A month ago the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, led a delegation of Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, to kneel for a symbolic eight minutes and 40 seconds in Washington’s Emancipation Hall in memory of George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis in an arrest gone awry on May 25.
The kneeling ceremony was revolting. George Floyd was a known thug, had served a stint in prison after pointing a gun at a pregnant woman’s swollen belly in a henchman’s demand for her money. The autopsy showed he had illicit drugs in his system when the six-foot-seven Floyd was detained for allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.
His wife, who he had not seen in four years, held three funerals with George in a gold casket, and it is believed, despite her unrelenting sorrow, she has accepted over $20 million in condolences. There are millions of Americans who did not like that.
Following George’s immediate ascent to martyrdom, raging riots were born from protests all across the country. In Minneapolis - where George was a truck driver, a bouncer and had an outstanding rap sheet by law enforcement standards - orderly protests turned into hellish riots. As of last Friday, the resulting fires have destroyed at least 67 businesses and nearly 500 more in the Twin Cities area have experienced vandalism and looting. Many millions of Americans did not like that.
This week the City Fathers of Minneapolis are approaching Washington for roughly $150 million in “emergency funds” for damages that have occurred while Minnesota officials held law enforcement at bay while there was actual wilding in the streets. That $150 million would come from the taxpayers from every state in America - not President Trump - and it’s not a long reach to know there are well over 150 million in the United States who claim that’s the state’s spineless politicians’ tab – and not the American peoples’ problem.
Ever since the Democrats’ kneeling photo-op, there has been a quiet yet very mighty backlash growing from what I now believe is a majority of law-abiding citizens in the United States. This fast-growing faction are those who – quite simply – “have had enough.”
There has never been before any kneeling prayer for any of America’s thousands who deserve it by our elected leaders – never – except for a proven thug. No, I firmly disagree with the way George Floyd’s demise came about, but like the overwhelming majority who honor our judicial system, our nation will quite capably handle this matter. And, yes, devoid of hysteria and the unfortunate thousands who would use a black man’s death for their individual personal gain.
I am among those who are fed up. When I see the City Council and the School Board demand racial training, such a notion is absolutely ridiculous. I cannot identify one person on either body who needs it, wants it, or got elected to be subjected to a seven-week class that will cost a bunch of cash to exalt “poor me.” And when my City Council pal Demetrus Coonrod says publicly, “It needs to come from someone who is black or brown," that’s as racial as it can be.
An idea: Let’s invite the City Council, the School Board, and any other group to “pay their own way” and that way each could use the educational costs as tax deductions. It is believed by using their own money that each member would be most eager for the greatest benefit since each would buy into such a farce. It is also believed that the idea of using personal funds would result in two unanimous votes, just so you’ll know.
Demetrus also wants to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for all city workers. Juneteenth is a holiday on June 19 celebrating the emancipation of freed slaves in the U.S., but let me tell you something, the taxpayers in the city don’t like that at all. Quit throwing money at idiocy when Erlanger has an expected $150 million cost in indigent care for 2020 and the City Council doesn’t afford our largest hospital a single dime, this despite the continuous black-on-black shootings that have not been recognized by the City Council as a public health problem thus far. I promise, Chattanooga residents are fed up with the City Council’s lack of balance.
Don’t you see? Chattanooga, Hamilton County, the state of Tennessee and the United States have had its fill of “wrong” and now the “over-reach” is appalling. To better illustrate our nation’s mood, allow me to share an “open letter” that appeared yesterday and was written by Jim Garlow, the Founder and CEO of the California-based Christian website, Well Versed. (www.wellversedworld.org ) His op-ed appeared on The Stream (www.stream.org), to illustrate a very popular mood that is settling over America.
The Stream is self-described as “a national daily (website) championing freedom, smaller government and human dignity. The Stream offers a rich and lively source for breaking news, Christian inspiration and conservative commentary while challenging the worst in the mainstream media.”
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“WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS”
Dear Health “Experts,” Leftists/Progressives/Democrats & Complicit Media …
To you, we might be “deplorables,” but we are not ignorant. We know the truth. For the record, we lost trust in you some time ago. We see through your hypocrisy and your feeble and failed attempts to justify your indefensible positions. That is why you yell and scream so loudly or write as you do. Your volume is in inverse proportion to your truth. Your screeds lack rationality.
SENATOR MARCO RUBIO SAID IT FOR US
Senator Marco Rubio: “Why would people trust public health experts who told them they had to lose their job or their business, that their kids couldn’t have a graduation, that their grandmother couldn’t have a funeral, but are afraid to say anything about crowds of people setting fires and looting businesses?
“Why would people trust local leaders who will close your business for having too many customers or threaten to arrest you for going to a park or to a church, but who stand by and do nothing when a mob vandalizes a monument, tears down a statue, or takes over an entire section of a city?
Rubio continued, “Why would people trust a media that will shame them for going to the beach, for not wearing a mask in public, but portrays a mob of white anarchists attacking African-American police officers as just frustrated racial justice activists?”
GET OUT OF OUR WAY
That is the end of Senator Rubio’s quote, but allow me to continue my open letter to you Health “Experts,” Leftists/Progressives/Democrats & Complicit Media ...
One thousand of you health “experts” signed a letter telling us that COVID-19 would plague us if we would meet in stores or parks, gather to worship, go to work, or share in recreation. Yet you affirmed rioters, protesters, looters, defacers, and thieves, claiming that their activities are not a health concern.
In my State of California, our tyrannical governor has informed us that we cannot sing and worship in church. In my County of San Diego, our Public Health Officer has informed us that we cannot have gatherings in our homes for the rest of 2020.
We see through your hypocrisy and your feeble and failed attempts to justify your indefensible positions.
You Health “Experts,” Leftists/Progressives/Democrats & Complicit Media — you will not destroy our families, our lives, our churches, our businesses, our schools, our communities, and our nation. Furthermore, you will not control our private medical decisions. Your season of manipulation has come to an end.
Get out of our way - those of you who hate our love for God, hate our respect for life (from conception to natural death), hate our love for (real, bona fide, authentic, biblical, historic, orthodox, natural) marriage, hate our love for our families, hate our love for the biblically-founded free market, choice-based economics (yes - it is scriptural) as opposed to your command-based economics, hate our love for liberty, freedom, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and hate our love for our less-than-perfect, yet truly remarkable America and her noble ideas which make her the most philanthropic nation on earth.
OUR PRESIDENT SPOKE FOR US FROM MOUNT RUSHMORE
As our President recently noted at Mt. Rushmore on July 3, 2020: “No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America. And no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation.
All historically engaged and spiritually alert Americans understand exactly what you are attempting to do. President Trump summarized it well: “The radical view of American history is a web of lies - all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.”
Discerning Americans see right through your flawed thinking.
OUR TRUST IS NOT IN OURSELVES …
You have not yet felt our capacity to push back. But you will. Soon.
You mistake our silence for impotence. You are so wrong. You mistake our delay as having no strategy. Again, you are so wrong.
Know this, all of you who are trying to destroy this land: There are tens of millions who will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER EVER give up.
You have played us for fools. One of your own belittled us for “clinging” to our God. That is because you don’t understand true spiritual strength, nor do you recognize the subterranean principled convictions of true followers of our Lord, nor do you understand what makes patriots activate.
We value virtue and living free more than our very own lives. We would rather die defeating the evil concepts you support, than to live under the despotic rule that you offer.
You burn, loot, steal, deface and destroy property - public and private. If you do not do it yourselves, you health “experts,” Leftists/Progressives/Democrats & media speak encouragement for the anarchy and mayhem. You stand with those who take what is not theirs. In contrast, we lay down our lives to gain freedom for others. We can outmatch you many times over.
You have assumed we were cowards and afraid. In reality, we are calculating and poised, ready to strike. The proverbial mama bear is rising to defend her cubs. Why? Because we align ourselves with a Mighty God.
We don’t fear you. We fear and reverence God. Our trust is not in ourselves. Our radical confidence is in Him. “His Truth is marching on.” HIS truth. Not ours. You cannot - long term - silence HIS truth.
OUR STRENGTH IS IN TRUTH
We will push back with truth (a foreign construct to you), tenacity, logic (something you lack, which is why you try to silence us), superior ideas (which is why you hate honest, open debate), intellect, wisdom (a gift from God), sanity (“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:17), even love (but be assured, it will be a tough love), righteousness, holiness, prayer and fasting, spiritual warfare - Heaven will invade Earth and God will move you out of the way! - and, as needed in the temporal realm - the forcefulness of the strong arm of law (that “Rule of Law” from the U.S. Constitution which you so disdain) and - in a language you will understand better in November - votes.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
“And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. (Paul to people in Corinth, 2 Corinthians 10:4-6)
We battle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers (Editorial note: lowest demonic strength), against the authorities (Editorial note: next-to-the-lowest demonic strength), against the powers of this dark world (Editorial note: next-to-the-top demonic strength) and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Editorial note: highest levels of demonic activity). (Paul to people in Ephesus, Ephesians 6:12)
WHAT IS RIGHT VERSUS WHAT IS WRONG
We are not battling you. We are battling that which controls you, that which you do not even know controls you. Burning, looting, defacing, destroying, lying, deceiving, and manipulating is not of God. It has another source.
Jesus comes to give life and give it abundantly. Another source comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We know the source of your vandalous and barbaric activity. And, media and elected officials, if you do not stand up against this destruction, abhor it and denounce it, you are complicit in it.
You scream to stop bona fide, legitimate law enforcement. You block the very purpose of government: to protect its citizenry. You either participate directly in or you condone the debauchery, mayhem, and murder in our cities. All those killings each weekend? The blood is on your hands. You cannot yell “defund” and “dismantle” and “(obscenity) the police,” and then act like you care when babies and children are killed in the streets each weekend.
Just to be clear, we are not talking about Republican vs. Democrat. We are not even talking about Right vs. Left.
What we are talking about is something so much bigger. It is Right vs. Wrong.
LET ME CUT TO THE CHASE
Let me cut to the chase: You are Wrong. We don’t claim to be Right in and of ourselves. Thus, we choose to side with God’s Right. HIS Right. You have chosen Wrong. We have chosen Right. Right always wins - ultimately - over Wrong.
We might appear weak. And perhaps we are. But God is not. He is strong. We submit to him. We walk in humility before a great, mighty, and powerful God. He will defend us. He will defend our nation from your incessant, malevolent, and viscous attacks.
Know this, all of you who are trying to destroy this land: There are tens of millions who will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER EVER give up. Never.
Signed, Jim Garlow
(Only one of tens of millions of God-loving, God-honoring, Bible-believing, unabashed American patriots in the land)
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For the record: those “tens of millions” will be casting their votes soon.