I can’t discover who originated that truism I used in the title to this article, but he/she was thoroughly aware of the foibles and shortcomings of that troublesome species of American citizens called “liberals” (also known as “progressives”, “socialists”, “maleducated”, “non-thinkers”, “left wingers”, and “moonbats”).  A few months ago my long-time friends in another state sent me a little tidbit of “truisms” that they had gleaned from the internet.  The article seems to have originated on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and was titled: “Is Logic the Same Thing As Common Sense?”  Let’s look at each of these gems of logical common sense and reflect on the degree to which these “observations” have made inroads into our society, and whether or not they make “common sense”. You may or may not agree with my opinions, but that’s OK as long as you think about my words.  (I apologize for the length of this article, the longest I’ve ever written, but sometimes a writer just can’t “shut up” because so much needs to be said!)

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It seems there are hundreds and hundreds of books being written these days about how America is being taken over by big government and “we the people” are being ignored or becoming inconsequential, and apparently our youngest generations have been educated to think that “big government” is the way to go. Yesterday I saw a young man being interviewed on the Tucker Carlson show; from his responses I consider him a far-left liberal / progressive. It was obvious he has no understanding of the true nature of government, especially socialism. Nor did he appear to know the history of the nation in which he lives or the effect of open borders on the economy of a nation. I fear he is a living representative of the youth we have created. His attitude was one similar to my own at his age: I knew everything and my approach was always right. The main difference; my education was real history, good economics and a full understanding of socialism and its history. I was sometimes wrong, but my errors were not dangerous to my country.

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Scripture versus Leading Abolitionist Preacher Theodore Parker - Part 4 of a series

Theodore Parker (1810-1859), Radical abolitionist leader and preacher
Theodore Parker (1810-1859), Radical abolitionist leader and preacher

Chapter 25 of Leviticus established Biblical regulation of slavery. Slavery is allowed contingent upon slaves being treated fairly and humanely, but it is not promoted. Slave owners and overseers are not counted as villains or moral lawbreakers unless they significantly mistreat or abuse their slaves. It is also important to understand that in God’s eyes, earthly status of slave or free makes no difference.

Colossians 3: 9-13 Your new status: Chosen by God, so have a humble and forgiving heart.

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 Sometimes the right path is not always the easiest” - Princess Matoaka, a.k.a. “Pocahontus” (c. 1596-1617), a.k.a. Rebecca (Mrs. John) Rolfe--daughter of the Great Chief Powhattan, of Virginia.

Back in the days when I could move my legs and arms without joint pain, and before the force of gravity became much “stronger”, I used to do a lot of hiking in the North and South Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains with my kids and their friends, or with our adult friends.  Finding the correct path in the high country, surrounded by rocks and trees, and often cloud cover, was very important.  We all loved “the high country” and we spent many wonderful weekends or parts of vacation weeks exploring well known, and not so well known, great views and landmarks in “our” mountains.  In every case, having trail maps and using good observation and common sense made our hikes both enjoyable and safe.  Following the right path made ALL the difference.

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My effort in this series of articles has been to present a condensed version of American history that may help the reader see and better understand our history, which he may or may not not have been properly taught. I thought if one realizes the miracle of the government we were given he might work to retain it. At the writing of number one I thought a general overview would be sufficient until a friend said, “Write a series.” Number two was basically comparing a Democracy with a Republic. Number three considered a few of the men who actually wrote our Constitution. Number four was essentially devoted to the religious nature under which the founding fathers were raised and had to deal with in the decisions they were called on to make. Number five was an attempt to show the nature of the Constitution they wrote. I hope in this, number six, to touch on the conditions that made the miracle possible.

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We are all a little bit crazy. Crazy is defined a little bit different for everybody. But anybody who is not you is crazy … to you – and by the same token you are crazy to others.

Crazy simply means that our belief systems and values and actions are different. There really is no scientific definition of crazy, or any other “mental illness,” as nothing in the mental health category can be scientifically determined or defined (in laboratory terms). Jon Rappoport, investigative reporter, writer at NoMoreFakeNews.com, has clearly made that case.

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Civil War Issues and the Battle for Biblical Authority - Part 3 of a series

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, built 1751-1761. Became St. Michael’s Anglican Church in 2017 related to issues  of Biblical authority.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, built 1751-1761. Became St. Michael’s Anglican Church in 2017 related to issues of Biblical authority.

The role of slavery as a cause of the U.S. Civil War has been disingenuously exaggerated.  The Civil War was fought to prevent Southern secession and independence and the loss of more than 80 percent of total Federal tax revenues. The Morrill Tariff, part of a 37-year history of protective tariffs profiting the North and exploiting the South, was passed, signed, and endorsed by Lincoln in March 1861. This tariff was so outrageously unfair and burdensome to the South’s agricultural export economy that it practically forced the cotton-producing states to secede to pursue their own economic interest by free trade.  States Rights were closely related to Southern economic welfare.  Southerners also felt that the Northern political majority was moving away from the Constitutional principles of 1776, 1789, and 1791 toward a consolidated national government pursuing purely sectionalist Northern interests.  The principal Northern objective regarding slavery was simply to prevent it from spreading into the territories and new states. The Civil War was not a moral crusade to free slaves.

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