Friday, August 26, 2016

I will no longer waste my time and energy voting for my next master

One of my favorite blog sites is the Bionic Mosquito. The owner explains the name of the blog thusly:

Why bionic mosquito?: Some talking head on CNBC, when referring to Ron Paul, called him a “mosquito.” My reaction – if he is a “mosquito”, he is a pretty powerful one. Hence the name….If there is one day a resurgence of freedom and liberty in the West, history will record that Ron Paul was the one individual most responsible for sparking the movement.

In one of his latest blogs he discusses how some folks will vote for Trump out of pragmatism, while others will vote for some third party ticket or not vote at all out of principle. )

In his conclusion he states:

I do not plan to vote for any candidate. Yet I do not fault those . . . who call for supporting the lesser of two evils when it comes to slave-master (to use his terminology).

I am in substantial agreement with the Mosquito, but I suppose I would go yet a step farther. I have come to the point that I will not vote because I DO NOT CONSENT to the system and casting my vote implies consent. By my participation I would also imply my acquiescence to the ultimate outcome. I am  well beyond that also.

I will not vote for Trump. I have no reason to believe that he will be one whit better than Hillary on practically any issue. But even if he presented himself as an ideal candidate, I would not vote for him. I will no longer waste my time and energy voting for my next master . . . and that is what the Amerikan Presidency has been for far too many years now.

I will rather do what I can to educate and encourage my fellow liberty loving Southerners that we might prepare ourselves for another way – the way of small, local, accountable government rather than that of the large, distant, unaccountable and tyrannical state.

So I will continue to encourage folks to forgo voting, for the sake of fortifying their own consciences and breaking their own devotion to the bankrupt empire.

Having said and done all that, I will not condemn anyone who still feels that they must vote for Trump or for one of the other less viable options. I just pray that at some point in the not too distant future they will be awakened from their sheep-like slumber. I pray that finally their delusions concerning the viability of voting will be shattered.

I close with an excellent video from John Whitehead, President of the Rutherford Institute, discussing the futility of voting and presenting some thoughts on more positive alternatives.

John Whitehead: If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn’t Let Us Do It

Deo Vindice!





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Friday, August 19, 2016

A Fierce Christian Warrior of Compassion and Humility

We Southerners and Christians have a vast army arrayed against us and it’s needful that we become fearless warriors to face the onslaught against our faith, our culture, our history, our traditions, our homes and our families.

By the same token we must be careful not to become the very thing that we fight against. In fighting the Empire we must not become ruthless, unfeeling and unprincipled yankees in the process.

We cannot do better than seeking to emulate the Christian character of General Robert E. Lee. There is much to be learned from his life and his words.

When facing an invading army, Lee’s desire was not for their demise, but rather that they would simply go home and tend to their own business. Unfortunately, it seems almost impossible for the yankee to mind his own business and when required Lee was certainly ready to send the invaders into the next world. Consider the following incident that took place in the context of the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Insight of the enemy on the Rapidan, General Lee was standing near his lines, conversing with two of his officers, one of whom was known to be not only a hard fighter and a hard swearer, but a cordial hater of the Yankees. After a silence of some moments, the latter officer, looking at the Yankees with a dark scowl on his face, exclaimed, most emphatically, “I wish they were all dead.” General Lee, with the grace and manner peculiar to him replied, “How can you say, General! Now I wish they were all at home, attending to their own business, and leaving us to do the same.” He then moved off, when the first speaker, waiting until he was out of  earshot, turned to his companion, and in the most earnest tone said, “I would not say so before General Lee, but I wish they were all dead and in hell.” When this “amendment” to the wish was afterwards repeated to General Lee, in spite of his goodness and customary reproof of profanity, he could not refrain from laughing heartily at the speech, which was so characteristic of one of his favorite officers. [almost certainly that officer was Lt. Genrl. Jubal A. Early]
      -- Life of Jefferson Davis: With a Secret History of the Southern Confederacy, Edward Alfred Pollard, p.427

I know that I too often demonstrate the spirit of General Early rather than that of General Lee, but we would all do well to cultivate General Lee’s compassion. It seems that there was not a vindictive bone in General Lee’s body, as further demonstrated by the following example. 

This story was relayed by a Union soldier. This incident happened at the battle of Gettysburg, sometime after the disaster of Pickett's charge:

"I had been a most bitter anti-south man, and fought and cursed the confederates desperately. I could see nothing good in any of them. The last day of the fight I was badly wounded as a ball had shattered my left leg. I lay on the ground not far from Cemetery ridge, and as General Lee ordered his retreat, he and his officers road near me. As they came along, I recognized him. And though faint from exposure and loss of blood, I raised my hands and looked Lee in the face and shouted as loud as I could, “Hurrah for the Union! Hurrah for the Union!”. "The General heard me, looked, stopped his horse, dismounted, and came toward me. I confess I at first thought he meant to kill me. But as he came up, he looked down at me with such a sad expression on his face that all fear left me, and I wondered what he was about. He extended his hand to me, grasping mine firmly and looking right into my eyes said “My son, I hope you will soon be well”. "If I live a thousand years, I shall never forget the expression on General Lee’s face. There he was, defeated -- retiring from a field that had cost him and his cause almost their last hope. And yet he stopped to say words like these to a wounded soldier of the opposition who had taunted him as he passed by. "As soon as the general left me, I cried myself to sleep there on the bloody ground."
      -- Memoirs of Robert E. Lee, General A. L. Long

And yet one more example that took place after the war when Lee was counseling one of his young students at Washington College:

“Perhaps there was never a better example of meekness under trying circumstances than the simple story of a sophomore who had been called before the president to be impressed with the fact that he must mend his ways or become a failure in life.   ‘But General, you failed!’ answered the youth (who, no doubt, regretted that thoughtless remark all through his after life). The great man of his day and generation answered without the least resentment: ‘I hope that you may be more fortunate than I.’”
      -- The Maxims of Robert E. Lee for Young Gentlemen

May we all seek to emulate the humility, compassion and gentleness of the Christian Gentleman, General Robert E. Lee, but let us never confuse meekness with weakness. Lee dearly loved his country (Virginia) and would fiercely oppose any who would do her harm. He ever remained the staunch advocate and defender of his Southland and the bitter enemy of those who would oppose it.

I close as we reflect upon the words of General Lee to Governor Stockdale of Texas at the conclusion of a meeting just shortly before Lee’s death: 
“Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in my right hand.”
      -- The Life and Letters of Robert Lewis Dabney, Volume 3, Page 499

By the Grace of God, may we strive to be honorable Christian Warriors in the mold of our great Chieftain, General Robert E. Lee. It is becoming increasingly evident that it we will be called upon to pick up that sword once again.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Faithfulness Still Matters

The motto of the Marine Corps is Semper Fidelis. “Always Faithful.” Should that motto also apply to a Marine’s family life?

It’s been over 45 years now, since I graduated from The Basic School in the early 1970s as a young Marine Corps lieutenant. The one thing that remains clear in my mind, from the all words that were spoken at that graduation, is the admonition from our Commanding Officer, Colonel George W. Smith. (I would later serve under Smith as his Officer-in-Charge of the Leadership Schools after he had been promoted to Major General and was serving as the division commander of Third Marine Division in Okinawa.)

Colonel Smith pointedly told us young officers that he would never trust a man to honor his oath to the Corps and the Constitution, who did not honor his marriage vows to his own wife. If such a man would cheat on his wife, why should it not be assumed that he would cheat on his country?

Yes, those words stuck with me and I have had many occasions to apply them throughout my life.

Of course, they do not only apply to Marine Corps officers; they are equally applicable to politicians, government officials, businessmen, preachers and common laborers. They are applicable to anyone with whom you deal.

Some folks today would have us believe that what someone does in their private life has nothing to do with their trustworthiness or ability to serve in some public capacity. Such a belief makes no sense whatsoever.

What someone does in their private life demonstrates to us who they really are . . . and we would be wise to heed that lesson that they teach us.

So, do you still want to ask me why I will not be voting in the upcoming presidential elections? Really?

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Should we vote for the lesser of two evils?

Should we vote for the lesser of two evils? How, pray tell, would we even be able to determine that, given the two candidates that are being put forth by the major political parties?

Most of the folks I know, who hold views that are somewhat compatible with my own are advocating Mr. Trump as the lesser of the two evils. Many insist that it is imperative that folks like myself vote for him to avoid a Hillary presidency.

You might consider the following quotes from Mr. Trump and explain to me again why I should vote for him.

* “If I ever ran for office, I’d do better as a Democrat than as a Republican” (1990)

* “I’m somewhat liberal on social issues, especially health care.” (1999)

* “You’d be shocked if I said that in many cases I probably identify more as a Democrat.” (2004)

* “I’m totally pro-choice.” (1999)

* “Look, I’m very pro-choice … I am strongly for choice … I am pro-choice in every respect.” (1999)

* “If two people dig each other, they dig each other.” [Concerning sodomite marriage] (2005)

* George H.W. Bush is “a great man. He’s a man I support.” (1988)

* “I like John McCain.” (Twitter, May 28, 2013)

* Mitt Romney “is the steady conservative who can restore America’s future.” (2012)

* “Jeb Bush is a good man. I’ve held fundraisers for him. He’s exactly the kind of political leader this country needs now and will very much need in the future. … He’s bright, tough, and principled.” (2000)

* Barack Obama is “a man that not only got elected, I think he’s doing a really good job.” (2009)

* “Oh, yes, he’s a champion. [Barak Obama] I mean, he won against all odds. If you would have looked—when he first announced, people were giving him initially no chance. And he’s just done something that’s amazing. He’s totally a champion.” (2009)

* “Hillary Clinton is definitely smart and resilient.” (2000)

* “I think that a lot of people will be looking at Hillary’s record as secretary of state, and she will be defending that, and I’m sure she’ll do a good job of defending it.” (2013)

* “I know Hillary and I think she’d make a great president …” (2008)

* “She has a husband that I also like very much.” (2007)

* “I see NATO as a good thing.” (2016)

* In favor of invading Iraq? “Yeah, I guess so.” (2002)

* “Qadhafi in Libya is killing thousands of people … We should go in, we should stop this guy, which would be very easy and very quick.” (2011)

* “Angela Merkel is doing a fantastic job ….” (2013)

* John Kerry is “a very solid and stand-up guy.” (2013)

* “Eminent domain is wonderful.” (Fox News, October 6, 2015)

* “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.” (2000)

* “Millions and millions of women—cervical cancer, breast cancer—are helped by Planned Parenthood. So you can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood that are helped greatly.” (2016)

* Concerning Princess Diana, Howard Stern asked Trump in the interview. “You could’ve gotten her, right? You could’ve nailed her.” Trump replied: “I think I could have.” (1997)

I realize that in many cases Donald Trump now claims positions quite contrary to those set forth above. But the fact is, you can quote Donald Trump on virtually both sides of any issue that you can think of and what’s to say that he won’t change his views again tomorrow. He’s already flip-flopped on numerous issues during this campaign, in some cases literally overnight. How can you trust anything that comes from his mouth?

He is obviously a man without a rudder, without a moral compass, without integrity.

So you Christians who are bound and determined to vote for him as the lesser of two evils . . . be my guest . . . personally, I couldn’t live with myself.

Explain to your children how you are voting for a man who has been married three times and who brags about his marital infidelity. Then feign astonishment as Amerika plunges into a moral cesspool.

Exactly what does guide Donald Trump? What are his foundational principles? The Bible? The Constitution? I believe it is quite evident that he is guided by neither of those. Does he just make it up as he goes? Apparently so, whatever works, whatever Donald wants.

For the record, I have not voted for any of the major political party candidates for several decades. So you might want to take that into consideration. I have voted for third parties in the past. I have more than once written in “Jefferson Davis.” I have entirely skipped voting at all.

As it stands now, I probably won’t vote in a national election again. I am convinced that it makes no difference whatsoever. The establishment’s candidate will win, regardless of their party affiliation and things will only deteriorate.

I’m also disinclined to vote in local elections any more as well, generally there is little real choice there either.

Folks get all excited about the election cycle . . . and win or lose . . . nothing changes.

We need to wipe the slate clean and start all over again.

I believe that God may be just about ready to accomplish that . . . and I don’t think that voting for Trump or Hillary will make a lick of difference.

Deo Vindice!





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