Facts Don’t Matter

A recent editorial pointed out how we ignore facts and don’t allow them to change our minds. We SHOULD ignore facts. If we didn’t, no one would ever get married or start a business; no one would ever experience a miracle; and certainly no one would ever put their life on the line for someone else. Facts just give us reasons not to act. They make cowards of us all.

Truth, on the other hand, gives us courage and motivation. Can you imagine the Israelites standing at the edge of the Red Sea following the Exodus? The Egyptian chariots are bearing down on them and Moses is ready to lead them through the waters, when someone turns to Moses and says, “Do you mind if I fact-check this first? I have some statistics here… And a recent poll indicates…”

We can look at life the way Sgt. Joe Friday did on the old TV show, Dragnet: “Just the facts, ma’am.” Or, we can look at it the way Jesus did, with spiritual eyes focused on Truth. The Media has been feeding us facts for years, and where have they gotten us? Can facts bring down a dictator? Can they bring a dead child back to life? Can they save a marriage or change an addict’s life? And can facts ever, ever save a person’s soul? Truth can do all that, and more.

My sisters and I were raised by the same set of parents in the same place at roughly the same time. Yet, when we start telling stories about our childhood, you would think we were from different planets. I will tell a story; then my older sister will say, “Now I’ll tell you something that really DID happen.” What, and mine didn’t?! Then my younger sister starts, and the whole time she’s talking, I’m thinking, “When did THAT happen? Who IS this person?!”

If three people that grew up together have such different versions of “the facts” concerning their childhood, isn’t it possible – just POSSIBLE – that all these facts we’re being fed by the Media are bogus, or at least unimportant? How do they have so many “facts” on President Trump, when people who have known each other their entire lives cannot get their facts straight?

I’ll tell you, if I have a choice between believing “just the facts” and believing the Truth, I’ll take the Truth. The facts are all going to be burned up one day anyway.

If you’d like to read more about this topic, go to my articles

Truth vs Facts

The Truth about History

Waking Up to Truth

Facts are Relative

Truth vs Opinions

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The Answer to My Question

A letter-to-the-editor appeared in the Caldwell News-Topic this week in answer to my question, “Why do African-Americans keep voting for Democrats, given the history of the Democratic party?” The writer said the “common sense” answer to my question was the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, along with the accompanying legislation of that period. While this answer may seem obvious, I don’t think it adequately addresses the complexity of the issue.

For example, if how much a political party had done for blacks were the answer, then Republicans would win hands down. Republicans fought a Civil War to free African-Americans from slavery, sacrificing hundreds of thousands of lives in the process. They also passed the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments against strong Democratic opposition. This trumps ANYTHING Democrats have done, or ever could do. So, if common sense or even gratitude played a part in their decision, most African-Americans would be voting Republican.

One responder to my question suggested that Democrats give more money to African-Americans through various welfare programs. That is, I believe, part of the answer, but not the whole story.

In 1965, a liberal Democrat named Patrick Moynihan released a report entitled “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action” – also known as the Moynihan Report. At the time, Moynihan was Assistant Secretary of Labor under President Lyndon Johnson. Using statistical data from experts at the Labor Department, he reported that the fundamental source of weakness in African-American communities was the breakdown of the family unit, and that this breakdown had lead to a startling increase in welfare dependency.

For example, young black couples were increasingly having children before they were married, which strained their relationship, both financially and emotionally. Across the board, sociologists and psychologists agreed that marriage should precede childbearing. Yet, nothing could convince these couples to wait; and so they quickly became part of the welfare system. Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) actually punished single-parents that found work or married someone with a job.

Moynihan was looking at data from 1940 to 1965, which at that time was disturbing. But if you look at the same data from 1965 to 2015, it is not only disturbing, it’s downright heartbreaking. The African-American community is spiraling downward at a rate that seems almost unstoppable. But it is not just African-Americans. White and Hispanic communities are following the same trends, just not as quickly. Whether you’re talking about drug addiction, crime, domestic violence, sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, broken homes, boys without fathers, etc, etc – it all leads to poverty, and poverty feeds the problem.

Keeping people dependent on welfare is not the answer. Teaching them about the benefits of marriage is at least a start. President Trump wants to clean up the inner cities; but that would only treat some of the symptoms, not take care of the cause. The cause is the breakdown of the family unit. We need to do everything we can to help young people understand that strong marriages make strong families, which in turn make strong communities as well as strong individuals.

If you’d like to read more about Patrick Moynihan and the Moynihan Report, go to

The Collapse of Marriage and the Rise of Welfare Dependence  and

Moynihan and the Single-Parent Family: The 1965 Report and its Backlash : Education Next

Thanks to Larry Smith in Atlanta for providing what I believe is the right answer. If you read what Moynihan says about the issue, even much later in life, you will see that he wasn’t satisfied that there was a right answer, and certainly not an easy one.

I had other good responses, one or more of which I may deal with later. For now, the discussion is still open.

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Womanhood

womanhoodMy mom, Rose Ann Smith (right), with my aunt, Bette McGimsey

I don’t buy into this vision of womanhood being presented by feminists, such as those who recently marched for women’s rights. Womanhood isn’t about self-reliance and non-dependence upon men. It isn’t about excluding the word “obey” from her marriage vows. And it certainly isn’t about declaring that her body is her own, and therefore she has a right to abortion-on-demand and free contraceptives. “I am woman hear me roar” is a misguided concept.

The greatest example I know of a strong woman is my mother, Rose Ann Smith. Her entire life was spent serving others, including me. We didn’t appreciate my mom and all her sacrifices growing up. But one of the greatest blessings of my life was having the privilege of taking care of her in her declining years. During that time, I saw a grace and beauty in her that I hadn’t seen before. Physically, my mom was a beautiful woman; but facing death with great courage brought out another type of beauty, a spiritual beauty.

Taking care of her also taught me something about serving others, that it is a joyful experience. The Bible says that even Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient. (Philippians 2:8) God commands wives to be obedient to their husbands, not to demean them but to bring them joy. Marriage is supposed to reflect Christ’s relationship to the Church. (Ephesian 5:25) What if the Church decided not to obey Christ? There would be no joy in the Church. Who wants to live a life without joy?

Another great example of womanhood is Mother Teresa. She gave up her wealth and position to serve the children of India. To serve children! She once said that Roe vs Wade had “deformed a great nation.” She called abortion “the greatest destroyer of peace today” because “it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself.” Mother Teresa never turned away a single child that came to her for any reason.

Those are the types of women we need more of. Not the marching, angry types that we see on the news so often today. But the tender, kind, gracious, generous and, yes, humble types that were my mother Rose Ann and Mother Teresa.

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For more of my thoughts on Mother Teresa, go to End of America?

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I’d Love an Answer

Given the horrific history of the Democratic party towards African-Americans, why do black voters still choose Democrats over Republicans? Here are some facts, which can be checked on numerous web sites, including liberal ones. I got many of mine from the History Channel web site.

Democrats were the main supporters of slavery in the Old South. The Republican party, which wasn’t formed until 1854, had the goal of ending slavery. When Lincoln was nominated as the first Republican president, South Carolina vowed that if he were elected they would secede from the Union. Well, he was and they did.

The Civil War (1861) was basically Northern Republicans against Southern Democrats. When the South lost in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a Democrat, assassinated Lincoln. When Republicans tried to pass the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments in 1870, abolishing slavery and giving blacks the rights to citizenship and voting, Democrats vehemently opposed them.

After the war, during Reconstruction, Democrats were denied the right to hold office in the South; so they formed the KKK in order to fight against Republican leaders and black voters. Once they were allowed to run for office again, Democrats bullied and bribed African-American voters until they had bullied and bribed their way back into office.

It wasn’t long until Democrats had reclaimed the South, and continued to maintain their stranglehold all the way up to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Martin Luther King, Jr. – who was joined by many prominent Republicans, including Charlton Heston, president of the NRA – marched on Democrat stronghold Alabama with its radical Democrat governor, George Wallace.

So, what have Democrat Presidents, including Obama, done for the African-American community since the Civil Rights Movement? What have ANY Democrat officeholders done? Black neighborhoods still struggle with poverty and crime, even more than they did back in the 1960s. So, why do African-Americans keep voting for Democrats?

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PS – A friend in Atlanta sent me these two links that he believes answer the question. See what you think.

The Collapse of Marriage and the Rise of Welfare Dependence

Moynihan and the Single-Parent Family: The 1965 Report and its Backlash : Education Next


 

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The Necessity of Civil Disobedience

Charlton HestonThe following is a speech NRA President Charlton Heston gave to the Harvard Law School Forum on February 16, 1999. With the inauguration of a new president quickly approaching, his words have never been more relevant.

I remember my son, when he was five, explaining to his kindergarten class what his father did for a living. “My Daddy,” he said, “pretends to be people.” There have been quite a few of them. Prophets from the Old and New Testaments, a couple of Christian saints, generals of various nationalities and different centuries, several kings, three American presidents, a French cardinal and two geniuses, including Michelangelo. If you want the ceiling repainted, I’ll do my best. There always seems to be a lot of different fellows up here. I’m never sure which one of them gets to talk. Right now, I guess I’m the guy.

As I pondered our visit tonight, it struck me: If my Creator gave me the gift to connect you with the hearts and minds of those great men, then I want to use that same gift now to re-connect you with your own sense of liberty… your own freedom of thought… your own compass for what is right.

Dedicating the memorial at a Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln said of America, “We are now engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether this nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.”

Those words are true again. I believe that we are again engaged in a great civil war, a cultural war that’s about to hijack your birthright to think and say what resides in your heart. I fear you no longer trust the pulsing lifeblood of liberty inside you… the stuff that made this country rise from wilderness into the miracle that it is.

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The Meaning of Christmas

Meaning of ChristmasI think you have to have been born in the South to understand this, but there is a real connection between Christmas and snow. It’s almost as if snow validates the holiday. Maybe we’re just more romantic than people in other parts of the country, and we’ve really bought into the idea of a “white Christmas;” but every year, the entire South prays that it will snow on Christmas Eve. It’s not that we have horse-drawn sleighs anymore, as many Yankees would like to think; but we do like to remember them. Snow reminds us of how Christmas once was, a time of graciousness and charity. We wish we could get back to that, but we never do. And so the promise and joy of Christmas are always followed by a feeling of dissatisfaction and melancholy. Snow softens that.

The other reason snow is so important to Christmas is because Christmas is a medieval, European holiday in origin, and therefore needs medieval, European symbols to support it. The birth of Jesus took place in an arid, Eastern country. It’s very difficult for Westerners to wrap their heads around the birth of a Savior in such a foreign place. So we wrap the story in things we understand, like snow and Christmas trees and candy canes. Snow is like a white security blanket that we hold next to our heads as we suck our thumbs and gaze at the Nativity. Snow represents the purity of Christ that He has so graciously clothed us with. When we twist that image together with one of His righteousness – something else He’s clothed us in – we have the red and white of the candy cane, a beautiful medieval image that, like snow, helps to comfort and encourage us at Christmastime.

The great reformer Martin Luther introduced the Christmas tree into our tradition. But other than it, most of our holiday symbols are medieval and all point back to Christ and what He was born to bring:

“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” Isaiah 1:18

Christ’s sinless blood washed away our sins, which were as red as scarlet, and made them as clean and pure as His own. That is the gift of a tiny baby sent from Heaven and born into an evil world. The Wise Men’s gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh pale in comparison.

Merry Christmas!

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Let’s Go Fishing

Let's Go Fishing

This is my reply to Ed Blair of Lenoir, whose letter-to-the-editor appeared in the News-Topic on 12-3-16. Ed opens a nice can of worms. So, let’s take those worms and go fishing.

Ed was responding to my own letter, entitled “Who’s Afraid of Donald Trump?” about God’s sovereignty, and our obligation according to Romans 13 to submit to those God puts in authority. Ed asks – and rightly so – what about our forefathers who rebelled against King George? What about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who plotted against Adolf Hitler? What about Martin Luther King, Jr., who preached nonviolent civil disobedience? And what about Republicans, who – in Ed’s mind – fought against President Obama for eight long years?

So, does God want us to submit to tyrants and evil leaders as well as to good? Or can there be exceptions to Romans 13?

Regarding our forefathers:  There were people in Jesus’ day that wanted to throw off Roman rule, just as the colonists wanted to be free of King George. Yet, Jesus never preached rebellion – never even hinted at it. In His mind, there was more at stake than political freedom – spiritual freedom. There was a kingdom far greater than the kingdom of Israel – the Kingdom of Heaven. So, if Jesus had spoken directly to our forefathers, I think He would have told them to focus on a higher prize and wait on God – their freedom would eventually come. But Americans don’t like to wait, for anything, which is part of our problem.

Regarding Dietrich Bonhoeffer, there are two ways to overcome evil:  We can focus on the evil and try to overcome it directly; or, we can focus on good and let THAT be our contribution to God’s deliverance. Evil cannot overcome good, just as darkness cannot overcome light. So, if Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his fellow conspirators had left the removal of Hitler up to God, they might have lived to see God’s deliverance.

Regarding Martin Luther King, Jr, I like the approach of William Wilberforce better:  He changed the laws of slavery in Great Britain in the early 1800s by going through legal channels, not with civil disobedience –  or, as I call it, throwing a civil temper tantrum. It took twenty years to accomplish; but the Brits have enjoyed better race relations in their country than we have in ours. Civil disobedience is a form of tyranny:  you hold people captive with your disruptive behavior until they give you what you want. It reminds me of the kid in the grocery store that does the same thing to his parent. That’s no way to behave.

As to Republicans:  He said, she said. Democrats say that Republicans didn’t cooperate with the president, Republicans say the president didn’t cooperate with them. Communication is a two-way street.

I’ll tell you what I see in all four of Ed’s examples – impatience. Instead of waiting on God, these people took matters into their own hands. Those who wait, eventually get what they want. Those who don’t, end up paying a higher price for something of far less value. As Mendelssohn says in his oratorio Elijah, “O rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him, And He shall give thee thy heart’s desires.”

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Who’s Afraid of Donald Trump?

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I’m not sure how liberal Christians interpret Romans chapter 13 in the Bible, but I’ll tell you how I interpret it, based on the English Standard Version: God decides who is in authority and who is not. He places those in positions of authority for our benefit. Our job is to submit to them, pray for them and show them respect. That’s it. It says that those who resist them resist what God has appointed and will incur God’s judgment as a result, and that the only people who need be afraid of someone in authority are those who plan on doing wrong.

That means that God chose Donald Trump to be President, not we the voters, even though God worked through us in the process. It means that God intends to use Donald Trump for our good. Our job is to submit to Donald Trump, pray for him and show him the respect due someone who holds the office of President. It means that if we resist Donald Trump, we are going against what God intends and will receive His wrath as a result, and that the only people that need to be afraid of Donald Trump are those who plan on breaking the law.

So, let me ask you: Are the people who have been rioting in the streets of our cities and shutting down our college campuses following God’s command in Romans chapter 13? Have they been submitting to the President-elect – or at least to the will of the people who elected him – praying for him and showing him the respect due someone just elected to the office of President? Have they been respecting the police and others in authority? If not, then why are some Christians, including pastors, defending what these people have been doing?

I’ll tell you how my friends and I view the election results: God is Sovereign. If Donald Trump had not won, God would still be Sovereign. If Hillary Clinton were the new President-elect, my friends and I would not be rioting in the streets. Know why? Because we believe that God is Sovereign – that HE is in control – not to mention the fact that we have jobs to go to. We don’t need to worry. We don’t need to be afraid. And we certainly don’t need to riot.

Anyway, pretty much everything that the rioters have been saying are lies that were spread during the election. Would Donald Trump REALLY have a black woman as vice president of his company if he were against women and people of color? REALLY? Tell me how that would work. Would he REALLY have so many people of different backgrounds – Hispanics, gays, Muslims, you name it – working on his campaign, working for his company and now working on his new administration, if he were as prejudiced and Xenophobic as was claimed in the election? REALLY?

As Romans 13 says, the only people that need to fear a Trump administration are those who plan on doing wrong – i.e., those who plan on breaking the law. Aren’t those the people we WANT to be afraid – the people planning on breaking into our houses? The people planning on stealing our identities? The people planning on bombing our cities, airports and schools?

Trump will be tough on crime. For everyone else, he will help to rebuild our urban neighborhoods and infrastructure, our manufacturing, our health care system, our schools, our trade – everything that is currently failing and keeping America from being great. Isn’t that what we want? God will use Trump to carry out HIS plans – not Trump’s – as He has used so many other imperfect people in the past. As FDR, another imperfect man, very similar to Trump, and used by God for good, once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Amen.

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My Final Take on This Election

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Over a month ago, I put some Trump-Pence signs in my front yard, and in the past couple weeks, they’ve been torn down, ripped apart and stolen five times. The culprits did it covertly, too cowardly to show their faces. That means they trespassed on my property, destroyed my property, stole my property and kept me from exercising my right to freedom of speech five times. That’s right:  these were the “caring,” “loving” Democrats that want “all of us to reach our God-given potential.”

There’s a lesson in this: Liberals, Democrats, so-called Progressives, the Left – whatever you want to call them, they’re all cut from the same cloth – have no regard for individual rights or freedoms, no regard for personal property, no regard for the law, no regard for men and women in uniform or anyone in authority… no regard for anyone, period, but themselves. If they believe they’re right, that’s all that matters. Firebomb a GOP headquarters, spray-paint vehicles outside a Trump rally, tear down a flag, don’t stand for the national anthem, fight the police, set fire to a city, destroy private property… No wonder their candidate is a crook. She leads them by example.

Oh, I know, the Democrats have expressed regret over the firebombing of the GOP headquarters in Orange County, NC. Well, boo, hoo, hoo. They can save their crocodile tears. Why do they think it happened? Hillary and the Democrat bosses incited those acts of hate and violence by their words. You send out enough inflammatory rhetoric, make enough hate speeches, and, eventually, people are going to get hurt. But they don’t care. They attribute hate and fear to Donald Trump, yet it’s their people that are committing these acts of hate and fear. So, on top of everything else, they’re the worst kind of hypocrites.

As I’ve said before, this election is not about the two candidates, it’s about two totally different ideologies. Tom Shuford, in his editorials, has done a wonderful job summing up the Republican side, as well as exemplifying what the ideal conservative is all about. His editorials are intelligent, well-researched, logical, professionally written and loaded with common sense. On the other hand, Ed Blair, in his editorial from about a month ago, offered us a look at the Democrat side. Basically, he cut-and-pasted a lot of catch phrases that Hillary has been feeding her followers since the election began.

Most Democrats are probably decent people, and many of them are good friends of mine, but they’re being used:  the Democrat bosses are feeding them little catch phrases and labels to put on people, so that when they go out into the world and are asked a question, they won’t have to think. They’ll just pull out one of those catch phrases or labels and slap it on. So, as you’re talking with one of them, don’t be surprised if they seem distracted. It’s because they are desperately trying to figure out which label fits you, which of Hillary’s baskets you belong in, or which of Hillary’s catch phrases they can use – not to help you reach “your God-given potential,” but to try to intimidate you. If you try introducing logic, facts or common sense into the conversation, they stare at you, as if to say, “That does not compute.” If you continue, they overheat, like the robot Robbie from The Forbidden Planet, when he was given a command that was contrary to his programming. And if you continue to press them, eventually they short-circuit, blurt something out like, “We’re no longer friends!” and go storming off.

Democrats can’t have people running around thinking for themselves – how would they control them? So, if Hillary wins – and that is a possibility, folks, unless people get out and vote for Trump – I hope you keep your pocket guide to “Politically Correct Words and Phrases” handy, because you’re going to need it in Hillary’s world. You’ll also need a copy of Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto,” which will be required reading. You’re going to have to show you have contempt for the law and everyone in authority. And when you leave your house, you’ll need to leave your integrity, your conscience and your brain behind. And, by all means, Truth. In Hillary’s world, truth is relative.

Okay, you ready to go vote? Na, you won’t need that voter ID. In Hillary’s world, you can vote as often as you like – even if you’re dead! Okay, let’s go. Oh, by the way:  If Hillary wins, you’ll want to pick up a copy of George Orwell’s “1984” because, brother, that’s the next item on the program.

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My Take on the “Deplorables”

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I think it’s very revealing that Hillary Clinton has labelled half of Donald Trump’s supporters “deplorables” and “unredeemable.” I think it’s even more revealing that the Media, including NPR and the Washington Post, are trying to PROVE that her statement is true. First of all, how do you “prove” an opinion? Just by definition, an opinion belongs on the “editorial page” rather than the “news page” because it IS unprovable, factually. So why do the Media feel they need to try to prove it?

This is the crux of this election: Hillary and the Media are DESPERATE to discredit Trump’s supporters by making them seem LESS than other Americans: less tolerant, less compassionate, less intelligent, even less human. One of the top newspeople at NPR said last week that all you had to do to prove Hillary’s statement was to look at what Trump supporters believe.

Okay. Let’s do that. Let’s look at the beliefs of a typical Trump supporter: me.

I won’t recite the Apostle’s Creed in its entirety, but that’s one of the things I believe. You know: “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit … crucified, dead and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven … ” etc.

And, because I believe that, I believe a host of other things that involve loving God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, and loving my neighbor as myself. Contrary to what Hillary Clinton thinks, my beliefs do not include anything whatsoever that could possibly be construed as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic or any other phobia. I believe that most Republicans share my beliefs, as well as most other Trump supporters.

So, why would Hillary want to vilify and “write off” such a large segment of the American population – the American CHRISTIAN population – especially since she wants to be their next President? Because Hillary, the Democrat bosses and the Liberal elite, including the Media, are about divide-and-conquer through intimidation. They believe that if they can turn black against white, female against male, LGBTQ against straight, etc. they can conquer the American people ideologically by intimidating them into conformity. The party that says they are all about diversity is really about conformity – conformity to THEIR way of thinking.

The other day on NPR, a man called in to a talk show that was made up of a panel of newspeople. He identified himself as a member of the LGBTQ community and a supporter of Trump. He asked, “Why do the news media slant all their reporting against Trump and in favor of Hillary?” You could have heard a pin drop. Then the members of the panel began to scramble, saying anything they could think of to try to justify their biased reporting. It was pathetic.

This election is not about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump: it’s about ideology. One group wants to control people by controlling what they think, which they will do through intimidation and with the help of the Media. The other group just wants people to obey the law in order that all of us can live together in peace and have a better life. Which “basket” are you in?

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My Take on Hillary

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[Caption to photo above: “Hillary in a Panic.” Did she break a nail? Did she find out that the FBI was on their way over and is desperately trying to delete emails? Did Bill just tell her about his latest tryst? You decide.]

I have nothing against Hillary Clinton, personally. I do think she is married to a man that lacks integrity. Why he wasn’t kicked out of office, after being impeached, is beyond me. A man of integrity would have resigned, as Richard Nixon did. Yet, the Democrats want to reward him by putting him back in the White House as a First Spouse. Unbelievable.

People forget, and most millennials have never known, that the prosperity enjoyed under Bill Clinton was left over from the Reagan years. When Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, we had endured the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter. During those four years, we sat in long lines waiting to buy gasoline because there was an oil crisis. No one but rich people could afford to buy a house because there was both an economic crisis and a housing crisis. And Americans were ashamed and humiliated abroad because there was an Iranian hostage crisis which, apparently, our President could do nothing about. Everything then was a crisis.

Reagan came in and turned things around economically, internationally and politically. People went back to work with salaries that were the highest in history, so there was prosperity at home. The Berlin Wall came down and the Cold War ended, so there was the spread of democracy abroad. And, remarkably, Republicans and Democrats in Washington began working together and getting things done because Reagan knew how to bring people together. Americans felt good about being Americans.

Both George H. Bush and Bill Clinton enjoyed the benefits of Reaganomics during their terms as President. But it was amazing how quickly Republicans, and especially George W. Bush, forgot the lessons we had learned under Reagan. Now, Hillary and the Democrats want to go back to those depressing Carter years. Reagan taught us that when it comes to government, less is more – yet, Hillary wants to increase the size of government. He taught us that lowering taxes stimulates the economy – yet, Hillary wants to raise taxes. He taught us that America is a shining city on a hill, spreading the principles of freedom and democracy to the rest of the world – yet, Hillary wants us to believe that America is just another nation among the rest.

Look at Hillary’s record. She was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. During that time, the world became a much more dangerous place. We’ve seen the rise of ISIS, civil war in Syria where hundreds of thousands of civilians including children have been slaughtered, the breakdown of the entire Middle East including our allied nations, the flooding of refugees into Europe, the rise of Russian and Chinese aggression, continued threats from Iran and North Korea – in short, the setting of the stage for World War 3. This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton and her successor, John Kerry, both part of the Obama administration.

How much more evidence do we need? Do we need to talk about Benghazi? The Clinton email scandal? Her conflict of interest with the Clinton Foundation? Her campaign finances as a senator? The fact that the Secret Service hates her? Clinton’s reputation as a lawyer? What is it going to take for people to realize that the Clintons are not good for this country? And that a Clinton presidency would be even more crisis-ridden, even more disastrous than Carter’s?

Just let a thinking person bring up any of the multitude of logical objections to a Clinton presidency, and all the Democrats can do is cry, “Racist!” or “Sexist!” or “Hater!” or “Bigot!” My, my, isn’t a one-word vocabulary marvelous?

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My Take on Trump

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Last month I watched the Republican National Convention, and I have to say, I was very encouraged by not only the speakers, who were outstanding, but also the direction in which the Republican party is moving, as well as the ideas that Trump put forth in his acceptance speech. I was also amazed at what a terrible job the Media did in covering the event. The fact that they obsessed for two days over Melania Trump’s faux pas of copying some of Michelle Obama’s previous speech is absurd. But the Media are looking for things they can pick at, not for things that are right. No wonder the American people are so ignorant of the basic facts of what is good about America.

My take on Donald Trump is this:  his running mate, Mike Pence, is a very good man. And Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, is a very, very good man. As second and third in command, that is two good men that can step in if anything happens to Trump. It is also two good men that can help keep Trump honest, and will. But Trump is also surrounding himself with some very smart people, like Dr. Ben Carson and Newt Gingrich, plus a host of good women and his own children, who are leaders in their own right. I also like the fact that he is surrounding himself with men and women of every ethnicity and race, of every religion and lifestyle, but men and women who are more interested in honesty and truth than being politically correct. What they all say about Trump is that he listens and that is one of the things that makes him a great leader. Also, that he is kind and compassionate. Of course, Ted Cruz wouldn’t agree with that, but I think he is in the minority.

I liked the themes of the different nights: “Make America Safe Again,” “Make America Work Again,” “Make America First Again,” “Make America One Again,” and of course the theme for the whole convention, “Make America Great Again.” After listening to Trump’s acceptance speech, I really believe he can do it. He strikes me as being at a place not dissimilar to Franklin Roosevelt’s when he took office back in the 1930s, when he faced the problems of the Great Depression and the threat of Nazi Germany. I think our problems today, both at home and abroad, are similar to the ones back then, and I think that Trump is enough of a larger-than-life, nuts-and-bolts leader like Roosevelt that he will tackle them effectively. But, at the same time, he is a constitutionalist, like Reagan, who believes that people can solve their own problems far better than government. It’s a nice balance.

And, yes, he is flamboyant. But we asked for someone outside the system, someone that wasn’t part of the status quo. Did we really think he would sound and act like every other politician? Thank God that he doesn’t. If you want that, Hillary and the Democrats will give you that in spades.

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