Strength To Endure!

Strength To Endure!

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.  He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.  I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me. You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes. They cried for help, but there was no one to save them— to the LORD, but he did not answer. I beat them as fine as windblown dust; I trampled them like mud in the streets. You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me, foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me. They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds. The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! Psalm 18:32-46 NIV

Though the days seem long and wearisome, and the nights a never-ending gloom of sadness and nightmares, though the idiocy never seems to find itself an end, though those in positions of authority continually abdicate their responsibilities, though it seems like nothing will ever change for the better, we yet have hope and our hope is in God–who strengthens us, not in a person who does not know God.

The leadership in this country–in the executive branch and the legislative branch have severely and negatively impacted the lives of all who live in America. The office of the presidency has forever been marred by the vile and despicable behavior of the one who currently resides in the Oval Office. The legislative branch has become a laughingstock because they lack a spine and will to do what’s right for all Americans. They are bogged down with stupidity, greed and corruption. They are blind to the needs of those who elected them in their pursuit for greatness and grappling to control. Both in the House and Senate, the leadership is more concerned with obtaining a political win for the orange maggot than in legislating to meet the needs of their constituents. On a daily basis, we see the inevitable decay and downfall of a nation, once revered, now the butt of jokes on a global level.

For those of us who are watching, intently, every move, every nuanced communication via social media platforms, and mainstream media–we see and we know that our only hope is in the One who created all things and without Him, nothing was ever created. Though it would appear that the horror many are facing on a daily basis will never end, it will. Though it would appear that no one cares about those in crisis, there are. Though it appears that Russian meddling will continue to infiltrate and negatively influence our election results, they won’t–unless we let them.

We have the strength to endure the onslaught of madness and corruption when we seek God for all we need and for wisdom from on high. If we start paying attention–to the details and facts–not the false propaganda, we will prevail, and rise to the occasion stronger than ever to fight back–against the tyranny that is attempting to overtake our democratic republic. We must arm ourselves with factual information in order to make wise decisions. We must refute the liars and promoters of false propaganda when they raise their ugly heads. We must call a lie a lie and a liar, a liar. We must stop sugar-coating and soft peddling truth when hard, unadulterated truth is needed for the survival of our nation. Above all, we must be willing to see truth and acknowledge when we’re wrong and adjust our thinking so we won’t fall for the lies promoted by those who wish to desecrate our nation.

Love trumps hate any day of the week–and for centuries to come. We give up our freedoms to choose our paths when we allow authoritarians to persuade us we need to be controlled and manipulated. It is hatred that drives manipulation and love that encourages freedom of thought and choices. We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived by the enemy who roams the country, pretending to be Christian, when they are actually soldiers of Satan and we know because of the lies they tell.

We no longer have time to sit idly by and watch the destruction of a nation. We must rise up with truth and love guiding our every step, as we battle the enemy that promotes lies and spread hatred. If we are who we say we are, we will not promote hatred of any person regardless of their ethnicity, gender, or faith. We will lift up all with love and compassion, meeting the needs wherever we can so all will know–we’re never alone and that God is our strength.

2018 midterm election is coming up soon and if we really want to see our country headed in the right direction, we must elect lawmakers who will legislate for the benefit of their constituents, not their egos or bank accounts. When the House is righted, then we can concentrate on electing a president in 2020, who will govern for all Americans, not just some. We need a compassionate, empathic, wise leader governing from the Oval Office and though there are many choices, there is one who knows the challenges and struggles of the Everyday American.

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Time To Refocus!

Time To Refocus!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV

It’s time for all of us (especially me) to refocus our attention on all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely admirable, excellent and praiseworthy–and close the door (at least for a moment) on all the ugliness, hate and bigotry that surrounds us on a regular basis.

What is true–is that none of us–individually can do much to change the unfolding events that will inevitably impact our lives in a negative way. But is also true is that together, collectively, we can stand up and speak out against hatred and bigotry and be heard. It is also true that on a daily basis, I am speaking out against injustice and the idiocy and making it known that I am planning a bid for the White House as the next president.

What is noble in my running for president? I already know how the odds stack against me–an older Black woman. I know this is true because a number of Americans chose to believe the lies and false propaganda promoted about an older White woman, who was the most qualified person on the planet to serve and govern in the White House. My running for president is noble because even though I know the odds against my winning, I am determined to seek the position so that I can help raise the standards for all Everyday Americans and I’m not afraid of adversity, animosity, or facing downing the liars and hypocrites that will come floating to the surface of reality to rail against me. I know it’s coming and I’m ready–feet firmly placed for balance and I will not be moved by bigotry.

What is right about my running for president is the fact that many people have said they are tired of old White men, career politicians, and the rich and famous trying to govern when their purposes are self-serving. I am not a career politician and in fact–just made up my mind to get “politically active” earlier this year during a tax day march. I know the struggles and challenges that face Everyday Americans because I’ve lived them. I could enumerate them here, but I’d rather wait and do them in another forum, preferably an interview so all can hear at one  time. I’ve raised children by myself; I’ve held minimum wage jobs; I’ve wondered how we were going to make it from payday to payday; I’ve been out of work through no fault of my own but because of the negligence of a drunk driver; I’ve suffered the loss of my mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, brothers in close proximity. I’m a grandmother raising my oldest grandson, and in the midst of all that, I decided at 48 years-old to go back to school and complete a Bachelor’s degree and kept going.

I’ve had ups and downs and certainly I would never say that I’m a perfect person, but I can say I serve a perfect God who loves me enough to chastise me when I’m headed in the wrong direction and I hear him and obey. It is because of His love that He came in the person of sinful flesh to save me and all others who are willing to receive Him that I can move forward with confidence.

What is pure about my running for president? I have no ulterior motives in seeking the position other than to help all. I have no goals of obtaining wealth through nefarious means, or abuse of power or status. I have no plans to install friends or family who are not qualified for roles of authority. I don’t plan to become a career politician; my only goal is to help steer America back on the track to having the respect of the rest of the world and its leaders. I know my limitations and know how to seek those who know more than I know. I have not need for pride and ego to interfere with ability to serve the needs of all because I’ve never allowed pride and ego to drive my decision-making. I am–Holy Spirit-guided in all I do and I am not ashamed of that fact. I know how to love unconditionally and have no room in my heart for hatred of anyone. I can love with the purity of God the way He loves me.

What is lovely about my running for president? I have no need to put up a front about anything. Anything anyone wants to know about me can be found online simply by typing in my name on any search engine and see a variety of pictures of me and I have it on good authority (my children mostly) that I am a lovely person–inside and out.

What is admirable about my running for president? There is nothing hidden about me and I’m ready to stand up to the scrutiny I know is coming. I’m not afraid of background checks, mental evaluations or financial inspections. I understand the role of government and know that nothing is ever easy, but with cooperation by all–we can solve some of our problems and show the world that we are indeed–the United States of America, not the divided house of horrors.

Whether there is anything excellent or praiseworthy about my running for president has yet to be revealed. No leader is any better than those who support them. If I can find those who support me who are Talented, have Integrity, are Enthusiastic, and have Strategies to win an election, we’ll be a great team. When people meeting that criteria come together, it will indeed be an excellent opportunity for all to work together for a common cause–in Raising the Standards for all Everyday Americans and we’ll leave others to determine the level of praiseworthiness when they reap the benefits of the work we accomplish.

So, yes–it’s time for all to refocus our attention. We have elections to win–all the special elections, the Midterm elections and the General election in which I hope to be the next resident in the White House. Are you with me? Check out the information already available on http://www.facebook.com/YesIAm2020 to see if your concerns are addressed, and if not, please let me know what your concerns are so I can address them. Together we can do this and all will rise!

 

When The Lord Delights In Us!

When The Lord Delights In Us!

I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:1-3; 16-19 NIV

With all of the craziness going on around us, we must take a moment or longer to think about who really loves and in whom we can truly trust. My hope is in Jesus and I know when I do what He would have me do, He’s delighted in me and I will have all He has promised in His Word. Since He is not a respecter of persons, whatever He has promised me and will do for me–He will do for others.

So take heart! We have not been forgotten by The Lord even though things seem out of kilter in the world. There is chaos and confusion, we cannot deny, but when we know the Lord, we know the origin of the chaos and it is Satan, for the Word says, “God is not the author of confusion,” and that “all things should be done decently and in order.” No many how many pseudo-Christians try to tell us that God chose trump, we can see this is a lie by aligning his actions with the Word of God.

God hates liars and has prepared the lake of fire for liars. Sound like anyone we know? Let’s look at recent proclamations!

fake IQ certificate

Notice the signature–his–and the date–October 5th 2017–fabricated to counter the notion that he’s a moron. Creating this fake certificate actually confirms that he is–indeed a chronic moron who thinks those with a functioning brain would ever buy into his nonsense. Oh wait–some did and lost millions of dollars behind his fake Trump University. I can imagine anyone who stayed long enough probably received a similar fake certificate of completion. His actions make me wonder if he actually completed a degree as he claims. Nothing else he says is true so it makes me wonder. No transcript or degree has been produced so we only have his word for it–like Forbes only has his word about his “self-proclaimed wealth.”

IQ Test Ranges

Then, when he lies and the lies are exposed, all his spokespersons–those enabling his lies and pathetic behavior, love to spin it into something it never was. His claim of having a higher IQ than Tillerson or anyone else is a lie and the above chart reveals he has no clue as to how an IQ test is ranked or its significance–which many don’t believe.

spining lies

What’s really sad is Sarah Huckabee Sanders role as press secretary who lies without blinking and yet claims to be such a righteous Christian and does not understand that her lies will reserve her place in the lake.

When insecurities rule a person because of fragile egos and multiple personality disorders, there is no truth told and everything trump is to bring him validation, not to unify a country. He is as most have already determined–a narcissistic megalomaniac pathological liar and only cares about what he wants or what makes him look good. He’ll fabricate things just to make him look more important than he is and we know the Word says, “we ought not to think more highly of ourselves than we are.” He proclaimed Columbus Day, Columbus Day like it wasn’t already on the calendar just so he could say–he did it. I’m not sure he realizes that all of the holidays and special days are already noted on most calendars and have been for years.  If he was really mindful and a “Christian” as some purport, he’d know that his deeds speak volumes and expose his lies.

He says he’s not a racist: He called the Black football players in the NFL SOBs (they were the only ones kneeling when he made this remark), but called white supremacists, “very fine people.” He has made the issue of the NFL players kneeling about disrespecting the flag, country, and anthem because he refuses to address the racial injustices that exist in many police districts–which is the reason for the kneeling. The fact that he’s now bullying the NFL and denigrating anyone who openly criticizes reveals his desire to be a dictator, not a president. He has yet to demonstrate understanding of the Constitution’s 1st Amendment rights–for others–while he says whatever comes out of out of his dark soul.

His spokespeople claim (Kellyanne specifically) that he’s, “compassionate and cares about others.” Would a compassionate person bring up past debts to those on an decimated island or throw paper towels to the residents? Would a compassionate person care more about the crowd size when he shows up to assess storm damage? Would a compassionate person ignore the deaths of four Green Berets and say nothing about their deaths or service to this country? I could say more, but what’s the point? Those who choose to believe his lies will and those of us who know better, will never believe anything he says.

Whenever I see a lie by trump or his spokespersons, I address it on Twitter and FaceBook his favorite means of communication, and I will continue to speak truth to power whether he or his parrots acknowledge it or not. That is the job of every Christian to speak truth, no matter what, dispelling lies spoken by those serving Satan.

If we want to see integrity and honor move back into the White House, I encourage all who read this post to check me out on facebook.com/YesIAm2020 and see what I bring to the table that will benefit all Everyday Americans. The 2020 Election is not that far away and plans must be solidified now. Thanks for the considering supporting my bid for president. I know when Jesus delights in me–I shall have what I say I shall have. For the Word says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of our heart.”

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With Renewed Hope and Patience!

With Renewed Hope and Patience!

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:9-14 NIV

Taking Paul’s words to the church at Colosse literally makes a difference in how we need to approach this time in which we live. We must believe that prayers have and will continue to go forth on our behalf as the world watches the chaos in the WH that embroils our lives on a daily basis. Our hope must continually be in God and in the wisdom He will pour out on all who are willing to receive and accept it. For that reason, many of us are praying that Bob Mueller is willing to receive God’s wisdom and act upon accordingly. America deserves much better than what we are experiencing as a nation with a fake leader in the Oval Office.

Though some may have thought with my posts lately that I’ve given up on our God, nothing could be further from the truth. My hope–is continually in He who inspires and encourages my daily walk. I look to Him to keep my tongue from going to far and my fingers from tapping out words that can be erased or retrieved before impacting those who see them. It’s been an extremely difficult week for me to relinquish my thoughts and fingers to Holy Spirit. It is only because of Him that I have not unleashed a tirade so great that would make the devil blush. It is because of Him who I strive to please that I have not been totally “unpolitically correct.”

Does my awareness of how words can negatively impact perception and perspective as to who I am matter? Of course it does! Words matter–whether coming from me or anyone else and unfortunately, that concept hasn’t been able to breach the brains of the moron-in-chief. I’m not the only one who questions the WH idiot’s ability to do anything other than bully and bluster his way around people.

He demonstrated his total ineptness at being empathic and a consoler-in-chief, but highlighted his insensitivity to others on a much greater scale than I thought possible. And to top off the week of foolishness and stupidity, he alludes to starting a war with North Korea after throwing Rex Tillerson under the bus. Reading a number of articles released by those in the media who are close to those in the White House, it was not surprising to hear that more than one of cabinet members have called him a moron because he has no knowledge of what he’s supposed to be doing and resents anyone trying to guide him. For if–for any reason–he chose to be grateful to those who are at least trying to guide him, he’d have to admit he doesn’t have a great brain, he doesn’t have the best words, and he certainly doesn’t have an IQ of 203 which he apparently tried to convince staffers that he has. If his IQ was 23, that would be a surprise.

But I digress. It is through reading The Word and being reminded of God’s great love for us that renews my hope on a daily basis, and when I think I’ve reached the end of my rope, The Word helps me to make the knot bigger so I will have the patience I need to keep holding on–for the rescue I believe is coming in the revelation of truth provided by Special Counsel Bob Mueller. For every time the moron opens his mouth, a knot forms in my stomach, but I’m moving the knot from my stomach to the rope of hope from which we’re all dangling since we never know what might come next. Pretty soon, the knot will be wide enough to hold a multitude of people and our hope–strengthens the rope–with each new knot. In our patience–holding onto the rope, resting on the knot–we possess our souls and we will not surrender our souls to the evil that abounds from the White House and the GOP or any other demonic influence.

While I wait for the hope of truth setting us all free to be Americans again–I’m still planning a bid for the White House and I pray, that those who review the information on my Face Book page, will find the evidence needed to prove, I am ready and willing to serve all Everyday Americans.

Rumors!

Rumors!

Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler. For the time will surely come when I will punish the idols of Babylon; her whole land will be disgraced and her slain will all lie fallen within her. Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will shout for joy over Babylon, for out of the north destroyers will attack her,”  declares the LORD. Jeremiah 51:46-48 NIV

Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Mark 13:5-10 NIV

Have you heard the latest rumors? Some pertain to the latest gossip about celebrities, some pertain to the latest innuendo about the nation, and some pertain to rumblings of dissatisfaction in White House Administration. Who do we believe?

I have no time to devote to rumors and salacious gossip about celebrities and with all that’s happening in the nation–the NFL, the NBA, hockey, movie producers, mass murderers–it’s just too difficult to keep up. However, when it comes to the manipulative moves by the resident WH idiot, I tend to pay more attention to what’s being said. Why? It’s really very simple. I’m running for President in 2020 and I don’t want to make the same mistakes I see being made on a daily basis by not understanding the power of words.

Though some of the religious wing-nuts–such as Pat Robertson–are claiming the natural disasters on same-sex marriage and even saying, the Las Vegas massacre is a result of our sinful acts. I happen to understand the ramifications of climate change and the need to change how we live in order to save our planet and in the need for common sense gun control legislation. I refuse to join the hateful rhetoric designed to stoke fear by lying on God and what His Word says. In fact, the more people lie on God, the more inclined I am to distance myself from those pseudo-Christians and concentrate on my personal relationship with God and in promoting love. Since God is love, it is far more important for me and true Christians to promote love, not condemnation. When we can bring others to Christ by the love we show them, we can also bring them into a place where God’s love will ignite a change in them to want to please Him, not people.

And pleasing people seems to be the catalyst that will eventually lead to the ruin of a nation. Our current Congress appears to think it is more important to keep “campaign promises” that were lies to begin than in listening to those who elected them. It would appear–that those who invaded and infiltrated the Republican party–have forever decimated the mission and have caused many to flee the party. I’ve never seen so many Republicans plan to not run in coming elections simply because of the invaders who are detracting from the party’s stance. No longer is the Republican party the party of “moral authority” or “family values” since they have demonstrated they have none. They nominated a foul-mouthed, womanizer who thinks of only himself and denigrates women and minorities at every turn. They knew he was not a Christian, but promoted him as one and now they wonder why their party is falling apart.

Did not they not read the Word or understand The Word when told that God hates liars? Did they not understand the lake of fire was prepared for all those who lie and promote lies? Did they think that God was not going to take His hands off situations and allow the consequences of all the lies to fall upon those who perpetuated them?

This is what happens when people promote–rumors–the lies people spread about God choosing the most inept, incompetent, racist bigot to be president. If those who promoted the lie haven’t figured it out, yet-I suggest they find a quiet place, with no distractions, and seek God for themselves. God didn’t tell anyone that He chose trump to be president; that was a rumor perpetuated by those who merely wanted to gain control of the White House and Congress to force their beliefs on others. And now, because of their lies we now face the drum roll announcing rumors of war and discontent with other nations because the WH idiot acts more like a school yard bully than an aging adult. He can’t help it–he never matured and is totally incapable of acting like an adult–no empathy, no compassion, no heart. And for those who think he has compassion because of his ability to read a speech others wrote–same the violin strands for someone else. He’s a phony, just like the pseudo-Christians who promoted him.

But let’s get back to the rumors of the end coming. We’re told in God’s Word that there are things which must happen before the end is yet and one of those things is that, the Gospel must be preached to every nation. The Gospel hasn’t been preached to every nation, so we still have time to get living right and that means, stop spreading rumors which are lies. Before the 2016 election many of us experienced being inundated with false propaganda we now know was perpetuated by the Russians and promoted by so-called Christians. The pseudo-Christians never thought about seeking God and His wisdom before promoting photo-shopped videos, manipulated videos, and false advertising–deliberately created to undermine Hillary Clinton. I never believed the lies and did not promote them and tried to convince others that the lies were just that. But when people think they are so righteous they cannot or will not hear truth, they become the impetus of the rumor mills and they just keep the lies going.

With the upcoming elections, the rumors will get started again. I won’t participant in spreading them and I pray everyone reading this won’t either. But if you do, know that God will have the last word about your life and you will stand before Him in the end. I know that to be true and I only plan to hear Him say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

As a good and faithful servant–one who knows how to serve others–let me start this very true rumor–I will run for president in 2020 and I plan to win! For all who are familiar with my stance on the issues that matter to most Everyday Americans, join me and help me to Raise The Standards for all. Spread The Word!

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In Need Of Leadership!

In Need Of Leadership!

Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray. Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks folly. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised. Surely wickedness burns like a fire; it consumes briers and thorns, it sets the forest thickets ablaze, so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.By the wrath of the LORD Almighty the land will be scorched and the people will be fuel for the fire; they will not spare one another.  Isaiah 9:16-19 NIV

Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” Matthew 15:10-14 NIV

There has been more hatred and bigotry spewed in the last weeks than we saw in the last eight years. Never has there been such a sad representation of humanity stemming from the White House as we’ve seen: hatred spewed against Black NFL players, NBA players, and worst of all–the residents of Puerto Rico–Brown population in crisis due to Hurricane Maria–suffering from loss of homes, electricity, water and the basics one needs to live and the WH idiot unloads on the mayor of San Juan because he’s just that–a total and complete idiot.

And the sad part of the entire situation is those who are consistently propping him up by creating lies to justify his lack of empathy and compassion as demonstrated in his thoughtless tweets. Mick Mulvaney, and Steven Mnuchin and all the other spokespersons in this administration are a perfect example of the blind leading the blind when tell the public lies. They have also been exposed for their use of private jets for which tax payers have paid the price. But then again, they’re following the lead of the WH idiot who has cost tax payers millions in his use of his properties for his weekend forays and charging the government for the security detail to stay there as well as the cost of security for all of his children’s play times.

This administration is the biggest joke on the global stage since the resident of the Oval Office has not yet demonstrated an ability to think–rationally and logically–and is more prone to act out of his hurt feelings–his fragile ego–and narcissistic personality disorder than with any wisdom (not demonstrated in anything he’s said or done).

There are a number of people responsible for this dilemma–the Evangelical leaders who lied to their congregants about trump being God’s choice, the Russians who orchestrated the rigged election, the Main Stream Media who chose not to call out the lies perpetrated by the trump campaign, and the gullible, weak-minded, frustrated, angry people who refused to see truth, and voted for the menace. Though some have recently acknowledged their regret, there are still far too many haters–bigoted persons who support this white supremacist who is anti-American and shows it on a daily basis. And we cannot overlook the role of the GOP who allowed his nomination because of the fringe benefits they received–a guaranteed win because of the collusion with Russia. They are all complicit and are doing nothing to protect Americans from the onslaught of other nations or even protect us from the greed and corruption of the reigning political party. And they think–this is God’s best for us!

Heaven help us all to live through this nightmare and bring us back onto the path of light and truth before total disaster can befall us. Open our eyes so we can see without the blinders of hate and distrust and bigotry and misplaced loyalty. Open our hearts so we may know and reveal truth that aligns with God’s Word. Open our mouths so we may speak out against lies and untruths and injustices of all kinds. Open our ears so we may hear God when He speaks and act accordingly for the benefit of all mankind, loving as He does–unconditionally.

We are not defeated–yet and where there is a will, and people who act according to God’s Will–we will survive and thrive in spite of the attempts to cause immeasurable harm to many–especially those who not white. We can do this by electing an Everyday American who cares about all–regardless of skin tone, religious beliefs, or anything else. In this country, Americans need an American with heart and compassion to lead us–with wisdom and truth being our standard of integrity.

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Who’s Really Free?

Who’s Really Free?

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:1-6 NIV

The debate about whether to stand, kneel or sit during the a presentation of the National Anthem has become a contentious discussion. Now, it would seem that everyone wants to chime in and have an opinion and most seem to think their opinion is the only one that counts. Before anyone’s opinion can be counted, everyone must understand what the debate represents. Kneeling during the anthem is a protest against the injustice suffered by those in the Black community because of police brutality–unarmed Black males being killed.

Now, whether people understand the angst felt in the Black community or not really is not debatable.  Unless a person is Black, they would not understand why some of us feel so strongly about the deaths of young Black males. To fully understand, one must understand the discrimination we’ve suffered for a very long time. And just to make sure, the message is understood, I encourage everyone to review the history of Black people in this country.

We were imported as slaves, treated like animals or worse, denied the rights provided every human being, babies taken from mothers, families separated, lynched, burned, wrongfully jailed and executed without recourse through any judicial system because the laws were against us, not for us. It was not until 1968 that most of us had the right to vote because we didn’t count. Most people don’t realize the electoral college was established for those who owned slaves–so they wouldn’t have an advantage over those who didn’t. (14th Amendment, Section 2) Slaves were set free in 1863, but were still treated like third-class citizens or worse. We had been denied the right to pursue an education, kept of out certain careers and even though many Black men fought in wars “for this country” they were still denied the same rights as others.

There is a stanza of the anthem–written as a poem in 1814–that most are not aware of and it embellishes slavery rather than denounces it and hence–the kneeling during the anthem–is about systemic racism; not about patriotism!

Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution!
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

When we understand that this country has diminished the rights of Black people and still does not respect us as human beings, we protest and with a peaceful protest where no one is harmed or violated–there should be no dissension or debate about the right to do so.

When trump disrespected Black football players by calling them SOBs, he demonstrated his racism and all who applauded him and encouraged his racist rhetoric demonstrated where they stood. Systemic racism is still a problem in this country and there is no denying it. The fact that over 70% of all football players in the NFL are Black speaks volumes and the fact that the biggest fans are white also speaks volumes–we are still seen as being nothing more than “entertainers” for those with “white privilege.”

I’m taking a stand against those who claim the football players are arrogant, spoiled brats and should be “grateful” for the opportunity to become rich. Do those who make these statements say the same thing about “White Players” or is it just a condemnation of the Black players? Every Black and White football earned the right to play by their relentless pursuit of excellence in playing the game. They were not given spots on a team, they earned them. 

For decades–probably to the chagrin of many people who said, “Black people were inferior to White people–we have proven time and time again, we are not an inferior race of people, but those who are fearful and bigoted have not stopped thinking they are the superior race. Well, I have news for all–there is only one race of people–the human race and none superior to another, but if people want to deal with facts and not fiction, they only have to understand where man originated–on the continent of Africa–and if there was a superior race–it would be the African race–where life began.

If we ever get to a place in society where we can see people and not color, we’ll all be better off. We can live in peace and spend our time–collectively trying to find cures for cancer and other debilitating diseases, establishing lifestyles that will preserve the planet for the benefit of all, and keeping the human race–alive, prosperous and vital for the next millennium.

The truth of the matter is–until we are all willing to discuss–rationally–the social injustices that exist with the systemic racism–nothing will ever change. We must come together and understand “the reasons” for the divide and then pursue unity as a whole–for all Americans.

everyday people

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