From the diary of Christopher Columbus:
“From my first youth onward, I was a seaman and have so continued until this day…Wherever on the earth a ship has been, I have been. I have spoken and treated with, learned men, priests, and laymen, Latins, and Greeks, Jews and Moors, and with many men of other faiths. The Lord was well disposed to my desire, and He gave me in abundance, of astrology, as much as was needed, and of geometry and astronomy likewise. Further, He gave me joy and cunning in drawing maps and thereon cities, mountains, rivers, islands, and harbours, each one in its place. I have seen and truly I have studied all books–cosmographies, histories, chronicles, and philosophies, and other arts, for which our Lord unlocked my mind, sent me upon the sea, and gave me fire for the deed. Those who heard of my emprise called it foolish, mocked me, and laughed. But how can doubt but that the Holy Ghost inspired me?”
Latter-Day scriptures identify this man and confirm the influence that fell upon Columbus to set him “upon the sea.” “And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.”
The Prophet Nephi was further told; “And this land shall be a land of Liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles. An I will fortify this land against all other nations.”
The annals of history have established American to be a land unexcelled in its provision of freedom to the inhabitants. Nowhere else in the world can a nation be found which allows the people to govern as does America. Nowhere else in the world can be found an economic system which allows for individual achievement as does America.
Further evidence of the special place America has as a bastian of freedom can be extracted from a close study of events during the revolutionary war. In a war that found the Colonists outmanned and outclassed, miracle after miracle brought Washington’s men to victory. One such example is the battle of Cowpens. The patriots lured the British into a pursuit wherein 400 plus colonists waited to ambush them. After a brief battle the colonists retreated across the Catawba River. When the British reached the river a surprise flash flood made the river impassable. The British waited for the waters to recede then pursued the colonists to the Yankin river. After the colonists crossed the Yankin the river reached flood stage causing the British to once again wait a day to cross. For a third time, the oolonists crossed the Dan river with the same result thus preventing the British from pursuing them. The British commander said “We would have caught the colonists again had the rivers not risen.” This is just one example of many miracles that demonstrated the hand of divine providence in giving victory to the Americans.
Believing that Columbus, in his own words, was inspired by the Holy Ghost is recognition by those of us who believe his words, of the hand of God in preserving America as a land of promise.
Move to the 2016 American Presidential election. All polls and reports as late as the night before the election predicted a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for President. It was not until late into the night that shock set in. Hillary lost the rust belt; the firewall that had, for decades, given democrats victory after victory. Pundits are, to this day, baffled as to what happened and most explanations are conjecture. Everything’s from Hillary’s failure to campaign in the rust belt states to James Comey’s email investigation statements. All conjecture.
I have my opinion. America has gradually moved away from the promise of freedom to a country where government is our dictator. More and more we are being told through regulations how we should act and think. It was Ronald Reagan who said; “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not to run their lives.” Uncontrolled spending and a burgeoning national debt have caused the Golden Goose to begin consuming its own eggs. And the list goes on.
The direction of our government has to change and I believe it did so in a dramatic, if not miraculous fashion on November 8, 2016. Across the land from governorships, congressional seats all the way to the presidency, the voters asked to have freedom from the bondage of oppressive government removed from their lives.
The polls were wrong because so many voters were tired of the hate and vitriol poured out upon them when they expressed their views. They therefore, remained silent. Their views were expressed at the polls.
It is my opinion that the same spirit that guided Christopher Columbus to the land of promise fell upon voters who were tired of government control of their lives. They voted their conscience and it made the difference. By so doing all the freedoms we hold dear can be preserved.
I believe strongly in the power of prayer and my prayers to God, the giver of freedom, for the country prior to the November election went something like this:
“Please bless the voters of this great land to select the person who will best preserve the freedoms that we hold so dear.”
Did the same spirit that fell upon Columbus also fall upon the voters in 2016?
The nomination of Abraham Lincoln for President of The United States by the Republican party was a shock to most of the country, especially to the Eastern Republican establishment. On Capitol Hill, word of Lincoln’s nomination “was received with general incredulity.” Democratic newspapers fried him incessantly calling him a “third rate western lawyer.” Stating: “The conduct of the republican party in this nomination is a remarkable indication of a small intellect, growing smaller.” Rejecting Seward and Chase, “who are statesmen and able men,” the Herald continued, “they take up a fourth rate lecturer, who cannot speak good grammar,” and whose speeches are illiterate compositions…interlarded with coarse and clumsy jokes.” Not content to deride his intellect, hostile publications focused on his appearance. “Lincoln is the leanest, lankest, most ungainly mass of legs, arms and hatchet-face ever strung upon a single frame. He has most unwarrantably abused the privilege which all politicians have of being ugly.”
More violent attacks appeared in the Charleston Mercury, which scornfully asked: “After him what decent white man would be President?” “Seward”, the paper insisted, “had been “thrust aside’ because he lacked the necessary nerve to carry through measures of Southern subjugation,” Lincoln, on the other hand, was “the bean ideal of a relentless, dogged, free soil border-ruffian.” “He was “an illiterate partizan,” claimed the influential Richmond Enquirer; “possessed only of his inveterate hatred of slavery and his openly avowed predilections for negro equality,”
That convention was in 1860. We know the rest of the Lincoln story.
On Wednesday November 9, 2016, the American electorate woke up to the unlikely and stunning news that the brash, irreverent Donald J Trump had been elected President of The United States of America. Trumps campaign showed him to be immature, arrogant and incapable of demonstrating the dignity we have grown used to expecting in our Commander-in-chief. Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for president in the 2012 election, called Donald Trump “a phony and a fraud,” saying “his promises are as useless as a degree from Trump University. “Dishonesty is Trump’s hallmark,” Romney continues, pointing to his “bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogany, the 3rd grade theatrics.”
The republican elite refused to endorse Trump once he had won the nomination. All but one of the primary candidates, Mike Huckabee, refused to endorse or support Trump. Just weeks ahead of the inauguration Garrison Keillor reflects the state of the liberal psyche in a syndicated op-ed. “Eighty thousand trump voters gave us this man which shows you how much damage a few people can do.” Calling Trump a “showman and emperor-elect” who parades “in the nude while his congressional courtiers admire him and the nation drifts towards the rapids.”
The 62 million-plus voters who propelled Donald Trump into office are giddy, walking around with a new spring in their step as they watch the President-elect build his cabinet. He is surrounding himself with smart and talented men and women whose rise to positions of influence have come on the wings of real world experience and common sense, not pie-in-the-sky ideology. For eight years this nation has stumbled through political chaos on the shoulders of a man whose only experience was that of a community organizer; a man whose significant trademark as president was to show us how to draw a “floating” red line in the sand.
Who is this man Donald Trump? Will he hasten America’s drift to the precipice as Keillor suggests or will he be the unlikely president who will restore sanity to a nation in distress.
Don’t rule out history writing the story of the brash, braggart who righted the ship and kept America from going over the edge as Abraham Lincoln, over screams of 1860’s Democrats, abolished the scourge of slavery.
There is a company in Lebanon Missouri called the Cackle Factory. The Cackle Factory is a three generation, family owned company that sells baby poultry; ducks, chickens and turkeys. Most every time a chicken lays an egg she cackles, reflecting the culmination of another great accomplishment in an otherwise boring life.
Not only does the word cackle mean “to laugh in a noisy, sometimes harsh manner,” it also carries the connotation as a mask for insecurity; a sort of blanket, hiding what’s really behind the mask.
There was a cackle factory in today’s American presidencial campaign called Hillary Clinton. Laying aside the massive gap in personal philosophy on the role of government between myself and Ms. Clinton, the thought of this woman cackling her way into and through four years as President of the United States was depressing beyond belief. Ms. Clinton’s laugh can be described only one way: abrasive.
The term “lay an egg” has a double entendre. Most commonly referring to the near sacrificial and literal act of placing an egg in the nest, to “lay an egg” also means “to do something bad or poorly.” It is not coincidental that Hillary Clinton cackles so often. Her frequent cackle is merely reflective of how often she does something bad or poorly as well as the depth of her dishonesty. When asked if she was honest when answering questions about events leading up to the disaster in Benghazi her response was “I tried to be.” How do you “try to be” honest. You’re either honest or you’re not.
It is unfortunate that voters had to choose between a buffoon and a prevaricator. I choose the former.
Is it true? Has the hot iron of political expediency seared the American conscience this deeply? Conservative America has nominated a buffoon as candidate for the highest office in the land and …
Source: The New American Conscience?
Is it true? Has the hot iron of political expediency seared the American conscience this deeply? Conservative America has nominated a buffoon as candidate for the highest office in the land and liberal America has nominated a pathological liar. William Safire, in a New York Times Op-Ed column describes Hillary Clinton’s aversion to the truth:
“Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady…is a congenital liar.” “Drip by drip…the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.
“She is in the longtime habit of lying: and she has never been called to account for lying herself or in suborning lying in her aides and friends.”
One can only conclude that Hillary’s condition bears out the realization that she has no CONSCIENCE…that still small voice that lets us know the difference between right and wrong, “the inner sense of what is right or wrong.”
EB White, in the classic story Charlotte’s Web, elicits the term conscience in his description of one of the most vile creatures in his story when he says: “The rat had no morals, no conscience, no scruples, no consideration, no decency…” and without a conscience Hillary is now, in my opinion, same as the rat.
The sad commentary then, is not so much that here is one more politician without a conscience, but that so many of the American electorate endorse her. Where is America’s conscience?
Al Gore said of politicians: “It is a politician’s natural instinct to avoid taking any stand that seems controversial unless and until the voters demand it or conscience absolutely requires it.” (An Inconvenient Truth)
True words, even if coming from the man who hypocritically decried opposers to the global warming hysteria when he, himself lives and travels around the world leaving a carbon footprint bigger than his own ego.
Agreeing with Mr. Gore’s salient point regarding conscience, it then becomes clear, since Hillary Clinton is void of the same, her stand on any issue is solely a function of how many votes her position on any issue will bring.
EB White, had he known Hillary Clinton, would have had to look no further to find the perfect model for his rat.
America…where is your conscience?
I know not by what methods rare But this I know…