Stop Being Dumb

I know that the title of this post may seem more than a bit harsh or disrespectful, but I needed to get your attention right away. I want to explore the talking points I often read from those on the Christian right on what things need to be done in order to return to the America they grew up in. Most of what people propose sounds great until you ask the next question. The areas we are exploring today are prayer in schools, the constitution, and financial education. I often hear that these things need to be in, or back in the school environment.

It amazes me that anyone that is watching and listening to those that run school systems in this can really think that these are the people that should be directing our children’s faith life in any real way. We hear all the time” they need to bring prayer back in schools.” My first thought is always, who will lead these prayers and who/what will these prayers be directed to? Are you comfortable with your child learning Islamic, Buddhist, or Hindu prayers? Or some new age petition to the universe? What are the chances that your child’s teacher will grab the King James Version of the Bible from their desk and read scripture from it? Some of you would have a problem with the New King James or the New Living and the Message Bible! Do not be Dumb. The job of leading the faith of your children is on you, parents. You cannot trust the school system with such an important task. Instead of sending your child to school to pray, why not take the family to church to pray together. Or better yet, pray at home as a family if you believe it will make the difference.

Regarding the constitution and civics. It would seem like schools would be able to handle this task. After all this seems cut and dried. But do you trust the teacher that graduated from the university indoctrination center that preached hate for America or 4 years to suddenly have a fond affection for the founders? The same founders that this teacher has been taught were white supremacist atheists. Do you trust someone that would teach that the 3/5 compromise meant that black people were only 60% worth of a white person? Do you trust a teacher that cannot wait to spread Critical Race Theory to your children? Frustrating, isn’t it? So here is another task that we as parent must take on. The good news is that there are more resources than ever to help parents with this. Here is an example of what I am talking about: https://libertyfirstuniversity.com/index.php/the-genealogy-of-the-constitution.

I also see a ton of grumbling about children not learning about money matters in school. Well, we are back to the same problem. Do you trust a profession dominated by those that have never done a payroll to teach your youngster about money matters? Most teacher I worked with knew nothing about investing and were depending on their pension and social security when they retired. Is this the bunch you think has a handle on the serious financial matters that will face our children?

How about is schools stick to the basics? Preparing our students to build upon those basics on their own. How about parents understand that their children are not dry cleaning they can drop off and pick up perfect at the end of the day. Our children are our responsibility. What they learn about faith, is on us. What they learn about civics, is on us. What they learn about money, is on us. This our reality. So, stop being dumb and let us raise our kids!

The Danger of Hero Worship

Way back in 2007 I saw a phenomenon in politics that I had not personally witnessed. I saw and heard people chanting the word Obama. There was a video of a group of elementary students sing an Obama song, Mmm, Mmm Mmm. It seemed weird to me and kind of scary. All of this over a single person. People tell me that there were some that felt the same about Ronald Reagan.

In 2015 I warned about the very same thing with those that were staunch supporters of Donald Trump. It was personality over everything. I ended up in heated arguments with other Republicans because I choose to let the primary process play out instead of crowning Trump the King of the Party right away. There were 2 votes for Rubio and one vote for Cruz in my house that year. It was so bad that someone in the local party accused me of violating my oath when I did not declare Trump the nominee before the convention was held. It was weird to me.

I ended up voting for the Republican nominee in the general election and was surprised pleasantly franky on many occasions. But I really do agree with Ben Shapiro thoughts on Trump; “Sometimes he hits a home run, sometimes he hits a baby!” So as much as I supported Trump on some many fronts I tried never to support him just because he was Trump.

I understand that Donald Trump speaks to a segment of the nation that had not been directly address in presidential politics in a a long while. Trump choose to speak to the majority of the nation not niche groups to act as his proxy. It was a strategy that frustrated and confounded the the consultant class but his blunt direct and often confrontational style people found refreshing. I get that so did I.

What the left failed to realize is that the barrage of attacks on Trump only steeled the resolve of his supporters. They felt and still do like they had to protect him in some way. I saw the very same thing with President Obama by the way. And as it has turned out the hero worship I was concerned with is happening. What a great number of you never saw were the portraits of the Obamas that graced the walls of many businesses and even homes before, during and after the Obamas were in the White House. Their faces on t-shirts, purses, and other articles that sold like hotcakes in communities across the country. There was and is still an undying love for the Obamas.

So when I am seeing the same thing for president Trump it shouldn’t surprise me but, it does concern me. Yesterday, here in Tampa there was a boat parade, we have become quite famous for our boat parades as of late. But this one was to celebrate Donald Trump. There were Trump 2024 flags on nearly every vessel. There were hundreds of boats and a few thousand people both on boats on on the shore. I appreciated the enthusiasm but I still am wary of the hero worship I see and hear with some of these good people. When personalities are elevated over principles we are headed for trouble. Look, I get it, I too liked the direction of the country under Trump and I am also concerned about what the left has in store for us. But I will not put all my hope in concerning the future of the Republic in a single person. We must first put our trust in God and his Word. This nation’s founding documents must be the blue print of the future regardless of any one person.

Remember patriots, the founders wanted the President to have so little power that it really did not matter who that person was. Let us not elevate that position higher than it should be.

So My Life Is Now A Slogan

It has been a year of the constant barrage of the phrase “Black Lives Matter!” We hear it during protest marches and see it on the floors and fields of professional sporting events. The phrase is plastered on these damnable masks we are forced to wear. I walked by a clothing stare to see dozens of articles of clothing with the slogan emblazoned on them. I have a question I would like to present to you.

Please do not misunderstand me, the sentiment that Black Lives Matter is of course true and important. Being a Black person of course I believe my life matters as well as the lives of my family and community. What pricked my spirit today was the fact that everything that is important about me and my community has been trivialized down to a slogan. And the more a slogan is used the less meaning it has over time.

To be frank to see some 14 year old white girl wearing sweatshirt with Black Lives Matter on it screams of virtue signaling. There is no depth there. There is no historical understanding of the continuing plight of Black people in America. She is wearing the shirt to be cool. And maybe that should not bother me, but is does.

I have deep problems with the organization that is BLM and those that fund it. Which is why I have always been suspect of their methods and manner. This use of a phrase that on the surface most people agree with without exploring is a sneaky underhanded approach to ward off any investigation into the organization. In the very same way as the “Save The Whales” campaign did a number of years ago. So if you disagreed with the organization, you were framed as someone that wanted Whales to go extinct. There was no room for context or nuance. Honest discussion was not allowed. Save The Whales period! The same methodology is being used with Black Lives Matter. There can be no discussion of the organization or those that riot and kill in the name of the phrase. For some it is either Black Lives Matter, or they don’t. Save The Whales, Black Lives Matter are the continuation of George Orwell’s Newspeak. Just keep saying it until you don’t question it anymore.

How can that be accomplished? By turning the phrase into a slogan. Something that is a marketable phrase that is easy to spell and pronounce. “Where’s The Beef?!” comes to mind. “Just Do It”, “Finger Lickin’ Good” these slogans all have something in common, they are simple. That simplicity makes it easy to share and to market.

But do I want the entirety of my life, struggles, accomplishments, failures, safety boiled down to a catchy tagline? I don’t.

Sharing Is Caring

Well sometimes if you are very blessed you get to see something that you have believed be proven correct right before your eyes. I have been a proponent of local politics first and our political training and attention should be such. Today I had the blessing to speak with a young person that is deeply concerned with the direction of our nation. They are worried is we are even going to have a nation. The rapidity of its’ decline is concerning for sure. They have a great deal of knowledge and passion but did not know where to direct the energy.

The national picture in Washington DC is frightening for sure but there is a reality about one’s effectiveness there. It is my thought that politicians and media have most of us howling at the moon most of the time. A process that may cathartic but does affect any positive change. I always offer a local option to folks. Local takes less money and fewer people.

In my last Tea Party rally speech, I remember telling the crowd to start going to school board and county commission meetings. Coming to a rally hearing speeches and hanging out is great but it is not activism. There were about 1000 people at that rally and my suggestion was that 50 of them show up at the next school board meeting. I promised them that the school board would take notice. It would be non-media event and they would learn a great deal about what is really going on with local education. And here in Florida those must allow for public comment. Seems like a perfect plan to plant the seeds of freedom and liberty while encouraging local politicians into more correct behavior. But of course, it never happened, and our school district is a dysfunctional as any in the country. The same plan should be going on at city council meeting and county commission meetings. This is one of the things that the left does much better than those on the right.

So as our conversation continued I “quizzed” them on some local names. They had a firm grasp on the horrors of HR1 but was not well versed on the local scene. So, I suggested getting up to speed on the local scene as is there are numerous progressive items and the like to work against just minutes from their home. I assured them that digging around in the slime that is local politics would be as frustrating as anything they would experience in Washington DC with one main difference. They might be able to effect positive change here locally. That is the point, right?

It made my heart smile when we were saying goodbye, I was thanked for spending time a passing on some wisdom. It was confirmation at that point to me that this is/was the missing piece. The passing of wisdom and the willingness to mentor. This is not a quick fix, but it is the best fix! We must make ourselves available to young people and people that are like mined.

Well sometimes is you very blessed you get to see something that you have believed be proven correct right before your eyes. I have been a proponent of local politics first and our political training and attention should be such. Today I had the blessing to speak with a young person that is truly concerned with the direction of our nation. They are worried is we are even going to have a nation. The rapidity of its’ decline is concerning for sure. They have a great deal of knowledge and passion but didn’t know where to direct the energy.

The national picture in Washington DC is frightening for sure but there is a reality about one’s effectiveness there. It is my thought that politicians and media have most of us howling at the moon most of the time. A process that may cathartic but does effect any positive change. I always offer a local option to folks. Local takes less money and fewer people.

In my last Tea Party rally speech I remember telling the crowd to start going to school board and county commission meetings. Coming to a rally hearing speeches and hanging out is great but is is not activism. There were about 1000 people at that rally and my suggestion was that 50 of them show up at the next school board meeting. I promised them that the school board would take notice. It would be non-media event and they would learn a great deal about what is really going on with local education. And here in Florida those must allow for public comment. Seems like a a perfect plan to plant the seeds of freedom and liberty while encouraging local politicians into more correct behavior. But, of course it never happened and our school district is a dysfunctional as any in the country. The same plan should be going on at city council meeting and county commission meetings. This is one of the things that the left does much better than those on the right.

So as our conversation continued I “quizzed” them on some local names. They had a firm grasp on the horrors of HR1 but was not well versed on the local scene. So I suggested getting up to speed on the local scene as is there are numerous progressive items and the like to work against just minutes from their home. I assured them that digging around in the slime that is local politics would be as frustrating as anything they would experience in Washington DC with one main difference. They might be able to effect positive change here locally. That is the point, right?

It made my heart smile when were saying goodbye I was thanked for spending time a passing on some wisdom. It was confirmation at that point to me that this is/was the missing piece. The passing of wisdom and the willingness to mentor. This is not a quick fix but it is the best fix! We must make ourselves available to young people and people that are like mined.

Covid Vaccines And Making An Educated Choice

It has been a year we have been dealing with Covid-19 and all the things that surround it. We have dealt with travel bans. We have dealt with lock downs. We have suffered through the endless news stories and press briefings! We have dealt with sickness and loss of precious lives. Now it is something else, it is always something else.

December 2020 rolled around and bazinga! Covid-19 vaccines were heading our way! Hallelujah, we are saved! Or at least this what some of you thought. That is until you did some reading on how this first vaccine worked. We are all used to the “hair of the dog” vaccine approach, but this thing is new. That gave some of us reason to pause. But now when we pause for ourselves, we are labeled science deniers and anti-vaxxers.

But what we are really doing is deciding the action our own body. Funny how the left says abortion is a woman’s choice about her own body BUT we do not get the same energy when it comes to vaccines that we put in our own bodies. My advice to people is to consult with their own doctor and come up with a course of action that is best for them! Sunja Gupta is NOT your doctor. Deborah Birx is NOT your doctor. Tony Fauci is NOT your doctor. So, make an appointment with your doctor and have a conversation. Do this especially if you have already had Covid-19. And after that conversation decide about your body for yourself.

You need to resist social pressure to do this or that. This is about your health and your body not anyone else’s. If you choose to get a vaccine know as much as you can about what you are taking. Let your doctor know that you are doing so. That way they can monitor you progress through the process. This is a personal decision not led by fear, guilt, or social pressure. Make sure you know as much as possible and make what you think is the best decision for you!!

For Public Consumption

I have waited a while to share thoughts about the events of January 6th in Washington D.C. I am of the mind this was psyop on the American people. Normally I am not the big conspiracy person but this is different. The left did not just want to get rid of Donald Trump they wanted to create a scorched earth scenario.

The left had been saying for weeks that it not be enough to beat Trump in an election it was vital to destroy his supporters too. The left’s goal was to break the back of those that supported President Trump. Government law officials knew for weeks of plans of anti-government groups to attack the capital and did nothing. Trump asked Nancy Pelosi to order up 10,000 national guard. That request was denied. Protest marches are nothing new to DC and the combination of Metro police and federal law enforcement are well skilled even with much larger crowds. Which it is at least suspicious that an unarmed rag-tag group of miscreants could breach one of the most secure buildings in the nation.

What American adult believes those is this photo had an opportunity to bring down our Republic?!? I know that Nancy Pelosi and her ilk still refer to this mess as an armed insurrection but, the FBI testified before congress that there were no weapons confiscated and no shots fired other than the one that killed Ashli Babbet. So that would trash the “armed insurrection” narrative I guess.

What happened at the capitol on January 6th was allowed to happen. And it was for public consumption. It was a was to besmirch those that are supporters of Donald Trump. It gave the go ahead for social media giants to shut down conservatives because their speech could spawn more violence. It gave Democrats an opening to erect the razor-wire fence around the capitol to remind of of the “danger” of Trump and his supporters. This is just theater for public consumption.

The Best Marriage Advice I Ever Recieved

We live in a culture of experts. You can find information on nearly anything you want. The most sought out information is still for relationship advice. People are hungry to make their relationships better. Single people are looking for advice on finding a partner. married people are looking for help in keeping a partner. Divorced people are looking for advice on not being with their previous partners. The advice runs the gambit from financial habits to sexual habits as ways to find and keep a relationship.

Although most advice has some string of truth in it, very little of the prevailing advice gets to the heart of the matter.  The advice I received years ago was simple and straight to the point.

First, be the kind of person that someone wants to be in a relationship with.  This will require a great deal of introspection and often times change. The harsh light of self-truth can be debilitating. We all want to think of ourselves as a “gift” to the opposite sex. But more than likely we, in our current state are more likely to be a burden than a gift. This introspection exercise requires that we see ourselves as we are, and also how God sees us in our full potential. The second part of the exercise will encourage us to forge ahead with changes in our ourself that need to be made.

Secondly, make sure you marry the right person. Is the person you are getting in the relationship with going the same direction as you. Do you value the same things? Are you on the “same page” in the most important things like faith, children, finances, sex? Do you have the same picture of your future together? Are you a “homebody?” Are they someone that wants to travel and see the world!! Differences at the beginning of a relationship may seem new and exciting but if you are planning on building a life with this person it might behoove you to be in agreement on the big things. Too many people make the mistake of thinking that their partner will change, or “grow out” of some of the things they want now. But all too often this is not the case.

The advice is simple, be the right person and find the right person.

What Will You Focus On?

During the presidential debates Hillary Clinton doubled on the left’s jacked up race narrative. When Trump mentioned making Urban neighborhoods safer Lester Holt and his boss Clinton scoffed at the mere notion. But since when is the only problem facing Urban America racism?