THE WORLD WE ARE LIVING IN…


Some are aware that I recently lost my earthly angel, my wife.  Her battle with metastatic breast cancer ended 37 days a month ago and it has been devastating for me.  I have not posted anything on Facebook or in my blogs during this time of loss and post this because I feel that it is what God and my wife would have me do.  I don’t know when my next post will be, but here is today’s offering.

To say our world is in a mess would be an understatement of understatements.  The political, economic, social, racial, and alarmist issues are reaching catastrophic levels.  The present state of affairs in America and the world indicates some dramatic upheavals on the horizon with outbreaks of intensified violence and disruption. 

In America, our government seems to be an example of the patients running the mental institution.  We do not seem to be headed in a positive direction societally and appear to be drifting farther and farther from the solution toward total chaos and destruction.  I believe we are living in what the Bible deems to be the “Last Days” where conditions worsen exponentially almost daily. 

There are those on both sides of the political aisle or ideological position who are vitriolic in their verbalizations creating an impossible chasm to bridge.  Both sides of the American political climate believe the other side is singularly the problem and evil to the core.  There are evil people involved in the political manipulations of today but there are many who are desirous of what they believe to be the best.  They may be misguided in their views and drinking from the watering trough of the manipulators rather than being evil in their hearts. 

If a person believes the rhetoric and diatribe being issued by the politicians, the media, and other outlets they can easily become part of the impasse rather than having an open mind willing to seek a solution.  If I believe you are the problem, your views diabolical, and label you subhuman and demonic, it will be impossible to find any common ground from which to build a workable compromise or agreement. 

The problem is not Government, although unbridled government is a problem.  The problem is not liberals or conservatives, although fringe elements of both sides can be problematic.  The problem is not racism, although bias, prejudice, injustice, and hate are a problem.  The problem is not legislation or the lack thereof, although much legislation presents problems not easy to overcome in the pursuit of the ideals of the Constitution and our Declaration of Independence.  Namely, that everyone is created equal in the eyes of God and has the inalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. 

The problem, in my view, and that of the Bible is the Human Heart.  We are all, regardless of our ethnicity, religion, or political position, are created in the image of God.  God created us!  If you disbelieve that, we will have little room to discuss this matter with objectivity.  If you believe that it is all random chance and evolutionary, we are grounded in polar opposite views.  However, even then, if you are objective you surely can see that the human will and human heart is a major factor in all interpersonal activities in life.

No amount of legislation can fix the issues of race, gender, politics, or religion.  Everything stems from the condition of the human heart.  It is from the heart that we form our views of everything.  It is from within our innermost beings that we develop thoughts and from those thoughts, we formulate our beliefs and views.  It is from our beliefs and views we interact with each other. 

The words of John Adams ring true today, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  The Bible is filled with references regarding interpersonal relationships and the overriding directive is that we treat others as we wish to be treated.  We are reminded repeatedly that any measure of judgment we engage in is the measure used to judge us.  The biblical message is love and respect.

The Bible is filled with references as to how we are to live and interact with others.  In Micah 6:8 we read, “He has told you O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”  That is a simple but powerful declaration. 

What does God want and what is required for humans to live together in any semblance of harmony?  We are to do justice.  We should be careful in defining what that means and not allow it to be tainted by our worldview or interracial view.  Justice for some is getting what they want and punishing anyone not agreeing with them.  That is not God’s view of justice.  God’s view is to do what is right all the time and every time.  It is to treat others as fellow humans created in the image of God and afforded the God-given right to Life, Liberty, and the ability to pursue Happiness freely and unimpeded by manmade imposed restrictions that block that objective.

What does God want and what is required for humans to live together in any semblance of harmony?  We are to love kindness.  That is amazing because kindness is to demonstrate restraint, not be harmful, not be controlling, not be domineering, and seek the best good for all.  Kindness is the heart of God and His Lovingkindness is eternal, therefore if God is kind toward us, we should be kind toward others. 

What does God want and what is required for humans to live together in any semblance of harmony?  We are to walk humbly before God.  That strips pride from the equation and eliminates arrogance.  It removes biases, prejudices, and selfishness.  It strips us of the ability to view ourselves as victims even when we have been victimized.  It demands that we view life through the lens of God first and others second.  It demands that we view life through the heart of service rather than what’s in it for me. 

So, let me possibly alienate some and step onto the thin ice of biblical reality and say if you are hurling insult for insult regardless of which side of the political equation you are standing – That is a problem, not a Solution!  It reveals a problem in the heart.  If I view you as God’s creation and understand that you have the same inalienable and constitutional rights as I to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness there is hope.  If I give you tit for tat in insult and vitriolic response, I build a wall, not a bridge and the hope of harmony disappears.  If we call each other Demon-rats or Re-pukelicans [words I have heard] we will find no ground on which to stand to bring about a livable and peaceful society.  I cannot accept the views presented by the Left as legitimate, biblical, moral, or good for America but I must attempt demonstrate the Love of God in all things and at all times. I will resist attempts to subvert the biblical precepts and destroy America. Do not misunderstand my plea but take it as a desire to find honest common ground through which to wrest from the hands of the diabolical control and place it back in the hands of the people and become One Nation Under God again.

We can either have total chaos, plunge into civil disturbance, or war and demonize everyone disagreeing with us or we can seek to become solutions rather than problems.  I do not condone views that are contrary to the Bible such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and immorality.  I do not condone nor have a willingness to allow the federal government to become totalitarian and strip me of my rights and liberties which God has given.  However, I am seeking to view others as human beings endowed with certain inalienable rights and understand that if we can all be civil, be just, kind, and humble ourselves before God there is hope. 

I hope that what I have said is meaningful and although I have painted with a broad brush, I hope you consider the matter of the Heart.  If we get our hearts right, we will be less concerned with political labels and more concerned about what is good, godly, and right.  Just because you or I believe our cause is the right cause does not mean that all who disagree are evil. Some are evil and are pursuing the elimination of God and moral rightness as they seek total control.  Those must be opposed and resisted.  I only ask that we all seek God, accept the possibility we could be wrong in attitude and ideology in some instances, and seek to treat others as we desire to be treated.

I love God, I love America and now return to my grieving as I miss my wife more than words can convey.  I am praying for America, the world, and praying for God’s Harvest to be Completed.  Heaven is sounding sweeter all the time!

God bless you!

A PROFOUND DECLARATION?


Okay, the tease is in by using that question for the title of my blog post.  I can hear some asking, “Roy, what are you talking about?”  Others may be saying, “Not another of his rants.”  Regardless of which side of the political, racial, social, or spiritual you find yourself, I hope you realize an axiom that is universal and timeless.  I hope you will hear what I am going to say and awaken even more than you are now as to the source of our struggles and how to combat the nefarious forces working to strip us of our liberties.

What is the profound declaration or the universal and timeless axiom that to which I am referring?  “Liars Lie, it is what they do!”  I can just hear sighs and some saying, PROFOUND?  There is nothing profound about that, everybody knows that.  But I have to ask, “Do They?”  Based on what I have been witnessing in America, on the political scene, and even in some religious circles, I am not convinced EVERYBODY knows that!

Have you ever heard the saying, “God helps those who help themselves”?  That is an axiom that a very large segment of believers accept as being true and biblical.  But is it?  There are multitudes of people including non-believers who believe that statement is true and ascribe to the theory, “You have to look out for number one because nobody else will.”  I had a person tell me that the idea of God helping those who help themselves was part of Jesus’ sermon on the mount.  I asked for specifics and was railed against and called names no Christian should be calling anyone.

I believe that God expects each person to carry their own load (Galatians 6:5).  Clarke’s Commentary makes this assertion: “Every man shall bear his own burden – All must answer for themselves, not for their neighbors. And every man must expect to be dealt with by the Divine Judge, as his character and conduct have been. The greater offenses of another will not excuse thy smaller crimes. Every man must give account of himself to God.”

We sometimes take more on ourselves and give ourselves more credit than the Bible allows.  In Proverbs 21:2 we are informed, “Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.”  There is an old Yiddish adage that says, “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht.”  That is translated, “Man Plans, and God Laughs.”   In James 4 we are instructed that rather than declaring the finality of our plans we should say, “If the LORD wills, we shall live and also do this or that.”

America and much of the church are in a time of deep struggle and transition.  America is divided more than I have ever witnessed in my 74 years on the planet.  The church is segregated into sectarian divisions dangerously.  I believe the demons in hell are laughing at our divisions and distractions.  We are focused on self and God wants us focused on His Kingdom.  We are promised that if we Seek Him First and His Righteousness, we will have the provisions we need.  It may not be what we want or satisfy our carnal desires, but we will have our needs met.

It seems that few politicians are capable of honesty and engage in distortions and playing loose with the truth.  It seems that those lies are so successful in their impact and influence that even Christians are justifying their decisions based on personalities rather than principles and factual realities.  I find the idea of ultimate self-sufficiency and self-righteousness repulsive and anathema to the Christianity taught in the Bible and the Gospel Jesus brought and the disciples preached.

The words of Jesus in John 8:44 are important for all believers to hear and important for all lovers of freedom.  The devil is a liar!  He was a murder from the beginning.  There is no truth in him.  Whenever he speaks it is rooted in a lie because that is his nature, his DNA.  He is a liar and the father of lies.  Therefore, if you practice, spread, or believe a lie you are joining forces with the devil.  No Christian should be willing to do that and if it becomes apparent, they have, they should immediately repent.

The devil’s objective is to bring about spiritual and moral blindness in people.  He wants us to believe that we should rely on our own judgment, education, and intelligence. He wants us to believe that we can trust our own reasoning and rationalize life including politics.  When we believe that lie, we tend to adopt and develop our own systems of righteousness and behavior.  That system is usually deficient if not devoid of the righteousness of God.  There is no justification for many of the things we allow in our world today and call them ‘choice’ or ‘rights’

We pray, but too often we do not submit to the will of God.  We sometimes, and too many times, seek our own desires.  We were warned about that in James 4 concerning prayers that are not answered because we ask out of selfish and carnal motives rather than the pursuit of God and His righteousness.  The passage in Proverbs 3 that was the catalyst that propelled me into the presence of God and opened the door for me to be saved needs to be rehearsed.  We are to trust God with our whole hearts.  We are not to trust our own understanding.  We are to acknowledge Him in all that we do.  When we do, He will, as He promised, direct our paths.

Today, many, including believers are looking to the government for answers.  That is a wrong path that will lead to a wrong destination.  God has given us the ability to make choices.  We are free to accept His offer of salvation or reject it.  We can embrace the Love of God and thereby allow that love to ooze from our being and demonstrate love for others when hate would be so easy.  We can trust our own understanding or trust Him completely.  Today, many are confused and unsure who or what to believe.  Trusting what we see or the propaganda from any side will weaken our faith and our resolve. 

I believe the Bible when it says, “If a man is unwilling to work, he should not be given a free ride.” [My paraphrase].  I believe that we are to sow in times of planting and reap in times of harvest.  I believe that we are to pray, but not pray our desires but His heart.  I believe that if America is to survive as the Free Constitutional Republic, those who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ must get back to the Bible and Basics. 

If the Bible calls something evil, sin, an abomination we dare not seek to justify it based on our own personal desires or out of fear of branding by the PC Police.  If the Bible tells us to love everyone, we cannot allow hate to invade.  If the Bible tells us to warn when we see danger coming, we dare not sit on the fence or sit in silence.  If the Bible tells us that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places, we dare not resort to fear and the arm of flesh.  We are fighting a won war!  That does not mean that every battle we encounter is won but the War was won at Calvary. 

Politicians are not to be trusted.  Man is not to be our source.  The Governments of men are not the answer, God is!  Therefore, we must become those who discern not only the times but the spirits and make the commitment to ‘come out from among them and be separate or different.’  We are salt and light and as salt and light, we are to influence our society and the environment in which we live not the converse. 

Jesus said, that when the Holy Spirit came, He would lead us into all truth.  He said that we would know, believe, receives, and act upon truth and that truth would make us free.  America, Believers, and all lovers of Freedom we are Free, and we can see restoration but not if we justify evil and out of personal animus or preference make choices that give power to evil.  I conclude with Jeremiah 17:5-10, “Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. 8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit. 9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?  10 “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.” 

God bless you and God bless America!

IS BENOVELENT SPENDING (Entitlements) CONSTITUTIONAL?


My title question will probably light the fires of those who believe it is the responsibility of the government to provide for the poor and needy.  I want to approach this from a couple of directions and hopefully present my position in such a manner as to cause people to think.  I believe if people are inspired to ‘think’ they will also be inspired to ‘act’ and when that transpires things change and get done.  Ideas alone offer no solution.  It is only when ideas are translated into action and implementation that progress is made.  God gave us the ability to think and expect us to use that gift for the good of the Kingdom and the world.

I have frequently questioned how much the American people know about the provisions of the Constitution and how much they embrace that document. I wish I could say that the majority both understand, appreciate, and embrace the Constitution and its provisions, protections, prohibitions, and guarantees.  I wish I could, but after four decades of brainwashing in our public educational system, I do not believe that is a reality.

The issue of caring for the poor, widows, orphans, and needy always arises in any political discussion.  Both political parties, in today’s America, contend that they are the party that cares about the needs of the needy.  Sadly, both sides of the political aisle frequently miss the mark biblically and constitutionally.  The usage of benevolent funding and entitlements for political purposes is not only distasteful for a Constitutionalist but is also dangerous to the continuation of the republic as the Free Constitutional Republic established by the signing of the Constitution by 39 American statesmen.

When I refer to the Bible, the history of the nation of Israel, as well as the birth of the Church in the New Testament I discover there are some important realizations to be acknowledged.  In the Book of Numbers Chapter Thirteen, we find the joyous declaration by the twelve spies who surveyed the Land of Canaan that it was truly what God had said, “a land flowing with milk and honey” or abundance.  They brought back clusters of grapes that required two men to carry.  That is a picture of incredible abundance and fruitfulness.

With that kind of fruitfulness, one would wonder, how could there be anyone poor in that land?  Moses was always forward-looking as he led the nation and discovered the heart, mind, and ways of God, not just His acts.  He said in Numbers 15:11, “For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you saying, ‘You shall freely open  your hand to your brother, to the needy and poor in your land.”  I love that spirit and heart for it reveals the heart of God. 

If we fast forward fifteen hundred years, we find the apostle Paul in the Book of Galatians admonishing the Church to “remember the poor.” (2:10).  I do not believe there has ever been a time nor will there ever be a time when God is not concerned about the poor.  There are numerous passages in the Bible about giving to the poor is viewed by God as lending to Him.

Biblically and Constitutionally, I believe that caring for the poor is primarily an individual responsibility, not a governmental one.  The Israelites were instructed to look around, take note of the poor and needy, and help care for them.  (Leviticus 25:25,35, 39).  They were not told to perpetually take care of those in need but to help them get back on their feet and become productive.  They were instructed to never turn a blind eye to need and allow a lack of charity to grip their hearts.  Their generosity would receive God’s attention and He would bless them so they could continue to bless others.  (Deuteronomy 15:7-8,10-11).  Jesus echoed that view in Matthew 25:34-40 and it is a message woven into the fabric of Christianity.

There can be, and often are, times when individuals are not capable of meeting the need alone and it transitions into a congregational or community responsibility.  I won’t attempt to list all the directives in the New Testament regarding the Church’s responsibility and privilege of caring for the poor.  I suggest you consider passages such as Acts 4:34-35, Galatians 2:10, Romans 15:26-27, and a myriad of others.

Is it the responsibility of the government to provide benevolence to the poor?  Are entitlements biblical or constitutional?  I believe that it is mandatory that the civil authorities follow the guidelines of scripture and the constitution.  Every person, rich or poor must be afforded equal justice under the law. 

The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) in an effort to help donors maximize the effect of their charitable giving rated various charities calculating the percentage of donated funds that actually reached the targeted person or persons.  They determined that the minimum acceptability ratio was 60 percent.  That brings up an interesting analysis of the government’s collection of funds designated for the poor and needy.  What percentage of the U.S. Government’s collections actually reach the poor?  Are you ready?  It is a paltry 30 percent!  That would make the federal government either the most inefficient charity or benevolent institution or incredibly corrupt.

Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and a host of other founders believed that it was the responsibility of the individual, churches, and local communities to care for the poor and needy not the federal government.  Jefferson said, “I deem it the duty of every man to devote a certain portion of his income for charitable purposes, and that it is his further duty to see it so applied as to do the most good of which it is capable.  This I believe to be best ensured by keeping within the circle of his own inquiry and information the subjects of distress whose relief his contributions shall be applied.”  That is powerful. We are to give but not just give and forget but to evaluate the success of the distribution of the funds.  Hello, Bill & Hillary, and your Haiti funds that you reportedly kept the lion’s share of.

I would be remiss if I failed to consider the views of the man accredited with being the Father of the American Constitution, James Madison.  In 1794 Congress appropriated $15,000 for relief for French refugees who fled from insurrection in San Domingo (now Haiti) to Baltimore and Philadelphia.  He said, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”  Will somebody remind today’s politicians of that truth?  Today Congress spends at least two-thirds of the $2.5 Trillion federal budget on “objects of benevolence.”

Later there was a move to provide a relief measure for fire victims in the United States.  Madison again contended that it was neither the purpose or the right of Congress to “attend to what generosity and humanity require, but to what the Constitution and their duty require.”  We have allowed the federal government to assume the role that both the Bible and the Constitution place on individuals, churches, and communities.  In so doing, we have become subservient to the government and abdicated our duties and voided the blessings of God on us.  God desires to bless people and one of the avenues of that blessing is through caring for the poor, needy, widows, and orphans. 

The ‘general welfare’ clause does not justify the actions of Congress in their unstainable benevolent spending.  James Madison rightly said, “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.”  Jefferson echoed that sentiment in a letter to Pennsylvania Representative Albert Gallatin saying, “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.”

Therefore, due to Constitutional ignorance, misinterpretation, or greed, we have allowed politicians to demonstrate incredible contempt for the Constitution and our personal and community responsibilities.  The Government is not our provider, God is! We are responsible for our own betterment.  It is through the charitableness of individuals, families, communities, and churches that we can all progress and prosper.  Allowing the Government to dictate and determine how much and to whom our money goes is to abandon both the directives of Scripture and the Constitution.

God bless you and God bless America!

THE LAST RESORT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST…


I had someone tell me that God was our Last Resort regarding America and our Republic.  I paused a moment and said, “He should have been our first.”  That was not well received, and I was castigated with, “Well, you know what I mean.”  No, frankly, I do not know whether you meant that after exhausting all other avenues we should now turn to God or having trusted Him all along and exhausted all other avenues He is now our only hope.  I hope it was the latter but for many, it was the former, and therein is part of the problem.

My friend Dale Gentry said, “We trusted the ballot box and that did not save us.  We trusted the courts and they did not save us.  Our only hope is God.”  Dale is right!  In a measure, we put our confidence in people, the voters, the courts, and Congress and each of those seems to have failed us. 

Obviously, if you believe God was so repulsed by Trump that he had to go, then my argument is moot to you and probably offensive.  If you have been paying attention, watching the antics and activities of the Left, and are tuned in to the dangers it should ignite a flame inside your heart.  We are in a place where we MUST not need to but MUST place our total trust in God.  No man, no court, no Congress, no Media, nothing, and no one is going to save this Republic but God.  He is our Hope.  In that sense, He is our Last Resort.

Some have asked me if I believed there were enough incidences of voter fraud and irregularities in the swing states to shift the election to the Democrats.  The simple and short answer is Yes!  I do not know the details and will not get into the wrangling of what happened.  It happened, the courts refused to hear the arguments and evidence, and Congress certified the election.  Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America.  In that sense, the election is over.  What we do now, is the key and will determine if there is a republic in 2022 and 2024 for us to fight for a new administration.

I have had people tell me that whatever God wants to happen happens and there is nothing we can do about it.  His will is always done.  If I accept that premise, then God becomes the blame for the evil in the world.  If I accept that premise, how do I explain abortion, murder, rape, pedophilia, terrorism, and things like that?  I believe that God is the Living God, Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent.  I believe that He can do all things.  I believe He could mash us all like bugs if he chose to.  However, I believe that He gives us choices and out of those choices we either follow in obedience or we engage in rebellion.

I don’t want to make this about what God can and cannot do, but if we are going to consider God as our Last Resort, we need to determine His authority and power.  The Bible informs us in 2 Peter 3:9, “The LORD does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” The sad reality is that all do not come to repentance, therefore, it would seem logical that all God wants is not etched in stone as an iron-clad guarantee of transpiring.  He makes salvation available to ‘whosoever will come’ but all do not come. 

We are repeatedly enjoined to pray, intercede, stand in the gap, and do spiritual warfare.  If everything is done as God wants it without any involvement from us that would seem unnecessary.  As a parent, I want my children, and now my grandchildren to be productive and successful.  I would hope that every parent wants that, yet we know that all are not.  The prisons are overflowing with those that did not achieve that condition or state. 

I am deeply concerned about our Republic.  We are more divided than I can recall in my lifetime.  There are more bitterness and anger than I have witnessed in my 70 plus years on the planet.  We are nearer to a second civil war than we have been since the first one.  People on both sides of the issue are filled with anger and anxiety and that has become a powder keg waiting for the right spark to set it off.  Will it within the next four years?  I hope not but have a lot of trepidation about where this is going.

The Democrats are chanting that it is time for healing and working together in one breath and in the next, they vilify those on the Right.  There is the ignoring of the mayhem, rioting, bands of marauders burning, looting, and doing physical harm by groups on the Left and branding those who committed the terrible act of entering the Capital without authorization and five souls lost their lives.  I consider it something to be condemned but so are the other events over the past year. 

When BLM, Antifa, or whoever it was, took over a police station and isolated a segment of the city declaring it was no longer the United States and outside the jurisdiction of America that was not called insurrection or sedition, but the events of January 6th were.  That is beyond hypocritical, provides no impetus for healing, and further divides.  The rhetoric by Joe Biden calling them thugs, insurrectionist, domestic terrorists, etc. but insisting that Antifa is just an idea does not bring healing but division.

America, if we are going to survive as the Free Constitutional Republic, we have been for over 240 years we must return to our founding principles and moral moorings.  We must hold all violators of the Law and the Constitution accountable.  That includes members of Congress, Presidents, Judges, Media types, and private citizens.  Everyone must be held accountable for violations of the Law and the Constitution.  If we do that, we will begin the process of healing and restoration.  If we do not, we will continue in discord, disharmony, and disruption.  The choice is ours!

I do not believe we can heal without divine intervention.  I do not believe the level of hate, misinformation, and deception can be simply talked out but will result in blood in the streets without a change of heart.  There are no laws that can be passed that will heal our nation.  There are no entitlements, freebies, or concessions that can be made that will produce healing and reconciliation.  The only thing that will bring about peace is a change of heart and that will only come through a move of God.

I realize that what I am saying will be considered more preaching than a presentation of a political argument and plea.  I can live with that for I believe in America and believe that if those who truly love God and are followers of the Bible and the Christian Faith will follow the directive of 2 Chronicles 7:14, we can see the healing of our land.

I hear some that are so disheartened they will no longer be involved in the political and that is suicidal.  I hear some who are so angry they will no longer vote for anyone calling themselves a Republican for they believe they are the same as the Democrats.  I believe that is wrong if you look beyond personalities to platforms and political platforms.  The Republicans, for the most part, are pro-life, pro-military, pro-law enforcement, and pro-constitution.  The Democrats are the party of abortion, desire to dismantle the military, and want to defund the police. The constitution has been an afterthought to them, and they ignore or reinterpret it to fit their purposes.

I plead with everyone to stay engaged and become more involved.  I urge all who pray to commit to intercessory prayer for the elected officials, the segments of society that are at odds with each other, and for our republic.  My desire is to seek ‘first’ the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.  I refuse to hate and desire to exhibit the Love of God to everyone.  I may not agree with your position or your actions, but I refuse to hate you based on actions, political views, or ethnicity.  You are a fellow human and therefore created in the image of God.  We are of the same family.

God bless you and God bless America!

STAND IN THE GAP or WE LOSE OUR FREEDOM…


I am going to present a thought that is deeply rooted in my faith, my love of America and the God-given Freedoms and the Republic we have been blessed with.  I make that statement at the outset so those who find anything religious anathema can tune out and not feel the need to attack and experience the animosity my post will engender.  For those who are Christians, Patriots, and Lovers of Freedom you may or may not agree with what I am going to say.  I hope you will consider my thoughts and then formulate your own view and plan your own actions as we enter 2021.

I have been, as have millions of others, praying, thinking, searching for answers, and trying to determine the cause of our plight and the best course of action.  As I prayed recently, I sensed in my heart of hearts something that shook me deeply.  It caused me to reflect on my own attitude, what I see in the nation and the world, and what I hear from all sectors of society.  I don’t want to become a broken record and been dismissed as an alarmist.  However, I see something incredibly dire, dangerous, and disastrous in the current state of everything in America.

Over 240 years ago there were a group of Patriots, Preachers, and People who came to the conclusion that there was an encroaching evil that had become an unbearable tyranny.  They determined that it was their mandate for posterity, from a biblical view, and for the sake of Freedom to resist.  That could cost them everything and victory was their only hope of survival.

There were those in the colonies in all sectors from the secular to the spiritual that believed that compliance and appeasement was the best course of action.  Some of them adopted that view out of fear.  Some out of a misguided view of biblical mandates.  Some out of a desire to not rock the boat and maintain the status quo thereby not affecting their bottom line and positions of prominence.  They were called loyalists.  Some were loyalists ideological, but many were loyalists because of the aforementioned reasons.

Some of our Founding Fathers and other unnamed and unsung patriots of that era knew in their heart of hearts that if they did not ‘stand in the gap’ and impede the growing tyranny all liberty would be lost.  They knew that they would be forced to comply with governmental mandates that touched every dimension of life.  They feared the governmental overreach of the British Crown would steal all hopes and dreams of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Inalienable Rights and Blessings that God had granted to all mankind but was being restricted.

They paid taxes but had virtually no voice in the political direction or decisions.  Many came to America with the hope of achieving the dream of Life, Prosperity, and Freedom.  They were feeling the iron-fists of power squeezing the life out of those dreams and that was untenable for them.  As Patrick Henry famously declared, “Give me liberty or give me death” became the mantra of those desiring freedom.

Today, we are watching an incredible rise in ‘evil.’  I do not believe that the struggle we are now engaged in is political but spiritual.  I do not believe that God is interested in Democrat or Republican but right and wrong.  I believe that He is looking at the condition of man and, while we were warned in Scripture of this hour, He is heartbroken that we allowed it to transpire and transpire so rapidly in America. 

It is my conviction that if those who believe in God, are followers of Christ and Christians do not ‘stand in the gap’ and resist evil this nation and the world will go to hell in a handbasket.  Some would argue, it already has.  I contend that we can turn the tide and achieve a small window of opportunity with a reprieve from the destruction and devastation.  I believe that if the believers, the followers of Christ, and the Church will determine to follow the directive of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Matthew 6:9-13 and 6:33 we can achieve a victory.

In Ezekiel 22:30 we read that God said, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.”  What a horrific situation.  Some take that scripture and make God the ogre, but I read it and realize that it is reflective of the heart of our Heavenly Father to spare us!  He is not willing that any should be lost and is more willing to forgive than condemn if we will just give Him the opportunity.

I have been sensing, as Isaiah the prophet cried out when he saw his condition and that of his nation and heard God ask, “Who will go and who can we send?”  Isaiah said, “Me, LORD.  Me!  I will go, send me!”  I am sensing the Spirit of God calling me and anyone who will heed the call to come out from among them and be separate and become Watchmen on the Wall warning of evil.  He is calling for those who will commit themselves to intercession, not token prayers.  He is calling for those who will become willing to die, if necessary, for His Purposes, and for Freedom.  He is calling, are we listening?

If the good does not resist the evil what is to impede the evil from running amok?  If those who believe in moral rightness sit in silence as immorality prevails what is to prevent the spread of that destruction?  If those who believe in personal responsibility and accountability do not step forward and teach, warn, resist, and demonstrate moral rightness what is to impede the purveyors of an anti-God and anti-American philosophy?  If we allow the continued genocide of the unborn, destruction of the two-parent family, entitlement mentality, political correctness, assault on religious freedom, freedom of speech, the right of self-defense, and a myriad of other infringements we will destroy the Republic. 

It is time to move from focusing on political parties to the basic principles of freedom, liberty, inalienable rights, and return to our moral moorings.  It is time that we devote ourselves to what made America the Free Constitutional Republic where the dream of Life, Liberty, and Happiness was available for all.  It is time that we STAND IN THE GAP and say NO MORE!  We must resist and that may be costly, but it is mandatory.

It is time that those who believe in the Bible and Freedom stand up and demand that the politicians adhere to the Constitution and the Rule of Law.  It is time that we, as a people, return to the moral and ethical foundations that were recognized in our beginning.  It is time that those who believe in God recommit themselves to Him and having done all to stand, stand firm.

God bless you and God bless America!

WHERE DID OUR LIBERTIES GO???


I don’t know if you have noticed or taken stock of the individual liberties and freedoms that we have either lost or have been so diluted that they are hardly liberties at all anymore!  Every despotic regime in history has utilized the tactic of slowly eroding individual liberties and often under the guise and pretense of doing what is best for the people at large.  They present the idea that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few and therefore things like redistribution of wealth, governmental control, and over-regulation of virtually everything.

The Obama administration sought to regulate everything even what we could eat or what our kids could eat in schools.  The Democratic platform is more of the same and even expansion of the Obama policies and ideologies.  Theirs is a continual assault on virtually all of our Freedoms and Liberties.  The Constitution is meaningless to them unless they can use it to advance their agenda.  They want us to become beholding to the Federal Government for our very existence.  They want us to become so dependent and fearful of Big Brother that we dare not voice a word of opposition lest we get cut off from the dole. 

The continual effort to build the base of “dependent voters” is never-ending.  The spin to vilify corporations and successful people has been used for centuries to separate people and win them over to the argument of the despots. Then they will willingly relinquish their rights and liberties thinking that this benevolent dictator will look out for their interest with a pure heart.  It never works out that way, but the sheep still follow the pied piper and drink the Kool-Aid as though it were the very nectar of life.

Under Donald Trump, it became easier to start a new business, but the plans of the Leftists will make it harder if not a virtual impossibility to succeed.  There will be so much governmental paperwork and regulation that the cost of attempting to produce your idea will be prohibitive.  That is a pathway to stifle American ingenuity.  The mandates in Obamacare were the tip of the iceberg to what they desire if allowed full control of the government. 

The class and race antagonism being overtly and covertly pushed by the Left will bring us to a place where martial law would be expected and possibly required.  I wonder how much of the coronavirus pandemic was manufactured by the nefarious in the world to bring us to our knees in submission.  I can never forget the words of Rahm Emanuel, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”  That is their philosophy and if there is not a natural crisis then one is precipitated to ensure the conditions to accomplish their goals.

America, we are witnessing our inalienable rights as provided by God and recognized in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence taken from us “by little and by little.”  Some have been so slowly eroded that we have not noticed they are gone. Sadly, we are waking up, after the fact, and realizing that many are gone and it will become virtually impossible to see them restored.  Government is seldom reduced in size. It may be held in check for a time but once something like the stimulus is presented and implemented it becomes part of the baseline budget and we get it every year without another vote and consent of WE THE PEOPLE! 

If we truly want to reduce the deficit and debt, we must adopt a “zero budget.”  The politicians on both sides of the aisle and especially the Left want to maintain their “baseline budget.”   That budget grows every year and will grow every year even if they reduce the amount or percentage of its growth.  It allows the behemoth called the federal government to continue a monster leaving us no ability to feed or control.  That would be true even if took 100% of our income and applied it to government expenditures. 

The idea of cutting the military by over 70% as under Obama and eliminating various portions of our armed forces was deadly.  The claim that we are spending too much on defense is ludicrous.  Over 70% of the Federal Budget goes to individual entitlements or subsidies.  It’s not the military that is the problem, although I agree there is waste that needs to be addressed.  National defense is a major function of the Federal Government so how can we rationally pare down our military to the point where we place this land at risk because of the lack of equipment or manpower to defend her? 

I ask that each of you think about these things and whatever you do VOTE in the future. I ask that in every election we seek to remove those whose views are contrary to freedom, liberty, the constitution, and America first.  If you do not vote you are voting through the back door for a continuation of the policy and ideology of Socialism and Globalism. It is an ideology and agenda that is being shoved down our throats as they continue stripping away of our liberties.  I want CHANGE and HOPE that is good for America! I pray that Americans will “awaken out of sleep” and see the handwriting on the wall and cast a ballot to RESTORE AMERICA to the foundational principles and operation that our Founders envisioned and put in place. 

My plea is, “Can I Have My Country Back, Please?”  The words of Benjamin Franklin keep ringing in my ears and wander through the corridors of my mind today.  He said when asked what type of government the Constitution was bringing into existence, “A republic if you can keep it.” 

I look back at the history of this nation and except for the tragedy of slavery, the United States came into existence as a nation where people could engage in any occupation or venture into any economic endeavor without a government license, permit, or regulation.  People could travel anywhere in the world without restriction (no passports) and trade with anyone they choose without having to get the permission of the government. 

We became a nation where people could amass unlimited amounts of wealth with no governmental interference because the Constitution did not permit the government to levy taxes on income.  People were free to do whatever they wanted with their own money.  They could save, spend, donate, invest, hoard, or even destroy it if they wanted to.  The government wasn’t allowed to take care of people.  That was the task of family, churches, local communities, and individuals.  There was no social security (and therefore no social security taxes or contributions withheld from one’s pay), Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, education grants, or even foreign aid.  There was no war on drugs, poverty, or wealth.

Today we have a government that places such a burden on businesses and individuals through taxes, restrictions, and regulations that we can hardly breathe much less excel.  We are facing a President in Joe Biden who wants more and more control over every detail of our lives and a Congress that seems to be very willing to go along with those desires as they line their pockets, insulate their positions of power, and participate in living the life of an Elite Ruling Class.  This is a far cry from what the Founders envisioned, planned, tried to prevent, and would raise a call to arms if they were here today. 

So, I ask Congress, the President, the Supreme Court, Churches, and every governmental agency in existence, “Can I have my country back?”  I don’t like what you’ve done to it and want to rescind your claim to it, your power over it, and your handling of it.  WE THE PEOPLE want to take over and desire that you step aside and find gainful employment in the workforce like the rest of us.  We ask that you not live a life of luxury by placing the burden of paying for it on the backs of hard-working, tax-paying citizens.  Simply,

WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK!  In every election, from this day forward I, as a natural-born legal citizen will VOTE to take it back from your control.  If those elected do not honor this request then in the next election, I will VOTE to send you back home too.  I will do that and try to get as many people to join me as possible in every election UNTIL those who go to Washington and the State capitals LISTEN TO WHAT WE ARE ASKING.  We just want our Country back!    

God bless you and God bless America!

NOT YOUR DADDY’S DEMOCRATS…


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I grew up in rural East Texas and most of the people I knew called themselves Democrats.  However, that group of people wanted the federal government to stay out of their business, complained about high taxes, believed in the sanctity of marriage, considered military service honorable, and would have been appalled at the idea of allowing illegals free entry into this country.  Many of them thought that the Republicans caused the Great Depression and did not understand the common man.  However, they did not believe it was okay to destroy public or private property if someone got elected that was not of their political party or personal ideological views.  They revered the Union and believed that our Founding Fathers and the Framers of the Constitution produced a system of government, with checks and balances, that was to be respected and preserved.  I never heard any of them saying, “The President needs to be shot.”  That kind of language and mentality was foreign to them.

As time advanced and Dwight D. Eisenhower became the Republican nominee for President, Adlai Stevenson was the Democrat offering and many of those in my community voted Republican for the first time in their lives.  My father, a man that was far less interested in political party than political agendas voted for Eisenhower and never again voted Democrat in a Presidential election.  He found that his views and those of the national Democrats were not harmonious and without ever calling himself one, he became a Republican.  He felt that the Republicans were more concerned about the country and in that the common man than were the Democrats.  He voted for some Democrats on a more local and State level but by and large his vote and that of my mother was mostly Republican because of their Christian views and conservative beliefs.  Even those in our community that never voted Republican were vocally opposed to those they viewed as draft dodgers and protested in the streets.  They had been soldiers, sailors, airmen, or Marines in WWI, WWII, and Korea.  They were Democrats but so dramatically different than today’s Democrats they would not have been able to embrace what is happening today.

This President, Donald J. Trump, has been vilified like virtually no president in our modern history and possibly ever.  He is blamed for everything and given credit for nothing.  Even now, once Mr. Obama staked his claim on the economic success brought about by President Trump, the MSM has joined his chorus and the economic explosion of today is Obama’s economy, at least to them.  Most of us know that ludicrousness of that assertion and know that the economy did not take off in a positive direction until Obama’s regulations and restrictions, as well as his taxes, were dealt with.  It has been proven time and again that lower taxes produce job growth and increased revenue for the people and the government.  Yet, the mantra of the Democrats is Lower Taxes only benefit the rich and those dastardly rich, the society of which most of them are members, are evil beasts.

The Democrats, the Media, Hollywood, the Agitators, and Activist hate Donald J. Trump with a vengeance like I have never witnessed.  They appear willing to do anything and I mean any and everything possible to remove him from office and destroy him and his family.  I recently asked a Democrat, “Is it possible that your party is willing to harm people simply to damage Trump?”  This person was angered by my question and demanded that I explain.  I was grateful for the open door to attempt to elucidate and expand on my question.

In Puerto Rico, one year after Hurricane Maria there has been the discovery of hundreds of thousands of bottles of water meant for the victims of that storm.  Boxes upon boxes of unboxed bottles of drinking water covered with a blue tarp were uncovered.  Why?  The Mayor of San Juan repeatedly shouted to whatever camera and microphone she could find that President Trump was evil and incompetent.  Is it possible that she and they withheld this water from the victims seeking to do damage to Donald Trump?  I can only conclude the answer is yes.  If anyone is so incompetent they let this much water sit unused or so diabolical and vengeful they would withhold it from the victims, they are a danger to themselves and society.

But, alas, that is the theme of the Democrats today, it seems.  Maxine Waters has become increasingly vocal calling for disruption and even harm to all supporters of the President.  She continues to vow to ‘get him.’  I am convinced that had a Republican said that and continued to call for violence and chaos while threatening Barack Obama, that Republican would have been ostracized from the congressional halls and would likely be under indictment and in jail if not worse.  Yet, the Democrats are not censoring her, Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, Al Sharpton, or the Leftists in the media or Hollywood who are calling for harm to the president and his family.  Is This Really Happening?  Is This Really the State of the Democratic Party today?

How about PJ Media contributor and Fox News guest Denise McAllister who recently sent out a powerful tweet denouncing the abortion movement.  Within days she was being threatened with rape and murder as pro-abortion supporters came after her with a vengeance.  Her tweet: At the root of #abortion hysteria is women’s unhinged desire for irresponsible sex. Sex is their god. Abortion is their sacrament. It’s abhorrent as women have flung themselves from the heights of being the world’s civilizing force to the muck and mire of dehumanizing depravity. 7:26 AM – Sep 6, 2018brought death threats.  The proponents of abortion praised those attacking her and no one, it seems, on the Left called for civility or blasted the wrongness of those threats.  Is That Really Where We Are Today?  Is This the New Face of Politics in America?

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We have a clear choice in November between a party and candidates who justify this kind of behavior and one that wants to make America great and safe for everyone.  Sadly, too few of the Republicans running for office and the Establishment GOP are articulating the differences and enabling the public to understand the gravity of our choices and the value of voting in the midterms.  I like what President Trump said regarding the Immigration battle.  He said, “This election is a choice between Democrats who want to abolish ICE, and Republicans, who want to abolish MS-13.”  It really is that clear a choice.  Remember how Schumer and Pelosi defended MS-13?  You may not because the Democrat propaganda arms, the Media didn’t tell you what they said.

We cannot depend on honesty from the pollsters or the media.  We must fight the apathy that they are attempting to engender and inspire.  We must realize that if we stay home, it virtually becomes a vote for the Leftist in a backdoor manner.  I know that I often sound like a broken record, but we must talk to our family, friends, and neighbors and by word of mouth and volunteering to transport people to the polls if possible.  Voting in this election is not optional, it is necessary!

I will predict that if the Republicans hold the House and Senate the rioting and demonstrations we saw after President Trump’s election will pale in comparison.  The Left has become a Party of Violence and it will escalate.  However, let me also insert that I believe that even if the Democrats win in November there will be more riots, demonstrations, and protests of violent nature.  Why?  Because those engaged in the protests are being fueled by outside forces who want to destroy America and many of the protesters now believe that by doing their damage and destruction they are heard and get what they want, and they want more!

God bless you and God bless America!

 

 

CUTTING OFF THE NOSE TO SPITE THE FACE…


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I’m sure most have heard the phrase, “Don’t cut your nose off to spite your face.”  It is documented that the phrase has been used since the 12th Century and may have been used even before that.  Some legends report it as the result of an actual event by the nun, Saint Elba, the Mother Superior of the monastery of Coldingham Priory in 867 AD when Vikings from Zealand and Uppsala landed in Scotland.  She reportedly instructed the nuns to disfigure themselves in an attempt to appear unappealing to the Vikings.  Her solution was to cut off her nose and upper lip and the nuns followed her example.  Thus, the birth of the phrase was born, so it is reported.  It became a blanket term directed at what was deemed unwise and self-destructive actions often motivated by anger, desire for revenge, and hate.  There were reported incidents where a man would become so angered by his wife that he would burn down their house to punish her.  The lunacy of that action is clear.  In burning down the house to punish his wife he also punished himself and the rest of the family.

The Democrats and those Republicans, Conservatives, and those identifying as Constitutionalist who are part of the resistance and Never Trump movement seem to be doing just that, “cutting off their noses to spite their faces.”  Their desire to punish Trump and rid themselves of their nemesis and perceived menace is prodding them to actions and positions that not only could hurt Trump but EVERYONE!  That is absolutely insane in my humble opinion.  When celebrities, Democrats, Media Talking Heads, and those not Democrats who are filled with animosity toward this president can openly pine for our economy to fail, is that not an example of this flawed logic?  Are they so insulated from economic conditions they will not suffer if our economy goes in the tank?  Are they so insulated from the threat of terrorism that should our borders be thrown open and terrorist openly and freely enter this nation, they will not be endangered?  Are they so insulated and isolated that in advancing the idea of censorship, the loss of our 1st, 2nd, and 4th Amendment Rights they will never suffer the tyranny of whatever despotic powers that gain oversight of the nation?  I believe their actions are a clear example of “Cutting off their nose to spite their face.”  In hurting Trump and anyone who voted for or supports him they hurt themselves too.  That is lunacy!

Freedom of Speech must be Freedom for Everyone or it is Freedom for No One!  Our Inalienable Rights cannot be stripped away from some, whom we disagree without opening the door to the loss of those rights for everyone.  If anyone is so naïve as to believe that Politicians, Oligarchs, and Despots will honor those who helped them gain power and afford them the Rights they have destroyed for others, I weep for that person.  If we allow the assault on the 2nd Amendment to come to the fruition desired by the Leftists and Liberals of America, we will find that EVERYONE is placed in greater danger.  The Right of Self-Defense is not simply a Constitutional Right it is an Inalienable Right and one that MUST be protected in order to protect the other rights and freedoms we now enjoy.  The Right to Pursue Happiness and Worship according to the dictate of our hearts in a peaceable fashion and the Right to have and voice an opinion MUST be protected or we will plunge into the abyss of Tyranny where the only rights allowed are those deemed by the State or Despotic Head of the nation.  That is “cutting off the nose to spite the face” and it is ludicrous.

When I consider the options in our current electoral process I consider a vote that enables the Left to reclaim power or control of Congress an exercise in “cutting off the nose to spite the face.”  Millions refused to vote for Mitt Romney in 2012 resulting in Barack Obama being awarded a Second Term as President.  Those millions were, “sending a message”, so they declared and were willing to allow Obama a Second Term rather than vote for a candidate they did not like.  That, in my view, was “cutting off the nose to spite the face.”  Who was harmed by that action?  Not simply Mitt Romney or the Republican Party but EVERYONE or the vast majority of Americans not on the dole.  The Entitlement Crowd may be deemed to have benefitted from Obama’s Second Term but not America.  The sponsors of Terrorism and the Islamic Terrorist benefitted from his Second Term but not America.  BUT, millions decided that in order to express their dissatisfaction in the General Election they would “cut off their noses to spite their faces.”  Patriots and lovers of Freedom the time to send a message is in the Primaries, not the General Election if we want to keep America from plunging further into the darkness of Socialism, Liberalism, and Globalism.

I am 100% behind any effort to defeat the RINOs in the Primaries and to award the nomination to candidates who stand on the principles that made America the Great Nation she has been.  I am 100% behind seeking and electing candidates who are truly Constitutionalist and will staunchly defend and stand for the Rule of Law in the Primaries.  I am not saying abandon all principles and violate your conscience in the General Election but consider the consequences of our actions.  We must avoid, “cutting off our noses to spite our faces” in allowing the Liberal Leftists to regain power and continue the “fundamental transformation” that Barack Obama declared was his objective.  We must prevent the continued erosion of our Constitutional Rights and its recognized place and authority in our Republic.  I believe that doing anything other than DEFEATING THE LEFTIST in 2018 and beyond qualifies as “cutting off our nose to spite our face” because the harm is to EVERYONE, not just those we want to hurt.

If you are so filled with hate or hold to such opposition of this President that you are willing to do harm to America and yourself in order to defeat him, I ask that you stop and think of the consequences.  Who are you hurting?  You are hurting all of us and I beg you to reconsider that position.  America, we dare not “cut off our nose to spite our face” if we hope to fully restore Constitutionality to the Republic, Drain the Swamp to any measurable degree, and Dismantle the Deep State.  If we truly want Limited Government, then let’s prevent the Democrats and Leftists from reclaiming power in 2018 and then become devotedly and doggedly engaged in the effort to find, nominate, and elect true American Patriots in 2020 and begin the marathon of RESTORATION.  We can do this, but it will require us to stop self-destruction.  Some will protest and call me vile names even accuse me of being part of a Trump Cult but if you honestly evaluate what I am saying you will realize that I am PRO-AMERICA and willing to do whatever I can to protect and defend this Republic.

God Bless you and God Bless America!

AMERICA – We Cannot Afford Politicians…


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Our Freedom and Liberties are in dire straits largely because of Politicians and their Petty Politics.  I realize that with our wonderful system of government we will never be devoid of Politicians and as long as we have Politicians we will have Petty Politics, so what do we do?  There is a simple solution, but it is so simple, it is impossibly complex and would require a unification of ALL AMERICANS, therefore, it will never happen.  With that said, I could stop here and say – THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO, but THERE IS!  I know that I’ve sounded contradictory but if you will stay with me I’ll try to make sense out of the senselessness and explain what I mean, “We Cannot Afford Politicians.”

Because of the Career Elitist Politicians in Washington, D.C. in both parties we have a COST PROBLEM that is so astronomical it has created a debt we will never pay and a doom that is unavoidable.  How’s that for ‘gloom and doom?”  But, I truly do not see ‘gloom and doom’ but a ‘ray of hope’ for America IF and I do mean IF we will WAKE UP.   I want to address some issues that are so staggering the reasonable response is FEAR.  Our Founding Fathers and the Framers gave us ample warning against allowing Politicians to make Politics a Career, but we failed to heed their warnings.  They warned us about people with no scruples and of lacking moral character, but we failed to heed their warnings.  They warned us about allowing Politicians to load us with insurmountable debt, but we failed to heed their warnings. President Eisenhower warned us, “every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.”  Benjamin Franklin warned, “man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.”  Thomas Jefferson lamented, “History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.”  The warnings were ample, but we have failed to heed their warnings.

How did we fail?  We have allowed politicians to make a career out of politics and repeatedly return to Washington, DC and establish a network of cronyism that makes them rich and powerful and strips us of many of our liberties and freedoms.  We have allowed them to confiscate our money for purposes the Constitution made no provision.  We have allowed politicians to bribe the public with entitlements in order to buy votes.  I do not care if the politician is a Democrat or a Republican if they violate the Constitution they are no longer deserving of serving in Congress.  We have watched the Legislators sleep while Rome burned in the sense that various bureaucracies and governmental agencies to violate our rights and become partisan to the point of damaging our entire System of Government and our National Security and National Sovereignty.  THAT MUST END!

Recently, I saw documents from the Department of Health and Human Services that revealed that “Unaccompanied Alien Children” were processed into this country during the Obama administration.  Those ‘children’ included ‘violent criminals, drug smugglers, and human traffickers.’  Children?  Maybe chronologically but not emotionally or morally.  There were those who admitted to murder and being members of the MS-13 Gang.  Some of the children were raped and/or molested en route to the United States.  There were numerous reports of those children being “forced to kill” for Cartels and Human Traffickers.  Politicians have created an environment in which America Citizens are in danger physically from these “children.”  Because of the policies of the Obama administration and the ineptitude and inaction of Congress we do not know where most of those ‘children’ are today or what crimes are being committed.  THIS MUST END!

The fiscal cost of ILLEGAL Immigration is far beyond what anyone seems to realize or want to admit.  It is reported that between 51 and 76% of low-skilled immigrants are collecting some sort of welfare.  America, we cannot afford Politicians playing Politics with our economy or our national security.  The dangers posed both economically and physically are far too great to allow this to continue.  The Democrats have removed the ‘work requirements’ and ‘asset tests’ creating a climate where a person can receive welfare or some other form of ‘entitlement’ without having to make even a minuscule attempt to get out of their poverty.  NO, they can sit on their duffs and draw a check from those of who work and pay taxes.  THIS MUST END!

Recently, the followers of Toxic Liberalism on the Left removed all pretense of their intent to end Free Speech or Free Speech for anyone not agreeing with them.  They want to eliminate I.C.E., erase our borders, institute socialism, strip us of our right to ‘keep and bear arms’, and now their aim is squarely on our 1st Amendment Rights.  The New York Times contended that “Conservatives have weaponized the First Amendment.”  We have witnessed the perceived need for “Safe Spaces” for the Snowflakes of our Society, especially on College Campuses.  The argument is those fragile souls will be so traumatized by any views not agreeing with theirs.  Today, virtually everything is deemed ‘hate speech’ if it is not liberal and in harmony with the Liberal Leftist Socialist Progressive agenda.  Everything is labeled as some Phobic Mindset, Bigotry, Racist, Misogynists, or some other hateful characterization.  We are barred from mediums such as Facebook, YouTube, Google, Twitter or put in the P.C. Jail for a time.  THIS MUST END!

Religious Freedom is becoming endangered worldwide and America has been somewhat free of Religious Persecution for most of her history, that is changing.  The Democrats or those adhering to the Toxic Liberal view have virtually declared war on Religious Freedom especially if that is Christianity or even Judaism.  The number of nations worldwide that have placed significant limitations on religious freedom has risen to 83 which amounts to about 42% of countries.  The precursors of Religious Persecution are being seen in the rulings of States and Courts that American citizens who operate private businesses must accommodate views that violate their core religious convictions.  That is, if those views are biblical, if not then there is amazing exceptions made and those following traditional biblical views are ordered to comply or be put out of business, jailed, or fined excessively.  THAT MUST END!

The trampling of our Constitution by Politicians is an ever-present threat to our American System of Government and the longer we elect and re-elect politicians who refuse to fulfill their oath of office to ‘protect and defend’ the Constitution we will have this problem.  No, the problem will continue to expand and enlarge.  If we continue on the path we have trod for the past 40-50 years we are signing the Death Warrant and writing the Obituary of the Republic.  THAT MUST END!

You may agree with little I have said, but I have only scratched the surface of THE WHY we cannot afford Politicians or Politicians who are intent on playing Politics with our Liberties and Freedoms.  What can we do?  WE CAN VOTE!  In this election, it is imperative that we defeat the Democrats and then in every successive election we must seek to replace the politicians who are not true Constitutionalist with those who are both Citizen Representatives and true Constitutionalist.  IT IS UP TO US and we cannot depend on the Politicians to Police themselves, that is our job.  We are the owners of our government and we need to begin to act like it.  POLITICS is not a spectator sport it requires the hands-on involvement of every citizen.  ARE YOU WILLING? 

God bless you and God bless America!

INDEPENDENCE and FREEDOM…


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July 4th – Independence Day America!  The Fourth of July also known as Independence Day has been a federal holiday since 1941.  The tradition of public celebration dates back to the American Revolution.  On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Independence, and two days later delegates from 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said of December 7th, 1941 that it was a ‘Day that would live in infamy’ and I contend that July 4th, 1776 is also a Day that lives perpetually or should in the hearts of all Americans.  There were battles that broke out before that date dating back to April 1775 over one year earlier.  The foundation for War was being etched in stone and in the hearts of many in the colonies.  The pamphlet “Common Sense” published by Thomas Paine in early 1776 was a significant factor in the education of the public of the situation and articulated the reasons for demanding Independence.  It was not until June 7th, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia when Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence.  The ball was now rolling and the eventual prize of Liberty and Freedom was won years later.  But, July 4th, 1776 is a Key Date in our American History and one that far too few know anything about today.  John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date to celebrate the birth of America and turned down invitations to appear at July 4th events.  It is interesting that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th, 1826.

There were patriotic celebrations after the War and it became an even more popular tradition after the War of 1812 when the United States once again faced Great Britain.  In 1870, the United States Congress made July 4th a federal holiday but it was not until 1941 that the provision was expanded to make it a PAID HOLIDAY for all federal employees.  The most common symbol of our Independence is the American Flag accompanied by the playing of singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  That today is being tarnished with the disrespect to the flag and the sacrifices made by patriots and heroes of bygone eras as well as today’s heroes in combat.  I salute all who have served and are serving.  I salute all the first responders and law enforcement members.  I salute every American Patriot who loves America enough to give his or her life for Faith, Family, and Freedom as embodied in America!

On this day we celebrate our American Independence.  As we do, I hope that we do more than have the obligatory cookout, trip to the lake, picnic, or relaxing day off work.  I hope that we reflect on the incredible sacrifices made by the Revolutionary War Patriots and the amazing Gift of God in the Republic we know as the United States of America.  I realize that today many on the Left, the MSM, and Hollywood liberals do not see America in the grid of the Constitution and in harmony with the vision and desire of our Founding Fathers.  That makes me sad, but I face it as a reality.  They do not believe in the Original Intent of the Framers of the Constitution and often refer to that document as antiquated and outdated. Former President, Barack Obama called it a “Document of Negative Liberties” and lamented that it restricted the government too much and prevented him from doing what he wanted to do.  Although, he ignored it often, and declared that he was president and could do whatever he pleased.  He even said that if Congress failed to do his bidding he had a ‘pen and phone’ and would ‘go it alone.’  Those on the Left seem to believe that the Constitution is a living document that evolves with the changing whims of politicians and ideologies rather than being a concrete directive that gives perpetual guidance for a Free Society.  That makes me sad, but I accept it as a reality of the evolution of modern politics and the growth of Fabian Socialism and the toxicity of liberalism in America today.

As we reflect on July 4th, Independence Day, I am reminded of some interesting realities about the Original Patriots of this Great Nation.  In my studies, I found that it was Benjamin Franklin who first used the term “patriot” and used it regularly in the years before the American Revolution.  It appears that the term caught on and was embraced by the public and the military resulting in that distinction being given to the colonial soldiers who fought the British in the War for Independence.  Through the years I have come to realize that many seem to have a very romanticized view of the Revolutionary War.  I’ve heard those who are charged with teaching history contend that those fighting against the Loyalist or Tories were ideological soldier-farmers.  History does not support that assertion and historical facts reveal that General George Washington relied on poor laborers who were motivated to join the army because they were offered money and land for their service.  The record indicates that by 1778, half of those serving were not of English descent and the pay the soldiers were promised was often delayed or never arrived.  It was a massive struggle and that makes the success an even greater miracle and/or mystery.  To not see the hand of God and the providence of the Almighty in this victory is beyond my ability to comprehend.

As all conflicts that are rooted in politics and ideology, we discover that families were torn apart by the conflict and the differing ideological views.  One such example is Timothy Pickering, Jr., an adjutant general in General Washington’s Continental Army but his father remained a staunch Tory until his death.  Pickering entered the Revolutionary War as a Colonel in 1775 and after the War was appointed by President George Washington as ad interim Secretary of State on August 20, 1795, and elevated to the official position on December 10, 1795.  John Adams dismissed him on May 12, 1800.  When Pickering learned of his father’s imminent death, he wrote a letter to his father to thank him for his example, even when their opinions differed.  He said, “When I look back on past time, I regret our difference of sentiment in great as well as (sometimes) in little politics; as it was a deduction from the happiness otherwise to have been enjoyed.”  One of the many stories of how families were split over the decision to fight for independence and not all were as amicable as the Pickering situation.

One of the more light-hearted moments of the War came during or after the intense struggle in the Battle of Brandywine.  In 1777 where the Colonist were defeated by the British.  General Washington found a dog sniffing around the camp with tags indicating that it belonged to British General William Howe.  The dog was returned to General Howe with a note attached, “General Washington’s compliments to General Howe.  He does himself the pleasure to return his dog, which accidentally fell into his hands.”  There can be civility even in hostilities.

Everyone fighting on the side of the colonist was not a solid citizen and history reveals that some of the Patriots were Pirates.  Great Britain had the most powerful navy in the world in 1776 but the American Patriots managed to recruit some privateers and their armed ships to fight for the fledgling nation.  Nearly 800 vessels were commissioned, and they ultimately captured or destroyed approximately 600 British ships.  An American navy could never have defeated the British Armada those privateers caused about $18 MILLION in damage to British shipping by the end of the war. That would be over $302 MILLION in today’s dollars.

General George Washington was masterful in the use of spies and had an extensive spy network during the war!  The undercover patriots included farmers, tailors, merchants, ordinary citizens as well as military officials who were engaged in covert activities and spying.  The Spy Ring was directed by Benjamin Tallmadge or “John Bolton,” who created a complex system of coded messages for the operatives.  Women were also used and the network was complex and extensive.  Those spies listened in on British conversations at a vast arena of locations all over the colonies.  In 1780 they uncovered the British plan to ambush French troops and they spread misinformation about the size of the Colonial Army to the British.  This network was so successful that one British officer said, “Washington did not really outfight the British.  He simply out-spied us.”

Women played a significant role as was reflected in the efforts of Margaret Cochran who married John Corbin in 1772 and joined her husband in the war efforts. She cooked, did laundry, cared for the sick and wounded nursing them to health and even dressed as a man and joined her husband in the Battle of Fort Washington, assisting him in loading the cannon.  He was killed and she took over firing the cannon.  She too was wounded and her left arm nearly severed and her jaw severely wounded. She survived the battle and was awarded a life-long pension equivalent to one-half that received by male soldiers, becoming the first female combat veteran of the war to receive a pension.

One of the turning points in the war was fought in South Carolina in 1781 and was a major turning point in the Revolution.  The Battle of Cowpens was a major success for the American Patriots and thanks to the help of spy/messenger Catherine Moore Barry who knew the trails well notified the militia of the approaching British troops and helped General Morgan lay a trap for Cornwallis and the British providing a significant victory.

The amazing outcome and the subsequent establishment and development of the United States of America produced and continue to produce the best system of government and economics of any system practiced by man.  America won her Independence and became a Free Nation and would become the Free Constitutional Republic established with the ratification of the American Constitution.  I pray that on July 4th, 2018 we will remember what transpired in 1776 and then when the Constitution was signed and later ratified.  WE ARE FREE because of the sacrifices of many and because of the providence and hand of God.

God bless you and may we never forget the Gift He has given us.  God bless America!