CONSERVATIVES, CONSTITUTIONALIST, CHRISTIANS, and PATRIOTS – “Never Forget Who and What We Are Fighting.”


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Some will probably attempt to castigate me over the inclusion of Christians in my title, but I believe it is apropos and the importance of the political process to followers of the Christian faith is unmistakable.  I would never go as far as some on my side of the aisle and argument, that one cannot be a Christian and a Democrat.  I believe that is not only in error but rises to the level of Pharisaism that is important to avoid.  Just because people do not agree with us does not automatically make them evil, it may simply be they are misinformed or something, or it could mean that we are.  I always seek to stand with the revealed declaration of God through the Bible and in all matters political that conflict with those prescribed edicts I oppose the politics and/or the politician desires to advance those ideologies.

We are traversing some incredibly dangerous waters nationally and that causes great trepidation in my heart.  I am concerned, and almost fearful for my nation and believe that the rift between various sectors, ideologies, and peoples is plunging us headlong into the abyss of destruction.  The incessant diatribe and rhetoric of the Media, Hollywood liberal elitist, activist, and politicians is not just dangerous it is both diabolical and destructive.  I don’t care if you are on the Right or the Left if you are fanning the flames of hate and not actively seeking a peaceable solution to our differences you are or dangerously close to being part of the problem rather than the solution.  I will have push-back on that from both sides of the aisle but as a lover of Freedom, America, and God I can purpose no other course of action but trying to find common ground.  NO, I do not suggest that we violate our convictions ceding to the demands of agendas contrary and anathema to God’s Word.  I do not suggest that we cede our stance that the Constitution is the Law of the Land and our Inalienable Rights are not negotiable.  BUT, I do contend that we need to quell the anger, cease the superfluous diatribe and parroting of talking points and political soundbites and LISTEN to each other.  If we ever laid aside our biases and LISTENED, we would likely find more commonality than is being realized today.  We can continue the barbs and battle of words and find ourselves in a full-blown civil war that will destroy this Republic and allow for Tyrannical Despotism to arise out of a state of martial law.  NOBODY, on either side, should desire or be willing for that to transpire.

Recently in various states, there were special elections and primaries in which there were signs of corruption.  Some of the antics and events solidify my belief and argument that the Left is predisposed to doing whatever it takes to win or steal as many seats as possible in November.  In Ohio, the razor-thin lead by the Trump endorsed Republican over the Democrat has been taking some disturbing twists and with the input of John Kasich Ohio, one wonders how much help the Republicans will get from government officials in that state.  The miraculous discovery of “588” UNCOUNTED VOTES in a ‘so-called’ routine audit which provided a net gain of 190 votes for the Democrat is questionable. Amazingly, some of those votes were from people in excess of 115 years of age!  HOW CAN THAT HAPPEN?  How can the Dead Vote and that not be a problem?  It causes me to wonder what the outcome of the “provisional” and ‘absentee’ ballots will provide for the Democrat.  The plan of the Democrats is the eventual win by the Democrat. 

Why am I even concerned with this one race?  I am concerned because it appears that too many Republicans and Conservatives are willing to SIT HOME and allow the Left to win in November.  Many of us are unhappy with the GOP leadership in Washington in the House and Senate.  Many of us believe that the Republican Establishment is so anti-Trump they are willing to lose control of Congress and see America suffer rather than back his agenda, which is also the agenda of millions who voted for him.

If we allow the Democrats to regain power in November, there is far more at stake than meets the eye.  Think with me for a moment about the crucial committees that will be headed by Democrats should that happen.  Adam Schiff would most likely become the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee. THINK ABOUT THAT!  Adam Schiff!  Do you really want that to become a reality?  The congressman who brays like a Donkey about Russian collusion while covering up crimes by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, etc.  He would immediately halt any investigation into the Obama administration and focus all his energies and resources on Donald J. Trump.  He would turn that committee into a dogged determined “hunt for anything” against Trump and as we have already seen, the willingness to use phony intelligence and documents would not be off the table for him and them.

It does not take a Blue Wave for the Democrats to regain power.  It would only take a few thousand conservatives, constitutionalist, patriots, and/or Christians in each of the 23 pivotal congressional districts to STAY HOME and they achieve their objective.  Even if a ONE DEMOCRAT majority transpires we are in deep trouble in America.

If the Democrats continue their path toward Socialism and Big Government where Big Brother dictates every dimension of our lives they will either destroy themselves or the Republic.  On Donald Trump’s watch, we have seen unemployment drop to 3.8%, economic growth has doubled that of the Obama administration, taxes have been cut for 8 of 10 Americans, and the Obamacare individual mandate has been repealed.  We have seen serious efforts to overhaul the VA and there is a concerted effort to secure our borders and much more.  Yet, there are those who are Conservatives, Constitutionalist, Patriots, Republicans, and Christians who are so adamantly opposed to President Trump they cannot see the forest for the trees and deny, deny, deny his successes and ours.

I will say again and brace for the assault that will come from some detractors, “Donald Trump is not the enemy of America, Toxic Liberalism as demonstrated in the National Democratic Party is.”  No, I am not saying that every Democrat is the enemy of America but those at the top and those embracing the toxicity of the Liberal Socialist Agenda are!  We can prevent any rise in power by the Leftist in November IF and that is the key.  IF we Unite, become engaged, and participate in the Elections.  IT IS UP TO US!

God bless you and God bless America!

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THE HEAVY WEIGHT OF HATE…


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I wish that I did not feel the need to write this article on HATE but I do.  I wish that the answer to Rodney King’s question, “Can’t we all just get along?” was YES, but it isn’t.  I wish that we could agree to disagree, be amicable, fight for our ideological positions in a civil manner, but it seems we cannot.  At least not in today’s PC Correct Political World.

It is my contention that the Liberal Left hates Donald J. Trump with such a passion that they would dance in the streets were he to meet his demise and no longer be present on Planet Earth.  I also contend that they hate him, not just because of who he is but because he has, largely, sided with those of us on the Right who stand for Conservative Constitutional Christian values.  They hate us and they hate him and now it is virtually impossible to determine who they hate more, him or us – but HATE US THEY DO.

Remember Hillary calling us DEPLORABLES and Obama’s description of us was BITTER CLINGERS who held onto our guns and their religion.  They hated us long before Donald Trump arrived on the political scene and will hate us long after he is gone.  The Inspector General’s report confirmed what it denied – POLITICAL BIAS in the FBI and if the truth were told in the DOJ, CIA, NSA, Homeland, and so many governmental bureaucracies.  The political bias is one-sided as was clearly revealed in the IRS scandals under Lois Lerner where conservative and Christians groups were targeted.  The FBI’s Peter Strozk and those working with him were determined to STOP TRUMP at all costs and it is now apparent that the costs will be astronomical for America going forward.  HATE is a powerful motivator, clouds all sense of reason, and justifies actions calling them the moral high-ground or righteous.  HATE is destructive, not productive and anyone who engages in the fury of hate is not just hurting the object of their hate but themselves as well.

Those who are classified as the middle-class have long experienced the intolerance and hatred of the Progressive Socialistic Liberal Leftists, largely Democrats on a national level.  The language and rhetoric of Hollywood and media personalities such as Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Joy Behar, Jimmy Kimmel, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Maher, and an endless list of others are utterly repulsive.  I have never tried to paint Donald J. Trump as a saint but do believe that God had a hand in his election. You may disagree and argue that God does not get involved in politics.  I would argue against that based on the entire Bible and such references that inform us that he sets up and takes down leaders and that He is concerned with every detail of our lives.  If He is, as some like to argue, an “absentee landlord” then He is not the God of the Bible, in my view.  I don’t pray for God to help my favorite sports team win over another team but I do pray that God guide this nation and the elections directly impact the direction of the nation, so YES, I believe He gets involved.  HATE is never acceptable and it matters not if it is coming from the Left or the Right, HATE IS WRONG!

The PC Police of today, the censorship by Liberal Universities and the cry for silencing everything on the Right labeling it HATE SPEECH is rooted in hate, not the advancement of our nation or society.  The demand for TOLERANCE by the Left while demonstrating UNBENDING INTOLERANCE is not simply the result of hypocrisy it is the fruit of the root of HATE.  There are those who so HATE this President and any of us who support him to the point they would be filled with glee were America’s economy to collapse, and this President was to fail at every turn in diplomacy and the fulfillment of his campaign promises.  I wish I could say this was a passing fad or condition but I believe it is the result of decades of HATE being taught and caught and is now generational as well as ideological.  We are living in a world where we have at least two if not three generations of indoctrinated haters in all aspects of our society.  That can only result in dire times and incredibly dark days for America and Americans.

Let me give you a sampling of some things said by Liberal Leftists Democrats regarding those on the Right:

  • Montel Williams – “Michele Bachmann, slit your wrists. Go ahead… or, do us a better thing.  Move that knife up about two feet. Start right at the collarbone.”
  • Rapper Everlast’s tirade was filled with “F” bombs about the president and suggested that if the Secret Service was not on their toes, he’d take out the president.
  • Bill Maher – “I have zero doubt that if Dick Cheney was not in power, people wouldn’t be dying needlessly tomorrow… I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”
  • Courtland Milloy – “I know how the ‘tea party’ people feel, the anger, venom, and bile that many of them showed during the recent House vote on health-care reform. I know because I want to spit on them, take one of their “Obama Plan White Slavery” signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads.”
  • Charles Karel Bouley said on the air – “I want MF Joe the plumber dead.”
  • Representative Paul Kanjorski, (D-PA) – suggested putting Governor Scott from Florida against the wall and shoot him.
  • Stephen Crockett called for strapping Katherine Harris and Ken Blackwell to an electric chair and light them up like Christmas trees.
  • Allan Brauer, the communications chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County said to Ted Cruz staffer Amanda Carter – “May your children all die from debilitating, painful, and incurable diseases.”
  • Dan Savage – “I wish they (Republicans) were all (blankety-blank) dead.”

I try to be cautious about saying anything about someone deceased but Chef Anthony Bourdain said that he would poison Donald Trump if he had the chance.  Remember Kathy Griffin and a host of others and the vile language and calls for violence against Trump and his supporters.  THAT IS HATE!

We can never achieve the greatness that America was and can be if we continue down the road of HATE.  Some may not like this statement, but WE NEED A REVIVAL IN AMERICA.  We need a move of God where hearts are changed.  We do not all have to agree or want the same thing but we need to be healed from the condition of HATE that is now prevalent.

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!

 

WHY I STILL HAVE HOPE…


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My heart has been heavy over this past year because of the over-the-top diatribe, rhetoric, protests, incessant wrangling and partisan jockeying to hurt, remove or destroy the duly elected President of these United States.  Couple that with the activities or lack of support by the Establishment Republicans and the Never Trump crowd, we have seen a golden opportunity slip through our fingers.  I and many others warned after the election in 2016 that we had a very small window of opportunity given us.  That opportunity was to restore and reclaim our Constitutional Republic, rekindle the Spirit of 1776 advancing the cause of Constitutional Liberty and Freedom, jumpstarting the economy, securing the border, and reestablishing America at the forefront of world policies and politics.  There is a country song by Dierks Bentley, “What Was I Thinkin’” and I often wonder what the Republicans have been thinking?  I have wondered and still do, what they perceive is the benefit of being weights against the progress of the conservative agenda that enabled Donald J. Trump to win the Presidency and the Republicans to maintain control of both Houses of Congress?  I would like to confront each of them and ask, “What Are You Thinking?”  Better yet, “Why Aren’t You Thinking?”

That being said, I STILL HAVE HOPE for America!  NO, I do not think we will successfully drain the Swamp or dismantle the Deep State during President Trump’s first term in office.  There are too many so-called Republicans who claim to embrace the principles of constitutionalism and conservativism who have been and will continue to resist.  What are they thinking?  Do they honestly believe that all their constituents are so blind, dumb, and lazy that we cannot see what is happening and recognize the MISSED OPPORTUNITIES?  I do believe the answer to that is, YES!  They have been successful at the polls enough they believe that we will forgive and forget, or we will never truly understand the damage they are doing and the squandering of opportunities.  HEY, CONGRESS – We are waking up!

Someone asked me, “Roy do you believe it is your assignment to save the world?”  I wish I could, but NO I believe that it is my assignment to INFORM as many people as I can regarding what is happening in politics and life and point them to a BETTER WAY.  I don’t know how many I have won over effecting a change of mind or heart during the past few years of active involvement on Social Media, and speaking wherever and whenever I can to expose the lies and present the truth politically, economically, and societally.  I have a better handle on those I have influenced positively spiritually and that is far more important to me.  Yet, I hope I have been an encouragement to those who are lovers of Liberty and Freedom and American Patriots.  I hope that I have, at times, armed you with information that enables you to solidify your beliefs and counter the leftist liberal arguments of Progressivism and Socialism.  If I have, then my time has been well spent.  On Facebook, I only go a few days at a time before someone bids me adieu because of some stance I have taken either politically, morally, or biblically.  I don’t always know why they left or who it is that left but my friends list decreases.  I only mention that to say, I take heart in the words of Winston Churchill, “You have enemies?  Good.  That means you’ve stood up for something, in your life.”   Jesus said in Luke 6:26, “Woe to you when all people speak well of you and praise you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.”  He went on to admonish us to do good to those that hate us and that is incredibly difficult to do.  However, He did not say concede to their demands that you follow their ideological view when it is contrary to right and reason.  He prayed and urged us to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

But why am I still Hopeful?  There are many factors in my HOPE that I wish to mention and know that you will be able to add much more to this list.  I have HOPE because American is a Constitutional Republic.  We are not yet subjected to the whims of a Tyrant or Oligarchy, although the Ole Boy Crowd is trying to force that upon us.  The Courts, although failing at times, still recognize the Constitution as the Law of the Land.  The American people are showing signs of waking up and desiring a return to Constitutionalism in this nation.  We managed to defeat one of the most prolific leftists in modern American history in Hillary Rodham Clinton in November 2016 and maintained control of both Houses of Congress.  The Constitution has provided us a basis of self-government for 241 years, if we use July 4, 1776, as the birthdate of the Republic.  Even Barack Hussein Obama lamented that the Constitution was a document too restrictive on government and that it was a document of “negative liberties.”  He believed as do the leftist that our Rights come from Government, but the Founders and Framers insisted they do not come from man but for the Creator Himself and therefore man has no right to attempt to take them away.  Therefore, providing we can secure the appointment of additional Supreme Court Justices who will honor the Constitution and Rule of Law we will not only survive but thrive and can return to our constitutional and moral moorings that enabled the United States of America to become the great nation she has been for these 200 plus years.

I have HOPE because I believe in God and believe in the power of prayer.  You may vehemently disagree that God’s hand was in the election of 2016 and that is your right, but I believe that the polls were not that wrong UNTIL something changed hearts and minds as they went to the voting booths across this land.  What was that something?  I believe it was God giving America another chance and opening a small window of opportunity for us to RETURN to the Principles upon which this nation was founded and has survived almost 2 ½ centuries.  PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME that I am saying that Donald J. Trump is a saint or even a righteous man.  I don’t know his heart so I will leave that determination to the Lord Himself.  However, I do believe that in his heart of hearts something happened to him to inspire him to run for office with a desire to see America return to her former greatness.  I also believe that during the campaign, based on what I observed and what I’ve heard from some men of God who had direct contact with him, that there was a new or renewed willingness to pursue what is right and needed in America.  He is not the typical political ideologue and therefore his manner of doing things is outside the proverbial politically box.  He is who he is and has always been.  He is a fighter, a businessman, and as most politicians quite egotistical.  I believe that his business background and desire for success affords him the ability to cross political lines to get things done.  He appears more interested in achieving the objective than who he works with to get there.  That can be good and bad depending on the objective and the compromises made.

How can we ignore the incredible rise in the Stock Market, and the willingness to take on difficult issues as well as restoring America’s stance with despots and terrorist to a position of strength?  Again, you may disagree with that assessment, but the judicial appointments encourage me.  However, the inclusion of some Swamp Denizens in his cabinet and the allowing Obama holdovers to remain in various appointive positions is troubling.  I choose to give him the benefit of the doubt and pray that he will do the right thing for America and continue to move us toward a return to Constitutionalism.  If he does that, America will reap the rewards for decades to come.

I have HOPE because I see the opportunity if the GOP Establishment will get out of the way, to solidify the hold on Congress in 2018 and take a giant step in 2020.  It could go bad quickly if the Establishment makes 2018 a carbon copy of 2017 in their resistance to what we voted for and what they promised.  But, I HAVE HOPE that enough people will intercede, become involved in the process, and exercise their Constitutional Right and VOTE for America in every election.

God bless you and God bless America!

THE QUESTION NOBODY SEEMS TO WANT TO ASK???


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In today’s politically correct world where the Left continually argue that the millionaires and billionaires are evil, press for redistribution of wealth, and fan the flames of CLASS WARFARE regarding MONEY something is missing, in my view.  When did it become socially, morally, and politically right to take from someone who earned, created, or inherited and give it to someone who did nothing to deserve it?  I have a question for all the HATERS of those who are wealthy, (I am not wealthy or a hater).  If someone is worth $100 today and 3, 5, 10 years later through their entrepreneurial ventures, hard work, or good fortune become worth $100 million how is that wrong and how is it right for you to expect to share in their wealth?

I agree with Thomas Jefferson in his letter to Joseph Milligan dated April 6, 1816, “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”  James Madison said it in a different way when he addressed the Virginia Convention, “It is sufficiently obvious, that persons and property are the two great subjects on which Governments are to act; and that the rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. These rights cannot well be separated. The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.”  If you earned it, worked for it, invented something or inherited something IT IS YOURS and NO ONE deserves any portion of it other than what you CHOOSE to share with them.  If they are in your employ they deserve their salary and any agreed upon benefits or bonuses you choose to convey to them, NOTHING MORE.  If your good fortune is to become wealthy that is nothing to me unless an inspiration to try harder, venture and risk more and strive to climb that ladder.  The Bible warns against COVETOUSNESS.  It also addresses GREED, but a greedy heart affects me only as I do business with that individual.

Warren Buffett, reportedly worth over $75 BILLION continues to spin the idea that there is something inherently flawed and possible evil in our Capitalist System while enjoying the benefits of that system.  His rhetoric is a page out of the Leftist Playbook and although he and other MULTI-BILLIONAIRES talk about how mistreated and lacking the rest of society is, few of them are opening their checkbooks to those who are on the lower end of the spectrum.  Some of them do, but the problem is not that the system is flawed it is that some do not invest the time, energy, ideas, and pursue the doors of opportunity to achieve that dream of wealth.  Many complain about some from other parts of the world who immigrate to America becoming wealthy.  On one hand, when the government subsidizes those individuals but not natural born Americans I find that objectionable.  But, when I view the work ethic, the entrepreneurial energy and willingness to risk all that produces success I applaud and sometimes am shamed by the fact that I have not demonstrated the same enterprise.

It is my personal view, and that of our Founders and the Framers of the Constitution that PROPERTY RIGHTS are as important as the other rights.  I wonder how it would be perceived today had the Declaration of Independence used the Lockean formula, “life, liberty, and property” rather than “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”  That would be a death knell to the Leftist Democrat philosophy and argument that the rich are evil and their ability to engender CLASS HATRED in millions.  Would it have caused or cause people to realize that what one has is theirs and if you do not have it is incumbent on you to either recognize you cannot afford it and deal with that or labor and save to acquire it?  Would it have inspired more to RISK in the arena of economics?  Would it diffuse the Class Hatred?  Had that been the stated philosophy in the Declaration of Independence rather than the inferred philosophy it possibly would have an effect on many today.  That was the view of our Founders and Framers and not until we entered the 20th Century where people adopted a mentality of entitlement and political bribery to secure votes people may have envied the rich but they understood a simple truth, forgotten today.  That truth was that what someone else had was theirs and theirs alone!

In the new TAX REFORM bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President the political views on both sides of the aisle have allowed it to be flawed.  There are good things in it, but there is bad in it as well.  Take the property tax exemptions being reduced, that is bad not for blue states or red states but PEOPLE.  If you used your money to purchase the property it is yours.  Some Republicans called the deduction a government subsidy.  SERIOUSLY?  I paid taxes on the money used to buy the property and now I must pay taxes on the property and now by paying this tax and not being allowed to deduct it, I am paying more taxes or in a very real sense a second tax on that money.  If we had a flat or fair tax I would find it less offensive to take the mortgage deduction away.  However, when anyone argues it is not fair because everyone cannot afford a mortgage I go back to the arguments of Jefferson and Madison and ask, “Is everyone entitled to a mortgage?”  Are we a Socialist country where the government basically owns everything, and everyone has property equally or are we a Free Enterprise nation where our financial system is capitalism?  Are we obligated to guarantee everyone a home, a job, a car, a cell-phone, the internet, a computer, or even healthcare?  Have we become a nation where what you have or what you have earned is not yours but belongs to the government allowing them to redistribute it to whomever they choose? 

If you become a BILLIONAIRE overnight that affects me ZERO and I will never hate you for being so fortunate.  I will fight against envy for that is biblically and morally wrong.  I may admire you and be inspired by your good fortune or success and listen carefully for opportunity’s knock on my door, but hate you I will not.  No, I do not believe that simply being rich makes one evil.  I do not believe that anyone has the right to demand from another what that person has earned or owns.  It may be morally questionable for them to horde their wealth and ignore the plight of others, but I have no right to demand they SHARE THE WEALTH.  I have the right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” which would include the right to attempt to climb the ladder of success.  I personally, invested most of my adult life in the gospel ministry and in that have not amassed a lot of this world’s goods.  That is not a complaint because I would not trade my experience and service for the billions of the Warren Buffets of this world.  I know what it is to live from paycheck to paycheck or offering to offering.  I know what it is to pray your vehicle from one destination to another asking for divine help in keeping it intact and running because there was not enough money to replace or repair it.  I know what it is like to make $50 per week and spend $25 every two weeks at the doctor’s office caring for a child.  I know what it is like to be POOR and I know what it is like to have enough to not worry about things like I mentioned.  As the apostle Paul, “I know what it is like to be abased and to abound” but neither is my focus.  If I ENVY you and allow HATE to develop a root of bitterness will develop and I will be affected and others as well.  I, as do most of you, know some wealthy people who are incredibly generous and some who are stingy.  I believe Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you.  They will pour into your lap a good measure – pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more].  For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.”  What you GIVE you GET.  You reap WHAT you sow, LATER than you sow, and MORE than you sow.  If you have abundance, I praise God for you that He has blessed you so.  If you have lack, I pray to God that He provide your every need according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus.  Yes, I connect my faith to my politics and make no apology for it because it has shaped my worldview and life view.

God bless you and God bless America!

 

 

WHAT WE NEED IS A SPIRITUAL REVIVAL AND RENEWAL…


BLOG POST 2 - Revival

I am cognizant that some who read what I write do not share my Christian faith and may disagree with my assertion or argument that what America needs is a Spiritual Revival or Renewal.  I believe that this nation has drifted from its moral moorings and the only way we are going to truly restore, revive, preserve, and perpetuate our Republic is to return to our moral and spiritual moorings as well as our constitutional foundations.  I do not believe that is possible aside from a God.  There again, if one does not believe in God or does not believe God involves Himself in the affairs of men, my argument may be like fingernails on a chalkboard.  But, if you do believe in God and can see, even slightly, the drift in our moral foundations I would encourage you to engage in Prayer for this nation.

Some argue vehemently and stand staunchly against anything biblical being connected to matters of state.  They adopt the argument of “Separation of Church and State” as being a mandate to eliminate everything biblical or of the Christian faith from physical properties or political deliberations in government.  I disagree!  I do believe, as is detailed in our Constitution and validated in the writings of our Founders and the Framers of the Constitution that WE THE PEOPLE should be allowed the Free Exercise of our Faith and Worship. I also believe, as that document details that the State SHOULD NOT establish a national church or name any religion as the State Religion.  Additionally, I believe that the teachings of the Bible and the precepts taught in the Christian Religion were an integral part of the deliberations of those men who hammered out our Constitution and System of Government.  I believe that the moral precepts and principles taught in the Bible have been a strong fiber in our preservation as a Republic for these 200 plus years.  You may disagree and that is your right.

I cannot ignore the many references those men made to the Bible and how important they believed its truths were to our society.  That is evidenced by their inclusion of the Bible in public education, their prayers for God’s favor in deliberations, the fact that Congress printed a Bible for public consumption, and much more.  I am sure that many of you are aware that the Capitol Building, often served as a home for religious gatherings in times past.  Today, that would incur the ire of many and would land in the courts in protest.  Amazingly, our Framers and the Founders did not see it as a violation of the so-called “Separation” many demand today.  For most of the 1800’s, the Capitol building also served as a Church building and became the largest congregation in Washington, D.C. It also hosted Christian gatherings other than weekly church worship services.  In 1844, according to Congressional records: Congress ordered that the use of the Hall of this House (the Capitol) be allowed to the American Bible Society on Tuesday evening next.

It was in that particular gathering that John Quincy Adams, a very elderly man and serving as a member of the House of Representatives as well as an officer in the American Bible Society addressed the gathering in the House Chamber.  The same room he would die in three years later.  He reminisced about his decades of involvement with the Society and said: “Fellow citizens and members of the Bible Society: In taking the chair as the oldest Vice President of the society, I deem myself fortunate in the opportunity… to bear my solemn testimonial of reverence and gratitude to that Book of books, the Holy Bible… Having been taught in childhood the unparalleled blessings of the Christian Gospel, in the maturity of manhood I associated with my brethren of that age for spreading the light of that Gospel over the face of the earth [the American Bible Society was founded in 1816 by several distinguished Found Fathers] … It is a soothing consolation to my last hours that having so long been associated in this cause with the fathers, I still find myself associated in it with the sons.” 

He was so thrilled with the fact that this society and Christianity was able to express itself in the Hallowed Halls of the American Capitol he reportedly wept.  He believed and expressed his belief that the Society would continue and that our government would always recognize the importance of the Bible and God in our deliberations.  Sadly, he was wrong!  Rather than continuing to recognize the Bible’s importance in life and government the litigations to prevent that continue to increase in number each year.

He concluded his remarks saying: “The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith.  Whoever believes in the Divine Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth.  Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to hope than they appear to be at the present time.  And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made “bare His Holy arms in the eyes of all the nations, and the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”  Isaiah 52:10

I believe that the greatest need America has today in all aspects including social, economic, and political is a return to our founding principles and, in my view, that will ONLY COME through a Spiritual Revival and Renewal.  Therefore, I call all who believe in prayer and follow the Christian Religion to join me in praying for America.  We cannot overcome hate with hate.  We cannot survive divided to the point of violence in our society.  We cannot prosper as a nation when we violate the basic principles of Human Rights and Human Dignity.  We cannot devalue human life to the place that it is an afterthought to slaughter millions of innocent babies in the womb.  Some politicians are advancing the idea of “full term abortions” and how that can be deemed anything, but murder is beyond my ability to comprehend.  Our Framers and the Founders established this Republic on a basic principle that we must return to All men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights including, LIFE, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of HAPPINESS.”  No one is owed anything except the right to pursue their inalienable rights.

God bless you and God bless America!

 

AMERICA, I WEEP FOR YOU…


BLOG POST 3- Weeping

Before you attempt to castigate me for that statement and attack my personal view and beliefs, let me ask, “Do you not see a deterioration in moral fabric in this beloved nation?”  If you do not, then what I have to say will be like fingernails on a chalkboard to you and I suggest you stop reading now UNLESS you are willing to consider views other than your own.  If you do see the deterioration and are willing to consider other views, I invite you to hear what I have to express and if it resonates you can take the appropriate action but if it doesn’t you can dismiss it.  It is entirely your decision.

I am weeping for my nation because of the hate, the divisiveness, the hypocrisy, and the departure from any reasoned attempts at discussing the problems facing us today.  Rudyard Kipling’s Poem “The Ballad of East and West” contains the infamous line that could be modified and appropriately describe the division between segments of our society.  Kipling wrote, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet…”  I suggest that we could adapt that and correctly say, “Right is Right and Left is Left and never the twain shall meet…” or “Liberalism is Liberalism and Conservativism is Conservatism and never the twain shall meet…”  I would not say, “Democrats are Democrats and Republicans are Republicans and never the twain shall meet” because in the Establishment of both Parties they do meet and are often unified in their ideological belief in Big Government.

There are those who seek to create such a division between ethnicities that the only likely conclusion is bloodshed and that causes me to weep.  There are those who want to “fundamentally transform America” from being the Constitutional Republic our Framers and Founders hammered out and that makes me weep.  There are those who seek to so blur the lines of distinction between male and female that there we become a genderless society, and that makes me weep.  There are those who seek to instill such political correctness in America that only the views, ideologies, and agendas of the Liberal Leftist are acceptable and mandate by law that all comply, and that makes me weep.  There are those who feel justified in trashing, vilifying, and attacking any view, not in harmony with their own, and that makes me weep.  There are those who seek to eliminate God and anything from the Bible from society, destroy the traditional family and make morality and ethics an antiquated adventure, and that makes me weep.  There are those who seek to destroy our national sovereignty and make America a borderless nation where constitutional citizenship is meaningless and thereby rob us of our nationality, and that makes me weep.  There are those who would infringe upon our inalienable rights and impose on everyone their narrow views politically, morally, ethically, and societally, and that makes me weep.

In the midst the ever-expanding revelation of the apparent moral atrocities of Harvey Weinstein, Saturday Night Live failed to skewer him as they have the President and others.  That was a bit curious but is reflective of a condition in America that is cause for weeping and concern.  They had gone after Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Anthony Weiner, Donald Trump, and others but not one peep about Weinstein.  WHY?  When Lorne Michaels the creator of the show was asked about that, his response was revealing and hypocritical.  He said, “it’s a New York thing” because Weinstein is apparently from New York.  Seriously?  Could I ask, “Where is President Trump from?”  I do believe it is New York so why give Harvey Weinstein a pass and skewer the President at every opportunity?  It stems from the view that only the view of the Liberal Left is acceptable and anything and everything is excusable if committed by a Democrat or Leftist.

The co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che demonstrated further cause for weeping at the divisiveness, hypocrisy, and moral deficiency existing in this nation.  They also highlighted the lack of rational reason and used their show to promote “gun control” in a supposititious manner.  They were highly disturbed the Stephen Paddock owned 47 guns and I contend the number of guns is not the problem but the intent and purpose he had for those guns.  Jost in a clearly self-righteous manner said, “No one should own 47 of anything!”  He continued his diatribe saying, “If you own 47 cats you are not a responsible cat owner, you are a crazy cat lady.  And unlike with guns, the government will actually come and take you cats away because everyone agrees that’s insane.”  Do you see his inference?  According to Mr. Jost, if we don’t want the government to take away our guns he deems us insane.  His co-host chimed in saying that someone needs to tell the gun-owing “snowflakes” they can’t buy firearms in excess.  We are the snowflakes?  I laughed at the idiocy of that statement.  He then went on a rant saying, “I mean, why is it so hard to get gun control in this country?  I mean, who are these delicate snowflakes that we can’t just tell, ‘No, you’re not allowed to have 40 guns anymore, Earl.”  He then suggested a gun buyback program and inferred that gun owners were men with undersized male genitalia.  The vulgarity of these self-proclaimed experts on what is best for society is disgusting and reveals a problem in this nation concerning our moral fabric and our drift in our moral moorings.

I weep for America because there are professors in college classrooms telling their students that the problems existing today are caused by white men, conservatives, Christians, and guns.  They provide encouragement and even incitement of violence against that which they do not agree with, and that is cause for weeping.  I weep for America that the former first lady could seriously tell her followers that blacks do not trust the Republican Party because it is “white men” and that any woman that did not vote for Hillary did not like her own voice.  That is sexist and racist and is a cause for concern because it fans the flames of hate that have been growing in an ever-increasing manner over the past eight years.

I weep for America because, in my view, we have drifted from our moral and spiritual moorings and become so self-centered and suffer from such a sense of entitlement many believe they are owed what they do not have and violence is an acceptable means of acquiring it.  Our Founders and Framers possibly never envisioned a time in which there would be such a deterioration of our founding principles we would disintegrate as a Republic.  However, I am convinced they saw it, repeatedly warned against it, and made provision whereby we could avoid it.  I weep because we have not listened and have allowed a morally and ethically deficient mindset to become prevalent.

You may totally disagree with me and that is your right and choice.  My views are admittedly formed from my religious and conservative beliefs.  I long for us to become, once again, that nation where the inalienable rights of all mankind are honored.  We can be that great nation that has been a beacon for the world if we are willing to do what is necessary to return and embrace those principles that made America the America that earned the respect of the world.  The America that was the envy of the world.

God bless you and God bless America!