What’s In Store For America Now?

Dick Morris is the former presidential advisor to Bill Clinton and a political strategist.

As you read his article below, please keep in mind that Dick Morris is not a conservative sympathizer, he is a liberal Democrat. He just happens to speak the truth when he sees it.


The Democratic Reign of Terror Has Begun

By Dick Morris Thursday, 14 January 2021

democrats and the removal of the confederate flag (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Like Maximilien Robespierre, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden are taking no prisoners.

A new Democratic reign of terror is upon us, endangering our free speech, free press, political playing field, and personal liberty.

Watch your back.

The Democrats are using the outrageous and unsupportable Capitol riot the same way that the Reichstag Fire of 1933 was used — as a pretext for an authoritarian crackdown in Germany.

The re-impeachment of President Trump and the banning of his emails, tweets, texts and Facebook posts are merely the first examples of a growing authoritarianism.

But the threat of punitive actions and censorship in this new reign of terror hangs over us all.

  • Will we be banned from using the communication tools of modern technology? Will Twitter, Amazon, and other tech giants determine what messages and what content can be sent out?
  • Will books we would like to read be dropped by their publishers because of the author’s lawful constitutional activities?
  • Will our favorite cable TV news stations have to face organized boycotts by their advertisers or be banned by cable systems if they criticize the election of the government?
  • Will the left use “lawfare” to sue frivolously for defamation, bankrupting their opponents with legal fees to defend their right of free speech
  • Will the Democrats equate our political speech in even mentioning vote fraud issues and election irregularities with sedition, subjecting us to fines or imprisonment just for challenging the election of 2020?

That is the new premise of the coming Democratic reign of terror: That political statements charging that the election of 2020 was stolen or riddled with fraud are, by themselves, inciting violence by Trump supporters.

This approach harks back to efforts to suppress opposition to the World War I draft, the Alien and Sedition Acts passed by John Adams in 1798, and the 1954 law criminalizing membership in the American Communist Party (Communist Control Act of 1954).

All three laws tried to criminalize political speech and activities as seditious. They were all equally offensive to our Bill of Rights.

The Democratic reign of terror first targeted our President and is now trickling down to every citizen and organization that opposes the Democratic left.

We see it as the left attempts to frame the remarks of Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., — and those of President Trump and his supporters — as incendiary, false, and designed to cause a riot, thereby allowing them to criminalize it.

But bear in mind:

  • Trump never advocated entering, much less taking over, the Capitol building and always explicitly opposed violence.
  • The charge that he “incited” the riots only refers to his peaceful exercise of free speech, denouncing the election of 2020 as the result of fraud and saying that it was “stolen.” Whether you agree with his statement or not, that is the essence of free speech that is protected by the First Amendment.
  • Impeachment has been a vengeful kick while the President is down. A purely symbolic act, removal from office is a logistical impossibility within the time remaining until inauguration day. Although the Speaker and her minions claim that President Trump is so dangerous to the country that he must be removed immediately, they speak of sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate in months with a trial to follow!

The reign of terror rolls on.

The publishing firm of Simon & Schuster abruptly decided to drop Sen. Hawley’s new book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech.”

The publisher said, “We take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.”

Note that Simon & Schuster published anti-Trump bestsellers by Bob Woodward, Mary Trump, and John Bolton.

What was Hawley’s role in the rioting?

After protesters surrounded his home, banging on the door and threatening his wife and newborn daughter, he said: “Violence is not how you achieve change, violence is not how you achieve something better.”

And the terror may soon call former Trump staffers to the journalistic guillotine.

Randall Lane, Forbes’ chief content officer, announced that Forbes Media itself was “holding those who lied for Trump accountable.”

Lane mentioned five top Trump aides as examples of “the people paid by the People to inform the People.”

His hit list includes former White House press secretaries Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Stephanie Grisham, current spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, and senior counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.

Lane beseeches us not to “let the chronic liars cash in on their dishonesty.”

Alluding to book deals by previous White House spokesmen, he said “Trump’s liars don’t merit that same golden parachute. Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie.” (Note: the Forbes family no longer owns Forbes the media company).

Hari Sevugan, former senior spokesman for the Barack Obama presidential campaign, announced “We just launched the Trump Accountability Project to make sure anyone who took a paycheck to help Trump undermine America is held responsible for what they did.” (Ibid.)

And Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s former media consultant said that “At @ProjectLincoln we are constructing a database of Trump officials & staff that will detail their roles in the Trump administration & track where they are now.”

He added that “they will be held accountable & not allowed to pretend they were not involved.”

The Serbian war criminals hunted down by The Hague never received such scrutiny.

The Daily Mail reports that JP Morgan , Citibank, Marriott, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and the parent company of Commerce Bank have all said “they too are suspending donations to the group dubbed ‘the treason caucus’ by critics.” (The Treason Caucus apparently includes Republican Senators who voted not to certify the Electoral College votes.)

And, comically, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., called for Senators Cruz and Hawley to be added to the no-fly list.

The Daily Mail also reports that U.S. digital payments company Stripe is to also stop processing payments for Trump’s campaign website following the riot.” (Ibid Daily Mail)

For the president, the reign of terror has meant impeachment and seeing his e-mails, tweets, posts and texts banned from Twitter, Facebook, and Google.

When will it begin? It just did.

Now we ask where will it end?


See you next week for more Wisdom Matters, I hope and pray!

Would Jesus Have Joined The Assault On The Capitol?

Please give Pierri’s article a read and see if you agree, or not.


Can Nationalism Really Be Christian?

During the siege of the Capitol, you didn’t have to look hard to see invading protestors carrying Bibles or waving “Jesus Saves!” signs. This was not an atheistic attack on democracy, but a religiously-motivated one. Yet the question remains: can this religion be rightly called Christianity?

I do not doubt that those who stormed the Capitol this past Wednesday earnestly believed they were fighting on behalf of democracy—and I also do not doubt they believed they were somehow fighting for Jesus.

In the Midwest, a group erected a cross in front of the Michigan Capitol in solidarity with the D.C. protestors. After seeing an image of the demonstration, a friend of mine messaged me, “And with that is the clear final nail in the coffin that holds what remains of my Christian faith.”

I won’t attempt to unravel the ways conspiracy theories, QAnon, “fake news,” and Trumpism have so tightly bound together Christianity and nationalistic fervor (others have already done this with much greater depth and clarity). This is not the first time Christianity and nationalism have been mixed—and it most certainly will not be the last.

A quick scan of history reveals other examples of followers of Jesus confusing the heavenly kingdom promised by God and the earthly kingdom promised by demagogues. (Let’s not forget that Nazism was birthed in the home country of the great reformer Martin Luther.) Yet the mixture goes back much further to the time of the apostle Paul.

Paul’s Religious Nationalism
Paul of Tarsus was an early Christian leader, missionary, and church planter who wrote most of the Christian New Testament. But his biography reveals a different starting point.

As a Jew, Paul believed that one day God would establish an earthly kingdom that would endure forever.¹ As time went on, this promise seemed less and less likely to be fulfilled. After a long period of exile, they were now living under the Roman Empire.

A group of Jews known as the Zealots believed that force and violence were sometimes necessary in pursuit of the establishment of God’s kingdom. They saw themselves in the tradition of Phinehas, an Israelite who had long ago purged evil from an Israelite camp by plunging a spear through two sinning people.²

Paul watched approvingly as his compatriots killed a Christian named Stephen, and then he began a Zealot-esque campaign himself: “Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.”⁴ When his ancestors’ religion was threatened by this new Christian movement, Paul believed that violence was necessary to preserve the tradition.

Christian Nationalism Today
I cannot help but notice the similarities in the motivations of Paul and those who assaulted the Capitol.

If you believe that the election has been unlawfully stolen from a man that God has appointed to preserve the influence of Christianity in this country, then the threat isn’t small. To many, a Democrat-controlled government means increased abortions and forced lock-downs to cancel church services. And when every lawful political channel has failed to undo the perceived robbery, only one action remains. Someone zealous like Phinehas needs to step up and grab the spear.

And yet Paul’s story didn’t end with his violent zeal. Paul had a miraculous vision where the resurrected Jesus spoke to him directly. And the message completely re-framed Paul’s understanding of how God’s kingdom was established in the death and resurrection of Jesus. While Paul had been expecting a political kingdom that would free the Jews from the rule of Rome, Jesus brought a heavenly kingdom that freed humanity from the rule of sin.

When Jesus is on trial to be executed, he says, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” Like Paul, Jesus could have used force to bring about the kingdom. But instead he chose to use love and humility.

How To Respond
Christians need to repent of ways we have looked to political powers to do what only God can do. We must label the actions of those storming the Capitol while carrying Bibles as “anti-Christian.” This is not the “no true Scotsman” fallacy, because “Christian nationalism” is an oxymoron. The growth or decline of the Christian kingdom is not dependent on who is in positions of earthly power and it cannot be achieved through force.

We must remember that any “persecution” we endure as Christians pales in comparison to what the early Christians experienced. They didn’t face social ostracization or the loss of church tax exempt status—they faced imprisonment and execution. If there was ever a time to invoke a “violence is sometimes necessary argument,” it was then. Yet they knew this was not the way of Jesus… and this is still true for followers of Jesus today.

References

¹ 2 Samuel 7:16

² Numbers 25:6-9

³ Galatians 1:14

⁴ Acts 8:1-3

⁵ Acts 9:1-19

⁶ John 18:36


AMEN!

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Wisdom For The New Year!

New Year Greetings To All

I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and you have fully recovered from any and all ill effects of 2020, including any severe health issues from COVID-19.

Even though we’re not fully done with COVID-19 yet, I’m praying the worst is behind us and the best is yet to come in 2021, God willing!

I originally posted the content below in January 2018. It was my very first post! I’m re-posting this wisdom at the beginning of each new year as a fresh reminder for all of us.


I drafted these nuggets of wisdom below in December 2018 to share with our amazing and talented grandchildren. I put a copy in each of their Christmas stockings and encouraged them to read the one corresponding to each day of the week. Not a very exciting stocking stuffer, I know! My hope and prayer is they will take this wisdom with them, apply it to their lives as they grow, and even share it with their friends.

It didn’t take long to realize these nuggets of wisdom might also be beneficial for anyone desiring to make positive changes in their lives, no matter their age.

I can’t think of a better New Year’s resolution than reading and meditating on these daily nuggets of wisdom each week and committing to live by them. I believe the world would be a far better place if each of us just started here!

Full Disclosure: Each of the daily quotes below are from sources other than my own pea brain! I cannot take credit for originating them, however I did add some content to each.

So, even if you don’t believe in the power of prayer, you can’t go wrong making the “Sunday Prayer” below your very own every day of the week, let alone on Sundays.

It’s a prayer written by General Douglas MacArthur to his only son during World War II. I’ve reworded it a bit to personalize it.

ENJOY!


Daily Wisdom For 2021

Sunday:      O Lord, make me strong enough to know when I am weak and brave enough to face myself when I am afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

Make me a person whose wishes will not take the place of good deeds; who will know Thee, and that to know myself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead me, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let me learn to stand up in the storm; here let me learn compassion for those who fail.

Make me a person whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; who will master myself before I seek to master others; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are mine O Lord, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that I may always be serious, yet never take myself too seriously. Give me humility, so that I may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the weakness of true strength.

Then O Lord, I will dare to whisper, I have not lived in vain.

Monday:       Job security is your ability to produce. Never stop learning and giving your very best effort every day.

Tuesday:      Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. Don’t take your God-given talents and abilities for granted. No pain, no gain!

Wednesday:  Moral & ethical character is the will to do what is right, as God defines right in the Holy Bible, regardless of personal cost. Sometimes, doing the right thing hurts!

Thursday:    What’s popular is not always right, and what’s right is not always popular. One bad decision can lead to a lifetime of regrets!

Friday:         You can never be at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, if you’re with the wrong crowd! Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.

Saturday:     Run from evil and hold onto what is good. Sin has consequences!


Parents and grandparents, please bless your children and grandchildren with a copy of this daily wisdom. Encourage them to use it as a moral compass as they grow and navigate through this crazy world we live in.

You can grab a downloadable copy of “Wisdom for Daily Living” by clicking on the “Free Resources” tab.

Please share this blog with your circles of influence because…Wisdom Matters!

May God bless you and your families, and may God Bless America!


Continue Spreading The Word

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The “REAL” Reason For The Season!

I’m sending this post a little early for two reasons:

  1. From my family to yours, we’d like to wish everyone a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a very healthy and prosperous New Year.
  2. Most importantly, I’d like to encourage all of us to take a deep breath, put all of our fears and stressful circumstances on the shelf for a few days, seriously count our blessings, and reverently celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the One God sent to give the world hope for a new life and a new relationship with the Creator of the universe.

I know I’m going to be “preaching to the choir” for some reading this. However, for those who either don’t know the “real” Christmas story or who just don’t believe it, I thought it was the perfect time to share the “real” story once again hoping the power of God’s Living Word, the Holy Bible, might move some to a new relationship with Him.

Much of what I’ll share below is taken from a book I’m currently reading, Turning Everyday Conversations Into Gospel Conversations, written by Jimmy Scroggins and Steve Wright.


Who Is This Jesus?

Jesus is God’s one and only Son. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a woman, a virgin, as described in the Bible, the REAL Christmas story:

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the Child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a Son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through His prophet (Isaiah 7:14): “Look! The virgin will conceive a Child! She will give birth to a Son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her Son was born. And Joseph named Him Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25 – NLT)

Jesus is God. This is difficult for us to comprehend. He is both God and God’s Son. He is co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He has no beginning and no end. He has always been.

Jesus is fully God. He is all knowing, all powerful, and in all places at all times. He is coequal with God the Father and God the Spirit. There is no hierarchy in the Trinity. There is order and submission, but there is equality.

Jesus is also fully man, God with us. He took on human flesh and lived life just like us. He got tired, hungry, thirsty, sad, and happy. He was, and is, a real person just like us.

There is one major distinction between Jesus and other humans: Jesus never sinned, not one time! He knows what it’s like to be tempted to sin. He was tempted in every way we are, but He never sinned. This is how He is able to help us in our time of need. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16 – NLT) It’s also what qualifies Him to do the work God the Father sent Him to do.

Jesus Died For Our Sins

Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us. For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21 – NLT) When Jesus died on the cross, God the Father took all of our sin, shame, and guilt and put it on Jesus. Then He took all of Jesus’ righteousness and put it on all those who repent and believe. Jesus died the death of a sinner so believers can live as righteous people. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 – NIV)

God’s Word reminds us that, In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness (of sins). (Hebrews 9:22 – NLT)

God’s holiness requires the blood of a lamb without blemish, in other words, a perfect lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish. . .(Exodus 12:5 – ESV) This is why it’s important to understand the essence of Jesus. He is a sinless man, and it’s only His blood that could cover and cleanse us of our sin once and for all.  And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10 – NIV) Jesus shed His blood and died for our sins so we can receive this free gift of life forever in God’s perfect presence.

He Was Buried

When one of the Roman soldiers pierced His side as Jesus hung on the cross, one eyewitness testified that water and blood flowed out. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. (John 19:34,35)

Then His body was taken down from the cross and laid in a borrowed tomb. He took the death penalty we deserve. It’s not a hoax or a trick, and what happened next is the lynch pin of the hope we have in Him.

God Raised Him From The Dead

This is the best part. It’s proof that Jesus is who He claimed to be and will deliver on His promise of eternal life. There were plenty of eye witnesses to this event. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, He was seen by more than 500 of His followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then He was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw Him. (1 Corinthians 3-8 – NLT)

Jesus isn’t dead. He is alive. This makes Him unique among all other well known religious figures.

Buddha lived an exemplary life and then he died, and he stayed dead. Muhammad lived a very religious life but when he was sixty-three years old he died, and he stayed dead. Swami Prabhupada started a form of Hinduism called the Hare Krishnas. Prabhupada was still striving to attain a higher state of mind in 1977 when he died, and he stayed dead.

Jesus also died but He did not stay dead. Jesus is alive, seated in the heavenly realms with His Father. He will return one day to judge the living and the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the One whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. (Acts 10:42 – NIV)

He will judge based on the answer to this question alone: “Who do you say I am?”

God says, Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves His Child as well. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:1,12,13 – NIV)

“Having” Jesus means believing He was born “God With Us”, He died for our sins, He was buried, and He was raised from the dead.

This in a nutshell folks is the gospel (the good news) of Jesus Christ: Jesus died for our sins, He was buried, and God raised Him from the dead. It’s His finished work that makes us right with God. Jesus did something for us we could never do for ourselves.


What you choose to do with this “good news” is solely between you and God.

One option is to dismiss all this “good news” as just a bunch of childish myths, and go on with your life as usual.

The other option is to believe all this “good news” is absolute life-changing truth. Confess before God that you are a sinner in desperate need of a Savior. Ask the Spirit of God to come into your life to change your heart and mind and help you turn from your brokenness, your old ways of thinking and living (to repent).

The Bible says, If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 – NLT)

This may be the best news your friends and family members will ever hear. It certainly has eternal implications.

Don’t miss an opportunity to share this “good news”!


See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

COVID19: Is Putting “Safety First” Killing Us?

Mike Rowe has built a dynasty of followers over the years through his popularity on various TV shows with his straight-shooting wisdom on work, and life in general.

Does Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs Confirm Mike Rowe’s Thoughts On “Safety First”?

Below, Mike honestly answers a question posed to him by one of his followers:


Off The Wall: It’s Enough to Make a Grown Man Weep

Hi Mike. I think I’m depressed. I know you’re not a doctor, but I saw you play one on TV once, and I was hoping you can explain why I burst into tears every few hours? I’m also wondering if you ever weep, and if so, when? Fran Sykes

Hi Fran,

Obviously, I’m far too manly and rugged to weep, especially in public, but I did come close last week. I was in LA for the first time since March and staying in a Santa Monica hotel. Friday morning, I woke up early and walked south along the beach to my old neighborhood in the Marina. It was an eight-mile walk, roundtrip, and one that I’ve made many times before. But this walk was different. It wasn’t just the makeshift homeless encampments that stretched for nearly two miles along the beach, or the boarded-up businesses with their handwritten “Closed for COVID” signs hanging sadly in the windows. It wasn’t just the dogged joggers, leaping over the slumbering souls strewn about the sidewalk like human speed bumps. It was the sense that something even more terrible had settled over the entire city. Like the plastic coverings my Aunt used to wrap her best furniture in, there was a film between me and everything around me. But it wasn’t a protective film – it was more like a sheen. A greasy, invisible patina that coated everything and everyone, separating us from each other. It was enough to make a grown man weep.

But of course, I didn’t weep. Instead, I walked back to my hotel and took a hot shower. I’ve had many hot showers over the years, after many “dirty jobs,” in countless hotels and motels in every state, and I can tell you there are few things better than a hot shower when you really need one. But this shower was different. Somewhere between the rinsing and the repeating, and the handfuls of scented soap, and the rain forest shower head that doused me in a delightful downpour, I thought about those poor people living on the beach, sleeping in forts made of stained mattresses. I wondered if they would ever experience something similar? And as I wondered, I realized that the film was still on me, and that no amount of scrubbing would get it off. That too, was enough to make a grown man weep. Though again, I did not.

Instead, I toweled myself off, made some coffee, and checked my email. Two hundred new messages. Good grief. They would have to wait. I went to my favorite news sites, where I learned that the election was still contested, COVID was surging, and Joe Biden was promising to institute a national mask mandate on his first day in office. Then, with just a minute to spare, I logged onto my Zoom account and recorded another long-distance episode of Returning the Favor. You’ll see the episode later this month. It’s a good one. A couple of college kids in New Orleans, trying to save their city from the next hurricane. It gave me hope for the next generation. In fact, it nearly made me weep.

But I didn’t weep. Instead, I called an Uber, and headed to the airport to catch a flight back home. The driver had installed a shower curtain between the front and back seat – a literal shower curtain made of thick plastic with pink and blue ducks on it. He asked me if he could take my temperature before I got in.

“Sure,” I said. “Rectally or orally?”

He might have laughed, but it was hard to tell behind his mask. Either way, the laser beam that bounced of my head said I was fever-free, so we headed to LAX, where every counter agent stood behind a plastic partition, like a banker, and every traveler wore a mask. Some wore two. I saw one woman wearing protective goggles and rubber gloves, along with an N-95 and what appeared to be a welder’s shield that covered her entire face. I couldn’t tell if she was preparing for surgery or getting ready to pour a foundation. Either way, she wasn’t taking any chances.

From the moving sidewalk, I glided through the terminal and regarded my fellow travelers seated in the waiting areas, each with an empty seat between them. I was struck by the fact that all of them – and I mean every single one – were staring down at their screens. Hundreds of people, all searching for a connection – not with the people beside them – but with somebody else, someplace else. It made me sad, this new and heightened reliance on our screens. It made me wonder if the next lock down will drive us even further apart? It made me miss the days before smartphones, even as I glanced down to answer an urgent text from my office.

But I didn’t weep, Fran. Not even a sniffle. I just walked to my gate and stood at the window, watching the planes come and go. And as I watched, I thought of the Mayflower. Four hundred years ago, one hundred and two Pilgrims climbed aboard an eighty-foot boat and sailed three-thousand miles through violent seas to a place they’d never even seen, just so they could worship the God they believed in. Forty-five of them died along the way. Nearly half! But somehow, they endured. And thanks to them, we not only have a Thanksgiving to celebrate, we have a country to call home. I swear, it’s enough to make a grown man weep.

But I didn’t weep, Fran. I just considered my reflection in the window, as my plane taxied toward the gate. I was wearing my “Safety Third” mask, and the sight of it reminded me that life comes with zero guarantees. The possibility that my plane would actually arrive in San Francisco was something that no one could promise, and right there on the back of my ticket, in very fine print, that risk was made clear. No matter how many times the pilot tell me that “my safety was his top priority,” there was nothing he could do to guarantee my safe arrival in San Francisco. Nothing.

I wondered in that moment, how the Pilgrims felt when they boarded the Mayflower? I wondered if their Captain assured them that “their safety was his priority?” And then I wondered, what would they make of our reaction to this virus today? What would they think of our decision to lock down our houses of worship, along with everything else, in order to fight a disease that might wind up killing a fraction of a percentage of the population? A disease far less deadly than the plagues they dealt with every year?

Obviously, it’s not the kind of question I’d pose here, because doing so would almost certainly lead some to accuse me of “downplaying the dangers of COVID,” which would inspire others to compare COVID to a bad flu. Far be it from me to instigate a food fight between the extremes, but I will say this – somewhere between the “Safety Firsters” and “Covid-Hoaxers,” there’s got to be a sensible approach to living in a dangerous world that’s eventually going to kill us all. That approach, in my opinion, is “Safety Third,” a friendly alternative to “Safety First.”

“Safety Third” is not a call to take unnecessary risk, it’s just another way to say, “be careful out there, but not so careful that you’re unable to function.” It’s also a good-natured reminder that nothing worthwhile in the long history of our species has ever been accomplished by those who were unwilling to assume some degree of risk. (And perhaps, a not so gentle reminder to our elected officials, that the rules and regulations they would have us follow are a lot more persuasive when they follow them too.) I’m not arguing that guidelines and regulations aren’t effective and necessary – I’m just saying that extreme measures often come with a long list of unintended consequences, and these lock-downs are no exception. Here’s a report in Time, that claims over a hundred million people could starve as a direct result of the lock-down. https://bit.ly/35CjPqk

In the end, “Safety Third” evolved from Dirty Jobs as an attempt to remind my crew and myself that on the job, and in life, “safety” is never really “first,” and those who claim otherwise were probably selling something or running for office. “Safety Always,” was the far better bromide, but not as catchy as “Safety Third”, which is why you can find it today emblazoned upon my face. And yes, if you think I’m pointing this out in order to sell you a mask that both encapsulates my world view and raises money for my foundation, you are correct!

mikeroweWORKS has already raised well over $100,000 by selling these masks, and if you’d like to support my scholarship fund and comply with your local mask laws while still expressing your displeasure with anyone who argues that “your safety is their responsibility,” then this is the mask for you. If not, there are others to choose from, and all proceeds go to the mikeroweWORKS foundation. Pick the one that’s right for you, and wear them in good health. https://bit.ly/3mvxrt5 I dare say, the Pilgrims would have approved.

Mike

P.S. Back to your question, Fran. On the flight back home, I thought of my mom and dad, who are about to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this Wednesday. Alas, they will do so alone this year. In much the same way they will celebrate Thanksgiving.

I’m grateful they have each other, but I’m sad and sorry that I won’t be there with them. Honestly, it’s enough to make a grown man weep.

And so, I did…


See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

How Then Shall We Live?

I am not ignoring or trying to make light of the seriousness of the coronavirus. However, I sincerely don’t believe many of the mayors and governors in certain states are sincerely following the “science” by again shutting down small businesses, schools, and places of worship, enforcing curfews, cancelling major sporting events and other social gatherings, and mandating the wearing of masks EVERYWHERE except in our homes!

What the politicians in these states really seem to be doing is trying to control the actions and activities of people using fear and the threat of fines and jail time as their secret weapons to build a fully submissive society.

I believe most Americans are mature enough to use common sense and do the right things when dealing with the colds and flu bugs we face every year.

This isn’t the first time Americans have faced and survived a major crisis, and it probably won’t be the last!

The following article from C. S. Lewis was written in 1948 after the dawn of the atomic age.

I have replaced the words “atomic” and “bomb” in Lewis’ original writing with “COVID-19” and “coronavirus” to allow his words to speak to us in light of our current circumstances.

I have also inserted some bible verses, hopefully as a source of encouragement to those of us who put our trust in the Perfect Creator of the universe instead of our imperfect politicians.


Wise Words from C.S. Lewis in 1948

In one way we think a great deal too much of the coronavirus. “How are we to live in a COVID-19 age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the coronavirus was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics (and vaccines-my add); but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which is already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your Book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16 – NIV – my add)

A person’s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” (Job 14:5 – NIV – my add)

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by COVID-19, let that coronavirus when it comes find us doing sensible and human things — praying, working, (attending school in person-my add), teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, (attending church and social events-my add), chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about coronaviruses. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 – NKJV – my add) AMEN!


Daily Prayer: Lord, set us free from the fear and anxiety that reigns over our world, our culture, and in our own hearts right now. Help us to take our anxious thoughts captive and to put on the mind of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the One in whom we must ultimately trust! Help us to demonstrate that trust in our lives by living out the reality of a non-anxious presence in our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and most especially in our homes. We can only do this with Your help! As always, we are utterly dependent upon You to speak Your Peace over us and to calm our souls! May we be a walking display of the hope that lives within us through Your Son, Jesus Christ, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen!


Spread The Word

Just a heads up to all my Christian brothers and sisters.

I’ve been reading and actually enjoying The Pour Over – they summarize current events from a Christian perspective.

The tone is informal and emails are short, a great addition to my news intake.

You’ll get a welcome email after signing up to get a feel for it and can unsubscribe anytime if it’s not for you!

I hope you’ll check it out and share it with others if you find it to be a credible and valuable resource for staying informed about what’s happening, and focused on what matters.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Let’s Take A Walk Down Memory Lane!

Below, I’ve edited a FaceBook post from another source that I can totally relate to and couldn’t resist sharing with you!

Can you relate?

I tolerated the Obama-Biden Administration for 8 years and kept quiet.

Here is my issue with the whole, “let us all be a United States again” that we kept hearing in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign speeches when he wasn’t hiding in his bunker, which was most of the time!

For the last four years the Democrats have tried to obstruct everything President Trump did or tried to do, even when it clearly benefited the American people.

They have salted the fields and now they want to grow crops.

The problem is 72+ million of us have memories longer than a minute.

  • We remember the women’s march, along with the many outright vulgar speeches by Hollywood elites (vagina hats and all), the day after President Trump’s inauguration.
  • We remember the four years of attacks and impeachments.
  • We remember “not our President” and the “Resistance.”
  • We remember Maxine Waters telling followers to harass us in restaurants.
  • We remember the President’s spokesperson being kicked out of a restaurant.
  • We remember hundreds of Trump supporters physically attacked.
  • We remember Trump supporters getting Doxed, and fired from jobs.
  • We remember riots, looting, burnt buildings, and desicrated historic statues all in the name of racism, white supremacy, and social justice.
  • We remember a “comedian” holding up the President’s severed head.
  • We remember a play in Central Park paid for with public funding, showing the killing of President Trump.
  • We remember Robert de Niro yelling vulgar Trump profanities at the Tony Awards and getting a standing ovation.
  • We remember Nancy Pelosi disrespectfully and happily tearing up President Trump’s State of the Union Address on national television.
  • We remember Nancy Pelosi calling conservatives “enemies of the state.”
  • We remember mainstream media’s never-ending and ongoing fake news campaign to trash President Trump and everyone else who supports him.
  • We remember the non-stop and false fact-checking on our President and his supporters.
  • We remember the non-stop in-your-face lies and open cover-ups from the main stream media.
  • We remember the President and his staff being spied on, even before his inauguration.
  • We remember five Republican Senators shot on a ball field by a left-wing lunatic.
  • We remember every so-called “comedy show” turn into nothing more than Trump hate fests.
  • We remember 95% negative coverage in the news.
  • We remember many Democrat State Governors asking for and getting everything they said they needed to fight the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic and then blaming Trump for their problems.
  • We remember a Trump top aid verbally assaulted in two Washington, DC restaurants.
  • We remember that we were called every name in the book for supporting President Trump.
  • We remember that certain Hollywood elites said they would leave America after Trump was elected, but they stayed.
This list keeps growing practically everyday and feel free to add yours, but you get the idea.

My friends will still be my friends, but a political party and their fake news accomplices that hate President Trump more than they love America, and that have been on the attack for four long years and counting, do not get a free pass with me!


See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Are You An Eagle Or A Turkey?

It’s looking more and more like Joe Biden may become the next President of the United States of America.

With that in mind, there is some great wisdom below from Dan Miller of 48Days.com. Through a barnyard story, Miller provides  the best and simplest explanation for understanding how life in America will ultimately devolve when the Biden Administration begins implementing its socialist agendas.

I couldn’t agree more!


Must Read If You’re Tired Of COVID-19 Propaganda!

The Imprimis article below brings a whole new understanding, and a great deal of clarity, to the COVID-19 pandemic chaos that has at least half of the world living in fear of leaving their homes while the other half is trying to pick up the pieces of their wrecked lives and move forward the best they can!

I am not downplaying the severity of the coronavirus, however it’s also not a “one size fits all” disease. Medicine and common sense can and must work together to beat this pandemic.

It’s a longer post than most but you won’t be disappointed.

A Sensible and Compassionate Anti-COVID Strategy

Jay BhattacharyaJay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, where he received both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in economics. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and director of the Stanford Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging. A co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration, his research has been published in economics, statistics, legal, medical, public health, and health policy journals.


The following is adapted from a panel presentation on October 9, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, at a Hillsdale College Free Market Forum.

My goal today is, first, to present the facts about how deadly COVID-19 actually is; second, to present the facts about who is at risk from COVID; third, to present some facts about how deadly the widespread lockdowns have been; and fourth, to recommend a shift in public policy.

1. The COVID-19 Fatality Rate

In discussing the deadliness of COVID, we need to distinguish COVID cases from COVID infections. A lot of fear and confusion has resulted from failing to understand the difference.

We have heard much this year about the “case fatality rate” of COVID. In early March, the case fatality rate in the U.S. was roughly three percent—nearly three out of every hundred people who were identified as “cases” of COVID in early March died from it. Compare that to today, when the fatality rate of COVID is known to be less than one half of one percent.

In other words, when the World Health Organization said back in early March that three percent of people who get COVID die from it, they were wrong by at least one order of magnitude. The COVID fatality rate is much closer to 0.2 or 0.3 percent. The reason for the highly inaccurate early estimates is simple: in early March, we were not identifying most of the people who had been infected by COVID.

“Case fatality rate” is computed by dividing the number of deaths by the total number of confirmed cases. But to obtain an accurate COVID fatality rate, the number in the denominator should be the number of people who have been infected—the number of people who have actually had the disease—rather than the number of confirmed cases.

In March, only the small fraction of infected people who got sick and went to the hospital were identified as cases. But the majority of people who are infected by COVID have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. These people weren’t identified in the early days, which resulted in a highly misleading fatality rate. And that is what drove public policy. Even worse, it continues to sow fear and panic, because the perception of too many people about COVID is frozen in the misleading data from March.

So how do we get an accurate fatality rate? To use a technical term, we test for seroprevalence—in other words, we test to find out how many people have evidence in their bloodstream of having had COVID.

This is easy with some viruses. Anyone who has had chickenpox, for instance, still has that virus living in them—it stays in the body forever. COVID, on the other hand, like other coronaviruses, doesn’t stay in the body. Someone who is infected with COVID and then clears it will be immune from it, but it won’t still be living in them.

What we need to test for, then, are antibodies or other evidence that someone has had COVID. And even antibodies fade over time, so testing for them still results in an underestimate of total infections.

Seroprevalence is what I worked on in the early days of the epidemic. In April, I ran a series of studies, using antibody tests, to see how many people in California’s Santa Clara County, where I live, had been infected. At the time, there were about 1,000 COVID cases that had been identified in the county, but our antibody tests found that 50,000 people had been infected—i.e., there were 50 times more infections than identified cases. This was enormously important, because it meant that the fatality rate was not three percent, but closer to 0.2 percent; not three in 100, but two in 1,000.

When it came out, this Santa Clara study was controversial. But science is like that, and the way science tests controversial studies is to see if they can be replicated. And indeed, there are now 82 similar seroprevalence studies from around the world, and the median result of these 82 studies is a fatality rate of about 0.2 percent—exactly what we found in Santa Clara County.

In some places, of course, the fatality rate was higher: in New York City it was more like 0.5 percent. In other places it was lower: the rate in Idaho was 0.13 percent. What this variation shows is that the fatality rate is not simply a function of how deadly a virus is. It is also a function of who gets infected and of the quality of the health care system. In the early days of the virus, our health care systems managed COVID poorly. Part of this was due to ignorance: we pursued very aggressive treatments, for instance, such as the use of ventilators, that in retrospect might have been counterproductive. And part of it was due to negligence: in some places, we needlessly allowed a lot of people in nursing homes to get infected.

But the bottom line is that the COVID fatality rate is in the neighborhood of 0.2 percent.

2. Who Is at Risk?

The single most important fact about the COVID pandemic—in terms of deciding how to respond to it on both an individual and a governmental basis—is that it is not equally dangerous for everybody. This became clear very early on, but for some reason our public health messaging failed to get this fact out to the public.

It still seems to be a common perception that COVID is equally dangerous to everybody, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a thousand-fold difference between the mortality rate in older people, 70 and up, and the mortality rate in children. In some sense, this is a great blessing. If it was a disease that killed children preferentially, I for one would react very differently. But the fact is that for young children, this disease is less dangerous than the seasonal flu. This year, in the United States, more children have died from the seasonal flu than from COVID by a factor of two or three.

Whereas COVID is not deadly for children, for older people it is much more deadly than the seasonal flu. If you look at studies worldwide, the COVID fatality rate for people 70 and up is about four percent—four in 100 among those 70 and older, as opposed to two in 1,000 in the overall population.

Again, this huge difference between the danger of COVID to the young and the danger of COVID to the old is the most important fact about the virus. Yet it has not been sufficiently emphasized in public health messaging or taken into account by most policymakers.

3. Deadliness of the Lockdowns

The widespread lockdowns that have been adopted in response to COVID are unprecedented—lockdowns have never before been tried as a method of disease control. Nor were these lockdowns part of the original plan. The initial rationale for lockdowns was that slowing the spread of the disease would prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. It became clear before long that this was not a worry: in the U.S. and in most of the world, hospitals were never at risk of being overwhelmed. Yet the lockdowns were kept in place, and this is turning out to have deadly effects.

Those who dare to talk about the tremendous economic harms that have followed from the lockdowns are accused of heartlessness. Economic considerations are nothing compared to saving lives, they are told. So I’m not going to talk about the economic effects—I’m going to talk about the deadly effects on health, beginning with the fact that the U.N. has estimated that 130 million additional people will starve this year as a result of the economic damage resulting from the lockdowns.

In the last 20 years we’ve lifted one billion people worldwide out of poverty. This year we are reversing that progress to the extent—it bears repeating—that an estimated 130 million more people will starve.

Another result of the lockdowns is that people stopped bringing their children in for immunizations against diseases like diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and polio, because they had been led to fear COVID more than they feared these more deadly diseases. This wasn’t only true in the U.S. Eighty million children worldwide are now at risk of these diseases. We had made substantial progress in slowing them down, but now they are going to come back.

Large numbers of Americans, even though they had cancer and needed chemotherapy, didn’t come in for treatment because they were more afraid of COVID than cancer. Others have skipped recommended cancer screenings. We’re going to see a rise in cancer and cancer death rates as a consequence. Indeed, this is already starting to show up in the data. We’re also going to see a higher number of deaths from diabetes due to people missing their diabetic monitoring.

Mental health problems are in a way the most shocking thing. In June of this year, a CDC survey found that one in four young adults between 18 and 24 had seriously considered suicide. Human beings are not, after all, designed to live alone. We’re meant to be in company with one another. It is unsurprising that the lockdowns have had the psychological effects that they’ve had, especially among young adults and children, who have been denied much-needed socialization.

In effect, what we’ve been doing is requiring young people to bear the burden of controlling a disease from which they face little to no risk. This is entirely backward from the right approach.

4. Where to Go from Here

Last week I met with two other epidemiologists—Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University—in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The three of us come from very different disciplinary backgrounds and from very different parts of the political spectrum. Yet we had arrived at the same view—the view that the widespread lockdown policy has been a devastating public health mistake. In response, we wrote and issued the Great Barrington Declaration, which can be viewed—along with explanatory videos, answers to frequently asked questions, a list of co-signers, etc.—online at www.gbdeclaration.org.

The Declaration reads:

As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health—leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.

As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all—including the vulnerable—falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity—i.e., the point at which the rate of new infections is stable—and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.

The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.

Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sports, and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.

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I should say something in conclusion about the idea of herd immunity, which some people mischaracterize as a strategy of letting people die. First, herd immunity is not a strategy—it is a biological fact that applies to most infectious diseases. Even when we come up with a vaccine, we will be relying on herd immunity as an end-point for this epidemic. The vaccine will help, but herd immunity is what will bring it to an end. And second, our strategy is not to let people die, but to protect the vulnerable. We know the people who are vulnerable, and we know the people who are not vulnerable. To continue to act as if we do not know these things makes no sense.

My final point is about science. When scientists have spoken up against the lockdown policy, there has been enormous pushback: “You’re endangering lives.” Science cannot operate in an environment like that. I don’t know all the answers to COVID; no one does. Science ought to be able to clarify the answers. But science can’t do its job in an environment where anyone who challenges the status quo gets shut down or cancelled.

To date, the Great Barrington Declaration has been signed by over 43,000 medical and public health scientists and medical practitioners. The Declaration thus does not represent a fringe view within the scientific community. This is a central part of the scientific debate, and it belongs in the debate. Members of the general public can also sign the Declaration.

Together, I think we can get on the other side of this pandemic. But we have to fight back. We’re at a place where our civilization is at risk, where the bonds that unite us are at risk of being torn. We shouldn’t be afraid. We should respond to the COVID virus rationally: protect the vulnerable, treat the people who get infected compassionately, develop a vaccine. And while doing these things we should bring back the civilization that we had so that the cure does not end up being worse than the disease. 


So much wisdom and common sense here!

My wife and I proudly signed the Great Barrington Declaration and would like to encourage you and your circle of friends to do the same.

We must keep the heat on the politicians, scientists, and medical community who continue to use COVID-19 as a political tool to scare people into submission and advance their socialist agendas.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Election Consequences

The 7 points below were written by a wise lawyer-cousin of mine.

Well said cuz!


Corruption On Steroids!

1. The Democrats clearly gamed the voting processes in multiple states — without regard to whether they had actual authority to do so and without regard to the integrity of the ballot. If you think their primary motivation was to protect us from the coronavirus rather than partisan advantage, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

2. These changes (e.g. mass mail-in ballots, early voting, extension of the time to submit mailed out ballots (with or without matching signatures or postmarks), vote harvesting, potential undue influence in filling out non-secret ballots, potential filling out a ballot by a family member or third party, lack of chain of custody, etc.) facilitates the possibility of voter fraud, i.e. makes it easier. We will never know the extent of actual voting fraud and its materiality, however.

3. When I speak of integrity of the ballot that means deterring fraud and ensuring a secret ballot which is essential for preventing undue influence. In short, the Democrats are “selling” convenience by compromising ballot integrity. Sounds persuasive to an individual, but it’s not for our democracy.

4. In addition to facilitating fraud, these kinds of vote process changes were test run in California in 2018 and found to substantially increase Democrat votes. Some of that was just making voting easier for people who typically didn’t bother to vote (again with the trade off of weakening ballot integrity). Some of it was also what I will call quasi-fraud, e.g. “helping” someone fill out their ballot, selective vote harvesting, etc. If you lived in California in 2018 (as I did), what the Democrats were doing in 2020 was obvious — as were its implications. That is why for months now I have been highly doubtful that President Trump could ever overcome this partisan thumb on the scale in battleground states. Quite frankly, I found the fact that he almost won astounding for this reason alone.

5. Unless President Trump pulls a rabbit out of his hat in Arizona, Biden will have the electoral college majority based on reported vote totals — possibly by only 270-268, but it doesn’t really matter. Given the closeness of multiple states that Biden is winning, he would not have done so without the Democrats’ partisan gaming of the voting processes. Bottom line. Don’t kid yourself.

6. However, absent obvious and substantial evidence of discrete and material fraud that can be proved within maybe a few weeks, I don’t see a majority of the Supreme Court wanting anything to do with trying to “unring a Presidential election bell” — no matter how unfair, an abuse of power, partisan, potentially fraudulent, etc. these voting process changes may have been — or whether they were technically imposed without actual authority in some cases. This is not Bush v. Gore which dealt with recount processes.

7. Do I consider what the Democrats did “cheating” in a broad sense? Absolutely. Should the Republicans seek judicial relief? Sure. But that doesn’t mean that there is much chance of judicial relief. Nevertheless, it is obvious (to Republicans at least) what the Democrats did to “win” this election. What the Democrats did undermines our faith in our elections and our democracy. Their vote process shenanigans did great longer term harm to this country no matter whom you supported in this election.

Some post-election wisdom I can’t take credit for, but agree with wholeheartedly:

You Voted For Him. . .Now Own It!

All of you who voted for Joe Biden better own it for the next four years if he wins, and it’s looking very likely that he will.

I don’t want to hear you complain about your taxes going up or gas prices doubling. I don’t want you to complain when your health insurance costs go up even further than they already are.

Don’t complain when you bring home less in your paycheck because you’re being taxed to the max to pay for the Green New Deal (climate change, etc.).

Don’t complain when you lose your job because 11 million illegal immigrants suddenly become legal and your employer decides to hire someone at a lower wage. Don’t complain when your job is just out right eliminated because the minimum wage is too high and your employer can no longer afford to stay open or even pay you. Don’t complain when your automotive job is eliminated because it’s shipped back to China.

Don’t complain when interest rates double, maybe triple, and homes and automobiles aren’t as affordable as they used to be. Don’t complain when the stock market tanks  and your 401k plans take a huge hit.

Don’t complain when we are locked into more endless wars in the middle east.

Don’t complain when police forces are de-funded and your otherwise safe communities are overrun by crime and violence and start resembling Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, NYC, and the like.

Don’t complain when your children and grandchildren fall farther and farther behind in school due to mandated online learning caused by mythical coronavirus fears, verses in-class learning.

You obviously didn’t vote for your paycheck or your family’s future. You voted for your feelings! Unfortunately, facts don’t care about your feelings and sadly, you will soon learn this under a Biden/Harris administration.

JUST OWN IT!


More post-election wisdom I can’t take credit for, but agree with wholeheartedly:

Congratulations to all who voted for Biden/Harris. I hope you get all the “free” things you voted for.

I wish the best to all the small business, gun & land owners. When gas prices are soaring, taxes are high, you can’t afford the extras of life, look back and think how good the last four years were.

I can’t vote for anyone who believes in killing babies. You can hate Trump, but his policies helped this country.

Make sure you hug an oil worker today because they are worried sick about whether or not they’ll have a job next year. Do the same to our farmers, factory and steal workers because their jobs will be getting shipped back to China.

Make sure you tell a soldier thanks for serving our country and keeping us safe and free because our military will soon be downsized, again, just like Obama did!

I don’t care if you agree with me or not. I wish the best for America! I’ll stand for our flag and our National Anthem, and only kneel  at the cross until my last breath.

I wish peace not war, but when you tread on my property, threaten my family, and want to take my guns, you’ll have a fight. You can only rob and hurt people so much before they break.

Time will tell the truth about this election and I believe the final outcome will prove to be the wrong answer!

I will NOT argue, burn cities, loot, rob, steal, or hurt people just because my President didn’t win. I’ll go to work, go to church, pay my taxes, and continue to do my best to set a Godly example to my fellow Americans, shunning evil and clinging to all that is right and good. “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.” (Romans 12:17 – NIV) “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21 – NIV)


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