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Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Tragically Stupid


No group is more reactionary towards President Trump than American black folks—The media has fought like tigers to make it so. They are particularly adept at twisting Mr. Trump’s ham-fisted way of communicating to remove all context, painting him a bigot. American black folks have been carefully weaned on a diet of rejecting conservatism and Republicans in general—None more so than Mr. Trump. This is so despite the fact Black folks are by nature very conservative.

The narrative advanced by the left and the leftwing dominated mainstream media, really anyone in opposition to President Trump, is he is easily influenced—The last person who speaks to him on a subject, is a predictor of the way he will go on an issue. This in fact may be true. If so and you have an agenda you want advanced, wouldn’t it make good sense to desire being in a position to bend his ear?

Progressivism as it has grown in the United States is a disease first infecting the idle and moneyed within society—the so-called “Parlor Pinks.” Folks sold on the idea of their native superiority, bent on controlling the masses. They spread their virulent philosophies, exposing any they can manipulate by stoking the red hot coals of “Social Injustice” and victimhood.

Once infected, the new carriers become immune to reason—feelings take primacy over rationale and nothing ever really changes—which is precisely what their enlightened handlers want, a constituency of victims with whom to offer ethereal largesse in exchange for power...forever.

A prime example of this is the modern professional athlete. One fellow makes an empty gesture, kneeling on the field before a football game during the national anthem—What the NFL has to do with perceived heightened police violence against blacks is elusive. Nevertheless and without regard for a clearly stated agenda behind the action, the media anoints him a conscious and brave hero and others soon follow suit.

The progressives promote such actions because they are hollow and it keeps the very rich and influential athletes from the truly screwy idea of putting their resources to actual good use on the ground. The sort of work true heroes like Hall of Fame Football star Jim Brown has been engaged in for decades. Literally yanking young men out of gang life in California and other areas.

In 2016, Jim Brown along with fellow gridiron legend Ray Lewis, Rapper Kanye West and Pastor Darrell Scott met with President Elect Trump at his election headquarters to discuss ways his impending administration could address issues important to the black community. Mr. Brown said regarding the meeting:

“We couldn’t have had a better meeting.” He continued: “The graciousness, the intelligence, the reception we got was fantastic. He’s amenable to listening to people who didn’t vote for him.”

Mr. Lewis stated: “black or white is irrelevant” when trying to help people out of poverty and improve people’s lot. “Urban development and job creation are everything,” Lewis said. “What we believe with the Trump administration is if we can combine these two powers of coming together – forget black or white. Black or white is irrelevant. The bottom line is job creation and economic development in these urban areas to change the whole scheme of what our kids see.”

Mr. Brown went on: “I can’t speak for the pastor [Scott], but I fell in love with him, because he really talks about helping African-American, black people and, uh, that’s why I’m here.”
“You fell in love with Donald Trump?” asked CNN’s Brooke Baldwin.
“It isn’t really about Donald Trump,” Brown replied. “It’s about him and the position he occupies. When he goes through what he went through to become the president, he got my admiration. They called him names … he reached back and brought them along with him. He held no grudges.”

The Trump administration, In just over 500 days, has orchestrated record highs in black employment and record lows in overall unemployment. It’s being reported, reluctantly by the mainstream media, we actually have more available jobs than people to fill them.

Mr. Trump met with 100 of the Historical Black Colleges and University Presidents last year—Most black folks have no idea. The HBCUs had a very contentious relationship with the previous  Obama administration—Whether President Trump’s continuing support for the HBCUs is merely political oneupmanship or not, the net effect is positive for the black community.

Sylvester Stallone, along with ex-heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis, met with President Trump to advocate pardoning the first black Heavyweight Champion, Jack Johnson who was unjustly convicted under the Mann Act in 1913–a vindictive action motivated solely by bigotry. A bill passed in the House requesting a pardon for Johnson from President George W. Bush, but died in the senate controlled by 35 Democrat seats.

A bi-partisan group in 2016 lead by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former senator Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), along with Congressmen Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) and Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.), requested a pardon for Jack Johnson from President Obama, he and Atty. Gen., Holder rejected the idea. Despite these previous ineffective efforts, a talk with Mr. Trump secured the pardon in short order.

Most recently, reality TV star, Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump in the Oval Office  to argue for the release of 63 year old Great Grandmother, Alice Johnson, convicted 22 years ago for her role in a cocaine distribution ring, a nonviolent drug offense—Mr. Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence and she is now free. 

I have seen black folks irrationally down play the move, arguing the President didn’t pardon Ms. Johnson, “...like he did for his boys.”

Alice Johnson, unlike Jack Johnson before her, was not the victim of an unjust conviction —She was guilty of her crime, the life sentence plus 25 years she received, the result of mandatory sentencing installed during the President Bill Clinton administration for a non-violent crime, was unjust, so the sentence was commuted.

Whatever Mr. Trump’s motivations, if you are a cynic and believe it all to be just political pandering, or opportunism—If you have a cause worth fighting for and meaningful goals can be met, why would you squander your opportunities. The Philadelphia Eagles players, LeBron James, Steph Curry... all these mushy headed, privileged and entitled rich, pseudo activist athletes, refusing to visit the White House with Mr. Trump in residence, get your collective heads out of your butts.

You have the chance to meet and perhaps chat with arguably the most powerful man in the world. A man with the resources and authority to actually make things happen. It would be tragically stupid to squander it—If you have a worthy cause, or a grievance with the man, take whatever opportunities presented you to lay them out before him... Or you can stick to your high-minded, but shallow, empty gestures.

‘Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.“ James 4:2

Digital Publius


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dumbest Meme Ever




“I need every black man in the country to go out tomorrow and buy an AR-15 assault weapon. They’ll be banned by Tuesday.”

Thus read the dumbest meme I’ve read since the Parkland, Florida shooting—Made doubly stupid by it originating with an LGBT activist white male and posted on a black male friend’s FB page. It speaks to a sort of backhanded racism rife in the contemporary and completely self unaware American left.

The meme brings up questions obvious to the thinking, yet elusive to the folks inclined towards posting such utter nonsense. Do you believe American government is so systemically racist it would make the meme true? Do you buy into the idea law enforcement is so systemically racist it makes it policy to kill as many unarmed black men as is possible to get away with? Do Black lives indeed matter?

If you answer yes to any of the above queries and subscribe to the idea of banning AR-15s or any other high-capacity, commercially available semi-automatic firearm the question begging for an answer? Why would you cede your personal protection to the same racist government and law enforcement you fear undermines the importance of your black life? Government and law enforcement, have real assault weapons capable of full automatic fire which will go nowhere after they ban your semi-automatic rifle.

If they are as problematical as you fear, wouldn’t it further empower a system already hostile to LGBT and black folks?

The idea so many black folks in America (That is black folks not tied into criminality.) buy into the leftist idea of banning and removing semi-automatic rifles, speaks directly to the effectiveness of our handlers conditioning. The first restrictions on our 2nd enumerated right came about specifically to keep freshly emancipated slaves unarmed. The 1893 Florida Gun Control Act as explained by Supreme Court Justice Rivers Buford was “Never intended to be applied to the white population.”

In the 1960s when Riots began to break out in Los Angeles, Newark and Chicago, Congress passed the 1968 Gun Control Act. The Act, authored by Democratic Senator Thomas Dodd and signed by President Johnson was literally copied from the gun act passed by the Nazis in 1938 Germany. The Dodd act was pushed by the public outcry following the assassinations of DR. King and Bobby Kennedy, but it specifically targeted a specific group, black folks. The left uses every opportunity to use the same Hegelian principals which inspired the Nazis—Like Rahm  Emanuel stated: “You never let a good crisis go to waste.”

The contemporary liberal says the 2nd Amendment is archaic and governmental tyranny can and will never rear its ugly head in the United States. Yet, it was in fact state and local municipalities all over the nation, in our not too distant past acting to curtail our inalienable rights. Further, the tyranny inflicted by the United State’s criminal culture is no less oppressive than can be brought to bear by government. Real tyranny played out daily as the law abiding are preyed upon.

Decades of cleverly devised and implemented messaging in all American media created and controlled by the left has worked to vilify firearms instead of villains. I see men, I mean grown men, husbands and fathers saying “I can’t understand why anyone wants or needs to own a gun.” How do you look at your loved ones and not see a reason to procure the most effective means of defending them?

Growing up as one of the last members of the Baby Boom, I did not personally know a father who did not own a firearm to protect his family. My dad owned a surplus M1 carbine just like the one seen in the famous (By any means necessary) Malcolm X photo, equipped with what he used to call banana clips. These were 30 round magazines in a rifle, though not all black like a scary looking modern AR-15, had the equivalent rate of fire. In the 1970s a surplus M1 was dirt cheap, as was the surplus ammo—Dad liked the M1 carbine because it was what he learned to use in the Navy. In other words, the M1 is an actual military rifle issued to GIs during WWII and up to it being replaced by the M-16.

By virtue of the M1 carbine being only capable of semi-automatic fire, it is not designated an Assault Weapon, hence the need for an actual American Assault Weapon resulting in the M-16 which is capable of full automatic fire. The commercially available AR-15 is a copy of the M-16 without the full auto “Assault” function. Just like  dear old dad’s M1 carbine.

My dad also had a Smith and Wesson .38. He taught my sister and I how to operate both firearms. In fact, the M1 was the first firearm I ever fired. The carbine is a very effective home defense weapon precisely because it is so easy to operate and has such little felt recoil, a ten year old boy can do it. Just like a modern AR-15.

He taught me to field strip it and clean it—he removed all mystery from the firearms in our home, preparing us to defend ourselves when he was out. We did not touch them without his supervision, though they were easily accessible at all times. However, an intruder was equally at risk whether or not my dad was home.

I see men say silly things like: “I have a baseball bat, swords, knives, martial arts training…” If your home is assaulted while you and your family are home by thugs with guns and you are standing there with a sword, you are unarmed. You may get lucky and cut the first guy, but the next one will not be surprised. It’s the reason cops and soldiers don’t carry swords in the field.

Not quite sure how leaving your personal defense to others is somehow noble—In my opinion it speaks to a sad naïveté, or tragic stupidity at best and cowardice at worst. We’ve all heard the cliché by now: When every second counts, the police are minutes away.

I’m not saying a bad guy can’t get the drop on me, even if I’m armed locked and loaded—Nevertheless, call it a character flaw if you must, I’d rather be prepared.

One of the heroes of the so-called “Woke” black community, the aforementioned Malcolm X habitually called on the black community to buy not pistols, not swords and knives, but rifles and shotguns. Going so far as to admonish black folks to organize rifle clubs. This was before “After School Specials,” social justice propaganda indoctrinated teachers and liberal media made owning a firearm for protection akin to mental disorder, especially in the problematic black community.

The left continues its soft assault on the black community, it’s better for us to choose killing our children in the womb, keep our children in failing urban schools instead of vouchers and look to the democratic teat for succor. Black Lives Matter… but not enough to own a gun so you can protect yourself, we got you, don’t worry.

Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Bernie Sanders are fine with you and our school children being defenseless as they seek “Common Sense” gun laws. They expect you to ignore the fact they may not be armed personally, they still have serious and resolute men armed to the teeth ready to do violence on their privileged behalf.

Guns have always been plentiful in the United States, 40, 60 or 100 years ago there was no paucity of firearms of any kind, yet our youth weren’t shooting up their schoolmates. Firearms are even more ubiquitous in countries like Switzerland where families have generations of military rifles in their homes. After service in the Swiss Army, you take your weapon home with you. Yet we do not see this happening in Switzerland or in our own past. What is the difference here and now?  What has so dramatically changed since the 80s?

The left wing rush to promote secularism in The USA has removed the societal reinforcement of the principals formally taught in our homes and churches. When you remove the Immutable Source for morality, what you end up with is not morality at all, but rather fashion. Absent a fear of the Creator God holding us responsible for our actions in our children, is it any wonder for some students it is fashionable to become a “Professional School Shooter?”

As always I am reminded of Holy Scripture, specifically the Lord preparing his disciples for the days to come Luke 22:31-38

“And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.”

Digital Publius

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Not Quite So Black and White



I haven’t felt compelled to write an article since November 7th 2016—Today I am saddened by the ginned up racial strife running rampant in our nation.




After the 2016 elections resulting in a win for President Trump and republican majorities in the House and Senate—New York Times editor Toni Monkovic and election’s analyst Nate Cohn published a lightly edited transcript of their written exchange on the subject.



Therein they echoed the same rather narrative destroying fact the pundits on the right offered to explain the stunning Trump campaign win. Namely—the same white working-class voters who voted for President Obama in droves, actually supported Donald Trump during the last cycle. This exchange is salient:



Toni The fact that they voted for Obama, you wrote, suggested that racism wasn’t the primary reason that so many of these voters chose Trump. But there’s a counterargument that Trump made an explicit appeal to racial/ethnic resentment (which John McCain and Mitt Romney did not). And white nationalism has been a rising force in recent years, not just in the United States.

Nate Well, I think I’d make two points. One is that racism might be the animating feature of Trump’s base, but may not be the way that he expanded his appeal to the voters who often support Democrats on economics.

The other thing I’d say is that I think it’s possible for racism to play a role, even for Obama voters: You could imagine, for instance, that these voters may have liked Obama but may have real reservations about demographic changes, or they may have perceived Trump as “on their side” in part because of racial appeals. I think, though, that making racism the core of the reason Trump won the election is probably oversimplifying things. As I said, I think Democrats have to grapple with the importance of the Obama-Trump voter, and I think that applies on race as well.

One other thing: Both Trump and Obama made white working-class voters feel a little better about racial anxiety.


The left, especially the media, want desperately to infuse race into an issue where it is most likely not playing as large a role as desired. The left thrives on identity politics! Be it the local democrat politicians vying for city, state level positions, or the national political stage, together with the mainstream media—there is no argument without a root sunk deep in the soil of division. Black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor… there must be grievance.




With all their talk of diversity and tolerance, the left cannot envision, nor abide the idea of an America whose majority white citizens may in fact have embraced Dr. King’s “Content of character ideal” when they chose to tacitly support President Barrack H. Obama…twice. Let alone the idea these same citizens voting for a non-establishment, “Hope and “Change” agent for two previous cycles, may not have liked the changes wrought and saw Trump as a counterbalancing non-establishment change agent in the last elections. It has to be racism.

The racial friction so keenly felt contemporaneously in America is an ember steadily stoked over the last ten years with great care. On the stump in 2007 we heard candidate Obama’s unity soaked soaring rhetoric: 




In the face of war, you believe there can be peace. In the face of despair, you believe there can be hope. In the face of a politics that's shut you out, that's told you to settle, that's divided us for too long, you believe we can be one people, reaching for what's possible, building that more perfect union.”
 
And:




It was here, in Springfield, where North, South, East and West come together that I was reminded of the essential decency of the American people - where I came to believe that through this decency, we can build a more hopeful America.

He then went on to eight years of calling America “Arrogant” and “Dismissive”—never missing the opportunity to play up every incident in America as a struggle between one group or another. You can’t begin a statement with: “Too many feel…” as often as President Obama did without seeking to play up differences. Thesis, antithesis, leading to a desired leftist synthesis. You create a crisis so you can be the deliverer.

Presidents Clinton and W. Bush were no less, or no more embattled than President Obama, it's the nature of the beast—Only when the opposition targets a minority, or a woman is the destructive specter of race or fill-in-the-blank identity politics raised. You cannot object to leftist policy without some appeal to one’s inner bigotry don’t you know?

This is the soul of Hegelian dialectics—If Saul Alinsky is the high priest responsible for President Obama and to an even greater degree Hillary Clinton’s leftist catechism, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was the god Alinsky served. Hitler used it in his rise to power, releasing his brown shirts into the world to wreak the havoc he would then remedy. 




It was signaled by Mr. Obama’s initial Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Hegel’s philosophy was to be employed in the United States in earnest, when he made the statement: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

 

It is important to note, the above statement was made in context of the financial crisis, created by the collapse of the GSEs. The same entities the democrats argued were so healthy when President Bush and other republicans pleaded with the democrat law makers year after year to reign in and regulate before disaster struck.

Have you taken a look at Mayor Emanuel’s Chiraq lately, one can’t help but wonder with a sense of genuine foreboding what awaits the once proud “City of the Big Shoulders.”

The media began this present-time racial crisis with the false narrative surrounding George Zimmerman, painting him as a virulent anti-black, profiling racist in the incident leading to the death of Trayvon Martin. All done with clever editing of the 911 call Zimmerman made—It was somehow lost NBC was forced to offer an apology to Mr. Zimmerman who is nevertheless labeled a hate filled murderer.




Then they advanced the false “Hands up, don’t shoot” exploiting the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson… Re-imagining America into a land where innocent black folks are shot by white cops willy nilly as a matter of course. Black Lives Matter is created and funded by powerful puppet masters.

Now we find, Jason Kessler, the man credited with organizing the Alt-Right protest, the racial crisis du jour, which lead to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. It seems Kessler was an Obama supporter. He voted for him twice and had gone to at least one Occupy Wall Street event. A woman lost her life in the madness, a sacrifice to please Hegel.



As I stated above, the right has correctly pointed out most of the voters who supported Trump, were erstwhile Obama voters disillusioned with his version of Hope and Change and his focus on identity politics. You can only call the white folks who voted for the first black President racist for so long before they grow…resentful.

You do not get to be President of the United States without overwhelming support from white America. This plays hob with the narrative painting President Trump and the people who voted for him as racists and most of all, the republican party, conservatism and anything to the right of Squeaky Fromme intrinsically ipso facto racist.




The democrats as Obama apologists, chafe whenever Mr. Obama is referenced as a divisive figure, not because of his race, but his and the rest of the party’s constant exploitation of identity politics. Ironically, the left leaning Snopes, in their fact check on Jason Kessler affirm the notion when they posted: “He told us (and has consistently said elsewhere) that he was an Obama supporter and voted for him. He says he began to sour on Obama and the Democrats during Obama’s second administration because of their focus on what Kessler terms “identity politics.”

Kessler is either an agent of the left, pretending to be an ersatz modern brown shirt—or a legitimate person driven over the edge by constant leftist identity politics—Neither explanation lays blame at the feet of conservatism…there is no third thing.




Having a heart for history I can’t help thinking of the Weimar Republic, the Reds fighting the Brown Shirts in the streets of Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, locked in a struggle to control the left in a weary Germany… Today, we watch groups like Antifa vying against the so-called Alt-Right, both claiming to represent what is best for the United States of America—The same dance, the same piper, the same aftermath?



We are being manipulated the media is the left’s most powerful tool. Preying on you, identifying you as a victim of one kind or another. Black vs white, man vs woman, gay vs straight—bound by forces with one aim, strife and conflict leading to the demise of the greatest nation in the history of the world. Spoiled by envy and hatred fomented by those who despise liberty and feed on chaos. Resist!



Mark 3:

23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.


Digital Publius


Monday, November 7, 2016

The Fat Lady Sings?





In the spring of 2011 I wrote an article titled Trump Psychosis!” Therein I chronicle the rise of the Trump voter scourge, likening it to the same sort of mental abnormality as the “Hope and Change” voter. I had no idea then how virulent the malady would prove to be.

I’ve written less this election cycle than in cycles past, more out of disillusionment and the desire to interact more directly on social media than a lack of subject matter. I feel however,  it is necessary to pen something on the eve of the 2016 election.

I am astonished not so much by the idea people truly think the openly corrupt Donald Trump will be useful in supplanting the oh so obvious corruption of Hillary Clinton. The troubling thought is the gyrations my fellow conservatives use to contort their brains, so they can rationalize supporting Donald Trump.

I’ve seen the religiously recalcitrant Donald Trump compared to the Biblical King David, Moses, the Apostle Paul and lately, King Cyrus II of Persia due to impressive examples of Scriptural eisegesis. All of which highlighted much to my chagrin, either the right’s epic Biblical ignorance, or the depths folks will go in soothing their spirits when they know Trump is tragic at best, or more likely a democrat shill who conned them. Too invested, they hunker down.

The Hillary voter falls under the auspices of the willingly/unknowingly ignorant and the knowingly wicked—There is no third thing. Hillary Clinton is the most unrepentant, loathsome creature ever to be nominated for President. There is not a shred of decency in a person who can stand before victim’s families and lie to their faces for no other reason than political expedience. Unfathomable shame should fall on anyone who supports her.

The only argument for Trump I can almost understand is he has the virtue of not being Hillary Clinton. If people stuck to this line of reasoning in supporting Trump I could partially relate. All the other rationalizations though… The saddest is the, we must protect the Supreme Court from Hillary appointees! Even though Trump is a congenital liar, we should trust he will appoint conservative Justices as he sort of promises—Never mind not too long ago, Trump stated his
über liberal and pro abortion sister, would make a great Justice.

I can think of no better example than the Roe v. Wade decision to illustrate the fallacy of this reasoning. Of the nine seated justices, ruling in Roe, six were appointed by real, dyed in the wool Republicans, namely Eisenhower and Nixon—These weren’t ersatz Republicans like Trump.

Only two of the nine justices voted against and offered dissenting opinions, William Rehnquist, appointed by Nixon and elevated to Chief Justice by Ronald Reagan and Byron White, appointed by John F. Kennedy—The two dissenters weren’t even both the result of Republican administrations.

Far more recently, a conservative majority failed to strike down the dreadful Affordable Care Act. This with John G. Roberts, Jr. appointed by George Bush as Chief!

Then I hear, the painfully shallow, “We aren’t electing a pastor.” This is without question, the most pig-ignorant, immature, buck passing argument ever! It’s insulting! This bit of silliness is eclipsed only by the even more vacuous: “According to your standards, no Christian can vote for anyone because we are all sinners. No one is perfect enough for you.”

Well, I believe God when he gave us a formula for choosing leaders.

“Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:” Exodus 18:21

Was God Himself suggesting the men Israel was to provide His people be sinless? The God who says we all fall short of His glory? Are we so immature we think there were less sinners back then than today? Yes, we all sin, but this does not absolve you of the solemn responsibility to consider some men are more worthy than others. Does the above verse suggest Trump or Hillary to you at all?

John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court the Trump voters are so worried about preserving from Hillary stated: “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Was Jay suggesting “Perfection,” or simply a standard we ought to not think ridiculous and unattainable? Certainly making the argument “No one is perfect” lets you off the hook when you choose as abysmally as Hillary and Trump.

That God allows us to choose, does not infer he approves of our choices, or is in any way responsible for our errors. I say this for the “God is in control,” folks who feel comfortable passing Trump onto God, as if He is going to use Trump to usher in a new golden age. Please don’t blame our choosing between Trump and Hillary on the Holy God revealed in the Holy Bible.

I am a believer—I don’t just believe in God, I believe God! When you say you believe in God, but ignore His tenets for political expedience you betray Him and yourself—This is the opposite of faith. God has earned our faith because He is faithful. Faith is not belief without proof, the sort of faith one has to have in a Trump or Hillary who lie as a matter of course, but rather trust without reservation based on a proven track record.

This is why Christ admonishes us to “Judge not according to appearance, but judge a righteous judgement.” You have the folks who castigate people for judging Trump and Hillary harshly—They do this while quoting from Matthew 7: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” As if Christ was speaking of judging in general, as opposed to judging hypocritically as is contextually obvious.

This is the same God who says in the very same chapter of Matthew: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Why would the Lord tell us to examine folk’s fruits, if we shouldn’t heed what we glean about a person’s character by doing so? Are we not supposed to temper our dealings based on observing a person’s track record?

The Trump supporter claims they like Trump because he says he will fight for them and he is not an insider, even though during the time Ted Cruz for example was actually leading filibusters and revolts on the people’s behalf, Trump was, with his personal treasure, aiding and abetting the very people Senator Cruz was fighting against. If I have to choose the saddest thing for me personally this cycle, it would be admitting the right is not immune to the exact same strain of cognitive dissonance the left exists on.

As I stated above, as a believer I believe God. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14

America’s problem is not political it’s spiritual. Today, we have a haughty spirit in our nation—one comfortable with disregarding God’s tenets. If you can explain to me how voting for a man who has said from his own mouth, he has never approached the throne of grace in humility asking forgiveness for anything--Or a woman so wicked, like a modern day Ananias and Sapphira, together with her husband, raised millions for Haitian relief only to enrich themselves is an indication of a nation humbling itself and seeking God’s face, I will gladly vote one of those wretches in.

Do you believe this nation can be healed apart from God? You must, or it would not be so easy to support Trump, or Hillary for any reason. I am reminded of the words of Ben Franklin spoken before the Constitutional Convention in our nation’s youth: “In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered… do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?”

Elections are not always binary; this is the thinking of the small-minded. Voting isn’t always a matter of simply who wins and loses. Voting is about exercising your voice. There are times when you don’t knuckle under, taking what they give you; there comes a time your voice has to say NO! Until we have a true rebellion fueled by people refusing to choose between evils, we are doomed to forever doing just that.


The fat lady sings? Who knows, either way it's curtains for morality and decency.

Digital Publius


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I Left My Hat In Haiti



The recent Hillary Clinton Wikileaks revelations the mainstream media is working so feverishly to ignore during this farcical general election, brought back memories of another story ignored by the press to shield the Democrat hopeful. The Haitians who gathered outside of Clinton's offices this summer to protest the Clinton Foundation's economic exploitation of the beleaguered Island nation. Seems Ol' Hispaniola is still a lure for greedy privateers.

Dinesh D'Souza documents brilliantly the Clinton's crimes regarding Haiti in his latest book;

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party excerpted here.

A Facebook friend's comments on the connection between Haiti's devotion to witchcraft, coupled with hurricane Matthew's recent devastating impact on Haiti, prompted me to re-post for your consideration an article from the old Digital Publius site I wrote in January 2010.


As a baby boomer, influenced probably to an unhealthy degree by pop culture, just about everything I come across triggers a sort of semi-related memory or response. It may be perverse, but the first thing to pop into my head when I heard about the horrific earthquake in Haiti was the Fred Astaire and Jane Powell musical number from the film “Royal Wedding”, "I left My Hat in Haiti."

I know I need help, but, it is the truth. Haiti also triggers thoughts of pirates seeking refuge on Hispaniola (the little Spain), the name given by Columbus to the Island later bisected becoming modern Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Seems in the movies privateers were always headed there.

The devastation left in the wake of the earthquake that rocked the island nation should not be made light of. The death toll is staggering and expected to continue climbing. Long term suffering will likely make Katrina seem like a picnic. The swift response from the Obama administration offering aid, is laudable, not only in supplying succor to the native population, but also because of his responsibility to the 40,000 some-odd American citizens on the Island at any given time.

Odd Haiti seems to suffer from an arguably endless plague of miseries, a fact which can’t be disputed. When one considers Haiti shares a land mass with the relatively prosperous Dominican Republic, it is indeed a quandary why Haiti remains a perpetual mare’s nest. Unless of course Pat Robertson is right.

I am sure by now you have heard of the flap caused by Pat Robertson stating Haiti is accursed due to a pact the early Haitian patriots made with the devil. Robertson’s proclamation was met with the expected derision and vitriol from the left, and a fair amount from those who say they are right-wing evangelicals.

Robertson’s statement and the following uproar triggered another pop culture response in yours truly, when the Sly and the Family Stone lyric “It’s the truth, that the truth, makes them so uptight,” from the song “Stand,” skulked unwarranted across my fevered brain. I spent a goodly amount of time running down the voodoo curse story and I have not found a reason to doubt its historicity.

Every history of Haiti I came across mentioned a houngan (voodoo priest) named Dutty Boukman did in fact lead a large gathering of slaves in a voodoo rite. From the Haitian bicentennial site we read:

“A man named Boukman, another houngan, organized on August 14, 1791, a meeting with the slaves in the mountains of the North. This meeting took the form of a Voodoo ceremony in the Bois Caiman in the northern mountains of the island. It was raining and the sky was raging with clouds; the slaves then started confessing their resentment of their condition. A woman started dancing languorously in the crowd, taken by the spirits of the loas. With a knife in her hand, she cut the throat of a pig and distributed the blood to all the participants of the meeting who swore to kill all the whites on the island.”
 
We find the story repeated on kreyol.com:
“Among the rebellion's leaders were Boukman, a maroon and voodoo houngan (priest); Georges Biassou, who later made Toussaint (Louverture) his aide; Jean-François, who subsequently commanded forces, along with Biassou and Toussaint, under the Spanish flag; and Jeannot, the blood thirstiest of them all. These leaders sealed their compact with a voodoo ceremony conducted by Boukman in the Bois Cayman (Alligator Woods) in early August 1791. On August 22, a little more than a week after the ceremony, the uprising of their black followers began.” 
 
On the same site we find a fellow named François Macandal, lead a six year rebellion between 1751-57 leaving some 6,000 dead. Macandal was himself, a boko, or voodoo sorcerer from African traditions who used his dark religion to motivate his followers.

These occurrences happened and are canonical according to Hatian sources. The high dudgeon displayed by Robertson’s detractors, eager to call him a man filled with racist hatred, fail to mention as he made the remarks, the Christian Broadcast Network had a team already on the ground in Haiti and one of it’s Operation Blessing containers on a ship at the port of Port-Au-Prince waiting to clear customs, filled with 2 million dollars worth of medical supplies as a contribution to aid in the relief effort.

Comments like this one accompanying the story  on breitbart.tv regarding this subject are telling:
“I am a Christian and am frankly embarrassed almost every time this guy opens his mouth. He said the same thing about the tsunami in SE Asia in ‘04. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Jesus would never have uttered such stupidity. He would have been too busy trying to dig people out of the rubble and administer first aid. “Do unto others….” You know the rest.”
 
However, Pat Robertson’s words are exactly the sort of thing we would expect to hear from the Jesus Christ revealed in the Holy Bible:

“And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. “ John 8:3-12
 
In this passage of Scripture Christ does not condemn the law of Moses, the woman deserved to be stoned to death, just as all of us who sin deserve punishment. He did not excuse the guilt of the woman nor did He endorse the Pharisees false zeal. As Matthew Henry far more ably put it:

“All who are any way called to blame the faults of others are especially concerned to look to themselves, and keep themselves pure. In this matter Christ attended to the great work about which he came into the world, that was, to bring sinners to repentance; not to destroy, but to save. He aimed to bring, not only the accused to repentance, by showing her his mercy, but the prosecutors also, by showing them their sins; they thought to ensnare him, he sought to convince and convert them.”
 
It is important to note that Jesus’ last words to the woman were “Go, and sin no more.” This is a warning, though she received mercy that day, continuing in her sin would result in condemnation from the Father later, which is precisely what Pat Robertson was calling for when he prayed Haiti would repent and turn from the sin of witchcraft the very scourge of the island nation.

Haiti is rife with voodoo. The official religion of Haiti is Catholicism, but it is reported 95% of Haitians are inculcated with some measure of voodoo, believed, by them, to be compatible with Catholic belief. God, in no uncertain terms, condemns witchcraft in both the Old and New Testaments in every form.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

The last verse bears repeating.  Jesus’ words are the key unlocking the mystery and fuel the loving comments Pat Robertson, offered in hope the lost of Haiti find the Light of Truth. Jesus’ words also fuel the much maligned comments Britt Hume proffered to Tiger Woods.
“When you aid them, you do no favor to those in trouble if you fail to point out issues that may have caused those troubles to begin with.”
 
It’s better to tell a guy it’s not a good idea to fall asleep on train tracks than to have to follow a person around so you are there to pull him out of the way of a train. It is the devil’s mission to convince man to reject God and then take their lives before the deceived learn the truth. Armed with that knowledge, I am convinced; the devil left his hate in Haiti.

Digital Publius

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Whatever Happened To Decency?





That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. I Corinthians 12:25,26

In a recent interview for Vox World, Republican Party operative and Forbes editor Avik Roy remarked:
“I think the conservative movement is fundamentally broken, Trump is not a random act. This election is not a random act.”

The interview explains the shift in political perception regarding the civil rights movement in America. The exodus of Blacks from the GOP was a reaction to Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater’s “Principled stance against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Goldwater himself was not a racist; he believed it was wrong for government to force private businesses to desegregate.

The article continues: “But this ‘principled’ stance identified the GOP with the pro-segregation camp in everyone’s eyes, while the Democrats under Lyndon Johnson became the champions of anti-racism.

This had a double effect, Roy says. First, it forced black voters out of the GOP. Second, it invited in white racists who had previously been Democrats. Even though many Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act in Congress, the post-Goldwater party became the party of aggrieved whites.”

“The fact is, today, the Republican coalition has inherited the people who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — the Southern Democrats who are now Republicans,” Roy says. “Conservatives and Republicans have not come to terms with that problem.”


Where the stance Goldwater took may have been principled and strict Americanism from a Libertarian perspective, it was ultimately wrong—just as such stances on states rights regarding slavery were wrong, wrong morally and an affront to natural law. Principles are great, when they agree with human decency and common sense. “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it”

It is not all right to advocate for individual rights which systemically harm or restrict others in their personal pursuit of happiness. A modern day example would be the Democrat Party and liberal’s in general slavish devotion to a woman’s right to murder her child in the womb, an act that robs the aggrieved individual the most fundamental right of all—Life!

There are some today who would attempt to draw a moral equivalency to LGBT patrons being denied services—on the surface this may seem a fair argument. For those of us with a mature outlook on reality, the argument falls apart as LGBT is an operation of choice, while a person does not choose their race, or the circumstances of their birth.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Ephesians 4:29

I have struggled living up to that verse myself during this election cycle God forgive me! I am personally frustrated by the shear madness of the choices presented our nation for the next President. The party I have aligned myself with is chock full of wonderful people of all races, but it can no longer be denied. Trump’s ascendancy is directly attributed to the racists who joined the GOP because they mistook the party’s adherence to individual liberty to be a tacit approval of racism.

We did it to ourselves, the racists and the dull witted in the GOP are quick to argue against conservatives who suggest reaching out to minority groups. Stating callous rhetoric to bolster their position. “Why don’t they just get it?” Why should we reach out to Blacks, or fill in the blank group when all they do is reject us?”

The answer is simple; you do it to help others, which has the further effect of eventually helping yourself. You do it because it is the right thing to do! You do it because we are losing our country to the very bad ideas the unopposed liberals vying for and winning those votes champion!

The two factors most responsible for our choice this election cycle are hate and immorality. Trump tapped into the vein of hate infecting the Republican Party, not the majority to be sure, but more than enough to override the decent folk whose votes where split amongst the sensible and good Republican candidates. Just enough hate filled Republican voters to give a plurality great enough to give us Trump and a more lasting impression of ignorance and bigotry with the rest of the thinking world.

Hillary Clinton supporters are those whose conscience has been seared to the point they are completely incapable of moral thinking. The intrinsic wickedness she has displayed for decades is not even recognized as such. The Democrat party has tapped into grievance and personal identity, whether it be race, or LGBT and raised it to a religion so powerful it’s adherents have completely forgotten the Providence and tenets undergirding and guarding our nations prosperity from it’s founding.

Even if Trump were by a miracle to win the presidency, the very idea of decency will have been struck a blow so great this nation may never recover from it. Christians, supporting either candidate have completely lost sight of the tenets of God. Opting instead to join the world in this celebration, no this orgy of unscrupulousness.

Forgetting the Word of God that warns us you do not do evil that good may come of it, you cannot expect to overturn the corruption of Hillary Clinton with what you believe to be, the lesser corruption of Donald Trump! A house divided against itself cannot stand; Satan cannot and will not cast out Satan. Even when you think your Satan is less Satany than the other party’s.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Colossians 3:12
Digital Publius

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Rigged?




This ante meridiem, the nation wakes to such headlines as: “You Broke My Heart” documenting those who so stridently felt the “Bern” expressing their feeling burned by Senator Bernie Sanders’ tacit endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s run for President. Mr. Sanders states: “Hillary Clinton understands that we must fix an economy in America that is rigged and that sends almost all new wealth and income to the top one percent.”

All “New wealth and income?” who is creating the wealth and income Mr. Sanders? Is it the people you say you represent? On their own, the workers simply work, they don’t create wealth, and they benefit from the wealth created by the fertile minds savvy enough to risk what they have to bring about their ideas. The workers, through the fair and freely entered exchange of their energy for wages get what they earn.

No one is trapped in such an arrangement in America. Any person is free to pursue his own ideas, or to make herself more marketable by acquiring new skills, facilitating higher wages. There is nothing in the rigging of our economy beyond the ropes and pulleys everyone has access to and necessary for use in raising one’s self in our society.

If anything was rigged, it was this election cycle, on the left and right! Bernie Sanders? Really? As much as the collective brainpower and common sense of the American youth has atrophied, there still aren’t enough dummies to think America would elect a socialist, democratic or otherwise to run the most powerful economy in human history.

If you think the democrat “Primaries,” has been anything other than an anointing ceremony for Mrs. Clinton… I don’t have the words to express your naïveté, or just plain pig-ignorance. Sanders was handpicked by the powers that be to run against Hillary so there would be no serious competition for her to overcome.

The fact so many people seemed oblivious to the contemporary nations suffering under the yoke of socialism and the loathsome history of the terribly destructive ideology would actually support Sanders was an unforeseen wrinkle. Consider modern day socialism notably contributing to the influx of Latin American refugees fleeing nations operating under the very ideas Sanders and to a slightly lesser extent Clinton champion as they pour unabated across our boarders.

No one with a brain ever conceived Bernie Sanders being a serious candidate for President in a nation, which spent the better portion of the twentieth century, fighting tooth and nail against socialism/communism. You Bernie supporters are not just woefully ignorant you were jobbed! How else to explain a democrat field so inexplicably unpolluted by democrat candidates? That my friends, is rigging.

Lest you think this critique too partisan, the rigging by no means stopped in ships sailed solely by leftists—the same builders strung the lines on the right’s political vessels this cycle. Donald Trump is no less a joke in opposition to Hillary Clinton. He too in my humble opinion was meant to make the way easier for the Clinton’s to be paid off for their globalist work.

No person was more tailor-made to distract and blunt the required contrast in policy needed to vanquish the left this cycle. Trump was the perfect shill designed to play to the most base thinking ruling the ignorant portion of the right wing. Trump’s shrill caterwauling, lying and indifference to decency was just the thing to make enough noise to drown out the real issues, policies and solutions offered by true conservatives.

Coupled with the never ending news coverage train wrecks, metaphorically speaking of course inevitably garner and the constant chorus of "Real conservatives can’t win"—we end up with the one democrat in the republican field winning the republican primary. Trump was the one man perfect for Hillary to walk all over in her march towards the White House. That my friend’s is rigging.

One can’t help but notice the two candidates left and right, recruited by whomever, for who knows what rewards to make it easy for the Clinton’s, are both enamored with speciously using the word “Rigged throughout their demagogic rants.” Mostly to describe systems they either don’t understand, or have actually worked quite well since our nation’s inception.

The easily manipulated, left and right are blind to the common handwriting marking a singular author, or group for both the Sanders and Trump campaigns—Both sides assure you they will protect the Supreme Court with the sort of judges who will do the sort of things both groups of lemmings want to hear. The ending of the story was inevitable, more of the same, in ever increasing portions as we as a nation are herded.  Rigged?

Ephesians 5:
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil

Digital Publius