CHINA’S EXPANDING POLITICAL AND MILITARY FOOTPRINT IN AFRICA

by Kelleigh Nelson

As the saying goes, ‘Numerous grains of earth make a mountain, numerous drops of water form an ocean.’ As long as we keep advancing China-Africa cooperation, we will make even bigger achievements. (Excerpts from the joint interview Xi gave to media from BRICS countries in the Great Hall of the People on March 19, 2013.)

Whatever they say, it is a fact that the Chinese come to Africa not just with engineers and scientists.  They are coming with farmers.  It is neo-colonialism.  There are no ethics, no values.  Egyptian Parliament Member Mustafa al-Gindi

This series on China is a continuing effort to make Americans aware of China’s influence and interests throughout the world.  China has long used Western capital to challenge the might of the West.  Now it is moving forcefully, making demands of companies and countries, and expanding its influence.  In effect, the Chinese government offers to build (or rebuild) infrastructure in a country, in exchange for greater access to that country’s markets, as well as political allegiance, if not outright alliance.

Colonel Liu is a scholar at China’s National Defense University, an institution that trains future generals for the People’s Liberation Army.  Liu writes that China should strive to avoid directly antagonizing the United States too soon as the Soviet Union did in the Cold War. Rather, he advises that China influence U.S. foreign policy in such a way as to ensure that Washington behaves like Great Britain in the early 20th century. What happened to Britain in the 20th century? It declined and gave way to the U.S.

The Chinese dream is for China to be the world’s only superpower, unrivaled economically, militarily, and culturally.  Their “Hundred Year Marathon” is heading for completion by 2049. 

Chinese African Trade

Africa is the world’s second largest and second most-populous continent. It covers 6% of earth’s total surface area and 20% of its land area.  Africa and Chinese economic relations surpassed the U.S. in 2009 to become the largest trading partner of Africa.  Bilateral trade agreements have been signed between China and 40 countries of the continent. In 2000, China-Africa Trade amounted to $10 billion, and in 2014 had grown to $220 billion. In the first five months of 2018, China-Africa trade gained 17.7 percent year on year to nearly $82 billion dollars.  Link  

China has been Africa’s largest trading partner since 2009 when it surpassed the United States, mainly exporting machinery, electronics and textiles, as well as importing crude oil, iron ore, cotton and other natural resources. South Africa, Angola and Nigeria are its biggest trading partners in the continent.

China’s Investment in Africa

China has emerged as a key investor and a generous, ready and easy lender to African countries.  Beijing’s cumulative loans to Africa since 2000 amounted to $124-billion by 2016, according to figures compiled by the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in the United States.  They’ve created 130,750 jobs from 2005 to 2016, but is it for Africans or for imported Chinese.

Angola, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo respectively, were the top beneficiaries of these loans. Angola’s oil-related loans worth $21.2 billion since 2000 total roughly a quarter of cumulative Chinese loans to the entire continent.

Some 3,100 Chinese enterprises have invested in Africa, working on projects in areas of transport, electricity, telecommunications, industrial parks, agricultural technology centers, water supply, schools and hospitals.

It involves more than 20 African countries and covers areas such as railways, highways, ports and power generation. In 2015, China announced 10 major plans for China-Africa cooperation to help the continent speed up industrialization and agricultural modernization.

Infrastructure construction has been one of the priorities in China-Africa cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, a development strategy adopted by the Red Chinese government involving infrastructure development and investments in countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.  The program is an estimated $5 trillion (pdf) infrastructure spending spree that spans 60-plus countries across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

China’s Debt Trap Diplomacy

Almost 40% of sub-Saharan African countries are in danger of slipping into a major debt crisis.  And the relationship between African nations and China is often seen as a significant part of the problem.

Eight nations will find themselves vulnerable to above-average debt: Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, the Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.  Pakistan and Nepal turned down Chinese infrastructure loans last year in favor of other sources of funding.

Economists and other international financial institutions are becoming increasingly worried that the Chinese Dragon under a carefully disguised “debt trap” diplomacy is burying many developing and poor countries in massive debt and then forcing the highly indebted countries to hand over some of their “key infrastructures” such as the case of Sri Lanka.  An egotistical president, an influx of foreign cash, and a massive pile of debt led to Sri Lanka handing over an entire port to China in December 2017, on a century-long lease.

That handover gave China a strategic foothold just 100 miles from its rival India, akin to how the Soviet Union’s foothold in Cuba raised US blood pressure during the Cold War. Chinese submarines have already appeared there.

One such African country that is exhibiting all the red flag signals of Sri Lankan and now Zambian way is Djibouti.  The country is projected to take on public debt worth around 88 percent of their overall $1.72 billion GDP, with China owning the lion’s share of it.

Djibouti lies more than 2,500 miles from Sri Lanka but the East African country faces a predicament similar to what its peer across the sea confronted in 2017, after borrowing more money from China than it could pay back.  Djibouti-China cooperation also includes a naval base on which China holds a 10-year lease at a cost of $20M annually. This allows Beijing to project power outside of Asia. 

Most African states are ready to enthusiastically support China’s ambitions for militarizing its growing influence on that continent. Link

In November of 2018, two United States senators voiced alarm about the military and political consequences if China gains control of a port terminal in Djibouti, and said they were worried the move could extend Beijing’s influence on the Horn of Africa.  Djibouti, home to the US military’s main base in Africa, looks about to cede control of another key port to a Beijing-linked company, and the US is not happy about it.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Coons are alarmed that Djibouti, heavily indebted to Beijing, was likely to cede the port’s operations to a Chinese state-owned enterprise.

Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, the senior US military officer for Africa, told a Congressional hearing in early 2018 that the US military could face “significant” consequences if China controlled the port at Djibouti. 

These countries that fall prey to China’s debt trap end up giving up control of major assets such as ports or roadways when they fund infrastructure projects with Chinese loans that they may struggle to pay back. 

China already has control of a huge port at the Suez Canal near Cairo.  Their goal is control at both ends of the Red Sea into the Mediterranean which includes the Horn of Africa at Djibouti. 

Africa’s Raw Materials

Opponents of China’s investments in Africa assert that it is exploitative for China to finance African infrastructure projects in exchange for the continent’s natural resources.  Well, that’s what China wants.  China wants acquisition of Africa’s raw materials like oil, iron, copper and zinc that it urgently needs to fuel its own economy and to increase China’s global political influence as well as the major growth opportunity presented by emerging market economies in Africa.

Mining and oil remain a primary focus of China’s investments; however, the country’s investments extend throughout virtually every market sector, including everything from infrastructure to food processing. China’s investments in the largely undeveloped infrastructure of African nations are particularly strong, encompassing key areas such as utilities, telecommunications, port construction and transportation.

The stakes in Africa are high due to the continent’s rich abundance in raw materials. Africa is estimated to contain 90% of the entire world supply of platinum and cobalt, half of the world’s gold supply, two-thirds of world manganese and 35% of the world’s uranium. It also accounts for nearly 75% of the world’s coltan, an important mineral used in electronic devices, including cellphones. The Communist Chinese have been expanding their military presence into Africa and rivaling the United States on investment and military activity there. Investment in the continent has also been a topic of discussion for the United States and China in its ongoing trade negotiations and political deliberations.

China is not only buying Africa by incurring a debt trap on various countries, they want control of this huge continent with its natural resources, ports, and military availabilities.

Communist Red China’s goal is world dominance and few want to recognize that fact.  After 70 years of China’s 100-year strategy to become the global superpower, America is finally realizing what they’re up against.

China’s Africa Exploitation

Many people believe China is moving toward capitalism, but this is wholly untrue.   Theirs is a communist centrally planned economy, with a five-year plan by the state planning body, the NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission) which is approved by the Communist Party. 

China is investing billions of dollars in Africa but Beijing has been accused of exploiting the continent’s vast mineral and energy resources, at the expense of local people. 

The African continent is a logical place for China to look to extend its geopolitical influence. China is already the preeminent power in Asia. India, traditionally a rival of China, is not a realistic choice for China to look for an increase in political influence, but the largely undeveloped countries of Africa represent a prime opportunity for China to significantly expand its global presence and influence in the world. The nature of China’s political motivations is partially revealed by its extensive investments in African infrastructure. If China can rise to a position where it exerts major control over essential economic elements such as the utilities sector and telecommunications in African countries, while also developing military influence, then it also holds considerable political alliance in those nations.

China flexes its political muscles in Africa with media censorship, and academic controls. When he announced another US$60-billion in financing for Africa last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised that the money had “no political strings attached.”

But a series of recent incidents, including cases of media censorship and heavy-handed academic controls, have cast doubt on that promise. China’s financial muscle is rapidly translating into political muscle across the continent.

Asia analyst Gordon Chang, during a recent congressional hearing, compared China’s growing influence to a “new form of colonialism.” “Once it locks in countries and makes them dependent,” said Chang, “Beijing gets their support for geopolitical goals, and one of these goals is undermining democracy.”

Conclusion

President Trump wants new agreements with China, and rightly so for the American people.  China initially received higher trade tariffs because they were given a “developing country status” in 2001.  Today is far different.  The understanding at that time was that as its economy grew, China would gradually adopt market-based economic principles and commit itself to the basic tenets of liberalized trade and globalization. But this has not happened.

National Security Advisor, John Bolton says, “China uses bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing’s wishes and demands. Its investment ventures are riddled with corruption.”  Link

The President and Mr. Bolton seem to understand this.  However, with China there are never any guarantees.  A key issue is that in the past the Chinese have made all sorts of promises to address U.S. concerns that they later reneged on. Or, China has taken so long to act that when it finally did it made little difference.

It would be rather naïve on the part of the U.S. to agree to any Chinese promises in the current trade talks without also building a robust enforcement mechanism into any deal.  The key is to devise an enforcement mechanism that is agreeable to both the U.S. and China. Only then will a resulting trade deal be self-enforcing. 

© 2019 Kelleigh Nelson All Rights Reserved

Rule of the Harvest

In 1999, my mind was still focused on being an Army Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).  It seemed everywhere I looked, everything I read, and practically every conversation I heard was about the attributes new Soldiers just out of basic combat training lacked.  The noise was coming from NCOs and officers.  Maybe I was simply aging and needed to fade away as old Soldiers supposedly do. On October 1st, I did.  I also wrote a lengthy rant titled “Rule of the Harvest” It’s probably too long for an internet article, but then I wasn’t too concerned about that.  Twenty years later, I heard the same noise.  It was loud enough the Army decided to fix basic training and physical fitness.  This time, I believe those parts did need repair.

The old article was on my mind because Sunday morning my Pastor’s sermon was from the book of Mark, “The Parable of the Sower.”  I went back and revisited the old tirade.  You know what?  The rule of the harvest is still rule of the harvest.

The Pastor focused some on a piece of the scripture and there was little doubt he was talking directly to me. “Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the words; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” Mark 4:18-19  In our worldly existence, we allow much to get in the way of what’s important, don’t we?

I knew the Pastor was talking to me directly, or more likely it was a much greater Voice I heard.  It made me think of when I was a youngster sitting in the pews of our small wooden church.  The church was white and sat beside a dusty dirt road.  The dust seemed to settle on everything except the church.  It was always gleaming white.  I would sit in those hard-wooden pews, squirming mostly, until the Preacher started his sermon.  He would hold a worn Bible in one hand and a handkerchief in the other.  He would traipse back and forth shouting fire and brimstone, as the old folks called it, to the frequent amen and occasional halleluiah from the congregation.  I knew beyond any doubt that every hell-bound word that came out of the Preacher’s mouth was pointed at me.  As he dabbed his forehead with the handkerchief and pointed with his Bible, I would slide down lower and lower in the pew trying to escape his fiery words and glare.  I’d inch up a little and sure enough each time I did it, he was staring right at me sending all manner of hell and damnation my way.  My adult reaction was subtle.  I turned my good ear toward the Pastor and really tried to contemplate the message.

We are blessed to live in a great country.  The parable of the sower is descriptive of modern-day America.  Our founders planted seeds in the right places enabling us to overcome many bad decisions made by men although we still hold to some horrific ones.  In the beginning, we embraced In God We Trust.  Slowly, but certainly, we’ve been replacing that with in government we trust. We’ve allowed ourselves to become distracted by “the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things.”  Not only has our nation been on a lengthy path of turning away from God, we’ve forgotten our purpose.  I firmly believe that America has a purpose.  The purpose of leading the world toward what’s good.  We are still the beacon of hope for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

There is a quote attributed, wrongly so some declare, to Alexis de Tocqueville: “America is great because she is good.  If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”   The source of the quote matters less than does the truthfulness of the statement.  We are drawn away from good by “the desires for other things.”  According to our 2nd President, John Adams, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  Take a look around.  Godless countries are under the boot of brutal, godless dictators.  We have politicians, would be leaders, selling the same look to the government not God approach to America.

“Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington, Farewell Address.

In 1999, I asked the complaining NCOs what they were going to do about the problems they aired.  Now, it is more of a personal question for each of us, I think.   If you feel as I do that our country has been making a long turn away from what is good and that fiery old preacher is pointing his Bible at you, then what must each of us do about it?  It’s a look in the mirror question.

“As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.”Job 4:8

© 2019 J. D. Pendry J.D. Pendry’s American Journal

America’s World Class Middle Class

When he turned 45, my Father had been a coal miner for 30 years.  His hair was white, his face rugged, and his body broken.  In his day, the coal mine bosses didn’t want men his age.  They wanted young men as Ernie Ford declared in his classic tune, to load sixteen tons. To find work, Dad migrated north to Chicago.  We soon followed.  There in a Chicago factory, he spent the rest of his working life before returning home to his beloved West Virginia.

At the age of 16, I too was working in a Chicago factory.  Approaching my 19th birthday and observing men twice my age performing the same physical labor as me.  I did not like the view of my future.  I made a change.  I walked into the Army recruiter’s office on North Clark Street and 3 days later I was in basic combat training at Fort Ord, California.  Forty-eight years later, I spend my quiet time pondering.  I’m retired from two successful careers and am firmly fixed on the rungs of America’s Middle Class.

What I learned from my Dad and men and women like him throughout my life was the middle class, working class ethic.  Christian values, working hard for those dependent on you, honesty, service, respect, God, family and country.

I hope I didn’t bore you with that short biographical picture, but I think, as I write, it’s important you understand that I am as middle class as middle class gets.  I am content where God put me.

What separates the United States from the third world is our World Class Middle Class, America’s backbone.  It is now and always has been the core strength of our nation – the strength of any free western nation.

I don’t like harping on globalism, or for that matter any topic, but the largest roadblock to globalism is a strong American middle class.  Our country’s middle class already fills the ranks of our first responders, the military, medical professions, public education, and countless other service-oriented professions.  Our country is also filled with men and women skilled in other professions found in manufacturing.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we were told, was to create a million U.S. jobs.  Instead, since NAFTA and entering the World Trade Organization (WTO) “trade deficits have soared nearly 600 percent…close to five million American manufacturing jobs were eliminated from the U.S. economy…shuttering of nearly 50,000 U.S. manufacturing facilities”.  The devastation of closing those factories extends well beyond the lost jobs.  Entire communities are devastated.  Much like here in Wild and Wonderful during the war on coal.  Entire community economic systems rely on coal miner income.  Politicians address this as free trade when truthfully, it’s artfully camouflaged global wealth redistribution and destruction of the American middle class.

The other major impact is the widening wealth gap between American upper, middle, and lower income households.

Politicians once plied their bovine scatological tales of humble blue-collar beginnings.  They all claimed to be champions of the middle class.  Always out to help it.  Always out to fix it.  Taking off their ties and tailored suit coats, and rolling up their sleeves to get out there among’em.  I’m one of ya’ll. I feel your pain.  With all the years of blowing smoke up America’s rear end, they’ve nearly destroyed the middle-class glue holding our country together.  Now, they are out there appealing to another group with I’m gonna have me a beer videos, teeth cleaning videos, and bragging about their pot smoking days.  If there is anyone who can see a phony coming from a mile away, it’s someone whose spent their life being with and working with real people.

For many years, Donald Trump has been in public life.  When he shows up to a crowd, there’s no pulling off the coat and rolling up the sleeves.  He may put on his MAGA hat when he’s had an abnormally bad hair day.  He’s not a politician and does not try to be one.  He speaks to everyone in the plain language common to most Americans.  He reinforces what everyone knows is wrong with how our government functions or doesn’t function and how the globalist political class nearly broke the back of our middle class.  He connected.  President Trump doesn’t pretend to be anyone other than who he is.  By bolstering our economy and putting people back to work, he has solidified the support of our World Class Middle Class.  He is the biggest threat globalism has ever encountered.  For that reason, he needs our prayers and support.  In my lifetime two Presidents have been as outspokenly pro-America as Donald Trump – John Kennedy and Ronald Regan.  One was assassinated and the other shot.

Our world is filled with places where there exists aristocracy and peasants with nothing in between.  It’s the perfect environment for wealthy elitists to solidify control.  Donald Trump is leading America back from that abyss.  He is bucking an age-old movement with a biblically defined end of one world government and one world religion.  God Speed Mr. President.

© 2019 J. D. Pendry J.D. Pendry’s American Journal

American Genocide and the New World Order

Some recent horrific legislation and disheartening dialogue brings abortion back into the national discussion.  For me, the question has never been about choice, but rather about life and death.  America is at a perilous place.  It’s a place where we must think not only about a child’s life, but the life or death of our country, our homeland, the world’s remaining beacon of freedom.

In America, since the Roe vs Wade decision the steadily rising number of surgical abortions has exceeded 61 million.  Additionally,  Pharmacists for Life International  estimate 250 million babies were chemically aborted since 1973.  If the Pharmacists’ estimate is valid, 311 million Americans died because men decided taking their lives is a perfectly legal and constitutionally protected choice. If that doesn’t make your heart ache…  But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16 The current population of the United States is just over 328 million.  With abortion and population numbers in mind, the US birth rate has dropped to a 30 year low and below the population replacement rate of 2,100 births per 1,000 women.  Along with killing babies, we are killing our country.

You may call me wild-eyed and a little crazy in my thinking at times, but that’s okay.  I do feel some anxiety when I look at what’s happening not just to America, but to Western Civilization itself.  For ages, we’ve heard from the people who believe overpopulation will eventually destroy mother earth whom they worship.  Worshipping the creation rather than the creator was never a good idea.  The progressives, or whatever label you feel is appropriate, play the long game from depopulation to climate change.  The long game that ends in their borderless, nationless, Godless one world hellhole where even I will be looking for another way off the planet, praying I’m good enough to make the cut on rapture day.

For years, political ineptitude failed to resolve our immigration problems.  Or maybe it’s not ineptitude as much as it is intentional.  Consider our country’s leadership throughout your lifetime.  They’ve passed immigration laws that made it easier for immigration from third world countries.  They’ve preached about the seriousness of illegal immigration and border security, but that seems for the benefit of our ears.  A fixable problem has worsened to the point of repeated caravan invasions.  With the exception of the one person trying to solve the problem we must wonder who do these other plutocrats represent.  Certainly, and unquestionably it is neither the American people nor the security of our country.

According to a report from the Pew Research Center, “The U. S. foreign born population[includes illegal immigrants] reached a record 43.7 million in 2016.  Since 1965, when U. S. immigration laws replaced a national quota system, the number of immigrants living in the U. S. has more than quadrupled.”   A short report at Breitbart using data from the Migration Policy Institute and Center for Immigration Studies shows, “There are at least 4.5 million anchor babies in the country, a population that exceeds the total number of annual American births, as about 300,000 anchor babies are born every year, exceeding the total number of births in 48 states.”  Consider those staggering numbers and our failed immigration system.  Question the motives of politicians of all persuasions who have intentionally failed to lance this festering boil.  People supposedly representing American citizens are fighting tooth and nail to leave our borders open as caravan upon caravan advances on America.  To whom exactly are America’s political class beholden?

It’s not only immigration and abortion that’s replacing the American born population.  It’s many other progressive social manifestations of our time.  A cultural shift away from faith and family.  Toxic feminism (heh-heh) pushing women toward male and female egalitarianism while putting aside the prospects of family and motherhood or passing on them all together.  Welfare programs that destroy families leaving countless fatherless homes and generations of poverty.  Normalizing abnormal sexual behavior that encourages non-reproductive families.  The list is long of programs and fostered attitudes detrimental to the nuclear family.

Abortion, uncontrolled immigration, distancing ourselves from God, and destruction of the American family unit did not just happen.  We have generations educated and indoctrinated to accept this guided cultural shift as the norm. Thanks to our political class, the new world order’s progressive long game bent on destruction of American culture and replacement of American born population continues. When I see young people out in the streets supporting all of this, I see people who are ill-equipped and not strong enough to survive the potential outcome they cheer for.  The rest of us?  For their end game, they’ll call us the insurgency.  Our elimination is the final solution.

Have a cheerful day.

© 2019 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

Modern liberalism pushing the boundaries of personal liberty

Classical liberalism is a political ideology that advocates limited government, constitutionalism, rule of law, due process, individual liberties including freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and free markets.”

Classical liberalism is today’s radical right wing.

In his book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline, Dr. Robert H. Bork explains that modern liberalism, not to be confused with classical liberalism, has constantly moved away from “the constraints on personal liberty imposed by religion, morality, law, family, and community.” These constraints comprise the heart of American middle-class values built on a foundation of Judeo-Christian values. Modern liberalism discards them. It’s as if they see themselves as more enlightened than those who adhere. For them, they believe, a moral code especially concerning personal liberty is unnecessary. They know what’s best. They push or more accurately eradicate boundaries placing constraints on their concept of personal liberty.

Too many Americans have fallen prey to this amoral ideology.  It’s a philosophy that casts off morals and natural law.  The morals we have or discard are the basis for the principles by which we live.  They also abandon principles.  This forces anyone holding to Christian values to choose a path.  It’s a choice that can only be made by looking inward.  It comes down to an assessment of what is good and what is evil.  For each of us, good and evil is determined by the morals and principles we abide.  From the beginning of time, the battles have always been between good and evil.  In America, we have reached a potential tipping point where evil believes it’s good.  Evil does not get to decide what’s good unless we let go of our morality.  Isaiah 5:19-21Audio

What happens when people, a nation of people, abandon “the constraints on personal liberty imposed by religion, morality, law, family, and community?”  Evil creeps in.  Little by little it saturates society before kicking the door wide open.  It’s as simple as language.  People feel no compunction about walking around with profanity presented in its most vulgar form on tee shirts, or protest signs, emanating from their mouths, filling their text messages and social media posts.  In tirades toward the nation’s President, celebrities feel free to blast it out on national television.  Especially when it’s to thunderous applause of their peers.  Adolescents routinely use the same language.  When I was young, sneaking a smoke was pushing the boundaries, now it’s who has the boldest most foul mouth.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not angelic in the language department, but I spent most of my life in the Army where cussing can be an art form.  Even hard-core Soldiers understood and followed a code of civility.  They knew when to dial it back.  There is no restraint these days.  Ahh just language, right?  No.  It’s evil sneaking in and tainting souls.

Language kind of cuts us loose.  We’re free to talk as we please anywhere we please.  We decide if it’s bad.  When we start throwing F-bombs around like it’s an aw shucks and that becomes accepted, we’ve not only changed the face of our society, but we’ve changed the fiber of it.  So where do we go?

We legalize marijuana.  There’s no harm.  No worse than having a drink or two of alcohol is it.  As a mushy headed teenager of the 1960’s, I will tell you something with complete certainty.  Marijuana gives teenagers the bravado, the edge or the hey man far out attitude to try something a little more potent.  The craving to get a little higher – go tripping.  In those days, psychedelics like LSD produced dead kids who thought they could fly.  Today it’s cocaine, meth, heroin, fentanyl, and death.  I was a fortunate young man, when my aim for the military pulled me out of that environment.

The looser we get, the more we delve into the hidden. We normalize homosexuality and transgenderism.  It’s not enough that people may live life as they choose in America.  They must demean and slander as bigoted anyone who chooses to follow a different moral code – someone who does not follow along with tossing away those self-imposed moral constraints on personal liberty.  Not only do they demean, they try to outright destroy.

We loosen our language.  We embrace the drug culture.  We normalize the abnormal.  Does it stop there?  Not a chance.

Evil passes laws these days declaring to standing ovations that evil is good.  A woman choosing to kill her unborn child up to and including the day of birth and actually raising discussion about whether one that’s born alive can be killed or allowed to die.  Evil wants us to accept that’s good.  It’s not murder, it’s a woman’s health choice.

Meanwhile in Congress there’s pending legislation introduced to make animal cruelty a felony.  Now I believe it’s the lowest of the low that mistreats or intentionally harms animals, especially those we’ve domesticated and made dependent on us.  But wouldn’t you think if Congress could come up with this bipartisan law, it could figure out how to protect the most defenseless in our society.  Good versus evil.  Evil wins when good does not confront it.

Romans 1:18-32Audio

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