Anthem protests and Presidential Commentary

President Trump waded more into commenting on our cultural rot this last week tweeting NFL Players should stand for our flag.

In addition he called these protestors “S.O.B.’s” – NOT presidential. That comment should have stayed locked away in his heart. He needs to work on that part of his communication skills because it has overshadowed the real reason he has been pushing back. The anthem-protest kneeling and fists in the air, and the general tearing down and disrespecting of our country.

So today the NFL teams responded in force:

  • In England today, the Jaguars and the Ravens had players kneeling for the American Anthem, but standing for the British ‘God Save the Queen” (On Foreign Soil!)
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawk Players stayed in their locker rooms
  • @ESPN on Sunday evening had nothing but interviews with this theme: Trump Sucks, Anthem Protests are Great

We’ve Been Here Before

I remember President George H.W. Bush back in the 1992 Presidential Campaign, running against Bill Clinton, President GHWB said we need to be more like the Waltons (or Leave it to Beaver) and less like The Simpsons. Ohhh TV had a field day with that one. The Simpson’s that season even had an episode featuring that quote (before the end of the campaign) with the cartoon family reacting. Here is a quick article i found with info. (Read through the following as quickly or slowly as you wish, bit you get the flavor.)

That didn’t go well. Bush Lost. I think this heaped on.

Trump’s Comments aren’t going well – because the media has a really big bull horn, they are liberal, and have been slamming the country for years. It’s become shrill since President Trump is in office.

The Stakes are Much Higher Now

I quote scripture frequently in my quotes because there is some common sense to be found in the foundation of God’s Word. Romans 13, penned by the Apostle Paul, tells us to show respect and honor to whom it is due.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:1, 7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/rom.13.1,7.esv

Our Country, our Flag, our Governing authorities, and on down the line, are all being disrespected. As for our governing authorities, they have been acting quite disrespectful / despicable themselves. Here comes Donald Trump calling them out (his Tweets and Communication Style could use a little work) as us Country-Folk love to hear, and these “targets” double down.

Trump is desiring to pull out the best in America, talking up America, defending the best of her traditions and customs. The Flag is one of them. He has waded (again) into cultural controversy. But the only controversy comes for the angry leftists who blame America first for everything. No exaggeration.

The Disrespectful, in their arrogance, become even more-so, encouraging others to join them.

The Media esteems these “Disrespectful’s” as being the moral equivalent of Gahndi or Martin Luther King Jr.

Then protests ensue as these folks are participating in a great tradition (of protest) in our country. Nothing great about protest, and its not part of our tradition. It’s part of our national sin and disgrace.

This will be the ultimate demise of this country and the freedoms we enjoy. Trump speaking out against this bad behavior is providing the needed contrast. But unfortunately our country citizens have chosen to see this as a reason to abuse the President, not take heed and respect what he is observing.

Love the Unloveable

I have a person I follow on Twitter who offered up this:

If you think you love this country but do not value the people in it, what is it exactly that you love?

Turn that question around and ask – what do YOU love. It ain’t love for me and my freedom to have an opposing view. You just want to turn around on me for being unloving of others for daring to love this country and defend it against unfair attack.

We who don’t like the protests have to suck it up and show love to the poor oppressed millionaires.

They can crap on us all day long with their disrespectful display, but the obligation is on those who love the country.

That’s a steaming pile of wreaking hypocrisy.

  • “Do as I say, not as I do’
  • Or as the soft headed would say, “Do as they say, and just love them, understand them.”

I don’t mind the last sentiment – that is almost getting into Jesus’ territory where we consider others better than ourselves (our culture de-emphasizes truth in favor of emotions and feelings, no matter how Evil) What I do mind is I am lectured to do this … over and over and over again. I even learned this past weekend I am part of a demonized group: WEC – White Evangelical Christian. They forgot one more Category that makes me on the wrong side of every issue. Male. WMEC?

These professors should do more practicing and less preaching. I have yet to see one of these angry people (or the “reasonable” soft-headed types) come to the defense of an “opposing voice”, tell others they should love people like myself. Nope. #Hypocrites.

So dear @NFL and you liberals in general:

  • You don’t care about me – and my feelings that the Nation that enabled you to be great
  • You don’t love me – even in disagreement we should have a reasonable dialogue, not your anger and double standard demands.
  • You definitely don’t show deference to me – you think all thought is your liberal thought and everything else should be quieted (that is called Fascism)

So while I am still free in this country quickly trying to get rid of its freedoms, I am choosing to take a Knee and Stay in the Locker Room for your product. I will watch something else. Because President Trump is right (except calling them S.O.B.s – Communication skills issue) – you should be looking to either STOP these obnoxious displays “on the field” or FIRE these people.

But you will sit in your echo chamber talking about how bigoted, prejudicial, sexist, and lacking in love I am. Because I’m a WMEC who voted for Trump. And I’ll do it again.

And if this crap doesn’t shape up, after 30+ years being a 49er fan dating back to Joe Montana/Dwight Clark/ Ronnie Lott (the MAN by the way!) you can bet I won’t buy your product again.

James Damore takes on Google’s Thought Police

I was finally able to read fired Google Employee's James Damore's entire 10 page opinion piece .

Previously, like most, I was left to the Left leaning pieces (who just wanted to beat up on James) or the Right leaning pieces (who culturally scared of their own shadow and will run away from any fight.) Both showed snippets and then provided gave their synopsis which left out a lot of substance. The whole document (although 10 MS Word formatted pages) doesn't take too long to read and you have to read it to get the full view.

UK Daily Mail provided some decent reporting (just the facts) but then gave the whole document to read at the end.

See the article and document here.

James Damore ideologically martyred himself to take on what he calls the Google Ideological echo chamber.

He focused on sameness thru Diversity which opposes success and advancement through meritocracy by abilities. He noted Googles admitted lack of female leadership in the upper ranks (something Google laments) but gave a very reasoned argument why this is the case. His statements of biology are not crazy or necessarily out of the bounds of reason.

From his footnotes:

7: Communism promised to be both morally and economically superior to capitalism, but every attempt became morally corrupt and an economic failure. As it became clear that the working class of the liberal democracies wasn't going to overthrow their 'capitalist oppressors,' the Marxist intellectuals transitioned from class warfare to gender and race politics. The core oppressor-oppressed dynamics remained, but now the oppressor is the 'white, straight, cis-gendered patriarchy.'

9: Yes, in a national aggregate, women have lower salaries than men for a variety of reasons . For the same work though, women get paid just as much as men. Considering women spend more money than men and that salary represents how much the employee sacrifices (e.g. more hours, stress, and danger), we really need to rethink our stereotypes around power.

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Minus the more subjective-opinion statement of women spending more than men, his last statement about needing rethink Stereotypes around power is a siren call. It is a call that sends the thought-police into a tizzy because accusing people of violating diversity (not thinking correctly) is their only tool. (See George Orwell, 1984.)

I found it a well thought out and reasoned piece.

It's only sexist because he dared take on the thought police.

Trump makes a horrible idol

People are fallible. They will just as soon fail as succeed.

I read a lot of content concerning Donald Trump, either in the News, email push content, or Social Media. Good , bad, or ugly. For as many people exist on earth, so exist that many opinions. Even watching a America's Got Talent you can't escape the sharp, toxic opinions.

I read a recent blog from National Review titled "Trump, Party of One": a critical review after several changes and threats to the Donald Trump Presidency. Author Jonah Goldberg wants to gloat to those who trusted in Trump: "You {blanked} Up."

There are Ever Trumpers, Never Trumpers, and Haters. Jonah Goldberg appears to fall into the Never Trumper camp, and all of them view full faith in some man (or woman) as the fulfillment of their lives. Or 'our' lives – depends which side of an issue you land. This is called idolatry. Those idols will fail you.

The Ever-Trumpers

The "Ever" Trumper Camp (or even the hopeful Republican camp) put their hope that men filing the roles of a leadership office will do the right thing based on their pledged allegiance. People like John McCain blow that theory straight out of the water when they vote No on such a "My side" issue. You expect them to go one way, and then they go the opposite and let you down.

It's never good when our emotional well-being is tied to the actions of any person, who is bound to fail us.

The Never-Trumpers

These are those Republicans or Conservatives. Trump is below their taste and they relish the thought of Trump failing, sticking it in the eye of "Ever" Trumpers. With any occurrence with he the appearance of a misstep they do an "I Told You So" gyration – pointing fingers at his supporters, the "believers". This stems from their misguided view : Ever-Trumps idolizing "The Don". Some cases may be.

I am tempted to think of the Never-Trumpers as more brow-beating self-aggrandizing punks. Eric Erichson is one that comes quickly to mind. It's his disdain for Trumps behavior, not his positions. But he does the gyration and is quite proud of himself for it and will promote his own superiority for having not chose the populist path.

Haters

For all intents and purposes, this is just a hate group. They hate anything that is not Leftist, bending, twisting and perverting what every thinking person with a soul knows as "tradition" or natural order.

This group just hates non-leftist leaders in positions of Power. When Hillary Clinton lost failing to replace Barack Obama (their functional god) as President, they melted down and have continued that pattern of evil behavior since losing. Burning and vandalizing cities. Holding rallies threatening physical harm to the Donald and his supporters. Serious bad behaving, unreasonable, evil tantrums.

They see Donald as 'god' on the right who defeated Hillary, the successor their 'god' on the left.

Conclusion

Man was made to worship or put our faith in something. Something beyond us we can rest in. The leftists flat out worship Barack Obama and we looking forward to doing the same with Hillary Clinton. Some of the Right sees Trump as a Knight riding on a White Horse of war. The Never Trumpers like to poke fun at the 'god' of the Right.

Seriously, if you look back far or deep enough into anyones lives we will see failure. No one is perfect. Crowing is a liar calling someone else a liar. Stupid position. That goes back to the Garden. I heard a pastor speak one time about even saved Christians: crooked sticks drawing straight lines.

Not just Trump, but any person, makes a horrible idol. THEY WILL FAIL YOU.

Put your faith in God. His promises are true and he will never fail us.

“When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I too am a man."”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭10:25-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/act.10.25-26.esv

Be careful when you throw stones

Modern people think protesting and resisting is a right, and is good. Is it?

I was reading a passage just today 2 Samuel 16:5-6 : 

“When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.”

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭16:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2sa.16.5-6.esv

This always gives me pause: be careful when and to what you throw stones. You never know when it will return back on your head.  

If you read a little further through the Biblical narrative, when Solomon was King, it was poured back onto Shimei’s head when he left Jerusalem to search for a servant.  Solomon had ordered Shimei to never leave Jerusalem again in order to keep his life, hardening back to the events in this very passage.

Who knows why King David didn’t address it in his lifetime, but I am just following the narrative.

Bringing this to modern day application, I think of modern politics. I seriously had very little love for the policies nor mannerisms of Barack Obama – bordering on the offensive at times at his deference to foreign dictators.  But I never threw, nor would I throw, stones.  He was the Lord’s annointed:

“But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the Lord ‘s anointed and be guiltless?””

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/1sa.26.9.esv

Consider all of the riots and street burning that happened during Obama’s time in office. There was some of that but it was targetted against those to whom Obama opposed (specificlaly Police or “Tea Baggers” as he affectionally called his opposition.)
 
Consider the opposition (riots and street burning) that exists against Donald Trump. It’s not just rhetorical. People have been marching causing violent damage. Bone-headed celebreties like Madonna, Johnny Depp, or Ashley Judd wanting to blow up the White House, kill the president, or screaming ‘I’m a “naaaaaasty” woman!’ All of this because they didn’t like an election result. As an aside, Ashly Judd is a pretty lady, but her dark heart makes her very unattractive.
 
In part some of this is artificially stoked by powerful forces like George Soros, funding these riots/rebels to his own gain.  (It is well know he enriches himself by destabilizing markets and shaking them to their core so he can buy low and make more cash on the way back up.). Even he has a form of stone throwing himself.
 
But all of this rioting, I consider how it will eventually be returned back on the heads of those actually causing the ruckus. We live in a worked that is descending further into darkness, and it may take years for the whole narrative to unfold, but do not be deceived, God will not be mocked.  Satan may be the prince of the power of the air, but this is still God’s world. His creation. He has an expectation for us and our behavior. Scripture tells us all things hold together through Christ, and if it is He who is making our hearts beat, how long will he tolerate giving the gift of life to those in utter rebellion to Him and to His offered peace?
 
Billy Joel sang (a rather snappy tune I must say) : “Only the Good die Young”
 
God promises our obedience to Him,  He will lengthen our days.  Now this is in his good will of course.  I’ve known even righteous people who have died early. I suspect more as a gift to them to get them out of here into Jesus’ presence where there is no more sorrow.
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I encourage everyone to do more than a double-take before throwing that stone – especially to ones in authority over us.

An Ashley Madison Conundrum

Is that Forbidden Fruit Really Worth it?

I was reading a story on ZDNet about an Ashley Madison ex-customer who, via hacked information, was being blackmailed to pay up to cover up extramarital activities.  (Remember the Story when Ashley Madison Extra-marital affair WebSite was hacked in 2015?)

In Ashley

 

The story is lengthy, which I won’t recount here, but it sets up its anonymously named ‘Tom’ as a victim of a wife who didn’t want to be intimate, and having an affair partner who wanted more than just sex.  He was safe until it was hacked.  Now the hackers are reaching out to him via email threatening to send a revealing letter to his home address.

The story lifts up how awesome and less tense his marriage was once he had an outlet for sex. “It was really helpful” so says this piece.

Culture

I’ve noted in recent days (accelerating since 2010 I would say) the decline in any moral or civil values in our culture. It’s not about “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”That has been substituted with “Do unto others as I selfishly desire, and when caught or called out, excuse myself and blame ‘them’ for being judgemental. I’m okay!”

So we dive headlong into what is obviously destructive behavior, thinking one of a number of erroneous things like

  • Everyone Else is doing it
  • I have a valid *reason* for doing this: ___________ (plug in your excuse)

Between those two, ESPECIALLY they last one, we cover all of our selfish desires no matter how damaging. And then we get caught. Suddenly that last excuse becomes a weapon by which we use to either sheild ourselves or to hurl at someone else in attack. And we start Damage Control. The house of cards starts to fall down all around us and
we realize those excuses are flimsy. Some will actually wisely succumb to the inevitable. Other will fight what they deem a righteous war (defending their lapse) but only wind up winning a Pyrrhic Victory. They Win a battle, but wind up losing the war. It’s kinda like the difference between being right, and dead-right.

Consequences

As a man, I can empathize (from the flesh) with this Tom fellow. I think most of us could. But as a Christian and adult understanding the consequences of my actions, I can only shake my head and think he “Shoulda known better”. The Ashley Madison Logo of a lady’s face  holding up a “Shoosh” finger in front of ruby red lips should’ve easily translated into the Jolly Roger Skull and Crossbones Flag. Abandon hope all ye who enter. I think the Easter Mystic idea of Karma fits here.
Some people get away with bad behavior and it looks glamorous. But what about those who get caught? Yeah, we don’t read too much about those narratives. We are deceived today about consequences. The fact this guy Tom was even getting pressured from the person he was fooliing around with wanting more was unforseen danger. Today we ignore what happens if the whole thing just comes crashing down.
The guy Tom only has a wife – who would be crushed. I am not excusing her lack of enthusiasm for being with her husband. (I could argue she allowed the soil to harden that created this condition, so Tom is not alone being at fault – he just took the consequential action by which his small family is threatened). What if there were kids? Relationships get torn and innocents get caught in the middle. Messy Messy Messy.
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. If it screams forbidden fruit, are you ready to pay the cost? Are you even paying attention to the cost?

Some godly wisdom

Here are some things from God’s word to consider, especially when it comes to acting on “Forbidden Fruit”. And if you are a reader who maybe is suffering consequences as a result of bad decisions, please read to the end. There is a passage specifially for you – one of hope and restoration.

  • “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
    ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:7-8, 10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/gal.6.7-8,10.esv
  • “”You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:27-28‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/mat.5.27-28.esv
  • “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:11-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/rev.22.11-14.esv

Hope and Restoration

I am not going to candy coat it. Sin is destructive. All the way back to the first rebellion in the garden of Eden. Jesus Christ died to pay the price for that sin. All he asks is you repent of your sin and ask forgiveness of him, and then follow him diligently. And here is his promise:

“If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/1jn.1.6-7.esv

We can be cleansed of that sin. Maybe not the consequences, but he will separate it from as far as is East is from the West. Only then is there hope of restoration (over time.)

Establishment McConnell, Obamacare, and Word-Warriors Cruz and Meadows

I have serious misgivings about the processes and people we have in place in Washington D.C. In our modern day.  It’s not the Constitution that’s the problem, but rather the Senate and House procedures and the perverse thinking of the people who put them in place. Our representatives care more about themselves than the people they represent.

I call these people the #Establishment.  They care more about their wealth and power than the benefit of the country as a whole.  It represents the Socialism slide our leaders  have gone down, taking us further and further into a caste system of classes: Haves and Have-nots.

The Haves and Have-Nots

  • Our Rulers, our “better” are the Haves.
  • The Country Class (“us”) are broken into two simple categories:
    1. Those who have either fallen into the Under Employed / Unemployed category – forced either directly or indirectly by Government policy – the HAVE-NOTS
    2. Those who by fortunate choices early on in career, or being in a lucky gene-club (born to well-off parents), whatever – they have managed to have  path of gainful employment due to technical specialty or other need – the HAVES

I’m not a Black Lives Matter or Vagina Monologue sympathizer for the rebellion and violence they foment, but their message is rooted in the above – HAVE-NOT.  They are laying blame for problems at the wrong feet.   I point you, the reader, to either the 24 hour news cycle propaganda or our “Betters”, the ruling class, causing a chasm and perceived necessary dependence upon Government for the Country-Class existene (Haves and Have-nots) existence.

Side Note: I hope the recent CNN Russia Debacle has opened eyes and minds to the existence of a False News Narrative (FNN, #FakeNews.)

Obamacare and the Establishment

The problem of propaganda aside, the Washington ruling class is a serious problem.  First they (as #Establishment Democrats) foisted Obamacare on the country.  It wasn’t popular in 2010 and neither in 2016/2017 as its ramifications came to fruition: you can’t keep your doctor cause he quit (expensive Government Regulation) and the soaring cost for less-coverage (in Arizona with 110% increases and Health care costing more than a mortgage.) 

Another problem is we have a whole younger generation who matured knowing nothing but Obamacare and have an incorrect belief no one will have health coverage without a government guarantee.  Utter nonsense, but that’s what our “Betters” have engineered, on purpose.

That brings me to Mitch McConnell and the Obamacare Repeal this week. We’ve had “Republicans” promising to dump this job killing, bank account-draining albatross during the campaign. Now here it is and we have an #Establishment Republican standing in the way of Repeal.  In some ways he listens to the voices of his “buddies” in Washington D.C. And ignores the outcry from the rest of the Country-Class – outside the D.C. area. 

Whatever it is, he (and other Senators) believe his retention of Power and Wealth are dependent upon how the vote goes (primarily to keep the Law in place.).  Obamacare is onerous legislation that harms people more than helps. And our betters are more afraid of the media and the jabber in Washington that us out here in the country-class.  

Word Warriors to the Rescue

I am glad there is a Non-Violent Civil War (of words) going on right now.  Obamacare, other nasty harmful Obama policies need to be repealed and rolled back to give us health.  I am also thankful for word warriors like Mark Meadows and Ted Cruz taking the fight to Washington D.C.  On our behalf.  

The Hill had a decent write up on this today. 
Conservative warns McConnell to not give up on ObamaCare repeal

Send them your support via messages, social posts. Let the world know love of Obama policies is not universal – as liberals like to convince themselves – and scream at the rest of us if we disagree with them (Fascism.)

Diminish the Cause

I saw the following conversation appear in my Facebook “news”-feed last week, sharing an article.

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This is the link to the unflattering Babylon Bee Article Which isolates some silly President Trump Twitter Tweets about a Whitehouse Step apparently Obama had constructed, followed by “Sick Guy”

The debate started when this person wrote “Resign already. You’re not up to the task.”

Friend-1 wrote back with all of Trump’s accomplishments … Author replied Trump is being petulant on Twitter … Friend-2 wrote about how morally flawed the President is … and Friend-2 asked “how can Christians defend (or support) Donald J Trump?” … I [FruitOnTheBottom] spoke of my appreciation for him taking arrows for things I believe in — Main Stream Media/Democrat Politicians like to berate & make fun of my beliefs … [Author]wrote God is judging the United States through the Presidency of Donald J Trump …
 
This went on for over 70 additional replies and sub-replies. 
 
A lot of sweat beads on brows and head butting. Sinful human beings out in the open, On the World Wide Web unable to reasonably agree in a reasonable dialog. Not a surprise.
 
The biggest impact I believe were the several non-conservative / Donald Trump detractors watching from the sidelines who either “Liked” the thread or offered a short reply somewhere. This is where I take a little issue with these Never-Trumpers, emboldening the detractors.

A little background:

I know these people. Go to church with these people – Evangelical plain-vanilla Christians. And we’ve been having these same discussions since before the completion of the November elections.
 
They are generally mild-mannered, reasonable, extremely intelligent folks. They are not your typical “Not my president” violent-protestor dirt bags setting streets on fire and smashing windows on banks and Starbucks stores.  But they probably get angry at the news of the day as sometimes we all do.
 
I was a Ted Cruz supporter until I couldn’t be one any longer.  I went with the candidate my side chose. 
These other guys, well … they decided to go the “Independent” route, which meant Libertarian Gary Johnson – who got smeared by the snobby know-it-all Establishment 24 hours news cycle for not knowing where-is Aleppo (Syria).  We all know now, at poor Gary’s expense.  But he is a huge Marijuana legalization guy, so I trust after losing badly in the election he rolled up a doob and went Bob Marley on the world: “Every little thing … gonna be alright.”  So I don’t feel too bad for him.
 
More disclosure: I am against Cannabis legalization, and I have for a long time been anti-Establishment (both Democrat AND Republican) as that is the group selling out our country for their own power.
 
Lastly “Make America Great Again” resonates with me. I remember a time growing up in the 80’s when National Pride was still okay.  Today if you have any love of country you’re an unsophisticated boob (that is what I refer to as #Establishment.)
 

Diminishing the President, Diminishing Their Cause

Never Trumpers

So here are these Never-Trumpers smashing the president, calling him names, dengrating him, and calling into question the thinking of Christians who would deign to support Donald J Trump. This morally flawed, un-Christian President.
In their mind they have separated the man from the issues. They could celebrate the victories if they just get over by whose hand they are coming.

The Never America Crowd

Trolling around is a small but rabid group that wants to see Donald J Trump AND his policies destroyed at all costs.  And these are people with whom we also go to church, and possibly some, not.
– Identity politics.
– Politics of Security (Government control of citizen lives in exchange for retirement, an Obamaphone, Health Care, etc.)
– Empathizing with Illegals and Syrian refugees (rather than guarding the fort at home, they disregard dangers coming across our borders.)
– One person even went so far to say they mourned with the people outside our country that Trump was elected.
These people watch this Facebook back & forth and cheer it on, not just for the [Author’s] sake of tearing down the president, but also for tearing down all for which he stands, his agenda.

  • Make America Great Again
  • Push against the predominant media culture defining its opponents through a slanted over broadcast
  • Stand for what is right, and push to make that happen
  • Guard our home borders for the citizens 
    • this doesn’t disregard the alien nor the widow as God has left us a pattern in His word (the Bible)
  • Enforce the Laws, not disregard them because it makes some people feel bad (for whatever reason.)
    • This is a perversion of Justice
  • Put Americans back to work
  • Reasonable Environmental Policy

(Under “normal?” circumstances the Never-Trumpers would be in agreement with these.)

Instead they take the tear-down route, which emboldens those who not only want to see Trump destroyed and resign, but also believe America is so guilty of crimes against humanity it deserves to be diminished. They are okay if America expose itself to the illegal alien and the Syrian refugee –  of whom approximately 20% of crossers were counted as  ISIS terrorists. (Think of the recent months with Terror attacks in Great Britain and France.)
 
When a Never-Trumper takes a stand against the rightly elected leader of the country, they are also taking a stand against the above items, emboldening the enemies (both foreign and domestic) to the US. This is the one part that fails to click. And all the while they look down their noses to those who do, as if they inhabit the Moral High Ground.
 

They are too blinded by their own pride to see that, but I love this quote from that thread:

From a Facebook reply:

You joined the other side by helping it get elected

[Responder] You joined the other side by helping it get elected when you took your vote away from the side you normally vote for … I don’t believe the ends justify the means either, and neither was that my argument. He’s not accomplishing his agenda by tweeting. He’s following the means set up by the Constitution to bring about the good ends seen above … the non-violent civil war is a reality whether you like it or not. Many conservatives have been talking about it for a while now, including Dennis Prager { America’s 2nd Civil War } and David Greenfield from Frontpage Magazine {The Civil War is Here}

 

What I appreciate about Trump

Do I like some of Trumps tweets? Not really. But I love the fact he is not a Washington Insider.  He is the richest person to behave like an average Joe-the-Plumber. 
 
He has really got the attention of the #Establishment as they are literally cracking up before our eyes.  (Maxine Watters is really having a public relations cow out there).
 

I see the politicians slamming him overseas, and CNN, MSNBC chasing the wind as they invent scandals to chase – like #Russia or Trump or the “Golden Showers” #dossier. It is literally Fake News. All made up to push a narrative people like John McCain and Jake Zuckerberg want to see pushed.  

 
But The cool thing is, the #Establishment know its threatened and that’s why they are acting they way they do now.
 

From a Facebook reply: 

[FruitOnTheBottom]
One thing about Trump I appreciate: The Media, Democrats, and general Left like to Impugn, make fun of, castigate **everything** I believe in. Any-other and every-other elected “Republican” (#Establishment) has just sat there and took it. Trump is showing you can fight this crap back and the people back him up. The Tweets and some of his methods aren’t the best, but CNN and MSNBC dish this poison 92% anti-trump/anti-myBeliefs (and it was the same during Bush years) – just as bad during Reagan’s years with the 3 big networks. I’m tired of the hypocrisy where the left can play dirty and the right has to sit there and take it with a grin. I’m glad. Go Trump

 

Final Thought

Never-Trump-ism has its roots in two things:

  1. Trump is confident (“your gonna get used to winning” he says) — Today, you aren’t supposed to be that confident
  2. The October Surprise if the Access Hollywood tape being released by NBC
    • In it Trump said some pretty awful things, believing the camera to be off
    • It was “illegally” released by NBC. It violated California Law to release a secretly recorded message of someone without there knowledge 
How dare a pig like that get-off acting as if he can take the Moral high ground when he’s just a bottom feeder? 
 
That tape has had the desired affect of turning off some Christians.  I get that. That tape made me cringe.
But his confidence is something of which to take note. We are not allowed to be this confident today, especially as men. They modern day snowflakes liken it to arrogance, preferring the cowardly, back-seat, passive aggressive type male, James Comey as Mister Sexy/Hot.
 
America needs a Donald J Trump – and everything that he is – to be President. He has balls. Brass ones. This is a rare characteristic trait. Look at Jeb Bush, or Mit Romney, or John Kasich. These guys still sitting around with hurt feelings after the 2016 campaign. (Mit only because he was a Never Trumper not running for election.). Each of them the passive aggressive, play the Establishment game-i-tarians. They would let Obamacare – the most damaging legislation ever passed in muy lifetime – stand without so much a whisper of opposition, let Iran keep the current Nuclear deal while trying some “sly” route to break it down, and try to place with the Media and Democrats to show they can “reach across the aisle.” In other words, our country would’ve continued its downward slide. Excpet by God’s grace he gave a strong President in Donald J Trump.
 
So when the Never Trumpers sound off against the President, they are sounding off against what is good for the country, and what is quite possibly their own beliefs. Like Jesus said – he who is with-you/for-you is not against you. Can’t quite ge these #NT believers there. But I’m, hoping.

Rage in the Nation

I think Peggy Noonan did a good job writing about the hatred and anger coursing through our country today in her article “Rage Is All the Rage, and It’s Dangerous“.  Put an exclamation point on the “It’s dangerous” clause.  I encourage you to read the article, and take my words as a quick addendum.

I also will refer you to blog entries I’ve recently written observing this behavior:

During the Barack Obama presidency a great many things occurred I not only disagreed with, but recognized how detrimental they are to our country.  Obama Care, Benghazi debacle, and worst of all giving Iran a green light to start making nuclear weapons. What the #^%!?

As a good citizen concerned about my country I sat back and watched it, chomping at the bit for my next time to vote. And I did. But up to that point you didn’t see me, or anyone like me, out protesting, smashing windows, making fun of people, being derogatory, mean spirited towards people – for making their choice in both 2008 and 2012.

But for those on the left, once Donald Trump was announced winner, they’ve become unhinged, Angry, Violent, Dangerous. Even those in the church – Jesus’ body here on earth to do the will of the Father, directed by the Holy Spirit – have succumbed to the  zeitgeist of our culture.

  • I have seen neighbors
    • … state on their social media accounts that politics supersedes relationships.  (Mind you Jesus wholeheartedly disagrees – people are first.)
    • …  call out they need to get to know and love people with skin other than caucasian.
    • We have fellow church members who
      • … take to giving cold shoulders, an unlistening/uncaring ear when they discover you flow contradictory to their favored political issue or movement
      • … will argue their point almost mercilessly on Social Media – posting edgy statements as they argue back and forth.

        [My wife has started to ‘unfollow’ people for her sanity]

  • I’ve seen community-leaders seemingly rage on Social Media against the straw-men they’ve drawn up as the bigots of our time.

    The Sudanese refugees  have been a hot topic recently  The recent terrorist attacks in Europe coming out of the group have not appeared to have any effect on their “snobby-American” bashing for not loving on these poor people (with Terrorists in their midst.)

All of these folks don’t me in entirety, or my day-to-day situation, but I leave their messages (whether off the stage, on a street corner, or from a web browser) feeling as if they’ve sized me up as the biggest mysoginistic-bigot offender ever.  And as they write or speak, I can sense the rage.

They get all angst’ed up over Donald Trump overlooking Barack Obama’s outright race baiting. Before him, Bill Clinton was misogynist in chief.  But both men are heralded as Great Democrat Presidents from the past.

I made clear my choice this time around (actually each time around) in the enthusiastic hope my choice would be the winner.  There was spirited debate on and off social media. But the difference this time is their rage hasn’t subsided.  I keep waiting for them to run out of energy, but as a group the Left has a LOT of energy.  And they will support a lie as well as anyone could.  And as for friends.  They want to stay cold as they look down their nose to those they consider politically and ideologically inferior.

I Consider God’s Word in these matters.

  • Ephesians 5:21 – Submit to one another out of reverence of Christ
  • Philippians 2:3-4  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8aLove is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

    Love never ends.

It would be nice to see less toxic rhetoric, more abiding by laws, and more love and tolerance coming from the left.  We’d have a whole different outcome to our modern day.

UPDATED 6/20 – Bachelor in Paradise: “It’s not my fault”

Sex in the modern age

So there was some alleged “Bachelor in Paradise” sexual misconduct that shut down production.

Now a gal has stepped forward, Corrinne Olympios, saying she is a victim and she hired a lawyer.

UPDATE 6/16/2017 – I Made the point in the original post the guy in this matter will be demonized, and according to this yahoo story, this has started: DeMario Jackson says he lost his job amid scandal.
 
UPDATE 6/20/2017 – And now it was proven no misconduct occurred: Bachelor will resume filming; no sexual assault occurred … but seriously, DeMario’s life has been sent in a tailspin. He is young and I hope he recovers well.
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I watched a silly TMZ Gossip clip on YouTube about the incident which effectively summarized the event (anonymously labled) and followed up that the cameras were rolling and the gal appeared totally engaged despite her claim otherwise.
 
Corrinne is attempting to play the victimized innocent girl card. And there are social internet comments already coming out trying to play the race card.
 

I dont really care about the ins and outs of the event or the participants. But what we have here is somebody who put herself in a compromising situation and she wants to blame everybody else except herself. The problem of the situation is exacerbated with we sprinkle in the schizophrenia of our culture’s “values”:

  • We should be free to have sex with whomever we choose
  • You cannot have sex with someone who doesn’t consent
  • If someone is too incapacitated to conset, you cannot proceed
 

So here is a gal riding dirty on a guy getting him all pumped up to rock it.According to reports (Fake news is a real thing mind you), she appears totally in control and aware of the events

After the fact she claims she was blacked out, unaware of events

Bluntly, the guy in this matter is getting the raw end of the deal. If she agressive towards him, she has no resonable expectation for him to back down.
 
Now, having said that, there is an overriding law that is being buried by the increasing display of depravity in our culture, which is God’s Law. “Oh No!” you may say, here is the Holy Roller. And maybe so. But I guarantee one thing. If they (even just “she”) were careful to guard themselves in any way, this would not have occurred and this show could’ve gone on, selling commercials, getting ratings, and everyone walking out as if it were happily ever-after (or at least the way things ought to be.)
 
God tells us fidelity is His character and he expects us to abide according to that. That fidelity is to be to the (future/present) Marriage Bed. Most of us have failed in that way, but let us acknowledge that fidelity for both parties would’ve averted this situation.
 

Hewbrews 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

 
God also reminds us to avoid getting drunk (for you nitpickers out there I didn’t say God commands us to avoid drinking a glass of wine or beer) for it leads to debauchery (as in this case.) And that alone condemns this Corrinne as not being a victim but a willing participant. She got drunk willingly. She was acting on her own volitions (lack of inhibitions.) Don’t put this off on the poor guy.

Ephesians 5:17-18 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

Seriously, this gal has no standing. Our culture may rally to her defense, and this poor young man (black, white, hispanic, asian – doesn’t matter) will get the butt-end of a public bat because he is a guy who got drunk, and messed around with an aggressive drunk gal. And now she’s whining.
 
In God’s court of Law they are both guilty and need to repent. Thankfully, God came and died on a cross for our sins, then rising from the dead he conquered death. If we repent (turn away from ) our sins and turn towards God, in faith, he will wash our sins away and give us the victory over death that Jesus won. And we will be counted innocent in his eyes. Even this situation can be cleaned by God’s healing hands.
 
Lastly, do not listen to the court of deceivers in our culture. Go to the truth. It will set you free. And watching this stuff transpire will give you a headache wondering why people do such depraved stupid things. I send you to Genesis 3 and the Fall of Man for that answer.