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Prior to the 2012 election, a co-worker who happens to be an Obama voter approached me about why I vote republican. I believe she was genuinely looking for information to distinguish the 2 parties. I did talk to this person, several times, and each time things became clearer to me. I gave her the benefit of the doubt at first, but then she admitted that she has always voted democrat just because that’s what her parents did. Now that there was a “black” man in office . . . well, he’s one of them and I guess the very people against racism voted purely on skin color because it was very clear to me during our conversations that she could not see past his pigmentation. When confronted with facts of what he said he wanted to do, with his background, the people he surrounds himself with, the results of his policies throughout history, etc., none of it mattered. She was hell-bent on declaring that he’s doing a good job and doing all he can with the republicans working against him. Hard numbers on paper meant nothing to her. Only skin color.
I did my best to educate her on my stances and my vote, based on principles rather than party. I explained to her the differences of the parties and how they have changed over the last 100 years. I explained the progressive agenda vs. what it means to be a conservative. I walked her through the reasons conservatives usually speak of liberty for all Americans, without promising specific things to individual racial groups or demographics, while liberals promise unrealistic dreams to each group separately, thus fostering division. When I asked her why and how she felt Obama was doing a good job, she never had any substantial reason. She could not back up her wishful thinking and remained willfully blind and deaf.
Nothing I said or wrote mattered and she cast her vote for the destructive policies that are presently killing us. Ever since we learned of the extra costs of Obamacare, she, and others like her, has been thrown into a tailspin of, “I thought this was supposed to be cheaper. I thought this would help us.”
Yep. Should have listened, looked at facts, and looked at history. Nevermind that, though. My point is that there are many more like her where reality is slowly setting in and their eyes are beginning to see. There’s not much we can do now except hope that eyes are, in fact, opening up to the truth. I would hope that these people can see, at the very least, some truth in what conservatives have been saying. Perhaps, then, we can start to right this thing. As much as I would love to say “I told you so,” I won’t. Some days, I envision sitting across from her and asking, “So, do you still want to hang in there with your Obama vote?” But, again, that would serve nothing. Thankfully, though, this administration is exposing itself in broad daylight, with nothing to hide anymore.
Look at this ridiculous “government shutdown.” A mere 17% of the government is allegedly shutdown. That is minimal and the administration is picking the most petty, “painful” things for the average American. Nevermind the fact that while some small areas are deemed unnecessary and are “shut down” they are paying for extra security, barricades, etc. on areas that have never had such security. So, it seems they might be using more than 83% of government employees, anyway, not to mention the absurd extra cost! I’m sure you are aware of some of what’s going on, but Breitbart has made a list available of some of the most outrageous things this administration has chosen to punish the people with. Check that out, but ask yourself why. Why is the administration choosing to act this way? Why do they say the national mall is closed to tourists, veterans, and everyone else, yet they will allow a pro-amnesty rally to take place today . . . on the “closed” national mall? Of course it fits their agenda, but it was sponsored by AFL-CIO and SEIU . . . wow, who could have seen that one coming!? Why are they acting so childish and petty when the GOP has ceded much ground and attempted to fund everything except Obamacare, yet the progressives will not even have an honest conversation about matters? The entire time they do this, the liberals falsely accuse conservatives of doing exactly what they themselves are doing! Why are they so determined to, once again, ram a destructive health care bill through without any discussion, knowing that it doesn’t work and is a failure?
Ultimately, they are doing what they do because it has absolutely nothing to do with law, fairness, or people. It is, rather, about absolute control. That is all progressives want: absolute control because, after all, they believe they know better than we do and they want to play the role of god. They lie, manipulate, bully and try to instill fear in everyone just to gain full control. Personally, I think it’s way past time that we stand up to the bullies and remind them who works for who and remove those who don’t play by the rules (our law of the land . . . the Constitution). The simple phrase, “we will not comply” is ringing loudly!
I can only hope that the circus that is playing out before us works in our favor. As the progressives show their hand, I hope and pray that everyone will see them for who and what they really are. Then, maybe we can have an honest dialogue, get these destructive people out and get going again in the right direction. In the meantime, if someone’s eyes aren’t quite open, but they claim to believe in the Bible, check out the following verses and ask yourself if they describe this administration, or not. If so, does it illustrate good or evil? Don’t assume you know, check it out for yourself. Look at the attitudes, words, and actions and test them against Scripture. It is clear. (I emphasized things that stick out to me.)
Galatians 5:19-21 reads, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
James 3:13 – 18 states, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
There are a ton of applicable verses in Proverbs, but here are a couple. First: 28:25, “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.” Then, 27:3 says, “A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.”
Colossians 3:8 – 9, “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another . . . “
So, do the administration’s actions, attitudes, and words line up with Scripture? Good or evil?
Again, it’s pretty clear. So . . . about that “I told you so” . . .
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. – Proverbs 14:34
No doubt, you have seen how ridiculous the news is. The state of our country. The politicians. The degradation of our moral fabric and complete irresponsibility. The attempt at squelching anything good and right. The current battles in DC are focused on Obamacare and the looming government shutdown that we’re supposed to believe will hurt (. . . I say bring it on. Let’s go ahead and prove how useless the non-essential government agencies are. It’s in their label. In fact, let’s close them and leave them that way.). This latest self-made-crisis in this crisis-centered administration is a result of a horribly un-American and deeply detrimental bill forced on us by the Marxists that have hijacked our highest offices. Remember the scene when this insidious bill passed: The majority of Americans didn’t want it. Citizens of Canada and Russia were telling us not to go that route. Communist dictator, Hugo Chavez, was praising Obama for doing such a drastic thing. The bill was so hated by Americans that they had to ram it down America’s throat in the dark of night after, of course, the always dreadful Nancy Pelosi made a fool of herself by stating, “We need to pass it to find out what’s in it.” Also, how can we forget that’s it’s so wonderful and perfect for Americans that Obama himself has already delayed parts of it and nobody in the government wants in on it.
What would change this scenario? These people were voted in by other people. It has nothing to do with our laws or anything . . . just grotesque misguidance and departure from our principles and what’s right.
Remember, also, the recent shooting at the Navy Yard in DC. Naturally, the left want to use that as another political moment to ram “gun control” down America’s throat, even though we don’t want it or need it. Kerry signed his name to the UN small arms treaty last week which is an attempt to give our sovereignty and freedom to the global socialists (btw, please contact your Congressmen and make sure they oppose any UN nonesense). Regarding the Navy Yard shooter, would any law or treaty have prevented him from doing that? Please consider the fact that DC has very strict gun laws. By him having a gun and taking it into that building was against the law. Then, he shot an officer and stole his gun . . . also against the law. See, the unlawful crazy people and criminals will always disobey the law, so more laws are not the answer. So, if more laws are not the answer, what is the answer? Can violence be stopped?
Our society is more perverse in accepting deviant behavior and calling it “alternative” and claiming we must love every one and not hate. Oddly, that makes an argument about the person when the any objection is actually not about the person at all, but the harmful behavior. Is it more loving to want to steer someone the right way that would benefit them as opposed to allowing them to stay on a destructive course? Whatever the case, does any government or laws need to dictate such matters and can they make a difference in the direction of our country?
All of the above happen in a time when Wendy Davis, the Texas State House rep. that filibustered in favor of killing unborn babies, is heralded as a hero and an up and coming political superstar. Then, Ted Cruz, who does all he can to shine light on the truth of Obamacare’s destructiveness to our life and liberty, is crapped on and attacked with tons of inaccurate names and accusations. In the same world, when one athlete says he’s gay and is heralded as a hero and is on the front page of periodicals. Yet, a strong Christian athlete is chastised and treated like an idiot outcast and told he should shut up. Something is terribly, terribly wrong, America. Something has gone drastically wrong and no government official, politician, or law will ever change it. We need a drastic change and a return to our founding principles . . . to our Constitution. How can it be done?
Address and change the heart.
Nothing changes until the heart of the nation is right, healthy and whole. How does that happen? The answer is simple, but can prove to be difficult: return to God.
Only in admitting that we have strayed, that we need help in returning, repenting, and actively strive to return to God will we ever be healed and restored as a nation. Say what you will, but this is the only answer. This nation needs revival like never before.
Examine yourself. Where are you with the Lord? It has to start with each of us, individually.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan. – Proverbs 29:2
If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked. – Proverbs 29:12
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all. – Proverbs 28:5
One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. – Proverbs 28:9
A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days. – Proverbs 28:16
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It has been a long time since I have posted anything and please accept my apologies for the drought. There certainly has not been a drought of material to discuss! However, as I had mentioned a while back, it became much easier to talk about things on the podcast rather than sit at a computer, writing, after sitting at a computer at work all day. Bottom line is, I just need to find my groove and timing, again.
As I restart my blogging, it seems only natural to briefly ponder what we have witnessed in our world the last 4 months. I know the last things I posted were regarding the complete idiocy and lies of “gun control” after the Newtown tragedy. Unfortunately, this administration can never let a crisis go to waste, so, four months later, we still see them parade the grieving families around to push their socialist agenda of gun control. I have never heard so many absurd, mindless, and baseless cries to do away with the 2nd amendment as I have the last few months. Of course, those cries are always without logic and fact, but they have become even more of a nuisance with more and more of Hollywood standing up and talking out of their back ends (see Jim Carrey and Jay Mohr for starters). Just for fun, Thomas Sowell recently wrote a piece on Townhall.com that made the point of gun control being completely devoid of facts. Read Sowell’s thoughts and do your own research. You can easily see there is not a case for “gun control” other than feeling good about yourself, like you’ve “done something.” In this case, we don’t need to “do something” to pat ourselves on the back and feel good. By politicians “doing something,” my right to defend myself is in jeopardy; therefore, my life is in jeopardy because the politicians choose to act more mindless than a single cell organism. So, this is a situation where we don’t need to force something stupid, but simply understand that evil exists and always will. What we can do is educate ourselves, be prepared to defend ourselves, and deal with the heart issues in which evil resides. If our society was still a God-fearing, moral society, this degeneracy would not be where it is today. I am confident of that. This is simply not a legislative issue and we all know it has nothing to do with crime or guns anyway. It’s all about control.
How’s the economy been lately? Well, the administration would tell us that everything is improving and we’re recovering! However, allow me to offer my standard call of “bullcrap.” You see, while they try to make the blind sheep believe that all is well, we have record numbers of people on food stamps. That’s not the sign of an improving economy, is it? “But wait,” say the liberals, “unemployment went down to 7.6%!” Yes, but not because there are more jobs. That particular number went down because the size of the work force shrunk. We have a record number of people out of the work force . . . over 90 million people! In fact, this is so crappy and we have moved so far “forward” at such a high pace under the Obama regime that, I guess, we’re lapping our own alleged progress. Those figures put us back to 1979 levels! You know, kinda like when everything sucked under Carter? Man, moving “forward” is great, isn’t it? Well, . . . for communists who believe in fake utopias, I guess.
Another crazy thing about our economy recently has seen our Dow at record highs. Yet, we have record numbers of people on food stamps and out of work? Oh, wait, that’s right . . . it’s not really based on anything except the Fed pumping $85 billion per month into the system to falsely prop it up. (Here’s another link on this from Fox Business.) This will come crashing down, folks. This is not sustainable at all.
Besides these big things, we’ve also seen evangelical Christians at the top of a list of groups for our military/government to watch. Similarly, a Powers County, Colorado undersheriff reported that a DHS training seminar taught officers to watch Bible believing Christians carefully. Why would they be considered a threat to the government? Because they believe in America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. They believe in the Bible and take it literally. They disagree with the current direction of the country. Because of these stances of good, Bible believing Christians, this government, apparently, lumps them in with what they call the “sovereign citizen movement.” To my understanding, that is a weird movement of folks who believe they are completely “sovereign,” independent of any government, therefore, are not bound to that government’s laws, taxes, etc. That is nothing like evangelical Christianity.
Of course, just this week, America has been attacked again by some low-life(s) at the Boston marathon and my prayers are with those who lost loved ones and who are injured. I know this kind of thing can always happen because, as previously stated, evil exists. However, can we really say that this administration has made us any safer, or given us better standing in the world? The answer is obvious.
I could go on and on about what’s currently happening (and I will in future posts), but suffice it to say that plenty has transpired since I last posted. Unfortunately, very little of it is good. This country is not necessarily the “shining city on a hill” anymore. We have forsaken our morals, God, and our founding principles. What we endure, now, is simply the consequences of such irresponsibility and defiance toward God. Can we make it better and right this thing? Sure, but it will be a long, hard process. It will take perseverance and resolve like never before. It will require us to encourage each other and stand with each other and shine the light on evil . . . and standing up to evil. We’ve talked about it before and it is clear: we MUST return to God and our founding principles.
I leave you with a moment in our history that probably would never happen today. In David Brog’s book In Defense of Faith, he discusses some of the civil rights movement. He tells of that day in August 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. The point is not so much the speech itself as it is in the newspaper reaction the following day. While all the papers praised King and built up what a tremendous and eloquent speech he delivered, one veteran journalist tapped the brakes and spoke a nugget of truth. Writing for the New York Times, James Reston stated that “the first significant test of the Negro march on Washington will come in the churches and synagogues of the country this weekend” (pg. 211). Reston believed one of the major marks of the march was to “demonstrate support for President Kennedy’s landmark civil rights legislation” (pg. 212). However, he also knew that any political success went far beyond politics. Reston went on to say:
It is no good waiting for a political reaction in Congress, for if there is no effective moral reaction out in the country, there will be no effective political reaction here.
This whole movement for equality in American life will have to return to first principles before it will “overcome” anything. And as moral principles preceded and inspired political principles in this country, as the church preceded the Congress, so there will have to be a moral revulsion to the humiliation of the Negro before there can be significant political relief. – from “The First Significant Test of the Freedom March,” New York Times, August 29, 1963
The point? A nation’s politics and leadership is a direct reflection of the moral aptitude of its people. We cannot expect political change for the good until we fix the heart of the country. Only when we become moral, as individuals, will we elect moral leaders and see fruitful results. Returning to the standard of our founding principles and God is our only option of saving this great nation.
Are you still with me?
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It is very easy to lose focus or put our attention on many things that, though important, aren’t the most important thing in the world. This country is in dire need to turn around and return to our foundation of the Constitution and Biblical principles. I am convinced that we will not survive, as a nation, much longer down this path. Our freedoms are threatened. Our bank accounts, income, and jobs are threatened. Our very way of life is on the line. Yet, while these things are VERY important and should not be ignored, it is that time of year to bring something else to the forefront and consider what is the most important.
Each individual. You and where you are spiritually.
Just as our beloved country is in dire need to be saved so is each of us, no exceptions. Whether you believe in God, or not . . . whether you believe Jesus is the son of God, or not . . . . no matter what you believe . . . we are all equals in that. We are sinful and in dire need of a savior. We have no way of being good enough, on our own, of making it into Heaven, so we need a savior. That is what we remember at Christmas: the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in the humble form of a baby, to live a perfect, sinless life and be offered as the sacrifice on the cross that would pay the debt of sin. While his love and sacrifice covers everyone, it is an individual thing. Had you been the only person created, He still would have given His life for you. He paid the debt of sin for you and for me so that we can have a right relationship with God and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. It all began in that barn that night in Bethlehem. I’ve chosen to accept His gift of life. What do you choose?
To bring it back to the country, if we all turn back to Him, we can revive the life of this great nation. That is what it will take. No government. No government program, no amount of “stimulus money” to be printed . . . nothing, except turning back to Him.
I pray you and your families have a blessed Christmas. That you know Him and, if you don’t know Him, that you seek Him and come to know Him. Now, I leave you with a television clip that would never be allowed to be made these days and it gives us the true Christmas story.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Hello everyone! I have not been as regular writing lately, but I’ll admit that it is more of a challenge to write now than it was when I started the blog last spring. When I started this, I was at a job where I was on my feet all day. So, coming home and sitting at the computer was easy. Now, I have a job where I sit at a computer all day :) It’s great, but when I come home, I don’t always want to continue sitting at a computer. So, it is easier for me to do the research and talk about it rather than write a lot. However, I’ll continue as I am able.
My main point is about the podcast. I have purposefully refrained from badgering everyone to contribute to the continuation of the podcast. I put the fundraiser up and have posted a couple of small reminders here and there, but that’s it. Perhaps I should have done more, but I have trusted that if you really do want the podcast to continue, as I do, maybe the support would come. Well, I am here today saying that, as I type this, there is just about 35 hours left on the fundraiser and I only have one pledge. Simply put, this thing cannot start up again without your support. Unless a miracle happens in the next day or so, it’s not looking good. I’d love to do it, I just cannot make it happen on my own.
So, it’s up to you, friends. If you want it to continue, please see what you can do to help. If 99 people pledge $20, then we’re golden! That’s not bad. If you can, please click here to go to the site and pledge. Nobody’s card is charged unless the “tilt” amount is met, which is $2000.00.
Whatever happens, thank you for reading.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like . . . - Galatians 5:19-21
I trust that everyone had a good Thanksgiving and that you have survived the ridiculousness of “Black Friday” and the beginning of the commercialized Christmas season. This is the time of year that I am usually reflective on more spiritual things, where I am as a person, where this country is, etc. I deliberately avoid any shopping or unnecessary errands other than grocery shopping. I used to get caught up in getting that “great deal” and used to do my Christmas shopping whenever I could – even if that meant at the last minute. However, I have changed in recent years. Now, I get my shopping done early and utilize ordering stuff to avoid being in the crowds of crazies. Then, I can relax and focus on more important things . . . as should be the case from the beginning.
We have become more and more commercialized and materialistic, as a society. Personally, I’m sick of it. We are about to be forced into another term with an administration who does not like America as we know it, nor do they acknowledge God in anything. To my knowledge, Obama has now made it through 4 Thanksgiving statements without a single reference to God. As I stated in my Thanksgiving series (go back and read the 2nd part if you haven’t already), Thanksgiving is ALL about God and cannot exist apart from Him. However, it seems this administration thinks they are gods so I shouldn’t be too surprised. Alas, society seems to keep going on the wrong path. One look at the Drudge Report today, I saw a list of headlines from Black Friday chaos around the country. I know it has always been a madhouse, but it just seems to keep getting worse. Here’s a small screen shot of what I saw today:
You can go to the Drudge Report and click on any one of those links and read the actual stories.
Then, for more links and commentary, The Economic Collapse Blog posted this story. I’d recommend you read over it, just to see what they say. They make a great point in this by stating, “If people are willing to riot to save money on a cell phone, what would they be willing to do to feed their families? Are the Black Friday riots a very small preview of the civil unrest that is coming when society eventually breaks down?” Then, a little later, they write, “In the end, it is not that big of a deal that people want to fight with one another to save 50 dollars on a cell phone. But this kind of extreme selfishness and desperation could become a massive problem someday if society breaks down and suddenly millions of extremely selfish and desperate people are scrambling for survival.”
Do people realize the state of the country? Does the general public have any idea how bad off we are and how close we are to an economic collapse? To make things worse, I saw this story on Breitbart about Occupy Wall Street’s plan, heavily pushed by Frances Fox Piven. The entire goal of OWS is to bring down the American financial system and, now, they’re saying they can do this by complete lawlessness. Some of it will be blatant, I’m sure, but some of it is fraudulent and is basic lying about everything – especially when it comes to bills. In fact, they now have their own manual that tells them how to deal with debt matters in their own life . . . fraudulently. That manual is referenced and linked in Breitbart’s story. However, if you want to read it without going to another page, you can download it here.
If you’ve been an Unapologetically Right reader for a while, you know, a while back, I said that OWS is not done and they will be back. So, let’s say they succeed. Or, shoot, even if they fail again, what if something else triggers our economy to collapse. What then? As the Economic Collapse Blog questions, if people get so stupid, irresponsible, and desperate to save a couple of bucks on crap that has no meaning, how much more lawless and crazy will things get if they need to feed themselves and their family? Something to think about – not only in regard to crazy people, but yourself. Are you prepared for the unfortunate? Are you able to be self sufficient enough that if the government offers help, will you be able to wave them off and not be enslaved to them?
More importantly, as the title of this entry states, who are we becoming? Have we moved so far off the tracks that we have no idea what’s important any more? This seems to really be an upside world, now. That is no longer a cliche, but it seems to be reality! Where have our values gone? Where has our general respect gone? Where has our acknowledgment of and love for God gone? Where has our patriotism gone? Who are we?
I don’t know about you, but I know where my heart is and it is nowhere near where this movement or this administration is going. We can only fix society by fixing ourselves, then, hopefully, influence others. However, as I have stated a million times before, no change will ever happen apart from God. We have to get back to our foundation, America! This is a good time of the year to be reflecting and seeing what needs to change in our own lives. Let’s do it and stand strong.
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The previous post left the narrative in September 1620, with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, sailing toward Virginia. So, who were some of the people involved with the Separatist movement? It might help to know some of the personalities and hearts of the people before continuing the basic history. There were 3 prominent people in the Separatist movement, as it began in Scrooby. Let’s meet them.
First was William Brewster. William Brewster was, actually, the only Pilgrim to have held a position in so-called English “society.” He was not at the top, but, according to America’s Providential History by Beliles and McDowell, he served as a “confidential secretary to a prominent member of Queen Elizabeth’s court” (pg. 59). After that role, Brewster returned to Scrooby as Postmaster and the “overseer of a gentleman’s estate in the area” (pg. 60). He had tried to reform the Church of England from within by good solid, Bible preaching preachers in the local churches. He even paid them out of his own pocket (ibid)! Queen Elizabeth had preferred that churches read “government-approved ‘homilies’” rather than actual, Bible preaching (ibid). The Church continued to be less flexible and, when it finally rejected the right of the people to hear “unauthorized” preachers (such as the ones Brewster brought in), Brewster made his decision (ibid). It was, then, time for him to separate from the Church and get with like-minded Christians to form a more Bible-based congregation . . . thus the beginning of the Separatists. Once they arrived in America, during the first year, the Pilgrims did not have a pastor. Brewster stepped into that role for the time. William Bradford said of Brewster’s evangelistic gift, “He did more in this behalf in a year than many do in all their lives” (ibid).
The next influential person of the Separatist movement is John Robinson. Robinson served as the Separatists pastor in Holland and, possibly, had more direct influence than anyone else. He laid the Biblical foundation in the people’s hearts and minds, preparing them for righteous living, but also the Biblical principles of individual liberty. This, ultimately, served as the foundation of what would become the United States of America. Robinson was trained as a clergyman in the Church of England. He was let go from his first pastorate because he would not conform to the church’s strict requirements. Robinson had a genuine passion for the Bible and struggled with the ungodliness in the church. He stated, “. . . had the truth been in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, Jer. XX.9, I had never broken those bonds . . . wherein I was so straitly tied, but had suffered the light of God to have been put out in mine own unthankful heart by other men’s darkness” (ibid). Soon, Robinson left the Church of England to join the Separatists that met in William Brewster’s Scrooby home.
The third individual we will hit on today is William Bradford. Bradford served as Plymouth’s governor for 33 years. He also wrote History of Plymouth Plantation, heralded by some to be the “first great literary work of America” (pg. 61). Prior to getting to Plymouth, though, Bradford knew, as a young teen, that the Church of England was not Biblical and he chose to remove himself from it. While he knew the church was not following the Bible, he was fond of the Scriptural preaching of Rev. Richard Clyfton at the church in Bobworth. As soon as Clyfton left the church, so did Bradford, following him to the Separatists in Scrooby (pg. 61). It was 1602 when Bradford started in the Separatist church in Scrooby. He went with the group to Holland in 1608, and then 12 years later, he continued on with an even smaller group to America. In talking about the group he was with, Bradford wrote, in Of Plymouth Plantation, “. . . their desires were set on ye ways of God, & to enjoy his ordinances; but they rested on his providence, & knew whom they had believed” (pg. 62).
After being at sea for 66 days, the Mayflower landed at America. However, they were blown off course and landed in the wrong place. They had intended to end up in Virginia, but landed at Cape Cod Bay, later dubbed Plymouth by John Smith. They opted to stay and settle themselves there. Had this group of Pilgrims and colonists arrived years earlier, they would have been met by Patuxet Indians and would have had no place to settle. The Patuxet Indians had murdered many Anglos who landed on those shores. In 1617, a plague wiped all of them out, with one exception: Squanto. Because of this mystery illness, neighboring tribes were scared to come to the area “for fear that some great supernatural spirit had destroyed” the Patuxet (pg. 69). Perhaps by the “Divine Hand of Providence” it is that the Pilgrims arrived at this place, at this time?
As this group did what they could to survive their first winter in the new land, they dwindled in number. Bradford describes how about half of the group died in that first winter. Things were difficult. Of the ones that survived, many were sick and unable to work. Bradford describes it, “and of these in ye time of most distress, there was but 6 or 7 sound persons, who, to their great commendations be it spoken, spared no pains, night nor day, but with abundance of toyle and hazard of their own health, fetched them wood, made them fires, dressed them meat, made their beds, washed their loathsome clothes, clothed and unclothed them . . . and all this willingly & cheerfully, without any grudging in ye least, shewing herein their true love unto their friends & bretheren. A rare example & worthy to be remembered” (pg. 73). He goes on to describe how, by March 16th of that year, an Indian named Samoset came to them that spoke in broken English. He introduced them, to Squanto, who’s English was better. Squanto’s role is quite significant in the Thanksgiving story, so let’s look at him for a moment.
Bradford described Squanto as “a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation” (ibid). Here is a portion of his story . . . ask yourself, coincidence? Or is it possible Divine Providence played a role?
As previously mentioned, Squanto was part of the Patuxet Indian tribe. In 1605, he was captured by an English explorer and taken to England. He was there for 9 years and learned to speak English. In 1614, Captain John Smith took him back to New England. Unfortunately, he was captured again and sold into slavery in Spain. As Beliles and McDowell attribute it, “providentially,” he was bought by some friars for the purpose of rescuing him. Those friars introduced Squanto to Christianity (ibid). He eventually ended up back in England where he stayed until 1619, when he got a way back to his home (New England). As he arrived back home, he found that his entire tribe had been killed by a plague and he was the lone survivor. Squanto ended up joining a nearby tribe and stayed with them until the spring of 1621. Once he met the Pilgrims, he taught them to plant corn and tend it, how to fish, and other things (pg. 74). He, also, served as a mediator between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians so they understood each other and everything remained peaceful.
Later that year, the surviving Pilgrims had harvested a food supply that was fully sufficient to sustain them through the second winter at Plymouth. It was this realization of provision (God’s providence) and the help they received from Squanto that Governor Bradford declared a day of Thanksgiving and invited the Wampanoag Indians (the adopted tribe of Squanto). Chief Massasoit and 90 of the tribe’s men joined the Pilgrims in this first Thanksgiving celebration. It was such a pleasant time that Massasoit and his men stayed for three days eating, visiting, and playing with the Pilgrims.
The reason the Pilgrims had such a day was to give thanks to God – to “acknowledge their utter dependence upon Him for their existence” (ibid). They clearly relied on God in times of lack and gave Him credit and thanks in times of abundance.
Nowhere in the Pilgrims’ story is there any violence or theft of land, or even spreading of disease for that matter. It’s all around them in the groups that were in conquest for material gain. Not in the Pilgrims’ journey, though. There is, however, evidence of Godly men who simply wanted to live righteously, without persecution from their government or anyone else. They wanted freedom to worship and live as they believed the Bible teaches. They arrived, accidentally (. . . or maybe providentially?), at Plymouth – in an area that was already devoid of inhabitants, thus no altercations with the natives. They were assisted by a native who had been away, not by choice of course, but was spared certain death from the plague. He came back and was able to speak English to help the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims and Indians got along and helped each other out and celebrated the first Thanksgiving together. It sure seems like the liberals and revisionists are completely wrong in their laments. The things they are whining against simply cannot be pegged to the Pilgrims. It, also, seems very apparent that the hand of God was on this group of people, putting pieces into place in his sovereignty, to give us the foundation on which to build the greatest nation the world has ever known.
As leftists usually try to take God out of everything, they always whine about how the founders were not all devout Christians and we are not a Christian nation. This is not the time or place to debate that (though I’m sure you know my response). However, I want to challenge someone to explain to me how Thanksgiving can exist apart from God. We’ve established that violence, theft, barbarism, disease, etc. were not part of the Pilgrims story, or the first Thanksgiving. If one should want to remove God from this, though, it can’t be done. It is an occasion of giving thanks. Without God in the mix, one would have to answer, giving thanks for what? To whom? Why? We can’t thank ourselves. We can’t thank our neighbors or any other human. We can’t thank the planet, or any other soul-less, heartless object. We simply cannot attribute the things of which we are thankful to anything other than someone that is beyond us and above us . . . God. The day simply does not exist apart from God.
As the Pilgrims did, I hope that we can have full reliance on God in our lack, but thank Him and credit Him in our abundance.
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I don’t know about you, but I have noticed a lot more attacks on America, our history, our greatness, and our principles lately. I don’t know if such attacks are more frequent and blatant or if I just notice it more because I am more aware. Whatever the case, they are incessant from the left and those who wish to undermine us. As we approach Thanksgiving, I simply cannot take it anymore. Thanksgiving is even being dumped on by revisionist history and the left’s blatant lies and ignorance. Take, for example, this story of one of MSNBC’s dopes. I have no idea who this person is, but she, or whoever wrote the story for her, clearly has never read a book on the subject. In another instance, earlier this week, I was flipping channels and came across one of the worst excuses of a “news show” on a local station in the Dallas area. They don’t cover “news” so much as trendy stuff and Hollywood, all the while trying to be “cool.” It is truly intolerable; however, I stopped this particular morning because they went into a piece on Thanksgiving . . . asking if we really should be celebrating! Their entire premise was like the MSNBC dope in that they questioned why we celebrate a holiday that began in such violence, land theft, and greed. Again, these are obviously people who have never read a book but are eager to feed the anti-capitalist, pro-socialist agenda (thank you to our government school system).
So, today, I’ll admit this will be lengthy, so bear with me. It all serves a purpose, but will broken up into 2 parts. Today, I’m setting it up and tomorrow we’re focusing specifically on Thanksgiving. We have to set the record straight. It’s Thanksgiving and, YES, we should remember its origins and observe it! Let’s go . . .
Before we get to the origin of Thanksgiving, let’s go further back in colonization history and look at some violence that took place. Yes, there was a lot of death spread around between the natives (mis-dubbed as Indians by Columbus, but it stuck) and the various explorers. Not all explorers were violent, but most seemed to have the same motives: they led expeditions in the name of their church, their country, and their own material gain and notoriety. As usual, some good, some bad. We know explorers came to North America from Spain, Portugal, England, and, then, France had to play catch up so they didn’t miss out on the “new land.” Now, about all the death . . . Yes, violence occurred. However, many native Indians died from disease, as well. If you watched the video from MSNBC, she condemns the explorers for bringing their disease and killing innocent people with it. Well, it is bad and unfortunate that so many died from the new illnesses brought by colonists/explorers. However, people back then didn’t have the knowledge about spreading diseases that we have now. They didn’t have vaccinations. The Europeans had no idea they were carrying anything that would make other people sick like that. They didn’t have the knowledge to know that the Indians immune systems would not be able to ward off foreign diseases or germs. So, while it is an unfortunate circumstance, I don’t think we can hold the settlers totally accountable on that one.
Let’s look briefly at a couple of the most well known early explorers, beginning with Christopher Columbus. Everyone knows Columbus “sailed the ocean blue” in 1492. After pleading a case for financial backing to various countries, he finally got the chance he wanted with Spain. So, in the name of Spain, he went, seeking a westbound passage to reach the far east. Instead, he found North America. Alan Taylor, author of American Colonies: The Settling of North America, states that Columbus was a “devout and militant Catholic” (pg. 33). Admittedly, I don’t know much about Taylor or what biases he brings to the table, but he describes Columbus as one who “treated the Caribbean Islands and their Taino inhabitants exactly as the Spanish had treated the Canaries and Guanche – as places and people to be rendered into commercial plantations worked by forced labor. He rationalized that such treatment would benefit the Indians by exposing them to Christian salvation and Hispanic civilization” (pg. 35). Taylor goes on to say that “Columbus unilaterally declared the natives subject to the Spanish crown” (ibid). After returning to Spain and reporting on his findings, he went back to the West Indies the following year. The return trip had Columbus arrive with 17 ships (as opposed to the 3 he had originally), 1,200 men (including farmers and artisans, but no women), sugarcane plants, and livestock. They intended to “stay and dominate the land and its natives, and weave the new lands into an empire based in Europe” (pg. 36). On this return to the new land, Columbus also had more things at his disposal with which to intimidate the natives. Using advantages he had with horses, trained dogs, gun powder, and steel, Columbus killed and captured hundreds of Indians on Hispaniola and surrounding islands. Two years later, in 1495, he “shipped 550 captives to Spain for sale to help pay for his expedition” (ibid).
A lot of that sounds bad . . . brutal to the natives. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know how it really was, but this sounds pretty rough. However, people still applaud Columbus’ explorative prowess and his discovery . . . and rightfully so. Columbus’ expeditions paved the way for many who followed his footsteps: Vasco Nunez de Balboa in 1513, Ferdinand Magellan sailing around the whole globe from 1519 – 1522, Juan Ponce de Leon, Hernando Cortes, and many others. Let’s focus on Cortes, briefly.
Cortes led 1,000 soldiers to Tenochtitlan, what we now call Mexico City, and fought to defeat the Aztecs. The fighting was not going in the Spaniards’ favor, so they retreated, only to return in 1521 with a much larger army and a new group of more than 25,000 Indian allies, according to Larry Schweikart & Michael Allen’s A Patriot’s History of the United States. Just as Columbus used his military strength and superiority in tools and weapons, so did Cortes to defeat the Aztecs. In 1521, Cortes captured the Aztec capital after leaving more than 100,000 Aztecs dead (Schweikart, pg. 6).
Point being, as expeditions and crusades were carried out, much violence did occur, unfortunately. Again, we looked at 2 Spanish explorers who landed around Central America and Mexico, respectively. Two big things to point out here: if America’s detractors and revisionists want us to focus on the violence in colonization as it relates to Thanksgiving, they couldn’t be more misguided. While much violence did occur later, it seems that a lot of big occurrences happened in the early colonization days of the 1500s – in the initial dealings between Europeans and Indians. In the examples I’ve gone over, it’s not even close to the same year and it was much further south, in what is now a whole different country from the Pilgrims’ experience. Did British and French colonists do violent acts? Sure. They always seem to be lesser known, though, which is why I pointed out these well known Spanish names. However, if anyone has an ounce of integrity, they will admit that Thanksgiving centers on the Pilgrims – not colonists in general. Again, back to the MSNBC dope, she even states that the old story of Pilgrims and Indians is wrong. So, she at least had it pegged to Pilgrims. However, she’s trying to peg violence on them which is absolutely incorrect. Violence can be attributed to most, if not all (but I would have to go back and look at all of them to verify that), of the expeditions that were for conquest of land and resources for their motherland. However, that was the polar opposite of the Pilgrims’ goal. So, who were the Pilgrims? What was their purpose? Let’s begin to look at the actual Thanksgiving history.
The Church in England had moved away from the Bible and became more of a corrupt extension of the government. There was a small group that wanted to return to true, Biblical teaching and be the church that the Bible describes. While there were some who believed they should stay rooted in the church and change it from the inside, this smaller group decided it was best to cut ties and go about it on their own. They came to be known as the Separatists who, as Schweikart states, “favored removing themselves from England entirely, and they defied the orders of the king . . . “ (pg. 27). These folks could have been killed for treason, but they didn’t care! They were more concerned about being true followers of Christ than living the status quo, so to speak. In 1608, a group of 125 Separatists from Scrooby (in Nottinghamshire) left for Holland because there was no religious persecution there. They were taught under the leadership of Pastor John Robinson, who instilled Biblical truth in them, laying the foundation of liberty and instilling in them the principles that foster individual liberty.
Soon, it became clear that a full Separatist movement would not grow in Holland and they sought alternatives so they could continue to live and worship freely. Eventually, they negotiated a deal with Sir Edwin Sandys, of the Virginia Company, to go to Virginia. Sandys was not necessarily into the Separatist movement, but he needed colonists to help his endeavor grow. In September 1620, a group of about 100 Pilgrims, and other colonists, set sail aboard the Mayflower toward Virginia.
I don’t want to wear you out, so that is all for today. Again, I’ll finish with more specific history of the first Thanksgiving tomorrow. Please come back for details on how the first Thanksgiving came about before you get too busy in your day. It’s good!
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Finally, after 3 days of trying to get Crowdtilt to communicate with Facebook, a simple suggestion from one Crowdtilt’s customer service folks did the trick. (Thank you, again, Angela.) Now that things have been linked up, I can announce to you that the Unapologetically Right fundraiser has begun and will run through Wednesday, December 19th at 6 pm. As I have mentioned before, if you believe in what Unapologetically Right stands for and if you enjoy the podcast (or at least believe it has a place out there), please help bring the podcast back. As I mentioned in the previous post, I simply do not have the means of doing it on my own these days. If we come together, it can be done! Please give what you can, there is no minimum.
My minimum goal is $2,000 and specifics are laid out in the previous post. If we can raise more than that, then all the better! That just helps things that much more! Please know, if you do give, your card will NOT be charged until the minimum goal is reached. So, if the end of the campaign arrives and we have not reached $2,000, no one’s card will be charged anything . .. nothing lost, so there is no risk if things don’t pan out. As long as we pass it and as soon as I get the equipment, I will post copies of all receipts so you will know where every penny is spent. Also, please know that U.R. is not set up as a “real” organization of any kind, so any contributions are not tax deductible, unfortunately.
I hope this to be the only fundraiser we do, so please spread the word! After you give, share this post, share links, whatever you can do! The more people that help, the sooner we can get this rolling again, and the less it will take from each person!
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Thank you again for any help in getting the show back up!
As promised, I come to you asking for help. To briefly recap for any who may not know, the Unapologetically Right podcast was put on a surprising and indefinite hiatus recently. A couple of weeks ago, Dan quit. We had been on different pages and, with everything else he had going on in life, he decided it was best for him to not be a part anymore. He has, however, offered to help me get the proper equipment and get set up to carry it on my own. I have enjoyed bringing the show to you and I hope to continue . . . soon. Several of you have emailed, stating that you love the show and hope it can continue. With the suggestion of a couple of friends and a U.R. listener, I have compiled a list of the equipment needed to carry the show on.
I hate asking for help when dealing with money. However, I am taking the chance because I think the Unapologetically Right voice needs to be out there and I cannot make it happen on my own right now. If you believe enough in what I’ve been doing, I hope you will consider helping. In wanting to be the best steward with any help you give, I (with Dan’s suggestions) have come up with the big things that are needed. The criteria in choosing these were to find something that will be good for a long time without becoming obsolete in 6 months and not completely over priced. I am looking at stuff that is relatively conservative, but will keep the quality that Unapologetically Right has set. Also, my goal was to find reasonable equipment that will allow me to expand in the future (with more guests, co-hosts, etc.), again, without having to buy more equipment at that time. So, with that being said, here are the big items needed to resurrect the podcast as soon as possible.
- Computer – My computer is about 11 years old and does not have the minimum requirements to run the software. It is also so old that it can no longer be updated. In an ideal universe, I would be looking to buy a new iMac for around $1,300. However, being that I’m asking for your help, I want to be as economical as possible. So, I can do what I need to do on a laptop that is around $500. The biggest challenge is finding one that has a firewire port, or has the capability of adding one. That will be the biggest issue in computer choice, but I hope to keep that around $500, if not less.
- Recording interface and software – This is the biggest item and is what is used to record and produce the show. There is a bundle where the interface includes the software that I am eyeballing. It is Avid’s Pro Tools MBox Pro. This runs at $1,000, but gives me the capability to do whatever I want/need and expand down the road. This is a similar rig Dan used and comes with his recommendation as “best bang for the buck.”
- Broadcast microphones, etc. – I need the necessary mics . Dan has offered to sell me the ones we used for half price what he paid for them new. They are not that old or very used, so this is a great way to save a couple hundred dollars, help him recoup some personal cost and have quality mics. $300 will pay for 2 broadcast mics and the portable digital recorder we use for talking to people on the street, or doing random interviews.
- Other needs usually pop up, like mic stands, cables, adapters, headphones and various other things. I don’t have a definite price on those as I have focused on the main items. I am setting the fundraising goal to an even $2,000. If you have the means of giving for the show to continue, please do. Also, please know, if we break the $2,000 goal, you don’t have to stop! This goal is for the minimum. Any extra contributions can be used for other things. I guarantee, 100% of all contributions will be used for Unapologetically Right’s production.
An example of what’s not on the list is an external device on which to play the audio clips during the show. Dan used an iPad. I would like something similar that would allow me easy access to load audio clips and drops and play them in the show. This is not an absolute necessity so I have not included it in the minimal list. It would definitely make life easier, though! So, again, if by chance we break the $2,000 goal, feel free to give beyond that because it will definitely help the show!
With your help, the show can resume soon. My goal is for the beginning of the year. Please share this with everyone you know that may have an interest. We can work together and do this! This country has never needed to be reminded of its roots more than now!
I will set up a fundraising campaign on Crowdtilt. Look for a direct link to the campaign soon so you can contribute. The beauty of this is no one’s card is charged unless the goal is met! There is absolutely no risk to anyone, and full accountability if we reach the goal! (In fact, I’ll pledge right now, that if you help the podcast resume, I will post copies of receipts of every penny spent – with “sensitive” info blacked out of course – so you will know where your contributions are used.)
Thank you very much for your trust and support.
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