Hard Truth…

Looking on the unimaginable horror which unfolded in Broward County on Wednesday, it’s human nature to want answers. But those answers must be the correct ones. They mustn’t be feel good answers, fed to us by ideology driven politicians with questionable intent, wouldn’t you agree? So with heartfelt sorrow for those whose lives have been brutally altered forever, we go in search of those answers. Not by the easy road to be sure, but instead by looking inward for what we’ve lost, those cultural norms that did us well and that now seem a distant shadow in our collective past.

Oh, it’s easy to embrace the phony outrage of late night pundits and frothing politicians. Blaming the gun for the actions of the owner, and immediately flooding “fake news” outlets with waves of misinformation and questionable statistics is usually quick and painless. But I believe we’ve reached a crossroads in this seemingly endless search for a young killer’s motives when he enters a school to commit mass murder.

So in the interest of being part of the solution I would only say that, at this juncture when “We the People” have systematically re-defined the American family, blurred the lines at the rest room door, chosen medication over parenting, re-written the history books, allowed violent video games to replace play time and outdoor activities, painted law-enforcement as the enemy and chased God from our classrooms and public buildings, we must now face the hard reality that these tragedies and those committed on the streets of cities like Chicago every day, are about much more than simply firearms.

And finally, so long as we look our children in the eye and tell them that ending God-given human life in the womb is a choice we have moral authority over, we will NEVER stand high enough to answer the questions of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018.

 Please remember the families in your prayers…

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Truth is coming like a freight train…



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Letter from the PROJO…

I can only assume that Mark Patinkin’s Oct. 19 column (“To grieving father, Obamas’ compassion “overwhelming”), which recalled President Obama’s telephone call and subsequent White House invitation to a grieving military father, was meant to somehow contrast the former president’s compassion with President Trump’s.

I read somewhere online that this whole conversation does the families of the fallen a great disservice, and I concur. Nevertheless, Seal Team Six family members specifically asked then-President Obama to prohibit cameras when the bodies of their heroes came home after their helicopter was shot down by the Taliban in 2011, yet dozens were clicking away when the plane landed. Not surprisingly, a picture of the president saluting the caskets was front-page news the very next morning.

It’s also been reported that many of those families were further offended, as they never even received a call from the president after the fact, yet they’ve been invited to the White House repeatedly by President Trump. Moreover, he visited the wounded in Las Vegas, who spoke affectionately of a somber and comforting president who is nothing like the media’s portrayal of him.

Out of reverence for those who go into harm’s way in our stead every day, as well as those who make the ultimate sacrifice, I’m done with this. But for goodness sake, can we agree that this debate is a foolish exercise and does nothing to honor the memories of our friends and family who gave all of their tomorrows for our todays?

Fred Comella


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Crossroad ahead… From “The Providence Journal”

Letter: Fred Comella: In wake of 2016 election, U.S. stands at a crossroads

Our country stands on the doorstep of a great revival. We haven’t seen these kinds of numbers and optimism in some time. Yet we’re corralled by what seems like the beginnings of a political and ideological civil war, one that threatens the very foundations of this great republic.

A plainspoken and populist president was elected in one of the most contentious political contests in more than 200 years, and this has upset the balance between an entrenched establishment bureaucracy in Washington and the folks they’re supposed to be representing.

Consequently, “We the People” now face a choice. Do we require our elected officials to work together and address the issues of liberty, opportunity and prosperity for all Americans? Or do we allow this critical discourse to descend into a pointless and even confrontational experiment in the futility of identity and propaganda politics?

Our choices today will either inspire or impede our posterity. And the actual history of our nation, for all of its inherent goodness (and sin), will either continue to serve as a benchmark for human freedom around the globe, or be discarded and rewritten to the ultimate benefit of the true fascists.

Fred Comella

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Truth by any other name… From “The Good News Today”…

Truth by any other name is still truth…

 By Fred ComellaTruth by any other name is still truth

Slavery, indentured servitude, debt bondage, all scars on the soul of mankind. But they are as old as mankind too. And the sin they were born of is as indisputable and omnipresent in the 21st Century as it was in the beginning. But our interpretations of these stains on our existence have been influenced by a great many things as well as confused by a great many opportunistic historical figures over millennia. Accordingly, Jesus Christ would be the only historical figure to get it right. “Love one another as I have loved you”. Simple you say? Not so much as it turns out. Let me explain…

The more I search for an answer to the quandaries of our time, the more I keep coming back to Christ as the only hope for a lost world. Nevertheless, I remain unable and frankly unwilling to abandon the notion of this free republic and the reasoning behind its birth and continued existence. You see my Christian friends, just spending some time in your local library and/or at your computer keyboard will help you to understand, that despite the mistakes, missteps and yes, outright sin of this young country and its people, there exists no other nation on planet earth and in all of time which has done more to advance the just causes of human freedom than the United States of America. And there are reasons for that.

For starters though, let’s take a look at more recent events such as in Virginia and now other states, where hate and divisiveness have ruled the day, with protesting factions and groups like the Ku-Klux Klan, ANTI-FA and Black Lives Matter taking center stage. Now common sense and a little historical perspective tell us the KKK are an inherently evil group with nefarious intent. In some instances, they’ve usurped the name of God and used their twisted version(s) of history to portray themselves as legitimate participants in the “civil” discourse which they obviously are not, and the evidence tells us this. The real history of this sinister organization is one of deceit, mayhem and murder with no place in any civilized society.

Now ANTI-FA are of a different sort, but in some ways no less nefarious in their intent. Masquerading as an “anti-Fascist” group, the American version is organized and funded by the very villains they claim to abhor and who laude the very views they claim to despise. They don’t seem to comprehend that the same laws they seek to silence those with whom they disagree, could be used to one day silence them. (History 101 boys and girls…) They are highly militant and often coached in their approach and have been at the heart of violent protests themselves over the past few years, most notably during and immediately following Election 2016. (Oh and it’s always quite amusing to note their “signage” if you will, as many can’t even spell the Fascism they’re macing you in the face to protest).

And finally, Black Lives matter or BLM is more of a singular movement obviously requiring racial division and bigotry to exist. BLM’s organizers and supporters espouse the existence of “white privilege” and racism, yet excuse away black on black violence as if it were simply collateral damage. Many in leadership roles call for the outright killing of those sworn to protect their right to march in the street chanting that very thing. And the successes of great American’s like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Dr. Ben Carson and Congresswoman Mia Love are dismissed out of hand, while the dismantling of one of the greatest Christian cultures in American history is facilitated by way of the violent anti-social rhetoric of a media culture gone wrong. But all of this is not a secret. And as I’ve said, all one has to do is their own homework to understand. But that my friends is where the train leaves the tracks.

Let’s face it, we’re all desperate to be right. And in our mission to validate our opinions, the truth is sometimes lost, (or cast aside as inconvenient). For my part, I’ve learned this is futile and that the truth will bubble up at some point. You can’t stop it, especially if it’s His truth. Yes, the Ten Commandments require adherence to God’s laws, but that’s the point. Aspiring to them and attempting to daily, is the antidote for much if not all of what’s killing our society. At some point it becomes the responsibility of those arguing for the future of our posterity to apply those truths as a means to avoid tragedies like Charlottesville. And that’s just not happening right now. There is no debate. Both sides are dug in and politicians and the press are bent on keeping it that way, some for power, some for money and ratings, and some because they actually believe their own you know what. Hence the violence we are now seeing across our country, as ideological vultures descend on the carcasses of ignorance.

In fact, the true history of our nation, good and bad is being demolished. OK yes, there were those who penned our founding documents who owned slaves. It was wrong, but it was the time. But did you know the word slave is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, and that if you read it carefully one gets the sense this was done intentionally, and that they were trusting us to remedy in our time that which they could not adequately remedy in theirs.

Did you know that George Washington freed his and his wives’ slaves, even providing pensions to some who had suffered injuries or illness and who he felt would be unable to support themselves? And what of those who signed the Declaration of Independence proclaiming God given freedom for all men, and for their efforts lost everything, in some cases their very lives.

What of men like Colonel Robert Gould Shaw who fought for the same rights and privileges for the all black 54th Massachusetts under his command, from their socks and boots to equal pay as the white soldier, and who was shot dead at Fort Wagner and buried in a common grave with black soldiers he’d charged headlong into battle with? Were the lessons he learned as a privileged Boston abolitionist’s son, flung into the reality of 1863 meaningless? He was just 25 years old.

Yes Robert E. Lee owned slaves. But he was conflicted by it and rightly pointed out that many in the North owned slaves as well. It was this economic hypocrisy which influenced his decision to decline Lincoln’s offer to command the “Army of the Potomac” and take up arms in defense of his beloved Virginia. So you see folks, our short national history is not as simple as some uneducated/unemployed, agitator/anarchist would have you believe. And there is far more at stake than simply marble figures, lofty quotes and concrete horses.

Now we can debate all of this, and we should. But how dangerous is it when we haven’t even done our own due diligence ahead of that debate? Where have we arrived when a reluctant rebel general who would ultimately became the respected president of Washington University has his likeness vandalized and even removed from the history of this country? What does it say when a statue of Abraham Lincoln is broken and spray painted, when it was Lincoln himself who would ultimately link emancipation to victory in the Civil War, (and was murdered for it)?

And in modern times, (which will be history someday), what will that history say about “We the people” when the elected Congressman and Senators of our time advocate for the removal of historical monuments to our own storied history, yet allow a statue in Seattle Washington (yes in the USA) of Vladimir Lenin, a man historians see as the architect of 20th Century human genocide. What would they say when they read that sharia law, which promotes (and practices) the subjugation and brutalization of women was held up as “Constitutionally protected”? How twisted and convoluted a light will we be viewed in when our children’s children read of the five police officers gunned down in the streets of a major metropolitan city protecting the rights of protesters to protest them? And what will they really think of us when they know we promoted abortion not as crime, but somehow as a cure? Bottom line here folks, we have a chance to learn from history! Attempting to erase it serves only the dictator.

Truth by any other name is still truth - TheMayflowerCompact1620No nation is perfect to be sure. However, if we refuse to teach our young people of the Mayflower Compact and the Bible as the first school book issued by the Congress of the United States, then how do we have a legitimate platform for even the most basic conversation about our true national history? You see, right or wrong, any debate based on revisionist history and void of truth and reason is doomed to descend into protest, and thus be marred by the participation of those seeking only to take advantage of an uneducated citizenry.

Look, everyone knows the KKK/Nazi/skinhead, whatever you want to call them, had one intention when they pulled the permit for that event. Those who stoked those flames with political gasoline of their own however, must share in the aftermath and its consequences. And selective outrage is as hypocritical as the 24 hour news sharks feeding in the bloody water of any ensuing political chaos. Moreover, can we ever reverse the dangerous consequences of actions based on emotion and not fact? And beyond original intent, there is still Christ’s original solution of love one another as I have loved you, to be sure, the closest thing we have left to the truth. Finally, there remain the tried and proven principles of Christianity at our nation’s core, that when applied as He would have it, have never and will never fail us. Together, with Christ in our hearts is the only way we begin to heal the gaping wound of hate.

For now, please pray for Heather Heyer’s family and friends, as well the two Virginia State Troopers killed in the line of duty when their department helicopter crashed policing the protest. And pray for all those injured in subsequent clashes. But also pray that God will see our difficulties for what they are, and that He will intervene, giving us wisdom, mercy and empathy, so we may defy the odds and come together as one people, living out that tenet of our Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal”. Oh, and if I might leave you with a final thought, I feel President Lincoln’s short but inspirational words at Gettysburg are so needed and appropriate at this juncture. God bless you all, and God please bless the United States of America.

Lincoln and Gettysburg Address

Lincoln and Gettysburg Address

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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The culpability of the news media…

If you’re a student of American History, (and you should be), you would understand that the free press in our country have been active participants in the political discourse even before and as the United States was founded. You would also understand that the attempted undermining of one political ideology in favor of another by a willing and complicit press on both sides is really old “news”. Backroom (and in some cases illegal) printing presses have been used to influence political discussions around the globe dating back to the middle 1400’s. One need only research the American presidential campaign of 1800, pitting Declaration of Independence collaborators and close friends John Adams and his Vice President Thomas Jefferson against one another, to understand just how brutal press attacks from each side could be, even in the 18th Century. So vitriolic and bitter was the printed rhetoric of that election process, that the two parted ways after Jefferson’s victory and didn’t reconcile their differences until the last years of their lives. President Lincoln’s actions during the Civil War regarding the suspension of “The Great Writ” (look it up), are still debated in the better history classes of today. And JFK’s manipulation of a growing television media to his political advantage is legendary. So the notion that rhetorical political battles, media manipulation, and disdain for the opposition as “memorialized” by a free press are things born of the 21st Century, is at the very least a historically challenged viewpoint. With that said, the ideological hatred and trending violence we’re seeing in 2017 is indeed beyond anything anyone in the 18th, 19th or even 20th Century might have imagined. So why is this? How have we become so divided as a people to have lost sight of freedom’s shoreline? How have so many Americans been blinded to the real history of their country, and how that history actually insulates them from the failures of European style Socialism or worse? Well, the answers may surprise you, and our American free press are certainly culpable in any fair analysis…

Going back to the Adams – Jefferson campaign, it was really no campaign at all, in that it was waged largely in the newspapers with little actual campaigning by the two candidates. Jefferson’s “friends” in the press promoted his disdain for an overbearing federal government and chastised Adams as a would be monarchist in the English model. While those who favored Adams, called Jefferson “Godless”, and wrote of the mayhem that would exist inside his interpretation of the new American government. Today that “written and read” dynamic has changed with the advent of technology, the 24 hour news cycle, and social media, thus I believe creating an environment whereby the media must now exercise a good deal of restraint and responsibility, as they are speaking to far more people at once than at any time in human history. Historically, the American value system seemed to contain and frame most political battles, at least to the degree that a certain level of civility would usually prevail. The head of a party bore the brunt of the criticisms, (and an occasional hanging in effigy cartoon when needed for effect). Truth be told, the United States was a nation of mostly farmers in those days, and many struggled mightily with the challenges of everyday life, never mind the complexities of the burgeoning American political system. Nevertheless, when the masses finally did get to do their reading, they did in fact have a much clearer understanding of the matters at hand than I’m sure most of those protesting today’s conundrums. Literally hands-on knowledge and awareness of their hard fought freedoms guided their better judgment in the name of their posterity to be sure, and personal sentiments were viewed as just that, personal. There was if you will, a common-sense acknowledgement of a line between advocating for your political beliefs during an election cycle in the hopes that the results would better your life and the lives of your children, as opposed to today’s anarchists advocating the murderous over-through of a democratically elected government because you didn’t agree with the results.

In today’s 24 hour news cycle the press may cover a dozen topics in thirty minutes, and not have to wait for those topics to be disseminated to the respective “colonies/states” over a period of a month or two, (or more). News traveled overseas by ship, with return correspondence taking even longer. Today we see the debate taking place live in our living rooms, with split second soundbites and analysis coming at you fast and furious. The only problem is, it’s usually self-proclaimed experts and Hollywood Wanna-Be’s, and not necessarily the true authors of any legislation or discussion doing the initial debating. My point here is that the press now have complete control over the dialogue as well as the terms and substance of the discussion in real time, and if they so choose, may even add the ideological slant of a certain network owner(s) to that discussion in the hopes of swaying a complacent viewership. That’s a lot of power. Even worse, digital cable and satellite television have become mainstays of the American household, and the people inside that 60 inch flat screen have become members of our family, influencing the products we use, the places we patronize, and our social sitcom preferences, along with the opinions of the news folks supposedly bringing us the headlines of the day. Essentially, why bother doing our own homework when this guy or gal is doing it for us. And damn it, why would they lie???

Look my fellow Americans, I’m not naïve’. I get that this is the 21st Century and a free press is a vital and necessary component of a constitutional republic such as ours. But that’s just it! Even in a free republic, every generation faces its challenges, and the reconciliation of all that’s being thrown at us by the media these days is ours. Our children’s future depends on us getting it right and not taking things for granted, like our Constitution, and those things told to us by some who may not have a vested interest in our individual success, AND might even seek to “fundamentally change” our free country into a not so free one. Let’s face it, our kids are counting on us to use our heads and acknowledge the obvious without having to be told how to see something. Their future demands that when a media fool seeking publicity holds up a representation of a bloody severed head of the President of the United States, or uses our beloved and hard fought flag of freedom for toilet paper, we speak out and say that’s not what the founders meant when they penned the First Amendment. Their future demands that when intolerance masquerades as tolerance, we point out that hypocrisy, and do so loudly. Their future demands that when one acts out violently against another, we require equal justice be applied under the law. Their future demands that we protect and defend their God-given rights enumerated in the Declaration and Constitution with our our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor“. And their future demands that those elected to represent their best interests in the seat of power, do so with honor and integrity first. Will we get it right every time, of course not? But for their sake, we sure as heck better try…

In the end, and whether or not the talking heads in that 60 inch flat screen want to admit it, Representative Steve Scalise is fighting for his life because some dimwit didn’t possess a simple understanding of his country and government, and just couldn’t reconcile that Democracy chose a different candidate to be president for the next four years. So he bought into that news media romanticized rhetoric and took up a weapon against his fellow citizens. Sadly, there are (some) out there calling themselves journalists, as well as a bunch of Hollywood elitists who have little or no understanding of the freedom which allows them to spout off as they do, who flat out egged this guy on. And now all of us are left to figure a way forward through what appears to be the most divided America since the Civil War.

So once again, what’s the answer you ask? Well, there’s more than one I would say. Moreover they’re not all necessarily centered on the media specifically. Nevertheless, first and foremost law enforcement across this great nation should be directed to and fully supported in their function to keep the peace first, and then to allow those “peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”, so long as “the peace” is maintained in the process. (No punching women, urinating, spitting on, or otherwise defacing or damaging public or personal property, poking police horses with nails fastened to the ends of selfie sticks, or macing those who have just as much right to free speech as you do). Second, I believe that decent patriots all over this country should make their voices heard in their local governments and demand that our nation’s true history be taught in our public schools without exception, and also that the Ten Commandments be returned to those places where they have been removed, and promoted as the unequivocal bedrock of American culture and the basic and necessary values we know them to be. (Only in this way may we begin to repair men’s hearts, restore the family, and bring decency and mutual respect back to the debate). Oh, and I’m sure it would help a lot with the first answer. Third, that a basic but separate American civics examination be a requirement for high school graduates in all 50 states, so our college posterity will understand the cost paid in advance for their right to assemble in protest. Fourth, that the news media in our country remember,that truth is a necessary and critical component of journalism. And also that they wield a great deal of power and influence in the modern age, and consequently that they should act with honor first above all things. And lastly, that our system of national immigration be respected and enforced, so that the tenets of our creed “E-pluribus-Unum” will take root in all who come here to seek the American promise of a better life. The rest my friends, will come in time.

Now these may sound like simplistic solutions to what appears to be an insurmountable problem, and I would not debate you on that assumption. However more often than not, when faced with overwhelming circumstances of national consequence, and in a nation so conceived as ours, it is necessary to come back to the beginning, and the exceptional things that made us who we are. In the case of our current national posture, and considering the events of 6/14/2017 as a culmination of that which has led to them, I believe we have no other course of action at this juncture. #forourchildrenssake

God please bless Louisiana Congressman and Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his family, as well as all those who were injured on that ball field in Alexandria. And God please bless and keep the United States of America. We cannot do it with out you!

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All of their tomorrows for our today’s…

This Memorial Day seems different. Everything appears turned upside down. We have a disgraced former Secretary of State and former presidential candidate preaching “truth and reason”, when she herself has set a new high bar in terms of probable and provable criminal deception. We have appointed judges openly defying the rule of law, as well as the constitutionally granted powers of the President of the United States. We have members of Congress screeching almost indiscernibly for impeachment of that president, with zero proof that he’s done anything but piss them off. We have an FBI Director who, if he testifies before Congress is likely to perjure himself, no matter his answers to questions so simple a five year-old could answer them. We have (some) college students who understand virtually nothing about their country or the freedom they enjoy because of the sacrifices of so many who came before them. We have (some) college professors whose axe to grind seems only their inability to validate their otherwise pitiful and meaningless lives, “teaching” those aforementioned little whiners. And we have a so-called “main stream press” who’ve completely abandoned the concept of unbiased neutrality in the reporting “news” to the American public, thus no longer needing to hide their true loyalties.


So what are those who gave all of their tomorrows for our today’s to think as they look down on the chaos and selfishness of this 21st Century so far? I’m not sure, but I’d think long and hard fellow Americans, about what kind of country you desire for your children. Think long and hard before you attempt to validate that which you cannot, and shouldn’t. Think long and hard before you allow your emotions, likely cultivated by media/Hollywood types whose intentions are, at best less than honorable and at worst the antithesis of liberty, negate common sense in your mind. And think long and hard before passing on the real history of this grand experiment, opting instead for the revisionism which ultimately destroys free nations in the name of failed progressive ideologies. For time is shorter than you think my friends, and your children’s tomorrows are the chips you gamble with today…

Please remember all who’ve fought in our stead, and shake the hand of someone who has served or serves and their family this Memorial Day and always…

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Another phony celebrity… Who’da thunk it???

Dear Ellen,

You’ve always been one of those entertainers for me, who seemed comfortable in your own skin, tolerant, and focused primarily on your talent and performing. That said, I must admit it doesn’t take much for me to feel slighted these days, in that for all the talk of “tolerance” on the Left, you all seem less and less tolerant with each passing day. Apparently, I’ve misjudged you Ellen.

Your decision not to have the President of the United States on your show is yours to make. Nevertheless, you must understand that your celebrity and the unavoidable soap box you stand on does come with a certain responsibility. Whether you rise or shrink from that responsibility is a choice to be sure, and comes with accountability. Accordingly, I too will now make a choice, as I’m sure many who don’t necessarily agree with your politics but watch your show will as well.

I choose not to watch the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” any longer. I feel you’ve misrepresented yourself to the public and are nothing more than a narrow-minded ideologue, who seeks not equality, but rather only validation. “Light, Love, Hope”? Really?

There, I’ve said it. No hard feelings, aye?



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Reach them where they live… From (The Good News Today)…

Gods Team

  Gods Team logo  By Fred Comella


My son did his #23 imitation under the net in his high-school gymnasium recently, and it ended with a trip to the ER and fractured ankle just ahead of this year’s family vacation. Argh! Oh well, the good Lord will see us through as He always does.


I couldn’t be prouder of my son’s affinity for all things sports, his love of competition, and his enthusiasm for the game. It’s something special between a father and son to be sure. Not to mention he has an amazing grasp of sports and athletes stats, which at times is mind boggling.


This all came to mind this month as my editor gave me a very interesting subject line for the April paper. Athletics, from youth, through the formative years of junior and senior high school, as a powerful medium to impact the world for Jesus Christ. What a concept, seeking out the Christian leaders and witnesses of tomorrow in athletics today.


Let’s face it people, if you want to interject Jesus into the equation, go where the kids are, and make His word known. What better atmosphere could one ask for in terms of focus, spirit, and emotion? What better place to seek out leadership skill sets than on the field/court, and bring those stand-out abilities to bear for Jesus?


Gods Team - FoundingFathers

Four of the founding fathers of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. From left to right: Dr. Louis R. Evans, Dr. Roe Johnston, Don McClanen and Branch Rickey.

We actually do see some of this in the world of professional sports every day. The quintessential and/or iconic sports figure who points to the sky, acknowledging, that he/she has done all they could in human form, but that if not for the grace of God, that moment would not exist. But where does this all begin? Where along the way was His presence known to the heart of the athlete? How do we harness the raw energy of athletics for the good of Christ and His word? And what sort of structure must be in place from a very young age, in order to set in the roots for a life of purpose?


Well, it turns out my editor has had some designs on an ongoing sports initiative for “The GNT” highlighting the Christian athlete and his/her influence, and so he sent me to Dan Barnes, the Multi-Area Director for “The Fellowship of Christian Athletes” in Fitchburg Massachusetts or FCA, for some of the answers to my questions.


“The Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been touching millions of lives since 1954, challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.”


Professional athletes and coaches have taken part in FCA through ministry events, speaking engagements, FCA camps, volunteer opportunities and ministry leadership roles. Among those who pioneered the organization were former stars Otto Graham, Branch Rickey, Bobby Richards, Carl Erskine and Bill Krisher. They would be followed by other influential sports figures including Tom Landry, Bobby Bowden, John Wooden, Roger Staubach, Jim Ryun, Betsy King, Herschel Walker, Reggie White, Tony Dungy, Shaun Alexander, Tom Osborne and Kay Yow‚ all of whom vocalized their Christian faith through FCA outlets such as banquets, camps and rallies.


Gods Team -Tim-Tebow


Recent stars who have connected with FCA have included Josh Hamilton, Adam Wainwright, Brian Roberts, Tim Tebow, Tamika Catchings, Jennie Finch, Andy Pettitte, Tommy Tuberville, Jim Kelly, John Harbaugh, Leah O’Brien Amico, John Smoltz, Mark Richt, Colt McCoy, Andrew McCutchen and a number of public figures outside the world of sports such as comedian Jeff Foxworthy, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson. Influential Christian leaders such as Billy Graham, Chip Ingram, Anne Graham Lotz and Tommy Nelson also have participated in FCA through resource development, camps or events.


Daniel Barnes and his wife Kristie were both born and raised in Massachusetts, where Dan cut his teeth in corporate America in sales and marketing, eventually starting two IT businesses, and all while volunteering in numerous service roles and as a foundation director. This experience helped Dan cultivate a successful leadership style, emphasizing team building and ultimately coaching. Dan was a lover of sports from an early age, and was a sports standout in high-school playing on many different teams. And he has enjoyed coaching as a high school baseball and basketball coach for decades.


In 2012 the Barnes’ were called to North Carolina to help another couple plant a Calvary Chapel Church, where Dan continued his coaching but also began to feel that familiar pulling I write about so often. God was obviously “coaching” Dan to consider his faith, as it could, and as it would happen, should relate to his love of sports and coaching.


In February of 2016 Dan answered the call to return to Massachusetts as FCA Multi-Area Director. Dan states in his web bio, “The call to leave corporate America after 30 years in IT and enter the mission field with FCA actually started in 2014 when God gave me a burning desire to coach again.” And when his passion led Dan to explore faith-based sports ministries, that’s where he ultimately discovered the FCA. Dan also began an FCA baseball team in the 15-18 year-old league in the Burlington, NC Recreation Department, as he traversed back and forth between his two worlds. Little did he know, this was the beginning of his journey back home to serve the Lord for good.


Gods Team - Dan Barnes

Dan Barnes – FCA Multi-Area Director

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Dan, and though he was extremely busy with FCA and we only had a short time, I was stunned at the man’s passion for his ministry, and how his approach and vision answered questions about youth sports I didn’t even know I had.


You see, as an avid sports fan myself, and as the father of a teenage boy playing on several teams over the years, I’d actually struggled quite a bit with the ever-present parent living vicariously through their child, as well as the coach(s) consumed with winning at the expense of those in their charge. All this came back to me as I began to question Dan on the FCA and how it was changing hearts and minds of people for God. He explained that as he became more involved with FCA last summer, he began to see (and feel) God working in him, and that he realized with clarity, why he’d been brought to this place and time.


Dan also explained, (much to my relief), that he was seeing a hunger for the Word and a longing for Christ in the lives of the young athletes he was working with, that you just don’t hear about these days, and that this caused him to push further into his ministry possibilities. So I asked him what he felt was the core of his efforts and where he felt it would lead. He told me my question was far too broad, and that I needed to understand how the program worked in order to fully grasp FCA, and moreover how there was a chain of events that needed to take place so that the message would resonate and carry on. You see, for me, working in the college environment, it’s very easy to become disheartened and pessimistic. Dan Barnes changed that as our conversation continued.


Truth be told, it’s no secret the Lord takes our talents and abilities and uses them for His good, even when we don’t necessarily understand it at first. In fact, I’m living proof of that. In Dan’s case though, it was clearly his love of sports and coaching, as well as his overall life and work experience that God would bring to His glory.


Dan went on to explain, that as a multi-area director, charged with developing the strategies that would bring young people to the FCA ministry, he needed to seek out school coaches in the local church, by way of introductions via their pastors and fellow parishioners, or simply by shaking hands and sharing a cup of coffee and conversation during fellowship. Yes, those active coaches sitting out there on their Sunday excursion, who aren’t exactly sure how their faith and passion for the game come together, much less how they could be brought into the schools where they work, were now in Dan’s mission sights. By fostering this communication, Dan would put the building blocks of his ministry in place. This interaction would provide him with teams which could then seek out those athletes, whose stand-out abilities and leadership qualities, on and off the field, and whose coaches could then develop for empowering teammates and others around them with the Word of God.


In essence, Dan explained that a “coach” is one of the most influential individuals in our society, and FCA seeks to equip and encourage coaches to grow in their faith and become transformational in how they coach their athletes and influence other coaches, to see coaches become true disciples for Christ and have that be manifested in their character and interactions with those around them, especially the athletes in their charge. Dan talked about FCA’s Coaches’ Huddles


“An FCA Coaches Huddle is a small group Bible Study for coaches who coach teams at the middle school and high school level, as this is where Dan’s calling has lead him. This is not to say that he does not engage at the collegiate level, however, making strides with school age youth in the Massachusetts area is where Dan feels the need. A Coaches huddle can consist of a coaching staff or it can be made up of coaches from various schools and different sports within a geographic region. These “huddles” can exist “wherever works best for the coaches involved.” To include rooms/offices on campus, restaurants/coffee shops, homes, etc. And they can meet whenever works best for the coaches involved.”


This all culminates in the FCA Camp, “which takes the best attributes of an athletic-focused camp and a spiritual-focused camp and combines them into an athletic/spiritual experience like none other. The Camps remove athletes and coaches from the rut and routine of their sport, friends/co-workers and community and places them into an exciting, healthy, athletic environment that allows them to pursue their passion for sport and clearly see and hear Christ’s passion for them”.


Gods Team parade

Dan with his family introducing FCA to Fitchburg during the 4th of July parade.

Dan was adamant about how this is a process, with all the steps being necessary to achieve the desired result, that being character driven competitors with talent and leadership skills which train them up to witness to others, of a life lived as Christ desires for all of us, and the added satisfaction and joy that comes from victory with all glory to Him.


He spoke of the process as benign in its infancy, and introduced into the school/campus setting by way of the aforementioned hunger for the Word I wrote of earlier. Later, and with adult sponsorship, which could be a teacher, coach, or parent/mentor active in the school system, and always with their presence and support, the ministry grows out of its own strength. “Inspiration and perspiration” Dan explained, are byproducts of the process, with “wins and losses” being appropriately prioritized in the much broader picture of training up our young people for the challenges of their faith in the 21st Century.


Dan also reminded me that the FCA is equally focused on the character, faith and personal lives of their coaching staff, understanding, that like pastoring, one can become lost in what you do. Dan emphasizes that being a good spouse and/or a parent is an integral part of the FCA equation, and that the organizations CORE values of “Integrity, Serving, Teamwork, and Excellence” each with corresponding scripture, are as much a part of The FCA coaching and administrative staff as they are instilled into the young athletes.


I could go on and on, however as usual, these heartfelt and necessary mission articles could take up the whole paper. And as my editor is quick to remind me, there is much to print for Christ in “The GNT”. Nevertheless, I asked Dan if there was a need, and if he’d like me to emphasize a point for him. He said simply, I need Christian coaches who are searching to seek me out. I could hear in Dan’s voice, that his mission is growing and he can certainly facilitate joining those coaches faith and talent together for the good of the kids, and for the glory of God. We also talked of funding, which we all know is a necessary and often difficult component of mission work. That said, I think we can also agree, that money spent on our Christian posterity, will always be money well spent.


God bless you Dan, and keep bringing God’s team to the field. we’ll be watching.


The Barnes are active in their church and they each enjoy one-on-one discipleship of the seeking and newly saved. They have two sons Jacob and Thomas who enjoy playing baseball, basketball and street hockey. The Barnes family are avid New England sports fans. Go Pats!!!


Please donate to the Massachusetts FCA on their web page: http://massfca.org/donate/  Or mail: FCA

C/O Horizon Christian Fellowship, 356 Broad St., Fitchburg, MA 01420

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Matthew 28:6…

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said…

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Isaiah 53:5…

He was crushed for our iniquities…

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Justice served…

There likely hasn’t been a more qualified SCOTUS nominee in quite some time, and yet most Senate Democrats are portraying Neil Gorsuch as some kind of radical monster. Thinking back to November 8th, I was hopeful of a turning point, a pivot back toward the tenets that made our nation the envy of the world. But while the defeat of Hillary Clinton was a monumental step in that direction, the time since has sharpened and clarified the divisions of a country which appears to have lost its way.

Judge Gorsuch not only schooled a haphazard and vitriolic gang of Liberal Democrats on the meaning of “separation of powers” and Constitutional law during his confirmation hearings, but he also highlighted, (whether intentionally or not), the many ways the Judiciary Branch has gone off the reservation if you will, when it comes to original intent and the role of the courts. Gorsuch reminded the elitist interviewers, that it was their responsibility to legislate on behalf of their constituency, not his, and that if they desired better results, then they should “write better laws”. Interesting…

We are truly living in tumultuous times my friends. Issues of obvious common sense are now blurred and distorted for the sake of every perceived offense, as well as an activist ideology of validation for all things, no matter the reach of reason and/or simple truth. Litigation has replaced the referendum as a means to an end, and the death spiral of the American free press has served only to broaden the line between traditional American value systems and a literally accountability free society, thus leaving folks on both sides dug in for what is looking more and more like an ideological and cultural civil war every day.

With that said, one thing is for certain. Judge Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States, and he will issue opinions wholly and constitutionally in line with his judicial responsibilities as outlined in our system of government. He has made this clear by exemplary example, and having great experience and exhaustive knowledge of the founding documents. This work ethic is something Senate Democrats should emulate at the earliest juncture. Put aside your curious and unhealthy hatred for our president, and your petty sour grapes at the loss of an extremely flawed candidate for just a minute, and do the right thing by our children…

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Rhode Island embarrassed again…

Why am I not surprised, that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and at least a half-dozen other Democrats on Capitol Hill met with Sergey Kislyak? And why am I even less surprised that the ambassador was a frequent visitor to the Obama White House? I suppose one could conclude he was there asking about any post-election “flexibility” Mr. Obama might have regarding future negotiations. Or maybe he was inquiring about then Secretary of State Clinton and her infamous reset button. Or heck, maybe he just wanted to buy some uranium.

Limousine Liberal Sheldon Whitehouse, Claire McCaskill, and the rest of this ilk, have to be the most disingenuous, hypocritical, and frankly un-American bunch ever to be elected representatives of “We the People”. They lost an election fair and square, so now they’re steadfastly committed to preventing OUR government from operating by any and apparently all means. They’ve lost the House, the Senate, and governorship’s across this great country, because they’re out of touch with the American people. They’ve taken the historical triumphs of civil rights and equal protection, and sullied them with illegitimacy and manufactured victimization, merely for the sake of power. They’ve clearly put their own selfish and political interests above the will of the people, thus they represent the true antithesis of Liberty as defined in our founding documents and given unto us by God. Consequently, we may only return to our place as the hope of nations, when we vote so-called representatives such as these from the halls of our government.

The timing of #45 could not have been better.

Thank you God!

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It has come to this…

My political views are no secret. And they can be a source of some contentious debate at times. That said, a co-worker recently “joked” the other day, asking if it were I who’d purchased Hitler’s phone at auction recently. Now I have a pretty thick skin most of the time, but this was a veteran making the joke, and it really made me consider a few things. On a personal level, I have enormous respect for those who’ve fought. Their perspective is unique and valuable to say the least, though I’m not necessarily a friend of this individual. And I suppose there’s no way for him to have known that I grew up in a predominately Jewish neighborhood and am a contributing member of a high-profile Christian/Jewish alliance, or that I have the greatest disdain for Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites and ALL dictators. However, with words like “Fascist” being bandied about these days, mostly by folks who have zero understanding of its meaning and origin, I had to stop and ask myself, how was it that this person could twist my love of God, country and our republic under law, into idolization of arguably the worst mass-murderer the world has ever known? What was going on in his cranium to make him think I’d be interested in such things? The answer was actually quite simple, (purposeful ignorance). He disagrees with me politically and has no educated rebuttal, thus a baseless (and insulting) inference will simply have to do.

The passing of the “The Greatest Generation” has profoundly impacted our country to be sure. Their values and sacrifice are but a rapidly fading memory. Filling that vacuum now, is a faction of intellectually lazy and morally challenged revisionists, born of the “Boomer Generation” and penetrating nearly every aspect of our daily lives, including the “main stream” press, our institutions of so-called higher learning, as well as the highest levels of our government. Small in number, they are however, highly motivated and extremely vocal. This is a huge problem for America as I see it, in that these folks are willfully ignorant, seeking only the kind of change which validates their lifestyles and viewpoints. Tenets of our “Bill of Rights”, like free speech and right of assembly, petition and redress, only apply to those of a like mind, with opposing views dismissed out of hand and often shouted down. Worse yet, this backwards interpretation of freedom is now the norm at most of our universities, with ideologically, (not educationally) driven professors tenured into positions of influence over our nation’s future movers and shakers. It’s truly disconcerting.

These outside influences are only part of a much broader problem however. Broken homes and fatherless families too, have produced children of lessor patriotism and/or with no real understanding of their God-given and hard-fought freedoms. Consequently, susceptible to the true Progressive ideology of hate, they are indoctrinated to believe that “civil” discourse must also include intimidation, vandalism, and even violence against those who do not subscribe to a particular philosophy. Christian principles on which this nation set its foundations are now ridiculed as the root of all evil, while so-called “religions of peace” which routinely promote the subjugation and mutilation of women, as well as the torture and murder of any they view as “infidels”, are held up as oppressed pictures of tolerance. Everywhere we turn in the 21st Century, right is now wrong, unfettered anger and protest have replaced bipartisanship and compromise, and truth is the new hate speech.

To be sure, I do not, nor have I ever promoted this nation as perfect. In fact, I’m a study of all of our national history, not just the good stuff. (You should be too). However I’ve also written much about our indisputable beginnings, and how they’re unlike any the world has ever known in terms of those unalienable rights given unto us by God as a starting point. And I’m more convinced now than at any time in my life, that educating current and future generations about those basic precepts and maxims of our representative and Constitutional republic is the absolute key to our national longevity. For in the end, the evil which enslaves and destroys nations always hungers for the intentionally ignorant among us, so it may nourish its appetite for validation and ultimately, conquest.

So be prepared my Patriot friends, as it appears that in the absence of legitimate argument/debate, Progressives mean to level the playing field in their favor. As a means to that end, the very fabric of our national identity will now be called into question. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, original-ism, and Constitutional adherence, must be re-defined in order for the Left to validate their thought process and ideological agenda. You are now a “Fascist”, racist, xenophobic, and homophobic bigot should you subscribe to any of the aforementioned, and you may even be called “Hitler”, when in fact your accusers more closely resemble the face of intolerance as well as that of the 20th Century dictator than you ever could. And make no mistake, this is something we absolutely must fight at the most fundamental levels, in our schools, in our churches, and in our government, but most importantly and firstly, in our homes…

It has come to this…

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American teamwork, a thing of the past???

I remember how I felt that clear September morning when I heard the news, and how I had to console my visibly shaken wife that night as we watched the horror of 9/11 unfold on the news. But I also remember how tragedy became triumph, and how a people united behind one flag, one nation.

Then, on February 3rd 2002, New England Patriots owner Robert Craft made that now famous remark at Super Bowl XXXVI, “Today, we’re all Patriots”. Those words would come to embody American spirit and courage at that most consequential moment in our national history.

It’s been nearly fifteen years, and much has changed. Our country is divided like never before, and many of the value systems which made the U.S. what it is today have been cast off in favor of a low accountability free lunch. Moreover, success which comes from hard work and dedication, those hallmarks of the American dream, is now scorned by a small but growing number of ignorant and ideologically challenged fools. With the now unabashed support of a corrupt and equally ignorant media, even iconic American sports teams like the New England Patriots have been unfairly thrust into political debates, and vilified for their victories. TB12 and America’s team of 2001 are apparently now representative of what the Left sees as everything wrong with America. Ironically, only in a nation so free as ours can this type of political shape-shifting take place.

In the end, “We the People” will decide if Coach Belichick’s philosophy of teamwork and “do your job” is representative of those tenets passed to us by our forbears. Only “We the People”, and not some university professor bust-out, can teach our children that “winning” is nothing to be ashamed of but rather something to strive for. And only “We the People”, can face off against (some) folks like we saw at the Women’s “protest” march in DC, and explain to them that simply being a jobless criminal agitator, committing acts of vandalism and violence while others race to and ultimately achieve the “American Dream”, is, well, counterproductive. God help us…
Go Patriots!

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A new day… President Donald John Trump & Vice President Michael Richard Pence January 20th 2017… 1200 Hrs.

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Obama’s Legacy…

Huzzah! The nation awaits its 45th President of The United States. Meanwhile, 44 is struggling like none of his predecessors to shape and mold his legacy into something it simply will never be. In his last 20 or so days in office, President Obama has tried mightily to sugar coat an anemic at best economy, an “Affordable” Care Act on the brink of total collapse, racial tension the likes of which we haven’t seen in over a generation, and a bloody foreign policy hobbled by indecision and just plain poor judgment. Thus I believe America has suffered under Barack Obama. We’ve lost sight of who we are and failed miserably at educating our posterity about the necessity of American exceptionalism in the world, at a time when it’s sorely needed. Instead, our institutions of “higher learning” have resurrected and now promote the failed ideology of divisive economic and social re-organization, taking an already wounded republic in 2008 to the great but purposely ambiguous precipice of, “Hope and Change”.

To be clear, Donald Trump’s election will not save us from our potential demise as a country. He is however, a necessary change in direction away from the aforementioned precipice, and a departure from the establishment power politics of the last century which brought us to these critical crossroads.

Ultimately, economies will recess and recover, but a Clinton/Obama continuation of “more of the same” was just not the answer Americans were seeking. Moreover, I believe a man of President-Elect Trump’s qualifications will jump-start our stagnant economy and help the country regain its footing at home and abroad. But the critical and necessary change the U.S. needs will fall to us. Yes my friends, “We the People” must pass to our children, either a republic of laws and values, founded on the tenets of hard work and the freedom to succeed if one so desires, or a nation condemned to the fate of elitist revisionism and complacent ignorance.

Be under no illusions in 2017 my fellow Americans, the change you seek was never about Clinton or Trump. It’s always been, and always will be, about you…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas my friends! God bless!


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Serious sour grapes…

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduce the DISCLOSE Act on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (WDCPIX.COM)

So the illustrious senator from Rhode Island decided to write an open letter to the President-Elect. This is my quick response.

Open letter to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse:


I recently read your letter to President-Elect Trump and much of the ideological ranting contained therin is simply topic for another day. However on the matter of (some) young women’s concerns over the election of Mr. Trump, may I remind you that your party’s nominee was, and will likely be again, “affiliated” with the “William Jefferson Clinton Foundation”, which took contributions from governments which don’t allow women to vote, drive, or seek higher education without a male sponsor, where men consider their wives to be property, and where child marriage and rape are considered acceptable under the guise of religion. She’s also on record vilifying numerous women who accused her husband, (an admitted philanderer who lied under oath), of unwanted sexual advances, outright affairs, and even rape. I wonder Senator, did you happen to discuss any of this with those young women? I suspect the answer would be no.

Now I could go on Sir, but I’m quite sure you’re familiar with the Clinton’s history when it comes to the mistreatment of women, (in and out of the White House). With that said, the idea that you feel the president-elect should provide some sort of reassurance or solace to young girls concerned about whether his comments behind closed doors to a guy friend, translate into a quasi-endorsement of the mistreatment of women, is simply ridiculous and the height of political pandering.

At this juncture, I would offer two suggestions. The first is for the parents of these young girls, and it is this: Be a parent! Stop crying to the government about that which is your responsibility first and foremost. Reality can be difficult. So you might want to teach your young ones to stand strong and be an instrument for the change they seek. Wrong is wrong, but context and truth rather than rhetoric and propaganda are always preferable.

As for you Senator, the level of your hypocrisy, and your ignorant disregard for the very Constitutional process that got you elected to high office is nothing short of stunning. You are a disgrace to your chair, and should resign immediately.

P.S. Check that county by county map and tell me again who won the popular vote?? You are beaten Sir, fair and square… Deal with it…

Fred Comella

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Veterans Day 2016…







In consideration of the foolish protests by those who have little or no understanding of the freedoms they enjoy, as well as the posture of a nation whose leaders of the last eight years have endeavored not to embrace and promote that which makes us the same, but rather that which makes us different, and with hope and prayers for a new president unattached to the business as usual of Washington DC, I offer you this on Veterans Day 2016…


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A “Change Election”…

inauguration_2009Say what you will about campaign 2016, but news media pundits and egg-head pollsters basically neglected, (or simply ignored), a huge swatch of angry voters who’d had enough of phony economics and an administration seemingly focused only on re-writing our Constitution. The result was a decisive Trump victory. For my part, I believe it was actually the hypocrisy of the Left which finally caught up with them. And while the issues President Elect Trump will face when he’s sworn in are many and daunting, “We the People” have decided that politics as usual is no longer acceptable.

Now we can debate things like nearly 95 million able-bodied Americans out of the workforce, 68 million Americans on welfare, the lowest home ownership rate in over 50 years, and skyrocketing healthcare costs as just some of those issues likely on the minds of voters as they went to the polls last Tuesday, but I think this election was a bit more than that. In and of itself, the election of Barack Obama in 2008 was certainly a “change election”, but ultimately delivered only a smothering tide of divisive and unprecedented ideological rhetoric. This however, may be an election of revival more than change, a time to revisit those Constitutional tenets and principles which have served our nation exceedingly well for generations, and which have been left smoldering but not necessarily extinguished throughout this eight year Obama experiment. We’ll see…

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Real Change Coming!!!

A new day has dawned in America. God bless President Elect Donald J. Trump, and God please continue to bless The United States of America.





“More to come”….

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Look in the mirror Lefties…

trump-star-vandalized_murp-copy-800x450It’s no surprise “The New York Times” has ceased to be an objective source for today’s news, if it ever really was one to begin with. A recent story in the paper (10/27) by Ashley Parker and Nick Corasaniti only reinforces this idea. The authors seem to go the long mile to portray Trump supporters as simply a jeering bunch of fools who are even talking about open “revolution” if Clinton is elected.
Now I’ve been following this race pretty closely, and while it can be said there are the extremist on both sides of the ideological argument, it also seems clear that Clinton supporters are a far more rabid bunch, prone to shady at best dealings, vandalism, and even outright violence. Trump campaign headquarters burned, his Hollywood star destroyed with a sledge hammer, physical assaults, and documented evidence that the DNC coordinated with Leftist operatives to incite violence at his primary rallies are but a “smidgen” of the evidence.
Say what you will about Trump and his supporters, but it certainly appears the truth is motivating the Left to engage once again, in the very things they try to blame on the Right and claim so vehemently to abhor…


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Big picture politics…

Election 2016November 8th will surely be one for the history books. Truth be told, it’s more a macro election as opposed to one of specifics. The 2016 Presidential contest is pivotal because of its national direction implications, and not necessarily the minutia of a strict policy debate. Eight years of excuses from an ideologue, who eventually will have blamed everyone and their brother for his failed presidency right up until 1/20/17 has made it that way. Consequently, there’s a feeling among many that our country and its posterity simply can’t shoulder another POTUS so invested in partisan divisiveness, political corruption, and feel good only politics. We need leadership.

Nevertheless, the problem as I see it is not just the news media fostered reality TV feel to this run, nor is it the “lesser of two evils” notion, but rather it’s an electorate which has forgotten, (or worse yet, may even have abandoned), the fundamental and hard-fought tenets of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as well as the American Dream.

In the final analysis, the caustic election battle of this past year will absolutely be a historical talking point. More importantly however, the American people will likely get the government they deserve.

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“Me thinks thou dost protest too much”…

rndr_670x377It’s 2016, and our nation is wounded yet again by racial division. Only this time it appears to be political in its origins. To be sure, this country has seen its share of racial tension. Great men like Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers enlightened a people and paid for their words with their lives. President John F. Kennedy followed his heart to the truth and set in motion cultural change that’s taken other nations in human history far longer to even recognize, with some persecuting their minorities and women still today. But the current strife looks nothing like that time.

Racism exists in America and around the globe, and it likely always will. However the notion that what we’re seeing on the 24 news cycle looks anything like the civil rights struggles of the middle 20th Century is utterly ridiculous. The lawless display in Charlotte is yet another example of just that, lawlessness. This wanton violence and mayhem being exacted on the very communities many so-called “civil rights leaders” of our time claim to represent, is simply unacceptable on any level, and for any reason. The BLM crowd for instance has done a magnificent job of exploiting the Obama doctrine of division, by horribly misrepresenting the facts, and manipulating a complicit press to propagandize those misrepresentations. The problem for BLM and the Left, is that to anyone thinking clearly, these “protests” look just like what they are, a bunch of opportunistic and violent felons terrorizing innocent people and destroying businesses and property under the guise of their First Amendment right to “peaceably assemble”.

In the end, the legitimate debate necessary to heal a community rather than further tear it apart, will never be realized so long as violent foul-mouth gangsters are portrayed as an oppressed minority by pandering politicians and a lying news media. Moreover, an inexperienced and ideologically warped administration only exasperates the crippling leadership vacuum which has existed in Washington these past 8 years. It’s now time for real “Hope and Change” my friends, for your children’s America.

(Oh and fact: 93% of black homicides were perpetrated by black people). Unless and until we come together as American’s to address this issue and its true societal causes, the rest is an Obama exercise in futility! God bless…

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Never forget???

north_face_south_tower_after_plane_strike_9-11Well, it seems we may have done just that. It’s been 15 years since the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history unfolded in the skies over Long Island, Washington DC, and Shanksville PA. Nearly 3000 people were murdered, with another 6000 wounded and countless numbers re-living the nightmare ever since. Yet it seems as though our country is less safe than we perceived it to be shortly before 08:46:40 on September 11th, 2001. We’re regularly belittled and embarrassed by terrorists around the globe, and our allies have lost all respect for our efforts, or lack thereof. Our president has forged an apologetic foreign policy strategy, complete with meaningless ultimatums and a “lead from behind” military application which has many questioning his real agenda. Here at home, academia and the ideology of “political correctness” have joined forces to deprive our children of their true history, in what can only be interpreted as a means to undermine a nation which has done more for the human condition than any in world history. All things considered, I’d say our country looks nothing like it did in early September 2001. And for the aforementioned and many other reasons, that simply isn’t good for our posterity…

God keep the souls of the innocent we lost that fateful day, as well as all those of our intelligence and military communities who’ve fought (and died) in our stead since. Bless the first responders who looked death in the eye that morning and did not blink. And Lord, please bestow your wisdom upon those elected officials to whom we entrust our nation’s storied heritage and thus its longevity.

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“Decision America Tour 2016″…

I had the good fortune to attend the “Decision America Tour 2016” event with Franklin Graham this past week at the steps of the Rhode Island State House. More than 2000 like-minded souls came to hear what the son of the legendary Reverend had to say. I must admit, the event had a rock star feel to it as a talented blue grass musician fired up an enthusiastic crowd with some patriotic music as Graham strode to the lectern. To say the least it ended up being one of the more inspirational moments I can remember. It wasn’t a long speech. However the 64 year old evangelist made it very clear, in the familiar and flourishing tones of his dad, what was needed to repair the damage to this great country. He spoke of a nation gone astray from its true and historical Judeo-Christian beginnings, and whose people are now lost in a maelstrom of political correctness and false idols. He spoke of patriotism, but not without accountability for our sins, both as a nation and as a people. And he offered fervent and collective prayer to folks of faith in a state where it’s getting harder every day to find our fathers Rhode Island.

For my part, I left the State House grounds both energized and anxious. For in the end, and while I understand my conscience and my country, Almighty God will be the final arbiter of this great experiment to be sure.

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Willful ignorance or just poor judgment…

160427075204-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-exlarge-169On the one hand, Donald Trump clearly evokes an emotional response from the folks, both good and bad. Basically, he’s a really rich guy who wants to add the mantle of President of these United States to his résumé. As far as his politics, I can only surmise that if he were half the demon the lying mainstream press make him out to be, he’d have combusted right before our very eyes by now. As for his experience as a chief executive however, Mr. Trump probably accomplishes more in twenty minutes at Trump Tower, than Barack Obama has in his entire adult life.

Hillary Clinton on the other hand, is a career politician with vast experience in mass manipulation and deception. She (and her husband) have comported themselves in an obviously corrupt and arguably criminal fashion for decades now. Any reasonable person with a modicum of common sense must admit this. Regrettably, the facts are only now coming to light, and not because of the diligence of a responsible free press, but rather because of the persistence of an opposition political ideology (not party). That’s kind of sad actually…

Nevertheless, the U.S. is now faced with monumental challenges, compounded these past eight years by the reckless policies of a failed and wholly ideological and misguided president. Understandably, the choice we make this November will likely be critical to the longevity of this great experiment, its principles, and its posterity. “We the People” will have to choose to either turn back to a nation originally founded in the Judeo – Christian value systems of faith, family, and hard work, values which made it unique and exceptional in the world, or “fundamentally change” the country’s storied history of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, by allowing that history to be butchered and re-written by those who seek only the destruction of the most successful and influential free republic in all of human history.

My fellow Americans, I understand well, that our choices may not be the best we can remember. But if you frame it in terms of the politics as usual status-quo, and what good those politics have actually done for you and your family, maybe you might consider electing someone to at least stop the bleeding, or possibly even turn the ship away from the proverbial iceberg. With that in mind, to stay home, or vote for a candidate you know has zero chance of winning, or worse yet, to vote for someone who clearly does not answer to the same system of justice that you and yours must, is to be either willfully ignorant or to be just exercising extremely poor judgment on behalf of your kids? Donald Trump for president!

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Cause and effect… Ah, the purposely ignorant voter and Election 2016…

Can't make this stuff up...Ignorance is truly bliss, isn’t it???

The ignorant voter is likely the person who thinks the “AR” in AR-15 stands for “Assault Rifle”, and/or that gun control reduces crime. The ignorant voter is likely the person who reads the indisputable facts of Benghazi, yet agrees with Rep. Elijah Cummings when he asserts that Congressional questioning of the person ultimately responsible for those four heroes was designed by Republicans just to elicit a “gotcha moment”. The ignorant voter is likely the person who thinks Lois Lerner was “just doing her job”. The ignorant voter is likely the person who’s OK with $20,000,000,000,000.00 dollars in debt being passed down to our kids. The ignorant voter is likely the person who believes the DOL unemployment numbers actually reflect real unemployment. The ignorant voter is likely the person who can’t say: “All lives matter”. The ignorant voter is likely the person who still believes their health insurance premiums will go down. The ignorant voter is likely the person who rationalizes ISIS by railing against “radical Christians”? Huh? And finally, (and only for time constraints today), the ignorant voter is likely the person who believes the Declaration’s “the pursuit of happiness” should read “the promise of happiness”, and the Constitutions “to promote the general welfare”, “to provide the general welfare”. Stop smoking that stuff people. It’s causes brain damage…

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The Hillary Factor…

Hillary-Conv-Speech-Getty-640x480I suppose one could ask the question this election cycle: “Are we better off now than we were eight years ago”? These days, the answer you’d receive would likely depend the respondent’s ideological leanings.

Nevertheless, I would rephrase the question to include: And what kind of nation should we pass to our children, one in which the founding principles of life, liberty and the “pursuit” of happiness are non-negotiable, and where agreed upon maxims and laws providing that ALL lives matter (even those in the womb), >>>>>> or rather a Utopian dream world, where happiness is somehow provided for by an all-encompassing federal entity, emboldened and guided by a silent but very vocal and manipulative minority, seeking validation of a many times debunked and failed ideology?

You see my fellow Americans, that’s inevitably what this election comes down to. President Barack Obama has seen to that. We’ve finally come to that crossroad where we must make a choice, one which will surely affect generations to come. We must decide whether we want a nation founded in and strengthened by the courage of patriots and heroes, or one crippled by the entitlements and false promises of power-hungry elitists and demagogues.

Consequently, and in consideration of all that’s at stake, I submit the fundamental tenet, that when a person whose entire life has been lived outside the spirit of the American Dream, as well as unapologetically separate and apart from the same laws to which you and I are indeed bound under this republic, than at the very least, we should not consider that person to represent our children’s best interests during this “moment of reckoning”. Let’s start with that in November, shall we?

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Wrong message…





We are living in extraordinary (and dangerous) times. And in the absence of competent leadership, we may be forever compromised as a people and as a culture. Gone are the days of solutions by way of reasonable men and common sense discussion. Political propaganda and modern media have corrupted the flow of information to “We the People”, and motivated the most sinister among us to act on their twisted intent. Meanwhile our president, a man who could have used his election to influence meaningful change for the better, instead continues to fan the flames of ignorance, using tragedies like those of the last few days to promote only ideological initiatives rooted in division and fear.

Is it too soon for this commentary? I’m not sure I know the answer to that question. For my part however, I do believe American’s must rise above the politics of division, as spewed by powerful men like Barack Obama and promoted by a complicit media. For in the end, it will be “We the People” who either acknowledge the truth, or allow this “government, of the people, by the people, for the people, to perish from the earth”…



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Independence Day, 2016…

From my FB page…
Reading and truly understanding these words, as they were written in the time of the founders, is to be one with events which shaped a nation and a people. You see my friends, to ignore the original intent, is to cast off the extraordinarily unique character and conscience which are exclusive to this great nation. To not acknowledge and be thankful for the immense sacrifice of those who’ve given all of their tomorrows for our today’s, is to be intentionally naive’ or of a more nefarious political intent. For my part, and while I understand no nation or its people are perfect in the eyes of our creator, I have also done my homework, (and other things), which have convinced me beyond any doubt, that the United States of America was, is, and shall remain the best arrangement for mankind under God almighty…- “Patriot64”
Please read this and pass it along for others to read!
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Column 1
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton
Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton
Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Column 4
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean
Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark
Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton
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We’re all Americans…

la-na-mass-shooting-orlando-pictures-20160612-007Understanding the events in Orlando this past weekend is something which will require much time and prayer to be sure. The loss of so much humanity in one horrific action can stun the mind into utter disbelief. In these moments of tragedy however, it’s important we first rally around those whose lives have been violently and forever changed, and who will truly be in need for some time to come. With that said, I cannot help but be distracted by the inevitable infusion of political rhetoric at a time when our voices should be as one to the world.

Living in the age of modern media does make for a stew of pundit-talk and micro-analysis, making any collaborative dialogue and/or meaningful solutions difficult, thus having the effect of dividing “We the People” instead of uniting us. This is further complicated when a man with the ultimate bully pulpit allows his personal ideology to warp his natural common sense, and what’s more ignore his Constitutional responsibility to his country. To be clear my fellow Americans, this was not an attack on a gay nightclub resulting in the deaths of 49 gay people. It was not an attack on a separate “community” or group defined by mere letters in the alphabet. And it was not the inanimate object carried by the terrorist which did the killing. This was plainly and without ambiguity, a terrorist attack on the very liberty which allowed those innocents inside “The Pulse” nightclub to live as they chose, in a country whose founding principles celebrate the human freedom given unto all of us by God. It was an attack on the United States of America. It was an attack on all of us.

So as I look on the carnage and seek answers, I’m also compelled to acknowledge the obvious, not run from it for the sake of political correctness, or because some disingenuous politician tells me I’m not seeing what I know I’m seeing. There is an enemy lurking, an enemy who sees our freedom as an impediment to his heinous perversions and criminal intent, an evil which thrives and grows incessantly in an atmosphere of apathy and complacency such as we are experiencing in the U.S. today.

I beg all of you patriotic Americans today, do not fall victim to this mischaracterization of our current posture as dictated to us by politicians and the news media. We are all Americans first. Our “diversity” should make us one, in that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” applies to all of any color, creed, or sexual orientation. And furthermore, when we finally rid ourselves of the political panderer, and others who would use their platforms and podiums to emphasize that which makes us different rather than that which makes us the same, then and only then will we realize the full measure of “equality” under the law. That is “E Pluribus Unum” Mrs. Clinton. And that my friends is freedom.

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The People’s Republic of San Jose…

Liberals showing what they think of free speech...

Liberals showing what they think of free speech…

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is simply the poorest excuse for the people’s representative I can think of right at the moment. Immediately following violence perpetrated by a handful of thugs outside a Donald Trump rally in San Jose yesterday, Liccardo actually chastised Trump and his campaign for coming there in the first place, stating: “At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign.” Excuse me??

Now how far have we fallen in this free republic when an individual like this can make a statement like that with a straight face? Well, putting aside the fact that this so-called “mayor” is an admitted and vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton, I’d still like to know why did his police officers simply “stand their ground” for more than 90 minutes before dispersing the crowds? And why were the vehicles of Trump supporters vandalized without recourse during the protests? Sounds like a simple law and order thing to me.

Now I understand there was likely more going on than is described in the article I read this morning. And I’m not disparaging the police department, as I’m very well aware they act inside a chain of command with the “mayor” in this case calling the shots. However, I’d also like to know, since when does freedom of speech stop at the city line Mr. “Mayor”? And since when do you get to make a call like that? Read your Constitution jack-wagon, and do your damn job…

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Trump and the media…

1-TrumpWhat does it mean to be “presidential”? Is it presidential to intentionally (and consistently) lie to “We the People” and then “reason” it away as if it doesn’t really matter? Is it presidential to use our Constitution, (the document he/she is sworn to protect BTW), as a doormat? Or maybe it’s presidential to re-write history, then jet around the globe apologizing on behalf of folks you should be defending. I’m just not sure I understand the question.

Look, the majority of the so-called “main stream press” have proven time and again they’re an elitist bunch, with little or no regard for the foundational and essential responsibilities of a free press. Frankly, few even try to disguise their political ideology any longer, offering instead their personal views and opinions as basis for the collective acceptance of whatever they’re spewing. So when Donald Trump let a few reporter folks have it at Trump Tower the other day, a lot of voters quietly, (or not), cheered his “hit em back” philosophy. Subsequently, any “un-presidential” label they may affix to Mr. Trump will likely not stick, as have other attempts by the media types to slow the “Trump Train” fallen away.

FYI news folks, the American people have about had it with the political sludge you-all having been dishing for so long, lots of smoke and mirrors with little in the way of results. Lord knows the 2008 media endorsed “hope and change” bombed worse than the last Sean Penn movie. Now I’m not making any predictions just yet, but the 2016 cycle has a very different feel. And I believe many of the pundits are going to have a lot of crow to eat come November.

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Patriot’s Day!

I’m still here…. Just caught up in re-locating. But there is always time to remember who we are…

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Do you know what Patriots Day is? Never forget what the terrorists did to us. But remember the significance of this time in American history when brave patriots opened the door to a free republic many today have no real concept of, yet it remains the greatest model of governance in human history. Learn it, know it, live it. Teach your children to understand it, so they may never take it for granted.
Good luck to the runners. God bless them and all the spectators today in Boston!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
The Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, marked the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War — an open armed conflict between Great Britain and 13 of its North American colonies which had declared themselves as the independent United States of America. They took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, one of the 13 original U.S. states, within the neighboring towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Cambridge and present-day Arlington.
Hundreds of British soldiers marched from Boston to nearby Concord on the night of April 18 to destroy an arms cache collected by the American colonists. Paul Revere and other riders alerted colonial Minutemen of the plan, who then mobilized to intercept the Redcoats.
The British army outnumbered the Americans on the battlefield in Lexington and headed for Concord shortly after. But they were surprised by a counterattack from the colonists upon their arrival, forcing the Redcoats to hastily retreat to Boston. That day, 49 Americans and 73 British were killed. The fighting proved to the American colonists that they could defeat the British. After years of warfare when the cause often seemed lost, the colonies formally won their independence from Great Britain in 1783.

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These are the times…

GTY_republican_debate_cf_160303As we are witnessing primary campaigns unprecedented in American history, I feel somewhat compelled to evaluate our current posture, if only for my own sanity…

On the Republican side, front runner and bombastic businessman Donald Trump is clearly a media dream candidate, plenty of (at times caustic) sound-bites, but little in the way of substance. His current status is based solely on the anger and frustration of a citizenry betrayed by “hope and change”, and confused to say the least, about the future. That anger has morphed into an anti-establishment tone the likes of which we haven’t known in this country. Whether his business sense and personal success alone necessarily translate into true principled leadership for the betterment of said country, well that remains an open and very debatable question.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is about as versed on the issues of our time as any politician could be. He has a firm grasp on policy, and more importantly, what’s broken in government. The problem for Cruz is he’s often unmovable in a system which requires and even relishes debate as means to an end, and at times, at least the appearance of compromise. Cruz’s Senate relationships seem to bear this out. Moreover, he clearly lacks a certain gravitas necessary to connect with most independent voters, who are primarily concerned with “Economy 101”, as opposed to what they may perceive as the static noise of social issues. Senator Cruz has likely branded himself exclusively into a political corner which may be difficult to reconcile in a general election.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is polished but obviously unchallenged and untested. His record is micro-thin and he appears prone to establishment politics for show. Rubio’s youthful appearance, ethnicity, and humble background, may make him a formidable presidential candidate in a changing America sometime in the not so distant future, but not during what is being called “the most pivotal election in a generation”. He would need 2/3 of the remaining delegates in order to win.

John Kasich is a VP candidate… Stop…

Ben Carson would make a great Surgeon General… Stop…

As for the Democrats, there are fewer choices but no less drama. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton currently enjoys front runner status in her bid to be the Democrat nominee for president, though there are many in her own party who’d be content to see her go home and live “happily” ever after with Bill in Chappaqua. She’s also currently battling her chief rival for the new “soul of the Democrat Party” and the coveted position of “most Liberal”. Nevertheless, if you or I had done half of what it’s now pretty obvious she did as SOS, we’d be a year into a five year stretch at USP Leavenworth by now, praying for single to open up. Moreover, the deception and unanswered questions of Benghazi, should be a red flag with a “bloody hand-print” on it to any sensible person not blinded by pure ideology and partisan politics. She should be locked up, not running for higher office. Enough said.

And finally, avowed Socialist and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is espousing a form of government not in keeping with the founding tenets of our republic for goodness sake! He should not even be flying an American Flag at his campaign rallies, as his stated political position promotes fundamentally changing our current system of government to something which our brave men and women of the United States Military certainly didn’t fight and die for. Not to mention, the man’s economic wish-list reads like an all-you-can-eat buffet menu at a sumo wrestling convention. Alas, college-age folks and the “Hippie boomer crowd” are flocking to his entitlement banner like pigeons to a highway underpass, truly a frightening sign of the times… Inevitably, he has no chance against the Clinton juggernaut, but his following cannot and should not be ignored.

So in the end my fellow Americans, and at the risk of sounding melodramatic, it’s finally come down to us, no excuses. How badly is our country broken? How little of our true history and exceptionalism are being taught to our children in the public school systems? Where do we draw the line on “interpreting” a Constitutional document not meant to be “interpreted”, and originally intended as a framework means to rein in government, not promote and enlarge it? And frankly, are we willing, for the first time in American history, to pass to our posterity a country considerably diminished from the one passed to us?

To be clear, I’m unsure of the answers to those questions at this juncture. I would tell you however, that as a parent I’m scared for my son’s future. And with an election cycle shaping up to be something our forefathers would have been horrified at, it just seems to be getting worse. Therefore I’m left with the one constant in my life besides Jesus and my family. And that is to acknowledge the God-given blessings of liberty and freedom which I know embody the founded United States of America and what it stands for, and to be ever-mindful of the enormous responsibility “We the People” bear in ensuring its survival, both for the good of our posterity, and for the good of all humanity. So join me my friends, and let us reverse our current course. Let us endeavor in the name of our children to find the national soul we’ve lost, to not be complacent, and to do our due diligence, so we may at least begin to steer the bow of this mighty ship into the proverbial winds once again…

Now go vote…

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Irrational is a good word…

4746b15472ec411980e01128d2960a88“Intellectually, these professors are no different than someone whose actions are defined by an irrational fear of sharks, witchcraft, or vaccines,” I believe (Students for Concealed Carry) got this right when addressing UT Dean of Architecture Fritz Steiner’s decision to leave the school because of the new Texas concealed carry laws allowing students to carry on campus. (Private institutions retain the right to restrict carry). Apparently the dean, regardless of how he “grew up”, and who is far more likely to be killed crossing the street on his way out the front gate than he is to be shot on campus, accidentally or otherwise, has his academic cranium firmly implanted up his elitist backside.

Choosing to ignore facts and reason is one thing, but promoting an “opinion” under the weight of your paper degrees and bubble society mentality, deals the “higher education and higher learning” theory a serious blow in my eyes. Grow up Mr. Steiner. Your students deserve better, and they’re paying for it…

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That would be the Declaration of Independence, Hill’…

Clinton1web_2831249bI’ve had to listen to my fair share of die-hard Libs in my home state of Rhode Island tell me about how smart Hillary Clinton is, and how we’d be doing our children a great dis-service if we missed the opportunity to elect this intellectual giant to the highest office in the land. It’s truly remarkable that I’ve been able to keep my food down during those conversations, as they are in such start contrast to any real logic and/or truth. But putting aside the obvious deception and unbridled ambition of a political animal the likes of which we haven’t seen in this country, when the woman can’t even get the Constitution and Declaration straight, I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the actual origins of that law degree she claims to have hanging in her office, never mind putting her in charge of the most powerful military on planet earth. I think we’ve had just about enough of that foolishness these last seven years, now haven’t we???


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The elected senate majority must stand strong, for our children’s sake…

Antonin Scalia, an American Patriot... 1936 - 2016

Antonin Scalia, an American Patriot… 1936 – 2016

President Barack Obama is no stranger to the double-standard. His entire career has been an exercise in political smoke and mirrors. Moreover, I agree with Senator Marco Rubio’s assertion that this POTUS is not incompetent, but rather ideologically purpose driven to be sure. The untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia only highlights how Mr. Obama unapologetically pivots in order to reconcile, and/or even justify his past political actions in the face of criticism.

Nevertheless, the Constitution is clear. The president “shall have power to, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate”, appoint a replacement to any vacancy on the high court, and no matter when during his term that vacancy may be created. The Senate however, using that same power of “advice and consent”, may also decline to confirm said appointee. Furthermore, and on the matter of consideration, “separation of powers” does play a role. And while the President of The United States is elected, so too is the Senate, those elections often reflect the mood of the people at the time. Thus the elected senate majority leader, can in fact decline to even bring the matter to the floor. Like it or not, here endith the lesson…

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