The Black Community just dismantled the idea that Trump is a racist

All younger black guys, except one older one – ‘love’ what he says: “If Donald Trump is a racist, he’s not a very good one!” These are lesser know ‘advocates’ other than Larry Elder, Thomas Sowell – and of course the brilliant black female – Candace Owens. About 5 mins long – hard hitting. See below link.

https://israelunwired.com/the-black-community-just-dismantled-the-idea-that-trump-is-a-racist/

“Nobody Needs to Die” – Frontline Doctors Storm D.C. – “Thousands of Doctors” are Being Silenced

Straight forward testimony from Doctors who are ”in the trenches”. Open Schools, put parents back to work, stop interfering with medications that work, blind studies put people at unnecessary risk, etc. Worth the watch in my opinion – especially since it is getting blocked – WHY?  Fight the Fear!

https://www.bitchute.com/video/PZLBQoi0vD9G/

Opinion on COVID-19 (Indiana)

Fellow Hoosiers –

Link shows various data/graphs on CV19 in Indiana updated daily.

https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/

What never seems to be discussed are the death ‘rates’ – BOTTOM LINE!! In Indiana:

51.8% or 1324 of 2555 deaths to date are age 80+; over 1/2!  48% of deaths (1220) are in Long Term Care facilities.

LESS THAN 3% OF DEATHS (74) ARE UNDER AGE 50!!!  NEGLIGIBLE FOR UNDER 20!   This is the vast majority of ‘working parents’ and their school age kids!! What is the big deal about not going back to work full time and opening schools full time (at least in Indiana? I suspect these stats would hold through most of the country.)

Less that 10% of ICU beds are CV19! Only 2.6% of ventilators in use are CV19! Hospitalizations have steadily decreased with a ‘stabilization’ (flat curve) past few weeks. NO serious ‘spike’ trend per se. Why more positive cases?  Duh! Significantly more testing!!!

Yet the ‘fear mongering’ continues! Why? – BLAME TRUMP!!!

AFA-IN: Racism is Your Fault

“Racism is Your Fault, You Just Don’t Realize It”

There are a lot of really bad ideas swirling around our culture right now.  (That headline is one of them.)

Among many bad ideas, I am concerned about the things being embraced by various people and groups in a manner that has been termed “virtue signaling.”  If you have not heard of this, think of Nike’s new commercials decrying racism, as if the whole world was eagerly waiting to know what a shoe company thinks.  After all, we all know that the shoes we wear impact how we speak and behave towards each other.   We must all think good things about Nike now. Their shoes care.

This is akin to white guilt.  It is something I also do not understand.  I have enough of my own faults to deal with in the here and now.  I do not need to take on the sins of people I never knew, people I had no impact upon, and people who did things 150 years ago that I wouldn’t ever do.  I can declare such things as evil, but I feel no need to wring my hands and apologize for the wrongs of the ancient dead.

The problem of humanity is sin, and it is universal.  Racism is a sin.  It is not a sin unique to one’s color or to this point in history, and it is certainly not unique to America.  (For starters, we did a lot wrong, but we are also one of the only nations to ever violently spill our own blood to end slavery.)   Yet, this issue has taken on almost a cultic status in some circles, including churches, as the be all and end all defining issue.

So, with the understanding that racism is wrong, how do we address it without embracing wrong ideas or ideologies?

To perhaps jump start your thinking on this . . .  I would encourage you and your family to make a point of watching the incredible thinker and speaker, Voddie Bachman, in this important talk titled, “Ethnic Gnosticism.”    I believe you will find this educational and something helpful for discussion of this within your family.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip3nV6S_fYU

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AFA-IN: Racism is Your Fault

“Racism is Your Fault, You Just Don’t Realize It”

There are a lot of really bad ideas swirling around our culture right now.  (That headline is one of them.)

Among many bad ideas, I am concerned about the things being embraced by various people and groups in a manner that has been termed “virtue signaling.”  If you have not heard of this, think of Nike’s new commercials decrying racism, as if the whole world was eagerly waiting to know what a shoe company thinks.  After all, we all know that the shoes we wear impact how we speak and behave towards each other.   We must all think good things about Nike now. Their shoes care.

This is akin to white guilt.  It is something I also do not understand.  I have enough of my own faults to deal with in the here and now.  I do not need to take on the sins of people I never knew, people I had no impact upon, and people who did things 150 years ago that I wouldn’t ever do.  I can declare such things as evil, but I feel no need to wring my hands and apologize for the wrongs of the ancient dead.

The problem of humanity is sin, and it is universal.  Racism is a sin.  It is not a sin unique to one’s color or to this point in history, and it is certainly not unique to America.  (For starters, we did a lot wrong, but we are also one of the only nations to ever violently spill our own blood to end slavery.)   Yet, this issue has taken on almost a cultic status in some circles, including churches, as the be all and end all defining issue.

So, with the understanding that racism is wrong, how do we address it without embracing wrong ideas or ideologies?

To perhaps jump start your thinking on this . . .  I would encourage you and your family to make a point of watching the incredible thinker and speaker, Voddie Bachman, in this important talk titled, “Ethnic Gnosticism.”    I believe you will find this educational and something helpful for discussion of this within your family.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip3nV6S_fYU

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AFA-IN: Riots in Indiana & A True Civil Rights Leader

The Governor’s Finest Hour?

I don’t even know where to begin.  What is happening in America right now is beyond heartbreaking.   I saw a meme yesterday that said, “Did we skip the murder hornets?  It feels like we skipped the murder hornets.”  It seems like 2020 is just going from bad to worse, from one unexpected crisis, to another.

If ever our nation needed fervent prayer it is now.

News events evoke my emotions, but they rarely truly make me sad. I have a sense of sadness for America that I have not felt to this degree in several years.  My sadness really set in when I saw pictures of the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Indianapolis circle spray-painted repeatedly with “BLM” – black lives matter.

First, all lives matter.  (As a Christian I believe that there is only one race, the human race, which began from one couple created by God. When injustice hurts one it hurts us as a people.)  What else on earth says black lives matter more than a civil war monument erected to remember the lives and service of 210,000 Hoosiers given to end slavery?  It sits on top of a civil war museum set up in 1918 with artifacts from Indiana’s Union soldiers.

Such ignorance of the unique goodness of our nation’s history saddens and deeply concerns me.  The hatred of America, which has offered more opportunity and fairness than any nation in history, by self-loathing Americans, is something I simply cannot understand.  (I mostly blame the indoctrination of young people in various forums in the past 30 years.  This misinformation has allowed these evil forces of left-wing, America-hating, political anarchist to hoodwink many.)

It was historian William Durant who warned, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

I am going to say something that is taboo.  What happened to George Floyd is horrible and deserves condemnation and swift justice.  It will get both.  But is it the worst thing ever?Does it justify the worst riots and looting since the late 1960’s?   What has happened in response to one man’s death is so out of proportion that it is baffling.  Left wing anarchists are hijacking this event and making a tragedy much worse.  They are doing it for a national political agenda that has nothing to do with George Floyd.

Here is my uh oh, statement.  In 2015, 258 African Americans were killed by police officers, be it for armed robbery or any other reason, or no reason.  That same year, nearly 6,000 African Americans died on the streets of our cities at the hands of other African Americans. (Around 90% of black homicide victims are killed by black criminals.)   When will this loss of life directly impacting so many families be addressed by the media?   Does that loss not demand concern, attention, compassion and solutions from all people?

I have had several policy differences with Governor Eric Holcomb.  Yet, I have also known him for twenty years, and I personally like him.  He does many things well.

On Monday, the Governor, along with the head of the State Police and National Guard, gave a press conference that I think was one of the Governor’s finest moments to date.

In an emotional speech, Governor Holcomb spoke the feelings that I hope a vast majority of Hoosier hold.   Here are some of his comments:

“My fellow Hoosiers. What started out as an understandable and needed response to the disgusting, gross, violent and fatal injustice against Mr. George Floyd has turned into anything but a proper time of mourning.”

“Peacefully protesting and demonstrating for this cause is a noble one, rightly protected by our First Amendment. I hope the peacemakers continue to express themselves and not allow their message to be overwhelmed by the troublemakers seeking to inflict pain on the innocent.” 

“Make no mistake about it: No citizen has a right to destroy, vandalize or threaten another Hoosiers’ safety or property. Coordinated efforts to breaking in and entering, shooting at law enforcement officials and starting fires has taken on a tone of organized crime and will be responded to accordingly. Therefore, Indiana will continue assisting local communities with the needed state resources to enforce the rule of law and protect lives and property.”

“Violence in the streets makes progress on all these fronts harder and sets us back from forming that more perfect union.”
“Folks who are seeking to destroy that service and their memories are not in this to peacefully protest.”  [On the desecration of state monuments].
“I am quite frankly amazed every single time I see these women and men put this uniform on and the restraint they exhibit in walking toward danger and their attempt to diffuse it.” [On law enforcement response].
“We are seeing those peaceful demonstrations get hijacked by those who have only one goal in mind, and that’s to create chaos and destruction in their path. We have to be ready and we are.”

                                                      —-

More than anything else, our nation needs spiritual healing.  A verse you probably know gives us a model for this in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Wait, Is COVID Over Now?

Prior to our nation being on fire, I had intended to discuss the impact of COVID on young people this week.  I guess COVID is over now.  I don’t see social distancing among the rioters filling our streets or any concerns over this.

Here is a teaser from the article that I was going to pull from:

The COVID-19 lockdown is hard on everyone emotionally, but adolescents are the most psychologically vulnerable population. Many teenagers, who tend to have difficulty understanding—and perhaps regulating—negative emotions during normal times, are likely feeling emotionally confused, if not totally overwhelmed, by the current pandemic crisis.”   You can read: How to Help Teens Navigate the Disruption and Uncertainty of a Pandemic here: https://ifstudies.org/blog/how-to-help-teens-navigate-the-distruption-and-uncertainty-of-a-pandemic

Indiana Election Results

I will review and comment on yesterday’s election results next week.

A Civil Rights Leader Lays It Out

One of my heroes is Robert Woodson.  He has been a leader for decades working in inner cities on the problems of fatherlessness, crime and poverty which are all three directly linked.  I have had the honor to meet and speak with him several times to discuss family policy matters.   He was on Tucker Carlson last night.   Here is his take on these riots:  http://video.foxnews.com/v/6161247705001/

In Their Own Words:

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate… Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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AFAIN: IN Unemployment Skyrockets; Marital Happiness

Indiana Hit Hard Economically by Coronavirus

Over the weekend, some staggering numbers were released in regard to the economic hit Indiana has taken from the Coronavirus shutdowns.

More than half a million Hoosiers (546,000) are now unemployed. This is a number five times as many were unemployed in April.  Indiana now has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the nation.

Our 16.9% unemployment rate easily surpassed its previous high of 12.6% in 1982. The national unemployment rate for April was 14.7%.  Before the Covid-19 shutdowns, Indiana had an unemployment rate of only 3.0%.

Indiana’s unemployment level is much better than Michigan which has a 22.7% unemployment rate and about the same as Ohio (16.8%).   Illinois has a 15.4% unemployment rate.  Kentucky also has a 15.4% rate.

Howard County (Kokomo) has the highest county unemployment rate at a staggering 34.1%.  It is followed by Elkhart County at 29.3% and LaGrange County at 28.8%.  You can see a list of all 92 Indiana County unemployment rates here:  http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/docs/state/rank/2020/rankmth04.pdf

Gov. Eric Holcomb said the state could see a drop of more than $3 billion in tax revenue over the next 14 months of its current two-year $34 billion budget.  Spending cuts are expected and necessary.  More than half, 57%, of the state budget goes to education.  A state government hiring freeze has been put into place.

Nearly 2,000 Hoosiers have died from the COVID-19 virus.

To be Most Happy, You Should Marry Your Soul Mate 

During the COVID shutdown, I would bet that a lot of families watched more movies or TV series than they might have without a national quarantine.   While left on my own, I will invariably choose an old western, war movie, or police show from years ago.   But if my wife and I are watching something, and sometimes even with the kids too, we are much more likely to see a romantic comedy than exploding tanks or screaming Indians.

You may have noticed in modern movies that there is an ideal of finding one’s soulmate in romantic movies.  Modern progressive ideology of a marriage being about self-fulfillment, more than commitment, is clearly evident in our culture.

This is not to say one should marry someone whom they don’t enjoy simply because they are willing to marry.   But if marriage is about self-fulfillment and the things that two people do together, what happens when times get tough or if one partner develops dementia or a disease?  What if sailing, golf, or travel are no longer possible or no longer enjoyable together?

If marriage is about love and companionship between partners who can largely concentrate on doing fun things they like together, does this model have pitfalls, or does it make for more happier marriages as might often be seen on a sitcom or the Hallmark Channel?

The proponents of this more utilitarian approach to marriage do not deny that it will lead to more divorce as couples split when a marriage loses its usefulness for self-fulfillment, and a spouse simply moves on.  However, they argue that their approach makes for more happier marriages, the cream of the crop theory so to speak, as those who are not fulfilled separate and those who remain are the happiest.

Divorce has climbed dramatically in the US and in societies where the belief that marriage should only last as long as matrimony brings self-fulfillment.  Yet, has this truly brought happiness?

Bradford Wilcox of the Institute for Family Studies has a fascinating article about this in which he notes that while divorce has increased dramatically since the early 1970’s, marital happiness has not.    About 67% of husbands and wives were “very happy” about their marriage in the early 1970s, but only about 62% of them were very happy by the late-1980s, according to the General Social Survey.

What is especially striking about this decline in marital quality is that, according to progressive logic, marital quality should have improved in the 1970s and 80’s as fewer and fewer Americans married and many supposedly second-rate marriages were dissolved.

Wilcox astutely notes, “What proponents of the progressive view did not really anticipate is this: if your parents, best friend, and sister all get divorced, your confidence in your own marriage is likely to take a hit. That’s because how we think about and approach our own union is deeply affected by what we see happening in the marriages of our friends and family members. Worries about the future of your own marriage, in turn, reduce your sense of emotional security, willingness to invest in your relationship, and happiness in your own marriage.”

In his own recent study of California women, Wilcox concludes that how one views the permanency of marriage has a big impact upon marital happiness.  He found, 82% of those who embrace an ethic of marital permanence report being satisfied in their marriages, compared to 77% of those who take the more conditional or functional view of marriage.

          Why?  Wilcox asks.  “In most marriages, knowing that you and your spouse are deeply committed to one another, come what may, fosters many other marital goods: more trust, more emotional security, more mutually beneficial investments in one another and the marriage—both financially and emotionally—more fidelity, and a clearer vision for a joint future.  All of which translate, for the average couple, into higher levels of marital quality, especially compared to couples who do not share a commitment to marriage ‘til death do us part.

Voter Guide Reminder:

Before you vote on Tuesday, you may want to look at this online voter guide:  www.ivoterguide.com

In Their Own Words:

“I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity, I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man.”  – Alexander Hamilton

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