America – Land of Promise: Why I Believe the GOP Won in 2016

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?

 

 

 

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Idleness and Violence

“I work to stay alive.”  – Bette Davis.    “Get busy living or get busy dying.”    – Stephen King

Talk show pundits, politicians, and bar room philosophers banter around the causes/reasons for the seemingly irrational behavior of thousands of protestors over the recent Grand Jury decision to not indict officer Darrin Wilson.  The facts, as reported by the Ferguson Prosecutor, discredited much of the previously reported account of events leading up to the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.  Yet protesters continue to disregard sworn testimony or the discredit of the same.

A new symbol for nationwide protestors, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” continues to be the war cry even though its origin is founded on a lie.  It never happened.  Irrational!!

Our focus on perceived police racism ( sometimes real) as the root of the problem is a distractor.  We hack at the leaves of the cause of disruptive social events such as the Ferguson protests with rubber machete’s when we should be running excavators twenty-four-seven to expose its real roots…roots of poverty, hopelessness, idleness, broken dreams and hate.

The Bette Davis quote is a classic.  Having arrived as an actress at a point in her life where work was no longer a financial necessity, she continued working to “stay alive.”  The Michael Browns of the world and millions like him, including thousands of the “national” Ferguson protestors apparently didn’t and don’t know what it is like to experience the satisfaction of having meaningful work.  Michael Brown would be alive today if, instead of stealing cigarillos,  he was doing homework or resting in preparation for reporting to his job.  Instead, the curse of idleness wrapped its tentacles around a young mans aspirations and dreams, leaving him to roam the streets that fateful night in Ferguson, a young man without hope and without direction.

Who’s to blame?  A question for which there is no easy answer but one thing is for sure.  A national government blinded by ideology ignores facts, history and reality; a pattern destined to undermine the framework of economic expansion and consequently individual opportunity.

For six disruptive years, and before, our Federal Government has had its ladder placed against the wrong wall.  Instead of using rational policy changes to revive a flailing economy, the Obama administration has systematically and ignorantly stifled the engine of opportunity that made America the greatest country in the world.  The small business.   Regulation upon regulation have driven the golden goose to lay eggs of lead. In the midst of an economy whose recovery is anemic at best, the Federal Government needs to stop looking at Capitalism as the enemy and remember what made this country the worlds standard bearer for opportunity.  When that is done, the Michael Browns of the world will be so busy pursuing their dreams there will be no time or motivation to steal cigarillos.

 

 

America Still Great but for how long?

My post is a copy of a recent email I received.  My commentary is at the end and is brief.

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2000 years prior.  “A democracy is always temporary in nature;  it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.  From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.  During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;                                                                                                    From spiritual faith go great courage;                                                                                       From courage to liberty;                                                                                                        From liberty to abundance;                                                                                                           From abundance to complacency:                                                                                                    From complacency to apathy;                                                                                                       From apathy to dependence;                                                                                                   From dependence back into bondage.”

The Obituary follows:

Born 1776, Died 2014

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election.

Number of states won by:                          Obama – 19     Romney 29                                                             Population of counties won by:                  Obama – 127 million.   Romney 143 million                             Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama – 13.2.   Romney 2.1.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government.  Olson believes the United States in now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.

Why was Barack Hussein Obama elected to a second term?  His electorate was so enamored by his silver tongue, actually believing what came out of his mouth, they voted with emotions, not brains.  He also won again, as he did in the 2008 election, because he was a minority.  Face the brutal facts!!  The electorate also saw more free stuff coming their way if Obama were elected and they feared losing it if Mitt Romney were elected.

The golden goose in gasping for breath.  If liberalism wins the presidency in 2016 the goose is dead and we will be rapidly on our way to Democracy in America being something that our grandchildren will only hear about.  It will be dead.