“…Pilgrim history (is) a story which has no end.  It will end only if people suffer a failure of nerve in the quest for basic human rights.  It can honestly be said that ALL who cherish freedom are Pilgrim descendants.”  (PILGRIMS THEN AND NOW, by Rev. Gary Marks, Plymouth, Mass.)  (1990)

I’ve stood several times on the top of Cole’s Hill, overlooking the historic harbor at Plymouth, Mass.  Below this ancient but now “manicured” hill lies the rock, Plymouth Rock, underneath a beautiful marble canopy.  Out in the harbor is the spot where, in the miserable late Fall of November, 1620, about 102 stalwart people, plus crew, arrived in a decrepit 180 ton converted freighter named Mayflower.  Cole’s Hill, at that time, was a craggy bluff overlooking a small rocky beach just big enough for a landing party in a small “shallop”. 

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“And he said, Hearken ye all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem,  and thou, King Jehoshaphat:  Thus saith the Lord unto you, Fear you not, neither be afraid for this great multitude:  FOR THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD’S.”  (2nd Chronicles 20:15-17: 1599 Geneva Bible).

For those who are unaware, the 1599 Geneva Bible was THE Bible used by our Pilgrim Forefathers (they didn’t like the KJV).  Certainly it was read and preached from during the hazardous and tedious 66-day voyage from England to the New World during that increasingly stormy and  harsh Fall on the Atlantic Ocean in 1620.  Fierce storms and huge waves and wretched living conditions below decks would have turned most modern people back from whence they came.  Not so for these 102 stalwart souls who had determined to separate from their old world and, trusting God for guidance and protection, build a new and religiously separate colony in the wilderness of North America.

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That is a question for the ages, isn’t it?  Most of us, I’m sure, have heard that term used  our entire lives as Christians and as Constitutional Patriots.  But what is “Divine Providence”, really, and has it changed the course of mankind’s history over the ages?  The Christian blog, “GOT QUESTIONS”, answers the question, “What is Divine Providence?” as follows:

“Divine Providence is the governance of God by which He, with wisdom and love, cares for and directs all things in the universe.  The Doctrine of Divine Providence asserts that God is in complete control of ALL things.  He is sovereign over the universe as a whole (Psalm 103-19), the physical world (Matthew 5:45), the affairs of nations (Psalm 66:7), human destiny (Galatians 1:15), human successes and failures (Luke 1:52), and the protection of His people (Psalm 4:8).  This doctrine stands in direct opposition to the idea that the universe is governed by chance or fate.”

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We’ve all seen them in person or on video:  Little flying mammals who come out around dusk in search of insects or fruit to eat.  A few of them seek out blood to drink, and are called “vampire” bats.  Most people are afraid of bats (which don’t get in your hair), but except for the remote possibility of being bitten by a rabid bat, they are harmless to humans and generally are beneficial to mankind.  All except one.  The moonbat is truly dangerous to human safety and happiness because it is wingless, cunning, and resorts to perfidy, subterfuge, mendacity, lies, and violence to survive and attack its opponents.

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I wrote a version of this article for The Times Examiner almost ten years ago, but considering the seriousness of the times we find ourselves living in, and considering the warnings of impending doom staring our historic American Constitutional Republic in its face should the despicable members of The New Bolshevik Party (formerly Democrats) regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and/or the U.S. Senate in the November 6th, 2018 elections, I thought it imperative to redo the lessons therein, and publish them to a wider audience in the digital version of The Times Examiner.  The original “story” is not mine, and my previous article said “author unknown”, and still is. I’ve ‘updated” it so the guilty parties will be immediately recognizable.

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A long time ago (actually in 1956, my second year in university), I took a public speaking class.  I really enjoyed that semester, and I’ve done a fair amount of public speaking since those days, an activity that I do enjoy.  One of the class assignments was to come up with a “proposal” to accomplish something unusual or difficult, or both.  Searching for a suitable topic, I suddenly came up with a “eureka--I have found it” moment.  I had recently been reading, for my very first time, about the loss of the passenger liner, Titanic.  What better “unusual” topic could there be, in those halcyon days of 1956, then to come up with a proposal to “RAISE THE TITANIC,” which became my talk’s title? 

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The first two lines of James Lowell’s (1819-1891) epic poem, “The Present Crisis”, remind us that: “When a deed is done for Freedom, through the broad earth’s aching breast, Runs a thrill of joy prophetic, trembling on from east to west.”

Various people throughout the world may have a different perception of “freedom” -- i.e. what it means to them – how they define it.  The Oxford Dictionary includes what I consider to be pertinent definitions:

  • The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants;
  • The absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government;
  • The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.

 

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I wrote a version of this column in the printed version of The Times Examiner back in 2013.  The “historical” part was written by someone named “Robert”—and I still don’t know his last name.  Considering that it deals with our 2nd Amendment, and considering the degree of hatred and derision being directed against this great freedom by people who should be rejoicing that we have it, and considering that if we lose our 2nd Amendment sometime in the future, then much or all of our Constitution will go down with it, a “decent respect” for the opinions of my fellow Americans impels me to share these thoughts with you once again. 

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A couple of years ago, for the old print version of The Times Examiner, I wrote a version of this article.  I read it again recently and it gave me a few chuckles.  In this time of stress and demands for “societal change”, perhaps you’ll get a few much needed laughs to brighten your day, if only for an instant or two.  Many of us recall, with lots of nostalgia and fondness, that great musical film, “The Sound of Music.”  We saw it in Charlotte, N.C. for the very first time in 1966, and I confess we were delighted by the wonderful music and songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the interesting script, based only VERY loosely on the real history of the Von Trapp Family Singers of Austria, prior to WW11. 

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ALLAH THE “MERCIFUL”

SUCH MILD MANNERED MEN THESE MUSLIMS BE—

“PEACE AND LOVE” FOR THE WORLD TO SEE.

THEY LOVE THEIR “BOOK,” SO THEIR MULLAHS PREACH,

BUT ALL THE WHILE OTHER FAITHS THEY BREACH!

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“No one can serve two masters.  Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  Luke 16:13.

Back in the “ancient times,” in February of 2001, I wrote an article for the print version of The Times Examiner titled: “The Growing Curse of Hyphenated Americans.”  I felt strongly about this problem of “divided loyalty” among Americans then, and I haven’t changed my opinion one bit since. If anything, I’m more disturbed over the “curse” of hyphenated Americans today than I was then, when it was an irritating problem, rather than the impending catastrophe it has become. 

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We’ve all heard the word, “fascist,” quite a lot lately. Every so-called “main stream media” outlet is proclaiming that fascists are evil racists (they are both), noxious “right wing extremists” (nope) who are in league with President Trump (not true) and his “bad, bad, bad” conservative/populist allies in the ranks of “The Basket of Deplorables,” as Comrade Hillary Clinton labeled them. (A few months ago, no less an authority than Rush Limbaugh said that Hillary was a COMMUNIST, so I’m just using her appropriate title).

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A few months ago my wife and I rewatched that glorious old 1951 film, QUO VADIS, which starred Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, and the venerable patriot, Robert Taylor.  You may recall that QV was a love story that revolved around the clash between the corrupted Roman culture, based on the veneration of a “Supreme Leader,” and the new Christian faith, based upon the worship of a “Supreme Savior.”  One scene impressed me, because while it wasn’t Biblically accurate, it did illustrate the film’s message of duty to God before duty to country. 

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Many years ago, the famous Russian author, the late Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, in one of his speeches:  “More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that have befallen Russia:  They said ‘men have forgotten God’…” 

Solzhenitsyn’s understanding of the underlying cause of most of the problems of the 20th century (and up to this very moment) is accurate, because without any doubt, much of mankind (whether  it’s the ‘majority’ or not, I can’t say with certainty) seem to either have forgotten our Heavenly Father, the Creator of everything (including us) or at least seem to be well down the road to putting Him out of their lives.  We are well into the first quarter of the 21st century, and the disturbing facts are that many in the so-called “Christian Church” seem to have forgotten Him as well, or at the very least have declared to God that we, his created ones, no longer are disposed to read and study His “instruction manual for successful living and eternal life”, otherwise known as God’s Word, our Bible!

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In the late summer of 480 B.C. an event occurred that shaped the spirit of resistance to tyranny from that time to this very day.  What motivates people, when faced with insurmountable odds and the virtual certainty of their own deaths, to nevertheless take a stand against the forces of evil that they see swiftly enveloping them?  Over untold centuries, men and women have fought and died for principles, for home and country, for the survival of their loved ones, for their faith, or simply because the alternative of giving up and surrendering to the Dark Forces was unthinkable.  These people realized the eternal truth that often, and perhaps always, death is better than life as a slave who is forced to serve the enemies of freedom.

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Alongside the road to Beaufort, S.C., near Yemassee, stand the still impressive ruins of Old Sheldon Church.  Originally built between 1745 and 1753, it was used by American patriots during our Revolutionary War to store arms; hence it was burned down by the British in 1779, and rebuilt in 1826.  Tradition has claimed that it was again burned and gutted by the marauding devils from General Sherman’s army of pillagers and despoilers; but recent evidence in a letter from an on site visitor in 1866 claims that Old Sheldon was NOT burned down in 1865 but was gutted by the locals after the War For Southern Independence, and its materials used all over Beaufort, S.C.  Be that as it may, the ruins presently stand in grand and haunting majesty, reminders of a time that once was, but is no more.

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