MY CRYSTAL BALL IS BROKE… But…


BLOG POST 1 - Crystal Ball Broken

I don’t have a crystal ball so it isn’t broken BUT I can see the writing on the wall and know some of the tactics and patterns practiced by the Leftist and Deep State.  Therefore, I am 100% convinced that several things are absolute with regard to the trumped-up Russian investigation and the ever-expanding probe of Special Counsel Robert Muller.  He has already gone far beyond the scope of the proposed investigation and has used some very questionable tactics in his investigation and serving of warrants, etc.  He has a directive from the Leftist, Democrats, Establishment Elites, and the Deep State to FIND SOMETHING.  Not necessarily the truth but something that can damage Donald J. Trump and possibly end his presidency.

He, as did James Comey, already has enough documented evidence on Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Barack Obama to indict not to mention the illegalities of his buddy James Comey.  But, I’ll bet you a dollar to a donut hole that he will NEVER bring anything forth against any of them.  He, as have the Democrats and media found the net empty regarding any Russian collusion between Trump and the Russians so he must turn his attention to subordinates, volunteers, and family members of the president to try to pressure him to resign or allow Congress to issue articles of impeachment.  I do not gamble but I would hazard a guess that before they are through SOMEONE connected to President Trump will be indicted or offered a deal to turn on Trump.  It won’t matter if it is true or not, all they need is someone connected to Trump to say that he is guilty.  He has already been tried and convicted in the minds of the Leftist, Democrats, Establishment Elites, and the Never Trumpest so any suggestion by someone connected regardless of how remotely or closely that he either knew or was involved in something illegal or unethical.  Will they get it?  When it comes to people’s freedom and ability to continue to make money one never knows.

We know that James Clapper has lied repeatedly to Congress about the scope of their eavesdropping on people connected to the president.  We know that the Obama team has acknowledged they unmasked citizens who were not connected to any foreign threat and it is clear those being unmasked were exposed for political purposes.  We know that the criminal activities of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and her aid or employee and those of Hillary Clinton and many others have been ignored and it is troubling that the Republicans would allow this to continue but equally troubling that they have not demanded a Special Counsel to investigate the activities of the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton.  WHY HAVE THEY NOT?  The answer is simple, in my mind.  It is because they also hate Trump and want this person they consider an interloper removed and a clear message sent to all “outsiders” that they are not welcome in the political pool.  They want to put enough trepidation in the hearts of any person from outside the Establishment about the consequences of running they have little opposition.  How can we fix that?  VOTE THE ESTABLISHMENT OUT.

I cannot explain why Donald Trump backed Luther Strange in Alabama over Judge Roy Moore a true Constitutional Conservative.  There are many possibilities including the idea that if the President backed Mitch McConnell’s man Mitch might be more willing to advance the things the president wants.  If that is the thought, Mr. President, I suggest you begin a watch party for unicorns on the South Lawn and have someone document every flying pig they see flying overhead.  IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!  Mr. President, if you truly meant what you said during the campaign and have demonstrated, at least somewhat as president, then you need Senators like Roy Moore not Establishment Elitist like Mitch McConnell and his man Luther Strange.

How many of the Republicans in Congress would vote to Impeach if the articles were presented?  How many in the Senate would vote to convict if the President were Impeached by the House of Representatives?  It is one thing for the House to Impeach a president and we must never forget that impeachment is usually a political statement.
As we saw with Bill Clinton it is meaningless UNLESS the Senate votes to convict and remove from office.  I do not trust the Establishment Republicans any more than I trust Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff or any of the leading Democrats.  The Establishment of both parties working with the International Organizers are out to destroy this president and eventually this Republic.  I don’t know if anything will be forthcoming before the mid-term elections but I would suggest it is highly likely that sometime next year there will be a bombshell of some kind dropped with the intent of defeating the Republicans in the mid-term and restoring control to the Democrats.  If they regain power and control, the proverbial fat lady will have already sung and we can kiss the Constitutional Republic goodbye.  UNLESS, and this is a big UNLESS.  Unless we lock arms, become of one mind, and exhibit such commitment and determination that we go to the polls in great numbers and vote out the Democrats and vote in candidates who will honor the Constitution.  Voting out the Democrats is priority number one and close behind is voting out, during the primaries, the Republicans who DO NOT honor the constitution or their commitment to us.

Some do not believe as I, but as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I urge everyone who prays to seriously and earnestly pray for America.  God, please bless America again and restore us to our foundational principles and return us to our moral moorings and let us once again be a true beacon of hope to the world.  God, bless you and please stay engaged.

 

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MASS MURDER IN THE UNITED STATES – What Is the Root Cause?


BLOG POST 2 - Mass Murder

There are no simple answers but there are some potential solutions and almost none of them coming from the Left in this country.  Sadly, there are virtually no answers coming from the Republicans either, but there are reasons and remedies for some of what happened in Las Vegas, at the Softball Field in Washington, DC and many of the mass shootings that have transpired in these United States of America.  I do not pretend to have the answers and may have none, but let me advance some ideas that I have through years of studying people, my faith, prayer, and what I have pieced together from many other sources.  If any of it resonates with you, wonderful and if not, then you are free to form your own conclusions or continue in a state of perplexity wondering Why and possibly laying blame at the wrong doorstep(s).

What do we know about the Las Vegas shooter?  At the time of this writing, not much other than his name, Steven Paddock and that he has a girlfriend who was out of the country at the time of the rampage, named Marilou Danley.  We know that he murdered almost 60 people and wounded over 500 more.  We know that he had about two dozen weapons in his hotel room and almost that many more in his residence along with thousands of rounds of ammunition and explosives or explosive materials.  We know he had modified the semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic weapons with the “bump stock” and some reports have indicated that one of them might have been modified to full auto.  We know that he had no known criminal record, and reportedly no religious or political affiliation.  We know he was seemingly financially well off and that he was 64 years of age.  That tells us virtually nothing as to why he did this or what might have triggered this action.

It would be impossible to say this was simply an impulsive action or spur of the moment for the intricate details of the apparent planning suggests this was a lengthy developing plan and his target was specifically chosen for any number of reasons.   It also suggests that he was not alone.   It could be he chose this event because of a large number of potential victims.  It could be that he chose this music festival because it was an easy target.  It could be that he chose this event because they attendees were country music fans and as many on the left have suggested were probably largely Republicans and/or Trump supporters.  However, if he had no religious or political motivation that seems unlikely, but cannot be ruled out.

BLOG POST 2A - Most Wanted

His father was on the FBI’s most wanted list, having escaped from prison in 1969 and lived on the run until 1978 when he was arrested in Oregon. Is that germane?  I don’t know but it is another piece of the puzzle that cannot be summarily dismissed as inconsequential.  Until and if there is a real determination of his MOTIVE nothing can be overlooked, including the claim of ISIS that he was a recent convert and an ISIS Soldier.  The FBI and Law Enforcement determined that was not the case in just 36 hours and have gone a full year without determining the absence of any collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.  But, that is not my point in this.  My objective is to see if there is anything that connects the dots in the mass shootings in America, and much that is going on in our present society.  I believe there is something worthy of note.

Another piece of the puzzle is the fact that just before this event he wired large sums of money to the Philippines and his girlfriend was either in the Philippines or Japan.  How they don’t know for certain is a bit of a mystery but then we are talking about our FBI and considering some of their more recent faux pas I can understand.  Philippine authorities are looking into photos that indicate Mr. Paddock was in that country in 2012 or 2013.  What was his reason for being there?  Has he had any connection with International Terrorist or Subversive Groups?  I know the authorities have ruled that out but can it be ruled out?  Why do I say that?  Simply because ISIS has a very strong presence in the Philippines and they have claimed responsibility for the carnage.

BLOG POST 2B -Root Causse

But on to my thoughts on WHY and WHAT we can or should be focusing on.  It is not, as Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Kimmel, and the entire chorus of Leftist – GUNS and the NRA.  That is not the problem.  We can increase background checks and have more stringent gun laws and this man apparently would have been able to walk through all those doors with no problem.  Criminals do not care what the Law is but this man had no apparent criminal record, therefore, would have been able to purchase guns legally.  The NRA had nothing to do with this event and they are probably at the forefront of “gun safety” and “gun training” promotions.  They DO NOT run the Republican Party or Control Politics in this country.  That is a political talking point that is baseless.  We have the inalienable right of self-defense and the Framers and Founders believed the 2nd Amendment MUST NEVER BE INFRINGED UPON.  So, do I.

We can target MENTAL HEALTH and that will not resolve the problem, at least not with the present process and prescriptions being offered.  I suggest that it is a MENTAL ISSUE but not as most think. I believe it is an ATTITUDE PROBLEM that is being promoted, engendered, inspired, and enabled by our multi-generational thrust to make people Victims in our Society and to absolve them of all responsibility.  We have a growing number of people in our present society that take NO RESPONSIBILITY for the actions or how their lives have turned out.  They blame someone or something and are deeply entrenched in a Victim Mentality.  The Democrats and the Leftist are determined to encourage as many as possible to adopt this mentality and tell them to be angry and desire revenge or retribution and if they vote Democrat that party will avenge them.  That is conducive to a total collapse in our society.  We have 20% of college students now expressing their belief that it is acceptable and justified for violence to be committed against anyone not agreeing with their ideological positions and who offend them.

When a person accepts no responsibility, they have no moral bumper to provide a check to their retaliation and since they are not to blame and not responsible for what has happened in their lives they are absolved of any guilt for acting out in violence.  That is what we are seeing in ANTIFA, the riots of BLM, the KKK, and the Aryan Brotherhood and many other groups.  It is not simply white supremacy or black supremacy it is a pervasive attitude that I AM A VICTIM.  It is the attitude that says, “If I can eliminate you (whatever it is that has victimized me) I will be okay.”  This opens the door to such deception and destroys all moral moorings to the point that the only life that matters is their own and often they are willing to throw away that life to satisfy a desire for revenge and retaliation.

The hate that is being promoted today especially by those on the Left is the breeding ground for this mentality and is the root cause of events like Las Vegas.  We can pass all the laws we desire and the problem will not be resolved.  We can increase funding for Mental Health Treatment and the problem will not be resolved.  I saw a tweet from a preacher that said, “Let’s pray that only Trump supporters die.”  Hey, Preacher, you should never step into another pulpit until you have repented before God and the nation.  You are expressing a view that is completely opposite of the Bible that promotes love and forgiveness.  When people on the Left can say as did the former vice president at CBS that the country music attendees were likely Trump supporters and deserved no sympathy for being slaughtered.  She called Republicans “Repugs” short for Repugnant and many others have chimed in to express their belief that if you were at a country music festival you were an ignorant, red-neck, gun-toting conservative that deserved to die.  That is part and parcel to the problem.

BLOG POST 2D - Enemy Within

If we are going to turn the corner on this type of situation in America it is going to require us as a society to return to a mindset that has been around since the beginning of man, “You are responsible for you and must be accountable for your choices.”  If life hands you a lemon don’t simply suck on the sour fruit, turn it into lemonade and determine that this too is temporary.  If you blame others for your difficulties you will never learn to overcome them and will always be an angry retaliatory person and doom yourself to the plight you blame others for.  I am not saying that if you try harder, work diligently, and refuse to blame others your life will magically be transformed into success.  No one owes you anything and no one is responsible for you – THAT IS YOUR JOB. 

We need to stop the insanity in our classrooms, that of the Hollywood Elitist, the political activist, and the politicians and begin anew to teach personal responsibility and accountability.  We need to strive to teach our children that no matter your ethnicity, religious affiliation, political persuasion or socioeconomic status you are the most significant piece of success in life’s puzzle.  We need to teach our kids to dream big dreams and inspire them to strive to achieve those dreams with a spirit of thanksgiving and respect.  We need to teach them to be motivated by what others have but never become envious and covetous to the point that they blame others and hate those who do not look like them or are in the same socioeconomic condition.  We need to teach them the truth of the words of our Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…” 

We can return to our founding principles and in my view, to God, and although we will not stamp out evil, we will move much further toward reducing the type of carnage that was witnessed in Las Vegas than any Gun Control, Gun Confiscation or any mandates from government about how we are to think, speak, or live.  Only a few decades ago this type of behavior and mentality was extremely rare, but today it is becoming the norm rather than the exception.

lease forgive me for being so lengthy but I felt that I needed to weigh in on this in one setting rather than in a series of posts.  God bless you and God bless America is my prayer and desire!

 

TODAY’S TROUBLED WORLD NEEDS ANSWERS MORE THAN EVER…


EASTER - Risen

Unapologetically, I affirm my faith in God and declare that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.  I celebrate this day as a remembrance of His resurrection but also that He came, lived, died, rose from the dead, and is now ascended to the right hand of the throne of God making intercession for us.  THAT IS HOPE, at least for me!  I know the transformation that took place in my life when I repented of my sins and received Him as my Lord and Savior and others took note immediately.

We are living in a world filled with chaos and incredible evil and need HOPE in a time of hopelessness.  We are seeing the rise of Islamic Jihadism and Terror slaughtering innocent people by the scores in the name of their god.  While that is happening we are often chided that to speak truth about what is happening is to be suffering from bigotry, racism, or a phobia of some kind and that is not who we are as Americans.  I suggest that is exactly who we are and have always been.  We have been people who valued the influence of the Bible and God in our lives and were willing to honestly face the issues, deal with the problems, and fight to defend our Freedom and Families and do so out of our Faith.

If America were the people that this president, Hillary, Bernie, and many on the Republican side tell us we are, we would have lost World Wars I & II.  Had we been the kind of people they suggest the Cold War would likely have not ended but escalated into a Hot War with nuclear ramifications.  Now, because of the push to be the kind of people they declare we have a hostile irrational and often unhinged North Korea with nuclear weapons, Iran rapidly moving toward acquiring them, and ISIS running rampant throughout the world and promising to bring their brand of terror to America’s shores.  That should not be acceptable to any American regardless of political persuasion.

I believe in Faith and Forgiveness.  I believe in peace and turning the other cheek but I also believe that when there are those who declare they are doing god a service to destroy all who do not believe and adhere to their brand of religion it is time to TAKE UP ARMS and fight.  The Bible authorizes and I believe instructs us to “care for our own” and that caring includes protecting and defending them from harm.  If an intruder breaks into your house with the intent to harm you and/or your family and steal your possessions do you think it bigoted, racist, or phobic to STOP THEM?  I do not, and have no fear of facing my creator after having stopped them. 

America needs answers on so many fronts but one that continually tugs at my heart is we need to find our moral mooring again and return to the foundational principles that made this nation great.  We cannot do that with the leftist agenda nor a passive agenda as some in the Republican Party suggest.  The time for talk is passed and now is the time for serious actions to deal with the issues at hand.  Therefore, I pray and urge each of you to pray seriously, fervently, passionately, and faithfully for America.  We need God today as much if not more than ever.

HAPPY EASTER!  God bless you and God bless America!

A REPUBLIC IF YOU CAN KEEP IT…


Blog Post 1 - Republic If

The words of Benjamin Franklin keep echoing through my mind as I view the current condition of America and the world.  I will lose some with this statement but I am convinced that without a spiritual awakening in America the Republic is not being lost it is lost.  There are a number of reasons that I believe that and I hope to address some of them and leave it to you to decide.

Blog Post 1 - Iran Terrorism

Just a short time ago Barack Obama gave an hour long speech in which he admitted that he had no illusions that the Islamic regime of Iran would use some of the money freed up by lifting the sanctions to fund its military and terrorist activities.  He acknowledged they had funded activity that killed American service personnel and harmed Americans and would do so again.  That in itself is so unconscionable and utterly outrageous that one would think that any American would be up in arms but there is no outrage.  The outrage even among conservatives is so minuscule that it boggles the mind and screams of the condition of our society.  That any sitting president of these United States would admit something of that nature and then insist that the deal with Iran is in the best interest of America is beyond belief.  Iran has declared their intentions, rejected all possibilities of verifying their activities and gave up nothing while demanding we make concessions on every point.  How is that in the best interest of America, Israel or the world?

Blog Post 1 - Planned Parenthood

            The recent fervor over a lion killed in Africa and the ho hum attitude about the Planned Parenthood revelations is cause for concern about the moral and spiritual condition of the nation.  When the brutal slaughter and the merchandising of body parts of babies is deemed acceptable and the killing of a lion in Africa worthy of intense outrage and a death sentence for the hunter how can I not be concerned about the state of our society?

When Louis Farrakhan can stand publicly and call for people of color to begin stalking and killing those deemed their enemies and no national outrage how can we not be concerned?  He cited the Quran and declared that God’s way was retaliation a message totally foreign to the Bible and Christianity.  He declared that if the federal government will not intervene for the blacks then they must take matters in their own hands.  He called for murder in violation of God’s laws.  He was not railing against black on black crime or the activities of Planned Parenthood who provides more abortions to blacks than any other group proportionally.  When the only lives that matter to people like him are black and/or Islamic lives and promotes vigilante actions and murderous rioting and there is no immediate action from the government or a moral outcry from the citizenry does that not proclaim our dilemma?

Blog Post 1 - Moral Decay

            When the Supreme Court, the president, the media, most Democrats and many Republicans can support forcing churches, businesses and individuals to not only accept same sex marriage and force them to violate their religious convictions what does that say?  When the president of these United States can proudly proclaim that America is not a Christian Nation and that we are the largest Muslim nation in the world what does that say about our spiritual condition?

There are many who are incredibly patriotic Americans that do not believe in God or do not believe that God has any place in political affairs who will possibly take exception to my assertion but look at our society and our government.  Can anyone honestly say that our moral fabric has not been severely strained?  I am unashamedly a Christian and believe that to help facilitate the progress of jihadist who want to destroy this nation and anyone who does not adopt their religion is a sign of our decline spiritually.  I believe that when a society can be unmoved by the revelations of Planned Parenthood it is an evidence of our moral decay.  I believe that when as a people we can be less than outraged by the racist call for murder the assault on our constitution and thumbing the nose at our laws is an evidence that we have become a nation that no longer has its moral moorings.  I believe that when politicians can demonstrate such corruptness and the myriad of scandals surface with not real outrage or push to evict and prosecute those committing such acts it reflects the moral moorings of this day.  I am reminded of the words of George Washington in his inaugural address, “…we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained…”

Therefore, it is my belief that unless we have a spiritual awakening in America and return to our moral moorings the Republic is lost.  I am convinced that the goal of those who hate our American System and Republican Democracy and has been majorly advanced by the current administration.  I am equally convinced that if we realize our condition and return to the moral moorings that held us for generations we can see the Republic restored.  There is little time and maybe not enough time without divine intervention.  Regardless of your religious or spiritual views surely America is worth fighting for.  I pray that resonates with your heart and that we join together in the pursuit of keeping the Republic.

            God bless you and God bless America!

SOBERING REALITY – I CAN’T CHANGE THE WORLD…


Blog Post 2 - Change 1

In simple fact, I can’t really even change myself in my own strength much less the world.  I can exercise self-control.  I can work to present a better image.  I can identify the kinks in my armor and work to hammer them out.  There is much I can do to present myself a better person and I can work diligently to inform and encourage others to DO BETTER but the real change is in the heart and I cannot change that, only God can!

Some will reject that because they are not religious and I understand the rejection but ask, “How much of your surroundings can you change by willing them to change or worrying?”  Jesus addresses this in Matthew 6 and gives us the solution.  I am convinced that much of our effort today is misdirected albeit well-intentioned.  We do what we do with a desire to reclaim our rogue government, reestablish our constitutional liberties and rights, and return our Republic to her guiding principles.  It is a noble effort and one that cannot be abandoned but are we being as successful as we would like?  I can answer that for myself using one word NO!

I have been praying for our leaders and that is a biblical mandate.  I have been praying for my nation and that is right.  I have been praying for the lost and that is biblical.  I have been praying for my own heart and that too is directed in scripture.  At times, it almost appears that God is turning a deaf ear to our cries for America and maybe He is.  If He is then it is imperative to find out why and what He desires from us.  (I believe that deep inside we know.)

America has, in my view, lost its moral mooring on numerous fronts.  We have taken steps to evict God from anything public or supported by tax-payer dollars while using those funds to support abortion and things that are diametrically opposed to God’s written word.  We allow the followers of Islam to pray on public grounds but ban Christians that privilege.  We endorse sexual behavior the Bible and past societies deem deviant while attempt to legislate those in opposition to not just accept but to help facilitate.  Deceit and following the philosophy of ‘the end justifies the means’ are acceptable norms but ethics, integrity, honesty and personal responsibility are ridiculed.  We have become a society where we call evil good and good evil.  Some have said that if God does not judge America He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.  I do not believe God has to apologize to anyone and He is incredibly longsuffering.  If you recall He was willing to spare those cities if TEN RIGHTEOUS could be found.  I am confident there are more than TEN in America but our righteousness are as filthy rags in comparison to Him.

Blog Post 2 - Change 2

            Is there anything we can do?  YES!  The Bible gives us numerous directives including 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a call to repentance, humbling ourselves and prayer.  Although we are not islands the only person we are truly responsible for other than our children while in our care is OURSELVES.  Therefore, if I want to change the world I need to take steps to change me.  I personally am devotedly a follower of Christ, a believer in the legitimacy of the Constitution of these United States of America and patriotic.  I labor to inform, identify and warn of dangers individually, nationally, and spiritually but is there more I can do?  YES!

My heart has been directed to pray for the Church and the Church Leaders in a new way.  I am praying that a door will be open for them to advance the Gospel but I am now praying that God will give them boldness and willingness to STAND FOR HIS TRUTH and RIGHT.  I am praying that God will drag them into the political process even if kicking and screaming.  I am not asking that God make them politicians but that God cause them to have the heart to declare truth to those following them.  Truth whether convenient or inconvenient!  Truth whether it fits Political Correctness!  TRUTH!  I ask God to send men and women to the pulpits throughout the land with TRUTH.  I do not ask them to be Republican, Democrat, Independent or Libertarian but I ask them to be TELLERS OF TRUTH. 

 Blog Post 2 - Change

            If lives matter than speak for life!  If honesty matters then speak against dishonesty and for honesty!  If integrity matters then expose the lack thereof and encourage honesty, ethics, personal responsibility and commitment.  If Freedom matters then labor to see men free!  I ask every Christian leader, every Christian and every person to consider David’s Prayer and make it the objective or your heart.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.”  (Psalm 51:10 Amplified)

I LOVE AMERICA and desire her restoration to the founding principles upon which she was birthed as revealed in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.  I believe that if we return to those principles the propitious smiles of Heaven will be upon her again.

            God bless you and God bless America!

IF ONLY THE FOUNDING FATHERS COULD SPEAK IN PERSON TODAY…


Blog Post 1 - Constitution

            Wait, they do and are!  They speak through the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and the volumes they wrote and have been written about them.  Their words are timeless and although it is sometimes difficult to truly know what a person was thinking when they said or did something it is not impossible.  In our Politically Correct World today in America the Constitution and Bill of Rights have been effectively shredded and altered, without constitutional amendments and ratification by the states.  That is a tragedy and one that I am quite sure our Founders would be up in arms over.  Thomas Jefferson, in particular, would be calling for watering the Tree of Liberty and even James Madison would be irate.

History and Colonial History comprised a significant portion of my studies in college and as I pursued a degrees in history, psychology and theology.  The two areas I focused on were Civil War and Colonial History for they both fascinated me and the more I delved into them the more I realized that most of us had misconceptions and were largely uninformed.  I sought and seek to be armed with knowledge and truth regardless of what that truth revealed.  I have not studied history from a position of preconception.  I have a hunger for truth.  I study the Bible in the same way and with even more passion.  I have never been satisfied with “Because I said so” as an answer to my question.  I want to know who, what, when, where, why and even how if I can and that pursuit has altered my thinking on many things as I progressed in life.

Blog Post 1 - Amendment

Let’s consider the First Amendment as one example of a need for the Founding Fathers to speak to us today.  This Amendment was written out of recognition that the Constitution was not explicit enough with regard to the Federal Government’s involvement in Religion.  Yes, it covers much more but that was a strong key element in the Amendment.  It was borne out of a desire and understanding that there had to be safeguards to prevent the Federal Government from establishing a National Religion.  It was more than a reaction to the British having a National Church it was possibly more directed at the situation among the several states at the time.

            Life in the colonies was vastly different from state to state and each colony had its own official religion.  In so doing, they recognized a particular Christian denomination as the official state religion and afforded it tax-payer funds in support.  The religious communities throughout the several states feared that the denomination of another state would be named as the National Church and therefore came to understand the danger as well as a desire for self-preservation.  Out of this concern the First Amendment was written and ratified stating that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”  Simply, the national government was prohibited from setting up any particular denomination as the official religion of America.  They did not stop there but advanced further that Congress would make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion or abridging the Freedom of Speech. 

Blog Post 1 - Religion

            In England if one disagreed with the National Religion they had to meet in homes or in secrecy for they were not allowed to freely express their contrasting beliefs.  The First Amendment did not prohibit the individual states from establishing a state religion as they already had done so.  But, the Freedom Movement caught wind and grew legs as is evidenced in the impassioned speech of Patrick Henry on June 12, 1776 in the discussion of the Virginia Declaration of Rights.

“That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed ONLY BY REASON AND CONVICTION, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.” 

             George Washington said that “government is force” and Patrick Henry recognized that and cried out for understanding that religion MUST BE a matter of conscience and conviction, not government edict or force.  The First Amendment Guarantees each citizen the right to FREELY EXPRESS their opinions WITHOUT FEAR OF PUNISHMENT.  It was common for ministers to preach on the moral issues of the day and were the government allowed to control speech they would be in violation of the law and barred, banned or imprisoned.  Freedom is only hated by tyrants religious or otherwise. The idea that the founders wanted God and all things religious evicted from government policies and deliberations is not defensible for it is counter to the documents they presented, their words and writings.  They wanted to prevent government from infringing on religion not to prevent religion from influencing lives and national policy.  They believed that as we acknowledged God and His precepts living morally and rightly would our Republic be preserved.  Today we evict God, ban the Christian religion and have established national thought and speech police to mandate what we can and cannot say, think and do.  That is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

            WE MUST NOT allow our Constitutional Rights to be destroyed.  The Founders have spoken and they insisted that the Federal Government butt out of religion and never infringe on our right of free speech.     God bless you and God bless America!

SENSELESS VIOLENCE AND OUR SOCIETY…


Blog Post  - Violence

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

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

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

Blog Post - Politicize

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

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

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

Blog Post - Peacemakers

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

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

           May God bless you and may God bless America!