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Shame is no longer a deterrent

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“Shameless” used to be a serious insult.

If you said, “Have you no shame!?” That was a major put-down. The recipient of the comment was isolated from others by “Shame on you!” And we were taught to “never bring shame upon our (family, school, church, team, etc.)”

People have committed suicide over the shame they felt for misbehavior. People in many cultures, especially Asian, consider the worst sin one could commit would be to bring shame upon their family or country.

Pregnancy outside of wedlock was once a source of shame and Planned Parenthood found its mission in preventing that guilt. In fact, their main purpose even today is to prevent pregnancy or births. Their name should more accurately be “Prevent Parenthood.” As I have stated in other works, the right to choose life has always existed. What Prevent Parenthood insists upon is “a woman’s right to choose” to kill her fetus. Most of the hundreds of thousands of babies put to death annually in the USA are to avoid the embarrassment or inconvenience of a pregnancy, not for health or incest/rape reasons.

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There has also been shame in committing a crime, being hateful toward others, committing vandalism, abandoning your family or other responsibilites, taking the Lord’s name in vain, cheating on your spouse, embezzling funds from a trusted partner, disrespecting your teachers, clergy, police, or parents. Even in wasting a great opportunity that others have given you has carried a shame consequence. Deserting your post in the military or committing Treason was a source of shame.

That was then.

Sadly, the current culture has removed that stain. Our Vice President of the United States has openly lied and then laughed it off. She promoted a bail fund for felons and vandals. She openly encouraged those who were committing violent crimes in protests. And then she laughed and brushed aside any blame. Well, let’s revisit what Treason is.

U.S. Code Provision:  Penalties for TREASON

18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Our children are being taught to feel shame for being born white, but somehow they are absolved from shame if they destroy a statue, burn a police precinct, cause a death or betray our country.

It is time for Outrage to come home!

We need to say, “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!” (Credit to the movie Network.) Seriously folks, isn’t it time we drew a line and stood up to yell if needed that this cannot go on?

Across America parents are confronting woke school boards and city councils but mainstream media brushes them off. Conservative media voices outrage on our behalf, but more voices are needed.

What is the product of a society where outrage isn’t expressed and shameless behavior is accepted?

The product is a people with no morals. An immoral society is capable of anything. Evil things. When nothing is truly good then nothing is truly evil and therefore it is permitted.

All of this is rooted in belief in God.

All of it comes back to our basic life assumptions or worldview. If we believe there is a Creator who is the source of life and the essence of love, then we are led to be more loving and life affirming. If we don’t believe there is a Creator then we are free to do whatever feels good and doesn’t bring about pain or payback. That’s where America is today, at that crossroad.

Our adversaries are among us. As the cartoon character Pogo is famous for saying, “We have met the enemy and he is us!” Yes, our neighbors and colleagues who promote racism against whites while condemning it against blacks, they are an enemy to a free democratic society. Those who demand religious freedom for atheists and Satanists while persecuting Christianity, are an enemy to our peaceful culture. Those who claim to champion compassion for transgender while criticizing heterosexuality are enemies to a healthy society. Those who insist on restricting language, banning books (Dr. Seuss, et al), cancelling people they disagree with, censoring and banning people online including the President of the United States, those are our enemies.

As Gandalf said, “This will not stand!”

We cannot allow this to persist. The moment of outrage is here. We need to be mad as hell and commit to not taking it anymore.

It is time to purge our leadership rolls of woke weakeners of society. We need a season of conservative leadership. The school boards, city councils, neighborhood committees, home owners associations, civic clubs, government agencies, mayors, legislators, congress, governors, and certainly our US Senate, Presidency, Supreme Court and Military leaders need to be pro-America. They need to believe in the goodness of a society rooted in Faith in God, the Brotherhood of Mankind, the value of learning our native language American English, the importance of obeying laws, earning citizenship, nurturing learning and encouraging open debate of conflicting and unpleasant ideas, and Serving Others.

Our current path is disturbingly similar to the German Republic in the 1930s when Hitler rose to power and ultimately murdered millions. This pattern must stop and you and I are the ones to stop it. Stand up, speak out, write to your leaders, gather with others who love America. Vote Conservative even if you don’t like the person’s personality. Assert your outrage and eliminate the shameful image our country is projecting to the world today. Be a proud American, a Patriot, a good person, a responsible neighbor, a loving family member, a loyal friend, a good student, a willing teacher and helper of those in need. Compassion is not enabling bad behavior with silence, it is guiding toward the light with a firm hand. No more violence, no more hatred, no more racism toward any color of skin.

Make America Good Again!

 

 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 20 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his advisory work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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Flag Flying, Race Shaming and Revisionist History

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The Pride flag is flying over some of our embassies. So is the Black Lives Matter flag. School boards are adding Critical Race Theory to public school curriculums. The president commended LGBTQ people for their “bravery” while ignoring D-Day.

How should we react to obscene overreaches from our federal government and school boards? If we’re people of faith, do we remain silent in light of Romans 12? Do we always submit to those in authority over us?

If I were a father, I wouldn’t stand by and allow my child to be indoctrinated. He need not feel shame for his skin color—nor for his country’s history.

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Hard truths

Every country—current or past—has its sins and foibles and mistakes and weaknesses. So does every people group. Native Americans subjugated others in competing tribes. Africans enslaved other Africans.

We’re all sinners living in a broken world. The human condition is the same today as it was in 1619, 1776, 1492 and 200 B.C. Yes, I said it—B.C.—before Christ—he who changed the world and triggered a new era in history.

There are no noble savages. Human beings are neither noble nor savage—we’re simply imperfect beings made in the image of a perfect God.

Nations begin when compacts are made, charters are crafted, constitutions are ratified. When principles are agreed upon, people come together and build something with which they can live and fight for. America did not begin when colonists imported slaves. Colonial slavery began.

Sins of our fathers

In 1619, America was not a nation; it was a group of colonies and vassal to a faraway king. Descendants of slave owners are not guilty of slavery. Nor are they guilty of white privilege or white shame or white anything.

Descendants of African kings who sold their fellow Africans to slave traders aren’t guilty of slavery. The guilty are those who committed the guilty acts. We are not complicit in the sins of our fathers.

Nor is our nation guilty of anything other than being flawed and founded by imperfect men. America remains the best hope for freedom and opportunity the world has ever seen. This truth is undeniable.

Lies and overreach

The only flag our government agencies can fly is Old Glory. Federal government has no freedom to show pride for anything other than the country they serve. LGBTQ is not a country; it’s a choice. LGBTQ is not a nation; it’s a sexual preference. LGBTQ people are citizens of America, not Pride.

Pride is what one feels for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the bloody beaches of Normandy. Pride that is proper is a mix of humility and courage. It’s not about anger or in-your-face, deal-with-me aggression. Pride isn’t loud and obnoxious. Nor should its flag be a co-opted rainbow. Rainbows are about promises, not preferences.

Black Lives Matter is a race-baiting grift operation. It’s built on lies like “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” BLM does next to nothing to help life black Americans out of poverty and crime. BLM does everything to to garner power and bilk people and corporations out of money and support.

BLM’s founders are Marxists who seek to change America not for racial equality, but for social and economic equity. BLM is a political organization that’s free to fly its flag over demonstrations, marches—and even riots. U.S. Embassies and other federal government entities have no business flying BLM or Pride flags. It’s not their role.

Right role of government

Our federal government has no role in controversial societal issues like sexual preference. The federal government exists only to protect its citizens from all foreign and domestic enemies and to uphold their constitutional rights.

Anything more is overreach and unconstitutional. Our submission to those in authority over us is contractual. We have no king because we won’t be ruled. We have representatives to whom we lend authority based on a contract, a Constitution.

When that contract is violated, we’re free to resist violations like improper flag flying, school indoctrination and revisionist history.

Let’s exercise it within the law as long as the law doesn’t violate higher laws—God’s laws. After all, as Americans, resistance is our birthright. As people of faith, truth is our banner.

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What if there is no God?

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What does it matter whether you believe in God?

Well, let’s think this through.

Seriously, let’s examine this rationally and see the practical implications of your choice. 

Ravi Zacharias, in his book Can Man Live Without God?, makes the most compelling and rational case for faith in God that I have ever seen. His critical thinking, commitment to logic and practical answers make this so much more than an appeal to religion or blind faith. The implications of belief in the existence of a loving God are huge and life-or-death profound.

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Following are some screen shots I took from his book. All of my comments in red ink, his are in black.

Look below at the chilling quote from Hitler that is posted at Auschwitz death camp. 

Here’s how Ravi approaches the basic idea of God. 

 

“Word Games” lead to “Crimes of Logic.” 

If the Concept is faulty the Conclusion will be too. 

Concept, Application, Function:

These are the modes of thinking that I teach in my book The Acorn Principle and in my seminars. Concept, Application, Function. The Concept is the main idea, the Premise, if we get that wrong then everything else will be wrong. If there is a flaw in your logic then no matter how compelling your argument may be, it will not stand up to scrutiny.  

For example: “Open Borders are Compassionate.” Faulty concept. So all the attempts to rationalize it, justify it and ignore key outcomes from it will ultimately fail. It’s just not an idea that can work. Even worse, “Police are no longer needed.” Not true. 

Or, “People change the climate.” No, people may be able to influence the climate, but the forces of Nature are so massive and universal as to be overwhelming, more powerful than our ability to alter them. Granted, we should be good stewards of our Earth, but Nature has more power than we do. Every great disaster that was supposed to kill us all has abated and Nature has absorbed the impact quite well. Climate has always changed and we cannot stop it. A stable climate would kill us all. And fossil fuel is a gift, not a curse. 

Here’s another: “Kids need to realize that gender is discretionary. You can choose your sex.” As Senator Biden once said, “That’s a bone-head idea.” He was referring to something else but it applies here. Gender is a fact. Nature rules. There are mutated conditions where gender conflict occurs in people but it does not change their gender. If others are asked to ignore reality in order to make them more comfortable ALL of the people will know that they are denying reality. It becomes an enabler’s game but it cannot endure. Heterosexuality is required for humanity to survive. 

Try this one: “White Supremacy is the greatest threat to our country.” Bone-head mentality is required if one is to accept this idea. First off, white skin is not supreme to anything, nor is brown, black or other tones of skin. Second, there is no organized movement of white supremacy. There are isolated groups like Nazis and Skin Heads but they don’t have any significant influence, especially when compared to Black Lives Matter and Antifa. If the perpetuation of racism in America were left up to white people it would die almost overnight. It is the misguided leaders of the black community who perpetuate the racial division with hate and blame and victim-mindset.

America has been infiltrated by Marxist organizers who are aggressively pressing for changes to our language, our culture, our laws, our churches, our schools and our lives. In the year 2020 they conducted the worst riots, murders, vandalism and destruction in our country’s history since the Civil War. The Sixties were nothing compared to this. January 6 was relatively mild* when compared to the murders, fires and damage in Portland, Minneapolis, and other cities across America. The violent push continues now in 2021 and radicals are getting elected and appointed at all levels of society. (*with the tragic exception of unarmed demonstrator Ashli Babbitt being shot to death by Capitol Police.) 

Next comes new regulations, rules, laws and policies that will separate us by race, age, politics, language and gender. The plan that worked for Hitler is now in place in the USA. Our economy is eroding fast, our resources are becoming unavailable, and people don’t trust each other. So, since chaos has been put in place, change is possible. If you are Evil and want to take control, what do you do?

First you stoke hatred of your largest target (rational, conservative white people), then you get children to accept guilt and become spies against their parents and teachers, next you restrict public expression and freedom of speech, then you demonize belief in God and churches, then you register everyone and sort them in to categories of compliant vs rebellious, then you begin to imprison the offenders. Tell me my logic is wrong!

This is the path our country is on today. We MUST reverse the course, reject the stupidity and obvious irrationality, and more importantly, we must embrace belief in a loving Creator. We must celebrate and popularize religious expression and gatherings.

Concept: America is a country founded on belief in God. A good God.

Application: Our churches, schools, public places and institutions must support and encourage faith.

Function: We must become good people. Help our neighbors. Be problem solvers and stop hating, labeling and blaming others. 

We must Make America Good Again. 

 

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