Friday, February 07, 2020

Leave the Judging to God

"But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you are not destroyed by each other." 
Galatians 5:15, International Standard Version

I have seen it all before. Schisms in the church for whatever disagreement or biblical interpretation you can think of.  Christians unable to worship together, sit in the same pew together, not being able to have communion together in order to  "keep the scriptures pure".

Today it is the divisiveness caused by politics, Christians condemning other Christians for their political or personal beliefs as if it is impossible to be a Christian unless one aligns with one's way of thinking.

If you really think about it, the issue is not political and the real culprit is diversity of thought.   This is how we were created. It is the price we pay for not having a mundane life, where everybody in programmed to think and act exactly the same.  How boring that would be, walking around like robots, always in total agreement with each other.

Our creator knew what he was doing.  Right from the get-go we find Cain and Abel adopting different life styles; so different that it resulted in homicide.  

We may all be equal under the law, but we sure are not equal.  Some of us have extra talents that others lack, have different emotions and trains of thought. One cannot expect others to adopt the same values and principles as you and think that only then are they right.  

Jesus commands us to pray for our enemies and to love those who persecute us. No exceptions, no "buts".  Pray for the healing of our country, and let's leave the judging to God.

Monday, July 08, 2019

A Senior Citizen's Reflection on Being Progressive

The following is copied from the Internet where it can be found in numerous versions.  It has been around since 2012 yet is becoming more and more meaningful. Not sure who the content can be credited to .

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not try to blame others.
HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT senior citizens who took:
The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement

And we certainly are NOT the ones who
eliminated patience and tolerance from
personal relationships and interactions with
And, we DO understand the meaning of
patriotism, and remember those who have
fought and died for our country.

Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts, as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts, as the American Flag passes by in a parade!

I’m the life of the party…..Even if it lasts until 8 p.m.I’m very good at opening childproof caps…..With a hammer.I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I’m smiling all the time,because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy,and that’s just my left leg.I’m beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
Yes, I’m a SENIOR CITIZENand I think I am having the time of my life!Now if I could only remember who sent this to me, I wouldn’t send it back to them.Or, maybe I should send it to all my friends anyway.They won’t remember, even if they did send it
Spread the laughter 
Share the cheer 
Let’s be happy 
While we’re here.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

To Love and Preserve

In November of 1965, at the age of 19, I set foot on American soil.  The journey that began in the Netherlands saw me land in the United States via Canada where I had spent my high school years. While Canada was a step up from post war Holland, the ultimate goal of mom and dad was to become Americans and live in the prosperous United States, the land of milk and honey, the land of opportunity.

My dad had been promised a job as a bookkeeper for an American firm, but several weeks after arrival he suffered a major stroke from which he never totally recovered and incapacitating him from the job that would provide for our family.

I found a job in the stock room of a nearby manufacturing plant but despite being a Dutch citizen was drafted within a year and spent the next two years in the United States Army, including a year in Vietnam. Upon my return from Vietnam I was hoping to gain American citizenship but was denied because Vietnam was not considered a war, it was a "conflict". Thus I had to wait two more years before I could apply.

By 1975 along with my parents, I was proud to swear allegiance to the United States of America, land that I love.  The journey to 2019 has been a wonderful one,  allowing me to support my family while living a life that I choose, not one  dictated to me.

As the USA is celebrating its 242nd of Independence we are still the land of milk and honey.  I don't know what the future holds in store.  We are a better country then we were in 1776, yet morally we seem more corrupt.  Despite seeing socialist countries self destruct, we are closer to socialism than ever before.  The less government interferes with our lives, the more prosperous we will become.  I believe in the sovereignty of nations.  There is nothing wrong with protecting our way of life.  There is nothing wrong with Americans putting America first.

 The threat of socialism is a real one.  Not only will it destroy our country economically but it will mobilize those who oppose it.  Being compassionate is a virtue, but not at the expense of the people of the United States of America. No one can criticize the head of a household for protecting his/her family  over others. A family adopts children that best adapt to its values, not children that they know will disrupt or destroy the family structure. And so our government has the responsibility to preserve and protect  our country.

Happy 4th of July every one, and many happy returns!

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Political Correctness

Cato Institute

Sadly we can no longer say what we think.  Every word we speak or write has to be sugar coated to make sure no one is offended.  And no matter how few object to your point of view, if anyone objects, you are likely to make headlines and are labelled.

 Check the headlines in the press. It's "he said", "she said".  Then the story is embellished by so called journalists who think they are editors.  The slant is in, no matter who reports a story.

It is the press that is making us cautious of what we say.  It's almost like freedom of the press vs freedom of speech. Not only that but it hides what we truly believe.  I love it when someone rattles off their extreme views on things, because I know exactly where he or she stands. Right or wrong, allow people to say what they want without having to fear retribution.  If what someone says can be considered a crime, such as threatening someone with harm, that's a different story. 

Divisiveness makes great headlines. It creates unnecessary hatred.  Being tolerant of someone else's view is a sign of maturity.  Chances are the person whose opinion you reject is as sincere as you are.

Let us become more open minded and seek solutions before we become even more divisive.  There was a time when catholics and protestants hated each other so much that it caused civil war.  Today, it is no longer a leading factor of divisiveness.  That barricade has been removed.  We need to do the same regarding political opinions and grow up. And that should begin with our leadership.  And the press.

Nothing has divided us more than Wrong versus Right. (Leo Diaz)

Wednesday, April 03, 2019


After 27 months into the presidency, our duly elected President continues to be badgered by the democrats in the House and Senate.  Most if not all are obstructionists, more interested in the failure of this administration than considering what is best for our country.

I for one voted for President Trump and the more I see what Democrats offer, the more I support our current administration.

Yes I admit that our President does not come from the same mold as his predecessors.  Yes I challenge his leadership style as he makes demands from his staff until they are burned out.  Yes I shiver every time he tweets, wondering who he is going to insult next. Yes I don't like his brash personality and his egotistical and narcissistic personality.  Still I want him to succeed as president and we would do our country a big favor if we supported him.

What is mostly at stake here is the way we elect our leadership.  Our president is duly elected by the people by a formula that keeps all of us from being ruled by the votes of one or more heavily populated states or cities.

Let me ask you this:  Is everything this  administration proposes  evil, reckless, and to the detriment of the country? Is it responsible to fight something not based on its merit but based on our disdain for the person who offers it?

Take the focus away from the president.  We all know what type of person he is. He won't change because you despise him.  Instead, focus on what is best for our country, we face plenty of challenges.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Secure Our Future, Secure Our Southern Borders!

As compassionate as we may want to be, it is critical that we have a fair and  enforceable immigration policy that includes requiring citizens and non- citizens alike to cross our borders legally at points of entry.

The threat of an invasion of people via our southern border should be a concern. The worse economic and living conditions become in neighboring countries, the larger the occurrence of illegal border crossings.

It's not that we don't want others to enjoy our quality of life.  It is a matter of preserving the quality of life we currently enjoy.  Mass unregulated growth from foreign countries will drag all of us down to a lower level, and instead of some being able to improve the quality of their lives, it will assist in lowering the quality of life for our children and grandchildren.

I'm not sure if building a wall is the right solution.  At home we should lock our doors and windows.  It is a deterrent.  It's not going to keep everybody out, but it makes it a lot harder and takes more time.  Many of us live in crime free communities but still we lock our homes and vehicles just in case crime visits. 

President Trump made a campaign promise and many of his supporters expect him to keep that promise.  Former Presidents including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama encouraged the building of walls along our southern borders. What changed?  It can't be the caravans of citizens from Central American countries.

If we don't put up physical barriers, we need to come up with better border control technology soon.  Keep America great!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Recollections of a Childhood Christmas

2018 Nativity Scene at Our House

I can still remember some of the earliest holiday celebrations as a child in Holland. First came Saint Nicholas.  He began to show up in parades and parties in mid-November.  I remember how for a few years my dad’s employer would throw a party where all the children were treated with a gift and candy, particularly “speculaas”, some form of ginger bread, “pepernoten”  or peppernuts  “taaj-taaj”, chewy spiced honey cake dolls,  “marsepijn”, marzipan. The gift was usually something  that would seem insignificant today but was huge back then.  The festivities would end the night of December 5th, when St Nicholas visited each home while we were sleeping and dropped off gifts .  We would always leave our shoes by the fire stove, hoping that Saint Nicholas would fill them with extra treats.  One of the biggest treats each year was chocolate in the shape of the first alphabet letter of your first name. For many years, we looked forward to something special, a Hershey candy bar for us kids mailed to us by a Canadian soldier that befriended my parents during the liberation of occupied Holland.  This I will never forget.  It was from someone we as children never met.  Nor will I forget the one year when someone left a care package at our door steps. My parents wondered for many years who that generous person could have been, and it had a large impact on me.  

When December 6th rolled around, the gift exchanges and festivities were over, well in advance of Christmas.The focus of Christmas was on the birth of Christ.  It was celebrated in many fashions.  My dad reluctantly bought a Christmas tree, and it was decorated with real candles.  Our catholic neighbors had a nativity display in their living room, and us kids were invited to come over and look at it.  While my dad allowed us to go, we were well reminded that such a display was idolatry, as was the display of any picture or statue of Jesus.  There was no adoration of baby Jesus in our celebration.  There were very few Christmas hymns that we sang in church, the main one I remember was “Glory to God In the highest!  Peace on the earth, peace on the earth to the people who have God’s favor”. Looking back, it was more of a solemn festivity than a celebration.
These are my recollections.  Many people have different recollections, including younger members of my family.  Some of the practices and beliefs have changed.  One thing we have learned is that God’s  grace extends far beyond one’s particular faith. Today there is some opposition to greeting people with “Happy Holiday” instead of “Merry Christmas”  As children, we were not allowed to say ”Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year”  It was “Zalig Kerstfeest” (Blessed Christmas) and “Veel Heil en Zegen” (Wishing you much goodness and blessings this coming year).Happy Holidays, everyone!

Thursday, November 22, 2018


This is truly my most favorite holiday. Years ago I used to go to church on this day, and give thanks to God through prayer and song.  Sadly very few churches celebrate this holiday any longer. Sports and holiday bargains have taken over.  My hearing disabilities also wont tell me if I my voice is on pitch or not so singing is out.  Fortunately there is that inner voice. Always on pitch and reachable from anywhere.

    1. "Now thank we all our God
      With hearts and hands and voices,
      Who wondrous things hath done,
      In whom his earth rejoices;
      Who, from our mothers' arms,
      Hath blessed us on our way
      With countless gifts of love
      And still is ours today.
    2. Oh, may our bounteous God
      Through all our life be near us,
      With ever-joyful hearts
      And blessed peace to cheer us,
      And keep us in his love,
      And guide us day and night,
      And free us from all ills,
      Protect us by his might.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Heading in the wrong direction

First the left said Trump supporters would incite violence amongst the right wingers.  Now that it are the radical left wingers that are causing disruption and violence, they still hold Trump responsible.

Yesterday I read about a truck being set afire most likely because it had Trump bumper stickers.  It's not the first time a vehicle was deliberately damaged for that reason.  People with apparel indicating support for Trump are accosted on the streets, sometimes even refused service in restaurants. People like me are becoming afraid to show support for Trump for fear of property damage or physical harm.

It is not Trump who is inciting violence.  It are those who blame Trump for it.

The attempt to cause fear and disruption amongst well intended Trump supporters appears to be working.  And it's being caused by those people who compare Trump supporters to Nazis.

My parents taught me all about Nazis; bullies, licensed to push their way around, using fear as one of their weapons, accosting  people on the streets or in their homes, and creating genocide.

I'm not sure how we get rid of the hatred that has infested so many of our people. I hope it won't have to be some natural disaster, war, or civil unrest.  Wake up, America.  We are much better than this.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Classic Example of Deceit by the Press

Excerpt from The Western Journal, September 21, 2018.

-“Last Thursday, The New York Times wrote a story that now bears the prosaic headline, “State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Residence of U.N. Envoy.”

However, when it appeared, the headline read, “Nikki Haley’s View of New York is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701,” The Hill reported. Haley’s photo also appeared with the story, which claimed that the spending was done at the same time the State Department was cutting back in other areas.
Even the initial Times story noted that the decision to move the U.N. ambassador’s residence was made in 2016 and that the purchase was approved by the Obama administration.”

Monday, September 17, 2018

Let Him Without Sin Cast The First Stone

Even if it were true that at one time in his youth Judge Kavanaugh made someone feel endangered or uncomfortable, he still seems to be the most puritanical man in the world.

Shame on those who demonize him.  Shame on Senator Feinstein for being in possession of a letter accusing Judge Kavanaugh of misconduct and not bringing it up earlier during the Judiciary Committee's hearing.  Shame on all those who demonize him and ignore the thousands of people who have spoken well of his character.  Shame on those who are ignoring Judge Kavanaugh's qualifications based on his record.  Shame on those have turned the judiciary hearings into an embarrassing circus. 

I find it hard to believe that in this modern age we still burn witches, and not by the fundamental Christians on the right, but by the "puritans" on the left; those who over fifty years ago introduced us to raunchy speech, movies, and behavior.

It seems to me our two party system needs a giant overhaul. Not even children can act the way  our elected national representatives do. We need to draw back to the center, focus on good government, and stop acting as if we were in an extremely nasty divorce. 


(Taken from a bumper sticker)

Monday, August 20, 2018

The right wing left

It is a pity that you have to be conscious of taking  life into your own hands when you wear or demonstrate anything that identifies you as a Trump supporter.

Conservative people are being accused as being bullies and a threat to democracy while it is the liberal left that demonizes conservatives. It are not the liberals who are refused service in restaurants, are accosted in public, receive verbal abuse, or get honked at or get the finger for supporting our duly elected government.

I can only imagine the furor if such behaviors were demonstrated towards our previous administration.   

While there are extremists within the Republican party, they are not in charge of the party and should be condemned for their views and actions.  Still it are not only the left wing extremists but also some mainstream Democrats who spew hatred and condemnation and even suggest violence against  those who do not agree with them. 

We may have a President in the White House who should never have been elected but he was. A person as egotistical and narcistic as him may not be good for the United States but he is the duly elected President.  

The far right reeks of totalitarianism and the far left reeks of socialism.  Both would be a disaster for the United States.  Extremists on both sides try to control their respective parties.  That's scary.. Hatred has no place here or anywhere.  May more reasonable voices sustain, and let us be reminded that we are a government of laws, founded on our constitution. And let us continue to allow freedom of expression without the fear of reprisal.  And yes, let's put America first so we can continue to exist as the country we were.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Equal before the Law, Equal in the Eyes of God

Let's face it.  Discrimination is wrong.  Racial bias is wrong.  And no matter how hard we try to eradicate discrimination, it will never go away.  There will always be those who think they deserve more that others, be it because of race, religion, size, economic stature or age, it is just a fact we need to recognize.  Call them anything you want, but they exist and will continue to exist.

Why are we focusing on the bad behavior of a few, when mainstream America is doing its best to accept all races, people of all colors, people of all kinds of backgrounds?

We will never live in a perfect world, but many of us make serious efforts.  We want to live as one nation, a nation of many colors and ethnic backgrounds. What's stopping us?

There are many who try to divide us, currently because of the color of one's skin. I'm not one of them.  Who cares how light  or dark skinned you are, what your ethnic background is,  we live in a country that believes and confirms we are all created equal.

Still there are those who want to separate us, white vs black, black vs white. This only adds fuel to the fire.

We need to eradicate hatred. Condemn it.  Don't let it take control anywhere. Kill it when it flares up.

 Please adopt me, I desperately want to be your brother or sister, not some distant relative  whom  I have to treat differently.  You don't have to conform.  You don't have to change the pride you have in your ancestry. Just accept me as I am.

Friday, July 27, 2018

The "Deep State" Conspiracy

I am not much of a believer in conspiracies but I do have a theory on the "Deep State" conspiracy that existed to keep Donald Trump from becoming President.

The way I see it, there were people with the best of intentions to influence the election. Many of these were people within our own government.  These people felt strongly  that Mr. Trump becoming President would be detrimental to the security of our country.  These people truly believed that actions they took were patriotic and to the best interest of the United States.

As the elections drew nearer, it became obvious to these people that Hillary Clinton would win the election. Coming to that conclusion, the head of the FBI took a gamble and informed the American public about Hillary Clinton's problems with sharing information on a non-secured private server.
This had to come out prior to the election because if all this information came out after the election The FBI and/or the Department of Justice would be in serious trouble for withholding this information from the public. After all, rumors were confirmed that there was an investigation going on regarding Donald Trump's campaign, and to hide information about Hillary Clinton would definitely prove that  the FBI and the Justice Department influenced the American public.

Needless to say, much of this backfired when Donald Trump won the election.  Soon after the election, it became public knowledge that Russia tried to influence our election and an official investigation began focusing on the Trump Campaign and Trump himself.

Ever since the election, the press and political opponents have demonized President Trump.

It is sad to see how our criminal justice works when it comes to building a case against a suspect, despite lack of evidence. It seems the investigation has resulted in the persecution of witnesses for non related crimes, and putting enough pressure on them to snitch on others, with the hope of gaining evidence of collusion by Donald Trump with a foreign nation, specifically Russia.

That Russia interfered with our 2016 should not come as a surprise.  If fact it was well known prior to the election, It's hard to believe that our people were so inept that they did not see this threat, but if they did, they did nothing.

Spending two years trying to build a case against President Trump seems overkill.  The least that will come out of this investigation  are non related charges against the President.

I believe we should also do a more thorough investigation in election meddling by our own Department of Justice.  It seems obvious that there were people within the organizations who tried to steer the election towards Hillary Clinton.

Why did the FBI fail to follow up on the use of an unsecured server by Hillary Clinton?  Looking at what is happening to some of President Trump's associates, (being accused of non-related crimes), it is possible that it was something that could be held over her head when elected President.  Isn't that the same way J. Edgar Hoover operated?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Spy Games

What's all the fuzz about Russians trying to influence the outcome of elections?  What would you expect from the leadership in Russia?  Spy games are back on or never really were non-existent
since the Cold War,  Russia has spies in this country, as do many other nations.  The game is the same, the methods have changed.  There are those who believe that Russian interference helped President Donald Trump win the election.  Whether or not that is true is debatable. Certainly the interference has hurt President Trump the most, with an ongoing investigation trying to tie him to
the Russian interference.

What is even more disturbing to me and many others is that our government never really seemed to be concerned that this was going on, or wasn't really aware of it. Russia 1 - USA 0.

We are at war with Russia. The rules of war have changed.  With the threat of nuclear annihilation and modern technology, it may not be necessary to fight in the trenches.  Threats of interference exist in the banking industry, transportation, utilities and many other industries. Interference in elections is not the only threat.

The United States should be diligent in counter intelligence, and be one step ahead of its enemies.  Are we?  Should we not or are we not prepared to strike back against Russian vulnerabilities?

One-upmanship.  That's what it is all about in the world today.  We need to do a better job of protecting our many industries, and at the same time have the capability to do our enemies one better.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Independence Day

On the Fourth of July our country celebrates  independence from British Rule.  A new nation was born, free from foreign oppression.  Our Nation has thrived over the next two centuries, allowing us to celebrate another year.

I feel strongly about people having the right to govern themselves, and  for nations to celebrate their sovereignty.  

Living in the United States of America is a privilege, offers opportunity but comes with obligations.
Being an American citizen makes me proud, not ashamed.  Unfortunately there both friends and enemies who believe in open borders and permitting foreigners to enter our country without any requirements other than their desire to come here.

While it is a noble idea to open borders and permitting refugees into the country without screening, it will also be the end of our nation as we know it today. We are a sovereignty and should be able to set the direction and future of our country.

We are also a country of laws.  That means our various legislators write laws, and law enforcement enforces the law.  With such a system, we don't judge by emotions or favoritism. When there  is no or little enforcement, chaos is created.  This is evident by looking at our current immigration situations.  The fault of our current problems is caused by our own government's failure to uphold the laws over several decades. 

Don't blame the offenders , don't blame those who we encouraged to come to this country illegally. In the meantime yes, protect our borders.

Here is a wish for all who consider themselves American, with the hope we can continue to celebrate many centuries in the future.

Here is some suggested reading, an editorial by John Tossel.

The Fourth of July

In the meantime, tell your legislatures to pass laws that can and will be enforced and that are for the good of this country.

Saturday, June 30, 2018


After laying dormant for over seventy years, it's  time to wake up[ and speak up. Not that my opinion will have a significant impact on the future of the world, I just don't want to be the only one without a voice.

Many people offer opinions using different styles.  Some, (perhaps like me) just wish to be heard.  Other's opinions are so diluted with political correctness that their messages are lost.  Some just steamroll ahead with no sensitivity towards their audience.

The suggestion that you should avoid discussing religion or politics with your friends, neighbors or co-workers  is a good one if you believe in peace.  We need to live alongside one another despite our differences.  

When I was very young, the religious protestant denomination my father belonged to had numerous factions. Church members and family members became so obsessed with their opinion of the literal translation of the Bible that  in church  they would not sit in the same pew with a neighbor who disagreed with their interpretation of perhaps one  Bible verse.  Families ended up not talking to each other, and for years there would be schisms  There is a lesson in that.  You can't just switch allegiances because of one disagreement or difference in philosophy.  We need to tolerate and often accept facts as they are, whether we disagree with them or not.