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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.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Opus 2021-141: Watch Out for Bathtubs

I saw another testimonial for the vaccine today.  It was another man who was nagged into the shot by his wife.  I am wondering how often this is the case.  In his defense, this problem goes back a long way.  Remember Adam and Eve.

(Gen 3:12 KJV)  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
The other big influence on getting the vaccine seems to be the children that people sent off to college to be brain mushed.  Yes, the same ones that are referred to as “snowflakes” and “millennials”.  The ones who don’t have any idea about the scientific method when they claim to follow the science.  The ones who think that global warming is going to kill us all.  The ones who can’t get a job that pays more than minimum wage.

What are we coming to?  We have a media that sees its first priority to brainwash the masses into submissive, fear-corralled sheep.  We have a government that is seeking the same goal with the coercive power of a growing police state.  Now we are listening to the ignorant to decide what to do with out lives.

From what I see, with all the reports of side effects, complications and even deaths, the vaccine is more dangerous than the disease.  And when I say that I acknowledge that most of what we hear is antidotal, deliberate lies or misinformation.  That is true about both sides.  What is clear is that the panic virus is not near as dangerous as everyone claims.  Keep in mind that people drown in their own bathtubs.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-140: Time for a Hug

When I first heard the term I was amazed by the total lack of self awareness involved.  It was the acme of arrogance.  It was the height of hypocrisy.  I felt like an adult listening to a child claim he didn’t take the cookie when the crumbs are still around his mouth and down his shirt.  I refer to the silly speak of “multiracial whiteness.”

And then I realized that I had come home.  The clock that was broken had made it to the twice daily chime point.  I came to understand that multiracial whiteness was exactly what I was raised with.  It was taught in my home.  It was taught in my church.  It might have even been taught in my schools.  

Of course we did not call it such a loaded bit of attempted slander.  It was summed up in the phrase, “The ground is level at the foot of the cross.”  It started by knocking us down as a race, and by that I mean the human race.

(Rom 3:23 KJV)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
All.  Not just a social class.  Not just an ethnic grouping.  All.

Then we are told how we can be lifted up.
(Joh 3:16 KJV)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Notice again it is the world and “whosoever”.  And then there is the statement of where we are after God works in us,
(Gal 3:28 KJV)  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
You ask, “Where is the multiracial whiteness?”  Glad you asked.  Keep in mind that the people who originally came up with this are actively working to destroy Western civilization.  They have a special hatred for Christians.  When they say “white” what they mean are the people who live their lives in a way that is based on the Bible and the Constitution.  That is their definition of white.  Obviously it has nothing to do with skin color except that whites are easy to attack.  We were raised with this silly idea of “turn the other cheek” and “a soft answer turns away wrath.”  By their definition Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Candice Owens and a host of others are white because they believe in truth that does not change based on the latest Gallup poll.

Keep in mind that the haters of the world make a habit of trying to insult and often the insult is embraced.  Christians first received that name as an insult.  Straight was supposed to be kinky.  

So it is time to embrace your whiteness, whatever the color of your skin.  It is time to realize that there is only one race that counts, the human race.  Sorry NASCAR fans, different kind of race.

homo unius libri

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Opus 2021-139: Foolish or Faithful

How many people read the Bible in an attitude of superstition and how many read it as the word of God?  What strange tangent is my mind going on now?

So often we hear the Bible quoted as if reciting the verse is some talisman to ward off evil.  They roll off the tongue.  They sound so good.  But when people say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheth me,” they do so completely out of context and give it a false meaning.  They like to tell us “God is love”, which is true, but they do so having no idea what love means.  This is extra distorted if they have been watching Hallmark movies.

Superstition is the manipulation of the words and objects of power to gain control in life.  You knock on wood to keep bad luck at bay.  I remember one guy telling me if I would put some money in an envelop, write some phrase on the front and send it to his favorite ministry, I would get ten times as much back.  Superstition in people who think they are Christians is attempts to manipulate God like He is some cosmic vending machine that hands out prizes if you bump it just right.

The Bible is a document that only has real meaning when brought to life by the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of a believer.  This is why it tells us that “they” will not understand.  Reading the Bible is not a matter of finding a verse that verifies our presuppositions but a call to find the truth that God wants to share with us at this time.

In this time of uncertainty we need to stop being superstitious and start learning truth.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-138: What Would Mary Poppins say?



I was enjoying the memes that George collected at Georges Grouse and came across one that started off,  

“Did you know?  A teaspoon of cayenne can start heart attacks in a minute.”
Now I want you to know that I am not a doctor whether it be Carson, Spock, Phil or Jill.  I am, however, someone who has found that cayenne pepper can add a bit of fun to a recipe.  It is like sardines in Caesar salad dressing.  A whisper enhances.  Too much gags or elicits screams.  When I make chili with a pound of beef, a can of beans, a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce, not to mention the onions and bell peppers, I put in maybe a quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne and when I enjoy the chili the spice livens things up.  I cannot picture taking a teaspoon of cayenne.  

It might work.  It could also be that you might be so shocked by the pepper it is like being hit with a defibrillator.  

Sorry, I think I will pass on this one.  Just because I enjoy memes doesn’t mean I turn off my brain.

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Opus 2021-137: Crumbling Foundations

Why were the Founders superior to any following generation?  Very few of them were professional politicians.

If you have a copy of the Declaration of Independence take a look at the signatures at the end.  A quick glance shows only one, Samuel Adams, as listing themselves as politicians.  I will concede that there are a lot of lawyers but there is also a good cross section of the types of work that people did in those days.  If you did it to congress today the occupation would be almost 100% “politician”.  Most were lawyers at one point but if you look at how long it has been since they have practiced law then you realize that they are politicians.

I would love to see some serious turnover in congress.  I am not in favor of formal term limits.  I believe the purging should come from the voters booth not laws with loopholes.  Are there people out there who could rise to the level of the Founders?  Probably but they are not willing to go through the attacks and danger of running against the machine of what we call the Deep State.  If I had to recommend anything it would be what I have stated so many times:  Vote the suckers out.  When in doubt, throw them out.  In fact, unless you can make a really strong case to keep someone in office they should be rotated regularly.

2022 is coming.  Elections matter.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-136: Should-a-Beens: Court Packing

I have heard from two lawyers with integrity endorsements that the packing of the Supreme Court is not going to happen.  In their eyes it is just a ploy to distract the peasants while they pass all the other damage to destroy the republic.  We will see if they are worthy prophets.

How worried should we be if it does pass?  I got to thinking about a Proregressive* dream team for the last court of appeal.

Let’s start with Barak Hussein Obama.  You know it would happen.  He is the man who was so blessed that he could go around the Constitution with executive orders.  I think his words were something to the effect that if congress wouldn’t do what he wanted done then he would do it himself.  Just imagine what he could do to improve the world from the bench.

Then of course we would need to have Hillary.  It is possible she might be too old but age discrimination is unconstitutional.  Imagine what would happen to the view of ethics in this country if she were appointed.

That is two.  We need two more.  How about a Shiff/AOC tag team?  You think people are starting to laugh at the Supremes now, just think how it would go if these two were wearing the black robes.  It might make it worth televising hearings and billing it as reality TV.

I am sure we could come up with a lot more from Nadler to Beto.  

God help us.

homo unius libri

Friday, April 16, 2021

Opus 2021-135: Ode to Old: Running on Automatic

I am finding that I can’t run on automatic any more.

I guess another way of saying it is I can’t multitask.  I never was good at it.  Now it is a disaster.

I need to focus or tragedy awaits.  If I am going to put down my coffee cup I need to pay attention or I end up setting it on the edge of a book where it tips over.  The other day I was starting to take my pills for the day and found myself going on automatic. What that meant was I would forget to take one and possibly miss both.  I need to focus.  When driving I now need to either control the car or use my mouth.  

Of course I do go on automatic.  It usually involves sitting and staring out the window, thinking about all the great thoughts of the universe, or, as the comedian said, “Nothing.”  It is also something that I can only get away with when firmly rooted in a non-moving chair.  It does not go well when I am washing dishes or driving.

At least I can’t trip if I am not moving.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-134: Epoch Times: A Primary Source for Statistics

In my search for a reliable print newspaper I finally succumbed to the advertising of the Epoch Times.  I am now on a one year subscription.  I will refer to articles featured in the print edition and try to link them online for anyone interested.  Some posts will deal with the news shared and others will deal with my odyssey of deciding if the Epoch Times is a reliable source of news.

One of the frequent statements you see if you get out of the rut of CNN and other Proregressive* sources of news is that the statistics related to the China Virus are distorted.  It is a constant meme about how people who clearly died from other causes, such as a motorcycle accident, are listed as Covid-19 deaths.  If you are looking for evidence of this you need look no further than the Epoch Times edition of March 24-30 in an article titled “CDC Skewed CCP Virus Fatalities Higher, Peer-Reviewed Study Claims”.  You can also find it at the link.  

They boil it down and let me take it another notch.  Early in the so-called pandemic the CDC issued a new and novel handbook to count the deaths from the new and novel virus.  The old handbook is still in use for every disease except Covid-19.  At the time the study was done the CDC was attributing 161,392 deaths to the virus.  That was under the new guidelines.  Under the old guidelines the total would have been 9,684.  Take another look at those numbers and ask yourself why the CDC would distort the truth so much.

One of the advantages of reading the news on line is that links are embedded in the text and all you need to do is click to look further.  Thus to find the actual document being quoted you only need to click on the highlighted word “study”.  You are welcome to wade through it if you know any woke snowflake that might actually be influenced by science based on facts instead of America hatred.

It is not just the media that is lying to us.  It is not just the Democrat party.  It is a government agency that is supposed to be working to keep us safe.  Instead it is manipulating the country by the use of fear based on false data.

Heads need to roll.  Don’t hold your breath.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Opus 2021-133: Wildflower Watch: Focusing on Yellow

There are all kinds of yellow wild flowers in Texas.  They seem to come up early, stay late and turn up when unexpected.  Identifying them is not on my front burner but I noticed something today.  Some of those ubiquitous yellow flowers seems to be Dandelions.  I only know this because I am seeing the distinctive seed pod appear.

I also am claiming to identify Brown-Eyed Susans.  They have been around before but I had to look for a different picture than the one I had.  They are doing well on our hill.

I also noticed that over night Indian Blankets have bloomed.  I swear there were none yesterday but today I saw them in several yards.  Eventually I expected to see them on my property.

I am wondering if we are going to get more blue bonnets later in the year.  The ones that came up in my yard are already forming their pods.  They may dry out and spread in time to give a second crop.  We shall see.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-132: How Easy It Was

It is hard to avoid the constant mantra about the China Virus and the quick fix vaccine.  On one side we are constantly whipped with panic and told life will never return to normal.  On the other we are told that the vaccine is here and all we need to do it take it to survive.

In case I have not shared it before, no thanks to both paths of thinking.

It occurred to me that the virus and the vaccine have a lot in common.  Both of them have almost no effect on the masses of people that are exposed or inoculated.  It has been clear for months that the virus doesn’t do much to rain on the parade of most people who come in contact.  It also seems clear that the vaccine, at least in the short term, doesn’t effect most people much.  We hear horror stories about both but for the majority it is a far away crisis.

The clear problem in the whole panic is the lies.  The government and media have consistently lied to us about the danger of the virus, the effectiveness of the vaccine and the safety of the vaccine.  They have distorted the numbers of deaths by changing the way the information is recorded and counted.  They have created false studies and reports about the dangers we face.  All seems to be closely tied to creating a fear that convinces people that they must give up their freedom of action and choice.

It is clear that the masses have been well conditioned.  Even when the mandate for masks are lifted, the signs are taken down and the ineffectiveness of the masks to protect you are well known, people still wear the masks.  If the government is allowed to get away with this on a virus that is genuinely mild in comparison to historic plagues, what will they try if China comes up with something really deadly.

So long, Land of the Free.  It has been good knowing you.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Opus 2021-131: Wildflower Watch: Milkweed by Any Other Name...

The neighbors told me it was milkweed.  When I went to my source for Texas Wildflowers it told me it was Antilope Horns.  I little further looking told me that AH is a type of MW.  This seems to be developing as a good year for them, whatever they are called.

For a couple of weeks I have been noticing some flowers that are there in the morning and not during the day.  I think they are called Evening Primrose.  The ones at the link above are pink.  Ours are yellow.  I think they also come in white.

One yard has something that I think is a Texas Dandelion.  It is a pale yellow with specks shooting out of the center.

Another lot has a sprinkling of what I am claiming to be Pincushion Daisy or Perfumeballs.  They develop a globular red head which is distinctive.  I can’t remember how they change as they move toward seed time.

There are some purples all over the place.  My guess is that they are Prairie Verbena.  

Yellow flowers proliferate but there are so many slight variations that I can’t identify them much beyond “yellow flowers.”  Enjoy the mystery.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-130: Off with Her Head

Sometimes I think we are all Proregressives* at heart.  We are very good at throwing our own people under the bus.  What brings this to mind is the recent stumble, or seeming stumble, by Governor Kristi Noem.  

The problem is that I don’t really trust sources from the right much more than sources from the left.  If I look at Noem’s record I see an unbroken string of taking the high road.  It was getting to the point that I was expecting perfection.  Now we have one stumble and everyone is ready to throw her out.  

I would suggest, not so fast.

One of the problems of people on the right is that they have standards.  We believe things.  As a Christian there are certain things I believe, basic doctrines.  I am not willing to be flexible on those.  As a wary Republican there are certain issues I believe in.  Usually they are the ones that are consistent with my Christian beliefs.  That is good.  If we did not stand on what we considered truth then we might as well be Proregressives*.  

Sometimes, or I guess I should say usually, we include things in our “must” categories that would be better in our “should” column.  In theology we have a lot of disagreements.  I enjoy telling Calvinists who believe they cannot lose their salvation that I am more secure than they are.  I can know I am saved.  They cannot.  They can’t really know if they have anything to lose.  I also understand that I need to lighten up and reassure them that they can make it to heaven even if they are wrong on that issue.  Many will not agree with me on that because they don’t think I will make it.  That is their problem.  I refuse to kick them off the team for their error.  We agree on the basics.

In politics you see the same thing.  When Vice President Mike Pence refused to reject the delegations from the states, a lot of people cast him under the bus.  It didn’t seem to matter that he was following the letter of the Constitution and they wanted him to do something that was in that penumbra that the liberals like so much.  What mattered was that he did not conform to their interpretation.  Now for expressing this some of you might be ready to kick me off the reservation, or onto it depending on how you understand the concept.  

Get over it.  And take a deep breath in regard to Governor Noem.  Give the sauce time to simmer and see if it was a quirk or an indication.  

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)
 
homo unius libri

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Opus 2021-129: Wildflower Watch: A New Entrant

The Indian Paint Brush has appeared on our hill.  So far it is just a few red blooms.  I am hoping for more.  I have not been watching the wild flowers in Texas for long but it seems to me that we might be headed for a light season.  The blue bonnets are short and scattered.  I am wondering if the extreme cold is having an afterthought.  

The inch worms are making up for the lack of flowers.  They are letting themselves down from our oak trees on threads like spiders.  They are crawling the walls and getting mashed into everything.

Spring is here.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-128: Olive Branches

The American Revolution was fought by a group of states united against an island trying to dictate to them how to live.  I submit we are in a similar situation.

Washington, D.C. is, for all purposes, an island in the nation.  It was deliberately set up so that no state could control it.  It is now an island that dictates to us in an ever increasing list of ways.

When the colonies rebelled against Great Britain, the British did not have enough troops to send to America and keep up their other commitments.  In the hour of need they turned to mercenaries.  Most have heard of the Hessians.  They were generally German speaking peasants from the Hesse-Cassel state in Europe.  Keep in mind that at the time Germany did not exist as a nation.  

Who would the mercenaries be if Washington needs to deal with defiant states?  How about the Blue Helmets of the UN?  Could the Mexican army be hired to deal with Texas?  Or maybe the soldiers of the Mexican drug cartels.  

The American Revolution did not need to happen.  Samuel Adams and a few other citizens of Boston may have wanted violence but the vast majority of American leaders were trying to find a way to work the differences out peacefully.  Most considered themselves Englishmen and were loyal to the king.  The Olive Branch Petition was sent to the King on July 5, 1775 by the Continental Congress.  This was after the shot heard round the world at Lexington on April 19.  It was a year before the Declaration of Independence.  The King laughed it off.

Will the elites in Washington D.C. continue to laugh the average American citizens off?  Time will tell.  We have a lot of give in the country.  It is hard to know when the camel’s back will be broken.  Let’s hope there is an awakening before it is too late.

homo unius libri

Monday, April 12, 2021

Opus 2021-127: Pauses for Pitter-Patter

It has been ages since I have posted.  I keep having ideas but not finding the time and energy to write.  It has been a glorious time.  My grandchildren were staying with us and they deserve a lot of attention.  I don’t know how many times I sat down, flexed my fingers and started to write when there would be the pitter-patter of little feet and big eyes would be looking up at grandpa.  My ideas got pushed aside and I began building little characters.

Blogging is an ego expression anyway.  I think most of us write because we have something to say and we can’t get anyone to listen.  That is healthy as long as we don’t get our lives out of balance.

The kids have finally gone.  Now all I have is a wife recovering from hip surgery and a country turning into a Marxist state.  They both need some attention.

homo unius libri

Monday, April 5, 2021

Opus 2021-126: The Growth of Systemic Racism

Every time I check headlines I read about another company jumping on the anti-white bandwagon.  It seems that our Proregressive* betters feel that the world created from the ideas of Protestant Europe is a cesspool that needs to be fixed.  I frequently wonder why these people don’t collect their passports and visas and go live in the areas that were molded by other cultures.  Being typical adolescent bullies they would rather destroy what is good than build something else.  It is always easier to destroy than to build.

The problem with America to them is White Privilege which has caused systemic racism.  Those who pay any attention wonder how a nation suffering from systemic racism elected a black man president twice and has large numbers of various minorities who have been successful in business and entertainment.  It seems like the two are mutually exclusive.  Of course seeing that requires paying attention and being able to think.

I will submit that systemic racism is a problem but it is a new problem.  I would also submit that it is not white privilege that is the problem but parasite privilege.  That is a growing population of people who are lined up at the trough of the government and sucking down the tax dollars.  In order to keep doing that they need to demonize someone and so they have decided that the white man is the devil.  In order to deal with this devil you must drive it out of places of power.  Thus we have Coke telling people “White is bad”.  One of the blurbs I read said that inside memos in Cigna Insurance have stated that white people will not be promoted.  We have two senators who have stated they will not vote for Biden nominations unless they are minorities.

Yes, we have a problem with systemic racism and it is growing.  But it is not growing the way you have been told.  And to be honest it isn’t just “race”ism because other factors are emerging.  It started with whites, flaunts anti-Semitism, moves on to men regardless of color, then Asians.  What next?  

Keep in mind these are Proregressives* and their style is to accuse you of what they are guilty of.  Any time you hear these people call out a problem you can be sure that they are guilty of what they complain about.  

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Opus 2021-125: Fear Antidote

Unlike Christmas, Easter is not an arbitrary date.  It is based on the Lunar calendar used by the Jews and thus is tied to Passover.  It changes because it is lunar instead of solar.  Lunar dates are based on full moons after the Winter Solstice.  That is the shortest day of the year and can be observed at all levels of culture.  

So the Easter celebration is tied to real calculations.  It is rooted in history.

Don’t get hung up on the name.  The point of Easter is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.  The early church celebrated this on a daily basis but I believe they quickly learned that if you do something too often it becomes routine and then ritual.  Rituals soon lose their meaning.  For events you really want to let touch you, once a year seems to be good.  Think about celebrating Christmas.  We start playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving.  By the time December 26 roles around I am ready to move on.

So pause and grab hold of the historical reality that Jesus, who died on a cross, was resurrected from the dead so people who believe in Him would not need to fear death.

And think about that next time someone tries to get you to panic over a virus that has a 97+% survival rate.

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Opus 2021-124: Headlines: Cancel Music

I continue to wonder how the Proregressives* can look themselves in the mirror and not laugh themselves to death.  It seems that the cancel culture has come for written music.  Somehow the ability to take something you hear and write it down on paper so that others can have access to it is an element of white privilege.  Musical scores are now racist, at least if you use the method developed in Europe.  Once again the people who call themselves progressive become regressive.  They are turning the clock back in such a way that hundreds of years of acquired culture are to be thrown away in the name of multiculturalism.  

This is not the Babylon Bee.  The first place I saw this was in The American Thinker but I have seen it other places as well.  The Thinker lists The Daily Mail as the source.  The claim is that scholars at Oxford University are claiming that musical notation should be done away with in the interest of equality, and might I add ignorance.  

This kind of thinking is typical of what “higher” education is advocating today.  The sole agreed upon goal of modern universities is to undermine and destroy Western civilization.  Art has already been twisted to the point of being meaningless.  Literature is now reaching new heights when it achieves mediocre.  Math evidently has a racist component.  Now music must be reduced to just what can be remembered.  Can you picture trying to play the Nutcracker Suite from memory after hearing it played by people who could not read music?  

Maybe we should support ideas like this but carry them to their logical conclusion:  We need to close down Oxford University for the same reasons they want to do away with music notation.  In the article it says that Western music is racist because it was developed in the period of slavery.  That would also apply to Oxford University.  It should apply to just about every college and university that is not solely  on line.  Actually even the most recent would qualify to be disbanded because of slavery.  Slavery still exists.  It is a formal reality is much of the Muslim world and it is hidden in the sex industries and much of the sweat labor industries of the West.  China currently holds millions of people in bondage.

So I approve.  Cancel Oxford.  Cancel Columbia.  Cancel Harvard.  Cancel all of them.  Go back to OJT and such things as reading for the bar in a local lawyer’s office.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Friday, April 2, 2021

Opus 2021-123: Reminders: #3, Blind Spots

There are certain topics I have written about.  They are worth repeating.  I need to revisit them to refresh my memory and enhance my thinking.  Others need to be reminded.  There is a constant bombardment of ideas that clutter our minds.

It happened again last week.  Someone quoted II Chronicles 7:14 and left out the most important part, the part no one wants to remember.

(2Ch 7:14 KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Guess which phrase is usually overlooked:  “Turn from your wicked ways”.

Up until that little statement most people can be on board.  We find the idea of being God’s people and being called by His name as potentially beneficial.  If you think about the bloodiest wars, such as the American Civil War, both sides seem to think God is on their side.  It is possible to humble ourselves without actually doing so.  Again, we can feel good about that.  Most people pray even if they don’t know the difference between prayer, thinking good thoughts and cursing.  They can even seek God’s face because most people’s conception of God is pagan and is based on a mirror image.

The following promises are all good.  God will hear us.  God will forgive.  God will heal.  Who could have any problem with that, accept the part about us being sinners needing forgiveness.

The problem is with the in-between, the sandwich filling, the turning.  Turning means change.  Change is inconvenient.  Change makes demands if we do it the way the verse implies.  A word that brings it home is “repent”.  Do a quick run down of the Ten Commandments and ask yourself which ones you are up to date with.

America is at a cross-road.  In a sense that is nothing new.  Each generation needs to make the decision of whether they are going to turn from their wicked ways or go for same-o same-o.  In the past we have had enough people turn that we have not come apart at the seams.  The turning has to take place one at a time.  No one can do it for anyone else.  God will be the one to decide if He just honors us as individuals or as a people.

Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

homo unius libri

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Opus 2021-122: New Terms: Proregressive*

I have been using the term Progressive* for a time to refer to a group of people that are out to destroy the American Republic.  As a way of identifying who is included I have the asterisk and have a footnote at the bottom:

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

I add to the definition from time to time as new synonyms become clear.  I envision the definition becoming a good sized paragraph by the time I stop the reference.

I have a few friends and acquaintances who don’t like to refer to these people as Progressive in spite of the historical accuracy of it as the name of a certain political philosophy.  They feel that progress is positive and we don’t want to give them the benefit of the doubt.  So I am going to start using a new word,

Proregressives*
The definition will be the same but the word more accurate.  Two letters make the term much more precise.  These are people whose idea of progress is to regress to the elation of the October Revolution or the diplomacy of the Mongol hoards.  They are the enemy of civilized society.  And they are everywhere.

Onward to real progress.

homo unius libri

Friday, March 26, 2021

Opus 2021-121: They’re Back

The grandkids are back.  They are older so I am getting to know them again.  That is always a pleasure since they are such superior examples of grandchildren.  When they arrived the first thing the three year old did was pick up a child-sized rocker chair that had been hers and start out of the garage.  When I asked her where she was going she said, “Outside.”  I followed her around the garage and across the front of the house she started toward the front porch.  I asked her again where she was going and she told me “Up high.”  She then proceeded to carry it up the stairs and place it where she left it.

I could bore you with even more stories but I am still collecting them and I know you have a life.  

Add the downstairs maid services I am offering my wife who had hip surgery and it makes for a busy day.  It also reminds me to be grateful for my mobility.

Enjoy the parts of life that still offer a reason for living.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Opus 2021-120: One in a Million

It has finally happened.  I heard something that the Biden administration might be getting right.  I found it in the March 10-16, 2021 edition of the Epoch Times.  It has to do with the way in which China is trying to use something called “rare earths” to bring American industry to heal.  It seems that China produces 80% of these metals that are necessary for much of the high tech products that are made here.  They cut them off from Japan in 2010 and are now threatening us.

Evidently the “rare earths” are not rare.  They are plentiful.  The only specific element I found mentioned was tungsten.  It used to be part of every light bulb in the world, so it is not actually rare.  The issue is in separating and refining them.  Like so many manufacturing and production industries, this has been driven out of the United States because of EPA regulations.  The jobs don’t go to China just because they work for less.  They go to China because China has no OSHA or EPA regulations making it either prohibitively expensive or impossible to comply.

Which brings us to the “might be getting right” part of my opening statement.  Biden’s handlers see the problem.  They are aware of it and have acknowledged it.  The problem is the same problem we have in so many areas of our economy:  The tail that wags the dog.

“While rare earths are critical to the economic and national security of the United States, it’s unclear whether the Biden administration may promote ramping up domestic production and processing due to environmental challenges.”
Rare earths are a part of our life.  They are used in rechargable batteries, the ubiquitous electronic gadgets that run our lives, ceramics and jet engines to name just a few things.  Our modern way of life depends on them.  The question is can we depend on China to supply them?  

It seems the decision is up to the current administration.

homo unius libri

Monday, March 22, 2021

Opus 2021-119: Wildflower Watch: Spring

I pretty much ignored the beginnings of little yellow flowers.  They are so common and diverse that they cause no enthusiasm.  I would venture to guess that you could find a little yellow flower somewhere in Texas in the middle of winter.

But the blue bonnets are starting to speak up.  They are not carpeting the roadsides yet but in my back yard they are testing the waters.

Life is coming back to the countryside.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-118: Election 2024: Time to Start Campaigning

Meghan for president?

You can imagine me falling out of my seat laughing at this one.  That was my first response.  As I heard the idea expressed again today I have second thoughts.  Why not?  Look at the last two Democrat presidents.  What qualified them to be president?  One was black.  Check.  The other was useless.  Check.

Maybe she is the prefect candidate for the modern Democrat party.

Meghan for president!

homo unius libri

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Opus 2021-117: Either Way

How much does God manage the small details of our lives?  I am thinking in terms of the China virus panic and guardian angels.  There are two extremes, tiny and God appointed.  Many times they may be the same.

For the big things we have guardian angels.  There are several places you can find this in the Bible but it is clearly stated in Psalms,

(Psa 91:11 NAS77) For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.
I use the NASB here because it actually uses the word “guard”.  Usually when I think of a guardian angel I imagine an awesome warrior with unimaginable powers.  He can do all the things that Superman was described as doing and then some.  He is the one who slows my car down just enough to be late to the guy running the red light.  He is the one in war who erases my name from all the bullets.  

But what about the other end?  Does the guardian angel intercept all the little critters that are trying to invade our bodies and wreak havoc?  Imagine how boring that would be.  Or did God simply put an immune system in our bodies and let the macrophages feast?  Did He make it so that if we live righteous lives our natural defenses are more than adequate to protect us from things like the China Virus and the common cold?  Does He guide the path of every virus and bacterium or does He have some kind of heavenly probability chart?  Is our health the result of our life style or simply Providence?

Either way I hope I get a chance to thank my guardian angel(s) in eternity.  Did they laugh at my jokes?  What were some of the one liners they wished they could have shared with me when I was being really stupid?  It will be good times.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-116: Grasping at Straws

Be thankful for the small blessings.  I was thinking of one of the benefits of the lock down over the China Virus:  I have learned how to spell vaccine.  Or at least I can spell it correctly part of the time.

homo unius libri

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Opus 2021-115: Give the Devil His Due

Does Governor Cuomo deserve due process?  I know it has been denied to anyone to comes on the radar of our Progressive* overlords, but we still have a Constitution and believe in the rule of law, right?  The left has ignored the restraints of law in their crusade to destroy America.  Should we join in?

Maybe he doesn’t.  The State Senate and Assembly leadership, Democrats no less, have called on the Governor to step down based on the reports we are getting about his alleged sexual harassment of female employees.  That is the Democrat way:  Listen to the rumors, stick your wet finger in the air, and demand that someone act like they are guilty.

Maybe he does.  It seems the Republicans in New York have found a spine and started impeachment proceedings.  The key here is that impeachment is supposed to be for legal violations and is calling for the due process involved in the allegations.  What is really encouraging is that the Republicans in New York seem to have found a spine.  Maybe they have been hanging around with Trump.  Or maybe they just listened to the rumors, stuck their wet finger in the air and decided they could come out and play.

Personally I would like the Democrats to set the example.  File charges.  Take testimony.  Have a trial.  Grant the protections of the Constitution.  Give Cuomo due process.  Let it be a trial by jury instead of a trial by accusation.  Then let the chips fall where they may.  

Maybe the Republican leadership will see it and realize that they can do more than whisper in corners.

Maybe not.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Opus 2021-114: Childish Brainwashing

With all the talk about how nasty, racist and arrogant white people are I offer an example of the white racism I was raised on.  This is a song we were taught as children.

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
When the gurus of modern culture came out with the idea of “multiracial whiteness” it became clear.

Of course you also have verses we heard preach on from the Bible.
(Col 3:11 KJV) Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
(Gal 3:28 KJV) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
That sounds pretty inclusive to me but I was raised before the philosophy of deconstructionalism took over education.

homo unius libri

Monday, March 15, 2021

Opus 2021-113: Non-Partial Justice

In reading through Exodus I came across an important reminder of the difference between God’s idea of justice and the Progressives* of today,

(Exo 23:2-3 NAS77) "You shall not follow a multitude in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute.
Christians are to be different in many ways and we need to remember that it also means in how we deal with the poor around us.  While the Bible is full of condemnation of the oppression of the poor it also talks about the poor oppressing other poor and over all is a demand for a justice that is not based on your victim quotient.  

Biblical justice is not based on the qualities of the individual.  Those are always variables.  Variables need to be considered but the justice of God is based on the character of God, which never changes.  Justice is rooted in objective truth not subjective conditions.  Thus, Biblical justice is not based on social justice.  That is a term created by the Progressives* to make it possible to tweak any situation to provide the outcome they want.  It is the difference between equal opportunity and equal outcome.  

Our Progressive* overlords are trying to divide us based on class, race, religion, gender and brand of perversion.  If you listen to them and then make your decisions you will be the manipulated fool.  You will be the person described in the first part of the verse.

There is a reason that the statue of justice is wearing a blindfold.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Opus 2021-112: On the Street: Masks and Modification

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, was the day that the government overreach on masks was to be ended in Texas.  My wife, who had hip surgery a week ago, was going well enough for me to go out and run a few errands.  One of the things I wanted to check out was the mask mandate and how people were responding.

The short answer was, they aren’t.

It was kind of depressing.  I went to the public library and the grocery store.  In both places the signs mandating masks had been removed.  In both places I was the only person I could see that did not have a mask on.  No one made an issue of my bare face but they continued to walk around with the shroud of fear in their posture.  

It would seem that the conditioning has been successful.  The masses are not rebelling.  They are complying.  Even when they don’t have to.

Sad.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-111: Headlines: Another New Math

By now you have heard of the attempts to remove the white from mathwhitematics.  I believe one of the titles is Equitable Math.  In a post on Free North Carolina I read the following statement,

“Students subjected to Equitable Math probably will not learn much mathematics, but they will surely learn to be good little social justice warriors.”
What all you people who are screaming to reopen the schools don’t understand is that the math teachers in public schools often don’t know enough math to teach it.  Thus, it is a natural to deal with something that they do know:  Victimhood and Social Justice.

Understand that this is the result of the ways in which the Progressives* have infiltrated the education system.  Infiltrate?  No, they have taken it over, saturated it.  My daughter was a math major.  She took the old fashioned, un-watered down, hard math classes that allowed her to move out into the corporate world and start at a salary higher than mine after 30 years of teaching.  She is evidence that the next generation does not have to have lower potential than their parents.  They just have to be willing to work for it.

Where was I going with this?  Oh, right.  When she was taking her real math classes the snowflakes destined to teach elementary school were taking something with a title like “Math for Educators”.  It wasn’t just watered down or simplified.  It was bleached of any toxic content that might have lead to white privilege.  That was ten years ago.  Thus they learned to sing cute little songs to teach instead of learning the math behind the songs.  I saw the results of this when kids would come into my class singing a song about the Pythagorean Theory.  I knew what it was because I also took hard math.  I asked them what it meant and they would invariably answer, “I don’t know.”

Modern American Education needs to be dismantled and put through a chipper, then flushed down the toilet.  One of the best things to happen to kids is being held out of school.  Maybe they will learn something.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-110: Headlines: Living Phonies

I have watched with amusement and anger the outrage of a group called “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden” have expressed their shock at being betrayed by Joe Biden on abortion.  Let me give you a slice of reality:  You cannot be pro-life or evangelical if you supported Joe Biden.  It’s like a vegan wanting their steak well done.  It is an oxymoron.  

Let me explain if it isn’t obvious to you.

Evangelicals are a group of Christian believers who are not denominational but are spread across most denominations.  An evangelical believes that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was physically resurrected to show that we have eternal hope.  An evangelical believes that the Bible is the word of God and we are expected to live by its teaching.  If you take any time to consider what the Democrats campaign on you will see that their platform is incompatible with the teachings of the Bible.  Just consider that the convention repeatedly refused to acknowledge the existence of God.

It is also impossible to be in favor of abortion and be a Christian.  The Bible is clear that unborn babies are people and bear the image of God.  To kill them is anything from manslaughter, in the case of accidental causing of a miscarriage, to murder.  In the case of Joe Biden, who claims to be a Catholic, it is very clear he should be excommunicated for his support of killing the unborn.

If you call yourself a pro-life evangelical and support a man who is clearly anti-life and anti God then it means you are either stupid, ignorant or evil.  

Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden?  I bet these people don’t even know the answer to, “Is the Pope a Catholic?” or “Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?”

homo unius libri

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Opus 2021-109: Sleep Aids

Some people have a hard time falling asleep.  Some regularly, others have the problem on occasion.  I have heard a glass of warm milk recommended.  Some claim a glass of wine does the trick.  In extreme cases I guess there are pills you can take.

Year ago I found that one of the most effective ways to put me to sleep was for me to lean back in my recliner and put on one of the tapes of my favorite preacher.  Sermons on tape would do the job for me.  It was like magic.  I enjoyed the guys preaching.  When it was live I never remember having to fight sleep.  In my chair, on tape it is the elixir of sweet dreams.  

About a week ago my wife went through hip surgery.  It has been an adventure.  There are pills and exercises and devices to be worn.  One issue is getting to sleep.  I have noticed that one of the great aids is Hallmark movies.  They have never put me to sleep.  Instead they make me want to run out of the room screaming, but that is not the case for my wife.  Right now she is zonked out while the mix or match actors and actresses go through their formula romance.  It works like a charm.  I would suggest that they come with a warning label about not watching while operating heavy machinery.  

The big question for the tofu and bean sprout crowd is, “Are these natural?”  I think they are gluten free but I am not sure about the organic part.  

I guess we need a disclaimer:  I am not a doctor, psychiatrists, sleep therapist or salesman.  I am not offering medical advice.  Consult your doctor and remember, I don’t charge a fee.

homo unius libri

Monday, March 8, 2021

Opus 2021-108: An Experiment in Printed News

I have told people that the reason print newspapers are dying is not because no one wants them but because they are all left wing rags.  I have also said that if I could find one that was reliable I would subscribe.  I am going to give the Epoch Times a shot.  I see them advertising everywhere.  I got several mail flyers and a free copy before I started to give it a try.  So far it has been in interesting experiment.  I originally signed up for three months and am going to renew for a year.  

A recent article I read was “Nigeria’s Hybrid Threat: Terrorists Allied With Bandits” in the March 3-9 weekly edition.  I went to see if I could find it on line and the original date was March 2, 2021.  One disadvantage of the print is it is slow to arrive.  However in an article like this a week does not make any difference.  One of the things I have a hard time finding is news about the world that is not US focused or the latest nonsense on the China virus.  There are many things going on that we need to read about.

The article dealt with the local issues but also reflected the kind of thinking that Americans need to be reminded of.  On page A11 I found this quote,

“Any clashes between the semi-nomadic Fulani terrorists and local farmers are entirely one-sided. Strict gun-control laws in Nigeria prevent civilians from buying firearms except on the black market. While the majority of citizens in Nigeria’s Middle Belt are unarmed, those restrictions haven’t stopped thousands of Fulani herders from carrying assault rifles.”
If that is not a reminder about the importance of our Second Amendment, I don’t know what is.  It also speaks to the recent moves by the Biden administration to take away the guns of America.  The message is, “Beware”.

You can read the article on the Epoch Times web site.  In an  ad on another podcast I was watching, they pointed out that one of the advantages of printed media is that it arrives at your door saying what it said when it was printed.  It cannot be changed without it being pretty obvious.  

Since I am a subscriber I have access to everything.  I noticed that one article I read on line about the deaths being caused by the vaccines was labeled “premium”.  It looks like you can read it for free but you need to register.  That is usually enough to stop me.  You can make your own decisions.

We will see how this goes.  At present I would recommend you subscribe and make your own experiment.  We need to support the good guys.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-107: Should-a-Beens: Zoom Classic

Maybe it is already happening and we don’t know it.  Could the next style craze walking the runway in Paris be called Zoom Classic?  Picture pajama bottoms with a coat and matching tie.  The big question for the trend setters might be, “Briefs or boxers?”  It brings new meaning to “business casual”.  

There are things that they say once you see, you cannot unsee.  This fits in that category.  I am also wondering, if you reviewed the pictures we have seen of some of the biological male models and what they wear with a straight face, I am not sure we would notice if Zoom Casual becomes a thing.  And if you look at the total chaos and lack of style that is common in our public places I am not sure it would not be an improvement.

Come on, admit it, bell bottoms weren’t that bad.

homo unius libri

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Opus 2021-106: Infinite Possibilities

Does infinity exist?

I concede the concept but I can’t grasp it.  Every time I think I am making progress I realize I am putting a limit on it just by thinking about it.  

Does it really exist or is it just a figment of the imagination?

It is useful in certain scientific and mathematical computations.  So is the square root of -1 and that is impossible.  In case that gets you shaking your head, think about some laws of math.  When you multiply two positive numbers the answer is always a positive number.  When you multiply a negative number and a positive number the answer is negative.  And example would be, if I am going into the hole one dollar a day then after five days I am five dollars in the hole.  When you multiply a negative times a negative the answer is positive.  I am not sure I can wrap my head around that with an example, but it is one of the rules of math.  So if you take the square root of -1 and multiply it by the square root of -1, you end up with a positive one.  

But it works in equations because you don’t need to really know what it is worth.

So, does infinity really exist?  What does that say about the concept of the God of the Bible?  If we can’t understand a concept like infinity how could be expect to understand a God Who is by definition, infinite.  If you can’t explain infinity why should it bother you that you can’t explain God?

Something to think about to pass the time.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Opus 2021-105: Ode to Old: Education Opportunities

Will I need to go back to school, study law and pass the bar?

I am really tired of saying, “I’m not a lawyer, but...”  It seems more and more that common sense and common decency have been purged from our culture and everything now is down to law suits and fine print.  One of the common comments I used to get from my middle school scholars was, “I’m going to sue you.”  

Of course I also think I need to go back to school and become a doctor and to trade school to be able to fix my own car.  The list goes on.  I am so glad that I will never do any of them.  The thought of sitting under the supervision of teachers fills me with horror.  

Retirement and old age have their benefits.  

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-104: Realize the Dream

I keep coming across phrases and comments that run in the direction of the America we knew is no more.  The inference is that we can never get it back.  It might be a good idea to take that to heart and build on it.  I don’t want to go back to America as we knew it.  I don’t want to go back to a country where the Progressives have been undermining the Constitution, infiltrating the churches, propagandizing the media and making mush out of children’s minds.  I don’t want to go back to a country where the Progressives have been cheating on elections for years.  The only difference is that this time they had to overcome Trump and so they became obvious.  

We have been living in a Fantasyland.  

I don’t want to go back.  I want to go forward.  I want to go forward by abandoning all the false trails that have been laid by the Progressives*.  The first attempts at building heavier than air machines focused on the fact that birds flapped their wings.  You have probably seen the old movies of people strapping on wings or “airplanes” that flapped.  If the inventors had not switched gears and looked at the shape of the wing we would still be stuck on the ground.  Sometimes you have to ditch the phoney science to move into the real science.  The same applies to how society works.

Socialism has been tried by many people.  It eventually becomes communism.  It was tried by the Pilgrims.  It was tried by the Jamestown Colony.  Neither one was able to feed themselves until they went back to personal property and individual responsibility.  It fails.  It destroys.  It kills, people and dreams.  There is no way it can be reformed, it must be discarded.  

I want to see the republic rebuilt as the Founders dreamed it could be.  Actually we need to go beyond their dreams because they did not dream big enough.  Don’t be afraid to change the clock.  If it is really 6:00 and your clock says 12:00 you can turn it either way on an analog but on a digital you may need to go forward to make it accurate.  I know when I set my alarm I need to be careful to check if it is AM or PM.

Maybe the goal should be America as we thought it was rather than as it was.  Dream big and move forward.

homo unius libri

Monday, March 1, 2021

Opus 2021-103: Megan and Maher

I was browsing the headlines of The American Thinker and saw one that seem to reflect Bill Maher having a moment of lucid thought.  I didn’t finish the article, you can read it if you are interested.  My undisciplined mind went off on a rant.  He was interviewing Megan Kelly and she was sharing how the expensive schools she send her children to were brainwashing them with the latest transgender nonsense.  It is really disgusting the mind games they are playing.  One of her children is in kindergarten.

What really got me at first was that I was not picking up any indication that they had removed their children from those Centers for Indoctrination.  Why?  Why does a couple with more money that I will ever be able to count leave their children in a petri dish of mind warping indoctrination?  We never had much money but we managed to keep out kids away from that stuff that was in its formative days thirty years ago.  We went with home schooling.  Surely Megan and her husband could afford to hire a private tutor if nothing else worked.  When I went back and watched part of the video it became clear that they had pulled their kids.  Bravo.

As a nation we need to get proactive in rejecting the attempts to destroy us coming from the Progressives in charge of government, education and the media.  If you can’t afford to pull your kids out of public education then go to school board meetings.  Go sit in a class.  Get in their faces and let them know you are watching.  Let them know that you know some good lawyers.

If that doesn’t work you can at least stop buying Coke and Nike products.

There are a lot of steps we can take before things blow up.  Take yours.

homo unius libri

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Opus 2021-102: On the Street: Just Wondering

Are you still washing your hands for 20 seconds?  Are you using warm water?

Remember all the lessons we were getting on basic sanitation.  Remember how everyone was so concerned?  Actually it was pretty funny to go in the men’s room and watch the compliance.  My favorite was the guy who turned on the cold water, swung his hands through and went to dry off.  Total time:  .5 seconds.  Total soap:  0.  When asked, “Did you wash your hands?”  He could say, “Yep.”

My guess is that we are getting a little lax.  It matches the increasing people who wear their mask below their nose and even on their chin.

Stay healthy.  Most of us will survive the virus but I am not sure about the fear.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-101: Candle Power: #2, Fun with Numbers

Those pesky Chinese seem to have thought of everything.  When I did a search to find out who said, "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness", I came up with a Chinese proverb.  At least it hasn’t gone viral.

Maybe it should.  What can we do as individuals to overcome the darkness we are facing?


We need to know our history.  Sometimes it warns us of dangers.  Sometimes it gives us a perspective that generates less fear and more hope and that is what we really need.

One of the mantras I am hearing is comparing the actions of the Nazis with the Progressives* of today.  That is a fair comparison because the Progressives of the early 20th Century were big fans of the fascists in Italy.  Mussolini was on the cover of Time Magazine many times starting in 1923.  So yes, there is some reason to worry but there is also reason to have hope.  First, the numbers don’t work for the modern fascists.  We keep hearing about the Jewish Holocaust and the 6,000,000 Jews murdered.  Add to that the other groups such as Gypsies, homosexuals, devout Christians, etc., and pretty soon you get to some significant numbers.  What we are not told is that few of those were Germans.  Thomas Sowell says,

“Of the millions of Jews killed by the Nazis, less than 200,000 were German.” page 280
In 1939 the population of Germany was approximately 70,000,000.  That means they imprisoned and killed off about 1/4 of one percent of their population.  That assumes my math is right.  For the Progressives to duplicate that effort in the American population of 328,000,000 they would need to liquidate 918,000.  That is a lot of people, but consider that the low number I have heard of people that voted for Trump it was 74,000,000.  That leaves a lot of MAGA.  That leaves a lot of families who look around and say, “It is time to go minute man.”

Then you have the fact that by the time Hitler moved against the Jews they were already effectively disarmed.  I know that is in the dreams of Uncle Joe and his handlers but have you been following the business news lately?  Gun sales are up.  These quotes were found on PJ Media and are quoting other sources.
“USA Today reported that gun sales surged in January by 60%, setting an all-time monthly record of 4,137,480.”
Now take a look at that number.  That is a lot of guns but it gets more interesting,
“Who bought these guns? CBS News pointed out that over 5 million people were first-time gun buyers last year. CNN reported a sharp rise in sales to Black Americans and women.”
Now the Progressives need to deal not only with the previously Armed Americans but also with the five million who are new gun owners.  I think I have also read that a lot of those are liberals.

So cheer up.  They may want to take our guns but at the present time there are more guns being bought than they can take away.  And about the liberals buying guns, I think it has occurred to them that eventually the Progressives will come for their own.

We live in interesting times.  Stay tuned and keep the candles lit.

Sowell, Thomas.  Migrations and Cultures.  New York:  Basic Books, 1996.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Friday, February 26, 2021

Opus 2021-100: Full Amish

I am wondering if we will have to go full Amish.  Or maybe the question is more “when” rather than “if”.  

I have driven through what could be called “Amish Country”.  I have seen the prosperous farms and thriving businesses of these people who dress funny and have a lot of strange customs.  I remember stopping to by some produce and pointing out a mistake the girl running the stand had made and heard “my bad” come out from under the bonnet.  I am aware that the Amish community is not a monolithic structure with everyone following the same rules.  They have a wide spectrum of understandings about the use of modern technology and social customs.  Yet in the face of this they endure and thrive.

Of course they are only able to do this here in America because in the past we have had a Constitution that had a First Amendment and a general population that believed in them.  We had government officials who might push the lines but knew they would be called to account if they crossed them.  That is what has changed.  Someone pointed out that if Gandhi had been doing his protesting in the Soviet Union we would have never heard of him.  He would have been liquidated.  If Martin Luther King, whom I hear was a Republican, had given his “I Have a Dream” speech today he would have been arrested and locked away by the woke proponents of “multiracial whiteness”.  

Did Alexander Solzhenitsyn bring down the Soviet Union?  No.  He was locked up in a prison camp.  His writings may have influenced people and caused a stir but did not end the Evil Empire.  They were not listening.  What they were forced to listen to was Reagan’s “Peace through Strength” policy.  They finally collapsed because they couldn’t keep up, not because they refused to reason.

Do we have a choice?  It is so late.  The Progressives* in government, media, business and education are moving relentlessly to strip you and me of our freedom.  They openly talk about locking us up.  They deplatform and cancel anyone who dares to be noticed.  My hope is that we will find ways to mobilize the population to clean up the voting system and begin removing the trash that pollutes our Republic.  If that can’t be done then we may be forced to begin dressing or wearing a piece of jewelry so we can identify ourselves to each other.  We may have no choice but to develop our own business and trade circles.  It may come down to barter and hand shake contracts.  

We may need to go Amish.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

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Opus 2021-099: On the Street: Expertise

I went to the doctor yesterday for my annual pace-maker check-up.  Since everything is going well and I don’t have any big physical issues we got to talking about the China Virus and the political situation.  It is a good example of how far we should take people’s advice.

He was a total believer in all the propaganda about the virus.  He thought I should take the vaccine.  He saw no problems with it.  He kept telling me that dying of Covid was a terrible thing.  I am sure it is but to me the issues are the low chances of dying of Covid and the big chance of side effects from an untested drug.  I would put more credibility in his opinions if he had not shared with me how the police officer in D.C. was killed with a fire extinguisher.  He still believes the original lie even though the NY Times itself has admitted it was wrong.  I wonder if his awareness of the China Virus scare is on the same level as his awareness of what is happening in D.C.  I am now wondering how much I can listen to him about my heart.  I guess he only listens to CNN and Uncle Joe.

At the same time I realize I should have listened more and talked less.  

Experts are not always experts.  Just because people are smart doesn’t mean they are wise.  Just because they are educated doesn’t mean they are informed.  Of course, all that applies to me also.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Opus 2021-098: Just War

Christians divide over a lot of issues.  I am not talking about the issues that separate what the Apostle Paul calls “so called brothers” from the saints.  Certain things are basic requirements:  Jesus is the only way to salvation, His physical resurrection, the Bible as the inspired word of God, the triune nature of God.  The list could go on.  If you are a Christian you know the kind of thing I am talking about.  If you are a pseudo-Christian you would tell me I am intolerant.  

There are other issues which we think are important but God just shakes His head over us.

Then there are the ones we disagree on, with strong arguments on both sides.  One of those deals with war and the use of force.  Some people feel that Christians must be pacifists.  They believe that it is always wrong to take human life.  War is wrong.  Violence is wrong.  There can be no compromise.  If you saw the movie Hacksaw Ridge you got an insight into how a pacifist responded to the draft in World War II.  Other Christians believe that there are times when it is acceptable to be a soldier or policeman.  Some will defend their families, others won’t.

Over the centuries the church has come up with the Doctrine of Just War.  There are two major voices in church history, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, who laid the groundwork for the thinking on the issue.  

Augustine made the first attempt at determining the issue of how Christians should respond to war.  The book that is usually referred to is City of God.  Due to the length and the way in which the ideas are spread around I am going to go with a summary presented by the Oregon State University.  It seems to follow the other sources I consulted.

Augustine said there are two aspects of war, Moral justification and Guidelines.

Moral Justification (Jus Ad Bellum)

    1.  Just Authority
    2.  Just Cause
    3.  Right Intention
    4.  Last Resort

Guidelines (Jus In Bello)

    1.  Proportionality, response should not exceed the cause
    2.  Discrimination, between combatants and non-combatants
    3.  Responsibility
        a)  Intention of good consequences
        b)  Bad effects not intended
        c)  Good must outweigh the bad

Thomas Aquinas read Augustine and came up with his own theory.  I found this in his Summa Theologiae II-II, q. 40.  This one I did read but got my summary from Aquinas on Line.

War is justified (nation A wars justly against nation B) on the following conditions:

    A. It is called by a sovereign authority.
    B. It has a just cause.
    C. The combatants have morally right intentions
    D. Qualifying Conditions
        Cannot intend intrinsically evil actions.
        A good action, or at least a morally neutral action, will have two effects: a good intended, and an evil, not intended, but tolerated.
        Proportionality the good to be achieved outweighs the evil of war.

So what?  I have two real concerns, foreign and domestic.  With Biden in power the Chinese are almost certain to make a grab for Taiwan because they believe he will look the other way.  It is still a question of how we should respond.  Domestically I hear a lot of people wondering if the power grab by the left will lead to a violent response.  Rational people hope not.  The problem we are facing is that the left is not rational.  Christians are wondering if there is anything happening that would justify violence.  I offer this as an insight into the thinking of the past.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Opus 2020-097: Middle Class Morality: Free Enterprise

There are a lot of people who constantly misrepresent what the Bible has to say about so many things.  As our country is more consumed with a philosophy of feelings rather than facts we get consumed with editing the Bible to say what we want.  One of the attacks that people make is that basic free enterprise is selfish, profit is evil.  

Nonsense.

The Bible is full of examples of people working for a profit and being blessed by God.  All you have to do is read the passage in Proverbs 31 about the woman that is referred to so often on Mother’s Day.  Actually it is not a description of a mother as much as a wife.  If you read through it you find her investing in real estate, manufacturing garments and generally busy making a profit.

That isn’t what I want to focus on today.  Today I want to point out what is easy to mistake as charity and it isn’t.

In a passage dealing with giving and generosity you come across this verse,

(Pro 11:26 KJV) He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
What I want you to notice is that the man is not blessed for giving away the corn but for selling it to those in need.  I think it is assumed that he asked a fair price and you can say gouging is bad but it is not charity.  

Profit and free enterprise is a Biblical standard.  It is a moral choice that is part of middle class values.

Viva la middle class morality.

To be continued...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Opus 2021-096: Cornerstone Considerations: D of I, Age of Consent

The Declaration of Independence declares that the government is based on “the Consent of the Governed,...”  There is a sense in which this is true in any government.  Generally speaking no government of any type can continue to exist unless there are enough people who support it.  This is true in dictatorships as well as republics.  People forget that Hitler was elected and had the support of most Germans.  I will admit that they were manipulated and deceived to some point but just as we are being deceived, much of the acceptance was based on a willingness to be deceived.  The Soviet Union fell apart when it could not keep enough people content.

We have a higher expectation in the West.  We have the highest in the United States.  We think our elected representatives are supposed to listen to us.  Our first Amendment guarantees us the right to petition for redress of grievances.  The American colonies had the same expectation and it was not being realized.  The government in England was ignoring them.  They might kindly pat them on the head but they were still ignored.

A growing number of Americans are believing that the government has no concern with listening to what we have to say.  I will concede that there are many who are happy as clams and want things the way they are.  The same was true in Colonial America.  I am of the impression that the colonial population was divided up in thirds with Royalists, Rebels and Leave-me-aloners making up the fractions.  I have no idea what the division is today.

One thing I do know is that most of the actions of the Progressives* are not supported by the majority of Americans.  The kind of actions I mean are courts declaring that biological males can compete in sports with biological females because they declare they identify as women.  I mean passing laws allowing children to be sexually abused.  I mean the move to defund the police.  I mean letting violent criminals out of jail with no bail.  You know the kind of things we see every day.

It has been going on for years and is being pushed by both parties.  It does not have my consent.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Opus 2021-095: Reminders: #2, Why Me?

There are certain topics I have written about.  They are worth repeating.  I need to revisit them to refresh my memory and enhance my thinking.  Others need to be reminded.  There is a constant bombardment of ideas that clutter our minds.

Again I ask, “Why me?”

The country has been hit by a blast of Arctic air.  People have lost power and water.  I hear of one man who froze to death.  Millions have been struggling because the agencies tasked with preparation were asleep on the job.  I keep reading about all of the suffering.  It is real.

And I read about it in the warmth of a home that never lost power.  I read about it with a total time without water of about 23 hours.  I lost internet for an evening.  I had two pipes freeze.  The one that could have caused the most damage thawed out with no apparent damage.  The one over the garage doors blew out and spewed a lot of water.  No plumber would come.  The kid next door helped us get it under control.  

In the midst of all this my son left his in-town apartment because of the rolling black outs.  He works on line and could not do his job with the undependable power.  We had the joy of having him stay with us.  It was a win-win.  Yesterday we were able to open our home to some friends of his.  They came, did their laundry, had a hot meal and carted of six cases of bottled water.  We had the joy of being able to share and only felt bad that we had not known their problems earlier.

So again I say, “Why me?”  Why in the midst of a widespread disaster have me and mine been able to only suffer minor inconvenience?  Does God love us more than others?  I find that hard to believe.  I would like to think it is because we are more righteous but I know us better than to do more than laugh at the concept.

Why me?  I don’t know but I am thankful to be so blessed and pray that your suffering will end soon.  

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Opus 2021-094: Headlines: How Dare He!

The media is at it again.  This time, or should we say “again”, Ted Cruz is in the cross-hairs.  He had the audacity to leave town on a vacation with his family while Texas is struggling.  How dare he!  Unlike the democrat politician who broadcast a statement about people staying home while he was out of the country, I don’t remember Ted telling people to stay home.  Unlike the Democrat governor who went out to eat at a very expensive restaurant without a mask, Cruz did not order all restaurants closed.  Maybe I missed the announcement.  I am sure that millions of Texans have made adjustments to their conditions in the wake of this freeze.  They have done what they could, up to and including leaving the state.  

I like Ted Cruz.  He was my choice before Trump in 2016.  It is situations like this that have made me glad that Trump ended up the victor.  It is too bad that Cruz just missed an opportunity to have a Trump moment and maybe get closer to the While House.  

He should have come back with something about all the hot air coming out of the MSM could be used to heat Texas back to summer temperatures.  He could have said he was leaving to save more electricity for the people without.  We will never Make America Great Again if we keep on cringing in front of the Karens and Progressives* of life.  Spoiled children, and by that I mean the media not Cruz, should not be coddled or have their whining reinforced.  When we had a pipe break and the plumber could not make it I did not blame him for deserting Texas.  He had other emergencies to deal with and it turned out we were able to deal with the immediate crisis.  I don’t think Ted Cruz would have been much help getting my water under control.  He will, though, be instrumental in trying to curb the disaster happening in Washington, D.C.

So take my advice Ted.  Thumb your nose at people having tantrums.  

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Opus 2021-093: Should-a-Beens: Location, Location, Location

I wrote about the Big Freeze Out.  Part of the adventure was talking to the repair men trying to get the water running on our hill.  They finally showed up and we walked over to see what the diagnosis was.  I asked if they knew the problem or were still trying to figure it out.  They knew what was wrong.  The line that transports the water from the well to the tower was frozen solid.  This was at least the second day they had been aware of the problem and they were hoping that above freezing temperatures would make a difference.  While we stood there we heard what sounded like falling water in a big drum and realized that things were beginning to improve.  Before we left they had the water flowing into the tank again.  They said 2-5 hours.  

In looking at the situation my son asked why they had put the feeder pipe outside where it could be frozen instead of down the middle like they would in cold climates.  They had no answer.  I also asked why the feeder pipe was on the west side where it would only get the evening sun when, if it were on the south it would get sun all day.  They had no answer.  All we could come up with is that Texas may be tough but they don’t know how to deal with the cold.  They could not imagine it would ever get so cold that an exposed pipe would be a problem.  I am wondering if the Alamo had been attacked by a blizzard instead of Santa Ana the Texans would have surrendered.

We need more refugees from the frozen states and fewer from California.

And as I mentioned a few days ago, the previous owner had lived here 30 years without realizing he didn’t have auxiliary heat.

Let’s hope Texas can live and learn.  

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Opus 2021-092: It Is Just a Cup of Coffee

One of the frequent trains of thought I have in my morning worship involves the amazement I feel at all the people that have gone into me enjoying a simple cup of coffee in the morning.  I think about the Juan Valdez’s picking the beans and my trail moves all the way to electrician who installed the wires for my coffee maker.  It is amazing how many people around the world are involved in the simple pleasures of life.

As I was looking through my notes on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations I came across him expressing this same idea.

“The woollen coat, for example, which covers the day-labourer, as coarse and rough as it may appear, is the produce of the joint labour of a great multitude of workmen. The shepherd, the sorter of the wool, the wool-comber or carder, the dyer, the scribbler, the spinner, the weaver, the fuller, the dresser, with many others, must all join their different arts in order to complete even this homely production. How many merchants and carriers, besides, must have been employed in transporting the materials from some of those workmen to others who often live in a very distant part of the country? How much commerce and navigation in particular, how many ship-builders, sailors, sail-makers, rope-makers, must have been employed in order to bring together the different drugs made use of by the dyer, which often come from the remotest corners of the world? What a variety of labour, too, is necessary in order to produce the tools of the meanest of those workmen!”  Wealth of Nations, Project Gutenberg, Kindle location 222-28

The thought of a government committee trying to arrange everything that goes on in my life fills me with panic.  The free market works because millions of people making decisions can not be duplicated in a government think tank.

Long live free enterprise.  Down with government controls.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Opus 2021-091: The Texas Freeze Out

The Texas Freeze-Out continues to unfold.  It is not our first experience with this kind of thing.  We lived in Boston during the blizzard of 1978 where martial law was declared.  I was in Maryland without power for a two day stretch.  So far we are above water.  I think we are past the nadir in temperature.  We had two nights that were severe for us, 8 and 10 degrees, and a spring day for North Dakota.  The first night we had one pipe freeze but all else was fine.  The second we had no new developments so we thought we were over the worst.  Our son came to stay with us because he was having power outages that he could not depend on.  

So there we were Tuesday afternoon thinking all was well.  The lights flickered.  No problem, except that we lost the internet.  That means we had no landline.  This should have been no problem because my son is a geek and scares computers into compliance.  I have seen it happen.  It didn’t happen this time.  Then as I was brushing my teeth, getting ready for bed, and went to wash off my brush, the water pressure started to fade.  Soon it was down to nothing.  This took place when the temperature was all the way up to 21.  It became clear it was not us but the entire water system had been shut down.

The next morning we still had no water but for some unknown reason the internet started working again.  All things considered we are better off than many people.  We have power for heat and lights.  We have the internet working.  We have found that you can flush a toilet with four bottles of water.  It was time to rotate the water we had stored anyway.  As long as the power stays up we will do well.  

It is so wonderful that our utility companies have been penetrated by the green movement even in Texas.  The adventure continues.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Opus 2021-090: Afghan Weather

The cold weather of Texas has brought a bit of nostalgia.  For reasons no one has been able to explain my bedroom does not respond to the heating or AC as well as the rest of the house.  During cold spells I throw something on top of the bed for an extra layer of warmth.  I have been using what I think is called an Afghan.  It was made years ago by my mother in law.  She made it extra long to accommodate me.  Most people I know try to find ways to get rid of them but I have held on to it.  

It makes the difference between a comfy night and the shivers.  It is also a good way to remember her and count the blessings of heritage.

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Opus 2021-089: This Ain’t the First Time

Many people are unhappy with the last election.  I think that is an understatement both is using “many” and “unhappy”.  When we look at all the tyrannical steps being taken and proposed by the Progressives*, it puts a genuine fear of God in our hearts.  What do we do?  Where do we turn?  

One of the ideas being tossed around is secession or, as Jefferson termed it, separation.  It is easy to find maps dealing with the issue and you can find people sounding wise on both sides.  You need to know that talk about separation is not new in the United States.

The first bit of this talk I have come across was during the Constitutional Convention.  Those who know nothing about history tend to take the issue of slavery and believe everything the America haters of the 1619 Project say as if it were true.  Slavery was seen as a problem in the United States from the beginning.  What was unusual was that there was so much energy against it here when most of the world thought slavery was normal.  The debate in the Convention got so heated that several southern states threatened to not join the union if slavery was made illegal.  A compromise was reached and unity was restored.

Then we come to the Hartford Convention of 1814-5.  This involved the New England states looking into the issues of the day and one of the suggestions was leaving the union.  Keep in mind they were meeting during the War of 1812.  This sounds like treasonous talk, and I guess it was.  They had other recommendations they wanted to present to congress but they did discuss secession.

Then a few years later in 1828, John Calhoun led a discussion centered on tariffs.  This would be like a discussion of high taxes today.  In those days most of the government income came from tariffs.  There was definite talk of nullification of federal laws.  You are hearing the same type of talk and seeing legislation today from the state capitals.  South Carolina said they would not allow the federal tariffs to be collected.  

In 1850 the state legislature of Wisconsin declared a federal law, The Fugitive Slave Act, unconstitutional and asserted they had the right to secede.  Massachusetts passed a law giving a five year prison term to anyone who enforced the federal law.  

We tend to think we are the only generation to live with the federal government trying things and the states resisting.  Much of this has happened before.  Corruption is not new.  It is time for the states to step up to the plate.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, MSM, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

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Opus 2021-088: Green Peace: Learning Curves

Have you talked about the weather lately?  It seems to be one of those topics that is used to break the ice or comfort those who can’t abide silence.  

I am a bit disappointed in the Texas weather.  I expected the hot.  I don’t necessarily like it but it was part of the package.  I did not expect the cold.  This is our fourth winter in Texas and the second one that has been “unusually” cold.  The previous exception it got down to 18 degrees and we found out that our geothermal system was not up to the challenge.  We learned that there is something called “auxiliary heating” that is supposed to kick in but the previous owner did not install it.  I would assume that in the years he lived here he never needed it.

This year we got down to 8 degrees.  Since we learn from our mistakes we had installed the auxiliary system so we were good to go.  I left faucets running and was ready for the worst, I thought but we still have one pipe that is not passing water.  Time will tell if it has burst somewhere in the foundation.  What we could not plan for is the reality that Texas was bitten by the green bug.  We are having “rolling black outs” because there is not enough electricity to heat the state at this arctic level.  My son mentioned that the power plants were not designed to operate in this cold.  What he missed was that it was “renewables” that were failing the test of reality.  The solar panels were covered with snow and the wind-mills were frozen.  Even a refugee from California knows that it is hard to generate electricity in those conditions.  

We learned and installed the auxiliary system.  The big question will be whether Texas will learn and reopen their coal powered plants.  It will be an uphill climb with the Biden administration but we need to remember that we were sold out during previous years.  We can’t blame this on Biden or OAC even though they are good with it.

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Opus 2021-087: A Call to Unity

I think it is a time to call for unity.  Not with the hard left or the Never Trumpers, but with other people of faith and traditional values.  We have a way of joining in circular firing squads and picking off the ones we should be working with

There is an old joke about a couple of pious individuals sitting in a room, rocking their chairs and commiserating on the state of the world.  They work their way down the list and finally one of the says, “It looks like there is no one left but me and thee.”  The other answers, “And I am not too sure about thee.”

It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

We need unity based on essentials.  In Christian circles I can tell if someone is a genuine Christian after a few short discussions.  I have learned that the denomination they belong to may give an indication but is not a reliable measure either way.  There are some consistent points of belief that have been consistent over the years.  John Wesley and John Calvin might have never been able to agree on a systematic theology but they would have not issues on the divinity of Christ, the physical resurrection and the existence of hell.  

In politics it gets a little more dicey.  A bare minimum would require embracing the original intent of the Constitution.  Think of it as the Nicene Creed of politics.  It includes checks and balances, the rights of the First and Second Amendments.  It involves due process and the rule of law.  I can accept that you don’t like Donald Trump’s tweets as long as you thought it through and realized that Joe Biden was not a real option.

One thing I get annoyed with is the Monday Morning Quarterbacks.  They will tell you all the things that Donald Trump did wrong and what he should have done.  Hind sight is marvelous.  One of the things I have learned in life it that how we talk in the living room and how we act when confronted are two different things.  I can have fantasies about being Rocky Balboa when I run into an angry protestor, but I have been to the shooting range and I know my marksmanship, or should I say, lack of marksmanship.  I may think I am Bruce Lee in my dreams but I have a hard time carrying my coffee to the living room without spilling it.

We need to unite on the essentials.  I think we can find them if we try.  It is fine if you disown the Lincoln project but don’t start kicking out everyone who disagrees with you on criticizing the Supreme Court.  Keep in mind that oil and water don’t mix but vinegar and water do just fine.

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