Defiance: The Deadly Spirit of Liberalism Oct. 14, 2016 Preceding every human action is a motivation toward good or evil. Nowhere is this cause-and-effect relationship more evident than in our American political system, but it does not begin or end there. No one sets out to accomplish a goal unless there is first a precipitating desire for a purposeful end result.
For example, each of us builds a lifestyle that we believe will make us happy and give us a sense of fulfillment in our lives. In order to obtain any objective, we learn that there is an acceptable social framework to which our striving actions must be confined. This framework or structure provides each of us with protection from the illegitimate and unwelcome pursuits of others and directs us toward our goals. Disregard for the structure of a society has consequences for the individual and for the society itself. In recent events, we have seen that these consequences can be destructive and even deadly.
In order for millions of people to live safely and to pursue happiness in a free society such as ours, each of us must hold ourselves and others accountable to the structure. This means that we exercise personal restraint over, and accept responsibility for, our own behavior so as to avoid harming ourselves and others. But we also must oppose those who weaken its structure, legally and morally.
Something went horribly wrong in the last half of the previous century. Many people ceased defending the walls of our social structure. What’s worse, they tolerated the erosion of protective social boundaries to the harm of all. For the first century and a half of American history, the Church provided the main social structure of our society by defining acceptable moral, ethical and righteous behavior.
After World War II ended, some were unable or unwilling to recognize its vital role, began to resent the Church’s authority and sought to weaken it by various means. In war weary America, more people failed to appreciate its protective purpose. Affronts to America’s moral framework were not defeated, they were ignored. As a result, the attacks became more defiant and destructive. Rising liberalism spread like a cancer under the pretense of advancing liberty. An arrogant spirit of defiance inherent to liberalism began to challenge every social construction. Defiance is the very essence of liberalism as we can clearly see today.
Liberalism infected our universities, our government, our courts and our media. As media’s reach expanded, liberalism and its motivating spirit of defiance spread throughout our culture. There is now, no segment of our society that has been untouched.
The next defensive boundary that was attacked is the permanence of marriage. Reprobate and craven sexual appetites caused divorce rates to explode and families to disintegrate. The wreckage of divorce and the weakening of marriage continues to affect millions of adults and children. Next, liberalism invaded and conquered the Democrat party. Reckless sexual promiscuity of the 1960s brought demands for the next deadly breach--the right to life. Abortion was the result. Authority to take innocent life was defiantly demanded as a way to avoid the natural effect of sexual immorality. In America, 60 million lives have been stolen by this savage practice.
Basic human sexuality came the next target and lesbianism and homosexuality proliferated. Failing to acknowledge the disastrous consequences of this virulent assault, few fought against it. Those who did were summarily marginalized, mocked and condemned. AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases spread rapidly and continue to do so.
Today, even our legal system is under assault. American cities burn, businesses are destroyed and innocent people are assaulted and killed. Those who witness the carnage and dare to speak out against it are once again castigated as simplistic or uncaring, condemned as racists and marginalized as rigid and unyielding. Our laws are being violated even by those who make them and those who are sworn to enforce them.
America now has a government that abuses its own people, steals their assets and restricts their rights, violates its own laws, and respects no one. Our government has abrogated its primary responsibility to protect the people and their liberties. Can anarchy be afar off?
For the first time in American history, we have a defiant presidential candidate who has committed numerous federal crimes and neither the government nor the people have held her to account. Democrat Hillary Clinton defiantly refuses to reveal to the people the truth about her past, her principles or her plans for the future.
America’s only remaining hope for a future of any kind is to affect an overhaul of our entire society beginning with our government. Because our rights are defined by the written Constitution, it must be fiercely and courageously defended. To prevent a resurgence, liberalism and its spirit of defiance must be exposed and eradicated from every area of our society.
The United States was founded upon good and godly principles of adherence to God’s moral law and common decency. What we have seen in recent decades is simply the normal and natural result of liberalism’s defiance of God and any standard of healthy righteous conduct. Therefore, the only way back to a safe and sane American culture is to return to principles upon which the country was founded.
Defiance of civil and moral law must be met with consequences severe enough to prevent a recurrence. To the wise, a word will suffice, but to fools and the obstinate, ten thousand are inadequate. Physical restraint will always be necessary for some. The road ahead is clear. If America persists in allowing defiant liberalism to run amok, one of two things will happen. Either anarchy and misery will envelop the nation or a new revolution will be required to cast it off.
In the November presidential election, we will soon know what choice America will make. But make no mistake, if defiant liberalism is permitted to thrive unabated, increasing lawlessness, death and misery are assured.
Autopsy of an Era
Oct. 8, 2016 In the aftermath of a major national or global crisis, we usually discover a number of warnings that went unnoticed or were ignored. History testifies that most great civilizations fall, not as a result of external forces alone. They are first weakened by internal divisions, conflict and flaws within their borders. External pressures may accelerate their demise, but the autopsies of dead empires invariably reveal numerous internal diseases.
Most American people recognize that many cultural diseases exist in our country today. We simply disagree about their root causes or the appropriate course of action that is necessary to repair them. Every national election brings us to a point where we must make the same determinations.
Under Barack Obama, America has beheld the most corrupt administration is U.S. history to date. Lawless executive orders, social divisiveness, gross immorality and reckless military decisions are just the beginning. The massive economic damage done by the government takeover of America’s health care system has yet to be fully calculated. Obama desecrated our nation and dishonored our people. By every objective measurement, the past eight years declare one long career of national policy failure. Why? Because the American people got their priorities out of order.
Contrary to the belief of many, it is not the duty of any U.S. president to provide health care, protect the animals, indulge fraudulent and destructive Climate Change paranoia or to celebrate perversity. Neither is it the legitimate role of any U.S. president to “level the playing field,” to affirm one race or ethnic group to the exclusion of others or to fundamentally transform the nation. No, the sole duty of every United States president is to protect the people and their property and to protect and defend our Constitutional rights as articulated in the written document--nothing else. All Americans suffer when voters neglect this primary purpose.
We have seen countless Democrat politicians steal the tax dollars and the legal rights of the American people. As was recently reported, Secretary of State, John Kerry diverted $9 million to a non-profit organization run by his daughter, Vanessa. The funds were funneled through the State department run Peace Corps, in an apparent effort to conceal the deal.
We all recognize that there remains no honorable or reasonable justification for supporting Democrat, Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s long career of crime, corruption, incompetence and mismanagement are widely and well known. Despite this, the opposition to Donald Trump, while often belligerent, is rarely backed by substantive argument, and the increasingly popular, “A pox on both your houses” is nothing more than a puerile excuse for refusing to expend the effort that good citizenship demands.
The truth is that only Donald Trump has pledged to fulfill the responsibilities required of a president under the U.S. Constitution. Some of our neighbors clearly do not like Donald Trump. That’s fine. Nobody cares if you don’t like him. He’s not running to be your pal, chum or buddy--he’s running for president. But you must vote for him because the actions he proposes are exactly what America needs and that’s what honorable people do. Your personal desires are irrelevant, as are mine.
We’ve had more than enough reckless experimentation and unintended consequences of ambiguous promises of hope and change. We’ve elected too many career politicians who use their offices to enrich themselves and neglect their sworn duties. Americans cannot afford to elect a known career criminal who has no regard for the Constitutional limitations of office she seeks and who demonstrates contempt for the people she promises to serve.
America’s builders understood the challenges we would face, perhaps better than do we. Thomas Jefferson warned, “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” Our culture is awash in information. Our challenge is to know what information is reliable and what is not.
America needs a drastic course correction, and we need it now. Donald Trump is the only viable candidate who can deliver that correction and put America back on its proper track. Let us dispense with the petty personal preferences of style and party loyalty and do what is required of honorable people.
Another Clinton Running for High Office--Will We Ever Learn?
Oct. 4, 2016 When Arkansas Governor, Bill Clinton began his first campaign for president in 1992, reports emerged from the Razorback state that he dodged the draft, said he “loathed the military,” had an extramarital affair with Gennifer Flowers and had been accused of rape. Just ten years earlier, news of an extramarital affair sunk the presidential campaign of former Democrat Senator, Gary Hart from Colorado.
Ignoring the admonition of Jesus that “he who is unfaithful in little will be unfaithful in much,” Americans elected Bill Clinton and set a course for endless public scandals, a dismal economy and failed foreign and domestic policies.
In 2008, again ignoring the warning of Christ and Dr. King’s dream that his own children would be judged by the content of their character, Americans elected Barack Hussein Obama. This massive public failure brought Americans the longest-running economic recession, failed foreign policy decisions and the most corrupt and lawless administration in U.S. history. Terrorists attack with frightening regularity, our cities are on fire from racist rioting and illegal aliens steal American jobs and resources.
Will Americans fail themselves, their children and their country again in 2016? We shall soon see. Hillary Clinton is by far, the most corrupt candidate of any political party to ever run for the office of president. She retains the distinction of being the only First Lady to ever be the subject of an F.B.I. investigation. She failed to protect Americans under her leadership, intentionally put national security at risk by sending and receiving classified information on an unclassified server and accepted donations to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for access to the U.S. State Department.
The strategy employed by the Clinton campaign and their operatives in the distorted media has been to attack Donald Trump’s character, perpetrating lies that he is a sexist, racist and xenophobe. But Mrs. Clinton has her own character problems.
Rather than supporting and empowering women, she actively engaged in character assassination of her husband’s sexual assault victims. Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky were all victims, first of Bill Clinton’s sexual advances, then of Hillary Clinton through mean-spirited, cruel and baseless accusations.
Hillary Clinton claims to be an advocate for children, but that too, is false. The policies of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have not helped children, but harmed them. There are more children living in poverty now than in 2008, and that number will certainly increase if reckless Democrat policies are permitted to continue. Millions more will not even be permitted to be born.
Clinton has introduced no new policy ideas that America can afford, but advocates expanding failed policies like Obamacare, tax increases, foreign policy disasters like the Iran Nuclear Arms deal and refusing to protect our borders. She has nothing to offer Americans except more misery, scandal and failure.
November 8th may well be the last opportunity that American voters have to spare this country from certain destruction and cultural collapse. Hillary Clinton will surely advance every new policy that undermines the family and exalts sexual perversion. The first and second amendments of the Constitution will be sacrificed upon the great altar of humanist atheism. Americans will be ruled by illegal executive order and judicial tyranny. We will become servants of a massive federal government rather than its masters and freedom will be nothing more than a distant memory and hopeless myth of a bygone era.
Ignorance and sloth brought us to this juncture. We failed to teach our children and ourselves of our own national history and its noble ideals. We permitted our government to grow into an unsustainable monstrosity that feeds on the lives of its citizens and we refused to uphold the dignity of men and women that are created in the image of God. We allowed worthless scalawags and rabble-rousers to deceive us and others.
There remains only one way left to avoid the collapse of the America that we have enjoyed--elect Donald Trump and work with him reform to this nation. The $20 trillion national debt and bloated federal government are crushing our quality of life and forcing businesses to close. Incessant attacks on the family and righteousness by godless Democrat politicians and their special interests have devalued all human life, and they must be repulsed and rejected. Donald Trump has the plan to reverse the failures of the past 25 years.
Congress is the people’s voice in Washington, not the courts or the president. It’s the responsibility of the people to ensure that our courts are not populated by jurists who are defiant or antagonistic toward the Constitution and the rights it enshrines. Preserving freedom in America requires regular action by informed and committed citizens. No one else can or will accomplish that role.
America’s founders and others who came after them warned us that this day would come and how it would arrive. John Adams warned that our government was suitable only for a moral and religious people. We have allowed the godless to defile our culture and ourselves. So thoughtless are the ungodly that they fail to realize that their rights come from God as well. If rights and freedom are established by government, then government can legitimately remove them.
Thomas Jefferson said that our freedom depends upon staying informed and yet, we have stopped our ears and gagged ourselves by listening to those who tell us not to talk about politics or religion. As a result, many voters will not decide for whom they will vote until the last weeks of the election season and then, only by watching television ads and distorted news reports. They base their decisions on no higher principle than petty personal preference and self-interest.
There remains reason for hope, however. George Washington said, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.” America’s freedom and America’s future are in your hands. Buy the truth and never sell it. Reject the empty promises that demand forfeiture of your dignity and honor. Don’t trade your rights for the perception of benefit. We may not get another last chance.
After the Election Sept. 9, 2016
Despite the news media’s indisputable and incessant anti-Trump bias and its efforts to bury Hillary Clinton’s crimes and corruption, Donald Trump’s campaign is gaining momentum. In the past three weeks, Trump has refined his message, reached out to minority communities and pounded the current administration, Hillary Clinton and the Washington culture for their many failures. While appealing to minorities may be a winning strategy for the Trump campaign, Democrat recklessness and Washington’s complicity have failed the majority of Americans.
There is a palpable excitement and enthusiasm within the Trump campaign, and Donald Trump has a real opportunity to win the November election. But the changes that Trump proposes--changes that will benefit all Americans, cannot be implemented without the help of the American people, now and over the next four years.
The Obama administration may well be the most anti-Christian government in American history, but it has also been the most anti-American. More American citizens have suffered losses over the past seven years than in any period since World War II. Fortunately, the people of the United States still maintain the ability to demand a national course correction every four years. How bad is the need for a correction?
According to a report by the United States Conference of Mayors, real wages for American workers have dropped 23% since 2008. Fewer Americans are working and we are all paying more for health care thanks to the fallaciously named “Affordable Care Act.” The average American will pay over $10,000 per year for health care in 2017.
The United States Navy has only 276 deployable ships--the lowest number since 1916, even though the world is more dangerous due to ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism. The U.S. Army has gotten smaller every year over the past five years. In 2015, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff said that the Army was only at 33% readiness regarding its 32 Brigade Combat Teams, and should be at 70%.
Illegal immigration coupled with Congressional neglect are costing Americans billions of dollars in lost revenues and in the drain of public resources. The Obama administration is resettling 10,000 Syrian “refugees” in America every month who have not been screened to determine is ISIS terrorists are among them. The American people need to take back their government, but many disbelieve that they have lost it.
The United States faces many urgent problems, and while a change in leadership will begin to turn the country around, that alone will not be sufficient. Unless they are preempted quickly, the next series of abuses of an ultra-liberal Democrat president will certainly exceed those of the Clinton and Obama administrations. Unchecked evil never stagnates; it always continues to grow when not confronted.
Since the primary responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense, Congress should enact legislation that prevents any future U.S. president from gutting the military in order to fund wasteful programs like Obamacare. Congress must establish a minimum funding level that will prevent a recurrence of the present dilapidated state of the armed forces. Naturally, Democrats in Congress will resist this initiative. Therefore, the American people will have to demand that they do so.
President Ronald Reagan was able to revive the military services after years of neglect by the Carter administration, even with Democrats in control of both houses of Congress. He did so by appealing directly to the American people. Donald Trump will have to employ this method if he expects to enact his ambitious agenda.
The federal government is also responsible to protect our Constitutional rights--an obligation that all three branches of our government have betrayed. The U.S. Senate must refuse to confirm to the U.S. Supreme Court, any jurist who lacks a demonstrated history of upholding and validating the Constitution. The oath to “protect and defend the Constitution” is sworn by all members of Congress, the armed forces and the president, and it’s the primary role of the Supreme Court. It’s time the people hold all government officials to that oath. After all, the Constitution is our only safeguard against another tyrannical and lawless federal administration.
Obama’s transgender bathroom policy and defiling of the White House with rainbow lights following the Supreme Court’s egregious same-sex marriage decision, are ample evidence that America is losing the culture to wickedness and depravity. The Church in America is a needed ally in this battle, but it has been sidelined by a previous devious Democrat.
The IRS provision that allows churches to be stripped of their tax-exempt status, which Donald Trump calls the “Johnson Amendment,” must be abolished. This law has had a chilling effect on local pastors for far too long, and like all sinister acts, it was committed in the dark. LBJ inserted this provision into the defense appropriations bill in 1954, rather than openly introduce it to the full senate and risk its defeat and embarrassment to himself.
Democrat policies are becoming increasingly anti-American and evil. Sadly, too many of our fellow citizens are ignorant about the corrupt and criminal history of Hillary Clinton and her absolute unworthiness for the office of president. Many people still get their information solely from the mainstream media which has become an unofficial agent of the Democrat party. Those of us who know the truth must inform others.
The differences between the candidates for president could not be more stark. Americans can either choose freedom, prosperity and safety, or we will have corruption, tyranny and an explosion of lawlessness. While every presidential election is a referendum on the previous administration, each is also a barometer of the character of the people. We shall soon prove whether freedom is still important to us and if we are worthy of the sacrifices made by our forebears who left unto us, this great nation.
Electing Donald Trump to be our next president will be a good beginning, but we must then work to support his agenda if America is going to reclaim its position as the shining city on a hill.
As published in the Roanoke Times
Memories: Real and Imagined Sept. 3, 2016
Americans have very short memories. As humans, we tend to recall unpleasant events as less heinous than they actually were. This mechanism, provided by our Creator, protects us from constant torment by horrible pasts. When recognized for its proper purpose, it’s a healthy defensive shield. But some will attempt to abuse this tendency for destructive purposes. Abusers of children and rapists will often attempt to overwrite memories of their horrific crimes with words of love and caring or convince their victims that the endless pain they suffer is nothing more than misperception.
Historical revisionists are joined today by media storytellers. Some are news anchors and journalists who rewrite historical facts in order to hypnotize the ignorant and uninformed with a distorted myth, hoping to overwrite actual experiences until the myth becomes de facto reality.
One example of this technique is the constant reference by network media to the John F. Kennedy administration as Camelot. Women can be certain that those years were nothing akin to Camelot for Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline, who was publicly humiliated by her promiscuous husband. Neither was the Kennedy term a fairytale for children who had to learn, drop, duck and cover in nuclear attack drills, and to think twice about eating freshly-fallen snow for fear that it might be radioactive.
Despite the long dark cloud of gloom and doom that hung over the country and the persistent turmoil over the Viet Nam war, many Americans have somewhat fond memories of Lyndon Johnson, despite his overtly racist view of African Americans. While LBJ is credited for signing the Civil Rights Act, most Congressional Democrats including 18 senators opposed the bill, while 80% of Republicans favored it. Recent PBS television specials that chronicle the period, among them the dubiously titled, JKF & LBJ: A Time of Greatness, provide reason for suspicion that the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution used by Johnson to justify the Viet Nam war, may have been a bogus invention enabling LBJ to portray himself tough on communism.
By far, the longest and most frustrating 15-month period of modern American history overlapped the last year of Jimmy Carter’s administration. In 1979, the most powerful nation on earth was held captive along with 51 kidnapped Americans, by Iranian thugs. Carter’s feckless mismanagement of the hostage crisis mercifully ended his presidency.
President Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980 and America was back. Over the next twelve years, our military and economic strength revived. The Cold War ended and the Berlin Wall came crashing down. But then, Americans got sleepy once again.
In 1992, we were told a fictional story about “a man from Hope” (who was actually from Hot Springs) and we endured eight agonizing years of scandal, corruption, lies and incompetence. Corpses began turning up in strange and mysterious places where the Clintons had previously been. School shootings and terrorist attacks were increasing in number.
When the World Trade Towers were attacked, President George W. Bush sent terrorists hiding in caves of Afghanistan and underground holes in Iraq. The U.S. economy was recovering, but the mortgage industry was in terrible trouble. Democrats blocked attempts by the Bush administration to stop Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from hemorrhaging cash. Eventually we found out why, when Democrat Senators Evan Bayh and Chris Dodd were caught manipulating the rules. The damage done by their reckless practices and policies created the recession we now suffer under. Neither was held accountable.
Once again in 2008, ambiguous dreams of “hope” and “change” carried voters back to Slumberville. The past eight Obama years have brought us more scandal, corruption, death and despair than even the Clinton years. We have an administration that not only refuses to enforce our laws, but actively promotes crime by rewarding sanctuary cities that harbor criminal aliens. Our military is weak, our economy is collapsing, our culture is diseased, and we are told another fairytale.
For the first time in American history, we have a presidential candidate who is known to have committed numerous felonies prior to the election. Meanwhile, partisan media hypnotists sing lullabies of fiction and fallacy to the masses hoping they won’t wake up before November. Stay awake; make America great again.
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Everyone believed in God because it is the only sensible thing to do. No one dared to burn an American flag except to decommission it. Murder was unheard of for most of us, and we could trust that almost anyone would help you if you were lost or in trouble.
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