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

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

America’s political rebellion

I live in a country where elected millionaire representatives, purportedly representatives of the people, cannot agree on securing the country and protecting the citizens they are supposed to protect.  What is their purpose?  Does anyone know?  They’ve or we have given them many labels: Conservative, Liberal, Progressive, Socialist.  Communists too, but they won’t outright admit it.  But I must tell you it’s getting more difficult each day to sort them out and place those who belong there into the human looney bin.  Maybe it’s the whole lot of them. The meaning of any of these labels is long lost.  You can put all of them under one column labeled politicians synonymous with liars, crooks, and flimflam artists.  We cannot evaluate them based on what comes out of their mouths but rather what they achieve for the good of the country.  I don’t like to paint with a broad brush.  I know there are many who go to Washington with the right intentions only to find out, aside from political and ideological divides, there is an impenetrable establishment wall.  It’s the only wall Washington has ever managed to construct.  It protects them from outsiders.  If only our borders were the same.  Their options then are to leave Washington after a term or become a lockstep establishment drone.  Most decide to stay.

We have a new crop now.  They are fearless, or maybe stupid depending on your perspective, when it comes to sharing their socialist, communist, progressive views of the world.  I don’t think they’re stupid.  I’ll tell you why.

The 1960’s radicals found their way back to the universities and succeeded in pushing conservative thought (the Constitution, free market capitalism, American Exceptionalism… you name it) out along with any professors holding those views.  As time went along, they became more entrenched evidenced by faculty endorsed near riots when conservative speakers show up on campus.  For decades, they’ve been “taught” about the social injustice of capitalism, they cannot define American Exceptionalism, our constitution is a dated document that doesn’t apply to the new world globalist environment, the virtues of socialism and its accompanying egalitarian paradise (although they probably cannot define egalitarian), revisionist history heavy on the failings of the founders, that God is dead or never was, killing unborn children is a woman’s health choice, and that old white men are the scourge of the planet.  What they haven’t learned is that these progressive ideals wrapped in their utopian socialist bubble always, without fail, lead to tyrannical government and mass death.  The evilest of the evil, Hitler, Stalin, Mao all made the same promises.  Even when tried by modern day politicians considering themselves smarter and more enlightened, they still fail.  Always.  This enlightened new breed of socialist, progressive, communist politicians know is that there is a large, ignorant, and well indoctrinated voting bloc, the only group with a voter turnout increase since 2012, out there waiting for them, already prepped and needing to hear the right words tied with the pretty bow of social justice.  Will they follow the Pied Piper?  Yes, many will.  Right down into the depths of hell.  They will because they’ve been conditioned to believe that America is what’s wrong with the world and that America’s current leader is the worst of the worst.  It is a dangerous and deadly game played by politicians and activists and someone forgot to give the rule changes to the establishment old guard.

We are on the front end of a political rebellion.  It may fall flat, crushed by establishment Washington.  It may change the face of politics for generations to come. It began with the election of Donald Trump.  According to the political class, Trump had no chance to win.  They were laughing at the thought of it.  What these people, so far separated from middle-class America and the middle-class values that bind our nation together, thought was that everything happens and all knowledge exists behind the establishment wall.  They knew who was supposed to be next and it wasn’t Trump.  A middle-class rebellion of American loving working people had a different idea.  They went after Trump with everything they had in the intel community and the Department of Justice before, during and after the election and he’s still there.  Now the counter rebellion of utopia peddlers is on the move.  Establishment Washington values, Middle-class values, and progressive, socialist, communists’ ideals cannot coexist.  It’s time to decide where you stand.

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

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