Thoughts from My Personal Journal
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THOUGHT: October 19, 2019
The second amendment makes all of the other amendments possible.
THOUGHT: October 25, 2019
Don’t get me wrong. I would vote for Trump before I would vote for any of the Democratic presidential candidates of whom I am presently aware, all of whom support abortion, same-sex marriage, transgenderism, and rewarding idleness. But I think some of my Trump-Christian friends are in for an awakening on Judgment Day, the ones, who like Trump, delve into immorality and then cover it up best they can. None of us want to hear the Savior say to us: “You never knew me, and I never knew you.”
THOUGHT: November 10, 2019
Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. We need to do all we can to avoid creating more veterans.
THOUGHT: November 11, 2019
War has but one redeeming quality; sometimes it is the only means by which we may obtain peace.
THOUGHT: November 29, 2019
War is the instrument of Satan.
THOUGHT: January 23, 2020
There is nothing wrong with retaining our respective ethnic identities. America should be a salad bowl and not a melting pot stirred by a government-supervised uniformity-paddle. Mutual respect and understanding is the key to peace.
THOUGHT: February 28, 2020
The issue of immigration has been politically weaponized by both political parties to fit the party narrative.
THOUGHT: February 29, 2020
If God can inspire the writing of the constitution, he can also inspire the constitutional officers who act under it.
THOUGHT: April 7, 2020
The real face of socialism-communism is a sad face.
THOUGHT: May 18, 2020
War can quickly cause a young soldier to forget what he was fighting for, assuming he even knew in the first place.
THOUGHT: May 29, 2020
You cannot legislate respect for someone.
THOUGHT: June 13, 2020
Do legislators really think things through when it comes to controlling the dietary habits of individuals? If a 24-ounce soft drink is outlawed because 24 ounces contains too much sugar for someone to consume, don’t the legislators also need to outlaw purchasing two 16 ounce soft drinks at the same time? One bad law will always lead to another bad law.
THOUGHT: June 26, 2020
I have come to realize this about my “thoughts:” Most of them are not politically correct.
THOUGHT: June 28, 2020
Both major parties of our government have become inept. The proven ability to lead appears to be the last consideration in the selection of their candidates. Those who are incapable of leading are elected by those who are the least capable of producing. Thus, the electorate is rewarded with financial gifts paid for by the confiscated wealth of those who do produce.
THOUGHT: July 4, 2020
The American Revolution was won by citizens who owned and fought with their own firearms.
THOUGHT: July 6, 2020
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” (Thomas Jefferson) Since we have for so long now ignored the original constitution, we have loosened the chains that kept the government from becoming a systemically corrupt, legalized criminal element. All types of activities that were once considered illegal by the original framers of our constitution are now government protected or sponsored—abortion, gambling, same-sex marriage, income taxation, confiscation of private property, limiting the ownership of firearms, curtailing personal activities, infringing upon religious rights, and most especially usurping the power of the states, just to name a few.
THOUGHT: July 9, 2020
Contentiousness in the government, or in the family, for the mere sake of division is bad for everyone.
THOUGHT: July 17, 2020
There seems to be a very thin line between politics and dishonesty.
THOUGHT: July 22, 2020
Meritorious principles and successful politics are almost directly opposed to one another.
THOUGHT: July 28, 2020
I have not contracted COVID-19, but I am a severely damaged political victim of COVID-19.
THOUGHT: July 31, 2020
I have personally watched the governmental policy over time go from free nursing home at the government’s expense to where it stands now—the government taking a lien on whatever you own to pay for your nursing home care. People need to learn that they should not allow the government to take care of them “free.” In order to give you what you need, the government must take what you have, either directly from you or from someone else disconnected with you.
THOUGHT: August 8, 2020
We have totally abandoned Thomas Jefferson’s vision of government: “The Policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.”
THOUGHT: August 29, 2020
My advice is to never use protests and overt demonstrations except as a very last result when you have no other options for bringing about needed changes. There are almost always better options. Of course, looting under the pretense of demonstrating for change is never acceptable conduct.
THOUGHT: September 2, 2020
In my younger years, I often heard the term “statesman” in referring to a few of our political leaders. A statesman was considered to be a wise and principled person who displayed ability in directing and administering the affairs of government. The term “statesman” has almost fallen totally out of use.
THOUGHT: September 10, 2020
News outlets with political agendas are not news outlets. They are merely propaganda machines.
THOUGHT: September 16, 2020
Politicians don’t lead. They just follow the current culture.
THOUGHT: September 25, 2020
If the environmental extremists ever succeed in putting fire ants on the endangered species list, it will totally shut down our economy.
THOUGHT: September 28, 2020
The only practical and effective deterrent on overreaching federal government is state government, but unfortunately the state governments fail to understand the 10th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. The federal government may understand the 10th amendment but typically ignores it.
THOUGHT: September 30, 2020
It is not only the poor [and consequently the rich] that will always be among us. We will also always find among us the soldier. Our greedy human nature dictates the truthfulness of both statements.
THOUGHT: October 1, 2020
If you want the government to fully take care of you—provide you with food, clothing, shelter, utilities, and medical care, then the right place for you is prison. The only thing missing from your life will be your freedom.
THOUGHT: October 4, 2020
I hear people say that we either have to raise our real estate taxes or have inferior education. That is a false proposition. Low taxes and good education are in no way mutually exclusive.
THOUGHT: October 13, 2020
Our nation’s founders knew the difference between a democracy and a republic. They specifically chose a republic, and never used the words democracy and republic interchangeably. Fewer and fewer people seem to understand the distinction.
THOUGHT: October 27, 2020
Ambitious national leaders do not want to rule the whole world. They only want to take over the countries that adjoin their country.
THOUGHT: November 1, 2020
In politics, we almost always believe that the opposing candidate makes more false claims than our preferred candidate makes. But when you think about it, that makes politics a dirty game.
THOUGHT: November 9, 2020
I agree with Mike Winder: “President Donald Trump became one of the few incumbents in modern history to lose re-election, and he has nobody to blame but himself. It is true that the mainstream media never gave him the benefit of the doubt and always gave Joe Biden a pass; but Trump really should have won this. He had a record to run on, as there were many good things in the Trump presidency: Taxes were cut, overregulated businesses were unshackled, historic unemployment rates were reached, great judges and justices were appointed, ISIS was defeated, troops brought home, and historic Middle East peace deals reached.” Trump simply does not know how to act presidentially. His debate performances were defensive and overly contentious. His air of arrogance hurt his likeability. In short, it was his personality, not his performance or policies, that cost him his job. I would be very surprised if his pride did not bring him back into the political area.
THOUGHT: November 26, 2020
I am thankful for Robin. I was thinking about Robin and her fight against an arbitrary interpretation of a city ordinance—a fight against city hall and the powers that be. It dealt only with the right to raise chickens, but that is an important natural right when we consider the important principles involved. A failure to push back on bad law breeds more bad law, so we desperately, but calmly, need to let our voices be heard. Don’t sit in silence as accessories. Stand for that which is right, just like Robin did.
THOUGHT: January 6, 2021
A pro-Trump group stormed the capital today. It is a sad day in American history—a day of disgrace. Trump, who encouraged them, should be ashamed of himself. I like his policies, and I voted for him, but his personality is pathetic. He is a sore loser of the highest order and should not be trusted with power long term. Perhaps the Lord protected our nation by not allowing him to be reelected.
THOUGHT: January 20, 2021
As a genuine conservative, I find myself politically homeless.
THOUGHT: January 21, 2021
We now have a new president in Joe Biden and a new vice-president in Kamala Harris. It is my duty to pray for them, despite (or perhaps especially because of) their strong pro-abortion, anti-religious liberty, pro-LGBT, anti-family policies. We cannot forget that their hearts are in the hand of the Lord, who is in control and who can turn their hearts in any direction he so chooses. (See Proverbs 21:1) I will be judged by my choices, not by their choices.
THOUGHT: January 22, 2021
There is a tremendous difference between a thoughtful debate and a raging shouting match.
THOUGHT: January 23, 2021
Today I mourn 48 years of legalized abortion. Sixty-three million never had life, and consequently liberty and the ability to pursue earthly happiness. Why didn’t unborn lives matter?
THOUGHT: January 30, 2021
We naturally shun the unnatural, and when we are forced by an extreme social culture to embrace the unnatural as natural, thus compelling us to accept perversion as normal, we can expect some extreme reaction and pushback.
THOUGHT: January 31, 2021
George Washington was opposed to political parties. I agree. Every voter should be an unaffiliated independent voter, interested only in the good of the country. Technology has now finally provided a means for every independent voter to discuss the candidates with every other voter, a perfect situation for independence in voting. But party politics has already poisoned the well. Because of party politics over the centuries, the government is now corrupt and there are presently no desirable candidates, one of the very things George Washington feared.
THOUGHT: February 7, 2021
It is difficult to find men and women of integrity, and governed by principle, in high places.
THOUGHT: February 16, 2021
I don’t like what I see from the Democratic or the Republican Party. I am not on the Red Team or the Blue Team. They both have serious flaws. If I am anything at the present time, it is an anti-abortion, anti-same-sex marriage libertarian. I believe in the United States Constitution as originally intended, state’s rights which should be righteously exercised, individual liberty, a free market economy, less government and low taxes, a fiscally responsible government, and a government not involved in social engineering. I favor policies of peace and defending the home front. I guess I am one of those Bible owning (and Book of Mormon owning), gun toting, liberty-loving independents.