One Farmer

While in Vietnam one day, I was in a truck. I wasn’t the only one in the truck. I guess there were about 14 of us. However, I was likely the only one who took note of a farmer in his field up to his knees in water. My guess is that he was harvesting his rice crop, but I don’t know.

Now, why would I take note of this farmer and what makes me write about him? After all, it was decades ago. Most people would have forgotten about the man a long time ago.

The fact is, the farmer was completely oblivious to what all was going on around him. He was too busy just trying to survive. There was one group of people who wanted to take control of his life, his and all those around him. Then there were those of us who were trying to protect him from the communists.

It is conceivable that someone might have told him, but he likely had no interest in it. First, he likely didn’t truly understand. Second, he likely felt he couldn’t do anything one way or the other. Third, he likely didn’t look far beyond the next day. It is hard to think politics when you have a wife and a couple of children who are facing starvation in the next few days.

Besides these two groups, there was another group, very far removed from Vietnam. They had goals too. They wanted an end to the war in Vietnam. They had little interest in the farmer or what might happen to him.  I am sure the protesters are proud of what they did.

So it was, in a short time, the decision was made to withdraw. Decades later, I talked to a pilot who flew for the Vietnamese Air Force. When he left his country, he was flying a C-130 (a large cargo plane) that was overloaded and people were falling off the rear door as he went to the runway. Somehow, I suspect that the war protesters cared little about them either, or those who died at sea trying to escape the communists.

Today, I often think about that farmer I saw. I wonder what happened to him. I suspect he lost his farm, though he was likely required to continue working it. It’s the sort of thing the communists do.

On the other hand, he might have been one of the million or so that were killed by the communists. If he objected about them taking over his farm, it is the sort of thing they might have done.

…and, of course, the war protesters are really happy they prevailed.

I had no desire to go to Vietnam. I even had one year of exemption for college. I must admit, I was afraid. (That’s right, I was a scared marine) Fortunately, I spent my tour mostly at Da Nang air base. There were still some nights we were scared enough to go running for the bunker.

There is, however, but one thing I truly regret, that I was never able to help that farmer. After all, most of us would die without the farmers.

(Please note, this and the next post are loosely related.  If you like this one, you might like the next.)

A Little Irritant

THE AR-15 IS NOT AN AUTOMATIC WEAPON!!  It fires one bullet each time the trigger is pulled.  That means it is semi-automatic.  There are many who seem to have other ideas.  It would be very nice if anyone reading this would tell others.

Some people who consider themselves experts on guns get it wrong continually, some within the government, some who teach in our universities.

As a Marine I qualified with the M-16 two years.  I carried one in Vietnam for almost a year.  I do know the difference between the AR-15 and the M-16.  The M-16 has a three position selector: safe, semi-automatic and automatic.  …and by the way, it and all automatic weapons are already illegal.  The is no need to pass a law to make them illegal.  The AR-15 looks the same as an M-16, but the selector has only safe and semi-automatic.

I know not many will read this.  So please tell your family, friends and neighbors.  You might tell your college professors too.  There is no sense them remaining ignorant of the facts.  Then again, they might already know.  They might prefer the distortion of the facts just to sound more alarming.  I have known them to do such things.

Thou Shalt Not Steal

I know there are all kinds of illegal robbery going around.  I even had a would be thief walk into my house one night with a .45.  Fortunately,  he decided to leave when our two big dogs confronted him.

However, I would suspect, maybe, a bigger problem might be legal robbery.  It happens all the time.  We read about it in the papers and we hear about it on the radio.  From time to time, a story is even on the TV.  Someone robs someone and no one can do a thing.  The theft is completely within the law.

I can’t prove it, but I have heard that legal theft is not new.  In the day that our Savior walked this earth, there were lawyers who accepted fees from widows in the hope they would receive help.  The lawyer provided very little help and abandoned her the moment her money ran out.

The priests refused to accept a sheep for sacrifices because of defects.  However, they did accept the lamb and money in exchange for a lamb that was acceptable.  Of course, everyone knew that the acceptable sheep was acquired from a man, maybe the day before, and the sheep the priest received in payment would be sold to a man in a day or two.

Only Temple currency was permitted for offering at the Temple.  Naturally, there were money changers at the Temple that could take in any form of currency, in exchange for Temple currency.  Naturally, for this, they took exorbitant fees.

The only time I know of where Jesus became somewhat violent was when he chased the thieves from His Temple, as he said, “You have made My Father’s House a den of thieves.”  Because of this, regardless of anything else, we know that there were thieves in the Temple.  We also know that it was likely legal thievery.  Otherwise, they would have been tossed in prison.  Instead they stole right out in open sight.

In the story of The Good Samaritan, Jesus also spoke of thieves that used force.  However, I get the impression he hated the legal thieves more than those who used force.  This is especially true for those who stole in His Father’s Name.

In the operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, “The Pirates of Penzance,” the pirate king says he is more honest than the businessman.  When he hoists The Jolly Roger, everyone knows what he is about.  The businessman hides behind his nice suit and respectability and steals even more than the pirate.

Indeed, history is full of those who have used their offices or businesses to steal.  Unfortunately, most of these have succeeded.  They never went to prison.  To this day, some are still respected.  I am not going to go through all I know.  It would take a book.

Let me just mention a few.  Jackson stole land from the Indians.  His picture is on the twenty-dollar bill.  Many, after The Civil War, went down into the south to plunder.  Lincoln tried to stop this but was assassinated.  The pole tax and literacy laws grew from this.  The KKK was not formed to kill the Blacks, but to stop the carpetbaggers.  Eventually, the ransacking resulted in the “Solid South.”

Speaker of the House Hastert made a really great land deal because of inside info.  Most of us would have gone to jail for that, or at least paid a big fine.  There is no telling how much thievery the Clintons were involved in.  Many congressional members made millions off of books that were never read.  It is a left-handed method of bribery.  The Bible has much to say about that (bribery) as well.  Maybe, a few of you remember the house post office and banking system.  (Eventually, that did end in the incarceration of one man, though hundreds were guilty.)

Perhaps the most prevalent form of legal thievery is welfare.  This is where perfectly healthy man or woman draws money under the guise of inability to earn money.  In truth they steal, not only from the feds, but, in truth, from people who really need welfare.  This they with clear conscience because, by George, it’s legal.  Moreover, there are some in the federal government that encourage such activity.  Indeed, the bureaucracy depends on the welfare system; so they encourage the robbery, knowing it is dishonest.  They are all members of a den of thieves and they know it.

May I use my imagination for just a moment?  What would happen if all of a sudden the Lord took all those who actually work for living from this country.  I think, possibly, we are talking major panic.  However, if one day, people in this country get tired of working so that others can sit on their tails doing nothing, they, those who do the work, just might stop working.  The effect would be the same.

The fact is thievery is thievery no matter what euphemisms you put on it.  Those that steal are thieves and those that encourage them are just as guilty.  Whether it is done at the point of a knife or as the result of some land grab, the thieves will answer for their sins.  After all, the Lord did say, “Thou shalt not steal.”  I don’t think he made any exceptions for those who hide behind the law.  Those of you who practice law should take note of this.  (I wonder how many have become multimillionaires because of the tobacco judgement.  I wonder how many are now living in mansions because of asbestos… or baby powder.  What percentage of our doctor bills are for paying lawyer’s fees?  How many useful products will never make it to the marketplace because someone is afraid of the lawyers?

By the way, Jesus’ story of The Good Samaritan was a reply to a Lawyer’s question, “Who is our neighbor?”  Even back then, they were looking for loopholes.  The fact is that sometimes the law gets in the way of doing things that are good.  Sometimes the law encourages those who do things that are bad.

The question is, what do we do about it?  Let’s start by electing good honest people to public office.  Personally, I think it would be a good idea to make sure they are Christian.  Personally, I think it would be a good idea to elect people who have the courage and conviction to be publicly pro-life.  I think maybe it would be a good idea if our representatives are not thieves or encourage thievery, regardless of the form it takes.  If we would occasionally throw thieves in public office in jail, it would help.  If we don’t, this nation is headed for a train wreck.

The Lord has blessed this nation from its birth.  Why should He continue His blessings on a nation that treats Him and his people so badly?  He doesn’t need to pronounce judgement on a crooked nation.  It is a natural result.  No nation can survive when its citizens look the other way while legal murder and robbery abound.  This is true even for atheist nations.  Why should we be better?

I have an Idea (2)

No need to build a wall.

Winston Churchill said that socialists need walls to hold people in. (my words, such as East Berlin)  Capitalists need walls to keep people out.  (my words, such as the US)

Solution: turn Mexico from socialism to capitalism.  The US is already going from capitalism to socialism.  At some point, people will stop coming north and start going south.  (oddly, beach front property in southern California will again be affordable.  Property in Baha California will be outrageous.)

To be sure, there is one problem with this approach.  Getting the US to become socialist seems to be simple.  Getting Mexico to become capitalist is likely a tad bit more difficult than impossible.  It just might be easier to build the wall, though I’m not sure.

Thou shalt not murder

I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.  The death of those kids in Florida is horrible.  Moreover, the killer in this case almost got away.  Had it not been for one observant police officer, the killer might have remained free for hours, if not days more.  Conceivably, he might have even left the country.  The mass murderer was already miles away from the school when he was taken.

I have, however noticed a pattern.  Every time there is a mass killing with a gun, the media goes nuts, “We must get rid of guns, and right now.  Never mind the second amendment.”  Never mind that the next killer likely already has his gun or will find a way of getting one.

The fact is that killers don’t need guns.  There’s no telling how many boys were killed by Rock Hudson, and he is upheld by society as a hero.  (By the way, I refuse to see any of his movies because of it.  Anyone who has a brain and really feels badly for murder victims should do the same.)  He contracted AIDS and continued to practice his homosexual lifestyle, knowing he might infect the young men.

During the outbreak of AIDS, homosexuals, some who knew they might have AIDS, insisted on giving blood.  Arthur Ashe (a prominent tennis player) became one of their victims when he was given a transfusion.  The federal government was complicit when the CDC refused to believe that the disease could be transferred through the blood.  To this day, there is no attempt to isolate people who are infected, though they finally figured out that they should do what they can to keep infected blood out of our supplies.

If they had adopted the proper infection procedures as soon as the disease was detected, it would have saved thousands, if not millions of lives.  Well, they did get one thing they were after, billions of dollars on research.  To a small degree, they have had some success.  However, for most that contract it, AIDS is a death sentence.  …and, by the way, I have not heard one homosexual apologize.  (Lest someone remind me, drug abusers deserve some of the blame.  In many cases, though, the drug users and the homosexuals were and are the same.)

Those doctors who perform abortions, especially late term abortions commit murder on a regular basis.  Sometimes, the mother suffers physical damage as a result.  Planned Parenthood likely has as much or more blood on their hands as Hitler.  In defiance, they claim they are helping the mother.  In truth, all they want is the money.  If you doubt me, remove the money and see how long the practice continues.  Abortion is a multi-million dollar industry that heavily lobbies congress, especially Dems.

Then, of course there is Obama.  He withdrew the troops from Iraq and hundreds of thousands of people died.  He is held in high esteem by many.  Then there is Hillary.  She killed four men by doing nothing.  She just stood by and blamed it on a film.  (Now that’s dumb.)  I don’t understand.  Why are they not in prison?  The killer in Florida was a mass killer.  Obama and his friends are wholesale killers.

Then again, their killings might not have been so bad.  Their crime was different.  They didn’t use a gun.  Then to, they are democrats.  They can get away with anything.  Teddy and Jack Kennedy got away with murder, literally.

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I Don’t Understand It

I Don’t Get it.

NOW our nation prays.

I’m sure it will do some good,
but it seems to me that the praying should have started years ago.

If earnest prayer started decades ago
maybe seventeen young men and women would still be alive.

Of course, that would have offended a few atheist.

Let’s Get Real.

Let’s face the facts, the ones that our God-less leaders tell us don’t exists.

There are real thieves in this world.

Not all of them wear masks.

Some hide behind respectable business suits.  They use the law.

They steal.

It is in their nature.

They take that which is not theirs.

There are killers in this world.

Not all of them use guns.

Oddly some of them even call themselves doctor.

They murder.

It is in their nature.

They seek wealth, fame and power.

 

There are people in this world who are evil.

The worst of these are some of our leaders.

They do evil.

It is in their nature
and their evil manifests itself in dozens of ways.

 

If we continue to vote for God-less candidates,
why should we expect them to do anything good?

They seek to control.
They want money, power and fame,
even when it destroys others.

 

A little note: in the laws of the fifties, a young man would have been institutionalized and seventeen young men and women would still be alive.

 

On the other hand, with the way things are today, we may as well post signs on our schools, no guns allowed on premises, except for killers.

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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.