Diversity in America

Tower of BableCall me Ishmael.  No, seriously, call me John.  I have little interest in being anything but a native American, born into a multi-generational American family, raised and educated here, but sufficiently worldly, having traveled to foreign lands to share their cultures and ways of life.   I read voraciously and I have learned much about my distant European ancestry along with the wonders of Asian and African cultures.

I am also a fan of the Holy Bible.  I read a little of it daily and follow the sermons of half a dozen preachers who provide amazing insights into God’s will for mankind.   It is from those lessons that I have landed on the topic of diversity in America.

Today in America, diversity is celebrated and promoted in virtually every aspect of our lives.  Colleges seek students from diverse (often foreign) backgrounds even ahead of more gifted local students who represent less diverse populations.  Corporations hire and groom employees from diverse backgrounds, seeking to balance their leadership ranks with people from diverse genders, ethnicities, races, ages, and even sexual preferences.  For years, our military has been recruiting non-U.S. citizens into the services and opening up all military specialties to persons of both genders and all sexual preferences, all in the name of diversity.

Diversity has become a standard, if not the mission, for virtually every aspect of our lives.  Yet, where did this compulsion come from?  I have scoured the scriptures for evidence of God-directed diversity.  The obvious early example, in Genesis Chapter 1, was God’s creation of man and woman (man’s helper)- giving us two distinctly different genders.  Later, in Genesis 11, God created diverse cultures by dividing up the people near Babel, confusing their languages and dividing them into separate nations so the people would not all work collaboratively together toward a single purpose not pleasing to God.  Clearly, God ordered differences in gender, speech, race and ethnicity.  In Genesis 18, He cautioned against the sinful behavior of homosexuality, today considered a part of diversity.

Throughout the Bible, God instructs us to seek harmony with each other and to treat different people with dignity and respect.  But nowhere is there a demand or direction for taking heterogeneous tribes or nations and assimilating them to create a multi-cultural, gender neutral, secular nation or state.  In fact, a literal read of Exodus 12: 48-49 leads us to insist that “strangers” who seek to sojourn with us must obey our laws and act in the same manner we find customary.  This command from God would seem to demand conformity, rather than cultural diversity.

So, this brings me to the present day consideration of American Exceptionalism and President Trump’s campaign promise to “Make America Great Again” (MAGA).  The founding documents for our colonies, our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and countless other important documents clearly established these United States as a Christian nation, owing its successes to Almighty God, the Holy Trinity.  It is by His hand the USA has survived these 240+ years and that we have been blessed as a superpower and Christian banner bearer for the world.  However, we have witnessed a serious decline in holiness and obedience to God – as a nation – over the last 70 or so years.

Much of our cultural deterioration is attributable to our pursuit of unnatural diversity as a means of regulating our society.  Our laws and regulations placing quotas and thresholds for race, ethnicity, gender, language, sexual, and religious preferences have caused us to diminish our nation’s greatness in the pursuit of diversity.  Our insistence on maintaining open borders and allowing a massive influx of non-native, non-English speaking people to take up illegal residence here and act in the capacity of slaves has weakened our school system, challenged our social services institutions, and perpetuated a servant class in America.  Our assimilation of Sharia law-believing Muslims has made our society vulnerable to a constant threat of terror and mass murder.  Our military has watered down its fighting effectiveness and readiness by thrusting women into unnatural combatant roles requiring strength and stamina that would challenge most men.   Worse still, in recent years, the military has allowed gay and transgender recruits to intersperse among predominantly (and fervently) heterosexual fighting units, causing dissension and a general lack of trust and camaraderie within the ranks.

This pursuit of diversity seems to have no bounds.  It threatens our survival as an exceptional Christian nation and as the world’s dominant superpower.  President Trump recognizes this vulnerability and has expressed his desire to restore America’s greatness.  He will find this restoration to be difficult, but he must persevere the politically correct and morally bankrupt forces that will oppose him in the pursuit.  Anarchist groups like ANTIFA will threaten law and order continuously.  Liberals and progressives of the Democrat Party will defend the perpetuation of diversity, arguing the Trump Administration is homophobic, Islamophobic, and xenophobic in its policies.

Truly, if we are to survive as a Christian nation and to be a cause for good in the world, we must seriously alter our pursuit of diversity as a matter of public policy.  That is not to say we should not strive to live in harmony with those who are different.  To the contrary, we should make every effort to treat others with love and respect.  We just do not need to compel unnatural homogeneity in a heterogeneous world or to violate Biblical principles in regulating our society.

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Hillary is Concerned about the GOP ?

HRCI couldn’t help but be intrigued by the interview Madam Clinton gave to ABC News on October 25th.  She was asked what concerns her about the country- truly one of those famous softball questions she typically gets.  In response, she indicated one of the things she was most concerned about was the implosion of the Republican Party.

Say what?

I replayed the clip just to make sure I had heard it correctly.  I let her words sink in.  Suddenly, it occurred to me she was being sincere; but not in the way most Americans might reason.

Her exact words were, “I am concerned the GOP is imploding…It is becoming a far right captive party to ideological, religious, and commercial interests.”  In a stream of consciousness she confessed her heart-felt concerns the Republican Party’s center of gravity  is moving to the right, away from the establishment swamp in which its elected federal officials had taken refuge the past 20 or so years.

With absolute precision she correctly identified the three pillars of conservatism in which the Republican Party finds its strength- strong ideological principles, a foundation in Judeo-Christian values, and an unwavering alliance with capitalism.    She could not have been more accurate in describing the bow wave of activity being triggered today by President Donald Trump’s populist rhetoric and his “America First” portfolio of policies.  I take her at her word that she is deeply concerned the GOP is gravitating back to these pillars of strength.  After all, this means the stranglehold that establishment republicans have had on the GOP is being rejected by the American public.

No doubt HRC fears a more resilient and powerful GOP will emerge from the swamp.  She must know just how sharply this regenerated party will contrast with the progressive, socialist, anti-Christian, Caucasian-bashing, phobo-phobians who comprise the remnants of the once dominant Democrat Party.  Her party bears no resemblance to the party of Jefferson, Jackson, and Roosevelt.  It is more of an amalgamation of the parties of Che, Fidel, and Mao.

I believe Clinton is genuinely concerned she has been a primary catalyst for the rise of populism and the demise of the Democrat Party.  She fears the emerging Republican Party will come to dominate the national political scene for decades to come.  The evidence is already apparent: despite many GOP miscues since the 2016 general election, its record of success in subsequent special elections is untarnished.  The upcoming gubernatorial election in Virginia appears headed for yet another conservative victory.  This is certainly not the Clinton legacy she and her intractable husband had envisioned.

Perhaps even more of concern to Hillary, despite seemingly insurmountable forces from the mainstream media, Hollywood, and the Washington Swamp, President Trump is starting to gain traction in his plans to make America great again.  Most assuredly, the new “far right” GOP will forge an alliance with the President and restore American greatness through economic growth and prosperity, reverence for Biblical values, and enforcement of the rule of law- things that HRC’s democrats long ago abandoned.

For once, I believe Hillary was actually telling the truth.

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“Obey the Law whenever you know what it is.”

obey the lawThis is something a wise County Sheriff once told me.  I believe it was in reference to “concealed carry” rules in our county.  His point was that we all have an obligation to obey the law as we understand it.  There is an old saying, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” but that doesn’t always make sense.  Common sense is what I call “natural law.”  That is the simple rule that is expressed more famously by the statement, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  That’s what a good person should ordinarily do in absence of any formalized rules and regulations that are vigorously enforced by some agency of the law.

The trouble is, even that good person will often act in his or her own best interests in the absence of rule enforcement.  The most common example I can think of is what I observe in four out of five instances every single day, everywhere I drive in the South.  That is not stopping for a STOP sign before making a right turn, and sometimes at a red light if there is no traffic.  The standard for making a legal stop is what we used to call a “foot-down stop,” which is what a motorcyclist is supposed to do when stopping.  Not just stopping cold, then taking off again, but stopping and putting both feet on the ground to steady the bike and keep it from falling over.  So a policeman stops such a person running that STOP sign and they say, “But officer, I DID stop!”  Well, no, it was more of a yield in most cases.  And that’s the law…STOP means STOP.

So we have local, state and federal rules, regulations and laws.  Federal law says that smoking marijuana is wrong.  Colorado state law says it is OK.  Which law to obey?  Who made those laws?  Federal law says that illegal immigrants, especially those who have committed crimes, must be held in detention until such time as a determination is made as to what to do with them.  At the same time, a “sanctuary city” such as San Francisco, may release that person back into the general population to do goodness-knows-what again without consequences.

What we have here is a failure of character.  In the STOP sign instance, it is a failure of personal character…it is a form of greed, in that “what I need right now is more important than the law, and I know I’m breaking it, but there’s no harm.”  In the case of the illegal who was caught committing a crime, the character flaw is broader and more flagrant…”We don’t like the law, we don’t like your politics, and we are going to disregard that law no matter who it harms…so just stick it where the sun don’t shine!”

I’m going to let some of my co-founders discuss in more detail why we have laws and what the rights and responsibilities of our three branches of government are in relationship to each other.

In the meanwhile…STOP at the stop sign, please!  While you’re at it, think about that speed limit, too.  Does 55 mean 55-60, or does it mean “eight is great, but nine, you’re mine,” as my eldest son used to say to me before he lost his driver’s license.

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God is good, the Democrat Party is not.

SatanHow’s that for a byline?

Well, it’s true. If you’re a democrat reading this and you feel hate well up inside of you, then just chalk it up to being a democrat. That’s what true democrats do- they hate; that is, in addition to lying, cheating, stealing, and suppressing minority citizens. If you regularly practice one of those behaviors, you probably are a democrat.

I used to think one could be a committed democrat and be righteous. How naive of me! In fact, aligning oneself with the Democrat Party is flirting with evil. Here’s my reasoning…

There exist in this world a number of divine institutions, those given to us by Almighty God. Each of these institutions is described in the Holy Bible – principally in the Book of Genesis – and they include: Marriage, Family, Civil Government, and the Church, among others.  God made it clear in His written Word that He is to be a part of each of these divine institutions. Apart from Him, each would be unproductive or counter-productive to His Will in the universe.

Despite widespread misinterpretation of Thomas Jefferson’s famous 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, the “wall of separation” that existed early on in the U.S. civil government was never intended by our Founders to wall off God from any of His sovereign institutions; instead it was intended to keep the civil government institution from encroaching on the other God-ordained institutions. God never intended for any of His institutions to be separated in any way from Him. As so eloquently stated by Jesus, in John 15:5, “…apart from me you can do nothing.”

While it is common knowledge that God created the universe, it would not be appropriate to accuse God of creating the Democrat Party; that has been an invention of man (perhaps with a little inspiration from the evil one). When God gave mankind the institution of civil government, He allowed us to exercise free will in how to organize into jurisdictions and how to develop human laws to govern ourselves. Out of those methods came political parties. They  were not divine institutions, but they were not God-ordained to be unrighteous or irreligious, either. From the inception of U.S. political parties in the late 18th century there was reverence for Almighty God, even in Jefferson’s Democratic Republican Party from which the present day Democrat Party evolved.

Fast forward to 2012 and the Democrat Party convention in Charlotte, NC. Millions watched in horror as the majority of convention goers voted three times, overwhelmingly, to remove all references to God from their official party platform. (This was reminiscent of the Apostle Peter’s trio of denials mentioned in all four of the Gospels.) In the end, party officials over-rode the rabble and left references to God in the platform. However, by 2016, democrats had a more subtle and successful approach to appease their rank and file; they removed biblical references and other Christian tenets from the official party platform before the televised convention, so as not to arouse the attention of the general public. All went as planned with smooth adoption of the changes. You can see the  results of their work at the Democrat Party official platform site:  https://www.democrats.org/party-platform

By contrast, here is the site for the most recent Republican Party platform:  https://www.gop.com/the-2016-republican-party-platform/

I read through both party platforms in mid-2016 and I came to the conclusion neither is what a Bible-believing, Constitution-loving person of Christian character might fully embrace. However, there is a massive chasm between the two party platforms. The Democrat Party platform is rooted in evil, supporting unrestricted abortion of unborn babies with government funding, lawlessness at the borders of our country, the division of the country of Israel, and a defense of Islamic culture and practices. The Republican Party platform sustains support of Almighty God, prayer, the 10 Commandments, traditional marriage (as ordained by God), a defense of the unborn, and preservation of Israel. While the republican platform may not be complete in its exposition of Judeo-Christian principles, at least it honors and reveres God and it supports the premise our country is a Christian nation and republicans endorse the practice of the Christian faith in our country.

The truth is in the details. God is unquestionably good. He wants us to have a personal relationship with Him and to revere Him and His Word. One simply cannot honor God and also be true to the Democrat Party with its agnostic and anti-Christian precepts. On the other hand, one can genuinely affiliate with the tenets of the Republican Party platform and still be true to God.

Oh sure, a person can still be a Christian and affiliate with the Democrat Party, but that affiliation is democrat in name only.  A truly committed democrat adopts his party platform by affiliation,  and that means he supports evil as defined in the Holy Bible. Think about that the next time you hear someone extol the virtues of the Democrat Party or argue there is no difference between the political parties. Indeed, there is!

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The Founding Fathers’ Blog is Back

Conservative_imageAfter a long layoff, conservative authors of the Founding Fathers’ blog believe it is time to revive the forum.  This is an era of declining conservative content in print media and the blogosphere seems dominated by hate speech and race baiting from the left.  (Only in the medium of talk radio is there a strong presence of conservative advocacy, a domain in which Judeo-Christian principles and traditional America values are revered and promoted)

In years passed, this blog served a useful conservative purpose- exposing liberal and progressive behaviors in Lee County, North Carolina, and our country.  There still exists a need for locally generated conservative content, especially given the rapid decline in quality of local blogs (like the Rant) and the recent departure of the only conservative editor our local paper managed to employ over the last two decades.

We are encouraged by the strong interest being shown by the growing number of local conservatives who wish to publish original content, including opinion pieces and newsworthy reports the local paper seems incapable of sharing with the public.  As always, authors are required to use the surname of their chosen Founding Father when posting content.  However, comments can be made using one’s actual name or a surname, whichever is preferred.

Let the dialogue begin….

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Defending Marriage…Why?

Qween Amar  It has never been a matter of ‘rights,’ it has always been a matter of responsibility.  Just ask Qween Amar (seen wearing his chiffon tu-tu in the picture).

  Recently, in arguments heard at the US Supreme Court, many opinions were expressed over the terms of marriage, equality, and right.  Little was heard about the term responsible behavior.  Sadly, marriage, equality, and ‘rights’ are all about responsible behavior. Justice Alito asked simply ‘when was marriage first legislated, 1868, 1791? When?.’ It wasn’t.  The idea predates any United States.  Justice Kennedy, who is often called the ‘swing judge’ usually because his convictions keep swinging in the breezes of prevailing politics instead of the Constitution, said it best.  ‘This was never a federal question. This is an area of State responsibility.’  So true, but it was the federal courts agreeing to hear a case involving a clearly defined state issue in the first place that made it a federal question. Irresponsible federal intervention caused this problem. 

  Marriage was NEVER about religion.  Marriage was ALWAYS about civil responsible behavior in a community.  It was how communities insured moral, ethical, and even yes responsible behavior of its members.  Marriage was about support, parenting, and good order and discipline in a society.  It was about who paid the bills for the civil partnership and its results.  It was about rules of behavior that were for the good of the community, society.  Incest, inbreeding, and what are now called social diseases were not, shall any one dare to say, prevalent around the time that the term marriage was first used.  Males and females partnered to breed.  They had children the, even then, old fashioned way, one man impregnating one female in a natural way.  There were no test tubes, turkey basters, surrogates, or donors.  There were also clearly known responsible partners, and supporters.  Communities knew who to hold accountable for the offspring. 

  There were no issues about equality.  Men were men, women were women and societies clearly understood the rules that they set for themselves.  Communities knew that Fathers should not breed daughters and that mothers should not breed with their sons.  They also knew that homosexuality could not lead to any children.  Communities also knew that homosexuality lead to many disease related deaths not seen in male and female relationships.  There were reasons that societies formed these taboos against certain behaviors.  They were inherently irresponsible behaviors that were not good for the community.  Religions adopted these practices and taboos from civil society rather than religions foisting these taboos onto society.

  The responsible action is for the court to dismiss this court challenge.  It should further vacate any and all federal court rulings concerning marriage, and dismiss any current federal challenges of the question of marriage in any federal court.  This is a state question.  It is also a question for states to determine what is moral and ethical within state boundaries.  Irresponsible sex and breeding is still not in the best interests of any society.  Inbreeding is a health issue, as is homosexual sex (just check with the National Institutes for Health and the Centers for Disease Control if you question that).  Child support, role modeling and responsible parenting are still sorely needed in this country.  So is responsible parenting and social behavior.

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Dr. Moss is moving on

Jeff Moss  Jeff Moss did what most school system superintendents do, he stayed fours years and moved onto a higher paying job. Few people in this county will shed a tear for him. (Well maybe Bill Tatum will since he was responsible for bringing him here in the first place.)  No, Jeff Moss will move on along with his higher salary and his NC State retirement, courtesy of Bill and crew.  That means the Lee County Board of Education will pick another hired man.  How many is this now, eight in the past 15 years? 

  Here’s an idea.  Board of Education, don’t use any search service, especially at $40K.  Didn’t those services bring Jeff Moss, and what’s his name, McCormick, to Lee County.  And, let it not be forgotten, that those services brought Jeff Moss to Stanley, Beaufort and Lee counties in NC, and now to Beaufort to SC.  They sure do a good job now don’t they?  LCBOE you keep claiming that you can wear big boy and big girl pants when you pretend to stand up to the county commissioners (at least Bill gave you credit for wearing them in the paper).  Stand up and hire a new schools boss without a search service which has proven especially fallible in the past.  Do the job yourselves.

  On that note, goodbye Dr. Moss, you have done the job you were hired to do.  It will take years to figure out all you did, but then you were good at it.  It is time though that you and the LCBOE do move on and get your era behind everyone.

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