Freedom Isn't Free! Freedom is fragile. Will we lose our Freedom? We Might!
Freedom Isn't Free! Freedom is fragile. Will we lose our Freedom? We Might!

God’s Word tells us, in Joel 1:3:  “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.”  This is still excellent advice for Americans today in regards to the topic of ‘freedom’, because if any group of people is in danger of losing the liberties bequeathed to them by their Fore Parents, it is the people of the U.S.   It is US!  The Founders of the United States were a pretty wise collection of men (aided and encouraged by a wise collection of their wives and mothers, I’m certain).  By declaring “Independence” from Mother England they knew they would be considered as traitors to the King and would suffer the consequences should they be caught by the King’s men.  Benjamin Franklin reminded his countrymen (and especially US) that, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  Franklin’s words are doubly true today.

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(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY THE TIMES EXAMINER     WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2001)

“…And as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone forth unto many, yea in some sort to our whole Nation.  Let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.”

So wrote William Bradford, longtime Governor of the Pilgrims’ colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1630, and one of the true giants of early American history.  Unfortunately, most Americans,  especially our youth, have never heard of William Bradford and know virtually nothing TRUTHFUL about our Pilgrim Forefathers and Mothers.  Today, the Pilgrim story is lost amidst the typical American celebration of Thanksgiving—turkey, dressing, gravy, football, parades, and naps.  Almost forgotten is the spiritual bravery, the courage, the sacrifices, the terror, the joys and sorrows that this brave little band experienced on their way to establishing not only a Christian colony in the frozen forests of Massachusetts, but ultimately the Country that most of us say we love—America.

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(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES EXAMINER NOV. 27, 2002)

"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth," painted by Jennie Brownscombe in 1914. Attended by around 90 native people and perhaps 50 Pilgrims. It was not called "Thanksgiving" by the Pilgrims in 1621. It was a celebration of their harvest and a time to praise God for His Blessings.

It is sad that so much of true American history is being forgotten, consigned to the memory hole of left wing political correctness that infests what passes for public “education” in our country.  A case in point is the true story of the “first Thanksgiving” (the one in Plymouth, Massachusetts, not the probable real “first” thanksgiving that was held in Jamestown, Virginia).  The coming of the “Saints and Strangers”, or the people known to history as “the Pilgrims”, to the bleak shores of Massachusetts in December, 1620 should be as well known to our people—young and old—as is the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, but sadly Rudolph wins out every time.

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I’ve been a member of the National Rifle Association for decades, and despite some recent “family bickering” within that group, I’ve always been proud to be a member. Founded by two Union Generals in 1871 to promote civilian marksmanship training and improvement (following the dismal record of shooting abilities by Northern soldiers during The War For Southern Independence), the NRA became, in the 1970’s, the nation’s foremost advocate of maintaining  the INDIVIDUAL’S right to keep and bear arms, a Second Amendment Freedom which is usually attacked by liberals, firearms haters, freedom despising socialist “progressives” and Marxists, and mentally confused moonbats who love to parrot the left wing line that our Second Amendment is NOT an individual right, as are ALL other rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights, but applies only to the collective right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms as part of a State militia.  Balderdash!  I also belong to Gun Owners of America, an organization that many 2nd Amendment supporters believe is even more effective than the N.R.A.  If those facts make me “persona non grata” in your mind, perhaps you need to vacuum out some of the inaccurate “trash” therein and begin reloading it with TRUTH!

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Pray that Americans will always honor God first and then our Nation!
Pray that Americans will always honor God first and then our Nation!

Can you complete that Scriptural quote I began in the title to this article?  Some who claim to be knowledgeable of God’s Word probably can’t.  Some who don’t claim to be Christians, or who are “pagans”, probably can.  Our world can be a strange place at times, and no more strange than in our application of God’s Holy Word to both our national affairs and our daily lives.  So, let’s begin by completing the quote from the title to this article,  found in PSALM 33:12:

“Blessed is that nation, whose God is the Lord, even the people that he hath chosen for His inheritance.” - 1599 Geneva Bible

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” - 1611 King James Bible

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance.” - New International Version Bible

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Our hands may be wrinkled, but our spirits are still resolute.
Our hands may be wrinkled, but our spirits are still resolute.

We’ve all heard that sage observation that “getting old isn’t for the faint of heart, or for wimps”.  At the age of 83, I can verify the truth of that wisdom, as the “aches and pains” of the years constantly do battle with me.  Each week I seem to discover new joints that I never knew I had, and getting “started” in the morning is becoming  a painful challenge.  Younger folks sometimes question the abilities of “experienced” seniors, but are themselves often in a mental fog when we relate historical events that are perfectly clear to us, even though they may have occurred decades previously.  (True history is a “foreign concept” to many of our younger citizens, sadly.)

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Choose Wisely on Nov. 3, Because Your Life May Depend on It!

I wrote a version of this article for The Times Examiner just before the November, 2016 presidential election.  I warned my readers then of the serious threats to the loss of our constitutional freedoms if the treacherous and anti-American Democrat ticket, led by Comrade Hillary Clinton, was victorious.  Thankfully, despite the best illegal efforts of that Klan of New Bolsheviks to threaten and lie their way into the White House,  the American people elected Donald Trump, and at least the worst potential for the trashing of our republic was averted for a time.  Now the still somewhat free but increasingly frustrated and fearful citizens of the U.S. are faced with a looming cultural catastrophe so serious and so potentially devastating to our freedom that it must be considered as nothing short of the potential termination of our battered republic as it has existed under the U.S. Constitution since 1787 should the Klan of New Bolsheviks (formerly called Democrats) take control of the White House and both houses of Congress.  Yes, it IS that serious!

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Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” - Colossians 3:1-2 (N.I.V.)

 God’s Word seems clear enough on the surface.  Christians, at least, are cautioned to not overly concern themselves with what goes on “in the world”, because while we are “in” the world, we are not to be a part “of” the world (or as some teach—the world “system”).  The implications these admonitions have for Christians who have some degree of concern for what happens in the world—and especially the country-- in which we live have been cause for disputations and hurt feelings and possibly misinterpretations of motives for generations, and even more so in our present society, which appears to be rapidly disintegrating around us, as the once strong influence of Christianity obviously is waning in our country due to the indifference of many who call themselves “Christian”, at the same time that the “Satanic Disciples of Godless Socialism” are infesting our body politic, shredding  our culture, rampaging and pillaging in many of our cities, and who appear to be in the ascendency (but they aren’t).

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Yes, I know.  Mars is called the “Red Planet”.  Over the past few decades we’ve seen some phenomenal pictures from the various NASA “Vikings”, “Mariners”, “Pathfinders”, and “Rovers”, those intrepid little explorers who send back great panoramas and detailed photos of Mars over 200 million miles or more back to Earth.  As Mr. Spock from Star Trek might observe:  “Fascinating”!  But when I observe the “color” of Planet Earth, I’m referring to the “color” of its prevailing political structures, which are heavily skewed to the collectivist/socialist hue---RED (the despicable socialist commies are not known as “blues”, are they?)  But, you say—everyone knows that “communism” is dead over most of the world, with the exceptions of China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, Ethiopia and---well, it might still be “twitching” here and there, but it is dead or dying over most of the world.  Right?  Well, I hate to disillusion you, but in reality there has never been a real “communist” country anywhere in the history of the world!

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Last time we discovered a little known (or at least seldom taught) part of American history which revolved around the activities, and fate, of HMS Gaspee, one of King George’s warships (a two-masted 8 gun schooner), which had been used very successfully in 1772 in Narragansett Bay off the coast of Rhode Island, to disrupt what the colonists considered to be “free trade”, but which the British government considered “smuggling”.  Again, I’m indebted to two authorities on this subject, The Warwick, Rhode Island ‘Digital History Project’, and Dr. John Concannon, Webmaster of Gaspee Virtual Archives, from both of which I quote freely to tell this tale of what may have been one of the main events that precipitated the War of the Revolution.

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The Burning of HMS
The Burning of HMS "Gaspee," June 9, 1772, off Namquid Point, Rhode Island. Prelude to the American Revolution.

We’ve all heard the almost immortal words:  “Taxation without representation is tyranny”; most of us have been taught that these were the fighting words that ignited our War of the Revolution on April 19, 1775.  As much as I dislike throwing “cold water” on such a venerable link in the chain of American history, I must conclude that “taxation”, with or without “representation”, was NOT the original motivator of our British American ancestors, as they existed uneasily with the might of “Mother England” and pondered their relationship with their parent country.

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Before we begin our foray into this topic, let’s examine how Webster’s Dictionary defines “earn”: 

  1. To receive as return for effort and especially for work done or services rendered; to bring in by way of return;
  2. To come to be duly worthy of or entitled or suited to—i.e. ‘she earned a promotion’;
  3. To make worthy of or obtain for—i.e. ‘the suggestion earned him a promotion.

Seems pretty cut and dried, doesn’t it?  But what does it really take to “earn” something?  Obviously it takes an expenditure of time and/or effort.  Often an outlay of money is involved, as in investing in more education in order to “earn” a higher income in future years.  According to the dictionary definitions above, there are also non-monetary ways of “earning” something, such as earning another person’s trust.  This type of “earning” requires a degree of character that is sometimes more difficult to attain, and can be more challenging to accomplish.

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Thomas Jefferson Anderson (1910-2002), Patriot Extraordinaire.
Thomas Jefferson Anderson (1910-2002), Patriot Extraordinaire.

Ah yes, I remember him well!  Tom Anderson, that is.  Who, you may ask, was Thomas Jefferson Anderson (1910-2002)?  I thought you’d never ask.  Around fifty-two years ago I attended a meeting in Lancaster, S.C.  The speaker, Tom Anderson, was a man who had the reputation of being a “straight talker”.  That reputation was well earned over his long life of 91 years, and from his birth in Nashville, Tennessee in 1910, including years of serving God and Country, he always strove to honor the spirit of our nation’s Founders.  That long-ago talk of his I attended included two of his favorite stories and, although he was not their author, he used both of these stories constantly to hammer home his points that Americans were swiftly losing their freedoms because we were being “conned” into accepting “free stuff” that was leading to the loss of our Constitutional liberties.  Let me recount both of those stories for you.

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Last time, we looked at the first of several of  God’s Providential Miracles performed in this amazing WW11 tale, starring a young woman named Peggy Covell, and her “heart change” involving total forgiveness for people who had killed her missionary parents in the Philippines in 1943.  She was the first link in this miraculous chain of God’s “events”, which changed not only her life, but also the lives of two other principles she inadvertently interacted with.  Inadvertently, perhaps, in her mindbut NOT in God's plan."

Staff Sergeant Jacaob DeShazer (1912-2008). This photo was taken in late 1945 after he had recovered from the effects of over 3 years as a prisoner of war in a Japanese Prison Camp. A
Staff Sergeant Jacaob DeShazer (1912-2008). This photo was taken in late 1945 after he had recovered from the effects of over 3 years as a prisoner of war in a Japanese Prison Camp. A "Doolittle Raider," he spent his life as a Christian Missionary to Japan.
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“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do….”  (Luke 23:34).  These words, uttered by our blessed Savior as He suffered on that terrible cross for us, have changed countless lives over centuries of time, and without doubt are doing so this very moment, and will far into the future.   Forgiveness’, as difficult as it may sometimes be to extend to another,  is perhaps one of the most powerful commands that our Savior taught us, and surely is one of the most emotional reactions that separates mankind from the other life forms on Earth. As we will discover, forgiveness is what unites people, and ultimately nations, that had pledged to never forgive each other. 

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... The U.S. Must Protect Its Citizens From Disease While Starting the Urgent Work of Planning for a New Epoch"

That quote from the Wall Street Journal on April 3, 2020 in the title of this article is by one of the senior, and one of the most dedicated, members of the treacherous and treasonous Council On Foreign Relations, Henry Kissinger, one of that anti-American sovereignty organization’s long-time apologists, and one of the most powerful “deep staters” alive today.  That WSJ article reminded readers that although the Covid-19 virus is borderless, in his view it continued and strengthened international cooperation along several fronts, all of which subtly lead to one of Dr. Kissinger’s long-time goals—world government—a vision that he has followed his entire life.

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