How to Destroy a Nation

I am hardly the epitome of a great person.  I have made countless bad decisions, some, oddly, on purpose.  I thought that I could circumvent the consequences.

However, I’m hardly an ogre.  To the best of my knowledge, I murdered not one.  I try to be honest.  I try not to hurt people.  I neither drink nor smoke and never did.

Enough already.  It’s not my point to brag, but I’m sure you get my point.  The fact is, I do love this country.  I spent nine years in the Marines doing my little part to keep us free.  I even spent one year in Vietnam,  pretty much terrified.

However, if I decided I wanted to destroy this country, the first thing I would do is to destroy the family structure.  Well, I guess someone beat me to it.  The concept of one father, one mother and children is about gone.  Satan, through the communists Soviets, has been very busy.  Something tells me he does not like this country or what it stands for.

First, the idea of marriage has been completely redefined.  Second, children are being reprogrammed by the public education system.  They have forced God out of our schools so that they can put things into our children’s minds that are completely foreign to the principles that this country was founded on.

Third, they have made the state the main provider of sustenance, not the father.  Hence, there is no more need for the father to remain in the home.  He serves no purpose other than, possibly abusing the wife and children, which profits Satan and the communists.  After all, children are the future of any country.

The state has made marriage and divorce fast and easy, even to the point of the “No fault” divorces.  Believe it or not, there was a time when people actually had to present a valid reason to a judge in order to get a divorce.  Indeed there are some couples who get divorces for no other reason than for tax purposes.

Then, of course there are those who don’t even bother with the marriage at all.  Who wants to make a real commitment?   It is just paper, right?

…and so it is that the true concept of the family continues to fade off into obscurity.  Most assuredly,  if it is not soon reversed, our nation will follow.  I’m not a prophet.  It doesn’t take a prophet to see the future in this case.

Then, as Nikita  Khrushchev said, the Russians will just march in and take over without firing a shot.  However, they might have to hurry.  Mexico might beat them to it.

Back to Bible Days

Maybe it is time for us to return to the days we taught the Bible and Biblical principles in schools.  Maybe it is time to put prayer back in school.  It certainly hasn’t helped us much by taking Christianity out of our classrooms.

Some might want to convince the world that the one thing has nothing to do with the other.  Yet, the Bible does teach us not to murder.  It is Christian to love one another.  What wonderful principles does atheism have to offer.

It would appear to me that, as a nation, we have made a big mistake by taking God out of our schools and now we are suffering the unintended consequences: death, pain and suffering.

GAS TAX??!!

I heard someone else suggest increasing the gas tax, this time federal… 25 cents a gallon.  Easy assumption.  The man does not have to eek out a living and drive fifty miles each way for work.  He certainly doesn’t have to drive a hundred miles to and from work each day as some do.

Then again, maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe he drives an electric car.  At present people driving electric cars don’t pay gas tax.  (I suspect that will be changed soon, though I don’t know how.)

On the other hand, he might use a subway, train or bus to go to work.  He’d not pay a penny for gas tax, leastwise not directly.

Regardless of his method of transportation, he likely doesn’t have to give up groceries to pay the taxes.  He likely doesn’t hurt to pay the bills as most of us do.

There is a solution for building and repairing highways.  Stop squandering the money they have.  Obama was authorized a trillion dollars for “shovel ready projects.”  I believe he should have to repay it.

I still don’t know where that money went.  Maybe it’s time for the government to pinch their pennies for a while.  Maybe it’s time they stop squandering it.  Then maybe they will be more careful with it.  (I don’t hold out much hope for that.)

If you agree with me, send this to someone else.  Send this to your representatives.  Yell it from the housetops.  I’m not sure, they might increase it anyway.  It is what the government does.  It is what they do.  They tax and they spend.  What else would they do.  What else can they do.  Oh, yes.  Make laws.  They do have a tendency to mess that up too.

Faith vs Religion

First, a little note:

I heard Rev. Billy Graham speak one night.  He said something that, for me, really stuck.  I will take great liberties at explaining his thought while hopefully remaining true to his idea.  He who puts his faith in a false religion is as one who has taken an inoculation.  The false religion will prevent him from catching the real thing.  Indeed, it can be more difficult to lead a devout atheist to Jesus than someone who has put his faith in a false religion, or for that matter any religion.

The fact is that no one was ever saved by religion.  For that, it takes faith in Jesus, Christ, the Son of the one and only living God.  It will work with no other god.  It will work with no other faith.  Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is either misled or he is lying.

 

Many years ago, I was told of a clergyman who said he couldn’t sing the word wretch in the song, Amazing Grace.  The tragedy is that he is not alone in this attitude.  We, as humans have a tendency to look at things from our point of view, which is also a relative point of view.

It is likely true that he was better than most, but that is not the way God looks at it.  If you want to know what God’s point of view is, read Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all like an unclean thing, and our righteousnesses are like filthy rags, our iniquities , like the wind, have taken us away.” (New King James Version)

It is a common thing to think more highly of ourselves.  We have a tendency to say, “Well, I’m better than so and so.”  It even goes to an extreme with some people.  They compare themselves with clergymen who have fallen, especially those who are well known.  However, God does not judge us on a relative basis.  He judges us individually and each of us will have to stand before him and give an account of ourselves.  He does not grade on a curve.

Think of it this way, if a man is able to work his way into heaven, there would have been no need for Jesus to die on the cross.  The penalty of sin is death.  It is what we all deserve.  Jesus paid the penalty for us.  It was his gift to us.  But those who do not accept his gift will die and go to hell.  God does not force salvation on you.  It is your choice.  If you choose hell, he will not force you to go to heaven.

Moreover, he will not accept the works of a man.  As said above, the best man has is filthiness to God.  Why would a person even try to offer our own works to God, when Jesus is offering his righteousness for us?  Yet, it is an argument that is lost over and over again.  People try to offer up their filthy rags and expect God to be impressed by them.

 

In my book, “Going Home,” I list a number of reasons people have for rejecting Jesus as their savior.  However, the two biggest reasons are simple, ignorance and pride.

Certainly, there are millions of people who have never heard the name of Jesus, but that is not the only ignorance.  There are many who claim to be Christians who don’t truly know what the word means.  Most count on religion for salvation.  They put their faith in a false church and its false teachings and hope they will go to heaven because they follow a few rituals, more or less.

The truth is that you can know that you are going to heaven.  If you don’t know, I would strongly suggest you find the truth…today.  Tomorrow might be too late.

 

Pride builds a wall between man and God.  The idea of, “I can do it myself or I am as good as the next guy,” is wide road that leads to hell.  The words gift and earn do not go together.  If salvation is a gift then it cannot be earned.  If you earn it, then it is not a gift.  Read it yourself in Ephesians 2:8-9

“For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves.  It is the gift of God, not of your works, lest anyone should boast.”

You might note the final phrase, “…lest anyone should boast.”  I don’t recall anyone telling me so, bit it appears that God directly prevented us from earning our salvation, so that none of us would be able to brag of our achievement, which would build up our pride.  We all must approach God with humbly.  You will not find one person in heaven who contributed in any way to his being there.  God hates our pride.

It is a little bit of a paradox, but those who think that they might go to heaven won’t.  Those of us who know that we will go to heaven will.  To those who don’t know, it sounds like pride, but it is faith.  Those who think they have a chance rely on themselves.  Those who know they are going to heaven rely on Jesus and his Promise:

In John 3:16-18, Jesus himself tells us “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

The first verse is likely the most quoted verse in the Bible.  However, I personally believe in the importance of the other two verses.  They help in explaining the first.  The third verse plainly says, that if you don’t believe, then you are condemned, because you don’t believe.  Hence, if you don’t believe that Jesus will save you, then you are condemned by your unbelief.  The way I look at it, if you trample underfoot the salvation that Jesus offers, then there is no other salvation for you.

…or another way of stating the same thing, if you don’t accept his way, you can’t design or invent your own.  To some, it is horrible to be so narrow minded.  However, it is far more horrible to teach people that there is any other way.  If you are one of those who teach that there are many ways, you are the horrible one.  You are leading others into condemnation and God will hold you accountable for it.

Moreover, when Jesus says he will save me, why should I doubt Him?  It is not vanity when I say I will go to heaven.  It is faith in Him and His promise.  If I doubt him, then I make him a liar, or at the least I doubt his ability and/or his word.

 

 

Unintended Consequences

When I was in the eighth grade, I made the trip from California to Arkansas to see my brother, a Republican.  During my stay with him, he and his wife were going to vote in the Democrat primary.  At that time, it served no purpose to vote in the Republican primary.  There was but one Republican running and he wasn’t likely the win the general election.
I suggested that he vote for the worst of those running among the Democrats.  It seemed to me a good way to give the Republican an advantage.  He told me he was going to vote for the best Democrat.  That confused me until he told me why.  “What if the worst Democrat wins?”

To be sure, during the recent presidential primaries, Donald Trump was not my favorite.  Although I did like his promises, he was an unknown.  I didn’t know if he would follow through on the promises.  Moreover, he had no government experience.  My favorite was Senator Cruz.  Not only did he think as I did, but he had already proved himself several times.
I did find it interesting that one by one dropped out, seemingly determined on the way they felt about illegal immigration.  Those that liked the idea of just opening the borders were taken out in the first round.  Some of those didn’t even last until the first debate.

What I didn’t understand at the time was the way the media backed Trump.  Anyone who has a memory knows this to be true.  Despite this, Senator Cruz almost overtook Trump.
Then, after the primary was settled, the media turned against Candidate Trump.  One day, he was their darling.  The next day they spoke of him as if he were a monster.
Then it became apparent to me what the media was doing.  They were using the trick I suggested to my brother and helped the worst candidate in order to help Hillary win.  What they didn’t know was that their decision had unintended consequences.  Not only did Candidate Trump beat her soundly, but he has turned out to be a very good president.

Certainly, as a Christian, I don’t like his language, especially in front of small kids.  Nonetheless, he is keeping his promises far better than I expected.  If we had a few more good Republican senators, I am sure he would keep his promises far better.  Just maybe, I would not be spending a thousand dollars a month for my wife’s health insurance.
More than this, he has become the Dems worst nightmare, a success.  As he has decreased regulations and lowered taxes, the economy has taken off, the unemployment has dropped and the Dems are beside themselves.  There has been a drop in those streaming across our border and there are even some rinos angered.  Their source of low wage employees is drying up.

Now I realize the Dems had one thing in common with me, their underestimate of President Trump.  Now they will have unintended consequences.  If we have 4% growth (likely more) the Dems will realize a significant drop in their number of fans, especially among those living in the rust belt.  This will be true in spite of how strongly the press beats up on President Trump and how much they try to help the Dems.  It will be obvious to one and all that the Dems were wrong all the time.

One thing I still don’t understand.  Why do the African Americans like the Dems?  They haven’t done anything for them.  Indeed, many of the things they have done have hurt them.  They worst thing they have done is to insist on backing an organization that had its foundation in trying to eradicate the Black race.  Margaret Sanger founded Family Planning for that express purpose.  I suspect, though they won’t admit to it, it is likely still one of their purposes.  Please don’t take my word for it.  Look it up.

Now, the Dems want to stand in the way of building a wall.  I can’t understand that.  I lock my door.  It helps keep the bad guys out.  A wall helps keep the bad guys out.  It helps keep the drugs out.  This is true no matter who the next president is.  On the other hand, if all we have is a virtual wall, that can go away as a matter of policy.  It went away while President Obama was in office and, to a lesser degree while President Bush was in office.
It is important to realize that building the wall even helps the illegal immigrants.  Many die sneaking into our country.  Many young women are raped.  Countless numbers of them end up working in sweatshops or brothels.  Of course, as payment for their passage, many are forced to carry drugs.  That’s not good for them or us.
I’m tired of hearing about comprehensive immigration.  We were promised a wall twice.  They were empty promises.  The way I figure it, they owe us the wall, not promises.  The way I figure it, the time for talk is over.  It is time to start building.

One more small note:  If we don’t have a good strong defense, eventually, we will not have a good economy.  For sure, we won’t even have a country.  We will be overrun by any one of a dozen of other countries.  We might not be an aggressive country, but others are.  The instant they realize we are weak, they will take advantage of it.

A Word From a Neighbor

I don’t live in Alabama.  I went there once to see the battleship, if you want to count that.  I do live in Mississippi.  That makes me a neighbor.  Still, I have no business telling people from Alabama how to vote.

Maybe, if you will permit, maybe I can offer a couple of observations.  I don’t know, but I have a pretty good guess that there is quite a bit of money involved in those women who made the accusations about Judge Roy.  I would guess that thirty or forty thousand dollars can do a lot to help a woman’s memory.

I don’t know.  I can only guess.  Still, I wish I could find out just how much money is involved and who is coming up with it.  After all, Mitch McConnell managed to pour 30 million against the judge.  If he’s willing to come up with thirty million, he just might be willing to come up with thirty thousand to ruin someone’s reputation.

However, if you will permit, let me point out one simple fact that cannot be denied.  As near as I can tell, neither choice is that great.  However, I think I’d prefer a man who might have abused a few women to a man who in favor of abortion on demand, mass murder.

Then and Now

One day, many years ago as I was driving to work, I heard a man on the radio speak of something that caught my attention.  He said that TV’s used to get their signal through antennas and telephones required wires.  Now phones use antennas and TV’s use wires.

From the early days of my life, I remember almost every house had a TV antenna.  When I was six, I lived in an area that had just one station and it required a high antenna to pick up that station.  Some might not remember the days when almost all houses had the antennas and it almost looked like an artificial forest of metal trees.

Now they are gone, at least most of them.  It is rare to see one of them sticking up.  It makes it easy to see those who don’t have cable.

Normally, phones had a wire on them of about ten or twelve feet.  For those willing to pay for it, longer cables could be installed so that the girls could take the phone in another room for a little privacy.

Now, most use cell phones.  The antennas on them are so small we can’t see them.  However, we no longer have cables attached to them.  Privacy is simple.  The young ladies can go into their rooms or even outside.

The odd thing about it is that lately, people have started watching TV on their phones.  So, in a sense, it has gone full circle.  The TV is using an antenna again.

 

In my book, “Mitch,” I point out another switch up.  In the early nineteen hundreds, people used horses.  Only the rich had cars.  They were, so to speak toys too expensive for most.  Now, most of us have cars.  Most of us can’t afford horses.  Of course, if the tree huggers have their way, we will go back to riding horses and only the elite will ride around in self-powered vehicles.

I don’t think I want to be around in that day.  Cars might spew smog, but horse manure produces disease.  Try looking up the old days in New York before cars.  That stuff did not disappear on its own, you know.

There has been a big shift in commercials too.  In my youth, the media constantly discouraged gambling.  It was seedy and only bad people did it.  Well, I guess some good people gambled too, but not on TV.  Many programs showed the good guys shutting down the gambling outfits and, of course the schools were often leading the way.

Schools, of course, did what they could to discourage gambling.  Governments at every level depicted gambling as wrong.

I blinked my eyes.  Next thing I know, it turned completely around.  Whoa to the politician that suggest shutting down the gambling.  We can’t do that.  We need the money.  By the way, it fixed nothing.  We now have the gambling and we still don’t have enough money to run the governments at every level.  Actually, it is worse than before.

They are still calling for more money for the schools.  The gambling didn’t help one bit.  I have noticed the county south of where I live allowed gambling.  They are far worse off than before.  The state had to come in and take over the school.

On the other hand, the number of people writing hot checks has skyrocketed.  Though I can’t prove it, I am sure the robberies have gone up.

There is a reason that those in the old days drove out gambling.  It would appear we can’t learn from history.  It means we are doomed to repeat it.  The difference is that now, nothing less than a miracle will get rid of it.  Now our society is more dependent on it than a druggy on heroine.  Near as I can tell, we are stuck with it and it hasn’t solved a thing.

 

In the movies, they used to show people smoking.  It was encouraged by tobacco companies to get people to smoke.  It worked.  Then we had a couple of generations of people dying from lung cancer.

Recently, they decided that was a bad idea.  Now, there is a big campaign to stop smoking and it is no longer seen in recent films and TV shows.  To some degree, it has succeeded.  I’ve noticed the number of people smoking, even in the military has decreased.

I think it was a good idea.  My question is, what took so long for them to figure it out.

It does make me wonder what the liquor companies are paying Hollywood to show the drinking.  Actually, drinking causes more problems than smoking.  Basically the smoker is the only one who suffers.  The drunk causes problems with almost anyone he encounters.

I wonder how long it will take society to realize that.  I wonder just how long Hollywood will continue to portray drinking as cool…the thing to do.

One day I was taking a walk.  I saw a pickup with a sticker on the back window, “My granddaughter was killed by a drunk,” or something to that effect.  I talked to the owner of the truck.  The granddaughter was two.  The drunk had been arrested twice before for drunk driving.

Sorry.  I don’t see drinking as cool.  One thing I know that no one can dispute.  No one becomes a drunk without taking the first drink.  As a society, we should discourage that first drink.  Instead, it is encouraged on every side:  TV, parties, military (though it is openly admitted that it is a big problem) and peers.

 

I get it, really I do.  I know you have to have your alcohol.  You say you can give it up if you want to.  You just don’t want to.  I really understand.  You just don’t want to give it up.  Fine.  Just please, don’t encourage others to drink.  You just might save the life of a two year old, maybe yours.

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