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If you look for trouble, you’ll find it

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Don’t worry. That’s the best advice I can give you today. If you read the news (and you’re reading a news blog, so it almost goes without saying you read the news), you’d think the world is falling apart. I cover the news for a living, and the velocity of change is increasing so much that it’s very difficult to know what to cover, and by the time I try to even achieve a basic understanding of one thing, everyone’s moved on.

Nobody takes time to study the issues because there’s no time to do it. Two weeks ago, we were all carping about health care. Before that it was Russia. Now it’s terrorism in Spain, Confederate statues, and neo-Nazis. I still haven’t caught up on health care.

Let’s get serious about life for a moment. Since January 20th, has your job changed? Have you been forced to move? Have you been summarily arrested or had your life threatened because of your beliefs? Have you lost access to your health care? Maybe some of these things have happened, but statistically, they haven’t to just about all of you.

Occam’s Razor—the simplest explanation is usually the best. If you go looking for trouble, you’ll probably find it. If you seek to stay out of trouble, sometimes it will find you, but most of the time, you’ll avoid it. The people who went to Charlottesville were looking for trouble, pure and simple. And they found trouble.

The people in Barcelona were not looking for trouble, but it found them. There’s a difference between innocent victims and people who put themselves in places where trouble is happening—or bring their trouble with them.

If you’re one of the people looking for trouble, I’ll pray for you—at a very great distance. I’ll mostly pray you and your trouble stay far away from me. Then I’ll pray that you decide to put trouble down.

Don’t worry. The world will go on as it always has, although at a greater velocity, it seems.

Those who want to now vaporize every statue which represents some historical event or person with whom they disagree, or even could be legitimately linked to bad things that happened in the past are making very poor, uninformed assumptions. One of these is that somehow we, today, are better than they were in the past. They talk as if we’re at the end of history and now we can go back and edit.

I’ve got news for those people: today’s history hasn’t been written yet, and tomorrow’s history could be far, far worse than the statues and symbols they seek to erase. They should be much more concerned with tomorrow’s history than yesterday’s symbols and statues.

Those who would be the editors of the past have an agenda for the future, for which their version of the sanitized past is ideally suited. Without a past, who can compare today’s actions—good or bad—to mistakes and corrections made long ago? Without reminders of the past, who can judge today or tomorrow against the benchmarks made when history was much closer?

The editors of the past would rather not have that kind of judgment upon them. They’d rather not stop to study issues in terms of how mistakes and corrections were made in history. They assume we’re now far better, more informed, and more moral in humanity than they were then.

But then, people sought to use birth control to genetically guide and advance the human race. Then, people sought to sterilize “unwanted” elements of humanity by race and intelligence. Then, people listened to madmen like Friedrich Nietzsche who posited a “superman” to replace God.

Today, Iceland boasts that they have “eliminated” Down Syndrome by aborting nearly 100 percent of babies who have it. Today, neo-Nazis chant “Jews will not replace us” as they march with tiki torches. They have learned nothing from history.

Yet those who believe much of America still advocates slavery (even neo-Nazis haven’t said that), would erase the history of America’s fight to end it. Those who fought Communism would see themselves made the moral equivalent of Nazis, though the Communists killed hundreds of millions. (Look at Venezuela today.)

They have not studied. They have not learned.

The best approach to historically ignorant, culturally hysterical people is to avoid them. They are looking for trouble. They can take their trouble, and themselves, and stay away from me and mine.

I am not looking for trouble, and neither should you.

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The truth about Thanksgiving

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The truth about Thanksfiving

Thanksgiving for many of us has been presented as a time when diversity worked. When a group of people who came seeking refuge from religious persecution was saved by another group of people. A time when different cultures could come together and share what they had to offer one another, culminating in a feast consisting of corn and turkey that was made to honor that moment.

Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

The drawbacks of doing so are few but potent. It would enrage hardline Muslims in the United States who may go after Bibi and her family, but that’s a risk she’ll face anywhere she goes. It would put US citizens and military personnel at greater risk than they already are when traveling abroad, especially in Muslim majority nations like Pakistan. Lastly, it would spark negative press against the President who would ask whether or not he would do the same for a Muslim in a similar circumstance.

All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

  1. It goes against the bigotry narrative. Don’t get me wrong. Mainstream media and leftists will still try to paint the act of offering asylum to a persecuted Pakistani family as racist because she’s Christian. Thankfully, most Americans are smart enough to see through that false narrative.
  2. Pakistan won’t mind. If anything, their preference would be for America, which is already evil in the eyes of most hardline Islamic Pakistanis, to accept a burden that will only perpetuate a narrative that already exists.
  3. It’s the right thing to do. Any time the President of the United States can do the right thing, he should. Lately, there just haven’t been many opportunities to do so.

Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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