NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR OPPONENT…


The warning to never underestimate your opponent is germane to every situation in life.  It could be people, principalities, powers, sickness, economic conditions, or anything else.  Whatever your opponent is, if you underestimate the potential that any enemy or obstacle embodies, it can and often does bring about defeat or damage.  If we know our enemy or opponent well enough, we can strategize to offset anything it or they might throw at us.  If we discount their possibilities, we leave ourselves unprepared, and our lack of preparation and planning can be and usually is destructive.

Too many on the Right are discounting any possibility of Joe Biden winning the Democratic nomination in the 2024 Presidential Race, and if he does, they insist he could never win.  That underestimation of the machine and the man could be costly.

I consider the warning of Newt Gingrich and others apropos and worthy of consideration.  Joe Biden has always been off his rocker, so to speak, and his inane and incoherent ramblings are not all that new.  I agree that he is suffering from a mental disorder that appears to be a form of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, but even with that, he is not operating alone.  His handlers are devious, dangerous, and destructive.  They are diabolical and have proven so.  Therefore, underestimating the Democratic Machine could be and likely will be costly. 

The plan of the followers of the toxic liberal globalist agenda seems to be to weaken America.  They are doing that by weakening our foundations, damaging our economy, and infringing upon our inalienable rights, privileges, and liberties; they are making America a prime target for the transformation they desire.  They have been systematic and persistent.  The damage they have caused has been prodigious.

Joe Biden may believe that he is being successful and that people love what he is doing.  That is not the issue.  The issue is how the spinmeisters are able to twist the facts and dupe those who are driven by emotion rather than reality.  If those whom Rush Limbaugh referred to as ‘low information voters’ embrace the spin or believe that anyone on the other side would bring about the apocalypse, he wins.  Add to that equation the obvious inconsistencies and cheating that always takes place; he could win.  We must never underestimate him or them.

Focusing on Biden’s inability to walk, talk, and chew gum at the same time is not what we must be focusing on.  Yes, he speaks incoherently and illogically reads everything on the teleprompter.  Yes, he is suffering from diminished brain capacity.  Yes, he gets angry when questioned and speaks out randomly with incoherent and nonsensical diatribes.  However, it is not what he says that bothers me; it is what he has and is doing that bothers me. 

We dare not forget the Executive Orders he has produced and the insurmountable damage they have done and will do.  We dare not forget the illegalities the Biden family has engaged in and the compromised state he is in dealing with foreign governments who have funneled money into his coffers.  We must not forget his alienation of our friends and his (as did Obama) embracing and facilitating the ability of our enemies.  We dare not forget his anti-American and anti-constitutional positions and actions.  Those bother me; his mumbling and bumbling orally or physically are low-hanging fruit on the tree.  Yet, many seem to focus on Trump’s abrasiveness and Biden’s incoherency rather than the actions and policies of those men.  That is a mistake!

Newt contended, and I agree, that Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower both wanted to be underestimated.  Eisenhower knew the importance of learning as much as possible about the enemy from WWII.  He knew the value of intelligence information. He knew the value of planning and strategy, and Reagan learned that well somewhere along the line.  Both were astute at staying one step ahead of their opponents and offering a visible, better, and more appealing path.  They won!  We can win, but not if we underestimate the opponent. 

Joe Biden has been in politics all his adult life.  If you remember or have researched, you discover that he was elected to the Senate at the age of 29. He was only eligible to be sworn in after the election in 1972.  He has fumbled and bumbled all of his political career and became a force in the Senate, then Vice President, and now President.  He stayed hidden from public view in his basement for virtually all of the 2020 campaign, but he is in the White House.  (I am not discounting the irregularities and cheating, but still, he is in the Oval Office.)  Underestimation would be a colossal mistake, as were the mid-terms by the GOP.

Let me remind you that even former President Barack Hussein Obama has joked about the ineptitude of Joe Biden.  He said, “We all know some folks in our lives…they say crazy stuff…Uncle Joe, you know what happened to him.  They’re part of the family, but you don’t give them serious responsibilities.”  Wow!  How much more serious a responsibility can you give than being President of the United States?  That is unless he is only the president in name and someone else is calling the shots.  Obama once said, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.”  Wow!  Yet, millions still vote for him.  Underestimation could be catastrophic.

Some call him Crazy Joe, but he is sitting in the White House and capable of doing incredible harm to America.  No, he is damaging America greatly, yet we focus on his mumbling, bumbling, and incoherent speech.  Stop being deceived into believing that is what should be the focus.  The Actions are much more important than the words!  Underestimation would be to suffer self-inflicted wounds. 

I will not list all the incredible damage done via his pen and phone, but the oil and gas industry cannot be overlooked.  On day one, he shuddered our economy and virtually destroyed an industry that affects every aspect of our economy.  When mass shootings occur, he uses them to call for a ban on the so-called assault weapon, even when no such weapon was involved.  The drinkers of the pathetic drivel and diatribe rise up passionately and demand that “but if it saves even one life.”  What about abortion?  What about destroying people’s lives economically and medically that results in the loss of life?  Underestimation is always a mistake. 

As a preacher and a Christian, I tell people never to underestimate the power of the little foxes to spoil the vine.  Never underestimate the power of temptation to wreck a life.  Never underestimate the ability of the devil to deceive and lure one into a place of destruction.  We laugh at Biden’s faux paws in speaking and fail to articulate the damage done in his actions and the actions of his Donkey co-conspirators of destruction.

Our Freedom of Speech, Thought, Right to Protect Ourselves, and make our own life choices are being threatened daily.  There is a concerted effort to restrict our religious freedoms, if not eliminate those freedoms completely.  We can focus on the clownish actions and words of Joe Biden, AOC, Pelosi, and Fetterman and lose sight of the incredible danger and damage done by their actions.  We must not underestimate the opponent.

If we expect to win in 2024 and avoid another shameful election as we just endured, we must strategize, focusing on the real issues, not mumblings.  We must commit ourselves to prayer for the nation and invest our time, energy, and money into defeating the destroyers.  We must become involved in poll watching and keep the heat turned up as high as we can on the elected officials in Washington.  It is up to us to engage the enemy with a real plan of attack and not be fooled into following the wrong path. 

GOD BLESS YOU, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!

SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED?


Whenever the federal government says, “I’m here to help,” I get concerned.  What exactly are they here to do?  Who or whom are they trying to help?  What is the hidden agenda?  Will the long-term effect be positive or negative for our constitutional liberties and freedoms?  Will it reduce the control of the government bureaucrats or increase it?  Those and a plethora of other questions come to mind when dealing with the government.

Does that make me a conspiracist?  I don’t think so, but I confess that when it comes to the government and most politicians, I am somewhat of a skeptic.  I trust God.  I trust the constitution.  I trust the intent of the Founding Fathers, but the current federal government, not so much, and sometimes not at all. 

The Bible speaks of the foundations, and in Psalm 11:3, we read, “If our foundations are destroyed, what should the righteous do?”  In viewing the writings of our founding fathers, studying history, and watching our moral decline and the result, I would contend that the support foundations include moral laws, ethics, spiritual consciousness, and morality.  The fundamental principles of law and order and justice hinge on those being in place.  Are they in modern America? 

If the foundations are destroyed, what then?  Some in modern America have become so disillusioned and discouraged that they have become fatalists.  I hear more and more people say, “What’s the use? Nothing is going to change.”  I believe that is the wrong outlook, not because I believe in the goodness of man but in the greatness of God. 

Someone paraphrases the words of Psalm 11 – “If men have no regard to laws and public decrees, which are the foundation of human society, but will boldly violate all known and standing rules of justice and truth; what can the righteous do? — What security can an honest man have? or what should he do but make haste away from the place where they act so arbitrarily and are so perfidious?”  Basically, that is saying if the righteous have not prevented or stepped up to resist the societal anarchy and collapse, what could David or any leader do?  Are we there in America today?

I want to revive some old history and discuss the perfidious actions involving the Coronavirus and the vaccines.  Let me state at the outset that I am not so much focused on whether some did or did not take the jab but on the lack of forthrightness by the government.  I believe that it should be an individual decision. I am more focused on the lockdown of the entire world, with minimal information being given to the public.  I said at the beginning that we should be questioning this action unless they know something far direr than they are telling us.  However, there was almost no pushback by the public.  What did they fail to reveal?  I still do not know, but I want to know.

We were told this was the deadliest virus the world had ever seen.  Yes, people got sick and died as a result.  The almost immediate fanning of the flames of fear and paranoia caused the world to panic, and people like docile sheep complied with the mandates.  I believed then, and I believe now that this was a trial run, and now that they have seen what can be done, the diabolical seeking world dominance will spring something on us in the near future that will be more dangerous and destructive.  Some of that desire to reduce the world’s population by one-fourth or one-third. 

I watched with incredible alarm as there was a reported shortage of ventilators, and people infected with COVID were warehoused in nursing homes with the very vulnerable elderly.  Why?  Was that a double-edged sword?  Did they, with premeditation, use this to euthanize some of the elderly and infirm whose cost (in their minds) outweighed their benefit?  That is plausible with the devaluing of the baby in the womb and the stated desire to reduce the world population.  It is diabolical and inhumane but plausible.

We were told early by some medical doctors of the value and benefit of Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine. Still, the federal government and the CDC thwarted that effort trying to debunk their usefulness and prevent doctors from using them.  That, according to many medical doctors, costs thousands of lives needlessly.  The quashing of those drugs allowed the government to push for emergency authorization before adequate testing and full disclosure of what was in the vaccines to be granted. 

There was a push to use Remdesivir.  A drug that has proven to harm the kidneys and liver and, according to many medical experts, had a negligible effect on COVID.  The terribleness of disallowing families to be with their loved ones when they were placed on ventilators or taken off ventilators and left to die. 

There is the contention of research scientists that the mRNA vaccine is flawed and has the potential to do long-term damage to the internal organs, the immune system, and the circulatory system.  We saw a spike in health issues with young men where otherwise healthy adults were having heart attacks or deadly blood clots, as well as an increase in cancer.  Were those connected?  Only time will tell, and even then, we may never know. 

It is reported that there has been an increase in miscarriages and stillbirths in vaccinated females.  There have been reports of a measurable reduction in sperm counts in vaccinated men.  There seems to have been a rise in unexpected mortality unrelated to COVID.  Additionally, we have seen RSV in the news for the first time.  What is RSV?  It is a Respiratory Syncytial Virus causing a call for it to be declared a health emergency in children.

Please understand that I do not know if the vaccine was safe or dangerous.  What I know is that the government continually side-stepped the questions, protected the pharmaceutical companies that produced it, and sought to use the pandemic to achieve political ends.  That troubles me and causes me to wonder if there was something far more nefarious at work. 

The FDA issued warnings and even edicts that people were to stop taking Ivermectin for COVID.  They now claim that was just a suggestion, not a mandate.  Most medical doctors did not consider it a suggestion.  They used terms like, “You are not a horse.  You are not a cow.  So, stop taking the drug.”  Hidden within their statements is a remarkably interesting bullet.  “If your health care provider writes you an Ivermectin prescription, fill it through a legitimate source such as a pharmacy, and take it exactly as prescribed.” 

In my mind, that is an admission that it was effective.  So, why the push to prevent it?  If it had been used early in the COVID pandemic, many lives would have likely been spared, and the total lockdown and destruction of our economy would not have transpired.  Was there a hidden motive?  Again, this is more reason for me to distrust and question the edicts of the government. 

I know some people who took Ivermectin, Vitamin C, Zinc, and a few other things and faired quite well as they battled infection.  One doctor told me that had the push been to treat COVID with the things that appeared to work early; many would not have been hospitalized.  He said that it was virtually too late when they got to the hospital.  He considered it medical malpractice to have taken the government-prescribed treatment plan of doing nothing until you had to go to the hospital. 

I believed then and now that taking or not taking the vaccine should be an individual decision, not a forced mandate. The government has repeatedly violated our trust and given us cause to distrust them and question their motives and intent.  We are in the throes of an effort to reduce the world population and transform every sovereign nation into a world conglomerate of countries under a singular ruling authority.  That is spoken of in the Bible, and I write to ask people to pray and question rather than comply, not docile non-thinking sheep. 

God bless you, and God bless America!

A WALK THROUGH THE LUNACY OF TODAY…


I cautiously address this, and although I wish it were an exercise in humor, the things I will cite are authentic and dangerous.  I laugh when possible and take things with a grain of salt.  However, in the modern era politically, I am finding that increasingly difficult in America.

What baffles me is the reality that millions either agree with the political lunacy, do not care, or are blinded by political bias.  Why do I say that?  Because they continue to vote for those advancing those policies and pursuing those agendas.  There is no logical explanation for that phenomenon, but a reality, it is.

There are entities like The Babylon Bee that seek to use parody to bring people to their senses or offer something to laugh at.  Some entertainers write and sing parody songs that highlight the lunacy of today.  It would be wonderful to laugh it off, but with the seriousness and danger of the end game of the agenda of those following the toxic liberal lunacy, I cannot do that.  Therefore, I continue to sound the alarm and hope enough people will awaken and unite to salvage our Republic.

Let us walk back a few months to the California Lunacy, where their Governor and the illustrious politicians opted to take money from legal taxpaying citizens to buy medical insurance for the illegals.  Couple that with the lunacy of the Federal Government sending out virtual truckloads of COVID relief cash, and we now discover that over a Billion of it found its way into the pockets or hands of incarcerated inmates, including the Boston Marathon Bomber.  How sane is that?

We have constitutional restraints for many things the government is doing, but our elected members of Congress fail to enforce the Constitution.  The constitution offers protection and restraint, but it cannot enforce itself. With the abridgments by the White House, bureaucrats, Representatives, and Senators, as well as the courts, we are left with a piece of paper that is ignored and meaningless.  It is meaningful but becomes impotent when not enforced by those charged with enforcing it.

With the lunacy of spending more than one-third of our national production (GDP) and maxing out the federal credit cards with over $20 Trillion this past year, one would wonder if there were an ounce of sanity in Washington.  The draconian lockdowns that occurred during the height of the COVID pandemic only make sense if you consider the seeming agenda of control.  All that happened with the Vaxx Mandates, the Lockdowns, and the other infringements upon our Rights and Liberties were trial runs.  I am convinced that we will see worse and direr things soon.  I hope I am wrong!

Almost no thinking American, including the legal Hispanic community, believes that the Border Crisis is good.  Most Americans view the illegal invasion as a problem, yet this president, this Congress, and our Courts seem to disagree.  Allowing unvetted, sick, and those engaging in human trafficking, drugs, and more to enter freely and stay is antithetical to everything America has stood for and anathema to reason.  Yet, they continue, and there is no evidence that any of those in Washington will take the necessary steps to stop the lunacy and destruction.  How did we become this blind?  How did we become this anti-American and anti-Freedom?  You say, I’m not okay with that, but millions continue to elect those who are.

The border crisis is just the tip of the iceberg of idiocy, and the long-term problems accompanying it could mean the end of our Free Constitutional Republic.  Is that the plan?  When the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Protection Agency announces that the apprehension of more than 2.1 million illegals came across our borders in the fiscal year ending in August, any reasonable person should see the problem and danger.  In August, we had six consecutive months with arrests of more than 200,000 each month.  Most of those were released, adding to the endless flooding across the border and even aiding in their violation of our immigration laws.

Our military’s purpose is protecting us, but with the Wokeism that has become epidemic, the strength of our military is suspect.  I cannot imagine a military where Air Force Academy cadets cannot use the terms “Mom and Dad.”  Have we gone completely bonkers?  The cadets are warned not to commit what was called “microaggressions” by using terms like “you guys” or “terrorists.”  They were told that rather than saying “Mom and Dad,” they were to use terms such as “Parent or Caregiver.”  They were informed they could no longer say “boyfriend or girlfriend.” Still, they were to use the term “partner.”  The focus is no longer on national security and training but on being politically correct and embracing the pervasive Woke Mentality in our culture.  That is beyond lunacy!

We have come to the place where the declaration of William F. Buckley is germane and apropos of today’s political Woke PC World.  He said, “I would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the telephone directory than by the Harvard University faculty.”  We could probably use virtually any University’s faculty aptly.  Much of our so-called academia and Woke World’s view of itself makes them too smart for their own good.  Knowing stuff does not make one intelligent; being able to rightly apply that knowledge makes one wise.  We are grossly devoid of wisdom in today’s political world.

My earthly father was not a well-educated man.  He only finished the 9th grade, but he was a very wise man.  He could outthink most of today’s politicians and taught himself to do virtually everything that needed to be done around our small farm.  He was a survivor and innovative.  He might not do things according to the blueprint of academia, but what he did worked, and his ability to think and create provided a living for our family and a secure home. 

My earthly father wanted his children to be better educated than he was and wanted us to surpass him in our accomplishments.  Yet, he was careful to instill in us the ability to think so that we would not become the south ends of northbound horses.  By today’s standards, my earthly father would have been deemed unqualified to lead the city or state where we lived. Still, I believe he would have done a better job with more reasoned sanity than most of those highly educated windbags in Washington who don’t know how the rest of us live. 

I am pro-education but insist that academic credentials are far from coterminous with genius.  I hear today’s intellectuals insist that men like Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump, or imbeciles, and I laugh.  Those men, with all their flaws, proved to be more interested in America and Americans than the entire lot of the so-called qualified and educated.  They make the flawed assumption that intelligence and effectiveness politically are based on academic degrees.  Results cannot be dismissed and should never be diminished.

I have touched on just a few of the dying flowers in the Garden of Lunacy in modern America and ask, “How Could Anyone Vote For The Followers of the Toxic Agenda Being Advanced by the Toxic Liberal, Globalists of today?”  

God help us to wake up.  God bless America!   Join me in the Fight to Save our Republic.

ANOTHER LAP AROUND THE MOUNTAIN…


My title is a reference to the fledgling nation of Israel in their journey from Egypt to Canaan found in Deuteronomy 2:3. God told the nation, “You have circled this mountain long enough….”  I can apply that to the mid-term elections in 2022 and many other elections and ask, “Did, has, or will the GOP learn anything from the elections?” 

Sadly, too often, they repeat the same mistakes, take the same path, and produce lackluster results snatching defeat from victory.  Yes, I said, snatching defeat from victory.  Too often, they cower in fear hiding in the shadows, afraid that the media and Democrats will call them some hurtful name.  This is not a time to be thin-skinned and cowardly.  It is a time to be strong and very courageous; liberty and the republic are at stake.  It is time for a little less talk and a lot more action.  It is time to stop circling the proverbial mountain and chart a path to the promised land of Freedom.

The Red Wave that many were predicting sounded much like previous predictions that failed to materialize.  With the horrible state of the economy, the infringement upon our liberties and inalienable rights, the lunacy of gender blending, the disaster at the southern border, and more, one would have thought the mid-terms would have been a slam dunk. 

When members of the Republican Party’s establishment endorsed Democrats to defeat conservative Republicans and spent enormous amounts of money to help RHINOs get reelected while ignoring winnable seats, you had to know there was a problem.  The best possible scenario in the Senate was a 50-50 split, but instead, we were handed a 49-51 split in favor of the Democrats.  The House was a squeaker, and with the razor-thin majority, little is likely to be accomplished, especially if the RHINOs and Establishment Republicans maintain control of that chamber’s agenda.  If something does not change quickly, we are looking at another lap around the mountain politically.

In Obama’s first term, the Republicans handily won seats in the Senate and House.  This time with a President even less popular than Obama and had created a worse situation on virtually every front, the Donkeys staved off that type of embarrassment.  The mid-terms were eerily like the 2020 elections, with many questionable happenings.  I cannot believe that the voting public would rationally vote for their personal and national decline, but if we believe the election results, they did. 

Joseph Stalin said, “It is not the people who vote that count; it’s the people who count the votes.”  That is so relevant to our political condition; it is almost frightening.  The deafening silence and weak-willed protests by the GOP indicate that we are heading for another lap or two around the mountain.  The question of the past should have been the question of the present – “Are you better off now than you were two years ago?”  Almost nobody could have answered that in the affirmative.  Sadly, the Establishment Republicans focused more on embarrassing Trump than winning a solid majority. 

When the Rasmussen Reports Poll told us that only 28 percent of likely U.S. voters thought the country was headed in the right direction, how can you not have a Red Wave?  When 57 percent see a depression looming and likely, how can you not have a Red Wave?  When 57 percent of the voters believe that the outcome of the elections would result from cheating, how can you not have a Red Wave? 

If the Republicans hope to win in 2024, they must take advantage of the majority in the House and take dramatic steps to fix the election process.  We do not have two years to fix the problem; we have months.  The damage that has been done and will continue to be done is colossal if the GOP does not find a spine and have the courage and willingness to do what is needed. 

If they fix the electoral process and give us verifiable one-person-one-vote elections, the message of Reagan must be articulated.  The case must be made for national sovereignty, national security, prosperity, freedom, and liberty.  It is an easy case to make and an easy precept to be articulated. Still, the Republicans in Congress seem incapable or unwilling to make the case and articulate the principles.  Failure to do so will mean another lap around the mountain if the mountain even exists after the destruction.

The question that needs to be asked and answered is, “Are You Freer Than You Were Before Biden?”  The dirty laundry of the Democrats needs to be aired to give a side-by-side comparison of their charges against Republicans.  Do not give innuendo but factual evidence of the corruption, please. 

The Democrats try to run on the character of some Republicans while engaging in incredible deviousness and practicing colossal unethical behavior.  The Democrats use fearmongering, telling susceptible seniors that the Republicans want to and will take away their Social Security.  A lie that should have been easily debunked, but all we heard were the crickets.  Sadly, even less than crickets and certainly less than articulate and detailed counter was what the GOP gave us.  The lies about abortion and the failure of the GOP to articulate the reality of the ruling simply returning the constitutional decision to the states were less than articulate.

The Democrats project on the Republicans what they are doing, and every action moves us one step closer to totalitarianism and loss of freedom.  But their branding of the Republicans resonates with the low-information voters and those moved by their emotions.  The inane charge that the Republicans, especially the conservative constitutionalist, are somehow a threat to our ‘democracy’ seemed to stick in the minds of too many.  Personality became more important than the economy, freedom, or the republic.

America was founded as a Light Shining on the Hill and the Land of the Free.  There have been enormous sacrifices to keep us that way.  Benjamin Franklin warned regarding the Republic, “if you can keep it.”  We have not kept it as we should have.  Madison warned that we should take alarm and action at the “first experiment or infringement upon our liberties.”  Jefferson characterized the possible attitude of people as follows, “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”  They foresaw the dangers that we have ignored.  Thus, we seem destined for another lap around the mountain.

A brief lesson in history reveals that federal spending in 1901 (a lifetime ago) was $588 million.  It remained level until 1917, and then in 1919, the post-war spending drove it to a staggering $5.13 billion.  Spending decreased under Harding and Coolidge, but when FDR took over, it took off like a rocket and increased to $44 billion in 1945.  By 1970 the spending was $159 billion (pocket change compared to today).  It reached the trillion-dollar mark in 1995 and will be over $6.27 trillion in 2022.  This insane spending will not only cause another lap around the mountain, but it will also consume the mountain and the republic.

If you extrapolate that and do the statistical calculations, you realize that spending has increased by a factor of 11,000 over the past 120 years in America.  The only outcome will be the government consuming all the income of the citizens and more and will have control of our lives completely.  Jefferson called it despotism, and, in our day, it can only be called totalitarianism.  The laps around the mountain are unacceptable, and we need to chart a course to restore our Freedom and Liberty.  It is time to awaken from our slumber and cease allowing politicians to handle politics.  We must become the overseers of our government.

I pray you will join the effort to pray down the destruction and pray in the favor of God.  We must pray.  We must work.  We must become involved.  We must vote.  We dare not vote for personality but for what is right. 

God bless you, and God bless America. 

DO ALL POLITICIANS LIE?


A follow-up question should be, “Why do we excuse some and crucify other politicians who lie?”  The most recent political liar seems to be the newly elected Republican George Santos, who embellished (lied) about numerous things.  However, nobody seems to care that Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, and countless Democrats have lied.  Why is it that if a Republican lies, that person must be hung on a cross and banned from humanity, but if a Democrat lies, it is justifiable?  I don’t like being lied to by anybody, regardless of political ideology or party.

I could argue and probably infuriate many that Joe Biden inspired George Santos to play loose with the truth.  I could.  No, I will argue that point and argue that politicians and political fabrications have been around for as long as we have had elections.  I was recently apprised of a story that transpired about seven decades ago where a Congressman embellished numerous things.  He was a wounded WWII veteran but lied about his wounds. He claimed to have engaged in secret missions, Nazi torture, medals, and even his educational background before being elected to the House of Representatives as a Congressman from Utah. 

Santos lied, but I don’t believe he claimed to have been an over-the-road driver of semi-trucks.  I do not believe he claimed his house was burned with his wife in it.  He never claimed to have been arrested in South Africa trying to get to see Nelson Mandela.  He never claimed that his son almost lost his life in Iraq. He never plagiarized speeches by JFK, RFK, and Hubert Humphrey.  He never claimed to have a higher IQ than a voter he was angry with.  He never claimed to have graduated with three degrees, went to the University of Delaware on a full academic scholarship, and finished in the top half of his class.  He never claimed to have played football at the University of Delaware.  He never claimed to have confronted the notorious gang leader Corn Pop. He never expropriated the life story of British politician Neil Kinnock.  But someone holding office today did.  Can you guess who?

We had Eric Holder as Attorney General repeatedly advancing lies in cahoots with the sitting president Barack Obama.  Does anyone remember Fast and Furious, the Obama-Holder gun-running scheme that cost American lives and empowered the Drug Cartels of Mexico? 

How about Loretta Lynch and the lies she told while working in the IRS doing the bidding of the Democrats using her office to target conservatives and Christians?  How about Bill Clinton? “I didn’t have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”  How many Democrats were calling for his resignation when that lie was exposed for the entire world to see? 

Lyndon Johnson was a serial liar and did so with such ease that one had to wonder if he was that diabolical or pathological liar.  Johnson was once asked why he told people that his grandfather died at the Alamo when he knew it was false.  He said, “My grandfather wasn’t killed at the Alamo; he was killed at San Jacinto.  Most people don’t know about that battle, so I moved him to the Alamo.”  He did not die at either; he died in bed at home.  But then, like with Biden, it was just being folksy to achieve an objective good for America.  Wow!  Some can lie, and it is just being folksy or just Joe being Joe, but others lie and are worse than the devil himself.  Lying is not acceptable, no matter who it is.

Hillary Clinton lied about emails and many other things, including Benghazi and the willing sacrifice of the lives of Americans.  Later she would famously and disgustingly say, “What difference does that now make?”  Elizabeth Warren’s claim to be Native American and Richard Blumenthal’s embellishment regarding serving in Vietnam. 

I like the quote attributed to Hanna Arendt, Truth, and Politics – “Freedom of opinion is a farce unless factual information is guaranteed and the facts themselves are not in dispute. In other words, factual truth informs political thought just as ration truth informs philosophical speculations.”

There was a time when political aspirants viewed credibility as a valued asset.  Today we have so much political hyperbole and a verifiable disconnect from reality, and the voters, lies are commonplace and seem to be the norm rather than the exception.  One of the reasons for the dissent into the unethical and untruthful is the polarization of society.  People are more interested in their feelings than in their facts. 

Forecasts by politicians often turn out badly, and the predictions are more dismal than anticipated.  Biden claimed that inflation was “transitory,” but we have discovered that his definition of “transitory” and reality are vastly different.  Most voters took the term to mean “gone quickly,” but that is far from reality.  Yogi Berra once said that predicting is difficult, especially when it’s about the future. 

Political leaders never want to be the bearer of bad news; they want to be the ones deemed as the savior and envision people placing Palm branches in their path and lauding them as the benevolent benefactor we cannot do without.  Even with the continued downturn in approval ratings for Joe Biden, the Democrats still hold serve in Congress. 

Biden’s Build Back Better was touted as “costing zero dollars” because it was “paid for.”  Most people with an IQ above room temperature realize that paying for something does not make it free and without cost.  When paid for is to hand the bill to future generations, which is not good.  We are borrowing from our great great great grandchildren to cover the insane profligate spending of today. 

We have been and are being lied to by politicians on virtually every front. Some of the lies are inciting vitriolic attacks, and others are experiencing crickets and a ho-hum attitude.  America, George Santos is not the problem.  Most of the members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and the many agencies of the federal government are guilty of embellishment (lying).  Unless we are willing to go after every one of them, stop pretending that you are incensed by the lies of select individuals. 

Remember the words, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”  My question is, “Do people even care?”  Selective ethics and morality will only lead us to destruction.  It is time that we return to moral sanity and ethical legitimacy and hold ourselves and politicians to the high standards of God’s Word and morality.  It is time that we stop pretending to be offended by some things while ignoring others of the same ilk.  Either we want ethical legitimacy, moral sanity, and accountability from all politicians, or we have no right to ask for any.  

Please wake up, America, and let’s return to the foundational principles of our Republic and take back oversight of the federal government.  We are the people who are being governed, and that is only by our consent.

God bless you, and God bless America!

THE ONLY POLITICAL CERTAINTY IS UNCERTAINTY…


We live in a world that is toxic politically, morally, and socially.  Politics has become a war, not a civil debate between opposing views.  There are elements on both sides of the political aisle that believe the only solution is the eradication of those with opposing views.  That is anathema to everything, I believe.  It is counter to what the Bible teaches and is antithetical to the principles of liberty America was founded. 

I would love to declare that nothing surprises me anymore, but that would be a graphic understatement.  I am continually surprised, although I should not be. The inane and often insane antics of politicians never cease to amaze me.  I have long wondered if there is something in the water in the Capitol that causes the seemingly sane to lose all reason and quickly become one of the elitest fraternities of Congress. 

I suspect it is not the water or any other natural element but the enticement of money and power that flips their switch.  Some of it is rooted in their egos and desire to appear as the Super Senator, Congressman, or Congresswoman.  Few of those in Washington embrace the view of Citizen Representatives and quickly become establishment types embracing the professional career politician view.  We, the people, are the losers for that, but it is what it is.

One certainty that is never ending is the incessant and fact-less based push by the Left, some on the Right, and the world order proponents for compliance to the Climate Change Religious Mandates.  That never changes.  The faces who are spokespersons changes in a limited fashion, but the rhetoric and spin are consistent, and the paranoia and fear engendered are perpetual. 

We have religious leaders uniting to advance the Religion of Climate Change and are calling for repentance for our sins against Mother Earth.  They are seemingly unconcerned about sin and salvation, only compliance with the Climate Initiatives of the Globalists.  The United Nations has joined forces with numerous religious groups, including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and an Amazonian shaman, to produce a new film promoting their addendum to the Ten Commandments. 

The United Nations has launched its new Development Program (an expansion of Agenda 21 and the sequels) ahead of COP27, calling for a new moral and ethical system to replace the old one.  They insist that the Ten Commandments have evolved with mankind, and since, in their view, the old moral code was not suitable to protect the climate, man must adopt a new code.  Imagine that God was not smart enough to give us a Code that would last for all time.  How utterly absurd and self-exalting! The new Religion of Climate Change is officially in force. 

One consistent political condition is the unwillingness of the followers of liberalism and progressivism to examine fossil fuel use rationally.  Their paranoia or pathway to power via the fear that man will destroy the planet and cease to exist produces new twists, but their blockheaded denial of the value of our natural resources is consistent and persistent. 

Our energy problem is unnecessary and caused by the adherence to the lunacy of manmade climate change.  We have a president who is depleting our strategic energy reserves in a feeble attempt to lower prices.  That is a national security issue, and this president has sold some of our reserves to China, which has stored them.  Imagine that? Why would the Biden Team want to help China and hurt America? Could it be the quest for both money and power? 

If we opened the drilling in ANWR, we would be producing oil that is not borrowed.  It would help solve much of our energy situation and open the door to bringing us back to energy independence and lower prices.  It would also give us time to research and develop alternative energy pursuits to make them reliable and affordable.  Additionally, it would provide fuel for decades and not be subjected to political whims and vote-buying schemes.

Opening the drilling in ANWR and reopening the Pipeline would boost the economy.  We know that the oil and gas industry affects every aspect of our economy.  If fuel costs escalate, as they now are, then the cost of goods and services soars, and jobs are lost.  We all pay for this misguided tactic by the Left.  Add to that equation the reality that drilling in ANWR would not tax the current infrastructure.  We would see robustness in the economy we had before Biden and can have again. 

Another inconsistent consistency is the drive by the followers of the liberal political philosophy to eradicate our borders.  Some of the players change, and their tactics change, but the agenda remains in place.  The false narrative that illegals are required because we are short of laborers is ludicrous.  The insane drive to pay $15-$20 per hour to flip hamburgers and the consequences of making it more profitable to sit on one’s derriere than to work is what has created any potential shortages of willing workers. 

Let me offer a few quotes from one of our Founders, Benjamin Franklin, which speak to our current situation.  He said, “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course, became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

Another Franklin quote that is succulent and germane is, “Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him.”  The apostle Paul declared in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 that if anyone was UNWILLING to work, that person should not be given sustenance.  If we make it more desirable to be lazy than to be industrious and work to provide for ourselves, we destroy lives and our republic. 

The continual drift from things moral and biblical in America has and will result in the deterioration of the family unit, ethics, morality, and reason.  If we push God out of our society, we invite the powers of darkness and from that stems the worst of the worst of man’s interaction with man.  We make our world far more dangerous and make preserving the Free Constitutional Republic difficult, if not impossible.

We must reject the willingness to be inconstant, formulate our personal and national views on rock-solid principles, and maintain them.  If we continue to allow politicians to manipulate and pervert our system of government, we will pay a price no society should endure.  Freedom is in the balance, and between now and November 2024 or January 2025, we must become involved and consistently keep pressure on the elected to follow the constitution.  Our failure will result in our destruction.

God bless you, and God bless America!

CONSERVATIVE or LIBERAL – What Is The Difference?


I have no illusions that I would ever be able to fully define the difference to change the minds of those following today’s current brand of toxic liberalism.  Working for a Bank, I learned that the best way to determine the counterfeit was to know the real so well that any flaw would stand out like a sore thumb.  I have learned in studying the Bible the value of understanding.

Therefore, my approach in this article will not be to fully define the difference between conservatism and liberalism but to highlight what conservatism is and hopefully extol its values.  If the term liberal, when referring to politics and modern ideology, were simply the desire to help people in the best way possible, I would not be opposed to it.  Sadly, the followers of today’s liberalism are not seeking the best good but control and desire to force everyone to comply with their agenda, definitions, and ideologies.  That negates the freedom of thought and speech and is counter to reason.  Making everyone the same will not solve the world’s problems.

I have heard some argue that Conservatives need to return to the fundamental principles of the Republican Party.  That may sound good, but when those advancing that idea are pressed to define and detail what they mean, they seldom have an answer.  Instead, I hear the rhetorical diatribe about mean tweets, harsh words, fighting back, and things associated with the MAGA movement. 

If returning to fundamental principles of the Republican Party means embracing the mindset of Romney, McCain, McConnell, Cornyn, and many others, they are suggesting a move toward liberalism and elitism, not conservatism.  The Republican and Democratic Parties are groupings that evolve and have morphed over time.  In contrast, core values, ideological stances, and philosophies tend to be more static and unchanging.  My core beliefs regarding the Bible do not change, and my commitment to conservatism has not waivered, and there are reasons why.

In today’s toxic world, we have observed our educational system and the philosophy of education transform into a political and ideological weapon seeking to brainwash entire generations.  Today we have schoolchildren of all ages being exposed to and indoctrinated through sexually explicit material. They are being taught to embrace the lifestyles and actions of drag queens, gender blending, sexual confusion, and the devaluing of the home and family.  The Bible has become a prime target of liberalism; if they could, they would outlaw any usage of the Bible anywhere.  Those who embrace the text and truth of God’s word are considered haters and deserving of eradication.

We have a plethora of misinformation and conflicting information medically that has crescendoed to the point that politicians seem unable to define what a woman or a man is.  Basic biology has been tossed aside, and scientific evidence through understanding chromosomes and DNA has been rewritten to embrace the politically correct.  The agenda advanced is antithetical to biblical reason, science, and common sense. 

Pornography is prevalent, and nothing is off-limits in advertising.  There is a concerted effort to make traditional marriage and family dinosaurs stripping society of its moral moorings.  Our economy has been shredded in the push for the advancement of the Green Energy ideology ignoring reality, science, and factual data available.  We are seeing policies that are plunging our republic into economic disaster, with hyperinflation being defined as the new normal rather than allowing the free market to work as designed.

Hate has become prevalent and accepted as righteous by far too many.  There is no justification for hate other than hatred of sin and the evil it produces in destroying lives.  Hating each other based on skin color, religious beliefs, sexual preference, or political views only brings more hate and destruction.  We have moved away from the ideal presented by our Founders of each person having inalienable rights, including the right to think, speak, and believe what we believe.

Russell Kirk has offered the view that conservatism is not an ideology but “a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order.”  That needs to be unpacked in more depth, and he outlined the core of political conservatism.  His view is worthy of consideration, and then we must develop and establish our own view of conservatism and/or liberalism.  Our core values will determine which camp we align ourselves with.

I will briefly list Kirk’s Ten Principles of Conservatism and move to my ultimate purpose in this article. 

  • Conservatives believe that there exists an enduring moral order.  That order is made for man, and man is made for it: human nature is constant, and moral truths are permanent.
  • Conservatives adhere to custom, convention, and continuity.
  • Conservatives believe in what may be called the principle of prescription.
  • Conservatives are guided by their principle of prudence.
  • Conservatives pay attention to the principle of variety.
  • Conservatives are chastened by their principle of imperfectability.
  • Conservatives uphold voluntary community, quite as they oppose involuntary collectivism.
  • Conservatives perceive the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passion.
  • Conservatives understand that a vigorous society must recognize and reconcile permanence and change.

That cannot be viewed as a codified dogma.  It is a springboard to deeply evaluate and reevaluate our principles and what the Republican Party should be and stand for.  If we are to achieve the victory that results in restoring Limited Government to the Republic, we must learn, as did Ronald Reagan, how to articulate our values so that people understand them and are swayed by them. 

I am not suggesting that the attack dog approach is good or bad, but if we alienate people before we can advance our views, desires, suggestions, and ideological positions, we have no chance of restoration.  The Book of Ecclesiastes says there is a time for everything.  Extrapolating the truth in that Book and the Bible, I believe there is a time to fight and a time to be silent.  Jesus demonstrated that principle powerfully in going into the Temple, tossing out the corruption, and in His complete silence before Pilate. 

We must know what we believe and why we believe it and learn to articulate those views.  We need to become committed to the cause of Freedom and examine the dangers of entitlement, the damage done by violating God’s primary design for humanity and ignoring the value of all lives and the need for people to think, have the ability to voice their views, and to live in freedom.  America has been a Great Nation largely because we embraced the Founders’ core values, which are rooted in the Bible and dedicated to the principle of individual freedom.

It is time to reexamine the founding principles that resulted in the formation of the Republic and recommit to those principles.  Freedom is not free but worth fighting for.  Censorship and forced compliance are not an example of freedom. It is the precursor to tyranny, despotism, and slavery.  I believe the only pathway to restoration is God and embracing the core principles of individual rights and the constitution.  I am a conservative because I believe in Freedom for Everyone, not just those of a particular ideology. 

God bless you, and God bless America!

AS THE WORLD TURNS and CHANGES, WE NEED TO REFLECT…


As I look at the current condition of our world, especially in America, I am troubled by what I see.  I believe that it can be and should be a positive thing to do deep introspection and carefully evaluate one’s own life and the world one lives in.  It is a worthwhile exercise to reexamine our ideology, life philosophy, spiritual condition, and worldview from time to time.  I do not mean meaningless thoughts that sometimes only lead to doubt and rejection, but to see clearly and enable one to adjust as needed and chart or rechart the course of their life.

As I contemplated this, I took a stroll through the annals of Roy Beaird’s history during this Christmas season.  That may not have any meaning for you, but as I share some of my chronological stories, hopefully, I can interject something worthwhile for us individually and the nation.  That may be a lofty objective too utopian to be practical, but I ask that you indulge me.

I have always been proud to be an American and, sometimes, doubly proud to be a Texan.  We native Texans tend to be quite proud of our state.  I have had times when I was a bit ashamed of our elected officials’ decisions regarding international and internal policies.  I have seen some politicians from my home state go to Washington and not proudly claim them or support them.  Their policies and ideological assertions were anathema to what I believed.  Some were incredibly corrupt, and some were misguided but not intentionally diabolical.  I won’t give a list of names; that would be counterproductive.

I grew up in rural East Texas on a small family farm.  We worked hard and played hard, not realizing that we were, as the phrase goes, ‘dirt poor.’  We never lacked food. We always had a warm and dry bed to sleep in.  We had parents who disciplined us, provided for us, and, most importantly, loved us.  They sought to teach us how to treat others, be grateful for what we had, not expect a free ride, and be patriotic.  Most of my formative years were in the 50s and 60s.  Times have certainly changed, and not all that change has been for the better.

We live in a world so full of hate that it is toxic and becoming dangerous to venture out, not knowing when some ideological crazy will go berserk or flip out when they know you disagree with their position morally, socially, politically, and even spiritually.  We had differences when I was progressing toward adulthood, but we did not feel that those who disagreed should be eradicated.  Today, eradicating those not of your ideological consortium seems the norm, not the exception.  That is tragic, and as I reflect on the Christmas season, it becomes even more antithetical to what and who we should be.

The Bible and our founding documents present the ideal of harmonious living in a peaceful society by recognizing and allowing the individual’s inalienable rights to be enjoyed, pursued, and protected.  Today’s political rhetoric and the actions of various activists are producing more infringement on those rights and pitting groups against each other in a cauldron of hate that the future of America often seems bleak.  Why and How this became the current reality are answerable but complex.  Although I have some theories, I will not attempt to answer those philosophical questions.

When I graduated from high school in May of 1965, I was an energetic eighteen-year-old seeking to make his mark on life.  I had visions of grandeur and, in some ways, felt ten feet tall and bulletproof.  I was, in my mind, wiser than my parents and teachers, and even my peers.  Was that reality?  Of course not, but it was my perception and was the reason for many of the decisions I made.

In October of that year, I answered the call of Uncle Sam and headed to boot camp and then, as fate would have it, to Vietnam in 1967.  I have no desire to rehash or relive the events of that time in that country, but I reflect on something that caused me to appreciate home, family, America, and Christmas.  I had views politically, but they were not solidified as they are today. 

In 1966, my first Christmas away from home and family found me aboard a Navy ship off the coast of Acapulco.  No, I did not get to go to that tourist delight, but I was miles offshore heading to San Diego, California, for embarkation to the Republic of Vietnam.  As I stood on deck and observed the lights of that harbor, although I was with many others, I became incredibly lonely and asked myself, “What is the meaning of all this?”  Even before reaching Vietnam, I had concluded that we were engaged in more of a political war driven by money than genuine concern about the freedom of the South Vietnamese people.  I am neither anti-war nor anti-the Vietnam War, but my suspicions were confirmed.  Christmas in a crowd but alone somewhat describes how many feel today in our unrest.

The following Christmas, 1967, was spent preparing to return home for my exit from the military and return to civil life and home.  Again, I was with many others, yet the incredible loneliness overwhelmed me, and I wondered, “What is the meaning of all this?”  I was trending more and more toward conservatism politically and became an adamant supporter of our Inalienable Rights.  In the military, Freedom of Speech is not always allowed.  You could think it, but you had better choose the time and place to say it. 

I floundered in life after returning home and found adjusting to civilian life difficult.  Few, if any, knew the inner turmoil inside my heart and mind.  I did not want my family to be burdened with my unrest, although I’m sure they saw some of it.  I contemplated a return to the military and even talked to a recruiter.  I attended college with the aspiration of advancing in the organization in which I was working.  My brother was advancing, and I envisioned a similar path.  But the unrest continued to grow.  Looking back, I was dissatisfied because of my spiritual void and because the America I believed I knew as a teenager was disappearing, which troubled me.

Through a series of events and some incredibly loving and determined people, I accepted Jesus as my Savior, which changed my worldview.  For the first time in my life, I could see reason and purpose for my life.  I saw the need for voices of warning and encouragement to be present in America.  I did not enter politics, and I’m not unhappy with that decision.  I entered the ministry, and I genuinely believe that I have had a greater impact than as a single voice in the political world.  I learned to love genuinely for arguably the first time in my life. 

What is my point?  In the late 1960s, I still saw a world and an America that could disagree without becoming violent.  I saw political parties as polar opposites, yet willing to allow the other side to voice an opinion and present their plan to the public for ratification or rejection. Today, that world no longer exists.  If you stand for the Bible, Family, moral rightness, honesty, integrity, and earning your way, you are deemed by many as unworthy of breathing the air of our atmosphere.  That is not relegated to one side of the political aisle.  Hate has become the acceptable norm; some even turn on you if you do not voice their hatred, although they agree with the direction the nation needs to pursue. 

What is my point?  Christmas is the celebration of Love!  The very celebration of the birth of Jesus has at its heart Love.  God’s love for humanity, our love for God and others.  If we would allow God to touch our hearts and realize that everyone doesn’t need to agree or hold exact ideological positions.  Rather it is needful that we defend the right to believe what we believe but refuse to allow hate to rule in our hearts.  Hate precludes any hope of finding a peaceful and workable solution to any problem.  Hate seeks to destroy, whereas Love seeks to reconcile. 

America, at this Christmas season, it is my prayer that we pause in our ideological wars and reflect on what America and we should be.  We may never attain the condition in America we hope for, but we are doomed to fail if we do not stop hating.  I hate sin but refuse to hate people.  They are creations of God, and I will never cease praying for their salvation.  The fix for America is in people, not politics.  The fix for people is in God, not ideological agendas.  Therefore, at this Christmas season, I say, “Merry Christmas, and may God’s Peace be realized on Earth.” 

God bless you, and God bless America!

CHRISTMAS, ADVENT, AMERICA, FREEDOM, and MORE…


I am unashamedly a Christian, a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a conservative, a constitutionalist, a Vietnam veteran, and a lover of Freedom.  Therefore, when I write about political things, I frequently include the biblical as the foundation for my observations and opinions.  Some find that refreshing, and some find it akin to fingernails on the chalkboard.  I do not ask that everyone agree with my views, only that I will be granted the opportunity and freedom to express them without censorship.  I desire that for those on the Left and those on the Right. 

There are Christians who celebrate Christmas and those who do not.  The reasons for celebrating or not celebrating are varied. I do not wish to engage in a debate on that front.  I am concerned about America and the world and the obvious drift or shift from our traditional moral moorings to a more humanistic and godless position. That shift has dramatically damaged the pillars of freedom recognized by our founders.  I believe they understand the value and indispensableness of God’s providence in securing Freedom as a republic. 

We sing many Christmas carols or songs at this time of the year.  Some of them may not have initially been intended to be included in the caroling season of the Christmas celebration.  One, in particular, has been written not as a Christmas song but as a plea for Freedom and Justice.  I will give a brief explanation in the paragraphs to follow. 

We sing “Silent Night,” a beautiful reminder of the night of Jesus’ birth and the meaning of that event.  We sing “It’s A Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to illustrate the Joy that overflows in many hearts this season.  We sing “Joy to the World,” a powerful and beautiful song.  However, it seems that Isaac Watts did not pen this song as a Christmas song.

For much of the Christian world, the first Sunday in December marks the first day of Advent, the four weeks preceding Christmas.  Many use that time as a period of introspection and reflection on their lives and relationship with the Savior.  For some, it is a period of intense longing and even repentance.  It is designed to be a time for people to prepare their hearts for the coming Messiah by reemphasizing why we need a Savior.  We look to the event on Christmas, the birth of Jesus, as the day when Hope comes to mankind in a tangible way.

There was a time when Christians spent time fasting during this season as they sought to right their hearts, lives, and attitudes linking them with God in total surrender.  Today, fasting has given way to feasting, and rather than seeking to unite with God; many seek their own desires.  In today’s world, often reflected in politics, the desire is wealth and power.  Thus, the reason for the season is lost or takes a backseat to self and self-centeredness.  Politicians seek power.  Citizens seek personal prosperity.  The season has become a commercial segway to the next opportunity for entrepreneurial endeavors.

In the 18th century, when Isaac Watts served as pastor of a local congregation, he was very much a nonconformist in London.  He and those following him and those of like ideology and conviction were longing desperately for goodness to prevail and justice to reign in human hearts as well as human governments.  That longing inspired Watts to write “Joy to the World.

It is important to remember that religious freedom was not allowed during Watt’s day, as we have enjoyed it in more modern times.  The established church and the government disallowed the ability to follow one’s conscience and worship God according to the dictates of their heart.  There existed a rigidity that dictated what acceptable thought, speech, and patterns of worship were.  Some religious hierarchies and the federal government seek that condition in this modern world.  Thus, we, too, long for goodness to prevail, hate to dissipate, and justice to become a norm.  It is not just at Christmas that this is needed but throughout the year.

Isaac Watts was a brilliant man, but because he was not part of the authorized, established, and recognized church, he could not attend Oxford or Cambridge.  He penned his song based on Psalm 98 and from a broken heart as he longed for true freedom, religiously, socially, and politically to prevail.  He saw the devolution of the human heart and longed for God’s restoration.

You know the words well:

Joy to the world!  The Lord is come.

Let Earth receive her King.

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And heaven and nature sing,

And heaven and nature sing,

And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

The Psalm reveals that all creation sings or will sing praises to the true King, the Creator of all things, the Living God!  He used beautiful poetic language describing the rivers clapping their hands and the mountains singing.  The earth was joyous because the King of all Creation was a good, righteous, honorable, and just ruler.  He rules “in righteousness and the people with equity.”  What a thought and reality that is absent from human governments and too many hearts today. 

That was the theme of his final verse:

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His Love,

And wonders, wonders, of His Love.

If we open our eyes, we see a world in chaos and disorder on virtually every front.  If we open our hearts, we realize the absence of love that is so powerful that it quells argument and hate.  If we open our spirits, we realize that we need something far more significant than ourselves and our ability; we need God.  The world is broken, and the only fix is a return to God and embracing the real reason for Christmas. 

“Joy to the World” and many other songs we sing at this time of the year focus on Hope!  Not the hope that comes through human ability, intelligence, creativity, or labor.  It is the Hope that is only found in the Peace of God.  This hope cannot come through human kings or rulers.  It is found only in God; if we look back to the event of Advent and the birth of Jesus, we can Hope again.

I pray that all of us will pause in our political wranglings and arguments and reflect on humanity’s greatest need, Jesus and Salvation! We will never be enough, do enough, or know enough to bring peace to this world. That peace can only come through the Prince of Peace. 

I pray that as we sing Christmas songs or carols when we come to Joy to the World, we will reflect on the need for moral sanity and godliness and seek the only true source of Peace – Jesus!  

MERRY CHRISTMAS!   I pray that your celebrations will be joyous, and as you enter the New Year, you will discover the power and place of Love and enjoy the Peace of God that surpasses all human understanding.  Instead of hating those who disagree, let’s seek to demonstrate the Love of God, and then Christmas can be extended to the entire year.

God bless you, and God bless America!

CHRISTMAS MIRACLES IN TIME OF WAR…


I have long been fascinated with the many stories of miracles during the Christmas season in our American wars.  I know what it is like to be away from home at Christmas during the war.  I know the loneliness and the longing to be with family, and although you were with your band of brothers, you found yourself filled with emptiness and a void they could not fill.  But that is life in the warzone, and you battle through it.

The eight years of the Revolutionary War have more stories than one could relate to or even know.  However, the Christmas Miracle of General George Washington’s troops stands out.  It was, possibly, the defining moment in the war that paved the way for the unthinkable victory by the undermanned and under-equipped colonists. 

Christmas was not widely celebrated during the Revolutionary period due to the Puritanical ban, but some had become more open to the celebration.  One colonist recorded in his diary some interesting thoughts regarding Christmas.  On Christmas Eve in 1775, from Staunton, Virginia, he described the pastimes of the holiday celebration.  He said, “The evening I spent at Mr. Guys. I sang for an hour, at the good people’s desire, Mr. Watt’s admirable hymns.  I myself was entertained; I felt myself improved. So much love to Jesus is set forth so much divine exercise.”  That is truly what the Christmas focus should be, Jesus, not simply His birth but the entire journey of bringing salvation to man.

December played a crucial role in the war effort on numerous occasions.  The Congress established the Navy in November 1775, and in December, King George III issued his royal proclamation closing the American colonies to all commerce and trade.  That edict was to be implemented in March 1776.  It was also in December that Congress learned that France might be willing to aid the colonist in the war with Britain.

In early December 1776, the British captured the naval base at Newport, Rhode Island, and then on the 11th of December, Washington’s daring crossing of Delaware took place.  On December 25, 1776, General Washington conducted his infamous surprise raid on the 1500 British Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey.  The battle lasted only about an hour, with the Hessians surrendering and a thousand enemy troops captured.

It was Christmas in 1783 when General Washington chose to step down as the formal head of the Continental Army.  The peace treaty had been signed in November, and Washington longed to go home to private life.  In a measure, that too was a miracle because Washington was so revered that he could have remained as the head of the Army and become King of America. Still, his heart was for Freedom, and he rejected the idea of an American monarchy.  

In a very real way, Christmas brought us the Prince of Peace and the freedom to worship Him in the manner we choose as a free nation.  The fight for individual freedom and liberty was the prize sought and, if you will, the gift given to America at Christmas.

Christmas has played a role in the time of war. In World War I, we find the story of the Christmas Truce.  On Christmas Eve at around 4 PM, the soldiers were in the trenches waiting to be relieved after dark.  Suddenly, they heard singing and merriment and were surprised.  News slowly filtered down the line that the German and English officers had agreed to a truce and began giving each other a concert. Lance Corporal R.S. Coulson of the London Rifle Brigade wrote to his mother that they sang every song they could think of.  A bonfire was lit, and everyone walked about as though they were at a picnic. 

On Christmas Day, the men and officers entered each other’s trenches and exchanged smokes and souvenirs.  Some tried to arrange a football game between the opposing forces.  During the truce, both sides were able to retrieve their casualties.  The Germans brought the dead English troops from some of the houses near their trenches.  It was tranquil and unthinkable that such an event could transpire.

German newspapers picked up the story and pointed out the dangers of fraternization. An order was issued that no future such event was allowable, and any violation would be considered high treason.  War is not a sport, but this heartwarming story reveals the humanity of the men with boots on the ground on both sides.  The men in the trenches were not the men in Hitler’s headquarters seeking to dominate the world.  They were doing what they were told and movingly celebrated Christmas.

Looking back through the annals of history, I find some interesting events that transpired on Christmas Day. 

  • On Christmas Day, 800 AD, Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne “emperor of the Romans” at St. Peter’s Basilica. 
  • On Christmas Day, 1066 AD, William the Conqueror was crowned king of England. 
  • On Christmas Day, 1776, General George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River. 
  • Christmas Day 1814 The Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812. 
  • Christmas Day, 1868, President Andrew Jackson issued the final pardon to Confederate soldiers. 
  • Christmas 1914 was the WW I Christmas Truce. 
  • Then, on Christmas Eve, 1968, Apollo 8 entered the moon’s orbit. 

A broadcast aired with the three astronauts Borman, Lovell, and Anders reading the opening lines from Genesis and ended with the famous line, “Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the good earth.”  Today that would be disallowed, and the astronauts vilified.

My blog today is focused on Christmas, and I hope these simple recounts of history reveal that there is hope for mankind.  There is hope when we focus on something higher than ourselves, politics, and our differences.  There is hope when we allow the love of God to be superimposed on our human hearts.  If we could see the incredibleness of God’s Gift to mankind through the birth, life, death, resurrection, and soon return of Jesus, we would find the path to peace. 

So, I say, MERRY CHRISTMAS, and may the Love and Peace of God fill your heart, home, and life this Christmas Season and every day of the coming year.  We are more than our differences if we will embrace God’s incredible love and forgiveness.

God bless you, and God bless America!