Confederate Etc…Stay? Heck Yeah!

Life and Liberty, God Bless America

The light shines within., going out in connection to the Divine Creator.

I have more than one family tree.  My tree consists of four grandparents and my parents were cousins.  My grandfather was on dad’s side though he was a model citizen here in the USA, was not so in the old country of Italy, oh no. His daughter, my aunt, many swore was Satan’s child, vindictive bitch sad to say.  Her brothers, not model citizens, except for my dad who couldn’t hurt a fly, break a law even if you twisted his arm, but RIP, was a bit of a wuss, never quite stood up to his kin, his sister, a bit too much of a mamma’s boy.  My mom’s dad, a bit of a temper on him, no saint, my mom’s brothers and sisters, all good souls, and her mom, and mom’s mom, model’s of charity and goodness. The family tree is not perfect, got some real blemishes I could tear up dad’s photos that I have in my wallet, could tear up all photos of me as a kid with Dad’s family, but I refuse.  I don’t have to like that there are all these blemishes, all these stains.  I can hate all of that, hate what any of them did in their life, and that’s fine, but what I must never do is erase evidence of their existence in my history, in my life because then I create a lie, a false life, a false narrative.  I won’t do that.  My mom was very much hurt by my dad leaving and by them in different ways, so she had done her best to erase them, pretend they never existed and I respect her right to do that, but she has also never been able to forgive, and it has hurt her, this inability to accept them as part of history, our history, this inability to forgive.  How does this influence my view on Confederate and Holocaust symbols etc…? It does so 100%.  

History must be told, preserved good bad and ugly, visibly so and conveyed from a human emotional and also purely factual intellectual point combined.  It must not be eradicated, wiped off the map pretending it never happened, it did.  What counts is that we stick to the facts, even within the emotional context of it all, and we learn greatly from it, that we come to a point of unity rather than greater division.  Tearing down history because one group is offended by it is not unifying at all, and they should understand that and find a way to come to terms with that history, still keeping its’ existence visible to all as a lesson in time.  Also, a good point was made in this article http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450500/destroying-confederate-statues-whats-end-point-washington-monument , the point being where does it end? Mike Huckabee brought out a good point about well if abortion clinic offend Christians, can we just go destroy them?  What if Conservatives feel offended by Roosevelt as the author of the New Deal and Progressivism?  Can we just to tear his statues down? Atheists hate God, Christ, Christianity, religion, so can they demand all faith symbols, all churches with crosses be torn down because crosses offend them?  Can Muslims make similar demands and start tearing stuff down?  This opens up the door to anarchy and it violates our Constitution.  Erasing history is not something the Feds or even state officials have the right or authority to do.  As much as I might not be thrilled with everyone in my family, their background, I don’t have the right to erase them from my family history or tree because like or not they are the family God gave me.  Does that mean I have to speak to them, hang out with them, be buddy buddy, no.  However, I don’t get to erase them from history, my history, not how it works, not how life works, or how history works.  Hitler, Tito, Stalin etc.. they did horrific things, but we must never forget them, those events and the horror of Communism, Socialism etc…, those symbols must be visible to all always and forever.  The same goes for our Confederacy and history of slavery, not pretty but it is our history, part of our fabric and must never be erased or buried, ever.  If it offends, sorry, tough, get therapy, create a successful life, show you are not a bitter, chip on your shoulder snowflake big baby!!! Don’t try to escape by erasing anything from history, or the public square!

Amen

 

Who Defines “Offensive and Hate”?

Letting Go Never Easy, But Necessary

Germany has just approved an online hate speech law, scary considering history in Europe and here in the USA.

Both continents have a scary history of government defining free speech, freedom of assembly, peaceful assembly etc… and it is not pretty.  Don’t get me wrong blocking highways etc.., clinics not okay because people can die, ambulances, people who are taking people to the hospital, doctors, nurses trying to get to work need to get to where they can save lives.  Blocking government building entrances, courthouse entrances, obstruction of justice, so do not approve and in those cases, yes the government needs to be firm and disperse that, move that out of those areas, pronto and firmly! However, when you have a law that is a general, or vague, or says that you can’t speak ill of a particular faith or group of people that have a particular lifestyle, such as the LGBT community because if you do wooo is you, huge problem.  You have in essence said certain groups have privilege over others, and no longer are you a democracy or even a democratic republic at that point.  You start to veer into being a dictatorship.  If speech is punished, what’s next?  Pastors in Europe are already under persecution for speaking the truth of the Gospel, how far will it go?  What is offensive to me, is not offensive to all, so the offense is my problem not everyone else’s and if I am such a friggin big baby and snowflake that I can’t handle some insults, even some punches against my faith, I am a sad sack of potatoes as they used to say.  Does that mean all speech is okay? No, and when severed heads of those in authority appear or images on T-shirts that they be shot appear, that is wrong, ethically, morally every which way.  Here is the problem, government being the solution.

It used to be that in schools, in churches, in the homes, there was a strong teaching of respect for authority and community was very strong, close knit community, family, civics taught in school from a true Classic Liberal Conservative Constitutional perspective of agree to disagree, reject the sin, but love the sinner, some of the things that make society positive.  When the church actually wasn’t trying to be of the world, hip and cool, they were, including the Roman Catholic Church a lighthouse to make clear moral boundaries, don’t give me the abuse thing, that is individuals and in every organization you have bad apples, but the teachings, the core of the teachings of the Magisterium and the core Teaching of the faith,  of the Judeo-Christian faith had value to a close knit, solid, family oriented society, and respect for authority.  Government can’t solve what ails us, it can’t eradicate the “failings” of our human nature, or any of that crap, so to have anyone think a government body or their laws can actually stop bullying, change patterns of behavior, mindset is beyond stupidity.  Only a deeply spiritual core and respect for authority, for law and order, for each person made in the image of God, a unique and special person, each of us seeing that in ourselves, loving ourselves in that respect, not narcissistic, but in Agape Love, same with others.  We don’t have to like everyone, so when Jesus says love the “enemy” he is not saying agree with and like everyone, but also don’t hate, don’t want revenge, don’t create situations where the government then feels it has to go all crazy and create crazy legislation because society is a bunch of big babies and snowflakes etc…, pray for others who are in a place of hate, anger, sinfulness etc…pray for them, the least we can do.   To have government try to legislate mindset and perfect behavior will have a chilling backlash and history shows us that.  May we never have to have hate speech laws or any such nonsense that will create potentially another World War.

Amen

 

The Problem, Not The Laws, People

Letting Go Never Easy, But Necessary

Sadness, but we must not be silent.

People keep balking about the laws, how crappy the laws are and how awful society is, and in 2018 Conservatives thought everything would change and the nation would take a right direction.  Problem with that and I am realizing that now, just how naive any of us were.

For this nation to truly change, you have to go a lot deeper than the laws.   You have to dismantle the education system that has been taken over by the liberal progressive left, so we can get back to a true classics curriculum and true classic liberal conservatism that says keep strict law and order, national sovereignty all that and government involvement to a minimum in our lives, honor the letter of the Constitution and the Federalist Republic as we are not a Democracy, which is why these marches that want a free for all, no borders, sanctuary everything really make no sense.  You have to really dismantle the education system that has lead to the radical progressive left and the snowflake society and generation.  You also have to dismantle the whole New World Order concept that we are a global society and national borders etc.. don’t mater.  Bull they do as God in the Bible makes it clear they do and he established the whole nation border thing and created Israel, so the New World Order of a free for all no borders, no national sovereignty or identity, no.  Not to say you can’t collaborate with other nations for common projects and stuff, but borders, cultural identity matter.  Even when you become a citizen of a new nation, yes you should assimilate as much as you can, but still retain some cultural identity from your ancestors, though of course nothing barbaric please.  The laws are made by people, by politicians at a local and national level, influenced by academia, the cultural atmosphere of the society, which is influenced by the world of academia and okay also Hollywood, so that would have to clean up, but good luck with that.  For this nation to clean up and society to clean up, well you have to have changes at several key levels:

  • Academia and education, total overhaul and that also means no unions holding schools hostage when they need to make changes to be student centered, a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, teaching core skills, communications and fire teachers who are incompetent or brainwashing with their own crap ideology, that includes colleges.  These people are also voters, potential voters, candidates even, and that can mean the making or breaking of our Republic, yes Republic dimwitted Americans, not Democracy, we are not that, so get over it!
  • The Church needs to get out of the PC correct crap mode.  I am not saying be mean about it, or cruel, but for the sake of souls, be clear about sin is sin and Christ as the salvation point.  Also, be clear about law and order, respect for law and order, national borders all of that.  Get it right, stop being a bunch of excessive bleeding hearts and part of the law breaking!  Seem harsh, not, reality.
  • Media.  Media needs to stop focus on ratings and focus on accurate, true precise news and separating news and editorial.  Even in the editorial, when they give it, use true statistics, accurate recent ones to back up your editorial, and logic Constitutional Common Sense.

Once these have gotten straightened out then we need to get very solid true Classic Liberals and Conservatives into office and reform the campaign system so that truly everyone has an equal chance financially of running a good race and not ending up in debt after.   Once these people are in office, in the judge’s chairs then laws can be made and defended etc… that are truly Constitutional and in line with a Republic.  Also those who vote won’t vote the same dimwits, the same useless dimwit politicos in over and over that do not honor or understand that we are not a Democracy and never must be one, but always a very strong distinction of powers Capitalist Republic!  

Amen! 

 

What Founders Really Meant By…

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The Journey That is Life.

In the Declaration of Independence, one of the bedrocks of our nation’s formation, identity, along with the anthem, flag, Constitution, when the founders, particularly Federal Republic founders mean by Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness, which was and Property .  but Jefferson changed it to take people out of the mindset of slavery. In regards to this and rights of citizens, it is nothing like what it has been twisted to mean.  We must pray for a peaceful, but effective revolution to get back to what they meant.  What did they mean?

We in our modern society look to happiness as something to pursue and chase, same with life and liberty.  Their understanding was not this at all.  They focused on experiencing and living happiness based on individual talents, gifts, abilities, and overcoming your circumstances with objective moral guidelines.  They saw it as part of the inalienable rights given by God along with life and liberty, liberty from government interference and interference of others in how you live your life, what faith you choose to practice, how you conduct your business, which they understood required a framework of some kind, so we started with the Declaration, then the Constitution.  They understood that you required basic framework of law to insure order, and also that people could pursue free exercise of faith, assembly so on and so forth without government tyranny, without any tyranny.  They understood that that both the Bible and positive psychology give us a very thick understanding of the word “happiness.” It is not about breakfast being yummy. It is about human flourishing, the good life, the obtaining and experiencing of all that can be glossed with the word “happiness,” but only carefully and usually with a few sentences of explanation required to flesh it all out.   The government should create a framework for society to flourish, for people to use free enterprise to get out of any sinkholes or crisis, to use their gifts, talents, and spiritual resources, even at the local community level and for states to be lab rats literally to experiment and then other states see what works very well and adapt that to their state.  The goal of government while providing protection from violence and maintaining a holistic eye on things is there to teach us all to fish, create that atmosphere through the private sector, not to provide a bunch of fish for a lifetime.  

What of equality and natural law? The true definition and understanding is as follows.  n English, equality usually suggests fairness, equity, or the equitable; but what is equitable is often not to give people the same portions, but rather to give what is proportionate to the efforts of each.  It is the European definition, having suffered under Monarchs in the past, particularly the French, and tyrants who have a different and not compatible to our founding definition of equality which suggests forced fairness, equity, or the equitable.  It is not about equal distribution of wealth by force of government and excess taxation, not on the wealthy or corporations, not on anyone.  It simply means that based on what the person has rendered and their level of talent that is what they are entitled to.   It also means that we are all entitled to due legal process in public and private, to not have false information spread as truth to the damage of our reputation or livelihood.   What today is social justice is not, it is a dictatorship and Communism that dictates how we ought to distribute our personal resources, says what and how much they ought to be to make everyone feel good about life circumstances.  Social justice today is  far cry from the true meaning of equality and social justice, which is why we have a messed up world full of debt. That and an emphasis on the material instead of the spiritual.  

If we are going to truly be America then we must radically change how we view rights and equality, all of it, to get back to what the founders envisioned for us, a truly free, diverse opinion, vigorous debate, free enterprise, free market, private charity and welfare nation.

Amen

Nation, Like a House Foundation, Layers

Life and Liberty, God Bless America

The light shines within., going out in connection to the Divine Creator.

 
Liberal Progressives hate it when anyone tries do bring up the Declaration of Independence, the Christian roots of our nation, they are livid and hate it. However, a house is built on foundation and beams to stand, so is a nation. Why does the Declaration matter? It matters for a few reasons.
 
We were an example to other nations of breaking away, of freedom, of refusing to accept tyranny and oppression. Today’s youth think they have oppression when they don’t the idiots, and if they had lived through what my mom did under fascism and my family in Argentina did, they would know, but they don’t. They are ignorant and clueless about so much. It also justified the right of a populace to revolt if the government was being truly tyrannical, like Castro, Stalin and the likes, with gulags and torturer come get you in the middle of the night kind of thing, journalists poisoned if they did not print what the government said to print, caused extreme sustained economic hardship through recklessness, this kind of stuff, real oppression. It gave clarity to the fact that our rights, our civil duties etc.. do not come from mankind, but from God, the Creator, and all are subject to that above all, to the natural laws of God, even those who govern. It made clear that the government is only there by consent and will of the people, it is an employee of the people, there to serve the greatest good of the people as a creation of the creator and for them to fulfill their potential. It established the fact that we even have rights at all civic or otherwise. It is the foundation for the house that is the United States of America, for what comes next, which is the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
 
Signed on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is considered the birthday of our nation. It helped shape some of the amendments of our Constitution revered because without it, the United States of America may not have ever come to exist. Why put in that our rights self evidently come from the Creator? If you look at the initial state constitutions, you can see why. The Charter of Liberties and Frame of Government of the Province of Pennsylvania (1681) begins by making it clear that God has ordained government, and it even quotes Romans 13 to this effect. Article 38 of the document lists “offenses against God” that may be punished by the magistrate, t least nine of the 13 colonies had established churches, and all required officeholders to be Christians—or, in some cases, Protestants. Quaker Pennsylvania, for instance, expected officeholders to be “such as possess faith in Jesus Christ.”[12]. In addition, the Declaration text references “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” and closes by “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world” and noting the signers’ “reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” The Founders’ use of Christian rhetoric and arguments becomes even more evident if one looks at other statements of colonial rights and concerns such as the Suffolk Resolves, the Declaration of Rights, and the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms—to say nothing of the dozen explicitly Christian calls for prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving issued by the Continental and Confederation Congresses.[15]. Foundations are there for God and Country, for a spiritual and Biblical basis of law making and the birth of our Republic.
 
Those foundations then brought forth the frame of our Constitution and Bill of Right with the first right being Freedom of Religion, not of Church Attendance, but broadly Freedom of Religion and the only separation clause is to make sure the Government never interferes with the basic tenets of the church and the exercise of it in day to day life, same with persons, including businesses owners. The Declaration is a most important document, the flag a most important symbol, etc.., not to be discarded or dismissed.
 
 
 

Why Dialogue?

Life and Liberty, God Bless America

The light shines within., going out in connection to the Divine Creator.

I have seen some really crazy stuff on social media on both sides the right and the left, and it is not OK, including a comedian calling on terrorists to commit acts of terror against Trump properties and a call for  a Muslim Registry, which technically is unconstitutional I believe.  We have seen BLM marches with chants calling for the murder of cops and now even groups like White Lives Matter doing the same.  All this and global terrorism due to lack of assimilation is highly problematic.  

This is where I give credit to the Catholic Church, including in the Holy Land, though I do wish they would stop using the word Palestine and Palestinians as no such thing exists, but that aside, they are at least trying to create dialogue in regards to the various religious groups.  They have acknowledged grave errors made in history and all groups must acknowledge errors made in history, as all groups are comprised of humans and humans are not perfect 24/7 or make perfect decisions 24/7.  The world can not continue in this manner and we must find a way to agree to disagree.  We must find away to help migrants and immigrants embrace the new land, assimilate without feeling they are being pushed to give up everything they hold dear in terms of the home culture.  Granted in Islam, especially Wahhabi, the more radical strain, it is a challenge, but faith leaders and even laity must come together look at where they have common ground in terms of wanting world where there is education, opportunity etc… for all, dignity for all human life, protection for life etc.. and how to create together a unified body that says to all their members across the globe “Agree to disagree, but never in or with violence because that is not accepted by us or by the Creator.  If you go to a new land, work to become a part of it, to love it, to assimilate to that land, their laws, respect their traditions, holidays, again agree to disagree, never in or with violence.”  It is up to faith leaders and lay leaders in the faith communities to work as a team to achieve this and help assimilation through their faith institutions.  They have not hate each other, but they also must respect each other’s right to be, yet also call out each other’s violent elements and such, and even within their own groups, renounce that and chastise it strongly vehemently.  

I love my Italian culture and hope to work with the Catholic community through hopefully Most Precious Blood Church and however I can to share it, to honor it, and I am a firm conservative, will share my views on that as I have them, but at the same time, if the conservatives in my rank say things I can’t accept then I will call then out on it.  I will also call out the Catholic Church if it become a sanctuary for lawbreakers of immigration, especially felons.  That is unacceptable and if that puts me in a collision course with the Church, okay, but I will call them out if I have to, any church synagogue etc..that supports a violation of immigration laws and potentially puts us at risk by harboring felons.  I will seek to be as authentic to my heart and soul, as well as Biblical truth as I can, but the one thing I hope I have learned and continue to learn about is dialogue, the only perhaps true saving grace for this society, along with strict law and order of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, true Separation of Branches and Powers with Zero Activist Judges on any court bench.  I also hope you will learn about the faith base of our nation at:  http://wallbuilders.com/fof.asp  May we dialogue and learn throughout our lives.

Shalom and Amen