Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

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

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

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Opus 2021-061: Cornerstone Considerations: CUSA, III, Can We Talk?, Part 2 of 2

Again we consider the definition of treason from the Constitution,

“Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
The definition does not stop at talk about actual war.  It goes on to include “adhering” and helping America’s enemies.

Who are America’s enemies?  Is it anyone I disagree with?  Obviously not, or at least it is obvious to me.  I am not sure it is obvious to the Progressive voices of censorship and reeducation camps.  Years ago when I was drafted to serve in Vietnam I was required to take an oath.  In that oath were the words, "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;...”  I didn’t think much about it at the time but now I am more concerned about our domestic enemies than the foreign.

What is a domestic enemy?  Domestic is obviously juxtapositioned to foreign.  It refers to the home grown type of person who wants to destroy the country.  Obama would not qualify as a traitor for wanting to fundamentally transform the United States.  After all, he was elected and was clear about what he wanted to do.  The part where he might be considered a domestic enemy was his rule by fiat, commonly called executive order.  He openly admitted he was going around the power invested in the legislature.  That was crossing a line.  I don’t think that was the method of transforming the country people were open to.  It is the same type of thing we see going on in Washington today.  

At one point in time the Communist Party was outlawed in the Untied States.  I don’t know its current status.  The reason it was outlawed was not because it was Communist but because it was advocating the violent overthrow of the legal government of the United States.  

I am sure that the Progressives in control of the media, education and intelligence agencies will be labeling everyone who believes in the Constitution as treasonous.  They want to make the violent preservation of the legal government treason.  I think they already are labeling anyone they disagree with this way.

History is written by the victors.  We are in a battle for the soul of our nation.  Who will write the history books of our grandchildren?

homo unius libri

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Opus 2021-060: Cornerstone Considerations: CUSA, III, Can We Talk?, Part 1 of 2

The question in the title is double sided.  One side is are we willing to sit down and speak about this issue.  The other part, which is part of the question, involves whether we will be allowed to have the discussion much longer.  Both the censors of the media and the coming police state will tell us, “No.”

We as a nation really need to have a serious discussion about treason.  We need to define it and apply the charge where necessary.  I wonder if we are capable to have such a discussion.  I wonder if we will be allowed to have such a discussion.

First, we need to look at what the Constitution says about treason.  We find that it is defined by the Founders.

Article III, Sect. 3.

    1.  Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.  No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.
You would think that would be clear but it isn’t to some people.  We need to spend a few moments looking at the words and their meanings.

Notice the phrase “levying war against them”.  Who is the “them” being talked about?  Back up a little and you find that it is referring to the states that make up our union.  Can you make war against a few states at a time?  

What does it mean to “levy war”?  We talk about the Cold War that existed between the Soviet Union and the United States.  It was not a shooting war but shooting went on.  It was primarily waged by clandestine actions.  Some were physical.  Most were in the form of propaganda, spying, sabotage, under cover political action and anything else that could weaken the country.  Do any of these types of actions fit any groups or individuals in our country?  And as far as physical violence, what do you call the riots of the past year, the coercion used by the DOJ against anyone who speaks their mind and recently mobilization of the National Guard in response to what was little more than trespass.  In the face of no real physical insurrection the reports are that the Guard has been authorized to use deadly force.  Against Americans?  That seems strangely close to levying war.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Opus 2021-059: The Long Suffer

As I was worshiping this morning my mind turned to people that are hard to love.  That brought me to the glorious Biblical explanation of love found in I Corinthians 13.  There is a reason it is called the Love Chapter.  There is also a reason why our culture ignores what it teaches.  One of the verses forced itself through my self deception to strike a blow for agape.

(1Co 13:4 KJV) Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Charity does not mean donating to the Salvation Army at Christmas.  It is translated “love” in the modern translations and represents the Greek word agape.  That wasn’t my point, just a bit of background if you don’t get to church much.

I like the KJV translation in the sense that it uses the phrase “suffereth long”.  Modern translations translate this as “patient” which it is, but it doesn’t get the way in which love is involved.  The Greek word, if you need to know it or even if you don’t, is makrothumeo.  It has two parts.  The first is makro.   We are familiar with this in English where macro is contrasted to micro.  It means big or long.  Whatever it is that love does it doesn’t do it small.

The second part is thumeo which has the idea of passion.  This is where we get the idea of calling the suffering Jesus went through before and during the crucifixion His passion.  It has the idea of fierceness, indignation and wrath.  It is not easy or pleasant.

Put aside the idea that the patience of love is lounging at the coffee shop, sipping your favorite version of coffee and waiting for your wife to show up for dinner.  It is not sitting with a benign look on your face and being nice for a few moments.  Love being patient means that it endures through a lot of long hard times.  It is the reason why genuine love is so necessary for marriage and raising children.  It endures.

As Christians we are called to love our enemies.  That is totally incongruous with the popular ideas of love that you find in the card section of the store.  It has nothing to do with romance or warm fuzzies.  It involves the long haul where you want the best for the other person.  It doesn’t matter what they have done to you.  In our present case “long” means at least four years.

How does this relate to us today?  We are hearing the man installed as president call for unity and then turn around and condemn us to reeducation camps.  Our job is to love him and his supporters.  It will not be easy.  It will not be what we want to do.  At the same time that does not mean that we become door mats.  It does not mean that we line up for the box cars.  Love does what is best for them and for the country.  That is where the decisions get hard.  We cannot just sit back, smile and say, “Step on me again.”  

No one said it would be easy.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Opus 2021-058: Flash: It Ain’t Gonna Happen

Have you seen the bad news?  Trump is not going to start a new party.

Have you seen the good news?  Trump is not going to start a new party.  

One day we got a report along with screen shots of the documents, that Trump was going to start the Patriot Party.  I was not totally against the idea but had reservations.  I figured I would wait to see The Donald either confirm or deny.  He denied.

It is bad news for the Rinos in congress.  It means they cannot ooze back into business as usual.  It means they might actually have to act for the good of the country instead of their own agendas.  It is bad news for the Progressives*.  It means that the opposition will not be totally weakened by removing all the new people who are voting against their agenda.  

For America it is good news.  Donald Trump is not the savior of mankind.  He is not God.  He is not even the most perfect person who lives in America.  He is the best visible hope that we have of someone who is willing to try to Make America Great Again.  He is the only one who seems to have read the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution.  Sure, he spends too much, but that we might survive.  The loss of our rights to religion, speech, assembly, petition, and self defense will make us just another banana republic in a long history of banana republics.  Being the biggest banana on the tree doesn’t matter to anyone but monkeys.

So hang in there.  Keep the feet of the enemies of America to the fire.  Get your own life in order and trust that God will decide to preserve us for another generation.

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-057: Headlines: Thinning the Herd

It has already started.  According to a local news station in Georgia, WSBTV, an elected Republican in Georgia was expelled from the legislature because he had not had a China Virus test.  This is the Virus that just keeps on giving so that the Progressives* of the Deep State can keep on taking.  Any excuse will do.  They start with the President of the United States.  They move on to his supporters.  They include anyone who says something they don’t like and now it is members of the Republican party.  

Keep in mind that any excuse will do.  It doesn’t matter if there is any truth.  All that matters is that they have the power and you don’t.  This is Georgia, the state that just elected a racist to the Senate, a state that had their Republican governor turn on the man who helped him get elected in the first place.  

Your state may be next.  Let me restate that, your state will be next.

Keep tabs on the people you elected.  When in doubt, vote them out.

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-056: Thalidomide Anyone?

I do not plan on taking the vaccination for the China virus.  Of course they might tie me down to force it, but if I am free to make the choice, then no.  Although there might be other reasons if we were sitting over coffee, let me share two.  One is rational and based on science.  The other is pure opinion.

I think the vaccines being offered now are incredibly dangerous.  There is a reason why the FDA has had a long process of approval for new drugs.  One of the big ones is long term side effects.  There is no possible way that the drug companies have had the time to thoroughly vet these medications.  There is a reason they demanded shelter from law suits.  Think thalidomide.  You can do a search for it but to make it brief, it was prescribed to pregnant women for morning sickness.  I guess it worked.  What was not realized was that it also caused severe birth defects.  It is still used in treatment of leprosy and skin cancer but they learned the hard way that pregnant women should not take it.  

I am not planning on getting pregnant but I think it safe to assume there will be other side effects from these vaccines down the road.

The second is totally personal.  I have never taken a flu shot.  At 68 I was still working on a daily basis with middle school students, a population not know for being healthy.  I went through long periods where some would deliberately cough in my face hoping to make me sick so I would stay home a few days.  It didn’t work because I had been coughed on for years, by the best, and I had developed an immunity.  The body works that way.  The China virus is just another version of the flu.  Will people get sick?  Yes.  Will some die?  Yes.  Will I be one of them?  Hard to tell.  Do all medications have side effects?  Yes.  

I prefer to take my chances with my God given and strengthened immune system rather than put strange chemicals in my body.  Will these vaccines save some lives?  Probably.  So does the placebo.  Will it kill a few?  Yes.  Will the vast majority feel sicker from the side effects of the vaccine than they would from the disease feared?  There is not way to prove that but I believe it is true.

So I don’t plan on taking it.  Of course I am expecting that the Progressives will find some way to force the issue.  They will come up with regulations that will make it impossible to get our teeth cleaned if we cannot prove we had the vaccine.  It is to protect us and the hygienist.  They will have a special tax surcharge for those who are not vaccinated.  After all we should pay our fair share.  They will set up your credit cards so they will not work if they don’t have vaccine verification.  They need to protect the compliant.  The methods are unlimited.  If you think it was irritating to have people take your temperature when you went into a building then get ready for the vaccine screening.  

(Rev 13:17 KJV) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Interesting times, yes?

homo unius libri

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Opus 2021-055: Ode to Old: Bifocals

I am not sure if bifocals are a good thing or a bad thing.  You can get the same effect with a second pair of glasses.  It just isn’t as convenient.

But there is a down side.  There are times when you are not paying attention that you see things through one part of the lens and think you are looking through the other.  This can cause steps to appear farther than they are.  It can cause stumbling and running into things.

If you don’t have bifocals yet, you will.  So don’t laugh at all us old folks as we look at the floor with a puzzled expression.  It could just be our spectacles playing games.  Of course it could be we are losing it.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-054: Headlines: Fake News or Misunderstanding

Recently I wrote about Bed Bath & Beyond dropping My Pillow products because he spoke out in support of President Trump.  My wife then announced to me that HEB, our local grocery chain, had also dropped his products.  This could cause a serious change in my shopping habits.  Since it would cause a bit of difficulty I decided to do a little homework.

My first stop was a search of HEB and My Pillow.  This brought up numerous hits and they all seemed to agree that HEB was guilty.  Since this seems to be totally out of character with an iconic Texas merchant I kept investigating.  I found the usual boilerplate writing which is a reflection of how lazy reporters are.  I finally noticed a little phrase saying that HEB had not responded to AP.  AP?  Why didn’t they say so.  I could have written it off as Fake News from the beginning.  Not wanting to be lazy myself just because it is convenient to be ignorant, I kept looking.  I noticed that all the stories came out in the same news cycle.

I decided to go to the horses mouth.  The local HEB site did not give me any place to call so I did what I should have done to start with and did a search for “corporate offices HEB”.  It came up right away, I dialed the toll free number and, after a bit of voice mail options, got a living person on the line.  She knew what I was asking and was very clear that HEB still carried My Pillow products.  She pointed out that not every store would have them but they were still available.  How come I could get a response and AP couldn’t?

So for now I am good.  I did my homework and learned once again that you can’t always believe what the media tells you.  That goes double when they all say exactly the same thing.

homo unius libri

Monday, January 25, 2021

Opus 2021-053: Headlines: I Bet You Missed This One

It is always fascinating how evil can prosper.  I offer another example of Fake News that is offered up in language that is true, if misleading.  This is from an English Language Newspaper from India called Republic World.  First examine the title and wonder why we did not hear about this in our press, or maybe we did, I don’t watch CNN.

“US Capitol Seige: First Lady's Chief Of Staff Grisham Resigns In Wake Of Violent Protests”
When you read the article you see that the lady did resign, she was the FLOTUS’s Chief of Staff, it did happen after (in the wake), and there was some violence, after all a guy in police uniform shot an unwarmed trespasser.  

But I read the article.  There was not a hint that she resigned because of the “violent” protests.

Does this qualify as Fake News or just click bait?  The date was January 7.  In looking at other articles listed at the bottom of the page it was clear the Indian “Journalists” had drunk the kool aid being offered by the American Press.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-052: Reflection on Day Two, Part 2 of 2, The Concern

God is in charge.  I find comfort in that.

At the same time I am not sanguine about our future.  In Psalm 81 the author, Asaph, spends a number of verses reviewing all the things God did for His people and then gets to the part that concerns me,

(Psa 81:11-12 KJV) But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.  So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
First, we cannot expect the blessings of God when we spend our time spitting in His face.  Do you really see out leaders doing what is right or lining their own pockets.  Their interest is power.  To achieve that power they first turned on God on their way to turning on the American people.  It you don’t see it then you might want to ask what counsel you are following.  This is not something that suddenly emerged from nowhere like the universe at Creation.  It has been in the shadows and on the screens for years.  

Second, “my people” historically was the Jews.  Today it could be used to refer to Christians who are sincere believers in and followers of Jesus.  Historically the result of not harkening was the approach of disaster.  The same it true for us today.  

The answer to the problems of violence and decay that we see everywhere is right in front of us.  It is available.  It involves repentance and a change of how we live.  God is waiting but He is not willing to give you an advance on an unsecured loan.  It gets repeated until our ears are dull, but let me give it to you again,
(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.
The part of this we refuse is the “turn from their wicked ways”.  That is hard to do when we live in a world that denies sin and the church that is responsible to call us to repentance also refusing to denounce sin.

It starts with me but don’t think that lets you off the hook.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-051: Reflection on Day Two, Part 1 of 2, The Hope

My first draft of this was on January 21, thus “day two”.

When I look at the fact that I am an American citizen I have a certain heaviness of heart.  When I look at the fact that I am a child of God, my spirit is set free.  That does not mean that all will be rosy.  The Bible is not the document of Pollyana, it is the revelation of God.  One of the places we can look for understanding of what is to happen is the history of Israel.  Today I was reading Proverbs 21 which this month correlates with Psalm 81.  I saw both hope and reason for concern.

Lets start with the hope.  It was found in Proverbs 21:1,

(Pro 21:1 KJV) The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
You might wonder where I found hope in that.  It reminded me that God worked through the mind of historic pagan kings as well as the believers.  Pharaoh eventually let Israel go.  If you know your Bible, the whole process took 400 years, but it happened.  Joseph had to go through his own personal trials but eventually he was in a position to be used of God.  Who are the Josephs today?  They are out there.

Cyrus allowed Jews to return and rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.  Again you need to note that it did not happen overnight and it was not an easy process.  I think we all want to live in the times of recovery but we tend to find ourselves in the period of decadence which led to God’s people being in captivity in the first place.  During the bad time you have the story of Esther and Mordecai.  You have Daniel in the lions den.  Eventually you have Ezra and Nehemiah that were used in the restoration.  You might be called to be a Daniel or Esther.  Ezra may be out their getting prepared.  We don’t know how the hand of God will work.

There are numerous other examples.  Extra Biblical examples could go back to the defeat of Hannibal by the Romans.  Both were pagans but if Carthage had emerged victorious we would be performing child sacrifice on a regular basis instead of hiding in the shadows like the pedophiles are still forced to do.  You might consider the incredibly stupid decisions of Hitler that made it possible for the allies to defeat him.  Invade Russia?  Sure, why not.  It worked so well for Napoleon.  Most people don’t think about the way the the preaching of John Wesley kept England from following the French in revolution.  

So I have hope even though the new Occupant of the White House (OWH) is more in tune with Ahab than Hezekiah.  

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Opus 2021-050: Let Me Reword That

I think the author of The Manhattan Contrarian understands the mistake he is making in the following statement,

“Note to Biden and/or whoever comes after him: you can’t keep a divided nation together by force and coercion -- not for long. If Americans want to live in a united country, we need a renewed sense of common ideals and principles. The principle of maximizing human freedom is the best option available, because it has the potential to create cohesion while also allowing for disagreement.”
I just don’t think that is his point at the moment.  He will probably address it later.

Since he is not here, let me address it.  One of the popular delusions perpetuated by our media overlords is that the Progressives in control of the sources of power and influence want a “united country”.  No, the do not want a “renewed sense of common ideals and principles.”  What they want is the destruction of the United States.  If that were not the plan they would not be doing everything they can to cause the insurrection they say they fear.  

The massive peaceful protest in Washington D.C. was totally ignored with the mantra that there was a violent riot in the Capitol.  Really?  Show me the destroyed buildings.  Show me the destroyed businesses.  Where are the fires?  Where are the many examples of vicious violence perpetuated by Antifa and BLM as they destoryed a number of American cities in what was constantly referred to as “mostly peaceful” protests.

List the “panicked” talking heads of Congress:  Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell, et. al.  They were not panicked.  They were disappointed that they were not yet able to prod the sleeping giant of American into a place where they can use the Insurrection Act.


They will keep trying.  They are going to have a Kangaroo trial to remove a man from office who has already left.  He followed the procedure as is provided by the rule of law.  They are moving to remove from office every elected official who does not agree with their program.  They are mobilizing big business to make it impossible for non-party business to do banking or communicating.  I would laugh if the fools were not so self-righteous:  Students at Harvard are agitating to rescind the diplomas of everyone they disagree with.  Some day soon you may find that your bank or credit card company has decided not to do business with you.

They will just keep pushing.

homo unius libri

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Opus 2021-049: Deja Vu

Will conservatives eventually be forced to flee and hide?  Probably, and that goes double for genuine Christians.  They tend to be conservatives because liberal values are anathema to the Bible.  Today I came across something that reminds me this is nothing new.

Thursday I finished reading through the Bible with the book of Revelation.  Friday I started again in Genesis with a desire to not be hurried, to spend some time in contemplation and study.  I was looking into the fact that the Hebrew word for God, Elohim, is plural.  

(Gen 1:1 KJV) In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heaven and the earth.
Keep in mind that Judaism believes in only one God.  Christians believe in one God also but have the concept of the Trinity with deals with this seeming contradiction.

As I was reading about the implications for Christians and the doctrine of the Trinity Adam Clarke, an 18th century Bible scholar, quoted someone named Simeon ben Joachi (Yohai).  I may write about that quote some other time.  What struck me as I read a little bit was the predicament that Rabbi Joachi found himself in.
“In the Talmudic legend, Rabbi Simeon made some adverse remarks about the Roman occupation of Judaea and when this was reported to the government authorities he was obliged to flee for his life. Together with his son, Eleazar, he lived in a cave for thirteen years.”
This comes from a site called My Jewish Learning.  

I thought it was interesting that speaking out against the government had the same response in the second century from the Roman Empire that it is having today in the American Congress.

Watch your mouth and stay safe.  History may repeat itself but we can at least make it work for the privilege.

homo unius libri

Friday, January 22, 2021

Opus 2021-048: Headlines: The EO that Already Was

The Daily Wire Tells us that OWH Biden has signed an executive order demanding that Americans wear masks while traveling.  I have a criticism of the Daily wire and an observation for the OWH.

First, Dear Daily Wire, stop using click bait headlines.  All you have to do is read the first line of the article and you find that it is a bunch of smoke, minus the mirrors.  Notice the end of that sentence,

“...interstate travelers must wear face masks when using specific modes of transportation, such as airplanes or trains.”
As you continue to read you find that the author of the piece was aware of his nonsense title.  Travelers are already required, by the airlines, to wear masks on airplanes.  I am not sure about trains.  To give the Daily Wire credit, they got me.  I clicked because I have driven to the east coast twice since Halloween and might have to go a few more times in the coming year.  And I hate masks.  

And for OWH Biden, what is your point?  If he had come out of his basement during the campaign he might have noticed that the goal of his glorious executive order was already being done.  Why is he wasting our time and his time.  I guess it is better having him write meaningless memos that actually getting something done.  Maybe he should write an executive order requiring that all faucets have the same sized threads or that sliced bread actually be sliced.

And of course the article asks how he is going to enforce it.  As I traveled across the country I was struck by the diversity of mask paranoia.  Some states had signs on doors and people actually obeyed.  Some states had the signs and people ignored them.  Others didn’t even bother to put up the signs.  I guess one of the projects of the federal government to find jobs for all their voters is to make them Mask Police.  Of course they might only be safe inside the Blue City States located around the country.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-047: Cornerstone Considerations: BRX, Enemies, Real and Imagined

In one headline we see the socialist influence on our political party.  The link is from Citizen Free Press to something called Mises Institute.  The headline reads, “Trump's Potential Legacy: 50 Million+ Enemies of the State.”  What jumped out of me was the phrase “enemies of the state”.  It wasn’t “traitors” or enemies of the United States, but “enemies of the state.”

This is socialist thinking.  It presupposes that the highest power is the State.  In every Marxist society all must bow before the needs of the State.  There is no personal desire or need that comes before the good of the whole.  Power from the top sets the standards and demands obedience.

These people are enemies of the Constitution, enemies of liberty, in a word, Progressives*.  

The Constitution is a document that spells out the powers of the government and the whole viewpoint is summed up in the 10th Amendment,

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
So when congress passes a law that reduces your freedom, it is unconstitutional and makes them an enemy of the Constitution.  When a judge allows his own personal opinion to trump the Constitution, he becomes its enemy.  When a president writes an executive order that goes beyond instructing his staff how to fulfill their duty but instead puts you in a box, he becomes and enemy of the Constitution.

When you read the Bill of Rights, don’t stop after the first one.

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-046: New Terms: OWH

I am finding that when I try to write the name “Biden” linked to the word “President” my typing fingers refuse to cooperate.  I am not sure that they will ever get on board the Unity Express so I need another term to refer to the current Occupant of the White House.  My first suggestion is that acronym, OWH.  I really don’t want to go with the acronym of the left, NMP.  He is “my” president because Congress says so.  He is the Occupant of the White House.  It doesn’t mean I have to like it.

The thing it has going for it is that it doesn’t contain any of the R rated words that I would need to describe what I really think of him.

Maybe we should all go and watch Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride again.

homo unius libri

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Opus 2021-045: Cornerstone Considerations: D of I, Power Sources

Here is a relatively long paragraph from the beginning of the Declaration of Independence.  If you have it memorized then it is just for reference, if not, it might be inspiring to read it again.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.  Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed.  But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.  Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.  The History of the present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.  To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
The first sentence, dealing with “all men created equal” and “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, has been discussed in many forums at many times.  I am sure I will chime in on that repeatedly myself but today I want to focus on the two mentions made about the sources of what we hold dear.

First we have the source of our rights.  Notice that this is the “Creator”.  When I was teaching this to my middle school students I kept running into the impossible-to-believe ignorance they lived in.  They did not have a clue to what “Creator” meant, let alone “endowed” or “unalienable”.  What was even worse, they did not know they needed to understand them or how to look up the meanings if they felt a need.  

The source of our rights is God Himself.  I would have my students read this and then ask them where our rights came from.  The almost universal answer was, “The government”.  After I got through screaming we took another look at it.  The basic belief of the Founders whether they were Christians, Deist, Jewish or garden variety pagan was that certain rights are given to us by whatever the overwhelming source of power is.  That could be Jesus or the sacred oaks of the Druids but it certainly wasn’t the government.

There is a second source referred to in this paragraph.  It is found in the phrase,
“deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed...”
This is why the Constitution will, in a few years, start with the words, “We the Elite of the United States”.  I know this is heresy to our political betters, the Progressives*, but they are supposed to be listening to us.  Power is supposed to flow up from the people, not down from the elite.  

Power is meant to flow.  It flows from God to the people and only then to the government.  The people taking over America are trying to isolate the church and silence the people.  They are doing it with lock downs, fear and censorship.  Our hope is in us as individuals getting the order right and demanding that government become responsive to us again.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-044: Prophet’s Hat: Get Out of Dodge

Well, that didn’t take long.  Shortly after I wrote about President Trump getting out of Dodge before the lynch mob came for him I saw a link that talked about putting him in jail for six months.  I saw the link on Pro Trump News which took me to something called Trending Politics which had a video from MSNBC, which I did not bother to watch.

It seems that the Attorney General of Washington, D.C. is proposing that Citizen Trump needs to go to jail for exercising his First Amendment rights.  

What a twisted world these fascists live in.  After Democrat after Democrat calling openly for violence against Republicans and even resorting to shooting and beating, it is suddenly too much to tell people to peacefully let their voice be heard.

Welcome to the United Soviet States of America, or is it United States of Soviet America?

homo unius libri

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Opus 2021-043: Headlines: Trump Not Going to Party

Multiple sources report that President Trump will not be staying for the inauguration nor will he do the traditional hosting of the newly elected president.  

This just goes to show that he gets it.  In case you have not been paying attention to the way things are going, the new regime has no respect for law, order or due process.  They intend to smack down on anyone who has an ounce of morality and has read the Constitution.  They have already voided the First Amendment, announced that they will cancel the Second and we can see that they are working on IV through VI.  If I were him I would be getting out of the military state that D.C. has become and head for the free state of Florida.  It may be the only way he can maintain his freedom.  I would not put it past the Democrats to have him arrested at the inauguration.  It would add icing to the cake they have dished up for America.  It would also be a reminder to those of us unwashed deplorables just where we fit into things.  

Of course it is possible that this is just another dose of Fake News.  It is possible that Trump has already been arrested by the police state and convicted of his crimes by the Progressive* Star Chamber.  You may need to go to your local public school and listen to what they are telling the children.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-042: If It Is Good for D.C....

After a short search I could not find the article so I can’t link it but the gist of it was that large numbers of people are moving to South Dakota.  I can understand that.  I have joked about moving there and I am a California refugee living in Texas.  My reason was that I appreciated the way in which the SD governor, Kristi Noem, refused to panic and lock the state down as a result of the manipulation of the China virus.  She seems to understand liberty even better than Greg Abbott, governor of Texas.

This presents the usual problem that the red states face.  People living in blue states often have blue politics:  Mindless belief in the Progressive* agenda.  They can see the results of the way they vote but they don’t have the brain power to connect the dots on why their hometown has turned into a septic tank.  They never learned the real scientific method or the concept of cause and effect.  So when they move they bring their toxic votes with them.

I have read that the ones moving into Texas are 2 to 1 conservative.  I am told that it was the refugees that reelected Ted Cruz in his last run.  I am told that the final balance is more red.  I am not sure I believe it.  I would suggest that we put people moving to Texas through the same type of vetting that the National Guard is getting in Washington, D.C.  Infiltrators can be dangerous.

I would suggest it but not vote for it because it is a policy of the left.  Once again people who believe in liberty have this Achilles’ heel that can bring us down.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-041: Headlines: Another Consumer Censor

It is really getting hard to do any shopping.  I do not refer to the fear mongering of masks or the silly social distancing.  I am talking about the corporate fascists who think that they have the power to isolate and punish Americans who speak their mind.  The latest companies to join the axis, according to We Love Trump, are Kohls and Bed Bath & Beyond.  I have never shopped at Kohls so there is little I can do to effect their bottom line but I have enjoyed walking through Bed Bath & Beyond on occasion.  In fact I bought a gift there last week.  I am now going to return that gift and I hope they as me why.

“All” they did was announce they would no longer carry My Pillow products because the owner, Mike Lindell, spoken out in support of President Trump.  I am hoping that their announcement doubles his business like it did for Goya Foods and Chick-fil-a.  

In a sense I do not commit to boycotts any more because the options are getting so watered down that it might be impossible.  I know that I have decided to only shop at and buy certain products if there is a genuine need and I have no option.  Among those I am now denying my business are Walmart, Coca-Cola, Amazon, many blogs I used to frequent and the list just keeps growing.

I used to go to Walmart several times a week.  I was a big drinker of Coke Zero, Amazon became the place to goto.  Those demand a period of mourning and withdrawal.  Bad Bath & Beyond will not be hard to avoid.

If enough of us get serious about where we shop the profits will not be used to undermine the American way of life.  Of course if the police state takes over we will eventually be on rations and will take whatever we can get, but that is still in the future.  How far I am afraid to speculate.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Opus 2021-040: Headlines: Can’t Trust Anyone Nowadays

A report from the Citizen Free Press points out to us that the divisiveness of the race hustling Al Sharpton that was refined by the identity politics brought to the White House by Barak Obama is being focused even more by Joe Biden.  The title of the link was “Texas Governor Livid”.

I have been seeing numerous references to the FBI doing background checks on all the National Guard troops who were sent to Washington, D.C.  The paranoia of the Democrats was that there were unhinged infiltrators in the ranks who would start an insurrection.  The following quote is from a tweet which was shown in the article (I don’t go to Twitter).  I know nothing about the person tweeting.

“Biden’s transition team asked if it would be possible to determine which soldiers voted in GOP primaries or who have contributed to GOP candidates so commanders could station them away from the president-elect.”
Now we are opening the doors to deciding where troops will be stationed based on their political affiliation.  I guess that in a Biden administration the military will only have Democrat soldiers.  I am not sure that would even give them enough personnel to dig the latrines.  Maybe they will follow the lead of the riot torn, Democrat controlled cities and hire social workers to take the places of the mustered out soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.  

These people will not be happy until they have everybody hating everyone else.  I found myself wishing that Governor Abbott would order the Texas National Guard home.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-039: Edmund or End Times

We are living in the interesting times of the Chinese proverb.  We are hearing predictions of the end of life as we know it.  We are told that the new regime in Washington will take away all of our liberties and lock us up in prison camps.  It is certainly their intention.  We don’t know how successful they will be.  Others seem to think that we have been through this before.  The attempts to lock up Americans that Woodrow Wilson tried were before my time.  We know some of the power plays of FDR.  We lived with Obama for eight years.  We lived to tell about it.  Which will it be?  It is TEOTWAWKI or just another bump in the road?  I can live with either.

If the Biden/Harris/Soros/China team fall on their faces then we can all breathe easier.  If the UniParty finds a few people with morals and backbones they might stop all the nonsense over night.  Sometimes it only takes one backbone.  The talking heads keep referring to the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and how it failed in the senate.  What they don’t point out is that if failed by one vote and the guy who stood up to the pressure, Edmund Ross, ruined his future in politics.  At least that is what I remember reading in a book under John F. Kennedy’s name called Profiles in Courage.  We might recover if we can find an Edmund Ross.

On the other hand it could be the Hitler moment.  It could be that the Progressives* in power, who have no concerns except their own power, will be successful in banishing all dissenting voices from the public square and make Americans cower down in fear.  It is clear that they are trying to do this.  The crony capitalists of the social media are silencing anyone who expresses an opinion they don’t like.  The Democrats in congress are calling for the expulsion of any elected official who was supportive of President Trump.  The National Guard troops called to Washington D.C. are being harassed by the FBI.  If that is our future then I will not look forward to it but I understand it in spiritual terms.

If you are a believer you need to understand that persecution is guaranteed.  We have lived in a nice, happy bubble for about 200 years.  Followers of Christ were among the unwashed masses that fled to the United States to avoid persecution at home.  Now, as the people fleeing blue states bring their dye with them, the persecution is coming to a town near you.  In that we can rejoice.  From the God’s eye view it will probably be a way of trying to wake people up to the call of God on their lives.  One of the sad truths about the human condition is that most people only learn through pain.  How much pain depends on how stubborn they are.

If you look at the condition of America you would wonder why God has held His hand back so long.  Abortion, pornography, trafficking in children, multiple varieties of the homosexual agenda, devil worship and much more are common in our country.  The only people that you can really mock are white Christians, preferably men.

I wait to see how it works out.  I don’t want persecution but I can see both sides of the coin.

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

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Opus 2021-038: Hang It

I hung my flag last week.  I don’t get to it every day, but it is something that expresses part of who I am.  Or at least it used to express it.  The Progressives* have succeeded in turning us into a Banana Republic.  Maybe we should substitute bananas for stars.  

I wonder if I will continue hanging the bananas and stripes.  Or maybe I can continue to hang it until January 20.  Or maybe hang it upside down.

I may go to the Lone Star flag.  

I was once proud to be from California.  I used to brag that I went back two generations as a native.  That has certainly changed.  I am now embarrassed by what California has become.  I know where the new regime in Washington wants to take us and when they do I remember the words that Ted Cruz quoted from his father.  It was something to the effect that they left Cuba to get away from Communism and if America falls there is no place else to run.

Why do immature brats want to destroy what they cannot have?

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

homo unius libri

Monday, January 18, 2021

Opus 2021-037: Headlines: Biden’s First Hat Trick

You can trace it back to the source if you want but I am taking my quote from a post at The American Thinker.  The topic is the Biden promise to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he gets into office.  The title of the article is focusing on the reality that this is going to make Canada very unhappy.  I found this quote most informative:

"Doing so would kill jobs on both sides of the border, weaken the critically important Canada-U.S. relationship and undermine U.S. national security by making the United States more dependent on OPEC oil imports in the future,"
The author of the quote seems to think this is some surprise.  My observation is, that is exactly what the Progressives* who stole this election want to achieve.  Tank the economy, make our allies mad at us and bring back OPEC oil.  Think of it as a hat trick.  Three birds with one stone.  The gray lining on the silver headed cloud.  You see the point.

It is hard to believe that one fool can undo everything that President Trump has accomplished but he is going to give it all he has.

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-036: Headlines: It Seems America Wants Impeachment

As I was looking for the article that talked about AOC trying to violate the bill of attainder clause in the Constitution I came across something that I had totally missed.  The click bait I was seeing was declaring that a majority of Americans were in favor of impeaching Donald Trump.  Somehow that did not register with me as having much reliability.  Keep in mind Fake News and the Big Lie.  The one I linked is USA Today but the DNC talking point was being repeated by all the Alliance for Socialism in the Media.  

The numbers given were 52% among “respondents”.  Who sponsored the polling?  Politico.  As always, consider the source.  One reason I was totally unaware of this results was because I don’t follow the MSM.  I also don’t eat out of cans that have bulges or meat that has turned green.  I don’t believe it when the cat looks innocent nor do I expect the roaches to obey my “No Trespassing” signs.  

The only Americans who want the president impeached for inciting violence are the people who are already brainwashed or went to public school and don’t know the meanings of “inciting” or “violence”.  While I would admit that it might be 52% of respondent I would also suggest that they gave their response the same way Biden got so many votes, by mail.  It is kind of like reporting that a family of 6 has 66% in favor of ice cream for dinner.

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Opus 2021-035: Monday Pulpit: A Fool’s Mouth

In my daily morning worship I came across the following verse,

(Pro 18:6 KJV) A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
Actually, the translation I read spoke to me more clearly,
(Pro 18:6 NAS77) A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows.
We are living in an interesting time.  Remember the Chinese curse.  We have all the leftist talking heads telling us that Trump supporters are going to riot and start an insurrection.  The problem is that it keeps not happening.  I am not sure whom the changing number of National Guard in the capital are there to protect congress from.  It is kind of like installing bars on your windows, lights and cameras in your yard, instant access gun safes by every door in your house, solid steel doors and signing up with a security service when you live in a small town in the middle of Kansas.  Overkill anyone?  Who is paranoid?

At the same time the fools’ lips keep talking about how the President incited a riot.  I notice that they have no video of such an occurrence.  Who is bringing contention?  Who is calling for violence?  I remember my days as a teacher when a group of middle school brats would be standing around a couple of guys egging them on to start a fight.  I remember that one of the pastimes of the kinds was to get a group and run across the campus yelling, “Fight!  Fight!”  Inexperienced security and new teachers loved it too because they had to go check it out.  Those with a bit of experience could tell there was no fight because most of the students were just watching them run instead of flocking to the violence.

Keep your cool, Americans.  Stay calm, patriots.  The fools are trying to get you to do something stupid.  Don’t fall into the trap.  Put your energy into meeting your local sheriff, keeping track of what your local officials, state representatives and federal officers are doing.  If we can make it past the attempts to incite a revolution and stay on our toes, we can make a comeback.

And keep lists.  Write down who is betraying us.  Don’t assume they are Democrats.  Be discerning in the blogs you read.  Watch for the weasels who are trying to walk on both sides of the fence.

homo unius libri

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Opus 2021-034: Cornerstone Considerations: CUSA, I, 9, Bill of Attainder

I hesitate to bring it up but there is a little phrase in the Constitution that needs to be either followed or removed.

It is “bill of attainder”.  It is found in Article I, Section 9 and reads,

No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed
The purpose of the bill is to keep despotic legislators from writing laws targeting specific individuals and applying the penalty without a fair trial.

This comes up in two areas that our Progressive* leaders seem to be charging into.  First, they want to pass a law saying that Trump can never run for president again.  While they are at it why don’t they just revise their wording to say that no Republican can run again unless he gets the approval of the DNC.  The second is to say he can never enter the capitol again.  What if he is elected to the house or senate?  The Founders were not stupid or ignorant.  They knew what they were doing.

Welcome to the Socialist States of America.

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-033: Chips without Salsa

My grandparents were paranoid.  They went into a panic when FDR forced everyone to get a social security number (SSN).  There were so many of them that the Feds were forced to include legislation making it illegal to use the SSN for any purpose other than their social security account.

What was the fuss all about?

(Rev 13:17 KJV) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
And notice that modern technology strikes again.  When the SSN was given out it was printed on a piece of paper you carried in your pocket.  Now we have talk about chipping everyone.  After all, if the chip with its RFID identifier is implanted in your forehead then when they take your temperature to let you in the building it can check to see if you have been vaccinated.  The technology is already in place.  Think of pets that are being chipped so they can be brought home.  Think of the way in which media can track your movements by the chip in your phone.  When it is in your forehead you are good to go.

Notice what Revelation says about that in the previous verse,
(Rev 13:16 KJV) And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Hysteria you say?  Paranoid you say?  Keep in mind that observation that just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.

How is it working out for you?  Have you been to the doctor lately?  Have you filled out any paperwork for anyone?  What is always one of the blanks?  SSN.  Most people are not aware that they can refuse to share it.  The nice secretary will argue with you but eventually give in.  In addition it is the law now that when your children are born they are required to be assigned a SSN.  That has come into effect since my children were born.  The needle keeps moving and the next place it will penetrate if your right hand or forehead.

One of the disturbing things about prophecy is when it seems to be so right on 2,000 years later.

Are you still laughing?

homo unius libri

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Opus 2021-032: Cornerstone Considerations: D of I, Define “Necessary”

How about something scary to read before you go to bed,

“When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another,...”
There are several concepts we need to look at.  First, and scariest, is the phrase, “dissolve the Political Bands”.  I like the word “dissolve”.  It has a gradual, gentle sound to it.  Unfortunately it did not work out that way in 1775 when we had the “shot heard ‘round the world.”  On November 3 we had the “steal muffled round the country” instead.  Will it be necessary to get into dissolving again?  I don’t know.  I am sure I don’t want to live in a Socialist States of America.

Is it really “necessary”.  That is the word that Thomas Jefferson chose.  Maybe that is why the Progressive* goons are removing Jefferson along with all the other Founders.  Jefferson will go on to make a case for the dissolving.  The hard part is knowing when you come to the place where nothing can be done.  This brings to mind a quote from Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
“You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power—he's free again.”
I had the hardest time getting verification of where he wrote this but eventually I found a site that claimed it came from The Gulag Archipelago.  

The American Revolution was not started by the landed gentry of Virginia but by the rabble rousers of Massachusetts.  Neither will raise a whimper today.  So far we have a bit of wiggle room.  We still have the hope that our states will step up to the plate and resist the power grab.  My hope and prayer is that the Communists in Congress will overreach and fall flat on their faces before the dissolving becomes necessary.

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-031: Headlines: Rein It In

I got tired of reading the wishy washy analysis offered by Forbes as it responded to AOC calling for major media censorship.  The publication kept trying to act like this was some reasonable statement and quoted her as saying,

“We’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment, so you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation,”
To anyone with a grain of discernment this is a call to shut down all speech which the Progressive Socialists of America don’t agree with.  You have seen the beginnings of this as the social media giants have put the president in a box and convinced the financial institutions to join them.  Can you picture where this is going?  I can.

Keep in mind that between the NSA and its super computers and the algorithms that platforms like Google have developed they can find ways to nail anyone who uses any key word.  I remember when I was doing a search from my school computer years ago on a topic which used the word “breast”.  I can’t remember what it was but take “breast cancer” for this example.  The school software blocked me, a teacher, from doing the search because the word was questionable.  

If they allow us to e-mail they will be able to cancel anything we send that offends their sense of security.  Think millennial triggers and safe spaces.  Sure, you may be able to ask your grandmother for her chocolate chip recipe but only as long as the sugar content does not go over the recommendations of the Department of Health and Human Services or whomever is responsible for monitoring our food intake.

The squad it coming for you and they are not just a bunch of hysterical witches cackling over a cauldron singing, “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-030: New Terms: UniParty

This is one I have been seeing recently.  I did not come up with it, but I like it.  The term “UniParty” is much better than trying to explain what we mean by Rino.  Think of it as being a synonym with “swamp critter”.

It is time for a new party to emerge.  The Republicans rose on the issues of slavery, the homestead act and if not a gold standard, at least a silver standard, in other words sound fiscal policy.  The new party can gain traction by simply being in favor of following the Constitution.  If it really wants to go somewhere it must also embrace the moral issues that are reflected in the Bible.

How about calling it the “Big Tabernacle Party”?  The tabernacle moved with the people but was always put up in the same way and located in the center of the camp.  It contained the Ark of the Covenant.  We of course would have a table with the Constitution.

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Opus 2021-029: 1984 Began in 1932

Maybe it is time to do away with the secret ballot.  Most of us think it has always been this way.  Not so.  There was a time when your vote was a matter of public record.  Part of the reason we went to secret ballots was because of the coercion exercised on people who did not vote the way the local bully boys wanted.  Of course the creative energy of the Progressives* can work wonders.  Much of the destruction of freedom in our country began with FDR.  If you wonder how he was reelected so many times and got so many socialist policies approved consider this record from the depression.

“In the second WPA district, another WPA official who was the area engineer, managed a thorough canvass of the workers in Pulaski and Russell counties.  The WPA foremen were given sheets upon which they had to report on the standing of the reliefers in the political campaign.  It became a part of Mr Hopkins’ WPA organization in Kentucky to learn how many of the down-and-out had enough devotion to Franklin D. Roosevelt to be entitled to eat.  It was not sufficient for an indigent Kentuckian to be just down and out and hungry.  He had to believe that the President of the United States was his redeemer and had to be ready to register than belief at the polls.  The reliefers were asked to sign papers pledging themselves to the election of the senior senator from Kentucky.  They were given campaign buttons and told to wear them and there were instances where, if they refused, they were thrown off the WPA rolls.” p. 134
You can understand why Christians of that period feared FDR was the Anti-Christ and had great fear of everyone having a Social Security Number.  To them it was the mark of the Beast.  How perceptive they were.  Now we have threats that we will not be able to buy or sell if we do not have a vaccination card.  We have the president being cut off from his banks because the swamp is trying to destroy him.  Notice that FDR was willing to let people starve if they did not toe the line.

It would not take much work to set up a voting system where concerned voters could go in and see if their votes actually were tabulated the way they were marked.  Like voter ID, the only reason it isn’t happening is that the swamp wants its power.

Welcome to the 1930's.

Flynn, John T.  The Roosevelt Myth.  Garden City, New York:  Garden City Books, 1948.

homo unius libri

Friday, January 15, 2021

Opus 2021-028: God on Whiteness

I can see why the cancel culture is so set against the Biblical message.  Based on the book of Psalms it is clear that the Jews were part of the conspiracy of white privilege.  Consider this well known verse,

(Psa 51:7 KJV) Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
It is clear that God has a problem with people who are not white.  Part of the preparation for eternity is an ethnic bleaching.  (For liberals, that is a bit of humor you might not get.  As we used to say, “Joke, Irene, Joke.”)

If you believe that, you must be a Progressive*.  Ignorance, hate and brainwashing come with the territory.

The left has even more problem with the idea that we need to be purged from our sin.

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Opus 2021-027: Time for the Blue Helmets

Maybe it is time to have the UN send observers to American elections.  I don’t think it could hurt.

We have been sending observers for years.  Where is Jimmy Carter when you need him?  I am not sure how people who don’t speak the local language can detect if there is fraud going on.  Observers in America can’t even seem to find it when they know the language.  Maybe being banned from the room is an indication.  And I wonder if the UN observers are also banned from the room but put on a happy face, enjoy the perks of the trip and advance toward One World Government.

We have been so arrogant and snotty.  Now we are the bananas.  Things are getting so bad that maybe the UN could help.  And while I am at it, remember all those conspiracy theories about UN troops being in our country?  Maybe Nancy and Chuck are already filling out the applications.

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Opus 2021-026: Cornerstone Considerations: D of I, History Is Happening

A document that often gets ignored in our discussions of the foundations of the country is the Declaration of Independence.  It is not the Constitution.  The Constitution is our core legal document.  At the same time it is part of the thinking and philosophy that makes us what we are.  It shows us what was going on in the minds of the Founders.  It needs to be considered.

When I was teaching American history I tried to get the middle school students to paraphrase parts of the Declaration of Independence.  I told them to pretend they were trying to put it in words that their five year old brother would understand.  These eighth graders could not do it.  I tried for years and rarely could get across the idea of restating in simpler words.

Take for instance the first phrase,

When in the Course of human Events,...
A typical “paraphrase” of a modern eight grader would be, “When human Events Course”.  After I quit screaming and they removed my straight jacket I would go back and try again.

What does it mean?  How do you put it simply?  How about, “As life goes on” or “All during history”.  Is that too hard?  Evidently.

The Founders were immersed in history.  They read and studied.  They argued and discussed.  Were all of their facts correct?  I doubt it.  Did all of their arguments make sense?  Don’t make me laugh.  Were they always consistent?  No, they were always human.  That having been said, they called each other to account and tried to see what had worked and what had not worked.

We are involved in human events.  Life is going on.  We need to pay attention and put in our two cents worth.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Opus 2021-025: Rumors of My Death...

I think we need to seriously consider statements about the “death of the republic” like the headline at Gun Free Zone declares.  While things are serious, I don’t think it is the death as much as it is a diabetic coma induced by refusing to face reality.  Diabetes is a physical problem that effects millions of Americans.  Type 1, or childhood onset diabetes, is something you are born with.  The stricken are totally without guilt and if they do not get insulin, they will die.  Some are temporary.  Pregnant women can get a type.  However, for many people it is a result of behavior and if caught early enough can usually be held at bay with behavior.

Our republic is under attack by the dedicated disciples of communism.  It is possible that some of the people involved in the attack are simply dupes who think they are smarter than the average bear.  I call the group as a whole Progressives*.  At the core, though, is a well trained cadre of expert revolutionaries.  If they are dealt with then the republic will have a good chance of recovery.  If you have type 2 diabetes then the chances of living with it are good.  

What do we do?  Change our behavior.  As Americans we can no longer take politicians at face value.  We must carefully watch how they vote, not just listen at election time.  This is doubly true when it comes to state judges, most of whom must stand for reelection.  We must take the time to go to city council meetings and seek out positions on library boards.  Have you ever considered the books that are being purchased with your tax money?  And what about school boards?  These are the quiet places where our culture has been undermined and is being destroyed.  

Christians?  Get serious about your faith and commit yourself to living out an upright life in the public square.  Stop hiding your light under a bushel and start pushing it.  Get over the lie about the separation of church and state.  Attend church meetings and demand that the church maintain Biblical values.  Remove people who are working to support satanic standards.

Pagan?  America has made room for you.  You came here to get away from the culture that your paganism had molded.  Don’t try to remake this country into a copy of what you left.  If it was so good there, why did you leave?  Religion makes a difference in how a culture works.  Christian Americans need to be aware there are a lot of pagans that don’t reject your values.  We need to find ways to work together on things we can agree about.  Believe it or not, that is most of what we hold dear:  Family, the rule of law, the right to defend your home.

The republic is not dead, yet.  It is sick to the point that it needs special care.  It is still up to us.

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Opus 2021-024: PGA Goes Woke

If you are keeping track of the political sell-out of sports teams you can now add the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) to the list.  They have just withdrawn thier competitions from golf courses owned by President Trump.  The rot of the swamp can be found even on golf courses.

I am someone who started playing golf late in life.  I enjoy the game but have no talent and little drive to become good.  I am not sure when the last time I played.  I was never impressed by the course that has a PGA pro to teach and advise.  I am even less impressed now.  Next time I play I will keep an eye open for gators.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Opus 2021-023: The Prophets’s Hat: A Post Trump World, Part 3 of 3

Europe will be losing the shield it had in America.  Trump had forced them to grow up a little.  NATO members were beginning to pull their own weight.  Poland has made great strides.  The problem is that without an American Presidential backbone, Russia will again begin to flex its muscles.  When the Progressives* make their move to shut down American energy production, Russia will be in a place to play the oil card again.  That will give them the finances to rearm and the leverage over Europe that may make it unnecessary.  

We also forget that things are not going to go smoothly here in the United States.  Will the fascists in government push too fast and set off a rebellion?  Will they take their time and make people think the black helicopters will only be coming for their neighbors?  Will the 50 states remained united or will there be so much power grabbing that things start to come apart?  It is anyone’s guess.  

One of the topics that keeps coming up goes by various names.  We hear of secession.  Some talk of civil war.  The Declaration of Independence calls it separation.  When the media decided to start labeling the Republicans with red and the Democrats in blue it allowed for all kinds of creative and informative maps.  We have long heard about “fly-over country” and the “left coast”.  Will the areas of the country not dominated by liberal, cesspool cities submit quietly to the tyranny of the socialists?  Will the South rise again?

It does not promise to be a peaceful time ahead.  We will learn a lot about how things are going in the next few months.  

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

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Opus 2021-022: The Prophets’s Hat: A Post Trump World, Part 2 of 3

Things will change in the world with Biden, or whomever they replace him with, in the White House.  China will have the green light to bring the blessings of Maoist culture to the world.

Number one on China’s wish list will probably be Taiwan.  The island knows this and is doing all it can to prepare for the violent acquisition that China has in mind.  For a few million dollars China can get Biden to relocate all American military assets to a more important place such as shielding the Island of Maui from a rumored invasion by Kamehameha III.  With America standing down I can’t think of any realistic place that Taiwan can turn for help.  I would forecast an attempt to overrun the island sometime during the Biden administration, sooner rather than later.

South Korea will probably be number three, only because the Himalayan mountains stand between China and India.  They need to get over their hatred for Japan because their only hope in a Biden world is to have a strong ally close by.  If you remember any of your pre-Progressive* history, South Korea and the United States were well on their way to beating the nonsense out of North Korea until China decided to send in its human wave attacks.  China has long looked at Korea as a vassal state and will want to reestablish that in the south.  

Southeast Asia is going to become a war zone.  China will try to roll them up while Biden is on the payroll.  One of the big reasons in oil.  The South China Sea has a wealth of petroleum resources waiting to be extracted.  I promise you that China will not be putting any wasted effort into renewables or green deals.  That is for countries they want to see weakened.

After securing the Pacific rim China will move southwest to the subcontinent.  India has the world’s the second largest population after China.  They are a nuclear power and are moving into world status.  They are a threat to the hegemony of China and China knows it.  India needs to start a draft and get on a war footing.  They are already part way there.  A shooting war is in progress in the Himalayas.  So far it is small incidents but it is very real.  To their west is Pakistan and there is a lot of disputed territory.  Picture the temptation to start something while the Democrats are busy moving the political generals back into position and returning our military to third world status.

The Middle East is a big question mark.  Trump has gone a long way toward convincing the Muslim countries that their real enemy is not Israel but Iran.  Trump has made giant steps but Trump will no longer be around.  Instead you will have Uncle Joe who was part of the deal that shipped pallets of cash to Iran to try to buy them off.  

Sub-Sahara Africa and Latin America have already been infiltrated by the Chinese.  Most of it has been in the form of economic aid and loans but the strange thing about loans is that they come due.  

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

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Opus 2021-021: The Prophets’s Hat: A Post Trump World, Part 1 of 3

It is time for the world to listen to my advice.  Will they?  Of course not.  Even my wife doesn’t listen to my advice, so rest easy.  In spite of that I offer my predictions for the world in a Post-Trump political structure be it now or in four more years.  Things are going to change, and not for the better.  You may not have noticed but many hot spots in the world have cooled down with Donald Trump in the White House.  While I still have a vague hope that a rabbit will pop out of the hat I don’t have a lot.

Let’s start with Japan.  This is a country that is close to the top of the charts when it comes to xenophobic thinking.  Like the Chinese and the Koreans they tend to look down on the rest of the world.  After trying to conquer and being defeated they have been really good at using the United States to keep them safe while they rebuilt.  They have been a friend but have gained by the relationship.  Those cosy days are about to come to an end.  A new Pharaoh is arising in Egypt and he knows not Joseph.  It is questionable that he knows Joe but the president you have is the one you have to work with.

Japan needs to realize that the Biden Administration will not have their backs.  It is worse than that.  If China says, “Look the other way,” Joe will throw his neck out of joint.  The animosity between the island and the continent goes back centuries.  It includes the original Kamikaze as well as the slaughter of pre-WWII.  China has a special place in their camps for the Japanese.  Japan needs to look to their own protection.  That can take two paths.  Either become a nuclear power or begin learning the dialect that the Chi-Coms speak.  Japan is probably second or third on China’s list of targets.

To be continued...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Opus 2021-020: And Then They Came for....

I find myself wondering how much effort I should put into writing things for the future.  As I watch the tyranny of the Progressives* and how it is quickly overturning the liberties that we have known, I seriously wonder how long it will take for them to come for us minnows.

I don’t count my voice as that big but in a free America I could be assured that I had a voice.  It is now a question of how long.

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

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Opus 2021-019: Headlines: That Scary Little Phrase

We are living in a developing nightmare.  Everyone who can tell the difference between a light bulb that is burned out and one that is just turned off has heard about how Amazon has been involved in attacking the competition for Twitter, Parler.  It is an amazing attack that would make the fascist regimes of the 1930's say, “That’s my boy.”  They removed their app so no one can access a new account.  Then they cut them off of the internet and removed them from the Amazon marketplace.  That is all scary enough but did you read the entire list of people dropping them.

The part that should send ice water into your veins is the part where it says that the list of people dropping them included their lawyers.  They did this to President Trump also.  I don’t know if it is just social pressure, subtle innuendo or blatant threats of physical violence but our new Progressive* overlords are making it impossible to even wind our way through the legal maze.  They are making it impossible to get a lawyer.

As so many other oppressive moves of the Progressives* this goes against the spirit as well as the letter of the Constitution.  Notice this from the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution,

“have the assistance of counsel for his defence (sic).”
I don’t think it ever entered the minds of the Founders that a political party would take the step of threatening the lawyers so that the enemies of the Tyrant could make no defense.  Your Miranda rights don’t matter anymore because no lawyer will take your case.

The swamp is spreading instead of draining.

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

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Opus 2021-018: Cornerstone Considerations: A Suggested Journey

Our nation is in turmoil.  I for one wonder which way to turn.  In reality, much of what is going on will not touch me in the immediate future but I am concerned about the inimmediate future.  I don’t expect the black helicopters to hover over my house.  I don’t expect the SWAT teams to be lining up in my driveway.  I don’t expect it this week.  Next week, who knows.

My concern is for the future.  I have children.  I now have grandchildren.  I have friends who have the same and I am concerned about their futures as much as mine, more actually.  One of the things I have found helps is to go to the original documents.  As a Christian, that means looking at the Bible.  As an American it means looking at the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  I am looking at the Bible on a daily basis but it has been awhile since I have carefully and thoughtfully pondered our founding documents.

I read through the Declaration of Independence before I started to write.  I printed it out so I can mark it up as I go.  I has been eight years since I made this journey.  Shame on me.

Let’s see where it leads.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Opus 2021-017: On the Street: Road Manners

The Interstate System has made travel much more comfortable.  Most drivers today are too young to remember what it was like driving across the country on two lane roads.  It was an adventure.

Although I don’t miss the adventure, I do miss the mind-set of the travelers that used to draw us together in a mystic bond.  One of the mysteries that held me in wonder was the way that truck drivers used to work together to speed everyone’s travel.  I never understood it, but my dad had it down.  Truckers had a code system with their lights which told people behind them when it was safe to pass the slower truck.  On an uphill, curving road this could be a lifesaver.  

There was also a courtesy that has largely disappeared.  When a truck was passing another truck the one being passed would flash his lights to show it was safe to return to the travel lane.  Then the truck that was pulling ahead would blink his light to say, “Thanks.”  The professionals would extend the courtesy to us common people in cars.

I saw little of this on my trip.  I only had one truck flash it was safe to pull over and one that blinked his lights in thanks.  It didn’t slow me down but it sure takes away from the spirit of the road.  It may not make much difference because if the governing elites have their way we won’t be doing much traveling in the future.  

Enjoy it while you can.

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Opus 2021-016: Blue, Blue My Helmet’s Blue

Maybe it is time to have the UN send observers to American elections.  I don’t think it could hurt.

We have been sending observers for years.  Where is Jimmy Carter when you need him?  I am not sure how people who don’t speak the local language can detect is there is fraud going on.  Observers in America can’t even seem to find it when they know the language.  Maybe being banned from the room is an indication.  And I wonder if the UN observers are also banned from the room but put on a happy face, enjoy the perks of the trip and advance toward One World Government.

We have been so arrogant and snotty.  Now we are the bananas.  Things are getting so bad that maybe the UN could help.  And while I am at it, remember all those conspiracy theories about UN troops being in our country?  Maybe Nancy and Chuck are already filling out the applications.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Opus 2021-015: Whatever Happened to....

How many of us can remember the song that once played on the radio, “They’re Coming to Take Me Away”?  It was offered in humor along with such timeless classics as “Purple People Eater” and “Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Yellow-Polka Dot Bikini”.  None of them were taken seriously.  

That was our mistake.  One of those should have been embraced as prophecy, not humor.  We know it happened in Germany in the 1930's and in the Soviet Union starting in 1917.  We know it is an ongoing process in Communist China and Cuba.  We have just shaken our heads, said, “Tsk, Tsk” and gone back to our video games.

Well, the new and improved version is coming to America.  How is it new and improved?  Keep in mind that your phone has a GPS system and possibly you car also.  Every electronic device in your house has a probable microphone and many have internet access.  They know where we are, what we are doing, whom we are doing it with and what we are saying.  George Orwell might want to update his book to “2021".  Oh, that’s right, he is dead and can’t do that.  Not to worry, being dead didn’t keep people from voting in the last election.

Picture your college or high school reunion in a few years.  Someone says, “Whatever happened to _______?”  Everyone else starts edging away and looking around in fear.  Kind of like Trump supporters and staff are acting today.

Welcome to the future.  

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Opus 2021-014: The Big If

It would be a terrible thing if a bunch of Trump supporters broke into the capitol and attacked the police.

The big word in that sentence is “if”.  The problem is that with the Fake News reporting, Social media censoring, and Rinos cooperating, we may never know what really happened in D.C.  Violence is not in character for Trump Supporters.  For whom would it be consistent?  Antifa and BLM.  So whom do we see leading the charge and breaking windows?  Could that be Antifa goons we see in the photos and videos?  You can find them if you look.  Evidently the media doesn’t look.

The rot in the republic is deep and pervasive.  I have not bothered following all the Fake News but I have not seen any evidence of looting, arson and mayhem that are a part of what is called “mostly peaceful protest”.  Instead I see a few people wandering around like someone left the door open to Disneyland.

We had at least one Trump supporter killed in the confusion.  Where are the videos showing this happening?  Was it the police or a closet Antifa commando who did the deed?  Where is the outcry about police brutality?  Was she beating up an old Biden supporter?  Did she have a flaming bottle full of gas in her hand?  Was her big crime a MAGA hat?

A lot of questions that will not be answered.  Even if I hear about the answers I will keep my hat of scepticism on because I don’t expect to get clarification on the “if”.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Opus 2021-013: Headlines: Busted

Have you seen the big arrest made by the FBI?  According to Newsweek, it seems that the man sitting at Nancy Pelosi’s desk has been arrested and identified.  It only took two days.  That is amazing police work.  In a nation of 320,000,000 the Justice Department was able to identify and arrest this guy.  

It kind of makes you wonder though, how about all the looters, assaulters and arsonists that have been destroying cities for the past year?  What is the hold up there?  How about all of the evidence for voter fraud?  Where is the FBI?  

The frustration knows no bounds.  The double standard for justice accelerates.  Should the guy have been arrested?  I guess so.  But then I think that the law applies to us too.  I wish our betters shared that view.

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Opus 2021-012: Don’t Make the Queen Mad

I am not a fan of Alice in Wonderland but I notice a strange similarity between modern Progressives* and the Queen of Hearts.  Her most famous quote is, “Off with their heads.”  That seems to be the response of the left to anyone who does not jump on command.

There are numerous headlines about making lists of everyone who has been a Trump supporter.  There are calls to kick out Republican Senators.  One headline called for all Trump supporters to be sent to camps.  

Censorship is not just being threatened but put into motion on many levels.  The President has been banned.  Don Bongino has been banned.  Many of you have seen it start with editorial comments at the bottom of what you read.  I have been trying to reach the Citizen Free Press all day and all I get is a Sorry page.

Every time I go to a news site I see more censorship and assaults on freedom by the Progressives*.  According to the Daily Caller General Flynn has been booted off Twitter.  The Walk Away Movement has been deleted from Facebook.

The left feels they are in total charge.  They are right in the sense of controlling all the reins of power granted by the Government.  They have bribed, threatened and attacked anyone that disagrees with them.  Welcome to the advent of the Progressives*.  You have heard references to the brown shirts of the National Socialists.  Their grandchildren are now running our government.

You have seen it said before, I will repeat it:  If they can do this to the President just imagine what they can do to you.  Remember, it is your head they are calling for.  They just haven’t gotten far enough down their list to come to your name.

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

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Opus 2021-011: It’s Not Baseball

I feel betrayed.  The betrayal was not by President Trump.  He is still at the top of my list for leadership.  It isn’t even all the obvious Rinos in congress.  Mitch McConnell is just continuing to be Mitch.  Lindsey Graham continues to be Lindsey.  I expect them to let the country down when their person fiefs were threatened.  The betrayal is from two guys I worked to get reelected:  John Cornyn and Chip Roy.

They have done a lot of positive things in voting.  I will concede that.  They claim to be solid conservatives, yet when the moment of truth came, they were AWOL.  It turns out there were only six senators who had the courage to stand up for honest elections and truth.  John Cornyn was not one of them.  Neither was Chip Roy in the House of Representatives.

I did not expect the objections to be honored.  I knew it was a losing cause.  What I was hoping for was the knowledge that the people who represented me at least wanted to stop the steal.  In a sense I got what I really needed and that is a list of who understands the stakes and who is just playing along.

Last election I spent three afternoons a week volunteering at our county Republican headquarters.  I encouraged people to vote for Trump, Cornyn and Roy.  Trump has always followed through on his pledges.  I guess one out of three is something.  It would be if it was my batting average.  Not so much in issues involving liberty.

I wish they had spent a little more time thinking about Franklin’s answer to what kind of country we would have, “A republic, if you can keep it.”  The keeping is in doubt at this point.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Opus 2021-010: Orange Privilege

I wonder if the PC police will insist on replacing the word “trump” in card games.  It does not fit in with the cancel culture.  

I think it is some coincidence that the man who seems to offend everyone is named Trump.  It is also the suit which can take any other color.  A low trump can gather in a high non-trump.  When you play some games you “call trump”.  

This is a situation that can no longer be allowed.  It is a case of Orange Privilege.  Those who are oppressed and suppressed by not being orange are being asked to bear an unacceptable burden.

It is time for the PC police to do their job.

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Opus 2021-009: The Peasants Are Revolting

Would the various peasant revolts and slave rebellions of history have been successful in a republic?  I did a Google search on “peasant revolts” thinking I would find a few and Wikipedia gave me a list that just kept on scrolling.  It was color coded to show success, failure and ongoing uncertainty.  The list started with the Anti-Qin revolts in China around 200 BC and ended up with the Zapatistas in Mexico in 1994.  The overwhelming result was defeat for the peasants.  What was interesting to me during a quick scrolling was that most of the successful revolts took place in China.  Keep in mind this is Wikipedia, so consider the source.

The peasants usually had the numbers and commitment.  They sometimes could acquire arms.  They even had some leaders with experience.  Why did they always lose?  Loyalty and oaths.

One item common in Feudal systems and monarchies is that the average soldier has made a commitment and sworn an oath to the person directly above them.  It was the way the entire system held together.  People were not loyal to a political structure.  They were loyal to a person, and the commitment went both ways in theory.  They traded loyalty for protection.  In the feudal systems the man at arms was serving his lord, not the country or even the king.  

In monarchies the rank and file is loyal to the king, not the state.  Once again the loyalty is to the person but it goes beyond one level of people.  This is one of the reasons why kings were the enemies of the nobility.  It is why the common people and cities tended to side with the king.  He gave them protection from overbearing Dukes, Earls, Barons and so forth.  

In dictatorships they swear to support the fearless leader.  It is very similar to monarchy.  

In the American republic the military takes an oath to protect and support the Constitution, not the president or general.  Their oath is not to any one person.  It is not even to the state.  It is to the political contract created by the Founders and based on the idea that our rights are not given by government.  There is an organization called Oath Keepers.  They are a group of people who took the oath to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”  This is a part of the oaths taken by people inducted into the military and, surprisingly, by United States Senators also.  

In the spirit of Fake News and Progressive editing of our history, Wikipedia labels this group as “an American far-right anti-government militia organization.”  Keep in mind that the people who control your education also feel that loyalty to the Constitution is a right wing hate concept.

Of course, in a republic the politicians and judges take the same oath.  How has that been working out?  If all falls apart, the question will be whom the rank and file soldier will support.  My fervent hope is that we find a way to work through the current controversy and reestablish the rule of law.  If it comes to another peasant revolt the big question is whether the modern men at arms will be loyal to their minders or to their oath.

I hope I never find out.

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