WHEN THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND…


BLOG POST 1 - Blind Lead the Blind

What happens when that happens?  Well, the Bible says that they both fall in the ditch.  I do not believe it unfair to compare the way the DOJ and FBI have looked at the corruption and criminality on the part of the Obama administration, the Clinton camp and others and the way they have doggedly gone after Trump and his associates with BLINDNESS.  More aptly would be WILLING BLINDNESS and PARTISAN CORRUPTION at the highest levels of those entities, agencies, and arms of government.  Let me be perfectly clear and avow adamantly, “I DO NOT believe that everyone within the DOJ or the FBI are corrupt Democrat political hacks.”  Sadly, many are but I do not lump all of them in the same basket or category.  I support Law Enforcement and want to see my nation restored to her rightful place as the Constitutional Republic guided by the Rule of Law and a distancing ourselves from the moral turpitude apparent today.  Unfortunately, and shamefully, some of those at the top of the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and other government agencies or bureaucracies are exposing themselves as partisan hacks.  Their partisan nakedness cannot be missed by anyone not blind and even the blind would sense the naked exposure being revealed in D.C.

Former Obama State Department official Jonathan Winer has confessed and confirmed that he passed along a dossier from Clinton operatives to the supposed author of the infamous Trump/Russia dossier.  He received a report from the Clinton campaign and forwarded it to Christopher Steele in the Fall of 2016.  That negates Hillary’s claim that she was Sgt. Schultz and KNEW NOTHING about the dossier.  She knew and she knows but thus far is walking free of investigation or charges of criminality.  I suppose we should have expected that due to the WILLING BLINDNESS of the FBI, DOJ, and State Department regarding her involvement.  They were, apparently, seeking to protect the heir-apparent to the White House and took great steps to do so.  Winer met with Steele in the summer of 2016 and Steele told him that he had learned of “disturbing information” regarding the possible ties between Donald Trump, his campaign, and senior Russian officials.  Winer reviewed Steele’s information and passed it along to the State Department.  Quite noble, right?  Hardly, because he had to know that the information was unverifiable, undocumented, and likely a concoction of the mind of another Trump hater.  He was being a good soldier for the Leftist and seeking any means possible to damage Trump and ensure a victory for Hillary and the Democrats.

Winer then just happened to run across an old friend and long-time Clinton operative, Sidney Blumenthal.  What a wonderful coincidence, right?  I guess, but coincidence and convenience seem to run rampant in the Clinton camp, don’t they?  He and Blumenthal discussed the Steele report and that means that Blumenthal knew about the dossier as early as September 2016.  That would further negate Hillary’s Sgt. Schultz defense that she KNEW NOTHING and only found out about the dossier in January 2017.  Blumenthal then gave Winer notes from a journalist that Winer said he was unfamiliar with.  That journalist was none other than Cody Shearer who is well known by the Clintons and their team.  The Shearer notes supposedly corroborated Steele’s dossier.  Seriously!  Where was the verification?  What sources were used?  Where is the paper trail and documentation?  It is conveniently absent from the notes and information provided.  Winer took Shearer’s dossier, which was more concoction than fact, and passed it along to Steele to incorporate in his work of fiction.  Winer passed on writing the document himself. It is my view that he did so in an attempt to have some shred of plausible denial and engaging in CYA.

Dick Morris, a man that probably knows Bill Clinton as well as anyone on the planet, has characterized Cody Shearer, the man allegedly behind the second Trump/Russia dossier, as one of Clinton’s GO-TO-GUYS for Dirty Tricks.  Hey, why not go to a prolific purveyor of slime and fabrication when the battle get’s hot?  That’s the Clinton modus operandi and the Clinton way!  Morris said, that Shearer was the operative that Hillary ALWAYS used.  Shearer was the operative that harassed and intimidated Clinton’s accuser, Kathleen Wiley and frightened her into silence.  He was the one who produced and peddled the highly suspect story in 1992 that a felon sold illegal drugs to Vice President Dan Quayle.  He also circulated reports of drunken and inappropriate behavior by former Senator John Tower in order to prevent him from becoming the Secretary of Defense.  Shearer has a long history of digging up or manufacturing dirt to be used against any Clinton opponent.

It has been suggested that Hillary choose Fusion GPS to float her accusations against Donald Trump because she needed someone more credible than Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer.  The Clinton camp and the DNC went into action using intermediaries in financing the Steele dossier while working diligently to keep their fingerprints off the work.  They wanted it to appear as intelligence gathering rather than opposition research. Shearer, reportedly, used what can accurately be described as LAUNDERING to ensure that his information had the appearance of coming from clean and legitimate sources rather than simply being political dirty tricks.  Shearer gave his information to Blumenthal who passed it along to the State Department, the Department that Hillary had led.  The State Department, apparently, passed that information along to Steele, who handed it over to the FBI.  What a nice chain of events and so helpful for Hillary and the Democrats, right?  The FBI then used the unsubstantiated dossier to obtain warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to spy on Trump and his team.  They claimed it came from a respected foreign intelligence officer and allowed the State Department and FBI to present a more lasting impression than had they admitted it came from the likes of Shearer or Blumenthal.  Heaven forbid they should be honest in their actions, after all, the Deep State operatives and Swamp denizens must protect their own at all costs, right?

The Grassley-Graham memo confirms a report from Steele that his company received the report from a person in the State Department. The memo also confirms that the Clinton camp funded the Steele dossier and her operatives and associates were contemporaneously funneling the allegations of Christopher Steele to various sources, including the media in leaks.  That is troubling and possibly if not probably criminal.  It is entirely possible that Blumenthal and Shearer developed and wrote the lion’s share of the Steele dossier and used Steele as the intermediary to make it public.  Steele was possibly used to hide the shady and corrupt political dirty dealings of the Democrats and Hillary Clinton.

It is my personal view that if we do not somehow restore SIGHTEDNESS to Congress, the FBI, the DOJ, the State Department, and most other government agencies we will witness the TOTAL DISMANTLING of our system of government.  Is that what Barack Hussein Obama was promising when he vowed to “fundamentally transform” America?  When the Blind lead the Blind in politics and government, they not only fall into the ditch, but they jeopardize our Freedoms and Liberties as a people.  We are nearing the mid-term elections and if we fail to oust the guilty, corrupt, and complicit in these types of cover-ups we will push the Republic to the brink of extinction and endanger our Constitutional Rights, Freedoms, and Liberties.  We must find and elect officials who will HONOR the Constitution, PROTECT and DEFEND it and FOLLOW the Rule of Law.  That is not optional it is mandatory for our survival as a Free Republic.  We must find people who believe in LIMITED GOVERNMENT as opposed to the monstrosity now in existence.  We must find officials who will support and enact LIMITED SPENDING and who will LOWER THE NATIONAL DEBT rather than do what McConnel and Schumer imposed upon us in the name of bipartisanship.  AMERICA, it is up to us to take back our government.  I pray that you remember this in November and between now and then will pray, pray, pray and work, work, work to ensure victory for America in November.

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

 

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AMERICA – Have We Opened Pandora’s Box?


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I had a friend chide me recently over my concern over the conditions in American Politics and Society.  He said, “People are basically good and we will survive this so don’t be overly concerned with the current direction things will get better.”  I have a problem with several parts of his hypothesis and the first being that people are ‘basically good’.  I do not find that consistent with my understanding of Scripture or my experience in 45-plus years dealing with people on a spiritual level.  Jeremiah warned in Jeremiah 17:9 that the heart of man was ‘deceitful and desperately wicked.’ 

I genuinely wish I could see a world that is getting better but I see a vastly different world as I attempt to honestly review this present world in America and around the globe.  Paul warned Timothy and those who would hear in 2 Timothy 3:1 that ‘perilous times’ were coming and as I study Scripture and view the direction of our world, nation, and society, as a whole, I see TROUBLE, not PEACE coming to our world.

The gradual and now not so gradual erosion of our Constitutional Rights and Liberties, as well as the wearing away the moral moorings nudging our world toward chaos, anarchy, and war, does not encourage.  China’s Sun Tzu once said, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”  Former Defense Intelligence Agency Directory Lt. General Michael Flynn warned us that ISIS and other factions of Islam identified as ‘radical’ had doubled in size during this administration.  Yet our former president continually lectured America and the world that we dare not condemn radical Islam because of the Crusades.  He also argued that ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other factions are not Islam therefore not truly Muslim and to connect them to Islam is to suffer from Islamophobia.  General Flynn said accurately, “We need a much broader strategy that recognizes that we’re fighting not just this tactical problem of ISIS in Iraq and Syria… but we’re facing a growing and expanding threat around the world in some case.  You can’t defeat an enemy that you don’t admit exists.”  That is absolutely true!

To deny the real problem is to place ourselves in a position to be overcome and overrun eventually.  We are facing enemies who do not play by the rules, do not care about our political rhetoric and only want to defeat and destroy everything and anything not in harmony with their views.  The refusal to recognize, identify and define the enemy we are facing is to guarantee inability to defeat that enemy and could ultimately mean our subjection to them.  I find that UNACCEPTABLE!  Rather than carefully and soberly addressing our real threats we have a Democrat Party and the MSM on a 24/7/365 assault on Donald J. Trump and desirous to “take him down” or “take him out” at all costs.

The issue of same-sex marriage goes far beyond the ideological view of legitimatizing marriage for that group of individuals.  I realize that some in Christendom disagree as to what the Bible teaches regarding that lifestyle and others reject the biblical stance totally.  If we consider the problems the SCOTUS ruling presents we can see issues that are incredibly far reaching.  The homosexual community and supporters have argued that marriage is a right and that opens the door to polygamy and even incestuous marriages and Justice Roberts’ dissent gave a warning that is likely prophetic.  We already see lawsuits being levied advancing the idea of the right to polygamy and other issues of marriage.  Maybe one could marry themselves and then claim an additional dependent on their taxes.

I read recently that a known pedophile threatened to sue using the argument from the homosexual community that young children should be encouraged to express their sexual orientation and participate in Gay Pride Parades, etc.  The pedophile argued that children should be allowed and encouraged in the same manner regarding pornography and sexual activity.  Have we created an undefeatable monster with today’s Progressive, Liberal, and Leftist Politically Correct World?  Have we opened Pandora’s Box and rendered America so depraved that there is no societal morality any longer?

In allowing vocal groups that are a small minority in society control the dialogue and determine what is allowable we are inviting sure and certain destruction.  When we allow ourselves to become virtual slaves of Political Correctness we edge nearer and neared the abyss of destruction.  We have an enemy and that enemy is, too often, us if we allow our nation to ignore right, call good evil and evil good, evict God from our political, economic and interpersonal lives we sign our own death warrant.

Politics cannot be ignored or eliminated from our lives and Christian or not if a safe world that your children and grandchildren can grow up and live in and maintain the Free Constitutional Republic is important to you ELECTIONS and POLITICS MATTER.  It is more than just getting your candidate nominated it is DEFEATING EVIL.  You cannot defeat evil by refusing to participate in the fight against it.  You cannot defeat evil by withdrawing when you don’t get your way.  You defeat evil with good and UNLESS we come together and fight.  A few of us in the fight will not win the war!

God, bless you and God bless America!

 

 

SENSELESS VIOLENCE AND OUR SOCIETY…


Blog Post  - Violence

I realize that I may draw the ire of some by what I am about to say but while I am deeply saddened and outraged by what happened in Charleston, SC at the AME Church I have some observations about society, the focus and the outcome.  There is NO JUSTIFICATION or EXUSE for what this deranged and evil individual did killing 9 people and forever traumatizing others.  This was an act of terrorism and he should be treated as harshly as possible under the law.  What I am going to say is not a justification, excuse or even attempt to divert attention from that horrific situation.

I am disturbed by the selective media coverage of situations like this and the politicization that always accompanies it.  The virtual absence of this kind of coverage in the myriad of crimes where black, whites, Hispanic or Asians are slaughtered that do not afford a vehicle for politicization is disturbing.  I support the reporting of this situation and am heartbroken for those affected so I tread softly not wanting to appear calloused or insensitive for I am outraged.  The fact that the man chose a church suggests that he not only wanted to kill those people but make a conscious decision to go to a church where the likelihood of armed resistance would be lower.  He had a problem with blacks and possibly with Christians as well.  I do know that his crime is reprehensible.

Recently in the Bronx four thugs, who were black, beat down and slashed the face of a 19 year old victim.  West Detroit Shooting at a basketball court where 9 or 10 were wounded and witnesses are not cooperating with the authorities.  There are numerous crimes in which whites attacked blacks, blacks attacked whites, and events involving various ethnicities.  Most get little notice and especially if it is black on black, Hispanic on Hispanic, Asian on Asian or white on white.  The events that get the most play in the media and most vocal input from politicians is when a white person commits and act of mass violence or a black is the victim.  That presents a problem for me and many in today’s world because, in my view, it shifts the focus from the problem to the political opportunities afforded. Evil is evil no matter the color of the skin of the one committing the act.

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            Am I saying that politicians are cold-hearted and calloused individuals that place ideology and agenda above human lives?  I wish I could say unequivocally no, but I cannot and the philosophy of never allowing a crisis go to waste is too visible too often.  Even in this most recent incident Mr. Obama used it as an opportunity to promote ‘gun control’ as he has are many others.  He has been amazingly silent on Christians in the Middle East beheaded by Islamic jihadist but quickly speaks out in something he can use to promote an agenda or ideology.

When something like this happens and we do not band together as a society condemning the act(s) and the individual(s) involved  we are polarizing race relations and we fail as a society.  Acts of terror do not require politicization to be combated.  They need us to come together and combat senseless acts of evil and seize the opportunity to teach our children that ALL LIVES MATTER promoting a colorless world as much as possible.  When something like this happens and the immediate response is to lump all of the race of the perpetrator as the problem we are not moving to a solution but an escalation of the problem and therein is the problem for me.

I can only imagine the pain of those in the AME church where the horrific act took place. I can only imagine the anger, confusion and frustration.  When we are wounded and in pain emotionally or physically we are much more prone to lash out and retaliate and when we do rather the problem becomes more pronounced and solutions further from view.  Any crime borne out of bias, prejudice or hatred regardless of the source is to be condemned in the most straightforward manner offering no justification.  I cannot ignore this any more than I can ignore 9/11 or the Boston Bombings or any other act of terror.  My plea is that we not allow this or any occurrence or series of occurrences become stimuli of hatred and bear fruit in future similar occurrences.

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            As a society and as those who are people of faith we must condemn this type of act whether it is white on black, black on white, any ethnicity on any ethnicity or crimes such as are daily in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Dallas Houston, Los Angeles or any other city in our land.   If we are to stem the tide of evil we must combat it with godly moral principles and resist the temptation to lash out.  More government control on guns or most any other issue will not solve the problem this must come from our civic, religious, political and educational leaders as well as from parents.  I still believe the directive of Scripture that if we ‘train up our children in the way they should go (live) when they are old they will not depart from it.’  If we want to solve this type of problem in our society we must accept responsibility to deal with it now to the full extent of the law and instill in the hearts of future generations that all people regardless of skin color are human beings and matter.  The white man is not the black man’s problem nor is the black man the white man’s problem.  A black woman called Sista Solove said on camera outside the AME church that “all crackers or mentally ill and urged blacks to kill all crackers”.  Is that being blasted by the president, media and left? NO!  We have a problem and that problem is selfishness, bigotry, hatred, bias and prejudice.  These have replaced personal pride, ingenuity, respect for others and closed fists are replacing open hands.

So my heart and prayers continue for those in South Carolina and my call is for everyone to search our own hearts and ask God to help us become the people we want others to be. 

           May God bless you and may God bless America!

 

THE SHADOW AND HAND OF SAUL ALINSKY IN AMERICA TODAY….


Blog Post - Saul Alynsky    I would venture to say that few, if any, have rivaled the impact that Saul Alinsky has had on American politics especially those on the left.  He, like the Fabian Socialist, was confident of victory and astoundingly patient understanding that the implementation and adoption of his ideology would not be quick.  They and their disciples, like nature cutting a path through a mountain persist in the never ending pursuit of the brass ring of the destruction of Capitalism, America and any nation that even remotely follows any democratic form of government.

The two most prolific disciples of Saul Alinsky in America politics today are Barack H. Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.  One is president and the other desires to be.  The disaster of the Obama presidency should be enough to send up red flags over a possible Hillary presidency.  Bill Clinton was a politician who changed his stripes to maintain power but did not overtly seek to overthrow the American system.  That is not the case with Barack Obama nor would it be under a President Hillary Clinton.  She would not only continue Obama’s course but press it further to the left stripping the constitution of its power, relegating Congress to meaningless figureheads, and pollute the courts with their ideologues as appointees.  America may survive eight years of Obama but it cannot survive even four more years under Clinton.  WE MUST STOP THIS NOW!

Blog Post - Alinsky Disciple HillarySaul Alinsky was not just a socialist and anti-capitalist but a devious driven man willing to do ANYTHING to achieve his objective, the destruction of the American System.  He was a native of Chicago (where else).  He taught his disciples that their course of action was to infiltrate and change from within the system and that meant infiltrating churches, schools, and political parties.  His followers have done all three with amazing effectiveness and still many have no clue who Alinsky was and what his disciples truly believe and desire.

Saul Alinsky formed an alliance with influential Catholic clerics including Bishop Bernard Sheil.  He associated and formed a friendship with Al Capone’s second-in-command Frank Nitti which afforded him power and immunity on many levels.  Alinsky developed supporters and funders with names like Eugene Meyer, Chairman of the Federal Reserve 1930-33 and owned the Washington Post giving Alinsky positive press.  In fact President Truman fell prey to this propaganda when Agnes Meyer wrote a six-part series praising Alinsky for his work in the Chicago slums.

Blog Post - Alinsky and LBJHe infiltrated the Democrat Party even more powerfully under LBJ, became friends and allies with Senator Robert Kennedy via Hugo Chavez.  He recruited a high school student named Hillary Rodham who met him through her church group and they remained fast friends until Alinsky’s death in 1972.  Her senior thesis at Wellesley was about the Alinsky model and methods.  Saul Alinsky was so confident in his ability to persuade that he once claimed, “I feel confident that I could persuade a millionaire on a Friday to subsidize a revolution for Saturday out of which he would make a huge profit on Sunday even though he was certain to be executed on Monday.”    

            We dare not forget Alinsky’s commentLest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to now where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”  (Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals)

Blog Post - Obama Alinksy DiscipleBarack Obama was trained by the Industrial Areas Foundation (an Alinsky entity) and was a community organizer teaching the Alinsky methods in Chicago for four years.  He like Alinsky and Clinton believe and practice camouflage.  They hide what they are doing and work behind the scenes even using distractions to divert attention and scrutiny for their real efforts.  We are witnessing that today and it will not dissipate under Hillary but escalate.  Their desired objective is the complete dismantling and replacement of the Constitutional System that America was founded upon and operates.  When Obama was criticized in his early career for not attending church he found the most radical and racist congregation he could find under Jeremiah Wright and began attending.

If we are to salvage America as a Constitutional Republic and wrest power from the hands of the despots and ideologues who want to ‘fundamentally transform’ her from what she was designed to be into something other than a Constitutional Republic WE MUST BECOME INVOLVED.   Chide me if you will and tell me that nothing we do matters and I will say, ‘Tell that to the colonist in 1776’ and ‘Tell that to the nation of Israel in their continual struggles to survive.’  NO, what we do matters and the only hope we have of saving America is ACTION.

May God help us, bless us, guide us, and may He bless America again!

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21st CENTURY AMERICA


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            I lived more than half of the 20th century, growing up during the sexual revolution, and hippies.  I am a veteran of the Vietnam War or conflict whichever you choose, for those of us there it was war.  I watched the Civil Rights Movement the Kennedy assignation and many other things some good and some not so good in the past century.  As the 21st century blossomed on the horizon we had the horrendous events of 9/11, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq not to mention the other conflicts that have erupted around the globe.  We’ve seen numerous mass shootings, some from deranged individuals and one at Fort Hood, Texas where a Muslim extremist murdered a host of people and wounded others.  Now, we have the latest terrorist act in Boston with the murder of three and the wounding of over 170 others.  Our world has changed dramatically since I discovered America before the mid-point of the last century.

             When I was growing up in rural East Texas hardly anyone locked the doors to their homes or the automobiles and there was little concern about theft.  Neighbors watched out for each other, knew each other, and helped each other unlike today where people live in communities and barely know their next door neighbors much less watch out for them and help them.  In the public schools that we attended the teachers were able to administer corporal punishment and if they called the parents about an issue the parents did not automatically take a defensive posture against the school and threaten lawsuits.  Truthfully, if disciplined at school I received even more discipline when I got home.  My parents informed us that misbehavior would not be tolerated and would be practiced with a severe penalty and I managed to discover first hand that they meant it.

             We grew up poor by most standards but never considered ourselves disadvantaged because of the work ethic and pride of our parents and grandparents.  They, as did most, believed that you should earn what you received.  I’m not saying that everyone on government subsistence today has no work ethic or pride but many do not.  Some have become professional, career welfare recipients and have raised a generation or two of the same and it is destroying this nation and propelling us into a condition that spells doom.

             Vietnam was not a popular war and I won’t get into the merits or demerits of that war but it happened and in my community in the 60’s to have burned my draft card or dodged the draft would have resulted in my being estranged from my family and ostracized in my community.  Patriotism was very high and many in that era had either served in WW II, Korea or both and when the nation called they would not understand refusing to serve.  I saw action and had friends wounded and knew people who did not make it home.  I realized soon after arriving in country that we were not really there with the commitment on the part of our government to win the war and although that was deeply troubling I continued to do my job as best I could in the interest of staying alive and keeping as many of my fellow warriors alive.  I fought because my country asked me to and my fellow members of the armed services needed me to do my job.  Today’s mindset is completely different on the part of the public regarding serving in the military and our commitment in various conflicts or wars.  Since WWII this nation has not shown the commitment to finish the job and possibly never will and that is a dramatic difference in the second half of the 20th century and is increasing in the 21st century.  We live in a very different world.

             In the 20th century the world either respected or feared America today few respect us and almost no one fears us and that has dramatically increased over the past four years.  I thought after 9/11 that we were going to turn the corner as a nation and have the cohesiveness that would be long-lasting and become the America that I grew up in again but just a few years later we have demonstrated that was not to be.  We have a border that is so porous that almost anyone at any time can enter this nation. It is amazing that we have not experienced more terrorism than we have.  I realize that the two identified in Boston had lived there for years and were influenced by extremist around the world from all reports.  In our 21st century politically correct world one cannot identify the source of terrorism without being labeled as a bigot, racist, or something equally derogatory and hurtful.  It is a changed world and on that front, not for the better.

             It is true that one could live with little fear or apprehension in the early second half of the 20th century that is not the case in 21st century America.  We could learn from the U.K., Israel and other parts of the world that have experienced more terrorist activities than we that the public has to become deeply involved in keeping us safe.  We have to cease being uninformed, unconcerned, and learn how to become observant.  I would prefer to live in a world where I could “mind my own business” and not pay any attention to what other people do but I realize that many in the world are so driven by radical ideology and have such a depraved value of human life that I do not have that luxury.  In Vietnam I observed everything and took nothing for granted.  I’ve worked in various jobs that required me to be vigilant, observant, and attentive at all times and confess that, to some degree, I’ve grown slack in that.  That has to change in me and in each of you.  If we see something that does not look right we have to pay attention, it might mean our lives or the lives of countless others if we fail or allow apathy to prevail.

             I do not want my Constitutional rights, freedoms, and liberties or yours infringed and am not suggesting that the government take them in the name of safety.  What I am suggesting is that we observe and respond accordingly.  We cannot prevent every act of evil that people want to inflict but we can, as citizens, prevent some of them by heightening our state of awareness and hone our skills of observation.  As a hunter I know the importance of being aware of my surroundings and noticing things that are out of the ordinary and change.  For years, it has been second nature for me to walk into a room and take mental note of the people in that room and I notice changes.  My wife and I visited New York City just prior to 9/11 and were in the 2nd Tower just a few days before the attack and it is indelibly imprinted upon our hearts and minds what we saw then and afterward.  As we walked the streets of Manhattan I repositioned my wife several times based on what I observed and she learned not to question me because on one of those occasions the person I moved her away from stole the purse of a woman a few feet behind us.  Today it is not uncommon to hear of drive by shootings, muggings, murders, rapes, and assaults in broad daylight.  We live in a dangerous world that is sinking lower and lower into depravity.

             We MUST individually, take steps to protect ourselves and those around us and whenever necessary alert law enforcement of potential or real danger.  Burying our heads in the sand and saying “it’s none of my business”, in this day, could result in grave harm coming to those we love or those we could help protect.  There is a thin line between infringing upon your rights and protecting mine and I am constantly seeking to find that line.  So I encourage each of you to be prayerful, observant, vigilant, and willing to speak up and speak out when you feel it is necessary and appropriate.

             May God bless you and may God bless America!

NOSTALGIC ABOUT THE AMERICA I KNEW AND LOVE……


ImageI will wax a bit nostalgic in this post but as I attended a funeral for my wife’s Aunt at the end of February I could not help but reflect on LIFE and more particularly LIFE IN AMERICA as I remember it growing up.  Her Aunt had just turned 80 in January and was a retired 1st Sergeant of the U.S. Army with 21 years of service.  There were the Military Honors presentation and the American Flag given to the family.  As I stood there I reflected on my youth, my America, and my thankfulness for those memories and experiences and wept at the same time for future generations and even this present generation who do not know and likely will never know what we knew and experienced.

 

            I grew up in rural East Texas on a small farm with a dirt road in front of the house.  We worked hard having little of this world’s goods but we were rich with love, respect, and tradition.  We learned that “hard work” was honorable and that to give “a day’s work for a day’s pay” was not just honorable but the only thing acceptable.  We learned to respect our elders and other people’s rights and property as well as the environment.  Oh, don’t misunderstand me we were not “tree huggers” but we lived off the land and respected it and wanted to keep it good for ourselves and those who would follow as the generations before us had done.  We helped our neighbors when they had a need and didn’t expect nor desire the government to become involved in our lives with money, regulations, or anything else.  We wanted to enjoy what the Constitution afforded us, the right to pursue – LIFE, LIBERTY, and HAPPINESS.   What we had WE EARNED and appreciated it.  We didn’t have the technology that is available today and I’m not criticizing technology but when I see children today and even adults who spend almost all their time and energy on the computer, iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle, etc. I remember my youth and the time we spent outdoors enjoying God’s creation and nature while learning some incredibly valuable life lessons in the process.  We made most of our own toys, were creative in developing games to play, and learned survival skills that few people today have.  We were self-sufficient although totally dependent upon God’s grace and goodness and thankful for His provisions on a daily basis.

 

            I thought about how little true and real history our grandchildren know today due to the revisionist history taught in the public schools and institutions of “higher learning.”  I have shared some stories of my youth with my grandchildren and they are completely amazed and I have talked to them about some Texas and American history and find that not only they but many young adults today have little or no knowledge of TRUE HISTORY.  There was a time when there was integrity in the media and what you heard on the NEWS was truthful although not always complete.  Journalist actually tried to report the news not make the news and spin it to fit their particular political ideology.  Of course that happened, it always has but it was not a totally blind regurgitation of the “TALKING POINTS” of the President as we have today and that only if the President is a Left-Wing, Liberal Democrat!

 

            We lived in a time when a “handshake” was a good or better than a “signed contract” because a man’s or woman’s word was their bond.  It was WHO THEY WERE as my parents and grandparents taught me.  I look at all the government regulations with regard to parenting and wonder how we survived and how our parents didn’t spend most of their lives in prison if what we had and they did was SO HORRIBLE!  It was not uncommon to hear the preacher declare from the pulpit something critical of a governmental action that was in direct violation of moral principles and the Word of God.  They did not fear having their 501-C-3 taken from them and their “tax exemption” stripped.  In my view, if that is what it takes to speak the truth of God then take it please!

 

            A government that can tell me what types of firearms, how many, how often I can purchase one, how many bullets I can have or have in my firearm at any given time is a government that can dictate every facet of my life and it is not a government that I want.  It is not a government that our Founders wanted and not a government most of our former Presidents wanted.  If they can do the aforementioned what is to prevent them from telling us what kinds of cars we can own if we can own one at all and how many?  What is to prevent them from telling us what size house we can have and even where we must live?  What is to prevent them from telling us what type of occupation we can pursue and it’s location?  What is to prevent them from telling us what we can eat, where we can shop, how often and were we can travel?  All that I have mentioned is part and parcel of Agenda 21 and The Sustainable Development Initiative that Bill Clinton signed off on, George H.W. Bush endorsed, and Barack Obama is ramming down our throats at breakneck speed.  One of the first things that must happen is to take our firearms.  Notice I don’t call them weapons because they are not weapons until used as such.  It is not about hunting it is about personal protection, defending our families and property, and being prepared to stand against a Tyrannical Government as the Framers spelled out in their writings.

 

            Yes, I am “nostalgic” when I look back at THE REAL AMERICA that I grew up knowing and loving and long to see that America again.  I long for my grandchildren to know that America.  I long for their children’s children to know that America.  Should the Lord tarry His coming for generations I want each successive generation to know the America I grew up enjoying and to live in it unencumbered by a HORRENDOUS DEBT AND DEFICIT that CAN NEVER BE REPAID.   Will I be able to see that passed on to them?  Time will tell and what WE DO will determine that.

 

            May God stir your heart for America and Him and may He protect, defend, guide, and guard this nation against all enemies both “foreign and domestic.”  GOD BLESS AMERICA!

 

DISRESPECTFUL AND INCONSIDERATE THE NEW NORM?


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            I believe that our society has declined to the point that the “new norm” of behavior is one of being DISRESPECTFUL and INCONSIDERATE.  I also believe that there are thousands who are totally shocked when they confronted with their own participation in that “new norm.”  There is a VERY HIGH COST in allowing our interpersonal and other relations decline to this point and I would like to point out some of the ways that I believe we are practicing this “new norm” and the “penalty” or “repercussions” that result from such behavior.  I write this with a broken heart for God’s people, our nation, and with a deep sense of shame that I too have been guilty, at times.

LET ME EXPLAIN:

  • SOCIAL MEDIA      

          I have found that on Facebook alone many people, as a norm, arbitrarily add people  to groups without their permission or even asking if they would like to join or participate in that group.  Others, with regularity, post links and other items to people’s walls without first asking the owner of the wall their opinion or desire to have that link or post there.  (I’m not talking about wishing someone a happy birthday, anniversary, or innocuous posts of normal social interaction.)  Those aforementioned actions are, in my view, DISREPECTFUL and INCONSIDERATE.  They presume or assume a right on the part of the individual committing those actions to do whatever they desire irrespective of the feelings or desires of the other person.  It is virtually an expression that says “I know what’s best for you,” or “I like this so should you.”

  •  INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS.

           Frequently it appears that too many of us are not willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt before rendering judgment.  We react without the facts to support our reaction and demonstrate incredible DISRESPECT for that individual.  Likewise we demonstrate the IT’S ALL ABOUT ME attitude in simple things like highway driving when we refuse to allow someone to merge in front of us when we easily could.  At the checkout, stand when we notice someone with only a couple of items and we have a basket full we press forward without considering that by allowing them go to in front of us they might enable them to complete what could have been an urgent shopping event and get on with what their day held for them.  Husbands and wives too often fail to consider the needs or even desire of their partner and focus on WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?  On the job, from both directions,   ITS ALL ABOUT ME more than what is best for the company or others around me including the customer.  Even in the matter of financial obligations we sometimes fail to take proactive steps to insure that the debt is paid or there is an explanation as to why there is a delay, instead waiting until the collector harasses us.  In the Church, I’ve noticed through the years that a large portion of the congregation feel that the purpose of the church is to MEET THEIR NEEDS rather than what Jesus declared with regard to spreading the Gospel.  In our own personal spiritual relations with God we will demand or complain about not receiving what we asked for at the time we asked it without considering that God’s higher purpose might involve a delay or even a denial to our request.  Those are some simple and often minor examples of demonstrations of DISRESPECT and being INCONSIDERATE.

            To me, it would be the same as to entering someone’s home, propping your feet up on the coffee table and saying “Get me something to drink and something to eat.”  Or walking into a local congregation and taking over the service, declaring that “this is the way we are going to go” without channeling it through property God-assigned authority.  Can you imagine going into a place of business and stopping production of an item, presenting your item as the thing to be produced without the management agreeing that this is the way to go?  It would not only be rude, disrespectful, and inconsiderate it would get you thrown out on your ear and rightfully so.

            This type of attitude suggests that you believe you have the right to hijack someone else’s social media page, church responsibility, home, or business and suggests that you believe your idea or opinions are the only ones that have validity; therefore the right ones to be presented.  It is disrespectful and inconsiderate.  Your ideas, links, posts, etc. may be honorable, right, truthful, and even good but if they are presented without giving the proper RESPECT and CONSIDERATION to those whom the space, the home, the business, or the church either belong or fall within their sphere of responsibility and authority it is GROSSLY DISPRESPECTFUL but seems to be the ‘NEW NORM’ in today’s society.

            We see this in our politicians when they disrespect the Constitution, the rule of law, and the will of the people.  We see this in business when the customer is treated as a necessary evil, the employee is a dispensable tool, and the boss or management is the enemy.  We see this in relationships when the other party’s desires, wishes, and feelings are relegated to non-importance by our actions.  We see this in so many facets of life that it is incredibly alarming to me.

            The cost of this is that we will produce and are producing a generation who see this as NORMAL.  You do not matter if what you want interferes with my objective, thoughts, desires, ideas, or plans.  The result is that we develop a society in which it is EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF and everyone BECOMES A LAW UNTO HIMSELF and at that point we have anarchy and are a million miles from God’s Word, Will, and Way.

            I know that from an early age I was taught to consider others above myself and so were most of you.  The vast majority of us were taught, from early years, to RESPECT OTHERS, their space, property, and rights.  Yet, today’s ENTITLEMENT SOCIETY has adopted a philosophy that says – I DESERVE IT.  You owe it to me or I have a right to say and do whatever I please whenever and wherever I please.  That results in chaos and a total lack of cooperation and a complete disintegration of trust which is essential for a functional society.

             Regarding Social Media my experience has been that people continually add me to groups without my permission or without asking me to consider the group.  That is grossly disrespectful and inconsiderate.  No matter how often I ask that it not happen it continues to happen and some will get angry when I do what I always do – LEAVE THE GROUP.  It may be one of the best and most noble groups in existence but if you add me without first asking me if I’d like to participate I consider that a gross demonstration of disrespect and inconsideration and will IMMEDIATELY LEAVE THE GROUP.  I would NEVER go to anyone’s wall and post a link, an article, or anything else without first asking them permission or asking them to review the information and see if they wanted it there.  Doing otherwise is disrespectful and inconsiderate not to mention incredibly rude, presumptuous and arrogant.  Your information may be fabulous but you did it in the wrong way.  I will do as with groups – DELETE your post if you do that. 

            I see this as a sign that those who function in this manner are presumptuous, self-willed, and demonstrating a lack of respect for others.  It is most definitely, in my view, incredibly inconsiderate.  That is a spiritual as well as a moral problem which is becoming a societal problem.  Although the perpetrator might not view such action as problematic – IT IS and should be addressed.  Only you can address it in your life.  Take it before God and I believe that He will confirm what I am saying.

            We need to work at being more RESPECTFUL and CONSIDERATE of others in our lives and interactions.  If I post something on Facebook you are more than welcome to say whatever you please (as long as you are not vulgar or make personal attacks on my friends).  I made it as a public statement and it is fair game.  But to post links, add to groups without asking, or other types of posts other than the common social media interaction communications is INCONSIDERATE, RUDE, and DISRESPECTFUL.  I WOULD NEVER do that to you and ask that you not do it to me or anyone else.  It is a flaw in our society that is costing us our ability to develop the type of Society that Jesus designed and desired as well as the type of Society where consideration, respect and moral decency prevail.  I believe that is one of the reasons that we see many of the violent acts of today – THE LACK OF RESPECT AND CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS.  Sadly, we have an entire generation that has witnessed this type of behavior from leaders, parents, and other segments of society so they see it as THE NORM and think nothing about conducting their life in that manner.  It is, to me, a key cog in the decline of the American and even World Civilization and something that even in the small and seemingly insignificant areas we should work to overcome.

             Let’s all strive to be RESPECTFUL and CONSIDERATE.  We can disagree without being either.  We can have robust and even animated discussions about our disagreements without either of those elements.  We can have an open dialogue that is both RESPECTFUL and CONSIDERATE and in that atmosphere I believe we can come to some concrete conclusion as to the real problems and real solutions that we are facing individually and collectively.

            Thank you for allowing me to have my rant and may God bless you is my prayer and may God protect, defend, and guide this nation.