The Struggle

For some, the struggle to do what is right is a daily fight. This struggle includes making wise decisions, being considerate of others, standing up for justice, doing what God says to do, and do it well. Why is this struggle so great?

The struggle to do right is greater because it is so much easier to give in to temptation. It is easier to think and act selfishly. It is easier to cuss someone out than to think about how to say what you want to say. It is easier to go along to get along than to stand on principles aligned with God’s Word.

If the struggle to do right was easy, many people would be saved and living abundant lives. But it is so much easier for people to live unsaved, without thinking about the consequences of their action, and how what they do impacts others. Since there are so many people struggling to live–without fear, without concern about finances or what the economy will bring or what the politicians will do, we know the struggle is real, we know there are people who have yet to find peace with Jesus, who are yet unsaved.

Lord Jesus, help us in our struggles to do what is right and help others to do the same. Help us to fight the good fight of faith in You, not self. Help us to resist the devil and watch him flee from us.

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Are We Convinced Racism Still Exists in America?

Are We Convinced Racism Still Exists in America?

This has been a truly revealing week — and yet for many of us — it’s been a confirmation of what we already knew. A racist bigot occupies the White House and with every tweet, he proves it.

But it’s not just trump — the occupant in the White House— it’s the GOP in Congress who refuse to call him out on his racist behavior and comments or the treasonous rhetoric and his love for dictators. While we know trump is a racist, we may have tried to not conclude those in Congress were also just as racist as he is. Oh, we about some of them — the ones who are hard to miss or ignore like: Steve King Chuck Grassley, Tom Cotton, Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Kevin McCarthy, John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell and others. So, when we think about all the elected officials who are racist bigots, we have to look at those who elected them and knew what they were.

Though their numbers (the racist GOP in Congress) may be few, look at the number of people they represent from their respective states who put them there! Look at the people who chanted, “send her back” when trump attacked, without evidence — Ilhan Omar — lying about what she has said (he forgets she’s apologized for some statements). They were clearly supportive of his racist stance in wanting to deport a woman of color who just happens to be Muslim. And then, the next day, he claims he didn’t like the chant and he didn’t say it. Really? Didn’t he say in a tweet that the women of color in Congress (Rashida, Ilhan, Ayanna, and AOC) who disagreed with him, and wouldn’t say “nice things” about him should go back where they came from? Lindsey Graham confirmed that had Ilhan Omar been wearing a red cap and embraced trump, he never would have said anything about her. And that’s a problem — trump only wants people in this country who will praise him and kiss his behind and go along with whatever he wants.

But I digress. He doesn’t understand democracy, any of America’s history regarding the tropes he uses that are racist and pervasive and he doesn’t care. He understands how to project fear into the hearts of those who feel they have somehow been victimized by people of color — without evidence — and it gives them the right to hate. His only goal is to win — by any means necessary — and we know he’ll use Russia’s help again to deliberately spread disinformation and misinformation to build the fear. What’s truly sad to watch is all the gullible people who praise him, thinking he cares about them. He doesn’t. They are simply a means to an end — his staying in the White House to avoid prosecution for all the crimes he’s committed.

So, here’s my message to the sane and rational people who have not yet succumbed to drinking the orange Kool Aid — recognize racism exists, how it keeps a stronghold on people, and then do everything you can to wipe it out of existence. A tall order I know, but we have to begin somewhere and it might as well be now.

Call out racism — wherever you see it, by whoever is guilty of it, even if it’s a friend or family member.

Never accept anyone’s justification for being a racist unless they can provide unequivocal evidence that proves whatever they’re saying is true.

Learn to love all humanity and treat everyone with respect especially those with whom we disagree. We can disagree agreeably without igniting fear that could lead to violence.

In our corner of the world in America, we must learn to take a stand and speak up wherever we find injustice (racism, despotism, etc.). Where there are those who are afraid to speak up, we must become the voice of reason and speak for them. And we must vote — in every election — knowing who it is we are voting for who will represent all the people, not just some of the people.

I’ve encountered blatant racism while campaigning for our governor last year, but it didn’t deter me, it ignited a desire in me to run for office — on the local level — and do my part to combat racism by demonstrating that people of color are capable of leading the masses no matter who the masses are. When we learn to see “a human being” in front of us, not just a person of a certain race, we start to unravel the misconceptions that have led to racism still existing in America. I love my city and I know because of the people I know — racism doesn’t exist in their hearts, but I can’t ignore the fact that in the hearts of some — it still exists.

The people with whom I have a relationship with — friends, family social media followers — know I don’t care about a person’s ethnicity — I care about them and how I’m treated and I always try to encourage others and tell them I love them — even those I haven’t met. It’s just that simple. We can bring racism to an end if we really want to do so, by minimizing the impact we allow the haters to have on what we do (unless challenged or threatened with bodily harm). It’s our choice. We can feed their egos and animosity or we can focus on bringing communities together and let the world see who we really are —American Patriots who care about all.

On another note — running for any office takes money — even the local races — and I want to make sure I’m in position to represent my community well and to be “a voice for them.” We’re short $1K in meeting our budget goal by August 1, 2019. Will you help with a $5 donation to help me with this election so I can stay focused on shredding racism in my little corner of America? Thank you! Real change begins, locally and spreads outward. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/committee-2-elect-mary-hall-rayford-1

If you want to know more about me and the issues and concerns I’m addressing, please check me out on facebook.com/EPCityCouncilCandidate.

No Checks/No Balance Of Power

No Checks/No Balance Of Power

Don’t know how many people feel about the current state of affairs in America with the lack of respect for our Constitution. Considering the fact that the Founding Fathers understood that at some point, the time would come when the balance of power would be challenged and we’re here. This White House administration has flatly refused to honor the Constitutional features of checks and balances and is operating as an authoritarian entity. That is not what America is supposed to be.

In 2017, the GOP Congress–both House and Senate–abdicated their responsibility to keep trump checked and in 2018–the people spoke and won the House. Even though the Democratic House has the Congressional Power to do its oversight, they are meeting roadblock after roadblock with the administration who obviously has much to hide from the public. And that’s the key. The White House is the “People’s House” and everything that pertains to the American public should be public knowledge–especially “private meetings with our adversaries, trump’s taxes, and his business financials. The liar-in-chief is hiding the truth for a reason and we, the American public, should not be left in the dark about what he’s doing or has done and we need to know how obligated he is to the murderous dictators he’s so fond of praising.

Granted, the House can’t stop who he praises, but they can take other measures that limit his ability to put America in harm’s way. An impeachment inquiry is needed ASAP! Donald J. Trump is a threat to national security since he obviously shares information with his foreign dictator buddies. He has openly revealed his plans to use Russian or any other foreign assistance to help cheat during the 2020 election. I’m absolutely sure our intelligence community is aware of all the communications he and staff make to ensure this happens. I’m equally sure that he can be stopped.

It’s time, House Democrats to put a lid on this situation before it boils over and severely creates a crisis of humongous proportions in which many will lose their lives. War with Iran is not out of the question and since his 4th of July charade was apparently an attempt to recruit to the military, he underscores that possibility.

There can be no balance of power within our government if every branch of the government is not exercising all of its ability to check the White House. Congressional Oversight is meant to be a check on the Executive branch in order to keep “all Americans” safe and secure within this country. We are failing miserably because Democrats follow the rule of law. So, the judicial branch, no matter how overtly biased in its composition, must adhere to the “intent and spirit” of the Constitution (as well as the words) to support Congress in their attempt to conduct oversight. Do The Right Thing to protect America and all those who reside within our borders. Let trump know–again–SCOTUS you are not his judges any more than our military is his military. Help Congress put a stop to the insanity, NOW!

**This message has been brought to you, the readers and to Congress by one fed-up American who is tired of the stupid. My name is Mary Hall-Rayford and I approve this message. If anyone reading wants to share and forward to their Congressional representatives, please feel free to do so.**truth

A New Chapter For $5

A New Chapter For $5

I’m embarking upon a new chapter in my life, right now, instead of in 2020. Some time ago (2017), I said I was going to run for President in 2020 because I know I could do a better job than the person in the White House right now. Well, reality sunk in when I realized it would cost far more money than I had a network to raise–roughly $67 million.

Last summer I campaigned for our Governor and a number of other candidates who won their election. In January of 2019, I decided to run for a City Council seat in my family town. A number of people thought it was a great idea and pledged to support my run. Many have followed through and have been very supportive and I hope, all will help me cross the finish line in November.

Until then, political campaigns cost money and again, I face the reality that one of the reasons many politicians win elections is because they either have money or access to money. I’m a retired educator with limited resources, but a big heart and strong passion for helping people. I’ve been in public service for most of my life–volunteering or working for non-profits. I know what it means to serve the public.

Now, I stand in need of financial support and most of the people I will be representing are just as strapped for cash as I am, so I’m running a campaign with a request for $5. If enough people contribute $5 (or more), I’ll reach my goal of $5000 which will pay for campaign literature and yard signs. I’m not too proud to beg, hence, I’m writing this blog to capture the hearts of those who understand my quest. I’m not seeking fame or fortune, but an opportunity to help a number of people by being a voice for them on our City Council. Will you help with a $5 donation? I don’t want to have any debt hanging over me when this election is over so I need to make sure I can pay for everything as I need it.

Thanks for considering my political run and donating $5, even if you don’t live in my little family town. Every dollar raised will be used to win this election so the people can be heard–through me. Everyone who has given, has received a hand-written note of thanks from me. Anyone who is a US Citizen can contribute no matter where they live.

Thanks again for the $5!

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School Readiness

School Readiness

Smooth Transition From Home To Classroom

Are your children ready to make that transition? How do you know?

For children entering a classroom–a structured environment, often for the first time–the experience can be pretty traumatic. In order to make sure a child is ready for the transition, a number of factors should be considered:

  • Does the child know his/her birth certificate name?
  • Does the child know mother/father’s names (other than mama or dad)?
  • Does the child know how to sit still for at least 30 minutes?
  • Does the child demonstrate ability to focus on starting and completing a task (tying shoes, coloring a page in a coloring book, etc.)?
  • Does the child know where their address and parent’s telephone number?
  • Does the child know his/her birth date?
  • Does the child recognize letters of the alphabet?
  • Does the child recognize numbers 0-9?
  • Does the child use the bathroom by themselves?
  • Does the child know how to hold a pencil/crayon?
  • Does the child know how to hold a book?
  • Does the child know how to follow instructions?
  • Does the child know how to socialize appropriately with other children?

The above are the basics that every child should know before they ever cross the threshold of a classroom. Knowing these fundamental basics will insure a child’s success and learning will not be as traumatic as it for those who don’t know. A traumatized child means parents get lots of phone calls from teachers and principals.

A good pediatrician will always tell parents if there are physical or cognitive concerns about a child by the time they’re 3 years old. They monitor physical, fine motor skill development and the child’s ability to follow simple directions. Making sure a child is vaccinated ensures they’ll not infect others or get infected with communicable diseases. Make sure a record is kept of all their developmental milestones in a safe place.

To get a child ready for this monumental occasion, read to them, sing to them, play games with them that ignite a desire to learn and when they get to school, they’ll be ready to learn what the teacher has been prepared to teach. A child who sees a parent read a book is more apt to want to read for themselves. Having a variety of books available for children is a necessity to encourage strong literacy skills.

Breathe deeply–inhale–hold it, now let it out. Helping a child make this transition can be as easy as breathing when you know they’re ready for school. Help them and yourself–make sure they are SCHOOL READY!

 

 

Wisdom In All Things Matter!

Wisdom In All Things Matter!

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have,[fn] get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. Proverbs 4:6-8 NIV

No, I’m going to preach a sermon on wisdom, but I am going to point out why we should all exercise wisdom in everything we say or do. Why? Wisdom protects us from the foolishness consequences we could endure. When we get understanding, of any and all things, we are more likely to exercise wisdom. When we cherish wisdom (not looking down on those who actually exercise wisdom in decisions and not impulsivity), she exalts us and when we embrace–the concept of wisdom and in exercising wisdom–she honors us–publicly and we never have to be ashamed of what we say or do. Has a nerve been touched yet?

I, like many people, have not been impressed with most politicians. I’ve often noticed the lack of integrity and honesty exhibited by many and unfortunately, lumped them into the same category. I was wrong. The politicians elected to office in any capacity are actually more of a reflection of those who voted for them, than who they are. Think about it! We have in the White House, a person who professed not to be  a politician, with the intent of gaining trust from those who were tired of the run-of-the-mill politicians. And the end result–we have a demonstrable illustration of how wisdom was neglected by many who were conned by the con artist. They chose not to “get understanding” of who trump was and is and as a result, we all are enduring the consequences of their impulsivity and lack of understanding. But then again–his election is a reflection of those who voted for him–if we understand who he is, we understand who they are and nothing since the election–disproves this concept.

In order to change the direction this country and the world has taken, we must seek wisdom and understanding like our lives depend on it because they do. We must seek information about every candidate and not just from one source, but many–unbiased sources, so when we vote again for a true leader for this country, we will have exercised wisdom and if we exercise wisdom, she will embrace us and honor us–on a global level–so we won’t be ashamed of our leader in America.

The same is true for those we elect on any level–in every community. We must exercise wisdom in voting for every official who requires a vote. If we elect the wrong people–in any office–many suffer the consequences, but this can be avoided with “research” on every candidate and not just looking at the literature they distribute. I believe in the power of prayer, but I also believe I will not see a manifestation of answered prayer unless I “do” something. “Faith without works is dead.”

So, for the 2019 elections (and beyond) in every locality, let’s all do our due diligence by knowing who it is we’re voting for and understanding how our vote–is a reflection of who we are. If elect people with no integrity–it demonstrates a lack of integrity on our part. We must make sure we know who the candidates are and how they’ll address our concerns and not their own. I’m not promoting a “purity test” for candidates, but a true understanding of where they stand on the issues that matter most to us. Do they really care about the community in which they live? What evidence is available to support that? Are they true public servants or just people trying to get to the next level on their political agenda? Asking tough questions and expecting honest answers is key to knowing how to make a wise decision when it comes to electing officials who will make decisions that impact us all.

Elections should not be a popularity contest between politicians, but an demonstration of the “people’s understanding” about every candidate and all of the possible consequences of their being elected.When I decided earlier this year to drop my aspirations to run for president of the United States, it was not because I didn’t feel qualified to be in the office, but because I acknowledged the fact, I did not have the “networking system” in place to raise $67M dollars–the minimum needed to have a viable campaign. No one had to tell me this; wisdom took over and led me in another direction–to pursue a seat on the city council where I reside. Last summer, while canvassing for our governor’s campaign, I met many wonderful and some not so wonderful people, knocking on doors and talking to others. I realized there is a need in this community for people to have access to those who make decisions that impact them and I want to be part of the solution, not the problems. Whether I win this election or not will be determined by those voting and whether or not, they feel I can represent who they are and what they need. I have no personal agenda other than to make a difference where I live. My plans are only to serve one term and then to get out of the way as I pursue relationship building with those who can carry on when my term is up.

And no, I have no desire to pursue further political ambitions because I have none. But I do want to be in position to help others realize their political ambitions to the extent that I can by sharing my own experience with them and guiding them through the maze that will help them get through to the end, winning.

Go ahead, research me and then contact me if you have any questions about anything I can do to help make life better for all within my community and beyond. I look forward to it. Here’s a good starting place: https://www.facebook.com/EPCityCouncilCandidate/ and since I have multiple social media accounts, feel free to “google” me.

Don’t forget–whatever you do, don’t allow personal biases to influence decisions about elected officials–especially when you don’t know or understand how their views will impact your lives. Remember–wisdom is the principle thing and with all of your getting in life–get understanding before electing someone who causes you to lose sleep and hair.

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The Case For Truth

The Case For Truth

I don’t know about anyone who might happen upon this blog to read it, but for me–the truth means, no lies or misrepresentations are presented to mislead the populace and that information provided is supported with evidence, not just opinion. Sometimes simple syllogisms present truth in a very uncomplicated way, when accurate conclusions are readily identifiable.

For instance:

Donald Trump is a pathological liar (over 8000 lies have been recorded by Washington post). People who work for Donald Trump lie to the public on a regular basis. Therefore, working for Donald Trump requires one to lie.

His inauguration crowd was not the largest.

No one has told him he’s the best president in all history.

Not every world leader likes or even respects him.

He’s not a great businessman or negotiator.

There is no “national emergency” or crisis at the southern border other than the one he created.

President Obama did not “tap his wires.”

Hillary Clinton is not a crook and no one is locking her up, but look at all of his associates who have been indicted and some either serving time, or headed to prison. LOCK THEM ALL UP!

Democrats are not demons and do not condone infanticide.

Black people are not “too stupid” to vote for him; we’re far too smart to vote for lying, con man who cheated his way into the White House.

He lied about Stormy Daniels.

He lied about the country being safe from N. Korea.

He lied about releasing his taxes and his eternal audits.

He lied about having any business connections with Russia.

He lied about anyone in his campaign being involved with Russia.

He lied about ignoring the FBI and CIA and their conclusions about not granting Jared a top security clearance.

His cabinet members have lied about events that are easily fact-checked.

His Press Secretary lies every time she opens her mouth.

Kellyanne Conway lies to the public in every interview.

All of his sycophants lie to defend him. How do we know? From the RNC chairwoman to the least of the Retrumplicans–they all repeat (parrot) the same talking points–all lies.

All those who continue to support and believe him, must also be liars since they have no problems supporting a liar.

Retrumplicans lie to their supporters when they promote false propaganda, trying to incite fear and hatred. They don’t understand what “socialism” means and conflate it with their distaste for helping others or providing an avenue for equality for all.

Videos and campaign ads promoted by the Retrumplican party and trump–all lie–to keep their base confused and fearful.

I could do this for hours more, but I really have better things to do with my time, so–I challenge anyone reading this to provide factual, credible evidence that my premises about trump are wrong.

Provide me with the links to credible publications, print or digital and or videos that refute my claims and I’ll write a retraction of all I’ve said. Please don’t use any of the lying sycophants or news pundits to win an argument because whenever they’re asked a direct question, they deflect and change the topic or fall back on: but Obama, but Hillary, or trump has the absolute right… (citing constitutional authority rather than answering the questions). What’s really amazing to me is the number of times trump sycophants can “cite constitutional authority,” but ignore Congress’s constitutional authority to conduct oversight over the White House.

At any rate, contacting me is a breeze if it’s actually necessary and I’ll be certain to post replies and my comments.

For me, the bottom line is this–there’s a lake of fire prepared for all liars and I don’t plan to spend eternity, roasting in it–so for me–truth is essential. One would think it would essential for everyone, but especially those in a position of leadership.

And Jesus tells us, “We shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free.” I believe Jesus–who is The Truth and certainly never lies.

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What A Mess!

What A Mess!

Lies, government shutdowns, lies, indictments, lies, fake news (WHlies), tax cut scam exposed, lies, border crisis that doesn’t exist, national emergency lie, obese–medical liars, tantrum-throwing toddlers, lies, and still Republicans won’t do their Constitutional duty. Why? They’re bought and paid for with Russian rubles.

As big a mess as this is–the biggest mess that will need to be cleaned up, hasn’t been exposed yet–but it’s coming. We’re getting closer and closer to having the truth exposed about the trump crime family and that could be one of the reasons why trump sounds even more incoherent than he normally does.

I could reiterate all the dumb, anti-American crap he’s pulled, but that would be a waste of time to write and yours to read it. So, I’ll just stick to a few points that warrant attention.

  • Stacking the judicial benches is going to prove a problem for America’s democracy being sustained since trumplican appointees are more interested in appeasing him than in adjudicating the rule of law. We see it on a daily basis with decisions by district court judges, federal court judges and with Supreme Court justices who are not on the list of institutions that no longer have integrity and certainly warrant no respect–from the rest of us. We have sexual predators on the bench, drunkards, liars, and those who think their religious beliefs outrank the Constitution. And we know they are serving at trump’s behest because he’s even trying to convince some to “retire” so he can appoint news who do his bidding. Without a fair, unbiased, rule of law judicial bench in the Supreme Court, we move from a democracy to a dictatorship with the ease of the rigged election that installed trump in the White House.
  • The idiot in the WH disrupted stability and security for over 800K government workers for a wall that’s not needed. Totally anti-American act in an attempt to get his way with no regard to those affected and he has no remorse. In fact, while the government was shut down, he spent $50K on a simulated golf program installed in the White House. And now–the claim there is a “national emergency” is as big a lie as he is a president. There is no national emergency and he has admitted. He said, “I didn’t need to do this,” right after he declared the emergency–an attempt to circumvent Congress to build a wall, not needed or wanted by many of those who live in the border states. But then again, he pays more attention to Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and the idiot panel on Fox News than those advisors who are supposed to be experts.
  • The only person thrilled by all the chaos in America right now is Vladimir Putin. He’s preparing to attack and knows with all the chaos, America won’t be in position to respond, effectively. Our allies can’t trust us because of the menace in the White House, but our adversaries are tickled pink that he is so easily manipulated. And the idiot actually thinks other world dictators respect him because he refuses to see the truth–they know he’s an incompetent fool and they’re going to take advantage of him, but that leaves America at risk–to the shenanigans of Kim Jong Un and Putin and others.

The most disconcerting thing about this “mess” is the fact that some people who claim to be Republicans still don’t see what’s happening in front of them. Yeah, they’re not happy with their tax returns, they no longer have adequate healthcare and many are dying, and they’re not happy with the wall or how tax dollars are spent, but they’re still supporting the idiot. Go figure!

I don’t have any answers for the questions that I’m sure are raised in the minds of people who actually think. I do know this to be true–elections have consequences–and one of the worst consequences for America could very well be–the loss of democracy in this country. The dismantling began with the rigged 2016 election and continues and will throughout the 2020 election–unless voters shake off the orange stupid-dust, and wake up and vote for the country, not their party.

There’s a slew of candidates preparing a presidential run for 2020 and no matter who the Democratic nominee–that’s who I’m voting for to save America from the treasonous traitor in the WH. I hope everyone reading this, will do their own research to determine what’s fact from fiction and will vote for all the Democrats on a ballot in every state. Now, is not the time for tribalism with a whim to destroy (trumplican party). Americans–True Patriots of the country–It is time to rise up and defend our democracy!

Vote Blue No Matter Who!