VIDEO School Board Member to Parents: ‘I Don’t Work for You’ – America’s work crisis – The Fall Of Versailles

Pennsylvania School Board Member to Parents: ‘I Don’t Work for You’

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DR. SUSAN BERRY23 Jan 2022

A Pennsylvania school board member, ostensibly disgruntled because parents are showing up at board meetings to voice concerns about education issues, penned an op-ed Sunday in which he responded, “I don’t work for you.”

Richard Robinson, a member of the York Suburban School Board, appears to long for the days when “nobody showed up” to school board meetings.

The “public comments” period of these meetings, he noted at the York Dispatch, once gave residents “the chance to vent their spleens about exorbitant taxes or demand subjects be taught properly the way they were during the most frigid period of the Cold War.”

These days, however, Robinson complained, “school boards are now the new battleground in the fight for America’s future”:

Some members of my community appear to interpret this part of board meetings as the occasion to tell board members why they have the collective intelligence of a village idiot and how the school district ought to be addressing real problems. When the board does not fall in line with each and every demand, we are accused of ignoring the thoughtful, unbiased, sincere and righteous ultimatums of our community.

Robinson said he preferred to write not as a “member of a school board,” but, instead, as a “member of my community who serves on a school board.” He responded to the concept that he works for the taxpayers of his community with the statement:

No, I don’t work for you. I was elected by people who voted to represent you. It is not the same thing. You may also be surprised to learn every member of a school board is a taxpayer, too. I come from a long line of taxpaying men and women.

Presenting a list of grievances in his opinion column, Robinson criticized “doctors” who offer public comments during school board meetings, but neglect to provide their credentials; parents who threaten school boards with lawsuits; parent “bullies” who threaten to remove their children from school if mask mandates are not ended; and parents who claim they know what is best for their child.

Robinson disagrees with these parents, asserting, “Nevertheless, if you are offended because I don’t believe parents are infallible, you can always sue or take your child out of school. Your choice.”

Finally, Robinson states the “most offensive and vile” of all individuals who comment at board meetings are “the charlatans who claim health and safety measures are responsible for destroying the mental health of children simply to justify their own social agenda.”

“There are members of this community who tried to draw attention to the warning signs of increasing mental distress among our children long before you ever thought of mental health as a potential cudgel,” he sneered. “To listen to your repeated distortions of the facts is nauseating.”

“There is only one thing more to share with my fellow citizens who come out to say, ‘Be a trend setter, be a leader, be on the right side of history and do what I tell you to do!’” he wrote.

“No. I have watched live streams of board meetings numerous times and reviewed the written protests, repeatedly,” he said. “Your voice has been heard. As far as the right side of history is concerned — I like my odds.”

Nicole Nelly, president of Parents Defending Education, told Fox News Digital Robinson was mocking parents.

“Far too many elected officials have shown over the past two years that the ‘consent of the governed’ is little more than an inconvenient speed bump on the road to advancing their unpopular agendas,” she said. “Mocking and dismissing the concerns of the community may be cathartic for petty dictators, but it is not a path to electoral success.”

Robinson’s op-ed is written days after newly inaugurated Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) told his state’s General Assembly parents “have a fundamental right” to decide their child’s “upbringing, education, and care.”

“And we will protect and reassert that right,” the governor added.

https://www.breitbart.com/education/2022/01/23/pennsylvania-school-board-member-to-parents-i-dont-work-for-you/

America’s work crisis

By Jerry Newcombe, CP Op-Ed Contributor| Friday, September 10, 2021

With another Labor Day come and gone, it’s fascinating to note that America’s work ethic is in trouble today. And the coronavirus has made it worse.

We now have a labor shortage crisis. Columnist Victor Davis Hanson describes some of the symptoms of our current labor shortages: “Airliners cannot take off due to fuel shortages. Automobiles, houses, gas and lumber are in short supply. Consumers can’t get their roofs fixed, their houses painted or their trees trimmed, as employers plead with their idle, government-subsidized employees to come back to work.”

And he adds: “In a rebounding economy amid record debt, the government is still sending workers unemployment benefits that are more remunerative than the paychecks they would earn if employed.”

Consider a few of these examples of the work (or lack thereof) crisis in our time:

• A headline from finance.yahoo.com declares, “Half of U.S. small businesses have unfilled positions.”

• Bloomberg reports: “Thousands of cities, towns and states across the U.S. are facing the most acute labor shortage in recent memory. Regional governments have an even tougher time than businesses because they can’t compete with private-sector wages, can rarely offer remote work and they’ve faced a larger wave of early retirements during the pandemic.”

• “Inmates are running wild on Rikers Island amid an ongoing staffing crunch that’s left charges free to stab each other, answer the phones and run through corridors destroying maintenance equipment,” reports the New York Post.

• “Some of the largest U.S. food distributors are reporting difficulties in fulfilling orders as a lack of workers weighs on the supply chain,” notes Yahoo Finance.

• In the spring, we learned of a McDonald’s offering $50.00 for potential employees just to show up for an interview.

• In July, there was the story of a Burger King in Lincoln, Nebraska, which had a sign declaring: “We all quit. Sorry for the inconvenience.” Well, “have it your way,” I guess.

Even Chick-fil-A, a company built on a Christian work ethic, has had some staffing troubles lately — at least in the case of two Alabama outlets which had to close because of staffing shortages. Fox5 New York adds: “While restaurants across the country have reopened their dining rooms after closing them due to the pandemic, a new problem has surfaced: Many businesses have reported having issues with staffing and are struggling to hire enough workers to meet the customers’ needs.”

Because of the shutdown in reaction to the pandemic, many former workers received unemployment benefits. But some states have ended those payments — prematurely, say the beneficiaries. Recipients of unemployment benefits in 15 states are suing their state to renew those benefits, observes Yahoo.

And on it goes. I suppose if there is any bright spot in our labor crisis today it is that some people leaving the workforce are doing so to spend more time with their families.

America’s work ethic was waning long before the COVID-19 pandemic. Historically, the Protestant work ethic in America helped lead to great prosperity.

The work ethic has declined in part because of the decline of Christianity in our culture and the push for socialism. Socialism constantly undermines work ethic by rewarding inactivity and failing to reward those who work particularly hard or well.

The founders of America did not agree with socialist principles, and they laid the framework for a country with unparalleled prosperity.

Part of the way they did this was by stressing smaller government. In his first inaugural address, President Thomas Jefferson said, “a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

The government has no money of its own. So whatever money the government spends for Citizen A, it has to appropriate from Citizen B.

There is no such thing as a free lunch — someone has to pay for that lunch.

God has given each of us a unique set of talents and skill sets. What a joy it is to put those into practice as a vocation for His glory and others’ good. And He will hold us accountable for putting these things into practice.

Through the ages, the words of Paul the Apostle have inspired millions to work hard “as unto the Lord,” knowing that He will reward us. He also said that if someone refuses to work “neither shall he eat.”

An anonymous saying adds insight here: “Some people fail to recognize opportunity because it so often comes to them in overalls and looks like work.”

It’s time for America to get back to work.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is the executive director of the Providence Forum, an outreach of D. James Kennedy Ministries, where Jerry also serves as senior producer and an on-air host. He has written/co-written 33 books, including George Washington’s Sacred Fire (with Providence Forum founder Peter Lillback, Ph.D.) and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.). http://www.djkm.org?    @newcombejerry      www.jerrynewcombe.com

https://www.christianpost.com/voices/americas-work-crisis.html


The Fall Of Versailles

By Jim Hoft December 1, 2021

Guest post by John L. Kachelman, Jr.

The chronicles of civilization’s governments are the ultimate record of failed recycling. Mankind never learns! The greatest fail is the repetitive recycling of tyranny. Mankind complacently accepts subjection to immoral and evil authorities. The historicity is undeniable. Briefly observe how two historical government fails highlight the current conflict in our Republic (obviously there are many more examples but we only have time for two).

First, consider the majesty of Versailles Palace. This is remarkable in history. The Palace of Versailles, was the French royal residence and center of government, but it transformed into an extravagant complex. A telling fact about this grandiose structure, every detail of its construction was intended to glorify the king. The construction’s focus was on the Ruler. The ruled were ignored; they were viewed as inconsequential.

The Versailles Palace is one of the iconic portraits of the French Revolution. The French Revolution did not just happen in one day. The Revolution was a mixture of political, social and economic upheavals in France. The Palace of Versailles found itself in the middle of this conflict.

The public became agitated over the great governmental waste. The Court enjoyed extravagances while the population starved. Liberal principles removed trade barriers. Bad harvests and increasing prices fueled riots and revolt. Public opinion correctly connected the economic crisis with the monarchy. Consequently, a contempt for Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette fueled the national chaos.

The chaos led to degradation in economic, political and civil environments. On 15 July 1789, the storming of the Bastille panicked Versailles. The courtiers started to abandon the Palace. This beginning trickle soon became a flood and the Palace was emptied of its occupants.

The royal family left Versailles on 6 October 1789. The Palace of Versailles ceased to be a royal residence. It fell into disrepair and eventually was restored as a historical landmark of a failed government.

Second, consider Germany’s Third Reich. The history of this fail is well-known. The “rise and fall” of this government focuses directly upon those who served as its major leaders and the Reichstag members who permitted and approved the governing evils. The government failed because of its evil advocates.

In November 1945 the high-ranking surviving officials of the Third Reich were placed on trial before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) in Nuremberg, Germany. Among them were Göring, Ribbentrop, Frank, Rosenberg, Kaltenbrunner, and Hess. The trial exposed the details and scope of the criminal governing. Accounts of inhumanity were listed; evidences of tyranny’s authority were validated; the bankruptcy of a political arena where dissent was punished was highlighted; the evil of a national governing that denied personal freedoms was a common factor.

Nuremberg established the horrors of a government that believes it can mandate what the citizens believe, speak, reside, travel and behave. Such behaviors were decided to be inhuman and worthy of capitol punishment. No excuse was permitted to justify such evil behavior.

The result of this trial should be sobering to all politicians. On October 1, 1946, 12 of the defendants were sentenced to death, three were acquitted, and the remaining defendants received prison sentences. Göring, committed suicide in his cell, and ten defendants were executed on October 16, 1946. Hess was the last imprisoned Nuremberg defendant to die in 1987. It was a humiliating end to a government ruled by tyrants.

What about the Reichstag congress? What about those “elected” to serve the population? Following the Nazi seizure of power and the Enabling Act of 1933, this “governing body” was only a rubber stamp for the actions of Hitler’s dictatorship. It was useless. It was inept. It was culpable in the fascist tyranny. Those serving in the congress, only furthered the State’s dictatorship. The “Party” always gave unanimous consent — no one dared to vote against the controlling personalities.

History reveals that…a government born from lies, maintained by fear and ruled with opinionated mandates was pure evil. The propaganda that fueled the citizens’ compliance was a manipulative ploy of the politically arrogant. The horrible “science” that funded the use human beings as test subjects, was pure evil manipulated by a heinous man. Every aspect of the Reich’s governing was exposed as pure evil. There was absolutely no justification or rationalization for the government’s actions. Yes such was applauded but it was an abomination!

Now here is the undeniable point to ponder on the “Fall of Versailles”—there is ultimately a punitive justice meted to those who arrogate to themselves an evil tyranny! Justice is coming to those who propagandize, “mandate,” coerce with arrogant authority, who market in human trafficking by medical experimentation, and, who occupy an elected position but remain silently compliant. Justice is coming!

Here is another recycled historical fact. Listen to its echoes throughout the centuries:

  • “Wheels of justice grind slow but grind fine” ― Sun Tzu
  • “So then, I have seen the wicked buried, those who used to go in and out from the holy place, and they are soon forgotten in the city where they did thus” (Solomon, Ecclesiastes 8:10, The Bible).
  • Euripides, one of the greatest tragic writers of ancient Greece (480-406 BC), “Slow but sure moves the might of the gods.”
  • Plutarch said, “Thus, I do not see what use there is in those mills of the gods said to grind so late as to render punishment hard to be recognized, and to make wickedness fearless.”
  • “Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Perhaps most tragic is the lesson focusing on our Republic. We are ruled by those who have no regard for personal liberty. Who wield the powers of government in a vindictive manner. Who care little about the economic calamities that fuel starvation while they feast on “gourmet” foods, party-hardy and enjoy mansions. Who feign concern for the poor only to the extent where they can personally profit. Who make scurrilous criminal charges against political enemies. Who propagandize lies as “truth.”

Gone are the politicians who actually “serve” the citizenry. Present are those who “serve” themselves. You can observe the behavior and listen to the bitter words of these politicians. Such are well described as “lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power” (2 Timothy 3:2-5).

The tyranny of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette was answered by the guillotine. Destiny condemned the tyranny of Hitler, the elected members of the Reichstag congress, and the Secretaries of the Third Reich.

All politicians, who view themselves as the “Rulers” over the “Ruled,” will face the inescapable recycling “mill of Justice that grinds slowly, but grinds finely.” These will face a wrath from a righteous populous. That wrath is stoked by the politician’s evil deeds and just punishment will be meted by those who have been wronged!

This fate is recycled history. Politicians can claim “misrepresentation.” They can manipulate the thinking of the people by propaganda’s lies. They can shroud themselves in deniability. But, they will NOT escape! These will find themselves in the recycled trash heap of civilization’s failed governing. “And they are soon forgotten in the city where they did thus.”

To the current Congress of the United States of America…Will you learn and change your course in legislating the affairs of our nation so you will avoid the coming wrath of those you oppressed? Will you continue to view yourselves as the “Rulers” arrogantly tyrannizing those you view as “the Ruled”? Are you aware of the humiliating history that is chronicling your choice?


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Exclusive: Craige McMillan urges readers to document stories of perseverance and hope

Yes, there is something you can do to help preserve America. You don’t have to be loud, eloquent, learned, thrown in jail or become a victim of the left’s communist insanity.

America is first and foremost an ideal, one that lives in people’s minds and hearts. Once your mind and your heart are destroyed by leftist propaganda, the ideal of America vanishes with them.

In this sense America bears some resemblance to the difference between the spiritual and natural worlds. In the heavenly realm, things happen in the spiritual world first, before they happen in the natural, physical world.

Similarily (but not exactly the same), America must exist in the hearts and minds of enough people before it can become a reality in the physical world of nations. Our founders’ Christian faith carried them through impossible battles and against unconquerable foes, before America emerged into nationhood in the physical world. It did this because it was first born in the spiritual realm.

Some of us learn best by example. For that reason I will share the personal history that brought this column to mind now. I have – and you likely do as well – an old and dear friend who has faithfully sent greeting cards on birthdays, anniversaries; thank you notes for gifts received, and remembered many more occasions in my life. Out of the blue I was moved to send her a thank you letter for all that she has faithfully remembered in my life.

For that kindness, I was rewarded with a handwritten history of her own family including her grandparents, who grew up as new immigrants to America in the 1890s to early 1900s. They left their native land because of religious persecution. This included not being able to get jobs and work. America welcomed them.

My friend’s father and mother were married in the midst of the Great Depression. They worked, saved, and eventually bought a small farm, which the bank repossessed. Her father found work as a tradesman. Two more children were born. One Monday morning her father became ill, was taken to a small hospital, and by Wednesday he died of the tuberculosis he did not know he had. Her mother was left alone with five children. She wrote, “Our father had made the last payment on the house they had bought … things looked bleak, but Daddy and Mother were Christians. The faith they possessed was real, and Mother explained the gospel to us as soon as we could understand it!” She went on to describe nurse’s training and her work in hospitals, meeting her husband to be and marrying, and having her own children.

Early on I promised there was something you could do to help keep America from vanishing. Here it is: Document what we had, when all we had was God and each other. Just like this dear friend, each of you have someone in your family who has a story to tell. Because it is real it will make their story real to the people walking our land today who do so in the fog of lies, propaganda and evil, which is all they see.

In this sense, nations are very much like people: God made each one for his own purposes. Your job, whether nation or individual person, is to find what God made you to do. He will empower you in that task, and the gates of hell will not withstand your calling from the God of Heaven. Go in peace, but know that when you discover your calling, God will move Heaven and earth to help you.

No government is here to empower you. Each one is here to enslave you, deprive you of the rights God has given you, and then take credit for whatever you manage to accomplish in spite of their efforts. Just like Mussolini, Hitler, Mao, Stalin and the rest of the world’s want-to-be dictator-gods, communism and fascism are the tools of the trade today, aided by big tech censorship and big media wartime grade propaganda campaigns.

If they manage to take America, all these stories that are hidden within your family will disappear as well. But if together we expose only a tiny fraction of the truth, even by word of mouth, America will yet survive, because it is first and above all a spiritual nation, albeit one that has strayed far from the truth. But God always forgives when He sees sincere repentance. The story you find in your family history may be the story that leads someone in need to repentance, faith in Christ and eternal life.

These stories are there, right where you live. Do some digging. Then write it up and email and post it where others will see the truth – and it is the truth that sets us free.

Godspeed, fellow American.


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At the Precipice of Disaster

06/12/2020 by Grumpa Joe

I can’t post this message often enough. We are at the precipice of disaster.

You mean that I have been believing this story since 1959 when the press reported it and it is false? Fake news is older than we think.

This is Russian Premier Nakita Khruschev’s QUOTE:  A sobering reminder.  It’s been almost sixty one years since he delivered this,

“We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism, until they suddenly awake to find they have communism.”


Remember, socialism leads to Communism. Karl Marx took socialism to what he viewed as its natural conclusion: The “abolition of private property.”

So, how do you create a Socialistic State? There are 8 levels of control; read the following recipe: 

1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people.

2) Poverty – Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them.

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect (food, housing, income) of their lives because that will make them fully dependent on the government.

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to and take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in God from the Government and schools because the people need to believe in ONLY the government knowing what is best for the people.

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. 

Eliminate the middle class This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor. A perfect parallel to the Democrat agenda!!!!!

HOPE YOU’LL PASS THIS ALONG


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VIDEO The Answer to Combatting Communism, the Evil Force Behind the Transition Taking Place in America Today, is the TRUTH

By Joe Hoft October 7, 2021 

The answer to combatting socialism and communism, the demonic force behind the transition taking place in America today, is the TRUTH.

We all know that there is an evil force blanketing our country.  Elections are stolen, terrorists are given billions, soldiers are offered up like sheep to our enemies, pro-growth and stable economic policies are lost and lies are everywhere.  Just this week the top individual overseeing our country’s justice system threatened good Americans for speaking their mind.

Our freedoms are being taken away and our children are being taught to hate Caucasians with racist teachings.  Free speech is taken away by Big Tech Oligarchs and Big Media pushes all these lies.

What is the answer?  What do we do?

Great and courageous leaders in the past have told us what to do in situations like this.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian political prisoner, and dissident shared:

And therein we find, neglected by us, the simplest, the most accessible key to our liberation: a personal non-participation in lies!  Even if all is covered by lies, even if all is under their rule, let us resist in the smallest way: Let their rule hold not through me!

Vaclav Havel, the Czech statesman, and dissident turned President of Czechoslovakia, shared this:

If the main pillar of the totaliarian system is living a lie, then it is not surprising that the fundimental threat to it is living the truth.  This is why [the truth] must be suppressed more severely [by the communists] than anything else.

The Truth is the answer.  Individually and together we must stand for the truth. 


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VIDEO Where Do We Go From Here?

Warning Signs of the End Times

“Without hope, prophecy is a useless glimpse of the doom to come. With hope, prophecy is a useful picture of the glory to come.”

Dr. David Jeremiah’s three-step process infuses hope into each of the prophetic events unfolding around us.

Where Are We?

Take an honest look at ten critical and troubling issues we are currently experiencing in our culture.

What Does It Mean?

Dive into Scripture to see how these events are directly linked to biblical prophecy.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Receive practical biblical instruction for living with hope and courage in the face of these daunting prophetic happenings.

A CULTURAL PROPHECY | CHAPTER 1

Socialism

Are the public cries for shared wealth and government control a sign of the times?

AN INTERNATIONAL PROPHECY | CHAPTER 2

Globalism

The world is getting smaller and more intertwined every day. Does the Bible predict this?

A BIOLOGICAL PROPHECY | CHAPTER 3

Pandemic

Are the illnesses, plagues, and pestilence of our day signs we are living in the Last Days?

A FINANCIAL PROPHECY | CHAPTER 4

Economic Chaos

Is our cashless society, cryptocurrency, and microchipping technology mentioned in Bible prophecy?

A THEOLOGICAL PROPHECY | CHAPTER 5

The Falling Away

The Bible predicts the falling away of the Church. Is that what we are seeing today?

A BIOGRAPHICAL PROPHECY | CHAPTER 6

End Times People

Would you be surprised to know the decay of character is a precursor for Christ’s return?

A POLITICAL PROPHECY | CHAPTER 7

Cancel Culture

Does Bible prophecy predict a time when society tries to silence the voices of morality?

A SPIRITUAL PROPHECY | CHAPTER 8

Spiritual Famine

Is the indifference to God being experienced in the world today a sign of we are living in the Last Days?

A GEOGRAPHICAL PROPHECY | CHAPTER 9

Jerusalem

What role does Jerusalem play in the End Times drama unfolding around us?

THE FINAL PROPHECY | CHAPTER 10

The Triumph of the Gospel

As the world reels from the turmoil of our time, could we be looking in all the wrong places and at all the wrong people to find peace? Is the Gospel the solution to our broken world?

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Unfolding before our eyes

Overview/Introduction

Could we be living in the Last Days?

People have been asking this question for centuries! Perhaps this question is being asked more today than ever before.

There may never be a time in history when end times prophecy is more aligned with the culture and circumstances of the world than it is today.

It’s hard to ignore the prophetic signs playing out all around us. The “falling away” of the Church. The ravaging toll of pandemics. The silencing of Christians. The rise of globalism. A frail world economy. The fallout of socialism. Woke religion. Jerusalem’s prophetic role in the final days of this Earth. You don’t have to be a biblical scholar to see how Scripture predicted many of the events surrounding us. The prophecies about tomorrow reveal much about the problems of today.

But decoding these startling prophetic events can be confusing, and frankly, intimidating to understand. Bible prophecy can be both fascinating and frightening, but it doesn’t have to be. There is hope for us in the looming events of Bible prophecy!

If we explore the plan and place of prophecy in Scripture, we can discover God’s purpose for all the chaos around us. And this should give us hope.

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Socialism – A Cultural Prophecy | Dr. David Jeremiah

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By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

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You probably don’t need a list of issues that need your attention.

If you’ve had a plumber in to discuss his solution to your bathroom leak you’ll understand.  The quick-fix may turn out to be much more costly in the long run…and may not work at all.

Different people have different thoughts on how to address or resolve an issue and that is perfectly acceptable. We have a right to express our thoughts and ideas. We don’t have any right to require anyone else to adopt our beliefs.

There is a trend today to shut down differing ideas. May I suggest that we spend perhaps half as much time listening to differing ideas as we do shutting those down who disagree with us? We just might find common areas of agreement.

There is also a trend to replace our long held system of government with something that has failed every time that it was adopted.  Our long held system of government provides for corrections and changes. The proposed system endorses one thought and one solution with disagreements met with harsh retribution.  You can vote yourselves into socialism; you cannot vote yourself out of socialism.

Most are aware of Ben Franklin’s famous reply when asked as he emerged from the convention, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

It is of utmost importance to hear and now understand that “Democracy” is not found in any Founding Document, and “Socialism” is not found in any founding document, much less “Socialist Democracy”!!

Franklin’s alleged description of Democracy is “two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.” Thomas Jefferson is alleged by some to have said, “Democracies are dangerous because a Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” Because of that understanding the United States was formed as a Republic.

Socialism is government regulation and controls all aspects of our personal life and businesses. Combining Democracy and Socialism is doubling up on the evils of both. So-called “Democratic Socialism” would completely wipe away the Constitutional Republic which we were given. Individual Freedom with control over our own lives and property would be gone forever under Socialism.

The United States was formed as a Republic by design, with limits upon the government set forth in our Constitution, in order to substantially limit the government’s power and to protect our “natural individual rights.” Our rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are “natural,” not government-allowed. We formed our government; it did not form us.

Individual Freedom is your right or power to act, speak, or think as you want without hindrance or restraint in your “life” and complete “liberty” to “pursue your own happiness.”

Socialism or “Democratic Socialism” is the exact opposite of a Constitutional Republic. Your life, lived with the liberty to pursue your happiness unhindered and unrestrained, is not allowed in a Socialist government. The movement to destroy our Constitutional Republic and replace it with a Socialist government is led by those people who identify themselves as Democratic Socialists, Communists, Progressives, Liberals, and others. The most common in the United States presently are “Democratic Socialists” and “Progressives.” No matter what the label, make no mistake; all are Socialist or Communist in some form and will eventually lead to complete control of the way we are allowed to live. (1)

Going back to the plumber and the bathroom, right now the water is running full blast and the drain is not connected. The water is out of control and causing damage in its wake. The shut off value is stuck open.  The permanent fix requires new drain pipes and a working shut off value. The temporary fix might be to put extra towels on the floor.

Another problem under socialism is that fear, anxiety, and depression become the normal way of life for the masses.

Let’s just say NO to socialism and YES to our Constitutional Republic.

References

(1) https://www.thepostemail.com/2020/09/16/life-under-a-constitutional-republic-vs-socialism-2/

https://preacher01704.wordpress.com/2021/04/01/temporary-or-permanent-fix/


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Many feel a little battered right now and the Black and Blues are beginning to show.

I grew to understand that cheating does not pay. At times the cheaters appear to gain the upper hand and appear to have gotten away with their scam.

Bernie Madoff an American former market maker, investment advisor, financier and convicted fraudster who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for offenses related to a massive Ponzi scheme. He is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, the confessed operator of the largest Ponzi scheme in world history, and the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. Prosecutors estimated the fraud to be worth $64.8 billion based on the amounts in the accounts of Madoff’s 4,800 clients as of November 30, 2008.

Madoff founded a penny stock brokerage in 1960 which eventually grew into Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. He served as its chairman until his arrest on December 11, 2008. The firm was one of the top market maker businesses on Wall Street, which bypassed “specialist” firms by directly executing orders over the counter from retail brokers. (1)

Madoff thought he had it all, wealth, power, prestige, world recognition and status.  Madoff commanded, bought and sold companies and people to his own advantage for years. Madoff had a secret that he shared with few; the secret was he knew he cheated his way up the ladder. Madoff had to continue to cheat people because the moment he stopped cheating his world would come tumbling down like a house of cards.

On March 12, 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme. The Madoff investment scandal defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Madoff said that he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s, but …. may have begun as far back as the 1970s.Those charged with recovering the missing money believe that the investment operation may never have been legitimate. The amount missing from client accounts was almost $65 billion, including fabricated gains. (1)

Madoff figuratively built his house on sand or quicksand by cheating. When the rain and floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it, from a multi-Billionaire to a broke federal prisoner. 

Perhaps Madoff could have expended the same or less energy on a legitimate investment business, done well, and then died a happy and free man. He would have been a great contributor to the economy instead of a drain.

Matthew 7:24-27 ESV

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

In my opinion, Madoff couldn’t understand others’ feelings. He often broke rules or make impulsive decisions without feeling guilty for the harm he caused, just your basic sociopath.

Madoff’s actions resulted in bankruptcies, foreclosures, ruined lives, depression, anxiety and suicides, including his own son. Madoff was a multi-car train wreck.

Perhaps Madoff could have expended the same or less energy on a legitimate investment business, done well, and then died a happy and free man. . He would have been a great contributor to the economy instead of a drain.

Then there is a father, probably another sociopath, who ruined his daughter’s and other people’s lives.

Genie was a girl born in California in 1957 who spent nearly all of the first 13 years of her life locked in her room.  Born to mentally unstable parents, at a very young age Genie was diagnosed as developmentally delayed and her father took that diagnosis and decided on his own treatment for Genie.

Genie spent the next 12 years of her life locked in her bedroom.  During the day, she was tied to a child’s potty chair in diapers; at night, she was bound in a sleeping bag and placed in an enclosed crib with a cover made of metal screening.  Her father beat her every time she vocalized, and he barked and growled at her like a dog in order to keep her quiet. 

He also rarely allowed his wife and son to leave the house or even to speak, and he expressly forbade them to speak to Genie.  By the age of 13, Genie was almost entirely mute, commanding a vocabulary of about 20 words and a few short phrases (nearly all negative), such as “stop it” and “no more”.

Genie was discovered at the age of 13, when her mother ran away from her husband and took her daughter with her. (2)

Would you hazard a guess as to the mental health and financial issues Genie’s father created and how many lives he ruined? Genie’s father certainly was a dictator, a despot with respect to his family. Genie’s father seized power in deed.

It is generally thought that dictators and despots seize power in third world countries by various means. Some are bloodless coups. Some countries are honest enough to announce an official candidate for you to vote.  Then there are some like Venezuela that went out of their way to rig the entire electoral process to install an official candidate who issues one edict after another without use of the legislative body.

Dictators and despots seize power and remain in power by controlling the message, the news, and the means of communication. They only permit the official narrative to be disseminated to the population. In addition to censorship they control population movement. They rule by fear. They want us all to be just as Genie before she escaped.

A true popularly elected leader does not need a fence around the capital city to keep those who gave him consent to govern out of the city.

The story does not end here.   


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(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Madoff

(2) https://listverse.com/2008/08/28/10-terrible-cases-of-kidnapping-and-abuse/ 



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VIDEO Socialism By Any Other Name – Resurgence of Socialism Today

By Wesley Smith

Socialism, by any other name, is still—well—socialism.  The Oxford English Dictionary defines socialism as “a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.” Note:  owned, or merely “regulated” by the community in the United States refers to the government, where a republican-style democracy is supposed to represent the will of the people.

It seems that, depending on the actions of Congress and the Executive Branch (who are elected to represent the people), sometimes it is the will of the people—other times, not so much. In Marxist theory, socialism is an actual transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.  We all know how that has worked out.

Socialism—like its fraternal twin Communism—over the last one hundred years-plus has led to the absolute elimination of personal freedom in nations around the world.  It is a failed system that, unfortunately, is still with us. We need look no further than Cuba, Venezuela, China, and the failed Soviet Union.

Millions have died over the last century at the hands of socialism and communism.  In the name of fairness and everyone having all things in common, people still suffer, are imprisoned, and die because of this political system. Human rights are sidelined in the faux claim of taking care of everyone.  It is blatantly unfair in every country where it exists.

Having everything in common has always led to an elitist few who control the lives of everyone else.  After the Bolshevik Revolution in Czarist Russia, for example, Vladimir Lenin—who deposed the Czar—inherited the palaces and wealth of that ruler and became a ruthless de facto monarch himself.  His was a political system that successfully advocated the overthrow of capitalism with the promise that the government would take care of everyone. It may sound like a nice theory to some, but it is one that never works out in practice.

While some politicians, such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC), readily identify as democratic socialists, socialism as a political and economic philosophy in the United States is often more subtle and disguised.  There is a reason for the subtlety. While there is much discussion about socialism in America today, most people in the United States have a suspicion—if not an outright fear—of America becoming a socialist-style country.  A politician in most parts of the United States would have a difficult time being elected to any office if they openly espouse socialism.

The reason for the suspicion and fear has everything to do with the definition and history of socialism.  Do we really want the production, distribution and exchange of products and services to be controlled by the government?  Does that control eliminate the basic principles of a democracy like the United States?  Socialism is the antithesis of capitalism, an economic principle that values freedom and entrepreneurship.

Winston Churchill famously stated, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent value is the equal sharing of misery.”  He went on to describe socialism as taking care of the “submerged tenth” by bringing the other nine-tenths down to their level.  The logical end of socialism is the elimination of upward mobility.  It robs people of the dream of bettering themselves and building a better life for their families.  The end result of socialism has ever been economic stagnation, shared misery, and government control.

Americans have every right to be suspicious of quasi-socialist ideas.  Whether it is the Green New Deal, a federally mandated guaranteed minimum wage, government control of critical aspects of the economy and elimination of other parts of the economy and its related industries, or a single-payer health system—we need to be afraid, very afraid, of any program that diminishes personal freedoms and increases bureaucratic government control. (While the much-lauded Affordable Care Act provided healthcare for millions—it eliminated private healthcare for millions more who believed the empty promise that if they liked their doctor or health insurance, they could keep it.) It is an insidious philosophy that will not have a happy ending.

While few politicians would openly promote rampant socialist takeovers of the private sector—it is the general direction advocated by many on the Left.  Many of those on the Left view the United States as a failed nation, “a country of irredeemable inequities and people with reflexively racist instincts.” Left-leaning elected officials are simply clever enough to parse their words and to promote their misguided philosophy under the guise of equality and fairness.  That has been the modus operandi of every socialist leader in human history.

Like the proverbial camel who puts his nose under the tent with the intent of eventually moving in, Americans must be aware of the dangers of creeping socialism—no matter how it is dressed up—and defend the individual liberties of all people and a compassionate capitalism that has made the United States the great nation it is to this day.  There is a reason people flee socialist regimes and risk their lives and livelihood to come to the United States of America.

https://aclj.org/radical-left/socialism-by-any-other-name


Kimberley Strassel | The Resurgence of Socialism Today

Nov 22, 2019

The idea of socialism is ancient. Organized socialist movements took form in Europe in the nineteenth century, and socialism emerged as a dominant political ideology in many places around the world by the twentieth century.

Franklin Graham warns Americans not to let socialists sway election

‘Media powers are putting forth every effort to spin the story’

Franklin Graham

Commenting on the highly publicized resignation of New York Times editor Bari Weiss, evangelist Franklin Graham is warning Americans not to let the far left sway this year’s election.

Her resignation letter, Graham wrote Thursday on Facebook, “confirms what many people already have known – the New York Times is biased to the left, socialist, radical agenda of the Democratic party.”

He noted Weiss said “it was very difficult to get anything published that did not ‘explicitly promote progressive causes’ and if something was published, it could happen only ‘after every line is carefully massaged, negotiated and caveated.”

“That’s very telling. The founder of the Media Research Center said that her resignation makes the point ‘that journalism is dead at The New York Times and it’s been replaced by censorship that is controlled by radicals,'” wrote Graham, the CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

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“In years past, Americans were able to trust media; they were journalists reporting facts. But today many media organizations are biased, slanted, and extremely agenda driven. They are no longer trustworthy. This tells us that we must be very careful about what information we believe,” he wrote.

“We have a very important election coming up, and media powers are putting forth every effort to spin the story and sway the thinking of the American people,” he said.

In a guest column for FoxNews.com, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., noted Weiss’ resignation follows the departure of Times opinion editor James Bennet.

Bennet was forced to resign for running Cotton’s op-ed arguing the military could be called out as a last resort to restore public order in cities wracked by rioting.

Cotton pointed out that Weiss reported being “viciously harassed by her colleagues for daring on occasion to express conservative opinions.”

“The woke mob at The New York Times has claimed another scalp,” he said. “This is not a one-off event but a trend, as far-left, anti-American forces have consolidated control over some of our nation’s most influential institutions,” he wrote.

“The truth is that Weiss, Bennet, and others like them aren’t being harassed and forced from their jobs due to a genuine failing on their part. What they’re really guilty of is failing to conform to the searing standards of political correctness that have been imposed by far-left activists at The New York Times and other elite institutions,” Cotton charged.

“Having consolidated control over the media, higher education, and big corporations, the left is enraged that it cannot permanently capture our political institutions. So they want to rig the rules to take care of that, too.”

“Suffice it to say the New York Times isn’t a newspaper anymore, in the traditional sense of the word. It’s a propaganda bullhorn—a super PAC for the Democratic Party, the 1619 Project, and other revolutionary causes. Perhaps it should rebrand as The New Woke Times.”

Franklin Graham warns Americans not to let socialists sway election


 

No, It’s Not Time To Give Up On The Nuclear Family To Build Grownup Dorms

Communist-minded pundits see the nuclear family as a cultural anomaly, but living with friends can’t replicate the need for family that is in our DNA.

No, It’s Not Time To Give Up On The Nuclear Family To Build Grownup Dorms

Feb 18, 2020

I love my extended family. David Brooks, not so much. His way of writing about the decline of the American extended family is occasionally hysterical, sometimes saccharine, and entirely lacking perspective. The suggestion that the nuclear family was a mistake strikes this immigrant as un-American.

Brooks uses the 1990 movie “Avalon” as a metaphor for family fracture. In the beginning, we see a large group of kinfolk at a holiday dinner:

As the years go by in the movie, the extended family plays a smaller and smaller role. By the 1960s, there’s no extended family at Thanksgiving. It’s just a young father and mother and their son and daughter, eating turkey off trays in front of the television. In the final scene, the main character is living alone in a nursing home, wondering what happened.

Thus, nuclear family is a station on the way from the tribal “tangled, loving, exhausting glory” to total loneliness.

It’s a flawed, overly dramatic setup because, while it’s the norm for today’s nuclear families to live apart from cousins and grandmas, everyone still gets invited to Thanksgiving dinners. Multigenerational gatherings are so much the cultural expectation that pundits advise starting political arguments around the holiday table: See what happens if the crazy uncle chimes in.

Is the Nuclear Family an Anomaly?

Brooks explains that, prior to industrialization, most Americans lived on farms and worked together within corporate family arrangements. Distant relatives filled in for each other, taking care of the young and the old, smoothing out intra-family feuds.

Brooks tends to overly idealize the extended family, which is not exactly primitive communism where leadership emerges spontaneously and everyone contributes according to his ability and takes according to his need. Clans operate with a clear chain of command, and that chain is not matrilineal. Some family members often end up feeling cheated or alienated, so rivalries abound.

Brooks sees the nuclear family as an anomaly fashioned in the Victorian era and fully realized in the 1950s. Even then, it only existed for about a dozen years and solely because of unique historical circumstances — namely, unions enabled men to find good-paying jobs, women were excluded from the workforce for child-rearing, and a high degree of social trust meant families in geographic proximity could forge tribal bonds.

With its focus on the last 250 years, Brooks’ narrative overlooks the fact that the extreme nuclear family — mom, dad, and minor children living in a single household — has been the Anglo-Saxon ideal since time immemorial. In “America 3.0,” James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus note that Germanic tribes on the outskirts of the Roman Empire lived in dwellings that resembled today’s single-family suburban households. These tribes eventually took over the British Isles, and their descendants have spread across the American continent.

Young families were always expected to move out as soon as land became available. Only economic pressure kept children under the same roof as their parents — not unlike what student loans are doing today. In Bennett and Lotus’s model, the success of the post-war extreme nuclear family is not a step on the way to total disintegration, but a contemporary realization of the age-old dream.

Brooks notes that economically stressed immigrant families are more likely to live in multigenerational households. Coming from an upwardly mobile immigrant subculture, I can assure you something more significant than economic pressure keeps multiple generations under the same roof: tradition. Bennett and Lotus argue that as immigrants assimilate, they adopt the kinship model of their American neighbors. The extreme nuclear family is a building block of a dynamic, mobile capitalist society — our past, present, and future.

What Brooks Doesn’t Get About Community

Brooks would agree with the point about dynamism, but would ask: “At what cost?” The fracture of the “fragile” nuclear family has been debilitating for the lower classes. He chides conservatives for incessantly telling the poor to build stable nuclear families — a pointless undertaking, in his opinion. If he knows conservatives so well, he should perhaps acknowledge that we offer different explanations for the decline.

Where the author sees unions as benign enablers of the short-lived blossoming of patriarchal nuclear families, conservatives argue that the greedy labor establishment destroyed American industry and point out that the working class in right-to-work states is doing fine. Moreover, capitalism isn’t eating into the family. Rather, that’s what welfare state is doing, providing mothers subsidies that enable fatherless child-rearing.

Our lawmakers in all levels of government are putting in place an elaborate set of workplace arrangements that will make it costly for a young mother to disentangle herself from full-time employment to raise children. That said, many conservatives more or less align with Brooks’s idea that societal trust is evaporating, or that we are perhaps too individualistic.

Brooks acknowledges that extended family can be excruciating and repressive. He blames it on the fact that people don’t choose their kin. He then suggests replacing the allegedly failed nuclear family with “families of choice,” which is a dramatic way of saying “friends.” He rounds up anthropological evidence:

The Chuukese people in Micronesia have a saying: ‘My sibling from the same canoe’; if two people survive a dangerous trial at sea, then they become kin. On the Alaskan North Slope, the Inupiat name their children after dead people, and those children are considered members of their namesake’s family.

The first study sounds like a description of a rite-of-passage ritual, or a trial not unlike what young Americans do in fraternities or the Armed Forces, and the second practice is a bit like having godparents or namesakes. Fraternity brothers and soldiers bond and live together for a while until they age out of the communal arrangements. Their close camaraderie is a stage in life following childhood and preceding marriage.

Brooks sees youthful adventure as a foundation of permanent living arrangements. He gives the example of Temescal Commons in Oakland, California, as a functioning, chosen extended family mysteriously bound into a tight-knit community:

[T]he 23 members, ranging in age from 1 to 83, live in a complex with nine housing units. This is not some rich Bay Area hipster commune. The apartments are small, and the residents are middle- and working-class. They have a shared courtyard and a shared industrial-size kitchen where residents prepare a communal dinner on Thursday and Sunday nights. Upkeep is a shared responsibility. The adults babysit one another’s children, and members borrow sugar and milk from one another. The older parents counsel the younger ones. When members of this extended family have suffered bouts of unemployment or major health crises, the whole clan has rallied together.

So, like a dorm, but for life. As a descendent of people who at some point were all crammed into Soviet communal apartments, or kommunalki, I find the description above hopelessly naïve.

Communal Living Isn’t Romantic

Brooks is not the only pundit who has been romanticizing communal living, especially communal kitchens. In a bizarro segment, National Public Radio lauded Soviet communal kitchens for allegedly fostering anti-Stalinist resistance. In reality, those were a constant source of irritation and discontent: the worry about broken dishes, stolen food, noisy drunks, and, during Stalin’s Reign of Terror, the numbing fear that the neighbors may turn to the NKVD to evict an odd tenant to the Gulags.

There was little trust in kommunalki, but plenty of fear and resentment. The 1950s suburbs with high trust and lots of privacy, and where every woman was the mistress of her own kitchen, were the polar opposite of Soviet communal apartments.

Wealthy Americans such as Brooks tend to romanticize food and rituals surrounding it, and this is a mistake. Like living in close proximity does not ensure trust, and scheduling people to break bread with each other is an unnatural way to form meaningful relationships.

Cooking with others and for large groups of people is nerve-racking. Brooks mentions a study showing that women working in extended family kitchens tend to have higher rates of heart diseases because of the stress of cooking for a large brood. Imagine cooking for two dozen non-relatives while sharing the kitchen with random neighbors!

A Co-op Can’t Replace the Nuclear Family

Actually, none of it should be too hard to imagine. Because young Americans typically leave their parents and spend several years living with roommates, we all have a kind of window to the lifelong communal misery. In the short term, hanging out together and meeting new people is fun. Yet once romantic relationships are forged, roommates move out. To move back to a communal arrangement at the point in one’s life when the habits have already formed is an odd sort of midlife crisis.

The reason extended clans work is that individuals don’t chose them. They are bound together by bloodlines for which there are no substitutes. Friendships are optional, and if they go astray or buddies grow apart, there is no shame in breaking them off, or at least stopping friendship maintenance. Glorified roommates are not displacing families because the former are not nearly as reliable.

Nuclear families are not fragile, but friendships are a poor substitute for tribes and families. A co-op may sound better than total isolation, but to spend one’s entire life in one is still a lonely proposition.

The erosion of trust Brooks notes is not going to be countered by arranging diverse families in crypto-socialist dwellings where they are forced to share amenities. That’s a miserable life, and it’s not in our cultural DNA. A better option is to free men and women to form stable nuclear families, have many children, and then organize communities around family needs. Yes, rebuild nuclear families.

Katya Rapoport Sedgwick is a writer from San Francisco Bay Area. She has published at The Daily Caller and Legal Insurrection. You can follow her @KatyaSedgwick on Twitter.
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