Is The “Great Tribulation” Coming Soon?

Last month, on Easter Sunday, we witnessed the horrific bombings of three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka by radical Muslim terrorists that killed over 250 Christian worshippers and wounded approximately 500 more!

And just this morning, in the West African town of Dablo in Burkina Faso, terrorists burned down a Catholic church during mass and murdered six people, including the priest!

Lately, here in America, we have also witnessed an escalation in the burning of Christian churches and the killing of Christians and Jews even as they worshipped in their churches and synagogues.

Some Food For Thought

The outrageous, but not surprising, persecution and blatant cold-blooded murder of Christians and Jews seems to be on the rise in every corner of the world today, including here in the U.S.A.!

In the Bible, Jesus’ prophecy makes it perfectly clear what has happened throughout the ages and seems to be escalating today. “. . . in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or Me.” (John 16:2-3)

Jesus goes on to prophesy about what the end times will look like:

“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

For then there will be great tribulation (my bold), such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” (Matthew 24:4-14, 21-22, 29-44)

In some corners of the world where people are currently facing horrible living conditions, starvation, deplorable health services and diseases, and religious and political persecution even to the point of death, you have to wonder if they aren’t already in the midst of experiencing their “great tribulation”?

So, how might the wealthiest most powerful nation in the world experience this “great tribulation”? What might it look like and what might possibly ignite such a catastrophic event?

To be clear, I have absolutely no idea what this “great tribulation” will look like in every corner of the world, no one does except God. I am not a prophet so the content below only reflects my thoughts, not predictions, on what it could look like here in America.

In light of all the news swirling around after the release of the Mueller Report on President Trump, and especially since he was found innocent of colluding with the Russians or obstructing justice to effect the outcome of his election, here is what I’ve been thinking about lately relative to biblical end-times prophecy:

I shudder to think what might happen if Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into who really planned and instigated the spying on the Trump campaign, and when it actually started, leads to the indictment and prosecution of Hillary and Bill Clinton, John and Tony Podesta, Paul Campetta, Judith Casper, Barack OBama, Joe Biden, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarret, James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Nellie and Bruce Ohr, Glenn Simpson, Christopher Steele, James Baker, Rod Rosenstein, Bob Mueller, Andrew Weissman and the rest of Mueller’s staff of left-leaning lawyers, all of whom tried to frame Donald Trump for crimes they themselves clearly have committed as the real facts are beginning to reveal. Then, some or all of the above individuals are found guilty and sentenced to major jail time.

If all of this were to happen, which I must admit seems next to impossible, how difficult would it be to imagine radical militant groups like ANTIFA and others once again being  quickly and systematically organized and paid to rise up and rain down death and destruction on anyone and anything that represents a threat to their ideology and the above individuals they have placed their faith in?

This kind of radical hateful behavior could lead to another civil war in America that would dwarf the death and destruction documented in the war between the North and South!

This time it could be a civil war between conservatives and liberals, between believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and unbelievers. The division between these groups seems to be getting wider and uglier by the day!

America, let us all wake up before it’s too late! We have got to stop hating and hurting each other just because we think differently, speak differently, favor different political parties, and have different religious beliefs.

Let us all commit, or recommit, to respecting and defending the wisdom and rights found in our amazing, one-of-a-kind, time-tested Constitution and our rule of law which insures that no one is above the law and that a person is innocent of any crime until proven guilty.

And, most importantly, if we all committed to live out God’s command to “. . . Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 12:31), it might go a long way to restoring broken relationships.

Lord, have mercy on our great nation You have so richly blessed since its founding, in spite of our sinful ways!

In closing, if you are seriously concerned about the direction America and our entire world is heading, and more importantly, if you are seriously concerned about where you personally will spend eternity after the “great tribulation” Jesus warns of, then the book I recently wrote, What IN the World Is Wrong With This World?/Are You Ready For the Truth? has some interesting and factual answers for you to consider.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!



A Little More Humor!

Well, my “spring break” lasted a little longer than I originally anticipated. However, for better or worse, I’m baaaack!

There is so much going on in the world today that needs to be addressed, however, rather than dive right into the serious stuff I thought I’d keep it on the light side with this post after a few weeks away.

For all of you who may have the responsibility of evaluating employee performance, or know someone who does, the evaluation below may be just what you’re looking for!

I found this on Dan Miller’s blog at ENJOY!

The Perfect Employee Evaluation

In response to your request for an evaluation of Bob:

1 Bob Smith, my assistant programmer, can always be found
2 hard at work in his cubicle. Bob works independently, without
3 wasting company time talking to colleagues. Bob never
4 thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always
5 finishes given assignments on time. Often he takes extended
6 measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping coffee
7 breaks. Bob is a dedicated individual who has absolutely no
8 vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound
9 knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Bob can be
10 classed as a high-caliber employee, the type which cannot be
11 dispensed with. Consequently, I duly recommend that Bob be
12 promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be
13 executed as soon as possible.

5 minutes later -Addendum:
That idiot was looking over my shoulder while I wrote the report sent to you earlier. Kindly re-read only the odd numbered lines (1, 3, 5, etc.) for my true assessment of his ability.

Project Leader

Short and sweet this week. Feel free to share.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

More Humor-Through the Eyes of a Child!

So the story goes: A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible.

Whether or not you know many of the historical accounts found in the Bible, you may find this child’s book report interesting to say the least!

This child’s report may even prompt you to pick up a Bible and read the real accounts for yourself. It will make the version below all the funnier!

The Children’s Bible in a Nutshell

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, ‘The Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that.

Anyway, God said, ‘Give me a light!’ and someone did. Then God made the world.

He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren’t embarrassed because mirrors hadn’t been invented yet.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden. Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn’t have cars.

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.

Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.

One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would
have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of  Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh’s people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice,
bowels, and no cable.

God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don’t lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your
neighbor’s stuff.

Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother.

One of Moses’ best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn’t sound very wise to me.

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets.  One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don’t have to worry about them.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New. He was born in  Bethlehem in a barn.

(I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, ‘Close the door! Were you born in a barn?’ It would be nice to say, ‘As a matter of fact, I was.’)

During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees.

Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.

Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount.

Then all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn’t stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

I must say, that is quite a condensed version of the Bible!

I hope you’ll take time to read the real one, and I should warn you, it will take quite a bit longer than this version but it will be well worth your time to do so!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Time For Some Humor!

Having spent the last few weeks opining about all the craziness going on in our political arena, I felt it was time to take a deep breath and find some humor to lighten my heavy heart! I hope it will lighten your heart and spirit as well.

Shown below is an actual letter that an 86 year old woman sent to her bank. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times.


“Dear Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month.  By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it.

I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways.  I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, prerecorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.

From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate. Be aware that it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.

Please find attached an Application Contract which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative.

Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be  accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Let me level the playing field even further.   When you call me, press buttons as follows:


#1. To make an appointment to see me

#2. To query a missing payment.

#3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

#4 To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping

#5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

#6.. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home

#7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact mentioned earlier.

#8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.

#9. To make a general complaint or inquiry. The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.

#10. This is a second reminder to press * for English. While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

Your Humble Client.

Remember: This was written by an  86 year old woman. And remember: Don’t make old people mad. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to set us off.”

Now that was one creative and determined “seasoned” citizen!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

“GARBAGE” – The Way Some Feel About The U.S.A.

Fact Or Fiction!

Referring to her Green New Deal last week during an appearance at the South By Southwest Conference & Festivals, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was applauded for saying, “I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are, but where we are is not a good thing. And this idea of like, ten percent better than garbage, it shouldn’t be what we settle for.”

How could anyone living in the United States, past or present, call it “garbage”? If it’s that bad, why are so many still walking hundreds, even thousands of miles, to get here?

Maybe miss Ocasio-Cortez and her friends ought to trade places with some of the families fleeing the oppression of a socialistic/communistic country for a year or so and then come back and tell us how great it is.

There’s got to be a hidden agenda for these people like Ocasio-Cortez to be making and agreeing with such outlandish comments. And you surely must realize there is a hidden agenda!

So far, every Democrat (Socialist) running for the 2020 Presidential election has gone on record supporting Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.

It sounds like “utopia” in a bottle just waiting to be uncorked and poured out like an elixir able to solve all of the problems that are destroying America as we know it today!

The truth is, you haven’t begun to see destruction of a country until you let socialism, and it’s big brother communism, gain control!

Below is a great insightful article exposing another piece of the Green New Deal for what it really is.

The Green New Plan Is Irresponsible

By |February 26th, 2019

Developing nations need abundant, scalable, reliable, affordable, and flexible energy. The Green New Plan (GNP) being proposed by New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) for intermittent renewable electricity, is most likely unaffordable even for “rich” nations, is an irresponsible plan to run every economic platform across the globe. Many of the world’s inhabitants survive in deplorable economic and living conditions where the GNP cannot work.

Infrastructure projects in the U.S. are not controlled by the Federal Government, nor State Governments, nor Local Governments. They are under total control of organizations such as NIMBY, BANANA, SOBBY, NAMBI, and NIABY. Thus, the GNP idea for a “super grid” to distribute intermittent electricity is a stupid idea that has no chance of ever happening.

For those not familiar with the various acronyms for organizations that put up opposition to proposed developments in their local area and initiate a herd of lawsuits to stop or delay projects for eternity, here they are:

  • NIMBY – “Not In My Back Yard

  • BANANA – “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything”

  • SOBBY – “Some Other Bugger’s Back Yard”

  • NAMBI – “Not Against My Business or Industry”

  • NIABY – “Not In Anyone’s Backyard”

The ensuing lawsuits from the above powerful organizations present significant infrastructure hurdles even for worthwhile projects, and insurmountable hurdles for bogus projects as they rightfully target pork barrel projects from progressing.

Further, any “super grid” will be unable to support the two prime movers that have done more for the cause of globalization than any other: the diesel engine and the jet turbine. Both get their fuels from oil. Without transportation – there is no commerce.

Road and air travel dominate most people’s lives in industrialized countries and emerging markets. Airlines are conducting more than 100,000 flights a day around the world. Commercial aviation, with 23,000 commercial airplanes worldwide that has been accommodating 4 billion passengers annually. Cruise liners, each of which consumes 80,000 gallons of fuel daily, have been accommodating more than 25 million passengers annually worldwide.

Electricity alone, especially intermittent electricity from renewables, has not, and will not, run the economies around the world, as electricity alone is unable to support the energy demands of the military, airlines, cruise ships, supertankers, container shipping, trucking infrastructures, and our space program. Without transportation – there is no commerce – since globalized road and air travel dominate most people’s lives.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) now pays Russia to Uber our astronauts & scientists to and from the International Space Station. The intermittent electricity from wind, solar, or from batteries and storage units made from exotic materials like cobalt and lithium CANNOT supply the thousands of products from petroleum that are demanded by every transportation infrastructure, electricity generation, medications, cooling, heating, manufacturing, agriculture, and virtually all the products that are the basis of everyone’s standard of living across the globe have led to reduced infant mortality, extended lifespans, and allowed the movement of goods and people anywhere in the world.

Land requirements for wind and solar are huge compared to the land area needed for electricity from zero emission nuclear. To generate the same electricity, wind needs almost 100 times the land area and solar requires 8 times the area of a nuclear plant. To make matters worse, the renewable sites will need wind and sun which is mostly not available continuously and uninterruptable around the country.

Having a “super grid” for supplying intermittent electricity, as proposed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her Green New Plan, is a socially and economically irresponsible idea.

Please pass this information on to everyone you know who cares about saving America from falling into the hands of the socialist/communist leaders many have wittingly or unwittingly been elected to the highest offices in our nation!

May God continue to extend His gracious hand on the U.S.A. and continue to bless this great nation in spite of those living and prospering here who choose to call it “garbage”!

Instead of cursing Ocasio-Cortez and her followers, let us begin to pray that the Sovereign God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who created the universe and all that is in it and on it, will change their hearts and minds and help them see and receive the amazing Light of His Son, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Selling Their Souls To The Devil!

By now you may have already seen this on Facebook or on Fox News if you tune in there but if you watch any of the other news channels you probably missed it!

Sadly, many of our liberal political leaders have not only lost their minds, they have also sold their souls to the devil, and they don’t even realize it! God help them!

On Monday, February 25th, the United States Senate voted on an anti-infanticide bill introduced by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The legislation needed 60 votes to pass, and it failed by a vote of 53 in favor and 44 against.  The bill stated that “if an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.”


Every Democratic Senator, including Democratic presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren, along with Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, voted against this common-sense bill. Democrats Doug Jones, Joe Manchin, and Bob Casey Jr. voted in favor of the bill. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) did not vote on the bill due to transportation issues.

Let’s be perfectly clear here folks; everyone of these Democratic Senators have gone on public record admitting they don’t mind the execution of babies after they are born alive! This is pure barbarism with no regrets!

If that isn’t alarming enough, at least eight of these Senators want to be our next President in 2020. If murdering babies outside the womb is okay with these cold-hearted politicians, what’s next?

If infanticide is okay with these politicians today, how long will it take for them to  legalize genocide and/or euthanasia? What about if you’re viewed by these liberal elites as just too old to be useful to society anymore?

And the majority House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has the audacity to say on national television that she and her fellow Democrats are doing the Lord’s work! WHAAAT!

I have no clue how ANYONE in their right mind could vote for any of these individuals who want to make it legal for mothers and their doctors to decide who lives and who dies! That’s God’s business, and His alone!

In their Green New Deal, which will become their party platform in 2020, these socialists/communists are already telling us what kind of cars we’ll be allowed to drive, what foods we’ll have to eat and not eat, how much energy for heating, cooling and lighting we’ll be allowed to consume, what kinds of jobs we’ll have based on national needs, whether or not we’ll be allowed to even have children, and so much more bunk based on the notion they know what’s best for us peasants!

The 2020 elections are still a long way off but if this stuff isn’t a wake up call for every open-minded concerned citizen, then I surely don’t know what else it’s going to take!

WAKE UP AMERICA! We are in a battle for the soul of our nation! A nation founded on the Judeo-Christian principles that made us the greatest, strongest, and most generous country the world has ever known. A land of the free and home of the brave!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

The Future Of America???

If I’m not mistaken, and please correct me if I’m wrong, every Democrat who has announced their intentions to run for President in 2020 is talking like a socialist or, worse yet, a closet communist! You certainly don’t have to take my word for it though.  Just take some time to listen to what they believe and how they want to change things for the “good of the people”!

Of course you won’t hear any of them admit to being a communist but you will hear many of them now admit to being a socialist. However, you will hear all of them use the word “progressive” to describe themselves and their agendas. “Progressive” is just a nice friendly non-threatening word for socialist or communist.

If this band of radicals weren’t so serious about their socialist/communist ideas it would either be absolutely hilarious or something out of your worst nightmare! Personally, I’m not laughing anymore!

I have included the article below written by Robert B. Charles to give you some food for thought. Even though Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is too young to run for President right now she has become the new face and darling of the Democratic Socialists of America, formerly know as the Democratic Party.

Robert B. Charles was an Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former US Court of Appeals Clerk for Judge Robert Beezer, taught at the Harvard University Extension School, and currently leads a consulting group in Washington, DC.

Total Backfire – AOC, Amazon and the Socialist Disaster

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez death panels socialism green

Boy-oh-boy!  If you wanted to see socialism backfire before your eyes – proof that anti-capitalist sentiment leads no place good – I think we just saw it.  In one of the oddest chapters in recent American politics, an avowed socialist and Democrat congresswoman, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, just spiked 25,000 to 50,000 jobs and tens of billions of dollars of revenue for New York City.   She single-handedly vaporized one of the most sought-after economic opportunities in a decade – with strident, ill-informed, and ill-timed words.

That’s right, first Amazon canvased the country, creating an open and competitive process (that is how capitalism works) among dozens of hopeful US cities – for the second of two big headquarters.  The promises made by this high-octane engine of American innovation, revenue and prosperity were large – but the Amazon track record for fulfilling such promises is also large.

So highly competed was this opportunity for upward mobility that 238 cities entered the competition.  When the  field was thinned to 20, those standing included Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County MD, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia Raleigh, Washington DC, and even Toronto.

With a long-awaited drumroll, New York City then won.  The stakes were high and The Big Apple was understandably ecstatic.  Then, like some nightmare, the November 2018 elections occurred – and Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who styles herself a force of nature, shot off her mouth.  She and a handful of leftist Democrats lambasted the company, Amazon.

As if she did not understand basic economics, or power of government incentives and infrastructure to leverage growth for jobs to pay for food, homes, children and wealth creation, she attacked the company – for lining up three billion dollars in tax incentives.  These incentives would have bought teachers, infrastructure, construction and jobs that she claimed to want – but she let her leftist vitriol fly:  Socialism over capitalism, personal ambition over people’s lives, jobs and growth.

In one fell swoop, she killed the Amazon project, upending years of preparation and destroying the hopes of hundreds of thousands of workers and businesses in fellow-Democrat Carolyn Maloney’s (D-NY) district.  This self-impressed 29-year-old socialist triggered a straight-forward response:  If you don’t want our efforts, innovation, growth, jobs and revenue, we are out of here.  Amazon is gone.

And there we have it.  Personal ambition and aggrandizement delivered a socialist outcome – an economic dead-end street.   Congresswoman Maloney was stunned, along with thousands of New Yorkers.  The dumbfounded New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, last Sunday, decried the outcome.  The proud-as-a-peacock Socialist, with no life experience, depth in history or economics, was apparently pleased to have triumphed over the American spirit of life, liberty, free markets and capitalist economics.

The actual news account:  “Ocasio-Cortez was wrong to have claimed the collapse of the Amazon deal would free up $3 billion to fix the city’s subways and hire more teachers.”  As New York’s stunned and glum Mayor explained to the prophet: “The three billion dollars would go back in tax incentives, only after we were getting jobs and … revenue [from the company]… There’s not three billion in money … there’s no money” – until capitalists make it.

And that is the socialist fallacy in a nutshell.  If you do not make any wealth, there is no wealth to tax and redistribute.  If you kill creators of wealth, you bankrupt the system – ala Venezuela and the former Soviet Union.

In the former Soviet Union, citizens indoctrinated to be good socialists would sometimes discover a community member had purchased a cow.  What did they do?  For the sake of assuring socialist equality, they would kill the cow – rather than ask how they might all get cows.

And so, well done “AOC.”  Truth is simple:  Socialism backfires, always does.  The New York Democrat just did us a favor, demonstrating how socialism kills jobs, destroys businesses, impoverishes lives, and under-cuts everything from privately-inspired infrastructure and education to basic human self-worth and prosperity.  These come from giving hard-working people jobs, just an honest day’s work and pay.  Socialists are – collectively and individually – a piece of work.  Socialism is about bringing people down, as they just did to tens of thousands of New Yorkers.  But we also got an invaluable lesson:  Socialism fails, and always will.  Thank you Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.

The example above is just a small sampling of where America is headed if any of the Democrats/Socialists running for President in 2020 get elected! You can check out what will become their party platform HERE.

By the grace of God, may it never be!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

What The World Needs Now . . . Is More Wisdom!

I originally posted the content below in January 2018. It was my very first post!

I intended to re-post it at the start of 2019 to kick off the new year as a fresh reminder to everyone but where did January go?!

So here it is a little late. ENJOY!

Daily Wisdom For 2019

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 to read and meditate on these daily nuggets of wisdom each week and committing to live by them. 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 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.

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.

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What You Need To Know About The Democratic Socialists Of America!

SOCIALISM: The promise of Utopia for all?

I never thought I’d see it here in the greatest country that has ever existed since the beginning of time, but it has finally happened!

The socialists and communists living here in America, and unfortunately some holding powerful Congressional positions in our government, have all come out of the closet! They are no longer hiding their intentions of where they want to drive our nation.

And, God forbid, if they ever gain control they will drive America as we know it today into total ruin and mass chaos!

Danielle Kurtzleben is a political reporter assigned to NPR’s Washington Desk. Here is what her research exposed about the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in an article she wrote on July 26, 2018:

“But for all of its recent growth, socialism is still an idea with a lot of Cold War-era baggage for a lot of Americans. Still, the group has gained new prominence with New York Democrat — and DSA member — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent congressional primary win.

What DSA Members Believe

Here’s how one socialist sums up his beliefs:

‘I think we just need to realize that the end goal is, ultimately, like social control of the means of production,’ said Joe Cernelli, a founding member of that West Virginia DSA chapter. ‘You know we don’t just want to improve capitalism, we will ultimately want to get rid of it.’

That’s not just his idea; the DSA views capitalism as an oppressive system — ‘We see it as fundamentally undemocratic,’ as DSA National Director Maria Svart put it. Here’s how she sums up what the group wants:

‘When it comes right down to it, we believe people need to be able to live a dignified life. I mean, there are certain things that should not be left up to the market,’ she said.

Removing some parts of the economy from the forces of the free market, for example. In other words, socialism.

‘Let’s say you were negotiating at a bargaining table with workers in a bakery, and the workers said, “Look, we want more than a quarter of the bread; we want half of the bread, or we want two-thirds of the bread,” ‘ she said. ‘The socialist would say, “Actually, we want the bakery. We want to control it all, for all of our benefit.” ‘

It’s easy to focus on the “socialist” part here, but the word “democratic” is also a part of the group’s name, and members often stress that part of their ideology. They say putting workers in charge of businesses, for example, necessarily makes those businesses more democratic.”

The real truth is the DSA have included the word “democratic” to soften their name and deceive folks into thinking socialism can’t be all that bad, it’s just our current form of government with a twist!

I’m guessing that most Americans today believe our system of government is a democracy yet don’t even know what that really means! It’s the only word everyone uses to describe America’s form of government and it’s flat out wrong!

A “democracy” is government by majority or mob rule. The majority can impose its will on the minority (i.e. socialism/communism). The U.S.A. is not a democracy, thank God!

 The U.S.A. is a Constitutional Republic. We are governed by the rule of law. Our  elected representatives (Senate and House of Representatives) are bound by oath to the written governing limits (i.e. our constitution) yet vote together and create laws to address the concerns of the represented.

Kurtzleben continues, “But beyond that, the group advocates for some pretty revolutionary changes to democracy, like abolishing the Senate. (HELLO!) The DSA calls it “extremely unrepresentative” for the way it gives both tiny and huge states alike two senators each — the group would like to replace it with a more representative body. (That’s why the House of Representatives exists. Obviously, these socialists have no clue why these two chambers exist, and more importantly, what their unique responsibilities are!)

The country — and the attitudes of most American voters — are pretty far from this vision, though, so the DSA is willing to pursue policies that fall short of its ultimate goals. Health care is one example — the group backs “Medicare for All” — where the government provides health insurance, but the private sector supplies the doctors and hospitals. But many DSA members would prefer a system where the government employs the doctors themselves. (Government always knows best!) NOT!

The most prominent champion of “Medicare for All” is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. While Sanders considers himself a democratic socialist, he is not a DSA member, and his views don’t fully align with the DSA. That’s true of members like Cernelli, as well.

‘I think we could do better than Bernie, but I think it was definitely a good start,’ he said. ‘There are some policies that I think he’s been a little too soft on, a little too Democrat for me.’ (Hello communism!)

And this gets at something important about the DSA: while the DSA has its stated goals, there’s no orthodoxy members have to follow.

‘I’d say one of its strengths is that it’s a big tent — at least on the left,’ said Maurice Isserman, a professor of history at Hamilton College and a charter member of the DSA. ‘People come in describing themselves as libertarian socialists or social democrats or anarchists or whatever you know as long as they subscribe to the basic tenets of the organization they can maintain their own political identity within it.’

And likewise, Svart says, the group sees Sanders as an “ally” while also wanting to go further than he does on many areas.

It can be really hard to nail down what, exactly, the DSA wants, just by talking to members. There are regional chapters nationwide, each with different priorities, and those chapters have members with different socialist ideas.

What Policies They Support

Beyond that unifying ideology, the group doesn’t have a platform that lays out a comprehensive list of positions on a range of topics. (They do now! See Green New Deal below)

However, the group does have three major current campaigns it has agreed upon: “Medicare for All,” strengthening unions, and electing Democratic Socialists.

“Medicare for All”: This is a term getting thrown around among progressives these days. The basic idea is to take Medicare, which is in part free and in part subsidized for seniors, and give it to everyone else, too. (WONDERFUL!)

‘We don’t want something that’s a half measure,’ Svart explained. ‘We want to get private industry totally out of the system. We just want to make sure everybody’s in. Everybody gets health care.’

This isn’t an entirely new idea. In fact, Bernie Sanders talked about it a lot in his presidential campaign. And he got attacked for how much it could cost — by one estimate, $32 trillion over 10 years.

Strengthening unions: Svart explained that this involves helping out workers who are organizing or negotiating.

‘What that looks like is we show up on picket lines when workers are trying to form a union or negotiate a contract,’ she said. ‘If their unions are kind of sitting with their head in the sand and they’re not really being effective at organizing their co-workers, we support members organizing their co-workers.’

But once again, these are examples of the group’s willingness to accept incremental steps on the way to its bigger, much more radical goals.

For example, take the DSA’s focus on strengthening unions. The group is helping workers organize now, but it’s ultimately in favor of worker-run cooperatives in many industries, as well as putting workers on corporate boards.

How They Fit Into American Politics

Even with only a handful of primary victories for the group’s candidates, as well as 45,000 members — a tiny number in the grand scheme of American politics — the group’s new visibility is a big deal, Isserman says.

‘This is the most important moment in DSA’s history,’ he said.

‘Thanks to the economic downturn of 2008, which turned the millennial generation in a significant way to the left, it made them much more open to the idea of socialism (YAHOO! Freebies for everyone!),’ Isserman explained.

On top of that, he added, movements like Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street acquainted young Americans with organizing, making them more open to a group like DSA, with its ambitious agenda. And Bernie Sanders, despite not being a DSA member, claimed the label of “democratic socialist,” helping the group gain visibility as well.

‘There are a couple of issues that I think will be interesting tells as indicators to what sort of impact they may have,’ said Mo Elleithee, former communications director for the Democratic National Committee. ‘The most recent one is eliminating ICE.’

Ocasio-Cortez championed the idea of eliminating the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and some Democratic lawmakers have picked it up. That could be one growing sign of DSA clout.

Then again, though, it could be easy to mistake the group’s newfound visibility for political power.

He recognizes that the post-2016 Democratic Party has been moving left, on policies like “Medicare for All” and job guarantees. But Elleithee says that’s not evidence that socialists caused the shift among Democrats

‘Maybe that’s the distinction,’ he said. ‘There’s a progressive (read “socialist”) wing of the party that I think is having an impact and is helping to frame the debate.’

In other words, it’s not that a more popular DSA — or even socialists more broadly — is pulling the party left, it’s that leftward-moving Democrats (read “socialists”) are making the group more popular.

Still, a lot of the group’s policies — even if they are gaining more adherents — face an uphill battle (a battle we freedom-loving constitutionalists must never lose!). Because of potential cost and also just the radical changes involved, DSA ideas are often criticized as economically and politically unrealistic.

For a voter who thinks the Democratic Party is balking too much, swinging for the fences just seems like the best option.”

Here is a summary of the resolution Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez submitted to the House of Representatives for the creation of a Green New Deal.

God help us, and may God continue to bless the United States of America as it was founded, a Constitutional Republic of the people, for the people, and by the people!

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Divided We WILL Fall, So Help Us God!

Someone once said, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!” It’s my personal opinion that too many people living in America today are doing just that, “falling for anything” that sounds too good to be true!

So, I’m taking my stand here today for the God-given inalienable rights our Constitution guarantees us. Among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in this great experiment our Founding Fathers and Mothers fought and died for called The United States of America!

There is no question that illegal immigration is still a major issue in our nation that is certainly contributing to the division we see in America today.

However, in my opinion, two additional BIG issues seem to be rocking our nation right now and also seem to be dividing Americans, even more than we are already divided, along moral and political lines; abortion and the move by many liberals and Democrats who want to also drive the U.S.A. into socialism, as a Godless nation!

Abortion (Murder & Infanticide)

Can anyone with half of a beating compassionate heart seriously look at the picture above and legitimately be convinced this is not a baby, a human being?

Abortion lovers use the word fetus because it masks the reality of this life and makes it an impersonal event. They want us to believe this baby is not a living, breathing, growing human being but just a glob of tissue, a disease, that’s okay to be done away with if the mother so chooses. No big deal!

Since the “Politically Correct” crowd likes to tell us what words we can and can’t use these days, I’d like to suggest a response.

I would like to propose legislation that does away with the word “fetus” everywhere it’s used, especially in the medical community, and replace it with “baby”, “infant”, or “human being”.

I’d also like to propose legislation that does away with the word “abortion” everywhere it’s used, and replace it with “murder” or “infanticide”, which ever is appropriate at the time of death.

Today, as we speak, there are state legislators in a small but growing number of states who are proposing legislation that would make it legal to allow babies to be murdered up to and including their day of birth, and in some cases like in Virginia, even after the baby is born!!!

That proposed legislation is no more despicable and gruesome than this one! Is this really what America is coming to? A cold-hearted Godless society? May God have mercy on our nation!

We who disagree must begin to make our voices heard as loudly as the other side.

By now, I’m sure some of you may be thinking, “What and who gives me the right to rename this legalized procedure called abortion, murder and infanticide?”

My answer is simple. As a Christian, I believe the Holy Bible is the only absolute truth that exists now and forever. God’s sixth commandment says, “Thou shalt not murder”. He said it, that settles it!

Socialism (A Godless Government)

French sociologist and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) traveled to the United States in 1831 to study its prisons and returned with a wealth of broader observations that he codified in Democracy in America (1835), one of the most influential books of the 19th century. With its forceful observations on equality and individualism, Tocqueville’s work remains a valuable explanation of America to Europeans and of Americans to themselves.

de Tocqueville wrote in Political Consequences of the Social State of the Anglo-Americans saying: “But one also finds in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to want to bring the strong down to their level, and which reduces men to preferring equality in servitude to inequality in freedom.”

This quote by de Tocqueville starts to get at the heart of socialism, and ultimately communism. The “weak-minded” in our society , especially younger generations who haven’t been properly taught our American history, are being convinced that the rich are evil and need to be forced to part with their hard-earned wealth and “share” it with those who have less so everyone can achieve equality and live happily ever after!

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way and never has since time began! If it did, we wouldn’t see caravans of people fleeing from Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, etc. Ask people living in Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, all other Arab and Muslim nations, as well as every other socialist and communist country around the world how great they have it.

In his book, The Naked Socialist, Paul Skousen notes, centuries ago “Shang Yang in China was teaching a doctrine of how to make millions of working peasants mentally weak so they could be ruled with greater ease.”

Skousen goes on to say, “History has noted that after the socialists finally got control in their countries and took charge, their leaders had to kill at least 130 million people to establish their socialist forms of government. After America broke free from England, how many did its leaders kill to establish its form of government, its Constitutional Republic? None!

The only outcome that emerges from their abstract dream of ‘imagine all the people living for today’ is the consolidation of power into the leaders, the creation of an upper class of elitists, the coordination of rulers who reap with force a rich harvest from the labors of the powerless masses, all in the name of fairness.

Socialists have just one main goal: putting themselves in charge. There are two ways they achieve this. The first is to quickly wipe out an existing culture with a revolution or a civil war.

The second is by convincing the people to vote away protected rights, or at least refuse to challenge the loss of a right. From that process, those who claim to know best ultimately take final control.

Either way, the end goal of socialism remains the same: control.”

Skousen sums it up, “Those who don’t understand socialism will always fall for it!”

As broken as our current immigration policies are, if we had none (open borders, no walls), the whole world would be flocking to America for their piece of the “American Dream!”

I had the opportunity to experience life inside a communist country in 1984. Our oldest daughter and I went to Romania for two weeks with my mom and dad to visit his side of the family.

Under communist rule, the entire country was on a rationed system of goods and services. Everything they consumed was rationed on a monthly basis. From food, to gasoline, to electricity, to health care. Once your monthly allotment was used up, you were shut off from additional services until the next month’s allotment was made available. Equality for all!

In Bucharest, the capital of Romania, we stood in a long line to buy a loaf of bread. In another line we waited our turn to buy some meat. The meat vendor had a big slab of beef he was cutting right there as we waited. When our turn came, it didn’t matter what cut of meat we wanted, the vendor just cut off the piece that was next and  we had to take it or leave it! Once again, equality for all!

My dad bought a bunch of bananas at another vendor. When my aunt saw how many he bought, she was upset because she didn’t want him to spend that much. Although it was no big deal for my dad to afford those bananas, he said it would have taken a week’s worth of pay for my aunt to buy them!

We went shopping in one of the “big” department stores only to find most of the shelves empty! Apparently, it didn’t make much sense to stock shelves with products people couldn’t come close to affording.

One of my cousins, who was a doctor in Bucharest, admitted she made $5000 per year! You see, when everything is rationed or freely given by the government, they also feel they have the right to control the amount of money you can earn. Why do you need a whole lot of extra money in your pocket when they are taking such good care of you with all the freebies?!

The Romanian government, under Nicolae Ceaușescu, controlled everything! In 1989 the Romanian people, and even the Romanian army, finally had enough of Ceaușescu’s tyrannical rule and rebelled against him. He and his wife were arrested, quickly put on trial and immediately executed by firing squad.

Is this really what we want for the future of America? I pray not!

This is what happens in a corrupt Godless society where the rights of the masses have been stripped away by those they have allowed to rule over them with an iron fist! Weak-minded people are lied to and duped into believing their leaders have their best interests at heart, that they will protect them and provide all their needs. Nothing can be further from the truth!

The plain truth is, socialism and communism fail the people everywhere and every time it is tried!

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (and women) do nothing.” – Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

If you care about the direction our country is heading, and more importantly, if you care about where you will spend eternity, then  What IN The World Is Wrong With This World is a must read to help you sort out facts from fiction.

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

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