Friday, September 30, 2022

Sanford and Son Spoof

There is a lot to write about with the ongoing corruption and incompetence of the Biden administration continuing, but sadly there simply isn't the time for me to do so this week.  That said, a friend sent me this video spoof of the fabulously funny Sanford and Sons TV show that I enjoyed in my younger days.  I figured it was good for a well-needed laugh for everyone.  Have a great weekend!



Thursday, September 22, 2022

A Naturalized American's Message to Joe Biden

A friend forwarded this video to me of a gentleman who is a recently naturalized citizen of the United States of America. His name is Elmo Heniopari (spelling?). He will have the privilege of voting for the first time this November.  He made this video specifically for Joe Biden.  I doubt that Biden will ever see it and almost assuredly would ignore the message if he were to see it.  That said, this man's faith and goodness evidently far exceeds my own.

The video is a little over five minutes long but is well worth the time to watch.  This gentleman articulately makes a good case in his statement to Biden and there are tens of millions of his fellow Americans that share his sentiments. God bless him and all such legal immigrants that hope and share in the promise of America!

 

 
 
 
H/T: Carrie
 

Friday, September 16, 2022

Constitution Day and our Woefully Inadequate Education System

Years ago, I received a text from my college-educated daughter on September 17th, saying  "Happy Constitution Day, as I know you are a fan, Dad."  My response was something to the effect of, "How come you and so many Americans today are not fans, considering that is the very document that codifies your liberties and restrains a potentially tyrannical government from usurping them?"  My daughter, unfortunately had succumbed to the leftist indoctrination of our educational system in college and now sees America as an unjust and racist nation.  

 

This is the quality of our educational system today with the ridiculously erroneous attempts to rewrite American history with largely debunked political diatribes such as the 1619 project.  Leftist professors are free to pontificate on the evils of America to a captive audience, and anyone asking critical questions is automatically mocked at best, or intimidated and chased out of school at worst.


There are a few strongholds of educational integrity left though.  Hillsdale College is one of these that teaches classical liberalism and the humanities.  They proudly teach American history and civics to all of their students in an unbiased fashion.  Further, they accept no money from the federal government whatsoever, including in the guise of students using federal aid for student loans.  They do this so as to have complete academic independence so as not to be beholden to leftist government bureaucracies demanding that their dictates be followed in the educational process.  


From time to time, Hillsdale College will send out emails to me.  I wanted to share this one as such endeavors in regaining control of our educational system from leftists may be the only way we can save America.  If your are so inclined, look into this and see if you might be interested in supporting Hillsdale College and our United States Constitution!

 

Following is the email I received:

 

 


Dear Mr. Michaels,


September 17 is Constitution Day—the day in 1787 that the members of the Constitutional Convention, meeting in Philadelphia, signed the final draft of the American Constitution. 

 

America’s Constitution endured for more than two centuries—longer than any other constitution in human history—because it was brilliantly conceived and based on the principles of liberty in the Declaration of Independence.

 

Today, however, certain parts of the Constitution have been completely subverted.

 

For instance, many of the functions intended to be carried out by our elected representatives are instead in the hands of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.

 

And some of the remaining parts of the Constitution—including the fundamental rights of free speech and freedom of religion in the First Amendment—are seriously under attack.

 

Underlying these efforts to destroy our Constitution is the movement in American schools and universities to push a false and dishonest account of American history. This account portrays our nation as essentially racist and irredeemably unjust.

 

It’s no surprise, then, that a recent Rasmussen poll found that over half of President Biden’s strong supporters think the Constitution “should be mostly or completely rewritten.” 

 

Or that two law professors—one from Harvard and the other from Yale—wrote an op-ed in The New York Times titled “The Constitution is Broken and Should Not Be Reclaimed.” 

 

American education has become a battleground, and reviving a proper understanding of American history and a proper reverence for the Constitution—especially among younger Americans—has become one of our most urgent priorities

 

You are already a generous and reliable supporter of Hillsdale’s educational efforts on behalf of liberty.   

 

That’s why I’m asking you to join Hillsdale’s Liberty & Learning Society today.

 

Liberty & Learning Society members are vital to our expanding efforts to educate citizens (especially younger citizensabout American history, the importance of the Constitution to liberty, and free-market economics. 

 

Joining the Liberty & Learning Society is easy. 

 

Members commit to an automatic, recurring monthly gift of $5, $10, or even $20 or more each month, which automatically advances the important work of reaching and teaching additional millions of citizens on behalf of liberty.

 

Most members give in the $25 a month range, but we are grateful for every single member at whatever level they can afford. 

 

In these trying and uncertain times, when so much is at stake, we have set an ambitious Constitution Day campaign goal: 1,200 new Liberty & Learning Society members by midnight on Constitution Day, September 17. 

 

When you join, you become a partner in educating additional millions of Americans about the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and America’s great heritage of liberty through efforts like our free speech digest Imprimis, our free online courses, and our expanding work in the area of classical K-12 education

 

By joining the Liberty & Learning Society, you also help us reduce fundraising expenses and maximize the impact of every dollar given.

 

Hillsdale has a tradition of and a reputation for being wise with our resources because we are almost unique in refusing to accept even one penny of government funding—not even indirectly in the form of federal or state student loans and grants.

 

All of Hillsdale’s work depends entirely on the support of individual citizens who understand the importance of our educational mission on behalf of liberty.

 

Will you consider being one of the 1,200 citizens we need to sign up for the Liberty & Learning Society before midnight on Constitution Day? 

 

You can learn more about and join the Liberty & Learning Society using this secure link:

 

https://secured.hillsdale.edu/hillsdale/constitution-day-liberty-learning-society

 

And if you accept my invitation to join Hillsdale’s Liberty & Learning Society on or before September 17, I’ll send you a link to a session of our upcoming free online course, “Understanding The American Founding: A Conversation.”

 

We are deeply grateful for your support of our ongoing work to recover and preserve liberty and limited government for future generations of Americans. 

 

Warm regards,

 

 

Larry P. Arnn

President, Hillsdale College

Pursuing Truth and Defending Liberty Since 1844

 

P.S. I’m grateful for your steady and reliable friendship, which is why I hope you will join our automatic monthly giving group, the Liberty & Learning Society, before midnight on Constitution Day, September 17.

 

When you do, you will become our partner in educating additional millions of Americans about the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Americas great heritage of liberty.

 

Joining is simple, safe, and convenientlearn more at this secure link:

 

https://secured.hillsdale.edu/hillsdale/constitution-day-liberty-learning-society

Friday, September 9, 2022

If I Were a Fascist Bent on Destroying America...

If I were a fascist or even a semi-fascist and wanted to destroy our democratic republic and eradicate the freedoms that our constitution was formed in order to protect, how could I best go about doing so?

Well, I would first want to take over our education system in order to indoctrinate our kids into believing that they live in an unjust and racist nation that brings nothing but ruin to others throughout the world.  I would ignore teaching them of the United States history where we overcame so many great sins, like slavery and women’s inequality in rights.  I would bury the truth of how the United States fought and buried hundreds of thousands of men in defense against the true fascism of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Mussolini’s Italy.  I surely wouldn’t tell of the largesse in charity and foreign aid given to nations throughout the world, especially in times of disaster.  No, that would go against the woke narrative.  Oh, and I’d erase college debt for the rich that went to college and put the burden on the tax payers that chose not to go, as they couldn’t afford it.

I would champion that I was a member of the party of science and then explain how gender is fluid and boys can actually be women and dominate girls’ sports, walk around naked in girls’ shower rooms, and any complaining about that or the man’s ability to menstruate or become pregnant would immediately be mocked and shut down with cries of transphobia.

Which leads to the next thing that I would do, which would be to weaken and eventually destroy the traditional nuclear family.  It is just another form of patriarchal oppression designed to keep women and children in their places, even though I would ignore the fact that my supreme court justice would be unable to define what a woman was.

Next, I would raise taxes on the “rich” and on corporations that “don’t pay their fair share” in order to appease the ignorant and greedy among us.  I sure wouldn’t let it be known that the top 1% of income earners pay nearly 40% of the federal tax burden while only making 20% of the national income.  I would never tell that the bottom 50% of income earners pay 3% of the overall federal tax burden.  Oh, and I wouldn’t let the foolish know that corporations simply pass the cost of corporate taxes onto their customers via higher prices for their goods and services.  I’d certainly never point out the waste, fraud, and abuse of our federal revenues by our congress and president to fund things never intended and often forbidden in our constitution.  But I would definitely add 87000 more IRS agents to bring in additional revenue anyway.

I would abandon our non-woke allies, especially those that have fought and died beside us, like the myriads of good people we left behind in Afghanistan along with not too few Americans.  I would ignore the only stable democracy and friend in the Middle East and champion the creation of a terrorist state right beside Israel with a divided Jerusalem as their respective capitals.  I would give the terrorist mullahs of Iran whatever they wanted in exchange for proven empty promises of not building nuclear weapons. 

I would sacrifice America’s energy independence by fiat so that inefficient and woefully inadequate “green technologies” could be subsidized by tax payers and thus create enormous inflation in energy costs.  Of course, those cost would be transmitted on down to the necessary goods we need as the price of creating them and transporting them to market skyrocket accordingly.

I would collude with like-minded fascist politicians, media outlets, and social media CEOs to ensure that only my narrative of the good I am doing was promulgated to the ignorant masses.  I would ensure that any contrary opinion, especially if backed by evidence, was censored at best or ridiculed as false information and ironically as propaganda at worst.

Continuing, I would point out that the constitution is a “document of negative liberties” that restricts the benevolence of our federal government from taking the steps necessary to take care of us all from womb to the tomb.  (Assuming one makes it out of the womb alive, that is.)

I would find non-existent rights in the constitution to kill our unborn and decry the ruin of democracy as the court sends the issue back to the people of the United States to actually vote on the issue.  All the while, I would take firmly existing rights that the constitution clearly states are rights of all Americans and restrict them to my own benefit.  Freedom of speech would be curtailed if it was offensive and be branded as hate speech.  Owning any firearm greater than a musket would be curtailed as a tool of violent extremists, while ignoring the actual violent extremists who burn down our neighborhoods in mostly peaceful protests.  I’d defund the police too, but ensure that a social worker shows up to handle any hostile but misunderstood ne’er do well.  Religious liberties would continue to be ignored and restricted.

I would ensure that laws were enforced and evidence fabricated against my enemies while turning a blind eye to the law breaking by those whom agree with my fascism.  I’d weaponize the FBI and make sure that those with the temerity to rise up against me would be brought low with the full might of the federal government. 

While I understand that America is a fascist, racist, sexist, homo-phobic nation, I would still open the borders to those foolish enough to still want to come here.  I wouldn’t ask about their vaccination status, let alone their criminal record as I welcome the drug traffickers, human smugglers, and terrorists into our nation with open arms.  (This does not excuse citizens from not being vaccinated as per my fascist mandates, mind you!) 

I would do all of this to unite this nation while pointing out that those that disagree with me are violent extremists bent on destroying our way of life. 

Yep, if I were a fascist extremist this is the very formula I would use to take this country down a few notches as I sought to fundamentally transform it, so help me God. 

Oops… just and expression.  God has no place in this Amerika.  I’d continue to make sure of that too.

Euripides said, “Those whom the gods destroy, they first make mad.”  Well, I don’t know if Biden is mad or just in the final throes of dementia and terminal senility.  All of that said, if I am a semi-fascist according to him, one cannot help but wonder what that makes him.  Complete destruction of our liberties in this great American experiment cannot come fast enough for the real fascists in our government evidently. 

Saturday, February 12, 2022

"Why Ideology Is the Ancient Enemy of Civilization" by Victor Davis Hanson

Great article worthy of sharing from The Daily Signal which was written by Victor Davis Hanson.


What ultimately destroyed the evil empires of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia were bankrupt dogmas. Crackpot ideology destroyed free expression. It ruined meritocracy and ensured unequal application of the laws—and so paved the way for far worse.

The Nazi idea of a superior Aryan race adjudicated everything from physics to tank design. Soviet commissars did the same, subordinating rational thought to communist agendas.

Zealots in both systems infiltrated the universities and schools to institutionalize indoctrination.

Wokeism, while not yet as lethal, is similar. Racial wokeism posits that the race and gender of the vice president and the next Supreme Court justice subordinate all other considerations. Continue reading...

 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Memes that Capture 2021 Perfectly

Despite several issues I wanted to write about, I simply have not had the time to do so.  I figured I'd embrace my inner leftist and look for the easy way out by simply posting some of the best memes I have run across lately.  (Disclaimer: My inner leftist is DEEP on the inside and I want him out.  Perhaps an exorcism is needed.)  :)

I'd blame leftists rather than Democrats on this, but these days there are few Democrats remaining that aren't leftists.

 
That's right and I'd rather be hated for who I am then loved for what I am not!

To be fair, Warren was talking about the "safety" of having an abortion.  The underlying ghoulish idea of an abortion still stands.


 
Yeah, and why is Ilhan Omar still a congresswoman despite her fraud? (Because she is a leftist!)

 
Stupid is as stupid does... and the woke are leading the way.

 
I wonder if those Christmas presents I ordered on-line are out there on those ships?


Frankly this is an unfair comparison for poor Gilligan.

 
Do these people realize that further reducing their oxygen intake will NOT improve their IQ's?


 
And according to the leftists, we will all live happily ever after in a "Democratic Socialist" utopia.

 
One has to wonder how large Trump's margin of victory would have been if the democratic institutionalized media (DIM) actually reported these things to the general public like they did the false Russia hoax information.

 
It's almost enough to make me miss some mean tweets right about now.

 
Just my luck...

 
Yep!  Let's go Brandon!

 
I about wet myself laughing at this one, particularly because it is true!

 
Amen!  If Fauci were a conservative, he would already be in jail for lying to congress.  (Doesn't he know that lying is THEIR prerogative?)

 
Damn!  There goes my plan to retire in Montana!

 
Again, I'd substitute "leftists" for Democrats in this meme, otherwise it is right on target.

 
And this is how you kill American energy independence...

 
And THAT is the truth of the matter!

 
I am still baffled about that racist elk statue that the leftist horde tore down in Portland.
 

 
I'm sure Kamala is working on this though...

 
Yep, and Biden should still be removed from office for leaving Americans behind in Afghanistan. THAT is not a joke!

 
Yeah, why is that?

 
Polls already show that there is a LOT of voter remorse among those Biden voters.

 
Leftist logic for you.  Papers please! (unless you are voting, then it is vote early, vote often.)

 
Lastly, I have seen several businesses with variations of this sign around my town.  It is sad that I have also seen some mom & pop businesses close because big government pays more than they do.  Lets hope we can right the ship come next November! 
 
Happy New Year!

Friday, November 19, 2021

The Resultant Misery of Denying God to Champion Ourselves

I would like to share a secret that not many people know about me. 

I am imperfect and a sinner.

Okay, everyone that knows me even in passing actually knows this poorly kept secret.  The only thing I can say in my defense is that I seem to be in good company with the rest of the world.  What is often apparent these days though is that not everybody realizes that they too are imperfect creatures made and sustained by a divine and perfect Creator.  Not that this is a great credit to me, but I am painfully aware of the many transgressions I make on a daily basis and how often I fail to do what God wants.  I am not a very good Christian far too much of the time.

Sadly, in this day and age of post-Christian modernity, it seems that those that still do believe in God and are thus trying to live their lives accordingly are seen as superstitious rubes and fools by most people in society.  The biggest growing religious affiliation group today is the “nones”; that is those folks having no religious affiliation or belief.  Far too many of the remaining people that still “believe” in God have redefined him so that their “god” agrees with their thoughts, beliefs and world view, rather than conforming their own beliefs to what God has taught us.  This is almost a new kind of atheism.  “There is a god, BUT he thinks just like ME!”

Most people have subjected God to either agreeing with them or simply denying his very existing altogether.  And why not?  For most of us, It is hard to live by God’s rules in this fallen world today.  It is far easier for us to change what God thinks so as to align with our own thoughts, or failing that, to simply no longer acknowledge his very existence.  After all, if God doesn’t exist, then I can think and do as I see fit.  I am no longer constrained by an informed conscience that is guided by a divine loving creator God.  I am free!  I am not shackled by any authority greater than my own needs, wants, and desires.  My ego is now the supreme authority over my actions in this great cosmic lie.

Bishop Robert Barron succinctly states,

“All of us sinners have, to one degree or another, bought into the lie. At the heart of the lie—and we can see it in the Genesis account—is the deification of the ego. I become the center of the universe, I with my needs and my fears and my demands.

And when the puny ‘I’ is the center of the cosmos, the tie that binds all things to one another is lost. The basic reality now becomes rivalry, competition, violence, and mistrust.”

Indeed, if everyone does precisely what their own ego and its desires dictate, of course we are going to run into conflict with our families, friendships, and society.  We no longer are governed by God’s commandment to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, or if we do treat others well, it often is because we expect something in return.  Nothing is ever done simply out of a loving heart with no expectation of reciprocation these days.  The result of all of this self-centeredness untethered from a higher purpose (God) are broken relationships, broken families, increased rates of drug use and suicide, meaningless and empty promiscuity, abuse, and violence.

Yes, these things have always been with us as part of the fallen human condition, but for all of our societal advances, we seem to have an increase in these things rather than having mitigated them.

I have seen too many friends, acquaintances, and even family members choose to go down this path of denying the existence of God, seemingly so as to not have to justify their actions that God has clearly spoken out against.  From supporting sexual conduct outside of marriage to championing the redefinition of marriage itself to accommodate homosexual marriage or plural marriage, I have witnessed the chaos and self-destruction that inevitably comes when we intentionally turn our backs on God’s plan for us.  This is especially true when it comes to those championing the killing of innocent newborns and then justifying it under the more tender euphemism of “pro-choice”. 

Our society has increasingly turned away from God and an abiding belief in him and his desires for us to be happy and TRULY free by cooperating with his plan for each of us.  The results have been disastrous and sorely evident throughout or “enlightened” society.  From comparatively lesser problems like nearly half of marriages ending in divorce, if one no longer acknowledges the commitment, let alone the sacred nature of marriage, then any reason one chooses can be a valid excuse for dumping your spouse.

Today, often times because people no longer understand or respect the sacrament of marriage, many couples just choose to live together as an unmarried couple.  This “temporary” arrangement without a true sense of commitment usually fosters insecurity and a decidedly unharmonious life together often times.  With few exceptions, I have not seen this work out well for more than a few years at best. 

I have also witnessed a good-hearted young woman agree to be a surrogate mother for two “married” men and then suffer emotionally at giving up the baby she carried for nine months.  Let alone that common sense and psychology used to tell us that children do far better in a stable home with a married mother and father, now we can put the best needs of the child aside because two men who can not procreate together as per God’s design have selfishly decided that they want to “have a child”.

Then there is the matter of abortion.  God tells us that murder is wrong and a grave sin.  Pope Francis recently reiterated unambiguously once again that abortion is murder, and yet this issue today is one that is highly contentious in America.  Let that sink in for a moment.  It is a CONTENTIOUS ISSUE that tens of millions of Americans support killing an unborn child.  Over 62 million unborn babies have been killed in the United States alone since the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973.  Nothing can justify the intentional taking of an innocent life, but the problem is especially egregious when the deification of one’s ego justifies this act for matters of convenience or financial reasons. 

Now this is not to say that all atheists or agnostics are bad people, anymore than it is to say that all self-professed Christians are good people.  Neither is obviously the case.  Personally, I have known and do know many atheists that live very moral lives and actually care about others for the sake of the others.  Having once been an atheist myself, I can understand what I consider to be the false religious doctrines of atheism.  Even here on my own blog, some of my favorite interlocuters have been atheists such as John Myste, Heathen Republican, and Jerry.  All of these gentlemen are obviously exceptionally bright and seemingly very good people.  They make the world a better place for their parts in it.

Unfortunately, far more of the quasi-Christians, agnostics, and atheists are only in this world for themselves.  Nothing greater is in control of their lives and actions than what their egos tell them.   Life is meaningless in all things except to get whatever one can out of it.  If others can help in that goal, then great, otherwise to hell with most others.  It is a sad existence.  I know.  I once lived it too.

Regrettably, I forget where I came across this quotation, but it seems particularly relevant to this topic regarding our human nature and history as God’s creatures.

 

“It is a history of creatures attempting to make their Creator into their own image and likeness. But the most the creature can do is turn away from what truly is and live in a world of his own imagination. 

If insanity is measured by the degree to which what one believes corresponds to what truly is, the story of mankind’s revolt against reality is really the story of mankind’s descent into insanity.

Sanity produces the opposite. When you see things as they truly are (and live accordingly), good things result. Sanity invariably leads to human flourishing, whereas its opposite alienates us from ourselves and from all that is around us—to regression, human misery, and destruction.”  

 

In Vatican II’s words, “when God is forgotten . . . the creature itself grows unintelligible,” seem prophetic in retrospect.