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Hell Yes, We’re Going to Take Your Freedom

By J. D. Pendry

“Hell Yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, Your AK-47.” Presidential candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke

Robert Francis O’Rourke meant to say take away your freedom.  Not take away your Armalite Rifle (AR) 15.  Your weapon of war.  Robert might be surprised to know my Army basic combat training Drill Sergeants, all recent Vietnam Combat Veterans, taught me that every piece of equipment I carried was a potential weapon of war with which to kill the enemy complete with demonstrations.  Are you coming for my entrenching tool (shovel) next?

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

People, mostly politicians offer promises of hope and visions of a utopian future.  False hope mostly, but collectively we Americans are proven slow learners.  It’s false hope because it’s always proven fallacious, but usually after Americans bought it hook, line and sinker.  False hope through misleading promises always leaves us problems more serious than the problem we hoped to solve.  Will gun control or gun confiscation under whatever misnomer make us safer?  Or will it leave us defenseless in our homes and in public?  Or will it leave us defenseless against a tyrannical government?  The very purpose for the 2nd Amendment.  Did prohibition make us sober or safer?  Nope.  It only created a highly profitable bootlegging black market for the likes of Al Capone.  Then it was repealed and everyone got drunk legally.  So, when they come to take our guns is the offered hope of safety the goal?  Hell no, O’Rourke, it isn’t.  The goal is to remove our means of protecting ourselves and the ability to defend our God-given and Constitutionally guaranteed freedom all under the pretext of making us safer.

There’s lots of false hope spread around.  Sugar candy for the ignorant.  Free Medicare for all.  Do you know what that means?  Every working person my age was government forced into Social Security and Medicare.  We paid for it all of our working lives to cover the senior citizens of our time.  What’s next Comrade Sanders?  A social security check for everyone?  Yang has a plan I hear.  Bottom line, it takes away every American’s freedom to choose.  That’s the goal comrade.  Isn’t it?  By the way comrade, while you contemplate taking away my healthcare only to be followed by my Social Security check and probably military pension, how was it that you became a millionaire owning multiple homes while never holding a job other than civil service.  Your role model Karl Marx was a bum also.

Open borders will make us more diverse and vibrant.  We’ll end racism.  No, not really, but we will end America.  The actual goal.

The biggest false hope.  The most dangerous.  Most of us do not believe that loss of freedom is a possibility.  Not in America.  Let me run this by you?  Do not believe that every member of the United States Armed Forces will stand by their oaths to support and defend the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to keep and bear arms and protection against illegal search and seizure.  Always remember.  Presidents decide who the flag officers are.  The men and women that command the major elements of the military.  Their influence ripples down from the Commander in Chief through the chain of command.  Many will obey a command to knock on your door and confiscate weapons accompanied by your local, in some cases sanctuary state, police forces.

Just as man cannot give you integrity, dignity, courage, your values or cannot determine whether you live honorably, neither can he give you freedom.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

As Americans, we can continue as the guardians of freedom or our citizenry can submissively slip the yoke of slavery around its neck.

Freedom cannot be taken.  It can only be forfeited.  We must stand firm.

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September 11, 2001

This is a reprint of my thoughts September 2001.  When this was written casualty estimates were 5, 000 or more. Much has changed since then.  A new generation born. We’re still fighting, although sometimes I think we may have lost track of the real enemy. The one who speaks eloquently and dresses in a designer suit.

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September 11, 2001

By J. D. Pendry

Does everything except the attack on our country seem trivial to you?  It certainly does to me.  My routine is disrupted, my website is in desperate need of updating, actually, most things I attend to routinely need attention, yet it all seems a little unimportant to me now.  When compared with what 5000 others and countless of their friends and family members and our country have endured, yes it all seems rather trivial.

I have tried to think through what has happened to us during this unforgettable September week.  The images of crumbling symbols of our country are constantly replaying for me both on television and in my mind.  I think of the many people who went to work as on any day and have yet to come home – personal friends included.  This incident, an unspeakable act of mass murder, is running around in my mind searching for reasons.  Our country is in a vulnerable state now, and we must reason through things before we act.  Our shock has turned to grief, our grief to rage and our rage into a demand for revenge.  I believe at the end of the day what is right will prevail but, what we cannot do is match evil for evil.

What follows are a rambling spattering of my thoughts.  They may not seem coherent at times, but this is how I try to figure things out.  I hold no PhD’s, I’m not much of an expert at anything, but I have some things to get off my chest so to speak.  Then I can move on with the rest of America and deal with this blight on humanity.

Religion, what an interesting phenomenon it is.  Over many years in our country, we have systematically removed all references to God from our government, schools and practically any public place where the civil libertarians decide that someone might be exposed to faith when they didn’t want it.  Isn’t it interesting that one of the first places everyone turns for answers and protection in times such as these is God?  Our congress stood together on the steps of the Capitol and sang God Bless America and our President led us in a national prayer service.  I didn’t notice one civil libertarian out there pointing a finger saying you can’t do that.  Why do you think that is?  It’s as I said at the beginning, those thoughts and ideas are just too trivial to deal with right now.  I am comfortable with my faith, but I must admit that I have visited with my creator in prayer a little more than what is usual for me over the past few days.  What I have witnessed recently brings to mind one of my favorite quotes.  I’ve referred to it often and it sits at the top of my web page.

Our God and soldiers we alike adore,
Ev’n at the brink of danger; not before;
After deliverance, both alike requited,
Our God’s forgotten, and our soldiers slighted.
– Francis Quarles, 1632

It would be nice to finally disprove this thought after nearly four hundred years.

Religion has another part in this.  First, we must dispel any thoughts that we are about to enter into a war against Islam.  I heard the President mention the word “crusade” this morning while talking.  I also saw him cringe slightly after saying it.  I know that I cringed, and I know that before I finish typing my thoughts here, it’ll likely be the headline of some newspaper.  This, however, is not a religious war we are about to get into.  Instead, it’s a war against criminals and now I’m going to tell you why I believe that.  Osama Bin Laden and his ilk are criminals.  Very smart and calculating, but criminals all the same.  We already know what happens when thugs end up running a country.  Bin Laden is wealthy and educated.  JDs old country boy theory is that Bin Laden and his kind hope to rule the entire region where he now hides.  I may get some hate mail for this comment, but Bin Laden like the Butcher of Baghdad are nothing more than middle eastern Hitler’s and Americans – all westerners actually – are their Jews.  These criminals use their influence and their knowledge of the Islamic faith to convince poor and undereducated people that the West, led by “The Great Satan” America, is the reason for their predicament.  Using their twisted interpretations, they teach them that the reason they don’t have is because we do have.  They’re also taught that the only way to better the world is to destroy the West, but mostly America and if they give up their lives while doing so, they will get their reward.  Getting the great reward and being a hero appeals to the gullible mind of one who is also destitute.  What motivates criminals is wealth and power.  Bin Laden has the wealth; he is now seeking the power.

Is our country willing?  Are we willing to endure restrictions on our personal liberties that must happen for the defense and safety of our country?  Are we willing to endure more American casualties in what will likely be sustained combat operations unlike anything this country has experienced in years?  Are we willing?

Will we measure up?  We’ve all debated for some time about the quality of America’s new soldiers and whether or not they will measure up in times such as these.  I believe those debates are much like the civil liberties debates, too trivial to pursue just now.  We were attacked in our homeland.  We are not going off to some piss ant mud hole like Somalia with an unclear mission.  Our soldiers, young and old, past and present, have witnessed destruction and the death of innocents perpetuated by a group of people who want to destroy everything we hold dear.  Yep, they’ll measure up – they’ll more than measure up.

We must all continue to deal with our rage.  What is the source of that rage?  For me, it was an unprovoked attack on my country and my way of life.  I was the senseless loss of friends and the thoughts of the dreadful impact it had on their families.  It’s that same rage multiplied 5000 times.  My rage comes from a lifetime of standing ready to actually defend “my” country, then the one time it’s attacked being utterly helpless to do anything but watch it on TV.  Now, I’m left with a need, a deep need, to somehow make it right for those lost and to punish without remorse those who visited this on my home.

What is justice?  Is it bringing the likes of Bin Laden here for a trial?  Relying on my country boy philosophy, I would suggest that to be about as useful as tits on a boar hog.  This justice thing is funny however.  I doubt that you could find any reasonable person that does not believe that we are right and that “justice” is on our side in whatever we pursue.  It’s funny however, because it’s likely that you won’t find one Bin Laden supporter who doesn’t believe it’s on theirs.  The real question is are we as committed to seeing justice brought on this group as they were.

Where do we find the resolve to see this through?  I can’t answer this question for America.  I can only answer it for myself.  Out of the smoke and rubble in New York and at the Pentagon, I see a square-jawed, raw-boned old gentleman picking himself up.  His top hat is missing from his white-haired head and he’s dusting himself off.  There is grim determination on his face.  As he rolls his sleeves, I see a clenched fist and knuckles scarred from previous battles.  This is the spirit of America.  Our tallest buildings and landmarks can be destroyed one by one.  Our spirit cannot.  Behind this old gent, are thousands of souls from this and past battles.  You see Bin Laden we too have faith.  We know that bodies can be destroyed by your kind but souls cannot.  These souls have stood their judgment and soon you will stand yours.  May God have mercy on your soul.

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Not always as it appears

By J. D. Pendry

To begin with, I have a crooked ankle.  Permanently out of alignment according to the Surgeon.  Younger than my son and had styling gel in his hair.  Someday, he added, you may need another surgery fusing the joint to eliminate chronic arthritic pain.  He was just a ball of joy that day, pointing out that I should be able to get around just fine on my rebuilt foot.  The one with a metal plate and a bucket of screws holding it together.  I left hoping corrosion or rust were not issues for future concern.

Because of my crooked ankle my foot strikes exactly backwards from what it should leading to callous buildup on my instep, the ball of my foot, my big toe, and in the area where there was once a normal arch.  There’s constant stress on my lower leg and abnormal pressure to the inside of my knee.  Yep, I’m practically up to my butt in chronic pain.  But, it’s only on one side.   In case you’re wondering, no pain medication other than the old Soldier food group ibuprofen.  Our mantra, with SOS and ibuprofen we can complete any mission.  Additionally, I just pound on the other leg until it aches equally.  Uniformity.  They taught me that in the Army.

One night right before Christmas, some years ago, a man driving a pickup truck in the opposite direction from mine decided we should meet in the middle of an icy bridge.  Head on.  The foot in question was on the brake pedal.  Fruitlessly, I might add.  A white knuckled grip on the steering wheel and the force of the crash also broke my left arm.  But it healed fine and practically straight.

That explains to the other customers at the Nail and Spa, mostly women, why an old guy at whom they often shoot a curious glance and occasionally a little grin gets a monthly spa pedicure.  They shouldn’t look too closely at me as I notice some of them have rather large feet. Not the slender dainty feminine feet my mind’s eye expects.  With feet so large, I would be hesitant about drawing attention to them by making my toenails sparkle right there below multiple ankle bracelets and the butterfly tattoo.  While they get paint and glitter the woman taking care of my feet, much like a farrier preparing to shoe a horse, brings out the rasp and grates away the dead skin – appears a couple of pounds of it each time especially the bad one.  Old Drill Sergeant feet Jimbo.  Remember those?  She massages the soreness out of my bad foot and leg and I light foot it right out of there totally secure in my masculinity with an appointment scheduled for next month.  All thanks to Suzie-Q who drug me there under protest the first time.

On our last visit, Suzie-Q and I were sitting in our high-tech spa chairs, me with the back massage working, feet soaking when several women came in.  Then a guy walked in.  As the lady who runs the place was directing everyone to chairs, etc., with a puffed-out chest the guy demanded in what I thought was an overly exaggerated deep voice that she takes all of the women first.  She ignored him and told him where to sit.  Without objection, he promptly complied.  As the woman worked on his feet, he spent the entire time talking to the young man working on the lady’s next to him – about football.  I sensed a little insecurity.  But I could be wrong.  He paid with a gift card and was reminded to come back monthly.

My favorite shoes are the ones with no backend.  You just slide your feet in and move out.  The heel of my bad foot is wider than normal.  I assume to accommodate the surgical hardware.  So, the shoes are a logical solution.  I remember a time in my life when I’d see a man wearing such shoes and roll my eyes just a bit.  At the time, the sight wasn’t in tune with my masculine psyche.  I’ve matured some and hopefully become slightly wiser.  Nowadays men are wearing orange Crocs, skinny jeans and man buns and not just at Walmart.  But I make no judgments.   Cold be a good reason for all of that, or not.

In one of his short stories, The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether, published in 1845, Edgar Allan Poe wrote:

“You are young yet, my friend,” replied my host, “but the time will arrive when you will learn to judge for yourself of what is going on in the world, without trusting the gossip of others.  Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.

That’s a rule us mortals all too often break.  What we read, hear, and see is not always as it appears.  And as my Dad, rest his soul, used to remind, make sure your brain is in gear before you put your mouth into operation.

Yep, spa pedicures for grumpy old men.  Monthly, I highly recommend it.  Especially if your physique, which tends to have a mind of its own as we age, is a hindrance to reaching your toes.  Life is good.

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God Given Talent Got Any? and One Size Fits All

By J. D. Pendry

What is God given talent?  Whether we own up to it or not, we all have something.  You’ve heard sports pontificators declare gifted athletes have a lot of natural ability.  You hear it about entertainers, great writers, great orators…. Whatever it’s called, it had to come from somewhere.  If you view the world as I do, it all comes from God our creator.  But that raises issues for the Godless, doesn’t it?  Self-centered and world-influenced people who achieve all by themselves and are unwilling to credit anyone, mortal or supernatural, for helping along the way.  Personally, I like the assurance of knowing that the most powerful Force ever has my back, controls my future, and works hard to keep my compass pointed in the right direction.  I just have to make sure I listen.

I’ve heard some great athletes, when being congratulated on a spectacular performance, before saying anything else declare they give all Glory to God.  Usually, it’s a live interview otherwise we might not hear that part.  I saw a recent interview of Ashley Batcher who starred in the movie Unplanned.  She was asked how she felt about the possibility of being blacklisted by Hollywood.  She said she didn’t care adding that God gave her the talent to act and she was going to use it to glorify Him.  I saw that interview on a Fox morning program, but couldn’t locate a link of the clip.  Take a few minutes to view this video interview by Rev. Franklin Graham at Facebook Watch.  Awesome.

All of us have talents.  Gifts of some sort.  When we do not know God, we leave the door open for other forces to use our talents and direct our lives.

Good and evil both increase at compound interest.  That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance.   C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

To steal from Rush Limbaugh, let’s assume we all have talents on loan from God.  But if we do not accept that there is a God, what authority guides use of our talents?  Deep question isn’t it.  Is it the reigning culture?  Is it some other supernatural force?  If we don’t believe in God, are we not vulnerable to some other life guide?  One without boundaries? Realize here, that I’ve included you in another of my self-chats.

The favorite questions for non-believers and those trying to justify for themselves their own place in the world are:  If there is a God, why did he let that mass shooting happen?  Why did he let the Holocaust or other genocides happen?  Why did he let 9/11 happen?

Do you feel the answer needling you just a bit?

God didn’t allow those atrocities.  Just as he did not allow Himself to be removed from our public schools – taken away from our children when they’re most vulnerable.  Just as he did not allow us to kill more than 60 million unborn children.

People who did not know God are responsible for these acts.

Following our most recent mass shooting in Texas, all the politicians were out there looking to remove inanimate objects from the hands of law-abiding citizens.  There are all sorts of ways to restrict freedom and taking away weapons of war being tossed around.  I heard one former Congressman, now news commentator, declare that there must be a bipartisan push to solving this problem adding there is no one size fits all solution.

Oh, but there is Congressman.  We can invite God back into our shattered lives and culture.

Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:4-6 (NIV)

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God, Family, Country – Under Assault the Pillars of our Nation and Culture

Recent events show those who want to destroy our culture and country are entering their endgame.

By J. D. Pendry

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone Psalm 118 (NIV)

There is a distinct “God, Family, Country,” American culture.  Along with the foundation of God-given freedom, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and small non-intrusive government.  Our culture is what made America a great nation. As one people one culture, we stand strong and offer the best hope for our country and the world.  If we are at odds as many, self-interested entities we fail.  We lose what our ancestors sacrificed to provide for us.  We smother out the torch of freedom kept ablaze by those who came before us and struggled mightily for freedom and civil rights.  When freedom’s light goes out in America, the rest of the world will too be in dangerous darkness.  God Blessed America. American Journal

If you want to bring down a structure, you must weaken what makes it strong – the critical parts that keep it standing steady.  It’s an enduring principle and applies to everything.  Whether a building, a person, a society, or a nation.  Weaken what makes and keeps it strong and eventually, and catastrophically, it falls.

Here in the land of the free, the pillars of our nation are under attack and have been so, mostly unchallenged, for decades.  Too many of us, and especially those ignorant of history and the world, take for granted that the free America we know will always be here.  And even improved once we rid ourselves of the people with which we disagree and fundamentally transform ourselves into a communal Socialist utopia.  Sigh.  Any in public life who might stand in the gap are frightened into fetal positions by the politically correct.  Political correctness is the modern-day moniker and hiding place for Communism.  An atheist philosophy that cannot compete with a higher moral authority or anyone who rejects groupthink.

Recent events show those who want to destroy our culture and country are entering their endgame.  For decades, we’ve allowed weakening of what buttresses our civil society.  Could it be they believe now is their only real chance?  They own the top tiers of the State Department, Department of Justice, establishment Washington, Academia, and the major media propaganda machine.  Over the past two years, we’ve seen evidence of it from the top of our government right down to street level thugs.  Their coup attempt failed now they grow bolder with public statements and acts of street violence unchecked by sympathizing local governments.  They’ve demonized and neutered local police forces.  We are in a fight for the soul of our nation.  They will not give up unless completely and thoroughly destroyed.

War on God and Christianity

I remember beginning each school day with the Lord’s prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, but I expect fewer Americans do.  Prayer in school ended with the 1962 Supreme Court decision in Engel v. Vitale.  It’s a faulty decision and one that tipped the First Amendment establishment clause upside down.  To see this, one need not have a Constitutional law degree, but only a basic understanding of the history of our beginning.  The first people to arrive in the new world were escaping religious persecution of England’s one religion, the Church of England.  In historical context, the purpose of this amendment was to protect religion from government interference of establishing and imposing the government’s form of religion on the people.  Engel v. Vitale reversed history by restricting the people’s freedom of religious expression and changed the intent of the clause to protect the government from religion rather than protecting individual freedom of religion and religious expression from the government.

Using this faulty court decision, we’ve removed God from the public.  First from public schools, then from the public square.  Young people were no longer introduced to the concept of a creator or higher moral authority.  No one was forced to pray. No one was singled out or shamed for not praying.  What was accomplished was removing the critical strand of moral fiber from society and removing it at a most critical time of cultural development.  Childhood.

At the behest of radical atheists, public schools do not allow prayer.  Now, our children, shielded from prayer or any form of Christianity, are taught about homosexuality, while Drag Queens teach toddlers there’s no such thing as boys and girls.  Public schools are starting our children off with moral indoctrination.  Beyond that, children are no longer taught history of the Pilgrims fleeing religious persecution instead they’re taught about early settlers and colonizers.  They are growing up ignorant of the role Christianity played at the start of our country.  Hey, but now they have an appreciation for homosexual culture.

War on the Family

Let’s start with President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society war on poverty.  Here’s a brief assessment of its impact on families:

The War on Poverty created negative incentives. Instead of promoting the growth of healthy families, the welfare system discouraged them. A single mother could receive larger payments from Uncle Sam by remaining single than by marrying the father of her child.

Over time, many fatherless children entered the world. The welfare checks showed up month after month, regardless of how their parents spent their days. As these boys and girls grew up without fathers around, they came to regard such households as natural. The social safety net, designed to be a temporary help to the people in need, instead kept them trapped in government dependency.

They stayed trapped in poverty as well.  Here’s a full explanation of President Johnson’s so-called War on Poverty: How Johnson Fought the War on Poverty: The Economics and Politics of Funding at the Office of Economic Opportunity  It’s long, filled with statistics, politics and insanity and your eyes may begin to bleed before you finish, but if you muddle through you’ll discover the birth of many well-intentioned failures still affecting our country and families today.

Here’s another long report from the Pew Research Center.  Johnson’s war is but one aspect of changing American culture contributing to the rise of single parent households.  When the report was published, 31% of the children in single parent households were living below the poverty line and 21% of those with unmarried cohabiting parents were as well.  In 1960, 73% of children were living with two parents in their first marriage.  By 1980, it dropped to 61% and by 2014 it was only 46%.  Less than half of American children are living with parents in their first marriage.  Less than half of America’s children grow up in a traditional family.

Nowadays we embrace unnatural non-reproductive family relationships like homosexual marriage with adopted children.  Some women are choosing artificial insemination as a method of becoming a single mother without a relationship or no children at all.  Birth rates are too low to replace the population.  Through abortion, more than 60 million American families ended before they began thanks to another tragic Supreme Court decision.

Over decades, seriously flawed Supreme Court decisions and social justice policies caused a cultural shift away from God and toward destruction of the center pillar of our nation, the nuclear American family.  Our future is dying one family at a time.

Deconstruction of America

History can be well written only in a free country. Voltaire

History is being rewritten.  A critical element of our history is our Judeo-Christian values system.  It’s the foundation of our government, our laws, and our Constitution.

The Schools could not describe the religious origins of American freedoms without violating Engel v. Vitale.  For this reason, the Pilgrims had to be deleted from our children’s textbooks.  Thus, in 2002, the new Jersey Department of Education removed references to the Pilgrims and the Mayflower from its history standards for school textbooks…. The problem?  “The word Pilgrim implies religion,” said Brian Jones of the Education Leader’s Council, adding, “It’s more difficult to talk about the Bible and the Puritans.”  Some school systems blur historical truth by referring to the Pilgrims as “early settlers,” “newcomers,” or “European colonizers.”  David Horowitz DARK AGENDA: The War to Destroy Christian America

In 1986… Professor Paul Vitz completed a study of sixty social studies textbooks used by 87 percent of public-school students.  Among his conclusions:

There is not one story or article in all these books, in approximately nine to ten thousand pages, in which the central motivation or major content derives from Christianity or Judaism. Horowitz

When young people do not know their history or the origins of their country they are easily influenced.  They learn from biased texts and too often from biased ideologues impersonating teachers.  On the back of not knowing our true history in the context of it’s time, they are susceptible to ideas of Socialism, Communism, Atheism, and eliminating the Electoral College.

When I was in elementary school, I was encouraged to read the biographies of our founders and many of them I did.  I read other as well.  I always thought it important to learn about important people.  People who made a difference.  One of my favorite biographies as a youngster was George Washington Carver’s.  An incredible story.  Pick it up and read it sometime.

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.  H. G. Wells

We cannot live in the past.  No one alive today is accountable for the actions of people of their time.  Nor is anyone alive today qualified to make judgment.  Neither can we predict the future, but we can send children uneducated in history toward catastrophe.

© 2019 J. D. Pendry, J. D. Pendry’s American Journal, All Rights Reserved

Disrespect, Degradation, Dehumanization, Destruction – When will we see the light?

From ancient times to present day, every atrocity, every genocide, every ethnic cleansing, religious persecution and other evil visited upon humans are owed to some degree to disrespect, degradation, dehumanization, and destruction.

By J. D. Pendry

A cheerful headline isn’t it.  Looking at history, all of it for as far back as you care to look, there’s a distinct pattern of human destruction.  From ancient times to present day, every atrocity, every genocide, every ethnic cleansing, religious persecution and other evil visited upon humans are owed to some degree to disrespect, degradation, dehumanization, and destruction.  These are the undeclared tenets of many deadly philosophies.  It’s a constant theme nowadays and with multiple targets.  So many marks the damn is bound to burst.  Producing a new flood of destruction.  It’s men versus God.  For America and the world, it’s about which path to take.

I am neither theologian nor Biblical scholar.  I routinely read the Holy Bible.  Not near as often as I should, but I read.  It is fascinating to me when an ancient message resonates with me and applies to today’s much broader, much more divided, much more dangerous world.  There are also times I feel the pain of being poked in the chest behind the unspoken question:  Are you listening?

Take the story of the Apostle Paul.  Saul, before he became Paul, was a zealot for the law.  The laws of ancient Judaism many of which, like any civil society, were not from God but were man constructed.  Paul was a determined enforcer of the law hunting, arresting, and even watching executions by stoning of early Christians.  That was until he saw the light.  In modern day lingo, we might say Saul had his come to Jesus meeting.  Paul then became an evangelist for what God had to say rather than what men had to say.  Before that, what did he do?  Disrespected, degraded, dehumanized, and tried to destroy the people of The Way – early Christians.

Christian persecution is as old as the faith itself and continues today. “Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world. Christians throughout the world continue to risk imprisonment, loss of home and assets, torture, beheadings, rape and even death as a result of their faith.” Open Doors, 2017 World Watch provides a list of the top 50 countries for Christian persecution.  The United States is not on the list because the persecution here is more subtle.  Although, in recent years it’s been a bit more brazen.  No one has reached the point of outright murder, but we see the other things.  Businesses sued for refusing to violate the tenets of their Christian faith and everyone is aware of the assaults on businesses like Chic-Fil-A, assaults on Christian holidays, assaults on Christian symbolism.  There’s no uproar from the great megaphone holding media.  No defense of Christians.  Even many Christians remain silent rather than openly standing firm for their faith and religious freedom.  Can you imagine living in a country where Christian hatred is in the majority?  Don’t imagine, click on the links above.

When you degrade and dehumanize any segment of humanity whether it’s for the color of their skin or religious beliefs, it ends up in atrocity like slavery or genocide.  In America, we fought a war to end slavery.  Other countries banned slavery as well, but modern-day slavery still exists in countries across the globe with estimates as high as 40 million. Right here in the land of the free there is the booming business of sex slave trafficking.  There are illegal immigrants everyone seems so concerned with living on under-the-table slave wages trapped and, in a position to do nothing about it.  Here, we seem only able to focus on the past and the atrocity we corrected.  We cannot accept our history and move on, instead we are told we need to change it.

By doing that we refuse to live in the present.  Hitler’s Germany dehumanized a segment of people including Jews, the disabled, Gypsies, and anyone else that did not fit the master-race mold.  He killed millions.  We killed Hitler and ended his final solution.  Here in America, we dehumanized unborn children and set about murdering more than 60 million of them. That’s our American Genocide.  We own it.  Our most egregious atrocity.  The greatest ever committed.  We wrote it into law.  And it continues.  Will we ever see the light?

Across America, we’ve spread the cancer of human destruction.  Political opponents are demonized.  Movies are made about hunting people degraded and dehumanized as deplorable for sport.  We disrespect Police Officers beginning from the very top of our national leadership characterizing them as acting stupidly.

Our Police Officers are disrespected, degraded, dehumanized and routinely shot.  Many do not have the support of their state and local governments.  What will these states and cities with the major problems do when they begin to walk away?   Anarchy?  Vigilantism? Gang wars?  Is that a goal?

Labeling and dehumanizing people to perpetuate destructive ideology is no accident.  It’s a method.  A strategy to eventually transform America into something unrecognizable.  A one-party dictatorial hell hole.

Traditional liberalism or conservatism no longer compete.  They formed the establishment country club and focused on their wealth.  Leaving us with a mess.  Instead we face the likes of Neo-Nazis and assorted wing nuts, a label with which the media paints Americans with broad strokes.  We have extreme progressivism, socialism, and communism and even the rise of Islamism in our Congress which the media either heartily promotes or pretends does not exist.  All these ideologies have much in common: Godlessness, hate driven, anti-family, pro total government control in whatever form it takes and dehumanizing any opposing voice and great swaths of humanity they’d prefer to render into serfdom or eliminate altogether.

Americans.  If we seek it out, the light is there for us.

…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

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Did I really need a smart watch?

By J. D. Pendry

Typically, unless necessary for some reason I cannot at this moment contemplate, I do not wear a watch.  I do have a couple of nice ones.  Suzie-Q bought them for me.  One is about thirty years old and the other about 10.  Not heavily used, both look practically new.  In the Army, I always had one of these cheap takes a licking and keeps on ticking watches with its OD Green nylon strap.  If a truck ran over my arm, or some other minor catastrophe occurred there’d be no great loss.  I’d just trot over to the PX and lay out 10 bucks for another.  Watch that is, not an arm.  I think I still have the last one in a box somewhere.  It’s been twenty years so I’m guessing the battery is dead.

I was so impressed with my daughter-in-law’s snazzy smart watch; I convinced myself I needed one.  Suzie-Q finally agreed but advised me the cost of it comes out of my next month’s allowance.  When I told her I would probably need the next two month’s allowance, she gave me the look.  I explained to her all of the great things the watch could do.  Looking at me with a slightly furrowed brow she asked, “Can it vacuum the floors? Do laundry? Wash the dishes?”  I said no.  “Then you are going to be a busy man.”  And that’s how negotiations go around Pendry manor.  I should be off hard labor in a couple of months.

So, we headed out to the local store that sells all manner of tech gizmos and kitchen appliances.  Looking at the display of watches I pointed to one I thought rather Chic (sheek).  Wow.  I don’t think I’ve ever used that word to describe anything.  I added the parenthetical phonetic spelling for anyone like me who may not routinely use such expressions.  Truthfully, I spelled it wrong the first time around.  Not being a fashionista, anything considered Chic would definitely clash with my extensive wardrobe of jeans and tee-shirts.  Suzie-Q declared it looked like a woman’s watch.  The cranial hard drive reprogrammed itself to never wear anything considered Chic and to actually expunge the word from my memory.  I settled on a more masculine look.  It was round, but about the size of a flat screen TV.  I gave the young lady who’d been doing a great job of telling me about the excellent choice I made my more than two month’s allowance and headed home.

The watch tethers me to my phone.  Which is nice if I’m at the gym and want to listen to Hank Williams Jr. sing Born to Boogie, I don’t have to carry my phone around with me.  As way too many people do.  It’s really annoying when someone has their oversized rear-end sitting on a piece of equipment I want to use scrolling through their messages.  But I can endlessly talk about the gym life some other time.  Being tethered to the phone is not good for me.  I used to be able to drop my phone on the kitchen counter and head down to the Bunker allowing me to say sorry I missed your message earlier.  Now, I can leave the phone in the kitchen and my arm buzzes.  And of course, I have to look.  The Bunker is no longer a refuge from text messages.

The phone has some good features.  It keeps track of my heart rate.  Tracks my calendar and tells me about the appointments I’m late for.  It keeps track of whatever workout I do at the gym complete with elapsed time, heart rates, and the 5 or 10 calories burned.  It also has about 7 dozen different watch faces from which to choose.  You can go from elegant (not Chic) to something an F-35 pilot might appreciate.  Or you can just go straight boring digital.

There is one other thing.  I believe it has the soul of a married woman and maybe a school teacher too.  It nags me.  “You’ve be sitting too long, get up and move.” And she keeps at it unrelenting until I do actually move.  Then she cheers, “Great job!”

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