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Veteran’s Benefits Aren’t Entitlements  March 10, 2020

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Federal law requires everyone who enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath.  The oath is traditionally performed in front of the United States Flag.  Everyone who has ever worn the uniform has said:

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

When every veteran took this oath to defend our country, our Constitution, and our way of life they presented the nation with a blank check to serve and protect We the People.  That check was written with their lives, their bodies, and their sacred honor.  They pledged to give their all.  And as the saying goes, “All gave some.  Some gave all.”

Those of us who have enjoyed generations of peace need to acknowledge our country is the home of the free because of the brave.  We live our tranquil lives unmolested by hordes lurking beyond our borders who would love to pillage the richest nation the world has ever seen.  From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Normandy from Flanders Field, Inchon, Khe Sanh, Fallujah, and ten thousand nameless battlefields in-between America’s best and brightest have fought selflessly and heroically.

Often, they’ve come home and quietly taken up their lives unrecognized by those of us who reap the benefits of their sacrifice.  Sometimes they’ve been ridiculed, belittled, and even spat upon for the debt they paid for the rest of us.  Mostly they’ve been forgotten.  The benefits promised by a government swift to call and send but slow to remember were often second-rate, slow in coming, or denied all together.  Administration after administration paid lip-service to our veterans while doling out benefits with a stingy hand.

But then came Trump.

Since his inauguration President Trump works tirelessly to provide the benefits and services our brave veterans deserve.  He seeks to keep the promises made to generations of veterans.  He’s leading the charge and winning the battle to finally give our heroes the homecoming they were promised, the one they’ve earned.

President Trump has declared, “My administration is committed to taking care of every warrior that returns home as a veteran.”  As a case in point President Trump is ensuring our veterans receive the student loan and educational benefits to which they are entitled and deserve.  He has previously noted the process by which our disabled veterans apply for Federal student loan discharges is too burdensome.  Which has led to this sad reality; only half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans qualified to have their Federal student loans discharged have received this entitled benefit.

Consequently, on August 21, 2019 the President signed a presidential memorandum ensuring our totally and permanently disabled veterans obtain the Federal student loan debt discharges they’re entitled. The memorandum directs the Secretaries of Education and Veterans Affairs to develop a new expedited process to help totally and permanently disabled veterans have their Federal student loan debt discharged with minimal burdens.  This combined with the Forever GI Bill which the President signed into law in 2017 allows individuals to access their veteran educational benefits at any point during their lifetime.

Turning to a more general assault on the stone wall standing for too long between our veterans and their earned benefits in June of 2017 the President signed into law the Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to fire failing VA employees and support whistle blowers.

Since the passage of this act, the VA has successfully fired more than 7,600 employees who’ve failed our veterans.  Previously the archaic rules of the bureaucratic swamp made it almost impossible to remove these roadblocks to the healthcare of veterans.   Using the new streamlined policies, the VA has instituted reforms to increase efficiency and decrease abuse.

Consequently, VA healthcare has now significantly improved since President Trump was elected and trust in VA outpatient health care has risen in all areas.

Building the foundations necessary to win the victory in his Battle for the Vets the President signed the VA MISSION Act.  This provides more healthcare options for veterans by consolidating existing programs and expanding access to care in veterans’ own communities.  Eligible Veterans can use VA health care services nationwide, including through mobile health clinics serving rural areas and via telehealth (care through a phone or computer). Under the MISSION Act, veterans have more ways to access health care.

This includes within the VA’s network and through approved non-VA medical providers in your community, called “community care providers.”  Depending on the situation for example, if a certain type of health service isn’t provided by VA the veteran may be able to go to a non-VA provider, using their VA coverage.  This is one way to break the logjam which kept so many deserving Vets waiting in line until they died.  Because of the reforms spearheaded by President Trump this is a victory for our heroes.

Stepping into a tragedy that unfolds in too many lives of those returning from service, President Trump signed a new Executive Order on a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Veteran Suicide (PREVENTS) to address veteran suicide prevention. The executive order creates a new cabinet level task force led by VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. The task force will create a comprehensive public health road map bringing together local government along with the private sector to improve the quality of life for our Veterans and turn the tide on the Veteran suicide crisis.

“It is about pulling together the resources of the federal government, our states and localities our charities non-government organizations and coming together with a road map and resources,” said Secretary Wilkie.

The President said, “Our mission is to mobilize every level of American society to save the lives of our great veterans and support our veterans in need.”  The President added, “To every veteran I want you to know that you have an entire nation of more than 300 million people behind you. You will never ever be forgotten. We are with you all the way.”

And remembering Ronald Reagan’s famous quote, “The best social program is a productive job for anyone who’s willing to work,” thanks to the roaring Trump economy since the President’s election, veteran unemployment has been reduced to the lowest level ever recorded.

The VA Secretary Wilke also said, “I’ve said many times that the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs is to remind our fellow citizens why they sleep soundly at night. They sleep soundly at night because of the sacrifices of a select number of their fellow Americans.”  This is a sentiment we would all do well to ponder.

The sum of all this adds up to one thing; Veteran’s benefits aren’t entitlements.  They’re payments for services rendered and the least a grateful nation can give to the faithful few who answered the call.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

The Lessons of History  July 6, 2020

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Empires rise and empires fall.  They usually don’t end with a bang.  They end with a whimper.

Revolts become revolutions when those sent by the authorities to put them down instead join the revolt.  Is that what we’re beginning to see as police and National Guard troops kneel in submission before BLM and ANTIFA?  Many who railed against those who kneeled for the playing of our national anthem now kneel before those who showed their contempt for America.   Are the reins of power about to slip from the limp hands of the descendants of the Minutemen, the Grand Army of the Republic, and all the heroes who won the wars and enforced the peace?  Are the cultural, financial, social, and political structures we’ve known all our lives about to be upended?

Many readily admit they agree with everything Trump is doing and has done.  They acknowledge his policies led to the greatest economy the world has ever known and prosperity like we haven’t experienced since we all liked Ike.  And yet many of these same people say they won’t vote for him again because they don’t like the tone of his tweets or the combative manner in which he returns fire to the daily verbal broadsides from the democrats who identify as journalists.

As you watch the blue cities burn and the blue leaders bow ask yourself, “For whom the bell tolls?”  Is the answer inevitably, “It tolls for thee.”  And if it is, what then shall we do?  Sit on our hands, quarantined in our homes, wearing our masks, watching in disbelief as thugs take over the streets, as the police are disbanded, waiting for Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders, and the rest of the millionaire plutocrats to raise the red flag from the White House?

If our fleeting moment upon the world’s stage as uncivil as it is, has become a civil war this November we will arrive at Gettysburg.  A climatic moment that will decide in which direction the war will flow.  Looking ahead, knowing there will be many casualties physical, political, cultural, and societal it might be the perfect time to recall the words which frame the actual Battle of Gettysburg for all students of History:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate — we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Will freedom survive?  Or will our Republic like the Romans before us morph into something completely different?  Instead of an empire we may become a dictatorship of the proletariat where those who dole out the equal shares paraphrase the haunting statement from George Orwell’s Animal Farm … “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

If the blues sweep the board in November, we may all end up singing the blues.

Those who don’t learn the lessons of History are doomed to repeat the mistakes of History.  Those who do learn the lessons of History are unfortunately doomed to watch everyone else repeat the mistakes of History.

Hunkered in the bunker.  Waiting for the rain.

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

 

President Trump Stands Up For Religious Liberty   June 29, 2020

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President Trump addressed a United Nations Event on Religious Freedom. In his speech he boldly spoke up for religious freedom and against religious persecution saying, “The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government; they come from God.  This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution’s Bill of Rights.  Our Founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions.

The religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world.  Approximately 80% of the world’s population live in countries where religious liberty is restricted, or even banned.  The United States calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution.  To stop the crimes against people of faith, release prisoners of conscience, repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief, protect the vulnerable, and the oppressed, America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts.”

Taking aim at a tragic truth ignored by the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media President Trump continued, “It is estimated that 11 Christians are killed every day for following the teachings of Christ.  The USA is forming a coalition of businesses for the protection of religious freedom which will encourage the private sector to protect people of faith in the workplace.  Too often, people in power preach diversity while censoring the faithful.  True tolerance means respecting the right of all people to express their deeply held religious beliefs.  The United States of America will forever remain at the side of all who seek religious freedom and I ask all nations to join us in this urgent moral duty to allow every person to follow their conscience, live by their faith, and give glory to God.”

Summing up his position and the policies of his administration the President boldly said, “We’re standing up for almost 250 million Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.”

And President Trump has put his actions behind his words.  Back in 2017 While commemorating the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order that he said will “Defend freedom of religion and speech in America.”  While addressing the gathering of American religious leaders the President also said, “The Founding Fathers believed religious liberty was so fundamental they enshrined it in the first amendment in the constitution, yet for too long the Federal government has used the power of the state as a weapon against people of faith bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs.  No American should be forced to choose between the dictates of the government and their faith.”  Freedom is not a gift from government. Freedom is a gift from God.”

The order, based on one of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises, provided regulatory relief from Obamacare requirements such as the requirement that organizations provide contraception care.  A requirement that many religious organizations felt was forcing them to violate their beliefs.

Taking a swipe at the Johnson Amendment to the IRS Code, which prohibits political speech in churches, the President also directed the Department of Justice to develop new rules designed to establish religious protections for all Americans saying, “Under my administration, free speech does not end at the steps of a cathedral or synagogue, we are giving our churches their voices back, with this order, we will also make clear that the federal government will never penalize any person for their protected religious beliefs.”

And this work to give legs to his promises continues into the present time, on Tuesday June 2, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order on international religious freedom.  The order reads, “Religious freedom, America’s first freedom, is a moral and national security imperative.  Religious freedom for all people worldwide is a foreign policy priority of the United States and the United States will respect and vigorously promote this freedom.”  The executive order also allocates an annual amount of $50 million for advancing international religious freedom by deterring attacks on sects and enhancing security at houses of worship.

Tuesday’s order is aimed at bolstering global incentive programs and restricting the issuance of visas under the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which targets perpetrators of human rights abuse and corruption.

This is all part of a coordinated campaign to bring attention to the war against faith being waged by the forces of evil around the world.  Following Trump’s lead, the State Department has brought a new focus on religious freedom.  The Executive Order states, “The Secretary shall require all Department of State civil service employees in the Foreign Affairs Series to undertake training modeled on the international religious freedom training described by the Foreign Service Act and amended in 2016.”  Also, President Trump has hosted victims of religious persecution striving to bring this ongoing attack against faith the visibility it deserves.

Drawing a line in the sand President Trump does not equivocate when he stakes out his position with regard to religious freedom, “Each of us has the right to follow the dictates of our conscience and the demands of our religious conviction.”

On the world stage President Trump, while hosting the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom event, called for:

  • The international community and business leaders to work to protect religious freedom.
  • All nations to act to bring an end to religious persecution and stop crimes against people of faith.

Taking the lead, the United States under the Trump Administration:

  • The State Department has hosted two Religious Freedom Ministerials, during which more than 100 governments and religious leaders committed to fight religious persecution.
  • The Administration is spearheading the International Religious Freedom Alliance, an alliance of nations dedicated to confronting religious persecution around the world.
  • The Administration has taken steps to protect victims of all faiths from religious violence.
  • The Administration will dedicate an additional $25 million to protect religious freedom and religious sites and relics.
  • The Department of Justice hosted its Summit on Combating Anti-Semitism in July.
  • The United States has provided humanitarian aid to help Christians and Yazidis who suffered at the hands of ISIS and to help Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing persecution.

Not overlooking the domestic war against religion by the enemies of faith President Trump has made it a priority to support every American’s fundamental right to religious freedom enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

  • In 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to advance religious freedom, restoring the ideals that have undergirded our Nation since its founding.
  • The President took action to ensure Americans and organizations are not forced to violate their religious or moral beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established a new Conscience and Religious Freedom division to help direct the agency’s efforts to protect religious freedom.
  • HHS took action to protect the right of healthcare entities to act according to their conscience.
  • This year, the Administration finalized a rule providing more flexibility for Federal employees whose religious beliefs require them to abstain from work on certain days.
  • The Administration has unequivocally stood for religious freedom in the courts.

This campaign for religious liberty is all part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to advance religious freedom by combating rising levels of violence around the globe.   The wide scope of this war against faith being waged by the worldly forces of evil can be seen in facts such as these:

  • Eighty-three percent of the world’s population lives in nations where religious freedom is threatened or banned.
  • The Trump Administration is deeply concerned for the more than 1 million Uighurs interned in Chinese internment camps.
  • Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world.
  • Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Baha’is, humanists, and non-believers alike—almost every group has been increasingly persecuted over the past decade.

Many former administrations paid lip service to the freedom of religion which is necessary for humanity to find its way to God.   President Trump has done more to stand up for religious liberty in one administration than every other president combined.

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Dr. Robert Owens’ Latest Book June 25, 2020

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This book is filled with essays whose purpose is to encourage faith and point to the hope that dwells within the Gospel, the hope of glory in Christ Jesus.  I believe Jesus Christ came to set us free.  And if He sets us free, we are free indeed.  So, take courage.  Don’t lose hope.  Instead be hope-filled.

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Forget About It!   June 23, 2020

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President Trump, who was presented with numerous awards from Black organizations as a supporter of equality for all before the Democrats establishment and the Democrats who identify as journalists decided to accuse him of racism, works tirelessly to empower America’s forgotten communities.

According to President Trump on September 10, 2019, “We’re lifting up forgotten communities, creating exciting new opportunities, and helping every American find their path to the American Dream.”

A statement from the Trump White House staked out a basic tenant of President Trump’s stance regarding the importance of education in building for success in the African American community.  “For over 180 years, America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have made extraordinary contributions to our country, helping bring the American Dream to millions of African-American students and many others.”

Addressing the 2019 National HBCU Week Conference, President Donald J. Trump said “Together, we will ensure that HBCUs continue to thrive and prosper and flourish for the countless generations to come,” as he pledged to keep building on his Administration’s work in support of these important institutions.

He pointed out the long and illustrious history of HBCUs in America saying, “For more than 180 years, HBCUs have strengthened our country and called our country to greatness.  Your institutions have been pillars of excellence in higher education and the engines of advancement for African American citizens. It’s been incredible the job they’ve done.”

And President Trump has put legs to this vocal support.  In his budgets he has spent more than any other president on HBCUs.  In 2018, Trump appropriated more than three hundred and sixty million dollars–thirty-two million more than Obama.

And while it is easy to say that you are supportive of a cause actions speak louder than words.  Here are some of the actions President Trump has taken to help build a better future for Americans:

PRIORITIZING EDUCATION: President Donald J. Trump has made supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) a priority of his Administration.

  • Barely a month after taking office, President Trump signed an Executive Order to move the Federal HBCU initiative back to the White House – making sure it is a key priority.
  • President Trump directed agencies across his Administration to develop plans to enhance their support for HBCUs.
  • President Trump has signed legislation increasing Federal funding for HBCUs.
  • The President signed legislation that added more than $100 million for scholarships, research, and centers of excellence at HBCU land grant institutions.
  • The Administration relaunched the HBCU Capital Finance Board to make millions of dollars available to support HBCUs’ long-term growth and improvement.
  • The Administration has announced that any restrictions on those funds going to institutions with a religious mission is unconstitutional.
  • The Administration is rethinking college by reducing regulatory burdens, promoting innovation, strengthening accountability, and respecting the unique mission of each school.

LIFTING UP COMMUNITIES: President Trump is ensuring that no citizen is forgotten, and no community is ignored.

  • President Trump’s America First agenda is spurring investment and revitalization in our country’s most underserved communities.
  • President Trump signed legislation creating Opportunity Zones, a game-changing vehicle to spur new capital investment in America’s economically distressed communities.
  • Nearly 9,000 communities in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 5 Territories have been designated as Opportunity Zones.
  • Opportunity Zones are projected to attract $100 billion in private investments to the American communities that need these investments most.
  • President Trump created a White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council to help ensure we are lifting these communities.
  • Since its creation, the Council has taken action to deliver additional Federal support to Opportunity Zones.
  • Median income for African American-headed households rose by 2.6 percent between 2017 and 2018.
  • The poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanic Americans each reached new series lows in 2018.
  • Nearly 2.5 million have been lifted out of poverty in the first two years of the Administration.

INVESTING IN OUR WORKFORCE: President Trump is promoting workforce development to ensure all Americans share in our historic economic revival.

  • President Trump is supporting American workers to ensure all Americans can benefit from today’s thriving economy.
  • More than 350 companies have signed President Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” offering more than 13 million employment, education, and training opportunities.
  • President Trump’s National Council for the American Worker is developing strategies for training and retraining workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
  • Last year, the President signed legislation reauthorizing nearly $1.3 billion in funding for career and technical education, benefitting millions of Americans.
  • The President’s pro-growth policies are generating millions of new jobs – creating more and more opportunities for American workers.
  • More than 6.3 million new jobs have been created since President Trump’s election and job openings continue to far exceed the number of job seekers.

CREATING A FAIRER JUSTICE SYSTEM: President Trump’s criminal justice reforms are keeping our communities safe and giving Americans a second chance to succeed.

  • President Trump is ensuring that former prisoners can find jobs and build meaningful lives after rejoining their communities.
  • The President signed the groundbreaking First Step Act, enacting historic reforms to make our criminal justice system fairer for all and to help prepare prisoners to successfully rejoin society.
  • These reforms helped to remedy unfair sentencing provisions that disproportionately hurt African Americans.
  • This historic legislation promotes prisoner participation in vocational training, educational coursework, or faith-based programs.
  • These reforms help keep all Americans safe by giving former prisoners the chance to find purpose and contribute to our economy, rather than returning to crime.
  • President Trump is promoting second chance hiring to offer prisoners an opportunity to achieve the American dream.
  • Departments and agencies across the Government are enacting initiatives to promote second chance hiring opportunities.

Evangelist Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is not helping Democrats with their accusations that President Donald Trump is a racist. In fact, she has quite the opposite to say.  She tweeted, “I am the Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Listen to my words, President Trump is not a racist!!  He is one of the best presidents America has ever seen! I fully support him!”

Speaking to Fox News about the president King said, “I’ve had the experience of going head-to-head with genuine racists. Back in the 20th century, I was a youth organizer … and a racist is a person who really does believe that their race, their category of humanity is superior or different.”

She went on to call out Joe Biden and other Democrats for not being honest about Trump denouncing white supremacy, which King acknowledged the president has done several times.

She also said, “One thing really is getting to me and I’d like for you to look into this, the race-baiters who want to stir up fear and hate make us think we’re different when we’re one blood and one human race. President Trump says, ‘we all bleed the same,’ he’s really clear on that, he has done so much for all Americans, including African Americans.”

And there you have it.  Some people for partisan reasons want to say that President Trump is a racist.  However, if we look at what was said about him before he decided to run for president and had the audacity to win, if we listen to Black leaders such as Alveda King, or if we take time to actually look at his actions we learn that the opposite is true.

So is President Trump a racist?  Forget about it!

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America’s Cultural Revolution June 15, 2020

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In the 1960s Mao Zedong, the world’s greatest mass murderer and the insane megalomaniac known to his enslaved people as the Great Helmsman decided that his Revolution was no longer pure enough. To accomplish his purge, he unleashed the Cultural Revolution on the defenseless people of Communist China.  Waving the Little Red Book of Mao’s sayings, the Chinese version of Antifa surged through the streets.  They attacked anyone not completely onboard with the destruction of Chinese culture.  The traditions, beliefs, sacred memorials, art, literature, and monuments of the past were all marked for the trash heap of history.

Many of those who became and are now the “Heroes of the Revolution” were then the victims of the out of control street gangs authorized by Mao to turn the very society he himself had created since the communist conquest of  China in 1949 upside down and inside out.  Even Deng Xiaoping was forced to renounce his infatuation with the idea of using free markets to lift China out of poverty.  Deng went on to become the father of the current Chinese resurgence once Mao died and his cultural thugs lost power.

Today we are witnessing an American Cultural Revolution.  Led by black shirted thugs and financed by socialist billionaires.  These self-proclaimed voices of the people are attempting to erase our history, regiment our thoughts, and seize control of the country. They are doing this all in the name of social justice, racial equality, and a smug belief that they will be the ones who finally make the unworkable policies of socialism work.

The list of targets in this cultural revolution keeps growing from idiocy to absurdity:

  • Leaders of the Revolution are calling for the removal of the Washington and the Jefferson Monuments.
  • The leaders of NASCAR have banned the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia which is usually misnamed the Confederate flag.
  • A&E has canceled its flagship series and one of the highest-rated shows on basic cable, Live PD.
  • A week after Live P.D. was pulled in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the reality series’ hiatus has been made permanent.
  • Carrying the flag of revolutionary change into the realm of the surreal according to the New York Times the all-powerful Black Lives Matter movement is targeting Paw Patrol, the popular children’s cartoon on the Nick Jr. channel, because it shows a positive view of police.
  • Comrade Pelosi wants 11 Confederate statues removed from the Capitol ignoring the fact that Congress authorized the National Statuary Hall Collection in 1864 to allow each state to donate two statues of notable citizens “illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services” for display in the Capitol.
  • The leaders of the Progressive Democrats who are desperately trying to run in front of the parade of revolution they have helped to unleash kneel to the power of the Black Lives Matter movement right in the Capitol building itself.
  • A wild mob of revolutionaries, that the democrats who identify as journalists call protesters, topple a statue of 15th Century explorer Christopher Columbus in St. Paul, Minnesota, outside the state’s Capitol building.
  • Other detachments of the black shirted left tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia’s state capital using ropes to topple the monument before burning an American flag atop it and dragging it into a nearby lake.
  • In Boston, a statue of the 15th Century explorer was beheaded overnight.

And then there is a move aimed at destroying any semblance of a peaceful society and the ability to defend such a society.

While the Black Lives Matter movement leads a national “Defund the Police” campaign, other alt-left-wing groups are also demanding Congress cut off federal grant money for local law enforcement.  The usual suspects, the bewildering maze of social justice and open borders lobbying organizations, many linked to billionaire angel of everything anti-American, George Soros, demand that the federal government end all funding of police in the United States.

This type of rhetoric and the policies or lack thereof that the Alt-woke swamp creatures are instituting inevitably leads to situations such as that which is unfolding in Seattle.  Where protesters have cordoned off several blocks of the city, declaring it a “cop-free zone” and “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” have released a long list of demands, including abolition of the Seattle Police Department and prisons, amnesty for all illegal migrants, and free health care and college for all, especially for blacks as a form of reparations.

Seattle’s newly formed Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) is reminiscent of the Paris Commune.

After Emperor Napoleon III was captured by the Prussians in 1871 the Second French Empire collapsed into the Third Republic.  Though their government accepted defeat the people of Paris did not.  Instead they took over the city, imprisoned the mayor and other officials and declared Paris a free commune based on Marxist principles. They held out for seventy days of chaos and tyranny waving red flags and introducing the world to the rule of political correctness.  If anyone spoke out for free speech or private property they were shouted down, beat down, locked up, or put away.  The insurrectionists, who called themselves Communards, set up barricades in the streets and burned public buildings.  They held out for seventy days.  During what is called “The Bloody Week” government troops smashed resistance and retook the city.   Approximately 20,000 insurrectionists died along with about 750 soldiers.  Let’s pray the return of civil government to the heart of Seattle will not be as bloody or as long awaited.

The Antifa terrorists are reportedly seeking armed volunteers to take turns manning barricades and holding the ground the protesters have seized within Seattle city limits.

The Washington state revolutionaries have issued a manifesto.  It begins by saying, “This document is to represent the black voices who spoke in victory at the top of 12th & Pine after 9 days of peaceful protest while under constant nightly attack from the Seattle Police Department. These are words from that night, June 8th, 2020.”  And closes with these words, “Although we have liberated Free Capitol Hill in the name of the people of Seattle, we must not forget that we stand on land already once stolen from the Duwamish People, the first people of Seattle, and whose brother, John T. Williams of the Nuu-chah-nulth tribe up north was murdered by the Seattle Police Department 10 years ago.”

What do the Seattle police have to say about this take over?  Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan stated that a “fringe” is “stealing the peaceful protest message for justice for George Floyd.”

Solan went on to say, “The city has lost all the political will to enforce the rule of law. There is an unreasonable, activist fringe that is unfortunately stealing the peaceful protest message for justice for George Floyd, and then now, they are occupying over a six-block area of the city of Seattle. It is absolutely unreasonable activism. And we are pulling our hair out. Because we are true public safety professionals that took an oath of service. And we are holding our elected leaders responsible for this travesty on the overall, amazing Seattle community that are law-abiding citizens, that are yearning for police officer, public safety services.”

He also added, “There is a tug-of-war at city hall for control, and police are stuck in the middle, and now look what happened. We’ve lost a precinct. Now, what’s next? Are we going to lose another precinct? The city council has removed our ability to have less lethal munitions for us to properly protect those facilities and protect ourselves. That has now been taken away. So, what’s left? How are we supposed to defend the rest of those precincts?”

If we want to maintain a civil society as opposed to either a civil war or a revolutionary reign of terror we have to do whatever we have to do to maintain order in the face of dedicated revolutionaries or we will have anarchy at best or regime change at worst.  During a portion of an interview with the Fox News Channel released on Thursday, President Trump stated that he wouldn’t allow Seattle to “be occupied” and “If we have to go in, we’re going to go in.” Trump also urged Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to use the National Guard but stated that “one way or the other, it’s going to get done. These people are not going to occupy a major portion of a great city.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News at the White House that President Donald Trump would send federal troops to free parts of Seattle only as a “last resort.”  McEnany also said President Trump preferred local leaders doing their job to defend their streets according to the Constitution and that, “The president’s message is that he will secure the streets in this country.”

The Press Secretary went on to say, “ANTIFA will be stopped under the leadership of President Trump from wreaking havoc and burning down buildings and injuring 750 law enforcement officers and destroying 150 federal buildings.”  Later President Trump tweeted, “Radical Left Governor Jay Inslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before.  Take back your city NOW.”

Trump said, “If there were more toughness, you wouldn’t have the kind of devastation that you had in Minneapolis and in Seattle. I mean, let’s see what’s going on in Seattle. But I will tell you if they don’t straighten that situation out, we’re going to straighten it out.”

He added, “What I mean is very simple, we’re not going to let Seattle be occupied by anarchists. … If we have to go in, we’re going to go in. The governor’s either going to do it, let the governor do it, he’s got great National Guard troops, he’ll — he can do it. But one way or the other, it’s going to get done. These people are not going to occupy a major portion of a great city.”

And what is the reaction of the democrats who identify as journalists to the revolt in Seattle?  Tom Bevan, co-founder and president of Real Clear Politics, observed, “Media bias is not just in the stories that get covered, but the ones that don’t.”  He went on to cite, “Total blackout on the insanity in Seattle on major news websites: ABC News, NBC News, CBS News,” as cases in point.

The cultural revolution of the Great Helmsman failed.  It destroyed a generation of people.  When the hand of the great destroyer finally slipped from the helm China repudiated his economic policies and went in the exact opposite direction.  What will be the end of our cultural revolution?  Coming as it does after decades of cultural warfare this may be a climatic battle, a Gettysburg moment for America as we have known it, playing out right in front of the cameras.

What it all comes down to is this: these protests have become a rebellion. Do you know what we historians call a rebellion that succeeds?  We call it a revolution.  Know what we call one that fails?  We call it a revolt.

It will be for Historians of the future to describe what this will become.  If the majority won’t stand firm for what we believe we will fall hard for what a violent minority wants.  At which point we may well end up singing with the late Phil Ochs:

In tattered tuxedos they face the new heroes

And crawl about in confusion.

All the hands raised

They stand there amazed

At the shattering of their own illusions.

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The Blue State Blockade June 10, 2020

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It took just three years for President Donald Trump to lead America from the perpetually stagnant New Normal of the Clinton/Bush/Obama Trifecta of Failure back to the Morning in America of the Reagan era.  This was nothing short of an economic miracle that began the day after America’s blue-collar billionaire won the biggest upset in our political history when the stock market took off like a rocket.

In a steady assault on the Deep-State Swamp President Trump hit the delete button on more regulations in three years than every other president in our history combined.  He renegotiated the give-away trade boondoggles of the Trifecta and set off an avalanche of industrial growth and the return of prodigal corporations.  He rebuilt our military after eight years of neglect.  He re-started our space program.  He required our NATO allies to quit freeloading on the gravy train and start making meaningful contributions to their own defense.  He defeated ISIS, started negotiations to end the forever war in Afghanistan, pulled out of our incursion into Syria, and created a Trump Doctrine.  He alerted the world that under his administration America would only commit forces to defend our interests; no more nation-building, no more free mercenaries carrying the water for others.

Of course, the Deep-State Swamp creatures didn’t just sit on their hands.  The perpetually re-elected civil service protected corporately selected troika of politicians, bureaucrats, and media megaphones fought tooth and nail.  They used the politically corrupted ranks of the FBI and the national security forces to first try to undermine the Trump campaign.  When that didn’t work the Obama Administration used the waning days of their regime to set in motion an attempt to thwart and if possible overthrow the incoming Trump Administration.

For three years they beat America about the ears with their fake news of supposed evidence through illegal leaks, politically motivated highly coordinated whistleblowers, and secret hearings in the underground star chamber deep in the bowls of Congress.  Recent revelations brought to light through Freedom of Information exposures revealed that Pelosi, Schiff, Mueller, and the rest of the gang that couldn’t shoot straight knew from day one that there was no Russian conspiracy and that even the supposed hack of Democrat computers was a red hearing.  Yet the luminaries of the left were on every available outlet of the ABCCBSNBCCNNMASNBCNPRPBS Cartel indoctrinating the low information voters with their propaganda day and night.

Then came the Impeachment Hoax.  Facts now show the Democrats were plotting to impeach Trump before he was elected.  The Washington Post started calling for impeachment on the very day Trump was inaugurated.  And the disloyal opposition have also admitted they had to impeach Trump as part of their 2020 election strategy.  Talk about trying to interfere in an election!  They impeached the President for things that were not criminal, that were built on false testimony, inaccurate and made-up reporting, and purely out of spite.

Three years of attacks such as no other politician ever has survived, and President Trump not only survived but he thrived.  Then along came COVID-19 and sat down beside him.

Accepting the flawed models of Fauci, Birx, and other globalists the President erred on the side of caution when it came to American lives.  He gave us a textbook example of crisis management along the way.  Taking over the decrepit testing system left moldering in warehouses Mr. Trump quickly led us to the most dynamic testing regimen in history, directed manufacturers to make a surplus of the masks and respirators needed.  He left the mechanics of the economic shutdowns in the hands of the governors of the States as is proper in our federal system.

And America ground to a halt.

Unemployment skyrocketed and stimulus money flowed to who knows where out of Washington as money was created out of thin air.  The stock market cratered wiping out the savings of millions.  Now we are socially distanced into isolation.

As a natural contrarian President Trump has always gone against the grain.  He was the first world leader to shut down travel from China.  And early on he began to say, “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

Instinctively knowing there may be more deaths from the ramifications of stopping the greatest economy the world has ever seen than from the Social Security Flu.  Now President Trump is the cheerleader for Making America Great Again Again.

Certainly, there are obstacles.  The Democrats who identify as journalists are spewing their disinformation and hate wall-to-wall online, on the air, and in print every day.  The Democrat machine in Congress is threatening to impeach the President again and holding more hearings on conjured evidence heading towards preprogrammed conclusions.

All this resistance aside the country is starting to open.  The pent-up demand that follows any artificial roadblock to supply and demand will make the economy blossom.  No matter how the Progressives try to get Americans addicted to free money.  No matter how hard they try to turn the U.S. into a command economy sitting atop a submissive herd of regimented citizens the spirit of America cries out, “Let’s get back to work!”

So what is the political damn the Democrats seek to build across the flood of people returning to normalcy?  I call it the Blue State Blockade.  Thirty percent of America’s economy is in California and New York.  Two States long controlled by entrenched Democrat machines.  Both these Progressive sink holes have spent themselves into the failed state zone of economics.  The Federal Government/taxpayers spent billions supporting these two Democrat fiefdoms during the COVID pandemic.  We built them hospitals they demanded and never needed, we sent them hospital ships, and military personnel to meet needs that never materialized.  And now they’re demanding we bail them out of the financial difficulties they created, and which existed long before anyone ever heard of the Social Security Flu.

Like all Progressives they don’t just ask for help.  They demand it.  They’re holding the economy hostage saying they won’t open their States until they get the money.  And it isn’t just the Big Two.  Most of the other blue States are also demanding bailouts.  These cynical power brokers believe that if they can keep the economy or at least as much of it as they control shut down long enough, they can cause a Greater Depression.  They long to cast President Trump as the 21st Century Hoover so they can wheel Old Joe out of the basement as the new FDR and usher in the Green New Deal.

Never in the History of the world has any society quarantined healthy people.  Never in the History of the world has any society voluntarily shut down its own economy.  We are in uncharted territory.  What will it be?  Will it be a return to Trump’s Morning in America or a retreat to the Trifecta’s Mourning in America?

We need to ask ourselves, “Why would any political power see the destruction of our own economy and all the resulting problems that accompany poverty as a good thing?”  Now we should ask, “How can anyone who has any respect for the dignity of people support such a cynical policy?”  Perhaps we should ask ourselves these questions the next time we get to vote?

In this lost world we see through a glass darkly.  It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.  I know what I would like to see.  Kick out the jams and let the good times roll!  Let’s get back to work and get something done.  However, I know that the fate of nations is in God’s hands.  He has given us the formula for success if we’re wise enough to take it.

“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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Corporately that’s it.  Individually I know I can swear, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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Pandemic Response Critics Trumped by Facts  June 8, 2020

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In the waning days of 2019 before the onset of the Social Security Flu, according to two separate studies the United States was ranked the nation best-prepared to deal with a pandemic.  Refuting the outlandish and false claims of the Democrats Fox News reported both the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS) based on  Global Health Security Index found that out of all the countries on this planet, America led by the Trump administration, was more prepared to deal with an international pandemic than any other.

Fox News added this description of the Global Health Security Index, “It was developed with guidance from an international panel of experts from 13 countries, with research by the Economist Intelligence Unit from 2018 to 2019.”  And as reported ln 2019 by the Washington Post, the Global Health Security Index was compiled by a large group of experts stating, “More than 100 researchers spent a year collecting and validating publicly available data.”

John Auerbach, president of the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health, an organization that works with the government to improve the nation’s response to health crises stated, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s response has been excellent, as it has been in the past.”

Mr. Auerbach then added, “The CDC’s top scientific ranks have remained stable during the past three years.”  This is another instance of the facts presenting the exact opposite of numerous charges amplified by the Democrats who identify as journalists that the nation’s public health leadership was removed by the Trump Administration.

Nancy Pelosi and others in the Democrat leadership have also broadcast through their media megaphone that President Trump drastically cut the CDC budget.  In fact this was the usual smoke and mirrors Democrats use to set the stage for their repetitive and spurious claims that Republicans are plotting to through Grandma over the cliff, starve children, and in general kill anyone they can.  First, they make outlandish proposals for budget increases they know will never pass.  Then, when a more reasonable amount is mutually agreed upon they point the finger and scream, “The Republicans have slashed the budget!” which is dutifully repeated over and over in the echo chamber of the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media.  According to the facts, the budget for the CDC and other health organizations and agencies has increased under President Trump.

Some public health experts contend the real area for concern is a steady decline of a CDC grant programs for public health emergency preparedness awarded to state and local governments.  Once again returning to those inconvenient facts Fox News reported these reductions in America’s efforts to detect and combat new disease began because of a congressional budget measure, a measure from before Trump entered the White House.  In other words, despite the flatulence that passes for headlines it was the Obama administration that cut these funds.

And now for something completely different that’s just the same, the Biden campaign repeatedly accuses President Trump of referring to coronavirus as a “hoax.”  This scurrilous charge has been proven false by numerous fact-checkers, including by the left-leaning Washington Post.  In point of fact it has been shown that President Trump was instead referring to Democrats’ continued efforts to blame him for the pandemic.  He was not referring to the virus itself.

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The Peace That Passes Understanding  June 3, 2020

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America teeters on the edge of the abyss.  Professional revolutionaries organized and funded by the Alt-left Progressives seek to provoke the Trump Administration into a response they can label as disproportionate or over-the-top.  As President Trump moves to quell the violence by any means necessary the Democrats who identify as journalists take every opportunity to label his response as disproportionate or over-the-top.  Some go so far as to say President Trump is assuming dictatorial power and that his attempt to restore the rule of law to the burning blue cities is as ruthless as Khrushchev stomping out the revolution in Hungary in 1956 or Brezhnev smothering the Prague Spring of 1968.  This is a stunning bit of hyperbole from the purveyors of fake news.

Here is a truism that has proven itself many times over – violence begets violence or as Jesus put it, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.”

There’s nothing easier than to choose a side and if not joining in the assault on the opposing side at least cheering on those who do.

What are we as Christians supposed to do?  Whose side are we on?  There can be only one answer to that, we are on God’s side.

Every army that has ever marched with the exception of the godless communists has said they were fighting on God’s side.  And even Stalin invoked “Holy Mother Russia” and had Orthodox priests released from his dungeons to bless the soldiers protecting his right to operate those dungeons.

So what is God’s side in this current season of proto-civil war wracking America?

God has called us to a ministry of reconciliation.  As Paul stated in his second letter to the Corinthians, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

On one side of our current divide we must admit that there is police brutality, and in some places, even systemic police brutality.  As an individual who has borne the brunt of such brutality, I can testify that it does exist.  On the other side we must admit that the numbers of rogue cops and complicit agencies is miniscule when compared to the legions of dedicated peace officers who put themselves in harm’s way to maintain the order necessary for a civil society.

On one hand we cannot allow the revolutionaries, criminals, and thugs to burn our cities.  This must stop.  The saddest thing of all is that most of the property damage is in the neighborhoods of the very people who have the least.  And there is no possible way to justify attacking the innocent to protest an attack against the innocent.

First, the violence must end.  Next, we need to address the underlying issues.  One of the biggest has been the Biden Crime act passed by the Democrat Congress and signed by Bill Clinton.  This atrocious law imposed unfair and unequal penalties on certain behaviors while allowing other behaviors which were equally as bad to slide.  It also imposed mandatory sentences that allowed for no mitigation.  Thankfully, this crime bill aimed right at the ghetto has been repealed under President Trump.  However, we must take up the challenge and devise some means of ridding our police departments of those who want to peruse a private agenda of hate.

Reconciliation is a two-way street.  If we stand on opposite sides and call each other names, there is no chance of peace.  While reconciliation takes two to tango forgiveness does not.  We as Christians are called to forgive.  Or as Paul said in his letter to the Colossians, “bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

Christ has forgiven us perfectly, completely, and for all eternity.  And that is how we are called to forgive others.  Once we’ve forgiven others we can move forward into the ministry of reconciliation.  But until we forgive, we’re locked in the endless cycle of tit-for-tat, he-said/she-said, recriminations, and hate.

So how far should we take this?  What should be the limit of our forgiveness?  There is a short conversation recorded in the Gospel of Matthew between Peter and Jesus that sheds light on this.  “Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’”

So as the wall-to-wall talking heads do their best to implant anxiety and fear, as they practice their mantra, “If it bleeds it leads” we must turn to the source and summit of wisdom: God’s holy Word.  Turning again to Paul in his letter to the Philippians we find God’s recipe for peace.  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Watching the unfolding drama that is the daily news we find it easy to feel powerless, separated, and alone.  Which way to turn?  Who to believe?  What to do?  These are all questions that currently divide our lives.  Personally, I find only one answer and His name is Jesus.  He tells us plainly, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”  Do that and find the meaning of this old saying, “No Jesus no peace.  Know Jesus know peace.”

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The Donald Trumps NAFTA Boondoggle  May 27, 2020

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For years labor leaders, America Firsters, and just about anyone who paid attention have railed against the unfair, job killing, economy destroying one-sided giveaway Bill Clinton and Progressive Democrats foisted on America.

NAFTA allowed and by providing economic incentives encouraged large multi-national corporations to outsource not only jobs but also production.  American automobile manufacturers led the way and became the prime example of the offshoring movement.  Back in 1994, when NAFTA first descended on the American worker like a plague, the average American autoworker earned about $36 an hour in today’s dollars. The average Mexican autoworker, meanwhile, earned just $6.65 per hour.

Once NAFTA opened the gates to unlimited and untaxed imports from Mexico taking advantage of this cheap labor U.S. auto companies began moving their production to Mexico.  The numbers working in auto factories in Mexico tell the story.  Back in the pre-NAFTA days Mexican auto factories employed about 100,000.  By 2016, after NAFTA that figure grew to 767,000.

This astounding growth cost many American workers their jobs. The number of Americans working in the American auto industry fell from about 1.1 million in 1994 to 940,000 in 2016. And their average wages dropped to about $28 per hour.  This drop in pay was forced on the unions when the companies threatened to outsource even more jobs if workers didn’t accept the loss of pay and benefits.

Between 1993 and 2014, the U.S.-Mexico trade balance swung from a $1.7 billion U.S. surplus to a $54 billion deficit. Economists such as Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Robert Scott, chief economist at the Economic Policy Institute, argue that the consequent surge of imports from Mexico into the U.S. coincided with the loss of up to 600,000 U.S. jobs over two decades.

Then Came Trump.

After a long delay of more than a year caused by Nancy Pelosi and the impeachment lynch mob the House finally passed the United States Canada Mexico Agreement (USMCA).  The Senate quickly followed suit and President Trump signed the new and improved trade deal replacing the job killing NAFTA.  This is the upgrade 21st-century America needs.  The USMCA strengthens labor protections, creates jobs, and discourages U.S. firms from outsourcing American jobs to Mexico.

Trump’s USMCA combats this exporting of America’s industrial base in several ways.

First, the trade pact stipulates that Mexican factories paying employees at least $16 an hour must account for half of all car parts by 2023.  High tariffs will be placed on cars sold in America that don’t meet this threshold.  This wage requirement is almost like a poison pill for Mexican auto imports since the wages of autoworkers south of the border don’t come anywhere close to this amount.

Second, USMCA also calls for a minimum of 75% of vehicle parts must be manufactured in either the United States, Mexico, or Canada.  This is an increase from the 62.5% required by NAFTA.  If this goal is not achieved there will be stiff tariffs on the incoming parts and the vehicles.  This will encourage US manufacturers to buy American instead of from foreign sources with lower labor costs.

Just these two aspects of Trump’s USMCA will increase the production and sale of cars more nearly made in America than the current situation where autos tend to be international projects sold with American name brands.  It has been estimated this could result in as much as Thirty-four billion dollars of investment in American auto manufacturers, which in turn would bring investments in construction and wages.  Some have said these two changes alone might result in as many as 76,000 new U.S. automotive jobs over the next five years.

And adhering to Trump’s well-known negotiating style of crafting win-win deals, USMCA wouldn’t just help Americans.  One of the requirements of the pact is that Mexico guarantees the right of their workers to unionize for collective bargaining.  It also requires the establishment of what Americans have come to see as basic rights for working people, but which are innovations in the Mexican economy.  Such things as independent agencies to rule on labor disputes, an end to both gender and racial discrimination, and child labor.

These types of actions will finally start to level the playing field.  And as Mexican wages and benefits rise to more nearly American standards companies will have fewer incentives to move their purchasing or manufacturing south of the border.  Also, as the Mexican economy begins to provide a living wage to more and more of its citizens less and less will have a reason to come north.

Unions march in lockstep to the democrat drum.  They contribute money and manpower to the Democrat political machine.  They’ve complained loudly and continually about NAFTA since before its passage and every day through its entire blighted reign as a drag on the American economy.  Finally, someone stepped into the breach and fought the good fight to end this bad deal.

Trump has done it.  After more than a year of holding it hostage to their impeachment/coup attempt Nancy Pelosi and her minions finally passed it.  The President signed it.  Now let’s see if the union bosses will admit which side of their bread is buttered, or will they bite the hand that feeds them?  Whatever the bosses do I’m betting a large percentage of union members will shake off their pre-programmed allegiance to bi-coastal elites, the permanent bureaucracy, and their media megaphone.

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Somebody Has to Say It  May 19, 2020

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Where are the voices of those crying in the wilderness?  Where are the watchers on the walls?  If the alarm isn’t given how will the people know when the enemy enters the camp?

In America today the descendants of those who fought the most powerful empire in the world to gain their freedom, the children of those who scaled Pointe du Hoc and slogged their way from Normandy to the heart of Germany to defeat the Nazi killing machine cower in government mandated lockdowns in fear of getting sick.  The speed with which Americans have surrendered their hard won and hard defended freedom is shocking.  What’s next?  The “Show me your papers,” of tyrannical internal passports, or the ludicrous idea that we keep the economy closed long enough to destroy it?

Politically and economically we’ve not only found the elephant in the room we’re riding it into the ash heap of History.

Much the same situation exists morally and spiritually among the many organizations that call themselves American Christian denominations.  There is a very visible counterpart to the invisible Social Security Flu stalking our land.  And this visible sickness is 100% fatal.

I’m speaking of the life denying sin of infanticide, which the Progressive Ahabs and Jezebels have disguised with the harmless sounding name of Pro-choice.  It is designed by focus groups and PR firms to entice those worshipping self to sacrifice the innocent on the altar of convenience.

Not only have many Christians fallen into this diabolical trap of the enemy, but six large Christian denominations are not only silent in the face of industrial scale murder they endorse it.  These collaborators include: The United Church of Christ, The Metropolitan Community Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Christ Church (Assembly of God), and the United Methodist Church.

Though many individual Christians and independent ministries stand forthrightly and valiantly attempting to throw the monkey wrench of public indignation into the gears of the abortion industry those denomination which proclaim they’re against America’s holocaust say little if anything publicly. As the saying goes all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.

There’s one denomination that’s spoken out against this sin consistently and publicly.  Unfortunately, the word doesn’t seem to make it from the headquarters to the pew.  In most cases the courageous words of the leaders are not expressed from the pulpit being replaced in many places by an “I’m Okay you’re okay” lukewarm mishmash of platitudes at best and New Age gobbledygook at worst.

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, recently wrote on Twitter, “Just saw a headline in a Catholic newspaper with the phrase ‘pro-abortion Catholic.’ Sorry. That’s a contradiction in terms. You can’t be a Catholic, at least not an authentic one, and be ‘pro-abortion.’ Or ‘pro-choice.’ It’s the same thing.”

And Bishop Tobin is not a solitary public voice among the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.

Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila wrote in the diocesan newspaper, The Denver Catholic, “Catholics in good conscience cannot support candidates who will advance abortion.”  The Archbishop explicitly refuted attempts to assert the “moral equivalency” of different ethical and social issues pointing to those “who divide ‘the personal’ from ‘the public.’”

The Archbishop continued, “When people of faith do not stand up for their beliefs, the government will become ‘god’ and impose its beliefs on the citizens.  One only needs to look to the Health and Human Service contraceptive mandate, or the attempt by President Obama to force a transgender agenda onto public schools.”

With a bravery lacking in many protestant leaders the Archbishop even ventured to relate these spiritual and moral teachings to the political world where real world decisions are made saying, “Catholic voters must make themselves aware of where the parties stand on these essential issues.  The right to life is the most important and fundamental right since life is necessary for any of the other rights to matter.”

And to drive the point home that the sin of abortion is fundamentally different from all other social issues the Archbishop said, “There are some issues that can legitimately be debated by Christians, such as which policies are the most effective in caring for the poor, but the direct killing of innocent human life must be opposed at all times by every follower of Jesus Christ. There are no legitimate exceptions to this teaching,”

Becoming even more specific in his comments of a political nature the Archbishop said, “Christians must reflect on the platforms of both parties, with an emphasis on the human life issues.  If you truly live your Catholic faith, you will not find complete alignment with any political party, and that is okay.  But in voting, Catholics must look at how each party platform supports human life from conception through natural death, the freedom of religion and the freedom of conscience, the family, and the poor.”

Other voices ring out from the Catholic Hierarchy some even venturing into a hotly contested presidential campaign.  In 2016, Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann wrote in a column in his diocesan newspaper, The Leaven, “It was painful to listen to Senator Kaine repeat the same tired and contorted reasoning to profess his personal opposition to abortion while justifying his commitment to keep it legal. He said all the usual made-for-modern-media sound bites: It is not proper to impose his religious beliefs upon all Americans. He trusts women to make good reproductive choices. And when all else fails, there is always the question, Do we really want to criminalize and fill our jails with post-abortive women?

Regarding the imposition of religious beliefs, Senator Kaine appears to have no qualms with his public positions conforming with his religious beliefs with regard to such issues as the church’s opposition to racism or our preferential option for the poor. He appears not to be conflicted with our public policies mirroring the Ten Commandments with regard to stealing, perjury, or forms of murder, other than abortion.”

I’m not a disinterested party.  If not for the forgiveness I’ve received in and through Christ, I’d stand convicted of my part in four abortions.  My children were all offered up as sacrifices to convenience on America’s version of the altar of Moloch.

I’m not writing this to heap condemnation on those who through fear, ignorance, or even those who knowingly killed their babies.  Instead, as a fellow participant in the sin of infanticide, I want to tell those who agonize over their decisions to still those tiny lives that there is hope.  There is forgiveness.  When Jesus hanging on the cross took on the sins of all humanity our sins were included in the weight pulling against the nails. When our Blessed Savior cried out “It is finished,” the tyranny of sin, death, and the devil was broken even for us.  Instead of mourning each day for who might have been, instead of wallowing in the condemnation due for our crimes we have a way of escape.

All we must do is confess Jesus as the Lord and Master of our life and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead and we will be saved.  And I don’t mean just saved from hell fire somewhere off in the future.  We are saved from every aspect of the condemnation which is a natural part of our fallen human existence.  The instant we’re born-again we step out of the darkness and into the light.  We become children of God able to stand in the presence of God without any sense of sin, guilt, or shame.

We’ll never forget our children.  We may never be able to hold them or watch them grow.  But we can rest assured when we step through the door separating this mortal reality from the immortal reality beyond, we’ll get to spend eternity with them there.

Some of this might be hard to hear but somebody has to say it.

This is not only a message of forgiveness this is a call to all American Christians: stand up for life with your words, your actions, and your votes.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

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