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Pastor's Commentary

Tuesday, June 01 2021

It never fails to amaze me of how much history has a way of repeating itself. You would think people would be familiar with debacles of the past to never repeat them, but I guess not. Such is the case right now in our beloved Country. If I were the only person to see this phenomenon I wouldn’t be writing about it, a personal issue only; but from what I see, a host of other folks have the same concerns that I do at present. Many would remember the American Revolution from the history books I’m sure. As I read it; one of the main battle cries of which is the title to this article; No Taxation without Representation. It seemed the colonials of the day were up in the air about homeland Britain making decisions in Parliament that concerned U.S. soil and peoples, but our citizens had no say in those decisions, as having no representation in Parliament. The beef was; why take our money, if we don’t have any say so in our Country.  In other words, why should we pay your salary to be left out of the decision making process. Does this sound eerily familiar to our day and time? Obviously there were many issues that brought forth the independence of our great land. As they say, the rest is history, and what a history it has been, rising from a few colonial states of mostly immigrants, to per many, the greatest Country in the world. Be very sure in many Countries of the world, you run your mouth about the establishment I am doing, and you’ll find yourself  in a gulag or worse.

Has it been so long ago that people have forgotten what the road to freedom was paved with? Can such a situation as what brought about the American Revolution ever develop again? I surely hope not, but from the likes of what we have seen recently in the political realm anything seems possible. Part of being a great Country is to have people who are great representatives of its people.  If an elected official becomes less than a servant to his/her office/people, they have the potential to become a tyrant, a self serving despot. So, one must ask the question; can a person, who is duly elected to represent their constituents, choose not represent the voter’s wishes, maybe even have never intended to, be removed from office? It has happened before; maybe it needs to happen more often.

Who would argue; we are a great Country, there is no doubt about that, if that were not true, why do so many people risk life and limb to get here? However, part of being great is being accountable to the people of this great land, not those passing through; but those whose families have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the well being of this land. Far too often the will of the people are being brushed aside, and a seemingly few inner cabal of people are making decisions for the masses against their will. There are so many instances that could be brought up, but I’ll share a few of the more disturbingly obvious. The wall down in our Southern borders is a hot topic. Would someone tell the people why in the world would we as a Nation open the door wide to any and all people to come into our Country and swamp our resources; bring crime, disease and who knows what? We have immigration laws on the books already, if you want to come, fill out the paper work and wait your turn. There is obviously an agenda here that is going on, I think it’s called votes, we’ll leave it at that. In another scene we have our troops being sent to who knows where this time and for what? I see this often on the news channel out of Tokyo, Japan, where the U.S. is sticking it’s nose in other Countries business. China is not happy about the U.S. intrusion in their neck of the woods concerning Hong Kong. It’s the same thing in Russia with the Crimea issue. These Countries are not the size of Cuba, (Russia, China); do we want or need another war? Shouldn’t the people of this Country have some say in this? I have read where these Countries in question hold no vital interest to the U.S., so, what’s the deal? Another issue is this transgender stuff; why in the world would anyone in their right mind promote an agenda like this, and pass laws to make the masses conform to a few people whose mental condition is suspect. Most people are furious of an attempt to steal their children’s innocence, me too.  Allowing boys/men in women bathrooms, co-ed showers in school, say it isn’t so. Most people are offended at this stance of Government intrusion/takeover. Even allowing it in sports events, tell me, someone is kidding right? But no, this agenda is being steamrolled through regardless of this Countries people wishes. But there is more, the pornographic images of perversion being shown and taught to defenseless little school children. This is pure insanity being foisted upon our most prized procession, our children. But, there’s more yet, the euthanizing of the innocents, get this, our taxpayer monies funding a murder mill of the unborn. It’s a known fact; the majority of the people in this Country disapprove of funding the murder mills. And if a baby somehow survives the murderous procedure, laws are passed, to provide zero assistance to rescue them, just let them die. This is America is it not, is this who we are? The wasting of trillions of dollars yearly is another main topic, literally spending us to certain disaster, who is behind this mayhem? They take our taxes alright, but we have no word in what or how it is to be spent.

This is not just a Federal level problem; this hard of hearing syndrome is also being done by those in office on the lower rungs of the political ladder as well. Since I can’t visit everywhere to make this determination, I’ll just speak of the area where I live. We seem to have people in local Government office who seem to care less what the people in their area wish, they do as they please. It’s incredible the size of the local Government has become, there are office buildings everywhere you look, it has turned into by far the biggest employer in the County. More taxes, mine go up 10% every year, and have been doing so for years. Of the many problems already is, drinking water supply, it’s a hot topic, what does the local leaders do; it’s called suburban sprawl, issue more building permits, build, build and more build. We the people have no say in what these people are doing to our beloved area. They went from two lane highways to 7 lanes, to accommodate the masses. We need some common sense, a moratorium on building, a rebuilding of infrastructure. Is what I am referring to taking place in your area?

The problems are many to be sure, but the real issue is that most leaders in office seem to care less about those that have placed them in office, at just about every level. And that is what we can call; No Taxation without Representation. We need to get back to a place where “we the people” have a say so in government at every level. Frustrations run high when people no longer feel they have a voice in Government, local or otherwise.

Most U.S. citizens love this Country, I know I do, but when I see us going in, what I believe to be is; off course, isn’t it part of my responsibility as a citizen to voice my concerns? Does it have to come to some type of conflict to arise before people take note? We all saw this on TV news; protestors marching and mayhem following, demanding something be done to reign in the local police brutality. There were meetings set up to hear the concerns of the populace, that’s good. Did it have to cost taxpayers and business owners millions of dollars in damage to get the Government to listen? In a free society, people can voice their concerns, I have voiced mine; is anyone listening? I saw a couple of days ago where a WND Columnist, voice his opinion on Face Book, immediately they shut him down; crime? He spoke the truth, the powers to be don’t want the truth spoken, and tyranny is at the door.

Pastor Thomas Nosworthy

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Special Guest Commentary

101 BODACIOUS QUOTATIONS

TO

INSPIRE PATRIOTISM

Introduction

You might be wondering what prompted the writing of this bodacious quotation book? What better time than now to be reminded of how both essential and fragile our country is. America is experiencing one of its darkest periods in recent history.  For over three years, we have witnessed some truly vicious and ugly political unrest.

          A ceaseless cacophony of accusations, innuendo, and intrigue have kept those in Washington and the media ever busy. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, to watch the daily news and social media, one would never know that the stock market had hit all-time highs numerous times in the last 54 months, or we’d had the lowest unemployment numbers in decades, and the lowest unemployment rate among blacks ever!  President Trump also renegotiated trade deals that  were fairer to America.

          Then, in January 2020, our nation was rocked when the Coronavirus landed on our shores and ended our way of life as we know it. Soon there were daily press briefings from the White House and various doctors. Each day virus information was plentiful, contradictory, and confusing. People were dying. We heard that hospitals were going to be overrun with COVID cases.

          The army set up hospital tents in various cities to handle the tens of thousands that were expected to land there. It didn’t happen. Hospitals were going to be inundated and unable to care for all of the sick. The army hospitals were never used – not one patient was seen in many of these. They were eventually dismantled. What happened? All non-essential surgeries and doctors’ visits were canceled. Hospitals were virtually emptied. And now? Many health care workers have been terminated or furloughed because the hospital's operating capital has vanished.    

           Now, thousands have died! Our elderly, who were not adequately protected in nursing homes, have had the most significant number of deaths. The actual numbers of COVID deaths cannot be relied upon because of highly questionable methodologies for assigning the cause of death. The rationale for this might be related to government funding to hospitals for each COVID case.     Time will tell as we compare data from previous years for various causes of deaths to see if the other numbers are in line with past years, OR if there's been a sharp decline in other categories, and they have been pushed into the COVID category.  And, suddenly, in the last several weeks, cases have begun to spike again. There is substantial debate on if it’s because many more people are getting tested. There is so much information out there – unreliable at best, that there’s no sense in discussing it at this point.

          Governors in many states issued draconian lock-down orders threatening people with arrests and the closure of businesses, or cancellation of necessary licenses if they didn’t abide by these rules. Masks and gloves were donned, not in hospitals, but stores and any public places. We even saw a parent handcuffed and arrested in front of his little girl because he dared to play ball with her in an empty field. A salon owner was arrested and jailed for opening her salon to pay her bills and put food on her table. Many other Gestapo tactics, such as these, were used to keep people in line. YES, I am talking about America!

            Americans have turned against one another. Some believe everything that the CDC, World Health Organization, and government say. Others believe there is a conspiracy to subjugate the people as a test to see how much they'll tolerate and for how long. It's been, in my opinion, a phenomenal success. People hate each other more than ever. Make no mistake; the various powers have observed very carefully to see how we've all responded. Unfortunately, it's been too much for many, and suicides have skyrocketed. Prescriptions for mood-altering drugs to cope with the crisis have also gone up dramatically (as if we didn't already have an opioid epidemic.)

          Younger Americans seem to be suffering more than most from deep depression, isolation, and loneliness.  I find this completely paradoxical since they are the generation that is so disconnected from one-on-one relationships, and so completely connected to their phones and other electronic devices. You can’t sit in the same room, or at the same table with them, without sharing their time with their hand-held devices! And yet, they are  the ones suffering from their own self-created lack of meaningful relationships with others.  

           The mainstream media, who now chooses to cherry-pick what they report, excluding vital details, has become an op-ed machine rather than a fair and unbiased media. What was once the actual news is now a daily dose of propaganda. And fear mongering. I once believed everything I heard on the evening news! I now question absolutely everything I hear on the evening news! I have no faith in the honesty, integrity, or intentions of what is being "reported." Who exactly can we turn to for the facts and not opinions? I don't know.

           Just when we were beginning to see the light, and the states were opening things back up, one rogue cop, caught in the horrendous act of murdering a black man by kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes, captured the country’s attention.  The anger and outrage at this injustice rocked every corner of our nation. But, within the black community, it ignited a firestorm of rage and anger. That moment symbolized, for many, both black and white, the brutality of a small percentage of police that has unfairly tarnished ALL police officers. To believe this of an entire segment of people is blatantly untrue and unfair.

           That was the tinderbox that erupted into the scenarios we are now witnessing, hour by hour, day after day, that could be right out of the movie “Escape from New York.”  Cities are burning. Businesses looted. People are being shot, and armed citizens are patrolling their neighborhoods to keep looters out and their areas safe with their weapons.

          A six-block area has been taken over by anarchists. Checkpoints have been established for entering and exiting, and there are check-points to allow people in or out. They are extorting business owners, and the Mayor of Seattle seems to think it’s a “summer block party.”  I guess she is not aware that a new country has been set up in a six-block area now known as CHAZ/CHOP – Capital Hill Autonomous Zone. You can’t make this stuff up!

          All across our country,  statues and monuments are being defaced and torn down – while those in charge sit on their hands and let the anarchists destroy America, insisting there is nothing they can do. Every day the frenzy continues as the calls for changing names of military bases, schools, colleges, sports teams, etc., escalates. It is complete insanity.

           Right on cue, the media and politicians have seized upon the opportunity to stoke the coals of division and hatred. I cry for our nation and what we have allowed ourselves to become.  I don't know the people seen on T.V. I don't come in contact with the level of black, or white,  Americans seen on there – they don't represent those with whom I daily interact.  People with thinking brains understand that these broad generalizations are not only untrue, but inherently harmful to us individually, and collectively as a nation.    

          Many officials of these large cities have refused to address the rioters and insist upon calling them, protesters. They seem to have limited knowledge of vocabulary for no one in their right mind would equate a protester and a rioter who burns, loots,  and harms people, as the same thing.        The very thing that the black community, what all communities need, are jobs and businesses. Now, thousands have seen their streets and businesses burned and destroyed, some of which will never return. Those jobs are permanently lost.  Those black communities will again know the pains of hopelessness and living in burned-out hulls of their former cities.

           But take hope. While all of this has happened, America's elite have raised over twenty million dollars – wait for it – not to help rebuild those cities, but to bail out the “protesters” who have destroyed those cities. Yes, this is where we are. There seems to be no help for those who work and play by the rules. No support is arriving from Hollywood elites and wealthy athletes for those people. One must question why?

           I’m watching this and feeling astounded, and at times utterly hopeless. The Washington leadership (can we call it that?) is still dividing us, still trying to rush through bills that are an atrocity, and I'm thinking to myself, has pandering and appeasement ever gotten anyone anywhere?'  Has that given people jobs and hope? Has that lifted them out of poverty? And, I feel, most importantly, has that increased their self-respect and self-reliance?  That I can answer with a resounding NO! To deny any human being the chance to work and produce, to feel a sense of accomplishment for a job well done, is to deny a basic human need – to feel valued.

          I don’t understand all of the machinations of politics (I couldn’t sleep at night if I did). I do know one thing as a person who loves their country – that we can’t, we must not give up on America. Too many people have given their lives for our America. We are in a fight for the very soul of this country. That might sound dramatic, but it is a fact. Many want to tear it apart – rebuild it into what they “envision” would be a better place. The founding fathers had a profoundly inciteful vision for the greatest country that the world has ever known. They knew history, and they sought to use their knowledge to create a more perfect union. (Where have we heard that before?)

            There are days when I question everything. At moments I give up hope and want to surrender. Times when I think if that is what THEY want, then they can have it. But it is not ours to give away! We owe a debt to our country to protect it from enemies, both foreign and domestic. That is our duty as a patriotic American who is willing to speak up and stop the insanity.

           I call upon my strong faith in God, knowing that whatever He has in store, He is with us. When America turned Him out of their schools, their homes, and their hearts, our decline began.  That is what happens when we shrugged our shoulders and said, “Oh well, what can you do?” Or, “Live and let live.” Now you can see the left doesn’t want people to live and let live. They want to control us. There seems to be no middle ground. This indeed is something new.

            I have seen the thousands of crosses marking graves of our soldiers who fought for democracy around the world and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I mourn with families who have known the pain of losing those heroes. I remind myself that I will do everything humanly possible to ensure that America is a country of citizens who deserve to live in peace and prosperity, fellowship, and understanding. Abraham Lincoln was well aware, as our country teetered on the brink of civil war, that "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  (Mark 3:25)

            America is equivalent to a marriage. Sometimes we see all the best she has to offer, and we're starry-eyed and optimistic. Other times, we see everything as irreconcilable and dark. Then, it's as though we would like a divorce.  But saving America is worth the fight. We have a lot of work ahead of us. A great deal of understanding and healing needs to be done.

          We need to commit to providing more opportunities for all. And, more of a commitment to make each person responsible for their actions. We must step up to the plate and take personal responsibility – stop pointing the finger and passing the buck. Even though it seems impossible through the lens of the current crisis, I do believe in miracles. It's going to take courage, strength, consistency, fairness, rules for all, and laws that everyone must follow - not just a few. It will also necessitate a commitment from those in Washington to come together and serve America – not themselves. I don’t believe they will do that willingly. Their strength lies in our discord!

            How could I express all of these thoughts and feelings in a small book? I've always been enamored with quotations! With just a few carefully chosen words strung together like a beautiful strand of pearls, they present a profound concept. These BODACIOUS quotations have been hand-picked for an important point or reminder about freedom, honesty, politicians, government, personal duty, economics, liberty, and above all else, man's responsibility to think for himself. History has gifted us with brilliant people, whose insightful reasoning and words of wisdom have proven ageless. They deserve to be heard once again as valuable reminders to each of us.

          It is my sincere hope that you will become even more bodacious in your patriotism. I hope that you will find meaningful ways to become a better, more involved citizen. I pray that this will stimulate conversation and inspire each of you to understand your unique "Power of One" and step into your new bodacious life! America is depending upon you.

 

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