Americanism

If someone stopped you on the street (like Jesse Waters for example) and asked you to define “Americanism,” would you be able to do it?

There was a time when most Americans would describe themselves as: proud, self-reliant, and individualistic. Proud of their country and its flag; reliant on God instead of the state; and free to say and think whatever they wanted without fear of reprisal. Basically, Americanism meant individual freedom.

And now, to the contrary, American society is becoming more and more intolerant and tribalistic, Tribal people are more loyal to their own social group than they are to the country as a whole. The saying or proverb that “It takes a village to raise a child,” at best promotes a certain level of dependence but could also lead to tribalism.

The various tribes each have their own military arm, that being the mob. Their uniforms are hoods and facemasks. Will official uniforms come next?

One of our national mottos, “E Pluribus Unum” could be interpreted now as meaning: “From the masses, one leader.” Could it be that Mussolini was inspired by the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” for his choice, in Italian, of “fascio” to name his political party? Is it not then any surprise that HRC and BHO both elevated “E Pluribus Unum” above our official national motto of “In God We Trust?” Why would two dyed-in-the-wool liberals favor an originalist motto?

And so, the coordination of America continues…

Does anyone find it curious that the wave of opposition to historical statues and monuments has sprung up all over the country with military precision. Even statues of Mary holding the baby Jesus are being removed in Catholic schools! This is very significant since Catholic doctrine elevates Mary, the mother of Jesus, to the position of “Queen of Heaven.” By removing these statues, they are capitulating to the intolerant mob who takes offense not just at statues but the doctrines themselves and by removing these statues, the Catholic schools are now guilty of being complicit. I never thought I’d see the day.

When I was in school, you might be sent to the principal’s office if you cut class or were caught “smokin’ in the boy’s room,” but now first-graders are sent to the principal’s office for the serious offense of misgendering a classmate.

But the worst I’ve heard so far is how NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from the middle of Columbus Circle in Manhattan no less. You can’t make this stuff up.

Want a definition of Americanism, it’s everything progressives hate about America—Borders, Language, and Culture. Where Borders represent America’s sovereignty; Language confirms our identity; and Culture is who we are as a people.

Therefore, isn’t it correct to say that Nationalism is the natural enemy of Globalism and that Americanism is the natural enemy of Multiculturalism?

Speaking of culture, I’m kind of partial to the creed of a famous American Icon namely John Wayne who, in his role as John Bernard Books, said:

I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.1

That’s a pretty good creed to live by and I believe it’s subtly ingrained in the American consciousness. On the other hand, Americans are an enigmatic people, like General George S. Patton for example, who on the one hand could be very vulgar and profane and yet on the other hand could also be a strong believer in the power of prayer. History seems to prove that Patton’s enigmatic nature worked to his advantage on the battlefield.

Religion also makes up a large part of Americanism. After all, the Puritans who settled the Massachusetts Bay Colony were English Calvinists. The Calvinistic tradition was “responsible for promoting the idea of a job as a ‘calling,’ as opposed to something one did for money.”2 As a result, the Protestant Work Ethic established a strong connection between work and happiness3 which is probably why workers in America have far less time off than their colleagues in Europe. It should be noted that Protestantism, along with Catholicism in Europe, is believed by some to be responsible for the spread of capitalism4 —a theory not overlooked by Karl Marx.

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  1. “The Shootist (1976) Quotes,” IMDB, accessed August 08, 2017, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075213/quotes

  2. “The Protestant Work Ethic Is Real,” Daniel Luzer, Pacific Standard Magazine, Sep 04, 2013, https://psmag.com/economics/protestant-worth-ethic-real-65544

  3. Ibid. 

  4. Ibid. 

American Fascism

Fascism is authoritarianism, and the poster boy for American Fascism today is Donald J. Trump. Now, if you believe President Trump is a fascist then you also believe that Obama is a libertarian.

It’s obvious to everyone that under President Trump’s administration, individual rights have been trampled by the administration’s enforcement of the laws of the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, “Same sex marriages are on the rise.”1 So, the Trump Administration’s authoritarian posture has had a positive effect on the LGBT community.

The violence in Chicago is on track to top 700 homicides for the year.2 Is this an indication of authoritarian rule at the expense of individual rights? Seems Chicago needs a little more, not less, authoritarianism.

And then there’s Trump’s attempts to convert Americans to Christianity illustrated by the appointment of an Evangelical Christian to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.3 An Evangelical in government service! What is happening to America? Thank God for the socialist, secularist, atheist, Marxist Senator from Vermont who took a stand for traditional American values.

Everyone these days seems to have a propensity to throw around the word “fascist” without really thinking (or knowing) what it really means. The word fascist comes from the Italian, “fascio” which means “a bundle,” “a sheaf,” or “league” according to Wikipedia. (No, I don’t speak Italian.) Given this definition we can try to apply it, as follows: Fascio delle Nazioni (League of Nations).

Also, don’t think that you will get a clear definition of fascism on the internet because most articles are screeds written by anti-Trumpers. As it stands, there are more and more slogans floating around but here’s one that you may not have heard recently, “All for one and all for the state,” that is, the state and its dictator.

Dictator form of government is the greatest form of government there is, if you have the right Dictator.

Will Rogers

In case one has forgotten, or have never been taught in school, fascism enjoyed widespread popularity in America in the 1920s through the 1940s. And, according to RationalRevolution.net, Some famous fascist sympathizers included such prominent Americans as: William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Kennedy (JFK’s father), Charles Lindbergh, John Rockefeller, and Andrew Mellon.

Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I’ve been everything you want to be
I’m the cult of personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I’m the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality4

You might already be aware of Columbia University’s Casa Italiana, a center for Italian studies which opened in 1927, but did you know that at the time it was controlled by Mussolini supporters who used it to dispense fascist propaganda.5

Now, let’s take a look at some quotes attributed to Mussolini, the Father of Fascism, taken from AZ Quotes. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out which political ideology Mussolini’s quotes are most closely aligned with today:

  1. The state reserves the right to be the sole interpreter of the needs of society.
  2. Fascism accepts the individual only insofar as his interests coincide with the state’s.
  3. All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.
  4. There is a violence that liberates, and a violence that enslaves; there is a violence that is moral and a violence that is immoral.
  5. You know what I think about violence. For me it is profoundly moral -more moral than compromises and transactions.
  6. Fascism is a religious concept.
  7. Journalism is not a profession, but a mission.
  8. Our future lies to the east and south, in Asia and Africa.

The Juche (North Korean) ideology fits right in with quotes 1-3 except that in the DPRK, the individual is more likely to wind up in a labor camp or face total re-education by anti-aircraft gunfire.

Quotes 4&5 provides the rationale for the anti-Trump, anti-American, Antifa black shirts who use violence and intimidation to suppress those holding opposing viewpoints. Look no further than James T. Hodgkinson, the congressional baseball practice shooter. Antifa is a leftist group and Mr. Hodgkinson was a Bernie Sanders supporter.

You hear a lot of chatter from the political commentators and analysts on why the mainstream media is so biased against President Trump, well it’s because journalism is no longer a profession, instead it is now on a mission to take down our rightfully elected president.

You might ask how could this happen? Well, it’s not just journalism, it’s happened to every major institution in America. They have all been synchronized (coordinated) with progressive ideology. This technique of coordination or “gleichschaltung,” was employed by the Nazis in Hitler’s Germany to get everyone and every institution to follow the Party line.

The Nazi policy of Gleichschaltung (standardization) was an attempt to rid the country of independent institutions. During the Third Reich, almost every public institution and instrument of policy had been altered to serve Nazi purposes (Gleichschaltung), so all such institutions and instruments were subordinated to the Party. Newspapers, schools at every level, banks, courts, publishing houses, theatres, museums, radio stations, and government offices were all coordinated. Political parties ceased to exist. Even the German Red Cross had been corrupted.6

But that was then, now the Alt Left has adopted the same tactics.

What is the “Alt Left”?

It’s a movement of phony self-righteousness and “compassion” that it uses to gain power. It will do anything and say anything to achieve its goal of hammerlock control not only of government, but every significant cultural institution – from schools, universities and the press to churches, foundations, Hollywood and unions.7

So, what happened to America you ask? Well, it has allowed itself to be converted from belief in a divine being to Statism. Naturally, none of the statists are going to admit that they are following a religion because they believe in America and the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Naturally, it follows that statist doctrines are grounded in state socialism imputed to us through Darwinian evolutionary theology. After which, Marx took the Darwinian belief system and applied it to economics and politics. Finally, Lenin took the principles from both and formulated a collectivist system of government.

As a result, now instead of church or synagogue leaders teaching us the precepts of God, we now have central planners in government intent on controlling every aspect of American life.

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  1. “5 Facts About Same Sex Marriage,” Pew Research Center, published June 26, 2017, http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/26/same-sex-marriage/

  2. “Halfway through 2017, violence remains stubbornly high in Chicago,” Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, published June 30, 2017, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-violence-first-six-months-met-20170630-story.html

  3. “Bernie Sanders attacks Trump nominee for following teachings of Christ,” Todd Starnes, Fox New, June 09, 2017, http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/06/09/bernie-sanders-attacks-trump-nominee-for-following-teachings-christ.html

  4. Lyrics.com, STANDS4 LLC, 2017. “Cult of Personality Lyrics.” accessed April 29, 2017. http://www.lyrics.com/lyric/1001586

  5. “When Columbia University was on the Mussolini bandwagon,” Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist, August 09, 2014, https://louisproyect.org/2014/08/09/when-columbia-university-was-on-the-mussolini-bandwagon/

  6. “Gleichschaltung [coordination],” GlobalSecurity.org, accessed August 19, 2017, http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/de-gleichschaltung.htm

  7. “Let’s take a look at the ‘Alt Left’,” Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily.com, 08/28/2016, http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/lets-take-a-look-at-the-alt-left/

Juche

On June 25, 1950, some 75,000 soldiers of the North Korean People’s Army invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) invasion of the South extended all the way down to the outskirts of Busan, demonstrating how ill prepared and caught off-guard the South Koreans found themselves. Considering that, unlike in 1950, the DPRK today has an estimated 1.2 million men in its military, the threat of an invasion would seem even more likely now.

What if the United States was removed from the scene?

On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed officially ending the Korean War. But was it really the end since no peace treaty was ever put into effect? Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur in order to avoid having the Korean Conflict metastasize into WWIII but all he really did was to “kick the can” down the road to our time and now it’s President Trump’s problem. So now instead of facing WWIII we are facing the possibility of a nuclear conflagration. I wonder how that would affect climate change?

Even so, I’m guessing that you may not believe we are still at war in Korea so I’ve provided just three skirmishes which occurred since 1953 that say otherwise:

  • USS Pueblo Incident in 1968
  • Joint Security Area (JSA) Axe Murders in 1978
  • Otto Warmbier’s Death in 2017

All of these actions were taken against the United States without the DPRK suffering any serious retaliation or consequences.

I’ve heard many of the analysts and experts in Asian affairs give their opinions on the motives and/or mental state of Kim Jong Un. Some say he is unstable and unpredictable. Some say he is unhinged or just plain crazy. I say he is cool and calculating and doing exactly what he believes he should be doing given his country is technically at war with the U.S. and its perceived South Korean puppet state.

When news commentators or announcers reference the government of North Korea, they usually use the terms “Totalitarian,” “Stalinist” or “Communistic” which may seem accurate from the outside but I don’t think they, the North Koreans, necessarily view themselves in any of these terms. Instead, the DPRK’s official identity or ideology is “Juche” first proposed by Kim Il Sung.

It’s probably hard for non-Asians to wrap their heads around the concept of Juche since I believe it has strong tie-ins to ancestor worship—but with a Marxist twist. Instead of reverence for deceased family members, Juche ideology removes the spiritual aspect and instead advocates for reverence or worship of a living relative, i.e., a great leader. This leader is derived from a line of great leaders who considered themselves caretakers of their extended family, namely, the North Korean people. The great leader isn’t looked on as a dictator but a paternalistic head of the family. Kind of sounds like the Godfather, doesn’t it?

Another concept of Juche is self-reliance. For the North Korean, the only way to achieve self-reliance is through subordination to the great leader, and the current Great Leader is Kim Jong Un. Since Juche calls for worship of the Great Leader, it’s by definition the state religion. Take all this then throw in a heavy dose of socialism, ultra-nationalism, and hyper-militarism and you will have a better picture of what the DPRK looks like.

The North Korean people are bombarded daily with this humanistic Juche ideology, “The individual is the master of his destiny,” but only if the individual stays on the right path.

So, you have to ask yourself, how do you negotiate with this kind of government?

I believe there are only two ways to deal with the North Korean threat, the first is…well you know what that is. The second is for the United States to recognize the legitimacy of the North Korean state by signing a peace treaty and establishing diplomatic relations. But in order to assure the North Koreans that we respect their sovereignty, the U.S. would eventually arrive at an agreement to pull out all its military forces from the region, basically, abandoning the South Koreans to their North Korean neighbors. Don’t sound so shocked, this is exactly what we did in Vietnam.

As it stands, the status quo won’t last forever, at least not until Kim Jong Un has perfected his ballistic missile capabilities.

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Best of Times, Worst of Times in America

These are the best of times in American because for the first time in a long time we have a real American as president. Let me be clear, just because a person is a U.S. citizen that doesn’t necessarily make him or her an American regardless of where he or she was or was not born.

These are also the worst of times in America because the country in is the throes of a very real and widespread insurgency that hasn’t been seen since the riotous ‘60s.

I’ve already written about this phenomenon in a blog post entitled In the Crosshairs: “Yesterday Once More” where I’ve made comparisons between the political climate of the 1960s and today…but today things are much worse.

Many cartoon characters in the lamestream media and in the U.S. government are trying to convince us that Russian President Vladimir Putin meddled in our recent election by hacking the DNC’s emails. Okay, let’s assume he (they) did, then how do you explain why emails were released that demonstrated the system being rigged in Hillary’s favor—something everyone believed was happening anyway—would somehow sway the election? Could it be that the Democrats had a lousy candidate who ran a lousy campaign? Maybe they should talk to McCain or Romney for solace. By the way, when I say “everyone” believed I mean everyone, Hillary supporters included.

Secondly, if Putin and Russia are truly our enemies as all the Dumbocrats and many Republicans have claimed, then why would they allege that Russia interfered to sway the election for Donald Trump who is intensely pro-American? In other words, what was in it for them [Russians]?

Thirdly, if Putin truly possessed divine powers that the Dems and the lamestream media infer that he possesses because he somehow enabled Donald Trump to win the election, then I’m sure he also has the power to cover his tracks.

Senator McCain and Former Vice President Dick Cheney went so far as to call Russia’s alleged tampering in our election as an “act of war.” If it truly was an “act of war,” then why hasn’t the good senator tried to get a declaration of war against Russia from the Congress? I guess the meddling might have been serious, but it wasn’t that serious.

And then we have Senator Rand Paul saying that President Trump violated the Constitution when he authorized the missile attack on the Syrian airfield by not first getting congressional authorization. Is he kidding? Really? It would have been easier to get approval from the UN than from Congress, especially now with the insurgency raging. Maybe Senator Paul needs to wake up to the fact that the U.S. is already at war whether he chooses to acknowledge it or not. Our relentless enemy has declared a holy war on us and that enemy is the Islamic Jihad. I think that we, those of us living in the West, need to stop using the ambiguous and politically correct term “terrorists” when referring to Jihadis. I suppose we don’t like to use the term Jihadis because after all, it has religious overtones and we can’t have any of that.

I’m sure by now everyone knows where North Korea is on the map. Lest we forget, the U.S. and North Korea are technically still at war since no peace treaty has ever been signed. The S. Koreans can wave the peace sign all they want but it doesn’t change the reality—reunification is only wishful thinking. The Korean War ended in an armistice as did World War I and we all know how well that worked out. Maybe in the future we should let generals conduct wars instead of politicians and bureaucrats.

So, what brought us to this best of times, worst of times period in our history? Well, I believe the groundwork was laid on January 20, 2009 when the 44th President of the United States was inaugurated. The populace, not unlike frogs, unwittingly put themselves in a pot of water over a flame while the BHO administration slowly raised the temperature to a boil. Like frogs, the populace adapted to their situation until it was almost too late.

Things reached the boiling point on August 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri where the War on Police began. Like the insurgents in Iraq, the insurgents in America target symbols of civil authority, primarily the police and local officials. But it doesn’t stop there…

Another soft-target for the insurgents are college and university campuses. Safe-spaces on campuses are nothing more than mini-Sanctuary Cities for anarchists in training. Any conservative found trespassing on a campus safe-space is akin to an enemy soldier strolling into a war zone—you enter at your own peril.

Did any of these unconstitutional and anarchistic activities solicit a response from the 44th president or from then Attorney General Loretta Lynch? None that I can remember. Meanwhile, many of the frogs (i.e., the populace) broke ranks and on November 8, 2016 did the unthinkable.

After the inauguration the insurgents took to the streets to do what insurgents do best, and that is to incite riots and to participate in violent protests, It interesting to note that former AG Lynch and BHO went so far as to not only condone but to encourage violent anti-Trump protests. Collusion?

Lately, the lamestream media, Palm Beach locals, and certain Republicans have taken to criticizing President Trump’s frequent visits to his resort at Mar-a-Lago for wasting the taxpayers’ money on security and travel. I really feel relieved that my tax money is being so carefully looked after. I don’t remember hearing any outcries when BHO took trips to Hawaii on the taxpayers’ dime. Which flight do you think burns more fuel, D.C. to Hawaii or D.C. to Florida? Let me guess… As a taxpayer, I’m more concerned about my taxes being spent on the UN, NATO, foreign aid, climate regulations, illegal immigrant entitlements, Washington bureaucrats, and so on and so forth.

Since the election, the Democrats are now in the position of being the Opposition Party while the Republicans accuse them of being the Obstructionist Party. I for one, think a new name is called for that better reflects the Democrats’ ideology and tactics; I would rename the [Democratic] Party the Insurgent Liberation Party (ILP). Has a ring to it, don’t you think?

I always get a kick out of hearing the whiners complain about everything President Trump does or says as being “reckless and irresponsible.” The world is “going to hell in a handbasket” but our alt-left lamestream media prefers attacking the president in order to marginalize him personally and to delegitimize his office.

Nevertheless, let me close as “fair and balanced” by saying that I would have preferred Hillary won in 2008 instead of BHO. But, as is always the case, history tends to prove hindsight is 20/20.

The title and some literary devices used in this posting were inspired by “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.

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In the Crosshairs: Election Retrospective

In agile software development, it’s expected that Scrum project teams conduct a sprint retrospective. The sprint retrospective is a meeting attended by all project team members to determine what was done right during the sprint and what was not done so well. The team attempts to ascertain what actions that could be taken on future sprints to increase the team’s effectiveness or velocity.

In the old days, we used to call this retrospective type of meeting a post-mortem or “an examination of the corpse to determine correct cause of death.” In our case here, the corpse is the 2016 U.S. election. Or more accurately, the corpse in this case is what was said in the “Crosshairs” series published on this blog during the primaries and presidential campaign season. In other words, this post is a self-retrospective.

In the Crosshairs: Trump & the GOP

Published: August 06, 2015

Many Republican career politicians deserted Trump like rats from a sinking ship. Enter former presidential candidate John McCain. I admit I voted the McCain / Palin ticket in 2008 only because of Sarah Palin, I never really liked John McCain, there was always something about him…

Career politicians are only looking out for themselves, especially when they’re up for reelection.

Anyway, McCain dropped his support of Trump after the release of the infamous hot-mic tapes like a rat deserting a sinking ship, only the ship wasn’t sinking.

The so-called “fired up crazies” spoke and Trump won the presidency.

In the Crosshairs: Paris Attacks

Published: November 14, 2015

Our current president still refuses to acknowledge that the ISIL inspired Jihadis are Islamic, even though every name they use or ones that are given to them has the word “Islamic” in it.

So what’s the issue here? Will it give them more credibility if we in the West agree with them that they are Islamic? The “JV Team” seems to have no problem with credibility since they now have a presence in 18 countries around the world.

So, no matter what name you choose to give them, ISIL, radical Islamic terrorist, or Jihadis, you have to ask yourself, “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

In the Crosshairs: Guns & Immigration

Published: December 01, 2015

I’ve heard Bill O’Reilly say, on more than one occasion in his Talking Points Memo on Fox News Channel, that America would never elect a socialist as president. Well, I think Bill O’Reilly is wrong since Bernie Sanders almost clinched the Democratic nomination were it not for the Clinton machine opposing him.

Maybe you don’t think there is a Marxist revolution going on in America, if not, then you haven’t been paying attention to the “Not My President” movement which surely advocates a globalist agenda with Marxist overtones.

So, if our Western democracy had worn a condom while fornicating with Marxian socialism we probably wouldn’t be in this situation today.

In the Crosshairs: “Yesterday Once More”

Published: December 05, 2015

This “Crosshairs” post was my tribute to Karen Carpenter and the good old ‘60s.

Check it out. I think I hit the nail right on the head with this one.

In the Crosshairs: Generals and Politicians

Published: December 25, 2015

So, in the fight against ISIS or the global Jihad, “What would Patton do?” Well, he’d win and that’s all he would have to say.

Yes, Donald Trump admires Generals Patton and MacArthur and so do I. History has proven Patton and MacArthur right and proven the politicians and some presidents wrong. As Trump might say, The generals “knew what the hell was going on.”

Coincidentally, Trump made many references to Patton and MacArthur during his campaign. Could he have been reading this blog?

In the Crosshairs: National Review’s Manifesto against Donald Trump

Published: January 30, 2016

The so-called conservatives at the National Review made idiots of themselves when they maligned Donald Trump in such a way that even the radical Left and Saul Alinsky would be proud.

The 2016 U.S. elections are over and Donald Trump is now the president elect. Remember during the primaries when Ted Cruz declared on many occasions that Donald Trump would not be the Republican Party’s nominee. Well, not only did Trump get the nomination, he won the election! What does that say about Cruz’s prophetic abilities or his credentials as an evangelical?

In the Crosshairs: Providence and the U.S. Election

Published: March 06, 2016

Although no one is really saying it, God spoke and Trump won the election. Obviously, God spoke through the voters. Notice that He didn’t speak through the elites, media pundits, experts, commentators, news reporters, pollsters, globalist, or progressives.

Most of the time when God speaks, no one really listens, but this time the whole world got the message.

In the Crosshairs: Looking Back to See Ahead

Published: August 28, 2016

The good news is that Trump won the election, the bad news is that all the loud mouth celebrities who said they would leave the U.S. if Trump won are still here.

So was I wrong to say that “America has been destroyed,” and “Donald Trump is running for president of a country that doesn’t exist anymore and that pretty much assures that Hillary Clinton will win the election?” I would have to say yes and no.

Yes, I was wrong in that Hillary Clinton didn’t win the election, but no, I wasn’t wrong to say America has been destroyed. Take a look around, see all the “Not my President” rioters and protestors. Obama met with Trump and was cordial but the President made no attempt to try to quell the violence his supporters are inflicting on our cities and institutions. I believe America as we knew it is gone—God just gave us a short reprieve. Maybe “for the sake of the elect?”

In the Crosshairs: The Last Election

Published: November 05, 2016

By the time I published this post, I was convinced that nothing could stop Hillary Clinton from becoming President of the United States. I was wrong…thankfully wrong. God intervened and pronounced His judgement.

And just when you thought it was safe to turn on the news and not hear a barrage of negative rants against Donald Trump that the corrupt mainstream media are working overtime to marginalize and ridicule his cabinet picks, wife and other family members during his transition to the White House. No doubt, the 2020 presidential campaign has already begun.

Yes, the Left was hoping this would be the last election. They had a candidate who they believed couldn’t lose. Who will they find to run against Trump for the 2020 election? Time alone will tell.

P.S. This concludes my series on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I trust my insights and analyses were entertaining and hopefully even original at times. I tried to make analogies that were outside of the mainstream, maybe even outside traditional conservative circles. Nevertheless, I tried to make points that I felt others missed or neglected to some degree, particularly with reference to divine providence. All this with a healthy dose of sarcasm thrown in. As always, I welcome your comments.

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In the Crosshairs: The Last Election

After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

Dan. 7:7 NASB

It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

Rev. 13:7-8

You may be asking yourself, “What does any of this have to do with the 2016 United States presidential election?” Well, maybe nothing…then again, maybe everything.

The biblical verses I quoted from Daniel and Revelation clearly predict a coming world leader or put another way, global governance on steroids. Additionally, if you read closely you will understand that this coming world leader will not be a friend to the Christian community. So, which presidential candidate supports policies that could lead to the loss of America’s sovereignty? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not Trump.

Hillary Clinton is running on a platform that seeks to preserve President Obama’s legacy, like Obamacare for example. Also included in Obama’s legacy would be the way he used every opportunity during his presidency to diminish and demean Christians of all persuasions. On the other hand, he has been an effective Islamic apologist, like refusing to admit ISIS is Islamic. Obama also likes to tout his immigration policy of allowing refugees into the U.S., but I bet you didn’t know that out of 6,726 Syrian refugees admitted to U.S. so far in FY 2016, only 23 are Christians!

And who can forget Obama’s many worldwide apology tours.

In order for a global leader to subdue the entire world, the United States, in particular, would have to be conquered or assimilated. I don’t think the U.S. could be conquered militarily, but I do believe it could be assimilated—and we are already well on our way! In my opinion, the results of this election will determine if the process becomes accelerated or decelerated.

So I think you need to ask yourself if you are really ready for Hillary because she is probably going to win the election. You know, having Hillary for President wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for her ideology. But then again, I suspect most voters have no idea what her ideology really is because she has been so good at putting the spin on her real opinions and beliefs.

Can you remember the last time Hillary held a news conference or agreed to interview with someone from a network other than CNN (Collusive News Network)? Then again, calling CNN a news network is seriously oxymoronic.

I found a pretty good way of deciding who I would vote for without even hearing any of the candidates’ positions. If you really want to know what a candidate stands for, just look at who is supporting the candidate. For example, George Soros and Lady Gaga are both supporting Hillary Clinton. In case you don’t know who George Soros is, you had better find out soon because he is a radical leftist ideologue who is determined to bring about an end to America’s sovereignty. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then vote for Hillary. On the other hand, if you’re looking someone with a strong desire to stand up for America, Steve Forbes and Jerry Falwell Jr. are both supporting Donald Trump.

Hillary’s campaign slogan is “Stronger Together” but she has no problem discriminating against those “irredeemable” folks that the Left have profiled as being un-American simply because of their belief in traditional values and American exceptionalism. Hillary’s definition of “inclusion” is to dispense all those who don’t support her leftist agenda into that “basket of deplorables.”

Left-wing bias is running rampant during this election cycle. The brazen mainstream media doesn’t even feel the need to hide it anymore. For those who love to criticize Fox News, you need to understand that there is a big difference between hard news reporting and commentary / opinion. Maybe your teachers and professors skipped over this subject in school.

Speaking of the news media, I have a habit of watching Water’s World on Fox News Channel and it’s really scary because I would have to say from what I’ve heard, almost 80% of the interviewees were totally clueless…and some will even be voting.

As an amateur photographer, I’m concerned with color and contrast in my photos. In the same way, I look for color and contrast in the current presidential candidates. Inarguably, Donald Trump is the most colorful candidate this country has ever seen while Hillary mostly appears in varying shades of gray. On the other hand, the contrast between the two candidates couldn’t be more lucid:

  • Nationalism vs. Globalism
  • < Regulation vs. > Regulation
  • < Taxes vs. > Taxes
  • Borders vs. Bridges
  • Law vs. Lawlessness
  • Truth vs. Lies…

Conspiracies abound, but since there are no Trump supporters lurking in the Bushes, we’re not hearing about that “vast right-wing conspiracy” anymore. No, instead we are getting barraged with Russia conspiring with the Republicans to influence the election. All this noise was generated by the media because Putin said that Trump was a “colorful candidate” and Trump said “wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got along with Russia.” What’s so terrible about that? Nevertheless, getting along doesn’t necessarily mean going along. Conversely, if Trump made some inflammatory remarks about Putin and Russia, the mainstream media would be accusing him [Trump] of trying to start a war.

The vast right-wing conspiracy has morphed into a two-man conspiracy to de-throne the Clintons.

Conspiracies aside, nothing sells better than sex, just ask Megyn Kelly of Fox News Channel. I was really shocked when she brought up the War on Women accusation against Trump at the first presidential debate. The mainstream media along with Megyn Kelly hammered the voters relentlessly with their coverage of the Trump NBC hot mic tape. Megyn Kelly has certainly done a lot to endear herself to the feminist movement or maybe she already is a card-carrying member.

Speaking of wars, we have lots of them now such as the War on: Coal (i.e., energy), Christianity, Law Enforcement, First and Second Amendments, Fox News, Conservative Talk Radio, Capitalism, American Values, etc., etc.

I’ve heard many commentators and pundits say that Trump’s achievements are unprecedented in modern political history, but so have Hillary’s accomplishments. She ran unsuccessfully against Barak Obama for the presidency and was then appointed as Secretary of State. Later, she successfully ran for office as senator from New York, all the while amassing a fortune of around $31 million. But her best achievement was being able to avoid any repercussions or consequences from using an unsecured private email server as Secretary of State. Hillary’s not worried, she could (hypothetically) “stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody” and she wouldn’t get convicted.

Even so, I believe what Trump was able to accomplish without being a political hack is amazing to say the least. And whether he wins or loses, this 2016 election cycle will be discussed for many years to come.

If Hillary wins this election, she will be president for eight years. I don’t think it will be possible for the country to recover. This will be the last election.

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In the Crosshairs: Looking Back to See Ahead

While serving in the U.S. Air Force in South Vietnam during the early 70s, I had the opportunity to see the movie Catch-22 in the base theater. I’ll never forget the scene of the outrageous conversation between Nately, played by actor Art Garfunkel, and an old, lecherous man which took place in a whorehouse somewhere in Rome during WWII. Part of the conversation (taken from the Kindle book) went like this:

‘America is the strongest and most prosperous nation on earth,’ Nately informed him with lofty fervor and dignity. ‘And the American fighting man is second to none.’

‘Exactly,’ agreed the old man pleasantly, with a hint of taunting amusement. ‘Italy, on the other hand, is one of the least prosperous nations on earth. And the Italian fighting man is probably second to all…Yes, I am quite certain that Italy will survive this war and still be in existence long after your own country has been destroyed.’

‘America is not going to be destroyed!’ he [Nately] shouted passionately. ‘Never?’ prodded the old man softly. ‘Well . . .’ Nately faltered.

The old man laughed indulgently, holding in check a deeper, more explosive delight. His goading remained gentle. ‘Rome was destroyed, Greece was destroyed, Persia was destroyed, Spain was destroyed. All great countries are destroyed. Why not yours? How much longer do you really think your own country will last? Forever?’

The idea of America being destroyed was unthinkable in 1970 when this film was released. Even though America was still involved in the war in Vietnam, Richard Nixon was president and it seemed that the anarchy of the 1960s had been quelled.

Who could have imagined then that America would only last another 50 short years?

When I got off the plane at Travis AFB in California in 1972 after the flight from Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam (with a stopover in Japan), I felt a sigh of relief—I was back in the “World.” I was even more relieved after arriving at JFK and after having taken a cab through familiar surroundings to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where my aunt and uncle had an apartment.

There was a certain feeling of security in the U.S. back then. No one worried about being attacked, that didn’t occur in America…then 9/11 happened and everything changed.

In my opinion, nothing has been the same since the World Trade Center in NYC came down. Yes, America rose up to fight back but the cure has turned out to be worse than the disease.

On the other hand, nothing really happens overnight, America was already pivoting away from her traditional values of borders, language and culture during the 1960s.

Even though the radicalism of the 1960s was subdued during the Nixon years, it wasn’t cured it just went into remission only to flare up again in the 1980s with the appearance of political correctness.

Political correctness has since metastasized into almost every institution in America: the mainstream media; Hollywood (actors and films); academia; the scientific community; government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial); and churches…yes, even churches! Has America joined Europe and the rest of the world in this insanity?

So, here we are 16 years into the 21st century and you have to ask yourself, “Has anything really changed?”

Politics certainly hasn’t changed. I recall spending time, while growing up, with my parents at Uncle Wallace and Aunt Sophie’s house in Wallington, NJ which is very close to Passaic. Uncle Wallace owned and operated a storefront deli in the front section of his house and once a year, around Easter, he would give my father some homemade kielbasa to bring home, usually two rings which never really seemed to be enough. Anyway, in 1964 during one of our visits, my father’s cousin along with his family were there also and the men were having a conversation on politics at the kitchen table. My father’s cousin was trying to make a case against Barry Goldwater for president by implying that if elected he would ban rock ‘n’ roll. From that moment on, the name Barry Goldwater was to me anathema since I was a big Beatles fan.

So, after all these years I decided to read a transcript of Barry Goldwater’s 1964 acceptance speech. I wanted to see if there was any basis for believing that he, as president, would turn out to be some kind of intolerant dictator as my father’s cousin would have liked us to believe. To the contrary, based on the following excerpts from Goldwater’s acceptance speech I find there was no basis whatsoever for my father’s cousin’s erroneous statements:

We see, in private property and in economy based upon and fostering private property, the one way to make government a durable ally of the whole man, rather than his determined enemy. We see in the sanctity of private property the only durable foundation for constitutional government in a free society. And beyond that, we see, in cherished diversity of ways, diversity of thoughts, of motives and accomplishments. We do not seek to lead anyone’s life for him – we seek only to secure his rights and to guarantee him opportunity to strive, with government performing only those needed and constitutionally sanctioned tasks which cannot otherwise be performed.

Balance, diversity, creativity – these are the elements of Republican equation.

This is a party, this Republican Party, a Party for free men, not for blind followers, and not for conformists.

Naturally, no one remembers any of these great words. The only words from Goldwater’s speech that people tend to remember are the words that the biased, dishonest media will allow you to remember, and those words are:

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Goldwater’s obvious fatal mistake was his use of the E-word. Ever since then, people have come to automatically equate conservatism with extremism, while on the other hand, they have come to automatically equate liberalism (progressivism / socialism / collectivism) with moderation (normalcy).

So who are the real extremists, Donald Trump or the criminal-coddling Left? Lest we forget, it was not long after Trump made his [in]famous statement about Mexican and other immigrants being “killers and rapists,” that Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco by a seven time convicted felon, an illegal Mexican immigrant who was deported five times and returned. San Francisco provides a safe haven for illegal immigrants since it is a “Sanctuary City,” and the Democrats in Congress blocked the passage of Kate’s Law. Insane? Yes. The inmates (politicians) are now running the asylum (government).

As I read through the text of Goldwater’s 1964 acceptance speech, I thought to myself, “This speech could have been used today, almost in its entirety, by Donald Trump.” Pretty much all that he would need to do is substitute “communism” with “radical Islam” and he would have it. After all these years, very little has changed, if anything.

The experts like to make comparisons between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan but I think Mr. Trump’s views on many issues are more in line with Goldwater’s not Reagan’s. But no one dare mention the name Goldwater—it has become a pariah.

I believe the very reason for the Left’s unrelenting vitriol directed at Donald Trump is because he has become the 21st century Goldwater Republican. And, if Ann Coulter’s theory is correct, no Republican can ever win the White House again. On the other hand, if Donald Trump does manage to get elected, he will in all probability be the last Republican president.

So, will the voters going to the polls in the U.S. make the same mistake on Election Day in 2016 as they did in 1964? Time will tell. Will the biased media be successful in demonizing Donald Trump so that enough people are persuaded to vote for Hillary Clinton? It depends on whether or not America is already too far gone.

Hillary Clinton was deemed “extremely carless” in her handling of classified information by FBI Director James Comey but she still leads Donald Trump in almost all the polls. Also, based on James Comey’s answers to Trey Gowdy’s questions concerning Hillary Clinton’s past statements, it seems clear that she has been less than truthful with the American people. While it appears that she can fool the FBI and large segments of the electorate, she isn’t fooling God (this is a theological blog after all).

Everyone deceives his neighbor And does not speak the truth, They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves committing iniquity.

Jer. 9:5 NASB

Has America become like those of whom the prophet Jeremiah spoke of? Will Hillary Clinton’s lies eventually catch up with her as it is written:

A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.

Prov. 19:5

Along with the proliferation of lies and liars, there is also no shortage of hypocrisy and hypocrites during this presidential election season. So…

Can someone please explain to me why the Liberals are all upset with Donald Trump for speaking out against the vicious personal attacks made by Khizr Khan during the Democratic Convention when it was those very same Liberals who during the Vietnam War called returning veterans “baby killers?”

Can someone please explain to me why Seddique Mateen, the father of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooter, was sitting in a prominent location directly behind Hillary Clinton at her rally in Kissimmee, Florida? Seddique Mateen is a Clinton supporter and gun control advocate—go figure!

Can someone please explain to me why billionaires such as Warren Buffet, Michael Bloomberg, Oprah Winfrey, George Soros, and many others are supporting Hillary Clinton when she is supposedly running against Wall Street and the 1%?

Can someone please explain to me why the mainstream media gives Hillary Clinton a pass for not releasing her 30,000 or so deleted emails but they slam Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns?

Can someone please explain to me why Liberals break out into self-righteous indignation over Donald Trump calling it as he sees it when these very same liberals called George W. Bush “Dumbya,” “Dumbo,” “Bushitler,” and “Uncurious George,” among other names?

Can someone please explain to me why Hollywood actor Will Smith can get away with making an outright threat:  “We get to know who people [Donald Trump supporters] are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country,” but the Left went hysterical over Donald Trump’s Second Amendment people comment? To most rational, thinking people what Trump said was an obvious double entendre—not intended to be taken literally.

I believe the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election will either confirm or invalidate my earlier statement that America has been destroyed. That is not to say that America is or will be destroyed in the sense that Rome was destroyed in 476 C.E. America will be destroyed when her borders, language, and culture are abraded.

If my assessment that America has been destroyed is true, then Donald Trump is running for president of a country that doesn’t exist anymore and that pretty much assures that Hillary Clinton will win the election. Let’s hope I’m wrong. On the other hand, if Donald Trump does win the election, let’s hope that Miley Cyrus, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Al Sharpton, Jon Stewart, and Cher stick to their word and leave the country. Do you think they’ll be missed? I didn’t think so.

However, if it all goes bad in November because the majority happens to get fooled again, then we can all sing the lines from a familiar song, “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”


Joseph Heller. Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition (pp. 272-273). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

“Goldwater’s 1964 Acceptance Speech,” washingtonpost.com, accessed August 15, 2016, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/daily/may98/goldwaterspeech.htm.

“Senate Dems block votes on immigration issues, including sanctuary cities,” published July 07, 2016, FoxNews.com, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/07/senate-dems-block-votes-on-immigration-issues-including-sanctuary-cities.html.

“Coulter: I Got 30 Million Reasons,” Ann Coulter, Human Events, July 3, 2013, http://humanevents.com/2013/07/03/coulter-i-got-30-million-reasons/.

Peter Townshend, Won’t Get Fooled Again, Abkco Music Inc., T.R.O. Inc., Spirit Music Group.

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Man-made Global Warming: A Convenient Lie?

As I begin writing this blog post, it’s 94°F and partly cloudy here in Yalaha, Florida on the 4th of July, which only goes to prove the validity of man-made global warming. Maybe if I hadn’t driven my Dodge Durango as much or even better, if no one was allowed to drive a Dodge Durango the planet would be cooler and the glaciers wouldn’t be melting.

If you’re one of those unfortunates who’ve been propagandized your whole life beginning in school and then later in life by the mainstream media, then you probably already worship at the altar of climatism and your patron saint is Al Gore. If so, then give me a loud “Amen!” You might have even been a disciple sitting at Gore’s feet during one of his “Come to Climatism” revival meetings held somewhere in the world. Yes, climatism is the new religion of the political Left.

I referred to Al Gore and his film: An Inconvenient Truth in my previous post on Climatism but now I’m going to provide my impressions of the film after having watched the DVD just a few days ago. The film is a 96 minute [pseudo] documentary that [Green] fueled the current climate alarmism craze. As I’ve already mentioned, the film’s star is none other than Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and former presidential candidate who lost the 2000 general election to George W. Bush.

Let’s start with the DVD packaging.

DVD Front Cover
Figure 1. An Inconvenient Truth, DVD Front Cover Image.

The really clever cover image in Figure 1 says it all. You don’t even have to watch the DVD to see the clear implication that natural weather events, such as Hurricane Katrina (not so subtly derived from an image shown on the DVD back cover), are being directly caused by industrial activity, that is, human activity. Notice the stark image of the factory, or worse yet a coal fired power plant, in the foreground spewing pollution into the air—reminds me of the 1910 London scenes from the movie Mary Poppins. Because of humans indiscriminately pumping tons of pollution (i.e., CO2, but we’ll get to that later) into the atmosphere, Mother Nature had no choice but to take her revenge out on the immoral, unsuspecting citizens of New Orleans by punishing them with a devastating storm. Ironically, Katrina caused more harm to poor folks and black folks than to high-income, white folks according to a 2005 Gallup poll,1 Seems that Mother Nature has a warped sense of justice. Why is that?

The title of the film, An Inconvenient Truth, leaves no doubt that the theory of man-made climate change is not just a theory but a fact, an immutable fact no less. And, it’s also a call for immediate action, as indicated by the emphasis placed on the word “Inconvenient” in the title printed in red font indicating alarm or urgency as enforced by the subtitle: A Global Warning.

To add a touch of credibility and to discount any notion of political influences, the cover contains a very emphatic quote by Roger Friedman—from Foxnews.com of all places. By the way, when has any Democrat or liberal ever considered Fox News as a legitimate news source? Also, in case you haven’t checked, Roger Friedman is not a scientist or weather authority, but a film critic and entertainment news journalist who created the FOX411 news column on Foxnews.com.

Now, on to the film…

An Inconvenient Truth. DVD. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. Hollywood, CA: Paramount Home Entertainment, 2006.

Early in the film, Gore presents a cartoon of a child stepping out of a store front eating and ice cream cone which then immediately melts into a pool of liquid on the ground in front of him. The child is confused, but then along comes an enlightened adult who explains to him why his ice cream melted, it was global warming! Yea, that explanation really convinced me…not. Don’t most people go out for an ice cream in the summer when it’s hot? Didn’t you ever have to hurry up and lick the ice cream to prevent it from dripping down the cone in the hot weather? Global warming, really?

My overall impression after watching the entire DVD was that the film seemed to place almost as much emphasis on Al Gore’s life and his failed attempt to be President of the United States than with the global warming issue. The film even went so far as to include video segments from the 2000 contested election including the scenes of the Florida recount and the infamous dangling chads.

In addition, let me say that the film left me a little bit confused. I expected it to contain a certain degree of dramatization and there was, but what I wasn’t necessarily expecting to see was the obvious bias and propagandizing throughout. I understand that I’m making a strong accusation but unlike many of the “true believers” shown in the film who accept the false notion of man-made global warming unconditionally, I did a little bit of homework before watching the film. So, wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume that if the theory of man-made global warming is really a solid scientific fact shouldn’t it be able to stand up to strict scientific scrutiny? Of course, in the film, everyone in Gore’s audience is right on board, as the saying goes, he [Gore] “was preaching to the choir.”

Because I had already done some research into the topic before viewing the DVD, I approached the film from a different perspective. Therefore, it was difficult for me to take seriously Gore’s thesis that climate change or global warming is being caused by human CO2 emissions, since I would have expected to see a serious debate between Gore and one of the so-called “deniers” like S. Fred Singer or Roy W. Spencer. But since this film is about propaganda and not science, there would have been no point in presenting opposing positions. On the other hand, when Gore did allude to some of his opponents it was in a mocking, condescending manner. Gore is no stranger to Alinsky’s teaching that “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”2

Since Gore passionately presents only one side of the debate, it’s as if to say that if you don’t believe in man-made global warming then you’re like one of those “Flat Earthers” who are either unaware, unenlightened or just plain stupid. Or, to put a twist on an old saying: “Stupid is as stupid believes.”

So, are we to accept the proposition that this film is not political as Roger Friedman seems to imply in his quote from the DVD front cover? Well, maybe not if you consider the following quotes from the film:

I’m Al Gore, I used to be the next President of the United States of America.

I had a grade school teacher who taught geography by pulling a map of the world down in front of the blackboard. I had a classmate in the sixth grade who raised his hand and he pointed to the outline of the east coast of South America and he pointed to the west coast of Africa and he asked, “Did they ever fit together?” And the teacher said, “Of course not that the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.” That student went on to become a drug addict and a ne’er-do-well. The teacher went on to become science advisor to the current [Bush] administration.

Went to Kyoto in 1997 to help get a treaty that’s so controversial, in the US at least. In 2000, my opponent [Bush] pledged to regulate CO2 and then…That was not a pledge that was kept.

You may be inclined to say that just three references to the Bush Administration doesn’t necessarily indicate he is politicizing the issue, but how about the liberal sprinkling of scenes from the 2001 Bush Presidential Inauguration and the SCOTUS decision handing the election to Bush; soundbites from George H. W. Bush and Ronald Regan; an article on a computer screen with the headline: “Bush Aide Edited Climate Reports;” comparisons made between CO2 and tobacco to global warming and cancer; and insinuations that man-made climate change deniers are immoral because of their belief that climate change is natural. Gore effectively drives home his point by saying, “Ultimately this [global warming] is really not a political issue so much as a moral issue. If we allow that to happen, it is deeply unethical.” Who wants to be called unethical? Politics or propaganda? You decide.

During our trip to Europe in 2014, we saw many wind turbines in Belgium, Germany, and The Netherlands. I don’t recall ever seeing any of them actually turning, but when they do turn, they kill birds and bats. According to a study, originally published by The ECO Report, wind farms in the United States kill between 13 and 39 million birds and bats per year.3 For humans wind farms are just an eyesore, but to birds and bats they’re death traps.

In addition to killing birds and bats, building wind farms contributes to deforestation—I guess that’s one of the reasons why planting trees is listed as one of “the ten things to do” to help stop global warming printed on the inside of the DVD cover. Speaking of deforestation…according to projections, the U.S. will need another 30 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity per year to meet the power demands in 2050. If wind power were to account for 10 trillion of those kilowatt hours, it would require the conversion of 600,000 square kilometers of land from forest to farm.4 So much for conservation. In order to save the forest we had to destroy it.

A fair amount of the film highlights Gore’s travels all over the world in his quest to become enlightened and to enlighten others on the dangers of global warming. However, he’s shown tooling around or being driven around in CO2 emitting vehicles—none of them a Prius as far as I can tell. And what about all those airline flights?

Throughout the film, Gore refers to CO2 as a pollutant. Can someone please explain to me how CO2 can be both a pollutant and a beneficial greenhouse gas at the same time? Wouldn’t sane people consider these concepts to be mutually exclusive? It’s one thing to say that too much CO2 in the atmosphere could influence earth’s climate but to say that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, in the same category as say, carbon monoxide (CO), is just plain ridiculous in my opinion.

On the positive side, I have to commend Gore’s commitment to preserving the environment, however misguided his methods may be. I do believe we all need to be conscious of wasteful habits and we all should try to conserve natural resources. I recycle and have been recycling for many years even before it was the “green” thing to do. Although many won’t believe this, we never set the thermostats in our home lower than 87 degrees in the summer, and we live in Florida! Can Al Gore say that?

I’m under no misconception that this short analysis of Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth will necessarily convince you otherwise if you’re already a member of the alarmist crowd. However, I would encourage you to do your own research by reading some of the books written by highly qualified authors who present an opposing viewpoint. That’s what I did and that’s why I believe man-made global warming is “A Convenient Lie.”

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  1. “Katrina Hurt Blacks and Poor Victims Most,” David W. Moore, October 25, 2005, http://www.gallup.com/poll/19405/katrina-hurt-blacks-poor-victims-most.aspx

  2. Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals (Vintage), (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Kindle Edition), 128. 

  3. “HOW MUCH WILDLIFE CAN USA AFFORD TO KILL?” Mark Duchamp, Save the Eagles International, April 2014, http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/new/us-windfarms-kill-10-20-times-more-than-previously-thought.html

  4. S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery, Unstoppable Global Warming – Every 1,500 Years, updated and expanded edition (Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2008), 247. 

Climatism

On May 6, 2016 we woke up to 54 degree temperatures here in parts of Lake County Florida. For those of you reading this who don’t live in Florida, I can tell you that 54 degrees is pretty chilly. Yes, climate change is real. Global warming? Maybe not so much.

The consensus at the United Nations’ IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), has it that Big Oil and self-indulgent Americans, who drive their fossil fuel burning vehicles to work every day, are destroying the planet. How dare they do this!

The true believers in anthropogenic, i.e., man-made, global warming have somehow convinced themselves that a harmless greenhouse gas, namely CO2 or carbon dioxide, which we were all taught in elementary school to be necessary for life on earth, is now a pollutant! What changed?

So, was it really science that originated the idea of man-made global warming or was it something else? If I had to bet, I would put my money on politics—progressive politics to be exact.

Hey Bernie, it’s not climate change that we deniers believe is a hoax, it’s man-made climate change that we deniers believe is a hoax. Sorry, but I’m not “feelin’ the Bern.”

Hey, oh yeah, yeah
The sky is burnin’, I believe my soul’s on fire…

Oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah
Now the sky is burnin’, I believe my soul’s on fire…
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In 2007, the anti-American, socialist Sweden’s Nobel Prize was awarded to and shared between the IPCC and none other than Al Gore “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”2 Notice that the award spells out man-made climate change. The way I see it, the Nobel Prize wouldn’t have been awarded to the IPCC and Gore if their knowledge dissemination were for natural causes of climate change.

Socialist Europe, along with their surrogates in the United Nations, are using climate alarmism via the Kyoto Protocol and other agreements to force Americans into a position where they can’t compete economically with their laid back, sophisticated European counterparts.3 Amusingly, China, India, and over 100 other so-called developing countries were exempt from Kyoto.4

After all, isn’t there worldwide consensus that so-called developing countries’ carbon emissions are less harmful to the environment than developed countries’ carbon emissions? You could just replace “developed countries” with “United States” and you would then know who Kyoto is really targeting. This all sounds more and more like politics not science.

As a result of Gore starring in and promoting the fictitious documentary An Inconvenient Truth (or more appropriately entitled: The Sky is Falling) he pretty much single-handedly gave birth to a new movement called Climatism. The IPCC and Gore should have been awarded the Nobel Prize for their success in creating global climate alarmism because that’s exactly what they have done.

Narrator:   Chicken Little was in the woods one day when an acorn fell on her head.  It scared her so much she trembled all over.   She shook so hard, half her feathers fell out.

Chicken Little:   “Help! Help! The sky is falling!I have to go tell the king!”

Narrator:   So she ran in great fright to tell the king. Along the way she met Henny Penny.

Henny Penny:  “Where are you going, Chicken Little?”
Chicken Little:   “Oh, help!  The sky is falling!”
Henny Penny:   “How do you know?”
Chicken Little:   “I saw it with my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head!”
Henny Penny:  “This is terrible, just terrible!  We’d better hurry up…”

Narrator:   And they all ran in great fright across a field.  Before long they met Turkey Lurkey strutting back and forth…

Turkey Lurkey:    “Hello there, Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, and Goosey Loosey.  Where are you all going in such a hurry?”
Chicken Little:   “Help!  Help!”
Henny Penny:   “We’re running for our lives!”
Ducky Lucky:   “The sky is falling!”
Goosey Loosey:   “And we’re running to tell the king!”
Turkey Lurkey:   “How do you know the sky is falling?”
Chicken Little:   “I saw it with my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head!”
Turkey Lurkey:   “Oh dear! I always suspected the sky would fall someday. I’d better run with you.”

Narrator:   So they ran with all their might, until they met Foxy Loxy.

Foxy Loxy:   “Well, well.  Where are you rushing on such a fine day?”
Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, Turkey Lurkey (together)   “Help!  Help!” It’s not a fine day at all. The sky is falling, and we’re running to tell the king!”
Foxy Loxy:   “How do you know the sky is falling?”
Chicken Little:   “I saw it with my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head!”
Foxy Loxy:    “I see.  Well then, follow me, and I’ll show you the way to the king.”

Narrator:    So Foxy Loxy led Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, and Turkey Lurkey across a field and through the woodsHe led them straight to his den, and they never saw the king to tell him that the sky is falling. [iconic emphasis mine]5

The climate alarmist in our children’s story was Chicken Little, however, today we have a real-life Chicken Little in Al Gore. In our story we see there were many snuckered followers of Chicken Little. Now, instead of Henny Penney, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey, we have Bill Nye, Paul R. Ehrlich, Michael E. Mann, and James Hansen—all on the alarmist bandwagon.

Before we leave this discussion, let’s not overlook the villain in our story, Foxy Loxy. Foxy Loxy (or Fox News) represents the global warming deniers of today who are getting in the way of the radical environmentalist agenda.

As I’ve pointed out so far, man-made climate change, i.e., climatism, is synonymous with climate alarmism. If you don’t think so then you haven’t been keeping up with current events.

Well maybe you haven’t heard what 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said recently:

I’m the only candidate, which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity, using clean renewable energy as the key, into coal country. Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.6

Ms. Clinton of course tried to backpedal her comments after she realized they were not going to help her chances of winning Kentucky and West Virginia so she offered the coal miners careers in clean, renewable energy. Really, like windmills, solar panels, and stuff? No, Ms. Clinton meant exactly what she said because the climate alarmists will propose and do almost anything to promote their agenda, up to and including destroying people’s livelihoods.

I don’t know about you, but I was caught completely by surprise recently by President Obama’s remarks at the Coast Guard’s Class of 2015 graduation ceremony. So what were those remarks that took me, and probably you also, totally by surprise? Well, it was his remarks concerning the hypothetical threat of [man-made] climate change as a serious risk to the United States. Yes, you got it right…climate change. The President and many others obviously can’t see the real threats that are right in front of their faces: IS and [Islamic] terrorism; the Iranian nuclear capability; recent Chinese expansion in the South China Sea; or even political correctness! On top of that, he went on to say that not only is climate change a risk to our national security, but that it is an immediate risk. You probably caught this soundbite on one of the nightly news broadcasts:

So I’m here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security.  And make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country.  And so we need to act — and we need to act now.7

Worse yet, the soundbite you probably didn’t hear was a remark the President made linking climate change with the unrest in Africa and the Middle East:

Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world.  Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.  It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.8

I don’t know how the President can say that drought in Africa and the Middle East encouraged the rise of Islamic extremism given the position of one highly authoritative source who blames George W. Bush and Dick Cheney with inventing the Islamic State.9 Blame Bush, blame the Republicans, blah, blah, blah…nothing new from the unimaginative Left. Seriously though, haven’t there been numerous periods of drought and famine throughout the world, even in the United States? What about the Dust Bowl that devastated the Southern Plains during the 1930s?

So, what the President tried to convince the graduating Coast Guard cadets to believe is that climate change brought about the economic conditions which fueled the rise of terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. Really, Mr. President? Unlike everyone else in the world who understands Islam to be a religion, you, Mr. President, obviously do not. The folks making up the Boko Haram terrorist organization aren’t a bunch of disgruntled workers upset over the meager wages paid to them by their oppressive employers; no, quite the contrary, they’re actually religious extremists trying to overthrow western influences in order to establish an Islamic State.10 In fact, anyone willing to face reality would acknowledge that this not about climate change or economics, it’s about religion; and it has always been about religion.

Speaking of religion, where should Bible-believing Christians stand on this issue? Well, it depends on where you think the Earth’s thermostat resides, on Earth or in Heaven. If it’s on Earth, then man could be responsible for how it’s set, but if it’s in Heaven then God is in control of the Earth’s temperature. I would bet good money that it is in Heaven.

While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.11

So, if the Earth’s thermostat is truly in Heaven, then scientific evidence for natural causes of climate change or global warming should exist. But if we are to believe the IPCC, Al Gore, the media, and many deluded climatologists, there is no evidence for natural causes of climate change. As the alarmists like to say, “The science is settled.” and “There’s scientific consensus on climate change.” Are these statements true? Well, like I’ve said on other topics in the past, it depends on who you ask.

I began my research on this topic of climatism or climate change by picking up a few books written by authors who aren’t in collusion with the IPCC, Al Gore, and other climate alarmists. If you take the time to do a little of your own research, you will find the truth to be very interesting; in fact, not only interesting but frightening.

In my research, I’ve found two common words used to describe the man-made global warming scare: “scam” and “fraud.” On the other hand, I did not find words used such as: “unbiased” and “scientific.”

The following are some interesting quotes from the resources I’ve used to write this climate change post. I’ve grouped the quotes under my own headings for emphasis.

CO2 and Greenhouse Gases

As most of us learned in school, atmospheric carbon dioxide is just as necessary for life on Earth as oxygen. Without CO2 there would be no photosynthesis, and therefore no plants, and no animals, and no people either.12

Clouds also have a strong greenhouse effect, especially relatively thin high-altitude clouds. Water vapor and clouds account for about 90 percent of the Earth’s natural greenhouse effect, CO2 amounts to about 3.5 percent…13

The current warming trend is following the same pattern as the natural, solar-driven warmings in the previous 1,500-year cycles. The warming began too early and too suddenly for man-made CO2 to be a likely candidate as its driving force.14

…humans exhale about 2.8 lbs. each of CO2 every day, which adds up to over a half-ton per person per year, multiplied by a population approaching seven billion.15

While SUVs and power plants garner the most media and environmentalist attention, combustion emissions contribute about 2 percent of the greenhouse gases currently keeping our atmosphere habitable.16

Climatism and Politics

It was stunning how swiftly and uncritically the IPCC embraced the hockey stick.  Many years of published research supporting the existence of the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age were suddenly swept aside to make room for a revisionist climate history where there is no natural variability anymore, and where humans are in almost total control of the Earth’s climate.17

Despite a horrendous bastardization of science, Mann’s Hockey Stick has been accepted by millions. The United Nations still carries the Stick to compel global policy, while Al Gore carries it to the bank…18

The Keepers of All Climate Knowledge have erected a nearly impenetrable barrier to any new science that does not support the current paradigm of anthropogenic global warming, as defined and guided by those controlling the IPCC process.19

Cherry-picking data is not just a favorite weapon in the arsenal of alarmist activists, but it is also a beloved pastime of bureaucrats.20

Science normally involves the testing of alternative hypotheses, not picking the first one that comes along and then religiously sticking to it. But that is exactly what the IPCC has done.21

As with abortion on demand, homosexual marriage, and some other agenda items of the far Left, the fight to micromanage you in the name of global warming may find its best friends in unelected judges and unaccountable international tribunals.22

The Kyoto Protocol would drive up prices for all families, rapidly increase government (or UN) control, dramatically limit our ability to use energy, but would still not even prevent one-tenth of one degree of warming over the next fifty years.23

Any future famines will be humanity’s fault—caused by war, corrupt governments, or irrational opposition to new technologies—not the fault of climate.24

The United Nations, for its part, saw the greenhouse theory as a way to expand its influence and power. The greenhouse theory demanded that energy be scarce, and the agency that rationed energy would be powerful indeed.25

The UN views national sovereignty as the primary impediment to a UN-led system of global government, although this view is not often publicly expressed.26

Climatism and Anti-Americanism

For competitive reasons, Europe wanted to see the United States and its job-creating economy saddled with the same high energy costs that European employers and drivers already paid.27

Europe was overjoyed when Al Gore and the Clinton administration signed the American economy up for Kyoto’s energy constraints—and terribly disappointed when George W. Bush erased that U.S. commitment.28

Consider that communism and anti-Americanism remain vibrant and complementary political forces in those same areas of the world where environmentalists hold their greatest sway: mainly Europe.29

Finally, after decades of stealthy determination, the quixotic conjectures of Marx have seeped into the framework of the United States, with the most effectual being the supposed environmental crisis know as global warming or climate change.30

An elite brigade of zealots has cleverly created a new political platform to carry out the collectivist goals of redistributing wealth and destroying personal liberty, utilizing something that Karl Marx himself never envisioned: the environment, or more specifically, the climate.31

The problem with every generation is that a long-term memory of the past requires a determined and studied effort—a fact upon which modern eco-Marxists depend for success.32

Environmental pressure groups have no use for limiting governmental powers or expanding individual liberties. Instead, environmental claims are without fail invoked to advance the statist agenda.33

Climatism and Terrorism

If you penalize energy use, you destroy wealth, and when wealth is destroyed, the poor are the first to suffer.34

Penalizing the use of our most inexpensive energy sources will destroy wealth and will lead to starvation for many of the world’s malnourished.35

Cap-and-trade and carbon taxes are monsters spawned from the misguided theory of man-made global warming. These policies are inflicting real and sizable damage on citizens and businesses across the world.36

It is important not to glaze over the green antipathy toward people. In the eyes of an environmentalist, people are pollution.37

Climate alarmists point out that every human activity uses energy, and energy use emits greenhouse gases, therefore population control is essential to stop global warming.38

The Greens probably assume that even if they’re wrong about renewable energy, they’ll at least be pushing us in the right direction—toward much lower standards of living.39

In contrasting old-school naturalists and conservationists to today’s environmentalist, the twenty-first-century green begins to look not only anti-American or anti-capitalist, but nearly anti-human.40

Climate Science

Lots of the alarmists are computer modelers, that is, they make expensive mathematical guesses though with minimal background in the relevant sciences.41

Even the public understands that there is natural climate variability. It is the presumed experts—the climate modelers—who have rejected the concept of natural climate change.42

Nor is consensus important to science. Galileo may have been the only man of his day who believed the Earth revolved around the sun, but he was right.43

The key thing for us all to remember is that the 1,500-year climate cycle is not an unproven theory like the model-based predictions used by advocates of the theory of man-made global warming.44

…if researchers are not careful about distinguishing cause and effect when observing cloud and temperature variations, they can be fooled into believing that the climate system is more sensitive than it really is.45

The energy balance of the Earth is therefore, in some sense, simpler than the energy balance of a pot of water on the stove.46

The Earth continually warms and cools. The cycle is undeniable, ancient, often abrupt, and global. It is also unstoppable.47

All sorts of now-forgotten disease epidemics, from typhoid and typhus to diphtheria and whooping cough, afflicted communities during the Little Ice Age as they had during the cold of the Dark Ages hundreds of years earlier.48

Man’s activity has made the weather more damaging, they say…Whereas the greens will say we do this by driving too much, common sense reminds us that people increasingly develop and occupy storm-prone areas.49

Conclusions, for now…

The science is settled! Climate change is natural and unavoidable.

The so-called theory of anthropogenic or man-made climate change is either a hoax, scam, con, or fraud. Either way, pick your favorite noun—whatever fits. I’d even go so far as to add “evil” to the list.

I’m embarrassed to admit that James Hansen, a former NASA researcher, was one of the original climate alarmists.  If NASA used the same science to get to the Moon back in 1969 as it is using in today’s climate research, we’d still be out there somewhere trying to find it—forget about Mars.

Have you ever used a software application that never worked quite right? Well, the entire world is being turned upside down based on climate projections from computer models written by the very same kind of folks.

The UN, by exempting China, India, and over 100 other so-called developing countries from the Kyoto Protocol, has attempted to impose upon the United States a policy of wealth re-distribution on a global scale. The United Nations (UN) should rename itself to Nations United against America (NUaA).

Kim Jong-un is the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), better known as North Korea. Many would consider him to be the dictator of a totalitarian regime, but did you know there is another authoritarian Korean strongman at large by the name of Ban Ki-moon. Unlike Kim Jong-un, Ban Ki-moon’s totalitarian regime is the UN. I’ll let the reader decide which ruler poses the greater threat to America.

You know what they say, “Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.” This saying is aptly used to describe the alarmists’ solutions to solve man-made climate change, a.k.a., the problem that never really existed.

Climate change is an immediate risk to the United States. That is to say, the belief in man-made climate change is the immediate risk.

Next time I’ll be posting a critique of Al Gore’s so-called documentary on climate change: An Inconvenient Truth. This will be my first viewing of the film. Afterwards, I hope I don’t get seduced by the “dark side,” if you know what I mean.

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  2. “The Nobel Peace Prize 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Al Gore,” Nobelprize.org, accessed May 07, 2016, http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2007/

  3. Christopher C. Horner, The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to Global Warming and Environmentalism, (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2007), 299. 

  4. “Kyoto Protocol Fast Facts,” CNN Library, updated March 30, 2016, http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/26/world/kyoto-protocol-fast-facts/

  5. “The Story of Chicken Little,” Eva L. Easton, updated: January 20, 2015, http://eleaston.com/chicken.html

  6. “Clinton backtracks on putting ‘coal miners, coal companies out of business’,” Adam Beam And Jonathan Mattise The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 14, 2016, http://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/home/3663165-155/story.htm. 

  7. “Remarks by the President at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement,” The White House Office of the Press Secretary, May 20, 2015, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/20/remarks-president-united-states-coast-guard-academy-commencement. 

  8. Ibid. 

  9. “Sean Penn: Bush, Cheney ‘created’ ISIS,” Mark Hensch, The Hill, March 19, 2015, http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/236285-sean-penn-bush-cheney-created-isis. 

  10. “Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists?” Farouk Chothia, BBC Africa, May 4, 2015, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13809501. 

  11. Gen. 8:22 NASB 

  12. Roy W. Spencer, The Great Global Warming Blunder, (New York, Encounter Books, 2010), XIX. 

  13. Ibid., 44. 

  14. S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery, Unstoppable Global Warming – Every 1,500 Years, updated and expanded edition (Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2008), 38. 

  15. Brian Sussman, Climategate, (New York, WND Books, 2010), 73. 

  16. Horner, Politically Incorrect Guide™, 69. 

  17. Spencer, Global Warming Blunder, 10. 

  18. Sussman, Climategate, 37. 

  19. Spencer, Global Warming Blunder, 64. 

  20. Horner, Politically Incorrect Guide™, 42. 

  21. Spencer, Global Warming Blunder, XIV. 

  22. Horner, Politically Incorrect Guide™, 30. 

  23. Spencer, Global Warming Blunder, 67. 

  24. Singer, Unstoppable Global Warming, 9. 

  25. Ibid., 226. 

  26. Steve Goreham, The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism: Mankind and Climate Change Mania, (New Lenox, IL, New Lenox Books, Inc., 2012), 36. 

  27. Singer, Unstoppable Global Warming, 227. 

  28. Ibid., 233. 

  29. Horner, Politically Incorrect Guide™, 7. 

  30. Sussman, Climategate, ix. 

  31. Ibid., xvi. 

  32. Ibid., 20. 

  33. Horner, Politically Incorrect Guide™, 3. 

  34. Spencer, Global Warming Blunder, 65. 

  35. Ibid., 27. 

  36. Goreham, Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism, 44. 

  37. Horner, Politically Incorrect Guide™, 9. 

  38. Goreham, Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism, 32. 

  39. Singer, Unstoppable Global Warming, 247. 

  40. Horner, Politically Incorrect Guide™, 23. 

  41. Ibid., 109. 

  42. Spencer, Global Warming Blunder, 158-159. 

  43. Singer, Unstoppable Global Warming, 7. 

  44. Ibid., 28. 

  45. Spencer, Global Warming Blunder, 72. 

  46. Ibid., 41. 

  47. Singer, Unstoppable Global Warming, 3. 

  48. Ibid., 55. 

  49. Horner, Politically Incorrect Guide™, 153. 

In the Crosshairs: Providence and the U.S. Election

When was the last time you heard the word “revolution” used in the context of the Republican Party? I would say never. Revolution is term normally associated with progressives and Democrats but this year there is a “populist revolution” and it’s being waged by Republican voters against the same political elites and career politicians in Washington D.C.

Unlike the American Revolution which began in 1775, the political revolution today is being fought by voters not armies, with ballots not bullets. In 1776, the battlegrounds were Trenton and Princeton but in 2016 every polling booth in every state in the United States is a battleground.

In 1776, our great American leader was General George Washington, today, our great American leader is Donald J. Trump. Some of you on the other side of the political spectrum might ask “what about Bernie Sanders and the democratic socialist revolution he is leading?” Yes, but his movement really isn’t a revolution, it’s just business as usual for someone in the new Democratic Party.

So, am I trying to compare George Washington with Donald Trump? Well, not really but I believe there are some interesting parallels between the two men.

The following excerpts are from The Real American His-story concerning Colonel George Washington during the French and Indian War:

On the morning of July 9th, 1755, [Gen.] Braddock and 1000 of his men, along with Washington and some of his Virginia regulars, crossed the southern shore of the Monongahela. Colonel Thomas Gage had a forward detachment of 350 soldiers, 250 workers and axe men, cutting a path. They were about 10 miles from Ft. Duquesne around 1:00 pm, Gage and the forward detachment had just crossed a ravine when scouts, and flanking parties came running back towards them, waving them off. Just then, they were hit with a fusillade of musket balls. It immediately became chaos. The British could not see their enemy, because they were hidden behind rocks, hills, and trees. The rain of bullets kept coming in on them dropping them like flies. Gage’s men fired back at the direction of the smoke plumes from their enemies’ rifles, but hit nothing but the rocks, hills, and trees, merely splintering bark.

For the Indians, who were crack marksmen, this was like shooting fish in a barrel…The retreating men collided with the advancing men, setting them to more confusion. All the while, the French and Indians continued to rain down musket balls upon them with deadly accuracy, and force.

Indians testified later, that they had singled him [Washington] out, but their bullets had no effect on him. They were convinced that an Invisible Power was protecting him.

Washington had two horses shot out from under him, and four bullet holes in his coat. Yet he himself was untouched by bullet, bayonet, tomahawk, or arrow. Scores of victims had fallen beside him, yet he went unharmed.

George Washington survived the massacre at the Monongahela without as much as a scratch. Was the hand of God protecting him?

On June 16, 2015, Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States and like Washington, he has had to endure a “hail of musket balls” (figuratively) ever since. While many on his left and on his right have already fallen in battle (the debates) he is still standing—mostly unscathed.

There has been no safe ground for Mr. Trump as even many on the Fox News Network have taken to attacking him, such as Charles Krauthammer. Although, judging from the last debate in Detroit, it seems like the early rift between Mr. Trump and Megyn Kelly has healed, at least I hope so.

Nevertheless, Mr. Trump continues to be hit with a fusillade of attacks from every direction including: political pundits, newspapers, media elites, liberals, Democrats, conservatives, and Republicans. Yes, even those in his own party!

Of course, for every revolution there is a counter-revolution. You’ve all heard the familiar slogans of internet groups such as: “Never Trump,” “Stop Trump,” and “Dump Trump.” In my opinion, what they are against is anyone who tries to “Make America Great Again.”

Considering the fact that Mr. Trump has conducted a populist “asymmetrical” political campaign, almost everyone, pundits included, have said his rise in popularity is “unprecedented.” Recently during an interview with Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News Network, Mayor Rudy Giuliani said:

Because I think if he gets the nomination there is something going on here. Some magic going on here that none of us have gotten from the very beginning.

There is something going on that he caught that nobody else caught. Because six months ago, everybody was waiting for him to implode.

God chose George Washington. God protected him in battle and elected him to be Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and then to become the first President of the United States. Likewise, considering that the rise of Donald Trump has confounded all conventional political wisdom; could the “magic” that Rudy Giuliani referred to be just another example of divine providence?

The Scripture teaches that God is the one who sets up presidents and rulers and He is also the one who takes them down.

It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.

Dan. 2:21 (NASB)

Lest we forget, God is the one who looks upon the heart whereas man looks on the outward appearance (1 Sam. 16:7). God decides who should be raised up and who should be put down.

But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.

Ps. 75:7

Clearly, God has a history of raising up leaders, of His own choosing, that men reject. Could it be happening today with Donald Trump? We just don’t know. While the history of George Washington is a matter of record, the history of the 2016 election is still being written.

I’m not going to make any predictions, so, as Mr. Trump would say, “let’s see what happens.”

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