Weighing in on the “Roe” controversy, following the Supreme Court leak yesterday… The science: A full genetic code is infused at the time of conception. “Life” begins at conception. It wouldn’t take an anatomy professor at Dartmouth to figure that out. In turn, killing the baby at any point after that is murder (this is what the Catholic Church unequivocally teaches). And speaking of the ‘spiritual’: Abortion opens a wide door to the demonic, with people participating in it on any level (including even voting for pro-choice politicians). Extrapolated out, the more people being demonically manipulated in a country, the darker, spiritually, the country becomes. That’s “Spirituality 101” in Christian moral theology circles. And, frankly, all you have to do is take even a somewhat objective look at how sinful America has become in recent years. Biden said a “Roe” reversal would be a “slippery slope,” putting other things like gay marriage, etc., in jeopardy. If I were president, my paradigm would be, yes, this could, indeed, be the beginning of a “slippery slope” — toward Making America Moral Again (“MAMA”). Which brings us back to, well, mothers (and fathers), children, and how God intended for this thing to be all along.
I just interviewed a local Vietnam Vet who weighed in on the War in Ukraine. He was a helicopter flight mechanic near the front lines during the war. This veteran said he sees the Ukraine War paradigm, basically, the way the Vietnam War was framed. That is, “containment” of Soviet Union (now Russia) style communism. The atrocities taking place in Ukraine at present are, indeed, absolutely horrific. And the ‘communism containment of today and yesteryear’ is, very much, an apt corollary — on one level. But, and here’s a corollary that’s not being made (yet), abortion has been legal in Ukraine for decades, and Zelensky, as an example, is a strong proponent of “choice.” What happens in an abortion is absolutely horrific as well. What’s more, abortion is now legal in almost every country worldwide. Do we think God is just going to stand by and allow this Holocaust to continue unabated? What we are looking at in the Ukraine, I believe, may be just one of the opening salvos of World War III — where God merely takes His hand off the world, and mankind reaps the grave consequences for abortion, (and other) grave sins. In fact, we may well be seeing the “pale green horse” of the Book of Revelation ‘coming around the first turn,’ so to speak.
I just did a newspaper article about a local Mennonite Church Community Garden. As you can see from the photo, these people take gardening seriously. The garden coordinator told me this used to just be a big patch of grass south of the church, until 2013. That’s when one of the Sunday School classes decided to make the land a lot more productive. They sub-divided it into 16 rather large plots, added a good deal of compost to the soil, and have turned it all into a rather thriving thing. Mennonites believe we are to be good stewards of God’s creation. And what’s more, they believe they are to help those less fortunate. So, a lot of this produce every season finds its way to several local food banks and soup kitchens.
I regularly cover village council meetings in small communities throughout the area. And the issues that come up are tremendously varied. For instance, one of the towns is doing a water tower rehab project this summer. The Village Administrator for this town also recently outlined a multiple road asphalt repaving project slated for this summer, in tandem with a municipal pool painting project. While, okay, not seemingly momentous on the face of it, these projects, these council decisions, do, indeed, impact the local populace in significant ways. In fact, our campaign calls for much more power to be put in the hands of these local officials who, ultimately, and intimately, know their towns’ specific needs.
A Bluffton police officer was killed in the line of duty this week. I spent part of the week reporting on the story. The officer, Dominic Francis, was putting up “stop sticks” on I-75 to stop a vehicle that was being pursued southbound out of Toledo. It was traveling at speeds up to 130 mph. Officer Francis was struck by the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Francis, 41, was with the Bluffton Police nine years and left behind a wife and two children. Besides being a husband and father, he was a substitute teacher, a high school football and softball coach, a volunteer firefighter, and was even a school bus driver. Everything about him spelled: “service.” At a prayer vigil the evening after his death, one of the village pastors said Jesus laid down his life for us. And following that example, Officer Dominic (and all police) are willing to lay down their life for their neighbor/community. Note: I was interviewed by one of the Ohio TV news channels and conveyed to the reporter that while some circles clamor for “defunding the police,” conversely, these police are willing to pay the “ultimate price.” See our position on crime (and the police)…
I recently interviewed a local librarian who is the youth reading coordinator. She doe story time sessions at the library and at an elementary school (using books like the one pictured here). She has a master’s degree in Library Science. She noted that in this modern age of screen videos, and such, reading among youth is becoming more and more out of vogue. This can, indeed, be detrimental. That is, reading books, for instance, is akin to aerobics for the brain. One has to actively picture the plot line, the characters, the background scenes… With a video, well, the imagery, what the characters look like, etc., is all right there in front of your face. In adopting all this new technology, cart blanche, have we, indeed, made a mistake? An important question. Note: I also recently interviewed a local sociology professor who posited that technology actually drives culture in recent centuries, not the other way around. And he used the example of the Industrial Revolution. Steam power was initially harnessed, factories went up, mass production started happening… and people moved from the country to around these plants (which became “urban areas”). And many people traded a small farm, agrarian-based existence, for a much more fast-paced, crowded, polluted… existence. The professor said that unlike the Amish, who go through prayerful, studied discernment in regard to adopting a new technology, mainstream America usually just accepts the newest technology — and labels it: “progress.”
Gas prices are climbing amidst the Ukrainian War and subsequent sanctions. Many in America are bemoaning the higher prices, but our administration wouldn’t be. The higher the gas prices, the more motorist conservation measures (driving slower, inflating tires properly, bicycling, walking…) will be taken. Global warming gasses will decrease in kind, with new and better habits being developed in motorists. What’s more, this will make the country a lot more receptive to the sweeping change we promote in our position paper on transportation.
Nov. 2018 edition
Just finished reading the cover article… Excerpt: “Western lands have been a subject of intense dispute ever since the U.S. Government seized them from native tribes.” Who took over were homesteaders, railroads, livestock barons, ranchers, mining syndicates… with little thought of conservation/land- management. The “common good” eventually became a thing “…and the notion of public lands, managed in perpetuity by the federal government for the good of the nation” became more than just a concept when President Grant, in 1872, signed a bill creating Yellowstone National Park — the world’s first. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management eventually evolved for forests, grasslands, deserts… And the federal government, at present, owns 575 million acres across the west. Now… On the front end, we should have never initially “seized” (broken treaties, et Al) the land from the native tribes. And, frankly, we should give some of it back. Secondly, our administration would lean, considerably, toward preserving as much land as possible in its natural state, while not caving to financial interests that would want otherwise. We would place a premium on being good environmental stewardship. Note: During our research, we stopped in Rawlins, Wyoming, where we met with someone who worked for the Bureau of Land Management there. Part of that interview is inserted in our position paper on the environment. (*See section 13.)
photo by Joe
As I write this, the war in Ukraine is into its second week, and it is absolutely raging now. Meanwhile, the world looks on. While interviewing a couple volunteers at the used bookstore downtown, they said they couldn’t “…just look on.” They had to do something. So, they set up a Donation Center to funnel money to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), which has an arm in Ukraine. They are on the ground providing food, coats, shelter… MCC is connected to an umbrella of non-violent “peace churches,” the Amish, Mennonites, Church of the Brethren… Their ethos is that, as soldiers are willing to die in a war for the cause, so, too, should Christian Peacekeepers be willing to die in a war for their cause as well… *Note: Our administration proposes a U.S. Department of Peace, as a supplement to the U.S. Defense Department. That is, we believe we should be as proactive as possible in employing pre-emptive strategies to build peace worldwide.
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I listened to Biden’s “State of the Union Address” last night. His overarching paradigm continues to be: “Build Back Better!” Trump’s overarching paradigm continues to be: “Make America Great!” My overarching paradigm continues to be: ” Repent America!” Mother Theresa once said America was the most “spiritually poor” country she had ever visited, never mind what CNN or FOX says. And what’s the basis for us being so “spiritually poor”? Look around. As generally mentioned in the previous post: Some 3,500 babies will be dismembered today in America. The spiritual insanity of “gender fluidity” is now accepted in many societal circles. America’s inner cities have become war zones, replete with decaying schools, extreme violence, drugs… and children abandoned in all this. Our mainstream media/entertainment is saturated with violence, sex — and Hollywood is exporting this spiritually corrosive filth all over the world. We are environmentally trashing the planet on multiple fronts. We continue on in our First World lifestyles in the face of so much potentially relievable suffering in the Third World… This is the real “State of the Union.” Was the message to Nineveh: “Build Back Better,” or “Make Nineveh Great Again”? No, it was: “REPENT!” Note: Also, as mentioned in the previous post, Mother Theresa said the sin of abortion alone could lead to nuclear war. And that’s not even factoring in all the other sins just mentioned.