Thursday, December 23, 2021

I believe, why don't you?


 On the day before the day, of Christmas Eve, that would be the 23rd for those of you who are still trying to figure that one out; I would like to put into perspective what it means to be a Christian. 


Being a Christian from the perspective of ME, Richard Taylor, your Blog Friend, or at least a reader of my ramblings:


The simple definition is: one who believes in Christ.  There are two types of believing however, there is believing in the person of Christ and then there is the believing Christ.  They are not the same.  Believing in Christ is a much more simple process and similar to understanding that the person of Christ was real, did exist and has some historical relevance.  


Understanding the reality of His existence is very important but, believing Christ takes a leap of faith that many are unwilling to take.  I may believe something or someone but fail to follow that knowledge for a variety of reasons.  


Christ for Christians demands that we believe that Christ spoke the words of eternity under the authority of His Father and our Father, God, the Almighty, and with those words outlined our purpose of life, our requirements and processes for achieving not only salvation but to live with God and Glory in His Eternal Glory.


I believe Christ spoke the words of God, established His Gospel and provided the commandments that we all need to follow to be called “Christians”.  I also believe in the person of Jesus Christ, the same who was born of Mary, through divine conception.  Don’t ask me to explain that process or any of the other miraculous events during His life, but I believe and so should we all. I can't explain how electricity works, how do you expect me to provide insight into water into wine?


Belief is a fundamental process of becoming more than we are.  We sacrifice the finite and variable “truths of mortality” for truths that we cannot fully comprehend but are more real and more substantive than any facts, assumptions or theories that we are barraged with during our lives.  


I have often quoted myself in stating (do I have to put quotation marks when I quote myself?)  “Most people are wrong about most things, most of the time”  yes I actually made that up, or should I say coined the phrase.  In life most of what we learn is tenuous at best and will eventually be updated, altered or forgotten as we try to progress through our lives.  We are building upon sustainable facts and we are improving our view of our mortality, but, when it comes to immortality we know nothing and therefore need to rely on belief to sustain our efforts to reach that which we believe to be true.


One example is the subject of Death.  We know we are all going to die, but no one knows what happens to our lives, our memories, or spirits when we stop living.  I believe we live on.  I truly believe and live my life as if that belief is a constant reality.  We believe because we have been commanded to believe, given glimpses of an afterlife derived from the words and life of Jesus Christ, and I believe in and believe Christ, the Son of the Living God, even our Heavenly Father.  


Most of us know that the person Christ was born in or around April or May and that Christmas day is not His real birthday, but we celebrate December 25th as the Holiest of Holidays within the Christian world and since that day was presented as a day for Christians by Constantine as a way to unify the various religions of the world, I follow that day to celebrate the birth of MY LORD And SAVIOR.


An interesting side to the Christmas Holiday occurred when I was visiting my Son in Japan just prior to Christmas, I don’t recall the exact year but he was 21 or so.


The Japanese, especially in Tokyo go all out during Christmas except, I think, their use of XMAS is more appropriate to this story.  Everywhere you looked there were elves and Santa Clause, presents and trees, music filled the shops and streets.  XMAS was everywhere, people were laughing and singing, dancing, the streets were filled with shoppers and gawkers but one thing was missing.  Except for this one thing it was a perfect XMAS.  There was no Christ, no Baby Jesus, no substance of the “real” Christmas that take our souls toward God.  This was an XMAS, without Christ.  Similar to what is happening in our society.  Christ is being forgotten, dismissed and replaced.  


They may believe in Christ but they have no belief that Christ mattered, or sacrificed his life for us.  


I believe Christ mattered, I believe that only Christ can intercede with God for our eternal benefit.  It is CHRIST, His life, His Gospel and his promises that I believe in, that will ensure my Salvation.  


Thank you God, in the name of your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.


Amen


And just for those who may not think I'm serious: I really, really, really do believe Christ is the Cornerstone of my life, and I pray that I can live up to His expectations of me.


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Civil War .... Again?

 

Stories about the Civil War in our Country during the 1860’s have always intrigued me.  I was fascinated by the conflict and the often irrational views as they were opposed, vehemently, to those of the other side, on both sides.


My views regarding what I thought I understood about the Civil War were consistent and rational, logical and predictable , as were the thoughts and motivation of those in the South.  But when one compares the attitudes that prevailed during the Civil War you may be surprised at the similarities of how we think and react in relation to the events of today.


I have a sister, we are fairly close due to shared experiences when we were young, but her views and mine on a variety of topics are as different as night and day.  I am just as stymied by this divide than I am when I try to understand the chasms of differences that existed, and caused the Civil War between the States.


I love my sister but I cannot condone or support her views. Her opinions and her motivations do not agree with mine, especially in relation to what constitutes the foundations of this Country of the United States of America.


This is not simply about my sister, I have always been at odds with her and she with me regarding our politics, our motivations, and the process in how we develop our opinions and facts.  But like our relationship, there are hundreds of thousands of relationships just like mine that find it difficult to express our concerns over the differences in our basic thought processes.


Where I see a white wall, she sees a green one, where I see political chicanery she  sees normalcy.  We are literally at odds about the very foundations of life and freedom, about choice and responsibility, and to be honest I don’t know if there is a solution that will assist in bridging the enormous gap between us.  


My opinions and life choices have created a Moralistic pattern for me to follow, and I’m sure my sister has done the same.  The real dilemma is in how we interpret those moralistic patterns: What is good, what is not, what is right or wrong, and what is moral and what is acceptable as a society? 


I don’t want to rationalize my belief by making compromises, and neither does she, primarily because we both think we are morally correct and by compromising we would have to weaken our own foundational principles.  I do however, believe in an absolute Right or Wrong, especially when it involves Morality.


When the Civil war started, thousands of families had to grapple with the engulfing divide that was spreading from community to towns and to cities, everyone had to decide where they stood.  Fathers and sons, brothers, sisters, daughters and mothers were all affected by this strangling divide that was literally tearing the Country apart.  


Based on recent conversations with my sister, that same divide that affected the civil war era is affecting this country as well.  I have to imagine that I am not alone with this debilitating condition.  There are perhaps millions of families and individuals who are faced with these terrible choices.  Free speech, is it available to everyone equally?  Religious freedoms and the ability to assemble based on your religious beliefs, do you see this as an issue?  Government overreach that limits all of our freedoms and choices to some extent and most recently the forced application of power to mandate by threat, the vaccine at first and perhaps other things as well.  


There was no easy way out of the rift that developed over slavery and States Rights, and there is no easy way out of this current and growing divide.  When the “truth” behind an issue is marginalized by unsubstantiated pseudo-facts and the ever changing policies cause us all to question, even the most basic of steps, there is no way to completely understand which step, if any, should be taken, that’s called chaos, and when a system is chaotic, the outcomes are almost always chaotic and disruptive.


My relationship  with my sister has not improved because of the differences in our political and social views but I can envision a time, in the not so distant future, that those differences will force one of us or both of us to either stop talking about things we don’t agree, or we decide to chose to not  talk at all, or more realistically some middle ground that neither of us would feel comfortable with due to our polarized opinions; similar perhaps to Abraham Lincoln when he was willing to allow the South to continue with Slavery as long as they would stop their push to separate from the Union.  He was willing to sacrifice his moralistic principles on the issue of Slavery in order to save the lives of the thousands upon thousands of soldiers, on both sides.  The South said no, and the war continued as we all understand.

  • Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

“In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to ‘preserve, protect, and defend it’.”



Those in the South thought that they could not efficiently survive economically without slaves and therefore they were fighting for their survival.  The reality is they could have survived and those that broadened their outlook, soon realized that it was possible, but they had to be forced to change, hence the Civil War, at least that aspect of the war.


One example that came out of my discussion last night with my sister is her belief in a strong presence of White Supremacist.  That topic of discussion did not go well.  She was adamant regarding the existence of these White Supremacist, literally disregarding all my proposed facts and logic to counter her belief that our country was riddled with these Racist Hooligans'.  It only got worse when I mentioned that, if there are White Supremacist in our Country, they are found in the Democratic Party, and it is not found in any degree of statistical relevance within those who claim allegiance to the Party of choice and limited government, the Republicans...That’s when she hung up on me.

  • Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

“Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came …. Fondly do we hope — fervently do we pray — that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.”  


Here is my question:  Since we already understand the causes and results of the Civil War, and we understand the bloody and savage cost of those types of conflicts, is there a way to uphold the God given truths of this Great Nation and find a way to help others see the light of their dysphoria?   Or are we destined to fight for our freedoms, fight and perhaps die for our liberties in hopes that our victory (similar to the victory of the North over the South) will be enough to bridge these gaping lapses of understanding and finely move forward?





Friday, December 3, 2021

An American by any other name ...

Because of the rift between the Left and the Right, and just so there is no misrepresentation here I’m referring to the liberals and the Conservatives, or the Democrats and the Republicans.  I know that the line of designation between these two warring parties, and all those who associate with either one is tenuous and wavy, but most people seem to fall into one camp or the other by choice.


One way to think about where you stand is to compare what you think and believe, and what you would like others to think and believe.   


Since we have a Constitution and a Bill or Rights I think it would be appropriate to use the Bill of rights as the rubric for comparison.  Although the following is my opinion I do believe that my opinion has a basis for most Americans; so here we go:


First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Over the past few years it has been evident to me at least, that the free exercise of religion has been curtailed, especially during the COVID outbreak.  Churches, mostly conservative, not all but most,  who were forced to close, members of those churches were told to stay home and not peaceably assemble, all while riots and “peaceful demonstrations'' were allowed in virtually every major city.  Free speech has been curtailed, primarily for conservative speakers on college campuses, just because non-conservatives demonstrated and the colleges and universities capitulated, stifling the free speech of some….not to mention the social media groups who limit speech for some and allow others free reign.

Second Amendment

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

One side wants to take your Arms and the other is trying to protect your right to keep and bear Arms,  Hazard a guess who is who?

Third Amendment

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner; nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

No comment.

Fourth Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

No comment

Fifth Amendment

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself; nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

No comment

Sixth Amendment

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.  

I don’t know enough about the law in relation to this amendment, but it seems to me that we are skirting a few issues in relation to due process when you look at the outcomes of some of the police shootings and their following prescribed procedures and still be found guilty.  Another example could be the Rittenhouse trial and how obvious it was to me that he was innocent and should never have gone to trial.

Seventh Amendment

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of common law.

No comment

Eighth Amendment

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

I don’t understand this one.

Ninth Amendment

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Also, this one I don’t understand. I am going to have to do more homework on these that I do not understand...

Tenth Amendment

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The overreach of the federal government has been pervasive and troublesome.  With Biden proposing that the feds can pry into your bank accounts, without your permission is the first that comes to mind.  The mandates for inoculations for COVID or lose your employment is another obvious overreach.  

The Feds want to install a national election process and remove that responsibility by the states.  A national healthcare system is another example of overreach.  There are others that I do not know about but it is clear to me that our constitution is clear on this matter.


The point of this exercise is to demonstrate by comparing our Bill of Rights to your individual beliefs.  If after reading the above you agreed with the Amendments as written then you are a pro-Constitutionalist, however, if you find that you do not agree and want to change the provisions of the Bill of Rights then you are by definition NOT pro American.


Those on the left routinely disregard our laws, as in the recent rash of crimes that deal with individuals and groups who steal under the $1,000 limit and are not prosecuted.  There are also the states, like California who have released thousands of criminals of all kinds back onto our streets, because of COVID.  


Then we look at the border issue and the recent court decision to reinstate Trump's “hold in

Mexico” program that was ignored by Biden for over a year, allowing hundreds of thousands

of illegal immigrants into our country, including thousands of Afghans, flying them into cities

at night.


Are you an American or are you one who wants to change America into something else? If you prefer something else I propose you start your own "America", somewhere else, there is a whole world that agrees with you, at least according to you, so have it, but Don't Tread on Me.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Attitude of Gratitude

During this Holiday Season and perhaps more so than ever before in the history of our Country, we need to acknowledge what we are truly thankful for. 

 Let me try to be a bit more clear on the subject of Thankfulness/ Gratitude: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow” — Melody Beattie

https://www.psychmc.com/articles/difference-between-gratitude-and-thankfulness 

 The Oxford Dictionary defines the word grateful as “showing an appreciation of kindness.” 

This is where the difference lies; being thankful is a feeling, and being grateful is an action.  

We should all be thankful but what we need to achieve to be Grateful or to have Gratitude is actively show our appreciation, be actively engaged in helping others. As we sit around a table with good food and friends, we are indeed thankful for those feelings of comfort, friendship and fullness but are we willing to move beyond the perfect table setting, the sumptuous food and comradery into a “... a state of being, where you feel a sense of appreciation that comes from deep within. You are at peace with the world, and appreciate that state of affairs deep within. The feeling of calm these thoughts and emotions bring to mind we find fulfilling.” 

When we look at our lives, when we take stock of who we are with a true introspection into our past, our now and wonder about the type of person we wish to be, does it align with the Attitude of Gratitude we are asked to develop?

 I know mine does not. It does not always line up and this should cause all of us to rethink our actions, realign our lives and strive to become less combative, less controversial (I know, my blogs are often controversial and to some combative, I’m working on this too.) and more helpful, more soft hearted as we strive to comfort those in need of comfort and reach higher for that goal of gratefulness and Gratitude for all we do have. 

The political side of this is much more difficult, especially when taken into context of the current political strife, the divisions of our society and the chaos that is rapidly taking hold of our lives. 

 I am unable to affect the lives of those who do not agree with me but I can affect my life to accept the desire to move beyond simple thankfulness and exercise my right to show gratitude to those around me. 

 I still may not agree with what you are or who you are. I may not accept what you're trying to do, or how you're doing it, but I can certainly attempt to show my gratitude by adopting the all important attitude of service by doing my best to not be a part of the problem but instead be an active participant in appreciating life, developing a more acute sense of being, so that my eyes and spirit are open to the beauties of life and the lives around me. 

 Can you imagine a world that adopted a universal Attitude of Gratitude? Can you imagine the changes that would occur, overnight if we all looked through the lens of compassion rather than the darkened glass of selfishness? 

 I commit to being more grateful for what I have and will do so by move beyond myself for the benefit of others, will you join me?

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Build The Wall...?


 I was told that I had just made a potentially racist remark, by someone who is close to me.  


Here is how it happened.  We were driving through an In N Out Burger and I asked the window attendant how to pronounce their name.  She told me and I said, “that’s a pretty name, where is it from?”  


She told me she didn’t know but her family was from the Philippines and I said, “you don’t sound Filipino.”  


This is where she offered that her father has no accent at all either and that she was born here.  I smiled at her and thanked her and  I paid the bill and drove to the next window.


The others in the car suggested to me that my statement could be racist.  I don’t see how, but in this day in age, I guess almost anything could be racist…


The above incident got me thinking about why the statement could be construed as racist when to me it was not, nor was it intended to be bigoted or racist in anyway.  


Let me ask you a couple of questions:  

  1.  When someone says they love their country, what does that mean?

  2.  Can you love your country when you're not living in your country, or can you love the   country that is not your birth country?

  3.  What makes a country a country?  


Stay with me,,,


As we try to determine what makes a country a country and understand the importance of loving or not loving a country, I want to make some assumptions based on what I think regarding the United States and how our current political leadership (the past 20 years current) has affected our ability to love our country of origin and how those who have immigrated have the changed way we feel.


First of all, I want to dispel any insinuation of racism by stating emphatically that I believe that everyone who comes here (legally or not) should begin to love America for what it is and what it can provide.  I do not want to exclude anyone but understand that immigration law has always prevented individuals from immigrating for a variety of reasons.


As far as I know, The United States of America has one of the most liberal immigration policies in the world, not including the wholesale crossing occurring across our southern borders.  We allow more, more often and with less conditions than almost every other country.  But at the same time we have fewer expectations placed on those who come than virtually every other country in the world.


When someone migrates to Mexico, Mexico does not offer them ballots in English, or welfare for those in need, nor does Japan, Russia, Chad, or most countries of the world.  There are some exceptions but specific examples are hard to find.


The point being, that if you want to migrate to another country, most other countries expect you to know the language, understand the laws and be able to be self-sufficient.   Most countries are defined by borders, language and customs, But the US has taken a different tack by removing borders (the southern border at least), language (English) and customs from the list and instead encouraging immigrants to not speak English, disregard our borders and flaunt our customs, while paying them to get settled and supporting their ways of life over the standards of life previously created.


I know things change but generally things change slowly, so that new arrivals want to learn the language, like the young Filipino woman who thought of herself as an American, and rightly so; she is an American, her family supported her to learn the language, get involved and become integrated.


   What other countries besides America, forsake it’s borders, it’s language and its culture to openly accept any and all who wish to come?  As a result, I love this country less because this country favors those who are not American over the Americans who were born here, who immigrated here legally and have chosen to follow our laws, our language and our culture. 


Where do you stand on this issue?


Monday, September 20, 2021

Ignorance is not Stupid


There is a reason why we don’t agree.  There are actually multiple reasons why some believe and others do not, regarding a multitude of subjects, ideas, politics and to be honest, most of us form our opinions based on incorrect or insufficient information.

Man is ignorant.  Women are ignorant, we are all ignorant of most things, but does that make us stupid?  Stupid is defines as:  having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense. That is a question you need to determine on your own.  Keep in mind that our minds are not designed to store huge amounts of information.  A psychologist named Thomas Landouer did an experiment to determine how much information the average mind can sustain.  His findings determined that we have about 1 Gigabyte of storage capacity, that is not very much, but that does support the premise that Man is Ignorant.  Ignorance is not necessarily bad.


“False belief is our birthright”  Said Phillip Fernbach, Cognitive Scientist, Boulder Colorado. He postulates that regardless of our inability to “be smart” we are intelligent by virtue of our social collectivism.  When I say “most people are wrong about most things, most of the time”  It coincides with the idea that we are all ignorant of most things, most of the time.

 

If we are all ignorant then developing false beliefs is a common and expected outcome of being human.  That is why so many believe so many things in so many different ways. Democrats, believe one way and Republicans another, is either right or wrong?  I believe in God, others do not,  who is right?  Can you explain in detail why one is right and one is wrong about anything?


Men and Women, and especially teenage boys attempt to show their knowledge through arguments and disagreements and in most cases one party or another will have some permanence by virtue of more experience, more knowledge or more power, but is that the way we should be motivated toward understanding?


I often get into discussions with others who do not agree with me, and very seldom do our disagreements get resolved with a meeting of the minds and a mutual understanding that enhances both our lives.   I am starting to understand that regardless of our shared ignorance of most things, neither of us understands the depth of that ignorance, and that prevents us from moving forward from a common understanding of our shared innocence.  


The process of being smart is rarely seen as a collective achievement, but the evidence seems to support the premise that we are all specialist in something and to some extent we can contribute to the intelligence of humanity by cooperating individually so that we share in the cycle of wisdom that comes from accepting that we are insignificant but together amazing things can transpire.


I am not suggesting in the least that we move toward socialistic style cooperation, those two words do not exist in this context.  We are all individuals with individual rights, privileges and responsibilities, but when we decide as individuals to cooperate then our options for advanced  achievements are multiplied and expanded, exponentially.    


There is a religious component to this argument.  My belief in God mandates that I pursue that belief individually, but that individual desire to have a personal relationship with His Son Jesus Christ facilitates my desire to help my neighbor, support those around me, assist them so that we can together obtain His promised blessing.  


It is the same process of overcoming my own ignorance by relying on the individual efforts of others and their unique skills and thoughts.  We do have very intelligent individuals throughout history, some who stand out beyond the billions and billions  who have lived, but even those were assisted to some extent by the conversations, the discussion and the opinions of others.


Our only way out of these contentious times is to realize that we are all IGNORANT of most things, and to understand that our lifeline to intelligence is through cooperative listening, thinking and acting.  Only then will we be able to solve the issues that face this Nation and only then will we come to the understanding that regardless of our own intellectual shortcomings, we can all be intelligent and wise together.

  


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Evil or Stupid?



Someone once said, “We have two political parties, the Evil and the Stupid.”


Depending on your ideology or lack of, that statement can probably apply to both the Democrats and the Republicans.  


Within the State of California, I hope you're aware of the effort to recall Gaven Newsom, he is the Democratic Governor of California and the attempt is being made to remove him from office, that is what a recall is.  


I am trying to be deliberate in my explanation for the simple reason that I don’t think the Democrats are the “stupid” party.  That moniker goes to the Republicans.  You may ask yourself, what is the difference between Evil and Stupid? Not much when you consider those who act and do Evil are really not much worse than those who are Stupid and allow Evil to flourish.


I was going to let you extrapolate, by yourself the logical conclusion from the revelation that the Republicans are the “STUPID” party but I think I should continue to be deliberate in my observations and explanations.


When you have two choices and one of those choices is made known, the other choice becomes evident.  If the Republican Party is the Stupid Party then what does that make the Democrat Party, given that you have two choices, Evil and Stupid and Stupid is already taken?


The above conclusions obviously come from my perspective, and just to let you know, my perspective is always correct...Anyway, I like to think it is.  The reality is in how we form a perspective, how do we draw conclusions and quantify in our minds a resolution to the choices that are presented?


Am I moving too fast?  The answer to the question of how is in how we process the information we receive.   When we fail to seek out the best information our conclusions are tainted and perception of what is right or wrong is also mitigated by our lack of information.


Information is not the only measure of truth however.  Truth is imperative to understanding the information and being able to synthesize the often overwhelming amounts of information at our disposal.   Truth is the same, always.  Truth is the same yesterday, today and forever.  It does not remain the same then it is not “TRUTH”.


The often heard statement of “my truth is different than your truth” defies logic and destroys the very essence of truth and our search for those elusive principles. 


The point I am trying to make is that even though we have to opposing parties vying for our support the above statement that one is evil and the other stupid has to be defined based on the act, the policies and the practices of those parties, not solely on how the MEDIA presents the information you receive. 


I accept that the Republicans are monumentally STUPID.  They have proved that moronic stupidity over and over again and continue to exhibit those tendencies, with no evidence of learning.


The Democratic party has shown that they are the party of EVIL.  They have proved it through their policies that drive the individual into definable and controllable groups.  Their constant hypocritical actions show us their intent to shelter themselves from the laws they impose on the rest of us.  Their debauchery and callous disregard for the individual overshadows their rhetoric of racial Justice and individual rights. They are Evil in their intent, in their programs and in their designs to circumvent JUSTICE…


Today we VOTE and even now those votes have been marginalized.  Your Vote is essential, Every vote is needed and every person needs to VOTE, but before you vote, Really think to yourself, which of the two parties is EVIL or STUPID and which would you rather have leading your life?  


When trying to decide which way to vote, think not about the party but the man, who is the best able to give you the freedoms and liberties promised by our Constitution….I should have left that last part out...What’s the Constitution have to do with it?


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Shopping blind...

There is always some risk when you shop and that risk rises in relation to what you’re shopping for.  Last Friday my wife and I were looking for a set of drawers.  That in itself does not sound too complicated but as we looked and looked we realized the quality of the pieces, and the style of the options made our decision to buy, anything a very complicated endeavor indeed.


After a few hours we decided to move into the antique arena and fairly quickly found a five stack set of drawers that we were excited about.  We paid for it and we were told we could pick it up on Monday, that was yesterday.


Today I retrieved the drawers, they were probably made around 1910-1930.   They were made of oak and seemed solid, but therein lies the problem.  When we inspected them originally, they were behind a few things and so we were unable to pull the drawers out, check on the stability...and yes I know, I should not have bought them if I didn't know, but we were assured of their quality and decided to buy them anyway.  They looked really nice.


Helpers from the store put them in my van and off I went.  


When I got home and started to remove the drawers to unload the dresser drawers, I started to find out about the “quality”, and it was not good as promised, it wasn’t even fair, it was in poor condition.  


The owner of the shop was very reasonable and helpful, all is well in relation to that purchase, but the real issue is in the purposeful ignorance, or the  dishonest attempt, knowing full well the true condition, to sell a product.


It was probably a little of both.  Of course the buyer should beware, but the buyer should also be assured of some basic principles in relationship to everyday commerce.  


This incident turned out to be a positive experience, because the owner was reasonable and helpful.  


When we take this type of experience and move it into a national level we can clearly see what graft and corruption can do and how it affects all we do.  Look at the last few weeks and what has occurred, who is lying and why?  Who is affected by those lies?  Do our leaders lie to us routinely, or just when they have to, to “protect us”?  Do they try to sell us substandard goods at inflated prices?  Do they tax us too much for what we receive in return?


My issue today was solved because I had the support of an honest businessman who valued his customers.  Do our politicians value us?  If you think yes, tell me how?  I am tired of getting screwed by a government that has lost sight of their initial and foremost mandate, to protect, help and service those in our country.  


Now our Government leaves our people behind, as they did with thousands of stranded Americans in Afghanistan, this is WRONG, this is EVIL and those who allow it should be jailed and tried for TREASON. 


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Prescribed Lawlessness

 


Under the Title, Temporary Protection from Eviction, the CDC has made the following order:


CDC is issuing a new order temporarily halting evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission in order to respond to recent, unexpected developments in the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the rise of the Delta variant. It is intended to target specific areas of the country where cases are rapidly increasing, which likely would be exacerbated by mass evictions.


In response to the above the Biden Administration has agreed with the CDC Order despite the increasingly vigorous stance against this unconstitutional by the CDC.   


Administrations of the past have attempted, in a variety of ways to circumvent Constitutional law but in this case the Supreme court has already ruled that a new moratorium can only be given if and when the Congress passes a new law regarding these issues, and so far it is unlikely that they have the votes to do so.


Regardless of the spurious Constitutionality of the CDC order, Biden is in full support, as is Nancy Pelosi and many of the administrators of our current Government.  


You may be in favor of such an order, and it may have some value to you, especially if you’re not paying any rent, regardless of the circumstances or reasons why.  But, the landlords are entitled to protect their assets and land ownership and that dichotomy of purpose has promoted a rift in the very essence of our Constitutional Republic.


As a reminder, we do not live solely in a Democracy, we live in a Democratic Republic, and what that means is:  Alexander Hamilton and James Madison made this clear in The Federalist Papers, where they make it clear that the federal government will be made up of elected officials who represent the will of the people. In fact, many of the United States' founders believed that a direct democracy would result in nothing more than "...instability, injustice, and confusion." 


We are a Democracy, which is a belief that all persons of this country (not those who break our laws or claim to be citizens of the world) share in the governance.  We are also a Republic that allows those who are elected to represent the will of the people.  In other words, the U.S. runs its government like a republic, but it bases its government on democratic ideals.


The CDC was and is not an elected representative.  They have no power to regulate our lives, mandate what we do or how we do it.  Albeit, they are a powerful organization with Agency powers but their power is irrevocably connected to the “Will of the People”  as it has been organized by our Republic.


This overstepping by the CDC and Biden's attempts to overshadow the Legislators is a direct attempt towards Totalitarianism and must be stopped.  If we let the CDC rule our lives then we lose both our Republic form of Government and our Democratic ideal. 


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

What is the truth?

 

If America is systemically racist, why have millions of blacks from Africa and the Caribbean come to this country over the past 50 years? Why would they and many millions more want to move from all-black societies to a white-dominated, racist one?

This is a question every black and white leftist should be asked. After all, no Jews moved to Germany in the 1930s. And why didn’t any? After all, many Jews were suffering terrible persecution and poverty in Russia and in Eastern Europe. Why didn’t any of them move to Germany after 1933?

We all know the answer: Because Germany was systemically antisemitic.

Even leftists know that answer.

So, one can only conclude that, in the view of America’s leftists, non-German Jews of the 1930s had the wisdom not to move to Germany, but present-day non-American blacks have no wisdom. In the view of America’s leftists, then, the millions of blacks who have moved here and the many millions who want to move here must be fools.

How else could leftists regard blacks who willingly move to America? Any black person who decides to leave a black country for America — a place the left claims was founded by racists to perpetuate racism, built and sustained by racism, to this day composed largely of whites, every one of whom is racist and many of whom are white supremacists, and therefore remains systemically racist — must be either be a fool, an ignoramus or both.

If so-called black “leaders” and other blacks on the left and white progressives believe what they say about America, why aren’t they doing everything they can to dissuade blacks in Africa and the Caribbean from coming to America? Why aren’t they regularly visiting African and Caribbean countries to warn Africans away from the black-hating country they are thinking of emigrating to?

To this question there is only one possible answer: They do not believe what they say about America.

Whether leftists believe their lies is a question I have pondered for years. And I have concluded that in general, they do. Most leftists believe that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign; that men menstruate and give birth; that Shakespeare and Beethoven are revered not because they are great but because they are white; that global warming is an “existential” threat; that the events of Jan. 6 were an “insurrection”; that voter IDs are a form of voter suppression; and that people who had COVID-19 need to be vaccinated.

But with regard to their believing America is systemically racist and so persecutes blacks — LeBron James tweets that, like all blacks, “We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!” and Oprah Winfrey likens present-day America to “the days of Jim Crow when black men would be lynched and dragged through the town as an example for other people to see” — their not making any attempt to dissuade blacks from coming to America makes no sense. It only makes sense if they don’t believe what they say about America.

Truth has never been a left-wing value. Truth is a liberal value and it is a conservative value. But it has never been a left-wing value. Truth is nothing more than whatever the left says it is at any given moment. That is why Lenin, the father of modern leftism, named the Soviet Communist Party newspaper “Pravda,” the Russian word for “truth” — truth was what the Soviet Communist Party said it was. For Lenin, then, as for Rep. Adam Schiff, The New York Times, Yale University and CNN today, truth is what they say it is.

Their pravda is that America is a systemically racist country. Their pravda is that all whites are racist. Their pravda is that Donald Trump is a white supremacist and that everyone who voted for any Republican is a racist.

Yet, there is a reality that Schiff and these others cannot deny: Vast numbers of blacks yearn to come to America. They do so because they have not been influenced by the pravda of Schiff and his fellow Democrats, The New York Times and the rest of the left-wing media, or by Yale and the rest of America’s left-wing universities. They do so because they have been influenced not by pravda, but by actual truth: America is the least racist multi-ethnic, multi-racial country in world history, and any black who seeks to improve his life and that of his family has a better chance of doing so in America than anywhere else. In fact, within one generation of emigrating to America, Africans from sub-Saharan African countries attain higher levels of educational attainment than the U.S. population as a whole and are more likely to have earned a degree in a science, technology, engineering, and math (Pew Research).

That’s why it is not Africans who are foolish for wanting to come to America; it is America’s left for thinking they are fools.