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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Opus 2018-300: The American Curse

America is cursed with affluence.  We live in a nation where the tradition of free enterprise has not yet been destroyed by the socialists.  They are getting close, but still no cigar.  Couple that with our concept of Christian compassion and concern for the poor and you have a nation where the poverty classes live at a level that is the envy of most of the world.  You have heard the litany before about A/C, HD TV, cars, I-Phone, etc that are common in even welfare homes.  We are an affluent nation.

It will bring us to our knees eventually.  Material wealth and comfort has a strong attraction.  It gives us an excuse to do things that are culturally suicidal.  I had another example this week.  We were talking to a tradesman and he commented that child care was eating him up.  Since keeping children in the home is one of our bully pulpits we recommended home schooling and only one parent working.  The discussion went on but eventually it came out that his wife had a good job that rewarded her not only financially but personally and she “likes the finer things of life.”

There it is, the American curse:  We like the finer things of life and they are in reach.  All we have to do is mortgage our children and compromise our values.  The destruction of our children is not just a matter of sending them to day care so we can have a new car.  It goes on all the way to college.

We send our children to colleges because they need a degree to be considered successful.  I don’t know if you are paying attention but professors and administrators in our university system tend to be godless, left wing pagans who are evangelistic in their desire to brainwash the next generation to submit to socialism and one world government.  I am not exaggerating.  Look at the classes they are forced to take as freshman that deal with diversity and multiculturalism.  Even “Christian” colleges are submitting to the New Age world view.  Much of the compromise comes because they want government grants and federal money never comes without strings.

Take it down to the secondary level and the foundations are being laid.  History is rewritten and key facts are left out.  People are included in books because of their gender or lack of it.  People who did nothing are mentioned so that the publisher can claim a quota of different races and cultures.  Significant figures are ignored because they are white and/or male.

And don’t get me started on nursery school.

We have more to fear than ebola and AIDS.

homo unius libri

Friday, December 14, 2018

Opus 2018-299: The 17¢ Revolution

France has been putting on their yellow safety vests and rioting in the streets.  We keep hearing it is over a gas tax and that gas in France is now $7.00 a gallon.  We hear about how this increase is forcing the working classes to give up their cars and destroying their life styles.  It sounds serious until you start hearing the actual numbers.

I had heard other numbers but today I read that the increase in the gas tax in France was about 17 cents a gallon.  What that means is gasoline was already about $7.00 a gallon and they added a few cents more.  This is hardly a cause for revolution.  It could be that someone finally leaked the information that here in Texas I am paying less than $2.00 a gallon and that blew the lid off.  It has to be more than that.  I am guessing that the reporting we see in the MSM is deliberately ignoring deeper reasons for revolution in France.  And the uproar is spreading to other countries.

I would suggest that the rioting has other roots.  One might be the kid gloves being used in dealing with the Muslim invaders that are slowly taking over the country.  I don’t think the rioters went into the areas that are Muslim no-go zones.  Another might be the almost total lack of voice that the common people have in France as well as the rest of Europe.  The EU is a powerful group of unelected bureaucrats that regulate the lives of the common, unwashed masses to the point of tyranny.  It could also be that their socialistic life style is finally catching up with them and they are having a tantrum.  It could be that the labor unions have such a lock on the matter of life-time employment that the young people who can’t get jobs are unhappy. 

It could be many things.  Maybe they are just rioting because they do not share a border with the United States that they can sneak across.  For France we don’t need a border, we have an ocean.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-298: Line-Up

Have you seen the pictures from the funeral of George H.W. Bush?  In the front row you have a lineup of presidents and spouses.  In between the worse president in history and the second worse president in history you have a wife who had never been proud of America until her husband was elected, A president who deserved to be impeached and his gansta moll who has a long line of dead bodies behind her.  In the context of what has gone before people get upset that the current president is not as smooth as they want. 

When I look at that picture I realize how the hand of God has been on our country.  We have survived all of them.  If you don’t believe in miracles then just accept it as an early Christmas present.  If you are a “never Trumper” then rest in the assurance that if the country can survive that group, it can survive Trump.

homo unius libri

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Opus 2018-297: Eternal Questions

Will we brush our teeth in eternity?  Will we have teeth?  Will we need to wash our hands?  Will we have hands? 

My wife often asks me what I have been doing.  I don’t have the courage to share with her all of the deep pondering that is going on in my head as I stare out the window.  The only reason I share it on the internet is that very few of you know who I really am and most of you are embarrassed to admit it.

Keep in mind that just because the questions are silly, it does not mean they don’t have answers.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-296: Cornerstone Considerations: BRI, Two Edged Speech

To those who did not vote for Democrats in the last election it is clear that the immense platforms provided by Facebook and You Tube are being used to censor and control the information available to those who believe what they see on MSM.  Actually they are trying to silence the rest of us too, but that is a bit harder at this point.  We tend to be outraged that they would do this.  At the same time we pay lip service to freedom of speech.

The significant part of the Bill of Rights reads,
“Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;”
Are there limits to freedom of speech and the press?  Society has said, “Yes”.  The courts have said, “Yes”.  So what are those limits and how do we determine them?  We have fancy words like “defamation”, “libel” and “slander” but what do they mean?  Actually there are two factors that come into play:  Truth and intent.  The place where the law is clear involves making a statement you know is false in such a way that it damages someone who is not a public figure. 

We need clear lines between what is allowed and what is not.  We need clear penalties for crossing those lines.  We need to enforce the law and be willing to put up with everything that does not break it.  The sword must cut both ways in limitations and liberty.

The real checks will be found in culture, not in government.  Notice that the First Amendment says that “congress” is not to limit our speech.  That does not mean that social pressure cannot make a difference.  It used to be you could watch a movie or listen to the radio without a constant stream of F-bombs and smutty language.  The reason was not so much legislation as pubic outrage at such lack of decorum.  The industry policed itself because people demanded it.  You just did not do such things.  I know what locker room lingo is like but the mouthy adolescents who were showing how tough they were knew that they had better not talk that way in public.  Why did that worry them?  There mother would find out.  Now their mother is teaching them.

We as Americans need to start drawing limits.  That means we start with ourselves.  We need to start talking like we are on 1950's TV during family time.  And we need to start giving people the “look” when they use such language.  One thing I used to do was point out that I didn’t need to pardon their French because the word they used was Anglo-Saxon.

Like many things necessary to make life better, we tend to want liberty for ourselves and for others to toe the line.  If we don’t want to have laws enforcing speech codes in our homes like they are doing on University Campuses we need to start setting the example.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Opus 2018-295: Second String

I have become the second string, the back up quarterback, the pinch hitter.

When my wife came home after being gone a few weeks the cat would have nothing to do with her.  That lasted as long as it took the cat to realize that I was no longer the source of food.  The cat disappeared from my room for days.

Now she is appearing again on occasion.  When she does I can conclude that my wife is asleep or has left the house.  It is a good thing I don’t care about cats that much or I might get my feelings hurt.  As it is I know the cat has a need so I pet her when she gets in range.

We both seem to be able to live with that.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-294: Why Trump?

I have moved from an “anybody but Hillary” Trump voter to almost unquestioning support of the man.  It has been quite a journey and it is fueled by just about everything I see going on in our popular culture.  So why have I become one of those people who believes he is the man of the hour?

Trump represents the best current chance for a return to the rule of law.  I hear the stuff the conspiracy nuts are throwing out about military tribunals and thousands of sealed indictments.  As in any conspiracy there is probably a grain of truth.  The problem is you don’t know which grain it is.  I look at them the way I look at Biblical prophecy:  You won’t know until it is too late.  My confidence is that one reason Trump is moving slow on certain things is because he respects the Constitution, the rule of law and due process.

Trump demonstrates the total prostitution of the news media and the “watchdog” press.  Remember the story of the little boy who cried, “Wolf”?  Remember the story about the kings new clothes?  In both cases, people caught on.  I think our public is more like Charlie Brown repeatedly trusting Lucy to hold the football no matter how many times it is ripped away.  It is simple:  The MSM lies, about everything.

Trump really cares about America and what it means to be an American.  That may be one reason why the elites (Democrats, Rinos, Progressives, Communists, Socialists, liberals, etc) hate him so much.  What else do they need?  They hate the common man having liberty, thus, they hate Donald Trump who actually believes in America.

Trump really cares about the common folk.  It is not just talk and manipulation like we get from socialists who are “for the people”.  It is not just using the children for an excuse to push any perversion or limitation of our freedom.  We see countless examples of his caring when no one was paying attention.

Trump is hated by all the forces that want to turn the United States in Venezuela.

The things that disturb me about Trump are really minor:  A tendency to locker room talk, a tendency to exaggerate, and he gets two scoops of ice cream.  They are minor in reality and when compared to the flaws of the people attacking him they become minuscule. 

The condiment that pulls it all together is the reality that you can’t believe anything the press tells us at this point, and I do mean anything.  It really doesn’t matter if they are deliberately lying or just ignorant and delusional, the results are the same.  Deceit, fraud and deception are the standards for the MSM.  They hate the man so much that they are quite willing to cut off their nose to spite their face.

As a Christian I know that the final solution is not political but spiritual.  In spite of that I believe that God can work through Donald J. Trump and seems to be doing so.

homo unius libri

Monday, December 10, 2018

Opus 2018-293: MSM RIP

Most of us are more than weary with what we see going on in the MSM.  Let me suggest that the national news organizations might be as much a victim as the rest of us, maybe more because they are so ignorant.

The powers behind the elites want to silence the free press.  They can’t do it with laws.  The courts would probably draw the line there.  They can do it with ridicule.  The public confidence in the news media is as low as its trust of congress.  Yes, that low.  How long can they survive being laughed at?  I often wonder how they keep paying the bills when people are turning them off.  How can you generate ad revenue when it is based on the number of people paying attention.  Maybe it is because the people like Soros and Bloomberg are subsidizing them in the hopes that they will dig their own graves.

Picture a business that is not making money but owns some prime property.  The bank will keep loaning them money based on their equity.  When they are in deep enough the bank will pull the plug and get the property.  For the bank the equity is land and buildings.  For the manipulative elites with bottomless pockets the equity could be a truly free press.

So the MSM is living on the equity of the public trust.  As measured in circulation and number of viewers that equity is about used up.  Disney bought Fox, the only news network that had shown growth.  Fox is sounding more liberal on a daily basis and I believe that means fewer people will be tuning in.  It could be we are nearing the day when the super wealthy cabals will turn off the subsidies and the free press will die.  Since the internet giants are already distorting our access and selling our information the New World Order folks will be able to take over and no one will know.  By censoring just a few web sites they could shut down our constitutional government and it would be a long time before I would notice on my hill top in Texas.

We live in complicated times, or am I just in one of those moods?

homo unius libri

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Opus 2018-292: What Happened to Admin?

One of the points of controversy in Christian circles deals with the age of the earth.  Bishop Ussher determined creation as happening on October 22, 4004 B.C. by going through all the ages listed in the Bible and taking it “literally”.  I came across an example that might mean that is not as accurate as we would want.  One of the points of the “old earth” school is that names could have been skipped.  I found an example of that in the genealogies of Jesus where a name is left out. 

Before you put me away on the dusty shelves I would like to proclaim that I am not an avid studier of things like genealogies.  I just happened to be looking through them to confirm something I had heard many times.  I had heard it said that both Mary and Joseph were decedents of David but through different lines.  So I compared the line in Matthew chapter 1 which goes from Abraham down to Jesus, through David.  In Luke starting in verse 23 you find a different genealogy.  It is different from Joseph to David.  Note how it is phrased.
(Luke 3:23 KJV)  And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,
The key to the difference here is the “supposed”.  This is because of the virgin birth.  Since Joseph was not the physical father of Jesus it was necessary for Him to trace His physical descent through Mary.  I assume this has something to do with what modern, new agers have with the patriarchy. 

Luke also works backward while Matthew worked forward.  Luke goes all the way back to Adam, not just to Abraham.

I will let you find the missing name and come to your own conclusions. 

homo unius libri

Friday, December 7, 2018

Opus 2018-291: Precious Memories

Why do we remember things like Pearl Harbor?

There are reasons that do not fit in with the American character.  We do not remember so that we can keep the hate alive.  The Spirit of Reparations and Vengeance is not American.  It comes from the ancient concept of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”  Americans follow a different rule.
(Matthew 5:43-4 KJV)  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That is why we built up Japan and Germany after World War II.  To many it seemed stupid.  It certainly went against all the traditions of history.  It created two allies that may disagree and disappoint but are still allies. 

We remember so that it will not happen again.  Being allies and friends does not mean being stupid.  The lesson of Pearl Harbor was to remain vigilant.  It was not to disarm but beware.  I live in a great neighborhood.  I have great neighbors.  I still lock my doors. 

President Reagan made an observation.  I doubt if he was the first one and I hope he won’t be the last.  I paraphrase, The best way to avoid war is to be so strong that no one will risk attacking you.  And of course that strength must be real, not just smoke and mirrors.  The fleet at rest in Pearl Harbor was not weak.  It was simply unprepared.  The time to take a nap is when someone else is alert.

So remember Pearl Harbor.  Forgive but do not let that be an excuse to rest on our laurels.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-290: Baby Talk: Ego Deflation

It will be at least six months before I actually get to see my granddaughter again.  I get pictures in my e-mail and get my fix with Skype so I am not going through withdrawals.  I look forward to the day when I can actually look her in the eye and work on the bonding. 

A word of caution is necessary.  When the baby responds I am impressed until I see her also talking to a toy.  I think I have done a great job of reaching her baby mind.  I am proud of myself.  Then I see her doing everything within her growing powers to reach her fathers toes wiggling in his sock on the floor. 

That is okay.  I will take what I can get and be grateful.

homo unius libri

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Opus 2018-289: Allowing the Adolescent to Grow Up

One mark of maturity is the responsible exercise of liberty.  You have seen this if you raised children.  Some young people are worthy of access to the family car and the freedom to do things with their friends.  Others require early curfews and constant monitoring.  I remember that I never had a deadline to be home and had a car if one was available.  I had those things because I was responsible.  I was so responsible that I was boring.  Parents would call my parents to see if I was home.  If I was still out running around they assumed there children were not in trouble.

The First Amendment is a mark of liberty that was given to the press among others.  They were given the right to say anything they wanted about the government without fear of censorship or reprisal.  They did so.  If you think today is extreme you can find even more in the historic press.  At one point we had the idea of “yellow journalism” which was an early code word for Fake News.  The difference in those days was that you had two ideologies pushing fake news and if you read both sides you had some chance at arriving at a bit of truth.

That has changed.  Since the right has retreated from the public square the MSM has become a single voice declaring Fake News from just about every outlet.  If you are paying attention even Fox has succumbed to the Siren call and for the most part can no longer be trusted.  They have taken the freedom enshrined in the Constitution and turned it into a license to destroy.  When a teen ager misuses freedom there are penalties.  I am not sure what kind of penalties we can levy on the press because we still believe in non-censorship.  We need to find something but it needs to be a something that keeps freedom of the press enshrined.

One easy method is to carefully pick who has access to the president.  Another is to go to court immediately in cases of libel and slander.  Another is to put on trial reporters and editors who obviously have betrayed national security.  And, as I have said before, we can stop subscribing and buying.

A more difficult method would be to start some newspapers.  I know about how no one reads newspapers.  I hear the same thing about books but the publishing industry is doing quite well, thank you.  The reason people don’t read the newspapers is they are not worth reading.  Twenty years ago I heard people saying they would not take the L.A. Times if it was not for Jim Murray in the sports section.  Notice how the Weekly Standard has gone from success to failure in a few short years of turning on Trump.  Did they expect a subsidy from the Clinton Foundation?

I hope the media grow up.  I have felt the same way for a lot of teen agers.  I am still waiting on both.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Opus 2018-288: Want to Be Highly Favored?

Mary was a wise woman even if she was young.  She had been listening in Sunday School and paying attention to life around her.  So when the Gabriel showed up she was a bit upset.
(Luke 1:29 KJV)  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
What got her “troubled”?  It was probably his opening words.
(Luke 1:28 KJV)  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
She was worried because Gabriel said she was “highly favored”. 

Now most people would think this was cool.  “I am favored by God.  Look out world, here I come.”  You know the statement “If God is for you, who can be against you.”  That is an example of worldly application of eternal truths.

We need to understand that when God says we are worthy and blessed it usually means, “You have been selected for something that is going to challenge the sox off you.”  God has an agenda.  He has a universe to put through its paces and, to be honest, your personal agenda for the day is not His number one priority.  Mary was doing okay.  She had a husband lined up.  She had her place in society.  She was recognized by all as a virtuous young lady.  Life was planned out.

Then God said, “Have I got a job for you.”

Mary knew this was not going to end well.  She was right.  It started with being branded as a slut and having her husband-to-be getting ready to send her away to a home in the country.  It ended in standing at the foot of a cross where her first born had been crucified.  Okay, it did not end there.  He was resurrected, but she did not know that at the time.

Are you ready for God to use you?  I am almost sure that it will be a hard road.  It will also be a glorious road. 

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-287: Since They Can’t Tax Flatulence, an Additional Thought

When I went to post about a meat tax I realized that I was not giving the elites all the credit that they have due.  It is entirely possible that they will find a way to tax flatulence.  We are battling smart meters for our electricity.  We really don’t need the government being able to control every appliance in our house.  My new I-Pad has an ap that will let me set it up to run everything.  I guess the millennials have no sense of privacy and are trained to let Mommy take care of them.  It doesn’t take much of a jump to believe that there could be a required chip in new toilets that would measure the amount of gas being released.  Then we could have a government program to retrofit toilets.  Only friends of congress need apply for a permit or perhaps they would be reserved for preferred minorities.  We are now required to install fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  Some are required to have radon sensors in their basements.  Why not a methane detector.  Think of all the lives it would save.  Think about how we could rest easier at night.  Ultimately it is for the children, right?

This would be a special problem for older people.  We would be targeted and become pariahs in society.  We would set off alarms in public places and make the neighbors install huge fans.  We might be required to erect airtight tents over our houses.

My mind boggles at the possibilities.  I find comfort in knowing it will be for my own good, and of course for the children.  I am also wondering if I am getting enough sleep.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Opus 2018-286: Since they Can’t Tax Flatulence

In many blue enclaves they are taxing drinks containing sugar.  It is for your own good of course.  Now Powerline points out that the elites are moving on to a new target:  meat.  Actually the attack is not new.  You have long heard about cow farts causing global warming.  You have heard about how the grain used to fatten up cows takes food out of the mouths of children in third world countries.  Since you have not listened, the battle is being escalated to bring you to your knees.
“Another important addition to the conversation around meat is the PLoS One paper discussing health-related taxes for red meat.”
This is a quote from another publication called “The Lancet”.

When the elites (Progressives, Communists, Socialists, Democrats, Rinos, liberals) start talking about taxing something like meat you need to remember a quote attributed to Daniel Webster and John Marshall:
“The power to tax is the power to destroy”.
I heard it used as an explanation of why churches were tax exempt.  It is also something that has been used to attempt to bring down those who are too successful for the taste of the anointed ones.  Ultimately we need to understand that the America haters want to use tax policy to destroy the United States of America and hollow out your freedoms so that your choices are limited to what is best for you, and them.  They want to make the decisions about what to do with your excess income and when that is gone they will start in on necessities.  They think of Venezuela as a success story.

homo unius libri

Monday, December 3, 2018

Opus 2018-285: On the Street: Self Image

I have always had problems with self image.  I have always felt like the odd man out.  It is amazing looking at pictures of myself from college and seeing that I was pretty trim.  I always thought I was a blimp.  This kind of thinking is why I don’t like to wear shorts in public.  Why would I want to subject anyone to my legs. 

I wish the favor was returned.  I just saw a guy walking around in his front yard with nothing on but a pair of shorts.  It was not the most horrible thing I had ever seen but it was nothing to brag about.  I wonder what kind of self image produces the shirtless wonders, spandex babes and sagging tattoos that populate our culture.  And they flaunt it. 

I guess that is just another reason to not go out.  At least in a book the visions are limited by my imagination but as someone said, what has been seen cannot be unseen.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-284: Want to Be an Omelet?

You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.  That is obviously true but like many sayings you can push it too far.  Would you make an omelet from fertilized eggs that are days away from the chicks breaking out?  Also keep in mind that you can’t do much of anything with eggs if you don’t break them.  I guess you could boil them, but then what?  People are not eggs.

Socialists down through history have broken a lot of eggs.  The leftists who are in it for power alone don’t care about the pain as long as they win.  The true believers think that the end justifies the means and that some day we will thank them for the destruction they are causing now.  Today’s Progressive leaders, be they labeled Republican or Democrat, only care about their omelet but talk about the eggs a lot.  One bit of cognitive dissonance that has been pointed out is claiming that they are for the children but at the same time advocating killing unborn children with abortions.  Historically socialists have butchered untold millions of people in the name of the people.

Capitalists break eggs too but they generally pay for the eggs so they only break what is necessary.  They realize that eggs are not people.  A genuine capitalist realizes that it won’t do him any good to make fancy computers if no one an afford to buy them.  A genuine capitalist knows that he can make more money if workers are paid enough to live well.  A capitalist knows the difference between fertile eggs that produce more chickens and the ones that have no use if not broken.  Capitalists make omelets that are big enough to share so that no one goes hungry.

All societies have elites.  Someone will be on top.  Socialists by their nature are elites that must use force to stay in control.  Capitalists are elites who stay on top by risking their own wealth and reaping the results.  They don’t use the police to force people to buy their products.  The modern perversion is called crony capitalism which uses government force in the form of regulations to do away with competition. 

Which direction do you want the country to go?  Remember that in socialism only a small controlling minority will enjoy the fruits of society’s labor.  In capitalism there is a massive majority that live well in addition to the very rich.  Think about it next time you are tempted to vote for someone who promises to reward you with government largess.

homo unius libri

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Opus 2018-283: Ode to Old: Do I Know You?

When I checked the story behind a link I made the mistake of looking at the side show of articles on a British “news-site”.  It made me feel old.  As I glanced down the screen I noticed that I had no idea who these people were.  From the accompanying pictures I could make a few wild guesses but for the life of me I don’t have any idea why I should care that some woman was seen on an outing with her daughter or why another was on the beach in a bikini. 

After a moments reflection I decided I would rather feel old than know who these people are.  I do have a life even if not as much as I used to have.  People need to visit the biography section of the library.

homo unius libri

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Opus 2018-282: Election 2020: A Thank You

It might be good for all of us to write a letter like this:

Dear Mr. Putin,

There is a segment of our talking heads class that claims that the election of Donald Trump was brought about by the meddling of the Russian government. 

I just want to take a moment to thank you.  Unlike you, I was not enthused about Donald Trump as president.  The only thing that got me to vote for him was the prospect of “Reset” Hillary being elected.  I concede that in this area your wisdom exceeded mine.  I am reasonably sure that your motivation and mine were entirely opposite but for a brief moment we moved in the same direction.

I am hoping that our man will run again in 2020.  Somehow I don’t think you will be too excited about that, after all, we are at least your competition if not actual enemies.  If you plan to back his opponent I will understand and wish you all the effectiveness that you had last time.  In case that is not clear I am hoping your efforts will be as weak and bumbling as they were in 2016.  It does not surprise or anger me that you tried to influence our election.  I would expect you to do nothing less that improve the condition of your country.  I am sure that you will understand if the benefit of Russia is not first on my agenda.

I bear you no ill will.  I think that it is possible for there to be more than one strong, secure country in the world.  At present it seems to be just America but why not Russia and China if they can get their houses in order.

Sincerely,

Pumice

homo unius libri