WHAT WORD BEST DESCRIBES THE TOXICITY OF PROGRESSIVISM?


I am a Christian and do not use profanity so none of those choices are options for me.  Also, I ask that if you comment on this post, please do not use them.  I have searched for the best word to describe the toxicity of progressivism, liberalism, and the modern Democratic agenda today.  I am not sure that I have found the best word but one that is apropos.

The word that I have chosen is ‘Dystopia.’  Let me define the word as defined by WordNet 3.0 of Princeton University.  Dystopia – [n] “A work of fiction describing an imaginary place where life is extremely bad because of deprivation or oppression or terror.”  [n] “A state in which the conditions of life are extremely bad as from deprivation or oppression or terror.”  Merriam Webster defines it: “an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized fearful lives.”  The New World Encyclopedia defines it: “the vision of a society that is the opposite of utopia.  A dystopian society is one in which the conditions of life are miserable, characterized by human misery, poverty, oppression, violence, disease, and/or pollution.”

Since the inauguration of Joe Biden in January of this year, we have seen the rise of the United States of Dystopia.  We have the insanity of open borders where there is a flood of human flesh entering this nation with no safeguards for the citizens.  The unvetted horde that is arriving daily includes some of the most despicable dregs of humanity and those who desire to destroy this nation.  Yes, some people are trying to find a better life, but some desire to do harm and are taking advantage of the weakness of the current administration.  I call the condition Dystopia.

We have witnessed unsustainable spending and massive increases in the size, scope, and power or control by the federal government.  We have witnessed the spending that could only come from a delusional mindset, which is reckless and is crushing our economy and hope of survival.  We have witnessed the demonization of anyone not adhering to the political correctness of the Left, embracing the agendas of groups that demonize those not, like themselves, and the branding of the police as systemically evil.  We have watched as identity politics has risen to the podium, cancel culture is prevailing, censorship is the norm, and socialism the goal.  I call that condition Dystopia.

Someone rightly said, “America is becoming unhinged.”  As always, I ask, “Who is to blame?”  I always ask, “At whose feet can we lay this?”  Many who agree that the toxicity of the progressive left is dystopian do not agree as to whom we should blame.  There is blame aplenty for all politicians, the media, the educators, the super-rich power brokers, and beyond.  I also believe that some if not much of the blame must be laid at the feet of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Before you seek to tar and feather me or have me drawn and quartered let me explain that last statement.  I believe that the Church (believers) slept while Rome (America) was dismantled.  We believed a lie and as we sat in silence the politicians engaged in politics that banned God from the public square.  We watched as they took more and more control and infringed upon our liberties and freedoms.  We allowed personality preferences to determine our vote rather than Party Platforms.  Therefore, we must share some of the blame.

But who is the major culprit in creating this condition?  I could say, rightly, the devil but let’s bring it to humanity and address it.  I believe the prime candidate to receive the scorn and blame is the super progressive liberal wing of the modern Democratic Party.  They are now in control of what is often called “the beltway”.  They have Congress, the Courts, the White House, the bureaucracy, many mayors, and city councils of our major urban centers.

If the progressives actually embraced positive progress they would not be in the Democratic Party.  I hear from those on the Left and some on the Right, the words of R.P. McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – “A little change never hurt anyone.”  I disagree that there are times when change is disastrous.  World history is replete with examples of change that destroyed nations and lives. 

Dare we forget the damage done by the rise of the U.S.S.R. via the Bolshevik Revolution or the rise of Adolf Hitler via the National Socialist German Workers Party.  They were deemed to be progressive and the promised changed did immeasurable harm and destroyed millions of lives.  Dare we omit the direness of the Cuban people under Fidel Castro and the utter chaos of Venezuela? 

We are allowing the followers of the toxic liberal progressive totalitarians of the Left to create the United States of Dystopia.  The fundamental transformation declared by Barack Hussein Obama is upon us and it does not bode well for the Republic or its citizens. 

How can eradicating our borders be beneficial for our national sovereignty or the American citizens?  How can defunding the police help reduce crime and protect the citizens of their domain?  How can the emptying of jails and prisons, increasing the national debt, and engaging in censorship bring about the progress that is good for America?  The willing ignoring of the dangers of COVID by the illegals entering America is dangerous.  Human sex trafficking and the influx of dangerous drugs such as fentanyl is destroying us.  How can arming the Taliban and ISIS be good for America? I call that Dystopia.

If you disagree with the purveyors of this toxic brand of politics you are shouted down and deemed, racist, sexist, misogynists, homophobes, xenophobes, fascist, deplorable, or some other derogatory term.  They do not argue from a factual basis but an emotional one.  They do not allow empirical evidence to be displayed only that which produces a warm fuzzy feeling in their disillusioned minds.  I call that Dystopia.

When a nation suppresses speech, restricts the free exercise of religion, demands adherence to draconian edicts that nation is on the brink of destruction and the people or doomed for a life of misery.  The segregation of people by skin pigmentation, political or religious ideologies, and dividing us guarantees our demise and difficulty.

Will we wake up and reclaim America?  That is a question that only God can answer and is rooted in the choices of the people.  If we will return to God and band together, we can overthrow the tyrants and those bringing Dystopia to America.  I stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom and ask that you join me in the trenches as we pray for and fight for America, the Free Constitutional Republic.

God bless you and God bless America!

ARE POLITICIANS CHAMELEONS?


I am serious, asking about politicians being Chameleons.  They seem to have the ability or propensity to adapt to their current surroundings and either become invisible or change their projected core values with regularity.  It seems that some members of the House of Representatives and the United States Senate are more parasitic than beneficial. 

Someone defined the word politics in this manner – “Politics: “Poli” a Latin word meaning “many” and “tics” meaning “bloodsucking creatures”.”  It seems that too frequently that definition is apropos and fitting.  I remember hearing most of my life, “If the shoe fits, wear it.”  So, I say to the politicians and the followers of the Chameleons, “if the reality bites, rub it, wake up and remove the parasites and interlopers.”

There are far more than two members of the GOP who could rightly be called “in name only” members of that party but two that Nancy Pelosi is using are Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY).  Pelosi added them to her partisan investigation that can rightly be called a set-up to damage Donald Trump should he seek to run in 2024.  Secondarily, she and the Left are desirous of polluting the waters of public opinion sufficiently so that the GOP has little chance of reclaiming the House and Senate in the mid-term elections. 

If Americans are eating the green cheese from the moon, dodging the flying pigs, and riding on the unicorns they just may buy what the Chameleons are selling.  I keep telling myself that nobody is that dumb.  However, I have heeded the advice of whoever said, “Stop asking how stupid can you be? They are taking it as a challenge.”  I do not believe that all politicians are as severely deficient in brain cells as sometimes seems, but some are, and I won’t take time to name them.

The investigation of the events of January 6, 2021, might be warranted if it was a legitimate attempt to discover or uncover the truth.  However, with the many irregularities involving the DC Police, the FBI, and a myriad of other intelligence and law enforcement agencies it is questionable.  Couple that with the complicity or seeming complicity of Pelosi’s office, the Mayor of DC, and others in Washington, it has an odor that is not aromatic.

Where were the investigations and outcry when Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the House gallery and wounded five congressmen on the floor of the House?  When was that?  It was March 1, 1954.  Three men and one woman entered the visitor’s gallery above the chamber and quietly took their seats.  All four belonged to the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and had traveled from New York City to Washington just hours earlier.  They wanted an independent Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico had been annexed by the United States in 1898 and these nationalists disliked that status.

What about the 1968 riots where national guardsmen lined the steps of the Capitol armed with automatic weapons?  That event transpired after the assignation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  What about the events of 1998 when a crazed gunman invaded the Capitol and shot to death two Capitol Police officers?  I would be remiss if I failed to mention the protests and violence during the Vietnam War and the more recent events in support of Black Lives Matter. 

The Capital, unlike the claims of Pelosi, Romney, and the consortium of Democrats and RINOs or Republicans seeking public approval and to demonstrate their Anti-Trump sentiment, has experienced breaches.  I am not downplaying the events of January 6th but to call it the worst thing since whatever is ludicrous.  The reality that some of the lead figures in the breech of the Capitol were not even at Trump’s speech but already at the Capitol should raise questions.

I agree with Newt Gingrich regarding the antics and unconstitutional actions of Speaker Pelosi.  He said, “As a 20-year member of Congress and four-year Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, let me speak bluntly and directly.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the greatest threat to constitutional liberty in our lifetime.  With the passive support of an apparently cowardly caucus, she is behaving as a dictator more like Fidel Castor, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, or Nicolas Maduro.”  Speaker Gingrich, I applaud your willingness to step forward and make this assertion.  I agree, you may or may not, that is your choice.

In my view, this is what can rightly be called a Show Trial.  I borrow the definition from Wikipedia: A show trial is a public trial in which the judicial authorities have already determined the guilt, and/or innocence, of the defendant. The actual trial has as its only goal the presentation of both the accusation and the verdict to the public so they will serve as both an impressive example and a warning to other would-be dissidents or transgressors. Show trials tend to be retributive rather than corrective and they are also conducted for propagandistic purposes. The term was first recorded in 1928.

I have contended that there are some Republicans that are a threat to our system of government and our Representative Democracy.  The Democrats, en masse, rallied around the Russian Collusion hoax and the Republicans were severely divided.  The documented evidence debunking the claims did not deter the Democrats and the Republicans rather than rallying around the Trump agenda dug their heels in the dirt and resisted. This allowed further erosion of our foundational fabric and weakened our system of government.

COVID has been weaponized and that was the work of the Left and some on the Right.  Please note, COVID is real and real people have died as a result.  One would be too many but many more than one has died.  The scandals under Obama should have been exposed and investigated but the Republicans sat on their hands and allowed the Democrats to continue.  Now the scandals and dangers posed by the Biden administration demand investigation but there is and will be none.

How do the Republicans justify the silence of far too many within their party?  How do they justify their playing to the galleries but when push came to shove went into hiding?  How do they justify theatrics over substance?  When the Republicans could have acted on Hunter and Joe Biden’s involvement in Ukraine, China, and now his art scandal they opted for silence and cowardice. 

At the G7 meeting, French premier Emmanuel Marcon called Joe Biden a ‘part of the club.’  That is part of the problem, he is and when American needs to stand strong and stand for dismantling the ‘old boy system of global cronyism’ Biden has his hands in the till.  The club is part of the reason there is inaction by Republicans they too are members of the club and do not want to kill the goose that lays their golden eggs.  America and Americans be damned, full speed ahead to power and profit for individual politicians.

The Durham report should have been released and should have exposed much corruption, possibly on both sides of the political aisle, but then AG Barr appears to be a member of the same club and kept it under wraps.  Will it ever see the light of day?  Not if the Democrats and Republicans who are Club Members have their way. 

Thus, I ask again, “Are Politicians Chameleons?”  If they are, and I believe they are, what do we do about it?  We have several choices and armed rebellion is not my recommendation.  Voting in a bloc to oust the Swamp denizens, Deep State adherents, and Statist is necessary.  We will have to out vote the fraud and illegal votes, but it is possible if ALL who love freedom, fear God, and believe in moral sanity will band together.  That will never happen UNLESS we see a massive return to God, with deep personal and national repentance, and much prayer!  Will you join me in this effort?

God bless you and God bless America!

APOCALYPSE IN AMERICA IS COMING…


There will be a revolution in America.  It will either be a violent armed revolution or an organized systematic political restructuring using the polls, media, courts, and churches.  Of course, it could be both, and depending on what happens in the mid-terms of 2022 and the general election of 2024 that revolution may be sooner rather than later.

I used the word apocalypse, a biblical term, and will refer to the horsemen or actions embodied in the current administration’s policies as a strong basis for my contention that a revolution is coming.  There are many more reasons than this administration, but I believe that something will serve as the catalyst or give the impetus to propel this nation into utter chaos. 

I lament that it seems that either the church (believers) has become complacent and compliant or for some reason driven into the shadows.  If one speaks out forcefully for moral rectitude and daringly calls evil, evil they are castigated by the Left, the Right, and even the Church.  Our current America seems to have no place for godly zealots only those of the radical leftists’ agenda. 

The Bible identifies four horsemen of the apocalypse – the sword, famine, wild beasts, and plague.  I believe in the current administration’s policies and announced agenda we see at least three horsemen emerging and beginning to wreak havoc.  I am convinced that many rank and file Americans are beginning to grow weary with the mandates, the manipulations, the misinformation, and the policies that damage their lives.  Are there enough to reverse this course short of a revolution?  I do not know, but I continue to hope that a great awakening will transpire.

The three things that loom large in my view are the terribly dangerous and damaging open-border policy, soaring inflation that is bordering on hyperinflation, and the dictatorial coercive unscientific public health mandates and measures.  Do not misunderstand me on the last item.  I am not trying to decry or advance the vaccine for I truly believe it should be an individual decision.  That may irritate those on both sides of the issue, but I believe in Freedom!

The Far Left, in today’s political structure, have become more emboldened than I have witnessed in my lifetime and they can smell blood in the water.  They are willing to destroy those within their own party who will not cater to their draconian and totalitarian demands, hoping to replace them with those of their ilk.  The so-called middle-of-the-road Democrats are hearing the hooves of the horses and I see them capitulating to the demands more and more.

The media and the politicians are downplaying and providing skewed information regarding the enormity of the invasion at our Southern border.  Fortunately for us, they cannot prevent the video footage that is becoming more readily available debunking their scurrilous lies and the real dangers presented by this disastrous policy of ‘come on down.’

The Biden administration does not want us to know that the invaders (illegals) hail from about 100 countries worldwide.  The idea that this is a Central and/or South American issue is fallacious.  We have documented evidence that this administration is releasing COVID-infected aliens into our cities and thereby endangering legal Americans.  What is so the real reason they place more value on these illegals than our citizens?  I believe it is political.  The administration is pushing to mandate vaccines for Americans but not a peep about allowing unvaccinated and sick illegals to enter with immunity to our laws. 

I don’t have time to deal with the problem of Inflation that is growing exponentially due to the Biden policies but let me touch on it briefly.  Some relish the idea of cheap borrowing and flooding the nation with federal dollars.  They insist, as did Mr. Biden, that this will not cause inflation.  Sorry, it is too late, it already has and always does!  They also insist this will be short-lived and is necessary to get us out of the fiscal issues cause by the draconian lockdowns by the government due to COVID.

Inflation will cause an increase in all goods and services.  Food prices are escalating, energy costs are soaring, delays are causing financial concerns for businesses and individuals, and it will get worse if not stopped.  Residential housing prices are going through the roof.  If you are selling a home, you may love that.  Sadly, this creates a situation where people are paying more than they can afford and the bubble will burst, and we will have another crash and many lives will be decimated into financial shambles and ruin. 

We could argue until we are blue in the face and never come to a reasonable solution for the terribly dictatorial coercive and inconsistent COVID policies that have and are being advanced.  The problem with the so-called scientific community is that many situations are being studied with a beginning paradigm that demands nothing outside that foregone conclusion is allowed.  That makes it anything but science and transforms it into ideological pursuits or political agendas.  That is not good for America or Americans.

We were told we did not need to wear a mask, then if we did not, we were killing others.  We have been told that we did not need to stay locked down and then told that if we did not isolate and impose a self-quarantine, we were super spreaders and killing others.  We were told not to touch our faces or anything else (not sure how you can function that way).  We were told that if we were vaccinated, we did not have to wear a mask then even if vaccinated masks were necessary.

The CDC spokesperson Dexter Park said, “Normally, we put out recommendations like only cook a steak well-done and only fry eggs over-hard, and people don’t even pay enough attention to make fun of us, so people are acting like what we say during the pandemic matters and is really confusing.”  Yes, he was being facetious but that is where we are. 

A CDC regulator, Lyle Howell made a statement that should cause the hair on the backs of everyone’s necks to stand up.  He said, “People keep saying our suggestions on masking are dumb and make no sense,” said CDC regulator Lyle Howell. “But that’s all of our suggestions on everything. We have to keep making recommendations, though, to justify our existence and get a budget. But no one listens to them — not even us. So, can’t you all just go back to ignoring us and stop yelling at us? I’m just here until I get my pension.”  There is far more truth in his comments than fiction. 

Vice President Kamala Harris has advanced her justification for open borders and ignoring the crisis with a ludicrous utopian idea.  She said that all we have to do to solve the border crisis is to transform the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador into stable, prosperous democracies.  Simple Right?  But VP Harris, what about America and Americans?  Could we not secure the border and work on America’s needs before attempting to make a Utopian Paradise out of Central America?

America, if we do not focus on America, we will be incapable of helping any other nation in their plight and need.  If we continue to advance policies that are detrimental to the Constitution, our system of government, and the American people we will decline further, and the apocalypse will surely come to this nation. 

If we do not return to our moral moorings, recharge sanity, and reason, we will become an afterthought in history and the freedom we have enjoyed will not be experienced by our children and posterity.  It is time that we return to God and become people who use that thing on top of our necks for something other than hats or hair.  America needs her prayer warriors and patriots; will you join the growing army of constitutionalists?

God bless you and God bless America!

TRUTH CAN BEAR UP UNDER EXAMINATION BUT FALSEHOOD???


The longer I live, the more I study history, the Bible, and humanity, the more concerned I become for our present world.  No, I’m not going to plunge into a doomsday sermon.  I hope to call attention to some questions that I believe we should be asking.  Questions we should ask ourselves and those charged with managing the government.  Questions we should be asking for the sake of our Freedom, the Truth, America as the Free Constitutional Republic, and our children. 

Today we live in a world where there is a determined effort to silence anyone and anything that is counters or questions certain positions or ideologies.  My concerns could be posed as a question.  When you silence the other side of any question or issue do you not make your position appear weak?   Do you not make your postulation seem suspect and, in a measure, weaken the credibility of your argument?  Even if your position or contention is true and right if you reject all debate and censor those who disagree you appear to be hiding something.  The Truth can and will stand up under examination.  A lie needs to suppress all opposing views because it is not factually based. 

There are many directions I could go with that contention and there are many things that I could address.  We have evolved or morphed (badly) in American politics to the point that rather than factually, intellectually, scientifically, and with a reasoned presentation defend our position, silencing the opposition is the desired tactic.  In any situation where there is a concerted effort to silence all dissenting views, red flags go up in my head and heart.  There is something inside me that asks, “Why?”  If the position is valid, backed up by data, and is sound, why be concerned about the opposition?  Facts do not lie but theories lacking facts do.

I will possibly incur the ire of some for this, but I am going to ask, “What if all the silenced and censored scientists and doctors who issued warnings against the COVID vaccine were not wrong?”  I know, you researched it on Google and the information there is overwhelmingly in favor of the vaccines and deem them 100% safe.  I hope that is correct, but if it is and there is empirical data to back up those assertions, then why fear opposing views? 

            I understand that today’s society is easily influenced and swayed based on the volume of information.  I understand that today’s society has been inundated with fear and the door to paranoia has been opened.  I know there are kooky conspiracists who find a demon under every rock and issues warnings about everything.  I know that some will be swayed by the person giving the most impassioned argument.  I understand that the level of distrust for the government affords some conspiracists a ready-made platform to offer their self-serving tidbits of paranoia.  Yet, if the government is telling the Truth and the vaccines are as safe and effective as they claim, why the efforts to silence opposing voices?

            We have learned, belatedly, that some of the therapeutics such as Ivermectin and HCQ had, at least some, success in dealing with COVID in the early stages.  Why did those like Dr. Fauci and others utilize every means to prevent the public from having that information?  Any mention of prophylactic treatments was lampooned and quashed by the mainstream media.  Google, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook banned dissenting voices and proponents of those drugs.  Those calling for their use were vilified, and much energy was invested in discrediting them.  Why?  Why not have an open debate using scientific data and actual test cases?  Why?  I can only speculate. 

            This administration has deemed a consortium of scientists and doctors who question the veracity and safety of the vaccine as the “dirty dozen.”  Some of those have lost their jobs, cannot get books or papers published, and find themselves ostracized by much of the medical and scientific world.  Why?  If we are truly interested in the Truth and ending this pandemic providing a safe and effective tool to people, would it not behoove us to openly discuss the questions, concerns, and fears of the dissenters.  If there is factual data to support the contention of Dr. Fauci and the government would it not benefit everyone to have the debate in an open forum?

Some of the most prolific and well-known names of the dissenters are Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, a long-time anti-vaxxer, and Joseph Mercola.  They have large followings and if they were the only ones, I would probably be inclined to dismiss their warnings.  However, there are many others – doctors, virologists, epidemiologists, biologists, pathologists, et al who opposed the CDC and WHO narratives.  They have virtually all been banned from Social Media and their videos and articles have magically disappeared from the internet.  Why?

Why are we willing to allowing the social media powerbrokers like Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and their cohorts many of whom are compromised and none of them scientists or doctors, to determine what we can or cannot hear, see, or read?

Why would a link to an interview with Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of mRNA, get you banned, silenced, censored, and canceled by the social media sites?  Why?  His interviews have been taken down and he is receiving death threats!  Why?  The Atlantic has a hit piece on him!  Why?  He is not alone many others have and do raise concerns.  Should we not be privy to all the information available so that individually we can make an informed decision.  The Truth will bear up under examination but the False must silence all opposition. 

Let me give you a list of some of the doctors and scientists who question the vaccine.  My objective is not to toss out any credibility for the vaccine.  It may be everything the government is claiming.  It may be the answer and those dissenters may be wrong.  I do not have the answer, but I would like to have the questions and concerns answered satisfactorily with empirical evidence, not hyperbole and theory.  Like Sgt. Friday, I say, “Just the facts ma’am, just the facts, please.”

The list of people with heretofore impeccable credentials includes:  Dr. Peter McCulloughDr. Vernon Coleman of the UK, Dr. Ryan Cole is especially good at communicating the science in lay terms.  Dr. Denis Rancourt of Ontario, Dr. Reiner Fuellmich,  The Children’s Health Defense EuropeDr. Tom Cowan, the late Kary Mullis, the inventor of the PCR testDr. David Rasnick, a Ph.D. chemistDr. Sucharit Bhakdi,  Dr. David MartinGeert Vanden Bossche, DVMDr. Luc Montagnier,  Dr. Simone Gold of Frontline DoctorsDr. Michael Yeadon, formerly of PfizerSunetra Gupta of the University of OxfordJay Bhattacharya of Stanford University, authors of the Great Barrington Declaration, and Dr. Martin Kuldorff of Harvard.  These are just a few of the doctors and scientists whose expertise has led them to entirely different conclusions regarding the treatment of COVID and the safety of the vaccines.  

The most serious question is: “What if a few of them, some of them, or even all of these dissenting doctors are right about the vaccines, COVID treatments, the variants, etc.? What if they are?”  

Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.”  If we do not hear the truth and only hear one side, can we be sure we have heard the truth?  I am growing weary of conspiracies about everything.  Yes, the devil is evil and evil people do evil things.  No, the government is not always working for our best good and in our best interests.  Yet, everything that happens may not be part of some larger scheme to enslave us.  Some things are just dumb and the powerbrokers in government striving for their own interests.  We have the choice to believe whatever we are told or to diligently seek to discover the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

At the end of the day for me, it is do I trust God or not?  Regardless of what the government does, or evil people do, God is still God and He is capable and willing to keep us!  I contend that taking or not taking the vaccine should be a personal choice.  It should be done in prayer, careful research, and consultation with your family.  If you take it that is your choice and if you refuse that is your choice.  Whether you take it or not, we all should be careful in hygiene and be aware of our surroundings and limit our exposure to obvious dangers.  Most are not obvious!  That brings me back to my declaration and question about trusting God.  My eternal soul is the most important thing!  

Freedom is a prize worth fighting for, so let’s ask for the government to cease censoring and silencing everything that questions their actions and allow the Truth to come to the fore! 

God bless you and God bless America!

MANDATES??


When I hear a politician say that they have a mandate from the voters to do this or that, I shudder.  My observation has been that the so-called mandates the politicians envision as being demanded by the voters are nothing more than an excuse to do what they desire.  I am convinced that those with an insatiable thirst for power and control believe that every time they are elected or allowed to do their deeds, they have a justification for their actions.

I do not believe they care whether we truly want what they are doing or not but use our permissiveness to pursue their agenda.  It is my observation that bad actors in both major political parties are in bed with the idea of domination.  They use buzz words that sound saintly and righteous.  They present verbiage that sounds caring and compassionate but inside the vileness of their hearts direct their actions.  They plan evil on their beds and pursue their prime objective of Control and Dominance.

We hear words like ‘equity’ and ‘equality’ bandied about and the crowds listening to the diatribe and rhetoric shout like those at an old-fashioned tent revival attendee.  The giddiness of the proponents of ‘leveling the playing field’ by governmental mandate seems to be infectious among those not willing to investigate the facts and use cognitive reason. 

Joe Biden has repeatedly insisted that he and they have a mandate to do things that even when their own polls indicate the majority do not desire what they are pursuing.  A mandate?  A mandate of the mind is not a mandate of the people!  At a time when I thought nothing could surprise me, I continue to be surprised by the duplicity and complicity of politicians of both major parties in seeking the fictitious ‘level playing field’.  I guess they believe the absurd claims that if the government were to ban guns the criminals would turn theirs in.

I don’t know if it is out of guilt or driven by a misguided view of humanity and our individualism, but they seek to make law things that will further widen the gap and squash creativity and incentive.  We are all equal in creation, but we are not all equal in talent, intelligence, ability, or drive.  We are individuals who working collectively can and do produce some amazing things as the past 50 years have evidenced in advances in every sector of life and industry.

I am surprised when I read the list of bipartisan legislators supporting the EQUAL Act (Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law).  This seeks to abolish all remaining sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine.  On the surface that sounds good. 

On June 22 the Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Regina LaBelle testified before the Senate. She declared, “The Biden-Harris Administration strongly supports eliminating the current disparity in sentencing between crack cocaine and powder cocaine.  The current disparity is not based on evidence yet has caused significant harm for decades, particularly to individuals, families, and communities of color. The continuation of this sentencing disparity is a significant injustice in our legal system, and it is past time for it to end.”  What was missing in her testimony?  There was no mention of the significant harm (i.e., crime, violence, addiction, and death) caused by the use and trafficking of the drugs themselves, then or now. 

In 1986 a bill sponsored by Senator Joe Biden, yep, the current president, called the Anti-Drug Abuse Act was passed.  It was a reaction to the skyrocketing addiction rates among ever-increasing numbers of crack users, mostly in the inner cities and accompanied by incredible violence.  It spread from city to city and was the monetary vehicle of many gangs such as the Bloods and Crips and left a trail of carnage in its wake.

The bill was in response to the demands of African American communities that had been ravaged by drugs and violence.

I am supportive of helping the addicted as much as possible and also staunchly behind incarcerating the dealers.  If that seems to affect any group of people more than another the question must be the level of the activity of dealing drugs.  I do not want any group needlessly targeted but if the crime is committed the enforcement must be in place.  There is evidence that in the 1990s, crack laws helped diminish cocaine use and a reduction in crime.  The data indicates that there was a 40% reduction nationwide and amazingly, 80% in New York City! 

Heather MacDonald dramatically pointed out that due to the reduction in violence associated with the drug trade in that era, “over ten thousand minority males are alive today who would have been killed had the homicide remained at its earlier levels.”  Positive and proactive law enforcement proved to be a benefit to citizens. Today, the push of the Left and the Woke Crowd of Politically Correct Snowflakes is to ‘defund’ the police and let crime be unchecked.  It makes me wonder if the politicians pursuing those edicts are participants in the monetary benefit of the trade.  If not, I have to wonder if they are themselves, users!

This is just one of the many tentacles the federal government is seeking to impose on us and define what is best and good for society.  The drive for political correctness and equality has become an epidemic that is more threatening than the COVID-19 Pandemic.  I am not diminishing the virus for I know people who have perished from it and others who are suffering diminished health as a result. 

Control is the name of the game and at the beginning of the Pandemic we were told that we had to do this and that to ‘flatten the curve’.  Now, they continue to push for a Vaccine Passport to become the Law of the Land.  The amazing ease they gained control, locked down the nation and much of the world is frightening.  The mask argument has raged with vastly differing opinions within the medical and scientific community.  It has divided families and produced enmity between persons who normally would stand shoulder to shoulder on issues. 

The Mandates to stay home, wear a mask, etc. were supposedly temporary and to enable us to ‘flatten the curve’.  But like almost every law passed and mandate enacted by the government nothing is temporary.  Control once obtained is not relinquished without a fight.  They are finding new ways to launch the public into a state of paranoia and through fear or a sense of guilt impose their wills on citizens.  If those seeking to remain relevant and powerful get their way, we will be wearing masks into perpetuity.

I don’t care which side of the issue you stand on masks or the vaccine, I have to wonder, is it in our best interest to have the government determine what we can and cannot do?  Will it stop with masks or vaccines?  They continue to tell us, “It will get worse.”  We know that 56% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.  There are 48% fully vaccinated and in the over 65 population, 79% have been vaccinated.  Yet, we continue to have variants, mutations, and even the vaccinated become infected.

The CDC has reported that it is estimated that 35% of all Americans have been infected over the last year.  They indicated that with the overlap between those previously infected and the vaccinated that 80-90% of Americans either have a natural or vaccination immunity to the Chinese virus.  I do believe they talked about ‘herd immunity’ in the beginning but no longer bring that to the table.

I do not want the virus, nor do I want anyone to contract the disease. But I am concerned that their Mandates are more about Power and Control than protecting the American people.  That applies to attempting to ‘level the playing field’, change sentencing mandates and guidelines for drug crimes and other crimes.  It is across the board.  If Control is the objective rather than protecting or benefiting the citizens, then we the people must become involved in protecting our liberties and freedoms.

Again, I do not believe we can rectify the power problem in politics at the ballot box alone.  I do not believe we can achieve it through a constitutional judiciary alone.  I believe that the only way we turn the tide of destruction is by returning to God and returning to our moral foundations.  If we do not become a people, whose God is the God of the Bible we will see incremental erosions of our liberties and become the proverbial frog in the pan of water.  One day our liberties will be no more!

God bless you and God bless America!

Politics 101 – NEVER EVER TAKE RESPONSIBILITY…


I cannot help but laugh through my tears and anger when I hear a politician, namely, Joe Biden, said, “I had to abide by the Trump agreement with the Taliban.”  Hey, Joe, if that were the case then why are we back in the Paris Climate Accord?  Why are we back in the Obama agreement with Iran allowing them to develop nuclear weapons?  Why are we allowing multitudes to cross the southern border?  Why are we reversing the Trump ban on transgenders in the military?  Why are we restarting the funding of international organizations that promote provide abortions? 

It seems that abiding by some deal to withdraw from Afghanistan was a choice you made because it was what you wanted, Mr. Biden.  You reversed some of the most effective policies of President Trump immediately upon entering the Oval Office.  What makes this one different?  I’m sorry, but that dog won’t hunt that this is a deal you inherited and a deal you could not break.  I am not troubled with the idea of withdrawal but the ineptitude exhibited by your administration and the virtual abandoning of Americans trapped behind enemy lines.

Mr. Biden, if you believed it was in America’s best interest to remain in Afghanistan long-term, or even short-term, sir, you are the Commander in Chief and that ball was and is in your court.  You claimed that the Afghanistan military was well able to handle an uprising by the Taliban.  You and your ‘Woke’ Military Brass publicly stated that this would not happen.  You were wrong, admit it!  Admit a wrong?  Politicians never admit errors, they blame their predecessor or the other political party.  I hope the American people are growing weary of this flaw in our politics and politicians.

I am not arguing that we should have remained in that country, but it is undeniable that the Biden administration botched the withdrawal.  Seeing the helicopters land on the Embassy was reminiscent of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.  Having our Embassy overrun and endangering the lives of Americans reminds me of Benghazi under the Obama administration and Iran under the Carter administration.  Errors in judgment by the Commander in Chief usually cost the lives of Americans.  Someone is to be held accountable and it is not the former President, he did not do this.

Just a few short months and weeks before this debacle the Woke Military Upper Echelon, Biden’s team was praising the Afghan armed forces and their ability to defend their nation.  General Mathis claimed in July 2010 that “The Afghan army is increasingly effective.”  He added that the Afghan military alongside the U.S. forces was the “worst nightmare of the Taliban.”  Some nightmare, right? General Miley was asleep at the wheel and it was chaos!

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan admitted that the security situation in Afghanistan, “unfolded at unexpected speed.”  He argued that President Biden made the right decision, a claim that seems difficult to assert with a straight face.  He said, “The president did not think it was inevitable that the Taliban were going to take control of Afghanistan.  He thought that the Afghan national security forces could step up and fight because we spent 20 years, tens of billions of dollars, training them, giving them the best equipment, giving the support of U.S. forces for 20 years.” 

Biden and his advisers and the military brass were wrong! The Afghan forces, like so many national forces in the region, did not have the stomach for a fight or they are part of the Taliban ideology and they offered no resistance.  We should have known that!  I wonder how the president’s words from July taste.

In July of this year, President Biden insisted that we would not evacuate the U.S. Embassy by helicopter.  I don’t know, in hindsight, if he meant we would abandon them as we did in Benghazi or he had no clue about the state of the Afghan armed forces.  Either way, it is a disaster.  Is Joe Biden capable of handling our national security?  I have an opinion but since I have not been on the inside, I will let those who know, speak.

Barack Obama’s former Ambassador to Afghanistan said, “I question Biden’s ability to lead our nation.”  That is from someone that served while he was Vice President under Barack Obama.  Ryan Crocker, who served as Obama’s ambassador from 2011-2012 called attention to the fact that the Biden administration failed to foresee the swiftness with which the Taliban would act and the ease, they would reclaim control of the country. 

When Joe Biden was asked if withdrawing our troops would lead to another “Fall of Saigon?”  He snorted and said, “None whatsoever.  Zero.”  He went on to insist that entire brigades were breaking through our gates in Saigon.  He claimed the Taliban was not a South then corrected it to North Vietnam.  He claimed they were not even remotely close in their ability or strength.  He said, “There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of the embassy in the – of the United States from Afghanistan.  It is not at all comparable.”  Hello Joe – Guess what!

Failure to provide adequate air support to the Afghan forces helped to ensure the nation’s downfall.  The ease with which the Taliban took over and the lack of response from Biden will have a lasting impact on what terrorists will dare in the days to come.  He has placed America and Americans in harm’s way needlessly.  He did not have to stay in Afghanistan, but he should have provided adequate support to the national forces of that nation.

What is the Biden Doctrine for our national security?  I agree with the assertion by Representative August Pfluger that the debacle in Afghanistan reveals the Biden Doctrine is Hear no Evil. See no Evil.  Stop no Evil.  He is proving to be weaker than his former boss Barack Hussein Obama and is allowing the Islamic jihadists to run roughshod over us.  That is more than tragic it is treacherous and could even be classified as treasonous.

I believe, as many of our former presidents have asserted, that the greatest deterrent to war is strength.  We achieve peace through demonstrated strength not demonstrated weakness.  You cannot appease your way to peace.  You cannot negotiate with a terrorist.  You use the necessary force to gain peace.  We are aware of Know and Suspected Terrorist (KSTs) crossing our southern border, and this will only make that number rise exponentially. 

How long can we survive being governed by a group of people who are willing to surrender to the enemy?  How long can we survive when this administration refuses to hold China accountable for the COVID virus?  How long can we survive when there is a concerted effort to destroy our American energy sources while building that of our enemies?  How long can we survive when censorship is made the norm if you are not in lockstep with the toxic brand of liberalism embodied in the modern Democratic Party?  How long can we survive if our inalienable rights are trampled upon and stripped from us?  How long?  Not long enough to replace the perpetrators with constitutionalists. 

We must fall on our faces and pray.  We must become actively involved.  We must defend the Republic at the polls and on every front.  Failure to do so will result in the United States of America as the Free Constitutional Republic vanishing before our eyes.  Will you join the fight for Faith, Family, and Freedom?

God bless you and God bless America!

IF THIS IS US, What Are We?


I realize that my title leaves much to question and that is the reason for the title and the question interwoven in it.  If this is us, what are we?  If what we are seeing politically, socially, economically, racially, and even spiritually is America, then what has America become? 

Can we claim to be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?  Can we claim to be a Christian nation?  Can we claim to be the Free Constitutional Republic with limited government?  Can we claim to be the United States of America?  Another question would be, have we become so fragmented, divided, and disillusioned that we are willing to allow personal biases to destroy the framework and fabric of our Republic?

I would love to declare that we are still the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, but I find it difficult to convince many, as we reflect on what is and has been happening over the past few years.  I would love to declare adamantly that we are a Christian nation, but with the assault on the Judeo-Christian faith and the Bible coupled with the complicity of some in the pulpit, I’m not sure I can satisfactorily argue that. 

Are we still the Free Constitutional Republic we were established to be?  The subverting of the Constitution and the complicity of Congress and the Courts agreeing with the activists and Anti-Republicanism contingent, I find that a difficult argument. 

I see much fragmentation in our nation.  I have contended for most of my adult life and all of my years in Christian ministry that there is ONE Race, the Human Race.  I believed and continue to believe that there are two ethnicities, ‘Saved and Lost.’  We are ALL created by God in His image and if we were to come into agreement on that point, we could solve many, if not most of the “racial” issues we now face. 

If we could look at our fellow humans through the lens of God’s love, we would remove most of the causes for division.  Sadly, in every aspect of life, we divide into camps, sects, groups, and alliances and seek to devour or destroy all who are not like us.  That is not unique for one so-called ethnicity.

I have been praying for an awakening in America.  The first awakening for which I seek is Spiritual.  Our founding fathers, regardless of what has been taught in schools, and advocated by the anti-Americanist for decades, believe in God’s providence and the value of the Bible, Christianity, and morality in society.

We were once a nation upon whom the propitious smiles of heaven rested.  That was before we banned God from the public square, demanded that people abandon their faith to accommodate a desired lifestyle of others, and openly embraced the slaughter of the unborn.  That may rankle some, but it is the view of this American and I have a right to my view, as you do yours.

I believe I am seeing a smoldering ember of revival burning in the hearts of some that I encounter in my day-to-day activities and talk to via social media or other means.  I sense a growing consciousness of our moral decline growing and if that translates into prayerfulness and repentance, there will be an awakening and if the Church awakens, a Sleeping Giant will arise and impact every dimension of American life beyond what we have witnessed in a very long time.

I have been praying that the rank-and-file Americans will awaken and realize that the politicians are not our friends.  That people would realize that the freebies and handouts designed to make us beholding to them and obligated to perpetuate their rule are not worth the loss of freedom.  I continue to see glimmers of hope that this is happening, even among those who dare not avow such publicly for fear of reprisal from within their own communities, organizations, and clubs.  Sometimes silence is golden and sometimes it is yellow.  There will come a time when we must identify with what is Right regardless of the threats to our person, property, and livelihood.

Over several decades the ruling elites have been overly preoccupied with self-aggrandizement and cohabitation with the Communist Chinese and other despotic regimes around the world.  Money talks and too many of our political elites have prostituted themselves for the almighty dollar and abandoned the principles of Constitutional Freedom. 

Those elitists have ignored the gradual and sometimes not so gradual erosion of our national sovereignty.  They have allowed those regimes to position themselves for the total domination of much of America’s structure and governmental framework.  They have, in a discernable manner, coopted the American Democratic Party and that party that claimed to be for the little man has become the oppressor and seeks total dominance.

The Executive Orders that flooded the American political landscape after the inauguration have proven detrimental to America and facilitated the desire for fundamental transformation and total control.  How any sane thinking human can embrace the failed ideology of Marxism, Communism, and Socialism is beyond my ability to compute. 

Our young people, coming out of the educational system, for at least two generations have bought the theory with no practical or cognitive ability to grasp reality.  Life is more than theoretical.  I serve a God who is not a theory but a reality.  I love Freedom and am not willing to abandon my patriotism because someone might be offended.

The cabal of Leftists and theoretical Republicans sought to marginalize Donald Trump and every one of the 75+ million who voted for him.  We are considered Neandertals, racists, fascists, and white supremacists (even if not white), homophobic, xenophobic, and unworthy of breathing the air of planet earth.    They seized power and those seeking power never willingly relinquish power and control once attained.  The people become useful idiots to advance their cause.  They view us as their serfs, and we are the unwashed masses of ignoramuses needing to be cared for lest we harm ourselves.

They have flung open the border, sought to guarantee that the slaughter of the unborn continues, weakened the foundation of the home, and decimated our educational system.  The push for amnesty for 11-40 million illegals will prove to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back economically and in many other aspects. 

Today, 30% of all working families, (50 million) are low-income but barely above the poverty level.  About 60% of those are headed by racial/ethnic minorities.  Those identifying as African-Americas make up about 13% of the population but account for 30% of the low-income families.  We have about 39 million living below the poverty level.

The American Marxists claim to be the champions of minorities and low-income families but are the main players in the push for amnesty for illegals. A move that would push the low-income even lower.  Power, not people, is at the heart of most politics.  I believe, as I talk to people identifying in varying ethnicities, people are beginning to realize the path we are on is unstainable and detrimental to their personal well-being.  If that becomes a movement, we will see the restoration of Republicanism and Constitutionalism.

The assault on Freedom of Speech should infuriate everyone no matter their political, personal, social, racial, or spiritual position.  The assault on our 2nd Amendment and the distortion and mischaracterization and misinformation that goes unchallenged too often will strip from us our other freedoms.  The insane deficit spending will bury us as quickly as any action by the government.  Are people waking up?  I hope so.

What are we to do?  We must return to God with a whole heart!  We must return to following His moral guidelines and directives for interpersonal relationships!  We must become people of prayer and practice the precepts of the Bible!  If we will, individually, manifest our Christian faith, we can see God’s Kingdom Come and His will done on earth as it is in heaven.  We will also see the influence of God and good impact our nation and America can be restored and preserved.  Will you join me in being who the Bible teaches we can and are to be?  America and our eternity are too valuable for anything less.

God bless you and God bless America!

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS IN AMERICA…


It has been said, “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good people to be silent.”  That has been said in various forms and by various people throughout the history of America and before.  The Bible speaks of the requirement and expectation of good, righteous, godly, and God-fearing people to be vocal when they see danger and call evil what it is – evil.  Failure to do that seldom, if ever, results in a positive outcome. 

Sometimes, silence makes one complicit and enables the agenda that is detrimental to go forward.  Sometimes, silence is to give license to sin by failing to contrast that action and activity to the precepts of God’s Word and all reasonable moral codes among people. 

I believe that there has been a silencing of the lambs in America and even in the Church.  I believe that there is a current move to strip many, if not most Americans, of their inalienable and constitutional right of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion.  If those seeking that usurpation of the Bible and the Constitution are successful America will find itself on the trash heap of society and history.  We will discover that we can never again hope to have a free and legitimate election.  We will watch our republic move from Free Constitutionalism into Oligarchic Tyranny with extreme Authoritarian rule imposed. 

Edmund Burke is credited with the statement about evil triumphing when the good remain silent and inactive.  I found this quote from Burke: “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”  That is a powerful assertion.  Unfortunately, it appears to be a condition existing in a large swath of American society in 2021. 

I have read some of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s works detailing his ministry and struggles and found some powerful warnings.  He said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.  Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act.”  I have translated that too many endeavors in life such as voting and declared that “Not to vote is to vote.”

The Bible is not silent on the requirement to sound the alarm when we see evil and danger.  God told the prophet Ezekiel (Chapter 3) that his commission and assignment were to sound the alarm.  He was warned that if he failed to warn the wicked of wickedness and the righteous the dangers of wickedness their blood would be on his hands. 

We live in a society and even a significant portion of the Christian community where the philosophy is that ‘minding one’s own business’ is the best policy.  Many believe they are being righteous by not becoming involved in the dirty business of politics.  Too many have embraced the idea of leaving politics to the politicians.  I have had more than one preacher tell me that God instructed separation between church and state.  I believe they are misguided and are misinterpreting whatever scripture they are using as a basis for their conviction.

I had a person tell me, “Well, I have never killed anyone, stolen, or cheated on my wife, and I go to church, so I’m okay.” One even said, “I’m as good as the next fellow and my philosophy is live and let live.”  They were living largely unaffected by the damage and dangers in our world caused by the departure from God and the political impositions being imposed. That it was not touching them personally allowed them to clear their consciences and sit in silence as the world crumbled.

The Bible speaks of sins of commission and omission.  If we remain silent and inactive, when we know that God’s precepts are being violated, lives are being destroyed, and freedoms are being infringed upon, we are, at worst, committing a sin of omission.  Our silence makes us complicit and offers up the naïve on the altar of convenience.  The Scripture tells us that if we know to do good and do not do it, that is SIN!

There are things, other than politics, that demand our becoming involved and breaking our silence and departing from the philosophy of live and let live.  When domestic abuse that is visible and a life is in danger, do you say, “It’s none of my business?”  I have had situations where I tried to help in a domestic dispute and had both parties turned on me.  However, when there is physical abuse and a life is threatened, the minimum would be to speak out and notify the authorities.  Silence, in my view, is being complicit with the abuser and allowing him or her to continue their abusiveness.

What if you saw a toddler in the yard, next door, and on the ground near the child was a hypodermic needle that had been used the night before by someone doing drugs.  What if the child headed for the needle and you are near enough to intervene, do you?  At the least, you should pick up the needle and dispose of it.  I would also speak to the parents hoping to save that child’s life and maybe theirs.

Let me offer something relevant in today’s climate.  I believe that Christians and those who value moral rightness should not be silent regarding the slaughter of unborn babies in the womb.  I had a person say, “Well, I’m not doing it.  That is between them and their god.”  I know of women who were planning to abort their babies, and someone spoke up and brought them the truth of God’s word and some scientific facts regarding that infant in the womb.  Those women opted to give birth rather than abort because someone refused to be silent.

If we would cease being silent and comfortable with allowing what happens, happen so long as it does not touch us personally, we could see some changes in our world for good.  The politicians will do whatever they can to satisfy those who are the most vocal or provide the greatest monetary benefit or afford them access to power.  Most do not feel threatened by the Christian community because we have been disjointed and some have supported unbiblical politics. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said some things that resonate with me.  You may or may not agree with the cause for which he was fighting, but take his quote and apply it to your life and life in general.  He said, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”  I have heard all my life, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”  In that vein, Dr. King said, “If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”  He said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  He said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” 

I believe that it is mandatory that all who believe the Bible, love Freedom, and want to preserve our Republic must move out of our cocoons and cease being the proverbial Ostrich with our heads buried in the sand.  We are in the mess we are in because we sat silent while God was banished from the public square.  We sat in silence when the slaughter of unborn babies became the norm.  We sat in silence when conscience was informed by the government it must take a back seat to political correctness. 

America is in a bad state, not simply because bad politicians enacted bad legislation.  We are not in our current condition simply because those seeking to fundamentally transform our nation coopted education and the media.  We are not in this state because of politics alone, but because Good People remained silent and like Nero, fiddled while Rome Burned! 

Let me leave you with a passage from Proverbs 31:8-9, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  It has been said that silence is the difference between sight and insight and between fear and faith.  Let me place myself on the chopping block and remind everyone of the words of Jesus in Revelation 2:14 – “You’re a nice church – you feed the homeless and reach out to those in need – but I have a few things against you because you have there, those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality” 

America can no longer cling to the hope of restoration and recovery if her lambs continue to be silent!  If you know something is wrong, do not remain silent.  You do not have to be antagonistic, but you must not be silent.  When you know the policies of a candidate or a party or detrimental and dangerous, you must not be passive and apathetic.  Stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom!  America is worth fighting for!

God bless you and God bless America!

THE POWER AND PURPOSE IN SONG…


I am convinced that few studying American history in the modern era has any idea as to the origins and impact of some of the songs of the American Revolution.  With our revisionism, cancel culture, political correctness, and whitewashing of our true origins we have produced a generation or two of historically illiterate souls.  Denying the past often leads to repeating the mistakes of the past and expanding upon them.  Knowing, our failures and our successes provide a platform from which we can correct mistakes, heal wounds, and ascend to greater heights societally.  Denying an event provides no therapeutic benefit. 

The British frequently sought to demoralize the Americans (Yanks) as they deemed them.  One of our popular songs from that era “Yankee Doodle”, the state song of Connecticut was not originally American but British.  It began as a song making fun of the American troops and smacked with the superior attitude of the Brits toward the colonist.  They considered us sub-human, subservient, and incapable of matching their wealth, wit, or power.  I have and do contend they were right if you disregard the divine hand of providence.  God was on the side of the objective of the colonist. 

The song surfaced before the American Revolution and was an attempt by the British to ridicule and mock the American soldiers.  The term “Yankee” was a derogatory term and in some parts of America still is.  The term “Doodle” was a word that meant “fool” or “simpleton.”  Combing the two, “Yankee Doodle”, the Brits were hurling slurs toward the Americans and expressing their disdain and disregard from them.

The colonist did what I and many believe is what should be done with slander and derogatory slurs.  Take ownership of them and allow them to metamorphose into a source of pride and power.  The devil has co-opted the language of the Bible and the Church and used it effectively against those not knowing the truth.  The rainbow was a sign of Covenant and Life in the Bible, not a symbol of pride for living a lifestyle that is anathema to the Word of God. 

The American colonist developed their own culture, became adept at the use of irony and even sarcasm toward their oppressors.  Many became emboldened as little things such as transforming this song began to take root in the new world.  The Colonists began to take pride in the song and even the terms Yankee Doodle.  In a sense they were saying to the elitists British, you are going to be taken down by Yankee Doodles.  That had to sting as the war progressed and ultimately the Americans were victorious.

One of the earliest references to the song was in the 1767 opera The Disappointment, and we have printed versions dating back to 1775 that mocked a U.S. Army officer from Massachusetts.  It is often presumed that the true origin of the tune “Yankee Doodle” is either Irish or Dutch, rather than British.  Most historians attribute the American version to Dr. Shackburg, who wrote the lyrics in 1755.  Other versions have emerged over the years.  It was used by the South against the North in the Civil War and the North sang it in derision against the South. 

The Star-Spangled Banner is another of our patriotic songs that was originally sung to a drinking song, “To Anacreon in Heaven”.  It is based on a poem written by Francis Scott Key called “Defense of Ft. McHenry.”  In 1812, Key overhead the British plans for attacking Baltimore while onboard a British ship under a flag of truce trying to negotiate the release of a local doctor.  That resulted in Key becoming a prisoner.  Key was so moved to see the American flag still flying proudly the next morning the words from his heart flowed to paper and “The Star-Spangled Banner” became America’s national anthem via President Woodrow Wilson’s executive order in 1916.  Congress took 15 years to confirm this action and made it official in 1931.

Another song, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, written by Julia Ward Howe, the wife of a Boston abolitionist, wrote this hymn during the Civil War after visiting the Union army camped on the Potomac near Washington, D.C.  It appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and became a rallying cry for the Union soldiers.  It later inspired American soldiers during WWII and has been used by groups since to proclaim their cause as just, good, and right. 

Another song, My Country ‘Tis of the Thee / America written by Samuel Smith as a student in a seminary outside Boston, Massachusetts.  It was based on the melody from the British national anthem, “God Save the King.”  It was first performed in 1831 at a children’s Independence Day celebration in Boston.  It went on to become the de facto national anthem of the United States for most of the 19th century.

The song, America the Beautiful is another powerful anthem, written by Katharine Lee Bates.  She was a young English teacher and poet.  She wrote the song at age 33.  She went on a sightseeing trip to Pike’s Peak, Colorado in 1893 and two years later was still so moved by what she saw she wrote a poem of reflection and gratitude.

In her poem, she captured the lingering impact of the victories and joys experienced by all Americans.  She inserted the reality that all Americans should recognize God’s grace that He has extended to this nation in the historic and dramatic development of this young nation.  The musical setting was developed by Samuel Augustus Ward, in 1882.  While on a ferryboat from Coney Island back to New York City, he wrote the tune in his head.  There have been efforts to replace the Star-Spangled Banner with this song because many believe it is more expressive and less militaristic.  Both songs are widely used today and most Americans, even in our time of cancel everything, want it that way.

Music is inspirational.  The Bible confirms that music created in the human dimension has the power to influence what happens in the spirit world.  God made mankind in his image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27).  Man was given the same capacity to create and enjoy music that God possesses.  Music is a part of the atmosphere of heaven (Revelation 5:9-11).  We are reminded in Job 38:7 that there was singing at the creation of the world before the devil wrecked it.  Music was used by the prophets, David a master musician used music to quiet the spirit in Saul and to encourage himself in the LORD.

Music in the time of war often serves a dual role.  It is a means of communication and a psychological weapon or tool.  In the Christian life, as revealed in the Bible music is vital to inspire, encourage, and build faith for the war we are engaged in.  The Bible reveals that Lucifer, the devil, was the chief musician of heaven.  Paul identifies that the devil is the prince of the power of the air.  Music is released into the air and affects those around it.  It can be soothing or create extreme agitation. 

I take to heart the word of the apostle Paul in Colossians 3:16, “let the word of Christ dwell richly in you in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.”  Music changes the focus and if we fill our mouths with praise and sing to the LORD, we will find our focus turning to him. 

In today’s world, much of the music is vile and violent.  It is filled with filth and encourages every type of abdominal practice known to man.  Yet, there is music that lifts the heart and soul and propels us into the presence of God and into an attitude of worship.  We can choose what we listen to and what we sing.  Music is and has always been vital.  It has played a powerful role in the history of mankind and American history.

God bless you and God bless America!

THE HEALING OF THE NATION 101 – – We Are Getting an “F”.


That title should sufficiently rankle enough people that there may only be two or three left to read this article.  However, God made some things clear in His word.  Things that impact every dimension of life including interpersonal relationships and politics.  Yes, politics because politics affects life and God is all about life.

There are some basic guidelines taught in the Bible regarding Life and how to deal with each other.  If those are followed, 99.9% of the manufactured and exaggerated problems we are now focusing on would dissipate and over a very short period of time become non-existent.  You may vehemently disagree and believe that if we use the biblical directive to deal with people and the problems facing each of us and this nation, we would. become doormats. You may believe that we must fight fire with fire and push back harder than we are pushed.  If you do, what I am going to say will not be palatable in your world and you will deem me a weak-willed pacifist.  Think what you will, but I will go with God’s Word.

Jesus instructed in John 13:34-45 – “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.”  We DO NOT love one another in today’s world.  That is a fact! 

Paul informed us of how problems arise and the fruit of the lack of love in Galatians 5:13-15 – “For you, my brothers, were called to freedom; only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the sinful nature (worldliness, selfishness), but through love serve and seek the best for one another. 14 For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is fulfilled in one precept, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, you shall have an unselfish concern for others and do things for their benefit].” 15But if you bite and devour one another [in bickering and strife], watch out that you [along with your entire fellowship] are not consumed by one another.”

Then James gave his powerful insight in James 3:16-18 – “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder [unrest, rebellion] and every evil thing and morally degrading practice. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure [morally and spiritually undefiled], then peace-loving [courteous, considerate], gentle, reasonable [and willing to listen], full of compassion and good fruits. It is unwavering, without [self-righteous] hypocrisy [and self-serving guile]. 18And the seed whose fruit is righteousness (spiritual maturity) is sown in peace by those who make peace [by actively encouraging goodwill between individuals].”

My purpose is not to make this a sermon but to highlight that we are focused on the wrong issues and the root source for the problems that exist in today’s world.  The interpersonal issues are not racial issues but heart issues.  Whether we are talking about same-sex marriages, genders, abortion, adultery, fornication, murder, rape, theft, violence, and scores of other issues, the source of the problem is in the heart.  Not the physical organ that pumps blood to the other organs but the heart of the soul.  It is that place where the seed of who we are is birthed.  If that is brought into alignment with God’s moral and spiritual principles and precepts, we will find peaceful coexistence, if not we will have every kind of chaos and disruption known to man.

Make no mistake, I view the situation in American politics as terminal and worth every ounce of energy we can expend to correct our wrong direction.  However, fighting with political weapons, hurling insult for insult, and seeking to destroy those in opposition will exasperate the problem not, rectify it. 

I refuse to allow hate to dominate my life and skew my worldview.  I am a Christian and I believe the Bible.  In America’s formation, our founders and the framer of our constitution recognized the value of God’s precepts being known by all citizens.  They acknowledged the divine providence and help of God in our successes.  They included the Bible as part of the curriculum in public education and printed a Bible to be distributed to American citizens.  You may find that repulsive, but history backs up what I just asserted.

I have determined to make it my life’s objective to see people as God sees them and view them through the lens of heaven, not my ideology, preference, or any animus or bias I might be tempted to allow.  There is much to dislike and even abhor in the lives and political activities of numerous people in government today.  The corruption is visible and documented in some who hold or have held the highest of offices in America.  But, If I fight them on their level, they may not win but neither will I.  Evil will prevail and the hatred and division will be perpetuated.

When we endured the horrific events of September 11, 2001, America was briefly drawn together in a unity that transcended ideological and political lines. We stood hand in hand as a united people.  After the attack by the Japanese Empire on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, America largely threw aside ideological differences and united to preserve the republic.  We have done that numerous times in our history.  The Spirit of 1776 has been resurrected from time to time and the value of freedom became the driving force that allowed alliances otherwise impossible.

Had we remained in the death grip of the division created by jealousy, envy, distrust, misunderstanding, and hate we would have lost WWII, been overrun after 9/11 and America would now be something other than the great nation she has been and still is. 

God warned time and again, in the Bible, regarding those who turn a blind eye to evil and embrace false gods and engage in the debauchery of depravity.  America is on the brink of becoming so fragmented and divided that nothing short of a miracle of God could bring it together.  We have allowed politics to dominate our world and have divided into camps. Many are seeking to eliminate all who are not of their tribe.  If they don’t look, act, talk, walk, work, or believe as we do, they are deemed worthy of annihilation, in the minds of many today.  That is a recipe for destruction, not restoration.

The politics of Big Government is ripping us to shreds.  The war on our inalienable rights including the freedom of speech, religion, and the right to personal property including self-defense embodied in the 2nd Amendment is making us easy targets for evil to prevail.  The fanning of the flames of racial discord attempting to make one sector the sole villain and culprit while ignoring the inconsistencies of others is destructive.  The adoption of idolatry in the form of abortion, gender, and denying the source of our creation is deadly.  There is much to hate, but hating people is not the answer.

It is my view that if we, as individuals, regardless of what is done nationally or internationally, would commit to following the biblical precepts I mentioned at the outset, we could and would see healing begin.  Am I being Utopian in my view?  Yes, if you believe it can be done without God.  No, if you understand that with men it is impossible.  It is impossible for us to love everyone in our own strength.  It is only possible by the ministry and the work of God’s Love, Mercy, Grace, and the Power of the Holy Spirit. 

I love America and will expend every ounce of breath and strength I have to preserve her as the Free Constitutional Republic we were found to be.  I am a Vietnam Veteran, a Patriot, a Family man, a Lover of Freedom, and most importantly a Believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  I believe that the Bible is alive, active, and able to expose the depths of our souls to God and us.  If we will heed the precepts of God’s Word and, as much as possible, live peaceable with all men, demonstrating God’s love to everyone, we will overcome! 

Think of me whatever you please and wonder why I am not vilifying the Left, over the many atrocious policies and actions being put forth today but know that my heart is to please God and to save America.  I believe that this pathway is the only legitimate pathway to peace.

I am going to address, in the next blog post, the issue of “The Silence of the Lambs.”

God bless you and God bless America!