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Our national anthem ends with the majestic words, “ . . . o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Those poignant, straight-to-the-heart-of-the-issue words distinguish the American spirit from all other nationalities. We have always been unique and set apart. Does that still ring true? Today, in the mere 4th month of the Obama regime’s 2nd term, can we honestly describe ourselves as the land of the free and the home of the brave? First off, how about the first half? “The land of the free.” Not “a” land of the free, which relegates it as an option. Rather, THE land of the free. Are we still THE world’s last best hope for freedom? How about the other part – regardless of if we are “it” or just an option, are we actually still free? We have been seeing our freedoms erode and taken from us a lot, but Obama and his cronies’ efforts seem unprecedented. Are we free? That is certainly debatable, but I’ll let that remain rhetorical and get to my main concern for today: the second part of that phrase.
. . . . the home of the brave.
Growing up, I would always associate that description with our brave men and women of the military and of our forefathers who bravely fought and courageously persevered so that we may be the land of the free. While that is infinitely relevant, I feel like it could be meant for all American citizens, as well. Americans are brave. We look evil in the eye and defeat it. We stand on principles and understand that, though, we don’t always agree on everything, we must stand together and support each other, because if your freedom is taken, mine is next. We have the tenacity to try and try again in order to succeed after failure. We have the fortitude to believe in the rule of law rather than rules of men and to make the tough decisions. I could go on and on, but I trust you get the idea. As I think about these things, I wonder if these are still true.
Do we still believe in the rule of law? Do we still try to support each other’s rights (I’m talking actual Constitutional rights, not privileges that so many confuse as rights these days) ? Do we still look evil in the eye and defeat it? Do we face failure with determination and perseverance?
I know many of you – many Americans – as individuals do have those qualities. But as a nation, do we have the spine that we used to and stand as the “home of the brave”? If we’re all honest and look at what is happening, the answer is clear.
I’m sure you have kept up with recent news as much as, if not more than, me. However, allow me to give just a couple of glaring examples at where we are with the morons in D.C. and the media. The Blaze has been breaking information this week on the Saudi national that was held as a person of interest right after the Boston marathon bombing. Here is a link to the story with the main points. Why, after the brothers were caught, did we not hear anything else? Why did DHS, FBI, and ICE seem to change their stories multiple times about who the guy is and what the whole deal is/was? If we didn’t have such a corrupt bunch of worthless liars in “leadership” positions, we wouldn’t have this humiliating 3-ring circus. Then, in the media, as soon as we found out who the Tsarnaev brothers were, one of the MSNBC idiots spoke up and said that their “Muslim faith at the moment bears little relevance to the investigation into the brothers’ decision to attack the Boston Marathon.” Thank you for that completely moronic insight, Melissa Harris-Perry. Isn’t it safe to say that, if they went to a mosque that taught extremist Islamist views and promoted violence in their little “jihad” and were radicalized in this “faith” (which is the case), it seems that it is 100% relevant. Since we have been at war with Islamic terrorists, I think that is the exact issue to recognize. However, our mainstream media, nor the regime, chooses to define our enemies and even admit that Islamic terrorists are a problem. Holy crap, I read recently, the AP announced, under the influence of CAIR, that it is banning the use of “Islamist” (this, of course, happens after they already quit using the term “illegal immigrant”). Political correctness rears its ugly head.
This type of cowardice is what is killing us – politicians lying and completely ignoring our Constitution or facts, while the media is complicit, negligent and criminally irresponsible in their reporting. I don’t have a solution. I’m just thinking and wanted to ask, are we still the land of the free and home of the brave? When those that should be leading and exposing truth are so worthless that they won’t even use a term that labels an enemy, we have big problems. They won’t define it or stand up to it, but, rather, bow down to it. Good lord, people. That is not America! I hope and pray we can find our soul again, but, as I’ve said many times in the past, it will not come without spiritual renewal.
We must search our own hearts and reach the level of resolve that we need to stand strong in tough times . . . as individuals, first. Stand for truth and for what matters and, hopefully sooner than later, we can get our country back.
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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.
Never let a good crisis go to waste. – Rahm Emanuel
It’s been a couple of days since the Connecticut tragedy and, as usual after such a horrific event, I must interject some truth and common sense. First off, to all of you in the Newtown area, know that we are with you in spirit. We pray for you to be able to work through all of this, by the grace of God. We pray you will look to Him for whatever answers and comfort you need . . . not look to any harmful or false answers. It is heartbreaking and we wish you the best as you try to pick up the pieces.
Being that I have no spouse or children, I can’t quite identify with the level of pain that the good folks in CT are dealing with. It is impossible for me to have the same depth of empathy as those who are parents. So, please understand that I empathize and hurt for everyone up there, but I can’t even begin to know what they are experiencing. My focus in this column is not to dig into the lives of the people up there or try to understand the mind of the killer. Today, I want to provide some perspective and address the absolute irresponsibility and politicizing by this administration as well as the sheer idiocy of the left and the complicit media.
We all know that the left criticizes conservatives and accuses us of knee-jerk reactions and politicizing such atrocities. It is, in fact, the left that does this. As usual, they will do exactly what they accuse conservatives of doing and tell their mindless, sheepish followers what they should say . . . and the stupid sheep follow. Within hours – I think it was about 4.5 hours – of last Friday’s shooting, dictator obama was on tv telling everyone how “inaction” was not an option and that he would take “meaningful actions” to make sure that this kind of thing no longer happens. Before that even occurred, the idiots at MSNBC were already clamoring for massive gun control laws and gun bans. Last night, when I just wanted to watch a little bit of Sunday Night Football, mr. dictator was on tv, again, whining again, on the need for gun control, though he never used that actual term. He, also, put the emphasis on the collective raising our children rather than mentioning any type of individual responsibility, or freedom for that matter.
As much as it seems necessary, I don’t want to beat you down with the exact same thing I have stated before. If you want to know what the founders intended regarding the 2nd amendment, as well as how Britain fares after banning guns, read this past entry. If you want to know more of what I previously said on the subject, check this one out. For today, I’ll keep it a little more simple and take it another direction.
First off, what makes a criminal a criminal? The thing that gives a criminal such a label is the breaking of the law. That is it. So, if criminals are the ones committing violent crimes, what good can it possibly do to pass all kinds of anti-gun legislation? It won’t make one ounce of difference! Well, no it will, too. It will make violent massacres and crimes that much easier because law-abiding citizens will not be able to defend themselves from such dirtbags. Forgive me for any liberals reading this, but I must use facts . . . those pesky things that you ignore: where there are more restrictive gun laws, crime is higher than where the citizens are able to defend themselves. Look at Detroit, D.C., Chicago . . . for crying out loud, look at “gun-free zones” such as schools and any other establishment that prohibits anyone having a firearm on them. That doesn’t do anything except make law-abiding citizens a free buffet to the always armed criminal. Also, for more facts and things to read up on, check out this article from Breitbart.
Another question, if I were sitting next to someone in a room, stood up, picked up my chair and bludgeoned them to death, what would your reaction be? Is it possible that the chair did it? Is there any chance that the chair was evil and caused me to stand up and commit that act? NO, it is NOT possible and I’m sure that anyone . . . even a liberal . . . would blame ME, not the chair. The blame would be all on me for being a violent or crazed lunatic who took an innocent person’s life. If it’s not the chair’s fault in my illustration, why does the left insist on mindlessly blaming an inanimate object in “gun crimes.” A gun is just as much a tool as a chair, or any other object one might use to inflict harm on someone else. Since the left is so convinced that no crime would exist if guns were taken away, I wonder if it matters that the same day this school shooting happened, 22 elementary students in China were injured by a crazy man with a knife. Strangely enough, no one blames the knife or calls for “knife control” or to ban such things.
We do not have a “gun culture” as some misinformed idiots suggest. We have an evil culture. Evil is real. Evil exists and is prevalent in our culture. You can never legislate against evil. That is a moral issue . . . a spiritual issue. No legislation will help, but will undoubtedly make law-abiding citizens in harm’s way of a violent lunatic more probable. So, how do we fix evil? The heart of the citizenry must change. We must return to our foundation and return to God. Bigger government and more legislation NEVER works and that is a proven fact.
We live in a society, now, that has chosen to kick God out of everything. This culture no longer teaches kids right from wrong. Rather, kids are taught that everything is ok, as long as you don’t hurt other people. There is no absolute truth or right or wrong. Kids are wussified into thinking that everybody deserves a prize . . . . even if you’re the slowest person in the race, you’re still treated like you won the race when we all know you didn’t. That has softened people and, I believe, helped foster the overwhelming sense of entitlement we see today. People are so fragile, with no foundation of Truth and no sense of right and wrong. Personal responsibility is not taught, but rather, blaming everything and everyone around oneself. Here’s a fact: every crime is the responsibility of the criminal that does it, not the object or tools used to commit it.
Speaking of responsibility, have you ever noticed that in every crime committed with a gun, the gun is blamed. However, when a law-abiding-citizen stops a criminal with a gun, it is the person that is heralded as the hero . . . not the gun. So, how can an inanimate object be the evil cause of violence in one instance, but merely an inanimate object in another? That’s asinine and the left knows it. I believe that this whole “gun control” charade has nothing to do with actual stopping crimes (since it has proven to fail every time . . . kind of like every other Marxist idea throughout history). I believe, however, it has been part of this administration’s agenda to disarm America and weaken us to make us into a socialist nation. Don’t fall for it, America! It’s bullcrap of the highest order. Don’t be quick to give up freedom for something that the government cannot give . . . safety. We protect ourselves. If you choose to discuss things with your enemy rather than use a gun, that is your decision. More power to you. I choose to be evenly matched. Nothing will change until we get back to God and have a standard of Truth, understanding right and wrong and teaching such things to our kids.
I guarantee this will fix a lot of the problem. Violence will still happen because evil does exist. However, I truly believe we will see a change in the heart of our nation if we return to Truth, a standard of morality, and an understanding of right and wrong.
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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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