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Thank God for the Rough Men Ready to Do Violence on Our Behalf

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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. ~attributed to George Orwell

A friend and brother posted this and was ripped for his timing and sentiment that we remember the rough men who protect us. I think his timing was perfect and the sentiment is sorely needed. 

Do you know that “rough men” is an English expression that doesn’t mean vulgar or uncouth or violent? It refers to men who are tough and able and refreshingly masculine—the kind of men we desperately need right now.  

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I thank God for the rough men who protect and serve us rather than protecting their own power and serving themselves. 

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Remember the rough men who went up the stairs in the World Trade Center buildings to help others make it down to safety? Or the rough men who dug through the ash and wreckage to look for survivors?

How about the rough men who ran headlong into machine gun spray on Normandy beaches? I served with rough men in the Navy. They were men who patrol the sea and stay ready to protect our nation. 

Where were the rough men when Portland citizens were threatened with violence last summer? They were willing, but were leashed by those in charge. Could people there sleep peaceably in their beds? 

We desperately need rough men. They face an onslaught of lies and political and social vilification that is as undeserved as it violent. We should thank the rough men who protect and serve us.

What happens when rough men become disillusioned? When they strip them of all kindness and respect—and funding? Will they give up and give in like so many of us have with our silence? 

Think about this as you drift off to sleep in peace knowing that rough men patrol your streets, towns and cities and stand ready to do violence on your behalf. Thank God for them.

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Patrick is a journalist and writer with degrees in English and journalism. He served six years in the Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures and blogging at https://luscri.com/



 
 
 

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Biden’s Call for Unity Rings Hollow

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It’s true that at Christmas we long for peace and a united voice of joy for the blessings we have as a country. The Christ child calling from a manger calls for love not division. In this season of joy, President Biden’s Christmas address called for unity and optimism for the year ahead.

He hoped his message would connect: “So, my hope this Christmas season is that we take a few moments of quiet reflection, find that stillness at the heart of Christmas, and look really look at each other, not as Democrats or Republicans, not as members of Team Red or Team Blue, as who we really are, fellow Americans, fellow human beings worthy being treated with dignity and respect.” Biden said that he wanted to “drain the poison” from “our politics.”

His words ring hollow at a time when he has repeatedly demonized his political opponents. Does he remember calling MAGA Republicans “domestic terrorists?” Is this the same president who last Christmas attacked those unvaccinated Americans who would usher in a “winter of severe illness and death.”

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If President Biden truly wants to bring more unity, he will need more than a Christmas speech. He will need to demonstrate a change of heart by reversing some of his divisive policies and hateful comments that are contributing to America remaining so divided:

Unite Americans by caring enough to secure our borders to protect us all from the drug infestation, the rampant human trafficking, and the influx of millions of undocumented aliens overwhelming our border cities. Help us be a welcoming country to those who legally earn the right to immigrate to this amazing country.

Unite Americans by caring enough to support an “all of the above” energy policy that capitalizes on both new innovations and our amazing natural resources to provide low-cost energy and fuels to help lower inflation, create new jobs, and stimulate our vibrant free-enterprise economy.

Unite Americans by focusing on the common rights and gifts of all our citizens refusing to divide us into special groups that divide us and allow any special treatment to any group. Demand that all Americans receive the same rights and privileges a free country must ensure to truly be fair.

Unite Americans by bringing back personal accountability and law in order to our cities, once again ensuring that those who do crimes serve time as required by law. Take a stand to protect and support the law-abiding citizens while ensuring that criminals are held accountable.

Unite Americans by caring enough to limit government spending, to cut unnecessary government programs, and ensure that hard-working Americans keep more of the money they have earned instead of facing higher taxes.

Unite Americans by calling for a return to the voting system that has served this country for 200 years—help build renewed trust by ensuring only citizens vote using paper ballots on the same election day America has always set aside to decide elections.

Unite Americans by renewing a commitment to free speech by protecting every Americans right to express their criticism of those in power, no matter what the party. Instead of silencing criticism, invite and honor healthy disagreement and vibrant debate. Let hate speech by an invitation to more speech to counter its divisive voice.

Unite Americans by challenging every citizen to be a caring neighbor who supports local charities and gives from their own pocket to help friends, family, and neighbors instead of expecting government to take money from their wealthier neighbors to fund their “charity.”

Finally, unite Americans by honoring and celebrating excellence in every race and gender by sharing stories of diverse people making a difference in every area of our lives. Instead of fostering government dependence by creating more entitlements, encourage people to learn from the millions of citizens who are still living their American Dream. Let them know that you believe America can work for every citizen willing to make it work!

Do these things Mr. President, and you just may have a united country in 2023!

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What America Do You Want?

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What have we done to the shared values that made America great? Do you shake your head as you listen to the nightly news or the latest Biden gaffe or executive order? Yes, it has been amazing to watch Americans come together to help their neighbors in the face of Hurricane Ian, but hurricanes have an end to their destruction. Between now and November, we must remind Americans of the disaster we face if we do not elect candidates who will put a stop to the Biden Administration’s destructive policies and priorities. America’s future depends upon it.

We know that every improvement is the result of change, but we are now learning a very painful lesson—not every change is in improvement! Biden’s America hardly resembles the country our Founding Fathers envisioned. Fake news abounds, unchecked by mainstream media. Dissent is silenced or, even worse, labeled hate speech. The value of work, personal responsibility, and perseverance are replaced with honoring victimhood, fueling racism, and encouraging dependence.

We might heed the words of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 5:20) when he warned: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” The prophet could say the same thing about Biden’s America today!

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We are becoming the fake news capital of the world. Speaking to Democratic governors recently, President Joe Biden compared Italy’s new and conservative prime minister Giorgia Meloni to Chinese dictator Xi Jinping. Meloni campaigned on God, pride in country, and defense of family values to win the election. Even the direct rival she defeated, ex Italian PM Matteo Renzi, defended her: “Personally I was against Giorgia Meloni, I’m not her best friend. We are rivals, but she is not a danger to democracy. The idea there is a risk of fascism in Italy is absolutely fake news.” Biden’s reckless diplomatic statements are dangerous and irresponsible. America has and must expect more from her presidents.

When most Americans are concerned about their own safety and the rise of crime in their communities, Biden’s Washington remains focused on a never-ending investigation into the “January 6th Insurrection.” The Democrats seem to feel it is the worst travesty to hit America since 9/11. While many who participated in the “insurrection” remain in jail, Democrats are still calling for police budget cuts, an end to bail, fewer prosecutions, and early release for true criminals. To prevent criminals from being homeless after serving time, President Biden has even promised housing for 100% of those who have done criminal crimes. At the same time, his administration has done little or nothing to improve housing for veterans, seniors living on fixed incomes, or working Americans on the verge of losing their homes in the face of the inflation-driven increases in the cost of living.

Instead of challenging and encouraging all Americans to earn their own American Dream, today’s Democrats are arguing for a guaranteed income for all Americans, In America, we promise the freedom to work in pursuit of one’s own happiness. Now, Democrats want to provide a guaranteed income whether you earn it or not. Why work when you can be dependent on your tax-paying neighbors?

Americans wonder why there is inadequate housing, but Washington seems to ensure that building and owning rental property doesn’t pay. When government mandates rent moratoriums, property owners are left holding the bag. Owners must still pay their mortgages and maintenance expenses while renters get a free ride and can’t even be evicted. Why would anyone want to own rental property in today’s America? Want more housing, let capitalism work.

And just what has happened to our guaranteed freedom of speech? If you dare say that you are a MAGA voter who still believes there was rampant fraud in the 2020 election, you must be shamed into silence as an obvious domestic enemy worthy of scorn. In today’s America, the Left can say anything they want about Trump or conservatives and still post away on social media, but even mention election fraud or tyranny from the left, and your freedom of expression goes away. “Hate speech” rules are one-sided and a true threat to our freedom of speech.

Democrats try to tell us that the Southern border is secure, and they rail against conservative border governors sending even a few illegal immigrants to Democrat-controlled cities like Washington, Chicago, and New York. They claim they are “sanctuary cities” ready to protect illegal immigrants. But when put to the test, they plead for National Guard troops and for President Biden to do something! He has been doing something; he has been sending illegals by the bus loads to red states for well over a year. We do not have a secure border, and even Democratic mayors in border cities know something needs to be done. President Biden, it is time to finish the wall and secure our border. It’s time to elect candidates who will demand just that.

If this is the America you want, vote Democrat. If not, embrace the GOP’s Commitment to America and get ready to take back the future of this great country. Yes, it is time to Make America Great Again!

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