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The Watchmen Warned Us January 6, 2021

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Many Americans yearn to return to the days of yesteryear when slouching on the couch, drinking a beer, and watching the game was enough intellectual stimulation for one day.  Or as Frank Zappa once expressed it, “TV dinner by the pool, I’m so glad I finished school life is such a ball I run the world from City Hall.”

It was this noninvolved attitude that allowed activists dedicated to fundamentally transforming America to capture the culture, academia, the media, the techno sphere, and ultimately power.  The best way to sum up the mental sleepwalking of those who luxuriated in the peace and plenty provided by the American experiment is found in a French phrase: Comme ci, comme ça that literally means like this, like that. In conversation it means so-so, or neither good, nor bad. 

And as the Spirit said the church, “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.”  Which is just where we all might end up in the shabby future of the United Socialist States of America.

The Watchmen on the Walls have warned us over and over.

Western Europe as a cultural, military, and political group of great powers committed suicide with the two avoidable blunders of WW I and WW II.  Is it the fate of America to follow their example by passively accepting the imposition of a Progressive Socialist yoke?

After the fear mongering freedom destroying experiences of 2020, we walked eyes wide open into a well-prepared pre-programmed election fraud.  Now we face the on-going litigation for justice while the swamp’s smothering power oozes out of almost every avenue of the media telling us, “There nothing to see here.”  The wounded economy limps along waiting for the next unconstitutional shutdown that doesn’t apply to the authoritarians we call elected officials whose pay checks never stop. 

Yes, we all yearn to return to what we perceive as normal.  But if that normal is just a return to the stupefying normalcy of a semi-comatose existence paying no attention to the state of our nation if we manage to dodge the bullet this time rest assured eventually one will hit the target.  We need a new normal.  But not the new normal of a progressive living document paradigm shift into the bondage of serfdom.  We need a new normal of involved and intelligent participation if we expect to see a limited republic re-established and flourish.

The precarious position America’s freedom loving people currently find ourselves in has not come upon us without many watchmen on the walls warning us it was approaching like the hoof beats of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.   From politicians like Lincoln, to political commentators such as Pat Buchanan, to musicians, and authors, we’ve had plenty of warning if we’d only taken the time away from our entertainment naval gazing to listen.

On January 27, 1838 in an Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois speaking on the topic, “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions” Abraham Lincoln said,

At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?  Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

Pat Buchanan told us:

“American’s greatest deficit is no longer found in the federal budget. It is a moral deficit, and it may be found in a polluted and poisoned culture that has become the great enemy within.”

“We need to do more than win an election or win the House or win the presidency, my friends: we need to make this beloved country of ours God’s country once again.”

“Today, candor compels us to admit that our vaunted two-party system is a snare and a delusion, a fraud upon the nation. Our two parties have become nothing but two wings of the same bird of prey.”

Another voice in the wilderness was Frank Zappa.

Even in the upside-down topsy-turvy days of the 1960s Frank Zappa was considered beyond bizarre by most people even the so-called Freaks and Hippies.  A little known and to many surprising fact, Frank Zappa didn’t drink or use drugs.  And a personal observation that may shock many who know of him but never explored his extensive body of work, never experienced his genius as a composer and arranger, or never actually listened to what he was saying Zappa was an insightful commentator on the American experiment perhaps even a natural philosopher ranking with such greats as Yogi Berra.

Here are some nuggets from his interviews that seem exceptionally relevant to our current slide into the abyss of Biden’s long dark winter.

“Schools train people to be ignorant, with style. They give you the equipment that you need to be a functional ignoramus. American schools do not equip you to deal with things like logic; they don’t give you the criteria by which to judge between good and bad in any medium or format; and they prepare you to be a usable victim for military-industrial complex that needs manpower.”

“As long as you’re just smart enough to do a job and just dumb enough to swallow what they feed you, you’re gonna be alright. But if you go beyond that then you’re gonna have these grave doubts that give you stomach problems, headaches make you want to go out and do something else. So, I believe that schools mechanically and very specifically try and breed out any hint of creative thought in the kids that are coming out.”

“Power will be maintained by the groovy guy or gal who gets the most media coverage for his sleaze. Naturally, his friends in various businesses will do okay, too.”

“Censoring what you say is one of the ways in which people who are not nice can take away your personal freedom.”

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”

“In every language, the first word after “Mama!” that every kid learns to say is “Mine!” A system that doesn’t allow ownership, that doesn’t allow you to say “Mine!” when you grow up, has – to put in mildly – a fatal design flaw.”

“I believe that people have a right to decide their own destinies; people own themselves. I also believe that, in a democracy, government exists because (and only so long as) individual citizens give it a temporary license to exist, in exchange for a promise that it will behave itself. In a democracy, you own the government. It doesn’t own you.”

Since I’m quoting my way through this essay let me finish up with one from author George Orwell’s classic 1984 concerning the end result of an all-powerful authoritarian socialist state, “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”

However, as hopeless as the Democrats who identify as journalists try to make us believe it is, I urge everyone to turn to Christ and find the hope that does not disappoint.  Those who already know Him rededicate yourself to following Him.  Those who don’t know Him turn from the dead-end ways of the world and embrace the life-giving faith of salvation in and through Jesus.  The Bible reveals the truth, points the way, and provides the key.  “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Then once we’ve entered this life of faith let’s strive to make our actions match our confession.

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  © 2021 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Parler, Facebook, or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens’ Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

Empires Rise and Empires Fall October 21, 2020

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Almost everyone has heard the saying of Winston Churchill, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”  It’s true that one of the most important benefits of studying History is that it gives us the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others.  However, a careful study of History teaches us that this seldom happens.  Which is why I’ve added an addendum to Churchill’s famous saying, “Those who do study History are doomed to watch everyone else repeat it.” 

Looking back over the grand sweep of History we see that all nations and empires rise and fall.  From the ancient cultures of China, Babylonia, Egypt, and Rome to more modern examples such as the Spanish, Russian, French, German, and British empires and in an almost textbook case the USSR we see that no matter how powerful, enduring, or effective these societies have been in projecting their power, providing an ordered life for their citizens, and maintaining control they’ve all passed from the scene.  

We’ve all heard some of our self-declared enlightened pundits compare modern day America to Rome just before the fall.  True there are many parallels such as military over-reach, deficit spending, inflation, crumbling infrastructure, and metastasizing bureaucracy.  I guess the example of Rome is used because so many people can relate to it.   

However, if we look at the other examples mentioned we see that these same deteriorating conditions existed across the board.  These malignant outgrowths of the hyper centralization of government are often highlighted and pronounced by pontifical pundits and academics as the litmus test for evaluating where along the trajectory to the dustbin of History a society may be at any specific time.  

While not disputing that these indicators of decay are evident as waystations to dissolution, I would like to add one more that is seldom if ever mentioned: the rise of leaders who betray the central values, ethics, and morals upon which the society stands. 

John Adams, one of the principle framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution who served as the first Vice President and as the second president said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” 

In many ways America has morphed from a shining city on a hill into a cesspool that makes Sodom and Gomorrah look like puritan pitstops on the way to Pee-Wee Herman’s playhouse.  However, we’re still the go-to destination for all the poor huddled masses around the world.  One of the problems of this is that most of them have never known anything besides authoritarian socialist government.  And though the tragic results of those governments are what caused them to make the perilous journey here they seem to automatically vote for the American version of the failed systems they left.  Much as the refugees from California, Illinois, and New York all appear dedicated into turning Iowa, Arizona, and Maine into smaller versions of the failed states they’ve fled.  With these uninformed additions along with those who vote not by thought but by habit we currently have roughly half the people in America ready to vote for the final transformation of our country into a socialist paradise à la Venezuela.  

The reason this governmental rot appears to be spreading like COVID in our society is that we as a people have lost our moorings.  We’ve abandoned the fundamentals of the Christian faith: first, to love God above all else and second to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. 

The outward societal expression of this love does not mean we should turn the safety net of compassion established for the needy into a hammock for the lazy.  But it does mean we should provide decent and respectful care for those who cannot care for themselves while encouraging everyone to achieve to the best of their abilities.  It does not mean we should facilitate or allow violence and civil unrest.  But we should provide and protect space for the free exercise of free speech in all its many forms.  It does not mean that we should tax people into poverty and spend future generations into hopelessness.  But we should contribute for the maintenance of a government of, by, and for the people.  And that government should be filled with citizen legislators.  Not professional politicians, intent only on keeping an iron grip on power so they can line their own pockets and those of their families and supporters with the loot confiscated from others. 

Once we instinctively knew these things. They were the mother’s milk of American pride and self-reliance.  Today after generations of students taught what to think instead of how to think we are faced with the spectacle of masses of people supporting socialism who don’t know the history or the 100% tragic results of socialist experiments through History.  We’re confronted with shouting mobs crying out for the centralizing agenda of dedicated statists in the name of anarchy and with continuing conflagrations in our cities ignited by people who want better lives while burning down their own neighborhoods. 

What we need is a revival of Christianity in an increasingly pagan America.  Let those who see the light be the beacons of love Christ called us to be not conduits of condemnation who turn their noses up at anything that doesn’t resemble them or theirs.  Living as we do in a representative republic which operates with democratic input, we as citizens should vote our conscious.  Vote only for those who will uphold your beliefs remembering always that when we choose the lesser of two evils, we’re still choosing evil. 

The ultimate source for our guidance as always is God’s Word.  Speaking through the author of Second Chronicles the Spirit tells us, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  And on a more personal note Joshua exhorted the ever wavering Israelites saying, “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.” 

And while God’s Word is the ultimate source of wisdom there is much to find among the words of men.  Winston Churchill reminded us, “A nation that forgets its past has no future.” 

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 

Why Socialist Revolutionaries Will Vote for Biden  August 3, 2020

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Joe Biden is not a socialist revolutionary.  Throughout his seemingly never-ending career as a professional politician he’s been a run-of-the-mill machine democrat.  As with all the others crowding the government trough, he’s worked hard to live out the advice of Harry Hopkins a New Deal Democratic administrator who personified the ideology of the New Deal in the 1930s and President FDR’s closest personal adviser, “We shall tax and tax, and spend and spend, and elect and elect.”

Along with being wrong about every foreign policy position the former Vice President never saw a spending program he didn’t like.  He’s tried running for president twice before and never got more than 1% in any primary.  This time as the only viable alternative to Bernie Sanders, the only contender honest enough to admit they want to complete President Obama’s promise/threat to fundamentally transforming America, the democrat establishment dragged him across the finish line.

The explanation as to why the socialists are eagerly lining up to vote for Biden is best expressed by the Protestor Emeritus of the revolution, Angela Davis, a former Communist Party USA vice presidential candidate who is a former Black Panther.

To quote Professor Davis, “I don’t see this election as being about choosing a candidate who will be — who will be able to lead us in the right direction. It will be about choosing a candidate who can be most effectively pressured into allowing more space for the evolving anti-racist movement.

Biden is very problematic in many ways, not only in terms of his past and the role that he played, and pushing toward mass incarceration … but – I say but – Biden is far more likely to take mass demands seriously – far more likely than the current occupant of the White House.

This coming November, the election will ask us not so much to vote for the best candidate, but to vote for or against ourselves.  And to vote for ourselves I think means that we will have to campaign for and vote for Biden.”  (Emphasis added)

April Reign the creator of #OscarsSoWhite aptly summed up the sentiments of most by pointing out, “I don’t understand how anyone can read this, or listen to what Angela Davis has said recently, and not understand.  We’re not voting for Biden as much as we are voting for ourselves. For the ability to redefine our future w/ someone in the White House who we can pressure into change.” (Emphasis added)

And there you have it straight from the godmother of the Revolution.  A vote for Biden is a vote for “a candidate who can be most effectively pressured into allowing more space for the evolving anti-racist movement.”  A candidate who is “far more likely to take mass demands seriously.”  And a candidate who is, “far more likely than the current occupant of the White House” to cave-in to the demands of ANTIFA, BLM, and the other socialist revolutionaries rampaging in our streets.

Conversely, a vote for Trump is a vote for someone who will stand up against the revolution and fight to preserve truth, justice, and the American way.

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

 

 

 

Renewing Recovering Restoring Rebuilding  July 20, 2020

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Make America Great Again Again!  He did it once and he can do it again.  By taking the shackles off the American people and our economy President Donald Trump in three short years led us from the doldrums of Obama’s New Normal to the greatest economic boom the world has ever seen.  Record growth, record unemployment, and corporations returning from overseas by every metric America was taking off like a rocket.  Then came the Social Security Flu and the plandemic.  Then came the outrage in Minneapolis and the 1619 revolution.

Like a one-two punch these twin catastrophes have America reeling on the edge of the abyss.  The Democrat Party is all in with BLM and ANTIFA.  They cheer as the outrages and demands grow into the shrill cries of America-as-we-have-known-her hating revolutionaries on the barricades of autonomous no-go zones.  Labeling anyone who gets in the way of their takeover as racists, these black shirted thugs operate as the military arm of the socialists attempting to remake America in the image of their revered Cuba and Venezuela.

Most Republicans shake in fear of the broad-brush ad hominin attacks of the democrats who identify as journalists.  In stark contrast to this toothless and despicable abdication President Trump boldly stands almost alone trying to rally the forces of civil society in the face of anarchy and rebellion.  The rising crescendo of attacks, accusations, investigations, and who knows maybe even another manufactured impeachment debacle fall like hammer blows.  Never has one politician stood up under such a relentless daily attack.

Think about it. If Hillary had won where do you think we would be right now?  If the socialists manage to drag Old Joe and whoever they really want to be president over the cheat-by-mail finish line where do you think we will be in a year from now?

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.  All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.  Our President is sounding forth the trumpet that shall never sound retreat.

President Donald Trump staked out some major positions of his re-election campaign during a powerful speech in the Dream City Church in North Phoenix at an event organized by Students for Trump and Turning Point Action.  In this speech our President didn’t equivocate or evade.  He forthrightly addressed the big issues of our times outlining major themes of his America First Agenda: immigration, China, big tech censorship, Democrats push for voting by mail, and the radical left’s war on America’s heritage and monuments.

To thunderous applause he said, “This is a choice of two futures: the left’s vision of disunity and discord or our vision of equal opportunity and equal justice.  We will never cave to the left-wing and the left-wing intolerance. We will never surrender to mob violence, and we will uphold American freedom, equality, and justice for every citizen of every background,”

The president pointed out that we are engaged in a relentless fight against a radicalized left.  And that they use their almost complete control of the media, entertainment, and academia to suppress free speech saying, “Anyone who dissents from their orthodoxy must be punished, canceled, or banished.  Democrats have embarked on a mission to tear down existing American traditions and institutions, no matter what the cost.  We’re not going to take moral lectures from the same left-wing ideologues who oppose school choice, who support deadly sanctuary cities, who want to defund our police – defund and abolish our police.  Think of it: Defund and abolish is now their theme.”

The illegal efforts to destroy and deface America’s monuments and statues by the 1619 rebels shows how much they want to fundamentally change everything about our country.

The President said, “They’re tearing down statues, desecrating monuments, and purging dissenters.  It’s not the behavior of a peaceful political movement; it’s the behavior of totalitarians and tyrants and people that don’t love our country.”

Turning to the Democrat push for universal mail-in voting which amounts to changing the rules in the middle of an election year, without any reliable vetting procedures in place the President observed, “This will be, in my opinion, the most corrupt election in the history of our country.”

Not one to leave foreign policy out of his equations President Trump reminded the crowd that previous leaders allowed China to rip off the United States.  He is the first president in decades to stand up to the communist behemoth.  Warning that, “A vote for Biden in 2020 was a vote for China.  They get in, China will own this country” the President brought his audience to their feet.

Immigration wasn’t forgotten in this speech either as the President pointed to the progress on the wall on the southern border and his curtailing of visas in favor of American workers.  He thundered from the podium, “We took historic action to block the entry of foreign workers into our nation.  We believe that companies should hire American workers and American students first.”

The Masters of the Universe tech giants didn’t escape President Trump’s target as he warned of their efforts to censor the free speech of anyone who doesn’t toe the Liberal-Democrat-Socialist line.  “As everyone knows, they’re using their enormous power to silence conservative voices.  You know that. It’s not even close. I don’t even think they’re hiding it anymore,” he said.

The president spoke about the righteous defiance of those who made America free in the first place and who stood up throughout our history to keep the light of liberty alive.  He repeatedly urged Americans to keep the fire of freedom burning.  Noting that we are in a spiritual battle the President said, “It’s the same spirit that compels each of you to stand strong against the dull, mindless, soul-crushing conformity mandated by far-left pundits, professors, and liberal politicians.  They’re taking our country in the wrong direction.”

Seeing his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, as merely a straw man, a cat’s paw the left are exploiting to regain the power they lost when he was elected President, Trump noted, “If ever he became President, this country would be a mess. They would rip down everything … He wouldn’t call the shots.  He would have nothing to do with it. The left would only lock him in the Oval Office so they could do as they pleased.”

Some see the election of Donald Trump in 2016 as nothing less than a miracle.  Whether the President believes that or not I don’t know.  Keeping his remarks to a more secular turn the President attributed his surprise election to the fact that Americans weren’t happy with the way the country was headed under former President Barack Obama and his Vice President Joe Biden.  Looking directly into the cameras he said, “I’m only here because of President Obama and the job he did, and Sleepy Joe Biden and the job that he didn’t do.  People were very unhappy. The fake news doesn’t report it. There was tremendous dissent, tremendous anger.”

What does all this mean to us?  Those of us who support President Trump must soldier on.  We may have relatives and friends shun us.  We will see our standards, goals, and beliefs disparaged daily in the media.  We may face discrimination and reprisals at work, at school, and at home.  But we cannot waver. We must do all we can to preserve truth, justice, and the American way.

As Thomas Paine told us at the beginning of the American experiment when we dared to face off against the most powerful country in the world, “These are the times that try men’s souls.  The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.  Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

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

 

 

 

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