We The People

“We The People” have spoken in resounding fashion. Many thought, socialism wouldn’t dare avail itself upon this great land, but it has. Few thought, Rome capable of atrocities, or world domination, but they were.  They may have been one of the first to place capital punishment on display.  Those in opposition to Caesar were considered dissidents, opposition.  Jesus wasn't the only one crucified.  Rome carried out thousands of crucifixions, placing the punished on the main thoroughfares for all to see.  Why was Jesus such a threat?  He and his followers, Christians, “We the People,” were opposition. There have always been dividing factions in the world.  We can't have it both ways.  There's no straddling the fence, no serving two masters,...

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An American Definition

What’s America really all about? If you’ve been watching the news, a certain faction of society would like to make you think the United States is an oppressive country founded on the backs of slave labor.  They are people who think it’s their right to destroy public property by tearing down historical statues of Civil War Generals.  They suggest George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both slaveowners, should have their monuments and names removed from American society. That group calls themselves “Antifa.”  They claim to be anti-fascist and it’s their push to remove fascists and other like groups from existence.  In reality, they embody fascism themselves.  Anyone who exercises their First Amendment rights and protests peacefully in the...

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A Cry in The Wilderness

The news headlines of late have been downright scary.  The dictator of North Korea has threatened to destroy the island of Guam.  North Korea has nuclear weapons, and it was recently learned they have miniaturization technology for those nukes. That means they can be MIRVed.  MIRV stands for “Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle.”  In other words, it’s a missile that carries several nuclear warheads, each of which can be directed at a different target. If North Korea attacks a US territory, or injures any American troops stationed there, Donald Trump warned it will be met with “fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen.” World matters are out of our hands, and in the midst of all this talk of war many of us...

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Refining The Art of Articulate Thought

I'm honored, yet humbled, to have a platform such as this - I can articulate what’s murmuring about in my thoughts and people read it.  My fan base is growing, numbering in the thousands, for my column appears in many newspapers and on-line. One of my biggest fans recently passed away, she was over 100 years old.  She had a few stories she could tell herself.  She claimed I'm an intelligent man and some of the things I write are quite deep.  I consider that a compliment coming from someone who saw and did so much. To envision her reading my column in that assisted living home was humbling.  Her body may have been failing, but her mind wasn’t.  To stir someone's thoughts, give em’ a chuckle, or make their day is worth it all; it’s worth...

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Why Is God Such a Threat

An overwhelming majority of Americans believe there's a God, but a few don't.  Why?  It would seem their logic is consumed by the notion of self, and anything contrary to that is but a threat. Gallup has been conducting a poll asking if Americans believe there’s a God for quite some time.  In 1944, 96% of the population believed in a divine being.  In 1947, it was 94%.  In the 50s and 60s, it got as high as 98%.  Today, it’s at 93%. That remaining 7% are sprinkled about society, yet some have leveraged themselves to a position of influence - be it in politics, education, or the film industry.  There's a fine line between education, leadership, or entertainment and that of indoctrination. Indoctrinate the youth with similar belief stands...

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The Bull in The China Shop Syndrome

I must admit this was an intriguing piece, one that took on a life of its own. I unknowingly criticized another's work one day, and soon after a coworker pointed out the error of my ways.  After giving that some thought, I said he was right and apologized to the one I offended.  He blew it off, but though I wasn't the one who made the mistake I was wrong for having magnified it. My mind reeled after that, and over the course of a month or so I began to interview coworkers without them knowing it - I filled a notebook with scribbles of enlightening human behavior. It wasn't long until the tide shifted and rolled over me, for I made a mistake only weeks after I pointed out someone else's.  It was one of those mishaps that drew a crowd.  I...

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Murderous Discourse

There’s an annual event held in Washington, ever since 1909, called the Congressional Baseball Game.  Proceeds from the event are donated to charity and the players are members of Congress.  There’s a team of Republicans and their opponents are Democrats. For years, members of those teams have practiced in Alexandria, Virginia at a residential ball diamond next to the YMCA.  The public has always been welcome to watch Congressmen and Senators practice for the charitable event. On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, twenty-six members of Congress were practicing their fielding skills and taking batting practice that morning around 7 AM.  66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Illinois was watching that morning.  Little did anyone know he had murderous...

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Carnage Of a Throwaway Society

President Lyndon Baines Johnson initiated subsidies to eradicate poverty and social injustice in 1964 that were labeled “The Great Society.”  Instead of being a blessing they actually have been a curse for those who’ve come in contact with them.  The fatherless rate in Afro-American families has skyrocketed.  Some scholars claim many black mothers are married to the government. Studies have found that the poverty rate, since 1964, has virtually been the same even with the billions that have been spent by the government.  The initiatives LBJ introduced have had devastating effects on the black community. Crime hasn’t subsided with “The Great Society” experiment either. Bob Cole, Executive Director of ReBuild in Indianapolis, helped add...

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Not A Quitter

Whoever said, “Life’s a bowl of cherries” was either jokin’ or crazy - maybe both. I remember an old guy I used to see around town who'd say, “Piece of cake,” every time I asked him how it was goin.’  To be honest, he always had the persona he'd just lost his best friend or the dog bit him the day before.  He was a grump for sure, but at least he spoke when spoken to.  I'd whisper something like, “Yeah Right!” when he’d say that.  He’d often retaliate by giving me a verbal lashing of, “What’d you say?” I'd counter with something like, “Great day!  Ain’t it?”  He'd often grunt and go on. Then there was the time my aunt and uncle treated my brother and me to some ice cream after church.  She was a big woman, much larger than my uncle, and...

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Political Correctness Equates to the Theft of a Voice

With the aid of Facebook, I found a couple high school buddies I hadn’t spoken to in some 30 years.  We were able to meet up and reminisce about old times.  Both were surprised to learn I became a syndicated columnist.  Brian suggested I write a piece about Political Correctness, and I'll expand on that. At times in the morning, I'll pay a visit to the local Mom and Pop Mini-Mart down the road.  The owner’s a jovial fella who I’ll bounce ideas off of once in a while - you might say he's a focus group of one.  When I asked him for his thoughts on Political Correctness he replied: “Is there such a thing?”  I gathered his point. Webster's defines “Political Correctness” as adhering to a typically progressive ideology on issues.  I'll break...

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