The last year has brought America to an extremely dangerous place for her own existence and frankly for the entire world. The Left has accomplished all of the goals that they set forth since the 2016 elections, and for which they began preparing more than 50 years ago. The America we once knew has ceased to exist. We no longer live in the "land of the free and the home of the brave," as proclaimed in our National Anthem. Two considerations must now be on the table if there is to be any chance of America's survival and renewal going forward. We must understand where we are and where we go from here as individuals, a society, and as a nation.
Many years ago as I was pondering plans for the Advent season in the church I was serving as a pastor, I took an interest in expounding on the role of Joseph in the events surrounding Christ’s birth. I have always thought his side of the story was a bit neglected during the Christmas season. The book of Matthew alone gives us any details about Joseph in the story.
The holiday season of 2020 will go down as a turning point in the annals of human history. It will become known as the time when Western society made a choice between surviving free, or plunging into a future of government enslavement. For, this holiday 'season' we are witness to a truly tyrannical restriction of basic human rights that is occurring in multiple states and cities across the America and in nations around the world. Executive authorities are acting as despots who believe they are accountable neither to God, the Constitution, or the people.
Now that the pronouncement of the media news networks and the Associated Press has declared Joe Biden the victor in the 2020 presidential election, they are pressuring President Trump to concede defeat. The President is not doing so and is instead going to the courts to fight for the transparency and integrity of America's election process.
President Trump is absolutely right and within his rights to contest results such as these which are tainted with the stink of fraud. He is correct when he states that this must be done or we may never be able to trust the election process of our nation ever again.
The U.S. 2020 election is mere days from today. For those of you who have followed this journal, it is no surprise that I support the re-election of President Trump for a second term. Though I cannot claim to speak for all the President's supporters, I believe that most of us have similar reasons for lending him our favor this election. There are, in fact, a large number of reasons that anyone could cite for voting for President Trump this election.
During the last two weeks, the public has witnessed two social media companies that are engaged in blatant examples of trying to tamper with the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The actions of both Twitter and Facebook that amount to election tampering were not accidental but planned and purposeful. The recent censorship by both social media titans of President Trump's campaign and of many other influential conservatives began with a New York Post story concerning the corruption surrounding presidential candidate Joe Biden's son Hunter. The source for these revelations was the contents of a hard drive from Hunter Biden's laptop computer. Both Twitter and Facebook locked or censored the accounts of the Post and anyone who linked to their story including the President's campaign outlets on the social media "platforms." Nor were these actions the first or only example of attempts to tamper with this election. In fact, such tampering was intended from the moment candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 election.
Last week's TIL Journal concluded with an addendum concerning the news that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus. On Monday, Oct 5th, after just three days in Walter Reed hospital, the President returned to the White House and will complete his treatment regimen there. Moreover, hospitalization was never required for the First Lady, and she has remained asymptomatic as of this writing. The LORD has graciously answered our prayers, and we thank Him for that. Upon returning from the hospital, President Trump recorded a video statement. With that statement, in less than a 90 seconds he gave the greatest speech he has ever given.
The election rhetoric of 2020 has recently featured a Democratic Party attack upon President Trump claiming that he is responsible for most or all of the 200,000 American deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This attack has, of course, been parroted in screeching fashion by the propagandist division of the DP, the Leftmedia. It is … Continue reading Why Trump Can’t be Blamed for Any Deaths from COVID-19
The enemies of America are emerging and making their moves now, and there are clear signals we dare not ignore. America is possibly on the verge of a far greater disaster than 9/11 should the Left achieve its goal of taking the White House in 2020.
The 2020 national elections in the United States are less than 2 months away. Americans are being flooded with all manner of political ads filled with effusive praise for their candidate and crushing criticism for the opponents. We are now witness to a media war between Leftists and everyone else which is aimed at the destruction of any view but their own. The two political positions for the purpose of the 2020 elections will be labeled either 'pro-Trump' or 'anti-Trump,' and you and I and everyone else will be included as part of one camp or the other.
In 1988, a reviewer for the Washington Post wrote the following as part of a review of a re-release of the film “The Manchurian Candidate.” John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate" was a bold venture in 1962, with its flashy technique and political themes. Now re-released after a 15-year absence, its mobile camera and fluid editing still dazzle. And its story of Cold War intrigue, murky East-West dealings, assassination, brainwashing -- and the idea of a glorified cue-card reader playing president -- resonates today like never before." A little more than 22 years later, I would wholeheartedly agree with this reviewer, and the resonance he mentions applies perfectly to our modern-day Manchurian Candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.
What should be obvious is that the riots around the nation are by themselves a form of extortion. BLM and Antifa are saying, through the violence, 'Do what we say or we will destroy your cities, businesses, and homes.'
At this writing, more than half of America is struggling to live under tyrannical orders requiring face masks to be worn in public at all times. The reason given to justify these edicts is that wearing a face-covering protects yourself and others from the predations of the COVID 19 virus. However, it is becoming evident that the evidence in favor of masking is almost non-existent. Moreover, substantial truly scientific evidence against mask-wearing has also come to light in recent weeks.
In the previous article, we covered how the so-called 'cancel culture' operates, as well as how it has sought to erase history, particularly American history, in an attempt to dissolve the American government and replace it with some sort of Marxist-Socialist model. However, there are still some obstacles remaining to a Leftist takeover of the nation. A critical obstacle to this is the Christian heritage that definitively shaped American history from the very start. Today this is represented by a severely weakened Left-leaning Christian organizational structure in this nation.
One of the more unfortunate phenomena that have come to fruition in modern society is the so-called 'cancel culture.' The main thrust of this Leftist effort is seen through the influence of social media minions and the main targets are leaders in society, politics, the media and, big business. The power of 'cancel culture' has increased almost exponentially in 2020. The catalyst propelling this Leftist tactic was the murder of George Floyd and the immediate response with riots and by the impetus of Leftist organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
The daytime peaceful protests concerning the death of Mr. Floyd in cities across the nation have almost inevitably degenerated into violent riots, looting, and wanton destruction as well as cost many other lives in the process. Media coverage of that development has swept the COVID-19 crisis off the headlines and it is now acceptable to come outside in massive crowds despite the former hysteria concerning masks and 'social distancing.' The rioting that has exploded throughout America and in many other nations has also exposed the fragility of our civilization, and that, with the right impetus of a critical event or events, the Left will try with all their fervor to unravel the delicate fabric of society. Make no mistake about this, the Left isn't interested in solving any problems that exist within America including racial bias.
There has been a rash of protests erupting against continuing the foolishness of "lockdown" in various states across America. In turn, there has also been a different bunch of people attempting to fearmonger and shame those who are engaged in such protests. The battle has been waged across social media between the 'pro-lockdown' and 'end … Continue reading It Isn’t ‘Selfish’ to Advocate Against the Lockdowns [Video]
The last segment of the previous piece in this series cautioned preparation for further encroachments upon individual liberties in the continuing response to the threat of the Chinese Communist Party caused pandemic of COVID-19. The final part of this series focuses upon some large overall threats, not from the virus, but from the Left's political ambition to gain even more power over the rest of us.
This may seem like an extreme claim to some, but it is not. In fact, the evidence easily supports such a claim and more, as will be seen. With that in mind, here are some final considerations concerning the Leftist government figures and media apparatus that supports them.
In the previous article, we examined some of the changes that may await us as the cloud of pandemic panic and lockdown slowly lifts from the global atmosphere. We have seen that the reactions to the pandemic, such as the 'lockdown' are even more perilous than anything the Chinese Communist Party has inflicted upon the … Continue reading Further Considerations for The Coming ‘New Normal’ [Video]
The White House has released its three-phase plan "Opening Up America Again," to deal with the restarting of the economy nationwide after April 30, 2020. The plan is as detailed and precautionary as possible and commits to a very measured pace of the states coming online economically with the aid of the federal government. The … Continue reading Considerations for The Coming ‘New Normal’
Sunday, April 12, 2020, is the annual celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead within most of Christendom. It is safe to say that this Easter season is unlike any other in almost everyone's lifetime around the world because of the global Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, Coronavirus pandemic. However, this pandemic is also another example of the reality of death in our world. And Easter, or Resurrection Day, shouts out the power of God to overcome death with life.
There is an old curse attributed to the Chinese that states, 'May you live in interesting times.' It is somewhat ironic that the entire globe is going through some very dangerous 'interesting times' because of the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP Coronavirus. The obvious danger is the danger of death from the disease. The less … Continue reading Freedom and Faith Must Not Be Cast Aside to Fight a Viral Foe [Video]
In America, President Trump is voicing a strong desire for the economy to begin moving once again and the sooner the better. He is facing severe criticism for such sentiments from various outlets in the Leftmedia and all its incarnations on the internet. These attacks are fueled by the fears of the CCP virus spreading and causing widespread death in America. However, as is increasingly becoming clear, the Left seems invested in ensuring that the level of panic over this disease is raised as high as possible and that America is kept under lockdown and out of business for many months to come.
Now that most of the world appears to be in lockdown mode over fears of spreading the CCP virus, aka the Coronavirus, COVID-19, or Wuhan Flu, etc., it seems prudent to use this global "time-out" and assess, or re-assess as the case may be, our standing with God. For one of the things which scream out at humanity at this moment is that we have taken ourselves far too seriously and taken God far too lightly for far too long.
The 2020 American national presidential primary season is in full swing and will continue until the respective political party’s national conventions this summer. The nominee of the GOP is going to be President Trump. The Democratic nominee is not yet certain, though "Democratic Socialist" Senator Bernie Sanders, a registered Independent from Vermont, is leading at present. However, if he somehow doesn't get the nomination, the contest will still feature a Socialist, no matter who is chosen to oppose the most successful President in decades and likely fall in ignominious defeat.
Most of the reflection done on Presidents' Day in the United States [not that there is an overabundance of reflection about it] is reserved for contemplating who should be named among the greatest Presidents in our history. Around the 2019 President's Day holiday, I did just that in this journal with my "top ten" greatest Presidents. Before moving on to the somewhat different presidential category that is the subject of this article, I want to reiterate that the current President, Donald John Trump, is not eligible for inclusion in any ranking at present simply because current office-holders are ineligible. It is better to include the entirety of presidential tenure before making any decision about that person's performance as President. It is also prudent to wait a substantial amount of time after a former President is out of the office to render an informed opinion from a historical perspective. Thus, former President Obama is not in consideration for this list, just as he was not considered for my list last year.
The 2020 election season in America has thus far demonstrated that not only is there a radical divide between Leftists and conservatives in politics but there exists such a divide in culture as well. Nowhere is that divide more exhibited, nor the contrast so stark as in the view of families and most especially children between the Leftist and conservative camps. In the next few articles, we will explore how the Leftist treatment of children is not only the opposite of the conservative view but amounts to an attack on many fronts to the very concept of a child’s identity and necessary place within a family. The Left is ruthlessly waging war on children in America, and around the globe. The single most incriminating evidence of this is found in the vast gulf between each camp’s views and actions concerning legalized abortion. A piece of this evidence was on display on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building on March 4, 2020.
There is an incorrect assumption fervently adhered to by the Socialist Left idealists of the world. Simply stated, they believe that the principles of Socialism would work, regardless of the historical record, if only the right people of principle would implement it. However disillusioning this may be to such idealists, that is false. Socialism has never succeeded and will never succeed as a form of governance because the system itself is evil and fatally flawed.
On February 4, 2020, I listened to the best State of the Union address ever given by a President of the United States of America. It was so exceptional that I did something I never do, I listened to the speech again. The speech itself began with a notable moment of enthusiasm from the Republican contingent in the House chamber who chanted "Four more years," for about 30 seconds before the President even began speaking. One might have thought this would be a rare highlight during a speech that is traditionally lengthy. However, as President Trump began speaking it soon became clear that he had many more significant highlights to follow. The theme of his speech was "the great American comeback," and he provided more than enough substance to justify adopting this theme.
January 22, 2020, was the 47th anniversary of the infamous United States Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision which granted the federal government's imprimatur to abortion on demand as a newly 'created right' suddenly discovered hidden within the U.S. Constitution. Since that horrible decision, over 60 million babies have been aborted in America. The devastation extends to the millions of mothers who are damaged physically and emotionally, many of whom die themselves as a result of abortion. Friday, January 24, 2020, was the annual National March for Life in Washington DC. President Donald J Trump made history at that event by becoming the first president to address the March in person.
America is currently buried knee-deep in the muck of the 'Impeachment' trial on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The next item of business after President Trump's defense team makes their case will be debate and a consideration of whether or not to allow witnesses. The inevitable and tedious demands of the Democrats for witnesses should be rejected outright by the Republican majority. Moreover, they shouldn't even consider continuing after that point.
January 20, 2020, was the official recognition holiday of the life of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is intended to be a time of remembrance and celebration of a life courageously given to make a simple but monumentally profound dream into a reality. However, MLK Day should not stop with a moment or two of reflection, though the reflection is appropriate. As noted in this journal previously, King was a childhood idol of mine, and I was crushed when he was assassinated in 1968, less than five years after he gave voice to his righteous dream in the nation's capital. Rev. King's most famous speech is known as the "I have a dream" address on August 28, 1963, in front of 250,000 people in Washington D.C. at the official end of the "March on Washington."
The current conflict between America and Iran is the rightful spotlight and concern in global news. The hope and prayers of the sensible among us are that this can be resolved peacefully, though the methods recommended by the Left and conservatives to accomplish peace are polar opposites. While pondering what the future might hold, it occurred to me that I was aged enough to remember when America was an ally of Iran. I can recall a time when Iran was a modern western nation and former Presidents JFK, Nixon and even Jimmy Carter met with the Shah of Iran regularly.
As we approach the end of one year and the dawning of another, it is customary and prudent to examine the past year's events and their effects upon the world today, as well as what that might portend for the future. 2019 was a tumultuous news year dominated by the Left's efforts to take down President Trump and concluding with the House of Representatives sort of impeaching him. However, there were many other newsworthy stories in 2019 that got little or no coverage from the Leftist MSM. With this in mind, here are my picks in no particular order for seven important news stories that were undercovered or ignored in 2019.
The retiring Editor-in-Chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, penned an op-ed piece on December 19, 2019, arguing that the "Christian" thing to do is to call for the removal of President Trump from office. The title of the article was "Trump Should Be Removed From Office." Of course, this piece set off a firestorm of controversy among the evangelical community, many of whom objected to CT's characterizations. The most prominent among these was the blistering response of Franklin Graham, the son of CT's founder, the late Billy Graham.
As we approach the day that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, many of us are engaged in a swirl of activity to prepare businesses, homes, and churches for this important day. This is both traditional and understandable in most western cultures around the globe. Most of these traditions and much of the activity is our human effort to both honor and praise God for sending His only Son from His heavenly home to be born as a helpless infant so that all could have the opportunity of the hope of salvation. However, many of us, including myself, can sometimes ignore the meaning of Christmas for lack of reflection amid the hustle and bustle of the season.
The 2019 Christmas season is once again being corrupted by the Leftward churches of 'mainstream' Christianity. The story of God's only Son being born into the world is being used to fuel a TDS inspired political statement against President Trump. The latest example has been provided by Claremont United Methodist church just outside of Los Angeles, California. In a leftist 'edited' version of the Nativity, the church displayed Jesus, Mary and Joseph separated in three "cages" with a clear explanation from its pastor that it is a critique of Trump's immigration policy.
The television series "The Walking Dead" has been running for 10 seasons on AMC, and was recently renewed for an 11th season to begin in 2020. The series was set in a dystopian future where zombies, known exclusively as "walkers" in the show, threaten the mindless destruction all of human civilization. These "walkers" are almost totally brain-dead and yet survive with one instinctive drive remaining within them, the drive to eat those who have not become zombies. Since this defective instinct is all that remains in each "walker", they are not able to understand that should they prevail, they will ultimately die of starvation.
Part one of this series examined the deterioration and demise of mainstream journalism in America and the west as a whole. One reasonable challenge to that premise is this: If MSM journalism is dead, why are there so many large Leftmedia organizations still operating?
December 7, 2019, was the 78th anniversary of the attack by Imperial Japan on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1941, it was a typical early Sunday morning an entire lifetime ago. Families were getting ready to head to worship services all over the Hawaiian islands. Others were enjoying the blessing of another … Continue reading Remembering Pearl Harbor and Raising The “Greatest Generation” [Video]
The four Sundays prior to Christmas are traditionally known as "Advent," within most Christian churches. It is a time of both anticipation and preparation for the celebration of Christ's birth into our world more than two millennia ago. December 1, 2019, is the first Sunday of Advent on the "church" calendar. Many churches feature special events prior to or even as a part of congregational worship gatherings. These usually include the introduction of Christmas "hymns" or special music selections familiar to most of the people who will attend.
Thanksgiving as a holiday is a day traditionally set aside in America to reflect upon and "give thanks" for the multitude of blessings we enjoy as Americans. Most businesses are closed, at least for the morning and afternoon hours, before plunging us all into the mayhem of the Yuletide season. For most, a large part of such reflection involves family, feasting, and football. For many, that often means enjoying our abundance of these items as a prelude to the Christmas holiday. However, Thanksgiving can suffer from a familiar ailment of such days of celebration. It is the ailment of the holiday aftermath.
Watching the performance "journalism" of the supposed 'Mainstream' media during Trump's presidency often evokes reactions from laughter to rage among supporters of the President. However, this is a significant moment in the history of journalism itself, for we are witnessing the death knell of the MSM, and are on the precipice of an entirely new era of media journalism which is rising to fill the void.
As this aberrant movement has grown in influence in society, the push to legitimize 'trans-rights' has rapidly moved beyond cultural acceptance and now reaches to acquire the federal status of law. As noted in this journal, the first stage of the process is already finished with the passage of HR-5 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The bill was sent on to the Senate in May of this year, where it now sits in the Judiciary Committee and no further action has been taken. No hearings or debates or votes have yet taken place.
The first part of this series examined the horrible sacrifice of very young children and their futures that are a tragic consequence of the newly ascendant 'trans-rights' movement as a so-called civil rights cause. There are other, widely-spread societal consequences which threaten to remake western culture wholesale and send us careening toward oblivion. There are three primary areas of concern within our society that are negatively affected by 'trans-rights' advocates in our time. These areas are all forms of the Leftmedia, the world of competitive sports, and the monolith of both primary and secondary public education.
Saturday, November 9, 2019, was the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the day the world changed forever in a way unimaginable for the seven decades preceding that historic event. It was also the first world-changing event I was aware of as an adult and the most significant until 9/11 … Continue reading How the World Changed 30 Years Ago [Video]
The recent case of one James Younger has once again brought critical attention to the so-called 'transgender rights' movement madness which has gripped society with astonishing speed. Perhaps some of you haven't heard about James, a 7-year-old boy embroiled existentially against his will in a divorce settlement with some very unusual details. This case takes place in Dallas, Texas with James' biological father, Jeffrey Younger who is trying to keep his soon-to-be ex-wife from forcing young James to "transition" to becoming a "girl." In a Dallas family court, it was ruled by a jury on October 21, 2019, that sole custody of James should go to the wife, Dr. Anne Georgulas, which would make her the sole authority over medical decisions for her son.
In the past few weeks, the world has witnessed a series of historically unique political events courtesy of the Leftists occupying the United States Congress. All of these events are honed in on their last-ditch, desperation shot to stop the juggernaut that is President Donald J. Trump. It is evident that the Left realizes the truth of the situation heading into a presidential election year in 2020. Each day Trump succeeds in any area, whether a speech electrifying mammoth crowds or his foreign policy victories, hammers home the understanding within the progressive psyche that no Democrat can defeat the President in this election.
Recently the increasingly desperate Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke lashed out at Christian churches and some other non-profit organizations who oppose same-sex 'marriage.' While appearing on CNN's 'town hall' about LBGTQ+ 'rights,' on October 10, 2019, ...His statements have received significant pushback and O'Rouke will ultimately regret his response, if he isn't doing so already. The majority of his critics have honed in on this as an attack against religious freedom. I do not believe this is properly characterized as a threat to religious liberty.
The recent 'impeachment inquiry' farce has revealed the corruption of the Leftist Democrat machine to a greater degree than perhaps ever before. Moreover, in recent weeks it has also once again brought forth the darkness the Democrats matron of evil to haunt us as we head into the 2020 election year.
It is fitting that in October of 2019, the political horror of 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been revived from near-death. Many doubted she would ever recover from her embarrassing thrashing at the hands of that despicable Donald Trump and his "deplorables."
The latest example of Leftist using children for their ends starred 16-year-old Swedish social media sensation, Greta Thunberg. Her performance at the U.N. was highly emotional and generated much controversy, though it was also notable for the lack of facts, as is typical of all advocacy for the fairy tale of "man-made climate change."
Due to my error, a copy of this article was published before it was complete. My apologies and assurance that this is the current and completed article. So-called “reality czars” and perhaps a version of the Ministry of Truth are on their way to America very soon. At least, that is if the New York Times … Continue reading Reality Czars and The Ministry of Truth are Coming to America [Video][Update]
TIL Journal is moving to a new webhost and with a new domain name. The new place to find the site will be at tiljournal.com. If you currently read these articles and retain an interest in them, you will need to go to that website beginning in April. I hope to be able to provide … Continue reading TIL Journal is Moving!