IF THE BOAT LEAKS, JUST DRILL MORE HOLES…


That philosophy is about as valid as the Biden administration, the Democratic Establishment, and the RHINO Republicans in Congress’ plan to address inflation.  They seem to believe that you reduce inflation by creating more inflation.  This is the age-old lame-brained practice of politicians to ‘just throw money at problems.’  Money does not fix everything and fictional money that we are printing or the money we borrow will not resolve our fiscal crisis.  It requires sane political policies, which we do not currently have.

The plan that Chuckie Schumer and Joe Manchin agreed to is truly no better than the original plan of Biden’s team.  Both are insanely destructive and will only make the pain we tax-paying citizens feel last long into the future.  Their policies and plans create a black hole into which our economy is being sucked and from which there is little hope of recovery.  Yet, they insist, that this will fix the problem.  HOW?

It is beyond ludicrous to pass a $433 Billion Spending Bill, money that is not in our coffers, during a time of recession and runaway inflation.  Then to add insult to injury they desire to raise taxes by $739 Billion insisting this will fix the problem and everyone will be on easy street shortly.  We may be on poverty street but easy will not be the term to define it.

If we, the voting public, those who pay taxes and feel the pinch of inflation, the recession, escalating prices, and looming shortages do not take action, we have no one to blame but ourselves.  I am convinced that there must be something in the water in Washington that destroys brain cells and renders the members of Congress incapable of rational reason.  How else can we explain their lunacy? 

The spending bill alone will be disastrous, but raising taxes too is sadistic if not demonic.  Maybe the members of Congress, those who are largely immune from our pain economically, just enjoy seeing people suffer.  Maybe they are so desirous to acquire total power and control that they are willing to sacrifice millions of us to achieve their end.  Whatever it is, it is time that we step up to the plate and take our swings at the voting booths and show them the door.  If we do not, then who can we blame, but ourselves? 

The Left and too many in the Establishment on the Right are tone-deaf to we the people.  They do not feel our pain, because they are insulated from it and living off our dime high on the hog.  They are either economically uninformed or diabolical and have a sinister motive behind what they are doing.  They are far more committed to their political ideology than the needs of the country.  They do not seem to hear us or care what we think.  Therefore, it is time that we get their attention!

I fully expected them to manipulate the cost of gasoline downward, just as they manipulated it upward.  If they win in November, the prices we saw before this downturn will be low in comparison to what they will bring.  They have expressed a desire to see gasoline in the $9-$10 range and if they stay in control nothing will stop them. 

It seems that the Left intends to turn America into another Cuba, Venezuela, or some other failed communist-socialist nation where people are living in squalor and abject poverty. In such a short time, Joe Biden’s administration proved what many of us have been warning and Ronald Reagan prophesied, “We are one election away from losing our freedom.”  If we let this continue, we can expect nothing better than the loss of all our inalienable rights and freedoms. 

The Democrats and too many Republicans become giddy over a tax increase because it is more of somebody else’s money they can spend like the proverbial drunken sailor.  Politico is prophesying that Joe Biden is back in the game and he is experiencing a turnaround that will salvage the Democrat’s hopes in November and his presidency in 2024.  I believe they are wrong, but with the way people have voted in the past and the low level of political acumen existing today, I do not know.

Senator Joe Manchin is a Democrat.  Yes, he has held the line embracing views of most of West Virginia and the more conservative parts of our country on some things but not in this.  He is a Democrat and I have warned, do not put your hopes in him.  He is a Democrat. 

I hope you are aware that of the $439 Billion Spending Bill $369 Billion of it is dedicated to Climate Change!  Yep, they believe that they can buy the climate they desire with their insane spending.  If they believed in God, they would know that nature is not owned by any man and money will not change a drought into an oasis or lower the thermostat of the sun in the blazing heat of summer.  But they voted God off their national platform a few years back, so God is not part of their thinking.

Even some economists who are left-leaning if not uber-liberal acknowledge that the $3.1 Trillion COVID relief and infrastructure package was a major contributor to our current economic state.  When you are in a boat with water coming in, drilling more holes thinking that will allow more water to run out is a guarantee that you will sink! That is what the Democrats under Biden are doing.  How can they be so dumb?  Well, maybe they know what they are doing and doing it intentionally.

The Penn Wharton Budget Model [PWBM] has projected that this bill will cause inflation to increase for the next two years at a minimum.  They project that inflation will be peaking about the time we vote for president in 2024.  The increase in inflation is directly tied to the Inflation Reduction Act that Schumer and Manchin devised. 

Therefore, inflation is going to keep rising, and with the great wisdom (sic) of this Bill, the tax increase will guarantee that we have even less money to fend off the woes of inflation.  Thank you, Democrats and any Republican that votes for this, you are not our friend and do not have our best interest at heart.  It is time for you to go!

Before you buy the spin that this tax only impacts the rich, the Joint Committee on Taxation has admitted that it will touch every tax bracket.  More than half of the taxpayers make less than the targeted $400 thousand annually, and we will feel the brunt of the tax increase.  Those of us earning less were not to be impacted according to Biden.  Alas, another fabrication, distortion, or miscalculation, we will all be impacted.  That is not a new phenomenon.  It has been revealed that the largest increase will be on those making less than $10 thousand annually.  That’s right the bottom end of the tax bracket will be hurt the most.  How does that square with Biden’s promises and the claim of being for the little people? 

The National Association of Manufacturers believes that this tax bill will reduce the income of workers collectively by a minimum of $17.1 Billion in one year.  They also believe it will cost about 218,108 workers their jobs thus increasing the unemployment rolls and welfare costs.  In order to push the Green Energy Plan, they will give substantial handouts and tax credits to companies who spend on renewable energy sources.  [Wind, solar, critical minerals, biofuels, hydrogen, carbon capture, nuclear, sustainable aviation fuel, lithium-ion batteries, electric-vehicle charging stations, etc.]

Once again, the federal government will be picking winners and losers in the economic arena.  They will be in control of more of our lives and we will lose more freedoms.  If we do not wake up, we are drilling holes in the boat hoping the water will run out rather than in our boat and we will sink.

God bless you and God bless America!

LEGISLATING MORALITY and PUBLIC SAFETY…


There was a time when cool heads and sane reasoning were present in public discussions about difficult and heart-wrenching issues.  There was a time, but that time seems to be a distant memory.  Today, it is all about emotion, personal preference, paranoia, fear, and half-truths or outright fabrications being advanced as the absolute truth and reality.  There was a time when each side of an issue was able to advance their theories, ideas, and concerns, and those were debated with a measure of respect to the dissenters.  There was a time, but today is not that time.

This will possibly not be received well by some and possibly alienate people on both sides of the issues I will mention. Yet, I will dare to give my two cents worth, and my opinion may or may not be the view of those reading.  I still believe in the inalienable right of Freedom of Speech and Thought.  We do not all agree on anything and never will.  We all have preferences and form our views based on those preferences, often more than the facts. 

Few things, if any, are more tragic than the senseless and needless slaughter of children.  I have not lost children, but have lost a wife, parents, grandparents, friends, and those I served with to death.  I can only imagine the pain, horror, and inability to even think experienced by those whose children have been slaughtered due to violence of any kind.  No parent should ever have to bury a child and no child should have to fear for their safety.  But that is not the world we live in. 

We need comfort, not rhetoric.  We need compassion not the politicization of every tragedy that occurs.  We need to allow the wounds of the hearts of those suffering from tragic loss to heal without being inundated with the diatribe of various activist groups seeking to enlist adherents to their cause.  Allowing no crisis to go to waste may be politically expedient but it is not humanely or morally right. 

Let us wade into the troubled waters of some issues, the first being the so-called Assault Weapons.  I feel compelled to address the term – “Assault Rifle.”  I realize that not being a firearms expert or manufacturer of those items may leave me lacking in understanding or ability to articulate the issue in a way that can be easily understood.  However, I must try. 

What is an Assault Rifle?  Is the AR-15 an Assault Rifle?  NO, it is not!  The name AR does not stand for Assault Rifle or Automatic Rifle as many seem to believe but stands for ‘ArmaLite Rifle.’  ArmaLite is a company developed in the 1950s.  The rifle was designed by Eugene Stoner.  The company was started by George Sullivan, a patent lawyer who worked for Lockheed.  It is not and has never been an Assault Rifle but a semiautomatic firearm requiring the trigger to be pulled each time a round is fired.

An Assault Rifle, in the truest sense, requires it to be capable of being fired as an automatic weapon, such as the M16, Stoner Machine Guns, and various other military weapons.  There is a requirement of licensing that is strict, costly, and difficult for a private citizen to obtain, possess, or use a fully automatic weapon in America.

Those who fear guns and want all firearms banned fear the way the AR-15 looks.  They seem to have no comprehension of how it operates and that it operates in the same manner as do the many semi-automatic rifles used for sporting and hunting in America.  The AR-15 was not designed for the sole purpose of killing humans, as the president declared.  It can be and is used for hunting by many and is used as a sporting rifle by many. 

With the millions of firearms and ammunition rounds in the possession of private citizens in America, a reasoned analysis would be that the firearms themselves are not the root problem, else there would be few people living now.  The root of the problem is the human using the firearm.  Yes, I said it!  Guns do kill but only in the hands of someone wanting to kill.  Guns, by themselves, do not any more than an automobile in the hands of a person impaired under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Let me rock the boat and declare what I have been declaring for decades.  The root problem is SIN!  Yes, I said, SIN!  It is the human heart and the mindset of the individual.  It could be mental health issues.  It could be uncontrolled anger, which is in itself a mental health issue, but also a spiritual and moral one.  It could be a knee-jerk reaction to someone wounding the pride or hurting the feelings of a person who believes that no one should ever offend them.  We have conditioned a full generation to believe they have the right to never be offended or made uncomfortable. It could be for many reasons, but the problem is the individual and reflects society’s failure on many fronts, but banning firearms will not and cannot solve the problem.

If we ban everything used in committing a crime or mass murder, what will we have left in society?  Do we ban automobiles because an intoxicated person killed others?  Do we ban automobiles because, in an act of rage, terrorism, or evil a person drives an automobile into a crowd killing innocent people?  Most would insist that is unreasonable, but when it comes to the scary-looking firearms that are most prolifically in the news, the demand is to ban them.

Did the prohibition of alcohol work?  No!  It was the impetus or catalyst for organized crime, bootlegging, and black markets to gain prominence.  People who wanted alcohol, though banned, were able, at a price, to obtain the product.  Do you think that the person desiring to harm others will be deterred by a ban on guns?  Before you insist, if it saves one life it is worth it.  Let us apply that to everything ever used in harming another and see if that makes sense.

Shall we carry the banning everything argument to its extreme?  Do we ban the male penis because of unwanted pregnancies?  Do we ban spoons and forks because some are overweight?  Do we ban water because people drown in water?  Do we ban medicine and doctors because of malpractice and abuse?  Where do we draw the line?  Yes, I am being facetious and ridiculous in those questions, but the reality is we cannot legislate our way to morality or safety that comes from the heart.

Now, to address those on the side of defense of our second amendment rights, I am one!  To act irrationally and in a show of arrogance to break out our AR-15s and other firearms and carry them openly in protest marching on the State Houses only fuels the argument of those seeking to bank them.  You have the right to keep and bear arms!  That is a right our forefathers and the founders of the Republic demanded to be recognized.  You have the God-given right of self-defense.  I do not need to terrorize those who are terrorized by the thought of a gun by making that kind of open statement. 

I am sure some will take exception to that position and say, “But I have the right!”  You do!  I do not argue that and defend that right.  You have the right to choose to sleep with every other willing male or female in town, but does that make it a good choice or a right choice?  You have many rights that you can do, but just because you can does not mean you should.  Sometimes we need to be wise as serpents and pure as doves.  Sometimes we can, through our show of restraint, demonstrate that we are responsible gun owners and possibly negate the fears of the emotionally fearful.

We have some of the most stringent gun laws and gun control mandates in various states and cities in America that remain the most violent in the nation if not the world.  I am a licensed gun owner and have a permit to carry a firearm undisclosed.  Yes, I could openly carry, but I choose to carry concealed.  I do so for two reasons: I do not want to cause any anguish or concern to those around me over my display of a firearm and I do not want to become a target for a potential terrorist.  My reason may or may not resonate with you, but it is my logic, and I am comfortable with it.

If banning guns would make everyone safe that would be one thing, but it will not, any more than banning automobiles due to misuse or airplanes because of terrorist use, or any other tool used to harm others.  We need to deal with the root problem, and it is my view that we need to Return to God and Return to Building Strong Families with a mother and a father in the home who train the children rightly. 

We have a problem but blaming the gun is not the solution! 

God bless you and God bless America!

CAN IT GET ANY MORE STUPID? 


I hesitate to ask that question because it seems that some are taking it as a challenge.  Can what is happening in Washington become any more disconnected from reality and destructive?  The short answer would be, Yes!  The long answer would be, Yes!  The intermediate answer would be, Yes!  There needs to be more qualifying of those answers, but the politicians in DC have continued to prove that they can engage in more and more lunacy by doing one dumb thing after another. 

In all fairness, it is not just the Democrats that are acting stupidly.  There are plenty of Establishment types and Rhinos on the Republican side of the aisle.  I do not know what happens when a person is elected to Congress, but something changes once they are there for a fleeting time and they start ignoring their campaign promises and engage in the pursuit of power, position, and filling their purses with filthy lucre.  Maybe it is the money.  Maybe it is the power.  Maybe it is the prestige of being a Senator or Representative.  Whatever it is, it seems that quickly integrity exits stage left and corruption comes to center stage.

I remember Barack Obama’s world tour apologizing for America and denouncing American exceptionalism.  He seemed to take the wrong side of every issue and backed those who hated America, Israel, and freedom repeatedly.  Now, the illustrious Joe Biden is following his example.  He compared the Palestinians to the Irish under British rule.  Yes, I support Israel and its right to the Holy Land including Jerusalem. 

When I compare the Palestinians and the Irish, I find vast differences.  One of the most glaring is their treatment of women.  The Irish have a long history of strong women.  History records the Irish Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley, and the pre-English Celts had Boudica, the queen who nearly drove the Romans out of Celtic Britain.  How does that compare to the Muslim Arabs including the Palestinians?

The Muslims (not all) mutilate their women with FGM and honor-kill them to keep them terrified and weak.  The Jews honor Deborah, a prophetess who had more courage than the warrior Barak.  Thus, the Irish are more like the Jews who produce strong women, unlike the Muslim Arabs who kill them and suppress them.  At no time during the English Rule of Northern Ireland was there a vocalized desire by the Irish to obliterate and annihilate all of the United Kingdom.  They never sought genocide against the English, unlike the Muslim Arabs including the Palestinians who want to push Israel into the sea and annihilate all Jews.

Joe Biden in his Middle East tour and begging the Saudis to produce more oil declared that he had gained their commitment to producing more oil.  The Saudi’s on the other hand when asked if President Biden asked them to increase oil production with the idea that it would help gas prices in America, their response stomped on Biden’s claim.  Al-Jubeir said, “Not in – with specificity because the president knows that the energy issue is an issue of supply and demand.  It is an issue of balancing markets.  Saudi Arabia’s committed to ensuring stability in the oil markets” 

Interestingly the Saudi Prince also said that Biden did not press them on the issue of increased oil production. Rather the president sought their counsel on various issues and how America and Saudi Arabia could move forward in order to ensure that the next eighty years are as positive as the previous eighty in the mutual relationship.  So, Biden is consulting with the Saudis on how to move forward.  So much for being the leader of the Free World, we are becoming increasingly subservient to those who hate us and use us for their benefit.

The Biden administration has ceased all pretense regarding their agenda and his Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg is openly boasting that high gas prices are forcing Americans toward electric vehicles.  Imagine that, admitting that the manipulation of taking advantage of the gasoline prices for political agendas is, in their view, a good thing.  With inflation, at a reported 9.1% (it is much higher) they want to force us to buy outrageously priced electric vehicles and plug them into an already taxed electric grid to advance the Global Warming, Climate Change, and Liberal World Order.  Can it be any crazier?  Yes, it can!

The COVID lockdowns, the overreaching mandates, the war on freedom of speech, religion, the right to self-defense, the attempts to force Americans to embrace Gender Blending, Sexual Orientation of the homosexual community, and allowing Drag Queens to address our children are having a negative effect.  The government has launched or is launching a new suicide prevention lifeline. Code 988 will be available for call or text as the Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline operates 24/7/365.  (Please note, I am in favor of preventing suicide, but this comes after their draconian measure and the spike in suicides.)

I believe that the draconian actions and forced isolationism by the government have created a new sickness in America that is far beyond sadness.  It is causing a state of depression that is causing an alarming number of suicides in every age group.  We are more addicted to antidepressants than any country in the world.  The nearest to us are Iceland, Australia, and Canada. 

I believe that every person has a God-shaped hole in their heart and without Him, we are all subject to deep depression.  If I were to ask most young people today and those not so young what is the meaning of life or even their purpose in life, most could not give a reasoned cognitive answer.  We need purpose to survive.  We are sick with brokenness and one of the key things that this administration and those back in the Johnson era are doing to exacerbate the problem is destroying the idea and ideal of the nuclear family. 

America is bearing the fruit of the government’s attack on the nuclear family, the implementation of entitlements that encourage deviancy, and the failure to assume personal responsibility.  We are being encouraged to embrace cultural Marxism and reject Christian values.  The Bible is being targeted as merely a book of history or myths rather than being the Word of God and authoritative for moral guidance and interpersonal relationships. 

Statistics reveal that children raised with fathers in the home are less likely to experience poverty, behavioral issues, and mental illness.  Most of the mass shootings of late reveal that the perpetrators of those horrific acts were young men on antidepressants or other medications related to mental health and were fatherless and often both.  I believe it is verifiable that the more fathers drop out of the lives of the children and are absent from the home the more this problem grows. 

I believe that the absence of fathers in the home is one of the great contributors to the spiritual sickness that is pervasive in America.  That sickness is manifesting itself in some very disturbing ways such as violence, poverty, rage, hate, depression, and no sense of accountability.  Is it the absence of fathers alone that is producing this, NO!  We have allowed the educational system to pollute the minds of our youth.  We have allowed politicians and activists to pollute our culture.  We drifted from God, moral rightness, and personal responsibility.  We need both parents in the home. Good fathers and good mothers, actively engaged in teaching their children and providing a godly example.

This administration, the national Democratic Party, and too much of the GOP seek to replace our self-sufficiency with dependency upon their benevolence.  They are attempting to make themselves virtual gods and as they shift our allegiance from the God of the Bible to self, we reach new levels of lunacy that make our survival almost impossible.  It is time that we rid ourselves of the virus of politicians who do not honor the Constitution and are devoid of integrity.

God bless you and God bless America!

LET’S FANTASIZE, SHALL WE?


Let’s pretend that a group of different thinking people, highly motivated by personal ideology, and of various educational or non-educational backgrounds could adopt a government that recognized man’s inalienable rights.  Yeah, I said pretend, but wait, it happened in 1776-1787. 

What the founding fathers accomplished is nothing short of miraculous in light of the existing governments of the world at that time.  If I were to reprint the Declaration of Independence here, it would possibly be the first time that many have ever seen it.  That is a sad indictment of our educational system, and ourselves.  We were given the most citizen-friendly system of government known to man, at that time and we failed to have the interest or sense of responsibility to know what we were given.

Over the past one hundred years, we can see the slow and sometimes not-so-slow infringements and modifications of those rights and our system of government.  It matters not to me if the founders were all Christians or not, what they produced was God-inspired and deeply rooted in the precepts and principles of Scripture. 

The colonists were living under what they considered tyrannical rule by the British Crown and Parliament.  They believed they were being taxed without being represented.  They believed that they had the right to what they produced and that their lives should be largely without the undue influence and regulation of the government.  They held some core beliefs that are deeply rooted in the precepts of the Bible, reason, and recognition of man’s inalienable rights. 

They felt they had been pushed to the brink and saw no recourse but to Declare Independence and that a Revolution was the only pathway to freedom.  They understood that this act could cost them their lives, property, and freedom.  They weighed the costs the risks and rewards and initiated the drafting of the articulation of their views and their formal announcement of rejection of the rulership of King George III and his government.

I am always awed by the first few words of that document on display in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum.  It begins with “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united states of America…”  I have often wondered if that was the last and possibly only time that the Congress of the United States had a unanimous view of anything.  Oh, we have had unanimous votes, but I am not sure that was truly a representation of the views of each voter in Congress. 

Then, they gave their reasons for rejection of the rulership of the Crown and came to the second paragraph where they stated a view not seen in any of the governments of the world, at that time.  “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.”  That is nothing short of amazing.

They believed that there was no need to debate or argue for the existence of God and that He was the creator of man and all things.  They included in that reasoning that all men (people) are created equal and that God, the Creator endowed men with unalienable Rights.  Rights that no government or person had the right to infringe upon.  That core belief was the foundational framework upon which our republic was established. 

They were not without flaws, but they embraced the foundation and framework through which America could become a Light Shining on a Hill, a beacon to the world of what Freedom could and should look like.  We became the light that has drawn and inspired multitudes as moths are drawn to a flame. They espoused a system of government that recognized the unalienable or inalienable rights of everyone and inspired hope in the hearts of multitudes around the world.

Life, the Bible says, is more than clothes, possessions, or food.  The Declaration of Independence’s verbiage paved the way to pursue a life of freedom unknown in the modern world of that day.  People could expect to be allowed to Live and enjoy the fruits of their labors.  How we have morphed in our modern government and view of Rights and morality.  Some lives are deemed more valuable than others and some have no value at all, such as that unborn baby in the womb.

Liberty was an expression of the craving of the hearts of the founders and the colonists to be allowed to become all they could be.  It was an expression of the cry of the human heart to be liberated from the chains of despotism and tyranny.  It was an expression that rose to its zenith in the words of Patrick Henry – “Give me liberty or give me death.”  The framers knew that the last part of that declaration was a real possibility and valued freedom more than life.

The Declaration of Independence spelled out the many grievances against the Crown and was in a very real sense an appeal for the King to amend his ways and keep the colonist British subjects and avoid war.  Yes, the Declaration was a declaration of war but the heart of most was to find a pathway to peace and they felt that this extreme measure was required.

Today, we have allowed politicians and those behind the scenes with diabolical motives and agendas to slowly strip away our freedoms and liberties.  I have discussed the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights with High School and College graduates only to find that they often had no knowledge of the content and often no interest in the original system of government sought.  They almost uniformly declared that what I was saying was not what they had been taught or thought.  We are reaping the harvest of decades of educational crops that have eliminated or revised our true history.  Few know much about civics or government, subjects that have gone the way of the dinosaur.

Now, back to my opening, what if we could have a government that would recognize God, the Creator, and man’s inalienable rights?  What if we could have a government that not only recognized but encouraged and protected our right to Life (all lives including the unborn)?  What if we could have a system that recognized our God-given liberty, and encouraged and protected it?    What if we could have a government and a body of politicians who believed that all Americans have the right to pursue happiness without undue government regulation or interference? 

Wow!  That is assuredly a fantasy considering the condition of politics and politicians in 2022.  What can we do?  Can we do anything?  It is my firm belief that until the lights have all been turned off and there is breath there is hope.  Therefore, I believe we can return to what the Founders established and envisioned if…  “IF” is the key.  If we return to recognition of God, the Creator.  Recognize that rights given by God are inalienable and are not to be infringed upon.  Recognize and embrace the idea that everyone’s life is valuable, and that all are created equal.  Recognize that Happiness is a condition achieved allowed to pursue Life and Liberty freely.  It must be maintained that that right cannot pose a danger to society and trample on the rights of others. 

However, activist groups that demand anything, not of their liking are a threat to them and must be rejected.  If we return to God, He has promised to return to us.  If we return to the original principles upon which America was established, we will immediately see the need to limit government and evict the career politicians who are interested in their power, their position, and their purse. 

America we can.  The issue is not if we can but if we will!

God bless you and God bless America!

EXTINGUISHING THE FLAME OF FREEDOM…


One more reflection on the rehearsal of our Freedoms, Liberties, and the Constitutional Republic.  However, I am always an advocate for the Original Intent of the Framers and staunchly stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom for Everyone! 

I wish I could say that I do not believe that the current state of affairs in America is one in which there is an attempt to extinguish the Flame of Freedom, but I cannot! I believe we are on the brink of losing the Republic.  I have prayed and thought much about the condition of things political, spiritual, social, societal, economic, and in every dimension of our nation.  In that time of reflection, I have concluded that our situation is not Republican or Democrat. 

This extends far beyond who is occupying the White House. It goes beyond simple ideological differences between conservatives and liberals.  It is beyond the view of those who believe in Constitutional Originalism and those who believe that the document is living and evolving.  I believe this is a battle for the soul of America and the Flame of Freedom.  It is a battle to preserve our God-given inalienable rights.  This is a fight between good and evil.

I am not saying that Republicans, Constitutionalists, and Conservatives, are good in the sense that they are saints, they are not!  I am not saying that everyone on the other side is evil in the sense they are all diabolical and devious intentionally destroying the republic and stripping us of our liberties, some are and some are not.  There are those guiding the ships of both ideologies that are both diabolical and devious. 

There is a commonality between the Deep State Adherents and the Swamp Denizens that believe those in power (elected officials and bureaucrats) are the rightful rulers of everything and everyone.  That is frightening but it did not occur overnight and is not the result of the 2016 election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President nor the inauguration of Joe Biden in 2020.  It began long before that.  The reality is that it began before the establishment of the United States in the late 1700s.  It began in the eons past when Lucifer instigated a rebellion that drew one-third of the angels into his camp and resulted in his eviction from heaven.

For well over one hundred years there has been an orchestrated, planned, and implemented agenda to shred the Republic known as the United States of America.  The elevation of self to a preeminent place has facilitated the idea that each successive generation is smart enough to make the failed and flawed philosophy of Socialism and Communism work. 

Human greed and the engendering of a mentality of entitlement have resulted in a society of brainwashed young citizens and some not so young.  We have had at least three generations indoctrinated with false information and historic revisionism promoting an Anti-Capitalistic, Anti-American, and Anti-Christian mindset.  The indoctrination and constant bombardment by the educational system and liberal biased media have diminished people’s ability or willingness to think critically and engage in any deductive reasoning.  We are in our current condition partly because the church has failed, the home has been weakened, and the government has become irreparably corrupt.

You may disagree but I believe there was a concerted effort to use the COVID paranoia and lockdowns to destroy small businesses.  I see the war against fossil fuels, the shortages, and the elements that are destroying our economy as tools to achieve the devious purposes of the purveyors of globalism.  Why would anyone want to destroy small businesses but have a hands-off approach to mega-corporations and big businesses?  I believe it is because if a small business, which makes up the lion’s share of our economy, is destroyed then people become dependent upon Government. 

Dependency upon Government means that the Government or politicians and bureaucrats can dictate our lives.  Why is that important?  As long as the American Dream is alive, and people are allowed to think outside the box and fend for themselves producing wealth and a measure of power they are not controllable by the Government.  Big business has long been in bed with politicians and government and is part of the manipulation.  I laugh when the liberals rant about corporations and the rich because the rich and corporations facilitate the agenda of liberalism.  The Democrats have a long history of complicity with Big Business in control and destroying the mom-and-pop businesses.

It is the objective of the followers of the toxic liberalism of today’s Democratic Party and too many on the Right to extinguish the flame of freedom.  As long as we are allowed to ‘keep and bear arms,’ maintain our personal and private property, and worship as we choose, we are not controllable.  The moment we can no longer travel, defend ourselves, or provide for our own we become pawns of the benefactors.  Those benefactors do not have our best interest at heart but control.  Therefore, the flame of liberty must be extinguished, or they lose control. 

We have transitioned from covert and undercover corruption and criminality by players in government to openly flaunting their corruption and engaging in their crimes.  When we allow one set of rules and laws for the average citizen and another for politicians, we doom our Lamp of Liberty to become dark.  What I see is creeping darkness moving stealthily across the land.  Can we prevent the total erosion of our liberty and salvage the Republic?  I do not know, but I know that God is still God, and His Promises are still true.

I am stunned at how easily the Government was able to turn the populace into sheep, destroy our economy, and strip us of our inalienable rights on numerous fronts.  I am not surprised at the cries for barcodes, bracelets, or something to identify those who have and have not been vaccinated.  I am stunned at the willingness and even agreement of a large segment of our nation.  I am even more stunned that men and women of the cloth who are guiding congregations of people would board that train and insist upon compliance.  Has no one read the Bible, especially the Book of Revelation?

I am not saying that the vaccine, masks, or sheltering in place were the mark of the beast.  I am saying that I believe it was a test run to see what, how easily, and to what extent they can, without using force, bring us into compliance.  I do believe some are devoted followers of this agenda who are willing to use force, even executions to achieve their goals. 

I do believe that this present darkness is birthed in the pit of hell and that unless and until the Body of Christ unites in prayer and commitment to God standing against this evil we will move deeper into the darkness.  There is a point of no return when the Republic is lost forever.  Are we there?  I pray not but am concerned that we are dangerously near destruction.

I plead with everyone to consider the potential or real fraud in the elections past and what that could mean in elections to come.  I urge everyone to consider the threats to our inalienable rights that are being proposed by the Left.  I beg everyone to consider the horribleness of the genocide embodied in abortion.  I encourage everyone to THINK!  If you earn something, do you genuinely believe it is just and right for that to be taken and given to those who are unwilling to do the same? 

We were given the Free Constitutional Republic where the Lamp of Liberty was lit and warned that it would be up to us to keep it burning.  I quote a passage from Galatians 5.  I know that its primary focus is spiritual, but it can be applied to every aspect of life.  “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”  We are Free in Christ and if we want to remain Free in our lives as Americans, we must not allow the Lamp of Liberty to be snuffed out.

I stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom and declare with joy and pride, God bless you and God bless America!

IT IS A MORAL ISSUE, SO LET’S DEAL WITH IT…


What am I referring to?  The issue of abortion.  I know that is a hot-button topic for many and far too many take umbrage with my stance on abortion and the use of the Bible as well as medical science and common sense.  If abortion is an issue that causes you to become so infuriated you cannot civilly have a discourse, then please stop reading and move away.  My opinion is, at the time of this writing, protected by the 1st Amendment.  That may change, but at this juncture, I have the right to my opinion, even if Facebook thinks differently.

I have listened as patiently as I can muster the strength to the rhetoric, diatribe, spin, and arguments of the pro-abortion crowd and find it maddening and completely baffling at times.  They engage in non-sequiturs with their ad hominem arguments. Their logic follows no discernable path, and their arguments lack foundation and fact.  Someone said, their arguments would make a sophist blush.  (A sophist according to Webster is an imposer in argument, a captious or fallacious reasoner. WordNet 3.0 defines it, as someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious or plausible but false.).  Yet, continue they do with their incessant assertions.

Someone said that the pro-abortion leftists use arguments that are rhetorical variants of Three-Card Monte.  The objective is an attempt to divert attention from the real issue.  They argue on the shaky ground that abortion is a woman’s ‘right’ to choose.  Let us consider that briefly.  That is an assertion of a right that ignores another’s right which is equal if not higher.  In our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights we have a clear definition and recognition of rights based on Natural Law (God’s Law).

Those documents recognized that rights are endowed to each person by virtue of their existence and all rights precede the existence of the state (governments of man).  They are God-given not government-given, and no government has the right to rescind them.  Of course, they argue that that entity (baby) in the womb is not a human being and therefore has no rights.  Unfortunately for them the Bible and science disagree with their postulation.  Therefore, a woman’s right to ‘choose’ cannot be superimposed over the baby’s right to ‘life.’ Abortion would insist that a woman has the right to choose to kill another human based on choice.  If we extrapolated that to its full extent, we would have more murders in society than we could contend with.

The ludicrous argument that children should be wanted and have a comfortable life and when that is in question it is a reason to abort is insane!  The answer to that problem, for them, is to simply eliminate the child before it can be birthed.  Yet, they argue for gun control.  If that is a solution, why not solve all our problems with a weapon of destruction?  Yes, that would be inhumane, and utterly ridiculous.  So, is that argument supporting abortion.

They also argue that the child, if allowed to be birthed would place an undue burden on the mother who is unwilling to care for it.  What?  So, a burden or an undue burden is a justification to kill?  I shudder to think what is coming for mental institutions, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, orphanages, and other like facilities.  Is their solution to break out the gun and eliminate the undue burden? That would be inhumane and ridiculous.  Of course, undue burden is defined by the person promoting the elimination of the so-called burden.  Is that who we are as a society?

But the most selfish of all might be the argument that having a child would negatively impact a woman’s prospects of career advancement.  It would limit her options so how dare anyone could suggest that the life of that baby is outweighed by the pursuit of a career.  That is the zenith of selfishness.

The Bible and science are linked to the issue of the question of the humanity of that entity in the womb.  Is it a developing human being?  Is it a human being in the early stages of development?  When I contend that it is I hear things like “Keep your rosaries (I’m not Catholic) off my ovaries.”  I sometimes counter with, “Are you a primitive science-denier?”  The science regarding the stages of development of that entity in the womb destroys their contention that it is not a developing human being.

Is it not a moral issue when we fail to defend the most defenseless of our society?  How can we claim to be moral beings when we allow the infanticide and genocide of those who cannot defend themselves?   A person’s preference or the inconvenience of an unwanted pregnancy is not a justification to end the life in the womb.  If we become that society what is to prevent the push from becoming, eliminate the elderly, infirmed, or people of a particular ethnicity or hair color?  Evil knows no bounds and once it has gained an inch it will take ten thousand miles.

I was not surprised but deeply disappointed when I heard and read Vice President Kamala Harris insists, “For those of us of faith, I think that we agree…there’s nothing about this issue [of abortion] that will require anyone to abandon their faith.”  Vice President Harris, that statement screams that you either have no faith or have no concept of adherence to biblical directives and precepts.  It also suggests that you do not know the science of life with regard to that entity in the womb, the baby.

I am surprised that any leftist would refer to faith since in 2012 the Democratic Party officially abandoned God.  When a person has an abortion, they are not killing their own body they are killing another human being.  I do believe there is a word for that.  There are two entirely different sets of DNAs in the body when a woman becomes pregnant, that is science!  So, Vice President, as one who insisted that we follow the science, what happened?  Oh, I get it, this is a different science.  You promoted, “Get a vaccine or lose your job because of science.”  Science?  I guess that is whatever you deem science or applicable, right?

In the modern era of activism, the tactic of resorting to violence or threatening it is proving to be an effective tactic.  It sends politicians into panic mode and the cowardly into hiding.  I have not been surprised at the rendering of the Supreme Court’s final ruling on abortion that there has been violence and the call for more violence. This is not new and dates back to the Vietnam era and beyond where protests turned into riots and violence ensued.  Groups like the SLA, Weather Underground, and now BLM and Antifa used and use violence as their negotiating tool.

The fearmongers continue to fan the flames of paranoia and hate to the boiling point and blood will flow.  I suspected that this would be brought to the forefront in the late summer to impact the November elections.  The protests thus are designed to intimidate and influence. The Justices were not intimidated into changing their votes and did what was Constitutionally mandated regarding the issue of abortion. They sent it back to the states.

With the silence of the current occupant of the White House on the violence and threatened violence, we can expect it to escalate.  Those in that crowd understand that the silence and lack of involvement to suppress the violence is a green light to go full speed ahead. 

Spoiled children are inclined to throw temper tantrums to coerce their parents to cave to their demands.  Once they succeed, they continue with no thought of change or ceasing.  I am concerned that those who do not think twice about ending the life of a baby in the womb would have no qualms about taking the life of anyone opposing them.  This is one of several issues that are pushing us to the brink of a full-blown shooting civil war.  America is hanging in the balance more today than at any time in our history. 

We either return to God and moral sanity or we go to war and likely lose the Republic.

God bless you and God bless America!

HAS RATIONAL THOUGHT BECOME A DINOSAUR?


I am engaging in hyperbole and at the same time being profoundly serious in asking that question.  I suppose the answer to the title question would be, that it depends.  Depends on what?  It depends on who you are talking to and what you are talking about.  In today’s political climate I would say, it may be more akin to the unicorn and dodo bird than a dinosaur.  If it exists, it is extremely rare, and I cannot definitively tell you the last time I witnessed it from leftist politicians and activists.

I can only imagine the microscope that puts me under, and the target placed on my back.  We have a world or a segment of the government that is guilty of what Proverbs warns against.  In Proverbs 17:15 we are told, “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.” 

The Old Testament prophet Isaiah also spoke to it and sounded the alarm.  In Isaiah 5:8-30 he pronounced judgments for the wicked behavior of the nation Judah.  That could easily be applied to any nation that rejects moral sanity.  In verse twenty he pronounced God’s disdain and impending judgment upon those, “who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

The apostle Paul addressed it in writing to Timothy regarding the condition of people in days such as we are now living.  In 2 Timothy 3:15, Paul spoke of the last days and how terrible things would be.  He spoke of the attitude and actions of people and described people who had an inordinate love for self, money, and pleasure.  He described them as making money their god, being boastful, filled with pride, disobedient, disloyal, disrespectful, ungrateful, unloving, slanderous, lacking self-control, treacherous, and rash.  When the self becomes our god and the rights and needs of others dissipate to nothingness we are in a crisis.

According to a YouGov poll recently conducted sixty-three percent of Americans oppose the Biden administration and the Department of Education’s plan to amend Title XI’s definition of sex and the embracing of the Woke and endless genders.  Seventy-one percent of all Americans also believe that biological males SHOULD NOT be allowed to compete in women’s sports.  I guess rational thought exists, but government officials do not have the capacity to exercise it, so they ignore it.  This brings another question to the fore, which we will deal with later.

The poll revealed that sixty-one percent believe that parental consent should be required before school counseling on gender dysphoria or transgender ideation with the students.  Hello to rational thought, but again the government is devoid of it and presses forward against the wishes of the majority of the people.    Additionally, sixty-nine percent believe that parents should have the right to opt their children out of sex education courses in schools.  Again, rational reason and thought are alive but ignored and non-existent in the government.  That demands we do something to rectify that situation.

The administration is pushing to make the southern border non-existent, and we have and are experiencing large migrant caravans heading our way.  The latest is just in time for the November elections and certainly in time for the 2024 elections.  Is that a coincidence?  It is difficult to accept it as being so.  A caravan that moved out of the Mexican city of Tapachula on the Guatemalan border contained 11,000 or more migrants and expected to grow to over 15,000 by the time it reaches the border.

The migrants (illegal invaders) are demanding that Joe Biden recall Title 42 and said, “Now we need him to keep his promise.”  Wow!  Keep his promise!  America is in the throes of the worst economy since the Great Depression, gas prices are at an all-time high, shortages are everywhere, and the focus is on his promise to illegals, not American citizens. Is this acceptable in a president?  If it is then the answer to my title question is, “Dead, Dead, Dead.”

We know that voter fraud has been prevalent and those on the Left in the media and politics insist that it does not exist.  That is unless they deem the vote might be against them, then even legitimate votes are suspect and need to be examined.  Now, we are apprised that there was an exceptionally large mistake in the 2020 census.  Did it favor one side of the political equation?  If you said yes, you get the gold star!

In Hawaii, Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New York, and Massachusetts the Census Bureau admitted they overcounted.  Interesting, right?  They overcounted in the states Biden won.  But it does not stop there.  They undercounted in Texas, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas.  Five of the six undercounted states went to Trump in 2020.  All a mere coincidence, right?  Watch out for the flying pigs and unicorn poop as you walk along. Only a successful Supreme Court challenge can correct that. 

The insanity and unmitigated lies told by this president are more than disturbing.  If it were simply a matter that he engages in that kind of distortion that would be one thing, but the fact that the media, the Left, and far too many people believe him and repeat his ‘malarky’ is frightening.

In his diatribe and incoherent rant about guns and his supposed visit to a trauma hospital in New York, where he said doctors told him something impossible to believe.  He said, they showed him X-rays of gunshot wounds caused by various firearms.  Then he said, “They said a .22-caliber bullet will lodge in the lung, and we can probably get it out – may be able to get it and save the life, a 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body.”  What?  The medical doctors told you that.  Are you serious?

If medical doctors actually said that and were serious, their medical licenses should immediately be pulled, and they should be kept away from patients.  They are so blatantly ignorant that they would be a danger to lives and the public must be kept safe from them.  Biden then went into one of his incoherent mutters about ‘self-protection hunting’ whatever that is!

Then Democrat Representative Don Beyer of Virginia proposed a 1,000% tax on AR15s and other semiautomatic rifles that the Left identifies as ‘assault weapons.’  So, if they cannot do away with the second amendment, then take the back door and tax them into extinction.  What would be next?  That would drive the price of those sporting rifles up by $4,000-20,000 each.

I will wrap up by saying, I am no longer willing to call Joe Biden a victim due to his obvious mental and medical issues.  He is and always has been the aggressor in pursuing fundamental changes to our republican system of government.  He is allowing the assault on our southern border and thereby threatening America and Americans.  He is waging war on family and faith implementing mandates, edicts, and regulations that require us to cede our beliefs and embrace the Woke agenda.  He is single-handedly destroying our energy and economy and insists it is necessary to cause us to transition to the Green Energy and Climate Change agenda.  That is not a victim that is a victimizer!

America, if rational thought and moral sanity are alive in America we need to unite and allow it to reclaim its rightful position at the lofty pinnacle of our republic.  It is time that we divest those who want to ‘fundamentally transform’ our republic from any ability to do more harm.  It is time that we stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom and find a better class of politicians and begin our constitutionally authorized oversight of the government.

God bless you and God bless America!

HEY, DON’T SCREW THIS UP, PLEASE…


Who and what am I talking about?  The Who that I am speaking to is those on the conservative side of the equation largely found in the GOP.  The What of which I am speaking are the upcoming 2022 elections and then the 2024 elections.  Why would I plead with them not to screw this up?  Because in the past they have managed to shoot themselves in the foot by allowing the Left and Media to intimidate and allow the RINOs to take the wheel. 

Around the first of July, I saw a generic poll that indicated that the GOP held the same lead in voting preference as they did the week before Roe was overturned or returned to the States.  That poll was a Rasmussen Poll and gave the GOP a slim 5-point lead.  It indicated that in the week before 47% of the voters said they would pull the lever for the Republicans and 42% said for the Democrats.  In the week after it was 46% and 41% respectively, which is razor thin and I am pleading with the Republicans, “Don’t Screw This Up!” 

The poll indicated that the week before the Republicans were ahead by 14% among Independents and 29% said they preferred the Democrats.  That changed little the week after with 45% saying yes to the Republicans and 30% to the Democrats.  The poll indicated that 62% of Black Americans will vote Democrat and 23% Republican.  Other minorities indicated that 42% would vote GOP and 41% for the Democrats.  Again, all this is cause for concern with the history of cowering and caving and the treachery of the RINOs.  Please, do not screw this up, America has only one shot at moving back in the right direction and averting the destruction now being inflicted. 

Please, understand I am in no way suggesting that the Republicans are a cure-all politically, but the dedicated destruction being pursued by the Democrats makes them a necessary vehicle back to the restoration of our Constitutional Republic. 

When you have a Biden advisor admitting in his attempt to explain the gas crisis revealing their purpose, it should send every voter who cares about freedom to the exit door of the Left and the entrance of the Right.  He said, “This is about the future of the Liberal World Order, and we have to stand firm.”  Any World Order and especially a Liberal World Order is not in the best interest of America or Americans.  I continue to plead, “Republicans, don’t screw this up!”

When the Left admits they are only concerned about their agenda and do not care about our pain or how to resolve the crisis we are in trouble.  Unless!  Unless we unitedly and uniformly reject them and demand that our elected officials pursue what is best for America and restore freedom and liberty to all legal American citizens.  We must return to Constitutional governance, or we will become a member state of their Liberal World Order. 

That advisor, Brian Deese revealed that the plan was for this to continue for years to come.  When the military and economic analysts as well as the Director of National Intelligence say this will be measured in terms of years not months, it reveals the direness and dangers we are now facing.  It is unsustainable, and they know it.  The plan seems to be to render us incapable of taking care of ourselves fiscally and therefore make us dependent upon the government.  If they provide, they control. 

He indicated that everyone must be cognizant that this is a vehicle for their transition to Green Energy and away from fossil fuels.  The lunacy of that is beyond any need to even address.  To produce the vehicles needed for the capture and storage of their Green Energy requires massive amounts of fossil fuels.  The stranglehold they have forcing prices at the pump to skyrocket as well as everything else makes us easy marks for their coup.  God help us.  Republicans, “Please, please, don’t screw this up.”

The insanity of the rabid followers and worshippers at the altar of global warming, climate change, climate disruption, or whatever it is called today has been dealt another inconvenient truth.  On June 25, 2022, a Norwegian Cruise ship headed toward an Alaskan glacier hit an iceberg.  But wait, that should be impossible since the glacial ice is melting and the hot temperatures of late would make icebergs extinct, right?  Nope!  The global ice is increasing not decreasing and they continue to insist that man’s greatest threat is Global Warming or Climate Change! 

Do you remember that in 2015 there was so much accumulation of sea ice that scientists had difficulty reaching their destination in Antarctica?  In 2013 there were recorded 19,000 Manhattan-sized islands of sea ice newly formed.  How can that be, the Arctic Ice Cap and all the sea ice were supposed to be gone by 2013.  However, documentation reveals that it grew by 553,000 square miles!

What concerns me is the incredible treachery by people like Texas Senator John Cornyn and other RINOs as they continue to side with the Leftists and push agendas that are antithetical to our Constitution and the best good.  Cornyn backed the Leftist gun control measure, has been collaborating with them to create amnesty for the illegals and has now taken another step in the wrong direction.  I am a Texan and declare we need a true Constitutionalist to unseat Cornyn in his next election.

What is his latest act?  He is backing the Civics Secures Democracy Act (CSDA).  It opens the door for the leftists to impose their desired Critical Race Theory on all public schools. It would allow the Secretary of Education to award grants to “eligible entities,” including non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, and states which would use the money to offer subgrants to local educational agencies.  What’s wrong with that?  Thank you for asking.

The bill states that among its goals is the support of “local educational agencies, elementary schools, and secondary schools in selecting and making available to all students innovative, engaging curricula and programs.”  Those programs are those that pertain to civics and the American government.  The purpose is so that they can “diversify the civics, history, and government education.”  What?  What is wrong with teaching the constitution as it is, explaining our system of government, and not inserting their sanitized and revised version?  Cornyn where is your head?  Do not answer that, please.

The National Association of Scholars opposes this legislation and has urged Cornyn and the other Republicans to withdraw their support.  Cornyn, as usual, is unwilling to respond to calls for explanation. 

America, Joe Biden is unlikely to be the nominee in 2024 but some potential players include Michelle Obama and other Leftists who have a track record of hating our system of government.  We have the opportunity to close the floodgates of destruction and return to a semblance of what we are supposed to be in 2022.  The control of the House and Senate must be wrested from the hands of the Leftists or there may not be an America in 2024.  Yes, I believe it is that dire.

God bless you and God bless America!

DOES GOD MATTER IN AMERICA ANYMORE?


I realize that is a question that could cause a firestorm of responses, innuendos, challenges, rejections, and vitriol, but in my mind, it is a valid question.  There are many reasons for my asking it and I hope I can provide a sampling of my reasons.  If those samplings resonate with you, then it would behoove you to renew your commitment to God and to vetting what is happening in our present world politically, economically, socially, morally, academically, medically, and religiously.  In short, take another look at life.

I recently read an article that declared, based on their research and polling data that “More Americans Than Ever Say the U.S. Has Poor Moral Values.”  Is that true?  Why would that be the current opinion of the majority of Americans?  The report declared that 50% categorize the moral values in the United States as “poor.”  That is deeply disturbing.  Another 37% viewed it as only “fair.”  At the opposite end of that spectrum 1%, yes ONE think that America’s moral values are “excellent” and 12% view them as “good.”  Does that bother you?

Even worse was that three-quarters believe that moral values are getting worse, not better.  Even sadder is that this is not a new phenomenon but a view that for the past two decades and longer there is a perceived moral decline in America.  I would say, in the rest of the world as well, but we are focusing on America in this consideration.

In studying the research more deeply it was reported that although the majority believe America’s values are worse and three-quarters believe the morals are getting worse, few could define what “morality” is.  If you do not know what “morality” is how can you say it is better or worse?  We are incredibly disjointed in the usage of terms that coming to a consensus definition of morality would be impossible. 

We talk about values with no common ground upon which to define the term.  Absolute truth is rejected by much of academia, the so-called scientific community, leftists, and too many in religious circles.  What are values?  Each of us likely has a definition and we expect the world to ascribe to our view, but that is not reality.

I have had people tell me that they vote based on values. Their values, the candidate’s values, the political party’s values, or what?  I had someone say, “America no longer has values.”  Seriously?  Everyone has values, but what they are is subjective and transient in many cases.  For example, Mother Teresa had values but so did Adolf Hitler.  What those values were is the rub.  That would make the statement, “We have values to mean we have opinions.” 

Yes, I believe in values!  I believe in biblical values and morality!  I believe in integrity, honesty, responsibility, and covenant!  The question is not about America’s values but America’s virtue.  If we define virtues as good moral habits and practices, we will have a definitive measure of morality.  The opposite of virtue is vice, therefore the question could be are we more prone to vice than virtue in America in 2022?  If the answer is yes, then we have identified one of the most significant problems, and that immediately points to the remedy.

In June we celebrated Father’s Day and focused on the value of good fathers in the home.  Well, that is what many of us did.  The government has taken actions over the past 4 or 5 decades to dismantle the two-parent home and create a world where too many fathers abandon the home and their responsibilities.  That has led to many of the ills in our society. The absence of fathers has and is creating a crisis and we are ignoring it.

The Heritage Foundation published a report in 2018 after the Parkland, Florida shooting with an amazing observation.  It was reported that in the twenty-five most recent mass shooting since Columbine that 75% of the shooters were from broken homes.  That is an astounding discovery and suggests not only problems but solutions.  I go back even further and the governmental edict that largely banned the Bible and public prayer in our schools and where that has led.

Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and was the Continental Army’s surgeon and held strong views on God, the Bible, Freedom, Education, and Moral Virtues.  He declared, I believe rightly, “If we were to remove the Bible from public schools, we would be wasting our time punishing crimes and taking so little pains to prevent them.”  That is what we have done and the escalation of violent crime and the lack of respect for human life has increased.  We did this to our hurt.

The recent shooting in Uvalde, Texas where the perpetrator Salvador Ramos killed innocent children mercilessly has provided some insight into the need for strong, moral, godly, and responsible fathers in the home.  Ramos is reported to have had almost no relationship with his biological father.  His mother lived out of state, and he had a strained relationship with his grandmother, whom he also shot.  His father said in one interview, “Salvador would always say I didn’t love him.”  Sir, your absence provided a basis for that view.

Someone said, “If you want to know what kind of father you were, don’t look at your children.  Look at your grandchildren.”  The reason for that declaration was that families with both fathers and mothers in the home in a loving relationship and doing their parental duties are foundational in our nation.  We are losing that, and, in that sense, I would suggest that America is less moral than ever.  We can fix the problem, but only with a return to strong families, a return to belief in God, and a return to accountability and responsibility. 

It is reported that 80% of teenagers admitted to psychiatric hospitals come from fatherless homes.  Psychologists tell us that children are 100-200% more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems who come from fatherless homes.  A child from a fatherless home is 68% more like to use drugs or alcohol and is far more likely to become sexually active at an early age and commit violent crimes.  Fathers, you are a lost treasure, and we need to reclaim that lost gem.

Still, further, 63% of teens who attempt suicide are from fatherless homes.  Not to just throw out numbers but the report is that 71% of children that do not finish high school come from fatherless homes and 90% of runaways are from fatherless homes.  Statistics reveal that sons who are without a father in the home are 300% more likely to become incarcerated and stay in juvenile institutions.  That screams the problem that is fixable!  The solution is simple, not necessarily easy, but definable and fixable.

In Psalm 127:3-5 we read, “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from Him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”   The word heritage could be translated as gift.  Children are given to us to nurture and train so they can perpetuate the race in a good and godly manner.

America, we have many problems and virtually all of them are traceable to our relationship with God.  If we return to our commitment to moral virtues and our responsibility as parents through rekindling our relationship with God, we will see a dramatic decrease in many of the issues we now face.  We can allow the devious to steal our kids and our society or we can draw a line in the sand and stand for God, good, Faith, Family, and Freedom!

God bless you and God bless America!

WE NEED THE UNDERSTANDING TO ACT RATHER THAN REACT…


Using an adage from my East Texas roots, America has more problems than we can shake a stick at.  Politicians, activists, pundits, celebrities, academia, business executives, and some preachers all are advancing their solutions or recommendations.  Sadly, virtually all of them fail to see the real problem and address the superficial. 

Granted, the problem is creating havoc and causing incredible trauma and pain but failing to see the root of the problem is to ensure that the problem never goes away.  In fact, it is almost a guarantee that it will worsen as we put band-aids on cancers, hoping our emotional reaction will cure the disease.  I wish it would, but it will not.

I saw a release from the Gun Violence Archive that stated that thus far in 2022 there have been 254 mass murders in America.  They define mass murder as any time there are at least 4 people killed or wounded, not including the shooter.  The problem with those statistics is their inclusion of the entire gamut of gun deaths.  They lump the gang-related shootings, drive-by shootings, and domestic outbursts of violence. 

The issue of shootings in schools, shopping malls, churches, and synagogues is the focus of the current ‘bi-partisan’, as it is being labeled, legislation coming down the pike.  Senator John Cornyn has attempted to insist that he and his cohorts compromised with each side giving up something to get something.  I still have not found what the Left gave up, but maybe it will surface as we go forward.

I have contended for a very long time that the problem is not the tool, implement, or weapon used it is in the person.  It is a problem in the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual state of the person.  But it goes far beyond that and cannot be simply declared that it is a mental health issue.  It is, in my view, a societal issue that is somewhat unique to America. 

If you accept the number of countries now existing in the world, based on the United Nations registry, there are 195.  If you do a bit of research, you will quickly surmise that there is no developed nation on the planet where there are as many mass killings are there are in America.  That is disturbing or should be.  If that is the truth, then it begs the question, Why?

In the tiny nation of Israel where people live under a constant threat of terrorism and the population is well-armed, needfully so they have about one-tenth as many shootings, per capita as we do in the United States.  That should scream that the problem is not the guns, but the individuals who opt to use them destructively.  That will fall on deaf ears, but it validates my contention that the gun is the superficial problem, not the root cause. 

I will not address the gangs or drug cartels and their violence because those are not a picture of the root problem.  What I desire to address is when seemingly ordinary citizens go berserk and commit the heinous act of mass murder.  Is there a common thread?  What could be the root cause?  Is there anything identifiable in their lives or in society that we can discover?  If there are common threads that identify root causes and uncover a societal and personal problem is there a solution? 

If the issue is societal or the mental state of the individual, then all the Red Flag Laws and gun bans, or restrictions will not alleviate that issue.  The idea that if we make guns illegal then there will be a reduction in gun violence is ludicrous.  We only have to review the statistics from those cities and states where the most stringent gun laws are in place to see that there is no reduction and often an increase.  Criminals will not abide by the laws and stripping the law-abiding of their ability for self-defense will exacerbate the problem.  It will cause the real problem to grow.

When I grew up in rural East Texas in the late 40s through the late-60s we did not have the problems we are facing today.  We had guns and in fact, it was unusual to see a pickup truck without a gun rack and a loaded rifle on display.  There were disputes, even fights, but seldom did anyone run to get the gun and kill somebody.  There was a different societal attitude and atmosphere.

I believe that we began to shift negatively in a very pronounced way during the Great Society of Lyndon B. Johnson.  His policies dismantled more Black families and homes than virtually anything previous.  The overt action to render God anathema in the public added to our societal problem.  We began to turn inward and ceased socializing with our neighbors and as the technological age began to burst into full bloom, video games, smartphones, and computers replaced personal interaction, and the mental state shifted inviting fear, paranoia, and anti-social behavior.

I read that in many European, Asian, and Latin American countries people live in communities.  In fact, it is reported that in cities it is not uncommon to find multiple generations living under the same roof.  They socialize not just on holidays and special occasions but daily.  They talk to each other. They meet on the streets and communicate.  Today, in America we tend to be laser-focused and ignore everyone and everything around us.  We cast a leery eye on anyone seeking to socialize. 

There are parts of this world where people will, at a certain time of the day, put on their best outfits and head to the streets to visit with their fellow townspeople.  When I grew up, we had the time or took the time to visit with our neighbors and it was not uncommon to see groups gathered socializing.  We knew our neighbors and what was going on in their lives. Today, many have no clue who their neighbors are and live isolated and insulated lives.

When we ceased interacting with each other and turned the focus inward, we opened the door for the problem we have today.  We created a virtual powder keg waiting to erupt and from time to time, it does.  The problem is the human heart and mind, not the gun, knife, baseball bat, or fist.  It is us not the inanimate object.

America was once called and aspired to be a melting pot where immigrants from various countries, ethnicities, religions and ideological views assimilated into the ethos of America.  Today we are far more like a salad than a melting pot.  Immigrants come but are not assimilated and remain distinctively the same as they were.  With the failure to assimilate, the disaster of the Johnson era, the polarization of society (fueled by politicians), and the horrifying number of people using antidepressants in America we can see the real problem.

I would include the fluidity of our society where few stay on the same job for more than 3-5 years and move frequently no long roots are being planted in communities.  Families are separated and the influence of parents and grandparents is lost to the influence of the educational system, television, and technology. 

Someone said, “Europeans work to live, but Americans live to work.”  We have almost no contact with our neighbors, know little of what is happening in our communities, and church attendance is increasingly infrequent.  Children stay home and play video games where the objective is to shoot quickly and eliminate as many bad characters as possible.  Abortion has devalued human life and we are a lonely people.

God made us to be social creatures and we need each other.  If a person is isolated and lonely and is subjected to high stress or develops mental and emotional problems in our society, there is no balm found in the community.  The problem festers and peace of mind dissipates.  Something can trigger them and push them over the brink resulting in their obtaining a weapon and committing horrendous acts of violence.

The problem has only one solution – GOD!  If we would return to God and find a way to remove our walls and interact with family, friends, neighbors and take a lesson from other countries on community socialization we would move rapidly toward a solution.  Banning guns and more drugs will not solve the problem.  It is a heart and mind problem and until we realize that we will continue to put band-aids on cancers and see the problem grow worse only frustrating everyone more.

God bless you and God bless America