TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE IMPEACHMENT

Posted: December 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE FARMERVILLE GAZETTE AND THE RUSTON DAILY LEADER THE WEEK OF 12/22/2019

‘Twas the night before impeachment, when all through the house
Not a congressman was stirring, not even a mouse;
The articles were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that McConnell soon would be there;
The Democrats were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of removal danced in their heads;
And Nancy in her ‘kerchief, and Chuck in his cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the mall there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the TV I flew like a flash,
Turned on the set and listened to the trash.
The image of the moon on the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of impeachment to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and plump,
I knew in a moment it must be President Trump.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Abraham, now Richmond, now Higgins now Johnson and who knew!
On, Graves, Scalise, McCarty and VanDrew too
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
It’s time to adjourn; Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of surprises, and President Trump too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof                                                                             The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the stairs came President Trump with a bound.
He was dressed to the fours, from his head to his boot,
And his wife was with him, so elegant and cute;
A bundle of agreements he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a President just opening his pack.
His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the hair of his head was turning white as the snow;
The stump of a pen he held tight in his hand,
And the power it emitted was anything but bland
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know the Dems had everything to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
His team was in place in order to teach
It takes true crimes for Congress to Impeach.

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the stairs he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT,  WITH A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO ALL REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, LETS END THIS DESTRUCTIVE FIGHT!

Merry Christmas everyone and may the true meaning of Christmas exude its’ love and peace on all of us.

The Demon American Press

Posted: October 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE FARMERVILLE GAZETTE AND THE RUSTON DAILY LEADER THE WEEK OF 10/25/2020

America has a disease that is ravaging a great nation. No, it is not COVID 19, though that is so terrible; the disease is hatred and misunderstanding and lack of empathy for our fellow man.As if the smoldering rhetoric within the souls of the American citizens isn’t bad enough, the fanning of the rhetoric and then pouring gasoline on the flames by America’s press is even more disgusting. It is not uncommon to hear friends state that they don’t turn on the news anymore or have taken a vacation from face book or say that a few days from television is a welcome change. Amid a very contentious presidential race we witness the various news outlets lining up to support one candidate or the other and are now going so far as to provide a very profound press coverage that that has become lies that are portrayed as fact. As bad as it seems and as much as we want to believe that the current heartbreaking state of our great nation is a new phenomenon; this is really not new and examples date back to the early days of America.

Thomas Jefferson was originally pro-press but later changed his mind as he witnessed bias and personal attacks on American leaders. He is quoted as saying, “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” Jefferson actually used the press to smear his presidential opponent, President John Adams using horrible language. Adams used the press to attack Jefferson and proclaimed Jefferson to be “the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father” while also asserting that Jefferson was an atheist. 

Some politicians used the press to their advantage in order to pass legislation that was spurred by press articles. Many times the articles originated from the politicians. The first notable politician to do this was Theodore Roosevelt. He would provide reporters with information on Sunday knowing that the stories would appear on Monday. He would then base political decisions on how the people would react to the stories. Many politicians would not defy Roosevelt because they felt that he had public opinion behind him.

During World War I President Woodrow Wilson used propaganda and censorship to curtail the press.  He set up his own Committee on Public Information. His intent was to provide information to the draftees and the public. Uncle Sam was invented by this committee. Wilson believed that he needed the power for censorship of the press. Three Republican Senators, Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts, Hiram Johnson of California and William Borah of Idaho, launched opposition that insured there would be freedom of the press. Wilson’s law would not pass. 

Americans remember the 2016 presidential election and how the polls all said that candidate Trump would lose. We know the outcome of this but this was not the first blunder performed by a somewhat biased press. Prior to election day when Harry Truman was defending his presidency from Dewey, Newsweek polled 50 political experts. Everyone stated that Truman could not win. Truman had fought false allegations and unflattering photos from a biased press.  The papers were so sure that Truman had lost that they pre-published the papers with the headlines that Dewey had won and the papers were all ready on the streets when it was discovered that Truman had been re-elected.  In 1955 Truman would write “Presidents and the members of their Cabinets and their staff members have been slandered and misrepresented since George Washington…when the press is friendly to an administration the opposition has been lied about and treated to the excrescence [sic] of paid prostitutes of the mind.” Truman was all ways known for speaking his mind.

Even President Obama had his problems with the press. There was no denying that there had been a running feud with Fox News. Finally, he once suggested that Fox may be banned from the White House briefings. Ironically it was CNN and other major news outlets that brought this potential censorship to an end when they threated to walk out of future news conferences if Fox was banned.

Perhaps the dirtiest of all political fights where the press was involved was the race of Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams. Jackson accused Adams of supplying an American woman to the Czar of Russia for his pleasure while Adams was ambassador to Russia. Adams had accused Jackson of adultery, running off with another man’s wife while his wife was accused of bigamy. All this was because of a mistake that took place forty years earlier on the American frontier. A very nasty fight that Jackson won; or did he. His wife died of a heart attack before inauguration day and Adams refused to attend the inauguration. It was the common man that carried the day for Jackson; not the Washington elite.

The one thing that is new with the war on the candidates by the press is the new world of social media. This allows everyone to speak their mind while being extremely judgmental. Now even the multimedia platforms are taking a biased stance of the elections and this will eventually lead to regulations and calls to break up these strong monopolies.

One week left; get out and perform your constitutional right and cast your vote.   

HURRICANE DELTA

Posted: October 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

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Last week the south side of the Yucatan peninsula was in the cross hairs of another large hurricane that has developed during the 2020 hurricane season.  This large storm was scheduled to reach land a couple of days before our friends, the Davidsons, and Bonnie and I were to make our pilgrimage to that part of the world.  This was one of those times that you have to analyze the situation, evaluate the risks and then mitigate what these risks are.  So, after Hurricane Delta made a direct hit ten miles north of our resort it was time to decide what we were to do.  The decision was clear, we were going to Playa del Carmen.  Even though there were a couple of pictures on the news and social media that showed light poles blown down in Cancun and a tree on the road, it was the human factor that made me feel that this trip would be a go.

When the resorts and cities along the Mexican Riviera were designed it was a pristine section of beach a hundred miles long.  There were no homes, no hotels and no paved roads.  It created the perfect spot to build a resort community and build it with enough restrictions so that the environment, no matter how detrimental it could get, could be controlled.  Utilities were underground.  Building codes were such that the buildings could withstand a direct hit from a major storm and four and six lane paved roads connected the cities and towns on the coast.  Nature was also good to the gold coast.  The land is a jungle and as such the foliage is so dense that much of the wind is diminished.  Also the trees are not extremely tall like the pines we have in the deep south of America thus trees scattered across roads would not have been prevalent. 

Then there was the human factor.  Tourism is the number two largest money maker for Mexico ranking only behind the oil and gas industry.  Of all the tourist spots in Mexico the Cancun area south to Tulum is the most prestigious.  The government could not let a hurricane dampen the spirits of the tourists that were in-route to the resorts that were already devastated by the Corona 19 virus.  It was believed that as soon as the hurricane cleared an army of workers would be clearing roads, checking power and reopening the airport.  We were not disappointed.

As we boarded the plane in Dallas it was apparent that we would not be alone.  The plane was full.  American Airlines said that they would only curtail flights on the day that the hurricane came ashore.  We were flying the day following the storm and Hurricane Delta had not reached America yet.  We skirted the hurricane to the west of the storm and had a beautiful flight across the gulf and then across the Yucatan peninsula.  Upon landing it was noted that an airport that was usually packed with planes and tourist was lonely as we were the only plane to arrive.  Upon walking outside it was apparent that the airport looked cheerful and beautiful in the bright sunlight.  No trees nor light poles were on the ground.  Driving south to the resort we saw several trees that had blown down but were removed from the edge of the roads.  Some power lines for residential customers were down but crews were busily working on them.  Overall, everything appeared normal.

The resort pen was situated on the sea and many units faced the open ocean.  We talked to several people that were at the resort when the storm hit.  One couple said their roof leaked while most said it was very safe and experienced no issues.  Power remained on and the hotel had filled the reception area with cots.  Only two were used.

Overall Mexico has hit a homerun when it came to storm preparations at their Mexican Riviera resorts.    It was a wonderful stay in Mexico but when we arrived in Monroe on our return there was a warm feeling that there is still no place like home.

BE AN AMERICAN

Posted: October 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE FARMERVILLE GAZETTE AND THE RUSTON DAILY LEADER THE WEEK OF 10/18/2020

We are all part of the United States of America. It doesn’t matter if a person is a Democratic, Republican or Independent; black, white, red or yellow; gay or straight; rich or poor; male or female. What matters is whether the voter is a patriot that truly loves our great nation; a person that feels a burning desire to see American values not just remain where we have built them but to expand these virtues across America and throughout the world.

Contrary to what some believe, I am a Democrat. I was born a Democratic and when I registered to vote for the first time I registered as a Democratic. The beauty of this nation is that it doesn’t matter what political party a voter has for his voter registration when that voter casts his or her vote.  What matters is what is in that person’s heart.

The truth be known, I don’t dare attempt to change political parties. To do so would surely bring potential peril to oneself, not from the slings and arrows of mortal man but from the spirits of my now deceased father and grandfather. As a child and adolescent, a person that registered for the first time usually just followed in the footsteps of their fathers. While in high school I became the youngest committee clerk in the Louisiana House of Representatives. At sixteen I looked across the House Floor and saw a small handful of Republicans in attendance of a massive Democratic controlled legislature. My, how things have changed.

My father served for sixteen years effectively under four Democratic governors. The names of Kennon, Long, Davis and McKeithen were all part of his legacy as he negotiated legislation that saw a lake built in Union Parish, a Votech locate to Farmerville, major road building projects and University Status for ULM, La Tech and Grambling. He was even a delegate to the Democratic convention that saw John Kennedy nominated for President. Though I was proud of his accomplishments for our community and state I was most rewarded with something he conveyed to me as a child.  “Sit down”, he once told me. “Son, it doesn’t matter what you become in life or how successful you become, what matters is what kind of a man you are.  That is the most important thing in life.” Those words resonated above all else in my life and it would be half a century before I realized the origin of this.

His father, my grandfather, was even more entrenched in the Democratic party.  In the very early 1900s he was elected alderman for Farmerville. Later he would be elected to the state Senate and after four years he would become District Attorney of Union Parish. When he completed his term he became the head of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Several years later he joined the law firm that became Long, Fields and O’Neal with Long being Huey and Earl. He took Huey’s place on the Louisiana Public Service Commission when Huey became Governor, was elected two years later and then became the chairman. Following Long’s assassination and the end of his term, my grandfather was appointed Federal Prosecutor and helped build the case that was known as the Louisiana scandals. The day of his funeral my father received a call from former governor Leche. He offered condolences and stated that my grandfather was a man of honor and integrity and had no ill will toward him; he had done his job. Governor Leche was one that my grandfather helped to put in prison during the scandals.

While writing my book based on lost correspondence of my grandfather’s, I came across a letter he wrote to a man that was trying to get a job for his friend. My grandfather responded to the request by stating that it didn’t matter if the man was a Democratic or a Republican. What mattered was if the man was a good man and if the requester would vouch for the mans character, my grandfather would assist with getting him a job. Now I know where my father’s message to me came from.

This is not the Democratic party we have in place today. At that time the local government, the state and the nation would come first. The good thing about America is that I can vote my own conscience and I am not obligated to vote simply because of a party name on some voting card.  Perhaps if the country would look inward and place America above all other pre-conceived notions, look at what has built America and reflect on what the country had to endure to become the country we are today, there will be a future for our great nation.

The day after a very respectful Supreme Court nomination hearing in the senate, Republican Senator Lyndsey Graham greeted Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein with a smile, handshake and a hug; we do hug in the South without some dastardly motive. What a noble gesture.  Almost immediately the far left attacked Ms Feinstein for this token of friendship and her participating in her committee’s screening of Amy Barrett. No other Democratic Senators on the committee were attacked. Some California liberals have gone so far as to call for re-naming a high school named after Senator Feinstein when she was mayor of San Francisco. We have a long way to go before there is a true desire for harmony and common ground. 

God Bless America and go out and perform your constitutional given right and vote.

Anyone wishing to learn more about Louisiana and national politics during a very tumultuous period in our history can read, “I called Him Grand Dad.  The Lost Political Papers of Harvey G. Fields”.

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The president of the United States has contracted Corona 19.  The majority of the world has been very respectful and displayed a genuine humanity with many well wishes being addressed to the sick president.  Contrary to true American values, some in our citizens have displayed despicable and vial comments that have gone as far as wishing for the death of our president.  There is no place in our country for such tripe.

At the time of this writing the president is alert and coherent and performing his duties.  He has appeared on television and this action is very important to reassure the world and a nation that the president is capable of performing his tasks and leading our country.  While today’s leaders  are placed under a microscope and scrutinized with infinitesimal detail, it is very important for the president to display confidence to the public.  There must be no panic, even if many press sources revel in the emotional drama.  The state of the union is at stake and there are several examples of past presidents hiding medical conditions that could have been construed as threatening to the office of the president; some being much more severe than the current condition of President Donald Trump.

President John Kennedy was shown as being robust and healthy as he played sports with his children and was photographed sailing with his family.  The true John Kennedy was a person in near constant pain.  Prior to his WWII back injury when his PT boat was sunk, Kennedy suffered back pain to a degree that he was not fit for naval service.  His father had to pull political strings to get him into the service.  While a child, he was diagnosed with Addison’s disease which caused gastrointestinal problems.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracted polio when he was thirty-nine years old.  He was in the middle of his political growth and went to great extents to hide his condition.  Though he was a paraplegic from the disease, his appearance to the general public was that of a healthy middle -aged man.   He worked very hard at rehab.  Special braces were made to help him stand erect and he was able to walk using a cane.  Very few realized that he was crippled.  The secret service protected the president from unscrupulous photographers that had been asked not to record his disabilities.  It was important to the free world to have a president that was up to the task to lead America during World War II.

In 1913 a man of ill health was elected president.  Though the White House doctor said he would not last a year in the presidency, Woodrow Wilson proved him wrong and went on to be re-elected.  In 1919 he suffered a series of strokes that left him in a poor physical condition.  There was no succession plan in place unless the president had died or was totally incapacitated.  Illness or accidents were not addressed and it would not be until 1967 and the ratification of the 25th amendment that a clear succession plan would become law.  To maintain a normal status and to insure confidence in the United States was maintained, President Wilson’s wife ran the country.  He could hear and could communicate to her.  She then insured that his wishes were carried out.  This bizarre act of presidential leadership lasted for two years and the country and the world were never aware of the dire situation.

President Dwight Eisenhower had several medical emergencies that threatened the presidency of the United States.  His heart condition was well known but the extent of the illness was less realized.  His first attack was three years into his first term.  Though he was discouraged from running again, he did so and was re-elected.  In 1957 Eisenhower was diagnosed with Crohn’s  disease and then in 1957 he suffered a stroke.  With all of these medical maladies, the president remained in office and carried out his duties.  Despite all these medical emergencies, Dwight Eisenhower lived until 1969.

The most historic event to keep  a president’s physical condition out of the public domain in an attempt to keep the ship of state afloat took place in 1893.   Grover Cleveland was discovered to have a tumor on the roof of his mouth.  An economic depression had gripped America and Cleveland feared that if word of his physical condition leaked out the crisis would have worsened.  It was announced that Cleveland was to go fishing on a friend’s yacht.  In fact a medical team was aboard and the yacht went to anchor and the medical team went to work.  Several teeth and a part of the presidents pallet were removed.  All the work was inside the mouth so there was no scarring outside to be seen by the public.  Two weeks after the surgery a rubber mold was placed in the mouths large cavity and president’s Cleveland’s speaking voice returned to normal.  It would not be until after his death in 1908 that the operation was disclosed.  Neither the press nor congress had been aware of the medical condition of Cleveland.

It is important that President Trump’s medical condition not be sensationalized and second guessed by the press or politicians wishing to gain benefit from this.  It would not be surprising that the president is not performing at near 100% within the next week.

Communism vs Socialism

Posted: October 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE FARMERVILLE GAZETTE AND THE RUSTON DAILY LEADER THE WEEK OF 10/3/2020

America is torn between two different economic and government philosophies. The extreme left wing is engrossed with changing America into a more socialistic country while the extreme right wing wants America to return to a much more independent capitalistic nation. Today we have a capitalistic nation with socialistic programs that are intended to address the needs of deprived individuals.

America originated from a very proud, hard working and fiercely independent people. Carving a life from a wilderness or building a city from a small rural community while mentoring to a house full of children that attended church on a regular basis was no easy job. It took a unique set of individuals to preform these tasks, and it was these people that gave birth to a great nation.

As the country developed, other forms of governments also developed around the world. One of these was socialism. Also, Carl Marx created through his writings what would later be known as communism. Though similar in theory, there are subtle differences. Confusion developed when the two were discussed in the early years of development and Marx did little to correct the differences thus much of the philosophy has intermixed. We see this today as leftist and anarchist within America seek to change the complexion of our great country.

Socialism and communism both arose from exploitation of the working man during the industrial revolution in the 1800s. Working conditions in the mills and factories were extremely harsh and the class difference between the rich and the workers was great. There was little middle class. In todays world it is convenient for anarchist to tell the masses that they are so desperately abused and class structure is such that they are being so terribly exploited. The masses are in such a horrible hole that they can never climb out of it. This rhetoric serves the same purpose as the true working conditions of the 1800s and early 1900s. The only problem is that billions around the world would give up everything for an opportunity to live in America. Much of the hateful speech spewed by anarchist is intended to incite violence that challenges the very pillars of democracy that have propped up our country for hundreds of years.

So what is the real difference between communism and socialism. Are we witnessing a movement to true socialism or are we seeing a socialism migration with communistic attributes attached to the movement.  

The basic philosophy of socialism and communism are similar. The communist philosophy is “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” while the socialist philosophy is “From each according to his ability, to each according to his contribution”. The way ANTIFA is advocating the overthrow of American government is more in line with communism than socialism.

Both socialism and communism believe in central planning. Since the central planners are viewed as being superior to the average citizen, these planners will map how each person will live, what they will consume and the amount to consume. Freedom of choice is removed from the average citizen.

In communism all economic resources are publicly owned and controlled by the government. Individuals hold no personal property or assets. A person can not start a business nor have a personal farm or open a restaurant. In socialism Individuals own personal property but all industrial and production capacity is communally owned and controlled by a democratically elected government. A person may own his company, or farm or restaurant but the government will dictate how much the owner can provide thus dictating what a person’s financial income will be. This determines how large a company will grow and this in turn will determine the maximum number of employs a company can hire. Either from of government will destroy the internal will-to-achieve success in life.

In a communistic state, class is abolished. The ability to earn more than other workers is almost nonexistent. The will to work hard is diminished. Eventually the individual sees no reason to try to excel. In socialism classes exist but differences are diminished. It is possible for some people to earn more than others. It is as if socialism is the transition from capitalism to communism. If socialism is adopted it will only be a matter of time before communism seeps into the country’s norm.

Possibly the biggest difference in the two anti-capitalistic approaches to government is religion. Communism effectively abolishes religion while socialism allows this to take place. Unfortunately, if America goes socialistic, it will only be a mater of time before the communist attack freedom of religion.  I saw two posts on Facebook last week that was disheartening.  One was a photo of a girl dressed in a devil suit with a sign proclaiming “Get God Out of California”.  The other was an article pertaining to a recent religious march in Washington DC that was led by Franklin Graham.  The comment of the person posting the article was, “All are idots”.

While we seem to place each political party into a neat little package and decorate the boxes with a cute little bow and thus stereotype each party, it is far more complex.  There are Democrats that are not pure socialist or communist and there are Republicans that are not pure Capitalist.  What we have to realize is that there is good in each party and negatives in each party.  We have to pull together as one nation and forget this direct confrontation.  It’s time to be Americans again.

TAKE THE CENSUS

Posted: September 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE BERNICE BANNER THE WEEK OF 9/28/2020

When in elementary school I recall the teacher telling us of a government sponsored project called the “census”.  We learned how it was taken every ten years and that it would tell the number of people living in the United States.  In the early 1960s this was a big thing. We would get the news from our radios, evening news television programs and newspapers.  There were no computers or social media and no hidden agendas.  Of course if you went to Farmerville elementary you also got the scholastic news paper and the census story was there.

The census is nothing new, did not originate in the United States and today there is more to the census than just counting people for the sake of knowing how many people live in the United States.  The middle kingdom of ancient Egypt conducted a census as did the ancient Greek city states.  The Bible addresses the census and states that the census is taken to collect a tax for the upkeep of the tabernacle.  When Rome took control of Israel the Roman leader took a census to determine a tax from the Israelis.  China, Mid-eval Europe and the Spanish empire all found it a necessity to take a census.  Even the Inca empire of South America held a census.  Today all countries conduct some sort of census.  The United States is no exception.

We are in the middle of an election year and the use of polls to identify which candidate is ahead and to observe the effects of various stimuluses during the election year is constantly on our televisions.  Polls use samples of the general population, or at least should.  This allows a small number of people to be questioned and this is then assumed to represent all people.  This is referred to as a Sampling technique.  A census is different.  A census taken in the United States obtains information from every person living in the country.  At least that is the intent.  There are problems obtaining this information in ur current society,

In the early days of the census, the government had to find and get to all the population. Rural America made it difficult to get to much of the population.  Today it is much more tricky to obtain census information.  Mistrust by many leads to poor or no data being captured.  There was a time that some Hispanics would not reveal information for fear that the government would come to deport illegals that were living at a residence.  This was proven to not be true.  Other people feel that they want no more government interference and as an act of defiance they do not give any information.  The race card has entered into the equation on this census.  I have heard that census workers are not welcome and information not provided due to the color of the census worker’s skin.  All this leads to poor data and in many cases can cause a reduction of representation in government, reduction in government funding and poor data to determine the success of certain government programs.

Government seats in congress, state legislatures and even local governments are established by the census.  The number of seats and how the geographical area is broken out for elected officials are a result of the census.  At a time of very large federal government funding for health, education  and welfare; census information is used to provide how much funding each geographical area will receive.  If a community does not provide the data, the community will not receive its’ fair share of funds.  Additionally, the government is continually establishing projects to help Americans.  Information obtained from the census helps the government understand if a program is successful.  If the program is not achieving its original goals, the money used in the program may be better used elsewhere.

The one myth that needs to be debunked is the security of the data.  Census data is kept private and is not to be used against any individual or any group.  The intent is to help Americans, not abuse us.

So come on and help our nation, our state and our local communities.  Take the census.

It’s All About Freedom of Choice

Posted: September 27, 2020 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE RUSTON DAILY LEADER AND THE FARMERVILLE GAZETTE THE WEEK OF 9/27/2020

In 1803 two men led about 4 dozen men on an expedition of discovery that would strain every fiber in the men’s bodies and souls. One was a black man and I have never pointed out the race of an individual in any writing; however, in today’s world it is important to point out that both black and white toiled together to accomplish the great feat known as the Corps of Discovery. This is commonly known as the Lewis and Clarke expedition. 

President Thomas Jefferson empowered the two leaders to go forth and explore, provided funding and special training and gave the expedition the full backing of the new United States Government. For two years the expedition traveled from near St Louis, Missouri west to the Pacific Ocean. They crossed the Continental Divide, encountered American Indians, mapped and performed scientific experiments. Most importantly they made a presence of America in its’ newly acquired territory; the Louisiana Purchase. 

As great as the expedition was and as tough as the journey was, what is displayed is the intestinal fortitude of the American frontiersman. This independence is the hallmark of the American spirit; a spirit that many today would like to see diminished and controlled through government regulations, laws and attacks on the core of American values, the Constitution of the United States.

In 1898 America went to war with Spain and one major location of the war was Cuba where the Spanish claimed ownership. America was spoiling for a fight and atrocities performed by the Spanish coupled with the false claim that the Spanish had sunk the Battleship Maine in Havana Harbor placed America in the middle of a war. America’s military was suffering from downsizing following the American Civil War and military units and supplies were meager. It would take a strong volunteer military presence to make America strong again. 

The call went out for an all volunteer Army unit. Colonel Leonard Wood would lead a calvary regiment and it would be composed of American volunteers. A young, brash and confident under secretary of the navy quit his position and joined the calvary unit. Teddy Roosevelt recruited some of the most independent horsemen in America and the unit in turn was named Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. These men came from the frontier states of Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma in addition to some of Roosevelt’s Ivy League “chums” plus American Indians.  They were bold and tough and independent and displayed American fiber at its’ best.

The legend of the Rough Riders was at its’ pinnacle when they attacked the Spanish at San Juan Hill. There were more units involved in the charge. One was the Buffalo Soldiers; an all-black unit that was led by “Black Jack” Pershing. These men heard the call, took up arms and climbed the hill.  Pershing would later lead the American army into Europe during World War II. 

It was men such as these that built and fought to hold our great nation. They asked for no special consideration. They expected no privileges other than respect from a grateful nation.  This is what America is all about. They were cut from the same cloth that John Kennedy referred to when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country”. Unfortunately, America is changing and like a socialistic society many are looking at what America can provide for them and not what they can do to make the society better. This is like a cancer and the more this happens the more the country becomes the supplier of goods and services for the population. Eventually America will lose its’ self-respect. The need-to-achieve will disappear and America will then be just another Cuba or Venezuela. If anyone questions this, look around and see what is happening to our beautiful country.

It’s time that we take a time out, look inward and ask if Communism/Socialism is really better than living in a free nation.

GET UP AND GO VOTE

Posted: September 20, 2020 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE BERNICE BANNER THE WEEK OF 9/20/2020

America  will soon go to the polls and vote for the leader of the greatest country on earth.  Additionally, much of the leadership of the United States, congress and in some areas of America the state and local leadership, will be voted on.  It has been said that this is the most important election in the history of our nation.  Considering what is at stake for our noble and historic nation, it is definitely an extremely important contest and has the possibility of reshaping the complexion of America for the future.

The concept of voting for a country’s leadership is not new and it does have a defined starting date.  In fact the entire concept of democracy began with the bold theory of electing the leadership of a country.   In 507 B.C. Cleisthenes, the leader of Athens, introduced a reform to the existing political system.  This was called demokratia, which means “rule by the people”.   This radical new approach to government was the founding of democracy, the same democracy that we have embraced since the founding of our own nation.  Originally the Greeks voted by placing a pebble into an urn.   There were two urns and each urn represented one of the men running for office.  The urn with the most pebbles identified the winner of the election.  The votes cast were secret and no one knew how a person voted.  This secret ballot was later adopted in ancient Rome and has become a hallmark of our own election process.

America has not developed a method of voting without changes being made over time.  It has taken hard work and method massages to get us to where we are today; however, the one point that we have not compromised on is that there is one man, one vote and it is the obligation of the American citizen to select the leaders of our country.  In 1788 the electoral college was instituted as the method to select the president.  This insures that there is equality throughout our country and a few states do not dictate the development of our nation.  In 1866 the XIV amendment to the constitution was passed and guaranteed every male resident over the age of 21 the right to vote.  In 1869 the XV amendment passed and guaranteed that voters could not be suppressed due to race, color or religion.  In 1870 Utah gave women the right to vote followed by California in 1911 and finally in 1920 the XIX amendment passed giving women the right to vote across America.  Poll taxes and literacy tests were outlawed in the 1960s.  Voting rights have come a long way and when that man or woman casts their votes there should be appreciation from the voter for a  country that has grown to the magnificent example of democracy that we have today.

Voting has long been a privilege allowed to citizens of a specific geographical area.  It was once said that God created man, Samuel Colt made them equal.  The same could be said for the right to vote.  Every man is accorded one vote and this vote is allowed to a citizen regardless of that person’s position in society.  When it is realized that votes select the leadership of a democratic country, the ability to cast a vote is a powerful tool placed in the hands of every male and female citizen of their home country.

 There have been approximately 660,000 men and women that have died for our country.  As a testament to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation, we owe it to those patriots to go to the polls and vote.

Today there is discussion about voting by mail.  This has been done but only when a person requests to cast a vote due to not being able to go to the polls and vote.  If everyone that is a registered voter is automatically sent a ballot with the expectations of casting a ballot by mail, the entire process smacks of fraud.  What is the guarantee that the person mailing the vote in is truly the person that is supposed to vote.  Is there a check that a deceased person that received a voting letter did not have someone fill out the vote ballot and mail it in.  How is it guarantee that a person did not move, someone took the ballot from the mail box and sent it in with a fake signature.  While mail in ballots may be a voting method in the future, there are too many questions that have to be answered and too many loop holes to be filled before mail-in ballots become the standard method of casting a vote.

OK America, get off the couch, put on your masks and go out and say thank you to all that have made America great and cast your vote.  There will be no more exposure to COVID when voting than is experienced by going shopping, eating at a restaurant or protesting some social injustice. 

There is no excuse for not voting, and voting in a traditional manner.

The Vaccine is Near

Posted: September 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THEFARMERVILLE GAZETTE AND THE RUSTON DAILY LEADER THE WEEK OF 9/20/2020

The COVID 19 pandemic is bad, real bad.  It has not only killed hundreds of thousands of humans but it has also had enormous negative impact on the world economy. Several months ago I stated that we will be in trouble until a vaccine is developed, manufactured, dispersed and used by the general population.  That day is quickly approaching.

Last week I heard the Democratic presidential candidate state that the COVID vaccine should go to people in need and not to people based on their tax returns. This rhetoric serves no positive purpose. and the politicizing of something as important as getting an effective vaccine into the general population should be off limits to political tripe. The truth is that there is a plan, a well thought out plan, that shows that America is ready to get the vaccine into the general population. Contrary to the hysteria perpetuated by political jargon, various organizations have given a thumbs up for fairness and containing no bias based on color, creed, religion or economic position.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has a set of guidelines for deploying the COVID 19 vaccine. It is understood that the initial vaccine rollout will not be adequate to initially vaccinate every citizen of America. 

Groups that will receive the vaccine are prioritized by: risk of acquiring the infection, risk of mortality, risk of negative society impact if a person becomes infected and people who have a high risk of transmitting the virus.  The task force recognized that certain groups within America are more vulnerable; therefore, the vaccination plan takes into consideration that Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans are at a disproportionate risk and vaccination will address this anomaly. 

With the criteria in place, four phases for the vaccination program have been identified. This addresses the fact that once the vaccine is approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration the amount of vaccine available will not be enough to vaccinate everyone initially. This shortage is despite a massive manufacturing effort to have the vaccine on hand once it is approved. Over time this shortage will eventually disappear.  

Phase 1 vaccinations will go to frontline workers, qualifying seniors and high-risk groups. These are the workers that are saving our lives and keeping us safe. Also, the high-risk senior citizens that are in jeopardy of acquiring the disease plus the at-risk groups mentioned earlier will get the vaccine first.  As one healthcare leader stated, “you can build more ventilators, you can’t build more nurses”.

Phase 2: Essential workers, all seniors, people living in group settings. This would be the seniors that live in the nursing homes or assisted living housing. Additionally, essential workers are included in this phase. These are the men and women that keep our country going and insure that America survives.

Phase 3: Kids and other essential workers. These are children and any essential workers not included in Phase 2. This vaccine will allow schools to safely open without fear of contamination. The children are a low risk of fatalities thus they are in phase 3 and not phase 2. They are included in phase 3 and not phase 4 due to the possibility of spreading the disease.

Phase 4. All remaining citizens or residents of America. Any people in America that have not been vaccinated will be vaccinated in Phase 4.

Let’s not politicize the vaccine nor the deployment program. For once in this time of need and support, let’s pull together as one country;; or as Coach O has said, “one heartbeat”.

God Bless America and God Bless our Planet. 

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE COPS

Posted: September 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL BE IN THE BERNICE BANNER THE WEEK OF 9/13/2020

Many years ago America went to war. No, it was not a noble event that witnessed a unified nation.  It was also not the one that was sanctified by terrorist that stole four massive aircraft  loaded with innocent passengers and crashed two into the World Trade Center and a third into the Pentagon.  The war I am referring to was not the war that galvanized the American public into a unified body that sacrificed to ensure that the Axis nations were defeated in Europe and Japan.  I’m referring to a war in a steamy jungle that no one wanted to go to and where America fought to keep communism in check. 

America always welcomed home their noble warriors; at least almost always.  In one war the returning American military was met with anything but appreciation.  There was no thanks and no ticker tape parades.  There were very few “welcome homes”.   Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars fame had a father that returned from Viet Nam while serving in the navy.  While in an airport in San Francisco a man came up and spit on him.  As the elder Harrison said, that man will not do that again.  Likewise General Norman Schwarzkopf, head of all troops during Desert Storm said that he had heard of the incidents happening across America.  He stated that If it had happened to him he would not have tolerated it even if he had thrown away his military career.  This is not the way America treats the men and women that put their lives on the line for our great nation.

History does repeat itself and we are seeing this disrespect on the streets of America today.  The uniforms are not the camouflage of the military but are instead the blue of our noble police force.  Every day the men and women of the police put on their uniforms, kiss their loved ones goodbye and go out into the public to protect the lives and property of America.  In some areas these brave men and women are then treated to a myriad of attacks, humiliation and when it’s time for someone to have their backs there is no one there to support them.  When confronted by anarchy the leadership of the community not only turn their backs on the men and women that protect them but they actually blame the men and women that swore an oath to protect and serve.  In many areas the mandate is simple, protect the community but we are taking away some of your tools and we will defund you also.  What kind of mentality allows this to happen?

Rural America is quite fortunate.  There is a love of our great nation, respect for law and order and an appreciation for the law officers that patrol our streets.  There is no place for ANTIFA in rural America but if it does raise its’ ugly head the law enforcement individuals are ready to stop it in its’ tracks. If allowed to perform their jobs as they were trained to execute on, the burning cities would not have taken place.  Instead of demonizing our police we should be walking up to them on the street and thanking them for their service.

If anyone needs to be demonized it should be those that disrespect and show no support for these noble men and women.  A sobering statistic is that 48 police officers gave their lives in 2019 while providing a safe country to live in.  Thank you men and women of our police forces.

Many years ago America went to war. No, it was not a noble event that witnessed a unified nation.  It was also not the one that was sanctified by terrorist that stole four massive aircraft  loaded with innocent passengers and crashed two into the World Trade Center and a third into the Pentagon.  The war I am referring to was not the war that galvanized the American public into a unified body that sacrificed to ensure that the Axis nations were defeated in Europe and Japan.  I’m referring to a war in a steamy jungle that no one wanted to go to and where America fought to keep communism in check. 

America always welcomed home their noble warriors; at least almost always.  In one war the returning American military was met with anything but appreciation.  There was no thanks and no ticker tape parades.  There were very few “welcome homes”.   Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars fame had a father that returned from Viet Nam while serving in the navy.  While in an airport in San Francisco a man came up and spit on him.  As the elder Harrison said, that man will not do that again.  Likewise General Norman Schwarzkopf, head of all troops during Desert Storm said that he had heard of the incidents happening across America.  He stated that If it had happened to him he would not have tolerated it even if he had thrown away his military career.  This is not the way America treats the men and women that put their lives on the line for our great nation.

History does repeat itself and we are seeing this disrespect on the streets of America today.  The uniforms are not the camouflage of the military but are instead the blue of our noble police force.  Every day the men and women of the police put on their uniforms, kiss their loved ones goodbye and go out into the public to protect the lives and property of America.  In some areas these brave men and women are then treated to a myriad of attacks, humiliation and when it’s time for someone to have their backs there is no one there to support them.  When confronted by anarchy the leadership of the community not only turn their backs on the men and women that protect them but they actually blame the men and women that swore an oath to protect and serve.  In many areas the mandate is simple, protect the community but we are taking away some of your tools and we will defund you also.  What kind of mentality allows this to happen?

Rural America is quite fortunate.  There is a love of our great nation, respect for law and order and an appreciation for the law officers that patrol our streets.  There is no place for ANTIFA in rural America but if it does raise its’ ugly head the law enforcement individuals are ready to stop it in its’ tracks. If allowed to perform their jobs as they were trained to execute on, the burning cities would not have taken place.  Instead of demonizing our police we should be walking up to them on the street and thanking them for their service.

If anyone needs to be demonized it should be those that disrespect and show no support for these noble men and women.  A sobering statistic is that 48 police officers gave their lives in 2019 while providing a safe country to live in.  Thank you men and women of our police forces.