in finding something that is perceived lost or absent.  It is also an indication of the desire of God for us to do as Jesus directed His disciples in Matthew 6 to pray for the Father’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  It is embodied in the last part of the words of Jesus in that chapter where He promises that if we “seek God earnestly and above all else, He will provide our needs.”  Our microwave world filled with technological instant everything impedes our sense of need to ‘Seek God’ we have it at our fingertips and trust what we have produced.

Then, we are directed to do something that is dismissed by many, “turn from our wicked ways.”  America’s sins are many and the failure of our leaders to lead us out of the wilderness of evil has created this situation.  No, I am not saying, America’s sin is the cause of the pandemic but COVID has exposed our condition and need.  We can trust the government, the medical community, economists, and academics or we can turn to the only true source of help, God. 

The scripture informs us that God’s promise is that if we do those things, He will do something.  That is not a suggestion that we can buy God’s Grace or Favor, but God’s promises always come with the God part and the man part.  He said that if we do those things, “THEN…”  Then, He will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. 

We need both forgiveness and healing.  I hear the blood of over 61 million innocent unborn babies crying out from the ground as a reminder of our condition.  I hear the hate and realize how powerful hate is and how only love can defeat and deflate it.  I see the fear and know that only faith and confidence in something beyond us can set us free from the prison of fear and its torment. 

Where to from here?  We need to return to our moral moorings and return to constitutional governance.  We need to restore the individual rights and freedoms that are inalienable.  We need to reject the idea of being provided for and seek to provide for ourselves.  We need to realize that we need God’s help and humble ourselves, pray, seek Him, and turn from the wicked paths we have been on.  Then, we need to allow confidence in His promises to expand in our hearts and realize that we are all creations of God, and rather than war with each other over petty political issues, seek the best good of everyone.

My personal observation may be received or rejected, that is your decision.  It is my view and therein is my Confidence and Hope for America, Americans, and mankind.  I Trust God!

God bless you and God bless America!

THE POWER HUNGRY ARE INSATIABLE…


In his book “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” Hank Green said, “They tell you power corrupts. They never tell you how quickly.”  That is not an endorsement of his book or him, but his statement is germane to the discussion of political power and the insatiableness of the power-hungry in politics.  The Russian revolutionary anarchist Mikhail Bakunin rightly said, “He who is given power will inevitably become an oppressor and exploiter of society.”

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton (Lord Acton) offered the infamous remark in his letter to an Anglican bishop, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men…”  Some will take those quotes an apply them to President Trump while others will choose various members of Congress for their angst.  However, my concern extends far beyond Congress or any President to the entirety of society. 

I believe that one of the many things we have witnessed in this pandemic of panic has been how quickly the hunger of those seeking power has proven to be insatiable.  I have heard all my life, “Give them an inch and they will take a mile.”  In this current situation, that seems apropos at all levels of government.  I have been amazed at how local, state, and national political operatives have reached and overreached for power.  I am more frightened by their willingness and openness to pursue ultimate power than I am the invisible plague of COVID-19. 

Politico was almost gleeful in their reporting of President Trump’s conference call with Wall Street some time back.  Politico insisted that the movers and shakers of Wall Street, the primary funders of the Democratic Machine in America pushed back on the President’s desire and plan to reopen our economy.  They suggested that America not be reopened UNTIL.  Until what?  Until no one was concerned about getting the coronavirus.  WHAT?  When would that be?  NEVER! 

People are fearful of the flu although they have numerous vaccines that will supposedly prevent one from getting it or diminish its impact.  People are fearful of many diseases and viruses and will ever be.  Therefore, to suggest that we stay locked down and the economy totally destroyed leaving no life to return to for millions if not everyone, UNTIL there is no more concern or fear of contracting the disease is INSANE if not DIABOLICAL.  Yes, I put those two words in caps because of the utter insanity of the suggestion.  If those people are the best and brightest, we are in trouble because the institution is being run by the patients. 

I keep hearing those on the Left and in the Media suggest that American deaths are acceptable if not desirable by Trump and the Republicans.  That is beyond ridiculous.  No deaths are acceptable, but some are inevitable.  How many die each year from the flu, suicide, opioids, drunk drivers, etc.?  How many innocent babies are destroyed in the womb?  How many of those lives are acceptable?  NONE to me, but seem acceptable to those on the Left! 

We have witnessed the megalomania of the media in their attempt to manipulate America using fraudulent video footage and reporting false information.  CBS used a video from a crowded Italian hospital treating patients for COVID-19 and reported it as being New York City.  They did it not once, but twice and millions bought it hook line and sinker. That’s not the first time the media has manipulated and won’t be the last.  They are seeking power and seeking to solidify power for those leading their side of the political fight.  That is disgusting and shows the insatiability of the hunger for power and ultimate power. 

The power-hungry politicians have demonstrated a desire to use this pandemic of fear to ‘alter the mindset and behavior’ of Americans.  They know that if we lose our sense of security many will voluntarily relinquish their freedoms hoping for safety and sustenance.  We appear willing to sell our Freedom (birthright) for a bowl of porridge using a biblical example from the Old Testament. 

They know that if they can shift the attitudes from a pro-America view to an anti-America view, they can manipulate and solidify their power.  Imagine fearing being arrested for playing in your own yard with your child.  Imagine fearing being arrested for not wearing a mask that even the CDC has suggested is not truly beneficial for most.  Imagine fearing being arrested for going to church but being allowed to go to Walmart with far more people than many church gatherings.  Imagine having the police show up at your door because your neighbor was enticed by the mini tyrants in power to ‘snitch’ on their neighbors who did not follow the edicts to the letter.  Well, that is where we are!

The power to manipulate people is exhilarating to the power-crazed.  Through the years I have observed husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, employers, etc. thrive on their ability to manipulate others.  Life becomes a literal hell for the one being manipulated but fear drives them to submit.  The fear of being alone, no job, etc. becomes more powerful than freedom.  The manipulator becomes diabolical and sadistic and the more they can control the more they want to control.

In government, the hunger for power is one of the most dangerous threats to our republic and way of life.  When governors can issue edicts telling Christians whether or not they can take communion or how they can take it, that is dangerous.  Our freedoms are being systematically stolen from us and because of fear we are becoming docile sheep complying because we want to be safe and keep everyone else safe.  That sounds noble, but it is impossible.  We cannot keep everyone safe nor can we keep ourselves 100% safe.  Death comes to us all, it is just a matter of when and how.

Nancy Pelosi advanced her power-grab and revealed the insatiableness of her hunger for power in her 1400-page shopping list of socialistic desires she tried to include in the Senate relief bill in March.  She and the Left have now created an even more diabolical and dangerous relief package. The new package includes guaranteed income for illegals. WHAT?

In the first package, she did not care that her delays and power reach harmed millions of Americans.  Power was the goal, not America or Americans.  Majority Whip, Representative James Clyburn told his caucus that the relief measure was their “opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”  It was, in his mind, an opportunity to gain POWER!

The power-hungry elitists, largely in the Democratic Party, have a god complex. They believe that we should all grovel at their feeding troughs and bow before their images grateful for the crumbs they toss us.  I serve no god but The Almighty Living God of the Bible.  I will call them out and resist them and in the words of Queen Esther in the Bible, “if I perish, I perish.”

America, we must recognize the power-crazed in politics and help them find other lines of work.  It is time that we clean house in Washington and I frankly don’t care if they are Republican or Democrat if they are not working for us, they are working against us and we need them replaced. 

God bless you and God bless America!