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As I type this, we are well into day 2 of armagedd . . . or, well, the so-called government shutdown. It kinda seems like the world is still in orbit and life still goes on for all of us despite a mere fraction of the government being put on extra paid time off. However, liberals want us to believe that the entire government was actually shut down and it could very well mean the end of the world as we know it. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that this does affect some families who may not be getting a paycheck during this time. That is rough and stressful, no doubt. However, as long as those families can make it through this stretch, they’ll be fine. Those paychecks will resume with back pay for the days missed in the “shut down.” Though any time a family is stressed about money issues is unfortunate, this “shutdown” fiasco is not the big thing liberals are making it out to be. Now, I want to focus on one area of this “shutdown” debacle that I find telling and infuriating.
Monuments, memorials, and our vets.
Do you recall a few months ago, when the liberals were trying to make us all scared of sequester cuts? Then, people like me and many other conservatives were saying that sequester was no big deal . . . please make those cuts and a lot more. During that time, while most functioning people knew that it wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) be a big deal, the Obama administration wanted to make sure it was as “painful as possible” on the American people. They wanted us to become uncomfortable so they could blame it, once again, on their political enemies and divide American citizens even more. They picked the items to cut, such as White House tours and other things, which were completely unnecessary, while they continued to live as the pompous kings and elite that they view themselves (but are not). We have that pathetic, juvenile attitude again with the Washington mall.
As you have probably heard by now, a group of World War II veterans had planned for months to visit the WWII memorial in DC . . . their memorial. If it wasn’t for them, there would be no WWII memorial. The trip was done by Honor Flight, who does this kind of thing to honor vets. Once they arrived, they learned that this administration believes that a partial government shutdown for “non-essential” workers means that tourists can’t see the memorials – even the actual people who the memorials are standing for! Well, with the help of some republican congress members, they moved the barriers and went on to see what they traveled to see. I love that! What’s unacceptable and despicable, however, is the fact that this was not some ridiculous oversight or misunderstanding by a ridiculous administration. This was calculated and intentional. Rep. Steven Palazzo knew the group was coming and had asked the White House and Department of the Interior for special permission to allow the vets to see the memorial. That request was rejected and the response they received was “It’s a government shutdown, what do you expect?” (Really? For an outdoor memorial, open air, on public land, paid for by us . . . ??!!) Palazzo goes on to point out that “it actually requires more effort and expense to shut out these veterans from their memorial than it would to simply let them through.”
These Honor Flight trips happen regularly. More were scheduled for today from various states. One group from Ohio has been told they will not be able to see the memorial, but they went anyway. Others went and have been threatened with arrest if they walk on the memorial, but they plan on going through the barricade regardless, and good for them. To further prove Palazzo’s comment about resources, it does not take any resources to simply allow vets, or anybody for that matter, to walk through an area. However, look at these pics of several workers putting up barricades. It is all a purposeful act to try to make us more uncomfortable and give in to all controlling, statist demands. In other words, bullying . . . or, perhaps our chief cry baby throwing another tantrum in front of the world. As it turns out, the groups went, ignored the barricades, and apparently nothing happened as park security allowed the vets in. I do have to give the park security guys credit for not making a bigger debacle than it already is. However, what about other tourists or families that may have been there on a trip they’ve planned the past 2 years?
I’m no expert, but I know that there are a lot of monuments and memorials around the DC mall, on public land, paid for by tax payers’ dollars. Some, such as the WWII memorial, were built and are maintained via private funds. Those monuments are just there. They’ve been built. There is no opening or closing them. They are out in the open, easily seen and approached at any time of day. Yet, clearly, this administration believes it necessary to block off such monuments, preventing citizens from seeing them up close while walking through the park. Families and groups, such as these vets, who have planned their DC trip for months, possibly years, all of a sudden are prevented from doing what they set out to do because the Alinsky-ites want to be political bullies and tantrum throwing imbeciles. What does it cost anyone for someone to walk around on public land, looking at a memorial that is there, in the open? Nothing? Right. This whole thing is a farce and is another blatant example of the deep disdain this administration has for America, her citizens, and military.
Let’s briefly walk through the democrats vs. republicans blame game on this thing. Republicans – at least Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and a handful of others – tried doing America a favor by stopping this nefarious trainwreck that is Obamacare by defunding it. That didn’t work. The House republicans went back and forth with Senate democrats only to be rejected every time. It was the republicans who tried negotiating and have since given up some ground in an attempt to do so. They went from complete defunding to just wanting to delay Obamacare’s implementation for a year (all while funding the rest of the government). Obama, himself, has waived his own law for big business and pushed off the employer mandate. Why not for individuals, too? That’s all the republicans are asking for, now. Why not consistency? Oh, wait . .. he has never been consistent on anything, anywhere, at any time. My point is, though, that the republicans have done what they need to do and it is the dems who have whined like little cry babies, blaming republicans for not giving them everything that they want, etc., etc. The liberal definition of negotiation is, “You have to give me all of what I want right now and you get nothing in return.” It always amazes me how they inaccurately blame others for doing exactly what they themselves are doing. It is not the republicans who bullied Obamacare on this nation, yet it is the label that the dems try to put on republicans. It is not the republicans that are trying for 100% of everything, but the dems who will not budge anything for their sacred socialized medicine. It was just yesterday that Obama tried to convince everyone that it’s the republicans’ fault, again, by declaring it the “republican shutdown” multiple times. if you read Lenin, Marx, Foster and Alinsky, all of the liberal/progressive tactics should seem familiar and are perfectly clear! . . . and they’re full of crap. It has nothing to do with “the people” or healthcare, but everything to do with them controlling all of our lives.
BTW, how is our “objective” media covering this whole story? Here’s the enraging answer, but we all know mainstream media lost credibility long ago.
This administration has no consistency, no relevance, no respect, no shred of decency and no honor. Please, just let these vets have their time to see their memorial that they have waited so long to see and leave us all alone.
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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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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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Hello, everybody! I hope all is well here in cyberworld. I apologize for no activity lately. I have been on vacation for the past week and I took a vacation from most online activity, as well. The news pretty much drives me absolutely batty most of the time, so I opted to unplug and try to relax, read, and do various other things over the week. This evening, as I decided to find out what I’ve been missing, I saw this story that I have to share with you.
The story, from CNS News, describes Worcester, MA, in a lame attempt at getting citizens’ guns, as offering a free flu shot and a gift card to a local store in return for any “unwanted and unloaded” guns for the police to take. So, let’s think about this . . . a government body is asking citizens to give up their 2nd amendment right, and their ability to defend themselves against the always-armed-criminals. Before continuing, keep in mind the price of guns that are legally purchased. Depending on what the buyer wants, they can range anywhere from $150 to $10,000, as a rough estimate. The gift card amounts offered in Worcester’s effort are as follows:
$25 for long rifles
$50 for handguns
$75 for any semi-auto weapons
Then, I know in my area, I can walk into any CVS or Walgreens, or some place like that, and get a flu shot for $25, or so. Some employers (like mine) offer them for free to anyone who wants one.
So, a best case scenario, the legal citizens that turn in a legal gun to city officials, and give up their right and ability to defend themselves, will get about $100 worth of “goods.” How stupid do these officials think people are? Alas, I’m sure some will give in . . . I would say those that do are probably Obama voters, but, then again, they don’t believe in guns and the 2nd amendment to begin with. Also, in all fairness, the story says this program has existed since 2002. That’s just a very unfair trade.
Don’t know about you, but my freedom is worth a lot more than a worthless gift card and flu shot!
By they way, I have also noticed that no activity has happened on the fundraiser for podcast equipment. Don’t forget about this! If you would like the podcast to continue and can help to that end, I’m ready to jump on it and do it! It can’t happen all on my own, though. If you want to contribute, click here and help out!
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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If you have already participated in early voting, I can only hope that you have paid attention and voted for American values. If you have not, may I just remind you of a couple of things for consideration? I am, by no means, going to waste a lot of time going through the past 4 years that have built their own case against Obama and his anti-American sentiment, but I will simply refer you to more recent things. As I lay these out, ask yourself the following:
Does it matter?
Is America’s economy better than 4 years ago?
Is America safer than 4 years ago?
Does America deserve better?
With that in mind, consider these recent stories. First off, the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. We’ve covered it in our podcast and in a couple of past blog posts. Within a matter of hours, the world knew this was a terrorist attack on our embassy and people. The Obama administration blatantly lied about it, for weeks, blaming it all on a crappy video. Instead of going after the terrorists that did it, they chose to create a diversion and go after an American citizen and fuel an attack on our 1st amendment right of free speech. As details of the Benghazi atrocity continue to come out, we know now, without surprise, that the White House knew full well what was going on. It’s even likely that they watched it live, in the situation room, via a drone’s camera. Yet, they chose to do nothing about it, blamed an American, and continuously lied to the American public. (You can download and read the emails that the White House received here: Benghazi Alerts )
Forget that this administration has pretty much lied about everything the entire time they have worked at fundamentally transforming America (remember what they said was or was not in the healthcare bill, how it was rammed down our throats, how no one got to read it before it was forced on us, Fast & Furious and the cover up/Obama’s executive privilege to protect his anti-American buddy Eric Holder from prosecution, etc., etc.) I could spend all day remembering more and more lies and cover ups – some equally large, some smaller – but you get the idea. This administration is made up of pathological liars and they will do and say anything in order to stay in power to finish “fundamentally transforming” America.
So, lie after lie after lie. Cover up after cover up.
Does it matter? Does it matter that this country is more divided than ever in every possible way (race, politics, faith/religion, gender, economic status)? Does it matter that this dictator-wanna-be has no problem looking Americans in the eye and feeding them blatant lies in absolute arrogance?
Beyond the lying aspect, does it matter that the world’s communist dictators want Obama’s re-election? This should be an obvious sign of which side Obama and his cronies are on, but I don’t hear many people talking about this! Obama has been endorsed by Russia’s Putin, Venezuelan’s Chavez, and Cuba’s Castro.
America, does it matter to you? It sure as heck does to me which is why Unapologetically Right exists. It DOES matter . . . and SHOULD matter to you. We cannot continue on the path we are on and expect the debt to disappear or expect our freedoms to continue. We are at the point that it is the people’s duty to throw this government off . . . abolish what is, shrink it and return to the Constitution and the Biblical principles on which it was founded.
Does America deserve better? Let me answer that this way:
American ideals. Freedom. The fact that we are the world’s last best hope. The liberty of future generations of Americans. All of those things deserve better. However, it is the heart of the citizenry that decides who sits in office. If the American public is so disconnected with what is going on, depraved and refuses to see the truth, as much as I hate to say it, we will get what we deserve. I would like to think that we do deserve better, but if Bible-believing, Constitutional-supporting Americans fail to pray, shine the Light and turn the tide by doing what we can, we will get what we deserve. If all others who call themselves Americans but live like socialist Europeans and irresponsible freeloaders continue on, they will get what they deserve. We all will. Take a stand and vote the closest to the Bible and the Constitution. To all of you Ron Paul supporters, that means giving it up for a bit and being a team player. Please do not waste your vote on someone who doesn’t have a chance. I know you all say “vote your conscience.” Fine. Can your libertarian conscience live with the fact that you help usher in the demise of America and freedom, should Obama win due to a split GOP vote? We must all suck it up and do what is necessary to save this country . . . for everybody.
The ideal of freedom deserves better. Will we take the appropriate steps to begin our long journey back? Or is this the end of America as we know it? You decide, America. This election will decide that. I’ve made my decision and I know where I stand. We must stand for and protect that which we hold dear. I love my freedom and intend to protect it and fight for it. Who’s with me?
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