by baldilocks

Many of my Facebook friends – most of whom are conservatives — are arguing about controversies of recent vintage and of this particular day: whether or not to continue watching the NFL, whether Christians should allow their children to take part in Halloween festivities or participate in those festivities themselves. I find it amusing, as I do with most purse fights.

But today is also another anniversary: the 500th anniversary of the day on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, signaling, in hindsight, the Protestant Reformation. I put up a short status noting the occasion and received not one bit of blowback from my Catholic friends like Fausta or our host!  Not one bit of purse fight. I’m almost disappointed!

Seriously, I love that noting this event in 2017 is almost mundane, especially since the split between the two parts of Christianity generated lots of bloodshed all those centuries ago and did so for some time in the previous century.

The evolution of this relationship between Catholics and Protestants was exemplified by the fact that, when my great-aunt was alive, I would drop her off for Mass at St. Brigid Catholic Church in South Central LA, continue on to my Protestant non-denominational church in Glendale, then, when my church’s service was over, come back to retrieve her.

Having read a lot about theology and church history, one overarching theme seems inescapable to me – every church denomination is capable of falling into error, division and even violence because we forget these things: that God believes in freedom and that our primary commandments are to love Him and each other. I, for one, don’t want to forget.

God bless the peace between His children and Happy Reformation Day …

And thank you, my Catholic friends, for the love and for the reconciliation.

Also, this seems like a good place to put a link to Peter’s book, The Perfect Protestant and Catholic Prayer.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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by baldilocks

I did not watch last night’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. For the record, I didn’t watch Monday Night Football either; I had a third option.  The specifics of my option do not matter, but that I had more than two options with respect to how I chose to occupy my time is glancing commentary on the election itself.

And here is some commentary that does more than merely glance: “we” managed to pick two candidates—one from each party who are willing to violate the Second Amendment.

I won’t even bother quoting Mrs. Clinton’s stance on the right to bear arms, but here’s an example of Mr. Trump’s position with respect to the topic. From the debate:

The back-and-forth between Trump and debate moderator Lester Holt about the legality of New York City’s now-defunct stop-and-frisk policy is irrelevant. That Trump wants to take guns away from “bad people” is what matters.

Who are the “bad people” and how does a law enforcement agency determine the alleged badness of “bad people?” By how they look? That sounds like the evil, dreaded profiling to me.stopanfrisk_590_356

What about probable cause and the fourth amendment? I know that it’s likely that I’m speaking a language that is foreign to Mr. Trump.

What was that bon mot about liberty versus security? Oh, yes…

They who can give up liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

There’s some doubt about whether this is an actual Benjamin Franklin quote, but that doesn’t matter. And, in reality, whether a given set of people deserve liberty and safety or not is also irrelevant. (‘Deserve’ is one of my least favorite words.)

What needs to be faced is that we have no major candidate for president who is a true proponent of the freedom of self-defense. Whether we deserve freedom or security or we don’t, both are in grave danger.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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More than 225 years ago, a great American Patriot by the name of Patrick Henry uttered these words that still live on in the American consciousness: “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!”

Sir Patrick Henry’s clarion call to fight Great Britain and to cast of the colonial bonds to the mother country helped to rally the will of the American colonists as they engaged in a 7 year battle that would culminate in the birth of a new nation.

Consequently, the American Revolution (1776 to 1783) while the first time this new nation fought for its freedom, it would not be the last.

Fast forwarding to 1812, one would see that the United States of America – barely 36 years old – would end up in a fight with Great Britain over land and border disputes with what is now Canada that went very badly. This fight with England was dubbed The War of 1812.

The President’s Executive Offices were burned to the ground and some historians argue that the British nearly beat the United States which would have ended the young nation’s young and unique experiment in “ordered liberty.”

The United States recovered from the War of 1812 shaken, but somewhat intact.

Over the next 45 to 50 years, the United States of America would greatly expand westward as the original 13 states would swell to more than 35 in the Ante-bellum South. Yet, there was another battle for freedom brewing under the surface as roughly 4 million Negro slaves were not allowed to partake in the blessings of liberty.

The United States would fight an internal battle in which nearly 600,000 people would perish from 1860 through 1865 as the nation was forced to deal with the pernicious results of what they called “the peculiar institution” (slavery).

The United Sates passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and Negro Slavery was abolished (although it would take 100 more years to destroy the last “legal vestiges” of American Apartheid).

The early part of the 20th Century would see the United States enter the European and World theater during World War I (WWI).

The reason for the entry of the United States into this international frawy was articulated by the then US President Woodrow Wilson as an endeavor  “ to make the world safe for democracy.” More than 115,000 Americans died in this effort to free Europe from tyranny (1917 – 1918) and “to make the world safe for democracy.”

Indeed, (WWI) left a bitter taste in the hearts and minds of many Americans.

More than a few United States citizens remembered the words of President George Washington warning us not to get entangled in European affairs. Many Americans of that generation thought that (WWI) was the last major global conflict.

How wrong they were!

Only a few short years later, the American public would be aroused again as the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941 and provoke the United States to enter into World War II (WWII).  Our involvement with the Second World War was a long and tedious struggle of 4 long years with more than 9 million soldiers deployed.

The Women in the United States contributed brilliantly to the War effort as they worked the factories, produced munition, took care of the families – and played Softball to entertain the American public as our national pastime of baseball was interrupted.

Today we celebrate the greatest battle to liberate Europe in what historians referred to as “D-Day” or The Battle of Normandy.

The Allies were blessed by The Hand of Providence with great political and military leaders during the World War II timeframe.

In the United States and in Great Britain, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill provided their nations and the allied countries with an unswerving and absolute commitment to “Total Victory.”

Furthermore, magnificent military leaders such as The Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower and the phenomenal British General Bernard Montgomery provided strategic brilliance, outstanding resolve and courage – and charisma under the harshest of conditions.

The United States and the free world did not get a break after the Second World War ended. The United States emerged as the World’s strongest Economic and Military power, but was reminded time and time again “that with great power comes great responsibility.”

The United States ended WWII by entering into a 70 year protracted battle against world communism against a former (WWII) ally: Russia or The Soviet Union!

Our nation learned the hard way – through the global conflicts of the 20th century – that “freedom is never truly free.”

A free people MUST ALWAYS be willing to sacrifice and lay down their lives for the people, principles, and life purpose that they cherish.

Today we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the accomplishments of “the Greatest Generation” (although they simply saw themselves as citizen-soldiers who were fighting for freedom and for the nation that they loved).

Hopefully, we will fight with the same determination and bravery – whenever called upon that was greatly manifested by the men and women of the (WWII) generation.

We thank GOD for raising up men and women of such amazing fortitude.  May GOD richly bless them and their families for their incalculable sacrifices.

by baldilocks

As the opposite is so for many of us in America, citizens reared in other countries have little understanding of politics, history, and culture(s) in the USA.  I am in a special place in that my biological father is Kenyan and my siblings from the Old Country have trouble understanding the political opposition to Barack Obama—especially mine. To them, he is of our tribe and our brother who should have our support no matter what.  

Therefore, I am in the process of composing a series of posts meant to help the Kenyan part of my family understand that opposition. I may post them here, but for this particular post, I want to expand on an idea/observation which stems from an encounter I had this morning and, later, try to relate it to the upcoming posts. Call it a preamble.

After waking this morning, I got up, washed my face, brushed my teeth, threw on some clothes, and, without breakfast or coffee, went to get my hair cut (shaved). Black barbershops have a justifiable reputation for being places where real talk occurs and, sometimes, where shouting and anger occur.  Being un-caffeinated, I was in no mood to get into any conversation; much less, a political one with a bunch of liberals, but my barber alerted the room that I was a Republican. So the game was afoot.

Many wonder why black conservatives refuse to talk to black liberals about conservatism. It’s simply this: they won’t STFU long enough to let you complete an idea.  In addition, having to, once again, listen to able-bodied, able-minded, working, responsible, black adults go on about what the “white man” owes “us,” made me want to scream, though I restrained myself.

Being out-numbered 3-1, being talked over multiple times, being insulted more than once, not being allowed to answer proffered questions, and having my actual answers ignored, at some point–out of frustration–I let the “conversation” go. However, I was able to put forth a couple of ideas which I had not completely articulated in the past. One follows in a longer form than I was able to get out earlier today.

Black people—not just those who are American—view white people in the same manner that anti-theists view God. Anti-theists are different from atheists. Even though the former deny God’s existence with their mouths and keyboards, they believe in Him…and they hate Him. Many black people have a similar view of white people: they view all of you as their hated masters–yes, still, in 2014—but their masters, nonetheless. Moreover, as our masters, it is your duty to feed, clothe, and house us; and to give us anything else we ask of you.

As history shows, before the Civil Rights Era, most black Americans were Republicans; now, because of well-crafted strategy implemented by LBJ, et al., most are Democrats. That strategy is based on the real slavery mindset: that whoever provides the most things—whoever is the most generous patron to black people–is a friend to black people.  LBJ knew this; therefore, he strove to transform his party’s image into that of the good and generous patron.

Patron:  5 :  a master in ancient times who freed his slave but retained some rights over him

Even though the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 respectively disallowed patronage and de facto serfdom, the mindset remains embedded in the progeny of the “former” slaves/serfs . Thus, since the CRA, most black Americans have given their allegiance to the Democrat Party and, because of the mindset, they have certain expectations of white Americans—those expected of a patron.

From that notion comes this one: many black liberals believe that black conservatives give their allegiance to the Republican Party for the exact same reason, and that they are, therefore, sell-outs. (Note that, to black liberals, even politics always involves some imagined sale of black persons.) They are unable to view white persons outside of the master/patron/domination paradigm and cannot envision any relationship between black persons and white persons outside of that perspective. Somebody has to be on top. And, in light of our past[i] and our indoctrinated and unacknowledged feelings of inferiority, most black liberals believe it will be you, my white friends.

Most black conservatives have freed themselves from this mindset, but, like all long-term indoctrination, it remains insidious.

Therefore, I conclude this: until the majority of black people get white people out of their heads and begin view you as equals, the shouts of racism will continue, as will the shout-down of the truly emancipated. Freedom begins inside.


[i] The history of enslavement of black Africans begins well before the European and American involvement therein.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in early 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

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This week has been a difficult one for religious freedom and liberty. Freedoms have taken a beating from all sides of the country. The week against liberty started off with MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Parry saying that our kids “belonged” to the community. (A funny reply on Facebook had a picture of Sarah Palin with the quote “Dear MSNBC, if our kids belong to you, do your kids belong to us? If so, can we take them hunting after church in our big pickup truck?” Awesome.)

By Tuesday, there was media blackout about the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist who murdered babies AFTER birth. That’s right, he killed babies…after they had been born. Main stream media has ignored this man’s atrocious behaviors. By turning a blind eye, the violation of the children’s rights is being ignored.

By the time Wednesday came around, California lawmakers had proposed SB-323, a bill that would remove the Boy Scouts tax exempt status if they did not allow openly gay men and boys to join their organization. Regardless of your belief about same-sex marriage, this removes the freedom of an organization to set restrictions around its membership. The government’s place is not to dictate to organizations that they must violate their religious liberty and extend membership to those outside the limits their beliefs dictate.

Another unfortunate assault came from the military. A United States Army officer sent a 14 page email labeling Christian groups as “domestic hate groups.”

“The message, apparently sent by Lt. Col. Jack Rich at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, also instructed those who received the e-mail to be on the look-out for fellow soldiers who might be supporters of the organizations (or who, at the least, aren’t upholding “Army Values”).” 

(It should be noted that this comes only a week after Foxnews’ Todd Starnes reported that a training instructor in the Army labeled evangelical Christianity “religious extremism.”)

The Attorney General in Washington also decided to sue a florist who opted out of providing flowers for a gay wedding. The florist, Barronelle Stutzman, stated it was against her faith to provide arrangements for the wedding. The government is now suing her and threatening a $2,000 fine for each violation.

This week, Americans have had their freedoms challenged from state governments, the U.S. military, and the media. And this is just 1 week of a sampling of what was reported…a subsection of all of instances it occurs.

When people argue that gay marriage should be legalized or promote the ideal of “live and let live,” it’s important to realize that when the government promotes one entity, it can be robbing Constitution-protected freedoms from another. Marriage is not a “right” defined in any of the founding documents. Freedom of religion is protected.

Rebecca @ AmericaIsConservative.org

 

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be writing to you from Datechguyblog.com. You can normally find me on AmericaIsConservative.org but Datechguy has opened his blogging door and here I am.

For me it all started when I went to a Tea Party rally in  Texas and heard Andrew Breitbart speak. I didn’t know who he was then and was unsure about the Tea Party, but I was fed up with Obama and looking for an outlet and a solution. Enter Breitbart. His charismatic, in your face, passionate style sucked me in. He was intellectually fighting, not discussing, not debating, but fighting for freedoms and I was inspired.

Lisa (who you’ll hear from later) had previously started the blog and while I had been a part of it, I hadn’t found my voice. Andrew Breitbart helped me find my voice. Dedicated to voting Obama out of office, I took to blogging to point out his discrepancies, the loss of freedoms he promoted, his poor leadership style…(let’s be honest, this list could go on and on). Lisa and I attended CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) in 2011 and met Breitbart again. We embarrassingly fawned all over him – he was our inspiration. It is during this love affair with Breitbart we met Datechguy.

Flash to today. Despite the efforts of many, Obama is still in office. I  went through a mourning process after the country passed over a man with fiscal responsibility and a generous spirit. Mitt Romney would have done good things as president. But here we are again. The battle for freedom continues. And like my friend Andrew Breitbart, I hope to fight with passion, zeal, and persuasion to help the American people choose freedom instead of slavery. Freedom from taxation. Freedom of religion. Freedom from the socialist agenda of our current president.

“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.” – The Declaration of Independence

There is much good to be done so let’s get to it!

– Rebecca @ AmericaIsConservative.org

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If just four of you kick in $21 rather than the $20 I normally ask we are done for the week and the rest of the Saturday posts don’t need this bit in it.

Be one of the four that makes independent reporting & blogging possible. (Of course if you want to kick in the whole $84 that’s left, I won’t stop you) And just think now you get 4 bloggers for the price of one.

What do I like best about the Anchoress’ post about C. S. Lewis and C. K. Chesterton? It give me an excuse to repeat my favorite quote of all time!

It’s from Chancellor Kent when asked if he would sign a temperance pledge:

“Gentlemen, I refuse to sign any pledge. I never have been drunk, and, by the blessing of God, I never will get drunk, but I have a constitutional privilege to get drunk, and that privilege I will not sign away.”

How can you not love a quote like that? The instinct to overprotect to the point of oppression is anathema to the whole idea of America.