Patriotism

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.   Romans 13:1

US Flag TatteredNo country is perfect. Let’s just get that out of the way up front.  All countries exist and have their authority from God.  They may misuse their authority, and “We ought to obey God rather than men…”, but insofar as we do not transgress God’s law’s, we obey civil authorities.

Even evil Babylon served God’s purpose top punish the Children of Israel for a) not keeping His commanded observance of the Shemitah (see Sweet Release) every 7 years and b) sacrificing their children to the pagan god, Molech.

Isaiah and Jeremiah mourned for their beloved country and people, Israel. They were patriots who were grieved at what their country had turned itself into and worked tirelessly as God directed them in an attempt to save it.

In that context, I am an American patriot. I love the country I used to know and grieve for what it has become, what it has chosen to become.  I pray for its recovery for former glory as One Nation Under God, because it is now One Nation Under Self.

I grieve for the lost character that won two World Wars and generated an economic engine that powered the world. I grieve at the new character that says self over God and country, the new character that turns over hospital beds like restaurants turn over tables instead of putting the patient first, the new character that that disrespects its own home and neighbors in self-righteousness instead of contributing to a positive effort to solve problems.

Do I still say the Pledge of Allegiance? Do I still sing The Star Spangled Banner, standing, with my right hand over my heart?  Yes to all of that!  I do that, because I think most of America feels the same, but is being drowned out by voices with bigger microphones who think they know better than the true majority.

DNA Pirates CoverHas America been hijacked by people with wickedly selfish agendas? Absolutely!  Who else would convince so many Americans to tell God to get lost?  Who else would prey upon their own population and third world countries with terminal experiments in radiation, cancer, and covert  sterilization projects?  See my series on DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral.

But I’m not going to disrespect and condemn the entire country and population in an effort to resist the problems we face. I’m going to stand with my hand over my heart, tears in my eyes, and sing the National Anthem, pledge allegiance to the flag, and communicate in my small corner of the country as best I can what problems we face and what mind set I think will combat those problems.

old-holy-bible-olivier-le-queinecMy first, best action is to continue to pray every day for our country, it’s true leaders, and all those who fight against evil, both on battlefields and halls of government. God is our ultimate Hope and Protection, now and in eternity.  His Protection remains to those who are faithful and is suspended from those who tell Him to leave.

His Protection has left America. It will only return when we look to Him and His Ways to solve our problems and change our hearts.

Even in its weakened state, The United States of America is still a beacon that draws refugees from the world over. It’s still the best thing going on the planet, but that won’t last without a return to the values, to the God that made us great in the first place.

American Flag

Will we ask God to sew it back together?

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To Knee or Not to Knee

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.    Romans 13:1-4

NFL1The big controversy right now is NFL athletes kneeling during the national anthem, because they’re upset about something. Even President Trump has become embroiled in it.  Here’s my take on the whole fiasco..

The guys kneeling in protest during the national anthem before the start of the day’s game are idiots. I’m not being derogatory, just analytical.  You see, they’re trying to get some sort of message across, some sort of protest, but I certainly have no idea as to precisely what it is.  Do you?  Precisely?

I didn’t think so. We’re all too concerned about whether or not they should kneel, be fired, fined, or what.  There is zero dialogue getting through to the general public.  So here are my reasons for objectively calling these guys idiots.

  1. They are entertainers. If they want to exercise their right of free speech, do it away from an entertainment venue where people are paying very high prices to watch them perform. Although the TV networks are not showing it, I’ve read reports and seen videos of fans flipping off and booing the players as they kneel during the national anthem. They didn’t pay to watch athletes kneel in some sort of ill-communicated protest. They came to watch a bunch of ‘roided up footballers bash into each other. Even if the players have legitimate issues to talk about publicly, all they’ve managed so far is to alienate their intended audience.
    1. What kind of an idiot does that?
  2. What the heck is this all about anyway? As I’ve already mentioned, I don’t know. I don’t think anyone else does either. Everyone is too riled about the fact that they kneeled during the national anthem. Supposedly the vast majority of these guys are college graduates. How about they dust off those diplomas and write a clear manifesto on just what they’re so upset about and then sign their names to it? Publish it, bring it out through a press conference and assign a panel to take questions from the general public, not reporters who, judging from their work as a whole, skipped class the day journalism was taught at journalism school. The signers of the Declaration of Independence pretty much did that, and look at how well that worked out for them. But, no, these college-educated men decided to hide in the anonymity of a cover shot before a game and leave it us to figure out why they chose to alienate us by committing an act of protest, the exact meaning of which remains obscure in the media, to say the least.
    1. What kind of an idiot does that?
  3. Patriotism seems to be on the wane, as does football attendance and revenue. Still, there are enough patriots around the country to make an overall majority in the country, albeit not in very large cities like, oh, say Los Angeles, Portland, or New York City to name a few. I have my problems with the US of A, but I still am a patriot for what we used to stand for wholeheartedly and still stand for, even if not entirely. I think the general citizenship make up a great country, even though I have serious concerns about the governments. So, when the NFL boys take a knee during the national anthem, it seems they are protesting the whole country. What else are we left to think sans some sort of clear communication as described above? Again, they are alienating their own constituents who, by the way, pay their salaries. Their decided course of action? They do something that further threatens their own livelihood by delivering an action that is wide open to misinterpretation offense.
    1. What kind of an idiot does that?

American FlagThe United States of America has not always been the Good Guy in the world. Our government has done some horrendous things in the past, even the recent past, and continues to do things now that I am not too thrilled about.  But the economy, the freedoms, and overall standard of living are great.  For now.  What other country in the world has our immigration problem over the long haul?  Those are few and far between, if any.  Tony Blair once commented that you can tell the greatness of a country by how many people are clamoring to get in.  By that measure, we’re still the best thing going on the planet.

What kind of an idiot doesn’t get that?

Told You So…

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.    James 4:2

I’m not crowing, scolding, or anything of the sort. It’s just that I’ve written on legally killing people for convenience a number of times, and expressed the concern over who gets a say in end of life questions.  One would assume the patient gets that decision.  I’ve wondered how long before that right is removed from them, and it’s finally happened.  Someone was euthanized a Dutch nursing home while she fought back.  The doctor was acquitted as having ‘acted in good faith’.

Seriously.

An 80 year old woman succumbing to dementia had previously expressed an interest in euthanasia when ‘the time was right.’ Apparently, she didn’t specify who got to make that call.  But let’s hear directly from the article just what happened.

“It is believed that after a decline in the patient’s condition, it was deemed by the doctor that it was time to deliver the lethal drugs.

However, according to Catholic News, the elderly woman woke even though the doctor put a sleep-inducing drug in her coffee so she could give the lethal injection without consulting the woman.

The patient then tried to fight off the procedure so the doctor asked her relatives to hold her down so she could administer the injection.

The doctor then completed giving the injection and the elderly woman died.”

So the doctor, without asking the her if SHE thinks it’s time yet, slips her a mickey in her coffee to make killing her easier. The doctor must have been out of practice, because she apparently got the dosage wrong.

The old girl wakes up when she feels the needle and fights back. The doc then asks the family – whom I presume were indeed mentioned in the will – to hold her down…AND THEY SAY YES!!!

Now, please forgive my humor in telling this tale; it’s a thing I do to take the edge off the horror. You should’ve heard me when I had double-bypass.  I could’ve had a Comedy Channel special.

But can you imagine? Even if your cookies have started to crumble upstairs, you know when someone is trying to off you, and you fight back.  You aren’t quite that demented yet.  So, instead of those present thinking, “Maybe this was a bit premature,” Mom and the kids pile on to keep you still so the good doctor can finally get into that crafty little vein in your arm.

I’ve been mugged several times in high school. I’ve been pillaged by the banks in the housing crash.  I have a small idea as to what it’s like to be powerless against your assailants.  But that was just beatings and robbery.

Can any of us even fathom the panic of that moment? What kind of people do that?!?

The same kind that gave us The Holocaust, ethnic cleansing, genocide, abortion, and cracked the door open on assisted suicide, and the rest.

God help us!

PAST ARTICLES:

How America Voted on OTHER Issues in November

Man in the Netherlands Euthanised Due to His Alcohol Addiction

Death With Dignity…Not!

Cheaper to Die

Book Review – Pirates of the Sacred Spiral, Part 9

Making Euthanasia Fun!

US Air Force Experiments to Create Super Soldiers

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?   Psalm 27:1

The further I read into this article, the creepier it got. My first reaction to the headline was wondering what sort of drug program they were using.  Alas, it is something far more insidious.

The successful tests at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio used electrical brain stimulators to enhance the mental skills of soldiers. It is hoped the research could lead to treatments for drone operators, air crews and others in demanding roles… Researchers were shocked to find those who had the treatment began  to perform better than the control group just four minutes into the test.

Electrical brain stimulation. My first thought was MKUltra, the mind control program used by the CIA.  This is well-documented in the literature, including its abuses and eventual “shutdown.”  There are persistent stories and eye-witness/victim accounts of its continued activities to the current day.  Go ahead and Google it.  There’s plenty out there.  Brice Taylor’s accounts are by far the most compelling.  Her story is like others’ and closely mirrors the techniques of the original program; electro-shock, drugs, and torture to create multiple personalities and computer-like mental capabilities.

I know MKUltra was “officially” shut down, but don’t believe it. It went under wraps just like other efforts of governmental and the elite.  Take a look at my Pirates of the Sacred Spiral Part 5 at https://jeffreyhking.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/pirates-of-the-sacred-spiral-part-5/  This entry is a timeline of events in the history of DNA research and its control and abuse.  Specifically, look at the entry for 1898, second paragraph.  Then think about the state of American education and see what you think.

Continuing with using electricity to create Supersoldiers, this from the article:

‘We don’t know how the stimulation of one brain region affects the surrounding, unstimulated regions,” Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, an assistant professor of Neurology and director of the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at University of Pennsylvania said. 

‘Stimulating one region could improve one’s ability to perform one task but hurt the ability to perform another.’

In addition, what a person is doing during tDCS – reading a book, watching TV, sleeping – can change its effects, researchers say.

Which activity is best to achieve a certain change in brain function is not yet known.

Weird enough for you yet? Hang on.  Brain stimulation kits are already on the market and being sold online.  Who is their demographic?  Parents who want to boost their children’s performance at school!  Again, from the article regarding the Air Force tests –

Up to 30 per cent of experimental subjects respond with radically different changes in brain activity to the majority. 

Factors such as gender, handedness, hormones, medication, etc. could impact and potentially reverse a given tDCS effect.  

Parents somewhere are buying this stuff, strapping it onto their kids heads to help them get A’s.

Remember the good ol’ days when it was all about hard work and clean living?  Not anymore.

Instead of relying on God to strengthen us, whether in school or elsewhere, we go for gadgets and our own imaginations, our own technology. Since when is an “A” so important that we’ll screw around with the bodies and brains God gave us? What about simple work? What about trusting God to guide us along the path He has for us? But, no. Again, we look for the shortcut, something rife with possibilities for accidental damage and/or abuse.

Here is the link to the full article.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3914600/US-Air-Force-experiments-create-supersoldiers-enhanced-mental-skills-boosting-brains-electric-shocks.html

FDA Clinical Trials of Ecstasy

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?   Psalm 27:1

FDA Approves Large Scale Clinical Trials of Ecstasy to Treat Patients With PTSD

Ecstasy (MDMA) is a Class Schedule 1 drug in the US in the same category with heroin. It’s known as a “rave drug” which gives clubbers “a psychotic feeling of happiness.”

According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse –

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/mdma-ecstasy-abuse/what-are-effects-mdma

– a single does can give a person decreased anxiety and a general feeling of well-being within an hour of taking one dose. That’s the good news.

Here’s the bad news:

MDMA can produce a variety of adverse health effects, including nausea, chills, sweating, involuntary teeth clenching, muscle cramping, and blurred vision.

It’s use is often associated with long periods of high physical activity. Here’s the problem with that:

MDMA can also reduce the pumping efficiency of the heart,6 of particular concern during periods of increased physical activity, further complicating these problems.

As if that isn’t enough, MDMA does not metabolize well. In other words, the body does not get rid of it easily.  It stays for some time.  Long enough that the chances of overdose are increased, worsening the toxic effects of the drug.

You’ve heard of the old saying “ignorance is bliss.” From the NIDA site, it seems that’s about how it works.

In the hours after taking the drug, MDMA produces significant reductions in mental abilities. These changes, particularly those affecting memory, can last for up to a week, and possibly longer in regular users. The fact that MDMA markedly impairs information processing emphasizes the potential dangers of performing complex or skilled activities, such as driving a car, while under the influence of this drug.

Over the course of a week following moderate use of the drug, many MDMA users report feeling a range of emotions, including anxiety, restlessness, irritability, and sadness that in some individuals can be as severe as true clinical depression.14 Similarly, elevated anxiety, impulsiveness, and aggression, as well as sleep disturbances, lack of appetite, and reduced interest in and pleasure from sex have been observed in regular MDMA users.

Sorry, but I’m not even at the article yet, so here we go. From the article:

The phase three trial, funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), will involve 230 patients or more…It has been banned since 1986, ranked as dangerous as LSD and heroin.

Well, my first question is just who the heck is Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies; MAPS to their friends and donors? I visited their website – http://www.maps.org/ and the very first thing I saw was a headline screaming the topic of research into MDMA, complete with pictures of WASP-ish individuals, all-American family type folks, and even a family with toddlers. There’s also a picture of some Woodstock-looking scene with a circle of people holding upraised hands.

A little something for everyone.

Farther down the home page is an equally large headline promoting their research into “LSD-Assisted Therapy.” You too can attend their Psychedelic Science 2017 conference in – where else? – Oakland, California.  Even the logo is in psychedelic rainbow colors.

Remember that LSD was the CIA’s drug of choice in their supposedly shuttered MKUltra program.

Also from my series on the book DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral: https://jeffreyhking.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/pirates-of-the-sacred-spiral-part-8/

1940 – Having grown bolder as they continued their work in both genetics and evolution, “They crossed the line into science fiction when they claimed to show the Mendelian inheritance of traits such as feeblemindedness, pauperism, shyness, moral control, nomadism, and shiftlessness.” Page 77

Continuing from there, they publicly promoted the idea that those saddled with serious genetic defects should not be allowed to reproduce. In other words, forced sterilization.

As people began to realize that “serious genetic defects” might be a bit more arbitrary than at first blush, an uprising against eugenics began. They were pronounced guilty by association with the inhumane genetic “improvements” that were being pursued in fascist Europe. This is the year they finally had to officially close their Eugenics Record Office, although they continued their research “underground.”

To connect the dots here, the reference from the above quotation is regarding fairly open attempts at eugenics – essentially what the Nazis were doing – here in the United States of America. In fact, Hitler was heavily funded by the Rockefellers and the Bushes.  Yes, THOSE Bushes  The USA eugenics were aimed very pointedly at Negroes along with the mentally ill and criminal types.  The means were forced sterilization and drug treatments.  Addison’s disease was a research focus due to the tendency of sufferers to develop black skin pigmentation.  They were trying to “cure” society of Negros more than trying to help victims of Addison’s Disease.

Now we have drug research trying to find a way to “help” people with autism and PTSD. These certainly fit the profile of undesirables in a society envisioned by the Rockefellers, Carnegies, and Bushes.

To be a bit more succinct, if cliché, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”

I would encourage you to read the article for yourself and see what questions you might want to ask.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3986874/FDA-approves-large-scale-clinical-trials-ecstasy-treat-patients-PTSD.html

America Great Again

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;    Deuteronomy 30:19

That’s the headline on the Drudge Report that led to the article at this link. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-14/dollar-on-top-as-fed-pulls-the-trigger-asia-index-futures-mixed

The essence is that the US and world financial markets have come out of hiding ever since a business man’s business man, Trump, was elected president of these United States. Whether you think he’s the most savvy guy on the planet or P.T. Barnum’s heir apparent, perception is reality, and this is what’s happening.  All indicators are up and the US is leading the charge.

America is great again!!

If money and business are your benchmark, we are indeed. But what has really changed?  One thing and one thing only; Trump won the electoral votes to become president.  He did it constitutionally, and there’s the end of it.

If your benchmark for greatness is something else, we’re no better off than we were in October. The courts have ruled that Christmas is an officially secular holiday.  Babies are still being aborted.  Euthanasia – a.k.a. killing unwanted, infirm, or just plain really sick people legally – is on the rise.

And the rule of law continues to break down. Here’s a link to another article: http://nypost.com/2016/12/14/electors-are-being-harassed-threatened-in-bid-to-stop-trump/

People are sending death threats and harassing the electors of the electoral college unless they throw their vote – illegally, mind you – to Clinton. Even though Trump won the right to those electoral votes fair and square.  One individual wrote to tell an elector that, if he casts his ballot for Trump, he should put a bullet in his mouth.

I can’t help feeling the new bloom of hope with good news in world markets. I must, upon reflection, wonder if this isn’t a calm before the storm.  I know it takes more than money to make a nation great.  It takes God.

Money may appear to be buying us a reprieve, but don’t believe it will last without a big change in the spiritual markets too.

Revelation describes the Fall of Babylon in the end times. Read the following selected verse from chapter 18 and see if New York City, the world’s financial center, doesn’t bear a close resemblance.

After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily[a] with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”   And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached[b] to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities….

“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12 merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 13 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. 14 The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you,[e] and you shall find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17 For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18 and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’

NYC is indeed a great city. The wealth of the earth passes through her.  If she were indeed laid waste, wouldn’t the businessmen and sailors behave just as written hear?

I’m not saying New York City IS what Revelation is definitely describing, but it bears watching, no? And in light of our country’s monetary riches and moral losses, do we not resemble the mold, if not fit it?

What makes any country great? Money is not the answer.  God is.  We might breathe a brief sigh of relief that business is up and that we might be able to make a decent living once again, but I am certain that this is the calm before the storm.  If our financial institutions who caused all of our pain and suffering have not had a change of heart, if they have not decided to follow God instead of the money, how long do you think it will be before we fall again?  And harder?

How America Voted on OTHER Issues in November

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3919096/Death-penalty-minimum-wage-gun-control-right-die-America-voted-measures-affecting-country.html

DEATH PENALTY

“In Nebraska, voters reinstated the death penalty. California had two competing measures on its ballot, one repealing its rarely used death penalty (FAILED) and another that would speed up appeals so convicted murderers are actually executed (PASSED).  Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to make it harder to abolish capital punishment.  It also declared that the death penalty is not a cruel or unusual punishment.”

This is a tough issue. I’m not a blood-thirsty guy.  If someone murdered someone I loved, knowing they were executed or even watching it happen myself would not make me feel better.  All that really matters, though, is what God says about the government executing criminals.

Romans 13:4

For he (the ruler) is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.

God apparently saw the need for a death penalty. I’m not saying it’s good for a society any more than, say, the Allies going to war against the evil of the Nazis, but then NOT doing it may well be worse.

LEGALIZED MURDER

OK, I know it’s assisted suicide, euthanasia, or some other pleasant-sounding name. I still say – and so does the law, by the way – that any death caused by human intervention is murder.  I have much more to say on this topic, but I’ll just ask you to search these topics on my blog: Euthanasia, Abortion

Here’s what happened with this issue last month:

“65% of Colorado voters approved a measure that will allow physicians to assist a terminally ill person in dying. with a sleeping medication that becomes lethal in high doses…joining Oregon, Washington, California, Vermont and Montana.”

Just a thought; if you can off someone with an overdose of sleeping medication, why all the problems this past year with legal injection? Orders of the wrong drugs resulted on a swing and a miss on the actual death itself or an especially gruesome show in another case.  One prison discovered that the one company that makes this lethal cocktail has decided to stop making it.

Oops.

Why couldn’t someone run over to Walgreens and get a case of Unisom?

My point being, when we want to kill someone who’s suffering, we can do it pretty well. If it’s a murderer/kidnapper/rapist who’s on death row, we suddenly turn stupid.

UP IN SMOKE

“Eight states voted to legalize marijuana for recreational or medical use on Tuesday, now giving nearly a quarter of Americans access to cannabis.  California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, giving a huge boost to the campaign to allow pot nationwide. Californians may have embraced marijuana on Tuesday, but the tobacco industry received a major blow in the state.”

So smoke that calms nerves and maybe gives you a bit of a kick is very bad. Smoke that essentially intoxicates you (and I’m focusing on the recreational legalization here) is good.  Both are smoke and inherently not good for our lungs.

I’ve heard the alcohol argument, but justifying doing something wrong because it is similar to something else that is wrong is just stupid.

I had a friend who stopped smoking pot in high school, because he realized he was losing his enviable vocabulary, and his effectiveness on the debate team was declining. I am thinking it not an unreasonable conclusion that folks fighting for legalization of recreational marijuana use by making the alcohol comparison simply didn’t quit smoking the dope soon enough.

UM…

“California residents rejected an initiative that would have required adult film actors to use condoms while filming sex scenes.”

I once spoke with someone whose friend owned a strip club. He would go in just to talk to the girls and make sure they were OK.  Most of them had alcohol and drugs problems to one degree or another.  The tragedy is that those problems only surfaced as the girls self-medicated to deal with the negative psychological effects of stripping and being objectified by leering men.

A few Californians were worried about condoms. I repeat: “Um…”

GUNS

“…voters in California and Washington state toughened gun control laws.”

See my article from last December: https://jeffreyhking.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/gun-violence/

Also see this Washington Post article on gun violence: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/03/weve-had-a-massive-decline-in-gun-violence-in-the-united-states-heres-why/?tid=sm_tw

 

See the full article on November issues: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3919096/Death-penalty-minimum-wage-gun-control-right-die-America-voted-measures-affecting-country.html

I’m Voting For…

Romans 13:4

For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.

I’ll tell you who in a bit. I just want to be clear on a few things up front.  My point is to share my PROCESS, not make a recommendation!  I’ve gone from not wanting to cast a presidential vote for the first time in my life to thinking I should do SOMETHING and then back again to apathy.  Several times.  At this time – IF I go vote tomorrow – I think I know who I’ll pull the lever for.

God institutes governments for His purposes. I’m reminded of Israel’s Babylonian captivity.  God raised that “government” to give Israel a much-need spanking.  Of course, they got theirs in the end.  God also influences the affairs of men, as he did in the story of Esther, when he denied sleep to the king.  The king then had some old proclamations read to him, theoretically to help him nod off, I guess.  That’s when He was reminded of a debt he owed to Esther’s uncle, ultimately saving the day.

We also need to be active to be part of God’s work. I say that not even God can steer a car that’s not rolling.  Perhaps, when we vote, we are playing our part in God’s plan.  Perhaps.

To the presidential race; this has devolved into a “Your mother wears army boots” playground squabble.  Neither candidate’s message has anything to do with how they will be good for the country.  It’s all about the other person being the lowest form of life.

I was listening to a radio show yesterday, and the host quite correctly pointed out that a discussion of whose transgressions are worse is a non-starter. Not saying either set of allegations is true, but if true, how can one “pick” either rapist or traitor?

He made the point that in this whole election it’s all accusations. No one has had due process; neither Clinton nor Trump.  The Constitution says “Innocent till proven guilty.”  The problem is that due process isn’t going to happen by end of day tomorrow.

To me the question boils down to our NECESSITY of playing judge, jury, and voter by the time our respective polls close tomorrow. Since we can’t morally choose if a traitor or a rapist will make a better president, the question, for me, boils down to this; which candidate is least likely to be convicted if indicted?

I will also add this, because until I heard about it yesterday on the radio, I hadn’t heard about Trump being accused of rape. I had heard how he’s been accused of being a misogynist pig, etc. but the rape thing was news for me.  Sorry.  I cut off my cable, and I only read news on the internet.  It’s been a busy week.

IF you think that the rape charge is bogus – where was she all of these years, only to show up now? – Trump is left being a self-aggrandizing, egomaniacal, misogynist pig of a man. According to “The Psychopath Test” by Jon Ronson, all CEO’s of large corporations have at least elements of being a psychopath if not being an out-and-out psychopath.  It has to do with the sort of decisions that need to be made at that level and the lack of empathy that psychopaths tend to display.  To put it another way…

…I’m reminded of Jack Nicholson in the last courtroom scene in “A Few Good Men.”

“My existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives!…You WANT me on that wall! You NEED me on that wall!!”  https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=chr-yie11&p=you+want+me+on+that+wall#id=1&vid=e091065a31aecddd737ba0d190d44179&action=click

Would I want to have Trump or Nicholson/Col. Jessup over to meet the wife and kids? Would I even want to go have a beer with Trump or Col. Jessup?  The obvious answer is, “Aw, HELL’S no!”  But maybe – just maybe – a seasoned businessman who spends a fair amount of time dancing along the out-of-bounds line is what’s needed in a world of government leaders with far lower ethics and morals than Trump.

Given the amount of information out there and the idea that too many coincidences turn into a pattern, I think Clinton is criminal; I once read a list of people associated with the Clintons who ended up dead with very interesting timing. For some people, “Benghazi” is the only word needed.  For others it’s “Lewinsky.”

All that being said, Trump would be who I vote for if I go tomorrow. And I reiterate; I’m not putting this out here to convince anyone to make the same choice.  I’m just sharing my thought process in the hope that it might help others at this down-to-the-wire moment.  If you find a hole in my thought process and want to vote for Hillary, please share!  Just be polite or I’ll delete your comments.

Of course, if I decide that Trump really is a rapist, maybe I’ll just stay home tomorrow, eat a lot of chocolate, and watch a movie.

UPDATE:  At 3:54 PM, 11/7, the London Daily Mail Online reports an update on the rape accusations against Trump:

“But DailyMail.com has been told that elements of what Johnson had claimed crumbled at the last minute…

A source with knowledge of the controversial case told DailyMail.com: ‘Katie Johnson’s account had been believable and compelling right up until the last minute. 

‘But new information emerged that suggested she had not been telling the truth.

‘Ultimately it was discovered that Donald Trump’s name had been inserted into this, he was not involved whatsoever. After that she had no credibility.’

“…she also said that in 1994 she had no idea who her attacker was and that it was only when she watched The Apprentice that she came to believe it was Trump, claiming that she could not forget her attacker’s face.”

I figure sharing this update is only fair!